31Million Paving Contract Awarded in Halifax County

first_imgA $3.1-million paving contract awarded in Halifax County will result in an improved main road between the Musquodoboit Valley and points west. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $3,096,250 contract to repave Route 224 from Cooks Brook, east to the intersection of Exhibition Grounds Road — a distance of about 12.3 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Basin Contracting Ltd. The work is scheduled for completion by this summer. “Route 224 is the major road connection between the Musquodoboit Valley and Highway 102,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “This contract will make this section stronger and better able to handle all types of traffic including industrial and agricultural vehicles.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Asian shares advance following strong Wall Street finish

first_imgBANGKOK — Shares rose in Asia on Thursday after a strong overnight finish on Wall Street. Traders were encouraged by a Wall Street Journal report saying the Chinese government might make changes to its “Made in China 2025” economic development plan.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 1.0 per cent to 21,823.03 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng report jumped 1.1 per cent to 26,465.48. The Shanghai Composite index surged 1.5 per cent to 2,641.86 while the Kospi in South Korea added 0.6 per cent to 2,095.51. India’s Sensex advanced 0.6 per cent to 35,992.21 while the S&P ASX 200 in Australia edged 0.2 per cent higher to 5,665.10. Shares also rose in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: U.S. stocks failed to hang onto big gains still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. Stocks initially rallied after the Wall Street Journal reported that China’s government could make changes to its “Made in China 2025” economic development plan — a step that might ease friction between the world’s two largest economies. The S&P 500 index rose 0.5 per cent to 2,651.07. The Dow gained 0.6 per cent to 24,527.27. The Nasdaq composite jumped 0.9 per cent to 7,098.31. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 1.1 per cent to 1,455.32.MADE IN CHINA 2025: The Chinese initiative aims to create leading companies in fields like artificial intelligence, electric cars and robotics. The Trump administration says the government is unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign rivals. Along with disputes over China’s handling of intellectual property, it’s a significant piece of the trade tensions between the countries. The Wall Street Journal reported that a revised plan would allow greater access for foreign companies to Chinese markets and investment.BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May won a no-confidence vote that had threatened to end her tenure. Lawmakers within May’s Conservative Party have expressed frustration over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU. The lingering uncertainty over the “Brexit” has pushed the British pound sharply lower. It rose Wednesday to $1.2634 from $1.2527 and was trading at $1.2617 on Thursday in Asia.ANALYST’S VIEWPOINT: “Local equity markets are trading well, catching an updraft via U.S. equity futures as in the absence of any inflammatory rhetoric from the U.S. administration, the perception that trade tensions are easing continues to steer the ship. But investors are also breathing a sigh of relief that the U.K. worst-case scenarios didn’t unfold overnight,” Stephen Innes of Oanda said in a commentary.TENCENT: Tencent Music Entertainment, the largest music streaming service in China, climbed 7.7 per cent in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s IPO of 82 million shares priced at $13 a share and closed at $14 a share. Slightly more than half are being sold by the company and the rest are being sold by shareholders.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 17 cents to $51.32 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 1 per cent to $52.15 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, advanced 26 cents to $60.41 per barrel. It lost 0.1 per cent to $60.15 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.46 yen from 113.32 yen. The euro slipped to $1.1368 from $1.1370.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay contributed. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPElaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Presslast_img read more

North Peace Historical Society to hold AGM in February

first_imgTickets are $25.00 per person and are available at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.Tickets must be purchased in advance no later than February 13, 2019.The North Peace Historical Society’s AGM is taking place on February 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Peace Museum.For more information, you can call the Museum at 250-787-0430. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Historical Society is holding their Annual General Meeting in February.Members of the general public are welcome to attend.The meeting will feature a special presentation by Jim Little. A local surveyor, Jim also worked for the Ministry of the Environment. Turkey dinner will also be provided.last_img read more

