CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Antonio Brown cannot help himself.Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated reported that he had sexually harassed a woman artist he hired to paint a mural in his home, approaching her while naked with only a hand towel covering his groin.Late Thursday night, SI’s Robert Klemko reported that Brown sent text messages with photos of the accuser’s children to her in a group text with his associates, asking them to …
One of the newest Warriors, Glenn Robinson III, takes an Uber to work because he has yet to ship his Porsche Panamera to his San Francisco apartment. He was on his way to Chase Center for the Warriors’ second game of the preseason, and the Uber driver didn’t recognize him.Then came his highlight of the preseason. Early in the first quarter, Robinson bothered a layup attempt by Timberwolves wing Andrew Wiggins, his hand almost a foot over the basket when he deflected the shot. Robinson landed, …
The Peech’s energy-saving strategyincludes solar heating and grey water recycling Guests can admire the artwork whilerelaxing in the trendy lounge. (Images: The Peech Hotel) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gerhard KoekemoerThe Peech Hotel+27 11 537 9797 RELATED ARTICLES • Voluntourism: see SA, do good • Cape Town’s responsible tourism • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotel • SA wins big at World Travel AwardsChris ThurmanWhen James Peech relocated from Britain to South Africa, he didn’t think he’d be opening a hotel in the middle of Johannesburg.After a lengthy spell curing their mutual wanderlust in south-east Asia, Peech and his South African partner Cassie Janisch planned to return to her homeland and settle in Cape Town. The Cape, however, did not prove hospitable to their ambitions for the hospitality industry and they decided to try their luck in the ostensibly less tourist-friendly Johannesburg instead.Luck, fate or sheer serendipity? Call it what you will. The point is that they happened to find a charming house in the suburb of Melrose, north of Johannesburg’s city centre, at a time when the owners were looking to escape a massive construction project underway next door.They saw the potential and, within a few years, their vision had been fulfilled: the construction site turned into über-trendy Planet Fitness at The Wanderers sports club, while the house and grounds nestling alongside were expanded into a tranquil and surprisingly spacious four-star 16-room boutique hotel.That the Planet Fitness complex doesn’t intrude on the aesthetic or atmosphere of the Peech Hotel is largely attributable to architect Kate Otten, whose design for the extensions emphasised seclusion: hotel guests hardly feel that they are in the biggest city in the country, just a short distance from its commercial hub.This proximity is, of course, appealing to business travellers, and The Peech boasts a 10-seater boardroom and workspace facilities for such guests. Yet judging from the diverse conversations and languages to be overheard in the hotel’s bar and lobby area, an equal proportion of the international clientele are leisure travellers.Whether it’s business or pleasure that brings them to the Peech, those who stay there soon learn a thing or two about the art of living.Laid-back and chicThe Bistro, under head chef Greg Jardim, has developed a reputation for fine dining. After sampling the sundried tomato, asparagus and fennel risotto I was happy to concur; the Asian fishcakes with wasabi dipping sauce entrenched my opinion.Then there was the duck confit served with polenta and a berry coulis, the sirloin with blue cheese sauce, the chocolate torte with Frangelico … it’s clear that Jardim and his sous-chefs are living up to their promise to create dishes that are both “laid-back and chic” with “an understated touch of sophistication”.Robert Chifunyise is kept busy as resident sommelier; the Peech hosts monthly wine evenings, at which local vintners proffer a selection of wines paired with appropriate dishes. Connoisseurs of other beverages are not entirely neglected – earlier this year the Collective São Gabriel, a multi-national group of craft beer-makers, shared some of their luxury brews. And the hearty brunch on offer every Sunday morning is accompanied by an endless supply of Cap Classique Brut from Villiera Wines.Care of the environmentThe Peech, by example, also teaches another subject: eco-living. Certified for Fair Trade in Tourism, the hotel implements a strict sustainability policy incorporating solar water heating, double-layer insulation in rooms and the recycling of grey water from baths and showers.In addition to operating with the environment in mind, Peech exercises a social conscience through charitable contributions towards the Little Eden Children’s Home in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg.What would the art of living be without the visual arts? Sculptures from various African countries are displayed in the hotel’s rooms, augmenting the eclectic decor and sleek finishes. While works of art serve an anodyne decorative function in most hotels, however, this is not the case at The Peech.James Peech has teamed up with art agent and curator Christina Wiese of Brown Spice Boutique to ensure that the hotel’s walls are continually adorned by new art works in various styles. As a result of these floating exhibitions, the hotel has become something of an informal gallery.In 2009 an environment-themed collection of photography and sculpture that also displayed fashion, industrial and interior designs reinforced Peech’s passion for ecological sustainability. Artists who have subsequently opened exhibitions at the hotel include photographers Neil Corder and Babi Prokas; Layziehound, with his music-oriented pastel images; and Anupama Das, whose geometric designs tease and delight the eye.The arts programme is ongoing, as are the wine evenings and other events. In fact, for such a calm and quiet place, The Peech is veritably abuzz with new developments – from landscaping of the already lush and leafy gardens, to plans to convert the poolside eating area into an al fresco deli.All this activity can only bode well for visitors to, and residents of, Johannesburg. As for Capetonians … well, they’re likely to feel they’ve been missing out. Gerhard KoekemoerEmail: email@example.comPhone: +27 (0) 11 537 9797Fax: +27 (0) 11 537 9798www.thepeech.co.za
