Magic Beans Announce 2019 Dates For Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival

first_imgColorado’s own Magic Beans have announced their seventh-annual Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival at Bond, Colorado’s Rancho Del Rio, set to take place on June 27th–29th, 2019.The three-day event has surely solidified itself as one of Colorado’s premier music and camping festivals, with tubing and other water-related activities on the beautiful Colorado River easily accessible throughout the weekend. In addition to a consistently stellar lineup and morning yoga offerings, Beanstalk’s prime location along the banks of the Colorado River allows attendees to enjoy the outdoors—including hiking, hot springs, cliff jumping, ATVing, and world-class mountain biking—before the music starts in the mid-afternoon.Last year’s Beanstalk offered a stacked lineup of nationally renowned and regional acts, as well as a super-jam comprised of some of the jam scene’s veteran all-stars. In addition to Magic Beans’ host sets and the annual “Beanstalk All-Star Superjam” with Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Dave Watts of The Motet, Matt Jalbert of TAUK, and more, last year, Beanstalk curated a lineup featuring headliners Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Aqueous in addition to Octave Cat, a side project featuring Jesse Miller of Lotus, Eli Winderman of Dopapod, and Charlie Patierno; Ghost Light, featuring Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton; Cory Wong of Vulfpeck; and Eminence Ensemble. Jam scene favorites Mungion, Cycles, lespecial (an original set and a “lespecial Does Primus” set), Amoramora, Yak Attack, and The Jauntee, also performed throughout the three-day festival.100 “Early Bean” tickets for 2019’s Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival are available here at a discounted rate. For more information on Beanstalk 2019, ticketing, and the upcoming lineup announcement, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Seeds of violence in climate change

