Active Deaf Kids Launch – Touch Football

first_imgLast Thursday it was announced the Australian Government will provide an extra $100,000 in funding to Deaf Sports Australia to support the national roll out of its junior participation program.  “Sport is a wonderful platform for inclusion and I commend Deaf Sports Australia for developing this program to overcome the barriers to participation faced by deaf children.” Touch Football Australia was one of four sporting organisations chosen to help launch Deaf Sports Australia’s Active Deaf Kids program at the ACT Netball Centre on Thursday. 28 deaf and hearing impaired children, their parents and teachers witnessed the Federal Minister for Sport Kate Lundy launch the new program. The Minister, being a keen Touch Football player herself, joined the children in the Touch Football clinic organised by Rob Palmer (Touch Football ACT Sport Operations Coordinator) and supported Adam Raptis (Touch Football Australia Sport Development Coordinator) and hard working local volunteer, Greg Ratford. Earlier in her opening address, Minister Lundy explained the rationale of the Active Deaf Kids program stating that it is about ‘levelling the playing field so kids who are deaf or hearing impaired can get involved and participate in sport’. Further she highlighted the importance of sport being a platform of inclusion and a means to overcome the barriers to participation faced by deaf children.  Present to witness the Minister’s launch was the Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth whose support for the new program ensured that this project can happen and to witness the benefits of the Australian Sports Commission investment into participation funding used by Touch Football to meet the challenge of inclusion as set by Minister Lundy. Deaf Sports Australia CEO Craig Dodson and Touch Football Australia’s General Manager Business Operations David Brady were also present.Touch Football Australia’s involvement continues as it utilises the ASC participation funding to support this community inclusion program for deaf and hearing impaired Australians through Touch Football. The next big event is in January 2013 where Canberra plays host of the first National Deaf Touch Football Championships.Related LinksActive Deaf Kids Launchlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blow

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.” last_img read more

Putin opponent Navalny may have been exposed to toxic agent Doc

first_imgMoscow: Russia’s jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny might have been exposed to an unidentified “toxic agent,” his personal doctor said on Monday, while health officials insisted his condition was satisfactory. “Some toxic agent may be the reason for Alexei Navalny’s ‘illness’,” his physician Anastasia Vasilyeva said in a post on Facebook, adding that officials at Moscow’s hospital No 64, which treated him, have behaved strangely. On Sunday, President Vladimir Putin’s top opponent was rushed from jail to hospital suffering an acute allergic reaction. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USVasilyeva said later Sunday the 43-year-old could have been exposed to an “unknown chemical substance”, complaining she was not allowed to properly examine him. A representative of the hospital told AFP on Monday Navalny was “in a satisfactory condition.” “His body temperature is 36.6C,” the representative said, declining to release Navalny’s precise diagnosis. In a new post on Monday, Vasilyeva, who treated Navalny for a serious eye injury in the past, accused the doctors of not wanting to investigate what had caused Navalny’s illness. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThey say “he simply has hives. But why are you lying?” the ophthalmologist said. “They have decided against establishing the cause of generalised oedema and rash.” Vasilyeva and another physician visited Navalny on Sunday but were not allowed to properly examine the politician who had swollen eyelids, discharge in the eye, and rash on his upper body. Vasilyeva said it appeared that he was suffering from acute toxic conjunctivitis and dermatitis. The hospital doctors refused to inform Navalny and his family of his diagnosis and were visibly jittery, Vasilyeva said. She treated Navalny in 2017 when he nearly lost the sight in one eye after an attack by an assailant. She said she was worried for the condition of the damaged eye. Navalny has never suffered from allergies in the past, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh has said. The Putin critic is serving a 30-day jail sentence for calling a mass protest after authorities blocked prominent opposition candidates from taking part in Moscow city elections in September.last_img read more

