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Study shows parasite spread by cats threatens Quebecs endangered belugas

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first_imgMONTREAL – Endangered beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River already facing plenty of adversity now have an unlikely foe to contend with — the common house cat.A new study suggests the belugas are being increasingly infected with a parasite known as toxoplasma gondii, transmitted through the feces of cats.Stephane Lair, a professor of veterinary medicine at the Universite de Montreal and one of the study’s authors, said of 34 beluga whale carcasses examined between 2009 and 2012, 44 per cent were found to be infected with the parasite.“It doesn’t mean they died of this parasite. It means there was a presence either in their heart or their brain,” Lair said on Monday. “And we know that it’s a parasite that can kill belugas, so its presence can have an impact on their lives.”Toxoplasmosis — the disease caused by the parasite — is increasingly prevalent in a wide range of marine mammals. It is spread by wild and domesticated cats, which contract it by eating rodents. In marine mammals, it may cause neurological problems and behavioural change.“Marine animals in North America have been in contact with this parasite for thousands of years,” Lair said. In 2014, the cat parasite was found in Arctic belugas, likely spread by wild cats such as lynx, bobcat and cougars.“The big difference in the last few centuries is the introduction of domestic cats — a new definitive host for the parasite that probably has contributed to an increase in the amount of toxoplasma those mammals are exposed to,” the veterinarian said.Toxoplasmosis is associated with mortality in marine animals all over the world. Lair pointed to the example of the endangered monk seals of Hawaii, 11 of which have died from the disease since 2001.In the past 30 years, seven St. Lawrence beluga deaths have been linked to the parasite. But there are other effects that need further study.“In a lot of species, there’s a big question about the sub-lethal effect of that parasite — it means that it might not necessarily kill the animal … but when present, it can have a health impact that’s not always detectable,” Lair said.At last count, about 900 belugas lived in the St. Lawrence estuary.As for dealing with the problem, Lair said keeping domestic cats indoors prevents them from eating infected prey.Also, ensuring cat feces is not flushed down the toilet would reduce parasite levels in the water.“The parasite is quite resistant, it would survive all the different (sewage) treatments and end up in the estuary,” Lair said.The research was published in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms last month.last_img read more

Barbra Streisand Inspired By Bill Clinton

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first_imgBarbra Streisand has put her name to an email sent to supporters of the Clinton Foundation.“It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of President Clinton,” she wrote. “His unwavering commitment to helping people build a better future for themselves and their families has never ceased to amaze and inspire me.“I am proud to support the work of his Foundation – fighting climate change; giving individuals and communities the chance to succeed; improving access to lifesaving medication in developing countries; and most recently, with the launch of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, promoting health and wellness across all generations in the United States.“Giving people access to the education, tools, and resources they need to live long and productive lives is an issue that is near and dear to me. It’s why, through my own foundation, I am hoping to turn the tide on women’s heart disease by investing in woman-focused treatment and research. And it is one of the many reasons why I support the Clinton Foundation and am thrilled to learn of the new Health Matters Initiative.“Through this latest effort, President Clinton is bringing the same convening power, innovative approach, and sustainable solutions to the issue of health and wellness that he brings to all of the issues he works on.“The Clinton Foundation doesn’t just create a temporary solution, it fundamentally alters the way we approach the biggest challenges of our world, triggering change that helps millions of people build a better future.“Please join me in supporting the Clinton Foundation and help continue to build President Clinton’s vision of a better world with a gift to the Clinton Foundation.”last_img read more

Ethiopian Airlines chief questions Max training requirements

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The chief of Ethiopian Airlines says the warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max aircraft may not have been enough following the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people.Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that after the Lion Air crash off Indonesia in October, the U.S. “FAA and Boeing came up with contents that we incorporated in our working manuals and also briefed all our pilots. But today we believe that might not have been enough.”He said Boeing’s planned software update for the Max must “address the problem 100 per cent before we return the aircraft to air.”The cause of both the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air accidents hasn’t been determined, but regulators say both planes had similar erratic flight paths.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Iraq UN envoy to consult with Saudi leaders

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Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, who has already held consultations with a full spectrum of Iraqi representatives in Baghdad as well as making four trips to various parts of the country, intends to visit other neighbouring capitals in due course.He is expected to brief the Security Council in New York on 22 of July on his mission, which was mandated by a Security Council resolution at the end of May.The tasks entrusted to him by the resolution include “working intensively with the Authority (the United States and its partners), the people of Iraq, and others concerned to advance efforts to restore and establish national and local institutions for representative governance, including by working together to facilitate a process leading to an internationally recognized, representative government of Iraq.” read more

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Injured Again Derrick Rose Is In Uncharted Territory

