Barring stray incidents of stonepelting situation comfortable in JK

first_imgJammu: Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, the situation was “comfortable” in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. Security forces had arrested over 100 people, including political leaders and activists, as they were considered a threat to peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, they added. See P7last_img

Starbucks Canada closes stores for training on race bias inclusion

first_imgStarbucks closed about 1,100 Canadian locations this afternoon for training on race, bias and inclusion.This @Starbucks on 5 St. and 6 Ave SW is one of about 1,100 locations across Canada closing early for inclusiveness training today. #yyc pic.twitter.com/Pvs7qIVm6e— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) June 11, 2018In a letter to customers, Starbucks Canada president Michael Conway says the training will involve sharing experiences, listening to experts, reflecting on the realities of bias in society and talking about how employees can create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong.The training comes after the Seattle-based company publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.In his letter, Conway calls the incident “reprehensible” and says the training isn’t just about what happened in Philadelphia, but about humanity and making sure all customers feel safe and welcome.In late May, 8,000 U.S. locations were shut for an afternoon for similar training.last_img read more

Security Council discusses latest violence engulfing Kenya

30 January 2008The Security Council today heard a closed-door briefing on the situation in Kenya, where post-electoral violence has claimed hundreds of lives, including dozens in recent days, while forcing more than a quarter of a million others to flee their homes. In New York, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Council on the latest developments in the East African nation, where nearly 700 people are believed to have been killed in the violence, which first began a few weeks ago after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in December elections.Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Mr. Pascoe said that there is a “need for the parties to work together” to bring the violence to an end.Voicing support for the mediation efforts of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he said the Organization has been deeply involved from the start to bring the situation under control. Additionally, he said that numerous humanitarian organizations have been active on the ground and providing assistance to those forced to flee their homes.During the Council meeting, members “called on Kenya’s leaders to do all what is in their power to bring the violence to an end and to restore calm,” Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, told the press.Meanwhile in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the situation with the African Union Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konaré, ahead of his address to the AU summit tomorrow.The two leaders agreed that the AU and UN should support the current efforts by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, according to a spokesperson for the world body.UN agencies are warning that Kenya’s crisis has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent days with violence claiming many more lives and hampering relief efforts. read more

UNIraq talks to be held over three days starting tomorrow

Mr. Annan is scheduled to open meetings with Foreign Minister Naji Sabri at noon, and talks will resume in the afternoon with full delegations.On Thursday, the Secretary-General will be in Washington, DC, but the UN-Iraq talks will continue at the expert level, according to the spokesman’s office. Mr. Annan and the Foreign Minister, along with their delegations, will resume their talks on Friday morning.The previous round of meetings between the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Sabri was held in New York on 7 March.In another development, Iraq last week continued its suspension of petroleum exports under the United Nations ‘oil-for-food’ programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its crude revenue to purchase humanitarian relief, the UN office running the effort announced today.Revenue loss as a result of the suspension, which began on 8 April, is now estimated at $1.2 billion, according to the Office of the Iraq Programme. There are currently no funds available to cover 1,192 approved contracts for the purchase of various humanitarian supplies and equipment valued at $2.9 billion.Meanwhile, the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq has released from hold 46 contracts worth almost $130 million, while placing 36 new contracts worth $60 million on hold. The total value of “holds” stands at around $5.1 billion. read more

