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Tourists stuck in French Alps cable cars set for rescue

COURMAYEUR, Italy: More than 30 tourists who spent a terrifying night in cable cars in the French Alps were set to be brought to the ground Friday, operators said. A total of 110 people became trapped when the cable cars ground to a halt shortly before 4:.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netSep 9th, 2016

33 tourists in cable cars set to be rescued after night stuck in Alps

More than 30 tourists, including a 10-year-old child, who were trapped overnight in cable cars thousands of metres up in the French Alps were set to reach the ground early Friday, the operators said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016

50 people stuck in cable cars suspended over French Alps

50 people stuck in cable cars suspended over French Alps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016

Undeterred by skeptical fans, Thomas takes Tour title

By Andrew Dampf and Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The spits and the jeers. The eggs thrown at team cars. The attempts to unbalance riders while riding up the most grueling climbs. Geraint Thomas never flinched at whatever fans — or his rivals — threw at him or Team Sky. The Welsh rider was the steadiest rider from the start, the strongest in the Alps and the Pyrenees. On Sunday he concluded his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling's biggest race by claiming his first Tour de France title. "With the boys, that's the main thing for the whole three weeks, we stuck together through some tough times, stayed strong," Thomas said. "Everything just clicked this race." Thomas successfully defended his lead of 1 minute, 51 seconds over second-placed Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage. Four-time champion Chris Froome, Thomas's teammate, finished third, 2:24 behind. Froome rode next to Thomas as they crossed the line and applauded. Thomas was a support rider during Froome's four victories but he emerged as Sky's strongest rider in this race when Froome crashed early on and couldn't keep up in the mountains. Sky — and consequently Thomas — became a target for many fans due to an asthma drug case involving Froome, stemming from last year's Spanish Vuelta. Even though Froome was cleared of doping days before the start of the Tour, that didn't stop some fans from abusing the British team's riders throughout the three-week race. "When there is negativity like that, it brings us as a team closer together," Froome said. "It feels like it's us against the rest of the world. ... You can choose to let it get to you or you can choose to let it motivate you, and we let it motivate us." Thomas stormed into the lead by winning back-to-back mountain stages in the Alps, including the iconic climb up Alpe d'Huez, then defended his advantage in the Pyrenees. During the podium ceremony, Thomas draped the flag of Wales over his shoulders, then ended his victory speech with a mic drop. "All I can say is that I do it the right way," Thomas said when asked about concerns of alleged doping within Sky. "We train super hard and there's nothing I can say that will prove it. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing. It will stand the test of time." An all-around rider who began his career on the track, the 32-year-old Thomas helped Britain to gold medals in team pursuit at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics before turning his full attention to road racing. "I have my own goals and I kept doing what I'm doing and kept focused on that. ... Obviously it's not nice to hear (the jeers) but I do what I do and focus on myself," Thomas said. "It's easy to get wrapped up in or get angry or depressed but I stay in my own world." Riding a yellow bicycle to match his yellow jersey, Thomas shared glasses of champagne with his teammates during the casual ride into Paris before buckling down to keep up with the other leaders on the jarring cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees. "It's going to take a while to sink in," Thomas said. "Normally that stage is really hard but today I just seemed to float around it. I had goose bumps going around there. The support from the Welsh, British flags. ... To ride around wearing this (yellow jersey) is a dream." Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff with UAE Team Emirates won the last stage in a sprint finish, narrowly beating John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare. "I've dreamed about this victory for many years," Kristoff said. "I've been close many times before but never managed to beat the faster guys like (Mark) Cavendish, (Andre) Greipel, or (Marcel) Kittel, but today they're not here, they're out after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I'm super happy." The mostly flat 116-kilometer (72-mile) leg began in Houilles just outside Paris and concluded with nine laps up and down the Champs-Elysees. Many spectators along the Champs-Elysees held their arms high to record the riders on their smart phones as they went past on the cobblestones, and there were more cheers when 11 jets flew overhead leaving trails in the blue, white and red colors of the French flag. Street vendors sold chicken, sausages, waffles, cake and sweets, while the smell of crepes filled the air. Glenn Roberts, from Newtown in mid-Wales, was in attendance with his wife and children. The family timed its summer vacation to coincide with the Tour's finish. "Thomas was in the yellow when we left Wales but we didn't know if he was going to keep it. We thought Froome was going to win it, if I'm being honest," Roberts said. "It's the best thing a Welshman has ever done in sport." ___ AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