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Mark Jackson28.012.0-16.049.9 Landry Fields11.3-0.4-11.7Active Tyrus Thomas8.7-1.5-10.2Active Eddie Griffin10.9-0.3-11.20.0 Derrick Rose25.90.9-25.0Active LaPhonso Ellis19.83.8-16.13.3 Chris Paul54.537.3-17.1Active Darius Miles10.7-1.4-12.10.1 Sam Bowie21.02.7-18.311.2 Jay Vincent14.34.0-10.2-2.3 Andris Biedrins12.82.8-10.0-0.2 John Long6.6-3.0-9.6-1.1 Shaquille O’Neal46.034.8-11.2106.3 Phil Ford14.3-0.3-14.60.0 Kerry Kittles21.15.6-15.517.5 Norm Nixon20.98.0-12.83.4 David Thompson26.810.0-16.82.5 Ron Brewer10.4-1.6-12.0-4.8 Willie Anderson17.15.7-11.53.7 Dudley Bradley12.01.1-10.97.0 WAR, AGES 24-26WAR, AGE 27+ Reggie King16.76.4-10.3-0.7 Eric Money8.2-1.9-10.10.0 Clark Kellogg20.91.1-19.80.0 Tyrone Nesby15.71.0-14.70.0 Bill Garnett11.20.9-10.30.0 Rajon Rondo25.415.1-10.3Active Rik Smits12.71.9-10.823.9 PLAYERPREDICTEDACTUALDIFF Brevin Knight19.14.8-14.310.2 Back in March 2011, I wrote a column for The New York Times about how, statistically speaking, Derrick Rose didn’t deserve to win the NBA’s MVP award over Chris Paul (and others).The reaction from Chicago Bulls fans was — how can I put this? — not positive. But in the process of researching Rose and watching him closely, I grew to appreciate him more and more as a player, to the point that he became one of my favorite players to watch in all of basketball.1I even had a framed photograph of him on the wall of my old office at Sports Reference. In other words, sometimes contemptuous feedback breeds familiarity with — and even fondness for — a player. (I confess that a similar phenomenon is taking place for me now, with Andrew Wiggins.)That’s why it was so disheartening to see Rose suffer yet another devastating injury Tuesday night, this time a torn meniscus in the same knee that he injured early in the 2013-14 season. While the severity is still unknown, as is the course of action that Rose’s doctors will pursue, this latest setback could be Rose’s fourth season-ending injury in as many seasons. It’s a string of bad breaks that shouldn’t befall any athlete, much less one who ranked among his sport’s most exciting before injuries struck.Purely from a basketball perspective, the Bulls are probably more equipped to handle Rose’s absence now than at any point in the past four years. While Rose’s season started with promise, his play has largely been uneven; for the year, he ranks 33rd among point guards in Real Plus-Minus and 165th overall.2He ranked 20th overall during his best season, 2011-12.The bigger question concerns whether Rose can overcome another misfortune to contribute meaningfully in the future. And in that regard, he’s in uncharted territory by the standards of NBA history.Through age 233For all ages in this post, I’m referring to Basketball-Reference.com’s convention of listing a player’s age on Feb. 1 of the season in question. (for Rose, the 2011-12 season), the Bulls guard had generated 26.1 wins above replacement (WAR), a total that ranks 32nd among all NBA players since the 1977 ABA-NBA merger. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James is the 23-and-under leader over that span, with 82.2 WAR. But plenty of great players — from Adrian Dantley to Shawn Kemp and Shareef Abdur-Rahim — also had fewer WAR than Rose through the same age.Based on his average yearly performance through age 23,4Adjusted for aging effects. it would have been fair to expect about 26 more WAR from Rose between the ages of 24 and 26.5Using a historical regression between average age-adjusted WAR per year through age 23 and total WAR between the ages of 24 and 26. However, Rose produced just 0.9 WAR between his lost 2012-13 and the current 2014-15 season. Through no fault of Rose’s own, that 25 WAR shortfall was the largest of any player in the sample I examined, a tangible measure of just how much was lost over the past three years. Eric Gordon11.72.0-9.7Active And Rose’s peers at the top of the shortfall list show what uncharted comeback territory he’s in. Big man Sam Bowie, now known mostly for being drafted one pick ahead of Michael Jordan, returned to post 11.2 WAR after missing his entire age-26 season with a stress fracture but wasn’t anywhere near as effective as he’d been in his first two seasons. And Bowie is the success story of the group.Clark Kellogg undershot his projected age 24-26 WAR by 19.8, retiring four games into his age-25 season after a trio of knee surgeries. David Thompson’s issues with injuries and substance abuse caused him to undershoot his expected age 24-26 WAR by 16.8 and then generate only 2.5 WAR from age 27 onward. John “Hot Plate” Williams succumbed to injuries and struggled to control his weight, producing -0.8 WAR after age 26. And LaPhonso Ellis was never the same player following a knee injury suffered early in his age-24 season.Most of these cautionary tales are at most only tangentially similar to Rose’s injury travails, but they do underscore just how rare it is for a player to return to productivity after a spell of lost prime seasons, even if — like Rose — they’d shown tremendous promise as young players. John Williams18.31.8-16.4-0.8 read more

Ohio State volleyball looks to get back on track against Iowa No

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Then-junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) jumps up for a spike during an exhibition match against Polish Team on Sept. 4, 2013 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter being swept in its first two Big Ten games of the season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking for redemption this weekend.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Iowa (8-5, 0-2) and No. 8 Nebraska (8-3, 2-0) in back-to-back road games before opening home Big Ten play at St. John Arena.Coach Geoff Carlston said OSU won’t overlook the Hawkeyes as he expects Iowa to play hard for first-year head coach Bond Shymansky, who returned to his alma mater after spending five seasons at Marquette and seven at Georgia Tech. In his 12 seasons of coaching, he has taken his programs to NCAA tournament six times.“Whenever you have a new staff, that first year is always dangerous because the players come in highly motivated,” Carlston said. “Iowa’s always been good (at their place).”While the Buckeyes (9-5, 0-2) are slated to also face the Hawkeyes in Columbus on Nov. 19, their only match of the season against the Cornhuskers is this weekend.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said, there is more motivation to beat the Cornhuskers this week than there normally would be.“It does add (meaning because) we don’t get to play them again,” Richardson said.Like OSU, Nebraska will be coming off a match Friday, so each team will have one day’s rest. The Cornhuskers’ three losses this season have all come to ranked teams: No. 2 Texas, then-No. 3 Stanford and then-No. 13 Florida State.Coming off a weekend where the Buckeyes were dominated 3-0 by Wisconsin, sophomore defensive specialist Valeria León said she believes if basic mistakes are corrected, then the team has a chance to win.“(We need to) stop their runs, communicate all the time and (bring) more consistency,” she said.The Buckeyes will likely welcome back sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, who has been away from the team for two weeks because of illness. However, they could be without sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall this weekend, as she was not in uniform during Wednesday’s practice and had tape on her left ankle.The Buckeyes are set to return home after being away for four weekends, beginning with a game against No. 16 Illinois (11-3, 3-0) Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. read more

Bietigheim sign Partizans goalkeeper Radovanovic

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bietigheimBundesligamihailo radovanovicpartizan belgradPartizan Beogradsg bbm bietigheim The newly-promoted Bundesliga club, SG BBM Bietigheim, have signed the young prospect, 21-year old Serbian Mihailo Radovanovic. He has been playing for Partizan since 2009, and have signed a three-year contract with Bietigheim. Timo Schon, Bietigheim’s general manager have underlined that Mihailo is one of the best GK talents, and that the club is very pleased to have him sign. Radovanovic said that this is “the most important step in my career”.source: sgbbm.de ← Previous Story Fernando Barbeito new Puente Genil coach Next Story → Brasil and Argentina to Qatar 2015!

