You Can Live, Work, and Travel (Almost) Anywhere in the World With Selina

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Gin Mixers to Have in Your Pantry at All Times Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH A few short years ago, “digital nomadism” was hardly more than a buzzword. Now more companies are cutting their employees free of traditional cubicles in favor of allowing — even encouraging — them to work from home or anywhere. Millennials are even finding career paths to ensure they never need a proper office. But many who work remotely also play and live remotely. So, the challenge becomes how to develop a social circle of friends and colleagues when you’re constantly on the move? Selina believes it’s found a unique solution to that problem.Selina/InstagramAt its core, Selina is part Airbnb and part WeWork with a healthy dose of Viator sprinkled on top. Today’s digital nomads are different from those of just five years ago. They spend significant time — maybe even full-time — traveling. Sure, they can book an Airbnb or local guesthouse for their accommodations abroad. While that provides a locally flavored place to lay their head at night, it does little to help immerse them in the local community.Selina offers a live/work/play model that provides not only accommodations, but purpose-built coworking spaces and connections with local tour operators and other service providers. Travelers who book with Selina receive a place to stay, often unique, professionally designed spaces like some of the best Airbnb accommodations. These include everything from hammocks to bunk beds to five-star luxury digs.Selina/InstagramBy day, guests have access to beautiful coworking spaces with modern, digital nomad-friendly amenities like meeting rooms, coffee shop services, and dedicated work desks. Exact locations vary depending on the Selina destination, but some are situated in city centers, tropical jungles, and even right on the beach. Every part of Selina can be booked a la carte or as part of an overall package.Selina also aims to bolster the communities in which they operate. As part of the Selina Gives Back initiative, the company donates a full 2 percent of their labor time so staff can give back to the community. This includes providing free English language classes for locals, teaching arts and crafts, improving local infrastructure through painting and (re)building, and even niche activities like yoga and surf lessons. From an environmental perspective, they also support reforestation, town and beach cleanup efforts, and primary green education.Selina/InstagramThe seeds for Selina were planted back in 2007 in the small fishing village of Pedasí, Panama. Friends and colleagues Daniel Rudasevski and Rafael Museri were living in the coastal town and working as real estate developers. They had cultivated a substantial network of friends, including locals and other travelers. As long-time travelers themselves, they sought to find a way for others to grow a similar social circle anywhere in the world. So Selina was born.Selina has locations throughout Mexico, Central, and South America. The first U.S. property will open in Miami’s Little Havana later this year, and plans to expand through Europe are in the works. You can register now for free via the Selina website. Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

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Trudeau announces 13 billion in federal funding for Montreal metro extension

first_imgMONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will invest $1.3 billion to help finance an extension of Montreal’s metro system.The federal money would help finance the $4.5 billion project to extend the city’s blue line by five metro stops, from the St-Michel station towards the Anjou borough in the city’s east end.Construction on the six-kilometre expansion is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2026.Ottawa usually finances roughly 40 per cent of the total cost of infrastructure projects across the country.Speaking in his home riding of Papineau, Trudeau says east-end Montreal has transformed over the years and more people rely on public transit to get around.Trudeau was joined for the announcement  by Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, Quebec junior transportation minister Chantal Rouleau, and federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Town council rejects application to develop Glen Abbey golf course

OAKVILLE, Ont. — An Ontario town council has voted unanimously to reject a plan to develop Glen Abbey golf course amid efforts to designate the property as a “significant cultural heritage landscape.”Jane Courtemanche, a spokeswoman for the Town of Oakville, says council on Wednesday refused a development application by Glen Abbey owner ClubLink to develop the lands.The council voted in August in favour of proceeding with a notice of intention to designate the Glen Abbey property as significant cultural heritage landscape under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.This notice, also filed in August, is the first of a number of steps the Town of Oakville needs to take before the designation is finalized.ClubLink’s development plan proposed construction of 141 detached homes, 299 townhomes, 2,782 apartments, retail and office space, as well as parks, open space and natural heritage areas.The ClubLink property is home to the Glen Abbey golf course and buildings, including an estate leased by Golf Canada that houses the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. The golf course has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times.ClubLink may appeal the town’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, Courtemanche added.The rejection comes days after ClubLink sent a letter notifying Oakville town council of a separate application to demolish or remove the golf course. ClubLink said Monday it notified the Town of Oakville of an application to demolish or remove the golf course and some buildings to make way for a mix of homes, offices and stores. The RayDor Estate House, home to the golf museum would be among the buildings that would remain, it said.Oakville will meet with ClubLink in the “near future” to begin the process of this separate application for demolition, Courtemanche said Thursday.ClubLink has criticized the town’s heritage efforts calling it “broad and overreaching.”“The Town simply cannot use the Heritage Act to mandate land use,” Clublink said in a statement on Monday.The council gave parties who disagreed with its intent to designate Glen Abbey a heritage site until Sept. 25 to file an objection. ClubLink did not file an objection, however, Courtemanche said Thursday that someone else has.The town will review the objection and if it meets the criteria it will forward it to the Conservation Review Board, which will then issue recommendations to Oakville’s town council as to whether it is warranted, Courtemanche said in an emailed statement.She added that if after receiving the board’s report Oakville’s town council decides to proceed, the next step would be to pass a by-law to designate Glen Abbey as a significant heritage cultural landscape. read more

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WatchCanadas big banks reveal squeamishness over cryptocurrency assets in Quadriga case

HALIFAX — The wary skepticism that Canada’s big banks have for the cryptocurrency industry was on full display Friday when a Nova Scotia judge issued an order for the eventual disbursement of more than $30 million in bank drafts tied to the QuadrigaCX insolvency case.Lawyers for the Bank of Montreal and the court-appointed monitor overseeing the case, Ernst and Young, said the banks are uncomfortable handling money from the cryptocurrency world, saying the uncertain origin of the funds raises concerns about possible money laundering. An insider’s view of the Quadriga meltdown: ‘It’s all kind of really suspicious’ Quadriga’s late founder used to store clients’ Bitcoin passwords on paper so they wouldn’t get lost Monitor found more than $900,000 in Quadriga cryptocurrency — and then half of it disappeared At the conclusion of the hearing, Justice Michael Wood of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court issued an order that will eventually see the money deposited in a Royal Bank account, which Ernst and Young will use to pay for the ongoing court proceedings.As well, the money could also be used to partially compensate 115,000 users of the QuadrigaCX exchange who are owed $260 million following the demise of the virtual operation on Jan. 28 amid a swirl of controversy.The case attracted international headlines last month when the company revealed its CEO and sole director, Gerald Cotten of Halifax, had died suddenly on Dec. 9 while travelling in India, leaving his company without access to about $190 million in Bitcoins and other cryptocurrency.According to the CEO’s widow, Jennifer Robertson, Cotten was the only member of the QuadrigaCX team who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to access the company’s cryptocurrency reserves. read more

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Buckeyes claim first win of the season

