Halifax Drivers Should Watch for Moose

first_imgDepartment of Natural Resource officials are hoping to tranquilize an errant moose, which is being contained near the top of Main Avenue in Halifax. Officials are asking drivers on Highway 102, near the top of Dunbrack Street, to use extra caution in case the moose heads toward the highway. People are advised not to approach the animal and ensure there is an escape route for it. -30-last_img

UNCHR 1500 Migrants Have Died in the Mediterranean in 2018

Rabat – More than 1,500 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in 2018 while trying to reach Europe, according to UNHCR.Recent EU and partner governments’ measures to curb the flow of irregular migration to Europe has reportedly borne fruit: the number of undocumented migrants who reached EU countries by sea has halved in 2018 when compared to figures for the years 2014-2017, according to AFP. Last week, Mustafa El Khalfi, the Moroccan government’s spokesperson, said that in 2017 Moroccan authorities stopped more than 65,000 irregular migrants from crossing to Europe. El Khalfi was trying to convince the EU of Morocco’s improving performance in stemming the flow of migrants to the EU. But while the number of migrants’ successful attempts to reach EU countries has considerably decreased, the migrant death toll has jumped in recent months, UNHCR has found. The rate of deaths in the Mediterranean this year is far higher than previous years. According to the UN body, more than 1,500 people have died at sea since January 2018. The UN agency noted that the large majority of at-sea deaths this year were refugees fleeing the war in Syria. More noticeably perhaps, HCR’s statement noted that more than half of the deaths occurred between June and July, suggesting worsening conditions this summer as EU governments convened in the last two weeks to devise a collective policy to tackle the crisis. Although the statement shied away from calling out names, it suggested that the rise in migrants’ deaths in the Mediterranean was caused by a recent crackdown on irregular migration. Some EU member states began to refuse entrance to rescue ships with “desperate migrants” on board. In late June, Italy and Malta sparked international criticism when they shut down ports to vessels carrying rescued migrants.Precarious conditions at seaBut the primary problem noted in the UN’s agency report is the precarious conditions in which migrants cross the sea. The document cited the surge of human traffickers making a profit off the desperation of migrants wanting to reach Europe at all costs. Traffickers put migrants’ lives at risk by packing them in “overloaded, unseaworthy and flimsy vessels.” The vessels “are then left to sail out at sea in the hope that rescue will come in time.”“In order to save lives at sea, we must use appropriate and necessary measures to hold to account those who seek to gain profit from the exploitation of vulnerable human beings.”Calling for more international cooperation to fight human trafficking networks, Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s special envoy for the Mediterranean, said that “states and authorities along transit routes” should push for “all necessary action to dismantle and disrupt smuggler networks.”Humanitarian measuresUNHCR also urged EU governments to consider the humanitarian aspect of the migration crisis. Indirectly referring to Italy and Malta’s recent controversial decision to prevent rescue ships from docking, the UN agency said that Europe should be more receptive and welcoming in cases where lives are at stake, especially of refugees fleeing war and other devastating living conditions.“With so many lives at stake, it’s vital that we give shipmasters confidence that they will be able to dock rescued passengers, and thereby ensure that the long-standing principle of rescuing people in distress at sea is protected,” Cochetel said. read more

Sri Lankan flight sent back to base passengers detained

The airline said Singapore’s police force requested for a number of passengers to disembark for questioning. A Sri Lankan Airlines flight that took off from Singapore’s Changi Airport was made to return to Singapore “due to security reasons” soon after take-off, according to a statement from the airline on Friday (April 15), Singapore’s Straits Times reported.The statement, posted on the airline’s website, said flight UL309, which took off on Thursday (April 14), later arrived in Sri Lankan capital Colombo past midnight on Friday after being delayed for three hours. “SriLankan Airlines flight UL 309 of April 14, 2016 was instructed to return to Changi International Airport due to security reasons soon after it was airborne to Colombo. The flight later arrived in Colombo at 0042 hrs on April 15, 2016 with a total delay of 3 hours. Upon its return to Singapore, the airport division of the Singapore Police Force requested that all check-in luggage was screened once more and also interviewed a few passengers. Accordingly, all baggage was offloaded and sent for security screening. Further, the Airport Police requested SriLankan Airlines to offload 3 additional passengers for further questioning. This was in addition to 5 passengers who were initially detained for interrogation before the flight departed,” the airline said.The airline said that in order to avoid further delays SriLankan decided to offload the family members of the two passengers offloaded for interviewing and baggage identification by the Airport Police. SriLankan provided accommodation for all these passengers, who later flew to Colombo on UL 307 of April 15, 2016. The five passengers, originally offloaded are still being detained by the Airport Police division. Passengers on board the aircraft were kept informed of the situation and were cared for by the SriLankan staff,” the airline said. Prior to take-off, the police had already detained five passengers for questioning, the statement said. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is yet to disclose the reasons that led to the recall of flight UL 309. However, SriLankan Airlines is in the process of requesting for a comprehensive report, as ideally all necessary inspections should be completed by airport authorities prior to releasing an aircraft for departure.“The airline commends its team in Singapore and the crew of UL 309 for handling the situation in a professional manner. SriLankan wishes to reiterate that this incident was beyond the control of the Airline and that SriLankan always maintains the highest safety standards. The Airline considers the safety and security of customers its foremost priority, under no circumstances will this be compromised.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Army insists SLHRC not involved in recalling of Mali officer

