Temporary closure of the Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Stations

first_imgFor further questions you are asked to call; 250.784.3200 or you can CLICK HERE for answers to FAQ DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer stations will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, January 22nd and anticipated to resume regular operations Friday, January 25th, 2019.Due to vandalism that took place on the weekend, the transfer stations require attention.The PRRD expresses there regards to the inconvenience this closure may cause.last_img

UN refugee agency to facilitate absentee voting for Iraqs upcoming elections

5 February 2010A large number of Iraqi refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries will be able to vote in Iraq’s parliamentary elections early next month with help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency announced today. A large number of Iraqi refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries will be able to vote in Iraq’s parliamentary elections early next month with help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency announced today.Responding to a request from Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), UNHCR said it is ready to cooperate with Iraqi authorities and host governments, providing demographic data on registered Iraqi refugees and informing them of their rights to participate in the 7 March elections.“As of December 2009, UNHCR had on its records some 300,000 Iraqis who are believed to still be present in the region – including over 210,000 in Syria – of whom close to 190,000 are of voting age,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.Ms. Fleming noted that based on host government sources, the total number of Iraqis in the region is much higher, as hundreds of thousands do not register with UNHCR for various reasons.UNHCR said it will also provide logistical support that may be needed for a smooth and orderly election process, which many consider to be a major opportunity to consolidate national reconciliation. read more

Morneau should donate shares to charity instead of selling them first experts

OTTAWA — Of all the headaches Bill Morneau is nursing these days, this might be the least of them: what’s the best way to donate millions of dollars in stock-market gains to charity?Nice problem to have, many Canadians might say.But even finance ministers have to manage their money, and Morneau is doubtless well aware of the whopping tax bill that will accompany the sale of roughly $21-million worth of shares in his former company, Morneau Shepell.A cynic might suggest that’s part of the reason he has decided to make a charitable donation out of the difference between what the shares are worth today and what they were worth in 2015 when he first became finance minister — a dollar figure roughly estimated at around $5 million.Donating that much to charity will bring a sizeable tax credit that should help to soften the blow. But experts have advice for anyone contemplating such a decision: donate the shares themselves instead of selling them.It’s in Morneau’s interest to donate the value in shares, since liquidating the stock first would result in a big tax hit, particularly when it comes to capital gains, said accountant Robert Kleinman, executive vice-president of The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal.“It would be foolish to sell those shares, get the cash, and then donate the cash,” Kleinman said.“Look, he’s going to be poorer by doing this. By donating, his total value — even with the tax savings — will be less because he’s giving $5 million. But the cost of the gift will be relatively low.”Morneau’s latest move is one of several he’s made in recent days to counter opposition allegations that he profited from decisions he’s taken since becoming federal finance minister two years ago. The transaction is expected to be conducted by a trustee under the guidance of the federal ethics commissioner.The conflict-of-interest allegations stem from a pension bill, introduced in the House of Commons by Morneau himself, that could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father.The concerns about Bill C-27 have caught the attention of the ethics commissioner, who says she’s looking into the accusations to determine whether an investigation is necessary. For his part, Morneau has insisted from the outset that he was never in a conflict of interest.He promised last week to sell all of his roughly one million shares in the company and place all his other substantial assets in a blind trust — a step he says the ethics commissioner told him in 2015 would not be necessary.Until the shares are divested, they will remain behind a conflict-of-interest screen — overseen by the minister’s chief of staff — to ensure he is recused from any discussions or decisions that could benefit his personal interests.On Thursday, Morneau went a step further, vowing to donate to charity the difference in the value of the shares between the date he was elected in October 2015 and the day they’re sold.Kim Moody, a director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law, agreed that Morneau would be better off donating the shares directly, since the numbered company where the stock is held wouldn’t have to pay taxes on any capital gains, since there would be none.“Clearly, he’s still net out of pocket, but at the end of the day it’s pretty tax advantageous.”That approach would also allow Morneau to take $2.5 million out of the numbered company — tax-free — through a capital dividend account. In addition, Moody said, the firm would get that $5-million charitable receipt.“Clearly if he’s well-advised, which I presume he is, that would be the recommendation — don’t liquidate the stock.” read more

