Trudeau fields questions at town hall meeting in StHyacinthe Que

first_imgThe Canadian Press SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was challenged on climate change during the opening moments of a town hall meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.Several early questions focused on the environment, with one man asking Trudeau how he can claim to be pro-environment after his government chose to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline.Trudeau responded that economic development and environmental protection have to go hand in hand.But he said Canadians will still be dependent on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, and while that’s the case the country needs pipelines to get its oil to market.The evening event is the latest in a series of question and answer-style public meetings being held across the country.Trudeau has faced tough questions on subjects ranging from pipelines to relations with Indigenous people during earlier town hall meetings in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.last_img read more

Report on missing murdered Indigenous women to be released in June

first_imgOTTAWA — A much-anticipated report on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is set to be released to the public in June.The four-person commission asked to examine the causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls announced today it will hold a closing ceremony in Gatineau, Que. on June 3.It says the commissioners have completed their report but the federal government has agreed to delay its release to ensure “the highest quality of translation.”The final report is to include stories from more than 1,400 family members and survivors of violence, as well as experts and officials who delivered testimony at 24 hearings and statement-gathering events in 2017 and 2018.The commission says more than 800 people also shared stories through art.The inquiry has been scrutinized throughout its work due to the rate of staff turnover and the 2017 resignation of a Metis commissioner from Saskatchewan.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oilsands target MEG formally rejects Husky Energys 33 billion takeover bid

first_imgHusky values the transaction at $6.4 billion, including the assumption of $3.1 billion in debt.MEG chairman Jeffrey McCaig says Husky’s offer doesn’t recognize the value of MEG’s assets, technology, expertise and business prospects, noting that MEG is at an “inflection point” with a low-risk business plan that will generate significant free cash flow starting in 2019.Husky says it took its proposal directly to shareholders because MEG’s board wouldn’t discuss it. It says its offer is open until Jan. 16.In its news release, MEG says it is producing 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen and has spent substantially all the capital required to increase production to 113,000 bpd by 2020. CALGARY, A.B. – MEG Energy Corp. says its board is unanimously recommending that shareholders reject Husky Energy Inc.’s $3.3-billion hostile takeover offer made on Oct. 2.In a news release, the Calgary-based oilsands company says the offer “significantly undervalues” its shares and is not in the best interests of the company.Husky is offering a combination of cash or shares worth $11 for each MEG share. The maximum cash available under the deal is capped at $1 billion and the maximum number of shares limited to 107 million.last_img read more

Countries address marine genetic resources at UN talks

26 June 2007Several countries called for adopting a precautionary approach to the fragile marine environment as one week of talks on how best to manage and protect the world’s marine genetic resources opened at the United Nations. At the annual informal consultations on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, countries also differed on whether the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea provided an adequate framework, or whether new legal instruments were needed.“Freedom on the high seas is not an excuse for irresponsibility on the high seas,” said Palau’s delegate, Stuart Beck, who called for international action to address fragile marine ecosystems.Speaking on behalf of the group of developing countries (G-77) and China, Pakistan’s Farukh Amil said that while the Law of the Sea Convention recognized the sovereignty of coastal States on the exploration, management and exploitation of genetic marine resources, genetic resources beyond national jurisdiction were part of the common heritage of mankind.Canada’s delegate, Renée Sauvé, said “the flow of benefits can be seriously impeded by an inappropriate framework or an absence of procedural certainty,” and Robert G. Aisi, Chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum Group, called for “effective regulatory approaches” on behalf of the 14-country group, which also includes Australia and New Zealand.South Africa, Chile and India, among others, also called for a new legal regime for areas beyond national jurisdiction. This new regime, perhaps in the form of an implementing agreement of the Law of the Sea Convention, should guarantee environmental protection, the equitable and effective use of these resources, and the rights and needs of developing countries.“Bioprospecting,” or research and development related to marine genetic resources, was a major point of discussion. Arun Kumar Rath, the representative of India, said that activities beyond areas of national jurisdiction “could put at risk delicate environments, and bioprospecting could be one of these activities.” Jolger Martisen of Argentina said there was no reason for standards or norms that gave “unrestricted freedom to exploit resources beyond national jurisdiction” and called for specific standard on access to marine genetic resources allocating equitably the benefits deriving from their exploitation.On the other hand, Masaya Sangawa of Japan said the Law of the Sea Convention guaranteed the right of all States to conduct research on marine genetic resources, including bioprospecting and exploitation. It was difficult to distinguish between research and bioprospecting, and research should be promoted both within and beyond national jurisdiction, without imposing “unnecessary regulations on bioprospecting.”Representing the United States, Constance Arvis said the meeting should focus on resources within the area of national jurisdiction. Resources on the high seas were protected by the Law of the Sea convention, as well as by codes of conduct, and “we are unconvinced of the need of a new regime to protect these resources,” she said.Marine genetic resources are increasingly utilized as the basis for drugs used against a host of diseases. Compounds derived from marine micro-organisms are being tested and used for the development of antioxidant, antivirals, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-HIV, antibiotic, anti-cancer, anti-tuberculosis and anti-malarial drugs.Marine micro-organisms also have great environmental value for their influence on the climate. Planktonic marine microalgae contribute between 80 to 90 per cent to the ocean’s productivity both in terms of carbon assimilation and oxygen generation. The informal consultations will conclude on Friday, with the expected adoption of agreed elements feeding into the General Assembly’s debate on the issue. read more