Senior forward Danny Jensen advances the ball down the field against a UC Santa Barbara defender. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team knew the stakes coming into Friday night. A loss meant the Buckeyes would start the season 0-5 and 0-1 in conference play.But when the lights were the brightest, coach John Bluem’s team finally shined.The Buckeyes were able to secure their first victory of the season on Friday night, as they beat the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 1-0.The team had not gotten off to a good start, scoring just one goal through their first few games with an 0-4 record to back it up.With their first conference matchup against Northwestern looming, The Ohio State men’s soccer team knew that the time to start winning was right now.“The Big Ten Conference season gives you that new lift,” Bluem said. “Yeah we are off to a disappointing start but now conference games is a new chance, a new shot at it.”  It looked like Ohio State would be in an unfavorable position in the early goings of the first period.In the 25th minute, Northwestern was able to put one into the back of the net off a corner kick. Their excitement would be short lived, however, as the Wildcats were called for being offside on the play, taking the goal off the board.The Buckeyes were eventually able to control tempo in the opening period, outshooting the Wildcats 9-1 with a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.In the 30th minute, sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed ripped a shot into the top left corner of the net, requiring a diving save by Northwestern goalkeeper Francisco Tomasino to keep the Buckeyes off the board.After a free kick by junior forward Marcus McCrary, junior defender Niall Logue stood alone with the ball on the right side of the box, but his strong shot flew just wide left of the far post.Ohio State continued their possession-dominating play right out of the gate after play resumed.  Just four minutes into the second period, senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick was able to launch a shot off Tomasino and into the back right of the net for the Buckeyes first goal of the game and first goal at home this season.“I found a gap. Danny [Jensen] played a good ball to me,” said Fitzpatrick. “The keeper could not make the save so I got my first goal for the Buckeyes.”Fitzpatrick, who grew up in Hilliard, Ohio, is a transfer from Urbana University. Playing for Ohio State has always been a goal of his.“It’s surreal,” said Fitzpatrick. “Ever since I’ve been a little kid I’ve dreamed about playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coming in and finishing my senior year here has been a really big thing for me.”Northwestern had numerous attempts to net the equalizer, registering seven shots in the second half.However, Fitzpatrick’s score would prove to be enough, however, as the game ended with the Buckeyes on top 1-0.The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 16-8 with a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. They move to 1-0 in conference play.“Our attacking play certainly was better tonight than it has been in previous games. We created a lot more opportunities,” said Bluem. “Our defense was very resilient again and Parker Siegfried had a very, very good game in goal for us tonight. Glad he got a shutout.For Siegfried, it was his first career shutout. He made two saves in the game.Ohio State will look to make it two in a row when they take on Penn State at University Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m. read more

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Underfire Southern NHS health trust created new £240k job for exchief executive

first_img(It) will aggravate the sense of injustice felt by the families of those who lost their livesNorman Lamb 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. Dismissing suggestions the move was a “fix” he said: “That is not the case. The case is that over the next few months the work that we’ve asked Katrina to do needed to be done in any event.”The trust has been the subject of independent Government reviews since it was revealed it failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of hundreds of patients between 2011 and 2015.Mark Aspinall, who resigned from the council of governors of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in April, said the decision was “strange”.He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “The idea that the role has been created purely to move Katrina Percy sideways seems very strange.”Mr Aspinall said the whole board must take responsibility for the problems at the trust.He added: “There are questions for the remainder of the board as well. You do start to wonder if there’s a bit of wagon-circling going on here and whether they are starting to worry about their own positions a little.”Commenting on the news of Ms Percy’s change of job at the time, Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said: “Reports that she will move into another well-paid job advising GPs on strategy are deeply concerning, and will aggravate the sense of injustice felt by the families of those who lost their lives.”Southern has been under intense scrutiny following the deaths of hundreds of patients, including 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who died in 2013.In October, a jury inquest ruled that neglect contributed to the death of Mr Sparrowhawk, who drowned after an epileptic seizure at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire.In April, inspectors concluded that the trust was still failing to protect patients from risk of harm.  Connor Sparrowhawk Care Quality Commission inspectors found that robust arrangements to probe incidents, including deaths, had not been put in place, resulting in “missed opportunities” to prevent similar events.In December, an independent investigation found Southern Health had failed to probe the deaths of hundreds of people since 2011.Southern Health is a mental health trust providing services to 45,000 people across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.It employs around 9,000 staff at more than 200 sites, including community hospitals, health centres, inpatient units and social care services. A much-criticised health trust has admitted creating a new job for its former chief executive who resigned after saying her position had become untenable.Katrina Percy announced her decision to stand down from the top position with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust last week, but added that she was “delighted to be taking on an alternative role” with the organisation.Ms Percy will get the the same pay and benefits of around £240,000 a year in her job “providing strategic advice to local GP leaders”.The trust’s interim chairman Tim Smart told the BBC the new role will address work that “needed to be done”.Asked if the job existed previously he confirmed it did not, said Ms Percy was the only candidate and was “uniquely qualified for it”, and said it had not been advertised.  Connor SparrowhawkCredit:PAlast_img read more

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Predrag Dacevic comes – stays in MT Melsungen

Former player of Serbian PKB and Slovenian Celje Pivovarna Lasko, left back, Predrag Dacevic (26) had a lot of problems with injury in the first season in Bundesliga – MT Melsungen. Melsungen’s coach, Michael Roth wanted to find some “all round” player and he will try to get that from Dacevic, who was out of the team for some period in Serbia, recovering from the injury.– He is solid player, who knows players and our team well from the last season. Dacevic will be capable for the fast adaptation – said Roth. The contract is signed until end of the season. Handball BundesligaMichael RothMT MelsungenPredrag Dacevic ← Previous Story Ambros Martin will leave SD Itxako Next Story → Partizan has no pressure in Copenhagen: Without respect for the favorite read more

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Dragana Cvijic gets green light I am like a newborn – Norwegian

Dragana CvijićWomen’s EHF EURO 2018 The Serbian line-player Dragana Cvijic will be able to help his team at upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2018. The 28-years powerful lady of CSM Bucharest got injured during training session in early preparation for the tournament in France, but at the end of few long days, diagnosis is positive.“I was like a newborn when doctors told me that I will be able to play in France. I wasn’t so optimistic because my previous knee injuries, but thanks God, everything is OK”, said Cvijic in video-talk for Balkan-Handball.com.“Norway is No.1 in my opinion. France are also there, but I give advance to Norwegian girls. Russia has also dangerous team, Dutch girls are very good despite they will play without two line-players”.Cvijic commented also decision of Yvett Broch to stop career…I can understand her decision, of course, but we aren’t the same. Handball is my life and I couldn’t stop just like that in one moment – said Cvijic.Serbia will play in Group A in Nantes with Poland, Sweden and Denmark.PHOTO: http://www.stregspiller.com/ ← Previous Story Trefilov takes 18 players to EHF EURO 2018 Next Story → Vote for NBSC World Handball Coach 2018 read more