first_imgThis is second in a series of stories about Harvard’s engagement in Latin America.When Nathan Black considers the potential global consequences of climate change, one thing he sees is war.Black, the French Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, is spending two years investigating the connection between changing agricultural conditions — specifically the supply of agricultural land — and civil war.He is examining the cases of two nations, Haiti and Mexico, where shifts in the supply of agricultural land sparked violent conflict. He is also looking at Uruguay, which avoided conflict despite similar conditions in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to understand how violence was averted.“What I’m looking at is, ‘What did Uruguay do that Haiti and Mexico failed to do?’” Black said. “What is the playbook?”Black, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became interested in conflict as a field of study as an undergraduate, but focused on interstate conflict. When he entered MIT for his doctoral work, a colleague’s investigation of civil wars piqued his curiosity.Far less has been written about civil conflict than clashing nations, he said, which leaves many interesting questions still to be answered. His doctoral dissertation was about developing civil conflicts spilling across borders. He also began thinking about his current topic, and in 2010 published an article on how changes in the supply of arable land can fuel civil war. Black was a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs before graduating from MIT in 2012.“I think my own research suggests that on average, as arable land supplies decrease due to climate change, we should see more violent civil conflicts,” he said.Kenneth Oye, an associate professor at MIT and director of its Center for International Studies, said Black’s work is unusual in that it not only examines a potential problem stemming from climate change, but also seeks practical approaches to resolve it.“He’s an unusual guy because his commitment to tackling central issues that are of policy relevance has been with him from the beginning,” Oye said.Climate is not a clear factor in the cases Black is studying, but lessons on the consequences of changes to the land supply — whatever the source — should still apply. In Haiti, poor agricultural practices degraded land, a situation exacerbated by corruption that diverted needed aid. In Mexico’s Chiapas region, government inaction on reform left land-poor peasants to watch elites buy up more land.The rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns expected by scientists in coming decades could accelerate desertification and take land that is currently used for agriculture — particularly in Africa and Latin America — out of production. Shifting precipitation patterns could also mean too much rain in some places, leading to crop failures.“Some places will benefit from climate change. Unfortunately, most places [negatively] affected by climate change are also susceptible to violent civil conflict,” Black said.The loss of livelihood from the land can prove ruinous for subsistence farmers and, by extension, the government, Black said. His studies of Haiti during the dictatorial reign of Jean-Claude Duvalier in the 1970s and 1980s showed that the degradation of agricultural land stemmed from widespread cutting of trees for firewood, coupled with a lack of improvements in irrigation and crop variety. The agricultural decline led to the migration of many young men with little money and fewer prospects to the cities, all too ready to join the unrest that followed Duvalier’s exit in 1986.Black traveled to Haiti in January and interviewed two of Duvalier’s agriculture ministers, the current director of the land reform effort, and a group of peasant organizers. He also sought to interview Duvalier himself, who returned to Haiti in 2011 after 15 years in exile, but received no response.Black is about halfway through his research, which he plans to publish in a book. Before that, though, he has work to complete in Chiapas, where land grabs by politically connected elites fed the Zapatista movement of the 1990s. The movement, which burst forth as an armed struggle in 1994 and was put down by the Mexican military, has since embraced nonviolent means of change.Black has completed much of the background work on Uruguay and plans to visit this month to speak with two former presidents, Julio Sanguinetti, who served from 1985 until 1990 and again from 1995 until 2000, and Jorge Batlle Ibáñez, who served from 2000 to 2005. Also on his list are a former vice president and a former agriculture minister.The problems in Uruguay in the 1970s and 1980s were somewhat different than those in Haiti and Mexico. Much of its population was already urbanized, so the danger was that agriculture-related shocks would send the economy into a tailspin, creating a pool of potential recruits for rebel groups.The country’s agricultural economy is dominated by ranching, with beef its largest export. With the market flagging, leaders took two big steps to improve it, initiating reforms that began in the 1960s and stretched through the 1980s, Black said.First, they invested in a vaccine for foot and mouth disease, which allowed the country to eradicate the disease in 1993 and again when it recurred in 2000. By eradicating foot and mouth, the nation’s beef exports gained or maintained access to U.S. and European markets, larger and with steadier demand than South American nations.The second thing the government did was invest in seeds for better pasturage, which increased the number of cattle that could be grazed on an acre of land.So far, Black said, the main lesson to emerge from his research is that governments should bypass quick fixes and instead invest in long-term improvements in the agriculture sector, making it more resilient.“I hope the book will be a call to action to developing state governments and the developed nations that support them to make serious and sustained investment in the agriculture sector,” Black said. “You can’t just flip a switch and change agricultural technology.”last_img read more

