Mexican WAVE

first_imgMexican Concha is based on sweet enriched leavened dough, not too dissimilar to French brioche. They are round, soft bread rolls with a thick, sugary topping. Typical flavours are chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.Concha is probably the most popular of all the Mexican bakery products and is usually sold individually over the counter or multi-packed into bags of six or a dozen. It is very typical to buy as a mixed variety pack, usually very vibrant in colour.Concha is a popular treat and sweet snack product, not too dissimilar to how doughnuts or muffins would be consumed in the UK. How the product looks is key for consumers on the go, so these really do grab your attention. These vibrant-coloured treats could really create a stir and fit in with UK coffee culture very well.Also, why not experiment with a chocolate and cinnamon Concha option, using cocoa powder and cinnamon to taste.Come and see me give a demonstration of Concha-making at the Baking Industry Exhibition:Tuesday, 23 March: 12pmWednesday, 24 March: 11amTopping Paste RecipeIngredientsgCake margarine400Caster sugar400Flour400Vanilla flavourto tasteFood colouringuse visually (red or yellow are typical)MethodAdd all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and slowly combine using a paddle attachment until clear and smooth. The paste is ready to use or can be stored at chilled temperature in a sealed bag for later use.Dough Recipe (scale up as required)IngredientsgBread Flour100Salt1.4Block yeast6Milk28Improver*Sugar15Vanilla flavourto tasteEgg26Butter or Margarine20* use recommended supplier dosage or omit and bulk fermentMethod1. Mix the dough on a spiral mixer until 80% developed, then add the fat and continue mixing until fully developed (A).2. Scale the dough pieces to 60g, round and place on lined baking sheet (B).3. For the topping paste, weigh at 60g and form into a ball, then flatten to a disc (C). Using a spiral cutter press on to the paste to leave the spiral imprint (D).4. Slightly flatten off the dough balls and place the paste disc on to the dough piece (E). 5. Allow to prove at 22°C for at least two hours or doubled in size (F).6. Bake at 200°C for approximately 20 minutes.last_img read more

Subway opens 40,000th store

first_imgSubway has opened its 40,000th store at an AppleGreen petrol station in Ipswich, Suffolk.Launching in 1965 and soon to celebrate its 48th year in business, the brand has opened 1,761 new locations around the world since the start of 2013.Fred DeLuca, president and co-founder, said: “This is certainly a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire Subway team, who I often refer to as The Greatest Team in Franchising History.“I am proud to be part of a team that provides thousands of jobs for people in our stores, field offices, headquarters, and partner offices around the world.”There are more than 9,000 non-traditional Subway locations worldwide, and around 4,500 of them are in petrol stations and forecourts. Of these non-traditional locations, there are nearly 600 in Europe, with around 300 open or in development in the UK and Ireland.The UK and Ireland is the brand’s third-largest market, behind the US and Canada, with more than 1,600 locations. In all, there are 14,000 international locations in 102 countries outside the US.In addition to celebrating this recent milestone, the European team just opened their 4,000th location in a railway station in Bucharest, Romania. In total the brand’s franchisees employ about 40,000 people in the communities in which they serve throughout Europe, with around 16,700 people employed in over 1,600 stores in the UK and Ireland.According to Subway area development manager for the UK and Ireland Trevor Haynes, it is the “low start-up costs, flexibility, and simple footprint that makes a Subway franchise so appealing to entrepreneurs who look to our brand as a way to reach their goal of owning and operating their own business. That is what makes this work. We are thrilled to have this milestone opening in our market.”Marc Kreder, regional director for Europe, said: “The level of growth we’ve experienced in Europe is a fantastic achievement and reflects the strong entrepreneurial spirit of the Subway franchisees.”last_img read more

