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Notebook: Oklahoma State-Texas Tech

first_img“You tried to fire me 11 months ago and now that’s 10 straight.”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015• The sideline reporter noted that Gundy has become friends with a mental health doctor but I think she meant, like, life coach mental health not schizophrenia mental health. In which case, I have many jokes.• Robbed!Mrs. Kliff Kingsbury got robbed in the $4,500 scholarship contest— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 31, 2015• Shades of Brandon Weeden against Troy in 2010 with that Mahomes fumble in the second half.• J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are going to go as J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph for Halloween.• What a tweet here. What a tweet!#OKstate swiped left— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 31, 2015• OSU should run the ball out of the diamond formation or with four wide and that pretty much sums up the scenarios in which OSU should run the football.• I love Miketavius.• Why did Tech keep going deep in the second half? They’re the ultimate “doesn’t need to go deep and can just dink and dunk you to your wits end with Jakeem” team, no?• Yes (and maybe they’re just your best ball carriers).I’ll give Mike Yurcich a lot of credit for finding creative ways to run the football: Walsh, Carr, Taylor are your leading ball carriers.— Bryan Keating (@KOCOKeating) October 31, 2015• Do we want to talk about the Walsh fumble and Ray Tay recovery or did that just bounce OSU’s way because Walsh is a gamer? Look, Walsh has been awesome all year, I’ve given him his props. But if we’re going to kill No. 2 for his TOs, we can’t look the other way when No. 4 nearly gifts the thing to Tech.• Dime piece here.• I feel like Gundy kneeling with two and half left on the clock is a page of Holgorsen’s playbook he left in his motel bathroom that Gundy framed in his office and smirks at every four or five days. Might as well hack into the jumbotron and start screaming expletives at the other team.• J.W., boss.Watch the J.W. block. How great is that.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015• Gundy, by the way, already had his visor on before the Richards pick six. I like.• Seems good.J.W. Walsh put up 218 yards by himself in the 4th quarter today on a total of 4 rushes + 2 passes.— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 1, 2015• OSU just torched a halfway decent Tech team with its backup QB and 4th string RB playing most of the second half. What a world, you guys. What a world.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I posted my 10 thoughts on the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game here. This is the rest of a lengthy note-taking session during a game that lasted longer than one of Kliff’s manscaping sessions.• I was watching the beginning of the game on Watch ESPN. The announcers didn’t know they were live. It didn’t get much better from there for them.• I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something preposterous that some people have a difficult time understanding, apparently. Alan Eck might just be a really bad referee. He’s the head man who had the OSU-Texas game. He wasn’t a whole lot better on Saturday in Lubbock. The targeting call was absolutely atrocious, but OSU got a couple of equally bad calls against them.• If somebody said “your life is on the line and you can pick one of the following to take place — a Mason Rudolph completion to David Glidden over the middle on third and long or Steph Curry hitting one out of 10 free throws … I’d at least think about it.• Speaking of Rudolph on third downs. Can we get OSU’s clock operator to have the down number get “stuck” on 3 for the rest of the season? That would be nice.• Why do you think ESPN hasn’t shifted to yards/play and points/drive stats? Do they think we’re that unintelligent as an audience? Glenn Spencer himself has said total yards and total points are worthless as standalone stats and yet ESPN just keeps pumping them.• I admit, this awesome.✌— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015• Does Mason need a throwing glove? There’s no shame in it, I guess (there kind of is). But it’s certainly better than fumbling three times on the year without being touched.• Jakeem is Tyreek minus the extracurriculars. He’s a pleasure to watch (against other teams).•  One play I really like that OSU doesn’t use that much is the extended playaction call. When it looks like a zone read but then Rudolph drops back and guns it. That’s sweet. It takes up a lot of time, I realize, but it’s a good look. Another play I love that Tech ran: fake throw to one side and roll out to the other side. I feel like I basically love anything Les Miles would look at and say, “I want.”• This was impressive.Big boy 3rd down out from Rudolph to Hays, by the way. Let go before Hays looked.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015• Were you more scared when your wife (or self) gave birth or when OSU kicked to Jakeem Grant every time after he took that one to the house be honest.• I love this.If you ain’t first you’re last— Clint Chelf (@Cchelf10) October 31, 2015• On Patty Mahomes: Don’t wear II on your jersey, I didn’t know he was black and I really didn’t know his dad was the Pat Mahomes that played in the MLB. I am a college football blogger so these things aren’t really excusable either. I also love his release. I don’t really know why, but it looks slick.• Seems bad.#TexasTech has now lost 16 consecutive Big 12 games to teams not named Kansas and Iowa State. Last win was Oct. 19, 2013 at West Virginia.— Aaron Dickens (@AaronDickens) October 31, 2015• Note from the second quarter: You could get into shootouts with tougher defenses (like, literally any of them).• The flip to Jalen McCleskey is OSU’s new inside handoff to Joe Randle. I have no idea if this is good or bad.• Get out, Kliff.On broadcast, Kingsbury reportedly tells his defense: “I want that ball back. Get that ball back. They cannot stop us today.”— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 31, 2015• OKC Dave was correct in our podcast last week about OSU’s receivers being deep but that not necessarily being a great thing. Who’s the go to dude? It seemed like everybody had at least one drop on Saturday. There’s no Rashaun or Blackmon where you only need Jason Pierre Paul’s hand to count the number of drops they had in their careers.• Rudolph is an underrated runner. That doesn’t mean I want him running. But it’s true.• If Oklahoma State loses this game, this team is the 2008 team all over again. Now? I agree with this.@KOCOCarson @GeraldTracyIII They could win 14 games this year before we know what to think of this team.— Josiah Meints (@jophime) November 1, 2015• We need to talk about the end-of-half play OSU tried to run with James Washington and David Glidden. We ran that play about three times a game in co-ed flag football where you could have a guy tip it to a girl and have it count as a catch. Glidden has clearly never played co-ed flag football.Also, Washington can leap.• OSU gave up more points in the first half on Saturday than it had in any full game all season.• Hopefully it’s not longer term, but the play Jimmy Bean got hurt on was stupid. He made a great tip of the ball, a lineman caught it and he got hurt trying to tackle that lineman.• Speaking of linemen and tackling people. How badly could this have gone for Jakeem?• Announcer said “downtown is going to be a little extra crazy tonight” about Halloween in Lubbock. You think?• Before I die, I’m going to find out with the [screwdriver motion on facemask] is by college quarterbacks.• I enjoyed tweeting this.last_img read more

