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Robert Downey Jr Gives Iron ManInspired Bionic Arm To Young Boy

first_imgRobert Downey Jr recently lent his “Tony Stark” character to Limbitless Solutions and Microsoft’s The Collective Project to enhance the life of a young boy with some cool technology.Video: The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic ArmDowney paid a surprise visit to Alex, a super-hero loving, 7-year-old boy from central Florida who was born with a right arm that was only partially developed.During their meeting, Downey revealed two closed Stark Industries briefcases on a coffee table. Sitting on a couch with an eager Alex, Downey simultaneously open the briefcases revealing what seemed to be two Iron Man bionic arms. One arm was the actual arm from Iron Man, and the other was a real, near replica of the movie arm. Both Downey and Alex tried on their arms for comparison, and ended their comparison with a bionic fist bump.The free, bionic arm was made by Limbitless Solutions, a volunteer group at the University of Central Florida that specializes in building unique, creative bionic arms for children world-wide. Limbitless Solutions and their founder, Albert Manero, were seeking support as part of the #Collection Project, and Downey was interested in getting involved.To learn more about Limbitless Solutions click here.To learn more about The Collective Project, click here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Northern Health responds to Hospital Bulletin

first_imgFor non-urgent care, use community health services including making an appointment with your family practitionerRemember, flu season is upon us; check immunizebc.ca for clinic dates.If you have a cold, call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 for advice, or ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter medications to ease symptoms.If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control at 1-800-567-8911. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a recent request by Northern Health asking residents to only use the ER if needed has people needing clarity as to what to do then.Speaking with Eryn Collins, Communications Officer with Northern Health, she said “We absolutely recognize that the reminder put out to the community December 14th, 2018 in FSJ is used when a Hospital is experiencing a period of higher than normal patient volume. This can depend on the time of year, such as flu season, long weekends and sometimes its a mix of patients in the hospital with complex health care issues that will make the Hospital busier than usual. It is not being said the Hospital is busier because people are coming and using it inappropriately its more of a reminder,” Collins goes on to say “When there are higher than normal patient volumes there are steps the public can take to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital because they will probably experience longer wait times for example if their condition is not urgent.”Emergency rooms are designed to be focused on tending to patients that have an emergency and urgent health care needs such as difficulty breathing, chest pains, broken bones, bleeding and suspected overdoses, situations that require attendance right away. The NH wants the public to know there are other options for getting advice if you truly warrant an emergency room visit. Health link BC is an online tool, as well as calling 811 anytime day or night to receive non-emergency help from registered nurses and health care professionals who can offer trusted advice on managing symptoms at home.Book appointments with family practitioners, it is known some of the public do not have a physician and it can be challenging as well if there is not an available walk-in clinic yet NH does not have a direct role in how these local primary care clinics structure their practices or the availability of their appointments. These are private physician practices although NH does work closely with family physicians recruitment of primary care providers to the community.It is important for the public to contact their local medical clinics and inquire about becoming patients or being put on a waitlist.“In the meantime, it’s about reminding people the Hospital is busier than usual and any unnecessary trips to the Hospital wait longer,” said Collins.Steps the public can take to help avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital include;People who aren’t sure whether their condition would warrant an emergency room visit, or who need health advice can call HealthLink BC (8-1-1), or visit www.HealthLinkBC.ca for non-emergency health information from nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists 24/7.For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 7-1-1.last_img read more

