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Haiti senior UN relief official surveys stormravaged communities

Successive hurricanes and tropical storms struck the Caribbean island nation – the poorest in the Western Hemisphere – in late August and early September, destroying large portions of its agriculture and infrastructure, and almost entirely wiping out the harvest for the current season. This only compounded the suffering of those who were already impacted by the rise in food prices. “Hunger is no stranger to Haitians who have been struck by more than their fair share of crises,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “Now is the time for concerted global action to get food to the hungry, and to support President [René] Préval’s goal of longer-term solutions to help the country, and its people, feed themselves.” Ms. Sheeran flew directly to the town of Gonaïves on her arrival in the country today, to speak with people who have been devastated by the storms, and witness first-hand WFP’s emergency and recovery response. On Saturday, she will meet the Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis and other government officials in the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as international donors, partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN representatives, to discuss the best way forward. Accompanying the WFP chief on her visit is David Novak, head of restaurant company Yum! Brands, which yesterday committed $80 million to help the agency provide over 200 million meals to hungry schoolchildren in poor countries, including Haiti.WFP has delivered more than 2,200 metric tons of food since the start of its emergency operation – enough to feed almost 500,000 people. More than 300,000 of them are in Gonaïves, the city worst hit by flooding. It has appealed for $54 million to support its work in Haiti, but has so far received only $1 million. 26 September 2008The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a two-day visit to assess the devastation across hurricane-ravaged Haiti, which was grappling with chronic food security even before the recent series of storms. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Venezuelan microcredit aid extended to refugees asylumseekers – UN

17 April 2009The Venezuelan Government has expanded micro-finance assistance to Colombian refugees and asylum-seekers in border areas, the United Nations refugee agency said today. The first stage of the project – providing $250,000 in micro-credits to dozens of projects involving production, trade and services – helped over 100 families, mostly headed by women, refugees and Venezuelans living in areas bordering Colombia.The Banco del Pueblo Soberano, one of the Government’s largest micro-finance institutions, will double their aid this year to other communities and border states after registering a high level of return and a low bad debt rate of below 3 per cent.“This plan promotes self-employment in host communities and is a big step in the effort to protect and integrate some 12,000 asylum-seekers who are waiting for status recognition,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. In Venezuela, it can take as long as three years for asylum-seekers to be recognized as refugees and receive the paperwork necessary allow them to work.The micro-credit scheme is part of UNHCR’s “borders of solidarity” strategy in countries where integrations is the best solution, the agency said. Roughly 200,000 Colombians have fled conflict to Venezuela in the past ten years, and most of those in need of protection do not have the identity cards needed to access funding, the labour market or business opportunities. read more


October 12, 2019 0

TSX higher as US markets closed for holiday

The Toronto stock market started the session higher Thursday on broad gains across most major sectors as tension over Egypt’s political strife subsides.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 44.30 points to 12,189.98 shortly after open.The Canadian dollar rose 0.11 of a cent to 95.26 cents US.U.S. markets are closed for the Independence Day holiday, which will put most attention on developments overseas.In Egypt, the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, has been removed from office by the armed forces.Meanwhile, in Portugal, the governing coalition continues to look shaky, a situation that earlier this week raised the spectre of Europe’s debt crisis returning to a boil.Investors around the world were also keeping a close watch on the price of oil, which eased slightly but remains above US$100 a barrel for the first time since May 2012. The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 17 cents to US$101.07 a barrel.Egypt is not an oil producer but its control of the Suez canal — one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, which links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea — gives it a crucial role in maintaining global energy supplies.Meanwhile, August gold bullion dropped $4.30 to US$1,247.60 an ounce on the Nymex.On the TSX, energy stocks fell 0.4 per cent with Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) dropping four cents to $17.89.The gold sector was half a per cent higher as Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) gained 19 cents to $15.70.Overseas, Britain’s FTSE 100 index was up 2.9 per cent to 6,412. Germany’s DAX rose 2.1 per cent to 7,995, and France’s CAC 40 was up 2.8 per cent to 3,807.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was the strongest gainer, rising 1.6 per cent to 20,468.67. China’s Shanghai Composite rose 0.6 per cent to 2,006.10.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 bucked the trend, slipping 0.3 per cent to 14,018.93, despite remarks from Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda that the country’s economy is headed for recovery. The yen strengthened. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Annan attends Popes funeral lauding him as uniter of diverse peoples

