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SecretaryGeneral appeals for decisive action on climate change

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change,” which concluded that if the world continues on its present course, emissions will rise by 25 to 90 per cent by 2030 compared to 2000. “The continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions needs to be effectively stemmed,” he said. “The IPCC report confirms that mitigation options, including changes in lifestyle and consumption, are available for all sectors, but enhanced action on the part of Governments and the private sector is urgently needed.”He emphasized the need for global agreement on the issue, noting that “Mitigating in a cost-effective manner can only be achieved through an enhanced international climate change regime.”Mr. Ban added that countries need to agree on strong framework by 2010 to ensure that there is no gap between the end of the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period in 2012 and the entry into force of a future regime.“A comprehensive package on the way forward needs to be urgently launched at the United Nations climate change conference in Bali in December this year,” he said, calling on all parties to the Convention on Climate Change to work towards this aim with the political will to decisively abate the problem.“Climate change will touch every corner and every community on this planet but equally, overcoming climate change can touch on every facet of the global economy in a wealth of positive ways,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which, together with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), established the IPCC. “It is now up to Governments to introduce the mechanisms and incentives to unleash the ingenuity and creativity of the financial and technological markets in order to realize these economic, social and environmental gains,” he said.Ogunlade Davidson, co chair of the IPCC working group that produced the report, warned against passivity. “If we continue to do what we are doing now we are in deep trouble,” he said.The report found that by adopting stronger climate change policies, governments could slow and reverse these emissions trends and ultimately stabilize the level of greenhouse gases remaining in the atmosphere. But it cautioned that the longer it takes to reach a peak in emissions, the more difficult it will be to prevent higher average global temperatures. Previous IPCC reports issued this February and April have indicated that there will likely be a 2-4.5ºC, rise in the global mean temperature in the 21st century with the best estimate of 3ºC, or 5.4ºF. But a rise of more than 1.5-2.5 ºC could place approximately 20-30 per cent of plants and animals at increased risk of extinction and a temperature increase by 3 ºC would have largely negative consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services, such as water and food supply. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the report found, need not necessarily cripple economies. The cost of stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 will range between a 3 per cent decrease in gross domestic product and a possible gain, depending on savings realized by greater efficiencies.To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the report suggested improvements to the energy supply, including improved energy efficiency, switching to cleaner fuels, greater use of nuclear power renewable energy sources, as well as the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel plants.The report offers a range of potential solutions that could help reduce emissions, including improved vehicle efficiency, better building energy management, reduced rates of deforestation, and methane recovery from landfill sites.But technologies have their limits. IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri said, “it is probably naïve to believe that merely developing technologies in labs and in workshops would be the answer.” He said unless there is a package of polices and market forces – represented by the price of carbon – “you will not get a major dissemination of technologies no matter how meritorious and desirable they would be.”Mr. Pachauri said that for the first time, the report looked at lifestyles and climate change. “You can look at technologies, you can look at policies, but what is an extremely a powerful but need for human society as a whole to start looking at changes in lifestyles and consumption patterns changes.” 4 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for decisive action on climate change, citing a new expert report concluding that the world community could significantly slow and then reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases over the next several decades by exploiting cost-effective policies and current and emerging technologies. read more

Canadian dollar inches ahead before BoC governor Polozs rate decision

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar climbed higher on Tuesday as traders awaited the first Bank of Canada policy decision under new governor Stephen Poloz.The loonie ended the session up 0.45 of a cent to 96.47 cents US.The central bank is widely expected to keep its key interest rate on hold at one per cent when it makes the announcement Wednesday morning. The near certainty means that focus will be more so on what Poloz says, rather than what he does.It leaves “the debate centre on whether governor Poloz will shift to a neutral stance or retain the slight hawkish bias,” Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton said in a note.We have been given few clues, however are biased to believe that the BoC chooses to maintain it, this would support the Canadian dollar.”Also expected Wednesday is testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke about the U.S. economy that could set the tone in markets for the rest of the summer.In commodities, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange weakened 32 cents to US$106 a barrel.August bullion rose $6.90 to US$1,290.40 an ounce while the TSX gold sector rose 3.1 per cent. The September copper contract on the Nymex gained 4.2 cents to US$3.187 a pound. Canadian dollar inches ahead before BoC governor Poloz’s rate decision by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 9:25 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

