first_imgA weekly snap shot of news in touch footy around Australia… · Less than one month until the Australian Masters teams head off to South Africa, England and Jersey! Gwynne is hectically busy with final preparations and the days are flying by! · The Hunter Western Hornets region will be conducting a Level 1 Selectors Course on Sunday 27th June at Wallsend. Check out NSW touch for more info. · Did you know? The emblem of the Sydney Mets is a Gryphon, a mythical beast with the characteristics of the two noblest beasts, the lion and the eagle. · The Southern Suns Annual General Meeting will be held 26th June 2004 at the Yass Soldiers Club commencing at 11am. Check out the Southern Suns site for an agenda. · The Toowoomba Touch Association and South West Queensland Touch are holding a 5 A Side Mixed Touch Tournament on Sunday the 27th of June at Kearney Springs in Toowoomba. The event is called the Garden City Cup, teams can only have 8 players registered on the day, hence Endurance Challenge! The divisions are Open Mixed and Senior Mixed (over 30) with prize money of $1000 for the open division and $700 for the senior division. See the Queensland Touch Site for more information. · More from the National Training Squad Player Profiles: Bo de la Cruz loves to watch Kath and Kim and doesn’t like bad drivers. Sharyn Williams loves popcorn, chocolate and bacon (surely not together?) Debbie Knapp lists her best moment in touch as the Aussie girls winning the 2001 Trans Tasman series, after NZ won the second game, beating Australia for the first time. Lousie Winchester is also known as Squeeze Weezo and hates it when people fart during breakfast. · The General Committee of Eagles Touch has awarded Life Membership to Fran Hanson of Forster. The award follows Fran’s many years of voluntary service, not only to the Eagles Region, but also to its predecessor Mid North Coast and the affiliate of Forster/Tuncurry. She continues to work as the NSWTA Director of Selectors. · The date for the 2004 State of Origin and Interstate Challenge between New South Wales and Queensland has been set. It will be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th August 2004. The games will be played in Tempe, New South Wales. · Brisbane Metropoliton Touch would like to remind all their players that there will be no games on NRL State of Origin nights. The alternate nights as advertised in the information booklet at the start of the season are Thursday 1 July and Thursday 8 July. · The Victorian Touch Association are pleased to announce that Matthew Ross has been appointed to the position of Men’s Opens Coach. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Chelsea boss Conte rejects Boca Juniors in Man Utd hope

first_imgEx-Chelsea boss Conte rejects Boca Juniors in Man Utd hopeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has turned down an approach from Boca Juniors.The Sunday Express says the Italian fancies the opportunity to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement at Manchester United.And it is claimed he has rejected the chance to become Boca Juniors’ new boss in a bid to remain available.Conte has been splitting his time between England and Italy since his departure from Chelsea.He reportedly expects to return to work next summer in preparation for the following campaign.The key to landing the job could be his relationship with Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba.Conte nurtured Pogba’s talents at Juventus following the Frenchman’s switch from United in 2012. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NFL Analyst: One Iowa Star Is Perfect Fit For Cowboys

first_imgIowa mascot pumps up the crowd.The University of Iowa mascot leads players onto the field prior to the start of the 2006 Alamo Bowl football game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, December 30, 2006, at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. Texas won 26 – 24. (Photo by Darren Abate/Getty Images)Iowa fans have been enjoying a productive season that could reward one of their top players a job in the NFL. With the college football season in its final stretch and the NFL season at the midway point, there is plenty of time for some draft analysis.Earlier today, Bleacher Report NFL analyst Maurice Moton published a list draft prospects that NFL teams should consider. His list featured one prized Iowa player.According to Moton, the Dallas Cowboys would be an ideal fit for Iowa TE Noah Fant.? Giants: Oregon QB Justin Herbert ? Raiders: Ohio State DE Nick BosaOne NFL draft prospect who should be on each team’s mind https://t.co/aGxJa6pKzq pic.twitter.com/9nhuyAgt0z— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) November 2, 2018Moton’s analysis:“Iowa’s Noah Fant flashed his red-zone potential with 11 touchdown catches to go with 494 yards last year. He’s showing consistency with six scores through eight games this season.“Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim has 19 catches for 205 yards and a touchdown this season, but the team could attack defenses with two-tight end sets if it added Fant. Another red-zone option would also take some pressure off of running back Ezekiel Elliott in tight quarters.”Bleacher Report already has Fant listed as their top TE prospect in the 2019 NFL draft. Whether or not that results in a first-round selection for the Iowa star remains to be seen.The Cowboys have drafted just one Iowa Hawkeye in the last 30 years: LB Anthony Hitchens in 2014. Hitchens now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.The highest drafted Hawkeye ever drafted by the Cowboys was OL John Niland in 1966. Niland went on to make six Pro Bowls and earned two First-Team All-Pro selections. He was a starter for the Cowboys in their Super Bowl VI win.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more

