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Weekend Pick: Head Women’s Ski Camp at Snowshoe Mountain Resort

first_imgTime to hit the slopes, ladies! Show those boys how it’s done this weekend at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia for the resort’s first ever Head Women’s Ski Camp. On Saturday and Sunday, January 24 through 25, top ski coaches and instructors will work with women of all levels to get you started or tune up your skills, and just have a great time in the snow. Head Women's Ski CampDiann Roffe, a guest coach from Head Ski, will team up with Snowshoe instructors to help give women the chance to meet their full potential. Roffe has held a spot on the US Ski Team for three Olympic Games, four World Championships, and one Pan American Games. Today, Roffe works out of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, as a renowned ski coach and motivational speaker. This camp will be an amazing opportunity to learn from such a talented sportswoman!The weekend’s events begin on Friday evening with a Meet and Greet followed by a night at the Connection Club. On Saturday and Sunday, warm up in the mornings with some yoga and get out on the snow in small groups throughout the day, then relax in Snowshoe’s massage chairs before a Private Evening Social on Saturday and a Farewell Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.The entire camp costs $219 for a weekend pass including lift tickets, and only $169 without tickets. Register now to make sure that you don’t miss out on the fun!last_img read more

Authorities Dismantle Clandestine FARC Broadcast Station in Eastern Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo November 22, 2011 The Colombian Army dismantled a clandestine radio station operated by the FARC communist guerrilla group in a rural area of the department of Meta (in eastern Colombia), the military announced. The ‘Voz de la Resistencia’ [Voice of Resistance] station, which was located in a rural area of the municipality of Cubarral, was administered by the General Staff of the Eastern Bloc of the communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to a statement issued by the Army’s 13th Brigade. In April 2010, this same station was dismantled, having operated in the region over the course of at least 15 years, but “a few months ago it had been set up again by the insurgents,” the report indicated. The station served for the “political indoctrination of FARC members at the same time as for launching harsh criticism against the institutions of the state,” according to the Army intelligence service. The service reported that the broadcast station was protected by “60 improvised explosive devices, and around 12 kilos of black gunpowder, six cans of liquid solder, and around 12 more kilos of explosive substances and shrapnel were also found at the location.” No clashes with guerrilla factions or arrests were reported. In the same area, the Army also dismantled nine camps with the capacity to house between 30 and 50 rebels, equipped with bedrooms, kitchens, ovens, and laundry areas. The Ecuadorean daily El Universo reported in February that a broadcast station operated by this guerrilla group was transmitting messages from Colombia that were inviting young Ecuadoreans in the province of Sucumbíos to enlist in the group and that its FM range even extended as far as a Peruvian town.last_img read more

#DayOne INTRODUCING LECTURERS: Berislav Sokač RUN Croatia – Croatia as a racing destination

