UTech Launches ‘Teach the Youth’ Outreach Programme

first_imgThe University of Technology (UTech), launched its 14th annual outreach programme, ‘Teach the Youth 2013’, under the theme: ‘Creating a Positive Impact Today on the Youth of Tomorrow’, at the campus in Kingston, on July 4.The programme, organized by the Students’ Union, targets children between four and 20 years of age, in the communities of August Town, Kintyre, Tavern, Highlight View and Sandy Park.Guest Speaker at the ceremony, Team Leader for the St. Ann Division of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Carlyn Stewart, said as a developing nation, “we have to identify opportunities to empower the youth with relevant skills and competencies as they prepare to take the reins of tomorrow.”“It is evident that the UTech students fully understand the importance of harnessing the talent of today’s youth. While others in the society understand the importance, very few of us actively engage in programmes that specifically target the youth,” she said.Mrs. Stewart said the best interest of every Jamaican child must be ensured and the protection of children can only be guaranteed if “we join forces as a society and share this awesome role.”Meanwhile, President of UTech, Professor Errol Morrison, commended the students for the work being done.“Those of us at the tertiary level are the privileged few. So, if you are able to turn around and help in some way, it’s a major contribution. I want to congratulate the student body for maintaining this activity,” he said.For his part, Director of Community Service in the Students’ Union, Jerome Graham, said the initiative is a big step forward for the Council as “we seek to reshape the lives of the youth, so that the entire outlook on life is changed regardless of their addresses.”Vice President of Public Relations, Delta Wright, explained the anticipated outcome of the programme.“Our aim this year is to impact the lives and minds of these young people, ultimately reshaping the way in which they think, how they feel, and how they view life; allowing them to see the variety of opportunities and options for them to excel and help their community move forward,” she said.Throughout the duration of the programme (July 8-26), volunteers from UTech and the National Youth Service (NYS), along with other persons, will volunteer their service to help the youth of the targeted communities.Sponsors of the summer programme are Supreme Ventures, Food for the Poor, the Jamaica Information Service, Junior Chamber International, Reggae Jammin’ and Red Bull.By Christine Ade-Gold, JIS Special Projects Officerlast_img read more

Nature Reserve Lands More Than Doubled

first_imgNova Scotia has more than doubled its nature reserve lands withthe designation of four new reserves and the expansion ofanother. The new reserves feature bogs, a mature Red Oak forest, an old-growth Acadian mixed forest, the endangered thread-leaved sundewplant, coastal headlands and barrens. “These reserves are peaceful places where we just let nature be,untouched,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.”We’re protecting these places so Nova Scotians will always enjoythe beauty of our natural environment and the knowledge gained bystudying it.” The province now has 11 nature reserves totalling 3,140 hectares,up from 1,360 hectares. They preserve and protect typical andspecial ecosystems, plants and animals. They also offer researchand education opportunities. The new reserves total about 1,700 hectares. Two are in YarmouthCounty — the Great Barren and Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve nearQuinan, and Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve near Argyle. The othersinclude Quinns Meadow Nature Reserve near Clyde River, ShelburneCo., and Duncans Cove Nature Reserve in Halifax RegionalMunicipality. MacFarlane Woods Nature Reserve, near Mabou, Inverness Co., wasdesignated in 1988 with 52.5 hectares. It is now 132 hectares –more than double its original size. About 58 per cent of thisland is owned by area resident Jim St. Clair who is allowing itto be used as part of the nature reserve. “From the time my ancestors arrived here in 1820, these woodshave provided clean air, protection against the wind, and aglorious site in all seasons,” said Mr. St. Clair. “Our familymade a good decision to set this area aside, and the partnershipwith the provincial government is helpful to preserve it forfuture generations to treasure.” The new and expanded nature reserves help meet commitments in the government’s green plan, Toward a Sustainable Environment, to protectmore of Nova Scotia’s natural environment. About 8.2 per cent of land in Nova Scotia is protected throughthe combined efforts of the provincial and federal governments,and organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and theNova Scotia Nature Trust. All of Nova Scotia’s nature reserves are described on thedepartment’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .last_img read more

Nova Scotians Invited to Send Congratulations to Royal Couple

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter invites Nova Scotians to send congratulations to Prince William and Catherine Middleton on their wedding by signing the province’s Royal Wedding Signature Book available online. “During the Royal Tour last spring, Nova Scotians came out and showed their admiration and appreciation of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh,” said Premier Dexter. “This wedding book provides an opportunity for Nova Scotians to send a personal message of congratulations and best wishes to Prince William and Ms. Middleton on their marriage.” The Royal Wedding will take place Friday, April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London, England. Nova Scotia’s Royal Wedding Signature Book will be open to public comments until Monday, May 2, when it will be sent to the royal family. The signature book is available online at www.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