Therefore, the Sri Lanka Army said that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka was not involved in recalling the said officer.The Army said last week that it is to recall the military officer stationed in Mali following a UN demand but will later appeal against the order. The Army said that the appointment of the officer was agreed on by the UN itself after the Sri Lanka Army forwarded the names of four nominees in the year 2016 before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka was entrusted the task of vetting service personnel, bound for UN assignments in December 2017 as advised by the UN. The Army today insisted that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (SLHRC) was not involved in the recalling of the Contingent Commander of the Sri Lankan Combat Convoy Company in Mali (MINUSMA).A statement by the Army media unit said that in response to a request made by the United Nations, the Sri Lanka Army had decided to recall Lieutenant Colonel Kalana Amunupura, the Contingent Commander of the Sri Lankan Combat Convoy Company in Mali. “In fact, the UN at that stage cleared Lieutenant Colonel Kalana Amunupura for the appointment of the Commander of Combat Convoy Company in Mali (MINUSMA) dropping all three other nominees,” the Army said. Following a review of the human rights background of the commander of the Sri Lankan contingent deployed to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali has requested Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate him to Sri Lanka.UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that this would be done at their cost, as per normal procedures. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Battery recycling information

All vehicle manufacturers that market electrically-powered vehicles of any kind must provide information on how the lithium-ion battery is recycled. See below of links to each relevant manufacturer’s web page on battery recycling.BMW Group UKDaimlerPlease email the manufacturer’s technical support team.Ford Motor CompanyMitsubishi MotorsNissan Motor ManufacturingPSA Peugeot Citroen AutomobilesCitroenPeugeotRenaultSuzukiToyotaVolkswagen GroupAudiSEATSkodaVolkswagenVolkswagen Commercial Vehicles Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

No winner between Hungary and Iceland

Hungary started the match well, their fast players were effective and Ancsin scored 3 big goals so after 10 minutes they were leading by 4 goals (8-4). Iceland’s coach substituted his goalkeeper  and Edvardsson proved to be effective against Hungary’s attack runs. Iceland came back into the match but fortunately for Hungary Mikler produced some great saves and a 2-goal advantage remained until the 20th minute (10-8). By the end of the first half Iceland came even closer thanks to goals by Palmarsson, Sigurdsson and very effective pivot play. The first half was good propaganda for handball with many goals and creative play (16-15). ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 TOP SCORERS: Nyokas and Sigurdsson lead Next Story → Macedonia takes a big step towards the Main Round Hungary seemed to be getting tired in the second half thus allowing Iceland to change the course of the match and gain a 2-goal lead in only 8 minutes (17-19). Coach Mocsai also changed his goalkeeper and thanks to Tatai’s saves and some fast players in attack Hungary managed to equalize by the 45th minute (21-21). Palmarsson and Iceland’s pivot play were still effective, but goals by Ancsin and Zubai meant that Hungary were in front again in the 50th minute. (24-23). Goals came from both sides thereafter and the match was a draw only five minutes before the end (26-26). Iváncsik and Palmarsson hit the woodwork 2 minutes later, still a draw. In the 58th minute Iceland were one man up and Karason scored. Hungary called the goalkeeper down and only 10 seconds before the end Lékai scored from the counterattack. Iceland’s final shooting attempt was blocked so the score remained even after a thrilling match (27-27).Best scorers: Ancsin 7, Császár 5/Palmarsson 8, G. V. Sigurdsson 5STATISTICSMore to come…1Iceland 32Spain 23Hungary 14Norway 0 Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter Butty On the third day of the European Championship, Hungary who suffered a big defeat against Spain in Round 1. had to face Iceland who previously beat Norway surprisingly easily.  The two teams last met in the quarter-final of the Olympics in 2012. Both teams lacked their No. 1 right-backs, László Nagy and Alexander Petersson were out of squad due to injury. Denmarkeuro 2014handballHandball tournamentsports read more

