Sweetmas – a new sweet tourist story in Zagreb

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb has decided to supplement the mobile application Zagreb Be There, which serves tourists and citizens of Zagreb as a local insider, and thus use a smartphone to discover those less “tourist” places in the city, with a new story and a sweet story.Namely, after the recently presented three new routes intended for visitors to the city: Veliki Hrvati, Street art with the most interesting Zagreb murals and the Craft beer route, TZG Zagreb in cooperation with the famous pastry chef Petra Jelenić designed a new route of the mobile application Zagreb Be There – Sweetmas.Sweetmas the route contains locations where you can eat something sweet, and reveals to tourists places where they can eat those “traditional” cakes, but also places with more modern and innovative desserts. According to the recommendation of Petra Jelenić, seven sweet locations were singled out in the route: confectioneries Cukeraj, Orijent, Time, Medenko (Cafe in the yard), 041, bar Vis à Vis by Vincek and bakery Korica.”Cukeraj offers a combination of homemade and rustic cakes, and there I ate one of the most delicious hazelnut cakes”, says Petra Jelenić and adds: “At Orient I admire their tradition, innovation and perseverance, as one of the oldest pastry shops in Zagreb. Thus the patisserie is hi-tech and offers small masterpieces. I am addicted to Double Chocolate and Lipa Flower Ice Cream and toasted sunflower seeds in Medenko. At Confectionery 041 I never know which ice cream I will take first, but I usually end up on raspberries. Vis à Vis by Vincek is the only place that offers desserts adapted to people on special diets, and Korica is a bakery that makes bread only with original ingredients and in the traditional way ” expires master of confectionery Petra Jelenić. In addition to the Sweetmas route, there is also a refreshed traditional route Advent Zagreb. This year, in addition to the usual Zrinjevac, Fuliranje, Ice Park and Strauss, there are also the Grič Tunnel and the Upper Town.The application works on the principle of the game, so visitors who visit the entire route and register at each location along hashtag #BeThereZagreb, and win prizes. It’s free and available on Android and iPhone devices, and can also be downloaded from the microsite betherezagreb.com.Related news: THE COMBINATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE IS THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO ZAGREB&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Marching For Their Lives: 3,000 Protestors March Through Red Bank Calling…

first_imgMarchers held signs and chanted during the March For Our Lives event in Red Bank. Photo by Jay CookAs the the 10 a.m. start time approached, conversations among the demonstrators touched upon several topics. The issue of more stringent gun control regulations remained at the center of the chatter. Students spoke among themselves about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting while also imagining aloud how they might react if a similar scene played out on their local campuses.Once the march moved out from the commuter lot, the throng slowly headed eastward on Monmouth Street. A select group of student organizers and speakers led the marchers through a series of chants, including “Enough is enough,” “NRA money is blood money,” and “No more AR-15s.”Above the call and response was a sea of cellphone activity, as selfies, snaps and point-of-view videos were posted on social media. It allowed the March For Our Lives movement to live and breathe in real time on various digital platforms – one of the hallmarks of this youth movement which has helped launch and sustain its message.The procession down Monmouth Street was slow moving and came to a halt at Maple Street as police waited to clear and secure the intersection for passing. The march once again came to a stop before turning left onto Broad Street and paused again minutes later at the West Front Street traffic light before turning left and moving toward the end point at Riverside Gardens Park. The trek took nearly 30 minutes to complete.With a calm river behind them and a steady wind at their backs, the student speakers showed no restraint when scolding their federal representatives and community members who don’t support stricter gun legislation.“This is not normal,” said Shea Grant, a 16-year-old from Little Silver who attends Red Bank Regional High School. “We must all refuse to let this become normal. It is when we allow ourselves to become desensitized and indifferent that lawmakers become lenient with policies.”Grant, who is two years away from being able to vote, pleaded for the general public to protect her while she waits her time to cast a ballot.“Be the voice I do not have,” she continued. “Be the voice that was stolen from the 17 in Parkland, for the kids in Newton who were too young to understand politics.”The rally began with a minute of silence for those lost in school shootings, but the rhetoric turned to an attack on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other special interest groups that protect the Second Amendment.