UN human rights office voices profound regret after execution of US man

23 September 2011The United Nations human rights office expressed profound regret today over this week’s execution in the United States of Troy Davis, saying that the process that led to his death may have violated international law. Authorities in the state of Georgia executed Mr. Davis by lethal injection on Wednesday evening for the 1989 killing of a police officer, after his final appeal was rejected. Earlier that day, three independent UN human rights experts had called on the US Government to stop the execution, citing concerns that Mr. Davis did not receive a fair trial. Many of the witnesses affirmed that they had been pressured or coerced into testifying against Mr. Davis, or recanted or changed their testimony, according to a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for OHCHR, told journalists in Geneva today that the Office understood there were serious concerns that the rights of Mr. Davis to due process and a fair trial had not been respected. She said that as a result, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international laws may have been violated. read more

Asian stock markets rally after Fed keeps monetary stimulus in place

by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 11:17 pm MDT BANGKOK – Asian stock markets surged Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve unexpectedly refrained from reducing its massive economic stimulus.Not even dour data out of Japan showing a swelling trade deficit could dampen the rally sparked by the Fed’s decision to keep in place its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases, part of its “quantitative easing” approach of pumping money into the financial system to help stimulate the U.S. economy.Investors had braced themselves for a slight reduction in monthly bond purchases. Instead, the Fed, at the end of its two-day policy meeting Wednesday, announced no timetable for winding down the stimulus and even threw in a note of caution: the U.S. still has not attained adequate levels of job and economic growth.“Employment growth has been very weak … Private sector GDP growth is slowing, not accelerating,” analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said.Investors ignored the Fed’s cautious tone and instead cheered the retention of the stimulus program, which has helped bolster global stock markets.The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo rose 1.3 per cent to 14,697.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 1.7 per cent to 23,503.71. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 1 per cent to 5,290.80. South Korea’s Kospi was closed for a public holiday.Following the Fed’s announcement, Wall Street stocks hit record highs, and the price of gold had its biggest one-day jump in four years as traders anticipated that the Fed’s decision might cause inflation.Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 surpassed their previous record highs set on Aug. 2. The Dow rose 1 per cent to close at 15,676.94. The S&P 500 jumped 1.2 per cent to 1,725.52. The Nasdaq composite rose 37.94 points, or 1 per cent, to 3,783.64.Benchmark oil for October delivery was up 59 cents to $108.66 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $2.65, or 2.5 per cent, to close at $108.07 on Wednesday.In currencies, the euro rose to $1.3531 from $1.3516 late Wednesday. The dollar rose to 98.31 yen from 98.12 yen.___Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pamelasampson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian stock markets rally after Fed keeps monetary stimulus in place read more

Northern BC port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Port Authority says workers are trying to stop an abandoned pipe from slowly leaking fuel into the ocean in northwestern B.C.The leak of what the port believes is bunker fuel was reported on Sunday when staff noticed a rainbow sheen near the tide line.The port authority says the pipe passes under property it owns and ends next to the marine berth at the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal.It says workers have excavated an area so they can flush and cap the pipe.The port says it has engaged the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to contain the fuel that reached the foreshore and the group is working to clean the shoreline and immediate area.Officials have also called in an environmental consultant in to assess the potential impacts of the leak, although they believe there is “minimal risk to marine life and vegetation” and say only a “small quantity” escaped. Northern B.C. port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:44 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Opportunity to exhibit at SMMT Meet the Buyer

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is offering companies, business development services and academic institutions an exclusive opportunity to exhibit at its Meet the Buyer event on 23 May in the West Midlands.With hundreds of one-to-one meetings due to take place on the day, SMMT’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is the largest business building event of its kind, providing a mechanism for vehicle manufacturers and supply chain companies to forge new trade partnerships.Providing exhibiting companies with a platform to showcase their product ranges, concepts and services, the event typically attracts around 200 industry delegates and will include multiple networking opportunities.To find out more about purchasing exhibition space at SMMT’s Meet the Buyer event, contact Sian Hughes on shughes@smmt.co.uk or 020 7344 1663.For more information about participating as a buyer or a supplier at the events, visit the Meet the Buyer page or contact Nikki Huggett on nhuggett@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Britains worst female paedophile to be released from prison

