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Vermont Expects Excellent Foliage Season

first_imgAll indications point to an excellent foliage season in Vermont this year. Vermont has the characteristics needed for great foliage. Weather and forest health conditions thus far have been ideal and should produce a colorful autumn show.According to M. Brian Stone, Vermont’s Chief of Forest Management, “Vermont has all the conditions required to consistently produce excellent fall foliage. With a diverse combination of tree species, generally highquality soils and topography, which allows good moisture retention, Vermont can regularly count on beautiful foliage. Tree health is alsocrucial. Leaf cover and tree color in Vermont’s forests have all been very good this year and pest evidence is minimal.”Vermont state foresters track many aspects of forest growth and health throughout the year. Ample early summer rainfall led to a great growingseason. There is a lot of green and abundant chlorophyll was produced. Both are key to good fall color display.In addition to spring forest health and moisture, late summer variables, particularly temperature and sunlight, affect timing of color change.Cooler nights just prior to foliage season usually mean timely arrival and more brilliant foliage colors. A lot of sun during the period when leaves are turning generally increases the brilliance, as well as the viewing pleasure.The variety in Vermont’s forest species and in Vermont’s topography help create a relatively long foliage season. Typically, in early to midSeptember the color change begins in northern Vermont at high elevations and in areas where trees are stressed by normal conditions, such asswamps, roadside or city areas. Tree species change at different times and provide an enormous range of colors. Swamp maples are one of thefirst tree species to turn. Oak, poplar and tamarack are often the last trees to turn from green to fall hues.Complete foliage change in a locale typically occurs over several weeks. Northeast Kingdom foliage begins color change early to mid-September and generally peaks near the end of September or beginning of October. Progression of color change moves steadily southward and down in elevation until mid to late October.Higher elevation spots, even in southern Vermont, may have some trees with peak color in mid to late September. Low elevation areas in the LakeChamplain Basin in western Vermont and the Connecticut River Basin on Vermont’s eastern border may not begin color change until a week or two later than high elevations at the same latitude. These areas may have some color through the season but do not reach peak color until early to mid-October, at nearly the same time that many low to mid elevation southern Vermont areas attain full color.Determining when to visit a specific part of the state is not an exact science, but Vermont provides regularly updated information and an online map for tracking color progression. Vermont’s small size makes it easy for travelers to move around from town to town and experience every color stage.But why hurry? Traveling the back roads and enjoying a wholly new view around the next corner or at the crest of the hill is part of the mysteryand magic of fall foliage. Vermont’s picturesque villages, agricultural landscapes and scenic vistas all add to the contrast and beauty of foliage season.The splendor of foliage is highly subjective. Brilliance of foliage is often proclaimed as an indicator of the quality of a foliage season, butanyone who has witnessed the softer hues displayed in a pastel fall scene knows they can be breathtaking as well.Foliage conditions reports are distributed on Mondays and Thursdays during September and October from information provided by state foresters twice weekly.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing advises making advance reservations as some of the most popular lodgings may fill on early on busy weekends in late September and the first two weekends in October. Some innkeepers may also require a minimum two-night stay, especially on these weekends. Foliage viewers can avoid the reservations’ squeeze by visiting mid-week, coming earlier in September or by researching other lodging options. Availability and other information about specific lodging properties, restaurants, attractions and events may be found in the online Vermont Travel Planner at www.vermontvacation.com(link is external) .last_img read more

