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The Athletic Mind – New Study Reveals Top 6 Traits of Aspiring Athletes

A new study by PsychTests.com looking at the psychological make-up of athletes in team sports reveals certain key attributes, including mental toughness and perseverance.

There is one crucial detail that sports analysts are likely to miss when dissecting the masterful performances of Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt, or Bruce Lee: The secret to their success wasn’t muscle deep. Granted, their stamina, strength, speed, agility, and precise reflexes were irrefutable. However, research from PsychTests reveals that when it comes to athletic success, mental prowess plays a crucial role.

Researchers at PsychTests analyzed the personality profile of 322 young athletes who took the Athlete Mental Skills Profile (Team Sports). The sample of athletes, all of whom aspire to go pro, was divided into three groups based on performance ratings from their coaches (Excellent, Good, or just Average). A breakdown of the psychological makeup of these athletes reveals that strong performers skimp on neither effort nor dedication.

Here’s what puts top athletes in a league of their own:

They push themselves to achieve their full potential…then push it further

85% of excellent athletes regularly set challenging goals for themselves (compared to 79% of good athletes and 72% of average ones).

87% possess an exceptional inner drive that keeps them motivated, so that they don’t have to rely on other people to encourage and push them (compared to 79% of good athletes and 67% of average ones).

72% of excellent athletes describe themselves as “ambitious” (compared to 51% of good athletes and 44% of average ones).

They possess exceptional self-discipline

66% of excellent athletes are dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle (compared to 41% of good athletes and 18% of average ones).

71% continue their exercise program even during the off-season for their sport (compared to 58% of good athletes and 67% of average ones).

81% make sure to get enough sleep the night before a game (compared to 75% of good athletes and 78% of average ones).

79% use visualization techniques to help them stay focused and motivated (compared to 74% of good athletes and 78% of average ones).

94% consistently show up for practice on time (compared to 91% of good athletes and 78% of average ones).

Their mental toughness is unparalleled

64% of excellent athletes are able to keep their cool even when angry or frustrated (compared to 61% of good athletes and 50% of average ones).

71% take failure in stride and bounce back quickly (compared to 60% of good athletes and 39% of average ones).

70% thrive under pressure (compared to 50% of good athletes and 33% of average ones).

75% keep a positive attitude, even when things are not going well for them (compared to 73% of good athletes and 61% of average ones).

What makes it difficult for average athletes to achieve a higher level of performance? Well, it could come down to the fact that they are just not as physically skilled as top athletes, but PsychTests’ study offers an alternative explanation: Average athletes may also struggle with psychological barriers. For example:

50% of the average athletes in PsychTests’ sample are plagued by self-doubt (compared to 36% of good athletes and 22% of excellent athletes).

28% said that they have “choked” during crucial moments in a game (compared to 17% of good athletes and 8% of excellent athletes).

11% make excuses when they don’t play well (compared to 5% of good athletes and 9% of excellent athletes).

11% attribute their successes to chance and luck rather than their own skill and effort (compared to 6% of good athletes and 5% of excellent athletes).

11% feel that attending team practices should be “optional” (compared to 5% of good athletes and 7% of excellent athletes).

“Ask any professional athlete the secret to their success and they’ll likely say something along the lines of ‘grit’, ‘hard work,’ ‘dedication,’ ‘passion,’ and ‘believing in myself,’” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “It’s highly unlikely that someone like Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan will say that they were born to be an athlete. Granted, some people are gifted with a certain physical prowess that lends itself well to sports, but personality is a major contributor. You have to be a mental competitor in order to be a physical one. This is never more obvious than when a player ‘chokes’ at a moment when they really need to perform well. What would make someone like Wayne Gretzky miss the net during a crucial playoff game? Certainly not a lack of skill. However, a lack of focus, self-doubt, or an inability to handle pressure is a definite possibility. Here’s the bottom line: When coaching young athletes, developing their physical skills is important, but instructing them on the mental aspect of the game is absolutely essential.”

