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Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. – Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of asbestos, flame retardants and other toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants across the United States.Instead of following President Barack Obama’s proposal to look at chemicals already in widespread use that result in some of the most common exposures, the new administration wants to limit the review to products still being manufactured and entering the marketplace.For asbestos, that means gauging the risks from just a few hundred tons of the material imported annually — while excluding almost all of the estimated 8.9 million tons (8.1 million metric tons) of asbestos-containing products that the U.S. Geological Survey said entered the marketplace between 1970 and 2016.The review was intended to be the first step toward enacting new regulations to protect the public. But critics – including health workers, consumer advocates, members of Congress and environmental groups – contend ignoring products already in use undermines that goal.The administration’s stance is the latest example of Trump siding with industry. In this case, firefighters and construction workers say the move jeopardizes their health.Both groups risk harm from asbestos because of its historical popularity in construction materials ranging from roofing and flooring tiles to insulation used in tens of millions of homes. Most of the insulation came from a mine in a Montana town that’s been declared a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site and where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure.“Hundreds of thousands of firefighters are going to be affected by this. It is by far the biggest hazard we have out there,” said Patrick Morrison, assistant general president for health and safety at the International Association of Fire Fighters. “My God, these are not just firefighters at risk. There are people that live in these structures and don’t know the danger of asbestos.”The EPA told The Associated Press on Wednesday that there were measures to protect the public other than the law Congress passed last year, which mandated the review of asbestos and nine other chemicals to find better ways to manage their dangers. For example, workers handling asbestos and emergency responders can use respirators to limit exposure, the agency said in a statement.Asbestos fibers can become deadly when disturbed in a fire or during remodeling, lodging in the lungs and causing problems including mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material’s dangers have long been recognized. But a 1989 attempt to ban most asbestos products was overturned by a federal court, and it remains in widespread use.The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed cancer-related deaths among 30,000 firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The 2015 study concluded firefighters contract mesothelioma at twice the rate of other U.S. residents.Firefighters also face exposure to flame retardants included in the EPA’s review that are used in furniture and other products.“I believe the chemical industry is killing firefighters,” said Tony Stefani, a former San Francisco fireman who retired in 2003 after 28 years when diagnosed with cancer he believes resulted from exposure to chemicals in the review.Stefani said he was one of five in his station to contract cancer in a short period. Three later died, while Stefani had a kidney removed and endured a year of treatment before being declared cancer-free.“When I entered the department in the early 70s, our biggest fear was dying in the line of duty or succumbing to a heart attack,” he said. “Those were the biggest killers, not cancer. But we work in a hazardous-materials situation every time we have a fire now.”Mesothelioma caused or contributed to more than 45,000 deaths nationwide between 1999 and 2015, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in March. The number of people dying annually from the disease increased about 5 per cent during that time.In one of its last acts under Obama, the EPA said in January it would judge the chemicals “in a comprehensive way” based on their “known, intended and reasonably foreseen uses.”Under Trump, the agency has aligned with the chemical industry, which sought to narrow the review’s scope. The EPA now says it will focus only on toxins still being manufactured and entering commerce. It won’t consider whether new handling and disposal rules are needed for “legacy,” or previously existing, materials.“EPA considers that such purposes generally fall outside of the circumstances Congress intended EPA to consider,” said EPA spokeswoman Enesta Jones, adding the agency lacks authority to regulate noncommercial uses of the chemicals.One of the law’s co-authors, New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall, disputes that Congress wanted to limit the review.“It doesn’t matter whether the dangerous substance is no longer being manufactured; if people are still being exposed, then there is still a risk,” Udall told AP. “Ignoring these circumstances would openly violate the letter and the underlying purpose of the law.”Democrats and public health advocates have criticized EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for installing people with longstanding ties to the chemical industry into senior positions at the agency. On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on a party-line vote, advanced the nomination of Michael Dourson, a toxicologist whose work has been paid for by the industry, to oversee the EPA’s chemical safety program.Two prior appointments worked for the American Chemistry Council, the industry’s lobbying arm: Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator for chemical safety Nancy Beck and Liz Bowman, the associate administrator for public affairs.The council pushed back against the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law, urging the EPA’s new leadership to narrow its review. The Trump administration did that in June.“Did we get everything we wanted? No. But we certainly agree the (Trump) administration put forth a reasonable final rule,” said council vice-president Michael Walls. Broadening the review, he added, would send the EPA “down a rabbit hole chasing after illusory risks.”The politically influential National Association of Homebuilders, which represents the residential construction industry, fears broadly interpreting the new law would lead to burdensome regulations that are unnecessary because it says asbestos disposal rules already are adequate.Many of those regulations are based on a 1994 Occupational Safety and Health Administration finding that materials had to contain at least 1 per cent asbestos to qualify for regulation. But public health experts say the 1 per cent threshold is arbitrary.“It’s bad medicine, and it’s harmful,” said Michael Harbut, an internal medicine professor at Detroit’s Wayne State University and medical adviser to an insulation workers’ union.“There’s still a lot of asbestos out there,” said Harbut, who helped establish criteria used by physicians to diagnose and treat asbestos-related diseases. “It’s still legal, it’s still deadly, and it’s going to be a problem for decades to come.”___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at www.twitter.com/matthewbrownaplast_img read more

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Philippines Newly open roads airports allow in more aid but fuel shortage

