Posted by Share TORONTO — Costsaver has launched its first global fam trip, the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers Trip, giving 13 top selling agents from Canada the opportunity to experience the company’s inaugural program in Asia next year.Following the launch of the Costsaver’s new Asia program, the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers Trip, departing in May 2019, will visit Vietnam, offering agents the chance to test out Costsaver’s ‘Essentials by Us, Tailored by You’ concept for themselves.To qualify, agencies need to have as many guests as possible booked (and paid for) on Costsaver’s tours by March 18, 2019, with a minimum of four passengers on the new Asia collection.Top-selling agencies will receive a notification before the end of December 2018 to let them know they are in the running. In the months ahead, the shortlist will narrow, based on the agency’s sales of the Costsaver program, and each contender will receive regular postcard teasers revealing a new destination on the trip.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAgencies that receive a fifth and final postcard will be sending one lucky member of their staff on their way to Vietnam.The place is offered to the agency, who will then allocate it to one of its top frontline sellers of Costsaver within the team. Any booking for 2019 will qualify, including historical sales made prior to them announcement of the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers trip. Winners will be announced April 1, 2019.“Our Costsaver program for 2019 is already proving a winning formula for agents, opening up touring to a whole new audience,” says Costsaver’s Global CEO, Gavin Tollman. “Thanks to the trade, who have embraced the Costsaver concept and our ‘Ready to Go’ rate, sales are already 30% up to date year on year, with a highly successful expansion across Europe, North Africa, USA, Canada and South America.”Highlights on the Costsaver Clique trip will include Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast, as well as a farewell evening to round off the adventure.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterCostsaver’s new Asia program officially starts in January 2019 and will serve seven countries – Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Hong Kong – from just $198 per person, per day.For more information about Costsaver, the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers trip and the new Asia program, agents are asked to speak to their local Sales Manager or visit CostsaverTour.com/en-ca/cs-clique. Tags: CostSaver, FAMs Travelweek Group Thursday, December 13, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> 13 Canadian agents can land a spot on Costsaver’s global fam
No related posts. Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and Temporary Minister of Public Works and Transport Rodrigo Rivera on Thursday morning signed a new traffic bill into a law. Upon being published in the official newspaper “La Gaceta,” which government officials expect to happen in the next two weeks, the law will adjust traffic fines and penalties.The legislation went through two years of drafting and discussions before it was approved by lawmakers last September. The bill still lacks information on how the law will be implemented. This could take from six months to a year, officials estimated.In September 2011, the Legislative Assembly voted on a first version of the bill, which included maximum fines of up to ₡468,780 ($920), some of the most expensive in the world. But the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck the law down, saying the penalties were disproportionately high.The law signed this Thursday “includes more rational fines and penalties,” Chinchilla said. It places traffic violations in categories rated from “A” to “E.” The most expensive fines – for offenses such as drunk driving and driving with a suspended license – fall into category “A” and set a maximum fine of ₡189,000 ($379).The bill also creates driver’s education materials for schools to use, and community service opportunities for people whose licenses are suspended for one or more violations. Facebook Comments
No related posts. Hotel occupancy rates at the end of 2012 were lower than those reported in the same period of 2011, and although industry expectations were for 70 percent room occupancy, businesses fell short, with 65.5 percent occupancy nationwide.These figures come from a survey by the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) of its members, who also reported lower tourism activities in the same period.Like in previous years, most tourists preferred beach hotels, which showed the highest occupancy rates at 84 percent. But in comparison with 2011, this represents a decrease of 13 percentage points (97 percent in 2011).Some 26 percent of the hotels participating in the survey said their tourism activity was lower than last year, and 30.4 percent said they maintained similar numbers, which means that only 39.1 percent of the hotels had better occupancy rates. Facebook Comments