‘A lonely sea of blue seats’: why ANZ stadium is nobody’s home ground

first_img Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Matt Cleary The tour never did eventuate because I never did write back to old mate. And I’ve since continued to write narky things about the great big white elephant in the west. Of course you can write nice things about ANZ Stadium – though only when it’s full; when it’s full ANZ fairly throbs. But for regular season NRL games it’s a lonely sea of blue seats. There’s the rub. Even with 20,000 in the joint – which is 5224 more than the average NRL crowd in 2017 – the open, round, giant, wok-like shape of the place means that the nebulous thing called “atmosphere” escapes into the atmosphere. Screams are sent into space where no-one can hear them. “Atmosphere” demands closeness, and you don’t get that often at ANZ Stadium.The ground, of course, has had its moments. It was created for the 2000 Olympic Games and held 107,000 for Freeman’s 400m. About the same number came in for “The Great Test” of 2000 between Wallabies and All Blacks and for the ’99 NRL grand final won by Melbourne Storm over St George Illawarra Dragons. State of Origin, of course, is an annual leviathan. On Good Friday the ground hosts a double-header from which up to 50,000 flood the turnstiles from the massive throngs of punters who’ve hauled their broods around the Royal Easter Show. But mostly it’s a dud – at the ground and on TV. And it’s a lot easier for fans to watch a game on television than schlep out there, as everyone has to. “Australia’s home ground”? It’s sort of nobody’s. The Bulldogs, Rabbitohs, Tigers and Eels call it home. But it’s not in Balmain, Belmore, Canterbury or Bankstown. Rabbitohs fans have had to come from everywhere to see their teams under-achieve. This means games on television can lack vibrancy. The shots you see of packed humanity on the television are selective; directors hate those blue seats. Yet such is the flux of this National Rugby League, with issues over salary caps, revenue and club viability, that clubs will take “home” games to ANZ so they don’t have to pay local councils rent for grounds. Play at ANZ Stadium and ANZ will pay you – up front. The club also keeps the gate, merchandise and corporate seats. The venue will take food and beverage, but the club doesn’t pay for security, police and staff. They might split signage. Is this a win-win situation? Sure, but if 6200 show up, they split nothing.That’s why this Sunday the Dragons will “host” the Bulldogs in round 26. Saints players will put their boots on in the home dressing sheds and a big sign will say “Dragons” in the upper-most and empty nose-bleed seats in the sky. Just about everyone except the TV shouters and suits at Dragons Inc. will whinge about it. Dragons fans will bemoan that the game – their must-win, last gasp, season-defining hit-out against traditional Dog rivals – is not at their spiritual home of Kogarah-Jubilee or down in Wollongong (although they won’t whinge as much about that, given the Illawarra half of the merger is the less-valued runt of that litter. That’s another story). Dragons fans will also moan because they have to travel to Homebush, which is on the nose because it’s in Homebush. That, and Sydney’s transport infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with Sydney. Every major city in the world has an underground, but Sydney continues to build roads. Canterbury Bulldogs’ upset of Manly fails to mask club’s listless NRL season Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Eagles and Bombers surge into finals, Dragons keep season alive and more: sportwatch – as it happened Rugby league … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian The PR man from ANZ Stadium was not happy. In a piece about an obstacle course race that ran through the bowels of the Olympic Park precinct (like those Tough Mudder endurance ones, just without the fire) I’d opined that ANZ Stadium has a “huge, ‘Soviet’ feel”, adding that: “It’s a long way from anywhere, the beer comes in plastic cups and big events are policed by dull goons in bright yellow bibs.” I did go on to pump the ground’s tyres by talking of “Cathy Freeman’s hot lap, John Aliosi’s golden penalty goal, and Billy Idol sitting mute aboard a flaming hovercraft shouting ‘We want some power!’ as the entertainment for the 2002 NRL grand final fell flat.” But it was the “Soviet” thing that clanged with the man from ANZ. And so he chopped out an email that said it was “ridiculous” to describe the precinct thus and that a “young journalist” (I’m 47) would surely benefit from a guided tour of the stadium and thus, presumably, become infused with the history and ghosts of “Australia’s home ground”, and go on to write nice things about it. Read morecenter_img NRL Australia sport features Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics ANZ Stadium’s average crowd for 2017 is a paltry 13,976, the lowest in ground history. The Dragons and the NRL know it. It’s not just at ANZ Stadium that crowds are down. Everywhere but one-club Brisbane, with its super stadium, battles. And that’s why the Dragons’ initiative to let kids in free, to cap ticket prices at $25 and make all seats general admission (open slather, sit-halfway-on-the-sideline-if-you-get-there-when-gates-open) should be applauded. It’s an initiative that will be closely watched by suits at League Central. Every one of their fan surveys come back with costs as the reason a family wouldn’t head out for a day at the footy. Mum, Dad and three kids, transport, a can of drink and a hot dog each can run to $200. Wages aren’t going up with the Consumer Price Index. TV on the other hand is free, or mostly.Good luck to the Dragons. Their season’s heart still beats and let’s hope their fans do travel out to Homebush with the kids, to take the club up on the offer of free and almost nominally-priced tickets. Let’s hope they pack out the middle bits. Let’s hope everyone’s happy. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Trudeau names Quebec judge Nicholas Kasirer to Supreme Court of Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Nicholas Kasirer, a Quebec judge and former professor, to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kasirer has served on the Quebec Court of Appeal for a decade, delivering a wide variety of judgments on matters of criminal, private, public and constitutional law.Fluently bilingual, he spent 20 years as a professor of law at Montreal’s McGill University, including as dean of the law faculty.Trudeau says Kasirer’s outstanding legal and academic experience will be an asset to the country’s highest court.The nomination fills the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Justice Clement Gascon.On July 25, the House of Commons justice committee will hold a special hearing, moderated by a law professor, where members will be able to question Kasirer and learn more about why he was chosen.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman co-directed and co-wrote the drama, which is based on a memoir of the same name by anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.“Some groups are saying that they’ll protest, and there’s a lot of people that will support,” said BJ McKelvie, a pastor and president of the film’s Fredericton-based Canadian distributor, Cinedicom.“We have one company that’s come under intense scrutiny, so he’s going to have security there. It’s The Movie Mill in Lethbridge, Alta. It’s been unfortunate that he’s had a lot of threats, a lot of emails.”The film has already drawn impassioned reactions from groups on both sides of the issue in the U.S., where it had an R-rating from the MPAA due to some graphic scenes.Top film critics on movie review aggregation websites Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes have panned it, with many calling it propaganda. But audience scores are much higher and some theatres were packed as faith-based and anti-abortion groups in the U.S. held group screenings.In Canada, the rating varies from province to province. In Alberta, for instance, it’s received a 14A classification with a “disturbing content” warning, according to the Cineplex website, while in B.C. the film has a PG rating with “sexual language, medical trauma” caution.“Everybody has their right to choose to go see the movie and they have a right to choose not to,” McKelvie said in a recent phone interview.But the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada calls it “a dangerous piece of anti-abortion propaganda” containing “vicious falsehoods.”“It preaches an absolutist and extreme case against abortion that has nothing to do with reality,” the ARCC said in a statement.“Because of the film’s demonization of abortion providers, ARCC fears the movie could incite fanatics to commit acts of harassment or violence against clinics or doctors.”The ARCC added the film also depicts Planned Parenthood and its leaders as “demonic, cold-hearted monsters, their only goal to maximize profits by selling as many abortions as possible.”“In reality, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is non-profit and offers a wide range of basic and mostly free health care services for low-income people, with abortion making up just 3.4 per cent of its services,” said the statement.“Like other U.S. abortion providers, Planned Parenthood clinics have no choice but to charge for abortion care because anti-choice laws prohibit government funding for abortion.” ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur also noted the film’s attempt to challenge abortion rights is “a non-starter in Canada, where women and transgender people have a Charter right to abortion based on their rights to bodily autonomy and equality.”McKelvie acknowledged he has a personal interest in seeing the film in theatres here.“It does certainly align with my values,” he said.He said he felt compelled to reach out to the “Unplanned” American producers to distribute the film in Canada after being “annoyed” by “misinformation” online that the drama had been banned here.“I was walking down the hall grumbling and I heard the Lord say to me, ‘Well why don’t you distribute it?’ and that was rather different,” McKelvie recalled.The film will hit select Cineplex and Landmark Theatres as well as some independent cinemas in Canada.Landmark said it has not heard of any planned protests at its theatres and it has not taken any steps to increase security. Cineplex said it is aware of concerns surrounding the film and is monitoring closely.“We have been showing movies for over 100 years and controversial films on the big screen are not new to us — that said, we of course understand and can appreciate the concerns some have expressed about this film,” Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications for Cineplex Entertainment, said in a statement.“We have a long legacy of not censoring content and our role as a film exhibitor is to provide our guests with movie choices.”McKelvie’s company, which was founded 61 years ago by his late father, is typically a film booker and broker. “Unplanned” marks its first time as a film distributor.Cinedicom and American production company Soli Deo Gloria Releasing are collaborating to front the money for distribution in Canada.McKelvie said a few theatres here have refused to screen it.“I think some in smaller towns are a little nervous about what the pushback would be,” McKelvie said.“This is a hot topic, it’s a hot film, and I have received probably hundreds of letters of support. But I’ve also received letters of protest and phone calls. I’ve listened to both sides but I’m just a distributor.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Actor Ashley Bratcher (right) is shown in a scene from the film Unplanned. A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Soli Deo Gloria Releasing MANDATORY CREDIT Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen “Unplanned” for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.Ashley Bratcher stars as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker after “the day she saw something that changed everything,” says a description on the film’s website. Twitterlast_img read more