“That logistical effort has been the principal focus of humanitarian colleagues on the ground to open up those routes and they have made very substantial progress,” John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.“Overcoming the obstacles of the roads being destroyed, and communication networks being damaged that all the combination together is really finally coming together,” he noted, adding that the humanitarian community found itself in “a wasteland” earlier in the week.The death toll stands at 3,600 people, according to the latest figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, Mr. Ging said. That figure is expected to rise given the quickly changing context on the ground and the numbers still missing.During the briefing, Mr. Ging apologized for a discrepancy in the reported death toll which OCHA had said on Thursday was 4,460. That figure was based on estimates and not actual confirmed deaths.Overall, more than 13 million people have been affected by the crisis. At least 287,000 homes have been destroyed displacing some 1.9 million people who are taking refuge at over 1,100 evacuation centres across the country, he noted.Fresh and clean water, sanitation, food, and shelter remain the top priorities. The Government, meanwhile, is focusing on regaining control of law and order after reports of violent attacks and looting.“In the affected areas, we are very concerned about those who are most vulnerable, particularly women and children,” Mr. Ging said.Also speaking to journalists, Ted Chaiban, Director of Emergency Programmes at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said some five million children are believed to be affected by the Typhoon Haiyan.“It is clear that much more needs to be done,” Mr. Chaiban said, “but we’re starting to see a turning of a corner.”Despite significant risks that remain, he said it is important to start thinking of recovery and reconstruction so that children in Tacloban and other affected areas can be reunited with their families, return to schools and a sense of normalcy.Of the requested $301 million flash appeal launched on Tuesday, already $72 million has been received, Mr. Ging said, with an additional $153 million donated and a separate $104 million registered in pledges but not yet assigned.In Tacloban, partial water access has been restored to 200,000 people, the equivalent of 20 per cent of its capacity, said Mr. Chaiban, and a priority is to sustain and increase the flow. A shortage of fuel remains a concern, with only enough in Tacloban to keep the water on for two days. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson in Geneva, Elisabeth Byrs, said that truck loans of relief supplies are stuck at Tacloban airport and other service centres for lack of fuel. In addition, there is very little electricity and telecommunication outside of major cities, but Mr. Chaiban noted he was able to speak with a colleague in Tacloban this morning – a sign that mobile services have been restored. “He got from the airport to town in a half-hour, whereas two days ago it was taking us an hour and a half, so clearly things are improving in terms of getting more people on the ground,” Mr. Chaiban said. The eased access and additional air assets, including helicopters donated by international military partners, is allowing more aid to come in by air.At least three airlifts have already arrived in Cebu and Tacloban, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said, with an additional aid flight on its way “shortly.”Meanwhile, mobile health clinics are being set up in both towns. According to UN World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Gregory Hartl there are over 20 health teams in various stages of being deployed throughout the region.Of major concern and an immediate life-saving health need was injury management, he noted, particularly among people who have not yet received medical aid.“If their injuries were not treated, there would be high chances of their succumbing to their injuries,” Mr. Hartl noted.The UN agency is also concerned about a lack of access to safe water. A major measles vaccination is to be undertaken in the next week. read more

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Record 222 million people need humanitarian assistance in Yemen – UN aid

“I remain deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which has continued to deteriorate because of on-going conflict, collapsing basic services and economic decline,” said Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a statement issued overnight by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Mr. Lowcock, also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, encouraged all donors to contribute to the recently launched 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response plan, which requires $2.96 billion to provide life-saving assistance and protection to more than 13 million people across the country this year.He welcomed the nearly $1 billion pledge by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as an additional $500 million in commitment from regional donors.He also noted the importance of keeping all of Yemen’s ports, including Hudaydah and Saleef, open to humanitarian assistance and commercial imports of food, fuel and medicines. Over 70 per cent of people in need of assistance live in proximity to those two Red Sea ports. Since the decision to re-open Hudaydah and Saleef last month, the United Nations and its partners have successfully delivered large volumes of food, medicines and fuel to people in need, he said.“Yemenis have suffered for too long,” Mr. Lowcock said, calling on all parties to cease hostilities and engage meaningfully with the UN to achieve a lasting political settlement.On Monday, UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told the press that the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, intends not to continue in his position beyond his current contract ending in February 2018.Since the uprisings in Yemen began in early 2011, the United Nations has been actively engaged in mediation efforts to help Yemenis to find a peaceful solution to the conflict and enable the resumption of a peaceful, orderly and inclusive political transition. read more

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Floyd Mayweather Jrs Challenger Held on Gun Charge

Robert Guerrero, preparing to challenge welterweight titleholder and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4, was arrested Thursday morning at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York for attempting to board a flight to Las Vegas with an unloaded gun.Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), who turned 30 on Wednesday, was to be arraigned on gun-possession charges later Thursday.Guerrero, from Gilroy, Calif., is training for the fight in Las Vegas and had been on the East Coast for a few days to make several appearances to promote the Showtime pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.Guerrero is a Christian who has spoken publicly about his faith. He appeared on the “700 Club” with Pat Robertson in Norfolk, Va.,  visited ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to tape interviews, and hosted a media lunch in New York on Tuesday.After wrapping up the promotional blitz, he was headed back to Las Vegas on Thursday morning when, according to multiple reports, he tried to bring an unloaded pistol onto his Delta Air Lines flight.Fox New York reported that he was carrying a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun. He reportedly did not have any ammunition with him.According to the reports, Guerrero disclosed that he had the weapon at the ticket counter, at which point police were called. A source told ESPN.com that Guerrero has a permit to carry a gun in California, but is not licensed in New York, where gun laws are among the strictest in the nation.How — or if — his arrest will impact the fight is unclear. Showtime spokesman Chris DeBlasio told ESPN.com  that the network had no comment.Guerrero’s co-manager, Luis DeCubas Jr., who was traveling with him, could not be reached. He did not respond to a text message and his voice mail was full. read more

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UK weather Heavy rain set to lash Britain but fears over dry

first_imgThe Metro rail line in Newcastle on Wednesday, after extensive flooding caused by a burst water main caused transport chaos in the cityCredit: Raoul Dixon / NNP Visitors at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset walking with umbrellas upCredit:Graham Hunt / Alamy Live News “Soils have been fairly dry for the time of year for much of the south and east of the UK.”But we would need more of this kind of rainfall in the coming weeks and months to substantially change the long-term outlook.” Heavy rain on the south coast at Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After the #warmestdayoftheyear yesterday, it could end up being the wettest day of the year so far across SE England today! pic.twitter.com/cabeuxVlbG— Met Office (@metoffice) May 17, 2017 Visitors at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset walking with umbrellas up “From April time onward, we generally expect the rainfall not to have much of an impact – which is why winter rainfall is so important in the UK,” he said. Guy Smith, who runs a farm near St Osyth in north east Essex, expressed his relief at the arrival of the wet weather.  Mr Parry added that even with “some of the wetter rainfall scenarios”, groundwater levels would probably remain below normal during the summer due to evaporation.  Heavy rain on the south coast at Bracklesham Bay, West SussexCredit:jamesjagger / StockimoNews / Alamy Live News The vice president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) said: “For myself in the eastern region, this is the first significant rainfall we have seen for 11 weeks.”This is going to do an immense amount of good to the crop.”It’s going to wash fertiliser in, it’s going to perk things up, and it’s going to put a lot of crops back on track for harvest – although possibly some of their full potential is lost.”  The damp spell comes after the CEH revealed the last 10 months were the driest July to April for southern England in records stretching back more than 100 years.It said the summer would probably see dry soils and low river flows, which could cause issues for agriculture and put pressure on the environment in rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands.Simon Parry, a hydrologist at CEH, said: “It looks like there’s going to be some wet weather over the next few days, and I think it probably will provide a bit of short-term relief in terms of soil moisture. The Metro rail line in Newcastle on Wednesday, after extensive flooding caused by a burst water main caused transport chaos in the city He said further rain was needed if farmers were to avoid a “disappointing harvest”.  “At the moment, we are relieved,” he said. “But the weather is a long-term game and I think after this week, it’s back to dry weather.”The Met Office said up to 40mm of rain could fall in parts of England over the next 24 hours.While the south will experience wet and humid conditions on Wednesday, the far north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will see sunshine and clearer skies.Showers will move into the south on Thursday morning after a dry night. Heavy rain across England is providing welcome relief for farmers – but concerns of a summer plagued by dry conditions remain.Downpours will persist in southern and central England and large parts of Wales throughout Wednesday, with a mix of sunshine and showers forecast in the run-up to the weekend, the Met Office said.While the wet weather will provide “short-term” respite for soil moisture levels, the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) warned that “substantial” rainfall would be needed to reverse the outlook.last_img read more

