NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Global stock indexes are climbing as investors hope for progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations.Technology companies and retailers rose Wednesday. Microsoft jumped 2.1 per cent and Amazon rose 1.3 per cent.Energy companies jumped as crude oil prices rose 1.4 per cent.Equipment rental company United Rentals rose 7.3 per cent after giving strong forecasts for 2019.Stocks have gone through huge swings this week after a wave of selling at the end of the previous week.The S&P 500 index gained 30 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,667.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 24,653. The Nasdaq composite rose 88 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 7,120.Stocks in Europe and Asia also rallied.The Associated Press
The Army has recovered firearms and ammunition buried on a plot of land in Kuda Oya in Wellawaya.The army said that among the items recovered are repeater firearms, shotguns, T-65 bullets and MI-16 type ammunition.
As the United Nations Conference on Disarmament ended its 2012 session in Geneva today – without breaking an impasse over its agenda, including the consideration of a fissile materials treaty – the top UN official on the issue urged Member States to continue to seek progress, keeping in mind that their national security was not solely dependent on military might.“National security is also linked to the security of one’s neighbours, and to regional and global security,” the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, said as the Conference, the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, adopted its 2012 report to the General Assembly. “Recognizing this indivisibility of security is the first and most crucial step toward advancing the security interests of all, at the expense of none,” Ms. Kane added.Established in 1979 and with a current membership of 65 countries, the Conference on Disarmament primarily focuses on cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war, and prevention of an arms race in outer space, among other issues. Over its history, the Conference has produced landmark disarmament instruments such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). However, the Conference has been plagued in recent years by an inability to overcome differences among its members and start its substantive work towards advancing those goals.“The world is facing new risks and challenges to our common security. If we manage to address the challenges of disarmament, we will be able to better create a platform for common actions to address these new challenges as well,” Ms Kane said in her remarks to the session’s closing.“Members have to employ all available means to reach a common political will and to enable this body to fulfil its mandate,” she added. “This is less of a challenge of administrative reform than of reconciling differences among Member States through diplomacy. “Such diplomacy, Ms. Kane said, may include high-level consultations in different formats, new approaches to addressing key issues, with the forthcoming 67th session of the General Assembly providing the broadest platform to consider new initiatives.
After hearing about Bulletstorm for the first time I knew it was a game that I wanted to play. I’ve played enough first-person shooters that the idea of a twist on the formula appealed to some part of me. So often these games are packed with unnecessary seriousness and after all the nonsense with Medal of Honor and the endless debate over Modern Warfare 2, I was more than happy to hear about something that was going to make fun of the formula. Of course Bulletstorm managed to drum up its own drama, but that probably didn’t deter many gamers.Having played Bulletstorm for more than a few hours (on the PC) I’m glad I put the time in. The story isn’t as bad as I had imagined–it’s actually pretty OK–and the jokes are more amusing. As expected, there was a lot of R rated jokes but they weren’t over done, they are more like quick remarks dropped whenever there was a break in the action. They were usually funny in their sheer ridiculousness more than they were clever or witty, but that’s more or less the point of the game.AdChoices广告And let’s remember that humor is not all the game has going for it. The step away from the standard shooter is really the big part of the game. Bulletstorm isn’t a battle to survive, your survival is just about a given, it’s about killing the bad guys in style. You aren’t penalized for killing someone in a boring manner (say, just shooting them) but your rewards are much higher is you use the environment to help or you find a way to get creative (you know, like kicking them into a wall until they become “graffiti”. The style points allow you to upgrade your guns, buy ammo and special shots, and add new weapons to your inventory. They’re pretty important.Each creative kill style has