French Pharmaceutical Company Launches Advertising Campaign Against Morocco

Rabat- French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has launched an advertising campaign for an anti-diarrhea medication in which it uses pictures of Jamaa El Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque, with the slogan “Do not spend your holidays in the bathroom.”According to tourismapost, the posters of the campaign have been spotted in several public places in Geneva, including restaurants and pharmacies, and near the United Nations headquarters.“For now, we do not know if the campaign is being broadcast in other cities or other countries,” says the tourism website. Sanofi S.A is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, France. As of 2013, it is the world’s fifth-largest by prescription sales. The company has offices in over 100 countries around the world, including Morocco.Fouzi Zemrani, vice president of the National Confederation of Tourism and a member of Marrakech regional council of tourism was quoted by tourismapost as saying:“I protest against this type of advertising which is destroying the image of a mythical site in order to promote a medication,” he said.“All the restaurants in Jamaa El Fna Square are subjected to strict food safety standards. The Square is in the process of being completely redeveloped. These are serious allegations.”Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Bell asking customers for permission to collect more personal information for tailored

“Here’s a company that’s taking every shred of personal information about me, from all kinds of activities that I engage in, and they’re monetizing it. What do I get in return? Better ads? Really? That’s it? What about better prices?”Toronto-based consultant Charlie Wilton, whose firm has advised Bell and Rogers in the past, says there’s “tonnes” of evidence that consumers are increasingly aware of how valuable their personal information can be.“I mean, in a perfect world, they would give you discounts or they would give you points or things that consumers would more tangibly want, rather than just the elimination of a pain point — which is what they’re offering right now,” Wilton says.Scassa says there are also privacy and security concerns to consider.At the macro level, Bell’s data security could be breached by hackers. At the micro level, she adds, there’s the potential for family friction if everybody starts getting ads based on one person’s activities.Ads for pornography, birth control or services for victims of abuse could trigger confrontations, for instance.“Some families are open and sharing. Others are fraught with tension and violence,” Scassa says.Wilton says a company in Bell’s position also runs the risk that customers will feel betrayed if their information is leaked or the advertising they receive is inappropriate.In the age of social media, he says, “one leak or one transgression gets amplified a million times.”For its part, Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson notes in an email that its customers aren’t required to opt into its new marketing program and they can opt out later by adjusting their instructions to the company.“Bell is responsible for delivering the advertising we believe would be most relevant to customers who opt in to the program, rather than the random online ads they would receive otherwise,” Gibson says.“Customer information is always protected, enforced by our strict privacy policy and in accordance with all Canadian privacy regulations.”Gibson noted that “international competitors like Google or Facebook, who deliver targeted marketing services in this country, are not subject to the rules that we as a Canadian company must and do follow.”A spokeswoman for the federal privacy commissioner says that it hasn’t received any complaints about Bell’s new program.However, Tobi Cohen noted that Bell withdrew and replaced its earlier Relevant Ads Program for its mobile service after the commission concluded in 2015 that dissatisfied consumers shouldn’t be required to take the initiative to opt out.“Following further consultations and discussions with our office, Bell did make improvements and relaunched the program with opt-in consent in 2016,” Cohen says.She added that the privacy commission hasn’t scrutinized the new “tailored” marketing program but added that the federal privacy law governing private-sector organizations has numerous requirements.Among other things, organizations “need to explain what risks of harm may come to the individual from the collection, use or disclosure of the various information.” TORONTO — Canada’s largest telecommunications group is getting mixed reviews for its plan to follow the lead of companies like Google and Facebook in collecting massive amounts of information about the activities and preferences of its customers.Bell Canada began asking its customers in December for permission to track everything they do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services they get through Bell or its affiliates.In return, Bell says it will provide advertising and promotions that are more “tailored” to their needs and preferences. Use cash, not credit, privacy watchdog warns legal cannabis buyers Remember the internet of the ’90s? That’s what Canada’s outdated data protection laws were meant to handle Amazon says it mistakenly shared customer emails and names due to technical error “Tailored marketing means Bell will be able to customize advertising based on participant account information and service usage patterns, similar to the ways that companies like Google and others have been doing for some time,” the company says in recent notices to customers.If given permission, Bell will collect information about its customers’ age, gender, billing addresses, and the specific tablet, television or other devices used to access Bell services.It will also collect the “number of messages sent and received, voice minutes, user data consumption and type of connectivity when downloading or streaming.”“Bell’s marketing partners will not receive the personal information of program participants; we just deliver the offers relevant to the program participants on their behalf,” the company assures customers.Teresa Scassa, who teaches law at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, says Bell has done a good job of explaining what it wants to do.But Scassa says Bell customers who opt into Bell’s new program could be giving away commercially valuable personal information with little to no compensation for increased risks to their privacy and security.What do I get in return? Better ads? Really? That’s it? What about better prices?Teresa Scassa read more

Late NCAA Bracket Submissions Show Were A Nation Of Procrastinators

At, the surge came even later. Bracket submissions to the site peaked at 11:59 a.m., according to spokeswoman Annie Rohrs. Deadlines are powerful motivating forces for journalists, tax filers, eurozone negotiators — and bracket pickers. The number of men’s NCAA Tournament brackets submitted per minute by users peaked at 11:51 a.m. EDT on Thursday, mere minutes before the 12:15 p.m tipoff of the first-round opener and the deadline to enter picks, according to data provided by our colleagues at their request, we’re sharing only the relative magnitude of submissions, not absolute numbers. The maximum rate of bracket submissions per minute on Thursday was more than three times the high of the day before and about five times the max on Monday and Tuesday. All told, even counting the wee hours in the U.S., there were more brackets submitted in just half of Thursday than in all of Tuesday. Not everyone waits until the last minute, though. At, there was an earlier, although lesser, spike in online bracket submissions just after the bracket went up. For every three people who were madly filling in chalk and upsets in their entries just before noon on Thursday, there were two hitting submit on theirs eight minutes after the first Tournament Challenge bracket was submitted at 7:12 p.m. on Sunday.Maybe it’s my bias as a journalist showing, but I think the procrastinators had the right idea: They could benefit from forecasts like ours.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. read more

Womens Tennis Is Still Anyones Game Just Look At The French Open

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The women’s side of the French Open has seen plenty of upsets. Only three of the 10 top-ranked players made it through the third round, with high-profile competitors such as No. 1 Naomi Osaka and No. 10 Serena Williams among them. After her loss to 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, who has battled persistent injuries this season, was asked if she still would have entered the Open had she known the outcome. She said she would never have believed that she would be out in the third round. We’ll look at how Serena’s expectations fair against the growing parity in women’s tennis and how sharply this contrasts with the predictable cast of characters on the men’s side.The MLB draft is underway, and as Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen describes the experience, “the draft is very risky — it has always been risky.” The Hot Takedown team breaks down how this draft differs from other major sports, plus the strategies and trends exhibited in the early rounds.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the Week looks at the Women’s College World Series. A dive into the key players and their professional pursuits lands us deep into the surprising world of Olympic demonstration sports.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Justine Henin, the last “Queen of Clay.”Last year, our colleague Tom Perrotta wrote about the increased parity in women’s tennis, and it’s never felt more timely.ESPN’s Jeff Passan breaks down the convoluted MLB draft.Some MLB hopefuls are opting to play abroad rather than participate in the draft.Rachel Garcia’s impressive performance in the semifinals against the University of Washington.You won’t want to miss these videos of skijorning and korfball. read more