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Digging Tlachtga Discovering secrets from Irelands past

first_imgSource: Neil Jackman‘Tlachtga, tulach ordain liais,forbaid mor rig co rochriiaisTlachtga, proud and princely hill,has seen the passing of many a stern king’ – The Metrical DindshenchasHAVE YOU EVER wondered about how archaeologists discover the story of the past? In the final of three articles in an exclusive series for TheJournal.ie, archaeologist Neil Jackman will take you behind the scenes of the exciting excavations at Tlachtga (The Hill of Ward) in Co Meath.A team of volunteer archaeologists led by Dr Stephen Davis from UCD and site director Caitríona Moore, are attempting to discover the story behind one of Ireland’s most enigmatic sites.In this, the last of the three pieces, Neil gives an overview of the excavation, and an insight into what was discovered. (for an overview of the history of Tlachtga and the background to the project please see the first article, and for a description of the work-in-progress please see the second article).Source: Neil JackmanThis season’s excavations at Tlachtga on the Hill of Ward, just outside Athboy in County Meath have come to an end.The site is a large quadrivallate (meaning it is surrounded by four ditches and banks) enclosure, that appears today as a series of concentric earthworks on top of the hill.Legend and folkloreTlachtga is steeped in legend and folklore, and it is difficult to unravel any historical information from the mythology that surrounds the site. Much of what we know today is based on The History of Ireland, a book written by Geoffrey Keating in the middle of the seventeenth century.In it, he details how the site was founded, and it is Keating who describes how at Samhain, all the fires across Ireland would be quenched, and the druids of Ireland congregated at Tlachtga to light a huge ceremonial fire.Embers taken from this fire lit a great fire at Tara, and then all the fires of Ireland could be rekindled. This association of Samhain (the precursor to the modern Halloween) and ceremonial fires are what Tlachtga is most associated with today.Every year at Samhain, people gather on the Hill in an attempt to recreate the ancient rites that Keating described.The latest excavations at Tlachtga by Dr Stephen Davis from UCD and site director Caitríona Moore are part of an ongoing examination of the site.The landscape around Tlachtga was studied by Dr Stephen Davis using LiDAR – a form of aerial survey that uses lasers to accurately record contours in the ground surface.The results show that the landscape around Tlachtga and Athboy has a wealth of archaeological sites, revealing previously unrecorded enclosures and settlements.The LiDAR analysis was followed by a targeted geophysical survey on the monument itself. This revealed an incredibly complex series of ditches and earthworks that show that the site has multiple phases of construction.In the trenches Source: Neil JackmanThree test trenches and three smaller test-pits were placed into the features identified during the LiDAR and geophysics.Each of these trenches were targeted to answer specific questions about the site. Trench 1 was placed over a bank and ditch of the existing visible monument.Trench 2 targeted a ditch that was identified during the geophysical survey.Trench 3 at the southern end of the site also targeted a ditch identified during the geophysical survey. All the trenches have been laboriously excavated by hand, using spades, shovels, mattocks and trowels.The overall aim of this seasons excavation was to retrieve material, like charcoal or bone remains, which could be sent for radiocarbon dating to inform us of the chronology of the site. In this the trenches were a resounding success, and numerous samples that can be securely dated were retrieved from all of the features.What was found during the digTrench 1 was positioned at the northern end of the visible monument, and revealed that the ditch was cut through the bedrock that underlies the site.The ditch was revealed to be quite shallow and it contained a rather sterile fill of stony soil. The bank that was located to the outside of the ditch was made largely of earth with stone, and a further ditch was located just to the north of the bank.This ditch was found to be very wide (around 5m) but quite shallow with a depth of less than 1m from ground surface.Small fragments of charcoal and burnt bone found within the lower layers of the material that accumulated within the ditch will allow us to obtain radiocarbon dates to establish what period the ditch belongs to, and how it fits in with the rest of the site.Trench 2 was located to the west of the visible monument. This trench targeted a ditch that was part of a very large three-ditched enclosure that measures some 190 metres in diameter.The geophysical survey revealed that this enormous enclosure runs underneath the visible monument, suggesting that it predates the monument as we know it.Similarities to the Hill of TaraThis ditch is just under 3m in width, and measures around 1.5m deep, and it is very similar in appearance to the great ditch of Rath na Ríg on the Hill of Tara.Again, the ditch was cut through the limestone bedrock, it must have been an absolutely enormous undertaking to create this monument without the aid of metal tools.A number of fragments of animal bone were retrieved during the excavation of a small section of this ditch, and they will allow us to obtain radiocarbon dates.Trench 3 was placed to examine a large circular enclosure south of the visible monument. We believe this enclosure could be from the earliest phase of activity at the site.Like Trenches 1 and 2, Trench 3 also provided animal bone so we will be able to establish a solid chronology of activity on the site, allowing us to definitively state what period each of the enclosures belong to. Trench 3 also had another story to tell. Source: Neil JackmanAn unexpected discoveryCarefully placed at the base of the ditch and covered with large flat stones, we discovered the remains of a very young child. The infant was probably less than 10 months old when he or she died.Located at the base of the ditch, these remains are clearly of great antiquity, possibly thousands of years old.The burial of a very young child was also discovered at the base of the great ditch Ráith na Ríg at the Hill of Tara. For the moment we can only speculate why these children were buried at the bottom of these large ditches at Tlachtga and Tara.As yet we don’t know if the children died of natural causes or were sacrificed.The remains were painstakingly cleaned and lifted over a couple of days to be removed to UCD in order to be thoroughly examined by an osteoarchaeologist to attempt to establish more about their story.As well as the three main trenches, three small test-pits were also opened. The first was located to the south of the visible monument and close to Trench 3.It revealed a narrow ditch-type feature of uncertain date. Test Pit 3 was positioned close to Trench 1, and rather than targeting any particular archaeological feature its role was to better understand the nature of the glacial subsoil and bedrock of the site. Test Pit 2 however produced some very intriguing results.It was placed near the centre of the existing monument, and targeted what looked like a very large pit feature on the geophysical survey.The excavation revealed a large pit, with evidence of disturbance at the upper levels, but as we excavated deeper we discovered significant evidence of large fires.This may be the ceremonial fires of Tlachtga described by Keating, but it could be to do with later activity on the site.The Annals record that Tlachtga was burned by an expedition of the Cenél Eógain in 908 AD, or it may be the remains of metal-working or a kiln from later periods in history, or perhaps even evidence from the seventeenth century activity at the site.The significant layers of burning at the centre of the monument are certainly intriguing however, and we eagerly await the radiocarbon dates to tell us what period the burning belongs to.What happens next Source: Neil JackmanWhile the excavation has been completed for this year, we must now enter the post-excavation process. This involves a lot of work in digitising archives, plans and drawings along with actual post-excavation analysis of artefacts and finds.Most important in the context of our excavation are the osteoarchaeological report of the burial, and the examination of animal bone reports and charcoal identification. Sieving of samples may provide some other plant remains for identification, and many soil samples have been taken for micromorphological work.Following initial bone and charcoal reports we can then set about submitting material for dating. The post-excavation analysis and radiocarbon dating can be a rather pain-staking and rather slow process, and it is intended that future publications and articles will be written to cover the results.Overall this season’s excavation has achieved all of its stated goals. Material for radiocarbon dating has been retrieved and now we have a much better idea about the story of Tlachtga.The team Source: Joe ConlonThe success of the excavations is thanks to the local communities of Athboy and Rathcairn for their wonderful support and interest throughout the excavation, particularly Joe Conlon, John Gilroy and Frances MacDonagh who were a great help, and Bernard and the team of Athboy Aviation at Ballyboy Airfield who gave me an unforgettable experience when they flew us over the site to get aerial photographs.We are also very thankful to everyone who paid us a visit during the course of the excavations, over 340 people called up and it was wonderful to see the interest and enthusiasm for the excavations.We are also extremely grateful to the support from the staff of University College Dublin; School of Archaeology, Senator John Gilroy, David Gilroy, Joe Conlon, Meath County Manager Jackie Maguire, Deputy Ray Butler TD and Minister Brian Hayes, and the funding provided by The Office of Public Works, Meath County Council, The Heritage Council and The Royal Irish Academy.Finally, the incredible team of volunteers who worked so professionally and diligently on the site: Dr Stephen Davis, the site director Caitriona Moore, trench supervisors Jean, Niamh, Siobhan and Clíodhna, and the volunteers Mick, Clare, Abi, Aika, Elena, Katherine, Susan, Sarah, Christine, Christine, Melanie, Stephen, Rene, Ursula, Julie, Lorcan, Jackie, Peter, Rory, Wayne, David, Liam, Paul, Sam, Martin and Micheál.Not forgetting the landowner Mark and his family, who were incredibly generous, helpful and patient throughout the project.We look forward to discovering more of the story of this enigmatic site in the future.Thank you to all who followed the excavations on our Facebook Page.In the next edition, we return to highlighting more of Ireland’s wonderful heritage sites, and suggesting three more great places to visit from around the island of Ireland. I’d love to hear your suggestions; if you have a favourite heritage site please leave a comment below.You can discover more great heritage sites and places on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland.Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, a fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past – with many of them absolutely free to download from abartaheritage.ie.If you’d like to receive daily updates about great heritage sites, then please consider following Abarta on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.Read: Digging Tlachtga: Getting into the trenches with Ireland’s past>Dig this: How we plan to get to heart of one of Ireland’s most mysterious sites>last_img read more