French Dutch ministers pledge to strengthen Air FranceKLM

PARIS — The Netherlands’ finance minister has met with his French counterpart in a bid to ease tensions between the two countries over the Dutch government’s surprise announcement this week that it had bought a stake in the Air France-KLM airline alliance without informing Paris.Wopke Hoekstra and Bruno Le Maire held hurriedly-arranged talks Friday in Paris and afterward both ministers pledged to co-operate to strengthen the alliance.Le Maire, who described the discussions as “frank and clear,” said the two countries would work together “to improve the competitiveness of the group Air France-KLM and to make Air France-KLM a big success.”Hoekstra said the Dutch government purchase of 14 per cent of shares in the alliance move showed its commitment to the business and underscored that commitment to the French government.The Associated Press read more

What investors should look for to spot fraudsters before its too late

TORONTO — When former financial planner Daniel P. Reeve was convicted this month of defrauding 41 investors out of about $10 million, it was a bitter lesson.As with many financial frauds, the victims didn’t see it coming, and there’s little to no chance they will recover their money.At the outset, Reeve sold legitimate products such as mutual funds and insurance. However, unbeknownst to clients, in 2007 he lost his insurance license and by 2008 he was no longer presenting himself as a financial planner, although people at his offices did have official designations.Impressed by past performance, clients stuck by him.In the meantime, Reeve begain directing investors to other investments, such as restaurants and hotels that he was developing, often promising little or no risk, despite the shakiness of his failing ventures.“Yet, Daniel (Reeve) continued to flog his investments in the summer and fall of 2008 either knowing that the investors would never get their money, or not caring whether they would,” Justice Toni Skarica wrote in an Oct. 13 ruling.Reeve pleaded not guilty to the charges of fraud and theft against him, but the judge did not believe his testimony and convicted him.“This had a devastating impact on the victims,” says Crown prosecutor Fraser McCracken, who presented the case against Reeve through a trial in Kitchener, Ont., that spanned 18 months.“That’s why we remind people to take steps to avoid fraud in the first place,” says Tyler Fleming, director of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Office.Fraud — which depends on deceiving the victim — comes in many forms and can be difficult to detect.“The unfortunate reality is that the bad guys are always thinking up new ways to separate you and your money,” Fleming says.But he says there are several warning signs that should raise red flags for investors:— Promises of big returns for little or no risk. (Generally low-risk investments have low potential returns.)— Advice based on “hot tips” and “insider information.”(They’re usually false and potentially against the law to act upon.)— Pressure to buy or decide quickly. (Haste is usually not in the investor’s best interest.)— Lack of registration with a provincial securities commission or other financial service regulator.McCracken says the victims represented a cross-section of people with varying levels of education, investor sophistication and occupation.Among the dozens of people who trusted Reeve’s record as a money-maker were:— A retired teacher who attended one of his investment presentations in early 2007. She and her husband wanted safe investments but lost at least $250,000.— The owner of an international trucking firm, who had been advised by Reeve since 1993 with good results until things began to unravel. He lost $683,000 in principal plus unpaid interest.— A nurse who asked in 2007 for safe investments, shortly before her husband died of pancreatic cancer. She lost $775,000.Andrew Kriegler, CEO of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, stresses investors should always ask advisors who they are regulated by , and what their disciplinary history is.He acknowledges that it’s not always clear where to look, but insists it’s always worth the time and effort..“If it’s under our jurisdiction, then we can look into it. If it’s under somebody else’s jurisdiction, we will send that person to the right place,” Kriegler says.IIROC operates two call centres in Toronto and Vancouver that take questions from the public.The provincial commissions have a national registration search for individual advisers and investment firms at CheckBeforeYouInvest.caThe Ontario Securities Commission also operates GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca and its own call centre.And the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has contacts with several federal agencies, including the RCMP. read more

