Of trigonometry and towers — and two centuries of history

first_imgOften believed by locals and passersby to be abandoned churches or lighthouses, these lofty towers built of fired bricks can be spotted in and around Kolkata.Not many are aware that these structures, rising 20 m above the ground, were built to undertake one of the greatest surveys in the 19th century — the Great Trigonometrical Survey (GTS) — aimed at measuring the entire terrain of the Indian subcontinent and the great Himalayan mountain peaks including Mount Everest.Almost 200 years after the GTS was undertaken, a group of geographers and archaeologists have surveyed 15 such towers spread around 50 km radius of Kolkata under the project, “Legacies of the GTS in West Bengal.”Keith Lilley, professor of historical geography at Queen’s University Belfast and the principal investigator of the project, said that some towers have survived while some others are soon to be lost forever.“Restoration of these towers is possible and is also important. What is required is an assessment and consolidation of these structures. These structures have been built on firm ground and have survived almost 200 years,” Prof. Lilley told The Hindu.Referring to one such tower located in the southern fringes of Kolkata — the Samalia GTS — he said the tower has nearly collapsed. Half of the tower, run over by vegetation, fell in 2011. Researchers who carried out the fieldwork said the locals believe that the tower was a batighar or lighthouse, erected during the colonial period to keep an eye on the countryside.The Bhola GTS tower near Singur in Hooghly district is thought of as a church by locals. Some locals, however, believe that Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah built the structure to look out for the Marathas, who plundered parts of Bengal in the 18th century.M. Satish Kumar, another professor from the Queens University, said multiple narratives centring around these towers were an equally important part of culture as the towers.“In the earlier times these structures were seen as an imposition of the British Empire on the landscape and were even opposed,” he said, referring to the towers located around Kolkata.Prof. Satish Kumar, however, added that there was not much opposition for such structures in the Madras Presidency where the population “had better understanding about science” and knew what these structures aimed at.Bishnupriya Basak , assistant professor in the Department of Archaeology of Calcutta University, who has also been associated with the project, said that mapping was an essential part of colonial rule but it was through this project that the culture of surveying has been documented in such detail. “It is like surveying the surveyors,” she remarked.There are other fascinating stories about the GTS towers.Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, was named George Everest, the first Surveyor General of India who had described the GTS as “perhaps of itself the most herculean undertaking on which any Government ever embarked.”“George Everest was particularly pleased with the towers erected in the north of the city, now on the Barrackpore Trunk Road, which was referred as Calcutta Baseline for the survey. Interestingly, these towers were built under the guidance of Radhanath Sikdar, a city-based mathematician who played an important role in the survey,” said Rajat Sanyal, also an assistant professor in the Department of Archaeology.In an attempt to highlight the cultural significance of the heritage, an exhibition titled “Legacies of the GTS in West Bengal” will be organised by the National Library, Kolkata, later this month.“There are hundreds of thousands of such towers and trigonometrical stations across the sub-continent and a detailed study can bring more awareness about the collective value of these towers and the significance which GTS has not only for India but for the world,” Prof. Lilley said.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams continue dominance at Indian Wells

first_imgDefending champion Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 7-5, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.Rafael Nadal survived a wild tiebreaker to beat Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6 (9), while two-time champion Serena Williams fired seven aces in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the fourth round.Djokovic, seeking his fifth title in the desert, beat Kohlschreiber for the eighth time in nine career matches against the German, who had 29 unforced errors. Nadal, a three-time Indian Wells winner, saved five set points in the tiebreaker and finally closed it out on his second match point when Verdasco’s backhand sailed beyond the baseline.”Feel lucky to win the tiebreak, and at the same time I think at the end of the tiebreak I played well with not many mistakes and going for the points,” Nadal said.Verdasco has had the upper hand against his fellow Spaniard and doubles partner in the last few years, having won three of their previous four matches, including a five-setter in the first round of the Australian Open in January after Nadal beat him 13 straight times to start the rivalry.Verdasco owned triple set point, but frittered away his advantage with consecutive errant forehands and could only stab in the air as Nadal’s crosscourt backhand whizzed by to tie it 6-all.Verdasco’s backhand error set up Nadal’s first match point and his first serve was called out, but he successfully challenged it and the review showed it ticked the line, tying it 7-all.advertisementIt was tied twice more before Verdasco’s double fault gave Nadal a second match point and it ended on another error. Verdasco’s 19 winners were just one more than Nadal. He averaged 115 mph on his first serve to 108 for Nadal.”Normally he serve better than me,” Nadal said. “In this kind of match I have more to lose than him, so he’s able to play very aggressive. He has amazing shots. He arrives to the tiebreak and you know you’re in trouble.”Nadal advanced to the fourth round against Alexander Zverev, who beat 16th-seeded Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-2. No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori edged Steve Johnson, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6) and next plays another American, John Isner, who beat Adrian Mannarino, 6-4, 7-6 (4).Williams hit 26 winners offset by 22 unforced errors to go with seven aces in her second Indian Wells appearance since 2001. She has yet to drop a set in three matches.Five of the top 10 women’s seeds women have been knocked out, seemingly clearing the way for Williams to win her third career title here and first since 2001.”So far I think my consistency has been well; being aggressive has been well; everything that I’ve wanted to do I’ve kind of been doing,” she said.Williams will play defending champion Simona Halep in the quarterfinals, a year after she withdrew before their semifinal match with a knee injury. Halep beat Williams at the 2014 WTA Tour finals.”I like how she’s aggressive. She’s a fighter,” Williams said. “She killed me at one point, so I definitely have to be ready.”Halep advanced when Barbora Strycova retired because of illness trailing 6-3, 1-0.In another all-Spanish match, Feliciano Lopez outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-4. Dominic Thiem earned his ATP Tour-leading 22nd win of the year, beating Jack Sock, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Sam Querrey, 6-3, 6-4.In other women’s fourth-round matches, Agnieszka Radwanska defeated 2010 winner Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 6-3, and Petra Kvitova defeated qualifier Nicole Gibbs, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.last_img read more

