President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need for further expanding economic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He made this statement when Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua called on him at the Presidential Secretariat today.He said Pakistan could invest in the sugar and cement industries as there is a huge requirement for sugar and cement in Sri Lanka. He pointed out that currently Sri Lanka produces only 20 percent of the sugar requirement. President Sirisena recalled the long-standing bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and emphasized the need to further consolidate the relationship. He expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by Pakistan to Sri Lanka as a true friend and a brother, during the period of conflict in the country. He also expressed special thanks for the assistance given by Pakistan to Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that Pakistan is ready to assist Sri Lanka’s development activities whenever required. She was in Colombo to lead the Pakistan delegation to the 5th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The 4th round of talks was held in August 2014 in Islamabad.During her stay in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Secretary will also launch the “Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka”. (Colombo Gazette) Ms Janjua said she attended the UNHRC Session in Geneva in September and she was glad that she could speak in support of Sri Lanka at the forum. She said that Pakistan would assist Sri Lanka’s livestock and milk production sectors and programmes have been already formulated in consultation with Sri Lankan institutions.President Sirisena said that Sri Lanka would extend support to Pakistan to hold the next Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and said it is important to strengthen SAARC to ensure regional cooperation. Pakistan Foreign Secretary assured that Pakistan would continue to assist Sri Lanka. She said that Pakistan will assist to take the economic and trade relationship between the two countries to a stronger level.
MONTREAL — Canadian makers and users of aluminum and steel say they are disappointed but not surprised by the Trump administration’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum produced north of the border.United States Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says exemptions for Canada, Mexico and Europe from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum will expire as of midnight, as scheduled.The head of the Aluminum Association of Canada says the 10 per cent tariffs to be imposed Friday on his industry will cause the most harm to Americans who will face higher prices for goods made from the metals, but could also damage smaller Canadian suppliers.Jean Simard says Americans will continue to pay a premium to purchase aluminum in addition to the new tariff as suppliers are likely to pass the price increase on to consumers.He says the tariff designed to protect the U.S. industry is the wrong tool directed at the wrong place.The United States used 5.5 million tonnes of aluminum last year, largely imported from Canada, but only produced about 700,000 tonnes domestically.The U.S. Beer Institute says its members, which includes Denver- and Montreal-based Molson Coors Brewing Co., are united against the tariffs on imported aluminum.Institute CEO Jim McGreevy called the tariffs a new tax on the U.S. beer industry.He said the tariffs will in the long run increase the cost of global beer production but have a disproportionate impact on American brewers and jobs.Molson Coors analyst Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones says brewers will try to pass along the higher costs to consumers but the industry’s current demand challenges may make that difficult.She says most companies have some breathing room because of hedging contracts that protect them from wild price swings.But aluminum prices have already risen as buyers have hoarded the material.Molson Coors chairman Pete Coors says the company purchases 500 million pounds of aluminum annually. It makes up two-thirds of their U.S. packaging costs. read more
Lady Edward is the founder of lingerie company Beau BraCredit: SWNS.com It is described as one of the most romantic sites in the UK Credit:Andrew Crowley 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. It is described as one of the most romantic sites in the UK and has featured in several films including Jane Eyre, Elizabeth and the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice.Lady Edward, founder of lingerie company Beau Bra, said: “We’ve worked out where we want to go in the house, how we want to use it and live in it. We would hope to be in it by next year.”There’s an awful lot to do to bring it up to 20th century comfortable living.”She said hide and seek with her sons, Alfred and Vesey, would now be “out of control” in the enormous house.Lady Edward said: “I’m worried that I might lose them behind a tapestry or down a tunnel – I’m going to put GPS on them.” She added: “I spent three years hoovering and a year of that tidying up. The windows have been cleaned for the first time in 28 years.” A family moving into a stately home nearly 300 years after the last residents left said their new house is so big they will have to put GPS on their children to keep track of them.Lord and Lady Edward Manners and their two-year-old twin sons will be the first family to live in Haddon Hall, which has not been inhabited since the reign of Queen Anne.The property in Bakewell, Derbyshire, has been owned by the Manners Dukes of Rutland for centuries. The family are currently living in a house on the Haddon estate and are gradually moving their possessions into the hall.Lady Edward said: “Breathing new life into Haddon comes from us living at Haddon permanently. There is a new energy – for years it’s been quietly resting.