Training venues: A little sporty number

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. If you’re planning some outside-work training then sporting venues provide unusual and inspiring settings. We look at what eight have to offer.SCOTLANDThe Gleneagles HotelPerthshire, Scotland Facilities: Gleneagles offers 13 private venue rooms varying in style, capacity and technical facilities. It can accommodate small boardroom executive meetings, large business conferences and gala dinner events. Parking: Parking in the grounds. Accommodation: Gleneagles is a five-star, 232-bedroom hotel. Rate: Day delegate rates start from £68.51, while a 24-hour conference rate starts at £288.72 per person, per night. Typical dinner menu: Smoked Scottish salmon, roast of the day and the Gleneagles cheese box.Sporting heritage: One hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, the 850-acre Gleneagles estate offers three championship golf courses, including the PGA Centenary Course where the 2014 Ryder Cup is due to be played. It is also renowned for offering some of the best facilities for country pursuits. Trainers can combine a meeting with a teambuilding event based on archery, trout fishing, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry lessons or gundog demonstrations. THE MIDLANDSSilverstone CircuitsNorthamptonshire Facilities: The circuit has five buildings of various sizes, including the famous British Racing Drivers Club House, that can host training events. The largest room can accommodate up to 300 delegates.Parking: Unlimited. Accommodation: Nearest hotel is the four-star Whittlebury Hall. Rate: Day delegate rate is £50 (+VAT), including lunch.Typical dinner menu: A choice of hot or cold buffets. Sporting heritage: Widely-recognised as the home of British motor racing, Silverstone is the venue for the British Grand Prix, where last year Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag. The venue offers trainers a host of possibilities when organising a bespoke event, such as combining a conference or seminar with a tour of the circuit or some serious fun with one of the venue’s driving experiences. SOUTHThe All England Jumping Course, HicksteadWest Sussex (15-minute drive from Gatwick and Brighton)Facilities: 100mx50m outdoor, all-weather arena with adjacent clubhouse, which seats 60 to 80 people. Parking: Unlimited Accommodation: There’s a Travel Lodge within walking distance and a 50-room hotel a mile away. Numerous hotels in and around Gatwick and Brighton.Rate: Hire of clubhouse starts at £500 (+VAT). Typical dinner menu: All needs catered for from hog roasts and barbecues to buffets or four-course dinners.Sporting heritage: Credited with a major role in creating today’s sport of show jumping, Hickstead will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2010. Its centrepiece – the International Arena – has recently undergone a £100,000 overhaul and is widely rated as the best outdoor equestrian facility in the world, receiving as much care and attention as Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The training facilities cater for complete novices up to advanced level. Polo lessons are also available from one of the venue’s three resident instructors. NORTH WESTAintree RacecourseOrmskirk Road, Aintree, LiverpoolFacilities: The venue offers a range of facilities from boxes overlooking the racecourse to the Aintree Pavilion, a huge arena that can accommodate up 5,000 people. AV equipment can be hired on request. Parking: Free for up to 800.Accommodation: The nearest is a Premier Travel Inn opposite the racecourse.Rate: Delegate day rates start at £95 a day.Typical dinner menu: On-site caterers can provide anything from a buffet to a three-course dinner.Sporting heritage: Aintree Racecourse has been the site of some of the most memorable moments in horse-racing history. Who can forget Red Rum’s third Grand National victory or Aldaniti romping home ridden by Bob Champion? A £35m redevelopment programme has recently been completed resulting in the opening of two new grandstands along with the Aintree International Equestrian Centre. The new grandstands can accommodate up to 600 delegates each, while the Aintree Pavilion has 3,700sq m of exhibition space. WALESThe