‘An amazing time to be alive!’ All the best Joe Allen Appreciation Day tweets

first_img Wales and Liverpool star Joe Allen 1 It was only a matter of time before Joe Allen was given the honour he truly deserves.Liverpool and Wales are finally able to fully celebrate their hirsute hero as June 21 was proclaimed Joe Allen Appreciation Day.The international midfield star has been a key component for the Welsh at Euro 2016, registering an assist in their 3-0 Group B win over Russia.And the day after, he’s rightly being lauded. So, check out some of the best tweets below and celebrate with us…last_img read more

Dog uses scents to save lives

first_imgLANCASTER – Hunter is a dog with purpose and a mission: to save human life. The 4-year-old border collie can climb ladders and walk through rubble piles, sniffing for the scent of people buried alive among the debris of a building collapsed by an earthquake, terrorist bombing or other catastrophe. “Without the use of the dog we are at the mercy of what we can see and hear, but a dog can use its nose,” said Hunter’s handler, Los Angeles County Department Fire Capt. Bill Monahan. Certified as an advanced search canine by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hunter has spent a little over two years with Monahan, who works at Fire Station 134 in west Lancaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As a pup, Hunter was the pet of a woman named Patricia Baldwin in Capitola, Calif., but he proved too energetic for her to handle, according to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. She donated him to the Sundowners Kennel Club of Gilroy in the Monterey Bay area to be trained as a disaster search dog. Sylmar resident Kellee Matthews, an experienced guide dog trainer, took over his training, then Hunter got more training through the club. Monahan and Hunter met on April 20, 2004, when the dog was 18 months old. Monahan’s last search-and-rescue dog, a 6-year-old black Labrador retriever named Max, had been stolen in 2001, shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The Antelope Valley Kennel Club donated $10,000 to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation to help fund Hunter’s further training. Hunter comes from a breed that originated herding livestock along the border between Scotland and England. Border collies are described as intelligent, energetic, beautiful and agile, capable of herding alone – perfect qualities for a search-and-rescue dog. Hunter’s natural propensity for herding livestock led Monahan to develop an unusual reward for his dog during training. As a reward for obeying him, Monahan tosses a toy – simulating livestock leaving the herd. Hunter is trained to distinguish between the scent of a living human and other distractions. That is because an earthquake or explosion would leave people buried along with food, livestock and pets. Once, Hunter failed a search-and-rescue test because he barked at a buried chicken. So Monahan bought a chicken for $3.50 and used it to train the dog to ignore pets or livestock. Hunter earned his FEMA certification at a search-and-rescue test in Colorado. Hunter was ordered to search three piles of debris, each covering 30,000 square feet and each with six people hiding inside. The dog found all without Monahan’s aid. Now their mission statement, Monahan said, is “leave no one behind.” “Training a search dog is not one of my normal duties. It is something I do on my own. It is something extra. It’s a lot of hard work, but the rewards – if we could find one person buried under the debris, it would be worth it,” Monahan said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

WANT TO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF ‘FORE’ FREE?

first_imgIt’s not very often you can play a round for free!Well now you can after Letterkenny Golf Club agreed to give free golf to EVERYONE in aid of Relay For Life.The fairways of the famous club promises to be humming with the sound of ‘fore’ as the clubs hosts a Ladies and Gents Open on Friday, May 3rd. And the good news is that you don’t have to be a budding Rory McIlroy to take part.All the details are below for what is a great idea.WANT TO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF ‘FORE’ FREE? was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:freeLetterkenny Golf clubRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Dumbest Stories of 2013

