Olympic and Paralympic athletes, their families, friends and supporters, and all South Africans will find a home away from home at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre in Belvedere Road, London.Team South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will be welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa.Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.”But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” she adds. Supporters at the New Zealand Ekhaya during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, show their patriotic spirit.(Images: Ekhaya Hospitality Centre) Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar.Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.”The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August.Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from homeEkhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations.“Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes.South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager.Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA.The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ villageDubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations.It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses.This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site.The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation.Source: Mediaclub
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air is the main topic of discussion this week, but also of note will be the fact that we really only have one significant precipitation outbreak to worry about for the next 10 days. Once we get into the extended 11-16 day period, we have a much more active pattern developing.The first half of this week will be bitterly cold. Strong north winds bring in arctic air again. Highs today and tomorrow do no better than the teens and low 20s, although tomorrow we probably see more of Ohio in the 20s than today. We stay below normal on temps through Wednesday. Strong north and northwest winds tomorrow bring a chance of lake effect snow to north central and especially northeast parts of the state. In those areas, we can see minor accumulations, except northeast Ohio, where several inches of lake effect can fall tomorrow, and even off and on today. Generally, though, the rest of us will see clouds and sun in various ratios through the period. Thursday features cloudy to partly sunny skies, but scattered snow showers are back, this time with about 40% coverage statewide. We think that a coating to an inch or less will be the best possible accumulation but are emphasizing the “or less” part of that statement. There just is not much moisture to work with here. Thursday will be the first day we start to see some temperature moderation meaning we should be less cold…although likely not close to normal yet. Friday will feature partly to mostly sunny skies, and finally a push to normal and event slightly above normal temps.Wind really pick up for Saturday. We have plenty of sun to start but will see clouds build ahead of our next system’s arrival. Expect south winds at 20-40 mph through the day Saturday. Rain and thunderstorms develop Saturday night and that continues through Sunday mid to late morning. We expect 100% coverage of rains from half to 1.5” Some of the rain can be heavy, although we think that it will take a line of thunderstorms to put you into the upper half of the range. The map at right shows 24 hour rain totals from Saturday night through Sunday night. We should see some clearing by late Sunday afternoon.Monday and Tuesday of next week will be cooler than the weekend, but still should be able to be termed “seasonal”. We expect partly to mostly sunny skies for those days. Clouds start to increase overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday.Kicking off the extended 11-16 day forecast period Wednesday afternoon, we have rain arriving and continuing through Thursday. Rain totals will end up at .25”-.75” over 90% of the state. These rains are relatively gentle, but just last a little longer than some of our recent systems. We follow up the system with a colder day for next Friday, and some lake snow potential up in the far northern part of the state. We should see a mix of clouds and sun elsewhere. Another significant warm up kicks off for Saturday the 16th, and with strong south winds, we expect another strong storm to come through shortly thereafter. Rains start Saturday night and precipitation goes through Sunday. AT this point we will leave open the potential for a changeover to snow in this storm. Some models say yes, but trend shows that the cold air over the past few events has waited for the strongest part of the system to pass before moving in. Either way, we are projecting liquid equivalent precipitation at anywhere from .3”-1.1” and coverage at 90%. It turns significantly colder again behind that system for the Monday and Tuesday, the 18th and 19th. In that cold air mass, we can’t rule out a little bit of flurry activity.
Wellness and burnout prevention?“Can someone just tell me how to schedule getting a bite to eat before my next meeting!” As a mental health clinician, I completely understand the importance of burnout prevention in this line of work. To meet that need MFLN FD strives to present webinars that help. In fact we have an archived webinar wellness series to give strategies to prevent burnout. During this series you’ll be provided practical strategies that don’t require revamping your whole lifestyle yet produce effective results. The presenters conducted a mindfulness exercise as part of the presentation. “Learn and relax all at the same time? What a concept!” As MFLN Family Development (FD) project director, one of my responsibilities is to innovatively think through ways MFLN FD can provide you, our audience (professionals in the mental health, advocacy, early intervention, and academic realms that work with military families) with professional development opportunities that enhance and compliment the work we do. I’m also hyper-aware of the stressors that can present in this much needed, yet often times cumbersome, work. So, one of the goals we strive to achieve is to provide ways to enhance the professional development experience of our audience while also providing strategies to alleviate some of the stress that can be associated with traditional professional development outlets. In a nut shell, we want to be a solution to your stress relieving problem, not the cause!Let MFLN Family Development help YOU “get better at stress”… It is our hope that we offer an accessible and valuable online hub of professional opportunities that cater to enhancing a less stressful experience when approaching professional development. Below is a list of 5 common stressors and reactions we’ve noticed are associated with finding and engaging in traditional professional development opportunities and ways that MFLN Family Development can alleviate these stressors in your life.MFLN FD offers webinars (live & archived), virtual learning events, podcasts, that eliminate travel and can be viewed at your convenience in home and/or at the office.Planning for travel stress associated with face-to-face conferences and trainings is not fun. With MFLN FD you can obtain professional development continuing education credits from the luxury of your home. There’s no need to worry about if you kept all of