A bythenumbers look at the main Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Day stage on Parliament Hill (the biggest one ever) is set for 150th birthday celebrations on Saturday in the nation’s capital. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at preparations in Ottawa.600: Volunteers working Canada Day on Parliament Hill.168: Total number of performances at the three Canada Day festivity sites in the capital region.345: Number of performers and artists participating.15,000: Individual fireworks that will be set off from five different launching sites near Parliament Hill for the nighttime show that will last for 20 minutes and 17 seconds.80: Canadian Heritage employees who have planned Canada Day events on Parliament Hill32: Portable washrooms on Parliament Hill, split evenly between the east and west sides of the lawn.35: Portable washrooms on Wellington Street, inside the security zone and across from Parliament Hill in the parking lot of the former U.S. embassy at 100 Wellington St.4: Accessible portable washrooms on Parliament Hill, plus four more on Wellington Street(Source: Canadian Heritage)last_img read more


Candidates taken aback by ministers visit to AFN on election day

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgRob SmithAPTN NewsIt’s election day at the Assembly of First Nations gathering in Vancouver.538 chiefs and proxies will vote for the person who will lead the AFN for the next three years.What matter the most is getting 60 per cent of those 538 votes – or 323.Thrown into the mix at the assembly on Wednesday was Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.Four of the candidates took issue with what they saw as political interference.rsmith@aptn.ca@kingcomevjlast_img


Crescent Point criticizes dissidents nominees in lengthy letter to investors

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgCALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. is doubling down in its battle with an activist investor, criticizing the company, its leader and even the ages of two of the four directors it has nominated for election at the annual general meeting next month.A lengthy letter to shareholders asking them to reject the dissident slate repeats criticism Crescent Point levelled Monday of activist Cation Capital Inc.’s “unreasonable” bid to have four new directors elected, saying it will disrupt the oil and gas producer’s five-year business plan.Crescent Point says the nominees are unqualified or offer experience that isn’t needed on the board and two nominees, Dallas Howe and Herbert Pinder, are close to the company’s director retirement age of 75, which means they wouldn’t be able to serve very long.In a response letter, Cation says Crescent Point CEO Scott Saxberg is attacking its nominees and placing blame to divert attention from the company’s “disastrous track record,” which includes a poor market valuation, high administration costs and executive pay and rising debt.CIBC analyst Dave Popowich says in a report to investors that Cation’s campaign “strains the limit of credibility” and is unlikely to succeed.He says Cation’s complaints about executive compensation at Crescent Point have been raised by shareholders in the past and added it has offered few details on how it would force change at the company to deliver more value to investors.The two sides seem entrenched in their opposing positions.“We welcome directors who will be a positive catalyst for shareholders, but these nominees will be a destructive force in the boardroom and on the share price,” said Crescent Point in its letter released late Thursday.“Our view is simple: This broken company needs new leadership that is committed to restoring the market’s confidence, significantly enhancing Crescent Point’s share price and ensuring long-term sustainability,” countered Cation president Sandy Edmonstone in the response on Friday.He and Thomas Budd are Cation’s third and fourth nominees.The company’s annual meeting is set for May 4.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)last_img read more


Laggala traffic OIC interdicted over weapons stolen last month

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

A T-56 weapon and five revolvers were stolen from the Laggala police station in Matale last month.An individual had stolen the weapons and fled. The weapons were later found near a Temple in the area. Three policemen attached to the Laggala police station were earlier interdicted over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The Laggala police traffic OIC has been interdicted over the weapons stolen last month from the Laggala police station.The OIC had allegedly consumed alcohol hours before the weapons had been stolen. read more


