News Article | May 9, 2017
JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Singapore-Malaysia Meeting of Minds International Education Forum was held at the Seashell Sales Gallery in Forest City, Malaysia on May 6, 2017. During the event, attendees discussed the status of international education in Singapore and Malaysia and explored the possibilities for a new educational ecosystem with a focus on developing a comprehensive and diversified curriculum that meets the needs of today's instructors and students. The advanced planning in terms of educational needs for the Forest City community receives much acclaim from attendees Attendees included Forest City chief strategy officer Yu Runze, Shattuck-St. Mary's School president Nick Stoneman, principal Don MacMillan and head of the school's Forest City-based facility Graham Gamble, sector head of Private Education and Special Education at Johore Department of Education Norbiha Binti Buang, senior vice president of Economics & Business at Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) Low Mei Leong, Krista Education Sdn Bhd chairman Y.Bhg. Tan Seri Dato' Seri Dr. Yahaya Ibrahim, as well as representatives from the University of Reading Malaysia, the University of Southampton Malaysia, Raffles American School and Sunway International School, among other government officials and representatives from educational organizations. Malaysia's Iskandar University Town is home to the satellite campuses of several of the world's top 500 universities, including Newcastle University, the University of Reading and the University of Southampton. At variance with Singapore, located on the other side of the Straits of Johor and where land prices are steep, Johor Bahru has plenty of land available for the building of campuses as well as substantially lower costs for land acquisition and facilities support. "UNESCO ranks Malaysia as the 11th most preferred study abroad destination in the world," noted Norbiha Binti Buang. Forest City is located a short 20-30 minute drive from Iskandar University Town. When commenting on Forest City being representative of a "City of the Future", University of Southampton Malaysia CEO Professor John McBride said, "The site was once a beautiful forest and now has truly become a Forest City. That is indeed very cool." The representative from Raffles American School was optimistic about the prospects of the ideally-situated Forest City and said, "We very much look forward to opening a school in Forest City. Its close proximity to Singapore makes it a compelling location for a facility providing an American education. In terms of timing, it's a pity that other fine schools have beaten us here." Forest City speeds up the launch of a series of projects spanning a wide range of industries "Forest City is accelerating the launch of a series of projects spanning a wide range of industries, including a golf course which is scheduled to start construction this month, a duty-free shop to open in July, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, which plans to commence recruitment in August and open a school in the city next August as well as Taiwan-based MJ Group, a leading healthcare management firm, with plans to build a health management facility that will open within this year," said Forest City chief strategy officer Yu Runze, "Goods bought from the duty-free shop are free of import and other taxes, and the consumption tax can be recouped when leaving Malaysia." Forest City is rolling out several other projects, all of which intend to make use of another Chinese government initiative, one which makes spare manufacturing capacity in China available to overseas projects. The projects span 8 industries, including tourism, conventions and exhibitions, healthcare, education and training. Forest City has teamed up with roughly 100 Chinese firms including telecommunications equipment and services giant Huawei, construction equipment manufacturer Zoomlion, leading steel producer Shagang Group and high-end porcelain tile maker Monalisa, in response to the One Belt, One Road initiative, the Chinese government's program to enhance economic ties with the countries that lie along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. In addition, Forest City has partnered with world-class international teams at several renowned firms, including American landscape architect Hideo Sasaki, global consulting firm Accenture, international engineering consultants Arup and sustainable technologies advisory firm Greenerg, in adopting and executing on several preferential policies to create a fully integrated, smart ecological city. In addition to Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Forest City is already in the process negotiating the establishment of several more satellite campuses with leading international schools from several countries, including top schools in the UK, as well as tying up with the Iskandar local government in bringing in international scientific research centers as well as vocational and technical training schools, accelerating the deployment of education facilities in the city. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/country-gardens-forest-city-continues-to-draw-attention-from-educational-organizations-in-singapore-and-malaysia-300454053.html
News Article | May 11, 2017