first_imgIn the last 6 months, the auditing company Kulić & Sperk, Bonk restaurant on Zagreb’s Britanski trg, has joined the Run Friendly platform, and the declared best pizzeria in Croatia, Franko’s Pizza & Bar, has joined the platform. Split hotel Dioklecijan Palace will join the already existing certified hotels, LifeClass Sveti Martin na Muri, Malin, Vitality Punta LHV. Run Friendly employers Neos, Undabot, Business Intelligence and Bagatin polyclinic, which is also Run Friendly polyclinic and Run Friendly distillery Duh in Boca. This year we will get a dozen more new partners on our platform. Do you also have the first domestic line of food supplements that strengthens domestic honey producers? When you look from the beginning until today, you have achieved a lot, you have given extra momentum and started a running style as a lifestyle in Croatia. When you look back at how you look at the current situation where you are and what you have achieved? In the end, how do you look at this conference and what do you expect? What is the plan for the future, how will you continue this “marathon”? He will speak on the topic of Croatia as a racing destination at the conference Berislav Sokač which is an opportunity to talk and get acquainted with the RUN Croatia platform. When I look back on the last 4 years we have achieved a tremendous amount. Zagreb Advent Run race was the third largest Advent race in Europe last year, Run Friendly platform attracts exceptional quality partners and products, we are the platform with the most races in Croatia throughout the year, we are a leader in innovation in promoting active and quality living. We are the first to start exporting the lifestyle of running outside the borders of Croatia through the French model. One is Run Friendly World and we are proud of that brand that will be a platform in the future for 500 million people. Can Croatia become a top running destination in Europe and how? We go further step by step. If we take a marathon that is 42 kilometers, we are now at the fourteenth kilometer. We have just entered the working temperature of expanding and hiring new people. There are still a lot of challenges ahead of us, but with the marathon mindset that adorns my team, rest assured that we will reach the goal we set for ourselves. Run Croatia has also chosen the Concorda travel agency as its partner in support of organizing tourist and team building arrangements for 15 races this year. Concorda is adorned with a young professional team full of innovation and passion for creating an unforgettable active experience. This makes Concord an ideal partner to support our races and even stronger promotion of the destinations we work with. Our first race in which we cooperate is the Lun Novalja 2.5.2020 half marathon. As far as races are concerned, we are especially proud that this year, in addition to our standard existing races, we have three new ones: 25.4. Crikvenica Health Run, 30.5. Lidl Royal race of the city of Knin, Lidl 2. Varaždin trail 12.9 and 26.9. Funghi trail Lonjsko polje in the Lonjsko polje Nature Park. The following remain in the calendar: 2.5. Lun Novalja Half Marathon, 16.5. Lidl Cross Hill Run in Križ, 30.5. Lidl Royal race of the city of Knin, Lidl Mountainmadness Ravna Gora 6.6., Lidl Glow Run Split 13.6., Lidl Run Brač 22.6., Lidl Nerezine Glow Run 1.8., Lidl 2. Varaždin Trail, Lidl Malinska Run 19.9., 3.10. Lidl Sveti Martin na Muri MountainMaddness 17.10. Runfest as part of the Sportfest event in Poreč and 13.12. Zagreb Advent Run.center_img In partnership with the company Hedera from Split, we launched the first domestic line of dietary supplements for Bee Run athletes. The special feature of Bee Run preparations is that they give all athletes completely natural strength and endurance. This means that you will be able to consume it every day, without fear of negative side effects, with an extremely strong and positive health and fitness effect. Bee Run food supplements are made from bee substances: propolis, burdock pollen, royal jelly, with the addition of plant and mineral substances and vitamins. In this way, we want to bring a quality Croatian product closer to the active community and, by consuming it, strengthen the beekeeping cluster in order to start exporting. I consider participation in the conference extremely important because I primarily consider the invitation to the conference as a confirmation of the quality work of my team and me personally. With my lecture, I want to point out the size of the market, which Croatia has not yet addressed in a quality way. The healthy active community in the world does not know which pearl is hidden in the heart of Europe, and Croatia does not know at the moment what benefits it can get if it addresses that community. However, Croatia has Goran Rihelj, who is fighting on a daily basis to change that, that Croatia deserves better quality tourism. See you at the conference! So the goal or plan is for Run Croatia to be the undisputed number 1 brand in Croatia for the quality of life, for Run Friendly World to be a platform for a globally active community and for it to be known that it started from Croatia. The list of races is as long as the tourist and team building arrangements. Also, Protime, with the help of the Run Croatia team, will work on the popularization of Slovenian races among Croatian runners, and will also advertise Run Croatia races among Slovenian runners in over 150 races in Slovenia where it measures time. With this partnership, Protime and Run Croatia open and connect two markets that have not yet had the establishment of official communication to promote races and destinations. Just over 200.000 people in Slovenia are actively running, which will mean an increased number of Slovenian runners in Run Croatia races.  Another area of ​​cooperation is that we have sold the distribution applications with a Slovenian partner so that the motivating application for movement will now have a richer offer for runners in both markets. In Croatia, we gathered 33.000 users on the application. Together with the Slovenian market, we intend to transfer 100.000 users this year. What are the further plans? Run Croatia is unstoppably expanding its eco friendly system Run Friendly, so that next year Croatia can be declared the first Run Friendly country in the world. It is already due to its climate, the beauty of the landscape, the quality of food, the quality of some races, but in order to be adorned with this title, it is certainly necessary to have better quality communication in the public-private area. It won’t work without it. We have also been actively working on the development of a franchise model, which we were the first to sell to neighboring Hungary, and these days we are signing a contract with a partner in Slovenia. This will connect three markets that will get a single communication platform for an active community in all three countries numbering 600.000 people. Furthermore, we have further strengthened cooperation with neighboring Slovenia in two areas. Run Croatia has chosen Slovenian Protime, Professional Timing as a partner for measuring time in its races in 2020. The Protime team has many years of professional work in the field of measuring races, and their team measures over 150 races in Slovenia and over 30 in the region. Protime will provide support for registration via the web, provide a payment system and measure results and process data on 15 Run Croatia races, and one of these races is the Zagreb Advent Run, which last year was the third largest Advent race in Europe with 3150 runners. last_img read more

