“Today, the Liberals members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food blocked opposition attempts to get answers on the Canada-China trade dispute. It is now crystal clear that the Liberals do not have a plan to restore Canadian canola exports to China.”According to the Conservatives, canola growers are getting extremely concerned about the embargo on canola and are worried about how this will affect them.“Conservatives have heard from canola growers loud and clear. They are extremely concerned that if the Chinese government’s trade embargo is not lifted, there will be massive ramifications on their families and well-being.”The Conservatives are calling on the Liberal Government to do the right thing and take action on this file before further damage is done to the Canadian canola market. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Federal Conservatives have put out a release claiming that the Liberals are failing to be transparent with canola farmers.Luc Berthold, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-food, and Randy Hoback, Deputy Shadow Minister for International Trade, say the Liberals are blocking opposition attempts to get answers on the Canada-China trade dispute.The Conservatives also feel that the Liberals have no plans on restoring exports to China.
Molson Coors will nearly double its size once it completes a US$12-billion purchase that secures full ownership of its U.S. beer business and gains worldwide control of the Miller brand name.Canada’s share of total Molson Coors revenue will drop to 15 per cent, from 24 per cent, while the U.S. share will grow by 20 percentage points to 64 per cent. Europe will account for 18 per cent and other markets will be three per cent.Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter said the “game-changing” transaction to acquire full ownership of Miller Coors — a partnership with SAB Miller — will allow the company to invest more in its brands and increase consumer choice.“This is a compelling strategic and financial opportunity that catapults Molson Coors to the next level,” Hunter said during a conference call.“It creates a leading North American brewer with a unique portfolio of iconic brands. This is a rapidly evolving industry and this transaction gives us opportunity to materially strengthen our U.S. business.”The Molson Coors purchase of SABMiller’s 58 per cent stake in a U.S. joint venture, formed in 2008, is separate but related to an even bigger deal that will combine the world’s two biggest brewing companies.SABMiller has agreed to a US$107-billion takeover by industry leader Anheuser-Busch InBev, maker of Budweiser beers, and agreed to sell its share of Miller Coors to reduce regulatory concern that one company would control the U.S. market.AB InBev seals $107-billion deal to buy SABMiller, creating a drink giant that will make almost third of beer consumed worldwideMolson Coors is also buying the global rights to the Miller brand, giving the company greater access to established markets in Canada and Britain, emerging high growth markets like Panama and new countries such as Argentina.The transaction effectively reverses last year’s termination of a longstanding agreement to distribute Miller products in Canada, and also gives Molson Coors full control on how to produce, market and sell those brands. Canada is part of the US$70 million in earnings and US$200 million in annual revenues derived from the Miller international brands.In Canada, the beer market has long been dominated by Molson Coors and AB InBev, through its ownership of Labatt, although the two beer giants have increasingly been challenged by the popularity of smaller local craft brewers.In addition to the Miller brands, the deal gives Molson Coors perpetual royalty-free U.S. licences for SABMiller import and license brands including Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, fosters and Redd’s.Much of the deal’s financial contribution is tied to US$250 million in tax benefits over 15 years and at least US$200 million in annual cost savings, although analysts expect cost savings could reach US$300 million to US$400 million.Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones said the deal likely won’t change much for Canadian consumers.“Most of the way that that landscape changes is going to be behind the scenes in terms of cost savings,” she said in an interview.Molson Coors will become a stronger player to withstand further market consolidation or lead the acquisition of another brewer, she said.But John Colley, professor at Britain’s Warwick Business School, says brewers will need to beef up to spend more on advertising to compete with the big brands.“Molson Coors may not be independent for long,” Colley said in a report.