Gaz de schiste Hulot et Joly manifestent contre la modification du projet

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first_imgGaz de schiste : Hulot et Joly manifestent contre la modification du projet de loiDes centaines de manifestants ont défilé aujourd’hui jusqu’à l’Assemblée pour revendiquer l’interdiction totale du gaz de schiste alors que la proposition de loi sera examinée ce soir. Les écologistes Nicolas Hulot et Eva Joly étaient présents sur place pour apporter leur soutien. Alors que la proposition de loi  sur le gaz de schiste doit être examinée dans la soirée par l’Assemblée, des centaines de manifestants ont revendiqué leur volonté d’opérer à une interdiction totale de son exploitation. Parmi eux, le chef du mouvement contestataire anti-gaz de schiste José Bové et  les deux candidats écologistes Nicolas Hulot et Eva Joly. “Sur les gaz de schiste, grâce au mouvement citoyen, il y a plus qu’une prise de conscience, il y a une vraie mobilisation qui va au-delà des clivages politiques : l’écologie devient une évidence”, a déclaré  Nicolas Hulot aux journalistes. À lire aussiGaz de schiste : les opposants entendent poursuivre la lutteCinq mois sont passés depuis le début des revendications. Aujourd’hui, l’examen de la proposition de loi UMP pourrait marquer un tournant décisif dans le mouvement de contestation. Le texte du député de Seine-et-Marne Christian Jacob a été élaboré au “nom du principe de précaution” et a été approuvé par le gouvernement. Celui-ci interdit toute exploration et l’exploitation des “hydrocarbures liquides ou gazeux” par “des forages suivis de fracturation hydraulique de la roche”. Une technique vivement critiquée par les militants écologistes en raison de la contamination des nappes phréatiques liée à l’injection dans la roche de grandes quantités d’eau et de produits chimiques.Les manifestants dénoncent toutefois la modification de l’article 2 de la loi sur l’annulation des permis déjà octroyés. L’article corrigé permet notamment aux entreprises de continuer leur activité si celle-ci ne recourt pas à la fracturation hydraulique. “On demande aux entreprises d’envoyer une belle lettre au ministère de l’Energie en lui disant quelles vont être les techniques employées. S’ils n’emploient pas le mot +fracturation hydraulique+, leurs permis vont continuer”, a dénoncé José Bové.Le texte qui au départ avait emporté l’unanimité ne devrait pas bénéficier cette fois-ci des voix de la gauche. L’ensemble du projet de loi sera voté mercredi par les députés avant l’examen au Sénat prévu pour le 1er juin.Le 10 mai 2011 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

29th Annual Salute to Teachers starts tonight at Balboa Theater

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first_img Posted: September 7, 2019 Updated: 3:18 PM KUSI Newsroom, September 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Office of Education and Cox Communications will present the 46th annual San Diego County Teacher of the Year Awards Saturday to the five-best teachers in the county.The awards will be presented during Cox’s 29th annual “Salute to Teachers” gala at the Balboa Theatre. In addition to the Teacher of the Year presentation, the event will feature performances by students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Patrick Henry and Poway high schools and the Infinity Dance and Performing Arts school.The Teacher of the Year nominees include teachers from all 42 school districts throughout the county. The five presented with Teacher of the Year awards will go on to represent the county and compete in the state’s Teacher of the Year competition.San Diego County Credit Union will serve as the event’s presenting sponsor.“SDCCU is proud to support this outstanding awards event and celebrate the phenomenal work of teachers and educators making a difference in our community,” SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell said. “Teachers are critical in shaping the future of today’s youth and we applaud each of the nominees for the work they do each day to give students the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to succeed.”Tickets to the event can be purchased for $15.50 at sandiegotheatres.org/a-salute-to-teachers. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Cox’s YurView station. “A Salute to Teachers” is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 29th Annual “Salute to Teachers” starts tonight at Balboa Theaterlast_img read more

Womenonly swim hot topic at Tukwila city pool

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first_imgSEATTLE — More than 40 people attended a meeting of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District to urge commissioners to keep separate swim times for men and women.Some told commissioners last week women need separation for religious reasons.Few men attend the gender-specific swim that was established last summer, but about 30 women use the pool for a 90-minute female-only swim on Sundays.A woman who was unable to accompany her 11-year-old son filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission. It ruled last week there was no gender discrimination, since the pool offers times for both men and women.The Seattle Times reports the ruling affected only Tukwila, but it raises questions for other pools that have women-only swim times. Eight pools in King County have women-only swims.last_img read more