Québec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line, will be featured on two new itineraries sailing between New York and Québec City in September 2018. Both of these sailings include two full days in the capital, giving visitors multiple days to experience the city. As part of these two sailings, the 2,713‑passenger Disney Magic will also stop at other Canadian ports new to Disney Cruise Line – Saguenay and Baie-Comeau. "At Disney Cruise Line, we take pride in creating exciting cruise itineraries filled with unforgettable places, experiences and people, and we are thrilled to bring our special brand of magic to Québec City in the fall of 2018," said Tom Wolber, senior vice president, Disney Cruise Line operations. "I know our guests will enjoy having plenty of time to discover the city's many attractions and offerings, from the beautiful architecture and historic landmarks, to the delightful parks, shops and restaurants." To achieve the goal of welcoming Disney Cruise Line to Québec, the Port is proud to have been able to count on such major partners as the City of Québec, Québec City Tourism, the Secrétariat de la capitale nationale, the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec, members of the cruise forum, the Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association, the Ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat aux affaires maritimes and, of course, Saguenay and Baie-Comeau, which will also welcome calls in 2018. "We are proud to work with Disney Cruise Line and showcase Québec as an attractive and vibrant option for their clientele. We have been looking forward to the arrival of Disney, and today it became a reality. It is a real vote of confidence from this world-class company, and we will do all we can to live up to its expectations," said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the QPA. Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a leader in the cruise industry, providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all Disney has to offer. Today, Disney Cruise Line continues to expand its blueprint for family cruising with a fleet of four ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – sailing from ports around the world on exciting itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, Europe and more. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. ABOUT THE PORT OF QUÉBEC: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Québec is an award-winning city and one of the highest-rated destinations in the world. The Port of Québec is a highlight of the Canada New England cruise itinerary. As one of the largest cruise ports in Canada, it welcomes many of the most renowned cruise lines in the world. The strategically located terminal in the center of Old-Québec can accommodate both transit calls and embarkation and disembarkation operations. The Québec Cruise Committee, comprised of port, government and tourism representatives, coordinates all cruise tourism promotion with the goal of increasing Québec City's cruise business. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-port-of-quebec-will-welcome-disney-cruise-line-in-2018-300456276.html
News Article | May 14, 2017
In a famous series of experiments conducted in the 1970s, social psychologist Henri Tajfel asked how little it would take to persuade one group of people to discriminate against another. The answer was almost nothing. Having assigned boys to two groups based largely on random criteria, he asked them to play a game. Each boy had to decide how many pennies to give to members of his own group and to members of the other group. Tajfel found that the boys were more generous toward their own group, even though the groups had been defined almost arbitrarily. Thus was born the concept of the “minimal group.” Tajfel’s research informs a new, temporary exhibit at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. Titled “Us and Them,” the exhibit explores the science of racism and prejudice. The question at its heart is why, when biologists have swept away the rationale for categorizing humans by race, does racism persist? The exhibit draws on genetics, history, psychology, sociology and anthropology to answer that question. And in both its content and its structure, “Us and Them” reminds visitors how far society has come since the second half of the 20th century, when UNESCO declared that there was no biological basis to race and that the concept was purely a social construct. The multimedia, interactive exhibit, presented in both French and English, is divided into three parts. The first is designed to make people question their own prejudices by explaining the psychological concept of essentialism. Essentialism is the tendency we have, as we move through and classify a complex world, to reduce others to a single descriptor (“woman,” “black,” “immigrant”), thus making it easier to navigate that world. A mock-up of an airport lounge, in which passengers walk through differently labeled doors, reveals how context-dependent that choice of descriptor is. Having been confronted with the idea that a person may belong to more than one group, visitors are then forced to reflect on whether fixed groups — including races — with measurable differences between them even exist. The exhibit moves on to explore how race has been constructed in different societies at different times in history and how those constructs have been taken up by states to justify institutionalized racism. It does so through a few 20th century examples, including Nazism in Europe and the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s. To learn about each one, visitors must enter a windowless, claustrophobic enclosure, re-creating what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that racism. The final part of the exhibit brings the story full circle by asking what racism means today. It is only at this point that genetics enters the discussion. Visitors are reminded that, from geneticists’ perspective, human races don’t exist. For instance, there is roughly the same genetic difference between two Europeans from the same village as there is between a European and an African. The visible differences between us are the cumulative result