Negotiated compromise produces historic teepee raising on central Parliament Hill lawn

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP and grassroots organizers behind a “ceremonial reoccupation” of Parliament Hill came to a negotiated compromise Thursday to set up a teepee near the main stage erected for celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday on Saturday.The final round of talks, which involved the RCMP’s Aboriginal policing unit, Parliament Hill security, Indigenous grassroots organizers and Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day, ended with a police liaison marking a spot in the grass with his heel where tobacco in a red pouch was then placed just west of the main stage on Parliament Hill’s central lawn.“This is so intense, but I am really proud of us, I didn’t think we were going to get on there,” said Candace Day Neveau, a Bawating water protector from Sault Ste. Marie who was directly involved in the negotiations.  I thought we were going to have to force our way here and we’d all go to jail. But it’s the Creator. This is all happening because of the Creator.”A mere 24 hours earlier Parliament Hill security and RCMP officers were physically blocking the passage of teepee poles and erecting barricades while arresting nine people involved in what organizers said was a ceremonial reoccupation of the grounds which are on Algonquin territory and currently under an Aboriginal title claim.Melissa Rusk, spokesperson for Parliamentary Protection Service, said the goal of the talks was to balance the security realities of the planned Canada Day celebrations and the need for the reoccupy organizers to have their message heard.“We are very happy we reached a successful resolution,” said Rusk. “From a public safety perspective, it is in a safe area for the teepee to be set up and it is in a central area so it will highlight and showcase these critical issues.”Rusk said there was no political influence from the federal government involved in the decision to allow the teepee onto the main Parliament Hill grounds. Rusk said there had been ongoing talks on the issue since Wednesday night.Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day said a solution became possible after both sides decided to “meet each other half-way” on the right spot of grass to set up the teepee. In the end, both sides were merely a few feet apart.“I think the issue here is more just one of recognition. It is clear the individuals that wanted to create an awareness felt like they were being stifled and they wanted to move to a place that was better,” said Day. “This is all people wanted. They wanted to be heard and recognized.”After initially blocking passage to the teepee on Wednesday night, the RCMP allowed it to be set up just inside Parliament Hill’s eastern entrance where it was hemmed in by barricades. On Thursday, RCMP officers removed the barricades and offered to do all they could to help in the move to the new location.“I am so glad that they designated a new area for us. They are opening that door for us so we can take our place, our proper place in the world,” said Elder Sophie Gunner-Sackabuskum. “I am so happy they negotiated a proper place for us to start the fasting for our water protectors. It is really something, this is bigger than what we think. It is a historical time for us.”Ash Courchene walked around the newly erected teepee as a country music band rehearsed on the main stage. Around him people milled about and tourists wandered by curious at the new structure suddenly altering the Parliament Hill skyline. Courchene was part of the core Ottawa group that connected with the Bawating water protectors who arrived from Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday.“I feel like this was supposed to happen, that everything that went down the way it did was supposed to happen,” he said. “It’s unreal to me…It is historic.” read more

Thousands fleeing from Liberia to Sierra Leone UNHCR reports

A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that by Monday the agency had registered the arrival of more than 3,000 Liberian nationals and about 2,000 Sierra Leoneans in the border town of Jendema, Sierra Leone. Most of the Sierra Leoneans, who have been living in Liberia as refuges, came from the Sinje camp, located around 20 kilometres from the scenes of the latest fighting. Spokesman Ron Redmond told a press briefing in Geneva that UNHCR staff had registered an additional 1,000 people today and were expecting the arrival of more refugees. UNHCR has deployed trucks to relocate the Liberian refugees to the Jimmi Bargbo camp situated a further 350 kilometres into Sierra Leone, he said. The returning Sierra Leone nationals, who mostly come from the north-east of the country, will be transported to their home areas. UNHCR was also sending trucks to two camps located outside Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Around 6,500 Sierra Leonean refugees, who had volunteered to return home before the recent outbreak of violence, were waiting to be transported back to their country. “We believe that the current instability in Liberia may push more Sierra Leoneans to sign up for the trip,” Mr. Redmond said. In a related development, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today it was preparing food distribution to persons displaced by the renewed fighting in Liberia. read more

