Games Village is the best ever, claims Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi today claimed that the standard of training facilities available at the Delhi Games Village is best in the world.”The standard of training facilities that are available here are not available anywhere else in the world. This is one of the best Games Villages that anyone has seen,” Kalmadi said on the occasion of the soft launch of the Commonwealth Games Village here today.”All the facilities in the Village are top class and I am sure the athletes are going to love it. “The training areas comprising of the swimming pool, athletic track, gymnasium, weightlifting and wrestling areas are simply wonderful. In a Games Village, generally, all these facilities are not available at such a large scale,” he added.Putting to rest all rumours about the readiness of the Games Village, Kalmadi, himself led the media contingent to the various parts of the Games Village.”The whole village is ready. The international, the training centres and the accommodations are all in place. The Games Village will open from September 23 and we will have a lot of athletes coming in on September 23, 24 and 25 and they will continue to come till October 2,” said Kalmadi.He also stressed that it is not only their stay at the Games Village that the athletes are going to enjoy but also the event as a whole. “Every evening we are going to have entertainment programmes for the athletes.”Also for the first time, the athletes would be watching the opening ceremony of the CWG. Usually, after the march past they go outside. But here they would come back and sit inside the stadium and watch the cultural programmes, which is going to show 500 years of Indian culture.advertisement”By the time they will go back they will be like a family. They will come as a friend and go back as family. They will enjoy themselves,” said Kalmadi.Addressing the security concerns during the sporting extravaganza that is going to take place from October 3-14, the OC Chairman said, “We just had a security meeting and all issues of security have been sorted out. The Delhi Police have done a great job.”In fact, some of the top officials of Delhi Police have previous experiences of how to run the security during the Games as they have been to Olympics and Commonwealth Games in other countries. The security in the Games Village is of top priority and I am very happy with the arrangement.”All 71 countries are coming. Nobody is afraid. Everyone’s coming. The CWG Association had comprised a team, who used to visit India after every two months. So everyone’s happy about the security,” Kalmadi said.Speaking on the utilisation of the space in the Village, which is spread over 158.4 acres of land, after the Games are over, Kalmadi said it would be a challenge. “There have been a lot of discussion on how to utilise large portions of land after the Games are over. Usually, after such big events there is always a question of how to use these structures and that is a challenge.”The DDA has a lot of sports background. They have opened lot of clubs in the city. After the Asian Games, they opened clubs for the public use and I am sure in this case also they will use it for the public,” he said.Kalmadi also rubbished reports that Dengue will pose a threat to the athletes as the Games Village is still surrounded by a lot of flood water from Yamuna and said there is no need to panic.”Central government, State govt and the MCD are on war footing as far as Dengue is concerned. Lot of Insecticides have been put into place. Lot of fogging is also being done. “The fogging of the Games Village is going to take place from tomorrow. So, we are taking all steps to have safe and healthy Games. There is no cause for alarm at all.last_img read more

Luiz prioritises Chelsea stay but talks yet to start

first_imgDavid Luiz is prioritising staying at Chelsea after rapidly building a positive relationship with manager Maurizio Sarri, Goal understands.Sarri has connected well with the 31-year-old defender, who became an outcast during Antonio Conte’s final season which almost led to the Brazil international leaving the club in the summer.Having leaped back above Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill in the centre-back pecking order, Luiz has created a solid partnership with Antonio Rudiger and he has started every Premier League game this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Napoli and Monaco were both interested in signing Luiz over the summer but were warned off him after Sarri’s pre-season established that he still had a Chelsea future.Luiz is out of contract at the end of the season and free to talk to other clubs in January, but the player’s interest in staying should see negotiations run smoothly between both parties once talks officially start, with Chelsea’s club policy being to only offer one-year deals to players over 30.Sarri has spoken of his support for a player who has won the Premier League, two FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League across two spells at Stamford Bridge, recently backing Luiz for his contribution both on and off the pitch.”It’s not even only about the physical aspect but also about the mental one,” Sarri told Gazzetta Dello Sport. “David Luiz [has] surprised me by his availability and cleverness.”Luiz finds himself in the same position as many other Chelsea players whose contracts expire on June 30 next year. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Cahill, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero have all yet to begin talks with the west Londoners.Meanwhile, Chelsea are also looking to renew deals for Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante. Chelsea are hoping to tie Kante down to a new record-breaking £290,000-a-week deal, although that figure could quickly be usurped by any new contract for Hazard, which could break the £300,000-a-week barrier.In addition, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely have a meeting in the upcoming weeks to discuss his situation, but he has improved his status within the squad in recent months and remains hopeful of a long-term future at his boyhood club.Danny Drinkwater will be allowed to exit Chelsea after an underwhelming £35-million move from Leicester in 2017, which has seen the 28-year-old feature just 12 times in the Premier League and not once since Sarri replaced Conte as manager.last_img read more