Royal family launches its own social media rules to deter trolls from

first_img Short URL BRITAIN’S ROYAL FAMILY warned trolls on its social media accounts that they will be banned under new guidelines issued following abuse of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle – the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said that they could involve the police if there was a breach of the law.Under the new guidelines, comments must not “be defamatory… obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence”.“We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines,” it added. 20 Comments Royal family launches its own social media rules to deter trolls from abuse The rules were launched in response to abuse aimed at Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, fuelled by rumours of a rivalry between the two. By AFP Mar 4th 2019, 10:16 PM Monday 4 Mar 2019, 10:16 PM Image: ANDREW COULDRIDGE Image: ANDREW COULDRIDGE Share29 Tweet Email 33,328 Views We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law. Almost 1,000 online posts have already been deleted, according to reports.The royal family have not mentioned any specific online problems, but British gossip magazine Hello! last month reported that royal staff were spending hours every week removing abusive posts sent by ‘rival’ supporters of each duchess, amid reports that the two had fallen out.Tabloids reported that Meghan made sister-in-law Kate cry during preparations for her wedding last year with Prince Harry.The family denies a rift, and insists that Harry and Meghan’s plan to move out from living next door to his brother Prince William and Kate is driven by the imminent arrival of their first child, due next month.It asked users to show “courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.”The royal family’s Twitter page has 3.8 million followers, while 4.5 million follow the official Instagram account. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Helen of Hume

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Helen Patsikatheodorou was the recipient of the 2018 Robert Kumar Community Award for her outstanding contribution to the Hume Community, by Banksia Gardens Community Services at their AGM last week.Her passion for women’s health, support for older people, services for young people, education and multiculturalism, together with her warm exuberance and cheeky humour are usually the first things that come to mind, but Helen’s contributions to Hume go way beyond these.She was first elected to Hume City Council in 2008, serving as mayor in 2011, and again in 2016, before deciding to step down and focus on her health and her family.Mrs Patsikatheodorou is still referred to as the City of Hume’s ‘Pink Mayor’. Now retired from Council after eight years of service, Helen earned her nickname during her second term as Mayor in 2016. After being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, Helen made a point of wearing something pink every day to help remind all women to have regular breast screening.“I am so very proud of my dear friend and colleague Helen for being recognised for all her hard and dedicated community work in Hume,” says Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP of the award.“Not only does Helen do a spectacular job in leading my office, and mentoring my team, but it’s the care, compassion, empathy and understanding she has of the Calwell community that makes this award especially deserved,” Ms Vamvakinou added.“I am really lost for words,” Mrs Patsikatheodorou said. “I didn’t expect the Award and I don’t expect reading about my achievements or the things that I do. They just have to be done. I am normally the one praising the amazing people in our community and in particular our young people.“I live in a community of high needs, but I wouldn’t live anywhere else.“I live with that raw emotion daily, but I also see the continual fight by all our residents to do better, be better.“If I can be part of that story and provide the encouragement, hold a hand, say a kind word or just acknowledge the effort, the achievement or the right to be heard then I have served my community.“I am very humbled by this award.”During her second term as Mayor, Helen was one of 12 mayors appointed to a panel that directly advised the Victorian Minister for Local Government. After deciding not to run for re-election, Helen returned to her previous job with Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou, where she is able to continue her commitment to the local community, and put her advocacy skills to good use helping constituents and local groups. Helen’s professional training is in early childhood education, with a particular focus on children with intellectual disabilities. She worked in a number of special development school and child care settings for more than 20 years, including establishing and directing the Broadmeadows Multicultural Early Learning Centre on the Ford Factory site in 1988.Helen’s voluntary and community work is extensive. She was the founding member of the Neurofibromatosis Association of Victoria, and ran this support and awareness organisation for 15 years. She has been one of the driving forces behind the Greek Community of Broadmeadows and Districts, together with her late husband, John. She helped establish the Craigieburn Residents’ Association, and is currently a Board member at Dallas Neighbourhood House and Meadow Heights Learning Centre. She is a strong and active supporter of the Hume Interfaith Network.Helen is still invited to attend and address a huge range of community events in Hume, despite no longer being an elected councillor. Her passion for her community is as strong as ever. It was an enormous shock to all of us when Helen’s beloved husband, John, suddenly passed away very recently. John was also a passionate and active community member, having served on committees and boards of a long list of local organisations and groups. Together, they were indeed a ‘dynamic duo’. Helen is the proud mother of three sons, Dimitri, Stratos and Nikolas. Helen personifies passion and compassion. She is a tenacious fighter for ordinary people’s rights, and for holding both elected and professional officials to account in serving the needs of the community. Helen has said that she hopes her work encourages other women to also become future leaders.Most of all, Helen is a lover and nurturer of life, her warmth and humour impossible to resist.last_img read more

Police Just Now Conform Young Man in Custody After Murder Report

first_img Related Items:arrested, dock yard, homicide, police, report, young man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Man shot in head, Murder toll now 52. Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – A man is in custody following the death of a woman at Dock Yard near Kew Town yesterday.About 2:56pm (Monday 25 May 2015), emergency services were called to a home in Dock Yard after reports of a woman had been injured at the property.Officers attached to various units arrived to find the body of a 44-year-old woman who appeared to have suffered severe injuries to her body. Doctors arriving on scene examined the woman and later pronounced her dead.A crime scene was established at the home, which was examined by forensic specialists and detectives.Following further inquiries a 25-year-old man was arrested in the down town area of Providenciales shortly before 4pm.last_img read more

