NPSS Senior Alternate Program holds opening ceremony for Community Orchard and Healing

first_imgOne of the recently planted healing gardens at NPSS. Photo by Scott BrooksSenior Alternate student Chantelle Waughtal and another classmate started with an idea to grow a fruit orchard on the school grounds but then realizing that the idea of having an orchard could be something larger and more meaningful as a tribute to First Nations culture.Reg Whiten, of Tree Canada, says the orchard and gardens allow students to show their connection to the communities and to learn about stewardship.“The orchard and the healing garden are really two ways for them to show their connection to the communities and the whole idea of long-term stewardship of their garden.”The orchard and gardens contain traditional healing plants, berry bushes, apple trees, cherry trees, and a few other species of plants.The orchard project is made possible by grants from Tree Canada and Pembina Pipelines and is in association with the local First Nations. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students of the Senior Alternate Program held an opening ceremony on Wednesday for the Community Orchard and Healing Gardens at North Peace Secondary School.The opening ceremony featured traditional Native drumming, speeches, tours, and a barbecue.Personal and Social Development teacher Brenda Birley got her students involved in social change projects as a way of improving the community. Jeff Spenst, of Pembina, and Reg Whiten, of Tree Canada, were on hand for the opening ceremony of the Community Orchard and Healing Gardens at NPSS. Photo by Scott Brookslast_img read more

Lanka makes geographic data available to the UN

In the last 34 years natural disasters have killed more than 37,000 Sri Lankans. As recently as November 2010, heavy monsoon rains triggered devastating floods in parts of the country, affecting close to 1.2 million people (319,451 families). Thousands of families lost their livelihoods. Some 30,000 houses were partially damaged or completely destroyed and 300,000 hectares of rice paddy was ruined. The agreement, the first of its kind between the Government and the United Nations, allows for organisations to freely use Government geographic data for disaster management purposes. Ensuring these organisations all use the same geographic data is essential if the information is to be shared quickly with the Government, as well as other humanitarian partners.Mahesh Fernando, the Surveyor General of the Survey Department of Sri Lanka, said that this agreement “will assist in addressing information gaps in disaster management by improving how disaster related information is analysed, as well facilitating better decision making.” Both the Government and UNOCHA underscored the pivotal role that common data standards make towards making disaster preparedness and response activities more efficient and effective.Brendan McDonald, Head of UNOCHA Sri Lanka, said that the agreement was “a practical example of the Government’s commitment to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action” which was adopted by the Government in 2005 at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Japan.He also said that the agreement reflected how the Government and the United Nations work together to build sustainable partnerships in advance of disasters. This partnership can reduce the impact of disasters on people’s lives, as well as the Sri Lankan economy and environment. Numerous challenges arise for national authorities and partners when responding to a major disaster: recording the damage to housing, infrastructure, and services; tracking displaced people; distributing food and water; and coordinating the work of humanitarian organisations. The economic cost of disasters over the last ten years in Sri Lanka exceeded LKR 257 billion rupees, or USD 1.95 billion dollars. Sri Lanka has made its geographic data available to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) through which it will be available for humanitarian agencies for disaster management purposes.In an effort to mitigate the effects of disasters, the Survey Department of Sri Lanka and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) today signed a historic agreement for Digital Data Dissemination. read more

TNA meets Manmohan and discuss PSC

During separate meetings with Singh and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Sampanthan said the TNA would consider joining the Parliamentary Select Committee on finding a political solution provided Mahinda Rajapaksa Government gives a firm assurance that they would not be “cheated again”. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today affirmed India’s commitment for a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue during a meeting with TNA leaders, who would now consider joining a Parliamentary committee provided Colombo assures they will not be “cheated again”.Singh also told a TNA delegation that India will not “backtrack” from its position that Tamils in Sri Lanka should lead a life of “dignity and self respect” in a peaceful environment, the team’s head R Sampanthan said. The Prime Minister said India would continue to engage with the Tamil National Alliance in its efforts to find a political solution to the decades-old Tamil question. Terming the meeting with Singh and Krishna as “extremely good”, he said the TNA told the Indian Prime Minister that the party was committed to achieving a political solution but would want an assurance from the Sri Lankan Government that the “negativity” would be removed.“Prime Minister said India would never backtrack from its position that Tamils in Sri Lanka should lead a life of dignity and self respect in a peaceful environment. He told us that India is fully with Sri Lankan Tamils and would continue to engage with TNA,” Sampanthan said. During the meetings, the Indian side also explained its position and how it was working with the Sri Lankan Government in implementing the 13th Amendment plus approach which envisages devolution of power to Tamil-dominated provinces, sources said. (PTI) read more

Meeting Myanmar groups UNs top political officer discusses political process aid

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari also told representatives from ethnic groups that the UN stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance to all regions of Myanmar, a spokesman told reporters in New York.“In the course of his discussions, Mr. Gambari stressed the need for a more inclusive and transparent political process in Myanmar, one in which all of Myanmar’s people can find their voices, including those groups not represented at the Convention,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.Mr. Gambari arrived in Myanmar yesterday and met with Government ministers for talks in which he emphasized the need for progress, including the release of political prisoners. During his first visit to the country in May he spoke with a cross-section of officials, including the most prominent democracy advocate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has repeatedly called for her release. read more

