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Hemingway grandsons celebrate in Cuba 60 years after Nobel

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first_imgCOJIMAR, Cuba – Just like Ernest Hemingway used to do, two of his grandsons sailed into the fishing town of Cojimar on Monday, marking 60 years since the iconic U.S. author won the Nobel prize.John and Patrick Hemingway sailed in from the Ernest Hemingway International Yacht Club west of Havana, through the Gulf waters where “Papa” used to fish, with a group of 16 that arrived Sunday.“This is a really emotional day, being here with the people of Cojimar. It’s something personal, it’s a family thing, and I also think it is historic,” John Hemingway, 54, said in Spanish to about 200 people who gathered on the fishing town’s waterfront to greet them.About a dozen boats joined the four yachts carrying the Hemingway party in the two-hour sail over to Cojimar.Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for over 20 years, rented a home in the town. He fished enthusiastically and was inspired here to write the classic “The Old Man and the Sea.”The four yachts flew both U.S. and Cuban flags; the two countries have not had full diplomatic ties since 1961.Events like this “could contribute to some positive things between the United States and Cuba,” said John, a writer who lives in Montreal, alongside brother Patrick, 48, a photographer who lives in Vancouver.Hemingway’s close ties to CubaHemingway, who lived from 1899 to his suicide in 1961, was a journalist, author, world traveler and sportsman. In the 1940s and 1950s, he spent half the year in Cuba and would summer in Idaho.The dramatic twists were not just in his books; he struggled with mental illness and health consequences of heavy drinking even as he became an acclaimed author with a singular and strong spare style.Married four times, Ernest Hemingway had three sons — Jack, Patrick and Gregory, the latter who fathered John and Patrick.Ernest Hemingway was fascinated by game hunting and deep sea fishing, capped with drinks and some writing.The author, also known for works such as “The Sun Also Rises,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and “A Farewell to Arms,” received the Nobel prize for literature in 1954.And it was here in Cojimar that Hemingway docked his boat El Pilar, obsessed about marlin, knocked back mojitos, and where Cuban fishermen inspired his “Old Man.”When the Americas’ only communist government took power, around 1960, Hemingway left Cuba for the last time — but not before meeting longtime president Fidel Castro.Castro, the revolutionary who became a Cold War thorn in the side of the United States, led Cuba for almost five decades after 1959. He has named Hemingway as his favorite author.So it was a touching sort of homecoming to see Hemingway grandsons hugging and chatting with locals, including kids and old-timers. Patrick and John Hemingway pose with an old fisherman in the Cojimar neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, on Sept. 8, 2014. Adalberto Roque/AFP‘I met Hemingway’Hemingway’s boat is in dry dock these days, near his Cojimar home, now a museum run by the government of Raúl Castro, 83.When the author’s local friends learned of his suicide in 1961, they gathered up pieces of anchors and bits of bronze, and had a bust of him made in his honor. It was installed on Cojimar’s seafront in July 1962.Monday, John and Patrick Hemingway laid flowers at the memorial, now under a little pergola.“I met Hemingway myself when I was very young, maybe 13 or 14, and then we became friends,” said Osvaldo Carrero Piña, now 78.Carrero Piña took part in the 1958 film version of “The Old Man and the Sea.”Rail thin, his skin craggy under the hot sun, he smiled as he recalled the party Hemingway threw for all the fishermen when the film finally wrapped.Mario Alonso, a spry 85, said that when he was a boy, he and other local kids would help Hemingway and his mate Gregorio Fuentes clean their catch.“He used to give us a [20-cent piece], one for each of us, and sometimes some chunks of fish,” he recalled on meeting the visiting kin.The Hemingway grandsons meanwhile slipped off to local seaside restaurant “La Terraza” where the author used to dine with Fuentes and his last wife, Mary Welsh.Pictures of Hemingway dot the walls, including one with Castro, now 88. They met in 1960.“His favorite table at La Terraza has been reserved for him for all eternity,” smiled local historian Gilda Rodríguez. Facebook Comments Related posts:A cultural anthropologist ponders Cuba before and after Obama’s decision As talks with US begin, Cubans anticipate changes in their lives Smitten while in Cuba? Better call the love detective before you commit Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo endlast_img read more

Quirkiness plays full house for Nevada tourism

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J They say it’s the small things that count but for Nevada’s tourism industry it’s the EST bringing in the travellers including the quirkiest, loneliest and loveliest.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard yesterday, Nevada Commission on Tourism deputy director Larry Friedman explained that while the State is often known for its Las Vegas thrills, its ‘quirky’ appeal is also gaining attention across the globe.Among the most popular of the quirky attraction, according to Mr Friedman is Highway 50 aka The Loneliest Road.Prior to launching the campaign in Europe, the highway didn’t play a role in local tourism but Mr Friedman said since being stamped as ‘bizarre’, it has seen a 25 percent spike in North European visitors looking to experience The Loneliest Road.For those who can make it past the Las Vegas quickie-marriage, one of the loveliest tourism attractions in Nevada is the city of Locklock.Taking its Cold War namesake and the ancient Chinese custom designed to keep one’s love in a never-ending chain, the city provides couples in love the opportunity to lock that love with a literal lock.Mr Friedman said the initiative has made way for travellers looking for something out of the ordinary.“Quirky is yes, getting attention,” the tourism director said.“It’s not for everyone but there are people who want to explore wide open spaces and take a quirky day walk.”Mr Friedman also said he believes Australian travellers are the perfect market for the US, find out why next week on e-Travel Blackboard.last_img read more