Majority of three and fouryearolds now own an iPad survey finds

The report’s authors said that: “More than a quarter of under fives actively use voice recognition software, often to ask for nursery rhymes and music in general, but also to answer some of their most pressing questions, such as ‘who are Everton playing next?’ and ‘how big is the moon?’”By the age of four, most youngsters are “self-sufficient” on a tablet or mobile phone, as they become able to navigate their way around apps, games and downloadable content.Earlier this year, Amazon announced that its Alexa voice assistant will teach children to mind their Ps and Qs, following concerns that the voice-activated Echo speakers were leading children to bark orders. The company’s latest speaker will reward children for saying “please” and “thank you” in an attempt to encourage more polite questions.When a child questions a new “Kids Edition” of the Echo speaker and says “please”, it will respond: “Thanks for asking so nicely.”When they say “thank you”, the speaker will reply “you’re welcome” or “no worries”. Children’s charities had previously warned that the commanding way people have learned to address voice assistants was being picked up by children.An earlier report from Childwise found that children were learning to talk “as aggressively or rudely as they like without any consequences”. More than two thirds of preschool households own a voice recognition gadget, such as Siri or Alexa More than two thirds of preschool households own a voice recognition gadget, such as Siri or Alexa More than two thirds of preschool households own a voice recognition gadget, such as Siri or Alexa, the survey found. The majority of three and four-year-olds now own an iPad for the first time, a survey has found.It is likely to become the “new norm” for children under the age of five owning their own tablet, laptop, netbook or computer, according to a new report by specialist research agency Childwise.A survey of over 1,000 parents carried out by Childwise found that 54 per cent of three to four-year-old children now have their own device, up from 47 per cent last year.”Personal ownership is also likely to become the norm for the majority of preschoolers in the next year or two, as the balance tips in favour of those with a device rather than those without,” the report said.Childwise, which has produces an annual report into the media habits of pre-school children, also found that children under-fives are now spending nearly three hours on average a day watching videos either on television or online.Under fives now  watch an average of 2.8 hours of videos a day, up from 2.6 hours last year and 2.4 hours in 2014. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Redesign relaunch of J D Neuhaus heavy duty engineering Profi hoists

first_imgAs a completion of the re-design project for their Profi range of air operated hoists, J D Neuhaus has now launched its new, innovative Profi 75 TI and Profi 100 TI hoists, offering SWL capacities of 75 and 100 t respectively. Existing products in the Profi range cover lift capacities from 250 kg up to a full 60 t. The latest introductions, which incorporate savings in energy requirements as well as reductions in both weight and overall size dimensions, cover the demanding requirements of heavy engineering working conditions. The key component of these hoists is a new air motor unit, based on the well-proven J D Neuhaus motor-brake concept and incorporating a patented integrated brake system, with a stepped brake piston and a reliable self-lubricating rotor. In the standard configuration of a 6 bar air pressure supply, the motor provides a 9 kW power output, adequate for the operation of either hoist while still providing significant energy reductions.At full nominal lift capacities (75 or 100 t), the compressed air consumed is 7.6 m3/min which represents in excess of 30% saving over the hoists being replaced. On lowering of full loads, the air consumed is 6 m3/min, which represents an impressive full 50% saving over the power/energy consumption of the hoists being replaced. The new hoists are designed with machinery group classification according to ISO 4301/FEM 9.5 II is M3/1Bm, which is good for 400 hours full load operation.Although the overall air consumption has been reduced significantly, the lift and lower speeds with/without loads have been increased compared with the previous models of hoists, which helps to reduce handling and to increase production outputs over a full working day. The lifting speeds at full load have increased from 0.45 to 0.53 m/min (Profi 75 TI) and 0.35 to 0.4 m/min (Profi 100 TI). Lifting speeds without a load increase from 0.85 to 1.33 m/min (Profi 75 TI) and from 0.7 to 1.0 m/min (Profi 100 TI). The lowering speeds at full load have also benefited, increasing from 1 to 1.25 m/min (Profi 75 TI) and from 0.8 to 0.95 m/min (Profi 100 TI). Computer simulations like CFD were used throughout the development processes, with all simulation results validated in various praxis tests to achieve energy savings up to 50%, depending upon the operating conditions.The combination of optimised material selection and modern design methods has also achieved significant weight reductions for the new hoists. This ensures that the relation between hoist unit weight and safe working loads is much better than with the superseded hoist designs. An overall weight saving of 750 kg has been achieved for the Profi 75 TI, and 640 kg for the Profi 100 TI. Some reductions in size have also been achieved, particularly that between the load bearing surfaces of the load and suspension hooks. Significant reductions in sound levels during operation have also been achieved, with the new hoists registering 77 dB(A) at full load lifting and 83 dB(A) on the lowering operation.Lifting and lowering motor limiters incorporating a pneumatic pin valve design are also available as optional extras for both hoists.last_img read more

