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Phoenix Equity Partners buys up Bridge Leisure

first_img whatsapp Mid-sized private equity firm Phoenix Equity Partners has purchased the holiday leisure park company Bridge Leisure, alongside the current management team led by chief executive Andrew Howe, Phoenix announced yesterday.As part of the sale, Bridge Leisure is simultaneously acquiring Silver Sands Holiday Park which is located near Lossiemouth in Scotland.Phoenix will provide funds for Bridge Leisure to further develop its existing parks and supply cash for new acquisitions.Phoenix has experience of partnering with management teams to grow businesses. It also has experience of the holiday park sector, having invested previously in Weststar Holidays.Silver Sands will be the fourth park owned and operated by Bridge Leisure, following purchases between 2010 of Trevella, Sand Le Mere and Turnberry in 2012.Phoenix, meanwhile, is owned by its executive team and has an investment focus on mid-market UK businesses valued up to £200m.Recent investments include Riviera Travel, Just Childcare and Key Retirement Group.David Burns, managing partner at Phoenix, said:“[Bridge Leisure] is a well-run business with a strong management team, in what is an attractive and highly fragmented sector. We are confident that we will work well together with Andrew and his team to grow the business. The Silver Sands acquisition is a first step towards meeting that objective.”Howe, chief executive of Bridge Leisure, said:“As we look to further expand the business both organically and through acquisitions. We’ll benefit strongly from their experience of helping companies grow.” Show Comments ▼ Phoenix Equity Partners buys up Bridge Leisure Express KCS Monday 19 January 2015 8:35 pmcenter_img Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GamePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement whatsapplast_img read more

Second large donation to fund school’s major IT project

first_imgSecond large donation to fund school’s major IT project Friends of Gosforth School (FOGS) has received a further £3,000 donation from LLWR to help finance the purchase of 16 iPads for students.The group is in the final stage of a three year plan, initially to purchase 60 iPads and the infrastructure required to allow them to function in and around the primary school.LLWR donated £3,500 to the scheme in 2019 and the funding has helped the school ensure that disadvantaged youngsters with no access to personal computers at home receive equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Teachers have been able to send work via the school app to be completed at home, and also relay key messages around COVID guidelines.Rachel Jones, Chair of FOGS, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded £3,000 by LLWR this year, in our third year and final phase of our IT Funding Project.“This will allow us to purchase additional iPads for use by the pupils and teachers on a daily basis, giving access to a broader range of activities to engage the children and deliver positive learning and results.“The kids have loved completing a wide variety of IT activities which have enhanced their learning of core curriculum subjects. The iPads have allowed the pupils to work in small groups or pairs to complete coding, make videos and explore other means of recording their work and achievements.”The latest FOGS target is to fund 66 iPads, ensuring one per two pupils, plus one for each teacher, and 50 have so far been purchased, plus a Mac Mini, and the school wi-fi has been upgraded at a cost of £2,100.“Increasing the number of iPads we have in school is particularly important to us this year to help us use the equipment COVID safely and reducing the number of children needing to share equipment,” Rachel added.FOGS is a charity comprising volunteer parents and community members, plus school representatives, launched to raise funds to enhance the learning experience of pupils. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:charity, children, community, coronavirus, covid-19, disadvantaged, donation, finance, Government, infrastructure, pandemic, project, purchase, school, students, teacher, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

New Guidelines for U.S. Government Interactions with Taiwan Counterparts

first_imgNew Guidelines for U.S. Government Interactions with Taiwan Counterparts The Department of State has issued new guidelines for U.S. government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship. The guidance underscores Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community. These new guidelines liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations, and provide clarity throughout the Executive Branch on effective implementation of our “one China” policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances. The new guidelines have been issued following a review as set forth in the Taiwan Assurance Act. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:China, community, Democracy, Department of State, Force, Government, security, Taiwanlast_img read more

