Varsity Cup suspend 2020 season

first_img Posted in Top headlines, Varsity Cup Tagged Maties, UCT, UP-Tuks, Varsity Cup, Wits ‘  352  0 ‘ BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Varsity Cup suspend 2020 season ‘ Maties celebrate AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img ‘ Published on March 17, 2020 Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo The Varsity Cup board has decided to suspend the entire 2020 season after a meeting on Tuesday following an outbreak of Covid-19 at universities.Along with rugby tournaments around the world, the Varsity Cup board has suspended the current season as universities in South Africa restructure their calendars to help contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.Wits and UCT have suspended their classes after having positive cases of the virus, while other universitites such as Stellenbosch and the University of Pretoria are in discussions as to how best to deal with the outbreak.ALSO READ: Covid-19 halts Western Province rugby‘Further to the Varsity Cup Board meeting held at 10am on 17 March 2020, all Varsity Cup matches, including Varsity Young Guns and Varsity Shield are suspended with immediate effect,’ a statement read. ‘Member universities are currently restructuring their academic calendars and programmes, which will have an effect on lecture dates and times, university recess breaks and examination periods.‘SA Rugby is in ongoing deliberations on the reworked domestic rugby calendar and as a result, the Varsity Cup Board will reconvene towards the end April 2020 to reassess the situation and take a final decision on the 2020 competition. ‘Varsity Cup will continue to engage with all stakeholders and partners to ensure that the tournament adheres to all statutory and legal obligations whilst prioritising the health and safety of players, management and spectators.’Covid-19: How rugby has been affectedPhoto: @VarsityCup/Twitter Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieJean de Villiers and Schalk Burger share some epic memories with former Springbok teammate Jaque Fourie on the first episode of season two of their ‘Use It or Lose It’ show.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Dylan Jack ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Shumlin administration weighs taxes and other means of funding Lake Champlain cleanup

first_imgby John Herrick vtdigger.org(link is external) The Shumlin administration will consider raising taxes for the restoration of Lake Champlain. At Vermont Environmental Consortium’s third annual water quality conference in Burlington on Wednesday, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears said the administration will have a funding proposal for the cleanup in November. Mears said the state hopes to secure federal funding, eliminate inefficiencies in state government, and raise revenue to meet its commitment to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The state must reduce phosphorus loading into the lake by 36 percent and has proposed its own restoration plan, which is part of its legal obligation under the Clean Water Act.He said other states have increased sales tax, placed fees on development that cause surface runoff and surcharges on septic tanks. The Vermont Legislature considered raising tourism and recreation taxes last session.