Death of glamour at US Open: No Maria Sharapova, no Ana Ivanovic

first_imgMaria Sharapova is banned from playing tennis, Ana Ivanovic exits first round for second straight year, Eugenie Bouchard is not at her usual self since last year’s locker-room fall at the US Open.US Open is underway but the glamour quotient is quickly diminishing from the the final Grand Slam of the year at the Flushing Meadows.Sharapova is missing the third straight Grand Slam of the year after she was handed a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in June for failing a drug test. The 2006 US Open champion was tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. The substance was banned at the start of 2016.This means Sharapova will continue to stay away from competitive tennis for another five majors before she returns to the court. The 29-year-old has won five Grand Slams, winning French Open twice.IVANOVIC’S POOR RUN CONTINUESFormer world No. 1 and Serbian beauty Ivanovic exited the first round at Flushing Meadows for the second straight year after a 6-7, 1-6 loss to Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic.The 28-year-old former French Open champion has struggled to find form this year, failing to go past the third round in any of the majors. She suffered third-round defeats at the Australian and French Open, before bowing out in the third opening rounds of Wimbledon and the ongoing US Open.BOUCHARD’S RISE AND FALLConsidered the next face of women’s tennis and drawing comparisons with the glam girls of the sport, Bouchard has failed to match the onfield highs of either Anna Kournikova, Sharapova or Ivanovic with a first-round defeat at the US Open.advertisementShe was in the form of her life in 2014 reaching the final at Wimbledon and the semi-finals of the Australian and the French Open, but things were not the same in 2015.Bouchard had an unhappy ending to US Open last year after she slipped on a wet locker room floor following a mixed doubles match. She sustained a concussion and that forced her to withdraw from her fourth-round singles match.Following that the Canadian star filed a lawsuit against United States Tennis Association (USTA) and is seeking millions of dollars in damages.However, the good news is that there’s no dearth of beautiful women with talent in tennis and they are sweating it out every game to keep the glamour quotient alive at the US Open.last_img read more

Jets’ Vick Praises Embattled Goodell

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Michael Vick fully supports the man who gave him a second chance in the NFL.The New York Jets quarterback defended NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell while the league and its teams have come under heavy criticism during the past two weeks over how they are dealing with several players facing domestic violence allegations.“I think he’s doing a great job,” Vick said after practice Sept. 18. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’re not going to get it right all the time on the first time. These situations that are arising are situations that we have never dealt with before in the NFL from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint.“It’s kind of new to everybody. That’s why we’re all talking about it right now.”Goodell has remained mostly silent during the last two weeks as the NFL has dealt with perhaps its most brutal stretch ever, starting last week when video surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator.Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on felony child-abuse charges and deactivated by the team. Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was also removed from the active roster until his domestic violence case is settled. He appealed a ruling in July when he was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats.On Sept. 17, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated after police said he head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day.“There’s a lot going on and there’s a lot of issues that are taking place and I think in due time, they’ll all be cleaned up,” Vick said. “But it’s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume (to) normal in the next couple of months. We just can’t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day, there’s a new story that’s being written about and being talked about. We don’t seem to let it go.”The pressure has increased during the last several days from lawmakers, sponsors and fans who have taken issue with whether the NFL is acting swiftly enough to investigate or discipline players.“Nobody’s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity.”Vick dealt directly with Goodell when he was suspended in 2007 and reinstated after serving nearly two years in prison for his role in a dog fighting ring.“You’ve got to give the man a chance,” Vick said of Goodell. “You’ve got to give everybody a chance to get it right. You see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’s happened in weeks prior. You’ve got to give people a chance, man.“You’re not going to get it right all the time the first time.”Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, currently on the practice squad, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and simple assault on Aug. 31. The NFL is reviewing the situation under its domestic violence policy, but neither Enunwa nor the team has commented.As a member of the practice squad, Enunwa is not on the active 53-player roster, so he is not eligible to play in games. Enunwa, whose next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1, has continued to practice with the team. He was a sixth-round draft pick out of Nebraska in May.Despite the tumultuous time in the league, Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn’t think it’s getting tougher to deal with players’ off-field conduct. He said the team regularly brings in specialists to speak to players about a variety of issues, to try to educate them before they face any problems.“How different was it from 15 years ago or whatever? I’m not sure it was a whole lot different,” Ryan said. “It just seems like it’s out there front and center now, some of these issues.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Economy to grow 7 in FY20 Survey