Derrick Rose Is Almost Playing Like His Old Self Again

Posted On Sep 30 2019 by

Going into this season, one of the biggest question marks for any NBA team was what the Chicago Bulls would get out of Derrick Rose. When Rose was healthy three seasons ago, he was one of the best players in basketball — and Chicago had the league’s best record. But in 10 games last season — his first action back after a torn ACL cost him all of the 2012-13 season — Rose was abysmal before tearing the meniscus in his other knee and missing the remainder of the season. He also struggled at the FIBA World Cup this past summer, giving rise to very real worries that Rose would never be able to reclaim his pre-injury MVP form.Fast-forward to Monday night, when Rose scored 24 points with seven assists in Chicago’s 102-91 win over the Detroit Pistons. It’s early in the season — Chicago is eight games into its schedule, of which Rose has only played half because of sprained ankles — but Rose’s numbers thus far suggest he’s getting close to his old level of effectiveness. And at the very least, he’s playing much better than he did a season ago.Rose’s performance was a mess last season. He had no trouble getting his own shot (his usage rate was 31.5 percent), but he was horribly inefficient when he did, posting a .446 true shooting percentage (the NBA average was .541). He struggled to get to the line, didn’t finish well within 10 feet of the basket and missed more than his fair share of long mid-range jump shots. He also turned the ball over on 16 percent of his plays (up from 13 percent during his great 2011 and 2012 seasons), assisted teammates at a career-low rate and was notably inactive on defense, where real plus/minus rated him worse than an average NBA player by almost a full point per 100 possessions.How bad was Rose in those 10 games a year ago? Statistical plus/minus estimates that a player posting the aforementioned numbers would cost his team about 3.8 points per 100 possessions relative to the NBA average. Research shows that the replacement level for NBA players is about two points per 100 possessions below average, so — albeit in a small sample — Rose played worse than the level at which a player should be jettisoned from an NBA roster.This season, he’s still consuming about 31 percent of Chicago’s plays when on the floor, but he’s put those opportunities to much better use, with a true shooting percentage of .566 (a rate even better than his .545 mark in 2011 and 2012). Rose’s free throw rate is surpassing its pre-injury levels, he’s finishing much better around the basket, and his assist rate (38 percent) is back where it was before his long hiatus. He’s even picking up steals at a career-high rate, and his pick-and-roll defense has been better, per Synergy Sports data.The only areas where Rose’s game has resembled its poor 2013-14 form have been turnovers — he’s still giving the ball away on 16 percent of plays — and mid-range shooting. But after the injury-riddled, awful pair of seasons preceding 2014-15, it’s highly encouraging to see Rose perform at a level comparable to his terrific 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. read more


Champions League W Round 2 Review

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

After yesterday’s results where Midtjylland beat Thuringer at home, Larvik beat Podravka, Itxako beat Buxtehuder and Randers beat Hypo away, today’s results brought no surprises, and all home teams won their games.On Day 3 of the second round three highly enjoyable duels took place in the homes of the three teams with the loudest spectators. Full houses in Hungary, Montenegro and Romania led to clear successes for the local teams.Group ABudućnost (MNE) vs. Byåsen (NOR) 28:18 (13:7)No hard task for the Montenegrins, as they clearly outclassed and knocked out Byåsen in a one-sided affair. Coach Dragan Adžić´s team was on form and in top shape in this duel, their defence oozing confidence throughout the match. After an unlucky injury to Ida Alstad in the first period, the Norwegians stood no chance against a dominant Budućnost.The Montenegrins are now confident going into the next round battle against Danish champion FC Midtjylland, whilst Byåsen will face Thüringer HC, another team without points, in Round 3.Group CGyőri AUDI ETO KC (HUN) vs. Metz Handball (FRA) 28:23 (16:13)With a concentrated and well focused game plan, favourite Győr collected their first two points against a well organized French champion.The pressure weighed heavily on the shoulders of the Hungarians after the clear defeat last weekend. Therefore, coach Csaba Konkoly put his best seven on court, with Andrea Lekić as playmaker and Anita Görbicz on the left wing (with 10 goals, the top scorer) to replace the slightly injured Orsolya Vérten. Lekić and young Anikó Kovacsics organized the Hungarian attacks well and with the loudly cheering fans as the eighth player, AUDI ETO dominated the game for the whole period.On the Metz side, it was Allison Pineau and Claudine Mendy on the back court who tried to save the honour of the French, and with Győr having a few fluctuations in their game, Metz had their chances to close the gap.However, Anita Görbicz – giving an amazing performance on the wing – and her colleagues concentrated much better in the decisive moments. With goalkeeper Katalin Pálinger closing her goal for business, the Hungarians ironed out their Danish nightmare, and retained those all-important home points.Group DC.S. Oltchim Rm. Vâlcea (ROU) vs. Dinamo Volgograd (RUS) 31:26 (13:13)The Romanians gained much confidence after their first round victory and today they kept their fans happy, winning the duel against the Russian champions, the first on home soil in front of their frenetic supporters.Dinamo were only able to keep the game on level terms for the first half, when back court players Anna Kochetova and Tatiana Khmyrova caused head-aches for the Oltchim defence.Radu Voina shuffled his team for the second period, with Patricia Vizitiu and Ionela Stanca helping the local offense to turn the match. The victory seemed clear five minutes before the end, but Dinamo fought back hard again. Then, with a focused game in the dying minutes, Oltchim celebrated a clear and well deserved victory.Text: EHF ← Previous Story Champions League Round 2 Review: Big Surprises! Next Story → Sulic withdraws from NT, won’t play with Goluza as coach read more