a punny name (usually with some sort of overtone to it) and there is a list of them you can access. The point of this is so that you have some ideas of the kills you want to do in order to earn more points and check each one off the list. There are probably some achievements attached to this as well.Playing through Bulletstorm was enjoyable because of the combination of the above. No one aspect is amazing but the shooting is passable, the story was enough to keep me interested, and the creative slaughter of the bad guys kept me entertained. I wasn’t checking in on the skill kill list to find new kill methods much, but when I saw my chance to kick a baddie in to a man-eating plant or to leash someone and pull them into some spikes, you bet I took it.In the end I guess I thought the spectacular kills would be even more creative and less a combination of kicks, shooting, and sliding than they turned out to be. That said, the skillshots were enough to keep me going. I just wanted to be surprised more–the environment of the alien planet is so open to possibilities that I wanted to do more than kick guys off ledges or shoot explosive barrels by them. I wanted this part of the game to really wow me, because you can only kick someone into an inexplicably electrified wall so many times before you want something new.The first time you did anything in Bulletstorm it’s cool, but it leaves you always wanting something new not just rehashing what you already have done. Part of the onus on you is to best use the environment, but usually the game explains how to do a environmental-based kill and you are expected to then integrate it into your repertoire. The game has something like 100 skillshots, so I can’t complain, but I will note that it feels like less.When you kill bad guys you get points you mainly use to buy ammo, which is scarce for the cooler weapons. You can also upgrade your guns a bit but not enough that it’s an incentive. More weapon upgrades would be nice, but the game doesn’t want you using your weapons too much–shooting is not an effective way to earn points. Rather you should be kicking (almost nonstop) and leashing enemies in order to use the enviroment to kill them. Weapons are acceptable in order to weaken enemies, to get them offguard, or to line them up for combo kills, but the whole point is that you aren’t machine gunning guys left and right.The game’s graphics are OK, but the textures aren’t great and the while there are some very nice vistas, things never seem as impressive once you get close to them. By way of example, using a downed skyscraper as a bridge should be really awesome but it turns out to be just like running around inside a busted up building with some uneven floors. There is no chance you’ll fall to your death or that you’ll find some cool new way to get through the building (you can’t jump). In this manner the scale of the game and the ambition of the game makers seems to be too big for what they could actually tackle. You can’t blame them for turning some of the biggest moments into cutscenes, but it would have been nice to play through more of them.So the game is great at giving players “more”: bloodier kils, bigger explosions, crazier crashes (you survive a number of them), extra ridiculous weapons, and a gigantic scope, but all this does desensitize you. After the initial spaceship crash you can only do so much, so subsequent moments struggle to have the same impact. It’s not that the game falls flat often, but the problem with promising more, more, more is that there is only so much to give.The multiplayer is simplistic, basically killing waves of enemies in order to rack up points instead of to just survive, but if one guy in your party is just shooting enemies and getting 10 points per kill (not doing skillshots and getting 100), he can ruin it for everyone. This happened to me in a few rounds and before long I was done. There are too many great multiplayer FPS games out there for me to feel compelled to spend a lot of time playing one as shallow as this. It’s not bad, it’s just a one-trick pony.Bulletstorm ended up being as ridiculous as we all imagined, but better than I had hoped for. The story was interesting enough and the mechanics tighter than I thought they would be. I figured there would be more multipliers, bullet juggling, rocket jumps, and ragdoll, but it still ended up being the points-based, creative killfest we were promised. Sure, it’s vulgar but the game’s use of naughty words is harmless and while there is a fair amount of gore, it isn’t worse than anything we’ve seen in the past.I wouldn’t say Bulletstorm is a great game, but it’s a definitely a good one and it’s worth a play through.Bulletstorm-screen-6_656x369Bulletstorm-screen-6_656x369Bulletstorm-screen-4_656x369Bulletstorm-screen-1_656x369bs_screen_13_viewbs_screen_12_viewbs_screen_11_viewThis article was written using the retail version of the game, it was provided by EA.