USDA overhauls decadesold poultry inspections in effort to improve food safety

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 1:19 pm MDT USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections in effort to improve food safety WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by around a fourth. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. There would also be more inspectors checking the facilities to make sure they are clean.The changes would be voluntary, but many of the country’s largest poultry companies are expected to opt in.Federal law requires that government inspectors be present in poultry processing plants. Right now, many USDA inspectors stand in one place on the production line and check for visual defects. This doesn’t do much to ensure the birds are safe to eat, since common poultry pathogens like salmonella and campylobacter are invisible. The new rules would better train inspectors to find hazards in the plant and would also require the companies to do more testing for pathogens.USDA originally proposed the rule in January 2012, saying the reduction in inspectors would save companies and taxpayers money while also decreasing pathogens in the food supply. Consumer groups have said an overhaul is necessary but criticized that proposal, saying it would shift too much of the inspection burden to the industry.The final rule abandons a controversial part of the original proposal that would have allowed companies to increase the speeds of processing lines in the plants. USDA said that increasing line speeds wouldn’t affect food safety, but consumer groups argued it could make it harder to detect obvious contamination and harm worker safety.Salmonella and campylobacter are commonly found in poultry and the two top foodborne pathogens that make people sick in the United States. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that salmonella causes around 1.2 million illnesses in the United States every year, including 450 deaths.There have been several large outbreaks of salmonella in poultry in recent years. In July, California-based Foster Farms issued a recall after salmonella illnesses had been linked to their products for more than a year. That chicken has been linked to 621 illnesses in 29 states and Puerto Rico so far.In 2011, an outbreak of salmonella linked to ground turkey products sickened 136 people and killed one, prompting a recall 36 million pounds of meat.___Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mcjalonick read more

Gallery Womens Basketball vs Rutgers

The Ohio State Women’s Basketball team fell to Rutgers 66-56 at the Schottenstein Center on March 3. Photos by Casey Cascaldo Ohio State freshman forward Dorka Juhasz reaches for the jump ball in the first half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

Number of families becoming homeless in Dublin has doubled charity

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF families losing their home in Dublin has doubled this year, according to a housing charity.Focus Ireland said that 16 families are now becoming homeless in the capital every month, up from 8 earlier in the year.The charity said there has been a rise of 18 per cent rise in the number of people seeking its help after losing their homes or at risk of losing their home.The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the capital has also  grown by almost 50 per cent this year. One count in November found 139 people sleeping on the streets.“We are now seeing more people at serious risk of losing their homes due to the impact of the recession and it’s highly concerning to see the rise in the number of families becoming homeless,” said Lisa Nicole Dunne of Focus Ireland.The charity revealed the figures as it made an urgent appeal for donations in the run-up to Christmas, saying it would “simply not be able to cope” with demand for services next year without public donations.Separately, national housing charity Threshold said it has seen a significant rise in the non-repayment of deposits to people renting homes, as well as properties falling into disrepair.Chief executive Bob Jordan made the comments as the charity urged the public to support its Christmas fundraising appeal which it said was its most important appeal “in decades”.Read: Government insists homeless issue is being taken seriously, amid heated Dáil debate > Read: 139 people slept rough in Dublin on one day in November > Read: Simon Community says Phoenix Park death highlights the vulnerability of the homeless >last_img read more

Free Pronia information session on foot health

first_imgAs part of Pronia’s Exercise Program and Health Literacy, a free information session on The Health of our Feet is being offered.Open to all members of the community, it will be presented in English by a podiatrist from LINK Health & Community on Wednesday 8 May at Clayton Community Centre from 10.30 am until 12 noon.Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, as well as participate in structured, chair-based exercises with Greek music (for all levels and ages) under the guidance of LINK Health & Community Allied Health staff.An interpreter will be available on the day.The session will be hosted in the Youth and Family Services Room (located through the courtyard in the middle of the complex) at Clayton Community Centre (9-15 Cooke St, Clayton VIC).To book your spot (essential), call Pronia on (03) 9388 9998.READ MORE: Get active! Pronia offers free movement classes for the elderlyREAD MORE: Pollies at Pronia see problems of newly-arrived Greeks – the challenges continue Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

