The City of Lights

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The City of Lights will be saturated with the radiant works of conceptual artist Iván Navarro as it hosts two new exhibitions, at Centquatre and Galerie Templon. The arts centre is offering a retrospective look at over 20 years of his work while the gallery is unveiling ten radically new pieces, born of pandemic-era isolation; bursting with inspiration and inventiveness, the works are entirely handmade by the artist.

Born in 1972 in Santiago, Chile, Iván Navarro grew up under the regime of Pinochet before moving to New York in 1997. Fascinated by the codes of minimalism and American design, he builds electric sculptures whose raw material is light itself. Haunted by his experience of the dictatorship, his work subtly intertwines artistic references and political engagement. He uses lighting, optical illusions and wordplay as tools to transform space, shift perceptions and explore questions of power and control. Over the years, he has created pieces that, behind their enticing appearance as light installations, evoke the darkest themes of our time: torture, imprisonment, domination, north-south inequalities and political propaganda.

With Planetarium, Iván Navarro takes the viewer on a poetic journey through cosmic landscapes. Constellations, nebulae and eclipses inhabit large panels of illuminated glass which open like windows onto infinite space. Both sublime and slightly disturbing, his imaginary maps question the limits of astronomy, mental representations and anthropocentrism. At the heart of this star-strewn voyage, pieces such as Shard refer to shattering blasts; and Mirage also implies a latent violence.

As Iván Navarro explains “observing the stars is like touching the greatest secrets of the universe with your fingertips.” Which gives rise to metaphysical probing: what are the origins of our civilisation? Is history bound to repeat itself? What role could we imagine for human beings in a constantly expanding universe?

This questioning process is driven by the artist’s incursion into hitherto uncharted territory: the use of paint as a working medium. For the first time, Iván Navarro, whose practice has thoroughly explored the boundaries between design, architecture and sculpture, is taking up the paintbrush. Repeating the same movement over and over, he meticulously engraves then paints and pours thousands of splashes of vivid colour inside one-way mirrors, transforming the LED lights into explosions and celestial phenomena. This cathartic approach underscores the artist’s examination of the modern human-machine pairing. He sets the object – an industrial-style mirror – against the arbitrary nature of the human hand, the singularity of human touch, the fragility of the human being.

Iván Navarro currently lives and works In New York. He represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Over recent years, his work has been shown worldwide: Bifocal, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires (2019); This Land is Your Land, Momentary, part of the Crystal Bridges Museum, USA (2019); This Land is Your Land, solo, Busan Museum, Korea; Age of Terror, Imperial War Museum, London (2018); Light and Space, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2017); Art Basel Parcours, Switzerland; Yinchuan Biennale, China (2016); Under the Same Sun, South London Gallery (2016 and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2014); Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London and Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2013 – 2016).
His art features in a great many international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC) and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris). He has been represented by Galerie Templin since 2005. This Spring, the city of San Francisco inaugurated The Ladder, a new permanent installation by the artist.

This winter, a retrospective of his work will be on show at Centquatre, Paris, from 9 January  to 28 February 2021. Publishing house Skira is co-publishing a catalogue with Galerie Templon. Welcome is a 200-page work with texts by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, director of Centquatre-Paris, Pablo Leon de la Barra, curator, and Alfredo Jaar, artist, architect and filmmaker. Ivan will also be featuring a group of 10 pieces, all recent and never shown before, at the Galerie Templon from January 30 to March 27.

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Brazil Partners with 3rd Floor Public Relations for its Expo 2020 Pavilion’s Integrated Communication

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The Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has entrusted 3rd Floor Public Relations for managing its integrated communication plans. 3rd Floor Public Relations was awarded the assignment after a rigorous six-month tender process that witnessed the participation of several agencies from around the world.

3rd Floor Public Relations is a global integrated communication agency with operations in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Milan and Dubai. The agency works in the region for local government entities, breakthrough UAE brands and Expo 2020 country pavilions.

3rd Floor Public Relations will manage Brazil pavilion’s communication, including traditional and digital PR and Social Media in the UAE and the rest of the region. 

Jacopo Stecchini, CEO of 3rd Floor Public Relations, said, “We are happy to have the opportunity to work for a truly unique pavilion, a country that has always proved to be one of the leading participants in the past editions of the World Expo. We, therefore, face this new path with extreme enthusiasm and a sense of great responsibility. The pavilion represents an important part of the beauty and uniqueness of the much-loved country of Brazil, and we are eager to get started.”