Inflatable planetarium lets Colorado kids explore the cosmos

first_img Published: June 11, 2019 • By Daniel Strain Students at CU Boulder are bringing the entire universe to your backyard, well, at least a portable and inflatable version of the cosmos.For eight years, undergrads at the university have traveled across Colorado to visit elementary, middle and high schools in towns from Julesburg in the north to San Luis in the south.And they bring with them an unusual learning environment: a portable planetarium.In this space, which looks a bit like a bouncy house, the CU Boulder students have the entire cosmos at their fingertips. With the flick of the switch, they can take groups of school children on trips from the moons of Saturn to the fringes of the known universe—and back again.“We have this software that can take us anywhere in the universe to look at all of the planets and galaxies,” said Richard Sheppard, an undergraduate studying astronomy at CU Boulder. “Sometimes, I’ll be talking, but I can’t get through anything because everyone’s hands will be up.”That voyage through space is one part of the CU Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits (CU-STARs) program.CU Boulder’s Erica Ellingson launched the project in 2011, with support from a CU Boulder Outreach Award, with a simple goal in mind: to help CU Boulder students share their love of all-things space with kids across Colorado.“That interaction is really electric,” said Ellingson, a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. “Every school we go to, I learn a little bit more by meeting these K-12 students and seeing how my own students adapt and thrive in these situations.”Anciently humanAnd it’s just one of many ways that members of the CU Boulder community are getting away from campus and into towns and cities around Colorado and beyond. Students and faculty members have also helped low-income residents to file their income tax returns, protected stretches of Amazonian rainforest and much more. Learn more about outreach projects at CU Boulder. Key takeaways For eight years, CU Boulder students have traveled Colorado sharing their love of space with school children using an inflatable planetarium. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail  CU-STARs stands for CU Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits.center_img CU-STARs students share their love of all-things space with kids across Colorado. Photo by Rebecca Bradford. Top banner image by Jenny Briggs.  Family members are also invited to learn more about the night sky through the program. Sheppard, who will start his senior year in the fall, is a prime ambassador for these efforts. He grew up in rural Canada and attended high school in Iowa, where his opportunities to learn about stars and planets were, he said, “a complete zero.”Now, the student sees it as his duty to give kids in Colorado towns the chance to experience the same excitement he feels when he looks through a telescope.“I think that’s a big motivation for a lot of us,” Sheppard said. “We have the opportunity to teach some kids about astronomy who hadn’t had the opportunity before.”Holly Christensen is a middle and high school teacher in Julesburg, a town that the CU-STARs students visited in spring 2019. She said that it was a great chance to expose the kids in her community, a three-hour drive from the museums and planetariums of the Front Range, to something new.“A large percentage of students from our school never get the opportunity to travel and experience any of these activities,” said Christensen. “So for it to come to us and expose students to new and exciting learning opportunities is everything to me as a teacher.”Ellingson, for her part, gets a thrill out of watching students like Sheppard, whom she calls her “stars,” build their confidence. She explained that, when she was a young woman, it took her years to start viewing herself as a real scientist. A large percentage of students from our school never get the opportunity to travel and experience any of these activities, so for it to come to us and expose students to new and exciting learning opportunities is everything to me as a teacher.” –Holly Christensen, middle and high school teacher in Julesburg“I not only see my students gain confidence in themselves, through the joy of being able to explain this thing that they love,” she said. “But I also see the students they teach have a second look at science.”And, she said, gazing up at the stars is fun—a way for people of all ages to kindle their love of science.On some trips, her students will stay in the towns they visit after dark to set up telescopes in football fields and parking lots. Entire families will show up to those events just to get a peek at the cosmos.“There’s something truly wonderful about standing around in the dark looking at the stars together,” she said. “There’s something anciently human about it.” Share on Facebook More Education & Outreach Follow @CUBoulderCategories:Education & OutreachNews Headlineslast_img read more