West Virginia QB Will Grier Injured Against Texas

first_imgA closeup of Will Grier dropping back for a pass.MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 09: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass during the second quarter against the East Carolina Pirates at Mountaineer Field on September 9, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)West Virginia senior quarterback Will Grier, one of the best signal-callers in the nation, was injured against Texas on Saturday. Grier, while being tackled by a Longhorns defender, appeared to grab his left knee after he hit the turf.Grier was able to walk off the field on his own power, but he was clearly favoring his other leg. It’s too early to tell if he’s sustained any real damage.Texas defensive lineman Malcolm Roach was called for a horse collar tackle on the play. The call gave West Virginia a first down.Here’s video of the play. You can tell that Grier lands awkwardly when he’s pulled down to the ground.Will Grier has exited the game from this play. He walked off on his own, return status unknown pic.twitter.com/fEITCfWHm9— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) November 3, 2018Texas, at the moment, leads the Mountaineers 14-10 early in the second quarter.Update: Grier returned to the game after a few plays off and promptly threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Sills V.It looks like he’s going to continue playing.last_img read more

What’s Cool in Lynchburg, Virginia

first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities There aren’t many towns these days that balance cozy and quaint with liberal and exciting. Usually when we stop in small towns on a road trip they are pretty lack luster. Not so in Lynchburg, Virginia.Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the James River, Lynchburg is known as the hill city. Not to wax too poetic but upon arriving and seeing the Victorian brick buildings staggered down the hill to the river, it reminded us of an Italian village in Tuscany. All those historic brick buildings sprouted up when the town was known as ‘The Pittsburgh of the South’ when it was one of the wealthiest manufacturing cities in the nation. You can thank all of those monied manufacturers with building not only grand buildings but equally impressive mansions you can drive by on Rivermont Avenue.Only an hour from Charlottesville, Lynchburg is a secluded Southern retreat with enough to do to keep your Instagram feed full, but it is equally relaxing and the perfect place to do absolutely nothing but enjoy the view.PLAYHistoric District Walking TourTo see how the tobacco barons lived in the 19th Century, walk or drive through these prosperous neighborhoods full of Queen Ann and Federal style mansions that made Lynchburg the wealthiest city for it’s size at the time. Self-guided brochures are available at the Lynchburg Visitor Information Center.Point of HonorSpeaking of wealthy, Point of Honor is a stunning Federal home on the James River. Built around 1817 by Doctor George Cabell, the site was where duels were held, , hence it’s name. Tour the home and the grounds and get a great view of downtown Lynchburg from the front lawn.The Old City CemeteryDon’t roll your eyes at a cemetery visit. This place is pretty epic.Established in 1806 it is the oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use. A virtual village there are five museums on site telling the stories of the diverse population of over 17,000 buried there from African Americans to Civil War vets.Blackwater Creek BikewayIf you want to have some nature time, this is one of the most popular trails in the city. Built along an abandoned railway bed it is ideal for jogging, walking or biking. There are paved and earthen trails so you can take your pick depending how much nature you want.The James RiverFloat, paddle and swim the James River. Drop in below downtown and drift along the same route the historic batteaus followed on the way to Richmond.Poplar ForestThomas Jefferson’s Monticello often had over 20 family members crowding its rooms. To get away from it all he built Poplar Forest. This place is a real gem to explore since it isn’t as well known as Monticello and was Jefferson’s little paradise. Historical restoration is still ongoing so it’s a treat to spend time here and see what has recently been discovered.SHOPMain Street is a great place to stroll, pop into shops and get a feel of the town.We were there for four days and still didn’t get to everything but why not save something for the next trip? Here are some faves.City Place CigarSince you are in one of the tobacco capitals, it is only fitting you stop in for a relaxing smoke. Note: Great place to dive into while the ladies hit the shops!Estates and ConsignmentsThis is the vintage/antique mother lode. Located in a warehouse you can spend hours browsing their old books, lighting, art and furniture.Galaxie ModernIf you are a Mid-Century fan, be sure to swing into this amazing space filled with art, lighting and furniture from the 50s and 60s.EAT & DRINKMarket at MainWe kicked off every morning at this local favorite.One day we were there at 8am and had the place to ourselves but on a Saturday when we went at 10 you could barely grab a table. The Sweet Potato pancakes can’t be beat.Lynchburg Community MarketDown the street from Market on Main is the delightful community market. There is great local produce to ogle as well as a delicious creperie, bakery and an Apple Cider Donut food truck.The White Hart CoffeeWhile upon first glance we thought it might be a tad hipster for us, the coffee was perfect and the staff couldn’t be nicer.Waterstone PizzaLocated in our hotel on the bottom floor, this place is no fuss, great people and they make their own damn beer upstairs!Millstone Tea RoomSave this for your big night out. One, because it is amazing, two because it is about 45 minutes away. This foodie mecca is housed in an old farm house overlooking route 122 (cows, trucks, sunsets, you got it all). Tea Rooms were where travellers stopped for a little refreshment long before BP and Quiznos were at every exit. But this is no roadside diner. We got down on oysters, local vegetables, fish and a damn good rabbit sausage with a South Street 365 Shandy. Just about everything comes from local sources, so eat up and don’t get too crunk to drive home.The Texas InnNow if you do imbibe too much Krispy Kolsch downtown, then for sure, head to The Texas Inn for some greasy chili goodness. This place is so iconic that local weddings even request a ‘cheesy’ table. A Cheesy Western is a hamburger with a fried egg, American cheese and tangy relish. Yeah, you won’t regret it.Town Kitchen ProvisionsAlso owned by the Millstone Tearoom team, this spot in Bedford is housed in an historic old cottage and is ideal for everything you need for the perfect picnic or just a cozy lunch.STAYCraddock Terry HotelLocated in the center of town in a former shoe factory, this is the most fun place to stay in town. Huge plush beds, great eco-friendly bath products and a bar that kicks into high gear every evening around 5pm, you can’t really beat it. Plus they are pup friendly so there are lots of dawgs running about. They do not serve breakfast so we were at Market on Main every morning which is a five minute walk from the hotel.The Federal Crest Inn Bed and BreakfastLocated downtown in the more residential area, Federal Crest is housed in a grand old home built in 1909. Handsomely restored, it is located in a historic district and offers a homemade breakfast each morning and well-appointed rooms. Definitely more appealing for a quiet weekend away. 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention center_img 1. Market at Main 2. Abandoned Factory 3. Point of Honor 4. The Old City Cemetery 5. The Courthouse 6. Town Kitchen Provisions 7. A Cheesy Western 8. Historic District Home 9. Poplar Forest 10. Craddock Terry Hotel 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