P2P lending firms upbeat SMEs can repay loan on time during pandemic

first_imgPeer-to-peer (P2P) lenders to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)  believe the coronavirus outbreak, which has disrupted most economic activities in Indonesia, will not affect their loan repayments.Aria Widyanto, the chief risk and sustainability officer of Amartha, a P2P lending platform that primarily funds SMEs owned by women in villages, said that he was sure that the financial technology (fintech) company’s borrowers would be able to repay loans on time because he believed the rural economy remained resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s catastrophic effect on many other sectors.“The economies of villages are more resilient because they are more isolated,” he said on March 26 during a video conference. “These SMEs will conduct business as usual despite the turbulence in the macroeconomy.” “This is the best option given the current force majeure,” Aria said. “Hopefully, we can continue business as usual soon.”Amartha provides an insurance option for lenders to SMEs through its app. If the borrower cannot repay the loan, the insurance will cover 75 percent of the outstanding debt.Amartha has disbursed Rp 2.3 trillion (US$140 million) in loans to 490,000 borrowers with a 0.5 percent non-performing loan (NPL) rate.Another P2P lender, Crowdo said it used artificial intelligence to determine risk and provide lenders with more comprehensive information about borrowers’ businesses.The fintech system classifies businesses’ risk exposure to COVID-19. It classifies hotels and restaurants as high-risk. It also explains potential risks in business factsheets. “We have yet to see a significant change in our business,” said Crowdo Indonesia commercial officer chief Ikram Jeihan in a written statement. “The loan payment due date is still on schedule.”Crowdo has funded 5,000 projects in Indonesia and has an NPL ratio of 1.89 percent.Modalku has also implemented risk-mitigating measures such as tighter selection criteria for new and existing SMEs that want to raise funds through the fintech company.Modalku said it would examine food and beverage businesses, the travel sector and cross-border trade in evaluating loan applications since those businesses were the most affected by the pandemic.“We will also adjust each borrower’s loan limit and terms depending on their business profile to mitigate the effect of the spread of COVID-19,” Modalku co-founder and CEO Reynold Wijaya said on Tuesday.Modalku offers loans of up to Rp 2 billion to SMEs without a collateral requirement. The company also operates in Malaysia and Singapore under the name Funding Societies. As of March, it had disbursed a total of Rp 13 trillion in business loans in the three countries.According to the Financial Services Authority (OJK), fintech lending had grown 225.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 95.4 trillion in February. P2P lending contributed Rp 60 trillion to the Indonesian economy last year, mainly by enabling wider financial inclusion of SMEs.Topics : Aria said that Indonesia had faced many crises but that people continued to buy daily necessities, which are often provided by SMEs.He added that SME entrepreneurs were resilient because their businesses were often the main source of their income and they needed to keep working in order to survive. “Some of them are producing clothes, but since they are not selling well during the outbreak, they can switch to selling tempeh the next day to have an income,” he said.He added that Amartha would not disburse or collect loans until April 6 to comply with government’s social distancing policy. Afterwards, the company would resume collecting payments only from the leaders of borrowing groups so borrowers could repay their loans with less physical contact.The fintech company disburses loans and collects repayments at a biweekly group meeting. However, since the government has urged people to stay at home, Amartha has decided to suspend its on-field activities.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku defends David De Gea after latest mistake against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Apr 2019 1:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Solskjaer: De Gea is not the reason we’re in sixth placeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:21FullscreenSolskjaer: De Gea is not the reason we’re in sixth place is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United ready to trigger Jan Oblak’s release clause to replace David De Gea / Read More Coming Next Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku is confident David De Gea can bounce back (Picture: Getty)Romelu Lukaku has tipped David De Gea to turn his form around after the goalkeeper’s latest costly error in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.De Gea has produced uncharacteristic mistakes against Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City in recent weeks and was also partly to blame as United conceded to West Ham, Wolves and Everton.The Spaniard is heading into the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford and many believe his mind may be elsewhere which would explain a drastic decline in form.Reports suggest United are even ready to trigger Jan Oblak’s €120million (£104m) release clause at Atletico Madrid as they prepare to cash in on De Gea this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Full Screen Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More by Metro Top articles Skip Ad Read More Romelu Lukaku defends David De Gea after latest mistake against Chelsea Video Settings More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Lukaku admits De Gea is going through a ‘difficult’ spell, the Belgian is confident his team-mate can bounce back stronger just as he did at the start of his United career.