Martin Scorsese to Direct SCTV Retrospective Special for Netflix

first_img Facebook The panel, which will be filmed in front of a live audience at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on May 13, will be included as part of the special, and will be produced by longtime SCTV producer Andrew Alexander, along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions.SCTV ran for six seasons between 1976 and 1984, and was nominated for 15 Emmys after it was picked up by NBC. It won in 1982 and 1983 for best writing in a variety or music program.Among the comedy titans also associated with SCTV were John Candy, Robin Duke, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis. Second City Television, the famed Canadian sketch comedy series that helped launch the careers of numerous superstars, is making a comeback with a little help from Martin Scorsese.Netflix announced on Thursday that Oscar-winning director-producer Scorsese is on board to direct an original comedy special exploring the legacy of the show.The special will reunite original SCTV stars Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, and Joe Flaherty for a discussion, moderated by Jimmy Kimmel, titled “An Afternoon with SCTV.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement PHOTO BY CARA HOWE FOR NETFLIXlast_img read more

Driftpile Cree Nation launched Idle No More Alberta highway blockade

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Alberta, Driftpile Cree Nation members also held a peaceful blockade of a major highway running through their community this past weekend.Organizers say they want to show their support of the Idle No More movement in opposition to Bill C-45 and to bring awareness that all Canadians are being impacted by the proposed bill.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.last_img

Libyan Forces Seize IS Headquarters in Sirte

Tripoli – The Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA) said they captured the Islamic State (IS) group’s headquarters in their main Libyan stronghold of Sirte on Wednesday, scoring a major victory in a push to oust the jihadists from the city.IS fighters remained in several parts of the city but seizing control of their headquarters has been the key goal of the GNA.Sirte fall to IS in June last year. “The Ouagadougou center is in our hands,” the operations center for pro-GNA forces said, referring to the Sirte conference center where IS had set up base.The GNA also said that they had seized the University of Sirte campus (south of the conference center) and the Ibn Sina Hospital from IS.With MAP read more

Smokes Poutinerie plans to open 1300 restaurants around the world by 2020

TORONTO — The owners of Smoke’s Poutinerie say they are pursuing a rapid global expansion while also branching out with new restaurants that would sell gourmet hot dogs and burritos.Toronto-based Smoke’s Eaterie says it plans to open 1,300 restaurants around the world by 2020 devoted mainly to fans of poutine — the quintessential Quebec fast-food favourite of french fries topped with gravy and smothered in cheese curds.After just six years, 100 franchised Smoke’s Poutineries have opened in Canada, mainly in Ontario. The company says its goal is to double that footprint in Canada by adding locations mainly in Ontario, Quebec and Western Canada.Company founder and CEO Ryan Smolkin says growth will be targeted in non-traditional venues like sports arenas, university and college campuses and amusement parks.How a Canadian burger outlet made its way to the Middle EastGourmet burger trend will take a bite out of fast-food chains’ growth: studyThe global expansion plans are centred heavily on the United States, where the company hopes to have 800 stores within five years.The first U.S. location in Berkeley, Calif., opened in December and will soon be joined by restaurants in Hollywood and Las Vegas.Smoke’s also looks to open 150 restaurants in Western Europe, Australia and the Middle East.While the focus is on Smoke’s Poutinerie, the company is also branching out with Smoke’s Burritories and Smoke’s Weineries. By fall, 15 new Mexican-inspired and 10 hot dog restaurants are expected to open in Canada, joining the first Weinerie in the Halifax community of Dartmouth that opened in December.Hot dog toppings would include peanut butter, jelly, chipotle pulled pork and garlic chips, while classic burritos would be topped with items like roasted corn, black beans, rice and chorizo sausage. read more

