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Amsterdam has been chosen to host the 2017 Europe Cup and the 2019 World Cup ©FIBA

Dutch capital Amsterdam has been awarded the 2017 3×3 Europe Cup and the 2019 3×3 World Cup by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

FIBA executive director Europe Kamil Novak confirmed the city would host the events at the House of Sports on Museumplein, considered one of the most iconic squares in Amsterdam.

This year’s Europe Cup will be the third edition of the event and is due to be held from July 7 to 9.

The dates for the sixth FIBA 3×3 World Cup have not yet been revealed.

Both events will be hosted by the Dutch Basketball Federation and will be organised by Amsterdam-based sports marketing agency TIG Sports.

A total of 46 teams across both men’s and women’s competitions have entered the Europe Cup but only 12 in each competition will secure a spot at the main tournament.

Qualification events are scheduled to take place in Poitiers in France on June 23 and 24 and in Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra from June 24 to 25.

The announcement marks a further boost for the format in The Netherlands, who currently sit fourth in the FIBA 3×3 world rankings.

Their men’s and women’s under-18 sides are the number one ranked teams.

The Netherlands claimed the bronze medal at last year’s FIBA 3×3 European Championships in Bucharest as they saw off the challenge of Russia, while the women’s under-18 team took silver at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

FIBA remain keen on 3×3, a format of the sport which is growing increasingly popular, being granted a place on the Olympic Games programme in future.

Article source: http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1047039/amsterdam-awarded-2017-3x3-europe-cup-and-2019-world-cup-by-fiba


“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”—Audre Lorde

There is no denying the need to stick together in these horrible times. The winds of ugly people are consumed with hate. Jealous and nefarious agendas perfume the air. And yet those who are waking up and those of us who are choosing to “stay woke” are using this negative turn of unfortunate events to bond, plan, connect and peacefully conquer the bullies baying at the gates that protect our hard-won freedom.

When life throws our people rotten lemons, we turn that putrid fruit into lemon cakes, lemon pies and sparkling lemonade. In short, we are creative and we celebrate.

In the vein of celebration Essence, the pre-eminent brand for African-American women, has chosen to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries with a twist.

Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

The awards and gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation,” young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts, including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award), groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award), standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award) and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

“For the past decade, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery, celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant awards celebration has hosted many of Hollywood’s elite, including Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by ATT, Coca-Cola, Colgate Optic White, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Wal-Mart.

Please follow our coverage of road trip Hollywood @lapacazo.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/feb/16/essence-black-women-hollywood-awards-celebrates-10/


Want to move to Middle-Earth? It’ll cost you. You need well over half a million euros to afford a house at Gimli, Legolas or Celeborn. But the one at Palantir will only set you back only €320,000, and the houses on Tolkien Avenue start from as little as €240,000 (1).

No, Middle-Earth has not joined the eurozone. It’s rather the other way round: a small part of the Netherlands has styled itself after J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world, the backdrop for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Welcome to Geldrop, an unassuming suburb of Eindhoven that has nonetheless given the Netherlands a prime minister and Andy Warhol a pop art model (2).

The town also created the world’s densest Tolkien-themed street grid: an estate covering about a quarter of a square mile, containing about 50 streets, avenues and paths carrying names taken from Tolkien’s various epics.

The area was built up in the late 20th century in Genoenhuis, a district of Geldrop bordered by the E34 motorway in the south and the Eindhoven to Weert railway in the east. On the map, part of the estate looks ring-shaped – which gave one town planner the idea to link the area to Tolkien.

Themed street names are not uncommon, usually for districts planned and developed from scratch. Some examples: 

  • The Sherwood Forest neighbourhood of Memphis, Tennessee has a Robin Hood Lane, a Friar Tuck Road and a Little John Road.
  • Most streets in Gander, Newfoundland are named after pilots, to celebrate the town’s aviation history (Yeager and Earhart Streets, Lindbergh Road and McCurdy Drive, to name a few).
  • To remember that Chapelford, a suburb of Warrington in England, was built over an airfield used by the U.S. Air Force in the Second World War, the streets are named after American localities (Oklahoma Boulevard, Pasadena Avenue, Ventura Drive).
  • The Dutch planned city of Almere consists almost entirely of themed sections, with streets named after actors, days of the week, musical instruments, rock stars and fruit varieties, among other categories. 

Indeed, the practice is particularly popular in the Netherlands, and the positioning of the themed street names in Geldrop exhibits a degree of consideration that goes beyond merely plonking down some random names on a map.