Local and regional elections conducted alongside European Parliament polls on Sunday produced a mixed picture, with conservative New Democracy prevailing in most of Greece’s 13 regions but leftist SYRIZA clinching the key governorship of Attica, which is home to about a third of Greeks.The leftists’ candidate Rena Dourou edged out Attica Governor Yiannis Sgouros by winning 50.8 percent, over the latter’s 49.1 percent, in the closest result of the night.Her victory was a significant blow for New Democracy, whose candidate for Attica was beaten in the first round of voting. But the re-election of Giorgos Kaminis as Athens mayor, the coalition-backed candidate who won a close race against SYRIZA challenger Gavriil Sakellaridis, offset the loss of Attica to the leftists.SYRIZA also won the Ionian Islands but candidates backed by New Democracy took the Northern Aegean, Central Greece, Epirus, Thessaly, Southern Aegean and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.The Peloponnese governorship went to Petros Tatoulis, who was backed by the coalition, while PASOK’s Stavros Arnaoutakis won on Crete and independents took Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia and Western Greece.In Central Macedonia, former New Democracy candidate Apostolos Tzitzicostas thrashed conservative hopeful Yiannis Ioannidis with 71 percent of the vote.Several significant mayoral posts went to independent candidates too, with Yannis Boutaris gaining re-election in Thessaloniki and Yiannis Moralis, vice president of Olympiakos soccer club, beating the ND-backed incumbent Vassilis Michaloliakos.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Voters in the Ridgefield School District passed a $78 million bond in February, and district officials are already gearing up for its next anticipated bond vote, most likely coming in February 2019.The district recently sent out an announcement seeking applicants for its Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, which will study, analyze and make capital facility recommendations to the district’s board. The February 2019 bond issue would most likely be used to build a new K-4 school and for additional expansions at Ridgefield High School, Superintendent Nathan McCann said.Expansions at the high school were also included in the bond issue voted on this year, which passed with nearly 69 percent of the vote. The rest of the money is going toward a new 5-8 campus, security improvements, repurposing View Ridge Middle School and collaborating with the city to build the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.The February 2019 bond issue represents Phase III in the district’s four-phase plan to deal with growth. The first phase was the 2012 bond issue, which allowed the district to add classrooms and services to the high school, Union Ridge Elementary School and South Ridge Elementary School. Phase II was the bond issue from this year, and Phase IV would allow for the district to increase K-12 capacity by possibly building a new K-4 school, 5-6 and 7-8 buildings and a small specialty or alternative high school.McCann said he’s optimistic about the possibility of the 2019 bond vote.“We’re grateful for the continuing support of the Ridgefield community and their knowledge that the schools are the No. 1 reason people move to Ridgefield, and they’re moving in droves,” he said.
More than nine in 10 (91%) employer respondents view holiday pay laws as a necessary area of employment law, according to research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and law firm Lewis Silkin.The Employment regulation in the UK: burden or benefit? report, which surveyed 508 employers, also found that 87% of respondents view national minimum wage regulations as a necessary aspect of employment law.The research also found:68% of respondents feel that implementing employment law increases employees’ sense of fairness and trust in their employer, and 69% think that it improves the quality of employees’ working lives.88% of respondents view equal pay laws as necessary, and 82% believe parental rights at work is a necessary aspect of employment law.74% of respondents view the Working Time Regulations as necessary, and 82% believe employment status laws are necessary.69% of respondents feel that national minimum wage laws are well drafted and easy to apply, compared to 60% that believe this to be the case for holiday pay laws, 53% for employment status laws, and 46% for the right to request flexible working laws.47% of respondents consider national minimum wage laws to be supporting their organisation’s strategic HR or business goals.52% of respondents go beyond what is required when applying employment laws, and 44% meet the minimum requirements.44% cite a lack of resources as a barrier to implementing employment law, followed by too much legislation (34%), and a lack of awareness of legislative changes (31%).36% of respondents believe that wellbeing issues, such as workplace stress, should be the focus of future legislation to improve workplace protections.33% of respondents believe there should be further legislative changes around work-life balance and family-friendly policies to improve the protection and experiences of employees in the workplace, and 17% feel there should be legislative changes around employment status and the gig economy.James Davies (pictured), divisional managing partner and joint head of employment at Lewis Silkin, said: “This research demonstrates just how much support there is among businesses for employment regulation which is well designed and well implemented. In the UK, we continue to enjoy the benefits of employment laws which achieve a balance between worker protection and business flexibility for which there is much support. Employment regulation and successful businesses are not mutually exclusive ideas.“It is also clear that, however well intentioned, there are a number of existing regulations which [businesses feel] need revisiting to ensure that they are clear, more straightforward to implement, and truly fit for purpose.”Rachel Suff, employment adviser at the CIPD, added: “This research shows that in many ways, the rhetoric around employment law simply does not match the reality. While much has been written about the need to roll back important aspects of our employment law framework to free businesses of red tape, it is clear that businesses themselves recognise the value of employment protection.“Many of these regulations exist to protect workers against exploitation, ensure they are paid a fair wage and prevent discrimination in the workplace and can help improve people management practices. Even the more controversial aspects of employment law, such as the Working Time Regulations, have broad support from UK businesses.“As we debate the future of employment regulation, both in the general election and in Brexit negotiations, it is vital that we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater by making sweeping changes to employment legislation that businesses may not want.”
