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Fast Company Hires ExFortune Portfolio Staffers


first_imgAll three will report to Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian.According to the Publishers Information Bureau, Fast Company’s ad pages through November were up 19 percent, while Forbes (-4.1 percent), Fortune (-18.6 percent) and BusinessWeek (-16.5 percent) were down. Newsstand sales for Fast Company were up 39 percent during the first half of 2007, according to the company. It’s only January 3, but the battle between consumer business magazines over talent is already heating up. 2008’s first shot across the bow: Mansueto Ventures’ Fast Company, which today announced the poaching of a pair of former Fortune and Portfolio staffers.Jane Meier, part of Condé Nast’s Portfolio launch team, becomes Fast Company’s deputy art director. Mark Borden, a reporter at Fortune from 1998-2002 and a noted freelancer, was named senior editor.Anya Kamenetz, Pultizer Prize-nominated author of the book Generation Debt, was named staff writer, effective January 14.last_img read more


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Visits JBER


first_imgU.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stopped by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday at the outset of a 12-day tour abroad. Hagel talked with army and air force personnel about the changes ahead as the U.S. transitions out of 13 years of war.Hagel brought tidings from the military’s commander in chief, President Obama, and the message that times are changing.“What is the role of America in today’s world?” Hagel asked. “With the kind of challenges we face — it’s complicated, more complicated than we’ve ever seen.“We’ve got budget challenges. But this is not unusual in our history. When you come out of wars, you do transition, and you do restructure, and reposition, and reposture.”U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson May 28 at the start of a 12-day tour overseas.As the U.S. removes itself from Afghanistan other parts of the world are emerging as priorities — including the Arctic, Hagel said.“The Arctic is opening. It will continue to open. That is going to make possible many new opportunities for many countries and many people. It’s going to present also new challenges. And new dangers,” Hagel said.After Hagel’s speech, those in attendance were invited to tell the defense secretary what was on their minds.A staff sergeant asked Hagel about care for veterans transitioning to civilian life.“In recent events we lost a veteran paratrooper from the 501st (Infantry Regiment) family. He suffered from PTSD and he tried to seek help at the VA hospital. My question is what the DOD and the Dept. Vet. Affairs is going to do to mitigate cases like his and others — and what is going to happen to be able to ensure that service members that transition out of the military to make sure that if they’re suffering from PTSD that they’ll be taken care of after serving their country.”“Preparing that active duty member for the next phase of his or her life is a big responsibility we have. We focus on that. It’s not perfect. We can do better. We will do better,” Hagel replied.Airman first class Samantha Place said Hagel’s speech helped reassure her that the military is hardly redundant even as the country transitions out of war.“When Secretary of Defense talked about reduction of force I kind of perked up a bit because I want to make this a career. It’s kind of frightening. But it’s comforting to know that the White House is here. They do care about us. And they are here for us. Just like we’re here for them.”Hagel is headed onward to Singapore, Afghanistan and several destinations in Europe.last_img read more


WhatsApp gets much needed privacy feature Say good bye to pesky group


first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/1:20Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Fake WhatsApp can potentially gain access to users’ personal data Last month, a report emerged that WhatsApp testing new privacy feature that will give more power to the messenger user to decline group invite unlike before where anybody could just add anyone to a group without the latter’s permission.Now, WhatsApp has finally released the new update to its messenger app for both the iOS and the Android versions, bringing the aforementioned feature.Here’s how the new privacy feature works:With the new update, a WhatsApp group admin has to send a private message to get prior permission from a user before adding the latter to the group. This is a welcome move, as many and myself too, been a victim of people adding to unwanted groups and I had to leave the community only to be added again into the same group.If the user rejects the request, the admin will never be able to add a person to a group without the permission. Now, no can just add you random group chats on WhatsApp.WhatsApp Press Kit (screen-shot)To enable it, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: ‘Nobody’ or ‘My Contacts’ or ‘Everyone’.If you select ‘Nobody’, you’ll have to approve joining every group to which you’re invited, and ‘My Contacts’ means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups.In those cases, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite and if you don’t reply, it expires automatically.If you select ‘Everyone’, all those in your contacts and also unknown random people can just add you into a group chat without your permission. Readers are advised to not to select this option.”With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive. These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting today and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp,” the company spokesperson said in a statement.In a related development, WhatsApp is testing ‘reverse image search’ feature, which will help user fact check whether the photo is fake or original. WhatsApp to bring Image search feature to curb fake news on its messenger appWABetaInfo (screen-shot)As per the image (above), we can see there is a new ‘Reverse Search image’ feature and if you select yes, it will upload the forwarded image to the Google browser and match it with the vast visual data available on the Internet. This will apparently give you a clear idea whether the image is a morphed photo used to project a particular person (or a political party) is bad or a saviour.It remains to be seen if the new image search feature comes before the Lok Sabha 2019 election in India, which is scheduled to kick off on April 11 and conclude on May 19. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.center_img Closelast_img read more