Football Examining Ohio State playoff chances

Fans wave a flag on the field after the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Big Ten Championship game will come and go without a glimpse of the No. 2 Ohio State football team. As the Buckeyes watch and wait for the outcome of the matchup between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State, the situation might be more favorable than meets the eye for OSU. After falling to the Nittany Lions 24-21 in State College, Pennsylvania, the Buckeyes are a perfect 5-0, and have averaged a margin of victory of 25.2 in the last five weeks. Penn State is hitting its stride at the perfect time as well, giving up an average of 86 rushing yards per contest, and have given up a total of 12 points combined in two weeks.However, an extremely tough Wisconsin team lies in wait for coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. The Badgers gave OSU a run for their money, forcing overtime in Madison. While the Buckeyes have struggled with both units, neither side seems to have the upper hand.Even with all eyes on Indianapolis this week for who will wear the Big Ten crown, OSU might just be finding themselves in a spot that has already given them a playoff berth. Here are a few of possible scenarios for the Scarlet and Gray and the postseason.Penn State loses in blowout fashion to WisconsinGiven how both teams are playing right now, it would seem unlikely to see one team rollover the other. However, this scenario is a little more realistic when one thinks about other performances by the Badgers this season.Wisconsin not only pushed OSU to the brink, but was just a touchdown away from pushing Michigan to overtime. While the Badgers lost 14-7, Penn State was on the wrong end of a 49-10 drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines.Wisconsin lost by a touchdown to two, top-five ranked opponents. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, have lost to Pitt. The Panthers, even with a win over Clemson, are far from an excusable loss, as their 8-4 record has been padded with wins over the likes of Villanova and Marshall.If Penn State were to be blown out, it would boost the resume of Wisconsin, making a convincing case for a playoff spot. However, that overtime loss in primetime to the Buckeyes would be looming over Wisconsin, and gives OSU a spot in the final four.Wisconsin loses in blowout fashion to Penn StateThis creates a bit more of a problem for the Buckeyes, as the red-hot Nittany Lions would most likely be out of the top 10 with a blowout loss to Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions, representing the lone loss for OSU, picking up a win over a team OSU struggled with at times would shed a bad light on the Buckeyes, considering Wisconsin would fall from the top 10.Penn State isn’t known for blowing out quality teams, but has picked up some solid wins and stayed competitive with tough, competitive units. A gritty team always creates some tension in games, and would create some drama that always drives up television ratings.With a win over OSU, and a win over the Badgers by a margin greater than seven, Penn State would be a tough team to leave out of a playoff spot. This scenario seems the most likely to keep the Scarlet and Gray from the playoffs.Neither team impressesRemember Iowa’s win over Michigan? A drawn-out, gritty game that ended with a last second field goal and neither side being relatively impressive on offense was the outcome. A flat Big Ten title game is one of the best possible scenarios for OSU to make the playoffs.With neither side showing much in terms of life, the College Football Playoff committee would be reluctant to put in such an uninteresting team just to get them destroyed by a superior opponent.If Wisconsin and Penn State put forth a disappointing show, expect to see OSU in either Phoenix or Atlanta.One of the other potential playoff teams loses this weekNo. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington are all going to be playing in conference title games this weekend. The Crimson Tide face No. 15 Florida, Clemson faces No. 19 Virginia Tech and Huskies square off against No. 9 Colorado.All games have the potential for fireworks, with stiff competition throughout. Although Alabama appears to be an invincible force at this point, teams like Clemson and Washington have been swapping places with other teams for the last few weeks in the No. 4 spot.A loss by one of these two teams would cause No. 5 Michigan to rise back into the top four spots, and OSU will not be dropping below a team they beat just a week prior. This scenario would be the best chance for OSU to reach the playoffs.Only time will tell where the Buckeyes end up. The final selection show by the College Football Playoff committee will air on Sunday on ESPN at noon. read more

