UN to reopen aid office in key city in Yemens conflicthit north

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26 March 2010United Nations aid agencies in Yemen are have been granted permission to reopen offices in the main city in the conflict-affected north of the country, a move expected to improve humanitarian access to hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced as a result of the conflict. The offices were closed in August last year after fighting escalated in the city of Sa’ada. The Yemeni Government gave the green light to reopen the offices following a high-level mission of UN agencies and international NGOs to Sa’ada on Wednesday. The mission was accompanied by two senior Government officials who work on relief issues and the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs). During the mission, the local authorities requested additional assistance to deal with the consequences of displacement and to facilitate the return of IDPs to their homes. “There is an urgent need for humanitarian relief in Sa’ada,” said Aboudou K. Adjibadé, acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen. “Our paramount concern at this time is securing unhindered and immediate access to the affected people. We therefore welcome the fact that we can now re-establish a UN office in Sa’ada, but we continue to call for access to the entire Sa’ada governorate,” he said. Fighting between armed groups and Government forces has in the past cut off large areas of Sa’ada from humanitarian assistance, but a ceasefire announced on 11 February paved the way for increased access. “Sa’ada is one of the governorates hardest hit by the sixth round of fighting. Our tribute and thanks go especially to humanitarian workers who continued to provide assistance to thousands of people during the war and saved hundreds of life,” said Gian Carlo Cirri, UN World Food Programme (WFP) representative, who led the mission. Access is also needed for other areas in Sa’ada and the governorates of Al-Jawf and Amran. Insecurity and landmines have hampered or delayed distribution of humanitarian aid in parts of these governorates. Some 250,000 IDPs are receiving assistance across five conflict-affected governorates: Hajjah, Amran, Sa’ada, Al-Jawf and Sana’a. Approximately 10 percent are living in camps, while the remaining 90 per cent are hosted in local communities or scattered in various locations. Funding to the humanitarian operation remains a source of great concern. Of the $177 million requested for humanitarian aid in Yemen this year, only 20 per cent ($35 million) has been received. Several UN agencies have had to resort to internal borrowing from other aid programmes to maintain life-saving activities in Yemen. read more

Former nurse accused of killing 8 seniors waves right to preliminary

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A former Ontario nurse charged with killing eight seniors and injuring several others in her care has elected to go straight to trial.Elizabeth Wettlaufer waived her right to a preliminary trial during a court appearance Friday in Woodstock.The 49-year-old former nurse was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder last October and an additional four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in January.She is scheduled to appear in court on April 21.

Austrias Max Franz wins seasonopening World Cup downhill in Lake Louise

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Max Franz of Austria won the season-opening World Cup downhill Saturday in Lake Louise, Alta.Franz was the first man down the course and his time of one minute 46.18 seconds held up for the victory.Christof Innerhofer of Italy had the No. 2 start bib and finished second in 1:46.46.His Italian teammate Dominik Paris was third just over half a second behind Franz.Ben Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., was the top Canadian in 15th.The Canadian Press

Ubisoft Curbs Michael Jackson Game Piracy Via Vuvuzela

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first_imgDon’t steal from Michael Jackson. I mean, I shouldn’t have to tell you that, right? In case you are silly enough to try it, however, be warned: the results won’t be pretty. Take Ubisoft’s new game, Michael Jackson: The Experience for the Nintendo DS. Try to pirate the thing and you get a layer of vuvuzela blowing over the Kind of Pop’s tunes.The sound kicks in whenever you attempt to pause the game. Ubisoft fessed up to the anti-piracy tactic, telling the press, “the development team worked this feature in as a creative way to discourage any tampering with the retail version of the game.”AdChoices广告There has apparently been something of an outbreak of Nintendo DS piracy. Pirating games for the handheld system simply requires downloading a game and loading it onto one of the device’s storage card. Nintendo is reportedly working on a more heavy-duty anti-copying measures for the Nintendo 3DS.Video of the in-game vuvuzelas in action, after the jump.last_img read more

