Difference in quality between India and Sri Lanka like chalk and cheese: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgPower-packed innings from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli guided India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their first One Day International (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday. India now lead the five-match series 1-0.Dhawan and Kohli forged an unbeaten 197-run stand for the second wicket to help India chase down 217 after Axar Patel’s career-best figures of 3/34 helped the visitors bowl the Lankans out for 216.WATCH FULL VIDEOTalking about the run chase, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that the difference between the two sides is massive and it’s going to be cakewalk for the Indians just like the three-match Test series that they won 3-0. (Shikhar Dhawan continues golden run in Sri Lanka with 11th ODI hundred)”They just finished it in 28 overs. It just shows the quality of the Sri Lankan attack. It’s been a one-sided series from Day 1 and it’s going to go that way because I don’t see any respite for Sri Lanka.”The gap between the two sides is too much. The quality of the Indian side and the quality of the Sri Lankan side is like chalk and cheese,” Ganguly told India Today. (Virat Kohli completes 4000 ODI runs in successful chases for India)The home side were 139/1 from 24.3 overs before losing 9 wickets for 77 runs. Coming out to bowl, the Lankans got Rohit Sharma out early thanks to a run-out but then failed to take a single wicket after that.Ganguly said that the Sri Lankan bowling attack is just not good enough and like the Test matches, they will find it difficult to get the Indian batsmen out.advertisement”Sri Lanka will find it very very hard to pick wickets. Even in the Test matches they were finding it difficult. Today they just rolled over Sri Lanka. The last 100 runs must have come off 50 or 60 deliveries and we’re not surprised,” he said. (Virat Kohli wants Shikhar Dhawan to stay in his ‘happy zone’ and win more matches for India)(AP Photo)The former India captain was all praise for in-form Dhawan as well, saying that he is a terrific one-day player and it’s a treat to watch him play.”He’s (Shikhar Dhawan) is a terrific one-day player. His form in one-day cricket has been terrific for the past five-six years. Whether you go to Australia, England and now in Sri Lanka. He enjoys batting in this format, he has got tremendous faith in his abilities.”He knows how to pace the innings and it was another exponent of a typical Shikhar Dhawan type of an innings. It was great to watch. The attack maybe mediocre but you still got to get runs on the board, still have to get runs to get a 100 and I think he has done exceptionally well,” Ganguly added.However, the 45-year-old rated Dhawan’s Test hundreds higher than his tons in one-day cricket.”For me his Test hundreds will be more special than his one-day hundreds because his Test performances haven’t been best for the last couple of years. In and out, dropped on overseas tour, he has found life hard when he has gone away from the sub-continent but to come back from nowhere and get those two hundreds in those three Test matches…I thought was a bit more special,” said the Prince of Kolkata..@SDhawan25 gets the Man of the Match award for his knock of 132* off 90 balls #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/Wl9grYlefq- BCCI (@BCCI) August 20, 2017Sri Lanka and India will play the second ODI at Pallekele on August 24.last_img read more

An AP Poll Voter Is Getting Crushed For Where He Ranked Ohio State

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)An AP Poll voter is getting criticized for where he ranked Ohio State in the latest edition of the top 25 poll following the games that took place Week 1.The Buckeyes came in at No. 4 in the latest AP Poll. Ohio State was No. 5 in the preseason poll but jumped up one spot following the 77-31 win over Oregon State on Saturday.Jonny Miller, an AP Poll voter from WBZ NewsRadio 1030,  does not have Ohio State in his top 10. He doesn’t have the Buckeyes in his top 20, either.Ohio State comes in at No. 25 in Miller’s top 25 poll.Ohio State 25th tho? pic.twitter.com/1pMYSWVJOI— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) September 4, 2018This…doesn’t make much sense. Miller would likely have to be punishing Ohio State for moral reasons, since Urban Meyer is suspended for three games following the school’s investigation into his handling of allegations against now-fired assistant Zach Smith.No other AP Poll voter has Ohio State ranked lower than No. 6.All @AP_Top25 Week 2 ballots. pic.twitter.com/hskYEj2JfD— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 4, 2018It’s obviously fine for everyone to have their own opinions on where to rank teams inside the top 25, but placing Ohio State at No. 25 doesn’t seem justifiable.You can view the full results of the latest AP Poll here.last_img read more

