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Alleged Aboriginal terror twins father breaks parole doing drugs blames terrorism charges

first_img(Ashton Larmond, above. File photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWhile on statutory release for a nearly six-year federal sentence for robbing banks the father of two Algonquin men in Ottawa charged with terrorism offences is back in custody after admitting to illegally taking morphine.When asked why he would break his parole, Anthony Larmond, 48, said the stress of his sons’ terrorism charges was, in part, too much to handle.“You admitted to your case management team that you had bought and used a hydro-morphine pill, as you were feeling alone, under stress due to your sons’ serious criminal activity and bored due to reduced working hours,” says Larmond’s parole documents dated June 24.Larmond is the father of Carlos and Ashton Larmond, 24, who were both charged by the RCMP in January for wanting to fly overseas and join the terrorist group ISIS. They claim to have converted to Islam several years ago.They’ve been locked up at the local Ottawa jail since their arrests.APTN previously reported in February the twins claim to be Algonquin, but it wasn’t immediately known what First Nation they were from.APTN has now learned they have cards saying they belong to the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation.Bonnechere is one of several non-status Algonquin First Nation’s in the Ottawa area, under the Algonquins of Ontario banner, negotiating with the federal government for land and title rights.APTN was told the twins have cards, along with identification numbers, from the band, currently located in Renfrew, Ont. about 100 km west of Ottawa.It’s not believed either has status, but were in the process of applying in February.Bonnechere Chief Richard Zohr was contacted by APTN but he wasn’t able to provide any information.According to Bonnechere’s website, it has 1,200 members with an “in depth history of its community dating back to the early 1600s.”Their father is a career criminal who has struggled with addictions.Anthony Larmond is on his forth federal sentence.His past offences include 74 property related convictions and 55 breaches.His latest breach happened March 24, about a week after the parole board removed a condition that he reside a halfway house in Toronto. He was supposed to move into a Toronto community housing unit.“Your criminal history includes three previous federal sentences, for robberies, assaults and property offences, and you have breached your conditions or re-offended while on each release,” the parole board said.His current sentence is for robbing two banks for about $7,000 with his girlfriend to buy drugs in 2009.APTN spoke to Anthony Larmond in February.“I developed a drug habit and became institutionalized at a very young age,” he said, adding he was ‘strung out and at the end (his) rope’ when he robbed the banks.As for life on the outside, he said he was struggling.“It’s not so bad when I’m working but it’s hard on the weekends,” he said.He defended his sons’ who he said get their Algonquin lineage from his side of the family.“They just wanted to go over there to (a) Muslim school to learn more about the Quran,” he said. “They told me they had no intention on joining ISIS.”The twin’s lived with their grandmother, Anthony’s mom, in Ottawa. He would call there from prison, or at the halfway house, and sometimes speak to them, he said.“Maybe some Native teaching will draw them away from Islam a bit,” he said at the time.APTN also previously reported the twins say they’re “proud” of being Algonquin but were refusing to participate in any Aboriginal cultural activities while in custody.It’s believed the twins are the first Aboriginal people in Canada to be charged with terrorism-related offences.Anthony Larmond must reside at the Toronto halfway house until his full sentence expires in November.Kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Morocco Signs Brussels Declaration to Combat Climate Change

By Mohammed Amine BenabouRabat – The Moroccan secretary of state for sustainable development, Nezha El Ouafi, has signed the Brussels Declaration on climate change while representing Morocco at a conference in the Belgian capital. El Ouafi signed the declaration on behalf of Morocco yesterday. In the face of global climate change, many countries took it upon themselves to sign the declaration to affirm their commitment to combating the issue. The declaration stresses the importance of each country showing its determination to combat climate change. The high-level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation was officiated by Marie Christine Marghem, Belgian federal minister of energy, environment, and sustainable development.Morocco has made efforts over the years to preserve marine life, fight climate change, and develop renewable energy, factors the declaration highlighted.At the event, Nezha El Ouafi stressed Morocco’s “voluntarist policy” regarding its integration of renewable energies into its “national energy mix.”Read Also: Thousands Protest Hirak Prisoners in BrusselsShe argued that “the policies Morocco has so far implemented, thanks to the farsightedness of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, reflects its irreversible and strategic choice ensuring a close link between renewable energy and economic and social development of Morocco.” The conference offered participants an occasion to take a stance on the marine environment and reiterate their commitment to limit the adverse impact of global warming on the oceans.According to Belgium’s the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, the declaration aims to call on all interested parties to “develop, adopt and implement the necessary visions, policy plans and strategies regarding cost-effective renewable ocean energy and marine spatial planning, safeguarding the biodiversity, resilience, connectivity and services of marine ecosystems.”Also attending the conference were Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Prince Albert II of Monaco as well as a number of government representatives from other countries.Read Also: Belgium’s International Book Fair Invites Morocco as 2020 Guest of HonorThe Climate Change Performance Index for 2019 ranked Morocco ranked as the second-best performing country following Sweden, which scored the highest rank.Morocco improved its climate change policy significantly as shown in the index, with a considerable increase in renewable energy capacity and with low greenhouse gas emission levels and energy use.Despite delays in implementing national policies, Morocco could be a “policy frontrunner” internationally with its long-term strategy for 2050, according to the CCPI. read more

