first_imgMelinda and Scott Van Hoomissen play Big Buck HD at Jake’s Bar and Grill on October 26. Melinda Van Hoomissen isn’t content with her second-place finish in the Ladies Tournament of the Big Buck Hunter World Championships in New York City.Instead, she said she has two-time winner Sara Erlandson in her sights — and she’ll be training hard to take her down next year and bring the grand prize home to Vancouver.“Sara owns a bar, and she was playing a lot on her own machine, but I’m not making excuses,” Van Hoomissen said. “We have a rivalry going now. I’m going to do better next year.”The video game, played in bars, on consoles and even smartphones throughout the world, is a fast-paced shooter where players compete to have the cleanest, quickest kills of virtual animals. Play Mechanix, which makes Big Buck Hunter, has about 40,000 machines networked together in bars around the country.Van Hoomissen netted a $1,500 prize with the second-place finish in the championship, held Nov. 9-11. She finished 21st in the main tournament, which includes both genders.last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — Police have moved a protester attached to a barrel full of concrete off of a railroad track at a Portland oil terminal and arrested her.Officers used an electric saw and a hammer to free the woman Monday. Her arm was locked to rebar inside the concrete.She was identified as 22-year-old Irene Marjorie Milsom of Portland, a member of Portland Rising Tide.The group said its point is that while shipments of oil occasionally explode in derailments, the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting change in the climate “causes far greater harm to communities.”Police said Milsom would be charged with misdemeanors: trespassing, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.A spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson, told The Oregonian that she was on a side track and didn’t block any rail cars.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Wilmington School Committee gave Superintendent Glenn Brand the “green light” to begin the process of evaluating the district’s school start times.“One of the prominent areas of concern that I have heard from many over the course of the last few months pertains to the current school start times across our district,” said Brand. “It seems clear that there are widely held views by many throughout our community that attention needs to be given to examining the current start times of our schools.”“The current start times at our secondary schools are considered by many as extremely early and at odds with what research identifies as appropriate for young adolescent students,” Brand wrote in a memo to the School Committee. “Additionally, there is a wide spread of start and end times across the district which are problematic for a number of reasons.”Brand also noted that Wilmington is “falling out of step” with many Middlesex Valley League districts who have made recent changes to their start time. Examples include: Arlington High (8am start); Melrose High (8:15am start); Watertown & Winchester High (8:30am start); and Burlington High (8:35am start).“Our district was preparing to embark upon a study of the current start times in the fall of 2016 in an effort to keep pace with the commitment that Wilmington Public Schools made in concert with the Middlesex Valley League Superintendents at that time,” explained Brand. “The launch of this work never took place given the challenges that the district faced at the time…. It is my recommendation that we establish a plan to resume our commitment to examine our current start times with an eye toward making adjustments that bring our district closer-in-line with the research community has identified as more appropriate to support the overall well-being of our children.”Brand cautioned that this work will be “challenging, require time, and quite likely, may require some degree of additional financial resources.”Details Of The PlanBrand proposed the following timeline, stressing changes – if any – wouldn’t take place until the start of the 2021-2022 school year.:September 2019: Outreach to the community to solicit volunteers for the Start Time CommitteeFall 2019-Spring 2020: Start Time Committee workMay/June 2020: Report & Recommendations presented to the School CommitteeLate Fall 2020: School Committee votes any changes to the school schedules and transportation routingFall 2021: Schedule and/or transportation routing changes to into effectThe Start Time Committee would consist of 6 staff members (2: elementary, 2: middle; 2: high); 6 parents/guardians (2: elementary, 2: middle, 2: high); 2 high school students; 2 School Committee members; 2 school building administrators; 2 Central Office Leadership Team members; the Athletic Director; and the CARES Program Director.The Start Time Committee would focus on three areas:Research & Education: gather information regarding the contemporary research around start time and insight into surrounding school districts that have made changes to their start times. This area will also articulate the key issues and considerations connected with changing school start times.Communications & Outreach: disseminate information and progress of the committee that will include planning, developing and overseeing the committee’s outreach which will gather feedback, opinions and perspectives regarding options developed.Scenario & Option Development: work closely with the transportation department and bus company to develop start time scenarios and options district-wideBrand noted that in a previous district he worked at, he led a year-long effort to evaluate and change school start times.