UFC plans to open world’s largest MMA training facility in Shanghai

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Faraoni / ESPN Images(LAS VEGAS) — The UFC announced on Tuesday it plans to open the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) training facility in Shanghai next year.UFC Performance Institute Shanghai will measure more than 93,000 square feet, making it approximately three times bigger than UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, which opened in 2017.The Shanghai facility “will serve as a training hub to develop and support MMA athletes from mainland China and the greater Asia-Pacific region,” according to the UFC. The building will also serve as the UFC’s headquarters in Asia and be capable of allowing for the production and distribution of live events and programming.“I could not be more excited about the UFC Performance Institute opening in Shanghai,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “We know there is a ton of talent throughout Asia and now we will be able to find them and offer them all the incredible training, nutrition, and physical therapy that UFC fighters are getting in the Performance Institute at our headquarters in Las Vegas, right there in China.” “This is another game changer for the sport, UFC, and potential athletes throughout Asia,” White added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by November 20, 2018 /Sports News – National UFC plans to open world’s largest MMA training facility in Shanghaicenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Thousands of online viewers watch agent’s spoof John Lewis Xmas TV ad

first_imgA video parodying this year’s John Lewis Xmas TV ad featuring a young boy and a monster living under his bed has now been watched by 10,000 people and attracted over 200 likes on Facebook.Helmores, which is based in the town of Crediton north of Exeter and claims a heritage reaching back to 1699, filmed its own version of the high street retailer’s advertisement almost scene for scene.Instead of a small boy it’s a George, a 40-year-old office worker and rather than a monster, it’s Ian the friendly estate agent.And as in the John Lewis original, George and Ian then go on to spend each night in George’s bedroom playing Scaletrix with his ‘estate agent’ and subsequently falling asleep during the day – at work, playing football and having his hair cut.The situation is resolved when what appears to be the man’s wife gives him a set of keys with a Helmores call card tied to it – and ends with the tagline ‘Moving home doesn’t need to be scary’.The budget version of the £7m John Lewis ad was completed on a “very small budget” in just a week by the Cornish estate agent, which used three of its staff as actors – Associate Partner George Clover as the ‘little boy’, Sales Valuer Ian Blanchford as the ‘monster’ (both pictured in the video, top) and chief administrator Jess Leach as the boy’s mother.This is not the first time Helmores has turned to less traditional marketing techniques to promote itself. It recently claimed to the the future of “modern property marketing”  when it launched immersive 3D showcase tours – the first estate agency in Devon to use drones to produce stunning aerial photography and video footage of homes for sale.John Lewis Christmas TV ad John Lewis Xmas TV Helmores 2017 December 18, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Thousands of online viewers watch agent’s spoof John Lewis Xmas TV ad previous nextAgencies & PeopleThousands of online viewers watch agent’s spoof John Lewis Xmas TV adLight hearted but brilliant copy of retailer’s £7m TV ad pulls in impressive audience given its shoestring budget.Nigel Lewis18th December 201701,072 Viewslast_img read more

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Build-to-Rent units leapt by a third last year as sector goes national

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Build-to-Rent units leapt by a third last year as sector goes national previous nextLand & New HomesBuild-to-Rent units leapt by a third last year as sector goes nationalResearch by Savills reveals that 30,000 units were built in the UK last year and that 43,400 are currently under construction.Nigel Lewis25th January 201901,357 Views The number of new Build-to-Rent (BTR) units completed last year grew by nearly a third to 30,000 and is no longer just a London phenomenon, research by Savills has revealed.In total there are currently 43,400 BTR units under construction in the UK, a nearly 40% increase compared to 12 months ago.Savills says the key regional BTR hubs are in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester and that frenzied activity within them will push the number of new BTR units under construction in the regions this year to 24,000, some 5,000 more than in London.In Salford in Manchester BTR now represents 7% of all housing stock.“This rapid growth highlights the momentum of the sector which continues to attract significant investment from both overseas and domestic institutional investors,” says Guy Whittaker, Savills’ residential Research Analyst.The size of Build-to-Rent schemes is increasing too, jumping from an average size of 133 units now to 240 for the schemes currently under construction.BTR builders Get Living and Criterion capital are building the largest developments with an average size of 700 units.But one investor, Apache Capital/Moda Living, is building a 1,000-unit BTR development in Leeds at the moment.Twelve landlords have pipelines of more than 2,000 units including Quintain, L&Q, Sigma Capital and Get Living.“There has consistently been in excess of 30,000 units in the pipeline with detailed permission since July 2016. This constant supply has allowed the number of BTR units currently under construction to rise rapidly,” says Savills.Read more about Build-to-Rent.  Guy Whittaker Moda BTR build-to-rent Savills January 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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USS Fort Worth Maiden Deployment Turns One

