DEFENDING junior champions Denbigh high and senior champions, Holmwood Technical will take another step to defend their title when quarter-final action of the Rural ISSA Schoolgirl Netball Competition gets under way today at Manchester High starting at 10:00 a.m.After weeks of intense competition the top eight junior and senior teams have sorted out themselves and it should be interesting in both sections in Manchester today as close battles are expected with Montego Bay High, Manchester High, Dinthill Technical, Holmwood Technical, Glenmuir, St Thomas Technical and Bishop Gibson High have all joined Denbigh among the juniors.LEADING THE WAYDefending champions, Holmwood Technical, who are also all-island champions will lead the way among the senior teams. Also advancing with them are Denbigh, Manchester High, Herbert Morrison Technical, Thompson Town, Knox College and Anchovy High.The opening matches today among the juniors at 10am will see Holmwood going up against Glenmuir and Manchester High playing Dinthill. All four teams topped their groups in second round action, winning all five matches to finish on 15 points.Denbigh will go up against Montego Bay high at 11:30am, with St Thomas Technical and Bishop Gibson squaring off at the same time.Senior action will get under way at 10:45 am, with home team Manchester High facing Thompson Town and defending champions Holmwood going up against Glenmuir. The remaining games will begin at 12:15pm and will see Denbigh high meeting Herbert Morrison and Knox College playing Anchovy.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T NZ tour operator thl has announced plans to merge its New Zealand rental business with KEA Campers and United Campervans, in a bid to advocate tourism and deliver financial benefits. Although acquisition and implementation costs totalled $1.7 million, thl’s operating profit has been forecast rise to $19.3 million from $16.3 million during the 2012 financial year. “This merger is logical, strategic and the best response to the challenging realities of the current New Zealand market,” thl chairman Keith Smith said. “thl is the industry player that already has the scale to market New Zealand tourism and New Zealand campervan vacations to a broad international audience and therefore the best placed to make the most of the additional brands.” Debt reduction of $19 million is expected in the first eight months after the merger. In the first full year following the merger, operating earnings are forecast to rise to $28.8 million. “The merger is an appropriate response to the challenging macro-economic factors facing New Zealand tourism and the campervan industry,” thl chief executive Grant Webster said. United Campervans principal Kay Howe will join the thl board as an executive director to assist with the merger, while KEA Campers principal Grant Brady is poised to lead thl’s New Zealand vehicle sales operations. “thl, combined with United and KEA, has a great future and will be a powerful advocate for New Zealand tourism particularly in high-value international markets such as the United Kingdom and Europe,” Ms Howe said.thl recently posted high operating profits, despite global instability and economic uncertainty. The merger is scheduled to be completed on 31 October 2012.