Environment minister urges confidence in process after NEB revelations

by Melanie Marquis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2016 9:04 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna urged Canadians on Tuesday to have confidence in the evaluation process of large-scale energy projects like Energy East.McKenna declined to comment directly on new revelations surrounding the National Energy Board, the body responsible for conducting consultations on TransCanada’s proposed pipeline project.The National Observer revealed last week that the NEB’s chairman and two of its commissioners met with ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest in January 2015, while he was acting as a consultant to TransCanada (TSX:TRP), and talked about the pipeline.The NEB, which initially denied discussions about the project took place during the meeting, apologized to the online news site and called it an honest mistake.NEB spokesman Craig Loewen said there was no ill intent behind its initial denial.The federal regulator had asked to meet with Quebec representatives from a wide range of groups: municipal associations, chambers of commerce, mayors and a former premier.The exercise was in an effort to learn how to engage with the province, said Marc-Andre Plouffe, an NEB director at its Montreal office.Plouffe said the board wasn’t aware of any ties Charest had with any particular company.With the board’s credibility under fire, McKenna told a news conference in Halifax that Canadians must have faith in the system.“We must have confidence in our system, we must have confidence in our institutions, and we must ensure we have decisions that are independent,” McKenna said, adding the Liberal government is committed to reviewing the environmental assessment process rigorously.A spokesman for Charest at McCarthy Tetrault law offices where he works was unavailable for comment Tuesday.NEB hearings began Monday in New Brunswick with promoters of the Energy East project reassuring the public about the safety of the 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would see crude oil transported from Alberta to Eastern Canada.Hearings move to Montreal from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 and to Quebec City from Oct. 3 to 7.The board must submit its report by March 2018 after which the federal cabinet will have the final say on the project.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said the NEB initially denied meeting with Charest. In fact, the NEB initially denied discussions about Energy East took place in the meeting. Environment minister urges confidence in process after NEB revelations read more

RaidersChiefs Shows That Thursday Night Isnt The NFLs Trash Heap Anymore

*NFL’s season-opening game.**Thanksgiving night game.In each matchup, “Team 1” is the higher-rated team according to Elo.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 411/26/98**MinnesotaDallas167716101643 The best Thursday night NFL matchups of all time 109/10/09*PittsburghTennessee164515931618 59/8/16*DenverCarolina163716341635 In fact, if we toss out special Thursday occasions — Thanksgiving and the NFL’s annual opening-night showcase — Raiders-Chiefs rises to third-best among the ranks of ordinary Thursday night games. We haven’t seen a matchup this good emerge organically from the Thursday night schedule since the Broncos hosted the Chargers in Oct. 2014.Good Thursday night games like Chiefs-Raiders are part of a larger comeback trend. Thursday night football has been a perennial punchline, particularly since 2012, when the NFL decided to play a Thursday night game almost every week instead of firing the feature up at midseason for the stretch run, as it did between 2006 and 2011. But after a rocky start, the quality of these midweek games has slowly risen over the past five seasons: 99/5/13*BaltimoreDenver162816091618 69/9/04*New EnglandIndianapolis166715911628 211/27/14**SeattleSan Francisco166816291648 111/29/07DallasGreen Bay166016491655 When the Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night, the outcome will go a long way toward determining who wins the AFC West and will influence the whole conference’s playoff picture. But further down the game’s list of notable implications is the fact that it’s one of the best Thursday night games1We’re counting any prime-time game played on a Thursday as a Thursday night game, even though some games played on Thursday nights are marketed as “Sunday Night Football” or “Monday Night Football” and some games marketed as “Thursday Night Football” are played on other days of the week. in NFL history.Just like when I sized up the awfulness of Week 8’s Jaguars-Titans Thursday night tilt, we can measure the quality of a given NFL matchup by taking the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pre-game Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for estimating a team’s quality at any given moment). And according to that measure, tonight’s K.C.-Oakland game is the seventh-best Thursday night matchup in NFL history: 811/24/11**BaltimoreSan Francisco162816101619 712/8/16Kansas CityOakland166215861623 DATETEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 1TEAM 2HARMONIC MEAN PRE-GAME ELO RATING 310/23/14DenverSan Diego168816071646 At the same time, Monday night matchups have been getting worse, and now the two days have very nearly pulled even in terms of their average quality.2At least in prime time; I excluded non-prime-time Thursday games such as Thanksgiving day games. Both are still far, far below the level established by the league’s flagship prime-time games on Sunday nights. But with more games like tonight’s Raiders-Chiefs tilt, Thursday night is no longer merely a place for the NFL to stash terrible matchups so it can get every team on prime-time TV.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Is There Much Hope For The Colts With Jacoby Brissett As QB

