Listen To Chris Thile Jam On “Dean Town” With Vulfpeck, Live Debut Of “Darwin Derby” At ‘Live From Here’

first_imgOn Saturday night, the Live from Here concert/variety show took over New York City’s Town Hall. The live performance series, hosted by Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers musician and radio personality Chris Thile, featured funk ensemble Vulfpeck, rising indie pop singer Maggie Rogers, I’m With Her mandolinist Sarah Jorosz, progressive bluegrass banjo player Noam Pikelny, and comedian/Broad City actor, Chris Gethard.During the Vulfpeck portion of the evening, which came one day after the band released their eighth studio album, fans were treated to versions of their signature songs unlike ever before. To celebrate the December weather, vocalist Theo Katzman led the band and fans through an appropriate “Christmas in LA”, even inviting the musical crowd to participate in the friendly lyrics. With the full band (Jack Stratton, Joe Dart, Woody Goss, Cory Wong, Joey Dosik, and Theo) wearing striped shirts, dedicated Vulf fans will appreciate the effort in changing uniform (and consistency of Jack’s incorporation of the color red).From there, show host Chris Thile joined the squad for an unparalleled version of “Dean Town”. With Thile on mandolin and Cory Wong on acoustic, surrounding Dart on bass and Goss on keys while Stratton, Dosik, and Katzman admirably clapped in the background, this version of the old-school favorite is what keeps fans salivating to attend any and every Vulfpeck performance.For the finale, Vulfpeck and Chris Thile returned to the stage to perform the live debut of “Darwin Derby” with Maggie Rogers, Monica Martin, and the house band.Listen to the full-show audio here.Vulfpeck’s guest appearance on Live From Here was truly full circle. During an episode last fall, Chris Thile covered “Fugue State” off Vulf’s 2014 album by the same name, with Richard Dworsky and The First-Call Radio Players (composed of Brittany Haas, fiddle; Chris Eldridge, guitar; Alan Hampton, bass; and Ted Poor, percussion). You can watch that little piece of excellence here.Live from Here initially developed as a result of A Prairie Home Companion, a program hosted by Garrison Keillor, which aired through public radio starting back in March 1974. Thile ended up taking over the hosting responsibilities beginning in 2016, having been a lifelong fan of the show, which initially ran until its hiatus back in 1987. Live from Here now continues its former tradition of being broadcasted via public radio, in addition to being streamed online and in some cases, YouTube. For more information, head to the official website.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: See Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Rap Ode to Helen Mirren & More

first_img View Comments Betty Buckley to Lead Grey Gardens RevivalA show set in the Hamptons is set to play the Hamptons this summer! Tony winner Betty Buckley will star opposite Rachel York in a revival of Grey Gardens. Directed by Michael Wilson, the pair will play Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, respectively, in the tuner about two of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ unconventional relatives. Grey Gardens is scheduled for a limited engagement August 4 to August 30 at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater. The cast will also include Matt Doyle (back from Seattle), James Harkness, Sarah Hunt, Simon Jones, Gracie Beardsley and Dakota Quackenbush.Sneak Peek of Cumming & Chenoweth’s ChemistryBroadway’s biggest night will soon be upon us, co-hosted by Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Cheno is of course doing double duty, as she’s also Tony nominated this year for her current starring role in On the Twentieth Century. Check out the fun promo below as Cumming asks: does this make her a “Tony hostinee” or a “Tony nominost?” The 2015 Tony Awards airs on June 7. Idina Menzel on Her ‘Weird Dancing’And last but by no means least today, Broadway supernova Idina Menzel is about to kick off her world tour. Check out the video below as she reveals that if you’re going to catch one of her shows, you can expect “high notes” and “weird dancing.” We always knew she was great at defying gravity! [email protected] wants to tell you 3 things you can expect from her upcoming World Tour. WATCH here:— Live Nation NYC (@LiveNationNYC) May 28, 2015 Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. See Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Rap Ode to Helen MirrenFor those lucky enough to attend the recent Drama League Awards, the talk of the event was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tribute rap to The Audience’s Helen Mirren. Video of the Hamilton headliner in full flow along with 2015 Tony nominee Mirren’s adorable reaction has finally surfaced online—check it out below! The Audience is playing on Broadway through June 28; the Great White Way transfer of Hamilton begins previews on July 13. Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

