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Man accused of killing Christine Wood testifies she came at him with

first_imgLast Thursday, court also heard from a detective who conducted forensic examinations on a computer seized from Overby’s home.Jason Joseph testified he was able to go through the computer’s hard drive and forwarded the information to homicide investigators.He said one image was found and investigators asked him to locate other similar images.Three photos showing Wood and Overby together in his home were entered into evidence earlier this week.In a police video shown on the opening day of the trial, Overby denied knowing Wood when police questioned him about her.Joseph located the three photos but testified the originals were not found on the computer.“I suspect it was deleted… it is my opinion it was deleted off the original device,” said Joseph.(Christine Wood and Brett Overby. Court Exhibit)Court has previously heard crown prosecutors believe Wood used Overby’s cellphone on the night she disappeared.That particular device has never been found.Joseph testified forensic evidence proved the pictures were taken on a cellphone but he could not confirm when they were taken.The photos are undated and information about where they came from has yet to be disclosed. Court exhibit)It appears the clothing Wood is wearing is the same clothing her parents last saw her in.Both Melinda and George Wood testified Christine bought a green bandeau top, a navy lacy top and dark denim shorts on the day she disappeared.The trial is expected to run until May 17.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from The Canadian Press The house in Winnipeg where police believe Christine Wood was killed. Court exhibitAPTN NewsThe man accused of killing Christine Wood in Manitoba says he blacked out before realizing she was dead on his basement floor.Brett Overby, 32, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Wood.Wood had travelled to Winnipeg from Oxford House First Nation in northern Manitoba in the summer of 2016.She was staying with her parents in a hotel and Crown prosecutors argue Wood met Overby through the online dating site PlentyofFish.Her body was found nearly a year later in a ditch outside the city.Overby has testified that Wood was pressuring him to have sex without a condom and came at him with a knife.He told a jury that she somehow ended up in a pool of blood on the floor and he never intended to hurt or kill her.Court previously heard that two messages sent from Wood’s Facebook account led them to Overby’s home in January 2017.Thomas Guenther, one of the detectives assigned to Wood’s case, testified on Wednesday police were eventually able to determine only one device,  believed to be Overby’s cellphone, was connected to his WIFI on the night in question.Police were able to trace the IP address used as one belonging to Overby.(Christine Wood in an undated photo)The former common-law partner of the man accused of killing Christine Wood told a Winnipeg courtroom last week he asked her to lie to police for him.Shirley Houle says she received text messages from Overby asking her to say she didn’t know anything about his online dating account.Houle was questioned by police on Feb. 1, 2017, shortly after Overby became a person of interest in the case.In one part Houle wrote, “Gotta go in tomorrow morning for a video statement.”Overby responded, “Oh shit really?? Wtf? Wonder why. Im actually really nervous about this whole situation. Im getting like anxiety and shit about it..I don’t even know her.”Later in the conversation Overby wrote, “Do me a favour, u don’t know about anything i do anymore k? I DIDN’T do anything, its just im really nervous and would like them to stop bugging me.”He went on to write, “U don’t know about POF either k.”Read the complete court record of text messages: Houle Overby interactionHoule says the couple were together almost 10 years before they broke up in March 2016.The Crown argued Wood went to Overby’s home on Aug. 19, 2016 and that was the last place she was alive.Wood was visiting Winnipeg from her home community of Bunibonibee Cree Nation when she went missing.Her parents last saw her at a hotel. She told them she was going to meet up with friends.Two days later they filed a missing persons report with Winnipeg police.Police executed a search of Overby’s house on Mar. 22, 2017 where he was arrested. He was later charged on Apr. 7.last_img read more

Budget to focus on affordable housing changes on supply demand regulation

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will take steps in Tuesday’s federal budget to make home-buying more affordable with changes affecting supply, demand and regulation, The Canadian Press has learned.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has promised the budget will focus on ways to help improve housing affordability for Canadians, and particularly for millennials, who are now in their mid-20s to late-30s.The changes, along with expected measures on adult skills training, pharmacare and supporting seniors, will be included in the Liberals’ fourth and final budget before the October federal election.The budget’s housing measures could grab a lot of attention. Polls have suggested affordable home ownership is a key concern for millennials and could be a vote winner with the increasingly critical demographic.Morneau has heard housing-policy recommendations from numerous sources, including academic, real estate and mortgage experts, on how best to help more people buy homes.The budget will respond to issues in the housing-related areas of supply, demand and regulation, says a government source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the plan ahead of its release. They declined to provide specifics on the measures.The government, however, faces a delicate task of introducing changes that avoid destabilizing housing markets, driving up prices or enabling already overstretched households to pile on more debt.Internal briefing documents show Morneau was warned in November that Canadians’ heavy debt loads are a key risk that have made abrupt shocks to incomes, house prices or interest rates a “significant concern.” The memo was obtained by The Canadian Press through access-to-information law.Morneau has been feeling pressure to act on housing.On the demand side, the real estate, mortgage and home-building industries have urged Ottawa to ease or eliminate stress tests that have tightened mortgage qualification rules and, as a result, cooled once-scorching markets in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.The federal changes, combined with provincial and municipal guidelines, were brought in to improve the quality of mortgage debt and to lower risks to the broader economy.Morneau has insisted the stress tests were needed as a way to keep prices in some markets from rising at an unsustainable clip. He’s shown no signs that he’s prepared to dial them back.There have also been industry calls for the reintroduction of insurance on 30-year amortization mortgages as a targeted way to help people at the lower end.But Paul Kershaw, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, said many experts, himself included, have discouraged the government from weakening the stress tests or extending amortization out of fear such moves would only encourage people to borrow more.Kershaw is the founder of Generation Squeeze, a group dedicated to informing policy decisions about the socioeconomic challenges of younger Canadians.He wants policies that keep home prices from growing faster than earnings.“We’ve tolerated — not only that, we’ve celebrated — home prices rising a lot over the last decade,” Kershaw said.“And we need a government that says, ‘Nope, henceforth we want housing to be for homes first, investments second.’ ”He recommends Ottawa change “outdated” tax policy that shelters principal residences from taxation, thus exacerbating demand, limiting supply and pushing up prices.On regulation and enforcement, Ottawa could take steps to crack down on people who falsely claim a home is their primary residence as a way to dodge capital gains taxes.Morneau recently vowed to do more to enforce laws in another area that’s been directly connected to housing: money laundering.Last year, reports from an international anti-money-laundering organization and the RCMP warned that organized crime groups had bought luxury home sales in the Vancouver area to launder and hide their money.On supply, Kershaw said the federal government could create incentives to encourage more cities to raise their housing density targets. Ottawa could offer a larger share of infrastructure transfers — like those for transit — to municipalities that agree to allow the construction of more homes to be built per plot of land.To increase demand, Kershaw said the government could bump up the maximum, one-time withdrawal limit of $25,000 under the home buyer’s plan, which enables Canadians to borrow once from their own registered retirement savings plan to buy a home.Ottawa could also increase the non-refundable, $5,000 first time home buyers tax credit, which offers up to $750 in tax relief, he said.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 201718

