Sri Lanka tells India to end bottom trawling at the earliest

An understanding was reached to ensure that there was no physical harm or loss of life while apprehending fishermen by Navy and Coast Guard of the two countries. It was agreed to explore the possibility of introducing effective tracking systems for the fishing vessels and making the use of onboard communication equipment mandatory.Both sides also discussed the issue of releasing fishing vessels in each other’s custody. The Indian side requested for the immediate release of Indian fishing vessels. The Sri Lankan side agreed to consider the request, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. Sri Lanka today urged India to end bottom trawling in order to resolve a long standing fishing dispute.India and Sri Lanka held Ministerial level talks aimed at resolving the fishing issue. India’s Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh met with Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka Mahinda Amaraweera in Colombo and exchanged views on possible mechanisms to help find a permanent solution to the fishermen issues. As part of the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) agreed to by both sides, it was decided to intensify cooperation on patrolling and to institute periodic interaction between the Coast Guard of the two countries. Both sides agreed to a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to expedite the release and handing over of fishermen in each other’s custody on completion of respective legal and procedural formalities. The immediate release of the fishermen presently in custody was announced following the ministerial level talks. The Sri Lankan side reiterated that the practice of bottom trawling needs to end at the earliest. The Indian side assured that bottom trawling would be phased out in a graded time-bound manner within a practicable timeframe keeping in mind the capacity building of the fishermen who have to be diversified into deep sea fishing as well as other coastal fisheries activities including mariculture, pearl farming, seaweed culture, etc.The Sri Lankan side was briefed about the measures already instituted including the decision to construct a new fishing harbour at Mookaiyur in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, and the capacity building programme for Indian fishermen on deep sea fishing that commences tomorrow at Chennai and Kochi. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Essequibo man sentenced to 44 years for raping 10yearold

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan found guilty of raping girl, 10February 20, 2019In “Court”Man found guilty of 2008 rapeApril 26, 2019In “Court”Man gets 12 years for raping 4-year-oldApril 5, 2019In “Court” Errol DeSouza, who was charged almost five years ago on two counts of raping a young girl, was on Thursday sentenced to prison after being unanimously found guilty of the offence for which he was indicted.DeSouza was sentenced to 44 years in prison following his conviction in the High Court on Thursday by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.According to the facts on the matter, the first act occurred between January 1 and 31, 2013, when the child was 10 while the second act was listed as May 3, 2014, when the victim was 11.DeSouza’s lawyer Ravindra Mohabir had requested a probation report prior to Thursday’s sentencing.According to a probation officer’s report which was read in favor of the accused noted that he denied committing the act while informing the court that he fathered more than 10 children.Defense Attorney Ravindra Mohabir pleaded for his client to be afforded a lenient sentence since, he noted that De Souza is the sole breadwinner for his family.In handing down her sentence Justice Barlow noted that the victim’s trust was betrayed by DeSouza who took advantage of the situation.As such he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the first count and 24 years for the later of the charges. These sentences is expected to run concurrently.The accused was also ordered to undertake counselling.Attorneys Lisa Cave, Seeta Bishundial and Lisa Martin prosecuted the case. The matter was said to have occurred at a location in the Essequibo county. read more

ME Elecmetal recognised for long term strategic partnership by FreeportMcMoRan

first_imgME Elecmetal is proud to announce that it has been recognised by Freeport-McMoRan Inc (FMI) with a “Long-Term Strategic Partner” award, which is given every four years at MINExpo, the global mining show recently held in Las Vegas where ME Elecmetal was also an exhibitor. Rolando Medeiros, CEO of ME Elecmetal, received the award from Craig Ammar, Global General Manager of Maintenance and Monica Ogas, Global Supply Chain Manager, both senior executives of FMI.Richard Adkerson, President and CEO of FMI, sent a gratitude message saying: “Your long-time support of Freeport-McMoRan has been a cornerstone of our success. Most recently, your highly motivated team has partnered with us as we weather the difficult cycle that brought copper prices to near six-year lows. Thanks to this team effort, both our companies have worked to reduce costs, gain efficiencies and remain competitive. I am confident in the long-term future of commodities and our industry. We look forward to further strenghthening our partnership and moving ahead together.”Meanwhile, Rolando Medeiros, CEO of ME Elecmetal, accepted and appreciated the recognition on behalf of all members of the company who work every day to continue supporting the mining industry worldwide. ME Elecmetal has a long history of service to the different FMI companies around the world, serving all FMI’s mining operations in North America (Morenci-Metcalf, Bagdad, Chino, Sierrita, Climax, Henderson), along with those of Africa, Indonesia and South America.last_img read more

