Attention ‘Little Monsters’ – your biggest dream just became possible – and for only $10! Beginning today, Lady Gaga fans can log on to Omaze.com, make a $10 donation to the Young Storytellers Foundation and be entered for a once-in-a-generation chance to be whisked away with a friend to Costa Rica to meet Lady Gaga backstage and watch her perform in the concert of a lifetime, (remember to breathe) complete with airfare and a two night hotel stay.Meet Lady Gaga!Every five entries from this online sweepstakes empowers an underserved student with a year-long arts mentorship through Young Storytellers Foundation. You can read more about the Lady Gaga experience here.Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefitting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, they collect all the entries and select the winners through a third party computer generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so you can see how your support has impacted lives.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsIt was a classic Mohawk business success story.Using sovereign land to supply a demand in a way that no one else can.But nothing lasts forever and now the Mohawk community of Kahnawake is pulling out. email@example.com
When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, it’s often bad news for the endangered marine mammals.In Sri Lanka, however, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the traffic lane about 28 kilometres (17 miles) away to help avoid collisions between whales and freighters. The only holdout is Sri Lanka, which has so far declined to sign off.While shipping companies say they’re willing to absorb the cost of the moved corridor, the Sri Lankan government says it’s worried the relocation might make ships less inclined to stop in the country. After years of lobbying from scientists and the shipping industry, Sri Lanka said a decision might “hopefully” be made in March.Maria Cheng, The Associated Press
23 September 2011Zambia has set an example for the rest of Africa and the wider world about how power can be transferred peacefully, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he congratulated its people for its staging of presidential elections. The long-time opposition figure Michael Sata is the new President after narrowly defeating incumbent Rupiah Banda, according to media reports.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban commended Zambians for holding the ballot “in an environment that was overall peaceful and orderly,” and gave credit to the country’s electoral commission for the role it played in ensuring a credible and transparent election process.Saying he “notes with satisfaction that today’s hand-over of power has been smooth and dignified,” Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Sata on his success and praised Mr. Banda for his “message to the nation” in defeat.“The Secretary-General is pleased that Zambians have today shown Africa and the world that change can be brought about peacefully when democracy is allowed to flourish.”
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 42.77 points to 16,045.55, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.93 points to 23,369.67. The S&P 500 index was up 2.75 points to 2,575.58 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 22.36 points to 6,721.32.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.61 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 77.90 cents US.The December crude contract was up down nine cents to US$54.06 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down six cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $8.20 to US$1,269.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down one cent to US$3.10 a pound.
OTTAWA – A low interest rate and the promise of a supercharged tax refund may be the tempting lure of an RRSP loan.If people haven’t been maximizing their RRSP contributions every year, chances are they’ve accumulated a fair bit of unused contribution room.An RRSP loan may be one way to catch up on retirement savings, but they are not without possible pitfalls.Jamie Golombek, managing director for tax and estate planning at CIBC, says the key is to earn an investment return on the money being borrowed that is greater than the interest being paid on the loan.“If you are just going to invest your RRSP in a GIC which will have an interest rate lower than the rate of interest on your RRSP loan, then I would say it doesn’t make sense,” he says.Golombek says the other equally important consideration is how fast the loan can be paid back.“You want to try and pay it back as soon as possible,” he said. “Otherwise you get into a situation where you’re no further ahead in the game if this just increases your total debt load.”The RRSP contribution limit for a given year is based on income from the previous year. However, unused contribution room from earlier years is carried forward and can be used in future years.Golombek says for people who have received a large bonus or a big severance payment last year, borrowing may be a strategy that makes sense.“If the cash isn’t available because maybe they used that bonus to pay down some debt or pay down the mortgage or something else, this would be an opportunity to be able to borrow quickly, put it in and get a large tax deduction,” he said.Richa Hingorani, senior manager for financial planning support at Royal Bank, says people can reduce their taxable income by contributing to an RRSP.“The higher the taxable income for the year, the more advantageous contributing into an RRSP is and by that factor, the more advantageous taking an RRSP loan would be,” she said.However, RRSP loans aren’t for everyone.People need to be careful when considering borrowing to invest if they already have any debt, especially if they cannot afford to pay back the money quickly.“You don’t want to get into higher debt when you already have debt,” Golombek said.Hingorani says even though interest rates are now low, people need to be sure they can handle payments to pay off their loans quickly.She also recommends people use their tax refunds to help reduce the amount outstanding.