Hacker turns down Sony interview due to treatment of Geohot

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first_imgWith all the news surrounding Sony focusing on trying to prosecute Geohot for his PS3 jailbreak, it’s easy to forget the Japanese company is also busy creating in-house games and researching new ideas and new hardware solutions. Part of that effort is identifying talented individuals and offering them positions at Sony to help with those projects.One such individual approached by Sony is prolific hacker Koushik Dutta. He’s well-known for his work creating popular apps such as ROM Manager and Clockwork Recovery Image.Sony’s internal recruiter Sarah McRae sent Dutta an e-mail stating that the Talent Acquisition department at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) had been looking at his website My Brain Hurts. She then proceeds to ask Dutta if he’d be interested in a phone interview for a new software engineering position that was just opening up with the PlayStation division. You can view the e-mail exchange below (click to enlarge):A position at Sony working in the PlayStation department may sound very tempting to many a developer, especially if Sony decided to head hunt you themselves. But Dutta took the moral high ground and politely declined the invitation. It wasn’t because he already had a job, it was specifically because of, as Dutta puts it, “Sony’s recent treatment of a fellow hacker.” The hacker Dutta is referring to is George Hotz or Geohot as he is now better known.We have to assume Sarah McRae is aware of the situation with GeoHot and we wonder if she decided to respond to Dutta’s message or just walk away. Whatever the case, I doubt Sony ever thought that targeting a hacker would have an impact on its ability to employ talented software engineers. It’s also a reminder of the feelings surrounding this action by Sony, which are anything but positive.Read more at Geekosystem (e-mail image via yfrog)last_img read more

Windows 8 Release Preview download links may go live today

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first_imgScheduling blog posts can be a tricky business, and sometimes when you mess up there’s information that trickles out into the wild sooner than you’d like it to. That happened late yesterday afternoon on the Windows Hardware and Driver Blog, where a post announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview will be made available for download today.Now, May 31st doesn’t jive with what’s been previously announced by Microsoft, but this could be a case of the company wanting to give developers access slightly ahead of the impending public download deluge. Then again, Microsoft VP Chuck Chan was speaking about the Windows Dev Center and the links he shared are open to the general public. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloads from the Dev Center point to the same page that non-developers were sent to. It’s not as though he was directing developers to their MSDN or Technet dashboards.It’s also possible that “today” meant whatever day Chan’s post was supposed to go live and that it snuck out several days ahead of schedule — though the signature line on the post does say May 31 (contrary to the May 30 timestamp at the top of the post). Over on the SkyDrive blog Microsoft recently said that the Windows 8 Release Preview would arrive in the first week of June — which technically starts tomorrow.The post has now been pulled down, so it’s a waiting game once again. That is, of course, unless you’re the intrepid type and don’t mind installing the leaked Chinese version of the Windows 8 Release Preview.More at The Next Weblast_img read more

Psychiatrie mobilisation de tout le secteur contre le projet de réforme

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first_imgPsychiatrie : mobilisation de tout le secteur contre le projet de réformeFrance – L’assemblée qui réunissait 1.000 des divers acteurs de la psychiatrie, de la santé mentale et de la société civile a débattu du projet de loi actuel qu’elle a qualifié d’inhumain. Elle a affirmé son refus de la loi et a demandé son annulation sans amendement. Le ministère de la Santé envisage une loi en deux volets dont l’un concerne une réforme de l’hospitalisation d’office. Également contesté, le projet de loi sur les soins en ambulatoire sans consentement a fait réagir tous les acteurs des débats.À lire aussiSchizophrénie : une nouvelle piste de recherches grâce à des neurones recréésLes partis politiques représentés, PS, PCF, Europe Écologie – Les Verts, Parti de Gauche, NPA, ont affirmé leur rejet total de ce projet de loi et se sont déclarés favorables à son retrait. La CGT, au nom de la Fédération de la santé et de l’action sociale ainsi que le syndicat SUD Santé-sociaux se sont aussi prononcés pour le retrait du projet de loi. Guy Baillon, psychiatre des Hôpitaux de Paris, l’exprime : “Nous mesurons l’ampleur de ce qu’il reste à faire. En premier lieu, demandons l’annulation de la loi, ensuite élaborons l’avenir. Entretemps “soyons présents auprès des usagers”. Nous gardons cette certitude : aucun débat sur la folie ne peut se tenir ni se clore sans demander ce qu’en pensent les usagers et les familles réunis en associations nationales.”Les débats qui ont eu lieu ont laissé apparaître dès le matin qu’un tel projet de loi, liberticide, avait pour seul but de renvoyer “les schizophrènes en Schizophrénie”. Les jeunes infirmiers ont aussi témoigné des lacunes de leur formation en psychiatrie et exprimé que certains de leurs collègues vivaient, du fait de cette formation insuffisante, “dans la terreur” des patients.Le 30 septembre 2010 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