Hunt still ongoing for remaining prison escapees Top Cop

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRecaptured criminal was getting desperate, planning to leave the country – PoliceOctober 12, 2017In “Crime”3 recaptured prison escapees jailed for 1 year each, while man mistaken for escapee succumbsJuly 27, 2017In “Crime”Camp Street unrest: Escapee Uree Varswyck ID’ed as late officer Wickham’s shooter- SamuelsAugust 1, 2017In “Crime” … says greater focus being placed in the Linden areaActing Police Commissioner David RamnarineActing Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine on Thursday confirmed that searches are still ongoing for the three remaining prison escapees, and he urging citizens to continue to cooperate with ranks.According to Ramnarine during an interview with media operatives on Thursday at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, several searches have been launched over the past few weeks as a result of information provided to police as to the whereabouts of Lusignan Prison escapee, Paul Goriah.“Over the last few weeks, we have launched a number of operations which basically include searches, combing of certain back lands. The last I recall, well in fact there were two a few days ago in the Yarrowkabra area, where we got the information that Paul Goriah and someone was seen in that area,” he explained.He further noted that after two lengthy consecutive searches led by a senior officer and his team, there has still not been any success.However, he asserted that at this point, a bigger focus is being placed in the Linden area, where it is believed that Bartica Massacre murder convict, Mark Durant Williams aka Smallie is hiding out.“There is a bigger focus that’s going on and that’s in the Linden area,” Ramnarine posited, while noting that efforts to disrupt possible support for Williams in the area, has proven to be successful.“We had done some work to kind of disrupt possible support [for the fugitive], which has proven to be effective. It is that disruption that led to the demise- if I can put it that way- of Uree Varyswyck.”Ramnarine explained that even with the $5M reward still open to persons who can lead to the whereabouts of the wanted men, there is nothing definitive to report as yet.Nevertheless, he maintained that the Guyana Police Force is continuing to do all they can to ensure the wanted men are brought back into lawful custody.On July 9 2017, several hardcore prisoners staged an attack on correctional officers at the Camp Street Prison and set the building alight, before making good their escape.Following that disastrous fire, in excess of 1,000 prisoners were transferred to the Lusignan Prison walled area, where another set of prisoners managed to escape.The Police were able to recapture most of the prison escapees while the others were subsequently transferred to other penitentiaries. The “hard core” ones from the walled area were returned to the rehabilitated Camp Street brick block.However, while most of the criminals were recaptured –and one recently killed during an exchange of fire with police at Linden- Williams, Goriah and Stephens remain at large.(Ramona Luthi) read more

Better ways to produce gold

first_imgThe January issue of International Mining magazine will include our annual look at the latest technologies being used in the gold sector – exploration, mining, processing and environmental management. If you have news of innovations please send details to john@im-mining.com. Already the draft article includes news of new ideas in cyanide production and management, simple processing systems for small projects, gravity separation practice, various new plants and more.There will also be our annual articles on conveying technology (all the latest equipment and solutions) and South African technology and services – contact paul@im-mining.com.Rob (Robert@im-mining.com) is working on an article on critical materials, examining the specialised methods  of extracting and processing some of the lesser known materials, from rare earths to lithium, cobalt, vanadium and others, covering projects from around the world.That January issue also includes and article on Endeavour Mining, a specialist and growing West African gold producer. It owns four gold mines producing more than 450,000 oz/y in Mali (Tabakoto mine), Ghana (Nzema), Burkina Faso (Youga), and Côte d’Ivoire (Agbaou – the newest mine).Contact us if you have editorial input for this issue.last_img read more

Four Irishmen included on longlist for ERC European Player of the Year

first_imgCian Healy (Leinster Rugby) Fritz Lee (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Who’s your early favourite for the award? Are there any players missing from the ERC’s list?- Originally posted 17.30Earls’ skills perfectly suited to starring roles for Munster and IrelandHappy 35th, BOD: 13 reasons we all love Brian O’Driscoll Steffon Armitage (Toulon) Miles Benjamin (Leicester Tigers) Alex Goode (Saracens) THE ERC [EUROPEAN Rugby Cup] has announced the longlist for the ERC European Player of the Year award following the conclusion of the pool stages of the Heineken Cup.There are four Irishmen amongst the selected names, in Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony, while Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is unsurprisingly included too.Three players from reigning champions Toulon have been recognised for their strong individual performances, last year’s winner Jonny Wilkinson among them, while Clermont have two of their most important men involved.Recognition of Cronin’s form for Leinster is welcome as he heads into the Six Nations to compete with Rory Best for Ireland’s number two shirt. The Limerick man has improved his line-out throwing up to an 86% success rate in Europe, while his work around the pitch is as impressive as ever.Healy’s explosive return to the starting team for Leinster against the Ospreys surely played a part in his nomination, and the Ireland loosehead looks set to finish out the season in superb form now. Both O’Connell and O’Mahony have been excellent in helping Munster to five wins from six games in Pool 6.The judging panel of Stuart Barnes [Sky Sports], Mick Cleary [Daily Telegraph rugby correspondent], Emmanuel Massicard [editor of Midi Olympique], Emile Ntamack [three-time Heineken Cup winner] and Gerry Thornley [Irish Times rugby correspondent] were responsible for compiling this initial list, with the eventual winner to be named following the Heineken Cup final in May.As well as the above panel of esteemed judges, all 44 clubs involved in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup this season will have the chance to vote in the award, while supporters will be able to get involved on Twitter and Facebook.ERC European Player of the Year 2014 longlist: Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby) Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) Louis Picamoles (Toulouse) Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse) Sean Cronin (Leinster Rugby) Paul O’Connell (Munster Rugby) George North (Northampton Saints) Sitiveni Sivivatu (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Matt Giteau (Toulon) Peter O’Mahony (Munster Rugby)last_img read more

