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Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/travel/in-amsterdam-loving-rembrandt-again.html


Hotel guests can make free use of the heated indoor swimming pool, the spacious gym, the sauna with a steam shower, WiFi throughout the entire hotel and ample parking facilities. Hotel Almere offers various standard rooms and luxurious suites. The stylish rooms feature facilities such as air conditioning, a flatscreen television, free WiFi, a chair, a desk, a telephone, a hair dryer, a fridge, a safe and an ironing station. The spacious bathrooms come with a bath, a separate shower and a hair dryer.

Article source: http://www.hotels.nl/almere/hotelalmere/


AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, Apr 23, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) –
IBM today announced that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has opened a
second cloud data center in the Netherlands, located in Almere, just
outside of Amsterdam. The new facility helps meet the rapid growth of
IBM Cloud by doubling its SoftLayer capacity in the region, and
provides even more options in the country and region for redundant
data storage and geographically isolated services, ideal for creating
secure and comprehensive backup and recovery strategies.

The Almere data center is securely connected by private network to
all SoftLayer data centers around the world. IBM Cloud operates
SoftLayer facilities in North and South America, Asia, Australia, and
Europe, including data centers in the greater London area, Paris,
Frankfurt, and an existing data center in Amsterdam. IBM Cloud
customers can leverage this geographic diversity and seamless
integration to mitigate business risk by replicating their data or
creating redundant operations in multiple locations. In case of
unexpected events, a customer can quickly recover their data or
balance or reroute workloads between locations.

“This new facility demonstrates the demand and success IBM Cloud is
having at delivering high-value services right to the doorstep of our
clients,” said James Comfort, IBM General Manager of Cloud Services.
“We’re reaching customers in a way that takes all the guess work out
of moving to the cloud. They can build and scale applications, run
the toughest big data workloads, have the level of security they
need, all in country and connected to a truly global platform.”

One customer already leveraging these advantages is leading Dutch IT
and telecommunications services provider KPN. As part of an existing
partnership with IBM, KPN sells cloud services built on SoftLayer
infrastructure. The company plans to deliver value-added cloud
services to over one million small, medium-sized, large, and
corporate businesses across the Netherlands via the new SoftLayer
facility.

“We are committed to offer services allowing our customers to stay on
the leading edge of innovative developments,” said Louis Rustenhoven,
director Marketing Sales KPN Business Market. “With our partnership
with SoftLayer, our end users will be able to take advantage of cloud
services that not only meet their in-country data residency
requirements, but will also offer a choice between three IaaS
options: bare metal servers, single-tenant and multi-tenant virtual
machines, for most optimized performance, security, scalability and
manageability.”

Since IBM acquired SoftLayer in the summer of 2013, SoftLayer’s
global customer base has grown rapidly. IBM has opened 13 new
SoftLayer data centers around the world over the last 10 months, with
additional locations launching by the end of this year. With each new
facility, IBM Cloud builds a local team on the ground. IBM Cloud aims
to triple SoftLayer technical and commercial staff in the Amsterdam
area by the end of the year.

About IBM Cloud
IBM is the global leader in open enterprise cloud
enabling secure data and infrastructure integration in the cloud. For
more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit
http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on
our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com. Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

About SoftLayer, an IBM Company
SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides
infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to leading-edge customers ranging
from Web startups to global enterprises. Products and services
include bare metal and virtual servers, networking, private cloud
solutions, and more. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides
unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and
sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that
seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide
network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information,
please visit www.softlayer.com.

Press Contacts:
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SoftLayer, an IBM Company
469.394.7274
afuochi@softlayer.com



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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ibm-adds-second-cloud-center-in-the-netherlands-2015-04-23-0173145?reflink=MW_news_stmp


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Music festivals have created unique offspring that take the same aesthetics, roots, and philosophies and turn them into something truly one-of-a-kind. Further Future in Las Vegas is a new kind of gathering that offers a music and art based event with a twist on the transformational music festival scene. Founder Robert Scott and his team have created a space for like-minded individuals to create, express and share. A diverse lineup is not all this event has to offer. With the usual array of festival accouterments such as yoga, workshops, and healthy living, Further Future also offers full spa services, a pop-up luxury village, hair styling, gourmet culinary programming from award winning Las Vegas chefs, mixology programming from Francis Harris, and even a pop up dinner with wine pairing on a cliff top at sunset by celebrity chef Sam Marvin. With more to come, Further Future is creating a place unlike anywhere else in the world.

Morena: You began with a career in law and finance, what inspired you to transition into the music festival world?

Robert: I have always been very involved with the music and events industry, and my legal practice encompassed a great deal of entertainment and artist related work. This led to opportunities to work with many of the Further Future team, including our creative director Jason Swamy and other amazing people like George and Gary Mueller, Michael Calabrese, Benjamin Alexander and Walter Smith. Swamy and I have been working together on various projects for nearly 15 years and Further Future is in many ways the culmination of much of that work.

