Breakfast Feb 23 to Mar 3, 2019$ 1905 ≈ Tour Reviews ≈ Not included in the cost Certificate of Legal Cuba Travel in compliance with US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control Regulations (OFAC) section, 1 C.F.R. § 515.565(b)All taxes. Prices listed are the total amounts you pay. All amounts are quoted in US dollars.Airport transfers: We meet you at José Martí Int’l Airport in Havana and take you to your hotel upon arrival. We return you to José Martí Airport for departure.Hotels as listed in the tour itinerary.All breakfasts. Welcome dinner and farewell dinner. Other lunches and dinners as listed in the tour itinerary.All activities, services, speakers, meetings and meals as described in tour itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included in the cost.”Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and a full-time professional driver.An expert Cuban English-speaking guide and translator whose background matches tour content throughout the program.Ongoing support from Cuba Explorer Tours staff in Cuba and North America before, during and after your stay.Emergency collects call access to our North American staff while in Cuba.Emergency cash advances for our tour participants who face complications accessing funds from aboard while in Cuba. Included in tour costTour meals at your hotel and at fine restaurants Cuba is a beautiful country that has a vibrant culture. Everyone was super nice. Havana was the best part of the tour, I could have [more…]Joe Pashea, Collinsville, Illinois Day123456789 Kentucky Wesleyan College Private TourIn Cuba from Saturday, February 23th to Sunday, March 3rd, 2019Nine Days And Eight Nights In The Pearl Of The Caribbean A Cuba expedition focused on people-to-people education, nature, and cultural exchanges. The program is geared to naturalists, and lovers of the arts, history, and architecture. The tour has a very diverse itinerary and features comfortable accommodations and tasty Cuban cuisine. Tour mapCuba’s big! Its land mass is 42,426 square miles – about 80 percent the size of Alabama. Cuba is nearly as large as Louisiana and larger than Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio or Indiana. Altogether it’s bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined. Book now Tour dateCostCommentsAvailability Lunch Dinner Itinerary summaryDay 1 – Saturday:: Hello CubaArrival at Havana’s José Martí International Airport.Collect your bags and go through customs. You’re welcomed at the airport lobby by your Cuba Explorer Tours guide and professional bus chauffeur.Get ready for a bus tour of Havana. You will tour of the most important sites of Modern Havana such as the Capitol building, the Grand Theatre, Central Park, Prado promenade, Revolution Square, Coppelia Ice Cream Park, Plaza José Martí (in front of US Interests Section), Malecón seawall, Monument to the Battleship Maine, Hotel Nacional, University of Havana, Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, and the Miramar, Central Havana and Vedado neighborhoods.Private transfer to your hotel located in heart of Havana’s entertainment and cultural district.Private check-in with assistance from your guide.Free time to settle in and rest up at your hotel.This evening you’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner at Decamerón with your Cuban guide and tourmates, included.Day 2 – Sunday:: Exploring Old Havana, our common heritageBreakfast in the hotel (included)Followed by a walking tour of Old Havana. We’ll visit four of the five historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. It contains the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture. This is a private tour led by your Cuba Explorer Tours guide.Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th-century colonial plaza on the island. Named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana built by the Jesuit order.Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as:Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales, the former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City.Palacio del Segundo Cabo [Palace of the Second Lieutenant] dates from 1770.We continue onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest plazas in the historical quarter. The square is named after magnificent Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco de Asís dating from the 16th century. The basilica is a striking example of Cuba baroque architecture.And then on to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Absent are churches and government buildings and is in contrast surrounded by opulent aristocratic 17th-century residences. We’ll visit an important center for the visual arts.Group lunch at El Rum Rum private restaurant. (included)Rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the cityReturn to hotel to freshen up.Dinner at Cuba 54 private restaurant (included)EVENING HIGHLIGHT: We witness a most dramatic ceremony – El Cañonazo – the Firing of the 9 PM Cannon at the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña. This enchanting colonial reenactment dates back to 1519 when the city of Havana was enclosed by a tall thick rock wall to ward off attacks from pirates and the English. The cannon firing signaled the closing of the city gates for the night. If you were outside at the time, you were in “Vedado” or the forbidden zone. Today Vedado is an important