The main road through the area is called Laan van Tolkien, or Tolkien Avenue (3). North of that lane are roads named after the men of Gondor: Faramir and Boromir, Denethor and Aragorn. South of those streets and south of the cemetery, but still north of Tolkien Avenue are a number of streets named after men and women from Rohan: Theoden, Eomer, Eowyn. 

A bit further south are roads reminiscent of Elvish persons and places: Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, Celeborn, Nimrodel, Amroth and Lorien. Geldrop seems particularly keen on the dwarves who appear in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They are almost all here – and so are some of their forebears, many (but not all) in the southwest: Gimli, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Balin, Dwalin, Dori, Ori, Fíli, Kíli, Farin, Thorin and Durin. 

Of course, the great wizard Gandalf cannot fail to make an appearance, nor Frodo. Other hobbits represented on the map are Pippin (both as Pepijn and Peregrijn), Merry (Merijn in Dutch), and Sam Gewissies (Gamgee). Other street names include Erebor, referring to the Lonely Mountain; Palantir, the name of the ‘seeing stones’; Yavanna, a goddess from the Silmarillion; and Bombadil, after Tom Bombadil, a mysterious fellow and possibly the oldest creature in Middle-Earth. 

In the northeast of ‘Little Middle-Earth’ are names referring to Numenor, a continent west of Middle-Earth: Cirion, Anarion, Elendil, Valandil, Elros, Silmarien. Even smaller paths have not escaped the attention of the tolkienophile town planner: there is the Groene Weg (Greenway), the Zilverlei (Silverlode) and the Haradpad (Harad Road), for instance. 

The place names in Little Middle-Earth follow the general rule that negative names are to be avoided (although not an absolute rule, see #744). Plenty of good guys here – in fact, all nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring get a mention – but just one bad dude makes an appearance on the map: Saruman, the wizard who goes over to the Dark Side. No street named after Sauron, the Evil Lord himself, no Orc Way, no Mordor Road, not even a Gollum Close. But also, strangely: the central character from Tolkien’s oeuvre is conspicuous by his absence – no Bilbo. 

Geldrop has the largest collection of Tolkien-themed street names in the world, but not the only one. There is a smaller grouping in Chelmsford, England. It includes Gandalf’s Ride, Hobbiton Hill, Arwen Grove, Thorin’s Gate, Celeborn Street, Goldberry Mead, Gimli Watch, Treebeard Copse, The Withywindle, Butterbur Chase, Lorien Gardens, Gladden Fields and Meriadoc Drive.

There are more Tolkien-inspired street names sprinkled throughout the world, in smaller concentrations.

  • In California, there is Rivendell Lane in Davis and Bilbo Drive in San Jose.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina has a Legolas Lane, and so does Wright City, Missouri (off Samwise Street, next to Aragorn Lane, not far from Bombadil Boulevard).
  • In Severn, Maryland there is a Baggins Road, Aragorn Court, Strider Court and, yes, a Gollum Road. 
  • Other places go even further, and have given street names to the shadowland where Mount Doom is located: there is one Mordor Lane in Frisco, Texas and another one in Hanover, Maryland; and Mordor Drive in Lorton, Virginia…
  • … and even to the Evil One who resides there. By the looks of it, though, nobody has yet dared build a house on Sauron Road NW in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. 

Many thanks to Andrew Porter, who pointed to a recent article in the Guardian about Geldrop’s fantasy district. Map from Bing Maps. Street sign picture from this page at Tolkien Brasil (which has many more). Warhol image here at eindhovenfotos.nl.

Strange Maps #823

Got a strange map? Let me know at strangemaps@gmail.com.

(1) See houses and prices here at Dutch real-estate page funda.nl.

(2) Dries van Agt (1977-’82) and Apollonia van Ravenstein (b.1952, pictured), respectively. Other famous Geldropians: the writer A.F.Th. van der Heijden; Viktor Horsting, half of the Viktor Rolf fashion brand; and model Lara Stone, the now ex-wife of British comedian and celebrity David Walliams.

(3) As noted by the Tolkien Library, plenty of places and things have been named after the author himself, including a crater on Mercury, a small asteroid between Jupiter and Mars, a giant tree on Vancouver Island, a Dutch schooner (available for cruises and events), a Street in Orlando and a Lane in Jacksonville, a bar in Zagreb and a restaurant in Birmingham. Reports of a Bistro Tolkien in Bruges, owned by the same proprietors who run The Hobbit bar across the street, are false (or at least outdated). The bar opposite is now called The Habit.

