Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Martha Wright has spent six of the last twelve months in Paris, where she’s explored the city through the lenses of both a wine professional and sobriety coach. That’s meant homing in on best options for low-alcohol and no-alcohol venues and beverage options. Seeking out NA beverages around the world has been a colorful mission for Wright, bringing her into contact with young and passionate entrepreneurs. “It takes me out of my routine and across town to investigate a tip about a thoughtful zero-proof drink,” she says, like the “a spooky, sexy opium-den themed basement bar” where she drank a dramatically presented NA cocktail with CBD. “I’ve gotten into great discussions with young Parisian shopkeepers who are interested in these new NA spirits but I’ve also been laughed at and dressed down by the owner of a traditional wine shop when I inquired about NA wine!” To supplement our companion piece about Wright’s … [Read more...] about Alcohol Free Drinking In Paris? It’s A Thing. Here’s Your Guide.
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Say “wine” and “Paris” side-by-side, and the association might conjure images of bistros or sidewalk cafés with une demi bouteille of a crisp white or chilled red shared over lunch. Low-alcohol or no-alcohol beverage options haven’t exactly fitted into the picture, traditionally, but that could be changing. Low- and no-alcohol [or NA] options are, contrary to history and romantic imaginings, a recent trend in France’s capital city. What’s behind such a shift? “I see Parisians, especially the younger ones, as being far more experimental and open to new ideas and to change than their parents,” said Martha Wright, a sobriety coach at Clear Power Coaching who also co-founded Scott Paul Wines in Oregon in 1999 and Caveau Selections wine importing company in 2006. Wright has spent six of the last twelve months in Paris, where her daughter currently lives, and has paid keen attention to the developments and trends in the “low … [Read more...] about Paris: The New Go-To Destination For Low- And No-Alcohol Beverages?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Hollywood spent 20 years trying and mostly failing to replicate the near-unprecedented “zero to hero” movie stardom of Hugh Jackman. Today marks the 20th anniversary of Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie. The $75 million comic book movie, based on a comic book which (unlike most attempts to capitalize on Batman ) had a fandom, rode a wave of decent reviews, solid buzz and genuine anticipation to grab a massive $54 million opening weekend. It was the fifth-biggest Fri-Sun debut ever and the biggest for a non-sequel. The film is often given credit for, give or take Blade or Spawn , kicking off the second wave of comic book superhero movies. Its strongest legacy is not just the normalization of the “movie as TV pilot” franchise-building template, but rather the “zero to hero” stardom of one Hugh Jackman. Jackman’s success was unprecedented then and now, but Hollywood burned down the movie star system attempting to … [Read more...] about ‘X-Men’ At 20: How Hugh Jackman’s Success As Wolverine Helped Kill The Hollywood Movie Star
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Saga’s share price slumped 20% on Tuesday as insurance-related troubles prompted it to warn on profits. At 107p per share Saga’s share price has now collapsed around 70% during the past 12 months. As a result the business — which provides insurance services and holiday packages to the over-50s — now trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 5 times. Swing To Losses In today’s half-year report Saga announced a 65% year-on-year improvement in revenues. These clocked in at £258.3 million for the period to July thanks to a recovery in its travel operations. The business offers luxury holiday experiences like ocean and river cruises, escorted tours and hotel vacations. And it said today that its core Ocean Cruise division “ secured strong bookings ” during the first half “ and is on track to achieve our targets for this year and next .” However, Saga said that “ challenging ” conditions in the UK … [Read more...] about Saga’s Share Price Collapses 20% As It Warns On Profits. Time To Buy In?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When the Florida Legislature convenes next week for a special session, lawmakers will be asked to approve a new tribal-state gambling compact that veers decidedly and aggressively across tribal borders. The new compact gives the Seminole Tribe of Florida— the largest tribal gaming operator in the United States—exclusive control over all sports betting conducted statewide, including over mobile devices (regardless of the bettor’s location) and at licensed racetracks and jai-alai facilities located well beyond tribal borders. This arrangement, however, brazenly flouts the 1988 federal law which allows states and Indian tribes to enter into compacts for Class III gaming activities, such as sports betting. That federal law—known as the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (or “IGRA” for short)—mandates that any gaming activities authorized under a tribal-state compact occur only “on Indian lands,” which is specifically defined by … [Read more...] about Florida’s Gambling Compact Set Up To Fail? Federal Rejection Of Mobile Sports Betting Likely To Trigger A Tribal Monopoly
