I’d use the market crash to load up on FTSE 100 giant HSBC’s shares

first_imgI’d use the market crash to load up on FTSE 100 giant HSBC’s shares Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Investor sentiment towards HSBC (LSE: HSBC) shares has weakened considerably since the start of 2020. While the bank has outperformed its peers, HSBC shares are still down a third so far this year. This figure excludes dividends. As investors have priced in the uncertain economic outlook facing the broader financial services industry, they’ve rushed to sell bank shares. But this knee-jerk reaction has turned HSBC shares into an undervalued bargain. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Growing uncertaintyWeak business confidence and low interest rates could combine to limit the earnings growth rate of banks all over the world the medium term. What’s more, regulators have also demanded that banks suspend their dividends.HSBC has complied, but these actions have upset some investors. It was due to pay a dividend of 35p per share this year. This distribution is now on hold for the foreseeable future.However, looking ahead, it would appear HSBC shares could be an attractive investment at current levels. As one of the world’s largest banks, HSBC has an impressive competitive advantage over the rest of the sector. The banking group is also one of the largest lenders in China. This makes it one of the few genuinely global financial service companies.China is already recovering from its coronavirus crisis. As HSBC generates more than two-thirds of its income from the Asian powerhouse, the country’s recovery should support the lender’s bottom line.HSBC’s balance sheet also suggests the group is in a relatively stable position to overcome the current economic uncertainty. The lender’s fully loaded common equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.7% at the end of 2019. That was 4.3% above the regulatory minimum of 10.4%. For some comparison, at the end of June 2008, the ratio was just 8.8%.Undervalued HSBC sharesAll of the above implies that while HSBC shares could remain unpopular among investors in the near term, the bank’s long-term outlook is bright.HSBC’s strong balance sheet and global operations should enable it to overcome the current economic uncertainty. That’s especially true compared to other UK-based lenders.Despite this, HSBC shares now trade at their lowest level since the darkest days of the financial crisis. Indeed, shares in the lender are trading at a price-to-book (P/B) ratio of 0.7. A P/B ratio of less than one implies the market believes a business is worth less than the value of its assets.So, the stock appears to offer a wide margin of safety at current levels. As such, while the recovery in HSBC shares might not be smooth or swift, the bank appears to offer tremendous potential in the long term.When the company is allowed to reinstate its dividend, investors buying today could see a dividend yield of 8.6%. That suggests HSBC could deliver an attractive return profile for long-term investors from its current share price. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 19th April, 2020 | More on: HSBA Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Speed kills: the three keys to developing blistering rugby speed

