Feliz y Prospero Año Nuevo Chino 2020
“Gong Xi Fa Cai” (恭喜发财) es una frase muy usada en la cultura china, que literalmente significaría “Enhorabuena por conseguir una gran fortuna” o “Enhorabuena por enriquecerte”. Esta frase tradicional china se utiliza para felicitar el Año Nuevo, y sería el equivalente a nuestro “Próspero Año Nuevo”. Se utiliza para desear un año lleno de prosperidad, riqueza y felicidad. Se trata de una frase clásica y muy utilizada y valorada para las obras de caligrafía tradicional china, que se cuelgan en los hogares a parte de por su sentido estético por la creencia de obtener o atraer o recordar su significado a la vida de los habitantes del hogar (desear que durante todo el año se tenga prosperidad).
Horóscopo Chino 2020: Rata de Metal
El inicio de cada década es un presagio positivo para los signos chinos, además, se inicia la nueva rueda china, es decir, el año de la rata marca el inicio de nuevas energías y deja atrás una época de energías negativas.
Cada cambio de año existe una rueda de energía que se reactiva. La energía mecánica es aquella que usamos para movilizarnos a diario, es la fuerza que usamos para realizar un trabajo físico, pero no mental.
La Energía mental es aquella que usamos para una vez llegar a nuestro destino, realizar un trabajo mental y poder ejecutar nuestros movimientos con calidad y exactitud. El nuevo año chino, el año de la rata, es la oportunidad para activar estas dos energías.
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Hasta octubre de ese año hubo 71 ataques a los medios y 27 agresiones a periodistas. La dictadura se hizo de otras emisoras radiales de particulares para consolidar su hegemonía comunicacional.
El dictador Hugo Chavez no sólo agredió verbalmente a los medios independientes venezolanos sino también de otros países.
Para él, el periodismo independiente es oligarca y para el presidente de Venezolana de Televisión, enemigo.
A varios periodistas se les abrió juicio en los tribunales.
El Seniat y la Conatel se ensañaron contra los medios impresos y televisivos.
Venezuela pasó a ser el país de mayor censura en el mundo. Las organizaciones internacionales como la SIP y la AIR mostraron su preocupación por la ausencia de libertad de prensa y expresión en el país.
Fueron constantes las intimidaciones y hostigamientos contra los comunicadores sociales y medios.
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Rodulfo Gonzalez El Autor
Eladio Rodulfo González, quien firma su producción periodística y de todo género con los dos apellidos, nació en el caserío Marabal, hoy en día parroquia homónima del Municipio Mariño del Estado Sucre, Venezuela, el 18 de febrero de 1935. Es licenciado en Periodismo, Poeta, Trabajador Social e Investigador Cultural.
El 15 de abril de 1997 creó el Centro de Investigaciones Culturales Neoespartanas (CICUNE).
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When talking about lottery we will find different approaches and depending on how we were raised we will have the conservative one: “Lottery is for losers” or the affirmative one: “Who plays the Lottery deserves to win”.
Both may have the truth on their side, but there are some facts that I would like to share with you on this short research about Life and Lottery, starting on these to principles: the negative and the positive.
The first recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 BC. These lotteries are believed to have helped to finance major government projects like the Great Wall of China. From the Chinese “The Book of Songs” (2nd millennium BC.) comes a reference to a game of chance as “the drawing of wood”, which in context appears to describe the drawing of lots. Lotteries in colonial America played a significant part in the financing of both private and public ventures.
You are not going to win the lottery. Sure, somebody might cash in that $640 million Mega Millions golden ticket, but odds are, every single reader of this story will come away disappointed. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 175 million. Talk about a low probability event!.
“The odds are crazy if you think about it,” said Romel Mostafa, a professor at the Ivey School of Business. “Especially the mega lotteries. It’s just nuts.” (Mega Millions latest – CNN)
The Global Lottery Market was valued at US$ 1,788.1 Mn in 2018 and is projected to increase significantly at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2019 to 2028, this is your money and mine, and there are bunch of actors around seeking to have part of that cake, so the Bank will try to have it and so will the religions proposing you to better donate it to their US Free Tax Industry, using the best of their bible repertory, like this:
*To win many more people have to lose. Even if I win, somebody loses. I’d rather be involved in a win-win situation.
*The lottery denies the realty of God’s sovereignty by promoting and affirming the existence of luck or chance.
*It violates the Golden Rule. (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you – Matthew 7:12)
*It appeals to my lowest motivations – greed, materialism, and selfishness.
*It violates a good work ethic. The lottery promotes getting money for doing no work.
“There may be less of a chance of losing all the money you put into a mutual fund than there is of losing all the money you put into lottery tickets, but you’re never going to win big in a mutual fund.”
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You know the old saying, “coffee before beer, you’re in the clear, but beer IN your coffee, will set it off-y.” You’ve never heard that? Weird. I say it all the time as a justification for my breakfast beer; it helps grease the wheels of creativity. And clearly there are more than a handful of like-minded souls up in Vancouver, British Columbia because the Hopwired Festival is back! Now in its third—AND FINAL!—year, Hopwired is a festival of coffee and beer and coffee beer, and tickets are on sale now!
Returning to the Croatian Cultural Centre on Saturday, February 29th, Hopwired will feature over 30 brewers and roasters who will be sampling their fine wares for the public, including the likes of Counterpart, Mischief, and Transcend on the coffee side as well as Blind Enthusiasm, House of Funk, and Wild Ambition bringing up the beer.
And of course, the twain shall meet with Mean Muggin’, the official coffee beer for Hopwired 2020. The coffee stout is a collaboration between Prototype Coffee and Nickel Brook Brewing (NOT Nickelback, the Canadian heartthrobs who just so happen to also reside in the ‘Couv).