Annan presents Candlelight Award to Maurice Strong and Jim MacNeill

“Thanks to these two visionaries, governments and grass-roots organizations alike now understand, more than ever before, that fighting poverty and protecting the environment are two sides of the same coin – compatible, mutually reinforcing goals,” Mr. Annan said. “The challenge now is to implement what were agreed – and reach our long-sought goal of a safer, more equitable world in which people live in harmony with each other and with nature.”The Secretary-General praised Mr. Strong as “a dynamic public presence on the international stage” who “personifies what it means to bring together the strengths of the private sector and public service.”Mr. MacNeill, he said, had worked as an author, diplomat, public servant and UN official, to help people think differently about their relationship with the natural world. read more

Subway guy Jared Fogle just latest pitchman to bring scandal to corporate

NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Subway guy” Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex with minors and received child pornography, prosecutors say, marking one of the biggest downfalls ever for a corporate pitchman.Fogle’s case is unusual because of how closely Fogle’s regular-guy persona was tied to the sandwich chain — he wasn’t a celebrity for any other reason than his Subway diet weight loss. But it again illustrates the risk companies take when tying their names to real people they can’t totally control.Here are five other instances of celebrities bringing scandal to their corporate backers.LANCE ARMSTRONGAfter the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report detailing allegations of doping by Armstrong, the once-celebrated cancer survivor saw his sponsorship deals vanish. Nike, Anheuser-Busch, 24 Hour Fitness and Trek Bicycle were among the companies that dropped him.In a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey a few months later, Armstrong recounted sponsors calling to cut ties.“That was a $75 million day,” he said.PAULA DEENThe celebrity cook known for her rich Southern dishes came under fire after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past during a deposition. After the remarks came to light, the Food Network pulled her show off the air and said it wouldn’t renew her contract.Pork producer Smithfield Foods dropped her, and Wal-Mart and Target removed her products from its shelves.Deen’s remarks were made during deposition that was part of a lawsuit in which she and her brother were sued by an employee for racial discrimination and sexual harassment. A deal was reached by the two parties and the case was dismissed.O.J. SIMPSONThe former football star appeared in Hertz ads for more than a decade. The ads showed Simpson dashing through airports and easily rising above obstacles — and sometimes flying — just as Hertz promised to do for business travellers.Hertz stopped using Simpson by 1990 when it changed its ad strategy. But Simpson had continued making appearances at events for the company. That ended in 1994 when he was charged with first-degree murder in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman.Simpson was acquitted of the charges. But the details of his domestic life that emerged in the trial and doubt many had about the verdict all but extinguished his career as a pitchman.MICHAEL VICKNike signed quarterback Vick when he was a rookie in 2001, and ended his contract in 2007 after he filed a plea agreement admitting his involvement in a dog-fighting ring. Vick spent 21 months in prison.After he served jail time and rejoined the NFL, Nike decided to re-sign Vick, saying that he had acknowledged his past mistakes.“We support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field,” Nike said at the time.TIGER WOODSIn 2009, Forbes estimated that Tiger Woods was the first athlete to earn $1 billion. That was partly from the hefty endorsement deals his winning record and spotless image brought him. That image changed after Woods crashed his car into a fire hydrant, which ended up unleashing a torrent of explicit details about his marital infidelities.Sponsors including Nike, Electronic Arts and EA Sports stood by Woods. But Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade dropped the golfer. Gillette and Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer reduced their focus on him in marketing, and both later ended their ties with him.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2015 file photo, Tiger Woods talks in the media room after a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. Companies take a risk when tying their names to real-life people they have little control over. In 2009, Forbes estimated that Woods was the first athlete to earn $1 billion. That was partly from the hefty endorsement deals his winning record and spotless image brought him. That image changed after Woods crashed his car into a fire hydrant, which ended up unleashing a torrent of explicit details about his marital infidelities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 10:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Subway guy’ Jared Fogle just latest pitchman to bring scandal to corporate sponsor read more