“I have some insight in terms of knowing this is a large endeavor. Once you start to get into the considerations, it’s complex and there’s lots to do,” said Brand. “I need to press play again in our district’s effort to explore changing our start times. They’re quite early, especially at the Middle School (7:20am).”School Committee Feedback“We’re all aware this isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. There’s a lot of work and consideration,” said School Committee Chair Julie Broussard. “We can’t make any assumptions — that’s not fair to our kids. It’s important to do the work. Let’s tak our time and do it the right way.”“This timeline looks realistic and speaks to the magnitude of the task,” said School Committee member David Ragsdale. “It’s very easy to see the disruption changes would cause, but it’s much harder to see the costs we’re paying now. The research is very, very clear. Over and over again, we find that the secondary student’s sleep deficiencies are really having an affect on them. There are costs [with the current start times] being born now that aren’t as visible, but are very real.”School Committee member MJ Byrnes said she was concerned with what potential changes would have the CARES before and after school programs. She also did not want to see the district have to implement any sort of busing fees.School Committee member Steve Bjork asked what challenges will the School Start Time Committee face.Brand stressed that the Committee must wage a campaign to educate the community to get buy-in from all stakeholders. He also noted that the Committee will be faced with many “trade-offs.” For example, if the high school and middle school start their days later, the lower schools may have to start their days earlier.  (“There’s generally a flip flop.”) Brand also listed potential issues surrounding transportation costs (additional buses may be needed), enforcement of the district’s transportation policy (the district is currently busing many students that technically live close enough to their school that the district isn’t required to bus them), staff contracts, athletics, and childcare.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”last_img read more

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Hyundai All the cool new car stuff at CES 2018 CES 2019: More coverage than you can shake a stick atCES 2019: The schedule so far14 questions CES 2019 needs to answerCES 2019 automotive preview: New cars and tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Car Industry Concept Cars Hyundai’s Elevate concept can climb a five-foot wall While CES technically kicks off when the show floor opens on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the two preceding days are rife with previews and press conferences offering up hints at what to expect from tech’s biggest show of the year. While Monday’s conference schedule kicked off with LG at 8 a.m. PT, Hyundai’s wild concept didn’t take center stage until 3 p.m. PT.We had originally hoped to stream Hyundai’s press conference live, but we were unable to do so because of unforeseen technical limitations. But nothing could stop us from bringing you what could be the wildest concept to land at CES in years.What to Hyundai brought to CES 2019The Hyundai Elevate has to be seen to be believed. Sure, it can function like a normal car, but between the body and the wheels lies a set of mechanical “legs” that can lift the body to the sky. Hyundai imagines this mobility as a boon for first responders, climbing five-foot walls and spanning five-foot gaps in an effort to save victims of natural disasters as quickly as possible.It’s also electric, with four motors living inside each of the wheels — that compactness, by the way, prevents additional mechanical linkages further complicating the already complicated mechanical legs. Think of it like an AT-AT from Star Wars, except it’s used for good and not to promote the whims of the Empire.Editors’ note: Updated January 7 at 2:10 p.m. PT to indicate that there will not be a livestream. Post a comment 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice CES 2019 Hyundai More From Roadshow 37 Photos 22 Photoslast_img read more

first_imgThe state fire marshal last week banned the use of fireworks in most populated areas of the state because of fire danger. The Anchorage Fire Department says all fireworks shows have been canceled in Anchorage, Eagle River and surrounding areas due to extreme dry weather. Personal fireworks are banned by ordinance in Anchorage. The fire marshal on Tuesday canceled the suspension for western Alaska, including Dillingham, Bethel, McGrath, Nome and Kotzebue. A burn ban also remains in effect, covering bonfires, campfires and burning of debris. Barbecue grills are allowed. That ban covers the Matanuska-Susitna, Fairbanks, Kodiak and Kenai Peninsula boroughs, the Copper River Valley and the northern Panhandle, which includes Juneau, Haines and Skagway. Independence Day celebration fireworks were planned in Eagle River for Wednesday night and in Anchorage on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgTEHRAN: Iran warned the United States on Saturday that any aggression against the Islamic republic would have serious consequences for US interests across the Middle East. “Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies”, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “Today, the situation in the region is to Iran’s advantage.”If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned. President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States was “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran but pulled back at the last minute as it would not have been a “proportionate” response to Tehran’s shooting down of an unmanned US drone. The downing of the drone — which Tehran insists violated its airspace, a claim Washington denies — has seen tensions between the two countries spike after a series of attacks on oil tankers the US has blamed on Iran.last_img read more