“Although the loans can be expanded up to 10 years, it is not ideal to take an RRSP loan for that length of time,” she said. Low interest rates, lure of big refund serve as temptation for RRSP loans by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Tadamichi Yamamoto said those developments included the appointment of a team to negotiate with the country’s former rulers, the Taliban, and the announcement of a peace advisory board representing a broad range of political views, together with recent initiatives by key international partners.The critical task at hand is to allow political space for the main actors to formulate their positions, he added, briefing the Security Council on Monday.“The key next step would be for representatives of the Government and the Taliban to meet, or at least to formally initiate what in mediation is referred to as talks about talks,” he said.“For the sake of a peaceful future of Afghanistan, these opportunities must be fulfilled, and the risks managed,” added Mr. Yamamoto, expressing hope that the current momentum will bring parties together and allow them to explore how they can move towards a peaceful settlement.Mr. Yamamoto, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, urged countries in the region “to contribute” to create an environment conducive to peace talks, allowing the people of Afghanistan to resolve their internal differences through negotiations.“All international efforts, including those by regional actors and neighbours, need to be in concert and aligned with the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace efforts,” he saidMr. Yamamoto informed also briefed Council members on October’s parliamentary and presidential elections, the continuing high numbers of civilian casualties, and the need to implement anti-corruption reforms in the interest of economic development.Fall in opium production, but ‘high rates’ of drug useYury Fedetov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also highlighted the importance of combatting corruption and controlling illicit narcotics in the country.He said that even though the area under opium cultivation – and the quantity of opium being produced – fell overall, largely due to drought, production levels were still high, resulting in “high rates” of drug use.“This poses a grave threat to public health and safety and hinders peacebuilding, economic growth and stability,” said Mr. Fedetov, adding that “balanced responses” to drug supply and demand are therefore critical.The head of UNODC also updated Council members on the work of his Office in Afghanistan, including its work helping with anti-corruption, governance, rule of law, and human rights issues across the country, as well as regional assistance.“[The UNODC Office] in Kabul is supporting the Afghan Government in identifying common targets under a regional counter-narcotics strategy, which should be fully plugged in with existing coordination mechanisms.”
From left: Brock researchers Nota Klentrou, Stephen Cheung, Bareket Falk and Alan Rigby are part of a study looking to improve wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy.A five-member Brock University research team has partnered with two community groups – Niagara Children’s Centre and Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics – to find out more about how and why children with cerebral palsy produce heat and get sweaty in their chairs.“At the end, we will be able to recommend a seating system that would allow children with cerebral palsy and others – from spinal cord injured to elite athletes in wheelchairs – to be in their seat for a long time without the risk of developing pressure sores,” says project team leader Bareket Falk, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology.Alan Rigby, co-owner of Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics who began his PhD studies at Brock three years ago, is one of the research team’s members in the CoolWheel Study.Rigby says the team’s research came out of a problem he and his colleagues noticed with children at his centre.Children with cerebral palsy sitting in wheelchairs can get particularly hot, sweaty and uncomfortable. They get pressure sores that, when infected, cause a lot of suffering.“We treat children who are in wheelchairs and, for the most part, are unable to communicate for themselves,” says Rigby.“When we pick them and take them out of the chair, they are soaking wet. They’re damp from sweat. So that’s that moment of: this can’t be right. Is this normal? Can we do anything about it? And what impact does it have?”The other members of the research team are Stephen Cheung, Gary Hodges and Nota Klentrou, all from the Department of Kinesiology. Chris Tawill and Julie McNamara from the Niagara Children’s Centre will be working with the team.Cheung says children with cerebral palsy are particularly vulnerable to becoming overheated.“The added stress of cerebral palsy is that much of the time they’re contracting their muscles, so they’re building extra heat, they’re changing their local tissue blood flow because they are in a high state of involuntary contraction all of the time,” he says.Oksana Fisher, chief executive officer of the Niagara Children’s Centre, says her organization is “very pleased” to be partnering with Brock in in the CoolWheel Study.“Examining whether better heat dissipation can improve skin quality and integrity is a novel concept,” she says.“This information is very relevant to the therapists at the Children’s Centre as it will support the development of the most appropriate care protocols for our clients who spend significant periods of time seated in a wheelchair.”Associate Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier says the team works well together to solve an issue “of substance to the members of the Niagara community.”“What you’ve done as a team is to identify a problem that needs to be solved and that can’t be solved by any one member of the team,” he says. “Synergy occurs when you have members of the team with complementary skills, so when you put them together, you solve the problem.”The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada awarded the team more than $585,000 earlier this year for the study.