Squatters who broke into pensioners home ordered to vacate premises by Wednesday

first_imgSquatters who ‘broke into’ pensioner’s home ordered to vacate premises by Wednesday Peter Herron claimed to have a legal right to live in the property because he had possession of it. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps Monday 27 Mar 2017, 3:27 PM 38,475 Views 7 Comments Image: Google Maps By Ray Managh Mar 27th 2017, 3:27 PM Share80 Tweet Email5 Short URL A MAN WHO, according to a judge, broke into an old age pensioner’s house and has been living there with a group of friends since October last, was today ordered to get out by Wednesday at noon.Judge Jacqueline Linnane said in the Circuit Civil Court that Peter Herron, by changing the locks on the property at 109 Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Dublin, had broken in.Barrister Joe Smyth, counsel for the 80-year-old pensioner Noel Kavanagh, told the court that Herron and a group of people living in the house had refused access to the gardaí.Herron, against whom proceedings had initially been taken out in the name of John Doe, described himself as a filmmaker and claimed to have a legal right to live in the property because he had possession of it.‘This is illegal’“The fact is that the defendant broke into these premises and it appears to have been pre-planned,” Judge Linnane said.  “This is illegal and he is a trespasser and has broken the law.”The judge said he had continued to cause worry and distress to Kavanagh who was in his eighties and in ill-health.  She said Kavanagh’s belongings in the property had been interfered with.Judge Linnane told Smyth, who appeared with Mackey O’Sullivan Binchy solicitors, that Kavanagh had a right to recover his property for which, since the break-in, there had been insurance implications.The court granted an interlocutory injunction directing Herron and all others in occupation to vacate the house by Wednesday and ordering them to cease their occupation by noon of the same day.Judge Linnane also made an order for possession in favour of Kavanagh and adjourned the issue of damages to a full trial of the proceedings.  She granted Herron time to enter a defence and directed the court orders be served on the gardaí.The judge told Smyth that copies of her orders could be served on Herron and others in the house by posting them through the letterbox or, if it was sealed, by affixing them to the front door.Judge Linnane told Herron his filmmaking might be limited internationally if a formal complaint was made to the  gardaí or the DPP and a successful conviction was obtained against him.Herron, who told the court Kavanagh’s belongings had been safely stored, represented himself with the help of a McKenzie friend.‘An historic day’: It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland >Ex-Sinn Féin councillor pleads guilty to false imprisonment and threatening to kill a man > last_img read more

Man United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent boss

first_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 14 matches since taking over as Man United boss. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” Solskjaer said, after his appointment. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”“Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,” Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said.“More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.“I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share37 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Wire/PA Images Man United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent boss The Norwegian coach has revitalised the club since taking over from Jose Mourinho last December on an interim basis. 29,058 Views center_img Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 9:12 AM Mar 28th 2019, 9:12 AM Subscribe By Paul Fennessy OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has been appointed the new Man United boss on a three-year contract, the club has confirmed.The Norwegian coach has revitalised the team since taking over from Jose Mourinho last December on an interim basis.Beloved as a player at Man United, with 126 goals in 366 appearances between 1996 and 2007 helping them win numerous honours including the 1999 Champions League, Solskjaer has gone on to make an encouraging start to life as manager of the club.The 46-year-old coach’s overall record with the Red Devils is 14 wins and two draws in 19 games, while he has amassed more points during that period than any other manager in the Premier League.As a result of their improvement under Solskjaer, United are fifth, two points off fourth-place Arsenal, while they have also performed above expectations in the Champions League, knocking out a highly fancied PSG side to reach the competition’s last eight.Prior to joining Man United as interim boss, Solskjaer managed their reserve team between 2008 and 2011, as well as an ill-fated 2014 stint as Cardiff boss in between two spells in charge at Molde. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 14 matches since taking over as Man United boss. 114 Comments last_img read more