Brazilian Army Trains Foreign Soldiers in the Amazon

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo December 06, 2016 Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, hosted the International Seminar on Jungle Operations from November 30th to December 2nd. The event brought together representatives from Brazil’s and other countries’ armed forces as well as from Brazilian and foreign companies that develop military technology. Sponsored by the Amazon Military Command, the training was not the only international event held this year to promote the exchange of experiences and lessons on military jungle operations. Over the course of 33 days, from September 12th to October 14th, 21 service members from 15 nations, including the United States and Canada, faced the challenges of completing missions in one of Earth’s most unique environments – the Amazon forest. The training was made possible by the first International Jungle Operations Exercise (EIOS, per its Portuguese acronym), and was conducted by the Jungle Warfare Training Center (CIGS, per its Portuguese acronym), a unit that is under the Amazon Military Command. CIGS instructors participated in the International Jungle Operations Exercise. “We will be there to monitor the material that is covered and later review what can be adapted and applied to our CIGS courses and exercises,” stated Captain Charles Araújo, EIOS coordinator. International exercise trains jungle combatants Foreign soldiers who completed the first International Jungle Operations Exercise will add to the title “jungle combatant” to their résumés. “The jungle is frightening because of its size. The climate is extremely hot and humid and represents a big challenge to foreigners. They are also fearful of diseases,” said Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Amorim de Andrade, head of CIGS’s Doctrine and Research Division. “Above all else, however, is the fear of the unknown because they don’t know how to find their position in the jungle or how to take advantage of it for food and water,” concluded Lt. Col. Amorim, who was in charge of a portion of the EIOS activities. In order to equip foreign soldiers with the skills needed to overcome their fears and operate well in forest conditions, the exercise was organized into three phases: life in the jungle, special skills, and operations. “Folks understand that this is an instructional series with information that is to be provided to the soldier. First, you have to learn how to survive in the jungle. Later, you have to learn the skills needed to operate there. Finally, you have to know how to use those skills in tactical situations within that environment,” Captain Araújo explained. The phases were developed on CIGS’s grounds, which covers an area of 1,152 square kilometers –twice the size of the urban area of Manaus– and seven training bases located in the jungle and equipped with housing, kitchens, and presentation halls. From learning to doing Captain Gustavo da Silva, a CIGS public relations officer, explained that the opening phase of the international exercise dealt with forest living – learning to get water, making a fire, setting a trap for hunting, identifying edible plants setting up a shelter for sleeping and protection against poisonous animals. The second phase focused on learning how to move over the ground, in the water, and by air. “What sets CIGS training apart is the training on jungle orienteering. In general, foreigners are accustomed to using GPS as the only way of orienting themselves during their movements. In the Amazon, however, people cannot depend on that technology,” Captain Araújo said. He explained that electronic devices in the forest frequently malfunction – even the latest models – because of rain and the dense vegetation, which block the reception of data sent by satellite. That is why Brazilians opt for another device that is considered antiquated by foreigners – the compass. “Even though they consider this device obsolete for use in long-distance deployments, they become convinced over the length of this course that a compass is necessary,” Captain Araújo added. “In addition to that, we teach techniques for walking in the jungle and moving by river. This is easy for our folks because we know the terrain.” Among the river skills taught by EIOS is utilitarian swimming, which teaches soldiers to cross a body of water while carrying heavy equipment – backpack, weapons, ammunition, etc. The Fishbone technique – a way to use ropes as a guide when crossing a body of water is also taught during the course. In the exercise, trainees practiced the technique at night. Air travel is essential for missions conducted in thick vegetation. That’s why aircraft disembarkation training was included in the course outline, said Captain Araújo. “Here, logistics, the transport of troops, the rescuing of injured persons – in sum, all these various activities or nearly all of them – depend on an airplane or a ship, with an airplane being much more agile.” The foreign soldiers spent several days practicing the techniques of fast rope, rappelling, and helocasting for disembarking from helicopters. Using the fast-rope technique, the soldier can make a faster descent from the aircraft. Rappelling is useful when