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Why Businesses Must Grasp Millennial Thinking Or Face Economic Calamity

When it comes to shopping and buying, the Millennial generation appears to play by its own rules.
And businesses that fail to understand the Millennial mindset are destined to fall behind their competition – and perhaps plummet into irrelevancy, says Gui Costin (www.guicostin.com), an entrepreneur, consultant and author of Millennials Are Not Aliens.
“Millennials are changing how we buy, how we sell, how we vacation, how we invest, and just about everything else,” Costin says. “If you’re running a business, you have to pay attention to how they think and act.”
Millennials are the generation born roughly from 1981 to 1995, meaning that the older millennials aren’t that far from 40. There are about 80 million Millennials, or nearly one-third of the adult population in the U.S. – and that’s a lot of buying power.
Millennials grew up under very different circumstances than Baby Boomers and Generation X, though, and the way in which they came of age greatly influenced them.
One example is their relationship with technology.
“All of us, regardless of which generation we belong to, have been impacted by technology,” Costin says. “But the generation most affected by the digital, connected world are the Millennials. You could think of it this way: If technology were a geyser, Baby Boomers and Generation Xers have been sprayed by its impact, but Millennials got drenched.”
And their natural use of technology transformed the way they act as consumers, Costin says.
“Bargaining is a part of their process,” he says. “Because they are facile with technology, they rely heavily on their cell phones to price shop and hunt the best deals.”
Costin says there’s plenty that businesses need to understand about Millennials, but here are just a few other facts about their consumer habits worth paying attention to:
They let everyone know about their buying experiences. It is not uncommon for Millennials to candidly share details about their buying experiences, good or bad, on their public social media platforms. “This can translate to bad news for businesses that underperform or, conversely, great news for those that exceed expectations,” Costin says.
Big purchases can happen virtually. For many older people, it’s difficult to even conceive the idea of buying a car, for example, without ever physically seeing or touching it first. “Millennials do it all the time,” Costin says. “In fact, they are the very first of all the generations to make a large purchase without first performing an on-site inspection.”
Brand loyalty means something. No matter how fickle many people believe Millennials to be, they are extremely brand loyal, Costin says. In fact, 60 percent of Millennials say they almost always stick to brands they currently purchase.
Information is essential. Millennials scour the internet to learn about a brand or product before making a purchase. They check websites, blogs, or peer reviews that they trust.
  • Instant gratification is paramount. Because they have grown up in a digital age, Millennials are used to speed and immediate gratification. “They value prompt feedback and communication and do not like wasting time,” Costin says. “Think emails, text messages, and online messaging.”
“The environment you grow up in determines what you become accustomed to,” Costin says. “Gen Xers and Baby Boomers need to realize that how they grew up is affecting the way they are selling and marketing their organizations. But you cannot sell and market to Millennials the same way you were sold and marketed to.
“The good news is, many companies are listening. They are actively replacing dated, manual processes with more efficient, cutting-edge tools to promote the convenience and speed Millennials crave.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gui Costin author of Millennials Are Not Aliens, is an entrepreneur, and founder of Dakota, a company that sells and markets institutional investment strategies. Dakota is also the creator of two software products: Draft, a database that contains a highly curated group of qualified institutional investors; and Stage, a content platform built for institutional due diligence analysts where they can learn an in-depth amount about a variety of investment strategies without having to initially talk to someone. Dakota’s mission is to level the playing field for boutique investment managers so they can compete with bigger, more well-resourced investment firms.
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“UNITY” ANTI-BULLYING ORGANIZATION GROWING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE REGION

 

Article by Joanna Buoniconti

What would you do if you saw someone being bullied, or were being bullied
yourself? Would you confront the person, or would you walk away and linger in
your own fear? Growing up, everyone has heard the cliche saying, “Sticks and
stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That saying is cliche
for a good reason, because it’s not true. Words can and do hurt, with the right
momentum they can cut very deeply into a person’s soul!

The issue of bullying has turned into a full-blown epidemic. The question
becomes now, how can we put an end to this issue. The answer is rather simple,
awareness. It is a well acknowledged fact that a majority of victims of bullying
never do or have an extremely hard time admitting to someone that they’re being
bullied, because many see it as a reflection of themselves. When in reality, it is a
projection of the perpetrator’s own issues. Bullying is not only damaging to
self-esteem on a personal level, but to a population as well. Because what does
that say about humans, if we’re so eager to tear each other down instead of lifting
each other up? In having the chance to speak to the executive director of Unify, a
local anti-bullying organization, Chris Maiwald explains how this organization is
unlike any other because they have made it their mission to place the power back
into the hands of the victims by encouraging them to be better advocates for
themselves when faced with situations of adversity.