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. He told how WhatsApp groups or email chains often end up being “dominated by a few key players” and become “home to vitriolic tirades”. “Minor complaints become amplified to an unintelligible degree: one lost sock takes on a proportion never intended and, far from being constructive, perspective can quickly be lost,” he said.Mr Floyd described how the fall-out from these group communications can spiral out of control, and even have knock-on consequences for the parents or even pupils, especially when issues are “left to fester”.Schools should encourage as much dialogue as possible with parents but rather than becoming over-reliant on online forums, they should return to old fashioned face-to-face conversations.“We all know that email is a poor method of communicating as tone, nuance and language become subjective,” he said.“Even punctuation can be left open to interpretation. Of course, it is possible to argue that these groups are just a digital version of the ‘school gate’ culture of old.“But people talked at the school gate, face-to-face, and issues didn’t take on such a life of their own.”Mount Kelly, a co-educational school for children aged three to 18, charges up to £30,000-a-year for full boarders in the senior school. Teachers have previously complained about parents bombarding them late at night with emails.Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which is now part of the National Education Union, have raised concerns about the increase in angry emails from parents demanding details about their child’s day at school. Schools should encourage as much dialogue as possible with parents WhatsApp groups for parents create a “forum for negativity” full of “vitriolic tirades”, a leading headmaster has warned, as he urges schools to return to face-to-face communication.Dominic Floyd, head of Mount Kelly’s £24,000-a-year preparatory school in Devon, said there is a “worrying” trend towards schools setting up mass email chains or large group conversations on social media platforms for parents.He said that these can undermine the “delicate and critical” relationship between parents and their child’s school.Writing in the Spring edition of Attain magazine, he explained that this relationship has been “eroded” in recent years as a result of “messages posted through WhatsApp groups or round-robin emails to all parents in a particular year”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While these can be a useful way for teachers to communicate with mothers and fathers of pupils in a particular form or year group, he warned that they also have a downside. “The rise of these form or year group gatherings demonstrate a worrying state of affairs for some parents,” Mr Floyd wrote.“While these groups can be helpful, and really positive, they can also fuel misunderstanding and become a forum for negativity.”
After Microsoft’s U-turn on Kinect hacking, the corporate giant made the source code available for developers this month so that they could start to write applications for Windows 7 using the gesture controls of the Kinect system. The tool set was called Kinect for Windows SDK and After-mouse.com could well be the first company to release a retail app for Kinect on Windows 7.The After-mouse application seems to be geared up for the consumer buying market as you have the option to search through a company database, consult prices, and manipulate multimedia content such as pictures and videos. Additionally, you can use it to browse brochures and use the system to control 3D images of the products they sell. The video below shows this off better, as you can clearly see the guy rotating a 3D image of a smartphone, thus showcasing all aspects of the product’s design.AdChoices广告As a customer, you can even use the interface to compare products against one another and order your preferred choice directly from the software using the included basket function. This consumer angle is further enhanced by the fact that the system can be controlled using any device with a Kinect and the Windows 7 OS. Plus it can be used behind a window, so shop owners could stick this on display and customers could come over and try out the application as they are walking past.After-mouse is confident that this will take off, as the company has a long history in tactile software development – not just with Kinect and Windows 7, but also with Microsoft Surface. Using Surface they launched a variety of titles ranging from games to retail. The company’s long term goal, however, is to develop more titles for the Kinect using the above experiences as the main driving force.Read more at neowin.net