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s a review of some of the “Stupid Evolution Quotes of the Week” and dumbest just-so stories from the past year.In January, an evolutionist claimed that “prune fingers” evolved to help our ancestors grip food underwater (1/10/13).  Another  claimed that lip-smacking in macaques led to human language (1/14/13).  Others claimed that tiny bubbles of fat led to the origin of life; another supported a theory of survival of the dumbest (1/23/13).In February, we were told we are descendants of “a fuzzy, bug-eating, scampering critter” (2/11/13).  Another story claims that ultraviolet vision in birds evolved 11 times, and the appendix evolved in mammals 32 separate times (2/12/13).  Nick Lane said “Life is a side reaction of an energy-harnessing reaction,” claiming the complex ATP synthase machine evolved because life needed it (2/13/13).  On Valentine’s Day, evolutionists told us love is just a cocktail of chemicals (2/14/13).  We also learned about the Mighty Mouse theory of evolution (2/15/13) and the evolution of tatooing (2/19/13).In March (3/13/13), paleoanthropologists enjoyed another romp in Paleofantasy Land (their favorite amusement park), and Nature considered Mao Tse-tung a fount of wisdom for his “virtue of self-criticism” (3/15/13).  Origin-of-life theorists imagined protein big-bangs and comet storks bringing life to earth (3/20/13).  Some evolutionists told stories about the evolution of gambling; another linked frog feet to the origin of human hair; another said polar bears prove survival of the fattest (3/23/13).In April, we chuckled about the evolution of laughter when they said it came from apes tickling each other (4/08/13).  Lucy and Desi had a falling out on tax day (4/15/13).  Darwinists tried to make the most of an unevolved fish, Coelacanth when its genome suggested to them little change in tens of millions of years (4/18/13).  The “power of the primordial soup” was “discovered” in pools of acid around volcanoes; another deduced that life on earth is older than the earth (4/19/13).  Seven new just-so stories graced our 4/20/13 entry, like How the Fish Got Its Butt Fin; we also announced MIT’s new “BAH! Festival” that mocks evolutionary “Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses” in a “survival of the funniest” contest….We’re only to April, and we’re too worn out from laughing to continue.  For the rest of 2013, you’ll have to just scour through the “Dumb” category on your own.  Find it under Awards/Dumb on the category bar.  There were some new entries in late December, though: a Neanderthal fossil turned out to be from a medieval Italian (Live Science), and New Scientist claims that the evolution of cussing is what made us human.You have to admit evolutionists are funny.  The typical Darwinist is half storyteller, half divination artist, and half hallucinating alcoholic (drunk on Darwine).  “But,” you say, “that’s three halves.  A whole has only two halves.”  But it all works out, because if the typical Darwinist had another wit, he or she would be a half-wit.  Happy New Year, Darwin Party: we hope you can learn to laugh at yourselves, because you will undoubtedly keep us in stitches in 2014.  Now tell us the story of the evolution of Darwinism.  Tilt!  Short circuit!last_img read more