New matches set for NXT TakeOver Chicago WWE reportedly signs Women of

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Will the score finally be settled in Chicago?If @ProjectCiampa and @JohnnyGargano both sign the contract, the #NXTTakeOver #StreetFight will be ON! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/D6w0hIenRr— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) May 31, 2018This joins The Undisputed ERA vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch for the NXT Tag Team Championships on the card. The build for Shayna Baszler vs. Nikki Cross for the NXT Women’s Championship also began on last night’s episode of NXT TV. WWE reportedly signs Women of Honor starWomen of Honor star Deonna Purrazzo has reportedly signed with WWE, per new reports by Squared Circle Sirens and PWInsider on Thursday.Purrazzo, who was trained by longtime OVW trainer Rip Rogers, has worked with ROH for the Women of Honor division over the last couple of years and has also made appearances for Impact and SHIMMER in the past. Purrazzo had been an alternate for last year’s inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament prior to her reported signing. WWE nor Purrazzo have confirmed her signing as of this writing. Sources: Squared Circle Sirens, PWInsider Twitter WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions New matches set for NXT TakeOver: ChicagoWWE has announced NXT Champion Aleister Black vs. Lars Sullivan for the NXT Championship, Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Street Fight and Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream for NXT TakeOver: Chicago on June 16 live on WWE Network.Will THIS be the outcome of #NXTChampion @WWEAleister’s title defense against @LarsSWWE at #NXTTakeOver: Chicago?! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/wssRdLkxGx— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 31, 2018 Pinterest Google+ Facebook NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) last_img read more


Kovac Robben is a doubt for Der Klassiker

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac revealed that they may be without Arjen Robben for Saturday’s Der Klassiker against Borussia DortmundThe Dutch winger is suffering from a knee injury and faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.The loss of Robben will likely come as an unwelcome blow for Kovac, whose side trail Bundesliga leaders Dortmund by four points ahead of Saturday’s game.“Everyone is fine,” Kovac told reporters on YouTube.“Arjen tried to train yesterday but has a couple of knee problems so we’ll have to see how he trains today.”Since the last international break, Bayern have won five of their last six games in all competitions.But the pressure continues to grow on Kovac with players like Thomas Muller reportedly frustrated over the Croatian’s rotation policy.Just last weekend, Muller’s wife publicly slammed Kovac on social media after the striker was left on the bench in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, Kovac is making no promises ahead of his first Der Klassiker in charge of Bayern.“It’s the Klassiker and everyone wants to play,” Kovac added.“Everyone wants to play every Bundesliga game but tomorrow [Saturday] even more so.“I think people will be even more disappointed if they don’t play but everyone has to work hard to make a positive atmosphere.“I always try with my coaches to pick a team to win the game, that’s always the case and always will be the case. I don’t pick players because I like or dislike them.“Some would have thought I wouldn’t have picked Thomas Muller [against AEK Athens in the Champions League] but it’s not the case.“I look at the training and the opponent, it’s nothing to do with liking or disliking players. I like all my players.”The league match between Dortmund and Bayern will begin at 18:30 (CEST) at Signal Iduna Park.last_img read more


Waterways Infrastructure Gets Increased Funding in House Appropriations Bill

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgThe House Appropriations Energy & Water Subcommittee marked-up their Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill that includes overall funding for the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program that is $25 million above the FY14 level and $959.5 million above the President’s budget request.The House bill includes language that reflects the changes made in the recently enacted Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) to revise the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) cost share for the Olmsted lock & dam project thus freeing up funding for other inland waterways projects.  Funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) is increased to $1.1 billion, up from $1.06 billion in FY14.  This also reflects agreements included in WRRDA to annually increase the amount of HMTF dollars that are dedicated to port maintenance and dredging.  The Corps of Engineers Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account is also increased in the FY15 House appropriations bill.ASA worked for and strongly supports the WRRDA changes for the IWTF and HMTF and is pleased to see these changes reflected, and increased funds provided, in the House Energy & Water appropriations bill.last_img read more