there are fewer time restrictions for disembarking. “With rappelling, folks can descend from much higher altitudes. Here, we use rappelling a lot for rescuing injured persons in the jungle and for checking landmarks during border patrols,” said Capt. Charles. In helocasting, the soldier jumps from the helicopter directly into the river. “We do this when we don’t have a landing site or any place to touch down on the rivers edge. With this technique, the soldier falls into the water, swims, and then continues by land to complete the mission,” the EIOS coordinator said. In the second phase of training, the foreign service members practiced live firing using I A2 rifles, a new weapon received by the Jungle Warfare Training Center. I A2 rifles are lighter, allowing soldiers to carry more ammunition without increasing weight, said Capt. Charles. Applying their knowledge The third stage consisted of the operations themselves, divided into two parts. Initially, the trainees attended class in the study hall to learn the operational planning methodology used by the Brazilian Army. Afterward, participants received instructions about the hypothetical situation for their operation. “The macro scenario was a transnational operation involving Brazil and a neighboring country, in which the trainees would need to conduct coordinated actions on the border against an enemy group that had invaded Brazilian territory. In the Army, we call this kind of mission an operation against irregular forces,” Capt. Charles explained. Within this general context, three operations were devised with specific missions that became increasingly complex: conducting an ambush patrol against the enemy group, interdicting a cache of contraband supplies hidden in the forest, and capturing the other group’s leadership using different military resources. The foreign trainees planned each operation. They divided themselves between command roles and other more operational roles. The course coordinator found their performance quite good. “The foreigners were able to get through the true-to-life, forest-simulation situation quite well, and they were able to deal with the features of the environment they were in, which is the most important thing. It’s not easy to face the challenges of communication, intense heat, insane humidity, endless rain, and the uncertainties of one’s surroundings,” Capt. Charles added. Exchange of knowledge and experiences The founding decree of the International Jungle Operations Exercise sets forth as goals to provide jungle combat training to soldiers of partner nations, as well as to use the exercise to exchange knowledge and experiences between participants and the Brazilian Army. It happened spontaneously over the course of the exercises and through interactions between the CIGS team and participants. Doctrinal engagement also played a role. These activities took place at midday, always on the day prior to the start of one of the three phases of the exercise. During these activities, EIOS instructors presented a particular situation for trainees to solve in accordance with their country’s military doctrine. Each person was given time to speak while the others could react and ask questions. “Afterwards, it was our turn to demonstrate how Brazilians solve the same situations that were presented,” said Lt. Col. Amorim, who led the doctrinal engagement. “We had the opportunity to share different experiences between the armies and to make contact with doctrines from all around the world,” said Lt. Col. Amorim, who added that the learning that was done in those moments of exchange was systematized into reports and discussed with the CIGS team. “It”s possible that some experiences may be assimilated into, and implemented by, our Jungle Operations Course and also that they may be presented to the Joint Staff of the Brazilian Army as a way of improving military doctrine on land,” Lt. Col. Amorim concluded. Jungle Operations Course and CIGS The Jungle Warfare Training Center is an Army unit under the Amazon Military Command headquartered in Manaus. CIGS was established in 1964. Two years later, it conducted its first Jungle Operations Course, which was geared toward Brazilian military members. “Six thousand sixty-three service members have already gone through these courses – men and women alike. The goal is to train military service members who will be serving in the northern part of the country, in order for them to be able to spread the knowledge they have acquired to other service members in the jungle units where they will be working,” stated Captain Luis Gustavo, a CIGS public relations officer. As time passed, CIGS’s course garnered international fame, and foreign militaries began taking notice. An opportunity for them to participate was then opened up. “Four hundred ninety foreigners have been trained in the Jungle Operations Courses, in addition to the 21 who went through EIOS this year,” explained Captain Luis Gustavo. But the International Jungle Operations Exercise is an innovation for 2016. This is the first time that CIGS has presented a course specifically geared toward foreigners and conducted in English from start to finish. Next year, 55 foreign service members are expected to attend the training.last_img read more