“Now is the time to act. Now is the time to let (politicians) know what we think,” said 18-year-old Rumson-Fair Haven Regional senior Cameron Spector, a Fair Haven resident. “Now is the time to tell them that we do not stand with the NRA, that we don’t want our teachers armed, that we don’t want more guns because more guns do not equal more peace.”Some students also pleaded for more perspective so older generations could understand their growing fears about their safety when attending school.“(Students) should wake up every morning with sound assurance, confident they will go to school and be safe all day,” Cakie Dym, a 13-year-old Oak Hill Academy student from Rumson, asserted. “They should ride the bus and never wonder if the person sitting next to them is carrying a gun.”“I have grown up in a world where children are being shot in their schools,” said Fiona Maguire, a 15-year-old freshman at Middletown South. “I have grown up in a world where I think about the shoes I wear to my school in case I have to run out of it.”A number of elected Democrats spoke directly to the students, reassuring them of their support. Menna, Red Bank’s mayor, suggested the youthful participants petition their municipal governments for support. State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) said the NRA should stand with protestors and ensure no more lives are taken by gun violence.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. addressed the assembled marchers.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) said he’ll continue to push for “common sense” gun legislation – universal background checks, closures to loopholes from gun shows or internet sales, a ban on assault weapons and “some kind of limitation on the rounds of ammunition.”“We’ve had so many deaths, we’ve had so many mass shootings,” Pallone said. “People are sick and tired of it. Enough is enough.”This article was first published in the March 29-April 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. A peaceful but impassioned crowd marched for gun reform on Broad Street, Red Bank on March 24. Organized by a group called Two Rivers Families March For Our Lives, the demonstration attracted 3,000 people to the downtown area. Photo by Jay CookBy Jay Cook and Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – Generation Z has had enough.They carried colorful signs, howled impassioned chants and shed tears as more than 3,000 demonstrators flooded downtown Red Bank last weekend, calling for widespread changes to federal firearm legislation in response to one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.“We, the students, are your future lawyers, politicians, educators, creators, doctors and more,” said Sofia Casamassa, an 18-year-old Middletown South senior and Middletown resident. “We should lose sleep studying for our tests, not for the fear of our schools being shot up.”Sofia Casamassa spoke at the March for our Lives event in Red Bank on March 24.Casamassa’s speech was one of the many emotional messages passionately delivered on Saturday at Riverside Gardens Park during the final stop of the Two Rivers Families March For Our Lives. Nineteen student activists from a half-dozen Two River-area high schools expressed how special interest groups, the federal government and prior generations have failed to protect them.Red Bank’s march was one of 10 March For Our Lives protests across the state and one of the 700-plus demonstrations held nationally and internationally. Each march was held in memory of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were gunned down inside the school by a former student.Demonstrators first converged in Red Bank around 9 a.m. at the Red Bank train station, a contingent that grew by the minute. The parking lot would have suited the initial estimated draw of 1,500 demonstrators, but the crowd exceeded expectations and spilled over to the auxiliary NJ Transit parking lot adjacent to the Red Bank Armory skating center.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016)–Hustled from the gate by Santiago Gonzalez, longshot Swissarella went to the front and prevailed by nose in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 5-year-old California-bred mare by Swiss Yodeler got a flat mile in 1:37.88.Breaking from post positon two in a field of six older fillies and mares, Swissarella, who was one of the three horses entered for an optional claiming tag of $40,000, set fractions of 23.25, 46.80, 1:11.28 and 1:24.15 en route to victory.A gate to wire winner at the distance for a $28,000 claiming price on Jan. 17, Swissarella was off at 7-1 on the raise in class and paid $17.20, $9.40 and $3.80. Owned by Pellman and Seymour, she improved her overall record to 34-6-5-10. With the winner’s share of $45,240, she increased her earnings to $239,044.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Melanistic was in close attendance and just missed in a desperate finish. Off at 5-1, she finished a half length in front of favored Two Taps and paid $6.00 and $2.80.Heavily favored at 4-5, Two Taps, who was ridden by Mike Smith, lacked the necessary rally and finished third, three lengths in front of Gracie Ragazza. Two Taps paid $2.20 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Transition from row crops to pasture leads to profitability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pete Conkle loves to stand in the rolling pastures of his family’s Columbiana County farm and just listen to the sound of his hungry cattle biting, tearing and chewing into a fresh new paddock of grass.