first_imgThe Tallulah River near Clayton, Georgia is a classic in the Southeast paddling scene. This river is an excellent one for many reasons… proximity to Atlanta and Greenville, easy access via a massive metal staircase, five weekends a year of predictable flows released by the dam, beautiful class IV-V whitewater, and now a great festival during the spring releases.I was fortunate to get down to the Tallulah last weekend for two days of paddling and one night of… err festivaling.  It was awesome.  I saw so many faces that I haven’t been able to catch up with through the winter, and the weather and water could not have been better.For those of you who are not familiar with the Tallulah, its marquee feature is a rapid by the name of Oceana.  It is a beast of a rapid, dropping 50 feet down a giant slide, with the majority of the water piling against a rock shelf to create a phenomenon affectionately referred to as “The Thing.”  This shelf explodes whitewater 15 feet into the air, and reminds any prospective paddler that this is not a rapid to be trifled with.  Hitting The Thing would almost certainly result in leg and ankle injury, and there have historically been two lines: one down the center, and one down the far left.Last fall, Pat Keller pioneered a new line from left to right, crossing right in front of The Thing, and skipping into the built-up pool above it like a jet ski.  Check out Pat’s line here: ProLines from Isaac Levinson on Vimeo.This line was on my mind for a few weeks before the Tallulah release, but as many kayakers know, just because Pat can do something does not mean that you can.  Upon reaching that rapid, I scoped out the line for the better part of an hour before finally deciding that I was ready to go for it.  Fortunately for me, there happened to be a 50+ person peanut gallery to witness the carnage should I come up short and crash into The Thing!I came out of the eddy with my hair on fire and drove hard right over the first exploding wave.  From that point onward, I was running by feel, not able to see anything at all.  I felt my boat gain speed at an alarming rate, and took a stroke when I thought I would be hitting the dangerous lateral that could throw you off line.  Fortunately the timing worked, and before I knew it, my Dagger Nomad was skipping safely through the eddy to the right of The Thing, and flying off the last part of the drop in the center of the river.As I landed, I smiled and looked around in celebration, but was immediately slapped back into the safe but powerful hole at the bottom, and beaten for a good 20 seconds!The river will never cease to humble you, even in your most confident moments.  That line made my day, and I bombed down the rest of the river, across the lake, and jogged back up to my car at the putin still riding that buzz.I love kayaking.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantA perennial honoree across reviewers’ “Top 10” lists for multitude reasons, Honda has improved even more on the Accord’s winning recipe, reinforcing its reputation as one of America’s most beloved vehicles and adding new dimensions of quality to this highly praised model.Among the upgrades: structural reinforcements, suspension changes, and new technological advances, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, a second, 7.7-inch screen that can show rearview images or Lane Watch cameras, trip-computer information, turn-by-turn directions, audio data, text messages and phone calls!Critics gush.“The refreshed 2016 Honda Accord has big shoes to fill—its own,” explains Car & Driver. “Consider the Accord’s shoes as nicely filled as ever.”“The 2016 Honda Accord, with its refresh this year, continues to be a top-rated choice in the family sedan class,” states “Roomy and high-quality interior; refined and efficient powertrains; exceptional ride and handling balance; quick acceleration; generous standard features; available coupe body style.”Stylish, Roomy and Upgraded: Visit NY Auto Giant today and drive home your very own 2016 Honda Accord!Kelley Blue Book raves about the 2016 Honda Accord’s new, too, highlighting its “more aggressive looks,” “revamped interior” and “broad lineup.”“Honda’s Accord has been a class leader for as long as just about anyone remembers and even though the competition has had a number of refreshes, the current car has soldiered on atop the heap,” reads one of its reviews. “To be honest, though, in our last midsize comparison there were murmurs that some things need to be changed. Mainly, they involved styling as well as minor creature comforts it lacked relative to its rivals.“The company must be listening, for lo and behold, along comes the 2016 Honda Accord with a mid-cycle refresh that gives it bolder looks, better ride and some of those lacking features,” Kelley continues. “Also, in keeping up with the industry’s headlong rush into better connectivity and infotainment, the availability of Apple Carplay and Android Auto.”Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantVisit NY Auto Giant’s Millennium Honda to learn for yourself what all the fuss is about, and drive home your very own stylish, roomy and upgraded 2016 Honda Camry today!last_img read more