Liberty StadiumLandore, Swansea, WalesFacilities: The stadium has more than 40 function suites. The largest room can accommodate 330 delegates, theatre-style, while the 29 executive boxes overlooking the pitch can hold up to 10 people in each. Standard AV equipment can be arranged.Parking: 780 free spaces. Accommodation: Numerous hotels in Swansea.Rate: The day delegate rate starts at £31.50 (+VAT), including lunch. A special rate for January is £15 (+VAT) per person.Typical dinner menu: Potato and leek soup, Welsh rack of lamb and a selection of Welsh cheeses.Sporting heritage: Opened in July 2005, the Liberty Stadium is Swansea’s answer to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and offers a first-class, multi-purpose venue. Home to Swansea City football club – The Swans – and Ospreys rugby club, the stadium is also the premier events venue in South West Wales. Catering for both a rugby and football team, more than 60 matches are played at the venue every year. It is also possible to book a stadium tour as part of an event.HOME COUNTIESDorney Lake, Eton College Rowing CentreWindsor, BerkshireFacilities: The famous Eton Rowing Club boathouse offers meeting and conference facilities, while the 400-acre site provides opportunities for land and water-based teambuilding activities.Parking: Spaces for about 200 vehicles.Accommodation: Hotels in nearby Windsor.Rate: Depends on the activity.Typical dinner menu: Lobster and tiger prawn salad, supreme of guinea fowl and Belgian chocolate and praline torte. Sporting heritage: Eton College Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake is a modern, world-class rowing and canoeing centre set in a 400-acre parkland, near Windsor. Opened in 2000, it hosted the World Championships in 2006 and has been designated the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venue for rowing and flat-water canoeing. A number of triathlons are held here each year, as are dragon boating events, which can be used for teambuilding.LONDONLord’s Cricket GroundSt Johns Wood, London, NW8 Facilities: Rooms range from the Victorian elegance of the restored Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 300 people, to the contemporary poise of the Investec Media Centre, which seats 70, theatre-style.Parking: Between 10 and 15 spaces per event, plus additional street parking and local NCP car parks.Accommodation: Local hotels including the four-star Melia White House Hotel and boutique Cumberland.Rate: Daily delegate rates starts from £72 (+VAT), per person.Typical dinner menu: Foie gras, veal wellington and raspberry sorbet. Sporting heritage: Named after its 18th-century founder Thomas Lord, Lord’s, or HQ as it is known, is the most famous and historic cricket ground in the world. And you don’t have to be a fan of the game to appreciate its magic, as its famous pavilion and modern media centre are landmark buildings in their own right. If you want to knock training delegates for six, coaching sessions in the indoor cricket school and private tours of the ground can be arranged. NORTH EASTThe Stadium of LightSunderlandFacilities: The stadium can cater for groups of any size – from one-to-one meetings to a large-scale conferences for 600 guests. Many rooms have projectors and AV equipment installed. Parking: More than 1,000 spaces. Accommodation: There are a number of local hotels. Rate: Day room hire rates start at £275.Typical dinner menu: Asparagus, sirloin steak and Chantilly cream-filled profiteroles.Sporting heritage: Standing on the banks of the River Wear, the Stadium of Light opened in 1997 and is regarded as being among the top tier of football stadia in Europe. Sunderland, once the largest shipbuilding centre in the world, may be a city without a cathedral but with football being a religion is this area the stadium, which holds almost 50,000 people, provides a spiritual home for its people. And although its design is 21st-century, its bowl-shaped lower deck was inspired by the city’s industrial heritage of shipbuilding. Training venues: A little sporty numberBy Ross Bentley on 18 Jan 2009 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Current, temperature, and salinity beneath George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica

first_imgSpeed, direction, temperature, and conductivity were recorded from February to July 1980 within the thermocline near the northern ice front of George VI Ice Shelf. There were no significant changes in temperature or salinity from summer to winter. Fluctuations of around 10 and 40 days periodicity were observed in the current and temperature, and similar variations are evident in meteorological observations. Temperature oscillations were observed at tidal frequencies and may be caused by horizontal advection or internal wave motion. The horizontal kinetic energy is dominated by low-frequency periods (46%), semi-diurnal tides (40%), and diurnal tides (10%). Tidal ellipses have their major axes aligned along George VI Sound and are described anticlockwise. Terdiurnal constituents, which may be a particular effect in the response of a floating ice shelf to tide generating forces, were observed. The M2 constituent was highly suppressed. Both the amplitude of M2 current and the speed of the mean flow decreased sharply in mid-April. These changes may be related to increasing sea-ice cover with the onset of winter. The mean flow is directed eastwards across the narrow channel, parallel to the ice front and at right angles to the major axes of the tidal ellipses. We speculate on reasons for this unusual behaviour.last_img read more

US places 7th at World Cup, tops Poland 87-74 in finale; Mitchell scores 16

first_imgSeptember 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local US places 7th at World Cup, tops Poland 87-74 in finale; Mitchell scores 16 Associated Press Written by Tags: Donovan Mitchell/Poland/Team USA FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBEIJING (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points and handed out 10 assists, Joe Harris scored 14 and the U.S. defeated Poland 87-74 on Saturday for seventh place at the World Cup.Khris Middleton had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Americans, who will head home with a 6-2 record — yet their worst placing ever in a World Cup, world championship as it used to be known, or Olympics.Derrick White scored 12 and Harrison Barnes added 10 for the U.S.Mateusz Ponitka scored 18 points, Adam Waczynski had 17 and A.J. Slaughter finished with 15 for Poland (4-4), which was in the World Cup for the first time since 1967.The Americans put together a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take a 28-14 lead. Poland started 0 for 13 from 3-point range, not getting one from beyond the arc to fall until Michal Sokolowski connected with 1:28 left in the half — and by then, the U.S. lead was 18.There was little to play for except pride — and the Americans were playing with the realization that, for some of them, it easily could be their last time wearing the red, white and blue uniforms with “USA” across the chest. The roster for the U.S. trip to the Tokyo Olympics next summer is likely to look considerably different than this one.It had much meaning to Poland coach Mike Taylor as well. He’s an American, who lives in Florida, and mouthed along with the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” when it played pregame.His team wasn’t eager to quit, either.Down 17 at the half, Poland made it a very serious game after intermission. Waczynski’s 3-pointer from the right corner late in the third got Poland within 54-47, and Lukasz Koszarek had a 3-point try that would have gotten his team within four with 8:21 remaining.TIP-INSU.S.: Kemba Walker (neck) didn’t play, joining Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Smart (left hand) on the U.S. injured list. White started in Walker’s place at point guard. … Timing is everything — the 6-2 record for the U.S. here was better than silver-medalist Serbia (5-4) and bronze-medalist France (6-3) at the last World Cup. But losing in the quarterfinals doomed the U.S. medal hopes.Poland: The team had three players who played at the Division I level — Slaughter was a four-year player at Western Kentucky, guard Karol Gruszecki spent two years at Texas-Arlington and center Dominik Olejniczak started his career at Drake, then played two seasons at Ole Miss and will play this year at Florida State as a graduate transfer. … Poland started 4-0 in China, then dropped its last four games.GIVEAWAY ITEMSMitchell was the last U.S. player to leave the court in the pre-warmup period, ending about 45 minutes before game time. He took off his sneakers and tossed them to a couple of young fans in the crowd.UP NEXTU.S.: Has already qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Poland: Will participate in qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Olympics next year.last_img read more

Hertford pushes for Living Wage accreditation

first_imgOver 200 Hertford students have signed an open letter to the college Principal, Will Hutton, calling for the college to obtain Living Wage accreditation after he authored a piece in the Observer in which he lauded the success of Seattle’s recent implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage.The letter stated, “As students at Hertford, we want to know that the workers who empty our bins, cook our food and clean our buildings are paid enough for a decent standard of living in this city.”It continued, “We invite you to publicly support our call for Hertford to become an accredited Living Wage employer, as an extension of your principled stand on Seattle.”College authorities have stated that Hertford has paid the Living Wage for the past three years despite not yet obtaining official accreditation, however, senior figures within the JCR have expressed concern that the Living Wage has not been paid for the entire year, as it is subject to rise in line with inflation.JCR President Josh Platt explained, “by November, when the Living Wage is increased, I suspect Hertford will be around 15 to 25 pence under the level of the new Living Wage. So in essence, it will be paying the Living Wage for approximately three to four months”.Speaking to Cherwell, Principal Will Hutton commented that paying the Living Wage to college staff “has been my personal, now public, commitment ever since I arrived here and it would have continued with or without the letter from the JCR”.He continued, “The Bursar and other members of governing body know I am committed to continuing to pay all our staff over eighteen the Living Wage. When the cycle begins again late this autumn with an expected further uplift in the Living Wage, we will incorporate that in the settlement for 2015 and 2016. Over this approach there are no dissenters.”Cherwell understands that the JCR and college authorities have begun discussions concerning Living Wage accreditation. JCR President Josh Platt told Cherwell, “The preliminary meeting with college to discuss Living Wage accreditation was extremely positive. The JCR’s strong feelings about this issue were abundantly clear, and college office holders were left in no doubt that this is a very serious proposal.”He continued, “We are still at an early stage in our discussions, and so naturally college did raise a number of practical and financial concerns which we will have to discuss in the weeks and months to come. I will be taking our views on Living Wage accreditation to other college committees this term and next, and I hope that we begin to take the steps which sees Hertford become the first college to entrench its commitment to a living wage for all staff.”Principal Will Hutton told Cherwell that Living Wage accreditation “is not the prerogative of any single individual here, any more than at any other Oxford college.”He added, “We will discuss this through our committees and in Governing Body in the next academic year. We’ll also be engaging with other colleges to see if we can proceed together. We remain committed to the welfare of all our staff, which includes but is not restricted to paying fair wages. And it’s good the JCR have lent their heft to the process.”In order for an employer to become a Living Wage accredited employer, all staff and contracted staff must be paid the wage, and must then obtain an accreditation licence from the Living Wage Foundation. The Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University calculates the UK Living Wage, which is currently set at £7.65, and due to be readjusted in November.last_img read more