No related posts. Costa Rica’s National Biosecurity Technical Commission on Monday evening granted a local subsidiary of multinational biotechnology company Monsanto permission to grow genetically modified (GM) corn in the country.The weekly El Financiero reported that the permision was granted by a majority vote, which now allows Monsanto to plant one or two hectares of GM corn.The decision was confirmed by Alejandro Hernández, a member of the commission representing the Ministry of Science and Technology, and by the NGO Coecoceiba.The ruling allows Monsanto to grow corn for obtaining seeds or for research purposes, but not for consumption or marketing in the country, as all seed to be produced will be exported.The request was filed by the U.S. company Delta & Pine Land seed Ltda (D&PL) last November, which led to public protests and demonstrations by ecologist and university groups.Monsanto – also a U.S. company – bought D&PL in 2006, and keeps a local office in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.In addition to opposition from environmental groups, a letter against GMOs was sent by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Biology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), and the Costa Rican Agronomy Engineers’ Association.In December, Luis Felipe Arauz, dean of the UCR’s Agricultural Sciences Faculty spoke before the commision, stating that “there are risks involved in GM contamination of native corn.” He presented projections based on mathematical models that take into account aspects such as wind, pollen production, and others, to prove it.Currently there are 443.1 hectares of biotech crops in Costa Rica, of which 394.3 are of cotton, 44.6 are soybeans, 3.2 are pineapple and 1 is banana. They belong to Semillas Olson, D & PL Semillas, Bayer, Semillas del Trópico and Del Monte, according to data from the government Phytosanitary Service. Facebook Comments
Related posts:7 alleged poachers to stand trial Monday for Costa Rica conservationist’s murder Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial United Nations, environmental groups condemn verdict in Jairo Mora murder case Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora speaks with children at a local school. He was killed in May 2013. (Courtesy Widecast) Facebook Comments Update, 6:46 p.m., Jan. 26, 2015:Early Monday evening, Broad Front Party lawmaker Edgardo Araya filed a motion in the Legislative Assembly’s Environmental Commission to call Costa Rica’s Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría to testify before the commission regarding “the omissions by the Prosecutor’s Office in the Jairo Mora case,” according to a post on Araya’s Facebook. “No more impunity,” Araya stated. Original story continues here:LIMÓN — After three months of trial marked by continuous delays and setbacks, a Limón court on Monday morning acquitted seven men of the murder of 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on the night of May 31, 2013, citing reasonable doubt, discarded evidence and an ineffective investigation.Defendants surnamed Arauz, Salmón (brother of defendant Donald Salmón) and Loaiza will walk free, absolved of all crimes, while Hectór Cash, Ernesto Centeno, José Bryan Delgado and Donald Salmón will serve prison sentences for a prior rape and robbery on the same beach. All seven defendants were acquitted of the kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault and murder that took place on the night of May 31, 2013, when Mora was killed. Lawmaker Edgardo Araya’s motion to force Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría to appear before a legislative commission. (Via Edgardo Araya Facebook)That night, a band of masked men captured Mora, who worked at a nearby wildlife refuge, along with four foreign volunteers from Moín Beach near Limón, on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. The group had gone to the beach to collect leatherback sea turtle eggs to rebury them safely away from the poachers that frequented Moín. As the group was returning to the sanctuary, they encountered a log blocking the road, and when Mora exited the car to remove it, he was ambushed by a group of masked men. The men took the four women to an abandoned house, while Mora was taken to the beach, beaten and dragged naked behind a car. He died of asphyxiation in the sand. Following the verdict, Jairo Mora’s parents, Rafael Mora and Fernanda Sandoval, were too visibly upset to comment to a Tico Times reporter.The prosecution alleged that the seven defendants were members of a known poaching gang and murdered Mora because of his role protecting turtles on the beach. Judges cited the legal principle of in dubio pro reo, which means the court must rule in favor of defendants when reasonable doubt exists.In her explanation of the verdict, Judge Yolanda Alvarado said the mishandling of evidence by investigators, prosecutors and preliminary courts contributed to this doubt. She also cited an incomplete investigation that was unable to determine with exactitude the identities of the perpetrators.“Lamentably the management of evidence broke the chain of proof in this case,” Alvarado said.That mishandling of evidence led to the exclusion of three key pieces of evidence from the prosecution’s case. These included bottles of cologne that were lost in evidence, a recorded disc of telephone conversations that was not properly reviewed by a preliminary court judge, and cellphone tower investigations that also did not undergo judicial review. The Tico Times had reviewed much of this evidence for a previous in-depth report on the case. Read that related story, “Why Jairo died,” here.