Cristiano Ronaldo not to face rape charges

first_imgWashington: Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges, US prosecutors have announced. The Juventus and Portugal forward had been accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. However, Las Vegas prosecutors said that the claims could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”, reports Xinhua news agency. Mayorga claimed to have reached an out of court settlement with the star in 2010, and revealed that she had chosen to speak out against Ronaldo after being inspired by the #MeToo movement. The settlement, which compelled Mayorga to anonymity, involved a payment of $375,000. Vegas police began investigating the allegation in August 2018 at the request of Mayorga, but decided to drop the investigation “upon a review of information at this time.”last_img read more

Food prices triggered Nunavuts firstever territorywide protest

first_imgAPTN National NewsA territory-wide protest in Nunavut over the high cost of food made history this weekend.It is the first time people from all over Nunavut protested the same issue at the same time in different locations.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

Hunters asked to submit deer elk and moose heads to monitor for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Hunters in the B.C. Peace Region are being encouraged to part with the heads of any deer, elk, or moose they manage to bag this hunting season to allow for a post-mortem examination for signs of a deadly – and incurable – disease.Biologist Brian Patterson has been subcontracted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to run its program that monitors for signs of chronic wasting disease in cervids in Northeast B.C.He said that chronic wasting disease is a form of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that affects deer, elk and moose. Other TSE’s include mad cow disease, which affects bovines, and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease which affects humans. A biopsy of a tonsil showing prion protein immunostaining. Wikipedia photo.TSE’s are caused by misfolded proteins called prions, which cause cells in the brain and neural tissue to die, giving the brain a ‘spongy’ appearance.Prions diseases are always fatal, and no cure has yet been discovered. Chronic wasting disease has been reported in wild animals in 23 U.S. states, as well as in Alberta and Saskatchewan.A map showing locations where chronic wasting disease has been reported. Photo by U.S. Geological Survey.Between 2002 and 2016, biologists examined 805 heads of cervids that were hunted in the B.C. Peace Region, however, the number of submitted heads has decreased in the last few years from a high 221 in 2008 to less than 50 every year since.Patterson said that to help as an incentive, the provincial government has partnered with sporting good stores, including Backcountry in Fort St. John to launch a Chronic Wasting Disease Awareness Program. Hunters can bring in a freshly-killed deer, elk, or moose head and keep the antlers and skull plate intact at either specified depot in North Peace area: the North Peace Rod & Gun Club and the FrontCounterBC office inside the Beaton Building in Fort St. John.The depots will then give hunters a voucher to enter for a draw to win a Tikka Hunting package. There’s no limit to the number of entries, provided each animal was legally hunted and entries are submitted before December 10th.For more information, contact Backcountry in Fort St. John or the local FrontCounterBC office.last_img read more

Financial market highlights on Wednesday SPTSX 1512681 down 1660 points

Highlights at the close Wednesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,126.81, down 16.60 pointsDow — 22,158.18, up 39.32 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,498.37, up 1.89 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,460.19, up 5.91 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 82.05 cents US, down 0.19 of a centPound — C$1.6119, down 0.21 of a centEuro — C$1.4517, down 0.21 of a centEuro — US$1.1912, down 0.45 of a centOil futures:US$49.30, up $1.07(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,328.00 per oz., down $4.70(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.458 per oz., down 15.2 cents$722.02 per kg., down $4.89