A Giant Leap for Saudi Women In a first women allowed to

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first_imgRiyadh: Women in Saudi Arabia will now be allowed to obtain passports and travel abroad without a male ‘guardian’ to accompany them, according to a change in the law published on Friday ending a long-standing practice in the kingdom that has drawn international criticism. The change in the law allows women over the age of 21 to apply for a passport without a male sponsor and to leave Saudi Arabia unaccompanied. It was not immediately clear when the change would take effect. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us “A passport will be granted to any Saudi national who submits an application,” the ruling, published in the government’s official gazette, said. The pro-government Saudi Gazette newspaper described the decision “one giant leap for Saudi women.” The changes are part of a set of decrees that also allow women for the first time to register a marriage, divorce or the birth of a child and to obtain family documents — a move that would make it easier for them to obtain identity cards or enrol children in school. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The decision follows the high-profile case in January of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room to prevent her family from returning her to Saudi Arabia. She was eventually granted asylum in Canada. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been undergoing a gradual liberalization under crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. However, despite his easing of restrictions, MBS, as he is popularly known, has shown an unwillingness to tolerate dissent. Western intelligence agencies have concluded that he ordered the gruesome killing and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an incident that sparked international outrage. The crown has denied any involvement.Other Muslim countries, however, do not have similar restrictions on women’s travel.last_img read more

