113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.Features inside the iconic estate include a three-level staircase inspired by the Vatican, arched windows, wrought iron chandeliers and Roman bath-style pool. The 1489 sqm property also enjoys one of the largest water frontages in Paradise Waters, looking across to the grounds of The Southport School and north to the Southport skyline. 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.The historic house was built in the late 1980s for Keith Williams, the legendary entrepreneur who built Sea World and developed resorts at Hamilton Island.The home was later owned by Dreamworld founder John Longhurst and was most recently sold by Flora and Sep Abedian following a seven-year tenure. 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.The sale of a historic Surfers Paradise mansion is among a string of high end transactions on main river during the height of the COVID-19 period.An unnamed local buyer paid $5.5 million for the riverfront residence at 113 Commodore Drive in an off-market sale handled by Michael Kollosche and Jay Helprin in June. Untouched time capsules prove irresistible MORE: Virtual buyers bypass border 15 Southern Cross Dr, Cronin Island sold for $12.45m in June.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Helprin said the sale reflected confidence at the top end of town with buyers turning to the security of bricks and mortar.“We’re seeing significant strength in the prestige market,” Mr Helprin said. Kollosche agents report a string of main river sales in recent months, led by the $12.45m deal on 15 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise in June. Fall asleep in this peaceful island estate 327 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters sold for $5.7m in July.A grand Broadbeach Waters mansion at 327 Monaco Street sold for $5.7m on July 11.A contract for $2.855m was signed on 25 Ipsley Drive, Broadbeach Waters in June while a vacant 1013 sqm lot at 85 Commodore Drive fetched $3.1m in May.
The Norwegian oil company Aker BP has posted a net loss for the third quarter, and a below expected production due to delays in the Valhall field well stimulation program.The Valhall field; Image source: Aker BPAker BP reported revenues of $723 million for the quarter down from $966 million a year ago, and also down from 785 million in q2 2019, citing lower oil and gas prices, partly mitigated by an increase in sold volumes.The company’s net loss for the quarter was $43 million, down from a $63 million profit in Q2 2019, and a drop compared to a net profit of $116 million in the third quarter of 2018.Explaining the net loss, Aker BP said: “Profit before taxes amounted to USD 143 million. Taxes amounted to USD 186 million for the third quarter, representing an effective tax rate of 130 percent.The tax rate was negatively impacted by the impairment of technical goodwill, which is not tax-deductible, in addition to currency movements during the quarter. This resulted in a net loss for the third quarter of 2019 of USD 43 million, compared to a net profit of USD 62 million in the previous quarter.”The company’s net production in the third quarter was 146.1 (127.3) thousand barrels of oil equivalents per day (“mboepd”). Net sold volume was 143.3 (140.7) mboepd.The production volumes, while higher than in the second quarter, were below Aker BP’s plan. The reason for this lays in delays in the stimulation program at the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea following the planned maintenance shutdown in June.The average realized liquids price was $62.0 (2Q $69.3) per barrel, while the realized price for natural gas averaged $0.16 (Q2 0.16) per standard cubic meter (“scm”).“Stimulation operations have been performed at the southern flank and the field center in order to bring new wells on stream. A second stimulation vessel was contracted in order to mitigate delays in the stimulation program. Slot recovery commenced on the field center in preparation for drilling operations and development of the lower Hod formation,” Aker BP said.Looking ahead the company forecast full-year 2019 production would be circa 155 mboepd, around the low end of the previously communicated range of 155-160 mboepd mainly due to the delays in the stimulation of new wells at Valhall.Further down the road, production is expected to be boosted significantly as the giant Johan Sverdrup field was brought on stream early October, and Valhall Flank West remains on track for first oil later this year.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