13,000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk

GENEVA — Swiss authorities near the famed Matterhorn peak have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train service into the nearby town of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Tourists, trapped in Mont Blanc cable car overnight, rescued

Dozens of tourists, including a 10-year-old child, were safely rescued Friday after being trapped in cable cars dangling above the slopes of Mont Blanc in the Alps overnight......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016

EDITORIAL - Decongestion

Cable cars are fun, they provide great views, and they don’t get stuck in traffic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

110 tourists rescued after being trapped in Mont Blanc cable cars for hours

PARIS -- A total of 110 tourists have been safely rescued after being trapped in Mont Blanc cable cars nearly a day this week, reports said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

French business leaders want more from ex-banker Macron

When he won the presidency 15 months ago, Emmanuel Macron charmed company chiefs with a promise to make it easier to do business in France. But the economy remains sluggish, and bosses' patience is waning. A former investment banker, Macron had pledged to run France more like a start-up, moving swiftly to shake-up the country's famously complex labor laws to make it easier to hire and fire people. He vowed to attract foreign investment, kickstart slow growth and slash unemployment which had been stuck at around 10 percent under his Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande. But tax cuts intended to spur spending and investment have yet to bear much fruit: his government has be...Keep on reading: French business leaders want more from ex-banker Macron.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Frozen in time, Havana looks to put a modern stamp on its 500-year history

HAVANA, CUBA -- Havana could be compared to the colorful 1950s classic American cars that fill its roads: an object of desire for historians and tourists alike. The post Frozen in time, Havana looks to put a modern stamp on its 500-year history appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Hamilton masters rain to take pole position at Hungarian GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton showed again he's untouchable in the rain, producing a brilliant last lap to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday. Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff could hardly believe it as he watched from the team motorhome, clutching his head in disbelief as Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas' time to secure a record-extending 77th pole position in Formula One. Hamilton put his exceptional performance in difficult track conditions down to an intuitive feel for the car. "It is really difficult to arrive in a corner and know how much grip you are going to have," Hamilton said. "You're just looking for a clean line and really tip-toeing around all the corners. It's a bit like doing ballet — not that I've done ballet — but you're tip-toeing and feeling the movement of the car." Just moments earlier, Mercedes' rival Ferrari was 1-2 with Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The scenario changed in a matter of seconds, and Vettel will start fourth behind Raikkonen. Earlier, the third and final practice was held in warm and sunny conditions, but by the time qualifying started there was rain, thunder, and even some lightning. As Ferrari became more cautious, Mercedes stepped it up. "We couldn't have expected this," Hamilton said. "The Ferraris were quicker all weekend, but the heavens opened and it was fair game." Bottas finished second to Hamilton at the rain-soaked German GP last weekend, receiving team orders near the end to hold position and not to try to attack Hamilton. "We are free to fight, so I'm looking forward to it," Bottas said of Sunday's race. Although the Finnish driver regularly insists he is on an equal footing with Hamilton, the widely perceived view is that he is effectively No. 2. The narrow Hungaroring track, nestled in rolling holes on the outskirts of Budapest, is among the most difficult circuits in F1 to overtake. It is considered more favorable to cars with a strong downforce like Red Bull and Ferrari. It certainly looked that way when the weather was warm and things were going Ferrari's way, which explains Wolff's unchecked delight at the end of qualifying. "He wasn't particularly happy with his own driving ... then come qualifying, the session that matters, he was there," Wolff said. "That is a great champion's ability." Vettel was fastest in the final practice in dry conditions and also in Friday's second practice. Hamilton did not finish higher than fourth in all three practice runs. But when the weather changed, so did the fortunes of four-time F1 champions Hamilton and Vettel. "In the wet conditions we aren't as confident as in the dry," Vettel said, candidly. "In the dry we were in control." Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the first practice, but only 12th in qualifying after his team misjudged which tires to use when it started raining. Teammate Max Verstappen could manage only seventh behind French driver Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso car and the Renault of fifth-place Carlos Sainz. Verstappen was cleared of impeding French driver Romain Grosjean following a steward's investigation. Vettel is battling fiercely for the title with Hamilton, who won last Sunday from 14th place on the grid. Vettel was cruising in Germany, but crashed toward the end to hand Hamilton the championship lead by 17 points after 11 of 21 races. Hamilton looked on the back foot in Hungary practice. The British driver complained on team radio about a lack of grip, having also been concerned with his tires. Early into qualifying, Hamilton even feared his tires were "falling apart" but once again he proved himself to be the best in wet conditions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Cave divers get immunity