Thank you for your support

first_imgTONI ORFANIDESEvent Coordinator To the Editor: On February 11, the Bayonne Elks Lodge held its very first Sweetheart Dance to raise money and awareness for our “Special Children’s Committee.” This year the Bayonne Elks Lodge will be sending five handicapped children to Camp Moore at approximately $500 per child. We will also be sending a special-needs adult at approximately $1,000. There is no cost at all to the families. They will attend Camp Moore for one week where they receive one-on-one care and counseling. We would like to thank all who supported by attending this event, or donated to the cause by means of decorations, desserts, etc. Thank you to Buon Appetito for the delicious food, the Cameos for a wonderful performance, Judicke’s Bakery and Paulanto’s Bakery for their donations as well. Bayonne is such a wonderful and giving community when there is someone in need. Thank you all from the bottom of our benevolent hearts. last_img read more

Bayonne PAL Basketball Junior Boys results

first_imgRay Greaves Association beat Bayonne City Council, 20-19.Jerome Hayes scored 14 for Ray Greaves Association, with Liche Wilkins scoring 4, and Brayden O’Connor scoring 2. Chance Fischer scored 17 for Bayonne City Council with Jonathan Perez scoring 2. Vic’s Tavern defeated Christopher Munoz Running Rebels, 22-7.Ishmael Abraham scored 16 for Vic’s Tavern, with Nicholas Weimmer, Dylan Lynch, and Raiden Doughetry each scoring 2. Jordan Gooding scored 5 for the Running Rebels with Jaden Sims scoring 2.last_img

Macrofied

first_img 5Engravings adorn the grand fireplace inside the Ames Courtroom of Austin Hall at Harvard Law School. 1Austin Hall at Harvard Law School, designed by famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson, has many unexpected details in the entrance design. Elaborate hinges decorate large wooden doors set against a tiled floor. 8A sculpted flower and ornamentation are pictured outside the Busch-Reisinger Museum. 3An elegantly crafted cabinet decorates Loeb House. The house was built and donated to the University by Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell, Class of 1877. 4A hinged tabletop and decorative carpet are pictured in Loeb House. The house stands on the site where three of A. Lawrence Lowell’s 19th-century predecessors — Presidents Felton, Hill, and Eliot — lived. Two of Lowell’s successors resided at Loeb House: James B. Conant ’14 and Nathan M. Pusey ’28. 2A carved lyre decorates the chairs inside the Loeb Music Library. 11A marriage lid inlaid with sea otter teeth is displayed at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. A marriage lid was a typical gift offered during weddings in the 19th century. 12Moss grows on the bark of an English elm in Harvard Yard. 15A coelacanth inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The placard reads: “This unusual fish is a coelacanth caught in 1965 around the Comoro Islands north of Madagascar. Until the startling discovery of the first living coelacanth off the coast of South America in 1938, scientists believed these ancient creatures to be extinct for almost 70 million years.” 14A Leptailurus serval is on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. 10A decorative marble molding in the dining room mantelpiece of Loeb House features the Veritas seal. The close-up perspective of the macro lens turns everyday surfaces into dynamic landscapes. Small, seemingly insignificant details spring to life under its focus.Embellishments and the historic events they reference decorate the campus at Harvard. Science, both vibrantly alive and captured by master artisans, is on display, side by side with modern architecture and sweeping lines of design. Across the libraries, lecture halls, and museums, the macro lens takes a deeper inspection, charting the campus as topography. 16A print by Le Corbusier is pictured on the worktable in the Weissman Preservation Center. 13This Carludovica palmata — or Panama hat plant — is part of the Glass Flowers exhibition in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. 6A face carved from rose-hued marble decorates a column inside Austin Hall at Harvard Law School. 7Robert R. Wilson’s metal sculpture “Topological III” sits in the entrance to the Science Center. 9The face of an 1872 eight-day tall-case clock is displayed in the Faculty Room of University Hall. 17The projector window in the Carpenter Center is prominently decorated in corbu red — a color named after the building’s architect, Le Corbusier. 18Four types of topographic maps are on display in the “Cartographic Grounds” exhibit at the Graduate School of Design.last_img read more