Making Internet available in every corner of the world

first_imgA Portuguese company, Quarkson, plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to transmit internet access “to every corner of the world.” The company’s SkyOrbiter program is similar to Google’s Project Loon, according to Gizmag, which also seeks to deliver internet access to remote places. “Where Google plans to float internet-enabled balloons above the earth, however, Quarkson intends to use a fleet of high-range UAVs much like the Titan Aerospace Solara 50 to deliver connectivity from orbit.” It has obvious attractions for remote mines and exploration projects.The SkyOrbiter fleet comprises six different low-altitude models and three high-altitude models. The most basic SkyOrbiter is the LA25. It is designed for commercial and government use and is able to provide connectivity to areas where none is available. The LA25 has a wingspan of about 25 m, operates at 3,500 m and has a range of over 42,000 km or up to two weeks.Each of the subsequent low altitude SkyOrbiters has an increased wingspan and range right up to the LA75, which has a wingspan of 75 m and a range of over 150,000 km or up to seven weeks. Unlike the low-altitude models, the high altitude UAVs orbit at 22,000 m and can stay in orbit for years as opposed to weeks. The most advanced of the high-altitude models, the HA75, has a wingspan of around 75 m and a range of up to 5 million km or five years.The low-altitude SkyOrbiters series will be powered primarily by fossil fuel based technology. According to Quarkson, this will provide the best performance in terms of endurance. The high altitude SkyOrbiters, however, will be powered more similarly to the aforementioned Solara, with a solar array on wings and body parts.Quarkson says that the SkyOrbiters can accommodate different weights and types of payload depending on what data may need to be collected. The UAVs can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to providing internet access, including, for example, environmental monitoring.last_img read more

Arthur Patrianova will try to save career at SL Benfica

One of the most talented back-line players in generation 1993, Brazilian Arthur Patrianova, will try to re-establish himself in a professional way as a member of Portuguese famous team of Benfica SL. The 24-years old shooter has difficult two years in which he had two knee injuries which kept him out of the court and jersey of Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.The Slovenian episode will have to be forgotten, but another one could give him some hopes. First of all, Partianova has to prepare himself for the upcoming season in which Benfica will try to make problems to reigning champions Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto. ← Previous Story Semi-final pairs at Women’s U19 EHF EURO 2017 Next Story → Spartak Moscow – new sports giant in handball world read more

How are senior gardaí appointed and removed from their jobs

first_img2 pm, Dáil: Following a whirlwind trip to Lebanon, Enda Kenny will be front and centre during Leaders’ Questions.  Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a bill become a law? > 2 pm: Minister Phil Hogan will be answering questions related to the environment, community and local government.3.36 pm: Questions related to the Department of the Taoiseach.4.36 pm: The Order of Business will be read.5.06 pm: Four Topical Issues will be discussed where everything and anything could come up.5.54 pm: TDs will debate a Bill that looks at introducing a scheme where tenants can purchase local authority housing and revising how authorities can recover possession of a house if the occupants have seriously breached the tenancy agreement.9 pm: Debate on the Housing Bill outlined above will resume.10.30 pm: The Dáil will adjourn later than usual.Everything happening in the Seanad2.30 pm: The Order of Business will be read.3.45 pm: Debate on the Companies Bill 2012 will resume. WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Everything else happening in the Dáil Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesHealth Committee12 pm, Room 4: Representatives from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will discuss the Haddington Road Agreement.Jobs Committee1.30 pm, Room 2: Members of Retail Ireland and Retail Excellence (3 pm) will come before the committee to discuss how the government can support business growth and job creation and in towns and villages.Environment Committee2.15 pm, Room 4: Representatives from the Departments of the Environment and Social Protection will discuss meeting the current housing demand.Transport Committee4.30 pm, Room 1: Anne Nolan, Chairperson Designate of the Irish Aviation Authority, will meet the committee.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here 2 pm, Committee Room 1: After last week’s announcement that the EU Commission will launch a formal investigation into Ireland’s corporate tax structure, Professor Jim Stewart, Associate Professor in Finance at Trinity College Dublin and Cora O’ Brien, Policy Director at the Irish Tax Institute will address the Global Taxation Committee.  7.30 pm, Dáil: Following the controversy surrounding former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan leaving his post, the Technical Group have put forward a Bill that aims to make the appointment and removal of senior members of an Garda Síochána “more transparent and accountable”. 6.15 pm: The standardisation of cigarette packaging will be discussed, followed by the Bill that will ban the use of sunbeds for people under the age of 18.7.30 pm: Focus will shift back to the Companies Bill.9. 30 pm: Matters on the Adjournment will round out the day in the Seanad.last_img read more

