Police intervene after three Quebec kids left alone in house for over

first_imgSAGUENAY, Que. — Police are investigating after three children aged 14, 11 and four were left alone in a home for more than two days in Saguenay, some 200 kilometres north of Quebec City.The children were taken from the home Sunday night and are under the care of youth protection services.Saguenay police say they’ve been unable to locate the parents, but are confident they’ll be able to speak with the 35-year-old mother later today.A woman called police Sunday night to express concern about the children, and arriving officers called social services after noticing clear signs of negligence, according to Bruno Cormier of the Saguenay police.The children told police their parents had left Friday afternoon and promised to be home Sunday, but later called to say they wouldn’t be home until Monday.Both police and the regional youth protection agency are investigating the situation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

Video: Business report with Mike Eppel business report|markets|mike eppel by News Staff Posted Sep 17, 2013 6:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets are steady this morning, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains.

Computer scalper bots that scoop up concert tickets to be outlawed in

TORONTO – Computer “scalper bots” that scoop up huge blocks of tickets to concerts and major sporting events, forcing customers to the more expensive resale market, could soon be outlawed in Ontario.Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says the government plans to introduce legislation next spring that would make it illegal to use sophisticated computer software for bulk ticket purchases.But he admits there’s no easy way to stop criminals in other jurisdictions from using the “scalper bots” to purchase tickets and then reselling them in Ontario at far above face value.“The enforcement piece is an important issue, and frankly speaking there’s no silver bullet, but inaction is not the answer either,” Naqvi said Thursday.“People on the other side can be really smart and use the technology really well, and we need to be aware of that as we develop our strategies to protect consumers, to protect our artists, and to make sure people can enjoy concerts and hockey games when they want to.”The government needs to do something to try make sure consumers get a “fair shot” at tickets to big events like the Tragically Hip’s farewell tour, added Naqvi.“What happened this summer with the Tragically Hip and tickets, that really bugged me,” he said in an interview.“Here’s this iconic Canadian band with a very tragic story about (lead singer) Gord Downie’s cancer … and running into the wall where people couldn’t go see their favourite ban and bid adieu.”Naqvi feels “very strongly” that the province needs to do something to protect consumers from being shut out of ticket sales and forced to the resale market, which often charges many times the original face value.“We need to make sure that there is fairness and some level of transparency,” he said.Progressive Conservative Todd Smith said the government should also ban the sale and purchase of “scalper bot” software, and require ticket buyers to use their credit card to pick up their tickets at the event.The Tories blame the Liberals for the growing online resale market because the government changed the Ticket Speculation Act last year to make it legal to resell tickets above their original face value.“What it’s done is allow for the Wild West and let ticket scalpers to go crazy online, and made it legal to do so,” said Smith. “Now they’re trying to clean up their own mess.”Naqvi said he plans to engage in “targeted consultations” with consumer groups, entertainers and his colleagues in other jurisdictions like New York, who have also struggled to deal with ticket scalping and “bots.”“I want to talk to primary sellers, talk to resellers to see if there’s a way to stop these bots from scooping up the tickets at the front end,” he said. “New York and London are bigger markets than us, and they’re struggling with the same thing.”The government’s legislation will build on a private member’s bill by Liberal Sophie Kiwala, who represents the Hip’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., and also tried to ban the “scalper bots.”“I want to see what kind of solutions we can put in place,” said Naqvi. “Are there technological solutions that could be implemented so we can prevent that kind of mass scooping?”—Follow @CPnewsboy on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect spelling for Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala. Computer “scalper bots” that scoop up concert tickets to be outlawed in Ontario by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 9:58 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

PSAC set to release 2017 drilling forecast

We’ll get a better picture of the health of Canada’s oil and gas industry Wednesday afternoon.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is set to release its 2017 Drilling Activity Forecast.It will also give its final numbers for this year.Back in July, PSAC said about 3,300 wells would be active this year, with nearly 1,900 of them in Alberta.Those numbers are way off the heights of the oil and gas industry back in 2013, when roughly 11,500 wells were active. (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) by Mike Tarasko Posted Nov 2, 2016 7:56 am MDT PSAC set to release 2017 drilling forecast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Venus Williams Ousted From Olympics