Gudmundson calls Danes for EHF EURO 2016 qualification start

BiH handballDenmarkeuro 2016 handballgudmundur gudmundsonLithuania handball Danish head-coach Gudmundur Gudmundson published the squad list for the upcoming EHF week in which Denmark will start qualifications for the EHF EURO 2016 in Poland against Lithuania (October 30, Brondby) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (November 2) . On the list are 19 players…Goalkeepers:Niklas Landin, Rhein-Neckar LöwenJannick Green, SC MagdeburgWings:Lasse Svan Hansen, SG Flensburg-HandewittHans Lindberg, HSV HamburgCasper U. Mortensen, SønderjyskEAnders Eggert, SG Flensburg-HandewittLine-players:Rene Toft Hansen, THW KielHenrik Toft Hansen, HSV HamburgJesper Nøddesbo, FC BarcelonaPlaymakers:Bo Spellerberg, KIF Kolding KøbenhavnMads Mensah Larsen, Rhein-Neckar LöwenMorten Olsen, St. Raphael VarBacks:Mikkel Hansen, PSG Handball ParisNikolaj Markussen, Skjern HåndboldMichael Damgaard, Team Tvis HolstebroHenrik Møllgaard, Skjern HåndboldMads Christiansen, Bjerringbro-SilkeborgKasper Søndergaard, Skjern HåndboldDefensive specialist:Kasper Nielsen, Füchse Berlin ← Previous Story Veszprem in trouble – Laszlo Nagy is out for a month Next Story → Easy job for the champions: Bielecki destroys Gornik Zabrze read more

Challenging Australias monolingual mindset

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram We attended the Research Unit for Multicultural and Cross Cultural Communication (RUMACC) lectures at the University of Melbourne on Sunday 22 November 2015. The free seminar to an audience of over 300 people from various ethnic backgrounds, most of whom were young parents, was conducted over four hours and addressed themes including the advantages of bilingualism and issues and practical suggestions in raising children bilingually. Below are some important research and themes emerging from these and previous talks: – If we take a ‘global citizen’ view, bilingualism (or multilingualism) is the norm around the world. In many countries children grow up speaking two, if not three or more languages. Hence it is more ‘normal’ to be bilingual than not. At least 50 per cent of the world’s population speaks more than one language to some degree. In Melbourne, it is estimated that at least two languages are spoken at home in around 30 per cent of the population and the figure is around 23 per cent across Australia. – Language is a fundamental part of our identity and a ticket of entry to other cultures and worlds. We have a right to share languages, heritage and culture with each other and with our children and to respect those from other cultures, all in the context of a wonderful and exceedingly successful multicultural Australia and a multi-national world. – In the past, particularly in English-speaking countries, there has been an inherent bias against other languages. How many of us have our own stories of being discriminated against or not being made felt welcome or proud to express ourselves in languages other than English, or even being made to feel apologetic for coming from a Greek background?! Consequently, there has been a loss of language and culture in many second and further generations with significant down sides to this. The anti-language attitudes and policies of the past need to be seen as grossly ignorant, isolationist, at times barbaric and not conducive to cultural and global citizen sensitivity. – There is mixed evidence that children who grow up with two languages may have cognitive benefits. It appears that constantly switching from one language to another may offer brain benefits when doing things such as crossword puzzles, in that it exercises the brain. – While learning English is essential and those of us who live here are immensely proud of being Australian, of Australia and its achievements and values, connections with other family members and to familial backgrounds are also important and are another benefit to bilingual or multilingualism. – Effective bilingualism requires at least one person in the household speaking to children in the second language continuously. You can’t just drop the kids off at Greek School and expect it to work. – The Victorian government has previously released a document entitled ‘Languages-expanding your world’, stating that “a language has the ability to change your life”. It is reported that the federal government wants 40 per cent of year 12 students studying a language within a decade and is funding the Asia Education Foundation to investigate why so many Australian students drop languages before the end of school. As parents and doctors, we were also interested in the information tabled regarding the health and medical benefits of bilingualism: Active bilingualism results in the delay of dementia type syndromes by at least 4.5 years in later age compared to those who are monolingual. Those who have some strokes and are bilingual are twice as likely to undergo full recovery compared to monolinguals (40 per cent vs 20 per cent full recovery). To bust some language myths, bilingualism does not create language delays or result in stuttering. Children commonly mix the two languages; however, this is temporary. Children are not confused by learning two languages. Celebrities who are actively bilingual include Sandra Bullock (English and German) and Bradley Cooper (English and French). There are multiple advantages to bilingualism. Speaking more than one language offers potentially great benefits to students and adults who will emerge into an increasingly connected world. Language learning should be viewed as a key 21st-century skill. Despite the advantages of bilingualism, Australia faces significant challenges in convincing its parents and children to undertake language education. There needs to be greater incentives at a school-age level to undertake bilingual education including up-scaled ATAR scores, etc. We would like to see the various stakeholders in Melbourne’s Greek community and across Australia synergising more, and a more a formal strategy developed for how we can ‘mind our language’ more effectively. * Anyone who would like to share or discuss similar ideas and would like to form a support or interest group (at least for our children’s sake) can contact us at gstabelo@med.usyd.edu.aulast_img read more