Pine tree plants roots of Native engagement on campus

A White Pine tree planted in a simple garden near the Cairns Complex Saturday in a ceremony following Fall Convocation has deeper meaning to the Brock University community.The tree located in the high-traffic north side lawn of Cairns is the start of a Healing Garden meant to symbolize Brock’s commitment to Native students and issues. It’s a focal point for positive discussion.At the ceremony Saturday, which was organized by Brock’s Aboriginal Student Organization, new Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo sang a healing song in her native language while others said prayers and played traditional drums. Brock’s Elder in Residence Carol Jacobs and President Jack Lightstone also spoke about the significance of the tree. read more

Chiefs Dwayne Bowe Finally Signs Franchise Tender

Dwayne Bowe has agreed to sign the franchise tender the Kansas City Chiefs offered, just when camp broke. Could it have been a coincidence? Sure it. Wink, wink.Bowe would never admit to just waiting for the Chiefs to training camp, which can be torturous, to end to finally sign his contract that will pay him $9.5 million this season.Whatever the case, the Chiefs are glad to have their star receiver back in the fold.It was unclear whether Bowe would join Kansas City for its trip to St. Louis for a preseason game Saturday. The team will resume practice at its facility near Arrowhead Stadium next week.The more pressing question is whether Bowe can learn new coordinator Brian Daboll’s offens read more

Thorir Hergeirsson is the Worlds Best Womens coach 2011

Thorir Hergeirsson Handball fans Worldwide decided that the Best Women’s coach in 2011 was Norwegian NT leader, Thorir Hergeirsson (48). Hergeirsson (46% of all votes) replaced legendary Marit Breivik on the bench of most successful Women’s National Team, but results stayed the same. That is the main reason why almost 700 fans voted for the Icelander in our Contest. Since 2001, he is the member of Norwegian coaching team.Second place wins Larvik’s assistant coach, Tor Odvar Moen with almost 22% of votes, followed by the French NT coach, Olivier Krumbholz (13,22%).FINAL RESULTS (690 votes):Thorir Hergeirsson 46,51%Tor Odvar Moen  21,94%Olivier Krumbholz 13,22%Jorge Duenas  8,22%Ambros Martin 6,97%Jan Pytlick 3,05%PHOTO: MARIANN DYBDAHL ← Previous Story Dagur Sigurdsson is the World’s Best Men’s Coach in 2011! Next Story → Macedonians are ready for an Invasion – EHF EURO 2012 Trailer read more

Katerinas invitation gallery

first_imgThe first written invitations date back to the middle ages where they were a luxury created for the wealthy nobility of Europe to announce their royal nuptials. As a mark of wealth and stature, even after the invention of the printing press the aristocracy continued to commission skilled monks in the art of calligraphy to craft individually written notices that were hand delivered far and wide as mass production was considered bad taste.Today the elements of style and personal touch are still fundamental aspects of wedding invitations as they not only serve as the first impression of your special day but also remain a lasting token of the celebration for your family and friends.Katerina Nellis owns the Invitation Gallery in Bourke Street, one of the few remaining Greek businesses in Melbourne’s CBD.With over 25 years’ experience in wedding invite design she credits the success of her business to old fashioned service values: “Internet based businesses can be cold and impersonal so we pride ourselves on dealing primarily with our clients on a face to face basis during the design process assuring all expectations are met. I give obligation free quotes and guarantee all my work.”A proud mother of four children Nellis has seen her fair share of weddings over the years and knows all too well the pressures of planning one. Her caring predisposition instantly puts customers at ease during what can be an extremely stressful time.“I develop great consultative relationships with my customers,” Nellis said. “Past clients are often stunned when I recall details of a wedding they had 10 years ago. I’m extremely dedicated, finding excitement in helping couples through the beginning of the rest of their lives together.”Nellis’ husband Jim was a wedding videographer and photographer for many years and was the inspiration behind starting her own business.“What attracted me most to a wedding business is that it revolves around happiness and was, of course, family related,” she recounts. “Even though I’m working in a stress-orientated market with emphasis on perfection and deadlines, customer satisfaction is extremely rewarding for me.”Although specialising in wedding invitations, The Invitation Gallery caters for all occasions providing many personalised printing and stationery needs. However Katerina Nellis really knows the ropes when it comes to weddings.“We cover everything from invitation protocol and wording to timelines for posting, RSVP dates and even recommendations for other wedding services.”Following the evolutions in wedding trends over the years, Nellis keeps up-to- date with what’s in vogue each season enabling her to offer the most extensive array of designs from classical to contemporary including all the materials and accessories necessary to create your own.“We cater to all generations and races with facilities to print in most languages. People love it when they discover I’m Greek, maybe because we’re so relatable and passionate about people and our work.”The Invitation Gallery is centrally located in the Melbourne CBD Paramount Centre. Shop 23/108 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000. Contact (03) 9650 2317. Website: www.theinvitationgallery.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Foreign Affairs Doing Just Fine in Print Thank You