Target pledging 1 million to six Cdn charities through its Facebook page

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 9:00 am MDT Target pledging $1 million to six Cdn. charities through its Facebook page TORONTO – Target Canada is pledging to donate $1 million to local charities through its Facebook page this holiday season as it moves to establish itself as a good neighbour ahead of next year’s arrival on Canadian soil.The campaign, running Tuesday until Dec. 9, asks Facebook users to visit its page and click to donate $100 of Target’s money to one of six local charities it has selected after months of market research on the Canadian philanthropy scene.“It’s just one of the ways we will try and engage our future guests,” said Derek Jenkins, senior vice-president of external relations at Target Canada.“Being a good neighbour doesn’t mean you just come in and do business.”The U.S. retail giant, set to open its first Canadian locations in the spring of 2013, plans to donate five per cent of its profits to local communities and the campaign will help it determine some of Canadians’ favourite causes.“It just shows our commitment to making sure we’re involved in the community, but also the other benefit we get is we get to find out what’s really important to our Canadian guests,” Jenkins said.The information will help Target to draft its giving strategy for Canada, along with the research it has already been doing, which helped to determine the areas of concentration for the current campaign — exercise, nutrition, arts and education.Jenkins said the company is looking to tailor its corporate social responsibility program specifically to the Canadian market, and has learned that Canadians are more focused on well-being, than education, for instance.“It just seems education isn’t as much as a concern as accessibility to food, and nutrition and well-being” in Canada, he said.Participating partners in the program include ArtsSmarts, ArtStarts, various YMCAs in Canada, Food Banks Canada, First Book Canada and Pathways to Education.Users can select not only the charity of their choice, but the province to which they want the money directed and can return to donate once every 24 hours.Target will continue the campaign until the $1 million is donated, or just before midnight on Dec. 9, whichever comes first.Gena Rotstein, a philanthropy adviser at Dexterity Consulting, said it’s becoming more common for multinational companies to launch corporate social responsibility initiatives prior to entering a new market to build goodwill.“Doing good in the community is good for business,” she said,Crowd-sourced funding programs are also innovative ways to drive people to companies’ social media sites and to generate buzz, she added.“The question then becomes from a company’s perspective: is how are they managing their brand as it aligns with the charities that people are clicking on and voting for?” Rotstein said.“It will be interesting to see what happens as Target learns about the community more. What charities do they choose to work with and are they actually putting their money into solving whatever the critical issues are that target has identified or are they just using it for more eyeballs?”Target is preparing to move into Canada, its first expansion outside the U.S., opening the first of between 125 and 135 stores in March and April at locations once owned by Canadian retailer Zellers. read more

QuickList Unemployment rates in selected Canadian cities in December

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 8, 2016 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 7.1 per cent in December. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities but cautions the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. (Previous month in brackets.)— St. John’s, N.L. 6.4 per cent (6.2)— Halifax 6.2 (6.1)— Moncton, N.B. 6.2 (5.8)— Saint John, N.B. 7.7 (7.3)— Saguenay, Que. 7.5 (7.6)— Quebec 4.9 (4.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 6.6 (6.3)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 7.3 (6.9)— Montreal 8.7 (8.6)— Gatineau, Que. 6.1 (6.4)— Ottawa 6.3 (6.3)— Kingston, Ont. 6.5 (6.7)— Peterborough, Ont. 7.6 (8.6)— Oshawa, Ont. 7.0 (7.8)— Toronto 7.0 (7.0)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.9 (6.0)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 8.0 (7.8)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 6.4 (5.9)— Brantford, Ont. 4.9 (5.4)— Guelph, Ont. 4.2 (4.2)— London, Ont. 6.2 (6.8)— Windsor, Ont. 9.7 (10.0)— Barrie, Ont. 6.4 (6.1)— Sudbury, Ont. 8.4 (8.2)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.7 (5.3)— Winnipeg 6.1 (5.7)— Regina 4.1 (4.0)— Saskatoon 6.4 (6.1)— Calgary 7.0 (6.9)— Edmonton 6.2 (6.1)— Kelowna, B.C. 6.7 (6.2)— Abbotsford, B.C. 7.6 (7.2)— Vancouver 5.7 (5.8)— Victoria 6.1 (6.3) QuickList: Unemployment rates in selected Canadian cities in December read more

Former Spain international Villa to join Japanese side Kobe

TOKYO — Former Spain international David Villa will be reunited with former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at Japanese club Vissel Kobe from next season.The 36-year-old striker announced the move on Saturday via YouTube.Villa on Wednesday announced he would leave U.S. Major League Soccer side New York City FC once his current contract expires at the end of December.Villa started his career at Sporting Gijon in 2000 before stints with Real Zaragoza and Valencia. He joined Iniesta at Barcelona in 2010, where he won the Spanish league twice and the Champions League.He was also a key member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning team in South Africa.Vissel, which also signed former Germany star Lukas Podolski, finished 10th in the J-League first division following a disappointing 2018 season.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

