Ancho Reyes is the Perfect Spicy Liqueur to Warm Up Your Cocktails this Season

first_imgLet’s take a little trip back in time. It’s the 1920s and we’re in Puebla, Mexico, a village located between Veracruz, the port city where all Europeans began their conquest, and Mexico City. The dominant alcoholic drinks at the time were those of the Europeans — spirits like cognac that were brought from across the ocean. Not everyone could afford those, though, and even if they could, that didn’t mean they necessarily did. If you couldn’t or didn’t want to consume those drinks, the other option was — as people have done for time immemorial — to make your own.During that era, the range of ingredients was limited — you had to use what grew around you. You couldn’t go to the mercado and get an out-of-season fruit shipped in from around the world (could you imagine if Amazon Prime was around in the 1920s, though?). For the people of Puebla, the local ingredient was the poblano pepper. Poblano, when left to sun dry for fifteen days, becomes the ancho pepper, which was — and still is — the backbone of many traditional Mexican dishes.The Reyes family resided in Puebla and they were the only ones to use the pepper, the signature crop of Puebla, in their house-made spirit. Thus, Ancho Reyes was born.Well, sort of.The Reyes family are not the ones who are creating the present-day product. Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur (and the newer Ancho Reyes Verde) are reinterpretations of what the Reyes family would’ve made in the 1920s. While there were no set recipes, Dr. Ivan Saldaña (who also helped found Montelobos Mezcal) says that they worked through a variety of documents and sources to create what they believe would be an accurate facsimile.“This is not a product that we created, this is a product that we were lucky to bring back from the 1920s in Puebla, Mexico,” says Moises Guindi, brand owner and creator of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur. (Guindi is also the creator of Milagro Tequila and a founder of Montelobos Mezcal.)For each batch of Ancho or Ancho Verde, master distiller Lupita Garcia works with local farmers to select the best peppers (the poblanos are hand-picked picked between August and October). If the peppers are destined for Ancho, they are then dried. The peppers, when ready, are macerated in a neutral cane spirit that is sourced from nearby Veracruz. The peppers sit in the spirit for six months before each batch is ready. Just how many peppers go into each batch is Garcia’s secret. Once the maceration is done, the product is blended with other batches to ensure the same level of flavor and spiciness in every bottle.At 40 percent ABV, the level of alcohol in Ancho is higher than most liqueurs, but this is intentional. “The higher proof serves as a vehicle to open up your appetite in a very nice way,” Guindi says.Like other aperitifs, Ancho Reyes and Ancho Reyes Verde are great on their own. A quick shot before a meal starts you on the right foot. Also like other aperitifs, both Ancho products shine in cocktails.Depending on what flavor you’re looking for, you can go either way. Ancho Reyes Verde is bright, fresh, and herbal. You can use it in citrusy drinks for a spicy kick. The original Ancho, on the other hand, has dried fruit, leather, and tamarind notes that come from the sun-drying process. The flavor is richer, sweeter, and spicier, and perfect for pairing with darker spirits or hot chocolate.Speaking of hot chocolate, here is a recipe to get you started.Ancho Reyes Original Hot Chocolate1.25 parts Ancho Reyes Original4 parts half and half2 parts chocolate mix**Method: In a sauce pan, bring half and half to a simmer (almost boiling). Add chocolate mix and heat for a short moment, bringing the combined liquids to a simmer. In a coffee cup, pour in Ancho Reyes. Garnish with a whole cinnamon stick and an orange peel. Pour hot chocolate milk mixture over cinnamon and orange peel.**Chocolate mix: Combine Valrhona brand 100 percent cacao powder with turbinado sugar at a 1:3/4 ratio (1 part cacao powder to 0.75 parts turbinado sugar). Add hot water while stirring to reach a thick, rich, liquid consistency. Final ratio should be approximately 1 part cacao powder to 0.75 parts turbinado sugar, to 0.75 parts water (by volume). Store refrigerated in a sealed container. The Best American Liqueur 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Homelast_img read more