first_img Share this article USS Fort Worth Maiden Deployment Turns One View post tag: USS Fort Worth November 25, 2015 US Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) surpassed the one-year mark on her scheduled 16-month rotational deployment to Singapore in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance November 17.Fort Worth deployed from San Diego on November 17, 2014 and operates out of Singapore as a maintenance and logistics hub from which the ship conducts patrols and trains with regional navies.The first LCS to deploy under the “3-2-1″ manning concept, Fort Worth rotates fully trained crews roughly every four months. This concept allows Fort Worth to deploy six months longer than the 2013 USS Freedom (LCS 1) deployment and twice as long as typical U.S. Navy ship deployments.The concept is named 3-2-1 because three rotational crews support two LCS ships and maintain one deployed ship.Since arriving in Singapore December 29, Fort Worth has participated in search efforts for AirAsia flight QZ8501; exercise foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea Navy; CARAT exercises with Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh; exercise Malabar with the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF); and conducted a routine patrol in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands.Fort Worth has operated the entirety of her deployment with a surface warfare mission package, consisting of an MH-60R helicopter, MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system, and two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) with two six-man boarding teams.[mappress mapid=”17456”]Image: US Navy View post tag: LCS View post tag: US Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fort Worth Maiden Deployment Turns One last_img read more

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News story: PHE spotlights nurses and midwives’ roles in global public health

first_imgAn international audience has gathered at a Public Health England (PHE) nursing and midwifery conference in Liverpool today, Tuesday 14 May 2019.The Global Perspectives on Tackling Public Health Issues conference celebrates the major contribution made by nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals in improving the health and wellbeing of populations across the world.The event brings together experts to share evidence and best practice, on how these professionals play a leading role in protecting health, preventing avoidable disease and promoting wellbeing globally.The conference supports the global Nursing Now campaign and is taking place at Liverpool John Moores University on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May 2019.From responding to emergencies and protecting vulnerable populations to promoting maternal health and tackling obesity, the event will highlight where nurses and midwives have led successful public health interventions, and explore how outcomes can be improved through prevention and early support.The event will also address major current risks to global public health as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), exploring how nurses and midwives can help tackle antimicrobial resistance and how they can promote immunisation and speak confidently about the value of vaccines.Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse at Public Health England, said: Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse at Public Health England and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery Mark Power, interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Liverpool John Moores University Professor Raphaela Kane, Interim Executive Dean and Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England Professor Kay Currie, Associate Dean, Research and Professor of Nursing, Glasgow Caledonian University and Head of WHO collaborating centre for AMR Rita Olans, Assistant Professor School of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, USA Sobia Idrees, Nurse Manager, Federal General Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan Nurses and midwives are the biggest workforce delivering healthcare globally. They make a vital contribution to tackling the complex public health challenges we face and to improving the health and wellbeing of people everywhere. This conference gives us an important opportunity to share expertise with practitioners and clinical leaders from across the world so that we can support nurses and midwives to play an even greater role in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.center_img Hosted jointly with Liverpool John Moores University, the event will reflect on the importance of the city in pioneering nurse-led approaches to improving public health. Leading practitioners will outline their vision for enhancing the profile and status of nurses and midwives in global public health, and how they can be supported to embed prevention into practice, with a focus on promoting the wellbeing of children and young people.The event will also explore how managers and system leaders can maximise the impact of nurses and midwives, building on the work of the PHE-led Public Health Nursing and Midwifery WHO Collaborating Centre.Contributions will feature from practitioners, academics, policy officials and Nursing Now ambassadors from across WHO member states, providing an opportunity for young nurses from across the world to meet and learn. Countries represented include the US, Canada, Argentina, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.BackgroundSpeakers include:last_img read more