“He was a man of faith, of action, capable of uniting the most diverse people,” Mr. Annan told reporters at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport as he left to return to Geneva, where he is to chair a twice-yearly meeting of his Chief Executives Board comprising the heads of the UN system of organizations. At UN Headquarters in New York the world body’s flag flew at half mast in tribute to the late Pope. On Monday, Mr. Annan will address the opening in Oslo, Norway, of a donor conference for Sudan, organized by the Norwegian Government to support rehabilitation in the south of Africa’s largest country. A peace agreement in January ended two decades of war there between Government and rebel forces. The region suffers from extreme lack of infrastructure and basic services due to the conflict and major investment is needed to rehabilitate communities, especially as some 500,000 refugees and 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are expected to eventually return to their homes. read more


October 6, 2019 0

UN official welcomes ASEAN commitment to human rights but concerned over declaration

“The international human rights mechanisms will continue to hold ASEAN member states to their international obligations and encourage ASEAN to strengthen further its regional human rights framework,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, added in a news release.Meeting in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, the regional body’s leaders on Sunday adopted the so-called ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), which affects some 600 million people within the borders of the regional body’s ten member countries. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the ASEAN leaders, in a statement on the AHRD’s adoption, stated that they were committed “to ensure that the implementation of the AHRD be in accordance with our commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action, and other international human rights instruments to which ASEAN Member States are parties…” Earlier this month, the High Commissioner drew attention to elements of the AHRD that fall below international standards and called for ASEAN leaders to review their efforts on the Declaration, expressing concern over the lack of inclusive and meaningful consultation with civil society in the region during its preparation. “Other regions have shown how regional human rights systems can evolve and improve over time, and I am confident this will be the same for ASEAN,” Ms. Pillay said. “Looking ahead, it is essential that ASEAN ensures that any language inconsistent with international human rights standards does not become a part of any binding regional human rights convention.”In addition to the High Commissioner, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system also flagged their concerns about the then-draft AHRD last week. While noting that the adoption of a “credible” AHRD would represent a significant step by ASEAN to develop a regional human rights system, the experts expressed reservations with the draft, noting that it was “imperative” that the document “maintains international standards” if it is to complement the work of the UN human rights system. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Ohio State mens basketball set for top15 showdown with Louisville

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles the ball up the floor during a game against James Madison on Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 73-56.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternAfter securing five double-digit victories at home to begin the season, the No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team is set to hit the road to take on a top-five opponent.OSU (5-0) will look to pass a major test against No. 5 Louisville (5-0) in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday.For the four freshmen in OSU’s rotation, including guard D’Angelo Russell, the game will mark the first on the road in their collegiate careers.“I’m definitely looking forward to the atmosphere,” Russell said.However, senior guard Shannon Scott said he has been stressing to the younger players to not think too much of Tuesday’s challenge.“It’s another game, really. At the end of the day, somebody’s going to have a win and somebody’s going to have a loss,” Scott said. “It’s not really a special game where we have to feel like if we lose this game we can’t play no more basketball for the rest of our lives.”Despite being an away game for OSU, the game will be played at home for Russell.Russell is a Louisville native, though he played his final three years of high school basketball at Montverde Academy outside Orlando, Fla.The freshman said he has had the game circled on his calendar all year, and is looking forward to playing in his hometown.“It’s definitely a dream come true, to either play with them or play against them,” Russell said.Russell, the leading scorer for the Buckeyes this season, said Louisville offered him a scholarship, but he preferred the “vibe” he felt when he visited OSU.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell’s hometown school did not present a large obstacle in landing the 2014 McDonald’s All-American.“I don’t honestly remember Louisville being hot and heavy after him,” he said.Russell said he has played with several players on the Cardinals’ roster, including his former Louisville Magic AAU teammate and freshman guard Quentin Snider.Louisville comes into the game ranked fifth in the country in rebounding margin at +13.6 per game, while OSU ranks 64th.Scott said avoiding that trend would be a key for the Buckeyes.“We know Louisville’s one of the best, if not the best, rebounding team in the country, so we know we’re going to have to find a way to keep them off the boards,” he said.Matta agreed with his point guard’s assessment that a major key to the game will be the battle on the glass.“I think that they do a tremendous job of getting on the glass and not only getting put-backs but keeping the ball alive, knocking them out, those types of things. And they’re big. They have a very unique team in terms of how they play,” Matta said.Louisville has four players averaging more than 11 points per game, led by forward Montrezl Harrell.Matta had high praise for the junior, who is leading the team in points and rebounds per game.“He’s special,” Matta said. “He plays at a high level, a high motor, very energetic. He’s got a lot of different ways that he scores.”The coach had additional levels of praise for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a two-time national champion.“I view coach Pitino as one of the all-time greats in this profession,” Matta said.However, despite the respect he has for the opponent, Matta said that the unselfishness coming from his starting backcourt of Scott and Russell has given him confidence that OSU can come out of Kentucky with a victory.“I love the fact that both D’Angelo and Shannon have had great command of our offense, and in a game like tomorrow night, they’re going to have to be able to do it,” he said. “They’re going to have to make quick reads and good decisions, and I feel pretty comfortable with their ability to do that.”Russell leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points per game and has added 5.4 assists per contest, while Scott leads the nation in assists with 10.4 per game.Louisville and OSU each rank in the top-10 for longest active NCAA Tournament appearance streaks, at eight and six years, respectively. The Cardinals cut down the nets in 2013 after defeating Michigan in the championship game.Regardless of the result Tuesday night, Matta said that both playing on the road for the first time and facing an opponent as strong as Louisville will give him insight into his team moving forward.“Tomorrow night, at the conclusion of the game, we’ll know a little bit more about our team and we’ll be a better team coming out of it,” he said.Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. read more