This Unique Barn-Inspire Home Stands Out for Standing Out

first_img Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV MVRDVSome architects love to push the envelope by building structures that seem to defy gravity. Other architects like incorporating little touches of whimsy into their designs. The folks at architectural firm MVRDV do both, and they do it in stunning fashion. Since their inception in 1993, the team has created buildings and art installations that demonstrate how radical contemporary architecture can get while also adding a touch of playfulness that intrigues and engages visitors. Balancing Barn is a shining example of just how far they can go. Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Inside, Balancing Barn has all of the amenities of traditional vacation rentals. There are four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, a full kitchen open to the dining area, and a spacious sitting area with fireplace. Sliding panels of glass off of the dining area lead out to a breakfast terrace and there is a fire pit for cooking outside on warm days. Throughout the home, large picture windows frame beautiful views of the English countryside. But there are also bonuses that make this holiday getaway stand out from the rest. The home, which sits on six private acres, is also a gallery for ultra contemporary artwork. Outside, below the cantilevered section, a swing hangs from the home, beckoning the brave to take a ride if they dare. The underside of the home is also clad in the reflective steel tile, turning the space into an almost Wonderland-like hideaway.MVRDVExcited at the idea of a stay in Balancing Barn? You can book a getaway through Living Architecture. The popularity of this retreat means they are fully booked for the remainder of this year, so you will have to wait a while before you can snag a spot for yourself. But the thrill of taking a ride on that swing will be worth it. A stay here will leave you crossing your fingers that MVRDV understands Newton’s Law of Gravity better than we do (which is not at all).For more of MVRDV’s gravity-defying work, check out their Seasaw art installation. Located in Thorington, Suffolk, United Kingdom, Balancing Barn was built in 2010 as a vacation rental for Living Architecture. Created as a way to connect people with the beauty of contemporary design, Living Architecture commissions unique holiday homes around the United Kingdom. It was a perfect collaboration for both companies. Each has a philosophy of providing immersive experiences and enhancing people’s appreciation of contemporary design. Balancing Barn provides all of this and then some. The fun of Balancing Barn begins with the journey along the nearly 1,000-foot long driveway. As you approach the home, it appears to be a simple, and small, dwelling. It isn’t until you are nearly upon it that the drama of Balancing Barn reveals itself. The home is 98 feet long and half of the structure cantilevers precariously over a sharp slope in the land. It’s enough to induce vertigo in even the most adventurous. And that’s just the start of the immersive experience. From the playful reflective steel tile exterior to a window in the floor of the family room, around every corner there is a chance for vacationers to interact with the building. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference?last_img read more

