TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CLINCHES STEEDEN DEAL

first_imgTouch Football Australia have confirmed a new three year deal with Steeden as the signatory ball supplier for the sport in a new arrangement that will benefit the game immensely from a marketing and operational perspective.The deal announced by Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson today, encompasses all States of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia who have existing arrangements with an alternate supplier.New South Wales Touch Association already have a long-term partnership with Steeden and the endorsement of the Steeden branded footballs by other States is viewed positively and gives the sport a united niche in the corporate sector.“Steeden were chosen after a competitive tender process and the scope of the new deal involving the majority of Touch Football playing States gives us an accepted official ball for the game that is of the highest quality.The  use of the “Classic Touch” ball will mean extensive and consistent Brand identification for our sport and Steeden. The unitary structure has allowed us to increase the sponsorship benefits for both parties” Mr. Thompson said. Steeden Football Brand Manager Scott Bradford, is excited by the renewal of the company’s partnership with Touch Football Australia.“It is a great step and a strengthening of ties, and with use of the Steeden “Classic Touch” ball as the official ball of the sport in most areas of Australia, it enables us to reach a wider audience. We are excited and delighted to consolidate our partnership with Touch Football Australia.” Mr. Bradford said.Steeden was founded in 1958 by Queenslander Ray Steeden.The company manufactured Football, cricket, and boxing products before becoming a World wide subsidiary in 1995 of Gray-Nicolls Sports.Steeden has been the official football of the Australian Rugby League since 1974, and holds exclusivity deals with the English Super League, the Queensland Rugby League, the New South Wales Rugby League, and the National Rugby League.Through continuous introduction of new innovative products and categories, the brand continues to go from strength to strength with a proven record of excellence in the production of sporting equipment. Steeden is working diligently with prominent Touch Football Australia technical officials on refining the product mix to ensure a harder wearing outer surface on their touch footballs.Steeden’s “Night Vision” ball with florescent orange paneling for improved visibility and a heavyweight skills ball specific to Touch Football, are just two of the initiatives Steeden and Touch Football Australia will be consolidating in the near future.Steeden will continue to supply Touch footballs to affiliated National tournaments and programs such as the National Touch League, The Austouch Program, and the National High Performance Program.Steeden Footballs can be ordered and purchased through the Touch Football Australia National office and supporting State offices around the nation.last_img read more

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Introducing: High on Hops

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip It seems there’s no good way to introduce yourself as the author of a beer column.“Hi. My name is Lee. I drink a lot of beer.”It sounds far more like an admission of guilt than the basis of a writing gig. But it’s also very true, no matter how plainly stated.My journey into beer started innocently enough. The first taste was a sip of Lowenbrau from my father’s can after desperately, incessantly begging him for a try. Looking back on my five-year-old self, I recall a lot of whining and leg pulling on my part in an attempt to distract him from the football game on TV. To shut me up, he graciously allowed the tiniest drop to hit my lips. I found it disgusting and went back to playing with my Star Wars TIE Fighter.My next meaningful beer experiences were in college. My roommates and I sought to distance our parties from those in the fraternity houses by buying “good” beer. We didn’t know where it was made, what hops were used or how big the brewery was. All we really knew was that it was more expensive. Instead of Bud Light or Miller Genuine Draft, we bought kegs of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Abita’s Purple Haze. Bottles of Pete’s Wicked Ale were in the fridge. We considered ourselves serious beer drinkers – scholarly even – buying seasonal releases and trying everything we could find. Admittedly, in mid-90s Athens Georgia, that wasn’t much.Skip ahead a few years and I’m a reasonably well-adjusted husband and new father looking for a hobby. After a few amazing trysts with Belgian White ales at my local brewpub, I found a passion project in home brewing. Making my own beer led to searching out and trying new styles with interesting ingredients, reading everything I could about the process and visiting breweries around the country. I fell in love with beer.Drinking all these extra calories, both homemade and those for “research” purposes caused my waistline to expand. That led to a new hobby: running. Once I found a routine for burning off those additional calories by pounding pavement, I started BrewDrinkRun.com with friends who were in the same club. We brew, we drink, and to stay fit, we run. Our website and podcast led to more opportunities – even getting paid to drink beer.I’m happy to report that I like beer much more now than I did when I was five or even twenty-five. I not only enjoy the varied tastes and the inevitable surprises that a new bottle holds, but I also enjoy the people and places driving America’s craft beer movement ever forward. The men and women in this industry have a true passion for the perfect pour, and I hope to do them justice with my coverage of the field.Thank you to The Manual for asking me to come on board and share my beer ramblings under the banner of “High on Hops.” I’ll be reviewing beers, highlighting upcoming brewery releases, forecasting industry trends and writing about some of the best places on earth to grab a pint. And I promise not to pull on your leg or whine. At least not too much. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

