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first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia, on the statements made by Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has asked the District Magistrate to submit a detailed report in this regard soon. The BJP leaders in the state had earlier moved to the CEO’s office, demanding action against the TMC MLA. Kar found herself embroiled in controversy after she made some objectionable remarks on the Central Forces. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed the party cadres to “chase the Central Forces away.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe video of the same had gone viral on social media. In the video, she was allegedly found requesting the members of the Mahila Morcha, the women organisation of Trinamool Congress, to pick up broomsticks and ‘chase the Central Forces away’ if there is a need. She allegedly said that there is nothing fair or unfair when it comes to winning elections, instructing party cadres to win the elections by any means. She had also reminded the party workers that during the 2016 Assembly elections, Central Forces had beaten up the workers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, another television actor from Bangladesh, Abdun Gaji Noor, triggered controversy after he allegedly took part in an election rally at Dum Dum in favour of TMC candidate Saugata Roy. The incident comes a day after Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh. Ahmed was dragged into controversy after he attended election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanaia Lal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi, near the Indo-Bangladesh border.last_img read more

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A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to a British man who has been detained in Sri Lanka and are in close contact with local authorities to regularly check his welfare is being maintained while he is in prison.”The most recent Home Office guidance on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, published last month, includes reports from various human rights organisations and the US state department. There is a warning of “a growing climate of fear” as well as incidences of arbitrary arrest and torture contained in the report (pdf).Steve Pound, the Ealing North MP in whose constituency Renukaruban lives, said he had contacted the Foreign Office’s south Asia desk on Thursday and that it was now investigating the case.MP Gareth Thomas of the all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, said: “We continue to receive reports in the UK about people of Tamil background who have been tortured in Sri Lanka. The UK government is not doing enough to confront the Sri Lankan authorities about these claims.” (Colombo Gazette) The couple planned to marry on 8 June and a small family party had been arranged. Renukaruban was planning to return to the UK on 23 June with his new wife and their Sri Lankan marriage certificate, with further celebrations planned in London for family and friends. He was located several days later, after his family made extensive enquiries about his whereabouts, with injuries consistent with torture, lawyers said. The family engaged Anton Punethayanagam, a human rights lawyer, to represent him.Renukaruban, who has lived in the UK for 16 years, appeared at Jaffna magistrates court charged with assault, but there was no victim of the alleged assault in court and details of how, when and where the assault had taken place were sketchy. Punethayanagam said: “The criminal charge upon our client is baseless as the purported complainant is in exile. He did not appear at all and this proves that the police are pursuing a false charge in his name. Our client was never involved in such assault and we have evidence to confirm this.” He said only international pressure could save his client’s life.Renukaruban’s family believe the real reason why he was arrested and detained is that he was previously involved with LTTE, known as the Tamil Tigers, a militant organisation focused on freeing Tamils from persecution by the Sri Lankan state.The Foreign Office confirmed it was involved in the case and providing assistance to Renukaruban to ensure he was not subjected to violence while in custody. Renukaruban’s sister, Velauthapillai Lalitharuby, 26, who lives in London and has refugee status, is campaigning for her brother’s release and return to the UK. She said: “If someone is arrested on suspicion of having committed a criminal offence in Sri Lanka a warrant should be produced. But in my brother’s case no warrant was shown.” But soon after Renukaruban arrived back at the family home in Jaffna his family claim two men arrived on motorbikes, beat him up in front of his mother and older sister and then bundled him into a van. He was then taken to Jaffna prison. She added: “My brother and I are very close. He does a lot to look after me. I have been crying since I found out that he has been arrested. I just don’t know what to do. I have contacted everyone I can think of to try to get him released and returned to the UK – the Foreign Office and local MPs. I haven’t slept since I found out that he had been arrested. I’m so afraid of what might happen to him. I won’t be happy until he is safely