Aerial survey first in Eromangas maiden uranium exploration

first_imgAn advanced aerial survey system designed to better identify drill targets is being pioneered for the first time in Australia by Eromanga Uranium for its maiden exploration program. The 4,000 line km electromagnetic (EM) and magnetic survey commenced this month across the total area of its Marree Project in northern South Australia to identify palaeochannel drainage targets for drill testing early next year.The EM survey is being undertaken by Adelaide-based Geosolutions, which has developed the new REPTEM system as a replacement for the resources sector’s internationally respected HoistEM system historically employed extensively throughout Australia for EM programs. “The REPTEM system is designed to be more stable during flight and should provide improved data quality,” Eromanga’s Managing Director, Kevin Lines, said. “This improved data should enhance geological interpretations from those previously possible with HoistEM surveys and therefore optimise Eromanga’s selection of our first drill targets and potential outcomes.”Flight lines were spaced at 1 km intervals for the week long survey over the Marree acreage, located between the Marree township and the operating Beverley uranium mine.Eromanga listed on the ASX on October 31 after successfully raising A$14.75 million in its Initial Public Offer to fund exploration across five uranium projects in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The Company is earning a 70% interest in the Marree project. The programme is the first of five scheduled by Eromanga to be conducted in 2007 to map the geometry of ancient buried river systems (palaeodrainages) in which sandstone hosted uranium deposits can develop. “We anticipate completing early next month the data processing from this survey and are aiming at first drilling a few weeks later,” Lines said. “There were some minor delays in commencing the survey as the most suitable helicopters were needed elsewhere to help in the early start of the bushfire season.”Lines also announced that Eromanga anticipated a drill start by the end of January on a second Eromanga project, Billa Kalina, 70 km northwest of Olympic Dam, in which the company is earning a 50% interest. “A priority for the company since listing has been to identify a drilling contractor capable of testing the Billa Kalina gravity anomaly as soon as possible.” Lines said. “The very high demand for larger drill rigs has to date limited the options available to Eromanga but we now anticipate that drilling should commence at Billa Kalina by late January.last_img read more

It certainly isnt from a lack of trying OMahony hoping Ireland unlock

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 9:38 PM By Sean Farrell O’Mahony takes a line-out during Ireland’s bonus point win in Italy. 37 Comments Feb 24th 2019, 9:38 PM O’Mahony takes a line-out during Ireland’s bonus point win in Italy. Subscribecenter_img AS A VETERAN of Ireland’s 2013 defeat to Italy, a day when he wound up playing way out of position on the wing, Peter O’Mahony didn’t find it difficult to take one big positive from a bonus point-win in Rome.The aesthetics of the outcome were not of immediate concern coming off the field and his own excellent performance was rewarded with a medal for the official man of the match award.However, washed and dressed for post-match interviews, O’Mahony was not blind to the patchy performance Ireland delivered as a collective.The main focus for the Corkman now is ‘unlocking’ a complete performance for the visit of a rejuvenated France to Dublin in two weeks’ time.“Look, we know it’s there. We know we’re not far off,” said the blindside.“We’ve just got to figure out what we need to do to unlock it a little bit. It certainly isn’t from a lack of trying.“Guys are working hard. They’re working hard in training to put it right and try to get our combinations right. Another two weeks together… we’ll get away for a few hours on Monday and get back in later in the week and get our heads together and try and get it sorted.” Schmidt and O’Mahony during the post-match press conference. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOO’Mahony played a captain’s role in the second half, offering himself as a line-out option for Niall Scannell and continually impacting the breakdown. However, there was frustration in the playing ranks as handling errors sucked momentum from the visitors after a fortnight of demanding rhythm and cohesion.“We struggled at times to be cohesive. There was certainly some good attacking play — but a lot of times it ended up in unforced errors. That was something we spoke about before the game, trying to be more cohesive and there were times we were. Just not enough of it I don’t think.”Still, bonus point victories are always preferable to the other possible outcomes after a rough day in Rome.“I said to a few of the lads afterwards, I was here in 2013, it’s difficult to win away from home in this competition. It’s so competitive. O’Mahony during the 2013 loss, which proved to be Declan Kidney’s last in charge of Ireland. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“To get five points away from home, I was proud of the way the lads handled the second-half. We were under the pump, under pressure coming in at half-time.“We were composed, we got clear messages that we implemented to a certain degree in the second-half.“But look, there’s plenty for us to work on, I’m not going to sit here and say we’re delighted with the performance.”- Additional reporting by Murray KinsellaSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share17 Tweet Email ‘It certainly isn’t from a lack of trying’: O’Mahony hoping Ireland unlock form for French Test ‘I’m not going to sit here and say we’re delighted with the performance.’ https://the42.ie/4511207 Short URL 22,815 Views last_img read more