MercatorNet 13 November 2014For decades, popular media has excelled in reporting the harms of tobacco use, and generated significant positive peer pressure to break and/or avoid the habit among adults and youth alike. As a result, Big Tobacco has been almost irredeemably demonized. Popular media’s treatment of marijuana, in contrast, is often characterized by sloppy reporting, and increasingly appears to have pot fast-tracked for canonization as the panacea to all medical, economic and social ills.Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Midterm referenda earlier this month resulted in the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington DC, Oregon and Alaska, which joined the states of Washington and Colorado. This has been hailed by proponents of repealing the federal ban as a triumph in the march against the failed draconian policy of prohibition.Curiously, a few days later, the sleepy little town of Westminster, Massachusetts received kudos in the media for potentially becoming the first municipality in America to ban the sale of all tobacco products. Exactly why is this “Prohibition” being championed as “progressive” rather than disparaged as “draconian?” According to the article it is because this prohibition will prevent tobacco from impairing and/or shortening the lives of 5.6 million children. While I applaud this focus on children’s well-being, I sorely wish children’s health were the focus of a battle against an enemy with far more dire consequences to children than tobacco : Big Marijuana.Even medical marijuana alone, which remains scientifically problematic as explained in a previous MercatorNet article, increases the availability of pot among adolescents. A 2014 survey of Colorado teens in substance abuse treatment centers found that 74 percent obtained their pot from a medical marijuana patient. A recent multi-state study, involving thousands of high school seniors, found that 10 percent of non-users would try marijuana if it were legal in their state. Among those seniors in the study who already used marijuana, 18 percent said they would smoke more if it were legal. Already, by 2011, more kids were smoking marijuana than were smoking cigarettes. It seems kids, like their parents and many American adults, view marijuana as less harmful than tobacco. This is a myth with potentially grave consequences.http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/a_win_for_big_marijuana_is_a_major_loss_for_children
Demonstrators hold signs protesting against the government’s plan to phase-out old jeepneys. Transport groups will push through their planned nationwide strike on Monday. UNTV He added that all PUV franchise holders are prohibited to stop operations to join any strike or protest against the government or they may face cancellation of their franchise,” he added. The scheduled strike was organized by members of led by transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide and Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization to protest the government’s PUV modernization program./PN “They violated the memorandum; they will face the consequences now. We will strictly enforce this order as they did not consider the welfare of the riding public affected by the strike,” Delgra said. MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) warned public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators joining today’s nationwide transport strike of possible franchise suspension or revocation. LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said in a statement that a transport strike violates the agency’s Memorandum Circular 2011-004, which states any protest that causes passenger discomfort is a violation of the franchise given by the government to operators. Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, said that operators who will join the strike will be held accountable for violating the agency’s circular. “Their franchise is a privilege, not a right. It is the privilege of the operators to provide their passengers with a comfortable ride. It is the passengers that will suffer because of the transport strike. I hope they will realize that,” Tugade said.
Loading… “You are in our hearts and we have never seen you play in our country,” Fernandez said to C5N via Goal. “Give us the pleasure of ending your career with Newell’s Old Boys, your club.” In a previous post, it appeared Messi was bent on leaving Barcelona. Things just went in disarray for the Catalan giants with the club now undergoing a major overhaul under new manager Ronald Koeman. read also:Wantaway Messi shuns pre-season Coronavirus test And as mentioned in a previous post, Messi wants to part with no ill-feelings between him and Barca. He plans to meet with the Barca board to make a peaceful exit. There are several teams open to taking in Messi. The list includes Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus. However, the $823 million release clause is in the way. That is a sum that will be telling, especially with most clubs strapped financially. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi’s future remains unclear as the Argentine looks determined to bolt Camp Nou. Though there are several clubs linked to the 33-year-old footballer, a sensible place to go to maybe at his homeland. Argentine president Alberto Fernandez sent a message to Messi, calling on him to return and end his career with Newell’s Old Boys. Even at his age, many feel that Messi can still compete at a high level and Argentinians are dreaming of a possible homecoming. Fans of the Argentine club took the streets recently, holding a parade that could hopefully convince Messi to come home. However it may take more than that although there is reason to believe it can come to fruition, BBC reported. Newell has a track record of pulling the impossible. Proof of that is their shock signing of Diego Maradona. “Maradona was at Sevilla in Spain – he was only 33, so he was the same age as Messi – and he came back and signed for Newell’s, which was unbelievable at the time. This was the year before the ’94 World Cup,” Jamie Ralph, the head of the club’s English-speaking supporters’ club said. With some push coming from the Argentine president, something could happen. However, there are loose ends that need to be addressed, particularly the hefty asking fee of Barcelona.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Absolutely Stunning Asian ActressesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do
Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?20 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About SiberiaWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable Looks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Deschamps made seven changes from Saturday’s win in Solna with Wissam Ben Yedder and Anthony Martial leading the attack after Kylian Mbappe contracted Covid-19. Antoine Griezmann, Dayot Upamecano, Olivier Giroud as well as an own goal from the visitors’ goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic secured a repeat result from Russia two years ago. Read Also: No more Messi chase for now, says Inter vice-presidentDeschamps’ side claimed all three points with two goals in the final 25 minutes.Upamecano claimed the third goal, and his first in international football, with a header from a Griezmann corner.Chelsea’s Giroud then converted a 77th-minute penalty for the fourth before France closed out the game.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Eduardo Camavinga became France’s youngest international in 96 years as les Bleus won a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final in a 4-2 Nations League victory over Croatia on Tuesday. Midfielder Camavinga, aged 17 years and nine months, replaced Ngolo Kante at the Stade de France in the second half and is only surpassed by Julien Verbrugghe, aged 16 years and 10 months in 1906, and Maurice Gastiger, at 17 years and 4 months in 1914. Didier Deschamps’ World Cup winners are second on goal difference in Group A behind Portugal who beat Sweden 2-0 as Cristiano Ronaldo crossed the 100-goal mark for his country. Loading… Former Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren opened the scoring for the visitors in a near-empty ground due to the coronavirus pandemic with a half-volleyed effort inside the hosts’ box after a quarter of an hour of play. Griezmann, who missed a penalty in the weekend’s victory, equalised with two minutes of the first half remaining by side-footing home Martial’s low cross. Manchester United’s Martial was involved in the next les Bleus goal a minute into injury time. Dominik Livakovic fumbled Martial’s attempt into his goal after Ben Yedder’s dangerous ball. The sides were equal once again 10 minutes into the second half as Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic split the home side’s defence in half with a tidy through ball. Substitute Josip Brekalo held up possession well before sliding his effort past Hugo Lloris. Camavinga’s historic moment came 27 minutes from time as he substituted Chelsea’s Kante.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Before the start of the Vizag Test, all eyes were fixed on Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai right-hander, included in place of KL Rahul and designated to open the innings, was making a Test comeback. In the warm-up game at Vizianagaram against the same opponents, he had fallen for a two-ball duck. In the initial overs, Rohit was beaten by the swing of Vernon Philander. However, Rohit showcased discipline, played himself in and got going. Rohit demonstrated his brilliance and gave Virat Kohli and a lot of Indian fans plenty to cheer by smashing his first century as a opener. Along with Mayank Agarwal’s 84 and a 202-run opening stand, India dominated the opening day at the ADA VDCA stadium in Vizag. South Africa were spared the agony in the final session with rain playing spoilsport and that was their only silver lining.The fact that Rohit was given first use of a dry pitch after Kohli chose to bat worked to his advantage. Philander generated some late swing and Rohit was beaten a couple of times. Kagiso Rabada also tried to play on his patience but Rohit overcame all that and applied himself brilliantly. After getting off in style with a crunching boundary off Rabada, Rohit survived a tough period. After negotiating the first hour beautifully, Rohit and Mayank Agarwal ensured that they did not squander the advantage. Rohit broke the shackles in style by hammering left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj for his first six. The right-hander neared his fifty with yet another six off Dane Piedt and a boundary off debutant Senuran