A Cabinet Subcommittee is to be appointed to provide guidance to implement various programmes within the year 2016 to protect Sri Lanka’s identity.It has been observed that it is essential to implement suitable programmes to have long lasting peace and reconciliation among the various communities living in Sri Lanka. The Government said that although, each community has its own unique cultural and religious characteristics, they should be able to live in the country as well as abroad as one nation, and for this purpose the mindset of all Sri Lankans must change. Accordingly, a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to appoint a Cabinet Subcommittee to provide guidance to implement various programmes within the year 2016 to ensure the Sri Lankan identity, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette)
The visit to Kamina by Maj.-Gen. Mountaga Diallo, which took place yesterday, is expected to be the first in a series to assess what MONUC and UN agencies on the ground can do regarding the demobilization and repatriation of the combatants, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters at UN Headquarters. A technical mission to screen the group at Kamina is the expected next step in the process. During Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recent visit to the DRC, Kinshasa announced its intention to disarm 3,000 members of a group it identified as the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda, and the Secretary-General said at the time that UN observers would have access to the group.
Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan reiterated his message to Khartoum that the planned force of blue helmets in Darfur “is not coming in as an invading force, but basically to help them protect the people.”On 31 August the Security Council voted to deploy a UN force of more than 17,000 peacekeepers to Darfur, an impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank that has been beset by brutal violence and massive displacement since 2003.The Council resolution “invites the consent” of Khartoum, but the Sudanese Government has said on repeated occasions that it is opposed to the UN taking over the work of the AU operation, known by the acronym AMIS, which is due to end later this year.The Secretary-General’s warning comes ahead of a high-level Security Council meeting on Monday to discuss the situation inside Darfur, which he will attend. Representatives of the Sudanese Government, the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference have been invited to participate.Mr. Annan said the conditions inside Darfur have become so desperate that if there is no AU or UN presence and the numbers of people suffering or being killed continued to grow, then the Sudanese “are placing themselves in a situation where the leadership may be held collectively and individually responsible for what happens to the population in Darfur.”Scores of thousands of people are thought to have been killed amid fighting between rebel groups, Government forces and allied militias in Darfur, and at least two million others are estimated to have had to flee their homes.
Despite thousands of fans celebrating in the streets after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks to become the Eastern Conference champions last night, Toronto police confirmed that no arrests were made following the team’s historic win.Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante says it’s “impressive” that Torontonians stayed out of trouble after fans spilled out of Jurassic Park, the outdoor fan zone beside Scotiabank Arena, and into the streets of Toronto to party into the early hours of Sunday morning.On Saturday night the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time.Thousands of fans took to the streets chanting “We the North” and “Let’s go Raptors” while police cars, TTC buses and streetcars honked in celebration.#Toronto fans are celebrating the @raptors first trip to the NBA finals in Yonge Dundas Square! #WeTheNorth #Game6 pic.twitter.com/J4dVIoiXV8— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) May 26, 2019Arrogante says even though she said she became aware of video footage that showed Raptors fans running through traffic and dancing on top of TTC streetcars,“nothing came of it” and police were able to ensure public safety.Arrogante says officers were called to various spots around the city to assist with crowd control and directing traffic, but no one was arrested.She says police will be out again Thursday night while the Raptors play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 and she hopes fans will continue to have fun safely.
Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach serves the ball during a Jan. 29 match against Kentucky at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-0. Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State’s men’s tennis team extended its consecutive home game win streak to 199 when it beat the University of Kentucky, 4-0, Thursday night.The victory over the Wildcats also continued OSU’s season streak: The Buckeyes are now 8-0 for the year.Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan was perfect, winning his singles match in two 6-0 sets. Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka and sophomore Herkko Pollanen both picked up wins in two sets of their own to lift up the Buckeyes.Over on the doubles court, Metka and redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach came through with a 6-3 win. Freshman Mikael Torpegaard and Pollanen cut it close, but also came out on top with a 7-6 (7-5) win of their own.The Buckeyes will travel for the first time Sunday, heading to College Station, Texas, to face off against No. 15 Texas A&M (1-1).OSU has faced off against the Aggies three times in the past two seasons, winning the last two meetings.