of genetic, environmental and cultural influences over long periods of time, but rarely do we consider these factors together, which can lead to discrimination on the basis of one or another. A “data room” displays recent statistics illustrating that discrimination, by showing, for example, that the children of immigrants to France enjoy fewer employment opportunities than people whose parents were born there. Resisting racism is part of the Musée de l’Homme’s own history. Not long after the museum first opened in 1937, France was drawn into the maelstrom of Nazi aggression. Researchers at the museum set up a resistance cell that was eventually discovered and dismantled in 1941, after which its members were either executed or deported. Indeed, it was around that time that the term “racism,” as it is now understood, entered common usage in Europe in response to Nazi anti-Semitism. “Us and Them,” which coincides with an influx of refugees into Europe and renewed debate over immigration in the United States, could not be a timelier reminder that racism is still a problem. The exhibit treats a difficult subject with sensitivity and intelligence, bringing the latest scientific findings to bear and explaining why we will always have to be on guard against our inherent tendency to see black and white where there is only gray.
News Article | May 14, 2017
Tibetan medical practitioner Yeshi Dhonden became a legend as personal healer to the Dalai Lama (AFP Photo/Prakash SINGH) Before dawn in the Indian Himalayas, scores of patients clutching small vials of urine queue patiently to see Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan monk who became a legend as personal healer to the Dalai Lama. Tibetan medicine, known as Sowa-Rigpa, draws on centuries-old techniques such as blood-letting, cupping, and moxibustion -- burning herbs on energy points of the body -- to try to heal ailments. The practise draws on aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and India's Ayurvedic system as well as its own unique theories and treatments. It also features spiritual practises including meditation and Buddhist prayer. Today it attracts devotees from all over the globe, hoping for help with conditions from back pain to cancer and degenerative diseases. "If the sick come to me I will take care of them," Dhonden told AFP at his private clinic in McLeodganj, surrounded by Tibetan scrolls and beaming images of his most famous client. Dhonden -- who spent three decades tending the health of Tibet's spiritual leader -- relies on his senses to divine what ails patients. "I don't go for tests like X-ray and all. I trust myself. I just test the pulse and the urine," he explained. A touch at the wrist is how he ascertains the health of vital organs and blood pressure. The urine, held in a white porcelain cup, is stirred with two small bamboo sticks. Colour, bubble formation, sediment and smell can all shape the diagnosis. Devotees swear Tibetan medicine works, though few scientific studies have been conducted into its efficacy. The teachings -- contained in some 2,000 textbooks and the messages of the Buddha, considered the guardian deity for all spiritual healers -- are believed to have originated in Tibet. But as it features elements of both ancient Chinese and Indian healing practises, and is rapidly evolving from a niche tradition into popular alternative treatment, both nations have scrambled to claim it as their own. In April, the Asian giants nominated Tibetan medicine for inclusion on a UNESCO list for "intangible culture". China and India have engaged in countless spats over the Tibetan community since New Delhi granted sanctuary to the Dalai Lama in 1959. Beijing took control of Tibet eight years earlier and was furious when India granted the Dalai Lama permission to headquarter a government-in-exile in McLeodganj. The traditions of Tibetan medicine are based on four root texts known as the 'tantras' that evolved in two medical colleges, Chakpori and Men-Tsee-Khang, in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. These tantras classify thousands of diseases into separate categories, with unique mixtures of herbs and minerals -- mostly sourced from the upper reaches of the Himalayas -- listed as remedies for each ailment. "We believe diseases are caused when our inner energies are imbalanced," said Tsewang Tam Din, a medical practitioner at the McLeodganj branch of the Men-Tsee Khang school, one of many across India. Taking a delicate golden hammer, Din demonstrated how healers heat the instrument over fire and place it against the body to offset pain and other common malaises. "The idea behind our medicine system is that one should not have to take medication all his life for chronic problems like arthritis and diabetes," Din said in McLeodganj, nicknamed "Little Lhasa" for the large Tibetan community residing there. The increasing popularity of Buddhism in the west, as well as a global Tibetan diaspora has helped spread awareness about its unique alternative medicine. But like other Eastern health treatments, it is viewed with scepticism among the conventional medical fraternity. A lack of standardisation and clinical trials means it will be some time before Tibetan medicine can go mainstream, said cardiologist D. Prabhakaran from the Public Health Foundation of India. But even doubters acknowledge the natural treatment appears to assist some patients in certain cases. "I know of anecdotal examples where people with terminal diseases have lived much longer than predicted after taking Tibetan medicine," Prabhakaran said. "I think there's a lot of empathy towards the patient in Tibetan medicine. Basically it comes from the thinking of Buddhism and that may be one of the reasons why it's becoming more popular," he added.