Charges laid in Prince George Child Pornography Investigation

first_imgAdminister a Stupifying Drug – 246(b) CCVoyeurism – 162(1)(c) CC“This is a disturbing case of child sexual abuse.  Our front line members did a great job in gathering evidence and ensuring this child was saved from the situation and further harm wasn’t brought to this child”. Says Cpl. Carmen Kiener of the Prince George RCMP.No other information will be released by police at this time due to a Court ordered Publication Ban. The following charges have been laid against him;Sexual Assault – Sec. 271 CCSexual Interference – Sec. 151 CCMaking Child Pornography – 163.1(2) CCPossession of Child Pornography – 163.1(4) CCDistributing Child Pornography – 163.1(3) CC PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – RCMP received a report of child pornography that had been located in a Prince George residence on July 5, 2019.An investigation was conducted by the Front Line Officers and the Serious Crime Unit which identified the female child victim and the male offender. Police also discovered that this male offender was making and distributing child pornography of the female child.The male accused is Shawn Robert Dick, 52 years old, a Prince George resident.center_img Dick is a travelling salesman and travels throughout BC.  Due to these factors, police have not ruled out the possibility of more victims and are reaching out to the public.If you have any information about these Criminal offences or believe you or someone you know may be a victim, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300.last_img read more

BJP workers found playing theme song without EC clearance

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission is yet to give BJP permission to play its controversial theme song sung by Asansol MP Babul Supriyo. However, leaders and activists of the party were found playing the song rampantly in the vehicles on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Brigade Parade Ground on Wednesday.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state had categorically told BJP to submit the revised lyrics of the song on the basis of certain recommendations put forward by the commission. After examining the song, the CEO’s office had raised 15 objections and instructed the party to make necessary rectifications in the song, as it would not be possible for the Election Commission to provide clearance for the same otherwise. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state BJP leaders are yet to submit the revised lyrics of the song to the commission. Despite that, some leaders and activists seem to be using the song in their election rallies, flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) laid down by the commission. The city on Wednesday witnessed a classic example of MCC violation when many BJP cadres enthusiastically played the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, without paying heed to the Election Commission’s directive. Some BJP activists were even seen dancing to the tune of Supriyo’s song. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission did not give permission to play the song during BJP’s campaigns or election rallies, as it carries a subtle attack on Trinamool Congress and its Supremo Mamata Banerjee. The CEO’s office had also show-caused Supriyo for releasing the controversial song. In his clarification to the commission, Supriyo claimed that he did not release the song and hence it did not fall under the purview of the commission. Contrary to what Supriyo claimed, the song was found on various social media platforms.last_img read more

Joachim Boldsen about EHF EURO 2012 Everything except the Final is disaster

← Previous Story Tkaczyk: “We are without two leaders” Next Story → Hungarian “easy job” with Slovakia In an interview with the Danish media, Joachim Boldsen, expressed his expectations from the Denmark’s national team at the upcoming European Championship in Serbia, to start in 10 days. He said that everything but a final would be a disaster for Denmark, and now that the team is complete and in good form, he believes that they possess enough strength to win against any opponent, and to perhaps finally dethrone France. Joachim Boldsen read more

What to do if you forget someones name immediately after meeting them

first_img16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change WE’VE ALL BEEN in those situations where we’ve forgotten someone’s name. It’s even worse when it happens immediately after meeting them.How do we deal with it without being awkward? Here’s some helpful advice, gleaned from personal experience, online message boards, and advice columns (some of these may seem a bit obvious, but they’ll be helpful when you land yourself in the middle of that awkwardness and you are incapable of thinking logically).Ask them to put their number in your phone. It’s the best way to get their name without even asking for it. If you’re lucky, they will enter both their first and last names, along with their number. Ask for their email address. Most people have their name within their email address, so it’s an easy way to learn the information you need and gain a valuable connection. It will also show you care about reaching out to them in the future. If they don’t have their name, they might at least have a reference to their college, workplace or favourite hobby within their username, so it can serve as a great conversation starter.[image alt=”” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/jay-z-awkward-296×178.gif” width=”469″ height=”178″ title=”” class=”alignnone” /end]Introduce them to a friend. At a party or networking event, making introductions is expected. Find one of your friends and introduce them first, then wait for your conversation partner to do the same.Wait until the conversation ends, and ask a friend. Oftentimes, you can go through an entire conversation simply using pronouns. There’s always someone else at the party who must have either invited this person or who is in the same network — ask them afterwards.[image alt=”” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/simpsons-gif-2-296×123.gif” width=”296″ height=”123″ title=”” class=”alignnone” /end]Ask them how to spell their name or for their preferred nickname. It’s not a weird question to ask, especially since names such as Jonathan or Alyssa can be adapted and spelled in so many ways.Ask for their business card. They should be eager to share it with you, and it’s a great way to keep them in mind in the future. You’ll always know their name without having to ask again.[image alt=”” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/the-hills-awkward-gif-296×222.gif” width=”296″ height=”222″ title=”” class=”alignnone” /end]End the conversation by reminding them of your name. When you’re finished speaking, you can talk about what a pleasure it was to meet them. For instance, you could say, “It was great meeting you. My name is so-and-so. And what was yours again?”Ask about the meaning behind their name. It’s always fun to learn about why your conversation partner’s parents chose their name. Sometimes, their answers can lead to family histories or fun facts about the origins of words.[image alt=”” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/miley-awkward-296×165.gif” width=”296″ height=”165″ title=”” class=”alignnone” /end]Get creative. You could compare ID and driver license photos, since they’re fun to look at anyway. Or, if you’re really desperate, you could say something along the lines of, “I heard it’s almost impossible to pronounce your own name with a different accent because you’ve used it so much. Can you do it?”Just be honest. They will appreciate your honesty, because everyone understands it’s difficult to remember names. Just politely and apologetically admit that it slipped your mind or that it’s on the tip of your tongue but you can’t think of it now.A gentler approach is the “I know your name, but I’m blocked” dodge, where you can say something along the lines of, “I keep wanting to call you David, but I know that’s not right.”Either way, make sure you do this as quickly as possible — it gets more awkward the longer you wait to ask.READ: Why we smile…and why we fake itREAD: Interactions socially awkward people are sick of having The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