Miranda Hart Unveils Comic Relief Statues

first_imgMiranda Hart has officially unveiled the first ever collection of Comic Relief Donation Statues, exhibited in London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall.Miranda Hart Poses With Comic Relief StatuesHonorary art expert Miranda was displayed in all her statuesque glory, accompanied by nine fellow larger-than-life statues of some of Comic Relief’s best loved funny faces and comedy supporters.These one of a kind, state of the art Statues were revealed at Goldsmiths’ Hall, the iconic institution for craft and industry, before they make their way across the UK to raise money for Red Nose Day.Miranda and friends will be popping up all over the UK from 12th February 2015. The public will be able to tap their card on the pocket of the Donation Statues to donate £1 to Comic Relief through the magic of Barclays contactless technology or via the Barclays Pingit app. Donors can even snap a celebrity selfie to share with friends using #RNDStatues.Miranda said: “Yes you’ve heard it right, I will be immortalised in statue form for Red Nose Day – my very own doppelgänger (good word) but obviously I am much more beautiful in real life… “The ten celebrities are just some of Britain’s best-loved comedians and comic characters who’ve donated their time and talent to help Comic Relief over the years and the public can keep an eye out for them in the following locations: Alan Partridge Steve Coogan – Norwich, intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre Billy Connolly – Glasgow, intu Braehead Shopping Centre David Walliams – London, Westfield Stratford City Dawn French – Buckinghamshire, intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre Del Boy David Jason – Bristol, Cabot Circus Eddie and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) – 
London, Westfield White City John Bishop – Warrington, Golden Square Shopping Centre Lenny Henry – Dudley, intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre Miranda Hart – Exeter, Guildhall Shopping Centre Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) – Newcastle, intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre 
The Donation Statues are the invention of Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis, who has collaborated with many of the nation’s favourite comedy stars over the years.
Richard said: “Since the beginning of Comic Relief I’ve asked hundreds of exceptionally talented and generous comedians to do strange things to raise money and this might be the oddest request yet. Huge thanks to all ten who agreed to let us turn them into a statue. As well as perfect selfie opportunities, just a simple tap on the pocket with a contactless card will give a £1 donation to help incredibly vulnerable people in the UK and across Africa. We’ve come a long way in fundraising since 1988!”The money raised by Red Nose Day’s Donation Statues will be spent by Comic Relief in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.For more information about the Red Nose Day Donation Statues and to find your nearest comedy great to donate, head to read more

Sgt Stubby An American Hero is Saluted by Film Critics Nationwide as

first_imgAs pet lovers celebrate their furry friends throughout the month of April — National Pet Day, April 11; Kids and Pet Day, April 26; and National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day April 30 — critics from coast to coast have embraced the heartwarming, animated family tale Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, based on the incredible, documented true story of a scrappy, little stray dog who became a celebrated hero on the battlefield during World War I.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13As part of that month-long celebration of our beloved and faithful, furry friends, Fun Academy Motion Pictures has partnered with 90 national and regional animal organizations across all 50 states – including The Humane Society of the United States – to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life … and the true story of a little, stray dog who rose above and beyond the call of duty.“A portion of the box office is going to support animal rescue groups and such initiatives as purchasing protective vests for police dogs,” says award-winning documentarian, producer-director Richard Lanni. “Stubby’s story is the ultimate underdog story and critics and audiences are reacting to the film’s appeal, teaching kids our nation’s history in a family friendly way and our mission to shine a spotlight on animal rescue. Additionally, some of the lessons learned in WWI are making headlines again today, providing an age-appropriate platform for parents to discuss hard topics with their children.”In theaters now, Sgt. Stubby — starring Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and Gérard Depardieu — is being saluted by critics from coast to coast for its captivating storytelling and family friendly messaging.Well documented in history books, Sgt. Stubby tells the true “tail” of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program.But before he was a hero, Stubby was homeless, unwanted, unwashed and unloved, scrounging for scraps on the streets of New Haven, Conn. in 1917—Until he was taken in by Private First Class Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division.In France, Stubby saw frontline action in four offensives and 17 battles. He found wounded Soldiers, saved an entire company by alerting the men to don gas masks and even caught a German spy. After the recapture of Château-Thierry, the women of the town made him an embroidered jacket that would serve as Stubby’s uniform and display his numerous awards throughout the rest of his career.His exploits made front-page news in the U.S. and earned him the rank of Sergeant, the first time an animal is recognized as having been promoted through combat. Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors.last_img read more