Pros at the con

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘Surveillance is the business model of the internet,’ Berkman and Belfer fellow says Related First as candidate and now as president, his word choices and stances are regularly directed at the worried working class, professor says Trump’s language, unseemly to critics, reassures his base GAZETTE: Have the frauds and scams of today changed much from 20 or 50 years ago?KONNIKOVA: No, just the format. Nothing has changed. Just the trappings.GAZETTE: How much is the “fear of missing out” a factor when victims fall for these too-good-to-be-true scams, like the Fyre Festival?KONNIKOVA: That’s always the case. Think about investment frauds: “If you don’t do this right now, someone else is going to get rich and you’re not.” Think about the Gold Rush. Think about scarcity frauds where you say, “If you don’t get in on this deal right now, we’re going to run out. We only have 10 of these.” That’s all driven by fear of missing out but it’s amplified, obviously, on social media. So yes, that’s definitely a factor.It’s really tempting to say social media has changed everything or to say that all of a sudden there’s been this seismic shift. And that’s just not true. That’s the easy way to frame it. A better way to understand it is the toolbox has expanded with every single new technology. And it will keep expanding and it will keep shifting, but the general game will remain the same. And the fear of missing out has always remained. That’s a part of humanity.GAZETTE: Are there any recent scams or con artists that have intrigued you? The Anna Delvey “Soho Grifter” scheme was such a fascinating story …KONNIKOVA: It was a very well-told story, but the con happens over and over and over. It’s actually one of the most classic cons because people want to be close to aristocracy and wealth and power. And she, very cleverly, homed in on exactly what people wanted.I think the most despicable con artist [lately] is Elizabeth Holmes because she’s screwing with people’s lives. She was selling a technology she knew did not work, but that people were relying on for blood work. That is just unconscionable to me. But she was incredibly successful. She’s the one who stands out the most because it was very clear from the very beginning that what she was doing was not going to work. She was told as much, and rather than get the scientific education that was necessary, she dropped out of Stanford and ran a big con.GAZETTE: Why are we so fascinated by scoundrels?KONNIKOVA: Because they’re clever and we admire cleverness. It’s cool to see the story and be like, “Ha, ha! Look at how this person tricked them.” It’s not violent. We don’t usually see it as a violent crime. There’s no blood, no one was killed. And so it’s very easy to say, “This was just one person being smarter than the other and it’s a battle of wits.” We also forget the victims. We don’t even call them victims; we blame the victims. We say, “How could you have been so stupid?” It’s almost like it’s a victimless crime even though it’s not.GAZETTE: What’s your advice for trying to avoid being an easy mark?KONNIKOVA: Do not accept friend requests from anyone you don’t know. Never share anything personal, do not tell us how you’re feeling, especially if you’re down. Do not tell us when you’re going through a divorce or a death. I know it’s really nice to have a lot of social media support, but that’s a con artist’s bread and butter. Be careful. And if you don’t know someone in person and know exactly who they are, do not connect with them on social media, because that’s how you get credibility. Con artists just need a few people to accept them as friends and all of a sudden, they’re in the network and then people say, “Oh, you know X and Y, you must be decent.” And they also see more information about you.This interview was edited for length and clarity. On internet privacy, be very afraid Not a single human being sees the world objectively. We have all sorts of self-serving biases. Con artists understand what yours are, they’re able to figure that out, and then that’s what they use in order to sell you their con. And because it’s a story,  it gets you emotionally engaged. The moment you’re emotional, you’re no longer logical, you’re no longer rational. And the moment the con artist is able to engage you emotionally, the con artist has won because you’re already roped in, you’re already part of the story and it’s going to be really hard for you, if not impossible, to disengage. So: Storytelling to engage emotion, to create a link, to create rapport. That’s the way all cons, with different variations on that theme, will operate to ultimately sell you your vision of the world that you already believe in.The reason that cons are successful has nothing to do with intelligence, nothing to do with integrity, nothing to do with anything other than a very basic human tendency to hope and to be optimistic and to think that tomorrow is going to be better than today was. Con artists prey on hope. So it’s great that con artists exist because that means we’re still hoping and we’re still willing to believe. The moment con artists stop existing is the moment humanity dies.GAZETTE: Do con artists share a common psychological profile or core makeup?KONNIKOVA: Yes. Not all con artists have all of these traits, and you can have those traits and not be a con artist. But there’s something called the dark triad: psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism. Out of those three, psychopathy is the most rare in the population and the most rare among con artists. It’s rare to find a true psychopath. People overuse that term. In general, psychopaths are about 2 to 3 percent of the population.Now, narcissism and Machiavellianism: I think most con artists have those two. If you had to rank them, Machiavellianism, every con artist has. You can’t be a con artist without Machiavellianism because that’s the persuasion element. That’s being able to persuade someone to do what you want them to do without their being aware of it. They think it’s their own idea. If you’re going to be a successful con artist, you have to be good at that. That’s basically a requirement.Narcissism is incredibly common because that’s how you’re able to justify to yourself a lot of what you do. Narcissism isn’t just an over-inflated ego or sense of self; it’s also, at its core, about entitlement. You feel entitled to all of these things because you’re so wonderful. That’s how a lot of con artists justify the crap that they pull on other people. They say “I’m totally justified in doing this because I deserve it more than you.” It enables them to cut sympathy out of the equation even if they’re not a psychopath. You don’t need to be a psychopath to not feel any sympathy for your victims.GAZETTE: Are there more instances of elaborate frauds and scams these days or does it just seem like there are because of social media?KONNIKOVA: It just seems like it because of social media. People are drawing more attention to it. Cons have always existed; they will always exist. Social media lowers the barrier of entry. I think there are more small-time cons because it’s become easier, but overall, there’s nothing, to me, that says there’s a rise in big cons right now. We’ve become more susceptible and you don’t have to be quite as good to be a con artist. The bad ones are the ones getting caught. The truly good ones, the ones we don’t know about because they’ve never gotten caught, those people were able to operate without technology. Now, there’s just more small fish who are able to do things that they wouldn’t have been able to do before because they weren’t talented enough. Social media makes it so much easier both in terms of crafting a false persona and also in terms of finding victims because we are just so incredibly stupid about what we share online. The IRS has long dubbed the weeks leading up to the mid-April tax filing deadline “scam season” because of the predictable uptick of schemes and tricks designed to part the unsuspecting from their money.But lately, in addition to the usual political charlatans and business cheats, a clutch of cons and scams tailor-made for social media has leapt off the pages of police blotters and captivated popular culture. Everywhere you look, TV documentaries, books, magazines, and podcasts have stories about cons. Scams and cons are definitely having a moment. Some of the most talked about:Anna Sorokin, known as “The Soho Grifter,” allegedly swanned around the Manhattan party circuit for two years posing as Anna Delvey, a wealthy German heiress, conning an array of hipsters, trendy hotels and boutiques, and international banks out of $275,000 before her arrest in late 2017. Sorokin’s trial on multiple grand larceny charges began in New York in late March. Star showrunner Shonda Rhimes is developing a Netflix series based on her story.Theranos, the blood-testing startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes, was sold to Silicon Valley venture capitalists, star board members like Gen. James Mattis and Henry Kissinger, and top pharmaceutical firms as developing the “iPod of health care.” Despite the product’s ongoing failures, Theranos was valued at $10 billion in 2014; by June 2018, it was shuttered and Holmes was charged with running a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors, and patients. An HBO documentary recently aired, and a film starring Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly in the works.Two recent documentaries, on Hulu and Netflix, chronicled the immolation of the Fyre Festival, an Instagram-curated mirage that bilked ticket-holders out of millions for a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that never happened. The festival organizer was convicted of federal wire fraud and sentenced to six years in prison.Psychologist Maria Konnikova ’05 details the psychology of con artists and the techniques at work in con games in her book “The Confidence Game” (2016). She spoke with the Gazette about what makes cons work, how social media is affecting scam artists, and why we’re so obsessed with stories about scams.Q&AMaria KonnikovaGAZETTE: In David Maurer’s classic 1940 book, “The Big Con,” he says confidence games are effective because they prey upon weaknesses in human nature, and that what makes someone an ideal victim or “mark” is not their level of intelligence, but their integrity. How do the most successful cons work psychologically, and is it the same for everyone?KONNIKOVA: Every single con, no matter what the con is, has the same backbone. You have to tell a story. Con artists, at the end of the day, are confident storytellers. They’re the best storytellers in the world, the good ones. They tell us the stories that we want to hear, not the stories that are true. But we believe them because it’s what we already think is true and the way that we already see the world. “The moment con artists stop existing is the moment humanity dies.”last_img read more