‘He’s a really positive person. He’s the been the best player at the club since when? Seven or eight years, consistently,’ Lukaku said.‘I don’t think we should discredit him like that and suddenly say he’s a bad goalkeeper. He’s saved us so many times this season.‘It happens to strikers, it happens to midfielders and now it’s happening to him. Skip PLAY De Gea was at fault for Alonso’s equaliser against United (Picture: Getty)‘He has to learn from it. Goalkeepers always have a spell when its might be difficult.‘He has to continue working hard. You just work and play. I don’t know how goalkeepers get through it, but he works hard every single day.‘We’re here to support him. He’s strong. Mentally he’s really, really strong or else he wouldn’t have been the best player at the club for seven or eight years. There’s no doubting his ability.‘He had a bad time at the start of his United career as I remember and he was just a kid then, but came through it.’ Lukaku is interested in a move to Italy (Picture: Getty)Lukaku’s future has also been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks after the striker admitted that he’s keen to play in Italy.The Belgium international made no secret of his Serie A ‘dreams’ and refused to rule out a move away from United this summer.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Me? I don’t know, I’m not here to entertain rumours. I’m still under contract,’ Lukaku said.Antonio Conte will reportedly ask United about Lukaku should he take over from Luciano Spalletti as Inter Milan manager at the end of the season. Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Frank Recruitment Group to Establish New Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creation of 250 Jobs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 31, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Frank Recruitment Group leadership to celebrate that the company, a technology-focused employee recruitment business, has established its new regional headquarters in Philadelphia. The facility will result in the creation of 250 jobs.“Frank Recruitment Group’s decision to establish their new regional headquarters in Philadelphia speaks to both the strategic location of the area and the quality workforce available,” said Governor Wolf. “The great institutions of higher learning in the Philadelphia region offers an impressive talent pool to companies like Frank Recruitment Group. I wish them success as they continue to invest in the state and our stellar workforce.”Frank Recruitment Group has expanded its East Coast footprint through the lease of a 21,300-square-foot office to serve as a new regional headquarters. The office is located at 1801 Market Street in the heart of Philadelphia’s Central Business District. The company will make a total capital investment of $1.8 million in the project and has also committed to the creation of 250 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.James Lloyd-Townshend, CEO of Frank Recruitment Group, said of the expansion to Philadelphia: “Frank Recruitment Group is growing at an exceptional rate with nine worldwide locations. The addition of our Philadelphia office allows us to grow our North American business further with the addition of another 250 employees to our global headcount, with over 100 of these employees already working from our Philadelphia office. Philadelphia is a fantastic city with a large pool of candidates from excellent universities, which will enable us to continue our growth strategy, while creating career opportunities in the center of Philadelphia.”Frank Recruitment Group received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $350,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $500,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.“Today’s tour of Frank Recruitment Group and accompanying roundtable discussion were an excellent opportunity to showcase Philadelphia’s ongoing business development efforts to Governor Wolf,” said Duane Bumb, Senior Deputy Commerce Director for Business Development. “Staff from the City’s Department of Commerce often partner with the Governor’s Action Team to attract new companies to Philadelphia. Frank Recruitment Group’s decision to open an office here is one of many great examples of what can be accomplished when we work together to show businesses across the U.S. and the world what Pennsylvania has to offer.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department.Frank Recruitment Group operates from strategic hub locations and satellite offices based in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.For more information, visit or for career opportunities visit careers.frankgroup.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Wolf Announces Frank Recruitment Group to Establish New Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creation of 250 Jobslast_img read more