Harper giving First Nations the back of his hand by linking welfare

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper is giving First Nations “the back of his hand” by introducing a program linking welfare payments to job training, says Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair.The $241 million program, unveiled as part of the Harper government’s 2013 federal budget, would force on-reserve First Nation youth aged between 18 and 24 take job training if they want to receive welfare payments. First Nation bands can only access the program funding if they agree to enforce the link.“At a time when First Nations are holding out a hand for reconciliation, he’s giving them the back of his hand,” said Mulcair.”It’s insulting, it’s paternalistic and they’re the only ones who are getting this kind of proposal.”Only $109 million of the total will be used for actual “personalized job training,” while the remaining, larger portion of $132 million will go toward the administration of the program.First Nations leaders agreeing to take part in the funding program will also have to follow the rules set out by their particular provinces that run these so-called incentive programs.Conservative Manitoba MP Shelly Glover, the parliamentary secretary for finance, said First Nations people were asking for this type of program.“Folks do not want a welfare cheque, they want a job, they want to be able to have the skills to be employed in different jobs so they can support their families,” said Glover, during a live debate on APTN National News’ political panel which aired Thursday evening.“That is why we are offering to provide the skills training to ensure they do in fact rise up out of that situation.”Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett shot back at Glover saying, “no one asked for workfare Shelly.”Glover, who is part of the Conservative party’s Aboriginal caucus, responded saying, “You don’t listen.”Bennett said the Harper government should have concentrated funding on improving K to 12 education.“When only a third of young people are finishing high school we would rather they didn’t end up on social assistance,” said Bennett. “The way you end up with them not on social assistance is to make sure they are successful in elementary and high school.”NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder called the announced program a “bombshell” that showed the Conservative government was not interested in building its relationship with First Nations people.“If this is the prime minister’s idea of resetting the relationship, this is a dismal failure,” said Crowder.Glover, however, said Crowder was wrong.“Of course they consulted,” she said.last_img read more

New Mozambique storm rips off roofs brings lashing rain as aid response

UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, tweeted late on Friday that a total of 16,776 people had been affected, with close to 3,000 homes partially damaged, and 450 totally destroyed.Unlike Cyclone Idai – which claimed hundreds of lives and flooded vast swathes of southern Mozambique six weeks ago – the latest storm hit a mainly rural region north of the city of Pemba, between the islands of Tambuzi and Matemo, and near the town of Mucojo.Nonetheless, WMO has warned of a potentially life-threatening storm surge of between three to five metres, while the World Food Programme (WFP) has also reported forecasts of up to 600 millimetres of rain in the next 10 days – twice as much as the port city of Beira received after Idai hit.Aid response critically underfunded, warns UN humanitarian chiefThe UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, and head of the humanitarian affairs coordination office (OCHA) said that the storm had “ripped off roofs” of homes “and it continues to generate heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding as it moves across Mozambique.”Mark Lowcock said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction caused” by Cyclone Kenneth and noted the latest disaster had arrived after Idai had claimed the lives of more than 600 people, “unleashing a cholera epidemic, wiping out crops in the country’s breadbasket, forcing a million people to rely on food assistance to survive, and causing massive destruction of homes, schools and infrastructure in one of the world’s poorest countries”, he said. “Cyclone Kenneth may require a major new humanitarian operation at the same time that the ongoing Cyclone Idai response targeting three million people in three countries remains critically underfunded,” the relief chief warned.Although Cyclone Kenneth has now been downgraded to a tropical depression by WMO, some 700,000 people are believed to remain at risk, according to Mozambique’s national disaster management agency, INGC. “Mozambican authorities evacuated thousands of people which we hope limited the loss of life,” said Ms. Nullis. “ And Tanzania, which also has never seen tropical cyclones, issued a red alert to warn people of the risks, and those red alerts continue today, warning of floods and landslides.”In the province of Cabo Delgado, where Kenneth made landfall, the UN is working with the Government and other humanitarian organizations on an immediate response plan for the north of the country.According to WFP, public buildings such as schools have been made available where flood victims can shelter from the districts of Pemba, Mecufi, Chiure, Metuge, Mocimboa da Praia, Palma, Macomia, Quissanga, Ibo and Muidumbe.“WFP has prepositioned more than 500 metric tons of food in Pemba to be ready to support those affected,” spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel said. “Another 1,000 tonnes is ready to be dispatched from a WFP warehouse in neighbouring Nacala province.” “Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique near the border with Tanzania in an area where no storm since the satellite-era has ever been observed,” said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). “So, people in that area have never experienced a tropical cyclone, and they’ve certainly never experienced a tropical cyclone of that intensity.”Preliminary information on the impact of #CycloneKenneth (26 April by INGC): 16,776 people were affected; about 2,934 houses were partially and 450 totally destroyed, 31 classrooms and 3 health units affected; Destruction of 54 electricity poles.— UNICEF Moçambique (@UNICEF_Moz) April 26, 2019 read more