Four unique ways to promote youth programs

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Launching an exclusive youth program spawned a bevy of unique promotional opportunities for PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union. After partnering with The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program and introducing the Cub Account in April 2017, the $156MM credit union saw an immediate increase in youth membership and a plethora of opportunities to engage households.According to Consumer Relationship Manager Maria Hoyt, aka Mama Bear, PrimeTrust opened 97 Cub Accounts between April 2017 and September 1, 2017, representing a 100% increase in youth accounts over the same period in 2016. “Of course, the best part is bringing the message of financial wellness to the children of our community,” Maria said.Have a Presence at Community EventsThe Muncie, Indiana credit union is exploding with community engagement initiatives featuring The Berenstain Bears. Covering almost as much ground as Magellan did sea, PrimeTrust participated in Fam Fest, a huge community event on the banks of Indiana’s White River. The credit union had a designated area where they were able to educate youngsters with story time and activities that reinforced the sound money management concept Save, Share, Spend, Earn.Partner with Complementary OrganizationsEmbracing their inner Shakespeare, PrimeTrust became the first financial institution to partner with the local Civic Theater youth group thanks to The Berenstain Bears. The characters will adorn the theater lobby where they will circulate financial wellness information.Bring Outside Entities into your WorldPrimeTrust is entertaining a plan to have local radio personalities read The Berenstain Bears Visit the Credit Union to students in their partner schools. Such a pairing would enable PrimeTrust to reach a broader audience by promoting on-air their foray into The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program while providing the broadcast outlet a platform for community service. Such a partnership would make both Homer and Marconi proud.Attach your Brand to Something Completely DifferentThese promotional innovations are just a sampling of the menu, which has many more recipes to come. PrimeTrust is whipping up a Bear-themed trail mix to rival Julia Childs children’s trail mix for an upcoming fund raiser called 100 Men Who Cook. Presentation is everything, and fortunately for the credit union, The Bears can always be relied upon to represent well.Naysayers believe emphasis on youth programs detracts from revenue generating efforts, but given the unending promotional opportunities around youth programs, quite the opposite is true. Credit unions that serve young members through financial literacy initiatives generally have an average membership age demographic lower than the national average because the engagement process effortlessly includes parents and other family members.last_img read more

Most more likely to use Ecstasy after pills tested

first_imgMedia Release DrugFree Australia 13 December 2019Family First Comment:Those who received a test result confirming the substance to be what they thought it was were likely to take as much or more than originally intended…. When it is considered that 90% of the 158 pills presented in the trial contained ecstasy, the drug found to be responsible in all 392 MDMA-related deaths in Australia between 2001 and 2016, (and not from contaminants or other dangerous drugs mixed into the ecstasy pill), it makes it clear why a user would be more likely to use it after the pill has been tested. Drug Free Australia believes that pill testing sends all the wrong messages which will only increase party drug deaths in Australia.  “Any organisation that advertised that they would give lessons to drivers who love speeding on our roads on how to speed more safely would be seen as aiding and abetting an inherently dangerous practice, and pill testing does the same by symbolically greenlighting ecstasy.”The Australian National University evaluation of the 2019 Canberra pill testing trial confirms that the methods used by Pill testing Australia to classify substances they identify is actually increasing the likelihood the user will take that substance.Drug Free Australia has completed a close reading of the evaluation and believes governments and the Australian public should be alarmed by a key finding – that pill testing increases the likelihood of ecstasy use.When pill testing identifies a substance to be what the user thought they had purchased, the substance is given an “all-clear” white card which is displayed on a noticeboard in the pill testing tent, declaring it to not contain substances “associated with increased harm / multiple overdoses / death” (see p 11).  If a ‘dangerous’ drug is identified, it is given a red card.Yet while the evaluation stated that “most of the patrons had a generally accurate perception of the contents” of their pills before testing, it also states that “those who received a test result confirming the substance to be what they thought it was were likely to take as much or more than originally intended” and “concordance between expectation and identification is associated with stable or increased intention to take a substance.”When it is considered that 90% of the 158 pills presented in the trial contained ecstasy, the drug found in Dr Amanda Roxburgh’s study (see p 18)  to be responsible in all 392 MDMA-related deaths in Australia between 2001 and 2016, (and not from contaminants or other dangerous drugs mixed into the ecstasy pill), the symbolics of a white card rather than the red card it deserves makes it clear why a user would be more likely to use it after the pill has been tested.Drug Free Australia believes that pill testing sends all the wrong messages which will only increase party drug deaths in Australia.  “Any organisation that advertised that they would give lessons to drivers who love speeding on our roads on how to speed more safely would be seen as aiding and abetting an inherently dangerous practice, and pill testing does the same by symbolically greenlighting ecstasy,” said Research Director Gary Christian.The evaluation also confirms that only seven pills were discarded, each containing N-ethylpentylone, which would likely come from a batch or batches of 200 or more pills each somewhere in Canberra or Australia which has caused no hospitalisations or deaths.  Pill Testing Australia claims that they tell users of the dangers of ecstasy but there was no evidence of counsellors dissuading any user from taking their tested pill, with not one ecstasy user recorded discarding their pills, evidencing zero behaviour change.  Drug Free Australia asserts that it is too late to be telling ecstasy users that their substance is dangerous saying the horse has bolted once they have spent $100 purchasing it, and the real need is government-funded social media campaigns telling the truth about ecstasy before they make the cash outlay.Statistics from England and Wales show that the introduction of pill testing did not produce any reduction in deaths as promised, nor did it appear to change the behaviour of users by getting some to quit using ecstasy, as also forecast by its advocates.  While European countries have poor to non-existent statistics on ecstasy deaths, the UK keeps up-to-date figures.  Pill testing operated by “the Loop” began in 2013 and by 2016 began expanding into 12 music festivals with government assent.   Ecstasy use increased by 76% amongst 16-24 year olds (see Table 1.06), the most prolific ecstasy users, between 2013 and 2017/18.  In 2013 there were 43 ecstasy deaths, more than doubling to 92 deaths in 2018.“The real problem for pill testing is that they red-flag N-ethylpentylone and give ecstasy a white card.  With 392 deaths from ecstasy in 16 years, they should be red-carding ecstasy for the real killer it is, which means that they best take their equipment and go home because most bring ecstasy”, said Mr Christian.   According to the science, ecstasy overdose is rare and most die from normal recreational doses of the substance (see p 25).last_img read more