“This failure shows that we have a Prosecutor’s Office in this country that is not functioning properly,” Gerardo Vargas, a Broad Front Party leader, told Costa Rica’s Radio Monumental. “We have a Prosecutor’s Office that doesn’t do a good job. We have a Prosecutor’s Office that doesn’t even try.” A selfie posted to Facebook by defendant Héctor Cash in 2013. The Tico TimesThe four defendants convicted of kidnapping, raping and robbing a Costa Rican couple and their young nephews nearly two weeks before Mora’s murder were sentenced as follows:Donald Salmón: 27 years in prison for aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping.Héctor Cash: 23 years for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and sexual abuse.José Bryan Delgado: 17 years for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.Ernesto Centeno: 17 years for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.According to defense attorney Jadiel Quesada, one primary reason for the not-guilty verdict was that no one was “able to recognize” beyond reasonable doubt the perpetrators and identify them in court.Quesada told The Tico Times: “It’s very easy to recognize four people when they are in the position [the defendants] were in [at trial] – seated and handcuffed behind their lawyers and surrounded by police agents. In that situation, it’s very easy to point the finger, … which is why we [the defense team] feel the poorly managed investigation should also extend to all the charges in the two cases. But we believe that for social reasons, it was necessary to find someone guilty of something, and for that reason we will appeal [the convictions].”In a statement issued shortly after the verdict, the Costa Rican Supreme Court noted that the Mora case technically is still “open,” and the same defendants could be re-tried if more evidence is presented that could lead to their convictions. Under Costa Rican law, prosecutors have two opportunities to appeal.Rodrigo Araya, an attorney representing Mora’s family, told online news site AmeliaRueda.com that he felt “an absolute sense of impunity,” and that he would appeal the ruling, which he said was based on technicalities.The news site also reported that a protest to denounce the trial’s outcome is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, in front of the court complex in downtown San José.The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which named one of their ships after Mora last year, also released a statement declaring their intention to expand operations to Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast this year to continue Mora’s work, but Mora’s close friend and fellow sea turtle advocate, Vanessa Lizano, says it’s too late.“I think it is more hurtful right now for people to try to help when it is just too late,” she told The Tico Times on Monday. “It gets me angrier that they didn’t help before.”Follow updates at ticotimes.net.
Related posts:Former Brazil football chief Jose Maria Marin appears in US court in FIFA corruption case Top US sponsors of FIFA urge football body to enact reforms Prosecutors begin to close in on Eduardo Li and other FIFA officials Platini withdraws bid for FIFA presidency Swiss authorities announced on Friday that they had opened a criminal investigation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter. It seems the probe into corruption at soccer’s global governing body is finally working its way up to the top. FIFA’s independent ethics committee has opened its own investigation of Blatter. That’s led to rumors that he might step down sooner than his planned February resignation, though he quickly rebutted those notions Monday and said he’s done “nothing illegal or improper.”But while Blatter is the main focus of the investigation and coverage, the more immediate concern in soccer is Michel Platini, president of soccer’s governing body in Europe and the person most likely to succeed Blatter. The Swiss Attorney General’s office is accusing Blatter of making a “disloyal payment” — one that works against the interests of the association — of around $2.1 million to Platini in 2011, just weeks before Platini dropped his bid to challenge Blatter in FIFA’s presidential elections. Platini maintains that the payment was declared to authorities “in accordance with Swiss law,” and was compensation for consulting work he did between 1998 and 2002. If that’s true, we have yet to receive an explanation for why the payment was delayed nine years.Each development in the FIFA probe seems to emphasize just how wide international soccer’s web of corruption is, and the revelation about the Platini payment is no exception. It also shows how far-fetched it is to imagine that a successor to Blatter who comes from within FIFA’s inner circle would represent reform, as opposed to business as usual. When Blatter announced that he would step down after a special election next year, critics scoffed at the wisdom of putting Platini in the top job, noting that he was instrumental in helping Qatar win a tainted bid for the 2022 World Cup.Platini has pushed for some financial reform, but he’s also been a close friend of Blatter’s and is deeply embedded in FIFA’s power structure. There are some parallels between the situation at the soccer association and at Volkswagen, which also finds its leader embroiled in corporate scandal. Amid revelations that the company falsified diesel-engine emissions data, Martin Winterkorn stepped down as CEO last week, with former Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller named as his successor.Mueller