back in the UK.”Punethayanagam said it was unusual for torture victims to be treated in hospital and that it was only because of the involvement of the Foreign Office and campaigners in the UK that he had been taken out of Jaffna prison to the hospital. He said his client was chained to the hospital bed and watched by two armed police officers. He added that he had taken photos of his client’s injuries covertly.Ambi Seevaratnam, international coordinator of the International Centre for the Prevention and Prosecution of Genocide, said: “He has torture marks all over his body. We need to get him out of Sri Lanka and back to the UK as soon as possible. Any Tamil who is a British citizen who travels to Sri Lanka from London seems to be suspected of being a traitor.” A British man has been detained and tortured in Sri Lanka after travelling to the south Asian country to get married, his family and human rights lawyers have claimed, according to The Guardian newspaper.Velauthapillai Renukaruban, 36, who lives in Ealing, arrived in the country of his birth on 1 June to marry Thajeepa Vinayagamoorthy, 27. The marriage had been arranged by the couple’s families and they had got to know each other by speaking on the phone over a period of months. read more

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by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2015 9:03 am MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When Boris and Anastasia vacation, they prefer to stay in a deluxe three-story suite, dine on tuna mackerel and lobster consommé, and spend their time on an iPad.The Russian blue cats spend a few days to a couple of weeks at Morris Animal Inn in Morristown, New Jersey, when their owners go out of town. And it’s pretty clear to owner Shannon Muller, of nearby Morris Plains, that her cats get more indulgences at the hotel than at home.When Boris and Anastasia get to the resort, “they barely look back at us,” she said. “But when they come home, they are glad to be home.”People are pouring more money into pampering their pets, including at high-amenity hotels such as Morris Animal Inn. The luxury and the costs vary widely at kitty resorts, but all cater to cats that are no longer left at home without care. These days, they’re getting the same out-of-town treatment as dogs while people emphasize pet care and cats become more popular with help from online videos and TV specials.Morris Animal Inn started boarding cats in the 1980s with a basic enclosure, litter and food. It expanded its services because pet parents are treating their cats and dogs more like family and demanding specialized and customizable services, said Joann Morris, vice-president and co-owner.“Our first activity was the pampered pet session, simulating the love and attention they might get at home from an independent cat sitter,” she said.It costs $12.95 a session and is popular with those who don’t want to buy a full menu of services. For those who do, package prices range from $19.95 to $49.95 per day and vary mainly by how much one-on-one attention the cat gets.The most popular is the Purr-fect package, built for the most active animals, which gives cats lots of personal attention, five-star fare and even a running wheel that looks like a large hamster wheel. They also get plenty of time to play with toys, climb ropes, create art on iPads by pawing at the screen, listen to classical music and snack on catnip.Kitty TV is always tuned to something cats like to watch: butterflies, balls, birds. Once they’re tired, they head back to their three-story suites for a snooze. The rooms offer a birds-eye view of the lobby through clear plastic, wide window seats and soft pillows — no metal resembling a cage.Older cats or those who like to laze can get cheaper packages with more sleep time, fewer activities and a premium bed. But everyone gets maid service and daily brushing.Morris Animal Inn isn’t the only hotel doling out kitty amenities.The Pawington in South San Francisco is a 23,000-square-foot dog and cat day-care and boarding centre. Suites, much like Morris’, come in packages or ala carte. Priced at $45 to $65, they include separate ventilation systems and hideaway dens for peaceful rest.At Whiskers Luxury Cat Boarding in Georgetown, Texas, every suite has a 7-foot tree topped with a kitty skybox. The owners even promise a family of finches for cats to watch. Suites range from $25 to $80 per night, depending on amenities.The cat-comfort craze has even moved into veterinarians’ offices, with a push for feline-friendly, dog-free facilities where cats are handled more gently and get calming pheromones, said Raelynn Farnsworth, a professor at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.For Muller, she wonders if her cats realize all the ways they’re pampered at luxury kitty camp. It wasn’t long ago that Boris and Anastasia stayed in a cage at the vet’s office when she and her husband left town.When the Mullers heard about the attention Morris Animal Inn gave cats, they signed up their pets for every amenity.“It was like opening the door to paradise,” Shannon Muller said. When owners are away, cats can play at luxury resorts no longer reserved just for needier dogs photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, Boris, a Russian blue cat, sits near a video displaying birds in his enclosure that includes small beds, video and a clock, for pampering cats at Morris Animal Inn in Morristown, N.J. Boris is being pampered in ways traditionally reserved for dogs just a few years ago. The number of feline guests at this trendsetting pet hotel have gone up, as have estimates of the number of feline pets in the United States. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) read more