“All of these are viable options,” Mears said.The Shumlin administration last week submitted its final proposal to the EPA. The EPA will now model the state’s plan to determine if it will meet targeted phosphorus reductions. If the EPA rejects the plan, it can require the state’s sewer treatment facilities to implement the most advanced technology to limit pollution further, regulate large farms, and cut financial support to the state.Under this situation, Mears said, many communities across the state will have to pay a lot of money “to not get the job done.”“So we’re going to pay one way or another. And I think it’s incumbent on us as a state to think about how do we spread those costs in a way that is effective and fair,” he said.Some speakers at the conference said taxes will not cause a change in behavior necessary to ensure the lake’s long-term water quality. The event’s keynote speaker, Pierre Leduc, who is vice chairman of Corporation Baie Missisquoi, said the lake’s largest polluters should pay for largest share of the cleanup.Big-box shopping malls with large parking lots create runoff and erosion. And large farms that lack adequate crop cover allow phosphorus from fields to run into nearby streams – all of which cause pollution that comes at a cost to communities in Vermont statewide, he said.“Why would we subsidize those activities by having everybody else paying to clean it up afterwards?” Leduc said. “Can we take some of those private profits to pay for the damage caused by those activities?”He said a market-based approach would sway business practices: a tax on phosphorus-laden fertilizer or a cap-and-trade program where the state sets a “cap” on phosphorous pollution and developers and farmers pay to offset their phosphorous pollution.“We like to see the market work,” Leduc said. “But to make it work, you need to internalize the costs. Put the costs in the right place.”Shoreland Protection Act signed into lawGov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Wednesday legislation that sets new permitting standards for building within 250 feet of the state’s lake shorelines.The Shoreland Protection Act will take effect July 1 and applies to all lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres in size. It is designed to protect shoreline habitats and water quality disturbed by clear-cutting and development along the state’s shorelines.“This new law makes a powerful statement that we will protect the shorelands of our lakes and ponds, and do so without sacrificing the right to use, enjoy and develop shoreland properties,” Shumlin said in a statement.“We have moved forward to protect the natural beauty and environmental health of our waterways, ensure their economic value is protected, and preserve local control for communities that have already taken strides in this area,” he said.The Agency of Natural Resources is providing property owners with information on new standards. The agency will host an information session on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s office in Winooski.Environmental advocates support the new standards as a step forward to protecting the state’s water quality.“It won’t undo the damage we’ve done where we’ve built too close to our lakes, it will help safeguard water quality and wildlife habitat for future generations of Vermonters,” said Kim Greenwood, a staff scientist with the Vermont Natural Resources Council, in a statement Wednesday.Projects located within 250 feet of the shoreline must not be located on a 20 percent slope; no more than 40 percent of the area can be cleared of natural vegetation; and no more than 20 percent of the area can be impervious. These are baseline standards that the agency has the authority to expand. Towns with similar standards can enforce their own program.PHOTO: Perkins Pier, Burlington, May 2011 by Vermont Business Magazinelast_img read more