TinkSky® Wedding Tiara, sparkly and pretty

first_imgLooks great from a distance and it is not devoid of its caveats. . The photos of the tiara mainly discuss for them selves, there are on the other hand a few details i would like to increase having said that. seventeen oz for a gentle, comfy fit”with measurements taken with a electronic calliper precise to in . 1% i found…the place of the finest height was the front centre of the tiara measuring fifty one. The hole amongst the two ends of the tiara had been spaced aside by 150mm, this can be a bit modified, but be mindful when executing so as bending it much too a great deal or too normally will weaken and inevitably snap it. The distance concerning the front centre of the tiara and the back edge is 95mm. The tiara weighs accurately 74g not the mentioned 90g in the merchandise listing and as tiaras go, it isn’t light-weight, whilst significantly from significant it is incredibly challenging on the scalp. “combines delicacy and majesty, perfectly produced and fragile. Seems to be beautiful with any hair style and accompanies any robe flawlessly. ”describing as delicate is a minor subjective, as opposed to tiaras pre 1990’s or to individuals belonging to the monarchy it almost certainly is.Arrived future day supply by means of amazon shipping and delivery,arrived well packaged. The tiara is wonderful i acquired this for a close friend who is having married soon and i required to give it to her as a little something new. The tiara is pretty large so it makes the tiara feel more dear than what it in fact is. Wonderful to dress in with an upstyle hair do. This tiara is sure to make any individual truly feel like a princess. I would advise to other folks. Disclaimer: i acquired this merchandise at a discounted rate in trade for an truthful evaluate. The actuality that i gained a low cost has not altered my sights in anyway. They are fully genuine and impartial.A rather accent for a fairytale wedding. It was given to me for testing, and i passed it on to a friend who completely liked it. It really is significant devoid of being far too heavy, and the form is really eye-catching. The only factor to be knowledgeable of is that it has to be held in place with hairpins or resourceful hairdressing, and it would really only be acceptable for someone with extended hair. It truly is worth the effort and hard work for the breathtaking ultimate end result, thoughdisclaimer: the enterprise furnished a no cost sample for this review.Key specs for TinkSky® Wedding Tiara, Bridal Crown Tiara with Crystals Rhinestones for Wedding, Proms, Pageants, Princess Parties, Birthday:Brand: TINKSKY. Color: mainly silver.Material: durable hard alloy and rhinestone.Crown size (L*H): Approx. 29cm x 5cm /11.42 x 1.97 inches.Suitable for all women and laides to use.Some shining crystal rhinestones decorated on the crown tiara, very delicate and attractive.Comments from buyers“Looks fantastic from a distance and it’s not without its caveats., Strong Structure, Very Robust, not flimsy, NOW ANYONE CAN BE A PRINCESS., A pretty accessory for a fairytale wedding, a princesses must have item, Princess Diaries”How stunning is this?this is not lightweight as it is hefty and substantial. You do need to have to repair this into a veil or hair piece and there are no fixings supplied ( fair ample as every person would use anything unique. It is shiny, sparkly and pretty unique.Shockingly great high quality for the cost. . This is a genuinely rather tiara. I was expecting it to be really flimsy and low cost wanting for the price but it basically is not. It arrived in a zip lock bag and appeared incredibly sparkly. It is a little adaptable so when correcting in position in the hair it was effortless to bend into a good position. This looked gorgeous in entrance of a bun on top rated of the head and would look wonderful with a basic veil powering it. It has a loop hole on just about every aspect to permit fixings to be extra but i utilized hair grips and it stayed in spot effectively. General a lovely tiny acquire.A truly stunning tiara, effectively created and at a very realistic price. . This breathtaking tiara from tinksky is beautifully produced and covered with rhinestone crystals. This tiara would be exceptional to use for a wedding, a get together and even for a teenager’s prom. The tiara arrives packaged in a powerful plastic zip lock bag. This gorgeous tiara measures 15. 5 cm in width x 5 cm in top at its maximum. It is made from silver colored metal which is moulded into vines, leaves and flowers. This tiara is not flimsy in any way, in simple fact it weighs weighty for a tiara and feels exceptionally solid in the hand. The tiara is unquestionably included in rhinestone crystals that have been separately established by hand and which sparkle at every angle and less than just about every light. My ten 12 months aged daughter is delighted with this tiara and says that she will have on at each get together she goes to, also my seventeen yr previous foster daughter also definitely likes this tiara and she want to use it to her friends eighteenth birthday up coming month with a beautiful glittery gown that she will be sporting.Sturdy framework, very strong, not flimsy. Beautiful solidly made princess tiara. It arrived in a resealable plastic bag. I was joyful that it failed to get squashed in transit but at this selling price, i question it would warrant sending it in a major responsibility box. It is really beautiful hunting and you can manouvre it all-around to form it to your head which is distinctive. Yrs back when i obtained married i had a light-weight edition of a tiara like this and it was a nightmare to get it to stay in put. Properly, this a single is heading nowhere lol it is reliable and not extremely effortless to shift about. You can clip it or even connect a ribbon to the back again the place there are two minor holes. It is fantastic to use with an upstyle hairdo. I will not believe this will dissappoint any individual seeking to be a princess.A princesses will have to have item. I was sent this merchandise in exchange for an trustworthy overview. This is a wonderful tiara, its compact so would in shape a youngster or an up hair style, its really large which makes it appear to be far more pricey than what it is which is great. Its has loads of unique dimensions crystal rhinestones which when the light-weight captures them they seriously do sparkle. I have a infant daughter so i have set it in her room on a shelf for when shes more mature, and it seems to be fantastic as a decoration in her space. Also perfect for fancy costume or for any very little girl seeking to be a princess. Really advocate this merchandise its stunning and great excellent.Spectacular tiara, diamonds appear sensible much too. On acquiring the tiara i was impressed by the high quality, from a distance the diamonds on the tiara seem authentic. As with most tiara’s this 1 also arrived with a loop at each sides, so the tiara can be securely pinned into spot working with hairpins. This can also be bent into the form of your head way too, for a greater in shape. The tiara was a large amount heavier in weight than i predicted but it seemed to include price to the completed hair piece. I was shocked the hair piece arrived in a resealable bag, while this is excellent for storage. I was anticipating it to arrive in a box. It would’ve manufactured the tiara glance extra expensive. For a apply examination, i secured the tiara in location on my head and carried out my everyday plan in the dwelling for a couple several hours to look at if the tiara would continue to be in location. It handed the test with traveling