October 2, 2019 0

WWEcom gives injury update on Daniel Bryan

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Facebook Google+ Earlier today, WWE.com in the preview for the WWE Intercontinental Title match at this Sunday’s Extreme Rules PPV between champion Daniel Bryan against Bad News Barrett, posted the following injury update on Bryan:“Bryan is undergoing diagnostic testing to see if he can defend his title at Extreme Rules.”On last night’s RAW during the rundown of the card for Extreme Rules, commentary noted that Bryan’s match is “tentatively scheduled” to still take place. Bryan was pulled from the remainder of WWE’s UK tour last week as a precautionary measure, but it is still unknown whether or not Bryan has sustained an injury that will keep him out of action for this Sunday’s PPV. WWE.com: Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News BarrettRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Daniel Bryan Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Fifth codefendant appears in court in Hockinson homicide

first_imgRaymond C. Brandon Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the resident of a Hockinson home where the body of a man, who was beat and shot, was found in a shed.Traci Lynn Mendez, 41, appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first- and second-degree murder. She is one of five co-defendants accused in the slaying of 34-year-old Raymond C. Brandon.Brandon’s body was found April 27, nearly a week after he was killed, in a shed at Mendez’s residence, 15308 N.E. 172nd Ave., southeast of Hockinson High School.Investigators believe Mendez conspired with two couples — Neil Allen Alway, 39, and Ashley Lorraine Barry, 31, and John Michael West, 43, and Ashley L. Wideman, 23, all transients — to lure Brandon and his girlfriend, Allison Fields, to the residence to settle a debt.The group reportedly wanted to confront Brandon, who was in a dispute with a mutual friend, over a silver Subaru Forester he was driving. Mendez told detectives that they are all friends with a woman known to them as “Mom,” and that they planned to get the vehicle for her and give Brandon some “lumps,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.last_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Sea Life Center receives grant

first_imgThe Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward has received a grant to work with national zoos and aquariums to create a network of animal care professionals to respond in the event of an oil spill or other disaster.Listen Now The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Center more than $455,000 over a three-year period. The center will work with the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine to develop and deliver training courses, and to create an aid framework to locate and deploy animal care experts, in case of a disaster.Chip Arnold is the center’s operations director.“This grant will enable us to develop not only a very wildlife focused training for the folks in zoos and aquariums across the country, but will also allow us to develop a database which will reflect those that we train,” Arnold said. “Their skills, their availability and also their currency of training, so that we know who we can call on in the event of a disaster.”Arnold has long worked in team training efforts for the Sea Life Center. The center’s training programs have attracted the notice of outside animal care organizations, while they have grown to incorporate diverse aspects of a disaster training. One important aspect is hazardous material handling, which is necessary for any oil spill response team.“We teach a hazardous waste operations and emergency response class, and we also, because now everyone operates in those disaster scenarios under the I.C.S. or incident command system, we also train our people in the incident command system, so they know basically what the structure of the organization is,” Arnold said.The Sea Life Center works with federally protected marine mammals, which are the primary species of concern during oil spills. Arnold says the enter has a formal role in oil spill response in Alaska, and has contracts with response organizations for animal rescue of protected seals and sea otters in Alaska.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Texas Is Using A Record Amount Of Electricity Could Demand Outpace Supply