Brand South Africa’s mission is to encourage citizens to find opportunities that promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism. The importance of a patriotic society results in a strengthened Nation Brand image and competitiveness.This is why South African multi award-winning record producer DJ Black Coffee in partnership with stand-up comedian, actor and writer Kagiso Lediga are bringing to the cinemas, their highly anticipated film MATWETWE (WIZARD) from Friday, 25th January 2019.MATWETWE is a coming of age adventure following Lefa (Sibusiso Khwinana) and Papi (Tebatso Mashishi), best friends and recent high school graduates, as they hustle through their young lives. Over the course of an action-packed New Years Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.The South African film industry has had a positive impact on the economy, as confirmed by The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in its Economic Impact Assessment study. The film industry had a R5.4 billion contribution to the GDP, compared to the R3.5 billion in 2013.Brand South Africa calls on citizens to go out in their numbers to support this local production at the more than 800 cinemas across the country in support of this authentic South African story filled with adventure and comedy. #MatwetweWatch the trailer Matwetwe (Wizard)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes in the forecast this morning, but we are watching the last part of next week closely for any potential changes in the days ahead.Today we turn out mostly sunny and cool, but dry. Tomorrow we turn warmer with strong south flow developing. Sunny, breezy conditions are expected.On Saturday we start with sunshine but will see clouds increase through the day. Scattered showers develop in the evening and then continue through mid morning Sunday. Rain totals are still unimpressive, mostly .3″ or less, with 70% coverage. The balance of Sunday brings a return of sunshine and warm air holds.Rain totals Monday night-TuesdayOn Monday look for sun to be followed by increasing clouds, but we should be dry for all day time hours. A strong cold front sweeps through overnight Monday night through Tuesday early afternoon. This front has potential for .25″-.75″ rains with coverage at 100%. Thunderstorms are possible too, but will have the biggest farther west of Ohio. We should be breezy on both sides of the frontal passage, from the south first, and then the north-northwest, as colder air blasts in behind the front.Partly to mostly sunny skies expected for next Wednesday and Thursday. We will be cool Wednesday, but should warm again on Thursday. This will be ahead of another front for late in the week. Clouds build on Friday and we are keeping a chance of showers and thunderstorm in our forecast. Some models have dramatically reduced the rain potential from the front, but we are leaving our forecast alone right now, and will revisit in the days ahead. We currently see the front with .25″-1″ rain potential and 60% coverage. We turn colder again behind the front on Saturday the 26th, even if precipitation threats get reduced.For the extended 11-16 day period, we see potential for showers over the southern half to third of Ohio Sunday the 27th, with .25″-.75″ of moisture and 60% coverage from I-70 south. The rest of the state turns out partly to mostly sunny. Then we are dry the rest of the period right on through November 1, with colder air in play. In fact, we cant rule out a few early morning flurries over northern parts of Ohio Tuesday the 29th, but that is not a big threat at the moment.The main takeaway this morning from the forecast is that we are going to start to see more significant swings in temperatures, and the next two weeks will feature more frequent swings back and forth in temps too. This will likely serve to enhance precipitation threats, when they are around.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Swedish marketing technologist Dennis Hettema has created a hot-item tracking website for the most-shared items on Google Buzz, called Buzrr. The site is very simple right now, it doesn’t include categories, there’s no description of how it works (“we are jumping through a bunch of hoops,” Hettema says) and the “new buzz” column is already full of spam. People love this kind of thing, though, so check it out. Tweetmeme had similar beginnings and is now quite an impressive little company. Google Buzz has a lot of potential, and Buzzr is worth watching too.Ultimately, popularity contests are only so interesting – but they do draw a crowd. If Buzzr can execute on really counting Buzz shares of stories, then maybe it could gain some critical mass and do some more interesting things with the data. Buzzr has taken a page out of Tweetmeme’s book by prominently featuring a website button to share a story on Buzz, something that put the interests of publishers, users and Tweetmeme all in sync for that company. On the other hand, there is a whole lot of backlash already concerning Buzz’s intrusiveness. That’s why we decided not to push content there automatically but to engage in conversations there instead. If that’s how the medium shapes up then services like Buzzr may not be as widely embraced as the number-pumping Tweetmeme has been.Time will tell; since Google Buzz’s most disruptive quality is its open data standards, there should be a whole lot of services built on top of it soon. Tags:#Google#Product Reviews#web