33 Photos 2020 Land Rover Defender hits the dunes of Dubai 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Land Rover 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Tags More From Roadshow Post a comment SUVs Luxury cars Share your voice Enlarge ImageWe’re ready for the return of the Defender. Land Rover January 2016 was a sad date for Land Rover fans. The rough and tough, go-anywhere British behemoth known as the Defender exited production after decades of continuous production. Yet, Land Rover told us all to turn the frown upside down because it had a new Defender cooking.Well, here’s our first official look at the new off-road SUV. On Thursday, the company released a single teaser photo of the front grille that shows the iconic off-center badge and “Defender” spelled out across the hood. Obviously, the SUV is covered in mud because that’s what happens with Defenders. They get dirty; they go anywhere. That’s the charm.Land Rover didn’t share any other details about the SUV but reconfirmed we’ll see it debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 10. The new model will come 71 years after the company revealed its first production SUV at the Amsterdam auto show in 1948.Yanks should be thrilled about this reveal, too, since it marks the first time the Defender will be sold in this part of the world since 1997. Whether we get a single bodystyle or both the three- and five-door models remains to be seen, however.Before the big reveal, we will let you in on a poorly kept secret. Someone has already snapped a photo of the Defender with zero camouflage on the set of the next James Bond Film, No Time to Die. The photo shows the front fascia uncovered, but the rear end remains a mystery. It largely matches the Lego Technic kit that appeared to kind of leak the Defender’s appearance as well.Those who like what they see won’t need to wait long to place an order. Immediately following the Defender’s debut, Land Rover will open order books for the SUV. We’ll be on scene at the Frankfurt Auto Show to take in all the details surrounding Land Rover’s reborn, banner off-road machine. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review: Evolutionary… 0 4:47 Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Land Rover Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance
Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft before crashtwitterIsrael’s Beresheet, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, crashed in the last part of its journey, moments before it was supposed to land, the media reported.The spacecraft aimed to perform a soft landing on the moon and would have made Israel the fourth country to do so — and by far the smallest. Only the US, the former Soviet Union and China have done it before, CNN reported.”I am sorry to say that our spacecraft did not make it in one piece to the moon,” Opher Doron, the manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Space Division, said on Thursday.”We made it all the way to the moon. This is a great accomplishment. We are the seventh country to make it all the way to the moon.”The $100 million spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, lost communications with the control room during the landing sequence. As programme managers who had been watching the mission in real time tried to re-establish communications, they also dealt with issues in the spacecraft’s main engine.At the time of the communications failure, the Beresheet was travelling at approximately 2,110 mph and was about 120 km from its intended landing site. People watch a screen showing a picture taken by the camera of the Israel Beresheet spacecraft of the moon surface as the craft approaches and before it crashed during the landing at the ‘Planetaya Planetarium’ in the Israeli city of Netanya, on April 11, 2019.JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesSpaceIL was founded eight years ago to compete for the Google Lunar XPrize. The contest offered $20 million for the first privately funded team to launch a spacecraft to the moon, transmit high-definition video and travel 500 meters in any direction.The XPrize was cancelled in January 2018 but the Israeli team decided to continue its pursuit of the moon landing.The Beresheet spacecraft was launched on board a Falcon 9 rocket in February. It travelled a total of 4 million miles to the moon, soaring around the Earth before entering orbit around the moon.