Moosman Continues to Climb World Standings

Photo courtesy of Jessica MoosmanLocal Kache Moosman continues to make his way up the world standings. Moosman placed fifth in Binford, North Dakota on June 22 when he scored 87 points on Big Show. He finished among the best riders in the world that weekend.Recently, Moosman traveled through Canada while competing in the Canadian PBR division. He scored an 84 on Catch of the Day in Calgary at the Ranchman’s PBR Charity Classic on July 2, good enough for 13th place. On July 5, he took second in Edgerton, Alberta, scoring an 83 in the first round and an 86 in the championship round.In the western/rodeo community, July is known as Cowboy Christmas due to the number of events and close locations for riders. Moosman will look to keep his momentum going as the month continues. read more

Komatsus FrontRunner autonomous haulage system and Nokia make mining LTE history

first_imgKomatsu America Corp’s FrontRunner autonomous haulage system (AHS) has achieved a mining industry first, after the system qualified to operate on private long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology.This makes it the sector’s first AHS enabled to run on private LTE in commercial operations, paving the way for ultra-high system availability and reliability, while adhering to Komatsu’s renowned safety standards, the company said.Komatsu’s FrontRunner AHS allows unmanned operation of ultra-class mining trucks. It delivers significant benefits, including reduced worker exposure to harm, protocols designed to constantly improve mine-site safety, reduced operating costs, and increased productivity and efficiency. The company completed a year-long qualification programme at the company’s proving grounds in Tucson, Arizona, conducting extensive testing of the FrontRunner AHS on Nokia’s Future X infrastructure, a leading provider of private LTE communication solutions for the mining industry.Komatsu said: “Mining operators demand wireless networks with high-availability, seamless mobility, world-class quality of service, and the ability to support multiple applications and services simultaneously. Accordingly, the industry is moving away from less predictable wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, and towards private LTE networks, that improve security, capacity, and overall performance within a multi-application environment.”Luiz Steinberg, Komatsu Global Officer and President/CEO of Modular Mining Systems, said: “This industry milestone represents a key step in Komatsu’s exploration of private LTE and highlights Nokia’s role as the leading global supplier of mission-critical solutions and services for the mining industry.“As the leader in autonomous haulage technology, we are firmly on our way to helping the industry move the next billion tons of material with autonomous technology. We have come together with Nokia to further this vision of delivering increased value to the mining industry.”Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise, said: “We are excited to be engaging the mining automation market with Komatsu, a powerhouse in the industry, to further highlight the benefits of Future X for mining companies as a strategic advantage in their operations.“Private LTE is a key element in the Nokia Bell Labs Future X architecture to help industries, such as mining, create an intelligent, dynamic, high-performance network that increases the safety, productivity and efficiency of their business.”Komatsu pioneered the first AHS for the mining industry with a commercial deployment in 2008 at Codelco’s Gabriela Mistral (Gaby) copper mine in Chile. In November, the company’s FrontRunner AHS system marked the movement of 2 billion tons (1.81 Bt) of surface material moved.last_img read more

The six most hotly contested gTLDs

first_imgAt long last, ICANN has released the list of first round generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that have been requested by all of the companies that were invited to do so. The application for each TLD is $185,000, and despite that high price tag there were nearly 2,000 applications. Unfortunately, many of the applications were for the same domain name. As it turns out, there are more than a couple of TLDs out there that many companies would gladly empty their bank accounts to get their hands on. In all of these cases, eventually a whole lot of companies will walk away having wasted that application fee.Of the nearly 2,000 applicants, there are plenty of duplicates, but none are quite as high as these…The .app domain is the most desired domain with 15 different companies having submitted applications for it..home is the second most popular with 11 applicants, while .art follows in a close third with 10 applicants. Then .blog, .book, and .llc domains all had nine different applicants submitted. That’s a grand total of 63 applicants for only 6 domains!What’s really interesting about this list is that each of them will be use so widely differently. In many of these cases, it seems likely that the winner of the TLD would open it up at least partly for the public to use. .blog and .llc especially would be incredibly valuable as domains that could be sold, but also .home and .app if the right companies were to win them. Of these six, the only one that Google doesn’t have a bid in for is and .book are also being requested for by Amazon, so if it comes down to a bidding war for these TLDs, expect those two in particular to come at mighty pricetag to the winner.As it stands right now, we still don’t know the exact process for which these domains will be decided. While Google certainly dumped a lot of money into the 101 different domains that they requested, there’s still plenty of cash in the Mountain View coffers to hold up in a bidding war. Remember when they bid $3.14 billion on the 700MHz spectrum just to bump it into Block C regulations? Clearly that is an organization that is willing to go the distance for something they believe in.Amazon is another company that has proven in the past that they will gladly throw money at a problem to solve it. I suspect that the next part of the gTLD process, especially with these six domains, will include ridiculously large sums of money.last_img read more