Theyve taken the heart and soul out of the town Locals worried

first_img The Tesco store on the outskirts of Naas. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandOnline shopping Alan Shine, CEO Kildare North Chamber of Commerce, paints a different picture of businesses in Naas.“I would say that there has been a lot of openings recently,” he tells TheJournal.ie.He points towards the recent opening of Meadows & Byrne homeware store in the centre of the town as an example of improved businessShine says that Naas is “striding forward and going forward” as a town with strong restaurants and higher-end fashion boutiques.“Naas like any other urban town close to Dublin is competing with the likes of Dundrum, Liffey Valley and Kildare Outlet Village,” says Shine.He says that problems exist for the retail sector of many towns in Ireland.“I think the retail sector is continuing to struggle and compete with out of town and online,” he says.Shine says that hotel and restaurants are doing good business in the town, stating that Osprey’s Hotel and Lawlor’s Hotel are both adding rooms to their dwellings.He also states that the Punchestown Racing Festival in April should bring 120,000 people through the town. Naas is usually the town of choice to visit for Punchestown revellers. Source: RollingNews.ieHe did state that any further loss of car park would not be acceptable, however.HopefulIn a statement to TheJournal.ie Kildare County Council pointed to a number of investment projects and initiatives it was undertaking in Naas.These include:€4 million on projects for updating roadsUndertaking a review of parking by-laws in the townFacilitating the continued development of the Naas shopping centre siteA shopfront improvement schemeIn relation to the Naas shopping centre Nama site, the council said that a decision in regards to the sale of the site was “imminent”.“Kildare County Council officials are working non-stop with a clear focus on facilitating appropriate development on the site in question,” a spokesperson says.Despite these commitments and plans, retailers in Naas say that the town is suffering.A new group called Naas Against Authority Sabotage met in the town last Friday to express anger at the business closures and the view that the council wasn’t doing enough for retailers.Despite planning to shut the doors on his business, however, Paul McEntaggart remains hopeful for the future.“I remain hopeful that with proper planning we can turn this around,” he says.Paul says he will continue to run his business online for the time being, but he hopes the issues facing the town can be sorted out.“I’m a positive guy. I still believe in Naas.I’m hopeful for the future and I still believe this can get sorted. I still believe in this town.Read: Is this still the most economically depressed town in Ireland?Read: Three bombs discovered in vehicle during garda search in Kildare 46,504 Views Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Share394 Tweet Email3 Catherine Murphy said Main Street in Naas has been undermined. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieMurphy points to the opening of the Tesco store, the closing of Superquinn on the Main Street and the lack of parking which she says “undermined the Main Street at a critical time”.It’s lost the vitality that it used to have. There use to be a variety of shops.Council plans to pedestrianise Poplar Square are also being met with resistance from local retailers, as the plans would further reduce the number of parking spaces in the town.“It’s going to take more car park spaces,” says Paul McEntaggart.They’re choking the town of life – they’re suffocating it. ‘They’ve taken the heart and soul out of the town’ – Locals worried as business after business closes in Naas Retail businesses in the town are facing a myriad of problems. By Cormac Fitzgerald Feb 11th 2017, 10:00 PM Short URL 57 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3232643 PAUL MCENTAGGART OPENED The Foot Shop on Main Street in Naas in 2012, with high hopes for the future.Paul felt that the north Kildare town would be a great place to start his business, which aimed to sell footwear for people with specific orthopaedic needs.However, after four years in Naas Paul says he’s now forced to shut the doors on his business.“I was abroad for a long time and I came home and wanted to be a success story,” says Paul, who is originally from Clondalkin in Dublin.“I’m not naive, I’m not stupid but I genuinely thought I had a good product.”But you’re hit with a brick wall here. People just don’t want to come to Naas.The Foot Shop in Naas is the latest in a string of retail businesses closing in the town, which has a population of about 20,000 and sits about a 45 minutes drive from Dublin.Kate Conway, the owner of Top Drawer Boutique – which has been present in Naas in some form for 100 years – announced recently that her shop would also be closing its doors. Conway’s Boutique alongside other shops in Naas. Source: Google Maps“It has become almost impossible for small traders to survive in the town,” Conway told the Leinster Leader last week.Mattimoe’s Londis – which was present in the town for over 30 years – also closed its doors for the final time last month.The closures are compounded by other business ceasing trading in recent years. Estimates are that over 40 businesses have closed in the town in the past decade.The closures include high-profile chains and franchises like Penneys, Marks and Spencers and Superquinn as well as multpile smaller, independent outlets. Superquinn in Naas which closed in 2011. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland“Its feels like the Naas Main Street has been forgotten,” says Paul. “They’ve taken the heart and soul out of the town.”If you look at the small towns across the country it’s the same thing.What’s happening in Naas?The people closing their businesses in Naas list a number of issues the town has been facing, one of the principle of them being parking.“There’s no car park spaces for people here,” says Paul.Business owners state that parking spaces in the town are at a minimum.With the closure of Superquinn in 2011, shoppers lost the use of the 60-space surface car park there. Superquinn shut its doors as a result of its lease expiring.The building in which it was situated was located was owned by Penneys (who operated a smaller outlet store nearby). The shopping centre site pictured in 2011 Source: RollingNews.iePenneys had plans to redevelop the site into a bigger store in the centre of the town but in 2015 it announced it would be leaving Naas altogether and cancelled the development plans after closing its store there.Compounding the parking issue is the site of a planned 16,000 square metre shopping centre which been a fixture in the centre of the town for the past seven yearsThe cranes still hang above the Naas skyline from the project, which was abandoned and the loans on it transferred to Nama. Over 200 car parking spaces were lost when construction began on the site.If the centre was to be developed it would provide hundreds of car park spaces in the townOn top of the parking situation, retailers point to the opening of the huge Tesco store on the outskirts of the town as drawing business away from the centre.“I think there’s been a number of things that have happened to Naas in recent years,” Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats TD For Kildare North tells TheJournal.ie. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Stamoulis property hits the roof