Kangaroo rounds out its simple security system at CES 2019

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first_img Smart Home CES Products Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Kangaroo still wants to keep smart home security simple, but maybe not quite as simple as before. It launched last year with a motion sensor. At CES 2019, it’s expanded its lineup to include a climate sensor, a door sensor, a keypad siren, a doorbell cam and an indoor cam. All will launch later this year and maintain the company’s goal of being affordable and easy to setup.The open/close sensor simply adds a magnet to the motion sensor so it knows if your door is open while still sensing motion. The climate sensor gauges temp and humidity. You can also put it on the floor and it’ll watch for leaks. Both of these new additions will cost $30 like the original motion sensor and they all connect directly to your Wi-Fi router. The sensors are battery powered and last between 8 months and a year before you’ll need to swap in new AAs.The keypad siren will cost $60 and comes with two RFID tags to arm and disarm the system. It can also act as a Bluetooth hub for your other sensors and extend their battery life since Bluetooth signals take less power to send than Wi-Fi.All of these will launch this spring. Kangaroo showed off a doorbell cam and an indoor cam too, but didn’t offer any details, as they won’t launch until later in the summer.The original sensors cost $1 a month for basic app functionality, but Kangaroo will no longer charge for push notifications. You can also customize the hours during which sensors will send notifications and they’re supposedly smart enough to ignore pets. Professional monitoring is still nicely affordable at $60 a year or $9 a month. Since each piece supposedly only takes a moment to sync to your Wi-Fi, Kangaroo could be a good option for simple security, and the new pieces will help the system watch what you want.  CES 2019 CNET Smart Home CES 2019: Every story so far: It’s the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Post a comment Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 0last_img read more

Rep Youngs Wolf Comments Raises Eyebrows

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first_imgOn the other side of the Capitol, Alaska Congressman Don Young attended the only other congressional hearing on this snowy day in Washington, and he created a stir with a comment about homeless people.Download AudioInterior Secretary Sally Jewell was defending her budget to the House Natural Resources Committee. Young is no fan of Jewell, but he actually supported her department’s 2011 decision to delist the grey wolf from the endangered species list. Instead, Young turned his ire on Congress members who asked Jewell not to delist.“The grey wolf in fact is a predator which is killing the cloven-hoof animals. And we’ve got 79 Congressmen sending you a letter,” Young said. “Haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district. I’d like to introduce them in your district. I introduce them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”In a written statement afterward, Young said he was employing analogy and hyperbole to point out that wolves are a problem for communities that have them. “If you misunderstood my comments,” Young said in the statement is office put out, “just imagine the impact a healthy wolf population would have on your own town, community, or congressional district.”last_img read more

The Undertaker to team up with Roman Reigns Why this could be

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first_imgThe match has been announcedTwitter/WWEWWE fans were in for a great surprise when The Undertaker made an appearance on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw. His intervention came when Shane McMahon was in the course of brutally attacking Roman Reigns. Just when the junior McMahon was ready to launch into his coast-to-coast move, the bell tolled and the lights went off. When they came back on, The Deadman was in the ring and proceeded to punish both Shane O’ Mac and his henchman Drew McIntyre.So, what did this mean? Well, a comment from Michael Cole while Undertaker was in the process of throwing Shane out of the ring suggested that we might see the two men reviving their feud that led to their Wrestlemania 32 match. Cole mentioned the “history between these two,” and since commentators don’t make random comments but those which are related to the storyline, we were certain to see a fall out from this event in the future. And it was announced that the tag-team of Undertaker and Roman Reigns will be taking on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre at WWE Extreme Rules. But then, what about the fact that Undertaker’s last performance in the ring was quite disappointing and the fact that he has been looking well past his sell by date? This is where the presence of Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre in the ring may come into play. Taker might be too old to carry a match all by his own. So, getting him involved in a tag-team match as a partner of Reigns could be a smart idea. A tag-team match is the best way to utilise The UndertakerTwitter/WWEWhile he may not be the most popular wrestler, the Big Dog is certainly one of the best performers. When he is the tag-team partner of The Phenom, he could do all the heavy lifting and make the match interesting while giving Undertaker enough time to show off his signature moves but not so much that he would tire himself. On the other side, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre will ensure that Reigns gets good support from the other side.Getting Taker to team up with Roman might be the best idea WWE has had in a long time. The athleticism of Reigns and the aura of Taker might indeed be a recipe for success.last_img read more