UPDATE Manhunt Underway For Gunman In Maryland Office Park Shooting

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first_img___ Twitter user @musicnews_daily A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car lot about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away in Wilmington, Delaware, and opened fire on a man with whom he had “beefs” in the past, wounding him, police said.The shooting rampage set off a manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor. Police cruisers were stationed in medians, and overhead highway signs displayed a description of Prince’s sport utility vehicle and its Delaware license plate. The FBI assisted state and local authorities in the manhunt.“This is a person with no conscience,” Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said. “He’s desperate right now.”Authorities said it wasn’t clear why Prince open fired with a handgun on his colleagues.Prince is a felon with 42 arrests in Delaware. Court records showed he had been fired from a Maryland job earlier this year after allegedly punching a co-worker and threatening other employees. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, was habitually late paying his rent, was repeatedly cited for traffic violations and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counseling in recent years.The rampage began Wednesday about 9 a.m. at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Deputies arrived in four minutes but Prince had already fled.Kevin Doyle of Thornhill Properties said he was getting tools from his truck when he heard screaming and saw three men running from the office park. The men told him someone was shooting and he asked if they had called 911. They said no, even though, Doyle said, they had phones in their hands.“I think they were just so scared, they didn’t (call 911). They had a look of terror,” he said.The victims and the suspect worked for Advanced Granite Solutions, which designs and installs countertops, the company owner told The Associated Press. Prince has been an employee for four months, working as a machine operator, owner Barak Caba told AP in a brief telephone interview. Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who spoke at an unrelated event, said authorities in helicopters and on the ground were searching for Prince, who may be driving a black 2008 GMC Acadia with the Delaware license tag PC64273.The second shooting took place at the 28th Street Auto Sales and Service shop in Wilmington, Delaware. The police chief wouldn’t elaborate the history the victim and Prince had, other than to say: “This individual knew the people he wanted to shoot.”The victim was shot in the vicinity of his head and once in the body but was expected to survive.Police followed Prince briefly, but they lost him and haven’t seen or heard from him since, the chief said.Prince was fired from JPS Marble and Granite earlier this year and scared his previous employer so badly that he tried to get a restraining order in February.At one point, Prince’s former boss Philip Siason said: “He came to see me, cursed and yelled at me about unemployment benefits. I felt very threatened because he is a big guy and very aggressive on me.”A Harford County District Court judge denied the order, saying the case didn’t meet the required burden of proof.Investigators were treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and didn’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office.Since November 2014, Prince has rented a three-bedroom town house in Elkton — about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the office complex — with his girlfriend, according to a Maryland property manager.Prince often paid his rent late, but was always polite and cooperative, said Heather Todd of Homes for Rent. The company filed eight petitions for nonpayment against the couple, but they always ended up paying and the company never had to schedule an eviction.Prince faced several gun charges in March 2015 in Cecil County, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a handgun in vehicle. However, the charges were dropped about three months later. It’s not clear why.Wilmington, Delaware, police said Prince had 15 felony convictions there. In King County, Washington, in 2014, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license, according to Komonews.com.Court records also showed that he was required to undergo drug and alcoholism counseling at the time.Prince racked up four traffic citations in King County in 2012 and 2013, mostly for speeding. A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and then fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood. Police were looking for him, and he was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff did not release a motive for the shooting. The owner of a home improvement company in the office park said the victims and the suspect all worked for him at Advanced Granite Solutions. Barak Caba told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview that the suspect has been an employee for four months. He said the man was a machine operator. Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details. The wounded were in critical condition, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The FBI is assisting local authorities to find Prince. Investigators are currently treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and don’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office. Nearby schools have been locked down as a precaution. The business park is just south of the Interstate 95 interchange with Route 24.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Plans to Raise 2 Billion in New Debt to Fund Content

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first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The proposed $2 billion debt offering comes less than a week after Netflix blew past expectations for subscriber growth for the third quarter of 2018, netting 7 million new streaming customers for the period (including 1.09 million in the U.S.).Netflix continues to burn cash — and, as it has repeatedly told investors, that will continue for at least another year. Netflix’s free cash flow in Q3 was -$859 million (compared with -$465 million in the year-earlier quarter). For full year 2018, the company expects free cash flow will be closer to -$3 billion than to -$4 billion, and that negative free cash flow in 2019 will be roughly flat with this year.In addition to its rising debt load, Netflix has billions in off-balance-sheet content-spending obligations mostly due within the next five years. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the company had $18.6 billion of obligations, which includes $10.2 billion due in one year or beyond.“We recognize we are making huge cash investments in content, and we want to assure our investors that we have the same high confidence in the underlying economics as our cash investments in the past,” Netflix said in its Oct. 16 letter to shareholders. “These investments we see as very likely to help us to keep our revenue and operating profits growing for a very long time ahead.”According to Netflix, for the $2 billion in new debt (the principal amount which may change), the interest rate, redemption provisions, maturity date and other terms will be determined by negotiations between the company and the initial purchasers. Popular on Variety center_img Netflix is again going to debt markets to fund its enormous appetite for content, announcing plans Monday to raise $2 billion in financing through debt securities.As of Sept. 30, 2018, Netflix reported $8.34 billion in long-term debt, up 71% from $4.89 billion a year prior. The latest proposed debt offering is the sixth time in less than four years that the company is raising $1 billion or more through bonds.Netflix shares fell more than 3% in early trading Monday after the announcement of the plans to issue $2 billion in new debt. [UPDATE: The stock recovered a bit, closing down 0.9% for the day to $329.54 per share.]On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a “Ba3” junk-bond rating to Netflix’s proposed offering, indicating a non-investment grade “speculative” security. The outlook for Netflix remains “stable,” according to Moody’s, which “reflects our expectation that Netflix’s operating results will improve gradually and the company will de-lever through revenue, EBITDA and margin growth.”last_img read more

Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrows temps

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first_img More information: robb.cc/ He shows an aluminum cube that was designed to let you feel what tomorrow’s weather will be. Beyond numbers, beyond weather-page icons, he has devised what is intended to be a useful way for people to get a sense, literally, of the temperature for the following day.“One year ago,” he said, “I designed and built a small wooden cube with a metal surface on top. This device’s only function was to get very cold. It was a conceptual piece which I presented as a sort of desktop dynamic sculpture. Recently I was thinking about ways information about weather is conveyed. I found myself disappointed in systems that rely on numbers which have little to do with how humans perceive hot and cold. I sought to develop a device that conveyed the forecast in a manner which left nothing to the imagination.” Godshaw also said that “The Cryoscope shows the user exactly what to expect outside by haptically exhibiting exactly how cold or warm it is to be outside. The user simply touches an aluminum cube that has been heated or cooled to the appropriate temperature. The unit fetches weather data from the internet, and translates it to the cube physically, pumping heat in or out of the cube.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Will it be an invention joining a storage room of other inventions? Or kicked further up to gadget boutiques for the very rich? Or a popular gadget for many worldwide? Whatever its destiny, the device concept of a haptic weather cube has been making the rounds of tech-gadget sites. Robb Godshaw is the creator of the device, which he calls the Cryoscope. This, he says, is a haptic weather forecaster, which he demonstrates in a video. The math of the Rubik’s cube Explore further An Arduino controller connected to the cube is the brains behind the operations. As the concept goes, the user enters location information into a web application. The cube is automatically adjusted to the temperature according to the next-day forecast. Then, the user touches the Cryoscope to feel that temperature. Inside the cube is a Peltier thermoelectric element, which is used to pump heat in and out of the chassis, said Godshaw. Also encased in the cube are heat sink and cooling fan. The neutral state of the cube is about 85°F(30°C), which is perceived as neutral by the skin. The cube is then adjusted by the number of degrees that forecast differs from typical room temperature (73°F/23°C), according to Godshaw.Godshaw describes his work as “tinkerer” at Syyn Labs and “a maker of funky whats-its.” (At Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design program, he developed edible cupcake liners and a no. 2 pencil making machine.) At the Los Angeles-based Syyn Labs, which creates interactive art for agencies, brands and production companies, his official title is associate engineer. While the Cryoscope is not to be found on store shelves any day soon, Godshaw said that, “As far as commercialization, the prospect is being seriously considered.” Citation: Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrow’s temps (2012, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-haptic-cube-tomorrow-temps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mamata appeals to agitating doctors in Facebook post

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a Facebook post on Thursday reiterated that the agitating doctors should withdraw their ceasework at NRS Medical College and Hospital, as it has crippled health services across the state.”I appeal to all to restore normal healthcare services to the patients without any further delay. Our government has taken full care of the injured doctor. We pray that he recovers quickly. As per information received, he is stable and improving,” Banerjee said in her Facebook post. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also assured that her government is extending full cooperation and taking all necessary action. But, in spite of that, provocations are coming from other political parties. Calling the NRS incident ‘unfortunate’, Banerjee said: “An unfortunate incident took place in NRS Hospital 3 days ago. I sent my colleague, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, minister of state, Health and Family Welfare, to visit the injured doctor, talk to a section of the junior doctors who are agitating and request them to withdraw the agitation as people are not getting treatment. Cancer patients, kidney patients, accident victims and even children coming from distant places are suffering.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe also posted: “I sent Commissioner of Police, Kolkata to talk to the junior doctors. Five persons have been arrested and their bail prayers were rejected by court. One person died and a complaint of negligence of treatment has been lodged. An enquiry has been started to look into the issues from all sides. Our additional chief secretary, Health, visited the injured doctor and met a section of the agitating junior doctors and appealed to them to resume services.” “Today when I visited SSKM, I saw a gathering of outsiders from different political parties shouting slogans in the silence zones of the hospital and stopping emergency services. The family members were crying and outdoor services remained closed. I sent some patients to private hospitals for immediate treatment,” she maintained in her post. Banerjee also stated: “I am grateful to senior doctors and professors who are offering full services to the people. My humble regards to them for their cooperation. Some misinformation is being spread on social media by some political parties.”last_img read more