It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty. read more

Prince Harry makes surprise visit to Borough Market and praises its strength

first_imgPrince Harry with Matthew from Bread Ahead  Prince Harry buys doughnuts from Bread Ahead, whose staff fought off the attackers Many wept as they linked arms in a show of solidarity following the attack.Others wore t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘We Are Family’ alongside the Borough Market logo and date of the attack. The market bell tolled  at 10am , hailing its reopening. Prince Harry has paid a visit to London’s Borough Market this morning, meeting traders and restaurateurs whose staff and customers were caught up in the recent terrorist attack.The 32-year-old royal visited the popular food market where knife-wielding attackers ran amok, stabbing passers-by after mowing down pedestrians on nearby London Bridge. Eight people were killed and scores of others injured in the atrocity on Saturday June 3. Darren Henaghan, Borough Market managing director said, “It is absolutely marvellous that Prince Harry came here today. It means a great deal to everyone connected with the market.”Borough Market reopened yesterday in a show of defiance as Londoners were told: “This is your market.”An emotional ceremony saw the market fall silent for one minute  at 9.30am  in honour of those killed and injured in the June 3 atrocity. During the 45-minute visit Harry, 32, met Ganga Garbuja, security guard for the Market on the night of the attack.The prince met a collection of traders and restaurant staff near the Wheatsheaf pub, near where the attackers were killed by police.The prince also met Jack Appleby, who got people to safety by pulling the shutters down on the Market Porter pub.  Prince Harry buys doughnuts from Bread Ahead Mr Jones said of the attack: “The business was in full operation. I was at home at the time but I had staff working on the night of the attack.  Borough Market was closed for 11 days and traders gathered for a poignant minute’s silence before it officially reopened on Wednesday morning.Told how traders are donating food to victims of the West London fire, Prince Harry said: “Those poor people – our thoughts are with them.” Prince Harry meets Matt Jones from Bread Ahead. His staff protected members of the public on the night of the attacks. pic.twitter.com/E6aPlHa8jX— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2017 A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Prince Harry was keen to come down as soon as possible to spread the message this vibrant market is open for business.”The Prince went behind the stall at “Bread Ahead” run by baker Matt Jones, 47, whose staff fought off attackers with brooms and crates as they went on the violent rampage stabbing innocent people.Prince Harry said: “The strength of this community and London as a whole is magic.” Prince Harry tours stalls during a visit to Borough Market  Prince Harry tours stalls during a visit to Borough Market  Prince Harry with Matthew from Bread Ahead  “Two of them got involved throwing bread crates at the attackers to try and save one of the women being attacked. It was really bad.”Yesterday saw so many regular customers coming back. A lot of customers buy their bread here. Harry coming here is great for business.” Prince Harry meets @boroughmarket security officer Ganga Garbuja who was first on the scene and led several people to safety pic.twitter.com/GSelhrNjlz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

After damning leaks Trump says his own spies are behaving just like

first_img Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 12:55 PM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter The New York Times reported overnight that intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts between the campaign and Moscow’s intelligence community. Four current and former US officials were cited in the newspaper’s report.American “law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee,” the Times said, citing three of the officials who spoke privately due to an ongoing investigation.The nature of the purported calls was not disclosed.The reports pile further pressure on the administration following the resignation earlier this week of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.Flynn resigned barely three weeks after Trump’s inauguration amid allegations he had discussed recently imposed US sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to Washington before Trump took office, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the call.The Senate Intelligence Committee is already investigating Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s US election.Here’s what Trump had to say this morning: Share139 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3240338 Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View – “The NSA & FBI…should not interfere in our politics…and is” Very serious situation for USA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Updated at 1pm DONALD TRUMP HAS taken aim at his own intelligence services in a series of early morning tweets in the wake of reports overnight that members of his campaign team had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials in the year before he won the November general election.This morning’s tweets, the first of which was sent at around 6.30am Washington time, also take aim at news outlets that have been covering reports of Trump’s links with Russia.He blasted CNN and MSNBC as “unwatchable” and said information was being leaking illegally to the “failing” New York Times and Washington Post.Trump, whose early tweets are now an established ritual in the daily US news cycle, suggested agencies like the NSA and FBI were behaving “just like Russia”. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Source: The New York Times/Twitter Short URL After damning leaks, Trump says his own spies are behaving ‘just like Russia’ The Trump campaign team had repeated contact with Russian officials, according to the New York Times. The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017center_img This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 By Daragh Brophy 101 Comments Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Feb 15th 2017, 12:55 PM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 35,757 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Trump typically spends mornings in the White House going through the newspapers and watching the cable news shows. He has frequently taken aim at the New York Times in his tweets since his election – but continues to give interviews to the paper.According to a report in the newspaper based on a phone interview with Trump last month:His mornings, he said, are spent as they were in Trump Tower. He rises before 6 a.m., watches television tuned to a cable channel first in the residence, and later in a small dining room in the West Wing, and looks through the morning newspapers: The New York Times, The New York Post and now The Washington Post.Intelligence servicesThe only Trump aide named in the New York Times report overnight was Paul Manafort.Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman for several months last year and a former political consultant in Russia and Ukraine, shrugged off the claims however.“This is absurd,” he told the paper.I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today. Intercepted calls show Trump campaign members had repeated contact with Russian intelligence before the election https://t.co/9tTUPD36lb— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 15, 2017 It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.The Times said US intelligence was investigating “whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election”. The officials interviewed by the paper had so far seen no evidence suggesting that cooperation had existed.In January, US intelligence officials said in a report that Russia intervened in the US electoral process at least in part to help Trump win. He has spoken often about the need for a closer relationship between the United States and Russia.“Let’s not believe anonymous information,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters, according to the Reuters news service.It’s a newspaper report which is not based on any facts.- With reporting from AFPRead: Trump’s national security adviser quits after claims he misled White House over talks with Russianslast_img read more