Poll: Trump, Clinton up big in NY; Clinton and Sanders both beat Trump in general election

first_imgFrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidDonald Trump27535.635.835.8Hillary Clinton41954.154.590.3Undecided749.69.7100.0Total76899.4100.0 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidHillary Clinton26334.170.770.7Bernie Sanders8611.123.093.7Other81.12.295.9Undecided152.04.1100.0Total37348.2100.0 Trump/Cruz Total773100.0 Vermont Business Magazine Buoyed by a string of decisive primary wins this past Tuesday, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold a commanding lead in New York State, where a victory in the April 19 primary could effectively seal the presidential nomination for both candidates, according to an Emerson College (Boston) poll released today. With Marco Rubio out of the race, Trump leads his closest rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, by 52 points (64% to 12%) in the race for 95 delegates. Rubio received 4% of the vote before suspending his campaign. Ohio Governor John Kasich earned just 1%, getting no bounce from his recent home-field victory in the Buckeye State. In a hypothetical, two-man matchup between Trump and Cruz, Trump leads 69% to 25%.In the Democratic primary (291 delegates), Clinton is ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by 48 points, taking 71% of the vote to Sanders’s 23%. The former Secretary of State holds a massive advantage in key demographic groups, including men (66% to 29%), women (73% to 20%), African Americans (72% to 22%) and Hispanics (85% to 8%). Younger voters, ages 18-34, favor Sanders, but by a slimmer margin (53% to 40%) than in many primary states. Among all other age groups, Clinton dominates, leading by 45 points (ages 35-54), 50 points (ages 55-74), and 67 points (ages 75+).Democratic Primary Republican Primary MissingSystem5.6 MissingSystem101.3 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidHillary Clinton30739.882.582.5Bernie Sanders465.912.294.7Other3.4.895.5Undecided172.24.5100.0Total37348.2100.0 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidTed Cruz364.612.012.0Marco Rubio101.33.515.5John Kasich2.2.516.0Donald Trump19224.864.480.4Other557.118.598.9Undecided3.41.1100.0Total29838.5100.0 MissingSystem47561.5 Total773100.0 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidDonald Trump27034.935.735.7Bernie Sanders40151.852.988.6Undecided8611.111.4100.0Total75797.9100.0 Total773100.0 Trump/Clinton Clinton and Sanders have similar favorability numbers with likely Democratic primary voters. Her favorable/unfavorable ratio is 82%/15% (+67); his is 63%/26% (+37). However Clinton garners far more loyalty: 85% of those who view her favorably plan to vote for her in the primary, while only 31% who have a favorable view of Sanders intend to vote for him.Trump has the highest favorable ratings with GOP voters, 71%/23%, followed by Cruz at 52%/44% and Kasich at 54%/34%. Consistent with other primaries, Trump supporters are the most loyal, with 89% of those who see him favorably planning to cast their ballot for him. In contrast, only 21% of Republicans who have a favorable opinion of Cruz say they will vote for him.Looking ahead to the general election, the two Democrats do equally well in a head-to-head matchup with Trump. Clinton (55% to 36%) and Sanders (53% to 36%) lead the businessman and reality show star by 19 and 17 points, respectively, while Cruz loses to Clinton by 31 points (61% to 30%).Dissatisfaction with government (47%) and the state of the economy (29%) are the top two issues for Republican voters in the Empire State. Among Democrats, the foremost concerns are the economy, cited by 25%, and race relations, mentioned by 18%.Caller IDThe Emerson College Polling Society poll was conducted from March 14-16, 2016. The GOP primary consisted of 298 likely primary voters, with a margin of error of +/-5.6%, and the Democratic primary consisted of 373 likely primary voters, with a margin of error of +/-5%. The General Election sample consisted of 768 likely general election voters, with a margin of error of +/-3.5%. Data was collected using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines only and weighted by 2012 federal general election returns. The full methodology and results can be found at www.theecps.com(link is external).BOSTON, March 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Emerson College MissingSystem47761.7 Dem Expectation Cruz/Clinton FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidTed Cruz23230.030.430.4Hillary Clinton46259.760.590.9Undecided699.09.1100.0Total76398.7100.0 Republican Expectation Total773100.0 MissingSystem162.1 Total773100.0 Total773100.0 MissingSystem40051.8 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidTed Cruz739.524.624.6Donald Trump20526.568.993.5Undecided192.56.5100.0Total29838.5100.0 Total773100.0 Total773100.0 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative PercentValidTed Cruz202.76.96.9Marco Rubio162.15.412.3John Kasich222.87.319.6Donald Trump22529.176.195.7Someone Else2.3.896.5Undecided101.33.5100.0Total29638.3100.0 MissingSystem40051.8 MissingSystem47561.5 Trump/Sanderslast_img read more

Lenexa planning to pull federal funds from renovating community, senior centers to upgrade Old Town streetlights