From heart-sick and road-weary to Harvard

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.James Venable knows life can be brutally unfair. But now he also knows such a bitter truth will never define him.After Venable graduates in May with his bachelor’s degree from the Harvard Extension School, he will head to Yale Divinity School for a master’s in divinity (on a full scholarship). His long-term plan is to return to Harvard for a master’s in theology, and then go on to Princeton University for his doctorate in African-American religion.“I have strong aspirations” said Venable, whose ambitious goals are partly the product of an early life marked by poverty, loss, and rejection. Where others might have been laid low, Venable has soared, using his suffering “not as a crutch but as a stepping stone. I embraced it … and now people are taking me seriously.”That yearning for respect and recognition springs from neglected roots. “I’ve learned through the proverbial school of hard knocks,” said Venable on a recent afternoon as he described his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was in prison when he was born James Louis Taylor in 1972; his mother abandoned him when he was a year old. By his ninth birthday, he had been in six foster homes. Hope arrived with a caring couple, Theodore and Melvina Venable, who adopted him in 1981. A year later, Theodore died from a heart attack. When James was 13, Melvina succumbed to cancer and he moved in with her sister’s family, who he says neglected and abused him. All that pain and adversity “made me what I am today,” Venable said. “I am not bitter but better. I have a strong relationship with the Lord. I am seasoned. I never make excuses. I am quite hard on myself. I am disciplined. I am always pushing myself to do better. … My weakness has become my strength.”“Those were some arduous times,” he added. “That leaves a lot of scars, when you don’t have anybody in the household to embrace you, to tell you that you can become something great. Rather, they are telling you what you are not.”School offered little solace. He was eager to learn, he said, but his special education classes gave him nothing to aspire to. “I was not exposed to education excellence with other students who were deemed smart … special education is a particularly cruel fate in a large urban school system like Baltimore.”Briefly homeless after high school, he took shelter in an abandoned bus in 1991, where he realized “if no one is going to believe in you, you’ve got to believe in yourself.” There were more trying times ahead, but Venable, who had become a born-again Christian when he was 15, knew his faith in himself and in God would sustain him. A traveling job selling cleaning products saved him from the street and taught him to “never take no for an answer.” He also learned to associate himself with “people who are where you are trying to go.”Later, at the urging of a friend, Venable moved to Texas for college, but he couldn’t afford to finish. More sales jobs followed, as did marriage, in 2003, and his own window-washing business. But the desire to learn never left him. Eager for people to take him seriously, Venable began lying about having a master’s and a doctorate. “I was profoundly discouraged about not having those degrees. I should have had it by then.”Eventually, Venable realized he needed to be “truthful with himself” and to go back to school. In 2014, he came clean about his fake degrees and enrolled at the Extension School.“As a born-again believer, I maintain nobody is called to help everybody, but everybody is called to help somebody. I felt the call to become a constructive agent of change to impact the marginalized, the academic, and the religious communities. That’s my calling and my Harvard and Yale educations will prepare and equip me to accomplish that task.”Since 2015 he has been flying to campus a few times a month from his Texas home, studying subjects including religion, leadership, psychology, and sustainability, and excelling at all of them.“I got a tutor and I was determined to never make under an A-, and I did.”Of the hundreds of students Harvard doctoral candidate Kythe Heller has tutored at the Extension School, Venable stood out. “James is the most motivated, the most over-the-top enthusiastic and committed and completely dedicated and remarkable student that I have encountered in all of that time,” said Heller, who worked with Venable in 2015 on how to craft an academic essay. She praised him for creating “a sense of elevation and enthusiasm in his mode of engaging with the world.”“I really have a sense of someone who has a job to do in this world in a larger capacity and who is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, advised Venable on his thesis, “African-American Religious Culture and Constitutional Questions of Religious Freedom.”“I’ve been blessed to be his thesis adviser here. He has written a magnificent piece of work on religious liberty in America, especially as it relates to black people,” said West. “He writes superbly, he writes clearly, he writes succinctly. His mind is very subtle. He’s got a critical intelligence that one rarely finds in any generation.”Venable smiled as he reflected on where he been and where he is headed. His ultimate goal, once his schooling is complete, is to become a senior pastor at his own church and spend his days helping lift others up.“I want for people to take me seriously. I want them to see that Harvard takes me seriously, and that I am taken seriously at Yale. It’s letting people know that my getting here wasn’t a mistake. When I think about it, I still feel it. From there to here, it’s a miracle.”last_img read more