News Article | May 9, 2017
Featuring conductor Eugene Kohn WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 TIME: 8:00 PM WHERE: Illusion's Theater at the Alamodome - 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203, USA WHAT: “Plácido Domingo Le canta a San Antonio” is a rare occasion to hear one of the greatest voices in the world, “the King of Opera” performing at the Alamodome on October 18th. Plácido Domingo returns after 6 years to pay homage to San Antonio, in pre-celebration of the City’s tri-centennial anniversary. It promises to be a one of his kind and magical night where Maestro Domingo will enchant the audience with famous operatic arias, traditional Spanish songs and popular music. It will be accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra and a group of Mariachi. A world-renowned soprano will also sing duets alongside Maestro Domingo throughout the concert. His phenomenal voice is spellbinding, the sound luscious and his presence on stage charismatic, full of passion and energy. This concert will become a memorable milestone in San Antonio’s music history. It is his mission to touch the public, as he stated: “It’s a privilege for me to do what I do and make the audience happy”. Ticket go on sale on May 15th on http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3A0052A11DA2497F The ARTIST: A multifaceted artist, Domingo’s vocal repertoire encompasses 147 stage roles – a number unmatched by any other celebrated singer in the opera history. He recorded more than one hundred recordings of complete operas, earning 12 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards. Domingo is also a respected conductor and the General Director of Los Angeles Opera. His lifelong commitment and contribution to music and the arts has led him to receive honorary doctorates from Harvard University and New York University, among dozen others. In 2012 he was appointed as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his "exceptional artistic career, his inestimable support for young opera musicians through the Operalia competition, and his dedication to the values and ideals of UNESCO”. For more info, please visit http://www.placidodomingo.com Ticket prices ranges from $ 400 (incl. cocktails reception after the concert), $275 to $45 Produced by Bags Live Bags Live USA is a full service production and consultation firm, specializing in event design, production management, artist relations, and revenue generation for commercial and nonpro1it clients. With our industry expertise and vast network, we’re able to create and customize events of all sizes; turning our clients’ vision into memorable experiences. For more information about the concert, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.bagslive.us Phone: 310-841-0220
News Article | May 9, 2017
Charter Oak State College, (http://www.CharterOak.edu), Connecticut’s public online college, is pleased to announce that its 2017 commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Welte Auditorium at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Dr. Shyamala Raman, Faculty Emerita of Economics and International Studies at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, and former Core Consulting Faculty member for Charter Oak will be the commencement speaker. A live webcast of the ceremony will be hosted on CharterOak.edu for students unable to attend in person. Dr. Shyamala Raman has a passion for economics, education, and for international, multicultural, women’s and human rights understanding. Her international advocacy, academically as well as programmatically has included presentations at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain; at the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, sultanate of Oman; and at the Human Rights Forum held in Kigali, Rwanda, sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. She has also served as a speaker/workshop leader on the Millennium Development Goals at nine of the Annual Intergenerational Leadership Forums held by the UNESCO Chair. As Director of International Studies and Programs at USJ, she assisted with the international agreement with HAN University, Nijmegan, The Netherlands. She generously gives of her time and talent to support numerous non-profits, including: Board of the World Affairs Council, Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation, and Volunteers in Service to Education in India, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.BA. in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Madras, India. Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College (http://www.CharterOak.edu) is Connecticut’s only public online college, offering associate and bachelor’s degree completion programs in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Health Care Administration, Cyber Security and Business Administration. The College offers a Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership. Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and governed by Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education.