Dutee Chand breaks national record to inch closer to Olympic qualification mark

first_imgDutee Chand breaks national record to inch closer to Olympic qualification markDutee Chand broke the national record to inch closer to the 2020 Olympics qualification mark for the 100m event that has been set at 11.15 seconds advertisement Next India Today Web Desk RanchiOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 21:24 IST Dutee Chand (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand set a new national record in women 100 metre sprintDutee clocked 11.22 seconds to better her personal best by 0.04The previous national record was held by Dutee and Rachita MistryDutee Chand broke the national record in 100-metre sprint heats at the National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi on Friday. The previous national record was held at 11.26 sec.She won her heat with a time of 11.22 seconds to better her personal best by 0.04 seconds that she registered at the Asian Athletics Championships in April this year.The previous national record in the women’s 100m event (11.26 seconds) was jointly held by Dutee and Rachita Mistry.With this new timing, Dutee Chand also inched closer to the 2020 Olympics qualification mark for the 100m event that has been set at 11.15 secondsEarlier, Dutee also failed to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships as she finished 7th in the third heat of the event.Dutee clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season best which stands at 11.26s. Dutee had failed to meet the qualifying standards for world championships in 2019 but she made it to Doha meet after getting an invite from the IAAF.”A couple of days ago, I had the wrong belief that my body was tired at the end of the season. I recovered well to be able to break the last national mark twice this evening,” Dutee said.Her state-mate Amiya Kumar Malik, who has been struggling to find his rhythm the whole season, won the bragging rights as the fastest man in the National Open.He won the men’s 100m in 10.46 seconds, breaking the beam a hundredth of a second ahead of Malaysia’s Jonathan AnakNyepa.advertisementGurindervir Singh (Punjab) emerged as the winner of the bronze medal by a margin of 0.0044 seconds from his team-mate Harjit Singh.MP Jabir (AFI) rewrote the men’s 400m hurdles meet record, winning the final in 49.41 seconds.He improved on the mark of 49.67 seconds set by Ayyasamy Dharun (Tamil Nadu) last year.Dharun himself, running only his third hurdles race since recovering from an injury, will be pleased that he clocked 49.50 seconds for the second place, leaving T Santhosh Kumar (Services) in the third place.Earlier, in a close finish, Haryana’s Rahul Rohilla, 23, won the men’s 20m race walking ahead of the more seasoned K Ganapathi (AFI) and Sandeep Kumar (Services).The Group B winner of the event in the National Race Walking Championship in Chennai in February, he finished on top of a better field this time.There was some positive news for long jumper M Sreeshankar who leapt to 7.93m to lead the 12 qualifiers for the final.Also Read | World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quotaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more

Keppel Shipyard to Deliver Yinsons FPSO Soon

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard is on track to deliver a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to Yinson Production (West Africa), a subsidiary of Malaysia’s integrated offshore production and support services provider Yinson.The spread-moored FPSO unit was named John Agyekum Kufuor during a naming ceremony held at the shipyard on February 3, 2017.Purchased by Yinson in 2014, John Agyekum Kufuor was converted from a tanker into an FPSO.“FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor is our 27th conversion project for Africa, and 125th overall,” Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology) of Keppel O&M, said.John Agyekum Kufuor will be chartered by ENI Ghana Exploration & Production Limited (ENI Ghana) to process oil and gas from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block located in offshore Ghana.The FPSO has a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels, with an oil processing capacity of 58,000 barrels per day. It has a design life of 20 years without dry docking and can be moored in an average water depth of 1,000 meters with a total topside weight of almost 15,000 tons.Keppel Shipyard said that its work on the FPSO included modification work, new equipment installation, as well as installation and integration of the FPSO process topsides.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks 92 in 2015 World Happiness Index

Rabat – Morocco has been ranked 92nd out of 158 countries in the 2015 World Happiness index which took into account data from 2012-2015.The third edition of the World Happiness index was produced by the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN), an initiative under the United Nations. It bases its rankings on data from the Gallup World Poll and takes into account variables such as real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms.In the index dominated by wealthy Nordic countries, the kingdom moved seven places to the 92nd position.  In the 2013 edition of the World Happiness index, Morocco was ranked 99th. The index considers measures such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perceptions of corruption and dystopia, a state or a place where everything is bad or unpleasant. “Increasingly happiness is considered a proper measure of social progress and goal of public policy,” the report said, adding that “a rapidly increasing number of national and local governments are using happiness data and research in their search for policies that could enable people to live better lives.”According to the index, Switzerland is the happiest country in the world. Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada rounded off the top five. The United States came 15th, followed by the United Kingdom (21), Japan (46) and China (84).The top 10 countries are once again all small or medium-sized western industrial countries, of which seven are in Western Europe. Chad, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Benin, Syria, Burundi and Togo were the least happy.The United Arab Emirates has ranked 20 on the World Happiness Index, making it the happiest country in the Arab region. It was followed closely by Oman (22), Qatar (28) and Saudi Arabia which ranked 35 on the list. read more

Emerald Healths Montrealarea pot production facility to create 140 jobs

SAINT-EUSTACHE, Que. — Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. says its expanded cannabis production facility is poised to create 140 jobs in the off-island Montreal suburb of Saint-Eustache.The B.C.-based company says it is nearing completion of a $100-million upgrade to an indoor grow site.The production facility, soon to be built out to 27,800 square metres, is set to include 23 growing rooms sprouting about 200 strains of cannabis.Chief executive Avtar Dhillon says a “substantial” chunk of the output will go toward a supply-parched Quebec market, but that some cannabis would also feed into Emerald’s production of bud, oils, edibles and vaping products.The 140 jobs, about 60 of which have been filled, include planting, harvesting and packaging roles, as well as lab technicians, research and development scientists, and executive positions.The production facility, acquired in Emerald’s purchase of Quebec producer Agro-Biotech in May 2018, is now run by newly launched Emerald subsidiary Verdelite Sciences Inc., licensed by Health Canada.EMH shares closed up 16 per cent at $3.92.Companies in this story: (TSXV:EMH)The Canadian Press read more