Annan decides to downsize UN information centres in Western Europe

The UN Information Centres (UNICs) in Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Bonn, Lisbon, Athens, Copenhagen and Brussels are expected to close by end of this year. Mr. Annan, however, decided to maintain the Information Services located at the UN Headquarters in Geneva and Vienna.The new Information Hub, covering the countries in the European Union, is expected to be located in Brussels, and negotiations with the Government of Belgium are at an advanced stage, according to a UN spokesman.”The Secretary-General wishes to pay tribute to the loyal staff of these nine centres for their remarkable work over the years and their contribution to enhancing European understanding of the United Nation’s goals and achievements,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “He is taking a personal role in seeing that their interests will be protected as their offices close.” read more

Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability report

New research by Brock University and Western University shows that public education in Ontario elementary and secondary schools is failing many students who have intellectual disabilities. This, despite recent developments in human rights and education law, as well as a shift in special education delivery and efforts to make schools more inclusive.The finding is one of many insights gained from the report “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?” released Friday, May 4 in Toronto. The launch of the report is the culmination of a year-long collaboration involving Community Living Ontario, Brock, Western, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement and Inclusive Education Canada.Sheila Bennett, Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education. The report’s authors, including Brock Faculty of Education Professor Sheila Bennett, Western Professor Jacqueline Specht and Luke Reid, Staff Lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre, shared their conclusions with students of Ryerson University’s Disability Studies program Friday.Data was compiled from survey results of 280 parents or guardians of students who have an intellectual disability who were enrolled in Ontario’s public education system or who had graduated in the last five years. Subsequent in-depth interviews were conducted to gain a greater understanding of the students’ experiences in school, including academic, social and extracurricular opportunities, as well as various aspects of their relationships with the school.The survey results were grouped into five categories:Academic and social barriers: 67 per cent of parents or guardians reported that students who have an intellectual disability often did not have access to the appropriate curriculum; 53 per cent said students did not have the proper academic accommodations to make the curriculum accessible to them; 62.7 per cent said students often did not participate in extracurricular school activities.Exclusion: 45 per cent said students who have an intellectual disability were excluded from school or the classroom for disability-related reasons.Conflict: 74 per cent of parents or caregivers reported high levels of conflict with schools or school boards and 56 per cent indicated they had very limited recourse to appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms.Planning and communication: 32 per cent of parents reported they did not feel they had been involved in the development of their child’s Individual Education Plan, even though school boards have a legal obligation to consult with parents with respect to the development of an accommodation plan.Leadership: Students who have an intellectual disability and their families were often dependent on the style, belief systems and interpretation of service delivery of school leadership.“Leadership by school officials was consistently identified as crucial to the quality of the education that students received according to the parents and caregivers we interviewed,” said Specht, Director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education, and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western. “Parents frequently noted that school principals could have an especially profound effect on the school culture and the quality of their child’s education, and that good leadership at the administrative level was often crucial in conflict resolution.”The personal narratives of parents also highlighted the significant additional hardships that exclusion exerted on families and students.“Parents described the painful loss of educational and social opportunities their child experienced, as well as their own issues,” said Bennett. “This included loss of work time, enhanced stress levels, financial strain and frequent disruptions. It was clear from our work that exclusion was one of the most painful and trying instances for parents.”In addition, responses to the survey indicated that, in many ways, parents were equally dissatisfied with many aspects of their children’s education, in both inclusive and segregated placements.“Despite the general dissatisfaction, there were some notable benefits that accrued to students in more inclusive settings,” Bennett said. “For instance, students in inclusive settings were far more likely to be included in extracurricular and unstructured school activities, meaning that they had a much greater opportunity to socialize with their peers outside of the traditional classroom. It was also evident that students in an inclusive high school setting were far more likely to be enrolled in for-credit courses, allowing them to more fully reap the benefits of our education system.”The report concluded that significant reforms to the Education Act were needed, as well as a new strong and responsive education standard pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The report’s authors also encouraged the Government of Ontario and local school boards to undertake similar efforts to better understand the experiences and challenges of students who have disabilities generally.“The full inclusion of students who have an intellectual disability remains an unmet goal for our education system, even though school boards have clear obligations to ensure that students can fully access all the benefits of the education system,” said Reid.The report, “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?” is available online. A French version is available here. read more

