CALGARY – Moms everywhere can attest to harsh judgment from other people, including other moms experiencing the same struggles.Moms reach out for help or share their successes and others are quick to jump in and shame them for parenting styles and lifestyle choices, among other things. There’s an expectation that mothers just know everything when they become a mom due to traditional gender roles, even though society has evolved, according to author Anne Walsh.“It’s almost as if it’s set in stone that if something goes wrong when it comes to the kids, it has to be the mom. And you see it if something happens to a child, you’ll hear, ‘Well, where was the mother?’ It’s always ‘where was the mother“. We’re kind of type-cast in that way in that we are responsible no matter what–no matter how busy you are, whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom… Anything that concerns your child is perceived as your responsibility.”Walsh adds one of the struggles that comes with that is that being a mom is a 24/7/365 operation. You’re constantly “on” with no breaks.“There are no jobs out there that you’re expected to perform 24/7, where you’re not allowed to take breaks, where you’re not allowed to make mistakes. And when you’re sleep deprived and you have multiple responsibilities–that’s a lot of pressure to put on a human being! If you do make a mistake, there’s such harsh judgment.”Nicole Scopie, mother to a young baby who was born three months premature, knows first-hand the feeling of being judged when reaching out for help.Nicole Scopie’s son was birth three months premature. She says she’s seen lots of mom-shaming as a first-time mom. (CREDIT: Photo provided by Nicole Scopie)“Everything right now revolves around social media, but social media is such a double-edged sword,” she said.“You can find some absolutely great groups… but there are mom other groups where you can actually be quite belittled by asking a simple question. But if you don’t know, you don’t know. And that’s why we ask, there’s no point in putting someone down because of it. And if someone is asking you, they’ve likely exhausted all other options.”Scopie said mothers are very quick to judge each other due to a variety of parenting styles.“Everybody believes in a certain way to raise their children but not everybody believes in the same way. It’s hard for others to respect that and they’re so quick to turn around and judge.” She says with her baby being so premature there were complications when it came to feeding. Not only did her son need formula, but she had trouble producing milk. She says another mother blamed her for not being able to feed her baby, and therefore being able to properly bond with her son.Nicole Scopie’s son, who was born three months premature. (CREDIT: Nicole Scopie)“He’s happy and healthy–why should it matter how I feed him? He’s getting everything he needs. Why do you feel the need to sit there and scrutinize someone like that?” She’s seen a number of other similar situations like this online, and she’s not the only one who’s gone through that judgment.“It’s just brutal… To sit there and be at your wit’s end, begging for help, just to be told that you’re a bad mom? It’s awful to see some of the things people say.”And there’s an added challenge with social media when all you see is the perfect snapshots of motherhood, the clean house and the moms with clean clothes and a perfect hairdo and flawless makeup–not reality.“Just sweeping the floor sometimes, if you have a colicky baby, it’s almost impossible. It’s exactly that, there’s the perfect image that everyone has to portray on the internet. You can’t be real about it.”But, on the other hand, Scopie says sometimes you luck out with other moms online.“When he was in the NICU, I was a part of a Facebook group across Canada. One of the NICU nurses actually reached out to me because she also just had a baby. And it actually turns out she was a nurse at the NICU he was in. She’s been probably one of the biggest people that I go to besides my mom,” explained Scopie.Jennifer Luckhardt, a new mom to a baby girl, says it’s also difficult to know what’s the right parenting path to take when there’s so much conflicting information online.“What’s very confusing are the guidelines we get for raising our children,” expressed Luckhardt.“On the one hand I’ve been looking into feeing her solid foods–she’s going to be five months [soon]. I found one recommendation that said you should only breastfeed exclusively until they’re six months, otherwise, it gives them a higher risk of developing food allergies. And then I found another recommendation that said you should start them on food around five months and introducing solids, otherwise they will have food allergies!”She says it’s incredibly confusing when there’s no definitive answer. “No matter what you do you are wrong.”Walsh echoes Scopie’s and Luckhardt’s statements and says there’s a dichotomy in motherhood because on one hand society idolizes mothers but we simultaneously devalue their contributions to society and to their families.“You’re supposed to be perfect, but even if you’re doing it perfectly, everything you’ve done is exactly perfect according to the ideals, it’s still not seen as a big deal.”Walsh recently released her book on motherhood, Out of the Mouth of Moms, from the Trenches of Motherhood, a collection of stories from other mothers about their own struggles. She hopes the book will give struggling mothers a feeling that they’re not alone.
