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Beijing Marketing Agency Will Promote Nova Scotia to Chinese Travellers

first_imgTourism Nova Scotia will expand its marketing presence in China this year with help from a marketing agency based in Beijing. Tourism Nova Scotia has partnered with SinoMedia, one of China’s leading media corporations, to deliver a sales and marketing strategy that will inspire Chinese travellers to purchase more Nova Scotia holidays. “China is a significant trading partner for Nova Scotia and an important part of our economic strategy,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Having a strong presence in this growth market for business and tourism will help attract more visitors to experience our accessible coast, amazing seafood and rich culture.” China is the world’s fastest growing, and highest spending international travel market. The Canadian and Chinese governments have named 2018 the Canada-China Year of Tourism and are simplifying and promoting travel between the two countries. “China is a complex market with considerable opportunity,” said Tourism Nova Scotia CEO Michele Saran. “I am thrilled to announce we have partnered with local expert SinoMedia. “Their understanding of China’s customs and business climate will help secure the sales connections, advertising opportunities and media coverage we need to attract visitors from this lucrative market.” The value of Tourism Nova Scotia’s contract with SinoMedia is $150,000. In addition to its partnership with SinoMedia, Tourism Nova Scotia will continue to work closely with its national partner, Destination Canada, to promote Nova Scotia as a Canadian destination of choice for Chinese travellers.last_img read more

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Breaking Bad Star Wants To Cut The Bull Now About Bullying

first_imgChildren with physical disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, impacting their educational, physical and emotional development. In support of National Bullying Prevention Month, Shriners Hospitals for Children and award-winning actor RJ Mitte are partnering to encourage teens and adults alike to join them and help end bullying.Born with cerebral palsy, Mitte was treated by the medical experts at Shriners Hospitals for Children for most of his childhood. He has since overcome many of the physical and verbal effects of cerebral palsy. Now, as a Love to the Rescue ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mitte advocates for accepting people for who they are, regardless of their physical appearances.“My disability made me a target for bullies,” said Mitte. “I was harassed, knocked down and even had my hand broken. But, I was lucky. I had my friends, my family and Shriners Hospitals for Children to help me become stronger – inside and out.”#CutTheBull reminds everyone that even though someone may look, talk or walk differently, they should be seen for who they are and what they can accomplish. At CutTheBullNow.org supporters can share Mitte’s story and take a pledge to be the one in their school or community to take a stand against bullying.Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialty pediatric care for children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Many of its patients experience severe physical disabilities or visible scars, which puts them at a greater risk of being bullied.“At Shriners Hospitals for Children we treat the whole child, providing the highest level of both physical and psychological care to our patients. We encourage our young patients to be proud of who they are and to see beyond their disability,” stated Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Challenging the public to stop bullying kids with disabilities is just another way we send Love to the rescue.”Visit CutTheBullNow.org to learn more.last_img read more

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Affleck Damons production company to adopt inclusion rider

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar acceptance speech.Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films would be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative .Early Tuesday, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig followed suit saying on Twitter that his company is also going forward with the inclusion rider for all film and television productions.Feig thanked Stacy L. Smith, the director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, for her “guidance and inspiration.”“We challenge other companies and studios to do the same,” Feig wrote.“Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan was one of the first to lend his public support to the concept after the Oscars for his company Outlier Society, which is developing a sci-fi series for Netflix and other projects.McDormand brought new attention to contract addendums requiring studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project at the Oscars on March 4. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative explained the concept in a December 2017 paper, crediting Smith as having crafted the rider with employment attorney Kalpana Kotagal.Pearl Street Films has been working toward addressing the crisis of representation in the entertainment industry with Annenberg’s guidance for nearly two years after Damon and his show “Project Greenlight” became embroiled a controversy over the show’s choice to spotlight a film by a white, male director. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was perceived to be racially insensitive.In response to an outcry for more diversity, Damon told The Associated Press in July 2016 that an idea they were exploring was putting clauses in contracts to promote more inclusive hiring — in what appears to be an early precursor to the inclusion rider. That was around the time when J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy began actively trying to diversify their production teams.But when Pearl Street announced their adoption of the concept Monday, some on social media scoffed. Both Damon and Affleck have in the past five months faced public scrutiny for either comments, in Damon’s case, or alleged past behaviour, in Affleck’s, in the #MeToo era and to some are emblematic of an outmoded entertainment industry. Others called it a step in the right direction.And not all companies are jumping to embrace the practice of instituting inclusion riders. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that his company is, “Trying to do things creatively” and not just through “agreements,” USA Today reported.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