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Sake Continues Its Measured, Methodical Rise through the Spirit Ranks

first_img Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips Walking around last week’s Saké Fest PDX in Portland, Oregon, you see why the Japanese beverage has had trickling growth in the States. The variety is daunting and it’s not an easily accessible category.The subtle nuances between “Junmai” and “Nigori” are tough to discern for inexperienced palettes and the beautiful artwork on most of the bottles doesn’t display much information unless you can read Japanese.However, the tradition and practice of sake hasn’t lasted millennia just out of novelty. It’s a unique category literally steeped in the values of Asian drinking culture. While the exact origins are disputed, one of the more prevalent theories is to date saké brewing back as far as 2,500 years when rice growing became commonplace in Japan. The earliest written records of saké are in third-century Chinese history books. They document saké drinking as a tradition while in mourning.Fast forward a couple thousand years and saké is still brewed with the same four main ingredients: rice, water, yeast and an enzyme called koji. The process begins by hulling, polishing and removing impurities from brown rice grains. Spores of a special mold are added to the rice (after steaming) and then incubated to produce koji. That mixture is added to a yeast starter, which helps convert the rice starch into glucose. After a unique fermentation process, the new liquid is sent through a press to filter it. From there, it’s pasteurized and placed in cold storage to mature. After various filtration and aging options, the final product is done.Back at Saké Fest, one of the larger tasting displays is from Oregon’s own SakéOne. The Forest Grove-based company is one of the only producers on the West Coast and easily the largest in the country.“We’re kind of on our own island,” says SakéOne President and CEO Steve Vuylsteke. The beverage industry veteran comes from a family that started one of the state’s premier wineries and he went on to manage Erath before moving over to saké eight years ago. He estimates there are 20-24 producers nationally, many “garage-sized.”SakéOne makes three labels locally – all premium – Momokawa, a Junmai Gingo; Moonstone, a Junmai that becomes a Junmai Gingo after flavoring is added; and g, their most flavor-forward offering. They also import six sakes, making them one of the larger companies doing so.Each grade of saké is relatively mild, but after a few tastes, one can begin to discover the nuances.Junmai is the simplest, made from the four main ingredients. Two more grades of Junmai are based on how much of the rice grain has been polished away. It goes all of the way to Nigori, which is unpressed, unfiltered and remains cloudy.Vuylsteke says that beyond the varieties, many consumers are still only drinking it warm or hot when several grades are actually better cold.“Their experience is not favorable and a lot of it is because of the lack of education about the beverage,” he says.He adds that it’s encouraging to see new and younger drinkers get into saké. That was certainly evident at Saké Fest where many late 20- and early 30-somethings tasted their way through dozens of grades from small East Coast producers to some of Japan’s biggest.Vuylsteke says that one of his next challenges is getting imbibers to think outside Asian cuisine when pairing sake with food.“You can pair it with just about anything across the American cuisine landscape,” he says. “You don’t have to follow rules like in wine pairing.”He’ll also continue developing education to get Americans to move on from the saké bomb. He sees a climate down the road, much like tequila is today, with drinkers turning to sake as a sipping drink and not as a shooter.“There’s going to be more intrigue,” he says.Some of the collaborations at Saké Fest have already gone to prove that. Portland’s Burnside Brewing Co. worked with Japan’s Shonan Beer to create Sakura Gose, a sour brewed with salted Japanese cherry blossoms that’s on tap year-round. It’s a beautiful, light transition brew for those en route to the world of saké.As American drinkers search for the exotic and undiscovered, saké will continue to grow from a niche product into one of the everyday lexicon. It will rightfully move on from a fast shooter to something to savor. This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Editors’ Recommendations center_img 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

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MSC Home Terminal Cuts Fuel Consumption with Kalmar …

first_imgzoom The hybrid straddle carrier supplied by Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has shown reduced fuel consumption and emissions in operation at MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. The new-generation machines were launched to the market in October 2013.Kalmar straddle carriers at MSC Home Terminal, AntwerpKalmar delivered seven new straddle carriers to MSC Home Terminal in early 2014, including one new-generation hybrid machine.In March, Kalmar received an additional order for six ESC 350 straddle carriers. These machines will be delivered later this year.During one month of operation, MSC Home Terminal has reached a 37% decrease in fuel consumption with the new Kalmar hybrid straddle, compared to a conventional diesel-electric machine.The results show an average fuel consumption level of 12.3 litres per hour. This reduces the carbon dioxide emission by 97 tonnes per year compared to a traditional machine.Dr. Tero Kokko, Vice President, Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar said: “The Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier’s regenerative energy system converts electrical braking and spreader lowering energy into electric power that is stored by the state-of-the-art battery technology. An automated start-stop system chooses the optimal balance between engine and battery power. The new system can deliver a remarkable 40% decrease in fuel consumption compared to existing machines in the market while meeting the most stringent engine emission regulations worldwide.”The Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier is equipped with a new active stability control system, continuously monitoring speed, turn radius and the spreader’s position, slowing the vehicle automatically when needed.The redesigned cabin features improvements in ergonomics and safety, such as electrically operating rotatable chair and excellent visibility with less night time reflections.Press Release; June 25, 2014last_img read more