colors.I wasn’t guaranteed when gained this on how i made use of it, but then i observed the two round holes which you use to adjust it onto the head. Love it somewhat bent on one facet. All gems and crystals are great, none are loose. My daughter was choughedi like its body weight, if you drop it, its not going to snap like my prom tiara.I wore this tiara for promenade, and it looked awesome. Whilst promenade was rather a when in the past, the tiara however appears to be gorgeous. I am remarkably content with this product or service, and i would advocate it.Brought this for my wedding in two months and was sceptical because of the cost but oh my god, it is stunning. It truly is a wonderful weight so when connected to my hair with bobbypins it wouldn’t budge. I truthfully am blown awaycan’t wait to get married in this.I was provided this item for totally free in return for an honest evaluation. Now if you talk to everyone if they’d like to be a princess for a working day i am rather confident that they’d say yes, even men will want to be handled a small specially for a working day. In reality, it was only just lately that a mate of mine turned twenty five and his girlfriend purchased him a tiara for the reason that she claims he is that significantly of a princess. In fairness, it was only a low-priced minimal plastic detail she received and only cost 60p or a thing from a local store but for that 1 working day i you should not consider he could feel any happier. But what if your boyfriend, or a minimal female or it’s possible a bride-to-be would not want any old low cost plastic tiara, what then?. Well, tinksky have come to the rescue with their superbly designed tiara with glowing rhinestones all all-around. It truly is an elegantly developed piece of costume jewellery which in all honesty was a great deal heavier than i was expecting it to be. You could see it sparkle from each individual angle it had that numerous rhinestones masking the glorious crown. What impressed me far more though was that regardless of the glamorous glimpse it felt rather significant and pretty tough as nicely, so if you fell around in it, it really is not heading to snap and split.You will look like a princess. We made use of this as portion of a photobooth at a wedding. It was a little bit far too very good high quality for that but it was well obtained and loved. The ladies truthfully appeared like princesses with the sparkling tiara on prime of their heads. It would not have a comb and desires to be clipped in with hair pins if being worn for for a longer time durations but for the function we applied it for, it was ideal.This tiara is really and is a placing style and design. This tiara is quite and is a putting style and design. Nonetheless the tiara is pretty hefty, which can make it awkward when worn for more time periods. The tiara does glance bulky, primarily from a aspect look at which is a serious shame and limits the designs the tiara satisfies. The tiara genuinely needs to be each thinner and lighter. The tiara needs to be secured into your hair with grips as it will not continue to be in spot otherwise- compared with several other tiaras this does not have combs on the finishes, which is a shame as i uncover that they typically truly feel much more safe. I do like this tiara but truly feel there are a selection of spots for advancement and as such would be reluctant to propose. *acquired from provider to overview this has not motivated my opinion.Content with this, but it did get there with a stone off. . Arrived damaged, the massive middle stone was out. In purchase to glue this back in i experienced to prise the previous glue out which was a major lump. Really rather tiara, but a shame i had to fix it in advance of it could be used. I acquired this for my neices dressy up box for which it is extra that suitable. So i dont intellect far too substantially the simple fact i had to glue it again collectively before it was useable. Its a low-priced ample value for it not be a offer breaker – even so its still not great form obtaining to repair things when they arrive. The tiara has loops at possibly finish so it can effortlessly be clipped into the hair or as i have accomplished for my niece, thread elastic by so it stays on easily & immediately without having faffing on with clips when shes about to perform.Far better than rate would counsel. I will endeavor to confine my critique to good quality, wearability and so forth. And not simply just repeat specifics easily observed in the outstanding listing. The tiara was a significantly considerably improved excellent solution than i was anticipating for the funds, nicely constructed steel body, resilient and incredibly sparkly, superb benefit at £9. My granddaughter confident me it was comfortable and not much too significant, in point at 1 point she forgot she was donning it. A very good top quality exceptional benefit for dollars solution.Tinksky® wedding tiara, bridal crown tiara with crystals rhinestones for wedding, proms, pageants, princess parties, birthdayday onethe parcel arrived and could not hold out to see what was within. Would it be as sparkly as it appeared?would it in good shape?would it last?later on the exact dayit sparkles just like the real matter. Suits properly and can be carefully teased to sit far better. Appears to be to be of a really sturdy design and style. Present her the tiara and she’s confused with joy. Great value and a wonderful existing for by yourself or the princess in your lifetime. I acquired at a discount in trade for an sincere overview. Very good worth for the dollars and shines brilliant like a diamond.Now anybody can be a princess. . If like me you have a daughter who like to be a princess then this tiara from tinksky is a need to get. For a selling price that is equivalent to that of the low-priced awful kinds you get in toy stores you will get a tiara created to the highest excellent. This is a good piece of jewelry, which is a lot more than up to the undertaking of surviving a costume up session with even the roughest and most tumbliest of small princesses. The tiara many thanks to it can be terrific construction is somewhat heavier than your standard toy variations and i would advocate utilizing hair pins to secure it onto you kid’s head. As for how it seems to be, the tiara’s framework appears like shiny silver and the jewels have the look of the purest of diamonds. Any youngster seeking to dress up as a princess, or any adult for that make any difference who wants to do the similar, will be more than the moon to get on of these.Who isn’t going to want to be a princess for a day. This is a extremely fairly priced tiara that mum and daughter could use. When i showed this to my daughter she was ‘can i have it’ i was like allow me at minimum try out it on to start with.Perfectly as i’m meant to be examining product i required to get a great appear at item and test it onas a mum whose daughter has experienced several £3. 99 tiara’s about the many years, i wasnt confident what to hope from this tiara, i was amazed. Its incredibly strong and oh so sparkly, and seems to be a photo on, i just want i experienced somewhere to don it toit doesnt appear with any fixings, so am not sure if it would continue to be in all night without, so i would propose probably attaching some crystal clear elastic. Its not light-weight as i expected but i wouldn’t say it’s​ also major. I imagine for the selling price its a fantastic merchandise and if you have an occasion to use a tiara it would be a very good buy, furthermore for your very own very little princess as its a lot sturdier that those plastic princess tiaras.last_img read more