Hollywood North Vancouver abides some Jeff Bridges sightingsHollywood North Vancouver abides some Jeff Bridges sightings
Twitter “I was coming out of Brooks Bros after buying a couple of shirts and I saw this guy who looked a lot like Jeff Bridges,” Zimmer said. “He was a nice guy and we had good conversation. Taller than I thought.”Bad Times at the El Royale, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Russell Crowe, filmed a scene in Agassiz earlier this week and Bridges posed for photos with some Fraser Valley fans as well. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As a federal politician who rubs elbows with Canada’s who’s who on Parliament Hill, Bob Zimmer isn’t one to get star-struck — but an unexpected encounter with ‘The Dude’ can change all that.“Being in the public eye myself, I know people don’t really like to be bothered,” said the Conservative MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies. “But how can you not say hi to Jeff Bridges?”Zimmer says he was doing some shopping on Alberni Street in Vancouver last weekend when he ran into the 68-year-old Oscar winner, who is in town filming Bad Times at the El Royale. Facebook Advertisement
Beaver Lake Cree Nation featured in Naomi Kleins new docBeaver Lake Cree Nation featured in Naomi Kleins new doc
APTN National NewsA First Nation community in Alberta is featured in a new documentary about climate change.Located in the heart of the tar sands, the Beaver Lake Cree Nation plays a part in author Naomi Klein’s film This Changes Everything.The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is destined for film festivals around the world.APTN’s Brandi Morin firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Gendarmerie Crashes Same-Sex Moroccan Wedding in MarrakechRoyal Gendarmerie Crashes Same-Sex Moroccan Wedding in Marrakech
Rabat – On the night of Saturday, February 16, two Moroccan men aged 24 and 26 held a wedding ceremony in a remote resort in the ochre city, Marrakech, until the Royal Gendarmerie interrupted.The wedding, attended by Middle Eastern businessmen and other LGBTQ Moroccans, took place in a luxurious tourist complex in Saada, a rural town near Marrakech. The wedding organizers reportedly asked guests to switch off their phones during the ceremony to avoid the leaking of photos or videos of the wedding. Read Also: Marrakech Cross-Dresser Relates Fears for Safety, Hopes to Leave MoroccoThe organizers then suspected that the Royal Gendarmerie had surrounded the resort and informed the wedding guests who began to flee and hide in a nearby forest. The gendarmerie, with the help of some local residents who had reported the wedding, chased and arrested eight guests. Others managed to escape the scene by car.Same-sex marriage is illegal under Article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code, which criminalizes “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” It is punishable by 6 months to 3 years’ imprisonment and a fine of MAD 120 to 1,200.Although same-sex marriage is legal in several parts of the world, including the US, Australia, and Canada, merely being a member of the LGBTQ community in Morocco and other generally conservative societies is largely rejected.Read Also: Student Found Dead with Homophobic Message in Algerian University Dorm
In order to provide access to primary health care and referral specialist services for isolated populations in parts of Mullaitivu District, MSF began a mobile clinic project in December 2010. Throughout 2011, mobile clinics conducted 200 primary health care consultations at five different sites per week, or 11,524 for the entire year, mostly in Puthukkudiyiruppu division.MSF also developed Mullaitivu Hospital’s electricity, water, and sanitation systems to ensure sustainability in the future, and provided significant assistance to develop the health structure’s laboratory service.Numerous communities in areas affected by the fighting witnessed deeply traumatic events during the last phase of the civil war. While the physical scars may have healed for many, considerable mental health care needs remain. Many people lost everything during the war and face new difficulties in the resettlement process. Drawing on extensive experience of working in conflict and post-conflict settings, MSF launched mental health activities in 2009. MSF worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the College of Psychiatrists, first in Menik Farm—a camp for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the war—and later in eight different sites in Mullaitivu District, including inside a specially built structure on the grounds of Mullaitivu Hospital. As many sick people were unable to travel to health facilities due to a lack of money and public transportation, mobile mental health teams had to travel to very remote areas to reach patients.From February 2011 to July 2012, MSF provided 4,629 counseling and group support sessions for individuals suffering from psychological and psychiatric disorders, targeting children, women, the elderly, and disabled. A psychiatrist also provided medical follow-up for patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, psychosis, or epilepsy.The community outreach program conducted group counseling sessions for students in the region and provided training for teachers to identify children with mental health conditions. “The partnership with the Ministry of Health teams, either in Colombo or at provincial level, led to much better access to health facilities for communities in Mullaitivu district. In terms of human resources, the government is also scaling up staff in these structures, which means MSF can now reallocate these resources to emergency contexts where medical services and facilities are in shorter supply.” From 2006 to 2011, MSF provided support at Point Pedro Hospital’s emergency unit and assisted with maternal health care, surgery, and infection control. These activities were handed over successfully to the Ministry of Health in December last year. In 2011, MSF staff performed 1,720 major operations and more than 6,900 emergency consultations, approximately 5,300 women received antenatal care, and 929 births were assisted.In 2012, MSF gradually handed over its responsibilities in the 80-bed Mullaitivu Hospital to the Ministry of Health. In 2011, MSF carried out around 5,000 consultations in the emergency unit, performed 1,004 major surgeries, delivered 329 babies, and provided antenatal care to 2,295 women. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that it has handed over its last remaining project in Sri Lanka—a mental health program in Mullaitivu District—to World Vision, an established international NGO with a long-term operational plan for the north of the country. This handover follows a progressive transfer of medical activities to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health over the last 18 months.“The District General Hospital of Mullaitivu was almost non-functioning back in 2010 when MSF decided to provide support to enhance access to health care during the resettlement period for the internally displaced people,” said Marie Ouannes, MSF’s program manager for Sri Lanka. Other key objectives of the project included establishing an efficient referral system within local health structures for those in need of treatment and building a pool of trained local counselors and community support officers.“While not in the acute post-conflict phase, mental health needs in the area are still significant, despite the war having ended more than three years ago,” said MSF psychologist Gaia Quaranta. “Specialized skills and a long-term approach to community rehabilitation is required to address these issues, which is why we call on other organizations with a long-term future presence in the area to continue providing mental health care support for local communities.”In recent years, nongovernmental organizations have been granted greater access to areas that were most affected by the fighting. Infrastructure and health facilities have improved, as well.“As a medical humanitarian organization specializing in emergencies, MSF must allocate our limited resources to where the health needs of neglected populations are greatest,” said Marie Ouannes. “In the north of Sri Lanka, other actors that are better suited to a long-term recovery process are now able to reach the populations in need of care.”MSF will continue to monitor the situation in Sri Lanka and stands ready to return to the country to provide emergency medical support if the need arises.
Bangladeshi lawyer named UN rights expert on human traffickingBangladeshi lawyer named UN rights expert on human trafficking
Ms. Huda is the founder and current president of the Bangladesh Women Lawyers Association. She is also the Secretary-General of the Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights, as well as a founding member of various organizations fighting against trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls.The Special Rapporteur is mandated by the Geneva-based Commission to recommend ways to uphold and protect the rights of the victims of trafficking.