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WWE recaps the 1019 episodes of Total Divas on E

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Pinterest WWE.com has a recap of the 10/19 episodes of WWE Total Divas that you can view by clicking here.You can also view highlights of the shows by clicking here.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha center_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Velvet Sky Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Ortonlast_img read more

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Washington Misick Thanks Social Committee For PNP Fun Day

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Officers and members of the Progressive National Party (PNP) thank the Social Committee of the Party for a most successful Family Fun Day. The purpose of this event was to promote camaraderie and citizens engagement, a direct consequence of which was the launch of the party membership drive.The membership drive is an appeal to all who support the ideas of the Party. It seeks to broaden the range and participation of those who align themselves with the Party, and offer an opportunity to affirm that relationship by becoming a card-carrying member of the Party qualifying one to hold office in the Party.The June 10th event was the first in a series of events planned by the Social Committee for the rest of the calendar year across the various communities within the Turks and Caicos Islands.A special invitation is hereby extended to the electorate to become engaged in the decision-making and operation of the Party through formal membership and active participation. Further information is available from the Party office at Progress House, Airport Road, Providenciales, open 12pm to 6pm Monday to Friday or from your local elected representative or constituency care-taker.The Party is aware of the contrasting complex socio-economic challenges of race, culture, education, status and economic opportunities that in some instances have resulted in the marginalisation of Turks and Caicos Islanders.The PNP has always been and will continue to be committed to empowerment and social inclusiveness by working to improve the opportunity, and dignity of those disadvantaged for whatever the reason.To that end we invite all who share our dreams of a more just society (one in which the welfare of the masses trump that of the individual, one in which change is more than a cliché) to join us.Remember a promise without commitment is nothing more than a falsehood. The PNP commits, promises and delivers. Ask the others what has changed in the last six months.#magneticmedianews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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BC Official Says Mine Concerns Heard Critics Disagree

first_imgDrilled rock cores wait for analysis at the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project, one of the British Columbia mines planned for near the Southeast Alaska border. Mines Minister Bill Bennett says the provincial government will listen to critics’ concerns about potential damage to transboundary rivers where salmon spawn. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia officials say they understand why Alaskans are concerned about new mines planned for transboundary rivers. But critics on this side of the border say they’re not doing anything about it.Download AudioCanada’s farthest west province is in the midst of a mining boom. With government support, more than half a dozen projects are under exploration or development near rivers where Alaska salmon spawn and live.British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s not ignoring objections from fishermen, environmentalists and tribal leaders on this side of the border.“My message to Alaskans is not, ‘Don’t worry, be happy, nothing to worry about,’” says Bill Bennett, B.C.’s minister of energy and mines.He recently visited Alaska to meet with government officials and address the state mining association.“I think that people who are downstream from any industrial activity have every right to know what’s going on, to express their point of view. And we in B.C. need to be listening,” he says.“There is no policy set that allows us to have any influence in what is happening on the Canadian side,” says Jill Weitz of Trout Unlimited.She was part of a recent Salmon Beyond Borders tour through Southeast Alaska. Appearances in five cities drummed up opposition to transboundary river mines.“Canada has come in and they have essentially weakened some of their environmental regulations as far as streamlining permitting processes,” she says.Tour speakers cited plans for the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell, or KSM, project, one of the most controversial near-border mines. They said its water treatment plant will not be up to Alaska standards.Bennett says that’s not true. He says B.C.’s government has strict rules to protect the environment from mine runoff and other pollution.“It’s just not credible to suggest that somehow or other we have some sort of a weak process in British Columbia and that it’s easy to build a mine there and operate a mine there, because it isn’t,” he says.Bennett says he wants Alaskans to know his agency has been working with the state Department of Natural Resources to address concerns.He says the same is true for developers of the KSM.“I had assumed that if the Department of Natural Resources was engaged in the assessment of the KSM project that first of all, the public would be aware of that. And that secondly, the officials involved would be accountable to some elected folks,” Bennett says.Salmon Beyond Borders and other critics, including several state lawmakers, don’t have much faith in that process.Weitz, of Trout Unlimited, says they’re lobbying for a U.S.-Canada panel that considers cross-boundary issues to take it up. She says her coalition wants the panel to look at all the transboundary projects, not just one or two.“This is going to be a big push in order to have this International Joint Commission look at this issue as a regional issue, rather than project by project,” she says.Critics point to last summer’s dam break at the Mount Polley Mine, in eastern British Columbia. There, a dam collapsed, allowing millions of gallons of water laden with silt and rock to flow into nearby waterways. They say it’s an example of what could happen near transboundary rivers.B.C. Energy Minister Bennett disagrees.“We are not taking any chances.” he says.He says that mine is closed until his agency knows what caused the breach. And he says he’s ordered fast-track government inspections of similar dams around the province. That includes the Red Chris Mine, which will open soon in the Stikine River watershed.“I ordered all of those companies that have tailings impoundment facilities in B.C. to engage an independent engineering company that has no connection to the mining company, to the site, to come in and do a second inspection,” he says.He calls the Mount Polley dam break huge and impactful. But he says so far, officials have not found dangerous levels of toxins in a nearby lake or its fish.last_img read more