The Greek Referendum question

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek government on Monday published the text of the question it plans to put to citizens in a referendum on Sunday, asking them to decide whether or not to accept the demands made by international lenders in return for fresh cash to keep Greece from defaulting on its debts.The referendum poses a simple question: “Should the proposal that was submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund at the Eurogroup of June 25, 2015, which consists of two parts that together constitute their comprehensive proposal, be accepted?”The “No” box appears as the first option, above the “Yes” box.The leftist-led government, which rejected the proposal in negotiations as contrary to its electoral pledges, has urged Greeks to vote “No.”It says this will strengthen its hand in talks with the lenders, but eurozone leaders including European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made clear on Monday they would see a ‘No’ vote as a rejection of euro membership.[Reuters]last_img read more

Conch Festival invites Delano Williams to taste in Conchetition Gramps Morgan in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Nov 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Conch Festival is in its 12th year and no rain is going to stop the show says organizers of the Blue Hills event and reports are Delano Williams, superstar sprinter from the TCI is among this year’s tasting judges.In fact, the fun begins tonight with a kick-off party at the Club Pillows courtyard where on the festival party line up is Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage. An after party is also planned for Zanzi on Saturday once the event at Three Queen’s winds down at 5pm. The Conch Festival gets started at 11am Saturday with the ‘conch-etition’ which pits the island’s best chefs against each other and where the key categories are Best Conch Salad, Best Conch Chowder, Best Specialty Conch dish and Best in Show competition judged by a panel of experts to include future Olympian, Delano Williams. A tasting fee of $25 gives Festival-goers a chance to sample all the dishes. In addition to the restaurants entered, there is a Best Home Kitchen conch dish award which is presented. Over 25 restaurants are expected to compete for the cash prizes and bragging rights this year. Recommended for you Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather Related Items:conch festival, delano williams, gramps morgan The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Romney Barack Obama has failed America

first_imgMANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney is opening his first formal day as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate by pitching himself as the one to heal the economy and issuing a direct challenge to the man he wants to replace: “Barack Obama has failed America,” he says.In excerpts released ahead of his formal kick-off speech Thursday, Romney hones in on the economic woes that are frustrating voters: a lack of jobs, persistent foreclosures and runaway spending in Washington.It’s a pitch tailored to the conservatives who hold great sway in picking the GOP’s presidential nominee in Iowa and South Carolina — and the independents who are the largest politic bloc in New Hampshire. And it is as much a thesis on his viability as it is an indictment of Obama’s leadership.“A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead, someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place,” Romney says, describing the man he hopes to meet head-to-head in November 2012.“At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a president he would make. … Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by. Barack Obama has failed America.”last_img read more

Infosys to declare Q2 results on 14 October shares could be hit

first_imgInfosys shares were trading almost flat at Rs 1,065 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday morning even as the company said last Friday that it will be announcing its second quarter (Q2) results on 14 October 2016. The company could take a hit on the day if it indeed lowers its revenue guidance for the current fiscal, as has been hinted by its top management.The stock has dropped almost 12 percent in the past three months from its closing price of Rs 1,208 on 20 June 2016. The year-low and year-high are Rs 1,009.20 and Rs 1,278, respectively.The company would consider payment of interim dividend, if any, during the board meeting on the same day. The record date for the putative interim dividend will be 24 October 2016.A few days ago, the company had said during an analysts’ call that it may lower its revenue guidance for the current fiscal, which would be the second in a span of less than three months, despite expressing confidence of a better performance in the September quarter.On 15 July, the company, while declaring its Q1 results, lowered its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 percent from 11.5-13.5 percent earlier, triggering a 10 percent fall in share price. The company’s recent hint of another such guidance has been prompted by the fallout of Brexit.”What I could say is that we see that our Q2 growth is going to be higher than the Q1 growth, but we do see risks that would get us towards a territory of downward revision of guidance because the atmosphere during the course of Q2 has worsen compared to what we saw in the beginning of Q2. And you see the example of RBS, its one such example,” Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, told analysts. The scrapping of a project by RBS led to a ramp-down of about 3,000 employees for the company.”Infosys has been a W&G program technology partner for Consulting, Application Delivery and Testing services, and subsequent to this decision, will carry out an orderly ramp-down of about 3,000 persons, primarily in India, over the next few months,” the Bengaluru-based IT software services exporter said in a statement on 13 August.The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 percent in constant currency terms. The operating margin came at 24.1 percent.last_img read more

Whos Running For President The 2020 Dem

first_imgWho’s Running For President? The 2020 Democrats Photo Illustration: Getty Images; Renee Klahr and Alyson Hurt by NPR News Renee Klahr, Alena Sadiq, Domenico Montanaro, Alyson Hurt 8.28.19 7:13pm The Democratic presidential field is big. It’s the most diverse field ever and the largest in at least 40 years — that is before at least three of the candidates on the list below were even born. All of these Democratic contenders are vying to be the one to try and defeat President Trump and stop him from winning a second term, which is no easy task. Despite his unpopularity, Trump’s approval rating has held steady, the economy is doing well, and his base is firmly behind him.All of it points to a long, drawn-out primary followed by an intense general election.Here are the Democrats who are running, who might be running, or taking a pass on 2020. Don’t see the graphic above? Click here.This story was originally published on Jan. 31, 2019.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Sean McVay Also Remembers Every Play Ever From His High School QB

first_imgSean McVay has made a name for himself as the most talented young coach in a generation, but also for his photographic memory when it comes to recalling specific plays and sequences from random games he coached in years ago.During  media night at the Super Bowl, and McVay was put to the test again, but reached further into his Rain Man memory when asked reel off specific plays from his high school days when he was an all-state QB for Marist High School in Georgia.As you probably guessed, he nailed it and even recalled how he got lit up after one of the plays. Then a reporter dropped a box of toothpicks and McVay knew exactly how many were on the ground. That actually didn’t happen.Sean McVay is fun at parties.Here was a Sean McVay recall test. pic.twitter.com/is6XchJnEo— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) January 29, 2019 Here’s some video of McVay running the plays he’ll never forget, ever.last_img read more