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The Marrakesh Magic

first_imgWhen you travel to Morocco, for the lure of Casablanca, Sahara or Atlas Mountains, do not forget to reserve some time for Marrakesh – the ‘Dream of Escape’ destination in Maghreb region. A visit to Morocco has no meaning if you haven’t seen Marrakesh. No amount of visits to the beaches and mosques of Casablanca or the presidential palace in Rabat can make up for the character and charm of Marrakesh. Essentially a business city with markets, the city is draped in red colour, built from red sandstone and a shade darker than our Pink City, Jaipur. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressAt the heart of Marrakesh is the UNESCO ‘Masterpiece of World Heritage’ site, ‘Djema el-Fana’, ‘The Courtyard Market’ to the world. Glistening in red sandstone, this huge courtyard is crammed with shops selling spice, oil, leather goods, scarves, Berber carpets etc., ideal for a tourist to trot and shop through a lazy afternoon. But, at sunset, the centre of the courtyard transforms into an arena that will transport you straight to the Arabian Nights. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightAlthough a few food shops crop up by mid-day, it is only after sundown that smoke billows from a hundred charcoal ovens, filling the space above with flavourful scent of freshly-made kebabs. Djema el-Fana comes alive with delectable eats and street performances; the air is filled with the aroma of bar-be-que as traditional Berber music overwhelms your senses. Let yourself loose and absorb the spectacle of hundreds of jugglers, musicians and performers in colourful dresses; swing your hips or clap in unison. Take a horse-drawn carriage from the entrance of the market and klik-klok your way into the courtyard. It is hard to imagine that this courtyard was a centre for execution in AD 1050, therefore the name. On either side of the pathway lay small sit-outs made of stone, allowing travellers to rest a while in between activities. On the western corner of the courtyard rests a beautiful mosque, with devotees in traditional clothing streaming in and out of its magnificent door. Belief and intrinsic faith in Almighty are written large on their faces as they trudge solemnly, bypassing spice and ‘Tajine’ shops and snake charmers or fired up grills, on their way diligently to prayer. At the courtyard market, meet the French-speaking Berber tribesmen, with sparse beard on their chin and a tiny turban of head gear. They mingle effortlessly with tourists as well as other locals dressed in western clothes. Marrakesh is where tradition meets the modern and then coexists happily. It is normal to see a frisky haired young women side-by-side traditionally dressed Berber men, chatting or sipping tea in the market. Present in the courtyard are also caged birds and monkeys, an assault to western sensibility, but very natural for locals. Pet shop owners often place a bird or an animal on your shoulder, volunteer to take a photo and then ask for a few Dirhams. Walk North of Djema-al-Fanaa, into the winding narrow lanes of Medina, the Central Souks. The aroma of spices, food and leather intermingle and assail you. Shopkeepers are welcoming, yet, not as aggressive as in the Courtyard Market. Interestingly, the hawkers in Marrakesh speak many foreign languages and Medina may well be the best example. You don’t need a map or GPS in Medina; you will not have the time to look at them. Dive in and just let your senses be massaged. By the way, there are a few good massage parlours offering head and foot massages or even a full body coddle with Argan oil. Hammams are a novelty for tourists, as this Turkish sauna pampers you for more than an hour with oil and steam massages. Along the meandering lanes are numerous shops selling pottery, garments and jewellery. Morocco’s medicinal herbs and spices are renowned the world over and also a cash crop for agriculturalists. Nigella or black cumin seed, originally brought from India, is now cultivated in Morocco in abundance. Locals crush these seeds, add honey and eat it to relieve cold and ache. Some even wrap it in a cloth and inhale to ease a blocked sinus. Argan oil, a pain relieving agent and skin toner, is sold in bottles and sprays. Government outlets in Marrakesh offer demonstrations and trials for most herbs and spices. You are sure to buy some of it to cure your chronic ailments, most likely the ever so popular Argan oil. Other prominent scenic tourist attractions are Majorelle Garden, built by French artist Jacque Majorelle. Complete with exotic plants from the desert, the two-acre garden has a villa and a museum of Berber culture. Then there is Bahia Palace or the brilliant palace, surrounded by a garden and a fountain in the centre. Also visible from a distance is the tall tower of Koutoubia Mosque on the south-west side of Medina. The name Koutoubia comes from the Arabic word ‘kitaab’, meaning books, it is a bookseller’s mosque. Whether it is a museum, a mosque or the market, Marrakesh weaves a magic of Arab-Europe architecture that is distinctly different from any city you will have witnessed. The finger-licking lamb meat cooked in Tajine, the cacophony of jugglers and musicians in Courtyard Market, the sights and sounds of Medina and the smiling faces of Berber hawkers – memories of Marrakesh will linger long after you have returned home and ticked off Morocco from your list of ‘places to visit before you die’.last_img read more

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Report on Delayed Al Hoceima Projects to be Submitted to the…

Rabat – The commission in charge of investigating the delays involved in implementing Al Hoceima’s development program will submit its detailed report to King Mohammad VI ahead of the Throne Celebration on July 30, according to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Alyaoum.The sources of the daily said that the members of the commission, headed by the newly appointed general inspector of the Ministry of the Interior, Zineb El Adaoui, have embarked on a race against time to inspect the files related to the management of the projects. Of particular interest is the “Al Hoceima Manarat Al Motawaist” project in Al-Houceima and a determination of the stakeholders responsible for the delay of the implementation of this and other projects.The same source added that investigators have already begun the hearing of the secretaries-general of the ministerial departments concerned for the development program of the city of Al Hoceima. Alongside these hearings, Akhbar al-Yaoum added that another commission is currently interviewing ministry department heads, while another is conducting visits to sites in Al Hoceima where projects should be being implemented. As the crisis in the Rif continues, the government has been hoping that news of speeding up the realization of development projects in the region, especially the “Al Hoceima Manarat Al Motawaist” mega project, launched by King Mohammed VI in 2015, will help alleviate the tension.In a live television appearance on Saturday night, head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, said “I want to say to the inhabitants of Al Hoceima that the government is dealing with your demands with serious. The projects which were launched are taken care of. Every week there is going to be a meeting between the ministers in charge of the departments supervising the projects of ‘Al Hoceima Manarat Al Motawasit.’ Also, the investigation that King Mohammed VI ordered to determine the causes of the delay of projects will be carried out all the way to the end. People will be held accountable.” read more

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Toronto Stock Exchanges main index falls loonie continues to strengthen