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least $100 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take.The three-year trial was approved Friday by NBA owners and will take effect when the league’s contract with Nike begins. The patches will appear on the front left of the jersey, opposite Nike’s logo, and measure about 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.Logos appear on international and MLS soccer jerseys, and many athletes in individual sports wear their sponsors’ attire in competition.Commissioner Adam Silver had said going with logos was inevitable because of the potential to add revenue. WNBA and NBA Development League teams already have logos, and NBA clubs were wearing them on practice jerseys.Silver called the plan an “experiment” and said it was hard to estimate how much revenue it would generate because teams would be responsible for their own sales, and some could decide not to participate. But he said it could be $100 million annually.“I think the greatest impact will be on sort of this amplifying effect of a company choosing to associate directly with a team’s jersey, then going out and promoting that relationship in the larger market,” Silver said. “I think that will lead to greater engagement of our fans with these teams.”Owners also discussed a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Silver called it “problematic” for the league, but there was no decision on moving next year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte.“The league believes that these groups need to be protected, but again, I think the right way to work to the proper resolution here is for the league to remain engaged in the conversation, rather than setting ultimatums or announcing we’re not going to play our All-Star Game in Charlotte,” Silver said.There was also a presentation from Evan Wasch, the league’s head of analytics, about ways the NBA could become more sophisticated about next season’s scheduling to find further rest opportunities for players.So the main business completed was the jersey sponsorships vote.Besides the financial implications, Silver believes the sales can expand the league’s growth oversees by drawing companies who want to be involved. He understands that fans who favour the traditional look might not like the logos, but will eventually see them as a way to improve the game.“But there’s a reason this is a pilot program,” he added. “I mean, we listen very closely to our fans, and so we’ll see what the reaction is.”Major League Soccer teams began selling jersey sponsorships in 2007, and they generate more than $6 million annually in revenues.Adidas enters the final year of his contract as the NBA’s official outfitter next season. When Nike takes over, its logo will become the first on league’s jerseys — except for those of the Charlotte Hornets, who are owned by Michael Jordan.The logo of his Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike, could be on the Hornets’ instead.The sponsor patch will be adjusted to fit the dimensions of each sponsor’s logo. It won’t appear in retail versions of the jerseys, but clubs can sell jerseys with sponsor patches in their team stores. NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18 FILE – In this March 22, 2016 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gestures during a news conference in Los Angeles. The NBA will begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18, becoming the first major North American sport to put partners’ logos on players’ uniforms. Commissioner Adam Silver had said this step was inevitable as an additional revenue generator. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) by Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2016 3:30 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 262000

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 262,000 by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are scarce and employers are likely hiring at a solid clip.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for unemployment aid slipped 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, typically a less volatile measure, rose 3,000 to 265,250.The number of people receiving benefits ticked up 15,000 to 2.18 million. That’s nearly 4 per cent lower than a year earlier.THE TAKEAWAY: Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have remained below 300,000 for 76 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970. The low readings are more impressive given the growth in the U.S. population since then.While layoffs have fallen, hiring has improved. Employers added 255,000 jobs in July, after a strong 292,000 in June, the most in eight months. More Americans earning paychecks should boost growth in the coming months.KEY DRIVERS: The economy expanded at a sluggish pace in the first six months of this year, growing at a tepid 1 per cent annual rate. Some of that weakness occurred because companies cleared out stockpiles of goods in their warehouses and on store shelves, and therefore ordered fewer new products.With inventories lower and Americans still se, most economists now forecast growth will rebound in the July-September quarter to about a 2.5 per cent annual pace.Still, solid hiring amid slow growth is a cause for concern. It indicates that the economy is less productive, with more workers needed to produce the same or slightly more output. Productivity, or the amount of output per hour, has expanded just 0.6 per cent a year for the past five years. That’s the slowest five-year pace since the early 1980s.Tepid productivity growth could hobble the U.S. economy and keep a lid on pay gains. Greater productivity allows companies to boost workers’ pay without raising prices. FILE – This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) read more