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Thursday projected the country’s GDP growth for 2019-20 at 7 per cent, up from a five-year low of 6.8 per cent, on the back of an anticipated pickup in investment and consumption.According to the Economic Survey 2018-19, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament, India continues to remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world in 2018-19, despite a slight moderation in its gross domestic product (GDP) growth from 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 to 6.8 per cent in 2018-19. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief”India’s growth of real GDP has been high with an average growth of 7.5 per cent in the last five years (2014-15 onwards). The economy grew at 6.8 per cent in 2018-19, thereby experiencing some moderation in growth when compared to the previous year,” it said. This moderation in growth momentum is mainly on account of lower growth in agriculture, trade, transport communication and services related to broadcasting among others, it said. During the last five years, India’s economy has performed well, it said, adding that the government has ensured that the benefits of growth and macroeconomic stability reach the bottom of the pyramid by opening up several pathways for trickle-down. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC”To achieve the objective of becoming a USD 5-trillion economy by 2024-25, as laid down by the Prime Minister, India needs to sustain a real GDP growth rate of 8 per cent,” it said. As per the survey, GDP growth for the year 2019-20 is projected at 7 per cent, reflecting a recovery in the economy after a deceleration in the growth momentum throughout 2018-19. “The growth in the economy is expected to pick up in 2019-20 as macroeconomic conditions continue to be stable while structural reforms initiated in the previous few years are continuing on course. However, both downside risks and upside prospects persist in 2019-20,” it said. The survey, meanwhile, retained the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal, the same as projected in the revised estimate of the interim Budget 2019-20. However, the general fiscal deficit – centre and states combined – has been pegged at 5.8 per cent in 2018-19, down from 6.4 per cent in the previous fiscal. The current account deficit (CAD) in the economy increased from 1.9 per cent of GDP in 2017-18 to 2.6 per cent in April-December 2018. “The widening of the CAD was largely on account of a higher trade deficit driven by a rise in international crude oil prices (Indian basket). The trade deficit increased from USD 162.1 billion in 2017-18 to USD 184 billion 2018-19,” it said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday tweeted: “The EconomicSurvey2019 outlines a vision to achieve a $5 trillion economy. It also depicts the gains from advancement in the social sector, adoption of technology and energy security. Do read!” See insidelast_img read more

Hamilton takes pole as technical failures rule Ferrari out

first_imgHockenheim (Germany): Mercedes Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position for the upcoming German Formula One Grand Prix after Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were forced out due to car problems.The defending World Champion clocked 1:11.767 to take his 87th pole, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (1:12.113) and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas (1:12.129) on Saturday.”I do not know really how we did it today,” the 34-year-old Briton said on the F1 Twitter account. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am not quite sure what happened to the Ferraris. It is so important to us, at our second home Grand Prix,” he addedVettel of Germany failed to set a time in Q1 of the qualifying and will start his home race from the back of the grid.”I do not know what happened. Something was broken with the turbo. It is bitter for us. The car feels great and we have missed a big opportunity here,” he said.Leclerc of Monaco gave a good performance in Q1 and Q2, but could not leave the garage in Q3 and is set to start in the tenth position, reported Efe news. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I have no idea if it was the same issue as Sebastian, on my side it was a fuel system problem,” he said. Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen placed his Alfa Romeo in the fifth position, with Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the sixth.Spain’s McLaren driver Carlos Sainz will take off from the seventh, while Racing Point’s Sergio Perez of Mexico is to start in eighth and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg in ninth.The top-10 drivers in the timesheet are as follows:1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain / Mercedes) 1: 11.767 2. Max Verstappen (Holland / Red Bull) +0.3463. Valtteri Bottas (Finland / Mercedes) +0.3624. Pierre Gasly (France / Red Bull) +0.7555. Kimi Raikkonen (Dinland / Alfa Romeo) +0.7716. Romain Grosjean (France / Haas) +1.0847. Carlos Sainz (Spain / McLaren) +1.1308. Sergio Pérez (Mexico / Racing Point) +1.2989. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany / Renault) +1.35910. Charles Leclerc (Monaco / Ferrari) No time.last_img read more

Witness to Humboldt Broncos crash arranges honour song for team

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsKelsey Fiddler still remembers the crash a year ago that took the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos.“We were coming from Melfort that day and I saw the traffic and a Charlies charter coming from Tisdale but I didn’t pay too much attention,” Fiddler told APTN News. “I stopped at the corner there I was waiting for traffic to pass – all of a sudden I see a semi coming towards us.“It just happened so fast.”Fiddler is a member of the Red Earth First Nation Saskatchewan.She was a key witness to the crash.She was pregnant at the time.Her daughter Logan who is now 10 months old.She was named after one of the players killed in the crash – Logan Boulet.She wanted to name her girl after Boulet because he signed an organ donor card – and because because of him, the lives of six people were saved.“I thought it be a good idea to name her after a hockey player who donated 6 organs ya we wanted to give that honour to him,” she said.Fiddler contacted his parents to ask for permission to name her daughter after their son.Fiddler wanted to mark the one year anniversary of the crash with some of her own culture at the oasis community centre  in Nipawin.She arranged for an honour song to be held so that everyone involved could heal from the tragedy, herself included.“For everyone to heal and to show our support to the Bronco families and the community of Humboldt and to show that we all care and that we are here for them and that we continue to pray for them,” she said.She asked Bradley Ironstar to sing an honour song.“This is our way the creator gave us all different cultures and traditions,” said Ironstar. “This is just our way of healing and overcoming and be able to be happy and deal with any issues or problems. ”It took at least a month for Fiddler and her family to return to the intersection where the crash took place.Not an easy place to avoid since they live nearby.pwolf@aptn.ca@priscillawolfnewslast_img read more

Herve Renard: Every Game Against Ivory Coast is Difficult

Rabat – Herve Renard, the coach of Morocco’s national football team said that “each game against the Ivory Coast is more than difficult.”Morocco and Ivory Coast will face each other today, Thursday, June 28, as part of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN). The game will see one of the teams qualify for the next round of the competition.In a pre-match press conference held on Thursday, June 27,  Renard, who led the Ivory Coast team to a CAN victory in 2015, said that it has a secret he would “put it” on Friday’s match. Quoted by France 24, the coach said that the “past doesn’t hold much importance” as he has to focus on today’s match.“We have to focus on the game tomorrow which isn’t just any group game. I think the goal of the two teams is to go much further in the competition,” Renard said.He added that he does not think of himself as a trump card for Morocco, emphasizing that he is lucky to be managing Morocco’s football team, which includes “quality players.”The Ivory Coast is also looking forward to meeting the Moroccan national football team with anticipation. The coach of the Ivory Coast, Ibrahim Kamara, said that his team will not focus on revenge, referring to Morocco’s 2-0 win against his team in November 2017.The win secured Morocco’s place in the 2018 World Cup.“We’re not here for revenge,” said Kamara.He added, “In football, every match is different to deal with. Our main aim is to qualify, not to beat Morocco and then go home.”Morocco won its opening game against Namibia last week, securing three points that could give the Atlas Lions a push during today’s game.Fans of the national team now wait with bated breath to see whether the Atlas Lions will triumph in today’s match against Ivory Coast. read more