Crafty malware authors aren’t the only cybercriminals angling to make an illegitimate buck off Windows users. For more than a year, unsuspecting users have been receiving phone calls from what sounds like a Microsoft tech support representative. It’s a scam, of course, but to the untrained ear the alarming news that Microsoft was notified of infections or errors on their PC is likely too frightening to ignore. Heck, if these people had your phone number and knew your computer ran Windows, they must be from Microsoft, right?Microsoft has now released the findings of a survey it conducted in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland regarding this particular ruse. Out of the 7,000 people contacted, more than 1,500 had been tricked into following the caller’s instructions. Worse than that, the average damage to a victim’s bank account was $875 — which amounts to just over $1.3 million hoisted from Microsoft’s small sampling alone. 19% of users also had passwords compromised and 17% reported identity theft.How do you protect yourself against the Windows phone scam? Microsoft has offered up a long list of tips on what to do. The basic guidance is to be suspicious of any calls like this, after all, why would Microsoft be phoning you directly? Even if they did, they wouldn’t be asking for personal information which is another big hint this is a bogus call. If you really want to call them out, ask for specific details such as their name, and a number to call them back on etc.The usual advice for you PC applies too: keep your security up-to-date, run a decent antivirus and firewall solution, and always use the latest version of your favorite web browser and other web-connected applications.While the financial damage inflicted by those on the phone is alarming, there’s something else about the report which bothered me. Microsoft also reported the average cost to repair damage to computers — which was an unbelievably high $4,800 in the U.S. As a guy who used to repair machines like this, I’m blown away. How, exactly, does a repair person justify nearly five grand in repairs when replacing an entire system and transferring data runs a few hundred dollars at Staples?Kind of makes you wonder who the real scammers are, doesn’t it?Read more at Microsoft
Apple has been working its iOS software engineers extra hard to get the newest version of iOS ready to go, and it’s ready for your installing pleasure now. This is mostly a bug fix update with not big feature additions in sight. If you’ve previously been jailbroken, though, you’re going to have to go through the process again. Luckily, the Redsn0w jailbreak tool has been updated to help you with that.Before you embark on this quest, it is important to remember that this is still a tethered jailbreak, which can be a little inconvenient. You will have to tether the device to your computer each time you want to reboot. If that sounds like too much of a hassle, this tool isn’t for you. Also, this method is only working for the A4-powered devices like the iPhone 4 and iPad 1.First thing’s first — you have to download the Redsn0w tool to your Windows or Mac.Next, backup your device, and install the new 5.1.1 iOS software through iTunes or via the new OTA method. You’re going to need the full iOS 5.1 software package for your device (not 5.1.1, mind you), but you can easily grab that from Apple’s servers from the list here.Once you have your materials, go ahead and run the Redsn0w executable.Go into Extras and pick the Select IPSW option, and direct Redsn0w to the iOS 5.1 software you just downloaded.Back on the main screen of Redsn0w you will finally be able to click that big Jailbreak button. Make sure you have set the program to install the Cydia store as well.Redsn0w will show you how to get the device into DFU mode, and get it connected to the computer and recognized by Redsn0w. When it has been detected, Redsn0w will run the jailbreak automatically. When the device reboots, your jailbreak is complete, and you should have Cydia on the home screen. If you need to reboot the device at any point, plug it in and choose Just Boot from the “Extras” section of Redsn0w.Apple has been making it increasingly difficult to get full access to iOS at a low level, but the jailbreak community keeps finding vulnerabilities.Still no word on an untethered jailbreak or cracks for newer devices, but work continues!