Sales Is the Free Exchange of Value

first_imgImagine someone has something that you want or need. You want to acquire what is that they have, meaning it has value to you. But it also has value to the person who presently possesses it. Some laws prevent you from taking it from them under cover of darkness—or by force.What are you to do in this situation?Wait. You have an idea. You have something of value that you would be willing to exchange for the object of your desire. If the person who has what you want would trade what they have for something they value equally (or more), an exchange is possible. Maybe even likely.This is sales. It is the free exchange of value between willing parties. Neither party is compelled or forced to make an exchange of the value they possess or create, regardless of how much another party may want or need it.Both parties are capable of influencing the other party to believe there is more value in what they have, with one side building up the value and offering what they have for a certain price, the other side working to suggest that it isn’t worth the asking price and offering less to obtain it.Who determines what something is worth? It may be true that the person possessing a thing being sold sets the price based on what they are willing to accept. However, it is equally true that the buyer sets the price because they have the power to choose not to pay the asking price and walk away or find an alternative.Where more value is created, more value is captured. Where less value is created, less value is captured. Value is in the eye of the possessor and the beholder, which means I may believe something is valuable that you think is worthless. What is important enough for you to spend a great fortune to obtain might be something that wouldn’t move me to act at all.When people believe that the word “sales” has a negative connotation, recognize that none of us would have anything that we want without these fundamental ideas being in place as far back as when Grok had two woolly mammoth steaks, and Glub could make a fire. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Weight’s over: It’s fight time

first_imgREAD: Ancajas steals limelight from main boutSo confident was Ancajas that he’s going to be cleared for his fourth defense of the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown that he did not even look at the registered figure, leaving it to MP Promotions representative Joe Ramos and matchmaker Sean Gibbons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe smiled and waved at the group of Filipinos in attendance, before leaving the makeshift stage to have his first meal for the day—three hard boiled eggs washed down with warm water.His opponent, Israel Gonzalez came in lighter at 114,  a pound under the limit, and was also cheered on by fellow Mexicans. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We hit our target,” said chief trainer Joven Jimenez, whose next aim is to bring up Ancajas’ weight on fight night Saturday at the same venue.READ: Jimenez says Ancajas will put on a showTo do that, Ancajas will eat every three hours, taking bigger servings each time.According to Jimenez, who supervised Ancajas’ stationery jogging with intermittent burst of speed and improvised “sauna” session, 128 pounds would be ideal, the same weight when Ancajas fought against Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia, and Irish Jamie Conlan, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.In the second weigh-in Saturday morning, however, Ancajas must not go beyond 125 as mandated by the sanctioning body.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Trainer Joven Jimenez says Jerwin Ancajas will put on a show Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just like in their stare down Thursday, Gonzalez provided some anxious moments when he moved too close and threw a piercing look at Ancajas, who did not blink.Tension vanished just as quickly when Gonzalez offered a handshake, then patted Ancajas at the back.Gonzalez’s actuations were not all for show, according to Ancajas, as he could see and feel the Mexican’s determination to wrest the crown he took from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in Taguig in 2016.“But I won’t let him have it,” said Ancajas, who dreams of being recognized as a great Filipino champion like Pacquiao, the late Flash Elorde and Pancho Villa. Jerwin Ancajas and Israel Gonzalez (right) put up fighting stance after Friday’s weigh-in. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Making weight is the least of Jerwin Ancajas’ concerns.A kilo over the limit Thursday night, Ancajas did little workout at his hotel room yet tipped the scales at an ideal 114.75 pounds in the official weigh-in held at American Bank Center Friday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Rash of new clubs in Kolkata takes over from traditional ones with style and panache

