Thrival Festival Reveals Their Lineup With Pancake Art Video [Watch]

first_imgComing to Pittsburgh, PA from September 23-24, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has shared their lineup… with pancakes?Seriously though, the festival has used pancake art to share their 2016 lineup, which includes The Chainsmokers, Ty Dolla $ign, CHVRCHES, Thievery Corporation, Lettuce and more. If you don’t believe us, check out their video below:Thrival 2016 Music Lineup Announcement from Jordan Robarge on Vimeo.You can scope the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for more information.last_img read more

A Ugandan border official, redefined

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.From the day of her birth in Uganda, Agnes Igoye confronted a world where girls were not valued.Igoye’s mother, having already given birth to two girls, was expected by relatives and neighbors to produce a boy. Agnes’s arrival on March 8 (coincidentally International Women’s Day) was greeted as a bitter disappointment that bordered on “scandalous,” said Igoye, M.C./M.P.A .’17. “And so, growing up in that atmosphere, when you’re not valued as girls, even education becomes [very difficult]. Many girls don’t get the chance.”Thankfully, her parents knew the importance of education. Her father had put himself through school selling cassava roots, while her mother, a prodigy living in the bush, was “discovered” by missionary sisters who paid for her education. Both became teachers who bucked convention by insisting that their daughters (six of their eight children) get an education. It was an idea widely ridiculed.As a child, Igoye was teased relentlessly for her interest in school, even called a prostitute by one man. Not sure what the word meant, but certain it wasn’t a compliment, Igoye said she made a promise then and there to her mother.“I said, ‘I’m going to really work hard in life and succeed and embarrass this man!’” Igoye, 45, recalled with a laugh. “I didn’t know what success meant, but I just knew that I had to do the things that boys do.”Igoye’s education came under threat in the late 1980s after religious militant Joseph Kony and his violent guerrilla group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), embarked on a violent campaign across Uganda and into neighboring countries. Kony and the LRA terrorized villages, including Igoye’s, killing and mutilating residents, burning and looting homes, and abducting children for sexual exploitation and soldiering. One of Igoye’s female cousins was a victim.With gunfire outside their door, the family fled, leaving all their possessions behind to looters. They made their way to an encampment for some of the millions displaced by Kony’s reign. It was a traumatic chapter in her life that Igoye now says fueled her zeal to protect women and children from exploitation.“Human trafficking is everywhere,” but it can have different manifestations and even different definitions depending on the country, Igoye said. “In Uganda, for us, human trafficking includes child marriage, it includes the use of children in armed conflict, it includes superstition … it includes removal of organs for witchcraft and rituals,” and it includes forced labor and servitude, street begging by children or karaoke performances and dancing for money.Despite years of turmoil, Igoye finished high school and won admittance to Uganda’s only university at the time to study social science. She earned a master’s degree at Makerere University, then went to the University of Oxford as a Fulbright/Hubert Humphrey Fellow in 2010-11 to study forced migration. This month, she will graduate from Harvard Kennedy School as a Mason Fellow in the Mid-career Master in Public Administration Program.After college, Igoye joined Uganda’s ministry of internal affairs as an immigration officer. While working at the border and at the passport office, where fraudulent documents passed regularly, she saw trafficking and transnational organized crime operations up close and wondered why the government didn’t seem to be taking them seriously and — though it wasn’t part of their job description — why immigration officers weren’t being trained to identify these violations and intercede. She persuaded the Minister of Internal Affairs that with proper instruction, officers could help root out traffickers and protect survivors being moved in and out of the country. He appointed Igoye Uganda’s first trafficking trainer and the first woman officer to hold an immigration command post. Since then, she’s taught close to 2,000 new recruits how to identify suspected traffickers and victims, and she helped develop and coordinate Uganda’s anti-trafficking efforts to meet international standards.“There’s so many things to look out for because it’s not like they grab you and take you — [many victims] go willingly” and don’t realize they’re being trafficked, she said. Victims are taught by traffickers how to respond to law enforcement questions so that they avoid detection. Officers looking for telltale signs are essential.While abductions do occur, most trafficking today is done by professionals who recruit through social media or enlist help from a potential victim’s family or friends. Too often, parents are tricked into thinking they are helping their children seize a golden opportunity to study abroad or secure a high-paying job in the U.S. or Europe.“The challenge in Uganda is unemployment; people need to work. [Recruiters] lie to you that they got you this fantastic job, and when you get there, it’s not that job, it’s prostitution” or forced labor, perhaps in the Middle East, she said. Igoye is now the national training manager and deputy national coordinator of Uganda’s anti-trafficking task force.In June, she returns to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, to open a much-needed support center for survivors of trafficking. Armed with a $50,000 award from fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg’s foundation, Igoye hopes the “Dream Revival Center” will help fill an aching void. Uganda offers few services for those who’ve been trafficked and too often, even if survivors do escape, they find themselves no longer welcome by family and friends or left without money or a place to stay. With no one to trust, victims call in the middle of the night to have Igoye take them to her home. But after two law enforcement colleagues were shot dead recently, Igoye says it’s not safe to take victims in.She’s careful but fatalistic about her life’s work. “If they want to get you, they get you. But I’ve also settled for the idea that I’d rather die doing something like this than dying in my sleep. It would be boring!” she mused.Ultimately, Igoye hopes the center will allow survivors to reclaim their lives and pursue justice. “We often don’t win cases in court because traffickers … know where to get the survivors” and “make them withdraw cases,” she said.Between classes, Igoye speaks to groups across the country, including the United Nations, the State Department, and law enforcement and anti-trafficking professionals. She also raises awareness and promotes advocacy for girls and women to groups of university and high school students. Last summer, she visited a Las Vegas clinic with Nevada’s U.S. senators, met with trafficked women being held at area detention centers, participated in a raid to rescue 100 trafficked children, and went to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss border management with patrol guards. Recently, she was chosen by the Clinton Global Initiative University to mentor participants working in criminal justice, and she’s working with the BBC on a documentary about trafficking.Igoye said leaving the front lines to spend a year at Harvard has been both intellectually rewarding and a respite from the horrors she deals with daily.“It’s not just about what you learn in class, it’s the confidence you get. Because I’m thinking, how did I end up here, there are so many smart people? And they drum it into you: You deserve to be here,” she said. “So, you get all that out of your head and then you just go for whatever you want. That’s the beauty of being accepted in a school like this.”And what’s next?“Eventually, I should run for office,” Igoye said. “With this education, they can no longer say ‘she’s not qualified,’ so who knows?”last_img read more