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George Lucas is Cooler Than Star Wars

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form How’s this for May the Fourth? A short, short time ago George Lucas got up on stage at Star Wars Celebration, a massive festival celebrating the 40th anniversary his space opera magnum opus, and said this:“It’s a film for 12-year-olds,” and this “You know… dogs flying space ships,” and spent more time talking about making deals then making myths.It was at that moment when the clouds parted and the truth I had always known finally revealed itself to me: George Lucas the man is so much cooler than Star Wars the brand.George Lucas was part of the legendary 1970s New Hollywood clique. You know, the group of writer-directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese who helped reignite film as the dominant artistic medium for the rest of the century. Before Star Wars, Lucas made mind-bending short films and the genuine masterpiece American Graffiti, aka Happy Days: Origins.Lucas then played hardball with the studios using his independent (and business-savvy) spirit to make a movie that is a smash success in every possible way. Star Wars is a stunningly original work, a fantastic remix of previous artistic inspirations, a thought-provoking distillation of monomyth philosophies, classical but super-duper weird, the crowd-pleaser to end all crowd-pleasers, and it made a ton of cash. More than making a great movie, Lucas colonized the brains of generations of people and profoundly reshaped culture, the kind of influence some other artists might kill for. You can draw a straight line from Lucas to everything from the special effects advancements of Industrial Light and Magic, to the existence of Pixar and 3D animation, to Steve Jobs and Apple.Cooler still, Lucas reaches these heights and squanders all that good will in the most amazing ways imaginable. And I’m not just talking about Howard the Duck. Lucas surrounds himself with yes men and makes the awful Star Wars prequels exactly the way he wants to make them. In doing so, he draws forth the kind of overwhelming anger in nerd fandom only possible from those who once worshiped him as a living God. But then he still makes a bunch of cash!Lucas doesn’t even care. It owns! He calls lightsabers “laser swords” and writes incredible gibberish about hating sand in-between casual support for fascism. I don’t think he was the one who created the name Emperor Sheev Palpatine, but he did direct that incredible performance from Ian McDiarmid. He makes Han shoot second and then wears shirts about Han shooting first. That’s such masterful level trolling! Don’t get me wrong. The prequels are terrible, horrific movies, but they are terrible movies from a distinct, auteur perspective. I’ll take that every day over corporate mediocrity. It was only when Lucas started pandering more to fans did the prequels somehow find ways to get worse.Oh, and Lucas made Indiana Jones on the side and produced Willow to show off a bunch of little people. After years of yapping about his “small, personal films” Star Wars kept delaying, he finally made Red Tails, his Tuskegee Airman movie, and went on to say some semi-woke things about Black people and Hollywood.After taking Star Wars fans on a decades-long emotional roller coaster ride, Lucas then sells the stupid thing to Disney for billions and calls Disney white slavers making fan films after they throw out his ideas. How cool is that? His first wife did masterful editing work on Star Wars and his current wife was a successful businesswoman in her own right before she even met Lucas.George Lucas has more money than God but keeps wearing the same plaid shirts and eats food court noodles! He literally compared his own life story to the rise and fall of Darth Vader, commented on the irony, and then kept doing what he was doing. Honestly, the only people cooler and more self-aware are Harrison Ford, for having the good sense to get paid millions for dying, and Carrie Fisher, for a having Star Wars’s ridiculousness pegged from the start.This new, seemingly endless wave of annual Disney Star Wars movies are fine; they’re good even. They’re definitely way, way, way better than the prequels. But they’re products. They’re strip mining what we loved about Lucas’s originals and adding mild twists. A different kind of R2-D2 in Force Awakens, a different kind of C-3PO in Rogue One. Hopefully, Rian Johnson can inject some true originality into The Last Jedi, since he’s a real filmmaker unlike J.J. Abrams and doesn’t seem to be going through the same reshoot Hell as Gareth Edwards. But he’ll still be beholden to the terrible franchise machine of the Star Wars cinematic universe.To me, the paradox of the shared universe idea that while you can theoretically make infinite spin-offs and sequels that take the universe in exciting and different new directions, in reality, they all have to draw from the same shrinking pool of aesthetics touchstones that define why people like the thing in the first place. And that reliance creates diminishing returns. Soon it’ll be impossible to even come up with a new name for a character that sounds like Star Wars but hasn’t been taken. Orson Krennic! And furthermore, a shared cinematic universe is something that can only be propped up by a corporation planning, expanding, and maintaining a brand, not an artist primarily interested in telling a story.I’ve never been a Death of the Author kind of critic. People can interpret art however they like and bring their own experiences into it, just look at Brigsby Bear. But to me, at the end of the day, art starts and stops with the artist. Fans thinking they, not the actual creators, own art just because they like it is the worst aspect of fandom. It’s how you get embarrassing entitled nonsense like whining about George Lucas raping childhood in The People vs. George Lucas or gamers complaining about the ending of Mass Effect 3 to the Better Business Bureau, because art that challenges or displeases is a broken product off course. This is why I love how Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima and Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling constantly, trolling remind their fans about the hierarchy of their God-follower relationships. Fans come on the ride, but creators do the driving, and no one drives fans like George Lucas.Obviously, film is a very collaborative medium, and if George Lucas has opened himself up to outside opinions, he could’ve made the prequels better movies. And for that matter, he should absolutely re-release the unaltered cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy. But just because he should do something doesn’t mean he’s obligated to. Sure, when he dies or whatever give Star Wars to society as a piece of history. But right now, his crucial rights and desires as an artist, particularly as the artist most responsible for something as impactful as freaking Star Wars, supersede fan desires (or rather they did before he sold to Disney). When those desires line up, great! But they don’t always, and fans must accept that.The new Star Wars movies seem eager to please fans every year with exactly what they want, and that’s cool for some. They practically run the online blogging economy. But you know what’s cooler? The awesome, awful, entertaining, inscrutable artistry of George Lucas.So you do you, George. Keep on keeping on.Purchase Star Wars: The Complete SagaPurchase The People vs. George Lucas Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Gangrel on Attitude Era vampire gimmick Edge Christian