Madam Cyn Britains bestknown brothel keeper takes her place in history

Sir Terry Pratchett, author Sir Terry Pratchett, author Geoffrey Howe with Margaret Thatcher in 1987 Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats also makes the list, along with singers Cilla Black, Errol Brown and Val Doonican, actors Sir Christopher Lee and Geraldine McEwan, Warren Mitchell and Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street.Other additions include Barbara Calvert,, the first female QC to take a case to the European Court of Human Rights, Derek Walker, the planner of Milton Keynes; and Gulam Noon known as the ‘Curry King’. Geoffrey Howe with Margaret Thatcher in 1987Credit:Sipa Press/REX Shutterstock As the “Streatham Madam” whose notable gentleman callers swapped luncheon vouchers for the entertainment of young women, she was hardly the toast of the establishment.But Cynthia Payne, whose visitors were said to include MPs, vicars and peers of the realm, has officially taken her place in history, as she is immortalised in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.The ODNB’s 2019 edition has added 226 men and women who left their mark on the UK to its pages, from Denis Healey and Geoffrey Howe to Cilla Black, Sir Terry Pratchett and Ruth Rendell.Among the more colourful additions, selected from the notable figures who died in 2015, is Mrs Payne, whose Streatham house because of source of national fascination after it was raided in 1978 and details of the scandals inside revealed.“Her monthly ‘parties’ at the ‘House of 1001 Delights’ would begin with a pornographic display and enough food and drink to lift the spirits,” the entry in the ODNB details. In 1988, she unsuccessfully stood for Parliament representing the Payne and Pleasure Party. She now joins the ranks of Britain’s great and good in the ODNB, alongside others who died in 2015.Politicians include Denis Healey and Geoffrey Howe, who became close friends despite their opposing parties and the former famously describing the latter as being “savaged by a dead sheep”. Mrs Payne, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison following a lively court case, later reduced to six, maintained she would not disclose the names of her clients, reportedly replying to such questions: “Me morals is low. But me ethics is high.”As “Madam Cyn”, she went on to make quite a career of the scandal, with her own book called Entertaining at Home and two films based on her life story. Cilla Black, who has also been added to the dictionary Cynthia Payne leaving Holloway prison with her pet dog SandyCredit:Bill Johnson/ANL/REX/Shutterstock Cynthia Payne leaving Holloway prison with her pet dog Sandy Cilla Black, who has also been added to the dictionary “A friend suggested she should charge, so she innovated with counterfeit-proof twenty-year-old Luncheon Vouchers for which men paid up to £25, according to services required.”Among the 53 men found within the property during its raid were said to be local worthies, with persistent rumours that politicians and public figures also enjoyed visits.At the time, a running joke relayed how a participating vicar, questioned by police, had said: “I demand to see my solicitor…who is in the next bedroom.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Italian oil and gas company expresses interest in carrying out exploration

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related An Italian oil and gas exploration company could be the “new kid on the block” if the Government of Guyana gives the go-ahead for it to carry out exploration offshore Guyana.Minster of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman with officials from Italian oil company ENI.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), earlier today (Monday), Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman met the company’s Senior Vice President Guido Zappa and team at his Ministry, where he received a packaged plan of action from the company.Last week, the Indian Government also indicated its interest in exploration activities here.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam was quoted as saying: “definitely, there is an active interest by Government of India in exploring oil by having an oil block in Guyana.”According to the High Commissioner, this was conveyed to Minister Trotman, who was part of a high-level delegation to India, led by Second Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge back in February. The Guyanese Ministers had met with Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.While High Commissioner Mahalingam had noted that there has been follow-up correspondence between the responsible ministries of the two countries, he could not say whether the Indian Government had made a formal application to obtain licences to conduct exploration of Guyana’s offshore oil blocks. read more

University of New South Wales researchers set world record in solar energy

first_imgUNSW’s solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The world-beating efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their outdoor test facility in the US. The work was funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and supported by the Australia–US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (AUSIAPV). “This is the highest efficiency ever reported for sunlight conversion into electricity,” UNSW Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) Professor Martin Green said. “We used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry,” added Dr Mark Keevers, the UNSW solar scientist who managed the project.The 40% efficiency milestone is the latest in a long line of achievements by UNSW solar researchers spanning four decades. These include the first photovoltaic system to convert sunlight to electricity with over 20% efficiency in 1989, with the new result doubling this performance.“The new results are based on the use of focused sunlight, and are particularly relevant to photovoltaic power towers being developed in Australia,” Professor Green said.Power towers are being developed by Australian company, RayGen Resources, which provided design and technical support for the high efficiency prototype. Another partner in the research was Spectrolab, a US–based company that provided some of the cells used in the project. A key part of the prototype’s design is the use of a custom optical bandpass filter to capture sunlight that is normally wasted by commercial solar cells on towers and convert it to electricity at a higher efficiency than the solar cells themselves ever could. Such filters reflect particular wavelengths of light while transmitting others.ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said “We hope to see this home grown innovation take the next steps from prototyping to pilot scale demonstrations. Ultimately, more efficient commercial solar plants will make renewable energy cheaper, increasing its competitiveness.”last_img read more

Delivering a low emissions coal future

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has released a new publication – Delivering a low emissions coal future – that details the technological transformation underway to sharply reduce the emissions associated with the coal-fired power generation. Greg Evans, Executive Director – Coal, MCA says: “Hundreds of new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal-fired plants are in operation, under construction or planned in Japan, China, Europe and elsewhere in East Asia. These plants operate at much higher temperatures and greater pressures producing reliable, base load energy while slashing CO2 emissions by up to 40%.“In addition to sharply reduced carbon emissions, these plants reduce all other emissions including particulates to negligible levels. These plants continue to deliver baseload electricity at a much lower cost than all other energy sources.“These plants will ensure coal has a fundamental role to play in the provision of low cost, reliable energy for decades.”The publication also notes that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are continuing to be rolled out around the world, pointing to the recent launch of the world’s first commercial CCS plant at Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Boundary Dam plant has slashed CO2 emissions by 90%.Coal accounts for 41% of the world’s electricity generation, the MCA says, and in the past decade the use of coal grew four times faster than renewable energy sources and 50% faster than gas.“The Australian coal industry is our second biggest export earner valued at around A$40 billion in 2013-14. The Department of Industry and Science projects that Australia’s coal exports will boost national income by around A$250 billion between 2014-15 and 2019-20.“Australia is the world’s largest exporter of metallurgical (steel-making) coal and second biggest exporter of coal overall. Australia is forecast to become the world’s largest coal exporter by 2017.”The publication can be read and downloaded here: read more