NFL Quarterbacks Are Leaning On The Short Pass — And Its Not

T. Taylor (BUF)38-0.5544-0.23450.42-0.37 SHORT%Z-SCORESHORT%Z-SCORESHORT%Z-SCORETOT. PASS THROWNATTEMPTSCOMP%YPATD%INT%CONV. RATE C. Wentz (PHI)35-0.9239-0.9534-1.06-2.93 D. Brees (NO)52%1.3854%1.1053%1.393.87 M. Ryan (ATL)34-0.9745-0.1041-0.09-1.17 J. Goff (LAR)40-0.1841-0.69440.26-0.60 T. Siemian (DEN)34-0.9742-0.59460.50-1.05 J. McCown (NYJ)490.97470.20460.521.69 J. Brissett (IND)460.48531.0342-0.061.45 A. Smith (KC)480.82551.32460.542.68 J. Cutler (MIA)420.02510.66561.772.45 M. Stafford (DET)40-0.22500.5437-0.70-0.38 FIRST DOWNSECOND DOWNTHIRD DOWN J. Winston (TB)30-1.6232-1.9522-2.54-6.10 Short of the sticks67273.2%6.61.2%2.4%12.5% C. Beathard (SF)501.07470.19551.652.91 B. Hundley (GB)511.24480.25470.562.05 B. Bortles (JAC)501.12480.35480.702.17 D. Prescott (DAL)36-0.8132-1.9642-0.05-2.82 C. Keenum (MIN)501.07460.02460.501.59 M. Trubisky (CHI)29-1.64531.01490.900.28 A. Dalton (CIN)39-0.43581.6636-0.760.46 E. Manning (NYG)430.12551.3440-0.221.25 C. Newton (CAR)501.0738-1.1039-0.37-0.40 C. Palmer (ARI)29-1.6346-0.0340-0.33-1.98 D. Carr (OAK)430.1145-0.12450.330.32 R. Wilson (SEA)36-0.7337-1.2738-0.52-2.52 Picture this common scene on a Sunday afternoon. Your team could really use a scoring drive to turn the tide. On a 3rd-and-10, before the quarterback is even pressured, he quickly throws a 2-yard pass, and the receiver is tackled a few yards later to bring up fourth down. The crowd grumbles, the offense casually jogs off the field and the punting unit comes on. Better luck next time.Sure, once in a blue moon the offense may throw a bubble screen on 3rd-and-33 and end up with a 52-yard touchdown, like the Rams did with Robert Woods against the Giants in Week 9 this season. But that is the rarest of exceptions.Generally, safe passes like that don’t accomplish much, and we have the data to back that up. How does that 2-yard pass on 3rd-and-10 work out? According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, quarterback passes thrown no more than 2 yards beyond the line of scrimmage on third down with at least 10 yards to go have been converted only 10.9 percent of the time this season. On throws that travel at least 10 yards, quarterbacks have converted 38.6 percent of the time. So an offense can more than triple its conversion rate just by doing the most obvious thing when trying to move the chains: throwing the ball past the imaginary yellow line on your TV screen.And yet despite this, NFL teams are leaning on the short pass more than ever. The same league that transformed into a passing league over the past 10 years is slowing morphing into something else: the dump-off league.There are some risks with throwing deeper, of course, such as a higher interception rate. And in some special situations, getting a first down isn’t the primary goal of a drive, especially when facing third-and-long. Sometimes teams are just trying to get enough yards to make a field-goal attempt shorter. Or with a big lead in the second half, they’re hoping for an easy completion that will run some clock and gain field position.But when an offense really needs to score points, playing it safe and throwing short of the sticks on third down is often the inferior strategy. We looked at the data from ESPN Stats & Info for passes on 3rd-and-10 or longer for Weeks 1 to 13. We divided the passes between those thrown short of the sticks and those thrown at or beyond the sticks:1For reference, a 12-yard pass on 3rd-and-13 would be considered short of the sticks. Which quarterbacks are the most conservative passers?Which quarterbacks throw short of a “successful” pass distance the most relative to their peers (as measured by the z-scores — the standard deviations above/below the mean — of the Short%* for each down added together), minimum 200 dropbacks through Week 13 of the 2017 season A. Rodgers (GB)602.38520.8924-2.280.99 D. Kizer (CLE)37-0.6842-0.52440.28-0.91 D. Watson (HOU)30-1.5331-2.1340-0.26-3.92 The completion rate for short throws is more than 30 percentage points higher than the rate for longer passes and yet the conversation rate is more than 30 points lower. This is not surprising because defenses are playing to prevent the first down and are willing to concede a fraction of the yardage. However, this positioning make it very difficult for a team to throw short and run after the catch to convert.So far we have only talked about third downs, the crucial down for maintaining offensive success. However, analyzing aggressive and conservative passing on first and second down is also important. A bubble screen that loses a few yards to bring up 2nd-and-13 is also putting the offense in a position to fail.Football Outsiders’ key efficiency metrics, including Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (explained here), are built around the concept of successful plays and are adjusted for factors like the down and distance. For instance, a 5-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 is more valuable than a 5-yard pass on 2nd-and-17. For a pass to be considered a successful play, it must gain at least 45 percent of the needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth. A completion that does not meet those standards is considered a failed completion. Joe Flacco of the Ravens set the failed completion record last season, with 144, and he leads all quarterbacks in 2017 with 95 through Week 13.It’s not just Flacco. The ineffective dump-off is happening across the NFL. Leaguewide, 26.1 percent of all completions this season qualify as failed completions. That’s the highest rate for a season in the Football Outsiders database, which goes back to 1989, and if the 2017 rate stays at that level, it will break the current high bar set in 2015 (25.1 percent).This is not to say that the short pass doesn’t have value in the NFL playbook or that every quarterback should begin slinging the ball 25 yards downfield each time he takes a snap. There is no one right way to run an NFL offense, and some teams have been able to use the short pass to devastating effect. To get a better sense of this, let’s look at which quarterbacks throw short most often using air yards stats.2This includes passes that drew a defensive pass interference flag but excludes passes that were intentionally thrown away or became intentional grounding penalties.Football Outsiders has a stat called “Short%” to denote the percentage of attempts that a quarterback threw short of the minimum yards needed for a successful play, as defined above. So if 45 percent of needed yards are required on first downs, then anything shorter than a 5-yard throw on first-and-10 would be considered a short pass here. The league average for Short% in 2017 is 41.6 percent on first down, 45.5 percent on second down, and 42.5 percent on third down. It’s not until fourth down that most quarterbacks realize the importance of needing to convert with a big throw. Short% on fourth down is 26.2 percent (although that is only on a sample of 214 plays).We looked at Short% on first, second and third downs for quarterbacks who have had a minimum of 200 dropbacks this season. For the 35 quarterbacks, we took the z-score (standard deviations above or below average) of each percentage and added them up, to make sure we were accurately capturing quarterbacks who threw short on all of their downs relative to the league. The quarterback with the largest summed z-score in the table below is the most conservative, as a higher percentage of his passes were short of being a successful play. J. Flacco (BAL)480.79551.28511.123.19 B. Hoyer (SF/NE)450.42551.27490.902.59 B. Roethlisberger (PIT)470.6838-1.1136-0.75-1.19 Short passes become puntsKey outcomes for passes on 3rd-and-10 or longer, Weeks 1-13 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group P. Rivers (LAC)440.30510.67450.321.29 T. Savage (HOU)38-0.4742-0.5530-1.57-2.59 T. Brady (NE)36-0.7942-0.5434-1.06-2.40 K. Cousins (WAS)470.70460.03501.051.78 M. Mariota (TEN)37-0.64460.0433-1.10-1.70 At or beyond the sticks39042.89.64.43.842.6 Higher z-scores mean a quarterback throws short more often.*Short% is the share of passes that fall short of a successful play’s distance (at least 45 percent of the needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third)Source: Football Outsiders Some of the names at the top of the list are predictable, including Flacco and infamous short pass maestro Alex Smith. Jay Cutler has been very dink-and-dunk oriented with Adam Gase in Miami this season, while San Francisco’s first two quarterbacks this season (Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard) made the top five.The real surprise here is the name at the very top: Drew Brees. Not only does he rank as the most conservative passer, but he has consistently stuck to this strategy no matter what the down is. To his credit, Brees has made it work — the Saints rank No. 1 in offensive DVOA and No. 6 in passing. Perhaps more accurately, the running backs are making this offense work. Through Week 13, rookie Alvin Kamara ranked as the best receiving running back while teammate Mark Ingram ranks as Football Outsiders’ top rusher. With two RBs capable of big gains on any play, it’s no surprise that Brees is throwing short early and often. We’ll see if this strategy can sustain itself — the Saints have failed to score 21 points in all four of their losses this season (each was to a playoff contender, including last night’s loss to Atlanta).At the bottom, seven quarterbacks had a combined z-score below 2.0 standard deviations. That includes the trio of favorites for the MVP race in Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, whose aggressive styles this year have been a positive for their offenses. Similar things could have been said about Deshaun Watson before Houston’s standout rookie tore his ACL.But being aggressive is not a magic formula for success as the list plainly shows. Watson’s backup, Tom Savage, has tried to emulate Watson’s aggressive style, but without anywhere near the same success. Likewise, Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers is routinely one of the leaders in air yards per attempt, but his lack of consistency remains a problem for Tampa Bay. In Dallas, Dak Prescott is throwing aggressively, but his receivers are getting the fewest yards per carry after the catch in the league.Like with any stat, Short% is only one piece of the puzzle, and every quarterback has his own set of circumstances. As we see with Brees, a quarterback can get away with passive play if he’s extremely efficient and the team is still winning.Few quarterbacks have this type of arsenal or this type of ability, so they would be better served trusting the numbers and resisting the easy dump-off.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Two men killed in collisions in Westmeath and Clare

first_imgUpdated: 08:16TWO PEOPLE HAVE been killed in separate road collisions in the last 24-hours in Westmeath and Clare.A 36-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the old N6 at Gaulstown, Rochfortbridge between 7.45pm and 8pm yesterday evening. Gardaí said the man was travelling on the road when his motorcycle struck a fence and a stone pillar.His body has been taken to Midlands regional Hospital, Tullamore, where a full post mortem examination will take place.In a separate incident, a man in his 20s was fatally injured when his car collided with a wall at 4.30am today on the Sixmilebridge Road to Shannon in Clare. His body has been removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post mortem will take place later today.Anyone with information about these crashes is asked to contact gardaí.Read: Gardaí urge drivers to slow down as road deaths rise>Read: Road deaths up by 23% compared to the same time last year>last_img read more