Canada’s main stock index shed nearly 100 points on the final trading day of the week in a broad-based decline.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 81.31 points at 14,952.33.“Resource stocks in Canada are selling off today because a higher dollar negates the rise in the commodity price,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.The loonie recorded its third consecutive day of gains, trading at an average price of 79.45 cents US, up 0.38 of a U.S. cent.It’s risen 1.05 of a U.S. cent since Tuesday’s daily average price of 78.40 cents US.The loonie rallied Friday following news that the country’s annual inflation rate accelerated in July for the first time since January. Last month, the year-over-year inflation rate rose to 1.2 per cent and the rise reinforced notions that the Bank of Canada will once again hike its benchmark interest rate in the fall.The strengthened loonie prompted a sell off in resources stocks, said Levine, explaining commodities are priced in U.S. dollars.Shares in the global gold and the energy sector slid, despite a boost in the price of oil.The October crude contract gained US$1.42 cents to US$48.66 per barrel.The commodity got a lift from a lower U.S. rig count. Figures released Friday showed the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in America decreased by three this week to 946.While resource stocks contributed to the day’s fall, Levine said he believes “the general malaise in the Canadian market really … has to do with the anti-business attitude that the federal, provincial and municipal government have over various sectors and industries, and investors are saying, ‘You know, I can invest in more investor-friendly, hospitable places.”‘He pointed to the federal government’s lukewarm attitude to pipeline investment as an example of such attitudes.South of the border, indices also fell.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 76.22 points to 21,674.51, while the S&P 500 index fell 4.46 points to 2,425.55. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 5.38 points to 6,216.53.Some of that comes from continued reaction to political drama coming from the White House and to the terrorist attack in Spain on Thursday, Levine said, while part of the drop can be attributed to profit taking as valuations in the U.S. have reached high levels.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract retreated 80 cents to US$1,291.60 an ounce. The September natural gas contract fell 3.6 cents to US$2.89 per mmBTU and the September copper contract was relatively unchanged at about US$2.94 a pound.The Canadian PressWith files from the Associated Press read more

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HarleyDavidsons electric Hog 060 in 3 seconds

Harley-Davidson is releasing details about the electric motorcycle it’s rolling out this year that it hopes will capture the imagination of a new generation of riders and put a charge into its diminishing sales.The LiveWire, which will soon be available in a limited number of dealerships, will cost nearly $30,000 and can go zero to 60 mph in three seconds. There is no clutch and no shifting.The company said Thursday that buyers will have access to free charging at participating LiveWire dealers for the first two years.The Milwaukee motorcycle company has struggled with declining sales and an aging client base in the U.S. and abroad.Its U.S. motorcycle sales declined 4.2% and international sales fell 3.3% in the first quarter of this year.The Associated Press

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UN agency pledges to help Jordans tourism recover from terrorist attacks

With tourism the second largest source of jobs in Jordan’s private sector and the second highest foreign exchange earner, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO) today offered the Middle Eastern country whatever help it needs to recover from yesterday’s terrorist bombings of hotels in its capital, Amman. “We were shocked and saddened to hear the news of the bombings and would like to convey our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims and to the Government of Jordan,” WTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli said in a letter to Tourism and Antiquities Minister Alia Hatough-Bouran on the suicide attacks, which killed dozens of people and injured more than 100 others.He promised the minister “any aid you may need in assessing the situation or support that could help Jordan recover from this tragic incident.”WTO Regional Representative for the Middle East Amr Abdel-Ghaffar stressed that tourism has many times proved its resilience. “I am confident in capacity of Jordanian tourism industry to recover quickly and strongly,” he said. Latest tourism figures show a nine per cent growth in the first six months of 2005, after reaching 2.8 million in 2004, a 21 per cent jump over the previous year, contributing more than $803 million, about 10 per cent of Jordan’s gross domestic product (GDP). The 148-member Madrid-based WTO, a global forum for promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, made a similar offer in July to help Egypt’s tourism industry recover after terrorist bombings at its Sharm el-Sheikh resort. Earlier this year it also tried to mitigate the effects of the Indian Ocean tsunami, urging tourists to return to devastated countries like Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand and Indonesia, so as not to slow the recovery of an important economic sector.It then called on the world’s media to take care in its coverage of destinations hit by the disaster so as to avoid a new “infodemic,” a repeat of the slump that hit Asian tourism two years earlier when an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 774 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide, the vast majority of them in China, led to a steep fall-off in travel. Last month it sought to minimize the threat of a bird flu epidemic to global tourism – worth $622 billion last year spent by more than 763 million tourists – warning against unnecessary scaremongering. “Our message is not to overreact or panic, but at the same time not to underestimate the problem,” Mr. Frangialli said, calling on the media to refrain from reporting that creates unnecessary panic and on governments to issue travel advisories only as a last resort. read more

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Oversigning footballs latest overindulgence