first_imgArgentina Strength and Conditioning Coach Keir Wenham-Flatt sets out his three key speed training methods to leave the opposition grasping at thin air At its heart, sprinting is a game of forces and physics. If you can produce more force and apply it against the ground in an efficient manner, whilst minimising the braking effects of friction and air resistance, you will run faster. To continue the car analogy, increasing strength and power is like increasing the horsepower of the engine. Whilst sprint training itself is a powerful tool to achieve this, gym based strength and power training is an equally effective and necessary tool for achieving maximum rugby speed.Though any good strength and conditioning programme should develop the whole body, in the context of running fast, particular attention should be dedicated to developing the muscles of the lower body. These are the muscles responsible for applying force into the floor. Specifically the major muscle groups of the gluteals, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves should be targeted.In terms of sprinting, strength training is fairly general and lays the physical foundation for speed work. As such exercises are largely interchangeable and can be selected based on your preference, individual strengths and weaknesses, body type and injury history. There are no mandatory exercises for running fast other than sprinting itself. However a programme based in basic barbell lifts like the squat, deadlift, step up, lunge and hip thrust is a good idea.The percentage of one-rep max required to increase strength varies according to training experience (the newer you are to training the less you should use). However reasonably experienced adult players should use in excess of 80% of one-rep max for sets of six or fewer reps. Total sets may be as high as eight but will fall considerably as intensity rises. What is most important is the preservation of good technique and the management of fatigue. It is always better to slightly under-train than over-train.In the development of power work it is a good idea to select exercises which have little or no inherent slowing of bar speed towards the end of the repetition. This includes ballistic variations of the bench press, squat, deadlift and push press and the Olympic lifts (personally I don’t recommend these due to excessive learning time). The attachment of bands and chains to the bar in traditional exercises can also limit this natural deceleration. Again, sets of fewer than six reps are recommended for eight or fewer sets. Use somewhere between 40-60% of your max to develop power, slightly higher for the Olympic lifts (75-85%).3.    Stretch reflex workIf you haven’t heard of the stretch reflex work, you have definitely experienced it. This reflex is a built in feature of the nervous system. When you stretch a muscle, your body will contract it in opposition to that stretch in order to protect itself. The bigger and faster the stretch, the more forceful the contraction. Ultimately you are able to produce far more force in movements which are preceded by a rapid stretch than without. This is why you can jump higher by dipping rapidly before moving upwards, or throw a ball further by winding up your arm first.Importantly the stretch reflex is a skill that can be trained. Under the right training conditions the body can be taught to time its force production to increase the stimulation of the stretch reflex (resulting in a more forceful contraction) and to better exploit the stretch reflex (resulting in the greatest possible force production for a given degree of stretch).Sprinting, particularly at top speed, entails a huge degree of muscular stretch and stimulation of the stretch reflex, which means it is an ideal candidate for methods which enhance these qualities. Three key training tools in achieving this are jumping exercises, plyometrics and medicine ball throws.These forms of exercise entail movement speeds and a degree of muscular stretch and force that is difficult to replicate in a gym setting. As such they may be considered more sprinting specific and an ideal tool in bridging the gap between the gym and real world sprinting. They also offer a fairly unique opportunity to develop horizontal force production, which recent research has suggested is the primary limiting factor in running fast.Generally speaking jumping exercises are better suited to the slower movement speeds and bigger joint ranges of movement associated with acceleration running, whereas plyometrics are better suited to top speed sprinting. Medicine balls may be used to develop either quality depending on the execution of exercises. They are also a useful tool to teach the transference of force from the lower to upper body. If you remember one thing about this article make it this: speed is the most important physical quality you need to succeed in rugby. Strength may get all the accolades but in my experience speed is the true physical ability that separates great players from average players.A coach I’m fond of quoting frequently says “getting strong is like falling out a boat and hitting water”, and he is right. There are strong players at every level of rugby. The biggest difference I’ve noticed between coaching international players and regular pros is their speed. To me it’s clear: if you want to be a great player, you have to be fast.Unfortunately speed is also the hardest ability of all to develop through training (and coincidentally the least well understood by players and coaches). With a good programme and several years of dedication is it possible to double your strength, or make similar improvements in some measures of aerobic fitness. This is not the case with speed. A gain in speed of a few percent per year is high-five time.These two factors – the importance of speed, and its resistance to improvement – mean that the price of inaccuracy in speed training is a costly one. This counts even more when you consider that the vast majority of hamstring, calf and quadricep strains and tears on the field occur during sprinting.If however you can train sprinting and acceleration speed in a deliberate manner with high quality methods, you can expect to see drastic improvement on the pitch and fewer muscle strains and tears. As an added bonus you can also expect to see an improvement in gym strength (as speed presents a powerful stimulus to the central nervous system which governs strength) and your on-field endurance (by reducing the speed of the game relative to your maximum running speed).In the list below I am going to share with you the three key training activities that need to be present within a rugby speed training programme. They represent the big building blocks – without them you’ll never fulfil your speed potential. But remember that the devil is in the detail. How you train is just as important as what you train. A more detailed breakdown of these concepts can be found on my website, Rugby Strength Coach.1.    Sprint workThis may seem redundant but if you want to get better at sprinting, you must sprint. There are a number of reasons why sprint work is an absolute necessity for getting fast. The most obvious of these is specificity.The principle of specificity tells us that the more closely a training activity resembles a sporting action in its movement and force characteristics, the greater the expected performance improvement on the field. Well, there is nothing more sprinting specific than sprinting itself! Sprinting provides a fantastic opportunity to train the muscle and strength qualities needed to run fast.An additional reason for the inclusion of sprint work in the speed training programme is the powerful effect it exerts on the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is the source of all power in sporting movement, like a battery in an electric car. The higher the forces and speeds we expose the CNS to, the more it improves its power output. Sprint work is without question the fastest, highest force training activity we are capable of performing which makes it the most effective tool we have for increasing the power of our “battery”. This improves not only sprinting speed but all other fast, powerful actions on the pitch like rucking, tackling, mauling and changing direction.The final reason is that sprint work provides opportunity to learn and refine the technique required to run as fast as possible. Though it is a natural human movement, sprinting is a skill like any other. Neglecting the skill of running is like building a Formula 1 car and putting a Sunday-afternoon driver behind the wheel. You can have the biggest, fastest engine on the grid, but unless you know how to get it around the track as fast as possible you are doomed to fail.After a base of good technique is developed at slow speed, frequent sprint work teaches a rugby player how to put this into practice under game conditions. The precise technical requirements of acceleration and top speed running extend beyond the scope of this article (see rugbystrengthcoach.com/speed-guide for a more detailed breakdown), however some key technical points include: TAGS: Highlight 2.    Strength and power work LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If you are new to these training methods it is a good idea to keep things simple, cover your bases and emphasise them equally in your training programme (one session per week dedicated to each is a good idea in pre-season, two mixed sessions is probably more appropriate in-season). Include a mixture of exercises which emphasise faster and slower movement speeds, longer and shorter contact times with the floor, and vertical and horizontal force production. This will ensure good mixture of opportunities to develop the skill of maximally exploiting the stretch reflex and developing force in a highly sprinting specific manner. Again, this list represents a good foundation but more detailed information can be found over at my website.Keir Wenham-Flatt is a strength coach with Argentina Rugby Union. He has also worked with 2013 NRL Champions the Sydney Roosters, Wasps, Rotherham Titans and London Scottish. Keir is the founder of www.rugbystrengthcoach.com – the web’s #1 resource for rugby strength and conditioning information and can be followed on Twitter @RUGBY_STR_COACHlast_img read more