Heartfulness Institute in partnership with Ministry of AYUSH, United Nations Department of Public Information to host global Yogathon

first_img Read Article Heartfulness Institute in partnership with Ministry of AYUSH, United Nations Department of Public Information to host global Yogathon The event will showcase need for compassion, will inspire people how to live a life of compassionCompassion takes centre stage on International Day of Yoga 2020. This year, it also happens to be World Music Day. Heartfulness Institute, in partnership with the Ministry of AYUSH and the United Nations Department of Public Information, will be hosting a global Yogathon, with a call to make compassion contagious, music, conversations on Yoga, and an opportunity to meditate together. This event has the overwhelming support of more than 500 social, professional and cultural organisations in North America and India. As we continue to figure out how to face the challenges caused by the pandemic, and the personal, financial and social challenges of our times, the need to live a life of compassion is paramount. Compassion will help soothe hearts laden with fear and insecurity about the future. This event will showcase the need for compassion and will inspire people how to live a life of compassion. The transformative powers of compassion have been chronicled extensively in all the great world scriptures, and it is time for us to remind ourselves of them.The following luminaries will be taking part in the Yogathon: Kamlesh Patel (Daaji), Guide, Heartfulness; Baba Ramdev, YogRishi; Shripad Naik, AYUSH Minister; Suresh Prabhu, India’s Sherpa to the G20; Rajeev Chandran, Officer-in-Charge, UNIC India; Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shankar Mahadevan, musicians; Shaina NC and Mickey Mehta,  Wellness experts; PV Sindhu, VVS Laxman, Navdeep Saini, sports stars; Omi Vaidya, Sudhanshu Pandey, actors, and others.Commenting on the theme of the event, Daaji said, “Compassion is contagious and can transmit faster than any virus, while making us stronger. International Day of Yoga is a very apt platform to spread the message of compassion, and celebrities from all walks of life have readily agreed to lend their voice to this cause. This international Yogathon will help bring consciousness to the need for more elevated acts of compassion, allowing all our lives to be more peaceful and meaningful.Commenting on the Yogathon as a co-host Naik said, “This International Yoga Day 2020 will be a significant milestone in the journey of bringing yoga practices to the world. This vision inspired by our Prime Minister is now adopted by the United Nations and is a global movement. The tradition of yoga is time immemorial and is another contribution to the heritage of the world, a fact that should make all Indians proud wherever there are. It is our responsibility to nurture and share the benefit of this phenomenal practice so that the future generations are also able to enjoy this gift to mankind.”  The event will go live on June 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time in the US and on June 21, 2020 at 7 am in India. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on June 19, 2020 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Comments (0) News Add Comment MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” compassionHeartfulness InstituteInternational Day of Yoga 2020Ministry of AYUSHUnited Nations Department of Public InformationYogaYogathon WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Related Postslast_img read more