How did the project of Unify come about?
The project of Unify was founded in January 2016, by the Zemba family. The
photography studio is known for beautiful and remarkable ability to capture
life’s celebratory moments: from senior pictures to wedding portraits. And while
photographing upcoming seniors in high school, they heard stories from students
about experiences that they’ve had with being bullied and were able to gain
insight into the severity of the issue.

How did Chris Maiwald become involved in this organization?
Seeing as how lack of confidence is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue
within society, and is arguably linked to the intensity of the bullying issue. In
order to remedy this, an idea of a fashion show was presented in order to boost
confidence. In the spring of 2015, a few months prior to the launch of the project,
the Zembas put on the first Unify Fashion Show, which has since become their
most well-known fundraiser. It was through attending the first fashion show, that
Maiwald became involved in the project. She recalls being impressed in seeing
the show and her and her husband became board members after that. But she
recalls what really piqued her interest was that the message behind the fashion
show revolved around acceptance and positivity. “We celebrate all sizes, shapes,
ethnicities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. The kids also do a
performance aspect, that shows some kids bullying another child and what the
effects are on that person. It brings that awareness to the young people in the
audience to say, ‘Oh, that’s not good!’ ” With living in a highly critical society, it is
good to have a reminder every now and then to watch what we say to other
people; because like actions, words also have consequences.

Maiwald has been a part of the company since its very early stages, but she didn’t
assume the title of executive director right off the bat. She had previously helped
her husband run his business, however, ever since its launching the company
had been expanding at a rapid rate and it became evident that there was a need
for an executive director. Being a grandmother of seven and also having gone
through experiences with her own son being bullied when he was younger, Sarah
developed a soft spot for this organization. She was also inspired by the need that
she witnessed for this organization within the community, which eventually led
her to leave her husband’s business and volunteering to be the executive director
of Unify.

What is Unify’s method for preventing bullying on social media?
Seeing as how bullying is such a widespread issue, Unify has made it their
mission to try to come up with ways of how to combat negativity across all outlets
that we encounter in everyday life. The Unify Selfie Hand Challenge was their
first project and a way to stop bullying over social media. October is National
Bullying Prevention Month and since its founding, October 1st has been the
designated date that the selfie challenge began. Participants write the word Unify
on the back of their hand, to symbolize togetherness in standing up against this
issue; and cover their mouth while taking the picture, in order to signify the
silence associated with bullying. The first year that the challenge took place the
goal was for it to last 50 days, and to have participants from all 50 states and 50
other countries. In both 2017 and 2018, the young adults coming up with these
ideas have challenged themselves to get 50 celebrities to participate, last year
they reached out to these celebrities and successfully achieved their goal.
There is something to be said for good peer pressure, which often comes from
celebrities recognizing or taking a stand for a cause. We don’t hear about the
good effects of social media as much as the negative ones, but the fact is that it is
just as easy to make social media a positive and empowering space as it is for it to
be a negative one. Chris Maiwald explains one instance where bullying was
prevented through seeing a celebrity’s post about the Selfie Challenge: “One
young man that wants to be a wrestler that was on there that did it [the
challenge], he wrote on Facebook, ‘I was going to bully and then I saw my favorite
actor doing your selfie challenge and that made me choose not to bully.’ ” It
doesn’t have to take seeing your favorite celebrity to make the decision not to
bully, it should be common sense. But when bullying does occur saying
something as simple as STOP has the proven power to stop a bully dead in their
tracks.