 

Article source: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/has-middle-earth-joined-the-eurozone


ALMERE – Conceptstore Hard Bitten and the Others stopt. De winkel aan de Schutterstraat sluit per 5 maart de deuren, maar de bar blijft in elk geval tot half mei elke donderdag- en vrijdagavond nog geopend. ,,De bar en onze events doen het hartstikke goed, maar de winkel helaas niet”, licht Kim Steenbreker, één van de initiatiefnemers van Hard Bitten and the Others, het besluit toe.

,,Misschien zijn we te duur in verglijking met de prijsvechters of is het voor mensen toch een drempel om de roltrap naar beneden te nemen. Al hebben we er echt alles gedaan om de zichtbaarheid van onze winkel te verbeteren”, vervolgt Steenbreker. ,,Ons huurcontract loopt op 13 mei af en tot die tijd zullen we ons voornamelijk richten op de bar en het organiseren van evenementen. Ook de miniramp blijft tot die tijd op donderdagavond gewoon open voor skaters.”

De winkel werd drie jaar geleden geopend met het doel meer diversiteit voor jongeren in het winkelcentrum te brengen. Het resultaat was een winkelpand met shop-in-shops, een skatestore, een overdekte miniramp, een bar en wekelijks culturele evenenementen. ,,Wat betreft onze bar en onze evenementen zijn we de afgelopen jaren wel enorm gegroeid”, zegt Steenbreker. ,,We zijn dan ook bezig met het maken van een nieuw plan om hiermee door te kunnen gaan. We hopen dat op deze locatie te kunnen blijven doen, maar of dat gaat lukken is nog niet zeker. Zowel de gemeente Almere als de verhuurder zijn heel enthousiast over onze ideeën, maar geld is dan toch altijd weer een dingetje.”

Drie jaar geleden kon de winkel worden opgezet dankzij een geslaagde crowdfunding, waarmee 23.000 euro werd opgehaald. ,,Daaruit bleek toch dat er draagvlak was voor ons concept en ook nu, na de mededeling dat de winkel stopt, krijgen we ontzettend veel hartverwarmende reacties. Dat doet ons toch wel erg goed.”

De winkel is dus nog maar tot 5 maart open en dat betekent dat alles weg moet. ,,Fikse kortingen dus op al onze producten en we zullen afsluiten met een eindsale. Hoe jammer het ook is, het betekent niet het einde van Hard Bitten and the Others. We hopen snel meer duidelijkheid te kunnen geven over onze nieuwe toffe plannen.”

Article source: http://almerevandaag.nl/243434-2/


In the spirit of Black History Month, African-Americans are acknowledging their great leaders who paved the way to where they are now. From being a professional athlete to becoming a CEO of a company, there was a time in which Black people were unable to do such things simply because of the color of their skin.

Although some people don’t see the significance of Black History Month, it’s a great way for younger generations to be educated on how life was for Black people not too long ago. We had a grand and rich history centuries before the enslavement of Africans. We should learn about that history every month of the year, not just in February, the shortest month. Times are always changing. Black people are always aware of how events and politics can have an impact on us in very different ways, and so identifying and celebrating icons and heroes is always done to inspire and keep up a feeling of pride and hope.

And now that Americans have Donald Trump as president, African-Americans are very much aware of what may transpire in the next few years in regards to public policy, the criminal justice system, housing, education and the distribution of resources and essentials. Often people look for a leader, or reflect on those such as Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Harriet Tubman and Shirley Chisholm. One of the greatest civil rights leaders was Malcolm X. Feb. 21 will mark the 52nd anniversary of his assassination in the former Audubon Ballroom (now the Malcolm X/Betty Shabazz Center) in 1965. On that day, he was discussing his Organization of Afro-American Unity when he was gunned down by five men. Although the government’s Counter Intelligence Program, aka COINTELPRO, is still widely suspected of involvement in the plot, the assassins were reportedly members of the Nation of Islam, and they killed him because of his departure from the religious group. Malcolm X was known for being a fearless nationalist. Throughout his career, he spoke about the importance of having  unity and civil rights and the religious practices in our community. His life was cut short but his legacy lives on. For his birthday, May 19, New Yorkers travel upstate to visit his gravesite and pay respect. 