Tanker Investments Inks Charters for Two Suezmaxes

first_imgzoom Norway-based investment company focused on the tanker market Tanker Investments Ltd. (TIL) has secured one-year time charters for two of its Suezmax vessels. The gross rate for the 2010-built Tahoe Spirit and the 2009-built Shenlong Spirit is USD 19,750 per day for each vessel.“These two time charters, which commenced in late-March and early-April 2017, increase our fixed-rate coverage to 22% for the majority of 2017 which will help offset the tanker market volatility we expect during the rest of the year,”  William Hung, TIL’s CEO, said.The announcement comes on the back of TIL’s financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that the company recorded a net income of USD 3.2 million, considerably lower than a net income of USD 18.7 million posted in the same period last year.During the quarter, total revenues dropped to USD 34.1 million from USD 50.6 million in 1Q 2016. This decrease is primarily due to lower spot tanker rates earned across the fleet in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, according to the company.“This was another strong quarter for Tanker Investments. We generated earnings per share of USD 0.11 and almost USD 17 million in cash flow on the back of relatively firm tanker rates, allowing us to reduce our leverage to under 42%, which we view as an appropriate level as we’re heading into what we expect will be a period of weaker tanker rates,” Hung commented.Suezmax spot tanker rate stood at USD 22,821 per day in 1Q 2017, compared to USD 36,130 in the same period last year. Additionally, Aframax spot tanker rate for the quarter amounted to USD 18,238 per day, against USD 27,886 per day in the quarter ended March 31, 2016.In 2017, the company anticipates high tanker fleet growth to present headwinds to the crude spot tanker market. Total tanker fleet growth for 2017 is forecast to be 24.1 million dwt, or approximately 4.3 percent, which is slightly lower than 2016 but consistent with the ten-year average.Mid-size tanker fleet growth is expected to be around 10.7 million dwt, or approximately 5.6 percent, for 2017.After two years of record low scrapping, TIL believes that scrapping has the potential to ramp up in the near term given the current weakness in spot tanker rates combined with an aging fleet across all segments. New regulations, including ballast water management, may also increase scrapping in the medium-term.Overall, the company expects 2017 to be a year of “softer tanker rates” compared to 2016. However, growing crude oil supply in the Atlantic moving long-haul to Asia is expected to provide some underlying support to help offset the negative fundamentals of lower OPEC supply and a period of higher fleet growth.TIL anticipates this near-term dip in the market cycle to be relatively short-term in nature, as a lack of new tanker ordering in the mid-sized segments and increased scrapping due to regulatory changes, as well as a more balanced oil market, are expected to lead to a renewed market upturn in 2018.As of March 31, 2017, TIL’s fleet comprised 18 owned vessels.last_img read more

GoodBulk Bolsters Capesize Fleet

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Goodbulk GoodBulk Ltd. has exercised options for the acquisition of two second-hand Capsizes, spending USD 68.3 million.The two ships, built in 2011 and 2012 by Daehan, KR, feature approximately 180,000 dwt each. The vessels are expected to be delivered into the fleet by 30 September 2018 and funded with USD 47.8 million of availability under existing credit facilities and cash on hand.Separately, the Monaco-based shipowner said that it has inked an agreement to sell a 2012 built Supramax vessel, the M/V Aquapride, to Suisse Bulkers for USD 20 million.The vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owner between September and November 2018.The M/V Aquapride was acquired by GoodBulk, for USD 17 million and is expected to contribute net profit of approximately USD 2.3 million.The company said that the two transactions for part of GoodBulk’s active portfolio management strategy as it continues to increase its allocation to the Capesize segment where it sees “the best risk adjusted expected return.”GoodBulk also has the option to acquire a third 2012-built Capesize vessel of approximately 179,000 dwt within September 2018 for USD 35.7 million.Upon completion of the announced transactions, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 26 dry bulk vessels, including 24 Capesizes, 1 Panamax, and 1 Supramax bulker.last_img read more

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle demands his kidnappers be brought to justice

first_imgTORONTO – Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle has demanded that his kidnappers be brought to justice for the “murder” of his infant daughter and the rape of his wife while they were in captivity.A tired-looking Boyle read a brief statement to the media late Friday after arriving in Toronto with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three young children. The family was freed by Pakistani commandos on Wednesday after they and their captors crossed the border from Afghanistan.Boyle and Coleman had been kidnapped in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip. Coleman was pregnant at the time and had four children in captivity. The birth of the fourth child had not been publicly known before Boyle appeared before journalists in Toronto.With hands trembling as he read his statement, Boyle lambasted the “stupidity and the evil” of his kidnappers, who he said were members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, for abducting both him and his pregnant wife during a trip to help villagers in Afghanistan’s Taliban-controlled areas.He said the Haqqani leadership authorized the murder of his infant daughter in retaliation for his refusal to accept an offer from the kidnappers, but did not elaborate on the offer. He also condemned his kidnappers for engaging in the brutal rape of his wife.“Not as a lone action by one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant … of the Haqqani network.” Boyle said.“God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network.”Boyle said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the name used by the Taliban when they ruled Afghanistan until they were ousted by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001 — should provide his family the justice that they are owed.“I certainly do not intend to allow a brutal and sacrilegious gang of criminal miscreants to … weaken my family’s commitment to do the right thing no matter the cost.”Boyle said he and his wife now want to focus on building a new life.“Obviously it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children, to call a home, to focus on edification and to try to regain some portion of the childhood that they have lost.”The final leg of the family’s journey to freedom was an Air Canada flight from London to Toronto.U.S. State Department officials accompanied the Boyle family on the flight home.Boyle gave The Associated Press a handwritten statement expressing disagreement with U.S. foreign policy.“God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to allow that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organized injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege,” he wrote.He nodded to one of the State Department officials and said, “Their interests are not my interests.”He added that one of his children was in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers.Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, sat in the aisle of the business-class cabin wearing a tan-coloured headscarf.She nodded wordlessly when she confirmed her identity to a reporter on board the flight. In the two seats next to her were her two elder children. In the seat beyond that was Boyle, with their youngest child in his lap.The family was escorted off the plane five-to-10 minutes before the other passengers on the flight.The Canadian government said in a statement that it joined the Boyle family “in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones.”On Thursday, officials in Pakistan said the family had been rescued in “an intelligence-based operation” after their captors moved them across the border from Afghanistan.The couple had set off in the summer 2012 on a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.Their release came nearly five years to the day after Boyle and Coleman lost touch with their families while travelling in a mountainous region near the Afghan capital, Kabul.Coleman’s parents last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an Internet cafe in what Boyle described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, said the Pakistani raid that led to the family’s rescue was based on a tip from U.S. intelligence and shows that Pakistan will act against a “common enemy” when Washington shares information.U.S. officials have long accused Pakistan of ignoring groups like the Haqqani network. The Americans consider it a terrorist organization and have targeted its leaders with drone strikes.But the Haqqani group also operates like a criminal network. Unlike the Islamic State group, it does not typically execute Western hostages, preferring to ransom them for cash.A U.S. national security official, who was not authorized to discuss operational details of the release and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. obtained actionable information, passed it to Pakistani government officials, asked them to interdict and recover the hostages — and they did.Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a senior al-Qaida financier. Her father, the late Ahmed Said Khadr, and the family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy.The Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight and was taken to the U.S. detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle’s capture, with one official describing it in 2014 as a “horrible coincidence.”The U.S. Justice Department said neither Boyle nor Coleman is wanted for any federal crime.— With files from The Associated PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly quoted Joshua Boyle as calling on the Afghan government to seek justice. In fact, he is asking the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the former Taliban government, to punish the kidnappers.last_img read more