WTF Wednesday 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can Buy

first_imgFall is in full swing, which means it’s time for pumpkin spice madness. Cream cheese, dog food, vape e-liquid, you name it, there’s a pumpkin spice flavor for it all. But, what makes society go bonkers over pumpkin spice-flavored things?Cindy Ott, the author of the book Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, gives us some insight on the popularity of pumpkins in the U.S. “Nearly two hundred years have passed since the pumpkin last played a role in everyday American life, yet its outsized physical presence inspires deep human attachments,” wrote Ott. It might not be the pilgrim era anymore, but this plain gourd is still a mighty vegetable. The pumpkin represents economical, political, and social changes in American culture.Statistics also show pumpkin’s strong hold on the consumer sector. According to Nielsen data, in the 52 weeks ended Aug. 25, annual sales of pumpkin-flavored products, including pumpkin spice lattes and beverages, reached $488.8 million, demonstrating a 15.5 percent growth compared to 2017.In honor of National Pumpkin Month, we’ve rounded up the wackiest pumpkin spice products you can purchase. Spoiler alert: The sky’s the limit when it comes to all things pumpkin spice, so you won’t only see beverages and food here. Let’s just say this autumn flavor is here to stay.Pumpkin Spice Hot SaucePumpkin spice and everything spicy? Have you tried our pumpkin hot sauce? HARVEST SEASON THREE “CHOCOLATE REAPER” #itslikepumpkinpieinabottle #harvest #pumpkinspice #harvestseason3 #chocolatereaper #pumpkin #hotsauce #pumpkinpie #borntohula #borntohulahotsauce— Born to Hula All Natural Provisions (@borntohula52) October 20, 2018Get it while it’s hot! Elevate the temperature of your BBQ products with pumpkin spice hot sauce.Pumpkin Spice Butter SpreadOur simplest #PumpkinSpice recipe for National Pumpkin Spice Day: Step 1, go to the store. Step 2, buy Land O Lakes® Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread.— Land O’Lakes (@LandOLakesKtchn) October 1, 2018Butter or not butter? Nope, this is pumpkin spice butter all right. It could work for your fall dessert lineup.Pumpkin Spice Dog Food@RommelAquino11 Pumpkin spice season isn’t just for humans! Treat your pup to the mouth-wowing treat of GREENIES Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats. We’ll even throw in an offer:— Greenies (@Greenies) September 5, 2018Doggo gets to have the full pumpkin spice experience too! The flavor has made it to canine treats.Pumpkin Spice BurritoFall is here! Forget Pumpkin Spice lattes – let this Burrito FALL right into your face.— Dos Toros (@DosToros) October 19, 2016Oh my gourd. A pumpkin spice burrito is available for your lunch needs.Pumpkin Spice Protein PowderShake up the #FirstDayOfFall with SYNTHA-6® Pumpkin Pie, an irresistible fall flavor that’s sure to bring pumpkin spice freaks to their knees.Available @Bodybuildingcom ▸— BSN (@BSNSupplements) September 22, 2018Bulking up with those fall workouts? Try this pumpkin spice protein powder in your post-workout smoothie.Pumpkin Spice Vape E-LiquidWant something a little different to vape? Give Pard a try! A delicious pumpkin spice cheese cake that will make you happy Fall is here. Use code Spooky20 to receive 20% off your whole order at Save that money! #FlavorMonster #ColoradoVape #ChuckinClouds— Flavor Monster (@FlavorMonster) October 23, 2018Forget about typical vaping. Why not sample this pumpkin spice cheesecake vape e-liquid instead?Pumpkin Spice PizzaIt’s finally feeling like fall outside Does this mean it’s time to bust out the pumpkin spice latte pizza??NO. Just No. Here’s where we draw the line… Marinara, white garlic, olive oil, bbq— all the above. But when it comes to the “PSL” just say no.— Ruckus Pizza (@RuckusPizza) October 19, 2018Pumpkin spice pizza is the new margherita pizza.Pumpkin Spice Cream CheeseIt’s not the leaves. Or the air. It’s the Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese that officially makes it fall. Don’t take our word for it. Try it now! #ItMustBeThePhillyLink:— PHILADELPHIA (@LoveMyPhilly) September 4, 2018Spread some pumpkin spice cheer on your bagel, croissant, or toast.Pumpkin Spice MoonshineYou’re the pumpkin to my pie. #NationalPumpkinDay— Gatlinburg, TN (@TravelGburg) October 26, 2017Get your drink on with this pumpkin spice moonshine.Pumpkin Spice GumJust like fall, Extra Pumpkin Spice gum is only here for a limited time. Enjoy!— Extra Gum (@ExtraGum) October 17, 2015Minty fresh breath? No thanks, we’ll take the pumpkin spice gum instead.More on Pizza Month: Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza FlavorsIf You Want Food Delivery Fast, Avoid Ordering at These TimesNissin Foods and Attack on Titan Team Up for Bizarre Noodle Commerciallast_img read more