Microsoft and Adobe shake up BlackBerry World 2011

first_imgI never thought I’d be writing so much BlackBerry news so soon after picking up my new PlayBook, but the announcements continue flooding in from Orlando. This morning brought a handful of surprises featuring some familiar faces — like the cast of Rovio’s Angry Birds and Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer.What exactly was Ballmer doing at BlackBerry World? Why, he was announcing a Bing/BlackBerry partnership, of course! Microsoft’s search engine will be embedded deep within the BlackBerry OS and will also power a social networking-driven link rating system and shopping functionality. Bing Maps will receive similar treatment, and both search and maps will become the defaults across all BlackBerry devices.AdChoices广告Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen was also on hand, and took to the stage to confirm that the company would be bringing its creative applications to the PlayBook. That’s not entirely surprising given that the PlayBook shipped with Air and Flash support and Adobe Connect pre-installed. What remains to be seen is which particular apps he’s referring to — I suspect we’ll see Photoshop Express and Ideas, both of which are currently available for Apple’s iPad.RIM is certainly doing its level best to generate excitement and I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen so far, but what’s your take, Geek faithful? Are the announcements coming out of BlackBerry World enough to keep RIM from spiraling down the drain, or is it too little, too late?More at MobileBurn and SlashGearlast_img read more

Nyanyanyana An interview with the creator of Nyan Cat

first_imgYou never know who you are going to bump into at CES, but it is hard to come to this show and not run into celebrities of every caliber. During my search for the next cool gadget I met Chris Torres, the creator of Nyan Cat.It’s difficult to guess just how massive Nyan Cat is, especially when you consider how much has spawned from the animated YouTube video. When asked, Torres explained that the original drawing came from a contribution he had made to a charity event. He took multiple suggestions for an art contribution and sort of mashed them together to create the pop tart cat. Later on, he added in his love for 8-bit and teamed up with DaniwellP to make the YouTube video.The original video has just over 1 million views, with videos uploaded by others that are approaching 100 million views, and has had more spin offs and adaptation than you can imagine.Since Torres did not (and still doesn’t) own the music, the original YouTube video doesn’t participate in any ad placement. This hasn’t stopped Nyan Cat from generating enormous buzz across the internet, enough that Torres now works on maintaining and developing Nyan Cat full time. These days he’s occupied with everything from releasing more videos to launching a pop-up store in New York City. Torres was followed most of the day by a friend who was carrying cases of Nyan Cat plushies, stickers, and key chains. He believes Nyan Cat is the next Hello Kitty, and is working to try and replicate that success.Of the many people that have used Nyan Cat in their personal projects, it’s hard to beat Google when it comes to their contributions. Google’s corporate culture has led to a Nyan Cat mural in one Google building and a whole room dedicated to it in YouTube HQ. Google even release a Nyan Cat emoticon for Google Talk and Hangouts. Google did come to Torres before implementing the emoticon. He noted that the teams at Google all really love the work he has done.It’s interesting to see how a small art project has blossomed into a small business with one of the most memorable Internet explosions in just a short while. When asked what the strangest thing was that has happened as a result of Nyan Cat, Torres directed me to Nyan Cat Man, which involves a man dressed up like pop tart cat staring eerily into the camera as he rides an exercise bike.Photography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