DR Congo amid fresh violence presence without action undermines our credibility –DR Congo amid fresh violence presence without action undermines our credibility –
In his briefing to the Security Council, Special Representative Martin Kobler noted that despite initial hopes that “the seeds of peace” would spread throughout the DRC’s Eastern regions, recent outbursts of violence in villages in and around the city of Beni had reminded the world “just how fragile those hopes can be.” Mr. Kobler was referring to a series of massacres committed by the Ugandan-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels between 2 October and 17 October during which they “brutally massacred” over 80 civilians, mostly women and children, with machetes. The Special Representative cautioned that although the ADF had been weakened over the past few months as the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) captured strongholds and released hostages held by the rebels, they nonetheless continued to resist the Government forces. “These lamentable attacks, however, demonstrate the group’s resilience and their capacity to use asymmetric guerrilla and terrorist tactics against civilians,” Mr. Kobler explained.“Under pressure and on the run, they may be trying to draw FARDC attention away by attacking population centres,” he added.Indicating a two-point plan to combat the ADF resurgence, Mr Kobler told the 15-member Council that “only action against the ADF, not words” would serve to revive the population’s confidence in the Government forces and in the UN presence in the country as “no victory is possible without the support of the local population.” Secondly, he said, he “strongly advocated” for decisive joint military and combat operations between the FARDC and MONUSCO in order “to bring an end to this scourge.”Mr. Kobler acknowledged that some of his mission’s focus on the ADF may have been diverted as MONUSCO continues to labour towards the neutralization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group – among the mission’s long-stated “top priorities.” Leaders and members of the FDLR are among the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, the Council recalled in a recent statement. Indeed, the FDLR is a group under UN sanctions and which has continued to promote and commit ethnically based and other killings in Rwanda and in the DRC.He recalled that the FDLR had until 2 January, 2015 to voluntarily disarm, after which military action against the group would be “inevitable.” He warned, however, that “taking this fight to the jungle will be long and difficult” and would result in “many casualties” but that there would be “no excuse for further delay” for the disarmament. “The credibility of the UN, the Congolese Government and the region are at stake.” Picking up that thread, Saïd Djinnit, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, agreed, urging the wider UN to “act now” in reigning in the FDLR. “Failure to bring the process of neutralization of the FDLR to a successful conclusion in line with the resolutions of the Security Council and the decisions of the leaders of the region will potentially exacerbate tensions, undermine our collective credibility and put the PSC Framework under serious stress,” said Mr. Djinnit, referring to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC signed by 11 African countries in February 2013 with the aim of building stability by addressing the root causes of the conflict and fostering trust between neighbours. Meanwhile, turning to the humanitarian situation in the country, Mr. Kobler said that the province of Katanga had been plunged into a humanitarian crisis as internally displaced persons had increased more than 11-fold over the past three years. He warned that as the country was soon expected to head to the polls, the elections themselves could be “a flashpoint,” further exacerbating humanitarian conditions. “Never-before-held local polls may add fuel to the fire of traditional rivalries and conflicts over land and customary power,” he explained, adding that at the national level “some may be tempted to subvert democratic competition.” At the same time, the human rights situation in the country remained of primary concern to MONUSCO, Mr. Kobler continued, noting that his office’s work advocating for and protecting the rights of the Congolese people was not undertaken to weaken or blame the Government but to “strengthen good governance,” promote “long-term stability,” strengthen the Government’s moral authority, and open-up dialogue so that “all pending human rights questions can be discussed and confidence can be built.”On that note, the Special Representative observed that the protection of civilians and their human rights must also be enforced by MONUSCO’s military component. “The Force Commander and I agree that the Protection of Civilians is more than a mandated task,” Mr. Kobler told the Council. “It is our raison d’etre in the DRC and a moral imperative of the UN.”He affirmed that the UN’s presence in critical areas of danger was “not enough” and that “presence without action, in the face of violence, undermines our credibility.” To that point, he called on MONUSCO troops to engage with civilians, “pursue the danger where it lies,” and “march for days into the jungle,” if necessary, in order to guarantee the protection of civilians. “Action, not inaction; proactive, not reactive; mobile forces, not static battalions; feet, not wheels,” Mr. Kobler stated. “When civilians are at risk, ‘Act, don’t ask!’”
UN agencies launch 198 billion humanitarian appeal for Africas criseshit Sahel regionUN agencies launch 198 billion humanitarian appeal for Africas criseshit Sahel region
“We need the renewed support of the international community to ensure millions are afforded the most basic assistance and protection they deserve to survive and live a dignified life,” said Toby Lanzer, Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).According to OCHA estimates, in 2016, nearly 23.5 million people, or almost one in six, will not have enough to eat, of which at least 6 million will require emergency food assistance, and about 5.9 million children under five years of age will be threatened by acute malnutrition, impacting their lives and development. Further the agency warned that a spurt in violence has worsened the situation in the region, which has also led to new peaks of displacement, with nearly 4.5 million people forced from their homes, representing a threefold increase in less than two years. OCHA also noted that the volatile situation in Mali, where insecurity continues to hamper the return to their homes of some 200,000 Malians, the violence across the Lake Chad Basin accounts for more than half of the displaced people in the Sahel. Mr. Lanzer observed that mounting humanitarian need is the most visible symptom of the triple crisis of poverty, insecurity and climate change that plagues the Sahel region. “As humanitarians, we will do our part, delivering essential food, health care, safe water and sanitation to families; treating children from malnutrition and striving so they can stay in schools despite the odds. We also pledge to work with countries and organizations engaged in development and stabilization programmes, without which humanitarian aid will be required indefinitely,” he added. At the same time, Vincent Martin, Head of the sub-regional resilience and emergency office for West Africa and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Senegal said that for the families that rely on subsistence farming, timely assistance will allow them to continue to grow their own food, secure income and take advantage of local economic opportunities. “Agricultural assistance is essential to restore people’s livelihoods and contribute to halt the vicious cycle of poverty and vulnerability in the Sahel,” said Mr. Martin. Speaking about the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, Jan Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), one of the organizations providing assistance to the displaced in north-east of Nigeria, stressed that the world has not recognized the scale of the crisis in the region. “Thirty million people live in areas affected by Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terrorism. Their random targeting leaves entire populations in fear, and 2.5 million have so far had to flee from their homes,” said Mr. Egeland.Boko Haram carried out triple suicide attacks in Lake Chad Basin last week, which killed 30 people and left many more injured, prompting UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon to reiterate his call for the countries affected by Boko Haram to address the root causes of this scourge in a holistic and integrated manner.