Venus Williams was in control, or so it seemed. She led in each set of her match Wednesday against Germany’s Angelique Kerber. But Williams did not close, and, instead, was closed out, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).Williams was classy in defeat, giving credit to Kerber and not use fatigue from playing twice a day as an excuse.“I made a few errors and she hit a few winners, and things can go quickly in tennis,” Williams said. ” “She had a lot of answers. She’s having a great year, and I have to give her credit for playing well.”Three times in the first set Williams had a chance to take it. But she did not. Then, in the tiebreaker, she had a 5-1 lead and blew that, too.In the second set, Williams raced out to a 3-1 lead in the set. But again she floundered and Kerber rallied for the comeback and, ultimately, the victory.In the first set Williams failed to convert three set points, then blew a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. She was up 3-1 in the second set, but Kerber again charged back.Kerber, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month and at the U.S. Open last year, is ranked a career-high No. 7. Knocking off Williams advances her to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.Wiliams suffers from an autoimmune disease that saps her energy. She has been playing through it, which was a challenge because she was playing singles and doubles with her sister, Serena, in the same day. The loss leaves her at three Olympic gold medals. She and Serena, who has not won a singles title in Olympic competition, continue their quest for doubles gold on Thursday.She marched on easily before her sister’s defeat, rocketing  12 in a 6-1, 6-0 domination of Vera Zvonareva of Russia in just 51 minutes.“I was just playing unbelievable,” Williams said. “I was nervous going into the match and I didn’t speak to anyone and I had a bad practice. I had no idea I would play like this.” read more

Brasilian girls the best in Pan America

← Previous Story Ivan Stankovic signs for US Creteil Next Story → Beach Handball EURO 2011 started in Croatia Argentina handballBrasilian handballPan America handball Brasilian women’s team is the best in Pan America.  In the final match of Pan America championship, Brasil easily won over Argentina 35:16 and show enorm potential and class up against all the opponents. Third place and bronze medal won Cuba against Uruguay 37:27.In the semis, Cuba lost over Argentina 43:41 after extra-time, while Brasil destroyed Uruguay 41:13.Photo: handballargentina.org read more

VfL Gummersbach begin preparation for season 20142015

VfL Gummersbach begins the preparation for the upcoming season. The 13th team of the DKB Bundesliga in the last season, wants more in the new one led by head-coach Emir Kurtagic and bunch of newcomers Magnus Persson, Gunnar Steinn Jonsson, Simon Ernst, Julius Kühn und Alexander Becker.photo: VFL Gummersbach facebook ← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh 2014: Russia and Korea for the title! Next Story → Spanish youngstar Ignacio Plaza will play at Men’s U20 EURO 2014 VfL Gummersbach

Hogan on Priory Hall I wasnt going to ignore the legal process

first_imgI was not party to those proceedings… Justice Finnegan reports to the council, not to me. I could not intervene until I was formally notified by Dublin City Council and when I was formally told of the mediation collapse I intervened immediately. He disagreed with some of the deputies who said he could have acted sooner, stating that he had to take legal advice and couldn’t ignore court proceedings, stating that to do so, could let the people who are responsible for Priory Hall “get off the hook”.He said he had given Dublin City Council, the Irish Banking Federation and Nama 21 days to produce a solution for Priory Hall, adding that it was important that the process not be “dragged out” which is the reason he set a deadline.Independent TD Clare Daly said that the only reason the issue is being dealt with now is because of the Meehan family tragedy.When Deputy Mick Wallace told the minister that Priory Hall was not an isolated incident, stating that he had heard of other complexes that could not be sold due to poor enforcement of building regulations, Minister Hogan said “I’m not going to take responsibility for my predecessors”.When Deputy Barry Cowen piped in, Minister Hogan said, “I’m not going to take responsibility for your government, Cowen”.Read; Hogan still expecting report on Priory Hall, despite reports mediation has collapsed>Read: Priory Hall resident whose partner died by suicide welcomes 21 day timeline for solution> ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PHIL Hogan said in the Dáil today that a “full resolution for Priory Hall residents is the ultimate goal”.Addressing Deputies Thomas Broughan, Terence Flanagan, Barry Cowen, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace in relation to Priory Hall, he said he wanted to acknowledge the resilience the residents had shown, adding that no homeowners should have to experience what they have.Mediation processClarifying the whole mediation process debacle, in which it was previously stated that the he could not intervene until he received a report from Justice Joseph Finnegan who was the chairman of the process, he said that the mediation process was “triggered by the court process and I wasn’t going to ignore the legal process”. He added:last_img read more