Update: Apple just sent out invites for an event on March 7th. The invite’s image clearly shows an iPad with a retina display, so we know some new gear is on the way. Nothing else was confirmed.It’s official: Apple fans are now in the “stop teasing me and release the damn thing” phase. After months of iPad rumors, the anticipation has built to a fever pitch. We’re probably just a week or so away from the event, but the rumor mill keeps spinning nonetheless.If the latest report has any legs, then we may be seeing more than one device released at next month’s (maybe next week’s?) event. In addition to the new iPad (which will reportedly be issued in three different models) Apple is expected to also release an updated Apple TV.Of course this isn’t the iTV (Apple TV set) that has been a favorite subject of months-long gossip, but an update to the classic Apple TV set-top-box. It will supposedly feature a faster processor (possibly the rumored A5X chip), which will help it to play 1080p video.The iPad 3, meanwhile, will supposedly be issued in three different flavors. Before you jump to conclusions about an iPad mini or more expensive iPad Pro, this likely refers to three different wireless connections. One would be Wi-Fi-only, and the other two could be variants for different wireless networks (one LTE, the other GSM/CDMA?).Interestingly, the same source notes that one of those three iPads may be only shipping in one color. The iPad 2 was available in both black and white from Day One, so this is unexpected. It isn’t clear whether this marks a new direction for Apple, or if it’s the result of supply chain constraints. If it were only available in one color, logic dictates that it would be black, but none of this is confirmed.So it looks like we’re on target for an iPad and Apple TV event within the next week or two (March 7 is still the rumored date). Apple will likely tie the two together with their shared ability to play 1080p video (with AirPlay letting the iPad stream 1080p content to the Apple TV). Pre-orders are expected to start on the same day as the event, with the tablet shipping a week or two later.via 9to5Mac
Well, what do we have here? It’s the refreshed 21.5 and 27-inch iMac for 2013. They haven’t changed much, but there are a few interesting surprises lurking inside.iFixit got its hands on both models and promptly gathered up screwdrivers and spudgers and set about tearing them to pieces. Unsurprisingly, Apple has done more than simply update the core components. It also beautified and simplified the internal works of the new iMacs.How? By doing things like slimming down the heatsink and tidying up cable clutter. Unfortunately, the re-designed heatsink in the 21-incher led iFixit to an unpleasant discovery: the 2.7GHz Core i5 CPU has been soldered to the mainboard.It’s not like most people who buy a 21-inch iMac (or any all-in-one for that matter) are going to want to upgrade the CPU down the road. Still, soldering the processor to the mainboard seriously hurts repairability of the smaller iMac.Roll the soldered chip in with a display that fuses the glass and LCD, loads of sticky two-sided tape, and the fact that replaceable components (like RAM) are buried behind the mainboard, and you get a lowly 2/10 from iFixit. On the upside, Apple has included an empty PCIe slot that you can fill with an SSD if you like.The 27-inch iMac is still taped shut and uses a fused display, but its 3.2GHz Core i5 is not soldered to the mainboard. RAM is also easier to get at, thanks to a handy hatch on the iMac’s exterior. Storage can be upgraded, too, as long as you’re willing to crack open the case and slice through a bit of tape.iFixit says that it’s pretty easy to work with overall, and awarded the 27-inch iMac a 5/10. That’s certainly an improvement over the smaller model, but maybe one day Apple will finally make its computers as easy to repair as the Airport Extreme.
Une orque échouée en 1955 pourrait appartenir à une nouvelle sous-espècePubliée dans la revue Polar Biology par des chercheurs danois, l’étude génétique des restes d’un épaulard échoué voici plus de 50 ans en Nouvelle-Zélande pourrait permettre d’identifier une nouvelle sous-espèce, voire une nouvelle espèce de ces cétacés.Cet échantillon d’ADN mitochondrial analysé par Andrew Foote, de l’Université de Copenhague (Danemark) ne date pas d’hier et n’a pas été facile à extraire. Il provient en effet d’une orque échouée (avec plusieurs congénères) sur une plage de Nouvelle-Zélande en 1955, et dont le squelette est exposé depuis dans un musée de Wellington. Tissus secs et dents ont fourni le matériel génétique nécessaire à l’étude.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, celle-ci est importante, car des photos prises lors de cet échouage collectif montrent des épaulards à l’aspect insolite, avec un front bulbeux et une tache blanche près de l’œil particulièrement petite. Des études (notamment génétiques) récentes suggèrent depuis un certain temps aux spécialistes qu’il existerait plusieurs “types” d’épaulard, mais celui-ci, le type “D”, n’avait encore pu faire l’objet d’une analyse génétique.Grâce au travail d’Andrew Foote, une séquence complète d’ADN mitochondrial de cet unique spécimen du type D a été comparée à celles provenant de 139 orques du monde entier. Les résultats suggèrent que le type D aurait divergé des autres lignées d’orques il y a environ 390.000 ans, et pourrait donc être une sous-espèce (voire une espèce) différente. Une diversification peut-être liée aux changements du niveau des océans et de la calotte glaciaire survenus au Pléistocène qui s’étendait d’il y a 2,6 millions d’années à 12.000 avant aujourd’hui.Le 23 juin 2013 à 12:16 • Maxime Lambert