A Battle Ground man who allegedly cut his mother’s throat while she was preparing a meal has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.Vladimir Tkachuk, 36, will be sent to Western State Hospital for the evaluation, which will determine whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.His mother, Dina Tkachuk, 54, survived the attack.Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson ordered the evaluation at the request of Tkachuk’s court-appointed attorney, Chuck Buckley Jr.Tkachuk has been in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since his arrest March 28.He may not be arraigned on charges of second-degree attempted murder and third-degree assault until he is found competent. Mentally competent, by definition of the law, is the ability to assist in one’s own defense. Someone may be legally competent and still have a mental illness.Court records indicate that Tkachuk reported he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.Dina Tkachuk sustained a 3- to 4-inch laceration on her neck and one on her cheek in the attack, according to court records. She was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.The defendant’s 15-year-old sister, Kristina Tkachuk, said she heard their mother scream about noon March 28. She went into the kitchen and saw her mother lying on the floor bleeding. Vladimir Tkachuk was standing over her holding a knife, according to court records. Kristina Tkachuk said she took the knife away from him; her finger was cut in the process. She then tried but failed to push him out of the house, she said. When she called 911, she said, Tkachuk grabbed a steak knife.A neighbor, Nina Zabolotskaya, said she also heard screaming and knocked on the family’s door to see what was the matter. When the neighbor entered the house, Vladimir Tkachuk “completely changed,” Kristina Tkachuk said. He started saying, “Mama, forgive me, forgive me,” according to court records.
Will the sun shine for the final weekend of the Clark County Fair? Check the forecast here.Atkins, Gardner advance in Clark County sheriff’s raceAfter a months-long battle for sheriff, the likes of which Clark County voters hadn’t seen in decades, former Commander Chuck Atkins and community outreach Sgt. Shane Gardner emerged from Tuesday’s primary. They will face each other in November’s general election.The two candidates bested retired sheriff’s Commander John Graser and former Detective Ed Owens. As of Tuesday evening, Atkins had received 41.48 percent of the vote to Gardner’s 31.98 percent, with overall voter turnout of 21.95 percent. While most candidates gathered at the county’s Public Service Building, Atkins watched from a friend’s house as the returns were announced. He said by phone the primary was only the first step in advancing toward the sheriff’s office.“I am very happy with the numbers,” he said. “They are kind of in the area I was hoping for.”He said he would not change his message as he continues campaigning.Gardner said he was humbled by the primary election’s outcome. He’s running as a nonpartisan candidate but was uncertain how that would play in the conservative county. Atkins is running as a Republican.
In addition, AT&T will offer select wireless customers on other tiers a six-month free trial of Spotify Premium, after which they will have the option to subscribe for $9.99 per month. The telco positioned the pact as the beginning of an “ongoing collaboration” with Spotify. “It’s another way we are working to deliver more value to AT&T customers with unlimited wireless and endless entertainment,” said Mitch Farber, VP of consumer marketing for AT&T Mobility & Entertainment. Related Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw AT&T, Nexstar End Blackout, Strike New Carriage Deal Spotify, looking for a new avenue of subscriber growth, is teaming with AT&T on bundling and promotional offers for the wireless carrier’s customers.Starting Tuesday (Aug. 6), customers of AT&T’s Unlimited &More Premium plan — its most expensive tier — can select a Spotify Premium subscription from among seven premium entertainment options, for no extra charge. The Unlimited &More Premium plans start at $80 monthly per line (with discounts for additional lines).Under the offer, existing Spotify Premium subscribers who have AT&T’s Unlimited &More Premium plan (or sign up for it) will be able to maintain their current Spotify account, and opt to receive the service free through the entertainment-bundle offer. Customers on the AT&T plan also can select WarnerMedia’s HBO, Cinemax or VRV, or Showtime, Starz or Pandora as their free entertainment option. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Typically under such pacts, the distribution partner (i.e. AT&T) pays a per-subscriber bounty to the service provider (i.e. Spotify) for every customer that takes advantage of the bundle offer.For the second quarter of 2019, Spotify added 8 million paying customers — fewer than expected — to reach around 108 million worldwide. Overall, including free, ad-supported accounts, Spotify counted 232 million monthly active users as of the end of June.Spotify has previously run similar bundle offers with Hulu. Under their most recent partnership this spring, all Spotify Premium users in the U.S. were eligible to get access to Hulu’s streaming video plan with ads for no extra cost (a deal that ended in June).“We continue to build relationships with world-class partners like AT&T to bring our Spotify Premium product to new audiences in the U.S. and across the globe,” Marc Hazan, Spotify’s VP of premium partnerships, said in a statement.
