UN human rights chief joins condemnation of deadly West Bank attack

2 September 2010The United Nations human rights chief today added her voice to the chorus of condemnation of the killing of four Israeli citizens in the West Bank this week and urged that the perpetrators be brought to justice. The four civilians, who reportedly included a pregnant woman, were shot dead on Tuesday night as they travelled in a car near the city of Hebron in the occupied Palestinian territory.Another two people were wounded in a separate attack yesterday, and Hamas has reportedly claimed responsibility.Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement deploring the attacks which, “as well as being abhorrent in themselves, also appear to be aimed at undermining the current round of peace talks.”Direct peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – the first such talks between the two sides in nearly two years – began today in Washington D.C.In her statement Ms. Pillay also stressed that the perpetrators of this week’s attacks in the West Bank “can be held accountable under international criminal law.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry have already issued their own statements expressing condemnation of Tuesday’s attack. read more

Moe rejects calls for byelections to replace MLAs running for federal office

Premier Scott Moe will not be calling byelections to replace two departing MLAs, citing a desire to be “prudent” with taxpayer dollars while defending their decision to accept severance payments.Former MLAs Corey Tochor of Saskatoon Eastview and Warren Steinley of Regina Walsh Acres both announced they were resigning their seats on Wednesday, the official start of a federal campaign where both are running for the Conservatives.Moe is not required to call byelections for their seats because 40 months have elapsed since the last provincial election. The opposition NDP has called that a “loophole” that will leave constituents without representation for about 14 months. But Moe disagreed, pointing to the high cost of byelections.“We won’t be calling a byelection,” he said. “First of all, it would be about $700,000 to call a byelection. The legislation that was put in place under the previous administration clearly states that one should not be called at this point in time.”He said neighbouring MLAs will pick up the slack left by Steinley and Tochor “to ensure the people of these constituencies in our two largest centres will be well served.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Both became eligible to receive several months worth of transitional allowance upon resignation, according to rules set by both parties in the legislature. The former MLAs have said they will follow “past precedent,” with Steinley’s office clarifying that means he will accept the payment.But neither Moe nor Speaker Mark Docherty could immediately cite any cases that closely paralleled the case of the two departing MLAs, who could theoretically receive provincial payments while serving in federal office. The rules do not explicitly provide any exception for that eventuality.Neither Steinley nor Tochor responded to inquiries about what they will do with the money if elected as MPs.Asked whether he would recommend refusal, Moe noted that the severance packages “are not large” and suggested they’re meant to cushion MLAs from the uncertainty of public office.“They are put in place understanding that the elected members careers are generally not lifelong careers,” he said.He gave no signal that he’s willing to review the rules that provide for the payments.“It would be a caucus discussion and ultimately into a discussion with all parties in the house,” he said. “But we have not had it to this point in time and are not intending to have it to my knowledge.”Steinley has defended his decision to resign and campaign for federal office in similar terms to those used by Moe, noting that other Regina MLAs can fill his shoes in the 14 months before the next general election.He’s told voters he sees important tasks ahead in Ottawa. He also noted that it’s not up to him to decide whether or not byelections are called.The federal election will take place on Oct. 21. Steinley is running in Regina—Lewvan, while Tochor is seeking to represent Saskatoon—University in the House of Commons.awhite-crummey@posmedia.com read more

Large Canadian investors expected to continue bulking up on infrastructure

Large Canadian investors expected to continue bulking up on infrastructure MONTREAL – With stock markets volatile and interest rates at historic lows, institutional investors are turning to infrastructure deals, such as Quebec’s Caisse de depot’s $850-million investment in the Eurostar high-speed rail network.Macky Tall, the Caisse’s senior vice-president for private equity and infrastructure, says it will continue to seek out additional infrastructure investments particularly in the United States as it aims to double its $10-billion infrastructure portfolio in a few years.He said the pension fund manager remains interested in Australia, where it invested in the Port of Brisbane, and is also looking at a few deals in emerging countries such as Mexico.But it remains cautious about Europe despite the Eurostar deal which he described as “a unique opportunity” to acquire a quality asset.The Caisse signed a deal to buy a 30 per cent stake in Eurostar from the British government, while its consortium partner, Britain’s Hermes Infrastructure, will acquire own the remaining 10 per cent being sold by government.France’s national railway company would continue to control 55 per cent of Eurostar and the Belgian equivalent would hold the remaining five per cent of the company which provides high-speed train service between London and the continent.Despite the Caisse’s caution towards Europe, there is an increasing pipeline of opportunities as governments unload investments and private companies sell non-core assets, said Frederic Bastien, a financial analyst at Raymond James.He said Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has identified $50 billion of opportunities, including airports, toll roads, utilities, telecom and water, in countries like Spain that were hit hard by the financial crisis.Former Caisse executive Michel Nadeau says infrastructure investments are a safe alternative to overpriced stocks and real estate assets.He says large Canadian pension funds like OMERS, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are also interested in these type of investments because they help to diversify portfolios and generate cash flow in stable countries.Analyst Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Capital Markets said there are many available investments in the world for ports, toll roads, bridges, airports and maturing public-private partnerships.Among them is the Highway 407 toll road in Toronto. SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is considering selling its stake as it has done with Alberta’s electricity transmission service AltaLink and other concession investments.Tall declined to say if the Caisse would be interested in Highway 407, but Nadeau doubts the pension fund manager would return after selling its investment a few years ago. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 1:08 pm MDT read more

RG III Rob Parker Suspended by ESPN QB Practices

ESPN was left with virtually no wiggle room. It had to discipline Rob Parker in some way for his misguided comments about Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. And the network did, suspending him indefinitely.Meanwhile, Griffin practiced for the third straight day, sparking optimism that the dynamic rookie quarterback is recovering well from a mild knee sprain and could play Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns. The Redskins do not plan to make a decision on Griffin’s status until game time.The Redskins are in a battle for a playoff spot, making the outcome crucial. If the New York Giants lose to the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Redskins win, they would bolt first place in the NFC East. Be certain Griffin is aware of this, and would want to go.There is a chance the team would hold him out if it believed he would risk further injury.Speaking of injury, Parker hurt his career. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”In case you missed it, Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker proceeded to bury himself, questioning Griffin’s “blackness.” “Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black. “He’s black. . .But he’s not black. He’s not down with the cause.”He added: “We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”Outrage ensued, particularly from the black community, which was offended that Parker would suggest an affable, engaging, humble athlete was not “black enough.”Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.” read more