What other community outreach does the project do; specifically, what is their
approach for handling bullying in schools?
The Selfie Challenge has become Unify’s way of combating bullying on social
media. But their work doesn’t stop there, in fact, it was just the beginning! Due to
the nature of the organization, community outreach to young adults and children
has become a fundamental aspect of the project. As the executive director, Chris
Maiwald, is involved in every aspect of this. But given how the younger
generations are the most affected by bullying and are the face of the
organization, it makes sense that they would be the ones to drive the company
forward.
There are a lot of creative people in the world and in order to fulfill their goal of
stimulating growth and positivity within every aspect of the human character,
Unify has created a grant awarding process to fund local anti-bullying initiatives.
The projects are meant to benefit children and young adults within school or
community settings (age 18 and under), since schools have historically been a
setting where bullying occurs. Their goal in doing this is to involve the younger
generations as much as possible, because they are the ones that see and deal with
bullies on a daily basis, therefore what better people to raise awareness on the
issue. Last year they gave ten $1000 grants away, and one of the recipients efforts
really stuck with Maiwald: “It was for a program called ‘Be A Friend Project.’ An
adult came up with the idea, and we’ve continued with the project every month.
The project is that she chooses one student [in any part of the country] who has
been severely bullied. I mean, to the point that these kids have been in the
hospital and attempted suicide, she picks one child each month and sends a story
to them, and we all write letters of encouragement. They are called ‘Be A Friend’
letters and it has grown drastically since she’s started doing it. Now, the child gets
like 1300-1500 letters a month from people all over the country!” Bullying is an
isolating issue, because many victims of it feel as though they are alone and that
no one cares about them. This initiative provides comfort and hope to
individuals, who are in a dark place, that they are never as alone as they think.
The grant submission process ended on September 30. The awards ceremony will
take place on Tuesday, October 23, at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow.
During the ceremony $15,000 Unify will be awarding $15,000 to the chosen
recipients and, in addition $1000 will be awarded on behalf of Paul Mitchell Neon
to one applicant. The people of Unify are especially excited about this event,
because during it the “Hero” award is going to be presented for the first time to
Cheyenne Cappella. Due to her exemplification of admirable strength and
abominable spirit while overcoming adversity. Everyone is invited to attend the
event.
A new part of the organization that Unify has recently started doing is peer
presentations. For young people to share their experiences about bullying, they
have to be vulnerable and raw, which is never an easy thing to do. But when
people are vulnerable, others listen. It is important for people of all ages,
especially children, to listen to others stories on bullying so that they can
recognize bullying for what it is. Projection of another person’s issues onto the
innocent. Because once people stop taking it so personally will the issue finally
not rear pain and destruction.

Being a grandmother and wanting to protect the young ones in her family in any
way that she can, undoubtedly, played a large hand in Chris Maiwald being
drawn to this organization. While it is only located in Western Mass, she hopes
that Unify will spread globally. Maiwald encourages everyone who has been or is
being bullied to speak up. Choosing to be silent makes someone a victim and is
only giving the bully more power; whereas, choosing not to be silent gives you
your power back! Empowerment has to start within ourselves, but with Unify,
individuals can gain a sense of community and their voices back in order to
recover from the hurtful words that are thrown carelessly like knives. As a
society, we need to welcome diversity, not fight against it, and Unify is the
launching pad for this change to finally occur.

For more information on Unify and for details on upcoming events, visit
http://www.unifyagainstbullying.org.

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Severe Weather Safety Tips in Support of National Preparedness Month

 

Paul Davis, Contributing writer

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September and provides an opportunity to prepare now and throughout the year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the readiness program focuses on safety during many types of emergencies. This year, the effort features an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. For more information, visit the website at https://www.ready.gov/september.
According to FEMA, take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, check insurance policies and coverage for possible hazards such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. And, consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. One’s action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, can be important when preparing in advance to help oneself, families, and residents in the community.

Here are the following safety tips:

Take Action  – Know the specific hazards and risks in your area.
Create a Family Emergency Plan – Know how to communicate during an emergency. ( plan download link below)
Build an emergency kit  – both at home and in the car – that includes at least three days of water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lose power or get stranded in your car.
Be an example  – Be a positive influence in your community by sharing your preparedness story on social media to help others learn how to prepare for an emergency.
Get Involved  – Find out how you can promote preparedness in your community through the American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Items for a basic emergency kit –

Water – one gallon per person per day for at least three days
Food – include packaged, non-perishable food
Clothing – change of clothing and a sleeping bag for each person
Radio – battery-powered or hand crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio
Cell phone and charger-
Flashlight
Batteries – for the flashlight, radio and any other electronics
First aid kit containing – sterile gloves, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, iodine/alcohol pads, medical tape, pain reliever, emergency Mylar blanket, thermometer, prescription medications and supplies
Portable water proof containers – for IDs, insurance policies, bank account records, site maps, employee contacts, computer backup files, emergency and law enforcement information, and priority documents. Store a second set of records off-site.

Paul Davis Systems of Hampden County, Inc. a leading provider of fire, water, mold and storm damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, can assist with being prepared during an emergency such as severe weather or a natural disaster.

LINK : Download emergency plan form at https://pauldavis.com/blog/2016/08/11/create-a-family-emergency-plan/.