first_imgIn a month when housing affordability has been a hotly-contested topic, one eminent Greek Australian may have set a new benchmark for size, price and luxuriousness.After three years of building, property developer Harry Stamoulis is close to being handed the keys to his new home – Australia’s largest residential construction.The St Georges Road property in Melbourne, built on the former Baillieu family estate, is understood to span some 3,200 square metres, with a grand ballroom, five bedrooms, two kitchens, and nine bathrooms, along with an indoor swimming pool and staff quarters.Mr Stamoulis paid $24 million for the land in 2010, and the mansion’s epic build is believed to have added at least another $40 millionto the final cost. One report suggests cabinetry in the kitchen alone is said to have cost $2 million.Greek themes reportedly run throughout the property, with Fairfax’s Domain newspaper saying the house’s Hellenic credentials including a meandros – a Greek repeated motif – with arcs around the imposing front doors, plus intricate sculptures of entwined human figures and horses.Since 2012 an army of builders under the management of Krongold Constructions, has been working on the property, its subterannean basement and the outlying grounds.Landscape designer to the rich and famous, Paul Bangay, is understood to have been commissioned to shape the Mediterranean-style gardens which include a rectangular pond, tennis court, and shaded pergolas.The house’s grand colonnade facade some suggest bears a resemblance to the Greek Parliament in Athens’ Syntagma Square.Nearby on Saint Georges Road, businessman and philanthropist Daniel Besen is building another modern mansion which is believed to have an underground art gallery. Prestige buyers advocate David Morrell told Fairfax Media that the super wealthy in Melbourne are “land banking” adjoining blocks to create a new wave of family compounds.Mr Morrell said multiple blocks in suburbs like Toorak cost a premium, because they are few and tightly held by establishment families through generations.“It is an expensive business, first you have to collect the land and often people won’t want to sell, so it’s not for the faint hearted,” he said.In 2013 Harry Stamoulis sold his luxury penthouse in the Royal Domain Tower on St Kilda Road to retail magnate Solomon Lew for $13.3 million.BRW estimates the Stamoulis family’s wealth to be $540 million. Its origins lie in the Gold Metal Soft Drink company, established by Harry Stamoulis’ late father Spiros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Espèces menacées la Cites réclame plus de moyens pour les protéger

first_imgEspèces menacées : la Cites réclame plus de moyens pour les protégerDoha, Qatar – La Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites) a réclamé plus de moyens pour assurer la protection de la vie sauvage. Jusqu’au 25 mars prochain, les 175 Etats membres de la Cites examineront quarante-deux propositions d’inscription de nouvelles espèces au répertoire des animaux et végétaux en danger d’extinction, ou de renforcement des régulations déjà mises en place. Depuis sa création en 1975, la Convention régule déjà le commerce de quelque 34.000 espèces de faune et de flore sauvage. Disposant de 5 millions de dollars par an pour accomplir sa mission de protection des espèces, la Cites assure que ce budget est insuffisant et demande à ce qu’il soit augmenté dès cette année.”Sans financement adéquat, la Cites risque de laisser tomber non seulement les espèces auxquelles nous semblons attacher de l’importance, mais aussi le monde en développement qui se bat pour préserver la vie sauvage”, a averti Willem Wijnstekers, le secrétaire général de la Convention. Pour pouvoir assurer la sauvegarde des espèces menacées par la destruction des écosystèmes, la surpêche ou encore la surexploitation du bois, “il nous faudrait une hausse de près de 30%”, notamment pour aider les pays en développement à faire respecter les réglementations et interdictions du commerce des animaux protégés, estime Juan Carlos Vasquez, de la Cites.A Doha, l’inscription du thon rouge à l’annexe I de la Cites est en ce moment étudiée. Si elle est adoptée par la majorité des pays membres de la Convention, elle entraînera l’interdiction du commerce international de l’espèce. Le sort de quatre espèces de requins mais aussi des coraux est également à l’ordre du jour de la réunion, à laquelle participent près de 1.500 délégués représentant quelque 150 États, de nombreuses ONG et des associations scientifiques. Le 21 mars 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bicyclist hospitalized after Fort Lauderdale hitandrun