When a sigh isn’t just a sigh

first_img 2010 Peace: “Swearing as a Response to Pain” 2014 Neuroscience: “Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia” You wanted to know but were afraid to ask Some past Ig Nobel Prize winners 2015 Physics: “Duration of Urination Does Not Change With Body Size” Ultra-soft underwater grippers use fettuccini-like fingers to catch and release jellyfish without harm 2009 Peace: “Are Full or Empty Beer Bottles Sturdier and Does Their Fracture-Threshold Suffice to Break the Human Skull?” Tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sends out on-the-ground coverage Held before the Nobel Prize awards, the Ig Nobel honors scientific achievements that “make people laugh, then think,” and highlights that there can be science even in absurd questions such as “Is a sigh ‘just a sigh’?” (Answer: No, it is an unintentional expression of negative emotions, including longing, boredom, disappointment, and defeat) or “Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?” (Answer: It’s the byproduct of the interplay between the motion of a cup and the low-viscosity liquid dynamics of what’s in it).“We’re bringing attention to things that probably would not get much attention at all,” said Abrahams, co-founder and editor of the science humor magazine Improbable Research. “Nobel laureates get recognition, but there are millions of scientists who are advancing science, and most of them won’t get any attention at all.”Take, for example, the team of doctors who studied the biomedical benefits and consequences of intense kissing, or the researchers who demonstrated that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in 21 seconds, or the scientists who examined how reindeer react to humans disguised as polar bears.The Ig Nobel also honors creators who didn’t receive due recognition for their innovations. Among them are the inventor of karaoke, the three people who, probably, gave Murphy’s Law its name, and the man who, together with his father, obtained a patent for the comb-over.Winning an Ig Nobel Prize is hard. Each year, Abrahams and a team of volunteers evaluate thousands of nominations. Some of those chosen decline the award for fear of public embarrassment, but most are thrilled and willing to pay the travel expenses to receive it in person.The event has garnered prestige among scientists all over the world and has been popular since the first awards, held in an MIT classroom that could barely fit the crowd, mostly of amused scientists and science students. Three years later in 1994, it moved to Sanders, where it has been held before a packed audience every year.,In the beginning, some scientists lambasted the Ig Nobel, calling it an effort to ridicule scientific research, but the presence of genuine Nobel laureates helped dispel that notion. Most scientists embrace the effort because it shows that they can laugh at themselves and it might encourage people to get interested in science.“There were some people who assumed we were attacking science and making fun of scientists,” said Abrahams, a former software developer who travels around the world leading Ig Nobel live shows. “But we’re defending scientists, who are trying to figure out what’s true, what’s real, and what’s useful. We want to get people curious about science. People can be scared of things they don’t understand. But if they manage to be curious before they get scared, science is not going to be scary anymore.”Winning an Ig Nobel doesn’t prevent scientists from winning an actual Nobel. In 2000, Sir Andre Geim, Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Manchester, won an Ig Nobel for his research on using