Oh Mac Tonight. The more I write about McDonald’s magnificent spokesmoon, the angrier I get that he has been co-opted by racists, and the more determined I become to reclaim him. It’s practically Geek.com’s mission statement.In case you need a refresher, in the 1980s McDonald’s wanted people to see their fast food joint as a legitimate dinner option. So they whipped up moon-faced, nighttime crooner Mac Tonight (played by famous Abe Sapien Doug Jones) to make the pitch. The campaign ran for a few years before complaints by Bobby Darin’s estate forced the Golden Arches to pull the plug on The Moon Man, at least in America.But for a couple of years there Mac Tonight seemingly had Ronald McDonald-level popularity. And since the restaurant already had a well-oiled machines for delivery plastic toy garbage to kids via happy meals, naturally there was a ton of Mac Tonight merch to purchase. Toy cars, sunglasses, iron-on stickers, you name it. Dinnah was never more than a few dollars away.The answer should be obvious, but the rules of this poll demand I leave this choice up to all of you in the audience. Should you buy some Mac Tonight merchandise if you have Money to Burn? Let us know! Should You Buy a Mac Tonight Merch?Yes (Money!)No (Burn!)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould You Buy a Mac Tonight Merch?Money to Burn is Geek.com’s ongoing series of polls. We put up a geeky auction or sales listing, talk about it, and leave it up to you whether or not the physical item is worth buying (Money) or is just cheap trash (Burn). And of course you should leave a comment explaining your rationale. Then be sure to keep coming back to Geek.com to vote in the latest poll. Dispose of that income, you dorks! Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller?Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy an N-Gage? Stay on target
Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #ViolentSchoolStabbings Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMedia #ViolentSchoolStabbings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 20, 2017 – Regional crime reports send shock waves throughout the Turks and Caicos as on Thursday, it was a bloody scene at a public school in Nassau, Bahamas as cell phone video showed enraged students of Government High in a violent melee and vicious stabbing which sent three teenagers to hospital; one of them was last listed in critical condition.The incident caught the attention of Turks and Caicos Islanders who expressed to Magnetic Media that they dread to see the day when crime and violence would reach that level… still the crime situation in the TCI is vexing and the PDM Administration on Wednesday in a late day press conference reported that they have not yet met with the Commissioner of Police, James Smith.Premier Sharlene Robinson said the Commissioner’s schedule has not yet permitted the meeting in this area deemed critical by the new government. The first opportunity at a session on crime fighting will be the coming convening of the National Security Council which includes the Commissioner, the Premier and Border Control Minister, the Attorney General and the Governor.The PDM has long touted a plan to control crime and Premier Hon Robinson explained that they must marry their ideas with those of their partners to get a grip on the escalating violence. Media also learned that spending on repatriation is down, falling significantly below the budgeted amount and reminded that the radar was established to detect and not to stop illegal immigrant entries by boat.Media was also informed that the project to have CCTV installed in parts of Provo was given another green light by the new PDM Administration. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, February 6, 2019:A caller reported his vehicle was struck by a white Nissan Versa near the Salvation Army on Main Street, which left the scene and traveled north on Route 38. Caller will file report at station tomorrow. Police checked area and were unable to locate the Versa. (2:30pm)Police notified Mass Highway of pothole forming in the Main Street and Grove Avenue intersection. (5:02pm)Police advised someone trespassing in the MBTA service yard on Milton Way and sent him on his way. Keolis employees will notify station if anything is found missing. (6:18pm)Ashley E. Butler (34, Peabody) was arrested for OUI Liquor. Butler was pulled over on Glen Road. (10:28pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”