first_imgThe brand charges the same price for a yearly print or digital subscription—$34.95—but bumps it up by $6 for a combined sub.The magazine says it reaches another 16,000 readers via non-replica devices like the Kindle, and its iPad app has been downloaded almost 20,000 times since its November launch. Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly magazine on American foreign policy published by the Council on Foreign Relations, is now at its highest print circ since launching more than 90 years ago. Citing second-half 2012 Alliance for Audited Media numbers, its total readership, which includes subscribers, sold newsstand copies and a small portion of non-paid circ, is at 163,000—10 percent higher than the prior year. The growth, says the Council, comes on the heels of a 30 percent increase in cover price, from $9.95 to $12.99. According to the International Periodical Distributors Association, the magazine’s 31,584 single-copy sales grew 22 percent in 2012 following the price increase. “Readership is at an all-time high for the magazine, but there’s an even more important story here,” says Lynda Hammes, Foreign Affairs publisher, in a statement. “Our average price per copy renewal rate, and time spent with each issue continue to increase. This indicates a deep loyalty and passion on the part of our readers, who remain committed to the magazine’s unique and high-quality editorial content.” last_img read more

Ram recalls one single pickup truck for a bad instrument cluster

first_img7:15 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Preview • The 2019 Ram 1500 is a techy cowboy dream truck Go west, young trucker, in the 2019 Ram 1500 Tags Enlarge ImageIf you know for a fact that your 2019 Ram 1500 wasn’t built on Dec. 6, 2018, you can safely ignore this. Emme Hall/Roadshow Some automakers only need to recall a tiny batch of vehicles after finding an issue. Rarely, though, does an automaker only recall a single vehicle. I’m hoping the lucky owner in Ram’s case will get a personal phone call on top of the usual mailed recall notice.Ram has issued a recall for a single example of the 2019 Ram 1500. Yes, that’s right, just one. The vehicle was built on Dec. 6, 2018.The problem comes from the instrument cluster and its software. According to the recall documents Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler submitted to NHTSA, the instrument cluster in question may not illuminate specific parts of the cluster that are required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 101. Not only is it thus in violation of the FMVSS, it might prevent the owner from knowing everything that’s going on with the vehicle, which could potentially increase the chance of a crash.Fiat Chrysler found this issue because it had the same problem pop up on three other models, which spurred a voluntary recall this past March. After initiating that recall, the automaker eventually learned that some Ram 1500 models might also have the troublesome instrument cluster. After combing through production records, it was determined that only a single vehicle in the US has this cluster, and thus a second recall was announced for this one pickup truck.A simple parts swap is all that’s needed to fix it. When the lucky owner takes their truck to the dealership, technicians will replace the instrument cluster with a model featuring updated software, which should remedy the issue. If the owner already paid for a fix out of pocket, FCA will reimburse them. The automaker said it will notify both dealers and the owner on or around Sept. 13, 2019. Post a comment Share your voice 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeurcenter_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Review • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Recalls Ram More From Roadshow More about 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4×2 Quad Cab 6’4″ Box 45 Photos 0 Ramlast_img read more