A former nursery worker who was dubbed Britain’s worst female paedophile, is to be released from prison after convincing a parole board she no longer poses a “significant risk”  to children.Vanessa George, 49, who worked at the Little Teds nursery in Plymouth, was given an indeterminate sentence in 2009 after being convicted of a series of sickening attacks against youngsters. The mother of two was part of a paedophile ring, who along with her lover Colin Blanchard, admitted a total of seven sexual assaults on children.The group who met on Facebook egged each other on to see who could be the most depraved and George began taking indecent images of the children at the nursery where she worked.It was feared she may have abused up to 30 youngsters but she always refused to name which children she had targeted leading to further heartache for parents who did not know whether their loved ones had been victims.George was described in court as having a “voracious” sexual appetite that had “plumbed new depths of depravity”.During her sentencing at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Justice Royce stressed that while he was passing an indeterminate prison term, it was in effect, “a life sentence”. A spokesman said: “The Parole Board has directed the release of Vanessa George, following a parole review that was concluded in July 2019.”Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release.”The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.”This is done with great care and public safety is the number one priority.”Last night the Parole Board’s decision was criticised by Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, who called for an urgent review.He said: “Vanessa George’s crimes against children in Plymouth cannot be forgotten and it’s very hard to forgive her for them.”I know I can’t and that’s why her release from jail is a kick in the teeth for our city and all her victims. George was told she would have to spend a minimum of seven years in prison before she would be even be considered for release and only then when she could prove she no longer posed a risk to youngsters.But the parole board has now decided that following a review she is safe to be freed from jail. “I am very concerned about the safety of our city’s children with the imminent release of Vanessa George and have today written to the Justice Secretary asking for the decision to release Vanessa George to be urgently reviewed in light of the public outcry and continuing risk to children that I believe she poses.”Harry Fletcher, Director of the Victims’ Rights Campaign, also said those affected by George’s crimes would be ‘horrified’ by the decision of the parole board to release her.He said: “These were extremely serious offences. She was clearly a major danger to small children and I hope the parole board are utterly satisfied she poses absolutely no risk in the future to any child.”It is no wonder that the victims in these cases are horrified at the prospect of release.”News of her impending release was also met with dismay in the community where her crimes had been committed.Local resident Lynn Barnes said: “She should have been kept locked up, she has not given one thought to the families who have no idea whether their children were abused. Until that was disclosed parole board should not have even considered letting her out.” Vanessa George was part of a sick paedophile Facebook group Vanessa George was part of a sick paedophile Facebook group Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Lily Allens boobs awkward exes The 6 best things at the Brit

first_imgIT’S HARD TO pick a favourite really.From Niall from Mullingar winning a Brit, to Sharon Osbourne talking about Harry Styles’ willy, to Lily Allen’s leaky boobs… here are the best bits.1. Adele’s speech (and the fact that she was too busy rehearsing for the Oscars to come to the Brits)YouTube/MicaelaPonce2. This video of Harry Styles clapping for Taylor SwiftYouTube/Goodtele22223. This comment under the video of Harry Styles clapping for Taylor Swift4. This tweet from Lily AllenSo THAT’s why she was late…5. Sharon Osbourne being inappropriateIcky.YouTube/EnjoyHits6. Mullingar lad Niall Horan’s Welsh and Dublin accents in the press roomYouTube/FuseRock out with your frock out>Will Robbie Williams sell 52k tickets for the Aviva Stadium?last_img read more

Gorilla Glass has a new competitor called Dragontrail

first_imgAs smartphones move to ever larger displays they become an important part of the strength component of the overall handset. At the same time users don’t want them to scratch easily or crack if dropped. The best solution at the moment seems to be Gorilla Glass which is used by a range of manufacturers, and has recently even been scaled up to work with tablets and LCD TVs.But Gorilla Glass isn’t going to be the only option for much longer. Japanses company Asahi has unveiled its own super-strong glass solution called Dragontrail. Although there have been no direct comparisons between the two strong glass products, you can tell from the tests in the video that Dragontrail has some serious strength on offer.Gorilla Glass should have 2011 to itself as it doesn’t look like Dragontrail will be seen in use until 2012. When it is, and if it matches Gorilla Glass on strength claims, then manufacturers should expect prices to fall as the two companies compete for market share.For consumers it should mean thinner and lighter devices as strong glass can be thinner. It also means less chance of that tablet or smartphone screen cracking or scratching.Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