Cops register suo motu case against Sayantan Basu

first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas police on Wednesday started a suo motu case against Sayantan Basu for the derogatory statements he had made during an election rally in Basirhat’s Bhabla on Tuesday.Basu is contesting the elections on BJP’s ticket from Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have also lodged a complaint with the returning officer at Basirhat in this regard. A senior leader from the district said that no political leaders can make such remarks which are highly derogatory and may also intimidate the voters. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring his election rally on Tuesday, Basu said that he would ask the Central force personnel to fire bullets not aiming at the feet but the chest of those who will create trouble. His statements invited criticism from various quarters. The district police have booked Basu under seven different sections of the IPC. BJP leader Basu has however claimed that their party workers were not allowed to paint wall graffiti by the Trinamool Congress activists in Basirhat. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe also alleged that police are slapping various charges on their party workers and hence he had lost his temper. Basu also stated many other cases were already pending against him in various police stations and the new case is just an add-on to the old ones. He also stated that he would inform the matter to the Election commission. They might stage sit-in demonstration in front of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in the state protesting against the false cases that have been slapped the BJP party workers in various parts of the state, Basu maintained. Trinamool Congress candidate from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan in her Twitter handle urged the people not to get intimidated by the threatening statements made by her political opponent. She also reminded that our democracy propagates peace and not violence. It was learnt that the Election Commission will examine the video footages of Basu. The commission may also seek clarification from Basu in this regard. Meanwhile, the CEO office has already sought a report on various controversial statements of other BJP leaders including Mukul Roy, BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur Anupam Hazra.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu political parties concerned over Maithripalas statements

Karunanidhi said that while the demands must be heeded, the new Constitution should also have provisions for equal treatment of Tamils. The new Constitution should not act as a “balm” for them but should be like one being treated in the “intensive care unit,” and the “heritage community” should be given its due respect and recognition which alone would solve the “complex” problems of Sri Lanka, he said.“Considering these, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should provide adequate guidelines for preparing the new Sri Lankan Constitution and pressure Sirisena (on this matter),” he said. He said demands were being made for the well-being of ethnic minority in Sri Lanka which included withdrawal of army from Tamil-speaking areas, efforts to trace missing persons from the community in the wake of the civil conflict and release of Tamil prisoners arrested during the 2009 internal strife among others. “If the doors of Federation are not opened and rights not devolved, how can Tamils live with dignity, relief and equality. Sirisena’s announcement that there will be no possibility for federation amounts to rubbing salt to injury,” he said in a statement. The DMK and MDMK political parties in Tamil Nadu today expressed concern over President Maithiripala Sirisena’s reported statement that his country’s new constitution will not have the concept of ‘Federation,’ saying it will affect the ethnic Tamils.Seeking India’s intervention in the matter, DMK President M Karunanidhi said Sirisena had in a recent meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ‘categorically’ stated that “there will be no place” for the concept of Federation in the new Constitution that seeks to replace the one adopted in 1978 by the island republic, the Press Trust of India reported. MDMK founder Vaiko criticised Sirisena’s reported statement and said this would result in Tamils lacking equality. He reiterated his demand for conducting a referendum on the creation of Tamil ‘Eelam,’ a seperate homeland for the ethnic minority as the only solution.Meanwhile, TMC leader and former Union Minister GK Vasan also sought for India’s role in ensuring equal rights for Tamils. He said India should take up the matter with Colombo during the ongoing two-day visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ohio States Braxton Miller reportedly out for season

OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller warms up for the first session of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. Miller missed the entirety of spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to miss the entire 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday, according to a Tuesday afternoon ESPN report.Miller, expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season, re-injured his throwing shoulder at practice Monday afternoon, a source close to the team told Lantern TV.According to the source, the team had not yet been informed of Miller’s status as of early Tuesday afternoon.He originally injured the shoulder last season in OSU’s loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Miller was held out of spring practice and limited through the first portion of fall practice.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Miller was held out of the throwing portions of a Monday morning practice, but was expected to through in the afternoon. That second session was when Miller re-injured his shoulder while throwing the ball.In between practices, Miller said he was “100 percent,” despite experiencing muscle soreness stemming from the shoulder surgery throughout camp.Miller, a native of Huber Heights, Ohio, missed two full games and most of a third in 2013 as a junior. Then-backup Kenny Guiton replaced him and led the Buckeyes to three wins.On Saturday, OSU coach Urban Meyer said redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had moved ahead of redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones in the team’s backup quarterback battle. Herman said the OSU offense has moved the ball better when Barrett is on the field, as opposed to Jones, so far in fall camp.Barrett’s only experience for the Scarlet and Gray outside of practice came in OSU’s 2014 Spring Game when he finished 17 of 33 on pass attempts and racked up 151 yards through the air.OSU’s 2014 season is scheduled to begin at noon Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Passengers evacuated after man shouts Allahu Akbar on Ryanair flight

first_imgNine men were thrown off a Ryanair flight on Saturday morning after shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as a joke and indicating there was a bomb on the plane.The flight to Madrid was due to leave Zaventem airport in Brussels at 7am but was delayed for a number of hours.All passengers were evacuated from the plane and the police bomb squad checked luggage with sniffer dogs. Police told a local news channel VTM Nieuws that the nine men were all of Belgian nationality.He said: “The flight commander refused to take these nine people. One of them was a foolish joker and called ‘Allahu Akbar’.”The plane was eventually allowed to leave at 9.25am after all the luggage was removed and checked.A Ryanair spokesman said: “The crew of this flight from Brussels to Madrid (2 Sep) requested police assistance after a number of passengers became disruptive prior to departure. “Police removed and detained the individuals before the aircraft departed to Madrid. “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”The men who could face prosecution as it is an offence to cause a false bomb scare. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Revolutionary metatarsal protective footwear range wins important award