first_imgLenexa plans to use federal dollars to purchase some streetlights in Old Town from Kansas City Power & Light and replace them with LED efficient streetlights.The city of Lenexa has an excess amount of federal funding to make community development improvements — and less than two months to spend it.So city staff has proposed reallocating some of those funds previously earmarked for renovations to the community and senior centers and instead use it to make infrastructure improvements in Old Town.In total, the city has about $232,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant funds to spend by Aug. 2. If it doesn’t, the city must explain to the housing and urban development department why it hasn’t spent the money, and then work to spend the funds by August 2020.Danielle Dulin, Lenexa assistant to the city managerThe city earmarked about $161,000 of those federal funds in the 2018 annual action plan to making improvements to the city’s community and senior centers. The money will instead be used to purchase about 20 streetlights leased from Kansas City Power & Light and replace them with energy-efficient LED streetlights this year.Lenexa is leasing about 70 streetlights citywide from KCP&L, 51 of which are located in Old Town. Eventually, the city plans to purchase and replace them all, said Danielle Dulin, assistant to the city manager.Dulin said the city plans to continue making other infrastructure improvements in Old Town, including accessibility improvements to streets and sidewalks, street rehabilitation, more streetlight purchases from KCP&L and upgrades to LED street lighting and upgrades to traffic signals.Capital improvement plans for both Old Town, community and senior centersThe federal money this year would have covered some rehabilitation costs for the community and senior centers. However, while most of the project is eligible to receive federal funding, the timing of a feasibility study on the centers plus the city’s capital improvement planning process bungled with the Aug. 2 deadline imposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to spend the federal money.Dulin said city staff instead plans to focus on infrastructure improvements in Old Town because it has been identified by the federal government as a low and/or moderate income area.“That is one of the arguments we hear at the national level when they do talk about the CDBG program and if they’re going to continue funding that, is if communities don’t use it and don’t spend it, do they really need it,” Dulin said. “So we want to show that we’re trying to spend our money towards what it’s dedicated for.”City Manager Beccy Yocham added that some parts of the rehabilitation project for the community and senior centers may not be eligible for federal reimbursement through the CDBG program.The city’s CDBG funds cannot exceed 1.5 times the entitlement grant amount for the current program year within 60 days of the start of the next program year. That means the city’s funding limit is capped at about $300,000 of federal funds.The city is also spending down CDBG funds on other city programs, including through the minor home repair program and recreation scholarships.City plans to rehabilitate community and senior centersDulin said that for the past few years, the city has accumulated nearly $200,000 in federal funds for the rehabilitation project to the community and senior centers. Lenexa has no city funding earmarked for the community and senior centers rehabilitation project, but it will be up for consideration when staff develops a capital improvement plan later this summer, she added.Dulin said the city could take a phased approach later on to make improvements to the community center, such by making accessibility improvements and renovations in the lobby area and also expansion of the senior programming areas.“We feel like those $200,000 would allow us to do some of that ADA improvements or additional areas that are dedicated to the senior programming piece of it,” Dulin added.The council will see the 2019 annual action plan for the first time on June 18, then a public comment period for the plan will begin July 1 and continue through the end of the month. If approved by the housing and urban development department, then the 2019 plan will be slated to begin in October.There was no public comment during the public hearing Tuesday on the city’s plans to move funds from the community center to the streetlights program. The 30-day comment period for the 2018 amendment begins today and ends around July 5.last_img read more

Nolen solid on both sides of the ball

first_imgNew lineup continuesFor the second-straight game, senior guard Lawrence McKenzie and junior forward Damian Johnson were left out of the starting lineup, replaced by junior guard Jamal Abu-Shamala and freshman guard Blake Hoffarber.And for the second-straight game, the lineup seemed to have worked out, as the Gophers now have won two games in a row.The new lineup caused more minutes to be spread out, which led to three of Minnesota’s players scoring 11 points apiece, in McKenzie, Tollackson and Nolen. Senior forward Dan Coleman also chipped in 10 points.“I don’t worry about lineups, I just see who’s playing well and can give us a lift.” Smith said. Nolen solid on both sides of the ballCoach tubby smith said Al Nolen is as good a defender as he’s ever coached.February 11, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter missing some time because of a minor leg injury, freshman point guard Al Nolen returned on Saturday in a big way.up next Illinoiswhat: Men’s basketballwhen: 8 p.m., Tuesdaywhere: Williams ArenaNolen sparked the Gophers’ late game push with his tenacious defense and nifty passing after the Hawkeyes took their first lead of the game with 11 minutes remaining.“Al Nolen came up absolutely huge. He’s been big for us all year,” Tollackson said.The freshman guard filled up the stat book by shooting 4-of-6 from the field for 11 points, dishing out a career-high eight assists, grabbing four rebounds and obtaining three steals.“(Nolen) is as good of an on-the-ball defender as I have ever coached,” Smith said.last_img read more