is a VW veteran, with 40 years at the company. Furthermore, Bloomberg’s Chris Reiter and Christoph Rauwald report, Winterkorn will continue to supervise Mueller by remaining the top executive at Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Volkswagen’s dominant shareholder. Just as Blatter’s lingering presence blemishes FIFA, Winterkorn’s “raises questions about whether VW can truly reform itself with old-guard insiders in key positions,” Reiter and Rauwald write.Perhaps FIFA can take a cue from VW as both try to restore their shattered credibility. Last week, the Volkswagen Group announced it was restructuring the company as part of a plan that “strengthens the brands and regions.” Any real move to reform FIFA must similarly start with decentralizing power. That goal was the linchpin of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein’s candidacy when he challenged Blatter in FIFA’s leadership election in May. His reform proposals included presidential term limits and drastic increases in revenue payouts to national associations, from $250,000 to $1 million per association per year. “You cannot run everything simply from Zurich,” he said at the time.The latest investigation into Blatter and Platini shows that you also can’t run everything from within FIFA in its current form. The association needs to look elsewhere for potential successors to Blatter and break with its old guard. Perhaps choosing a woman might be a good place to start.— Kavitha Davidson writes about sports for Bloomberg View.© 2015, Bloomberg View Facebook Comments
After several small eruptions on Friday, Turrialba Volcano – located 50 kilometers east of Costa Rica’s capital – erupted at 5:10 a.m. on Saturday. According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), the volcano spewed gas and vapor and launched ash 800 meters into the air. The eruption lasted for 30 minutes.OVSICORI geologists report that the ash is being carried south and will fall primarily in areas immediately surrounding Turrialba. There have been no reports of ash in San José or the surrounding suburbs.OVSICORI officials reported increased seismic activity at the volcano earlier this week and warned that an eruption could be imminent. After a series of major eruptions in 2014, Turrialba Volcano had been inactive for the past several months. With this explosion and another last Friday, volcanologists say that the volcano is reawakening.“We are seeing a reactivation in the volcano, but it isn’t anything like the large eruptions we had last year,” OVSICORI official Javier Pacheco told daily La Nación. “This is a slow reactivation that has been underway since Oct. 10.” Related posts:Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high Facebook Comments
Costa Rica has a new All-Star team — aSelección Nacional of sorts — though almost no one here knows who they are. Yet.Like the country’s national soccer teams, this Sele is a group of the most talented young people from around the country who have gained international recognition, jetted off to Europe and arrived as welcomed guests. And yet there is not a soccer ball in sight when this team gets together: these all-stars kick around ideas instead. Their huddles take place not on a sideline, but rather in a gleaming laboratory packed with work tables, exhaust hoods, shelves of glassware, refrigerators full of mysterious chemicals in beakers and vials with strange codes written on them, and – well, OK, maybe the occasional leftover sandwich and half-finished soft drink.The group of four, all students in the Biotechnology Engineering program at the Technology Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) in Cartago, were selected by San Francisco-based synthetic biology accelerator IndieBio to go to Cork, Ireland to develop their start-up biotechnology firm. This places funding, professional support and coaching at their disposal to help them develop their idea: using inexpensive materials including sugarcane molasses to produce hyaluronic acid. Facebook Comments A petri dish with hyaloronic acid-producing bacteria growing on sugarcane molasses. (Courtesy of IndieBio)“Hyaluronic acid” doesn’t slip off the tongue very easily, but you know it well — not by name, but because of what it means to humans. It is the substance produced in the body that lubricates joints and makes skin smooth and supple. It is part of the tissue that lies under the skin, and is found in connective, epithelial and neural tissues. It’s a gel-filled lattice that can be synthesized in a laboratory, but the most important lab where this mystery goo is produced is your own body.The acid, known as HA, is a self-produced fountain of youth that gives you soft, smooth skin, elastic and wrinkle-free, glowing with health. Its useful properties, according to the young scientists, include its capacity to retain water a thousand times more than its molecular weight, and its high viscoelasticity ability. These properties are essential to many molecular functions and biochemical processes of living tissues such as joint lubrication and cell responses to inflammation. The commercially and inexpensively-produced HA that these young Tico scientists are working on could be used in a host of practical medical and cosmetic applications; now that their ideas are lowering the cost of production, many more uses may be found.What’s more, this group of students is already dreaming of inspiring new levels of biotechnological