first_imgTom Pennington/Via The Texas TribuneThe recent closure of Martin Lake and other coal-fired power plants is one reason the state’s grid operator is concerned that demand for power could outpace supply this summer — or at least come very close to it.With a heat wave sweeping the state, Texans’ demand for power broke records two days in a row this week, prompting the state’s electric grid operator — which predicted the scenario months ago — to offer assurances that the electric sector “is doing what they can to keep the power on for consumers.”The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said in a statement Friday that it “has issued an advisory to power companies in advance of the extreme heat anticipated over the weekend and into next week.” That came as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning or heat advisory for almost the entire state. Friday’s high temperature was expected to reach 107 degrees in Dallas, 104 degrees in Austin and 100 degrees in Houston.“Our grid operators and electricity providers are working around the clock to ensure consumers stay cool and safe,” ERCOT’s statement said.So how concerned should Texans be that the power — i.e. air conditioning — will go out at a time of year when they need it most?Not very, said University of Texas at Austin energy guru Michael Webber, deputy director of the university’s Energy Institute, although he said it’s still concerning enough that customers should do their part to decrease their electricity usage.In Texas, residential customers account for almost half of peak demand.Until Wednesday, the highest demand had ever gotten was 71,110 megawatts in August 2016 — 48.6 percent of which was residential usage. That was topped on Wednesday and again on Thursday when it reached an all-time-high of 73,259 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m., according to ERCOT, which delivers power to some 24 million Texans.“We fully expect to keep hitting new demand records as summer 2018 continues,” ERCOT said in a statement on Wednesday. It predicted as much in March, when it warned that delayed power supply projects and the closure of three major coal-fired power plants would contribute to “tight operating reserves” and sky-high power prices at times.Webber said the public is generally bad at heeding the calls from grid operators and utilities to turn up the temperature on their thermostats, flick off unnecessary lights in the middle of the day and wait until the evening to run dishwashers and clothes dryers.If everyone in the state took those measures, Webber said, it would make a big difference — especially with continued population and economic growth. That has driven demand, although Webber said it hasn’t increased nearly as much as anticipated thanks to energy efficiency initiatives.Still, Webber said ERCOT has been planning for this scenario for months and that Texas — the only state with its own power grid — is still far away from a total blackout, which he couldn’t recall ever happening here. And while scary sounding, rolling blackouts are implemented strategically by grid operators and usually aren’t that big of a deal.The last time rolling blackouts occurred was in 2011 — one of the state’s hottest years on record — during a hard freeze in February when a variety of unexpected factors, including equipment failures at new coal-fired power plants, coalesced to push peak demand dangerously close to total generation.“It’s like a comedy of errors sometimes with these things,” Webber said.Grid operators and utilities take a variety of increasingly stringent steps to manage high demand, he said.First, they carry out a public information campaign calling on customers to decrease usage. Some utilities that have the capability may employ a “mild intervention” and shutter people’s air conditioners for 15 minutes or so in the middle of the day. If things still don’t improve, ERCOT will call on major industrial customers like steel mills and even refineries and chemical plants to shutter energy-gobbling units, which they agree to do in exchange for lower electricity prices.Then come the rolling blackouts, which Webber said likely will be more of a minor nuisance — like not being able to open your garage — although he said there is always a concern about how a lack of air conditioning can affect the elderly and other vulnerable populations.At this point, “we’re at that step one information campaign,” Webber said, “so there’s not a reason for alarm and crisis.”In its statement Friday, ERCOT noted that it “has not issued any appeals for conservation, but we will notify the media and stakeholders if system conditions change.”Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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September 2, 2019 0

Till Dec 21 Metro Rly to operate 16 fewer trains on week

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway will be operating 16 trains lesser than usual on weekdays from Monday till December 21, due to the non-interlocking work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station. According to a communiqué of the Metro authorities, “On account of non-interlocking work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station, it has been decided to run 284 trains instead of 300 on weekdays, with effect from November 19 till December 21.” The task will be carried out in connection with remodelling work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station yard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been stated that the Noapara Metro Station bound last train from Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start two minutes ahead of the regular timing, that is at 8.48 pm instead of 8.50 pm. The last train from Noapara Metro Station to Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start at 9.48 pm instead of 9.49 pm. The last train from Kavi Subhash Metro Station to Dum Dum Metro Station and from Dum Dum Metro Station to Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start at 9.54 pm instead of 9.55 pm. However, the service on Saturdays and Sundays will remain unchanged. With the information provided by the Metro authorities, the regular commuters of Metro will be able to plan their journey accordingly.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Affordable art for young collectors