first_img Vince Mcmahon Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Triple H Now Playing Up Next Jim Ross says The Undertaker taking bookings outside of WWE is “not a big story” Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling passed along this recap.This Sunday in Hanahan, South Carolina OSCW (Old School Championship Wrestling-www.oscwonline.com) presents the first ever “Battle of The Vampires” as Kevin Thorn faces today’s guest on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, “The Vampire Warrior” Gangrel. A true innovator of the vampire persona, Gangrel remains one of the most sought after talents touring the country nearly 16 years removed from being the leader of the WWE’s Brood faction which helped launch the careers of both WWE Hall of Famer, Edge and his tag team partner Christian. John and Chad also take a walk on the dark side as they travel with Gangrel back to his days in Stampede, Puerto Rico, All Japan Pro Wrestling and all the stops in between that led him to WWE in 1998. His entire run as the sinister blood spitter is recapped as well as the subsequent returns following his original departure. There is also a quite poignant moment in the show as Gangrel speaks on the place his late wife, Luna Vachon SHOULD have on the wrestling business and how today’s “diva” couldn’t hold a candle to the performer Luna was in ring and her love of professional wrestling.THE TWO MAN POWER TRIP OF WRESTLING IS ACCEPTING LISTENER SUBMITTED QUESTIONS FOR OUR NEXT INTERVIEW WITH FORMER WWE SUPERSTAR, RENE DUPREE. IT WILL BE A 100% NO HOLDS BARRED & ANYTHING GOES PODCAST. QUESTIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL: bookings@tmptofwrestling.comFull Episode Download Link:http://www.tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2016-03-10T20_57_41-08_00Gangrel On The Legacy Of Luna Vachon & How She Needs To Be Remembered For Her Love Of Wrestling:https://youtu.be/pib_r6BKBSoTwo Man Power Trip of Wrestling: Gangrel EPISODE PREVIEW:https://youtu.be/hdjptGRzdXQAdmiring his place in the Attitude Era & being an identifiable persona associated with it:“I do because the WWF was never a “goal-goal”. It was always cool because I was with Luna and she would always say you want to go there, but there were other places like Japan. I really love Japan. At the same time I had a choice to stay with All Japan and do a year contract with Baba in 98 or go with WWF and Luna talked me into it and into going with the WWF one and in the long run that was probably the best move because the Attitude Era blew up in 98 and that’s probably why if it wasn’t for Japan I probably wouldn’t be wrestling today. But the Attitude Era has kept me flowing and was just so huge that a lot of the guys out there aren’t working anymore so the few guys that can work get out there and work because there is so much work for us.”The short amount of time Gangrel had on WWE TV and leaving behind quite the memorable impact:“It really was a short amount of time for me because technically I probably only had a year run of TV matches because when I went out with my neck injury (with a broken neck) I was out a year. It really was a short run but it was amazing and I never really until you said it sat back and thought that I leave a footprint. I always thought I was just very blessed to be working.”How much influence did he have on the overall character (entrance, music, etc):“Well they told me and Vince McMahon himself told me that they would never use a vampire character and that “I’m not using a vampire character”. It was Vince Russo that somehow got a little bit of control and slid it in there. When they signed me they told me don’t get upset because we are going to send you home and you are probably going to sit at home for about a year and don’t worry. I was under contract for like a week and they called me up and said can I still do the vampire thing. He (Vince Russo) came up with that entrance. It all happened on a Friday night and it debuted on a Sunday or that Monday, it happened over a weekend. They came up with the lift and the fire and what I had influence over was the outfit, the goblet, the spraying of the blood but the entrance with the ring and the fire was all Vince Russo. It’s because we are all KISS fans and it’s kind of a tribute to KISS (laughing).”Did the Bloodbath also originate with the creative team:“No, that was me and Edge sitting around and talking one day. We both had watched the movie Blade and there was thing where the lights are flashing and there is like a rave and it’s a bloodbath. That was all me and Edge just ripping that out of the movie Blade.”Bringing together The Brood with an underrated talent like Christian and a soon to be mega star Edge:“Edge was their man from the get-go. They basically told me they to make sure everyone liked him and to guide him along. Christian, slid in there and Christian is underrated. I wasn’t always a Christian fan but I was always a fan of that he could put a match together like no other. He could take a match and make anybody look good and still get his stuff in. He’s a little smaller and he questioned everything but it was to question it because that is who he was. They knew with Edge he was their guy before he had any character and they didn’t know what to do with him and that basically the vampire thing was there and the Brood was born out of that.”The name Gangrel and subsequent legal troubles WWE ran into over the license from White Wolf Publishing:“They messed up when they put that name on me and it was copyright written with White Wolf (a role playing game). So they had to lease the name from them for five years. So when the lease was up, I was up. Mentioning the Raw 15th Anniversary when I went back to do that it sparked a big thing where White Wolf had sold the name to somebody else and they tried to sue WWE for five million dollars for the 15th Anniversary show. When it all went to court it turned out when the judge hit the gavel he said that the guy who has been wrestling as Gangrel for the last fifth-teen years, he’s Gangrel. There are so many different licenses that WWE won’t touch the name Gangrel or mention it. You will see in the WWE Encyclopedia they changed the name to David Heath. Anytime they mention doing something it takes two weeks of lawyers to run things through. That’s why you won’t see me doing Legends contracts. I don’t know how THQ got me in that game a few years back and maybe because they knew they were going out of business and they were going bankrupt anyway that they didn’t care because the company was folding. It was like their one off “FU” to everybody.”Gangrel also talks his history wrestling in Stampede, developing the Vampire character from the Lost Boys movie, the Undertaker’s role in WWE, his return in 2005 tag teaming with Viscera, OVW and much more.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com & twitter.com/twomanpowertrip and also now a part of the TopRopePress.com Radio NetworkRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 22.12%0:00Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Trails Foundation to meet Tuesday

first_imgNORTH BONNEVILLE — The Bonneville Trails Foundation will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Bonneville Event Center to discuss its efforts to develop a route connecting downtown North Bonneville with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near Table Mountain.The public is welcome.The foundation is looking for a way to replace access to the Table Mountain-Aldrich Butte area that was lost due to the sale and closure of Bonneville Hot Springs Spa and Resort during the winter.The former resort allowed hikers to park on the west edge of its property.Foundations Recovery Network bought the resort to use as a mental health and substance abuse recovery facility. Medical confidentiality rules apply and unregulated public access is not compatible with the business.The foundation also is working on an east-west route connecting Beacon Rock State Park with Stevenson.last_img read more