magnets to levitate a frog. Ten years later, he won the 2010 Nobel in physics for his groundbreaking experiments with graphene, a thin material stronger than steel.In an interview with the BBC, Geim, who lists the Ig Nobel win in his CV, said, “Frankly speaking, I value both my Ig Nobel Prize and Nobel Prize at the same level. For me, the Ig Nobel Prize was the manifestation that I can take jokes; a little bit of self-deprecation always helps.”The event is organized by Improbable Research and co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association. A live webcast of the ceremony will begin at 5:35 p.m.The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be held at Sanders Theatre on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the Harvard Box Office. 2011 Psychology: “Is a Sigh ‘Just a Sigh’? Sighs as Emotional Signals and Responses to a Difficult Task” 2018 Economics: “Righting a Wrong: Retaliation on a Voodoo Doll Symbolizing an Abusive Supervisor Restores Justice” Clever crows 2016 Economics: “The Brand Personality of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale”center_img In 1991, Marc Abrahams founded the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize ceremony that exalts obscure research in science. But his fascination for the funny and weird goes a long way back.As a fourth-grader growing up in Swampscott, Abrahams was captivated by numbers, and an eccentric, joke-telling math teacher, Mrs. Bondelevitch, had a lot to do with it. His curiosity sparked, Abrahams turned to science and began collecting “weird stuff,” including a newspaper article with the headline, “Man Flushes Toilet, House Explodes,” which delighted his 10-year-old imagination.On Thursday, Abrahams ’78, a Harvard graduate in applied mathematics, will revel in his role as emcee of the 29th First Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Sanders Theatre, in an event that mixes comedy and science and celebrates unusual research. Le Monde called Abrahams “the pope of improbable science,” and the Washington Post dubbed him “the nation’s guru of academic grunge.”Past winners include a Ukraine-born researcher who designed a bra that can be converted into a pair of gas masks; an Australian scientist who did a comprehensive survey of human belly-button lint; and a Spanish inventor who created a washing machine for cats and dogs.“I’m getting to do as an adult all the things that I most enjoyed doing when I was a little kid,” said the editor and writer at his Cambridge home office, which is filled with Ig Nobel memorabilia.Every year, Abrahams leads the uproarious gala like an experienced ringmaster, carefully orchestrating the night’s mischief, including the traditions of audience members throwing paper airplanes at the stage and genuine Nobel winners bestowing awards.Among the laureates expected to attend this year are Eric Maskin, Adams University Professor and winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Jerome Friedman, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physics; and Martin Chalfie, who won the 2008 Nobel in chemistry. Source: Improbable Research 2012 Fluid dynamics: “Walking With Coffee: Why Does It Spill?” A gentle grip on gelatinous creatures A red oak live tweets climate change 2008 Nutrition: “The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips” Related 2013 Psychology: “Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beer Holder’: People Who Think They Are Drunk Also Think They Are Attractive” 2017 Anatomy: “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?” After using tools, the birds behave more optimistically, study suggestslast_img read more