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Ouye games console excels at copyright infringement

first_imgChina is well known for its rip-offs, we see products that look like those offered by the leading brands but are anything but. Rip-off iPhones, iPads, laptops, and even games consoles. And the latest entry in the “alternative” games console hitting the market is a confusing mix of designs stolen and mashed together from other consoles.Say hello to the Ouye. It’s a name that may look and sound very similar to Ouya, but there’s no official link there. Then we have the console casing, which looks almost exactly the same as a PS4 except it has the grill design on the top from the Xbox One. And the controller? That’s an almost exact copy of the Xbox One controller.So it has a name that sounds like the Ouya and the look of a PS4 combined with the Xbox One controller. If the hardware performs as well as those two machines then it has a chance of selling, but the Ouye is definitely not going to be winning any performance awards. Inside that casing is an Android micro console, and the only system it claims to be more powerful than is the device it mostly stole its name from: the Ouya.The console is being crowdfunded on Chinese site JD.com. The spec says it is running on an A80 platform, which suggests the Octa-core Allwinner A80 board (ARM Cortex A15/A7). That’s combined with a PowerVR G6230 GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of on-board flash memory, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and a MicroSD card slot that supports 64GB cards. The OS is listed as Android 4.4.2, and the price is going to be roughly $70 for the console and a controller.If the Ouye attempted to make the trip West both Sony and Microsoft would have an easy time getting it banned. The list of copyright infringements would be very long indeed. There’s also really no market for this machine if you consider how many existing Android tablets and boards already offer similar performance and functionality.last_img read more

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Large amount of gold and silver found in reservoirs under volcanoes in

first_imgA small team of researchers with members from institutions in the U.S. and New Zealand has found that there are large deposits of gold and silver in at least six reservoirs beneath several volcanoes in New Zealand. In their paper published in the journal Geothermics, the team describes their investigation into geothermal systems in the V-shaped Taupo Volcanic Zone on New Zealand’s North Island and just how much of the precious metal they believe is hiding down there. As part of their study, the team found that magma heating water in the volcanic zone had been breaking down rocks for quite some time, releasing the gold and silver in them. Those metal particles then fell to the floor of reservoirs that are hundreds of meters deep. The natural process is similar to the way modern precious metals are obtained—lode bearing rock is crushed and then sifted using water—the heavier metals land at the bottom where they are retrieved. In their studies, the team found examples of gold at over 20 parts per billion, and silver at 2,000 ppb. The team believes the precious metals could be mined, yielding perhaps nearly three billion dollars worth of gold and three and a half billion in silver annually. Of course, companies hoping to take advantage of the find would have several hurdles to jump—new technology would have to be developed to get at the source (the research group suggests it would likely entail a two-phase pipeline that would allow for capturing the metals as the accumulate, rather than digging in the sediment to retrieve what has already fallen) and agreements would have to be made with others already tapping into the heated water—they use it as a geothermal energy source. It has been known for some time that precious metals were embedded in subsurface rocks in the area, but in concentrations too low to make mining worthwhile. Testing samples below using hole sampling revealed much higher concentrations in deposits at the bottom of the reservoirs. The team noted that testing at two sites, Rotokawa and Mokai revealed even high concentrations, suggesting production of 680 to 7,500 kg of gold a year might be possible. Recovering low-grade platinum metals Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Large amount of gold and silver found in reservoirs under volcanoes in New Zealand (2015, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-large-amount-gold-silver-reservoirs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Gold and silver resources in Taupo Volcanic Zone geothermal systems, Geothermics, Available online 14 August 2015. AbstractEarlier investigations show that some geothermal systems of the Taupo Volcanic Zone are sites of precious metal transport and deposition. Gold and silver precipitate in hot springs, in subsurface hydrothermally altered rocks, and in two-phase pipelines associated with production wells, as a result of gas loss due to flashing and adsorption on to As and Sb-rich sulfur phases. The amounts of Au deposited in subsurface rocks may exceed several hundred thousand ounces, but the concentrations appear to be very low grade (<1 ppm Au). High-grade deposits are forming in hot springs, containing >500 ppm Au and >700 ppm Ag, but small metal inventories (<10,000 oz Au) and very high conservation value eliminate these sites as potential resources.Down hole sampling of production wells shows that deep reservoir waters have Au concentrations that range from <0.1 to >20 ppb and Ag concentrations that range from <2 to >2000 ppb. The limited data suggest that at modest concentrations, production wells could produce 0.3 to 3.0 kg Au/year, but that wells in Rotokawa, might produce 19–70 kg Au/year. For modest Ag concentrations, production wells could produce 3–100 kg Ag/year, but wells at Mokai and Rotokawa might produce 680–7500 kg Ag/year. The total amounts of aqueous Au and Ag in reservoirs could be on the order of tens of thousands of ounces Au and hundreds of thousands of ounces Ag, or more.New technologies need to be developed to extract the metals from the flow stream of production wells without interfering with geothermal energy production for continued metal extraction to be feasible. The alternative is to let precious metals accumulate in two-phase pipelines, to be recovered in intervals, when practical for steam field operations and optimal in terms of profitability.via Sciencenews.org Mount Ngauruhoe is the tallest peak of the Tongariro complex in the North Island of New Zealand. Credit: Photo by Don Swanson, 1984 (U.S. Geological Survey). via Wikipedia.last_img read more

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Reducing Climate Change by Making It Less Abstract

first_imgThe fundamental problem is that people experience abstract information differently than concrete information. Abstract information often leads to wondering and thinking, but no action. Concrete information tends to convey greater urgency, triggering the belief that “we need to act now.” Concrete information is also more likely to activate strong emotions such as joy, frustration, or empathy. We are happier with a bonus that we receive the next day than exactly the same bonus two months from now. And concrete experiences often trigger changes in our behavior. Seeing a small leak makes us renovate our house. Hearing a friend’s story about malaria may be enough to decide not to visit a tropical country. Small-but-concrete events can have powerful effects. Read the whole story: Scientific American There is no longer any doubt: the world is getting warmer, and humans are partially to blame. Unless we make significant changes at both the individual and societal level in the coming years, the consequences could be catastrophic. However, such changes are inherently difficult to enact because they cut directly against human nature. Humans are naturally prone to making short-term decisions (for instance, taking the plane rather than the train) as opposed to pursuing longer-term collective interests. In other words, they often prefer benefits in the concrete “here and now” to those that occur in the abstract future. But how can this tendency be overcome? How can concrete outcomes—cash, time, comfort—compete with a threat as abstract as climate change?last_img read more