first_imgMore about the new study attached. Source: / Photo: In the academic year 2019/2020 The University of Split is starting to conduct an undergraduate university study of Hospitality and Gastronomy in Makarska, which is thus becoming a university city. After completing this study, students, given the share of theory in the overall program, can continue their studies at the graduate study of Hospitality and Gastronomy, which will meanwhile be initiated by the University of Split or another related study of this or another university. Upon completion of graduate studies, students have a great opportunity to try in the future in various managerial positions in the hospitality industry, hotel industry and the public sector, which is closely related to these activities. “It is very important for us to have good staff in tourism, that young people do not emigrate to us, but that they can have their bread and income here immediately. Thirty students will be enrolled this year and we can’t wait for them to graduate and find a job in the profession. ” pointed out Hloverka Novak-Srzić, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Makarska. Photo: Hotel Makarska “Makarska is becoming a student city this year, which it deserves considering the place it has in the Split-Dalmatia County as the pearl of tourism of the entire country. This year, 30 students will enroll, and the next 60. Today’s trends in tourism are known, not only in our country, but also in the world, and the fact that there is a lack of quality people who would provide services to tourists and raise the destination a step higher. Without people in catering and tourism there is nothing. This study will educate people in gastronomy and hospitality and will mean a lot for the city as a destination, as well as for all those who live from tourism. Its importance is invaluable. ” points out Deputy Mayor Dražen Nemčić. Side dish: University of Split / Study Hotel and gastronomy The study will be conducted as a full-time study, will last six semesters, and practical classes will be conducted in successful hotel and catering companies. The holder of the study is the University of Split, and it is performed in Makarska, reports Vecernji listlast_img read more

first_imgAs we are talking about the positioning of the Hitlon Garden Inn brand, it is a brand that is especially dedicated to quality and speed of service, is priced in a lower category than DoubleTree and Canopy, and is intended mostly for business people. That is why Zagreb’s Garden Inn is probably the only one in the city with a self-service laundry, iron in every room, mini shop in the lobby, but also an open-air restaurant that serves a la carte daily menus at reasonable prices.  Also, another interesting fact is that Josipa Jutt Ferlan, director of the cluster of Hilton hotels in Zagreb and President of the Management Board of Zagreb City Hotels, told Poslovni dnevnik that the deadline for return on this investment is only five years, which is relatively fast in the hotel business. and is one of the reasons investors love the Garden Inn. It should certainly be pointed out that this is a greenfield investment, of which there are extremely few in Croatia. Interestingly, the Hilton Garden Inn is one of Zagreb’s hotels that will fill up on its own in its first year of operation, thanks to Croatia’s EU Council presidency, which will increase demand for events and accommodation in the second half of 2020, Poslovni dnevnik writes. The Garden Inn has 153 rooms, a fitness center, a shop, a laundry, a convention center on the 8th floor and a multipurpose restaurant on the ground floor. Zagreb can be proud to have as many as three Hilton hotels in its destination. The new Hilton Garden Inn hotel, opened in July on Radnička cesta, and the official opening was held yesterday. The company Zagreb City Hotels, owned by Hrvoje Pezić, has invested 20 million euros in this hotel alone through a greenfield investment in the Zagreb business zone. After the DoubleTree and Canopy hotels, this is their third hotel operating under the Hilton brand in Zagreb, and a total of half a billion kuna has been invested in all three hotels. Source: Business diary Photo: Booking.comlast_img read more

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first_imgThe 96 McFadden St, Wynnum sold at auction.A POST-WAR home in need of a renovation has sold under the hammer in Wynnum after strong interest from buyers.Raine and Horne Wynnum Manly marketing agent Chris Vote said 96 McFadden St sold for $606,000 at auction with a crowd of about 70 watching on.Mr Vote said there were 13 registered bidders on the day with six actively vying for the two-bedroom property.An opening bid of $420,000 kicked off proceedings and the highset home on a 739sq m block was declared on the market around the $550,000 mark. There were 47 bids from start to finish.“The majority of bids were between two parties towards the end — they both really wanted it,” Mr Vote said.“The successful buyers were a local family looking to secure a property with a big block and a beautiful location.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at 96 McFadden St was in need of a renovation.Mr Vote said the home generated strong interest.“Anything around that half a million mark is not lasting on the market,” he said.“I could have sold (96 McFadden St) a number of times before the auction but we ended up with a very good sale price.”Mr Vote said the Wynnum market was steadily increasing.“There’s southern investment coming into the market — they’re seeing value and affordability compared to down there,” he said.“I’m also getting quite a few people who grew up in the area who moved away and want to move back to raise their kids.“And there are buyers wanting to come here to retire.”last_img read more

