Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener

first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.last_img read more

Vodafone Play partners with Discovery

first_imgMumbai, Aug 3 (PTI) Telecom major Vodafone today said its app Vodafone Play has tied-up with Discovery Communications expanding its infotainment content portfolio for its subscribers across genres.Vodafone Play will offer a bouquet of 12 channels from Discovery Communications India portfolio on its platform like Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, Investigation Discovery (ID), Animal Planet HD World, TLC HD World, Discovery Tamil and sports channel DSPORT.Commenting on the tie-up Discovery Communications India Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Product Distribution Vijay Rajput said, “As the media ecosystem continues to evolve, we remain focussed on delivering more content, across more screens, to more people.””Vodafone Play is a single window offering content across genres and languages and this association with Discovery strengthens our infotainment category,” Vodafone India National Head ? VAS, and Content Dipankar Ghoshal said in a statement. PTI DS RMT BASlast_img read more

Fingers crossed for more KXIP victories than hat-tricks: Sam Curran

first_imgSam Curran is the toast of Kings XI Punjab after his hat-trick in a thrilling win over Delhi Capitals but he has remained humble in the wake of the adulation and is eager to see his team win more matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Kings XI Punjab have been in superb form this season having won 3 out of their 4 matches. On April 1, KXIP secured one of finesh come-from-behind wins to stun Delhi Capitals in Mohali. Sam Curran had replaced the mighty Chris Gayle for that game and he stood up with a sensational display of pace bowling in the death overs.The slide started for Delhi Capitals when Mohammed Shami dismissed dangerman Rishabh Pant and Curran felt that changed the momentum in the game. Curran was also impressed with R Ashwin’s direct throw which caught Chris Morris short of his ground.The cricketing world has been in awe of 20-year-old Sam Curran who became the youngest player to take an IPL hat-trick. But Curran has instead chosen to focus on how good his entire team has been this season.”Fingers crossed for more victories than hat-tricks, hopefully the boys can. We got some nice momentum. We have got a nice bunch of boys in the team and we really enjoy winning games for each other and so far so good,” Sam Curran told AajTak.Curran said he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick but he recalled how Shami got KXIP back into the game.”I think Delhi needed about 30 runs off 28 balls, when Shami got Rishabh Pant. That changed the game and then Chris Morris got run out on the first ball by our captain, which was pretty cool.advertisement”I think we saw a few people leaving when they needed 23 off 21, I am sure that the people who left… It was an amazing win and the boys showed some great fight to get back into that position and luck that we got two points,” Sam Curran said.Also Read | Chris Gayle brings good vibes and pranks to Kings XI Punjab dressing room: KL RahulAlso Watch | KXIP bench strength very strong in IPL 2019: KL Rahullast_img read more

Rana Daggubati sheds oodles of weight for Virata Parvam 1992 with Sai Pallavi. See pics

first_imgRana Daggubati, who looked menacing as the towering Bhalladeva in Baahubali series, has lost a lot of pounds and looks lean now. Though he was sporting a relatively slim look in the two-part NTR biopic, the recent transformation is shocking. It is said that the actor has lost enormous weight for his upcoming film Virata Parvam 1992.An entertainment website quoted a source as saying, “He has shed more weight for his film with Sai Pallavi, which is Virata Parvam 1992.” Directed by Venu Udugula, the upcoming film has Sai Pallavi in the female lead role.Here are the latest pictures of Rana Daggubati: Rana Daggubati spotted at Hyderabad Airport As the title suggests, Virata Parvam 1992 is a period flick, which is predominantly a romantic film with many action sequences. The project was announced a few months ago but went on floors recently.Other than Virata Parvam 1992, Rana Daggubati is also wrapping up his multilingual project Hathi Mere Sathi, which also stars Tamil actress Vishnu Vishal in an important role. He also has Telugu film Nene Raja Nene Mantri and Enai Nokki Paayum Thotta, which are in the post-production phase.Photos: Yogen ShahALSO READ: Rana Daggubati fans watch Bhallaladeva at Baahubali special screening in Tokyo. Viral videoALSO WATCH | Prabhas-Rana talk about the ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more

Draft Nutrition Policy for Schools to Go Before Cabinet

first_img“So, the idea of wellness is going to mean regularising physical education right through the cohorts, and ensuring that our children go outside and play. I know the Ministry of Education is working on putting that in place, so that [children] see physical activity as a part of life that must become a habit, not something that they are forced to do but will mean better for them later on,” he pointed out.Dr. Tufton encouraged teachers to equip students with the requisite knowledge to make better decisions regarding diet and physical activity. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the draft National Nutrition Policy for schools has been completed and will be brought to Cabinet shortly for deliberations. The policy, which is being developed in collaboration with the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity among students. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the draft National Nutrition Policy for schools has been completed and will be brought to Cabinet shortly for deliberations.The policy, which is being developed in collaboration with the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity among students.“Once finalised, it will become, essentially, the guide for schools to work with those who provide meals, to be able to provide a range of options for students, so they are not locked into a daily diet of excessive salts, sugars, fats and other things that may become a problem,” he noted.Dr. Tufton was addressing the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) 18th Annual Education Conference on Thursday (April 25) at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James.Members of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) partcipate in a Jamaica Moves workout session during the organisation’s 18th Annual Education Conference, held on Thursday (April 25) at The Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James Story Highlights Meanwhile, he noted the “overwhelming support” at the school level for the recently launched campaign against sugary drinks.“I want to thank the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the teachers who manage the schools for responding so overwhelmingly to the evidence that suggests that too many of our children are drinking themselves sick because of the over-concentration of sugary drink,” Dr. Tufton said.He said that the “strong partnership” between the ministries will continue in order to promote wellness, improve the nutritional status of children and support their long-term physical and psychosocial development.President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Dr. Garth Anderson (left); and Assistant Secretary General, JTA, Dr. Margaret Chin, show off the Jamaica Moves shirts presented to them by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton (centre), at the JTA’S 18th Annual Education Conference on Thursday (April 25), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, St. James. “Once finalised, it will become, essentially, the guide for schools to work with those who provide meals, to be able to provide a range of options for students, so they are not locked into a daily diet of excessive salts, sugars, fats and other things that may become a problem,” he noted.last_img read more