These four plots of land will be used to build thousands of

first_img 62 Comments Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 1:30 PM Short URL These four plots of land will be used to build thousands of social and affordable homes Simon Coveney denied that the plan represents a “sell-off” of state land. Share14 Tweet Email4 By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandFOUR PLOTS OF land in Dublin will be used to build 3,000 new homes under a new government strategy.Ads for the sale of the sites will be placed in newspapers in the coming days.Housing Minister Simon Coveney today launched the Rebuilding Ireland Housing Land Map, which he called a key component of the state’s housing land strategy.The map is a collation of data from an array of state departments, agencies and bodies. It includes details of over 700 local authority and Housing Agency owned sites totalling some 1,700 hectares, as well 30 sites of around 200 hectares) owned by state or semi-state bodies in the Greater Dublin Area and other major urban centres.The map also shows the locations of 144 active sites where around 5,200 new dwellings are under construction in the Dublin region.Coveney commended both South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council for bringing forward four sites that will deliver up to 3,000 social and affordable homes.The sites are located in Kilcarbery in South Dublin:The others are: Infirmary Road, Emmet Road, and Oscar Traynor Road in Dublin City.Coveney said that he wanted local authorities and developers to come up with business plans to develop on those sites.“I want all local authorities to take up the mantle and to bring forward sites as quickly as possible for development in this way. Opening up State-land for mixed-tenure housing is a major policy intervention: if others control scarcity in terms of land supply, they control the market. I want the State to ensure that does not happen.”Sell-offCoveney denied, however, that this plan represents a “sell-off” of state land. He added that in some cases, such as some lands held by CIE, the land banks formed part of the workers’ pension fund. This meant that developers would build on the land under a license. In some cases, there will be a transfer of land, but some state agencies would own the land for affordable rental accommodation.“I believe in mixed-tenure communities, I don’t believe in segregation. We have to facilitate integration by design.“This is not about a sell-off of land. Some of these landbanks, local authorities will keep ownership of. Other state actors will stay involved if they don’t want to sell the land.”He said that the state would “have to get the dividend” of any plan put forward for land, but said this was not necessarily a “financial dividend”.Councils, he said, would have the final approval on any plan, saying that the deals would not be “quiet deals between chief executives and developers”.Other sitesCoveney said that there were plans for sites all over the country and spoke of an ambitious plan to build in Galway’s docklands, a site he called “a gem”. The docklands site is bordered by Ceannt Station and forms over 4.7 hectares of land.Coveney said that the plan could see “very high” buildings put in the area.In Dublin, Connolly Station, St Theresa’s Gardens and a number of inner-city sites have been earmarked.In Cork, 56 hectares at the Tivoli Docks in the city have been identified, as well as sites at St Kevin’s Hospital and Nash’s Boreen.While the contents of the map have the potential to deliver 50,000 homes, Coveney feels it could be more.“We could be much more ambitious but it’s important not to over promise. Some sites will not be viable at the moment for whatever reason.“I think 50,000 is a realistic figure over four years.”Read: Government approves selling parts of Irish TV to Irish diaspora newspaper >Read: Over 3,000 staff at Dublin City Council not paid today due to admin error > Apr 27th 2017, 1:30 PM 38,425 Views last_img read more