China Donates Office Equipment to Somali Women Organization

first_imgThe Chinese Embassy in Somalia on Tuesday donated office equipment to the Somali National Women Organization in Mogadishu.Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Somalia Wei Hongtian said the donation is part of China’s efforts to support the rebuilding of Somalia.“This is a confirmation of the efforts by the government of China to contribute towards the reconstruction of Somalia. China is dedicated to ensuring every sector of Somalia is developed for the benefit of its people,” Wei said.He reaffirmed the willingness of the Chinese government and his embassy in enhancing the Somali women capacity building and empowerment.Wei said China will always firmly support the peaceful reconstruction of Somalia, and provide assistance to Somalia in various areas, including enhancing the exchanges and cooperation between the women organizations of the two countries.Speaking on behalf of the women group, Sahra Omar Ali, Second Lady of Somalia, thanked the embassy and government of China for its efforts in helping Somalia develop after years of ruin by war.“We are grateful to your government for its continued support in empowering women in Somalia. We hope to engage further in future to help our country achieve its development goals and restoration of peace and stability,” she said.Batula Sheikh Ahmed, Chairperson of National Women Organization, also thanked the embassy, noting that the support will go a long way in advancing the goals and objectives of the association.The donation includes desktop computers, sewing machines, projectors and office tables.China reopened its embassy in Somalia last year, and has been instrumental in contributing to the development of Somalia in various sectors.last_img read more