Des araignées coccinelles réintroduites au RoyaumeUni

first_imgDes araignées coccinelles réintroduites au Royaume-UniDes araignées coccinelles, une espèce extrêmement rare qui a frôlé l’extinction, ont été réintroduites dans une réserve naturelle du comté de Dorset, en Angleterre. Grâce au programme de préservation de l’espèce mis en place dans la région, 1.000 de ses petites araignées sont aujourd’hui recensées dans le comté.Jeudi, une colonie d’araignées coccinelles a été réintroduite dans une réserve naturelle du Dorset, au Royaume-Uni, rapporte le site de la BBC. Ces petits animaux ont été baptisés ainsi en référence au dos rouge parsemé de points noirs que les mâles acquièrent lorsqu’ils atteignent l’âge adulte. Très rare, et difficile à observer puisqu’elle passe la majeure partie de son temps sous terre, l’espèce a bien failli disparaître de la région dans les années 1990, quand sa population ne comptait plus qu’une cinquantaine de spécimens.Aujourd’hui, grâce aux efforts menés pour préserver leur habitat, et à un programme de reproduction en captivité, le comté britannique recense plus de 1.000 araignées coccinelles. Jeudi, 30 spécimens les ont rejointes, après avoir été libérés dans la réserve naturelle RSPB Arne, qui abrite quelque 240 espèces d’araignées. Cette réintroduction est particulière pour Toby Branston, le gardien de la réserve. “Participer à l’introduction d’une nouvelle espèce si rare est très excitant, et j’espère que nous pourrons l’aider à se développer” déclare-t-il.Pour être transportées du centre de reproduction à la réserve, les araignées ont été placées dans des bouteilles d’eau vides tapissées de bruyères et de mousse. Un abri idéal pour qu’elles puissent faire leurs nids, affirment les chercheurs. Le 15 août 2011 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp

first_imgBP announced Tuesday it’s selling some of its assets on the North Slope. The company will sell to aging oil fields – Endicott and Northstar – to Hilcorp, a company that is developing oil and gas wells in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp will also buy a 50 percent interest in two other fields- Milne Point and Liberty.Download AudioDawn Patience is a spokesperson for BP Alaska. She says the sale is an opportunity for Alaska to bring new partners to the North Slope.“This is part of BP’s corporate wide view that we are good at managing and operating giant oilfields like Prudhoe Bay and we have a lot of interest in gas value change such as the Alaska LNG project,” Patience said.Patience says BP is committed to increasing production under Governor Parnell’s oil tax reform, including adding two new rigs at Prudhoe Bay by 2016.Hilcorp came to Alaska in 2012, and now operates 18 oil fields in Cook Inlet, after acquiring leases from Chevron and Marathon Oil. Lori Nelson manages external affairs for the company in Alaska. She says Hilcorp wasn’t necessarily looking to enter the North Slope.“The acquisitions that we made in Cook Inlet were kind of a full plate,” Nelson said. “But when opportunities like this come around, it’s not our timing, it’s the sellers and we were certainly open to that opportunity and here we go again.”Nelson says the company plans to extend offers to the vast majority of the 250 BP employees associated with the oil fields Hilcorp is buying.She says the North Slope is a completely different operating area than Cook Inlet, with a separate tax structure. But she says the company is excited by the opportunity.“Long range we’re aiming to reduce operating costs and extend the field life,” Nelson said. “We certainly intend to increase capital investments in hopes of developing additional oil reserves from the Slope.”Nelson says venturing on to the North Slope won’t detract from Hilcorp’s assets in Cook Inlet. Both BP and Hilcorp are hoping to close the deal by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval.BP also announced today it will submit a new development plan for the Liberty field, which Hilcorp will own 50 percent of, by the end of 2014. The company suspended work on the offshore project two years ago because of financial and other concerns. The development is on a man-made gravel island four miles off Alaska’s shore.last_img read more