Adversary serves to strengthen Hahn’s resolve

first_imgIn case of any problems, it was Damion, not his mother, who was put as the power of attorney for his father’s assets. Thankfully, he was never forced to carry out the deed.The surgery was a success and Damion went back to concentrate on wrestling. But one more time he was faced with a setback.Late last summer, Hahn woke up one morning back home to a severely swollen right leg. Because part of his father’s condition included swelling, he worried and went to the doctor.While the news wasn’t anything to do with his kidneys or his heart, it wasn’t good. Hahn had a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a damaged meniscus stemming from an injury in April.Surgery was imminent, and Hahn was assured he would be back in time for part of this season.He was in rehab the day after surgery and has made it his personal goal to become a national champion ever since.“I’m happy that we’ve won twice as a team, but I want a national title I can stick right up there with them,” Hahn said of his roommates, defending national champions Jared Lawrence (141) and Luke Becker (157). “Basically, I know before I go out and wrestle I have to get it in my head that I’m the best.”It’s a process that Minnesota assistant coach Marty Morgan knows is possible, but not quite there yet.In addition to his knee injury, Hahn moved up to 197 this season and was forced to sit out one meet last month for an academic issue.“He’s a little bit behind,” Morgan said. “When it comes down to nationals, though, I think Hahn will be ready. He’s doing some three-a-days and other stuff above and beyond what we ask the other guys. He responds to everything we say and now he just needs to do it without us telling him to.”Initiative is something Hahn will need to work on. But with his experience in overcoming adversity, it should be no trouble.Brian Stensaas covers wrestling and welcomes comments at [email protected] Adversary serves to strengthen Hahn’s resolve Brian StensaasJune 26, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMoments after losing to 14th-ranked Ryan Falslaas on a last-second takedown last Friday night in Iowa City, Minnesota wrestler Damion Hahn sat on the floor of Carver Hawkeye Arena.He sat away from his teammates, on the far end of the bench, with his head hung in dejection. The eighth-ranked Hahn had just mathematically lost the match for the Gophers. However, he vowed to not let it affect him negatively.Less than 48 hours later, Hahn returned to the mat, this time against Wisconsin, and bombarded Lee Kraemer en route to a 20-3 technical fall win.“A lot of people were disappointed with themselves, but me especially,” Hahn said of the loss to Iowa. “I take full responsibility for losing that match. That’s a lot, but I hold the loss on me the whole way. And it’s just going to drive me harder for the Big Tens and NCAAs.”It’s this kind of attitude that Hahn has used to get by the last few years. Whether on the mat or with his family, Hahn’s personal burdens have not bogged him down.Following a freshman season where the Lakewood, N.J. native recorded a team-high 10 major decision wins, he was delivered a personal blow. His father, Miles, had kidneys that were failing and would need to be put on dialysis.“They couldn’t believe he was still alive,” Hahn said of the doctors who treated his father. “He’s a stubborn man and kept putting off going in to see anyone.”Back on the mats, the successful wave continued into last season where Hahn won the Big Ten championship at 184 and added his second All-America honor.But before any of that happened, another family emergency arose. This time, his father required open heart surgery, a procedure the elder Hahn put off so he could go watch his son wrestle in Virginia on Dec. 8.He signed himself out of the hospital, drove south to the matches and informed Damion of the triple bypass forthcoming.“It was crazy,” said Damion, who took the train to New Jersey after the matches to be with his family. “They try and assure you that everything on their part will be fine. But once everything is back in, it was up to him to get it working.“Waiting, it was the longest seven hours of my life.”last_img read more

