View Comments Star Files Related Shows It’s prisoner 24601 like never before. Ramin Karimloo recently released a stunning music video of the song “Losing,” a track from his upcoming EP The Road to Find Out – East. The “Broadgrass” (Broadway meets Bluegrass) track has the Les Miserables hunk front and center, singing his heart out, playing the piano, and cooking up a sensible breakfast with some girl (OK, maybe we’re a bit jealous.) The song is co-written by Karimloo and actor Hadley Fraser and features additional vocals by Katie Birtill. As recently reported, The Road To Find Out – East, available on April 7, will be the first of four EPs in a series from Karimloo, with North, South and West to follow. Additional tracks include folk renditions of “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” Have a look at the “Losing” music video (or two or three looks; we don’t blame you) below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserables Ramin Karimloo
Climb for a Cause: Justice (second row, arm raised) and the rest of her crew atop Africa’s highest peak.Things were going poorly when Taylor Justice arrived on the scene of the accident. Justice was descending 15,230-foot Salkantay Pass in the Peruvian Andes last year, when she came upon a man in her hiking party who had stumbled and fallen down a 35-foot embankment into a river. The man was bleeding from a healthy gash on his forehead, but his wrists took the brunt of the fall: one was dislocated, the other had a compound fracture with the bone poking through the skin. The man was screaming in pain, his hiking partner was incapacitated by shock, and the porters and cooks on the scene were at a loss for what to do. But Taylor sprang into action.She used a t-shirt to stop the bleeding from the head wound and a water bottle and towels to clean the wrist. In fluent Spanish, she instructed the cooks on how to make a splint from some cardboard and to unlace their shoes, using the laces to secure it to the man’s wrists. She lined up the men to stand across from each other and form a back brace with their arms for transport. The injured man was hauled out to safety thanks to Taylor, but here’s the twist: Taylor was only 12-years-old.Now 13, Taylor appears to be the typical American teenager. The seventh grader from Middlesburg, Va., likes sports, hanging out with friends, and bubbles with the energy reserved for the young; she is small, almost fragile looking in street clothes, wears braces, and is on the honor roll.Taylor has been on skis since she was two years old, spending winters and holidays in Aspen honing her skills. When a good family friend died while skiing on Mount Sopris in 2008, Taylor turned grief into motivation to help others. She walked into a ski patrol shack at Buttermilk Mountain and asked if she could tag along for the day. Soon she was being asked back, and became a member of the Junior Ski Patrol.“I love helping people no matter where I am,” she says. “The fact that I get to ski and help people, I love it.”Soon after, Taylor joined a climb of Africa’s highest peak, 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, with a group of women to raise money for the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary.“Taylor is definitely one of the most amazing young women I have ever met,” says Ginna Kelly, founder of Climb for Conservation and organizer of the expedition. “She is so motivated to climb mountains and do good in the world. She is really a committed conservationist at such a young age.”Taylor was committed, but her mother balked at first. After months of begging, mom finally relented and even signed on for the trip, too. Taylor dove in head first, making a commitment to helping save the endangered Black Rhino, predicted to go extinct in the wild by 2025. The trip raised over $30,000.She and her mother—and 13 other women—reached the top of Kilminjaro in November. Taylor had to be held down at the summit as high winds threatened to literally blow her off the mountain, and she was slowed by an altitude headache, but never lost sight of the ultimate goal.“That’s probably the scariest part: when you think you can’t make it,” she says. “I didn’t think I could make it. I had 10 feet to go to the top, but I kept stopping every two seconds, I had to sit down and stretch.”The Kilimanjaro climb not only opened Taylor’s eyes to how big of an impact women can make on the world, but also the lives of those who may not have the modern luxuries we are used to.“Here in America, we take running water for granted,” she says. “I turn a knob and water comes out. There, they have to walk miles to get their water, boil it to make it clean. I saw 10-year-old kids carrying water on their heads. It was really amazing. It was impressive how strong they were.”“I think most young kids nowadays have grown up being more aware of climate change and all the environmental issues going on around the world,” said Kelly. “I think most kids are concerned about it and want to do something about it. Taylor is really a perfect example of that.”Taylor is already angling for a spot in Climb for Conservation’s planned treks to Machu Picchu and Mount Everest basecamp. Most 13-year-old girls don’t dream of one day climbing the world’s highest mountain, but Taylor says Everest is her ultimate goal.“Everest is the highest mountain in the world so it’s really intimidating, but also it’s a great challenge,” says Taylor.Taylor has been getting a lot of attention for her various experiences and conservation efforts, and it would be easy to get a big head during the process. Her desire to help and inspire people, no matter the situation, keeps her grounded. Taylor counts her blessings and is aware she is leading a unique life.“Some people won’t do in their entire lifetime what I’m doing now,” she says. “I’m not waiting to live my dreams.”Read more about Taylor and her expeditions on her website, taylorclimbs.org
By Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo November 15, 2018 In September 2018, Costa Rican and Panamanian authorities dismantled a human trafficking ring that smuggled people from China to Latin America. Wálter Espinoza, head of the Costa Rican Judicial Investigation Agency, a unit of the Costa Rican Supreme Court, told the press that the two-year investigation led to a ring linked to criminals in other Latin American countries, such as Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. “There was a group of Chinese nationals who had ties in Asia, Europe, and South America. The criminals had contacts that facilitated the arrival of a significant number of people to our country,” Espinoza said. “Victims had two possible fates: Some would stay in Costa Rica, while others would be sent to other places, especially the United States and Canada. Those who remained in our country were sent to commercial businesses, mainly to suppliers [to supermarkets] and restaurants.” According to authorities, the Chinese citizens were transported from China to Europe by air. From there, they were taken to Ecuador, Peru, or Colombia, with Costa Rica as their final destination for a $22,000 to $45,000 fee. Most migrants entered via Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica, with the complicity of some state officials, now under arrest. In Costa Rica, merchants exploited Asian migrants and “bought” them, while those smuggled to Panama paid to be taken to the United States or Canada. In most cases, they indebted themselves to criminal organizations and had to pay their debt with work. In Costa Rica, authorities detained 29 people connected to this case. Among the detainees were three Chinese nationals who led the smuggling ring, 10 immigration officials, a lawyer who forged documents, and 15 people in charge of logistics. Authorities also rescued two victims. In Panama, David Mendoza, head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime, told the press that authorities detained 10 members of the human smuggling ring and rescued six victims. “We were after an organized group engaged in migrant smuggling, in which all victims were of Asian origin. The smuggling ring in Panama consisted of Panamanian citizens and foreigners,” Mendoza told the press. Not isolated cases The dismantling of the criminal gang compares to other similar cases, which clearly points to a human trafficking/smuggling route from China to Latin America. In late September 2018, Colombian authorities arrested a Nepalese national who led a gang that smuggled people from Asia, some of whom were from China. Smugglers charged about $10,000 to move people from the Colombian-Ecuadorean border to Panama, where they would head to the United States on their own. The Colombian National Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol said in a press release that the gang moved about eight migrants daily. In this case, authorities detained 32 people. Insufficient control from China The U.S. government denounced the problems China poses concerning human trafficking in its Trafficking in Persons 2018 Report: Country Narratives, published in June. “The government of the People’s Republic of China does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of [human] trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so,” the report states. According to the report, China is urged to update the legal framework to completely criminalize all forms of trafficking and establish formal procedures to identify and protect human trafficking victims. Statistical management of these cases should also be improved as current figures make it difficult to measure the real impact of the problem. The report estimates that Chinese men, women, and children are subjected to forced labor, as well as labor and sex trafficking, in at least 57 countries. “Men, women, and children are forced to work in restaurants, shops, agriculture, and factories. Chinese men experience abuse at construction sites, in coal and copper mines, and in other extractive industries, where they face conditions indicative of forced labor. Chinese women and girls are subjected to sexual exploitation throughout the world,” the U.S. Department of State report concludes.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At the start of each year, roughly 45% of Americans create a resolution they hope to maintain (at least through January). But resolutions aren’t reserved merely for individuals – credit unions can make them, too. Some resolutions are harder to keep than others (CrossFit, we’re looking at you), but one goal you can always strive for is taking your marketing to the next level. Here are five ideas you can execute to improve your CU’s marketing plan.1. Create and implement a scheduleConsistency is important when it comes to marketing, which is why we suggest creating a series of calendars to help you stay on it. We recommend two schedules — one for marketing and one for content. This will help streamline your efforts throughout the year and ensure that your audience receives offers and updates on a consistent and timely basis.2. Stick to a budgetMarketing would be so much easier if it were free. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. That’s why it’s so important to craft a marketing budget and stick to it. Take a look at your goals and analytics to make sure you’re placing your valuable dollars in the right areas. Adhering to the budget will not only maximize your ROI, it’ll also make your CEO happy. continue reading »