first_imgA man walks past a Tata sign outside their offices in London, Britain March 30, 2016.Reuters fileTata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran has started consolidation at the Tata Group by clustering all defence businesses under one company in order to make the business leaner from a loosely held conglomerate, and also tap opportunities arising from India’s growing defence spends.The group is also considering consolidation in its financial services businesses spanning corporate and retail lending to mutual funds and insurance, besides creating a larger infrastructure vertical by bringing all related companies under one umbrella. Some infrastructure businesses include Tata Realty and Infrastructure and consultant Tata Projects, The Economic Times reported on Monday.Tata’s defence businesses are presently dispersed across multiple units. Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Advanced Materials and Tata Industrial Services are standalone defence and aerospace businesses. The rest are part of companies such as Tata Power, Tata Motors, TAL Manufacturing Solutions, Tata Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel, Tata Elxsi and Titan.Tata’s defence businesses clocked in revenues of Rs 2,650 crore in fiscal 2016, an increase of 7.5 percent from the year earlier. In the last five years, the group’s revenues from defence and aerospace has grown at a CAGR of 18 percent.”All companies working in security and defence will be brought under one umbrella. The thought has been there for three years. It is now finally moving ahead,” a senior official familiar with the matter told ET. “This will help them big for larger defence projects with a higher net worth,” he added.The consolidation exercise will first look at merging unlisted companies in related businesses under one umbrella and later repeat the similar exercise in the listed companies.Soon after becoming the chairman of group’s holding company Tata Sons in February, N Chandrasekaran recruited several investment bankers, pointing to mergers and acquisitions as a key theme for the future. He appointed ace investment banker Saurabh Aggarwal in May as Tata Sons chief financial officer.”The Tatas are getting into defence in a big way. Bringing all the companies together will bring synergies, coherence and avoid duplication. More importantly, they would need scale to benefit from the government’s new ‘strategic partnership’ policy,” a consultant told to ET.”They need to have one holding company in defence that can then in turn have special purpose vehicles and joint ventures (with foreign players) to participate in strategic partnership programme,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgAssistant high commissioner of India in Chattogram Anindya Banerjee visits the 27th Chattogram International Trade Fair in Chattogram on Saturday, 23 March, 2019. Photo: UNB Assistant high commissioner of India in Chattogram Anindya Banerjee on Saturday said around 145,000 Bangladeshi nationals visited India last year on tourism, medical and business purposes, reports UNB. At a press briefing at the assistant high commission’s stall of the ongoing 27th Chattogram International Trade Fair, he also said Indian visa application centres have been opened in Brahmanbaria, Cumilla and Noakhali too to facilitate easy access to Indian visas.Anindya said more Bangladeshi people are getting interested to make foreign trips following Bangladesh’s economic advancement and enhancement of their living standard. “India is an ideal place for visit at a cheaper cost,” he said.Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mahbubul Alam, its vice-president Syed Zaman Ahmed and directors Mostafa Chowdhury, Zahirul Islam Chowdhury and Anjan Shekhar Das were present.Mentioning that India always provides assistance to Bangladesh as its true and trusted friend, Mahbubul expressed the hope that it will participate in the fair as a partner country in the future and sought assistant high commission’s cooperation in this regard.last_img read more

first_imgThe human hauler is seen at the spot as a Maitree Express hit it in an unguarded level crossing in Sirajganj on 13 April. Photo: CollectedAt least three people were killed as Dhaka- bound Maitree Express train hit a human hauler on an unguarded level crossing in Koyelgati area of Kamarkhand upazila in Sirajganj, reports UNB.The deceased were Surja Mia, 34, son of Raham Ali of Udaypur village, Rafikul Islam, 35, son of Bishaw Mandal of Pakuria village, Nehar, 37, son of Abdul Hamid of the same village in the upazila.Officer-in-charge of GRP police station Harul Majumdar said the train hit the human hauler when it was passing through the level crossing, leaving one of its passenger dead on the sopt.Two other passengers died at hospital.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A pair of professors, one with Charles Darwin University, the other Southern Cross University, both in Australia, has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature decrying the chaotic state regarding the classification of complex organisms. In their paper, Stephen Garnett and Les Christidis contend that failure to regulate taxonomy in the coming years could cause serious problems for conservation efforts directed towards preserving biodiversity. At the root of the problem, the authors point out, is that there is no single definition for the word “species”—they have found there exist approximately 30 definitions for the word, which allows scientists, politicians and other entities free reign to use it in whatever context they choose to meet their specific needs. But that, they note, puts at risk the validity of research efforts and provides fertile ground for those seeking to usurp conservation efforts for financial gain. They offer cannabis as an example: Some “species” offer the high users seek, while others do not—changing the classification could have legal ramifications both for those convicted of using it or going forward—should some species be legal and others not? There is also the case of killer whales—some have suggested breaking them into three distinct species, but if that happens, would all three