Tunisia coach calls for changes following poor World Cup campaign

first_imgTunisia boss Nabil Maaloul has called for changes in North Africa following their early exit from the World Cup in disappointing fashionThe Carthage Eagles have lost their first two games of Group G against England and Belgium with the latter of them being a 5-2 thrashing.Therefore, Tunisia’s campaign at Russia is already over ahead of their final group game against fellow eliminated side Panama.Fellow North African sides Egypt and Morocco also suffered early exits at the group stages and Maaloul feels that it will take them about “two more generations” of players in order to reach the required level to compete with the biggest nations.Nigeria v Burkina Faso - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations FinalMatch Preview: Tunisia vs Nigeria Boro Tanchev – July 17, 2019 Tunisia and Nigeria will go head to head for the bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tonight in 21:00 (CET).“We have common problems,” said Maaloul, according to Goal.“I don’t think we have high-quality performance, we need to change our lifestyle because it is not in line with high-level football, we need to change the way we train. We need two more generations to reach (the top) level of performance in terms of fitness and physical strength. We are far from the required level.”Tunisia will meet Panama in their Group G game at the Mordovia Arena at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Haitian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img

Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook

first_img Posted: March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for a sexual assault.On March 14 at about 11:00 p.m., an adult female victim left a business located along University Avenue in the Hillcrest area and approached a vehicle that was waiting in the roadway. Believing it was the ride that was requested, the victim entered the vehicle and it drove away.A short time later, the male driver of the vehicle sexually assaulted the victim. The victim was released and police were called. Detectives are currently searching for additional witnesses and evidence.The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, about 40-years-old, having a receding hair line, and a mustache. The vehicle was described as being a dark colored 4-door sedan.Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, Detective J. Margolis at (619) 531-2939 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom, Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook him for ride-sharing driver Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Woman pleads guilty in driveby attack

first_imgConnie C. Gadberry, 20, has admitted participating in an August gang-related shooting in Vancouver.Gadberry pleaded guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to a charge of drive-by shooting. She had been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, but her attorneys struck a deal with prosecutors to allow her to plead guilty to reduced charges.The Vancouver woman is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.Her boyfriend, Stefan A. Duran, and Gregorio Robert Chavez, both 21, are accused of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. Duran and Chavez are scheduled for trial April 8 and May 20, respectively.Chavez, a Sureno street gang member who goes by the name “Frost,” is accused of shooting fellow gang member Jose Reyes in the right leg and foot either late Aug. 24 or early Aug. 25. The motive was revenge for a fight between two groups of gangsters, according to a probable cause affidavit. Court documents indicate that one of the gang members attempted to stab Duran during the fight, and he had to jump a fence to escape.Chavez, Duran and Gadberry allegedly drove past Reyes in a vehicle on East 18th Street near Norris Road, and words were exchanged, according to court records. Then Chavez allegedly shot Reyes.Duran said he was scared when Chavez shot Reyes because he thought Chavez only intended to fight with the victim, a probable cause affidavit states.last_img read more

Former Trump Campaign Aide Nunberg Questioned By Grand Jury

first_img Share (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, left, arrives at the U.S. District Courthouse to appear before a grand jury, Friday, March 9, 2018 in Washington. Nunberg had insisted in a series of defiant interviews earlier in the week that he intended to defy a subpoena issued by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which is investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)A former Trump campaign aide appeared for hours before a grand jury Friday, after he defiantly insisted in a series of news interviews just days earlier that he intended to defy a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.Sam Nunberg did not respond to reporters’ questions as he entered the federal courthouse with a lawyer shortly after 9 a.m. He remained behind closed doors into mid-afternoon.In extraordinary public statements about a secretive federal investigation, Nunberg on Monday had balked at complying with a subpoena that sought his appearance before the grand jury as well as correspondence with multiple other campaign officials. In doing so, he became the first witness in the Mueller probe to openly threaten to defy a subpoena.But later that night, Nunberg, who initially suggested that he considered Mueller’s document demands unreasonable, told The Associated Press that he had relented and predicted that he’d wind up complying after all.“I’m going to end up cooperating with them,” he said.Nunberg said he worked for hours to produce the thousands of emails and other communications requested by Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign improperly coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.“I thought it was a teachable moment,” he said of his 24 hours in the limelight.So far, 19 people and three companies have been charged in Mueller’s investigation. Among them are President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and the former White House national security adviser. Five people have pleaded guilty.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday August 7