Bangladesh UNHCR sign MoU on Rohingya repatriation


first_imgUN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday. Photo: UNBUNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and the Bangladesh government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the voluntary returns of Rohingya refugees once the conditions in Myanmar are conducive, reports UNB.The MoU, signed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque in Geneva, established a framework of cooperation between UNHCR and Bangladesh on the safe, voluntary, and dignified returns of refugees in line with international standards.Over 670,000 Rohingyas fled violence in Myanmar since last August, joining an estimated 200,000 Rohingya who have sought shelter in Bangladesh, arriving in waves over the past decades.For the hospitality, protection and assistance provided to those refugees, UNHCR would like to extend its sincere thanks to the government and people of Bangladesh, according to a message received from Geneva.In the absence of a tripartite agreement between UNHCR, Myanmar and Bangladesh, UNHCR has continued to engage with both governments in negotiations on two separate Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), meant to ensure that any future returns are conducted in line with the international standards of voluntariness, safety and dignity.UNHCR considers that conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified and sustainable.The responsibility for creating such conditions remains with the Myanmar authorities, and these must go beyond the preparation of physical infrastructure to facilitate logistical arrangements.Refugees in Bangladesh have said before considering return to Myanmar, they would need to see concrete progress in relation to their legal status and citizenship, security and their ability to enjoy basic rights at home in Rakhine state.UNHCR has continued to call on the Myanmar government to take concrete measures to address the root causes of displacement, in line with the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state.One step it could immediately take is to provide UNHCR and other relevant actors with full and unhindered access to refugees places of origin in Rakhine, which would enable UNHCR to assess the situation and provide information to refugees about conditions in the places of origin, as well as to monitor any possible future return and reintegration of refugees.Another practical measure would be to ease restrictions on movement for the internally displaced persons encamped in the central townships of Rakhine, which would also help to build confidence among refugees in Bangladesh.Such concrete measures would help demonstrate to refugees that the Myanmar government is committed to a sustainable solution.In Myanmar, together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNHCR is in ongoing discussions with the Myanmar government on a tripartite agreement to outline the scope of cooperation between these agencies and the Myanmar government in Rakhine.The agreement would aim to set forth a framework for refugees voluntary repatriation in line with international standards, create conditions that are conducive to eventual voluntary repatriation, and provide humanitarian and development assistance for all people of Rakhine state.last_img read more


Latina Organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez Enters Democratic Primary To Challenge Cornyn