VIDEO Chema dancing with Karabatic brothers

Hungarian MVM Veszprem beat PSG HAndball 28:20 in the derby match of VELUX EHF Champions League Round 9. One of the heroes of important win on the way to the first place in the Preliminary Group was Spanish playmaker Chema Rodriguez with a spectacular way to beat his opponents, in this case, brothers Karabatić. chema rodriguezveszprem ← Previous Story Skjern or Motor to face Meshkov – La Rioja or Porto Next Story → LOVE IS IN THE AIR: When young gives lesson to older one…

Column RAG Week when it began where it all went wrong and

first_imgRAG Ireland is a network of student led hubs mobilising young people to create a brighter future for the country. Their hubs are committed to inspiring and motivating students to get out there in their communities fundraising, volunteering and starting their own projects to solve age old problems. It was founded only 18 months ago by a group of students who felt more needed to be done to help get young people involved. They work with 5 hubs across the country, with 1,500 members and a looser network of roughly 4,000. This will increase to 10 hubs and 3,000 members during the 2013/2014 academic year. RAG of the FutureAround 18 months ago in DCU, a friend and I decided enough was enough; we were fed up of non-stop talk of unemployment and emigration. We just got so fed up with being passengers in our own futures that we decided to do something.We wanted to try make Ireland a better place but there just didn’t seem any options available to us. “Well RAG that has something to do with charity doesn’t it? We wondered aloud one day”. We looked at the work that had been done in the UK and knew that RAG could be everything we were looking for, it was edgy, fresh, innovative and inclusive.We took the “RAG concept”, the problem child of the Irish student experience and decided to create RAG Ireland, a new organisation aimed at getting our generation to play their role in Ireland.We knew our RAG had to be different to anything else that was there in Ireland or the UK. We knew that students wanted to be involved, wanted to make a difference. This meant not only would we need to operate all year-round but we needed to move away from simply fundraising – many students wanted to get more hands on and volunteer, many more wanted to probe social problems with their ideas which they believed could bring about a better future.Fundraising, volunteering and community projectsWhat started in DCU in September 2011 with two students has blossomed in the short space of 18 months, we now have 1,500 members on five campuses (Mary I, St Pats, DCU, UL, IT Tralee) across the country actively fundraising, volunteering and starting up community projects. And our growth continues, we predict that by this time next year we will be working with upwards of 3,000 students on over ten campuses.Its working – according to Thomas McCormack St Patrick’s College of Education Students Union President “RAG Ireland began working with our students this year to set up a RAG hub and even within the space a few months the understanding of the RAG brand has totally transformed. I’m sure that whoever thought of RAG week would be incredibly proud to see the dedication, passion and energy that the Raising and Giving students show each and every week in trying to make a difference to Ireland. It has definitely brought a new-found vibrancy to charitable activities on our campus”.You can have great craic but give back at the same time, last week our guys in DCU organised a “RAG’s Shifting Flash Mob”, in a few weeks in UL we will have “The RAG Nearly Naked Mile” all to raise money for charity. Furthermore, we are getting young people out there doing what they are good at, if you’re an inter-county footballer why not share your skills with kids from a disadvantaged area, if you’re a techie why not design a new website for your local community group or if you love rap music, use it to teach history. We encourage students to bend rules, push boundaries; together we can solve some of Ireland’s biggest problems.RAG beginning to mean something differentStudents see RAG as their way of making a difference, many now realise that their passion, creativity and energy is vital to Ireland, they see how they can play a role and they are playing it.“There is a lot of negativity around being a young person at the moment; I was as guilty as anyone of buying into it all. I always thought I was the only one who cared about all these things that were wrong in our society, RAG has showed me that I’m not alone, in fact most of my friends care deeply about the future of our country, and we have just never been given a platform to do anything about it”.  Kevin, 22,  UL.The future of RAG is bright, the headlines might be dominated by the media frenzy around RAG Week but RAG is rapidly beginning to mean something different to students all over the country. RAG is the all about what can be, it is our generation’s vehicle to a better future – come on let’s give it a lash!!If you want to get involved in join the RAG Society on your campus. If you don’t have one contact info@ragireland.ie for further info on how to start one. RAG WEEK – a week of mischief and mayhem, hazy memories and hangover cures, wicked craic and worn-out wallets. The social highlight of the student calendar!!RAG Week – late night revellers and drink fuelled flare-ups, public order offences and noise pollution, harassment and anti-social behaviour.RAG Week is definitely a topic which provokes strong emotions. What is RAG all about? Where did RAG Week come from? What does the future hold for RAG?History of RAGThe verb “to rag” was commonly used in the late 1800s in the UK, its meaning was to pester or badger someone. It is thought that the term rag came into common usage amongst students around this time as university students noticing inequalities in society began to take time out of their studies “to rag” members of the public to donate items to clothe the most vulnerable members of society.Throughout the years RAG evolved to stand for “Raise & Give” and in the UK has become the focal point of student fundraising. Most Universities have their own RAG societies which work around the year to raise money for causes in need – some with incredible success. Last year for example in 2012 Leeds RAG donated over £320,000 to non-profits in need.RAG in IrelandIt is unclear when the RAG concept came to Ireland and furthermore when it evolved into a stand-alone RAG Week. Reports as far back as the 1950s show RAG week to be a high-jinx affair. In fact RAG Week was banned by UCD authorities around this time, after a number of high profile pranks including the “kidnapping of sales girls from Clerys”.If you look back over the history of RAG weeks in Ireland there seems to be a constant clash – university vs the student. NUIG are not the first university to come down heavy handed on students with the hope of slapping them back into line. They are not the first to fail either.In recent years RAG Week has remained in the headlines. Constant efforts have been made by University authorities and Student’s Unions to rebrand and re-orientate this problem week. The majority of which have failed.What many colleges have failed to grasp is RAG is a concept which originates from the students, it belongs to the students and if anyone is going to change it, it has to come from the students. A top-down approach cannot always work.Is this a realistic possibility you may ask? I fundamentally believe it is!last_img read more