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first_imgGreat Bear Rainforest Kensington Palace on Monday announced an itinerary which will see the Royals travel to British Columbia province and Yukon territory.After beginning the tour in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, they will travel to Vancouver.The trip will then continue to the island village of Bella Bella, the Heiltsuk Indian Reserve, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Justin Trudeau and his family react after he was named the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in OttawaCredit:Reuters Justin Trudeau and his family react after he was named the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in Ottawa The tour will end in Victoria – which was named after William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria – on October 1.The Duke and Duchess have visited the country before, as newly-weds in 2011.This time they are widely anticipated to be accompanied by their young family.Prince George, three, and his sister stayed behind in the UK with their nanny when the Duke and Duchess visited India and Bhutan earlier this year.Prince George previously travelled to Australia and New Zealand with his parents in 2014 when he was nine months old.Mr Trudeau’s youth, popularity at the polls and keen eye for a media opportunity have seen him create social media frenzies more usually seen around pop stars.The Liberal leader once fought and won a charity boxing match against a Canadian Conservative senator in 2012. He did a striptease down to his vest for charity in 2011 and has a tattoo of planet Earth inside a Haida raven on his left bicep. Earlier this year, he became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a gay pride parade and also performed one-armed press ups to demonstrate his country’s readiness for the Invictus Games.Mr Trudeau was elected last year, ending almost 10 years of Conservative rule in Canada. But their official visit to the wilderness of western Canada raises the prospect of the country’s majestic scenery being used as backdrops for joint photo shoots with the young Royals and the Trudeaus.Interest in the visit will be heightened because the Duke and Duchess are widely expected to be accompanied by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, marking the first official royal tour for their 15-month-old daughter.center_img 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. Great Bear RainforestCredit:Rex They are two of the most photographed young families in the world, whose every move is captured by banks of lenses.Now a Royal trip to Canada may unite the two most telegenic families on the planet in a visit being billed as a “match made in paparazzi heaven”.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will fly to Canada late next month for an official visit featuring bear spotting and trips to unspoilt temperate rainforest, after accepting a formal invitation from the country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau. The forest known as the Amazon of the North stretches for more than 250 miles along the Pacific coast of British Columbia and is the only home of the rare Kermode, or Spirit bear, which is a sub species of black bear with white fur.The Duke and Duchess will also visit Kelowna in British Columbia, before moving to Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon, north west Canada, in a region famed for the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush when some 100,000 people flocked to the area trying to find gold.The couple will also journey to Haida Gwaii – a remote archipelago formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands – home of the Haida Nation of indigenous people.last_img read more

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The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have agreed on a window for the 2019 edition of the tournament. Accordingto a CPL release, this year’s event will take place between 21 August and 27 September. The opening round of matches will take place in Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana before returning to these two countries for the playoffs and finals once again.For the second successive year the very best of the cricketing talent in the Caribbean will be taking part in the tournament with WINDIES centrally contracted players available for the majority of the tournament.As well as the very best Caribbean cricketers, fans can look forward to the top international players the sport has to offer descending on the region for 34 matches of high intensity cricket. The Biggest Party in Sport is coming back, and the plan is for it to be even bigger.Speaking about the window for the tournament, Pete Russell, COO of Hero CPL, said: “We are very pleased to be playing our tournament in August and September for the third successive year and we have now agreed that this will be the time of year that CPL takes place for the next five seasons. Fans now associate this time of year with Hero CPL and we have already started work on bringing the party to life in 2019. Having the best Caribbean cricketers and the world’s best overseas players is what our tournament is all about, and this window gives us that.”Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI, said: “The Hero CPL has developed into one of the best and most exciting T20 competitions in the world and we look forward to hosting another successful tournament later this year.  We are pleased that we have been able to find a window in our WINDIES International calendar to ensure that all the best Caribbean cricketers can take part, as the tournament plays a crucial role in our preparations and planning for the T20 World Cup in 2020.”First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere.Combining broadcast and digital viewership over 200 million fans watched the 2018 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Trinbago Knight Riders are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Jamaica Tallawahs. For further information visit www.cplt20.com. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHero CPL 2020 tournament confirmed for August 19 to September 26September 2, 2019In “latest news”Player Draft for 2018 CPL set for March 1 in LondonFebruary 6, 2018In “latest news”SUNSET+VINE named host broadcast producers for HERO CPL …34 matches to be broadcast across 7 countries between 4 August and 9 September 2017May 23, 2017In “latest news” read more

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first_imgMining3, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Caterpillar have signed a collaborative agreement for the research and development of a new positioning system for underground mining. Formally commencing in March 2017, and with financial support from the Queensland Government as part of its Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships program, the research project offers potential solutions to the challenge of accurately estimating the position of vehicles in underground mining environments. The intended outcome of the research project is a cost-effective, reliable, camera-based positioning system for locating and tracking underground mining vehicles within 1 m of accuracy. As well as a sophisticated multi-sensor system that provides centimetre-accurate positioning which will ultimately enable the automation of mine vehicles. Essentially, it delivers the equivalent of GPS to underground mining, without the requirement for significant infrastructure installed throughout the mine.Project leader, QUT Associate Professor Michael Milford said, “If you know where everything is on a mine site at all times you will be able to optimise how the mine site operates, improving safety and productivity. We believe that we can develop next-generation positioning technologies which can be deployed throughout the fleets of underground mining vehicles all around the world.”The project will leverage off research and learnings already acquired in other industries through the work undertaken by the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT. The Centre is responsible for an underwater robot that culls crown of thorns starfish, as well as an agricultural robot that can differentiate between weeds and crops. These learnings can be rapidly applied to a mine site scenario ensuring a quicker commercial outcome for the mining industry.Prof Paul Lever, CEO of Mining3 said, “This partnership is an effective model for a major development in the advancement of autonomous mining technology. QUT and Mining3 provide leading research capability in this area, and Caterpillar delivers the experience, product development capability, and local and global channels required to translate research into a product which can be distributed around the mining world.”QUT and Caterpillar are members of Mining3, a world leading research organisation directed by its global mining industry members to develop and deliver transformational technology to improve productivity, sustainability, and safety.last_img read more

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first_imgLeonardo Fibonacci : Suite, biographie, ce qu’il faut savoir sur le célèbre mathématicienSans Leonardo Fibonacci connu aussi sous le nom de Leonard de Pise, on ne compterait pas de la même façon. Grand amateur de chiffres, il est connu pour la suite de Fibonacci et pour avoir ramené les chiffres indo-arabes en occident. Pour en savoir plus, suivez le guide ! BiographieNaissance : vers 1775 à PiseMort : vers 1250On possède peu d’informations sur la vie de Leonardo Fibonacci. Il naît à Pise autour de 1775, son père Guglielmo Bonacci est le représentant des marchands de la république de Pise. Il fait son éducation à Béjaïa en Algérie. C’est là-bas qu’il découvre les mathématiques, sans que l’on sache s’il parle ou non l’arabe. Il voyage en Sicile, en Egypte et en Syrie, il rencontre lors de ses voyages différents mathématiciens et ramène à Pise en 1198 la notation algébrique et les chiffres arabes. Trois ans plus tard, il prouve que toute fraction a/b peut se noter comme une somme de fractions distinctes dont le numérateur est 1.En 1202, il écrit Le Livre des Calculs : ce livre est fondé sur le calcul décimal, alors qu’à l’époque, on calcule à l’aide d’une abaque, un instrument mécanique simplifiant le calcul et on utilise encore les chiffres romains. Le zéro est d’abord mal accepté, Florence l’interdit même, le jugeant confus.La suite de Fibonacci :La suite de Fibonacci commence généralement ainsi :  0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89…À lire aussiAlbert Einstein : QI, citations, biographie, tout savoir sur le plus célèbre des scientifiquesIl s’agit d’un problème récréatif extrait de son livre, Liber Abaci. C’est l’un des tout premier modèle mathématique en dynamique des populations. Leonardo Fibonacci voulait au début compter la reproduction d’une famille de lapins.    Le 18 décembre 2017 à 16:22 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