Peach House / Frederic Schnee

first_img “COPY” 2018 Photographs:  Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeSave this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. Rural housing construction owes little to the State and household savings even enable to build private ownership. By allowing the purchase of materials from local manufacturers and artisans, self-built housing construction is prevalent in rural areas. Private property goes back to the agricultural reform of the 1950s, which did not succeed in establishing collective habitations, but reaffirmed the notion of private property as the expression of the work of the family. They are the homes of peasants – inherited or built with domestic savings. The courtyard house in North China constitutes a form of housing which is the result of a long process of interaction between the built form and social, economic, and cultural needs and habits.Save this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeSave this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeThe task of building a new courtyard house required to examine and engage with modes of life in rural areas of Beijing. An extended analysis of the specific building type, the built environment, the social and historical context and finally the requirements for the new use were absolutely essential prior to the design process. In a preliminary study, the site and its previous buildings were retraced and documented through a graphic reconstruction to understand its layout and function. A timeline starting from the 1950s reveals the different states and transformations the site and buildings underwent. One of the most important characteristics of the courtyard house is its flexibility in accommodating growth and change.The objective was to build a new courtyard house, by lifting the courtyard and creating a space for a convenience store on the ground floor.  The ground floor level was lowered and a new concrete slab poured inside the existing building for the upper floor.Save this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeSave this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeTo follow traditional room layouts and build according to the principles of Feng Shui, the new floor plan was modeled on the typical courtyard house in North China. Special attention had to be paid to the angle and grid of the layout, the positioning of columns and openings to meet all requirements. The building is arranged on a North-South oriented lot, with the main pavilion facing South. The access gate is situated in the South-East corner according to the traditional layout. Ceiling heights and spacing had to follow a specific hierarchy. The layout of the elevated courtyard is introverted to ensure privacy in the courtyard and that of adjacent houses.Save this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeSave this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeThe blue or grey brick is historically prevalent in Beijing and the northeastern region of China, but is less and less used for various reasons nowadays. Cheaper red bricks are mostly used in self-built housing today. The facade design with two different brick colors dissipates the contrast and creates a balance. Moreover, visible scorch marks on red bricks merge the two tones.Save this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic SchneeProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo BardiArchitecture ClassicsHouston Museum of Fine Arts / Lake|Flato ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904709/peach-house-frederic-schnee Clipboard Projects Peach House / Frederic SchneeSave this projectSavePeach House / Frederic Schnee ArchDaily Photographs Area:  320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeFrederic SchneeOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentBeijingOn InstagramPekínChinaPublished on October 29, 2018Cite: “Peach House / Frederic Schnee” 28 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Peach House / Frederic Schnee CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Beijing, China Save this picture!© Yuxuan, Frederic Schnee+ 50Curated by María Francisca González Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904709/peach-house-frederic-schnee Clipboard China Architects: Frederic Schnee Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Year: last_img read more