Muthusamy. However, before lunch, Rohit had a nervous moment as he top-edged a sweep off Muthusamy just over the fielder at fine leg to notch up his fifty. Also Read | Rohit Sharma ‘Opens’ His New Chapter In Indian Test Cricket In Grand StyleAt the other end, Agarwal was looking in solid touch. He tackled the spinners brilliantly and notched up his fifty by hammering Keshav Maharaj over inside out over deep extra cover for a magnificent six. However, with Rohit motoring towards a century, Agarwal dropped anchor and slowly made progress. Rohit neared his century by blasting two consecutive sixes off Dane Piedt and steering a flatter delivery from Maharaj to the third man fence.Also Read | IND vs RSA, Highlights, 1st Test Day 1: Play Called Off Due To Rain After Rohit Sharma TonRohit notched up his landmark by driving Muthusamy to deep cover and the celebrations spoke of the importance of the knock. Rohit became the fourth Indian after KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to score a century in his maiden innings as an opener. Ever since 2016, Rohit has actually had a good run in Tests. In the series against New Zealand, Rohit smashed 82 and 51 in the Kolkata and Nagpur Tests followed by a century against Sri Lanka in Nagpur 2017.Agarwal also notched up his highest individual score and the partnership went past 200 but rain had the final say with the entire final session getting washed out.
Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports, claims a new report.It was “planned and operated” from late 2011 – including the build-up to London 2012 – and continued through the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics until August 2015.An investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says Russia’s sports ministry “directed, controlled and oversaw” manipulation of urine samples provided by its athletes. It says Russian athletes benefited from what the report called the “Disappearing Positive Methodology”, whereby positive doping samples would go missing.International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach described the commission’s findings as a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games” and pledged to enforce the “toughest sanctions available” against those implicated.The IOC will decide on Tuesday about any “provisional measures and sanctions” for the Rio Olympics, which start on August 5.The commission, led by Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Dr Richard McLaren, looked into allegations made by the former head of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory.Grigory Rodchenkov claimed he doped dozens of athletes before the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were held in Sochi, Russia.Rodchenkov – described by the Kremlin as a “scandalous” former official – also alleged he had been helped by the Russian secret service, the FSB.He claimed they had worked out how to open and reseal supposedly tamper-proof bottles that were used for storing urine samples so the contents could be replaced with “clean” urine.McLaren sent a random amount of stored samples from “protected Russian athletes” at Sochi 2014 to an anti-doping laboratory in London to see if they had scratch marks around the necks of the bottles that would indicate they had been manipulated.McLaren said “100% of the bottles had been scratched” but added that would “not have been visible to the untrained eye”.He said he had “unwavering confidence” in all of his findings.The damning report does not make any recommendations, but will fuel calls for a complete ban on Russia from the 2016 Summer Olympics, which start in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5.Wada has recommended the IOC “decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes” submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee. Russian government officials should also be banned from this summer’s Games, it said.WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie, called the “scope and scale” of the findings a “real horror story”, adding that he was “encouraged” the “correct decision” would be taken by the IOC.“I’m not sure that the system is broken,” Reedie told BBC Radio 5 live. “But if you are determined to cheat you can get round the system. We can’t sit back on the situation; we have to work with Russian officials to change the culture in that country.”President Vladimir Putin made the Sochi Games a showcase event and spent more than $50bn (£37.7bn) staging the Games.On Monday, Putin said officials named in the McLaren report would be suspended, pending a thorough investigation.But a statement released by the Kremlin criticised the report as “accusations against Russian athletes” based on the testimony of “a person with a scandalous reputation”.It also warned of a “dangerous recurrence of interference of politics in sport”.Putin has asked WADA to provide “more complete, objective, evidence-based information” to Russian investigators.The report said Russia’s ‘Disappearing Positive Methodology’ worked when analysis could be done at the Moscow laboratory.But at an international