Intel Falcon 8 Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors

first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Intel is working to improve U.S. bridge inspections—with drones.The electronics firm supplemented manual inspections of two midwestern bridges with advanced automated commercial drone hardware and software.After all, there is only so much humans can do on their own before technology intervenes.“With bridges worldwide experiencing undetected structural issues due to insufficient inspection and monitoring processes and unreliable data for rehabilitation, it is critical to address this real-world concern of transportation safety with impactful commercial drone applications,” according to Anil Nanduri, Intel vice president and general manager of the drone team.In 2016, more than 9 percent of the nation’s 600,000-plus bridges were deemed structurally deficient, yet still carried hundreds of millions of vehicles every day.Rehabilitation, however, is expensive (the American Society of Civil Engineers [ASCE] last year calculated costs around $123 billion), dangerous, and time-consuming.Enter Intel and its fleet of unmanned aerial Falcon 8+ vehicles.During a recent inspection of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, connecting Ohio and Kentucky, piloted drones collected some 2,500 high-resolution aerial images to create a 3D model of the structure, allowing engineers to monitor paint deterioration and cable stability over time.The inspection team works on-site at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis (via Intel Corporation)And at Minnesota’s iconic Stone Arch Bridge, drones reduced work hours by 28 percent, resulting in cost savings of approximately 40 percent (which could spare taxpayers an estimated $160,000 over the next decade).By programming automated flight paths, inspectors can capture high-quality aerial data without obstructing commuter traffic or putting human lives in danger.“Intel’s comprehensive drone solutions not only improve speed and accuracy through increasing automation of existing workflows, but also reduce safety risks and [provide] engineers and transportation bureaus with more reliable, actionable insights for future planning and safety assessments,” Nanduri said in a statement.More on Geek.com:Watch: Quadcopter Drone Tows Wakeskater Down RiverSenate Passes Bill Allowing Authorities to Shoot Down Private DronesAdmire Winners of the 2018 Drone Awards Photo Contest Stay on targetlast_img read more

Former Barcelona striker Etoo joins Qatar SC

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has joined Qatar SC from Turkish Super Lig side KonyasporSamuel Eto’o will continue his illustrious career at Qatar SC after moving to the Qatari outfit on a free transfer.The 37-year-old striker is on the move to his 13th club having been released by Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor at the end of the last season.Earlier on Monday, Eto’o confirmed he had held talks with Ligue 1 teams, stating that he was “open to offers from France.”Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.On Monday evening, the Doha-based outfit confirmed the signing of the former Barcelona and Chelsea marksman, who is set to be unveiled on Tuesday.The Qatar Stars League is two weeks into the 2018-19 season, and the Kings are fifth on the log after taking three points from their opening two games.Next up, the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium outfit play Al Sailiya on Friday, and the presence of the ex-Cameroon international should provide them with a boost.last_img read more

Tom Drouillard Named AAM CEO

first_imgDrouillard is filling big shoes, as Lavery has been at the helm since 1995. Lavery will be working with Drouillard through the transition in March to ensure he is ready to step in on April 1. “I’ve known and respected Tom for many years through his work at Scarborough, Nielsen and SRDS,” Lavery says in a release. Also adding that he is “proud to leave the organization in such capable hands.” The Alliance for Audited Media named Tom Drouillard as its new CEO, president and managing director. He will be replacing Mike Lavery, who is retiring on March 31.Drouillard carries more than 25 years of media and marketing experience, and has held executive roles at Nielsen, PERQ/HCI, SRDS, and he was most recently CEO at Scarborough Research.In his new role, Drouillard will be tasked with overseeing the organization’s entire operation in the U.S. and Canada. “Tom is a proven and successful CEO,” Sunni Boot, AAM chairman says in a release. “His deep understanding of digital media, audience measurement and marketing gives him the knowledge and skills required to take AAM to the next level in its historic role serving the media and advertising industries.”last_img read more

Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 60

first_imgBurnt trees and the carcass of a burnt out fuel tanker is seen along the side of the road following an explosion on 10 August, 2019, in Morogoro, 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. Photo: AFPAt least 60 people perished in Tanzania on Saturday when a fuel tanker overturned and then exploded as crowds of people rushed to syphon off leaking fuel.The deadly blast, which took place near the town of Morogoro, west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, is the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa.Morogoro governor Stephen Kebwe said the bodies of 60 victims were at the morgue of the local hospital, where more than 70 people were also being treated for injuries.He warned that the toll could rise with victims possibly trapped under the truck, which footage showed engulfed in fierce flames and huge clouds of black smoke.Charred bodies and the burnt-out remains of motorcycle taxis could be seen scattered on the ground among scorched trees.Regional police chief Wilbrod Mtafungwa described a huge explosion” and said the dead were mainly drivers of the taxis known as “boda-boda” and locals who flocked to the scene for the fuel.A video posted on social media showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.The tragedy has also triggered an outpouring of grief across the country, with prominent figures including President John Magufuli and ordinary citizens sending messages of condolences.Magufuli also called for people to stop the dangerous practice of stealing fuel in such a way, something that is common in many poor parts of Africa.- ‘Never seen a disaster of such magnitude’ -“The Morogoro region had never experienced a disaster of such magnitude,” Governor Kebwe told reporters at the scene in Msamvu, which lies about 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.He said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to pull out the truck’s battery.”We arrived at the scene with two neighbours just after the truck was overturned. While some good Samaritans were trying to get the driver and the other two people out of the truck, others were jostling each other, equipped with jerricans, to collect petrol,” teacher January Michael told AFP.”At the same time, someone was trying to pull the battery out of the vehicle. We warned that the truck could explode at any moment but no one wanted to listen, so we went on our way, but we had barely turned on our heels when we heard the explosion.”Police later said they had managed to put out the flames and had cordoned off the area.Magufuli said in a statement he was “very shocked” by looting of fuel from damaged vehicles.”There are vehicles that carry dangerous fuel oil, as in this case in Morogoro, there are others that carry toxic chemicals or explosives, let’s stop this practice, please,” he said.Last month, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people were trying to gather fuel.In May, a similar incident occurred in Niger just a short distance from the airport in the capital Niamey, leaving almost 80 people dead.Among the deadliest such disasters, 292 people lost their lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2010, and in September 2015 at least 203 people perished in the town of Maridi in South Sudan.last_img read more

Regional Weather Forecast Houston Firefighters Help Respond to Florence And Sheriffs Personnel

first_imgWednesday, September 12, 2018Top afternoon stories:Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaJeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, says the county could get two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday.Weather forecast for Harris CountyHarris County officials are urging residents to monitor the weather because of the system that’s moving into the Gulf of Mexico and to use extreme caution if they venture out into rainy conditions.As of Wednesday morning, bayous, creeks and tributaries were expected to remain within banks. However, roadways and streets may become impassable, according to the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD).HCFCD meteorologist Jeff Lindner said rainfall is expected to be the greatest impact the system will cause. “We’re looking anywhere from two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday and then going through Saturday. We could have isolated higher amounts,” Lindner noted.He added that heavy rain could fall south of I-10 and, because a lot of rain has fallen this week in the southeastern part of Harris County, the concern is that “if we get that rainfall overt those areas that already had a lot of rain, it could lead to some flooding.”Texas Task Force 1Texas Task Force 1 posted this photo to Facebook showing rescue boats ready to respond.Houston firefighters help respond to Hurricane FlorenceThree firefighters from the Houston Fire Department are on their way to North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence, and one Houston firefighter has been sent to Hawaii to help with Tropical Storm Olivia. The firefighters are members of Texas Task Force 1, an emergency response team tasked with urban search and rescue. A team of 16 responders was activated by FEMA this week.“What our team specifically will be focusing on is the areas where flood and flash flood becomes an issue,” said Stephen Bejune, a spokesperson for Texas Task Force 1. Bjune said the task force is specifically trained in water rescue.  “They’re able to get in there and do those rescues where traditionally local departments may not have that skill, or might not have those resources, or might not have enough of those resources and trained personnel,” Bejune added. Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeEmployees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are getting a raise.Sheriff’s Office personnel will get raiseEmployees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) are getting a raise.Harris County Commissioners approved nearly 18 million dollars yearly in raises for a large part of the staff. The raise will go into effect later this month.Commissioner Jack Morman said he hopes the raises are a “down payment” on future pay bumps because he doesn’t don’t think the salaries at the Sheriff’s Office “are competitive with some of the other surrounding law enforcement agencies just yet.”Commissioners said they also want to give raises to the staff of the county’s Fire Marshal Office. Sharelast_img read more