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TSX moves lower commodities fall on doubts about Fed stimulus plans

The Toronto stock market was lower after the U.S. Federal Reserve revealed concerns about how long to continue its open-ended stimulus program of bond purchases.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 51.42 points to 12,662.63. The Canadian dollar lost 0.18 of a cent to 98.12 cents US as traders avoided risk and avoided resource-based currencies such as the loonie.U.S. indexes were also in the red in the wake of the Wednesday release of minutes from the Fed’s last policy meeting.They showed some policymakers at the U.S. central bank were worried that the Fed’s US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to take losses. The purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.The Dow Jones industrials gave back 35.3 points to 13,892.24, the Nasdaq composite index fell 13.56 points to 3,150.85, while the S&P 500 index was down 6.7 points to 1,505.25.Oil lost $1.95 to US$93.27 on top of a $2 slide Wednesday. read more

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Arctic Monkeys Fatboy Slim and Bjork for Electric Picnic 2013

first_imgTicketsThere has been significant confusion surrounding discounted tickets which are due to go on sale on Saturday morning.The cheapest tickets will be made available to those who can prove they’ve been to three or more Electric Picnics, but there has been difficulty establishing how this system will work in conjunction with Ticketmaster.Ticketmaster issued a statement to DailyEdge.ie yesterday:An email will be released to all previous customers in the near future. Also, Ticketmaster will be in a better position tomorrow once festival organisers have released all relevant  information.Yesterday evening that email containing a discount code was issued to those who were in Ticketmaster’s records as having purchased tickets for Electric Picnic in the past seven years.There are two types of discount, one for those who have attended one of two times, and one for those who have attended three or more times. If you feel you have been provided with the incorrect discount code, Electric Picnic organisers have this advice: There are plenty of ways to show proof that you have attended the Picnic  over the years to name but a few ……… old wristbands, ticket stubs, official programmes, photographs which indicate different years attendance, screen shots of social media showing messages, travel receipts to festival or accommodation receipt dated…….. So contact the team at info@electricpicnic.ie for any help with your ticket purchase.A team will make the decision or request further information and email a unique purchase code to use with Ticketmaster where appropriate. Tickets go on sale on Saturday morning at 9am.Keeping in touch, Electric Picnic style (Matthew Johnston/Flickr/Creative Commons)19 reasons why Electric Picnic must happen this year>Confirmed: Oxegen is back for 2013>Oxegen fans on Facebook learn that change is hard>center_img UPDATE 7pm: My Bloody Valentine, The Knife, Wu-Tang Clan and Black Uhuru have also been added to the line-up.BJORK, ARCTIC Monkeys and Fatboy Slim have all been confirmed on the lineup for Electric Picnic 2013.David Byrne and St Vincent, Noah and the Whale, Eels, Ocean Colour Scene, Clinic and Franz Ferdinand will also be making the trip to Laois for the last weekend in August.The Stradbally event is in its tenth year and it was only confirmed last week that the festival will be going ahead after some legal wranglings.Here are all the acts announced so far:BjorkFatboy SlimArctic MonkeysFranz FerdinandDavid Byrne and St VincentEelsNoah and the WhaleJohnny MarrDisclosureOcean Colour SceneWarpaintHurtsMick FlanneryThe WalkmenBaauerTigaSavagesThe StrypesPoliciaChvrchesParquet CourtsClinicDeep ValleySoakMy Bloody Valentine have been strongly rumoured to be one of the headliners, but they were not mentioned during today’s announcement. It is thought that they will be added to the lineup at a later date though.For now, we’ll give you this:last_img read more