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Unalaska Locals Hope Proposed Watershed Fixes Are First of Many

first_imgMurky water in Unalaska Lake is evidence of a runoff problem that may be harming salmon. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)Unalaska Lake and the Iliuliuk River run through the heart of Unalaska. The watershed used to be habitat for thousands of salmon. But after decades of development and little consideration for containing runoff, that fish population seems to be on the decline.Download AudioOn Tuesday, after months of public debate, city council is voting ontaking its first look at a million dollars of mitigation projects. Residents hope it’s the first step down a path to recovery.Qawalangin Tribe president Tom Robinson is standing in the middle of one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Unalaska. The valley’s lined with duplexes and family homes overlooking a winding creek. But it’s not all picturesque:Tom Robinson: You can see – we are at the base of the Overland Road. And you can see an attempt to capture some of the sediment problems from the quarry…Robinson’s pointing at a pool of murky runoff, which sits below a gravel road leading up to a privately owned rock quarry. He and other locals think this area’s a main source of the silt, which has been clogging up the Unalaska Lake watershed.“The amount of gravel that’s put on the road … you know, I don’t think anyone really thought that the runoff would be a big problem,” Robinson says. “Well, folks, it is. And it’s killing our lake.”For the past few months, the Anchorage-based consulting firm PND Engineers has been running tests on the lake and the river. And they’ve asked residents like Robinson what they think would be the best way to clean them up and help restore the salmon runs.Robinson says there’s been a lot of public participation in that process:“By the demise of our lake, this is probably the first time that, I think, you saw that many entities in one room, taking on a topic,” he says.PND is working with a million-dollar grant, left over from the defunct Coastal Zone Management program. At this week’s city council meeting, they’ll present their ideas for using that money to improve the watershed. (Click to see the draft plans for the lakeand the river.) One suggestion: better training for roads crews on how to reduce runoff while they’re out plowing snow. They also recommend new culverts, ditches and sediment traps on the gravel roads that run through the watershed.Ideally, they say the city should start paving those streets. City Engineer Robert Lund is a big supporter — but he says it’s a major undertaking.“It really, really rains here a lot, so that’s one of the things you’re kind of fighting, is just the weather and the topography. It’s very steep and all that,” Lund says. “So those are expensive issues — that’s why paving’s, I think, a good one, because it really takes the source.”Lund says that controlling runoff wasn’t always a priority for the city. But now, he hopes they’ll draw new lessons from the research that’s been done on the local watershed.“There’s better practices that we could be doing,” Lund says. “And there’s not really an excuse not to take care of our environment to the extent that’s practical, or at least conserve it … while there’s still fish in it.”The salmon, he says, are the best indicator of whether the watershed is healthy. And it’s widely believed that the population is a fraction of what it used to be.Right now, the most reliable source of data to back that up is the high school hatchery class. They’re the only ones conducting regular checks on the salmon and their habitat.On a recent morning, students were out at the river measuring the water level, and checking how clear it was.Ashley Robinson: Can you feel it, though?Cole McCracken: It’s right here.Ashley: So… yeah.Cole: But that seems pretty low. Well, normally, we do it from right on the end of the side. It’s the deeper area…Senior Cole McCracken’s been speaking up at public meetings about the watershed. He’s grown up fishing salmon here, and he says he’s seen the river change:“The sediment concentration has increased over the past few years, for sure – or, more than that,” he says. “Probably over the past, like, couple of decades.”Eventually, McCracken’s class may not be the only ones keeping tabs on the river. The engineers who’ve been helping the city wade through options for their grant are recommending two fish weirs to collect hard data on the size of the runs. That could help shed light on what’s causing them to drop off.Steven Gregory is the teacher in charge of the hatchery class. He’s a big advocate of the weirs — but he says he hopes the city — and residents — will go further in tackling runoff.“There has been a perception that something needs to be done, and now, I think, people believe that there actually are some ways to make an improvement,” Gregory says. “So I’m excited about that, but again, it’s going to take a sustained effort.”And, probably more funding than the million dollars the city has at its disposal right now. That’s why Robinson and the Qawalangin Tribe have pledged to track down additional grants for clean-up.And after a petition from dozens of residents, the city of Unalaska is looking into a special historic designation for the watershed. That could pave the way for more funding and protection in the future.CLARIFICATION: After the PND presentation and a chance for public input at Tuesday night’s meeting, city council will decide how to move forward. City manager Chris Hladick expects they’ll ask staff to compile a final plan on what projects the city can afford and finish on time — the grant money has to be used by June 2016.Hladick says council will vote on a final watershed plan at their Feb. 10 meeting.last_img read more

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Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Debate Issues on Larry Young Show

first_imgElizabeth Embry, Nick Mosby, Catherine L. Pugh, Carl Stokes and David Warnock were guests on the Larry Young Show. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Five of the 29 mayoral candidates for Baltimore answered the call to “rise and shine” for Radio One’s mayoral forum on March 24. The event was put on by WOLB -AM 1010 radio host, and former Maryland State Senator, Larry Young.Young believes Radio One represents a unique outlet that needed to give voice to the candidates in spite of multiple mayoral forums and debates that have already been held during election season in Baltimore. “I feel that the community still needs more access to the candidates. We are (Radio One) going to ask questions that other news outlets will not ask,” said Young before the program began.Elizabeth Embry, Senior staff in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, 7th District City Council Member Nick Mosby, Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh, 12th District City Council member Carl Stokes and David Warnock, businessman and philanthropist joined the live broadcast aired during the 8:00 – 9:30 a morning drivetime slot.True to his word, Young did ask about the specific neighborhood concerns that some other forums may not have emphasized. In addition to the large scale issues of criminal justice reform, the future of Baltimore City Schools, inclusive community development, taxes and accountability, candidates were asked about improving trash pick-up and other blockby-block resident concerns.Young also gave the candidates the opportunity to respond to the urgent issue of their choice with a specific improvement plan for the city. For Embry, the issue was housing. “Federal housing police created segregation so Federal policy should have a role in ending it” she said. “I will immediately invest local dollars and seek state and federal support for the North Avenue and Penn Avenue corridors. These are two of the greatest sectors of our city and should be restored to their historic significance.”Stokes believes Baltimore’s failing K-12 system needs day-one attention from the Mayor’s Office. “As mayor of the city, I will be the CEO of Baltimore City Schools. Every other jurisdiction gives at least 50% of its budget to schools. Baltimore gives 3% of its budget. I will seek to immediately raise that to 30%,” Stokes said. Mosby also felt strongly about youth and education but differed from Stokes in approach. “It’s about being responsible to Baltimore’s most valuable asset – our children. We need to go after Baltimore’s lead paint manufacturers. We must do a paradigm shift from a schools-to-prison pipeline to a schools-to-work pipeline.”Pugh said there was need for municipal tax reform. “I don’t believe we should reduce property taxes irresponsibly. Let’s make our city’s boarded up houses available through a dollar house program. Let’s give those homeowners willing to buy and repair these homes a lower tax rate and get the properties back on the tax rolls.”Warnock, took on criminal justice reform and job creation as the most urgent need the city faces. “I’ve been fighting for automatic expungement for non-violent crimes in Baltimore. We need to look at our housing program as a job opportunity” he said, emphasizing the need to create opportunities for entrepreneurial youth and young adults. “We need to give our students the tool kit their need to get a job in this economy.”Radio One/Praise 106.1 and WOLB 1010AM will follow-up the Mayoral forum with a live studio debate between U.S. Democratic Senatorial Candidates on Tuesday April 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 am. Young believes the city is focused on the upcoming elections. “If you would have asked me about community involvement 30 days ago, I don’t know. But now, the interest is definitely increasing.”last_img read more