PM defends poll talk Pangalos

first_imgNo sooner had Prime Minister George Papandreou finished defending his suggestion that a snap general election might be needed if PASOK does not get a mandate in Sunday’s local polls, than he was forced to come to the defence of Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos over claims that the government might seek to restructure Greece’s debt.Papandreou, who ran a 10-kilometre race as part of the Athens Classic Marathon on the weekend had every reason to feel exhausted at the end of the week when he was criticized for raising the issue of early elections as the fate of the Greek economy still hangs in the balance.However, speaking Saturday at a local election campaign rally in the capital, Papandreou insisted he was correct in responding to New Democracy’s tactic of making the November 7 vote about national rather than local issues by throwing down the gauntlet. “We will be voting on and deciding whether our country will complete the great effort we have undertaken to save it or whether we abandon it in the middle and let our hard work and sacrifices go to waste,” he said. In an interview with the Real News weekly, Papandreou insisted he was not “bluffing or trying to escape problems” by challenging voters with the possibility that national elections could be held. By Sunday the election talk took on an added dimension as ND called on Papandreou to sack Pangalos over comments that the government might consider restructuring its debt, which is an option that Papandreou insists is not on PASOK’s agenda.“Debts exist to be restructured,” Pangalos told Sunday’s To Vima newspaper. “We may pursue it ourselves or the option may be offered to us and it could be in our interest to turn it down.” ND spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos said Pangalos’s comments suggested that the real reason Papandreou hinted at snap elections was because he is considering a restructuring of Greek debt. Although Papandreou did not respond personally, government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis accused ND of developing “conspiracy theories” and insisted that the government is committed to sticking to the program to lead Greece out of its economic crisis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hightech Coffee Table Hides A Beer Fridge And A Huge Bluetooth Speaker

first_imgStay on target Most coffee tables stick to the time-tested formula of slapping a tabletop onto four legs. StoreBound thinks that you deserve something a little more high-tech than that.They’re crowdfunding a more modern take on the coffee table, which they call Sobro. It features a tempered glass top and a clean, white, black, or woodgrain base with gently-curved edges. There’s a pair of small drawers that you can hide things like remotes and game controllers in and one larger drawer that’s a little more exciting.Not Slowbro. Not Sorbo. SOBRO.It’s refrigerated, and it’s tall enough that you can easily fit king cans and bottles of your favorite brew (or whatever other beverages you want to keep frosty and within close reach of the couch) inside. Never again will you have to race out of the room to grab another drink. You can just roll onto your side, reach out, and pluck one from Sobro’s chiller!Cold drinks and clutter aren’t the only thing that Sobro hides. There’s also a pair of 15-Watt speakers on board that you can pair with any nearby Bluetooth device. StoreBound is even throwing in a handy HDMI dongle so you can stream from your home theater.But wait, there’s more! Sobro also offers a pair of standard outlets on each side so you can conveniently plug in things like your laptop charger. No need for wall warts, either: there’s a pair of USB ports than can supply power to your phone/tablet/ereader/smartwatch/etc. Fancy a bit of mood lighting? Flick on Sobro’s integrated LEDs to brighten things up.StoreBound has already crushed their modest $50,000 funding goal. They’ve raked in over a million dollars, in fact, so clearly, there’s demand for what they’re pitching. You can still secure one of your own by pledging at least $649 + shipping… just make sure you have a nice, clean way to run power to it before it arrives so you don’t end up with an extension cord tripping hazard. Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer last_img read more

Vancouver council resolution supports bridge replacement

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council easily passed a unanimous resolution supporting a replacement for the Interstate 5 Bridge, urging Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature to put funds into a new crossing. “This is a significant night for us all, as we have waited for quite some time to move this bridge project forward, and the stars seem to be lining up,” Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said before making the motion to pass the resolution during Monday’s council meeting. “Our community has asked for help, our businesses have asked for help. … We’ve had a number of different issues with this … but we are a bistate regional system for economics and transportation.”McEnerny-Ogle told the council it was “appropriate” for the city to take the first step and urge neighboring cities and local ports to pass similar resolutions to show the governor and the Legislature that “Southwest Washington is indeed supportive of a replacement bridge.”The city’s resolution announces the city’s support for a replacement bridge featuring high-capacity transit with a dedicated guideway — which the U.S. Department of Transportation defines as a separate right-of-way or rail for the exclusive use of public transportation. The resolution also urges lawmakers to give enough funding to the Washington Department of Transportation “to materially advance project development for an Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.”last_img read more