Heres what Prabhas has to say about his linkup rumour with Anushka

first_imgPrabhas and Anushka Shetty’s look in Baahubali – The ConclusionTwitter/ssrajamouliThe link-up rumours of Anushka Shetty with Prabhas have been doing rounds for a while now. National media had questioned them about the same during Baahubali promotions, but the duo rubbished the claims. With the release of Prabhas’s Saaho round the corner, the actor is now being questioned on his relationship with Anushka during all promotional interviews. It looks like he is fed up of clarifying the rumours now. Irrespective of what people have to say, everybody loves the duo’s chemistry on screen and their fans expect to see them together forever.When the media person asked Prabhas if he and Anushka will be pairing up once again, he said, “I am looking forward to if things cooperate. Before Baahubali also, we did two films called Mirchi and Billa. So I don’t know. Next, I am doing a film with Pooja Hegde and the film is being directed by Radhakrishna of Jill fame. I am kinda going slowly. So I don’t know when I will ever team up with Anushka.” Prabhas, Anushka ShettyTwitterDuring his appearance on Koffee with Karan, Prabhas was asked to clarify the link-up rumour and he said that there is nothing but friendship in between them. “Anushka and I are very good friends but if there was something more, wouldn’t someone have spotted us together in the last two years? The question was posed to me on Karan Johar’s show too. I let Rajamouli and Rana (Daggubati, Bahubali costar) answer it and even they stated that there was nothing between us. It wasn’t as if I had prepared them,” he said.last_img read more

Day After Bolton Takes Over Homeland Security Aide Is Out

first_img Share APFILE – In this Dec. 19, 2017, file photo, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert speaks during a briefing at the White House, in Washington. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday, April 10, 2018, that Bossert would be leaving his post. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser is resigning in the latest White House departure.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Thomas Bossert would be leaving his post. She said that Trump was “grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country.”Bossert was a point person in the White House on protecting the nation from terror and cyber threats. He also helped spearhead the administration’s response to last year’s hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.His exit is the latest in a wave of departures from the West Wing in recent months. It comes a day after new national security adviser John Bolton began his tenure.last_img read more

6 Things You Need to Know About the Bring Your Own App

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 8, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The world is very different from 10 years ago, when employees worked on desktop computers loaded with IT-sanctioned applications. Then smartphones and tablets started flooding the workplace, and it kicked off the “bring your own device” (BYOD) revolution.The next stage of this phenomenon is occurring now with software and apps (known as “bring your own apps,” or BYOA) as more employees are forgoing their corporate software and opting for better designed and easier to use apps for file sharing, email marketing, layout and design and more.While BYOA gives employees the flexibility to use the right tools for the job, it can be perceived as a major security threat and general IT nightmare. The biggest concern is employees will use mobile or cloud apps without any sort of control over how their data is stored, accessed and used.Related: Entrepreneurs Need to Get Serious About Security — NowHere are six tips to help your organization get on top of BYOA.1. Educate employees on your BYOA policy. Understanding that BYOA is inevitable, your company should create its own BYOA policy — one that ideally balances your company’s security needs with employees’ needs to use the tools they find most productive. Educate your staff on the risks of using unsanctioned apps and what information is or isn’t okay to store outside of internal systems.2.  Identify the apps people are already using. It may seem obvious but a key step is to understand what apps your employees are using and why. With a typical BYOA, we often see that one employee starts using the app, then a few more and a few more. Whenever an app reaches critical mass, it’s important to know why. Ask employees what apps and tools they find useful. In addition, talk to managers about what apps their teams use to get work accomplished, since it is likely that managers know about — or are even using — these same apps. Related: Ever Want to ‘Unsend’ an Email? Now You Can.3. Talk to the providers of popular apps. By formalizing a relationship with vendors that provide the apps, companies can take advantage of more business-friendly features like administrative control over sign in, security policies, directory services, integrations with other apps and technical support. Often, popular consumer-driven BYOA apps offer excellent options for small business and enterprise users to meet their unique IT requirements.   4. Take control of administration and create a seamless experience across all apps. Most enterprise versions of cloud-based apps will offer some kind of directory services that enable IT to integrate with employees’ existing user passwords. This makes it more convenient for employees since they only need to use their existing company username and password for all the apps. More importantly, it gives IT centralized control over these new apps.5. Create a directory of apps for people to use. A growing number of businesses are setting up their own in-house app directories as a way to get ahead of the BYOA trend. According to research firm Gartner, by 2017 about 25 percent of businesses will have their own app store for managing company-approved apps. The goal here is to make it as easy as possible for employees to find and use the apps that make them most productive, while also reducing “rogue” behavior (when employees using unapproved apps).6. Don’t fret the cost. Employees are already paying for these apps or expensing them to the company. By consolidating usage into corporate accounts, you can dramatically reduce the cost per user. More importantly, these are apps your employees have already determined to be useful – meaning productivity gains will far offset any additional cost.Related: Workers Without Borders: Managing the Remote Revolution 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Shaping Costa Ricas food culture with tourism

