Roger Federer’s face will go on silver Swiss coin

first_img Source: Roger Federer’s face is known the world over.Now, the Swiss tennis great will become the first living person to have a commemorative coin dedicated to him by the Federal Mint Swissmint.“In addition to his sporting brilliance, Roger Federer is above all the perfect ambassador for Switzerland,” the Bern-based Swissmint, which is responsible for the minting of Swiss coins, said in a statement on its website.“He has a unique way of embodying likeability, down-to-earthiness, success, and eloquence.”In 2007, Federer was pictured on a special edition stamp released by Swiss Post in Basel, where he grew up. He was the first person to receive the honor while still alive.The Roger Federer coin, with a legal face value of 20 Swiss francs, shows the 38-year-old superstar playing a single-handed backhand on the “head” side.It will be issued from January 23, 2020, with pre-sales starting 2 to 19 December.last_img read more

Lakers more encouraged with growth than with 110-93 loss to Thunder

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY >> The cast of characters has changed on the court and behind the scenes. But Magic Johnson’s arrival does not mean the Lakers will show much on-court magic just yet.Johnson witnessed the Lakers experience a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena because of season-long issues.Thunder guard Russell Westbrook may have reminded Johnson of himself. Despite shooting only 4 for 18 from the field, Westbrook (8 for 9 from the foul line) posted his 28th triple-double of the season and second against the Lakers with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists. Westbrook, Johnson and Rajon Rondo are the only three NBA players in the last 40 years to log at least 17 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists in a game.Meanwhile, the Lakers struggled once again from the field (40 of 101), from 3-point range (7 of 35) and in the third quarter (Lakers were outscored 28-19). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Obviously it sucks to lose,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “But there was good building going on with that.”The Lakers were expected to endure more short-term pain even after they shuffled their front office earlier this week with an eye toward the future. Johnson and Walton saw just that as the Lakers (19-40) lost their third consecutive game. But Walton also saw “a lot of really good things” that left him encouraged about the team’s long-term development.Walton followed through on his pledge to lean more on his young group after trading high-scoring sixth man Lou Williams to Houston this week for a first-round pick and Corey Brewer.Despite shooting only 3 for 12 from 3-point range, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell scored a team-leading 29 points on 12-of-26 shooting with six assists, four rebounds and a career-high four steals in 35 minutes.Though he believed Russell forced shots at times, Walton also saw Russell showing some “really good moments” in both showing vocal leadership and leading a late fourth-quarter charge that cut a 20-point deficit to single digits with 4:18 remaining. “My teammates did a great job of finding me. But I’m definitely trying to find ways to be aggressive,” Russell said. “I just spoke on what I saw. Guys did the same with me. They spoke on what they saw on what I could’ve done better at or what I could’ve done in certain aspects. I try to do my best.”With Williams no longer there to share ball-handling duties and shots, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson appeared more assertive and comfortable with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds, though he was just 6 for 17 from the field.Walton liked Clarkson’s defensive effort on Westbrook despite his numbers, noting “that’s what you do on superstars, you make it hard on him.” Meanwhile, Clarkson admitted Williams’ absence made him feel less inclined to shoot on almost every possession.“I just try not to force stuff knowing the ball is going to come back,” Clarkson said. “I was trying to look for my teammates, trying to make plays and when the shots come, you just take them.”Lakers forward Julius Randle had his 12th double-double of the season (13 points, 11 rebounds) despite committing five fouls. Walton liked the decision making from rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes, including all of the first quarter. Lakers reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. had a season-high 12 rebounds. Rookie center Ivica Zubac had 11 points and six rebounds, while pleasing Walton with his defense on Thunder center Enes Kanter (four points on 2-of-12 shooting).Those developments did not make Walton bear a smile as wide as Johnson’s. But Walton still talked with his players more about their positive developments than their negative ones.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgNorthern Lights, Dunree, Copyright Adam PorterTHESE were the moments brilliant Donegal photographer Adam Porter found the flicker of the Northern Lights back above the skies of Inishowen.Adam took the snaps from Dunree.Scientists believe 2013 could be a great year to see the Northern Lights over Donegal. And that could see a repeat of the visits of tourists last year.“The pictures are incredible,” said Jenny McNally from Inishowen Tourism.“Adam’s photographs have been seen around the world. And every single frame shows off our county once again.” ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWEN was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWENlast_img read more

Ensembles DestinationVows conference has fun with fake wedding

first_img Share Travelweek Group Ensemble’s DestinationVows conference has fun with fake wedding << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Love was in the air at Ensemble Travel Group’s annual DestinationVows conference last week, as 20 members of the consortium’s romance travel specialist program from Canada and the U.S. gathered in the D.R. for a series of wedding-themed site tours and workshops.The week-long event, which began in Punta Cana and ended in Cap Cana, was designed to both inform and inspire Ensemble members working in destination wedding tourism – a flourishing market that holds endless possibilities for business-savvy travel advisors.“The goal of the program is to provide our members with the tools and ingenuity to thrive in this unique sector, where one well-executed wedding can lead to countless other booking opportunities, as well as lifelong clients,” said Ensemble’s Co-President Lindsay Pearlman. “Couples’ getaways can lead to proposal trips, stag and doe weekends, group weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, family vacations, and so much more.”The conference kicked off at CHIC Punta Cana resort with several days of interactive training sessions covering 2018 wedding trends, product familiarization, social media marketing, and strategic business planning. Attendees were also given the opportunity to tour an expansive collection of all-inclusive luxury properties throughout the week, while benefiting from the event planning expertise of more than 12 resorts, including the recently-opened Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAt one point Ensemble’s romance travel specialists became guests of the bride and groom while visiting Majestic Mirage Punta Cana, where the events team threw an ‘extravagantly fictitious’ wedding that started with a heartfelt beachfront ceremony and ended with a rooftop reception of dinner, dancing and a classically contentious bouquet toss.“Before this conference, a lot of our destination wedding specialists said they came close to selling some of these brands to their clients, but held back because they didn’t know the properties well enough,” said Liz Scull, DestinationVows program manager. “Being able to visit these places in person and really get a sense of how the resort teams organize and execute these lucrative and large-scale events is, we believe, invaluable to our members’ success moving forward.”The educational event was sponsored by Air Canada Vacations, Blue Diamond Resorts and Hotels, AmStar, Hola Tours and AlSol Hotels and Resorts, which hosted the DestinationVows specialists for the final three nights at Sanctuary Cap Cana.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksFor many of the attendees, the annual conference provides an opportunity to focus on emerging wedding trends, get a refresher on property products and exchange ideas with like-minded peers. “To be able to meet with other destination wedding specialists from all over North America was fantastic,” said Hayley Hutchinson, Ensemble member and owner of Wanderlust & Weddings. “Not only did I make strong business contacts, but also started friendships, which I believe in this industry is a gift in itself.” Tags: Ensemble Travel Group, Romance & Weddings Friday, August 25, 2017 last_img read more