Walk Georgia Hawks Night

first_imgAbout 350 participants scored tickets to last Saturday’s Walk Georgia Night with the Atlanta Hawks. This is an annual event offered by the University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia program that gets attendees involved in special activities and into the game for just $15.“What fun we had March 15th with Walk Georgia,” Elaine Mangham, of Molena, Ga., said of her family’s experience at Walk Georgia Night with the Hawks. “With high-fives, cheers, excitement and glowing faces, the children of all ages had a perfect time. Back in our seats for the game, we got to see great basketball, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets! What a special night for all of us.” Before the game began, Walk Georgia Night ticket holders sat court-side to watch the Hawks’ pre-game practice. Select participants were chosen to take part in the fan tunnel, where the players high-fived them as they took to the court at game time.To complete the evening, Walk Georgia Night attendees, clad in event T-shirts they received as part of the Walk Georgia Night package, watched the Hawks defeat the Denver Nuggets, 97-92. “Walk Georgia, you do so much in so many areas to improve our health, expand our minds and organize adventure. Please keep on doing what you do. You make such a positive, life-changing difference,” Mangham said. This is the third year the UGA Extension program has partnered with the Hawks to offer Walk Georgia Night, and attendance for 2014 was almost double what it was last year. “It’s giving exposure to Walk Georgia and it gives us the opportunity to bring it to more people,” Fulton County Extension Agent and Walk Georgia Night Coordinator Kisha Faulk said. A no-cost, online program, Walk Georgia works to combat obesity in the state at the most local level through UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Walk Georgia is in its seventh year of providing Georgians the opportunity to virtually “walk” the state through the use of an online physical activity log and corresponding Web-based map. With two, 12-week sessions each year, the program encourages physical activity among Georgians of all ages. Through a $1 million, three-year grant, Walk Georgia is partnering with The Coca-Cola Foundation to achieve the goal of growing to 100,000 participants over the next three years as well as working to decrease obesity in each Georgia county by 5 percent. The grant will provide for an enhanced website, improved Walk Georgia services and increased growth of the program at the local level. The spring 2014 Walk Georgia campaign runs through April 26, and registration is open through April 15 on the Walk Georgia website, www.WalkGeorgia.org. For more information on Walk Georgia, see www.WalkGeorgia.org. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.last_img read more