Wildfires hurting air quality in Washington

first_imgSPOKANE — Wildfires were hurting air quality Monday in much of Washington, as forecasters issued a stagnant weather advisory to last at least through Wednesday afternoon.Smoke from the blazes drifted west over the Cascade Range but had not yet settled close to the ground, the National Weather Service said. That could change by Tuesday, when some smoke is expected in the western foothills of the Cascades.An inversion moved into the Wenatchee area east of the mountains on Sunday evening, holding smoke in the region where 1,700 people were fighting a complex of wildfires burning on about 51 square miles.Hundreds of people have been evacuated as the fires were helped by unseasonably warm temperatures. The area is extremely dry, and conditions are right for rapid growth of existing fires and new fire starts, fire managers said.All of the big fires in the state started during a Sept. 8 lightning storm. About 3,700 firefighters, including some from Canada, were battling the fires.last_img read more

GlaxoSmithKline and Liverpool Victoria shortlisted for benefits team of the year

first_imgGlaxoSmithKline, Liverpool Victoria, and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council are among the organisations that have been shortlisted in the benefits team of the year category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.The award, sponsored by Conduent HR Services, celebrates the achievements of an in-house benefits team that works together to deliver benefits that help to drive an organisation’s business strategy, as well as meet its HR goals.The full category shortlist is:GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)Liverpool Victoria (Entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)RBSSandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (Entered by P&MM Employee Benefits)The winning team will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 9 June 2017.See the full shortlist.For more information, or to reserve your table.last_img read more

Foster parents of slain Florida toddler take in his newborn sister

first_imgLARGO, Fla. (AP/WSVN) — The newborn sister of a 2-year-old Florida boy who police say was killed by his mother is now in the care of his former foster parents.Jordan Belliveau lived with Sam and Juliet Warren for most of his life until he was returned to his biological parents. His body was found in a wooded area near St. Petersburg in September. His mother initially told Largo Police a stranger abducted him, then said she hit the boy.The Warrens have asked for a “fundamental re-examination” of the state’s child protective services system.“Last fall we were broken by the death of a child we loved dearly,” the Warrens’ said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. “As the fall continued, the question of what would happen to Jordan’s little sister began to weigh on us. We knew that Charisse would not be able to care for her. After much prayer, we approached Charisse about allowing us to adopt the baby, and she agreed.”Jordan’s mother Charisse Stinson, gave birth to baby Serenity while in custody on a murder charge. The Tampa Bay Times reports the Warrens said in a statement Friday they are working toward adopting Serenity with her Stinson’s cooperation.According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jordan’s father, who is also named Jordan Belliveau, filed a petition for paternity in court. However, it is unclear if he is seeking custody of Serenity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