Snow warnings for Julian

first_img Posted: February 17, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -Heavy rain and strong winds have brought snow to our local mountains. The San Diego Sheriff’s office in Julian is asking visitors to stay away because the driving conditions are too dangerous.There is also a chain requirement in effect for elevations that are at least 3,500 feet Snow warnings for Julian KUSI Newsroom February 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Couple say stop by police overkill

first_imgWhen 23-year-old Ann Van Horn saw a Vancouver police officer preparing to pull over a friend’s black 1979 Ford Bronco one night last week, she thought it was for an equipment violation — the SUV, with large tires and a lifted frame, had no mud flaps.It was about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Van Horn was in her own car, a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, and her 6-month-old daughter, Isabel, was with her in a child seat. Van Horn was following her friend Jacob Conner home, not far from Marrion Elementary School, in case his 31-year-old SUV’s engine stopped running. “I noticed the cop pull out real fast as soon as he saw the Bronco,” she said.Unknown to Van Horn and Conner, it wasn’t about mud flaps.Officers in Vancouver and Hazel Dell were intently searching for a teenager who allegedly shot 19-year-old Daniel Thurston in the neck during a robbery the previous night, critically injuring him and paralyzing him from the waist down.The teen was believed to be armed with a large-caliber handgun. A witness had seen a black, older SUV like the one Conner was driving leave the scene of the 8:51 p.m. Tuesday shooting at the Parklane Apartments, 10205 N.E. Notchlog Drive in Hazel Dell.The officer who first spotted the Bronco on Wednesday night, and several more officers who were rushing to help pull it over, figured the young man driving it might be the one they were looking for — armed and willing to shoot people. Officials say the suspect had shot Thurston during a robbery involving marijuana.last_img read more

Myanmar must not punish innocents Sushma tells Hasina

first_img.Visiting Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said Myanmar must take back their nationals and it must not punish innocent people in clamping down terrorism.She made the obserbation as she called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday.”Myanmar may punish the terrors, not innocent people,” the premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted Sushma Swaraj as saying at a news briefing after the meeting at the prime minister’s Gonobhaban residence.Swaraj, he said, appreciated Bangladesh stance on the Rohingya issue but described the exodus of huge forcibly displaced people as a “big burden for Bangladesh”.”It’s a big burden for Bangladesh, and how long Bangladesh will bear this?,” the Indian minister said referring to the exodus of the forcibly displaced people who fled their homeland to take shelter in the neighbouring country to evade atrocities.Swaraj added there should be a permanent solution of the Rohingya issues and international community should contribute to social and economic development of Rakhain.She also said Indian’s prime minister Narendra Modi advised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi not to destroy her image in the international arena.Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a two day visit to join meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) of the two countries.Karim said the Indian minister praised prime minister Sheikh Hasina for extending all humanitarian support to the Rohingya people.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina narrated the situation after the beginning of the Rohinhgya exodus since 25 August and her government’s initiatives for their shelter.”We are feeding 160 million people. So have given them shelter upon the confidence that we would be able to feed the distressed Rohingyas on humanitarian ground,” Sheikh Hasina told Swaraj.The premier, however, said Bangladesh already established an engagement with Myanmar and Bangladesh Home MinIster was set to visit the neighbouring county over the crisis.She recalled Indian contribution to Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War as well as support to her and her sister Sheikh Rehana after the 1975 assassination of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members.Swaraj informed the prime minister about official talks with her Bangladesh counterpart saying the entire gamut of bilateral relations came up in their discussion and she was very satisfied at the state of bilateral relation.The Indian minister said she had a very fruitful discussing with Bangladesh officials on the projects under Indian Line of Credit (LOC) which implementation are being delayed.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, the prime minister’s advisor on international affairs Gowher Rizvi, Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and foreign secretary Shahidul Haque were present along with Indian foreign secretary Joy Shankar and Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shingla.At the onset of the meeting Swaraj handed over some memorabilia of 1971 liberation war to the prime minister as gift to the Bangladesh National Museum.The memorabilia includes a Mi-4 helocopter, a PT76 tank, 106 mm recoilless anti tank gun and some of the military equipment that was utilised by the joint forces during the liberation war.A large number of artifacts and documents of the independence struggle including historical photographs, archival audio and video clippings, maps, battle records, newspaper clippings, documentary films etc are also included in the gifts.last_img read more