Oversigning. It’s when a school signs more recruits than it has roster spots available. The gods of college football’s recruiting gluttony? The SEC. Today is National Signing Day, college football’s version of the NFL Draft. However, instead of the pro teams picking players, the players choose their schools. The NFL Draft is spaced out over three days. ESPNU has dedicated 10 straight hours to coverage of Signing Day. There’s no such thing as excess when it comes to football in this country. Schools are allotted 85 total players on scholarship at a given time. Last year the SEC implemented a rule limiting its teams to 28 signees between Signing Day and May 31. The rule, now adopted by the NCAA, isn’t being strictly enforced. One reason schools are circumventing the rule is the spacing of the two dates. Auburn signed 32 players last year because it brought in five players, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, in January. The Tigers had 27 players signed between February and May — one below the limit. According to a January Sports Illustrated report, LSU had to use more cutthroat methods in 2008. Coach Les Miles misjudged how many of his borderline academic qualifiers would become eligible. By summer’s end, Miles had to cut quarterback Chris Garrett because he had two more newcomers than available scholarships. He then had to tell signees Elliott Porter and Cameron Fordham — both of whom declined scholarship offers from other schools to accept Miles’ and LSU’s promise of playing football in Baton Rouge — that there wasn’t room for them. Porter had already moved into his dorm room and started classes when he received the news. The same report stated that eight of the 12 SEC schools had averaged 25 or more signees over the past five years. The website Oversigning.com, which chronicles the practice, lists six SEC schools projected to be over the scholarship limit following Signing Day. The leader of the clubhouse? Ole Miss, which has a projected 14 players over the limit. The website projects Ohio State, which is normally far from the oversigning hoopla, to be right at the 85-man limit following Signing Day. I love college football. I love the pageantry and the rivalries. I spend my Saturdays in the fall glued to the television. The sport dominates my life for a little more than three months. But this practice is bad belly fat on the sport. The presidents and athletic directors of every school around the country — not just those in the SEC — need to step up, show some accountability and actually police the guilty coaches. Whether it’s stricter NCAA laws or a shake weight for SEC schools, something has to be done. read more

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TANJA ŠARENAC AND MAJA IVANOVIĆ Training as a way of life