Measure to strengthen human trafficking laws goes to the governor

first_img Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr.Advocates are celebrating the passage of legislation designed to strengthen human trafficking laws, and bolster recovery programs.The Senate voted 40-0 on April 27 to approve CS/CS/CS SB 1826 by Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah Gardens. Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, sponsored the companion, HB 525. It goes next to Gov. Ron DeSantis.“Human trafficking is a scourge across greater Florida,” Toledo said.In a statement, Attorney General Ashley Moody said her top priority was “holding accountable those involved in this horrible enterprise.”“SB 1826 will allow us to better serve victims of human trafficking in our courts and strengthens our ability to bring traffickers to justice through our legal system,” Moody said.The measure would, among other things, encourage state attorneys to adopt a pro-prosecution policy, even when victims refuse to cooperate. It would create a training program for advocates and make their communications with victims “privileged” under certain circumstances.The measure would expand the definition of human trafficking to include “purchasing, patronizing,” or “procuring,” a change, advocates say, that could include the customers of sex trafficking victims. Another provision would eliminate filing fees associated with the expungement of a victim’s criminal history and allow them to pursue expungement in multiple jurisdictions. Brent Woody, a Tarpon Springs attorney and victim advocate who worked with the sponsors, said the latter provisions would benefit many of the survivors he represents pro bono through his not-for-profit Justice Restoration Center.Human trafficking survivors can have records related to everything from prostitution to shoplifting, crimes committed at the direction of their traffickers, Woody said.Florida law recognizes the dilemma and permits victims to expunge their records on the theory that there was a “substantive defect in the underlying criminal proceeding.”But victims are barred from filing for expungement in more than one jurisdiction, and lifting that ban will make a difference, Woody said.One client with convictions in Illinois, Nevada, and Florida has waited years for the expungement process to work its way through the system, one jurisdiction at a time, Woody said.Until their records are cleared, victims face substantial barriers to employment, housing, and education, advocates say.When she presented the bill on the House floor, Toledo thanked Woody, Moody, and her co-sponsor, Diaz. Both lawmakers serve on the 15-member Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, which Moody chairs.Toledo also praised survivors who have gone public with their stories, including one who described being abused by a neighbor when she was 5, and later sexually trafficked by her mother.“Your voices have been heard, we are grateful for your strength and courage in sharing your stories,” Toledo said.Contrary to the Hollywood stereotype, most human trafficking victims aren’t victims of international smuggling rings, Toledo said. Many are neighborhood adolescents enticed by a perpetrator’s online promises of romance, excitement, or protection.“Often it can be a child that has been in-and-out of foster care,” she said. “We can help victims regain normalcy in life. This bill confirms that they are not criminals.”According to a Senate analysis, Florida ranks third in the nation in terms of reported human trafficking cases. The analysis cites 767 reports of human trafficking cases in 2018 — 149 of them involving minors.“In November 2018, an investigation in Polk County lead to the arrest of 103 people for charges including prostitution and human trafficking,” the analysis states. “Similarly, in January 2019, a two-month investigation lead to the arrest of a 36-year-old male in Tallahassee on prostitution and sex trafficking charges involving a 14-year-old girl. At the time of his arrest, the male was already facing charges for sex trafficking a child in 2014.” Measure to strengthen human trafficking laws goes to the governor Apr 29, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Storieslast_img read more

Spotlight: Santa Monica Hotel Happy Hours Lure Locals with Tasty Offerings and Attractive Settings

first_imgHomeNewsSpotlight: Santa Monica Hotel Happy Hours Lure Locals with Tasty Offerings and Attractive Settings Jun. 03, 2017 at 6:00 amNewsSpotlight: Santa Monica Hotel Happy Hours Lure Locals with Tasty Offerings and Attractive SettingsGuest Author4 years agodaily pressdaily press santa monicamisti kernsSanta MonicaSanta Monica Hotel Happy HoursTourismtourism santa monicaICONIC: The Downtown plan aims to cap heights to maintain the clock tower’s prominence. (File photo)  Santa Monica residents are spoiled with an impressive collection of culinary and lounge options to choose from that are perfect for kicking off a night on the town or enjoying a quiet meal with friends. And while some residents may think that Santa Monica’s world-class hotel amenities cater only to tourists, those that are truly in-the-know realize that Santa Monica hotels are home to some of the most affordable happy hours in town, oftentimes also offering the best views, people watching and ambience around.“At Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, we love our locals,” says General Manager Matthew Lehman. “That’s why we’ve created initiatives that appeal to our neighbors just as much as they do to our overnight guests. For instance, FIG Restaurant’s FIG at Five was created specifically with locals in mind.”The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows’ FIG at Five is regarded by many as the best happy hour on the Westside. Rather than offering a special happy hour menu, the restaurant offers half off most menu items, including cocktails, from 5 to 6 p.m. Options include the FIG mojito, Moscow Mule, steamed Manila clams with vadouvan potato puree, and a wood-fired pizza.Another local favorite is Coast at Shutters on the Beach. One of the city’s most glamorous hotels, Shutters is, as its name implies, perched just a few feet from the sand. Coast offers a romantic, luxurious yet easygoing atmosphere where you can breathe in the sea air and enjoy ocean breezes as you gaze out at the sand, the palm trees and the crashing waves of the Pacific, cocktail in hand.Coast offers happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., every day except Saturdays. Specialty cocktails are $9, and include a berry mojito made with seasonal berries, the Tesla margarita enhanced with elderflower, a pomegranate and pineapple martini and a Moscow mule made with Tito’s vodka. A glass of red, white or sparkling wine is $8, while the draft beer of the day is $6.Happy hour appetizer choices include shishito peppers with lime salt for $4, oysters of the day, fish tacos, fried calamari and meatball sliders.The Viceroy is one of Santa Monica’s chicest hotels, due in no small part to the fanciful yet sophisticated decor designed by Kelly Wearstler. At the Viceroy, you can enjoy happy hour poolside in the verdant, tree-lined garden, or inside at Cast Lounge. Happy hour — or “rush hour” as it’s called here — is available daily, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cocktails are just $7, while bites range from $5 to $10. Cocktail offerings include the bar’s signature drink, the Ocean Ave. Heat (tequila, triple sec and house-made spicy syrup), along with classics like sangria, margaritas, lemon drops, mimosas and cosmopolitans. You can also enjoy wines by the glass for $6, or your choice of four beers, including Peroni and Amstel Light, for $5. Bites include cured lamb “bacon” wraps, fennel sausage and pepperoni flatbread, Margherita flatbread, or spiced nuts and olives.To learn about happy hours at more Santa Monica bars and restaurants, visit http://www.santamonica.com/happyhourTags :daily pressdaily press santa monicamisti kernsSanta MonicaSanta Monica Hotel Happy HoursTourismtourism santa monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLocal environmental awareness events continue despite Paris pulloutAn Open Letter to the Knock-Knock and Flocking Thieves in Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