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot

first_imgThe legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What’s not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes.o WHAT WE KNOWWhile marijuana users can perform simple tasks well while they are high, brain imaging has shown that they have to use more of their brain to do so. Their reaction times are slower, peripheral vision is decreased and multitasking impeded. As a result, when sudden or surprising things occur to complicate those tasks — such as when a pedestrian steps in front of a car — they cannot respond as well. On the other hand, marijuana users tend to be aware they are impaired and try to compensate for it.o WHAT WE DON’T KNOWIt’s not clear how much marijuana use contributes to crash risk. Some studies have found that marijuana can double crash risk, but others have found virtually no increase.o HOW HIGH IS TOO HIGHTraces of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can be detected in the blood of some habitual marijuana users days or weeks after they last used the drug, making it hard to use blood tests to discern a current level of impairment. Most states haven’t set a THC threshold for impairment, but Colorado and Washington have settled on an intoxication blood level of five parts per billion. There’s no roadside test for THC like those for alcohol, but some states are experimenting with a saliva test.o REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEIn 2013, the first full year after Washington state legalized pot, nearly 25 percent more drivers tested positive for marijuana than before legalization. But there’s been no corresponding jump in accidents or arrests for intoxicated driving. A University of Colorado Medical School study found that the share of drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled between 1994 and 2011. A National Safety Council study looked at the prevalence of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana in 12 states from 1992 to 2009 — before and after implementing medical marijuana laws. Only three states showed an increase — California, Hawaii and Washington — and those appeared to be a one-time increase possibly associated with differences in testing.last_img read more

Snapchat Launches New Original Programming Multiplayer Games

first_imgStay on target “Can’t Talk Now” (New Form): A teen soap that takes place inside the phones of a few high school freshman BFFs. “Denton’s Death Date” (Insurrection Media): Centers on Denton Little, a high school junior whose death date is only a week away. “Two Sides” (New Form): A young couple navigates a breakup—told from both characters’ points of view at the same time. “While Black” (Indigo): A docuseries that explores racially charged social issues through disarmingly candid conversations led by author, filmmaker, recording artist, and educator MK Asante. “Sneakerheads” (Indigo): Follow the misadventures of three college freshmen as they navigate the crazy, shady, mercurial world of Los Angeles sneaker culture. “C.A.T.S. Drift Race” (ZeptoLab): You’ll drift around the track and speed past friends for the win. “Zombie Rescue Squad” (PikPok): Your squad will rescue survivors in a zombie-infested city. “Snake Squad” (Game Closure): You and your squad work together to be the last ones standing. “Dead of Night” (Bazelevs): A teenage girl, armed with only her phone, must escape a quarantined city full of zombies. Buzzfeed‘s daily afternoon show will bring viewers the latest celebrity, entertainment, and sheer OMG moments blowing up the Internet. “Alphabear Hustle” (Spry Fox): You’ll collaborate to form words—fast—to build your village.“We created Snapchat to make talking with your friends faster and more fun,” the company wrote in a blog post. “But friendship is more than just the things you talk about. Friendship is also about the experiences you have together.”Launch Snap Games right from the chat bar—no installation needed; see which friends are playing, send them a message, or even talk live with voice chat.“It feels like you’re sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, playing on the same screen,” the network boasted.Unlike Facebook Messenger, Snap Games is a closed platform. More titles will be released in the future.More on Can Now Use Snapchat Lenses on DogsSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat and Jeff Koons Turn AR Into ART “Compton Dreams” (October Films): A docuseries following the highs and lows of three up-and-coming artists from Compton. “Commanders” (Dakota Pictures): Two high school outcasts discover a retro computer with a mysterious code that can alert real life. “Tiny Royale” (Zynga): You and your friends shoot to the top in bite-sized Battle Royale action. “Bitmoji Party”: Play as yourself in a series of quick, wacky mini-games. “Stranded with Sam and Colby” (Bunim/Murray): Two paranormal investigators go off the grid into a cursed Pennsylvania town.“It’s not just the shows that are original,” according to Snapchat. “It’s the way the stories are told.”Snap Originals are coming soon to a smartphone near you.In the meantime, grab some mates for a mobile game sesh with one of six new titles. Snapchat is not dead yet.And as a reminder, the company announced a new slate of original programming and multiplayer games.Ten fresh Snap Originals join existing series like last year’s Growing Up Is a Drag, Kappa Crypto, Class of Lies, and V/H/S as made-for-mobile productions.From documentaries to scripted comedies and teen dramas, the shows all have one thing in common: “They’re personal, intimate, and made for the way you use your phone today,” Snapchat said. Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350You Can Now Use Snapchat Lenses on Dogs last_img read more