DHL Supply Chain staff to strike over pay

first_imgDHL distribution staff who are members of trade union GMB are to strike on Monday 28 November 2016 in a dispute over pay.Union members at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of DHL Supply Chain, have voted to walk out of the Birmingham-based depot on so-called Cyber Monday, a day when retailers offer online deals.Further action is also being planned in the run up to Christmas.GMB members are seeking to be paid the voluntary living wage, which is set at £8.45 an hour. Currently, the majority of staff are paid the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour.The voluntary living wage is an independently reviewed rate, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living.A series of pay talks, including industry body Acas, have failed to bring the dispute to an end.Arcadia supplies brands such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton Menswear, with the distribution centre in Birmingham supplying online purchases.David Warwick, organiser at GMB, said: “It’s a disgrace that Sir Phillip Green who holds the purse strings on this DHL contract and has enriched himself on the backs of these loyal [employees] is refusing to put a sensible offer on the table.”A spokesperson at DHL Supply Chain said: “We are disappointed that the GMB has announced its intention to hold industrial action. We believe our offer to be reasonable in the current economic climate.“Detailed contingency plans are in place and we are confident that there will be no disruption to service. We urge the GMB to return to the negotiating table to meet with us to resolve this matter at the earliest opportunity.”Arcadia had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 5 Losing Control

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, cohosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in Texas political news:The Buffett Bill, Tesla, craft breweries and other special bills.Uber selects Dallas/Fort Worth for flying cars demo.The hurricane barrier garners bipartisan support. Now it just needs $15 billion from the Feds.The “Sanctuary Cities” debate comes to the House!Then the guys dig into why there are all of these bills attacking local control and what it means. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. Listen 00:00 /15:39  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Xlast_img read more

Mandira Bedi explores her designing skills

first_imgMandira Bedi, who contributed to the glamourising of sarees as a fashion statement with the iconic noodle strap blouses, during her stint as a sports presenter, displayed her designing skills to the sartorial connoisseurs. She presented her new collection of sarees for the first time in the national Capital on Wednesday. ‘The Spirit of the Zoya Woman’ (Zoya is the chain of exquisite diamond boutiques from the House of Tata) was the second in a series of conversations over coffee, with iconic women achievers who exemplify the brand’s approach to Zoya’s creations.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mandira’s collection was showcased in four segments wherein there were breaks for discussions.  The evening included a preview of Mandira’s Autumn-Winter collection of sarees. The evening had guests and media interacting with Mandira Bedi and Sangeeta Dewan, the designer for Zoya. The 16 looks presented by models through the evening were complemented by the finest pieces from Zoya’s new collections Lace and Wedding, Sangeeta Dewan, designer, Zoya said, “Today we’ve chosen to show two of Zoya’s newest collections. They complement sarees beautifully, though the versatility of diamonds and this collection design allows them to be paired well with contemporary wear as well.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMandira mentioned that she didn’t have a degree in designing and was inspired from her surroundings, hence, some of her sarees had very obvious designs. Elaborating the stories behind them, she said, “Once I was dropping my kid to school and I saw these arrow signs and I felt that it would probably look amazing on a saree.” The crisp winter air, the soft autumn hues and the colors of festivity are the prime inspiration behind Mandira’s Autumn Winter Collection.  Each saree is unique as it has its own story yet together they all form a collection that is not just unique and alive but also a style statement of the modern Indian woman. The collection is a fusion of graphic designs and traditional craftsmanship with the pure elements and the festivities of the season. Mandira said, “I’m very happy to be here for the Spirit of the Zoya Woman. I’m excited to be presenting a collection of my work in Delhi for the very first time.”last_img read more