Power Rangers Are Morphin to a Stage Near You

first_img Your favorite mighty morphin’ superheroes are go-going on tour.Entertainment company Kilburn Live last week announced a live stage show and fan experience featuring Hasbro’s Power Rangers.Details are scant; it’s unclear what the “show” entails. Will there be live fight scenes between actors wearing colorful spandex? Will none of the actual characters appear on stage, aside from in video footage played on a screen? Will Amy Jo Johnson once again don a pink helmet and go-go boots?Fingers crossed.“Power Rangers is a powerhouse franchise and we’re excited to build upon its 25-year legacy of entertainment and innovation to bring immersive experiences to a new generation of fans,” Simon Waters, senior vice president and general manager of Hasbro’s Power Rangers franchise, said in a statement.The news (which made me, a child of the ’90s, literally gasp) comes on the heels of a failed 2018 live tour.The cleverly named Power Rangers Live! event was one of the final projects launched by former owner Saban Brands to celebrate the label’s 25th anniversary.Unfortunately, the concept never came to fruition, and the world was forced to go another year without Jason, Trini, Billy, Kimberly, and Zack to save Earth.Now under the control of Hasbro, a Power Rangers live tour is scheduled to wind its way across North America. Dates and cities will be announced later this year.“Power Rangers is an iconic brand with passionate fans across the US and Canada and we are honored to bring the stories and characters people know from TV and movies to a live stage show,” Kilburn Live CEO Mark Manuel said. “Our goal is to create a memorable Power Rangers experience the whole family will enjoy.”More on Geek.com:‘Power Rangers: Battle For the Grid’ Is a Real Ranger Fighting GamePower Rangers Fan Makes Fitting Anime OpeningUnleash Your Inner Megazord With This Power Rangers Gift Guide ‘Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power RangersThe Original ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Should Have Stayed Small Stay on targetlast_img read more

University of Miami doctors provide pediatric aid to Puerto Rico

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida university has become a large part of the relief effort in Puerto Rico.A group of doctors from the University of Miami departed for the island, Tuesday morning, with supplies in hand, ready to aid pediatric patients.Related Link: Stronger and Better Together in Hollywood sends supplies to Puerto RicoThe doctors also want to get an idea of the scope of the medical needs in Puerto Rico.“Our goals are primarily to not only bring the supplies but to let the providers know that we stand with them and we will be with them for the long haul through recovery,” said University of Miami Dr. Judy Schaechter.The group is expected to meet with doctors from the main pediatric hospital in San Juan.Officials estimate the recovery from both hurricanes Irma and Maria to take many years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Supreme Court sides with Sturgeon in case challenging NPS authority

first_img(Screenshot of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Click to read.)Download AudioIn a decision released this morning [Tuesday], the U.S. Supreme Court issued a partial victory to Alaska moose hunter John Sturgeon in his case against theNational Park Service. The high court voted 8-0 to reject a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision against Sturgeon.The case stems from a 2007 incident, when rangers in the Yukon-CharleyRivers National Preserve told Sturgeon he couldn’t operate his hovercraftthere.The Supreme Court decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says theNinth Circuit’s interpretation of a section of the Alaska NationalInterests Lands Conservation Act is inconsistent with both the text and context of ANILCA. The section, 103-C, concerns which federal laws apply on non-federal inholdings within park boundaries.The justices, though, did not rule for Sturgeon outright. Instead, they sent the case back down to the 9th Circuit for another decision.The court heard arguments in the case in January.last_img read more