Cant dub person terrorist on mere use of word jihad rules Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai: A person cannot be branded as a terrorist merely for using the word “jihad”, a Maharashtra court observed while acquitting three accused of terror charges.The Akola-based court of special judge A S Jadhav made the observation while hearing a case against the three persons accused under the stringent the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the Arms Act and the Bombay Police Act. Abdul Razzaque (24), Shoeb Khan (24) and Salim Malik (26) were booked under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 307 (attempt to murder) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), following an attack on policemen outside a mosque in Pusad area of Akola on September 25, 2015, on the occasion of Eid uz Zoha, over beef ban in the state. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAccording to the prosecution, Razzaque arrived at the mosque, took out a knife and stabbed two policemen on duty and said before the attack that because of the beef ban, he would kill the cops. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) claimed they accused were part of a conspiracy to influence Muslim youths to join terrorist organisations. Jadhav observed, “It appears that accused Razzaque exhibited his anger by violence against the government and some Hindu organisations for ban on cow slaughter.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”No doubt he used the word ‘jihad’. But, it was adventurous to jump to the conclusion that only for using the word ‘jihad’ he should be branded as a terrorist,” he said. According to dictionary, the word ‘jihad’ literally means “struggle”, he pointed out. “Jihad is an Arabic word which literally means striving or struggling… therefore merely the use of word ‘jihad’ by the accused would not be proper to brand him as a terrorist,” the judge said. Razzaque was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment for voluntarily causing hurt to policemen. As he was in jail since September 25, 2015 and already spent three years in prison, he was released following the court order. The court relied on testimonies of the injured policemen and other security personnel on duty.last_img read more

SpaceX delays launch of three Canadian RADARSAT satellites until February

first_imgMONTREAL – There’s been another delay in the launch of Canada’s three Earth-observation satellites known as the RADARSAT Constellation.The satellites, which will use radar to locate ships and keep an eye on the Arctic, were scheduled to be launched from California by SpaceX in November, but they have been rescheduled to February.Final costs for the federal government project have risen to more than $1 billion from an original estimate of $600 million when it was first announced more than a decade ago.Mike Greenley, group president of MDA Corp., the builder of the satellites, said Friday the latest delay will not add to the cost.He said that SpaceX, a private space-launch venture headed by Elon Musk, regularly adjusts its launch schedule, and Canada will just have to wait its turn.The three satellites will replace the RADARSAT-2 satellite, which has been in orbit since 2007. It was designed to last seven years, but is still operating.The first of the three RADARSAT Constellation satellites was supposed to be launched in 2014, with the two others to follow a year later.Now, all three will be launched together.last_img read more

Polls around corner water crisis far from getting over in Okhla

first_imgNew Delhi: With just a few days to go for polling, the residents of Okhla Vihar still wake up to ‘pani le lo pani’ call from vendors on rickshaw carts selling RO ( Reverse Osmosis) water. They have big white water cans which they supply at a cost of 15 Rs to 20 Rs depending upon the floor they carry water. Areas like Batla House, Zakir Nagar, Jogabai, Jasola, Okhla Vihar, Abul Fazal and Shaheen Bagh are still waiting for drinking water.Syed Akhter can’t afford to sleep late, he has to get up early in the morning to buy a water can before he departs to his office. “If somehow I miss to buy drinking water from these local rikcshaw vendors, chances are I might not get water the whole day as I come late from office. I had to rely on mineral water bottle then which proves costly,” Akhter said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSeveral years have passed but the area’s water woes are far from over. Drinking water has always been an area of concern for the locals. Sensing business opportunity, several RO plants have cropped up in the region from where the daily vendors on rickshaw buy water to sell it further to the residents. Submersible water is used for daily chores other than drinking. The hardness of water also results in the low life of the RO machines in the houses. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe worst affected areas are Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal, two adjoining areas near the Yamuna banks at Kalindi Kunj which have the major scarcity of drinking water. Both areas are still waiting for water pipelines. Though the AAP MLA from Okhla says that much has been done and water is likely to reach most of the areas very soon. “We have provided drinking water in Haji Colony, Gaffar Manzil Extension, Johri Farm, Taimur Nagar Extension and parts of Zakir Nagar. Pipeines have been laid in Batla House, Okhla Vihar, Old Jasola, Ali Vihar, Madanpur Khadar Extension and Nai Basti. We are hopeful to end the water crisesin the area soon,” says Amanatullah Khan, Okhla MLA.last_img read more