Major Events Spark Economic Growth Strategic Partnerships for Nova Scotia

first_imgTrade Centre Limited (TCL) is helping Nova Scotia’s economic growth by attracting research conferences, top-flight musical artists and exhibitors from around the world to Nova Scotia. TCL released its annual report today, Sept. 10, for the period of April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. The report highlights the impact of major events, strategic partnerships and national and international conferences on the province’s economy over the past year. “These types of events create a number of community and economic benefits for our entire province,” said David Wilson, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Hosting major events in Nova Scotia helps create jobs, business development opportunities and new partnerships that grow Nova Scotia’s economy and attracts new visitors to our province.” In 2011-12, TCL facilities hosted 848 events that attracted 638,850 attendees. TCL revenues for the year were $14.2 million, with an operating loss, before depreciation, of $32,335. Total direct spending by event planners, delegates and exhibitors in Nova Scotia was $100 million. Of this, $75.5 million was new money to Nova Scotia’s economy, which generated 1,737 person years of employment and $6.1 million in provincial tax revenues. “We have focused our approach on attracting events that offer a range of tourism and economic development opportunities for Nova Scotia,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of TCL. “Strong relationships with partners around the world have enabled us to position Nova Scotia on the international stage and, as a result, attract first-class events and talent to our province.” For more information on TCL’s 2011-12 performance, visit www.tradecentrelimited.com . Trade Centre Limited (TCL) is a provincial crown corporation with core business areas including, World Trade and Convention Centre, Exhibition Park, Events Nova Scotia, Ticket Atlantic, Halifax Metro Centre, major events and World Trade Centre Atlantic Canada. Its mandate is to create economic and community benefits by bringing people together in Halifax and Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Accused in slaying of wife at longterm care centre told nurse he

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal man on trial for the killing of his ailing wife told a senior nurse at the long-term care facility where she lived that he had suffocated her, a jury has heard.Linda Desgagne testified at the second-degree murder trial of Michel Cadotte that the accused asked to speak to her alone after informing other staff on Feb. 20, 2017 that his wife was dead.Desgagne says that is when a tearful Cadotte told her he had smothered Jocelyne Lizotte with a pillow and that he couldn’t deal with his wife’s advanced Alzheimer’s anymore.The nurse, who has more than 30 years experience, says she had attended a meeting requested by Cadotte a year earlier at which he asked whether Lizotte qualified for medically assisted death.Desgagne says that Cadotte was told his wife did not meet the criteria for the life-ending procedure. He did not react strongly but said he would seek a legal opinion.Lizotte, 60, was in the late stages of the neurodegenerative disease and was entirely unable to care for herself.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UK warns of gangs in Lanka

“Organised and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence. While there is no evidence to suggest that British nationals are at particular risk, gangs have been known to operate in tourist areas. A British national was killed during a violent attack by a gang in a tourist resort in December 2011,” the travel advice said. The British Foreign Office has warned visitors to Sri Lanka to be mindful of organised and armed gangs known to operate in Sri Lanka who have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.The Foreign office, in a May 30th update, says while violent crimes against foreigners are infrequent, there have been an increasing number of reports of sexual offences including on minors. It also says women should take particular care when travelling alone or in small groups, and carry a personal alarm. As was first reported in the Colombo Gazette on Saturday, the travel information for US citizens visiting Sri Lanka said that while most violent crime occur within the local community reports of violent crime and sexual assaults directed at foreigners have been increasing in recent months.It further adds that organized and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence, although there is no evidence to suggest that U.S. citizens are at particular risk. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam Just this week the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka had been summoned by the External Affairs Ministry to seek a clarification on a travel note issued by the US State Department also in May to US citizens visiting Sri Lanka.The US State Department had, in the travel note, cautioned it’s citizens when visiting Sri Lanka of crimes targeting foreigners. read more

Indias HRC probes kidney racket involving Lanka

Kanhu was the only son of a menial labourer Barun Behera of Harijan Sahi area in Phulbani. He had to discontinue his studies to do odd jobs to add up to the meagre income of his family. The NHRC intervened in this matter following a complaint filed by human rights activist Akhand. The case taken up by Akhand was related to Kanhu Behera (20) of Phulbani, district headquarters of Kandhamal.Kanhu had agreed to provide one of his kidneys to a person in Berhampur for Rs. 3.5 lakh in April this year. The kidney transplant had been done in a hospital in Sri Lanka. India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has intervened in a case of alleged kidney sale by a dalit youth of Kandhamal district which also involves Sri Lanka.The Hindu newspaper reported that NHRC has sought an Action Taken Reports (ATR) from the concerned collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) within four weeks. The NHRC issued directives to the Kandhamal collector and SP on June 17 to file the ATR. Speaking to The Hindu , Mr Akhand said there are hints that the whole deal of kidney transplant was done through some middlemen.According to him, it is the duty of administration and the police to unearth this racket that persuades the poor to sell off their kidneys.In his petition before the NHRC, Mr Akhand had tried to prove that poverty was the reason behind Kanhu agreeing to sell his kidneyfor money. Akhand had also alleged that nefarious brokers were active in the sale of kidneys belonging to the poor in the State in his petition.According to him, a broker had come in contact with Kanhu to motivate him to sell one of his kidneys to arrange money for construction of a house for his family.“Acute poverty was the only reason for this dalit boy to opt for selling his kidney as his family doesn’t have a BPL card and has received no government assistance yet,” said Akhand. read more