Be the Paddle in LifeSized Interactive Pong Game

first_img Laser Technology Uncovers Ancient Maya CivilizationFord is teaching autonomous cars to drive in the snow Moment Factory Lab is taking social gaming to a new level with GRiD, a life-sized version of Pong—in which you are the paddle.The Quebec-based multimedia studio worked for a year to translate iconic ’70s gameplay into an “innovative form” using a LIDAR sensor.It turns out the same technology that controls and navigates autonomous cars can also follow people in public spaces.“After writing some custom software to detect point cloud clusters (moving humans), we tested it in our black box and were impressed with its accuracy,” according to a blog announcement.(via Moment Factory Lab)Turning Moment Factory employees into gaming guinea pigs, the firm slowly evolved GRiD, collecting reactions and feedback to help inform each new version of the oversized competition.“This allowed us to fine-tune the speed of the gameplay, and inspired us to spice it up by adding some unexpected effects,” the company said.The first project incubated by the Moment Factory Lab, GRiD was born from a desire to uncover how interactive affordances can enable play in public spaces.“To explore this question, it was obvious we needed to build something—something that would transform the city into a playground and engage passersby,” the team explained.But also something that is simple and intuitive enough for anyone to step in at any time, with game mechanics easily controlled by the body and increasingly difficult levels that can be completed quickly.Despite a meager 21st century revival of arcade video games, the golden age of coin-operated cabinets is long gone. Still, titles like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Pong live on as pop culture memories.One of the earliest video games (certainly the first commercial success), Atari’s Pong was created by Allan Alcorn and Nolan Bushnell as a training exercise. The two-dimensional sports game simulates table tennis: players control in-game paddles by moving them vertically across the left or right side of the screen.GRiD works the same way, except you are the paddle, jogging back and forth to return the digital volley.Since its debut at the MAPP_MTL Montreal International Mapping Festival, GRiD has proved a great success.(via Moment Factory Lab)“At first, [people] were caught off guard by the unexpected changes in gameplay,” Moment Factory said. “But quickly they began to figure them out, and wanted to play again to improve.”Like any sporting event, spectators gathered around and teams formed, “spurred on by cheers of encouragement.”“Witnessing these spontaneous social connections, it immediately became clear that we were rediscovering a social dimension of games that has been missing since the sudden death of arcades in the ’90s,” the company continued. “It was so refreshing to be playing with a person you could see, and to be moving your whole body.”The technology is still “a bit expensive,” but worth it for Moment Factory, which hopes this kind of public interaction “gets more and more people out of their living rooms and playing together.”GRiD is the first installment in a series of arcade-themed prototypes under construction by Moment Factory Lab.View as: One Page Slides1. Step up to the plate(via Moment Factory Lab)2. Two against two(via Moment Factory Lab)3. Teamwork makes the dream work(via Moment Factory Lab)4. Two-on-two(via Moment Factory Lab)5. A splash of color(via Moment Factory Lab)6. There are a few surprises(via Moment Factory Lab)7. Goooaaal!(via Moment Factory Lab) Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Defence Crossexamines Police Officer In ExNEDI Coordinator Co Trial

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama Barrister Edward Gomez, defence Counsel, has cross- examined Modou Gaye, a police officer and third prosecution witness (PW3) in the trial involving Pa Malick Ceesay, former Coordinator of National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) and also the erstwhile National Assembly Member for Lower Saloum Constituency, and Ismaila Njie, the former Accountant of NEDI.The state was represented by Hadi Saleh Bakum, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the accused persons were represented by Counsel Edward A. Gomez. When PW3 was asked by the defence whether he had earlier told the court that he headed the investigation of the accused persons, he responded in the positive. “Now in doing so did you appraise yourself with NEDI?” enquired the defence counsel. The witness responded in the positive. “Are you satisfied that NEDI was properly constituted according to law?” asked Counsel Gomez. The witness replied in the positive. Barrister Gomez asked, “Are you equally satisfied that the accused persons were strictly complying according to financial instructions?” quizzed lawyer Gomez. “No”, responded the witness. Barrister Gomez asked, “Were you satisfied that at the very inception of NEDI the staff operating in the institution were properly constituted?” “I don’t know. Barrister Gomez asked, “Did you find out whether the accused persons  are servants working under a contract?” The witness answered, “ “They were employed as civil servants.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Did you find out whether there was any contract between them and the Gambia government?” The witness answered, “All I know was that they were civil servants.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Did you find out whether they were acting on contract with NEDI?” The witness answered, “Yes because they provided their appointment letters to the panel and the second accused persons own was given to us and we put it in our file, while the first accused claimed that he could not find his appointment letter.” Barrister Gomez asked, “In which year was it dated?” The witness replied, “I can’t remember.” Barrister Gomez said, “I put it to you that at the inception of NEDI matters operated in a round circle.” The witness answered, “I do not agree to that.” Barrister Gomez added, “I further put it to that the accused were volunteers at the time and they were not paid salaries but allowances.” The witness answered, “I don’t agree to that.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Why don’t you agree because this statement is not true?” The witness replied, “Yes.” Barrister Gomez asked, “You will also agree that the ministry responsible was not operating under financial instruction?” The witness replied, “I may not know whether the ministry was operating as such because we were investigating NEDI not the ministry.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Do you remember telling this court on equivocally that the secretary of state responsible was not compliant with Financial Instructions?” The witness replied, “I did not say that. What I said was no loan should have been given by NEDI without the Secretary of state initiating it.” The defence counsel asked the PW3 whether NEDI was operating in the purview of a line ministry in violation of financial instruction. In response, the witness insisted that NEDI was an institution of its own. “Officer I put it to you that you are contradicting yourself and I will elucidate  that contradiction, you told this court that the Secretary of state was to initiate a loan therefore NEDI was not an isolated institution but an appendage of a ministry,” said barrister Gomez. “Yes”, admitted the witness. At this juncture, Lawyer Gomez applied for an adjournment for him to be served with the exhibits tendered in court and to go through the said exhibits and which was granted by the court. The case will resume on the 9 July, 2015 at 11am for continuation of hearing.last_img read more