Turquie un séisme de magnitude 72 fait au moins 217 morts

first_imgTurquie : un séisme de magnitude 7,2 fait au moins 217 mortsDimanche après-midi, à 12H41 heure locale, un puissant séisme de magnitude 7,2 a secoué l’est de la Turquie dans la province de Van, causant l’effondrement de nombreuses habitations et immeubles. Suivi de plusieurs répliques, le phénomène a fait plus de 217 morts. La terre a fortement tremblé dimanche en Turquie, surprenant des milliers d’habitants en pleine journée. Hier, à 13H41 heure locale (10H41 GMT), un puissant séisme de magnitude évaluée à 7,2 est survenu dans l’est du pays, dans la province de Van, ville où les quelque 380.000 habitants ont particulièrement ressenti le phénomène. Selon le centre sismologique américain (USGS), l’épicentre du séisme se trouvait à 19 kilomètres au nord-est de Van, non loin de la frontière iranienne, et très proche de la surface à seulement 7,2 kilomètres de profondeur. À lire aussiMésanges, poumons et record de température, les 8 actus science que vous devez connaitre ce 5 aoûtSous la violence du tremblement, des dizaines de maisons et bâtiment se sont effondrés, créant un véritable mouvement de panique parmi les habitants. Les premières images diffusées montraient ainsi des habitants en train de fuir dans le désordre leurs habitations et au moins deux bâtiments de plusieurs étages détruits. Des dégâts qui pourraient s’avérer d’autant plus considérables que beaucoup d’habitations situées dans les villages reculés n’ont pas été construites pour résister à de tels phénomènes. Moins d’une heure après la secousse suivie d’une réplique de magnitude 5,6 puis d’une vingtaine d’autres, les autorités recensaient déjà de nombreux blessés ainsi que des personnes ensevelies sous les décombres. Une cinquantaine d’habitants étaient même déjà en route pour l’hôpital. Selon le dernier bilan, 217 morts sont aujourd’hui recensés mais le centre sismologique national a estimé que, vu la violence du séisme, entre 500 et 1.000 personnes pourraient avoir trouvé la mort.  Bekir Kaya, le maire de la ville de Van située à environ 1.200 kilomètres de la capitale Ankara, a également confié sur NTV que le réseau téléphonique avait été gravement endommagé. Pour venir en aide aux sinistrés, le Croissant Rouge s’est rapidement mobilisé et a commencé à envoyer des tentes et des secouristes dans la zone sinistrée, tandis que l’armée a dépêché des secouristes sur place.  Le 24 octobre 2011 à 09:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holtzbrinck And BCP Agree to Merge Science and Education Brands

first_img Holtzbrinck, whose portfolio includes Nature and Scientific American, will hold 53 percent of the new joint company. The newly combined group will have a valuation of more than €5 billion ($5.81 billion USD). Springer Science CEO Derk Haank tells Reuters that the merger will create economies of scale that will enable the group to invest in product. Not included in the merger are Holtzbrinck’s IT, software and consumer books divisions. Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, owners of Macmillan Science and Education, and BC Partners, owners and fund advisors of Springer Science+Business, have reached a merger agreement to join the two groups.center_img The transaction is still pending approval from various competition authorities, which should conclude in the first half of 2015.last_img

Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Last seasons Bharti Singh and Harsh set to

first_imgBharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa in Khatron Ke Khiladi 9instagramThe stunt-based reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi, is set to return with the 10th season and fans are super excited to witness a new array of dare-devil tasks performed by a new set of contestants.The shooting of the Rohit Shetty-hosted-show is currently going on in Bulgaria and the contestants – Shivin Narang, Karishma Tanna, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor Karan Patel, RJ Malishka, Tejasswi Prakash, Amruta Khanvilkar, comedian and host Balraj Sayal – recently flew down to the beautiful country. Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 will also see Naagin actress Adaa Khan, Dharmesh Yelande and Bhojpuri queen Rani Chatterjee.And now, joining the gang is another couple – Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa. The comedian and her husband, who participated in the previous season of Khatron Ke Khiladi, had entertained the audience with their fun antics and also received a lot of love.In fact, post the show, Bharti and Harsh went on to start a new prank-based stunt show Khatra Khatra Khatra, which too is garnering love from viewers. Hence, it looks like the makers of Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 have invited them once again to cash in on their popularity.According to a SpotboyE report, viewers will see the couple performing some stunts along with the other contestants and when there’s Bharti, one can expect loads of laughter.Although the Bulgaria shoot schedule is likely to last for 45 days, the show will be aired in the beginning of next year after Bigg Boss 13 concludes.Last year, choreographer Punit J Pathak had won the trophy defeating Aditya Narayan. Khatron Ke Khiladi has always managed to top the TRP charts leaving behind other popular TV show, including The Kapil Sharma Show. Khatron Ke Khiladi 10Twitterlast_img read more

Proof of concept game improves on Portal by adding Snapshot

first_imgI don’t think anyone can deny that the idea behind the Valve game Portal is a very clever one that translated well into video game form. If you’d asked me if it could be improved upon before today I’d have ummd and ahhed. But now I believe it can, or at least, there’s a more clever version in development.Game designer and artist Arthur Lee, otherwise known as Mr Podunkian, has put together a proof of concept that takes the idea of Portal‘s portals, but ties it together with taking a snapshot like you do with a camera.The result is very cool and makes my mind boggle as to the gameplay possibilities it presents. Thankfully there’s a video to help explain exactly what Lee has done, which you can watch below:Lee hasn’t thought of a name for the game yet, but admits he has basically done a “rip off [of] Portal and Snapshot.” I’d suggest that although it may rip off those games, it does so in a way few others would have thought to do so, which makes it unique.The proof of concept was created using the game development tool Unity which is free to download and use. I for one hope Lee takes this past just proof of concept stage and turns it into a fully-fledged game. There’s certainly a lot of fun to be had with the possibilities the game mechanic presents. I don’t doubt there’s people at Valve looking over this video with interest, too.via Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

The 4 Most Terrifying Episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark

first_imgStay on target 11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix MoviesWatch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Growing up in the late eighties and early nineties in America, a cable channel devoted to kids was right up my ally. I enjoyed Halloween and all things spooky a bit too much, but my parents were not about to show me R-Rated horror just yet. Luckily Nickelodeon answered the call to all the creepy kids out there and aired some of the best Halloween specials I’d ever seen. From the “Zeke the Plumber” episode of Salute Your Shorts; to the (then) banned Ren & Stimpy episode entitled “Haunted House.” But once Halloween was over, the channel went right back to its normal programming. Luckily the Canadian television station YTV was pitching its “kids only spooky campfire anthology series” to networks in other countries including America, thus Are You Afraid of the Dark? was born!The series aired from 1990 to 2000 and went through quite a few stories and different Midnight Society members. The series even made a come back in 2014 bringing back story teller Tucker and eventually his brother Gary to round out the series.I revisit the series every so often. Especially now that it’s available to purchase/rent both on DVD and digitally. Here are my picks for the most hair-raising episodes…seriously they still give me chills.THE TALE OF THE DEAD MANS FLOATVol. 1, Episode 7This is one of those tales that struck fear in a lot of adolescence hearts when it aired. The fear of swimming is something that lurks deep within a lot of us. Luckily for our water fearing hero Zeke, he manages to gain a little help from Clorice, the swim team captain who is lousy at Chemistry. The two make a pact to help each other out. Zeke takes Clorice to a forgotten pool on the school campus, not knowing about the burial ground the pool was built on. Because of course! In this episode, we get to see one of the most terrifying creatures in the series. A red skeleton of sorts with hair and skin hanging from his body. It was a vision I could not get out of my head for some time. This episode echoes the final scene of the original Friday the 13th where Jason pulls Alice into Camp Crystal Lake. Zeke in the beginning was petrified of being splashed. Now he’s being pulled into the pool by an undead spirit (this kid is never getting back in the water!) With quick thinking and the power of science, Clorice and Zeke defeat the ghoul, and all is right with the school. I’d just like to know who has been keeping up with the maintenance all these years? That pool looked immaculate for being abandoned decades.Midnight Society Bookend: Tucker tries to get his friend into The Midnight Society. After telling the pretty decent Dead Mans Float tale, TMS deny his request due to being greasy and overweight. What a bunch of purists!Purchase the episode here.THE TALE OF LAUGHING IN THE DARKVol. 1, Episode 1A common Are You Afraid of the Dark trope is redheads are pegged to be asses. From the start of this episode, we are already trained to hate our lead, Josh. He is not afraid of anything! Give him any challenge, and he will sail through. But since Josh is the jerky kid that he is, he always has a bet to wager. In this tale, it’s going to an amusement park’s haunted house and stealing the red nose off a dummy clown named Zeebo.Side Note: I’d just like to take this moment and point out that this haunted house includes a dragon that blows fire across the hallway. This is an afterthought in the episode, but it completely baffles me that we’re supposed to be afraid of Zeebo the dummy clown when there is a legit safety hazard.With the clown nose in hand, Josh now makes his friend wear the stolen item the next day at school to prove he lost the bet. Before the hazing occurs, Josh is called late at night and on the other end the faint words “Give it baaaack….Give it baaack” are echoed. You see, Zeebo used the old haunted house to hide out in after robbing the carnival. The clumsy clown ended up burning himself alive with a lit cigar. Needless to say, the red clown nose Josh stole is indeed haunted by Zeebo. Josh gets the clown nose back to its owner, and he is safe for another day.Midnight Society Bookend: Kristen is deathly afraid of clowns. The second Zeebo is mentioned she is OUT! But is quickly persuaded to stay and listen to the tale. She makes it all the way through before David (who has a crush on her) breaks out a clown mask and makes her run for the hills screaming. Why ya gotta be so mean David?Purchase the episode here.THE TALE OF THE NIGHT SHIFTVol. 2, Episode 7There are a few vampire tales within the decade of the show’s existence. Night Shift definitely sticks out as one of the more spooky vampiric episodes. The story follows Amanda, an honors student who is looking to get all the credits she can before going off to college. She decides to help out at the local hospital and gets stuck working the graveyard shift. Her co-worker Felix, who is on maintenance duties, sadly is lured away by an attractive woman in the basement only to be quickly turned into a vamp himself along with most of the night staff. Meanwhile, a candy corn obsessed classmate of Amanda’s checked himself into the hospital to get his tonsils looked at. But really he just wants to hang with Amanda, (not creepy at all.)The two later stumble across the head vampire. Who by the way, is beyond frightening looking! Most head vampires resemble Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. This head vampires wet green skin, stark white hair and blood red eyes are indeed nightmare fuel for any child under the age of twelve watching.The two teens discover the vampire’s coffin and learn that if destroyed, everyone in the hospital will go back to normal. In a chase that leads to the hospital roof the head vampire holds Amanda over the roof and proclaims “I should drop you and lick up what’s left!” This stuck with me for years, making vampires truly haunting in my opinion. In classic AYAotD fashion, the young teens reign triumphant by burning the coffin and saving Amanda.Midnight Society Bookend: Gary finally made some moves and has a possible date. Good for you Gary!Purchase the episode here.THE TALE OF THE GHASTLY GRINNERVol. 4, Episode 5This is easily my favorite episode of the series. The story follows Ethan, a young aspiring comic artist. He sends his work out to all the major publishers, only to receive nothing but rejection letters. I found this pretty impressive due to Ethan only being in middle school. Within his pile of rejection letters, he finds an invite to a new comic book store opening in his area. He attends and meets a woman named Frankie. She reveals to Ethan that her father is Sylvester Unkus, a famed comic artist who created one of the creepiest comic characters of all time, The Ghastly Grinner. Only one issue was ever made after the creator (Frankie’s father) disappeared shortly after its release. Anyone watching this episode today can tell that The Ghastly Grinner is easily a knock-off of DC Comics The Joker. He renders his victims powerless by having them laugh uncontrollably until their ultimate demise. Still, a pretty creepy horror villain if you ask me. The ill-fated Unkus’s art resembles Ethan’s; this is why Frankie contacts him in the first place and wants him to check out the issue.This episode is like lightning in a bottle for 90’s comic book fans. Walking through the store is like a trip down memory lane. We see past AYAotD cut outs, Superman next to Wolverine before copyright laws. To me, this episode holds something special. I don’t want to go too much into the episode, but we are introduced to Ethan’s classmate, Hooper Picalarro (think Tina from Bob’s Burgers.) The two teens try and work together in defeating the Ghastly Grinner and freeing Sylvester Unkus. Spookiness is afoot all over this episode, especially the scene involving a bus that resembles Nightmare on Elm Street II with a little Exorcist thrown in. The Ghastly Grinner is a formidable foe and one for the books.Midnight Society Bookend: Betty Ann sees comics as “Guide books to other dimensions”… She’s not wrong.Purchase the episode here.I hope you enjoyed these four entries of spine tingling terror and this look back at one of Nickelodeon’s most ambitious ventures into scaring children into…well and adults still. The series has many duds, but these four are strong entries for a dark and stormy night. I promise you’ll have a great time with them. Unpleasant dreams.last_img read more