INSIDE A TRUMP RALLY What are Black Trump Supporters Thinking

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first_imgBy Lee Eric Smith, Tri-State Defender MemphisYouTube Video: YouTube.com/watch?v=vK7wj3XAPIQ By now, no one should be surprised that Kanye West is a fan of President Donald Trump. It’s been months since he first posted a selfie wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, so the surprise should be gone.And yet, there we were again Monday morning, talking about West and his red baseball cap after his appearance on Saturday Night Live and his most recent remarks about repealing the 13th Amendment.But for many African Americans, the deeper question for West – or for anyone with melanin in their skin – is why.Why do you support Trump, given his offensive remarks, his silence on white nationalism, his rollbacks of Obama-era policies? What makes an African American put on a MAGA hat?What in the world are these black folk thinking?(Courtesy Photo/NNPA)When I found out Trump would be at the Landers Center campaigning for Mississippi Senate hopeful Cindy Hyde-Smith, I decided to go find some African American Trump supporters and ask.And that’s how, in an election season punctuated by a bitter Senate battle for the Supreme Court, I found myself strolling into a “Make America Great Again” rally on Tuesday afternoon.Here’s what I learned.Get that moneyNo surprise, traffic was a mess on Church Road, with traffic backed up as early as 3 p.m. if not earlier. It was while I was stuck in traffic that I first saw some black folk sporting Trump gear.They were selling it also.I saw at least three tents at that intersection, all staffed by African Americans displaying popular Trump-themed shirts. “Drain The Swamp!” and “Lock Her Up!” shirts were among the sure sellers.I was focused on parking and getting checked in, so I didn’t stop to talk to them. Plus, they looked busy. I’ll never know where they stand on Trump or his polices, but I couldn’t help believing that these vendors would be selling shirts regardless of the event.Whether it’s Trump 2020 or MLK50, the process is the same: put the design on the shirt, make the shirt, sell the shirt. Repeat. It’s just business.At the end of this sweaty October day, it was obvious that Trump represented a business opportunity for these entrepreneurs – and the hustle don’t stop for nobody. On this day at least, Donald Trump is simply good for business.Sights and soundsHere’s what you should understand about Donald Trump and his popularity in Red State America: Remember how America (or the world, for that matter) was captivated by Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama? Remember Rev. Jesse Jackson crying when Obama was elected and how you felt Obama was going to get America back on the right track after eight years of George W. Bush?Well, that’s how Trump supporters feel about him. And it was palpable from the moment I walked into the Landers Center.I didn’t feel threatened though – not as an African American or as a member of the “fake news media.”But it was hard to conduct interviews, what with the 80’s-heavy playlist that was blasting through the arena.. The playlist included plenty of Lionel Richie, a couple of songs by Michael Jackson, and Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music.” They even played the long album-version of Prince’s Purple Rain – minus the violins. It wasn’t as heavy on country music as one would expect.(Courtesy Photo/NNPA)If you’re carrying around an image of angry Trump voters, well there was no anger in the building. They were too happy to welcome their conquering hero.“A vote for Republicans is a vote for lower taxes, less regulation and more products made right here in the USA. It’s a vote to reduce crime. Respect law enforcement and restore the rule of law. It’s a vote for strong border safe communities and thriving families which you are.”— President Trump in Southaven.“It’s OK to make a profit”By 3:30 or so, after I’d gotten checked in and cleared by the Secret Service, I made my way to the media area. It wasn’t until then that I learned that news media were confined to a very small area on the floor of the Landers Center.  Despite me spotting a few specks of color in the then-sparse crowd, I was prohibited from leaving the media zone to go get interviews. That meant I had to wave people down and ask them to come chat with me.One of those people was Colin Richmond, a Memphis native and staunch Republican since 2000.“I’m here to let the president know that we love him. We support him. We’re praying for him,” said Richmond, 49. “And that he is delivering on the promises he made during the campaign. And we just want to let them know we’re here for him.”Like many Republicans, Richmond likes Trump’s pro-business policies.“I think a rising tide lifts all boats,” Richmond said. “And the President is for-all Americans –for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Latino Americans, he’s for all Americans.“I’m a business developer and employees, when they look at their paychecks, they’re looking at more money on the bottom lines,” he continued, referring to Trump’s tax cuts. “And I don’t care who you are, that has to that has to resonate with you.”Richmond’s positions have put him at odds with his parent’s generation. “I have a have an uncle who’s a radical Civil Rights activist. I love him dearly. He’s my mother’s brother. But he is sincerely wrong,” he said, without going into detail.“I never considered myself a minority but yeah, I was born to a single mother,” he added. “But at the same time, I learned that if I buy a widget for 50 cents and sell it for a dollar, I make a profit. It’s okay to make a profit. And I think a common misperception is that ‘profit’ is a dirty word.“President Trump is for unleashing the economic capabilities of this country.”“For years you watched as your leaders apologized for America. Now you have a president who is standing up for America. We are standing up for your values.”— Trump Values votersFor Michael Stewart, the choice to register as a Republican was pretty simple – and pretty straightforward.“Democrats weren’t representing my values the way I wanted them to,” said Michael Stewart of Memphis. “They’re for gay marriage, open border immigration, taking away gun rights . . . and I don’t support none of that. So Republicans lined up with my values a little bit more.”A few minutes later, I spoke with Rev. Manuel Donis, a pastor who lives in Olive Branch. He joined the GOP in 2016 to support Ben Carson, but when Carson’s bid ended, he switched.  As a preacher in the Bible Belt, Donis checks off the same boxes many other evangelical voters do.Rev. Manuel Donis“I believe in supporting Israel,” Donis said, wearing a MAGA hat and Trump T-shirt. “I also believe in Biblical marriage. And I’m pro-life.”So what is it about Trump that he thinks most black folk are missing?“They need to come, pay attention and have an open mind,” Donis said. “We’ve been close-minded. We believe one way and we just stay that way. I began to do research and broaden my mind to see the things that have been holding the black community back for years.“It’s time for a change,” Donis said. “We’ve been in this place for so long, it’s time to move on and do something different.”Donis thinks Trump is doing an “excellent job,” and believes that America’s booming economy will mean opportunity in the African American community – especially people with felony convictions.“That’s one of the things I’m concerned about is trying to help these men when they get back into society, is that they have a fair chance,” said Donis, a prison chaplain. “So I believe President Trump and his cabinet are going to make things happen to help men and women who are re-entering society to get a fair shake.”“A vote for … Mike Espy is a vote for Chuck Schumer. Nancy Pelosi. And the legendary low IQ person Maxine Waters.”— TrumpYouTube Video: YouTube.com/watch?v=nQIZ-7GkW5M No offense, but… Nobody I spoke with denied that Trump says (and tweets) some outlandish things. But it wasn’t enough to drive them away.“What drew me to Trump was his logical standpoint on politics and not getting caught up in being politically correct. He says it like it is, being blunt,” said Kidron Taylor, a 21-year-old from Batesville, Miss. “Yes, he says some rude, mean stuff sometimes, but when it comes down to the politics and his actions, it aligns more with what I believe in.”Taylor, who revealed he is biracial, is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and Trump’s immigration policy.“At the end of the day, I prefer someone who says stuff I don’t like sometimes and just say what’s on their mind than say, someone like Hillary (Clinton), who’ll say anything to make you feel good,” he said. “That’s someone I can trust more.”Stewart said that often African Americans are too sensitive, allowing emotions to override logic.“Blacks are more emotionally driven than by logic,” Stewart said. “Democrats pull on your emotional strings. I’m more driven by common sense. If it makes sense to me, then my logic is always going to overrule my emotions.”Which isn’t to say that there’s blind allegiance.“I don’t agree with everything he says,” Donis stressed. “But I like what he stands for. I’m a pastor, so those Biblical issues are very important to me. I can’t stand up in front of my congregation and say, ‘We need to be this way’ and then do something else. I’m not being truthful.” Where the ladies at?If you’re wondering whether there were any African American women there, the answer is yes. But remember, I was confined and couldn’t just walk up to the handful of sisters I saw in the crowd.I did flag down two University of Memphis students – one African American, one white – and neither were Trump supporters. At just 19, both said it was their first time coming “to anything political” and for them, it was more of an academic exercise.“I’m trying to be moderate and understand the way the right thinks and the way they interpret the things he’s going to say tonight,” said Tia Marshall, an African American sociology major.“I just wanted to see how different people interact with different beliefs and see where I stand on the political spectrum,” added Tristan Scarborough, an anthropology major. “And like the college students they are, they took notes. One of Marshall’s notes said “Holy Trump Water.”“There was one man outside who was selling ‘Holy Trump Water,’” she said. “He was saying that Trump had ‘blessed’ the water. I thought that was very interesting.”Both Marshall and Scarborough were too young to vote in 2016, but they’re all in for the 2018 midterms.“This is the future of our country,” Scarborough said. “This is us. We need to not rely on our parents’ views and start making our own.”“This is so important for our age group,” added Marshall. “This is going to be our country pretty soon and we need to make sure we have a voice in how our country is run.”last_img read more