“We have been associated with the World Expos since our inception. Our work for various countries at the Expos in Shanghai in 2010 and Milan in 2015 have won us several awards and accolades. Our learnings and experience at the previous events will add value to our work for clients at Expo Dubai 2020,” he added.

 

The Brazil Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

With 4000 square meters, the pavilion will have water as the main element. A thin water blade, representing the Brazilian rivers and where visitors can walk, will occupy most of the space, providing an experience that will be complemented by projections, sounds and aromas. Inspired by the Negro River (located in the Amazon Forest) and the nature of Brazil’s northern region, the building will have a pavement that reproduces the houses in stilts common to the riverside regions.

Under the organization of Apex-Brazil, the Brazilian pavilion, designed by architect José Paulo Gouvêa, will have space for lectures and exhibitions, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. It will be a space of shade and rest during the day, and in the evening, it will come alive as a floating luminous cube.

 

3rd Floor Public Relations

Founded in 2007, 3rd Floor is an award-winning communications agency. It connects media, digital ambassadors and a select community of global influencers through international offices opened in Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Milan, and working through a network of partners to reach single countries worldwide.

In the MENA Region, 3rd Floor builds tailored strategies to reach targeted audiences through digital and traditional Public Relations, social media, online and offline advertising and visual communications.

 

The Expo Dubai 2020

The global exhibition takes place every five years. They are major events where the biggest attraction is the participating countries’ pavilions, which have an exhibition space, cultural and gastronomic activities, seminars, and networking hip events. In 2020, with the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the Dubai Expo is organized into three thematic axes: opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

The Brazilian pavilion will be part of this last thematic axis, reaffirming the importance of biodiversity, culture of environmental preservation, competitiveness based on sustainability and the portrait of Brazilian multiculturalism.

Expo Dubai 2020 represents a singular moment of promotion of Brazilian diversity and an opportunity to tell the world of its unique features. The event is linked to the efforts of Apex-Brazil in the commercial promotion of agribusiness, innovative technologies, as well as the construction of an economically attractive country image and a natural destination for foreign investments. It will also contribute to reinforcing the regional, gastronomic and ethnic multiplicity and immigration diversity of Brazil.

Apex-Brazil is responsible for building the pavilion and organizing the Brazilian participation at Expo Dubai. In 2015, the agency organized the Brazilian participation at Expo Milano and, in 2010, at the Expo Shanghai.

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Global Superstar Neymar Jr. Joins Forces With Superdry To Front Organic Cotton Underwear Collection

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Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. joins the Superdry family in a three-year global deal that champions sustainability with a 100% organic underwear and sleepwear collection.

The partnership marks a milestone in Superdry’s history, which will see the brand kick start 2021 by amplifying the message of sustainable style to a global audience. Joining forces with the footballing legend and style icon will further promote Superdry’s sustainable vision for the future of fashion. Superdry has pledged to become a 100% organic cotton brand by 2030 and is already supporting 400 farmers in India, in a transition to organic farming, as part of the brands Grow Future Thinking initiative.

On joining the Superdry family Neymar Jr. quoted,

“Obviously, when we talk about clothes, whatever their type, the first thing we want is comfort. It’s not different with underwear and sleepwear. But when you add sustaintability to both first conditions, Superdry is, unquestionably, the best one I’ve found. I’m very happy with the development and potential of this partnership.”

The agreement with Neymar is a further step in the revival of the Superdry brand under founder, Julian Dunkerton, who [yesterday] was confirmed as permanent CEO of the business.

The relationship with Neymar Jr will see Superdry commit to supporting a cause close to the footballer’s heart, the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. (iNJR) based out of the Jardim Glória neighbourhood, in Praia Grande, where Neymar Jr grew up. Currently the non-profit civil association has over 2,000 children registered. It works to expand opportunities for children, adolescents and their families who live in a situation of social vulnerability, through education, culture, sport and health.

“Neymar’s passion for creating positive change through the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. aligns with our goals to produce the most sustainable product, whilst protecting our planet and supporting our people in all that we do.” says Julian Dunkerton. “Superdry will do the right thing to drive progressive change in our global communities leaving a positive environmental legacy for the future generation, through one of the many exciting initiatives we have planned.”

Furthermore, Superdry have pledged an annual donation to support the iNJR in helping to change the lives of young people in Brazil, channelled through sustainable style helping to protect our planet and our people.

“Neymar Jr has unique style on and off the pitch” says Superdry Creative Director, Phil Dickinson. “We love his approach to life and his creativity fits perfectly with our brand value of embodying the spirit of adventure. We already make amazing underwear and our aim is to make it even better. They are a super comfortable organic cotton fabric, using recycled poly waistbands which make them 100% sustainable and responsibly sourced. In addition to underwear, working with Neymar, we are expanding our collection to provide stylish organic cotton essentials within a sleepwear collection. All this means you can look stylish and be doing good things, even whilst you are lounging.”