Harvard students explore ethics in tech

first_imgSeventeen students representing nine schools across Harvard convened with one common goal: to combine their diverse expertise to tackle the biggest issues in tech today. The students, from both undergraduate and graduate programs, composed the first cohort of the Assembly Student Fellowship, which formally launched in fall of 2018 under the inaugural title “Techtopia.”The Assembly Student Fellowship is one of three tracks within the Assembly program based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. The Student Fellowship facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue between Harvard faculty and students, and is further supported by a community of almost 50 faculty, staff, and fellows from around the University, including from the HBS Digital Initiative, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. The Assembly Student Fellowship “is breaking silos and building a community that Harvard had not seen before,” wrote Irene Solaiman, a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the cohort. “It not only brings together thought leaders who are dedicated to approaching issues rising from digital technologies, but also promotes multidisciplinary solutions.”In Spring 2019, students worked on hands-on projects advised by faculty from across the University, ranging from an art installation exploring how emotion-detection AI and affective computing might change our relationship with society and technology, a browser plug-in to make privacy and data literacy more accessible to communities online, and a policy playbook to help local governments procure automated decision-making technologies responsibly. Learn more and apply to the Assembly Student FellowshipThis year’s Assembly Student Fellowship is focused on exploring disinformation in the digital public sphere from a cybersecurity perspective. It is part of the broader Assembly: Disinformation program, which includes three tracks: the Assembly Student Fellowship, Assembly Fellowship for professionals, and Assembly Forum for expert discussion. The Student Fellowship is open to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and schools. Student Fellows will regularly convene for problem-solving seminars and collaborate on student-led projects that tackle real-world disinformation problems. More information about this year’s Assembly Student Fellowship and the application can be found on the program’s website.last_img read more