Netflix Is Adding a New Fantasy Series from Matt Groening

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first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Futurama may be no more, and The Simpsons may never end, but Matt Groening isn’t done making adult cartoons. Netflix has ordered 20 episodes, across two seasons, of a new animated series for adults called Disenchantment. Looking at the show’s synopsis, you almost couldn’t ask for a better follow-up to Futurama. While that show explored Groening’s take on science fiction, Disenchantment will satirize the other side of the bookshelf: Fantasy.Disenchantment takes place in a failing medieval kingdom called Dreamland. A press release says the show will follow the adventures of the “hard-drinking young princess Bean,” her elf companion Elfo (ha!), and her personal demon Luci. The group will encounter all manner of fantasy creatures, including a lot of stupid humans.Groening says, “Ultimately, Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”That definitely sounds like a Groening series. The cast is also amazing. It stars Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, and Eric Andre. All three are incredibly funny, talented comedians and I’m excited to hear what they do when given Groening’s dialog. The cast is rounded out with veteran voice actors like John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille. That’s a lot of talent for one show. This could very well turn out to be the best-animated series on Netflix. (Sorry, Bojack.) Especially when you remember how well-animated Groening shows typically are. His shows still have some of the best facial acting and slapstick in adult animation.Though we wish Futurama could get renewed forever, Disenchantment sounds like a perfect follow-up. It’ll be fun to see Groening take on a new genre, and bring his wit and social commentary to an imagined past instead of an imagined future. Even with the genre switch, we’ll be glad to have another series from the master that shows us how to laugh “in a world of suffering and idiots.” That feels important.The first season of 10 episodes will hit Netflix sometime in 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geologists report that risks of big earthquakes may be underestimated

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first_img One such speaker is Susan Hough—she’s with the US Geological Survey. She reported to those in attendance that prior to the invention and implementation of seismometers, evidence of earthquakes could be found only through earlier anecdotal writings. But such records, she notes, tended to underestimate the size of the quakes being described. Suddenly, she says, after 1900, earthquakes started getting bigger.They didn’t get bigger of course, what she meant was that the size perception of earlier earthquakes had been underestimated—many might not be in the historical record at all. Part of the problem, she explained, was that until fairly recently, it was believed that all earthquakes of a certain large size, produced tsunami’s, which of course tend to show up in written records.The problem with relying on underestimated data, she also explained, is that it causes modern day planners to underestimate what is likely to happen in the future. She notes that one example was that of the Kamchatka quake that occurred in 1841 in Russia. The record shows it to have been an 8.3 magnitude quake, but closer scrutiny suggests that estimate was wrong—reports of a tsunami in Hawaii at the time, indicate it was almost certainly much stronger, perhaps as high as magnitude 9.2.Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey concurred, noting that people were taken almost completely by surprise when the Fukushima quake struck in 2011. But, looking back, it’s clear that one almost exactly like it struck in the same place back in the 9th century. He noted virtually the same thing can be said for the Haiti quake that struck in 2010.The overall point the geologists are trying to make is that it’s likely that the reported numbers and sizes of quakes described in the past are in error, and thus, using them as guides for the future is both risky and ill-advised as the lives of people in many at-risk areas may be depending on more accurate assessments. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Several geologists from around the world are presenting a case for missing or underreported earthquakes at this year’s American Geophysical Union Fall meeting being held in San Francisco. They suggest that faulty or missing data from before 1900 might be leading to underestimations of the numbers of big quakes to expect in the future. Explore further 6.5 magnitude quake off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Aerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Geologists report that risks of big earthquakes may be underestimated (2013, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-geologists-big-earthquakes-underestimated.html More information: fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Radio emission detected from a gammaray pulsar