first_imgSquare One Mall at Citywalk held an exciting panorama of works by Gallerie Nyva curated by a young and brilliant Meher Kalra.Nvya has the history of selling impeccable art through the years and specializes in the masters. But this time Meher Kalra decided she wanted to do a show that was meant for small pockets, young beginners and it seemed to be a great success with the buzz of new names and emerging creations of sensibilities.”The thought behind a show within reach is to inspire youngsters to start collecting art. Keeping the price range lower so youngsters start appreciating art and not hesitate from visiting an art show thinking art is unaffordable for them,” adds Meher. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong works on the walls as well as a few quaint sculptures, the best of the lot was Sachindranath Jha’s in these festivities disciples. About his works Jha says, ” I use colours to create, flowers, as well as kumkum, and chandan and many other things. But in all of these flowers I feel it has its own mesmerizing glow. Lal, pila, narangi, saffed and other colour flowers are used in puja which represents the beauty of our culture. These florals have led to the innovation of chirping birds on the head.My works are all created after my pooja at Varanasi. Beside the banks of Varanasi, in front of the temples an aroma of serenity flows. I feel the head is the perfect image of purity and development. Flowers bring optimism and joviality. Combination of colours has been used to show the relation between bhoot and vartaman kaal. I created a series of Hanumans with flowers on their heads to echo the aarti and the archana done in the temples.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTapasya Gupta’s Musical palette was a guitar that had been created in mixed media-quaint and cute as a kitsch-like concoction. Omswami’s Ganesha is another brilliant creation with a riot of colours. Niraja Bhuwal’s Kamadhenu with Calf was a mesmerizing work done in the mantle of decorative embellishments and perfect contours with expression.Among the larger works, Sanjay Soni’s Smiling Monks was the epitome of Buddhist imagery replete with lotuses and a set of energetic smiling monks who speak of both bhakti and the idea of service to the soul and society. According to Meher, this exercise of emerging names and smaller prices was the genesis of a long time promise by Nvya to provide a platform for young artists. “Around 10 artists were new to the gallery. A lot of times the young artists don’t get established galleries to showcase their works. In ‘WithinReach’ we tried to use new and many mediums, such as fiber on a corrugated sheet, a real guitar, wood works, painted leather chairs and tables, woodcuts, mirror works, watercolors and acrylic on canvas.”The show runs all the way till July.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

My right to reply

first_imgEditor’s note: In Costa Rica, any party who feels they have been the subject of incorrect or false information in a news publication has a legal right of reply. The following is a right of reply to the Op-Ed piece, “Araya’s downward spiral continues with latest ‘travel-gate,’” by political columnist Gary Lehring, published on April 3.I do not usually respond to articles or comments that are based on incorrect assumptions or inaccurate data. Freedom of speech allows individuals to speak their mind even though their analysis might be erroneously supported. After all, as the saying goes “anything and everything can be said on paper.”However, this time I will make an exception. I am motivated by the fact that the author of the comment is Gary Lehring, a professor of government at Smith College, in Massachusetts, a U.S. state that welcomed me as a student at Harvard University. Quite likely, we are both followers of the Red Sox and the Celtics, so my answer is motivated more by academic – not political – reasons.The professor wonders why, as Mr. Johnny Araya’s campaign manager, I did not fulfill my duty as a law-abiding citizen to prohibit Mr. Araya’s trip on a private plane to Panama. He implies that I breached the scope of Article 128 of the Costa Rican Electoral Code.Allow me to clarify the following, professor Lehring: As determined by Article 127 of the same code, Article 128 only applies to “registered candidates.” Partido Liberación Nacional’s Electoral Tribunal officially registered Mr. Araya’s candidacy in March 13th of 2013. That means that at the time of the Panama trip, the use of this private plane cannot be considered a campaign donation under Costa Rican law. No electoral norm was violated.Additionally, in regards to my participation in this trip, professor Lehring should learn that as a businessman I have been doing business with the owner of the plane for over 23 years. We have been colleagues in the banana business, as well as personal friends. Thus, from an ethical point of view, there was no impediment for me to ride in his plane. I have not occupied a single public office in 20 years and my livelihood comes from my business activities.I am open to explaining to professor Lehring how private contributions are regulated in our legal system. We can even visit the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Costa Rican TSE) together, where they can give him a detailed explanation of how the system works. I am even open to going out for coffee with the professor to teach him about Costa Rican politics.And to conclude, a final comment: The regime of criminal liability for what is said in the press (e.g. slander) is quite different in our judicial system compared to the U.S. system. My recommendation to Mr. Lehring is that he should learn more about the Costa Rican law system to avoid getting into any legal problems during his time in our country. This way he can enjoy the rest of his sabbatical in Costa Rica and have a happy and safe trip back to Massachusetts. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís Johnny Araya is down and out, but not his party, says analyst Presidential nominee Antonio Álvarez Desanti to step down as legislator San José Mayor Johnny Araya returns to his former partylast_img read more