For those in need of a palate cleanser between all the big flavors swirling around them, Hopwired has quite a few “palate cleansers” on offer, including lagers from Chuckanut Brewing, nitro kombucha, and a variety of fruit beers from the Fruit Beer Festival, Hopwired’s sister fest. And if you’re preferred palate cleanser isn’t more alcohol, you can take a quick five at any of the panel discussion being held this year. You can learn from industry professionals about wild beer, foeders, malting, or you know, drink more at a wild beer tasting.
Tickets for Hopwired 2020 are currently on sale, with a few early bird spots left for just $45 CAD. After that the price will jump to $65 CAD for advanced tickets and $75 CAD for regular tickets. Admission includes all the coffee and beer you can (responsibly) consume as well as an official Hopwired glass, access to the Award Show hosted by Sprudgie Finalist Vancouver Coffee Snob, and so much more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Hopwired’s official website.
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After decades of café con leche and churros or the classic carajillo, coffee with brandy, for breakfast, Madrid has finally started to win the fight against torrefacto, a process where coffee beans are roasted with sugar. We are moving on from the myth that coffee must be enjoyed dark, intense, and burning hot, and welcoming specialty coffees with open arms. This list includes some of the cafes on the vanguard of bringing Madrid coffee into the specialty era.
Toma Café can boast being the pioneers of good coffee in the capital city. Argentine natives Santi Rigoni and Patricia Alda came to Spain with a crazy idea in their heads after a trip to the United States. Their small coffee space was born in 2011, in the modern neighborhood of Malasaña. The couple served their Blend Santo, probably the coffee that brought most of the Madrid locals into this scene. Later, pour-over coffee, toasted sourdough bread, single-origin, piccolo, and cold brew would follow.
Rigoni and Alda currently roast their own specialty coffees and have a new store, Toma Café 2, next to an iconic square in the Chamberí neighborhood. It is a good place to try their seasonal toasts (such as ricotta and apricot), their brunch dishes, or enjoy a snack and natural wines at the evening sessions that are organized every so often. Also, they give coffee classes and have their own radio studio and organic distribution system within Madrid.
Nicho Han always says that he was able to succeed with his specialty coffee thanks to the cakes baked by his wife, Eva. Together, they ran a bakery that was successful in Usera, Madrid’s Chinatown. The coffee was secondary until they moved to Malasaña. At HanSo, you can have an outstanding espresso and a pour-over coffee that are among the best in Madrid. Their grinders often have Right Side Coffee and Nømad (Barcelona), as well as coffee from notable European roasters (Gardelli, Bonanza, April).
The food menu is astonishing and, as well as the toast made with Obrador San Francisco bread, you have to try the rice flour waffles and the “thousand layer” cakes of Chinese inspiration. On weekends, long queues form at the door, so if you want to enjoy your coffee in peace, it’s best to go in the afternoon.
Welcome to the dream of Pablo Cabellero, best barista in Spanish Barista Champion 2016, and Nola Botana, one of the best coffee roasters on the national panorama. Together, they designed this coffee shop where the wabi-sabi mixes with the plants and good music. This is craftsmanship in its purest form, from the handmade cups by Laon Pottery to the homemade kombucha and a menu where only seasonal produce can be found. On its wooden benches we can find local gallerists, actors, pensioners, and fans of specialty coffee.
At Hola Coffee, they make sure to select and roast (in their own independent space) exceptional coffees that they sell all around the world. Also, they give advice to other coffee businesses, serve coffee at events, organize tastings, and are SCA-certified trainers. Their merchandise is created by the designer Miriam Persand and it’s not difficult to fall for one of their t-shirts or tote bags.
A step away from the Reina Sofía Contemporary Art Museum, we find this small coffee shop designed as a take-away, where they serve and distribute coffee from Dabov, the most well-known roaster in Bulgaria and active participants in the Cup of Excellence program.
With its beautiful Mirage by Kees van der Westen espresso machine and Kalita as preferred pour-over method, they prepare everything from house blends to exceptional coffees from multiple origins. The owners, Rumen Stoykov and Kristiyana Ancheva, have placed all of the focus on the coffee, which you can enjoy with a homemade cake.
Dropping in to Acid is like traveling to Nordic countries without leaving the Letras neighborhood of Madrid. Among traditional taverns and verses by Cervantes and Quevedo, we find this space with an industrial design, brewing coffee from Danish roaster La Cabra. They serve an exotic seasonal menu that ranges from Turkish eggs to toast with miso and Chantilly cream, even French toast with meringue ice cream and hibiscus syrup.
Acid’s lightly roasted coffee is well enjoyed as a pour-over, but also in drinks with milk using the Kees van der Westen espresso machine and prepared with water in exactly the same way as their Danish colleagues. It’s a minimalist place where nothing takes away from the sole protagonist: coffee.
Misión is probably the most Instagram-worthy coffee shop in Madrid. Thanks to its careful design, from the benches by the only Modbar coffee machine in the capital city to the selection of coffees roasted by Hola Coffee. This classic specialty coffeehouse creates another twist by adding a unique dish of the day, daring baking, and natural wines.
Everything is prepared fresh each day in an open kitchen and bakery, and they have loyal devotees who visit them for their vegan cookies, porridge, or praline brioche. The coffee recipes also vary depending on the season, from cold brew to dirty horchata in the summer or pumpkin spice latte in autumn. A place to enjoy and to be seen.
Ana Rubio is a freelance journalist based in Madrid. This is Ana Rubio’s first feature for Sprudge.