first_imgRelated posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Wormseed: a stomach-soothing parasite remedy in your tropical garden 5 things you might not know about patacones Everyone who travels must also eat, which means all tourists are food tourists. Everyone visiting or living in Costa Rica will participate in Costa Rica’s food culture.We often think of tourists as being “outside” of the culture they are visiting. Families travel to Manuel Antonio, soak in some sun, see the sloths, and leave.  But tourism, especially tourism en masse, has more than a passing impact on place and peoples: it truly shapes economy and culture.Tourists create demand for different goods and services, and often seek out experiences and foods they are familiar with. Costa Rica’s 2.5 million annual tourists affect which foods become available in highly visited areas, and shift the evolution of the country’s modern food culture; they eat some traditional Costa Rican foods and dishes, but also bring a demand for foods and food traditions from other places.The human dispersal of food and culture is not new. For thousands of years, explorers, settlers, and invaders brought food and food traditions with them to new lands. They stowed seeds in sacks or folds of clothing, sent trees sailing across the sea, and herded animals down long and winding paths.Many of the foods we now associate with Costa Rican food culture ― rice, bananas, and pork, for example ― are plants and animals that were carried over land and sea many hundreds or thousands of years ago. This transport of living things between places increased the genetic diversity of food species available to people everywhere. For thousands of years, this transport was slow and seasonal, and had a very specific qualifier: the food people transported had to actually grow and thrive in the new place! Rice, bananas, and pork traveled to and stayed in Costa Rica because they grew well in this area. This type of genetic exchange makes sense, because it is mediated by an ecological relationship between the food species, the place it lives, and the people who grow it.But once trade routes became solidified and standardized with fossil fuels, food could be transported en masse, year round, with consistency, and no longer needed to grow in the place it was going to. Instead of sending wheat seeds to temperate climes with rich soils, people could now send loaves of bread or bulk grains to anywhere, all the time.The dispersal of food and culture was no longer mediated by ecological relationships, but by economic and political ones. Wealthy countries could afford to import exotic herbs and spices on a regular basis. Later, countries that wanted to retain more resources began to dominate global markets through controlled agricultural subsidies and the systematic replacement of local food ways with commodity markets.These changes in food transport and availability are transforming food cultures around the world, including Costa Rica. A person in any city, in any industrialized country, is more likely to eat commodity grains like wheat, rice, or corn, than they are to eat a locally produced starch variety from the region where they live. Our new “food culture” is increasingly a globalized one.Most tourists with enough disposable income to travel to Costa Rica are coming from industrialized countries with globalized food cultures. When they arrive, they bring with them a curiosity to discover the uniqueness of the place they are visiting, but they also bring with them a demand for the foods they are familiar with, which come from and are shipped to anywhere and everywhere.Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, and has a rich history of food and farming. We need to direct food tourists (that is, all tourists) to engage with and relate to food that grows here, which truly represents the people and place that make Costa Rica unique. We need to reclaim the ecological relationships that bind people, place, and food, together in a sustainable whole. Marcos García, of Finca Siempre Verde, demonstrates how to roast cashew nuts. Finca Siempre Verde is a Spanish school and volunteer program. Laura Killingbeck / The Tico TimesPeople coming to Costa Rica for the first time usually don’t know what local foods are or how to use them. They are unfamiliar with forest crops, tree saps, local tubers. Tourist organizations need to actively educate newcomers about local foods so they value and create demand for food sovereignty and diversity within the country. When tourists participate in local foodways, they help shape and sustain them.I work at an education center where we host groups from around the world to learn about issues in sustainability. We have to make choices about how to accommodate visitors and students from other countries in comfortable ways, while simultaneously working to honor and regenerate local food traditions in the place where we live. Many of our educational programs, and our overall mission, are about developing real-time local food economies. We work hard to source as much as possible from our farm, our neighbors’ farms, and the local region.It’s a challenge. Within our own organization we oscillate between running a hard line ― no foreign foods in the kitchen, no matter what! ― to making concessions for the sake of practicality, economy, and enjoyment. Our conversations about these decisions can become deeply personal, because they hit the nerves of ethical values and cultural attachment.Some of the foods that we love and remind us of home simultaneously represent the very cultural and environmental erosion we have devoted our lives to shifting. Sometimes some of the foods that make us feel good are really bad for the principles we stand for.We all love pizza and donuts, but wheat doesn’t grow in our region. Tiquisque, breadnut, ojoche, malanga, and lots of other edible starches do. Our philosophy is to continuously participate in the conversation about what we’re doing, and move forward to the best of our ability by seeking out new ways to enjoy and celebrate foods from the place where we live, while at the same time continuing to develop the skills, tools, and strategies for making place-based eating a sustainable reality.We hope that the people who visit our small town will also value and love the uniqueness of this place, and recognize themselves as participants in Costa Rica’s food culture.We are proud to present “Food for Thought,” a new occasional series from Laura Killingbeck, is the Director of Food Systems and Fermentation at Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center. The Ranch is a community and education center in Mastatal, Costa Rica, that hosts residential workshops in food, permaculture, natural building, and more. Laura co-manages the Ranch facilities and programs, teaches fermentation workshops, and writes about the intersection between food, body, and place. To take a class with Laura or visit the Ranch, please visit www.ranchomastatal.com. Jorge Salazar rides to work. Food tourism can take visitors to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Laura Killingbeck / The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kenya police church attacks kill 15 wound 40