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Windows zeroday vulnerability exposed on ALPC interface by a vulnerability researcher with

first_imgOn 27th August, a self-proclaimed ‘retired vulnerability researcher’ who goes by the name ‘SandboxEscaper’ tweeted about a local privilege escalation exploit for Windows. The unknown Windows zero-day vulnerability found in the Windows OS could allow a local user or a malicious one to obtain system privileges on the targeted machine. Will Dorman, an engineer of CERT/CC, confirmed the vulnerability and issued an official CERT/CC alert on the same day. He said that the vulnerability is a privilege escalation issue and resides in the Windows’ task scheduler program. It occurred due to errors in the handling of Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC) systems. ALPC interface is a Windows-internal mechanism and works as an inter-process communication system. With ALPC, a client process running within the OS can ask a server process running within the same OS to provide some information or perform some action. Proof-of-concept (PoC) code to exploit the ALPC interface on GitHub SandboxEscaper released a proof-of-concept (PoC) code on GitHub on 7th May,  in order to exploit the ALPC interface to gain SYSTEM access on a Windows system. This PoC can largely attract malware authors as it allows benign malware to gain an admin access on targeted systems. At present, there are no known solutions for this vulnerability, which has been awarded a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 6.4 – 6.8. A CVSS score ranging between 4.0 – 6.9 is said to have medium severity as per the Qualitative Severity Rating Scale. SandboxEscaper did not notify Microsoft about the vulnerability, which leaves all the Windows 64-bit users prone to attack. However, Microsoft has acknowledged the 0-day flaw and we can expect this flaw to be resolved in Microsoft’s next security updates scheduled for September 11, the company’s next ‘Patch Tuesday’. The person behind the Windows zero-day hack:  SandboxEscaper This vulnerability was discovered by a self-educated blogger named ‘Sandbox escaper’. Her previous work can be found at https://sandboxescaper.blogspot.com/p/disclosures_8.html What is intriguing is that the blogger calls herself a ‘retired vulnerability researcher’ who now blogs on travel. However, she has just started looking for a job in vulnerability research a week before her now famous Windows 0day hack. She says on her post on her current job hunt, “I have mainly focused on logic bugs so far. So ideally I would prefer a place that is willing to mentor me, and doesn’t just expect me to start breaking all the hard targets and sandboxes by myself. I would also prefer an onsite job in the UK (I’m currently a citizen of Belgium and also living there).” She also goes forth to mention that being a transgender, her transition has been really difficult. Dealing with social pressure and anxiety isn’t easy, but this vulnerability researcher is causing heads to turn thanks to this discovery! She’s definitely got Microsoft’s attention now. Would be interesting to see if Microsoft decides to give her a chance at a job interview. On a related note, this story also underscores the existing toxic culture in tech and highlights why it is important for tech companies to push inclusion and diversity as a key CxO performance metric. A person should be judged on merits and capabilities, not on their personal lifestyle choices or their traits/features, physical, emotional, sexual, political or otherwise. Further updates to this story After SandboxEscaper’s first tweet caused friction in the flaw disclosure process. She followed up with another tweet stating “Enjoy the 0day. It will get patched really fast. I guess I had fun today. Now I’m gone for a while, bye.” Publicly releasing Windows vulnerabilities before Microsoft has issued a patch is quite rare. Microsoft, and many other companies offer bug bounties, or rewards, for information on software flaws. However, publicly disclosing the flaw vindicates someone from earning a bug bounty. As per Microsoft’s rules, detailed proof-of-concept code similar to the one that SandboxEscaper posted, must not be disclosed until 30 days after Microsoft issues a patch. Her GitHub video might have violated Microsoft’s terms and conditions for bug rewards. Yesterday, SandboxEscaper tweeted, “I screwed up, not MSFT (they are actually a cool company).” SandboxEscaper received an overwhelmingly positive response and compliments for her vulnerability discovery from various tech geeks, including from the cybersecurity training company Hacker House. Read more about this 0day exploit’s technical details on Kevin Beaumont’s Medium post. Note: Updated on 30th Aug, to include section on ‘Further updates to this story’. Read Next Epic games CEO calls Google “irresponsible” for disclosing the security flaw in Fortnite Android Installer before the patch was ready Sugar operating system: A new OS to enhance GPU acceleration security in web apps Meet ‘Foreshadow’: The L1 Terminal Fault in Intel’s chipslast_img read more