News Article | May 12, 2017
The Women for Africa Foundation, with the backing of Banco Santander through Santander Universidades, is organizing the third Leadership, Governance and Globalization Forum at the prestigious university in New Haven, Connecticut Women are Africa's backbone. Their special contribution to development and progress in their own countries is recognized by all international bodies, and in the world of politics, women are also taking significant steps. In order to further encourage women and bolster their leadership in politics, a crucial area for the continent’s future, the third Leadership, Governance and Globalization Forum for Strategic Impact kicks off today at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. It is organized by the Women for Africa Foundation in collaboration with Yale, with backing from Banco Santander via Santander Universidades. Eleven high-profile female politicians from eight African countries are taking part: Hafida Benchehida, a senator, and Fafa Benzerrouki Sid Lakhdar, Chairwoman of the National Human Rights Council, from Algeria; Catherine Samba-Panza, the former President of the Central African Republic; Raymonde Goudou Coffie, the Minister of Health from Ivory Coast; Vitoria Diogo, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security from Mozambique; Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of International Relations and Cooperation for Namibia; Mariama Gamatié Bayard, Nigerien politician and women's rights activist, from Niger; Isata Kabia, Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Sylvia Blyden, Minister of Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, both from Sierra Leone; and Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela, the former Public Protector, and Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, Chief Director - Africa Multilateral Economic Relations at Department of Trade and Industry, from South Africa. Directed by Elizabeth H. Bradley, Brady-Johnson Professor in Grand Strategy and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, the forum will involve lectures from Yale University professors who are specialists in matters of leadership, international governance, gender equality, the economics of globalization, political strategy, citizenship, good governance, and more. In addition to Professor Bradley, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Women for Africa Foundation, will be taking part in the opening session to set the forum in motion. Following these sessions at the University, the participants in the forum will travel to Washington, D.C., to hold a series of interviews and meetings with international political and economic representatives of the highest level. Including the 2017 edition, there are now 29 political leaders from 18 African countries who have attended the forum, the aim of which is to generate a network of women who are influential in public life and committed to democracy, equality and good governance. This initiative by the Women for Africa Foundation and Yale University has the backing of Santander Bank within the context of the collaboration the bank has maintained with both institutions for several years through Santander Universidades. Banco Santander is the company that invests most in supporting education around the world (Varkey/UNESCO-Fortune 500 Report), via Santander Universidades. It has 1,200 agreements for collaboration with universities and academic institutions throughout the world. For more information: www.santander.com/universidades.