Reinventing a Legend Interview With Cory Barlog and the Cast of God

first_img If you’re a gamer, then you know the title everyone’s currently talking about is God of War. Like I said in my review, this is easily one of the best releases of 2018. It comes as no surprise God of War would get spotlighted during this year’s Tribeca Games Festival, where the game’s director and cast spoke about its development and shared behind-the-scenes stories in front of a live audience.After the panel, I interviewed director Cory Barlog, and actors Christopher Judge (Kratos), Danielle Bisutti (Freya), and Jeremy Davies (Balder). Given the spirit of the event (a celebration of story-driven media), I focused on how the actors brought their respective characters to life and how wearing motion-capture equipment impacted their performances. I also asked the director about how this entry honors the legacy of the series and if he believes they were successful on that end.What was it about Christopher Judge that made him an ideal actor to play Kratos? Was it due to his natural speaking voice?Cory Barlog: The power he had as a performer was the thing that really drew it. I mean, I also was a gigantic Stargate fan, so I entertained the idea early on but because of a lack of confidence, didn’t know if we should approach him. It took a little while but then it came back around and everything kind of fused together.First and foremost we were looking for the physicality in the voice, but that was such a small part of it. There was so much of the performance that had to come through on the set with all the actors because I needed to do it all in one take. Everybody had to hit their sort of emotional range all the time. He was, without a doubt, just so incredibly powerful, even in the first audition. It’s wonderful.Jeremy Davies: I want to credit Chris as well. I have met a number of individuals who were just born with this gift. They can roll out of bed and sound like god. I’ve seen folks rely on that. But what you get when you’re this close to him is that you really sense this powerful presence. He isn’t relying on his god-given voice. He’s got a lot to back it up. He is a dangerously gifted guy.What was the motion capture process like? Was it difficult to act while having all of that motion-capture equipment on you? Without a traditional set, how much of your imagination did you need to use?Judge: Stargate kind of came out right at the beginning of CGI. So, very often, our reactions to stuff didn’t match what was there. I learned that when someone says “it’s immense, it’s the world” it’s believable. Every time Cory would say “so, this is going to [be huge],” I took him at his word. Thank god that I did because all of the set pieces were just mind-blowing. I was watching my son play, and I remember thinking to myself: “My reaction, it almost wasn’t big enough.”Davies: I found it interesting. The whole apparatus, the camera, these massive hard drives right over your heart. But the phenomenon with having a camera right in your face, I found really surprisingly helpful. When you’re shooting film, the cameras use these long lenses; you kind of feel this tendency, if it’s wide especially, to push it. With the camera so close, it can be reassuring to know that when they see it, they’re not going to miss anything. You don’t have to redo it. I found that really, really helpful. It helped me get over the fact you got these suits on.Judge: You really articulated something that I felt but I never thought about. When you do film or television, you generally do a lot of takes. You always get a break, you’re off camera. But sometimes when you do something that is surprising and it’s in the wide, then you have to re-create it.Judge: Every time we did discover something [during this shoot], it was documented.Davies: That’s right. From every conceivable angle.Bisutti: A lot of times in the theater, you’re in a black box. It’s black box theater. There’s no set. You create these imaginary sets and circumstances and you can see it. So, as we were there, we had the privilege of sometimes watching the rehearsals or sometimes seeing the scenes and the animation that was happening so we can kind of get a sense of the world. Of course, then actually watching it when it all came together was like, oh my god, that is a big scope, the world we’re living in.Davies: Because you’re surrounded by all these computers, computer power from every single angle, you could imagine a director just having an attitude of a robot like we talked about [during the panel]. An attitude of “we will fix your performance.” But it was like, as I said, equal to the best experience I’ve had. It’s a human being working with human beings.Chris, was it intimidating to know you were portraying such a beloved character that people have high expectations for?Judge: I… sometimes got a little performance anxiety [laughs]. Especially in the beginning, when we were discussing what he should sound like. I worked with a voice coach but we quickly moved away from that from the first day.Barlog: That was the fantastic sort of miscommunication on that one. We had talked to the voice coach but somehow there was a misinterpretation. I said we need to look at the previous Kratos’ performance since there is a sense of the speech pattern that can act as the foundation. The interpretation was more “this is the time period” so you [Chris] had more of an English accent at some point. That was was totally my fault. So we went through the whole thing. You trained with all that stuff. You came on the set with a little bit of this English accent and we’re like “what the fuck?”Judge: Cory walked up to me and he was like: “Was that a British accent?” I thought you wanted just a hint of that [laughs].Thank you for getting rid of that. That’s just weird. Kratos with an English accent? No way.Bisutti: Especially in Norse mythology. You see those films in Roman times and they speak with a British accent. That’s not quite right [laughs].Danielle and Jeremy, did you discuss your characters off-set? Your relationship with one another was very natural. How were you able to make that authentic?Bisutti: Well, I just fell in love with him the second I met him. I was already a fan of his work. I mean, Lost was for me one of the best shows ever created. But of course, I’d known him prior. I just have this approach of just opening my heart as an actor, opening my heart to these imaginary circumstances and believing them as real. We actually didn’t discuss very much, did we? A little bit. But we kind of just brought it in the moment and riffed off each other.Davies: It was instantaneous. The first day you got on set, everybody kind of warmly welcomed each other. It felt like the momentum, this sort of kinetic energy, was instant. We were going from zero to one hundred right away. I just felt like we were all family from a long time ago. It never felt like we had to work on it or force any of it. That was just incredibly lucky. I was thankful every single day that it just came naturally.Judge: You said something very interesting. Acting is supposed to be the recreation of the natural. But what you’re asked to do is something very unnatural. To walk into spaces where you don’t know people with an open heart and an open mind, which is very unnatural and can be very, very painful. We keep saying over and over again about the safe space that it was. That’s why it always happened. The ground was watered and fertilized and lovingly cultivated so that it was a space for these relationships to grow at a very unnatural speed.Cory, in a lot of ways, this is a soft reboot of the franchise. You’re introducing a lot of new mechanics, storylines, locales and so on. At the same time, you still have this giant legacy behind it. Was it a challenge to balance everything people know about God of War with all of the new elements you wanted to incorporate?Yeah, it was something that I was conscious of at all times. To not just respect the work that we had done, but to honor it. To know that we made every choice that we made to create this world very specifically. The continuation of this growth, the evolution needed to be built on that foundation. While you can blur your eyes and see something differently, the clarity shows you very clearly, that the DNA, that the molecular level of what we were doing, was so incredibly inspired by what we started with. It’s easy, very easy, to lose sight of that.We’re blessed to have such good, smart people like Richard Gaubert and Matt Sophos, our writers, being on set every day. They were the honesty that I needed. That gut-check, that mirror that I needed to look at. To say “Alright where are we going with this?” Because, I would just throw things in on the day of like “Hey, something came to me last night. Let’s try this.” And they were the sounding-board to go “I don’t know about that,” and I had to defend it. If I couldn’t defend it, it was something I realized, okay that’s not what we need to do.It was constant discussion, constant evaluation of “is this Kratos?” He can evolve and change, but does he go in a direction that is antithetical to where he began? There were a lot of times where we had to course-correct to ensure the evolution felt correct. I think the response that people are having says that we did hit a few of those notes right to resonate, to connect in the right way. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img ‘God of War’ Documentary ‘Raising Kratos’ Explores 2018’s Top Video GamePS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&… last_img read more

12 Apps to Help Ease Anxiety

first_img 3 min read June 1, 2016 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps Yes, there’s an app for that too. The 12 below help with stress management, sleep, and more, easing anxiety disorders and helping you live a healthier, happier life.1. Pacifica: Track and rate your mood over time, learn muscle relaxation exercises and deep breathing techniques, and set health goals for yourself. You can record your thoughts to develop positive thinking patterns and identify toxic ones. The app also helps users understand personal triggers.2. Breathe2Relax: This app does exactly what it promises. Created by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, it aids in diaphragmatic breathing that decreases the body’s natural “fight-or-flight” response — a big aspect of anxiety, anger, and general mood instability.3. Headspace: Stress, memory loss, focus, interpersonal relationships, creative blocks… this “personal trainer for the mind” app covers it all. 10-minute meditation lessons aim to strengthen health, performance, and relationships. This app is on the pricier side though — subscriptions cost between $6.24 and $12.95 a month.4. Positive Activity Jackpot: Another app from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology. This one uses a therapeutic method known as Pleasant Event Scheduling (PES), recommending activities based on the user’s location and interests. You can invite friends, save favorite spots, and tag activities you participate in for future reference.5. PTSD Coach: Created by the National Center for PTSD, this app helps veterans suffering or at risk of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With educational material and a self-assessment tool, it enables users to manage stress and find support.6. Recovery Record: This highly rated app draws on cognitive behavioral therapy and self-monitoring methods to help manage eating disorders. Users can keep a food journal, make meal plans, and learn coping methods. Questionnaires help track their progress and produce visual charts documenting their journey.7. Worry Watch: This journaling tool has a simple user interface where users can log instances of worry, fear, and anxiety. They can also add the outcome of each situation, which provides a comparison between expectation and reality that helps reduce anxiety over time.8. I Can Be Free: This app helps with anxiety, phobias, insomnia, and low self-esteem, offering more than 50 audio hypnosis sessions by well known hypnotist Jacob Strachotta. The sessions help target a variety of common fears.9. Relax Melodies: This sleeping aid fights insomnia and stress with more than 50 fully customizable sounds and tunes. The blog also offers lifestyle tips to improve sleep.10. Mindshift: Aimed at teens and young adults suffering from anxiety, this app allows users to log thoughts and feelings. It also offers exercises that encourage positive thinking.11. Stress Doctor: This app takes you on a deep breathing exercise to promote calmness and can bring your heart rate down in five minutes. The app provides instant feedback with breath and pulse monitoring and tracks long-term progress.12. Optimism: Helping with depression and bipolar disorder, this app helps users track their moods and keep daily records of their symptoms, plus log triggers or things that help them stay positive. Graphs of this data give users a visual breakdown of their well being. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