Costa Rica 101 Using your cell phone in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:The ultimate travel hack to prevent beach theft – and more Costa Rica safe travel tips How to deal with street harassment in Costa Rica Bocas on a budget: How to get to Bocas del Toro from Costa Rica Costa Rica 101: Visiting Poás Volcano National Park One of the better parts of any vacation is disconnecting from the rest of the world.But whether it’s for safety or convenience, it can still be useful to have a working cell phone when you visit a new country. Thankfully, it is downright cheap, and relatively simple, to use your own cell phone during your Costa Rica vacation. Here’s how to use your cell phone in Costa Rica: 1) Unlock your phone and confirm compatibility Depending on how you purchased your phone, it may be locked, or restricted to one specific service provider (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, etc.). If your phone is locked, you may not be able to use it with Costa Rican carriers. Contact your wireless service provider to check if your device can be unlocked for a trip abroad. Each provider has different policies (here are AT&T’s; here are Verizon’s), but if you meet the requirements, the unlock process is quick — it’s usually done by inputting a special code on your phone. If your carrier will not unlock your device, they may offer you a temporary international plan. While useful, these can be significantly more expensive than buying a SIM card in Costa Rica. Finally, while most modern cell phones have the hardware to connect to network frequencies around the world, it’s still worth double-checking before going through any more trouble. I recommend visiting Frequency Check and inputting your device type to see a table showing whether your phone will work on Costa Rican carriers. 2) Buying a SIM card in Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) both have kiosks selling SIM cards for kölbi, the state-owned mobile service provider. At Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José, look for the storefront at baggage claim after you’ve passed through immigration. At Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia, you’ll see it after you exit the customs area. If you don’t get a SIM card at the airport, you can visit a kölbi authorized vendor almost anywhere in Costa Rica. Click here for a list of locations. You’ll need your passport to purchase a prepaid SIM card, which costs 1,000 colones (about $1.70). The kölbi staff will help install the SIM card into your phone. Keep your original SIM card in a safe place, since you’ll want to install once you return home. Hang on to all kölbi documentation, including the plastic card that has your SIM pin on it, for the duration of your trip. 3) Buying additional data or minutes on your kölbi SIM card As of June 2019, a new prepaid kölbi SIM card includes 6,000 colones worth of domestic phone calls, text messages, and internet access. That alone may be enough for your vacation.As of June 2019, your balance spent at 40.351 colones per minute on the phone, 0.008588 colones per kilobyte of data, and 3.021 colones per SMS text message.You can also pay at the kölbi store for additional data when you purchase your SIM card.  This can be done à la carte or with a package. The “de todo” package, for example, includes 200 text messages, 34 call minutes, and 150 megabytes of data for 2,500 colones, or about $4.30.You can also buy recharge cards at 23,000 different locations across Costa Rica — including most grocery stores and pulperías. Check your balance by dialing *888#. If you’re staying in Costa Rica for a significant period of time, it might be worth creating an account in kölbi’s app for iPhones and Android phones, which allows you to purchase data directly. Tips for using cell phones in Costa Rica The vast majority of Costa Rican drivers use Waze, not Google Maps or Apple Maps, to navigate. Waze has community-sourced traffic information and will alert you of road hazards, police traps, etc. Similarly, the vast majority of Costa Ricans use WhatsApp rather than sending text messages through their carrier.If you have Google Maps, you can save areas for offline use while you’re on Wi-Fi to reduce your data usage later on. Most populated areas of Costa Rica have solid cell coverage. However, coverage can be spotty in the mountains. Your kölbi SIM card will expire if it goes unused for several months, so it’s not worth keeping for next year’s vacation to Costa Rica. There are other wireless service providers in Costa Rica other than kölbi. They include Claro, Movistar, and Tuyo. All work similarly to kölbi and may be more convenient if you’re traveling throughout Central and South America.Do you have ideas for our Costa Rica 101 series? Let us know by emailing: alejandro@ticotimes.net.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Lithuanian PM Russia trying to reassert power