News Article | May 12, 2017
All the suggestions for this luxury wine tour of Spain & Portugal have been taken from existing Decanter.com travel guides, written by our experts. Bustling Barcelona is great base from which to explore surrounding Cava country with its effervescent lifestyle. Don’t miss Alta Alella, the closest winery to Barcelona, with vineyards that drop down to the sea. A luxury treat, the W soars amid the swanky restaurants and nightlife of the old port. It was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, and comprises of 26 floors — at the top of which is the Eclipse rooftop bar. Whether travelling from Barcelona or perhaps be driving from the south of France, Empordà’s landscape, flanked by the shimmering Mediterranean and dominated by the Pyrenees, is equally distinctive whichever route you choose. Vines have been cultivated here since the sixth century BC, and the region has benefitted from the innovation of the wave of young winemakers establishing themselves in the region. In Baix Empordà, you’ll find an 18th-century stone-built masia (farmhouse), now converted into a Relais & Chateaux elegant five-star hotel, Mas de Torrent. Complete with pool, spa and two restaurants with Mediterranean-inspired food by chef Jorge Garrido and monthly tastings by sommelier Pere Palmada. Recommended by Sue Style, a food and wine journalist who writes for a range of publications and has her own website suestyle.com For a taste of island life, why not head over to Mallorca, with its enticing array of food and wine destinations. Many of its wineries are clustered around Palma, where you can travel beyond the touristic facade to reach a hushed world of golden stone villages, silvery olive groves, almond and apricot orchards bounded by monasteries and carpeted with wild flowers. Base yourself at Cap Rocat, a classy 25-room hotel in a Moorish-inspired former military fortress dominating a point south of Palma with pools, spa, gourmet restaurant and Sea Club perched above the water. Recommended by Sue Style, a food and wine journalist who writes for a range of publications and has her own website suestyle.com Another route would be to journey inland to Rioja, where needless to say you will find some of the finest wines in the country. And it was at its UNESCO-protected Yuso monastery that the first words were written in Castilian Spanish about wine. Well-located between the two winery hubs of Logroño and Haro, the five-star Hotel Marques de Riscal is itself a architectural landmark. Frank Gehry designed its cascading steel ribbons to reflect the dazzling sunlight, in a way that bends the mind and tricks the eye, contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding vineyards. Equally unforgettable is its wine-themed spa, which offers treatments such as the ‘Barrel Bath’: a long soak in bubbly grape pomace. Known for its religious importance, UNESCO world heritage site Santiago de Compostela offers wine lovers their own pilgrimage through Ribeiro and Rías Baixas; along with the way sampling its signature Albariño and Godello wines. A Quinta de Auga sits in its own 1 hectare estate, and was originally a paper mill. It has been carefully restored by a local family, and is now a resplendent Relais & Châteaux hotel and luxury spa. With its own riverside Restaurant Filigrana, for upscale Galician specialities. There also organise visits to the surrounding wineries, where you can learn about the region from the producers themselves. Recommended by Sue Style, a food and wine journalist who writes for a range of publications and has her own website suestyle.com Though it may be smaller, Portugal holds its own on the world’s stage as a beacon of fine wine. Take the train from Porto and you’ll follow the Douro river as it navigates its way between steep mountain slopes, where you’ll find thousands of intertwined vines and traditional stone terraces forming a tapestry of rare natural beauty. For the supreme scenic route, there is also a helicopter service available. Six Senses is a converted 19th-century manor in the midst of Douro wine country, with a pool that overlooks the snaking river. Its spa, restaurants and wine library are not to be sniffed at. Find yourself a glass of slightly chilled vintage Port, and sit outside on a warm evening. Recommended by André Ribeirinho is a Portuguese food and wine entrepreneur who founded online wine platform adegga.com. No wine tour of Portugal could overlook the addictive authenticity of Lisbon, brimming with wine bars, food markets and restaurants. Not to mention the three wine regions just a short drive away — head north for the sea-influenced wines of Lisboa, south to Setúbal to taste the historic fortified Moscatels from José Maria da Fonseca’s 100-year-old cellars, or east to Altentejo for the 700-year-old oenotourism estate of Herdade do Esporão. For a city oasis, stay at the Memmo Alfama Hotel, which has an excellent terrace, infinity pool and views over Lisbon’s hot-potch rooftops. The bar serves delicious petiscos and has a good wine list. Recommended by André Ribeirinho is a food and wine entrepreneur who founded online wine platform adegga.com
News Article | May 11, 2017