first_imgRock Fall UK recently received a glowing health and safety industry endorsement for its innovative Tomcat range of metatarsal total protection footwear, having made it through as a finalist in the BSIF Product Innovation Awards at this year’s Safety and Health Expo. A panel, made up of influential figures from leading publishing, trade and industry organisations selected Rock Fall’s entry, having vigorously judged the boots against criteria including: unique concept, design and performance and technology new to the health and safety industry. The awards, organised by the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the leading trade body within the safety industryin the UK, are held to help raise the standards of health and safety by recognising excellence in customer service, product innovation and improvement in occupational health and safety. Staged every May at Birmingham’s NEC, Safety and Health Expo is by far Europe’s largest annual event of its kind, attracting over 19,000 industry professionals who come to visit nearly 300 trade stands, one of which Rock Fall UK proudly occupied.  As well as showing its Tomcat range of safety boots and accompanying Product Innovation Awards Finalist certificate, visitors could also see Rock Fall’s extensive line of complete safety work wear and accessories.Expressing delight in his company’s achievement, Rock Fall’s Managing Director, Stephen Noon commented: °We’ve spent over two years developing our Tomcat metatarsal footwear range.  We’re thrilled to receive this award, which to us is a real vote of confidence from the industry that we’ve done a good job, producing a stylish range of boots that protect the wearer’s entire foot.”The range is the very first to exceed S3 European Safety Standards. The main design feature is a patented, integral metatarsal protector: a lightweight, flexible inner plate that protects the wearer’s fragile metatarsal bones from impact. In addition, user’s toes and sole are guarded with a metal toecap and steel mid-sole. Using full grain leather and Rock Fall’s unique Activ-step foot-bed for supreme comfort, the boots also feature rubber outsoles constructed for the highest durability and are able to withstand heat up to 300oC. Developed with the wearer and their specific working environment in mind, the range also includes a fully waterproof design. Being a triumphant first entry into BSIF’s Product Innovation Awards, on his company’s plans for future awards, Stephen Noon remarked: “The Tomcat range is just one example of our advanced approach to product development and we’ve a broad range of equally innovative products in development.  This year’s achievement was, pardon the pun, a major step forward, but hopefully a taste of years to come.”last_img read more

Apple starts offering Mastered for iTunes music

first_imgWhen CDs were the main format music was purchased on, there used to be a small collection of “remastered” CDs you could buy for a few extra dollars. These albums promised better quality sound and usually came on a gold disc. Apple has effectively introduced the same enhanced music to iTunes this week.Going under the name of “Mastered for iTunes,” select albums have been remastered so as to sound better in digital form. The good news is Apple isn’t charging extra for these mastered collections, but it could see many iTunes customers choose to purchase some music again just to hear the enhancements.According to Apple, the remastering is necessary for certain music collections because the original master was quite poor (a problem created by music publishers rushing albums to market). Due to the use of compression using Apple’s preferred AAC format, it’s also possible to make audio sound better if specific guidelines are followed and editing tools used to focus on digital delivery of individual tracks, a practice that has been lacking in the past. Music publishers are also selectively updating their back catalogs for DVD-A and SACD, which offers up a better quality master to offer through iTunes as a by product.Although Apple has only quietly rolled out Mastered for iTunes, there are already around 100 albums available promising better audio. As the prices are the same as for the standard tracks, it’s worth checking to see if the music you want has been remastered next time you load up iTunes to make a purchase.Read more at The New York Times and PCMaglast_img read more