Space rocks spark gold rushstyle frenzy in hills of South Korea

first_imgA CORNER OF South Korea is in the grip of a frenzied hunt for valuable space souvenirs, following a rare meteor shower there last week.Hundreds of people have been scouring hills and rice paddies for meteorites near the southeastern city of Jinju after the shower on 9 March, some of them armed with GPS devices and metal detectors, according to media reports.“Media hype claiming that chondrites (a type of meteorite) could bring you a bonanza sparked the fever for space rocks,” an official from the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHAK) told AFP.Local greenhouse owners have put up signs warning off trespassers after the first large chunk of rock, weighing around nine kilograms (20 pounds), was found in a greenhouse near Jinju.A second piece weighing four kilograms was found by another local resident.Scientists confirmed that both rocks, found in the two days after the meteor shower, had come from space. A specimen of the NWA 869 chondrite (type L4-6), showing chondrules and metal flakes [Wikimedia Commons]A US meteorite-hunter has been handing out business cards in the local area, asking people to sell him any shards they find, the Korea JoongAng Daily said.Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won suggested the government should secure them for research or as a natural monument.The CHAK official said the agency would designate any meteorites found as cultural assets to stop them from being taken out of South Korea.Ownership of the meteorites remains a legally grey area because of the lack of relevant provisions in South Korean civil law, the official added.A space rock was last found on its soil in 1943, when the Korean peninsula was under Japan’s colonial rule.Meteor showers occur when hundreds of meteors — fragments of dust and rock that burn up as they pass through the Earth’s atmosphere — light up the sky in a spectacular display.Meteorites are meteors that do not burn up completely, surviving the fall to Earth.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

AMD présentes ses cartes Radeon HD 7850 et 7870

first_imgAMD présentes ses cartes Radeon HD 7850 et 7870 A l’occasion de l’ouverture en Allemagne du CeBIT, le plus grand salon dédié les technologies de l’information du monde, AMD a présenté ses nouvelles cartes graphiques, les Radeon HD 7850 et HD 7870. Des cartes destinées aux joueurs, qui embarquent une puce de la génération Pitcairn. AMD a dévoilé sa nouvelle gamme de cartes graphiques Radeon HD série 7000. Deux modèles milieu de gamme destinés aux joueurs ont été présentés à la veille de l’ouverture du CeBIT à Hanovre, en Allemagne. Tous deux sont équipés de puces de la génération Pitcairn, La Radeon HD 7870 prend place entre la Radeon HD 7770 et la Radeon HD 7950. Cadencée à 1 GHz, contre 860 MHz pour la 7850, elle contient 1280 unités de traitement quand sa petite soeur en compte 1024. Les deux cartes offrent 2 Go de mémoire fonctionnant à 2400 MHz. En matière de connectique, les Radeon HD 7870 et 7850 sont semblables aux précédents modèles, avec une sortie DVI Dual link, une sortie HDMI 1.4a et deux sorties mini-Display port 1.2. Quant aux prix de ces deux nouvelles cartes graphiques, ils seront fixés en fonction des constructeurs entre 269 et 289 euros pour la HD 7850 et entre 369 et 399 euros pour la HD 7870. Pour l’heure, aucune date de disponibilité de ces nouvelles Radeon n’a été précisée.Le 6 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Recommendations by National Youth Ambassador at the Youth Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Five Cays ‘bullying’ video goes viral, MP on the case Related Items:bullying, donte francis, national youth ambassador, youth forum Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2014 – Cut down on that alone time of young people was among the recommendations by National Youth Ambassador, Donte Francis who offered remarks at the Youth Forum held in Grand Turk last week. Bullying was the topic, and Francis explained right now the trend is not so much a physical attack on students but a viral one. He said: “As we know, bullying remains one of the largest problems in schools, with the percentage of students reportedly bullied at least once per week steadily increasing since 1999. Additionally, cyber bullying has become more rampant …. the accessibility to the Internet and the affordability of new technology, bullies now have multiple ways to harass their victims.” Young Francis believes bullying can be eradicated… and admonished adults to spend more time around young people; he believes this will reduce the opportunity for bullying… as these alpha personalities attack when children are alone. Primary-schoolers yanked for bullying; investigation launched Recommended for you TCI Youth Forum to go on the road; poor turnout criticised by Violence victimlast_img read more