Update Shooting along PietersColenso road

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first_imgEarlier today (Tuesday), a truck driver was shot along the Pieters/Colenso road in what is believed to have been a robbery.Gunmen opened fire on a goods truck to force it to stop. The truck driver carried on driving in an attempt to get away, which resulted in the truck overturning at the side of the road.In what seems like a robbery gone wrong, the suspects fled the scene in a red Golf GTI.Police, EMRS and ER24 were on scene.No arrests have been made and police are hunting for the suspects. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Construction and homes expo in Belén to focus on sustainability

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first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s high-rise boom The Tico Times announces 1st English-language media alliance with Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors Heredia Hills Estate – Reduced to sell What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market More than 230 businesses will display their latest home and construction products at a fair focusing on developing eco-friendly and energy-saving homes.The ExpoConstrucción y Vivenda 2014 opened Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Sunday at the Pedregal Event Center in Belén, northwest of the capital.Randall Briceño, president of the event’s organizing committee, anticipated 40,000 total attendees to peruse products ranging from power tools, construction equipment, building materials, and even mortgage options.“Construction is a revitalizing part of the economy, creating residual and multiplying effects,” Briceño said in an interview.The year 2014 marked the 16th expo, and Briceño said the main innovation was providing attendees with a written guide that can take them through all the steps of building a home in Costa Rica. The guide will help attendees navigate the 600 stands at the expo through the stages of homeownership, such as acquiring permits, information for property developers, and technical details on building construction.Expo organizers invited the press to a preview on Wednesday morning, and construction teams filled Pedregal’s center, setting up the stands and model rooms. A group of students from Institute of Technology of Costa Rica and Trópika plan to unveil a prototype of an ecological sustainable home on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The prototype is a preparation for the team’s entry in the June-July Solar Decathlon in France.Other companies were hawking similar eco-friendly home solutions, which have the added benefit of mitigating rising electricity costs in Costa Rica. Insulation manufacturer Prodex had a stand manned by technical adviser Manuel González, offering ceiling, wall and floor insulation to protect air-conditioned homes from the intense tropical sun.“This insulation can help deal with the thermal heat that comes in from the ceiling, which affects homes in all parts of Costa Rica,” González said in an interview.Prospective homeowners can peruse more than tangible products at the expo, as banks and credit unions are showcasing special mortgage rates for the expo attendees. Leticia Arguedas, a spokeswoman for Banco Davivienda, said her company was optimistic about a rebound in Costa Rica’s real estate market – a sentiment shared by several bank representatives at the expo.“We won’t be at the level we were at in 2007,” Arguedas said in an interview. “We are going to help our clients in a responsible and sustainable way.”Schedule:On Thursday at 10 a.m. the expo will showcase an eco-friendly home prototype. Doors open for the main expo from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m on Friday and Saturday.On Saturday and Sunday, attendees must pay a $4 entry fee, and doors are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Turrialba overlook

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first_imgA flycatcher bird sits on a powerline overlooking the city of Turrialba. Facebook Comments Related posts:Just hanging out for Semana Santa Flying over the Osa Peninsula Photos, video and more of Turrialba Volcano eruption and aftermath UPDATE: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts, forcing capital airport to temporarily closelast_img