The Color Purple Pays Tribute to Prince with ‘Purple Rain’

first_img Star Files The Color Purple View Comments Music legend Prince died at the age of 57 on April 21, and on the night of his passing, the cast of The Color Purple expressed their love for the late icon with a special tribute following the curtain call. Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo led a powerful rendition of “Purple Rain” with their co-stars and invited the audience to join in for the final refrain. The show ends with the cast singing, “Like the color purple, where do it come from? Now my eyes are open; look what God has done,” and those lyrics resonated as those onstage and off celebrated Prince’s life and career at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Take a look below at the thunderous performance. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 The cast of ‘The Color Purple’ Related Shows Cynthia Erivo Jennifer Hudsonlast_img read more

Extend harvest

first_imgBy Bob WesterfieldUniversity of GeorgiaAs the summer comes to an end, most gardeners may be growing tired of tending and harvesting their vegetable garden. Before you pack up your hoe and rake, there are a few things you can do to extend your harvest and prepare for next year’s garden.September in Georgia is a time of change and sometimes unpredictable weather. Some days feel like mid-July with temperatures in the 90’s and others feel like fall days in the low 70’s. These fluctuations in temperature drastically affect your summer garden. If disease and insects have not carried your garden away, the shorter days and cooler temperatures will begin to signal your plants to terminate or go to seed.You can extend your harvest up to the first frost if you pay a little more attention to the plants’ needs. First, scout the garden carefully for any severely damaged or diseased plants. Cut loses and remove any poor-looking plants to give more room and energy to existing ones. Plants that have quit producing should be removed and sent to the compost pile. This time of year weeds have often taken over. Carefully run a tiller between the rows to decrease the competition of weeds and help remaining vegetables. Carefully spray Round-up, or a similar product, between rows to help battle weeds. Be sure not to drift any on vegetable plants. I use a sprayer with a shield cone on the end. This does a good job of containing the herbicide. Diseases and insects are usually at their peak this time of year. Continue to harvest early and don’t leave mature vegetables on the vine or they will attract problems. Use organic alternatives when available to combat disease and insects. Use chemical controls only when problems are severe.Water is another key issue this time of year. The soil tends to be hot and dry in September, so more frequent irrigation may be needed to fill out vegetables. I prefer to use soaker hoses or irrigation tape for watering. It is very efficient and helps prevent diseases by keeping the foliage dry.Pay particular attention to your tomato plants. You may need to pick or prune off up to half the plant to remove damaged or diseased branches. At this time of year it is also a good idea to harvest tomatoes while they are still green or close to turning red and allow them to fully ripen indoors. The quality of your harvest will be much better.You should be able to continue to harvest most vegetables until the first frost, which usually occurs in late October. A late planting of squash in mid to late summer should have you pulling throughout the months of September and early October.By paying a little more attention to your late summer garden it is possible to harvest until Thanksgiving.last_img read more