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll dive into last night’s GOP debate in Cleveland with political commentators Barry Rascovar, John Bullock of Towson University and the AFRO’s Roberto Alejandro. Plus, more on 21st Century Jim Crow in Pocomoke City, MD. and the firing of that town’s first Black police chief, with our regular contributors, Alejandro and Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

DC AllBoys High School Set to Open in Fall 2016

first_imgWashington, D.C.’s only all-male, college preparatory high school is set to open in the fall. And, its principal, Dr. Benjamin Williams, can’t wait for the premiere of the Empowering Males High School, located on the campus of the former Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast D.C.“For 15 years, I have thought about leading a school that catered to young men,” he said. “I wanted a place where young men could come and be comfortable with who they are. That dream came true last year.”On Jan. 21, 2015, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the implementation of an all-male public high school. This was part of an initiative to improve the academic performance of boys of color in the District’s public school system. Bowser’s actions are a complement to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper,” an effort to improve the lives of young men of color.Despite concerns by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and the local chapter of the ACLU that an all-male public school may be unconstitutional, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) ruled that the school is on solid legal ground.Williams said the school is open to all males of any color and every economic class. “We want to create a climate of academic success that will prepare young men for success in the post-high school world,” Williams said.In a break from the educational norm of focusing academically on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the school will specialize in the humanities, including modern and classical languages such as Spanish and Latin as well as studying literature and writing.“This is not a STEM school,” William said. “We will have a STEM component in terms of math and science but we want our students to focus on the liberal arts and such disciplines as music. We want our students to be college ready with the ability to think critically.”For example, Williams said his students are taking Latin – considered a “dead” language because it is no longer spoken or written – because it can help them break down the meaning of words that they might not initially recognize.“I learned the value of Latin while teaching at the School Without Walls (a grade school in Northwest D.C.),” he said. “Latin is the basis of English and other languages and if you understand Latin, you can pick up the other languages easier.”There is a belief among some educators that all-male institutions must be disciplinarily harsh in practice. Williams rejects that theory. “I believe in disciplining young men and I think the way to reach them is to set high expectations,” he said. “I find that if the young man sees that he can trust you, he will strive harder to be a better student. You may see instances that the young men will police themselves if the trust is there.“We will also emphasize young men talking through situations instead of dealing with problems through confrontations.”Williams said he wants a racially and gender diverse staff to work at the school including teachers who want to work with young men. He said it didn’t matter whether the teacher is a graduate of a historically Black college or university or a Teach for America recruit, “they must be at the school for the right reasons.”“We will support teachers who want young men to be successful and will provide professional development to that end,” Williams said.Teaching has been a central part of Williams’s life. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia and started as a high school social studies teacher in Charlottesville, Va. His most recent position was as the associate principal at the elementary school-middle school portion of the School Without Walls at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus in Northwest D.C.Tierra Jolly, Ward 8 D.C. Board of Education member, is scheduled to meet with Williams in the near future and is looking forward to the interaction. “The Empowering Males of Color initiative is a good starting point for our young men to become achievers in the classroom,” she said.Jolly hopes the District school system will work on a similar program for young women soon.The school will start classes in August with just ninth-graders and will add a grade each year. The first graduating class is expected in 2020.last_img read more