New Communications Manager at Naomi House Children’s Hospice

first_img Howard Lake | 24 May 2006 | News New Communications Manager at Naomi House Children’s Hospice  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Naomi House Children’s Hospice has announced the appointment of Rhian French as its new Communications Manager.Rhian has 12 years’ communications experience working in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. She joins the Hampshire-based hospice from map makers Ordnance Survey where she worked in the press office and public affairs teams.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisementlast_img read more

Perdue Predicts Strong 2018 Exports

first_img SHARE SHARE Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue predicts fiscal year 2018 farm exports will remain strong. Responding to the Department of Agriculture’s export forecast published last week, Perdue says “exports continue to be a major driver of the rural economy,” mentioning that exports generate 20 percent of U.S. farm income. The USDA forecast predicts farm exports for the 2018 fiscal year will reach a value of $140 billion, which would be the fourth-best year in history. Fiscal year 2017 closed with the third-highest export total on record. Perdue also noted that agriculture’s trade surplus is expected to grow eight percent, from $21.3 billion last year to $23 billion in 2018.Perdue says USDA continues to work “around the clock” to boost export prospects “not only by expanding existing markets and improving existing trade agreements, but also by aggressively pursuing new markets and new opportunities.”Source: NAFB News Service Perdue Predicts Strong 2018 Exports Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 4, 2017 Previous articleFarm Groups Pleased with New ISDA ChoiceNext articleCommentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Perdue Predicts Strong 2018 Exportslast_img read more

Bill to decriminalise press law violations submitted to parliament

first_img News News RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts July 6, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more January 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill to decriminalise press law violations submitted to parliament Help by sharing this information ArgentinaAmericas Follow the news on Argentina to go furthercenter_img News In October 1999, the Argentine government had given its commitment to the IACHR and PERIODISTAS to decriminalise press law violations. This was to be made possible by making the civil and penal codes conform to the principles on the protection of freedom of expression as established in the country’s constitution and in international human rights treaties signed by Argentina. Though it has been on the Senate’s agenda since 1999, the bill was not examined within the assigned two-year time limit. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites News ArgentinaAmericas According to information collected by RSF, on 27 December 2001, former Argentine president Saá signed a bill, originally proposed by the Argentine press freedom organisation PERIODISTAS, to decriminalise press law violations. The bill was sent to both houses, which must both approve it. It stipulates that press law violations will henceforth only be subject to civil, rather than criminal, proceedings. It also provides for the incorporation into Argentine jurisprudence of the principle of “real malice”, as defined by the United States Supreme Court (“New York Times vs. Sullivan” case, 1964). This notion establishes that a plaintiff must establish proof that a news item distributed by a journalist was false and was published with full knowledge of the facts. The U.S. Supreme Court’s writ also recognises that freedom of information takes precedence over the defence of civil servants’ honour. Finally, the bill incorporates the Campillay doctrine into Argentine legislation, which establishes that the exact reproduction of a news item, duly accompanied by a reference to the original source, does not make the journalist who reports the story responsible for its accuracy, and is therefore not punishable under the law. Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world In a letter to Senate Speaker Juan Carlos Maqueda and Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Oscar Camaño, RSF asked them to include in their agenda the approval of a bill to decriminalise press law violations, in order to ensure that the bill is adopted into law as soon as possible. To come into effect, the text, signed by former president Rodríguez Saá, must be voted on in parliament. “The Argentine authorities are being presented with the opportunity to make their country the first Latin-American nation to decriminalise press law violations,” underlined RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. “As such, Argentina would respect its international press freedom commitments,” he added. According to Article 10 of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ (IACHR) Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, “the protection of a person’s reputation should only be guaranteed through civil sanctions”. RSF also addressed the leaders of parliamentary groups, asking them to approve the bill. December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