U.S., Colombia Discuss Further Security Cooperation

first_img This was the third session of the SCCG, which is a component of the bilateral High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue (HLSSD) that was held in Bogota in February 2012 to develop strategic mechanisms for further security cooperation and coordination. By Dialogo September 06, 2013 The meeting was a continuation of an agreement by Presidents Obama and Santos last year at VI Summit of the Americas to broaden the decades-long U.S.-Colombian security partnership and to formalize security cooperation activities. During the August 27 session, the SCCG endorsed the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation for 2014, which will be presented for approval at the next HLSSD. Both countries agreed to implement additional joint priority initiatives and expand the Action Plan. The SCCG is composed of U.S. and Colombian officials who seek to develop complementary security assistance programs to support partner nations afflicted by the effects of transnational organized crime. center_img Colombia and the United States reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG) on August 27. The group also engages in a strategic dialogue about future U.S.-Colombian cooperation.last_img read more

Rocker Steve Vai Among Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Natalie ColopriscoGrammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and Carle Place native Steve Vai is one of 10 recording artists who will be inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHOF) next month.Also being honored are Amagansett-based film score composer Carter Burwell, the late Queens-born producer Sandy Pearlman, and five Brooklynites, including rapper Big Daddy Kane, producer Charles Koppleman, singer Garland Jeffreys, surf rockers Santo & Johnny, multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano and composer Jim Steinman. Westbury Music Fair will be the second local music venue to be inducted. Accepting the Harry Chapin Music Award is rocker, producer and actor Steven Van Zandt—a New Jersey resident who’s the lone non-Long Islander being inducted.“Our inductees are just a small piece of the puzzle, but they are such an important piece because they are inspiring future generations,” said LIMHOF Executive Director Joe Janokowski, “and that’s another big piece of what we do here.”The sixth annual induction ceremony will be held Nov. 3 at The Space at Westbury—it’s first time there. Proceeds fund the nonprofit LIMHOF’s goals to build a museum and preserve the region’s rich musical heritage by recognizing notable musicians who were born, raised or lived on LI—including Brooklyn and Queens.Past inductees include Simon & Garfunkel, Louis Armstrong, Billy Joel, Carole King, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Mariah Carey, The Ramones, Barbra Streisand, Run DMC and many more well-known performers.With a substantive music career that has earned him three Grammy Awards, Vai fits right in. Since launching his career in 1978, he was voted the 10th greatest guitarist by Guitar World Magazine. He’s sold more than 15 million records.Some of the other honorees are behind-the-scenes movers and shakers, as opposed to big-name performers.“Legendary music executive Charles Koppelman has been instrumental in the careers of Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand, Dave Mason, Journey, Diana Ross, Cher, Michael Bolten, New Kids on The Block, Vanilla Ice, the list goes on and on,” said LIMHOF Chairman Ernie Canadeo at a news conference announcing those slated to be inducted. In fact, Koppelman’s career has spanned five decades.Similarly not a household name but a significantly creative contributor behind-the-scenes is Burwell, a film composer who has frequently collaborated with the Coen Brothers, scoring 15 of their films. He received an Academy Award nomination for best original score for Todd Haynes’ 2015 drama, Carol.On the hip-hop side of the music spectrum, Big Daddy Kane has had several gold albums, a Grammy Award and a No. 7 spot on MTV’s Greatest MC’s of All Time list. Kane is best known for his hit single “Ain’t No Half Steppin‘,” which ranked No. 25 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Hits of All Time list.Also being inducted is Garland Jeffreys, a trailblazing singer and songwriter whose career spans rock and roll, reggae, blues and soul. He released his first self-titled album in 1973, and has been a major uncompromising artistic presence ever since.“I’m enjoying life right now, not tomorrow, not last month; I’m in it right now,” Garland said at the news conference.On the classic rock side of the AM/FM dial is Santo & Johnny, a surf rock duo best known for their timeless instrumental “Sleepwalk.” It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Chart and earned a Gold Record in 1959. Covered frequently, the song has been used in countless movies, TV shows and commercials ever since.The lone jazz player inducted this year is sax player Giordano, who specializes in jazz from the 1920s and ’30s.“He is a Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist who has played in New York night clubs, appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Revolutionary Road and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire,” Canadeo said.Following the initial press conference announcing the inductees last month, two more inductees have been added to the 2016 lineup. They are Jim Steinman and Sandy Pearlman.Steinman is a Brooklyn native best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 100 million copies. Some of his hit songs include “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light.” Steinman won a Grammy Award in 1996 for the album Falling Into You, which featured Celine Dion.Pearlman was best known as the producer, lyricist and manager for Blue Oyster Cult. Over the course of his career, he won 17 gold and platinum records. He passed away in July.As for Westbury Music Fair—the predecessor of NYCB Theatre at Westbury, popular for its “theater in the round” style—the venue is being recognized for hosting many unforgettable star-studded musical performances over the years. The venue has housed legendary artists like Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and The Doors. Previously, the only venue so honored was My Father’s Place, which was inducted in 2010.This year’s Harry Chapin Award is being given to Van Zandt. Aside from being one of the founding members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band as well as an original cast member of The Sopranos, Van Zandt is a human rights activist. In addition to his career and his activism, he founded the nonprofit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, which teaches the history of rock and its relation to American cultural history.The ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit for more info.last_img read more