first_img Share Image via Cristina for TexasCristina Tzintzún RamirezLeading Latina organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is launching a campaign for U.S. Senate, entering a Democratic primary to oust Republican John Cornyn that has steadily grown throughout the summer.The daughter of an immigrant mother, co-founder of the Workers Defense Project and founder of the progressive Latino youth group Jolt Texas, Tzintzún Ramirez argues she has the best story, experience and ideas to harness the energy of Texas’ ascendant voters, particularly young people of color. To do so, she will have the help of some of the top organizers from Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 U.S. Senate campaign, a potentially pivotal asset as the crowded field vies to build on O’Rourke’s closer-than-expected loss to GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.“I don’t think we have a reflection of those in power that represent the Texas we are today. I think I represent those ideals and the diversity of the state, and I want Texas to be a national leader in solving the major problems that our country faces,” Tzintzún Ramirez said in an interview, citing health care, immigration and climate change as major issues the state should be at the forefront of tackling.Tzintzún Ramirez made her candidacy official in a video Monday morning.The longtime organizer joins a primary lineup that is approaching a double-digit tally. Among the better-known contenders are former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell of Houston, Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, 2018 U.S. House candidate MJ Hegar, state Sen. Royce West of Dallas and Sema Hernandez, who was the runner-up to O’Rourke in the 2018 Senate primary.Tzintzún Ramirez welcomed a competitive nominating contest as healthy for Democrats, saying the candidates in the Senate race are “all essentially at the same starting place,” unknown to most voters statewide and thus forced to run on the merits of their platforms. Asked how she plans to distinguish herself, she pointed to her forthrightness on the issues and her record of mobilizing the kind of voters often overlooked by politicians.“I know how to speak to the diversity of this state,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.Tzintzún Ramirez could add a more progressive and confrontational voice to the primary. In the interview, she voiced support for Medicare for All, the single-payer health care proposal championed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the two-time Democratic presidential candidate. At the same time, she said she would be pleased to start with a public option that would give people the choice of signing up for government-run health insurance.Tzintzún Ramirez also tore into Cornyn, repeatedly saying he should be “embarrassed” to represent Texas while not sufficiently addressing its biggest issues, such as its highest-in-the-nation uninsured rate. Discussing the recent El Paso shooting, Tzintzún Ramirez said Cornyn has “sat silently by” while President Donald Trump has used the kind of rhetoric that fueled the anti-immigrant attack, and the two have “created a target on the backs of immigrants and Latinos in this state.”As the primary caretaker for her 2-year-old son, Tzintzún Ramirez said it was a difficult decision to enter the Senate race. But much like when she started the Workers Defense Project when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and Jolt Texas when she was several months pregnant, she said she felt compelled by broader forces.“Those were not the right personal times, but they were the right political moments to do that work, and I think this moment is no different,” she said.Tzintzún Ramirez had been the subject of a draft effort by a group of progressive operatives, including alumni of O’Rourke’s Senate bid. They will fill top positions on her campaign — Ginny Goldman, co-founder and former executive director of the Texas Organizing Project, will be campaign chair; Katelyn Coghlan, O’Rourke’s deputy field director, will be campaign manager; and Zack Malitz, O’Rourke’s field director, will be senior adviser. Alexa Sousa, O’Rourke’s distributed organizing director, will also be involved in the campaign.Additionally, Tzintzún Ramirez is working with Middle Seat, the digital firm that helped O’Rourke raise record-shattering amounts of money last cycle. Her campaign treasurer is Eugene Sepulveda, the Austin entrepreneur, philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser who chairs the Jolt Leadership Council.Tzintzún Ramirez has left Jolt for the campaign, and Jolt’s senior strategist, Antonio Arellano, has taken over as interim executive director.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Disclosure: Eugene Sepulveda has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more