Finger tracing can help students perform better in maths Study

first_imgMathematics has always been a troublesome and scary subject for many children. But a recent study has found that school kids who trace math problems using fingers are able to solve them more quickly and easily. Students who use their fingers to trace over practice examples while simultaneously reading geometry or arithmetic material were able to complete tasks more quickly and correctly than those who did not use the same technique, according to researchers. “Our findings have a range of implications for teachers and students alike. They show math learning by young students may be enhanced substantially with the simple addition of instructions to finger-trace elements of math problems,” said Paul Ginns, senior lecturer at the University Of Sydney. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We are cautiously confident such effects could be applied in the classroom and to subjects outside of math, but more research is clearly required,” he said.The research is published in Learning and Instruction and Applied Cognitive Psychology. The study involved 275 children aged between nine and 13 and found that tracing over elements of math problems enhanced how they understood and solved problems in geometry and algebra.Using an index finger to physically touch and trace the angles of a triangle can result in that information receiving processing priority in the brain. Doing so may reduce the load on working memory and its ability to retain complex material by ‘chunking’ information together, the scientists suggested. “At the classroom level, teachers can assist students to learn new mathematical content by giving instructions to ‘trace over’ the important elements of worked examples that already appear in mathematics textbooks or worksheets,” Ginns stated. “This simple, zero-cost teaching approach can enhance the effectiveness of mathematics instruction across multiple areas of the subject,” Ginns explained.Researchers are only now starting to explore if finger tracing’s benefits could extend to more complex mathematical tasks that require higher levels of abstract thinking and problem solving.last_img read more

Why Uber Makes Us Uneasy

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 22, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The sharing economy has made life more convenient, more seamless and in many cases more social and fun. Ridesharing companies let us hail cars from our smartphones, while room rental startups such as Airbnb let us stay at locals’ residences the world over.Of course, as with anything that involves lots of people, there’s a sad and scary element to this equation. Uber drivers have sexually assaulted riders, while riders have viciously beat up drivers. Airbnb hosts have robbed guests, and guests have racked up thousands of dollars in apartment damages.Over the weekend, the underbelly of humanity at its most tragic and terrifying was, once again, on full display. Saturday evening, Uber driver Jason Brian Dalton allegedly went on a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Mich. He killed six people at multiple locations, reportedly picking up riders in between spurts of violence.Dalton passed Uber’s background check, which the company conducts on all its drivers. While the rigorousness and effectiveness of Uber’s process has been criticized — drivers with criminal records, some with felony convictions, have been approved — in this particular case, it wouldn’t have mattered.Related: Uber Agrees to Settle Safety Lawsuits for $28.5 MillionAccording to The New York Times, Dalton had no criminal record (neighbors described him as a “family man” who showed no signs of violence), so even added measures such as fingerprint scans or criminal background checks that cover more than just the last seven years would not have barred him from becoming a driver.For all the press that accompanies an Uber driver or passenger acting violently during a ride, it’s unclear if these occurrences or statistically higher than similar occurrences in taxi cabs. As the Atlantic points out,  cities don’t track assaults by where they happen, which means it’s difficult to make a direct comparison between Uber and taxi safety. Our perception is largely shaped by anecdotal evidence.Although taxi drivers routinely make headlines for violent behavior, the press seems to latch on to similar stories from Uber drivers with an elevated frenzy. But I would argue our collective uneasiness about Uber violence goes beyond the lopsided coverage. In a way that’s not true for taxi companies or car services, the personal is baked into the Uber experience. Requesting an Uber connects you with an individual profile, complete with a picture and a customer satisfaction rating. Your driver usually comes to pick you up in his or her own car.Related: Uber’s New Logo Aims to Showcase Its ‘Human Side’As opposed to taxi drivers, who often are on the phone or listening to the radio, Uber drivers are, in my own experience, at least, more likely to ask questions and share details from their own backgrounds. A friend recently received a ride from an Uber driver who pulled up a YouTube video on his phone to illustrate the correct way to make Moroccan green tea, the country he hails from. Such exchanges are not uncommon.It’s this sense expectation of a personal connection that makes violent reports involving Uber drivers all the more unsettling. In between alleged shooting sprees, Dalton picked up riders including a man and his family, reports NBC news.The rider attempted to chat with Dalton, as one does with Uber drivers. He even mentioned the rash of shootings in the area. “I kind of jokingly said to the driver, ‘You’re not the shooter, are you?’” he told the outlet. To which Dalton reportedly shook his head.It’s an incredibly unsettling story, one that gets at our perpetual fascination and unease every time we hear that another Uber driver — or, to a lesser extent, rider — has acted monstrously.Because unlike hailing a cab, requesting an Uber — the act of tracking your driver’s steady progress towards your own location — feels personal.Related: Facebook May Have a Ridesharing Service in the Works 4 min readlast_img read more