Watch: Bright Fireball Streaks Across Sky in CanadaMiners Discover 70-Million-Year-Old ‘Sea Monster’ in Canada Stay on target Someone needs to get over to the art museum in Onoway, Alberta stat… because it sure as heck looks like someone sent a painting of Vigo the Carpathian there and he brought plenty of psychomagnotheric slime with him.Monday night the residents of Onoway — a town about 40 miles outside of Edmonton — started flooding the public works department with calls after their faucets started spewing something that looked very much like the mysterious ooze that Ray, Egon, and Winston had to wade through in Ghostbusters 2.So what’s going on? Is this small, Alberta town so incredibly un-Canadian that all the ill-will there has taken physical form? To quote Balki Bartokomous, “of course not, don’t be ridiculous.” The actual explanation is far less sinister and much more deeply-rooted in science.Image: Facebook via CBCThe culprit: potassium permanganate, a strong oxidizing agent that used for cleaning wounds and treating some forms of dermatitis. It’s also commonly used in water treatment because it can get rid of iron and hydrogen sulfide build-up.And when a valve gets stuck open at the water treatment plant during routine maintenance, well… that maintenance can produce results that are anything but routine. Say, an entire town turning handles and watching bright pink liquid shoot into their sinks.As bizarre as it looked, Onoway residents weren’t in any danger. Mayor Dale Kasnow told the CBC “we were never advised by Alberta Environment to issue a public advisory,” and he noted that things are getting back to normal now that the excess permanganate has been flushed out of the system.
May 13, 2014 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Whether inside or outside the technology sector, entrepreneurs find themselves constantly wrestling with tech decisions that affect their business. Many owners find it a challenge to take advantage of technological innovations while also managing expectations surrounding the hype. Cloud computing is one such area that holds a lot of promise for entrepreneurs — so long as they understand how to maximize their investment.While an article like Entrepreneur.com’s “10 Questions for Choosing a Cloud Provider” gives a good introductory primer, most discussions of cloud computing involve several harmful myths, notably that the cloud is inherently redundant, scalable, vulnerable or cheap. If entrepreneurs buy into any of the following misconceptions, they may be rushing to the cloud before they’re ready:Related: Many Entrepreneurs Still Up in the Air About the CloudMyth 1: The cloud is inherently redundant. Indeed, redundancy — or the ability to have the company’s data available and backed up in an outage — is not automatically included when a firm purchases cloud services. Amazon Web Services’ outage earlier this year that took down popular apps like Instagram and Vine drew a massive amount of criticism. Nontechnologists must realize that outages are inevitable in any computing environment and that even massive cloud-service providers like Amazon are not immune. All data centers experience cooling issues and equipment failures, so it’s important for every company to take the precautions necessary to avoid data loss.The cloud is not a fail-safe solution out of the box. Any company using a cloud-service provider is responsible for designing and building a computer infrastructure that can be easily and quickly duplicated. That way when one facility of its cloud-service provider fails, say, because of a power outage in Washington state, the company’s data is still accessible via the cloud service provider’s alternate facility in Texas. Related: The Downsides to Cloud StorageMyth 2: The cloud scales automatically. The ability to scale up operations is a key selling point when it comes to entrepreneurs’ interest in cloud computing. All business owners want to know that their IT infrastructure can be added to, thereby meeting demand when everyone starts buying their products.While it may be easy to scale up the pure computing power, the applications a company uses (for example, a relationship management system) are not easily scalable.Entrepreneurs need to make sure that a given application was developed to allow scalability in the cloud. Specifically (and technically speaking), applications should be modular, which means that functionality is broken into independent commands. Separating functions will allow the company to configure, manage and maintain additional servers for whichever application needs it.Related: How the Cloud Could Huff and Puff and Blow Your Business DownMyth 3: The cloud is not secure. This is repeated a lot: A company can’t have critical information on the public internet, sitting on shared hardware where Amazon or some other company or even the National Security Agency can access it. A 2013 CDW Report on Cloud Computing suggested that 46 percent of IT leaders ranked concern about security as the top impediment to adopting a cloud environment.But most cloud providers’ certifications, especially Amazon’s, make clear that they have more security protocols than any company would have using a private, non-cloud data center.In addition, adding security layers is the responsibility of the user and business owner. As one can see from many cyber attacks — and even the Edward Snowden leaks — employees represent the main point of vulnerability. Keeping