GOP Expected To Pass Its Health Care Bill At Long Last But

first_img Share J. Scott ApplewhiteThe U.S. Capitol dome seen at sunrise in Washington. The House GOP believes it has the votes to pass a repeal-and-replace health care bill, but this likely won’t be the final version of the law.Republicans appear to have finally gotten their health care bill.After seven years of repeal-and-replace rhetoric against the Affordable Care Act, two presidential campaigns waged for and against it and a recent high-profile failure, GOP House leaders say they have the votes for their bill.The trouble is this bill is likely never to become law — at least in its current iteration.Here’s why: While the bill is expected to pass the House (narrowly) Thursday afternoon, it still has to go to the Senate. It’s being done with a wink and a promise that the Senate will overhaul substantial portions of the bill.“This thing is going to the United States Senate. It’s going to change in my view in the United States Senate in some way,” Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a deputy whip in the House, told NPR’s Morning Edition. (He’s one of the people in charge of making sure Republicans have the votes.) “Then we have to have a conference to work out the differences. If we can do that, then it has to still pass the House and the Senate again before it ever gets to the president. So at some point, you just have to move.”Sure, the Senate is controlled by Republicans, too, but they have an even slimmer majority there with equally fractious divisions.Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has been doing a delicate dance on Medicaid expansion. He’s called Medicaid a “welfare program” and said “able-bodied adults” shouldn’t be on it.But after an angry town hall, he’s seemed to back away, saying the House bill was “moving too fast; I didn’t think it got it right.” He also has indicated he’s against it in its current form because, “I simply think that it’s not going to work to bring down premiums for working Arkansans or working Americans around the country.”Other senators, like Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Rob Portman of Ohio and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, are in favor of repeal, but want something “stable” to replace it. They have indicated that affordability, coverage and rural access (like what the bill means for rural hospitals) are key.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to allow amendments. That means the bill will change. And if even a comma is inserted, it has to pass the House — again.And that is inevitably going to bring back this whole game of whack-a-mole in the House.Exhausted yet?Wait, there’s more. Because Democrats aren’t going to sign onto something that guts the coverage mandates of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans can’t get 60 votes to advance the legislation.So in order to pass it, they’re going to have to use the process known as reconciliation. That allows legislation to pass with just a majority (plus one). But there’s a catch — it has to be tied to the budget.Get ready to hear a whole lot more about the “Byrd Rule.” What’s that? The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget explains it this way:“Although reconciliation bills are granted many privileges that are not available to most other legislation (see Reconciliation 101), they remain bound by several conditions. Some of these restrictions championed by former Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) and established in Section 313 of the Budget Act are jointly referred to as the ‘Byrd Rule.’ The Byrd Rule disallows “extraneous matter” from being included in a reconciliation bill, extraneous matter being defined in three major categories of restrictions.“First, reconciliation legislation must only involve budget-related changes and cannot include policies that have no fiscal impact, that have ‘merely incidental’ fiscal impacts, or that increase the deficit if the committee did not follow its reconciliation instructions (including proposals outside of a committee’s proper jurisdiction—more on this below). Second, reconciliation bills cannot change Social Security spending or dedicated revenue, which are considered ‘off-budget.’ And finally, provisions in a reconciliation bill cannot increase the deficit in any fiscal year after the window of the reconciliation bill (usually ten years in the future) unless the costs outside the budget window are offset by other savings in the bill.”The umpire of what qualifies under the Byrd Rule is the Senate parliamentarian. Her name is Elizabeth MacDonough. Politico wrote of her in 2015:“[S]he may very well be the most powerful person in Washington in determining how far Republicans can go in trying to repeal Obamacare. As the Senate parliamentarian, MacDonough will make the decisions on which pieces of the law qualify to be repealed using a complicated budget procedure called reconciliation. Her decisions would allow Senate Republicans to vote to kill major