I dont see why not Hes playing right there wit

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first_img “I don’t see why not. He’s playing right there with them, if not better.”That quote came from Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians last week when talking about his quarterback, Carson Palmer.The question posed to the third-year head coach was “do you believe that Palmer is a legitimate MVP candidate?”It’s nothing new for a head coach or general manager to say glittering things about his quarterback. Sometimes you roll your eyes, like the time earlier this season when Dallas Cowboys GM/Owner Jerry Jones announced that Brandon Weeden throwing the football “was a thing of beauty.” Soon after, Weeden was exiled to the bench after losing three straight starts in relief of injured starter Tony Romo. But Newton has developed into the unquestioned leader of a Carolina team that is not only 8-0 this season, but is 13-1 in its last 14 contests dating back to last year. Considering the utter lack of receiving talent Carolina faces (Ted Ginn Jr. has more catches than any other wideout), what Newton has done with the help of a stout defense has been remarkable.Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals2015 statistics: 174-of-258 for 2,226 yards, 18 touchdown passes, 4 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: 21-of-27 for 234 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT in a 31-10 over ClevelandBest Game in 2015: Dalton has had a handful of very strong games, but his performance in prime time Thursday night against the Browns was his best and most efficient.Worst Game in 2015: Dalton threw two picks and had a season-low QB rating of 64.7 in a Week 8 win over Pittsburgh.The fifth-year quarterback has been outstanding in 2015, despite being the subject of offseason rumors about his future in Cincinnati. In fact, Dalton is second to only Brady in QB rating this season.Chances are, the Bengals signal caller wouldn’t get booed at a celebrity softball game in Cincinnati these days.Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals Top Stories FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the St. Louis Rams on fourth down during the second half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Raiders safety Charles Woodson has plenty of company when it comes to old guys thriving on the football field this season. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) But Arians’ belief goes deeper than a head coach/quarterback relationship. That’s because it’s true.Carson Palmer is an MVP candidate.He’s got the Cardinals in first place in the NFC West with a 6-2 record, has thrown for 2,386 yards and 20 touchdowns and ranks third in the league in quarterback rating with a 110.2 mark.Now Palmer isn’t the leading candidate; there are many others who have built a compelling case over the first nine weeks of the NFL campaign. Not surprisingly, most of them are quarterbacks, a position that has claimed the award in 12 of the last 15 seasons.Here is a look at the leading MVP candidates so far:Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots2015 statistics: 225-of-338 for 2,709 yards, 22 touchdown passes, 2 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: 26-of-39 for 299 yards, 2 TDS, 1 INTBest Game in 2015: Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh – 25-of-32 for 288 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-21 win.Worst Game in 2015: Still waiting for a bad one…The football world was led to believe Brady would miss the first quarter of the season because of a four-game suspension stemming from the Deflategate fiasco. Not only has he not missed any time after that decision was reversed, he’s playing at a ridiculously high level and has guided the defending champions to a 9-0 record. 2015 statistics: 168-of-260 for 2,386 yards, 20 touchdown passes, 6 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: Did not play; Cardinals were on bye weekBest Game in 2015: Talk about efficient … Palmer threw only 14 times (completing 11) for 161 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-17 romp over Detroit in Week 5.Worst Game in 2015: Palmer had a season-high 421 yards, but also threw two picks — including a back-breaker in the fourth quarter — in a bad 25-13 loss at Pittsburgh in Week 6.For those who have watched the NFL for the last decade or so, it sounds weird to say it, but Palmer has simply been one of the best quarterbacks in the league since the midway point of the 2013 season. After he got a good understanding of Bruce Arians’ offense in Arizona, he’s just produced big numbers and won games (when healthy). The Cardinals are 19-4 in the last 23 games that Palmer has been under center.Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers2015 statistics: 163-of-252 for 1,937 yards, 19 touchdown passes, 3 interceptionsWhat he did in Week 9: 25-of-48 for 369 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INTBest Game in 2015: Rodgers riddled the Kansas City secondary for 333 yards passing and five touchdowns in a 38-28 win in Week 3 at Lambeau Field.center_img Worst Game in 2015: It was strange to see, but Rodgers threw for only 77 yards against a spectacular Denver defense in a 29-10 loss in Week 8.Rodgers’ candidacy has taken a big hit in the last two weeks. He was flat-out terrible against Denver and threw a huge fourth-quarter interception Sunday, thwarting a furious late-game comeback attempt at Carolina. Yet, the Packers are still tied for first place in the NFC North, and defending league MVP will have plenty of opportunities to shine the rest of the way.Others to consider:• Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons – The second-year back is second in the league in rushing with 721 yards and leads the NFL with nine touchdowns on the ground. However, his team has lost three of its last four contests, and Freeman had a 12-carry, 12-yard game in an ugly loss to San Francisco Sunday.• Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – After missing most of the 2014 season, the once-disgruntled back is back. Peterson leads the league in rushing with 758 yards for a Vikings team that has bounced back to win six of its last seven and finds itself tied for first place in the NFC North.• Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis – He’s a longshot, since he plays for a .500 team and he didn’t play much in the first few weeks of the season, but Gurley has probably been the league’s best back over the last six weeks. The rookie from Georgia had a streak of four straight 100-yard games snapped Sunday at Minnesota, but he’s still fourth in the league in rushing. Brady has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season. He’s thrown two interceptions — the first was actually a perfect throw to Julian Edelman, who bobbled it and watched Indianapolis’ Mike Adams pick it off and return it 14 yards for a touchdown in a Week 5 contest.Earlier this season, the veteran raised eyebrows when he said he’d like to play another ten years, well into his late 40s. As ridiculous at that sounds, if he keeps this play up, it’s hard to doubt him.Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers2015 statistics: 132-of-246 for 1,820 yards, 14 touchdown passes, 9 interceptions; 73 carries for 343 yards, 5 TDsWhat he did in Week 9: 15-of-30 for 297 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT in a 37-29 win over Green BayBest Game in 2015: Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints – 20-of-31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns. Also ran seven times for 33 yards and a touchdown in a 27-22 win.Worst Game in 2015: Week 7 vs. Philadelphia Eagles – 14-of-24 for 197 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions in a 27-16 win.Newton is an interesting case study. His numbers compared to Brady’s look like a cheese sandwich next to a filet mignon. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is only 14-to-9 and he ranks 26th in quarterback rating. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Stealing Hope