In Vienna UN urges focus on shared responsibility to combat illicit drugsIn Vienna UN urges focus on shared responsibility to combat illicit drugs
Addressing the start of the 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said the ongoing preparations “can help to take further crucial steps forward to promote a healthier, safer and more prosperous future for all”.This session of the Commission brings together around 1,500 delegates representing Member States, inter-governmental organizations, and civil society for a global discussion on the world drug problem, according to a press release. Today’s opening briefing takes place just one month before the UN General Assembly special session on the World Drug Problem. The focus of the Special Session, or UNGASS as it is known, will be on what actions Member States can take by 2019 to achieve the goals set forth in a policy document, “Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem”.The draft outcome document for the UNGASS is expected to be written at the current CND session.Worldwide, some 27 million people suffer from drug use disorders, including 12 million people who inject drugs, according to UNODC figures. Despite these figures, about three-quarters of the world’s population lack access to controlled narcotic and psychotropic substances to relieve pain and suffering, including for terminal cancer and AIDS patients.“The UNGASS process has helped to raise awareness of this continuing global health problem, and the need to put people first when developing responses,” Mr. Fedotov said. He added that the UN agency is fully engaged in supporting countries through “balanced approaches, rooted in agreed frameworks and informed by UNODC’s research, guidelines and extensive on-the-ground experience.”Among other topics mentioned, Mr. Fedotov also discussed the unending proliferation of new psychoactive substances and the growing nexus between organized crime groups and violent extremists, including in parts of Africa and South Asia.Also addressing the CND was President of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft and Werner Sipp, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). In his briefing, Mr. Sipp urged Member States to use UNGASS as an opportunity “to renew your commitment to shared responsibility in addressing the world drug problem” and to reaffirm key principles, such as protecting and enhancing the health and welfare of mankind.
Group B Croatia 5 of 5 – Tunisia on Spain in knockoutGroup B Croatia 5 of 5 – Tunisia on Spain in knockout
In the last round of matches in Group B, Tunisia easily outplayed Iran 30:23, while the second place won Macedonia against Austria 36:31 with nine goals of Kiril Lazarov.Tunisia : Iran 30:23 (12:12)Touati 7, Salah in Boughanmi 4; Karamian, Heydarpour, Rajabi 3Macedonia : Austria 36:31 (16:16)Lazarov 9, Mirkulovski 6, Vugrinec 3; Weber 8, Szilagyi 7Croatia : Bosna and Herzegovina 28:22Karačić 7, Slišković 6; Toromanović 7, Janković in Mikić 3STANDINGS:Croatia 10Macedonia 8Austria 5Tunisia 5BIH 2Iran 0 ← Previous Story Group A: Spain beat Slovenia to win the group A Next Story → Viran Morros before Tunisia: We will play against home team
The Greek Orthodox Community of SA will celebrate the International Women’s Day. Guest Speakers are, Jo Chapley, Labor candidate for Norwood and Georgina Prosilis, Greek High School and Adult Teacher.When: Saturday 8 March, at 1.00pm Where: Koimissiis Theotokou Hall, 1A William Street, Croydon. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 15, 2016 – Polls across the country open at 7am for voters to select who will govern these Turks and Caicos Islands for the next four years. Both major political parties held rallies last night and both were very well attended.While campaigns this time around kept with tradition and saw candidates giving door to door visits, handing out manifestos or plans for the islands if elected, with street signs erected and the rallies where those offering revved up their bases and aimed to appeal to any undecided voters.. there was use of new promotional tools, including electronic copies of party documents, social media buzzing, especially on Facebook and Instagram, use of online target marketing through Google AdWords, QR codes, even the introduction of free Apps and live streaming of debates and other political events.In a system which is relatively new to these islands, voters will choose not one constituency member but six candidates from the slate. One of those will be for the district or constituency, but the other five will come from a pool of 20 people who have offered in the At Large category.Seven of those individuals are independent candidates; the other 13 are from the three political parties. Grand Turk South, South Caicos and Wheeland will each field an independent candidate and by the end of the night, the Elections Office would like to announced, even if unofficially, who are the 15 selected to comprise the House of Assembly. The party with the most seats gets to govern. Employers are legally bound to allow staff time to vote.There are 24 voting sites in the Turks and Caicos, polls open at 7am and close at 7pm. Related Items:
Jazz Alive Inside Robert Glaspers October Residency At The Blue NoteJazz Alive Inside Robert Glaspers October Residency At The Blue Note
NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 28, 2015 – 10:23 am Every Genre, Please: Glasper’s GRAMMY Greed Just last year Glasper won his first Emmy Award, along with Common and Karriem Riggins, in Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “Letter To The Free” from the Netflix documentary 13th. His most recent GRAMMY win was for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for the movie Miles Ahead at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. He has said he wants to win a GRAMMY in every genre. With soundtrack composing in his wide range as well, he seeks to join Common in Emmy-GRAMMY-Oscar territory someday.Regardless of awards, jazz’s rewards are legendary, spontaneous and rooted in U.S. cultural history, so these fresh fruits in October should be a welcome addition to anyone’s musical diet.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Jazz Alive! Inside Robert Glasper’s October Residency At The Blue Note Email News “I came to New York tracking other people’s footsteps, and now it’s me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow,” said Glasper. “New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It’s the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz and quintessential, true hip-hop, the only place I could have met these people and made this music … I’m taking over the Blue Note to tell that story, my music milestones, in the place it all began.” Seven lineups of today’s jazz talent to be on display in an NYC residency like no otherPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2018 – 3:22 pm On Aug. 14 the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City announced contemporary jazz exemplar Robert Glasper will host an exceptional residency in October, bringing together seven combinations of today’s outstanding jazz talents for 48 shows on 24 nights.GRAMMY winners sitting in on the multiple configurations include Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge, who’ve played and won with Glasper’s group the Robert Glasper Experiment, as well as Bilal, Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton. Exclusive details are at Billboard, and previous nominees in the lineups include Terrace Martin and Christian Scott. This ambitious residency not only shows Glasper’s devotion to the genre, but reminds us jazz is very much alive! Facebook Robert Glasper Taking Over The Blue Note In Oct. jazz-alive-inside-robert-glaspers-october-residency-blue-note Twitter https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmd1xumBCmi/?taken-by=bluenotenyc