Dozens of school buses and cars bring young people from New York City schools. Divine Allah, youth minister of the New Black Panther Party, told the Amsterdam News, “We have the young people brought to the joint burial site of Malcolm X and his wife Dr. Betty Shabazz so that they can understand the importance of these two tremendous icons. Malcolm is still with us. His legacy lives on. The young people must be taught this. We tell ourselves that no matter who is in the White House, our fight for total self-determination and liberation and equality goes on. Malcolm told us to do for self and fight for with the warrior spirit we were born with.”

To celebrate Malcolm X’s legacy, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., on the anniversary of his assassination, the December 12th Movement is presenting a program at Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn titled, “Malcolm X Speaks in the Era of Trump.” The program will feature excerpts from “The Ballot or the Bullet,” and Malcolm X’s speech at the founding of the Organization of African-American Unity—and ask the question, “What we must do today to continue Malcolm’s legacy?” Call 718-398-1766 for more information.

Uptown, the Malcolm X/Betty Shabazz Center will be open on Feb. 21. Starting at 10 a.m., the center will be paying tribute to Malcolm X  through art. At 1 p.m., there will be a showing of the “Malcolm X” film, and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a panel discussion will take place. This tribute is open to anyone. The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is located in Washington Heights, Manhattan. For any more information about the Shabazz Center or the event, please go to http://www.theshabazzcenter.net/page/the_shabazz_center.html

Between March 17 and March 26, 2017, the New Victory Theater will present the play “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation.” PEN/Laura Pels Award winner Marcus Gardley wrote the play, which is set in the courtroom after the assassination of Malcolm X.  As the cast is going over the case, the audience goes down a memory lane of  Malcolm X’s life. 

The New Victory Theater, located at 209 W. 42nd Street, New York, N.Y., is a theater that encourages artistic expression from children in the age range of pre-K to 12. For non-members of the New Victory Theater, tickets prices are $16 to $38. 

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/feb/16/malcolm-x-speaks-era-trump/


“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”—Audre Lorde

There is no denying the need to stick together in these horrible times. The winds of ugly people are consumed with hate. Jealous and nefarious agendas perfume the air. And yet those who are waking up and those of us who are choosing to “stay woke” are using this negative turn of unfortunate events to bond, plan, connect and peacefully conquer the bullies baying at the gates that protect our hard-won freedom.

When life throws our people rotten lemons, we turn that putrid fruit into lemon cakes, lemon pies and sparkling lemonade. In short, we are creative and we celebrate.

In the vein of celebration Essence, the pre-eminent brand for African-American women, has chosen to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries with a twist.

Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

The awards and gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation,” young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts, including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award), groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award), standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award) and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

“For the past decade, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery, celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant awards celebration has hosted many of Hollywood’s elite, including Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by ATT, Coca-Cola, Colgate Optic White, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Wal-Mart.

Please follow our coverage of road trip Hollywood @lapacazo.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/feb/16/essence-black-women-hollywood-awards-celebrates-10/


Sensation, the proclaimed “World’s Leading Dance Event,” has been rather quiet over the last few months…now we know why.


While making a huge announcement of collaborating in Santiago, Chile on 21 April 2016, and popping down to Mexico City in late November 2016, Sensation has been slow to roll out information about other events this year.  What they have rolled out is tidbits of excitement as they focus on a strong homecoming after the “Angels Demons” theme of last year was met with some disdain by introducing a black and white, half and half theme.

As we gear up for the summer time swing, it’s time to bear down and get grooving to the huge, original theatrical music festival. While travel packages have been on sale for quite some time, hard tickets to the event sold out during the holiday period.  Now, in February, Sensation is back with another batch of tickets ready to go, an announced theme, and a lineup drop too!

On 8 July 2017, Sensation transforms the Amsterdam ArenA one last time into a global nightclub for “The Final.”
But… the news that came is bittersweet… for this year’s Sensation is the last in Amsterdam.

That’s right.  Officially, the news dropped by IDT confirmed that Sensation, the world’s leading dance event, will end in Amsterdam after this edition.  What precisely that means for the brand worldwide is unclear, though the trailer notes do mention that this edition has nothing to do with the “international tour.” So with a heavy heart, let us join together and celebrate life, united in white in the home of Sensation one more time under the summer skies.

Tickets will be available on 28 February 2017 on the official Sensation website HERE!

Watch the announcement video for Sensation The Final on YouTube:


Sensation – The Final – Lineup (in order of appearance):

Fancy a true Sensation experience?

From personal experience, it is the best option – and packages are still available.  You get to customize everything from ticket tier to hotel and number of nights in Amsterdam, and there’s even special add-on’s that make it easy to get the full experience of the city and the event.