Middle East UN team leader cites promising first efforts but says much

“I can announce today that we have made some promising first efforts on the way forward. My team has discussed concrete ideas with the Government of Lebanon. We leave shortly for Israel, where we will convey these ideas for further discussion,”Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Special Political Adviser, told reporters.“I must stress that this is a first step and much diplomatic work needs to be done before we arrive at any grounds for optimism,” he said.“Our work will require the support and goodwill for my delegation from all the parties. But they should know that the consequences of failure could indeed be grave,” he warned.Mr. Nambiar, who is accompanied by Alvaro de Soto and Terje Roed-Larsen, made his remarks after what he described as “a productive round of meetings” with the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. “Our meetings have been very useful and I believe the Lebanese Government has a crucial role to play in restoring peace and security in Lebanon and the region,” Mr. Nambiar said, adding that after conveying the details of these meetings to Israeli officials the team may return to Lebanon to explore these ideas further, although he stressed there was no time to lose.“Time is of the essence. Creative solutions have to be found in order to prevent a broadening and deepening of the conflict.”The team, which Secretary-General Kofi Annan decided to send to the region last week, has already visited Egypt on its regional mission and apart from Israel may also travel to Syria, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. read more

Canadian household debt level rises hits 1637 of disposable income Statcan

Canadian household debt level rises, hits 163.7% of disposable income: Statcan by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2015 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canadian household debt hit a new record in the third quarter, as borrowing rose faster than income.Statistics Canada said Monday the amount of household debt compared with disposable income rose to 163.7 per cent, up from 162.7 per cent in the second quarter.That means the average household has roughly $1.64 in debt for every dollar of disposable income.“The deterioration in the headline was expected, driven by a combination of sluggish income growth and still-hearty borrowing,” Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said.“Hot housing markets in B.C. and Ontario are driving mortgage growth, over-riding the softness in oil-producing regions. On the flip side, the relentless decline in oil and other commodity prices is dampening income growth.”Disposable income increased 0.8 per cent, while household credit market debt grew 1.4 per cent.Total household credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, reached $1.892 trillion. Consumer credit debt was $572.3 billion, while mortgage debt stood at $1.234 trillion.Household debt and the housing market have been key concerns for economists and policy-markets.Last week, Ottawa moved to cool some of the country’s hottest real estate markets with new rules to require larger downpayments for houses over $500,000.TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said the new rules would likely affect only a small segment of the overall housing market.“However, set against a backdrop of rising unemployment, the debt-to-income ratio is still likely to continue to trek higher through 2016,” Petramala said.“The combination of rising unemployment and a continued decline in home prices is an immediate concern for oil-producing regions such as Alberta and Saskatchewan.”Low interest rates have helped consumers manage their debts, but there are worries about what may happen once the cost of borrowing eventually starts to rise.The report on household debt came a day before the Bank of Canada is set to release its latest financial system review which will include an examination of household debt and potential vulnerabilities for the financial system.Porter noted that while the household debt-to-disposable income ratio is at a new high, it likely will not dictate Bank of Canada policy.“In its latest policy statement, the bank suggested that while ‘vulnerabilities in the household sector continue to edge higher.’ they see ‘overall risks to financial stability are evolving as expected’,” Porter said.The household debt service ratio, the total obligated payments of principal and interest as a proportion of disposable income adjusted to include interest paid, slipped to 13.6 per cent.The interest-only debt service ratio, household mortgage and non-mortgage interest paid as a proportion of disposable income, fell to a record low 6.1 per cent.The ratio of total household debt to total assets edged up in the third quarter to 17.0 per cent from 16.9 per cent in the second quarter. A consumer pays with a credit card at a store Tuesday, July 6, 2010 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

UN calls on young people to champion global goal of ending hunger

The call came at a high-level event entitled “Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger,” held on the margins of the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters, brought together young entrepreneurs and activists from around the world, along with global leaders, policy makers and celebrities to discuss how mobilizing this generation to champion sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition can help make zero hunger and sustainable development a reality.Ending hunger is Goal 2 of the SDGs, which collectively aim to ensure the long-term well-being of the planet and its people.“The global goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition is one of the most critical,” Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, said at the event. “While the number of people suffering from hunger in developing regions has fallen by half since 1990, there are still close to 800 million people undernourished worldwide, a majority children and youth,” he noted. The event was co-hosted by three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) – and the Government of Ireland. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, noted the massive untapped human resources available in most of the developing world between the ages of 10 and 24. He stressed that each country should take up the responsibility of maximizing the potential of its youth and provide them with opportunities to be able to achieve the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.“People develop themselves. Development doesn’t come to you. If you don’t take responsibility for yourself and expect someone else to develop you then zero hunger will remain a dream,” said Mr. Nwanze. Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins, emphasized that fulfilling the SDGs would only be possible if “we established it as our moral imperative.”In an emotional address, Nobel Prize nominee Victor Ochen recounted surviving seven years of childhood having only one meal a day. He did not just know about hunger from books, he knew hunger from experience, he told the event, which also featured Brazilian footballer and WFP Ambassador against Hunger Kaká. read more

Carol Merriam to become Interim Dean of Humanities

Carol Merriam will begin her new role as Interim Dean on March 1.This announcement was made today (Jan. 15) by Neil McCartney, the University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic:“With the imminent departure of Douglas Kneale, I am pleased to announce that Carol Merriam, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities has been appointed as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, for the period of March 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.“Besides her academic expertise, Carol brings years of experience in Faculty/University administration. She was Chair of the Department of Classics from 2004-07, and for the past four years has served as Associate Dean of the Faculty.“Carol is a professor of Latin language and literature, with a research focus on Augustan poetry. She has published numerous articles in this field, as well as the book Love and Propoganda: Augustan Venus and the Latin Love Elegists. “I look forward to working with Carol, and wish her success as Interim Dean.“I want to acknowledge Douglas Kneale’s invaluable contributions to Brock as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities for the past five years, and wish him all the best as he moves on to become the next Provost and Vice-President, Academic of the University of Windsor effective March 1, 2015.” read more

Duke Arizona And Michigan State Are Biggest Tourney Gainers

Pretty much every team that survives its first two games and advances to the Sweet 16 has the right to be pleased with its performance. But four men’s teams — Duke, Arizona, Michigan State and Gonzaga — should be especially giddy. Their odds of winning the championship have improved the most so far.In the table below, I’ve compared the 16 surviving teams in two ways: First, by the change in their power rating in the FiveThirtyEight forecast since before the tournament began, and second, by the change in their probability of winning the tournament.Teams’ power ratings can change for two reasons. Our model updates the power ratings at the end of each game based on how a team performs relative to its expectations. A team that wins by an especially wide margin, or that wins as an underdog, will see the largest gains. By contrast, a team’s power rating may decline if it wins by a smaller-than-expected margin.We’re also continually updating the model with new data on player injuries. Two injury situations are the most critical so far: North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks’ Sweet 16 status is uncertain after he hurt his knee in the Tar Heels’ Saturday win against Arkansas. And Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has yet to play despite hopes that he might have returned.Apart from the changes in its power rating, a team’s chances of winning the tournament can change because its draw becomes harder or easier. Michigan State’s probability has improved not just because they beat Virginia, for instance, but also because the No. 1 seed in the East region, Villanova, was ousted by North Carolina State.Here’s a quick look at the teams with the largest shift in their probability:Duke’s championship probability has roughly doubled to 11.9 percent from 5.7 percent. The Blue Devils won their first two games easily, and they were helped by losses elsewhere in the bracket, especially to Iowa State, their one-time potential opponent in the Elite Eight.Arizona’s chances have improved to 14.5 percent from 9.5 percent. The Wildcats have also been helped by an upset: Instead of facing No. 3 seed Baylor in their Sweet 16 game, they’ll get Xavier. It helps, too, that Wisconsin, Arizona’s potential Elite Eight opponent, has not looked as strong as the model had them originally.Almost everything has gone Michigan State’s way: The Spartans beat the No. 2 seed in their region, Virginia, and got a lot of credit for it in the model. But the No. 1 seed in the East, Villanova, was eliminated too. The Spartans are now the favorite to reach the Final Four from the East and have some chance to go further than that — they were underseeded to begin with, and will stay reasonably close to home for the rest of the tournament with the remaining games in Syracuse and Indianapolis. (Plus, there’s Tom Izzo’s amazing run of postseason success, although the model doesn’t give them any extra credit for that.)Gonzaga won easily on Sunday against an Iowa team that looked excellent in its opening game. Its path has also gotten easier because of the elimination of Iowa State, a team they could have played in Sweet 16. Instead, they’re 75 percent favorites to win their grudge match against UCLA.By contrast, Wisconsin and North Carolina’s probabilities have declined slightly, partly because of their injury issues and partly because Arizona looms large in the West regional, which will be played in Los Angeles. Wisconsin also played a closer game against Oregon than the model expected.Still, Wisconsin retains the fourth-best overall chance to win the tournament, after Kentucky, Arizona and Duke. And even if the Badgers don’t win the tournament, their chances of winning an NCAA spelling bee are up after they learned all about stenography this weekend. What’s a 10-letter word for “in the hunt?”Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Active Interest Media Reorganizes With Exec Promotions People on the Move

first_imgHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Ryan D’AgostinoHearst Magazines announced that the Popular Mechanics brand will relocate from the New York City headquarters to the Easton, Pennsylvania branch—where the company’s enthusiast brands, like Bicycling and Runner’s World, are housed—and in conjunction with the move, Ryan D’Agostino, who currently serves as Popular Mechanics’ editor-in-chief, is leaving the brand and taking on the role of editorial director of projects for Hearst Magazines. Technology editor Alexander George, who joined the magazine in 2014 will succeed D’Agostino and will oversee the brand’s editorial operations from Easton and report to Bill Strickland, the editorial director of the Enthusiast Group.Remaining in New York, D’Agostino will be tasked with  developing new editorial strategies and cross-platform initiatives for Hearst Magazines’ brands, and will report directly to chief content officer Kate Lewis.Alexander GeorgeHearstMade, Hearst Magazines’ branded content studio, appointed Nicolas Neubeck as its first creative director, according to a report from WWD. Neubeck, who has served as creative director for Hearst Digital Media for the past four years, previously worked on editorial content for all of the company’s magazine brands. Reporting to CCO Kate Lewis and marketing president and publishing director Michael Clinton, Neubeck will work closely with editorial director of HearstMade, Brett Hill, to continue growing the division, as well as working with brands to ensure that each brands’ voice is integrated in the content produced for partners.Other editorial hires and moves at Hearst were reported by WWD this week: Coveteur’s beauty director Katie Jayne Becker was tapped as beauty and health director at Elle. Elle’s executive beauty editor, April Long, is joining Town & Country, where she will serves as the new beauty director. And Jamie Rosen, who has served as beauty director at Town & Country for nearly eight years and recently also served as beauty director for Harper’s Bazaar, is transitioning to contributing editor where she will be responsible for a monthly column, in addition to serving as the director of strategy and partnerships for Ziip Beauty. Rachel TashjianGQ is expanding its editorial staff this week. Rachel Tashjian and Taryn Bensky are joining the men’s fashion magazine as a style writer and senior fashion market editor, respectively, as part of editor-in-chief Will Welch’s effort refresh the brand with an emphasis on style “cover-to-cover.” Tashjian most recently served as deputy editor for Garage magazine where she covered style, celebrities, high fashion and more. Starting on Feb. 6, she will be tasked with daily fashion coverage for, as well as contributing to the brand’s other platforms. Coming from Hero and Heroine magazines, Bensky most recently served as the fashion market editor, in addition to working as a freelance stylist. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the coverage of the fashion market across all of the brand’s platforms. Her first day was Jan. 28.Xavier TeoCNX, Condé Nast’s creative agency, named Xavier Teo as its new executive creative director and Brendon Volpe as its head of strategy this month. Teo joins Condé from advertising agency Anomaly, where he spearheaded all creative work for the global Budweiser account, from brand campaigns to social/digital content. And Volpe most recently was with advertising agency Team One, where he was in charge of digital strategy for Lexus and leading the brand’s overarching digital vision and roadmap. Both Teo and Volpe will report to managing director of CNX John Deschner.Meredith Corp. announced three executive-level promotions this week, all effective Feb. 1:VP of digital ad product and ops Nicole Lesko was promoted to SVP of ad product & revenue operations. Karla Jeffries, former general manager of Meredith Digital, was tapped as the VP of business operations.And Andrea Reynolds, most recently the executive director of growth, is now the VP of growth. Lesko, Jeffries and Reynolds will all report to EVP and president of Meredith Digital, Stan Pavlovsky. The New Yorker also made several appointments this week:Distinguished writer in residence at New York University Eliza Griswold is joining the magazine as a contributing writer, who will be tasked with traveling around the United States to cover religion, politics and the environment. She’s been freelancing for The New Yorker since 2003. Sue Halpern, who is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, is also joining the magazine as a contributing writer and will tasked with writing regular columns about politics and technology. She’s also contributed to The New Yorker since 2005. Also taking on the role of contributing writer is Anna Wiener who will write regular columns about the tech industry from Silicon Valley. Karen Quinn joined the social media team as its new director. She has a decade of experience working in both print and digital media, including working at as the editorial director of ChefSteps. Lastly, Naib Mian was added as a full-time researcher to the editorial interactives team, where he will help turn out interactive digital content. Jared HohltEighteen-year veteran of New York magazine, Jared Hohlt, is leaving the company, according to a report from Politico’s Morning Media newsletter. Most recently, Hohlt has overseen the print magazine and had reportedly been a candidate for the editor-in-chief role, which was recently vacated by Adam Moss and filled by David Haskell. Pitchfork announced three promotions this week, according to the same report from Politico’s Morning Media newsletter. News director Amy Phillips moved to the role of managing editor, and Matthew Strauss and Evan Minsker were tapped as news editors from their former roles of deputy news editor and associate editor, respectively.After seven years with Ars Technica, Cyrus Farivar announced that he is leaving the Condé Nast brand to join NBC News as an investigative tech reporter. Simone StolzoffQuill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), tapped Lou Harry as its new editor and program manager. Harry is bringing several years of experience as an editor to Quill, including 11 years of experience as the Arts & Entertainment editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal and five years as the editor-in-chief of Indy Men’s Magazine. SPJ also appointed former The Republic reporter Matthew Kent as its new awards/programs coordinator.  Tech reporter Simone Stolzoff stepped down from his role at Quartz to join design company Ideo as its new writer and designer within its design learning studio. Based in San Francisco, Stolzoff covered the influence of tech on jobs, as well as industry ethics and the culture of Silicon Valley. Prior to Quartz, he wrote for Fast Company and Vice, among other publications. Forbes’ added several editorial staffers this week:Former executive editor at, Kerry Lauerman, is taking on the role of executive editor of news and will be based in New York. Dawn Chmielewski, who has written for Recode, Deadline Hollywood and The Los Angeles Times, will serve as the senior editor of Technology, Media and Entertainment, and will be based in Los Angeles. CNBC’s Jillian D’Onfro is joining the magazine as a staff writer for Technology, based in San Francisco. Another CNBC alumna, Ruth Umoh, will cover diversity and inclusion from New York. And in London, Iain Martin will serve as the European news editor. Most recently, he was with Storyful as an editor. Lars Finanger was promoted to director of sales and brand development at Triathlete, where he will be responsible for establishing the brand’s vision and strategy for traditional ad sales, partnerships and sponsorships. Finanger, who most recently served as the magazine’s brand development manager, had previously served as advertising director and associate publisher of Triathlete, when it was called Inside Triathlon, from 2005-2012. Demian Perry was tapped as the VP of product for Remedy Health Media where he will be responsible for product strategy and creating the roadmap for Remedy’s portfolio of digital brands and software applications. Prior to this, Perry spent over a decade at NPR where he founded the Mobile Product Team and grew engagement on the company’s mobile app to 25 million unique monthly users.Crain’s New York Business tapped Tom Curtin as its new publisher. Curtin most recently served as the publisher of NJ Biz, and prior to that, he served as the publisher of American Banker and The Bond Buyer. Skift brought on Wouter Geerts as its new senior research analyst from Euromonitor where he served as a travel consultant. Former Weekly Standard congressional reporter, Haley Byrd, is joining CNN as a Washington-based reporter. Jason Schwartz, who formerly contributed to Politico’s Morning Media newsletter, is joining Sports Illustrated as its new senior editor, investigations and enterprise. Before Politico, Schwartz had contributed to ESPN the Magazine and Boston Magazine. Co-writer of Politico’s Playbook newsletter Jake Sherman is joining NBC News and MSNBC as a contributor in addition to his current role. Politico’s Marc Caputo and Chris Cadelago, who led the Florida Playbook and reported for the White House team respectively, are shifting to the 2020 team as national political reporters.Former account manager for Politico Pro, Eleanor Anaclerio, is joining Boston-based creative agency ThinkArgus, where she will serve as the senior account manager. Jonathan DornAfter consolidating seven divisions into four groups—Active Living Group, Home Group, Marine Group, and Equine Group—Active Interest Media announced several leadership promotions.  Jonathan Dorn, who formerly served as the general manager of the Outdoor group and as the interim general manager of the Healthy Living group, is now taking on the role of group president of the Active Living Group. He will also continue his duties as the chief innovation officer for AIM where he has been building the company’s creative services, video platforms and online education departments. Leading the company’s in-house agency Catapult Creative Labs is Andrea Kupfer, who is taking on the role of VP and managing director. Tasked with managing the day-to-day operations of the division as well as serving as the primary strategic contact, Dorn says that Kupfer is ideal for this role because of “her deep knowledge of custom client work and her experience running a marketing services agency,” and the fact that she’s helped lead Catapult in reaching record numbers the past three years.Andrea KupferTom Winsor, Gary DeSanctis and Peter Miller, who are the current general managers of the  Equine, Marine and Home Groups, respectively, were promoted to the roles of group president of each division.CEO of AIM Andy Clurman said in a statement that “Tom has transformed Equine by pivoting to world-class events and memberships. Gary has grown profitability at Marine by 60 percent over the last four years while continuing to innovate with nonstop new products and services. And Pete has grown the Home business by 50 percent over the last four years by improving its media mix, shows and introducing lead generation.”To round off the promotions, chief financial officer Michael Henry is adding the role of chief operating officer to his responsibilities. He will now be tasked with oversight of AIM’s audience development, circulation, newsstand and production teams. last_img read more

Travis Scott Holds Court As Sundays Heavyweight Headliner Of Austin City Limits

first_img Email News Find out how Austin’s Sunday night belonged to the Houston rapper riding high on his third album, ‘Astroworld’Riley Van StewardGRAMMYs Oct 8, 2018 – 10:40 am Weekend one of the Austin City Limits Festival has shown very little mercy. A constant threat of rain and seemingly insurmountable heat are braved by thousands in central Texas for one of the last festivals of the season. The vendors serve local staples through the constant shifting of crowds that go from stage to stage to see some of the greatest artists in music today. The festival had already seen two days of musical brilliance before Sunday rolled around, but the eyes of the young were firmly planted on the marquee headliner of the night, rap sensation Travis Scott. Houston-born and -bred, Scott made his way to Austin from New York only hours before his set.While this year’s ACL headliners included Paul McCartney on Friday night, Metallica in the Saturday night slot, Scott, the prodigy signed as a teen to Kanye West’s label, brought the rap hits on Sunday. Scott’s impeccable ability to produce music and collaborate with some of the biggest artist’s alive, including Drake, Rihanna and Quavo, have skyrocketed him to the top. He blends alternative styles with the mainstream sound to produce something that is unique and individual in all of his albums but especially his most recent, Astroworld, which landed Scott his second consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.Astroworld featured artists like Drake, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, and The Weeknd. With such a star-studded list of features, it would be easy for Scott to be lost in his own project. But, he developed his style alongside his collaborators to show that he is in the driver seat, assembling pieces from across the industry to create something entirely his own.Far before his ACL set even started, the crowd was deadlocked shoulder-to-shoulder and three football fields away from the stage. Fans of the University of Texas chanted victory songs, as the previous day’s big college football win was still on their mind and transferred zeal to the crowd. Water bottles flew, and the crowd quickly condensed as the 8:45 p.m. set time approached.Taking the stage to a deafening roar of applause, it was clear this was the moment so many festivalgoers had planned their ACL experience around. From the downbeat, Scott delivered an enthused, electrifying performance with a dark twist. The stage visuals looked like Hunter S. Thompson’s worst fever dream painted by a resurrected Salvador Dali. Flames both real and digitized singed the imaginations of every fan. Facebook Travis Scott Holds Court As Sunday’s Heavyweight Headliner Of Austin City Limits Fest Twitter Travis Scott Reigns Supreme At ACL travis-scott-holds-court-sundays-heavyweight-headliner-austin-city-limits-fest He opened with “STARGAZING,” one of the fan-favorites and lead track from Astroworld. Anyone with firmly planted feet felt the waves of the crowd begin to jump and sway. Mosh pits were formed early, and fans responded with deep releases of aggression. Scott brought with him the GRAMMY-winning DJ Mike Dean, a Houston local producer known for his work with Scott, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. Few crowds have responded so kindly to the name of a DJ. Dean worked atop a gigantic black cube that changed mood with the shifting colors and visuals displayed upon it.On stage, lights shifted between complimentary colored sets. Horses made of fire ran toward the audience. A large blue cartoon dog smiled knowingly. Scott displayed himself in a red haze shifting constantly. And an army of gigantic, Scott-inspired action figures stood watch over the audience more than once. The visuals for this show were intense in the calmest of times. The imagination of Travis Scott was on full display during the entire set.Between wishing his friends happy birthday and commanding Austin to, “make some noise,” Scott played fan favorites “NO BYSTANDERS,” “Pick Up the Phone,” and “Goosebumps.” But, he ended on his latest and greatest hit “Sicko Mode.” Despite more than an hour of intense activity, a full festival day, and the wait for Travis to perform, listeners had more than enough energy to go wild for his last song.With a No. 1 album on the charts, Scott lived up to the hype with a successful weekend one showing at ACL. He’ll return next Sunday night for weekend two, but be advised to get there early if you want a good spot, as the buzz from Scott’s album—and show—is still growing.Behind Brockhampton’s Texas Triumph At Austin City Limits FestivalRead morelast_img read more

POLICE LOG for February 1 Tewksbury Woman Arrested Car vs Fire Hydrant

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, February 1, 2019:Sandra E. Calandrella (52, Woburn) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Operating An Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Calandrella was involved in a 2-car crash in front of Sonny’s Mobil on the Run on Lowell Street. (8:02am)Police noted a train was blocking Middlesex Avenue/Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (9:37am)A red 1999 Ford Mustang struck a fire hydrant on Reed Street. No injuries. Fire hydrant taken out of service. Water Department notified. (2:25pm)An employee at the Shell Gas Station on Main Street found a syringe in the parking lot. Police retrieved needle for destruction. (3:39pm)Theresa Anne Hill (31, Tewksbury) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and for a warrant. Hill was involved in a 2-car crash on Main Street. No injuries noted. Both vehicles towed. (5:40pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery S2 Finale Recap When No One Has Gone Before

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Season Two of Star Trek: Discovery was a definite improvement over the first. The storytelling was more cohesive, the characters were better fleshed out, and it more consistently nailed that quintessential Star Trek feel. With its finale, it even fixed one of its most nagging issues: If it’s a prequel, why haven’t any of these characters been mentioned before? Of course in doing so, the episode itself introduces a ton of little problems and logical inconsistencies. But hey, it gets where it’s going eventually and has a great time doing it.The episodes starts with all the chaos and excitement we were hoping to get to last week. Section 31 ships, taken over by Control, have surrounded both the Discovery and the Enterprise. And yes, the moment we see Pike in the captain’s chair giving orders to his crew is what I was really hoping for last week. The first time we set foot on the Enterprise should be a big moment. This is the first time we’ve really felt it. We’re on the bridge of the Enterprise in the middle of a giant ship battle! Not often a season finale opens with something that cool.Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSBurnham, Spock, Stamets, Reno and Tilly are racing to finish the angel suit while Leland’s ships fire on them. They really did save all the excitement for the finale. The outer space shots of the ships firing on each other are truly spectacular. They also constantly remind you of what the stakes are. Better than any ticking time bomb, a raging battle that could rip the ship apart at any minute fills each scene with stress and tension. I barely took a breath for the entire hour. I get now why last week’s episode was all grand speeches and tearful goodbyes. There wasn’t any time for them this week. That doesn’t make last week’s episode any less groan-inducing, but we can at least see the logic behind it.Every character gets a moment to shine in this episode. Anson Mount is a natural commander as Pike aboard the Enterprise, and I’m so sad this is his last episode. Queen Po steals a Federation transport and flies under the battle to give Pike some much-needed information about Control’s tactics. At one point, the Discovery’s shields go down, and Tilly needs to fix them by hand, a task she’s only done blindfolded as part of a drinking game. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating here: Tilly’s the best.Burnham leaps out into space with Spock flying ahead of her to ensure she makes it away from the battle. Once they make it to a safe distance, she tries to open the wormhole, but can’t. She doesn’t have a destination in the future set yet.  Here’s where the visions we we saw whenever someone touched a time crystal really pay off. While the events play out mostly like they did, suggesting the future is indeed set, there are small differences. A photon torpedo does get lodged in the Enterprise’s hull, but it doesn’t destroy the ship. Admiral Cornwell and Number One try everything they can to defuse it, but they run out of time. Cornwell makes a heroic sacrifice, manually closing the blast doors and dying in the explosion. Yeah, that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Why can’t you close the blast door from the other side? Seems like a poor design choice. And even if that is the case, we just saw a bunch of little repair robots try to address the breach caused by the torpedo. Why can’t one of them close the door? Why even show them if they’re only around for once scene? Clearly because a season finale needs one stakes-raising game-changing death. Cornwell’s noble sacrifice might not make a ton of sense, but it does that job at least.Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell. Photo Cr: Russ Martin/CBSWith Spock’s help, Burnham realizes that the future she saw is only one of many possible futures. Nothing is set in stone. She also realizes that she can’t create the wormhole yet because they’re stuck in an open loop. All the signals have led them to places and people the Discovery would need to survive this battle. Including a safe place to escape to: That underdeveloped planet of people saved from war by the Red Angel. Burnham realizes that to move forward, she has to go back in time and make all that stuff happen. It’s treated like a big revelation, but it’s something the series has been strongly hinting at all season, so it comes off a little weird. Like, the only way you’d be surprised by this development is if you’d been staring at your phone with the show in the background all season. And yeah, we just watch Burnham go back and do the things we’ve already seen the Red Angel do all season. She doesn’t learn anything new or do anything differently, she just does the thing. Which is fine, but it is weird that we don’t even get a new angle or perspective on these events. That said, watching her leap through the wormhole over and over again is so cool. Like, mouth-hanging-open cool. So this part of the story has that going for it.Honestly, this episode feels a lot like the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, in both good and bad ways. I genuinely love the 2009 movie, and appreciate it as a totally different take on Trek. Even when it’s stupid, it’s fun stupid. You see that here when both the Klingons and Kelpians arrive to blast some Control ships and save the Enterprise and Discovery. It’s a big, explosive moment that elicited a small cheer from me. It’s reminiscent of the scene from the 2009 movie when the Enterprise appears out of nowhere to save Spock from Romulan fire. That’s a good moment. Towards the end of the episode, there’s a moment that dips into the bad kind of stupid. The Star Trek Into Darkness kind of stupid.Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSLeland beams onto the Discovery while its shields are down, but he doesn’t kill everyone on the bridge, like we saw in the time crystal vision. Instead, he wounds a few people and heads straight for the Sphere data. Georgiou and Nhan follow suit, but move the data somewhere he can’t get it. Here, we get a long anti-gravity fight scene, and every part of it is just so cool. This show has some fantastic action directors on board. Georgiou’s time to shine comes when she tricks Leland into getting trapped inside the spore chamber. She magnetizes it, pulling control out of Leland’s body and killing it. With that, Control is dead. All the drone ships stop working. It’s later confirmed that all traces of Control have been scrubbed from Starfleet and Section 31. And still, Michael makes the jump into the future with Discovery behind her. So what’s the point of that? If Control is dead and can be deleted so easily, why does the Sphere data still have to be sent to the distant future? Maybe at that moment, there was still some small surviving bit of its code that could become a threat, but that’s never explained.Again, this was a decision made to get us to the next season. The show wanted to stop having to fill in the gaps caused by it being a prequel. It needed to explain why no one ever mentions the Discovery, Burnham or the spore drive after this. It needed to stop creating things it would have to explain away because of decisions made for a 1960s TV show. It wanted to send the Discovery into the far future for Season Three, and to be fair, I want to see that. Even though the show took the dumbest path to get here, I have to admit it worked. The Discovery is in a truly exciting place, and I’m sad we have to wait so long to see what it looks like.Rebecca Romijn as Number One. Photo Cr: Russ Martin/CBSDespite some pretty serious story problems, this was an overall satisfying season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. It had probably the best space battle Star Trek has ever seen, so it’s hard to complain too much. Besides, those story problems were all limited to this episode, and won’t affect the show in the future. Discovery can go anywhere it wants now, and that’s exciting. It’s a situation the show has never had before. This episode even found time for some genuinely touching character moments. That bit in sick bay when Culber puts Stamets into a coma to save him was so well done. “You’re my home,” Culber says as he comforts his husband. Yeah, that made me cry. Now I need them to survive into next season. It wouldn’t be Discovery without Stamets around.Star Trek: Discovery is available streaming on CBS All Access.Previously on Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 12 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 11 Recaplast_img read more

Many artists one showcase

first_imgExploring the delicate threads of affinity between creativity and its versatile approach towards the realistic world in diverse emotions, ‘Collectively Independent’, an exhibition curated by Inner Konnect Art (IKA), showcases the constructive styles by different artists through different mediums. One can witness and embrace some amazing artistic pieces at the Visual Art Gallery of the Indian habitat Centre between September 1 and 17. ‘Collectively Independent’ is an exciting look at some of the genius talents. For example, there is a recognisable ‘movement’ in Ruchi Chadha’s works. Ruchi, a well known artist, shows reflections in moving water, depicting what one wishes to reflect in their lives, while Gaurav, with a great sense of colours, creates rich tones on canvas which depict passion and romance. Often characterized by a sense of enigma, his works of art using non-objective forms and figurative alliances, engages the viewer by inviting them to be a part of the canvas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGeetika Sangwan’s artwork on the other hand is an amalgamation of contemporary, abstract and semi-realistic forms which she feels is the continuation of her journey of exploring the relation between human and nature. Other artists who shall be participating in the event, to showcase some jaw-dropping art pieces, includes Smita Jain, Ashish Bose, Amit Shrivistav and many more. The youngest of the lot is a 13-year-old, Mishika Chawla, whose choice of colours always had a vivid balance. Influenced mainly by nature, she loves to paint what catches her eye, from breathtaking landscapes to figurative works.The exhibition is an attempt to incorporate different independent artists with different ideas, style of work, perspectives and different viewpoints. The art pieces will be showcased between 11 am to 8 pm.last_img read more

The Tico Times and MeToo in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:We’re back! Coming in December: a special Tico Times Print Edition Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reports The Tico Times is now available on Apple News Support the Tico TimesFeisty. Dedicated to a cause. A little paper trying to do the best we can for the community and the country. That’s how another reporter described The Tico Times back in 1979, and every word of that still rings true today.Never in the Tico Times’ 62 year history have its journalists worked harder than we have this month to bring you transparent, ethical and honest reporting on the biggest stories in Costa Rica.The #MeToo movement came to Costa Rica last week, and it came in one of the biggest ways possible. This movement and our coverage is bigger than one story. In keeping with our principles of independent reporting, our small and dedicated team of journalists is gearing up to explore these issues even further.We want to collect and share the best practices from around the world for reporting on gender issues, sexual violence and harassment. We want to find out what Costa Rica is doing to help when it comes to mental health and supporting everyone affected by these issues.We also want to hear from women who aren’t in the Central Valley, who don’t have the privilege many of us do. The migrants who work in hotels, the locals forced to put up with harassment for tourist dollars, those who don’t feel that speaking up is an option.But our reporting is funded by readers like you and we can only grow with your help. Our goal is to reach 1,000 new subscribers this month. Click here for more about how to donate.Become a member of The Tico Times 5% Club with a monthly donation and support our journalists at a critical moment in Costa Rican history. Because now, more than ever, quality, ethical, in-depth local journalism matters.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more