“The family left in Queen Anne’s reign and we’re the first family back in it.”The couple are keen to attract visitors to the historic house and Lady Edwards said: “We want more families to come to Haddon as it is living history.”The big attractions at Haddon this year will include the unveiling of tapestries which haven’t been seen for nearly 100 years. read more
Industrea has announced more than A$16 million of new contracts across its Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) and Huddy’s Mining Services (Huddy’s) divisions. AMT has signed a A$2 million contract with BHP Billiton for its Hotazel mine in South Africa for its collision avoidance system, CAS-CAM/RF®. Whilst, Shanxi Asian American Daning Energy Corp (SAADEC) has ordered a further drilling guidance system (DGS) unit for its Daning coal mine in China and Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group has ordered DGS spares totalling A$7.8 million.The BHP contract, along with existing arrangements with BHP Energy Coal South Africa, strengthens AMT’s CAS-CAM/RF supplies in the region to BHP. AMT, through its South Africa agent, has also signed initial supply contracts for A$0.7 million for the initial supply of CAS-CAM/RF equipment to another new customer in the region.Industrea Managing Director and CEO, Robin Levison, said the positive growth in the South Africa market with continuing strong sales to BHP Billiton and other new customers taking up AMT products, indicated ongoing demand for the safety technology in the region.SAADEC’s order, placed with Industrea’s China-based subsidiary Wadam Industries, will help with the company’s directional drilling and methane gas drainage needs. Whilst, in addition to the Jincheng order, further recurring spares revenue for May 2010 was about A$0.7 million bringing May and early June orders for AMT’s DGS systems and spares in China to more than A$10 million.Levison: “The ongoing strength of sales in the key export market of China, particularly with repeat orders from existing customers, provides confidence in the potential for further growth of sales of AMT technology. SAADEC was the first Chinese user of the AMT technology, and its mine has become a role model for other Chinese mines in successfully removing very high methane gas content from the coal seam.”“The ongoing use of the technology is indicative of the confidence being placed in the equipment by SAADEC, which we are seeing replicated in the mining industry in a number of other key international markets. The new contracts across China and South Africa are illustrative of strong demand for the Industrea suite of mining safety products.“These new contract wins have boosted our order book and reflect the value of our R&D processes in terms of producing globally competitive products for the wider mining sector, as well as the potential for further growth across all our business divisions,” Levison said.In the domestic market, Huddy’s has recently won a new contract with Xstrata subsidiary, Ernest Henry Mining for its tailings storage facility earthworks in Mt Isa for around A$3.4 million. read more
https://jrnl.ie/3103798 Nov 26th 2016, 7:26 AM Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 7:26 AM 30,033 Views By Cianan Brennan Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Share705 Tweet Email They were subsequently arrested and brought to court.A Garda spokesperson said there were no further details available regarding the incident.Read: The Citizens’ Assembly will start discussing abortion today. Here’s what’s on the agendaRead: RTÉ guts kids TV: ‘How can you stand before a country and be like, give us your licence fee?’ A DRIVER HAS been caught driving at almost 150 miles per hour in Co Cork.The driver was recorded driving at 236 kmh (147.5 mph) on the M8 motorway yesterday afternoon. Short URL 236km/h on the M8 near Fermoy, Co. Cork today! Driver arrested and brought to court. Speed Kills pic.twitter.com/8Ys1nW0Qr5— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 25, 2016 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Driver caught speeding in Cork… at nearly 150 miles per hour The incident happened yesterday on the M8 motorway near Fermoy. 93 Comments read more