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first_imgArnold Soukup was strong enough — and bold enough — to pick up a 250-pound bomb and drop it into the ocean.But do you know what buckled the sailor’s knees? Needles.That’s what Vancouver resident Ellen Townsen learned when she represented her dad a few days ago at a reunion of men who’d served on the USS Rainier. They gathered last week in Vancouver — almost within view of that namesake peak — to celebrate their ship’s record of service during three wars.Clark County resident Lon Hannula served aboard the Rainier during the Vietnam War. Townsen stood in for her dad, who was part of the ship’s engine crew during the Korean War. He died about six weeks ago.Larry Arseneau is another Clark County veteran who served aboard the USS Rainier. Ron Stimson of Longview was the reunion host.Ninety-year-old reunion participant Charles Baymiller was aboard two other ammunition ships during World War II before serving on the Rainier during the Korean War.Hannula joined the Navy after graduating from Battle Ground High School. He spent 2 1/2 years on the Rainier as part of the engine room crew.While he was aboard, the ship was recognized several times for delivering ordnance and ammunition in some very challenging circumstances.Transfers at 12 knotsIt wasn’t just unloading crates onto a dock so another ship could haul them onboard. The Rainier and the warships it served were doing on-the-go transfers known as “unreps” — short for underway replenishments.last_img read more

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first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said they are initially giving nominations to their candidates based on parties, not the alliance, due to time constraint, reports UNB.”Nomination has not been given now based on the alliance as the parties are separately doing it… we’ll adjust those later,” he told reporters after a meeting with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at his Bailey Road residence.Kamal also said they can reach an understanding over nominating candidates based on the alliance before the deadline for withdrawal of candidature.Asked whether the Oikya Front accepted the election commission’s decision on using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the six seats, Kamal said they will continue to register their protest against it.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said he had positive discussions with the Oikya Front leaders and they all will be there in the election race in alliance.Gano Forum general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu said Oikya Front is not facing any difficulty over sharing seats and hinted that they will be able to settle the seat-sharing issue by 3 December.Earlier, Fakhrul went to Kamal’s residence and sat in a meeting around 10:00am.last_img read more

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first_imgUPDATE: Pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 Pro are now available at Amazon.ORIGINAL STORY: It appears that the age of iterative consoles has arrived. Hooray. Speaking with the Financial Times, Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House has confirmed that all of the reports we’ve been hearing about for the past few months are accurate: Sony is indeed working on an upgraded PlayStation 4.The system, codenamed “Neo,” will have upgraded hardware that will allow it to produce 4K resolution and better graphics, and is built for Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR peripheral. The system is not meant to supplant the current PS4, and will be sold alongside it. House didn’t give an exact price for the Neo, only saying that it would be more expensive than the current $350 console. The PS4 Neo is being aimed at “hardcore” gamers and those who want more high-resolution content.The system will be backwards compatible with almost all current PS4 games. The report actually says “all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4.” This tells us that we can expect that some PS4 games may not be playable on the Neo. The report also says that developers will only be required to put in a “small but manageable” amount of effort when creating games for both the PS4 and Neo.Mister House isn’t worried about consumers who may not be happy that a new PlayStation console will be launched so closely after the last system. “The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs.” This statement mirrors what Xbox head Phil Spencer said about his company’s plans for an upgraded Xbox One.Those looking forward to hearing more about the PS4 Neo during next week’s E3 event will be disappointed to learn that Sony does not plan to discuss it during their annual press conference. Some reports suggested that the console could be released as early as this fall, but House has stated that Sony is not ready to announce a launch window for the PS4 Neo at this time. But don’t lack the lack of Neo stop you from checking out all of Geek.com’s E3 coverage next week.