New touring live events announced for NXT in February

first_img Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Google+ WhatsApp Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta RAW Preview: Stephanie to make WrestleMania announcement, Live RAW Post-Showcenter_img Facebook WWE COO Triple H posted the following on Twitter on Monday, announcing new touring live events for NXT in the month of February:“The FIRST leg of the @WWENXT #NXTRoadTrip hits: #NXTMemphis #NXTNashville #NXTIndy from Feb. 4-6, 2016. #WeAreNXT .@WWENXT then heads east to: #NXTPhilly #NXTAsburyPark #NXTAlbany from Feb. 18-20 #WeAreNXT Tickets available for public pre-sale, THURSDAY, January 7th at 10am local time. Be a part of the future. http://NXTTickets.com #WeAreNXT”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipApple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per MonthVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Apple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per Monthlast_img read more

US tribal casino operator Foxwoods to target regional Japanese IR

first_img“All of the locations being discussed – Osaka, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hokkaido – have their own individual charm and appeal but we certainly can’t help but notice that in some of the regional areas there is somewhat of an overlap in terms of what we’ve built in Connecticut and what some of the prefectures and communities are looking to build here,” Rappaport said.“We are a perfect example of a destination resort where people are willing to drive a little further or travel a little further because once they get there, there is a whole feast of things to do.“We know it is a very competitive environment (for a Japan license) and we also know our limitations. Are we the biggest gaming company in the world? Absolutely not. But we think we bring certain advantages that perhaps other companies don’t have.”Felix RappaportIn particular, Rappaport points to Foxwoods’ tribal roots as a good match for Japan where respecting and showcasing traditional Japanese culture will play an important role in any IR development.Foxwoods is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on their reservation located in Ledyard, Connecticut – a remote location about 80 miles from Boston and 125 miles from New York. The resort boasts six casinos and covers more than 9 million square feet with a large range of non-gaming attractions and amenities.“Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is a community and a government of 1,000-plus members and they’ve been in the area for hundreds and hundreds of years – long before the European settlers came – and they are very proud of their community,” he explained.“They are very proud of what they’ve built but they also have great respect for other cultures so if I’m Japan, I’m making sure that, be it through museums or attractions, you build in all of that rich history and culture. The wonderful thing about Japan is that each region has its own rich history and each of the IRs that is built can have a reflection of what makes that particular region unique.”Rappaport also sees some synergy in the likely investment threshold of Japan’s regional locations where mooted figures hover around the US$2.5 billion mark – well below the US$10 billion the likes of Las Vegas Sands and Melco Resorts have suggested for an IR in Tokyo or Osaka.“We have participated in the RFI process in a couple of the jurisdictions and I think the number that we hear is more in the US$2 billion to US$3 billion range which is still a significant investment,” he said.“We estimate that to recreate Foxwoods in today’s dollars in the US is probably a US$2.5 billion to US$3 billion investment, so that’s probably not totally out of line. I think it really depends.“We are all about partnerships. We are the ultimate in respectful partners so when we come to Japan or to a particular target area for an IR we want to partner with people. We want local companies and local investment partners to work with us.” RelatedPosts The CEO of US tribal casino Foxwoods has pointed to Japan’s regional IR city candidates as the perfect fit for his company’s long-term ambitions as it explores possible international expansion.Speaking exclusively to Inside Asian Gaming at the Japan Gaming Congress last week, Felix Rappaport outlined Foxwoods’ intention to pursue a Japan casino license, noting that although he was interested in any and all candidate locations, a regional IR appears to be a perfect fit. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more

Soldotna Council Fixes Housekeeping Issues Regarding Mayor Clerk

first_imgCouncilman Tim Cashman authored the first ordinance to pass… Murphy wrote that the motion was needed after an ordinance in January changed the City of Soldotna Clerk’s Boss from the City Manager to Council. Council Member Cashman:”It basically just puts an ordinance that says the Mayor has the same authority over the Manager and the Clerk, as does any member of the council, because currently the Clerk and the Manager only report to the Council and not to the Mayor. This just includes the Mayor in that loop, which is really the practice that we’ve always used.” He added that it was not a change in any sort of power but the ordinance succinctly states how the chain of command works. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council passed two ordinances unanimously Wednesday evening, amending minor inconsistencies in the city’s codes regarding the responsibilities of the Mayor and City Clerk. The second ordinance was penned by Councilwoman Linda Murphy, in an effort to draw more clear lines between responsibilities of the City Clerk and City Manager. City Manager Stephanie Queen wrote a memo to the ordinance saying, “This ordinance reorganizes portions of the Soldotna Municipal Code, to bring it into conformity with the current City Clerk reporting structure.”last_img read more

