“Beginning at age 13, I dreamed of owning and operating a martial arts school,” Gommels said. At times, Martial Arts Fitness Center has had as many as 350 active students, though Gommels says the great recession decreased that number by half. “We also teach tango once a month in the Twin Cities.”ADVERTISEMENTIn 2003, Gommels’ tango and taekwondo worlds collided. Two of his martial arts instructors encouraged him to put in a wood floor at the Martial Arts Fitness Center. “We were then inspired to look around, and eventually open the Blue Moon Ballroom.”Gommels opened the Blue Moon Ballroom in October 2006.
The same is true of the COVID-19 pandemic as it enters its fourth year. As 2020 ended, the U.S. accounted for 25% of the world’s COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, the U.S. trend line of deaths per capita isn’t falling as dramatically as the trend line for total cases. For comparison: Deaths and mortality, which is total deaths divided by total cases, are dropping in the U.S. but much slower than in the rest of the world. Yet in one recent week, there were five total cases and official reporting in the U.K. has stopped due to low case numbers.18 days ago Post Bulletin
Fadhil YunusBrunei Darussalam has continuously prioritised the development of physical infrastructure in sports to help provide a platform for national athletes in their quest towards achieving success. The country has highlighted interest in revamping existing facilities, as is notably evident with the renovation of the phased Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium project. Although extreme sports are still at a minimum in the local competitive scene, a skateboarding park conveniently built opposite the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium main staircase serves as a platform for enthusiasts to showcase their skills and abilities. Meanwhile, the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex can host a diverse range of sports including basketball, netball, futsal, badminton and wushu. In 2016, the Brunei Basketball Association Court in Batu Bersurat underwent a huge revamp specifically with the playing surface in line with International Basketball Federation (FIBA) specifications.2 months ago Borneo Bulletin
Azlan OthmanBrunei Darussalam took 18th spot globally for vocational and technical (voctech) skills and triumphed in mid-level skills at 12th place in this year’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2022 (GTCI 2022) published last week. Brunei was 50th in Enabling Talent and Global Knowledge, 51st in Attracting Talent and 53rd in Growing Talent. Switzerland, Singapore and Denmark are the most talent-competitive countries, according to the GTCI 2022. It provides a unique resource for decision makers to understand the global talent competitiveness picture and develop strategies to boost their economies. Despite continuing imbalances, the global talent competitiveness scene remains dynamic, and carries encouraging signs.2 months ago Borneo Bulletin
Arnold VegafriaReigniting the interest in sports in the post-pandemic era could play a key role in the country’s economic recovery, according to long-time business manager Arnold Vegafria. Vegafria is working closely with his international partners in China, Middle East and the United States as its URCC global chairman. Vegafria is also well-known for putting Miss World Philippines on top since becoming a part of it in 2013 — where Megan Young became the first-ever Filipino to win the Miss World title. And three years later, he became the national director of Miss World and Mr. World Philippines until now after being appointed by founder Julia Morley. He established Miss World Philippines, Miss Supranational, Miss Eco Philippines, Reina Hispanoamericana and Miss Grand International.2 months ago Manila Bulletin
The DPWH is targeting to commence the detailed engineering design (DED) of the project by the first quarter of 2023. Earlier this year, the Philippine government obtained US$56.6 million in loans from the Government of the Republic of Korea for the engineering services of PGN Island Bridges. The 32.47-kilometer PGNIP is composed of two sea-crossing bridges connecting Panay Island, Guimaras Island, and Negros Island in Region 6. “The indicative construction cost of the 32.47 km of bridges project is ₱187 billion. Target completion of the project is 2029,” DPWH Stakeholders Relations Service Director Randy R. Del Rosario told the Manila Bulletin.2 months ago Manila Bulletin
Democrats keep Senate majority as GOP push falters in NevadaWASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats kept control of the Senate on Saturday, repelling Republican efforts to retake the chamber and making it harder for them to thwart President Joe Biden's agenda. Democratic control of the Senate ensures a smoother process for Biden's Cabinet appointments and judicial picks, including those for potential Supreme Court openings. The Russian retreat from Kherson marked a triumphant milestone in Ukraine’s pushback against Moscow’s invasion almost nine months ago. Biden-Xi summit: What Biden wants, what Xi wantsPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — There won’t be concessions from the U.S. side. (AP) — The 10 women gathered on yoga mats in a New Orleans suburb, the lights dimmed.2 months ago Martinsville Bulletin
Taken together, all the ASEAN countries would constitute the seventh largest economy in the world. Viewed alternatively, the G20, APEC, and ASEAN constitute the most formidable subset of the United Nations. Recover Together, Recover Stronger is the G20 summit theme. In the recently concluded ASEAN summit, the bloc’s five-point resolution on Myanmar was reiterated, but it was evident that no real progress has been achieved. Recall that Myanmar was excluded from attending the ASEAN summit after the military coup that deposed its erstwhile leader, Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.2 months ago Manila Bulletin