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite As braai season approaches, red meat prices are expected to increase by between 9% and 15% between now and December due to tight supply and increased demand from consumers during the festive season, First National Bank (FNB) has cautioned.Red meat prices are relatively stable to strong, due to tight supplies as livestock farmers hold onto stock and avoid slaughtering in the hope that pasture conditions will improve should seasonal rain materialise.Pork will also benefit from the price gain of red meat. However, there won’t be much of a price movement in poultry due to increasing imports.Despite continued pressure on disposable income, consumers will still be able to absorb the slight increase in meat prices during the festive period.Others will opt to purchase red meat in bulk to outweigh price increases. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us therelast_img read more

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first_imgSee the new Real Estate section hereCentral America’s leading and most successful English-language news source announced today the launch of a new real estate section aimed at bringing together the news site’s international and local readership with property owners’ diverse offerings.Following on the heels of a recently announced alliance with the Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors, The Tico Times seeks to return to the Costa Rican real estate world – which helped the company’s former print product thrive – con gusto.The intent, according to The Tico Times’ managers, is to reach the best buyer market, and link it with reputable, high-quality realtors and developers who can meet their needs. According to Mary Anne Weston, sales and marketing director, the new section strives to differentiate itself from standard listing sites that currently dominate the online market.“With our new section, we’re placing a lot of emphasis on real estate, and we’re targeting English-speaking clients. We already have a captive audience,” Weston said.“Evolving from a local, community-based newspaper started by Lincoln School students nearly 60 years ago, to an award-winning news source recognized and quoted worldwide, has been a long road for this organization,” said Jonathan Harris, president of The Tico Times’ parent company, Producciones Magnolia. “This step represents a launch into the modern world, providing readers with a 21st century view of the new Costa Rica.”The 2008-2009 global economic crisis, and the resulting recession here, hurt both Costa Rican and foreign investors. And it hurt The Tico Times, which was reliant on real estate advertising in its now-defunct print newspaper. But the signs of recovery can be seen throughout the country, according to Chamber of Realtors President Andrés Zamora. And in keeping with its history of staying in lockstep with Costa Rica’s evolution, the section promises to provide both buyers and sellers with a new venue in which to connect, Harris said.The new section is a work in progress, but both Harris and Weston said they are confident it is a new chapter for the news site, and part of a diverse business model that will help the site grow in coming years.Check it out and give us your feedback in the comments section below. Go to the Real Estate section.Julee Payne is vice president of the board of directors of The Tico Times’ parent company. Facebook Comments Related posts:Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Getting it done Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Let’s look at the details The 2013 tax return extension deadline is approaching for US expats. Are you ready? Nearly one-quarter of car owners fail to pay marchamo on timelast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said Thursday.The British Foreign Office, meanwhile, raised the death toll of British tourists killed in Friday’s attack from 27 to 30. Other European tourists were among the dead. The attack was Tunisia’s deadliest ever and threatens to be a devastating blow to its tourism sector. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In Britain, bereaved relatives looked on at an air base in Oxfordshire as a military plane flew home the remains of nine Britons on Thursday, a day after another flight returned eight other bodies.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, in which Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on a beach in the resort of Sousse. He was later killed by police.Government minister Kamel Jendoubi told reporters Thursday in Tunis the eight still detained — seven men and one woman — are suspected of direct links to the attack. He did not elaborate on their identities or roles, saying only that the investigation “has allowed us to discover the network behind the operation in Sousse.”The minister also urged greater international terrorism cooperation in a “war … between democratic Tunisia and an international jihadi movement.”Sofiane Selliki, an official in the prosecutor’s office, said no one had been brought before a judge for charges.A top security official told the AP this week that Rezgui had trained in a jihadi camp in Libya at the same time as the two men who attacked a leading Tunisian museum in March, killing near. That raised fears of more attacks on this North African nation’s budding democracy. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone More Tunisians — about 3,000 — are believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq to join radical jihadis including the Islamic State group than fighters from any other country.British vacationers made up the majority of the 38 killed on the beach, and further repatriation flights are expected in coming days.Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier that all 30 British victims have been identified. Package holiday firms Thomson and First Choice confirmed that all were their customers.A minute’s silence in memory of the victims will be observed Friday, a week after the rampage, and flags will be flown at half-staff over London’s Whitehall and Buckingham Palace.___Jill Lawless and Sylvia Hui in London contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A 17-month-old baby was declared dead at St Chad’s Clinic. The other victims were transported to hospital by Sharaj Ambulance Services and EMRS.Public Safety officers and police responded to the scene.This is the second major accident on the Pieters road within the past week. Just last weekend, tragedy struck when a shooting led to an accident that resulted in injuries and loss of life.We will update this story as we receive more information. A baby was killed and 9 other people suffered major and minor injuries after a van and a car collided on the Pieters/Colenso road this evening (Saturday).The van was travelling from Colenso and the car was coming from Ezakheni, and the two crashed into each other at the intersection.last_img read more

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first_img#Utes dial up some trickeration, HB pass for a TD to go up 41-13 #UTAHvsUO https://t.co/h8UZq5Ca5q AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix A few weeks ago now,  we started this think tank article focused on drawing attention to the more intriguing plays and schemes that teams used over the weekend. Here’s a link to week 2, and this one will take you to week 3.Here, I’ve compiled a handful of them I came across during Saturday and Sunday’s action for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to share them with the rest of your staff, and decide whether to use them now, later, or down the road.Utah pulled off the old halfback pass off of outsize zone action (complete with pulling guard) in their 62-20 romp over Oregon. — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 27, 2015 Utah’s make-up punt is a blown snap-turned-1st down. #UTAHvsUO https://t.co/MaeuiMtm6f— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 27, 2015 Everyone has seen the ending of the TCU vs. Texas Tech game by now, but what’s really interesting is the route combo at the bottom of the screen, away from where the ball was thrown. Take a closer look and you’ll notice a pick route at the bottom of the screen below by the #3 receiver on the left. The #2 receiver is wide open early, and has to resort to making the play on the tip in the back of the end zone. Louisiana-Monroe rolled out a nice zone blitz against Alabama, bringing the defensive tackle and an inside linebacker (both seemingly through the same B-gap) and  dropping the defensive end. Zach already covered this one in his 12 nuggets from the weekend, but Utah’s fake punt they ran for a first down (after having to re-kick because the first punt hit the SkyCam wire) is worth exploring again. 2pt conversion pass to Boykin #TCUvsTTU https://t.co/AtoRQhy2Es — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 27, 2015 TCU ran some trickeration with QB Trevone Boykin coming up to the line to audible, pausing for a second, and the center directs snaps it to the RB, who flips it a WR, while Boykin leaks out into the flat and hauls in a controversial catch (which was promptly reviewed). ULM doing a nice job forcing Bama to waste RT in zone blitz. Lighter quicker DL hell in pass pro. https://t.co/7DnNi9CH1y — Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 26, 2015last_img read more

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first_imgThe Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism is looking into separating the approval processes of small and big businesses into two separate systems.A cheque of more than $2 million was handed over by India’s High Commission to the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development today. This assistance will benefit those Fijians who are currently assisted by the ministry under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).While officiating at the event, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism and Local Government, Housing and Community Development Hon. Premila Kumar commended the Indian Government for their assistance and says that this assistance will greatly boost the MSME sector.