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Namib Desert beetle inspires creation of selffilling water bottle

first_imgApparently, there is an insect in the deserts of southern Africa that manages to survive because it can turn the natural moisture in the air into a usable source of sustenance. This insect, known as the Namib Desert beetle, was so fascinating to Deckard Sorenon, a biochemist, that he devoted his time trying to figure out if this process could somehow be replicated for humans.The short answer is that yes, in fact it can. And now for the long answer. The beetle has hydrophilic (“water-loving”) molecules on its back. Because of this, it is able to extract and collect moisture from the air, which it then drinks to stay alive.So Sorenson used the same concept and laid out a surface that was coated with a hydrophilic layer, and over time it managed to get water to condense. That was the proof of concept. Now, Sorenson, who co-founded a company called NBD Nano, has big dreams about what this concept could become. For starters, he thinks there could be a self-filling water bottle. So, for example, athletes could run a marathon and wouldn’t have to worry about rationing their water.Because inanimate objects don’t have the inherent energy advantage that a creature like the Namib Desert beetle does, such a water bottle would need to have a power source, but Sorenson believes that solar cells and rechargeable batteries could do the trick.If successful, Sorenson thinks big, almost paradigm-shifting possibilities could be achieved — think of farms that don’t need to depend on rain, or third-world countries that will always have access to safe drinking water. Those lofty goals are just dreams at this point, but they could actually materialize if this technology is able to be scaled. For now, the first step is releasing the self-filling water bottle, which is slated for availability in 2014.via PRIlast_img read more

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De Laurentiis new European tournament proposal

De Laurentiis new European tournament proposal

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, has proposed a new European tournament that only includes the five most powerful countries in the EU. There is a theory that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has about the state of football in Europe, mainly from the economic standpoint.The Champions League’s format includes most of the European countries that have a league of their own, depending on their status according to UEFA, they get a number of spots to compete in the Champions League and Europa League according to their position from last season’s competitions.But with Aurelio De Laurentiis, this format is not up to date when you want to use it as a means for entertaining in modern society.The Napoli president made another one of his already weird statements when talking to Le Parisien, where he proposed a brand new format for a competition that only includes the top four clubs from the most competitive five European nations.This proposal leaves all the other countries completely out of the equation, but more importantly, it shows an alarming classist point of view that the Italian president has when it comes to other countries that are not Italy, France, England, Spain, or Germany.“Football is a very important industry. Without the breaks from FIFA and UEFA that go way back in time, it would be even more valuable than it is today,” said the Napoli president during his latest interview with Le Parisien during his visit to Paris before last Wednesday’s Champions League match between PSG and his club.“We must look to the future because young people care more about video games today. We are sinking right now, we are destroying football. Eight years from now newborn children won’t care about football,” he added.De Laurentiis “Football matches are too long, you fall asleep….We must change everything and European football should be England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.”Link:https://t.co/UHFS2xHQLZ pic.twitter.com/UlvxpdAhaB— SSC Napoli 24 (@SSCNapoli241) October 25, 2018“This is all our fault, we are nothing but old idiots. There are boring matches! Football games are too long for anyone to watch, one tends to fall asleep during a match,” he continued.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“What you have to do is play two 30-minute halves with a 2-3-minute resting period in the middle of each half. If not, then why is the manager there for? Not everybody can be like Ancelotti.”The fundamental changes that De Laurentiis proposes, are mostly based on an idea that the leagues from all the other countries he doesn’t mention, are the ones that are setting back the football industry in the continent and he wants to completely ostracize them from the world.This idea leaves out historic clubs like the ones from Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, Belgium, Denmark, Russia, among others.“We must change everything. Why doesn’t Europe work you ask? This should be England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain’s Europe. Period. The same for football,” said the Napoli president.“If you create a championship of only five nations instead of the Champions League with the top four clubs of each league, you get 20 clubs. You would only have to play a single match with no first and second leg.”“The draw would only let you know if the match will be played at home or away. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, that’s when this new competition would be played. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday would be for the national championships. This new competition would generate €10 billion,” he concluded.In previous interviews for other publications, Aurelio De Laurentiis had already made countless crazy statements that are considered offensive, but this one has gone a little over the top as it paints a perfect picture of a club owner who has completely lost his sense of reality and keeps making bold claims without thinking about the whole picture.The Napoli fans don’t really accept De Laurentiis, they don’t think he is fit to rule the club but they have no other choice apart from accepting that he is the one who owns it.Are football matches too long? The Chairman of #Napoli thinks so!Aurelio De Laurentiis has suggested that two 30 minute halves with a 2-3 minute break between each one would increase excitement and protect the sport for the future. https://t.co/o7RdWyCinSWhat do you think?— Lombardi Associates (@LombardiAssocs) October 25, 2018What do you think about Aurelio De Laurentiis’ most recent proposal to change the European competition format? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Plasticlike rice seized