← Previous Story THW Kiel tough, but important win over Aalborg Next Story → VIDEO: Sajad Esteki takes gift from Szyba to bring win for Dinamo Bucuresti Apart from being the best student in a generation and graduating with the highest degree is considered to be a huge success, but being the best student in the history of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education is an incredible accomplishment. Although she achieved it and remained at University like assistant, Tanja decided to leave Serbia. Like many other young, educated and ambitious people she left her country at the beginning of the new millennium. Very shortly after that she was joined by another professor from the same University, Maja Ivanović. Patient hard working and building working system on their own paid off, because today they have status of the most wanted and most desirable experts in the field of physical preparation leading athletes.And how everything started?Tanja: When I finished my studies, and began to work as assistant, I was deeply disappointed in general situation, environment and people in sport. I could not find the space to express and show myself. The last year at University I even spent attending and studying one more school. It was a sign that things don´t have to go in precise and logical way; you finish school and get an employment, but with many variations between. When I signed the first professional contract in Belgium like fitness trainer and went from Serbia, Dutch University in Mastriht was the most convenient solution for my master studies that I applied for. Maja came very soon, we opened a firm and promptly jobs started to come from all over Belgium and Holland.At the moment, they are working with basketball national team, football and handball clubs as well as many individual athletes within the Olympic Committee of the Netherlands. When the Ministry of Sports entrusted them with physical preparation at the national Handball Academy for boys which was located close to Maastricht, they entered in handball. The other national teams located norther in the Netherlands wanted them too, but they refused it because they were located on the other part of the country and didn’t want to move. Now they are working with Dutch handball champions both male and female, teams Limburg Lions and Dalfsen and boys with whom they have been working for years are slowly becoming or already are backbone of national team.Maja: The first handball project, at the south of the country, was National Handball Academy. Basically, we set up the whole system around the Academy, and started producing some great results. Quickly afterward Limburg Lions team invited us. In the middle of one national championship we took them too. They needed a lot of work when we took them but at the end of that season they won every trophy. Those were their first titles. Since then, they are constant champions of the Netherlands and finalists of BENE League.Handball as rugbySince handball is only one of many sports to you, it is possible to make some comparisons. Where do you see free space for improvement in handball if we speak about bringing physical preparedness of handball players at the highest level?Tanja: Handball is the game that requires complex physical preparation with a lot of allowed contacts, where it is important to move quite large body mass efficiently. Probably according to physical preparation demands is just behind rugby. In handball, except on some positions maybe, there is no space for weak links. In the other sports, any physical insufficiency can much easier be reimbursed by creativity and sense. But it is more and more difficult to compensate, even in woman handball.Maja: It is important to choose and combine effective exercises, means and methods. Even when everything is perfectly chosen and combined – the way how the exercise is done is the one which will decide whether the transfer at handball activity will happen and whether the number and nature of injuries will be decreased. The player has to understand why he is doing what is doing and how to do it in the most efficient way.Tanja: This is one part of the story. The other part is more serious and more creative combination of handball and physical preparation training. Handball coaching staff and a qualified trainer for physical preparation should create the whole training process together. Training conditions should be modified with very effective combinations of handball training methods and methods for the development of various aspects for physical preparation.Maja: An effective system of monitoring for external and internal load variables has to be established with clear and effective application in a way of adapting and individualization the whole training process.LEKIC vs GROTThis summer Tanja and Maja worked individually with both male and female handball players and among them was the well-known Andrea Lekić.Maja: There is no dilemma that Andrea Lekić is an amazing handball player. She is one of the best in the world. After numerous problems with injuries her physical condition is satisfying. However, she has skipped plenty things since she was 15-16 years old. Serbian players that did not skip it are rare. It is very simple thing. There are very talented girls, who have been practically stopped in sport development due to lack of conditions and organizations around them. Therefore, they are losing years and sinking. And then when they come to professional level it is impossible to compensate what is lost. At that moment talent does not help, it is late. It is not Andrea´s story, but it is story of many others. Nycke Groot is everything for Dutches. If we speak about handball and talent, Andrea is a spaceship. Nycke went through Handball Academy, through the real development and real system. She is playing according to the system and would not feel comfortable in situations in which Andreas does. Not only that, physically she will always be able to fulfill all requests of any coach but also, she will be rarely tired and injured. Only as a result of being trained systematically.A MIX OF SCIENCE AND ARTHow would you describe your working system?Tanja: Like a mix of science and art. I am interested in converting things into tables and organized systems that I then adjust to the situation. When I talk about training, it means that it is not important where we will be inserted and from the same moment we will be able to arrange things and start our job, because we can handle too many variables at once. All knowledge is on one side, but it is in our nature that we are interested in everything and we draw information from everywhere.KEEP LEARNINGAsked about the amount of time spent on vocational training smile and explanation followed:Maja: Every second of every day. Searching for innovations, new approach and solving a new moment is every day. We have TV but it is turned off because we do not use it. Such our creativity and innovation cost us that our working hours are not 40 hours a week, but every woken hour. Our network of colleagues, associates and athletes stretches from America to Australia. We need a permanent position and place where from everything will happen and we will make and implement decisions, without being connected or conditioned by any state structure.Tanja: To be internationally recognized as experts, continual education is inevitable, both for job advancement and for retaining the required certificates. On average, every year we pass through a dozen of specialized education programs, online as well as through participation in various seminars, workshops and lectures around the world.We also organize lectures and workshops for various trainers by ourselves, most often by invitation. In the Netherlands, we have organized lectures for the last ten years to our colleagues, physical fitness trainers, and basketball, handball, free climbing, triathlon, gymnastics trainers etc. As we are in touch with almost all trainers in the Netherlands, we are still listening in what are their biggest problems, so we will figure out how to help them through workshops and lectures that we will organize from now on.YOU ARE WHAT YOU EATMaja is a complete expert in the field of nutrition, but it is a topic that cannot be put in a few sentences.Maja: There are many factors that have influence on success in team sports. It is scientific fact that nutrition models everything. A long time ago it is said you are what you eat. Nutrition has to be balanced and adjusted. Our body can use only what you have taken because it has no other source. Not only that you are training well and recovering, but through nutrition you can affect the quality and function of all tissues. Science is proving it more and more. Things that body can tolerate when you are 15 years old cannot when you are 25 or 30. The experience has taught us that it depends on nutrition too what the result of our work would be. We had real situations to see the lack of results just for that reason, and that is why we give very specific guidelines to athletes about nutrition.ACCEPTING THE SYSTEM AS A LIFESTYLEDuring your twenty-five-year career, you have worked with really an incredible number of top athletes, Olympic athletes, players from national team, and medal winners in all possible sports. And all this is under the pressure of result. How did you succeed it?Maja: Life played with us and threw us into the machine where you have to make results in every field and various circumstances. There are situations where you are learning what you can do as a fitness trainer to improve training process. On the one hand activities like jumping into water, then all kind of games and martial arts to extremely difficult sports such as ultra-triathlon. From adaptation of strength and conditioning training into functional training to movement improving and protection against injuries, all this should lead to capacity of building, which should again lead to better results.Tanja: All this has given us width and experience which I doubt someone has. For the first time now we are preparing and equipping our space. Meanwhile we did it so many times at numerous places. We raised things from scratch. Now, somewhere, our dream begins to come true that we can do everything in one place. We are heading towards opportunity to be able to organize our training center for a team preparation or national team where they can train, eat sleep, sparring, rest and recover in the best possible conditions. Our goal is to internationalize this because this is a mixed climate and it is mostly opened toward Germany and Belgium, but also across Europe.Like their trainings, plans for the future are very clear:Our company, Total Movement, is a place where all those with an idea and affinity will be able to change it and raise it to an extraordinary level. Our goal is to train someone with the attitude that this is a way of life, not something that he or she is asked to do for some reason. To accept this whole system as a lifestyle, as something that is required for the sport they deal with, and also for life, Maja and Tanja ceased the interview for Balkan-Handball.com. read more

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Supreme Court to deliver verdict in right to die case next week

first_imgTHE SUPREME COURT is to deliver its verdict in the case of Marie Fleming, who is seeking to overturn Ireland’s laws on ending one’s own life with the help of another person, next Monday.The case is listed for judgement at 10.30am on Monday morning before the seven Supreme Court justices who will rule on the 59-year-old former UCD lecturer’s appeal of the High Court’s rejection of her challenge to the ban on assisted suicide in Ireland.Fleming took her case to the highest court in the State in February arguing that the parts of the law which make it an offence to assist in a suicide are unconstitutional and breach the European Convention on Human Rights.Her argument centres on her belief that the ban on assisted suicide is discriminatory in that an able-bodied person may take their own life lawfully but she cannot be helped to do the same.She has also sought an order that would compel the Director of Public Prosecutions to make it clear in which situations it would charge people for the crime of assisted suicide and whether there is any discretion in deciding to go ahead with a prosecution.Fleming, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, has sought to ensure her partner would not be prosecuted if he were to help end her life.The High Court ruled in January that there was a “profound difference” between the law permitting an adult to take their own life and the sanctioning of another person to assist that adult in taking their own life.Column: Legal clarity needed after Marie Fleming ‘right to die’ verdictlast_img read more