On the occasion of declaring Kvarner an annual award “Best in TravelFor 2020 and highlighting Kvarner as one of the “must go” destinations in 2020 and inclusion in the list of “Top 10 regions” in the selection of Lonely Planet Magazine, Kvarner Tourist Board organizes a press conference at the WTM fair in London on Monday, November 4 2019. In Kvarner, British guests in 2018 had 8 percent more arrivals and 6 percent more overnight stays compared to 2017, while in the nine-month period of 2019 the growth trend continued, so that 17 percent more arrivals and 28 percent more overnight stays compared to the same period in 2018. Lonely Planet is one of the most important specialized, tourist media in the world. It has a great reputation and credibility, and, in the opinion of the profession, the awards it gives are proof of the real value of the destination. The visibility of the winners reaches large numbers, namely approximately 3 billion users who have been placed information about the winners, 10 million views of video materials, etc., which speaks of the impact on the world tourism market. The Kvarner Tourist Board is participating in the WTM fair as part of the presentation of the Croatian National Tourist Board, where the Rijeka Tourist Board, the Rijeka 2020 ECOC and the Kvarner Tourist Board have a common exhibition space. At the fair, in addition to the press conference with Lonely Planet Magazine, the Kvarner Tourist Board will have numerous meetings with media representatives and partners. Tom Hall, vice president of Lonely Planet Magazine and prefect Zlatko Komadina will speak about Kvarner at the press conference, and director of the Kvarner Tourist Board Irena Peršić Živadinov will give a presentation on the tourist offer of Kvarner with an emphasis on the offer of cultural tourism. The press conference organized by the Kvarner Tourist Board will be attended by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli and the Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić. Along with the appropriate promotional material, journalists will have the opportunity to get to know Kvarner through specially prepared videos. Since 2010, looking at the total tourist traffic, Kvarner has been growing systematically, by as much as 45 percent more overnight stays in 2019. However, it is especially important that, for example, in the pre-season in 2019 there were almost 90 percent more overnight stays than in the same period in 2010, and the popularity and recognition of Kvarner certainly contribute to such valuable awards and continuous promotion of Kvarner attractions. Source / photo: Kvarner Tourist Board; Lonely Planet
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlong with every U.S. birth certificate, let’s issue an AR-15 assault rifle. After all, we’re just a bunch of expendable, disposable, replaceable creatures with no lasting significance, so let’s have some fun pulling triggers if we so desire. “Long live the Second Amendment.” I can only shake my head in disbelief.Also, if using the logic that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” let’s give anyone who wants a nuclear weapon his own personal bomb, because nuclear weapons won’t kill people either.Louis Restifo Sr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online
Topics : Bolsonaro is now seeking his third health minister since the pandemic began.He fired the first after publicly battling over stay-at-home measures, and the second resigned last week after less than a month on the job, reportedly over the president’s insistence on widespread use of the controversial and unproven malaria drug chloroquine to treat the disease.Hospitals in several areas are meanwhile operating close to full capacity, and the hardest-hit cities have begun burying victims in mass graves, even as the number of infections continues to soar. Brazil has the third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases in the world, according to official figures released Monday, a troubling surge for a country struggling to respond to the pandemic.With 254,220 confirmed cases, Brazil has now surpassed Britain, Spain and Italy in the past 72 hours on the list of total infections, and is behind only the United States (1.5 million) and Russia (290,000).Brazil has registered 16,792 COVID-19 deaths, the sixth-highest toll in the world. But experts say under-testing means the real figures could be 15 times higher or more.The giant South American country of 210 million people is torn by a political battle over how to respond to the virus.Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro compares the virus to a “little flu,” condemns the “hysteria” surrounding it and is urging the country to get back to work to stop an economic crash.State and local authorities, however, are largely calling on citizens to stay home and practice social distancing — backed by the Supreme Court, which gave them the final say in the matter.