The Accidental Lodi Tourist

first_img Top of the News Business News Lodi came into my life quite accidentally last year. And I mean accidentally not as a negative thing but as a delightful happenstance. I usually don’t run into stumble-upons, as I am a person who plans trips down to the very last bathroom break. But on one particular weekend, my father, who lives in Sacramento, decided we would spend the day in nearby Lodi, of all places, less than half an hour away. Months afterward, when a meeting was planned with new friends, unbeknownst to me, Lodi was the decided rendezvous point. And when I mentioned Lodi to pals in Colorado, one of our buddies commented that he had heard that was a hidden wine region. My supervisor told me in passing that her friends chose to retire in Lodi and run a bed and breakfast inn which is supposedly heaven on earth.Lodi, Lodi, Lodi! Who would have thought that this sleepy town would one day lure wine enthusiasts around the world, families who want a low key getaway, and girlfriends who revel in great food, comfy digs, and spa dips? For years, Lodi has suffered from the reputation of the song, Lodi, by Creedence Clearwater Revival with the memorable lyrics, “Oh Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi again.” Later it turns out that the songwriter, John Fogerty, never even stepped foot in Lodi.Well aware of the insufferable song, Nancy Beckman CEO of Visit Lodi!, takes it in stride. Says Beckman, “Today, visitors from all over the world get ‘stuck’ in Lodi with our 85 wineries, multiple museums, performing arts theatre, great restaurants and shopping in our historic downtown.”Tourism in Lodi’ is on the rise with at least two million annually and growing. Number One money maker comes from wine, and the Number Two slot goes to agriculture, followed by plastics manufacturing as Number Three. Population is about 66,000 in an area of less than 14 square miles.Wine LoversWine aficionados discovered Lodi at least five years ago, but now the area is getting on the tourist radar so much that the wine rooms are packed on weekends. The city is home to at least 85 wineries from this inland Lodi appellation where fog nestles on the grapes in the winter and sometimes in the summer as well. Who knew that this region supplies Napa county wineries with a bulk of its grapes? As the story goes, grape growers realized they could also capitalize on the wine frenzy by starting their own wineries.The region specializes in zinfindels due to its temperate climate. Wine tasting is affordable and laid back. One the average, tastings go for $5 to $15. Like each wine, each winery tasting room features a different vibe and character. At Klinker Brick, a farmhouse with an outdoor picnic seating area tempts visitors with its Old vine zinfandel and syrah and rosé pours. Meanwhile, the Michael David Winery offers a tasting room, café, outdoor seating, and produce stand. It’s where the bottle dubbed 7 Deadly Zins put them on the map.Ever try Portuguese wine? Head to St. Jorge Winery, which opened in 2009. This villa compound with a Mediterranean architecture features a slate of clone including tempranillo and Verdelho. Its 2013 cabernet sauvignon is from one of the oldest vineyards in Lodi that’s more than 108 years old.And at Acquiesce Winery, Sue Tipton is the owner and winemaker of white Rhone-styled wines. Turns out that you don’t have to have both reds and whites in your portfolio. She’s finding that she does just fine selling only white wines.“Visitors tell us all the time that they come for the amazing wines and come back because of the experience,” adds Beckman. “With mostly boutique wineries, visitors are often tasting wine with the winemaker or owner who is uniquely invested in the experience of the customer. People say all the time how friendly Lodians are and what an amazing experience they have.”Where should a wine lover dwell during the experience? Wine and Roses Hotel Restaurant & Spa is a high-end, 80-room boutique property with all you need to be comfortable. Together with two eateries, a pool and spa, and lush garden grounds, you will be pampered and also delighted with its hideaway feel, but also accessibility to local services and stores. It’s also next to the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center where it offers wine tasting and promotes events such as the annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend held Feb. 9-10 and also the annual ZinFest weekend held every May.Family FriendlyWhile Lodi remains