Another loss another lesson for Lions

first_imgIt was the second loss of their 10-match tour of New Zealand after they were also overhauled by the Auckland Blues in their 22-16 loss at Eden Park last Wednesday.Last night’s defeat at Otago Regional Stadium, however, was a bigger blow for the tourists, who had had impressed with a 12-3 win over the Canterbury Crusaders last Saturday and looked to have begun to get some momentum into their tour.”The guys are disappointed,” Gatland told reporters in Dunedin. “We shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers and penalties in the last 10 minutes.”There are some key moments to learn from, the big lesson is that New Zealand sides play for 80 minutes.”Marty Banks won the game for the home side when he slotted a 74th minute penalty, though two powerful scrums from their replacement front rowers had given them the field position for the flyhalf to seal the opportunity.The Lions had earlier failed to put the game away with the ultra-consistent Owen Farrell missing a penalty that would have given them a 25-20 lead with 12 minutes remaining.Gatland said his side should have taken control of the match before then anyway.”At 22-13 we have got ourselves in front and the boys said they were reasonably comfortable and unfortunately some big moments that we didn’t nail allowed them back into the game,” Gatland added.”We just needed strong game management to close the game down, then we missed a penalty that Owen would normally kick every day and Marty Banks made his.”Those are the fine margins.”Lions captain Sam Warburton said he was disappointed his side had given away too many penalties, with referee Angus Gardner warning the Welshman that they could face a yellow card if they continued to transgress.The loss had also upset their momentum as they head into the clash with the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on Saturday.”There were high pressure situations in the game that we probably could have dealt with a bit better,” Warburton said.”Any team will tell you the morning after a win is a much better buzz.”But the group of guys we have got are hugely motivated for what’s around the corner. As long as we learn from this game, we take it on the chin and look forward to the Maori which is a huge challenge.”Photo: PHOTOSPORT James Haskell of the Lions acknowledges the crowd following their loss to the Highlanders.last_img read more

India Aiming at Attracting 5 Million Cruise Tourists by 2040

first_imgThe Indian government is aiming at attracting five million cruise tourists to the country by 2040. India’s tourism sector records an annual growth of 15.6 percent, as compared to the global average of 5 percent, Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons said on July 28 during the inauguration of a new international cruise terminal at the Ernakulam Wharf of Cochin Port in Kerala.“Visitors to India, which has a history dating back to 5,000 years, leave with a new outlook. The Center will provide all help to enable more cruise ships to call at the Kochi Port,” Alphons said at the occasion, the Hindu reported.“Last year, 2.6 crore people undertook cruise tourism but only 1.6 lakh arrived in India. We need to increase the number of ships that berth here. Our consultants have informed us that by 2040 around five million tourists will visit India via cruise tourism alone, but I am sure that we can do better that,” he was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The government has granted Rs 53 crore to the Cochin Port Trust and Rs 106 crore for boosting cruise tourism in India, Alphons added. The new terminal at Cochin, spread over 2,253 sq.m, would be equipped to handle up to 5,000 tourists. The facility would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 25.72 crore, of which Rs 21.41 crore has been provided by the Union Ministry of Tourism.The terminal will feature tourist facilities such as a passenger lounge, crew lounge, 30 immigration counters, eight customs clearance counters, seven security check counters, tourist information counter, duty-free shops, bank services, foreign exchange counter, gaming zone, and cafeteria. The construction of the new terminal is expected to be completed by February 2020.The upcoming terminal will be the second one in Kochi, which gets around 40 cruise liners every year, according to the Hindu.A total of 162,660 cruise passengers visited India at six ports — Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Kolkata, New Mangalore and Mormugao — during 2017-18, Alphons said in the Lok Sabha on July 30. During the same period, 139 cruise ships visited India at these ports, the minister added.The government has also set up immigration counters at five major Indian ports visited by cruise ships. The facility of E-visa has been extended to sea ports in Mumbai, Goa, New Mangalore, Cochin and Chennai. Cruise tourists arriving with E-visa have also been exempted from the requirement of biometric enrollment till 2020 to facilitate expeditious immigration clearance, Alphons said in a written reply in the parliament. Related ItemsshippingTourismlast_img read more