Patrice Annonay stay in PSG until 2016

← Previous Story HUNGARIAN DERBY: Veszprem beat Pick Szeged and overtake the first place! Next Story → Gyor at EHF CL F4 – Buducnost beat Larvik in Norway! French champion Paris SAint Germain have announced that experienced goalkeeper Patrice Annonay will stay in the club until 2016. Annonay, who has a good season, is member of the team since 2005.– I am very happy that the adventure with PSG continues. I joined the club in 2005 and I experienced much at this club: the second league, the promotion back into the first league and later then we were also able to compete for national and international titles. We won the French championship and it is great to be part of this ambitious project.Second goalkeeper Sierra goes to  Pick Szeged at the end of the season…Who will replace him? handballpatrice annonayPSG Handballsieera read more

Angel Paz lhomme qui a fait la paix avec les oiseaux

first_imgAngel Paz, l’homme qui a fait la paix avec les oiseauxAncien chasseur d’oiseaux, Angel Paz a changé son fusil d’épaule. Ce paysan de 47 ans a fondé un refuge pour les oiseaux, près de son village de Nanegalito, en Equateur. Une aubaine pour lui : les touristes affluent vers ce pays qui héberge près d’un sixième de toutes les espèces d’oiseaux de la planète.De la chasse aux oiseaux à leur protection, le passage n’est pas évident. Un paysan de 47 ans, y a pourtant trouvé une véritable raison de vivre. En créant en 2005 sa réserve privée à Nanegalito son village, il a pu profiter des revenus du tourisme. Une chance pour les ornithologues en herbe : son refuge se situe en Equateur, un pays qui abrite près d’un sixième de toutes les espèces de la planète. “Avant, je les chassais. Aujourd’hui, je les protège. Je leur donne à manger et eux, ils me permettent de nourrir ma famille”, témoigne Angel Paz cité par l’AFP. L’homme a baptisé son parc privé “Paz de las Aves” : La Paix des oiseaux. Six mois à peine après sa création en 2005, son sanctuaire attirait déjà des touristes venus des Etats-Unis, d’Angleterre, du Canada, du Japon ou même d’Inde. “Un touriste voulait vraiment venir ici et quand il a fait le voyage et est arrivé, il n’en croyait pas ses yeux et il a fondu en larmes sous le coup de l’émotion”, raconte Angel Paz. Il faut dire que pour le visiteur, l’expérience est envoûtante : une vingtaine de colibris vous entoure. Ils arborent des couleurs chatoyantes, des tailles les plus diverses. Certaines espèces sont très rares ou en voie d’extinction, tels l'”Érione à robe noire”, autrement appelé “oiseau-mouche” pour sa taille minuscule. Perchée à 1.400 mètres d’altitude, la “Paix des oiseaux” compte 25 hectares de forêt tropicale dédiés aux oiseaux. L’ancien chasseur a réussi à y réunir près de 220 espèces d’oiseaux qu’il nourrit avec des fruits et des lombrics. Parmi ses spécimens préférés, le Grallaria antpitta, un éminent membre d’une espèce menacée à qui il a donné le surnom de “Shakira” en référence à la star colombienne de la pop, pour sa manière rythmée de remuer la queue. Une mine d’or pour l’écotourisme L’Equateur est un paradis pour les oiseaux. Grâce à la variété de ses micro-climats (de la forêt tropicale humide aux cimes enneigées des Andes), le pays héberge presque la moitié de toutes les espèces de colibris du continent américain. Ornithologue et guide, Roberto Cedeño cité par l’AFP, s’enthousiasme : “il existe en Equateur environ 1.600 espèces d’oiseaux, qui représentent 13% de la population des oiseaux dans le monde”. Intégrant les principes de l’écotourisme, le tourisme lié à l’observation des oiseaux prend donc de plus en plus son essor. Néanmoins, les tours pour découvrir les différentes espèces du pays sont plutôt onéreux : 2.000 euros en moyenne pour un tel voyage, sans le coût du billet d’avion. Les seuls services d’un guide peuvent coûter jusqu’à 200 dollars par jour. Mais les coûts prohibitifs de ces voyages ne découragent pas les passionnés d’oiseaux : chaque année, ils sont de plus en plus nombreux à venir assouvir leur passion.Le 10 juin 2012 à 18:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Trailer Teases A Good Star Wars Game