FirstEver Evictions Database Shows Were In the Middle Of A Housing Crisis

first_img Share On why eviction rates are so high Incomes have remained flat for many Americans over the last two decades, but housing costs have soared. So between 1995 and today, median asking rents have increased by 70 percent, adjusting for inflation. So there’s a shrinking gap between what families are bringing [in] and what they have to pay for basic shelter.And then we might ask ourselves: Wait a minute, where’s public housing here? Where’s housing vouchers? Doesn’t the government help? And the answer is, it does help, but only for a small percentage of families. Only about 1 in 4 families who qualify for housing assistance get anything. So when we picture the typical low income American today, we shouldn’t think of them living in public housing or getting any kind [of] housing assistance for the government, we should think of folks who are paying 60, 70, 80 percent of their income and living unassisted in the private rental market. That’s our typical case today.On the effects of evictionEviction comes with a mark that goes on your record, and that can bar you from moving into a good house in a safe neighborhood, but could also prevent you from moving into public housing, because we often count that as a mark against your application. So we push families who get evicted into slum housing and dangerous neighborhoods.We have studies that show that eviction is linked to job loss. … It’s such a consuming, stressful event, it causes you to make mistakes at work, lose your footing there, and then there’s just the trauma of it — the effect that eviction has on your dignity and your mental health and your physical health. We have a study for example that shows that moms who get evicted experience high rates of depression two years later.On how landlords go about evicting tenants It varies a lot from city to city. In some places you can evict someone for being a penny short and a day late and the process is very efficient and quick. In other cities it’s a lot longer and laborious and it’s much more work. We’re only also talking about formal evictions, too. These are evictions that go through the court and there are 101 ways for landlords to get a family out. Sometimes landlords pay a family to leave. Sometimes they change their locks or take their door off, as I witnessed one time in Milwaukee. So those evictions aren’t even captured in these numbers that we have — which means the estimates that we have are stunning, but they’re also too low.On the benefits of stabilizing families and decreasing evictionsThe more I think about this issue, the more I think that we’ve really had a failure of our imagination — and maybe it’s linked to a failure of our compassion. … When we ask, What can be done if a tenant doesn’t pay rent? Doesn’t that tenant have to be evicted? A thousand things can be done. There’s so much better ways of dealing with this issue than we currently do. …Stabilizing a home has all sorts of positive benefits for a family. The kid gets to finish school. The neighborhood doesn’t lose a crucial neighbor. The family gets to root down and get to understand the value of a home and avoid homelessness. And for all of us, I think [we] have to recognize that we’re paying the cost of eviction because whatever our issue is, whatever keeps us up at night, the lack of affordable housing sits at the root of that issue. …We know that neighborhoods that have more evictions have higher violent crime rates the following year. You can understand why — it rips apart the fabric of a community. We pay for that. The top 5 percent of hospital users consume 50 percent of the health care costs. Guess who those people are? They’re the homeless and unstably housed. And so I think we can spend smart or we can spend stupid, and so I think addressing the affordable housing crisis is a win for families, for landlords and for the taxpayer.Roberta Shorrock and Seth Kelley produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web.Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air. John Moore/Getty ImagesJulie Holzhauer stands among her family’s possessions after being evicted from her home in Centennial, Colo., in 2011.For many poor families in America, eviction is a real and ongoing threat. Sociologist Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute.“Eviction isn’t just a condition of poverty; it’s a cause of poverty,” Desmond says. “Eviction is a direct cause of homelessness, but it also is a cause of residential instability, school instability [and] community instability.”Desmond won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. His latest project is The Eviction Lab, a team of researchers and students at Princeton University dedicated to amassing the nation’s first-ever database of eviction. To date, the Lab had collected 83 million records from 48 states and the District of Columbia.“We’re in the middle of a housing crisis, and that means more and more people are giving more and more of their income to rent and utilities,” Desmond says. “Our hope is that we can take this problem that’s been in the dark and bring it into the light.”Interview Highlightslast_img read more