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NAT CEO: Makes No Sense to Order New Ships at the Time

first_imgzoom Nordic American Tankers (NAT) will buy new vessels only when ‘the time is right’, the company’s Chairman & CEO, Herbjørn Hansson said, adding that NAT was constantly assessing vessels offered on the market.“Our management does not have a fee incentive to grow indiscriminately. Some companies engage in such practices but at NAT we have always felt such conduct causes a misalignment between management and shareholders,” Hansson explained.According to Hansson, NAT has a cash break-even level of less than $12,000 a day per ship, meaning that the company is highly cost efficient and that it solid balance sheet keeps interest payments to a minimum.“We are not concerned with discussions surrounding the age of some of our vessels. We are not in the business of constantly acquiring shiny new toys, because that really is not in the interest of shareholders. It is the difference between owning and maintaining a durable and dependable car and buying a new car every year just for the sake of showing off the latest model to your neighbors. Making money and generating returns, however, is what we always focus on,” NAT’s CEO adds.As explained, NAT could sell two or three older tankers and use the proceeds to buy a new shiny one, which may earn a little more in the spot market. However, the ending result is smaller fleet and less profit.“There is a point where the vessels become too costly to maintain or unattractive to customers, but that is not the reality we are dealing with. When considering an expansion, we always consider the expected lifetime return or unlevered IRR (Internal Rate of Return) of that ship. Sometimes markets are such that it would make sense to order a new ship from a shipyard, but that is not the situation we face today,” he concluded.NAT’s current fleet counts 26 vessels, including two newbuildings to be delivered in August this year and January 2017. 2015 was a great year for NAT, which claims it achieved the highest operating cash flow since it started in 1997, totaling in USD 212 million.last_img read more

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Frenchs Food Company partners with company to bottle all ketchup in Canada

TORONTO — French’s Food Company says all the ketchup it sells in Canada will be bottled in this country by early next year.All the tomatoes in French’s ketchup sold in Canada already come from local farmers, but the company says some of it is bottled in Ohio.French’s says it has partnered with Select Food Products Ltd. in Toronto to build a new manufacturing facility that will be fully operational early next year.Ketchup wars expand as Sun-Brite squeezes into market with 100% Canadian Primo brandA&W burger chain switches to French’s ketchup, mustard for its Canadian contentFrench’s ketchup to be bottled in Canada within a week, company president saysThe company says it has also expanded its partnership with Highbury Canco, which sources and packages the tomatoes and tomato paste used in French’s Canadian ketchup at its Leamington, Ont., plant.A spokeswoman for French’s initially said the two would work together to develop and manufacture two new flavoured ketchups to be launched early next year, but later she said the company has not yet confirmed what the products will be.French’s ketchup soared in popularity earlier this year after a man’s Facebook post lauded the U.S.-based company for its commitment to buy tomatoes from Canadian farmers while its competitor, Heinz, closed its Leamington plant, costing the community about 750 jobs.French’s says it will also look to source other materials, like packaging and labels, from Canadian manufacturers. read more

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76ers Andrew Bynum Considering Knee Surgery

Andrew Bynum is considering arthroscopic knee surgery that would end any chance of him playing this season for the Philadelphia 76ers,  general manager Tony DiLeo said.Meanwhile, the organization has yet to decide whether to sign the one-time All-Star center when he becomes a free agent after this season.“He is Plan A,” DiLeo said. It was his first public comments about Bynum since the 7-footer on Friday announced a setback in his rehab from what could be career-threatening knee injuries.The 76ers gave up young prospects in Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless, along with former All-Star Andre Iguodala, in the four-team deal that moved Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers  last summer. They built their entire team around Bynum as the building block. He has not played a minute because of knee troubles.Should Bynum get healthy and sign somewhere else, it would be a colossal blunder for the Sixers. Bynum experienced knee soreness over the summer, then injured his other knee bowling.The Sixers might still be able to get something for Bynum if they don’t re-sign him, in the event of a sign-and-trade, but that would require a team with cap space to absorb him and return assets. Bynum has previously said he’s interested in playing for Houston, which has the assets, but would the Rockets want to take on the risk of Bynum, given his health?Bynum is not worried about getting the deal he wants, nor should he. It’s a weak free-agency class, and he’s a top-quality center in a terrible time for centers.But  for everyone else, the risk is severe and complicated. We’ll keep you updated on whether Bynum goes in for surgery. read more

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Facebook has 800 million users adding 50 million every two months

first_imgYesterday’s f8 Facebook developer conference unveiled some interesting developments. Facebook’s getting a whole new profile layout called Timeline, and there’s also some pretty cool things happening with media integration. During Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote, the Facebook CEO happened to mention a little tidbit that we’ve been waiting to hear for the past few months.Saturday Night Live’s Andy Sandberg started the f8 keynote by pretending to be  Zuckerberg. He spewed out a lot of false information, for comedy’s sake, but one thing he did say, that is actually true, is that Facebook now has 800 million active users. Though Zuck didn’t actually confirm this during his keynote speech, a Facebook spokesperson did confirm the number with ZDNet. It was only back in June, we reported that Facebook had over 750 million users.As we reported last month, according to Google, Facebook is racking up 1 trillion page views a month. Google’s stats also state that the site actually has 870 million users. With all those page views, it’s safe to say that the site has more than 800 million users. Zuckerberg said that Facebook saw half a billion users log on to the site on Wednesday within 24 hours. That high number may be attributed to the fact that Facebook made a few changes, and users could have logged on just to see what was up.Facebook confirmed 750 million users in July, so if the site is able to get 50 million users every two months, it’s only a matter of time (8 months if that’s a constant) before the 1 billion total is reached.via ZDNetlast_img read more

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Row over Popular Vote between PNP and PDM