Plasticlike rice seized

first_imgPolice conduct a drive in search of `plastic-like rice` in Gaibandha on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloPolice in a drive seized ‘plastic-like rice’ from a shop in Gaibandha town on Monday morning.Police said that one Rony Miah identified the rice as plastic while cooking it.Later, he went to Gaibandha sadar police station along with the rice and lodged a complaint.Following his complaint, police raided the shop of one Noman Miah at Natun Bazar and seized one and a half sacks of ‘plastic-like rice’.Later, police conducted drives in some other rice shops.Rony Miah said that the rice takes plastic shape when boiled.last_img
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Research duo discover why nonNewtonian fluids harden on impact

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Research duo discover why non-Newtonian fluids harden on impact (2012, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-duo-non-newtonian-fluids-harden-impact.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org) — Researchers and laymen alike know that some non-Newtonian fluids tend to harden quickly upon impact. Quicksand is a good example. If a person walks quickly, they won’t sink. But why this happens has been somewhat of a mystery, though many in the science community have suspected it had something to do with energy being transferred to the walls of the container. New research finds that’s not the case at all. Instead, after extensive testing and experimentation Scott Waitukaitis and Heinrich Jaeger of the University of Chicago have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Nature, that it’s because the particles suspended in the liquid temporarily mash together, creating a near solid. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Cornstarch and water is a smart material derived from simple components. This video shows a bowling ball bouncing off the surface of the mixture, which also can catch a dropped egg without breaking it. Credit: Heinrich Jaeger/University of Chicago To find out what goes on with oobleck when impacted from above, Waitukaitis set up several different sized tanks of the goo and filmed what happens when a flat bottomed rod strikes its surface from above at varying speeds. He also pointed an x-ray gun at the mix to see what happens underneath the surface and used a laser pointed across the surface to measure how its surface changed when impacted along with a force sensor on the bottom of the tank directly beneath the impact zone. More information: Impact-activated solidification of dense suspensions via dynamic jamming fronts, Nature 487, 205–209 (12 July 2012). doi:10.1038/nature11187AbstractAlthough liquids typically flow around intruding objects, a counterintuitive phenomenon occurs in dense suspensions of micrometre-sized particles: they become liquid-like when perturbed lightly, but harden when driven strongly. Rheological experiments have investigated how such thickening arises under shear, and linked it to hydrodynamic interactions or…See also: Press release Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Physicists capture microscopic origins of thinning and thickening fluids Play This seven-second video shows a narrow aluminum rod striking the surface of a cornstarch and water mixture at a speed of one meter (3.2 feet) per second. Recorded at 10,000 frames per second with a high-speed camera, the video shows that the rod creates a bowl-like depression around the impact site but fails to penetrate the surface of the fluidic mixture. Credit: Scott Waitukaitis/University of Chicago In studying the results, the two found that the size of the tank didn’t matter as the oobleck hardened the same amount regardless. Thus, theories about energy absorption by the walls accounting for the unusual liquid properties are wrong. Instead they found that the tiny particles that are normally suspended in the liquid are suddenly jammed together when impacted from above, creating a cone like shape inside the liquid that is dense enough to be described as a temporary solid; as it just as quickly dissolves back to its original state. The authors describe the action as akin to snow that is suddenly pushed into a denser state by a plow.The study does answer the major question of why a non-Newtonian liquid hardens, but still a mystery is what happens with the suspended particles when in their hardened state. Do they touch each other or just come close and why do they move apart again after the initial impact? Also, are there differences in hardening as particles get smaller and smaller? Future researchers will no doubt be looking into answering such questions as non-Newtonian liquids might become more useful if their properties become better understood. They might serve as a lighter material in bullet-proof vests for example, or provide a better cushion for people involved in a car crash. Journal information: Nature Non-Newtonian liquids are those that don’t behave as Isaac Newton originally theorized, e.g. quicksand, ketchup, custard, blood, or in the case of the material studied by the research team, a water and cornstarch solution called oobleck.last_img read more