Mysterious faint object detected in the vicinity of a quadruply lensed quasar

first_img More information: Evidence for a Dusty Dark Dwarf Galaxy in the Quadruple Lens MG0414+0534, arXiv:1701.05283 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1701.05283AbstractWe report the 4σ detection of a faint object with a flux of ~ 0.3 mJy, in the vicinity of the quadruply lensed QSO MG0414+0534 using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) Band 7. The object is most probably a dusty dark dwarf galaxy, which has not been detected in either the optical, near-infrared (NIR) or radio (cm) bands. An anomaly in the flux ratio of the lensed images observed in Band 7 and the mid-infrared (MIR) band and the reddening of the QSO light color can be simultaneously explained if we consider the object as a lensing substructure with an ellipticity ~ 0.7 at a redshift of 0.5≲z≲1. Using the best-fit lens models with three lenses, we find that the dark matter plus baryon mass associated with the object is ∼109M⊙, the dust mass is ∼107M⊙ and the linear size is ≳5kpc. Thus our findings suggest that the object is a dusty dark dwarf galaxy. A substantial portion of faint submillimeter galaxies (SMGs) in the universe may be attributed to such dark objects. ALMA 0.88 mm (Band 7) dust continuum images of MG 0414+0534. A faint spot inside a red circle (left) is the “object Y”. Credit: Inoue et al., 2017. Dozens of new ultra-diffuse galaxies discovered in Abell 2744 MG 0414+0534 is a quadruply lensed, radio-loud quasar that showcases a strong sign of anomaly in the flux ratio and reddening in the optical and near-infrared band. This anomaly baffles scientists as its origin is not fully understood yet.In order to reveal more insights into this mysterious anomaly, a team of researchers led by Kaiki Taro Inoue of Kindai University in Japan conducted continuum observations of MG 0414+0534 with ALMA. The observational campaign, which was carried out in June and August 2015, resulted in the discovery of a faint object with a flux of about 0.3 mJy in the vicinity of the quasar. For the purpose of the research, this newly found object was designated “object Y.”According to the paper, “object Y” has an ellipticity of about 0.7 at a redshift between 0.5 and 1.0 and its linear size is at least 16,300 light years. The scientists estimate that the dark matter plus baryon mass associated with the object is about one billion solar masses, while its dust mass is approximately 10 million times greater than that of the sun.The images obtained by ALMA allowed the researchers to draw conclusions that the newly detected object is most likely a dusty dark dwarf galaxy, previously undetected in either optical, near-infrared or radio bands.”Our findings suggest that the object is a dusty dark dwarf galaxy,” the paper reads.However, the astronomers also explore the possibility that “object Y” could be an UDG. With stellar masses typical of dwarf galaxies, UDGs are extremely-low-density galaxies. The largest UDGs have sizes comparable to the Milky Way but contain only about one percent as many stars as our home galaxy. Notably, the phenomenon of UDGs still puzzles scientists as they try explain why these faint but large galaxies are not ripped apart by the tidal fields of their host clusters.The researchers explain that if “object Y” is a UDG, then its stellar components may have been expanded due to outflow caused by starburst or active galactic nucleus (AGN) activity. Therefore, the surface brightness in the optical and near-infrared band can be extremely small despite being gas-rich, which makes this object difficult to spot.The team concluded that more detailed analysis of the newly found object could provide important information about the origin of past starburst activity. They also noted that if “object Y” is residing in the intervening line of sight, many faint submillimeter galaxies may be classified in the future as gas-rich dusty dark dwarf galaxies.”A substantial portion of faint submillimeter galaxies (SMGs) in the universe may be attributed to such dark objects,” the researchers wrote in the paper. Citation: Mysterious faint object detected in the vicinity of a quadruply lensed quasar (2017, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-mysterious-faint-vicinity-quadruply-lensed.html (Phys.org)—Astronomers have spotted a mysterious faint object in the vicinity of a quadruply lensed quasar designated MG 0414+0534. The object, which was discovered using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), appears to be a dusty, dark dwarf galaxy or an ultra-diffuse galaxy (UDG). The findings were presented January 19 in a paper published on arXiv.org. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