WatchTSX ends positive despite oil drop US markets mixed as trading resumes

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended the day in the black for just the third time since the Christmas break despite another fall in the price of oil that dragged down energy stocks.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 60.07 points at 12,002.24, recouping less than half of its 131-point decline on Monday.In New York, markers were mixed after being closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27.94 points to 16,016.02, while the broader S&P 500 added one point to 1,881.33 and the Nasdaq fell 11.47 points to 4,476.95.On commodity markets, the February contract for benchmark crude oil fell 96 cents to settle at US$28.46 a barrel, while February natural gas shed 0.9 of a cent to US$2.091 per mmBtu and February gold fell $1.60 to US$1,089.10 a troy ounce.The loonie posted a slight decline on the day, falling 0.01 of a U.S. cent to 68.69 cents US.The Canadian Press read more

Football Police reports depict pattern of domestic cases against Zach Smith

OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAccording to police reports obtained by The Lantern, former Ohio State wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith had a history of domestic incidents reported to the police department by his now ex-wife Courtney Smith. Ohio State announced that it had fired Zach Smith on July 23 after allegations had surfaced of domestic violence involving Courtney Smith. Courtney Smith filed a domestic violence civil protection order on July 20. In 2009, Zach Smith, an assistant coach at the University of Florida at the time, was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department after aggravated battery of a pregnant victim. The police report obtained by The Lantern states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.”While addressing the situation at Big Ten Media Days, head coach Urban Meyer said he had been contacted about the situation in 2009. A report made Wednesday from former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy detailed domestic violence allegations made against Zach Smith both in 2009 and 2015, suggesting that Meyer knew about the events that occured, something that he denied at Big Ten Media Days last week. “I can’t say it didn’t happen because I wasn’t there,” Meyer said about the 2015 incident. “ I was never told about anything, never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that.”According to McMurphy’s report, Zach Smith, in the 2015 incident, “took (Courtney) and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck,” something she said happened very often.Of the 19 reports obtained by The Lantern, seven were traffic stops, though one of the stops involved Courtney Smith being visibly upset about a domestic incident involving her ex-husband. Here are some of the incidents that other reports included.October 21, 2015Courtney Smith files a report on a “suspicious person” who circled her in a car, then followed her into a Kroger. In the report, Courtney Smith mentions “issues she is having with her soon to be ex husband.”October 25, 2015This report states that Zach Smith was refusing to bring his son back to Courtney when it was her time with him. In this report, Courtney Smith states that she “has threatening text messages saved on her phone from her husband.” The report states that this was while Courtney and Zach Smith were going through their divorce, and when police asked for her address to bring an officer to her house, Courtney Smith said she did not want officers responding to her house, and that she would come to the police station in the morning.October 26, 2015The day following Zach Smith’s inability to return his son to Courtney, according to the report, Courtney Smith requests to file a restraining order against Zach Smith.Jan. 5, 2016Courtney Smith is stopped for speeding. According to the police report, she said “she was having domestic issues with her ex” and that “the driver was crying and visibly upset.”Dec. 17, 2017 Courtney Smith files a report that Zach Smith was seen by her neighbors at 1:30 in the morning looking into the windows of her vehicle and residence. Believing that he may have been impaired, Zach Smith, according to the police report, left in his truck, driving up on a curb and nearly striking a sign. Also, Courtney Smith reported that a Christmas wreath on her door was thrown to the ground. March 2, 2018 Police report states that Zach Smith’s children were talking with Courtney Smith using FaceTime. The children were said to be “really upset and crying.” The report states that Zach Smith was yelling at the children in the background of the call, telling them to “hang up on mom” and grabbing the phone from the children’s hands. The report says that Zach Smith called Courtney Smith back telling her, “she would not talk to them again and hung up on her.” The police report states that Zachary Smith is bipolar and that he drinks, per Courtney Smith, who called in the request.  July 11, 2018 Courtney Smith files a report that Zach Smith has been “relentlessly stalking” and “harassing” her. The report also states Zach Smith had taken his and Courtney Smith’s two children to Florida for vacation “without being honest to her as to where they were staying.” The police report states that Zach Smith was not contacted when Courtney Smith filed the police report due to the fear that he would delay the return of the children. read more