provisions of the health care law under a simple 51-vote majority without giving Democrats a chance to filibuster.”MacDonough was appointed in 2012, and even though she’s liked on Capitol Hill by both sides, past parliamentarians (known colloquially on the Hill as “parls”) have come under fire because the majority party didn’t like how they ruled. More from Politico:“Republicans protested decisions by then-parliamentarian Alan Frumin in the 2010 health care reform fight, when Democrats used the budget fast-track tool to pass a small part of the Affordable Care Act. In 2001, Republicans fired Robert Dove as parliamentarian after he ruled against them on how many reconciliation bills could be used. That was actually his second stint in the job: Democrats had fired Dove when they took the majority in 1987.”Reconciliation — and what fits and doesn’t fit into it — isn’t the GOP’s only complication. Their biggest one is the policy itself. It has a lot of shortcomings.The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said of the last iteration of the House bill that it would save money but would leave some 24 million without insurance.So the GOP bill would be less generous in terms of benefits and cover fewer. And the only reason it would save money is because the repeal bill would cut $880 billion from Medicaid.That would break President Trump’s promises of “insurance for everybody” and “no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”The CBO won’t get out an analysis of the bill before Republicans are planning to vote. Politically, that gives them a chance to wipe their brows and not have to defend something that could be difficult to defend.It’s morally questionable, though, to vote on something without knowing its cost or consequences. And what happens when the CBO score does come out — and they’ve already voted for it without the opportunity to make changes?And there’s the issue of the popular preexisting conditions provision in Obamacare — that requires insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions.Trump claimed as late as this week that this bill would guarantee people with preexisting conditions would continue to be covered. But Republicans’ attempts at doing that are very different than how Obamacare achieves it.The GOP plan would essentially allow states to take sicker people out of the broader pool of people buying coverage and put them into a “high-risk pool.” That in theory would bring down the cost insurance for healthier people, but drive up the cost for the sick. Depending upon how much costs increase, that could shut some or many of the people who definitely need health care out of the insurance market.High-risk pools haven’t shown great results where they have been currently implemented. Part of the problem has been funding. That’s why Trump picked up two more votes with a proposal for $8 billion more for those pools, but experts say that’s not even likely enough.The U.S. government already has very high-profile high-risk pools, Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare, health care for the elderly, is popular but expensive.A big point of Obamacare was to not go down that potentially problematic funding lane. Healthier people might pay a little more, but if you got sick, it wouldn’t bankrupt you.So why the rush to get this through if it has all these holes and it may not be what eventually becomes law anyway? Politics. The House finally has a chance to tell its base it did something, it passed something to repeal-and-replace Obamacare.The House goes on recess next week, and Republicans want to get this done and hand President Trump a win before then.It’s a huge relief for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was feeling the heat of not being able to govern House Republicans.It’s a huge relief for President Trump, who has been made to look ineffectual with no legislative wins to speak of in his first 100 days and little other major accomplishments in that time — despite Republicans being in charge of the White House, the House and Senate.But remember, the GOP plan that failed previously had just a 17 percent approval rating. And, policy-wise, it hasn’t changed all that much.President Obama ran into a similar problem — health care is very difficult to message about but very easy to poke holes in. And Democrats lost control of the House in 2010 because of health care.Now, the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislative achievement, has had a resurgence in public opinion. Gallup found approval of the ACA at 55 percent this month, the first time its ever reached a majority in the poll.President Trump says the GOP bill can’t be compared to the ACA “because Obamacare is dead.”First of all, that’s not true. The last CBO analysis of the ACA said it’s not in a death spiral.Second, anything that comes after Obamacare has to be compared to it.What’s that you say, health care and legislating are complicated? Yes, they are, and there’s still a long way to go.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