cultural hub and beautiful section of modern Havana.Day 3 – Monday:: Viñales: the natural splendor of rural CubaBreakfast in the hotel (included)Early departure to Viñales ValeyVisit Mirador at Los Jazmines HotelVisit Mural de la Prehistoria painting WallVisit a tobacco plantationLunch at private restaurant El Balcón del Valle (included)Visit the Indian’s caveReturn to Havana hotel to freshen upDinner not includedDay 4 – Tuesday:: Community services and ArtsBreakfast in the hotel (included)Visit Convento de Belén community centerVisit Escuela taller Gaspar García de Jovellanos (a school where students are trained in the restoration of old buildings, paintings, etc.)We’ll feast on a delicious lunch hosted by José Fuster, one of Cuba’s most important ceramists and painters at his whimsical studio in Jaimanitas, just outside of Havana.The afternoon is free to explore the city in your ownDinner at Mediterraneo Habana private restaurant (included)The evening is free to explore the cityDay 5 – Wednesday:: Cuban society and community projectsBreakfast at hotel (included)In Hotel Florida, special presentation and dialogue: “Cuban Society Today ” by a former professor of Havana UniversityVisit Proyecto El Divino, a model farm with two community projects supported by proceeds from its amazing restaurant. El Divino serves lunch to some 20 local elders who also enjoy a place of entertainment, socialization, and recreation. Together for several hours a day from Tuesday to Sunday, they play games and engage with other groups of elders. Another project is a circle of interest called “La Rosa Blanca” that welcomes about 20 community kids aged 8 to 11 years. They take classes on ecology, environment, care, and protection of land, and link their studies to Cuban culture and manners: to be men and women of goodwill in the not too distant future. This incredible Cuban project donates a portion of its meager proceeds to similar projects in Latin American and holds a certificate of excellence from Trip’s Advisor.Lunch at restaurant El Divino (included in costs)Rest of the afternoon is freeDinner at La Bonita private restaurant.The evening is free.Day 6 – Thursday:: Organic agriculture and HemingwayBreakfast in the hotel (included)Visit Vivero Organopónico Alamar, an urban collective farmVisit Cojimar, a small fishing village one of Hemingway’s favorites places in CubaLunch at Ajiaco paladar [restaurant] serving farm-fresh organic meals (included)Visit Hemingway’s Finca Vigía museum and glimpse his life in HavanaReturn to your hotel and freshen upDinner not includedDay 7 – Friday:: Music and artsBreakfast at the hotel. (included)Visit COLIBRI Record Company & Abdala Music Studio. Here, we’ll discuss the central role of music in Cuban national life, Cuban musical genres, the work of emerging musicians, and more. And we will visit the recording studios of the internationally acclaimed Omara Portuondo, a former member of Buena Vista Social ClubVisit the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, which exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations. Its first director and well-known architect, Emilio Heredia, founded it in 1913. After frequent moves, it was finally placed on the block once occupied by the old Colon Market. In 1954, a new Palacio of Bellas Artes was opened. The original Palace was recently reconstructed and a second building was taken over for the MuseumLunch at El Aljibe private restaurant (included)Visit Muraleando. Muraleando is an art center in Havana founded by Manuel Diaz Baldrich. The center was inspired by the children of the community. Music, dance, sculpting, painting and other fine arts are all part of the project which transforms children’s lives. Many of them come from low-income families or have behavioral problems, art is their outlet.Visit Callejón de Hamel [Hamel Alley] to see the artwork of famed Afro-Cuban Artist Salvador GonzálezReturn to hotelDinner at El Zaguan private restaurant (included)Day 8 – Saturday:: Free dayBreakfast at the hotel. (included)Lunch not includedFarewell dinner at Cafe del Oriente private restaurant (included)Day 8 – Sunday:: Havana and HomeBreakfast in the hotelCheck-out of hotelTransfer to José Martí International AirportCuba travel is a challenge. Our staff and Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly despite Third World conditions on the island. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers understand this is part of their Cuban adventure.Print itinerary summary Costs, dates, book now FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Cost of airfare to and from CubaCuban Visitor VisaGratuities for the tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters. See Cuba tipping guidelinesWe strongly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance. We partner with Allianz Global Assistance for Cuba travel peace of mind Tour introduction and overview of activities Costs from $1905double room per personSingle room supplement $85
“Irwin’s bakery of Ireland, in partnership with the beer brand Guinness, has created a new Guiness bread, following two years of pro-duct research and development.Made by Irwin’s at its Portadown bakery, the new wholegrain bread contains 17% Guinness. Michael Murphy, Irwin’s business development controller said that the product had already secured key UK and Ireland listings with major retailers such as Tesco.