RPMI joins with PGGM, CalSTRS to vote against Oracle board

first_img“This is not a situation any board should ignore, even taking into account the advisory nature of the pay resolution, as it is clearly a request for change by shareholders.”The letter continued that there had been “no substantial changes” in Oracle’s compensation structure since, and that the board was therefore failing in its duty to shareholders.“It’s an unusual step for us to be voting against the entire board, but we feel the board needs to take collective responsibility for its lack of action.”Deborah Gilshan, RPMIAs a result, the three investors said they would withhold their support for the current board at the annual general meeting on 31 October.“Consistent with this view,” they added, ”we further consider it is in the best interests of our beneficiaries to support the shareholder proposal seeking the appointment of an independent chairman to the board and to vote against the advisory vote on pay.”The letter also noted that concerns were not merely limited to executive pay, but that it extended to “wider issues of proper board accountability”.Gilshan told IPE it was an unusual step for RPMI to be acting so publicly, but that it was “a signal of the severity of our concerns in this case”.“We feel we’ve undertaken our responsibility as shareholders to vote, engage and to write to the company with our concerns,” she said.“We’ve tried to engage with the compensation committee, and they weren’t able to meet with us to hear our concern.”She added: “It’s an unusual step, as well, for us to be voting against the entire board, but we feel the board needs to take collective responsibility for its lack of action.”Jackson, corporate governance adviser at PGGM, went so far as to call their objections to the board “unprecedented” and said repeated attempts were made to raise the investor group’s concerns over the lack of performance vesting targets in incentive awards, as well as the discretion granted to Oracle’s compensation committee.“We have chosen to address all shareholders’ directly,” she said, referencing the letter filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, “in favour of attending the annual shareholders’ meeting, as we feel this is a more effective way of having our concerns heard.”She added: “If our concerns aren’t heard during tonight’s AGM, we will consider all our options.”Gilshan would not be drawn on the potential outcome of the vote, which will be known following today’s AGM in California.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLetter to Oracle shareholders, as released by the US Securities and Exchange Commission The £20bn (€23.3bn) RPMI is set to vote against the entire board of California-based technology company Oracle Corporation in a dispute over executive pay and board accountability.Joined by €140bn Dutch pension manager PGGM and the $172bn (€125bn) California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the UK’s RPMI decided on the “unusual” step, according to its corporate governance counsel Deborah Gilshan, after the firm’s compensation committee failed to engage with its concerns.In a letter co-signed by Gilshan and her PGGM and CalSTRS counterparts Catherine Jackson and Anne Sheehan, the pension managers asked fellow Oracle shareholders to consider in whose interest the company’s board was acting after it ignored an attempt to get last year’s executive remuneration package approved by a majority.The letter noted: “At the 2012 annual shareholders’ meeting, the advisory vote on pay not only failed to receive a majority vote in support, but, by our calculations, 86% of independent shareholders voted against the resolution.last_img read more

Hermes Real Estate enters £800m Manchester redevelopment JV

first_imgHermes’s development arm, Argent, however, will not be involved in the project.The developer, which Hermes bought in 1997, is currently working on the mixed-use King’s Cross development.Chris Taylor, chief executive at Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, compared NOMA’s attributes with the King’s Cross scheme and Birmingham’s Paradise Circus.He said: “This is consistent with our UK strategy of investing in commanding sites within major urban areas.”The joint venture is the latest evidence of growing interest from institutional investors in regional UK property markets.Taylor said Hermes was attracted to areas benefiting from “improved infrastructure, regeneration, enhanced public realm and proximity to major retail and leisure facilities”.Late last year, Hermes sold a 50% stake in a £270m Milton Keynes shopping centre on behalf of the BT Pension Scheme, which had owned the 1.3m sq ft asset for nearly 40 years. Hermes Real Estate is teaming up with The Co-operative Group on the UK’s biggest regional redevelopment project, the mixed-use NOMA scheme in Manchester.The Co-Op and Hermes, the asset manager wholly owned by the BT Pension Scheme, will be equal partners in the £800m (€967m) joint venture.An initial agreement is expected next month.The 10-year project will see 20 acres of land developed in the centre of the city.last_img read more