Metso and Rockwell collaborate on IoT platform

first_imgMetso recently selected Rockwell Automation to deliver a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects, monitors, and performs analytics for Metso’s equipment and services, resulting in improved efficiency and profitability for its mining and aggregates customers. The digital solution will securely collect and store data from Metso’s equipment around the globe, including new equipment as well as machines already in operation. The solution will provide predictive analytics, preventive maintenance and facilitate remote asset monitoring by Metso and its customers.The industrial IoT solution is built on the Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Cloud platform, powered by Microsoft Azure. Rockwell Automation and Microsoft have long collaborated on solutions required for industrial digital transformation. The Metso solution is a direct result of these efforts.“For our mining and aggregates customers, access to real-time data enables higher uptime, faster and safer shutdowns, and ultimately more tonnage processed at lower cost. Enabled by an industrial IoT platform from Rockwell Automation and global coverage with Microsoft Azure’s data centers, Metso can deliver analyzed equipment data into the hands of its customers for advanced decision making,” says Jani Puroranta, Chief Digital Officer, Metso.Metso began working with Rockwell Automation on a pilot program in 2015, remotely monitoring an African-based mining crusher from a location in Wisconsin. Metso was immediately able to use the data collected to identify opportunities for improvements in machine performance. The quality of the solution and support Rockwell Automation provided during the pilot gave Metso confidence that a broader implementation of the industrial IoT platform would drive the results it was seeking on a global scale.“Metso has an inspiring vision to deliver powerful analytics and information solutions in mining and aggregates that will drive business results for customers” said Blake Moret, President and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “This is the type of foresight and focus on application of IoT across operations that we are excited to see developing in all industries.”Metso set up a Digital Program in 2016 to accelerate the company to a new level in digital capabilities, which is critical to succeeding in the future of minerals processing and flow control. Metso’s ambition is to become one of the digital leaders in the industries it serves.last_img read more

Bruton announces creation of 122 jobs in 5 companies

first_imgDITA Inc, global leader in optical designs, is expanding its EMEA Headquarters and distribution centre in Dublin, creating 10 new positions. FIVE EMERGING COMPANIES will create 122 jobs in three different locations, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD announced today.The companies will locate in Letterkenny, Dublin, and Limerick as part of projects supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The new jobs are to be created by the following companies: ExtenSys Inc, an Information Technology Company providing high value added internet traffic management solutions, is to establish a Sales and Technical Support office in Limerick, creating 25 jobs. Consero, a market leader in creating industry-specific events for senior-level executives, is to establish its European headquarters in Dublin, creating 20 jobs over a 3 year period.center_img KeyedIn Solutions, which delivers cloud-based technology solutions and consulting to improve Companies operational and business performance, is to establish an European Software Development, Sales, Marketing and Technical support Centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, creating 20 jobs. ZenDesk, a leading provider of web-based customer support software, is to establish its Finance and Development Centre in Dublin, with the creation of 30 jobs over the next two years.Minister Bruton commented:Central to this Government’s plan for jobs and growth is developing and deepening the impact of multinational companies located in Ireland. Targeting high-growth emerging companies is a key part of this, as these companies will establish deep roots here from early in their growth and make a substantial impact on our economy. There is also of course the possibility that one of these companies will turn into a world-leading company of the future.Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland welcomed the announcement, adding that a huge number of executives from emerging companies will visit  Ireland for the F.ounders conference this week, and “we will be working with these executives to encourage them to use Ireland as a base to expand their businesses”.Yesterday, Minister Bruton announced that Munich Re would open a new Dublin facility, with an investment of €8 million into the project and the creation of 17 jobs.Read: €8 million invested into Dublin facility for Munich Re>last_img read more

Apple accuse Samsung de harcèlement

first_imgApple accuse Samsung de “harcèlement”La marque à la pomme refuse de céder aux exigences de son concurrent sud-coréen, qui demande à voir les prototypes de ses futurs modèles.La guerre entre Apple et Samsung n’en finit plus. Si la firme de Steve Jobs a obtenu de la justice la possibilité d’étudier les nouveaux modèles du constructeur asiatique pour vérifier qu’il n’y a pas eu violation de brevets, Samsung avait répliqué en obtenant la possibilité d’accèder aux prototypes d’Apple, notamment les futurs iPhone et iPad. Fixée au 13 juin, l’échéance pour accéder à la requête de Samsung n’a pourtant pas été respectée. Car la marque à la pomme considère que la demande de son concurrent, et ses multiples requêtes, relève du “harcèlement”, révèle Clubic.Le blog Foss Patent dévoile ainsi les détails de la requête déposée par Apple devant les tribunaux. “La firme affirme qu’elle est à l’origine du constat d’infraction, alors que Samsung est seulement un ‘imitateur’. Dans la mesure où les futurs produits Apple comme l’iPad ou l’iPhone ne sont pas en cause dans la plainte d’origine, Apple estime qu’il n’a aucune raison de les montrer. Apple ne dit pas que les futurs produits de Samsung enfreignent ses brevets, mais que ceux déjà annoncés le font”, explique ainsi le site. Le prochain rendez-vous devant la justice californienne aura lieu le 17 juin.Le 15 juin 2011 à 17:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Myopathie de Duchenne un traitement prometteur à lessai