Neymar Jr. currently plays football for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian National Team. He has won The Champions League, the Copa Libertadores as well as winning domestic trophies in France, Spain and Brazil. In 2016 he picked up an Olympic Gold Medal with the Brazil National Team and has proved to be one of the all-time highest scorers for the CBF. Neymar Jr. has a massive global social media audience with over 143 million on Instagram alone. This reach combined, with a passion for social causes, makes him the perfect partner for Superdry to Grow Future Thinking.

Superdry is a contemporary brand focussed on delivering high style and premium quality products in four collections. Inspired by the cultures of America, Japan and Britain Superdry delivers beautifully crafted, relaxed style with engaging content. Methods of making, attention to detail, premium materials and hand drawn art are the signature details of the collections.  Superdry has a significant global presence in 65 countries. Superdry.com our digital experience retails safely and securely to over 100 countries worldwide.

Our Brand Mission is to inspire and engage style obsessed consumers, leaving a positive environmental legacy.

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Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme Adds New Development to Real Estate Roster

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The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has approved a new real estate development option to operate under its world-leading Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. The upcoming boutique resort, Timbo’s Downtown, is anticipated to become the hotspot for business lodgings and luxury leisure in Dominica’s capital. The property is also the second to be developed under the Timbo brand on the island. The first opened in 2017.

The Timbo property is now the eighth approved development that applicants can invest in under the CBI Programme. Additional properties on the island include renowned brands from the likes of Marriott, Hilton and Kempinski, with other unique boutique resorts like Secret Bay and Jungle Bay. Dominica’s real estate sector has been pivotal to bolstering eco-tourism on the island, attracting investors and holidaymakers alike.

As much of the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, Caribbean real estate has seen a surge in interest, particularly from Americans investors hoping to secure a Plan B should one be needed. “Dominica has such a diverse real estate offering ranging from internationally branded hotels and eco-resorts. Timbo’s Downtown is a fantastic addition to a great array of real estate in Dominica. With easy access to USA and the surge in demand for ecotourism it makes ideal investment and asset diversification for Americans,” says Paul Singh, Director at CS Global Partners. Investors who choose this route can also expect a return on their investment as they are permitted to sell the property after holding it for the required number of years.

Introduced in 1993, Dominica’s CBI Programme has gone on to become the world’s best offering for second citizenship as internationally recognised by the annual CBI Index. For the last four consecutive years, Dominica has led the investment migration industry with its transparency, affordability and efficiency. Applicants who want to become citizens of Dominica can do so by either investing $200,000 in a chosen pre-approved real estate property or by contributing to the government fund for $100,000.

After undergoing stringent due diligence checks, successful applicants unlock a world of possibilities including increased travel freedom to approximately 140 destinations, the right to live and work in the country and the invaluable option to pass citizenship down for generations to come.  

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Government of Antigua and Barbuda to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus

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Government of Antigua and Barbuda to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will be supporting the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus. The centre aims to advance intellectual progress and strengthen institutional capacity in the areas of marine science and the blue economy while capitalising on the economic opportunities for the Caribbean within this emerging sector.

According to the Honourable Dean Jonas, Minister of Social Transformation and the Blue Economy, “Antigua and Barbuda is advantageously positioned to expand the offering of the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus in this area”. Antigua and Barbuda is one the largest economies in the Eastern Caribbean, has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the subregion and its geographical location makes it ideally suited to serve as the home and hub of the region’s blue economy efforts.

Recently, the Ministry of the Blue Economy engaged in a Roundtable led by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission with senior faculty from the University of the West Indies, the University of Dalhousie (Canada), University of Southampton (United Kingdom), James Cook University (Australia), University of Queensland (Australia) and trade experts from Trade and Investment Queensland. The Roundtable explored the feasibility and opportunities available to establish a Centre of Excellence for the blue economy in partnership with the entities present. The objective is to gather leading academic experts, along with industry, to develop an action plan which will lead to the creation of the Centre of Excellence.

Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the UWI, noted: “Given the vital role of the blue economy to the sustainability and competitiveness of the Caribbean, The UWI welcomes this proposal of the Antigua and Barbuda government and would be pleased to harness its diverse expertise while working closely with the ACU, CWEIC and other partners across the globe, in support of this very important initiative”.