Daunting Budget Deadlines Loom For Government

first_imgAP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileIn this July 31, 2017, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could upend global financial markets and cause a partial government shutdown.The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could upend global financial markets and cause a partial government shutdown.What you need to know about next month’s three-car pileup of must-do fiscal business, the prospects for resolution, and the consequences of failure:DEBT DILEMMAThe problem: The most important piece of business is the need to increase the United States’ $19.9 trillion debt limit to permit the government to continue borrowing money to pay its bills, including Social Security and interest payments. The government hit its borrowing cap in March, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been using a well-worn set of accounting moves to free up cash. Nevertheless, Mnuchin says the debt ceiling needs to be raised by Sept. 29 to avert the risk of a first-ever U.S. default.What’s next? Since Republicans control both Congress and the White House, it’s their responsibility to ensure that the government doesn’t default. In the past, that would have meant that Republicans would have to put up virtually all of the votes. During Democratic President Barack Obama’s recent tenure, congressional Republicans surrendered to Obama’s demand for a debt measure that was “clean” — no GOP provisions — provided Democrats produce almost all of the votes. Trump is demanding a clean debt bill, too, but tea party lawmakers and outside conservative groups are demanding spending cuts as the price for increasing the debt limit.“Our nation’s structural deficit is driven by historically irresponsible levels of federal spending. Any increase in our nation’s debt ceiling should be paired with serious spending reforms that begin reducing federal spending in real, meaningful ways,” Dan Holler, vice president of the conservative policy advocate Heritage Action for America, said Monday in a statement.Consequences of failure: It’s never happened so nobody knows for sure, but financial experts warn that default on U.S. bond payments could roil financial markets. The government’s credit rating would take a hit forcing it to pay higher interest rates. The government could likely “prioritize” payments to creditors — an option considered by some conservatives — but delays or failure to make other payments could have harsh, if unforeseen, consequences.___SPENDING SHOWDOWN The problem: The government’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and legislation needs to be enacted to prevent a partial shutdown of federal agencies. At issue are the 12 annual spending bills funding agency operations. There’s no agreement on what the overall spending level should be. Republican defense hawks want to lift a cap on Pentagon spending while Democrats are pressing for more money for domestic programs. Without a deal to increase spending, the annual appropriations bills are just sputtering along without a clear path to passage.Trump’s demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — resolutely opposed by Democrats and some Republicans — is a major sticking point. Trump has long promised Mexico would pay for the wall; instead, taxpayers would pick up the $1.6 billion first installment. (In a leaked transcript of a call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump implored him to stop saying Mexico won’t pay, while confessing “this is the least important thing that we are talking about.“)What’s next? A stopgap spending measure known as a continuing resolution is sure to be needed to buy time to advance the unfinished spending bills. If a spending pact is reached, the bills could advance with help from Democrats, but if there’s no broader bipartisan agreement it’s possible that spending would simply be frozen at current levels by a yearlong continuing resolution. Nobody wants that.Consequences of failure: A government shutdown, perhaps sparked by a battle over the wall, could come as early as October or perhaps later. But it wouldn’t be the end of the world — at least for a while. While non-essential government programs would be shut down, the military, air traffic control, and federal law enforcement agencies would remain open. Benefits such as Social Security and Medicare would continue to be provided.___BUDGET BATTLEThe problem: Republicans have yet to pass a budget plan for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year. Under Washington’s arcane ways, passing a nonbinding budget plan is the only way to set in motion a special process for the GOP’s top agenda item: rewriting the tax code. If Congress can pass a budget, Republicans controlling the Senate don’t need to worry about a Democratic filibuster blocking any tax bill. A budget could also unlock a way for conservatives to win cuts to benefit programs over Democratic opposition.What’s next? Neither the Senate nor the House has passed a budget. House action has been held up by a battle between moderates and conservatives over whether to pair spending cuts with the filibuster-proof tax measure. Senate action has been on hold while the House struggles. September promises to be a critical month.Consequences of failure. An impasse could doom the tax reform effort. Other than that, the consequences would be modest. Congress often fails to pass a budget resolution. Politically, it would be another blow to Republicans, who stumbled on health care. Sharelast_img read more

Want To Stifle Your Teams Creativity Do These Things

first_imgThe slate of companies going public this year— Pinterest, Slack Technologies, and Uber, to name a few—should silence anyone who doubts the power of a bold idea. Amabile, who is the Baker Foundation Professor and Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Emerita, reflected on her research and its impact in an essay in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Educating Leaders Who Make a Difference in the World (pdf). More recently, she discussed how artificial intelligence might enable creative breakthroughs in an Academy of Management Discoveries article, Creativity, Artificial Intelligence, and a World of Surprises. Read the whole story: Forbes After all, one seemingly crazy brainstorm can up end an entire industry, keeping innovation top of mind for every executive. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a coding genius in a dorm room to birth a breakthrough, says Harvard Business School Professor Teresa M. Amabile, who has studied the interplay between creativity, productivity, and innovation for more than four decades.last_img read more