Moroccos Hiba Rec Music Competition Returns for Second Year

Rabat – After a successful first competition in 2018 which featured four music genres—pop, rap, R&B, and rock and metal—Hiba Rec 2 will focus on the category of “pop-variety.” Hiba Rec, launched by the Hiba Foundation, aims to support Moroccan artists and music groups, above the age of 18, by providing them with opportunities.The competition’s application deadline is February 3. Three of the selected artists will have a chance to record a song for free at Studio Hiba. Read Also: Hiba Rec Announces Winners in Rock CategoryThe winners will also receive training sessions and a media kit and go on photo shoots to develop their career and gain popularity.Last year, the three winning musical groups were Haraj, Betweenatna, and Soundtrip.The finalists were selected by professional musicians: Samir Chadli and Reda Hmidi from the Moroccan up-and-coming music website Amplify, Monz from the rock band Lazywall, Amine Hamma from the Hiba Foundation, and Mamoun Belgnaoui from Studio Coda. The Hiba Foundation is a non-profit organization, created in 2006 at the initiative of King Mohammed VI, with the vision of promoting culture and various art forms.The organization was originally created to manage the Renaissance Cinema in Rabat, a place renowned  for artistic creation in Morocco. read more

Bourita and Pompeo Discuss Western Sahara in Meeting in Washington

Rabat – The counterterrorism symposium kicked off today in Washington D.C. with the participation of a Moroccan delegation led by Bourita.During the meeting, the two officials discussed questions of common interest such as the Western Sahara dispute, Iran malign influence in the Middle East and North Africa, the latest development in Venezuela, as well as the upcoming Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, which will be held in Morocco.Read Also: Western Sahara: UN and US Should Learn from South SudanAccording to a readout of the meeting, which was obtained by Morocco World News, Secretary Pompeo “acknowledged Morocco’s constructive participation in talks with the UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara and thanked Morocco for its resolute efforts to counter Iran’s malign influence in the region. The US official also “thanked the Foreign Minister for his support of Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guiadó.”Bourita and Pompeo’s meeting comes a week after the bilateral meeting held between the US official and the Algerian foreign minister, Abdelkader Messahel, in Washington.This is the second meeting between the two officials in less than six months. During their first meeting last September, Bourita and Pompeo agreed to hold the US-Morocco strategic dialogue in the US this year.The US is among Morocco’s main partners in several cooperation areas, including counterterrorism. It is also Morocco’s first supplier of military equipment.Morocco seeks to secure the Trump administration’s support to its position on the Western Sahara. The meeting comes against the backdrop of Morocco’s concerns that the US might abandon it positive neutrality on the conflict after the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Adviser. Bolton, who has worked on the Western Sahara for many years when he was assistant of former United Nations Secretary General personal envoy, James Baker, has made no secret of his willingness to end the Western Sahara conflict and to pressure the United Nations peacekeeping to show more realism and effectiveness in their work. In December, Bolton said that he wants to see the conflict resolved, criticizing MINURSO for not finding a mutually acceptable solution despite its presence in the region.Read Also: Bolton ‘Frustrated’ With UN Failure to Resolve Western Sahara Dispute“Ladies and gentlemen, 27 years of deployment of this peacekeeping force, 27 years and it’s still there? How can you justify that? I have got to know over the years the Saharawi people, I have enormous respect for them, I have enormous respect for the government and people of Morocco and Algeria, is there not a way to resolve it?” Bolton said as he expressed frustration.Nasser Bourita is due to meet with John Bolton, a source who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity told Morocco World News. read more

UN attempts to interview Iraqis inspections continue

United Nations officials attempted to interview two Iraqis today but the sessions fell through after the individuals insisted on having a witness present, according to a UN spokesman in Baghdad.Officials from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) sought two more private interviews today, and in both cases, the Iraqi individuals showed up with a person at the agreed hotel and insisted on having the individual with them during an interview. “Consequently, no private interviews took place,” Hiro Ueki said.Meanwhile, two UNMOVIC biological teams inspected distilleries in the area about 30 kilometres northeast of Baghdad. Both the Al Tharthar Distillery and the Al Awaaly Distillery are privately owned facilities, which produce Arak, gin and whiskey. A third biological team inspected an infectious diseases diagnostic laboratory located in the Central Public Health laboratories building in central Baghdad.In Basra, an UNMOVIC chemical team went by helicopter to inspect the State Company for Petrochemicals Industry, which is primarily involved in the production of chlorine and polymers.As for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), one team performed an inspection at the 17th April Facility in Baghdad, which produces precision castings for industrial purposes, while a second performed a motorized radiation survey in areas southeast of Baghdad.In other news, air sampling equipment has been installed by the IAEA and is operating on the roof of the Canal Hotel, the operations base for the Agency’s inspections in Iraq. “This is the initial step in the re-installation of both fixed and mobile air samplers as part of wide-area environmental monitoring in Iraq,” Mr. Ueki noted. read more