Grab yourself a Travel package! 


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Article source: http://edmidentity.com/2017/02/16/sensation-final-amsterdam-event/


ALMERE – Conceptstore Hard Bitten and the Others stopt. De winkel aan de Schutterstraat sluit per 5 maart de deuren, maar de bar blijft in elk geval tot half mei elke donderdag- en vrijdagavond nog geopend. ,,De bar en onze events doen het hartstikke goed, maar de winkel helaas niet”, licht Kim Steenbreker, één van de initiatiefnemers van Hard Bitten and the Others, het besluit toe.

,,Misschien zijn we te duur in verglijking met de prijsvechters of is het voor mensen toch een drempel om de roltrap naar beneden te nemen. Al hebben we er echt alles gedaan om de zichtbaarheid van onze winkel te verbeteren”, vervolgt Steenbreker. ,,Ons huurcontract loopt op 13 mei af en tot die tijd zullen we ons voornamelijk richten op de bar en het organiseren van evenementen. Ook de miniramp blijft tot die tijd op donderdagavond gewoon open voor skaters.”

De winkel werd drie jaar geleden geopend met het doel meer diversiteit voor jongeren in het winkelcentrum te brengen. Het resultaat was een winkelpand met shop-in-shops, een skatestore, een overdekte miniramp, een bar en wekelijks culturele evenenementen. ,,Wat betreft onze bar en onze evenementen zijn we de afgelopen jaren wel enorm gegroeid”, zegt Steenbreker. ,,We zijn dan ook bezig met het maken van een nieuw plan om hiermee door te kunnen gaan. We hopen dat op deze locatie te kunnen blijven doen, maar of dat gaat lukken is nog niet zeker. Zowel de gemeente Almere als de verhuurder zijn heel enthousiast over onze ideeën, maar geld is dan toch altijd weer een dingetje.”

Drie jaar geleden kon de winkel worden opgezet dankzij een geslaagde crowdfunding, waarmee 23.000 euro werd opgehaald. ,,Daaruit bleek toch dat er draagvlak was voor ons concept en ook nu, na de mededeling dat de winkel stopt, krijgen we ontzettend veel hartverwarmende reacties. Dat doet ons toch wel erg goed.”

De winkel is dus nog maar tot 5 maart open en dat betekent dat alles weg moet. ,,Fikse kortingen dus op al onze producten en we zullen afsluiten met een eindsale. Hoe jammer het ook is, het betekent niet het einde van Hard Bitten and the Others. We hopen snel meer duidelijkheid te kunnen geven over onze nieuwe toffe plannen.”

Article source: http://almerevandaag.nl/243434-2/


THE BAHAMAS (Feb. 16, 2017)—Caribbean tourism fared well in 2016, and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead, despite the fact that many hoteliers were forced to adjust their high performance expectations for 2016 as the year progressed because of unforeseen events.

Announcing the results of the second annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Industry Performance and Outlook Study, Frank Comito, director general and CEO of the private sector association, stated that “more than four out of five (81 percent) hoteliers have an encouraging outlook.” 

Comito explained that the survey, conducted by CHTA, was undertaken “to assist the organization in gaining a better understanding of the state of the tourism economy, its outlook, and the degree to which a number of factors impact or may affect the tourism industry.”

The survey, administered during the first two weeks of this year, polled a representative sampling of hotels throughout the Caribbean of varying sizes and categories, and looked at their 2016 performance and 2017 expectations for factors in areas such as employment levels, revenue, profits, capital spending, room occupancy and room rates, each forming the basis for assessing the state of the tourism economy.

In 2016, hoteliers reported an even split on revenue performance, with 47 percent recording an increase and a similar percentage reporting a decrease. Although expectations for the year were higher initially, last year’s mixed performance came after an exceptional year for Caribbean tourism in 2015.

“Hoteliers entered 2016 with high performance expectations, but these were tempered as a combination of unanticipated factors surfaced during the year,” said Comito. These events included a warmer than usual winter in the region’s primary feeder markets, Canadian and UK exchange rates, Brexit, the threat of Zika and political and economic certainty in parts of the world, according to the survey respondents.

Despite these developments, the profitability picture improved over the previous year, with most hotels registering a net profit in 2016. Seventy-eight percent of respondents reported a net profit, whereas 22 percent reported a net loss. Looking ahead, in 2017 more than two-thirds (67 percent) anticipate an increase in revenue, and 56 percent expect a slight improvement in profits.