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a bicyclist to the hospital after, police said, he was struck in Fort Lauderdale by a driver who fled the scene.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the hit-and-run near Southeast 17th Street and Eisenhower Boulevard, just after 9 a.m., Saturday.Investigators said the victim, a 52-year-old man, was riding his bike when he was struck by a dark colored vehicle. The driver did not stop and then sped away.Paramedics transported the bicyclist to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was last listed in critical condition.The crash took place hours after another bicyclist was fatally struck by a car in Davie, Friday night. The driver in that crash stayed at the scene.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Error even in action against questionpaper errors

first_img.The Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) has suspended assistant education officer Abdul Mannan of Sadullapur upazila, Gaibandha, for the errors found in question-papers of a recently completed Primary Education Completion (PEC) exam.Prothom Alo’s investigation, however, revealed there is no assistant education officer named Abdul Mannan in the upazila.There was an assistant instructor named Abdul Mannan at the upazila resource centre, but he had been transferred somewhere else about a year ago, said the resource centre’s instructor Abu Sayeed Mohammd Ramzan Ali.Read more: Sorry state of public examsThere were a lot of errors in the English version question papers on Bangladesh and Global Studies which was held on Tuesday. The question papers, replete with mistakes, were distributed among the candidates of Sylhet and Narayanganj.Following severe criticism, DPE said the person responsible for the errors was Sadullapur upazila’s assistant education officer Abdul Mannan and suspended him.DPE director general Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal told Prothom Alo that departmental action will be taken against the official concerned.Read more: Question leaks now big businessThe officer was suspended based on information provided by National Academy for Primary Education (NAPE), said an official of primary and mass education ministry.Meanwhile, several guardians alleged that th question paper of Religious Studies: Islam was also available on Facebook the night before the exam on Thursday.Primary and mass education ministry additional secretary AFM Manjur Kadir said they would take immediate action against the persons responsible for the errors in questions to curb recurrence of such incidents in future.last_img read more

Angry Birds movie planned Marvel man David Maisel involved

first_imgThe succes of Angry Birds as a game has allowed the IP to slowly flood into other areas as well as being available to play on just about every device. Plush toys, iPhone cases, a board game, a cookbook, and even a tie-in with the movie Rio have all brought developer Rovio more revenue and opportunities to expand the brand. But that looks to be just the beginning with Rovio now pursuing the creation of a movie based on the characters from the game.If you want proof of how serious Rovio is about this, then look to the fact they acquired animation studio Kombo last month.They have worked with Rovio before, but also count Nokia, Universal, and MTV as customers. Still not convinced? How about having former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel as a special advisor. Not only did he manage to sell Marvel to Disney, but he took an executive producer credit on movies including Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America.Now Maisel is enthused about the popularity of Angry Birds and how far it can be taken as an entertainment brand. He counts the fact the game is a worldwide success already coupled with the “emotional connection” formed during play, as key elements to making a movie potentially very successful. There’s also the intention to use some form of Angry Birds game to promote the movie when it finally arrives.I, on the other hand, am left wondering how on earth you get a 90-minute movie out of the Angry Birds IP? Maybe if it’s an action movie it could work by extending the action sequences to the point where it gets a Mature rating, but otherwise I think it will be a struggle to get this up to feature length as well as keeping it entertaining for the viewer.Read more at Varietylast_img read more

Celebrating our first rebirthday with a new print edition

first_imgToday is the one-year anniversary of our relaunch on Sept. 4, 2018, and we’re celebrating with a new print edition chock full of features, photos and more from the Central Pacific. The free edition will soon be hitting the shelves at a distribution point near you.In recent months, we’ve continued to add new readers, staff members, talented freelancers, distributors and partners to The Tico Times family.Among the highlights of recent months have been the arrival of new Assistant Editor Alexander Villegas and Editorial Intern Alissa Grosskopf; the launch of our new podcast, The Tico Times Dispatch; new contributors from Honduras, Nicaragua, Canada, the United States and Costa Rica; new permanent sections including Costa Rica Pride, our hub for news and features about the LGBTQ community; a new media partner in Nicaragua’s La Prensa, joining our existing partners at Semanario Universidad, Punto y Aparte and Vecinos Activos; and much more.Join us as we:Seek out Costa Rica’s best food, drink and destinations (and maybe even let you in on the secret)Take you behind the scenes of the migrant camps at the Nicaraguan borderDig deep with analysis and opinion on tourist safety, political conundrums and moreShine a light on the people and organizations making a difference in Costa Rican ChangemakersSit down with artists from around the world in our Weekend Arts SpotlightShare the photos and videos that capture Costa Rica’s beautyProvide updated information on visiting, moving to and living in Costa RicaPartner with the country’s leading businesses and organizations to tell more of the stories you love……And that’s just the beginning. Join us today and please contact us with your questions, story ideas and comments – your readership and feedback are what we’re all about. Facebook Comments Related posts:Our Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it Our new Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it Be a part of our next Print Edition, out next week! The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Dec. 03, 2018last_img read more