Herrera Beutler votes in favor of debtlimit deal

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, cast her vote for the debt limit-deficit reduction deal Monday but said in a statement that she shares the frustrations of Southwest Washington residents over the process that led up to the 11th-hour agreement. “Is it a perfect plan? No,” she said. “For instance, I would like to have a firmer commitment to a balanced budget, which would mean no more debt ceiling crises ever again. Not every spending reform is where I would like it. But the U.S. will be able to meet its obligations, and this deal builds the framework to end overspending in D.C.”U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate leadership, released a statement saying she intends to vote for the Budget Control Act of 2011 when it reaches the Senate floor Tuesday. “I plan to vote to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in our nation’s history. It is a vote to avoid an economic blow that would be felt across the globe, including in the lives, homes, and finances of nearly every Washington state family,” Murray said.“To be clear, this plan is not ideal,” she added. “While we protected Medicare and Social Security from painful cuts today and prevented repeating this crisis in just a matter of months, it is undeniable that the spending cuts included in this package are serious and impactful. These cuts, not unlike those that have been made by struggling Washington state families during this recession, will be difficult sacrifices that are a reminder of the trying economic times we are in.”last_img read more


Inhofe Addresses ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit

Posted On Sep 13 2019 by

first_imgSenate Armed Services Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) addressed the 2019 Defense Communities National Summit Tuesday in a morning discussion session covering broad topics ranging from this year’s NDAA process to the nation’s current threat environment.Prior to diving into defense issues, he opened his remarks with praise for ADC and its mission in supporting communities and installations across the country.“I want to start with expressing that you guys need to know how great you are,” Inhofe told attendees. “Some of the things you are doing are involved in gaining national attention. There is a sense of pride in having a military installation in your community, and it goes to the job you’re doing to get the benefits it brings.”Below are a few highlights of Inhofe’s comments:On the Fiscal 2020 NDAA: “You all care about a strong national defense,” Inhofe said. “I encourage you to go back to your representatives and senators and tell them you support the bipartisan National Defense Strategy that calls for defense spending at $750 billion.”On the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP): “In the 2019 NDAA, we authorized $100 million in funding, and we reauthorized that level again in 2020,” Inhofe said. “We also reauthorized the program to require that communities will need about 30% matching funds, and communities should have an interest in pursuing projects.”On Problems with Privatized Military Housing: Inhofe said the Senate’s 2020 NDAA included three priorities: increased oversight of military housing; increased accountability of privatized housing firms; and authorization to withhold funds from under-performing housing contractors.On Future BRAC Rounds: Inhofe emphasized that considering the current political and budget environment, “there will be no BRAC rounds” in the coming year.ADC photo by Will Noonan ADC AUTHORlast_img read more


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Posted On Aug 27 2019 by

first_img Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more center_img Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | June 22, 2015 American Society of Echocardiography and Ke Labs Announce Software Collaboration “Test and teach” application helps develop cardiac ultrasound imaging quality, education through case study analysis June 22, 2015 – The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and Ke Labs jointly announced in May an agreement to co-develop and co-market a new cardiac ultrasound software application. The application is designed to ensure quality and consistency of cardiac ultrasound image review – both quantitatively and qualitatively – and inform and educate users on interesting cases, new techniques and other changes. This medical imaging quality management software tool is generally referred to as the “Echocardiography Test and Teach Application,” and it has been designed through the expert guidance of Harvey Feigenbaum, M.D., FASE with the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University Health and founder of the ASE.The software will be made available to both individuals and institutions through an annual subscription software license. It represents a hands-on, real-world training experience, without being tied to imaging devices. Users are tested on measurements and interpretations for a wide range of case study types, and results are both numerically and visually compared to those of experts. Case studies incorporate valuable teaching points. Administrator capabilities for the enterprise version include the ability to review results, both individually and collectively, to analyze results through a robust set of data analytics tools, and to export and/or print results. These administrative capabilities can be used to support an institution’s fulfillment of accreditation requirements. Since the software is cloud-based, users can access it anytime and anywhere. New case studies and software features will be automatically delivered to users.For more information: www.asecho.org, www.kelabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more