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Underground formations reveal wet past of Australias Nullarbor Plain

Underground formations reveal wet past of Australias Nullarbor Plain

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Australia has found evidence that suggests that a desert region in Australia experienced a relatively short burst of wetter weather approximately five million years ago. The team has published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences detailing their study of stalagmites and stalactites in caves in the area and why they believe what they found might give a hint of what the future holds for Australia. Explore further Prior research has shown that the Nullarbor Plain, which lies near the southern edge of the middle of the country, has been drying out for approximately 14 million years. It was prior to that time that underground caves formed, capturing, the researchers report, evidence of climate changes.In their study, the researchers looked at stalagmites and stalactites in which minute amounts of pollen had been captured due to air circulating in from aboveground. In studying the pollen and comparing it with the ages of material in which they were embedded, the researchers were able to show that there was a pause in the long slow drying period during which things grew considerably wetter. Approximately five million years ago, they claim, rain in the area increased so much that the area became part of a rain forest. And it happened very quickly, geologically speaking, in a matter of just 100,000 years. That period, the team reports, lasted for approximately two millions years—after that the area returned to its dryer pattern that led to the weather in the area today—the Nullarbor Plain gets just 3cm of rain on average per year.To explain the suddenly wetter conditions, the researchers point to other research that has shown that ocean temperatures rose just prior to the short wet period, and that led to a fourfold increase in rainfall in parts of Australia, which led to a transformation in the types of plants growing in some areas. The oceans warmed, it is believed, due to unknown factors that caused global atmospheric warming. The researchers note that most scientists believe that the Earth will once again become as warm as it was during that period five million years ago, due to man-made causes, and thus, it appears likely parts of Australia are going to get a lot wetter in the not too distant future. Scientists examined fossilised pollen inside stalagmites to shed new light on the Nullarbor’s climate history Geological relics point to Nullarbor climate shift Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img More information: Pliocene reversal of late Neogene aridification, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1520188113AbstractThe Pliocene epoch (5.3–2.6 Ma) represents the most recent geological interval in which global temperatures were several degrees warmer than today and is therefore considered our best analog for a future anthropogenic greenhouse world. However, our understanding of Pliocene climates is limited by poor age control on existing terrestrial climate archives, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, and by persistent disagreement between paleo-data and models concerning the magnitude of regional warming and/or wetting that occurred in response to increased greenhouse forcing. To address these problems, here we document the evolution of Southern Hemisphere hydroclimate from the latest Miocene to the middle Pliocene using radiometrically-dated fossil pollen records preserved in speleothems from semiarid southern Australia. These data reveal an abrupt onset of warm and wet climates early within the Pliocene, driving complete biome turnover. Pliocene warmth thus clearly represents a discrete interval which reversed a long-term trend of late Neogene cooling and aridification, rather than being simply the most recent period of greater-than-modern warmth within a continuously cooling trajectory. These findings demonstrate the importance of high-resolution chronologies to accompany paleoclimate data and also highlight the question of what initiated the sustained interval of Pliocene warmth.Press release Citation: Underground formations reveal wet past of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain (2016, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-underground-formations-reveal-australia-nullarbor.html © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Uber launches van service in Costa Rica eyeing tourist traffic