In what amounts to a rap on the knuckles of the Chhattisgarh government, the Home Ministry has asked it to ensure that only genuine Maoist cadre surrender before the police, and to avoid spiking the numbers through surrender of ‘fake Maoists.’This was conveyed to Chief Minister Raman Singh, who met Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this month.As per the Home Ministry’s data, in the 10 Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected States taken together, a total of 1,442 Maoists surrendered in 2016. Of this, 1,167 surrenders were from Chhattisgarh alone. The total number of surrenders there in 2015 had been 323.A screening committee found that more than 90% of the people who had surrendered did not conform to the definition of “Maoist cadre.” “As many applications were rejected, there was resentment in people who were assured monetary and other rehabilitation benefits. This can lead to another wave of discontent that could be tapped by Maoists,” said a senior government official.Till October 31 this year, 584 surrenders have taken place overall, as compared to 1,373 during the same period in 2016.The LWE-affected States and the Home Ministry have framed policies for surrender and rehabilitation of Maoist cadres who want to join the mainstream. A screening-cum-rehabilitation committee comprising officials of the State government and central armed police force (CAPF) officials examines the cases before enrolling them for the rehabilitation scheme.“During an assessment, it was found that most people who had surrendered were not active Maoist cadres. They had no cases registered against them or were not involved in any encounter,” said the official.Most of the surrenders in 2016 had taken place in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region, which was under the operational control of the controversial Inspector General of Police S.R.P Kalluri. Mr. Kalluri was removed from Bastar following allegations of human rights violations.
May Pen Police Station recognized as ‘The Best Police Station’ Winners are chosen based on the level of public voting Several new strategies placed the station in a favourable position to secure the award Head of the Clarendon Police Division, Senior Superintendent Michael Bailey and his team are still celebrating after the May Pen Police Station was recognized as ‘The Best Police Station’ in the recently held Public Sector Customer Service Awards competition.The station won in the ‘Best of Like’ category which is reserved for selected entities that have high public contact and serve customers from various locations, branches, or parish offices across Jamaica. Winners are chosen based on the level of voting by members of the public island-wide. The judges then assess the data and confirm the locations that received the most votes. The winners in this category received J$40,000 and a plaque of recognition. “I am grateful and would like to commend the staff who have worked hard and allowed the division to be so successful,” Superintendent Bailey said.He informed that several new strategies were implemented in the Division, which placed the station in a favourable position to secure the award. One of these is a ticketing system implemented at the May Pen Police Station.“Not only do our customers get a ticket to wait, there is also someone who assesses the customers and those who have urgent matters are dealt with first,” Superintendent Bailey explained.He said that the officers who are more capable of delivering the best customer service are those who interact with the customers in the reception area. These officers also received additional training in customer service.“We also do training of our staff, through workshops and seminars each week; assessing the orders from the Commissioner of Police, new directives, new policies and prepare the staff accordingly,” Superintendent Bailey informed.He pointed out that the May Pen Police do their usual community policing in Clarendon, in an effort to increase the residents’ confidence in the Police and to rid the parish of gangs.The officers work assiduously with the youth, through their Community Safety and Security Unit that is responsible for improving and forming new youth clubs, neighbourhood watches and citizen associations. They also ensure that in each police district, there are at least two meetings per week.“At these meetings we bring to the residents an update of our policing activities and we try to get their input on what is happening and what they would like to see done in an effort to build our partnership,” the Senior Superintendent shared.He also informed that a farmers’ watch and a business watch, similar to the neighbourhood watch, are among new strategies planned for Clarendon. These are in response to praedial larceny problems and crimes committed against the business community. Story Highlights
A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.”
Then-OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it will not be pursuing domestic violence charges against former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. The news was first reported by Drew Davison, a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.On July 22, Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a woman alleging to be an ex-girlfriend. The woman, Tiffany Thompson, claimed Elliott had struck her multiple times while in a parked car. Thompson posted pictures on Instagram of her bruises. According to a press release from the prosecutor’s office, Thompson claimed instances of domestic violence on five separate occasions during an interview with the Columbus Division of Police.Elliott was never arrested for the allegations, and the investigation hit a stalemate after conflicting reports and a lack of evidence.The prosecutor’s office declined to press charges “primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges,” the release said.