Putting your plan through its paces

first_imgConducting tabletops and other exercises(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Exercises—whether simple or complex—can greatly help a business prepare, regardless of its stage of pandemic planning.Whatever stage your pandemic plan is in, from nonexistent to sketchy to full-blown, conducting carefully chosen exercises can strengthen your company’s ability to endure a catastrophic event unlike anything it has ever experienced.Exercises run the gamut from staff orientation to tabletop scenarios to extensive (often expensive) drills, explains Jill DeBoer, MPH, an expert educator in business continuity and associate director at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. With tight or no budgets for most pandemic preparedness activities, planners must choose wisely from the options. In February, DeBoer and colleague Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, CIDRAP medical director, worked to meet that demand with two workshops packed with Fortune 500 planners—and no shortage of questions.The benefits of putting your plan through a reality check are indisputable, DeBoer and Moore say. Exercises help you locate critical gaps and flaws in assumptions, allow employees to interact and practice assigned roles, and give you valuable feedback and time to revise and refine your plans—before the urgency of a pandemic unfolds. But for employees tasked with pandemic planning for the first time or for planners combating the fatigue of years of preparations, what’s the right exercise to choose to make best use of limited dollars and ensure best results?Know where you areDeBoer and Moore stress the importance of knowing your company’s stage of readiness, even before selecting the type of exercise. Business continuity planning requires certain steps, but pandemics, because of their duration and the high levels of absenteeism they cause, call for extra considerations. Companies will be forced to make decisions with limited and changing information, the impact will be global but you won’t be able to rely on mutual-aid agreements, and you can anticipate a certain level of panic in the public.DeBoer and Moore suggest that you:Conduct a risk assessment. Identify internal and external threats, hazards, and company vulnerabilities. Pandemic influenza is a hazard with potentially high severity and, at some point, high probability.Conduct a business impact analysis. Define how pandemic influenza can affect your business. Identify critical job functions and operations, and know what assets you can use to respond. Think about what the minimal requirements are for continuing to run your business.Develop a business continuity plan. Develop policies and procedures that address the unique stresses that a pandemic poses. (For more information on this, see CIDRAP’s 10-Point Framework for Pandemic Influenza Business Contingency Planning.)Implement the business continuity plan. Educate staff, conduct training, and take the steps necessary to implement pandemic-specific policies and procedures.Regardless of your company’s planning stage, says DeBoer, an exercise is warranted. Timing may depend on such triggers as changes in key personnel, shifts in trends that affect your industry, new regulatory requirements, or changes in information technology systems. “Most people think of exercises as the end of the planning process, but they can be used at any point. Think of them in a cycle. Each exercise needs to inform the plan, which then informs the next exercise,” says DeBoer.Exercises, according to DeBoer and Moore, fit into five categories:Orientation. Usually more educational in nature, this exercise is especially useful before a plan is developed. It familiarizes staff with current emergency response plans, what’s different about a pandemic, and how information and procedures could change. An orientation builds awareness and is good for brainstorming and gathering ideas.Drill. The focus of this exercise is usually on one part of a response plan and is useful for testing staff training, response time, interdepartmental cooperation and resources, and the capabilities of human resources and equipment. Examples include testing your emergency operations center or your information technology recovery abilities.Tabletop. A facilitated, scenario-based discussion, this exercise focuses on constructive problem solving as a group and works well to test a comprehensive plan. Your ideal list of participants depends on what you’re trying to test. If your goal is to test decision making, for example, then invite key decision makers. Tabletop discussions are guided by a moderator or facilitator. In basic tabletops, participants discuss problems as a group, and the leader summarizes conclusions. During advanced tabletops, participants must rapidly respond to a series of messages.Functional exercise. A full simulation that involves moving people, this exercise has participants gathering in whatever emergency operations center or room you would normally use and may include briefing them immediately before. It tests multiple functions and coordinated response in a time-pressured, realistic way, unfolding over time.Full-scale exercise. Used to test the comprehensive response capacity of multiple groups, this exercise simulates a real event as closely as possible and involves moving assets, which can be costly. In a community setting, these exercises usually involve ambulances, healthcare workers, and simulated patients.Imperfect, but worthwhileNo exercise or drill will provide a full-scale sense of what a 6- to 12-month pandemic is going to be like, say Moore and DeBoer. “All the exercises are artificial but can clarify roles and responsibilities. They have an educational value, because people get a much better sense of how the pandemic can affect their workflow,” DeBoer says.Von Roebuck, a spokesperson at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who specializes in emergency risk communications, says exercises may never provide a perfect picture of what a pandemic—or any other disaster—is going to be like. But conducting exercises is still helpful, Roebuck says.When the CDC began conducting tabletop exercises, it discovered that many employees did not know what roles different agencies within the organization would play in an emergency such as a pandemic. “That is the reason for these exercises,” Roebuck says. “We are supportive of businesses and the community doing these exercises so you know how to act during a pandemic.”If you are choosing an external consultant to help your company conduct an exercise, DeBoer says she’d opt for someone with experience in the setting, knowledge of the topic, and good references, which you should always check.A Feb 14 report published by the Business Continuity Institute, “Business Continuity Management: Good Practice Guidelines 2007,” says business continuity management capability cannot be considered reliable until it has been exercised. The report advises companies to test business continuity plans at least once every 12 months. The institute, based in the United Kingdom, aims to help members obtain guidance and support from other business continuity practitioners.”Time and resources spent exercising business continuity management strategies and business continuity plans are crucial parts of the overall process as they develop competence, instill confidence, and impart knowledge that is essential at times of crisis,” the report says.DeBoer agrees. Conducting exercises can help a company strategize around each unique aspect of a pandemic and can help executive leadership see how a pandemic may affect the business. She adds: “It’s a luxury that allows employees to engage with people in a way that may not otherwise be possible. Exercises are incredible learning experiences for people involved. So often we tend not to run to our plans when we have an emergency. We tend to use our instincts rather than our plans. Conducting an exercise makes us live them.”Features of various pandemic planning exercisesExerciseSummary1. OrientationEducational, useful before creating plan2. DrillHelps test one part of a response plan3. TabletopScenario-based, time-pressured, tests comprehensive plan, encourages group problem solving4. Functional exerciseSimulation, involves moving people5. Full-scale exerciseSimulation involving multiple groups and movement of assets—Kathleen Kimball-Baker and Natasha Rotsteinlast_img read more