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona A top security official suggested after that assault that the attackers came from within the camp. Kenyan officials have long complained Dadaab and its inhabitants are a threat to Kenya’s security. Kenyan officials hope to see the Dadaab refugees move back to Somalia, but they cannot force the refugees to move without breaking international law and courting wide international condemnation.Areas of northern and eastern Kenya along the border with Somalia have suffered a series of gunfire and grenade attacks over the last year. Militants attacked a church in Garissa in December, killing two people.Kenya sent troops into Somalia last October to hunt al-Shabab fighters. The militants, who are allied with al-Qaida, have threatened repeatedly to carry out revenge attacks for Kenya’s push into Somalia. Sunday’s attacks appear to be part of that trend.___Associated Press reporters Tom Odula, Adow Jubat and Boniface Ongeri contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Gunmen killed two policemen guarding a church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation from inside and out on Sunday, killing 15 people and wounding 40, security officials said.Two gunmen entered the simple wooden church in the city of Garissa at around 10:15 a.m. Sunday, while two others waited outside, police commander Philip Ndolo said. When the congregation fled the attack inside, they ran straight into another hail of bullets from gunmen outside, he said. At least one grenade was detonated in the attack. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   ErrorOK… ErrorOK Overturned wooden benches littered the church afterward. A victim wearing a simple blue dress lay on the sandy earth outside. Witnesses reported seeing the four gunmen flee in dark blue outfits and masks.“We were deep in prayers preparing to give our offerings,” said a visibly shaken David Mwange, a churchgoer. “We first had a loud bang from outside which we mistook to be coming from the rooftops. We then had gun shots which made us to lie down. Within no time we had gunshots all over. Everybody was shouting and wailing in pain.”The bloodiest of the two attacks came against the African Inland Church in Garissa, a city some 195 kilometers (120 miles) west of the Somali border. Ndolo said 15 people were killed and at least 40 wounded. A grenade attack against a second church in Garissa wounded three people.Garissa Mayor Ismail Garat called the church assault “evil.”“We are not used to witnessing such kinds of acts in our country, where people are just shot in broad daylight. We really want to know who the heartless people who did this are,” he said.Ndolo told reporters he wanted an investigation carried out before assigning blame to the group many people in this region assume is at fault: al-Shabab, the most dangerous militant group in Somalia. Top Stories Another security official said two attackers walked up to the two policemen guarding the church, shot them at point-blank range and took their rifles. The official spoke only on condition he wasn’t identified because he is not allowed to speak to media.The police were guarding the church because of the increasingly dangerous security situation near the border with Somalia and because Somalia’s Islamist militants have made Christian churches a common target.The Vatican spokesman condemned the “vile” and “disgraceful” attacks and said they showed the necessity of defending the rights of Christians to celebrate their faith and “oppose irresponsible acts that fuel hatred among religions.”The White House also condemned the attacks, saying: “At a time of transition, peace and stability are essential to Kenya’s progress. We support those who recognize Kenya’s ethnic and religious diversity as one of the country’s greatest strengths.”Garissa is one of two major Kenyan towns near the border with Somalia. It lies just to the west of the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses nearly 500,000 Somali refugees. On Friday armed attackers kidnapped four international workers with the Norwegian Refugee Council and are believed to have taken them over the border into Somalia.last_img read more