Software Company Hacks Sex Toy to Illustrate Growing Cybersecurity Risks

first_img It’s not just computers and mobile phones that are vulnerable to cyber attack, according to software firm Trend Micro. As more devices are hooked up to the Internet, it could be anything from medical equipment to industrial machinery — and even sex toys.To illustrate the point, Trend Micro spokesman Udo Schneider surprised journalists at a news conference this week by placing a large, neon-pink vibrator on the desk in front of him and then bringing it to life by typing out a few lines of code on his laptop.While the stunt provoked sheepish giggles, the message was sobering. As the number of smart, interactive devices connected to the Internet explodes, concern is mounting about insufficient safeguards and a lack of consumer and employee awareness.”If I hack a vibrator it’s just fun,” Raimund Genes, chief technology officer at Tokyo-listed Trend Micro, told reporters at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover.”But if I can get to the back-end, I can blackmail the manufacturer,” he added, referring to the programming system behind a device’s interface.Germany, host of CeBIT and home to world champion manufacturers, offers rich pickings for hackers, and attacks on industrial production sites are rising, according to the government’s latest IT Security Report.”Massive damage”In 2014, a German steel mill suffered “massive damage” following a cyber attack on the plant’s network. In recent weeks, several German hospitals have come under attack from Ransomware, a virus that encrypts data on infected machines and demands that users pay to get an electronic key to unlock it.The German government got its own wake-up call last year, when hackers attacked the lower house of parliament’s computer network, forcing it to shut down the system for several days and compromising large amounts of data.”If someone decided to start shooting with a pistol from the roof of the Reichstag (parliament), security guards would be all over them. But when data are siphoned off for months, no one bats an eyelid,” said Dirk Arendt, director of public affairs at Israeli cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies.”There is a lack of awareness.”Responding to the growing cyber threat, Germany approved an IT security law last July that orders 2,000 providers of critical infrastructure to implement minimum security standards and report serious breaches or face penalties.Fifty-one percent of companies have been victims of digital espionage, data theft or sabotage in the past two years, according to IT lobby group Bitkom.The threat is more acute among Germany’s small-to-medium-sized manufacturers, known as the Mittelstand, where two-thirds of firms registered attacks. As companies move to connect machinery to the Internet to enable it to collect and exchange data and make it easier to control remotely, 84 percent of managers expect the risks to rise, according to Deutsche Telekom’s Cyber Security Report.While Germans are vigilant about data protection because of their experience of state surveillance by the Stasi secret police in East Germany and the Gestapo under the Nazis, Arendt said more attention needed to be paid to data security.Employees need to be made aware of the dangers of opening suspicious-looking PDFs in the same way that motorists are warned by giant roadside signs not to speed, he added.”We only wake up when the damage is done,” he said. “There are enough examples of successful hacking cases. Now the next steps need to be taken to get back into a secure area.”(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Mark Trevelyan) 4 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 16, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Dua Lipa cries onstage as security drags fans out for waving Pride