Are we ready for an increasing number of Chinese tourist visits?

first_imgAccording to the readers of the Chinese edition of the American magazine Travel + Leisure, Croatia was declared the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018, for which it received the “China Travel Awards-World Best Awards” from that magazine in Shanghai, the Main Office reported. CNTB.The number of Chinese tourists coming to the Republic of Croatia is significantly increasing. It is approaching the figure of 200 thousand, with a 40 percent growth (since the beginning of the year there were 38.200 arrivals (+ 40%) and 54.400 overnight stays (+ 31%) of Chinese tourists), but according to estimates, most Chinese tourists come without any significant role local travel agencies from Croatia, but Chinese or agencies from neighboring countries.Chinese people love touring cultural sights and natural phenomena in Croatia, but we lack photo tours and specialized tours that would allow Chinese tourists to mark our natural resources and cultural sights on social networks, which are full of digital records of destinations visited by Chinese tourists. In order to make the Croatian tourist offer even better and thus attract as many Chinese tourists as possible, it is first necessary to see who Chinese tourists are and what their motives are for tourist movements.Among Chinese tourists, three segments can be identified, and they are: younger tourists who are usually between 25 and 44 years old, whose motive for tourist movements is primarily learning the language and getting to know the culture of another people first hand. The second group of Chinese tourists are people over the age of 45 who mostly travel with children, do not stay long in a particular place (2-3 nights) and have higher purchasing power than younger tourists. They choose a tourist destination according to their recognizability and according to the tourist offer based on natural resources and cultural heritage. For families with minor children, travel has an educational and developmental role, and the goal is to expand the horizons of children, ie to introduce them to other and different cultures. The last segment of Chinese tourists is made up of extremely rich tourists who go on trips very thoughtfully, ie to invest in a country, buy real estate or visit educational institutions where they see an opportunity to educate their children in Europe.Sightseeing and safety are the most important motives for travel, followed by gastronomy and shopping. Older travelers show more interest in sightseeing, visit beaches, museums and galleries and, unlike younger travelers, want to go on organized tours. Younger travelers are inclined to gastronomy, shopping and visiting concerts and festivals, and most often visit Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split.Now that we have seen who Chinese tourists are, we can make an overview of the problems that Croatia may encounter when creating its tourist offer. Increasingly younger tourists want content that they can mark on increasingly popular and represented social networks, so it is necessary to work on a variety of photo routes where we will offer the opportunity of emotional satisfaction with the visual identity of a place.A very important aspect of travel for a Chinese traveler is food. The kitchen is the third most important thing that the Chinese take into account when choosing a destination. Everyone would like Chinese tourists, but one should know their taste. The availability of food worthy of the Chinese palate is one of the main concerns of the Chinese, whether traveling for business or leisure. They will always be more attracted to destinations whose cuisine is made up of ingredients similar to those in Chinese cuisine. Seafood and fresh fruits are the basis of the Chinese diet, so they choose the destinations of their travels. A country that thinks that their national cuisine is interesting to others and does not want to invest in the industry of various world restaurants and cuisines is doing poorly in the global tourism market. In the big cities of Europe, this is not a problem because Chinese cuisine is already popular among the population. The problem is in smaller places where there is no developed taste and culture of eating Asian food. A simple example is hot water. Most Chinese do not drink cold drinks and carry hot water bottles with them. Water heaters are found in almost all hotel rooms in China, while in our country it is a rarity and even an impossible phenomenon.These days, there is intense discussion about another major problem that is slowing down the growth of visits by Chinese tourists to Croatia, and that is airlines and the issuance of visas. By establishing a direct airline from Beijing to Zagreb, we would get a certain number of Chinese tourists on a weekly basis, so we would reach the figure of 800 thousand much faster. Unfortunately, we are one of the countries for which the Chinese must have visas before traveling, which to some extent complicates the work of travel agencies that would like to bring them to Croatia in large numbers, while an additional problem is the fact that the Croatian Embassy in Beijing not many people work on issuing visas. It is necessary to relax this visa regime as much as possible, because we can see from the example of some other countries that the abolition of visas has led to an increase in the number of Chinese tourists.Source: HTZ , Shiftlast_img read more