Jamaica, Trinidad Battle Violence as Drug Smuggling Plagues Caribbean

first_img “Other security and economic problems in Jamaica may have helped turned voters back to the PNP. Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the Caribbean, on an island of just under 3 million people. Joblessness and a listless economy were other top issues,” suggested a Jan. 4 editorial in the online Pan-American Post. “ The question now is whether with such a strong majority in Congress, the PNP will have the gravitas to institute serious policy changes,” the article said. “Previously, when Congress was more closely divided, it was more difficult to push legislation through. Now it will be tougher for the PNP to blame Labor Party opposition, if Jamaica does not start seeing improvements in security or the economy soon.” Trinidad fears deteriorating security situation In fact, drugs flow freely not only from Trinidad and Jamaica into the United States, but also between the two Caribbean islands. “We have been seeing the movement of drugs including cocaine into Jamaica from Trinidad,” Linval Bailey, vice-president of security for the Port Authority of Jamaica, told the Trinidad Express in December, adding that 8 percent of the cocaine seized in Jamaica during 2010 came from Trinidad. He explained that in decades past, interdiction successes in the Caribbean, coupled with a changing dynamic between Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers, led to a shift in transit routes toward Mexico and Central America. Now, interdiction efforts in Mexico and South America are having the reverse effect. Trinidad’s attorney general, Anand Ramlogan, said the temporary state of emergency that ended in December was necessary after intelligence revealed an “immediate threat and endangerment of public safety.” “Innocent citizens could have lost their lives had we not declared a state of emergency and taken swift and immediate action,” he said. “When the state of emergency was declared … it was in response to intelligence received from the security agencies which we cannot share with the population but which I can assure you we averted a crisis.” Ramlogan added that the measure had stopped “a further $100 million of cocaine coming into the country on a weekly basis.” Newsday, one of Trinidad’s major newspapers, endorsed the state of emergency, as did the Trinidad Guardian. In an editorial, Newsday said the emergency declaration could be temporarily bad for business, but that “this will prove in the medium and long term a relatively small price to pay if the recently imposed state of emergency has the desired impact in the battle against crime.” With 638 miles of coastline, over 100 unmonitored airstrips and an open ocean for speedboats, Jamaica is considered a key transit location for illegal narcotics, transported either via way stations located on the coast or moved up to the Bahamas, and then directly to U.S. and European markets. “Not only is Jamaica an important pitstop for the trafficking of Colombian cocaine, South American heroin and Mexican marijuana, but it is also the Caribbean’s leading producer and exporter of marijuana,” according to a report by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. “As corruption and organized crime have become a serious impediment to judicial efforts aimed to curb the flow of illegal substances and laundered funds, Jamaican officials are working closely with their U.S. counterparts to initiate and fortify counter-drug legislation and procedures in hopes of cutting illegal narcotic-related activities on the island,” the COHA report concluded. By Dialogo January 09, 2012 The Caribbean’s reputation as a world-famous vacation paradise is increasingly being sullied by a violent wave of drug smuggling, kidnapping and murder — especially in the region’s two largest English-speaking countries: Jamaica and the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In August, Trinidad’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, declared a limited state of emergency after 11 people were killed in four days. She attributed the killings to narcotics seizures and expressed grave concern that drug gangs are using Trinidad as a transshipment point for South American cocaine heading to Europe and the United States. The state of emergency was extended in September and finally lifted Dec. 5. But the nation of 1.3 million remains beset by drug-related crime and violence, with at least 15 murders occurring since the state of emergency ended and more than 350 homicides reported for all of 2011. Trinidadian leaders worry that their country is becoming a major transshipment point for South American cocaine destined for Europe and the United States — as well as a significant hub for arms smuggling and money laundering. Its location only seven miles off the Venezuelan coast and its well-developed banking and transportation infrastructure make it a convenient destination for a wide range of illegal activities. UNODC: Jamaica’s murder rate is world’s fourth highest Meanwhile, Jamaica — a leading international tourist destination — also suffers the ravages of the illegal drug trade. In 2010, Jamaica had a homicide rate of 52 per 100,000, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. That made it the fourth most-violent country in the world after Honduras, El Salvador and Cote d’Ivoire, although Jamaica’s homicide rate plunged last year following a crackdown by the island’s former prime minister, Bruce Golding. The high-profile case of Kingston drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke, described as one of the world’s most dangerous drug dealers, made headlines as international authorities waged an all-out manhunt for him. The hunt ended with Coke’s arrest in June 2010, but only after a confrontation that killed 73 civilians and three security officers over four days of fighting. The Coke case also prompted Jamaican authorities to issue a temporary state of emergency. But Golding’s handling of a 2009 U.S. extradition request for Coke cost his Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) an election victory late last month — returning Portia Simpson Miller’s center-left People’s National Party (PNP) to power for the first time since 2007. last_img read more

