By Dialogo August 31, 2009 LIMA, 27 August 2009 (AFP) – American actress Lucy Liu, a star of the film Charlie’s Angels, launched a social-mobilization and fundraising campaign for Peruvian children in Lima on Thursday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced. “It’s very important for me to do something useful here. I only want to be sure that the media who are here will pay attention to what’s happening with children,” the actress said to the press after sharing her experiences as a UNICEF good-will ambassador. The actress, known for her roles in the films Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill, was designated to open the humanitarian campaign named ‘En Buena Onda’ (‘Feeling Good’). The New York actress, who took advantage of her brief trip to Peru to visit Machu Picchu on Wednesday, affirmed that she was amazed by the citadel and above all by the warmth of the Peruvian people. Actors, singers, entertainment-industry figures, and members of civil society are behind the campaign, the goal of which is “to collect funds in support of poor children who also have the right to a better future,” UNICEF indicated.
You could pop in to Bloodhounds and then make a few strides home to your penthouseIF you ever wanted a crash pad that was stumbling distance from a pub, here is your chance. Oxbridge Property is selling a tavern, office and penthouse at 454 Brunswick St in Fortitude Valley.Currently home to the Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen, the property is an easy swagger to the Pig ‘n’ Whistle, the industrial chic bar and venue, The Flying Cock, clubbers paradise, Cloudland, and the iconic, The Press Club. Inside the penthouse“Mostly from young professionals looking for a place to crash,” he said.“Fortitude Valley is hip and growing but compared to New Farm, it is more affordable. “And because it is above a commercial office, it is very quiet after 5.30pm.”The two-level penthouse has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.There is also space for six vehicles and you could rent a few of those out to help pay the mortgage.A quick look at parkhound.com.au shows that parking spaces in The Valley could be a good money spinner, with some property owners leasing their spots for upwards of $300 a month. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoYou can buy the lot – pub, office and penthouse. And some car spaces that could be leased out to take a serious dent out of any bank loanThe mixed-use property was bought for $1.92 million in 2005 but is expected to fetch substantially more now.It is being offered on a expressions of interest basis, with several options open to purchase. Dr Howe said buyers could purchase the lot, or make an offer on individual lots. He said they were getting a lot of interest in the penthouse, in particular. Inside, the penthouse is light and airy, and has views of the Story Bridge and city.There is also a modern kitchen that flows in to an open plan dining and living space. Inside Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen. Source: realestate.com.auFor those chai sipping days, it is also an easy stroll to The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Phillip Bacon Galleries, Chinatown, and a whole host of foodie venues.Oxbridge Property agent Paul Howe said the property was listed over the weekend, and they had already received a number of inquiries. “It is a popular spot with the after-work crowd, a kind of speak-easy, gastropub,” he said.“The current owner bought the three lots but is now looking to sell as he has another development elsewhere.”The property is made up of three lots totalling 586sq m – a 358sq m tavern, a two-level 149sq m penthouse and a 79sq m office.
It began with a post on the USC Climbing Team Facebook group. Two months later they were filming for the reality show Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness. Antonio Ayala, Noelle Crowley and Julian Olea, all members of the Climbing Team at USC, spent a weekend in August competing for the show, which is set to air Nov. 22 on the Esquire Network.Though the contestants could not disclose specifics of the obstacle course, Crowley, a junior majoring in environmental studies, described the competition as a relay with two identical obstacle courses for each team consisting of ropes, nets and bar obstacles. According to Olea, a junior majoring in biological sciences, each run took three to four minutes.Contestants filled out an application online in order to be on the show and sent videos of themselves working out and climbing. Crowley said she “didn’t feel as confident” when she sent in the first half of her application, but was gratified when the show’s producers called her and urged her to submit her application as soon as possible.“The producers called and personally asked me to be on the show,” Crowley said. “What an incredible opportunity, and I was being personally invited to do it.”Since the contestants had only a month to train before filming for the competition began, Crowley said she continued climbing as normal, while Olea said he worked out for 15 to 20 hours a week and “tailored his workouts to endurance ones.”Along with working out on their own, the USC contestants practiced once on an American Ninja Warrior imitation obstacle course owned by Arnold Hernandez, a former contestant on the show.“It was super cool to be able to test out similar type of obstacles before the show,” Crowley said. “They were challenging, but I’m glad I got to practice there and get some tips from [Hernandez] before we filmed.”After practicing, the team faced UCLA in late August. Ayala, a sophomore majoring in psychology and journalism, said the schools’ rivalry added to the pressure. “It was a lot of fun to face UCLA,” Ayala said. “We got to know the UCLA team, and they were some really cool people. We were competitive but friendly, and we bantered back and forth.”Having the show recorded in Los Angeles added to the USC vs. UCLA pressure; however, Olea said that USC had more people supporting them during filming.“It was super awesome because we had a lot of USC people coming out to support us in the crowd,” Olea said.Ayala described the competition as grueling, due to the people rooting them on and the added pressure of being on television, but ultimately enjoyed being on the show.“It was tiring and stressful to have to do the best we could, but it was truly a great experience,” Ayala said. “The people were my favorite part. Everyone was so open and happy to be there, so we all clicked and had a great time just being there.”Crowley was proud to serve as a role model for women and was excited for the opportunity to show young women what they are capable of achieving.“It’s really cool to be a strong inspiration for young women,” Crowley said. “I always hear that girls can’t do pullups, but no, girls can do pullups and have a lot of upper body strength.”Jona Siegel, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering who has been watching American Ninja Warrior for four years, said that this new edition is “very exciting.”“I enjoy watching what people can do in American Ninja Warrior, and it’s really cool they’re doing a collegiate version of it,” Siegel said. “It will be nice to root on the Trojans.”Though the actual competition was filmed two months ago, Crowley said she plans to have a watch party with her group of friends and Olea said he still gets excited thinking about seeing himself on TV.“The more I think about it, I get super psyched knowing that it’s coming up,” Olea said.