One held for smuggling banned substances into correctional home

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore police station on Saturday night arrested a person on charges of smuggling mobile phones, narcotics, alcohol and razor blades into Alipore Central Correctional Home.The person named Mohammad Mosharaf was arrested on the basis of a tip off from Baruipur in South 24-Parganas.The name of Mosharaf had cropped up during the interrogation of Amitava Chowdhary – a medical professional attached to the prison, who was caught red-handed on the night of June 8. The sleuths had recovered four kg of marijuana, huge amount of alcohol, 35 cellphones, chargers and Rs 1.46 lakh in cash from his possession. “We have learnt that it was Mosharaf, who used to supply majority of these items to Chowdhary,” a senior police officer said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedState Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas said: “We are keeping a close watch to curb the practice of smuggling things into correctional homes. There are more people involved and we will unearth the entire racket.”Four mobile phones were also recovered from the prison premises on Sunday morning. “We are trying to find out how these phones were sneaked in inspite of tight vigil,” a senior official said.The state Correctional Administration department has decided to impose fines on the inmates if they are found using cell phones inside the prison premises. The decision of the department comes in the wake of allegations regarding the use of cell phones by prisoners in a number of correctional homes across the state. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”We have prepared a draft suggesting amendment in the West Bengal Correctional Services Act 1992 with the inclusion of this aspect of fine. It has already been sent to the Law department. We hope to pass the amendment in this regard in the monsoon session of the state Assembly,” a senior official said.It is learnt that the department has recommended to impose a fine of Rs 10,000 on inmates caught using cell phones inside the prison.last_img read more

Clients can lock in 2018 Europe trips at 2017 prices with Trafalgar

first_img Friday, June 23, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Trafalgar Travelweek Group Clients can lock in 2018 Europe trips at 2017 prices with Trafalgarcenter_img Posted by Share TORONTO — For a limited time, Trafalgar is offering 2018 Britain and Europe trips at 2017 prices, making it easier for agents to sell and seal the deal.The offer is available if booked by Sept. 24, 2017 for travel in 2018. Clients can save an additional 10% on select departures with an Early Payment Discount if paid by Jan. 11, 2018. Past Trafalgar guests receive 5% off their 2018 land price, and when booking two or more trips of seven days or longer, they will save an additional 2.5%.Clients lock in Trafalgar’s best price guarantee with a standard $200 deposit; if the price goes up with the launch of the 2018 Europe and Britain program, Trafalgar will honour the lowest price. If the price is lower, the difference will be refunded.“At Trafalgar, we aim to make the 2018 selling season for our valued agents as effortless as possible, by maximizing their booking opportunities,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We are sensitive to fluctuation of the loonie, and Preview is the best value of the year for clients who book early which guarantees their places on some our best-selling European guided vacations.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSome of the most popular 2018 Preview sellers for Britain and Europe include Italy, where clients have a choice of 17 different itineraries, and Britain and Ireland, featuring 21 grand adventures on offer. There are also 13 guided holidays in the Mediterranean, 15 itineraries in Central and Eastern Europe, four Preview trips in Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia, and 13 discovery trips on Preview across Europe that range from seven to 29 days.A selection of Trafalgar and CostSaver trips from Preview are available online. And launching this week is Trafalgar and CostSaver’s North America program.last_img read more