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 17, 2017 –  The Elections Office has not yet stepped in to end the row over how the popular vote was officially split in the Turks and Caicos; meanwhile there continues to be contributions by both of the major parties on who the majority of voter support went to despite this having absolutely no bearing on the outcome of a General Election in the Turks and Caicos.National Chairman and PNP Appointed member to the House of Assembly, Royal Robinson in a statement just after the new year pointed out to the General Public and to the PDM Administration that they ought to watch their steps and deliver true change, because most of the voters did not vote for them; Hon Robinson:  “The overall final tally of the votes cast at both the individual district level, as well as that of the All Island District, show that the PDM got 48% of those votes, while those entities that included the PNP, PDA and Independents got 52%.”  Robinson called it a Pyrrhic victory, adding that the way electors voted was not in total repudiation of the PNP.On the opening of the 2017 Legal Year, PDM National Chairman and elected member for Cheshire Hall, Hon Doug Parnell chimed in with comments that say something starkly different.  He spoke to media.   “Not only is Mr. Robinson wrong on his statistics, he is not offering the PNP and his supporters any hope.  What happened is the people overwhelmingly voted for change, and if you look at the numbers in the constituencies, if you add up the constituency votes from ED1 to ED 10, the People’s Democratic Movement secured 51.3 percent I believe of the popular vote, it was a decisive victory.  Where as the PNP, in those constituencies only secured 42 percent,  or a little over 42 percent of the vote.”Magnetic Media has been in touch with the Elections Office on several occasions about this missing information; there has been no clarity offered as yet as a matter of official public record.center_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Survey Clark College students feel wellprepared for future

first_imgAleksi Lepisto This story was written by a staff member of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It will be published online today by The Independent at clarkcollegeindependent.com.Clark College students say they feel well-prepared for their future — whether it takes them to another institution or straight into the workforce.That’s according to a survey conducted earlier this month by student journalists at the college’s student newspaper, The Independent.The survey lent perspective for a student panel at The Columbian’s annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, being held Thursday at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For the first time, the breakfast includes a student panel called “Voices of our Youth.” Students from Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools comprise the panel, which is being moderated by Clark College President Bob Knight.Some 364 students, representing about three percent of the 13,096 full- and part-time students enrolled for the winter term at Clark College, participated in the seven-question survey. Students in history, art, engineering, communications, foreign language and English courses completed the surveys.“We conducted the survey so that there would be a broad range of students,” said Aleksi Lepisto, The Independent’s editor-in-chief. “We thought this was the fair way to do it.”Of the students polled, 242 reported they felt “well-prepared” for their future, whether they plan to transfer to a four-year school or enter the job market. The survey found that 301 students plan to transfer, while 24 said they intend to look for work in Clark County.last_img read more

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Week In Review 514518

first_imgTuesday 5/15Audio Player05-18-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm05-18-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdCity Of Kenai Establishes Permit Options For Dipnet Fishery Vendors,  Local Emergency Service Crews Extinguish Brush Fire In Happy Valley, KCHS Student Recieves Prudential Spirit Of Community Award, Trial For Teen Charged In Grunwald Murder Began In Palmer Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Thursday 5/17Audio Player05-18-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm05-18-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdUPDATE: Pilot In Whittier Area Plane Crash Identified, Anchorage Student Arrested After Alleged Threat, Smoking Ban Provision Allows Communities To “Opt Out”, KPBSD Introduces Bond Proposition For Kachemak Selo School Friday 5/18Audio PlayerJennifer-friday-0518.mp3VmJennifer-friday-0518.mp300:00RPdTwo Candidates File For Chenault’s House Seat, Andeavor Awards KPBSD With $175,000 Grant To Fund STEM Programs, Talks Of Possible BP, ConocoPhillips Asset Swap Dealcenter_img Monday 5/14Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-0518.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-0518.mp300:00RPdAlaska Is About To Have One Less Blockbuster, And It’s Soldotna, 1,700 Pounds Of Trash Removed In Annual Kenai River Spring Cleanup, LNG Project Leader Says “Pipeline Is Still Coming”, Alaska Sued Over Walker’s Bonding Proposal Wednesday 5/16Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-0516.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-0516.mp300:00RPdNikolaevsk Man Arrested For Blocking Wildfire Crew’s Response, Homer City Council To Hold Special Election For New Police Station, AK LNG Releases Gasline Workforce Plan, Murkowski And Sullivan Split On Vote To Reinstate FCC’s Net Neutrality Rulelast_img read more

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SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Wilmington Seniors Invited To Cruise The Charles On October 3

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Senior Center is hosting a trip in Boston, featuring a Cruise of the Charles River, on Wednesday, October 3.Depart the Wilmington Senior Center at 9am in a Motor Coach for Boston. You will first have a view of the “New Boston” where you will be able to see how the city of Boston has grown, then have a delicious luncheon at the Cheesecake Factory.You will then board the Charles River Cruises where the captain will provide a narrative of the views of Boston from the Charles River perspective.Afterwards you’ll have time to explore the stores at the Cambridge Side Galleria and arrive back at the center by 5:30pm.Registration for this event will begin on Thursday, August 30 at 10am. The cost is $40 for Wilmington residents and $84 for non-residents.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest Wilmington Senior Center newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Senior Center To Hold Trip To Vermont Country Store & Green Mountains On October 8In “Community”Wilmington Senior Center Organizes Granite State Chocolate & Wine Tour On September 18In “Community”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Game Night On July 25; Fun Day On August 28In “Community”last_img read more