Mashable Closes Its First Capital Investment

first_imgMashable announced today that it closed on its first-ever capital round, a $13.3 million Series A investment led by Updata Partners. Since starting in 2005, the company’s founder and CEO Pete Cashmore says Mashable has grown “without a dollar of funding,” until now.CNN’s Brian Stelter, who broke the story, points out that Mashable had toyed with the idea of being acquired in 2012—ironically and potentially to CNN—but instead forged ahead as an independent company. Soon after, the company, which now says it has 30 million monthly readers, launched a new responsive design site that doubled down on the mobile content gold rush, social sharing and native advertising. Mashable has since launched a content marketing operation called BrandLab and a social media-based advertising program called Lift. Joining Updata in the investment are New Market Ventures Partners, Social Starts, Buddy Media co-founders Michael and Kass Lazerow, Iglo Group CEO Elio Leoni Sceti and Havas CEO David Jones.“We will use the capital to grow our reach, technology capabilities, invest in video and new storytelling formats, grow the company’s BrandLab, which now engages with some of the world’s best brands, and work on new products that will be announced next year,” says Mike Kriak, Mashable’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, in a statement provided by the company. “This means we’ll be increasing headcount by as much 50 percent, and we will move to a new headquarters in New York City to house our rapidly growing team, and be opening up new offices in London and Los Angeles.”Mashable currently employs about 120 people.last_img read more

Ahead Of Midterms Houstonians Diverge On Immigration Issues

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.Democrats and Republicans seem to be more divided than ever this election season – but one issue divides Americans more than any other: immigration.  00:00 /04:02 So what do these divisions sound like in a city that prides itself in its large immigrant population? An array of Houstonians weigh in: “I know more politics here than in my country,” says A.J. Dhannayak who works in IT. Dhannayak came to the U.S. from India 12 years ago and is here legally on a work visa. Dhannayak says even though he pays taxes here, he can’t vote or even change his job because of his immigration status. He wishes becoming a citizen was easier and complains about a long case backlog. He and his wife want to have kids, but they haven’t yet because they’re worried they could lose their work visas and be forced to leave immediately. “It’s hard to sleep at night sometimes because I invested so much of my energy, my life and my money into this country,” says Dhannayak. Dhannayak used to support Senator Ted Cruz, but now he says, “I think we should go for another candidate this time. When I say ‘we’ I know I can’t vote but, yes, Texans should go for another candidate and see how it works – at least.”G. Torres, a paralegal, says she’s not sure who she’s going to vote for – or if she’ll vote at all. She’s a supporter of legal immigration, but also thinks Dreamers should be able to stay in the country. “A lot of Dreamers are either college graduates and want to further their education and I think they should be allowed to have some kind of legal status to continue because I do think they would benefit the U.S.,” says Torres. An older Republican man who wished to remain anonymous says he thinks immigrants do add to the country but says they should have to learn English and assimilate – and they should come here legally. He supports a wall and thinks border security should be a priority and says it’s a matter of national security. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaHarris County Republicans gather at a debate watch party in Houston to watch Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke spar over immigration, other issuesThose sentiments were echoed during Cruz and O’Rourke’s last debate – many energized voters spoke enthusiastically about border security at the debate watch party at Harris County Republican headquarters.But not all Republicans agree.Attorney Chase Bradstreet also works as communications director for the Houston Young Republicans.He says he’s voting for Senator Cruz, but when I ask him which candidate reflects his views on immigration he says, “I disagree with a lot of the rhetoric from our own party about it.”He’s for a merit-based immigration system. And instead of building one big border wall, Bradstreet says, “That is, of course, infeasible, however border structures are important. They help facilitate a patrol.” In terms of what to do with Dreamers, Bradstreet says, “It really depends on a case by case basis.” He says either way presidents shouldn’t be making that decision at all. Overall, though, he says it shouldn’t be up to the President. “Only one body has been given the constitutional prerogative to define admissibility and that is the Congress,” says Bradstreet. Of course, it’s members of Congress we’ll be electing this November who will have the chance once again to reform the laws that decide who gets to call the United States home. Listen Pew research shows while Republicans see ‘illegal immigration’ as the single most pressing issue facing our country, Democrats ranked it their lowest priority among 18 different issues. Democrats also scored the treatment of undocumented immigrants as a high priority, which was much less important to Republicans, according to the Pew survey. You can hear these divisions in the barrage of political ads this season: X Sharelast_img read more

Introducing the Amenbo a five independent finger mouse w video

first_img Mouseless, the ‘invisible’ computer mouse (w/ Video) (PhysOrg.com) — When you hear the name Amenbo, what do you think of? Is it a computer mouse? Apparently the fine folks over at Double Research & Development Company did think of a mouse because they names their newest mouse the Amenbo. Of course, anything with a name this funky cannot be ordinary, it has to be unique and the Amenbo definitely is unique. Explore further Citation: Introducing the Amenbo, a five independent finger mouse (w/ video) (2011, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-amenbo-independent-finger-mouse-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com The Amenbo uses a set of pads that are placed under each of the fingers on a users hand. These pads are then used to determine the pressure and movements of each of those fingers and send that input into the PC. Each of these pads is then connected to a wire mesh that allows them to work in concert should they need to, or the fingers can work individually by adjusting the amount of pressure that is placed onto them. The mesh is able to stretch to accommodate the size of the user’s hand. With this system the mouse can then be used with a range of software applications that can work with complete hand recognition.Potential applications for the Amenbo including working with 3D CAD data. The system usually requires a user to operate both a 3D mouse and a standard mouse, one in each hand, which can be cumbersome and requires an adjustment period in order to gain proficiency. The Amenbo would be able to replace the two-mouse system. No word on the pricing or availability of this new style of mouse as of yet. Interested parties should contact the Double Research & Development Company for more information. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers suggest wild animals avoid power lines due to UV light emittance