Virus is solo performance at its finest

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:‘Shark Smile’ illuminates stage and sea Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month National Museum presents theatrical excerpts by Ana Istarú Film premiere, swing dancing, and other happenings around Costa Rica When people get seriously ill, they rarely suffer alone. Whether it’s cancer or HIV, depression or STDs, their trauma sends ripples of emotion through family and friendships, having an impact on those they meet. This point is simple but powerful, and such an intense social theme is perhaps the last thing you would expect from a one-woman show.“Virus,” now playing at the Vargas Calvo Theater in San José, is a startling feat, not only because Ana Istarú wrote the script and performs the entire play herself, but also because she explores illness – specifically, human papillomavirus – through so many different voices and personas. She plays the central character, Melissa, at several different ages, from rebellious adolescent to remorseful mother. She plays Melissa’s mother, her physician, her motorcyclist boyfriend, and a handful of other folks, making each character vocally and (harder still) physically distinct.There are many ways to perform a solo show, the most common being a first-person monologue that tells an entire story. Surely the most difficult approach is the one Istarú has chosen: a one-person ensemble piece that requires the actor to perform entire scenes of interactive dialogue without assistance. Istarú changes voices as easily as one would flip a light switch. She uses simple costumes and a nondescript bench to build entire environments. By the time a scene ends, we feel rooted in a place – an examining room, a living room – and are winded by the interchange. In “Virus,” playwright and performer Istarú plays a wide range of characters, both male and female. Courtesy Teatro NacionalOn paper, Ana Istarú looks like a creative virtuoso: She has authored numerous books of poetry, some of them controversially erotic, and she has performed widely. Among local cinephiles, Istarú is most recognizable as co-writer of Esteban Ramírez’s “Caribe.” Her CV describes the ultimate Renaissance Tica. Watching Istarú onstage, however, provides much better evidence of her skills. To witness the final scenes is to let a tidal wave wash over you: Istarú’s performance is so unexpectedly powerful, you can only let her current carry you until she lets you up for air.A superlative show requires a competent team, of course, and Istarú wisely collaborated with director Manuel Manolo Ruiz to help her block and refine her performance. “Virus” employs simple technical support, from Eloy Mora’s multimedia to Ruiz’s own sound design, to distinguish one scene from the next. The Vargas Calvo is a very confined performance space, but Istarú and her cohort transform it into an entire world.One caveat: Istarú performs the show in Spanish, and there is no mercy for the remedial speaker. Many of her characters speak in youthful slang, and the dialogue can be very hard to follow. Some of her vignettes are so short and punchy that even fluent Spanish speakers may struggle to keep up. Istarú’s narrative does leave a few questions unanswered. But if you try, your focus will be rewarded. The closing monologue should devastate you, no matter what your language skills, and with any luck, Istarú’s show will go viral.“Virus” continues through Aug. 31 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, Plaza de la Cultura, downtown San José. Info: www.teatronacional.go.cr. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Pic of the Day The golden hour in Puerto Viejo

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgThis story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Rough edges and rich culture: Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive Related posts:Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica Covering Santa Teresa Pic of the Day: Punta Uva Tico Times Pic of the Day: Corcovado National Park from abovecenter_img Click on the image above for a full-size view. Because of Costa Rica’s 800 miles of coastline, many communities throughout the country were shaped by the sea.Among them is Puerto Viejo, which The Tico Times editorial team visited recently as part of our “Deep Dive” series.During a Deep Dive, The Tico Times highlights a region’s top attractions, but we also focus on issues locals feel have been underreported.Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive stories (so far): Off the eaten path: Lidia’s PlaceDeveloping safety: The dangers and benefits of road modernization Beginners beware: Surfing Puerto Viejo’s fast waves A town divided: Necessary development or whitewashing for tourist dollars Purging plastic: Costa Rica libre de plasticolast_img read more


Air Asia X adds Perth flights while Air Asia targets youth

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Days after announcing the termination of flights to Christchurch, Air Asia X has unveiled plans to increase its presence down with new services between Kuala Lumpur and Perth.Commencing 24 June this year, the carrier said it would increase its daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth to nine flights per week while services between Kuala Lumpur and Taiwan will jump from daily to eleven flights a week from 22 June this year.The carrier’s chief executive Azran Osman-Rani explained the changes in operations were part of a network realignment that will assist meeting the 85 percent passenger load flying between the two regions.“The timings of the new additional frequencies would further provide our guests from Malaysia and the surrounding region flexibility in their travel and better connectivity into Australia and Taiwan and vice versa from the cities into Kuala Lumpur, where guests are able to tap on our vast route network of over 80 destinations across South East Asia and beyond,” Mr Osman-Rani said.The carrier’s parent company, AirAsia also unveiled a new rewards program, the Skyrider Club for youngeons below the age of 14.Unveiled today the program allows the young guests to gain Tune Talk points and redeem them with flights and concerts.The carrier’s chief executive Tan Sir Tony Fernandes said the kid’s club was introduced in time for the airline’s ten year celebrations and would encourage brand loyalty from a young age.last_img read more