Sweden celebrates their first ever quarterfinals

Sweden went on to make history at the Arena Leipzig after the victory over Slovenia for 33-21 and advancing into the quarter-finals for the first time ever in a World Championship. The match itself lacked a bit of excitement as the Scandinavians outplayed the Balcanics.“It’s not today’s game that counts, it’s the eight-finals”, said Henrik Signell on Friday after the great victory against Norway for the last match of the group round, and he emphasized: “It gives us nothing more than a good feeling”. And although he said they should forget about it as soon as possible and focus on the next match, it’s clear to see that such a good victory had it’s positive consequences. The Scandinavians took control of the match and after 12 minutes they were leading 7-2. But three consecutive goals by Krim’s right wing Alja Koren put Slovenia back in the match (7-5, 15’) and Signell called the first timeout. When the match resumed, Sweden went on to set the record straight and established a +8 within the following 10 minutes. Slovenia was creating the chances, but whenever hey could surpass the tough Swedish defense, they encountered a very solid Johanna Bundsen, who’s brought with her the great level displayed in Bietighem-Bissingen during the group phase. The first 30 minutes finished with a score of 18-12 in favor of the Swedish.On the second half Slovenia continued to struggle while the captained by Sabina Jacobsen were widening the gap via fast breaks (26-15, 15’). The top scorer of the competition until yesterday, Ana Gros, was having a hard time trying to score (4 of 11) and that didn’t help the spirits of the team, who was finding it hard to break through both the defense and Bundsen. The final score was a comfortable 33-21 for Sweden who will now face Denmark. The top scorers of the match were Slovenia’s Koren and Sweden’s Johanna Westberg, both with 8 goals, while the MVP was awarded to Bundsen (48% of saves, 19/40).Isabelle Gulldén is probably one of the most determining players on this Swedish squad. She understood exactly the meaning of this match, but confessed that the fact that a pass into the quarter-finals would be historic for them was not exactly on their minds: “It was in some way, but we knew it would be a very hard match so we were really focused because we lost against them last year, and they played really good on this match. But we also knew that they had a really good starting 7 and if we could run with them and tire them, we had a good chance, and that’s what we did”. When asked about the boost of confidence they took from the win against the defending champions she said: “Of course beating Norway, and playing good gave us confidence, but we also knew that we can be a little bit like this (moves her hand up and down like in a wave), so we needed to forget about the win because if we lost against Slovenia the win against Norway didn’t matter so much. But you can see it gives us self confidence and you everyone is performing”.Denmark will be Sweden’s next rival in the quarter-finals, and they faced each other in two matches just before the championship. Regarding their next rivals, Gulldén said: “It will be a fight. The tactical things will be important, but we also know that they play really offensive in their defense and they have good shooters. On the second game against them we played really good, so we will look into both games and see what we did wrong and we will also look at what they did now (in the eigth-finals)”.Signell’s girls can now celebrate, but they will put on their game faces on Tuesday at 17:30 at the Arena Leipzig. Alja KorenAna GrosGermany 2017Henrik SignellIsabelle GulldenSimplyWunderbarSloveniaSweden ← Previous Story Les Bleues are through to the quarter-finals! Next Story → GERMANY OUT: Biegler specialist for national disasters… read more

Poll How much money have you spent in the postChristmas sales

first_img Over 1000 Euro (77) Poll Results: MANY PEOPLE ARE heading back to work tomorrow, so this might be the last chance for people to get a bargain in the post-Christmas sales.Bargain hunting This year Retail Excellence Ireland reported that St Stephen’s Day was the busiest since the start of the recession and despite the stormy weather sales have remained consistent. This year online sales were also up to 8 per cent.With that in mind, we want to know: : How much you have spent in the post-Christmas sales so far – in the shops and online. I haven’t bought anything in the sales. (1055) Over 500 Euro (936)center_img Under 500 Euro (2802) I haven’t bought anything in the sales.Under 500 EuroOver 500 EuroUnder 1000 EuroOver 1000 EuroVoteGot any sales tips, tell us in the comments section. Under 1000 Euro (89)last_img read more

Oireachtas debate tracker KildareStreetcom back in business

first_imgA POPULAR WEBSITE which helps members of the public to keep up to date with business in Leinster House has returned to full service after a seven month interruption.KildareStreet.com was left unable to track debates in the Dáil or Seanad when Oireachtas authorities changed their internal IT systems, moving to a website which did not support a feed in the programming language XML.Authorities said the moves were part of a cost-cutting drive to cut down on work for outside agencies – which saw transcripts of Dáil and Seanad debates moved from debates.oireachtas.ie, which included an XML feed, to oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie which has no such function.XML is a popular markup language used to export raw data in a way that can be easily manipulated by other services and internet users. This format allowed KildareStreet.com to interpret transcripts and send email updates to users, for example, notifying them whenever a certain TD spoke in the Dáil.The site’s administrator John Handelaar said the absence of an XML function in the new site meant the site had to be rebuilt from scratch, with a new engine built to ‘scrape’ records from the new Oireachtas website and convert it into XML.He told TheJournal.ie it had taken several months, with 12-hour days for the last month or so, in order to rebuild the site and allow it to catch up with the debates it had missed in the meantime.Full functionality should return from tomorrow, when the site will begin to automatically populate with details of Dail and Seanad debates taking place each day.Handelaar added that the work would not have been possible without the generosity of users who donated to a fundraising effort to revive the site, which brought in donations totalling around €9,000.That money was distributed to a not-for-profit company, MyGov Ltd, which is the vehicle behind KildareStreet.com and other endeavours such as FixMyStreet.ie, where residents of some counties can report issues in their locality.Oireachtas authorities had said the disruption to KildareStreet.com was an unintended consequence of its internal transitions, but the disruption prompted ire from many TDs and Senators who said the site was a way of helping the public to keep up to speed with their performance in Leinster House.KildareStreet.com uses open-source code developed by TheyWorkForYou, a site which offers similar debate-tracking features for debates in UK parliaments including the Northern Ireland Assembly.last_img read more