3 things that happened this week in Costa Ricas runoff race

first_imgRelated posts:Abortion and politics on the campaign trail What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Ruling party’s Johnny Araya restarts presidential campaign with Catholic leaders Costa Rica ruling party candidate Johnny Araya drops out of presidential race Facebook Comments Didn’t follow the election campaign this week? Don’t worry, we did.1. Luis Guillermo Solís hits the road for GuanacasteCitizen Action Party (PAC) presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís traveled to the northwestern province of Guanacaste to pound the pavement and change a few minds in the deep green National Liberation Party (PLN) stronghold.The PAC candidate has a ways to go. Solís won a scant 14.8 percent of the vote in Guanacaste to Araya’s whopping 40.7 percent on Feb. 2, according to final results published by the Supreme Elections Tribunal.The University of Costa Rica historian has been hoping that his message of empowering local businesses would revererbate in a region with high poverty and inequality rates. Solís, who has been more focused on small Costa Rican businesses than courting large foreign investment, noted “paradoxes” in the ruling party’s development agenda for the region famous for its beaches and sabaneros:“Despite the fact that this is the province that has received the most foreign investment per capita in Costa Rica, it’s the poorest province and sends away the most people. The large projects that dominate here, in the tourism sector, for example, are not satisfying the needs of an important number of small businesses in a region that is privileged for its history and natural beauty.”center_img Here’s a bonus picture of Solís wearing a miner’s helmet during a visit to Abangares this week. Citizen Action Party presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís poses for a photo with supporters in Abangares, Guanacaste. Courtesy Luis Guillermo Solís presidential campaign2. Johnny Araya says he’d meet with Daniel OrtegaDuring a meeting with Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo on Tuesday, Johnny Araya raised some eyebrows when he offered to meet with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to try and resolve the bevy of border disputes between the two neighbors.Even the slightest mention of rapprochement with the Sandinista leader would be a significant change in the icy posture of President Laura Chinchilla’s administration toward Nicaragua. Her administration has been wrangling with the northern neighbor over several perceived border provocations.Costa Rica and Nicaragua have two cases with the International Court of Justice over territorial disputes, the most recent, filed on Tuesday morning, asked the world court to settle a maritime border dispute dating back to 2002 when Nicaragua published maps offering oil concessions in waters claimed by Costa Rica.Solís has said he would not meet bilaterally with Ortega until the disputes are settled.3. Araya gets Christian conservatives’ blessingEspousing conservative social values has been a central strategy for Araya to differentiate himself from his opposition rival. On Thursday, the former San José mayor, who has been divorced four times, got the blessing of the National Evangelical Alliance after giving a speech decrying abortion rights, gay marriage and in vitro fertilization during a meeting with the faith-based group, reported the daily La Nación.Araya also presented a document signed by the 18 incoming PLN lawmakers promising not to support legislation in favor of gay marriage or abortion rights, Repretel reported.Recommended: Abortion and politics on the campaign trailSolís, who previously met with the evangelical organization, has run afoul of conservative Christians for his support of in vitro fertilization and abortion rights in the case of rape.Both candidates reject gay marriage but support some common law marriage benefits for same-sex couples, including inheritance rights and hospital visitation.Update: The FAEC released a statement on its Facebook page Friday afternoon denying that either of the two meeting it held with the presidential hopefuls resulted in an official endorsement of either candidate.last_img read more

Syrian rebels capture oilfield near Iraqi border

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BEIRUT (AP) – Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oilfield in the country’s east after three days of fierce fighting with government troops protecting the facility.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ chief Rami Abdul-Rahman says rebels overran the al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near the border with Iraq on Sunday.Omar Abu Leila, an activist in the area, says the field was still functioning until shortly before the rebels seized it. Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Syria exported some 150,000 barrels of oil a day before European and U.S. imposed sanctions last year.In 2010, Syria earned $4.4 billion by selling oil to EU countries alone. Oil was the main source of hard currency for the regime until the sanctions took effect.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