TOWN MODERATOR CANDIDATES DEBATE Peterson MacDonald Debate The Issues with VIDEO

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Moderator Rob Peterson and challenger Kevin MacDonald recently took part in a debate as part of the WCTV and Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Night. Below are some highlights:Opening Statements“I’ve overseen the last three Annual Town Meetings, as well as the last Special Town Meeting in December 2017,” said Town Moderator Rob Peterson. “I’ve presided over these meetings in a fair and impartial manner, allowing free discussion to occur within the rules established prior to commencement of each meeting… I’ve also shown the ability to manage those whose attendance at Town Meeting is driven by an agenda that is contrary to the operation of an orderly Town Meeting.”“I believe we deserve a Town Moderator that respects [us] and has an understanding of the procedures and rules of the Town Meeting,” said challenger Kevin MacDonald. “As your moderator, I pledge to serve all the Town Meeting voters and the whole community as a non-partisan, non-advocate, and non-biased meeting leader.”Can You Remain Neutral On Issues At & Outside Town Meeting?“I think it’s abundantly clear – based on the track records of the two candidates here tonight — that one of us is able to remain neutral on matters that may or may not come before Town Meeting, whether asked in an assembly or otherwise, while the other – as recent as the Town Warrant Meeting – has spoke to articles that he hopes to preside over as Town Moderator,” said Peterson. “My opponent has shown an inability of the past 20+ years to so act impartially, such as on the floor of Town Meeting, where he’s called to order, and often doesn’t heed those orders…”“A moderator must remain neutral in order to perform his duties, however, the Town Moderator is a registered voter and has the right to vote at Town Meeting as precedent has been set in the event of a tie,” said MacDonald. “[I would] absolutely able to remain neutral in terms of running the meeting, and procedurally, and having all the rules followed, but – in terms of voting – he certainly has the right to vote.”Key Characteristics That Are Vital To Running An Efficient Town Meeting?“The top character quality is honesty,” said MacDonald. “One of the problems I see with Town Meeting is that the people of Wilmington, who work hard to pay their taxes, are presented with budgets that are fraudulent.” MacDonald claims that over-budgeting and “lying, cheating and deceiving” has led to the town’s existing free cash balance.“The Town Moderator precedes over and regulates the proceedings of Town Meeting. His job is to remain fair, impartial, and make sure the rules (town inhabitant bylaws, Robert Rules of Order, and Massachusetts General Laws) are adhered to during the entirety of the meeting,” said Peterson. “Enforcing those rules is the the way you effectuate a fair, transparent, efficient, and orderly Town Meeting.”How Do You Keep Emotional Speakers On Topic While Remaining Fair & Respectful?Peterson pointed to his performance at December’s Special Town Meeting, which dealt with the very contentious issue of detox facilities, as an example of how he was able to keep speakers on topic while allowing folks on both sides to express their feelings and bring pertinent information to the deliberation.“I don’t have a problem with someone being emotional or passionate about an issue,” said MacDonald. “A moderator’s job is to keep the meeting in order and on point, but there has to be a little bit of flexibility… Sometimes you have to refer to an issue that is not directly what we’re talking about to make a point.”At What Point Should Someone Be Removed From Town Meeting?“I think it’s pretty clear. Massachusetts General Law states that when a speaker is called to order, they should heed that call to order. If they do not, then – and only then – should the Town Moderator take the necessary steps to remove that person from Town Meeting,” said Peterson. “It’s been my purview throughout my entire term to give someone the benefit of the doubt – one, two, three, sometimes four times. It’s the repetitive disobeying of the rules, disrupting the meeting, talking over speakers, calling people by name.. at that point, the rest of the people have a right to a fair and impartial meeting…”“If a person is a disorderly topic, off topic, and fails to heed the warnings of the moderator, he absolutely can get called to order. If he repeatedly disobeys the moderator, he can be removed from the meeting,” said MacDonald. How Would You Increase Attendance & Participation At Town Meeting? Are There Any Technological Advancements You’d Like To See Incorporated Into Town Meeting?“I would model the Town Meeting after a baseball game with an on deck circle, having some coordination with the poll workers and not make people have to stand in line for a long time,” said MacDonald. “When you look at our State Legislature and Congress, they have electronic equipment to make their votes. It would be nice to cast your vote electronically so it got registered up on a screen.”“When I was elected back in 2015, I had a discussion with town officials about what we could do in the immediate to make Town Meeting a better process. That brought forward the electronic display behind the Town Moderator,” said Peterson. “I’m having continued discussions with Town Manager Hull relative to some sort of online portal relative to questions on specific warrant articles. There are surrounding towns that do this. I’d like to see that down the road. Not quire there yet regarding electronic voting. I prefer the standing vote and voice vote. Not completely opposed to it, however, and if a proposal was brought forth by town officials, I’d certainly entertain it.”“Town Meeting has to become a more efficient process,” continued Peterson. “A lot of people are thwarted to coming to our Town Meetings because we have individuals who continually to seek to speak on subject matters they’ve already spoken to, and talk about things outside the scope of the article.”Town Moderator Serves On A 3-Person Appointing Committee For Finance Committee Members. What Qualities Would You Look For In A Finance Committee Member?“The number quality has to be honesty,” said MacDonald. “What I’m seeing right now with the current Finance Committee is a lack of intellect… You have to have people who have a clue.”“I think our Finance Committee does an exemplary job,” said Peterson. “We have to continue to seek qualified individuals to appointment to our Finance Committee… We have to find a cross section of our community is the only way to effectuate a solid, well-represented Finance Committee that can form the best budget for our town.”Closing Statements“I’m the only candidate in the race who is running to genuinely effectuate an orderly, fair, transparent and efficient town meeting process,” said Peterson. “To be Town Moderator requires poise and the ability to remain calm… An effective Town Moderator is impartial and devoid of overt emotion on a given issue. Anyone who has been to a past Town Meeting knows that I’m the only candidate in this race capable of maintaining my pose, staying calm in the face of disagreement and carrying myself as to foster respectful conversation and debate.”“I pledge to encourage and promote widespread participation in debating the issues at Town Meeting,” said MacDonald. “I pledge to make you feel welcome to get up and speak and offer your perspective and ideas that are germane to the article at hand. You will no longer be talked to in a condescending, disrespectful manner.”MacDonald later alleged that Peterson had a conflict of interest by being Town Moderator and working for a law firm in town that sometimes goes in front of town boards.“There is no conflict of interest. There has been no conflict of interest. There will be no conflict of interest,” responded Peterson. “I took this job as a financial determinant to my office, myself, to my wife, to my 9-month old child, to my father, to my brother in college, to everyone else. There is no conflict of interest whatsoever.”When running three years ago, Peterson pledged that his firm would not represent any clients in matters that would have to come in front of Town Meeting. He has honored that pledge.Watch the 30-minute debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/d/4/2/d/0/7d42d05e-c7ff-4841-a98b-12a053df4a461523462232.151%2B28244931.194%40castus4-wilmington%2B15234671811523466010338211.vod.720p.Candidates%20Night_%20Moderator%20Debate%20-%20April%2010th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Moderator Jim Stewart Endorses Rob PetersonIn “Letter To The Editor”Selectmen Candidates Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”last_img read more