BJP lodges protest with Sayeed over release demands rearrest

first_imgBJP legislators in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday lodged a strong protest with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed over the release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam and demanded his re-arrest. The party also took exception to the “misinformation campaign” that the decision to release Alam was taken after consulting it. The MLAs led by state BJP General Secretary Rajiv Jasrotia met Sayeed at his residence and submitted a memorandum. “We have lodged a strong protest with the Chief Minister and expressed our deep concern over the unilateral decision (of release of the Masarat Alam),” Jasrotia told reporters later.last_img read more

HIDCO to organise Great Indian Dessert Festival in December

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is taking significant strides to enhance the ‘sweetness’ of the area around Misti Hub in New Town that had come up two months back. In December, a special “Great Indian Dessert Festival” will be organised to pamper the taste buds of the residents with items comprising a wide variety of custards, ice creams, puddings and other special confections available in other parts of the country. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA private partner is being roped in for the Festival that will be held at the site of the motorcycle stand behind Misti Hub.”It is a strategy for giving the people of our state a concept of ‘Experiential Tourism’ which is evolving fast across the world. People will visit Eco Park, Misti Hub near Gate Number 3 of the park and at the same time, relish the popular desserts that are popular across the country,” said Debashis Sen, managing director of HIDCO. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe campaign for the Festival has already started on social media and HIDCO is also planning to hold a Pudding Festival after this event.HIDCO has already made elaborate plans to spread the footprint of Misti Hub. Home delivery of sweets through app based food delivery services and packet menu (assorted sweets, in packets, for distribution in short meetings) for offices and corporate will be introduced soon.”We will design a special prestige carry bag with Misti Hub logo for common branding. This would be of cloth or jute consisting of three sizes small, medium and large. There are also plans to introduce discount coupons on Eco Park on selective days for those who buy sweets from Misti Hub,” an official said.It may be mentioned that HIDCO has already done a review of two months’ performance of Misti Hub and found that the shops had done very good business during this period. It has been decided that there will be bus branding to spread the word on Misti Hub.last_img read more