your receipts for travel expenses/reimbursement! No Jet lag! No early registration deadlines! No need to hire someone to watch your kids! MFLN FD allows you the leisure and time to watch and complete the webinar trainings at your own pace! Expenses ($)“Wow, that’s a stiff CEU fee! So much for saving money this month.” MFLN FD doesn’t want you to ever have to choose between your family vacations and professional development needs…this is why we offer completely FREE CEU’s. We understand that work training obligations can cut into your family time, which is so necessary for peace of mind. The online webinar trainings with MFLN FD give you one less thing to worry about. By Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTFlickr [Stressed by Dan McCullough, March 18, 2009, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] retrieved on September 9, 2015Stress…such a small word, but the emotional impact from just reading the word can be powerful! We all have stress to varying degrees…in both personal and professional lives. Stress unifies us in a way. It also can be debilitating depending on when, where, and how it settles into our day-to-day routines. I recently revisited an interesting TedTalk by Kelly McGonigal titled How to Make Stress Your Friend. She highlights ways to rethink your relationship to stress and gives practical ways to do this. I’ve got to admit, I’ve needed to reevaluate my own perspective and coping strategies in dealing with stress. After re-watching McGonigal’s TedTalk, I’ve had an itching need take it a step further by capturing the ways that MFLN Family Development aims to help deal with unavoidable professional stress. I know from personal experience how stressful balancing work obligations, family life, friends, etc. can be. Why not let MFLN FD work for you?!This post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT, assistant professor at Valdosta State University’s Marriage & Family Therapy Department and project director of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Networking “Anyone else feeling alone in their struggle?” MLFN FD aims to facilitate an online professional community of support. This includes helping you to make connections with people and research as well as offering a networking hub filled with other professionals, shared experiences and valuable professional development programming. Ultimately, MFLN FD wants to recognized that often professionals are unified in their struggle and can benefit from a strong network. We believe that strong networks promote strength in the families that we serve. Organizing/finding resources when you need them:“Now where did I put that handout from last year’s training session?” I know for me, I lose the paper handouts from job trainings almost immediately after receiving them. With MFLN FD there is no need to worry about lost resource items because we provide all of our webinar training resources in a one-stop shop. Resources and supplementary handouts are just a click away. A list of all of our webinar trainings can be found, here. Each webinar’s Learn Event page offers presentation PowerPoints, blogs, journal articles, books, and websites related to that particular training topic! Don’t forget to check out MFLN FD’s resources page, here! You don’t want to miss all of the valuable information available at the click of a button!
Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by the city unit of the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Saturday on suspicion of being part of an Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremist organization.The trio, who had been apparently residing using forged identity papers, were believed to have links with the outlawed Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) – the militant outfit also called as Ansar Bangla, said ATS sources.“The suspects were picked up for questioning from the city’s Akurdi and Wanowrie areas. They were residing illegally with forged Aadhaar and PAN cards which were retrieved from their persons. We are interrogating them to ascertain the nature of their association with the ABT, and their role here,” said an ATS officer.Two of those nabbed hailed from Khulna, while the other came from Shariatpur district in Bangladesh.The city ATS team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ATS) Sunil Darekar acted on a tip-off received on Friday about an alleged ‘infiltrator’ from Bangladesh living in the Kondhwa-Wanorie area.On detaining and quizzing the suspect, the team secured information about the whereabouts of the other two Bangladeshi nationals.
Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros. A Netflix deal with ITV would give it access to the broadcaster’s library content, where it owns the rights. ITV’s distribution arm, ITV Studios, has a deep catalogue although it is not clear what shows would be included in any deal with the US company.Yesterday Netflix announced it had inked an exclusive content deal for UK rights to MGM feature films in the first pay TV window and it has already agreed a programming deal with Lionsgate. If it inked a Warner Bros deal, it could mean taking the SVOD rights from BSkyB, the UK pay TV provider that currently holds them. The UK and Ireland service will launch in early 2012.Separately, Netflix in the US has added the Barnes & Noble retail chain’s Nook Tablet to the list of devices that can access its service.New Nook Tablets will ship with Netflix pre-installed. The device will be able to stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix on its seven-inch touchscreen via Wi-Fi. Nook Tablet users who aren’t already Netflix members can sign up for a free 30 day trial.
Colin McLeodFormer NBCUniversal (NBCU) European channels chief Colin McLeod will succeed Jeff Ford as managing director of Fox Networks Group UK.The new post comes just over a year since DTVE sister title TBI revealed McLeod was leaving NBCUniversal International Networks after a decade.McLeod begin his new post today in a part-time capacity before transitioning to a full time role in the spring.Previous UK channels chief Ford remains with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster in a supporting capacity as a first original drama, Deep State, launches. He will retire after that has rolled out across Europe and Africa.At NBCU, McLeod was most recently MD of the UK and emerging channels, overseeing a 150-strong team and channels brands such as Universal Channel and Syfy.He had joined NBC when it bought UK-based channels group Sparrowhawk Media in 2007, where he was commercial director, and has also worked for BBC Worldwide and Travel Channel in marketing and affiliate sales.McLeod remained working for NBCU in a consultancy capacity after he left his post. Lee Raftery replaced him as MD of the UK and emerging markets.“Colin’s blended background offers a well-rounded and hugely valuable experience to our business and we have no doubt he will step into the role and immediately have an impact,” said Diego Londono, COO of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa.The news comes soon after DTVE sister title TBI revealed former Fox programming chief Toby Etheridge joined Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Shoshanna Wilson has replaced him.Fox’s UKpay TV business includes the Fox channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and BabyTV.The wider regional business operates 151 channels and has 25 offices.