Flinders Uni marks 10 years of Greek Research

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Flinders University will be holding the 10th International Conference on Greek Research, presented concurrently with the 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land. The conference is an initiative of the Flinders University of Modern Greek Section. It is hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture and the School of Humanities at Flinders University with the generous support of The Foundation for Hellenic Studies. The conference will be held during 27-30 June in Adelaide, South Australia. Conference languages in English and Greek. For further information 08 8201 3854last_img

Five Days Beckingham Departs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 5, 2016 – In five days, Governor His Excellency Peter Beckingham leaves the Turks and Caicos and a new governor arrives.   Dr. John Freeman is set to take up the office of Governor on October 16, 2016.   RESERVING OUR HISTORY AND OUR LEGACY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:5 days before current governor departs, Dr. John Freeman, HE Peter Beckinghamlast_img

Dual language schools in San Diego

first_imgDual language schools in San Diego 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) – Students all over San Diego can benefit from bilingual education programs, according to Empower Charter School.Demi Brown, Executive Director and Principal, Empower Charter School stopped by Good Morning San Diego to talk about dual language schools.Benefits of learning a second language:• We live in a bi-national region – it’s just practical to have Spanish• Studies show it helps their brain• Opens opportunities later in life – even if it’s another language besides Spanish• May fulfill high school/college requirement earlyWhat is a Dual Language School:• Different formats but in general will teach in two different languages• At Empower, hey do 80-20 percent.• Kids learn more English as they go into higher gradesFor more information visit or KUSI Newsroom April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 4, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Johnson Johnson agrees to pay 413 million for faulty implants deadlock continues

first_imgA bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New YorkREUTERS/Shannon StapletonJohnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to compensate more than $400 million to settle some of the thousands of consumer allegations. The issue is related to the faulty articular surface replacement (ASR) hip implants which were manufactured by DePuy International Limited, a subsidiary of J&J Pvt. Ltd. The product was recalled in 2010 globally after multiple complaints of follow up surgeries due to complications such as infections and metal leaching.New agency Reuters reported that the world’s largest health-care products maker has settled, or is in the process of settling, around 3,300 of 10,000 cases which have targeted its Pinnacle line of hip-replacement devices.On an average, the company has decided to pay about $125,000 per case to resolve about a third of the suits pending. The settlement is likely to cost the company an amount of around $413 million.The development comes at a time when Johnson & Johnson is set to face a trial in Dallas on January 14, where five Pinnacle-hip recipients have argued that the companies launched the device into the market without any proper testing which eventually misled the doctors about the devices’ safety profiles.Meanwhile, in another major development in India which could trigger tensions between the US based pharma giant and the government, J&J approached Delhi high court challenging the union government’s orders to pay compensation to Indian patients hurt by its “faulty” hip implants. The Delhi High Court, however, has deferred the hearing till February 26.The move has caught the government off-guard amid the Centre bracing itself for the amendments in the existing laws related to compensation to the patients in such cases. It is to be noted that under the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, or rules there have been no such guidelines for the companies to pay the compensation.One of the senior officials from the Health Ministry told the financial daily Mint, “The company had used a lacuna in the law because of which the government cannot compel it to compensate, though in earlier meetings they said they were committed to paying compensation.”last_img read more