Detoxing from city life in the Costa Rican jungles of Sarapiquí

first_imgHorseback riding through pasturelands and a teak farm. Courtesy of Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park Taking a slow ride on an old-fashioned, hand-painted oxcart, one of Costa Rica’s cultural traditions. Courtesy of Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park During the two-hour, early-morning drive from San José, I was dismayed to see that the sprawling pineapple plantations had nearly taken over most of the countryside, and a new highway under construction would ensure the export trade would continue to grow. Ominous signs posted outside barren, fenced-in plots warned, “Do Not Enter – Dangerous Chemicals.”This is unquestionably the land of pineapple, where much of the exported fruit is produced. Costa Rican pineapple exports have jumped from $573 million in 2008 to a whopping $791 million last year. Their top destination is the United States, which consumed 923 million kilograms of the fruit last year. (The U.S. also sends the most tourists to Costa Rica every year.) Pineapple farmers annually plant some 5,800 hectares in Sarapiquí alone.That’s why private initiatives like Cinco Ceibas are so important – they help create a sustainable micro-economy based on environmental protection and they provide jobs to poor local workers who would otherwise turn to environmentally disruptive practices.“Unfortunately, [pineapple producers] use chemicals night and day, and all those chemicals are filtered into local watersheds and rivers,” Cinco Ceibas’ administrative manager Augustín Pieters pointed out during a recent chat. “That affects the ecosystem, and the other effect is that they cut down all the trees to farm, as it’s the only efficient way to grow pineapples.”The result, Pieters said, is that local wildlife, including the threatened green macaw, is migrating farther north, near Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua.Protecting and promoting forestsNearly 20 years ago, Henk Morelisse was walking his Costa Rican property when he came across several massive trees – ceibas, almendros (almond trees) and guácimos (Guazuma ulmifolia). He spotted a giant ceiba that is about 500 years old – which means it sprouted roots about the same time that Christopher Columbus first anchored off Costa Rica’s shoreline.That ceiba and four others like it gave Morelisse, a self-described environmentalist, the idea to plant 500,000 – yes, half a million – more trees on his 1,100-hectare property.Later, he teamed up with Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry to obtain private reserve status from the National System of Conservation Areas. Cinco Ceibas receives Environmental Services Payments through FONAFIFO, and it is a member of the Nature Reserves Network of Costa Rica.Morelisse also planted several hectares of teak, which is the backdrop for a horseback-riding tour he offers visitors. After he decided to protect the existing forest and replenish open pasturelands, Morelisse’s next focus was creating a sustainable tourism business that would draw visitors to the forest, help educate guests about rain forest ecosystems, provide jobs for local workers and educate local school children about environmentalism.Cinco Ceibas is no small undertaking, and the work that was put into building a network of elevated wooden sidewalks through the rain forest is impressive. All of the materials that went into building Cinco Ceibas, which includes a large open-air restaurant and an arts and crafts gift shop, came from natural resources, most of them found on-site.Pangola is a poor town, and more than 100 workers who helped build Cinco Ceibas earned much-needed income for up to a year for their families. Long-term, the project provides 18 direct jobs and 12 indirect ones. Without those jobs, and without environmental awareness efforts, local residents are left with few options other than cutting down trees and selling the wood or working on the pineapple plantations.The wooden pathway through the reserve took three years to build and spans 1.4 kilometers of nearly untouched rain forest. The walkway was made using reforested pine from Honduras that was treated without harmful chemicals in the United States. It was a big investment, but it’s indicative of Cinco Ceibas’ commitment to conservation.As naturalists know, the rain forest constantly changes – it evolves, it moves, it grows. To help amateur nature-lovers like me, Cinco Ceibas installed several informative stations along the walk to explain local trees, ecosystems and wildlife. Guides are available as part of the tour.During Costa Rica’s rainy season, or invierno, the rain forest becomes a concert hall of natural sound, as thousands of frogs lay their eggs, and howlers call out in the early morning. No related posts. Facebook Comments In addition to the rain forest walk, Cinco Ceibas offers three other tours: a kayaking trip down the calm Río Cuarto, which winds through the property; a horseback riding tour through a teak farm; and an old-fashioned oxcart tour that pays reverential regard to Costa Rica’s gloriously humble past. Guests choose two tours per day, and a buffet-style lunch is served in an open-air restaurant between tours.I opted for the horse tour and a walk through the jungle, but after listening to Pieters describe the kayak tour and seeing the tranquil Río Cuarto, I’ll certainly be kayaking on my next visit.“It’s like a safari,” Pieters said, and howlers, spider monkeys, green macaws and other animals are never far away.The oxcart tour takes guests to the local greenhouse and gardens used by Cinco Ceibas to reforest its land, and the oxcarts, naturally, are hand-painted. Cinco Ceibas offers round-trip transportation from San José for groups of two or more. Kids are always welcome and can participate in any tour when accompanied by an adult.Morelisse’s wife, Jackie, also is a conservationist and an artist, and her creative influence and fondness of vivid Costa Rican colors resonate throughout the project. She designed many of the items in Cinco Ceibas’ gift shop, including arts, crafts and clothing that is made entirely by local workers using local materials (nothing is imported from China!).But the best part of the trip was that giant, 500-year-old ceiba tree. Standing next to it, imagining the odds of surviving five centuries of lightning strikes, deforestation and other threats, made me feel pretty insignificant – just what I needed.GETTING THERECinco Ceibas is located 30 minutes from La Virgen de Sarapiquí, Heredia, and two hours from San José by car. See a map and find other information here.  The tropical mountainous rain forests of Sarapiquí are part of Costa Rica’s lungs, helping to reduce emissions that cause climate change. Courtesy of Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park  PANGOLA, Heredia – The north-central Costa Rican canton of Sarapiquí has always been one of my favorite regions of the country. I don’t mind the sweltering tropical heat, or the challenging roads to get to the area’s remote locations.What appealed to me about Sarapiquí the first time I visited more than a decade ago was the constant interplay between local poverty, agriculture and efforts to protect and replenish the tropical, mountainous rain forest. While large-scale agriculture continues to expand in the area, others are trying to grow a sustainable local economy based on environmental protection and eco-friendly, small-scale tourism.There is a pitched battle going on here, and nowhere else in the country is the duality of Costa Rica’s eco-friendly image and its agricultural export sector so strikingly clear.With Costa Rica striving to become a carbon-neutral country by 2021, the tropical mountains of Costa Rica are extremely important, as these mountains, simply put, are oxygen producers. Yet as the fruit industry expands – particularly pineapple – trees are being cut down.It was in this region where I first learned about the habitats of the scarlet and green macaws, gazed at Costa Rica’s famous red-eyed and poison dart frogs, nearly stepped on my first terciopelo (the ultimate pit viper), and saw my favorite tree, the majestic ceiba.On a recent trip back, I visited a private rain forest reserve called Cinco Ceibas, which falls in the camp of those trying to protect the region’s diminishing forests. Currently a city dweller, I’m always on the lookout for one-day trips, and Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park is well within traveling distance from San José.As its name suggests, there are five great ceiba trees located on more than 1,100 hectares of land that Dutch-born, U.S. native Henk Morelisse bought nearly two decades ago. Back then, the land was mostly potreros, or pastureland, and pineapple plantations. Kayaking down the peaceful Río Cuarto is one of several tours at Cinco Ceibas. Courtesy of Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Parklast_img read more