Matt Trotta Exits BuzzFeed to Join Playbuzz as North America GM


first_img Popular on Variety Matt Trotta is jumping from one buzz to another: The former BuzzFeed senior VP of agency strategy has joined interactive-content startup Playbuzz as GM of North America.In the role, Trotta will oversee U.S. sales, business development and operations for New York-based Playbuzz, whose investors include Disney. The company’s offerings include interactive branded-content solutions for marketers and engagement-based solutions for publishers.Prior to joining BuzzFeed in 2011, Trotta spent four years at Federated Media, most recently as director of East Coast sales, and before that worked at Turner Broadcasting in different digital research and sales roles.Playbuzz’s marketing clients include Netflix, Unilever, Universal and Brita. The company distributes branded content across a network of tens of thousands of publishers, which include ESPN, CBS, Time and Turner, and its publishing partners also use the Playbuzz platform to create visual-first, data-driven editorial content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are excited to have Matt on board, bringing his passion for storytelling and ability to identify future market trends and key industry pain points, to our U.S. partners,” Tom Pachys, co-founder and COO of Playbuzz, said in announcing Trotta’s hire.Trotta commented, “As GM of North America, I look forward to building upon the existing solutions to ensure the industry understands the value of interactive, data-driven stories that users are compelled to engage with rather than avoid.”According to a Nielsen study in April 2018 commissioned by the company, Playbuzz-powered branded stories attracted an average brand lift of 91% and found that its solutions also achieved a 29-fold lift in perception and seven-fold lift in intent to purchase than the global norm.Playbuzz was founded in 2012 by Pachys and Shaul Olmert. The company has raised $66 million in funding to date, including a $35 milion round of strategic funding led by Viola Group with participation from existing investors Saban Ventures, Disney, 83North, Carmel Ventures and Firstime. In January 2018, Playbuzz named Rob Norman, former global chief digital officer at GroupM, to its board of directors.last_img read more


Say goodbye to the old Google Contacts interface


first_imgSay goodbye to the old Google Contacts interface by Martin Brinkmann on November 02, 2018 in Google – 59 commentsGoogle announced yesterday that it will shut down the old (classic) Google Contacts interface on February 12, 2019.Google customers who are still using the old interface on that day will be moved to the new Contacts interface automatically according to the company.Google launched an updated version of Contacts in 2015 to “provide a modern, smart, and quick contact management experience” and offered it as a preview for existing customers.Google customers could activate the Contacts Preview option in the sidebar on the Contacts website to switch to the new layout and version of Contacts, and return to the classic version by activating “switch to old version” in the new interface.The classic interface looked like this:The new interface looks like this instead. ItGoogle customers who use the Contacts Preview already won’t notice any changes in the coming months. Those who are still on the classic Contacts site will be moved to the new design.The company revealed the following timeline for the change:November 28, 2018: Google Suite admins could use a checkbox to enable the preview version of Contacts for users. The setting changes on November 28, 2018 to set a default version of Contacts. The current setting determines the new default. Admins can configure the option under  Apps > G Suite > Directory > Sharing settings > Contacts Preview.January 15, 2019: All Google Contacts users are moved to the new Contacts version. It is still possible to opt-out and return to the classic version of Contacts at this point in time.February 12, 2019: All users who are still using the old Contacts interface are moved to the new version of Contacts automatically. An option to return to the classic version of Contacts won’t be provided anymore at this point in time. The classic version of Contacts is shut down.Closing WordsGoogle will shut down the classic Contacts design in the coming months; I never used it and have no intention to use the new “modern” version of Contacts either. I’d like to hear from you about the change, what is your take on it?SummaryArticle NameSay goodbye to the old Google Contacts interfaceDescriptionGoogle announced yesterday that it will shut down the old (or classic) Google Contacts interface on February 12, 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgNews | February 11, 2015 Image-Guided Pre-Surgery Radiation Significantly Reduces Long-Term Negative Impact in Certain Cancers New standard of care targeted toward soft tissue cancers in the extremities Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more February 11, 2015 — Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduces long term side effects without effecting survival rates, according to research results published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.The findings should establish a new standard of care for soft tissue sarcomas. “This study proves that we are able to use this modern technology  — image-guided radiotherapy — to irradiate smaller target volumes  and reduce long-term side effects in extremity sarcoma patients compared with conventional radiotherapy,” says Dian Wang, M.D., the lead author of the paper. He is professor of radiation oncology at Rush University Medical Center and chair of the NRG Oncology Sarcoma Working Group.“This is one of few successful multi-institutional studies on localized sarcoma in almost a decade,” Wang said “It should provide oncologists with validation and evidence of this new radiotherapy approach that takes full advantage of rapidly developing technologies. The absence of marginal-field recurrence and favorable toxicity profiles suggest that parameters used in this study are appropriate for preoperative image-guided radiotherapy of extremity sarcoma,” Wang added.The study results came from a multi-year, multi-institution phase 2 clinical trial conducted by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), now conducting research as NRG Oncology.The RTOG 0630 trial studied more than 100 patients with extremity-based soft tissue sarcomas (STS) who received pre-surgical radiation delivered to a substantially smaller area than typically targeted when treating this type of cancer. Prior to tumor removal surgery, a series of daily pre-treatment images of the tumor were digitally integrated with previous scans to determine a custom-tailored radiation dose that minimized exposure to adjacent normal tissue. Assessments two years later showed that long-term side effects were 10.5 percent, significantly fewer than the 37 percent of patients in a previous study who received radiation to a larger target area.The trial was conducted over three years at 18 medical centers across the country. For more information: www.nrgoncology.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more