Sitka man takes plea deal in murder of girlfriend will serve 45Sitka man takes plea deal in murder of girlfriend will serve 45
Defendant Reuben Yerkes (l.) sits by then-public defender Jude Pate in Sitka Superior Court in May of 2017, shortly after confessing to killing his girlfriend of two months, Ali Clayton. Yerkes subsequently was transferred to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau, where he has remained for the past 13 months. Yerkes will appear in person in Sitka Court on September 4 for sentencing. He’s accepted a plea deal and a sentence of 45 years, with a discretionary parole review after 15 years.(KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)A Sitka man accused of killing his girlfriend last year has taken a plea deal, and now could face up to 45 years in prison.Listen nowThe move puts an end to over a year of legal wrangling between the state and the City of Sitka over privileged evidence, and spares the grieving community a lengthy trial.40-year-old Reuben Yerkes appeared via video conference in Sitka Superior Court Thursday afternoon. He’s been held in Juneau at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since shortly after his arrest in May of 2017.Yerkes was charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, and one count of murder in the second degree, in the shooting death of 28-year-old Ali Clayton, his girlfriend of about two months — crimes carrying penalties of up to 99 years in prison.In his settlement with the state, Yerkes agreed to plead guilty to a single reduced count of Murder in the Second Degree, and take a sentence of 60 years in prison, with 15 suspended — for a total of 45 years.Presiding Judge Trevor Stephens wanted to make sure that Yerkes understood that he was waiving his rights to a trial — and to an appeal — by accepting the deal.Stevens — Mr. Yerkes, has anybody made you any promises to get you to plead guilty to the reduced charge on count 1 of Murder in the First Degree, other than what’s been discussed here in court today?Yerkes — No, Your Honor.Stevens — Has anybody made any threats to get you to do this?Yerkes — No, Your Honor.Stevens — Have you had enough time to talk this over with counsel?Yerkes — Yes, Your Honor.Stevens — Do you need any more time now?Yerkes — No, Your Honor.Yerkes turned himself in to Sitka police early in the morning of May 6, 2017, and confessed to shooting Clayton in her Davidoff Street home, after the two had been in an argument.The pair met while both were working in City Hall in Sitka: Yerkes as a paralegal, and Clayton in the Finance Department.As part of the criminal investigation, the state seized the computers used by both — but the City claimed privilege over the contents of much of Yerkes’ computer, since he had been actively involved in other outstanding municipal legal cases — most notably, legal action surrounding a landslide in 2015 which took three lives.The evidence dispute forced the court to push back the trial date to September of this year.But now, that trial will not happen. Judge Stephens — who has been covering the Sitka Court since the retirement of Judge David George in April — said that he would take time to familiarize himself with the case, and to review a pre-sentencing report where he hoped to learn more about Yerkes.Stephens told the many friends and supporters of the Clayton family present that it was relatively rare for a judge not to accept all the terms of a plea agreement at sentencing. But then he turned to Yerkes on screen and said, “I don’t know enough about you that I would commit to go along with this.”Stephens ordered Yerkes to appear in person for sentencing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.If Judge Stephens signs off on the 45-year sentence, Yerkes would have a discretionary parole review after 15 years — the first third of his sentence — and a mandatory parole review after 30 years.
John Fitka looks at his fish drying rack on Wednesday, April 3, in Tuntutuliak, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney)This week we’re hearing from John Fitka in Tuntutuliak. Fitka was born in Bethel and is a subsistence hunter.FITKA: I was living in Marshall, and the one thing that I miss about living up on the Yukon is the hills and trees. I met my wife in high school and we got married. When her mother got cancer, we decided to move here and be with her.The people are friendly and I’m able to go seal hunting and walrus hunting close by. And white fishing in the lakes. Right now, I’m a subsistence gatherer, so it’s pretty hard this year, hard on the family too, so we have to ration what we’ve got.When we hear that the seals first come in, we bring the boats down and prepare them to go out. Sometimes we have to go out quite a ways, like over 20 miles to get seal. So it’s been quite a challenger. On floating ice, we came up to it, and I shot it while it was sitting on the ice. Sometimes I catch them in the water. It’s very… I don’t have the words to explain how it is.There’s no English term for what it feels like.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 110.19 points up to stand at 20,477.01. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 24.95 points up to stand at 6,073.30. Financial Technologies and Tata Motors Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.98% and 4.74% along with MCX and Adani Power Ltd. with an increase of 4.35% and 3.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Suzlon Energy and NMDC with a decrease of 5.04% and 4.92% along with The Ramco Cements and Amara Raja with a decrease of 4.32% and 3.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 116.12 points at 12,084.10 while the banking sector is up 166.33 points at 11,824.11 and the realty sector is down 9.96 points at 1,200.02. The Indian currency is down 0.17% at Rs 62.03 per dollar.