first_imgING OFE, one of Poland’s largest pension funds, is urging a local utility to pay out almost 30% of its annual profits in dividends.The scheme has tabled a motion for the forthcoming AGM of coal power producer Zespół Elektrowni Pątnów (ZE PAK), in which it holds a 10% stake, calling on other shareholders to support a PLN1.36 (€0.33) per share dividend.In a statement released to the Warsaw Stock Exchange, ZE PAK said the ING-backed motion argued the proposed payment was consistent with the company’s dividend policy, announced when it listed in late 2012.The firm reported a nearly PLN232m net profit for 2013, but its management board said in mid-March that it would table a motion during this week’s AGM that the entire sum be retained as capital by ZE PAK. It said the dividend policy – which proposed a payment of 30% of net profits to allow for the remaining capital to be used for construction of vital infrastructure – had been developed at a time when the price of energy was higher.“Sales prices currently achieved by the company are significantly lower than those recorded in the time of defining the dividend policy,” the board said in its note from mid-March.It added that the decline in energy prices would therefore lead to a fall in net profit and worse cash flows for the firm.ING PTE is urging the company to stick to its dividend policy and pay out PLN69.1m, or 29.81% of net profit, allowing it to keep the remainder for capital expenditure.The motion will be put to a vote on 25 June.ING PTE, the management company for the ING open pension fund (OFE) and voluntary pension fund (DTE), is one of the market leaders, accounting for 18% of OFE members.ING Bank Śląski last month signed a non-binding, PLN242m agreement to sell its 20% stake in ING PTE to Amsterdam-based ING Continental Europe Holdings following the successful implementation of Poland’s reforms to the OFE system that cancelled all Polish government debt holdings, accounting for more than half of second-pillar assets.last_img read more

first_imgA plunge pool is part of the package. A stylish living room. Both of the villas features four bedrooms, three opulent bathrooms, a sun-drenched rooftop and a plunge pool. The floorplans sprawl across four levels and 456sq m. The rooftops are dedicated to the terraces, which both have a built-in barbecue. Two main bedrooms with two bathrooms are on the third level of each. The homes have an industrial vibe. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The kitchens are sleek and sophisticated. Beach views are on offer from the rooftops. “The position is massive,” Studio Workshop director Joel Hutchines, who developed the properties, said. “Really that is the last block with those views that go down the Miami Esplanade.“Plus, the proximity to the beach, cafes and Nobbys — which is where it is at.” MORE NEWS: The secret to building a Gold Coast dream home Mr Hutchines said the impressive rooftop terraces that offer stunning views were the best part of the villas. “The rooftops on both proprieties are amazing, it’s what sets them apart from what has been on the market,” he said.“When you get up there, the views and experience is very appealing.” He said Studio Workshop have an emphasis on materials and textures, hence the sleek and sophisticated blend of finishes inside. From the statement Blackbutt timber stairs to the marble kitchen benchtops with a prominent grey vein — selected as it was different to the Calacatta marble that is commonly found these days — each material was a bold and considered choice. MORE NEWS: Southport house a popular choice for househunterscenter_img A dreamy bedroom. The second floor hosts the stylish kitchens and dining rooms, with a balcony and a funky built-in seat, plus the main living rooms. A terrace, pool, two bedrooms, one bathroom and the garage are found on the ground floor of both. The entrances, with the impressive staircases, have voids that stretch the height of the four levels. The four-bedroom abodes have a $2.295 million price tag each and are being marketed by Jordan Williams of JW Prestige Agents. Marble is on show throughout. The facade was originally designed to be made of timber, but aluminium was used to ensure the properties were as low maintenance as possible and had a long lifespan. “The materials are raw and the feel is really natural, that has been a big approach of Studio Workshop,” Mr Hutchines said. “The biggest piece everyone is talking about is that screen on the front. “It is something very different for the Gold Coast … often all the buildings look the same, the screen breaks it down and created street presence that’s not too imposing.” A blissful beach lifestyle. The statement stairs. 1 & 2/8 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach are two new luxury listings on the market. The epitome of low-maintenance, luxurious living is on display throughout these modern Mermaid Beach villas. The eye-catching facade stands out from the crowd and conceals two homes where an industrial-style design is effortlessly blended with luxury. The entertainment havens at 1 & 2/8 Albatross Ave make the most of their location and lifestyle the area affords. last_img read more