No Costa Rica is not closing its zoos

first_imgA friend recently posted this headline on my Facebook timeline: “Costa Rica Is Shutting Down All Zoos And Freeing Every Animal In Captivity.”Hmm, I thought. Yes, I was taking the weekend off, but I had been monitoring the news all the previous week and didn’t have any inkling that such a radical move was imminent.I clicked on the headline, from an online publication called Higher Perspective whose tagline is “Connect. Reveal. Transcend.” and whose Twitter handle is @AlteringMinds.The date was about right, Aug. 19, 2015, but after a quick scan of the story, it was obvious that Higher Perspective had gotten its information from another online publication, True Activist, which had gotten its information from an article published in Treehugger TWO YEARS AGO.Even worse, the True Activist story (headline: “Costa Rica Plans To Shut Down Its Zoos And Free All Animals In Captivity”) had a link to a 2014 Tico Times story with this headline: “Environment Ministry loses court battle to close Costa Rica’s zoos.”Suddenly the whole story went “poof!” And yet, the headline has appeared in other media — in English and Spanish — numerous times since.This kind of terribly reported, recycled-from-last-year, so-called “news” about Costa Rica happens All. The. Time. So, in the spirit of setting the record straight, we at The Tico Times are starting a new occasional column called “For the record.”Here, we’ll take on false news, false rumors and misguided ideas about the land of pura vida. We’ll also fact check statements and comments made by public figures. Most importantly, we’ll let our readers know what the real story is, backed up by facts, boots-on-the-ground reporting, and good old-fashioned common sense — of the type that drives one to check the sources on a suspicious-looking news report.We’ll start with the zoo story that’s been recently revived in the social media sphere as if it had happened yesterday. Here we go.The Environment Ministry did try to close Costa Rica’s two official zoos, but failedIn July 2013, former Environment Minister René Castro announced that the government intended to let its contract run out with the nonprofit that runs Costa Rica’s two urban zoos.“We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way,” Castro said at the time. “We don’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them.”Under the minister’s plan, both zoos would cease operations as such in May 2014. San José’s Simón Bolívar Zoo was to become a biological education center and Santa Ana’s Conservation Center was to become a forest reserve. The animals held there, including a jaguar and an African lion, were to be sent to animal rescue centers in other parts of the country.Then-Minister Castro went even further, telling The Tico Times in an August 2013 interview that he planned to free all animals in captivity in Costa Rica. “It is a gradual process, but eventually we hope that there will no longer be animals in cages anywhere in the country,” Castro said.If this had all actually happened, we wouldn’t be writing this post. Instead, the nonprofit zoo manager FUNDAZOO took the issue to court alleging breach of contract and won a ruling allowing it to continue managing the zoos for another 10 years.In fact, FUNDAZOO seems confident enough in its survival that it recently began renovating the Simón Bolívar Zoo in Barrio Amón, the historic neighborhood near the city’s center. The renovations may also be, in part, a response to criticism about some of the cages and enclosures for the zoo’s inhabitants.After years of lying cramped together in a dingy moat, the zoo’s crocodiles and caimans will soon be relocated to a larger, more natural-looking lagoon. The zoo’s tapir will also join them.Enclosures for some of the zoo’s big cats, including the jaguar, have already been improved.At present, the African lion still lazes away his days in a dismally small, concrete pen. But he, too, will soon be getting better digs, according to Fundazoo spokesman Eduardo Bolaños.When the Environment Ministry lost its court battle with Fundazoo last year, it did say it planned to appeal the decision. Both Bolaños and a spokesperson for the ministry said they had no immediate knowledge about the status of that appeal. A request for further information from the Environment Ministry wasn’t answered by close of business Friday.Have a Costa Rica myth you want busted or a story you want fact-checked? Let us know at jillrep@ticotimes.net or dboddiger@ticotimes.net, or on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook Comments Related posts:Lion at San José zoo needs a better home, agencies order Ministries confirm relocation orders for Kivú the lion Environment officials move Kivú the lion to a new home Kivú the lion recovers at his new homelast_img read more