first_imgLIVING IT UP: The pool-side barArchana Agarwal’s children work as hard as her. Since the HR manager at Tata Tea in Kolkata keeps busy, she has enrolled her children in a school-cum-creche. Guilty, Agarwal decided to join a club, hoping her children could catch up on some outdoor activities.She tried,LIVING IT UP: The pool-side barArchana Agarwal’s children work as hard as her. Since the HR manager at Tata Tea in Kolkata keeps busy, she has enrolled her children in a school-cum-creche. Guilty, Agarwal decided to join a club, hoping her children could catch up on some outdoor activities.She tried three of the city’s best places, but didn’t make it. While two clubs told her they were too full, the third informed that her membership might take a decade. “I can’t wait that long,” she says. “My children will grow up by then.”Entrepreneur Ravi Arora had a different experience though he is in the same boat. When he wanted to join one of the better known clubs in Kolkata, a member of its managing committee promised to push his application for a generous fee.”I was asked for Rs 1 lakh even though the membership fee is a little over Rs 50,000,” says a disgusted Arora. Like Agarwal and Arora, there are at least 10,000 people who have been waiting long to get into one or the other of Kolkata’s 10 best clubs, a recent IMRB study reveals. Some of them have been on the list for over a decade. The good news is that a rash of new clubs are cashing in on this lopsided demand-and-supply situation and are fast weaning away the wannabes. While Agarwal is now a member of Ibiza, a new country club 25 km from the city, Arora is part of The Circle, which opened in 1999.A month into operations, Ibiza has notched up 300 takers, each paying Rs 60,000. The Space Circle, which has not even opened yet and has a steeper membership fee of Rs 1.1 lakh, already has four times that number on its rolls.advertisementThere’s also the highway-skirting Lake land Country Club, besides some others in the pipeline: Princeton, another venture by the group which owns Ibiza, and Country Roads, a farmhouse complex with a club, which will be operational by the year 2003.The billiards room at IbizaThe well-heeled Kolkatan, for whom clubbing is a colonial hangover, couldn’t have asked for more. With fewer watering holes than other metros, the club is an essential hangout in Kolkata for taking the family out for a Sunday lunch, entertaining prospective clients or getting sporty on the weekend. “Wherever the British set foot, the first thing they did was to set up a club,” writes novelist Budhadev Guha.The penchant for clubbing is so strong that membership of one or more of the city’s prestigious clubs has come to dictate one’s social standing. Most of Kolkata’s turn-of-the-century clubs had been the preserve of the Brown Sahib till the 1960s.Now everyone wants to be a part of that charmed circle, forcing the clubs to tighten membership norms. While Bengal Club targets only the top company executives, Calcutta Club bars women and under-30s as members.The Calcutta Cricket and Football Club, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club and South Club prefer entrants with a sports background. Others cite legal reasons. According to air commodore (retd) K.B. Menon, managing member of the Tollygunge Club, the club’s charter forbids more than 1,500 permanent members. “And rightly so,” he adds. “A club is an extension of my home. I would like only the people I could bring home to be around me at the club.”That leaves a huge chunk of young people – teens, yuppies, middle-level executives – with virtually nowhere to go. “The new clubs recognise this and are cashing in on it,” says A.K. Dutt, former president of several of the city’s traditional clubs.The facilities they offer reflect this. Space Circle is investing big money in a 7,000-sq ft indoor cricket ground, rollerblading and ice- skating rinks and a two-storey practice rock for mountaineering buffs. The Circle already has never-before perks like an art gallery and a huge children’s room equipped with nannies. Glossing over TraditionThe Calcutta ClubOld HauntsAdvantages: A home away from home, the colonial clubs have an old-world charm about them.Drawbacks: Hemmed in by financial and space constraints, they offer few facilities and fewer memberships.New EntrantsAdvantages: With never-before features like indoor cricket grounds, ice-skating rinks and jacuzzis they are raking in new members.Drawbacks: Located in the suburbs, they rank low as status symbols.At Ibiza, members get to try their hand at sports like angling, boating and pool. They could use a kilometre-long, specially designed jogging track that has a cushion of sand and hollow bricks, or a mini driving and putting range.While traditional clubs would balk at the idea of a full-time disco on their premises (most are content with a special “nite” or two), the new clubs can’t imagine life without a dancing floor. Some of this is admittedly gimmicky – like the submerged pool-side bar and open-air jacuzzi at Ibiza – but members are lapping it up.While a ceiling on members seems fair, change makers feel the traditional clubs need to do some soul searching.”If the older clubs don’t move with the times, they will lose out to the new ones,” says Dutt. The picture already looks grim.advertisementMany of the better-known clubs are hamstrung by shortage of space and finances. Most of these clubs are housed in heritage buildings in the city and cannot expand or change at will.Nor do they have the funds to do so, even though members pay a monthly subscription ranging between Rs 300 and Rs 450. The Saturday Club, for instance, has an annual turnover of Rs 3.5 crore. But till April, it was spending Rs 1.75 crore on staff salaries every year. When officials suggested a cutback, a violent union forced the club to shut down for three months. Similarly, the Calcutta Club, which gets about Rs 1.5 crore from its 4,000 members every year, has to spend almost Rs 2 crore on staff salaries annually.Recently, when some members proposed a three-tier underground parking system to generate money, the idea was shot down: it would be against the philosophy of the club to go “commercial.Children’s Hall at The CircleThe new clubs have no such qualms. “Money’s not the important thing,” says Sushil Mohta of Ibiza. “I offer my members a club and four-star hotel rolled into one.” In other words, he runs it like a business.But does it matter? Deb Kumar Bose, who recently signed up at a new country club, believes the “old-world charm of the traditional clubs” doesn’t sell anymore. “I don’t care for it,” he says.”My children will care even less.” That’s a warning call to some of the older clubs, says a committee member of Tollygunge Club. “They have to shape up if they have to fend off competition,” he says. “If a club is a home away from home, no one wants an outmoded dwelling.”Least of all the wait listed.last_img read more