Microsoft unveils Puppets its Animoji alternative

first_imgMicrosoft unveils Puppets, its Animoji alternative by Martin Brinkmann on July 08, 2019 in Google Android – 4 commentsMicrosoft released a new beta version of the company’s Swiftkey keyboard application for Android recently. The new beta release comes with a new feature called Puppets.Puppets works similarly to the Animoji feature of Apple’s iOS operating system. It gives Swiftkey users an option to create virtual character (puppets) clips based on the recorded facial expressions of the person that is in front of the camera.Microsoft introduced the feature in Swiftkey Beta for Android. The feature will roll out to all users once the beta hits final but for now, it is limited to users of the beta version of the keyboard application.Interested users may download the beta APK from third-party sites like Softpedia. Note that beta versions should not be installed on production devices. An attempt to run Swiftkey Beta on a Google Pixel 3A resulted in a crash of the application, it ran fine on another Android device however.Here is a video by Microsoft that demonstrates the feature.Swiftkey is a keyboard application for Android which means that it may be used in any application on the device that supports keyboard input. The Puppets feature works in any messaging application provided that it supports the sharing of video files.The first version of Puppets comes with five different avatars that Swiftkey users may select when they choose to create a new animation. The characters in question are a dinosaur, panda, cat, owl, and a dog.Puppets works by selecting the option in the Swiftkey application and recording once own facial expressions which the application uses to animate the selected avatar.The created animation may then be shared using built-in sharing functionality.Microsoft’s Swiftkey team is especially proud of the fact that its solution relies on RGB cameras and not on cameras with in-built depth sensors. The fact reduces the requirements to create Puppets and ensures that the feature can be used on nearly any Android device out there. Puppets is available to all Android N and newer devices.SwiftKey worked with the Microsoft Computer Vision and Microsoft Research Asia teams to bring Puppets to life. Unlike other facial tracking software, SwiftKey’s Puppets does not rely on users having a device with an inbuilt depth sensor in their camera and instead uses an RGB camera found in most Android smartphones.Puppet’s algorithm was trained  using “thousands of volunteers from around the world” according to Swiftkey to train a Deep Neural Network to “learn how to identify facial movements and transfer these onto an expressive animal character “.Closing WordsPuppets algorithm worked surprisingly well during tests. While you should not expect that the algorithm mimics all facial details it does a good job at mimicking expressions. Android users who like to attach animated gifs, videos, smileys, emojis, and other visuals to their messages will probably like this feature as well.Now You: What is your take on Puppets? Gimmick or something useful?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft unveils Puppets, its Animoji alternativeDescriptionMicrosoft released a new beta version of the company’s Swiftkey keyboard application for Android recently. The new beta release comes with a new feature called Puppets.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Tulum mayor unveils new road to Akumal Bay

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — The mayor of Tulum has unveiled new roadwork provided by private hotel investors that will allow better access to Akumal Bay. “This work is a clear record of our commitment to the social development of Akumal and Chemuyil. It is for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area and national and international visitors because we want a tourist destination worthy for the population,” he added.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Municipal president Víctor Mas Tah unveiled the repaving of the access road to the beaches of Bahía de Akumal, explaining that the funding for the paving was provided privately by those from the hotel sector with a cost of 1.5 million peso. During the unveiling, Mas Tah noted that municipal authorities, businessmen and citizens can count on roads being in good condition. President of la Asociación de Hoteles de Tulum David Ortiz Mena, said that the repaving of the entrance road to Akumal Bay is the result of a collaborative effort between the productive sector and the public. center_img He also said that Tulum continues to advance and be a model of growth that has enormous potential for the coming years, therefore, he will work to continue to consolidate it as a model municipality at both state and national levels. “We have made mistakes, but we are correcting them,” he stressed. “Tulum is moving forward. It has a lot of strength. There have been voices that have said that we are in a period of deterioration, but that is not true. The municipality is strong, good things are being done and the negative voices are only by a minimum group of people. last_img read more

Tackling climate change in coastal communities

first_imgAs the effects of climate change build in Central America, approximately 10 million people who live in coastal areas across the region face an uncertain future.Central America contributes only about 0.3 percent of world’s annual net carbon emissions, but widespread poverty, lack of infrastructure and high concentrations of people in vulnerable areas like coastlines mean the region stands to suffer disproportionately from the negative effects of global climate chaos.A new program, Manos a la Costa, developed by the Foundation for Peace and Democracy (Funpadem) and armed with a €700,000 ($866,000) donation from the European Union, aims to help vulnerable coastal communities develop and implement strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.“We have to help [the vulnerable populations of Central America] build up their abilities,” said Milena Berrocal, who presented on climate change and Manos a la Costa at Funpadem’s San José office on Wednesday. “Those abilities include learning how to be less vulnerable to climate change, how to resolve issues without waiting for the government to do it, and how to take action to deal with what will ultimately affect us in our communities.”A report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean released in March indicates that by the end of this century, average temperatures will increase  between 2.4 and 4 degrees Celsius across the region, affecting agricultural production and rainfall patterns. Some areas, like Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste region, will become hotter and dryer, while the southern Caribbean coast will see receive much more rain, the study found. The frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms is expected to increase some 5 to 10 percent across Central America by the end of the century. In 2009, some 700,000 Central Americans were affected by flooding, and that number is expected to increase in coming years.In coastal areas, Berrocal said, increasing temperatures and rising ocean levels will negatively affect mangroves and coral reefs, which serve as protective barriers to coastal communities.Mangroves and coral reefs are also crucial habitats for marine life – commercially important fish species reproduce and grow in mangroves, and reefs are hotspots of marine biodiversity.Small-scale fishermen in vulnerable coastal communities depend on local fisheries, which need reefs and mangroves to regenerate populations. When these areas go, people who depend on them will be left without resources to feed their families. The Manos a la Costa program is targeting these  communities, Berrocal said.Ten communities across the region have been selected to participate in the program, including Barra del Colorado, a Caribbean coastal fishing village, and Tortuguero, also located on the northeastern coast of Costa Rica. Other sites were selected in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama.“We’ve working with populations that rely on agricultural economies or small-scale fishing,” Berrocal said, “as well as tourism and communities near important ecosystems. … These communities depend on resources from those ecosystems to survive.”The program is still in its initial phase, explained Cecilia Cortés, executive director of Funpadem. To date, communities have been selected and scientists from the National Biodiversity Institute are analyzing the ecosystems and potential climate-change threats specific to each community. When complete, those studies will be the basis for community-developed plans of action. “These action plans are going to focus on mitigation or adaptation,” said Cortés. “Once community members decide on  actions and the type of plan they are going to implement, the program has a fund of €700,000 that is going to be destined to finance small donations to enact the plans.”José Luis Martínez, business representative for the EU’s delegation to Costa Rica, said community-focused programs like Manos a la Costa have a better shot at becoming sustainable, long-term projects because of community involvement.“Every project that comes from outside [a community] is going to encounter a lot of difficulties in getting local residents to identify with it,” Martínez said.Martínez said EU aid to Central America from 2007-2013 will total more than $990 million, with about $148 million  earmarked for environmental initiatives. Facebook Comments Related posts:Climate change blamed for Costa Rica’s national banana emergency Climate change in Costa Rica’s cloud forest Latin American leaders talk energy, climate change Region to pay hefty price of climate changelast_img read more