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first_img Citation: Radio emission detected from a gamma-ray pulsar (2017, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-radio-emission-gamma-ray-pulsar.html © 2017 Phys.org Astronomers discover bubble-like structure associated with the pulsar PSR J1015−5719 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gamma-ray pulsars are rotating neutron stars emitting gamma-ray photons. Some of them also showcase radio emission that is often difficult to detect. This is most probably due to the fact that their narrow radio beams miss the sightline towards Earth.Located nearly 2,000 light years away from the Earth, J1732−3131 has a rotation period of about 196 milliseconds and is one such gamma-ray pulsar with hart-to-identify radio emission. The pulsar was found thanks to the data provided by the large area telescope (LAT) onboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. So far, only a faint radio signal from this pulsar was detected at 34 MHz in 2012.More recently, Maan’s team, motivated by previous faint detections, conducted follow-up observations of J1732−3131 between March 2014 and April 2015, using the Ooty radio telescope (ORT), located in Muthorai, India. This 530-meter-long and 30-meter-wide cylindrical paraboloid telescope allowed the researchers to observe the pulsar at 327 MHz, which resulted in detection of a faint periodic radio signal.”We report an extensive follow-up of the pulsar at 327 MHz with the Ooty radio telescope. Using the previously observed radio characteristics, and with an effective integration time of 60 hours, we present a detection of the pulsar at a confidence level of 99.82 percent,” the authors of the study wrote in the paper.The astronomers estimate that the 327 MHz mean flux density of J1732−3131 is between 0.5 and 0.8 mJy and the spectral index in the range from −2.4 to −3.0.More importantly, however, the 1,400 MHz pseudo-luminosity of the pulsar is only between 2.2 and 8.9 μJy kpc2, which suggests that J1732−3131 is one of the least luminous pulsars known to date.According to the scientists, their research provides new clues about gamma-ray pulsars in general, which could improve their understanding of these peculiar neutron stars. They noted that some of the radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsars might actually be very faint radio sources, and therefore not detectable in the radio searches using current generation telescopes. That is why the researchers call for more studies of such pulsars using more powerful radio telescopes.”The high sensitivity of upcoming radio telescopes like square kilometre array (SKA) and the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will enable radio detection, and facilitate better studies of such pulsars,” the paper reads.SKA is a large, multi-radio telescope network being built in Australia and South Africa, which is expected to start initial observations in 2020. FAST is the world’s largest filled-aperture radio telescope, located in China. It achieved first light in September 2016, and is currently undergoing testing and commissioning. Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Yogesh Maan of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) has discovered radio emission from the gamma-ray pulsar known as J1732−3131. The study, presented in a paper published June 26 on arXiv.org, provides more details about J1732−3131, which was originally detected as a radio-quiet pulsar. Phase-aligned radio and gamma-ray profiles of J1732−3131. The continuous blue line shows the 327 MHz average profile from 2014 observations and the dashed-dotted-dashed red curve shows the gamma-ray profile. The horizontal extent of the grey shade on either side of the radio profile indicates the uncertainty in phase corresponding to 1σ error in DM. For clarity, both the profiles are duplicated and plotted over a range spanning two rotations of the pulsar. Credit: Maan et al., 2017. More information: Detection of radio emission from the gamma-ray pulsar J1732-3131 at 327 MHz, arXiv:1706.08613 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1706.08613AbstractAlthough originally discovered as a radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsar, J1732-3131 has exhibited intriguing detections at decameter wavelengths. We report an extensive follow-up of the pulsar at 327 MHz with the Ooty radio telescope. Using the previously observed radio characteristics, and with an effective integration time of 60 hrs, we present a detection of the pulsar at a confidence level of 99.82%. The 327 MHz mean flux density is estimated to be 0.5-0.8 mJy, which establishes the pulsar to be a steep spectrum source and one of the least-luminous pulsars known to date. We also phase-aligned the radio and gamma-ray profiles of the pulsar, and measured the phase-offset between the main peaks in the two profiles to be 0.24±0.06. We discuss the observed phase-offset in the context of various trends exhibited by the radio-loud gamma-ray pulsar population, and suggest that the gamma-ray emission from J1732-3131 is best explained by outer magnetosphere models. Details of our analysis leading to the pulsar detection, and measurements of various parameters and their implications relevant to the pulsar’s emission mechanism are presented.last_img read more

Kevin McHale shares body transformation photos after health struggle

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first_imgIn a recent interview with Us Weekly, the out performer shared his physical transformation and the photos to go along with it.Over the past 12 weeks, he hit the gym and nutrition. The end results concluded with five pounds of muscle, went from 16 percent body fat to 7.8 percent, and gained some abs.Totally ripped! Check out #Glee star Kevin McHale’s jaw-dropping body transformation! https://t.co/qDWmy7ix1s@druidDUDE @UPFitness pic.twitter.com/C9Qw1xJa6f— ExtraTV (@extratv) August 27, 2018McHale, 30, described himself as ‘skinny fat’ to the magazine.‘I had been working through an intestine and digestion issue that was eluding diagnosis and that really took a toll on me,’ he said.‘I was constantly in pain. I had tried so many different elimination diets — nothing was working.’He further explained he was ‘feeling miserable’. It was a matter of health, rather than body shame and believing there is a ‘correct’ type of body.Then he started working out at Ultimate Performance, a gym in Los Angeles, with a trainer named Eddie. At the gym | Photo: Instagram @kevinmchale‘Eddie pushed me to the point of failure, conditioning me to be comfortable with that, knowing that I could push myself harder than I thought I could,’ he explained.McHale also tracked his eating and other habits.‘Knowing if I had a proper night’s sleep would directly correlate with how I was training and eating obviously, but when you track it for three months you can see trends and patterns — I loved it.’On Instagram, he shared a photo of the new look.At the beach | Photo: Instagram @kevinmchale‘[Before,] I felt bad about my body,’ he shared. ‘When you’re investing your time and energy into yourself in this way, it changes so much of your life.’More from Gay Star NewsKevin McHale addresses sexuality in tweet about Ariana Grande’s new songGlee star Kevin McHale posts cute photo with new baeBoyfriend of Glee star Kevin McHale surprises him with sweetest birthday presentGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Former Glee actor Kevin McHale decided it was time for a change. Boyfriend of Glee star Kevin McHale surprises him with sweetest birthday presentKevin McHale from Glee talks about boyfriend for the first timeGlee star Kevin McHale posts cute photo with new baeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kevin-mchale-transformation-photos/center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Actor Kevin McHale | Photo: Facebook/Kevin McHalelast_img read more

Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   How it works: Squeeze a finger-prick of blood into a small tube and slide the tube into the 3-D printed base. Click the smartphone on top, its camera lined over the blood sample. Touch the screen to start an app and an image-processing system analyzes wriggling motions that are the size and shape to be of concern, and reports a count.When used on 33 potentially infected people in Cameroon, the results were comparable to standard microscope testing, the researchers reported Wednesday. Next, Nutman said the team hopes to test the devices in a study of at least 30,000 people in Cameroon this summer. He estimates the devices could be manufactured for $50 to $100, not including the phone.The work was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH and other groups.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central Africa — some devastating infections caused by tiny parasitic worms. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Wednesday’s research targets a public health dilemma: A drug named ivermectin can fight two kinds of microscopic worms, spread to people through insect bites, that cause debilitating infections in much of Africa — river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, a disabling swelling. Mass campaigns to treat affected communities are underway in many areas.But in certain parts of Central Africa, the treatment campaigns had to be suspended because some people also harbor a third worm, named Loa loa, that can trigger a potentially fatal neurologic reaction to the medication, said Dr. Thomas Nutman of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. For now, the only way to tell who’s at risk requires manually testing blood samples, taking hours and specially trained workers that simply aren’t available during mass treatment programs, added Nutman, who worked with the Berkeley team on a faster alternative.The researchers created a handheld device that converts a smartphone into a video microscope and uses custom software to record and analyze movements in blood cells that signal worm larvae are wriggling, said UC-Berkeley bioengineer Dr. Daniel Fletcher, who led the work.“We’re using this phone not just as computer power or for its camera, but to run the test,” Fletcher explained.center_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision? Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories A small pilot study in Cameroon showed the device could measure within minutes certain worms wriggling in a finger-prick of blood, rapidly identifying who is a candidate for an important medication — and who’s at risk for a severe side effect from that drug.If larger studies pan out, the so-called “CellScope Loa” could help revive a program to eliminate diseases that cause blindness and disability in the region, the team reported Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Essentially, the instrument acted as a cheap, portable laboratory — no lab technician required — part of a trend in medical uses for smartphones that goes far beyond simple tasks like measuring heartbeats or emailing your doctor photos of a suspicious mole.“This is a very important technology,” said Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Peter Hotez, a well-known specialist in neglected tropical diseases who wasn’t involved in the new research.“It’s very practical,” by eliminating the need for specially trained health workers and pricey equipment in remote villages, he added.It’s the latest in a string of attempts to harness smartphones as mini-labs. Columbia University scientists recently created a device powered by a smartphone to detect signs of HIV and syphilis in blood, pilot-testing the tool in clinics in Rwanda. At Massachusetts General Hospital, doctors are researching a tool that clips over a smartphone camera to detect cancer in blood or tissue samples. Hotez said still other researchers are using phone cameras to detect intestinal parasites in stool samples.last_img read more

Sharks commence 25 milliondollar construction of Mantra Hotel

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first_imgSource = Southport Sharks – Mantra Hotels Sharks commence $25 million-dollar construction of Mantra Hotel Southport Sharks CEO, Dean BowtellSharks commence $25 million-dollar construction of Mantra HotelOne of the largest clubs in Queensland, Southport Sharks, has joined forces with leading Australian hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, to launch a new hotel on the Gold Coast.Featuring 120 rooms and 209 carparks, construction of the estimated $25-million Mantra at Sharks commenced this week, with an opening scheduled for early-2018.After an extensive due diligence period, Southport Sharks recently engaged leading South East Queensland companies, McNab and GroupGSA.“We are very excited to partner with Mantra, and engage market-leading construction and architectural firms in McNab and GroupGSA. The decision sends a strong message that we’re serious about partnering with local business and investing locally. This project will benefit the economy of the Gold Coast, not only through the construction phase, but for years to come,” said CEO of Southport Sharks, Mr Dean Bowtell.Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer, Bob East said the Group is thrilled to partner with Southport Sharks – one of the Gold Coast’s strongest and most recognisable businesses.“Mantra at Sharks will provide a market-leading hotel offering, well positioned to become a premier corporate, meetings and leisure hotel, and its opening is well timed to coincide with strong market conditions in the lead up to and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr East said.“The new hotel will complement our existing portfolio of 127 properties across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii.”Mathew Kemp, Gold Coast Construction Manager for McNab stated “one of the appealing aspects of working with the Southport Sharks is that they are very focussed on the local community. We take the same ethos when constructing buildings, with our Gold Coast office currently prioritising local subcontractors and suppliers for the build so that the local community benefits from the construction of this important project”.GroupGSA’s Queensland Design Leader, Mr Alex Hoffmann said they were delighted to be working together with Southport Sharks to design an authentic hotel experience where guests stay, are inspired and become an integral part of the club for the duration of their visit. “The design is inspired by the undulating site topography and the Southport Sharks identity, creating a striking entry statement for both club and hotel. The reception and foyer are conceived as a contemporary take on the Queensland verandah forming a shady cool connection between the new hotel and the existing club main entry” said Mr Hoffmann.Southport Sharks will utilise the services of Australia’s first, and oldest bank, Westpac, and have engaged one of Australia’s leading providers of project management services, RPS to project manage the development of the hotel.RPS Project Management General Manager, Ben Rayward said “RPS Project Management is privileged to be working with the Southport Sharks in the delivery of this landmark project. The high calibre project team includes leading firms Group GSA, Zone Planning Group, Napier & Blakeley, ADG, BRW Enterprises, Energy Air, McKenzie Group, Precise Power, and now with the recent engagement of McNab as the building contractor we are looking forward to moving into the construction phase of the project. Delivery of this project with the Sharks adds to our experience with other leading Gold Coast properties including Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Jupiters Hotel and Casino, GOLDOC, John Flynn Hospital and the Gold Coast Airport.”The hotel provides a unique offering to the area, in addition to resolving the club’s accommodation demands from existing markets, including weddings, business events, and the growing North Gold Coast region.“We would like to thank our 50,000 members and 250 staff, who continue to contribute to our club and assist us in creating a diversified service offering. Upon completion of the hotel, Southport Sharks will become the complete entertainment and sporting destination,” said Mr Bowtell.The hotel forms a part of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct which already boasts Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Gold Coast Private Hospital and of course the Commonwealth Games village.“As a stakeholder of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, we anticipate many medical professionals, interstate business executives, and families visiting will make use of the hotel and general club facilities,” said Mr Bowtell.“We are confident in our capability to also tap into sports tourism, combining the hotel with our modern fitness facilities and conference capabilities.” Mr Bowtell said.last_img read more