First look at Crystal Endeavor new look for Crystal Serenity


first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> 1 2 3 4Next Tags: Crystal Cruises, Openings & Renovations Posted bycenter_img First look at Crystal Endeavor; new look for Crystal Serenity MIAMI — Crystal is giving the industry its first look at Crystal Endeavor, set to debut in 2020 as the cruise line’s first expedition yacht.At 19,800 GRT Crystal bills the all-suite, purpose-built polar class yacht as the largest and most spacious expedition yacht in the world.Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber shared some of Crystal Endeavor’s design features planned at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale.“Crystal’s entrance into the expedition cruising industry is a natural response to the demand from an increasing segment of travelers, craving more immersive and active experiences in lesser known destinations around the world,” says Wolber.Dining options will include Prego, serving traditional Italian fare, Crystal’s signature ‘Vintage Room’ winemaker dinners; and Umi Uma headlined by Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.Solarium onboard Crystal EndeavorThe yacht will also feature the main dining venue, Waterside; the Asian-inspired Silk Kitchen & Bar, located in the two-storey solarium during the evenings; and the European-inspired Bistro Café.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaPalm Court, a favourite hub for afternoon tea, cocktails, dancing and floor-to-ceiling views aboard Crystal’s ocean and river ships, will be on board Crystal Endeavor for evening entertainment, as well as enrichment presentations and classes. Other favored social spaces will be the Connoisseur Club cigar lounge, Crystal Cove and the only casino on an expedition yacht.Crystal Cove BarPalm Court at night Wednesday, March 7, 2018 last_img read more


VIDEO The best of Costa Rica craft beer


first_imgEvery good revolution starts as a crazy idea. When the first dedicated brewers began making cerveza artesanal in Costa Rica, they were met with legal and logistical roadblocks and widespread indifference from consumers who were content sipping on Pilsen and Imperial.But pioneers like Peter Gilman of Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company and Adolfo Marín of Cervecería Primate, Stiefel Pub and CASA Brew Garden continued to make beer, undeterred by the challenges.About six years into the craft beer movement, Costa Rica’s brewers have turned a once black-and-white scene into a kaleidoscope of options. From American IPAs to Saisons to Witbiers, they’ve opened up a whole new, hop-infused world to Costa Rican beer drinkers.Their products are slowly creeping into supermarket coolers and completely transforming areas like San José’s Barrio Escalante, which seems to add a new brewpub every few months.And though the scene here is young, it’s already well-accomplished. In last year’s Copa Cervezas de América Latin American beer competition, five Costa Rican beers took home medals, proving that the craft beer movement is not only here to stay, but also demands the attention and respect of the country’s thirsty patrons.Marín’s San Jose IPA won silver at last year’s awards in the American IPA category.“If you’re making something that you like, half of the battle has already been won,” Marín told The Tico Times in November. “And then if it tastes good, even better.”Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company also won a silver medal for its Malacrianza in the Strong Scotch Ale category, and Costa Rica Meadery won two silvers for its Passiflora and ChiCheMel Caribeño meads. The latter also won a silver medal in the sweet mead category at the Mazer Cup in 2015.Three other Tico beers won bronze medals at the Copa Cervezas de América competition last year: Calle Cimarrona’s Mascarada in the Wild Specialty Beer category; and Treintaycinco’s Pelona and Treintay© in the American IPA and English IPA categories, respectively.But receiving international recognition for their quality brews is just icing on the cake for local brewers, who through sweat and stamina are staking out their territory in Costa Rica’s beer market and winning over a steady stream of consumers.Don’t miss The Tico Times’ upcoming event “News and Brews: A Conversation about Costa Rica craft beer” on Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at El Steinvorth in San José. Tickets are ₡10,000 ($19) and can be purchased in advance through our online store, by phone at 2258-1558 or at our offices in Barrio Amón, on Ave. 11, between calles 5 and 7. Tickets will cost ₡12,000 at the door.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Legal skirmishes cause rifts in Costa Rica’s craft beer industry The Tico Times event gives inside look at — and taste of — local craft beer scene Costa Rican craft beers score big at international competition Announcing ‘News and Brews,’ a Tico Times eventlast_img read more