He travels by bicycle from Prague to Split to demonstrate the safety of travel after a pandemic

first_imgMike Sarana will accompany the Croatian National Tourist Board on his journey and through the presentation of Croatian destinations and beauties with his recommendations and advice, all in order for this incredible adventure to end as successfully as possible. Yesterday, in front of Prague Castle, he was accompanied on his journey by the Croatian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ljiljana Pancirov and Dubravko Miholić, director of the CNTB Representation for the Czech Republic. His intention is to prove by personal example that traveling in Europe, more precisely from the Czech Republic to Croatia, is easy after a pandemic and after the borders are open, and that Croatia is an ideal and very safe country for a summer vacation.  “Together with our Representative Office in the Czech Republic, we are very pleased to be involved in this commendable endeavor, which we will support through our social networks, which are followed by many travel enthusiasts around the world. The Czech market is one of our top 10 emitting markets from which, especially this year, we expect many visitors. I believe that this project in the Czech Republic, but also in other countries through which Mike Saran will pass, will additionally draw attention to Croatia, which is currently one of the safest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. “Come to Croatia, it is safe and beautiful here – that is my message and the goal of this trip of mine. Croatia, and especially Dalmatia, offers everything a modern tourist could wish for at the moment – it is a beautiful destination with a preserved coast, you can visit it by car, bicycle, you can enjoy the sea or mountains, it is full of excellent adrenaline locations, has excellent gastronomic and hotel offer , is located in the heart of Europe and is a very safe destination this year that has successfully defended itself against a global pandemicSaid Mike Saran.  Saran’s entry into Croatia is expected on June 12. Arrival at the final destination, the hotel Le Meridien LAV is planned ten days after departure from Prague.  “I want to present to everyone how beautiful Croatia is. I have been doing business here for several years and every time I find something that makes me happy again – from the adventurous challenges this country offers, through the beautiful nature to the incredible hospitality of the people you meet by chance while traveling and staying in Croatia. As a great lover of sports and challenges and a lover of adrenaline, I am especially pleased with numerous adventure and adrenaline destinations and locations. I want those who are not sure where to travel and rest this summer to be convinced that it is beautiful and safe here, to choose Croatia as their destination. For me, of course, Split and Dalmatia are number one!”.  Saran does all this with one sincere goal: To present to everyone how beautiful Croatia is i Namely, Mike Saran – investor in Croatia, philanthropist and founder of the Sport2Life foundation, adventurer and owner of the Le Meridien LAV hotel in Split, decided to cover 1200 kilometers on his bike in just ten days, on roads and off road trails of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia to your hotel in Split.   “So far I have set myself several big and demanding challenges like conquering the highest peak in Europe Mont Blanca, climbing the top of Mount Fuji, participating in the world’s toughest off road race Fiji Eco Challenge, but I must admit that I have never felt so much excitement. There are many reasons, and one for sure is that this challenge includes Croatia, which I fell in love with for the first time when I arrived “on business” and decided that it would become a part of my life. I am looking forward to meeting various people on the road because people in Croatia are not unfamiliar with hospitality, and I am most looking forward to seeing and greeting the employees at my hotel LAV after a few months!”. On its way through Croatia, from the Slovenian-Croatian border to Split, Saran will stop and visit some of the famous domestic destinations such as the castle in Trakošćan, waterfalls in Rastoke, Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, the cities of Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir and some more. of the destinations he discovers during his journey.  He set off for Croatia on his bicycle yesterday, early Sunday morning, from the square in front of the legendary Prague Castle, and on the first day he covered about 210 kilometers through the Czech Republic. An incredible challenge that has a strong message ahead of it has been posed by the businessman, philanthropist and adventurer Mike Saran, owner of the Le Meridien Lav hotel in Split and a great lover of Croatia. This amazing business and sports challenge can be followed daily on the official Instagram profiles Mike Sarana and foundations Sport 2 Life Croatia.last_img read more