Dr Joanna Newman, MBE FRSA, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the ACU indicated her pleasure “to endorse and support the vision of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and The University of The West Indies to establish a Centre of Excellence for the Blue Economy in Antigua and Barbuda, within the overall development of a road map to economic sustainability through the blue economy”. Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Samantha Cohen welcomed this initiative as an “important step in the diversification of the economy of Antigua and Barbuda and the development of its natural assets to create a secure and environmentally sustainable economic future.”

Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the Caribbean region, stand to benefit from an emerging industry worth USD$2.5 trillion through the diversification of the economy into areas such as aquaculture, marine renewable energy, biotechnology and sea vegetable farming.

These meetings continue the dialogue that the Ministry has been holding with several organisations including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CMEP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on developing a blue economy action plan for Antigua and Barbuda.

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Peru Reopens Archaeological, Tourist Sites After COVID-19 Closures

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Peru is now allowing visitors at 17 archaeological and tourist sites after closing them for several months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking at the Pachacamac archaeological site in Lima on Thursday, Peru Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra said visitors to the sites will have to follow protocols, including wearing face masks and keeping a safe distance apart.

Authorities say nine other sites will open by the end of month, and a gradual reopening of several more will begin in November.

It is unclear when Peru’s popular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen.

The reopening of the tourist attractions is expected to give Peru a needed economic boost because the South American country has been hard hit by the pandemic.

Peru is among the leaders in COVID-19 cases in Latin American, recording more than 859,000 cases and just over 33,500 deaths.

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High-Quality Cost Efficient Plasma COVID-19 Treatment Developed by Suriname

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The Academic Medical Center (AZP) in Paramaribo, Suriname, successfully studied an efficient method to collect COVID-19 antibody-containing plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients to treat critically ill patients.

In contrast with prevailing plasma donation strategies, the Academic Medical Center collects plasma from recovered patients before hospital release. Early in the recovery process, the antibody titer is up to ten times higher than later in recovery. Preliminary data shows excellent results, both in patients where the condition is worsening to critical as for patients recently submitted to ventilator support.

The plasma donation and plasma preparation is supported by the innovative Dutch blood filter HemoClear. In a sterile, simple, and cost-effective procedure, this filter separates plasma from red blood cells. The plasma is processed to treatment for multiple COVID-19 patients while the red blood cells are or could be re-infused to the donor, not to hinder further recovery.

AZP anesthesiologist Dr. Rosita Bihariesingh states that ” the results are more than promising while the procedure costs and procedure efforts are way below available alternatives. We’re now awaiting approval to expand the patient group in our study “.

HemoClear’s CEO Vincent Franssen confirms growing interest in the Suriname method “Several study approval submissions are pending with the authorities of African and South American countries to use the Suriname method, HemoClear is proud to support these countries in their fight against COVID-19”.

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Caribbean Development Bank Supports Local Government

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The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has agreed to provide capacity-building support for local government in the Caribbean.

 

Managing shrinking resources

The bank has recognised the need to develop the capacity in local government to manage limited shrinking resources, particularly in light of economic set-backs and resultant strain on finance and service delivery due to national responses to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

CLGF Caribbean will function as project and workshop facilitator for this CDB initiative which is designed along the concept of public financial management. 
 

Inclusive plannng and financial management

This project aims to build capacity at the local level in improved and inclusive municipal planning and financial management, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Capacity building for professionals responsible for municipal finances will enable municipal councils to better support more effective service delivery in the context of key national and local priorities, as well as relevant governance concepts. Seven (7) of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) with active municipalities will be targeted, namely: The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Developmental local government

The two-year project will involve consultations between the CDB and the Local Government sector in the seven countries. Owing to border closures, these consultations will be hosted virtually to discuss developmental local government at the ministry and municipal levels. Guided by the development priorities identified in the virtual consultations, the CDB will provide a week of training (next year) for each country to enhance the capacity of local government personnel in municipal planning, budgeting, and financial management. The CDB will also engage professional services to assist with the development of business plans for municipalities who need this support. 

CLGF Regional Programme Manager for the Caribbean, Ms Sandra Singh said: “This is an exciting and very welcome opportunity and we look forward to working closely with the Caribbean Development Bank.”