No bull San Carlos wins historic Costa Rican soccer championship

first_imgA.D. San Carlos has made history.With Wednesday’s scoreless draw against Saprissa at Carlos Ugalde Álvarez Stadium in Ciudad Quesada, the Toros del Norte (Bulls of the North) captured their first-ever championship in Costa Rica’s top division.Despite a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s first leg, played at Ricardo Saprissa Stadium in Tibás, the Sancarleños earned the title due to their away goal.With the victory, San Carlos obtained one of the three spots assigned to Costa Rica for the CONCACAF Champions League. The others classified to the regional contest are C.S. Herediano and Saprissa.The Toros del Norte completed an unlikely run after earning promotion into Costa Rica’s first division only a year ago. The team is 54 years old.It was also a remarkable feat for San Carlos’s coach, Luis Antonio Marín, who replaced the Argentine Martin Cardetti and took over the club in January.This is Marín’s first experience as a head coach. He has been an assistant for the Costa Rican national team under Jorge Luis Pinto, Paulo César Wanchope and Óscar Ramírez.The veteran Álvaro Saborío — who came out of retirement to play for his hometown A.D. San Carlos club when it was still in the second division — was the Clausura’s leading scorer with 12 goals.Since the short tournaments were introduced in Winter 2007, San Carlos is the fourth team of the so-called small or non-traditional clubs in Costa Rica to win a title.The previous ones were Liberia in Summer 2009, Brujas in Winter 2009 and Pérez Zeledón in the Apertura 2017.San Carlos achieved the championship in its third attempt at the title after falling in the finals of Summer 2010 and Summer 2011 against Saprissa and Alajuelense, respectively. Facebook Comments Related posts:Weekend soccer roundup: Semifinals begin, Ticos traded in MLS San Carlos defeats reigning champion Herediano, advances to face Saprissa San Carlos strikes first in final, earns 1-1 tie at Saprissa Saprissa Stadium evacuated after bomb scarelast_img read more

Rep Bizon meets with local farming operations leaders

first_img Categories: Bizon News 30Jul Rep. Bizon meets with local farming operations leaders State Rep. John Bizon recently met with local leaders in the agriculture industry to learn more about farming operations and discuss state issues.“Michigan’s agriculture industry has blossomed into one of our biggest economic assets,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Learning more about this industry that is so vital to our state is invaluable, and I appreciate the chance to sit down with these local job providers to learn more about their industry and listen to their concerns regarding other important state issues.”Rep. Bizon met with Duane Hoffman of Hoffman Ag. and Blaine VanSickle, a local farmer and Calhoun County commissioner, with the discussion focusing on various topics such as wheat production, Vomotoxin, seed production and variety, transportation, business taxes and corn and soybean rotations.The first-term lawmaker said he is looking forward to visiting more farming operations in his district to learn more about the agriculture industry and to listen to the concerns of local job creators.“As our economy continues to rebound, it’s important to find out what we as state lawmakers can do to help the people and businesses in our districts who are investing in local communities and providing jobs to our residents,” Rep. Bizon said. “More opportunities such as the one I recently had will offer a better understanding of the issues facing both the agriculture industry and job providers in general.”###last_img read more

Rep Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities

first_img Categories: Howrylak News 28Sep Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities State Rep. Martin Howrylak introduced today a bipartisan measure that requires governing boards of Michigan’s public universities to make all of their meetings accessible to the public.“Currently, the state constitution is interpreted to allow the governing boards of public universities to decide when to hold formal and informal sessions,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “It’s unfair to Michigan citizens and students when university board members can avoid the public eye and hold secret meetings. While it’s sometimes difficult to have to face the public when making tough decisions, it’s a moral obligation of elected officials to ensure that their actions are made in a public forum.”If enacted, House Joint Resolution W will ensure that all university governing board meetings to be open to the public. This reform will enhance accountability for Michigan universities and ensure all decisions are made with input from the public.“This amendment will not only increase transparency and accountability in our public universities, but it will also hold our universities’ governing boards to the same standards as other elected officials in Michigan,” Rep. Howrylak said.The constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the members in both the House and the Senate. Upon receiving the necessary votes from the Legislature, the measure would be decided upon by Michigan citizens via ballot proposal.HJR W has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight for consideration.last_img read more