FSOC details threats it sees to the financial system

first_imgby: John HeltmanThe U.S. financial system has weathered several external threats in the past year, but significant hazards remain, including the potential for cyberattacks and excessive concentration of risk in central counterparties, according to a report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council.The interagency council’s annual report, released Tuesday, noted that the system has not suffered lasting effects from a precipitous drop in oil prices or ongoing crises in the Ukraine and the Middle East.But as those threats recede, others pose significant risks to financial stability and demand greater attention from policymakers, said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.“There have been a host of technological, competitive, and regulatory changes that continue to reverberate and create potential new stresses to the system,” Lew said. “Cybersecurity is a primary focus of multiple agencies today. Central counterparties have grown in importance to financial stability and market resiliency. Market structures are evolving, and this had led to financial innovation and some migration of activities away from traditional players.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUNA defines key FOM issues in comment guide

first_imgWith 20 days remaining before the Feb. 8 deadline to comment on the National Credit Union Association’s (NCUA) field-of-membership (FOM) proposal, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has released a new guide to assist in writing those letters. CUNA strongly encourages all credit unions to comment on the proposal.CUNA issued an action alert in December for the proposal, with President/CEO Jim Nussle calling for letters that “reflect league and credit union official positions on the FOM proposal.”It is important for credit unions to have a strong, united voice on the proposal, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan has said, particularly to counter bank attacks and threats of litigation against the proposal.According to the NCUA’s website, more than 1,400 comments have already been received, including letters of support from Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). The NCUA proposed the rule at its November meeting, and it would modernize FOM regulations by providing flexibility for credit unions and more options for consumers. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Enza Costa Cashmere-Blend Top Has the Cutest Thumbholes