CARICOM & National Accreditation Board training workshop underway

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary CARICOM & National Accreditation Board training workshop underway by: – August 24, 2011center_img Chairman of the National Accreditation Board Mr. Stephenson HyacinthThe Caribbean Community Market (CARICOM) and the National Accreditation Board had commenced phase two of a training workshop at the Garraway Hotel.At an opening ceremony for the workshop this morning, Chairman of the National Accreditation Board Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth said the function of the Board is to promote and improve education.“The National Accreditation Board is very interested in quality insurance, as it relates to a programme, an institution, or the whole higher education system. The promotion of the idea of improving educational qualities is one of the important activities within the overall mandate of the National Accreditation Board of the Commonwealth of Dominica.”Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth highlighted that as a quality assurance body, their main functions entails registering all institutions who offer tertiary level education in Dominica and to ensure that certain minimum standards are met, as well as to provide accreditation for degree and specialized programmes.According to Mr. Hyacinth the workshop has been organized in an effort provide the assessors with practical experience in the conducting external evaluations.“To fulfill this mandate the Board recognizes the need to train a cadre of external assessors in quality assurance and are conducting the second phase of the workshop where the first stage of the training took place last year on the 29th-30th of November. The training will enable the assessors to gain practical experience in the process of conducting and external evaluation for registering and accrediting post and secondary institutions,” he said.Dr. Ruby Alleyne – University of Trinidad & TobagoRepresentative for the University Of Trinidad & Tobago Dr. Ruby Alleyne noted that quality education of higher education for citizens of the Caribbean islands should be a common objective.“As Caribbean brothers and sisters we all have a common objective, and that is to improve the quality of higher education for our region and indeed for our citizens. One of the things that we are fully aware of is that quality higher education is really very significant and very important to sustainable, cultural economics and social development.”Mrs. Alleyne also explained that for the initiative to be successful, the Caribbean Single Market and Economy needs to support the quality accreditation system.She also noted while access to tertiary education has been made available and expansion of opportunities for citizens, the Board needs to ensure that they are not drawn into a situation where the focus is on quantity without focusing on quality.The workshop will continue for the next three days where the assessors will be trained in quality assurance of the phase two training project.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

Urban Harrigan – “served with honor not for honor”

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 117 Views   3 comments Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Urban Harrigan – “served with honor not for honor” by: – January 20, 2012 Mr. Urban Harrigan. Photo credit: Janice Roberts.The community of Loubiere is today mourning the loss of a Veteran Master of Ceremonies, Carnival Organizer, Sports Organizer and Community Activist who served “with honor and not for honor”.Seventy years old Harrigan died last evening at the Princess Margaret Hospital following six years of lung and heart illness.Miscilda Harrigan, wife of Marcel Harrigan, told Dominica Vibes News on Friday that her father in law devoted his life to service with honor for his community.According to Miscilda Harrigan, he served in various capacities in the community of Loubiere and although he was originally from Roseau he lived and spent most of his life in Loubiere.“He was all about service not for honor, but with honor meaning that whatever he did, he did it because he wanted to help and serve his people. He served as Chairman of the Loubiere Village Council for a number of years, he was instrumental in sourcing funds for the Loubiere Community Centre as well as the Loubiere Catholic Church, a Catechetical Teacher, he hosted several shows including Queen and Calypso shows, he represented Dominica in the field of sports and worked at the Government Printery for a number of years.”Mrs. Harrigan noted that one of the things she admired most about her father in law was his monthly commitment to the Education Trust Fund.She said; “One of the things I admired about him was that he was a contributor to the Education Trust Fund every month from his salary. He ensured that every month he made a contribution to the fund to ensure that other children could get an education”.He will be missed by his widow Patsy, sons; Marcel, Brian, Damian and Jeff as well as many grand children, friends and relatives.Harrigan received several awards for his contribution towards the development of his community and culture and was named among the awardees for this year’s Calypso Hall of Fame.Dominica Vibes News sympathizes with the family and friends of the late Urban Harrigan and salutes him for his tremendous contributions he made to his community and country.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

GSA Eagles advance to state golf tourney

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio LINCOLN — The George Stevens Academy Eagles will be the lone Hancock County golf team playing in Saturday’s upcoming state team championships at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.The Eagles finished second among Class C teams with a socre of 372 in the Penobscot Valley Conference Championships on Sept. 26 at the Jato Highlands Golf Course.Six county golfers qualified for the state individual championships, which will be played on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Natanis course.Ethan Shepard of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners finished with a Class C medalist score of 77 at the PVC championships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso qualifying for the boys’ individual competition were Alex Heilner of GSA with an 82 and C.J. Chen of GSA with an 84, Jordan Hodgdon of the Mount Desert Island Trojans with an 85 and Kyle Lamson of MDI with an 87.Sydney Howard of the Bucksport Golden Bucks qualified for the girls’ individual competition with a score of 107.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Latest Posts Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Messi May Return against Inter Milan Tonight