All clear given at Emerson Elementary School after evacuation in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The all clear was given at Emerson Elementary School after it was evacuated in Southwest Miami-Dade.Students, teachers and staff members made their way out of the school, located near Southwest 36th Street and 82nd Avenue just before 9 a.m. on Monday.The smell of gas in the kitchen area was said to be the reason for the evacuation.The students could be seen sitting on the basketball court while parents stood behind the fence nearby.Authorities gave the all clear to return back into the school just after 9 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Display durability crisis hits Samsung Galaxy Fold before the market release

first_imgIt’s been less than a week since Samsung’s most ambitious Galaxy Fold went up for pre-order select global markets, while some reached the global media outlets for review. As it turns, the first generation flexible flagship smartphone is not that durable as previously considered.I myself applauded the Samsung’s inward foldable design of the Galaxy Fold, as it would protect the larger flexi-screen from daily wear tear and it also comes with small cover screen to call pick and message reading, compared to the Huawei Mate X, which folds outwards and much more vulnerable to scratches and even damage if it fell on the ground. And, mind you, the phones are expensive and screen replacement will leave you with a deep cut in the pocket. Samsung Galaxy Fold set to hit stores in late April 2019.Samsung Mobile PressRecently, Samsung also released a video revealing that the company tested the hinge mechanics and the flexible screen of the Galaxy Fold by folding it in and out 200,000 times, which is appreciable. However, several international tech reviewers who got their hands, earlier in the week, are complaining of the half-dead screens, also some instances the display seem to be cracking the middle, as above the folding point, rendering the screen unusable in just two days of usage.After overcoming the PR nightmare of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung had made strides in the last couple of years, but it may be undone by the Galaxy Fold, which many calling it the ‘Fold Gate’. Samsung Galaxy Note 7Reuters fileAlso, it can be noted that Samsung had reportedly issued an advisory to the reviewers that the Galaxy Fold’s inner screen had a protective shield and should not be removed, but some ignored and apparently damaged the display.Now, Samsung has started taking back the Galaxy Fold review units for an internal investigation and we just have to wait for a few days or week to really know the truth about the durability of the device’s display.Dear readers, will you be going ahead to buy Galaxy Fold for $1980 (approx. Rs 1,36,655) despite the complaints or wait for the results of the ongoing investigation? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. World’s first foldable smartphone is here, and it’s not from Samsung, Huawei or Apple Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:37Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Philippine lawmaker seeks probe after bar discriminates LGBTI comedian

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The Philippines’ first transgender lawmaker on Tuesday requested a congressional inquiry into the discrimination of a poplar LGBTI comedian.Last week, Jervi Li, more popularly known as Kaladkaren Davila, uploaded a video of a bouncer at H&J Sports Bar in Poblacion, Makati denying her entry.‘I just filed a resolution directing the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality to conduct an inquiry into the possible discriminatory acts perpetrated by a Makati bar against Kaladkaren Davila and her friends,’ wrote lawmaker Geraldine Roman on her Facebook page.Li’s video showed the bouncer answering ‘bakla’ when asked who could not enter. ‘Bakla’  is Philippine slang for homosexual or transgender.‘This is one of the many reasons why we need protection,’ Li wrote in her post.Li rose to fame for her impersonation of veteran Philippine broadcaster Karen Davila in September last year.According to a photo on her Facebook, Roman’s resolution argued: ‘The malicious refusal of the establishment for Jervi Li and company to enter the premises on the ground of being ‘bakla’ is an affront to all the members of the LGBT community who are already suffering from discrimination by society.’ ‘There is no place for hate, inequality and discrimination in a just and civil Philippine society,’ she wrote.Roman became the first transgender politician to be elected in the predominantly-Catholic country in May 2016.‘Unfortunate Mistake’H&J on Tuesday said treatment of Li was ‘an unfortunate mistake,’ according to local media.‘That was a misunderstanding actually,’ manager Henry Strzalkowski told Rappler.‘That was just one night. Otherwise, we are an LGBT-friendly bar completely,’ he said.Philippines awaiting much-delayed anti-discrimination billMeanwhile, activists have been pushing for a much-delayed LGBTI rights bill to become law.The SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity expression) Equality Bill would make it illegal to deny access to public services, hire or dismiss, impede access to education, or harass a person based on SOGIE.Because of Li’s experience, campaign group Yes to Equality on Tuesday urged LGBTI and allies to demand that the Senate pass the Bill.‘The SOGIE Equality Bill, delayed in the period of Senate Debates for 621 days, is now the longest-running interpellation in Senate history. Each delay keeps LGBTQIA+ Filipinos vulnerable to discrimination,’ it said Tuesday.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Photo via FacebookPhilippine LGBTI comedian Jervi Li, more popularly known as Kaladkaren Davila, who was denied entry to a bar last week. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Local administrations in the Philippines move to protect LGBTI communityTranswoman accosted by staff on Philippines metroTrans teen called ‘monster’, forced to lift up skirt at Russian nightclubRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/philippine-lawmaker-seeks-probe-after-bar-discriminates-lgbti-comedian/last_img read more

Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations

first_imgJustice Minister Cristina Ramírez announced new leadership of Costa Rica’s penitentiary police Thursday following a scathing report from the Supreme Court allegingtorture in La Reforma prison in Alajuela.The shakeup also followed a controversial decision Wednesday absolving several guards of the death of inmate Johel Araya in 2011 at the same prison. Ramírez said the guards would be put on vacation leave and relocated to another prison inside the penitentiary system effective Wednesday.On Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced it would open a disciplinary investigation into the possible role of Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) in Araya’s death.The minister named Pablo Bertozzi as the new director of penitentiary police during a press conference. Bertozzi previously served as assistant director of the National Police for more than 20 years. Although Vertosi has no formal experience working in jails or prisons, Ramírez said she hoped his appointment would improve the professionalism and training of corrections officers.The minister also named Danilo Mesén, who formerly worked for 35 years in the prison system, most recently in Puntarenas.Ramírez said she hoped the new leadership would “freshen and strengthen the important work of the Penitentiary Police.”The minister added that Guillermo Ugalde, former head of the Penitentiary Police, would continue working at the Justice Ministry.Prison overcrowding a ‘trigger’ for abuseThe minster told The Tico Times after the press conference that overcrowded prisons contributed to an environment where prisoner abuse could flourish.“Prison overcrowding is a trigger that generates stress in the incarcerated population and also the officials who attend them. The priority is to reduce the levels of incarceration, Ramírez said.“For 20 years now there has not been an important investment in [prison] infrastructure. Crime shot up in 2006 and we were left with the same infrastructure,” she said.Costa Rica’s prisons are 38 percent overpopulated.Ramírez said that besides building new cells the ministry would need cooperation from the court system. Some 20 percent of the prison population in Costa Rica, 13,800 detainees, are in jail as they wait for their day in court.The minister said she wanted to raise awareness among prison staff that correctional facilities are not “warehouses for people,” but institutions to reform prisoners into productive members of society.“They are human begins who happen to have their right of movement restricted as they comply with a conviction, but with the resources we have we must work to ensure them their remaining rights,” she concluded. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Supreme Court condemns prisoner torture allegations The good, the bad and the ugly of President Chinchilla’s security legacy Russian asylum-seeker goes on hunger strike as indefinite detention stretches into third year Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discriminationlast_img read more

Tahiti islands November special offers

first_imgManava Beach Resort & Spa – Moorea Package 7 Nights from $2,499 ppSofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort – Moorea Package 7 Nights from $2,799 pp DON’T MISS OUT:Your chance to win a trip! Learn more about our Tahiti Travel Connection trade incentive hereRegister for our next webinar!Learn about the Unknown Islands of French Polynesia.Thursday 10 November3-3.30pmFor full details on all packages, contact Tahiti Travel Connection on 1300 858 305, email info@tahititravel.com.au or visit www.tahititravel.com.au Tahiti Travel Connectionbook Tahiti specials hereSource = Tahiti Travel Connection Tahiti islands November special offersTahiti islands November special offersThese amazing special offers are your ticket to paradise!Indulge in a relaxing week-long break on the gorgeous islands of Bora Bora or Moorea.center_img Intercontinental Le Moana Charm – Bora Bora Package 7 Nights from $4,899 ppConrad Bora Bora Nui Package 7 Nights from $5,399 pplast_img read more