VIDEO Rory McIlroy unleashed an absurd 410 yard drive that might still

first_imgRory McIlroy unleashed an absolute bomb off the tee at the Dell Match Play Tournament in Austin.The 410 yard rope went so far it almost rolled into an unsuspecting woman and a grounds crew golf cart, neither of which had a clue they were in danger of getting hit by a tee shot.300 yard drives are impressive, 400 yards is absurd.4️⃣1️⃣0️⃣ yards.? ?— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 22, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

AmaLea sets sail with signature twinbalconies in most staterooms

first_img Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, March 28, 2018 GymAmaLea will sail six Tulip Time cruises before embarking on seven-night cruises on the Danube River between Vilshofen and Budapest, two of which are themed wine cruises. AmaLea will close out its inaugural 2018 season with four Christmas Markets Cruises on the Danube. Tags: AmaWaterways << Previous PostNext Post >> AmaLea sets sail with signature twin-balconies in most staterooms CALABASAS — AmaWaterways’ newest ship, the 156-passenger AmaLea, set sail this week on its inaugural Tulip Time voyage out of Amsterdam.AmaLea will begin its Danube itineraries starting May 6 with an official christening ceremony taking place May 26 in Vilshofen, Germany.“We are thrilled to see AmaLea welcoming her first guests to enjoy her luxurious features, modern and spacious design and impeccable service as they sail an unforgettable Tulip Time cruise,” said Rudi Schreiner, President and co-owner of AmaWaterways.Sister ship to the AmaKristina, AmaStella and AmaViola, AmaLea also features connecting and triple occupancy staterooms well-suited to multi-generational groups.Twin Balcony StateroomTwin Balcony StateroomTwin Balcony StateroomThe ship also has AmaWaterways’ signature twin-balcony in most staterooms.Additional amenities include a daily ‘Sip & Sail’ complimentary cocktail hour, a heated sun deck pool with swim-up bar, hair and massage salons, a well-equipped fitness centre, free WiFi throughout the ship and a fleet of bicycles carried on board for complimentary use. The ship also offers multiple dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant with its wine-paired tasting menu.Pool Posted bylast_img read more

Earthquake simulator becomes a tourism attraction in Costa Ricas old colonial capital