Tilley Endurables wants to woo younger customers with new toques baseball caps

TORONTO – The maker of Canada’s most iconic hat wants to reintroduce itself.No longer content with solely being known as the purveyor of your grandfather’s favourite wide-brimmed beige chapeau, the chief executive of Tilley Endurables says the company is undergoing a much-needed facelift.This year, Tilley, which still manufactures all its products in Canada except for socks, plans on expanding its new winter toque and baseball cap lines globally.CEO Andrew Prendergast says the company is proud its signature sailing hat is a top pick among Gulf War soldiers and British royalty but it’s critical for it to get in favour with new, younger customers.“It is impossible to go out and tell consumers you’re cool or you’re relevant,” he said during a recent interview at Tilley’s headquarters in Toronto. “You can’t do it.”Prendergast says success will instead come by taking the authenticity and the innovation in the brand and getting it in the hands of more 35-year-old outdoor enthusiasts.“They’ll be able to see the quality, craftsmanship that goes into the product, the design elements that go into the product. We’ll earn their trust by making the best.”In addition to baseball caps, Tilley’s new styles include merino wool beanies, faux fur toques with interchangeable pompoms and newsboy caps, which are priced between $50 to $70. They’ve all been exclusively available in Canada in a limited supply since the fall.Prendergast believes consumers will pay for the Tilley brand if they know they are getting a well-made, high quality hat that carries a lifetime warranty. Per the company’s policy, customers who lose their hats within two years of purchase can have them replaced at a 50 per cent discount.The company’s launch of their line of baseball caps has been one of its most controversial moves, Prendergast says. Some long-time employees argued it couldn’t be defined as a Tilley hat since it doesn’t have a full brim, a factor the company addressed by offering the option of a cape for those who want the full coverage.Tilley’s products are currently sold online and in 7,000 stores in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., the European Union, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.Prendergast says the company is looking at entering as many as three more markets this year.“We want to broaden our approach around the world with a larger distribution model, more digital channels,” he said.“Most people think of Tilley as one hat. Most people used to think of Chuck Taylor (shoes) as Converse. I’m not suggesting that this (hat) is going to take the rock ‘n’ roll community by storm as Chuck Taylor has, but there is tremendous value in having such an iconic silhouette that exists at the top of the price brand that is universally accepted as the No. 1 hat in the category.”Prendergast has been in the top job for a little over a year after Tilley was acquired by Re:Capital, a subsidiary of U.K.-based private Hilco Capital, which specializes in investing in distressed companies.Wendy Evans, a retail consultant at Evans & Company, said Tilley is making the right move in expanding its product line and making items that are more fashion-conscious.“They can still provide a long-lived product that is not fashion-forward but is updated and somewhat more on trend,” she said. “People are going to buy Tilley products because they last a long time. They don’t want to have anything too fashion-forward because it’ll go out of style.”Retail analyst Jim Danahy says there is a market for high-end toques and baseball caps. The trick will be if these hats are functional but stylish enough to appeal to all ages.“The question will be, ‘Have they chosen items relative to a younger generation that can transcend perceptions that they’re a brand for baby boomers?’” said Danahy, who is the CEO of retail advisory firm Customer Lab.Company founder Alex Tilley invented the sailing hat that would become their trademark product in the 1980s after he failed to find one that wouldn’t blow off his head and wouldn’t sink if it fell overboard.Throughout the years, the hat has been loved by the likes of Prince Philip, famed explorer Sir Edmund Hillary and Canadian soldiers during the Gulf War, who sometimes dyed the light coloured hat with coffee to make it more camouflaged.Legend has it the hat’s material is so tough that it had been eaten by an elephant three times and survived its digestive tract only to be worn once again.“The next septuagenarian Tilley enthusiast exists out there,” said Prendergast. “The DNA that we have in the business and in our product is sufficient to capture their imagination.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Tilley Endurables wants to woo younger customers with new toques, baseball caps Finished hats sit in piles at the Tilley Endurables factory in Toronto on Thursday January 5, 2017. The maker of Canada’s most iconic hat wants to reintroduce itself. No longer content with solely being known as the purveyor of your grandfather’s favourite wide-brimmed beige chapeau, the chief executive of Tilley Endurables says the company is undergoing a much-needed facelift. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cold call king gets 12year company ban after blowing £55k on Savoy