Aditi Ashok raises visions of medal, three shots off lead

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 18 (PTI) Teen Indian golf sensation Aditi Ashok raised hopes of an Olympic medal as she stood just three strokes off the pace at tied 7th after the second round of the Womens Individual event here today. The 18-year-old was just three shots behind the leader, Stacey Lewis of US after firing a second successive three-under 68, which included five birdies against a couple of bogeys, to move to six-under 136. Lewis, who shot 70 on the first day went on a birdie spree with 10 birdies and two bogeys for a round of 63 that gave her the top position at the midway mark. She is nine-under 133. Britains Charley Hull (68-66) was second at eight-under, while Marianne SKarpnord (69-66), Larsen Nicole Boch (67-68) and Inbee Park (66 and two-under through 13 in second) were all at seven-under in shared third place. Aditi (68-68), with four others was in 7th place. Speaking about her round, Aditi, who plays on the Ladies European Tour said, “I shot three-under both days, so thats pretty consistent for me. I dropped a few shots today, a couple of shots and I could have been a few shots better, but Im happy going into the weekend?” On the importance of her performance for the game back in India, the teenager, who has been a pro for just six months said, “I think it would be big in India, and also being a golfer, a woman golfer, it will definitely boost the popularity of the sport. “Thats what Im hoping to do. In India and also all over the world, because golf is in the Olympics for the first time, so I think it would make golf more public among the general people who watch golf, not just the golf fans who watch it right now.” Speaking about the conditions, Aditi added, “It was a bit windy. It was windy for me on the back nine. But its different — it played different yesterday and it played different today because of the wind. Im enjoying it.” PTI Cor PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more