5G wireless internet doesnt have to cost a fortune try 49 a

first_img Tags Comments 7 4:09 Now playing: Watch this: 5G means more than just fast downloads to your phonecenter_img 5G Facebook Common Networks uses 5G to wirelessly deliver high speed broadband at a low cost. Common Networks Super high speed broadband doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. That’s the aim of Common Networks, a startup using 5G to offer wireless broadband to homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.The company launched its service three years ago and is offering a new tier of service starting Wednesday that delivers 300 megabit per second downloads for just $49 a month. This is a big savings compared with cable giant Comcast, which offers similar speeds at higher prices in the same market. Comcast offers 250Mbps for $69.99 or 400Mbps for $84.99 as part of its introductory offer for the first 12 months of service.Ronald Mooney, who’s been testing the new tier of service since January, said he couldn’t be happier with the performance and the price. Mooney, who lives with his wife, 21-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter, said he’s done speed tests that consistently get the advertised speeds of 300Mbps. The Mooneys live in an apartment in downtown Alameda, California, above their home goods store, Daisy’s.Mooney uses his broadband connection to run the store’s point-of-sale system, and he said even when his son is playing online games and others in the household are streaming videos upstairs, the connection works without a hitch. “When your business relies on your internet connection, you can’t afford to have issues,” Mooney said. “And I can tell you, since using this service, the internet is the last thing I worry about when it comes to my POS system.”An alternative to fiber Common Networks CEO and co-founder Zach Brock said the company is trying to address a big problem: delivering high speed broadband in an affordable way. Brock said Common Networks is targeting suburban markets, like Alameda, where consumers may have access to only one high speed broadband provider, like a cable company, or much slower DSL service.  “Everyone wants fiber,” he said. “That’s the gold standard in terms of speed. But it’s expensive to deploy. That’s exactly the problem Google ran into.” Google Fiber, which offered 1Gbps service for $70 a month in Kansas City and a few other cities, ultimately stopped building out the network due to the high cost of deploying fiber. The company has also been exploring wireless as an alternative for delivering high speed broadband. This is where new 5G wireless technology comes in. 5G or the fifth generation of wireless, is being touted as a cheaper alternative to fiber, which can deliver up to 1Gbps downloads. And Common Networks isn’t the only company looking to deploy flavors of 5G. Traditional wireless companies, like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, which are building out their mobile 5G services, have also been promising fixed 5G that can be a competitor to home broadband service. Verizon has already launched this service. But even 5G networks, which require dozens of radios and links to fiber backhaul, is expensive to deploy.A more affordable way to do 5G Common Networks says it can do it cheaper. “It’s not enough to just offer faster speeds,” Brock said. “It also has to be more affordable. The only reason we don’t have fiber everywhere is because of the cost. It’s way too expensive. So how do we make the economics work?”Common Networks is using 5G and open-source technology from Facebook to create a distributed network for more affordable broadband.  Common Networks Common Networks is using its own flavor of 5G technology, which relies on a mix of open-source technology called Terragraph from Facebook and unlicensed microwave and millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.Millimeter wave frequencies are the key to 5G delivering super high speed wireless connections. But the use of this very high frequency spectrum comes with some engineering challenges, such as interference from barriers like walls, trees or even bad weather like rain. What’s more, the signals travel over only very short distances, as opposed to traditional cellular radio frequencies, which allow providers to blanket an entire area with service. As a result, to deliver this service to homes, you need direct line of sight between radios. And you need lots of radios. And those radios need to connect to so-called “fiber backhaul” or fiber links that eventually send the traffic over the internet. This small-cell architecture is at the heart of all 5G deployments. And it’s expensive to build. Common Networks’ strategy is to reduce the amount of fiber infrastructure needed to deliver the high speed wireless signal, thus reducing the cost. That’s where the Terragraph architecture comes in. This technology allows radios deployed on customer rooftops to act as signal repeaters. So instead of deploying dozens of radios on light poles or atop buildings and running fiber to each of these locations, the Terragraph devices can be deployed at people’s homes and then used to beam the service to surrounding homes, expanding the reach of the network with the addition of new customers. The Terragraph architecture doesn’t completely do away with the need for fiber backhaul. The wireless service still needs some fiber connections. But it greatly reduces the number of small cells that need fiber. Not without limitationsBrock notes that the biggest drawback to this approach is that the network availability and growth is dependent on acquiring new customers.”We can’t serve every customer on day one,” he said. “We don’t run fiber loops, so it can take a few months before we can ramp up coverage.” The dependence on repeaters that require line of sight also limits where the technology can be deployed. Brock admits that this isn’t a technology well-suited for rural communities, which are also in need of broadband. Instead, his company is focused on suburban markets with a lot of densely located single-family homes.  The service, which launched three years ago, has been catching on, Brock said. The company, which first launched in Alameda, an island between Oakland and San Francisco, is now in several nearby Bay Area communities, including Santa Clara, San Leandro, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and soon Oakland. Its network now reaches 100,000 potential customers. Common Networks hasn’t disclosed how many customers it has. In addition to the new tier of service, Common Networks offers two other tiers: 20Mbps for $34 a month and 80Mbps for $39.  Mobile Share your voicelast_img read more

Alaskans press Murkowski on Kavanaugh

first_imgSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met with Senator Lisa Murkowski (C-SPAN screen capture)Sen. Lisa Murkowski met Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They smiled for the cameras, but Murkowski is keeping her opinion of the nominee under wraps.Listen nowShe is considered one of the few Republicans who could vote against confirming Kavanaugh, and his opponents are pinning their hopes on her.Some 30 Alaskans flew to the nation’s capital mid-week to urge Murkowski to vote no. Among them was Leighan Gonzales, a student at UAA.“I made a very personal appeal and I asked her to vote no on his nomination because I’m honestly concerned and very scared of this person being on the Supreme Court,” Gonzales said.Gonzales was born with a heart condition that required surgery. She said Kavanaugh is hostile to a key promise of the Affordable Care Act: that people with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied insurance coverage. Whether Kavanaugh really is opposed to the Affordable Care Act is a matter of dispute. But Gonzales said Murkowski seemed receptive to her message on Thursday.“I brought a picture, a baby picture post-surgery, with this giant scar on my tiny baby chest,” Gonzales said. “She was really moved by that, and I felt very optimistic.”Gonzales says her way was paid by Protect Our Care, a health care advocacy group.Anchorage retiree Joni Bruner made the trip east, too. She was a last-minute addition to her contingent. Bruner was not sure exactly who bought her ticket. She thought it was Center for Popular Democracy.Bruner told Murkowski the new justice should be a middle-of-the-road centrist.“If we were to confirm an extreme right person, it would further divide our country,” Bruner said later. “And we really want to stay together.”Alaska GOP Senator @lisamurkowski meets with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/6ePgLkP84h— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) August 23, 2018Kavanaugh has been making the rounds of Senate offices for weeks, and a photo-op is a routine prelude to each meeting.Murkowski’s real meeting with Kavanaugh was behind closed doors. Nothing of substance was discussed in their minute in front of the cameras. But Murkowski did take the opportunity to point out the giant salmon trophy mounted on her wall.“So that’s Walter,” Murkowski said, as shutters clicked. “Sixty-three pounds, Kenai River.”Murkowski’s office later issued a statement saying their discussion covered a range of topics, including health care, reproductive rights, privacy, legal precedence and laws specific to Alaska. The statement provided no insight into which way she’s leaning.Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for after Labor Day.last_img read more