event – such as London 2012, the Athletics World Championships of 2013, or the Swimming World Championships of 2015 – Russia had to adapt its methods.The report found:Dr Rodchenkov’s “cocktail” of steroids was given to athletes prior to London 2012. They were drugs he felt were least likely to be detectedForty six Russian athletes with performance-enhancing drugs in their system were pre-tested from 17-22 July 2012They were categorised as red – will test positive and should be replaced; amber – traces of drugs, but should be clear for London; green – cleanAll records of positive tests were falsified into negative resultsAthletes were also given micro-doses of blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) up until two weeks before they left for LondonEleven of the 46 athletes won medals at London 2012 – some have since been banned and had their medals strippedIn June 2016, the IOC ordered retests of London 2012 samples – eight athletes tested positiveIt was “inconceivable” that Russia’s Sports Minister, Vitaly Mutko, was not aware of the doping cover-up scheme, according to the report.Mutko has been in position since 2008. He is a member of the executive committee of football’s world governing body, FIFA, and chairs the organising committee of the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia.The report claimed Mutko personally intervened to cover up a doping case of “at least” one overseas football player in the Russian League and that 11 positive tests by Russia footballers disappeared.However, it was Mutko’s deputy, Yuri Nagornykh, who was advised of “every positive analytical finding” from the Moscow laboratory from 2011 onwards – in “total violation” of WADA rules – and decided who to protect.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
From generation to generation the world have witnessed great rivalries in tennis, yet, some would argue that none could be compared to the rivalry between current top-two players-Roger Federer and Rafael NadalRoger Federer v Rafael NadalThe rivalry between 10-time French Open champion Nadal and 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer stretches back over 13 years and 38 matches.The dominant Spaniard leads their head-to-head record 23-15 and in their 38th and last meeting to date, it was Swiss maestro Federer who claimed the Shanghai Masters crown.From 2003 to 2014, Nadal and Federer picked up 31 of the available 48 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. They are the only pair in the open era to have met nine times in major finals, and they contested every French Open and Wimbledon final from 2006 to 2008. It would be hard to say that Rafa and Roger isn’t the greatest men’s rivalry…Bjorn Borg v John McEnroeWhenever these two icons of the game went head to head, there was a strong possibility it could end up a classic. They made wearing headbands fashionable. They also had an utterly compelling rivalry that came to a head in the summer of 1980.At Wimbledon, it was Borg who came out on top in a five-set epic. The fourth-set tie-break was the greatest ever, lasting 20 minutes. McEnroe saved five championship points before eventually taking it 18-16.The near four-hour marathon was eventually won by the ice-cool Swede 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (16-18) 8-6 for his fifth and final title at the All England Club. It was a shock when 11-time Grand Slam winner Borg called time on his career, aged 26, in early 1983, while the cantankerous ‘Johnny Mac’ went from strength to strength, winning seven major titles. But together they created a rivalry that changed the game.Overall, Borg and McEnroe met 14 times with seven wins each. They were the untouchables of tennis! Martina Navratilova v Chris EvertAfter winning Wimbledon and the French Open in 1974, Evert looked set to dominate the women’s game for a long time, winning the US Open for four consecutive years. But in 1978, Navratilova defeated the American to win Wimbledon and claim the world No 1 from her opponent, sparking a rivalry that would last another 10 years and see them play each other an incredible 80 times over a 15-year period. Sixty-one of those matches were tournament finals.On the court, the two could not have been more different – Evert controlled matches from the baseline with her powerful two-handed backhand, while Navratilova boasted the ultimate serve-and-volley game – but off court they were the best of friends.Unlike the male rivalries, there was no name-calling, just an intense desire to improve that meant between them they obliterated the competition. From the 1981 Australian Open to the 1987 US Open, they won 21 of the 24 Grand Slam singles titles.Evert later admitted that Navratilova at her best was superior to than Evert at her best, and their head-to-head record suggested she was right. Navratilova won 10 of their 14 Grand Slam finals and enjoyed a 43-37 advantage in their meetings.Serena Williams v Venus WilliamsThe Williams’ rivalry has become a little one-sided, but remains an incredible story.They are the only two women in the open era