Morena: Music festivals come in many different varieties, sizes and philosophies. What are some of your favorite music festivals that you have attended?

Robert: As a group we really strive to spend our energies exploring the tip of the spear when it comes to festivals. You are more likely to spot us at Wonderfruit in Thailand than Coachella. What the mega-festivals like Coachella and EDC continue to produce is pretty staggering and very impressive, but personally I am most excited by what is on the fringes. I do of course love and revere Burning Man, although it is hardly a “music” festival and other favorite events are Sonar in Barcelona and ADE in Amsterdam.

Morena: How do you incorporate your background in law with Further Future gathering?


Robert:
It can be very useful to have a background in legal structuring, risk management and running complex transactions when working on an event as complex as Further Future.

Morena: Tell me about the inception of Further Future. Who’s the core team? How did it come about and what inspired the name?

Robert: The main members of the core team with whom the public and industry will generally interact are Jason Swamy, Michael Calabrese and Benjamin Alexander and I. As individuals our team members generally prefer to remain somewhat in the background, with our focus being on benefiting the development of the endeavor and the community over our own personal status, if that makes sense. The Further Future concept is something that we have been talking about and evolving for several years. A Further Future event aspires to be a gathering of people with the common goal to spend time together celebrating the infinite possibilities of the future, without necessarily being shackled to the dictates of the past or the cycles of present-day society. We want to combine the connective power of music and art to bring people together in a place where they can shed their anxieties and fears, and touch a natural state of happiness. This, while immersing ourselves together in a culture of open thought and inquiry sharing ideas and aspirations with leading minds in the fields of art, business, science, technology and thought.

We feel there is a yearning in our world for a mindful and directed optimism, the sort of self-belief that empowers a society to transcend its flaws and scars and make great leaps into the future. We have also in our own lives been drawn to and awed by great thinkers and dreamers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, who can see past the future and beyond the horizon (into the Further Future). If we could bring such minds together in that environment, just think what amazing conversations and ideas we might witness and what new possibilities might be born.

Morena: Is the goal for Further Future gathering to expand or do you want it to remain small and intimate?

Robert: We have quite a few ideas for what we will do next with Further Future, although it’s not our intention to ever build this into an enormous event. We definitely value the intimacy and community that comes from a smaller event comprised of people who are truly invested in what we are all trying to do.

Website: http://www.furtherfuture.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FurtherFuture

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morena-duwe/exclusive-interview-with_b_7120514.html


A Connecticut journalism professor who took students to London, England allowed the group to attend a soccer match as an opportunity to examine racism, discrimination, and hooliganism at sporting events.

Dr. Vivian Martin, who directs CCSU’s journalism department, coordinated the trip with 15 students — two of whom were black — and two faculty members. Martin has been teaching a class on various aspects of British culture, and planned to take the group to a London soccer match as a potential learning experience.

Martin warned the black students in general to be aware during their trip in the wake of a racially discriminatory event in Paris.

The charged encounter allegedly took place before a Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain soccer match. According to The New York Times, a black subway rider was shoved and prevented from boarding a crowded subway train, while Chelsea fans chanted, “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.” 

The event was recorded on amateur video.

The man, named Souleymane, spoke with The Guardian three days later:

It seemed that they were Chelsea supporters. I didn’t even know Chelsea were playing that day. I tried to get on the train, I was pushed, and then they pushed me a second time. I still didn’t understand why they had pushed me. Then one of them, a young man, made a hand gesture … to show that it’s white skin here, black skin has no right to get on.

The incident caught the attention of Martin’s journalism students as they prepared to travel to London and attend a soccer match themselves.

Before attending the match, Martin cautioned her students to remain alert and observant about any potentially disruptive behavior, and to remain safe. For her two black students, she was especially concerned about safety and to be aware that they could be the target of discriminatory behavior.

“Surprisingly, I really didn’t have anything racist happen to me there.” said CCSU student Inasia Woods. “I did notice, though, that most of the people working the [concession] stands were black. Most of the maintenance crew were black. It felt like we were the only black ‘fans’ there.”

I was there as well, and witnessed the eeriness of being one of the only black people watching the game.

When I asked a young black staff worker about the behavior at Chelsea games, the woman mentioned that we “should definitely leave early.” She said that most of the outlandish hooliganism, if any, happens at the very end of a match when people are trying to get home.

In a similar situation, The Washington Post reported that at a soccer match in the Netherlands between FC Utrecht and Ajax Amsterdam, chants against the Jewish community could be heard throughout the stands. According to the report, a section of fans from Amsterdam chanted, “My father was in the commandos; my mother was in the S.S.; together they burned Jews, because Jews burn the best.”