first_img High-voltage power lines are a source of UV light due to a build-up of ionized gas—when it suddenly dissipates, flashes of UV light are emitted. The larger the buildup and release the larger the flash. Power companies try to minimize such build-ups as they indicate a loss of power, or inefficiencies in a line—they use special goggles to find and repair large problem areas. Normally people only become aware of the flashes when they hear cracking or popping noises, particularly in winter.Many animals (approximately 35 known species) on the other hand, are able to see UV light in all its glory, and most of them appear to find it alarming in power cables. It tends to cause fragmenting of species, problems with grazing and a reduction in populations. Prior to this study, it was thought that perhaps animals avoided power line paths due to the openness of the terrain created when trees are removed. In this new effort, the researchers note that one species of animal, reindeer, appear to be particularly sensitive to the UV light. Not only can they see UV light (normally used to help find plants buried beneath snow) but their eyes are particularly sensitive to it because of the long dark winters. They see the UV light as random flashes lighting up the area (made worse when it bounces off snow and ice) accompanied by popping noises. It’s enough to cause the animals to stay away from lines and structures—they won’t walk under them, leaving them cut off from land on the other side. The problem has caused herders in Norway to be at odds with power companies over construction of new lines.Scientists have noted a tendency for animals to avoid power lines in places all over the globe, but were confused as to why—power lines are high enough to avoid contact and few people are around once they are put up. Some have suggested it was due to clear cutting vegetation, but animals in areas where there is little vegetation to begin with (such as reindeer habitat) have avoided them as well. More studies will have to be done to conclusively prove that it’s UV light, but at this point, it appears likely. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers find UV sensitivity in wide range of mammals More information: Tyler, N., Stokkan, K.-A., Hogg, C., Nellemann, C., Vistnes, A.-I. and Jeffery, G. (2014), Ultraviolet Vision and Avoidance of Power Lines in Birds and Mammals. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12262 Credit: Tony Boon/Wikipediacenter_img Journal information: Conservation Biology Explore further Citation: Researchers suggest wild animals avoid power lines due to UV light emittance (2014, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-wild-animals-power-lines-due.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.K. and Norway has published a paper in the journal Conservation Biology suggesting that the reason wild animals avoid power lines is because they are bothered by visible UV light. Humans cannot see UV light, and have thus been mystified as to why deer and other animals avoid power lines and the sometimes large frameworks that hold them.last_img read more

An exhibition of varied colours

first_img‘Beyond Colours’, a mesmerising colourful painting, sculptures and photography exhibition kick-starts amidst the sparkling inauguration ceremony at the Visual Art Gallery of Delhi’s most happening place, India Habitat Centre.According to the organiser and curator, Amrita Prakash, the exhibition will depict the masterpieces of paintings, sculptures and the photographs, clicked by experts in their varied fields. The exhibition is on for the visitors till May 9 from 10 am to 8 pm. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the inaugration, the guest of honour, Vijendra said, “I am feeling an immense honour to inaugurate this blissful colourful painting exhibition organised under the expert supervision and guidance of curator, Amrita Prakash. I just don’t have enough words to express my gratitude and happiness.” The works displayed by the varied artists are remarkable and spell-bound. On the one hand, where Anita Dinesh’s expert selection of vivid mesmerising colours depict the wonderful ways of worshipping to Lord Shankar; on the other hand, Archana Singh’s perfect blends of eye-soothing colours on her canvas depicts the real harsh conditions in which the ‘adivaasi’ community people are forced to live in. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf one wants to attain the eternal peace, then Bindu Chutani’s paintings are the perfect solution. Using the perfect blends of water colours on the canvas, Bindu’s paintings of flowers look so real and majestic that it soothes a person’s eyes and lets her/himself feel an eternal peace.Highlighting the main purpose of organising such Exhibition, the Curator, Amrita Prakash said, “We have organised this exhibition not only to provide our art lovers an opportunity to experience the power of mesmerising colours, but also to give our artists of all ages and groups of the society a stage or platform to showcase their inevitable works in the public as well. The main attraction of our exhibition is the display of masterpiece sculptures by our very special artist, Vivek Kumar. Besides being a differently-abled, Vivek has created such beautiful sculptures that could lead a person to be spell-bound. In order to ease our art lovers, the entry to the exhibition has been made free of cost!”last_img read more