DCPS Announces New International Partnership with StepAfrika

first_imgWhat do 10 male students from D.C. and about 100 others from Croatia and nearby European countries have in common? A weeklong international youth camp created to hopefully change their lives.The 10 D.C. students, or “D.C.’s newest cultural ambassadors,” as District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson describes them, have been selected to travel to Zagreb, Croatia for a dance program that focuses on the tradition of stepping. Announced March 30 in the Mini United Nations Room on the Columbia Heights Education Campus (Ward 1), the program has been made possible through an innovative partnership between DCPS, StepAfrika!, and the U.S. Embassy.StepAfrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, and the nation’s leading African-American dance company. While StepAfrika!’s International Youth Exchange program is in its third year, this year’s partnership extends the opportunity to United States students for the first time. After completing the program, students will perform a choreographed step based on their instruction and experiences overseas at the dance company’s 20th anniversary home performance series June 4-7 at Howard University.“Step Afrika! opened the world’s eyes to the beauty and power of step, and I know this new partnership will do the same and more for our DCPS student cultural ambassadors,” said Chancellor Henderson in a press release. “I am incredibly proud of the 10 young men embarking on this special journey. I am confident they will remember this experience forever. It is through these experiences and expanded perspectives that our young people are propelled toward college and global careers.”Selected students come from six DCPS high schools. They were first nominated by their principals, and then had to complete a competitive process including an essay assignment describing their dedication to academic excellence and interest in international travel and discovery. Each student has a GPA of 3.0 or higher and is currently in their junior year.On their way to Croatia next month are: Victor Alleyne, Banneker High School (Ward 1); Triston Henry, Cardozo High School (Ward 1); Khyle Hightower, Columbia Heights Education Campus (Ward 1); Merhawi Huwarshek, Cardozo High School (Ward 1); Terrence Jackson, Eastern High School (Ward 6); Parris Kennedy, Anacostia High School (Ward 8); Matt Lopez, Columbia Heights Education Campus (Ward 1); Donald Morgan III, School Without Walls High School (Ward 2); Christopher Tate, School Without Walls High School (Ward 2); and Ahmad Woodard, Anacostia High School (Ward 8).Studies have shown that using alternative ways to educate students outside of the classroom, such as studying abroad (and physical activity) can be very beneficial. This program incorporates both. Researchers have found that international study can make students more creative, and the Guardian states that learning a new language may even grow your brain.The new cultural program reflects D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaign promises (and budget allocations) to strengthen DCPS schools, and aligns with her most recent initiative, Empowering Males of Color. All expenses for the program will be paid by DCPS. Other opportunities for D.C. students to travel abroad are also in the works through DCPS and the D.C. Public Education Fund, an independent nonprofit formed to support the numerous strategic initiatives in DCPS through private funding.last_img read more

Spotlight on Black Educators MSU President David Wilson

first_imgWhile it may not seem like much, to Morgan State University President David Wilson growing up, $5 was the result of years of savings.Morgan State University President David Wilson says, “I think we have to shift the dialogue from, ‘are HBCUs still needed’ to ‘how do we resource those institutions that historically have produced the talent that has already made America great.”The youngest of 10 children, Wilson grew up in poverty in rural Alabama at a time when there were no laws requiring Black kids to go to school. His father was a sharecropper, and Wilson spent his first five years of school in a one-room shanty on the grounds of a Black church, with all five grades in the same room with one teacher. He would only go to school two or three days in a week, with the rest of his time spent helping on his family’s farm. At that time, he didn’t even know what college was.He would read the pages of Look and Life magazines his mother had plastered on the wall which taught him about the world, and he aspired to be more than what his parents were. When he brought those aspirations to his father, he was told that college was for “White folks.”He worked hard to get into Tuskegee, and the morning he left for college, his father stopped to tell him that he was very proud of him, and that he had discouraged him from going to college because he felt there was no way he could afford to send his son to school. He reached into the pocket of his overalls and gave his son the “piece of money” he had saved over the five years since Wilson had first talked about college, and told him to use it wisely.When he finally looked at the money his father had given him, in his hand was a crisp $5 bill.Though he was initially angry about it, Wilson thought about that $5 as his career unfolded. He went on to earn degrees from Tuskegee and Harvard universities before becoming the first Black vice president of Auburn University and eventually chancellor of University of Wisconsin System’s 13 two-year colleges.Wilson did not know much about Morgan State University when the chair of Morgan’s presidential search committee convinced him to fly out from Wisconsin to look at the campus. He came in baseball cap and jeans, and said that he had an emotional experience he had never had at the predominately white institutions he had previously worked.“I have to say that it immediately took me back to Tuskegee, immediately took me back to that shanty, immediately as I looked into the faces of these young men and young ladies on the campus, it immediately said, ‘that’s you,’” Wilson said. “And I heard my father say, ‘It’s time to repay me.’”Wilson was inaugurated in 2010 and he pledged $100,000 to start the $5 Scholarship Fund to honor his father. In his office to this day, he keeps a framed $5 bill, a photo of his father, a dirt sample from around their house in Alabama, and a symbol of a bale of cotton among other memorabilia which he said helps keep him grounded.Coming from better resourced institutions, he relies upon his mother’s innovation and ingenuity in keeping his childhood home together to piece together what Morgan has to take care of the school and its students.“I think one of the challenges that some HBCU presidents face is that they become so frustrated, especially if they have come up within institutions that are not HBCUs,” Wilson said. “They become so frustrated early on by what they don’t have that they struggle, and here I try to concentrate on what we do have and to make the best of [that].”He works to reduce and remove barriers to “access and success” that today’s students face, like financial barriers. In trying to improve the overall education experience for Morgan’s students, the school is working on a partnership that Wilson hopes will lead to the redevelopment of Northwood Shopping Center.Today, Morgan produces large percentages of Maryland’s Black STEM degree recipients, and Wilson noted that with the changing demographics in the future that will lead to a non-white majority in the population, he hopes to have a new science complex and an expansion of the engineering school to propel Morgan to be the number one research HBCU in the country.“We are going to position ourselves to be that institution that will educate a disproportionate number of the majority population in the state in the future as well as those outside of the state who want a unique, high quality, undergraduate education in fields that will promote entrepreneurship and innovation,” Wilson said.Wilson said he has also been regularly advocating for state and federal funding, and hopes to see more major investment in the future. He has been invited to the White House for a visit at the end of February, even though President Trump hasn’t proclaimed an official stance on preserving and protecting HBCUs. Wilson said that today, HBCUs need to be at center of the conversation about America’s competitiveness“I think we have to shift the dialogue from, ‘are HBCUs still needed’ to ‘how do we resource those institutions that historically have produced the talent that has already made America great,’” Wilson said. “I mean, the talent that has come out of HBCUs is the talent that’s created the black middle class in this country.”last_img read more