“I love that sound,” he said. “It is therapeutic for me.”That sound gives Conkle plenty to ruminate about as it represents many things to him —profitability, success, animal husbandry, and hard-earned harmony between land, farmer and livestock. It all started when Conkle, this year’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award winner, returned home shortly after college and began to transition a few outlying grain fields to grass in order to supply feed for his commercial cow-calf operation.“We’d always had some calves but when I finished at Ohio State and came home, a good friend was looking for a place for a couple bred cows and so I bought them to eat the grass in the front. It was ground that couldn’t be cropped but it grew great grass. That was the start of our cow-calf operation,” said Conkle, who also works for the Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District. “Dad really questioned the decision I made to buy those first few stock cows and seed some of the fields to grass. He thought I hadn’t learned anything at Ohio State. That was in ’98.”It was a big change for the farm, but the transition to grass fit in nicely with a long history of conservation for the family.“In ‘38 my grandparents bought the home farm where my parents still reside. They immediately began implementing conservation practices, planting trees on the steep slopes and taking that ground out of crop production. My dad has always been a big promoter of conservation practices too. He planted row crops at the home farm and rented additional acres of row-crop land. He installed sod waterways, drain tile, maintained the contour strips and used no-till planting to promote the conservation on the land. He always had small grains in his crop rotation as well. But, it got to the point where there wasn’t enough ground to justify all of the equipment for row crops,” Conkle said. “As we added more pasture, we got hooked on the grazing aspect of the cattle. We transitioned some fields into grass and did our best to manage the pastures using poly fencing. Now we have permanent subdivisions with high tensile fence and then we are further subdividing with poly wire or poly tape.”The details of grass management led to the need for more learning and experience.“The Eastern Ohio Grazing Council meetings have been a great resource. We attended a lot of those meetings to learn as much as we could. As we got further involved, we saw we needed to implement more things. We started with some spring developments and we could see our grazing efficiency wasn’t where it needed to be because we were getting away from our water sources. We started putting one-inch water lines and portable tanks out to break up our paddocks even smaller and continue to rotate. Then we could have water in every paddock,” he said. “We eliminated the cow trails and improved the overall efficiency of the operation. We started that back in 2006 or so. We have continued to add on to that water line to spider web it out. We have put in over 6,700 feet of water line. We switched to all grass in 2010 and the last of the row crops disappeared.”There was careful planning to make the transition from row crops to pasture as smooth as possible, both economically and agronomically.“To transition, we would plant beans and follow with an annual ryegrass cover crop with high-calcium lime in the fall. Then we would no-till drill pasture mix the following spring. We seeded a mix with 10 pounds of tall fescue, 10 pounds orchardgrass and two pounds of white clover and four pounds red clover,” Conkle said. “We would wait for that new crop to get up then fertilize with some chicken litter or ammonium sulfate. After that first hay crop comes off we hit it with a little nitrogen then go by soil test after that. We have worked with the USDA NRCS to develop a nutrient management plan to properly apply the manure. We also unroll hay to boost organic matter.”The pastures are managed differently based on their farm location and their purpose.“The home farm is where we do all of the spring calving and that is where the cows stay the majority of the year. We had 10 acres across the road that is away from the rest of the farm,” Conkle said. “That was the last field to be transitioned to grass. We make one cutting of hay on that 10 acres and then stockpile for grass and graze in November.”He bought a nearby 30-acre farm in 2002 that they had previously rented for crop production.“In 2008, we transitioned that farm to grass. Ever since then we make first crop hay, apply some fertilizer and stockpile that for grazing in the winter,” he said. “We move the older cows there in mid-December and this year the stockpiled grass should carry the cows to mid-February.”Four years ago, he added an additional 25-acre farm where they now keep replacement heifers.