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Will a blue agenda work

first_imgFrom the print editionFor decades, environmental advocates have extolled Costa Rica’s forestry conservation initiatives, including the creation of a vast national park system and a plan to be the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021.But the country has a less-than-stellar record on protecting its marine resources, and in recent years, Costa Rica’s “blue” policies have fallen behind other countries in the region, hampered by a lack of regulatory legislation, personnel, financial resources and political will.Last month, President Laura Chinchilla’s administration took a major step forward by announcing a series of measures aimed at strengthening Costa Rica’s “blue agenda.” By promoting sustainable marine management, the president hopes to replicate by 2022 the success of conservation efforts on land.Armed with a comprehensive report of what remains to be done on marine conservation – provided by a presidential advisory committee convened last November – Chinchilla signed July 17 executive decrees that created a Cabinet-level National Marine Commission to coordinate marine conservation policy, a new Waters and Oceans Vice Ministry under the current Environment Ministry, and an Oceanic Navigation Bill that would establish an updated regulatory framework for patrolling and enforcing environmental laws at sea.“Our goal with the efforts [at marine conservation] by this administration is for Costa Ricans not to think of this as a small country, one of the smallest in the region, but rather as a great nation,” Chinchilla said during a mid-July signing ceremony at Casa Presidencial. “We have to start thinking like a big nation whose policies have consequences for our [marine] territory, which is 10 times the size of our land territory and has 3.5 percent of the world’s marine biodiversity.”Conservation groups applauded the new measures and challenged Chinchilla to announce a date for their implementation. The National Marine Commission, comprised of the ministers of public security, environment, agriculture, and public works and transport, has not yet held its first formal meeting to begin implementing the president’s new policy goals.“We view the National Marine Commission’s creation as a positive step, in that a governing body will dictate policy with a more integrated vision toward marine management without sectorial divisions,” said Viviana Gutiérrez, political advocacy director at MarViva Foundation, a private conservation group. “But at the same time, there is concern about when, exactly, this commission will start its work.”Gutiérrez recalled 2009, when then-President Oscar Arias created a similar Cabinet-level group called the Oceans Council, whose members failed to hold a single meeting.A long-overdue overhaulOne of the strongest recommendations in the marine advisory committee report, published June 14, is a complete overhaul of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca), including a restructuring of its board of directors. Since its creation in 1994, Incopesca has fielded strong criticism from conservationists for its fisheries management. The institute’s board mostly is comprised of individuals with business ties to commercial fishing industries, the equivalent, conservationists say, of letting the fox guard the henhouse.“We have been saying this for years,” said Randall Arauz, president of the Marine Turtle Restoration Program and a member of a Costa Rican coalition of NGOs called Front for our Seas. “The public interest will never be served without the reform of Incopesca, an institution that currently serves only the economic interests of its board members.”Critics accuse Incopesca of turning a blind eye to shark finning in Costa Rica’s 590,000 square kilometers of maritime territory, a charge Incopesca officials deny. Shark finning, driven by the demand for shark fin soup, a prestigious product in China and Taiwan, is driving global shark populations toward extinction. Fins can fetch hundreds of dollars per pound in some markets. To save space in cargo holds, fishermen slice off fins from sharks and toss the animals overboard to bleed to death or drown. The practice is illegal in Costa Rican waters, but overland shipment of shark products, including fins, is not. Data provided by Incopesca indicate that between January 2010 and August 2011, nearly 60,000 kilograms of shark products, including dried fins, were imported into Costa Rica overland from Nicaragua (TT, July 6).Other criticisms of Incopesca include a lack of accurate data management on fisheries and stonewalling on public information requests. According to the law that established Incopesca, the institute’s board is comprised of nine members, including an executive president who is appointed by members of the Cabinet. Also on the board are one representative each from the ministries of agriculture and livestock and science and technology, another government representative appointed by the Cabinet, a representative from fishing or aquaculture organizations in each of the three coastal provinces (Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limón), a representative of the commercial fishing export sector and a representative of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fish (TT, Dec. 9, 2011).“We recommend a revision of Incopesca’s Charter Law in order to change its institutional structure. This includes significant modifications of its board of directors to ensure the public interest is protected during decision making,” the committee report stated.Conservationists want that change to happen soon. “We’re happy that at least it’s on paper,” Arauz said. “But I want to ask the president a question: When is the reform going to start?”Changing the law governing Incopesca’s board – in order to allow representatives from academia and conservation groups – could take years, as it would require lawmakers to pass a reform bill. Some members of the assembly – particularly those from coastal districts with big commercial fishing interests – strongly oppose the idea, including a handful of legislators from Chinchilla’s own National Liberation Party (PLN). “PLN lawmakers from Puntarenas will never support this,” Gutiérrez said. “They have a considerable political commitment to [commercial fishing] interests. It gets complicated.”Still, officials from the current administration said they are committed to laying the groundwork for a “blue” legacy that would transition to future administrations after the president leaves office in 2014. In the spotlightCosta Rica’s lack of a sustainable marine management strategy caught global attention recently in an unexpected way: the May 13 arrest in Germany of oceans advocate Paul Watson, the 61-year-old president and founder of Sea Shepherd and star of Animal Planet’s popular TV show “Whale Wars.” Watson was detained at Costa Rica’s request on charges that he endangered the lives of a Costa Rican fishing vessel’s crew in 2002. Watson, who fled house arrest in Germany on July 22 and currently is in hiding, accused the Costa Rican government of protecting shark finners and conspiring with Japan to have him arrested, a charge that Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo dismissed last week.While the Chinchilla administration has kept its distance from the Watson case by saying the matter is for the courts to resolve, Castro, the environment minister, said Costa Rica should do more to stop the bloody trade in shark fins: “It’s time for us to execute these new policy initiatives, and our success depends on demonstrating concrete results on an issue the country already has begun combating. I’m referring entirely to shark finning.” He added that, “The country [Costa Rica] that has pushed for the protection of the hammerhead shark under the CITES convention cannot allow people to circumvent regulations and continue shark finning.”For Arauz, the next step in shutting down the shark finning industry is adopting a ban on imports of shark fins and their byproducts, a measure Incopesca opposes.Incopesca President Luis Dobles, whose job is now in the crosshairs – not only by conservation groups, but also by some administration officials – responded to the advisory committee’s report by saying the recommendations were “helpful.”  Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco is home to dozens of endemic marine species and several species of sharks, making it a prime target for poachers. Courtesy of Avi Kapfer, MarViva “Incopesca is mentioned in several places [in the report],” Dobles said. “The most relevant parts relate to the modernization of the institute to try and keep pace with many dynamic changes relating to the regulation of fishing activities, both nationally and internationally. [The advisory committee] also mentions the importance of strengthening Incopesca in terms of human and financial resources.”Dobles added that he is not opposed to an analysis and possible revision of the law governing Incopesca’s board, but as it stands, the board is formed in accordance with the law.“The committee recognizes that the makeup of the board of directors now includes five members that may, in some way, share a vision with the private sector, and that four members come from the public sector,” Dobles said. “In that regard, the idea of the committee’s recommendation is to analyze the possibility of giving the public sector more participation in the decision-making process.”Conservationists interpreted the report differently. Wagner Quirós, a spokesman for the Front for Our Seas, called the committee’s recommendation to overhaul Incopesca “historic.”“Hopefully, this isn’t only the end of Incopesca as we know it, but also the dawn of a new era in national marine conservation,” Quirós said.A new vice ministryAnother key element to Chinchilla’s blue agenda is the creation of the Waters and Oceans Vice Ministry, which will promote sustainable marine and coastal development and oversee policy for the country’s oceans, wetlands and rivers – a monumental task, according to the vice ministry’s new leader, José Lino Chaves.For nearly a decade, Chaves has served as the president of the Environment Tribunal, an administrative tribunal under the Environment Ministry that has jurisdiction to prosecute environmental crimes. According to analysts, Chaves is politically savvy, is comfortable in the halls of the Legislative Assembly, and understands Costa Rica’s challenges in enforcing environmental law.“We’ll be pushing strongly for the development of marine protected areas and responsible fishing areas,” Chaves told The Tico Times. Costa Rica currently has 20 marine protected areas covering 5,300 square kilometers – less than 10 percent of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “In the Exclusive Economic Zone, we’re going to look for ways to help provide access to artisanal fishermen, while at the same time protecting [the EEZ]. Obviously, we can’t forget about protecting Isla del Coco, and our goal there is to regulate marine areas and implement systems to know where boats are,” Chaves said. “It’s an enormous panorama, but little by little, we understand what needs to be done and are planning to begin with specific objectives.”Filling a legal vacuumSome of Costa Rica’s biggest vulnerabilities at sea are a lack of regulatory legislation to allow authorities to patrol and prosecute violators, and a shortage of trained personnel and equipment to combat illegal fishing and drug trafficking. One of Chinchilla’s decrees sent an Oceanic Navigation Bill to the assembly that would help fill the country’s current legal vacuum.As Gutiérrez noted, “There is no discussion; it is absolutely vital for Costa Rica to have this law.” The bill seeks to strengthen the ability of harbor masters – who work under the Public Works and Transport Ministry, or MOPT – to better regulate licensing for fishing vessels, and in coordination with the Coast Guard – which operates under the Public Security Ministry – track boat locations to ensure they are within areas permitted by their licenses. Currently, harbor masters have no way of determining if ships abide by the distances from shore that their licenses permit, and officials at sea often encounter vessels as far away as Isla del Coco – some 590 kilometers from Costa Rica’s mainland – with licenses allowing them to fish only eight kilometers out. For harbor and Coast Guard officials, regulation is essential not only for public safety – rescue operations for disabled boats at sea are not only costly for taxpayers, but also endanger fishermen’s lives – but also to help combat illegal fishing and drug trafficking and plan sustainable management of fisheries.By 2013, MOPT, the Environment Ministry and the Public Security Ministry will have a radar system in place in the Pacific, enabling them to track ships and cross-reference their locations with licenses. The navigation bill would require ships to utilize onboard GPS tracking systems.The bill also outlines penal sanctions for violators, allowing for better enforcement. Costa Rica currently has no oceanic navigation law, and violators of fishing regulations are subject only to weak administrative sanctions, Gutiérrez said. “We are very involved [in the navigation bill], because [Costa Rica] needs to establish criminal penalties for ships that don’t respect the limitations of their licenses,” Gutiérrez said. “If we know that there are 500 fishermen with five-mile licenses, we can start to ensure that our resources are sustainable, by regulating the number of licenses issued and controlling where people fish. Right now, fishing boats are going wherever they want because it’s disordered and there are only weak sanctions.”Saving the seasOther organizations, such as the Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP), have also called for a furthering of the president’s blue agenda, including stronger regulations on industrial and semi-industrial fishing fleets that using nonselective fishing methods such as trawling, longlines and purse seining.“The major impact on the marine ecosystem in our country is that of overfishing with nonselective fishing gear,” FECOP President Enrique Ramírez noted in a May 25 Tico Times opinion column. “Between 2000 and 2007, total volume of fisheries products decreased by 40 percent, and by 2012, this decrease has probably reached 50 percent or more. This is the result of extractive fisheries policies – more comparable to those of the 17th century – in which the prevailing criteria are maximum capture, least possible effort, lowest cost and as quickly as possible,” Ramírez noted. According to FECOP, data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and World Bank indicate the world economy could recover up to $50 billion annually if fish stocks were restored.“In Costa Rica, we are lacking this type of study, as there is no planning involved in the management of fishery resources,” Ramírez wrote.At stake, say conservationists, is the future not only of Costa Rica’s 6,700 marine species – including 90 endemic species, mostly found near Isla del Coco – but also of the thousands of mostly poor families who live in coastal areas and depend on the sea for a livelihood. Halfway through her administration, and armed with a new road map for marine policy reform, Chinchilla has publicly presented a plan for comprehensive change. But according to analysts, implementing those policies likely will depend on the degree of pressure applied by nongovernmental groups and citizens.“It probably won’t happen under this administration, but at least the strategy is there,” Arauz said. “I think it will be up to us, the NGOs, to make sure that strategy prevails into the next administration.” Gutiérrez agreed: “We’ll have to see if the president really gets involved in this. It’s going to require a serious commitment from politicians. Otherwise, we’ll be left only with a report written on paper.” Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