first_imgMyopathie de Duchenne : un traitement prometteur à l’essaiUne thérapie génique développée auxEtats-Unis apporte des résultats encourageants pour le traitement de la myopathie de Duchenne.Un nouvel espoir de traitement se profile pour les malades atteints de la myopathie de Duchenne. Un médicament, l’eteplirsen, développé par des chercheurs de l’université de Cambridge et testé aux États-Unis au Nationwide Children’s Hospital, montre des résultats plus qu’encourageants : il permet aux patients traités de marcher plusieurs mètres de plus et de redonner du tonus musculaire. Une thérapie génique prometteuse pour cette maladie qui touche environ 2.500 personnes en France et qui est la forme de maladie dégénérative musculaire la plus courante dans le monde.La myopathie de Duchenne touche dans 99.9% des cas les garçons. Elle est liée à une anomalie du gène DMD (situé sur le chromosome X), qui code pour la synthèse de la dystrophine, une protéine musculaire. Cette protéine sert à absorber les chocs des mouvements musculaires. Sans elle, les fibres musculaires s’abîment et les muscles dégénèrent petit à petit. La maladie se déclenche très tôt, et vers l’âge de 12 ans les individs ont besoin d’un fauteuil roulant, faute de pouvoir marcher. L’espérance de vie est d’en moyenne 25 ans.”Cela fait 40 ans que je travaille sur le sujet et c’est l’une des perspectives les plus prometteuses que j’ai vu”, s’enthousiasme le docteur Jerry Mendell, directeur du centre de thérapie génique au Nationwide Children’s Hospital et auteur de l’étude. “Cela offre beaucoup d’espoir aux patients et à leurs familles”, ajoute le spécialiste dont les travaux sont publiés dans la revue Annals of Neurology.Thérapie génique La nature de la mutation varie en fonction des personnes, mais dans 65% des cas, il manque au gène DMD de nombreux exons, ces portions de l’ADN qui servent à coder les protéines. Le traitement permet de “sauter” l’exon 51 dans le gène et de continuer à synthétiser le reste de la protéine, et ainsi obtenir une protéine plus petite mais fonctionnelle (alors qu’une mutation la rend en générale inactive). Environ 13% des malades de la myopathie de Duchenne possèdent cette mutation particulière. L’hôpital a commencé la phase II de l’essai clinique en 2011, sur 12 garçons âgés d’entre 7 et 12 ans, atteints par cette mutation de l’exon 51.Pour cela, les volontaires ont reçu une dose hebdomadaire d’eteplirsen et ont subi des tests de marche de 6 minutes aux 12e, 24e et 48e semaines de traitement. Des biopsies musculaires ont également été réalisées pour analyser le taux de dystrophine. D’après les résultats dévoilés, les volontaires ont vu une augmentation de 23% de leur taux de dystrophine à la 24e semaine, jusqu’à 52% à la 48e. Comparé au groupe placebo, ils ont réussi à parcourir au moins 67 mètres de plus lors des tests de marche.D’autres tests à venirÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des résultats prometteurs donc, mais le docteur Mendell insiste sur le fait qu’il s’agit d’un petit échantillon de patients, et qu’il reste encore beaucoup de paramètres et de problèmes à considérer. Par exemple savoir si la dystrophine se répartit équitablement entre les différents muscles. “Il y a peut-être des facteurs qui mènent à une localisation préférentielle de la dystrophine. C’est l’une des nombreuses choses que l’on a à prendre en compte”, relève t-il.Le traitement sera soumis à l’appréciation de la FDA (Food and Drug Administration), l’agence américaine des produits alimentaires et des médicaments, en début d’année prochaine. S’il est validé, cela sera le premier traitement à viser directement la cause génétique de la maladie.Le 10 août 2013 à 15:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morning Press Film festivities transit