innovation back home in Costa Rica so that more projects like theirs can see the light of day.When I first wrote to the team from Costa Rica one evening from my home in Angeles Sur, it was seven hours later in Cork, 2 am on a chilly, rainy Irish night when they should have been asleep. They weren’t. I got an email reply within minutes. But who can blame them for being insomniacs? How could anyone sleep with so much excitement and so much to do?Meet Rafael Lobo Marín, 21, and Sofía Miranda Durán, 20, both from San José; Marcelo Castro Alpízar, 21, from San Ramón, Alajuela; and José Pablo Méndez Sánchez, 20, from Guápiles, Limón.Their alias: Team Magenta Biolabs.I can’t believe you are still awake.Marcelo: We can’t sleep. We are still getting used to the time difference.Let’s start at the beginning. Did you have any early experiences that pushed you in the direction of science and bio-technology? Marcelo: My childhood was full of curiosity, trying to learn how everything worked in nature, and even in the garden of my house. I lived in a rural town so I had close contact with nature, starting with my father’s hiking tours in the mountain when he needed to work on the land, to my mother asking for help in the garden chores… I realized that I wanted to work with things that were alive. At the beginning it was plants, but as I got deeper into biology, I started to wonder about being a scientist.Rafael: As a child I remember pretending to be an astronaut. Since that time I have always admired [groundbreaking Costa Rican scientist and astronaut] Franklin Chang. He is one of my role models because he always has known clearly what he wanted in his life and he worked really hard to achieve it. In my first biology class I discovered my passion in that area; I had a great teacher.José Pablo: I come from a rural area. My grandpa is a farmer; I remember waking up early to go and work with him and after that going to a river to swim, always paying extremely close attention to all the nature that was around me. I went to a scientific high school, and during that time my interest started to grow.Sofía: Like many children, I dreamed of being an astronaut, doctor, or an important scientist — the kind you see in science books. My parents always supported my crazy dreams. I remember this like it was yesterday: the real microscope that my parents gave me. I still have it, and I will never forget spending so many hours pretending I was a scientist. Now I understand and appreciate all the support that my parents always provided. Taking in the sights: José Pablo, Rafael and Marcelo in Dublin. (Courtesy of Sofía Miranda)How did you all meet? Did you know each other before going to TEC?Rafael: No, and we started our studies in different years. We met at the “Startup Weekend Costa Rica” event during the Change Makers Edition — an entrepreneurship competition — in March of 2015.Did your project start as a class assignment?José Pablo: No. The idea was something that we heard about in class, but our project itself was designed by us completely as an extracurricular task.How did you even know about hyaluronic acid (HA)? Were you being mentored by one or more particular professors?José Pablo: One of our mentors told us that the HA industry was growing, and that there was no company making it in Costa Rica, or even Central America. The leader of our group, Rafael, had already done research for a university course to produce HA, so he told us that it might be a good idea, but we needed to redesign the whole process by ourselves to make it work. After discussing the idea with other mentors, we decided to start working on the technology necessary to make it real.When was HA first discovered or synthesized?Sofia: The first report of HA was in 1934 by Karl Meyer and his colleague John Palmer. They isolated an unknown substance from the vitreous fluid of cow’s eyes. In the 1950s you can find the first reports of the use of HA for humans during eye surgery. HA was initially taken from human umbilical cords and after that from rooster combs.Marcelo: After the discovery of this new molecule, it started to become popular for the practical benefits of its uses.How do you produce the hyaluronic acid? Is it synthesized by bacteria or fungi?Sofía: We use a non-pathogenic bacteria to produce high-quality hyaluronic acid for the cosmetic industry. This substance is very important for anti-aging products because it helps to keep the skin moist and young and also has been proven as a good treatment for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis when injected. HA used to be extracted with a chemical procedure or produced with a pathogenic bacteria whose growth requires a very expensive culture medium and makes toxins which are hazardous for humans. Our project will change this industry as we will be able to produce high-quality HA with no chemical or biological hazards.What led you to try biosynthesis on sugarcane products?José Pablo: Molasses is a sugar-rich product, and this makes it a perfect culture medium for our bacteria and for HA production. The economic benefits are great, because molasses as a substrate and growing medium is not nearly as expensive as chemical culture media are. I remember my grandfather feeding buckets of dark molasses to cattle. They loved lapping it up like ice cream. Growing a valuable product inexpensively is what makes our process unique. What makes us different is that we are using