Tech companies collaborate to create new Tech North West cluster

first_imgTwelve tech companies from the North West of Ireland have come together to form an innovative tech cluster to drive collaboration in the sector, which is exploding in the region.Tech North West will bring tech companies, start-ups, innovators and educators together with a collective goal to stimulate the tech sector across Sligo, Leitrim and surrounding counties.The cluster will be working closely with: IT Sligo; Mayo, Sligo Leitrim ETB; Sligo Local Enterprise Office and the IDA.The North West is becoming a hub for tech jobs with a recent string of positive job announcements. More than 1,300 tech jobs have been announced for Sligo and Leitrim over the last 12 months.The 12 companies already involved in the cluster together employ just over 400 people in the North West region and it is hoped that others will join once the cluster has been launched.The current members range from multinationals such as Overstock and LiveTiles to large indigenous companies like SL Controls and Cora Systems as well as local start-ups such as Frankli and 6 Degrees.On Friday, the group is launching its website www.technorthwest.ieas well as a video and a social media marketing campaign – called #ChooseMore — to highlight the region’s growing reputation as an emerging centre of cutting-edge tech.It will also focus on attracting tech talent to build their tech careers in a region which offers an enviable work-life balance, shorter commutes as well as lower rents and living costs.Tech North West Chairman is David Kenny, Site Lead Ireland at multinational Overstock, which is growing its staff at its base in Sligo. He said:“Tech North West is driven by a spirit of collaboration across the tech ecosystem in Sligo, Leitrim and surrounding areas. Our vision for the future is to work together to attract talent, new businesses and inspire the next generation of techies. We also want to show people living in Dublin, London and elsewhere that you can have a healthy tech career with progression and continuous learning opportunities while having a great work-life balance.”Keith Moran is Founder and Managing Director of SL Controls, which has offices around the country and the US but is headquartered in Sligo. Keith, who is also a member of Tech North West, said:“It is such an exciting time to be a tech company based in the North West as there is such a buzz and energy around the place, with a real sense of collaboration between the companies operating in the space. But it is even more exciting for people who want to work in tech, with an abundance of vacancies coming on stream for software developers, coders, analytics experts and digital architects. They can now have the option of high-level positions while living in a place that values community and a great work-life balance.”Elaine Murphy, General Manager for LiveTiles in EMEA, is based in Sligo and is a member of Tech North West. She says:“Not so long ago, the idea of leaving the traditional hubs for a life in the North West region would mean sacrificing your career – that’s no longer the case. The region has been experiencing a string of high-end job announcements in recent years from large tech companies, creating roles across a range of areas including back-end and front-end development, IoT, Data, Cybersecurity, AI and augmented reality.”John Nugent. IDA Ireland’s Regional Business Development Manager for the North West welcomed the initiative. He said:“We very much welcome the creation of Tech North West as it supports us in our work in attracting investment to the North West. It is great to see technology companies in the region working together, influencing education and training provision and attracting talent. We are all working for a common cause. Demonstrating the breadth and scope of collaboration that exists here among tech companies is of enormous benefit to prospective investors. It shows how vibrant and effective the ecosystem is here and how open and welcoming the region is for this type of investment.”The full list of companies involved in setting up the Tech North West cluster is SL Controls, Cora Systems, LiveTiles, Overstock, Frankli, 6 Degrees, Compupac I.T, Clanwillian Health, Anuview, Trojan I.T, Jalmia Solutions and Evolutio Care Innovations See notes below for details on each company.All of the companies are based in the North West of Ireland and are growing staff and developing cutting edge technologies that are being used on a global scale.last_img read more

US and Russian servicemen march together in Belarus on VDay

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Forty members of the U.S. Air Force band were among more than 5,000 troops in the parade.Belarus, once part of the Soviet Union, has close ties with Russia, but Lukashenko has tried to serve as a bridge with the West by hosting Ukraine peace talks.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories MINSK, Belarus (AP) — U.S. servicemen have marched together with Russian soldiers in the Victory Day parade in Belarus.The show of Allied unity in Minsk was in sharp contrast to the military parade in Moscow, which was shunned by the United States and most European countries because of Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict.Opening Saturday’s parade on the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said it was “deeply symbolic” that representatives of the U.S. and Russian armed forces were taking part. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Merkel walking line between German voters European image