first_imgStay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Become a Jedi. Tune-in for first look at #StarWarsJediFallenOrder this Saturday, at 1:30pm CDT from #StarWarsCelebration. Watch live at, stay up to-date with the latest from Celebration at @EAStarWars— Star Wars (@starwars) April 9, 2019Right now, we’re pretty sure we know that Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game following a Padawan trying to survive in the galaxy after Order 66 wipes out nearly every single other Jedi before the events of A New Hope. Given the fun and fluid movement of previous Respawn games like Titanfall and Apex Legends, we expect them to do justice by a character who wields The Force and a sick laser sword. We’re also hoping for some classic Star Wars Jedi Knight vibes in the gameplay. And what better place to make Kyle Katarn canon again.But aside from that this game, much like Episode IX, is one huge mystery. Fortunately, Lucasfilm should shed much more light on both projects at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration festival this coming weekend. In fact, you can watch a livestream reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order this Saturday April 13 starting at 1:30 CDT. Get hyped!Watch live video from EAStarWars on www.twitch.tvAnd if that’s not enough new Star Wars video game news, check out this new trailer for the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality series Vader Immortal.For more on Star Wars check out this R2-D2 observatory and Topher Grace’s emotional trailer for the whole Star Wars saga.center_img EA’s past few years as the sole publisher of Star Wars video games have been… not great. Multiple games have been cancelled. The games that have been released have been riddled with potentially illegal amounts of microtransactions. And Jade Raymond, the star producer brought in to lead the whole #brand, recently left to work on Google’s ambitious Stadia streaming project instead.But Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, releases later this year so you better believe EA has a new Star Wars game in the works to catch that free money at the same time. And if this past February taught us anything the EA team to pin your hopes on isn’t BioWare, currently caught in the Hell of post-launch Anthem, but Respawn Entertainment, currently basking in the glory of Apex Legends.Here’s the the first trailer (albeit cinematic, not gameplay) for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars game coming this November (and starring Gotham’s own Cameron Monaghan, following in Mark Hamill’s legacy of Jokers-turned Jedi and vice versa). Plus they put Debra Wilson in another video game!last_img read more

BGB member goes missing in Teesta

first_imgA member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) went missing in the Teesta River while chasing smugglers in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The victim was identified as Lance Nayek Sumon Hawladar, 42, son of Hekim Ali of Habiganj district.Tipped off, a team of BGB men went to the bordering area near pillar No 144/3 in the upazila and chased a group of smugglers around 2:30 am, said commanding officer Lt Col Golam Morshed of Lalmonirhat BGB-15 Battalion.At one stage, Sumon slipped into the river and went missing, he said.A BGB rescue team launched a rescue operation to trace Sumon.last_img

Memory clutter causes older people to be tricked

first_imgUsing bio-sensors to look at brain activity, the researchers saw that older participants wandered into a brief “mental time travel” when trying to recall details. This journey into their subconscious veered them into a cluttered space that was filled with both relevant and irrelevant information.  This clutter led to less confidence, even when their recollections were correct, the study said.Cluttering of the brain is one reason older people are more susceptible to manipulation, the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This memory clutter that’s causing low confidence could be a reason why older adults are often victims of financial scams, which typically occur when someone tries to trick them about prior conversations that didn’t take place at all,” said lead researcher Audrey Duarte, associate professor of psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology in the US. The findings appeared online in the journal ‘Neuropsychologia’.For the study, the researchers showed that older adults (60 years and up) and college students a series of pictures of everyday objects while electroencephalography (EEG) sensors were connected to their heads.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach photo was accompanied by a colour and scene. Participants were told to focus on one and ignore the other. An hour later, they were asked if the object was new or old, and if it matched the colour and the scene.Neither age group was very good at recalling what they were told to ignore. Both did well in remembering the object. The researchers noticed differences in brain activity between the young and old. Older adults’ brains spent more time and effort trying to reconstruct their memories.last_img read more