Flood Control Weather Service Review Work During Harvey

first_imgHarris County Flood Control DistrictHarris County bayous.Harris County Flood Control and the National Weather Service are reviewing their effectiveness in providing information during Hurricane Harvey. Meeting with local media and meteorologist, they’re looking for ways that they can improve communication with the public during a storm.Overall, the agencies feel like they did a good job of keeping the public informed during the historic hurricane. According to Harris County meteorologist Jeff Lindner, ensuring the media is providing accurate information is also very important. “The most important thing with all this, is that we’re all saying the same thing at the same time. You don’t want people getting mixed messages,” he said.With 22 different watersheds in Harris County, Lindner said it’s also important that people understand what causes flooding in your neighborhood.“Know where your water is coming from. If you live at your house right here, what’s upstream of you? If it rains up here, if it rains ten or fifteen miles in some direction does that water come to you or not? And so this is some education responsibility of the local residents,” said Lindner.If there’s one area of need of improvement in the communication between the media, the weather services and the public, Lindner thinks it’s the focus of some information.He thinks too much focus was placed on the release of water at the Barker and Addick’s reservoirs, and the San Jacinto River. Focus he believes should have been on the neighboring flood gauges.“For example on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, Lake Conroe water, the 80-thousand c-f-s that was released out of the lake at the peak was only about 40% of the total water coming down the river. And so it’s really important for the citizens and residents in this particular area of Kingwood and Humble to focus on that river gauge at US 59. Because that’s telling you the whole story.”With 154 gauges in Harris County, Lindner thinks they are a more accurate indicator of possible flooding near your home.Both the National Weather Service and County Flood Control believe that Harvey is far from the last flooding incident Houston will deal with. Sharelast_img read more

Opera plans transition to WebKit engine

first_img Citation: Opera plans transition to WebKit engine (2013, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-opera-transition-webkit.html (Phys.org)—Opera will ditch its web browser rendering engine called Presto and instead will switch over to WebKit in a planned 2013 phase-out. The decision was announced this week. WebKit is the rendering engine used in Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome. According to the announcement, “Opera will make a gradual transition to the WebKit engine, as well as Chromium, for most of its upcoming versions of browsers for smartphones and computers.” Writing in the Opera developer blog, Bruce Lawson, Web evangelist for Opera, said consumers would see the difference. “Consumers will initially notice better site compatibility, especially with mobile-facing sites, many of which have only been tested in WebKit browsers.” Opera will preview its first Chromium-based smartphone browser for Android later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Why switch now? In its announcement, Opera said its goal was “to provide a leading browser on Android and iOS.” Android and iOS both use WebKit-powered browsers. Opera’s CTO, Håkon Wium Lie, said that WebKit “supports the standards we care about, and it has the performance we need,” He said, “It makes more sense to have our experts working with the open source communities to further improve WebKit and Chromium, rather than developing our own rendering engine further.” Also elaborating on the decision, Lawson went back to 1995, when Opera rolled its own rendering engine, competing against Internet Explorer and Netscape, and hoping to drive web standards forward. He said that goal was a specification to enhance web interoperability. “The WebKit project now has the kind of standards support that we could only dream of when our work began.”Reactions outside Opera did not indicate a unanimous thumbs-up. Several blogs suggested the move will make it easier for developers in terms of testing. Mozilla developer Robert O’Callahan expressed disappointment with Opera’s decision, however, saying that Google and Apple’s WebKit may end up being a good one for the company, but unlikely to be good for the web at large. “More and more developers don’t write websites or web apps based on standards but based on what works in WebKit.”Opera, meanwhile, said that it has already made its first contribution to WebKit, a set of patches to make WebKit’s handling of CSS columns as capable as Presto’s. “Opera will contribute to the WebKit and Chromium projects, and we have already submitted our first set of patches: to improve multi-column layout,” according to the company.Opera will use WebKit as its rendering engine and also V8 as its JavaScript engine. According to Opera, 300 million people use Opera web browsers for computers, mobile phones, TVs and other connected devices. New browsers for Android coming soon © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img 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. Explore further More information: www.opera.com/press/releases/2013/02/13/last_img read more

Win a pair of Beats Solo headphones with Contikis Travel Solo campaign

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Contiki TORONTO — More young Canadians are travelling solo than ever before, says Contiki, as it launches its brand new ‘Travel Solo’ campaign.With 55% of Contiki clients travelling on their own nowadays, the campaign aims to encourage young travellers to “step out of their comfort zone and literally fly solo”, said the company in an official release.As part of ‘Travel Solo’, clients can save 10% on select Contiki adventures around the world when booking before May 31. In addition, to reward travel agents for their efforts in championing solo travel, Contiki is awarding the two agents who book the most passengers in May a set of Beats Solo headphones.“Travel is an experience best shared and travelling with Contiki connects young clients to forever friendships, turning the experience of a lifetime into a lifetime of experiences,” said Sheralyn Berry, President for Contiki Canada. “The number one thing past Contiki clients rave about is the lifelong friendships they make along the way, and our trips really provide the ideal adventure, giving solo travellers the opportunity to make connections with like-minded people from around the world.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe new campaign highlights 24 of Contiki’s most popular trips worldwide, including:IrelandGreek Island HoppingAsian AdventureEgypt and the NileGreat Britain & IrelandSpain, Morocco & PortugalEastern QuestEastern TrailEuropean DiscoveryNorthern Thai HighlightsEastern RoadScandinaviaSimply ItalyEuropean TrailInca PanoramaTrail to RomeEternal IndiaKiwiana PanoramaIcelandColombia QuestViva Costa RicaThai Island Hopper EastBoot, Scoot ‘N’ BluesBeaches & ReefsFor more information go to https://www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/travel-solo. Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Win a pair of Beats Solo headphones with Contiki’s ‘Travel Solo’ campaign Posted bylast_img read more