Grupo Posadas Mexicos largest hotel operator wit

first_imgGrupo Posadas, Mexico’s largest hotel operator with over 130 hotels, and private equity firm Bighorn Capital, Inc., have signed an agreement that will introduce its premier luxury boutique hotel brand, Live Aqua, to major U.S. cities.As  part of the agreement, Bighorn Capital will invest $450 million to develop an initial five hotels, branded Live Aqua, in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Washington, D.C.Début Hotel Group, a Hampshire Hotels Management company will manage the Live Aqua U.S. hotels.The concept for Chicago, targeted for completion in 2017, is to build an 82-story high-rise in the West Loop area, and to dual-brand the development with the Live Aqua and Dream Hotels brands.“We are very excited to introduce the American consumer and international tourists to Live Aqua, our luxury brand with a unique Latin style known for warm, attentive service,” says Javier Barrera, Vice President of Posadas.This will be the first international expansion for Posadas. Live Aqua Hotels and Resorts was voted best resort in Mexico 2013 by Travel & Leisure, gained accolades in Conde Nast 2014 Hotlist, and won honours from Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterandBeyond prides itself on taking existing destinations and looking at them in a new light, or going off the beaten track in a new style. Guests of an intimate reception at Sydney’s revamped Palisades Hotel learned what form this fresh perspective would take in 2018, from the reopening of andBeyond Bateleur Camp in the Maasai Mara to the arrival of andBeyond Tengile River Lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Reserve.Just 10 or so press representatives mingled with andBeyond’s PR team and three members of the team who came to Sydney to share the latest from the company: Norman Harper, Australia & New Zealand Representative; Anubhav Sawhney, International Sales Manager – Asia; and Mark Wheeler, Regional Managing Director – East Africa, Asia and South America. Guests enjoyed stunning views of the harbour, fresh oysters and scallops, cheese boards to die for and flowing champagne while engaging in in-depth conversations about the destinations.Culture in IndiaThe Snow Leopard Expedition in the Himalayas announced in 2017 continue will return in 2018, inviting guests to discover the culture of India’s Ladakh region while tracking this elusive big cat.Eat Pray Love has inspired a collection of iconic destinations across India, including signature dining experiences, a visit to the ‘Golden Temple’ of Amritsar, and romance in Udaipur, all with a private guide.Off the beaten track in South AmericaExclusive small-group journeys invite guests to discover Chile and Argentina’s Wine Country with private lunches, exclusive events and off-roading opportunities with Land Rover Discovery.Relaunch of andBeyond Bateleur Camp, KenyaThe Maasai Mara camp is currently receiving a complete refurbishment and is planning to reopen on 8 March 2018. The tented suites will maintain their authentic, classic safari atmosphere, while boasting new additions including daybeds, lighter interiors and convenient butler hatches. A massage sala and fitness centre will be new additions along with a coffee and gin bar, Safari Shop and a spacious family suite.Two refurbishments in andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaFollowing a fire in December 2016, andBeyond Phinda Homestead is being rebuilt with plans to reopen on 1 September 2018. The exclusive-use villa is being reimagined as a contemporary bush home with quirky accents that hark back to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm, alongside traditional motifs. The private home will also feature furniture that brings in hints of 1980s retro design, with minimalist, elegant bedrooms. The deck outside will boast an island bar to encourage family gatherings, while a decorative herb garden will be situated outside the kitchen. Reservations are now open.Phinda Vlei Lodge is also undergoing refurbishment, with interiors inspired by the elegant, turn-of- the-century plantation-style homestead of KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane and pineapple barons. A library will be added to the guest areas, and the dining deck will also be extended to allow for covered al fresco dining with views of the adjoining wetland. The lodge will reopen 1 June 2018.Opening of andBeyond Tengile River Lodge, South AfricaSituated in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this brand-new property will share the same traversing rights as andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Elegant interiors by Anatomy Design will call to mind the same authentic feel, translated into a more modern fashion. Boasting a name that means tranquil, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge will feature nine floating suites that will look out over the Sand river, plus a spa and gym area. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. The lodge is expected to open 1 December 2018.Bhutan: Watch this spaceGuests were tantalised with a teaser of a 20-hectare property in the Kingdom of Bhutan, coming soon. We are eagerly awaiting more details.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Submitter’s comments: "This little slice of heaven has filled the bellies and hearts of its customers with fresh-baked goods, too. who said in an interview with Howard Stern Monday that he is now “millions of dollars in debt” after taking out a credit line to finance the show’s creation The ambition at play here and the way it’s been thwarted by market realities recalls less Beyoncé (who was universally hailed after dropping a surprise album in December 2013) than Kanye West (whose protracted and complicated Life of Pablo album left the rapper by his own telling deep in the red) Horace and Pete is a work that many see as troubling and genius; it’s certainly out-of-step with where television is right now A filmed stage drama of sorts its first episode’s only contemporaneity seemed to come from up-to-the-minute references to the ongoing presidential election Otherwise it was a story that leaned heavily both on the characters’ sense of tradition (a twisting family history that informed their dogged refusal to give up their Brooklyn dive bar) and CK’s own (a staid sort of reflectiveness in an era when TV’s biggest dramas are all flash) I refer here to the first episode because that was all I made time for Knowing both that what the show had to offerin its first episode frank “political incorrectness” and would-be Eugene O’Neill stylingswas deeply not to my taste and that it existed on a plane entirely separate from most of TV I bailed something made not just easier to do but actually the default choice given that the barrier to watching each new episode was unusually high The show was so utterly sui generis that it seemed to reveal little about CK’s star persona or TV as a whole aspects that might have made its apparent dullness a bit less dull to me And given its odd space on CK’s website rather than on say HBO Netflix or FX few people seemed to be talking about it Curiosity has its limits As a somewhat conditional fan of Louie I’d meant to catch up on the episodes before the Emmy nominations come out but even someone paid to watch television for a living has only so many hours to sample across the spectrum Which makes it unsurprising to me that so many of CK’s fans fell short when it came to retroactively financing the project A five-dollar charge for the first episode would not break anyone’s bank but it’s high enough to merit legitimate skepticism as to what exactly the viewer is buying into; CK provided little in the way of explanation trusting the viewer’s own curiosity to lead him or her to the buy-in that network marketing and publicity apparati spend millions to establish Then there’s the question of resolution It’s apparent that Horace and Pete ended conclusively but there was no reason to believe that a fellow whose engagement with FX has been subject to unusually long hiatuses (including a currently ongoing one) would bring the thing in for a landing in a timely way Getting into a series is a commitment and one that almost always presumes there’ll be some kind of endpoint It’s admirable that CK trusted his fans to go on a journey with an undefined length (and at an undefined expense) but it’s also unsurprising that the leap was little-embarked-upon The future for Horace and Pete lies before it though: Having spent all the money he’s ever going to spend on it aside from web hosting fees its episodes can now generate income And CK’s low-fi promotional strategy got its biggest boost yet today with his splashy admission I wouldn’t be surprised if his financial situation looked rosier if only slightly now But it’s a lesson learned if a hard one: In an era when there’s more TV to watch than ever a famous name doesn’t get you nearly close enough to entice viewership Corollary to that: A show that’s a relatively tough watch one whose rewards unfold over time benefits from being as prominently placed in the culture as possible easy to stream and perhaps framed as enlightening by dint of a Sunday night placement and well-made ads Would I have watched more of Horace and Pete were it the exact same show but promoted by a network as something I needed to see to be a part of the conversation As a Billions viewer I don’t like the answer but I know what it is Contact us at editors@timecomIDEAS Schanzenbach is the director of The Hamilton Project and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution For many children summer vacation evokes images of their favorite foods: backyard barbecues fresh farmers market produce smores by the campfire and frozen delights from the ice cream truck However for the 13 million children in America living in food-insecure households homes lacking the adequate resources to purchase the food needed for an active healthy lifestyle summer vacation offers less relief than it does hunger and uncertainty During the school year free or reduced-price school meal programs often serve as the front line of defense against food insecurity for millions of children But when school is out the overwhelming majority of these children lose access to this assistance and their rates of food insecurity increase Childhood food insecurity is a tangible problem for millions of families throughout the country in suburbs exurbs small towns and urban centers from coast to coast As of 2015 over one in six American children lived in households with food insecurity and in five states the rate surpasses one in four Despite steady declines since the depths of the Great Recession these rates remain unconscionably high Fortunately some students continue to have access to school lunches in the summer through summer school programs or year-round schooling Others may benefit from additional US Department of Agriculturefunded programs run by local organizations (such as the YMCA Boys & Girls Clubs churches schools and parks) aimed at feeding children when school is out of session Last summer over three million children received lunch through these critical summer food service programs And in some areas the USDA has offered a summer-only program awarding electronic voucher benefits of $3060 per month per child that can be used to purchase food in grocery stores Research has shown that increasing food benefits is a particularly effective method to combat food insecurity among families Nevertheless while these USDA initiatives and community-based programs provide a much-needed lifeline for some children and their families they serve only 15 out of every 100 children who receive free or reduced price lunches during the school year These programs have also often been unable to reach their full potential due to factors including burdensome regulations imposed by USDA (such as certifying that all meals meet USDA nutrition standards) and limited access in rural and suburban areas due to lack of transportation for children which deters many organizations from creating or expanding summer meals programs The good news is that there are actionable steps you can take to reduce the indignity of childhood hunger in your local community which do not require much time energy or resources (unless you would like them to) First know whats already in your area The USDA has a summer meal program locator which tells you where your regions summer meals programs are located Then spread the word Share it on Facebook and other social media Speak about it with other families at camps or daycare or really anywhere Too often a lack of awareness about existing summer meal programs currently available can prevent kids from accessing the nutrition they need Next build more Encourage both public and private organizations in your area libraries parks and recreation departments tutoring programs religious congregations athletic leagues to open their doors and offer meals programs to children this summer Talk for a few minutes after the next meeting with the leaders you know There are plenty of obvious benefits: Comprehensive and enriching summer programs will help meet the needs of kids and families reduce summer learning loss improve health and keep children safe and out of trouble The cost of providing summer programs to kids is reduced when USDA funding for food is there to help defray costs Then expand your reach Write a letter (not a tweet) to your Congressional representatives to advocate for funding for comprehensive and enriching summer programs If this fails: Try writing an opinion-editorial for a regional newspaper in your Congresspersons area While there is currently funding available for summer meals there is not adequate funding to support summer enrichment programs at which children can also be fed and President Trumps proposed budget calls for even greater reductions to summer enrichment programs This is problematic because although some cities (such as Seattle) are able to serve children free meals in enriching summer day camp settings made possible by USDA support for meals coupled with local government and philanthropic funding many others (including Washington DC) lack the funding to offer enriching activities to accompany their summer meal programs Fortunately Congress has the power to make it easier for rural and suburban organizations to adopt and grow these programs by funding transportation to summer feeding sites and expanding the summer food voucher program so more families can purchase additional groceries for their children during the summer All the while keep it simple Donate food money or a few hours of your time to your local food bank and the other community organizations already working hard to feed kids this summer Even better organize a group of friends and go Our nations children deserve to experience summer breaks filled with fun not hunger pangs In order to make this a reality all of us from private citizens to community organizations to our nations leaders in Washington DC must step up to the plate to strike out childhood hunger Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices 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