first_imgEver wonder what it was like to live through one of Costa Rica’smost fearsome earthquakes? A new educational project and tourist attraction in Cartago, the old colonial capital east of San José, gives you just that opportunity. Of course, “Magmática,” located on the road to Irazú Volcano, has a broader objective as well: to help people learn about Costa Rica geological history, biodiversity and earthquake prevention, and have fun at the same time.“Our educational system suffers many failures, including high dropout levels and infrastructure problems,” said Marcela Calvo, president of Magmática, during the inauguration ceremony. “We want to contribute. … This project is an educational alternative for students, as we cover  topics they study in subjects as social studies and science, … teaching these topics  in an entertaining, innovative and fun way.” Students from Cartago demonstrate the behavior of volcanoes. Aberto Font/The Tico TimesVisitors to Magmática learn how Costa Rica’s location has made it a biological bridge between South and North America. With the help of interactive screens, users can play with a toucan or a whale to better understand their behaviors and habitats; videos and instructors help visitors learn about the geological formation of the continents and how volcanic and seismic phenomena affected the formation of Costa Rica. The exhibits also explore the relationship between indigenous legends and the country’s volcanoes.“Approximately two years ago, we were thinking that Cartago needed something different and complementary to its existing tourist attractions. We also wanted to offer fun and education to both national and international visitors,” Calvo said. “We have become a desirable tourist destination in the world, and it’s because of our natural and cultural beauty. With Magmática, we put these elements together.”The earthquake simulator that concludes the tour recreates the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that took place in 1910 in the city of Cartago, known as “Santa Mónica’s earthquake.” The event resulted in as many as 700 deaths and left the city of Cartago in ruins, and became a milestone in terms of inciting many of the prevention methods that eventually affected the entire country. The simulator also will be able to reproduce some other important historical earthquakes, such as one in Limón in 1991 (magnitude-7.6) and Chile 2010 (magnitude-8.8). Magmática’s objective with the simulator is to increase prevention awareness.“The earthquake simulator, more than an adventure, is meant to sensitize people to take preventive measures and actions in our homes and communities toward this kind of situations,” Calvo added. “I hope people can come and experiment earthquakes with other eyes – the eyes of prevention.” From left, Cartago Mayor Rolando Rodríguez, Magmática Director Marcela Calvo and manager Manrique Araya. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesRepresentatives from the Tourism Ministry, Education Ministry, National Emergency Commission, Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, and the municipalities of Cartago and Oreamuno were present at the Oct. 1 inauguration.“Tourism is really important for Cartago,” said Mayor Rolando Rodríguez. “It is an element that we haven’t developed in a stong way. That’s why the Cartago Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, in conjunction with the Municipality of Cartago and other actors, are pursuing a strategy to explore all of the beauties of Cartago.”Magmática also offers a classic Costa Rican restaurant, mini-football field, souvenir store and green zones. It is located 600 meters east of the Carmen Bridge, on the way to Irazú Volcano in Cartago. Tours cost $15, or $10 for kids and students. For more information, call 2552-0304, or visit the Magmática Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica named top tourism destination in new global survey Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador Health Ministry orders improvements at Manuel Antonio National Parklast_img read more

UK election hopefuls burn rubber in final campaign push

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “The last thing Britain needs is a second election before Christmas,” Clegg said as he embarked on a 1,000-mile (1,600 kilometer) bus tour from Land’s End in England’s far southwest to the northern tip of Scotland.Clegg hopes to play kingmaker, but his party looks set to be punished by voters after five years in coalition government with the Conservatives, and could lose half of its 59 seats.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Top Stories LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political leaders crisscrossed the country Tuesday in a frenetic last dash to convert undecided voters, with less than 48 hours to go until an election likely to produce no outright winner.Polls put the Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck, with neither on course for a majority in Parliament. That means Thursday’s vote will likely trigger a period of negotiations with smaller parties before a new government emerges. Liberal Democrats Party leader Nick Clegg, center, serves breakfast at a restaurant in Newquay, England, Tuesday May 5, 2015 as he embarks on a Land’s End to John O’Groats election campaign marathon. Britain goes to the polls in a general election on Thursday May 7. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT Neither big party wanted to discuss that option Tuesday, with both claiming they were aiming to win.Prime Minister David Cameron told supporters at a suburban London garden center that momentum was behind the Conservatives.“People can see in the end it is all about the economy and keeping the economy moving forward, and that’s what we offer and that’s the argument we’re making in this closing stage,” Cameron said.“Lots of people are undecided and it’s those that we need to convince in the closing hours,” he said as he began a 36-hour journey across Britain.The audience applauded, but Cameron was heckled by a Scottish man who said “I’m feeling racism from you guys in your party,” objecting to Tory claims about the threat posed by the separatist Scottish National Party.Labour’s Ed Miliband said voters faced a choice “between a Labour government that will put working people first, or a Tory government that will only ever work for the privileged few.”Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Cameron and Miliband were kidding themselves, and only his party could prevent a period of “messy, unstable minority government.” Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Ocwen Appoints Independent Member on its Board of Directors