The timing is ideal for TikTok as many Indonesian SMEs have flocked to online platforms to market their products as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, said TikTok Indonesia direct sales leader Pandhu Wiguna.“We’re targeting all SMEs with no specific location or business segment,” he told The Jakarta Post by text message after an online webinar.TikTok’s owner, Beijing-based ByteDance, plans to take a US$100 million loss this year to provide free advertising credits to SMEs worldwide willing to try the platform’s services.With Friday’s announcement, TikTok added to a list of tech heavyweights, including photo-sharing platform Instagram and e-commerce platforms Tokopedia and Lazada, taking part in Indonesia’s plan to digitize 2 million small businesses this year. The plan, kicked off by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on May 14, provides for training of SMEs in the use of online business services.The government hopes to have 10 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) go digital by the end of the year to help them recover from the financial burden caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki said earlier this month.He added that there were currently about 8 million MSMEs that had an online presence, either through e-commerce platforms or social media, about 13 percent of the MSMEs in the country.Previously, ride-hailing firms Gojek and Grab launched their own efforts to help digitize Indonesia’s small businesses.“This is to push SMEs, whether online or offline, so they can continue to exist,” said Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Ministry undersecretary Odo Manuhutu on Friday.Read also: Start-ups help SMEs digitalize during COVID-19 pandemicHe said 789,000 SMEs had been digitized between May and June, which equals to 40 percent of the total year-end target. However, Odo pointed out the uneven distribution of the digitized SMEs. Some 86 percent were from Java. The remaining 14 percent were from Sulawesi, North Sumatra and Bali. None of them were from the impoverished areas of eastern Indonesia.A recent Mandiri Institute study found that online micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) had longer business runways – the amount of time an enterprise had before going bankrupt – than their offline counterparts.“MSMEs’ impact on the economy could become greater if more entrepreneurs go online,” said Mandiri Institute head T. Yudo Wicaksono on July 10.Overall, digitalized MSMEs can help reduce 1.5 percent of the economic burden on Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) that has resulted from COVID-19, the study concludes.Read also: Govt teams up with Lazada for training program to push SMEs onlineHowever, 63 percent of small business owners struggle with access to affordable and stable internet connections, while 26 percent struggle to access financial services, according to a separate Sea Insight study.Despite its fast growth, TikTok was only the 13th most used social media platform in Indonesia in December last year, the latest Hootsuite We Are Social report shows.Usage of the video app has risen during Indonesia’s partial lockdown, officially called PSBB, but the report shows that American social media platforms remain the top dogs.Topics : TikTok, one of the world’s fastest-growing social media platforms, has entered the race to digitize pandemic-worn small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia.A TikTok Indonesia representative said on Friday that the Chinese video-sharing platform wanted to capture as many of Indonesia’s 6 million SMEs as possible with its new advertising service for businesses.Read also: Digital tools give SMEs opportunity to evolve
As the coronavirus sows yet more economic chaos, a second wave of travel restrictions could destroy swathes of European tourism businesses.Germany, France and the United Kingdom are by far the biggest European tourism spenders while there are 9,835 flights scheduled to leave the UK for Spain between July 26 and Aug. 31.Airline and travel shares tumbled: EasyJet fell as much as 14%, the biggest one-day intraday percentage fall since March when the rapid spread of COVID-19 forced flying to a near standstill. British Airways’ owner, IAG, fell 8% and the TUI travel company fell 11%.Ryanair Group Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said the British quarantine was “a badly managed overreaction”. Ryanair is not planning to reduce flying capacity to Spain.”I have no doubt that we will see other localized outbreaks and we need to be flexible enough to deal with them as they arise over the next number of weeks and months,” Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan told Reuters in an interview following the publication of quarterly financial results.Islands too?Spain, long a favorite of British sunseekers, said it was safe for tourists and was trying to convince London that it should exclude the Balearic and Canary islands from the quarantine measure.”For some of the islands, the rates are indeed going up, also there is some movement of travel between the islands and the mainland, so we had