SYDNEY, Australia — Two Australian divers who helped extract the young football team trapped in a Thai cave obtained diplomatic immunity before the rescue in case it failed, national broadcaster ABC reported Monday. The “Wild Boars” team were stuck in the cave in northern Thailand for 18 days before Thai Navy SEALs and international cave […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

By Elaine Ganley, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. "It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. "We've had lots of problems in France these past years," he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. "This is good for the morale ... Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good." Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged. Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day. Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon's triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks. A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon. Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets. As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France's two World Cup titles. The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words "Proud to be Blue," or French. The celebrations were spread across the nation. For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral. Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal's Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply. "We say it so little ... We should be proud to be French," Griezmann said. Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France's run to the title and the festivities it has sparked. Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe's home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament. "All this euphoria and effervescence, it's positive but it's emotional and ephemeral," he said ahead of France's win. Bourassi said sports is a "catalyst to bring people and nations together." But, he added, it must be built on. "What we're seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?" That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace. Revelers celebrated the moment. "We're happy. It took 20 years ... It's the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates," Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees. The win "shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France," said Omar Bzi. Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said "It's a way to bring the French people together, and also the world." ___ John Leicester in Moscow contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the rouge, blanc et bleu. And for only the second time, France is the World Cup champion. About two-thirds of Les Bleus' roster included players with immigrant backgrounds, a mini-United Nations of soccer talent. "That is the France that we love," Griezmann said through a translator after Sunday's 4-2 victory over Croatia ended the most exciting World Cup final in decades. "It's beautiful to see it." Griezmann's free kick was headed in by Mario Manduzkic for the opening own-goal in the 18th minute, and then he converted a penalty kick for a 2-1 lead in the 38th after video review spotted a handball by Ivan Perisic. Mbappe's speed led to the third goal in the 59th . He added a goal of his own in the 65th , at 19 becoming the second-youngest scorer in a World Cup final behind 17-year-old Pele in 1958. Vive la diversite! A day after Bastille Day, the party was on. "The diversity of the squad is in the image of this beautiful country that is France," midfielder Blaise Matuidi, whose parents are from Angola and Congo, said through a translator ahead of the match. France won on a humid night in Russia, with thunderclaps during play and a downpour during the trophy presentation. Quite different from that indelible summer evening at Stade de France in 1998, when fans in the arena and throughout Paris sang "La Marseillaise" until dawn and young teenagers drove cars while their intoxicated parents sat in passenger seats. People called that team "Black, Blanc, Beur," noting how white, black and North African players came together. Zinedine Zidane, a son of Algerians, headed in a pair of first-half corner kicks against heavily favored Brazil. Patrick Vieira, born in Senegal, fed Normand-born Emmanuel Petit for the third in the 3-0 win. This year's team was perhaps even more diverse. Defender Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon and backup goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in Zaire. Others descended from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Mococco and Senegal, plus Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. "There may be players who come from different origins, but we do have the same state of mind," Griezmann said. "We all play for the same jersey, the cockerel. For our country, we give everything we have. As soon as you wear the jersey, we do everything for each other." He scored the go-ahead goal after the first video review-created penalty kick in a World Cup final. During a delay of about four minutes that might have unnerved less-composed players. Griezmann told himself to pretend it was a league match. "Carry on and do the same thing as I normally do," he remembered thinking. At 27, he in his prime but in the penumbra of Spanish soccer at Atletico Madrid, toiling in a league that Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate. He led the 2016 European Championship with six goals and tied for second with four at the World Cup, three on penalty kicks, earning the Bronze Ball as third-best player behind Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Belgium forward Eden Hazard. Griezmann kissed the trophy, knowing his generation will be revered in the same way Zidane, Petit, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram and Fabien Barthez remain renowned from Calais to Cannes. "From tonight on, I'm sorry for them, but they are going to be different," coach Didier Deschamps said. "Those 23 players will be linked forever, forever. Whatever happens — they might follow different paths, but they will be marked forever and they will be together thanks to this event." Griezmann, man of the match in a World Cup final, will be on posters throughout the republic, asked for endorsements, a mainstay of commercials. He will asked for autographs for the rest of his life. "I'm going to be in the history of French football with my team," Griezmann said. "We don't quite realize it yet. Our children will very proud to have our names.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