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5 Ways to save money on summer driving

The upcoming Fourth of July weekend will kick the vacation season into high gear with many families hitting the road for some summer fun. Others may put the brakes on their plans with the soaring price of gas currently averaging $2.89 per gallon. However, the auto experts at New Country BMW in Hartford are steering drivers toward savings with tips to cut costs and improve safety at the same time.

“While there’s not much that can be done about the price of gas, there are things that car owners can do to increase efficiency and reduce waste,” said Job Pimentel, General Manager of New Country BMW/MINI.  “More important than saving money, implementing these changes can help keep your family safer on the road.”

Pimentel offers his top five ways to save money on summer driving:

 

  1. Properly maintain the vehicle – Pimentel recommends stopping by the dealership to make sure all scheduled maintenance is up to date to ensure top performance. Fluids need to be at optimal levels for summer heat, clean filters help to keep cars running more fuel efficiently, and using the wrong motor oil can cause the engine to work harder and waste gas.

“Car engines really do need to be regularly tuned. A properly tuned engine uses less gas, so if you can’t remember when you last had a tune-up, it may be time to schedule one,” suggested Pimentel.

  1. Reduce wind resistance – Remove unneeded car racks and carriers when not in use and try to avoid using one altogether. If absolutely necessary, use the one suggested by the car’s manufacturer for the best fit. While opening a window can save on gas-guzzling air –conditioning, it increases drag and costs you fuel in the long run – so keep your windows closed whenever possible.
  2. Check the Tire Pressure – Under-inflation causes tires to wear out faster and wastes gas. Properly inflated tires reduce friction and offer better gas mileage. Temperature changes can cause tire pressure to fluctuate by as much as two to three pounds per square inch (psi), so be sure to check the psi regularly. Also, if you still have snow tires on, be sure to swap them out every spring. Snow tires cause excess friction on dry surfaces, wasting gas.
  3. Monitor your driving habits – Braking excessively wastes gas and causes the brake pads to wear out quickly. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you when you’re in heavy traffic to avoid constant braking. For cars with an automatic transmission, use cruise control to manage speed and conserve fuel. Driving just below the speed limit and driving smoothly (not accelerating quickly) uses gas more efficiently.
  4. Consider Buying a Fuel-Efficient Car – More car makers are adding hybrids and electric vehicles to their line-ups. There are several models of affordable non-hybrids that can get 40 miles per gallon.

To help avoid the expense of an accident, Pimentel recommends vehicle features and technology such as blind spot detection, back up camera, automatic breaking, traction control and All Wheel Drive.

Night driving can be a real challenge for a lot of people due to reduced visibility.  BMW’s night-vision with pedestrian detection can even tell the difference between animals and humans.  Also, the lane departure warning alerts you if it thinks you are falling asleep at the wheel.

“The array of electronic safety systems available on today’s new cars can alert you to road hazards and ensure that your automobile stays on track even in critical driving situations,” said Pimentel. “We wish everyone a safe summer and we’re here to help ensure that happens.”

 

About New Country Motor Cars of Hartford

New Country Motor Cars of Hartford has several locations representing Mercedes-Benz /smart / Sprinter, and New Country BMW-MINI.  The organization prides itself on world-class knowledge and impeccable service.   Visit www.newcountrybmw.com or www.newcountrymercedes.com for more information.

 

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The Glen House at base of Mt. Washington NH is opening in Fall 2018

 

21st Century Design Will Pay Homage to 19th Century New England

The Glen House, the new 68-room hotel at the base of Mt. Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast, pays respect to the legendary White Mountain hotels of the 19th century in both its architecture and design. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

The current hotel is the fifth iteration of The Glen House to be built near this site since the original hotel was erected in 1852. The new property is owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) and located near the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which the family-owned MWSRC has operated since 1906.

“We looked at the backdrop of Mt. Washington, Mt. Madison and Mt. Jefferson and wanted the hotel to look like it had been there for 100 years,” says Rolf Biggers of BMA Architects & Planners of Amherst, New Hampshire, who designed the hotel and aimed to pay homage to the New England resorts of the 1850’s. “Then we looked at the architecture of the earlier versions of The Glen House and sought a common thread. Those hotels were all relatively simple, understated and very functional so we picked up on subtleties and nuances, such as the period detailing on the porches and the public spaces.”

BMA used clapboards and shakes on the exterior, albeit state-of-the-art HardiePlank Lap Siding and HardiePlank Shakes, made of fiber cement, with white trim in a style similar to its predecessors. The Glen House is a high-performance building envelope, close to energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral, thanks to a geo-thermal system that will provide heating and cooling as well as two offsite energy-generating projects harnessing hydro and solar power.