Helloworld Travel Limited has announced that QBT L

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first_imgHelloworld Travel Limited has announced that QBT Limited, a wholly owned business of Helloworld Travel, has been appointed as the sole provider of travel management services to up to 43 South Australian Government agencies for a minimum term of three years.Taking effect 1 February 2019, the arrangements include delivery of end-to-end travel management services, access to QBT’s online booking portal, state-of-the art business intelligence reporting, offline booking services and 24/7 in-house support for all travellers. South Australian Government agencies will commence a transition from their existing arrangements to QBT in the coming two months.QBT currently provides travel management services to the Whole of Australian Government, the ACT Government and the Northern Territory Government and is looking forward to welcoming the South Australian Government into the important QBT Government portfolio. CEO and Managing Director of Helloworld Travel Limited Andrew Burnes commented on the successful tender announcement. “We are delighted to add the South Australian Government to the expanding number of significant clients within our QBT business. Our service offerings, provided by the outstanding teams we have across Australia including Adelaide combined with our technology suite provide excellent outcomes for our customers. Put that together with our client transparency and the commercial offerings that come from being part of the broader $6+ billion Helloworld Travel business and we are seeing increasing demand for our TMC offerings in both Australia and in New Zealand.” QBT Group General Manager, Nick Sutherland said, “The South Australian Government tender was a rigorous and professional process which allowed QBT to demonstrate our service expertise and the advanced digital and personal service we offer our customers.” Helloworld Travel LimitedQBT Limitedtravel managementlast_img read more

