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Monthly Archives: June 2019

Aladdin-Inspired Adventures

As the debut of Disney’s Aladdin draws near, we’re growing excited to see the story unfold. Filmed in Jordan, the live-action version of one of Disney’s most beloved animated features takes inspiration from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights and from many different countries and cultures. Our journeys throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia showcase a treasure trove of Aladdin-inspired adventures; hop a carpet and fly with us to explore them all. The Cave of Wonders A secret passageway through narrow cliffs leads to a forgotten, abandoned city carved directly into the rocks. It’s not a legend: it’s Petra, the ancient Nabataean city hidden in Jordan. Deserted in the third century BCE, this UNESCO-listed wonder remains one of the most visited sites in the world. Ker & Downey also brings our clients to Little Petra, a nearby sister city that is less frequented, but no less fascinating. Magical Palaces Brightly tiled facades, turquoise cupolas, and geometric patterns are hallmarks of architecture throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Registan Square in the city of Samarkand,

Conor Heffernan: The Treadmill’s Dark & Twisted Past | TED Talk

The constant thud underneath your feet. The constrained space. The monotony of going nowhere fast. Running on a treadmill can certainly feel like torture, but did you know it was originally used for that very purpose? Conor Heffernan details the dark and twisted history of the treadmill. [Directed by Yukai Du, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by WORKPLAYWORK and Cem Misirlioglu].  

Dr. Laurie Rae Green: The MAVEN Project And Telemedicine

Telehealth is bringing quality health care to millions of underserved Americans. Dr. Laurie Green knows that sometimes an apple a day, doesn’t keep the doctor away. That’s why she’s bringing specialized doctors to underserved community clinics through her telemedicine mission, The MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project. Through this non-profit endeavor, Dr. Green pairs retired and semi-retired doctors with patients in communities that need them the most. By using the Internet as an equalizer, Dr. Green is revolutionizing health care, keeping retired medical professionals active in their fields, and helping to make the world a healthier place. Something Old, Something New Dr. Green started The MAVEN Project in 2014 to fill the void that retired doctors feel once they put up their stethoscopes. Knowledge shouldn’t go to waste, in her opinion. “Doctors are very social people. They train in large student groups through medical school and are constantly working with teams throughout their professional careers to share their knowledge. Then comes retirement and doctors experience something they usually haven’t experienced — professional and intellectual isolation,” she said. Most doctors

Mindi Abair Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I feel like my greatest accomplishment is creating a lasting career for myself doing something I love.  It was my dream when I was younger to write, play, record and perform my own music with my own band.  That seemed llike a longshot at the time.  I don’t take what I do for granted for one minute of any day.  It’s amazing to stand on stage with the guys in my band every night and soak it all in. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I decided to go to college for music and went to audition at University of Miami, which was a few hours from where I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL.  I walked in so excited, but was met with “Girls don’t really make it at this school.  I’ll let

Michele Rigby Assad Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment is living life in a way that inspires others. I recognize that this is a very general, nonspecific response, but this is what I long to do-be a force for good in the world. That’s what gets me out of bed every day! LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? Life can be really hard. We often have no control over the bad things that happen, but we can control how we respond to them. I always envisioned having children and that is something that has never happened for us. Either I can focus on what I DON’T have or focus on all the amazing things that I DO have. I can focus on all of the rejection (jobs or difficulty getting a book deal), or realize that rejection gets us where we

Pamela Meyer Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I am not sure I have one great accomplishment, but I feel enormously grateful every single day of my life for my family and dear friends, and for the privilege of being able to make a living reinforcing the message that truth matters, and that every single person can play a role in raising the moral bar in our world, DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? A super deep sports massage after a long hard workout, a stack of books and magazines with a seriously good glass of wine, a moment at home when no one is around with my favorite music blaring. WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?  Big Sur, the woods across from our home, top of the ski slope on a perfect powder spring morning, my 11 yr old daughter’s ever-growing imaginary animal hospital. CAN

Understanding Legal Travel to Cuba

Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling to Cuba Am I allowed to travel to Cuba? Yes. US residents and citizens are able to visit Cuba, but there are restrictions on the type of travel and the businesses in Cuba a traveler is permitted to work with. How can I travel to Cuba legally? With Ker & Downey you will be traveling to Cuba under one of the 12 travel categories authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of Treasury. Specifically, our organization supports the Cuban people by using private local entities to provide your full schedule of activities. This general license falls under OFAC travel category CFR §515.574. You can review more about OFAC regulations around travel to Cuba at this link. What constitutes a full schedule of activities? The US Department of Treasury requires that U.S. residents and citizens traveling under the general license mentioned above participate in a full-time schedule of daily activities that support the Cuban people and strengthen civil society. In order to ensure you are compliant, and to meet Ker & Downey’s

Mark Chaupetta Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment would be my children hands down. After that it would be convincing Janice my wife to marry me with all I have in my life and being so accepting of it. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? This one is easy it’s having Duchenne DMD in my life as a young man with young children. It destroyed me and my marriage to their mom but thanks to a great pal Frank and his friendship and my family I decided to not cry about it but to be resilient and attack it pull force. It’s been over 20 years now I’ve been fighting. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? Me time yes 4 am when the world is sleeping

Craft Beer: Top 10 Brewers

I like beer, I like beer a lot.  I can’t tell you why I prefer one beer over another, it’s just my taste buds. So, I will not be able to say that one is hoppy or tastes like grapefruit or whatever.  What I do know, however, is that I enjoy traditional beers, like IPAs and lagers, and get no pleasure from sours or saisons or… In the coming months, you will hear from a Master Cicerone.  A Cicerone, you might ask? Wines have Sommeliers, beers have Cicerones.  As defined by Merriam-Webster, a Cicerone is “a guide who explains the history and chief features of a place to sightseers.”  In the world of beer, a Cicerone is a relatively new designation for those who have demonstrated their knowledge and experience to “ensure that consumers receive the best possible beer and enjoy its flavors to the greatest extent possible.” There are over 7,000 breweries in the United States, and thousands more around the world.  And it seems that a new craft beer joint is opening in your neighborhood every few months.  I’m not complaining, just stating a fact! RateBeer.com is a community of beer enthusiasts dedicated to the pursuit

Richard Turner Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY?  My karate 10 black belt fights. My karate instructor was Master John Murphy. Murphy took me from a scrawny, 110-pound, asthma-ridden (at that time only a) legally blind wimp, to a Master sixth-degree black belt. Sensei Murphy wanted his testing to be the most difficult in the world. To earn a black belt under this crazy man Murphy, you had to fight a ten, three-minute round bout with a fresh black belt each round.  Sensei Murphy did not want to deal with lawsuits. So most of the training and testing took place across the border in Tijuana. One year at the Tijuana Forum, I was one of three people who backed the great Chuck Norris in a showdown against a group calling themselves, “The Black Federation. I was by far the weakest fighter and hoped the confrontation did not escalate.  Fortunately for me after one stern look from the master Chuck Norris, the Federation back down and left. When I first