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VIDEO Peyton Manning tells the hilarious backstory behind his legendary SNL United

first_imgPeyton Manning’s Saturday Night Live skit parodying a heartfelt United Way commercial is probably the funniest athlete sketch in the history of the show. For those that haven’t seen it, Manning takes the time to play football with a youth group, but then goes full Sheriff and starts cursing them out in between beaning them in the head with darts from the pocket. He also teaches them how to steal a car, and tells them he won’t hesitate to kill a snitch. Speaking at an event on Wednesday, Manning said he was about to pull the plug on the skit because he was uncomfortable drilling kids in the head with footballs – which were actually Nerf balls. Peyton was ultimately convinced when a parent ran up to the director and demanded that Manning drill his kid in the face for the shoot. Manning obliged and the rest is comedy history. Watch Peyton tell the hilarious backstory.“I want him to hit my kid in the face.” 😂Peyton Manning shares how that United Way SNL skit almost didn’t happen: pic.twitter.com/gdI6SB6Ybw— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 30, 2018center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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Target CIO Out Following Data Breach

first_img 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 5, 2014 Enroll Now for Freecenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The executive at the heart of Target’s major credit-card security breach is resigning, amid an overhaul of the retailer’s digital security.Beth Jacob resigned effective today as chief information officer, the company said in a note to its employees. Target said it will look outside the company for her replacement.In addition to replacing Jacob, Target said it plans to hire a chief compliance officer – a role the company didn’t previously have.Related: Preventing Another Target Hack“While we are still in the process of an ongoing investigation, we recognize that the information security environment is evolving rapidly,” Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in his letter. “To ensure that Target is well positioned following the data breach we suffered last year,we are undertaking an overhaul of our information security and compliance structure and practices.”Target faced a sophisticated hack that exposed data from 40 million credit cards and 70 million customers. So far, Target has racked up more than $60 million in charges as a result of the breach, which was one of the largest for a retailer in history.Related: Target Accelerating Program to Detect Credit-Card Fraudlast_img read more

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Laser Cutter Market by Top Manufacturers – Rofin Newport LPKF Zhengye

first_imgLaser Cutter is widely used in FPC Cutting, PCB Cutting, Glass Cutting, etc. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Get a complete research providing thorough analysis of the developments and driving factors of the Global Laser Cutter Market in the latest report revealed by Big Market Research.The report provides an introduction of the Laser Cutter Market: definitions, classifications, applications, and market overview, product specifications, manufacturing processes, cost structures, raw materials, and so on.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3235799?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshFurther, a detailed analysis of the major regions affecting the market conditions is outlined in the report. The report covers a detailed data about every competitor in the market.The information includes:• Company Profile• Main Business Information• SWOT Analysis• Sales, Revenue, Price, and Gross Margin• Market ShareAdditionally, the report reveals thorough information about the major players as well as some minor players of the Laser Cutter sector.The key players profiled in this report include:•Rofin•Newport•LPKF•Zhengye Technology•Kunshan Theta Micro•SYNEO•Starlase Systems•GipRem Laser•TopWin (ESI)•Musen TechnologyThese insights help determine the strength of competition and take the necessary steps to obtain a strong position in the Laser Cutter industry.Furthermore, the research delivers a complete analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report.The market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The report shows the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. These insights help in understanding the global trends in the Laser Cutter market and develop strategies to be applied in the future.This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by experts. The insights provided in the report would help stakeholders determine investment suitability and market players to grab opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, and agreements.Analysts have clearly mentioned in the report that the Laser Cutter industry has attained remarkable growth since 2023. As a final point, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals in search of realistic information on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Get 10% Discount on corporate user license @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3235799?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshTable of Contents:Part I Laser Cutter Industry OverviewChapter One Laser Cutter Industry OverviewChapter Two Laser Cutter Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisPart II Asia Laser Cutter Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Chapter Three Asia Laser Cutter Market AnalysisChapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Laser Cutter Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Five Asia Laser Cutter Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Six Asia Laser Cutter Industry Development TrendPart III North American Laser Cutter Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Chapter Seven North American Laser Cutter Market AnalysisChapter Eight 2014-2019 North American Laser Cutter Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nine North American Laser Cutter Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Ten North American Laser Cutter Industry Development TrendPart IV Europe Laser Cutter Industry Analysis (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Chapter Eleven Europe Laser Cutter Market AnalysisChapter Twelve 2014-2019 Europe Laser Cutter Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Thirteen Europe Laser Cutter Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Fourteen Europe Laser Cutter Industry Development TrendPart V Laser Cutter Marketing Channels and Investment FeasibilityChapter Fifteen Laser Cutter Marketing Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter Sixteen Development Environmental AnalysisChapter Seventeen Laser Cutter New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisPart VI Global Laser Cutter Industry ConclusionsChapter Eighteen 2014-2019 Global Laser Cutter Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nineteen Global Laser Cutter Industry Development TrendChapter Twenty Global Laser Cutter Industry Research ConclusionsBuy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/838?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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ICT launches campaign to attract local tourists

first_img Facebook Comments No related posts. The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) on Monday announced a new campaign aimed to attract more local tourists.This is a task that has not been easy for ICT, but a promising new ad campaign offers permanent discounts of up to 30 percent for Ticos only.Tourism Minister Allan Flores said ICT is proposing “a change of mentality in the Costa Rican population. Many think that going on vacation is for weekends only, and they don’t think they can enjoy a good trip from Monday through Thursday, with fewer people and more benefits. That’s what we want to communicate with this campaign”.The campaign will run until December. For more information, go to the website: www.vamosaturistear.com. Do you plan on taking advantage of ICT offers?  Yes. Lower prices will force me to take some time off.  No. The discounts are not attractive enough.  No response. ICT wants more Tico touristslast_img read more