strong password and access controls and designing applications with security in mind will help mitigate these risksMyth 4: The cloud is cheap. At the outset, the cloud seemed like an incredibly inexpensive and easy alternative to independent data centers. Companies can bring on separate servers and begin replicating their data for only $200 a month. Amazon, for example, offers an incredibly sophisticated and massive infrastructure at a low price because it spreads the fixed costs among all its business customers.Yet because Amazon makes it so easy to add on more capacity and more services, the costs can quickly pile up. Business owners can get carried away by spending if they’re not careful, and suddenly the $200-a-month charge might become something completely unaffordable.Company owners can manage their costs by knowing exactly which services are in use, what they access them for and the price. Corporate managers will find that while not necessarily “cheap,” cloud services can be an inexpensive alternative to independent data centers and self-hosted environments. Related: You Don’t Need an App for That Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
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In the midst of ambitious renovations, Apotecario’s kombucha cocktails are barely a month old. They are so new that they’re not even on the menu. You have to know about them — possibly from reading this article — and ask for them yourself, or expect the waiters to surprise you with the news.Three blocks east from Santa Teresita church in Barrio Escalante, Apotecario stands apart from other bars and restaurants in the area because they proudly claim to be la casa del fermento, the home of fermentation.Their menu may not have as many cocktails as other bars in the area, but what they lack in mixed drinks, they make up for in beer and kombucha. The co-owners, Catherine Smart and Esteban Zamora, specialize in these two drinks. Zamora sells his own brand of beer, Cervecería Calle Cimarrona, and Smart merchandises her kombucha brand, Wild Brews.The kombucha cocktails — a gin tonic, a margarita, a Moscow mule, and an even rarer martini — are a novelty, but they’re a thoroughly planned one.“Cocktails were my idea because Apotecario’s official drink is kombucha”, Smart said from Apotecario’s patio on an unusually warm day. It was just around lunch, and the place looked brightened up and almost empty. Smart says their garden area attracts lots of patrons and bird’s nests. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesInside, roots and herbs hang silently from the ceiling: rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, garlic heads. In a small cooling space, spearmint hydroponics rest away from the tropical heat of the lush garden where we are seated.Apotecario’s daytime desolation is a stark contrast to the crowded nights when it’s nearly impossible to get a seat after 8 p.m.But just three years ago, Smart wasn’t worrying about unseated patrons. She was still busy explaining her Wild Brews business and trying to make others fall in love with kombucha.“My dad has brewed kombucha all his life since I was in high school. We actually called it el hongo chino [the Chinese fungus]”, jokes Smart. Catherine Smart loves mixology, kombucha, and kombucha mixology. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesWhen she started brewing it, the fermented drink wasn’t trendy in Costa Rica and it certainly wasn’t cocktail material — yet.“At first the Ginbucha was the only cocktail on our menu. We use a specially designed kombucha that pairs well with gin’s flavor,” Smart said. “It has hop tea for bitterness and juniper berries, which are the ones that perfume gin.“We also add a few hibiscus flowers for taste. The idea was to make an untraditional gin tonic.”My first tasting of the ginbucha wasn’t pleasant. The kombucha tea infuses the cocktail with a pungent acidic smell and a brownish color. The gin dissipated in this overwhelming taste and my palate missed the modest delicacy of plain gin tonic. Natalia prefers the simple gin and tonic, but the Ginbucha remains popular at Apotecario. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesI got a table on a Thursday, one of Apotecario’s busiest nights — they usually offer live music — and somehow hadn’t connected with the one cocktail that has never failed me.I was disappointed, but then I followed the waitress’ recommendation and tried the brand new margarita mixed with lavender lemonade kombucha.If I had to describe in one word my second — and last — drink of the night, I would say “creamy.” I had never tried a margarita so fragrant because even the salt at the edge of the glass was lavender. Unlike the gin cocktail, the lavender kombucha softens the tequila until it becomes a subtle smoky aftertaste. It is a luscious margarita, literally one of a kind. The kombucha margarita.I’m one of the few customers that have tasted it since its creation.Introducing the new kombucha cocktails to the menu might take time (and new menus), but Smart is confident people will drink them happily. Smart says the only one currently on the menu, the Ginbucha, is popular with clients.The Moscow mule (patada de mula as they affectionately call it, meaning a mule’s kick) and the martini will be full-on available in weeks to come.You can still ask for both of them, cross your fingers and hope Apotecario has the ginger kombucha or the lemon kombucha sherbet they need for those drinks.For now, we have to expect the unexpected while Smart experiments in the kitchen.