first_imgThe Argentine forward returned to training last week and may be able to help Barcelona secure progression from Group B on Tuesday at the San Siro.“Leo is at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait for the training session. We have to see if he’s safe to play,” Valverde told reporters Monday.“In terms of his play and his movements, he’s fine. We have to wait. … It’s always better if he’s there. Of course it’s necessary to get Messi back as soon as possible.“There are three or four possibilities. One is that he plays from the start, or he comes on, or he goes off. What we won’t do is take any risks.”Barcelona train on Monday night in the Italian capital, after which Messi may receive his medical clearance from Barcelona’s doctors.“I don’t know if (Messi) will play tomorrow but I am happy he is back with us,” added versatile Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.“It’s clear that we were worried about his absence, he’s the best player in the team and in the world.”Barcelona won the four games they have played without Messi, including beating Inter Milan 2-0 at the Nou Camp and thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 in La Liga.TONIGHT MATCHESMonaco Vs Brugge -18:45pmAtletico Vs Dortmund-21:00pmInter Vs Barca-21:00pmSpurs Vs PSV-21:00pmZvezda Vs Liverpool-18:45pmNapoli Vs PSG-21:00pmPorto Vs Lokomotiv -21:00pmSchalke Vs Galatasaray -21:00pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEBarcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde said yesterday that captain Lionel Messi could feature against Inter Milan in the Champions League tonight, little more than two weeks after breaking his arm.Messi was a surprise inclusion in the squad list as he was expected to be out of action for three weeks after breaking a bone in his right arm on October 20.last_img read more

New LA Live cinemas offer competition for UV Flagship Theaters

first_imgNow that the burgeoning LA Live — Downtown’s entertainment hub — has added a movie theater, the nearby University Village Flagship Theaters has begun worrying about its future.The new Regal Cinema at LA Live opened two weeks ago, premiering Michael Jackson’s This is It to a crowd of hundreds. The theater boasts three floors and more than 3,500 seats, leaving Flagship’s three movie screens in the dust.Full House · Movie patrons visit Flagship Theaters in the University Village. The cinema complex is facing competition from the newly opened Regal Cinemas at LA Live. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan“I’d be lying if I said the competition wasn’t in the back of my mind,” said Leo Sanchez, manager of the UV’s Flagship Theaters.Before Regal Cinema opened at LA Live, Flagship was the only option for students who wanted to see a movie without having to drive or use public transportation. But after the launch of a free shuttle to take students from campus to LA Live, moviegoers finally have another option.Though business was already good at LA Live’s Regal Cinema, Michael Roth, vice president of communications for AEG, which runs LA Live, said the easy access will only help the theater grow.“The shuttle’s going to make a big difference,” Roth said. “It’s a way for students to not have to worry about parking or eating dinner or having a drink and having to drive afterwards.”The shuttles just launched last week, and already Flagship has seen a drop in customer turnout. Sanchez noted, however, that this could be caused by a combination of factors.Turnout at Regal Cinema has been much more encouraging, and student opinion also seems to favor Regal.“It’s a lot better than the UV … It’s newer, cleaner,” said Adriana Granados, a junior majoring in psychology who attended the free movie screening.Some students said it is the atmosphere of Regal Cinema that draws them Downtown and away from the UV.“It makes you feel like you’re actually going to the movies,” said Britney Young, a senior majoring in critical studies.Young said the large theater setting, the food and the movie posters create a more traditional moviegoing atmosphere.Although both offer student discounts, Flagship offers $5 tickets for those with USC ID, as opposed to $10 at Regal.Roth said he does think Regal is creating competition for the UV Flagship Theater.“The fact of the matter is that these are the most comfortable theaters in town,” he said. “For big events, you want to see them in the best conditions, and that’s what Regal provides.”But Sanchez insists the Flagship Theater does offer some things the Regal Cinema does not, like its prices and close proximity to campus. Sanchez hopes these factors will keep attracting students to Flagship.“It’s a nice little humble theater,” Sanchez said. “It only has three screens, but it’s nice and we offer very low prices.”Sanchez said the theater will be hurt financially if a large number of students migrate to LA Live’s Regal Cinema. Though some local residents frequent the theater, he said students are the target audience.“We serve the community, but to be quite honest, we like to accommodate students,” Sanchez said. “We want them to come here.”last_img read more