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Trump Administration Moves To Reshape Who Qualifies For Asylum

first_img Share John Moore/Getty ImagesWomen and children arriving from Central America are claiming they’re eligible for asylum because they’ve been the victims of gangs, or domestic violence, in their home countries. But some critics, like former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, say claiming asylum has become a “sort of catchall for truly inventive lawyers.”The Trump administration is taking steps to limit who gets asylum in the United States, and immigration lawyers are warning that thousands of people who fled violence and persecution in their home countries could be turned away.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using his authority to reshape the law on who qualifies for asylum, and whether they get a hearing in court. Sessions has intervened in two cases that could have big implications for people who come to the U.S. and seek asylum.This comes as the number of applications for asylum has risen sharply in recent years. Sessions has been trying to eliminate what he’s called “rampant fraud and abuse” in those applications, and to cut into a massive backlog of immigration cases.But immigrant rights advocates fear that legitimate asylum-seekers, including victims of domestic violence, could be denied sanctuary here.“They are amongst the most vulnerable people in our society,” said Jeremy McKinney, an immigration lawyer in North Carolina, and secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “To have their rights curtailed so that the system moves faster I think should be considered a moral outrage,” he said.To Attorney General Sessions, the outrage is that immigrants are gumming up the courts with false claims.“The system is being gamed, there’s no doubt about it,” Sessions said in October of last year, in a speech to the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Virginia. Back then, he was asking Congress to tighten asylum rules. Last week, he acted on this own.In one case, the attorney general vacated a precedent-setting ruling that said most asylum seekers have a right to a hearing in front of a judge before their claim could be rejected. In a second case, Sessions is reviewing whether victims of “private crime” should qualify for asylum.These moves come as no surprise to anyone who’s followed Sessions’s positions on immigration and asylum.“We can close loopholes and clarify our asylum laws to ensure that they help those they were intended to help,” Sessions said in his October speech. “As this system becomes overloaded with fake claims, it cannot deal effectively with just claims.”Immigration courts do face a huge backlog — upwards of 600,000 cases, more than triple the number in 2009.One factor driving that growing backlog is constant stream of women and children from Central America. Many of these migrants claim they’re eligible for asylum because they’ve been the victims of gangs, or domestic violence, in their home countries.But some, like former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, are skeptical about this kind of claim.“It’s actually become sort of a catchall for truly inventive lawyers,” said Arthur, who is now a fellow at the Center for Immigration studies, which advocates for lower levels of immigration.Immigration courts work differently than regular courts. They’re part of the Justice Department, so the attorney general has the power to personally overturn decisions by immigration courts.Arthur, the former immigration judge, applauds the recent moves by Sessions. “One, it is going to streamline the system,” Arthur said. “Two, it’s going to cut down on the number of claims that are inevitably going to be found to be invalid.”Immigration lawyers don’t dispute that the number of asylum applications has spiked. But they offer a different explanation.“The crisis we’re managing is not one of fraud,” said Lenni Benson, a professor at New York Law School, “but one of the global situation.” She pointed to a rise in gang-related violence in Central America that’s pushing migrants north in search of safety.Not every crime makes the victim eligible to claim asylum. The victim must have a well-founded fear of persecution based on certain factors like race or religion, or membership in a “particular social group.” They must also come from a place where the government won’t help them. The law around this has been fiercely litigated, says McKinney, the immigration lawyer.“The fear is that this Justice Department will undo all of those gains that were made through decades of litigation,” he said.McKinney and other lawyers are worried that Sessions is ultimately going to overturn a landmark asylum case from 2014 that made it easier for domestic violence survivors to get asylum.People like Aracely Martinez, who fled to the U.S. from Honduras and got asylum with help from the Tahirih Center for Justice, a nonprofit that supports immigrant women fleeing from violence.“My ex’s family wanted to kill me,” she said through a translator. Martinez was pregnant when the father of two of her children killed their kids and shot her in the head before killing himself.She moved to another part of Honduras. But his family found her and threatened to kill her.“I’d like to see women getting help the way I was helped,” Martinez said. “I finally feel safe in this country.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Singletons Death a Stark Reminder of Stroke Signs and Prevention