Public apologies have been made after these incidents, including a formal apology to the black man in the Paris Metro from French President Francois Hollande, The Daily News reported

However, student Inasia Woods said she will always remember the anxiety of feeling isolated among what Britain has been known to call “the beautiful game.”

Aundrea Murray is an intern at WNPR.

Article source: http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-students-attend-london-soccer-match-learning-opportunity


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AMSTERDAM (CBS) – If you sometimes feel you focus too much energy on obsessing over past slights or regrets, you might want to add probiotics to your diet.

Researchers in the Netherlands say they provided 40 healthy study participants with a packet of powder that was to be mixed into warm water or milk every day for four weeks. One group received a placebo, while the other got a probiotics mixture.

At both the beginning and the end of the experiment, the participants had to fill out a survey on their depression levels.

Scientists founds that the subjects who were given the probiotics mixture were significantly less likely to ruminate over negative or past events.

RELATED: Ask The Expert: Top Healthy Smoothie Recipe

“Rumination is one of the most predictive vulnerability markers of depression,” psychologist and study author Laura Steenbergen tells ScienceDaily. “Persistent ruminative thoughts often precede and predict episodes of depression.”

Probiotics are live microorganisms often found in foods like yogurt, soft cheese and milk. They aid digestion and the immune system.

The research is published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

Article source: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/04/22/sudy-want-to-focus-less-on-the-negative-take-probiotics/


Article source: http://www.denoordoostpolder.nl/nieuws/65264/finale-eerste-miss-beauty-of-flevoland-op-urk/


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Lisa Vanderpump wants grandchildren

Man – I’m disappointed in Bravo. They left out all the fun stuff from Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills to focus on Kim “RAMBLES OF MY SOBRIETY” Richards. Yes, we missed Eileen Davidson announcing she’s driving her Ford Flex to collect her Emmy, so we could instead hear KimKillah wax poetic about all the terrible things HARRY did while Lisa Rinna was sleeping, only to deny she ever said them because she doesn’t remember, only to admit she made the whole implication up! Anyway, Bravo – more Emmys and less Kimmies. (And how gorgeous did Eileen look in her Emmy gown).

So, what else happened. Oh – Yolanda Foster “downsized.” With Mauricio as her guide towards these uncharted territories of humble abodes, Yolanda house hunted. Yes – she realized having a 4,000 tree lemon grove was just a touch too much even for her perma-master cleanse state of being, so she looked at houses in the 8,000 – 4,500 square-foot range. But oh, they were just not for Yo!

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First of all, where on earth is My Love supposed to display his Grammy collection (let alone his ego or his 4 tenors who are released from the basement only for dinner parties). Second of all, there is no place for Yolanda to refine her diamonds into fuel for the lemoncopter, which lightly mists the metropolis with its botanically cleansing spritz as it deposits Yolanda atop the roof of Barneys (via a special envoy door for special lemonistas) for a leisurely afternoon of perusing the Stella McCartney collection. Did I mention the copter blades are made from magazine covers graced by GiGi and Bella’s faces?

Yolanda Foster looks at new homes

And thirdly, there is no place for AnWar-Underwear to eat his one strawberry, 64 vitamin breakfast. Honestly Mauricio – we thought you were were a professional! But how funny is it that Kyle Richards suddenly buddies up to Yo, invites her on a yacht in Spain and then Poof! Yo is selling one house and needing another. Oh Kyle, so transparent. So transparent as the diamonds bedazzling the $25,000 sunglasses she purchased from PamDana’s garage sale. Or I don’t know, maybe she had Chanel make her a pair and luckily Bravo edited out the footage of her telling everyone (plus Mauricio’s mother) that she spent THIRTY-FIVE thousand dollars on a Chanel-diffused-artisinal-Cartier-Gucci-embossed-bong. What other secrets are you hiding Kyle?!

I’ll tell you who is hiding secrets: Lipsa. OK, not really – she’s not hiding anything; she’s baring it all – even at seven months pregnant! At Eileen’s film premiere in the Valley, Lisa opens-up *see what I did there* about her Playboy spread! After the premiere, Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle flee like gossips in the night, desperate to escape the concession stand hot dogs in the Valley of middle class death (“It’s an A-whatta?!” (Clueless, anyone?!) to hide in the limo giggling as they Google “Lisa Rinna Pregnant Playboy.” Raise your hand if you googled it as well raises hand. It turns out Lisa also has a sex book. Tails Of The Full Bush And Other Things Harry Has Done… 

Brandi Glanville tries pilates

Something tells me Brandi Glanville is bitter she never got offered a Playboy spread. But don’t worry – she was offered the opportunity to accompany Kim to pilates. Exercise is fun when you’re drunk! Wheeeee! Sober-Free and Proud to be! As Brandi huffs through the reformer machine, I swear she grumbled, “Sex with 23-year-olds is my cardio!” #Tinder

Then Kim met Lipsa in the woods for a little chat. If you’re thinking ‘OH NO… this is how all the horror stories start, you were right!’ Thankfully, Kingsley stayed home.