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Abbott and his bride getting into the Bentley laid on by the SavoyCredit: Paul Grover Mr Abbott and his bride getting into the Bentley laid on by the Savoy The Insolvency Service said in a statement that the personal spending was “particularly disquieting”. It said in a lengthy statement that Mr Abbott had accepted the disqualification and did not dispute that Reactiv Media had submitted three invoices totalling almost £340,000 to support a grant application for a tenth of that sum. “These three invoices are not reflected in the company purchase ledgers, the sales ledgers of the two suppliers concerned and the suppliers have confirmed that they did not issue any such invoices,” the Insolvency service said.Reactiv was fined £75,000 by the Information Commissioner’s office in April 2015 for making nuisance phone calls.The fine never got paid while Reactiv Media continued to rack up huge debts, including owing HM Revenue and Customs hundreds of thousands of pounds of unpaid income tax and National Insurance contributions.At the same time, Mr Abbott received £177,664 in “net cash transactions” from Reactiv Media, part of which was spent on his Savoy wedding in central London.David Brooks, of The Insolvency Service, said: “There are three distinct allegations underpinning this disqualification. As a whole, they show a director who flagrantly breached his duties to regulators and company creditors over an extended period. “Facts of this case, which were particularly disquieting, were the £252,071 of personal spending on deposits for two houses in the very month that the unjustified grant funds were given to the company, and the nature of some of the £177,664 of identified personal benefits taken from 1 September 2015: This included at least £55,000 spent on jewellery and Mr Abbott’s wedding.”Mr Abbott was unavailable for comment on Wednesday. He has previously said of the Telegraph’s reporting of his business affairs that “the majority of this information is incorrect”. A cold call tycoon has been banned from running companies for 12 years for a string of offences that included siphoning off funds to pay for a lavish wedding at the Savoy.Tony Abbott, 46, was behind a telephone marketing company that plagued homeowners by making up to 6.5 million unsolicited calls a year.But an investigation by the Insolvency Service after Mr Abbott’s business went bust with £2 million debts uncovered a series of concerns that led to the disqualification.The inquiry found that Mr Abbott’s company Reactiv Media had obtained almost £34,000 of taxpayer funding by submitting seemingly falsified invoices to support a grant application.In the same month in March 2015 that Reactiv Media secured the money from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Mr Abbott spent more than a quarter of a million pounds on deposits for two houses. The Insolvency Service also found the company had spent £55,000 on jewellery and on Mr Abbott’s wedding to his second wife Stephanie at the Savoy in May 2016.center_img The detached house in Surrey bought as Reactiv Media was going bust The Telegraph had previously investigated Reactiv Mediaand uncovered large spending at a time when the firm was going bust.The wedding ceremony at the landmark hotel was followed by a party on a boat on the Thames and an evening meal back at the hotel. The groom arrived in a Bentley provided by the Savoy. Shortly before the wedding, the couple moved into a mansion in Surrey. Reactiv Media also owned a Bentley Continental, worth £120,000, a £65,000 Porsche Cayenne and a £62,000 Range Rover. The detached house in Surrey bought as Reactiv Media was going bustlast_img read more

Microsoft Prepping Xbox 720

first_imgIs Microsoft readying its next generation console? Well, yes. Of course it is. Why wouldn’t it be? The company’s plans have gotten a little more real, thanks to a series of LinkedIn job postings that went up this week. The software giant’s Interactive Entertainment Business is looking for a number of positions, including an Audio/Video Hardware Architect, Audio Architect, and a Graphics Architect.Microsoft is looking for folks who will be “responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation,” according to the postings. AdChoices广告Another recent listing for a Wireless DC Engineer called for someone who would play “a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms.” So go ahead, apply. Just remember who tipped you off to the gig, when you’re making video games and sipping on that delicious Seattle coffee.last_img read more

Morgue Full five more killed over weekend

first_imgWith two armed gunman approaching and shooting, a man said to be standing outside his home on Derby Road, Nassau did not stand a chance – the man died in the incident around 8pm last night and two ran off said to be armed with handguns in that case.   Add to this, two police officers were shot answering a domestic dispute in Eastern Nassau.  The suspect is now caught and the shot gun is recovered; ACP Dean said one of his officers was seriously shot, the other with some injury.   Both are said to be stable in hospital.  #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Murders and Manhunts is what the weekend looked like in the capital of the country, where the leading destination is called Paradise… and the surging problems, while said to be statistically down, are proving that indeed crime is not political because successive governments have drawn scathing reviews on getting a handle on the crime rate and recidivism.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – Twice this month, in the news, there has been alarm expressed and promise made about the inadequacy of the morgue in Nassau.  Over the weekend, there is new concern that the morgue is full of bodies still being processed as a result of deadly crime.   The information comes as the country grapples with five more killings over the weekend, five more Bahamian males snuffed out including a young teenaged-boy.  While Assistant Commissioner of Police, Stephen Dean, in speaking to media promised that the culprits would be caught and some suspects have been, and he informed that suspects would see court action today; focus is more on the loss of life and grief coming to so many families.  The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The teenager was shot on Friday night on Dale Park in Peardale.  Two men shot at a night club on Saturday morning, one died on the scene on East and Lewis Streets.  Two men shot at a party on Saturday night on Dean’s Street, off Nassau Street; one died at hospital. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Pirelli agrees £600m pension longevity swaps

first_imgMulti-national tyre firm Pirelli has agreed two longevity swaps for its UK pension arrangements to counteract the risks of an ageing population.The longevity swaps have been arranged for both the Pirelli General Pension and Life Assurance Fund and the Pirelli Tyres Limited 1988 Pension and Life Assurance Fund with Zurich Assurance.The longevity hedges, which have been structured as whole-of-life insurance policies, will cover around 5,000 named pensioners and contingent dependents with a total liability of around £600 million.Mercer acted as lead adviser on the transaction.Tony Goddard, pension manager at Pirelli, said: “Significant steps have already been taken to manage other risks in the funds. We are pleased to continue this process with these transactions and to seize the early opportunity to hedge longevity risk.“The longevity swaps help to improve the security of benefits for all members by removing the uncertainty from members living longer than forecast. They also allow us to retain future investment flexibility.”last_img read more