first_imgWere you away for the weekend? Catch up on some big stories.Local weather coverage is online here.Has local film industry grown as far as it can?With more than 100 million online video views, 190,000 subscribers and a new Hollywood book and movie deal, the Vancouver-made “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” may be the city’s most successful film and video project ever.But as the series and its network continue to grow, what has been a Clark County success may move elsewhere, largely because of Washington’s small film incentive cap.The cap of $3.5 million annually is lower than many other states, including Oregon, which has a cap of $10 million; New Mexico, which has a rolling cap of $50 million; and California, which has a cap of $330 million.And the Washington cap — which limits the 35 percent tax break that productions can get for filming here — gets used up fast.This year, Washington’s film incentive budget for the year was gone by late April, mostly on two projects that shot elsewhere in the state. If that budget were larger, the state film office could have easily lured many more productions statewide, said Amy Lillard, executive director of the agency, called Washington Filmworks.last_img read more

Time Publisher Wants to Capture Readers from Cradle to the Grave

first_imgIt does appear that all the death talk has seeped into McCarrick’s sales pitch. He said that one of the reasons they launched Time for Kids was to capture readers at an early age. “We say ‘from the cradle ‘til when you’re put in the ground.’”More on McCarrick’s keynote here … CHICAGO—During his keynote address during the 2008 FOLIO: Show here, Time magazine president and worldwide publisher Ed McCarrick said he’s been fending off the “death of the news magazine” thing since the early seventies.“Pundits heralding the death of news magazines since I was on my way in the door [in 1973],” he said. “They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now.”But he also appears to be keenly aware of the importance of the Web.Despite the magazine’s Web site (relaunched again a couple weeks ago) accounting for just 11 percent of Time’s revenue, it’s growing—75 percent this year and projected growth of 35 percent in 2009—and McCarrick is quite bullish about it. “We’re at 82 million page views,” he said, responding—tellingly, perhaps, to a question about how large he expects the magazine’s print circulation to grow. “We feel 200 million page views is easily within reach.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Morning Loader/Back-Up Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time Box Truck Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time & Part-Time Host Staff at 99 RestaurantFull-Time & Part-Time Shift Leaders & Crew Members at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Sales & Estimating Coordinator at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Global Alliance Sales Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Manager (Professional Services Operations) at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Construction Equipment Technician at Northland Industrial Truck CompanyFull-Time Service Advisory at Bill Dube Hyundai(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Faces of friends look happier than strangers

first_imgPeople are more likely to perceive familiar faces to be happier than those of strangers, even when both express the same emotions, a study suggests. Familiarity – just having ‘expertise’ with someone else’s face through repeated exposure – affects the happiness you perceive in subsequent facial expressions from that person, researchers said.”Familiarity not only influences traditional ratings of liking, attractiveness, but also impacts ‘deeper’ perceptions of the actual emotion you can extract from that person,” said Evan Carr of Columbia Business School in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers including those from University of California, San Diego in the US, morphed images of male and female faces to create faces that varied in the type and degree of emotion expressed.This process resulted in a continuum of morphed faces that ranged from 50 per cent angry to neutral to 50 per cent happy. The team divided the images into two sets. A total of 50 undergraduate student participants came to the lab for a “memory task.” Each participant saw a series of images – the neutral expressions from one of the two image sets – and was tasked with tracking the colour and number of squares that appeared randomly on some images. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants then viewed a series of face pairs in a perceptual task, where they had to indicate whether the happier face was above or below the line shown on screen. Each pair included a familiar and an unfamiliar face and the faces showed the same objective level of emotion.Researchers found that participants were more likely to identify the familiar face as the happier one in the pair, despite the fact that the faces showed the same emotion to the same degree. They were also more likely to identify the familiar face as happier when the faces were 50 per cent happy than when they were 25 per cent happy, researchers said. In a second experiment, the team asked 40 undergraduate participants to look at a series of faces and decide whether each face was either “happy or angry.” Researchers found that the results replicated those of the first experiment, participants were more likely to identify familiar faces as happy compared with unfamiliar ones, but only when the faces were emotionally neutral or positive. Their estimates of how happy the faces were increased as the positive features increased.The data indicated that familiarity actually shifted how participants perceived the emotional content of the faces – that is, a familiar face needed to have fewer objectively happy features for it to be classified as happy compared with an unfamiliar face. The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence in Retail Market Growing Popularity and Forecast Till 2025