first_imgUs Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Have you been waiting to buy yourself a luxurious gift for the holiday season, but haven’t been able to confidently decide what it should be? You don’t want to choose something you only feel 75% sure about, place the order, and then stumble upon something you’re 76% sure about the next day. You’re holding out for that 100%!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – This top from Amazon is quickly becoming a hit among shoppers. It’s made of a luxe cashmere and cotton blend that feels like a good dream you won’t want to wake up from. This top is an “everyday luxury” that will make even the dullest days feel fancy. You will feel fabulous in the “curve-contouring” fit too, the sleek silhouette streamlining your look!This top is thinner than most sweaters, but it’s still softer and warmer than a basic tee. It’s wonderful for either wearing on its own or layering. You’ll definitely want to show off the sleeves here and there though. They have extra-long ribbed cuffs that reach up toward the elbow, and they have thumbholes, adding a cool edginess to the sophisticated aesthetic!Enza Costa Cashmere-Blend Cuffed Crew Top With ThumbholesAmazonSee it!- Advertisement – You want to land on a piece that’s so perfect for you, you won’t even think about browsing through other items afterward. You’ll just check the tracking number five times a day — minimum — until it arrives, and then you’ll have trouble wearing anything else once it’s in your possession. We know that’s what happens to Us when we bring a little cashmere into our closet!Enza Costa Cashmere-Blend Cuffed Crew Top With ThumbholesAmazonSee it!Get the Enza Costa Cashmere-Blend Cuffed Crew Top With Thumbholes starting at $124 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – Get the Enza Costa Cashmere-Blend Cuffed Crew Top With Thumbholes starting at $124 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.We love thumbholes so much, and not only because they look cool. If you’re someone whose hands get cold easily, they’re a must for you! If you spend the whole workday typing away, unable to tuck your hands under blankets or into pockets, then the thumbholes will help keep your hands warmer, keeping the cozy material wrapped around your hands!This USA-made top is currently available in 10 colors. There are multiple shades of grey called Smoke, Charcoal and Light Heather Grey as well as Black and Cadet (navy). For something lighter and bolder, try Baltic, a royal blue, or Iconic Red. Khaki and Pebble are great neutrals, and White is a classic you’ll wear with everything. Go on and pick your favorite! See it!Get the Enza Costa Cashmere-Blend Cuffed Crew Top With Thumbholes starting at $124 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.Not your style? Check out more from Enza Costa here and more sweaters here! Don’t forget to shop through all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping!last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Latest vaccine updates and delays, virus in Icelandic pig

first_imgOct 28, 2009WHO experts tackle H1N1 vaccine questionsThe World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) immunization experts today discussed issues related to the H1N1 vaccine, according to its agenda. The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) was asked if epidemiologic or vaccine-availability issues would alter SAGE’s recommendations, how many doses per person are needed, if seasonal and pandemic doses can be co-administered, and if obesity is a risk factor. A WHO spokesman said results of the meeting may be available tomorrow.http://www.who.int/entity/immunization/sage/DRAFT_AGENDA_Oct_SAGE_meeting_9_Oct.pdfOct 27-29 WHO SAGE agendaVaccine production reaches 23.2 million dosesThe cumulative total of H1N1 vaccine doses available reached 23.2 million today, up about 800,000 from yesterday’s 22.4 million, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a press conference today. She said about 9 million doses were added to the total in the past week. All 50 states have ordered supplies of vaccine, she reported.http://www.flu.gov/live/?date=102809Oct 28 HHS press conference recordingLack of prioritization cited for LA vaccine shortageIn the early stages of Los Angeles County’s free H1N1 vaccination clinics, overwhelmed staff members vaccinated many people who were not in the vaccination priority groups, the Los Angeles Times reported today. As of yesterday, the county had only enough doses to last through Nov 4 instead of the planned Nov 8, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, public health director. He said officials didn’t want to turn away people who had traveled and stood in line to get vaccinated.http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-me-swine-flu28-2009oct28,0,3322926.storyOct 28 Los Angeles Times reportFormer FDA official says policy has slowed vaccineOverly cautious policy decisions by the US government are partly to blame for shortages of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, according to a former Food and Drug Administration official who wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal. Scott Gottlieb, MD, said the use of adjuvants could have stretched supplies. He said a focus on single-dose vials has slowed vaccine delivery, as has reliance on outdated egg-based production.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704335904574497324151841690.htmlOct 27 Wall Street Journal articleOman launches H1N1 vaccine campaignHealth authorities in Oman said yesterday that they have started the country’s pandemic H1N1 vaccine campaign after receiving the first 100,000 doses of its 2.6 million dose order, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. For now, priority groups include older people, pregnant women, health workers, and Mecca pilgrims. The vaccine is free for all citizens. To address concerns about vaccine safety, media outlets showed senior officials receiving flu shots.http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=&section=middleeast&xfile=data/middleeast/2009/October/middleeast_October743.xmlOct 27 AFP storyIceland finds pandemic virus in pigsVeterinary officials in Iceland confirmed the pandemic H1N1 virus in a pig herd after 10 of the animals started showing symptoms such as poor appetite, fever, and coughing, according to a report yesterday to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Investigators are exploring the possibility that humans spread the virus to the pigs; two workers had flulike symptoms before the pigs got sick. The 4,500-pig farm is under quarantine.http://www.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000008594_20091027_152635.pdfOct 27 OIE reportGender-based vaccine doses suggested to boost supplyTwo commentators writing in the New York Times say that using lower doses of flu vaccine in women could improve the vaccine supply without sacrificing protection. Sarah L. Klein, a Johns Hopkins immunologist, and Phyllis Greenbrier, president of the Society for Women’s Health Research, point to studies in which women had a significantly stronger immune response to flu vaccines than men did. They say that besides stretching the supply, the step would reduce side effects for women.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/opinion/28klein.html?_r=1&ref=opinionOct 28 New York Times commentarySen Collins asks HHS to explain vaccine delaysSen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday asking why there are fewer pandemic H1N1 vaccine doses than officials originally projected. Her letter appeared on the Web site of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Collins said shortages are alarming because not all high-risk groups can be vaccinated and the vaccine could arrive too late to prevent infections in many Americans. She asked the HHS to share its latest projections.http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineNews/tabid/181/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3483/ItemId/9533/Default.aspxOct 27 letter from Collins to Sebeliuslast_img read more