La tuberculose a tué 1,7 million de personnes en 2009D’après le rapport annuel de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), la tuberculose aurait tué 1,7 million d’individus en 2009, soit 4.700 morts recensés chaque jour.C’est hier que l’OMS a rendu public ces chiffres concernant la lutte contre la tuberculose dans le monde. Elle explique ainsi à travers Mario Raviglione, directeur du département de lutte contre la tuberculose : “Bien qu’aujourd’hui cette maladie se soigne parfaitement, elle fait annuellement près de 1,7 million de victimes”, tandis que 9,4 millions de nouveaux cas ont été identifiés l’année dernière.La majorité des nouveaux cas détectés le sont en Afrique et en Asie du Sud-Est, qui représentent 75% des nouveaux malades, explique RiaNovosti. Plus inquiétant pour l’OMS, 12% des cas recensés l’année dernière avaient les symptômes d’une tuberculose multirésistante (MR), la forme la plus difficile à soigner. Le directeur du département de lutte contre la tuberculose à l’OMS conclut : “Il est possible que d’ici deux à trois ans, nous disposions pour la première fois depuis les années soixante-dix de nouvelles préparations médicales efficaces contre la tuberculose MR”. Un signe encourageant dans la lutte contre la maladie.Le 12 novembre 2010 à 16:59 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Apartment List said in its monthly report that rents are up 3.9 percent in Vancouver over the last year. The rental listing website puts median rents at $1,380 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,630 for a two-bedroom, well above the national average of $1,170 for a two-bedroom.Average year-over-year growth in Washington is 2.2 percent and national growth is 1.5 percent, so Vancouver is outpacing those averages. According to Apartment List, Vancouver is more expensive than Austin, Texas, but less expensive than Los Angeles.Vancouver rents are also rising faster than rents in other cities around the Portland metro area. Year-over-year rent growth in Tualatin, Ore., is a close second at 3.6 percent. Portland and Hillsboro, Ore., have seen rents dip slightly. Also in Oregon, Gresham, Beaverton and Lake Oswego have seen rents grow by 2 percent or less over the last year. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Kevin MacDonald is one of the three candidates competing for the one 1-year Selectman seat in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below is MacDonald’s Closing Argument; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; some letters to the editor he has submitted; and more.Closing ArgumentDear Editor,As a candidate for the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, I would like to share my vision for enhancing and protecting the health and safety of the Wilmington people. One of the primary responsibilities that is conveyed upon an elected leader is the protection of the community that he is elected to serve. It is important to recognize threats and learn from the lessons that others have learned the hard way.Recent tragic events in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover have caused me to consider ways to safe guard our community. As you know, Wilmington is a town that is serviced by natural gas. I am pledging to review the safety management and over site of this gas system. I believe it would be prudent for the Board of Selectmen to have a public hearing regarding this matter. I believe experts should be brought in to discuss what went wrong in the above communities and what we can do to enhance safety and prevent a tragedy.I propose that a plan to educate our resident’s on gas pressure safety valves be implemented. I would also like there to be an evaluation of existing valves and safety systems. We ought to also consider other means of protection such as a back-up or redundant valve system to prevent over pressurization in the event of valve failure.I propose that our public safety officials, DPW workers, and public building officials and staff be provided with enhanced training that improves their knowledge of the gas system and its safe operation. We should not be relying on one or two officials when it comes to gas safety. I further propose that there be a safety book in all our public safety vehicles that shows all shut off valve locations as well as gas main and service location routes. This combined with the knowledge of how to properly shut down a main when there is a problem will contribute to enhancing public safety.A Selectman must have the community’s best interest at heart. There must be awareness that a large gas main runs beside our recreation facilities and other mains that are very close to our residents. I am committed to offering positive input that enhances Wilmington’s public health and safety. The community needs Selectmen who facilitate awareness programs and are committed to providing our community with a fully trained team who are champions for safety.Sincerely,Kevin MacDonaldCandidate for the Board of SelectmenOn The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Mr. MacDonald chose not to participate.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/EndorsementsSelectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Offers Solutions To North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationSelectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at WCTV.org Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVMr. MacDonald chose not to participate.Wilmington Town Crier Candidate Profilen/aCampaign Announcement/Othern/aCandidate’s Website & Social Median/aLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin CairaIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Daryn MarshIn “Government”Selectmen Candidates Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government” read more