Repairman Accidentally Dosed with LSD while Fixing 1960s SynthesizerRepairman Accidentally Dosed with LSD while Fixing 1960s Synthesizer
A San Francisco engineer has an LSD synthesizer story for the ages. Back in the 1960s there was a rumor that musical synthesizers, a favorite instrument of many San Francisco rock bands, were riddled with LSD, that they had actually been “dipped” in it. Anyone touching such an instrument could go on a wild trip–or at least that was what the urban legend said. For Bay Area engineer Eliot Curtis, such a perception became all too real in 2019.Curtis, broadcast operations manager for Bay Area news channel KPIX, had volunteered to repair a vintage Buchla synthesizer locked in storage for years at California State University East Bay. He succeeded in repairing it, but there was a bit of a cost. In the middle of fixing the instrument, Curtis began to feel “a strange tingling sensation.” It turns out that he had accidentally ingested LSD through a knob in the synthesizer.Buchla 100 series at NYU.: Bennett derivative work: Clusternote CC by SA-3.0“Online chatter detailed how musicians who used the instrument would wet their finger, touch the device, and then lick their finger to get a little bit of mind-expanding inspiration,” according to CBS San Francisco. Even though this synthesizer hadn’t been used for years, the LSD on it was still very much active.While doing the repairs in his home workshop, Curtis took note of a “crusty residue” that was under a knob on the instrument. He attempted to clean the residue with his finger and about 45 minutes later … colored lights began to hypnotize. His “tripping” took place in front of his wife, Holly.“I think it’s super wild. I think this whole situation is a nice chapter in the history of the counter culture,” said Holly, according to CBS.Deadmau5 Buchla synthesizer, National Music Centre: Raymond Wong derivative work: Clusternote CC by SA-3.0The synthesizer — today formally called an “analog music modular instrument” — was originally commissioned by two avant-garde musicians who taught music for the school in the 1960s. (Cal State East Bay was then known as Cal State Hayward.) The men who secured the funding for the instrument were Professors Glenn Glasow and Robert Basart.This particular synthesizer is thought to have been personally designed by Don Buchla. He was an instrument builder, musician, and composer who created instruments, including voltage-controlled modular synthesizers, as tools for creating previously unheard sounds. Buchla helped build and sometimes ran the Grateful Dead’s sound system in the 1960s.Don Buchla in 2006. Photo by Brandon Daniel CC BY-SA 2.0Curtis’s LSD trip lasted about nine hours. The residue was tested, and it was indeed lysergic acid diethylamide. “An LSD researcher said the substance can remain powerful for a long time if it is kept in cool, dark places,” said CBS.The synthesizer was kept in a closet in a corner of a classroom for years. Once a treasured part of the counterculture, it went out of style, and no one bothered to repair it until Curtis volunteered to give it a try.Related Video:The instrument had a fascinating pedigree. The New York Times reported, “In the early ’60s, the better-known Robert Moog, who died in 2005, and Mr. Buchla arrived independently at the idea of the voltage-controlled modular synthesizer: an instrument assembled from various modules that controlled one another’s voltages to generate and shape sounds. Voltages could control pitch, volume, attack, timbre, speed and other parameters, interacting in complex ways. Mr. Buchla began designing his first instrument in 1963, but it was not completed until 1965. The first Moog prototype was unveiled in 1964.”The Buchla Box was also the supplier of sound for the writer Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests, multimedia happenings during which attendees, including Buchla, used LSD. “Mr. Buchla was at the electronic controls for sound and visuals at the Trips Festival in San Francisco in 1966, a pinnacle of the psychedelic era,” according to the New York Times. “In his book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe wrote about the ‘Buchla electronic music machine screaming like a logical lunatic.’ ”Related Article: Jack Nicholson’s Psychedelic Film about an Acid Trip was Banned in Britain for 37 Years“He was a genius and an adventurer – an adventurer in the real sense of the word,” his friend, musician Bob Ostertag, told The Guardian. “Almost everything he made was unprecedentedBuchla died in 2016 at the age of 69.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com
Feature | February 18, 2011 | Katherine Leslie, B.S., RDMS, CRA, RT, (R) (CT), imaging services director, Central Peninsula Hospital Cloud-Based Healthcare Information Sharing Feeling secure about security Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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The subscriber’s sole information technology (IT) requirement: A computer connected to the Internet. If the host charges fees for their service (as Skype does for computer-to-phone calls), those are usually assessed on a per-usage basis, much like electric service. Where Skype and company have gone, healthcare IT has followed. For example, in the last year or so, several cloud-based services emerged for sharing radiology imaging files and related data via the Internet. These services have numerous advantages. Most importantly, they overcome what had been a substantial barrier in healthcare: the inability to conveniently share radiology between proprietary IT systems that don’t “talk to each other.” They also save facilities the capital investment expense of installing new IT infrastructure, a boon in particular for smaller operations, such as community hospitals and physician offices. In many cases, there is not even software to purchase. The per-use charges also add to the scalability. But as controversies with Facebook suggest, there are security concerns with the cloud as there are with any form of computing. For reasons ranging from confidentiality to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to shielding data for competitive reasons, no medical facility can afford the lax security conditions. On the contrary, data must be shared in a way that meets a facility’s security requirements and government regulations. The stakes are high. With breaches of HIPAA, both healthcare providers and technology vendors are equally accountable and each breach is individually actionable. States might also take action against violators. In November 2010, the California Department of Public Health levied eight fi nes, ranging from $5,000 to $225,000, against six hospitals and a nursing home for failure to secure protected health information, a violation of state laws passed two years earlier. As one of the country’s “Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” for 2010 (named by Hospitals and Health Networks), Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, does not take a back seat to anyone when it comes to IT security. The hospital also is an early adopter in using a cloud-based service – eMix by DR Systems – to exchange radiology data. As a small, rural hospital in a remote area, we generally have to send our most seriously ill patients to large urban facilities that are properly staffed and equipped. In emergency situations especially, it is crucial that these patients’ radiology data get to those hospitals in a timely manner to expedite diagnosis and treatment. Cloud-based information exchange has been an important addition for us in that regard. It is simple and straightforward to use – more or less like sending an e-mail. It is far superior to burning imaging files and reports on CDs, a process still used even at many otherwise sophisticated hospitals. Burning CDs is time- and labor-intensive. The CDs must be sent to their destination by relatively slow and sometimes costly means, such as express mail, courier or sending them with the patient. Sometimes when the CDs arrive, the staff can’t open the files on them and the whole process has to be repeated. As an end-run around CDs, some institutions have created virtual private networks (VPNs) with other facilities. While VPNs do enable electronic exchange of data, they are costly and labor-intensive to