Good News For Borrowers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Good News For Borrowers Credit Score 2017-07-05 Brianna Gilpin July 5, 2017 592 Views center_img Share Good news for those looking to get a mortgage—one in five U.S. consumers could see their credit score increase this fall.In a recent Realty Check article, Diana Olick said millions of borrowers could qualify for a home loan, however, the changes will add more risk to the mortgage market. Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian announced they will drop tax liens and civil judgments from some consumers’ profiles if information such as the persons name, address, and either date of birth or Social Security Number is missing.According to a report by CBS Money Watch, journalist Kathy Kristof said credit bureaus will also be barred form including medical debt collections if the debt isn’t at least six-months old or if the medical debt was eventually paid by insurance. Civil judgments, public liens, and certain medical debts, which weren’t always accurately reflected on credit reports, were targeted for a number of reasons. Medical debts, unlike that of credit charges, are unplanned and doctors and hospitals have no standard formula for when they send unpaid debts to collection. Some consumers were reported to be extremely late when they may have only been a month or two behind, but others didn’t get reported for years. Court judgments and liens were rarely updated, causing consumers to suffer long after they were paid and liens were released.Unfortunately, according to Thomas Brown, SVP of financial services at LexisNexis, this could add significant risk to the mortgage market.”If you look at someone that has a tax lien or a civil judgment, they can be anywhere from two to more than five times more risky just because of the presence of that information. That’s very, very significant,” Brown told Olick. “It doesn’t really do a consumer well to be extended credit that they can’t afford, they can’t reasonably service.”Tim Rood, Chairman of The Collingwood Group, a business advisory firm, said this is a welcomed and needed change for millennials and first-time homebuyers that clearly will benefit the mortgage and housing industries.”Small increases in consumers’ credit scores can push them into a higher credit category, from ‘fair’ to ‘good’,” Rood said. “Some lenders only lend to certain categories of consumers, so being included in the ‘good’ category could mean the difference for qualifying for mortgage loans.”last_img read more

Closepin Launches eClosing Tool

first_img Share April 4, 2019 462 Views in News Closepin FinTech 2019-04-04 Seth Welborncenter_img Closepin Launches eClosing Tool Closepin announced the launch of a tool which assists mortgage lenders in their efforts to conduct fully-digital closings. Closepin’s core business offers lenders automated compliance validation and wire instruction verification for mortgage-closing agents. With this new feature, Closepin empowers lenders to search for eClosing-enabled title agents.“Lenders are looking for ways to offer digital closings to those customers that want them, but to do so requires an entire ecosystem of partners. One of the biggest challenges has been finding closing agent partners who are equipped to manage these transactions. Closepin now solves that for lenders,” said Ryan Peterson, EVP of Westcor Global, the creators of Closepin.Freddie Mac has included a link to the Closepin search tool on one of its eMortgage pages to help Sellers find eClosing-enabled closing agents.“Freddie Mac is constantly working to find ways to innovate and improve the mortgage lending process,” said Samuel E. Oliver III, VPt of Single-Family Customer Technologies. “One of the many ways we do this, is by addressing barriers to eMortgage adoption in our industry. Providing access to information and resources, like Closepin’s eClosing agent search tool, helps simplify and streamline the mortgage process for both lenders and their borrowers.”last_img read more

A reallife treasure trove of five fancy color dia

first_imgA real-life treasure trove of five fancy color diamond rings—including an extremely rare Natural Fancy Red diamond and a rare Natural Fancy Intense Blue diamond—were sold in an auction yesterday at the World Diamond Tower in New York City.Not only is this one-of-a-kind collection beautiful, but it also comes with a fascinating back story. The limited-edition rings were commissioned by Treasure Trove, Inc. for the release of Secrets of the Alchemist Dar, a sequel to the New York Times bestseller, A Treasure’s Trove: A Fairy Tale About a Real Treasure Hunt for Parents and Children of All Ages. Written by Michael Stadther and released in 2004, the illustrated children’s book included clues as part of a nationwide treasure hunt for tokens hidden across the U.S.: Once found, each token could be traded in for a unique jewel representing one of twelve characters from the text. Designed by Aaron Basha and christened the “Fairy Rings of Eternal Life”, the five-ring collection was to be at the heart of a new worldwide treasure hunt sparked by the story’s sequel.President of the Gemological Appraisal Association Donald A. Palmieri, who appraised the rings in 2006, acted as auctioneer. The rings were sold almost immediately for the reserve price of $400,000. For more information about the fancy color diamonds, visit read more