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3 years after Costa Rica kicked out goldmining company legal battle continues

first_imgRelated posts:Canadian mining company reorganizes to seek damages from Costa Rica Infinito Gold files lawsuit against Costa Rican government over canceled gold mining contract Op-ed: ‘Zombie’ Canadian mining company, Infinito Gold, stalks Costa Rica Costa Rica court orders new trial over alleged Crucitas mine impropriety Environmentalists in Costa Rica celebrate Nov. 24 as a milestone. It was on this day in 2010 that an Administrative Appeals Courtshot down a projected $1 billion open-pit mining concession in northern Costa Rica.While there will be no open-pit gold mining at Las Crucitas, as the project in Cutris de San Carlos was called, three years later, the legal battle over that concession continues.Industrias Infinito, S.A., a Costa Rican subsidiary of Canada-based Infinito Gold, announced last October that it would sue Costa Rica in the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).Industrias Infinito alleges the government violated the Costa Rica-Canada Bilateral Investment Treaty when it annulled the concession, costing the company $92 million in equipment, environmental impact studies, personnel salaries and other expenses during the initial phase of the project. Infinito Gold is now requesting the government of Costa Rica pay back $1 billion for lost profits.The concession would have allowed the extraction of 1 million ounces of gold in the area near the Nicaraguan border, a business estimated at the time at $1.6 billion. The company claims that the suit is the largest Costa Rica has ever faced.In response to Infinito’s pending lawsuit with the World Bank, an online petition is collecting signatures asking the Canadian company to drop the “aggressive” lawsuit against Costa Rica.Yokebec Soto, a spokeswoman for Infinito Gold in Costa Rica, told The Tico Times the ICSID could take up to three years to issue a ruling.In 2008, the company obtained a mining license after then-President Óscar Arias (2006-2010) and his environment minister, Roberto Dobles, declared the project of “national interest.” The decree gave permission to the Canadian company to remove trees in a 62-hectare forested area ahead of mine development.The Administrative Appeals Court later ordered the Public Ministry to open a criminal investigation of Arias for having signed off on the project while environmental studies were still incomplete.Recalling the Arias administration’s decree, attorney Edgardo Ayala, who is vice president of Unión por la Vida, an environmental group that fought the mine’s development, said, “That was one of the hardest times in my life.”On Nov. 24, 2010,  the appeals court revoked Industrias Infinitos’ gold-mining concession, but the battle wasn’t over. Then-Attorney General Ana Lorena Brenes – whose job is to protect the government’s broad-ranging legal interests – appealed the court’s ruling. Opposition lawmakers subpoenaed Brenes, who admitted to receiving calls from Arias and his politically powerful brother, Rodrigo Arias, asking how she planned to proceed.Industrias Infinito ultimately lost the appeal battle in November 2011, effectively ending the company’s legal recourse in Costa Rica.“The annulment of those permits was a milestone for the justice system in Costa Rica,” environmental attorney Álvaro Sagot recalled. “But there still are other legal challenges for additional projects that continue to threaten the environment.”Costa Rica’s legislature unanimously banned open-pit mining on Nov. 9, 2010, weeks before the Administrative Appeals Court issued its ruling on the Crucitas project. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Concert explores roots of traditional Caribbean music

first_imgRelated posts:Punk rock band Title Fight to play for the first time in Costa Rica Costa Rican band Zòpilot! performs for the last time tonight at Cine Magaly Dub sounds in Costa Rica: Mad Professor and Mad Elaine Big Band of Costa Rica to celebrate 25 years Facebook Comments A mostly forgotten Afro-Caribbean rhythm known as “Sinkit” will come to life this Saturday, Oct. 15, in the hands of renowned musicians of the genre.The musical group Amarillo, Cian y Magenta joined forces with Manuel Monestel, a singer, researcher and founder of the band Cantoamérica, to create a project called “The Rhythmic Spirit of the Sinkit,” which they will showcase at Espressivo Theater in the eastern San José suburb of Curridabat. The multidisciplinary performance includes visual art by Gabriel Dumani and choreographies by Claudio Taylor. This project won the 2015 Interdisciplinary Projects Call of the TEOR/éTica Foundation.Sinkit was the main rhythmic pattern used to compose music for the first carnival dance troupes in the port city of Limón, but it originally comes from Saint Kitts in the Antilles. This rhythm was very popular during the 1950s and 60s in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, as time went on, it lost popularity until it was all but forgotten. It was replaced by other music styles more similar to the Brazilian carnival rhythms. Members of the band Amarillo, Cian y Magenta. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)Manuel Monestel and pianist Glendon Ramírez took the lead in looking for “musical archaeological” patterns of this old and characteristic rhythm, then worked with the rest of the group to create the music for the show. The structure of the rhythm is based on the interaction among  different drums, such as the fundé, repartidor, bombo, and rayador de coco. “The carnivals of Limón lost an element from its own cultural-historical processes, unique and unreplaceable,  which occurred after the labor migrations of 1872 and later years for the construction of the Caribbean railway,” Ramírez explained. “This project is characteristic of a specific cultural moment. We are interested in music that enriches our identity, and that identifies us on a multicultural level.”The show takes place tonight, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at Teatro Espressivo, Momentum Mall in Curridabat.  ₡10,000 ($20) general admission and ₡15,000 ($30) VIP. For more information call 2267-1818, or visit the Theater Website.last_img read more

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Australian travel writers to convene in Thailand for AGM and Awards Ni

first_imgCopyright Tourism Authority of Thailand. All Rights Reserved. Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL WRITERS TO CONVENE IN THAILAND FOR AGM AND AWARDS NIGHT Up to 250 of Australia’s leading travel writers will descend upon Thailand between 21-23 August, 2009, for their annual general meeting and awards night, expected to be the largest off-shore event for the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) since its inception in 1975. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting the ASTW’s AGM, which will include three days in Bangkok, and a series of six post-conference tours to different parts of Thailand.TAT will host a Gala Dinner for the ASTW members on 22 August, 2009, at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center @ Central World. The event will include a Thai musical and classical dance show as well as the presentation of awards for outstanding Australian travel writers, photographers, travel media organizations, and industry communicators.Thailand last hosted the Society’s AGM in 1999.Mrs Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said, “We are very happy to host so many influential communicators and travel media professionals from Australia. We expect they will have a good time here and write about Amazing Thailand when they return home, generating millions of dollars worth of publicity that far exceeds any amount that would otherwise have to be spent on promotions and advertising.”The annual ASTW Awards night is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. Full and Associate Writer Members are eligible to enter the Travel Journalism Awards, with prizes in the Destination, Trade and Photography categories. PR Members are eligible for the ASTW Communicator of the Year Award, chosen by vote by the writer members, for outstanding professional services to ASTW members. Currently, there are seventeen awards. It has become traditional for the host of the annual AGM to also offer a travel writing prize for stories (and sometimes photographs) published about the host destination. ASTW is an organisation of professionals engaged in writing, broadcasting, photographic, television and other electronic media production, and public relations executives working in the travel industry.Believing in travel as “a bridge between peoples” the Society’s members work to raise the standards of the profession. In addition, they seek to guard the right of freedom to travel and to encourage conservation and preservation of historic sites and natural wonders, and promote cultural understanding.The basic objective is to make and keep travel a quality experience for everyone and to help keep the travel industry both viable and accountable for its actions.Australia is one of major markets for Thailand. During January – April 2009, there were 193,340 Australian visitors to Thailand. Favourite destinations are Bangkok, Phuket, Samui and Krabi. The new trendy destinations are Koh Chang, Koh Tao, Koh Lanta and Koh Samet.Major tourism activities for Australian visitors are shopping, beach resorts, soft-adventure, ecotourism, elephant riding, diving, trekking, and Thai cooking class while golf, cruising, medical tourism, and spa are the new trendy activities.Many Australian visitors stop over in Thailand en route back home after visiting Europe to take in some shopping or for some quick sightseeing in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces. As of August 2009, there are 74 direct scheduled flights per week between Thailand (Bangkok; Phuket) and five major cities of Australia being operated by four airlines — THAI Airways International, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, and Jetstar Airways.Citizens of Australia can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa.Contact information: International Public Relation DivisionTourism Authority of ThailandTel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.thWeb site: www.tatnews.orgFor the latest updates, please visit www.TATnews.org last_img read more