Opening health care access to trans community

first_img Transgender people report barriers to health care Insurance problems, bias, and fear are common, survey shows The problems with LGBTQ health care 25% Experienced problems with insurance related to trans status Providers need to understand their patients better, panelists say Source: The Report of the U.S. Transgender Survey, 2015 At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bryce said he would have “really struggled” as a first-generation college student in the U.S. if it weren’t for extra help of advisers who offered “the right support at the right time. It helped me succeed. Not everyone has that, and I think that’s to Harvard College’s merit that the tutor and residential life program exists,” he said.This semester, Bryce is working closely with HBS faculty mentors to expand Plume’s reach and improve lives by bringing health care equity to trans community.“The question we ask at HBS is: ‘How will we make a difference?’ The undercurrent of that is: ‘What does different look like? What does different feel like?’” he said. To “build a brand and a business around the idea of celebrating an identity that has been so historically marginalized and mistreated and hurt — it feels like this incredible privilege to be able to do that, and it’s not something that I take lightly.” 25% Denied hormone coverage 33% Had negative experience, such as verbal harassment, refusal of treatment, or having to teach the health care provider about transgender people to receive appropriate care At the heart of Plume is the idea of making access more available. Health insurance is not required. Monthly subscribers use a smartphone app to connect with Plume’s predominantly trans care team, who facilitate medical evaluations, lab work, referrals, and prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy — estrogen, testosterone, testosterone blockers, and other interventions that allow patients to live in alignment with their gender. Although not every trans person uses hormone replacement therapy, about 80 percent do and once started it’s a lifelong commitment, so maintaining uninterrupted access is critical, he said.Many of the LGBT health centers that provide similar services are overtaxed by demand and usually located in major cities, forcing trans patients who live outside urban areas to travel hours for appropriate care. With telehealth, geography is no longer an issue, said Bryce.Also, having an almost all-trans staff, including Plume’s co-founding physician and activist Schuyler Bailar ’19, the pioneering Harvard athlete who is a community adviser, makes a huge difference to patients.“‘For trans by trans’ is really key, because we hear that message a lot from our patients and our community members who are used to being not understood, who are used to being mistreated,” said Bryce. “It’s hard to explain, but to be able to know that who you’re going to is someone who understands the experience that you’ve had — that in itself can be part of the gender-affirming experience.”In many ways, Bryce’s career is the ultimate fusion of two lifelong personal threads. As Palestinians living in Kuwait, his family fled during the Gulf War and came to the U.S. as refugees when he was a child, settling in a small town in North Carolina. Bryce says his first encounter with health care in America was with the Red Cross, but his interest in the field took hold in high school while volunteering at a local hospital as an emergency medical technician. Like many small-town hospitals, it was more than just where the sick and the injured were taken, it was the heart of the community.“Just this idea of caretaking has always been really interesting to me — what it takes to provide care and how we think about care as more than just the medical services that are delivered … but all these things surrounding the actual patient-provider relationship,” he said.Throughout his career, Bryce has seen the ways in which the existing health technology systems don’t serve certain vulnerable communities particularly well — like small rural hospitals and trans communities — and it fueled his interest in using tech to increase access to care.Bryce and his wife, Nina, M.Div. ’19, are resident tutors at Mather House.Since Bryce began at HBS and his wife, Nina, M.Div. ’19, graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2019, the couple have lived at Mather House, serving as resident tutors.“We’ve loved being tutors at Mather House,” he said. “I learn so much from the students. They’re so themselves in a way that I get a lot of inspiration from.”During his first semester, Bryce said he was “struggling” with the question of whether to be out at HBS. “To go from being ‘should I be out’ to what I’m doing now is a long way to go in a year, but that’s another way the students really gave me a lot of courage,” said Bryce. “There’s this intergenerational element that feels really important” and gets him “thinking a lot about [how] I benefited from those who came before me and how I think about those who are coming next.”Last year, Bryce was a tutor on LGBT issues, business, and intramural sports, programming events and mentoring individual students including those applying to HBS and counseling LGBT students on relationship issues, like coming out and breakups.“One thing we’ve heard a lot from our students is it goes a long way to have tutors who just look like or are like them. And also, just being in Mather as a Palestinian trans person married to a Jewish woman who goes to HBS … it just kind of provid[es] a template for ‘many things are possible here,’” said Bryce, with a laugh.center_img Supreme Court says workplace protections fall under Civil Rights Act of 1964 31% Don’t have access to care The transgender community has long dealt with poor medical care, owing to a scarcity of skilled providers and widespread discrimination. A third of all trans people in a 2015 survey reported at least one negative experience while seeing a health care provider, including harassment and denial of treatment. And nearly a quarter of the respondents said they skipped needed care out of fear of being mistreated.The crisis has been worsened by the Trump administration’s recent decision to eliminate portions of the Affordable Care Act that protected transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals, and health insurers. That move that was blunted by a Supreme Court decision in June that prohibited LGBTQ bias in employment, but it still threatens to complicate the lives of those in some states who could face challenges by insurers over transgender-related care.“There are more than 1.4 million trans people in the U.S., and yet it’s still one of the most underserved communities when it comes to safe, accessible, and reliable health care,” said Soltan Bryce, an M.B.A. student at Harvard Business School (HBS), a trans man, and chief of growth for Plume, a Denver-based startup that provides telehealth services to the trans community. The first-of-its-kind firm now operates in 16 states, including Massachusetts, New York, California, and Florida.“One thing that’s really clear is that rollback [of Obamacare protections] will lead to a loss of life in the trans community,” said Bryce. “People have lost access to care because of the rollback. That’s part of why we do what we do.” Harvard experts call ruling on LGBT rights a landmark Related 55% Denied surgery coverage 33% Don’t seek care because of fear of discriminationlast_img read more