No HB2 at UNC University System Says It Will Not Participate in

first_imgShare18TweetShare3Email21 SharesBy Yeungb (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 30, 2016; ThinkProgressAlthough the University of North Carolina had, after the passage of HB2, indicated that it would comply with the law, it has now made it clear through legal filings that it will not do so.The filings are in response to suits, including one filed by two transgender men who are part of the UNC system and who are represented by the ACLU and Lambda Legal, and one filed by the Department of Justice, which has sued North Carolina over the law’s violation of federal nondiscrimination protections in employment (Title VII) and education (Title IX). The last could result in UNC’s losing federal money.In the legal response to the case brought by the two men, UNC President and former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings took the position that the university would not discriminate against transgender students. “Pending a final judgment in this case,” she wrote, “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require that transgender students use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex.”Meanwhile, Governor Pat McCrory has offered guidance to law enforcement for enforcement of the law, saying that violating HB2 is tantamount to trespassing. “We’re using trespassing laws that we were using before House Bill 2, we’re using that now,” he said. “But you know, it’s just basic privacy rights, and that’s trespassing and we’ll continue to do that just like we were doing long before the Charlotte ordinance. So nothing’s really changed in that regard.”The city of Charlotte, of course, passed an ordinance affirmatively protecting LGBT people from discrimination, an act that McCrory and HB2’s other advocates have repeatedly blamed for their need to pass HB2.—Ruth McCambridgeShare18TweetShare3Email21 Shareslast_img read more

Alaska Nonprofit in Conflict with the Villagers Its Supposed to Serve

first_imgShare164Tweet5Share4Email173 SharesBy IceCreamForEveryone (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 28, 2016; Alaska Dispatch NewsCoastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) in Southwest Alaska is at odds with the villages it was created to serve after shutting down its commercial salmon operation. CVRF is one of six coastal development quota groups (CDQs) created by the federal government back in the Nineties to boost the Western Alaskan economy. The idea was that the CDQs would use earnings from federal fisheries, royalties, and investments to invest in the local economy by creating employment opportunities and growth, particularly surrounding small-scale commercial fisheries. They achieve this in part by offering subsidies for commercial fisheries, loans for residents to purchase boats and outboards, building or improving fish processing facilities, and improving fish handling infrastructure. Aside from commercial fishing, CDQs also create internships with business partners, offer training, and create jobs with government agencies. The CVRF board felt that one village, Quinhagak, received an unfair advantage in its subsidies for its salmon operation. They shut down the operation but still continue to offer other benefits. What the CVRF board did not anticipate was that closing this operation would have downstream effects not only on Quinhagak, but also the surrounding villages.Coastal Villages Region Fund this year suspended all of its Kuskokwim-area fish processing and buying, saying the operation was losing more than $6 million a year. It mothballed its salmon processing plant in the village of Platinum, closed down its Quinhagak fish station and has refused to lease dockside equipment such as icemakers and deck cranes to a Seattle buyer. Earlier, it closed its halibut processing plants in the region.“They left us with nothing,” said Frank Hill, 44, who had worked as dock supervisor for Coastal Villages. “It’s hard when you have five kids to take care of.”Commercial fishing has always been the mainstay of the local economy for this community located in one of the poorest regions in the United States. Eighty of the 700 villagers of Quinhagak alone are licensed commercial fishermen, and fishermen from other villages also participate in the commercial salmon operation. Without the ability to fish and sell product, the families are facing incredible financial hardship. This is particularly true for villagers who took advantage of CVRF’s People Propel program, which provides 40 percent of the cost of equipment. Without work, some residents in this program are now having trouble paying the remaining fees on their equipment.CVRF is saying that this shutdown will persist into next year and is potentially indefinite. Embittered fishermen and village leaders say that at best, this situation exemplifies poor management decisions of their regional community development nonprofit. At worst, some are calling this a tactic for the nonprofit executives and managers to line their own pockets. IRS reports accessed through GuideStar show that in 2014, CVRF’s executive director Morgen Crow’s salary was $475,000 and went as high as $800,000 in some years when a bonus was included. Meanwhile, the fishermen make anywhere between $10,000 and $40,000 annually.One villager commented, “I don’t think it’s fair for the people out here, while they are making a big salary, having a good time flying around with their charters. They should be putting more effort into trying to help us out here.”To make matters worse, CVRF refused an offer from Northwest Seafood Exchange to lease the equipment and buy fish directly from the small-scale fisheries operated by the villagers, which would have been a huge help for the fishermen and their families. Regarding this issue, Crow said, “Coastal Villages won’t lease equipment to an unfamiliar player. The organization may want to use it again, or sell it. For those two reasons, I don’t want them to touch our equipment. I’m going to want that equipment to be in tip-top shape.”CVRF was created in order to help the villages in these coastal regions and as such has enormous control over the infrastructure in the region, which is in existence to meet the needs of the villagers. If CVRF had to shut down an operation, sufficient alternatives could have been put in place so that the economy was not harmed so severely. As a nonprofit organization in an underdeveloped region charged to create opportunity, CVRF is facing a crisis that village leaders claim could have been avoided and needs to be rectified.—Sheela NimishakaviShare164Tweet5Share4Email173 Shareslast_img read more