first_imgBy Dr. Janet SeabrookWhen I first heard that award-winning, Hollywood film producer John Singleton had been placed on life support, I immediately wanted to know: why? After all, I knew he was barely 50, so what could have possibly landed him in such a dire situation? Could it have been a heart attack or a freak accident? No. It was a stroke!Several months back, I wrote an article about men’s health and the importance of making sure that regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments for the men in our lives are a priority. Singleton’s untimely death has me back in that mindset with a specific emphasis on the signs of a stroke and measures that we can take to prevent one.What is a stroke? According to MayoClinic.org, “A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die.”It is important to remember that a stroke is a medical emergency that needs to be treated immediately. The sooner care is provided, the greater chance that less damage is done.Dr. Janet SeabrookThe good news is that more information is being circulated about how to identify stroke symptoms via Public Service Announcements, social media, radio/TV programs and community events such as health fairs.One of the most common ways to identify a stroke is using the acronym FAST as recommended by the National Stroke Association:F – FaceIf you think someone may be having a stroke, look at their face to see if one side is drooping.A – ArmsAsk the person to raise their arms. Check to see if one arm drifts downward.S – SpeechCheck to see if the person’s speech is slurred, hard to understand or strange.T – Time to Call 911If you observe any of the above signs, call for help immediately.Finally, let’s cover a few healthy lifestyle tips that can help lessen the potential of becoming a stroke victim:Healthy eating habits – It’s a no-brainer that adding healthier foods to your diet can help with the prevention of a stroke and countless other ailments. Make a conscious decision to eat more fruits and vegetables and consult with your doctor to develop a diet that is customized to your needs.Physical activity – Exercising at least 3 times a week is a great way to reduce the likelihood of a stroke. Take brisk walks or take an exercise class! Any movement is good!Monitor your levels – Keep an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These numbers have a direct connection to the possibility of having a stroke. Regular doctor visits help you stay on top of your numbers!Reduce your stress levels – High stress situations can have an impact on your blood pressure, so try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible including on the job, at home and other environments where your presence is required.There are also hereditary traits that make some of us more susceptible to stroke than others. This is why it is important to know your family’s medical history and to make sure that your healthcare providers are also aware of any conditions that “run in the family.”Playing an active role in your wellness is one of the best ways to get ahead of or even prevent serious health conditions. Remember, your health matters!Follow Dr. Janet Seabrook on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more information about health and wellness. Visit www.drjanetseabrook.com and sign up to receive regular updates and health information.This article originally appeared in the Chicago Crusader.___The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

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Facebook Movie Ads Can Now Include Premiere Reminders Showtime Lookups

first_img Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook Moviegoers often discover a film months before its release, with interest typically peaking when the trailer hits. Now Facebook is letting movie fans tap a button on a movie’s ad — labeled “Interested” — and when the movie hits theaters, they’ll receive a notification that provides a link to the movie detail page on Facebook where they can look up showtimes and purchase tickets.Facebook shared a mock-up of what the movie reminders look like (for a fake movie called “Love, Served”):In addition, for movies currently playing in theaters, Facebook ads can include a “Get Showtimes” button to go right to the movie detail page to find out where and when to see the film (and buy tickets).The social network already provides showtime listings through deals with theater chains including AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas. In the U.S., Facebook provides ticketing through partnerships with NBCUniversal’s Fandango and Atom Tickets. In the U.K., users can purchase tickets through the AMC-owned Odeon Cinemas chain.In partnership with Atom Tickets and AMC, Facebook is currently running a limited-time promo to waive the convenience fees charged by the two partners on movie tickets purchased through the social network.About 58% of moviegoers discover movies online, with 39% of those specifically finding upcoming releases on mobile, according to Facebook-commissioned research conducted by Accenture released in January 2019.Howard said Facebook also is considering extending the reminder feature to TV or streaming-video services — and even more broadly, “any industry where a reminder would be helpful,” she said. Popular on Variety Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Related Facebook is extending Hollywood studios’ ad buys on the social platform with the official launch of two new features – movie reminders and showtimes.The new features are available in the U.S. and the U.K., as a standard part of ad campaigns that studios buy for News Feed. Facebook isn’t charging extra for the reminder and showtime features, with ad rates determined based on the targeting parameters marketers set, according to Jen Howard, group director, entertainment, technology and telco for Facebook.“It’s another foray we’re making into helping people connect with the movies they love on Facebook,” Howard said.Facebook has already run smaller-scale tests of the reminders and showtime lookups. For example, last year Universal Pictures used the features for Illumination Entertainment’s “The Grinch” animated film, which premiered Nov. 8, 2018. That drove a “significant increase” in showtime lookups and ticket purchases, according to Doug Neil, Universal’s EVP of digital marketing, although he didn’t quantify the extent of the lift. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Peter Dinklage Figured Out Tyrion Lannisters Game of Thrones Fate

first_img Tyrion Lannister isn’t always on point when it comes to decisions on Game of Thrones. However, Peter Dinklage, the actor who plays the character on the show, correctly guessed what will happen to him in Season 8.When Dinklage received the Game of Thrones Season 8 script, he didn’t immediately skip to the end to see if he lives or dies.  “As the seasons have gone on, we’ve all thought how it’s going to end,” Dinklage told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “Who’s going to be alive? If you die, how do you die? Ten years we’ve been doing this and it can drive you mad, because [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] don’t tell us and sometimes they change their mind.”“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister pic.twitter.com/2hH6YuD6S8— Peter Dinklage (@Peter_Dinklage) September 25, 2017Dinklage thought about the fate of his character, who is also known as a “peacekeeper” during the later part of the series. After much thought, Dinklage found out what will happen to Tyrion Lannister, and even though he couldn’t disclose details, he was very happy with what Benioff and Weiss did with the Season 8 plot.“I had all these ideas in my head and a version of one of them is how it ends up [for Tyrion Lannister]. David and Dan have a brilliant version of what I had,” Dinklage added. “If I use any adjectives it will give it away. But I love how it ended up. And how it ends up for everybody. They had a beautiful gentle touch with some and a hard touch with others.”“We must fight together now, or die.” – Tyrion pic.twitter.com/3sfuJoiuDK— Peter Dinklage (@Peter_Dinklage) April 6, 2019For Season 8, Tyrion Lannister is arriving at Winterfell with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), as her advisor, and he has to make sure everything runs smoothly between Daenerys Targaryen and the Lady of Winterfell Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who is also his ex-wife. And, on top of that, there’s the anticipated confrontation with the Night King and his undead army.“He’s definitely a diplomat,” said Dinklage. “How does he maintain his sense of self within that? He’s like a translator with his own strong opinions. How do you stop yourself from voicing that?”He added, “He’s trying to figure out who he really is in this storm of negotiations. And, where we left off is with the biggest threat of all, the [Army of the Dead], for somebody like Tyrion he’s not going to be able to negotiate with them.”Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere on HBO on Sunday, April 14.More on Geek.com:Rotten Tomatoes: Top ‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes to Watch Before Season 8‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Responds to Wild Fan Theories‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Puts You on the Iron Throne on Nintendo Switch Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