“I was experimenting with a cranberry kombucha to create a Cosmopolitan because I feel it is starting to trend,” Smart said. “We are just starting off but there is a lot of other stuff we could do.”In the coming months, Apotecario’s renovations will not only change the cocktail menu but also the place itself. The garden will become a deck, they might tear down a wall, and start selling pastries.Until Smart and Zamora’s dreams become true, we might as well drink up. The Apotecario also offers smoked drinks. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesNatalia Diaz is a freelance journalist. She likes her reading the same way she likes her music: with a side of gin tonic. Natalia just started this new liquid diet and she’s writing all about it. You can follow her on Twitter @natdiaze. Facebook Comments Related posts:Know thyself: meet your signature cocktail at Bebedero Two winning drinks with Costa Rica’s best bartender at Mil948 A hangover, brunch and a classic bloody mary at Maza Cabra Negra’s warm rompope foams its way until Christmas
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Home Equity Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-10 Tory Barringer Report: 2.5M Homes Return to Positive Equity in Q2 in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity fell more than five percentage points throughout the year’s second quarter, “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]According to the company’s analysis, approximately 2.5 million residential properties returned to a state of positive equity last quarter, bringing the total number to 41.5 million. Meanwhile, 7.1 million homes–or 14.5 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage–were still in negative equity, down from 9.6 million (19.7 percent) at the end of Q1 2013.The bulk of home equity during the quarter was concentrated at the high end of the market, with 91 percent of homes valued at greater than $200,000 having equity (compared to 80 percent of homes with values lower than that).[COLUMN_BREAK]The national aggregate value of negative equity was $428 billion at the end of Q2 compared to $576 billion the prior quarter, a decrease driven in large part by improving home prices, CoreLogic said.””Price appreciation obviously had a positive impact on home equity over the first half of 2013, especially the second quarter,”” said president and CEO Anand Nallathambi. “”Despite the substantial decrease in negative equity, there’s more ground left to gain with the 7.1 million U.S. residences that remain underwater.””In actuality, there’s far more ground than that to cover. Of the 41.5 million residential properties with positive equity, an estimated 10.3 million are “”under-equitied,”” meaning they have less than 20 percent equity. Because of that, those borrowers may have a more difficult time obtaining new financing for their home due to underwriting constraints and may struggle paying the costs to get a new home.Meanwhile, 1.7 million properties had less than 5 percent equity, qualifying them as “”near-negative equity.””According to CoreLogic, under-equitied mortgages accounted for 21.1 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage nationwide last quarter. Nevada had the highest percentage of negative equity mortgages in Q2 36.4 percent. It was followed by Florida (31.5 percent), Arizona (24.7 percent), Michigan (22.5 percent), and Georgia, (20.7 percent). Together, those five states account for 34.9 percent of negative equity in the country. September 10, 2013 441 Views Share
New Arizona Cardinals teammates Larry Fitzgerald and Adrian Peterson met at the Touchdown Club of Columbus in 2003. (Photo courtesy Larry Fitzgerald) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The only negative to Peterson’s addition, according to Fitzgerald, was that it came at the expense of another good friend, Chris Johnson.Still, Fitzgerald is smart enough and has been around the league long enough to know that decisions, tough decisions, sometimes need to be made.A decade ago, the Cardinals made a decision, one that Fitzgerald, and others, often look back and think, ‘what if’; ‘what if’ the Cardinals had drafted Peterson instead of offensive lineman Levi Brown with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft?(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)“We’d have a championship if we had gotten him then,” Fitzgerald said, smiling. “No knock on Levi, he was a great teammate over the years but (Peterson) has scored 100-plus touchdowns in nine seasons, 10 seasons. You can’t argue with that productivity and NFL MVP. He’s been fun to watch from a distance. It’s always been kind of sour to know that we could’ve had him, but that goes for six other teams, too, that passed on him.”To be fair, this is not the first time Fitzgerald and Peterson have been teammates. No, they’ve shared the same side of the field a handful of times in the Pro Bowl. But yes, this is different. Also, the two are not only locker-mates in Arizona but roommates as well — sort of.Peterson is staying at Fitzgerald’s guest house, at Fitzgerald’s insistence of course. And at least initially, it’s going — well, it’s apparently gotten off to a rocky start.