Amaury Guichon: The Pastry Phenomenon Who Makes Anything You Can Think Of Out Of Chocolate.

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By Roula Allam

He’s probably the best pastry artist in the world, and consequently late last year Amaury Guichon became the most followed one on Facebook and Instagram. If you haven’t heard of the French pastry chef yet, take a quick browse through his accounts and you’ll instantly know why he has earned the praise of so many followers. Apart from the jaw-dropping images, you’ll find speeded up tutorials showing you how to make those oooh and aaaah creations.

His internationally renowned chocolate sculptures feature such intricate details that they seem more like works of art than food, although they do taste delicious too. They range from unbelievable architectural designs and gorgeous flowers to an almost life-size cherry blossom tree. The 27-year-old prodigy, who is based in Las Vegas, has even made sculptures of a nautilus and a gramophone with functioning drawer and gilded ‘metalwork’ that saw him employing woodworking, metalworking and plastic-working techniques. Plus, there’s a chef-d’oeuvre of the Greek Titan God, Atlas, with an armillary sphere on his back, and they’re all made entirely out of the creamy brown confection. Whether he’s creating things that have never been done before or something we see around us all the time, there’s always an element of originality as well as technical perfection. As well as his realistic chocolate creations, Guichon also crafts china-like cakes and elaborate pastries. Continue reading “Amaury Guichon: The Pastry Phenomenon Who Makes Anything You Can Think Of Out Of Chocolate.”

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Brazil ex-minister: Loss of Cuban doctors will hurt millions.

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By Peter Prengaman

Millions of Brazilians may be left without access to doctors due to the end of a program that brought Cuban physicians to rural and dangerous areas in Brazil, the former health minister who helped create the initiative said Thursday.

The Cuban government on Wednesday said it would end the program after Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said it could only continue if several conditions were met.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, campaigned in part on promises to take a hard line against left-leaning governments. As a congressman, the far-right leader often complained about the Cuban doctors’ program and tried to end it. Continue reading “Brazil ex-minister: Loss of Cuban doctors will hurt millions.”

Donna Gigliotti To Produce The 91st Oscars, Glenn Weiss To Co-Produce And Direct.

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By Steve Dove

Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti will produce the 91st Oscars, and Emmy®-winning director Glenn Weiss will co-produce and direct the show, Academy President John Bailey announced today.  The Oscars will air live on The ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. “Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation, and we are excited about a broad-based creative relationship with these two artists,” said Bailey. “I’m grateful to the Academy and ABC for entrusting me with this very special opportunity,” said Gigliotti.

I’m sure it will prove to be a humbling, exhilarating and completely unique experience.  Thankfully, I will have Glenn Weiss by my side every step of the way!

Donna Gigliotti on Producing the 91st Oscars Continue reading “Donna Gigliotti To Produce The 91st Oscars, Glenn Weiss To Co-Produce And Direct.”

52 Peace Corps Volunteers Swore-in to Work in Panama.

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By U.S. Embassy, Panama City

 “I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind. I promise to foster an understanding of the people of Country of Service, with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and respect”, sworn in unison the 52 new Peace Corps volunteers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. This is one of the largest groups ever sworn in Panama in 30 years.

The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Roxanne Cabral, led the swearing-in ceremony, alongside the Advising Minister of Health, Temistocles Diaz, and the Minister of Agricultural Development, Eduardo Carles, as guests of honor.

Peace Corps volunteers are professionals of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program, and the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program. They will work in Panama for two years, with the support of government institutions like the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agricultural Development, in Bocas del Toro, Cocle, Darien, Veraguas and in Kädriri, Nedrini and ÑoKribo within the Ngäbe-Buglé region. Continue reading “52 Peace Corps Volunteers Swore-in to Work in Panama.”

The U.N. voted (again) in support of lifting the Cuban embargo, but this time there was a twist.

By Mimi Whitefield

As it has every year since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday for a resolution that called for lifting the U.S. embargo against Cuba — despite a U.S. move to put the focus on Cuba’s human rights record.

The vote was 189-2 in favor of the resolution with no abstentions. Only the United States and Israel voted against it.

Before the vote, there was debate on eight amendments proposed by the United States that criticized Cuba’s human rights record and lack of civil liberties on the island. The amendments were all defeated by wide margins with only three delegations — the United States, Israel and Ukraine — consistently voting for them. The Marshall Islands also voted in favor of one amendment. Continue reading “The U.N. voted (again) in support of lifting the Cuban embargo, but this time there was a twist.”

Mario Diaz-Balart: Another Sexual Offender In Congress!

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By Riley Mathison

The campaign against sexual abuse or harassment in the United States allows hundreds of victims to report abuse or harassment undergone by women on a daily basis. Nowadays millions of people say Enough to impunity. The point is that those who have gone unpunished belong to the U.S. political and economic elite.

As journalist, I feel compelled to make public an event that goes beyond imagination, since I consider that those representing the American people in Congress should never be morally reprehensible for such wrongdoing.

Consecuently, I cannot understand how it´s possible Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has overstepped the boundaries of professional ethics and respect with a staffer, who has not been able to overcome fear of exposure to date, as happened to Christine Blasey. Continue reading “Mario Diaz-Balart: Another Sexual Offender In Congress!”

The United States’ Demands Nonsense.

By Riley Mathison

Since established, the United States’ embargo on Cuba has caused years of hardship and suffering to the Cuban people. With the Cuba Democracy Act of 1992 and the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996, a boad set of sanctions was imposed limiting significantly all aspects of life in the island country, on the grounds that Cuba should transition to a “democratically elected” government that upholds “fundamental freedoms”.

What are those fundamental freedoms the United States so strongly advocates?

Cuba has been presenting a resolution condemning the US embargo every year for 26 years now at the United Nations General Assembly, which was approved in 2016 with an overwhelming majority of 191 members backing the resolution. However, the US claim has always narrowed down to lack of access to information and freedom, of expression, absence of judicial independence, arbitrary arrest and detention, absence of gender equality and prohibition on the right to strike.

Those seem pretty fundamental actually. Nontheless, the US government has never made reference to free access to healthcare and education at all levels, which cover free access to all medicine needed while hospitalized and for follow-up treatment, free school materials and free access to postgraduate degree courses, all granted by the Cuban government to its people. Are not these fundamental or relevant at all? Continue reading “The United States’ Demands Nonsense.”