first_imgThe Artificial Intelligence in Retail Market overview, growth prospect and Forecast Till 2025. The Report offers majority of the latest and newest data that covers all over market situation along with future prospect.Artificial Intelligence Market is estimated to be US$ 27,238.6 million by 2025 from US$ 712.6 million in 2016. The growth in market revenue is attributed to proliferating adoption of game changing technologies, growth in mobile market and emergence of various AI based start-ups catering to retail industry. Proliferation of enhanced technological awareness and varied product choices among the consumers have resulted into a noteworthy shift in global retail industry landscape.Get the Free Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3206762?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SDThe participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers, and external consultant such as valuation experts, research analysts and key opinion leaders specializing in the artificial intelligence and retail industry.Artificial intelligence in retail market by application is segmented into Sales & Marketing, Supply-chain & Logistics, Shelf Analytics, Pricing, In-Store Navigation, Auto-checkout and others (staffing and product mix optimization). Customer experience and management is projected to acquire majority share in the market. Digital convergence in retail is considered to bring glowing opportunity for retailers to retail the customer and set themselves apart. In the coming few years, interaction with a variety of technologies such as bots is expected to reinvent the customer experience.This has further foisted pressure on the traditional retailers to reimagine the strategies for creating and capturing value in order to explore the optimal usage of their assets. Public policy liberalization is also one of the key factors supporting the flow of knowledge, information and resources, further generating pressure on the brick mortar retailers to tackle with the lowered entry barriers to the online retailers in the market.Key trend which will predominantly affect the market in coming year is rising adoption of multi-channel or omni channel retailing. In forthcoming years, the retail industry is anticipated to witness higher growth in the trend of Omni channel retailing. Artificial intelligence will be having a key role as this technology would be bridging the gap between online and offline retailing in coming future. Companies like Amazon have already enrooted its focus towards development of an AI enabled offline retail store that would enable the shoppers to move out of the store without waiting in the long queues of billing.The overall market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with an exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. Also, primary interview were conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis.Get the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3206762?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SDAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Motorcyclist dies on impact after hitting parked truck

first_imgPhotos: Policía Municipal The young man, who was returning from work, hit the parked vehicle. Paramedics pronounced him at the scene. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The truck, which was fully loaded with material, was parked along the shoulder of the roadway on the eastern portion of the island and not displaying any lights or signs. Not being able to see the broken down truck on the side of the dark highway, the 27-year-old driver hit the back of the truck at full speed. Cozumel, Q.R. — A young motorcyclist died on impact after he rear-ended a vehicle that was parked without any lights.last_img

Top cop now also top cricket umpire

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite He will now go on tour with the national teams, both male and female, of which the SAPS Women’s Tournament is still to be announced. He is looking forward to his next challenge and that is the Male Inter-Forces Nationals which will be held in Paarl during February next year.Having gained his SAPS National Colours, Capt Moola will soon be attending official CSA umpire courses. Who knows, he may soon be officiating international matches watched by millions of cricket lovers all over the world on national television. Congratulations, Capt Moola, we salute you, sir.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 there! Local police officer Captain Clayton Moola had the privilege of representing the SAPS Cricket Umpires Association at the National Police T20 Cricket Championships which were held in Bloemfontein from October 10 to 14.Nine provinces plus the SAPS Head Office (Pretoria) made it 10 teams in total that participated in a round robin format, with the top two teams battling it out for gold, while the bronze medal play-off was between the third and fourth places.As far as the umpiring was concerned, a total of 16 umpires were officiated to umpire the tournament. Eight Cricket South Africa (CSA) umpires and eight from the SAPS Cricket Umpires Association (CUA) were present, Capt Moola being the only individual from KwaZulu-Natal.Unbeknownst to Capt Moola, two adjudicators (also from CSA) judged all the umpires on their performance and ‘positioning’ on the technical aspects of the game by allocating points to each umpire.Furthermore, the captains had to report on all performances of the respective umpires per match and the evaluation was based on the reports submitted. Based on his sterling performance during the tournament, Capt Moola umpired the final between SAPS Western Cape and SAPS Northern Cape, while SAPS Free State and SAPS Eastern Cape did battle for the bronze medal.“All matches were of a very high standard, with SAPS Western Cape being the eventual gold medal winners and SAPS Eastern Cape being the silver medallists,” said Capt Moola.Clayton was judged ‘Best Umpire’ and ‘Best Newcomer’, as well as gaining his SAPS National Colours for umpiring during the tournament.last_img read more