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German unemployment steady at 73 pct in February

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The jobless rate regularly rises during the winter months when construction work tends to moderate. However, Germany has experienced a relatively mild winter this year.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 percent in February, after only 2,000 more people joined the ranks of the jobless during the month.The Federal Labor Agency reported Thursday that a total of 3.138 million people were registered as out of work. That’s 18,000 fewer than a year earlier.Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate also remained at 6.8 percent, in line with economists’ expectations.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   last_img read more

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House passes bill to end bulk collection of US phone records

first_img Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted by a wide margin Wednesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and replace it with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis.The 338-to-88 vote set the stage for a Senate showdown just weeks before the Patriot Act provisions authorizing the program are due to expire.If the House bill becomes law, it will represent one of the most significant changes stemming from the unauthorized disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. But many Senate Republicans don’t like the measure, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a separate version that would keep the program as is. Yet, he also faces opposition from within his party and has said he is open to compromise. President Barack Obama supports the House legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act, which is in line with a proposal he made last March. The House passed a similar bill last year, but it failed in the Senate.Most House members would rather see the Patriot Act provisions expire altogether than re-authorize NSA bulk collection, said Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee. “I think the Senate is ultimately going to pass something like the USA Freedom Act,” he said.The issue, which exploded into public view two years ago, has implications for the 2016 presidential contest, with Republican candidates staking out different positions.The revelation that the NSA had for years been secretly collecting all records of U.S. landline phone calls was among the most controversial disclosures by Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator who in 2013 leaked thousands of secret documents to journalists.The program collects the number called, along with the date, time and duration of call, but not the content or people’s names. It stores the information in an NSA database that a small number of analysts query for matches against the phone numbers of known terrorists abroad, hunting for domestic connections to plots. The House measure also provides for a panel of experts to advocate for privacy and civil liberties before the secret intelligence court that oversees surveillance programs. And it allows the government to continue eavesdropping on foreign terrorists without a warrant for 72 hours after they enter the U.S., giving authorities time to obtain such a warrant.The Senate will have a short window to act before Patriot Act provisions authorizing the phone records program and other counterterrorism-related measures expire June 1. If McConnell’s bill passes to reauthorize the law with no changes, that would be seen as a crushing defeat for surveillance opponents.On Tuesday, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers and FBI Director Jim Comey briefed senators on the program. Afterward, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters the NSA was not collecting all the data it should be. He declined to be specific, saying the briefing was classified, but he appeared to be addressing the fact that the collection does not include most mobile calls in an era when many people have stopped using landlines.“The way it’s being implemented today, I don’t see how it’s … useful at all to the American people,” said Corker, who wants to reauthorize the current law. “And I’m shocked, shocked … by the small amount of data that is even part of the program. It needs to be ramped up.” Top Stories Quick workouts for men Officials acknowledge the program has never foiled a terrorist attack, and some within the NSA had proposed abandoning it even before it leaked — on the grounds that its financial and privacy costs outweighed its counterterrorism benefits.Proponents of keeping the program the way it is argue that the rise of the Islamic State group and its efforts to inspire Westerners to attack in their own countries make it more important than ever for the NSA and FBI to have such phone records at their disposal to map potential terrorist cells when new information surfaces. And they say there is no evidence the program has ever been misused.Under the House measure, the NSA would no longer collect and store the records, but the government still could obtain a court order to obtain data connected to a specific number from the phone companies, which typically store them for 18 months.If the legislation is enacted, “Americans will now rest easy knowing that their calls and other records will not be warehoused by the government, no matter how careful the government is in their procedures to access those files,” said Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat on the intelligence committee. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Patients with chronic pain give advice U.S. officials have confirmed the mobile records gap, saying it stemmed from technical and policy issues that ultimately would have been addressed absent the Snowden leak. Under the House’s USA Freedom Act, they said, the NSA would expand its queries to include mobile records, creating a potentially more effective program. But they have expressed concerns about working out an arrangement with phone providers to standardize the data so the information can quickly be searched.Those officials, not authorized to comment publicly by name, spoke only on condition of anonymity.___Associated Press writer Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.Follow Ken Dilanian on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kendilanianapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The House debates and votes for final passage on NSA Surveillance legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act. The measure seeks to codify President Barack Obama’s proposal to end the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records. It would allow the agency to request certain records held by the telephone companies under a court order in terrorism investigations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Solar plane departure from Japan for Hawaii postponed