August 19, 2019 0

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils Feel Free brand campaign

first_imgNorwegian Cruise Line unveils ‘Feel Free’ brand campaignNorwegian Cruise Line has revealed the company’s new global brand campaign, “Feel Free.” Rooted in the line’s fundamentals of freedom & flexibility, Feel Free is an invitation for guests to experience Norwegian’s philosophy of what a vacation should be, free from rigid schedules with the freedom to make their vacation their own.The integrated campaign, launched January 4, is inclusive of national television spots, online video, digital units, and various social media activations. One social media initiative encourages usage of the campaign’s #FeelFree hashtag by asking consumers to share their New Year’s resolutions for a chance to win a 7-day cruise with Norwegian.  The high-energy campaign conveys the brand’s passion for delivering outstanding vacation experiences and showcases Norwegian’s fun-loving, bold personality.  It further provides an opportunity to speak to guests in new markets via new formats, including various social platforms. The new campaign was created and developed with partner agencies BBDO Atlanta and OMD.“The concept of ‘Feel Free’ transcends the idea of traditional cruising and speaks to the experience that is uniquely offered and delivered aboard Norwegian ships: our promise that guests should be free to vacation on their terms,” said Meg Lee, Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice-president and chief marketing officer.The launch of “Feel Free” works hand-in-hand to communicate Norwegian’s new promotional offer Free at Sea. Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotional offer allows guests to choose from four free offers: free unlimited beverages, free specialty dining, free shore excursions or free wifi, delivering a very high value for their vacation dollar. Norwegian Cruise LineSource = Norwegian Cruise Linelast_img read more


August 17, 2019 0

The farm is located in Tucumans Chicligasta distr

first_imgThe farm is located in Tucuman’s Chicligasta district and during the harvesting period employs around 2,000 workers.Macri also spoke with Estrada about blueberry production, how the harvests are carried out, and the current state of the industry.Estrada said that at this moment there are four farms ready to export to the Chinese market, including Kingberry, Early Crop and Hortifrut Expofresh.During the visit, the challenge of the 30% tariff going into China was brought up with Macri, who promised to work on lowering the duty.The first exports to China are expected to take place following a visit from Chinese officials in September. The industry gained market access in December last year. Argentine President Mauricio Macri recently visited a blueberry farm in Tucuman, as the industry prepares to make the first export to the Chinese market this coming season.Juan Manzur, Mauricio Macri and Francisco Estrada (from left to right)The president was accompanied during the tour by Governor Juan Manzur and Francisco Estrada, president of the Producers of Blueberries of Tucumán Association (APRATUC).The ‘El Molino’ farm grows blueberries for both the fresh and frozen markets in several destinations including the U.S., Canada, China and Europe. Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … August 29 , 2018 Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fru … center_img Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … You might also be interested in Argentine lemons: “Tough” second U.S. export seaso …last_img read more


August 13, 2019 0

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:13 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Exhibition celebrates legacy of patron of Detroit art museumcenter_img DETROIT — An upcoming exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates the legacy of late museum patron, benefactor and volunteer Margaret Herz Demant.The exhibition titled “Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant ” opens Jan. 27 and runs through May 26 in the museum’s new acquisitions gallery. It celebrates her gift of artworks to the museum as well as her passion for African and modern Western art.This exhibition will include 35 works. The museum says Demant collected to help enhance the museum’s collection, purposefully purchasing art to fill in gaps. She joined the DIA in the early 1960s, becoming a member of its board, and displayed artworks at her home in the Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods.Demant died last year at the age of 92.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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January 15, 2019 0

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September 3, 2018 0

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