Meredith Hires Lauren Purcell as EIC of Everyday with Rachael Ray

first_imgMeredith Corp. has found its editor-in-chief for Everyday with Rachael Ray. Lauren Purcell, who was most recently executive editor at Condé Nast’s Self, will start January 9.Purcell will be in charge of editorial content for the 10x magazine and website and will report to Linda Fears, who is editorial director of Meredith Food Content and editor-in-chief of Family Circle. Former Everyday editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello stayed with Reader’s Digest when the magazine was sold to Meredith in October, becoming chief content officer and editor-in-chief of the Reader’s Digest Community. Meredith bought Everyday as part of an effort to ramp up its food category. The company launched Recipe.com and bought the Eating Well Media Group in June.The first issue of Everyday published under Meredith will be the February issue, hitting newsstands at the end of January.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more December 16, 2009 – Scientists from Johns Hopkins University praised the open-source Mac image viewer OsiriX, medical imaging software for the iPhone, after a study found radiologists accurately diagnosed acute appendicitis remotely using an iPhone. The scientists made the presentation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to the UVA Department of Radiology, which internally funded the study. The goal of the study was to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses, as well as to improve communications among different consulting physicians.In the study, which was presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), radiologists accurately diagnosed acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software.Appendicitis, or inflammation and infection of the appendix, is a medical emergency requiring surgical removal of the organ. Undiagnosed or left untreated, the inflamed appendix will rupture, causing toxins to spill into the abdominal cavity and potentially causing a life-threatening infection. Appendicitis can occur at any age but is most common in people between the ages of 10 and 30, according to the National Institutes of Health.Typically, a patient arriving at the emergency room with suspected appendicitis will undergo computed tomography (CT) and a physical examination. If a radiologist is not immediately available to interpret the CT images or if consultation with a specialist is needed, diagnosis is delayed, increasing the risk of rupture. Transmitting the images over a mobile device allows for instant consultation and diagnosis from a remote location. It can also aid in surgical planning.For the study performed at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, CT examinations of the abdomen and pelvis of 25 patients with pain in the right lower abdomen were reviewed over an encrypted wireless network by five radiologists using an iPhone G3 equipped with OsiriX Mobile medical image viewing software. All of the patients had surgical confirmation or follow-up evaluations to confirm whether or not they had appendicitis.”The scans can be read in full resolution with very little panning, and the software allows the reader to zoom and adjust the contrast and brightness of the image,” Dr. Choudhri said. “The radiologist is evaluating actual raw image data, not snapshots.”Fifteen of the 25 patients were correctly identified as having acute appendicitis on 74 (99 percent) of 75 interpretations, with one false negative. There were no false positive readings. In eight of the 15 patients who had appendicitis, calcified deposits within the appendix were correctly identified in 88 percent of the interpretations. All 15 patients had signs of inflammation near the appendix that were correctly identified in 96 percent of interpretations, and 10 of the 15 had fluid near the appendix, which was correctly identified in 94 percent of the interpretations. Three abscesses were correctly identified by all five readers.What impressed the scientists most was that the iPhone interpretations of the CT scans were as accurate as the interpretations viewed on dedicated picture archiving and communication system (PACS) workstations, demonstrating that the technology can expedite diagnosis and treatment.Co-authors are Thomas M. Carr III, M.D., Christopher P. Ho, M.D., James R. Stone, M.D., Ph.D., Spencer B. Gay, M.D., and Drew L. Lambert, M.D.For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | December 16, 2009 Johns Hopkins Praises iPhone for Enabling Quick Access to Diagnosis News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more last_img read more

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first_img July 7, 2014 — Canon U.S.A. Inc. and wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Imaging Inc. announced the introduction of the RadPRO Omnera 400A auto-positioning digital radiographic system, the first of a new series of overhead radiographic systems designed to help healthcare professionals meet the challenges of demanding hospital imaging departments. Constructed of rugged crafted aircraft aluminum, the RadPRO Omnera 400A system also provides the flexibility and ease of use helpful to deliver patient focused care.The RadPRO Omnera 400A incorporates automatic motorized positioning and features automatic stitching, a tube-mounted 10-inch touch screen, a vertical wall stand and a table with extended range of motion. It will be outfitted with several of Canon’s portfolio of CXDI digital radiography detectors, and utilizes the proprietary Canon CXDI Control Software NE, fully integrated into one operating console of the RadPRO Omnera 400A system.Tsuneo Imai, vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions, Healthcare Solutions Division, Canon U.S.A. Inc., and president, Virtual Imaging Inc., said, “The RadPRO Omnera 400A auto-positioning digital radiographic system has been designed to meet the acute productivity and versatility needs of radiographers. Its efficiency and robust construction, in combination with the performance of Canon digital radiography detectors, help to ensure consistent, easy exams with high throughput. Especially important is its high degree of flexibility to accommodate both the needs of patients and of the healthcare providers.”The RadPRO Omnera 400A system features a high-frequency generator and an elevating six-way table with a 550-pound patient load. This system provides a low table position for easy patient access and transfer, while a high table position provides a comfortable working level. Its fully motorized auto-positioning provides servo tracking to both the wall stand and table to provide precision positioning quickly and easily.For more information: www.usa.canon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Introduce RadPRO Omnera 400A Auto-Positioning Digital Radiographic System News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read morelast_img read more