remain protected from hunters? Another example is separating the Florida panther from the North American cougar. Doing so could allow those seeking to buy protected land in Florida for development purposes an opportunity if wording in state laws suddenly ceases to protect areas where the big cats live.What needs to happen, the authors suggest, is for a single body to take ownership of taxonomy—one capable of creating a definition for the words that are used to describe plant and animal groups. They suggest further that the proper group should be the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), and they offer a four-step process for how it could be done: The IUBS would need to agree to take on such a role, a taxonomic commission would have to be created to agree on rules, subcommittees would need to be created to deal with organism subsets, and finally, a judicial committee would need to be created to serve as the final arbiter when disputes arise. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Stephen T. Garnett et al. Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/546025a Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas could reap large rewards Citation: Professors call for an end to the chaotic classification of organisms (2017, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-professors-chaotic-classification.htmllast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Police and State Transport department joined hands to act against overloaded trucks.A few days ago, during administrative review meeting in several districts, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered the police and the administration of the respective districts to take stringent action against over loading. According to the sources, Banerjee was quite annoyed with the overloaded trucks specially the trucks carrying sand. She also expressed her concern about the illegal sand overloading going on since a few months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring her review meetings she instructed the police and the district administration to act against over loading of trucks. Focusing on the Chief Minister’s order, every district administration has started acting against overloading. In several district, the Motor Vehicles Inspector (MVI) from the concerned Regional Transport Authority (RTA) are keeping a strict vigil with assistance from the state police. During the last one week several overloaded trucks have been detained. The owners have been prosecuted accordingly for driving their trucks in Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedsuch a condition. According to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), overloading in the goods vehicles is a menace and a matter of serious concern. A substantial number of the road accident occurs only because of overloading. It causes huge damage and destruction. The damage and destruction of roads call for frequent repairing inflicting burden on state exchequer. The district and Kolkata police are equipped with motor vehicle Acts to lodge cases against the offenders and the vehicles. On Sunday, the police have seized 21 trucks at Ratanpur in Hooghly for allegedly carrying goods beyond permissible weight. Special checking was being held at the Airport traffic guard area in the Bidhannagar Police jurisdiction as it is one of the main entry points to the city. According to the sources, the suspected vehicles are being stopped and handed over to the MVIs by the police. Later, the weights are being measured in weighbridges by the Transport department officials. If any irregularities are found, the trucks get prosecuted as per the law.last_img read more

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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For more information: www.neurologica.com, www.stryker.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | January 08, 2014 Stryker, NeuroLogica Partner to Provide Portable Surgical CT System The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img January 8, 2014 — Stryker Corp., a medical technology company, and NeuroLogica, a medical imaging company and subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America Inc., announced an exclusive partnership agreement in which Stryker will promote and sell NeuroLogica’s BodyTom portable full body computed tomography (CT) scanner for the specialties of neurosurgery, spine surgery, orthopaedic surgery and trauma surgery in conjunction with the Stryker NAV3i Surgical Navigation Platform. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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With Stryker’s support in serving customers in neurosurgery, spine surgery, orthopaedic surgery and trauma surgery, NeuroLogica will turn its focus on the development of new markets and clinical applications for BodyTom along with their other portable imaging solutions, CereTom and inSPira HD. BodyTom is the world’s first portable, 32-slice full body CT scanner. With an 85-cm gantry and 60-cm field of view, BodyTom produces high quality diagnostic images throughout the hospital, including in the operating theater, where it is frequently used to provide point-of-care imaging for surgical procedures. BodyTom can be combined with surgical navigation, also known as image-guided surgery, to facilitate the guidance of surgical instruments relative to a patient’s anatomy, improving visualization and precision during minimally invasive surgical interventions.last_img read more