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Borschberg, who is to fly the Japan-Hawaii leg of the round-the-world journey, sat for hours in the cockpit waiting and then got back out.“I trust they took a good decision. We discussed it on the radio. Despite the fact it’s very hard it’s the right way to go,” he said in an interview carried live on the Internet.A live video feed showed the staff in the control center in Monaco engaged in intense discussions over the weather and possible strategies. The plane needed to take off before sunrise because otherwise it would become too hot and windy to either leave or return it to the inflatable mobile hangar at Nagoya’s Komaki airport.Borschberg landed on June 1 while en route from the Chinese city of Nanjing to Honolulu. He was to fly the plane solo during the roughly five-day trip, taking short naps, doing yoga and meditating to endure the lack of sleep.The airplane carries no fuel, so project engineers are using simulations to determine when it is safe to fly. The first Pacific leg is the riskiest because there is no place to land.In the end, the project’s simulation team decided conditions on day four of the journey would likely be too cloudy for the plane’s batteries to recharge safely, Piccard said, expressing sympathy for Borschberg. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “He knows, like us, that it’s better to get out of the plane on the tarmac in Nagoya than on the third day with a parachute overhead,” Piccard said in an interview from Monaco. He is taking turns with Borschberg in flying the plane solo.Borschberg has been waiting for a weather front stretching from Alaska to Taiwan to clear enough for him to resume the 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) journey across the western Pacific, the longest leg of the round-the-world journey which began in Abu Dhabi on March 9.On the ground in Nagoya, the plane was slightly damaged when a cover was tousled by the wind, but it has been repaired and ready to go for days.The Solar Impulse 2 is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings that recharge its batteries, enabling it to fly. But bad weather and nights are challenges because diverting around clouds takes extra energy, and the aircraft is not designed to withstand rain, turbulence and heavy winds.The aircraft travels at about the same speeds as a vehicle. At night, it descends from its maximum altitude of 8,500 meters (27,900 feet) to 3,000 meters (9,850 feet) to minimize power consumption as it draws from its batteries.In the morning, the plane resumes producing power, but it needs to have enough left-over power to ascend to the daytime altitude. The Solar Impulse project is meant to demonstrate the potential of improved energy efficiency and clean power, though solar-powered air travel is not yet commercially practical, given the slow travel time, weather and weight constraints of the aircraft.___Kurtenbach reported from Tokyo.___Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ekurtenbachCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 treatments for adult scoliosis NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — A solar-powered plane carrying no fuel has postponed its departure from central Japan for Hawaii due to worse than expected weather conditions.Swiss pilot and project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said the weather window for the flight early Wednesday had closed. After analyzing conditions, the decision was made to take the plane back to its mobile hangar.“It’s a bad moment. It’s really a bad moment. It was on the edge. We took the decision to go, but not everybody was enthusiastic. We had a conclusion that it’s not worth trying anymore,” said Piccard, who is taking turns flying the plane with his co-pilot Andre Borschberg. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

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Best and brightest concepts invited for Vivid Sydney 2019

first_imgVivid Sydney 2018Best and brightest concepts invited for Vivid Sydney 2019Vivid Sydney is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from individuals and organisations across the global creative community to participate in the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas in 2019.Following the success of this year’s festival, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall announced EOIs have opened for Vivid Sydney 2019 across the pillars of Vivid Light and Vivid Music, and that Vivid Ideas will open soon.“Vivid Sydney brings together emerging and pioneering global creative innovators and this year attracted 2.25 million attendees from Australia and across the globe, generating more than $172 million for the NSW visitor economy,” Mr Marshall said.“The Festival is a grand platform for out-of-the-box thinkers, artists, musicians, creative professionals, educators and businesses to showcase their talents to local and international audiences and I encourage everyone to submit their Expression of Interest and be part of this exceptional event.”The Vivid Sydney EOI invites submissions across the Festival’s three program pillars – Light, Music and Ideas.Vivid Light transforms the city into a kaleidoscope of colour with awe-inspiring light sculptures and large-scale architectural projections onto iconic landmarks. Artists, designers, creative industry practitioners, equipment suppliers, businesses, and educational institutions are invited to present their ideas, designs, concepts and interest for inclusion in Vivid Light.Vivid Music features an extensive program of performance, multi-genre musical collaborations, and contemporary and experimental music at venues across Sydney , and includes the Vivid X|CELERATE program; a partnership with the City of Sydney which is devoted to celebrating Sydney’s local musical talent by awarding grants and marketing support to venues, artists, and promoters with good ideas. Submissions are being sought from across the industry including music venues, producers, promoters, industry associations and innovators interested in being part of Vivid Music.Vivid Ideas celebrates and champions creativity and innovation; connecting audiences and creative professionals with world-class creators, makers and thinkers, to share cutting-edge insights, market and industry updates, and building tools and skills for the future. Events which ignite a national conversation, bring professional practitioners to Sydney for training and development, and which actively build networks throughout the Asia-Pacific region are sought for Vivid Ideas.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer Sandra Chipchase said, “Whether you’re an industry innovator, aspiring creator or have a unique concept to share, this is a chance to be part of Australia’s largest event. If you have what it takes to shape, market and present an installation, gig or event with interesting and innovative content, Vivid Sydney wants to hear from you.”To register your EOI, visit https://www.vividsydney.com/eoi2019 and login or sign-up to access the Vivid Light, Music or Ideas EOI toolkits and application forms.Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.Vivid Sydney 2019 will kick off on Friday, 24 May.Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

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