Uber launches van service in Costa Rica eyeing tourist traffic

first_imgRelated posts:Uber rolls out surge pricing in Costa Rica ‘Uber get out,’ say protesting Uruguay taxi drivers Taxi drivers throw eggs as Uber Costa Rica offers free rides Uber supporters say court case could legalize ride-hailing service in Costa Rica Four months after its launch in Costa Rica, the ride-hailing service Uber announced a van service tailored for the country’s lucrative tourism industry. UberVAN went live on Thursday.The van service, which is designed for groups of between seven and 14, appears aimed at capturing families and larger groups of tourists looking to take day trips from San José. The company’s blog posted a sample fare of ₡25,000 — roughly $50 — from the Rohrmoser neighborhood in western San José to Poás Volcano.Uber currently only offers ride-hailing service in the San José area — and not yet on top of a volcano — so riders should be sure they ask their driver to wait for them. And remember, the meter is still running (Uber’s sample fee does not include wait time).The company rolled out its much-loathed surge pricing in November 2015, so users should remember that the fare multiplier could also increase the price of the trip.Users can split the fare evenly between them though, so the cost doesn’t have to fall to one person.Uber started operations in Costa Rica in August 2015 despite pushback from the government, which called the company an “illegal public transportation service.” The company exists in a kind of legal limbo here since the government has yet to enforce its decision. There are more than 30,000 registered Uber users in Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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5 question for a Costa Rican painter

5 question for a Costa Rican painter

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for Costa Rican painter Man Yu Fung 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer 5 questions for a couple of clowns in Costa Rica Andrey Ramírezlikes to work in a big way, in every sense of the phrase. His canvas is often larger than usual because his primary focus is on painting murals and church ceilings. Even though Ramírez has his own art studio in San José, many of his finished pieces go on to become part of these larger displays.The artist, who is mostly self-taught, worked for a few years in engineering and then studied International Relations, but is now completely dedicated to his art. He’s working on the restoration of the Basilica of Naranjo, a national heritage building where he is painting a mural of more than 25 square meters.The Tico Times talked to the artist about his early career and his perception of the arts in Costa Rica. Excerpts follow.How did you start painting?When it was a bad time in the construction industry, I was doing nothing for a while, and I was really stressed. My dad [also a painter] was working on [a mural] at the Cathedral of Alajuela and told me to help him. I didn’t like it at first, but I started getting more and more into the wall. Art chose me.Up until 7 or 8 years ago, art was more like a hobby. My family did not want me to devote my life to art, even though my dad was an artist. But if you have the mindset and attitude, you will find a way to support yourself. I sold my first painting when I was 9 years old. My dad put it a frame and my uncle bought it for $2. He still has it at his house. “The Queen of Imagination” (Courtesy of Andrey Ramírez)How would you describe your style?Magical realism and surrealism. Nevertheless, I have worked a lot in churches, so it’s religious, too. A lot of theology. It’s like a combination. For example, I include more colorful clouds than those usually seen in a Holy Trinity painting. I paint the clouds as one often sees them in the evenings: purple, pink, yellow, with stars and comets. I like to paint psychedelic skies. I feel it is a new contribution to art.I paint murals and landscapes, and really like painting nudes. Sometimes I paint abstracts on request. It’s not what I usually do, but I always keep an open mind. Someday, what I would really like to do is to have someone give me a story or some poetry and ask me to do a painting based on it. I’ve done it for myself: I like to base works on the poems of Khalil Gibran. (Courtesy of Andrey Ramírez)How do you see the arts developing in Costa Rica?I think in some way it’s changing. Elementary and high schools aren’t stimulating people’s creativity… but I see that people now are more interested in going to the International Arts Festival or the Art City Tour, and doing different types of art… I feel that the pursuit of art is growing among young people. I think it’s a kind of revolution. People want to belong to something that contributes to the world. Gradually, you see the change.It’s also difficult because art is perceived as something expensive, and it can be. Usually a person can’t use a minimum wage to buy a piece of art. We must find new ways to reach more elements of society. (Courtesy of Andrey Ramírez)Do you see painting as a way to communicate?Yes, but it’s difficult for people to relate a sequence of images to a certain subject. What people usually tell me is, “That’s so crazy,” or “Only you can understand that.” But it’s not that way. I try to be critical about politics and society. I like to express the oppression exercised by the government… but I make a picture and sometimes people ask me… what it means. If people had a little more culture, much more could be said. Usually even artists have to ask each other what their paintings are about. (Courtesy of Andrey Ramírez)What are your future plans?Next year I want to travel to South America, to Argentina, as a backpacker, with the mission of soaking up and doing more art. I want to paint murals in every city I visit, and of course I hope to grow as an artist. I want to stay for some time in Buenos Aires, and then maybe go to Europe. I have always wanted to go see the art that inspired me since I was a child. I saw Michelangelo, Rafael, Caravaggio, and wondered: how did they do so much, and now we do so little? Art now is done pretty fast, but they searched for perfection and spent years doing one painting. Now, it’s not feasible to do a painting during many years if people won’t be able to pay for it.I have done sculptures as well, and like contemporary dance and theater, so I have this long-term idea to learn different types of art and make a fusion of all of them. To create an event or a performance where people can interact with different types of art and with different artists, too.Read more Weekend Arts Spotlight interviews here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Madame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm Turnbull