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The developed world has advanced mightily over 60 years, increasing its lifespan and per capita income. But such growth has been a double-edged sword: using cheap fossil fuels has enabled the good fortune, but it has also created an environmental hazard that could lead to irreversible damage. Now is the time to address this inequity. Indeed, there’s been a cost to fossil fuel development that oil, gas, and coal companies have not borne. In other words, CO2 and other greenhouse gases have not generally been taxed — a cost that the greater society has picked up. Enter carbon credits, which are part of the solution, but they must be reasonably priced. “Markets decide the price of carbon,” says Alistair Mullen, head of the rainforest capital markets initiative for the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, in a conversation with this reporter in Bonn, Germany. “But we have an existential problem: the people who have not caused … [Read more...] about Higher Carbon Prices Are Coming — A Good Thing For Climate-Conscious Countries And Companies
The World Trade Organisation chief is echoing others in their concern over the world economy falling into a recession. WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala didn’t hold back when she recently commented on the situation. “The indicators are not looking good. I think a global recession-that is what I think we are edging into.” Her analysis comes as the WTO intends to slash its trade growth projections for 2022. In April, it lowered its projection for growth in merchandise trade this year to 3%, down from almost 5%. The decrease in growth projection comes after Paris-based OECD cut its growth forecasts for the Group of 20 next year. Okonjo-Iweala says she is mostly concerned with food security and energy access issues, noting that they have been affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine . “I am very concerned about food security. The spectre of not having enough food is one that worries me. Access to energy is creating problems at the moment.” Widespread … [Read more...] about WTO chief says world economy tipping towards recession
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin States across the Middle East are ordering large numbers of the best 4.5-generation fighter jets the United States and Europe have on the market. Recent orders unequivocally demonstrate how the proliferation of advanced weaponry into that volatile region continues unabated. Of course, the sale by Western countries of highly advanced fighters to the Middle East, especially the Gulf Arab countries, is nothing new. In the late 1990s, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered 80 F-16 Block 60 jets, a more advanced variant of the F-16 than flown by the U.S. Air Force. In 2010, the Obama administration authorized the sale of 84 advanced F-15s to Saudi Arabia as part of a record $60 billion deal . The Trump administration pushed for even more stupendous arms sales to the region. It made a deal to sell the UAE 50 fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters and 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones for $23 billion. Abu Dhabi … [Read more...] about These Middle East States Are Ordering A Lot Of Advanced Fighter Jets
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin After six months, Russia has finally deployed a weapon which is causing Ukraine problems, and urgent steps are being taken to counter it. Shahed-136 one-way attack drones (also known as kamikaze drones) – effectively slow, low-cost cruise missiles — have been supplied by Iran, but have been given a paint job and rebranded as Geran-2 by the Russians. And they are doing real damage. According to the Wall Street Journal , since their arrival in mid-September, the drones have destroyed at least four-self-propelled howitzers and two armored infantry vehicles, as well as hitting other military and civilian targets. Now they are being used in larger numbers – allegedly up to forty in one strike – and according to Reuters , Ukraine's president and security chiefs met on Monday to plan ways to counteract Russia's use of "new types of weapons." While some have dubbed the Shahed-136 a ‘ HIMARS killer ’ (and in principle it … [Read more...] about How Can Ukraine Counter Russia’s ‘Swarm’ Drone Offensive?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Two bits of good news for Dune yesterday. First, the $165 million sci-fi epic earned another $3.9 million on Tuesday, bringing its five-day cume to $48.5 million. The 8% jump from Monday (which itself dropped 63% from Sunday) is better than the 1.3% drop for F9 on its first Tuesday after itself dropping 63% from Sunday. It’s a smaller jump than Venom 2 (+9%), but the superhero sequel dropped 72% on its first Monday. Its five-day “weekend to cume” multiplier is 1.18x, on par with F9 and Black Widow . It’s not the next Titanic or Fellowship of the Ring , but it’s sticking around for now. Oh, and the Legendary/Warner Bros. film officially got a sequel yesterday afternoon, with Dune part Two now set for October 20, 2023. A splashy sequel announcement isn’t the same as actually getting a sequel. Paramount infamously boasted of a fourth Star Trek movie, one bringing back Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s late father, in … [Read more...] about Why ‘Dune Part Two’ Is Yet Another Blow To ‘Star Trek 4’