That Time Google Almost Bought Tesla for 11 Billion

first_imgApril 21, 2015 Tesla, the $26 billion electric hot-rod powerhouse, is revving up to be one of the hottest automakers in the world. But, like most tech startups, it came this close to stalling out on the rough road to success. And when Tesla almost bottomed out, Elon Musk turned to Google to save it.That was back in March of 2013, when Musk asked his friend and Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page to rescue his struggling luxury car company from bankruptcy, according to a forthcoming book on the billionaire futurist by Bloomberg tech reporter Ashlee Vance. Tesla sales were slumping, rumors of dangerous glitches spread like engine fires and even Musk himself admitted that “The world of mouth on the [Model S] sucked.”  Related: Elon Musk’s Ex-Wife on What She Learned Living With an Extreme Entrepreneurial SuccessTesla needed a hero with big pockets and fast. With only “two weeks worth of cash in [Tesla’s] coffers” left, Musk didn’t pussyfoot around. His asking price was steep. He wanted Google to purchase Tesla for $11 billion — $6 billion for the company and $5 billion in capital for factory development, per an excerpt from Vance’s book published on Bloomberg yesterday. The passage cites two unnamed individuals “familiar with the talks.”  Of course, rescue money wasn’t all Musk wanted. “He also wanted guarantees that Google wouldn’t break up or shut down his company before it produced a third-generation electric car aimed at the mainstream auto market,” the excerpt reads. “He insisted that Page let him run a Google-owned Tesla for eight years, or until it began pumping out such a car. Page accepted the overall proposal and shook on the deal.”Related: Tesla Says It Delivered a Record 10,030 Cars in the First QuarterNegotiations began. Google’s lawyers hashed out the nuts and bolts of the deal. Things were looking good, give or take a few haggling spates between Musk and Page. Meanwhile, Tesla’s sales picked up and its fortunes began to turn in the right direction. Musk’s need for the search giant’s life preserver subsided and the talks of a buyout fizzled, eventually falling apart altogether.Fast forward to today and Google has somewhat adorably driven into the self-driving car race. With a current market cap topping $26 billion and more than 50,000 vehicles on the road worldwide, Tesla is humming along in the sizzling electric vehicle market at a nice clip. Some predict it’s even on track to get scooped up by Apple or General Motors. Page is probably kicking himself for not snatching it up when he had the chance…and Musk might laugh all the way to Mars.Related: Google CEO: This Is Why Dominant Tech Companies Falter This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min readlast_img read more

The National Theaters birthday symphonic Beatles and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:A rainbow run, a pop-up store, and other happenings around Costa Rica The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica National Theater Celebrates 117 YearsThe National Theater is the cultural epicenter of Costa Rica, and this year the institution is celebrating its birthday in style: a parade, public concerts and poetry readings, plus workshops and guided tours. How much does this all-day festival cost? It doesn’t – almost the entire anniversary is free to attend.Anniversary party takes place Oct. 26 at the National Theater and Plaza de la Cultura, downtown San José. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free. For a full schedule, see our preview of the event. Courtesy RedCulturaMusic: “Poesía Hecha Canción”The Mexican performer Alejandro Filio brings his unique combination of acoustic music and storytelling to the National Auditorium for a one-night recital.Concert takes place Oct. 24 at the National Auditorium, former penitentiary, San José. 8:30 p.m. ₡26,000 ($52). Info: RedCultura.Cartago Theater FestivalCatch up to 10 different Spanish-language plays at this potluck theater festival in Cartago.El Festival de Teatro takes place Oct. 24-26 at the Casa de la Ciudad, downtown Cartago. ₡3,000 ($6) per show; ₡6,000 ($12) for three shows. Info: Casa de la Ciudad Facebook page.Music: Tribute to the BeatlesThe Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica recreates Beatles classics on a symphonic scale.“Tributo a Los Beatles” takes place Oct. 26 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 8 p.m. ₡10,000 ($20). Info: National Theater website.Dance: This Is Not an EightDrawing together students and choreographers from the National University, this festival, whose idiomatic name roughly translates to “It’s not that complicated,” takes place in three different locales: the Teatro de la Danza, the Central Bank Museums, and the Barva Recycling Center.“Esto No Es un Ocho” takes place Oct. 24 – Nov. 9 at various locations, San José. ₡2,000-4,000 ($4-8). Info: RedCultura. Courtesy RedCulturaArt: 75 Years of PhotosBrowse decades of photojournalism at this striking exhibit, thanks to Spain’s Agencia EFE – the fourth-largest wire service in the world.“EFE: 75 Años de Fotos” continues through Dec. 7 at the National Museum, San José. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: Museum website.Film: Hitchcock FestivalThe Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center hosts this four-evening homage to the “master of suspense.” Catch such classics as “Vertigo” and “The Birds.”The Hitchcock Festival screens Oct. 22-25 at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, Los Yoses. Wed., 6 p.m.; Thu. & Fri., 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. Free. Info: RedCultura.Theater: “The Cross”Following a violent shooting in La Cruz de Alajuelita, the community reacts in Fernando Rodríguez’s award-winning new play.“La Cruz” is performed through Nov. 30 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: National Theater website.Art: “A Chronicle of Interventions”Learn about U.S. incursions in Central America, thanks to this provocative group show co-produced with London’s revered Tate Gallery.“Una Crónica de Intervenciones” displays at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Art: “Creative Portals”The students of St. Clare High School flaunt their creative skills at the National Gallery in an exhibit that showcases more than 60 artists.“Portales Creativos” continues through Oct. 25 at the National Gallery, Former Penitentiary, San José. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.Theater: “The Sheperd’s Martyrdom”Learn about the life and death of Archbishop Óscar Romero in the National Theater Company’s revival of Samuel Rovinski Gruszco’s 1987 drama.“El Martirio del Pastor” continues through Oct. 28 at the Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: National Theater Company website.Enamoráte de tu ciudadYes, you can go gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-round celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check out the event site for news on games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website and Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