“When we took over this farm it had been in hay. There was a lot of fescue, green briar and Queen Anne’s Lace. We used older cattle with less nutrient demand and bunched them up tight so they either ate it, stepped on it or pooped on it,” Conkle said. “We would leave them in a paddock for a day and did that rotation for a season. I think mob grazing like that is pretty situation-specific in Ohio. It has its place, but it is limited.”The genetics have evolved over time to fit the needs of the grass-based operation.“We saw that those big cows did not work for us on a grazing operation. Their intake was way higher than their output. We have tried to select more moderate bulls and implement AI to get where we needed to be a little quicker,” Conkle said. “I like that 1,250- to 1,400-pound size cow with lots of rib and not too much leg. We want them to grow a big calf in there with plenty of room to fill up on grass. We have a lot of Red Angus because we don’t have a lot of shade and the reds seem to be better in that situation. They will still be grazing at 2 in the afternoon on a hot day when the Black Angus are looking for shade. I want an animal that can thrive on grass and not just survive.”The last few years a Charolais bull has been used as a terminal sire on the Red Angus based cowherd to provide heterosis and productive feedlot calves.The temperament of the animals is also important in this type of system.“As long as you have cattle that are accustomed to being moved it works. It is not a system for wild or hotheaded cattle. They just don’t do well in our system,” Conkle said. “After coming home from work it does not take too long to move two groups of cattle daily. The cattle are used to the poly wire and we can go out and set up new strands using temporary posts fairly quickly. We have tried to make everything portable and easy to manage.”The operation is managed with the benefit of the cattle and the people working with them in mind.“The heifers are always by themselves in a separate group. The mature cows are a separate group. We fence-line wean; we are really big on low stress. We move the calves off into the pasture near our heavy use pad and feed them depending on the grass and the market. All the cows and heifers are on grass,” he said. “Calves get grain after they are weaned and then sold as feeder calves, mostly locally, to be fed out. We try and market most of the steer calves, but it really depends on our grass. We kept almost half of our calves last year. We are about where we want to be if we calve 50 in the spring. That is what our land base can comfortably support, even if we get in a drought situation.The plan is to break ground this spring on a pen pack barn.“Once we wean the calves I would like to background them on grass until about the first of December. Then if we could go into that pen pack barn in December, we would save a lot of feed and improve their efficiency,” Conkle said. “The barn will allow us to capture the nutrients in the manure and apply it to our fields while the grass is growing. The pen pack barn will also give the pastures a rest from the young cattle during the dormant season which will leave the sod base intact throughout the winter.”The grass system also offers marketing options for the farm.“We have flexibility with our grass base. If we want to feed them longer we can, or if we want to sell them earlier when we run out of grass we can,” Conkle said. “The grass gives us flexibility to market cattle when we want versus when we have to. We can be more of a price maker and less of a price taker. We have pretty good freezer beef clientele as well, which helps to generate some income throughout the year. We will also sell some bred cows and bred heifers if we have a good breeding season and end up with more pregnant females than the farm can support.”Intense management is required with the system, but it has been very rewarding on the farm.“That switch to grass was important for the land we have. We have excluded pretty much all of the woodlots and added bluebird houses and wood duck boxes. We have installed 3,695 feet of stream exclusion fencing. We are fortunate to have several streams running through the property and the cattle do not have access to any of them,” he said.  “The water quality has improved as we have learned how not to overgraze. We just do not see the run-off and the sediment loss. It has been a definite improvement to the water quality.”The local wildlife populations have benefited from conservation practices as well.  There has been a noticeable increase in the songbird population, wild turkeys, and even a family of fox.“I work a lot with aerial photography and when I see our place still green in the late fall, it makes me feel good about what I am doing. We have a lot less inputs now than we did with the crops and on a per acre basis the profitability is there with the cattle,” Conkle said. “I believe this farm is more economically viable being in grass. I am blessed that my family let me do this even though my dad still questions that initial purchase from time to time.”last_img read more