a vino lovers’ Disneyland in San Joaquin County, it’s a fun family venue when you want a crowd-free, stress-free, simple vacation, particularly for parents who have elementary school-aged kids and younger. It’s one of those places every family should land to reconnect and converse and play board games at night. Since the town is small and rural, you don’t have to waste gas driving too far to locations to enjoy activities.Lodi is home to the 132-acre Micke Grove Regional Park. It offers a small zoo with monkeys, friendly tortoises, and those lovely, crusty-skinned iguanas. On site is Fun Town, which features old-fashioned rides such as its timeless merry-go-round. You can dream away the day away walking around the 3-acre lake with a 40-foot water fountain, and meander the bucolic Japanese garden with cherry blossom trees next to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. The tree-lined park also features playground areas, horseshoe pits, softball fields, an 18-hold disc golf course, BBQ grills and picnic areas. When is the last time you played tag or hide-and-seek with your kids or grandkids? This place is well worth the five bucks you pay for parking.Yes, Lodi is a subdued locale with unassuming streets and boulevards. It’s precisely that lack of too-much eye candy that forces you to appreciate where you are and who you are with. For families that crave nature, the unique Isenberg Crane Reserve offers bird sightings of cranes, egrets, and herons in abundance. Bring your binoculars, folks. Witnessing the migratory birds suddenly take off en masse in the wee hours of the morning (think 6 a.m. in 40-something degrees) is a once-in-a-lifetime sighting, worth the early rise.If you require mental stimulation, head to the World of Wonders Science Museum, Lodi’s own version of the San Francisco Exploratorium for the Central Valley. You’ll find approximately 70 fun hands-on exhibits intended to delight, educate, and inspire the next generation of scientists. Created in 2009, the former 9,000-square-foot warehouse is a testimony of what community support can do when individuals sacrifice time and effort towards a common vision. Create clouds, freeze your shadow, conjure up a ghostly illusion, and let your imagination run wild. To satiate your tech-starved munchkins, maybe you can save this for the last event of the day.Where to eat? A potpourri of cuisines from Thai to Italian to Mexican to Japanese and more is available at all price points. Of note is A&W, the root beer float chain that originated at this location about 90 years ago. The owner has keeps a glass showcase of A&W memorabilia here, and it’s worth a stop on your vacation to grab a bite and a beverage.Girlfriend GetawayIn Australia they call it a “hens weekend,” but whatever name you give female bonding time, you will find your dollars well spent in Lodi. For starters, you can head to the Inn at Locke House that gushes with accolade after accolade as one of the best in… girlfriend getaways, eco-friendly inns, homecooked breakfasts, historic charmers, wine country locations, friendly staff, and more. It’s no surprise the historic brick farmhouse is listed as a National Landmark and California Landmark, honors not easy to achieve.The four guestrooms are filled with Civil War antiques and white clawfoot bathtubs. Each day comes with a full breakfast that can include homemade pancakes and fresh berries and whipped cream.Boutique shopping can be had in downtown Lodi on North and South School Street. You’ll unmine antique shops, second hand stores, design haunts, and more.And can there be any spa action in Lodi? Not a lot, but definitely yes. Over at the Wine & Roses Hotel, its spa offers a slate of facials and massages so that you can indulge in a full and satisfying spa day. Its 90-minute Wine and Roses special with a scrub, shower, and massage will turn you into a fleshy noodle instantly.Yes, there are places to clean up for dinner after your spa day, and a plethora of fine dining experiences await. Over at the Town House Restaurant, the eatery offers a slate of New American , comfort food entrees in an elegant atmosphere. And the Zin Bistro, also for New American fare is where you may want to dress up a bit in this tony spot downtown.If John Fogarty were to come to Lodi in 2019, I’m sure he would rewrite the lyrics to say, “Oh great! I’m back in Lodi again!” More Cool Stuff Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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Odessa wins video awards