Madame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm Turnbull

first_imgSource = Madame Tussauds Madame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm TurnbullMadame Tussauds Sydney has stopped work on Malcolm TurnbullIn light of the current political landscape, Madame Tussauds Sydney has announced that their studios team have stopped work on their latest wax creation – the figure of Malcolm Turnbull.Madame Tussauds Sydney’s General Manager, Mark Connolly says, “Malcolm Turnbull was set to be the next figure to take the stage in our World Leader’s room but in light of the current situation in Canberra we have advised the studio team to stop work on the figure immediately.“This isn’t the first time we’ve made the decision to stop creating an Australian political leader due to their premature exit from office. In 2013, just weeks after work began creating Kevin Rudd’s figure, the team were advised to stop work. Again in 2015, when Tony Abbott was voted out by his fellow MPs, we made the decision to stop work. Due to the high turnover of Prime Ministers we cannot see ourselves making a figure of a sitting Australian Prime Minister again.“We want to ensure Madame Tussauds Sydney’s World Leaders room remains current and relevant to our local and international guests and not a room full of retired Prime Ministers, which has prompted our decision to put a halt on making figures of Australian Prime Ministers, we hope there are no hard feelings.”Current figures of prominence in the World Leaders room include ex-Prime Ministers Julia Gillard, John Howard, Bob Hawke as well as Queen Elizabeth II, Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi.last_img read more

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Law Firm New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling

Law Firm New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling

first_img Share Law Firm New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling November 19, 2017 1,320 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers 2017-11-19 Nicole Casperson One of Florida’s well-established creditor foreclosure, litigation, and bankruptcy law firms has shattered the glass ceiling if woman-owned law firms.Andrea Tromberg, Esq. has acquired Gladstone Law Group, the firm at which she has served as managing partner since 2011. Now branded Tromberg Law Group, the firm is 100 percent woman-owned.This ownership change and renaming of the firm to Tromberg Law Group is breaking new ground in the Florida legal community. Tromberg Law Group is now one of the largest woman-owned creditor firms in Florida serving the U.S. and Puerto Rico.“I don’t view myself as any kind of pioneer, Tromberg said. “I have worked for some of the largest servicers and investors in the industry, and I am looking forward to continuing a leadership role in our field. I believe it is the best firms with the best attorneys that ultimately succeed. That’s what we already have at Tromberg Law Group. But if I can help pave the way just a little bit, I am proud to be a part of it.”Tromberg has faced adversity throughout her career, she understands her success wouldn’t be without a strong team to support her.Tromberg said she is proud of the team she has built—which includes highly-skilled and diverse professionals. “A good leader knows that she cannot do it alone,” added Tromberg. “A dedicated and talented group is essential to success.”In 2010, Tromberg joined Gladstone Law Group and during her tenure, she was instrumental in creating a strong litigation department and appellate division. Meanwhile, she improved processes and built a strong legal team.With her leadership, her firm became a major participant in leading appellate cases that are now landmark decisions in Florida concerning the statute of limitations, lien priority and standing in foreclosure cases.In addition, Tromberg serves on the Board of Directors for the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN). She has served on numerous committees and is a current member of the leadership committee for Women in Legal Leadership (WILL).Tromberg has been engaged as a speaker at various events including ALFN, NARCA, Five Star and other groups to discuss hot topics in the industry such as the statute of limitation, proposed bills in Congress, ethics, FDCPA claims and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).last_img read more