From Austria with love: New Alpine lair for 007 opens

In the last installment of his adventures, film-goers saw James Bond dice with death in the Austrian Alps. Now in the same location, 3,000 meters above sea level, a museum dedicated to the world of the fictional spy has opened its doors. After a vertiginous cable-car ride, visitors to the museum will be greeted by the sight of the futuristic, angular concrete structure jutting out of the sheer cliff-face, facing a panorama of dramatic peaks -- the image of a secret agent's lair. The "007 Elements" installation, which opened this week in Austria's Tyrol province, makes use of one of the standout locations of the last film in the franchise, 2015's "Spectre". Sever...Keep on reading: From Austria with love: New Alpine lair for 007 opens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Sky partners with RunRio for Siargao International Marathon this weekend

To continue its zero-waste management and mangrove protection projects in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, running events company Runrio Events, Inc. is holding the Siargao International Marathon with cable, direct-to-home, and broadband provider SKY as official media partner. Thousands of local and international tourists as well as island residents are expected to participate in the destination run on Saturday (July 14) at the Muncipality of del Carmen. The race has five distance categories—3km, 5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km. Island residents may also join for free in the 5km category. “SKY has always been passionate about protecting the environment. We’ve held the SKYathon beach run in the past years for Boracay’s coral reef rehabilitation. Now, we would like to contribute to Siargao’s environmental care by becoming a media partner for the Siargao International Marathon,” said Delbert Santos II, SKY senior marketing manager. Part of the marathon’s route are the coastlines where mangroves from the project were planted last year. The organizers are also bringing in waste management expert to introduce zero-waste management technology in the island. “As early as now, we would like to prevent any environmental damage to happen in Siargao, especially that the island is becoming popular among tourists. With this project, we would like to educate both locals and tourists on how to take care of the island,” said running coach Rio dela Cruz of Runrio Events, Inc. Interested participants of the Siargao International Marathon may still make last-minute registration by visiting www.runrio.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Calls for calm after French police killing sparks riots

NANTES, France – French authorities called for calm on Wednesday, July 4, after riots erupted in the western city of Nantes following a deadly police shooting, highlighting simmering tensions in deprived urban areas.    Rioters set fire to some 30 cars and several buildings on Tuesday night after news spread ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Clashes after French police shoot young man dead

NANTES, France: Groups of young people clashed with police in the western French city of Nantes late Tuesday after a 22-year-old man was shot dead by an officer during a police check. Cars were burned and a shopping centre partly set alight in the Breil neighbourhood as police confronted young people, some armed with molotov [...] The post Clashes after French police shoot young man dead appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

At least 11 dead as sinking ferry run aground off Sulawesi

JAKARTA, Indonesia --- At least 11 people were killed and a frantic rescue operation was underway Tuesday off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi after a sinking passenger ferry was run aground by its captain in a desperate measure to save passengers. South Sulawesi province police spokesman Dicky Sondani said the Lestari Maju ferry was about 200 meters (yards) from shore. It had 139 people on board, according to its manifest, as well as cars, trucks and motorcycles. Photos distributed via the National Disaster Mitigation Agency showed passengers perched on the listing vessel as others descended into the heavy seas using ropes hung over its side. Most appeared to be wearing lifejacke...Keep on reading: At least 11 dead as sinking ferry run aground off Sulawesi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Hope as divers find possible opening to rescue Thai children

MAE SAI, Thailand – A newly-discovered opening to a flooded Thai cave where 12 children and their football coach have been stuck for six days raised hopes for the massive rescue operation for survivors on Friday, June 29. The harrowing around-the-clock search for the boys has been hampered by torrential rains ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Stranded rescue ship with over 200 on board docks in Malta – Al Jazeera

More than 200 refugees and migrants have reached land in Malta, after nearly a week being stuck at sea while […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018