first_img Facebook Pinterest By Federico Martinez – May 27, 2021 Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 27, 2021Next articleCity pools open Saturday Federico Martinez Local News Odessa wins video awards Twitter Twittercenter_img TAGSCity of OdessaCommunications DepartmentCOVID-19Telly Awards Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp The City of Odessa’s Communications Department recently received two international Telly Awards, including a first-place award for producing a Rap video promoting COVID-19 safety measures in 2020.The communications department also received a second-place award for producing a video in honor of the victims of a horrific shooting on Aug. 31, 2019.“When I received the news earlier this week that our City had been recognized by the Telly Awards, not once but twice, for the work that was being done by our Communications Department I was extremely pleased,” City Manager Michael Marrero said. “I want to congratulate Devin Sanchez, Magaly Nieto and Victor Wade for their efforts.”“The events of Aug. 31, 2019, and the pandemic of 2020 were unprecedented for our community. I am proud that with the hard work of our Communications Team we were able to remind people of the importance of personal protective equipment against the pandemic. And certainly, a year after the tragedy of August 31, 2019 our remembrance video was important as we continue to heal and work through the events of the day.”One Year LaterThe Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television and programming added soon after. More than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and continents were received this year, according to the organization’s website.“It’s an honor to be recognized for your work,” said Sanchez, the city’s communications director. “I think it shows that the city is moving toward a more video-centric department. It’s not just about putting out press releases, it’s telling stories through video.”The Rap video, which earned first-place honors in the public service category, was created last July to encourage viewers to wear face coverings, Sanchez said. The video featured local rapper Holy Smoke and music by DJ Hamilton, also known as Corporal Michael Hamilton of the Odessa Police Department.“PPE” – Levi Berlanga ft. City of Odessa Staff“At that point we had tried every other avenue to encourage people to wear face masks, but didn’t seem to be getting a lot of results,” Sanchez said. “We decided to try something fun. It was a lot of work, but it has become the city’s most-watched video.”The second-place remembrance video was hard to do, Sanchez said. Her team wanted to create a video that honored the memory of those who died in the 2019 shooting, and also be respectful of family and friends.last_img read more

HSE offers courses for people dealing with long term conditions

first_imgNews Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitter Twitter Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary WhatsApp The HSE in Donegal is providing a series of self management courses for people with long term conditions and for carers of people with long term conditions that promote self care.  Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition.Participants, to date, have reported a significant positive impact on their lives from implementing the skills they have learned from the self management courses.  They have also enjoyed learning from other people with long term conditions in an informal setting.Paula Quinn of the HSE in Donegal says; “A long term condition can be anything from cardiovascular disease, asthma, back pain, depression, neurological problems, Crohn’s disease to high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity or multiple sclerosis. In fact, it is any health condition that detrimentally affects your health in the longer term.”If you have a long term condition, being in control will result in greater confidence and better health and well-being.  You probably know quite a lot about your own condition already, and you may even feel that you are managing your condition very well, but the self management courses can provide you with additional support to help make the choices that suit you in areas that you may feel you need that little bit of extra help.”The self management courses are free of charge and are run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours.  Courses are being provided across the county.  If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email [email protected]  All enquiries are welcome. Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Google+ Pinterestcenter_img By News Highland – February 13, 2013 WhatsApp Previous articleJudge warns Joe O’Reilly appeal cannot be based on ‘mere assertion’Next articleConclave to elect new pope not before March 15th: Vatican News Highland Facebook HSE offers courses for people dealing with long term conditions Facebook LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Woman injured in County Derry crash now in a stable condition

first_img WhatsApp Woman injured in County Derry crash now in a stable condition Homepage BannerNews Facebook Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Facebook Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Twitter By admin – November 29, 2015 WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored LUH still not ready to restore IT systems RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Google+ Police in County Derry are investigating after five people were injured in a crash involving a van and two cars yesterday afternoon.It happened shortly before 4 o’clock on the Foreglen Road, near Dungiven.All the injured were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital. One woman whose conmdition after the crash was described as serious is now in a stable condition. Her injuries are not life threatening. Previous articleDonegal League Manager satisfied with Oscar Traynor Trophy win over Sligo/LeitrimNext articleBundoran Manager Brian Gavigan praises his team after Ulster Final defeat admin Pinterestlast_img read more