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A violent incident at her concert left pop star Dua Lipa in tears after security guards dragged fans out of her Shanghai show for waving Pride flags. Dua Lipa (R) was visibly upset after fans were dragged out of her show in China. | Photo: Twitter Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dua-lipa-cries-onstage-as-security-drags-fans-out-for-waving-pride-flags/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Videos emerged on social media showing security trying to drag people over a row of seats after they waved the LGBTI Pride flags at her show at Wednesday’s show (12 September). People around them started screaming as the show stopped and the arena went completely dark.The crowd around them started shouting at the guards saying ‘how can you grab a girl like that’.At @DUALIPA ‘s shanghai tour, few people been kicked out by the safeguard because they’re waving Rainbow Flag #Dualipa #LGBT pic.twitter.com/3zhWXnaadK— SubwaySucker (@dr_jolin) September 12, 2018Dua Lipa known for her hits New Rules and IDGAF has been a vocal LGBTI ally. Visibly upset after the incident, addressed the crowd after security successfully ejected some of the fans.‘I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun,’ Dua Lipa told the crowd.‘I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time.’Taking a second to compose herself she told the crowd her show in Shanghai was almost over and that they should try enjoy their last few minutes together.‘I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?’ she said.Dua Lipa Cried In Shanghai China Tonight pic.twitter.com/Tz17SRGpiH— Liability (@958353005) September 12, 2018Violent securityDua Lipa has not commented since the incident happened but her tour continues in China.More videos appeared on social media site Twitter and Weibo showing security guards assaulting the fans outside the stadium. #DuaLipa #DuaLipaMNL #DuaLipaMNL2018 #Shanghai And this on is UNBELIEVABLE!!! The audience who were pulled out of the concert by security guards, and also beaten up outside by security guards!!!!!!! These security guards are totally hooligans!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/kON19ak6xH— Belief WILD (@Belief_wild) September 12, 2018Some people said security guards also violently stopped some spectators from dancing, telling them to sit down.One more video…the girl was up on her feet so happy n thought they coming to interact with her, only to be smashed onto the ground and taken away. Not every show in China is like this, it’s said @LiveNation instructed them to do so. We’re so sorry @DUALIPA had to witness. pic.twitter.com/Eo5XwOpsQY— Liberatedex (@dexlav) September 12, 2018Homosexuality is not illegal in China,  but the government has banned any homosexual content online or on film and television. It tried to blockany homosexual content on the massively popular Weibo, but a popular movement helped to overturn the decision.The Eurovision Broadcasting Corporation revoked China’s rights to this year’s Eurovision after it censored a gay kiss and blurred a rainbow flag during the semi-finals.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Learn the Tricks of Cyber Intelligence Defense Trades w Comprehensive Threat Analysis

first_img Share Tweet Submit How is a cyber threat discovered? Through investigation, of course! Well, if the latest political drama is anything to tell, we need some cyber security threat intelligence researchers to deal with the growing cases of cyber threats. You probably heard about North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures; you probably also heard about Russia’s alleged involvement in the American presidential election. Governments are some of the greatest perpetrators of cyber attacks, and the world is constantly scrambling to find defense solutions against persistent threats.Today’s featured deal brings you “The Comprehensive Cyber Threat Analysis Bundle,” which will help you learn how to dissect nation-state sponsored attacks and become a valuable security asset to governments and private enterprise alike. Head over to Wccftech Deals for more details.The Comprehensive Cyber Threat Analysis Bundle1- Cyber Security Threat Intelligence ResearcherLearn the Complete Cycle of Analyzing & Destroying a Cyber ThreatAccess 8 comprehensive courses 24/7Decompile VBA macros with Didier Steven tools to identify C&C ServersLearn the Viper framework to correlate and document the full attack flowWalk through techniques to identify threat actors behind an attack and how to track their future movementsUse 8 practice quizzes to reinforce what you have learned2- Cyber Security Advanced Persistent Threat DefenderDiscover & Stop Some of the Most Advanced & Dangerous Cyber AttacksAccess 4 comprehensive courses 24/7Learn techniques to dynamically instrument binaries during execution with PinToolCreate immunity debugger plugins to catch malicious APIsUnderstand and practice how to dissect the most sophisticated advanced persistent threatsUse 4 practice quizzes to reinforce what you have learnedOriginal value: $2,000 | Wccftech Deals: $44 at 97% discountlast_img read more