Kim K the filly wins 100000 Debutante in 2nd car

first_imgKim K the filly wins $100,000 Debutante in 2nd career race by The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2018 6:33 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – Kim K made a splash in her second career start, winning the $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos.The 2-year-old filly named for Kim Kardashian won by three lengths on Saturday. She paid $8 and $3.40.Ridden by apprentice jockey Heriberto Figueroa, Kim K ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.28. She battled 4-5 favourite Square Peggy and 19-10 second choice Naughty Tiger through the first half-mile before pulling away. There was no show wagering.Trained by Peter Miller, Kim K was purchased for $330,000 by owner Rockingham Ranch. She finished fifth in her career debut on Sept. 2 at Del Mar.Brian Trump, manager for Rockingham Ranch, has said he named the filly for Kardashian because he admires how the social media maven has used her popularity and platform to do better for various people and causes. Trump says he attended high school with Kardashian’s sister, Khloe, and was at one time friendly with her brother Rob.Kim K has career earnings of $57,200. She was sired by Will Take Charge and the mare Trip for A.J.Miller describes Kim K as “a beautiful filly and she’s got a really good mind. I think she has a bright future.”last_img read more

Reuben and the Darks tour van and trailer are see

first_img Reuben and the Dark’s tour van and trailer are seen following a crash near Field B.C. in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ian Jarvis *MANDATORY CREDIT* by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Presscenter_img TORONTO — A Calgary band is reminding travellers of the dangers of winter driving after their van and trailer rolled off the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff National Park.Reuben and the Dark posted an account of their harrowing highway crash near Field, B.C., after they left Vancouver for Toronto last week. It includes an Instagram image of an overturned van and trailer lying by the side of a dark road.Lead singer Reuben Bullock says no one was hurt but their vehicles were “totalled” Friday night. He says the trailer broke open, sending gear across the road and damaging irreplaceable instruments including his guitar.Bullock was in Toronto at the time — he and band mates Shea Alain and Dino Soares flew to their next tour stop while bass player Ian Jarvis drove alongside passengers Brock Geiger, the band’s guitarist, and Kris Harper, a member of their opening band nehiyawak.Bullock says the trio were trapped in the van for a few minutes until rescuers could remove the windshield. Jarvis escaped unscathed but his two passengers suffered minor injuries. Bullock says no other vehicles were involved.Bullock says his bandmates were slated to fly to Toronto on Tuesday for a performance Wednesday and another show Saturday in Montreal.“We’re super-lucky that we’re not dealing with anything more serious,” Bullock said Tuesday by phone in Toronto, where he’s now based.“Something like this is always in the back of your mind for sure…. Now I’m finding out what I really have insurance for. Before you kind of just check a couple of boxes and don’t think about it but now it’s going to change a lot of things in how I prepare for this.”He said it had snowed the day before.His bandmates hit the road at about 9 a.m. that morning, hoping to reach Calgary by end of day. They veered off a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway that luckily had a shoulder instead of a ditch, he says.“The rescue crew had to cut the windshield out of the van to get them out,” said Bullock, adding that the trio were taken to hospital in Golden, B.C.“Kris tore something in his shoulder, Brock had a pretty good concussion and some pretty serious whiplash. He’s kind of waiting on a CT scan still but he’s actually flying out for the show, which is pretty crazy. And then Ian the driver, he’s apparently completely fine.”The crash capped a trouble-plagued tour that included a failed transmission about five days earlier in the middle of a stretch between Calgary and Saskatoon, said Bullock. Then, a band member missed the gig in Winnipeg, forcing Bullock’s wife to fly in as substitute. When they reached Victoria, they noticed the tire treads on their brand new trailer had completely worn out.“It’s kind of been one of those tours that really tests everybody. But the audience and the reception and all of the shows every night have been so, so amazing that … I still look at this whole tour as being the best tour we’ve been in. But it’s definitely been the hardest.”Bullock says he has insurance on the van, trailer, and instruments. But there have been several out-of-pocket expenses, including the cost of the ambulance, tow truck, shipping the equipment, flying band members to Toronto, and renting a new vehicle for their show in Montreal.In the meantime, Bullock is hitting up friends to try to pull together enough equipment to play the final two shows of this leg. In December, they head to Ireland but plans are afoot for another road trip through Ontario and Quebec in typically snowy February and March.“Vehicle to be determined,” says Bullock. Calgary band Reuben and the Dark vow show will go on after highway crashlast_img read more

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