Safe house for survivors of sexual exploitation to open doors

first_imgOn Tuesday, February 5, Guanacaste-based nonprofit organization Salvando Corazones received approval from PANI (Costa Rica’s equivalent to Child Protective Services) to officially open its doors. In 2012, Salvando Corazones became the first nonprofit to be licensed in Costa Rica to house survivors of commercial sexual exploitation between the ages of 8 and 18.Recently Costa Rica was identified by the U.S. TIP office as one of the top 14 countries in the world needing assistance to fight human trafficking. Interpol recognizes Costa Rica as the fastest rising country in the hemisphere for child prostitution. Until now, there has been no place to safely care for children rescued from the sex trade. Salvando Corazones has been working with PANI, the Health Ministry and other groups to get this safe home open, providing badly needed shelter and support to young victims of abuse and human trafficking. “Costa Rica is a wonderful country,” said Maria Fejervary, Founder of Salvando Corazones. “Let’s help to remove the darkness and bring new light to these children.”The Salvando Corazones safe house in Guanacaste will house 18 girls including caregivers, and this is only the beginning. Much education is needed to change the way people in Costa Rica, in the States and worldwide think about child prostitution. Programs are needed to educate everyone on the long-term psychological damage to these girls, and how to protect them. Salvando Corazones is also working in these areas to put together programs for schools and for parents.Salvando Corazones welcomes the involvement of anyone with time or financial resources to support the children. To learn more about the organization and how you can contribute, visit www.salvandocorazones.org or contact Maria Fejervary at 8706-6601 or maria@salvandocorazones.org. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Salvadoran expresident tries to flee amid graft probe

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica and Bahamas send El Salvador financial reports on fugitive ex-President Flores El Salvador’s Funes urges Panama to give up fugitive ex-President Flores El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores to stand trial for embezzlement El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador’s ex-President Francisco Flores, who is under investigation over alleged misuse of $10 million donated by Taiwan, tried to flee the country Tuesday, President Mauricio Funes said.But Flores denied the accusation and appeared before a congressional committee to say so. He denied any wrongdoing.A border agent noticed strange behavior in a bus in which Flores was seeking to leave the country for Guatemala, Funes said earlier.“At 11:00 am, ex-president Flores tried to leave the country on a bus (at the) La Hachadura crossing and he had gone through immigration … seeking to flee from justice,” he told a press conference.“We made him come back because he had not reported his departure, in other words he was hiding there; only the driver had reported he was there,” the president said, adding Flores was supposed to appear Tuesday before lawmakers investigating the donation case.Funes recently alleged that three checks – for $1 million, $4 million and $5 million – were issued by the Bank of New York, on behalf of Taiwan, and endorsed by Flores.The checks were received by a branch of Banco Cuscatlán in Costa Rica and sent to a bank in the Bahamas, through another bank in Miami, Funes said.Taiwan donated the money to El Salvador in the waning months of Flores’s presidency, between 2003 and 2004, said the president.“If his conscience is clean, if he didn’t do anything with that $10 million, then why is (Flores) sneaking out of the country at the Hachadura border crossing?” Funes asked.Flores said he had personal business in Guatemala but turned back at the border.“I did not leave the country. I did not hide. I decided at the border not to attend the meeting I had in Guatemala and I came back. That’s why I am here before you,” he told an investigative commission in Congress.He insisted he made no personal use of the money.Flores maintains that he accepted the money but did nothing inappropriate, passing it on through the proper channels.Flores has told investigators he did not receive the funds from Taiwan for a government cooperation account. He said he received them on a personal basis from the president of Taiwan.These contributions were “normal,” said Flores, and that Taiwan for years had been giving them to countries that recognized the island diplomatically.Just 22 countries, most in Central America and the Caribbean, recognize Taiwan diplomatically. China regards Taiwan as a rebel island awaiting reunification with the mainland. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high