Save Time and Resources with Server Automation

first_imgDiscover how built-in automation and intelligent systems management technology in the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio can help drive enterprise productivity. Today’s IT departments face significant challenges on several fronts. They need to manage multiple workloads, respond quickly, and decrease downtime across both the IT infrastructure and the wider organization – while also making a positive contribution to the overall strategic direction of the business. Do your customers typically complain about these frustrations too?It’s a demanding task list, of course, but not an impossible situation. The solution lies in the ability to implement successful server automation – because embracing IT automation generally increases performance while also creating business advantage.Automating helps companies to take advantage of a more efficient data center. Which means that, with the right tools and processes in place, your customers can save time and crucial resources. When they’re not required to spend so much time on routine tasks, IT staff can take on more strategic activities that add value to the organization.Server automation can help free up time and resourcesIt’s clear that making a smart, strategic investment to automate the server infrastructure and use intelligent systems management tools can help increase productivity.In a new eBook1, Dell EMC states that server automation helps companies overcome common frustrations such as:Slow response time (only 30% of business users consider their IT to be distributed, agile and flexible);Inefficient management (nearly 70% of time is spent maintaining existing IT environments);Increasing downtime (up to 75% of downtime is caused by manual and disconnected IT processes);Customer retention (IDG predicts a 25% drop in customer retention in 2019 for those failing to incorporate automation into their roadmap);AI implementation (71% of organizations say inefficiencies due to lack of server automation are a challenge to their AI strategies).Meeting all the needs for modern server infrastructureLikewise, in its recently published analyst paper2, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) maintains that the three key components of successful IT automation are speed, security, and efficiency.The report sets out 8 essential tips for implementing successful IT automation – and details how the Dell EMC OpenManage systems management portfolio meets each of the 10 requirements for modern server infrastructure.Share these two documents with your customers today and start talking about how the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers3, featuring Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and with built-in automation and intelligent system management can drive productivity in their business.Download and share the key insights:EMA analyst paperDell EMC eBook1 Dell EMC eBook, ‘How Server Automation Increases Performance and Creates Business Advantage’, 2018.2 Enterprise Management Associates white paper, ‘Automate IT Infrastructure for Speed, Security, and Efficiency – How the Dell EMC Systems Management Portfolio Fits the Bill’, November 2018.3 Not available in all countries – please contact your account manager for more information.last_img read more

The Lion King Is the Latest Title on Disney’s List of Remakes

first_img “The Circle of Life” comes full circle. Walt Disney Studios has green lit a new film reimagining of The Lion King. Jon Favreau, the director behind Chef and Disney’s recent adaptation of The Jungle Book (and its announced sequel) is on board. The new film will include Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from the original. No word yet on a production timeline.The news comes as Disney fans wait for the March 2017 release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Emma Thompson. Like Favreau’s The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast will blend live-action with CGI. A live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, featuring songs by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, is also in the works.We’re not sure how a live-action Lion King would play out, but we’re thinking there are three options at hand/paw: have real lions sing Elton John, have digitalized lions sing Elton John, or have humans in Julie Taymor-designed lion garb sing Elton John.Three years after The Lion King’s 1994 premiere, the stage adaptation opened on Broadway. It has since played around the world in 22 additional productions and has become the highest-grossing entertainment title in box office history. The Lion King from $75.00 View Commentscenter_img Simba on screen and stage(Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Showslast_img read more

Colombian Government, FARC to Start Peace Talks

first_img Colombia’s government and FARC rebels were set to formally launch peace talks in Norway on October 18, aimed at ending almost five decades of conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Oslo, and later Havana, is hosting the first direct talks between the two sides in 10 years. The government and the rebels were to hold a press conference in a hotel in Hurdal, a small town north of Oslo, to officially launch the negotiations. The two sides met at a secret location in the morning to discuss technical and logistical issues and a Colombian official told AFP the meetings had been “respectful and cordial”. The discussions are expected to focus on five main areas: land reform, the rebels’ future role in political life, a definitive end to hostilities, fighting the illegal drug trade and the situation of the victims. The Colombian government estimates that some 600,000 people have been killed by armed groups and security forces in the country, and that 3.7 million Colombian citizens have been displaced in the conflict. After their start in Norway, the talks will move to the Cuban capital next week. By Dialogo October 18, 2012last_img read more