Cuban migration in Central America in limbo after Nicaragua refuses to budge

first_imgRelated posts:Latin America ministers agree to emergency meeting on Cuban migrants Costa Rica’s Solís bails on Central America summit over Cuban migrant standoff After Central America slog, Cubans can expect US welcome Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass Quiero traer estas palabras de angustia a esta Conferencia Episcopal de América Latina pic.twitter.com/zBbutACPgT— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) November 24, 2015 Nearly 3,000 Cuban migrants in Costa Rica still have no way to legally reach the United States after an emergency meeting of Central American foreign ministers in San Salvador ended Tuesday without an agreement.Despite the support of other Central American Integration System (SICA) member states at the meeting, the proposed “humanitarian corridor” through Central America was defeated after Nicaragua remained the lone holdout by refusing to offer safe passage to Cuban migrants, according to a statement from the Costa Rica Foreign Ministry Tuesday evening.The meeting in San Salvador brought together foreign ministers from the SICA member states – Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador –as well as Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Cuba, to discuss solutions to the Cuban migrant crisis that has been building in Costa Rica since the dismantling of a human smuggling network here on Nov. 11.Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González had blistering words for Nicaragua’s “intransigence” at the meeting.“I have to say it like it is. Today SICA was wounded and the one that did it should take responsibility. It is unacceptable to toy with the pain of others,” González said.“It’s ironic that Nicaragua comes here to talk and defend Central American migrants and then blocks a reasonable solution when it has not even addressed the migration of thousands of Nicaraguans to Costa Rica for decades,” the minister added.Earlier in the day, Nicaraguan Foreign Vice Minister Dennis Moncada read the country’s position from a statement after the first round ended without a solution.“Nicaragua maintains its position that it should not be pressured into legitimizing illegal [immigration] policies” and “demands the Costa Rica government take the necessary measures to remove from our border all” Cubans, Moncada said.Moncada went on to echo criticisms made by Cuban President Raúl Castro against the U.S. immigration policy that favors Cubans. The United States “has a responsibility to correct and change the current crisis,” he said, “accepting once and for all … a new era of dialogue and respect in its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.”Costa Rica’s González called for the meeting after the Nicaraguan army used tear gas and truncheons to turn back several hundred Cubans who tried to cross the border at Peñas Blancas on Nov. 15. Costa Rica started issuing temporary transit visas to the migrants after its decision to briefly close its southern border to the migrants between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14. Unable to pass, the number of migrants continues to mount without a way forward.center_img Meanwhile, in San José, President Luis Guillermo Solís stopped in on a meeting between Central American bishops from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The bishops signed a letter supporting the “humanitarian corridor” proposed by Costa Rica. Central America is no stranger to the plight of migrants crossing borders illegally, the bishops said in their letter, calling for the safety of the Cuban migrants as they travel to the U.S.The letter called for an “immediate solution” to the migrant crisis, saying that the humanitarian corridor would “protect them from mafias that traffic and take advantage of their vulnerability when they pass through our lands as irregular migrants.”According to immigration authorities nearly 300 Cuban migrants continue to arrive at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama every day. Leading up to the talks Tuesday, Costa Rican emergency organizations announced they would establish three new shelters designed to house an additional 470 Cuban migrants. As of Sunday, 1,996 Cuban migrants were staying in 11 different shelters in La Cruz, Upala and Liberia.AFP contributed to this report Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Swedish journalists tell of Ethiopia prison ordeal

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) – Back home after being imprisoned in Ethiopia for more than a year, two Swedish journalists on Friday dismissed their trial on terror charges as a “sham,” saying they accepted 11-year prison terms to improve their chances of being released.Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson also said in a news conference that their apology on Ethiopian TV in connection with their release last week was not sincere. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti called the journalists’ allegations “inaccurate” and “unacceptable.”“They have been saying all along that they were being treated very well, they were even comparing the situation with other countries to say they were very ok and are better off here,” Mufti told The Associated Press.The jailing of the journalists was condemned by rights watchdogs such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, which said their trial was “an affront to justice and press freedom.”___Associated Press writer Kirubel Tadesse in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation “At that time we were still prisoners, and it was part of the process” of being freed, Schibbye said. “I did not mean it.”The two were arrested in the summer of 2011 while trying to cross from Somalia into Ethiopia’s Ogaden region along with fighters from the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front, which Ethiopia classifies as a terrorist group.In December, the journalists were sentenced to 11 years each for abetting terrorism and entering the country illegally. They denied the terror charges, saying they were in Ethiopia simply to do their work as journalists.“This is normal, traditional journalistic leg work,” Schibbye said. “We were sentenced in a sham process to 11 years in prison, and then had to sit in a prison camp for all these months.”The Swedes said that a video used as evidence against them supposedly showing the raid in which they were arrested was actually recorded several days later and was staged by the Ethiopian army.Schibbye also said that in the days following the arrest an interrogation leader threatened to kill him in the desert.“He said `you will die here, we will shoot you here today if you don’t tell the truth,’” Schibbye said. “One soldier lifts his rifle and points it at me, then aims it to the side and shoots into the brush. Then the camera comes up and a new investigation begins.” New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img

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