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Latin GRAMMY-Winning Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Montaner on His Motivation, His Mission and His Music

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Ricardo Montaner is one of the best-selling Latin singer/songwriters of all time. A versatile musician and preeminent romantic balladeer, Montaner has composed and edited over 300 hundred songs, released over 24 studio albums, sold over 65 million records worldwide, broken attendance records at arenas all over the globe, and boasts one of the most recognizable voices in the Spanish-speaking world. He was born in Argentina but moved to Venezuela as a small child, where he first got his start singing in a church music group. From there, music became his driving passion, a calling that has taken him to a level of artistic renown few can match.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Montaner has sent numerous singles to the top of the charts, including perennial favorites like “Me Va a Extrañar,” “Dejame Llorar,” “La Gloria de Dios,” “La Cima Del Cielo,” “Castillo Azul,” “Quisiera,” “Vasito de Agua” and many more. His song “Tan Enamorados” occupied the No.1 spot of Billboard ’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 47 weeks. In October 2011, the magazine cited him as one of the ten most outstanding Latin American artists in the last 25 years. Montaner continues to evolve as an artist, innovating with new styles and collaborating with contemporary hitmakers like Tainy, Farruko, and J Balvin. Along the way, Montaner’s picked up several prestigious accolades, including a Latin GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Beyond his music, Montaner has always put an emphasis on giving back. A tireless advocate for children, Montaner’s philanthropic efforts have earned him Billboard’s Hope Award, a Global Ambassadorship for the Special Olympics, and the soon to be announced title of Ambassador for Peace on behalf of Peace Tech Lab, an international award-winning organization established by the United States Institute of Peace, dedicated to raising awareness about the need to use technology for social good.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Broadcast Music caught up with this celebrated music creator to learn how he’s made it all work.

 

Since first starting your career in the 1980s, you’ve become one of the best-selling Latin artists of all time. How has your creative process evolved over the years?

I feel that the creative process mutates from the personal growth of the individual. We cannot forget that those of us who write develop stories based on our experiences. Therefore, I believe that it is a matter of evolution and with each year that passes, creativity gives you new elements with which to write a song.

 

After 24 albums, you’ve managed to stay current — what has been your secret?

There is no secret formula for staying relevant. I try to adapt to what is musically current without losing the legitimacy of my poetry. But, at the same time, those same life experiences that I spoke about earlier have a lot to do with keeping you aware of what’s happening — how things feel, how couples live, what they live for, how their relationships change according to what’s happening in the world.

Along with writing most of your own songs, you’ve collaborated with some incredible songwriters. What, in your experience, is the key to a successful collaboration?

I think a successful collaboration happens when you shake your egos off on the doormat. When you get the opportunity to write with someone, the secret for something wonderful to result from it is to check your ego at the door. You pick it back up when you leave the place. That’s the best way I can answer that question.

 

You have won countless accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement award at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2016. What accomplishment in your career are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the respect… of my fans, my colleagues, whom I respect with all my heart and conscience. There is no more beautiful prize for any human being than the respect of others.

 

You have managed to use your fame as a music creator as a powerful platform for your philanthropy via your two foundations, Hijos Del Sol and Ventana de Los Cielos, endeavors that earned you Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award in 2010. How important to you is the concept of giving back?

We were designed to serve. When God brought us into the world, He brought us with the idea of ​​living in brotherhood and serving one another. In my family, we take this very seriously and, in many cases, it translates through our foundations. But it also translates into the personal satisfaction that comes from knowing that you have brought a smile to someone or that you have brought relief to someone. For me, philanthropy is like an immense title, but service is a title that I regard with greater pride and satisfaction.

 

Speak a little bit about your involvement with Peace Tech Lab? How did you get involved with that?

Peace Tech Lab is a non-profit organization whose mission is the construction of peace. Throughout my experience as a spokesperson and ambassador of different organizations such as UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Special Olympics, to name a few, one of my greatest satisfactions has been knowing that any advocacy work that one does echoes and manifests itself with an impact. Peace Tech Lab seeks that: to impact people’s lives around the world. I am very proud and happy to know there are results every time we run a campaign.

 

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?

I think Hispanic Heritage is nothing more than a reminder celebration of where we come from, of our dignified presence, and our achievements in this country.

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Puerto Rico Reopening Beaches on Saturday Amid Drop in Coronavirus Cases

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Puerto Rico is reopening beaches, casinos, gyms and movie theaters Saturday for three weeks, following a drop in new coronavirus cases.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez said the changes on the U.S. territory will be in effect until October 2.

People are still required to wear masks and maintain a safe social distance, especially at the beach.

The 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew for bars and nightclubs will remain in effect.

Vázquez said she will lift a 24-hour lockdown on Sundays and allow restaurants to increase their capacity from 25% to 50%.

Many business owners are praising the reopening, while some health experts warn if cases spike after the reopening, tighter restrictions will go into effect.

So far, Puerto Rico has reported more than 36,000 coronavirus infections and more than 500 deaths. 

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