maintain. Plus, they are one-to-one arrangements. If Hospital A wants to share data with Hospitals B and C, it would need a separate VPN for each of them. Cloud-based services face no such limitation and they are maintained by the host vendor. With regard to security, VPNs present daunting risks. Consider again the VPN that Hospital A establishes with Hospital B. That VPN is essentially a pipe connecting Hospital B to A’s internal IT network. Through that pipe, B has access to unrelated data, as well as the specific files of interest. Cloud-based data exchange services do not create this sort of access. Only files of interest are shared. That said, not all cloud-based data exchange services are equal. We had very specific security requirements that we insisted be met before selecting a vendor. Those criteria concern data in transit and data at rest, both of which are vital to protect. Following are the criteria we required and that we recommend for other institutions that consider entering the cloud: • Protection against malicious penetration of the network. We wanted to see multiple firewalls so the content and database servers were independently protected. We also required intrusion detection monitoring around the clock. • Data encryption. Multiple firewalls are necessary, but not sufficient. It is an industry standard that healthcare information be encrypted so if an attacker captures data in transit, the data will be impossible to read. Our vendor transmits data using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), a protocol meeting this requirement. • Data redundancy. Obviously, it is mandatory that your vendor have protection against data loss from hardware or software failures by having redundant data residing on other content servers, database servers and Web-servers. • Physical security. Electronic security must be complemented by physical security. Our vendor’s servers are located in a data center that only a very few authorized staff are allowed to enter, and even those personnel must confirm their identify via a biometric (palm print) scan. • Limited access at member institutions. In our case, we wanted to see limitations imposed by the vendor on who could use the service. We needed to feel secure about who had access to the service outside of our control. Our vendor requires every authorized institution designate an administrator who is responsible for determining who will be verified users at that institution. Only those verified users are then allowed access to the service. • Password access. Even verified users should only be able to gain access to the service by entering a complex password. • Data tracking and recovery. If data is lost due to a hardware/ software failure on the user side, the vendor should have a dependable means for recovering it. Our vendor tracks and audits all transactions between its clients and servers, both locally at the user institution and at its own central database. This approach ensures data recovery. • Protection against malicious recipients. All new recipients of electronically shared data should have to verify their identity in a way that confirms their legitimacy. • Information security agreement. We recommend all user institutions insist on a so-called “infosec” agreement or interactive disassembler (IDA) with their information exchange vendor. With all of these criteria met, we feel extremely secure about using a cloud-based system to share confidential medical data. By taking the same care in planning, we believe other institutions can as well.Editor’s note: Katherine Leslie, B.S., RDMS, CRA, RT, (R) (CT) is imaging services director at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Inframundo de Athan is an entertaining journey to the underworldInframundo de Athan is an entertaining journey to the underworld
Related posts:Here’s why you shouldn’t miss Costa Rica’s International Book Fair Social travel show looks for San José’s hidden gems A tattoo convention, Russian ballet and other happenings around Costa Rica After three-year hiatus, Blues Festival plays in Guanacaste After 10 months in Costa Rica, I had somehow never heard of the amusement park on the edge of San José. Originally established as the Parque Nacional de Diversiones in 1981, the place was built to help fund the National Children’s Hospital. The idea is that the colones spent on roller coasters and Ferris-wheel rides end up helping sick kids. It’s like a healthcare system designed by Willy Wonka.“Would you like the regular pass or the special pass?” asked the woman in the ticket booth.“I’m mostly interested in seeing… um…” My Spanish interaction stalled, because I couldn’t remember the word “Inframundo.” It translates as “underworld,” so I kept thinking it was called “Debajotierra” or something. Finally I gave up and said, “One special pass, please.” A mural near the entrance sets the colorful tone of Parque Diversiones. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesAt first I didn’t mind that no friends had time to accompany me. That’s cool, I thought. I’ll just go alone. I hadn’t considered what that meant: I was a poorly shaven 34-year-old male Gringo wandering alone in an amusement park full of Tico kindergartners. With my red beard and bleached skin, I tend to stick out already in the streets of San José, but in Parque Diversiones I might as well have been a rhesus monkey. Costa Rica has enough creepy foreigners to worry about without a goofy journalist raising red flags.I weaved my way through the park, following the spidery paths past rides and kiosks. Parque Diversiones is a fairly standard theme park, with its looping coasters and carnival atmosphere. The park’s mascot is Tío Conejo, or Uncle Rabbit, a floppy-eared lagomorph so youthful-looking he should really be called Nephew Rabbit. In the center stands the Pueblo Antiguo, which mimics a traditional Costa Rican town.But Inframundo de Athan is something completely different. The structure is painted black and gray, and in order to reach the entrance, you have to pass an enormous sculpture of a horned demon with bulging eyes and outstretched claws. Performers roamed the walkway outside, but unlike the park’s usual bunch of magicians and clowns, these guys were imposing and satanic. One guy wore gothic eyeliner and a cape, and a makeup artist had drawn fake abdominal muscles on his naked torso. Just your friendly neighborhood demon surveying his domain. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times“Are you alone?” asked one of the park employees.“Yes.”“Okay, just wait right here.”It took me a second to realize we were speaking in English. The young man in the polo shirt uniform stood near me, looking increasingly excited to use his English skills. He finally asked where I’m from, stressing each syllable like an ESL teacher. We chatted for a bit, and then he herded me into a group of seven strangers.“Have…” he exclaimed, almost bursting with enthusiasm. “Fun!”“Thanks, I will,” I called back, although I had no idea whether I could keep that promise.“Inframundo” takes groups of eight at a time. My group included two preteen boys, a preteen girl, three skinny little kids, and a stoic-looking father. We stood in a long line that snaked around metal barriers. Of the hundred or so people waiting, the mean age was probably 13. Above us, two TV screens played music videos, which made me feel even older, because the only pop star I recognized was Shakira.Every few minutes, the music stopped and a gravelly voice explained the concept of “Inframundo.” The story is remarkably complicated: Apparently there was once a warrior named Athan, and he journeyed into the Underworld of a distant planet to retrieve a relic called the Quartz Pyramid, but Athan failed in his mission. Somehow, this caused a mystical rift in the fabric of reality. Paranormal activity is spilling into our world, and we – daring middle-schoolers and 34-year-old Gringos – must journey into a labyrinth of terror.This answered my question: “Inframundo” is basically just a haunted house. Why a haunted house in July, when Halloween is still four months away? Because the attraction’s two weeks coincide with Costa Rica’s mid-year school vacation, when kids need to fill their afternoons by cavorting with demons from another dimension.“Excuse me,” said one of the 12-year-old boys. “Do you speak Spanish?”