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first_imgby, Anne Basting, ChangingAging ContributorTweet10Share420Share24Email454 SharesI know why they did it. Gene Wilder was a beloved celebrity, and when he died in 2016, the world (that follows western pop culture) felt they lost one of the good ones. He died with Alzheimer’s. They couldn’t resist the power of the celebrity story to convey their message. In 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association in the United States thought up a new marketing campaign called #pureimagination that built on the public’s fondness for Wilder and for his iconic character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the video created for the campaign, we see clips of the film, a technicolor fantasy where sweets grow on trees that bower over a river of chocolate. It is a world of imagination. “Come with me, and you’ll see, a land of pure imagination…”  sings Wonka, ambling calmly through the world he created, the children and their parents greedily chomping on everything they can find. In this video though, the items disappear just as they take a bite. And in the background, candy apples disappear from trees. Multicolor pumpkins filled with jelly fade to nothing. So too, the Alzheimer’s Association is telling us, do we when we have Alzheimer’s.  “Alzheimer’s steals your imagination piece by piece,” it says in bold white letters on the purple background.  “But with your help, imagine how we can end it.”  How will they “end” it?  What is the plan? Forty-seven million people have dementia across the world. This is projected to triple by 2050. Thus far, the only decline in these numbers have been attributed to a bump in the early childhood education of the current generation of elders with the diagnosis – not any of the treatments on the market. Clearly, we need to invest in research to prevent and delay the symptoms. Clearly, we need to better understand how the brain works and what the mechanisms are behind the progression of symptoms. And we need to invest more than we are now. But for those 47 million people who currently have the symptoms, imagination is exactly what works to help them feel connected to themselves and to others around them. Imagination is a remaining strength that can be exercised like a muscle. Family members and friends who mourn the loss of shared stories of the past that connect them to the person with dementia can learn to shift toward creativity to find emotional connection, to play, to create new moments and experiences together. I have not agreed with the Alzheimer’s Association’s fear-based, stigma-fueling marketing campaign for many years. But this one feels particularly egregious. They don’t need to steal the one hope families have for meaningful connection in order to feed dollars into their research machine. I offer my revision: Come with me, and you’ll see, a land of pure imaginationa place where we Can be freeAnd feel comfort and connection. Imagine how we can transform dementia care by infusing creativity into our everyday exchanges, our programming. Imagine how people with dementia can draw their families and friends together again, out of their grief and fear, into the moment of shared imagination. Just imagine. Related PostsThoughts on the Passing of the “Waco Kid”Even without knowing all of the reasoning behind Gene Wilder’s decision to keep his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease a secret, one can infer from his family’s statement that stigma was a big factor.Trust at StakeThe full text of Eilon Caspi’s recent journal article “Trust at stake: Is the “dual mission” of the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association out of balance?” is now available for free thanks to an anonymous donor seeking to raise awareness of the gross imbalance of effort and funding between the Association’s dual…Alzheimer’s Stigma and Self-Fulfilling PropheciesA new study from UCSD demonstrates the potential of self-fulfilling prophecy for those who live in a world with a highly stigmatized view of dementia.Tweet10Share420Share24Email454 SharesTags: alzheimer’s association Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Gene Wilder Willy Wonkalast_img read more