VIDEO Vontaze Burfict jumps into the Washington stands and pretends hes a

first_imgCincy linebacker Vontaze Burfict jumped a Kirk Cousins pass in the second quarter of today’s preseason game against the Redskins and took it to the house for a pick six.After the score, the controversial Burfict jumped into the FedEx Field stands, but it wasn’t to go after someone, it was to celebrate his TD by pretending he was a fan, waiving back to the other players on the field.Vontaze has a bad rep, and much of it deserved, but this is here is a quality group celebration.we gonna be honest about kirk this year or nah? RT @firstandskol: Vontaze Burfict with a pick six on Kirk Cousins pic.twitter.com/ODHmXQeWM1— Chaos and Disorder (@onlychyld) August 27, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

We get it Sean McVay is young well kept and a br

first_imgWe get it. Sean McVay is young, well kept and a brilliant offensive football guru.The Los Angeles Rams head coach finding success over the past two years basically forced opponents in a copy-cat league to copy-cat his hiring.Last offseason, the Chicago Bears made a similar move by hiring then-39-year-old Matt Nagy, and their success with a 12-4 season in 2018 only built other NFL teams’ confidence that young, offense-first football coaches are the way to go. “He’s had a lot of success running a variety of different offenses, and you’ve seen him succeed with a lot of different players, whether it be going back to A&M, Houston, even when you look at what he’s done at Texas Tech when he was head coach there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Packers bought in this offseason. They hired former Rams and Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, who coached under McVay in L.A. last season.Also buying in were the Arizona Cardinals, who on Tuesday hired fired Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury to replace the ousted Steve Wilks. A handy guide to whether you’ll be getting a head coaching job: pic.twitter.com/tORtXdlvyR— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 7, 2019Like LaFleur and McVay, Kingsbury is in his 30s.And like LaFleur, Kingsbury is linked to the Rams head coach, who said in December he spoke with Kingsbury about potential job opportunities on the Los Angeles staff. Kingsbury, who was fired by Texas Tech after this past season, instead took the offensive coordinator post with the USC Trojans.Related LinksRapid Reactions: Cardinals hire Kliff Kingsbury as next head coachKliff Kingsbury hire refreshes, brings life back to Arizona CardinalsThey will reportedly be paid a buyout of $150,000 by the Cardinals after Kingsbury left USC following a brief stay.So after Arizona hired Kingsbury on Tuesday, McVay gave the NFC West division rival his stamp of approval.“I couldn’t be happier for him. I know that he’ll do a great job,” McVay told reporters in Los Angeles. “We’ll try to get after him twice a year, but other than that, you know, happy for Kliff. He’s a great coach, great communicator, great understanding of how to apply pressure to a defense.center_img 7 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

2 Brussels Charleroi Belgium from £34 After the

first_img2. Brussels Charleroi, Belgium from £34After the recent episode, fans of BBC’s The Apprentice will be keen to get on the trend for flavoured beer. Follow the winning boys’ team to Belgium to taste some fine examples. Peach is popular in France and Belgium right now, so try that, or go for classics like cherry and chocolate. You could be more adventurous with chicory or even tropical-tasting ninkeberry, which we’d never even heard of before, but sounds ace.3. Milan-Bergamo, Italy from £39You won’t have to try too hard to spend £54 on ice cream over a weekend in Milan. There’ll be plenty of places where you’ll be tempted to pick up a gelato, especially in the usually-hot summer months. Milan-Bergamo airport is actually nearer Bergamo than Milan, and it’s another city with gorgeous gelati. Indulge in a Stracciatella at La Marianna, and see our article on other stuff to eat in Bergamo.4. Berlin, Germany from £40While June in Berlin doesn’t guaranteed ice cream weather, if the mercury rises, the sun gets on its hat, and all that, then the Berliners love to get outside to enjoy themselves. Between now and June there’ll probably be a new hip venue opened somewhere along the River Spree. Work up an appetite for an ice cream, or a beer, at Badeschiff, a floating public swimming pool in the river, with bar, DJs and much summer madness. 5. Barcelona, Spain from £44Who needs ice cream when you spend your money on… ice cream with eyes? Actually, it can get pretty draining doing the sights on a summer city break in Barca, so pop into Happy Pills for totally the strangest ice cream dishes you’ve ever seen (and eaten). Is this so wrong it’s right? Or just wrong? Or just crazy?ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map After the story of four British tourists getting charged £54 for four ice creams in Rome hit the news, we see where you could go for less… and still have change for a knickerbocker glory!1. Strasbourg, France from £32Who needs ice cream when you can spend your money on beer? If being the home of the European Parliament isn’t reason enough to take a city in Strasbourg, then what about beer? Yes? Ok then, there are also loads of pubs: is that better? Head to the historic Grande Île where drinking establishments include the educational Académie de la Bière. RelatedHow to have a family holiday for less than £500It’s not too late to book your August family holiday! We’ve found five holidays in Europe that will set you back less than £500 for flights and accommodation for a family of four, plus a few essentials for any family getaway; ice cream and beer. Check out these amazing value…6 flights for less than £70Keep mum sweet this Mother’s Day and book a bargain weekend getaway.7 flights under £70Get ideas for your next late season sun getaway or city break with our selection of sub-£70 flights on Skyscanner.last_img read more