Stay on target Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters When Apple announces a brand new product, the whole tech world listens. Yeah, some Apple innovations may be better and more influential than others. We figure folks have fonder feelings for the iPod and iPhone than they do for the Apple Watch or recent messy HomePod. But it’s a big deal when Apple has something totally new to show, and that only happens every so often. Now, thanks to a recent patent, we think the next totally new thing from Apple might be a laptop made up of two touch screens.Before you get too excited, remember that companies file patents on the time. It’s just a standard thing to do to protect your ideas from competitors, whether you ever plan on actually going through with them or not. So the Apple device we’re about to describe is purely theoretical at the moment.But this does sound like something Apple would do. The patent describes a laptop that instead of consisting of a screen and a physical keyboard it would actually be two touch screens joined at the hip. Basically it’s two iPads stuck together together by a hinge that’s either permanent or detachable like a Microsoft Surface Book.AdChoices广告Presumably, one screen would act like a normal laptop screen while the second screen could take on all sorts of dynamic features. It could turn into a custom keyboard with specialized controls for certain apps. It would be like the Touch Bar on new MacBook Pros but even more extreme. Use an Apple Pencil with it perhaps. Maybe you could forgo the keyboard and use it like a dual-monitor iPad. The operating this device would hypothetically run on, OS X or iOS, would also tell us a lot about its intended uses. Heck, with its dual-screen setup, we could even use this device to play nice high-res remakes of classic Nintendo DS games.An Apple laptop that’s just two screens wouldn’t be ideal for every computing scenarios where you just want a normal keyboard and mouse. We’re getting flashbacks of the Apple Wheel Onion sketch. But this does have a kind of absurd potential we like to see in a tech industry that can get too comfortable just putting out new chips instead of new ideas. But again, this is just a patent right now. So don’t camp out in front of your local Apple store looking for your dual-screen MacBook and/or iPad just yet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League(AACL) is desperately looking for this cat. It went missing in the Van Riebeck area. If you have seen this cat then please contact the league as soon as possible.Adorable and playful dogs are up for adoption this week, if you are interested in adopting a new best friend, then contact Annamarie Koen on 076-151-1784.You can also visit the league on the N11 before the Limit Hill robots and choose which pet is suitable for your family. The AACL would like to make the community aware that their working hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday (the kennels are closed on Sundays).The league found a Fox Terrier female in Limit Hill Heights and a Labrador Male in Fairclough Road, if these dogs belong to you then please contact the league as soon as possible.Also read: Beware: Dog poisoning hits Ladysmith hard with ‘Two-Step’A reminder to the community that we do not go out and pick up stray dogs and cats. The local municipality is in charge of picking up strays.A very special thank you to Pierre Massyn, Rian and Ankia Du Plessis, Tuinhuis and Meat Munchers for their kind contributions to the league.Any contribution is greatly appreciated.The league desperately needs cash.If you want to contribute, then you can make a deposit into their bank account.The details are: Nedbank, Ladysmith, Cheque Account: 1330077512, Branch Code: 1330.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar’s new ‘Real Travel Deals’ promotion is designed to incentivize consumer demand and drive business into travel agencies.The ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ deals are in line with clients demand for better deals that reflect their booking preferences, says Trafalgar’s Global CEO, Gavin Tollman.“We are and will always be the #AgentsFirst brand, and aligning our offering to the needs and demands of our agents and clients is our first priority,” says Tollman. “We know clients have been waiting to book their 2019 travels and are now craving enticing on-the-spot offers, so they can book and secure the trip of their dreams, and let the excitement of their upcoming travels begin.”All the deals are one-offs and none will ever be the same, says the company. Plus, VIT past guests can save even more with an additional 5% off selected trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America and Australia and New Zealand.