For her exceptional leadership as a scientist, writer, educator, communicator and advocate of tsunami research and preparedness, the Seismological Society of America (SSA) honors Lori Dengler with the 2017 Frank Press Public Service Award. Dengler, a Professor Emeritus at Humboldt State University, will receive the Press Award at Seismology of the Americas, a joint meeting of the SSA and the Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission (LACSC), to be held 23-26 April 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "California's level of preparedness for earthquakes and tsunamis, particularly along the north coast that is part of Cascadia, is very much due to [Dengler's] efforts to bring the science to the public, the local, regional, tribal, state and federal officials who must make and support preparations, and the emergency managers who have to deal with the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis," said Peggy Hellweg, operations manager at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. For more than 30 years, Dengler has been a tireless force in preparing coastal communities in California and around the world for tsunamis. She participated in post-event field teams studying tsunamis in 1998 in Papua New Guinea, 2004 in Indonesia, 2010 Chile and 2011 in Japan, among others, and as a result was a coordinating co-author on the UNESCO-IOC's International Post-Tsunami Survey Field Guide. For the U.S., Dengler served as a member of the group that developed the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and authored the program's initial Strategic Implementation Plan for Mitigation Projects as the Scientific Lead from California. On the regional level, Dengler was a founding member of the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group in 1996 to bring together local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations and businesses to reduce and learn more about seismic risks along California's northern coast. "Living on Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Northern California," a preparedness guide developed by Dengler, has become a model for similar citizen guides throughout California. In 2015, Dengler co-authored The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home, a bilingual Japanese-English children's book about a small fishing boat that was swept across the Pacific Ocean by the 2011 Japan tsunami and came ashore in Crescent City, California two years later. The book and a surrounding outreach project are the basis of a new school curriculum in California on earthquakes and tsunami preparedness. Dengler received her bachelor's (1968), master's (1973), and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as the director of the Humboldt Earthquake Education Center since 1986, was recognized as Humboldt State University's Scholar of the Year in 2008 and was the 2009 recipient of the Alfred E. Alquist Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Earthquake Safety. The Frank Press Public Service Award honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology. This award may be given to any individual, combination of individuals, or organization. The call for nominations for next year's Press award, along with a list of past winners, is available at the Seismological Society of America's website, http://www. . The Seismological Society of America is a scientific society devoted to the advancement of earthquake science. Founded in 1906 in San Francisco, the Society now has members throughout the world representing a variety of technical interests: seismologists and other geophysicists, geologists, engineers, insurers, and policy-makers in preparedness and safety.
News Article | May 9, 2017
PUNTA CANA, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Santo Domingo, the capital and cultural hub of Dominican Republic, welcomes new hotel developments to its booming Colonial City, according to updates from officials at this year’s Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE). A $30 million MITUR project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank was kicked off last year that made sweeping improvements to Santo Domingo’s Colonial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Radhamés Martinez Aponte, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) Vice Minister, announced that $90 million will be used to continue those projects, including refacing old homes, updating sidewalks, recovering museums and supporting entertainment and activities such as Jazz Thursdays, a free weekly concert. Santo Domingo is also renovating the Malecón—its famous oceanfront promenade. Hodelpa Hotels & Resorts, a hotel group with properties across Dominican Republic, also shared plans to develop a meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) project for the Colonial City. Construction began April 15 on the Smartech Hotel, which will accommodate business travelers. Located across from the Acropolis shopping center and surrounded by business space, prestigious restaurants and numerous attractions, the hotel will consist of 13 floors of smart rooms designed for millennial executives. Hodelpa’s expansion continues across the island with the acquisition of land in Las Galeras, Samaná and Uvero Alto, Altagracia, where two new Emotions hotels will be built. Hodelpa also announced plans to begin construction in 2017 on a new Hodelpa Garden Court in the Vista Cana project on Punta Cana Boulevard. The hotel will provide an option for business travelers seeking an alternative to all-inclusive hotels. In December 2017, Sensations by Hodelpa will open on the beautiful Juan Dolio Beach, offering 325 rooms, bars, restaurants and luxurious adults-only amenities. These projects will contribute hundreds of new hotel rooms to the country, where hotel occupancy reached 78 percent in 2016; an 18 percent increase over the previous year. This year’s DATE conference was held from May 2 - 5 at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center in Punta Cana. About Dominican Republic Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar. Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com. Download the Go Dominican Republic App, available in the App Store and Google Play Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoDomRep Like us on Facebook GoDominicanRepublic A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/9609aa1d-5256-411d-89e5-3d0f42e04cc6