industrial and agricultural by-products as a cheap culture medium to produce the HA. The first by-product that we are using as our raw material is sugarcane molasses. We have a way to turn low value products into a very highly-valued and needed substance.How did you get your opportunity for the trip to Ireland?Rafael: We saw a Facebook ad from a group called Biotica which is related to the biotechnologies we are so interested in. We decided to apply – “Just to see what happens,” we told ourselves. It was a shot in the dark and we were so surprised when we got the email telling us that we were pre-accepted and that we were going to have an online meeting with [IndieBio director] Cathal Garvey for the selection of the finalists.Marcelo: One hour after our meeting, we were still hanging out together. As we were watching the screen on my Samsung, we all saw the email arrive and read that we had been accepted. It had taken only an hour for them to pick us! We had no idea this was coming so quickly. We were in shock for a second, and then it hit us what this meant. We immediately went crazy and screamed and hugged each other and danced around. But we are nerdy enough to start working immediately. We knew that we were getting into something absolutely huge for us, so that would mean a lot of work ahead. Jose Pablo, Sofía, Rafael and Marcelo at the airport on their way to Cork. (Courtesy of Inés Miranda)I am relieved to hear that you finally acted your age when you went crazy for a few minutes! What does your work in Ireland consist of?Rafael: Basically we will develop the technology that we need: the whole laboratory and synthetic biology work to proof our concept and get a minimum amount of viable product.Marcelo: When we were accepted in this accelerator program, we got hooked in immediately with a venture capital firm, SOSVentures, which has a partnership with IndieBio. SOSVentures specializes in making huge investments in ideas and startups in Europe. They invested $100,000 in our project, and in others too.Why is Ireland a center of pharmacology and medical research?Sofía: I looked it up! The Enterprise Europe network indicates that Ireland is the best European country to get investment in pharmaceutical companies. Amazingly, nine out of the top ten pharmaceutical companies are located in Ireland.What is the goal of Magenta Biolabs?Rafael: We are working on changing the paradigm about how people see business, venture capital, youth, science, and innovation in Latin America, and as far as we are able, around the world. In Costa Rica and Central America you rarely hear about venture capital and big money investments in unproven ideas since nobody likes to chance what little money they have in risky ideas. But Europe and the USA work a bit differently, and you find a lot of cash if you have an idea that seems to be good. Magenta Biolabs aims to help the Costa Rican startup environment to take advantage of the huge potential that our country has.You mean that if you can show that bright people with innovative ideas in Costa Rica can be successful in start-up entrepreneurial ventures, maybe more of this will happen.Group: (in one voice) YES!When will you return to Costa Rica to finish your studies?Marcelo: Our program here in Cork has been carefully planned out. The program ends on the first week of August, which gives us time time to rejoin the classes of the university for the second semester. The university gave us this sabbatical time off to make this unbelievable trip.What is the gleam in your eye, or your wildest dream?Marcelo: We have all talked about this. We want create an IndieBio-like program in Costa Rica and Central America where students like us would be able to find seed capital to develop their ideas. We want to change the way people see biotechnology. We want to change the local and national mindset of politicians and officials toward science and business. We want to show the world that young people like us can bring together science, technology, environment, and smart business and make profound changes in the world. Costa Rica’s youth can lead the way.Stephen Duplantier has taught journalism, film and communication arts in the New Orleans area. He has made several documentary fllms on folklife in south Louisiana. Stephen has lived in Costa Rica for twelve years and edits Neotropica—the Costa Rican Magazine for Living in the New Tropics. Related posts:US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Costa Rica makes nuclear fusion history with plasma discharge Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test Researchers find specimen of Costa Rican frog believed to be extinct