“It is simple and understated,” says Biggers. “The guestrooms have the simplicity of Shaker design. Half of them have views of Mt. Washington and sunset, while the others look towards neighboring Maine and the Wildcat Mountain Ski Area for sunrise views. The big bang when you enter the hotel is the glass wall in the lounge area, which frames the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.”

The interior design of the hotel drew upon the Shakers, the vintage woven baskets and artifacts of the local Abenaki Native Americans tribe and north woods culture.
“Shaker milk paint inspired the palette for the colors inside the hotel,” says Janet Harkins of Stibler Associates of Bedford, New Hampshire, a member of the design team for The Glen House. “In the guestrooms, you can see Shaker inspiration in the simple mill work and clean lines. As for the Abenaki influence, we used some of their weaving patterns in the flooring, the tile design and in the guestroom carpeting.”

The rustic north woods elements include a vintage barn on the property, dismantled and repurposed as part of the front desk and the bar. The motif of a barn door is used in every guestroom bathroom and the designers used rustic bronze as well as granite throughout, a fitting touch here in the Granite State.

Stibler Associates also oversaw the artwork, inspired in large part by the earlier hotels and the long history of auto racing up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. There is a 30-foot long sepia toned photographic mural of a Mt. Washington auto race in the lobby and a 30-foot long wall sculpture of the Presidential Range in the lounge that incorporates ropes and carabiners to identify points of interest in the area. Guestroom corridors will feature canvas-wrapped vintage photos of the previous iterations of The Glen House and the Auto Road. In the lounge, the traditional north country moose head over the fireplace is instead a brightly colored fabric rendition of a moose head.

The Glen House was designed and is being built primarily by New Hampshire firms, including contractors Martini Northern of Portsmouth and subcontractors Ray’s Electric of Berlin, Granite State Plumbing and Heating of Weare, Yeaton Associates Inc. of Littleton and GB Carrier Corp of North Conway.

Located 30 minutes from North Conway, The Glen House is expected to open in mid-September 2018 and is currently accepting reservations
The Glen House is a new hotel at the base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The 68-room property will have a restaurant, bar and lounge, gym, indoor swimming pool and meeting space. A roster of outdoor activities is available through the adjacent Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The hotel is managed by Olympia Hotel Management (OHM), a division of The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in high profile real estate development, equity investment and hospitality management projects in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.The Glen House.

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Gamer World News Entertainment Debuts As First 24-Hour Fully-Independent ‘Go-To-Source’ For eSports, Global Gamer News, Entertainment & Original Programming

 Filling a crucial void in the explosive multi-billion-dollar eSports/gaming industry, Gamer World News Entertainment (GWNe) has just launched as an ambitious new free and completely independent 24/7 multi-platform network featuring eSports and gamer news, information, entertainment and original programming exclusively dedicated to professional, competitive and casual gamers.

GWNe is available on its home website, gamerworldnews.com and also on major OTT platforms such as AppleTV, Amazon Fire, Roku, AndroidTV, Facebook, YouTube. GWNe will also be available soon on Xbox, Playstation, and many more platforms.

In addition, the new network is launching with a robust social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Twitch, Snapchat, Flipboard and over 200,000 global publishing sites.

Global Domination                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eSports revolves around competition between gamers either one-on-one or in small teams, with Dota2, CS:GO and League of Legends among the favored games. The current eSports gaming industry is closing in on $1.5 billion in global revenues and is experiencing a staggering 22% annual growth rate. Recent stats show Asia is the leading eSports market with over $320 million in revenue, while North America is at about $225 million, and Europe is close to $175 million.

Considered by many to be the future of eSports, female gamers continue to play an increasingly essential role in the industry, with 40% or more of eSports enthusiasts today being female in many parts of the world – a percentage that is certain to keep climbing significantly in the future.

The Definitive Resource For eSports & Gamer News                                                                                                                                                                        Blending the best of a network news platform such as CNN International with in-depth high gloss magazine style feature stories, GWNe provides eSports and gamer news coverage that spans both the industry and the world. Offering an unprecedented blend of live, packaged and produced content using Avid’s NSYNC2 motion tracking with gamer engine technology and backed by high-end graphics, GWNe features breaking news from the very latest in professional and competitive eSports, global gamer news, reviews, scores, the latest gamer-related tech, health and psychology stories, interviews with top teams, leagues, publishers and renowned gamers, player tips, cultural features, and exclusive trend segments.