European Team Developing Augmented Reality Visor to Dramatically Improve Surgery

first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Advanced Visualization | March 06, 2017 European Team Developing Augmented Reality Visor to Dramatically Improve Surgery Project team claims finished product will reduce surgery times by over 20 minutes for every three hours; mass production hoped to begin by 2022 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more center_img Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Image courtesy of Photonics21March 6, 2017 — Employing new photonics technology, European scientists are developing a new augmented reality surgical visor in a bid to improve accuracy of interventions. The visor shows anesthetic and medical data while superimposing a patient’s X-ray in perfect unison with their body, meaning surgeons never have to look away during an operation and surgery times are reduced by over 20 minutes for every three hours.The VOSTARS (Video Optical See-Through Augmented Reality surgical System) medical visor is a head-mounted display (HMD) system that is capable of superimposing the patient’s X-ray images in perfect 3-D unison with their anatomy.The visor also presents a patient’s anesthetic data, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and breathing rates conveniently into the surgeon’s field of vision, in a drive to increase accuracy by focusing on the operation and reduce time by never having to look away.The project forecasts a significant improvement of the intervention accuracy coupled with a reduction in times spent in an operation and under anesthetic by at least 11 percent. Although augmented reality for surgical procedures has been talked about in academic and industrial research since the 1990s, a tool joining a surgeon’s natural perception with patient data has not yet been widely implemented.However, it has been the use of photonics components — with the small, high-luminous micro display, the LED optical waveguide and the array of microns to project a 2-D X-ray image in front of the user — that has been fundamental to realizing this one-time science fiction, according to the research team.Project coordinator Vincenzo Ferrari, biomedical engineering researcher at the Department of Information Engineering, at the University of Pisa, explained, “With this state-of-the-art, highly ergonomic visor, we intend to provide all the information required to improve surgery. The primary goal is to reduce not just surgery times, but also the time spent under anesthetic and the cost involved in any operation.”In the same way that a facing camera on a smartphone films moving images, the VOSTARS system works by capturing what the surgeon sees from a head-mounted camera. The system then merges this footage of reality with the patient’s medical images, from computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or 3-D ultrasound scans.The central processor, using the most advanced registration techniques available for surgical navigation, then presents a real-time hybrid image on the visor ‘dashboard’ to the surgeon.“Imagine driving with a sat-nav: we know how to drive and roughly where to go, but with real-time information, like speed, distance and time presented to us, we can take the most efficient route in the quickest time and perhaps more safely,” said Ferrari. “However, rather than having that information on a small GPS screen, our important patient data, like the surgical target in the anatomy, anesthetic info, breathing and heart rates for example, are all integrated instantly into the surgical visor.“A clinician can move freely while still seeing the patient, the hybrid X-ray image and all of critical data all at once in a surgical ‘dashboard’ inside the screen. The surgeon, the patient and the procedure are all at one,” he addedScientists at VOSTARS are building a hybrid of the two existing AR headsets approaches that combines all the benefits of both a video see-through (VST) system and optical see-through (OST) head-mounted display.Fabrizio Cutolo, engineer and expert in wearable augmented reality systems, believes neither VST nor OST alone was suitable for operating on a live patient. “When operating on a real person, it was clear to us that the benefits of OST and VST systems could be combined to make a hybrid device,” he said.In ‘optical see-through’ (OST) systems, as in Microsoft Hololens, the user has a direct view of the natural environment, with the computer-generated images superimposed on a user’s field of vision using a semi-transparent mirror. This gives the user a more naturalistic experience, superimposing small amounts of the virtual onto the real world.With ‘video see-through’ (VST) systems, as seen in the Occulus Rift headsets, the user is submerged in the virtual world, seeing through a closed HMD together with stereo cameras, experiencing life through screens. Since VST systems capture the video-image as seen by the user in real time, it is good for aligning the real and virtual worlds.“For something as critical as an operation, we had to have the naturalistic ‘feel’ of OST, while having the fluid interaction of the VST. Therefore a brand new device had to be made from scratch, rather than extend an existing technology. The VST-OST Augmented Reality hybrid was born,” said Cutolo.Already three months into the three-year project, VOSTARS aims to have a working prototype of the hybrid device ready for May of 2018. The project is initially being trialed on a number of procedures to the head, including maxillofacial (jaws and face) surgery, neurosurgery, ENT (ear, nose and throat) and orthopedic surgery. The project team hopes the technology will be available to end users in three years, with mass production by 2022.For more information: www.vostars.eu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