Costa Rica economy on track Vice President Liberman says

first_imgFrom the print editionLuis Liberman came to the second vice presidency of Costa Rica by an unusual route: an outstanding banking career in the private sector. Liberman, 65, started from scratch in the late 1970s by getting a group of prominent businessmen to invest in Banco Interfin, a finance company that he ran as general manager. Under Liberman’s leadership, Banco Interfin grew during three decades into Costa Rica’s biggest private bank. In June 2006, Scotiabank bought Banco Interfin, which had $1.6 billion in assets. Liberman continued as general manager of Scotiabank for another year, and then resigned to join Laura Chinchilla’s successful presidential run. With a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois, Vice President Liberman coordinates President Chinchilla’s economic team. He is married with three adult children and a grandfather, and lives in the southwestern suburb of Escazú.The Tico Times caught up with Liberman Monday at Casa Presidencial to talk about job creation, the fiscal deficit and challenges facing the Chinchilla administration.Excerpts follow:TT: Mr. Liberman, my point of departure is that Costa Rica is economically stable and should continue with stability until the end of the Chinchilla administration.LL: I hope this is so. Unfortunately, with Costa Rica so dependent on its export markets, we are very vulnerable to world economic stability, which right now depends on how the euro, and to a lesser extent the dollar, evolve. If the euro muddles through without major market disruptions, then yes, we should have continued stability. But this situation is out of our control, and I won’t venture a guess as to what will happen with the euro.So aside from the euro threat that Costa Rica can do nothing about, how do you see the economy?We are on track for the economy to grow 4.5 percent this year, which is pretty good. Exports are up 12 percent, and service exports [increased by] 15 percent on a year ago. I’m especially encouraged that construction is coming back on a much healthier basis than in the 2006-2007 bubble years. Back then construction was driven by foreign sales, with developers building based on foreign commitments to buy Costa Rican properties. Now, there are several big hotel projects funded the old-fashioned way, with developers bringing their own money in and not dependent on foreign-purchase commitments. Construction is only growing at about a 4 percent rate, but it has all kinds of linkages to suppliers and tourism, which make it a very high-powered employment generator. Employment is something we really focus on in the government. Last year, we generated 90,000 new jobs, but a lot of that went to offset the 80,000 jobs we lost in the 2009-2010 crisis. Employment is a permanent challenge, because Costa Rica needs to generate 95,000 new jobs every year just to keep up with the number of young people who enter the workforce. So, even though I’ll take a 4.5 percent [gross domestic product] growth rate, I’d like to bump that up another point or point and a half to generate all the jobs we need.What will be this government’s way forward on the fiscal deficit front, in view of the tax-increase bill that’s now dead in Congress?There’s a misperception that the fiscal reform we attempted consisted only of the tax package. That was one of four reforms we presented, and we are going ahead with hopes for success with the other three. The first of these is a law to rationalize and contain public spending, the second is a law to strengthen income tax and customs tax administration, and the third is an authorization for U.S. dollar international bond market issues as a tool for managing the government’s debt.A recent Bloomberg-Newsweek article stated that you were leading the government team to put together a bond issue for $4 billion.Yes, that is falling into place surprisingly quickly. Two weeks ago, I made a presentation on Costa Rica at a meeting of the Emerging Markets Trade Association and was surprised by the interest in a Costa Rican issue. Costa Rica has not sold international market bonds since 2004.$4 billion is really big for Costa Rica. Doesn’t this present potential problems of downward pressure on the colón-dollar exchange rate?Not really. What we are proposing to the Legislative Assembly and to investment bankers for the bond issue is an authorization for up to $4 billion, but for bonds to be issued over a 10-year period with a maximum of $1 billion in any given year. The minimum practical amount for any single sale of bonds will be around $500 million, so if the government wants to stretch the issuance out, they could do eight $500 million bond issues over the next 10 years. I don’t anticipate significant funds from sale of these bonds being changed into colones, so they shouldn’t generate exchange-rate pressure. Bond-sale proceeds mostly will be applied to refinance existing foreign debt. International bond market rates are very low right now, and Costa Rica qualifies to issue in a favorable emerging-market bond sector rather than as a high-rate “exotic.” The rate for 10-year emerging-market bonds is now around 5 percent, so under present market conditions Costa Rica has a chance to lock in a very favorable rate for 10 years.Focusing on a very prominent problem for this government, what is being done about the 1856 Road project [the problematic highway paralleling Costa Rica’s San Juan River and northern border, started under presidential emergency decree in March 2011]?The big change is that the project is now being built by MOPT [Public Works and Transport Ministry]. MOPT will contractsome of that work with private construction companies, but now under full government tendering procedures. There’s something the public is unaware of regarding this project, which is that it’s not just the 160 kilometer parallel to the river. An integral part of the project has been the rehabilitation of more than 400 kilometers of access roads to the river highway itself. So the project is really an opening of access to the entire northern quadrant of Costa Rica.What about the crisis at the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, which with 45,000 employees and more than $4 billion in assets is the largest company in Central America?The Caja has its own funding and administration and is very autonomous from the central government in how it is run. Fixing it will be a long-term proposition. They’ll have to start with controlling costs and implementing more effective collection of their payroll taxes. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute, or ICE, has just shown operational losses. How concerned are government officials?I think ICE can handle its problems. They have strain on their cash flow because they are investing in big projects. The Reventazón Hydroelectric Project alone is $1-1.4 billion, and they also have the Diquís project and a lot of expansion of the power grid.Where they have had most difficulty is with the cellular phone [market], which has recently been opened up to competition. But in ICE’s case, I am heartened by the experience of the Costa Rican state banks. Remember, they once had a monopoly on deposits. When this was abolished and private banks started to compete, state banks went through some rough years. But they adapted to the competition, and today are much better banks as a result. I think ICE will go through a similar process with cellphones.What accomplishments can the Chinchilla administration point to on the social font?First of all, security. Despite all of the media’s crime coverage that leads people to think otherwise, we have brought down crime rates where crime used to hit hardest: poor, urban neighborhoods. Nothing fancy, just more cops on the beat, and more and better equipment. Under our FODESAF payroll tax social fund, we continue to develop our care network for children and elderly people at risk. In education, we are on track to develop 90 vocational high schools over four years of this government. We consider these as very good social-development tools because they make young people immediately employable without a college degree. Our AVANCEMOS program of subsidizing poor students to keep them from dropping out of school is making headway on that problem. And, finally, we are building 10,000 homes for poor people per year, which we consider a good contribution under a program that we wish was much bigger. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Who is Óscar Arias