Shea Homes announces grand opening at Eastmark

first_imgShea Homes Arizona opened three new model homes, Saturday, featuring Shea3D innovation in Eastmark, a master-planned community in Mesa.Ambition at Eastmark, located Ray and Ellsworth Roads at Eastmark Parkway, will offer 99 home sites, with minimum lot sizes of 45 feet by 120 feet and homes ranging from 1,723-2,869 square feet.The Shea3D plans available are named Dream, Hope, Passion, and Desire with 3 to 4 bedroom options and pricing starting in the mid $250,000’s. Buyers will be able to choose between 12 unique home layouts based on the various combinations for the four YourPlans and three lifestyle centric spaces available.Eastmark ranked in the Top 10 Master-Planned Communities in the nation for 2015. It offers the convenience of being near various golf clubs and shopping, as well as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.The QC District, a 20- acre development, recently broke ground only miles away from Eastmark, which will offer residents new shopping, dining and entertainment options. Closer to home, Eastmark Great Park, inspired by some of the world’s most famous urban parks, hosts fun endeavors from yoga and fitness programs to festival events. Education is also the heart of neighborhood offering two charter schools within Eastmark.As for the homes, Shea3D is an all-new, patent-pending way of building that provides home buyers with a decision they’ve never had before – the opportunity to choose from a variety of interchangeable lifestyle-driven spaces within each floor plan, also known as “YourPlans”.Shea3D allows customers to choose from three unique main living spaces – outdoor-centric, entertainment-centric, or kitchen-centric, empowering the customer to select the one that best fits their lifestyle.“Ensuring quality and livability are top priorities at Shea Homes, but a homeowner’s individuality is never put second,” said Ken Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes Arizona. “We are pleased to bring our Shea3D plans to the thriving Eastmark community and give buyers the homes they can personalize to their lifestyle.”These homes are also built for optimum energy efficiency and carry the newly upgraded Energy Star 3.0 rating. They have multiple distinct features from other area builders including the Environments for Living (EFL) designation, which is a two year guarantee that the home heating and cooling won’t exceed a specified energy limit. If the home goes over the guarantee, a refund of the difference is given.last_img read more

Pula for the European Capital of Culture 2020

first_imgThe City of Pula and the County of Istria entered the finals of the competition for the selection of the Croatian holder of the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture in 2020 with the theme “Demilitarization! “From the fortress to the forum.”As part of the promotional activities around the candidacy, the City of Pula invited many celebrities from Croatia and the region to socialize and present to support the candidacy of Pula, and among them were Otokar Levaj, Dalibor Matanic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Judita Frankovic, Vojislav Brajovic and many other.You can see why they think that Pula deserves the title of the capital of culture in the video.As one of the concrete examples of demilitarization from the City of Pula, they point out the Punta Cristo Fortress “Punta Cristo is one real example of what we have done with culture and demilitarization. Today, the fortress has a completely different purpose and is in the service of citizens as a center of entertainment. From a military center, the fort became a center of good entertainment and culture and a place for organizing various festivals, cultural programs and others.”Points out Jasmina Nina Kampber, Head of the Administrative Department for Culture for HrtThe city of Pula recently launched an action to collect photographs, letters, memories and testimonies of former soldiers who spent months at the Pula Muzil, St. Katarina or in the area of ​​a former barracks in order to hold a spectacular exhibition at the end of 2016 “I was in the army in Pula too”. You can check out how to take part in the action at http://www.pula2020.eu/novosti/veliki-demilitarizacijski-projekt-i-ja-sam-bio-u-vojsci-u-puli/.More information about Pula’s candidacy and the competition itself can be found at: www.pula2020.eu i facebook.com/pula+2020.UNESCO established a network of creative cities in 2004, and today it includes more than 40 cities from about thirty countries. The Austrian city of Graz, the European Capital of Culture in 2003, is also known today as the City of Design. Graz received this prestigious UNESCO title in 2011 and today it is considered the creative center, not only of the Austrian province of Styria, but also of the wider area.Until March 24, when the Decision on the winner of this competition is expected, Pula will host the European Expert Independent Evaluation Committee and orally present its candidacy before the Commission in Zagreb. In addition to the City of Pula, Osijek, Rijeka and Dubrovnik submitted their candidacies for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020.last_img read more