Full Show Municipal IDs Under SB 4 And State vs Local Government

first_img Share On Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: El Paso’s City Council has voted against creating a municipal ID card program. Why? The city’s mayor — who voted against it — says he didn’t want El Paso to be perceived as a sanctuary city. Municipal IDs are local ID cards issued by cities that could be used by a range of people, including those who are in this country illegally.With the El Paso decision in mind — and with the state’s so-called “sanctuary cities” bill (SB 4) set to go into effect Sept. 1 — what’s the future of municipal ID programs in Houston and across Texas under the new law? We talk with University of Houston political scientist Jeronimo Cortina about why these programs are so controversial.Also this hour: Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently said “people are happy with their governments at their state level, they’re not with the city.” However, a 2016 poll from Gallup suggests the opposite. So what’s really the case? Are people in Houston more likely to get behind City Hall or the Capitol Building? We discuss that and the history of interaction between state and local governments with Mark Jones of Rice University.Plus: We talk with Dena Marks, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League in Houston about hate crimes in the area and how events over the past year might have an effect on their occurrence. And a Texas prisoner responds to a theory that he is a serial killer. We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img read more

State to compensate families of postpoll violence victims

first_imgKolkata: The state government will give compensation to the next of kin of those who died in post-poll violence, including two BJP supporters, announced Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday.While addressing the gathering in Hare School ground in connection to the reinstallation of the statue of Vidyasagar which was vandalised at Vidyasagar College, she said: “It is most unfortunate that 10 people have died in post poll-violence, of which 8 are Trinamool Congress supporters while 2 belong to BJP. I do not support violence.” Banerjee instructed Chief Secretary Malay De to take necessary action in this connection. However, the amount of compensation that would be paid has not been announced yet. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said: “When the Left Front government was defeated after 34 years, we did not pull down statues nor was there any post-poll violence.” She alleged that in Sandeshkhali, BJP workers had killed the Trinamool Congress supporter first. Later, two other persons had been killed. “The police are conducting an inquiry and the report is awaited.” Banerjee said eight supporters of Trinamool Congress have been killed in incidents of post-poll violence. “Even on Tuesday, a Trinamool supporter has been killed in Galsi. What is going on?” she said. Banerjee refuted the statement of Governor K N Tripathi that 12 persons have been killed in post-poll violence. “I respect the Governor but the figure he has quoted is not true.” The Governor met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home minister Amit Shah on Monday in Delhi and submitted a report to Shah.last_img read more

Destination Gippsland WINs Australian Tourism Award

first_imgSource = Gippsland Inspiring Gippsland WalksDestination Gippsland and its ‘Inspired by Gippsland’ marketing campaign won the Tourism Marketing category at the 26th Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held by the National Tourism Alliance (NTA) in Perth on March 11, 2011.The awards recognise tourism industry businesses and organisations who demonstrate excellence in the tourism industry. Finalists must win their state award to qualify for the prestigious national title. Andrew McEvoy, Managing Director of Tourism Australia presented the award to Destination Gippsland’s Chief Executive, Terry Robinson and Chairman Sheila O’Sullivan in recognition for the results achieved by the marketing campaign. “It is great result for the Gippsland tourism industry to win this award.  Marketing our region is a real team effort that includes businesses, Tourism Associations and Local Councils as we co-operatively promote our ‘Inspired by Gippsland’ brand.  Visitor numbers over the past 18 months have been very strong and that contributes significantly to the local economy,” Mr Robinson said. Destination Gippsland is the peak tourism organisation for the region and is supported by Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, South Gippsland Shire, Latrobe City, Wellington Shire, East Gippsland Shire, Parks Victoria and Tourism Victoria.  The ‘Inspired by Gippsland’ marketing campaign focused on working with industry partners to promote Gippsland’s nature based strengths and package great accommodation with food and wine, arts and culture and events. The award recognises the great work of Marketing Manager, James Archibald with the strong support of Elysa Sorahan and the Marketing Committee Chaired by Pearl Findlay-James.The award caps off a successful year for Destination Gippsland. The organisation also won the Victorian Tourism Award for Marketing for the third year in a row and was inducted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame.Gippsland was also represented by David and Melinda Wilson of Montfort Manor after they won the state award for the Best Hosted Accommodation.last_img read more

MH370 causes PR problem for Malaysia

first_imgIn addition, a Bank of America-Merrill Lynch study found that 12 per cent of Malaysia’s tourists were from China and that the treatment of Chinese families by the Malaysian government could affect tourist flows to the country. China has taken issue with Malaysia’s off the cuff conclusion that MH370 definitely crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, even demanding evidence that of such a crash. New footage showing families being separated from public protest has become a public relations problem for Malaysia as well as make the government look cruel. A recent poll by accommodation search website Trivago, found that of the 500,000 Australians that visit Malaysia each year, many are reconsidering visiting again and some who planned it have cancelled their trips. Malaysia’s reputation as a tourist hotspot has taken a beating from the Malaysian government’s ham fisted approach to managing the search and releasing timely information, News reported.center_img The events sector in Malaysia is also suffering due to the debacle, with only 50 tickets sold to the Malaysian F1 Concert, despite selling 1000 tickets last year.   Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Tourism to Malaysia is likely to be affected in many ways because of the MH370 debacle.last_img read more