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said the Kremlin is growing worried about the EU’s intentions.“It is a key question to Russia whether Ukraine would choose a path to the West and integrate into the European Union market or whether it joins the Customs Union,” Butkevicius said, referring to an alternative trade zone created by Russia that now includes Kazakhstan and Belarus.For both Brussels and Moscow, the real prize is Ukraine, a nation of 46 million with relatively strong industrial and agricultural sectors.Russia has imposed tremendous pressure on Ukraine not to sign a strategic partnership deal with the EU, saying Moscow would retaliate with trade restrictions that could push the ex-Soviet republic toward default.In August, Russia began a series of rigorous border control checks that caused crossing delays and millions of dollars of losses for Ukrainian businessmen.Other nations have not escaped Russia’s wrath, either. In September, Russia imposed a ban on imports of Moldovan wine after that country’s leaders expressed a willingness to sign a partnership deal with the EU at the same summit in Lithuania. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Finally, on Monday, Russia’s top consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, issued a decree barring the import of a range of Lithuanian dairy products. It’s a ban that hurts many producers in the country.“Some of those diary companies sell 80 percent of their production to Russia,” the Lithuanian prime minister told AP. “Today _ milk. Tomorrow _ meat. Then what?”Lithuania, a country of 3 million people, has appealed to the EU to intervene, and Butkevicius said he hopes the dairy companies’ losses will be covered by EU funds.He denied speculation that Lithuania might react by imposing restrictions on Russian goods and passengers moving across its territory. But he also gave no indication that Lithuania would cease its outreach to Ukraine.“We are not going to war. Our task is to collect data, use our negotiators in Moscow, and act within the framework of the (World Trade Organization). We already feel that we have the backing of the EU,” Butkevicius said.Moscow, meanwhile, denies the dairy ban has anything to do with Ukraine and the upcoming EU summit.“This topic has absolutely nothing to do with politics. It’s an old topic having to do with the fact that a number of Lithuanian companies make dairy products that don’t meet Russia’s standards,” Sergei Glazyev, a Kremlin insider, told the Ekho Moskvy radio station Thursday. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) – Lithuania’s prime minister is pointing to a Russian ban on dairy products from his country as evidence that Moscow fears losing influence over Ukraine and other former Soviet states. And he’s wondering how far Russia will go in punishing countries it thinks are wooing those nations away.Lithuania currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, and it has been working overtime to see the regional bloc extend its trade reach in Eastern Europe. In November, the Baltic nation is to host a key EU summit aimed at strengthening trade relations with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, and Azerbaijan _ all countries Moscow considers to be in its sphere of influence. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Glazyev, a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin on the Customs Union, in September warned Ukraine that Moscow might impose duties on Ukrainian goods if it were to keep strengthening its ties to the EU.Glazyev also said Thursday that Russia might also impose a visa regime on Ukrainians traveling to countries that are part of the Customs Union. Currently Ukrainians can travel to Russia without a visa.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

OCC Reveals Final Integration Rule

first_img A press release from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) revealed its final rule integrating policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions of national banks and federal savings associations. The OCC also is adopting amendments to update its rules for agency organization and function.The rule is intended to do away with any unnecessary requirements, promote fair supervision, and promote the smooth operation of the institutions the OCC supervises, according to the news release. Technical and conforming changes where appropriate are also a part of the new rule to enable a provision to apply to national banks and federal savings associations, clarifies responsibilities of OCC licensing offices, updates the description of OCC supervision structure, and corrects contact information.Coincidentally, the timing and substance of the integration project overlaps with the decennial review of agency regulations required by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA). The OCC staff took comments it has received in regards to EGRPRA notices and at EGRPRA outreach meetings into consideration when developing the final rule.“Changes made in response to comments aim to make the regulatory regime for both national banks and federal savings associations more efficient and streamlined where possible, consistent with safety and soundness,” the OCC said.The OCC will issue this final licensing rule prior to the end of the EGRPRA process on July 1, 2015. This is so that the agency can complete the upgrade of its corporate application and tracking system and provide significant improvement to the process associated with licensing activities for national banks and federal savings associations with no delays.To view the full rule: FederalRegister.gov OCC Reveals Final Integration Rule May 18, 2015 442 Views Federal Savings Associations Integrating Policies and Procedures National Banks Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 2015-05-18 Staff Writercenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Auditorgeneral laments Cyta corporate culture Updated