to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals – from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open. This is historic stuff in itself. That they were sisters setting these records is remarkable. Serena won all four.On the court, Serena has emerged as the dominant sibling after Venus’ fast start. By the end of 2001 Venus was 5-1 ahead, but the pair met four times in 2002 and Serena won them all.In total, the pair have met 28 times, with injury and illness denying them more opportunities to face each other, particularly between 2009 and 2013. Their most recent meeting was in the 2017 Australian Open final, where Serena secured a record 23rd Grand Slam title. She leads their head-to-head 17-11. Overall, Venus has 49 singles titles, Serena 72.Pete Sampras v Andre AgassiAgassi and Sampras were born just 15 months apart, and they matched each other shot-for-shot through their illustrious careers. The Americans were the two best players of the ’90s, between them winning 17 Grand Slam titles in that decade.As so often with these rivalries, their styles and personalities were distinct and contrasting, with Agassi often running around to whip a punishing forehand past the serve-and-volley game of ‘Pistol Pete’. Meanwhile, Sampras’ supreme focus contrasted with Agassi’s rollercoaster lifestyle.They played each other 34 times between 1989 and 2002, with Sampras winning 20 of these meetings. In Grand Slam tournaments, they met in five finals, with Sampras winning four.Their clash in the 2001 US Open quarter-final saw Sampras win 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) – a match in which neither player was able to break the other’s serve. Their final meeting came in the 2002 US Open final, which Sampras won in four sets.When he retired a year later, Sampras had won a then-record 14 Grand Slam titles, eclipsing Bjorn Borg’s 11, while Agassi claimed eight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
On Sunday, Residential Student Government hosted its second annual Spring Showcase student leadership conference in King Hall. The conference was attended by each of the 16 different building governments, one from each of the university’s residential communities.Each of the building governments officials who were elected by students in their respective residential communities, delivered presentations on programming and advocacy efforts executed last semester, and also laid out plans for this semester.RSG purchased mugs that read “I make a difference. I am BG.” for the conference’s 100 attendees.“They all do amazing work, and this is a chance for them to get recognized for all that they do,” said Michael Tong, RSG’s National Residence Hall honorary president.“It’s a really great way for our building governments to get recognition for the work they are doing for their communities and for their residents, and also for them to gather new ideas to try for this semester,” Tong said. “The building government members came into the conference nervous for the semester but left confident and ready to really make an impact in their residence halls … it really meant a lot to me.”“The conference is a great way for the building governments to share what they did last year and get re-motivated to inspire their communities this semester,” said RSG President Sera Choi, who created the Spring Showcase conference last year.“I really liked the opportunity to see what the other building governments have been up to. I loved some of their ideas to boost participation and attendance at programs,” said Peter Bergmann, a freshman who serves as president of Birnkrant building government. “While the Spring Showcase was a chance to reflect on our past semester and see what we could do to improve. The atmosphere is always filled with energy, so even though we started early on a Sunday morning, we were able to get some good work done.”New to this year’s conference was a roll call ceremony, during which all delegations performed songs and dances to introduce their governments.“The ice breakers at the conference really helped [us] bond. RSG’s recognition of our accomplishments motivated us to reach our goals this semester,” said Katie Han, a freshman who serves as president of Marks Tower’s building government.“The Spring Showcase really engaged building government members to think about how they can best lead and serve their respective buildings … For my team personally, it also sparked new ideas and ways in which we can continue to connect with our residents,” said Tayanna Todd, a freshman who serves as president of Webb Tower’s building government. “As a building government president, it was great to see my entire team engaged in the event and taking pride in the fact that we are part of the larger group dynamic that is really making a difference on this campus”This month, Residential Student Government will also be hosting its annual Spring Into Service community outreach fair, where students can learn about the many community service organizations on campus. The event will be held at McCarthy Quad on Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.