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The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Members Added To Late Night J.E.D.I. Show At Jazz Fest

first_imgSpecial guests have been announced for J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation), the Jazz Fest late-night show set to take place at Frenchmen Street’s the Maison on Sunday, April 29th in New Orleans. The show, spearheaded by Brazilian Girls and David Byrne drummer Aaron Johnston, and featuring a formidable lineup that includes bassist Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, keyboardist Borahm Lee of Break Science and Pretty Lights Live Band, and tenor saxophonist Ryan Zoidis of Lettuce, will now include guest appearances by guitar virtuoso Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds and soulful vocalist Shira Elias of Turkuaz.These new special guests promise to bring their own style and flavor to this unique New Orleans-version of J.E.D.I. Roberts is a seasoned Jazz Fest veteran and one of the go-to guitar players in today’s modern live music community. He has played numerous times with Brownstein, Zoidis, and Lee in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, and will be sure to fit right in as a result.Elias has been making a name for herself as a versatile and passionate vocalist in recent years, performing with Turkuaz, as well as with Ivan Neville, and in a variety of super-jams across the country. Her addition to this lineup, along with Roberts and fellow special guest Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce, cements J.E.D.I. as one of the can’t-miss late-night sets at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Festival._____________________________________________________________The J.E.D.I show is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. We work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.– SHOW INFO –Band: J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) feat. Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce) + special guest Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), & Shira Elias (Turkuaz)Date: Sunday, April 29thVenue: Maison – 508 Frenchmen Street – New Orleans, LA 70116Time: 9:30 pm Doors / 10:00pm ShowTickets: GA – $25 / VIP – $55 (gains access to VIP balcony, private bar, and expedited entry into venue)[Artwork courtesy of Jimmy Rector – Instagram @jimmyrector / FB – Accepted Perspective / Website – www.acceptedperspective.com]last_img read more

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Ghost Light Plays Intimate, Sold-Out Show At Chicago’s City Winery [Photo]

first_imgGhost Light’s brief existence has already stirred quite a bit of commotion in the jam band scene. With its all-star cast—including notables like pianist Holly Bowling, Brother’s Past/American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist and vocalist Tommy Hamilton, and ex-Dopapod drummer Scotty Zwang—the band played a very intimate show at Chicago’s City Winery on Wednesday night. With bottles of wine and scented candles replacing what are normally beer cans and sticky venue floors, the interesting environment for a Ghost Light concert did not go unnoticed by frontman Hamilton. “I think this is our first seated show,” he exclaimed with a big grin as he took the stage. Despite all the rocking that ensued from the band, the majority of the crowd remained seated throughout the night.The band slowly meandered their way through a spacy introduction before settling on original “Isosceles” as an opener. Despite the few months of Ghost Light’s existence, the band sounded very tight. With the majority of the first set taken up with free-form jamming—clearly an emphasis for the band—the band rounded out the first set by drawing from the Brothers Past catalog with a well-segued take out of “Isosceles” and into “Boy”.It was clear that the whole band was having a lot of fun during the entire show, as evidenced by their frequent ear-to-ear grins. Raina Mullen offered up truly strong vocals and, despite some fans being unfamiliar, bassist Steve Lyons locked down the low-end and showed off some serious chops. Hamilton did a masterful job of leading the musicians from song to song, jam to jam, and note to note. Perhaps his best move was consistently being able to stop all musicians on a dime and bring a jam to utter silence.The versatility of the group was also prominently displayed, with everyone sharing on lead or backing vocals with the exception of Bowling.  Even drummer Scotty Zwang sang lead vocals on a cover of Tears for Fears’ “Head Over Heels.” Unlike the popular 80s version, this one was stretched out, testing the limits of where you can take a pop tune. It was a real fun segment. The highlight of the show had to be the set-ending “Winter War Games.” The American Babies’ number was familiar to everyone in the audience, and much like “Head Over Heels”, it had plenty of improvisation. What really got the crowd rocking was how Hamilton and the band masterfully incorporated the famous guitar riff from “War Pigs” into the song. What started off as brief teases eventually transformed into the full wrath of the power chords, which eventually led to an Umphrey’s-style mash-up between the two songs. The band then rocked an encore, which was the only point during the show that the entire audience was on their feet.With only three more stops on their spring tour, Ghost Light will be hitting the festival circuit reasonably hard this summer, with notable stops at High Music, Peach, and Lockn’. They’ve announced that they will be releasing their first full-length album later in the year. With their trajectory only going up, this begs the question: how much longer will they be playing in these tiny and intimate venues? If last night’s show is any indication, the answer is not much longer.You can check out photos from Ghost Light’s stop in Chicago last night below, courtesy of Ojeda Photography.Setlist: Ghost Light | City Winery | Chicago, IL | 5/16/2018Set 1: Untitled (Instrumental #1), Untitled (D Riff), Isosceles > BoySet 2: Nickels & Dimes > Lead Weight > Head Over Heels > Lead Weight > Winter War Games *E: Come Apart ***w/ War Pigs (Black Sabbath) mashup**w/ Head Over Heels, War Pigs & Boy teasesPhoto: Ghost Light | City Winery | Chicago, IL | 5/16/2018 | Credit: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Memorial Mass held for Seeberg