to do a clear policy that would best protect the United Kingdom,” Whately told the BBC.But The Sun newspaper reported that British ministers were considering removing quarantine measures for those coming from the Canary Islands and the Balearics after an outcry from tourists and the travel sector.TUI UK, part of the TUI holiday company, said it would cancel all holidays to mainland Spain up to Aug. 9, while maintaining flights to the Balearic and Canary islands.”What we’d really like – and I think we are going to need this going forward as the world evolves – is a nuanced policy,” TUI managing director Andrew Flintham told the BBC. The British decision, leaked ahead of an official announcement on Saturday, upset the plans of hundreds of thousands of British tourists and raised the specter of limits on more countries.”We have to keep the situation under review and I think that is what the public would expect us to do,” junior health minister Helen Whately told Sky News when asked about Germany and France possibly being next to face quarantines.”If we see rates going up in a country where at the moment there is no need to quarantine, if we see the rates going up, we would have to take action because we cannot take the risk of coronavirus being spread again across the UK,” she said.In Europe, Russia has reported 40,762 new cases in the past week, Spain has reported 12,166, France 5,858, the United Kingdom 4,662 and Germany 3,932, according to Johns Hopkins University. Topics : Britain is closely watching rises in coronavirus cases in other European destinations such as France and Germany after slapping a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain at the height of the summer vacation season.The imposition of a British quarantine on Spain is one of the starkest indications to date that Europe could face a second wave of economic turmoil as governments scramble to head off a rise in cases from the Mediterranean to the North Sea.Shares in airlines and travel companies – already on their knees due to coronavirus lockdowns – tumbled while Spain pleaded for Britain to exclude the Balearic and Canary islands from the quarantine.
Effects ‘felt for decades’ Going into the meeting, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic’s effects would be long-lasting.”It’s sobering to think that six months ago, when you recommended I declare a PHEIC, there were less than 100 cases and no deaths outside China,” he said Friday.”The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come.”The committee warned countries to prepare their health systems to cope with seasonal influenza and other disease outbreaks alongside the new coronavirus.They were also urged to “encourage global solidarity” on COVID-19 and address “mis/disinformation” about the virus.The WHO has been sharply criticized for the length of time it took to declare an international emergency.The United States, which accused it of being too close to China, officially began its withdrawal from the organization in July.The agency has also been criticized for recommendations deemed to be late or contradictory, in particular on wearing masks, or the modes of transmission of the virus. Topics : “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said following the meeting.The novel coronavirus has killed at least 680,000 people and infected at least 17.6 million since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.Unsurprisingly, the panel, comprising 17 members and 12 advisers, unanimously agreed that the pandemic still constituted a PHEIC. Crisis fatigue warning Several countries around the world have imposed strict lockdowns in a bid to control the spread of the respiratory disease, plunging economies into sharp contraction.The committee urged the WHO to provide nuanced, pragmatic guidance on COVID-19 management “to reduce the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures”.The panel urged the WHO to support countries in preparing for the rollout of proven therapeutics and vaccines.The committee also urged the agency to accelerate research into the remaining “critical unknowns” of the virus, such as the animal source of the disease and potential animal reservoirs.It called for improved understanding of the epidemiology and severity of COVID-19, including its long-term health effects.And the committee wanted more light shed on the dynamics of the virus, such as “modes of transmission, shedding, potential mutations; immunity and correlates of protection”.The near six-hour gathering was hosted at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, with some participants joining via video-link.The committee will reconvene within the next three months. The World Health Organization on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.The committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic”, the WHO said in a statement, and warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries.The panel gathered Friday for the fourth time over the coronavirus crisis, half a year on from its January 30 declaration of a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) — the WHO’s highest level of alarm.