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review 2019-06-10 06:53
Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life by Mark Walker
Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life - Mark Walker

TITLE:  Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life


AUTHOR:  Mark Walker




FORMAT:  Hardcover


ISBN-13:  9780752442846




"What do "quid pro quo" and "habeas corpus" mean? Why do plants have Latin names? Why do families, towns, countries, and even football teams have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in churches say? These are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide to Latin for the layman. With wit and clear language, the Latin phrases and words that surround us and compose our contemporary vocabulary are exposed and decoded. Entertaining and informative, this study proves that Latin is anything but dead."
This book came about as a result of the author's teaching an evening class in Latin for adult beginners, and realising that the traditional Latin courses were not ideally suited to the needs of his mature students.  This is an introductory text to the type of Latin encountered in everyday life, that should be followed by a more comprehensive text if the reader has a further interest in the subject.  The author covers the history and development of Latin, familiar Latin phrases, acronyms & abbreviations, Roman names and numerals, mottoes, Latin for Gardeners, Doctors & Lawyers, church Latin, Latin in music, hymns, Christmas carols and the Latin Mass, Roman inscriptions and Latin epitaphs.  I found the book interesting and informative, and definitely requiring further examination.
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review 2019-05-13 04:45
Crux by Jean Guerrero
Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir - Jean Guerrero

This is a great memoir and family saga, and an intense one. At the center of it is the author’s relationship with her troubled father, but in writing that story she weaves together many strands of personal and family history, going back to her great-great-grandmother in Mexico. A journalist by training, the author investigates many possibilities for her father’s afflictions; he has a drug problem for many years and suffers from bouts of what is probably drug-induced psychosis, but she also investigates the possibility that he is actually the victim of CIA mind-control experiments (declassified documents show that they’ve done experiments like this in the past, so it isn’t as crazy as it sounds), or that he has special spiritual powers (as a Mexican cousin believes).


Whatever the cause, there’s certainly a family history of trauma that echoes back through several generations. And so it’s a fascinating, vivid story, but also a dark one; whatever you find upsetting or scary, it’s probably in here. And there’s an overriding lack of safety that makes it a disturbing book, an effect probably heightened by the author’s staccato writing style. But it’s terribly compelling, full of incident and full of life. And full of a wide range of literary references; the author understands her life and her father’s through the prism of all sorts of literature, from Moby Dick to the Sword of Truth to the Popul Vuh. But I think what really stands out is the author’s ability to articulate and bring home not only her own experiences, but her mother’s, father’s, and grandmother’s. There’s no distance here; the reader is transported right into the experiences of the author and her family. In any event, it’s an excellent book, and one I highly recommend.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-05-07 11:34
Latin America Self-Driving Car Market Industry Analysis By Development, Size, Share And Demand Forecast From 2018 To 2024

Latin America self-driving car market

A self-driving car, also known as the driverless car or an autonomous car or robotic car uses a combination of cameras, radars sensor, GPS system and artificial intelligence (AI) to travel between destinations without the need of any human drivers. To quantify self-driving cars must be able to drive to a predetermined destination without human conduction. It is expected that the self-driving car would reduce car crash by 90%. The Latin America self-driving car market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 28.5%, leading to global revenue of USD 3.75 Bn by 2024.


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Latin America self-driving market is further segmented based on applications, automation, and technological components. The segment applications are further categorized into personal use and commercial use. Initially, self-driving cars will be owned personally. The region is showing a great interest towards autonomous driving technologies. Approximately half of the people surveyed believe that autonomous vehicles will improve the mobility in the city.
Based on automation, the self-driving automation levels are categorized into semi-autonomous and full autonomous. Semi-autonomous cars are dominating the automation segment. However the, car-manufacturers targets to introduce full autonomous cars by 2020. The region has enormous potential for advanced driver assistance i.e. level 1 automation. Latin American market is very enthusiastic to own an electric vehicle. This would help the car manufacturers of the region to progress in their level of automation. 

The self-driving car market is segmented based on various technological components that are used in autonomous cars like radar, lidar, automotive vehicle camera, ultrasonic sensor, and GPS navigation system. Radar-based driver assistance systems are already being used right now. As of now, these have been used for adaptive cruise control, collision warning systems, blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assistance, rear cross-traffic alerts and backup parking assistance.
Based on the countries, the self-driving car market is divided into Brazil, Argentina and the rest of LATAM. Autonomous cars have its highest presence in Brazil because the state has a robust connective infrastructure. Around 90% of the cities have 4G coverage. The citizens are also keenly interested in autonomous vehicle technology as their disposable income is increasing at a fast pace.