Trump Says Obamacare Replacement Is Almost Ready—But What Is It

first_imgShare27TweetShare8Email35 Shares“What?” by Véronique Debord-LazaroJanuary 15, 2017; Washington PostIt should come as a surprise to no one that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is at or near the top of Donald Trump’s “to do” list upon taking office this Friday. “Repeal and replace” has been a recurring GOP campaign theme since the ACA was signed into law in 2010. In fact, the GOP-led House of Representatives has voted 60 times to repeal all or parts of the ACA, only to have each effort die for lack of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate.In an interview with the Washington Post late Saturday, Trump said he is nearing completion of his own repeal-and-replace plan. As always, specifics on the plan are not yet available. However, it is suspected that Trump’s plan will look a lot like one developed by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Price’s plan includes several features that have been part of GOP efforts to reform health care since the 1990s—individual health savings accounts (HSAs), the ability for consumers to purchase insurance across state lines (and insurance companies to offer multistate products), age-based instead of income-based tax credits to purchase insurance, and “tort reforms” intended to make it harder to bring lawsuits against doctors. Trump has said that he’ll be ready to announce his plan once Price is confirmed by the Senate. Confirmation hearings have not yet been scheduled.In an opinion piece also published in the Post, Paul Waldman, a senior writer at the American Prospect, claims that Trump’s weekend interview has made it far more difficult for Republicans to vote on ACA repeal. “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said—a claim Waldman claims will be impossible to fulfill. The ACA doesn’t provide insurance for everyone, and it’s widely believed that at least some people covered under the ACA will lose that coverage under any version of repeal and replace being discussed. In the absence of a specific bill, or set of bills, from either Trump or Congressional Republicans, both proponents and opponents can argue their points.In discussing his plans, Trump implies that pharmaceutical companies will help pay the costs of a new plan. “They’re politically protected, but not anymore,” Trump said. One option being discussed is forcing drug companies to negotiate directly with the federal government over medication prices paid by Medicaid and Medicare—a practice currently forbidden under law.Those who remember the insurance industry’s “Harry and Louise” advertising campaign against the Clinton administration’s attempt to reform healthcare in 1993-1994 can easily imagine how PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry’s 501(c)(6) nonprofit network of trade organizations, might place pressure on Congress to oppose key aspects of Trump’s plan. PhRMA’s 2014 Form 990 shows a $200 million organization with 24 pages of donations to political campaigns and PACs. Their CEO’s $2.5 million salary is equaled by PhRMA’s 2014 payments to one contractor, Covington & Burling, arguably the preeminent law firm and lobbying compliance group in Washington.The President-elect believes that policy questions others have found intricate and impenetrable will be reconciled and resolved using his business-honed intelligence and unique ability to generate popular support through social media communication with the public. Obamacare repeal and replace is an early, high-stakes test of that ability.—Michael WylandShare27TweetShare8Email35 Shareslast_img read more

Greek telco OTE has exceeded 100000 TV subscriber

first_imgGreek telco OTE has exceeded 100,000 TV subscribers.The operator said the launch of its DTH platform last October had helped to attract new subscribers that could not connect to its IPTV service, while attractive pricing had also proved popular.OTE offers over 55 thematic channels along with a free-to-air offering, with prices starting from €14.99 per month. The operator ended 2011 with a total of 59,944 pay TV subs.“Television is a main pillar of OTE’s commercial strategy. With OTE TV’s repositioning about a year ago when the satellite services were launched, viewers gained access to rich TV content, affordable prices for everyone and coverage across the country. OTE TV changed the standards in the Greek market, providing consumers with more choices. The dynamic growth and increasing subscriber base of OTE TV clearly demonstrates that the service is steadily gaining ground in the Greek market. In addition, it confirms that, despite the recession, pay TV still has considerable room for growth in our country. Tapping on this potential, our commitment is to continue improving the service with higher quality content and advanced services, ensuring even richer TV experience for our subscribers,” said OTE Group chief operating officer Zacharias Piperidis.last_img read more

Frances TV advertising market will likely hit a n

first_imgFrance’s TV advertising market will likely hit a new low next year, according to M6 chief executive Nicolas de Tavernost.De Tavernost, speaking to French journalists, said that the French TV industry could face three years of financial problems thanks to the increase in the number of players fighting for the same pot of advertising money – a reference to Canal Plus’s entry into free TV with the relaunch of former Bolloré channels D8 and D17 and to the launch of six new DTT channels by the end of this year.De Tavernost said he expected a significant decline in TV advertising revenues this year. He said that the French advertising market would not be able to finance 25 free-to-air channels and called for a change in VAT rules that allow pay TV services to benefit from a reduced rate unavailable to free channels.last_img read more