Miss Universe 2015 judge talk body image give pageant advice

first_imgBoyz II Men and Flo Rida will both perform at the pageant, and 27-year-old Deshauna Barber, who’s a lieutenant in the Army Reserves, is representing the good ol’ USA.FOR MORE INFO:Miss Universe 2016www.missuniverse.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sexy swimsuits, gorgeous gowns and one interview after another pledging to pursue world peace. Yes, the Miss Universe pageant goes down this weekend, and on Friday, judge/model Ashley Graham and the reigning queen, talked to Deco about what to expect.And the winner is … not Miss Colombia!Steve Harvey at Miss Universe 2015: “It was my mistake.”Comedian Steve Harvey is back hosting Miss Universe. Harvey is looking to redeem himself Sunday on FOX from the Philippines after announcing the wrong winner last year.Steve Harvey at Miss Universe 2015: “The first runner-up is Miss Colombia.”He corrected the big blunder immediately and the crown was given to Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.Curvy “Sports Illustrated” model Ashley Graham is your backstage host. Ashley Graham: “I know that Miss Canada has been getting a lot of backlash for being what is considered bigger than some of the other girls.”Graham is hoping her participation helps the pageant evolve its body conscious image.Ashley Graham: “I think this is a great opportunity for young girls to see that all shapes, sizes and ethnicities can be a part of beauty pageants, can be a part of Miss Universe. It really shouldn’t matter if you have extra lump bumps and extra cellulite on you at all.”Pia shared some advice with this year’s contestants.Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015: “You’re only going to be able to say your name and your country once at Miss Universe. You can’t join again once you’ve been in the competition, so this is once in a lifetime, literally.”The girls have been busy rehearsing and have already competed in the preliminaries.Pia Wurtzbach: “That’s where they select the girls who will make it into Top 12, because what happens, right at the start of the show, the announce Top 12 right away out of the 86.” last_img read more

Fate of Medicaid expansion hangs on interpretation of one wordWalMart wouldnt allow

first_imgDownload AudioThe Council is suing over Governor Bill Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid without permission from the legislature. Alaska law says legislative approval is necessary to add an optional group to the Medicaid program. Federal statute lists the expansion population in the required category, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can choose whether to expand the program.Attorney Erin Murphy argues for the Legislative Council in Anchorage Superior Court. Photo credit: Annie FeidtAttorney Erin Murphy flew in from Washington D.C. to present the Legislative Council’s case. She told the judge given the U.S. Supreme Court decision, the intent of federal law is obvious.“We think the answer is quite clear that federal law doesn’t require this,” Murphy said. “And I think it’s very hard to come up with any explanation for why the legislature would have intended ‘required’ to mean anything other than what federal law actually requires.”The state takes a more narrow view of the law.Dario Borghesan argued the case for the department of law. He told Judge Pfiffner Alaska statute tracks the text of the social security act, where the expansion population is listed as required.“The legislature, when they enacted this statute 40 years ago, clearly wasn’t thinking about this situation today. Our view is the legislature simply wanted HSS, the Department of Health and Social Services, to straightforwardly apply what the instructions of the social security act are,” Borghesan said.Judge Frank Pfiffner hears oral arguments in the Medicaid expansion case. Photo credit: Annie FeidtJudge Pfiffner asked both attorneys to address whether the issue of Medicaid expansion would be better handled by the legislature rather than the court system. Given scarce judicial resources, he wondered if he should “slow roll” his decision until after the legislative session wraps up this spring.“Giving the legislature an opportunity to stand up and be counted, so that the voters will know whether they support or don’t support Medicaid expansion,” Pfiffner said.Judge Pfiffner said he would issue a “lengthy” decision in the case by the end of March at the earliest. He said his decision was likely only a “speed bump” on the way to the state Supreme Court.About 8,000 low income Alaskans have enrolled in Medicaid expansion. A new report from a consultant hired by the legislative budget and audit committee calls expansion a “highly attractive policy change financially” for the state.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Meeting federal regs Sitka treats water with UV light