Achieving Homeownership

first_img Buyers Down Payment Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING mortgage Renters Rick Bechtel TD Bank 2018-12-11 Radhika Ojha Achieving Homeownership Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img December 11, 2018 1,028 Views Here’s a familiar story. Young American homebuyers want to purchase a home but challenges such as affording a down payment and getting approved for a mortgage because of low credit scores are holding them back.But, a new survey by TD Bank revealed that those in this age-group who went ahead and took the plunge are reaping the benefits of homeownership.The survey conducted by TD Bank targeted 30 year-olds in the U.S. to understand their opinion about renting versus owning a home, with 69 percent of the respondents having an annual household income of less than $75,000 and the balance 31 percent earning more than $75,000 per year.While 48 percent of the respondents surveyed owned a home, 43 percent rented and the survey revealed that those with incomes over $75,000 were more likely to own their home.One of the key reasons, the survey revealed that these young Americans took the plunge was to achieve their dream of homeownership, with 46 percent of the homeowners citing this as a reason. These homeowners also said that they recognized the benefits of owning a home compared to renting and cited savings on rental payments and building equity as some of the key reasons to buy.Twenty-two percent of the homeowners said that they chose to buy over renting because their mortgage payment was the same or cheaper than the rent they would have paid. While 51 percent of males said they bought because they wanted to become a homeowner, the survey found that females tended to be more practical, choosing to buy a home because the costs were similar to those of renting.The survey said that among those who bought a home before they turned 30, 26 percent said they saved the money, 23 percent had help from their family, 20 percent went with a low down payment, and 15 percent bought it with someone else.”In an effort to avoid the housing pitfalls they witnessed their parents weather, many are missing out on an opportunity to build equity and invest in property,” said Rick Bechtel, US Head of Mortgage at TD Bank. “While the financial aspect remains daunting to many prospective young buyers, today’s lenders are working to make homebuying more affordable.”When asked about the attitude of their peers who were still on the fence on purchasing a home, 40 percent of homeowners said they believed that their peers had not made the leap to buy because of the idea that they couldn’t afford a home. Of the renters, who were asked the same question 32 percent said they rented because they couldn’t afford the down payment to buy a home, while 30 percent said they liked the flexibility of renting.last_img read more

Those guys are flying around good Lamar Louis

first_img“Those guys are flying around good. Lamar (Louis) especially, it’s harder for him because he’s never played inside. He’s always been outside, but he’s getting better with his eyes and his sightlines. Gabe (Martin) had a good day. It’s a good battle going on for that spot.”What have you seen from D.J. Swearinger in camp?“D.J. has been pretty consistent. He was inconsistent during the spring, but he’s been very consistent. He’s very aggressive and he sometimes needs to stay back in that post where he belongs, especially when that guard pulls. He’s used to playing down in the box. He’s been pretty solid.”Does the first depth chart that was released today mean anything?“No, it’s invisible ink. It ain’t even pencil.”What did you think of the Hall of Fame game getting canceled?“It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve been in that game twice and didn’t want anybody playing on that field, either. It was about as hard as that concrete right there.”Does it feel good for you guys that the first preseason game is this week?“Yeah, it’ll be game week Wednesday. We won’t even look at the Raiders until—we’re still practicing against ourselves and then we’ll look a little bit at the Raiders just so they can watch them on film and get adjusted to what they do. We got too much ground to make up to be worried about beating the Raiders. We want to win the game, we want to play good so we’ll look at them the last two days.” Bruce Arians instructs players at Cardinals practice on Aug. 5, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Good news is that we came out of the scrimmage very healthy. Nobody to add to the injury report. Hope to get (Alani) Fua and J.J. (Nelson), we’re going to test them today and hopefully get them back out this week. (Robert) Nkemdiche is getting closer. The other guys are still right at two weeks, which has been for the last four weeks away, but Tyrann (Mathieu), Frostee (Rucker), Justin (Bethel) are all still looking at possibly after San Diego.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Overall, were you pleased with Saturday’s red-white practice?“Very pleased. I liked the defense on the goal line. I liked the offense in short-yardage. I thought, overall, a very competitive day. Patrick (Peterson) forgot we were tackling on the second play and gave up a touchdown, but still it was a nice play by Jaron Brown. Great throw. I thought Jaron had a great week of practice. Took, like he always does, full advantage of every opportunity when the other guys get hurt and proves that he’s a legit player. Still looking for some more consistency out of some of the backup offensive linemen. There are really good spurts and then really bad spurts. They need to get a little more consistent so we can build that depth in the offensive line.”Is Brandon Williams a better player than you thought when you drafted him?“He’s a better football player. We knew what kind of an athlete we were getting, but he’s a better football player. You never know how mature a guy is going to be when you draft him, and he’s very, very mature and he’s very focused on what he wants to do. He’s starting right now and playing very, very well.”What have you been able to see from some of those young inside linebackers? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Players do seem excited to hit somebody else.“Oh, there’s no doubt. Right now, they’re calling each other’s plays out because they practice against each other so much it’s hard to fool each other.”Have you thought about how much the starters will play?“Ten-to-12 plays, depends on that first series or two. This game really isn’t about the starters. It’s more about the guys that are from 30-53 (fighting for roster spots). There’s a good chance we’ll play (Williams and D.J. Humphries) a little bit more just because they’re young. It’s not going to hurt them in December to have an extra 25 plays on them.” – / 21last_img read more