Five ways to lose bat wings

first_imgManage weight, follow a proper skin care regime and eat well to do away with the jiggling of arms, says an expert. Losing weight to keep your body healthy can be a challenge. Even when we start to see the pounds fall off, there are often stubborn spots that seem to want to hold on to extra body fat. Arms are one of those common spots for women. No one likes saggy arms as they make your arms look bigger than they actually are.If your diet is on point and you’re killing it in the gym, but your arms just aren’t where you want them to be, here are some Also Read – Add new books to your shelfsuggestions on how to get rid of bat wings:Exercise: There are many workouts that will help to get fat-free arms. High intensity cardio and interval training exercises help in reduction of bat wings. Some common exercises include push-ups, counter push-ups, scissors and weightlifting.Proper diet: A regular intake of fruits, vegetables and dairy products is a must to maintain a healthy gut that digests the food properly and increases the rate of metabolism. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEating healthy is better than eating less and eating food like fried and junk food items. Try to make a diet chart and follow a balanced diet to ward off underarm fat.Weight management: Maintaining an ideal weight is the key. By maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), one can avoid the excessive deposition of fat in the body. Diet and exercises play crucial roles in weight management. Food items low in sugar and rich in fibre are must-have in your diet. Processed and refined foods should be avoided to a great extent. Skincare regime: A dry and dehydrated skin highlights your flaws in a big way. Therefore, follow a skin care regime comprising gentle exfoliation and moisturisation so that your arms look good and replenished. A regular massage with aroma oils not only helps you relax, but also tones your arm muscles and helps you get them in shape.Laser treatment: The treatment is fast and lasts for a long time and removes the arm fat under the skin effectively.last_img read more

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III Which Is Better for

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. September 20, 2012 5 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When Apple announced the latest version of its popular smartphone, the iPhone 5, CEO Tim Cook proclaimed that their new device was the best iPhone the company has ever made. But is it the best phone on the market right now for business owners?Though it’s a few months old, the Samsung Galaxy S III is still a hot phone thanks to its multi-carrier availability, large and beautiful display, fast 4G LTE capability, and robust performance. The iPhone 5 can boast all of that and more.We’ve done a side-by-side comparison of both phones to determine which one business owners should want to consider. Here’s what we found:Display: Is bigger better?The iPhone 5 finally broke the mold and expanded to 4 inches, up from 3.5. The resolution went up accordingly, and now you can enjoy 1136 x 640 pixels in the Retina display. Compared to many Android phones, including the 4.8-ich Galaxy S III, 4 inches feels a little on the small size these days. That can be a good or bad thing, depending on how much screen you want.For some, 4.8 inches is too big and more difficult to use one-handed. Four inches is stretching it, especially in that department. However, the almost (but not quite) 16:9 aspect ratio means the iPhone 5 is narrow compared to its height. The larger size also means fitting more on the screen, which can be a bonus for busy business owners.The iPhone’s Retina display has a resolution, or pixel density, of 326 pixels per inch versus the GSIII’s 306 ppi density. Technically, the iPhone’s density is better, but not by so much that most people will be able to tell by looking.Related: Top 5 hidden Galaxy S III features you don’t want to missCameras: Front-facing HD, better low-light performanceWhere the iPhone 5 gives the GSIII real competition is with its camera. Apple upped the ante with its rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, adding a dynamic low-light mode and speeding up the picture-taking process. The GSIII’s rear camera (also 8 megapixels) is fine but doesn’t always perform well — especially in low light.In front, the iPhone 5 finally has an HD camera (1.2 megapixels) that can record video up to 720p. This should make FaceTime chats even better and clearer. The Galaxy’s front camera is 1.9 megapixels and also capable of 720p video.Performance: Known unknownsApple claims its new A6 processor chip is twice as powerful as the A5 in the iPhone 4S. That means better, richer gameplay and more complex apps down the line. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S III’s dual-core chip handily beat the iPhone 4S in performance benchmarks. It remains to be seen if the A6 offers as good or better performance.One aspect that could keep the Galaxy on top is that Samsung’s phone has 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 4S had only 512MB when most phones had at least 1GB. Apple doesn’t list it on the Apple website, but the iPhone 5 probably has 1GB.Apple claims that users can expect eight hours of battery life from the iPhone 5, even with the LTE capability, which traditionally draws a lot of power. The GSIII gets between eight and 12 hours depending on the usage and tweaks. Plus, if you need to go a super-long time without charging up, it’s possible to carry and swap out an extra battery.Related: Everything you need to know about the iPhone 5Operating System: iOS 6 vs. Android 4A new iPhone means a new iOS, and version 6 adds a lot of useful features. It also takes away a few things, such as Google Maps and the YouTube app.Even though the iPhone 5’s screen is bigger, apps will still work fine. Until developers update them, older apps will show in a letterbox-esque mode with black bars so you won’t see any stretching or distortion. Apple apps are already optimized for the larger, longer display.Siri also gets an upgrade in this version, which makes her a more useful companion when searching for sports scores or movies. Since the iPhone now has three mics, she’ll be able to understand you better, especially when on the road in noisy areas.The Galaxy S III is still running Android 4.0, which is one version behind the very latest from Google. The upgrade is coming and will bring with it Google Now and other Jelly Bean features. But even with Samsung’s S Voice with the GSIII, it’s often not as useful as Apple’s Siri.Price: Are they worth it?The iPhone 5 starts at $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB with a two-year contract.Galaxy S III pricing starts out at $199 for 16GB with a contract on most carriers (T-Mobile costs more), but the carriers offering the 32GB version usually have it at $249, $50 less than the iPhone 5. There’s no 64GB version of the GSIII in the U.S.Bottom line: No clear winnerBoth the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III have features that appeal to business owners with a range of mobile needs. Some will prefer the iPhone for the benefits of iOS and the huge app selection, the more compact design, or even better cameras. Others will choose the Samsung’s GSIII for the bigger display, expandable memory, replaceable battery or less restrictive operating system.Related: Samsung Galaxy S III review This story originally appeared on Teccalast_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more October 9, 2014 — Clear Guide Medical announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its Clear Guide One product. In addition, following a recent assessment of its quality management system by the British Standards Institute (bsi.), Clear Guide Medical has been recommended for certification to ISO 13485:2003.”We are extremely pleased that the FDA’s 510(k) process moved along so quickly, and that we are close to receiving our CE and Health Canada certifications. We are now prepared to take preorders of the Clear Guide One at conferences such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting, MEDICA in Germany, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting and at sales@clearguidemedical.com (link sends e-mail),” said CEO Dorothee Heisenberg.The Clear Guide One aids medical image guidance with a compact, easy-to-use ultrasound probe attachment that provides accurate and immediate real-time needle guidance. Based on advances in computer vision research, the system allows the physician to visualize the needle path on-screen before entering the patient, allowing better planning of the intervention and more accuracy in placement.The Clear Guide One can be used with most existing ultrasound systems and physicians’ customary needles and tools, with minimal user training. The system makes using guidance for inserting needles into patients the new standard of care, leading to better patient access and outcomes, and lower healthcare costs.For more information: www.clearguidemedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. read more center_img Technology | October 09, 2014 Clear Guide Medical Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance on Clear Guide One 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