first_imgOn Tuesday morning, bothSemanario Universidad and The New York Times reported that Óscar Arias Sánchez has been accused of sexual assault.The accuser said Arias kissed, touched and penetrated her without her consent following a December 2014 meeting, according to Semanario Universidad. Arias, through his lawyer, said he “categorically denied” the reports. Related posts:Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reports Two more women accuse Óscar Arias of sexual misconduct, per reports Former Tico Times publisher recalls Daly’s account of Arias misconduct Why Now: Oscar Arias accusers explain why they waited to come forward Arias is among Central America’s most powerful political figures, not only for his terms as president in Costa Rica but also for his work promoting peace in the region.He served as President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2010. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 “for a plan designed to put an end to the cruel civil wars that were devastating Central America,” according to the organization.Arias was born into an upper-class family in Heredia and received a graduate degree in England.Following his election in 1986 as a member of Costa Rica’s National Liberation Party, Arias became a recognized name internationally as he sought to reduce violence in the region. As the non-profit organization United For Human Rights explains:In a series of meetings with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, President Arias Sánchez pressed to resolve the turmoil and end outside influence in Central America. He eventually gained approval of his peace plan, which called for each country to limit the size of their armies, assure freedom of the press, and hold free and open elections. The plan was successful and, with the signing of the accords, fighting in the region came to an end.Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 due to his principal role in stabilizing Central America.In his Nobel Lecture, Arias said “evils” in Central America “are manifest, naked to the view of anyone who cares to see them,” but that Costa Rica was a beacon of a better future:I am receiving this prize as one of 2.7 million Costa Ricans. My people draw their sacred liberty from the two oceans which bound us to the East and West. To the South and to the North, Costa Rica has almost always been bounded by dictators and dictatorships. We are an unarmed people, and we are fighting to remain free from hunger. To America we are a symbol of peace, and we hope to be a symbol of development. We intend to show that peace is both the prerequisite and the fruit of progress.During his final address to the nation at the conclusion of his first term, Arias said he and Costa Rica had “stood up as a force for morality.”With funds from the Nobel Peace Prize, Arias created the “Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress,” which remains “dedicated to promoting democracy, gender equality, disarmament and demilitarization.”Following a four-year battle to eliminate Costa Rica’s ban on re-election, Arias successfully ran for president in 2006. He said in 2010 that his focus on social issues ranked among his top successes. His administration pointed to a reduction in extreme poverty and the introduction of a school dropout prevention program, Avancemos, as solid accomplishments.However, Arias faces criminal charges for breach of duty stemming from a probe into whether he failed to uphold his presidential responsibilities by allowing a Canadian gold mine to operate in Costa Rica in 2008.In 2016, Arias penned a letter to the country in The Tico Times explaining why he was not seeking a third presidential term.“No one person is indispensable in a democracy,” he wrote. “What is indispensable is many people willing to work for this country we love so much.”Though Arias did not seek a third term, he has remained active in Costa Rica through his foundation and as a supporter of human rights.That included his backing of a nuclear disarmament plan that was presented at a conference in Austria in 2014, according to The New York Times. When Alexandra Arce von Herold met with Arias at his house to discuss the cause, he allegedly sexually assaulted her, according to The New York Times. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentscenter_img Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reportslast_img read more

Melbourne Airport onboard with new Jetstar OsakaMelbourne route

first_img“Our growth has been nearly double the growth of the main Japanese markets in Australia such as New South Wales and Western Australia since 2009.” “The number of people travelling between Victoria and Japan grew by 12 per cent last year, making Victoria one of the fastest growing Japanese markets last year, Melbourne Airport chief executive officer, Chris Woodruff. Jetstar Australia and New Zealand has announced a new one-stop route from Melbourne to Osaka. Melbourne Airport has welcomed the move, saying that it will cement Melbourne as Australia’s hub for Australians going to the Asia-Pacific.center_img Flights will at first commence twice weekly from 30 March 2014 with a non-stop service from Melbourne to Tokyo starting on 28 April 2014.  Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img