United States Consumption

first_imgWith less than 5 percent of world population, the U.S. uses a third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the oil, coal and aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper. The U.S. ranks highest by a considerable margin in most consumer categories as well. Photo cred: Comstock/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I read that a single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country? Can you explain why?            — Josh C., via e-mailIt is well known that Americans consume far more natural resources and live much less sustainably than people from any other large country of the world. “A child born in the United States will create thirteen times as much ecological damage over the course of his or her lifetime than a child born in Brazil,” reports the Sierra Club’s Dave Tilford, adding that the average American will drain as many resources as 35 natives of India and consume 53 times more goods and services than someone from China.Tilford cites a litany of sobering statistics showing just how profligate Americans have been in using and abusing natural resources. For example, between 1900 and 1989 U.S. population tripled while its use of raw materials grew by a factor of 17.  “With less than 5 percent of world population, the U.S. uses one-third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the world’s oil, 23 percent of the coal, 27 percent of the aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper,” he reports. “Our per capita use of energy, metals, minerals, forest products, fish, grains, meat, and even fresh water dwarfs that of people living in the developing world.”He adds that the U.S. ranks highest in most consumer categories by a considerable margin, even among industrial nations. To wit, American fossil fuel consumption is double that of the average resident of Great Britain and two and a half times that of the average Japanese. Meanwhile, Americans account for only five percent of the world’s population but create half of the globe’s solid waste.Americans’ love of the private automobile constitutes a large part of their poor ranking. The National Geographic Society’s annual Greendex analysis of global consumption habits finds that Americans are least likely of all people to use public transportation—only seven percent make use of transit options for daily commuting. Likewise, only one in three Americans walks or bikes to their destinations, as opposed to three-quarters of Chinese. While China is becoming the world’s leader in total consumption of some commodities (coal, copper, etc.), the U.S. remains the per capita consumption leader for most resources.Overall, National Geographic’s Greendex found that American consumers rank last of 17 countries surveyed in regard to sustainable behavior. Furthermore, the study found that U.S. consumers are among the least likely to feel guilty about the impact they have on the environment, yet they are near to top of the list in believing that individual choices could make a difference.Paradoxically, those with the lightest environmental footprint are also the most likely to feel both guilty and disempowered. “In what may be a major disconnect between perception and behavior, the study also shows that consumers who feel the guiltiest about their impact—those in China, India and Brazil—actually lead the pack in sustainable consumer choices,” says National Geographic’s Terry Garcia, who coordinates the annual Greendex study. “That’s despite Chinese and Indian consumers also being among the least confident that individual action can help the environment.”Readers can discover how they stack up by taking a survey on National Geographic’s Greendex website. But brace yourself if you are a typical American: You might not like what you find out about yourself.CONTACTS: Sierra Club’s “Sustainable Consumption,”; National Geographic Society’s Greendex,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: Free Trial Issue: read more

Qatar’s new ambitious tourism project presented

first_imgMore on “Qatar. You can find the Qurated for You campaign HERE. Official website / Launched in fifteen priority markets worldwide, the campaign is localized in eight languages ​​on a variety of platforms, including television, print, digital and out-of-home, and aims to reach 250 million people. The campaign aims to present many authentic experiences that the country offers to travelers and position Qatar among the five best tourist destinations globally. The first television commercial for the campaign featured a handful of Qatar’s iconic tourist attractions. The second campaign was launched in February on Qatar’s National Sports Day and includes one of the world’s leading football clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, with which the Qatar Tourism Council has a strategic partnership. According to Adam Byars, CEO of Grid, “Qatar is a fascinating country. In its efforts, it has succeeded in presenting the typical trends of the Middle Eastern country, and a number of initiatives have been implemented to increase the tourist infrastructure and provide tourist experiences at the world level. It has abolished visa requirements in as many as 80 countries and has therefore been declared the most accessible country in the Middle East by Forbes. In addition, the country has invested significant resources in infrastructure, including the construction of eight top stadiums in an effort to host the 2022 World Cup.” Prominent photographer Erik Almas was commissioned to photograph a number of attractions, including Souq Waqif, Doha’s oldest market, Khor Al Adaid, the inland sea, on the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the National Museum of Qatar, Doha Corniche, a 7-kilometer waterfront. the horizon of Doha and the sculpture “East-West / West-East” by artist Richard Serra. Almas ‘photos are featured in the campaign’ s printed and offline advertising material. The goal of the Qatar Global Marketing Initiative, launched in late 2018, is to position the country as an attractive tourist destination offering a unique experience. The campaign is called “Qatar. Qurated for You ”is the idea of ​​Grid Worldwide on behalf of the National Tourism Council of Qatar. Grid, Byars says, tried to understand what tourists were looking for from the trip. American travelers, for example, are looking for adventurous experiences, while British tourists are more interested in the catering and gastronomic offer. These insights were then implemented into key evidence points to create personalized campaigns by country. Visual Campaign / Youtube: Visit Qatar Although the campaign is still in its infancy, it has already interested Qataris. “We have become very invested in Qatar and very passionate about the country and this campaign”, Concludes Byars. From Grid they sought to communicate and convey the essence of the country itself. The agency has done this through a philosophy that embraces the past to inform the future with the “warmth of the soul” – a concept that encompasses the country’s history and heritage – along with the “spirit of vision”. Photo: Visit Qatarlast_img read more