A loss for agriculture on Election Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. The recent passage of that initiative is a blow to not only agriculture in that state, but around the country.“The legislation not only banned those practices in Massachusetts, but it also bans any products from being sold in the state that came from operations that used those housing methods,” said Hannah Thomson-Weeman, communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Massachusetts is not a big ag state and it only has one farm that has cages for their laying hens, which is why activists groups chose to put this type of legislation on the ballot there.”The Humane Society of the United States was the main driver of this initiative investing over $2 million, over 90% of the funds raised for backing this plan, outspending the opposition by a rate of 10 to one.With that money, time and effort, anti-agriculture groups were able to overpower the alternative message, which was about food costs.“Not only are these cage-free practices not really necessarily better for the animals, there are issues of aggression, increased mortality and increased management by the farmer,” Thompson-Weeman said. “Of course, the intention is to make farmers comply and change to these new rules which costs money and that will increase food prices and make for some difficult decisions at the grocery store.”Anti-poverty advocate Diane Sullivan was one of the representatives opposing these new regulations and she talked, in detail, about how increased food costs on a very common protein source will have a negative impact on families that are trying to get by on a lower wage.“Cage-free eggs are a choice at the grocery store right now and the vast majority of people don’t make that choice,” Thompson-Weeman said. “They buy conventionally-produced eggs because that’s what fits in their budget and that’s what they can afford.”This new legislation will impact those who can’t afford to pay whatever it costs for cage-free eggs more than any other group of consumers.“There’s a reason our farming systems are designed they way they are today,” Thompson-Weeman said. “It’s all about maximizing animal health and efficiency so at the end of the day we can produce a safe, healthy and affordable product for consumers.”The Animal Agriculture Alliance anticipates continued issues like Massachusetts’ “Question 3” to come up, especially in states that do not have a strong farming community where legislators and voters aren’t as informed about agriculture. The organization is recommending a proactive approach when connecting with consumers, law makers and influencers so when they hear myths and misinformation about ag, they can sort through what is true and what is not.last_img read more

Former Purefoods point guard Ulysses ‘Buboy’ Tanigue passes away

first_imgUlysses “Buboy” Tanigue. PHOTO FROM TANIGUE’S FACEBOOKCOTABATO CITY — Former Purefoods point guard star Ulysses “Buboy” Tanigue passed away at 43 years old on Sunday around 9 a.m. due to a lingering illness.Efren Piñol, Tanigue’s former coach with the North Cotabato Braves, which played in the Manila Basketball League in 2004, said Tanigue had died after eight years of battling leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT Tanigue started his career with the San Sebastian Stags and was eventually drafted by Purefoods.Tanigue was a three-time Most Valuable Player of the Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also played with the Chowking team at the Philippine Basketball League.He later quit basketball and worked as sports coordinator of Mlang, North Cotabato. While working in Mlang in 2010, he was diagnosed with chronic leukemia. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In 2016, he worked at the office of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol but had to go on medical leave after his operation for tumor.Tanigue is survived by his wife, Emelyn, and children Anne Margaret, 14; and Pete Maverick 13. His wake was at the Tanigue Residence in Barangay Poblacion in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. /je Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Jürgen Klopp backs out-of-sorts Mohamed Salah to overcome tough spell

first_imgJürgen Klopp offered his support to Mohamed Salah after substituting him in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea, and backed the reigning footballer of the year to overcome his first difficult spell since joining the club.Klopp, who replaced the Egyptian with Xherdan Shaqiri just before the midway point of the second half, acknowledged that Salah had fallen below his usual standards and said he could not understand some of the player’s decision-making in dangerous areas of the pitch.“It’s always tactical,” Klopp said of his decision to remove the player. “He was not injured. I know you will make a fuss of it, but that’s football. It was not the best game of Mo’s career, that’s 100%. But coming into a game like this, constantly in [potentially scoring] situations, that makes him a world-class player. You fail, you miss, that happens – I’ve no problem with that. But he wants to be decisive. He wants to score in these situations. Reuse this content Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp The Observer Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge hits back after Eden Hazard’s Chelsea strike Share on LinkedIn Chelsea news Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Mohamed Salah “It is like riding a bike. It is not like you wake up in the morning and you cannot finish any more, or you cannot ride a bike any more. You need to work for these moments when it is clicking. And that is the moment he is in.”Daniel Sturridge, an 86th-minute substitute, salvaged a draw for Liverpool by scoring within two minutes of entering the pitch and Klopp praised the former England international. “He is a fantastic footballer who has had a full pre-season and is in the best shape since I have known him. I am really happy for him.”Klopp was less impressed to be asked if Liverpool had deserved a draw. Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea’s manager, described it as a fair result but Klopp disagreed. “I am a bit angry because someone else [a television interviewer] also asked me if we deserved a point. Of course we deserved a point, we would have deserved to win. We didn’t but as long as we play like we did tonight we will win football games.”Eden Hazard had opened the scoring for Chelsea and is now the Premier League’s leading marksman, having scored six goals, as well as getting the winner against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup at Anfield on Wednesday. “I think he’s able to score 40 goals,” Sarri said. “He has to score another 33 and he’s trying to do it.”last_img read more

Brady is all ears for national deaf team

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksDeaf team a possiblity By BEN HARRISAn historic milestone could be achieved at next year’s X-Blades National Touch League tournament if David Brady gets his way.Touch Football Australia’s general manager of business operations is hoping to set-up an Australian deaf team to play at the 2014 national competition.Brady is deaf himself and has to rely on two hearing aids.He has been hearing impaired since he was born but his disability doesn’t stop him from doing day-to-day tasks or participate at this year’s National Touch League.Brady is playing in the men’s 40s division for the ACT Pirates.After orchestrating a very successful inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australian National Championships in January, Brady wants to take that next step by establishing an Aussie representative team.“Next year we hope to have an Australian deaf team here at the tournament,” Brady said.“Already I can see it will be an interesting challenge. It will be completely different for the referees and the opposition but we have to get it together and hopefully this message goes out to all the kids out there, the boys and the girls, we will try and get a team together and come to this fantastic tournament.”Brady said touch football has a distinct advantage over many other sports in the country as it can be played by anybody.“If you can’t play footy anymore when you get to the masters you are able to still play with the ball in hand,” he said.“But more importantly for the kids, a lot of kids who have cochlear implants can’t play contact sport. Touch football is one of those sports that they can aspire to. “If their brothers or sisters play rugby or rugby union and feel left out, touch football is a way of being included and being part of it.“Anybody who is deaf or hard of hearing, get yourself to a touch team and keep on trying. Nothing is impossible.”Unable to hear while playing is very difficult but Brady said he manages.“Playing in the deaf games… it was completely different with styles and tactics and coming into a hearing competition, you see how organised they are and there is a big difference between the communications. It is a big learning curve.Brady is not the only deaf person playing at this year’s NTLs.Greg Quinn is playing for the Pirates in the men’s 45s.“Greg is one of the best players but he has a harder job because he plays in the middle and I play on the wing so I’ve probably got an easier job,” Brady said.“Greg has got to make more calls, try to work out what is happening with his teammates. He is one of the smartest players I’ve met in my life.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Second Phase of Audit for Hotels and Attractions to be Completed by June

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a press briefing, held at the New Kingston offices of the Tourism Ministry on Tuesday (January 8). This was disclosed by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who informed that 16 properties located in Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios have been audited to date. The second phase of the island-wide security audit of hotels and attractions being undertaken by the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo), is to be completed by June this year. The second phase of the island-wide security audit of hotels and attractions being undertaken by the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo), is to be completed by June this year.This was disclosed by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who informed that 16 properties located in Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios have been audited to date.Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a press briefing, held at the New Kingston offices of the Tourism Ministry on Tuesday (January 8).