Electricity rate hikes take effect in April

first_imgElectricity rates will increase by between 6.87 percent and 9.81 percent, depending on the service provider,  starting next month, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) said on Friday.The agency approved the hikes after taking into account an increase in thermal-generated electricity prompted by harsh conditions during the dry season.A lack of rainfall last year forced companies to generate electricity using fuel to meet a shortfall in energy generated by hydroelectric plants.ARESEP’s Energy Superintendency said the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) likely would have to import energy from other Central American countries in order to meet local demand at a lower cost.That means the increase on ICE bills will total 6.87 percent, compared to Coopesantos customers, who will be billed the highest increase at 9.81 percent.Other service providers and rate hikes are as follows: National Power and Light Company, 7.35 percent increase; JASEC, 8.79 percent; Public Services Company of Heredia, 8.66 percent; COOPELESCA, 5.21 percent; and COOPEGUANCASTE, 6.92 percent.ARESEP also reported that a quarterly review concluded that the amount of thermal generation needed to meet electricity consumption for the next period is actually lower than that projected by the previous review conducted last year. Facebook Comments Related posts:April kicks off with more talk of utilities rate hikes Costa Rica’s industry sector leaders fed up with high electricity rates Businesses wary of hiring amid continued political uncertainty, says survey Solís calls for review of gasoline, electricity priceslast_img read more