Chill vibe great food craft beer at Kayas

first_imgPuerto Viejo is filled with places to stay that provide the real Caribbean experience. Whether it’s an eco-lodge nestled among the trees, offering visitors regular views of wildlife, or a hostel that promises the quintessential Caribbean party, there’s a mountain of options.Then there are the places just outside of town, but still close enough to partake in the nightlife. A short walk from these brings you to numerous bars, restaurants and galleries, while a stroll back along the beach allows you to soak up the sun or take a dip in the ocean. While staying at Kaya’s Place, you can do just that.Located just north of central Puerto Viejo, Kaya’s Place is situated across the street from the smooth, black sands of Playa Negra. Owner and Vermont native JT Ficociello bought the property in 2004 from a Puerto Viejo local named Kaya, a Tico with a peculiar history in the small town. One of the employees at Kaya’s recounted tales of the man’s rough past, excessive drinking and penchant for woodworking. JT described him as legendary builder. “He was the first person to really define the Afro-Caribeño rustic building style.” The entire hotel is modeled after Kaya’s work, with thatched roofs and enormous, polished tree trunk.Each room at Kaya’s is unique, giving each visitor a distinct experience. Some of the rooms have bunks while others have large beds, all made of handcrafted wood. There are intricate and colorful murals covering the walls of the rooms and hallways, depicting snakes, lizards and the rainforest. On the second floor of the main building, there is a spacious balcony, filled with hammocks and benches, providing guests with a view of the Caribbean across the street. In addition to small, private rooms, the hotel offers accommodations for large groups. The Guava House can hold up to four and has air conditioning, TV and a kitchen with all the amenities. The Private Cabin is a two-story house reminiscent of jungle bungalow with its winding staircase. It can accommodate more than five people, with two bedrooms downstairs and a large room with five beds upstairs. Instead of venturing into town for a meal, guests have the opportunity to indulge in savory meals in the main house. A majority of their ingredients come from a farm that JT owns in the area, while the rest are purchased from local vendors.JT is also in the process of acquiring livestock such as cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits and ducks to provide a more authentic gastronomic experience. “The goal is to be more self-sustaining and produce our own food,” he says.The kitchen also features a wood fire oven for items such as the pizza especial, a thin-crust pizza covered in garlic, sausage, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni and peppers. There’s also the Stromboli, a massive Italian turnover stuffed with cheese, onions, ham and tomato sauce. The restaurant makes its own bread, using the wood oven to bake it to perfection. The main attraction of Kaya’s, and what it makes it stand out among all the other hotels, hostels and lodges of Puerto Viejo, is the bar. The wooden cantina is a new addition to the hotel, offering craft beer on tap from the Bri Bri Springs Brewery, a joint venture between JT and Mike Blackoicz.Originally from Chicago, Mike is a self-taught brewer with some cooking skills that carried over to brewing. JT has been brewing since he was 14. When he was in college, he worked for the famous Red Hook microbrewery in Seattle, Washington. The two met in Puerto Viejo while Mike was traveling, when they started talking about their mutual love of beer. Now the Chicago native lives in Costa Rica, brewing beer full time. “Opportunity knocked, and I answered the door,” says Blackoicz.The fruits of their brewing labor have resulted in two full-bodied beers which they always have on tap at the bar. The first is a chocolate porter, which uses cacao beans harvested by the local Bri Bri population. The second is the Osa Honey Ale, a crisp, refreshing beer made with honey from the rainforest, a great way to cool down after a hike through the jungle. The duo also produces various meads – a type of alcohol usually produced by fermenting honey and water – using various local fruits like pineapple and mango.Once JT has finished his farm, he plans to uses the methane produced by the animals to heat the still used in the brewing process. In turn, the spent grains will be used to feed the livestock. He also uses the water from a natural spring on his farm to brew the beer, water the produce and give to the animals. “I’m really trying to give a lot back to the roots of where we are, using local ingredients and local traditions,” says JT.The hotel can also set guests up with adventure tours, employing local guides or staff to lead the trips. One such guide is Captain Zero, a U.S.-born local legend who has been in Puerto Viejo since before Spanish became the predominant language (when the locals spoke Caribbean-influenced English). For about $30 he’ll take you on an authentic jungle tour, showing you animals and natural sights most tourists never experience. Kaya’s also offers volunteer programs; guests are given free room and board for working at the hotel. Duties include cleaning, bartending, reception and gardening, and JT has plans to start moving some of the work up to his farm once it’s finished. Whatever your strengths, there’s probably a job for you, “It’s where their talents lie and where our needs are,” he says. Not a bad gig, if you want to immerse yourself in the Caribbean lifestyle.Or, you can simply relax by the beach and drink great beer. Hard to argue with that.Going thereLocated 100 meters north of the bridge into Puerto Viejo, Kaya’s Place is about a 4-hour drive from San José. If you are driving, take Highway 32 east to Limón. From there, drive down Highway 36 to Highway 256, which will take you through Puerto Viejo. You will see Kaya’s Place on your right-hand side about 5 minutes before crossing the small bridge into Puerto ViejoYou can find public buses in San José at El Gran Terminal del Caribe. The bus will take you to the center of Puerto Viejo and from there, it’s about a 10 minute walk north. Rates range from $19 for smaller rooms with shared bathrooms to $125 for the Guava House.For more information call 2750-0690 or 2750-0060 or email info@kayasplace.com. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ridick deal at craft beer-themed hotel Gringo hunts cheap beer in San José Bodega gives San José’s beer lovers a home Beer is a way of life at local microbrewerylast_img read more

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