first_img March 24, 2017 625 Views Ocwen Appoints Independent Member on its Board of Directors Company News MCrowd Ocwen 2017-03-24 Mirasha Brown in Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Robert LipsteinOcwen Financial Corporation announced that Robert J. Lipstein has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors as an independent member. The company has also increased the size of the Board from eight members to nine.Lipstein is a former Partner with KPMG LLP; he also served as the Global IT Partner in charge of business services from 2014-2016 and as an Advisory Business Unit Partner in charge for its Mid-Atlantic region from 2009-2014. In January 2017, he became a director at Cross Country Consulting, a privately-held consulting firm that focuses on corporate advisory services. He has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware since 2013. Lipstein received his bachelors of science in accounting from the University of Delaware.According to Ocwen, Ronald J. Korn, a Director at the company, has informed the Board that he will retire from the Director position this May. Upon Korn’s resignation, the size of the Board will be reduced from nine members to eight.Lipstein will serve on the Board until the company’s next annual shareholder meeting. To view the entire SEC 8-K filing of the announcement, click here. Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Destinationfocused cru

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterDestination-focused cruise line, Oceania Cruises, has announced its next ‘Explore the World 2019 Cruise Events’ series which are coming to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during July.The shows will be hosted in Sydney at L’Aqua on Tuesday 3 July, in Melbourne at RACV City Club on Thursday 19 July and in Brisbane on Thursday 24 July at Moda Portside.“We are delighted to extend invitations to our valued trade partners to bring their qualified VIP customers to one of our popular ‘Agent Bring Client’ events,” said Mr Steve McLaughlin, Vice President of Sales for Oceania Cruises.“These events are specifically structured to showcase Oceania Cruises’ unique style of casual, upper-premium cruising, intimate ships and The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ – just a few unique selling points our partners are able to promote when introducing the brand to their discerning cruising customers.“Presentations will feature Oceania’s collection of 2019 itineraries fleet-wide, which traverse over 460 destinations spanning Europe, Alaska, Asia, the South Pacific and beyond,” McLaughlin said.“We will particularly highlight the beautiful boutique ports we visit, simply inaccessible to larger vessels.“Working collaboratively with our trade partners, these events really help bring Oceania Cruises to life for key customers, and any bookings agents make on the day will have all commissions fully credited back to them, with exclusive offers made available to those in attendance,” added Mr McLaughlin, who will host the events in each city and share stories from his over 30 years of experience in the luxury cruising sector.”Depending on what suits their clients best, travel agent partners can choose from a 2pm or 6pm event start time at each location.Agents interested in attending can register themselves and their clients here.To learn more about the events, agents can call Oceania Cruises’ local contact centre on 1300 355 200. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Hughes legislation to make service dogs more affordable for veterans