Trump replaces re-election campaign manager in shake-up

first_imgPresident Donald Trump replaced his campaign manager on Wednesday as he faces a gap in the polls against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden with less than four months to Election Day.Trump said on Facebook he would replace campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien, who has been the deputy campaign manager.”Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together,” Trump said. “This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!” Parscale, whom Trump said would shift to a role focused on digital strategy, was blamed internally for the botched Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally last month that drew a much smaller-than-expected crowd and led to a coronavirus outbreak that forced Parscale and other campaign officials who were there to self-quarantine for two weeks.Trump advisers have also privately leveled criticism that the campaign lacks a central message. But they said Trump shared the blame because he lacked discipline on how to communicate their message and agenda for a second, four-year term.Trump, a Republican, trails Biden by 10 percentage points among registered voters in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, which has shown voters souring on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has also derailed his normal strategy of holding massive campaign rallies.Topics :last_img read more

Investment home could break through million-dollar mark

first_img89 Park Avenue, Sunnybank Hills, has a colonial facade. Good spot for a barbecue. The home is ready for a new owner.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago 89 Park Avenue, Sunnybank Hills, goes to auction at 3.30pm Saturday (Nov. 25).A SUNNYBANK Hills home could break through the million-dollar mark for the first time at auction this weekend.The five bedroom, three bathroom, triple car garage home at 89 Park Avenue, Sunnybank Hills — which has been set for auction at 3.30pm (Saturday November 25) — was not just in the coveted Sunnybank Hills State School catchment but also surrounded by million-dollar homes.According to CoreLogic records, the home last sold for $960,000 two years ago. It was put onto the rental market at the time and fetched $700 a week. Perfect for a hot summer. More than enough room for a caravan, boat and car.Agent Simon Au of RE/MAX Results labelled it “a blue chip investment” when listing the property.The property was on a huge 1,115sq m block with potential for development.It was also already geared up with a self-contained area that could allow for dual occupancy — especially handy for extended families, or alternatively could be used as a home office with separate entry.All up it has five king size bedrooms, two kitchens, four massive living areas, three bathrooms, high ceilings and “super-size” garage/storage. It has a large kitchen zone.The home has a large alfresco area for entertainment, plus a pool, and air-conditioned rumpus room.The sale was considered an urgent one given the “owner is committed elsewhere”, and according to the listing, “this property must be sold on or before auction”.Sunnybank Hills is considered a high demand market by, with 616 visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 316. According to CoreLogic, the median price in Sunnybank Hills has grown 41.4 per cent in the past five years. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more