Worlds most expensive hotel in Utah LuxuryHotelscom Survey

first_imgUtah has just earned the distinction of having the most expensive hotel in the world. A recent survey from came to this conclusion after comparing the rates of luxury hotels around the globe. The average price tag for a standard double room during the peak summer travel period of June through August 2015 served as the basis of comparison.The Amangiri hotel in Canyon Point, Southern Utah took the top spot. An average overnight price tag of USD 1889 for the least expensive double room easily landed it in the survey’s number one spot. Coming in just behind in the number two spot was the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia, Italy. This establishment’s average nightly rate of USD 1789 positioned it in second place.Rounding out the Top 3 was the Explora Rapa Nui on the Easter Island of Chile, with an average rate of USD 1733 per night. The United States landed another luxury hotel in the Top 5. Maui’s Montage Kapalua Bay ranked number five on the global survey. An average overnight rate of USD 1554 for the most affordable double room secured it as the world’s fifth most expensive hotel this summer.last_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ And they drive fans and coaches up the wall.“I’m going to tell you honestly, he can’t make some of those throws that he made,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the win over the Dolphins Sunday. “He’s been better about that coming into this game. Going forward, he will continue to work not to do that.“He responded big on that last drive.”Follow up some horrid mistakes with an amazing rally. Yeah, that’s how Jake did it. Of Plummer’s 30 wins as a Cardinal, 15 involved a fourth quarter comeback/game-winning drive. The same can be said for three of Kolb’s six wins as a Cardinal. Truth be told, while many of us were in awe with the way Plummer used to lead the Cardinals to wins late in games, much of the time it was necessary because of the quarterback’s own mistakes. He threw 15 interceptions in those 15 wins, and one could easily make the case that better QB play early would have led to not needing heroics late. The same could easily be said for Kolb — especially in the win over the Dolphins — as without the bone-headed pick in the end zone there’s a good chance the Cardinals would have increased their lead and won the game fairly comfortably. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   – / 15 Kevin Kolb, meet Jake Plummer. Jake, Kevin. “Woah, it’s like looking in a mirror.”Plummer, who quarterbacked the Cardinals from 1997-2002, and Kolb, who has been in the Valley for less than two years, have much in common.They’re about the same size (Plummer 6’2″, 212 lbs. and Kolb 6’3″, 218 lbs.), they were both selected in the second round of their respective drafts, and they tallied identical 3-6 records as starters in their first year with the Cardinals. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Guess it comes with the territory when you take the beating Kolb did — physically and emotionally — and still come out on top.“It feels really good to know that even when the game is on the line we’ve got a quarterback that can make that throw,” Cardinals running back Ryan Williams said of the game-tying touchdown to Andre Roberts, adding that the entire play was right on the money.“It feels good to know that we have guys that are not going to quit.”Larry Fitzgerald joked after the win that fans pay to see close games, that the barnburners are more fun — with the caveat that the Cardinals come out on the winning side. Back in the late 90s, the Cardinals were rarely on the right side of the scoreboard, but when they were it was largely due to some late-game magic from Jake Plummer that followed some early game disaster. With “The Snake” under center you knew the team was never out of the game, even if the QB himself appeared to put it out of reach, and that meant something.Kevin Kolb followed a similar pattern Sunday against the Dolphins, and while it may have made things more stressful than necessary, it may have been necessary for Kolb to cement himself as the guy in Arizona. Top Stories But no QB is perfect, and the ability to bounce back after mistakes — yours or someone else’s — is an important trait to have for any person, let alone an NFL QB.And Kolb, like Plummer many times before him, did exactly that. He led the Cardinals on a 10-play, 51 yard scoring drive that started with the QB being sacked twice and ended with him throwing a dart to Andre Roberts for the game-tying touchdown on fourth down.“Looking back on it now and the circumstances, it’s probably the most special in my career,” Kolb said of the touchdown pass. “Now, the one before that was probably the worst in my career.“That’s definitely the worst in my career.”The former Eagle got a second chance because his defense forced a fumble, and took advantage of it by showing the same resiliency that led many to believe John Skelton was the team’s best choice at the position. Who knows, he still might be. But for now Kolb has certainly done enough to warrant a continued grasp on the starting job. He has led the team to a 4-0 start, and is coming off two of the best games of his Cardinal career. The 28-year-old should now get the benefit of the doubt from fans, as he has the full confidence of his teammates. last_img read more