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News 25Sep Hughes legislation to make service dogs more affordable for veterans LANSING – Obtaining a service dog would be more affordable for Michigan veterans under legislation introduced this week by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague.Under House Bills 4912 and 4913, all Michigan citizens who own dogs would have the option to donate up to $10 on their dog license application for the purpose of helping to fund grants for military veterans to obtain service dogs. The Veterans Service Dog Grant program would be created to fund grants of up to $3,000 to any qualifying veteran for the purpose of acquiring a trained service dog. While not intended to cover the entire cost of a service dog, the program is intended to help make owning a service dog more attainable for our returning heroes. The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will administer the program.“We have thousands of veterans returning to our state from conflicts around the world with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), closed head injuries and other combat-related conditions,” said Rep. Hughes. “The anecdotal evidence on the benefits of service dogs being paired with these veterans is hard to ignore. Unfortunately, many have to wait months or years on waiting lists, and one of the reasons is the steep cost of training the dogs. My legislation should help to address the cost aspect.”“Military service members and veterans may come home from the war and on the outside may seem like they are doing well, but for some the war still wages on the inside,” said Mark Sutton, public relations director of the American Legion Department of Michigan. “Properly-trained service dogs to these men and women could mean the difference between an isolated life and a productive life. We appreciate Representative Hughes finding a creative way to help these veterans defray the cost of training for these dogs.”According to multiple news articles and legislative testimony, the use of service dogs for veterans results in less severe PTSD symptoms and depression, improved relationships, less substance abuse and fewer suicide attempts. Any individual using a service dog is protected under both federal and state law and cannot be denied service or housing because of the use of the animal.“This bill will be a lifesaver for those veterans who think that suicide is their only option,” said Dave Eling, director of the Muskegon Veterans Center. “Twenty-two chose suicide yesterday, 22 will choose suicide today and 22 will choose suicide tomorrow and each day after if we don’t give them a workable alternative, which this bill will do.”HBs 4912 and 4913 have 31 co-sponsors and are scheduled to be referred to committee on Tuesday.last_img read more

Rep Heise bill to improve domestic violence protection gets House approval

first_img Categories: News Legislation authored by Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, was part of a multi-bill domestic violence protection package given final approval by the state House and sent to the Governor’s office today.Rep. Heise’s House Bill 4480 would prevent a parent protecting themselves or a child from domestic violence or sexual assault by the other parent from being considered a negative factor in child custody proceedings.“We have to better protect victims of domestic violence in this state and this legislation does that,” said Rep. Heise, who chairs the House Committee on Criminal Justice.  “I’m pleased that so many of my colleagues agreed again today and this legislative package is a step closer to becoming law.”With today’s concurrence, HB 4480 will advance with the entire bipartisan package to Gov. Rick Snyder for his review and possible signature. 19Apr Rep. Heise bill to improve domestic violence protection gets House approvallast_img read more

Rep Filler introduces plan to ban child marriage in Michigan

first_img Categories: Filler News 11Jan Rep. Filler introduces plan to ban child marriage in Michigan Bipartisan solution establishes 18 as minimum age of consentState Rep. Graham Filler has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to ban child marriage in Michigan.Filler, a Republican from DeWitt, said Michigan law currently allows minors to be married if they have permission from a parent or guardian. The plan he introduced alongside Reps. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) and Kara Hope (D-Holt) would establish 18 as the minimum age of consent for marriage in Michigan.“Michigan’s archaic child marriage laws allow just one parent to sign a child away, opening up the potential for people, particularly young women, to be abused and exploited,” Filler said. “Everyone, regardless of political party, can agree on the need to protect Michigan’s children. I’m looking forward to tackling this important issue with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”The bipartisan solution would prohibit judges from issuing a marriage certificate for anyone under the age of 18.“In Michigan, people under the age of 18 aren’t allowed to enter into any kind of legal contract,” Filler said. “I can’t imagine why the law would allow them to enter into a marriage contract. We must put an end to this risky and outdated practice.”The plan, laid out in House Bills 4003-05, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###last_img read more

Rep Rendon says governors tax increases are slap in the face to

first_img05Mar Rep. Rendon says governor’s tax increases are ‘slap in the face’ to Michigan taxpayers Categories: Rendon News State Rep. Daire Rendon today issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer announced her state budget proposal:“Increasing the gas tax by 45 cents is a slap in the face to Northern Michigan taxpayers. Our drivers already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the nation. They were hit with increases just two years ago, and another increase is already scheduled for 2022. Now the governor wants to raise taxes even higher? Enough is enough.“Michigan has spent the last eight years restoring its reputation as a good place to live and raise a family. We paid down more than $7 billion in debt, got rid of the onerous Michigan business tax, and started to see real growth in homebuilding and new business start-ups. The governor’s proposed tax increases will risk all of the progress we have made. This is not a budget Michigan workers and jobs providers can support – and neither can I.”###last_img read more