The #1 in Hyperconverged Infrastructure Adopting Latest PowerEdge Servers

first_imgIt’s an exciting time for innovation in technology. We’ve all heard these technology buzz words: Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and augmented and virtual reality. It’s hard to even imagine what’s next. What we do know is that to stay competitive in this world of ever-emerging technology, you need to transform or get left behind.One way that organizations are transforming their business is through hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). The agility, scalability and flexibility HCI delivers continues to drive customer adoption, with the industry growing close to 50% since this time last year. And once again, thanks to our fantastic customers, Dell EMC is #1 in HCI system sales with 32% share.[1]What makes the Dell EMC HCI portfolio so powerful? One big reason is that our portfolio is built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. That’s right, the #1 hyperconverged systems portfolio is powered by the #1 server portfolio, and, together, we offer industry-leading solutions, built on architecture optimized for HCI workloads, that deliver the latest and greatest technology.And now, the best in hyperconverged infrastructure gets even better as Dell EMC HCI offerings, including VxRail, VxFlex and partner aligned solutions, begin shipping in configurations that include the latest PowerEdge servers with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ technology. These PowerEdge enhancements make it simple to incorporate new technologies that drive better business results and support your workloads faster and easier. New fibre channel (FC) HBA support for VxRail allows you to more easily migrate to HCI, and continue to run traditional workloads that demand the data services and storage depth provided by FC storage arrays. Plus, Dell EMC HCI integrated systems built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers provide a single point of support with full lifecycle management for the entire system. It’s a winning solution.As data volumes continue to grow, you need to ensure you have the right infrastructure in place to handle the increase in processing demands. On Dell EMC VxRail, our flagship product and the fastest growing HCI system, we saw an average increase of 28% in processor performance with the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors.[2] In addition, VxRail becomes even more powerful with the addition of Intel® Optane™ SSDs as a cache drive. In testing on certain workloads using Intel Optane drives, we saw a reduction in latency of up to 30% for VxRail.We strive to create cutting-edge solutions that help our customers do more. And introducing this new Intel technology delivers on this goal by taking our HCI portfolio to the next level. What it means to our customers is a more consistent, predictable and reliable high-performing hyperconverged infrastructure – and this is part of what is fueling the rapid growth of the hyperconverged market. So whatever technology you are looking to implement, whether now or in the future, rest assured that Dell EMC HCI solutions built on the latest PowerEdge servers can get you there.Learn more about Dell EMC Hyperconverged Infrastructure solutions.[1] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, June 25, 2019[2] Among top 3 product brands, IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, June 25, 2019last_img read more

Japan’s Takarazuka Chicago Company Meets the Broadway Cast

first_img Related Shows Whoopee! The cast of the Tony-winning revival Chicago recently welcomed some international visitors to the New York theater scene. Takarazuka Chicago will play the Lincoln Center Festival from July 20 through July 24 at the David H. Koch Theater. The all-female production draws 2.5 million audience members annually to Japan’s Takarazuka Revue. Current Chicago star Jaime Camil and mega-producer Barry Weissler (see below) were on hand to extend a warm welcome to the women of the Takarazuka Revue. Take a peek at the photos, and welcome to New York, ladies! View Comments from $49.50center_img Yuga Yamato, Bianca Marroquin, Hikaru Asami, Asato Shizuki, Jaime Camil, Saori Mine, Saki Asaji, Yoka Wao, Amra Raye Wright, Wataru Kozuki and Natsuki Mizu(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Chicagolast_img read more