“A little,” I said, erring conservatively.“Okay. Um…” He looked at my iPhone, which I was using to take pictures. “You know that this is a water ride, right?”“A water ride?”“Yes. You’re going to get completely wet.”Just then I heard screaming. At the far end of the “Inframundo” building, there was a large glass box reinforced with iron bars. It looked like an ATM booth designed by Tim Burton. The box was filled with people, whose bodies were pressed against the glass. I watched in horror as torrents of water fell from the ceiling, drenching their clothes. T-shirts stuck to bodies. Jeans changed color from light blue to navy. Hair clung to faces like seaweed. Shrieking children are subsumed in water. Because nothing says fun like a freezing group shower inside a cage. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times“So… it might be bad for your iPhone,” the kid said helpfully.I had missed this tidbit, among the warnings to pregnant women and people with heart conditions, that “Inframundo” involved water. Torrents of water. Monsoons of water. Water enough to wreck my phone and all the paper in my pockets.But I had already waited for 20 minutes, listening to One Direction videos and playing a crummy knockoff of Tetris, and I hadn’t come all this way for nothing. So I stuffed the phone deep into my pocket, hoping that bending over a little or covering the fabric with my hand would keep the downpour from my wrecking my poor 4S.At last a park employee ushered us toward the entrance. But before we could step inside, we were asked to enter information into a computer screen. One of the kids punched his name into a digital form and picked an “avatar.” I hoped that I wouldn’t be asked to do the same, because I had no idea what the point of this was. As it turned out, the kid’s data-entry sufficed, and we proceeded. The door opened, and we ventured inside.Even for a haunted house, “Inframundo” is incredibly dark. It’s so dimly lit that I found myself feeling around with outstretched arms to even find the walls. This felt cheap. Why wouldn’t eight strangers feel tense after they’ve been sealed inside a narrow, pitch-black corridor? We hobbled up some steps and slid through the maze, bumping into walls and each other. I kept hearing breathing and gargling, presumably from the Underworld demons, although the stoic Tico father may have had a cold.In one small chamber, one of the demons appeared and demanded that we line up against the wall. Then he leaned into me and growled something incomprehensible.“Él no habla español!” shrieked one of the 12-year-old boys.Great, I thought. Thanks, kid. Like this isn’t awkward enough.“Engleesh?” snarled the demon.“Sí,” I said. “I mean, yes.”“Seet down on the floor!”This can’t be good, I thought.But I sat down, then the others did as well.“On the count of three, run for the exeet!” commanded the demon, and then he repeated the instructions in Spanish.He counted, but the kids started running at “uno.” The demon sounded annoyed as he repeated the count in English, but I was already rounding the invisible black corner, trying to keep up with my group.The truth is, I love haunted houses, and as we acclimatized to the claustrophobic maze, I found myself enjoying it more and more. When we stumbled into another computer screen, one of the little kids took command: The screen asked a question and offered multiple-choice answers. Before I could translate it, the kid had already picked the right answer and we were again plunging through the dark. For a moment, we stepped into sunlight, passing a swampy little pool with monstrous heads poking out. The moment we passed them, the heads spat jets of real fire. I was delighted to feel infernal heat on my back. Nice touch, I thought.At one point, we found ourselves locked into a cage and spritzed with water. Our platform shifted over a primordial lagoon, and I thought nostalgically of “Johnny Quest” cartoons.When we finally reached the exit, I prepared myself for a thorough soak, but the glass box was empty. On the other side, the door hung ajar. The stoic Tico father and I made a beeline for the door and slipped into fresh air. It hadn’t occurred to me that the “Inframundo” designers would allow their visitors a chance to escape before raining cold water on their heads. We were free, only slightly moist, and my phone was safe. We had escaped the Underworld unscathed.I couldn’t help but smile as I walked away from “Inframundo.” Someone had put a lot of thought into this little attraction, and even if it wasn’t a spectacular haunted house, even if its plot was overzealous, and even if it was dark enough to get completely lost, it was still a good time. Granted, the commercials seemed completely off base. (Where was the scary undead girl?) But the spot had motivated me to go, and that’s what commercials are for. A busker dons 18th century fashion. Like the creepy girl in the ‘Inframundo’ commercials, his purpose is unclear. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesLater I discovered that “Inframundo” is also an online videogame, and if you rack up 5,000 points, you may win a Playstation PS4 or 10 annual passes to the park. So aside from the fate of the universe, there is a lot at stake here. And again, proceeds benefit sick kids.The only thing on my schedule that afternoon was to survive a trip to the underworld, and now I had plans to meet friends for dinner. But I couldn’t leave Parque Diversiones without riding El Búmeran. In the spirit of a boomerang, the rollercoaster twirls in one direction, stops, and then rides the same course backward. I hadn’t ridden a rollercoaster for half a decade, so when the park employees locked me into my seat and the cars started to back up the incline, I was thrilled.“Have you done this before?” I asked the crew-cut grade schooler next to me.“Oh, yeah,” he said. “Lots of times. After we stop, you count to five, and that’s when they let us go.”“Really?”“Yeah, watch.” The rollercoaster stopped moving. We were held fast, at a 45-degree angle, and we were high enough to see all the way to Escazú. As we stared down the curving track, the kid counted. “Uno… dos… tres… cuatro…” Then he shouted: “CINCO!At that moment, the locking mechanism released us, and we dropped perilously downward. And I remembered, in that moment, as my stomach surged toward my throat, exactly what it’s like to be 10 years old.“El Inframundo de Athan” continues through July 13 at Parque Diversiones, San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ₡1,700-3,100 ($3.50 – $6). Info: Parque Diversiones website. Facebook Comments “For whom is the funhouse fun?” – John Barth, “Lost in the Funhouse”When I first watched the commercial for “Inframundo de Athan,” I knew I had to see it for myself. In the TV spot, a little girl is crouched over a bed. At first she looks innocent and frightened, but the way the camera jiggles and zooms shows us that the girl is actually evil, and we should fear her. When I saw the ad, I stared at our TV set, astonished. I hadn’t seen a commercial that creepy for a long time. What was “Inframundo”? What was the Parque Diversiones, for that matter? I had to find out.
The 2015 Deauville Green Awards Festival dedicated to audiovisual productions for sustainable development and ecology, has awarded Air France’s Lab’line for the future mini-series a gold totem in the Transport and Ecomobility category.For the past four years, this festival has been rewarding the best sustainable development documentaries, corporate films and awareness campaigns.This distinction thus confirms the Lab’line for the future mini-series’ role in promoting the recognition and visibility of Air France’s sustainable development efforts.Air France demonstrates its commitment to sustainable development in its program Lab’line for the future.As part of this program, an aircraft powered by biofuel has been providing one weekly flight on the Toulouse–Paris-Orly route since last October.With 300 films in competition from some 30 countries and an international jury, the Deauville Green Awards festival is a global showcase devoted to the environment and sustainable development.Air France’s latest episode of the eco-friendly program showcases the airline’s efforts to reduce fuel consumption.Watch the video below and discover the 2nd installment of Lab’line for the future! Source = Air France