US concerned China behind cyberattack on US sites

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States voiced concern Friday over a report that China manipulated international Internet traffic intended for a major Chinese Web service company and used it for a cyberattack on U.S. sites.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke’s comments follow complaints from anti-online censorship group Greatfire.org that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks in late March that intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github, a U.S.-based computer-code sharing site that hosts some of Greatfire’s data. Greatfire.org said it was a direct target of similar attacks earlier that month. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said Friday: “China firmly opposes and combats any form of cyber attack in accordance with law. We hope that instead of making accusations without solid evidence, the U.S. side can take a more constructive attitude and work together with us to address cyber issues.”He also said the Chinese government, “guarantees the citizens’ freedom of speech on the Internet as well as the public’s right to know, to participate, to be heard and to oversee in accordance with the law.”China’s government blocks thousands of websites to prevent what it deems politically sensitive information from reaching Chinese users. That is known as the “Great Firewall.”Greatfire.org doesn’t reveal where it’s located or who runs it. The Open Technology Fund, a U.S. government-backed initiative to support Internet freedom, says on its website that it provided Greatfire.org with $114,000 in 2014.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Greatfire.org, which has received U.S. government funding, produces mirror websites that let Chinese users see information normally blocked by government censors.Citizen Lab, a research unit based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, attributed the attack to an offensive system it dubbed the “Great Cannon” that manipulates the traffic of systems outside China, silently programming their browsers to create a massive denial of service attack.“We are concerned by reports that China has used a new cyber capability to interfere with the ability of worldwide Internet users to access content hosted outside of China,” Rathke told reporters. He said the U.S. has asked Chinese authorities to investigate and provide the findings.“We view attacks by malicious cyberactors, who target critical infrastructure, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers, as threats to national security and to the economy of the United States,” Rathke said.In its own report, Greatfire.org alleged that Chinese authorities carried out the attacks by installing malicious code on the computers of users visiting the popular Chinese search engine Baidu and related sites and used those computers to overwhelm Github and Greatfire.org websites with service requests.last_img read more

While it looks likely the Tennessee Titans will ta

first_imgWhile it looks likely the Tennessee Titans will take a page from The Godfather and make Hasselbeck “an offer he can’t refuse,” it’s good to know that Ken Whisenhunt’s team isn’t putting all their eggs in the Kevin Kolb basket. They are being aggressive and kicking the tires on many options at the quarterback position and that should help assure they land the right one in the end.Will Hasselbeck likely wind up as that option? Doubtful, but as long as he doesn’t wind up back with the division rival Seahawks, it’s a win for the Cardinals. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories center_img Kevin Kolb might not be the only quarterback the Arizona Cardinals are checking in on now that the lockout has been lifted. In fact, they may have their eyes on a veteran Cardinals fans are familiar with.Reports from the Seattle Times have the Cards placing a call to Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.One thing that is becoming clear: Matt Hasselbeck’s options.He is an unrestricted free agent, the top quarterback in the class, and while it’s early — just the first hour when teams can contact players — the list of teams in play are Seattle, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee and Miami. Those are listed in no particular order.Hasselbeck may not be the first quarterback on the Cardinals wish list but as backup plans go, there are a lot worse options (see: Anderson, Derek). What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Paris France Best for Traditionalists What to eat