Hospitality Challenge – support for the talents of tomorrow

first_imgThe initiative received almost 600 applications from around the world. Of the 600 applications, 39% were filed from America, then 28% from Europe, 18% each from Africa and the Middle East, and 15% each from Asia and the Pacific. Top 30 finalists he will win scholarships for graduate or master’s courses on 30 different catering programs. All of them are hosted by Sommet’s internationally known institutions specializing in catering and culinary arts: the Glion Institute of Higher Education, Les Roches and École Ducasse. In June this year World Tourism Organization and Sommet Education launched the Hospitality Challenge. The challenge of hospitality is designed to identify ideas and individuals that can accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector after the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of high-quality projects that promote inclusiveness and sustainability to rediscover the hospitality of tomorrow, also provide fresh ideas for the tourism sector. This will enable tourism to continue to contribute to the overall socio-economic recovery. The Hospitality Challenge focused on four categories. Hotels and hospitality it was the most popular, the category followed Luxury travel, goods and services, then the category Food and drink and at the end Smart real estate category. The analysis of different categories shows great interest in improving the operational side of the hotel through its social impact, and many projects aim reducing unemployment and better management of hotel staff. Scholarships are intended accelerating the personal development of gifted individuals which will build the hospitality of tomorrow. The three best entrepreneurial projects among 30 winners will receive an initial investment from Euraze. The winners will be announced in March 2021. Putting people and the planet firstcenter_img Photo: Pixabay Four eminent trends emerged among the four categories: waste reduction and sustainability, jobs and education, safety and travel experience, as well as income and productivity. Almost 50% of projects are related to the goal of sustainable development – decent work and economic growth. Many projects also offer new perspectives on the response to COVID-19. Nearly 600 applications for the Hospitality Challenge Source: UNWTOlast_img read more

Facts are facts when it comes to climate

first_imgBob Lindinger’ Oct. 9 letter correctly faults David Gillikin’s Sept. 14 letter for stating that “the science is settled” in regard to global warming. He points out examples of times when received scientific theories, such as Newtonian physics, have been overturned.But, looking carefully at Mr. Gillikin’s letter, the reader can see that he’s not claiming he has a settled theory. He’s pointing out facts that are settled because they are verifiable: Seas are rising and acidifying, temperatures are rising, the strength of hurricanes is increasing. He then advances the theory, held by 99 percent of all climate scientists, that CO2 [carbon dioxide] from burning fossil fuels is the main cause of these facts.You can argue with all those scientists about the theory if you care to (I don’t), but you can’t argue with the facts.Elizabeth PorebaNew LebanonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more