first_imgFor illustration only (Image courtesy of BP)Natural gas production worldwide last year recorded the weakest growth in almost 34 years as liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade rose and continues the upward trend, according to a report by energy giant BP.Global gas production increased only 0.3 percent to 21 bcm in 2016, the weakest growth in gas output for 34 years, other than in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, BP said in its “Statistical Review of World Energy.”Global consumption rose by 1.5 percent or 63 bcm, quite a bit weaker than its 10-year average of 2.3 percent.This sub-par growth went hand-in-hand with falling gas prices – Henry Hub prices were 5% lower than in 2015, European and Asian gas markers were down 20-30% as prices continued to adjust to increased LNG supplies, the report said.The report notes that much of the lacklustre performance can be traced back to the US, particularly on the supply side where falls in gas and oi) prices caused US gas production to fall for the first time since the US shale gas revolution started in earnest in the mid-2000s.Outside of the US, on the demand side, gas consumption in Europe rose strongly to 28 bcm,) helped by both the increasing competitiveness of gas relative to coal and weakness in European nuclear and renewable energy.The Middle East and China both also recorded strong increases aided by improving infrastructure and availability of gas. The largest falls were in Russia and Brazil, both of which benefited from strong increases in hydropower.On the supply side, Australian production was the standout performer as several new LNG facilities came onstream. Australian production rose 25.2 percent to 19 bcm.Looking at the growing market for LNG, although China continued to provide the main source of growth, it’s striking that the increasing availability of supplies has prompted a number of new countries, including Egypt, Pakistan and Poland, to enter the market in the last year or two.These new entrants were helped by the increased flexibility afforded by plentiful supplies of floating storage and regasification units or FSRUs, the report said.“2016 was the first year of the growth spurt we expect to see in LNG, with global supplies set to increase by around a further 30% by 2020. That is equivalent to a new LNG train coming on stream every two months until the end of this decade – quite astonishing growth,” BP’s Chief Economist Spencer Dale said in the report.Dale added that as the importance of LNG trade grows, global gas markets were likely to evolve quite materially.“Alongside increasing market integration, we are likely to see a shift towards a more flexible style of trading, supported by a deeper, more competitive market structure,” Dale said.“Indeed, this shift is already apparent, with a move towards smaller and shorter contracts and an increase in the proportion of LNG trade which is not contracted and is freely traded,” he said.last_img read more

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In preparation for the arrival of the USNS Comfort to New York, USACE New York District Operations Division moved quickly and approved the necessary dredging permits that allowed Donjon Marine of Hillside, New Jersey, to expedite dredging operations at Manhattan Cruise Terminal, using a crew of 60 and working two 12-hour shifts each day. This two-week job was completed, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, in eight days. It deepened Manhattan Cruise Terminal’s Pier 90 Berth #4 to a depth of 40 ft. by removing 92,000 cubic yards of dredge material.“I want to thank from our administration everyone who worked to get the dredging done. This ship is here ahead of schedule because of the amazing military. The dredging was done faster than anyone knew it could be done to allow this ship to dock. Everyone pulled together. This was supposed to take two weeks. They did it in eight days. That means help has arrived quicker. We’ll be able to do the life-saving work right now,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Manhattan’s westside waterfront two days ago.“It was great to see everybody pull together under such difficult circumstances in order to achieve an excellent outcome for the USNS Comfort to be safely docked in Berth 4 at Pier 90 this morning,” added Tom Witte, Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for Donjon Marine Company. Donjon Marine’s clamshell dredge Delaware Bay was supported by three dump scow barges, tender boats, and three tugboats.last_img read more