Hilton expands presence in Colombia with the debut of new hotel in

first_imgHilton announced the opening of Hilton Bogota Corferias, representing Hilton’s 20th property in the country. As the first full-service hotel in the city’s Fair & Convention District, the 410-room property features more than 13,000 sq ft of flexible meetings and events space, including the largest terrace in the area that offers both indoor & outdoor space and spectacular mountain views.“Colombia’s tourism industry continues to set records with a 9% growth in visitor arrivals last year, maintaining a positive year over year momentum,” said Jorge Giannattasio, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton. “The market’s consistent growth paves the way for further tourism development and we are proud to play a significant role in this boom with the opening of our 20th hotel in the destination – Hilton Bogota Corferias. Hilton has been welcoming guests for nearly 100 years and we are thrilled to continue extending our mission to be the world’s most hospitable company throughout this incredible country.”Redefining business travel with first-of-its-kind meeting spaces in the area, Hilton Bogota Corferias forms a part of the Corferias complex, spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá to promote industrial, commercial, social and cultural development in the region.Overlooking the 10,341-foot Monserrate Hill, the hotel’s spacious guest rooms each contain floor-to-ceiling windows, offering unparalleled views of the city and natural light throughout the room. Guests can use amenities including a work desk with adjustable lamp, 50-inch HD TV, a pillow menu and complimentary Wi-Fi. Suites also offer a separate living area for those seeking more spacious accommodations, particularly the presidential suite, which features a large living and cocktail area as well as a dining room, two bathrooms and a king guestroom.Meeting professionals have access to a 5,815 sq ft main ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, a capacity hosting of up to 720 people and seven breakout rooms totalling 13,200 sq ft. Planners can also opt to host their events on a 6,500 sq ft terrace, celebrated as the largest in the city. Within walking distance, business travellers also have access to Agora Convention Center, which was recently completed in late 2017. The five-story glass structure offers nearly 65,000 sq ft of events space, ideal for major summits.“Transformed into a global business hub, Bogotá has been a key market in our brand’s expansion plans due to the rise in tourism,” said Vera Manoukian, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “With the debut of Hilton Bogota Corferias as the Fairs & Conventions district’s first full-service hotel, our goal is to introduce guests to the brand’s intuitive service and world-class amenities while providing them with a memorable travel experience.”Located adjacent to the Corferias Bogota Fairground, the hotel offers a privileged location in the town’s main commercial area within close proximity to La Candelaria colonial neighbourhood, Gold Museum and the Art Museum of the National University of Colombia. Those looking for adventure can hike up Monserrate Hill or indulge in Colombian cuisine as Bogotá is the country’s gastronomic epicentre.last_img read more