In his place the Cardinals promoted quarterbacks

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first_imgIn his place, the Cardinals promoted quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich to the coordinator position.One of the biggest knocks on McCoy was his usage, or lack thereof, of running back David Johnson.Through seven games, Johnson was limited to just 47.9 yards per game on the ground (335). He was even more non-existent in the passing game, something he was well-known for in 2016.Under McCoy, the running back caught just 2.9 receptions per game for a pedestrian 23.7 yards per game. He scored just once through the air.Patrick Peterson Trade RequestWith a losing record staring the Cardinals in the face and an offensive coordinator sent packing already, the team was met with another issue internally.Growing more and more frustrated, All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson reportedly requested a trade just over a week before the NFL trade deadline.“It’s been extremely tough. Obviously you want to win. I don’t care how you cut it — there’s nothing like winning. Especially when you have a new head coach, have so much going against you, you already have the outside world counting you out,” Peterson said two weeks prior to the trade request. “It’s a rebuilding stage. But at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We want to go out there and prepare to win each and every Sunday.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With Rosen showing signs of being able to take over signal-calling duties, there was no need longer a need for Bradford, who was released on Nov. 3.In 13 games, Rosen completed 217 of his 393 passes (55.2 percent) for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns. Turnovers were a constant for the young quarterback all year as he threw 14 interceptions and finished with a 26.6 QBR.OC Mike McCoy FiredOffensive coordinator Mike McCoy was another name that didn’t make it a full season with the team after he was fired following a blowout loss in which Arizona GM Steve Keim called “embarrassing.”After beginning the season 1-5, the Cardinals had a Thursday Night Football matchup with the Denver Broncos, a former team of the OC.Denver’s Von Miller, whose team entered the contest losing their last four games, called the Cardinals’ game a get-right-game of sorts.And it was as Denver pummeled the Cardinals 45-10, tied for their worst loss of the season (Week 12 against the Chargers). Offensively, the team turned the ball over five times and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry against a team who had allowed a league-worst 5.6.That was the final straw for the Cardinals’ brass as McCoy was gone the following Friday. It was the second time in two years that the coordinator had been fired from the position midway through the season. He was let go by the Broncos during the 2017 campaign. (AP Photos) The 2018 season is officially in the books for the Arizona Cardinals.This year was not Arizona’s as the team dealt with injuries, personnel changes and a dismal 3-13 record.While this season is surely one to forget for many in the desert, here are the five biggest moments of the Cardinals’ season:O-Line Injury WoesBefore the regular season even began, the Cardinals were already behind the eight ball.During the team’s Red & White practice at State Farm Stadium, starting center A.Q. Shipley went down with a torn ACL and headed to the injured reserve, ending his season before even playing a regular season game. Pegged as the most durable of the offensive lineman, Shipley started all 16 games the previous two seasons and was the lone lineman to remain healthy throughout, the injury would foreshadow what was to come. After signing a one-year deal with the team in the offseason to the tune of $20 million with $15 million guaranteed, the veteran quarterback underwhelmed in his three starts. He threw for just 400 yards, completing 62.5 percent of his throws. He ended with a 62.5 passer rating and was sacked six times.After scoring only 20 points through three games, the Cardinals had seen enough.Enter, rookie QB Rosen.Not wasting any more time on the veteran, Arizona made the change in Week 3 during the fourth quarter against the Bears. Rosen completed three of his six passes for 27 yards in his first NFL action before tossing an interception.On Sept. 24, it was official. Rosen was the new starter.He was thrown to the fire early on, as his first test was the Seattle Seahawks. In his first career start, the rookie completed 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) for 180 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 20-17 loss.Rosen wouldn’t have to wait long to taste the fruits of victory. Playing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5, the QB got off to fast start, finding fellow rookie Christian Kirk for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. He finished with 170 yards and the score in the 28-18 win. At the time, the defense ranked 11th in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (233.9) and 23rd in points per game (26.3).Following a few days of unrest from Cardinals fans and a barrage of questions for Keim and head coach Steve Wilks, the cornerback broke his silence on the matter.“I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how the season has gone,” he wrote on the trade talk. “But my energy is 100% focused on being part of the solution and helping us turn this around. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before and I’m not starting now.“I have always given my all to the Cardinals organization, my teammates and fans. That is what I intend to do for the years to come. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this week’s game.”Steve Wilks Relieved of Head-Coaching DutiesWith the Cardinals ending the season at 3-13, more changes were in store for the team in the desert.After replacing former head coach Bruce Arians with Wilks, Arizona made the decision to move on for the first-year head coach.In 16 games under Wilks, the Cardinals suffered nine double-digit losses.With the firing, Wilks joins 10 other first-year head coaches, including Pete Carroll (Jets) and Chip Kelly (49ers), who were let go following just one season with the team since 2000.center_img Related LinksBickley: Bidwill faces tall task in selection of next Cardinals head coachCardinals ‘went backwards’ under Steve Wilks, Bidwill saysA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesBy the numbers: Steve Wilks’ lone season as Cardinals head coachCardinals’ Bidwill puts faith in GM Keim before head coaching searchIn addition to Shipley, six other Cardinals offensive lineman — D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Mike Iupati, John Wetzel, Jeremy Vujnovich and Korey Cunningham — made their way to the IR, while Andre Smith, who signed a two-year deal in March, was waived after playing just eight games. He missed three due to injury as well.The one constant? Rookie center Mason Cole, who filled in for Shipley to start the season. He was the only lineman to make all 16 starts for Arizona.And with a continuous revolving door of injured lineman, the play on the field suffered greatly.Offensively, Arizona ranked last in total offense (241.6 yards per game), total points (225), rushing yards per attempt (3.8) and rushing yards per game (83.9). The line also allowed 52 sacks, tied with Oakland and Miami as the fifth most in the league. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen accounted for 45 of the 52.And with an offense constantly spurting, the lack of scoring was evident as the Cardinals managed just 15 touchdowns.Josh Rosen Named Starter, Sam Bradford BenchedThree starts, two touchdowns, four interceptions and three fumbles. That was the summary of Sam Bradford’s tenure as a starter for the Cardinals. Statistically, the Cardinals were one of the worst teams on both sides of the ball under Wilks.Noted for his defensive prowess, the head coach bolstered one of the worst defensive units in the league, allowing 154.9 yards per game on the ground. Offensively, the ground game was stagnant and the passing game seemed to have few wrinkles to confuse the opposition.With NFL lows in both categories, it was a swift departure for the coach.“The fact we went backwards on both offense and defense,” determined Wilks’ fate, according to Bidwill.“Looking at his plan for 2019, I just didn’t feel like it was a plan I wanted to get behind, that would turn us around and get us back to the type of football that we expect and our fans deserve.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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