The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Stay on target Attack on Titan’s second season has already come and gone, much to the chagrin of hardcore anime fans around the world. The second season ended up finishing with a cliffhanger at that, which hit fans pretty hard. How long would it be until the next season came around again, anyway?Great news — not long at all! Funimation, who handles distribution and licensing of Attack on Titan in the US, announced during Anime Expo 2017 that the upcoming third season of the show would launch in Spring 2018, which is as you know only about a year away. It’s less than a year, actually. So there’s hardly any time left to wait at all!「TVアニメ『進撃の巨人』Season 3」2018年スタートが決定いたしました！！引き続き、TVアニメ「進撃の巨人」の応援よろしくお願いします！！続報をお楽しみに！！ #shingeki pic.twitter.com/pTNqY45CcL— アニメ「進撃の巨人」公式アカウント (@anime_shingeki) June 17, 2017The second season ended, as you likely know, with several questions left unanswered about Titans being found in places they really shouldn’t be. We won’t spoil that here just in case you’re not caught up with the anime nor reading the manga, but big expository bombs were dropped. What’s going to happen with Eren and his newfound special power and all the characters who are also hiding powers from their brethren? It’s a tough call, so make sure not to go and spoil it for everyone if you know what’s going to happen.The third season should pick right up where the cliffhanger ended, so if you’re still jonesing for more, you should hop into the excellent manga series and read all the way up to just about where the anime left off for a crash course in what to expect. It’s some good reading, and you’re not going to see any more anime for a little while, anyway. That way you can school people on what’s going to happen next, and everyone loves doing that.Come on, season three!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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! The Ladysmith Gazette celebrated Secretary’s Day today (September 6) with their staff.Our ladies were given beautiful bouquets of flowers and delicious chocolates to say thank you for all their hard work.The gifts were a surprise, resulting in big smiles on their faces.Secretary’s Day is celebrated today, so go on and spoil your secretaries for all they do in your office.Happy Secretary’s Day to all the secretaries out there. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
BMX War JamYou don’t hear the word “war” very often in Costa Rica, but this is the best kind of conflict: Freestyle cyclists show off their mad skills this weekend, including wheelies, jumps, and whirls. See international notables like Costa Rica’s Kenneth Tencio and France’s Alain Massabova, plus a revue of BMXers-in-training.BMX War Jam takes place Feb. 22 in the sports center of Nicoya. Free to attend, ₡5,000 ($10) to participate. Info: Flat Matters website.TEDx PuraVidaThe super-hip lecture series returns to Costa Rica for a day of education, enlightenment, and exemplary ancedotes.TEDx PuraVida takes place Feb. 26 at the National Auditorium, Children’s Museum, San José. 8 a.m. onward. $150. Info: TEDx PuraVida website.Envision FestivalThe massive concert, art show, yoga retreat, and spiritual haven returns to Playa Uvita for a long weekend of love and enlightenment.Envision takes place Feb. 21 – March 1 in Playa Uvita, Puntarenas province. $80 (Sunday only) to $300. Info: Envision Festival website. Music: Amarillo Cian y MagentaJust try not to dance during the Latin Jazz sessions by Amarillo Cian y Magenta (Yellow, Cyan and Magenta) at Mundoloco.Concert takes place Feb. 21 at Mundoloco El Chante, San Pedro. 9:30 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Mundoloco Facebook page.Music: “Loud Sessions”Loud, rhythmic, intense – Science of Sensations, Abya Laya, and Mimayato y Apolo bring their diverse progressive rock sounds to Jazz Café.Concert takes place Feb. 25 at Jazz Café San Pedro. 7 p.m. ₡4,000-5,000 ($8-10). Info: Jazz Café website.Art: Painting and Photography in San RamónCatch two different exhibits this Saturday in San Ramón: “Transformación,” a series of paintings by artist Jorge Luis Capezas and “Liquors Were Your Origin, Culture is Your Destiny,” a collection of antique photos from theOpening Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Both exhibits will be displayed through March 21 at the José Figueres Cultural Center, San Ramón, Alajuela. Info: Cultural Center website.Theater: “Journey to Xibalbá”Costa Rica’s most inventive black-light theater troupe presents its adaptation of a mythic Mayan story.“Viaje al Xibalbá” will be performed Feb. 20-22 at the Teatro de la Danza, San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡2,500-5,000. Info: RedCultura. Film: “Festival Under the Stars”This outdoor film festival celebrates two Costa Rican films, including the site-specific drama, “Puerto Padre.” It’s the perfect excuse to spend some time in Costa Rica’s biggest Pacific port.Film festival takes place Feb. 21 & 22 in Puntarenas, in front of the main dock. Sat. & Sun., 7 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Art: Albrecht Dürer, Renaissance GeniusClassical German printer Albrecht Dürer receives a stunning retrospective at the Central Bank Museums.“Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento” displays through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.Theater: “I’m Not Going to Carry This Corpse”Teatro Arlequín presents a deadly new comedy of errors, written by Luis Daell Barth.“Este Muerto no lo Cargo Yo” continues through March 22 at Teatro Arlequín, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Theater Facebook page.Art: “Ricardo Ávila: Urban Observer”See city life in a whole new way through Ricardo Ávila’s unique landscapes.“Ricardo Ávila: Observador Urbano” continues through March 29 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana. Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website. Facebook Comments Film: “By the Feathers”Catch this surreal Costa Rican comedy about one man, one bird, and the strange relationships that evolve in the campo. This outdoor screening takes place in beautiful Liberty Park.“Por las Plumas” screens Feb. 21 in Parque La Libertad, Desamparados. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Park website. Related posts:Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Winter tourists strain accommodation supplyOne of New Zealand’s most popular winter tourist destinations has mobilised more than 300 campervans, creating 1200 new tourist beds to help meet accommodation shortfalls as it heads into its peak season.Ohakune which has a population of just over 1,000, swells tenfold to in excess of 10,000 during winter events such as Mardi Gras with many tourists unable to find beds inside the township or surrounding areas.While the event has grown in recent years to become one of New Zealand’s most popular street parties, tourists struggle to find accommodation, leaving Ohakune, National Park, Ratehi and Rangatua, bursting at the seams.Event organisers desperate to accommodate the local and international tourists who flock to the area have now looked for innovative ways to increase bed numbers and tourist infrastructure outside of permanent hotels, backpackers and hostels.With the Mardi Gras just weeks away local rental firm JUCY has been called in to supply over 300 campervans as required at discounted rates for tourists to ensure the ongoing success of the event, says JUCY CEO Tim Alpe.“The vehicle mobilisation is the largest of its kind in New Zealand and represents a shift in the accommodation model away from the provision of permanent facilities which aren’t fully utilised during the off season.“It’s wonderful to see how successful the Ohakune Mardi Gras has become and the huge number of tourists it attracts to the area. We want to make sure that those tourists have the best experience possible to reflect positively on New Zealand’s winter destination brand,” he says.Alpe says as part of the temporary infrastructure upgrade there will be a campground for JUCY customers to use free of charge.JUCY Rentals Source = JUCY Rentals
In 2017, PATA will be holding its Annual Summit in Negombo, Sri Lanka, in recognition of the importance of the country in Asian tourism. The winning bid was submitted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau. The announcement was made formally at the PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, where Sri Lanka was also present to promote its latest tourism and MICE destinations.Negombo is located about 20 miles north of Colombo, the island’s commercial capital, and only three miles from Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo was chosen out of the four options given – Negombo, the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and Bentota / Beruwala. Due to the destination’s rich and colourful history, the proximity to the airport, the event will be held at Jetwing Hotels; the single largest accommodation provider in Negombo.The Annual Summit is a 3-4 day programme consisting of the association’s executive and advisory board meetings; annual general meeting; PATA Foundation charity and gala dinner. The one-day conference agenda addresses major relevant issues impacting travel and tourism business environment and preludes with the PATA chapter meetings. The Annual Summit, previously held in exotic locations and to be held in Guam in 2016, sees travel and hospitality professionals from all over the globe gather together.Former PATA Chairman and current Jetwing Chairman, Hiran Cooray welcomed the announcement stating, “Sri Lanka and Jetwing will welcome the delegates of the PATA Annual Summit with open arms in keeping with our reputation of being the heart and home of Sri Lankan hospitality. Our contribution to South Asian tourism is growing steadily, as our destination is truly unique with plenty to offer everyone. We look forward to a successful summit, with the participation and support of all stakeholders to further expose Negombo and Sri Lanka as unique destinations.”