UN rapporteur slams killings of Colombian rights defenders


first_imgRelated posts:US Supreme Court rejects Colombia Chiquita human rights case Colombia announces cease-fire deal to end 52-year conflict with FARC U.S. woman to be deported after living in airport in Colombia Colombian police bust child sex network run by Israelis A UN official called on the Colombian government to step up measures to protect human rights defenders following an upsurge in the number murdered since the signing of a peace agreement with former FARC guerrillas.Michel Forst, UN rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said in an interview late Monday that armed groups have filled a power vacuum left by rebels who disarmed after signing the November 2016 agreement.Those armed groups —an amalgam of political dissidents, drug traffickers, organized crime groups and paramilitaries— “are now the main perpetrators or attacks against defenders,” he said.“At the time there is a drastic drop in the number of homicides throughout the country, probably related to the peace process,” Forst told AFP. “There has been a sharp increase in the homicides of defenders.”Forst said the broad spectrum of aggressors also includes members of the security forces, as well as random strangers encouraged by “relatively high” rates of impunity.Flash Sale! Save 40% or more on top destinations for 48 hours only“I have been horrified to hear the accounts of Afro-Colombian and indigenous farmers describing the attacks they face without being able to put a name to the perpetrators,” Forst said.Right-wing President Ivan Duque, who took office in August, acknowledged the increase in activists’ murders, and pledged Monday to implement measures to prevent the killings.“In recent years the number of murders have been growing and therefore it is very important that there is a reaction from the state,” Duque said in a joint press conference with Forst late Monday.Forst promised to return to the country to monitor progress.Colombia’s Ombudsman’s Office said 311 rights defenders had been murdered between January 2016 and June 30 this year —one every three days.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Tunisia weighs new security approach as tourists flee