first_imgMore than 400 students, faculty, staff, family and friends gathered together in remembrance of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg, a Saint Mary’s College student who died Friday. The College held a memorial Mass in Regina Hall’s Chapel Monday evening. Members of the Saint Mary’s College community filled the chapel. Attendees filled all of the chapel’s seats; many attendees stood or sat on the ground. Fr. John Pearson celebrated the Mass. “It’s hard to believe, that it’s barely 72 hours since shock descended on McCandless Hall and Saint Mary’s from Lizzy’s death,” Pearson said. “It’s been such a strong reality that in some weird way it feels like the feelings and emotions and reactions have been going on for a very long time.” Pearson shared his experience meeting Seeberg and said her bright personality and sunny disposition affected everyone she met. “Here at Saint Mary’s we grieve for Lizzy both because of the presence and friendship and vitality she left us with, and because we know we will miss all that she could have been here and how she might have placed her own particular stamp on our community, our family,” he said. Lizzy’s father Tom Seeberg, as well as other family and friends, attended the Mass. Carol Ann Mooney, president of the College, participated in the Mass as the lector. At the end of the service, Seeberg’s father spoke to the congregation. Karen Johnson, vice president of Student Affairs, said Saint Mary’s College would provide transportation for any students who wished to attend the funeral Friday. The visitation will be held Thursday at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, located at 1240 Waukegan Road in Glenview, Ill. from 4 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Norbert Church, located at 1809 Walters Ave. in Northbrook, Ill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Jesuit College Prep at www.ctkjesuit.org or Erika’s Lighthouse at www.erikaslighthouse.orglast_img read more

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Get a Superb & Exquisite First Look at Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe & More in Bullets Over Broadway

first_imgYou stand on the brink of greatness, Broadway fans, because Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway is heading to…well…Broadway! Zach Braff is gearing up to make his Main Stem debut in the crime-comedy tuner, and Entertainment Weekly has photographer Jason Bell’s super-stylish first look at the Scrubs star all dappered up and ready to go. Directed by Susan Stroman, the forthcoming world premiere musical features a new, adapted book by Allen and tells the story of aspiring playwright David Shayne (Braff) in 1920s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his new show in order to have it produced on Broadway. In addition to Braff, the cast of Bullets Over Broadway includes Marin Mazzie as Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Vincent Pastore as Nick Valenti, Betsy Wolfe as Ellen, Nick Cordero as Cheech, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx and Heléne Yorke as Olive Neal. Get your ritzy first look at the cast of the new musical, then catch Bullets Over Broadway, beginning March 11 at the St. James Theatre! Wait, wait, wait! Don’t go yet! Click the video below to get a dashing behind-the-scenes look at the very first photo shoot for the show. Betsy Wolfe Marin Mazzie Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Bullets Over Broadway View Comments Zach Braff Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

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Compensation and severance plan rule changes may impact your credit union

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kirk D. Sherman and James S. PattersonAfter almost eight years and several false alarms, the IRS may finally issue the new Section 457(f) regulations addressing nonqualified deferred compensation plans and severance plans. Two IRS attorneys speaking at separate events have expressed hope that the regulations will be released by this summer.Credit unions at greatest risk of having to modify their plans are those that sponsor:Nonqualified deferral plans (other than 457(b) eligible plans) that allow elective deferrals,Nonqualified deferral plans that use noncompete restrictions as substantial risks of forfeiture, andSeverance plans providing severance benefits greater than two times compensation.For other credit unions, the new regulations may be a non-event.What Should Your Credit Union Do Now?While awaiting the new 457(f) regulations, credit union boards and management can determine whether the credit union sponsors 457(f) plans that use noncompetes or elective deferrals, and whether it has promised severance greater than the two-times limit. continue reading »last_img read more

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