Germany France seek unity on Europe

first_imgThat has raised questions about the now-traditional role of Germany and France as the motor of political integration in Europe.“We are aware of our great responsibility to improve the situation in the European Union, overcome the euro crisis and make possible economic growth _ and so make workable for the future the tried and tested model of European life, linking competitiveness and economic strength with social cohesion,” Merkel said.The two countries will produce joint proposals by May, ahead of an EU summit the following month, on how to improve economic coordination and competitiveness, Merkel said. Such initiatives were common when Hollande’s conservative predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, was in power.“We have to give Europe confidence in its future,” Hollande said at a news conference after the French and German Cabinets held a joint meeting. “We will try to be as concrete as possible … so that growth can be reinforced and stability guaranteed.”Merkel said the two countries want employers and employees in their countries also to come up with proposals.“We cannot as politicians alone create the conditions for better competitiveness,” Merkel said. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBERLIN (AP) – Germany and France will produce joint proposals on improving economic coordination in the European Union this spring, the countries’ leaders said Tuesday, downplaying recent differences as they marked the 50th anniversary of a landmark reconciliation accord.Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel and Socialist President Francois Hollande have often been openly at odds over how to resolve Europe’s debt crisis since Hollande took office last year. Hollande has criticized Germany’s austerity-led approach, while Merkel has resisted talk of pooling countries’ debt. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories The Cabinet meeting came before both countries’ Parliaments met in the landmark Reichstag building to mark the anniversary of the signing of the 1963 Elysee Treaty, a milestone for two countries that had fought three wars in 70 years.In the treaty, they committed to consult on foreign policy, meet regularly and implement a host of defense, cultural and other initiatives to “profoundly transform the relations of the two peoples.” Since then, they’ve worked closely together _ despite frequent differences of approach.Merkel and Hollande laughed aside questions about their relationship.“Our best-kept secret is that the chemistry is right,” Merkel said. “What isn’t easy is convincing you” that the personal relationship is good, Hollande told reporters.The two also brushed aside suggestions of differences over Mali. There has been some criticism from German politicians of Berlin’s small contribution so far to France’s intervention to drive back Islamist extremists in the African country _ two transport planes to carry African troops to Mali.Germany also plans to participate in a European training mission for the Malian military and provide as-yet unspecified financial help to African troop contributors. Check your body, save your lifecenter_img Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Merkel said their defense ministers are in close contact on what Germany can do to help, but she made no new pledges and said she couldn’t see Germany and France’s joint military brigade being deployed in Mali.Hollande said that Germany “immediately contributed the political solidarity and material help that were expected.”“This is not about asking Europeans to come and participate in an international force, but rather to help the Africans,” Hollande said. “I have always said that it is Africans who have the answer to African questions.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Doug Franz: I was asked, “Now that the lock-out is over, what must the Cardinals do to compete for an NFC West Title?” My colleague and radio brother Ron Wolfley provided a very detailed, player-specific to-do list for the Cardinals once the green flag goes up on the abbreviated off season. I won’t try to mimic his approach or argue his conclusions. Instead I’ll go macro, not micro. Big picture, what do the Cardinals need to do now that the lockout is over?Be bold but not stupidIt feels like months ago….maybe it was months ago when I suggested that the bold move – the move that Jerry Colangelo would have made – was to trade for Kevin Kolb. I still believe that, but I also believe there are limits. If the Cardinals get into a bidding war for Kolb’s services, with Seattle for example, and the price quickly balloons to sticker shock type levels, Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves need to have the guts to hit the eject button and the wherewithal to have a Plan B. And C. And D. Burn the midnight (eastern standard time) oilOn, let’s assume 12:00 EST, of the very first day you’re allowed, call Larry Fitzgerald. Make him feel the love. Share your vision of the 2011 season. Start negotiations with his agent right away. Be certain he knows his value to the organization and leave no room for interpretation. The lockout is over and now it’s time for the Cardinals to get to work. The roster is far from complete, with holes that need filling and players that need to be re-signed. Everyone knows that the quarterback position is the major concern, but what are the most pressing needs outside of that? breaks it down for you. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Adam Green:While all the talk has centered around who the Cardinals must add to the team, the focus could just as easily be on who they will be able to prevent from leaving. Deuce Lutui, Lyle Sendlein and Steve Breaston are all starters who could go elsewhere, and Alan Branch, who came on strong last season, could also find a new home.The team could maybe afford to part with Breaston, especially with the emergence of Andre Roberts, and would be losing a talented-yet-inconsistent player in Branch if he departs, but if one — or both — of the linemen leave it won’t matter who the Cardinals get to play QB because the guy will be spending most of the season on his back (or on the sideline in a sling). Dave Burns: Mercifully it’s over. And yet, now it’s just begun. What do the Cardinals do now? The first thing they have to do is wake-up. The NFC West is again the weakest division in the NFL. The team who trades for the most coffee has the best chance of winning. If the Cardinals can drink coffee and drive safe to work, they have a chance to win the division.If the question was, “What must the Cardinals do to be a good team?” then that’s a tougher question.1) Get a QB. That was highly paid analysis from a trained professional. Please don’t try to do this at home.2) Make sure that QB doesn’t pull a Plummer and go to any mountain cabins after he’s traded.3) Immediately sign any available free agent offensive lineman to challenge the current roster or pray the players on the O-Line get better.So many people like to rip Russ Grimm thinking he must be a bad coach since the O-Line isn’t NFL caliber. I look at it the exact opposite. I think this O-Line proves Grimm is a great coach because it’s made up of one lazy player with 1st string talent, one hard-nosed gutsy player with only 2nd string talent, two old players hanging on for dear life and one player with no talent, no heart and no reason to be here. Any coach that can even gain a yard behind that line should be assistant coach of the year. 4) Challenge Darnell Dockett to do more than he’s ever done.The lockout was a killer for the defensive coaching staff. You have a new system and no OTA’s or training camps to install it. There will be big things expected of three very young players–Patrick Peterson, Darryl Washington, and Dan Williams–without an off-season to be immersed in the scheme. Dockett will play a huge roll off the field in demanding classroom work while showing he can be a dominant force at all times on the field. This is a no excuse season for Dockett.