Good offensive football provides a team with hope

first_imgGood offensive football provides a team with hope. Bad offensive football breeds despair, and despair is not conducive to fighting off 330-pound butt-guts. Acceptable, as a football player? Never. Understandable, as a human being? Yes. Thank you, Mr. Pope. – / 50 Comments   Share   And this was the undoing of the Arizona Cardinals. Their rush defense, something that had been their strength all season, suddenly collapsed in December. The Seattle Seahawks won the #1 seed in the NFC and the division by rushing for 267 yards; the San Francisco 49ers followed that game by running over the Cards for 206 yards; and the Carolina Panthers rushed for 188 yards in their Wild Card victory over Big Red. I believed coming into this season that the Cards rush defense was a fulcrum to the entire season. I believed if the Cards could remain a top-10 rush defense, they would be a better defense despite losing Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington — because of the addition of Antonio Cromartie. They were a better defense this year but…not in December…and not on Saturday in Charlotte. And the carnage was evident.The question is why? This is something I’m having a hard time determining.It’s not like the rash of injuries they had suffered early in the season were perpetuated. The Cards actually started to get healthier on defense heading into December. Matt Shaughnessy — Grand Master, Guru of the edge and setting the edge — came back, Honey Badger was back (with a cast), and it seemed like things were only going to get better on defense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Hope is a powerful emotion. Many incredible things have been accomplished and endured simply because a human being had the unmitigated temerity to hope. But, unfortunately, hope is not something you choose to do consciously; hope lives in the soul because “hope springs eternal,” does it not? Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blessed: The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come. – Alexander PopeAlexander Pope may have the answer as to why the Cards defense suddenly stumbled down the stretch. The subconscious is where the Cards may have lost hope and, by so doing, doomed their season. Tyrann Mathieu said the defense relaxed, lost their edge and suffered because of it. Lorenzo Alexander concurred and said if you watched the film you would say, “he’s right.” Although this is completely unacceptable, the fact remains: you can’t tell a human being how to feel about something; they either feel a certain way about something or not. And having difficulty at the quarterback position severely limited the Cards offense, which in turn made it very difficult to score points and not being able to score points fills a football team with despair. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If you want to know what happens when you leave a group of boys on an island without adult supervision, read Lord of the Flies — William Golding, 1954. If you want to know what happens to a playoff team whose strength becomes their weakness, read the NFL stat sheet of the Carolina Panthers game. What happens to an entity when its strength becomes its weakness? It creates an atmosphere of chaos. Chaos is not conducive to winning football games. Consistency in execution is conducive to winning football games and that consistency — wherever it manifests itself — becomes your identity. What happens to a person that loses his identity? Many times they become unstable, volatile. last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — As a longtime fan of the Toronto Raptors, “Outlander” cast member David Berry says he’s “very hyped” about their NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors.Problem is, the Toronto native lives in Australia and either has to wake up early to see the games live or catch up later on in the day while avoiding spoilers on social media.“It’s pretty much consuming my life at the moment, as I’m sure it’s consuming all of Toronto right now, and perhaps all of Canada,” Berry said in a phone interview to promote the newly released “Outlander: Season Four” limited collector’s edition blu-ray set and DVD.Berry is among a chorus of homegrown stars — besides Drake — showing support for the team in various ways.“This is trumping everything, how exciting it is in Toronto right now,” said actor and comedian Gerry Dee, the Toronto-based host of the upcoming CBC game show “Family Feud Canada.”Dee was at last Saturday night’s decisive sixth game of the Eastern Conference final, in which the Raptors beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks and clinched their first-ever Finals spot.“It was unbelievable,” he said, noting he was amongst the thousands of fans celebrating afterward on the street outside Scotiabank Arena.“Somebody said, ‘Is that your greatest sports moment live?’ I’m like, ‘That was probably tied for first.’ I was fortunate to be at the gold medal (Team Canada) game in 2010 when (Sidney) Crosby scored, but this is very ‘city’ for me. I’m from Toronto, I was raised here, I was born here and so this is a little extra special.”Alberta-born, Toronto-based world champion figure skater Kurt Browning is excited to take in the games at home with his two boys.“I remember ’92, ’93 when the Blue Jays won the World Series, so I know what it’s like to live in Toronto and to feel the city win — and I mean win the big one,” said Browning, who’s head judge for the upcoming CBC revival of “Battle of the Blades.”“But since then, we have not really had that chance. So I said, ‘Boys, we’re going to get in front of the TV and we’re going to cheer, and if they win it or lose it, we’re going to remember it.’”Nova Scotia-raised actor James Tupper watched Thursday’s Game 1 of the Finals at a restaurant near his hotel while in Toronto promoting season 2 of “Big Little Lies,” premiering June 9 on HBO Canada and Crave.“This whole season my dad has been calling me, ‘Jimmy, are you watching the Raps?’ It’s been all year,” he says. “So for them to do this is so exciting and for me to be here, it was unbelievable.”The Raptors ended up winning Game 1 and Tupper felt they “really dominated.”“I think we have a good chance,” he said. “We outplayed them and we played strong.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Gerry Dee arrives on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 11, 2018. “This is trumping everything, how exciting it is in Toronto right now,” said actor and comedian Gerry Dee, the Toronto-based host of the upcoming CBC game show “Family Feud Canada.” Dee was at last Saturday night’s decisive sixth game of the Eastern Conference final, in which the Raptors beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks and clinched their first-ever Finals spot. “It was unbelievable,” he said, noting he was amongst the thousands of fans celebrating afterward on the street outside Scotiabank Arena. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2019 10:44 am PDT ‘It’s pretty much consuming my life at the moment’: celebs stoked for Raptors triumphlast_img read more

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