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agentsfamilHong Kong Specialist Club

first_imgagentsfamilHong Kong Specialist Club A group of Australian agents joined their counterparts from 14 other countries at the first Hong Kong Specialist Club (HKSC) Incentive Famil in Hong Kong at the end of October.Hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and tourism partners, 38 agents from Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, UK and US spent four days sampling the delights of Hong Kong, including a 360 Lantau Sunset Tour; a traditional Cantonese dim sum lunch in Old Town Central; and at the Wine & Dine Festival, with a dazzling backdrop of Victoria Harbour. The group also attended a networking session which provided tourism partners with the opportunity to update the specialists on any developments and news, and build important relationships for future product development. Agents from Canada, Japan and USA experiencing the Peak Tram“Everything went like clockwork,” said Travelcall travel advisor Josie Hanney. “The whole trip was fantastic and the highlight for me was the cable car trip to Lantau Island, although I also loved the trip up to the Peak and the Wine and Dine festival. I now also have a much better understanding of the metro system and think that the Airport Express and checking your bags in at Kowloon Station is just such a wonderful idea.” To keep up to date with all the latest developments in Hong Kong, register as a trade partner on partnernet.hktb.com/au. last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is taking her signature style across the pond with her first-ever interior design project, a series of rooms and suites at Claridge’s, one of London’s most legendary hotels.As a loyal returning guest of Claridge’s since the 1970s, von Furstenberg’s iconic prints and bold colors feel right at home in the ultra-luxe hotel. “One of my fondest memories was when I was in London as a young, independent businesswoman and stayed at Claridge’s. I knew I had made it. To me, Claridge’s is the most glamorous hotel in the world; I regard it as my home away from home,” remarks von Furstenberg. “I am honored to become part of the hotel’s legacy and rich design history.”“For more than a century, Claridge’s has stood as an emblem of timeless glamour,” says Maybourne Hotel Group CEO Stephen Alden. “Our collaboration with the talented Diane von Furstenberg is the latest storyline within our history of forward-thinking design. Diane’s personal love and passion for Claridge’s provides a unique perspective which she will draw upon in executing her creative vision.”Visit www.claridges.co.uk to find out more.last_img read more

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House to hold extraordinary session on CBC chiefs super powers

House to hold extraordinary session on CBC chiefs super powers

first_imgParliament will convene in an extraordinary meeting next week to discuss and vote on a bill seeking to amend the law on the resolution of banks and take away the absolute authority wielded by the Central Bank (CBC) governor.It followed an official request by ruling DISY, which also submitted the amendment.“It is well known that all political parties said they had a gun to their heads and were forced to vote for a law, which, as they later found out, gave superpowers to a specific one-person authority,” DISY leader Averof Neophytou said.DISY’s amendment includes other institutions in the resolution authority.Under a decision in March to ‘bail-in’ Cyprus’ two largest lenders, BoC and Laiki, losses were imposed on large savers in both banks. Laiki is being resolved, with all of its liabilities (including deposits) and some of its assets folded into BoC. The latter has been recapitalised by seizing large savers’ cash via a deposit-for-equity swap.As the resolution authority, the CBC effectively holds 18 per cent of BoC stock belonging to Laiki.DISY has accused the Central Bank chief of a conflict of interest – the regulator of the banks cannot simultaneously be implicated in the selection of bank directors whose performance he will later supervise.Neophytou said the amendments must be done as soon as possible because they “are important and urgent issues.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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