NEW DELHI: The UAE on Tuesday defended India’s decision to remove Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is an internal matter of New Delhi and is aimed at “reducing regional disparity and improving efficiency”. “The reorganisation of states is not a unique incident in the history of independent India & that it was mainly aimed at reducing regional disparity and improving efficiency. It is an internal matter as stipulated by the Indian Constitution,” said Dr Ahmad Al Banna, the UAE ambassador to India. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The UAE is a member state of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The envoy’s statement has come ahead of the OIC members’ meet, which is meeting today to discuss recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir. The UAE ambassador also said that his country has taken note of India’s decision of removing Article 370, Gulf News reported. Acting on the request by Pakistan, a founding member of the OIC, the international organisation of Islamic countries, in a series of tweets on Sunday showed a ‘deep concern’ over the escalating tension between the two countries along the Line of Control. read more
Andrew SchneiderSteve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017 X 00:00 /00:49 A federal jury has found former Congressman Steve Stockman guilty of masterminding a scheme to divert more than $1 million in charitable contributions to pay for campaign and personal expenses.The jurors ruled Stockman guilty on 23 of the 24 criminal counts against him. The sole not-guilty verdict came on one count of wire fraud. The remaining guilty verdicts included three counts of wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of money laundering, three election law violations, and one case of filing a false tax return.The prosecution asked Judge Lee Rosenthal to remand Stockman to custody, pending sentencing. Justice Department attorney Robert Heberle argued that Stockman presented a flight risk. The judge concurred. Both sides in the trial presented evidence of Stockman’s extensive foreign contacts, many of them in countries from which extraditing a fugitive would prove difficult.Speaking on Stockman’s behalf, defense attorney Sean Buckley said, “He’s very disappointed and sad that he won’t be going home with his wife. But he is keeping his head up. He’s strong. He’s a survivor, as he always has been.”“Moving forward, we’re going to work hard on the sentencing portion, and we will see what happens with the appeal after the sentencing as well,” said Gary Tabakman, another attorney on Stockman’s defense team.Judge Rosenthal scheduled Stockman’s sentencing hearing for Friday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m.. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share read more
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville defense has seen numerous changes over the last couple of seasons, and this year is no different with the addition of defensive coordinator Bryan Brown.Working under their fourth defensive coordinator in the last four seasons, the Cardinals have found something intriguing with the hiring of Brown, who orchestrated a top-10 defense at Appalachian State last season.Finishing their second week of spring practice, there is a new energy inside the practice facility, and it’s translated into improved play after just six practices.”A lot of it is effort,” Brown said. “That’s the number one and most important thing for us right now. Giving effort and getting to the football and we’ve seen tremendous improvement since day one and that’s a bright spot, it really is.””The way the guys practiced from the very first practice and now they understand how we run practice and how hard we want those guys to practice. That’s been a really big improvement since day one.”The Cardinals have put their difficult season behind them, and are excited to look forward under the excitement and intensity of Brown’s defense.”Spring football has gone very well,” sophomore cornerback Anthony Johnson said. “It’s all a new feel with the new coaches and a new playbook. I like the new defense and the new mentality the defense has after two weeks. We have a lot of good calls and we are doing a good job of mixing our coverages.”Finishing near the bottom of all FBS programs on defense last season, the Cardinals know that’s not the standard around the football complex, and despite being only two weeks into learning a new defense, the Cardinals are close to getting on the same page.”The next thing is execution,” Brown added. “The other day we were laughing as a whole group as a defense. It was day number five and we actually had all 11 doing the exact right job on one play, so that’s a positive. We’re getting there. We’re going to crawl before we walk. We’re going to be okay.”In a short period of time, head coach Scott Satterfield has changed the culture within the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, and it’s translated onto the field after just six practices.”The thing is, all these guys are eager to learn,” Brown said. “They want to get better. They want to do right. They want coaching. You see guys coming in and out of the offices, asking questions in meeting, asking questions on the field. That lets me know that these guys want to do right. They want to win, they want to play right and that’s a big, big positive step.”As the team continues to get comfortable with a new scheme, Brown’s defensive unit has given full effort and an increased energy that’s noticeable on each play. With an innovative staff and condensed playbook, Brown has tried to keep it simple to ensure the team continues to play at full speed without having to think.”That’s why we’re not putting in a whole lot of defense right now,” he said. “I just want those guys to execute our base and play hard, and give effort each and every play. Because if play hard and give effort each and every play, good things will happen and you can erase some mistakes.”The Cardinals will resume spring practice on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. The team will conclude spring on March 7 with the Spring Showcase at 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version read more
Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | March 20, 2015 How Green Tea Could Help Improve MRIs Scientists report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they successfully used compounds from green tea to help image cancer tumors in mice News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more \”Assamgreentea\” by Badagnani Green tea’s popularity has grown quickly in recent years. Its fans can drink it, enjoy its flavor in their ice cream and slather it on their skin with lotions infused with it. Now, the tea could have a new, unexpected role — to improve the image quality of MRIs. Scientists report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they successfully used compounds from green tea to help image cancer tumors in mice.Sanjay Mathur and colleagues note that recent research has revealed the potential usefulness of nanoparticles — iron oxide in particular — to make biomedical imaging better. But the nanoparticles have their disadvantages. They tend to cluster together easily and need help getting to their destinations in the body. To address these issues, researchers have recently tried attaching natural nutrients to the nanoparticles. Mathur’s team wanted to see if compounds from green tea, which research suggests has anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, could play this role.Using a simple, one-step process, the researchers coated iron-oxide nanoparticles with green-tea compounds called catechins and administered them to mice with cancer. MRIs demonstrated that the novel imaging agents gathered in tumor cells and showed a strong contrast from surrounding non-tumor cells. The researchers conclude that the catechin-coated nanoparticles are promising candidates for use in MRIs and related applications.For more information: http://pubs.acs.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more read more
What do you bring as a birthday present for a 15-year-old who is making nine figures and has 1,730 employees in 137 locations in 13 countries?You don’t — you just look forward to the gift bag.Britt Shops, the multinational gift shop ubiquitous in this country and throughout the Americas, on Thursday celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first store at Juan Santamaría International Airport, which opened here on May 5, 2001. Deikel Bartley, coordinator of Britt Concepts, and sales associate Javier Parkinson. (Courtesy of Britt Shop)“Here we try to give people a really good experience, attending them right away, giving them good service, showing them the best of Costa Rica, even in small things,” said Javier Parkinson, a Britt shopping partner (BSP) who hands out free chocolates to travelers, “Because if a person comes here and has had a bad experience somewhere, we’re the last person they’re going to see.”A handful of journalists in attendance were given a crash course by Britt brass in how to turn a golf cart selling coffee at airport gates into a gift shop empire that stretches from Miami to Chile and from Brazil to New Caledonia (an island nation near Australia — long story).Grupo Britt was founded in Costa Rica in 1985 by New Yorker Steve Aronson to sell roasted coffee to domestic and international markets. To this day, Café Britt does not have a big finca where it grows tons of coffee, but it buys the beans from small producers in Costa Rica and other countries where it operates. It is a buyer, processor, packager and marketer of coffee, chocolate, nuts and souvenirs. Britt Shop Costa Rica. (Courtesy of Britt Shop)But 15 years ago, Britt found its groove when it opened a gift shop at Juan Santamaría International Airport. The shop was successful, so the company started expanding: to Peru, to Curacao, to Chile, to Mexico, and eventually to eight other countries. Today there are 137 stores, almost all in Latin American and the Caribbean, with 57 in Costa Rica alone. Britt Shop Mexico. (Courtesy of Britt Shop)The chief innovation of the chain was to customize its stores to each country where it expanded, adopting the local artwork, music and culture to make it feel like that country’s gift shop — not a foreign import.“Basically what we do is to capture the culture and transform it and put it into a little store,” said Javier Villarroel, the Chilean “image manager” for Britt Shops. (Yes, the company has an image manager.) “For that, we have people skilled in architecture, management, design … basically what we do is a tour of the whole country, and we find out all about the food, culture, traditional dances, folklore, and put those into the store.”“The idea of the business is to create a sense of place for each country,” Villarroel said. “And it’s been a success. In fact, if a Peruvian comes through here, they’ll say, ‘Oh, look, a store from Peru in Costa Rica.’ So that means we’ve done a good job.”Marcela Villalobos, operations manager for South America, said, “Compared to transnational companies that have one same standard, we have to be more flexible. Brazilians are super-happy, even if they’re in a crisis, they bear their crisis with dignity. They’re always happy, super-charismatic. The Chileans are colder, more reserved.”“Not all!” said the Chilean Villarroel, provoking much laughter. Sales associate José Vargas and Javier Villarroel, image manager for Britt Shops. (Courtesy of Britt Shop)Asked about the origin of the name “Britt,” Villalobos said that’s an interesting story. “When our founder, Don Steve Aronson, wanted to find an easy name that was pronounced the same in English and Spanish, he turned to this Scandinavian name. Britt is an easy name to remember, easy to pronounce, in English and Spanish.”Britt is one of the most common women’s names in Scandinavia, Villarroel said.“And Scandinavian countries consume a lot of coffee, so we wanted to associate the name of a woman, because they say there’s always something really good behind that,” he said.So a U.S.-founded company in Costa Rica has a Scandinavian name reminiscent of the British? Pura vida!The management has devoted a great deal of thought to how to succeed in airports — which travelers generally visit for happy reasons, to go on vacation or to visit family or friends, but where they are sometimes rushed and stressed.“We are commercial partners with the airport, and we want to give customers an excellent experience,” said Pablo Vargas, the Costa Rican CEO of Grupo Britt. “So, for example, we can address problems with service. Like right now if you go through security, there are very few people. But it’s a serious problem when there are a lot of people.“What we’re looking for, working with the airport, is for their exit from the country to be comfortable, pleasant, a good memory, and people are happy,” Vargas said.Asked what Grupo Britt is worth, Vargas said, “I can’t tell you what it’s worth, but I can tell you that this year we hope for around $150 million in sales in all the countries.” The interior of the main Britt Shop at the Costa Rican airport, with chocolate tree. (Courtesy of Britt Shop)Grupo Britt is a private company with about 200 shareholders, Vargas said, primarily from Costa Rica and the United States. He said when the company wanted to expand in the 1990s, bank wouldn’t lend it money because it had no collateral, so it raised funds from private investors.“Now the banks are knocking on our doors,” Vargas said.Parkinson, the smiling “BSP” offering chocolate-covered coffee beans to survivors of the security lines, offered up a Tico synecdoche, an expression in which a small part represents the whole: “un granito de arena.”“My intention, above all, is that each person takes away a ‘little grain of sand’ from Costa Rica.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Hablando paja: What if Jesus had been born in Costa Rica? Southwest Airlines announces new routes to Costa Rica, Mexico Costa Rica tourism minister sees no threat from Cuba, Nicaragua Water contamination case heads to Inter-American Commission of Human Rights read more
Associated PressFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) – Sierra Leone’s main opposition party is calling on its 42 deputies in Parliament to boycott proceedings in protest over the recent presidential election, which gave an overwhelming victory to the ruling party.The Sierra Leone People’s Party, or SLPP, said in a statement issued Tuesday that the party calls on its lawmakers, as well as its mayors and councilors in local government to abstain from taking part until further notice. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The party says it wants to have an independent international assessment of the electoral process, which gave a resounding victory to incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma in the Nov. 17 election.The statement deplores what the party says is the election commissions’ unwillingness to address electoral irregularities that undermined the credibility of the results.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories read more
booksRough Guides From 1 April 2019, Rough Guides will begin rolling out a new initiative that offers a free downloadable eBook with every printed travel guide purchased. The announcement follows the recent statement from Rough Guides that the brand plans to become a dynamic travel tech company, while maintaining its core book business.Rough Guides’ latest tech move was inspired by the success of sister company, Insight Guides, which started offering free downloadable eBooks with printed travel guides in 2016. Around 100,000 people currently use the free digital extras provided with the Insight Guides books.Although Rough Guides has been producing eBooks for some time, this is the first time the eBooks have been provided with the printed books as a complete package. Previously, customers would have to choose if they wanted the print or digital version or buy both. The free eBooks will be exactly the same as their printed counterparts.The first guide books to come with a downloadable eBook will be:The Rough Guide to CroatiaThe Pocket Rough Guide to RomeThe Pocket Rough Guide to BarcelonaThe Pocket Rough Guide to LondonThe Pocket Rough Guide to Las VegasThe Rough Guide to IcelandThe Pocket Rough Guide to New York CityThe Rough Guide Venice & VenetoThe books will be published in April and May 2019. read more
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