first_imgParis, FranceBest for TraditionalistsWhat to eat The classic steak frites, smelly cheese, new-wave patisserie and some of the best brunches on the continent. Where to eat You’ll want to do at least one meal in a traditional Parisian brasserie, with their Art Nouveau/Deco interiors, waiters in long aprons and black waistcoats, and classic French fare. The touristy – but fun and cheap – choice is Chartier, where a steak frites in an enormous old-school dining room is a mere £10 If you fancy a pique-nique, swing by funky boulangerie (bakery) Pain Pain to pick up pain au chocolates, lemon tarts and caramel eclairs (from £1) and the Fromagerie Sanders cheese counter in the Marche St Germain for small-batch cheeses you can’t find in the UK. Need a weekday brunch? The hottest ticket in town is Mokonuts (from £6; closed weekends) for a changing menu – expect the likes of chickpea salad, smoked pork loin or langoustines in orange sauce. Where to stay Hip hotel Snob is walking distance to the Louvre and Pompidou Centre and has rooms from £86 a night Flights to Paris from £54 New York, USABest for Big appetitesWhat to eat Thin, crispy New York pizzas, mustard-topped hot dogs, and thick, juicy steaks. Where to eat With its mixed cultural heritage and obsession with doing everything bigger and better than elsewhere, New York City has long been a top foodie destination. But you must start with a classic New York pizza at justifiably famous Joe’s, which you can find in Greenwich Village, on East 14th Street and on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. A large take-away slice costs £2. Prefer to sit down for your pizza? Try John’s of Bleeker Street in Soho, where a cheese pie (margarita to you and me) costs from £13. One of the city’s best steakhouses is Peter Luger in Brooklyn (mains around £27), and for the proper hot dog experience, take the subway to Coney Island and grab a spot at the original Nathan’s. And if you want to go posh the city is home to the current World’s Best Restaurant – Eleven Madison Park, where a five-course bar menu will set you back £130.Where to stay Yotel Times Square is a funky microtel, right in the centre of Manhattan, with rooms from £65 per night Flights to New York from £199Published March 2018. Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map San Sebastian, SpainBest for All-day grazersWhat to eat Spanish tapas, from classic to innovative. Where to eat A huge arc of city-centre beaches overlooked by an old town rammed with bars selling tapas, Spanish ‘gin-tonics’ and fresh seafood, this city on Spain’s northern coast makes for the perfect foodie break. You’ll need to fly to Biarritz or Bilbao, then take a bus to reach it, but this small transfer is worth it. San Sebastian has three restaurants with three Michelin stars, but also pintxos (Basque tapas) to knock your socks off. The tasting menu at Arzak, which has three Michelin stars and is rated number 30 in the world, costs £180. But the quintessential San Sebastian experience is far more affordable. You simply move from tapas bar to tapas bar all day and night, nibbling on whatever the speciality it as at each one. Rarely will you find a dud (just avoid the handful clearly aimed at tourists). For real authenticity, try the rustic Bar Txepetxa, where each pinxto is just £1-2. And if you want to stay for your whole meal at just one place, hit up rock-and-roll tapas joint A Fuego Negro for new-wave pinxtos, with combinations such as sardine mustard and pineapple (tasting menu £35). Where to stay Cinema-themed Hotel Astoria7 is about 15 minutes from the heart of the action, has smart rooms, and costs from £68 per night.Flights to Biarritz from £27 Copenhagen, DenmarkBest for Experimental eatersWhat to eat Seafood you’ve never heard of, delicate foraged plants, and the best sourdough of your life.Where to eat Birthplace of Noma – one of the most famous restaurants in the world, which kickstarted the foraged-food revolution – the Danish capital has led the charge of new Nordic cuisine and is still the best place to try it. Led by Rene Redzepi, Noma closed a couple of years ago at the height of its popularity to recreate a different style of restaurant, whose non-optional menu changes with the season (vegetables in summer and autumn, meat and game in winter, seafood in spring). The new Noma has just reopened, but it’s almost impossible to get a table and you’ll need a second mortgage to pay for a meal (menus from £265). Instead try glazed pork belly or lumpfish in garlic sauce at Restaurant 108, the only other place in town other that Redzepi is officially involved with (mains from £17). And they serve excellent traditional open sandwiches, such as apple herring with egg yolk, capers and onion, at Almanak, right on the water (mains from £9). Want something cheaper? From May, the Paper Factory across the water from Nyhavn has fantastic street food. And don’t miss out on the sourdough bread at Mirabelle Bakery.Where to stay Ibsens Hotel is cosy and in a great location between the Nyhavn and Norrebro neighbourhoods with rooms from £129 per night Flights to Copehagen from £23center_img Hong Kong, ChinaBest for Foodies on a budgetWhat to eat Steamed and fried dumplings, curry fish balls, neon yellow egg tarts, and roast goose on rice with perfect crispy skin.Where to eat Michelin-starred dim sum, roasted meats and steaming noodles – the best food in Hong Kong isn’t just delicious – it’s also cheap as chips. The tiny shop Tim Ho Wan has a Michelin star – the dumplings are that good. This is the place for a cracking dim sum feast including barbecue pork buns, steamed prawn dumplings and fried turnip cake – and costs from £2 for a serving. Another tiny joint with a Michelin star is Yat Lok on Stanley street (mains from £5) where you go for the crispy roast goose. And if it’s egg tarts, you’re after try the Tai Cheong bakery (69p for four).Where to stayDorsett Mongkok is a romantic choice for couples and costs from £65 a night Flights to Hong Kong from £320 RelatedThings to do in Seville: 9 of the best budget tapas barsSick of microwaved, soggy patatas bravas and pitiful gambas pil pil? Fear not, next time you’re in Seville dive into one of these terrific tapas bars and restaurants for an authentic taste of Andalusia. The exact origins of tapas are hotly debated, with many parts of Spain claiming to have…Tapas and teatro: 10 great things to do in MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Where to eat in Paris – an insider’s guideFoodie visitors coming to Paris to eat and drink well will be relieved to know that formal over-priced restaurants are a thing of the past. Younger entrepreneurial chefs are eschewing traditional clichés to create lively intimate venues serving fresh seasonal food in authentic neighbourhoods at affordable prices. Paris’s ultimate foodie,…last_img read more