first_img(Updates with background and comment in ninth paragraph)By Stelios OrphanidesState-telecom Cyta, which escaped privatisation last year, posted two-and-a-half times more profit than it actually generated last year because it failed to properly report €44m in investment losses, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides said on Thursday.The market-share losing company acknowledged only a loss of €0.5m last year from investment activities but had to increase the amount to €44m, following an audit carried out by its external auditors and confirmed by the state Audit Office, Michaelides told lawmakers of the parliament’s audit committee on Thursday according to the Cyprus News Agency. The losses resulted also from “unwise” investments by Cyta’s pension fund in the past.As a result, Cyta, which included a loss from investment activities in its 2015 accounts of €19.4m, will see its 2016 profit drop from an initially reported €75.2m to a mere €30.4m, against a €58.8m profit in 2015, Michaelides said. Subsequently, the company’s 2016 reserves will fall from €686m in 2015 to €542m.“Cyta has a very bad corporate culture,” Michaelides continued, adding that he has been repeating the same things for years.He argued that this was proof of the corporation’s unwillingness to rectify things, even though “there are ways to fix them”.“It is a bad example of managing public funds,” he said, referring to a €180m shortfall in the company’s Pension Fund, a bill which the taxpayer will ultimately have to foot.The auditor-general, known for not mincing his words in matters of corruption, said that the telecom’s Greek subsidiary CytaHellas by failing to accomplish its targets accumulated financial obligations in excess of €194m with its working capital plunging to minus €63.7m.According to a report prepared by the Audit Office in June, CytaHellas by generating last year a loss of €18.9m, further increased its accumulated losses to over €165.3m. Its net financial position stood at €15.4m last year.Cyta, included with other state-owned companies in the government’s privatisation list which aimed at generating €1.4bn in revenue to reduce public debt in Cyprus’s bailout 2013 agreement, was let off the hook at the last minute when the populist Diko withdrew its support to sale of the company in early 2016.The government subsequently embarked on finding a formula for a partial privatisation of the company that would maintain the state’s majority shareholding and allow a strategic investor to run the company.The telecom’s market share in broad band connections has been constantly in decline in recent years and stood at 59 per cent in the last quarter of 2016 compared to 74.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, according to the telecom and post services regulator. This is the result of new subscribers opting mainly for private competitors such as MTN, Primetel and Cablenet whose market share in new subscribers last year was 32 per cent, 32 per cent and 27 per cent respectively, leaving Cyta a mere 8 per cent.Cyta was forced to scrap plans for its cable television unit Cytavision to sign a €3.5m television rights contract with Apoel last month after the government vetoed the company’s intention. Finance minister Harris Georgiades described the amounts paid for football rights as a “bubble”.The company was focusing its efforts to maintain its market share by attracting football fans to Cytavision over the past few years but this came at a considerable cost to the company. Cytavision’s accumulated deficit over 2011 to 2016 reached €14.6m, according to data compiled by the office of the auditor-general.Cytavision’s revenue from subscribers doesn’t even cover expenditure to buy content for the cable television network, he said.According to CNA, Cyta chairwoman, Rena Rouvitha Panou, credited by Michaelides with good intentions, told MPs that the company, following talks with foreign consultants who explored the possibility of selling CytaHellas, publicly invited investors to submit their interest. With respect to Cytavision, Rouvitha Panou said that Cyta is reconsidering the business model of its cable television unit and is re-evaluating the cost of content as well as Cytavision’s price policy.“Transparency and proper corporate governance are a one-way road for a public corporation accountable to the society,” she was quoted as saying.Of the 57 remarks included in the Audit Office’s 2015 report on Cyta, the company has already taken corrective action for 27, defined steps to address a further 16 based on timetables, and in the case of the rest, it has taken steps in accordance to the recommendations of the auditor-general, she said.  You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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