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Westcor Land Title Insurance Selects New EVP

first_img Ryan PetersonWestcor Land Title Insurance Company recently appointed Ryan Peterson as the company’s new EVP. In his new role, Peterson will provide senior leadership to Westcor’s newest division, Investor Services.In addition, he will guide the launch of a new and innovative division of Westcor which will represent the first of its kind in the title insurance industry.Prior to joining Westcor, Peterson was the Co-founder, President, and CEO of Avenue 365 Lender Services, a national title insurance agency. There, he created a national origination services division which provided traditional title insurance and settlement services to the origination marketplace, as well as a Default Services division which provided products and services to the institutional investor marketplace.Prior to Avenue 365, Peterson was the Co-founder and ultimately CEO of Smartertitle.com, another national title insurance agency which he sold to a top 5 mortgage originator in 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Swarthmore College and is a licensed title insurance producer in 32 states.“We are extremely excited to have Ryan joining the senior executive team at Westcor,” said Mary O’Donnell, President and CEO of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company. “Ryan has proven himself as an innovative thinker in the title insurance industry through his successful launch and leadership of two national title insurance agencies. Ryan will bring that same energy, passion, and tireless quest to create new solutions to the new divisions which he will foster and oversee at Westcor.” in Headlines, News Westcor Land Title Insurance Selects New EVP Sharecenter_img January 19, 2016 530 Views evp Westcor Land Title Insurance Company 2016-01-19 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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Las Vegas Nevada – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLas Vegas, Nevada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas pairs stylish design with an adventurous and welcoming spirit – delivering a decidedly different kind of Las Vegas experience. The new 2,995-room resort will feature oversized residential style living space with expansive one-of-a-kind private terraces and spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects David Rockwell, Jeffrey Beers, Adam D.Tihany and the Friedmutter Group. Guests will enjoy diverse dining experiences from the country’s top chefs – all new to Las Vegas, unprecedented services and amenities, innovative new membership offerings, three distinct pool environments, a 110,000 square foot casino and breathtaking views of the Strip at every turn. The resort will first welcome guests in December 2010.Situated at the heart of the Strip, The Cosmopolitan’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design on just 8.7 acres of land boasts sweeping views of the Las Vegas skyline, allowing guests to feel that they are truly at the epicenter of the vibrant city while maintaining a boutique style footprint. “The Cosmopolitan is about creating a resort experience that is truly different than anything that exists right now in Las Vegas,” says John Unwin, CEO of The Cosmopolitan. “When you combine spacious suites, high design from talent like David Rockwell, a curated award-winning dining collection, unparalleled service and gaming, we know we are giving guests an experience that’s been missing in Las Vegas and harkens back to an era when guests felt connected, inspired and engaged by their resort.”The Cosmopolitan will offer culinary concepts from some of the country’s top chefs and restaurant brands, each opening for the first time in Las Vegas. To date, the prestigious roster will include: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ca by acclaimed Los Angeles chef David Myers; New York City’s Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Scarpetta and a new casual wine bar by award-winning chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The One Group.The 50-story East and West towers will be comprised of oversized hotel and condominium-style rooms ranging in size from 730 square feet to over 5400 square feet in addition to ten three-story bungalow-style suites adjacent to the west pool deck. It is anticipated that each tower will also house a collection of privately owned condominium units although the size, nature and timing of this program is dependent upon the outcome of ongoing litigation. Contemporary bespoke room décor by David Rockwell will feature spacious living areas, luxurious bathrooms, a hundred small but unique touches, and many with expansive terraces overlooking the heart of the Strip. Each room features state-of-the-art technology control panels, plasma-screen televisions, entertainment system, wireless internet and a custom in-room bar. The oversized bathrooms offer moments of unexpected tranquility combined with breathtaking views – Japanese soaking tubs, rain showers and marble floors complete the guest bath experience. Purchased by Deutsche Bank in August 2008, The Cosmopolitan consists of 2,995 rooms, nightclub and ultra lounge, 150,000 square feet of convention and banquet facilities, restaurants, 50,000 square foot spa, salon and fitness center, retail and three pool environments. The Cosmopolitan will operate under the direction of John Unwin, CEO, with more than 30 years of management experience in the hospitality industry after serving most recently as general manager of neighboring casino giant Caesars Palace for more than five years.“Deutsche Bank concluded that building a new brand, with a unique identity and guest experience, was central to the overall vision for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,” says John Gallagher, Director in Deutsche Bank’s media relations group. “As a result, rather than partnering with a existing hotel brand, the Bank brought on some of the best executives in the gaming and lodging space to form a highly experienced management and operations team, led by John Unwin. We’re confident that this team will help The Cosmopolitan become a premier feature of the city’s business and entertainment landscape.”www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2018 5:32 am PDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two beloved novels are coming this fall in special culinary editions, as curated by Martha Stewart, among others.Penguin Young Readers is launching a cookbook/literary series called “Puffin Plated,” the publisher told The Associated Press on Friday. The first two releases are Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice: The Classic Novel with Recipes for Modern Teatime Treats by Martha Stewart” and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol: The Classic Novel with Recipes for Your Holiday Menu by Giada de Laurentiis, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Trisha Yearwood.”Both volumes will be released in October. They will be illustrated and in full colour, with a “themed menu of recipes” from well-known chefs. Publisher mixing recipes with classic novelslast_img read more

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