HIV man tells how a home selftesting kit saved his life

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… When Michael Nugent was scrolling through a gay dating app, he noticed an ad for a home-delivered HIV self-testing kit. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark World AIDS Day: ‘We owe it to this generation to eradicate AIDS’‘Without him I’d be dead’, remembering the world’s leading HIV doctorGay nurse films hilarious Sound of Music parody to raise money for HIV researchRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hiv-self-testing-saved-my-life/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Even though Nugent knew he was practising safe sex, the fact it was completely free and delivered to his house, made him order one on the spot.He told Gay Star News: ‘I thought I’d just tick it off my list because I knew I had nothing to worry about.’A few days later, the 33-year-old bisexual man from Glasgow received a discreet package in the mail.He carried out the test by pricking his finger and getting a small amount of blood. He dropped the blood into an ‘activator tub’ and left it for 15 minutes.World AIDS Day pin | Photo: Jayel Aheram / FlickrBut when it came back with an HIV+ result, he froze.‘I remember when I took the test and saw the two solid lines, I turned around and looked at myself in the mirror, then quickly turned away in disgust and fear,’ he said. ‘All I could think was that I have HIV and I’m going to die of AIDS.‘I’m in for a horrible, horrible death,’ he said.Nugent explained his preconceived ideas of HIV/AIDS led him to spiral into a destructive state of mind.He thought there might be a chance of a false-positive response from the test so went to his local GP to double-check the result.I wanted to ‘put myself under a train’When he went to the doctor’s office, they informed him there’d be a three-day wait for appointments for blood tests.Nugent said to the receptionist in that moment: ‘I am either seeing a GP now or leaving here to put myself under a train.’‘There is no way I wanted to leave here, then have the HIV develop into AIDS and die. My mindset at the time was that it was going to be over in the blink of an eye.’He had to go to another clinic in Sandford to confirm the result. Doctors did a full blood test and STI health check and then two days later, they confirmed the result.‘I pretty much collapsed to the floor and was in tears,’ Nugent said. ‘The gentleman who gave me my results left the room and I was just with my sister.‘The next thing I remember, I was actually trying to wreck the doctor’s room. I was thinking: “This has to be wrong – this is impossible”.’We’re proud to launch our new #HIV self testing programme as part of our ambition to end new HIV transmissions in the UK! For those most at risk of HIV, it means testing where and when you want to – and for free: https://t.co/iiPA4fGt5Hcenter_img Order a test: https://t.co/jWcSVOvhtO pic.twitter.com/q4GyGBPMQy— Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) May 10, 2018He says the only thing going through his head was the movie Philadelphia and the devastating effects of AIDS – set during the time of the AIDS crisis in America.For this reason, Nugent says he was angry he was so misinformed about HIV/AIDS and the progress since AIDS first devastated the gay community.So he’s making it his mission to try to help break the stigma surrounding the disease by sharing his story.He found out his status early enough to still be in the healthy range of an HIV+ person.His CD4 count was above 900 and his viral load was below 300, which meant he was non-infectious.Nugent began educating himself and then started medication straight away.THT: ‘Different methods of testing suit different people’Days after he found out his status, he teamed up with Terrence Higgins Trust – a UK-based HIV/AIDS charity.The charity just launched a six-month self-testing programme, with the goal of ending HIV transmission in the UK.Participants receive a self-testing kit in the mail and can know their status within 15 minutes.It’s a move funded by funded entirely by charitable donations to Terrence Higgins Trust, as well as a generous donation from actor Alec McCowen, who died of AIDS-related illnesses last year.Terrence Higgins Trust at Pride. | Photo: Jon Southcoasting / FlickrIan Green, CEO, Terrence Higgins Trust said in a statement: ‘We know that different methods of testing suit different people. We’re thrilled to launch this programme for those who prefer to use self-testing kits at home but who perhaps can’t afford it.‘This will ensure that less people are living undiagnosed with HIV, and that they can live long, healthy lives, with no risk of passing the virus on to future partners,’ he said.Living in the UK and want your own free home self-testing kit? Visit the Terrence Higgins Trust website.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Michael Nugent believes HIV self-testing saved his life. | Photo: supplied GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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first_imgLee Lin Chin, who presented the news on Australia’s SBS channel, has resigned after almost 40 years with the company. Ultimate date-seeker put down. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Never a truer word. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Cheeky Chin: Australian newsreader with wicked streak steps down. Photo: @Leelinchin Facebook Supporting gay rights her way.The media personality hilariously assured fans that although she’d resigned from her job, she was not retiring: ‘I have not retired, simply resigned. Retirement is death’.Not done yet.Whatever she does next, we wish her the best of luck. In the meantime, here are some of her other funniest and most sexually ambivalent tweets and video moments:Chin-age a trois? Only ‘bitches’ allowed[embedded content][embedded content]You may also like:Evan Davis, Clare Balding and Sandi Toksvig speak out on gender pay gap scandal at BBC Finally someone is looking out for Australia’s Aboriginal and LGBTI youthFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018This Christian group that ‘loves’ LGBTI people may have ulterior motivesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/one-of-australias-most-loved-newsreaders-lee-lin-chin-resigns/ Chin, who developed an almost cult following, mysteriously hinted at the reasons for her sudden departure.Cheers Chin: Posted pic on Facebook saying ‘New year, old habits’. Photo: @LeelinChin FacebookSpeaking to ABC network’s Ten Daily show, Chin said there were several ‘small to medium-sized reasons’ for her resignation, but would not elaborate.‘There’s not one big reason, there’s many small to medium-sized reasons, which for the time being I wish to keep to myself but may talk about one day,’ she said.Talented journalist with sense of humourShe then joked that one reason was that ‘working two days a week didn’t give me enough time to devote to the pub and re-reading the complete works of Shakespeare. So now that I work zero days that issue has been addressed.’Chin began her career at the channel as a translator, but then progressed to become one of the news show’s most loved presenters.Early days: Chin as a young newsreader. Photo: SBSSBS released a statement calling her ‘one of Australia’s most recognisable and respected newsreaders’.She has more than 227,000 followers on Twitter and is famous for her sharp, witty and often random comments.Chin was a keen supporter of marriage equality in Australia. Even here, she injected humour into the issue. Last year she posted on Twitter: ‘People keep asking me if I support marriage equality. Seriously, look at me? Is that even something you need to ask?’last_img read more