first_imgSome of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now.Sitka officials on the 19th of May cut the ribbon on a new, $8 million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.Project engineer Stephen Weatherman explains how all of Sitka’s water is run through the 24-inch pipes in the plant. (Photo by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka)The great thing about Sitka’s water is how easy it is to trace. It literally falls from the sky into Blue Lake and the surrounding watershed, and maybe just a few days later flows out our taps.But for the US Environmental Protection Agency that is not enough. Thanks to the Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, Sitka’s water now takes a detour through an innocuous gray building with a blue metal roof at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.On the ground floor of the UV Disinfection Facility are offices and storage rooms for chlorine and fluoride. Not much to write home about.But down in the basement it’s a plumber’s paradise.City engineer Stephen Weatherman leads a small group of residents into a room of massive blue pipes — each 24 inches in diameter — and steers us toward three silver-colored ultraviolet reactors.“This is where the action takes place…”. Weatherman points out the three UV reactors in the plant. (Photo by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka)“This is where all the action takes place,” Weatherman said. “There are tubes in here, nine of them, just like a fluorescent light except they put out ultraviolet — which is really dangerous. It’s why it’s all enclosed. We have special masks upstairs people have to wear if they come in here and they’re on. But it’s no different than the ultraviolet you get from the sun. It’s just more intense.”The ultraviolet light targets cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that is the leading cause of waterborne illness in the United States. Cryptosporidium have an outer shell that allows them to live outside of humans and animals — and also makes them resistant to chlorine disinfection.Right now about 2,500 gallons of water per minute are flowing through just one of three UV reactors in this plant. That’s less than a second of exposure for any cryptosporidium.So how well is it working?Deputy environmental superintendent Shiloh Williams can’t really say — yet.“We generally don’t do a lot of UV testing that isn’t required,” Williams said. “We have this UV facility here as a barrier for cryptosporidium. The cryptosporidium test is quite expensive. So we haven’t actually tested it post-UV. We haven’t had any reason to at this point.”Back outside the plant, in the warm sunshine, Sitka’s environmental superintendent Mark Buggins believes it’s better to be safe than sorry. Blue Lake was already a very clean source of surface water — even before the new EPA rules.A subalpine lake, Blue Lake water has never been filtered — only chlorinated. (Photo from KCAW)“Certainly you don’t know,” Buggins said. “If cryptosporidium is there and someone gets sick from it, you probably just don’t know. You get an upset stomach and diarrhea and attribute it to something else. Twice we’ve tested for cryptosporidium in Blue Lake’s water and found very small amounts — like one, out of a thousand gallons. So the dosage is really low. You need to drink more than one or two cryptosporidium spores to get sick. But the people who get affected — who you’re really protecting — are the immunocompromised, people who are on chemotherapy, people who are sick already, and dehydrated. It can really hurt you.”Even at $8 million, ultraviolet disinfection was the lesser of three options for Sitka to comply with the Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. Installing granular filtration — like a huge swimming pool filter — would have run to $24 million. Membrane filtration would have cost $46 million.State grants paid for over $6 million of this project, the rest was covered by loans, and about $20,000 from Sitka’s water fund. Operating costs for the UV plant — including electricity bought from the city — will run about $360,000 a year.Buggins said electrical engineers are integrating the computer controls of the UV plant and the existing water system. Soon, water employees will be able to control everything from a laptop — even at home.For Buggins, who’s been running Sitka’s water for 26 years and has plans to retire, this is an intriguing possibility. He even joked he may be asked to keep his password if he does retire.And will UV treatment make Sitka’s water taste any different? Once the state has signed off on the new UV plant, Buggins said it likely will be easier to meet disinfection standards with lower amounts of chlorine — just enough chlorine to be detectable at the extremities of Sitka’s water system.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan leaves for Delhi to meet with Amit Shah

first_imgVijayawada: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy left for Delhi on Monday morning. During the tour, the CM will attend the Inter-State Council meeting headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah over security issues in Maoist-affected states. In this context, YS Jagan is likely to meet with Amit Shah after the meeting. He’ll also be meeting with Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and will give a clarity over the objections on Polavaram project.last_img

PRESS ROOM Statement from Rev Al Sharpton and National Action Network NAN

first_imgBy The NNPA NEWSWIRE The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for Black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.NEW YORK (June 27, 2019) —It is a sad day for democracy in the United States. The Supreme Court abdicated its duty to preserve free and fair elections with its negligent decision to not strike down partisan gerrymandering but instead asking states to draw maps without judicial review. The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for Black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.NNPA NEWSWIRE — The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for Black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.This week marks the sixth Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision which gutted section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since the Shelby decision, we have seen an increase in Jim Crow Era election practices. Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and voter roll purging are all racist tactics to suppress the votes of low income and Black and brown people.National Action Network (NAN) will continue to fight for Black and Brown communities and speak out against supporters of this race-based American tradition.About National Action NetworkNational Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. For more information visit read more

New Parque Maya in Cancun Hotel Zone inaugurated

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A new cultural addition has an official opening date with the inauguration of Parque Maya in the Cancun Hotel Zone. It is the first natural theme park in the history of the hotel zone and focuses on outdoor adventure and Maya culture.Francisco Córdova Lira of Parque Maya says the official opening to the public will be March 21. Inside, visitors will find hanging bridges, zip lines, artificial ruins and a tour of the Nichupté lagoon. They can also learn about mangrove care and Maya culture.“This park will offer two different products. The entrance to the park and the tour that includes a visit to the Mayan Museum, ruins to the King and Cancun Turibus tour.“Park prices rang from $79 to $120 USD with a special 50 percent discount to Quintana Roo residents and totally free for students,” explained Francisco Cordova.He says the new park is a combination of fun, culture, entertainment and a tribute to the Mayan culture by offering visitors a tour through great adventures, the main traditions of that civilization. Once inside, park visitors will find Vision Maya rooms with an original short-tribute to the Mayan culture.They will also discover a Mayan flight that consists of five towers of zip lines 20 meters high over the Nichupté Lagoon across 460 meters, a Mayan cruise boat ride, Mayan path with 200 meters of road to appreciate Mayan stelae (sculptures), temples and gods and a Mayan Calendar, a magical space surrounded by Mayan stelae and a huge Mayan calendar.He says they are anticipating approximately 45,000 visitors during the first opening year. Parque Maya was inaugurated Saturday with the help of local businessmen and state governor, Carlos Joaquín González along with Cancun mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba.The opening of the new park was announced in December when officials said they were working toward a February date. Parque Maya was an investment of $130 million peso and has created 100 direct and 300 indirect jobs.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sunwings latest sale offers deals on its toprated beach resorts

first_imgSunwing’s latest sale offers deals on its top-rated beach resorts TORONTO — Sunwing’s last-minute savings on value-added vacation packages to five-star resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America runs until July 20.“Space is very limited and selling out quickly, so would-be sunseekers will need to act quickly,” says Sunwing.Extra savings and perks include Sunwing’s Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free deals, unlimited reservation-free specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and exclusive access to private beach and pool areas.Resorts taking part in the sale include the newly-renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, offering free activities including windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Clients who book their RIU vacation package with Sunwing get exclusive RIU-topia inclusions such as unlimited à la carte dining 24-hour room service and poolside wait service.Other options include the adults-only Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa, and the ultra-modern Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa with varied à la carte, buffet and gourmet dining experiences across 10 different restaurants. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Monday, July 16, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Top News, Top Storylast_img read more