first_imgWhile she has avoided talking directly about a Greek euro exit, she has appeared to lay the groundwork lately for that possibility — and for preserving her own legacy, whatever happens.She has laid the blame squarely on Greece for failing to compromise before Tsipras’ referendum and touted German-led efforts to strengthen the eurozone’s defenses.“There is a lot at stake. The world is watching us,” Merkel told Parliament last week.“But the future of Europe is not at stake; the future of Europe would be at stake if we were to forget who we are and what makes us strong: a community of law and responsibility. If we were to forget that, the euro would have failed and with it Europe.”_____Olga Syrova contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BERLIN (AP) — As Athens staggers toward what may be its final deadline, German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces one of the toughest decisions of her 10-year tenure: sacrifice political credibility at home by conceding more aid for Greece, or risk tarnishing her status as “queen of Europe” by sticking to her guns and facing the blame for the first-ever exit of a country from the euro.The pressure is enormous and one thing is certain: Merkel has to make a decision that won’t satisfy everyone. “Germany does not want to pay the price for keeping Greece in the eurozone by getting a transfer union in exchange,” said UniCredit’s chief German economist, Andreas Rees. “The ball is now in the Greek camp — only if Prime Minister Tsipras makes concessions, Chancellor Merkel might show some flexibility in exchange. If not, Greece is leaving the eurozone.”Late Thursday, Greece submitted a proposal for a new bailout worth nearly $60 billion in exchange for sweeping measures including pension cuts and tax hikes. It remained to be seen whether that would satisfy skeptical creditors. Hans-Peter Friedrich, a lawmaker with Merkel’s conservative bloc, told Deutschlandfunk radio that “we will ask critical questions.”The decision on Greece’s future is far from being Merkel’s alone. But as leader of Europe’s biggest economic power and a figure strongly identified with the eurozone’s rescue efforts, she has the experience and clout to steer the ship — and is a prime target for the blame if things go badly wrong.“She knows that a ‘Grexit’ would mean a failure of her crisis policies of the past five years,” said Julian Rappold of the German Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Berlin. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to questions during a final media conference after an emergency summit of eurozone heads of state and government at the EU Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. EU leaders have called for a full EU summit to take place on Sunday, July 12, 2015 to continue discussion on the Greek crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Greece’s “no” vote to reforms demanded by creditors “is a rejection of the rules of the economic and currency union,” Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said this week. The Social Democrat added that Athens could not be allowed to push through its national interests unconditionally.“Ultimately, every member state would demand special rights for itself like Greece,” he said, “and that would be the end of the eurozone.”If there’s a new deal with Greece, Merkel will need to go the German Parliament to get a mandate to open negotiations, and again to get approval for any bailout package that emerges. And although her government holds around four-fifths of the seats, she will be keen to ensure an agreement is tough enough that she doesn’t risk a major rebellion in her own conservative party.Already, a small but growing hard core of conservative lawmakers has long opposed eurozone rescue measures and has been signaling distaste at the idea of approving any further aid to a radical left-led government.Still, Merkel can draw on large reserves of political capital and long experience of emerging ultimately unscathed from difficult positions. She has long thrived on a cautious, methodical approach to politics and tends to avoid taking unpredictable risks. As she headed to an emergency eurozone summit this week, Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper portrayed Merkel in a spiked Prussian helmet, with a headline declaring “today we need the Iron Chancellor.” It demanded: “no new billions for Greece.”The weekly Der Spiegel, meanwhile, pictured her among Greek ruins under the headline “the rubble woman” — a reference to the women who helped clear devastated German cities after World War II. Its message: “If the euro fails, Merkel’s chancellorship fails.”The headlines from the hardline Bild and the liberal-leaning Der Spiegel illustrate the balancing act that Merkel has performed, so far successfully, for five years: help struggling countries that accept tough budget cuts and reforms while convincing Germans she is defending their interests and wallets.Since Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on creditors’ demands, she has dusted off her famous phrase “if the euro fails, Europe fails” (a slogan that Spiegel ironically echoed in its own headline.)It was a saying she used frequently in the early phases of Europe’s debt crisis as a general warning that the currency’s failure would endanger the idea of European unity. Now she has fine-tuned the message: danger to the euro would come from abandoning the rule-respecting, aid-for-reform principles of the rescue effort. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Men’s health affects baby’s health too “She would be perceived in future as the one who pushed Greece out of the euro. But she also now has very little room for maneuver inside her own party, and the German population is more and more skeptical.”Recent polls suggest that Germans are in no mood to cut Greece more slack, showing them solidly against more concessions to Athens and either evenly divided on the country’s euro exit or in favor of it leaving.Andrea Caroselli, a self-employed supporter of Merkel’s party from the southwestern city of Mannheim, said she hasn’t followed the situation in detail — “but I think Merkel’s policies are consistent, and that is right.”Vladimir Sedlak, a longtime Berlin resident originally from Slovakia, said he believes Merkel’s ability to be flexible is hindered by cost-cutting demands from Greece’s formal creditors, including the International Monetary Fund, but that she has been determined do the right thing.“Greece hasn’t played a fair game from the outset in order to buy more time,” said the 34-year-old who works for a sightseeing company.The mood is reflected in remarkably tough talk even from the junior partners in Merkel’s coalition, the center-left Social Democrats, who often criticized her austerity-heavy approach when in opposition from 2009 to 2013.last_img read more