Bramble Bay sells one house a day despite fall

first_imgThe top sale was 60 Eagle Tce, Sandgate, at $1.84 million. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< SEE WHAT’S FOR SALE IN THESE SUBURBS TODAY This Sandgate Queenslander sold after 50 days on the market for $1.84 million.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The five-bedroom house on a 1209sq m block was the second highest recorded house sale in Sandgate, after 150 Flinders Pde sold in 2017 for $1.9 million. The five-bedroom house at 99 Yundah St, Shorncliffe is on an 884sq m block.CoreLogic property data shows Shorncliffe’s median house price is $825,750 with 16 houses currently for sale, starting with offers over $499,000.center_img Historic homes dominate in top sales along Brisbane’s northern bayside.THE median house price across Brisbane’s northern bayside suburbs has risen despite the number of house sales falling by 17 per cent last year.The seaside suburbs of Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe, follow Bramble Bay from Cabbage Tree Creek to the mouth of the North Pine River.CoreLogic property data shows 259 houses sold in these suburbs last year, one house for every working day of the year. The historic “Cremorne” at 150 Flinders Pde, Sandgate was named to honour its builder John McCallum Snr who also built and ran the Cremorne Theatre at South Bank. His son, John McCallum Jnr, was a famous actor and produced the ‘Skippy’ TV series.Brighton remains the most active suburb with 181 house sales, increasing its median house price by 6.7 per cent to $555,000.The highest sale of the year in Brighton was 596 Flinders Pde, which sold for $1.47 million. The waterfront four-bedroom house at 596 Flinders Pde, Brighton.Shorncliffe had 22 house sales last year with the top sale going to 99 Yundah St, which sold for $1.56 million.last_img read more

Jamindan farmers receive seeds, fertilizers from DA

first_imgThe farmer-beneficiaries are required to present empty sacks of their purchased fertilizer from a DA- accredited store, official receipt of purchase, empty sack of rice seeds, Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture stub and, valid ID in order to avail themselves of the free farm inputs from the Municipal Agricultural Office. “During this time of pandemic, farmers are very important because you are the ones who are feeding us” says Capiz Gov. Esteban Contreras on June 26. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-WESTERN VISAYAS “In other region, the farmer-beneficiaries (are) selling (the) fertilizer they received from the national government,” DA-6 executive director Remelyn Recoter said during the ceremonial turn-over. The RRP’s inputs subsidy is under DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program), or also known as the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) which aims to boost the local rice production amid the pandemic.center_img ILOILO City – Rice farmers in Jamindan, Capiz received seeds and fertilizers support under the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).A total of 8,346 bags of urea fertilizers, certified inbred seeds for 1,481 hectares and hybrid seeds for 50 hectares were turned-over to the local government unit of Jamindan town on June 26, the DA in Region 6 said. “During this time of pandemic, farmers are very important because you are the ones who are feeding us,” Gov. Esteban Contreras said to the farmers of Jamindan during the event. (With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more