July 29, 2012 |
Consider this first, and last, call. Tickets go on sale Thursday for the nation's largest one-stop showcase of craft beers, the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver Oct. 11-13. Last year, 49,000 tickets to the event at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St.;  228-8000 ) , a chance to sample the wares of 475 or so brewers from around the country, were snapped up in less than a week. The bed A sure sign of the festival's firepower: Good luck finding lodgings near the convention center for less than $300 a night for this weekend.
January 1, 2012 |
Business travelers try to eat right and exercise while on the road, and they want a little help from their hotel to keep them on the right track, according to a survey of travelers' on-the-road habits. Of the 200 travelers surveyed by KRC Research for Texas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts, 56% said they indulged in food and drinks when traveling and regretted it. Also, 56% said they would like more low-fat options on hotel restaurant menus. When it comes to in-room snacks, 73% said they want healthy snacks and 70% want bottled water available in the rooms.
August 30, 2011 |
Friday evening. The hurricane starts in China for me. I am there for work and I return home to not-in-the-evacuation-zone Brooklyn, my wife Lissa greeting me smiling the smile of someone happy to see her husband after seven days alone with a toddler. Lulu, who is 2 1/2, celebrates my homecoming by peeing on my luggage and saying "Oopsie. " Talk of the coming hurricane seems like the only news. Saturday, 6 a.m. Lulu and I go to Starbucks. It's closed. A sign on the door says, "Blame the weather not us. " I blame them.
May 31, 2011 |
Koichi Yamada is living proof of an old business axiom: From the jaws of even the worst disaster springs opportunity. Yamada works for one of Japan's top-selling makers of radiation measuring systems. Before the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the company sold 5,000 dosimeters a year. Since the crisis began, orders have exploded to 1,000 a month. "It's been like 'Boom!' with orders, and we couldn't get parts to keep up," said Yamada, department manager at Hitachi-Aloka Medical Ltd. "We've been working overtime and fielding the surge of phone calls.
May 3, 2011 |
I am a map lover from way back. As a child, I would hand-copy the continents from an atlas, and even now I can spend too much time on Google Maps seeing how things fit together, or geotagging old photos, pinpointing just where in the world I stood to take them. This is just by way of saying that I am a person who would be more than usually interested in watching something called "How the States Got Their Shapes. " Such is the title of a new, brief series premiering Tuesday on the History channel; it follows and shares a title with a 2010 special, which itself shared the name of a book by Mark Stein, who appears here as a talking head.
March 25, 2011 |
As Japan marked two weeks since the giant earthquake and tsunami, the number of people dead or missing grew to more than 27,000, with at least 200,000 others in shelters and radioactivity from a stricken nuclear plant continuing to cast a pall over daily life. Two workers at the hobbled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility were hospitalized for radiation exposure Thursday after stepping into contaminated water during repair operations at reactor No. 3, officials at the nation's nuclear safety agency said.
March 24, 2011 |
Parents in Tokyo and five surrounding cities scrambled for bottled water Thursday after the government warned that infants should not be allowed to consume tap water because elevated levels of radioactive iodine from a crippled nuclear plant were detected at a water treatment plant. Water tests in Tokyo found levels of radioactive iodine-131 about double the level deemed safe for infants under the age of 1. The levels were below the unsafe benchmark for adults. In parts of Fukushima prefecture, where the nuclear plant is located, radiation levels exceeded both thresholds.
March 24, 2011 |
Two workers at Japan's stricken nuclear facility were hospitalized Thursday after being exposed to high levels of radiation, officials at the nation's nuclear safety agency said. A third worker was also exposed but did not require hospitalization. The two hospitalized workers were exposed to 170-180 millisieverts of radiation at reactor No. 3, officials said. The average American, by comparison, is exposed 6.2 millisieverts of radiation per year from natural sources, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
March 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Tokyo -- Infants in Tokyo and five surrounding cities should not be allowed to consume tap water, the city's government said Wednesday after elevated levels of radioactive iodine from a crippled nuclear plant were detected at a water treatment plant. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged consumers not to eat a dozen types of contaminated vegetables from the region surrounding the nuclear facility 150 miles northeast of the capital and also expanded a shipment ban. Water tests in Tokyo found levels of radioactive iodine 131 at 210 becquerels per liter Tuesday and 190 becquerels per liter on Wednesday morning, about double the level of 100 becquerels per liter deemed safe for children under the age of 1. A level of 300 becquerels per liter is considered safe for adults.
November 30, 2010 |
Well, that was fast. Fiji Water Co., the day after shutting down its operations and firing all its workers in the island nation of Fiji in protest over a large tax increase, has reversed itself. Representatives of the Los Angeles bottled water company, which says it gets its product solely from an artesian aqueduct in Fiji, met with officials of the military-led government Tuesday and decided to comply with the tax hike. The company, owned by billionaire entrepreneurs Lynda and Stewart Resnick, had issued an angry statement Monday, saying it was quitting the country and canceling supplier orders after the government announced that it was raising the water extraction tax to 15 Fijian cents a liter from one-third of a Fijian cent.