MIDI 20 prototyping in the works 35 years after launch of the

first_imgIn a blog post last Friday, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) together with the Association of Music Electronics Industry (AMEI) announced prototyping of MIDI 2.0. Musical Instrument Digital Interface or otherwise commonly referred to as MIDI is a digital protocol used for recording and playing back music. It was originally designed for musical keyboards but was soon enough adopted to be used in computers. MIDI was also used in phone ringtones. The protocol was first released in 1983. Now, the MMA and in association with AMEI have settled on the specifications and features for the next generation of the music recording protocol and have named it MIDI 2.0. These two companies are now working together in order to develop prototypes based on a co-developed draft specification. There will be a ‘plugfest’ in Winter NAMM 2019 between some MIDI 2.0 prototypes to test compatibility. Some of the participating companies are Google, Yamaha, Roland, and Steinberg. The prototyping will continue through this year as the involved associations work together on launch plans of the new protocol. This includes developing a new logo and self-certification programs for both MMA and AMEI member organizations. However, during the prototyping phase, the specifications for MIDI 2.0 is exclusive to MMA and AMEI members. MIDI 2.0 brings auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing. While adding the new features, they will also strive to maintain backward compatibility. The new specifications will join the current MIDI specifications when they are finalized and will be available as a free download on the MIDI website. Read next 3D Secure v2: a new authentication protocol supported by Stripe for frictionless authentication and better user experience Qt creator 4.8 beta released, adds language server protocol Golang plans to add a core implementation of an internal language server protocollast_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgThe fantastic chefDerek Furlani, who most remember from the original Lazy Wave has a booming private catering business called Costa Rica Dining. He’s a certified Chef De Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation, as well as certified from the Canadian Red Seal Culinary. His menus vary from a surf and turf grill to Mediterranean to Asian feast, Costa Rican and the Mexican party. There is also a cocktail hour with hot and cold appetizers. Get in touch with Derek at costaricadining.com or email him directly at dfurlani@hotmail.com.Locals noticed that the turnoff at the Zullymar Hotel (the road towards Langosta) was paved until just past Pacific Park condominiums. However, many are wondering why the Municipality of Santa Cruz only approved the paving to the point where it stopped.Doctor Leak offers plumbing, roofing repairs and electrical work with everything guaranteed. Contact Juan Carlos Morraga Ruiz at 8707-5843 or 8535-7191 or email carlosmoragaruiz@hotmail.com.After raising approximately $295,000 out of the needed $357,000, CEPIA is about to start construction of the first Integrated Community Centre in Guanacaste, located in Huacas. With nine classrooms, five offices and a kitchen, the facility will also offer a legal and a psychological advisor who will be free to the less fortunate people of the community. There will also be a Smart Center (CECI) – a program launched by the Science Ministry (MICIT) which runs network of labs throughout Costa Rica. CEPIA plans to enhance its already extensive program of support and instruction to the approximately 2,000 at-risk or impoverished people of the region. Opening of the center is expected in April 2014. Those who want to donate or get involved with any of the programs offered at the center, can contact CEPIA President Latitia Deweer at cepiadirector@racsa.co.cr.Tamarindo has a volunteer fire department, made up of 14 people dedicated to the cause of handling forest fires. Organized by Silvia Rodríquez, the group has received training by the National System of Conservation Areas and the Environment Ministry, in cooperation with Luis Diego Roman Solis from the National Commission on Forest Fires. Donations from Hotel Capitan Suizo, Pangas Beach Club and Tamarindo Canopy, among others make this new service possible. With training specifically to handle forest fires, the group will only assist the Santa Cruz Fire Department in putting out buildings in flames.-Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