Queensland parents turn to home lottery to get children into property market

first_imgThey come fully furnished with more than $277,000 worth of products. MORE NEWS: Inside Ellen’s $34m beachfront compound The RSL Art Union’s latest prize homes are on Sundowner Court in Mermaid Waters.TWINS Addison and Indiana Knight love the idea of living in matching houses next door to each other.It sounds like a children’s fantasy but it could become a reality if their parents Sheree and Aaron picked a winning ticket in the RSL Art Union’s latest prize home lottery.The Deagon couple bought two tickets — one each for the girls — for the two waterfront villas at Mermaid Waters.Mrs Knight said parents were always thinking of ways to best set their kids up and this was a simple and optimistic gesture to help their daughters get into the property market. Addison and Indiana Knight, 7, are among the thousands of people hoping to win the Mermaid Waters prize homes.center_img There are two neighbouring properties in the prize package.“Both my husband and I realise it’s getting harder and harder for younger generations to get their foot in the door, we thought what better way than to spend $5 on a ticket,” she said.“All we want is the best for our children.”As the RSL Art Union sells about 2.5 million tickets in each lottery and about 350,000 people play, the Knights know winning is a long shot.But as the age-old saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it.The couple have explained the idea to Addi and Indi but Mrs Knight said the girls haven’t quite grasped the magnitude of it, especially what it would mean if they won.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“They’re not quite 8-years-old yet so it’s all above their heads a bit,” she said.“But they love the idea of having two houses and living next door to your best friend.“I guess it’s all a bit of a fantasy for them.”She said they had a few ideas in mind regarding what they would do if they won the homes.“Ideally it would be to hand them over to the girls when they’re older,” Mrs Knight said. MORE NEWS: This apartment probably earns more than you The draw closes on July 16.“I think it would be something we would hold onto and rent them out.”The identical Sundowner Court villas are three stories and each have four bedrooms, a waterfront pool, alfresco area with built-in barbecue and rooftop terrace.RSL Art Union property and prize specialist Lisa Roy said the homes were fully furnished with more than $277,000 worth of designer furniture and electrical appliances.“Each villa has been professionally styled to make the most of its generous internal space and breathtaking views of the Gold Coast’s enviable waterways,” she said.“They exude a modern luxe design with premium touches such as polished concrete floors, glass handrails and sleek finishes throughout.”They are worth $3.7 million and could both be rented out for about $156,000 per year.The draw closes on Tuesday, July 16, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 24.All funds from ticket sales go directly to RSL Queensland to fund services for veterans and their families.last_img read more

Team Nigeria ‘s Ruth Usoro Gets Tokyo 2020 Boost

first_imgThe hope of Nigeria winning laurels at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics got a boost yesterday with the Minister of Sports and Youth Development Mr Sunday Dare Adopt a Talent initiate yielding result.According to a statement by Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, John Joshua -Akanji said another would-be Olympian has been ‘adopted’ by a businessman under the ‘Adopt-an-Athlete’ initiative being promoted, by Mr. Dare.The Chairman of Dakinda Football for Every Home Limited, Mr. Emmanuel Akpakwu, yesterday signed an agreement to pay $20,000 (about N7.2 million) towards the preparation and participation of Ruth Usoro at the upcoming Olympics. Ruth Usoro The documents were signed in the minister’s office at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.Usoro is an overseas-based track and field athlete that has won medals in 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump events across the globe. The money donated is to ensure she is in top shape for the Olympics scheduled for 24 July to 9 August.In appreciation, the minister said : “On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, I thank you for choosing to assist in the development of the Nigerian sports industry by adopting our budding athlete Ms Ruth Usoro.“We commend your contributions, as this is the right time move by making your support available as Team Nigeria embark on the voyage of Tokyo 2020 Olympics to strive to make Nigeria proud.”According to records, 14 athletes have been adopted by various organisations and individuals in support of the Minister’s initiative.Meanwhile,the Sports Ministry has declared that Team Nigeria is the adopted name for athletes representing the country at any sports event,even as only the Ministry can pick athletes for competitions.According to a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Gabriel Aduda,the Ministry frowns at anyone or group that may want to factionalize or hijack Nigerian sports for selfish interest. Only Team Nigeria is recognized and qualified to represent Nigeria at sports meets .Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more