Sustainable tourism – a tool for development

first_imgSustainable tourism – a tool for developmentSustainable tourism – a tool for developmentThat’s the motto of today’s world tourism day 2017. Since 1980, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)emphasizes the chances and risks of international tourism on this day. Especially when it comes to ecological, socio economical and general political conditions. A current study by Statista shows a typology of tourists with respect for worldwide sustainability. Swiss people come in first place with a total percentage of 24. Runner up: Brazilians, with 22 percent and Sweden being the country with the third highest respect for sustainability. This trend to sustainability is visible on a worldwide basis. Lastly, there are over 200 different certificates and awards that distinguish sustainable holiday destinations as well as hotels. So, how does one find reliable travel options among this overwhelming amount of offers, that allows us to deliberately support sustainable projects in areas close to these hotels?                Green Pearls® is here to help pointing out various travel options.Environmental awareness from the startSurrounded by a vivid green landscape in Sri Lanka, you can find the Hunas Falls by Amaya. Steep tea- and spice plantations alternate with idyllic creeks, waterfalls and forests. Moreover, the Amaya hotel group acts out of firm beliefs when it comes to its green initiatives. All while being in accordance with nature and local culture. The sustainable approach does not only become visible in the strict prevention of waste, an environmental friendly energy- and water usage, but mostly in Amaya’s great social responsibility. In that matter, the hotel’s own foundation supports the scholastic education of children living in families with low income and organizes frequent trainings and campaign days about environmental protection. Furthermore, every Hunas Falls by Amaya guest has the chance to experience these projects on-site as well as supporting one or even several projects from home.  Recollecting a culture of simplicityThe Keemala Resort is located amidst the tropical forests of Phuket in Thailand. Guests are able to settle down and relax, while being in harmony with nature and the local culture of Thailand. The resort’s concept is based on old fictional tribes from Phuket and thus combines worldly wisdoms and traditions with a modern, sustainable lifestyle. In Keemala you experience a conscious recollection of a culture based on simplicity. A wide variety of gardens cultivate vegetables, fruit and herbs in a natural, organic way, in order to achieve a healthy concept of living.  Gentle immersion into paradiseCarefree diving and snorkeling without feeling guilty? This is possible in the National Marine Park on the Seychelles, since the residents chose to consistently support the preservation of nature, ocean and the underwater world. A conviction that is passed on to guests as well. In that way, guests are not only able to experience the natural beauty, complete with mile-long sandy beaches and deep blue water, but also make a vital contribution to the preservation of this spectacular natural sight. The Cerf Island Resort, that is located directly at the entrance of the National Park, allows visitors to enjoy an authentic vacation. Adding to that, every villa of the resort has been built in a traditional way, while aligning with naturally found circumstances. Environmental protection and the preservation of nature are highly prioritized in every single attempt.Green wellness-luxuryThe Hotel Seeschlößchen is located directly by the Senftenberg lake at the „Lausitzer Seenplatte“ in Germany. This hotel is truly a luxurious Ayurvedic temple. Stretching across four floors, the therapy room has its own Yoga room and a bright resting area with a gallery. A responsible consumption and the promotion of a wholesome health concept set the foundation for all of the sustainable treatments and health classes. Moreover, the wellness offers are complemented by a lovingly designed wellness garden, a Russian Banja and a Turkish Hamam.  Full wood-speed aheadClimate protection has a special meaning to the Leitlhof in South Tyrol. Their own wood-fired power plant produces eco power and thermic energy, supplying the whole hotel with it. Furthermore, the power plant is fueled with wood chips from their own forest. Hence, the hotel is energy-self sufficient and has thus been awarded second climate neutral hotel business in Eastern Tyrol. Also, the CO2 emissions were reduced by one third, despite the hotels expansion. Frequent tours of the wood-fired power plant are run by junior manager Stephan Mühlmann, where interested groups and school classes are able to learn all about the power system.The German Green Pearls GmbH with place of business in Darmstadt, Germany unifies international tourism companies that support environmental protection and demonstrate social commitment. Thereby, Green Pearls is the first holding company worldwide that consolidates sustainable hotels, destinations and restaurants in a global data source.Among the criteria of admission to Green Pearls® Unique Places, are a sustainability plan on management level, sustainable architecture, comprehensive water, energy saving and waste recovery measures, the use of seasonal and regional ingredients in the kitchen, as well as a large commitment for the social balance in each of the vacation regions.Source = Green Pearlslast_img read more

roomsXML Presents the luxury world of ShangriLa

first_imgSynonymous with luxury, hospitality, quality and superb service, roomsXML is proud to have the 100 Shangri-La properties in our property inventory.Whether its the award winning architecture of the ShangriLa Hotel Toronto, the relaxing pools of the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort in Singapore, or the amazing old world ShangriLa Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi, you will not be disappointed with the service, 5 star facilities and the hotel surrounds. Luxury abounds at Shangri-La BeijingWinners of dozens of awards such as ‘Best Hotel in Beijing; DestinAsian Readers Choice Awards”, “Gold List Conde Nast Traveller (China World Hotel)”, and “Five Diamond Rating AAA for Shangri-La Toronto”If your clients demand the best, book a ShangriLa property in the roomsXML system today ! roomsXML Presents the luxury world of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts The luxurious Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & SpaThe Shangri-La group started its success story with its first deluxe hotel in Singapore, named for the land featured in the novel Lost Horizons. Regarded as one of Asia Pacific’s premier luxury hotel group, Shangri-La is always adding to its resorts and hotels with upcoming openings slated for China, Cambodia, Malaysia and more.center_img roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide . If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents. Thanks for Wikitravel for the tips.last_img read more