Rank Player Reason 285 Max Hall Arizona Car

first_imgRank PlayerReason#285 Max Hall, Arizona CardinalsThe longer the lockout goes the more likely it is that he’ll have a job. Just hopefully not as a starter. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away With all the talk and speculation about who will line up under center for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 — if there is an NFL in 2011 — we decided it was time for someone to simplify the entire process. With that in mind we put together our QB Stock Watch where you can find out who’s moving up, who’s moving down and who’s just not moving at all. Rank PlayerReason#624 Derek Anderson, (Fill in team willing to pay him) Want him back Cleveland? Rank PlayerReason#8 Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers As an emergency option he wouldn’t be a bad choice.. #1 Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles The question remains, will the price be right? Rank PlayerReason#4 John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals He could be the default choice. Rank PlayerReason#6 Brett Favre, Retirement? The lockout might make training camps shorter than usual. No wonder why Favre is interested in a comeback. Rank PlayerReason#7 Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks Sounds like Seattle may still let him get away. Rank PlayerReasoncenter_img #2 Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos He’s on the move. We’re just not sure if that means he’s leaving Denver or not. RankPlayerReason#3 Marc Bulger, Baltimore Ravens One day he wants to be a starter the next he doesn’t. Hopefully the day the lockout ends is one where he’s interested in starting. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Rank PlayerReason Comments   Share   Top Stories Rank PlayerReason#5 Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals He’s moved away from Cincinnati but that doesn’t mean he’ll be playing for a new team. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Rank PlayerReason#8 Vince Young, Tennessee Titans One former Cardinal thinks he’d be perfect in Arizona. last_img read more

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first_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers 590 rooms and suites and facilities including an outdoor infinity pool heated year round, a French-inspired restaurant celebrating the bold flavours of Provence, a Champagne Bar, Magnifique Ballroom and Club Millesime, an exclusive executive lounge located on the 35th floor, offering panoramic views of the harbour as well as a range of bespoke butler services. Go back to the e-newsletter Accor’s Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific, Simon McGrath, said, “We are incredibly proud of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s achievements since opening as Sydney’s newest luxury hotel in over 15 years. As the first Accor property in the Pacific region to be invited to join the prestigious Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts portfolio, it is an exceptional credit to Greg and his team and true recognition of Sofitel’s French luxury service for which the brand is globally renowned. We also congratulate owners, the Schwartz Family Company for their vision and investment in such a landmark, flagship luxury hotel for the region.” Virtuoso’s Asia-Pacific Marketing & Commercial Partnership Manager, Adrian Clarke welcomed Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to the Virtuoso fold.“Australia is one of the world’s most popular luxury destinations and Virtuoso has seen a 23% increase in visitor numbers heading here in the past two years alone,” Clarke said.“Sofitel Darling Harbour will bring a level of luxury to our Australian offering, which we know our high net worth clients from across the globe are looking for.”Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers exclusive amenities to guests booking via a Virtuoso travel advisor or online at Virtuoso.com. Privileges include an upgrade upon arrival, daily breakfast buffet for two, US$100 equivalent food and beverage credit during the stay, early check-in priority, guaranteed late-check out 4pm, and a special chocolate VIP amenity. Upgrades and check-in/check-out privileges subject to availability. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has been accepted into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 1,700 preferred suppliers in 100 countries. The arrangement will open up new sales and marketing opportunities, says the Sydney hotel’s General Manager, Greg Brady.“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so becoming a preferred partner a short 18 months after our grand opening is a true honour,” says Brady.“The reputation Virtuoso member advisors have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own approach to modern luxury service. Now that we’re part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients special amenities, values and French-inspired, quintessentially Australian experiences that surpass their expectations,” he added. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more