CTO secretary general calls for education about the role people play in tourism

first_imgHugh Riley EL SALVADOR, San Salvador — The secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hugh Riley has called on tourism interests in the Americas “to educate our populations to the true potential of this marvelously resilient, yet incredibly vulnerable industry”.In an address to the 19th Inter-American Travel Congress, the CTO secretary general warned of “the danger of ignorance”, saying it posed as great a threat to tourism as any major peril. Some of these include crime, civil unrest, terrorism, political instability, burdensome taxation, food-borne illnesses, communicable diseases and climate change.“We cannot meaningfully discuss the involvement of our communities in tourism without accepting our fundamental responsibility to teach them about tourism. I submit that failure to do so is as great a danger as any other that we have identified,” Riley told the audience which included the Salvadoran president, Mauricio Funes and the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza.He stressed that education did not mean “creating a tourism practitioner out of every citizen in the Americas” but that the children in the hemisphere must be taught from an early age, the role they play in tourism.“I’m suggesting that an essential step to sustaining our tourism industry lies in reaching into our primary and secondary schools, and unleashing the power of those young, creative minds at a very early age. Giving them a clear understanding of the role they play in the success of this industry is sometimes as basic as helping them to understand what a tourist really is, and how one expects to be treated,” the secretary general said.In his address entitled Challenges of Sustainable Tourism in the Americas, Riley also focused on the importance of involving communities, stressing that “our people are the core of our industry and the mirrors of our culture”. Sustainability, he said, depended largely on engaging the community.The 19th Inter-American Travel Congress, organized by the OAS and the government of El Salvador, brought together high-level tourism authorities from Americas to discuss tourism as a vehicle to fight poverty. The Inter-American Travel Congress, created in 1939 with the objective of promoting the development of tourism in the Americas.The CTO, the region’s tourism development agency, had the notion of sustainable tourism engrained in its mission statement when that statement was crafted 22 years ago.Caribbean News Now 7 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share NewsRegional CTO secretary general calls for education about the role people play in tourism by: – October 4, 2011last_img read more

‘Surgical’ ECQ in Bo. Obrero extended for 3 more days

first_imgAccording to Conlu, members of the 44 households (composed of 77 families) have not left their houses since July 22. The barangay council is shouldering their meals. Four new coronavirus disease cases in the neighborhood were detected, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. ILOILO City – The 72-hour “surgical extreme” enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on a neighborhood in Zone 2, Barangay Bo. Obrero in Lapuz district which ended on Saturday, July 25, was extended for another three days beginning last night. * Only Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) shall be allowed to enter and/or leave the neighborhood, and existing health and safety measures shall be strictly imposed. As of yesterday afternoon, July 26, 66 test results have been released. Four tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The 44 households (197 individuals) covered by the ECQ would therefore continue their home quarantine until Wednesday night, July 29, or until all the results of their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are released. Mayor Treñas’ executive order on the “surgical extreme” ECQ ordered the households to observe the following: The ECQ was imposed beginning July 22 after two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the neighborhood just days after a resident there died due to the viral illness. According to Barangay Councilman James Conlu, one of these four new cases was a 14-year-old girl, a relative of the neighborhood’s three COVID-19 cases which were the following: 39-year-old female (Patient No. 820), a 71-year-old female (Patient No. 821), and an 80-year-old male (Patient No. 679). A curfew and liquor ban are also being maintained in the neighborhood. * Refrain from unnecessary travel until the COVID-19 testing and sanitation process have been completed. Patient No. 679 died on July 7 but his COVID-19-positive test result was known and released only on July 15. Patient No. 821 was his wife and Patient No. 820 was a daughter. * All forms of transportation, both private and public, are restricted./PNlast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall To Lady Bengals

first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team lost against a talented Greendale: 25-11 and 25-13.Ashlee Cornn and Jenna Honnert were the leading servers each with 4 serves and 1 ace. Jadyn Harrington, Megan Meyer, Kaitlyn Sarringhaus, and Timbre Davies lead the team with kills. Timbre Davies also added to good blocks.The whole team played very hard. There record is 2-2.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team fell to a talented Greendale team: 25-16, 25-15.The Bulldogs stayed positive and played hard.  Katie Shane had many digs from the Tigers’ tips.  Top servers were Brayleigh Patterson with 5 points including 1 ace.  Syndee Schaefer added 3 points including 2 aces.  Shelby Westerfeld, Jade Kopp, and Katie Shane each had a service point.  At the net Sophie Lee and Shelby Westerfeld each had 3 kills.  Jade Kopp, Katie Shane, and Laney Flynn each added a kill.Their record is 3-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more