Kim is there to confront Lipsa about the “threaxes” (that’s threat-texts) Lipsa sent her. Kim is so scared of Lisa she meets her in the middle of nowhere – ALONE – to confront her about how scared she is that LIpsa might kill her. Emoji logic. 

Of course, Lipsa explains she sent the threaxes as a reaction to Amsterdam and the Harry accusation. Kim is like, ‘Amsterdam?! I never went to Amsterdam. I don’t speak Hollandaise. What are you talking about?! Just own up to it. You threatened my life with a Barbie doll at the McDonald’s museum where I was caring for Monty’s divorced chicken snuggle and Kingsley needed a life coach.’

Lisa is flabbergasted. I am flabbergasted. Kim is SOBER! So super-duper sober there’s a whole new chapter in the AA handbook about Kim’s sober-all-starness. It’s titled, Revisionist History: The KimKillah Rambles Richards Story. Coming to the True Crime Channel soon (allegedly. hopefully). 

As her parting warning, Lisa shouts, “Someday someone is going to hold you accountable Kim Richards!” Oh and somebody did – the Beverly Hills PD! I imagine it went like this, “Ma’am please come out of the bathroom with your hands up or we’re coming in after you!” KimKillah, “But officer, I’m just having a yummy Starbucks with extra whipped cream. Yolanda took me there because we’re girlfriends who chat!” Not a depiction of actual events.

Later we get another scene from Amsterdam where the ladies visit Yolanda’s childhood home. Mauricio would not take this listing! Oh no – I mean, at 300 square-feet Yolanda couldn’t even fit her fridge in there! It was humble and quaint – I love the down-to-earth, coziness Yo has. I live for this Yo, the ‘I might live on the cliffs of Malibu with my own ocean now, but hell if I can’t waltz up to someone’s front door with a film crew, start speaking Dutchery-doo and then have a peek at my childhood bathroom which hasn’t changed a bit!’ 

Yolanda Foster in Amsterdam

The teeny-tiny scratch-n-sniff lemon sticker a teenaged Yolanda put inside the door of the vanity was even still there. Yolanda sniffed, she sniffed again, and teeny tears pricked her eyes – she was homesick for the comforts of not having to put on pretenses and stroke the ego of My Love as it ambled here and there, always wandering, always searching for the next great triumph. But that Yo was gone, all that remained of her was the ability to speak Dutch, and ride a bicycle over cobblestones. 

Moving on to a woman for which pretenses are a way of life (and an occupation), Kyle talked to her daughter Portia about whether or not she should pursue child acting. Kyle thought long and hard about becoming a momager and channeling Kris Jenner. But does she really want to live in Calabasas, where Brandi once lived, which is permanently tainted with the smear of whatever the hell happened with Eddie? No, Kyle decides, she does not. So she encourages Portia to live a normal childhood – as normal as it can be when they are going to faux speech therapy for RHOBH. I’m frankly surprised Kyle didn’t take Portia to the Prada Boutique to have her practice her “R” sounds. Afterwards they could hit up Versace – in the name of improving Portia’s self-confidence and pronunciation, of course! Portia rrrrrrrrrreally wants to buy that rrrrrred rrrrrrosette clutch. With corrrrrrrrrresponding espadrrrrrrrrilles. Charrrrrrrrrrge it!

And in other BH parenting lessons, Lipsa sold her daughter’s Louboutins because they sat in her closet for a long time, unworn. Seriously – CALL CPS! Delilah is probably in therapy over that terrible child abuse. 

Also, LVP is torturing Pandora about reproducing because Giggy won’t wear furry pink snowsuits and she’s grown bored of pretending the dog menagerie are real children – she wants a grandchild! Kim also wants a grandchild, but unlike LVP she can’t even take care of a dog, so I don’t think she should be put in charge of human life. Not even her own. Other LVP discoveries – she speaks French. Le sigh. 

Lisa Vanderpump  Kyle Richards look-up Lisa Rinna's playboy spread

Finally Lisa, Lisa, and Kyle visited Camille Grammer for a game of tennis and some cocktails. I thought the tennis must be of the verbal sort because they were all wearing cocktail dresses and heels, even though LVP claims she was in a tennis dress (from … 1922?).

But no, they all hopped into a golf cart and rolled through the palatial hills of Camille’s Malibu estate until they reached the private tennis court. There they merely traded their stilettos for sneakers, grabbed their Chanel tennis racquets (not a farce) and pranced out onto the tennis court – in cocktail dresses. Camille was even wearing a strapless dress. I am so impressed – how on earth did she manage to keep it from falling down?! Kathy Hilton voice: “You do magic now?” 

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