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first_imgLaguna Beach dealer Peter Blake has chutzpah. Twenty-five years ago, he abruptly left the restaurant industry after walking by a clean white space for rent. Two days later, he’d signed a lease and was well on the way to opening his eponymous gallery, a decision he made simply because he “felt like it.”Focusing on what is today known as West Coast Minimalism and Light & Space, Blake started off wanting to “show the great work of California artists,” giving exhibitions to the likes of Larry Bell and Mary Corse long before they were familiar names.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsA quarter of a century later, Blake is regarded as the longest-running dealer of California Light & Space around. In an industry where galleries come and go, the quick-talking, energetic dealer has managed to endure the ups and downs of a volatile field. How? “I’d like to think it’s because I’m a tough motherfucker and I’ve got what it takes to be in this business,” Blake ventured. We caught up with the gallerist to talk about staying power, losing artists, and the highs and lows of his singular career.Installation view of “25 Years” at Peter Blake Gallery, 2019. Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery,Congratulations on your gallery’s 25th anniversary. That’s no easy feat. Looking back to the beginning, how did you decide you wanted to start showing Light & Space artists and West Coast hard-edge painters?Actually, what led the gallery at the beginning was a geographic emphasis more than a type of art. I wanted to have a gallery that celebrated the artists of Laguna Beach so I went out and found the best artists in the area. A couple of years later, I organized an exhibition for an artist that was represented by L.A. Louver. That prompted a great relationship and even mentorship with Peter Goulds and Kimberly Davis, two of the gallery directors there, and myself. As time went by, I wanted to have the best artists from Los Angeles, so it became more of a regional gallery, then the whole state. For about 15 years, I exclusively showed California artists. Then I decided to start to show some New York and European Minimalists, which opened up the world. But I began as a California gallery and that’s what led to showing Light & Space and hard-edge work.Installation view of “25 Years” at Peter Blake Gallery, 2019. Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery,You were working as a restaurateur when you suddenly decided to lease a space and open your gallery. Just this year, you decided to run for city council and won. This speaks to a real conviction of confidence, but also a sense of spontaneity. How do you think these qualities have informed your career? The restaurant industry I came up in is nothing like the hospitality industry of today, which is in and of itself a career that people take very seriously. The work ethic is different because people are trying to move up the ladder and get better and better jobs. Working with people who didn’t see that restaurant necessarily as a long term career really helped me learn how to manage artists, because as we all know art is a very difficult career to actually make a living doing. When I ran for council, I realized a lot of those skills were helpful to me from a political perspective. In the end, that spontaneity is a lot of what’s kept my gallery open. I opened a gallery out of nowhere because I wanted to. I was just naive enough and had just enough ambition and courage to do it. Same with the political thing—I woke up one morning and felt I’d had enough and got into it and wound up winning. I’ve been a very strong council member since I won, meaning a lot of people can’t stand me.How has the perception of West Coast art from the 1960s to today changed over your career?There’s been a tremendous change from the days when no one was interested or really respected these artists coming out of LA. Pacific Standard Time, the Getty initiative, totally opened up the world’s eyes to Light & Space and California Minimalism. Then in 2010,  David Zwirner’s show “Primary Atmospheres” in New York was a kind of breaking point that signaled that New York had accepted California Light & Space. New York had accepted it, and therefore the world accepted it. Big galleries went on to pick up some of these artists; Larry Bell was picked up by Hauser & Wirth, Mary Corse by Lehmann Maupin. I remember art fairs where people would walk in and look around and say, “what is this?” and I would explain to them what I was showing. In the last few years, people walk in and know Larry Bell, Mary Corse, Craig Kauffman.Some of the mega-galleries are taking these California artists, and unlike me, just making them international artists who happen to be working in Minimalism, with a capital M, as opposed to California Light and Space or hard-edge. They’re being viewed as part of the Minimalist movement.Installation view of “25 Years” at Peter Blake Gallery, 2019. Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery,How would you characterize the West Coast Minimalists as opposed to the New York school of Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, and the like?The LA minimalists and Light & Space artists are laid back. There is a sensual nature to their work. It’s more about beauty and references the atmospheres of California: the smog, the mist, the ocean. A lot of these artists were car buffs, they were surfers, they were working with materials in their art that they worked with at their jobs and in their lives.The New York Minimalists are more scholarly and academic. They were writers and able to insert their work into the context of academia. They could take nothing and turn it into something intellectual. The Californians I don’t think ever felt the need to contextualize their work, but let it speak on its own, as beautiful objects that capture the light of the environment.Many of the artists you’ve shown have become very established. Have all of the significant West Coast artists of this generation reached a kind of stratospheric level of recognition, or are there others that remain obscure?Certainly there are artists on the cusp right now. Peter Alexander is about to go big like Mary [Corse] and Larry [Bell]. A next generation of hard-edge painters is rising too. Scot Heywood is painting in that same lineage as John McLaughlin. Lita Albuquerque is a really remarkable multidisciplinary artist who operates not only within the Light & Space movement but also in performance, installations, video, and photography. We still have plenty of California artists from that generation who are waiting for this widespread recognition.Installation view of “25 Years” at Peter Blake Gallery, 2019. Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery.Are there any moments that really stick out to you in your career as successes or failures?Sometimes the highs and lows are one and the same. Watching some of our artists get picked up by larger galleries and seeing prices skyrocket, on one hand you feel this incredible pride. You started showing these artists before anyone else did. But then you lose them. It’s a real dichotomy.With collectors, they’re thankful: “How many times has this dealer brought me something that he said I should buy, and look at what’s happened to it!” That’s measured with this low of, “I can’t get you that work anymore.” The artist gets so big that I have no access to their work, which is always distressing.It’s not an easy business.We’ve had this ongoing joke that started around 2008 and the Great Recession. When we would make a sale, I would look at my wife and my staff and say, “Well, looks like we all have a place to work for another month!” You’re only as good as your last couple of shows. It’s rare that galleries are supported with huge amounts of money. While today many galleries are owned and operated by people who have inherited a lot of money or whose spouses have a lot of money, those galleries usually last about two years.Even the richest people who open galleries get the call from the accountant that tells them, “Look, you’re losing a lot of money. You could take this same amount, write a check to LACMA, fly to the Hamptons, go to Aspen for ArtCrush, Basel in Switzerland, and throw parties in Miami, and you still wouldn’t lose this kind of money. So why would you want to endure this job?” Not many people want to roll walls and mop floors and pour people drinks and deal with all the BS that you deal with as an art dealer.So then, why do you? Freedom. It is one of the luxuries of the art world. I speak for myself—I do whatever I want, whenever I want. I don’t have anyone telling me what I can and can’t do. So if I want to show this today, I show it. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want my gallery to focus on something else, I can do that.Most people in this world will never see a day or a month of that kind of freedom. It comes with a severe price, but if you’re willing to pay it, the art world is a great place to be.Any memorable experiences as a dealer?Because I show Minimalism, there are always these “what the fuck” people. That’s a most favorite phrase. Our gallery has an all-glass facade, so it’s pretty easy to see from the outside that there’s nothing you’d like to see. The incredible comments that arise as people try to determine “is this art?” are amazing.And I’d say the selfies are just the most horrendous part of going to art fairs now. People are so compelled to put themselves inside of an art work and make all of these faces and hand gestures. It’s ridiculous, the damage occurring as a result of selfie generation. We had our first major damage, the first insurance claim we ever made for over $250,000 because some father and son were playing hide and seek behind an artwork and knocked something over.We’ve had many near misses and close-calls as result of selfies.Installation view of “25 Years” at Peter Blake Gallery, 2019. Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery.What’s on tap for the next 25 years? A couple years ago, during my second midlife crisis, one that couldn’t be solved with a red car and a divorce, I decided to introduce design works into the gallery program. I had always loved architecture and design just as much as art.A few years ago, we had this show called “Tendency of the Moment,” a survey from Bauhaus to about the early 1970s, based on the collection I built with my wife. It opened up a lot of dialogue that led to a better understanding of how those two worlds were headed into each other. Now, we proudly show design. We are getting ready to do Salon Fine Art in November and Design Miami in December.Lately, my gallery no longer feels like the white box it was for 25 years. Now, it’s become this kind of experimental space where we could have a pop-up dinner, music, tastings, poetry, show secondary market work, show design. I don’t feel that compelled to be locked up in the white cube anymore. Mind you, I am a total white-cube enthusiast and if I could return to the old days, I would. But we’ve left that place.Follow artnet News on Facebook: Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more