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe Real Travel Deals are another way Trafalgar is working “to help our loyal travel agent partners close the sale with Trafalgar, the brand who truly delivers on your clients’ travel dreams,” added Tollman.Trafalgar says agents can look out for more Real Travel Deals updates at trafalgar.com/en-ca/tools-for-agents/agent-home. Trafalgar aims to spur bookings with new ‘Real Travel Deals’ promotion Thursday, April 4, 2019 Share Travelweek Group Tags: Promotions, Trafalgar << Previous PostNext Post >>
RomeríaPilgrims from all over Costa Rica and Central America converge on the city of Cartago to pay their respects to “La Negrita,” the Virgin of Los Ángeles, the patron saint of Costa Rica.The Romería takes place Aug. 1 & 2 outside Our Lady of Los Angeles Basilica, Cartago. Events take place all day. Free. Info: SiCultura website.Dance: HomotextualA contemporary dance show in which producer and dancer Adrián Figueroa creates a psychological approach to the audience, interpreting though dance the search for personal identity and other themes.“Homotextual” takes place July 30-31 and August 1 at Gráfica Génesis, 13 Street, Ave. 12-14, San José. ₡3,000 – 4,000 ($6 – 8). 8p.m. More info at 2223-8263.Theater: “Liars, Lovers, and Fools”Actors from the Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica presents a compilation of scenes and monologues featuring Shakespearean characters. Reservations required.“Liars, Lovers, and Fools” takes place August 2 at SiNEM, San Ramon. ₡5,000 ($10). 1p.m. More info and tickets at firstname.lastname@example.orgCraft Fair: “Hecho aquí”Costa Rican artisans and designers will exhibit and sell their products, from jewelry, clothing, dolls and other textiles, to natural creams and ointments, as well as plants and traditional Costa Rican food. A variety of free activities and events will be offered to attendees – highlights below.La Antigua Aduana, downtown San José, July 31-August 1 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and August 2 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Events include: Friday July 31: National Dance Company will present the single “Piscis,” 1 pm. National Center of Music presents the National Institute of Music’s Flute Choir, 2 pm. Circus dance group “Adila,” 3 p.m. Presentation of the Ministry of Culture and Youth’s Typical Music Group, 4:30 pm. “Puppets in Prague,” traveling show, 5 p.m. Saturday August 1: Cimarrona “Los Parranderos,” 12p.m. “Puppets in Prague,” 12 p.m. National Center of Music presents the National Institute of Music’s Saxophone Quartet “Muse,” 2 p.m. Heredian Choreographic Group of Merecumbé, 7 p.m. Sunday August 2: “Puppets in Prague,” 12 p.m. National Institute of Music’s Saxophone Quartet “Nnesax,” 2 p.m. More info at the event website. El Sótano Concerts: From Mediterranean to BluesEl Sótano in Barrio Amón, San José, presents a musical triple feature.The Movement in Codes + Las Robertas + The Cuadros: Three indie groups offer a special concert. July 31. ₡3,000 ($6). 9p.m. More info Event Facebook page or 2221-2302Blues Festival: El Sótano’s second blues festival features bands such as Oak & Feathers, The Funkadelic Groove Machine, Rocío Azul y Los Gatos Blue, Glorious Bastards, Blues Devils, Blind Pigs, Adone (piano solo), Three for Blues, Robbie Clark, Navil Blues, Calacas Blues, Debbie Davies from the United States and the JR Blues Band and Andy Egert (Switzerland). August 1, 3p.m. ₡10,000 ($20). More info at Events Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/591540680988807/ or at 2221-2302.Äkira: A World Music band specializing in Mediterranean music celebrates the release of its first EP, “El Mercader.” August 5, 10p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Ticket price includes a copy of the EP). More info at Äkira Facebook page or at 2221-2302. Facebook Comments Related posts:U.S. Independence Day Concert, ExpoVida 2015 and other happenings around Costa Rica Patriotic tunes, Children’s Day theater, and more events around Costa Rica Cancer awareness run, river picnics, and other happenings around Costa Rica Cultural Center anniversary, vegan fair, and more events around Costa Rica