COD 1042 Luxury Living in Valle del Sol Santa Ana For Sale

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208154940949.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155607051.jpg No related posts. Price: $800,000Email: realestate@ticotimes.netProvince: San JoséConstruction: 530m2Land: 610m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 5 or moreTwo-story building includes:Main floorSkylight at entrance for better illumination.Full bathroom for visitors, adjacent to the office.Office with fine furniture, desk, A/C and Murano lamp.Spacious main dining room.Big living room with two lamps of cut crystal and gold coating.Informal living room with bar area (including bar furniture).Changing room for visitors using the Jacuzzi.Roofed Jacuzzi for up to 10 people.Informal dining room with tennis court view.Compartment under the stairs for delicate goods.Kitchen with granite counter, very well illuminated, bright color furniture, instant hot water, food disposal, dishwasher, and a counter in the center for different purposes.Built-in cupboard for supplies.Bedroom with full bathroom for the maid.Ample laundry room with clothes lines.Garage for two cars in the back side of the house. The garage is decorated with the same elements of the rest of the house.BBQ area with smoke extractor. This area is connected with the garage by sliding doors to convert it into a spacious party room.Garden.Side area next to the garage. This space works perfectly as a parking area when having parties.Ample windows with sieve for better ventilation.High roof for a better circulation of the air.Upper level:TV room.Two bedrooms with closets.A full bathroom with bathtub hydro-massage and shower. This bathroom is shared by the two bedrooms of the west side of the second floor.A third bedroom with walk-in closet and full bathroom.Ample master bedroom with bathtub hydro-massage and shower, two double sinks, indirect lights, and a dressing table for ladies.Big walk-in closet in the master bedroom.Central A/C system for the upper-level only.“Shut” to drop the clothing into the laundry area.There are garden areas in front and on the east side of the house. In the front of the house there is a bench to take advantage of cool evenings or to wait for the school bus or visitors. The garbage disposal is constructed with cement and an iron top. The driveway runs through the front of the house to facilitate visitors’ arrival, so they are close to the main door, especially useful on rainy days. There are spotlights in front to illuminate and highlight the house, three additional compartments to keep tools, garden equipment, etc., a machine room for the water heater and the pump to send water throughout the house in case of scarcity, fans in two upper rooms (if A/C is not used) and in two main bathrooms, in the terrace (BBQ area), in the informal living room and in the informal dining room, speakers in several social areas of the house, intercommunication among rooms and the kitchen, electric gate at the entrance of the garage side street, tall fence in the back side of the property with razor wire, 24/7 security services, two gas tanks for the Jacuzzi, dimmers in several areas of the house, two telephone lines (2282-1111 and 2282-1212) and paving decorated area in front of the house.The house is given with no drapes but there are curtain rods.Asking price: $800,000 (An appraisal was done recently and could be shown to interested parties.)Maintenance fee: $181 monthly.Municipal taxes: $352 every three months (March, June, September and December). First quarter of 2015 is paid.Corporations tax: $187 per year (2015 is paid).Luxury home tax: $ 1,240 per year (2015 is paid).See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155237305.jpg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155516246.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208154904818.jpgcenter_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155322533.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208160504384.jpg info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155022219.jpg Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208154744414.jpglast_img read more

Chris Rankin to lead Cruise1st as GM Australia

first_imgCruise1st has announced its appointment of Qantas veteran Chris Rankin to the role of General Manager, Australia.Mr Rankin will drive the growth of Cruise1st’s Australian business, which launched in July 2010.Most recently the general manager for wholesale of Jetset Travelworld, Mr Rankin was previously commercial general manager for Qantas Holidays. He began his career with Qantas Holidays in the UK, where he held several roles including leisure sales manager UK and Ireland, before relocating to Sydney in 2007.“We are very excited to welcome someone of Chris Rankin’s calibre into the Cruise1st family and we are confident that Chris will help Cruise1st become the number one player in cruise retail in Australia,” managing director of Cruise1st UK, Daniel Townsley, said.Based in the United Kingdom, Cruise1st has become one of the largest online cruise travel providers in the UK market place. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

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