first_imgTourists stand near the scene of a shooting attack on Friday in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. The morning after a lone gunman killed dozens of people at a beach resort in Tunisia, busloads of tourists are heading to the nearby Enfidha-Hammamet airport hoping to return to their home countries. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mesa family survives lightning strike to home ___This story has been corrected to show the surname of the British tourist is Preece, not Price. A previous version of this story was corrected to show that the gunman killed 38 people, not 39.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. North Africa analyst Geoff Porter noted that in the short term, these measures will only drive the extremists underground and create a militarized feel to the country that might well discourage tourism.“Tunisia’s in a difficult position, you can harden a tourist site and make it more difficult to attack but the same measures would deter tourists,” he said. “Tourists don’t want to come and lie on a beach with guys with AK-47s.”And Tunisia needs these tourists, especially in the coastal resort areas like Sousse where it is the dominant industry. Tourist made up nearly 15 percent of gross domestic product in 2014 and it has been struggling to recover after the shocks of the Arab Spring revolution.The attack was claimed by the radical Islamic State group, which thousands of Tunisians, disaffected with the lack of opportunity in the wake of the 2011 overthrow of secular President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, have joined.The attack came the same day that a suicide bomber killed 27 people in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and a man in France ran his truck into a warehouse and hung his employer’s severed head on the gate.The attack in Kuwait was also claimed by the Islamic State and on Saturday thousands of people took part in a mass funeral procession. Police said they are interrogating a number of suspects with possible links to the bombing, which was claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group. Extremists have increasingly attacked soldiers and politicians in Tunisia over the past few years, but it was only with the March museum attack that it began targeting the tourism life blood of the country that will only deepen its economic crisis.The presence of a few people still on the beaches a day after the attack does give some glimmers of hope, especially if world memory is short and people return attracted by the low prices and white sands of the beach.“We want to see our holiday out,” said Peter Phillips of Wales as he stood on the beach not far from where the attack happened.It all may hinge, however, on whether the government can put an end to these attacks, which senior security official Rafik Chelli called an “isolated incident” that is difficult to guard against and could happen anywhere.“If this attack doesn’t do it, any subsequent attack will,” Porter said. “It is hard to envision Tunisian tourism recovering from this attack and impossible to envision it recovering from a third one.”___Paul Schemm reported from Rabat. Associated Press reporters Elaine Ganley and Benjamin Wiacek in Sousse, Tunisia, and Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin contributed to this report. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist When a 24-year-old Master’s student at Kairouan University strolled on to the Sousse beach and pulled out a Kalashnikov assault rifle and grenades hidden inside his beach umbrella, he was sounding the death knell for Tunisia’s 2015 tourist season.Tunisian authorities identified the attacker as Seifeddine Rezgui, saying he killed 38 people, 15 of them British, as well as German, Irish, Belgian and Portuguese victims, and sent thousands of tourists fleeing to airports. The wounded included 24 Britons, seven Tunisians, three Belgians, and a German, Russian and Ukrainian.“It’s the first time I’ve ever been on holiday and feared for my life,” said British tourist Matthew Preece, adding it was his third time visiting Tunisia and likely his last. “So obviously you can’t come back somewhere it’s not safe.”Tourists and employees are returning home with tales of horror cowering in rooms or offices as the killer stalked through the hotel wearing shorts.European countries and tour operators sent planes to evacuate their citizens. By midday Saturday, nine flights had whisked away 1,400 people, according to Mohammed Walid Ben Ghachem, manager of the Enfidha-Hammamet Airport near Sousse. At the Imperial Marhaba Hotel itself, the guests had left, according to manager Mohammed Becheur.“We may have zero clients today, but we will keep our staff,” he said, lamenting the 75-percent occupancy rate the day before. “This summer will be hard, but we are very confident for the long term.”On the beach, there were still a few tourists from neighboring hotels. Some laid flowers at the site of the attack while police patrolling on horseback moved down the beach and security boats patrolled the waters.Armed men on the beach may well become a more common sight in Tunisia, as Prime Minister Habib Essid announced a raft of new security measures that many have questioned why they weren’t implemented after the last horrific attack against tourists in March at the National Bardo Museum that killed 22.“It’s clear that the government’s security policy requires a massive revision, in the sense that most of the tourist sites weren’t well-protected,” Tunisian security analyst Alaya Allani said. “If the measures announced are well implemented, we could reduce but not eradicate terrorism.”Essid called up the army reserves and said there would now be armed men in the hotels and at tourists sites and he also promised to crack down on unregulated mosques that preached extremist ideas and close down organizations with shadowy funding and extremist links. TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of tourists fled from Tunisia on Saturday after the country’s worst terrorist attack killed 38 people — including 15 Britons — as the government struggles to prevent future jihadi attacks against the all-important tourism sector.New measures to increase the numbers of troops on the streets and crack down on organizations with radical links, however, won’t bring the tourists back in the short-term, further threatening the fragile economy. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more