WARREN’S WORLD: Welcome to Palm Springs

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. I am always a little apprehensive when I get off the airplane for an occasional visit to Palm Springs. This particular time, I had been invited by a friend and his wife and the timing was good because it had been raining in the Pacific Northwest for almost two weeks. I welcomed the hot blast of the desert and was looking forward to a few rounds of golf while there. After we landed, and as I looked out the window of the plane, I counted 17 wheelchairs lined up to haul passengers from the bottom of the ramp to their waiting desert limousines. As I sat and waited, the man just in front of me was very concerned that his special wheelchair was not going to be there when he got off the plane.He made it to the galley in the front of the plane and onto a special chair that was bolted to a pallet mounted on a forklift. They unloaded him with that forklift from the other side of the plane, the same way they load and unload the galley. A few minutes later, I saw my first doublewide wheelchair. It had dual, white, side-walled tires on it. As I was walking along, being passed by this doublewide wheelchair, I was also being passed on the other side by a baggage attendant/wheelchair pusher who was pulling two wheelchairs. He was running along between them, with one hand on each of them, rushing to get them to the next incoming plane. Welcome to Palm Springs in late October. Once inside the terminal it looked just like any other senior citizen sports bar. All the men I saw were wearing baseball caps, and they had gray hair, no hair, or wore the wig of the week. One man had on a gray wig that made him look like Liberace, if Liberace’s hairdresser had bought him a wig for a head three sizes larger than his was. The gray, blow dried, wig-wearing man was waiting with another man who was trying to look like a local, and whose wife was picking up both of them. The senior citizen-fake-local was dressed in black short pants, a matching black golf shirt, a black baseball hat with white golf tees stuck to the rim like bullets in a gun belt and knee length black socks. His lily-white knees were crisscrossed with blue vericose veins that separated his black short pants from the black stockings. He was also wearing cross-training athletic shoes, the heels of which lit up with each step he took. Striding alongside both of them was a man in khaki shorts, with legs almost as thin as the uprights for the walker that he had folded up since he was in the lobby. I wondered which of the 109 different Palm Springs golf courses he would be playing. Would he be a guest of a member of the Quarry or would he be opting to play the local nine holes with breakfast or dinner for $75? Out in front of the airport was a scene from a movie called “Terror in the Parking Lot.” A perfectly made-up lady, who had already outlived her plastic surgeon’s warranty, drove a Mercedes off-road vehicle. She was honking at a convertible Rolls Royce to get out of the way so that she could get closer to the wheelchair passenger pickup area. At the same time, a policeman was writing a ticket for a vintage Triumph convertible that was triple parked in the four-lane road, and the driver was waving fifty-dollar bills at him to get him to stop writing the ticket.We finally got to our friends with the sun shining outside at a pleasant, comfortable 78 degrees. Lunch was very nice: a designer sandwich made of seven-grain cranberry bread with three kinds of cheese and mesquite-smoked, free-range chicken. It also had jalapeno peppers and sprouts. The free-range chicken was tough enough to have won the last triathlons he entered, before he got run over.Later that day I relaxed in our friends’ living room, listening to a little classical music, while sipping on a 7-up and munching on potato chips our hostess had placed on the coffee table. About the time I finished my soda, Laurie finished her shower and joined me on the couch. I was complaining to her about the stale potato chips when she all of a sudden got very upset.“Warren, you’ve just eaten half a bowl of dried rose petals!”Like I said, welcome to Palm Springs.last_img read more