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VIDEO Ill never catcall Ill treat and respect and help create an

first_img Share236 Tweet Email5 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 8:39 PM 80 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Emmet Kirwan and Dave Tynan VIDEO: ‘I’ll never catcall, I’ll treat and respect and help create an Ireland that will stand in awe of all mná’ Heartbreak is a powerful, new Irish short from writer Emmet Kirwan and director Dave Tynan. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3191716 HEARTBREAK, THE LATEST offering from actor and writer Emmet Kirwan and director Dave Tynan, is a spoken word film originally commissioned by the Irish theatre company ThisisPopBaby.On his decision to make the piece, Tynan said he was “blown away” by Kirwan when he performed it at the Fringe Festival last year.“Everyone in that tent felt the power of it and it’s been a privilege to turn it into a film and bring it to a wider audience.”Here it is, in full: Source: davetynan/YouTubeHeartbreak stars Kirwan, Jordanne Jones (Rebellion, I Used to Live Here) and Deirdre Molloy (Adam and Paul, Happy Ever Afters)Related: ‘When a working class person writes, you’re asked: Is it like Roddy Doyle?’Women of 1916: ‘Producers and organisers continue to assemble manels to tell us our grandmothers’ stories’ Jan 17th 2017, 8:39 PM 1,498 Views Emmet Kirwan and Dave Tynan last_img read more

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Greece bows to latest conditions

first_imgEurozone finance ministers agreed on Thursday that Greece had met most of the demands set by creditors for a new 130-billion-euro bailout but said that at this stage they would only release funding needed to secure a scheme aimed at reducing Greece’s debt, known as PSI (for private sector involvement). Ministers, who met in Brussels ahead of a European Union leaders’ summit, were satisfied by a slew of new laws and measures approved in Athens over the past week, according to the head of the Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker. “Ministers note with satisfaction that Greece took swift and decisive action in the areas of fiscal consolidation, revenue administration, pension reform, financial sector regulation and supervision and growth-enhancing structural reforms,” Juncker said in a statement. He added, however, that creditors would determine in coming days whether “prior actions” demanded of Greece had been transposed into law. Juncker said ministers had given the green light for the eurozone’s crisis fund to issue 30 billion euros worth of bonds for use as “sweeteners” for private investors taking part in the PSI. But he said that no more aid would be released until the PSI is completed successfully. It is expected that finance ministers will hold a teleconference call next week to decide upon granting the final approval for the Greek bailout. The call is likely to be held on March 9, when the Greek government is set to announce the result of its offer to bondholders. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos joined his peers for the EU summit on Thursday night and was expected to stress the need for measures to boost growth. The premier also held talks on the sidelines of the summit with his counterpart from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, on a bilateral dispute regarding the Balkan state’s name. Papademos’s office said both leaders had expressed “the political will for the continuation of negotiations mediated by the United Nations aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution.” The leader of conservative New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, was also in Brussels on Thursday for a meeting of the European People’s Party and met with Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Samaras also stressed the need to boost growth and liquidity. PASOK leader George Papandreou, in Brussels for a meeting of the Party of European Socialists, said Europe was finally showing understanding of the need to balance austerity with growth. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Labor gives multicultural small business a voice

first_imgIn a bid to support people from non-English speaking backgrounds in their small business ventures, this week the Andrews Labor government appointed a Multicultural Business Ministerial Council.The council, which has been appointed for a two-year term, will aim to actively promote Victoria as a culturally-diverse business centre, provide a forum for strategic business networking and support the state’s trade agenda in emerging markets.“This council will be an important voice to the many thousands of business owners and operators from non-English speaking backgrounds,” said Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis.“Victoria is the most culturally diverse city in the country and we need to ensure that all businesses have the support they need to grow, which will provide better prosperity and more job opportunities for local communities.”With more than half a million small businesses across the state, the initiative will provide an essential link between business owners and the government to ensure their voices are being heard.Chairing the council will be Rohini Kappadath, director of Cross-Border Business at Pitcher Partners, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience.She has worked with businesses in Australia, South-East Asia, China, Japan, New Zealand and North America.Among the new council members are Greek Australians Fotini Kypraios, senior associate at Meerkin & Apel Lawyers, and Mike Zafiropoulos, board chair of Channel 31. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Chinas Lunar Probe Is Ready to Explore the Moons Far Side