VIVID Sydney shines with record numbers

first_imgSource = Destination NSW Visit NSW VIVID Sydney shines with record numbersThe world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas has broken visitation records for the third year in a row with more than 1.7 million people attending the Vivid Sydney festival in 2015, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres announced today.“Vivid Sydney promised to shine brighter than ever before and it certainly achieved that, breaking the festival’s attendance record receiving more than 1.7 million visitors, an increase of 19 per cent on the record 1.43 million who attended last year,” Mr Ayres said.“Vivid Sydney is now firmly established as one of the world’s most renowned festivals and this is reflected in the record sales of Vivid Sydney travel packages, with more than 36,500 domestic and international travel packages sold.“In fact, over 26,000 international travel packages were sold with more than 11,000 packages sold to China alone. Key increases include a 39 per cent rise in packages from Korea, 57 per cent more from Singapore and travel packages from the USA were up 64 per cent,” Mr Ayres added.Sydney’s cafes and restaurants also enjoyed a strong trade during the festival with more than 72 per cent of visitors to Vivid Sydney purchasing a meal during their visit.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said, “We are delighted that the hard work of our team here in Sydney as well as through our overseas offices continues to pay off, with quite clearly successful campaigns to increase visitation to Vivid Sydney.“This year Destination NSW hosted the largest Vivid Sydney trade visit program to date, with 121 participants from eight markets including China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. A record 96 international media from 10 countries were also hosted during Vivid Sydney to report on the event, sharing their experiences of the festival with the world.“Vivid Sydney is now the biggest event in Australia and the cross-city support we have received from Government agencies as well as private enterprise has been truly outstanding.  Congratulations Sydney, everyone has ensured this event was ‘best in class’ and it continues to be a must see annual event in Australia,” Ms Chipchase said.Vivid Sydney Creative Director Ignatius Jones welcomed the figures.“Each year Vivid Sydney sends its creative energy pulsing through the city, bringing art, innovation and creativity to everyone. I’m thrilled that this year’s Vivid Sydney program has resonated with audiences, with the festival’s light shining on a record number of visitors from across Australia and the world.” Mr Jones said. Sydneylast_img read more

Rosewood Munich to open in early 2023

first_imgRosewood Munich to open in early 2023Rosewood Munich to open in early 2023Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by German real estate company Bayerische Hausbau to manage Rosewood Munich, which will open in early 2023 as the brand’s first property in Germany and seventh property in Europe. Housed in two landmark, historical buildings comprised of the former headquarters of the State Bank of Bavaria (19 th century) and the adjacent Palais Neuhaus-Preysing, a former grand aristocratic residence (early 18th century), Rosewood Munich will be ideally situated on Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse in the heart of the historic city center. The hotel will be located within walking distance of several of the city’s most popular sites and destinations, including central Marienplatz square, the Residenz city palace, Bavarian State Opera, and the Maximilian- and Theatinerstraße shopping districts, as well as world renowned museums offering guests exceptional access to one of Europe’s most noteworthy travel and business destinations and important cultural capitals.Rosewood Munich will blend the most exemplary features of traditional German architecture with modern and contemporary elements, creating a warm and convivial atmosphere that captures the spirit of the destination.  The hotel will offer 132 spacious guestrooms and suites designed to complement the property’s original façade and iconic stairways, which remain well preserved and contribute to the city of Munich’s ensemble of historical buildings.The property will boast an inviting lobby lounge and two distinct dining venues, which include a full service restaurant and a vibrant bar. Rosewood Munich will also feature a full service spa, which will house five treatments rooms, as well as an indoor pool and fitness area. Additionally, the hotel will include extensive meetings and events spaces to accommodate a variety of private gatherings, conferences, and special events for up to 400 guests.“With its rich history and distinct culture, Munich is an ideal destination for Rosewood’s ever-expanding global portfolio, and we are thrilled to bring our guiding ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy to this dynamic city,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “Combining the long standing traditions and heritage of Bavaria with the dynamism of modern Germany, Munich offers guests a unique glimpse into the distinct character of the region and gifts all who visit access to a fascinating European adventure, making it the perfect destination for Rosewood’s affluential explorers seeking authentic and meaningful travel experiences.”“We are pleased to have gained an internationally renowned partner for our project in Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. The objective of the project is to offer the city an entirely new hotel experience: a hotel in the most exclusive hotel segment that will provide a contemporary interpretation of the historical charm of the buildings,” says Dr. Hermann Brandstetter, CFO Bayerische Hausbau.“We want to enhance the historical part of Munich with a unique hotel concept and open the doors of the buildings, with their unmistakable historical charm, to both international guests and the people of Munich – the restaurant, the bar and the spa will, of course, also extend a warm welcome to Munich’s residents.”Rosewood Munich will join Rosewood’s distinctive European properties including Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Rosewood London, and the newly reopened Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris. Additional upcoming properties in Europe include Rosewood Vienna, Rosewood Edinburgh, and Rosewood Hotel, Grosvenor Square in London.About Rosewood Hotels & ResortsRosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 21 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 12 countries, with 17 new hotels under development.  Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities.  The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, as well as new classics such as Rosewood Beijing.For more information:  rosewoodhotels.com www.erstegroup.comConnect with us:  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram @rosewoodhotelsAbout the Bayerische HausbauBayerische Hausbau is one of the largest full-service real estate companies in Germany. With a portfolio valued at about 2.5 billion euros, it holds a leading position in its core market Munich. Approximately 200 employees contribute to this success. Bayerische Hausbau bundles the Schörghuber Corporate Group’s real estate and construction activities under its roof. The range of services it offers covers the business segments real estate and development. This includes professional portfolio and asset management, the management of the properties in the Group’s own portfolio, as well as classic property development activities. Bayerische Hausbau is part of the Schörghuber Corporate Group, which operates three other business divisions, Beverages, Hotels and Seafood.                    For more information: hausbau.deSource = Rosewood Hotels & Resortslast_img read more