Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: UIW Student-Athletes Jon Copeland, Javon Wright 2:15-2:40 Main Stage: McNeese Head Coach Sterlin Gilbert 10:30-10:55 Main Stage: Central Arkansas Head Coach Nathan Brown 1:15-1:40 Main Stage: Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Frank Scelfo Social Media Suite; Local TV: UIW’s Coach and Student-Athletes Football Media Day LineupThursday, July 18 (All times Central) 11-11:25 Main Stage: Northwestern State Head Coach Brad Laird Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Southeastern Louisiana Student-Athletes Chason Virgil, Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Social Media Suite; Local TV: Stephen F. Austin’s Coach and Student-Athletes 11:30-11:55 Main Stage: Abilene Christian Head Coach Adam Dorrel Social Media Suite; Local TV: Northwestern State’s Coach and Student-Athletes Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Houston Baptist Student-Athletes Bailey Zappe, Andre Walker Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Breylin Smith, Juan Jackson Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: McNeese Student-Athletes Cody Orgeron, Chris Livings Social Media Suite; Local TV: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett In addition to the press conferences, coaches and student-athletes will participate in the Southland Social Media Suite where they will produce content that can be seen across the league’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Lamar Student-Athletes Jordan Hoy, Isaiah Spencer Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Northwestern State Student-Athletes Chris Zirkle, Nick Forde Social Media Suite; Local TV: Central Arkansas’ Coach and Student-Athletes Social Media Suite; Local TV: Abilene Christian’s Coach and Student-Athletes (Northwestern State’s Coach and Student-Athletes finish interviews, if necessary) Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Abilene Christian Student-Athletes Luke Anthony, Jeremiah Chambers FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 season will unofficially kick off Thursday with the Southland Conference Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. Press conferences and student-athlete interviews will air live on ESPN3, with the morning broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. CT and afternoon show starting at 1:15 p.m. Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Nicholls Student-Athletes Chase Fourcade, Allen Pittman 9:30-9:55 Main Stage: Nicholls Head Coach Tim Rebowe The day will open with comments from Commissioner Tom Burnett, followed by 25-minute interviews with each school’s head coach and two student-athletes. 1:45-2:10 Main Stage: Stephen F. Austin Head Coach Colby Carthel The show will be hosted by Southland announcers Randy McIlvoy and Carley McCord. 3:45-4:10 Main Stage: Houston Baptist Head Coach Vic Shealy 9 a.m.-9:25 a.m. Main Stage: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 10-10:25 Main Stage: UIW Head Coach Eric Morris Social Media Suite; Local TV: Nicholls Coach and Student-Athletes Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Sam Houston State Student-Athletes Tyler Edwards, Hunter Brown Social Media Suite; Local TV: McNeese’s Coach and Student-Athletes 2:45-3:10 Main Stage: Lamar Head Coach Mike Schultz 3:15-3:40 Main Stage: Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. Keeler Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Stephen F. Austin Student-Athletes Jake Blumrick, Alize Ward Social Media Suite; Local TV: Lamar’s Coach and Student-Athletes Social Media Suite; Local TV: Southeastern Louisiana’s Coach and Student-Athletes Coverage of each Southland team’s press conference is available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Archived video of each team’s press conference and select quotes from each attendee will be made available after the conclusion of Media Day. Social Media Suite; Local TV: Sam Houston State’s Coach and Student-Athletes 4:15-4:40 Social Media Suite; Local TV: Houston Baptist’s Coach and Student-Athletes
Source = Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park Hyatt Place Cleveland Westlake Crocker ParkHyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park wins Hyatt Place Hotel of the YearHyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park has been recognized as the “Hyatt Place Hotel of the Year” for 2017 by Hyatt at its recent Global Select Service Sales Summit. The hotel also won Hyatt’s HyAchiever Award for meeting all sales goals and metrics as well as the STR Performance – Highest RevPAR Index for 2017. Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, which opened in 2015, is owned by Stark Enterprises, who selected Olympia Hotel Management to develop and manage the project.“Stark Enterprises, Olympia Hotel Management and Hyatt share similar core values and a mutual dedication to excellence. We have found both Stark Enterprises and Olympia Hotel Management to be terrific collaborators, and we look forward to working with these esteemed organizations as we continue to grow our portfolio of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels,” said Laurie Leh, Regional Vice President of Franchise Operations for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House.Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park features 110 guestrooms and suites and 850 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers complimentary WiFi, a Gallery Kitchen Breakfast for guests, a 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market, Coffee to Cocktails Bar, a 24-hour business center, an indoor pool, and fitness center. Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park is 13 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and less than 20 miles from downtown Cleveland.“Winning these three prestigious awards is well-deserved by the staff of the Hyatt-Westlake,” said Bob Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Stark Enterprises. “We are so proud of this hotel and the hard work they have done to receive this type of recognition. The future looks very bright for our Hyatt team!”“We’re delighted that the Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park team has been recognized for their exceptional work in hospitality,” said John Schultzel, Vice President of The Olympia Companies. “Winning Hyatt’s HyAchiever Award and the STR Performance – Highest RevPAR Index for 2017 awards as well makes their achievement even more noteworthy.”Olympia Hotel Management (OHM), is a division of The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in high profile real estate development, equity investment and hospitality management projects throughout the U.S. It is responsible for a new breed of sustainable, environmental and philanthropic hotels that it has developed, managed and /or owns. The dynamic and seasoned executive team at the helm of The Olympia Companies delivers expertise in hotel development, LEED building design and construction, project management, operational oversight, branding, feasibility and market analysis, as well as sales and marketing. The company currently has 23 hotel projects under management or development in the U.S. For more information, visit The Olympia Companies.
Konami’s messy breakup with Hideo Kojima led to many things–a new studio, a new team, and a big new partnership with Sony and Guerrilla Games. But more importantly, the emotional impact of the split directly inspired Kojima’s next big game Death Stranding. At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Hideo Kojima discussed some personal and intimate tidbits about Death Stranding. Up until now Kojima hasn’t talked very much about the Konami situation, but the beloved games-maker highlighted how despondent the breakup made him feel. Following his dismissal at Konami, the Metal Gear alum said he lost everything–he had no team, no games to work on, no resources, nothing. But he had human connections. With a lot of hope, determination, and effort, Kojima leveraged these connections he made through 30 years of games development to rise from the ashes. This emphasis on connection is the main foundation for Death Stranding. Although it’s an open world action game, Kojima asserts players will all be bound together with metaphorical chains and strands–instead of using “sticks” to push players away from another like most games do, Death Stranding uses “ropes” to connect everyone. The director built the game around this interesting philosophy from Japanese writer Kobo Abe. “I was creating games for 30 years and I was very confident about creating games. But [after the Konami split] I had nothing to start with. It was from scratch. No office, no staff, no materials or things to work on, no machines,” Kojima said at the Tribeca festival. “I thought I had lost everything, but I found out that I had a lot of connections. Like Sony people, like Norman and like Geoff. I really wanted to reconnect with these people that I thought were really important.” Kojima goes on to say that building Kojima Productions, his new development team, was tough. With Sony’s funding and the help of his human connections, Kojima built a studio and a team out of several Konami veterans. From this transformative journey, the sentiments behind Death Stranding were born and the Metal Gear creator was back in the game. Kojima’s connections extended so far that people believed in him without having to provide much actual substantive proof of concept. Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen believed in Kojima’s vision even before it was prototyped or mapped out. Death Stranding was just that–a vision, an idea–when Reedus and Mikkelsen accepted his offers to star in the game. “It was very difficult to start from scratch, but I slowly understood that I didn’t lose anything,” Kojima said. “It wasn’t really hard. I was very lucky because I had all these connections.” At its core, Death Stranding is a game about making and keeping connections. How exactly it’ll go about this remains unknown, but Norman Reedus, who stars in the game, says it’ll be quite an emotional journey. Death Stranding may not come out in 2019 and could be a PlayStation 5 launch title when the system releases sometime in 2020. It’ll still release on PlayStation 4. Here’s a brief synopsis of the game, which is drastically simplified given the project’s bizarre nature: “Besieged by death’s tide at every turn, Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the stranded remnants of the future in his hands, Sam embarks on a journey to reunite the shattered world one step at a time. What is the mystery of the Death Stranding? What will Sam discover on the road ahead? A genre defining gameplay experience holds these answers and more.” $59.99 Buy Death Stranding – PlayStation 4 $59.99 $59.99 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago US$59.99