In addition, GWNe will soon offer a premium insider admission for special access to elite gamer content from pros and competitive gamers around the world.

A Fresh Perspective

GWNe’s team of newscasters includes a talented group of gaming enthusiasts and entertainment industry personalities comprised of Michelle Jubilee, Andrew Anderson, Sheri Nadel, Brian Hanford, Tian Wang, Jordy Altman and Rob “Capt. Rob” Steinberg – all of whom offer their own fresh, informed and occasionally controversial perspectives on the fast-growing eSports and gamer universe. Among the many fun and provocative regular features on the GWNe network are outspoken “Point and Counterpoint” opinion segments featuring “Capt. Rob” and Tian Wang.

GWNe will also be home to a boldly original new series entitled “The Fall Out” inspired by some of the most popular post-apocalyptic video games, including Metro, Wasteland, Borderland, Fallout4 and Deux Ex. The pilot episode features Quinton Aaron, who soared to fame as the adopted son of Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.” More details about the show will be announced shortly.

The Neutral & Independent Voice of eSports

Unlike the many eSports or gamer news resources that are affiliated with publishers (video game manufacturers) who predictably favor select products and competitions, GWNe stands out as an entirely independent network whose only mandate is to present professional eSports, gamer news, feature stories and diverse programming in the most timely, unbiased, informative and entertaining manner possible.

Moreover, while many eSports news resources cater solely to a very select group of professional players and specific games, GWNe is readily accessible to the entire global audience of professional eSports, competitive, casual gamers and VR enthusiasts – a group that includes Gen Xers and baby boomers who enjoy playing online, on their own or with their kids.

Perhaps most importantly, all GWNe content will always be presented in an authentic gamer’s voice by people with a genuine passion for eSports and game content with a commitment to presenting stories that appeal to male and female gamers of all ages, interests, skill levels and geographic locations.

Leading The Way                                                                                                                                                                                                               

With a multi-faceted, long-term business model that includes advertising, sponsorships, syndicated content, special events, strategic partnerships and branded merchandise, GWNe was created by highly respected entertainment veteran and television syndicator and producer, Gayle Dickie.

GWNe’s strategic distribution partner is Lightcast (https://www.lightcast.com/), an innovative digital technology company that seamlessly delivers compelling video and live event content throughout today’s global media universe. As a leading Multi-Platform OVP and Content Management System, Lightcast.com will deliver GWNe’s on-demand and live-stream content to viewers on every screen and device, including AppleTV, Roku, AndroidTV and Amazon FireTV.

GWNe’s additional strategic distribution and monetization partner is Eyez (https://www.eyez.gg), a leading eSports video technology company that serves eSports content creators by providing new digital distribution opportunities, revenue channels, actionable audience insights and analytics. With the phenomenal global growth of eSports for professionals, competitive and casual gamers, this full technology stack (DMP, DSP, SSP) enables players, teams, game publishers, leagues and venues to grow their respective brands and audiences, with a focus on growing sponsorship and advertising revenue.

Co-Founders Dave Fisch and CJ Bowden, digital advertising entrepreneurs and operators, have worked with hundreds of advertisers with proven success on over 60,000 campaigns.  Dave Fisch explains, “This is clearly the focus the eSports and gamer world needs with a winning combination of premium top tier news from GWNe and our ability to monetize and distribute for the entire eco-system.’

Filling The Void In eSports News                                                                                                                                                                                                         Commenting on the launch of GWNe, Dave Fisch, Co-Founder of EYEZ.GG said, “This is a brilliant idea that’s long overdue. Supported by very impressive on-air hosts and a creative production team, Gayle has taken the time to create a network that looks and feels authentic with ’state of the art’ gamer technology and high quality production value with a truly riveting array of channels, giving gamers and eSports companies like ours the news and insights we need to stay on top of the eSports and gamer world globally. Here’s to a bright and successful future for GWNe!”

Added GWNe founder Gayle Dickie, “eSports is an undeniably explosive market that’s been underserved for far too long when it comes to quality news and original programming. My profound gratitude to everyone on the GWNe team and our valued investors for bringing this launch about as we look forward to being the true global independent leading news source for eSports proscompetitive players, everyday gamers, fans and advertisers around the world for many, many years to come.”