LISTEN Jay Feely Cardinals Kicker

first_imgLISTEN: Jay Feely, Cardinals Kicker And with Feely entering free agency this offseason, some may have a feeling that the 13-year NFL vet may not be asked to return. But don’t count Feely among that group.“We’ve talked … They want me back, I want to be back, so hopefully we can get that done,” Feely said as a guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “I think any time you have a bad game the last game, it’s the lasting thought. It’s natural for that to linger. It lingers to me every day. There hasn’t been a day this offseason I haven’t thought about it and there won’t be a day I don’t think about it. It drives you. They’ll look at the entire season, compare it to the rest of the NFL and make their decision. I don’t want to go anywhere.”Feely has been with the Cardinals for the past four seasons, never making worse than 79.2 percent of his field goal attempts. Feely said he understands that there will likely being ongoing competition at the kicker spot after the Cardinals brought in Dan Carpenter during the season and tried out internet sensation Havard Rugland, also known as “Kickalicious,” in the wake of Feely’s disappointing end to the season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Their job is to bring in people to compete,” Feely said. “I kicked the ball great when they brought in Carpenter. I think one of the things I’ve shown throughout my career … I’m a competitor. I respond well to adversity. I’ve always responded my best. If I do come back, there will be competition.” NFL kickers may be subject to the most volatile careers in professional sports. Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely may be finding that out the hard way. By all accounts, Feely had a solid, if unspectacular, 2013 season. He connected on 30 of 36 field goal attempts (83.3 percent) with a long of 52 yards — a season that fell in line with his career average of 82.7 percent.But Feely missed a pair of field goals in the Cardinals’ 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers to end the season, and also misfired on a kickoff at the end of regulation that the 49ers returned 45 yards to set up a game-winning 40-yard field goal from San Francisco kicker Phil Dawson.last_img read more