Have your clients ever fancied an elephant as thei

first_imgHave your clients ever fancied an elephant as their tour guide on safari? Well, now they can thanks to Sanctuary Retreats’ unique elephant programme, which the brand operates in partnership with the Living with Elephants Foundation in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.With its lush floodplains and dry Kalahari sands, northern Botswana is home to the world’s largest remaining population of African elephant herds, where they live a largely protected and secure existence.Guests staying at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta can take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore and experience the African bush from an elephant’s perspective. Here they can spend half a day walking with Jabu and Morula, a pair of semi-habituated orphaned elephants, observing and interacting with them in their natural environment.This extraordinary experience allows guests to join a foraging trek, steered by the elephants, and observe at close quarters how they search peacefully for food, stripping leaves from branches with their trunks, shaking trees for palm nuts and spraying themselves in the delta’s lagoons.Jabu and Morula were adopted by Living with Elephants’ husband and wife team, Doug and Sandi Groves, when culling operations in South Africa and Zimbabwe left them as orphans. The couple have strived to give them a life that is as close to elephants’ natural lives as possible, albeit one that is a little cushioned from the enormous pressures, insecurities and challenges with which wild elephants are typically confronted.Heart of the Elephant If your clients can feel the pull of the pachyderm, then Sanctuary Retreats’ five-night ‘Heart of the Elephant‘ itinerary is the one for them. The journey includes three nights at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta, followed by two nights in Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, which borders Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa.Prices start from USD $1981 per person twin share, all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands), laundry, park fees and scheduled game activities. Internal flights not included. Additional also fees apply for the Walking with Elephants interaction at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter As the globetrotting ha

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAs the globetrotting habits of Australian travellers continue to evolve — from venturing to far-flung destinations such as Rwanda or Costa Rica, to visiting destinations based on how “Instagram friendly” they appear — keeping up with Australian travellers is no easy feat.The Goldman Group affirm that the Australian traveller is seeking unconventional destinations, in lesser-known and remote parts of the world. Increasingly among Australian travellers, the perfect getaway is no longer a city escape or a flop and drop holiday, but discovering new and unique experiences.So, where to next? According to Anthony and David Goldman, Joint Managing Directors of the Goldman Group, Australian travellers are heading to the following remote locations.The Caribbean has become popular in recent months with increasing numbers jetting to Cuba and Costa Rica, thanks largely to the new US stopover cities of Houston and Dallas. Qantas now flies direct to Dallas/Fort Worth and United Airlines flies direct to Houston from Sydney, both in under 16 hours, making Caribbean destinations much more accessible to Australian travellers. As the Caribbean island continues to court tourists, Cuba is expected to welcome a record high of five million visitors in 2019 alone.Venturing further south, and boasting a coastline on both the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is the ultimate nature-based holiday, with a backdrop of rugged rainforests, diverse wildlife, beaches, hot springs and volcanoes to discover.Adventure trips to pristine destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Iceland and Antarctica are also trending, with active experiences high on the bucket list of Australian travellers.The desire for authenticity and cultural interactions is also driving Australian travellers to places such as Morocco, a popular European destination over the warmer months. The north African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea is a heaving melting pot of Berber, Arabian, and European cultural influences. From souks (marketplaces) where fragrant and colourful bags of spices beckon, to cultural tours that answer all your Lawrence of Arabia fantasies, the country offers an off-the-beaten-path experience with every turn.Travelling in pursuit of memories and experiences, Australian travellers are increasingly heading to the landlocked East African country of Rwanda. Known as “the land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity and incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, rainforests and sweeping plains. The country is home to more than one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and remains one of the best places in the world to see both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in their natural habitat. In late 2019, Singita will open Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House on the border of Volcanoes National Park, where visitors can come face to face with the forest’s gentle giants: selfie with a gorilla anyone?Social media and the rise of the selfie has made a significant impact on the way Australians travel, according to Anthony Goldman.“The Goldman Group Australian Luxury Traveller 2019 Report revealed that more than one third of Aussie travellers enjoy posting about their holidays online, and get holiday inspiration from social media feed,” he said. “Notably, it’s Instagram fuelling the travel appetites of Australians, and with the hashtag #holiday obtaining 124 million mentions on Instagram alone, you can see why.”“Many of our clients message us directly on Instagram and ask to book hotels featured in our posts, or ask about the destinations visited by our travel advisors. In turn, we have witnessed hotels around the world strive to be the most photogenic and Instagrammable accommodation providers in 2019,” said Goldman.Lead image: Costa RicaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more