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface China’s lunar probe, Chang’e-4, is set to explore the moon’s mysterious far side.In early 2019, the Chinese civilian space program aims to land the lunar probe at Aitkin Basin, a big impact crater by the Moon’s south pole, NPR reported.Even though China hasn’t shared the exact landing date, the Chang’e-4 probe will help scientists study this part of the moon, which we can’t see from our planet. The six-wheeled rover contains cameras and a ground-penetrating radar that can look below the moon’s lunar surface.On Dec. 9, China launched the Chang’e-4 probe from the Sichuan-based Xichang Satellite Launch Center. It’s expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, and provide more details on the location’s lunar soil components and terrain.Once it reaches the moon’s far side, it will engage in low-frequency radio astronomical observation, conduct surveys of landforms, detect mineral composition, and measure neutron radiation.Researchers are also excited to learn more about the Aitkin Basin and other areas of the moon’s far side. “The far side is actually much more primitive — it contains really ancient crust that dates back to the very, very early solar system,” Briony Horgan, a Purdue University planetary scientist, told NPR. “There are rocks all over the far side that are over four billion years old,” she adds. “We’re really excited to see what those look like, up close.”More on Geek.com:China Launches Lunar Probe to Far Side of the MoonHistoric Israeli Moon Mission Will Carry Time Capsule to SpaceBoot That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for Auction Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Watch 7Foot Alligator Struts Across Green Near Golfer in Florida

first_img Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorHunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi River Stay on target An enormous, 7-foot alligator crashed a golfer’s game at a Florida country club and the funny encounter was captured in a video.Steel Lafferty was playing a game of golf at the ChampionsGate Country Club in Osceola County, Florida, on Wednesday, Fox 35 News reported. When Lafferty went to swing his club, the massive reptile suddenly appeared a few feet away from his ball.center_img “Golfing in Florida is just different…,” Lafferty wrote under the video, which has received more than 60,000 views on Instagram.The animal was also unfazed by all the golfing activity and didn’t seem to care about interrupting Lafferty’s game on the course. According to Lafferty, the alligator strolled roughly 100 yards before it crawled into a nearby lake.Alligators love showing up on golf courses across the U.S.: In March, an alligator about nine feet in length stopped a golf game at the Harbor Club on Hutchinson Island in Savannah, Georgia. The reptile did a “catwalk” across the green and players were amazed by its size. A couple of minutes later, the alligator took a brief rest near the 17th hole and then walked into a nearby pond.More on Geek.com:Alligator Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaEnormous 9-Foot Alligator Bites South Carolina Woman Walking Her DogSneaky Alligator Tries to Blend in With Homeowner’s Patio Furniturelast_img read more

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Bennett receives 2019 Spirit of Tourism Award

first_imgVisit Vancouver USA has presented the 2019 Spirit of Tourism Award to Kim Bennett, who recently retired after leading the agency for 20 years.The award is given annually to a business, person, attraction, venue or event that has contributed to the region’s economic vitality by attracting visitors to Vancouver and Clark County.The 7.3-acre Vancouver Waterfront Park was the 2018 recipient, and the American Empress received the award in 2017.“Kim more than meets the criteria for this award,” Michelle McKenzie, Visit Vancouver USA marketing director, said in a news release. “We are honored to be able to give it to her as a token of appreciation and recognition for all that she has done for the community.”Shortly after Bennett helped form the tourism office, visitor spending in the area represented $273.5 million in economic impact. By 2018, the most recent numbers available, visitor spending ballooned to $585 million, a 114 percent increase in less than 20 years. During her tenure, Bennett also grew the Visit Vancouver USA staff from a single employee to the current team of nine.“Kim was instrumental in growing both leisure visitation and group business in Vancouver during the past 20 years,” Mike McLeod, chairman of the Visit Vancouver USA Board of Directors, said in a news release. “I can think of no person or entity more deserving of the 2019 Spirit of Tourism Award.”In addition to spearheading tourism development, Bennett represented the office in statewide marketing efforts and prominent industry associations, buoying Vancouver’s profile as a destination. Her involvement in the local and regional communities and the state has been influential in building a favorable reputation for the area.More information about Visit Vancouver USA and the tourism industry is available online at www.VisitVancouverUSA.com.last_img read more

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New Poll Finds Race Between Ted Cruz And Beto ORourke Too Close

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Robin Jerstad: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.A new poll released Wednesday suggests the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is far more competitive than many political observers have initially thought.The poll from Quinnipiac University shows the two men in a dead heat: 47 percent of registered voters in Texas support Cruz, the Republican incumbent, while 43 percent back O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat.That number falls within the poll’s 3.6 percent margin of error. The poll had another ominous warning for the GOP: President Donald Trump was underwater in Texas, with 52 percent of respondents disapproving of him and 43 percent approving of his job performance. Cruz’s favorability rating showed a polarized response: 46 percent of Texans have a favorable view of the senator while 44 percent have an unfavorable view. O’Rourke had a positive favorability rating – 30 percent of those who responded viewed him positively while 16 percent had a negative view. This indicates a large swath of Texans do not know who he is and leaves much room for both Republicans and Democrats to define him in the coming months. Gov. Greg Abbott had far better standing among Texans than either Cruz or Trump. Fifty-four percent of Texans approve of the job he is doing, while 33 percent do not approve.The pollsters also surveyed Texas voters about both of the Democrats vying to face Abbott in November. Abbott leads former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez 49 percent to 41 percent. Similarly, he leads Democrat Andrew White 48 percent to 41 percent. A May 22 Democratic primary runoff will determine whether Valdez or White is the party’s nominee. To be sure, no one poll should be taken as gospel on the state of any race. Various factors can produce an outlier result, and the sample included registered voters, which is a less-narrow field of respondents compared to likely voters. Even so, Quinnipiac is one of the most highly regarded polling outfits in politics, in part due to its use of live interviews over cell phones and landlines.last_img read more