Cyprus the 7th most visited country per capita

first_imgWith three visitors per inhabitant, Cyprus is among the most visited countries in the world, a new study by online magazine TravelMag has found.Numbers for visitor arrivals used for the survey were taken from a report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).With 6,600 visitors per 1,000 residents arriving in Iceland each year, that country emerged on top. Malta was in second place with 5,300 visitors, while the Bahamas completed the top three spots with 3,800 visitors.Cyprus is number seven, with 3,000 tourists for every 1,000 residents. It is higher ranked than Greece which had 2,400 and is in 11th place.The UK has seen a big increase in tourism thanks to the pound sterling’s drop in value after Brexit, but still only sees 569 visitors per 1,000 inhabitants.At the other end of the spectrum Somalia, Yemen and Libya are the least visited counties, with less than one visitor per 1,000 residents. While no UNWTO data was available for these destinations, tourist arrivals are close to zero according to various independent sources.Total international tourist arrivals in 2017 have gone up 6.8 per cent from the year before, well above the 3.8 per cent forecast for the period from 2010 to 2020. More than half the arrivals, 51 per cent, travel to Europe.In absolute numbers, France was the top destination worldwide, with 86.9 million visitors, followed by Spain (81.8 million).China is the top spender, followed by the USA and Germany.In 2017, 2 per cent of tourists travelled by train, 4 per cent by ship, 37 per cent by road and 57 per cent by air.See the full report here: May Like Stairlift | Search Ads Stair Lifts Could Be a Cheaper Luxury Than You Might Think Stairlift | Search Ads UndoWater Purifiers | Search AdsWater Purifiers May be Cheaper Than You ThinkWater Purifiers | Search AdsUndoStuff AnsweredNot Sure What Laptop To Get? No Worries. Here’s The Top 5 Of 2018!Stuff AnsweredUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Price presents tribute to Lakeshore Elementary National Blue Ribbon School award winner

first_imgState Rep. Amanda Price presented Lakeshore Elementary School with a special state tribute from the Michigan Legislature, signed by Price, Sen. Arlan Meekhof and Gov. Rick Snyder, to commemorate its exemplary achievement as a 2013-14 National Blue Ribbon School award winner.“I’m honored to have the opportunity to recognize Lakeshore Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient and the entire school community for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Price, R-Park Township. “The collaboration between staff and parents has created a nurturing environment in which, with the continued commitment of Lakeshore’s educators, students are continuing to excel academically.”Lakeshore Elementary is part of the West Ottawa Public School District and serves over 400 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade.The National Blue Ribbon School award is presented annually by the U.S. Department of Education to elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence and achievement. Lakeshore Elementary School was one of only 340 schools nationwide to receive the award in 2014. Categories: News State Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Township) presents a state tribute signed by Price, Sen. Arlan Meekhof and Gov. Rick Snyder to Lakeshore Elementary principal Jens Milobinski.center_img 28Jan Price presents tribute to Lakeshore Elementary, National Blue Ribbon School award winnerlast_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces May office hours

first_img State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of May.“Meeting with people face-to-face and listening to their ideas and concerns helps me better represent their voices in the state Legislature,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “I do everything I can to follow through on my commitment to stay accessible and I have kept my word by holding over 70 public office hour gatherings.”Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His May office hours schedule is: No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at or through his website at Categories: Chatfield News 12May Rep. Chatfield announces May office hours Monday, May 23Emmet CountyGrand Traverse Pie Co.316 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey10-11 a.m.Cheboygan CountyMackinaw City Village Hall102 N. Huron Ave. in Mackinaw CityNoon-1 p.m.Mackinac CountyNorthern Lights Restaurant645 I-75 Business Loop in St Ignace2-3 p.m.Chippewa CountyCaffeine Café2675 Ashmun St. in Sault Ste. Marie4-5 p.m.last_img read more

Frederick bill to protect specialneeds children gains House approval

first_img Categories: Frederick News 16Mar Frederick bill to protect special-needs children gains House approval State Rep. Ben Frederick’s bill to offer an added layer of protection for special-needs children received unanimous approval today from the Michigan House of Representatives.The Owosso representative’s first bill approved by the House gives the parent or guardian of a special-needs child the option to place the child’s photograph and fingerprints on file with the Michigan State Police and the national Automated Fingerprint Identification System database. That information would then be easily accessible to emergency responders in the event of a lost or missing child.Frederick, who has two special-needs children, said the program will give families some added peace of mind.“Many special-needs kids are completely non-verbal, and countless others would have a hard time communicating even basic information if they found themselves in a situation where they were lost, scared and surrounded by strangers,” Frederick said. “If a child’s photo and fingerprints are on file, emergency responders will be able to simply scan his or her finger or use facial recognition software to quickly identify who they are and reunite them with family.”The program would be strictly voluntary, and photographs and fingerprints would be removed from the system at the request of the parent. Frederick noted that the parent or guardian would cover the fee associated with adding the child to either database.House Bill 4137 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more