Emirates has reached the top 200 of the world’s biggest brands for the first time, according to the 2015 Brand Finance Global 500 report released this week.For the fourth consecutive year, Emirates has steadily climbed the table of the Top 500 most valuable brands in the world and now sits at number 196.Increasing its overall position of 38 spots in just 12 months, the airline attributes its success to a strong commitment to product and service excellence, as well as investments in its brand.Emirates’ estimated brand value has grown more than 21 per cent from USD$5.48 billion to USD$6.6 billion.The airline also retains its long standing position as the most valuable brand in the Middle East, and the most valuable airline brand.Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark, said that Emirates is a global company serving a global audience, and is constantly growing its brand.“Our brand strategy does not only involve marketing and sponsorships, but everything we do including product innovation and service delivery. For us, our customers are the ultimate judges and jury. Being named the most valuable airline brand in the world is great recognition for each and every one of our staff,” Sir Tim Clark said.In 2014, Emirates marked a record launch of 10 new A380 routes, bringing the network to over 145 passenger and cargo destinations, from Burkina Faso to Buenos Aires, and spanning six continents.In 2015 the airline operates, on average, 3,500 flights per week increasing the number of city-pair combinations that the airline offers to its leisure, business and cargo customers across its global network.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2018 1:24 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Western, Ottawa gamers go after League of Legends College Championship The League of Legends College Championship trophy is shown at the tournament in Los Angeles on May 28, 2017. University gamers from Western Ontario and Ottawa are hoping to continue Canada’s record of excellence at the League of Legends College Championship in Los Angeles. The University of Toronto made it to last year’s final, losing to Maryville University. UBC won the crown in 2015 and 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO University gamers from Western Ontario and Ottawa are hoping to continue Canada’s record of excellence at the League of Legends College Championship in Los Angeles.The University of Toronto made it to last year’s final, losing to Maryville University. UBC won the crown in 2015 and 2016.Western and Ottawa open play Friday at the eight-team competition. Third-seeded Western takes on No. 6 Maryland while No. 7 Ottawa faces No. 2 UC Irvine.The final goes Sunday.“We’re confident in our players,” said Kyle Raposo, captain of the Western team. “Just like the rest of the world, we feel like we have a statement to make.”They will do so by casting spells, wielding weapons and relying on a champion in the popular online title, which developer Riot Games calls the most-played PC game in the world.“The adrenalin is flowing every single day if I’m being honest, during practice and whatnot,” Raposo said. “It’s definitely an experience of a lifetime to be here, representing Western and Canada in a sense.”Maryville, a school located just outside St. Louis that founded its esports program in 2015 and was one of the first U.S. colleges to offer esports scholarships, is back as top seed this year.The two Canadian teams will meet in the semifinals if they advance. Western won 3-0 when they met in the final of the East conference.Ottawa had had its own way before running into Western.“I remember feeling very frustrated because I thought we were so strong,” said Ottawa’s Kenny Dang. “But this was a team that was better than us. So I definitely have a lot of regret. Hopefully we can meet them in the semis … for redemption.”The competition features five-player teams, although both Ottawa and Western have talent to spare by bringing in larger squads.The championship is run by Riot Games, which says more than 300 schools competed in 2018. The finals are staged before a live audience in its NA LCS Studio.At stake this weekend are bragging rights. The eight finalists have already earned scholarship money for getting this far with regional conference champions each earning US$8,000, and the runner-ups getting $4,000.University of OttawaIan Pessoa (Chimonaa1), Peter Shi (BlazedNova), Kyle Raposo (Shorthop), Winston Herold (JuIius), Andi Wang (o0OepicO0o), Emily Ding (Au .mily), Husni El-Farra (SleePpy), Dohyun Kim (Disconnector).University of Western OntarioKenny Dang (Yoken), James Gilhespy (OpenBackpack), Jonas Kraft (digitalotus), Zaryab Syed (Hairyabs), Johar Syed (Exchanged), Kevin Lin (XPsionicsx), Nicolas Abanto Enns (Exver).Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter