Our so-called life

first_imgDespite improvements in recent years, quality of life in Los Angeles County remains far from good and the region faces a bleak future unless it can launch broad reforms in everything from education to housing, according to a report released Wednesday. The benchmark study by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles is the first for the region and compared local, state and national indicators in education, the economy, health and public safety over the past five years. With a score of 10 signifying a good quality of life, Los Angeles County got a rating of just 7.32. California overall scored 8.08. “Although a region of great wealth and roughly one-third of the population of California, Los Angeles County is behind the state in every part of the index,” the report said. Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, agreed with Villaraigosa and said the county’s future hinges on major changes. “Educational improvements are an emergency situation in Los Angeles,” Cisneros said. “Unless there are improvements, we are faced with an ugly scenario, and the impact will not just be felt here. It will be felt everywhere.” The report cited figures showing only 60 percent of high school seniors graduate on time, with only one in four eligible for higher education. It also showed just 12 percent of ninth-graders are proficient in algebra, while only about 30 percent of third-graders are reading at grade level. “There have been improvements in educational achievement over the past few years, but we are still far behind in adequately preparing young people for the 21st century economy,” the report’s authors wrote. Middle class flight Villaraigosa attributed some of the findings to the large immigrant population in the area. But he said it also reflects changes in a local economy in which the middle class is being driven out of the city. “It is not just taxes and housing that keep people from staying in Los Angeles and threaten the middle class,” Villaraigosa said. “It is all these factors of schools, public safety and health care that are affecting us.” Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, said the index is important in providing a broad picture of life in Southern California and why people choose to stay and work here. “Just as the Dow Jones Index produces a single figure to track conditions in the stock market, the quality-of-life index provides an objective measure for tracking how Los Angeles County is doing,” Buik said. “What people may not realize is how closely these factors are interrelated. Businesses are not going to come and stay in Los Angeles if their employees can’t afford housing. Breakdowns in our health care or educational system directly impact the strength of our work force and overall economy.” The report found 25 percent of all L.A. County residents are considered living at the poverty level – $53,431 for a family of four. And it estimated 170,000 children and 1.4 million adults in the county don’t have health insurance. The survey also estimated that 21 percent of all local adults are obese – up from 14 percent in 1997. If there was a bright spot to the report, it was the region’s crime rate, which has been steadily declining since 1997. Overall crime is at record lows of 649 crimes per 100,000 people, with juvenile felony arrests cut in half. The report, however, did not include recent increases in gang crime. The L.A. area is home to about 40,000 gang members, and gang-related crime last year rose 14 percent in the city and 44 percent in the San Fernando Valley. Villaraigosa said the Los Angeles Police Department has launched stepped-up efforts to deal with gang violence, but he said more will need to be done in the future. No quick solutions The report urged local leaders to look at other cities’ best practices, including efforts to boost children’s health. “What’s interesting is that no one disagrees anymore on the need for health care for children,” Villaraigosa said. “We may quibble about how to get there, but everyone is supporting it now.” The report also offered suggestions on how individuals can help improve the quality of life, including serving as mentors, becoming more involved with local schools, volunteering and becoming an advocate for improvements in the environment, housing and health care. It also has prompted the United Way to develop a 10-year program aimed at reducing the number of homeless and improving literacy and access to capital. Ultimately, the region’s problems cannot be resolved quickly, said Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment. “We have to think big but act small,” Ross said. “What we have to do is work through the neighborhoods and local communities to get them involved to address the problems. If we don’t include them, nothing will be changed.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It found some gains in education and public safety but noted the region’s residents are struggling to get by financially as housing and transportation costs increase and wages remain relatively stagnant. Lack of access to affordable health care and high incidences of several chronic diseases and obesity also leave the county well below quality standards, it said. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the report echoes an alarm he has been trying to raise since his election. “This confirms what I have been saying on the need to change our school system,” he told more than 400 business leaders gathered at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel to review the findings. “We have an emergency situation where we have to get parents and teachers involved and make sure we are providing the education that is needed to succeed in the 21st century. “It is not about preparing our kids for failure. It is about preparing them to do the jobs that will be needed in the coming years.” last_img read more


first_imgDenise Ferran and Phil Dalton at the Orla McHardy exhibition.Shaun Hannigan with Photographer Richard Noble at the opening of Orla Mc Hardy’s exhibition.Orla Mc Hardy (centre) with curator for exhibition Eil’s Lavelle. and Shaun Hannigan pictured at the opening on Friday night. Photo Brian McDaid Seamus Quinn and Sarah Lewtas at the RCCEileen Farley and Nora Curran at the Orla McHardy exhibition opening at the RCC in Letterkenny.A exhibition with a difference at the RCC in Letterkenny by Orla McHardy which opened on Friday night. Photo Brian McDaidArtist Orla Egan studies on in the the pieces by Oral McHardy at her exhibition at the RCCOrla Mc Hardy (third from left) with her family and friends at the opening of her exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Friday night. Photo Brian McDaid ORLA MCHARDY EXHIBITION AT THE RCC – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:exhibitionFeaturesNoticesOrla McHardypic speciallast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council is facing punishment from the Government in the form of cuts to services over non-payment of the household charge, according to Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue.This is the latest attempt by the Government to shift blame for their failure on the household charge fiasco, he said.Deputy McConalogue commented, “At the weekend, we saw Government Ministers trying to shift blame onto local authority workers in Donegal and across the country for the mess that Phil Hogan has created over the household charge. “Now it is reported that Minister Hogan will punish those areas where the household charge has not been successfully collected, by cutting local services to the entire community. “Let us be clear, this fiasco is not the fault of local authority workers in Donegal or anywhere else. This is entirely Phil Hogan and the Government’s fault. They made a mess of this from the beginning by forcing a flat-rate charge on people regardless of their ability to pay, by failing to provide the proper information to the public, by failing to allow people to pay in a variety of ways including in their local post office, and by failing to give people enough time to pay by instalment.  “Now in order to save face, the Government wants to blame ordinary council workers and to threaten cuts to local services. This demonstrates just how disconnected this Government has become from the experience of many families in a very short period of time. What Fine Gael and Labour should be doing is putting their hands up, admitting that they made a mistake, and extending the deadline to the end of the September. That gives them time to run a proper information campaign, allow people to pay in a variety of ways and to offer an option of paying by instalment. “I am asking Minister Dinny McGinley, Deputy Joe McHugh and Senator Jimmy Harte if they stand by their colleagues’ claims that gaps in household charge payments locally are the fault of Donegal County Council workers, and not the Government? I also want them to clarify their position on Minister Hogan’s plans to cut to local services in Donegal if they Government has not succeeded in collecting the household charge from all homes in Donegal.” MCCONALOGUE SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER HOUSEHOLD CHARGE DEBACLE was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilHOUSEHOLD CHARGElast_img read more

Circus kids go Zip Zap

first_img17 December 2002There’s not many people in the world who can juggle five balls. Six balls takes hours and hours and hours of practice. And seven? Well, you can count them on one hand. And when you do, make sure you count in 14-year-old Johan Moolman of the Zip Zap Circus.The Circus, made up of a group of energetic and enthusiastic kids ranging in age from 7 to 20 years, is packed with extraordinary talent in trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, unicycling and clowning.The kids, in their colourful costumes and ready smiles, work together as a well-honed team, displaying confidence, poise and skill that attests to hours of practice and training. And besides juggling seven balls, they juggle rings, clubs, balls, even burning clubs, and the smaller boys juggle sitting on a bigger boy’s shoulders, who is on a unicycle.They tour the country, usually during school holidays, giving free shows in shopping centres. Some kids have gone on overseas trips – at present there are four boys performing in Holland. The school has around 60 kids, half boys, half girls.Zip Zap teenagers take on African stick-fightingThe Circus is based in Cape Town, where it began in 1992, and is the only free circus school in the country. It takes children from all walks of life – some are street kids, others have no parents, several live in mansions, others live in shacks in townships. They don’t pay fees for their five hours of training a day they get, and they still go to school, in some cases paid for by Zip Zap to encourage the kids to finish their formal schooling.Free shows, no training fees . . . how do they do it? The Circus has one major sponsor in the form of Old Mutual Properties, and they perform free of charge in shopping centres belonging to the large corporate. But most of their funding they earn themselves, through corporate, stunt and film work. Two recent movies they were involved in are Home Alone 4 and Sinbad. Several years ago they did the stunt work for the Sanlam advert in which a trapeze artist walked across a tightrope strung between two buildings.David Koch, assistant trainer and tour manager, explains: “We do corporate acts just for entertainment, but we also create shows around what companies want, maybe to build trust, to represent safety or dignity.’The school was started 10 years ago by Brent van Rensburg and his wife Laurence Esteve. Van Rensburg has worked in circuses worldwide. He set up the Circus with the aim of teaching kids life skills through circus skills.It’s not hard to see that it’s working – the kids exude confidence and pride, trust in each other (especially when you’re dangling from someone’s wrists four metres above the ground) and just plain enjoyment, obvious in their happy smiles. Says Lizo James, 17: “This is my school, it is good for me and makes me excited.’ He admits it is hard work. “It is not easy, you have to train hard to be flexible.’The kids also learn practical skills. They make all their own props and costumes, and learn make-up application.It goes further. Several of their acts are very humorous – a clown act with three bakers who throw their dough around, tumble over and under their baking table, getting lots of laughs from the audience.Another act involves boys dressed up as animals, tiptoeing behind a hunter dressed in khaki. They jump over a vaulting horse in every imaginable way, creating a very amusing scene. Two talented boys come on with African drums, and elicit much laughter with their mimed actions, but produce some pretty cool drumming.Koch says most of the ideas for the humorous sketches are put together by the kids themselves.And don’t skimp on the applause. Says Ryno Keet, 17: “The best part is getting a good round of applause.’ For him it shows the audience appreciates all the hard work that goes into each act. It requires a lot of “dedication, commitment, perseverance, and a need to get better’.Zip Zap has links with the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian-based circus, which sends interns to the Cape Town school.Zip Zap also has an outreach programme. They take street kids for a three-week basic circus skills course and some reveal great talent, but it can be heartbreaking. “Some of these kids could be stars, but they inevitably go back to the street’, says Cock.Three boys from Zip Zap will be going to study at the UniverSoul Circus in the US in February.Future plans for the circus are to create a centre of the arts, with a hostel attached. “We get inquiries from around the world. We’d like to set up an alternative kind of school’, says Koch. This requires approval from the Department of Education, so it will take some time.Smiles, confidence, poise . . . isn’t this what every teenager needs? Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA’s children get football fever

first_imgChildren blowing plastic vuvuzelas trumpets in Alexandra to mark 200 days remaining until the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The youngsters singing South Africa’s national anthem … … and waving the flag for Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s football team. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Play Soccer South Africa +27 11 023 0877 RELATED ARTICLES • Football Fridays fever mounts • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Fly the Flag for Football Toolkit • Global Fifa fan parks for 2010 • Football for Hope to unite SA Bongani NkosiWith South Africa counting down the days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a sports day recently held in Johannesburg‘s Alexandra township kicked off a campaign to spread both excitement and lifeskills among the country’s young people.On 23 November more than 80 youngsters, ranging from four to 14 years old, gathered for a football workshop with a difference at the township’s Football for Hope Centre.They were there to pick up tips on how to “bend it like David Beckham”, as well as learn about national pride and the values of “ubuntu” – a Southern African philosophy of fellowship and community. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the 200 days remaining until the tournament begins.The event was a joint initiative of Play Soccer South Africa (PSSA), the local arm of a US-based NGO, which gives life skills and football training to children from disadvantaged areas; the International Marketing Council (IMC); and Heartlines, which promotes good values in society.“This is a contribution made by the three organisations to say that children deserve to celebrate. It’s about introducing them to the 2010 hype,” said Kenny Hlabahlaba, PSSA’s programme manager.“It’s 28 Fridays to go,” Heartlines’ Mzamo Moloi told participants. “We’re here to play football with you, but at the same time we’re here to teach you love and respect.”They were each handed plastic vuvuzela trumpets and South African flags, after Moloi taught the crowd about the significance of its colours. “The white represents the racial diversity of South Africa,” he said.“The whole point is to partner with Play Soccer to use soccer as a means to instill values in the children. It’s about using soccer as a tool for social change.“South Africans should grab opportunities presented by the current excitement about the much-anticipated tournament to create a strong spirit of doing good for their communities.”It would be unrealistic to do this just for the month of the World Cup, he said. “We’re saying let’s build a movement to work for our communities even after the final, because life will go on.”Life lessons through footballPSSA is well established in Alexandra and hosts scores of children at the Football for Hope Centre every Monday. “We use football to teach them about HIV and Aids. Children should know about such things. They also learn their rights and responsibilities,” said Hlabahlaba.The organisation does the same kind of work in seven other areas in Gauteng, including the communities of Lawley and Fine Town, south of Johannesburg.Play Soccer’s clinics have helped 18-year-old Sello Mahlangu, an Alex youngster appointed to train the children, adopt a healthier lifestyle. “It takes us away from many bad things. Play Soccer has done a lot for Alex … we learn a lot and we play soccer,” he said.“It’s all about developing talents and unleashing the potential of the individual,” Hlabahlaba said.Drumming up support for BafanaThe timing of this initiative is perfect, as it’s preparing all South Africans to welcome the world in 2010, said IMC chief financial officer Moeletsi Mabuku. “The best we can do is welcome the people with the spirit of ubuntu, the spirit of humanity.”The IMC is also behind two other campaigns to drum up support for the World Cup and national football squad, Bafana Bafana.Replicas of the national flag have been handed out to communities across the country through the Fly the Flag for Football drive, which was launched in April. “[The campaign] is powerful and it’s growing. People want the flag. They’re flying it from their cars and everywhere,” said Loyiso Stofile, the IMC’s marketing services coordinator.South Africans are also being encouraged to wear football shirts to work at the end of each week as part of the Football Fridays concept to build spirit for next year’s tournament. “Companies are coming through and supporting it,” he added.“That people can wear the gear of any team, be it Moroka Swallows, Brazil or Russia’s Rubin Kazan, is quite relevant to the World Cup. We have people coming here and we have to show that we are a supportive nation,” said Stofile.“And as for Bafana Bafana, it really does need the nation to rally behind it,” Mabuku said. He believes the two campaigns will do a lot to inspire the team to do its best in 2010.“The only way we can support our squad is by wearing their jersey and flying the South African flag with pride,” said Mabuku. “As we consolidate our support, we hope the coach and the players can tap into that.”The IMC is supporting most “events that are milestones towards 2010”, he said.At the Alex workshop I asked nine-year-old Lebogang Molapo about his opinion of Bafana Bafana. “Bafana Bafana will win it [the World Cup],” he said proudly. “Will we beat Brazil with its champion player Kaka?” I challenged. The youngster was in no doubt as he replied: “Yes, because Bafana Bafana has Teko Modise and Siphiwe Tshabala.”last_img read more

NGT bench shifted on our request: Parrikar

first_imgIt is now clear that it was on Goa government’s recommendation that the Union Ministry for Environment Forests and Climate Change decided to change the jurisdiction of the National Green Tribunal(NGT) for Goa-related cases, from its Pune bench to the principal bench in Delhi.Finally breaking his silence, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that Pune was not convenient for Goa as in case a lawyer has to be sent to represent any case, it takes three days. “Delhi has excellent connectivity (with Goa),” Mr. Parrikar told presspersons here on Friday.He said that the Goa government did not have a legal set-up in Pune as against in Delhi, where the government has empanelled lawyers.The Bombay High Court at Goa on August 22 stayed the transfer of Goa-related NGT cases to Delhi jurisdiction of the NGT and also issued notices to the State and Central government.The August 10 notification had shifted Goa from the Western zone jurisdiction of the NGT to the Northern zone, while retaining Gujarat and Maharashtra in the Western zone.The Opposition including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party and the environmental activists had slammed the relocation of Goa to the Northern zone as harassment to green petitioners because while Pune is about 470 km from Goa, the distance from Goa to Delhi is nearly 2000 km.”This is meant to discourage petitioners from approaching the NGT. This is a really draconian move by the government which has been prompted by vested interests,” Congress spokesperson and AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar had said.Goa Foundation and more than 20 groups including green NGOs have opposed the move and decided to oppose the move when the suo motu case taken up by the high court here comes up for hearing on September 5.last_img read more

Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross was slapped with a technical foul during the incident before getting ejected later in the game after engaging in a verbal altercation with NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chris Ross vs Michael Miranda. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross was left confused over Michael Miranda’s comments about the NLEX big man’s actions that led to a hefty fine and a one-game suspension.Miranda was fined P20,000 and will miss the Road Warriors’ next game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Friday after kicking Ross in the groin last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In an interview with Spin.ph, Miranda didn’t seem apologetic when he spoke with the media after being summoned by PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial at the PBA Office on Tuesday. Miranda justified his kick, saying that the move is just “part of the game.”READ: PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, MirandaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiranda’s unapologetic demeanor didn’t sit well with Ross, who expressed his displeasure on Twitter.“Part of basketball!?!? Never was taught that part! Could possibly ruin someone’s future by kicking in that area. It’s ok I accept your apology and send prayers your way!” Ross, a five-time champion, wrote.last_img read more

India’s fielding drills: Balls of different weights, simulation machine, blind-fold catching

first_imgA ‘blindfold technique’ to increase reaction time, leather balls of various weights to gauge trajectory in breezy conditions and a simulation machine for slip-catching have made the Indian team a remarkably improved catching unit, fielding coach R Sridhar said Wednesday.While the ‘blindfold technique’ was specifically used in England for red-ball cricket, a simulation machine called ‘Teammate’ was used in Australia for slip-catching.When asked about the ‘blindfold technique’ specifically, Sridhar explained: “We have a feeder behind a curtain and the catcher doesn’t know from where the ball is coming from.”We would slide it from under the curtain…It did improve their reaction time [reflex], we did that extensively in England throughout the Test series. It was specifically for red-ball cricket.”Now, balls of varying weights are being used during the ODIs against New Zealand in order to help the players prepare for skiers with steady breeze threatening to change the trajectory.”We brought a different type of machine called ‘Teammate’ for slip-catching simulations. We did a lot of blindfold work or reaction work. By the time, we reached Australia, it was a well-oiled machine and if you see, Virat took some brilliant catches,” the fielding coach gave a peek into his trade secret.Asked about how the team is countering the breeze while handling skiers, Sridhar said: “The biggest challenge you face in New Zealand as a fielder is the breeze. Most of the batting and bowling plans are based around that breeze.”If we see the ball wobble a lot in air, we try and simulate that in practice, use balls of different weights, so that the ball swerves and swings more in the air.”advertisementSridhar also informed that the Indian team’s support staff is in touch with various IPL teams to ensure that players adhere to the “follow-up programme”.”We do give them follow-up programme for fielding just like trainer [Shankar] Basu does for fitness and physio Patrick [Farhart] does for rehab.”We keep the communication going with players and also try and keep in touch with fielding coaches of the respective IPL teams so that we can get information about how they are going about.”Sridhar also praised comeback-man Hardik Pandya’s stunning catch off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling to dismiss rival captain Kane Williamson.”The desperation he brought was magnificent to see. He is always a good fielder and dying to get into the thick of things and be a part of this and get back to what he loves doing, that is to play cricket and as best as he can.””He [Pandya] made a very difficult catch look easy. It was a piece of magic and he is known for that and he is one of our best fielders. Hardik brings a lot to the team. Not only the balance but other factors as well,” he concluded.Also Read | Rohit Sharma becomes cameraman as Yuzvendra Chahal interviews India’s young brigadeAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Hardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R SridharAlso Read | India look to try out reserve players in Hamilton ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell Santnerlast_img read more

Dead Rabbit NYC: “World’s Best Bar” Moves to London (Sort of)

first_img Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara 6 Cocktail Trends You Need to Watch, According to Tales of the Cocktail Experts 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee We're being overrun. And we like it. These bad bunnies are securing the Claridge's Bar tonight as it is being taken…Posted by Claridge’s on Monday, August 14, 2017Now, the famed cocktail bar is heading to London for a one-week takeover of the city’s immensely popular Claridge’s Bar. Located inside the legendary five-star Claridge’s hotel, the namesake bar is already well known among discerning Mayfair drinkers for its top-notch selection of vintage Champagnes and rare liquors. Coupled with a staff that understands the nuanced flavor profiles of every liquor in their toolkit, this is the place to go if you’re seeking a perfectly poured cocktail in London. So, it seems only fitting that Dead Rabbit NYC would take over the joint by recreating their second floor “Parlor” inside Claridge’s. An edited menu of select signature cocktails including Psycho Killer and their famous Irish Coffee will be served alongside hearty fare like their Irish lamb stew and lobster deviled eggs. Other details like the eclectic, comic book-style menu and ragtime piano background music round out the takeover. The collaboration is another in a series of partnerships Dead Rabbit has completed with Big Easy at Canary Wharf and a brief stint at their sister bar, the Cuban-flavored BlackTail Bar NYC.Reserved bookings for the event — providing bar-goers with a guaranteed 90-minute seating — sold out almost immediately. The bar is still encouraging anyone who’s interested to show up, however. They’re guaranteeing a seat, although it may require a long wait in the adjacent Taproom. Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Barcenter_img Securing a vote as “The World’s Best Bar” is no small feat. Securing it in back-to-back years is damn near impossible. Such is the case for New York City’s multi-award-winning The Dead Rabbit NYC. This month, the now iconic bar is crossing the pond for an exclusive pop-up takeover of London’s equally iconic Claridge’s Bar.On paper, the idea of a relaxed 19th-century-style Irish tavern promising great beer, extensive whisky and whiskey menus, and “the best Guinness in New York” hardly seems like a novelty. In fact, it reads like the prologue to a thousand other failed bars littering Manhattan’s streets. But, two of the world’s premier booze connoisseurs — Jack McGarry (an international bartender of the year and self-described “walking drinks encyclopedia”) and Sean Muldoon (an influential force behind Belfast’s The Merchant — already one of the world’s best cocktail bars) — committed to doing it anyway. After six years, they got all the details right, cementing one of the most successful, destination-worthy watering holes in the city’s history. Editors’ Recommendations Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts last_img read more

Experience Jamaica Campaign Goes to Portmore and Montego Bay

first_imgThe Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) will be staging two road shows as part of the ‘Experience Jamaica’ campaign, geared at encouraging persons living and working in Jamaica to enjoy more of the country’s tourism product and offerings at special rates.The road shows will be held on Saturday, June 8 and 29 at the Portmore Pines Plaza, St. Catherine and the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay, St. James respectively.Speaking with JIS News, Consultant for the Experience Jamaica campaign, Horace Phillips, explained that these events will feature a range of products, services and entertainment from the businesses that operate in the local tourist industry.“Tourism entities including attractions, transportation, eateries and hotels will be exhibiting, providing information, special discounts and giveaways to persons attending these road shows, all in an effort to heighten awareness about brand Jamaica and the sector’s product offering,” Mr. Phillips highlighted.He informed that under ‘Experience Jamaica’, some 100 tourism entities have partnered with the JTB, to offer special discounts of 10 to 50 per cent to locals from March to December 2013.The names of the participating entities are listed on the JTB’s website at www.visitjamaica.com/experiencejamaica“We want every Jamaican to taste, see, feel and enjoy more of the country’s tourism product and re-discover the cuisine, places and activities that make the island an endearing magnet to visitors from around the world,” Mr. Phillips stated.He noted that for the remainder of the campaign, the marketing thrust will be intensified to include radio, television, newspaper, town crier and the internet, “to make sure that everyone knows about the offerings, participate and inform family and friends.”Contact: Kadian Brownlast_img read more