“As you can see, I got a black eye here. He hit me in my eye yesterday,” Fitzgerald joked. “I gave him one of my cars and he didn’t like it and told me he wanted to drive a different one. I told him, ‘No,’ and obviously you see who won that, so he’s driving what he wants to drive.”The accommodations, Fitzgerald hopes, are up to Peterson’s standards—“I haven’t heard him complain yet,” he said—and he added, he’s put forth no house rules. In other words, Peterson is allowed to do what he wants.“He doesn’t have to sneak (into the house). He’s got the keys. He can come in and go as he pleases,” Fitzgerald said.Now, if only their 14-year reunion goes as smoothly on the field. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – The relationship between Larry Fitzgerald and Adrian Peterson dates back to 2003. The two first met at the Touchdown Club of Columbus awards banquet, when Fitzgerald and Peterson were honored as the college and high school football players of the year, respectively.Now, some 14 years later, the good friends are together again, this time as teammates with the Arizona Cardinals.“He’s going to be a great addition, obviously,” Fitzgerald said Thursday, two days after the Cardinals acquired Peterson from the Saints for a conditional 2018 draft pick. “The system he was running in New Orleans wasn’t conducive to his style. Here, we’re a downhill running team and he’ll be a great addition and wonderful teammate and, obviously, works his tail off.” And Peterson is needed.Relegated to third string in New Orleans with only 27 carries in four games, Peterson will be the featured back with the Cardinals, the third different one to assume that role since David Johnson was lost Week 1 to a dislocated wrist.“He’s really eager to go out there and showcase what he’s capable of doing,” Fitzgerald said, referring to Peterson, who’s rushed for more yards than any running back since entering the NFL in 2007. “We all have a lot of faith in him, and hopefully he’ll be just the boost we need to really start taking off.”Embarrassed last week in Philadelphia, the Cardinals could use a spark heading into Sunday’s matchup against Tampa Bay.“I wouldn’t say that it’s been negative energy around. Obviously, it sucks being 2-3,” Fitzgerald said. “But, we understand it’s a long season. We got a lot of games to play and we just got to take it one practice at time, one game at a time. We need to play better. We usually play pretty good at home. Our home crowd is always behind us and into the games and hopefully we’ll be able to feed off of that energy and be able to get the run game going, which will, obviously, open up some things down the field for our playmakers.” 1 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 12:25 pm PDT Globe means more to Oh after some time to reflect AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Emerald Fennell, from left, Fiona Shaw, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Sally Woodward Gentle participate in the “Killing Eve” panel during the BBC America presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) PASADENA, Calif. — Now that she’s had a few weeks to reflect on her experience as a Golden Globes host and winner, actress Sandra Oh realizes even more what it meant to Koreans and immigrants.At a news conference on Saturday, the “Killing Eve” star said she has had several young people approach her to say how much the moment meant to them. Oh, who co-hosted the Globes with Andy Samberg, thanked her parents in Korean when she won best actress for the BBC America series.“The significance of these wins are not lost on me at all,” Oh said. “I didn’t want to waste a moment and not be completely there.”During the after-parties, “I didn’t need one drop of alcohol because I was so high,” she said.Still, remembering how petrified she felt before the show, she said she’s not interested in another hosting gig.Oh turns next to the second season of “Killing Eve,” which begins airing on April 7. BBC America says that during its debut season, “Killing Eve” was the first program in many years where every episode reached a larger audience than the one before.Season two picks up about 30 seconds after the end of the first season, when the M15 spy that Oh portrayed stabbed Villanelle, the assassin she’s been hunting down and become obsessed with, in the stomach.Mini-spoiler alert: Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, survives.Actress Fiona Shaw, the veteran actress who portrays the British spy chief Carolyn Martens, said she believes one reason the series took off in its first season is because it captured the unsettled feeling that many people have of not knowing what will come next. The actors feel the same thing before getting their scripts.Besides accolades and ratings, people involved with the show have learned from their families that the show was successful. Emerald Fennell, writer and executive producer, said her mother would text her late at night with suggestions on how the show could kill people.“I feel like my dad is watching it as a fan, not just because I’m in it,” Comer said.There’s also a higher calibre of potential victims (the series seems to take glee in killing off male characters).“We now have people that want to be part of the show and want to be killed,” Comer said.Fennell is the new top writer and producer behind the show, replacing predecessor Phoebe Waller-Bridge.“It’s terrifying,” Fennell said. “It’s lucky that I came on board before (the first season) came out. Otherwise, it might have been hiding-under-the-bed time for me.”David Bauder, The Associated Press
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