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The court’s ruling, but at least one photographer caught him saying,m. at which point the passenger was taken to a local hospital The 33-year-old rapper previously suffered a seizure in 2013 while on the set of a Nicki Minaj video And in October 2012 Wayne made two emergency landings due to health issues including a seizure After the 2013 incident Wayne said he has epilepsy and has "had a bunch of seizures; yall just never hear about them" This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly Contact us at editors@timecomAdriana Cordeiro da Silva 29 drove five hours from Custódia Brazil to bring her 7-month-year-old son Jose Bernardo to get treatment at the Associacao de Assistencia a Crianca Deficiente (AACD) a rehabilitation center for disabled children in the city of Recife He was born with microcephaly a rare birth defect causing an unusually small head and incomplete brain development Cases of microcephaly which has been linked to the Zika virus outbreak are skyrocketing in Brazil topping 4000 and triggering travel alerts This center alone has seen 69 children with microcephaly so far "[Jose] makes eye contact but its not great" says Dr Vanessa Van Der Linden a neurologist who works at the clinic and has been working with babies with microcephaly since August "He had a seizure in the office this morning His mother thought he was just scared She didn’t know they were seizures But he also smiles" Da Silvas son was born before everyone in Brazil was talking about Zika She knew her sons head was small but it wasn’t until she started seeing Zika on the news that she decided to take a closer look at his records The diameter of his head was 32 centimeters which is considered the upper limit for microcephaly classification Da Silva also remembered that about a month or so into her pregnancy she came down with a rash and a fever Thats when she put two and two together "It was hard for me but I accepted it I am doing everything possible that I can" Da Silva says That includes frequent visits to Recife for specialized care Shes been traveling to the city three times a week for the last three months Its worth the trip she says because the specialized care her son needs is not available in her city "He is everything in my life" she says Jose and Da Silva work with Dr Cynthia de Melo Silva Ximenes a physical therapist at the clinic who helps with eye-contact training and strengthening exercises "The simple exercises can help the baby develop its muscles" says Dr Ximenes She rolls Jose onto his side and then holds him in a new position In another room Dr Van Der Linden claps in front of another infants face "Its to test the reflexes and see if he can hear the sound" she says His parents Isabel and Moises Albuquerque have brought him here for examination and physically therapy Despite the many sonograms she had throughout her pregnancy Isabel says she didnt discover her son had microcephaly until he was born His head circumference was 31 centimeters She like many other mothers also recalls experiencing a rash in the early months of her pregnancy "I really want to have him be healthy so if we have to go to all the specialists the baby needs we will go" says Moises "Its important to do all these exams right now while hes young and not wait" Doctors dont know for sure how children with these new cases of microcephaly will progress and not every child has the same medical problems Some seem to have more tantrums; others have vision problems Though the Albuquerques say their son can be highly irritable he starts smiling and laughing excitedly when his mother holds him Doctors are currently recommending babies to see multiple specialists for comprehensive care which can be a difficult task for families without resources "Some families travel 10 to 12 hours" says Dr Bianca Modelro a child neurologist at AACD "This type of care is not available everywhere Contact us at editors@timecomIDEAS Sarah Begley is a staff writer for TIME It’s no secret that Willie Nelson is fond of weed: he recently announced he’ll market his own brand of recreational marijuana “Willie’s Reserve” But pot is not the only drug the “On the Road Again” singer has tried over the years In his new memoir It’s a Long Story: My Life out this week he recounts an experiment with LSD in the ’70s “Could I expand my mind” he asked himself while deciding to take the plunge “Could I lose my ego” He may not have lost his ego but he did lose his grasp on reality Nelson accidentally took triple the amount his “hippie friend” recommended just two hours before a concert and had to perform while tripping As I started singing my voice sounded like it was coming from inside a cave Didn’t sound like my voice at all … The flickering lights out in the crowd took the form of fiery figures Was I freaking Were there demons out there Once offstage he felt even more panicky but realized he had to relax as much as possible because his trip worsened with anxiety When it was over he decided he would never drop acid again [E]xperimenting with LSD convinced me that I had already found the high that worked for me My love affair with pot became a long-term marriage It was by far the smoothest of all my marriages Pot and I got along beautifully Pot never brought me down never busted my balls Pot got me up and took me where I needed to go Pot chased my blues away When it came to calming my energy and exciting my imagination pot did the trick damn near every time I toked If it ain’t broke don’t fix it Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors London’s Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said earlier this week that at least 500 Britons have fought in the Iraq and Syria conflict on behalf of ISIS,” “I understand and I agree with the assessment that they’ve made.

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