It was encouraging to note that approximately 55 percent of hotels also increased capital expenditures in 2016, with a quarter of those investing more than 10 percent over what they did in 2015. “This is a positive sign and an indication of long-term confidence by Caribbean hoteliers in the industry,” reported Comito.

Although room occupancy decreased for just more than half (51 percent) of the reporting hotels, a notable proportion (29 percent) reported an increase in occupancy. More hoteliers are optimistic for 2017, with two-thirds expecting an increase in occupancy.

Despite the fact that average daily room rates were reduced by 45 percent of hotels, as many as 42 percent increased their rates. This year, approximately 55 percent of hoteliers expect to increase ADRs whereas only 15 percent expect downward pressure on rates. 

It is important to note that employment levels were maintained by 55 percent of survey respondents in 2016, whereas only 17 percent reduced staffing levels, and a sizable proportion (28 percent) hired more staff. This pattern is anticipated to continue in 2017. 

Despite the mixed results in 2016, hoteliers appear to be generally optimistic about the year ahead.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/feb/16/caribbean-hoteliers-predict-positive-tourism-perfo/


The venerable stadium in the Netherlands is preparing to host Euro 2020 matches

Amsterdam ArenA, home to top Eredivisie football club AFC Ajax as well as several Euro matches and Champions League finals in its 20-year history, recently received a much anticipated refresh to its lighting and sound system. Fans of the club, which plays in the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands, will see the famed venue continue to improve over the next few years as it gears up to host four Euro 2020 matches.

“This is a very special occasion, a new step in our history,” said Amsterdam ArenA CEO Henk Markerink during a press event held at the venue during ISE 2017. “We opened 20 years ago as one of the first really multifunctional stadiums for sports, leisure, and entertainment, and our vision and our goal has always been to stay ahead in the business and to be one of the best venues in the world. With this last investment, we can say we have reached the next level.”

Installed by db audiotechnik, the new sound system features 216 loudspeakers in 18 arrays.

Installed by db audiotechnik, the new sound system features 216 loudspeakers in 18 arrays.

The most recent round of Amsterdam ArenA upgrades includes a new sound system from db audiotechnik and an LED lighting system from Phillips.

The audio company installed 216 loudspeakers in 18 arrays throughout the venue. Its Yi line array system uses ArrayProcessing, an innovative software tool designed to further optimize the tonal and level performance over the entire listening area. According to db audiotechnik, this ensures that every seat in the stadium, especially with large audiences, hears the same high-quality sound.

Electronic presets in the db amplifiers, in combination with ArrayProcessing, make multipurpose applications easier; and four of the arrays can be rotated for use in concert productions, saving operators a 35-meter climb to manually adjust the individual loudspeakers.

“The stadium market is changing,” said db audiotechnik CEO Amnon Harman. “The request for higher quality and higher performance is increasing; this is not only a sports stadium, but there’s more and more a tendency to make it a multipurpose stadium to bring more business into it and to keep people longer in the stadium so that they can consume more. All of that is a trend that we see and, based on this trend, we need to offer more service, and we need to offer higher-quality lighting, video, and of course, sound.”

Philips’ ArenaVision LED sports-pitch lighting system allows specific parts of the pitch to be illuminated.

Philips’ ArenaVision LED sports-pitch lighting system allows specific parts of the pitch to be illuminated.

To light the pitch, Amsterdam ArenA turned to Philips’ ArenaVision LED sports-pitch lighting system to meet the most stringent requirements specified by international television broadcasters and sports federations. This innovative lighting system supports HD super-slow-motion replays, preventing the flicker often caused by conventional lamps. In addition, the flexible lighting makes it possible to illuminate specific parts of the pitch during events or before a football match as part of a light show.

Amsterdam ArenA will be the first stadium in the world to incorporate movable color LED spotlights with the Philips ArenaVision system, which is ideal for multi-purpose stadium use, such as concerts and events.

“Phillips was one of the founding partners of the stadium 20 years ago,” noted Phillips Lighting Benelux Marketing Director Maaren Vernooij, “but, in the last few months, we have been intensively partnering and establishing a revolutionary lighting system here The Amsterdam ArenA team has been pushing us in partnership to go an extra mile, and I think what [we have created] is unique. … It’s only the start, I would say; we have committed ourselves to bring great innovation here to the stadium.”

Article source: http://www.sportsvideo.org/2017/02/16/amsterdam-arena-sets-sights-on-2020-with-sound-lighting-upgrades/