Wrights Food Group chairman and CEO Peter Wright (centre) with awards host Ashley Roberts and James Fitch, bakery sales manager for UK & Ireland at ReiserSponsor’s comment:“We were impressed by the diversity of the Wrights Business, the pride and effort taken in producing consistent quality products in such a complex business and the commitment to carrying out every task in the right way. The quality of the Wrights team and leadership group is exemplary.”James Fitch, bakery sales manager for UK & Ireland, Reiser Peter Wright, boss of Wrights Food Group, on how the business was honoured to have been named Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the 2019 Baking Industry Awards.“Being in the final three was an amazing feeling,” says Wrights Food Group chairman and CEO Peter Wright of his business being declared a finalist in the Bakery Manufacturer of the Year category at this year’s Baking Industry Awards.“We were up against two large and well-respected businesses, either of which would have been worthy winners. We’re very proud to have won, and the trophy has taken pride of place in our reception area,” he tells British Baker.Wright suggests what made his business stand out to the category judges was its story, growing from a family pie shop to the diverse food manufacturing operation it is today.He also believes the judges would have been surprised by the vast offering of Wrights Food Group, noting that often people think it still only makes pies.“We have a credible story to tell about our family business, our history and what we’ve built. We’re all very passionate ambassadors of the baking industry and I think that shone through,” he explains. “You’ve got to be passionate and believe in what you do, and everybody at Wrights is very proud of what we’ve achieved.”Wright and his senior team attended the awards and celebrated the win together. He then sent a personal letter to each employee, thanking them for their contribution in helping to achieve the accolade.“It’s down to everybody’s hard work and contribution. I have a responsibility in this company as the head of the business, but I can’t run it without the employees,” he says.To those looking to enter the Baking Industry Awards next year, Wright says be honest with your story. “You must have a credible story to tell. Whether a cake maker, a bread maker, or a pie maker, people are interested in hearing success stories.”He adds that Wrights is proud to inform its customers, and potential customers, that its has been awarded and recognised as one of the front-runners in the industry.Looking to the future, Wrights will aim to grow its business further afield.“We plan to continue geographical growth, diversification into new markets and potential acquisitions of bolt-on companies that share the same passion, drive and desire to succeed as we do,” Wright concludes.“It’s an exciting time.”
On Thursday night, Umphrey’s McGee kicked off their southeast run at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. The two-set show was highlighted by a special guest collaboration with Roosevelt Collier, a rare take on “Jekyll & Hyde”, covers of The Beatles and Steely Dan, and a 19+ minute “Utopian Fir” that included a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who passed away yesterday.The band kicked off the first set with a major rarity, “Jekyll & Hyde”, which had not been played since July of 2017 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN and has only been performed seventeen times since its debut in 2011. From there, the band transitioned into Similar Skin‘s “Room To Breathe”. Next up was 1998’s “Much Obliged” into 2018’s “Triangle Tear” jam, showcasing the band’s vast catalog and their intense level of skill and precision. Pedal steel guitar player Roosevelt Collier joined the Chicago rockers to close out the first set with Umphrey’s reliable “Syncopated Strangers” and a stunning cover of The Beatles‘ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”.For their second set, Umphrey’s McGee jammed their way through “Wappy Sprayberry” and into a cover of Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen”, a song that’s been performed by the band 84 times since 1999, but only five times since 2015. “Rocker Part 2” came in the third song slot, leading into a 19+ minute “Utopian Fir” that featured a quick nod to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. The second set concluded with it’s not us‘s “Looks” and Anchor Drop‘s “Wife Soup”. For the encore, the band landed on fan-favorite “In The Kitchen”.Check out pro-shot video o “Jekyll & Hyde > Room To Breathe” below:[via: TourGigs]“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” feat. Roosevelt Collier[Video: Fred Ramadan]Tonight, Umphrey’s McGee will continue their mini-tour through Florida, with stops in Miami Beach on Friday and St. Augustine on Saturday. To round out this weekend’s run, on Sunday, August 19th, Umphrey’s McGee will finish out the weekend strong with a performance in Knoxville, Tennessee. Via Tourgigs, Umphrey’s is offering individual show webcasts as well as a four-night package. For more information and to purchase, head to Tourgigs.com here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | House Of Blues | Lake Buena Vista, FL | 8/16/18Set One: Jekyll & Hyde > Room to Breathe, Much Obliged > Triangle Tear, Slacker, Prowler > 2nd Self, Syncopated Strangers, I Want You (She’s So Heavy)Set Two: Wappy Sprayberry > Hey Nineteen > Rocker Part 2 > Utopian Fir, Looks, Wife SoupEncore: In The KitchenNotes: with Roosevelt Collier on steel guitar with Respect (Aretha Franklin); with Jake on keys