first_imgAsh has been reported in San José and Heredia provinces.Turrialba Volcano has seen increased activity following explosions in late April, some of which extended for several hours. The National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported that micro-tremors and ash eruptions from the volcano have been constant since an eruption recorded at 10:07 p.m. Wednesday.On Wednesday, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) established a 5-km restricted access area around the volcano. Entrance to the Turrialba Volcano National Park has been closed to all visitors since 2014.In a report, CNE geologist Blas Sánchez said ash and other materials from the explosions are visible on various farms located west of the volcano. He also reported that ash is accumulating in various nearby rivers.However, recent rains have helped remove some of the material.Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside of the capital, has thus far continued to operate normally.The CNE maintains a yellow caution alert for the Cartago cantons of Turrialba and Alvarado. Ashes from the explosions of Turrialba Volcano cover pastures and trees at various farms located in the surroundings of the crater. (Via CNE) Facebook Comments Related posts:Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano spews ash, vapor Experts document presence of lava in two Costa Rican volcanoes Activity at Turrialba Volcano, located some 50 kilometers east of the capital, San José, increased significantly on Thursday with constant emanations of ash and at least three big explosions.According to the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network (RSN), the first explosion occurred at 2:05 p.m. and formed a plume of gas and ash that reached nearly 1 km high.The second, and most prolonged one, occurred at 3:46 p.m. and lasted three minutes. A few minutes later, at 4:09 p.m., a third explosion was recorded.The column of gases and ash at about 4:20 p.m. rose to more than 500 meters above the crater and wind conditions at that time caused ash to disperse from the volcano, mostly to the southwest, RSN reported.last_img read more

Cyprus could raise €80m from carbon credits

first_imgBy Elias HazouOver the course of the next seven years (2014 to 2020), Cyprus may raise some €80m from the auctioning off of carbon credits, minister of agriculture and the environment Nicos Kouyialis said yesterday.The proceeds would come from selling surplus carbon allowances, or credits, to other EU countries given that Cyprus would remain below its emissions quota, said Kouyialis.He was speaking after a meeting of the Cabinet which decided, among others, the establishment of a ‘Green Development Fund’.Kouyialis said the fund would be used for ‘green projects’ – such as investing in electric buses, energy-saving buildings, and R&D in renewable energy sources – aimed at further lowering the island’s carbon footprint.The various projects would also create jobs geared at young unemployed people, the minister said.The special fund, as well as a fleshed-out policy plan, would be set up by springtime 2014.From 2014 to 2020, said Kouyialis, the island’s ‘low emissions’ would allow it to auction off its carbon allowances, raising approximately €80m during this period, and perhaps as much as €110m.But as far as power production is concerned, Cyprus goes well beyond its EU carbon allowances.Back in September 2011 the island requested from the European Commission a temporary exemption from the rule that full auctioning of EU ETS allowances would apply from 2013 in the power sector.The Commission accepted Cyprus’ request, clearing Cyprus for about 11 million ETS carbon credits – or EU allowances – for 2013 to 2019. These carbon credits were to be allocated for free to power plants during the period in question.But the electricity sector here has always exceeded its emissions quota. Antonis Patsalis, head of production at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, told the Mail that each year the power utility emits some 4 million tonnes of carbon.One carbon credit corresponds to a tonne of carbon dioxide. Thus for the eight-year period (2013 to 2020) the Cyprus power sector will roughly generate a total of 32 million tonnes of carbon, or 32 million carbon credits – well above the €11 million free allowance. The EAC has to buy the extra credits on exchanges.A country’s emissions quota is not limited to the power sector; it also includes heavy industry (such as cement factories) and transport.It was thus not clear whether the minister was referring to these other sectors when saying that Cyprus would be able to ‘save’ and sell credits. Also not clear was how the minister arrived at the €80m figure; Kouyialis could not be reached for comment yesterday.Cyprus participates in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), launched in 2005, that works on the “cap and trade” principle: there is a “cap”, or limit, on the total amount of certain greenhouse gases that can be emitted by the factories, power plants and other installations in the system. Within this cap, companies receive emission allowances which they can sell to or buy from one another as needed. The limit on the total number of allowances available ensures that they have a value.At the end of each year each company must surrender enough allowances to cover all its emissions, otherwise heavy fines are imposed. If a company reduces its emissions, it can keep the spare allowances to cover its future needs or else sell them to another company that is short of allowances.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Cruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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