Key growth factors

Latin America can speed up the adoption of autonomous vehicles if proper measures are taken into consideration. According to a survey conducted by an automotive company, more than half of the surveyed population have favorable opinion about autonomous cars.
In Latin America, car manufacturer Nissan has announced to introduce 100% electric, zero-emission car called Nissan LEAF. Nissan plans to sell the cars in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica by 2019

Threats and key players

Factors that may restrain the adoption of self-driving cars are regulation, poor infrastructure, i.e. poor road quality and less number of active AV test.
The key players in the Latin American self-driving car market are Apple, Microsoft, Toyota, Nissan and General Motors.

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7. Historical, current and forecasted market size data for the technological components in the Latin America self-driving car market (radar sensors, video cameras, lidar sensors, ultrasound sensors and GPS navigation systems)
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text 2019-03-25 13:36
The 10 Best International Schools in Latin America
Education has always been a way of knowledge escalation. Whatever part of the world one belongs to, through education one can easily upgrade oneself with the precious art, culture, practices and traditions of any other distant place of the planet. Though, education has been the upliftment for mankind since ages. In today’s scenario the International Schools have improved the entire process of knowledge proliferation across geographical boundaries.

International Schools in Latin America are not only benefitting the country and its native students through the exposure of global education but also, bringing the enriched educational heritage of Latin America within the reach of other parts of our world. To acknowledge the valuable contributions of such schools towards this impactful educational revolution, we have come-up with our special edition on “The 10 Best International Schools in Latin America”.

“At Nido students are offered an engaging, authentic, consequential experience; learn by doing; and are accustomed to taking risks. This helps build their own personalities fully, while nurturing their strengths and passions.”



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St. Paul’s School: Exploring Education to the Core


The school aims to promote education, and the intellectual, spiritual, and physical development of young people. Unveiling the History St. Paul’s School was established in 1926, exclusively for the British community of…


Asociación Escuelas Lincoln: Providing a Unique Edge to the Children


The school aims to inspire the next generation of creative and critical thinkers, dedicated to a life of integrity, providing an education to the highest US accreditation standards Situated in La Lucila,…


The American School Foundation: Cultivating Life-long Zeal to Learn and a Tradition of Success


The American School Foundation, A.C., offers students from diverse backgrounds the best of American independent education.   Founded by a group of American industrialists living in Mexico in 1888, The American School…


UWC Costa Rica: Creating Young Agents of Change Through World-Class Education


To educate a diverse group of young men and women to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and engagement, of fostering positive change in their communities in order…


Discovery School of Honduras: Reinforcing Education with Personalized Curricula and Hands-on Experience


Discovery School of Honduras’ mission is to prepare students for the challenges of life and future academic work. A private, international, and non-profit school, Discovery School Honduras located in Tegucigalpa was founded…

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review 2019-03-24 17:50
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
The Air You Breathe - Frances de Pontes Peebles

This is a generic work of historical fiction that has me questioning my past literary judgment – because I loved the author’s first novel, The Seamstress, to pieces, and thought it was a fantastic literary adventure, featuring two divergent but equally compelling storylines. That was nine years ago, though, and I did not find any of the wonder I remember seeing there in this eminently forgettable book.

Apparently inspired by the career of 1940’s Hollywood musical star Carmen Miranda, this book relates the story of two Brazilian girls who grow up on a sugar plantation, are enraptured by music, run away from home to make their way, and end up singing samba and finally making movies. It’s told from the first-person perspective of Dores, a hardscrabble orphan who befriends the privileged, self-absorbed Graça. Dores is the smart, practical one with a talent for songwriting, while Graça is the diva who captivates audiences.

The novel flows smoothly enough, with competent writing; it’s a quick read and long enough to live in for a little while. That said, it lacks rawness, vitality, momentum; we basically know what’s going to happen from the beginning, and then spend 450 pages following the course that’s been charted out from the start, without any real excitement or surprise, but with standard-issue philosophizing about life from a character supposed to be looking back on events from her 90s. Unfortunately, the first-person voice tends to obscure rather than reveal any personality Dores may have; it’s a generic voice for a generic character in a generic historical fiction story.

The other characters are pretty generic as well – Graça is the only one with much in the way of personality, while the supporting members of the band lack not only personalities but also lives and relationships of their own, to the point that how they feel about unexpectedly spending several years in a foreign country is never even mentioned. The two women’s antagonistic devotion to each other was never entirely convincing to me either; it largely felt like a result of the fact that the novel didn’t have room for distractions like developing their relationships with lovers or other friends, rather than anything organic.

So, unfortunately, the generic title and cover art turned out to be representative of the work as a whole – fine escapism if you want a nice long predictable novel, but nothing more than that. It isn’t terrible, but there’s nothing in the plot or characters or writing that stands out. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest music lover and don’t tend to love books about music; if you did love this, you’ll likely also enjoy The Gods of Tango, another Latin American LGBT music-focused novel (which also disappointed me). I am curious to listen to some samba, though.

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