APG Airlines adds fourteen new airline members

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgAPG Airlines adds fourteen new airline membersAPG Airlines adds fourteen new airline members to GP 275 IET interline e-ticketingAPG Airlines  – GP 275  have implemented fourteen new member airlines to their IET family with immediate effect.These airline members are now live for ticketing on GP 2751. Aigle Azur, ZI2. Air Austral, UU3. Air Calin, SB4. Air Côte d’Ivoire, HF5. Bangkok Airways, PG6. Egyptair, MS7. Luxair, LG8. Avianca Brasil O69. Onur Air, 8Q10. Royal Air Maroc, AT11. Royal Brunei, BI12. South African Airways, SA13. Turkish Airlines, TK14. VI Airlink, V6For further details please CLICK HEREAbout UsWith over 1500 experts worldwide, dedicated  to the Airline service, APG Network is “The World’s Leading Network for Airline Services”. In 2016, with 100 Countries and ABCS Members and 11 Allied and Service Partners, APG Network offers professional services in over 175 countries.APG Network acts local and thinks globalTo ensure its clients both optimum sales coverage and professional competence, APG Network invites only the strongest organization in each country or area to be a member. APG Network members know their markets intimately and provide airlines with the most cost-effective means of market presence.Selected professional service providers join APG Network to ensure additional services provisions in all areas of Airline businessToday, APG Network collectively serves 200+ airlines worldwide.Source = APG – APG Airlineslast_img read more


May Home Sales Hit Record High

Posted On Aug 15 2019 by

first_img June 19, 2017 554 Views Despite the housing shortage and April’s drop in home sales, the housing market not only returned to seasonally high sales, but set a post-recession record— the strongest home sales in the last nine years of RE/MAX’ reporting history. According to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, May sales increased 20.6 percent from April and 4.3 percent from May 2016.The average amount of days on the market dropped to a record low of 51 days, consistent with the Months Supply of Inventory shrinking to 2.6 months. The lowest four metros were Omaha, Nebraska (20 days); San Francisco, California (21 days); Seattle, Washington (22 days); and Denver, Colorado (23 days). The highest average days on the market were in Augusta, Maine (136 days) and Burlington, Vermont (98 days).“In May, we saw an uptick of both loan applications and home sales, which is encouraging in terms of more people getting into the market for homes,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “We don’t expect that the Federal Reserve’s announcement on Wednesday to raise interest rates a quarter of a point will greatly affect the market’s momentum. But housing demand only intensifies the tug-of-war with tight inventories driving prices up.”Close to breaking another RE/MAX reporting record, the May 2017 Median Sales Price was second highest at $232,500, only behind August 2008’s $236,062. Inventory continued to decline year-over-year to 16.2 percent from May 2016. According to RE/MAX, this is the 103rd consecutive month of year-over-year declines dating back to October 2008.Fifty-two out of 53 metro areas experienced rising home values—an average of 5.3 percent increase. Some of the top metros include Albuquerque, New Mexico (+20.8 percent); Tulsa, Oklahoma (+13.4 percent); Las Vegas, Nevada (+12.2 percent); Honolulu, Hawaii (+11.5 percent); and Phoenix Arizona (+11.3 percent). Miami, Florida was the only metro area that saw a months supply above 6.0, which is considered a buyers market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington both at 0.9 and Denver, Colorado at 1.0 for the fourth month in a row. May Home Sales Hit Record High in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img RE/MAX Sellers Market 2017-06-19 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more


February 20 2003 The Arcosanti bunch is wishing a

Posted On Aug 10 2019 by

first_imgFebruary 20, 2003The Arcosanti bunch is wishing a ‘Safe Journey’ to Nadia, Dave and Tristan Tollas. This was their last morning meeting before a four month trip to Auroville in India. [bottom from left] Manola Maiani, Dave Tollas, Yvonne Brook, little Robert Brook, Tristan Tollas, Nadia Begin, Tomiaki Tamura, Ivan Fritz, Matteo Di Michele and Naguib Nashed. [second row from left] Mary-Ann Multer, Ania Gorka, Michael Bittman aka Dr. Sparks, Ron Chandler, Liz Schiffler, Ira Murfin, Wes Ozier, Gabriel Hendrix, Marlene Mejia and Jeff Kunzelman. [third row from left] Albert Lavenziano, Mark Whigham, Kelli Huth, Jeff Buderer, Lorenzo Alfieri, Emily Clark, Gwen Birk, Sara Merando and Ingeborg Nashed. [top from left] Chiara Voicu, Randall Schultz, Leopolo Angioli, Corrado Falsetti, Jim Huth, Francesca Venturoni, Michael Rae Teslow, Stephen Levy and Buck Hazzard. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more


US court dismisses FBME motion against ban

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgA US court rejected a motion by Tanzanian FBME Bank against a 2015 measure taken by the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) barring the lender from engaging in transactions in the US financial system..A lifting of the ban, which bars US banks from opening and maintaining corresponding accounts with FBME, effectively preventing the lender from carrying out transactions in US dollars, would be justified if FBME had made a “strong showing” to likely succeed on the merits, or alternatively if FinCEN’s measures against it could cause irreparable damage to the bank, the ban would injure other parties, or there was public interest in lifting it, judge Christopher Cooper of the District Court of Columbia said in his April 14 ruling.“In light of the Court’s merits analysis, FinCEN’s interest in having the rule take effect, and the public’s interest in protecting the US financial system from illicit activity such as money laundering, only the second factor could possibly weigh in favour of FBME at this stage,” the ruling said. “And the Bank has not demonstrated how implementation of the rule would cause it irreparable harm under present circumstances. Accordingly, lifting the stay pending appeal is proper.”FBME had its Cyprus branch placed under administration and subsequently resolution, after FinCEN described it in July 2014 as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern with links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia –considered by both the US and European Union as a terrorist group.FBME challenged FinCEN’s final ruling, issued a year later, and judge Cooper asked the agency to disclose evidence against the lender.“FinCEN has now adequately responded to FBME’s significant comments in promulgating the Second Final Rule,” the ruling said.A year ago, the Central Bank of Cyprus triggered the deposits guarantee scheme allowing holders of accounts with FBME on the island to claim up to €100,000 in deposits. Customer deposits are estimated at around €1.4bn. Its owners dispute any wrongdoing and resorted to international arbitration claiming up to €500m in damages from the Republic of Cyprus.Floris Alexander, a legal advisor who helps FBME depositors file claims at the Central Bank of Cyprus, said that while the owners of the bank have the right to appeal the latest US court ruling, by doing so, they cause more damage to its customers who practically cannot claim their uninsured deposits. “It is stunning to see that the shareholders of the bank pursue this case over the customers interests because customers will have to wait longer for a final verdict and as a result of the long legal battles, it takes longer to resolve customer claims,” Alexander said in a telephone interview on Thursday.“If the shareholders of the bank really believe that they are in the right and the Central Bank of Cyprus is in the wrong, they can claim the compensation (at the arbitration court of the International Chamber of Commerce) in Paris but they should not pursue a legal battle on the expense of the customers,” he added.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_img Categories: News,Slagh News 18Jan Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees Legislator will vice chair Appropriations Subcommittees on Corrections and Joint Capital OutlayState Rep. Bradley Slagh has been named as vice chair of two state budget subcommittees by House Speaker Lee Chatfield for the current legislative session.Slagh, of Zeeland, will vice chair the subcommittees on Corrections, and Joint Capital Outlay as well as serving on the subcommittees on Higher Education and Community Colleges, and Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.“It’s a great honor to be selected to participate in our state’s budget deliberations,” Slagh said. “There must be value in each and every dollar spent by the state, as the revenue we use represents a sacrifice made by hard-working taxpayers across our state. I intend to keep that in mind with every decision we make.”The first-term lawmaker, who represents the people of Ottawa County, spent 18 years in the financial services industry, 5 years as Zeeland Township Supervisor and 11 years as Ottawa County Treasurer.“It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Ottawa County for so many years, and I will continue to uphold our values in this new role on our state’s budget committee,” Slagh said.The representative’s office can be reached at (517) 373-0830 or BradleySlagh@House.MI.gov.###last_img read more