Two TCI businesses on FortisTCI grid renewable energy project takes off

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Renewable energy programs spearheaded by FortisTCI are well underway this month and first to participate in the project under FortisTCI are Mills Institute in Juba Sound and Atlantic Stone, on South Dock Road.   FortisTCI, had announced that this month it would commission the two projects to support its Utility Owned Renewal Energy program.FortisTCI, in a media release said it is working in ways to deal with the growing demand for electricity.  Solar panels are taking up roof space at both sites already.   Additionally,by the end of 2018 a new Wartsilia engine will be on island, a $14M investment which is expected to employ 30 to 40 people during the installation.FortisTCI CEO, Eddinton Powell explained, “Our current generation expansion plans will take us through the year 2020.   Also, this round of generation expansion takes into account our Integrated Resources Plans (IRP) for the integration of renewable energy into the grid,particularly solar, through our renewable energy programs consisting of Customer Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) and Utility Owned Renewable Energy(UORE).”Since signing the Rocky Mountain Institute Carbon War Room initiative, the power company says it is committed to seeing, with the help of participating consumers, 1.4MW of renewable energy added to the grid by end of 2017.   Customers can now install their own solar system and connect to the FortisTCI grid by participating in this CORE program.#MagneticMediaNews#renewableenergytakesoff#twoTCIbusinessesonFortisTCIgrid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Ambassador of Switzerland Pays Courtesy Call on Minister Symonette

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 24, 2017 – Nassau – His Excellency Dr. Beat Nobs, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (third left) paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette (second left) on October 19, 2017 at the Ministry.   Also pictured, Permanent Secretary Sherrylee Smith and Honorary Consul for Switzerland Christian Coquez.(Photo/Courtesy Ministry of Financial Services)last_img read more

Union of Viswasam with Petta Siruthai Siva approaches Rajinikanth for his next

first_imgActor-turned-politician RajnikanthARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesSiruthai Siva has become one of the most wanted filmmakers following his string of successful movies in the recent years. Recently, there were reports that he was getting ready to collaborate with Suriya and Sivakarthikeyan in different movies after the massive success of his 2019 Pongal release, Viswasam.Rumours are rife that Siruthai Siva has met Rajinikanth on Tuesday morning, 28 May with a bound script. The story narration is underway at the superstar’s house at the Poes Garden, in Chennai, as per Tamil TV reports.However, there is no official word on the development although the discussions are in an initial stage, say rumour mills. Siruthai Siva directed Ajith Kumar in four movies – Veeram, Vedalam, Vivegam and Viswasam – in a row. Except for Vivegam, three movies turned profitable venture for the distributors and producers, thus increasing his trust on him among the Kollywood producers.After Viswasam turned out to be a successful venture, producers started making a beeline to find out whether he has good scripts in hand. In recent weeks, it was reported that he was collaborating with Suriya following which he would direct a film starring Sivakarthikeyan.On the other hand, Rajinikanth is busy with AR Murugadoss-directorial Darbar in which the Tamil superstar plays the role of an IPS officer.Interestingly, Viswasam had clashed with Rajinikanth’s Petta at the box office earlier this year. While Ajith’s film performed well in Tamil Nadu, Rajini’s film did well in other parts of India and the world.last_img read more

Local Attorney Turned Reality Host Helps Others Pursue Their Dreams

first_imgBy Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFROSeptember is a big month for Andrea Hence Evans, an intellectual property attorney based in Prince George’s County, Maryland.With over 16 years of experience as a patent attorney, the full-time entrepreneur will make her debut on season two of PBS’s “Make48” reality television series while simultaneously releasing her first hardcover book called All About Inventing.Andrea Hence Evans (Courtesy Photo)On the show, which airs September 9 on WETA, Evans will mentor participants who have 48 hours to turn their ideas into commercial products. “My role is to make sure they’re not infringing on something that already exists,” Evans told the AFRO.In her book, she shares knowledge and best practices to help everyday people avoid mistakes when filing for patent applications. “Unlike most books that tell you to do this on your own, my goal is to educate so that you have things clearly outlined when you’re ready to speak to an attorney—you don’t have to spend a lot of time understanding general terms, you’re talking specifically about your invention,” she said. “So ultimately I think it’s going to save a lot of time and money as readers define what their invention is.”Evans’ journey to becoming a highly regarded attorney began in Houston, Texas. Growing up in a family of scientists and engineers, she garnered a love for STEM subjects at an early age. After high school, she was granted a full scholarship from NASA to attend Spelman College and Georgia Tech, where she received bachelors degrees in mathematics and civil engineering, respectively.With a goal of becoming a lawyer, she enrolled at George Washington University for law school. There, she was encouraged to take intellectual property classes given her scientific background. After multiple classes and internships, she fell in love with the idea of working with inventors and using her law expertise to help them.“It’s really like being an extension of a team and helping to see their dreams come to fruition,” she said.After moving up the ranks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over five years, she began to recognize a void. “What you’ll find in this industry is most firms only represent large corporations so there’s a huge gap among small business owners and individuals finding quality representation,” she said. “I heard heart wrenching stories from inventors and entrepreneurs who were being taken advantage of.”After realizing there was a demand for her services she “stepped out on faith” and launched her own law firm, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, which has become an international brand.Evans has also made a point to serve her local community, specifically children. According to research, she said, kids lose their interest in math and science by the third grade. After finding out that her daughter’s elementary school didn’t have a science club, she started a program called KidGINEER. The program has served more than 500 students since its inception and was honored by the Obama White House as a STEM Diversity and Access Champion of Change Award Recipient.Whether on television, at conferences and schools, or in the pages of books, Evans’ goal remains consistent. “I’m passionate about educating others about the importance of protecting their intellectual property and so I make it my personal mission to speak about it,” she said.last_img read more