Qantas and nib partner to launch Qantas Assure

first_imgCalled Qantas Assure, this new program will reward people with Qantas Points for being active when it launches in the first half of 2016. It will feature travel insurance under the same umbrella, which the airline already offers to more than half-a-million customers a year.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Qantas Assure, which forms part of the growing Qantas Loyalty suite of businesses, would bring together nib’s leading health insurance products with the market reach and consumer insights built up over almost three decades of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.“Qantas Loyalty has evolved beyond a typical airline rewards program to something that influences the purchasing decisions of millions of people through highly sought after Qantas Points.“Qantas Loyalty has shown it knows how to attract, reward and retain members for their choice of airline, credit card or retailer. By partnering with nib, we believe there is a huge opportunity to do the same thing in the $19 billion private health insurance market and drive significant growth for the Loyalty business.”Through the deal, nib will provide its health insurance, risk assessment and underwriting capability while Qantas Loyalty provides its marketing, data and customer retention expertise. The result will be a range of Qantas Assure-branded health insurance products and the ability to earn Qantas Points through the Frequent Flyer program. Value will be shared equally between the parties.Qantas Assure is targeting a 2-3 per cent share of the Australian private health insurance market on a revenue basis in its first five years.Explaining a key point of difference of Qantas Assure, Mr Joyce said wearable technology would have a key role in rewarding members for even moderate increases in levels of physical activity.“This is not about simply earning points when you pay a bill. It’s about offering members the opportunity to be rewarded for being more active, which is something that also has a direct impact on improving your wellness.”From next year, Qantas Frequent Flyer members who purchase a Qantas Assure policy can download a wellness app that syncs with popular forms of wearable technology. The app will log the number of steps taken in a day and then deposit Qantas Points into their Frequent Flyer account. These points can then be used with over 400 partners for flights, shopping or towards your health insurance premium itself.Members will be able to choose from a variety of daily or weekly targets depending on their lifestyles, with the number of points earned increasing with the size of the target.CEO of Qantas Loyalty, Lesley Grant, said: “The idea behind Qantas Assure came from our members telling us they want to be rewarded for leading a more active lifestyle. They also want to feel more engaged in the health insurance experience rather than just paying their monthly premium or making a claim.“We believe Qantas Assure will create a very different relationship between customers and their health insurance. It’s deliberately different and we think it’s very exciting.“When members combine the Qantas points they can earn from literally walking around the block with all the other ways to earn, it becomes a very powerful proposition.nib’s Managing Director, Mr Mark Fitzgibbon, said the partnership with Qantas is one of the most innovative partnerships ever offered in the Australian private health insurance market.“As a health insurer we are obviously strong believers in encouraging our customers to be fit and active.“Qantas Assure’s ability to meaningfully reward customers for leading a more active lifestyle not only strengthens the relationship Qantas has with its members, but has the potential to improve their health and wellbeing and with that lower health care costs.“The relationship with Australia’s most recognised brand, allows us to tap into their avid Qantas Loyalty membership to further grow our business, but equally this partnership allows Qantas to leverage our claims management and extensive underwriting expertise,” said Mr Fitzgibbon.Watch the video below to learn more: Fly QantasSource = Qantaslast_img read more

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first_imgAndrea Adelson of ESPN wrote a great story on Miami safeties coach Ephraim Banda, largely because Banda has a great story to tell.Born to a family of immigrants, Banda worked his way through college as a bartender, founded his own amateur football team to stay in game shape, joined a start-up college football program at age 25 and now, five years later, he’s a full-time assistant at one of the sport’s legacy programs.It’s a classic American success story, and an inspiration to every dreamer without connections or high-level football talent that a career can be forged out of nothing but determination and Red Bull. “He is such a hard worker. He’d do anything,”Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, Banda’s sherpa on his career climb, said. “He was willing to go the extra mile to do anything it took to help the players with their learning and understanding.”Added Stanford defensive backs coach Duane Akina: “It’s very hard as a defensive backs coach at a young age to move as quickly as he’s moved because it’s such a critical position. If you make a mistake back there, it’s points. People have to trust you. Mark Richt hired Ephraim on Manny Diaz’s recommendation, and that says a lot for Ephraim and his perseverance and staying with it. He’s got a bright future. I think his career is going to absolutely take off. I may be asking him for a job down the road.”Said Banda, of himself: “You learn your body doesn’t need a lot of sleep to function, like the military. When you’re determined and you have an end goal and you’re locked in, you’re going to do whatever it takes.”Read the full story here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Hesperia Investment Group to acquire La Manga Club Spain

first_imgHesperia Investment Group has reached an agreement with Arum Group to acquire a majority stake of the luxury resort La Manga Club.The Spanish resort has a total area comprising of 560 hectares with a privileged location in front of the Mar Menor and Mediterranean seas and adjacent to the nature reserve of Calblanque.La Manga Club is a tourism and residential resort with a wide range of sports facilities which until recently belonged to Inmogolf, a company linked to Arum Group.Additionally, GIHSA will invest in the improvement of the complex in order to create the best leisure and sports resort in southern Europe.Arum Group will continue to run the real estate business in La Manga Club through its subsidiary, Inmogolf, with a great development potential due to the touristic appeal of its excellent location. ADVERTISEMENTJesús Abellán, chief executive of Arum Group, said: “Hesperia is the optimal partner to continue with this expansion project as this deal strengthens not only the resort’s further extension but also the development of the whole area, with a huge potential for residential tourism growth.”Since its opening in 1972, La Manga Club has gone through different development stages until becoming one of the most renowned leisure and sports resorts in Southern Europe. With this strategic deal GIHSA boosts its business activity in the premium resort business arena and brings its expansion plan a step further after initiating its new independent business plan at the end of last year.Jordi Ferrer, chief executive of GIHSA said: “This operation perfectly matches our growth strategy in the hotel market with quality assets that allow us to keep consolidating as a reference in the Spanish hotel industry and, in particular, this acquisition will allow us to create the best resort in south Europe.”More InformationLa Manga Club is considered Europe’s Leading Sports Resort by voters at the World Travel Awards. NewerIndian Hotels Company partners with Les Roches to nurture hospitality talent OlderBritish Airways pilots set to strike as Court of Appeal rejects injunctionlast_img read more

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