first_imgHolland America’s ‘View & Verandah’ promo is back Posted by Travelweek Group Share Tags: Holland America Line, Promotionscenter_img SEATTLE — Holland America Line has brought back its popular ‘View & Verandah’ promotion, which gives passengers perks like stateroom upgrades, onboard spending money and more.Available on cruises embarking from March 28, 2018 through March 23, 2019 (excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments), the promotion allows guests who book an eligible cruise to receive a stateroom upgrade, up to $500 per stateroom in onboard spending money (depending on cruise length and stateroom category), and up to 10% off select EXC Tours (shore excursions). Moreover, those who book a suite will receive prepaid room gratuities.“Our promotions are created to help travellers plan their dream vacation with added value, and we continue to bring back View & Verandah each year because our guests appreciate added premiums like upgrades and a credit to spend on board,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We extend the offer to cruises well into 2019 so those who like to plan early have incentive to book now and can take advantage of the benefits.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAs part of the View and Verandah offer, guests can book an ocean-view stateroom for the price of an interior and a verandah for the price of an ocean-view. Depending on the length of cruise and category of stateroom, guests can receive onboard spending money up to $400 per stateroom and $500 per suite. The onboard spending money is available to the first and second guests in a stateroom and can be used for specialty dining, spa services, gift shop purchases, beverages and more.Guests who reserve select EXC Tours can take advantage of up to 10 % savings if booked by March 15, 2018. More than 1,500 EXC Tours are eligible for the savings. As an added bonus, suite guests also receive prepaid room gratuities in addition to the onboard spending money and discount on EXC Tours.Cruise destinations featured in the View & Verandah sale include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and South America, as well as holiday sailings. Thursday, December 7, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Facebook Comments Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is small beans compared to Puerto Viejo.Starting Thursday night and lasting all weekend, the Caribbean beach town will be celebrating all things chocolate with the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. The festival will bring together more than 40 chocolate vendors and local restaurants from throughout the Talamanca region to show off their tastiest chocolate creations.“Everything is going to be smothered, covered or made with chocolate,” said Sorrel Weiss, one of the festival’s organizers. “All of your chocolate dreams can come true.”Now in its third iteration, the festival is designed to bring attention to the reemerging gourmet chocolate market on the country’s Caribbean slope. For centuries, cacao was one of the dominant crops in the Caribbean, but a devastating fungus outbreak in the 1970s and 80s spurred many of the region’s farmers to abandon their cacao plantations or convert them into banana farms. With the fungus now under control, farmers are again planting cacao, and local chocolatiers are jumping on the bandwagon as well.For more on Costa Rica’s growing chocolate businesses see: Costa Rica’s chocolate comeback“The cacao grown here is of a very high quality, and what we are trying to do is make this whole coast known for its cacao,” said Tom Franklin, the owner of Bread and Chocolate, a restaurant in Puerto Viejo. “Things like this festival help businesses like mine because people will begin to see Puerto Viejo as a chocolate destination. We aren’t really doing this competitively, but more as a community.”But that community will have some friendly competition during the festival with a series of “chocolate throwdowns,” chocolate-making competitions judged by a panel of professional tasters, and, on Friday night, a people’s choice brownie bake-off that will give the general public will get a chance to try their hand at judging.The main event starts Saturday at Hot Rocks in downtown Puerto Viejo where doors open at 11 a.m. for free live music and chocolate samples from vendors. Attendees can check out the chocolate spa, featuring cacao beauty products, the beer garden, with chocolate beers and cocktails, or purchase chocolate from any of the vendors. Tickets are also available for the chocolate tasting lounge Saturday night, where chocolate professionals will teach attendees how to pair chocolate with different types of alcohol. On Sunday, the festival will wind down with a free chocolate crawl, featuring dishes from restaurants across Puerto Viejo.“The goal with this has always been to make Puerto Viejo known for its chocolate and cacao,” said Jeanne Johnson, who runs the bean-to-bar chocolate operation Caribeans with her husband Paul. “This area really has so much potential, and this festival helps show that.”For the full schedule of chocolate festival events, visit the festival’s website. Related posts:Health Ministry shuts down Chocolate Festival Delicious take-aways from the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival Costa Rica’s chocolate comeback San José’s Feria de Chocolate highlights growth in Costa Rican chocolate industrylast_img read more

first_imgCentral AmericaPonantspecials PONANT is offering a $1,300pp credit towards the cost of flights across 31 Central America cruises during 2019 and 2020 when booked before 31 March 2019.By booking early, guests can also enjoy the best PONANT Bonus discount available, with savings of up to 30%.7, 10 and 13 night cruises feature a range of evocative destinations including the Great Blue Hole in Belize, Antigua, Granada, Honduras, Guatemala, the often overlooked Mayan ruins in El Salvador and the exotic bird life of Costa Rica. …… while travelling in refined comfort aboard one of PONANT’s latest-generation small luxury expedition ships.31 itineraries, many featuring PONANT’s new Explorer ships Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville, along with sister-ships L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, explore coastlines and islands with an emphasis on cultural discoveries and encounters with local populations.last_img read more