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Greg Esposito: Anyone who thinks the Cardinals’ problems start and end with the quarterback position is kidding themselves more than the 40-year-old guy who buys a Porsche in hopes it detracts from the fact that he’s balding. They have a lot of holes to fill and a very short time to do it in. That’s why I’ve put together this simple to shopping list for Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves.1) Buy Some BeefThe first thing the Cardinals need to address when the meat market that will be NFL free agency begins is buy some beef. With guard Alan Faneca retiring and center Lyle Sendlein being a free agent, an already porous offensive line is now extremely thin. Buy more than you needYou ever hosted a party but run out of beer? I never have either because I always buy more than I need just in case best friend Scott brings his wife who has family in from out of town and they’ve been out golfing all day in the hot sun. I’d rather have too much at the end of the day than run out. The Cardinals should take this same approach in particular at the linebacker and offensive line position. Whether it’s resigning your own or poaching from others, less is not more in this case. More is more. Get as many as you can so you have options. Clear up the confusionYou got a lot of running backs on that roster. Can’t wait to find out why and what’s next. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke If they don’t sign a few quality big bodies to play up front, it won’t matter who the quarterback is. He’ll spend most of his time flat on his back.2) Restock From WithinThanks to the lockout costing valuable time for players to work out with clubs, teams who have players familiar with their systems will have a leg up. That’s why re-signing guys like the aforementioned Sendlein and wide receiver Steve Breaston is paramount for the Cardinals. Keeping as many guys not named Derek Anderson or Max Hall on the roster from last year will likely benefit them, especially early on.3) Find A Pass RushIt’s easier said than done, but the Cardinals need to find a pass rush via free agency. In 2010 they had 33 sacks which ranked in the middle of the pack in the NFL. That will have to improve if they want to return back to the playoffs. 4) Make A SplashThe biggest thing the Cardinals need to do is make a splash. Regardless of who they add at quarterback or various other positions with over $37 million to spend, they need to make some waves. After a 5-11 season the fans need to know they’re serious about being a contender again.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterFor 110 years The Ritz London has remained the benchmark for excellence, a name synonymous with luxury, with a landmark position in the heart of London. One-hundred-and-thirty-six bedrooms and suites overlook the Royal Green Park or world-famous Piccadilly; the finest cuisine is served in ‘one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms’ and the quintessential experience of Afternoon Tea is enjoyed at the five-star hotel that has for over a century hosted royalty and discerning guests. With six impeccable private dining rooms, five of which are situated in the 18th-century townhouse William Kent House, The Ritz London is the epitome of fine taste.At ILTM Asia 2016, The Ritz London proudly spoke of its most recent developments and achievements:New Green Park Signature SuiteThis summer will see the opening of the new two-bedroom Green Park signature suite at The Ritz London. Situated within the privacy of the seventh floor, the 111-square-metre suite offers a spacious, private apartment at one of the most exclusive addresses in London. Decorated in a fresh, contemporary style with silver leaf design and pale blue and soft purple colour palette, The Green Park Suite has a welcoming feel with magnificent views directly across The Royal Green Park and Piccadilly. The new suite is a celebration of Ritz design with bespoke artwork, custom-made polished wood furniture, as well as antique furnishings and details inspired by Green Park.The Ritz London adds English wines to its livre du vinDuring its 110th anniversary year as part of the best of British celebrations, The Ritz London is delighted to introduce English wines to the hotel’s wine list for the first time. Carefully curated by Head Sommelier Giovanni Ferlito, nine references from the Nyetimber, Gusbourne and Camel Valley estates in Sussex, Kent and Cornwall have been added to the wine list by the bottle this summer.Putting on a Ritz ChristmasThe Ritz London will once again be keeping the magic of Christmas dreams alive with a programme of spectacular celebrations and events during this year’s festive season. The hotel’s palatial exterior and Louis XVI interior décor will be sprinkled with sparkle overnight on 25 Friday November 2016. The centrepiece of the transformation is a Nordic pine Christmas tree, standing 7.6 metres tall, grown especially for The Ritz in the Scottish Highlands.Local walking tours in Piccadilly and St JamesFrom spring 2016, The Ritz London will be offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a private two-hour walking tour of the Piccadilly and St James areas, conducted by a local expert, Dr Cindy Lawford. Designed to give guests an exclusive insight into the surrounding area, The Ritz London’s walking tours will offer guests the opportunity to gain a unique insider perspective into British luxury and craftsmanship and meet some of the most talented and historic artisans behind British heritage brands, many of which, like The Ritz London, are Royal Warrant holders. Guests of The Ritz can select their preferred walking tour from the two options available.Epicurean tea tastingThe Ritz London introduces a new Epicurean Tea Tasting – a journey of discovery of some of the finest and rarest teas from across the world. Curated by certified Tea Master Giando Scanu, guests will taste six rare and spectacular teas, each expertly paired with a selection of finely cut finger sandwiches and open rolls, warm savoury dishes, freshly baked scones and beautiful French patisseries by Executive Chef, John Williams, MBE and his brigade, especially created to complement the teas.The Afternoon Tea (and its three-month waiting list)Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is an institution in itself. Popular since the hotel first opened in 1906 and enjoyed by a wide and varied audience through the years, it has become the quintessential British experience. A member of the UK Tea Council’s prestigious Tea Guild, The Ritz was winner of its “Top London Afternoon Tea 2004/2005” and of its Awards of Excellence in 2008 – 2013. In keeping with the beautiful surroundings of The Palm Court, pretty chinaware and silver tea services complement the charm of the room. An extensive choice of 16 different types of loose leaf tea is offered, including a Ritz Royal English, a Lapsang Souchong and a Darjeeling First Flush. The traditional English Tea menu includes freshly cut finger sandwiches with six types of filling, including Scottish smoked salmon, roast ham and cucumber. Warm baked raisin and plain scones with strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream follow with a delectable selection of cakes and afternoon tea pastries topping the tiered cake stand. The elegant ambience of tea at The Ritz is complete with musical accompaniment from resident pianist Ian Gomes who never ceases to delight with his own renditions of classical favourites. Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is priced at £50 per person, with the option to include a glass of Champagne (£66 per person). The Celebration Tea (£61 per person) or Celebration Tea with Champagne (£77 per person) are perfect for birthday celebrations and include a special birthday cake delivered to the table.last_img read more

Lawmakers approve staggered twiceyearly exams

first_imgLawmakers on Friday approved the introduction of twice-yearly exams in high schools starting with the new school year.The bill provides for the introduction of four-monthly exams starting with the fourth year and gradually extending it to the fifth and sixth years in 2020-2021 and 2022-2023 respectively.Main opposition Akel, which disagreed with the proposal, said Cyprus had an exam-heavy education system that had to change.The party accused the government of trying to tackle the dysfunctions of the system by adding more exams. Akel MP Andros Kafkalias suggested it was an educational crime only to be told by his Disy colleague Giorgos Karoullas that the only crime was the one currently in place.The new scheme was opposed by teachers and students alike.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more