“What we are doing is not to go to every single entity but rather to look at categories and to ensure that we are taking solid samples of each, so we get a good sense of what is going on… then we can apply the principles of safety and security as they are evolving to deal with those areas,” he said.The Minister said the review exercise is expected to put the Government in a better position to measure, monitor and evaluate the overall security infrastructure for the sector, noting that at the end of the process, a document is to be produced that will inform new policy arrangements and possible legislative arrangements, if necessary.“Certainly, the document will put us in a position to guide the way forward and to build out a strong communications programme for training and public education in particular, because we believe what has to be done is a reorientation of the players in the industry and a ‘reappreciation’ of what the relationship between visitors and host countries is, and what are some of the new technologies that are now impacting the way decisions are made and actions are determined,” he noted.International tourism security expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow, is to provide technical support in the production of the document, which will entail a complete list of findings and recommendations on the way forward. Of note is that recommendations may also include stricter sanctions for breaches, including revoking licences in some instances.Dr. Tarlow, who held several consultations with officials of the Tourism Ministry, tourism industry partners and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel, said he is impressed by the willingness to cooperate and to collaborate among various sectors of the industry.“People have been incredibly open. I would say this is one of the most transparent countries I have been in,” he said.The security audit was designed to get a thorough evaluation of the security vulnerabilities of the properties within the hospitality sector and destination areas to uncover non-compliance, deficiencies and irregularities and to assist the operators of these business enterprises to enhance the quality of their existing security apparatus.The audit aims to measure, monitor and assess the overall security architecture within the industry; collect and collate data in relation to incidents; establish benchmarks and minimum thresholds for elements of the security apparatus; establish a pathway to correction for the industry and mitigate the concerns of the market; reduce negative public relations values that have partially affected the destination Jamaica brand value; enable human resource personnel practices, such as training, monitoring and recruiting staff within the industry, and ensure that these are aligned with destination assurance principles as a mitigation strategy.The main areas of focus were personnel and electronic security, environmental profile, building safety and security, communication devices and security incident history.Part of the audit also included security awareness meetings with General or Resident Managers and the Human Resource and In-house Security Managers at the hotels and General and Operations Managers at the attractions.last_img read more

Peaceful bypolls in Darjeeling Islampur

first_imgDarjeeling: Assembly by-polls were peacefully conducted in Darjeeling and Islampur in North Bengal on Sunday. “There were no incidents of violence. However, there were some complaints, which have been addressed. The voting till 5pm stood at 62 per cent,” said Koushik Sinha, SDO, Darjeeling.”An FIR was lodged at the Darjeeling Sadar Police Station but no one has been arrested,” said Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling. A scuffle took place in Badamtam tea estate. There were allegations from the GJM (Binoy Tamang faction) that outsiders had entered booth number 112, Badamtam Higher Secondary School. After the scuffle ensued, additional security forces arrived. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Darjeeling, BJP candidate Niraj Zimba entered the Turnbull school polling station with his armed guard to cast his vote. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel asked his bodyguard to leave. On his way back after casting his vote Zimba and his supporters had a heated exchange of words with GJM (Binoy supporters) on Gandhi road. GJM supporters alleged that Zimba and his men manhandled GJM workers. Zimba however denied the allegation. Binoy Tamang, the GJM president and an Independent candidate backed by the TMC and GJM (Binoy faction) while talking to mediapersons appealed to maintain peace in the Hills. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are 321 polling stations in the Darjeeling Assembly constituency. Altogether 45 polling stations have been declared as critical. There are 2,34,758 voters, including 1,15,665 males and 119093 females. There are 3,950 service voters. Along with state forces, 16 companies of CAPF were deployed in Darjeeling for the polls. Except for a stray incident at Madaripur, Islampur the by-polls passed of peacefully. One person was arrested in Islampur. Polling stood at 71 per cent. The number of voters in Islampur Assembly constituency is 2,03,891. The number of male voters stood at 1,07,255 and female voters 96,634. There are 219 polling stations in Islampur. With Congress MLA Kanailal Agarwal resigning from the Assembly and contesting the Lok Sabha elections as a TMC candidate, the seat had fallen vacant.last_img read more