SKorean leader visits islets draws Japan protest

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters the islets are “our sovereign territory.”“This is completely unacceptable,” Noda said. “It is deeply regrettable.” He said Japan’s ambassador to Seoul was being called back to Tokyo. Japanese officials also called Seoul’s representative in Tokyo to the Foreign Ministry to hear Japan’s complaints.Lee’s visit came on the eve of the men’s bronze medal Olympic soccer match between Japan and South Korea and ahead of South Korea’s commemoration Wednesday of the peninsula’s independence in 1945 from 35 years of Japanese colonial rule.“Having the visit coincide with an Olympic contest between the Japanese and South Korean soccer teams only makes it more of a thumb in the eye to Japan,” Boston University professor William Grimes said in an email. The match ended in a 2-0 win for South Korea.South Korea stations a small contingent of police officers on the disputed islets in a show of control, but Japan maintains that the rocks are its territory. Tokyo renewed the claim last month in an annual defense report.Lee placed his hand on a rock carving that says “South Korean territory” during the visit to the islets _ called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. He also told police officers there that the islets are “worth sacrificing lives for,” according to his office. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s president has made a surprise, election-year visit to islets also claimed by Japan, which quickly reasserted its sovereignty there, recalled its ambassador from Seoul and warned that the trip would worsen the countries’ strained relations.President Lee Myung-bak’s trip Friday to the tiny, rocky outcroppings between the countries was the first by a South Korean president, officials in his office said. It came as his popularity is dropping and his conservative party jockeys for votes ahead of a presidential election in December. Lee is nearing the end of his single, five-year term and cannot run for re-election.center_img U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell expressed hope for good relations between the two key U.S. allies after being asked about reports that Lee was planning to visit the disputed islets.Last year, Seoul banned three conservative Japanese lawmakers from entering South Korea after they arrived at a Seoul airport with announced plans to travel near the islets.___Associated Press writer Eric Talmadge contributed to this report from Tokyo.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba strongly protested. “It is incomprehensible why he would make this trip at this time,” Gemba said.The largely uninhabited islets surrounded by fish-rich waters have long been a source of discord, even though Japan and South Korea are strong U.S. allies, share vibrant trade and tourism ties and are partners in diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its long-range missile and nuclear arms programs.History and territorial disputes, however, trouble the relationship. Many people on the Korean Peninsula harbor deep resentment stemming from Japan’s brutal colonization. South Korea and Japan also remain at odds over what many South Koreans say is Japan’s failure to properly address its past actions, including its World War II-era use of Korean women as sexual slaves for its soldiers.In late June, after a political outcry in South Korea, Seoul and Tokyo put on hold an intelligence sharing pact that had been seen as a breakthrough in their relations. Grimes said Lee was trying to shore up his party’s nationalist credentials after he was forced by popular pressure to postpone the agreement.South Korean activists last year placed a statue of a girl representing victims of Japanese sexual slavery in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Japanese officials have apologized, but Tokyo has refused repeated demands from individuals for reparations, saying the matter was resolved through international peace treaties. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Emirati court issues death sentence in killing of American

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced to death a woman convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in the bathroom of an upscale Abu Dhabi mall, the state news agency WAM reported Monday.Attacks against foreigners are rare in the UAE, which is home to the popular tourist destination of Dubai and where expatriates far outnumber Emirati citizens. Police said at the time of the attack in December that the attacker had targeted her victim based on nationality alone in an attempt to create chaos in the country. She had also planted a bomb outside another American’s house that was discovered before it detonated. FILE- In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 file photo, Nancy Ray, an American expatriate, holds a candle during a vigil in memory of American schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, who was killed in a December stabbing attack in the restroom of the Boutik Mall on the upscale Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, while participating in the commemorative gathering at a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A court in the UAE sentenced to death an Emirati woman convicted of murdering the teacher, the state news agency WAM reported Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File) Top Stories Comments   Share   While UAE law allows for the death penalty in certain cases, capital punishment is rarely carried out. The last-known executions were in 2011 and 2014, against two men convicted of murder.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img The attacker was identified as Emirati national Alaa Bader Abdullah al-Hashemi, a 30-year-old mother of six, according to the Abu Dhabi-based The National newspaper. International media were not allowed inside the courtroom to cover the trial.The murder of schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, left a trail of blood in the public restroom at the mall in the capital’s upscale Reem Island. The attacker wore the full black garment and face veil traditionally worn by local women throughout the Gulf, and appeared to have chosen her victim randomly.Ryan, who had three children, had been living in Abu Dhabi with her 11 year-old twins and had taught at an elementary school in Colorado before moving to the UAE.Judge Falah al-Hajri, who chaired the Federal Supreme Court case, said in remarks carried by WAM that “unfamiliar crimes in the UAE society have been emerging” with the aim of spreading terror. He defended the death sentence as “necessary to tackle such actions.”In addition to the murder, al-Hashemi was convicted of sending money to al-Qaida in Yemen and publishing information with the intent to harm the reputation of the UAE.The court verdict cannot be appealed, though the country’s ruler must ratify the ruling. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Commercial flights relaunched at Haitis main airport

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