Men spend more money after being romantically rejected — women do the opposite

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Emailcenter_img Pinterest Emotional shoppingBut how does this relate to spending? One study investigated this question by showing half of the participants pictures of attractive people of the opposite sex or having them reading a scenario about meeting an attractive person for a romantic walk on the beach. The other half read a neutral scenario unrelated to attraction. The results showed that men who had romance on their minds were more likely to report that they would spend money on conspicuous luxury goods, for example a new car, a new watch, a new cell phone or a nice holiday.Women, on the other hand, did not increase their desire for luxury goods when thinking about meeting a new partner. However, such thoughts did increase their desire to be altruistic and helpful (this was determined by a question to both women and men about how much volunteer work they were willing to do if they had free time).Another set of studies found that men were particularly interested in making luxury purchases after reading a scenario about a fleeting romance, rather than a potential long-term relationship. This was especially the case in men who were already more interested in short-term relationships than in long-term partnerships. Interestingly, women reported being more attracted to such conspicuously consuming men if they were looking for a short-term relationship, but not for the long term.But what about women? One study found that women who were thinking about female romantic rivals trying to poach their mate were more likely to purchase luxury goods. This effect was not found when they did not imagine attractive rivals being around. However, the study did not examine to what extent men’s consumption can be linked to being scared about losing a partner.Surprisingly, this study also found that women who possessed luxury goods were seen by other women as having a more devoted romantic partner.Another study looked at how women’s spending habits would change during an economic recession. From a list of items, women chose more objects associated with grooming when thinking about a recession, as compared to no recession. However, non-grooming items such as headphones were more likely to be chosen when not thinking about a recession. Women also reported being more eager to attract a mate with resources (such as money) when thinking about a recession.But how do we spend when we’re less optimistic about our romantic chances? A study by me and my colleagues has shown that men are willing to pay more for a conspicuous luxury car after thinking about a romantic rejection. This could be due to their desire to attract a new partner, after having had their self-esteem harmed. However, women show the opposite pattern: they are willing to pay more for a luxury car after thinking about a romantic success, likely because they view the car as a sign of relationship commitment with their partner.By Eric Levy, University Lecturer in Marketing (Assistant Professor), University of CambridgeThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Money might not buy you love, but according to some studies in psychology and consumer behaviour, how you spend it could reveal a thing or two about your romantic intentions. These studies demonstrate that just thinking about meeting a new partner can actually impact our shopping decisions in surprising ways – affecting men and women differently.These studies are largely based on “costly signalling theory” – a model borrowed from evolutionary biology which suggests that conspicuous displays that are difficult to acquire, such as the elaborate and colourful nests of bowerbirds, serve a vital function in signalling one’s desirable traits.In humans, the signals displayed by men and women tend to differ, due to the different traits that are thought to be attractive to the opposite sex based on evolutionary pressures. According to costly signalling theory, men should seek to display their wealth and resources to women, while women should advertise their helpfulness and kindness to men.last_img read more

PM Simpson-Miller to advance trade, investment at Cuba Summit

first_img CARICOM affirms solidarity with Cuba Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 14, 2018 Feb 23, 2020 Dec 22, 2017 Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller  who Chairs CARICOM‘s Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Trade, is expected to lead discussions on trade and investment at the CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana, Cuba, today.According to Jamaica News, the Prime Minister is also slated to lead discussions with Cuba on a range of trade, investment and cooperation issues of benefit to Jamaica.Read more at Jamaica News You may be interested in…center_img CARICOM to continue lobby for end to Cuba trade embargo – NicholsonForeign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator A.J. Nicholson, says Regional leaders will continue to push for an end to the trade embargo against Cuba even as they welcome the move by the United States (US) to restore diplomatic ties with the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island. “A main hurdle to be…January 26, 2015In “CARICOM”President Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations – Jamaica PMPrime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told President of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads fully embraced the recent positive developments on the matter. “We commend…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Jamaica PM credits Cuba with assisting Jamaica’s athletics successPrime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has credited Cuba with assisting Jamaica to become a world leader in athletics, noting that the GC Foster College, which was a gift to Jamaica from Cuba in the 1970s, has been responsible for training many of Jamaica´s outstanding athletes and coaches. The Prime Minister added…December 11, 2014In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Jul 5, 2018 Disabilities Project, Trade, key areas of cooperation… A year that will have a lasting impact – CARICOM… CARICOM Heads of Government engage new Cuban President last_img read more