2019 Fair Sees Increased Attendance, Exhibits

first_imgThe 2019 Northwest Montana Fair saw increased visitation over last year’s fair, with nearly 80,000 people attending events, concerts, rodeos, and viewing exhibits.The fair ran from Aug. 14 – 18 in Kalispell at the Flathead County Fairgrounds, and saw 79,372 people, an increase of 1,265 people from 2018’s fair.Fairgrounds Manager Mark Campbell said the fair “was complete in all areas,” and that the overall experience was “fun, safe, and exciting” for the community.The week kicked off with a grandstand concert featuring country music star Gretchen Wilson, who brought in 2,858 fans. The concert was cut short by 10 minutes, however, due to a rain and lightning storm that Campbell said would “leave a lasting memory for all who attended.”The PRCA Rodeo, held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of the fair, had a total attendance of 13,000 people, and a total payout of $75,535. Campbell said the rodeos continue to see steady increases in attendance every year, with the Saturday night performance selling out early in the evening.The 2019 Leroy Skunkcap Memorial Indian Relay Races hosted 23 teams from three states and Alberta, Canada. Black Rock Relay of Browning won the event and were crowned champions.The 4H and FFA participants had another stellar year at the Market Livestock Sale, which brought in more than $560,000, with all proceeds going to the youths who raised the animals.There were more than 8,000 exhibits entered in the 4H, FFA, and Open Class competitions, an increase of about 10 percent from last year. Campbell said most of the 23 departments saw increases in exhibits, but they’ve been especially noticeable for larger animals.The award for 2019’s Best Fair Food went to D&T BBQ, with the Flathead Valley Marines coming in second with their chicken dinner platters, and Glacier Shaved Ice coming in third.“While numbers are used to track our progress and provide good barometers of how the fair is viewed, a successful event is also comprised of many intangible factors,” Campbell said in a prepared statement. “Enjoyment, education, safety, and a community coming together to celebrate are all just as important. We can’t extend our appreciation for all the support, volunteerism, and effort by thousands of people that made this year’s fair exceed on all accounts.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Council confirm letter was received by Cllr O’Donnell ahead of last Fridays meeting

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Council confirm letter was received by Cllr O’Donnell ahead of last Fridays meeting Twitter Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – December 16, 2015 Donegal County Council have confirmed that a letter has been received by the Council’s Meetings Administrator from Councillor John O’Donnell.It’s believed this letter was received ahead of last Friday’s Special Meeting of Donegal County Council and was circulated to the elected members of Donegal County Council as requested by Cllr O’Donnell.The special meeting was held to discuss the aftermath of last weeks RTE investigates programme, which featured Cllr John O’Donnell, and alleged he asked for payment in return for helping out a fictitious wind farm company set up in Donegal.When contacted by Highland Radio News, the Council said it is not in a position to provide a copy of this correspondence. Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Google+ Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Google+ Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Twitter Facebook Previous articleNI abortion ban “incompatible with Human Rights legislation” – JudgeNext articleAnother arrest into Paul McCauley murder probe News Highland LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restoredlast_img read more