Christoph Reinhart is from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Associate Professor of Architectural Technology and the leader of Harvard’s Sustainable Design Research InitiativeDecember 8, 2011
Did you spend as much time watching television over the holidays as I did? If so, then you might have caught Nickelodeon’s first original animated TV movie, Albert. In the film, Bobby Moynihan (from “Saturday Night Live”) is the voice of a little Douglas fir tree named Albert who wants to become the Empire City tree.Albert’s 3.1 million total viewers in Live+7 (which in TV ratings talk means the number of viewers within seven days of first showing) helped Nickelodeon finish 2016 as the number-one kid’s network for the year, according to numbers released last week.Even if you were one of those millions of viewers, I bet you likely missed the story about how Dell Precision 5810 workstations helped them bring their first 45-minute movie to life, though.“Using the Dell Precision with NVIDIA Quadro M6000 graphics cards has allowed us to stay competitive with overseas studios because we’re able to turn around results much faster and we’re able to keep a smaller team longer and be more efficient,” said Jason Meier, animation director at Nickelodeon, in the video below. </p><p>The combination of Dell Precision workstations with NVIDIA graphics cards and Redshift software, which leverages a computer’s graphics card rather than its CPU, enabled Nickelodeon’s in-house team to see render times that they’d never been able to see before. While it used to take two-three hours to see a final frame, Meier said they were able to do it in just a half hour.“This movie in particular, doing as much work as we’re doing in-house, keeping as much work in Los Angeles, in the United States, has been a huge game changer,” said Macgregor Middleton, producer at Nickelodeon. “And I think showing people that it can be done at a reasonable price with a reasonable timeline is something that people are going to be most impressed with.”So while many of us enter the new year with plans to decrease our spending and do more with less (especially less holiday treats), the team at Nickelodeon already has a head start on such resolutions. Dell workstations like the ones they used for Albert are designed with creators and their visions top-of-mind; and, we’ve got more great products for creative professionals coming soon. (Hint: #ces2017)And if you missed it, or just want to hold on to that Christmas spirit and watch it again, the full Albert movie is available on Nick.com!
Reaching the tallest peak in each state is a goal for some people, who need to develop the mountaineering skills to conquer Denali in Alaska as well as the patience to drive through the cornfields to Charles Mound in Illinois. Reaching all 50 provides impressive bragging rights—but there are a lot of “peaks” that wouldn’t be worth the trouble except for the fact that it happened to be the tallest in the state.That’s not the case with the Mount Rogers, which at 5,729 feet is the tallest peak in Virginia. But regardless of its position on some list, you’ll find one of the most interesting hikes in the state. The approximately nine-mile, out-and-back hike to the peak features not only incredible views of the surrounding George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, but also wild blueberries, wildflowers, rhododendron, and feral highland ponies that roam the area. The trail is long and challenging enough that it requires some planning and stamina, but not technically difficult, meaning just about anyone can enjoy the trip. While the competition is fierce with many iconic trails in Virginia, the case can be made that the trip up Mount Rogers is the best day hike in Southwest Virginia.US Forest Service – Southern RegGetting ThereThe 200,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in southwest Virginia. Guide services provide shuttles to different trails in the area. Make your home base in nearby Abingdon, which offers everything from historic inns and bed & breakfasts to hotels and camping.Ryan SommaThe HikeYou’ll find more than 400 miles of trails in the Mount Rogers NRA, including the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Creeper Trail, two of the best-known trails in the eastern United State.For this day hike, however, you’ll want to start at Grayson Highlands State Park, which is located adjacent to the Mount Rogers NRA. It too features a wide variety of trails, where you can find scenic waterfalls as well as a 200-year-old pioneer cabin.Scott WilsonThe area supports two herds of free-roaming wild ponies, which are descended from Shetland ponies and were introduced to help prevent reforestation on the highland balds that provide those unobstructed views.Ryan SommaExploring Grayson HighlandsIf you have a chance to further explore Grayson Highlands and the surrounding area, do so. Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s second highest peak, also features some excellent trails with more stunning overlooks. Mountain bikers can find trails to explore, and equestrians can take advantage of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.Hikers who plan ahead and come prepared will be hard pressed to find a more scenic hike. Is it the best day hike in Southwest Virginia? Give it a shot and you’ll understand why it’s certainly in the conversation.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Billy BurnetOn June 18th, the board of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) unanimously approved five items, including a proposed rule aimed at modernizing member business lending (MBL). The rule would provide greater flexibility and autonomy for credit unions to better meet the needs of their members.Small business lending at credit unions has continued to increase over the last several years. According to data from the NCUA, total business loans rose dramatically over the span of a decade to $51.7 billion in 2014 from only $13.4 billion in 2004. Business loans’ percentage of total loans also grew to 6.8 percent from 3 percent during the same time period. In addition, the percentage of credit unions offering business loans has risen to 36 percent from 19 percent, and 93 percent of credit unions above $500 million in assets now offer business loans to their members.Even with the strong growth, credit unions have generally maintained safety and soundness in MBL, and delinquency and net charge-off rates have decreased to pre-recession levels. Further, of the credit unions that offer business loans, 98 percent are well-capitalized according to the NCUA. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A Pennsylvania grand jury indicted the former president of the National Independent Auto Dealership Association for allegedly running a four-year, multimillion-dollar auto loan fraud scheme that victimized credit unions, banks and General Motors.Andrew Gabler, 50 of Harborcreek, who served as president for NIADA for more than a year and owned two car dealerships outside of Erie, and his finance manager Chad Bednarski, 48, of Fairview, were indicted last week on 17 felony counts of bank, wire and mail fraud.According to the indictment, from January 2015, to January 2019, Gabler and Bednarski falsely said that customers made a down payment and then inflated their income on auto loan applications submitted to financial institutions on behalf of customers.The scheme allegedly victimized the $317 million Widget Federal Credit Union and the $111 million Tendto Credit Union, both of Erie, the $373 billion Capitol One Bank in McClean, Va., the $7.3 billion S&T Bank in Indiana, Pa., and General Motors.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged the “cold reality” behind angry protests against racial injustice, but warned he would not tolerate violence or the breaking of coronavirus distancing laws.Demonstrations have broken out across Britain following the death of George Floyd in the United States, most of them peaceful, although clashes in London left 35 police officers hurt.”We simply cannot ignore the depth of emotion that has been triggered by that spectacle of a black man losing his life at the hands of the police,” Johnson said in a statement late Monday. Topics : He said while Britain had made “huge strides… there is so much more to do — in eradicating prejudice, and creating opportunity, and the government I lead is committed to that effort.”However, he warned the country was “in a time of national trial” as it battled the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed 40,000 people in Britain. ‘Bygone era’ “I will not support those who flout the rules on social distancing,” he said.”And no, I will not support or indulge those who break the law, or attack the police, or desecrate public monuments.”London protesters defaced the statue of World War II leader Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, and in Bristol, southwest England, crowds pulled down a statue of a notorious local slave trader.”We have a democracy in this country. If you want to change the urban landscape, you can stand for election, or vote for someone who will,” Johnson said.London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday announced a review of the capital’s landmarks, including statues and road names, many of which he said “reflect a bygone era”.”We must ensure that we celebrate the achievements and diversity of all in our city, and that we commemorate those who have made London what it is — that includes questioning which legacies are being celebrated,” he said. “In this country and around the world his dying words — I can’t breathe — have awakened an anger and a widespread and incontrovertible, undeniable feeling of injustice, a feeling that people from black and minority ethnic groups do face discrimination: in education, in employment, in the application of the criminal law.”And we who lead and who govern simply can’t ignore those feelings because in too many cases, I am afraid, they will be founded on a cold reality.”He continued: “And so I say yes, you are right, we are all right, to say Black Lives Matter.”And to all those who have chosen to protest peacefully and who have insisted on social distancing, I say, yes of course I hear you, and I understand.”