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NHTSA looking to implement new noise enhancement rules for electric vehicles

first_img Citation: NHTSA looking to implement new noise enhancement rules for electric vehicles (2011, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-nhtsa-noise-electric-vehicles.html The legislation has come about as a result of two studies that indicated that pedestrians might be at increased risk of being run over by electric vehicles. The first, conducted in 2008 by Lawrence Rosenblum, a University of California perceptual psychologist, showed that subjects wearing blindfolds were able to hear a Honda Accord with a gas engine approaching from as far away as 36 feet, but were only able to hear a Toyota Prius (hybrid) when it drew as near as 11 feet.In the other study, done by the NHTSA itself, research indicated that there was a higher percentage rate for electric vehicles running into pedestrians, than gas powered models.And while some may debate the accuracy of the research (the NHTSA study used data from just 12 states and only for one year) or the degree to which electric vehicles actually pose a risk, the bottom line, is that new regulations are very likely going to be implemented, a draft standard will be issued in 2012, with the new rules going into effect in 2015. Thus, the issue now is just what sort of “noise” will the car manufacturers be required to add. Some, such as the Nissan Leaf, already make a sort of whoosh sound, and Ford is opting for a crowd sourced option that will hopefully come up with a sound that the majority of electric vehicle owners won’t hate. All this might be moot however if the NHTSA picks a noise on its own. Also an issue is whether such cars would be required to make the noise all the time, or just during slow driving when it more likely matters. They could also decide to add different noises for different activities, such as when a vehicle is moving in reverse or turning, a likely possibility since the legislation spurring them to action in the first place also applies to light and low-speed vehicles, motorcycles, buses, and heavy-duty trucks. 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. Hybrid cars too quiet for pedestrian safety? Add engine noise, say human factors researchers © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on July 7, that it plans to implement new regulations requiring electric vehicles to emit some as yet undesignated “noise” to warn pedestrians of its approach. This move comes on the heels of passage, by Congress, of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, which requires the NHTSA to take action to protect pedestrians from the nearly noiseless electric (and hybrid) vehicles that lawmakers believe pose a hazard to unsuspecting people crossing roads, especially those with hearing impairments. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Driver flees accident scene

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A motorist fled after veering off the road and crashing in Chisty Place last night (Sunday).Public Safety, towing services and a security company responded to the scene.It seems like the driver was the only person in the vehicle when the accident took place.It took officials over an hour to clear the scene.last_img

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Double victory for Hilton Sydney at the Australian Hotels Association

first_imgSource = Hilton Hotels & Resorts Hilton Sydney has won two coveted awards for Chef of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Training at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence Gala in Sydney.  The AHA National Awards represents the industry’s greatest honour for high performing hotels in a number of categories. Award finalists are made up from the winners in that category from each AHA state/territory branch.Following the NSW state finals, Hilton Sydney took three finalists, Gary Johnson (Executive Chef) Michael Burgess (Learning & Development Manager) and Mamdoh Kiriakos (Hotel Ambassador) to the nationals, scooping two of the top accolades and a finalist place for Employee Excellence in Service.Gary Johnson, executive chef and joint winner of the coveted Chef of the Year award, said, “It is a great honour to be rewarded by the industry and I feel incredibly proud of my entire team. I am passionate about leading 50 incredibly talented chefs here at Hilton Sydney, over six kitchens and catering to multiple outlets. We feed 40,000 – 55,000 covers a month and I will continue to be innovative and dynamic in doing so.”Gary has developed Hilton Sydney’s menus with an emphasis on healthy cooking, seasonality and regional produce. Events menus have become more participative, introducing ‘kitchen theatre’ which incorporates live stations where guests can individualise their experience at cocktail parties, breakfasts, buffets, lunches and dinners. Gary believes that with a growing food culture, guests want to be engaged with the kitchen and its chefs more than ever.All of Gary’s menus are weekly and seasonally changed and incorporate dietary requirements such as individual low fat servings, low salt and low calorie, selections of gluten-free and low GI or hi-energy morning and afternoon teas. Hilton Sydney meeting menus now eliminate trans-fats and unhealthy additives and Gary has increased the usage of natural and organic produce and sustainable seafood across the board.Second award winner, Michael Burgess, Learning & Development Manager, said, “This year we recognised that to offer our guests the best possible five star experience, we needed to continue to grow our investment in training and team development. That is exactly what we have achieved and over the course of the last year, we delivered 97 classroom based training courses to 1156 participants. This adds value to the team, the business and most importantly to our guests. I feel honoured to have been recognised for the implementation of such a positive program and will continue to drive it forward.”In addition to its training courses, all Hilton Sydney team members have access to ‘Hilton University’, free of charge, from 24 hour access computers in the hotel or from home. Where appropriate, courses are assigned, but teams are also able to use this valuable resource for their own personal and professional development; 2864 online Hilton University courses across a range of topics were completed in the last year alone.Paul Hutton, general manager, Hilton Sydney said, “I am incredibly proud of all of our finalists as they have highlighted the exceptional service that we offer at Hilton Sydney on a national stage.”last_img read more

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