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After catching a shuttle to the lift, guests can catch some rays on the new south facing sundeck at the Black Mountain Lodge. The 1,754 square foot deck will provide seating for 100 patrons and will be constructed from recycled materials. New snowmaking capabilities will enhance the Sundance terrain and allow for more beginners skiing, and will be done with optimum environmental efficiency. Arapahoe Basin’s snowmaking system is an airless system which uses 20% less electricity. A-Basin uses less water for snowmaking than any other ski resort due to their strict water policies.Aspen/Snowmass Aspen/Snowmass, comprised of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass will invest $35 million dollars in capital improvements for the 2008-09 season. Improvements include new terrain at Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. Aspen Highlands, known as the local’s mountain and home to the challenging Highland Bowl, will add acres of skiing and riding in the Deep Temerity area of the mountain called Canopy Cruiser. Accessible by a new detachable quad chairlift, the Sheer Bliss chair will serve up 700 acres of some of the best terrain in the Big Burn area giving access to challenging black-diamond glades and wide-open blue cruisers. The new lift can carry up to 2,000 people per hour and takes riders 2,212 vertical feet, 155 feet more than the old Sheer Bliss chair, with a ride time just over nine minutes. The base of Aspen Mountain is in the epicenter of downtown Aspen and will have a new and improved gondola plaza for the 2008-2009 season. New steps, and less of them, will make it even easier to load the gondola. Over at Buttermilk Mountain, home to the ESPN Winter X Games, there will be a new Olympic-size superpipe. The new pipe will be more than 500 feet long with walls towering 18 ft. overhead and measuring 22 ft. from the center of the pipe. Upon completion of the superpipe it will stand as one of five 22 ft. superpipes in the US. On-mountain improvements at Snowmass continue for 2008-09 with the opening of two new restaurants. Showcasing spectacular views of Garret’s Peak, Mount Daly and the surrounding backcountry, the new Sam’s Smokehouse restaurant features a barbecue-style smokehouse menu with a variety of culinary delights. At 7,800 sprawling square feet, this new LEED certified eatery boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and table service for 175 guests, plus outdoor seating – all situated atop the Village Express six-pack lift. In addition to the main restaurant, Sam’s Smokehouse will also have a lounge area where guests can grab a quick coffee, breakfast or lunch. Located adjacent to The Treehouse Kids’s Adventure Center and mere steps from the Village Express, Sneaky’s Tavern will be offering both indoor and outdoor bar/ dining seating. American bistro style cuisine will be served at lunch, après and dinner. Snowmass’ new base village is home to nearly 90 ski-in/ski-out condos. Hayden Lodge, where Treehouse is located, and Capitol Peak Lodge are now offering the first luxury condos to be built in Snowmass in 20 years. High ceilings, modern furnishings and expansive decks provide the ideal ski-in/ski-out experience.Copper Mountain Copper Mountain and Camp Woodward are bringing the innovative instructional practices of Woodward to the sports of snowboarding and skiing – and to the slopes of Copper. Progressive teaching tools inside the multi-million dollar training facility include trampolines, foam pits, resi-pits and bungee systems, all of which will allow athletes to push the limits of their own abilities and sports, in a safe, supported environment. Woodward at Copper (www.WoodwardatCopper.com) will offer access to year-round training programs including Winter Experiences beginning this season and Woodward at Copper Summer Camps in 2009. Copper is striving for Green Globes recognition, recognizing environmentally sustainable building practices, with the 19,000 sq. ft. Woodward at Copper training facility, aka, The Barn.Crested Butte Continuing the momentum from the past four years, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is plowing ahead with both base area and on-mountain enhancements. On-mountain improvements include expanded terrain off the Headwall lift into the Teocalli bowl area, known as Teo-2 and Teo-2.5, which will add expert terrain to the mix. More on-mountain changes include the new and expanded features in the DC Terrain Park and the addition of a completely new intermediate terrain park. Guest services abound at Crested Butte with a new central ski valet and overnight ski, snowboard and boot valet service. The service is free to all CBMR hotel guests or to other guests for a nightly fee and will feature ski-in ski-out access. The ski valet service pampers hotel guests from lobby check-in to hotel check-out with seamless handling of ski and snowboard equipment during guests’ stay. Snow Igloos, Crested Butte’s new fun addition to the mountain experience will sprout up around the resort for après ski cocktails and adventure play areas for kids. The solid snow structures will be at Kids Base Camp and mid mountain outside the Ice Bar Restaurant. The Treasury Center building at the base area will be redesigned to improve a number of guest services. The Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard Rental Shop will be moved to a slope-side location. Both the rental shop and a new retail store will include top of the line rental skis and snowboards along with an expanded retail selection. The former location of the Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard Shop will be transformed into a “Pizza Zone”. Pizza, beverages and snacks will be available in the lower level of the Treasury Center to eat on the run or to sit and enjoy. Also at the base area, the Outpost building will be re-designed and opened as a day lodge for guests. Tables and comfortable seating will allow guests to have more inside space for a break or just to warm up. If more than a break is needed to relax, Elevation Hotel & Spa will complete a 25 million dollar re-model which includes all 260 luxury rooms, 11,000 sq ft. spa and fitness center, slope-side sundeck, fire pit, and completely new Atmosphere Restaurant & Bar.Echo Mountain Echo Mountain, Denver’s closest ski and snowboard area, is enhancing their already robust tree and feature terrain. New acreage opening for the 2008/2009 ski and snowboard season includes expanded tree skiing and riding in Westside Glades. In addition, Echo Mountain will debut three signature features: a Wood Wave, the 686 Tree Bridge and a Burton/Echo staircase. The Wood Wave and 686 Tree Bridge are new additions in Westside Glades, and the Tree Bridge features three rideable surfaces, including a 12″ box and a 4″ steel rail. Echo’s Burton Staircase, an urban feature integrated into a natural, mountain environment, is a 24-stair set featuring a 12″ box, a 4″ steel rail and a center log with dual hubba ledges, bringing elements of street riding to Echo’s Junkyard. Mountain improvements will also include an expanded LC1 designated beginner learning area and the installation of a Magic Carpet surface lift. Base area improvements will incorporate the addition of concrete pavers in the Echo Plaza and a new and improved layout in the Echo Lodge and Echo Garage, which will increase overall efficiency and provide a superior guest experience.Monarch Mountain Monarch Mountain is investing more than $600,000 to expand terrain, enhance guest services and augment its rental fleet. Highlights of on-mountain changes include a kid’s terrain park, Tilt. Located at the bottom of the Panorama Chair, Tilt will feature fun boxes, jumps, slides and hits designed for younger skiers and riders. Tilt will also be a great place for beginners to get some experience on small terrain features. Intermediate and advanced level riders will find terrain changes as well; the terrain park features from Ricochet as well as some new rails and boxes have been moved to the Aftershock terrain park. The K2 Organic terrain park will have more of the natural log features that give the run its character. The logs being used for features on K2 will be cut down from the side of Sleepy Hollow which is being widened for the 2008-09 season. Liberty will be another green run, located where the Ricochet terrain park was. Advanced skiers will appreciate the 200 acres of new terrain added to the Snowcat area. Additionally, Monarch has been working with the United States Forest Service on their proposed master plan that includes lift served skiing in the No-Name Bowl. Guest services will be greatly enhanced starting with a new reservations system. The new system will make it easier for guests to purchase everything they need including lift tickets, rental equipment, ski lessons, children’s programs and even Snowcat trips. Reservations and purchases can be made with one call to 888.996.7669 and most products can be accessed online at www.SkiMonarch.com. Guests with reserved products will be directed to the new Will Call Center to pick up their tickets or rental and lesson vouchers. The Will Call Center is conveniently located just inside the newly remodeled Ski School/Rental Center. Two additional electronic kiosks have been installed to the rental registration area bringing the total to five, making it easier to purchase rental equipment. A new boot drying system has been added and the rental fleet has been expanded. New skis in both the Alpine and Telemark variety from K2, Salomon, and Volkl and snowboards from Burton have been added to the rental and demo fleets.Powderhorn Powderhorn will expand its terrain, adding two new ski trails for the 2008-09 ski season. Both are expert runs on the mountain’s West End. Along with new terrain, a new Magic Carpet surface lift will be installed this winter in the ski school learning area. Real estate developments progress at Powderhorn and have grown to include the Condos at Wildewood and homes in Wildewood subdivision.Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is deep into its 25-year mountain master plan with numerous “villages” already under construction and inhabited. The most notable (and noticeable) is the first phase of Purgatory Lodge, set to open this winter in the heart of Purgatory Village. The new lodge is home to upgraded skier services and amenities, fractional ownership and slope side lodging, the new Purgy’s day Lodge, and the exclusive Durango Mountain Club. Peregrine Point is just steps from Purgatory Village and offers the first whole share opportunity at the resort in more than 20 years. The resort is also moving forward with additional village expansions. Tacoma and Engineer Village are already homes to many vacationers, while future plans call for three more villages in and around the resort. On the mountain, Durango is in the final stages of approval of their environmental impact statement regarding on-mountain improvements. Once approved, the resort will begin installing a new high speed quad in the Legends area, and moving the current chair to replace Chair 4 on the front side. New tree trails are planned for the Legends Area, as well as additional beginner and intermediate access routes. The resort also plans to add “subways”, a European method of access for skiers and boarders on relatively flat terrain. Upgrades to snowmaking include expanding their capability by at least 50 percent which will add 200 acres of snowmaking.Steamboat Over the past three seasons, more than $27 million in on-mountain improvements have been made to the Steamboat Ski Area, including more than $4 million invested specifically for the upcoming 2008-09 winter season. Steamboat’s on-mountain momentum augments nearly $8 million in completed and planned public revitalization projects, Steamboat Unbridled, sweeping the mountain village. Bringing mountain services downtown for the first time, Steamboat Ski & Sport Downtown occupies 1,670 sq. ft. in the new Howelsen Place development–the premier address in Old Town Steamboat. Situated in the high-energy retail environment on 7th Street between Lincoln and Yampa Avenues, Steamboat Ski & Sport Downtown, expected to open November 2008, offers convenient access to rentals, retail, official logo merchandise, lift tickets, ski & snowboard school products, and comprehensive vacation planning services of Steamboat Central Reservations. Approximately one third of the resort’s ski rental fleet is revamped annually. This winter, a quarter million dollars will go toward new skis from the best in the industry, including a selection of the latest equipment from Salomon, Rossignol and Volkl. The new skis will be spread across the resort’s Ski & Sport locations in Gondola Square, Sheraton, Ski Time Square, Steamboat Grand and downtown. In addition to the rental fleet, Steamboat’s snowmaking system will undergo dramatic improvements as new pipe is replaced extensively on Right-O-Way, See Ya, Bashor, Lower Vagabond and Lil Rodeo. Maintaining its industry leading snowmaking position, the new pipe is ductile iron pipe from US Snow Pipe, utilizing the latest in snowmaking technology. An arsenal of low-energy, high-efficiency snowmaking guns will be implemented. These guns use 30 percent less energy than conventional guns while producing the same amount of snow. The resort’s remote parking facility, the Meadows, will expand by more than 38,000 sq. ft. on the north end. The new expansion will be able to accommodate roughly 200 additional free parking spaces.Sunlight Mountain Sunlight Mountain Resort will be undergoing significant change in the near future. The resort is in the midst of a proposed base area development project as Sunlight aspires to create a village that is a year-round mountain playground.Telluride Part of Telluride’s $4.4 million dollar capital improvement program for this season includes new terrain, Revelation Bowl, located on the back side of Gold Hill. As guests make each turn, descending the 800 vertical feet of Revelation Bowl, the massive 2,000-foot rock wall on the opposite side of the drainage, grows larger, reaching up to 13,472 foot La Junta Peak and 13,555 foot Wasatch Mountain. To the skier’s right, 13,446 foot San Joaquin Ridge keeps watch over the entire Bear Creek Basin, and to the skier’s left the town of Telluride peeks out 3,000 feet below, overlooked by the San Sophia range. From the top of the new Revelation lift, skiers and riders will be able to choose ridgelines in either direction, offering steeper pitches and rock features on the far sides of the powder bowl. The center touts an expanse of rolling, advanced terrain with a groomed path for cruising. Revelation trails have yet to be named. There will be roughly six trails, one of which will be a groomed intermediate run while the others will be advanced to expert terrain. A new lift, aptly titled Revelation Lift has been constructed to access the new terrain. This locally manufactured Leitner-Poma quad-lift cost $2.2 million and can service 1200 people per hour. Also to come this season are two new restaurants, details of which will be announced this winter.Winter Park Winter Park Resort is going through a major expansion with The Village of Winter Park Resort coming on board for the New Year. Estimated at $30 million dollars for construction, 30 thousand square feet of new retail, rental, restaurant and living space will encompass the Village area. Additionally, Winter Park Resort is building a new $5.8 million dollar Village Cabriolet to transport people from their free parking lot near the Vintage Hotel to the heart of the Village. The Village Cabriolet is an open air gondola and has a capacity of 2,800 people per hour via 39 cabins. Skis, snowboards, wheelchairs, and mountain bikes can be transported on the cabriolet in a matter of minutes. There will be no charge to ride the Village Cabriolet. As part of Winter Park Resort’s Connexion platform designed to inform, involve and educate resort employees, guests and the community about the environment, 200 additional mega watts of wind energy credits will be purchased to offset the added energy used to operate the new lift. In total, Winter Park Resort will purchase 600 mega watts to operate the new cabriolet, Super Gauge, Eagle Wind and Panoramic Express lifts. The Lofts at Winter Park are 14 new high-end condominiums being built above The Village at Winter Park Resort. Additionally, 200 new units were completed in the late spring of 2008 with the completion of Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe. For the upcoming season Winter Park Resort has purchased more than a quarter million dollars worth of new gear to update the quality of their rental offerings. All rental skis will be under the new Salomon Syncro rental system which means lighting fast fitting for a more efficient rental process. 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