KD will never catch LeBron

first_imgKD will never catch LeBronKevin Durant is generally regarded as the second best player in the NBA, but recent comments throwing shade at LeBron James show his frustration at his inability to overtake him as he stacks titles with the loaded Warriors.In Durant’s mind, he can still surpass LeBron if he wins enough titles, but Colin doesn’t think he’ll ever catch LeBron, regardless of what he does. LeBron will not only crush KD in a statistical comparison when it’s all said and done, but he’s also had a far greater impact on the business of the NBA and has been the unquestioned best player on every team he’s won a title with. Some would argue KD isn’t even the most important player on his own team, and the fact Golden State was already winning without him doesn’t help his case either. Just like some say LeBron is chasing a ghost in MJ, LeBron is Durant’s ghost to chase and one he’ll never catch. Also:– Steelers are always talking about last week’s drama–  KD would be crazy to join the Clippers– Carson Wentz will be back strong after “lost year”– Jimmy G’s failures have brought Brady and Bill back togetherGuests:Nick Wright – Host of FS1’s First Thing’s First; Albert Breer – Senior MMQB NFL Reporter; Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst; Stephen Jackson – NBA Analyst and World Championlast_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Lifestyle MagazineAfter a challenging year for travel and tourism, the brands that have demonstrated the greatest strength in adversity are to pick up top honors at World Travel Awards 2010 Grand Final, being held at Grosvenor House hotel in London on Sunday, November 7.Awards to watch include “World’s Leading Airline,” which features a heavy Asian and Middle Eastern contingent, reflecting how the two regions are leading aviation out of the recession. Nominees include Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines.A host of VIPs will be attending the gala ceremony, including His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who will be picking up “Leading Personality of the Year” for his development of religious tourism in the Holy City of Makkah and for his pioneering philanthropic work for the King Faisal Foundation.Meanwhile, German businesswoman Regine Sixt, president of Sixt, will be collecting “Woman of the Year” for her pivotal role steering the car rental giant through the downturn.Other VIPs confirmed to attend include David Scowscill, president and CEO, WTTC; Sally Chatterjee, CEO, Visit Britain; HE Chumpol Silapa-Archa, minister of tourism and sports, Thailand; Fiona Jeffery, chairman, World Travel Market&Just a Drop; Alec Sanguinetti, CEO and director general, CHTA; Josef Forstmayr, president, CHA; Tan Sri Dr.Mohd Munir bin Abdul Majid, chairman, Malaysia Airlines; Dato’ Lee Choong Yan, president and COO, Resorts World Genting; Hon. Ed Bartlett, minister of tourism; Jamaica andAdam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International.The power of celebrity – come good times or bad – is also being acknowledged with a new category. Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham, Kevin Spacey, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Costner, and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickenson are among the favorites to win “Face of Travel 2010,” which recognizes the celebrity endorsement that has made the biggest contribution to the travel industry over the past year.Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards is recognized globally as the ultimate travel accolade.The WTA Grand Final marks the climax of a year-long search to find the very best travel companies in the world and follows heats in Dubai, Johannesburg, Antalya, Delhi, and Jamaica. These regional winners will now go head to head on Sunday as they bid to be recognized as the very best of the best in travel.WTA nominations featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online.Other brands competing on the night include the likes of Armani Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, and Versace.Graham Cooke, president and founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our industry is under no illusions that 2010 has been one of the toughest on record. Yet these turbulent times have also seen the true leaders of travel turn adversity into opportunity. And winners on the night will all share this vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and inner strength to succeed.”www.worldtravelawards.comlast_img read more