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Booze bootleggers busted after bribe backfires

first_imgNational Police officers conducting a routine inspection on a road in the Caribbean province of Limón on Tuesday evening stopped a truck allegedly transporting seafood. Instead of shrimp, officers found a shipment of bootlegged liquor.A Tico surnamed Velásquez and a Salvadoran woman surnamed Ramírez could not produce documents to confirm the goods were legally purchased. Officers confiscated the vehicle and the cargo on tax evasion charges.In their report, cops said the woman offered a ₡500,000 ($940) bribe and was subsequently arrested, along with the man.Limón Police Director Allan Obando said the suspects were taken to a local prosecutor’s office, where the woman was charged with attempted bribery. The Fiscal Control Police (PCF) also plans on bringing tax evasion charges against the couple.Obando said 597 cases of booze were seized, including rum, whiskey, tequila and beer, worth an estimated ₡20 million ($38,000).National Police and PCF officers last August confiscated a similar shipment of contraband liquor hidden inside a tanker truck at Paso Canoas, on the border with Panama. Facebook Comments Related posts:Finance Ministry proposes tougher sanctions to crack down on contraband smuggling Police seize more than 10,000 contraband cigarettes in San José raids Smugglers play central role in money laundering, say law enforcement Police arrest suspect carrying marijuana-based medicine and other pharmaceuticals at Nicaraguan borderlast_img read more

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Prominent German publisher Alfred Neven DuMont dies at 88

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean FILE – In this April 23, 2007 file photo German publisher Alfred Neven DuMont is photographed in Berlin. Alfred Neven DuMont, a prominent German newspaper publisher over several decades, has died. He was 88. Neven DuMont’s company, the M. DuMont Schauberg group, said he died on Saturday. It gave no further details in a statement Sunday May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He headed the company’s supervisory board from 1990 until January this year. The group now publishes newspapers including the daily Berliner Zeitung and Hamburger Morgenpost and also includes book publisher DuMont.It holds a 20 percent stake in the Haaretz Group, the publisher of one of Israel’s best-known daily papers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BERLIN (AP) — Alfred Neven DuMont, a prominent German newspaper publisher for several decades, has died. He was 88.Neven DuMont’s company, the M. DuMont Schauberg group, said he died on Saturday. It gave no further details in a statement Sunday.Neven DuMont joined the family-controlled company in 1953. He took charge of Cologne’s Stadt-Anzeiger daily and founded the tabloid Express in 1964, later serving as the group’s chief executive. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   last_img read more

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THAI holds revival of Thai Traditional Culture Event

first_imgTHAI Holds Revival of Thai Traditional Culture EventTHAI holds revival of Thai Traditional Culture EventMrs. Priyasiri Juathes (fourth from left), Vice President, Product and Guest Experience,  Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), Mr. Krittaphon Chantalitanon  (first from left), THAI Vice President, Alliances and Commercial Strategy, Ms. Jittima Udayachalerm (seventh from left), THAI Director, Royal Orchid Plus, Business Unit, and Mr. Pakorn Chatborirak (third from left), Thai Actor, took photos with Royal Orchid Plus members at the Revival of Thai Traditional Culture event that was held at THAI’s Head Office.THAI and Thai Beverage Public Company Limited jointly organized this event to celebrate Royal Orchid Plus’ 25th Anniversary. Royal Orchid Plus members redeemed 2,500 miles for a photo shoot in Thai traditional attire with Chayanitikorn Photo Studio at THAI’s Head Office.Source = Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI)last_img read more

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