“This assistance was made possible during India’s Prime Minister His Excellency Narendra Modi’s visit to Fiji, Mr. Modi made that commitment to assist this sector.” India’s High Commissioner to Fiji H.E Vishvas Sapkal has commended the Fijian Government for improving the status of MSME sector in Fiji.Minister for Industry and Trade Premila Kumar says this will happen in 1 and a half years.Kumar says this will be done to simplify the processes and reduce the time span in which investors get their approvals.She says small, medium and micro businesses have to go through the same approval processes as big businesses and sometimes the small businesses don’t require that level of approval process.Kumar says there is a need to digitize the approval process to simplify it.Meanwhile the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal has today handed a cheque of $2.04 million which is for the Ministry’s Micro, Small And Medium Enterprises assistance program. [Source;  fijivillage.com news, 11th December 2018]The post Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister looks into Separating Approval processes of Small and big Businesses appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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first_imgOlderHoliday Inn Gdansk – City Centre to open in July Friends of the Earth has released the 2019 edition of its cruise ship report card, documenting the environmental footprint of the cruise industry and grading 16 cruise lines and their 185 ships. The report card, last released in 2016, shows an ongoing lack of initiative by most cruise companies to reduce their air and water pollution impact on travel destinations and local peoples. All seven cruise companies under the Carnival Corporation brand received an ‘F’ grade for what Friends of the Earth brands “blatant illegal pollution”.Over the last two and a half years, Carnival Corporation has been on criminal probation in the United States for illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and obstruction of justice for hiding it from regulators. Despite being on probation, each of the company’s cruise lines continued to commit hundreds of environmental crimes, including dumping wastewater and plastic into the ocean and polluting our air in excess of federal and state rules, argues Friends of the Earth. ADVERTISEMENT“Carnival Corporation’s despicable behaviour shows that we cannot take this polluting industry’s claims of environmental responsibility at face value,” said Marcie Keever, oceans and vessels program director for Friends of the Earth. “This entire industry must be investigated, and held accountable for its destructive behaviour. “Carnival Corporation should be forced to spend some of their massive profits to clean up the communities they have dumped on. “This egregious case of wrongdoing shows just how critically we need federal agency and congressional oversight of cruise industry pollution practices.”However, Carnival Corporation cast doubt on the validity of the charge.Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer, Carnival Corporation, said: “This is simply a fundraising tool, not a valid research study, since the report card lacks the appropriate level of research or scientific rigor and the categories are completely random. “They don’t have the appropriate facts to back their grading system and they created a completely arbitrary grade for transparency to reflect poorly on the cruise industry because no cruise line was willing to work with them. “This report is inaccurate and misleading.”Frizzell added: “We are the first cruise company to roll out new liquid natural gas technology to power our ships, plus we have shore power systems on nearly half our fleet and the latest advanced wastewater technology on more than half of our fleet. “We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to install environmentally friendly technology.”He also pointed out the Friends of the Earth study included Fathom, a line Carnival has not operated for two years, while ignoring AIDA, a line Carnival views as one of its most environmentally sensitive. NewerUK begins construction of Expo 2020 pavilionlast_img read more

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first_imgLake Forest, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineKerstin Florian’s Correcting Eye Rescue Pads are the ideal antidote for post-plane dehydrated skin. Launching in February, the under-eye treatment helps treat dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. The result is instant brightening and hydration, giving the eyes a luminous look. The secret is marine fibers called Chitosan, derived from a very-specific species of shrimp shells found only on the coast of Norway. Collagen’s more natural cousin, Chitosan has been proven to decrease wrinkles by 35 percent, lead to a 20 percent improvement in skin’s softness and 114 percent improvement in smoothness. The ingredient has also been shown to improve skin elasticity, promote regeneration and provide essential antioxidant protection.The set ($100) includes five pairs of the Eye Rescue Pads and a one once bottle of Neroli Water, with hydrating bitter orange blossom, used to saturate the pads; it can also be used as an all-over tonic.www.kerstinflorianusa.comlast_img read more

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