For the 11th time in as many years, Costa Rica’s national surf team bested Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama in the Central American Surfing Championships. The games, which took place last Friday through Sunday in the Central Pacific beach town of Jacó, included a full contingent of Tico surfers who battled it out for medals in the manner of the ISA World Surfing Games. Organizers estimated that about 2,000 people were on hand to watch the tournament in front of Best Western Jacó.In the end, Ticos placed at the top of their categories four times. Maykol Torres of Esterillos Oeste won the Open category; Paula Rodríguez of Jacó won the Women’s category; Dennis Picado, also of Jacó, was the Junior champ; and Oscar Urbina of the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo won Boys. Costa Rica won the tag team event as well.“I am very happy to be champion, especially since I had many problems with injuries. To come back and win is very emotional for me,” said Torres. “We were all united, a big family, and that gave us the championship.”The Costa Rica team also included Anthony Fillingim and Leiner Morales, from Santa Teresa; Durby Castillo, from Pavones; Emily Gussoni, Kenneth Perala and André Chacón, all from Jacó; Aldo Chirinos, from Playa Negra; Malakai Martínez, Lía Díaz, Emily Gussoni and Zulay Martínez, of Tamarindo; Gilbert Brown López and Gabriel Córdoba, from Puerto Viejo; Paulina Summers, from Limón; and Adolfo Gómez and Ale Gómez, of Sámara.Gilbert Brown, the four-time Costa Rican surf champion, served as coach for the national team, drawing on his own experience competing here in this country and as a former member of Tico teams that went out on the international stage.“I am proud of the heart that each and every member of our team put out in the water and in each heat,” said Brown. “There was not a moment that Costa Rica lowered their guard.”The Central American Surfing Championship 2016 is, for Costa Rica, one step closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic surfing event. Next year in December, the sport will be included in the Managua Central American Games. Costa Rica plans to send a team to that contest as well.Results for the 2016 Central America Surfing Championships:Costa Rica 15.503 pointsGuatemala 10.770Panamá 9.472El Salvador 6.733Nicaragua 4.680Individual Results:OpenMaykol Torres (CRI)Anthony Fillingim (CRI)Jair Pérez (CRI)Jonny Alfonso (PAN)Women’sPaula Rodriguez (CRI)Emily Gussoni (CRI)Samanta Alonso (PAN)Candelaria Resano (NIC)JuniorDennis Picado (CRI)Agustin Cedeño (PAN)Aldo Chirinos (CRI)Malakai Martinez (CRI)Junior GirlsValentina Resano (NIC)Emily Gussoni (CRI)Zulay Martínez (CRI)Candelaria Resano (NIC)BoysOscar Urbina (CRI)André Chacón (CRI)Lester Hernández (GUA)José López (SAL)GirlsCandelaria Resano (NIC)Paulina Summers (CRI)Valentina Resano (NIC)Lia Díaz (CRI)Groms (Exhibition category)Darshan Antequera (CRI)Kai Gail (PAN)Tep Gail (PAN)Jose Martínez (SAL)Tag TeamCosta RicaPanamáGuatemalaEl Salvador Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica steps up safety measures ahead of World Surfing Games in Jacó Costa Rican women who made us cheer this year Leilani McGonagle wins national surf championship Entry-level surf event opens doors for Guanacaste kids
Related posts:Crocodile that attacked U.S. surfer captured in Tamarindo Death of crocodile in traditional Costa Rican activity stirs controversy Why one Costa Rican lawyer is suing the government over crocodiles Shrimping boat sinks in Guanacaste, spilling diesel on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast Worry is growing among locals and experts as more dead marine creatures turn up in Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya.On Friday morning, social media messages from locals near Manzanillo, Puntarenas showed an overturned crocodile, apparently dead, in the gulf. Just two days prior, the community was shocked by the appearance of thousands of dead sardines that drifted onto a two-kilometer stretch of coast. (Courtesy of Wilmar Matarrita/Facebook)Though Coast Guard officials and biologists are investigating the waters, no cause has yet been named for the mysterious deaths of the marine life. Initial reports Wednesday suggested that it was only a single species of sardine affected, but a later news release from the Public Security Ministry indicate that other types of fish had also been found dead.While some experts, such as staff members of the conservation group MarViva, have hypothesized that the mass deaths could be a result of a toxic phytoplankton in the waters, Coast Guard officials said it could be related to changing oxygen levels.Community members of Facebook have commented that they fear there could be some chemical element or pollution that is causing the sudden deaths in the gulf.One local told news site Amelia Rueda that the crocodile was found floating in waters just a few hundred meters from where the sardines washed up. He said that though it is common to see crocodiles in the surrounding area, it is very rare to see them dead. Facebook Comments
0 Comments Share Her big brown eyes are framed by mascara-coated lashes to cover their whiteness stemming from the vitiligo skin disorder. Tiny wisps of white curls peek through the dark brown hair pinned into a bun. Her wide infectious grin turned strained as she chatted about her childhood.“I lost both my parents, so I was there (the orphanage) for about a year and I wasn’t treated very well because I had vitiligo,” she said Monday. “We were ranked as numbers and number 27 was the least favorite and that was my number, so I got the least amount of food, the least amount of clothes and what not.”Michaela said she walked shoeless for miles to reach a refugee camp after word came that the orphanage would be bombed. Elaine DePrince, who adopted Michaela and two other girls, Mia and Mariel, from the orphanage, said she met the girls in Ghana in 1999. Michaela was 4.“They came to me sick and traumatized by the war,” DePrince said. “Michaela arrived with the worst case of tonsillitis, fever, mononucleosis and joints that were swollen.Michaela said the war and her time in the orphanage affected her for years.“It took a long time to get it out of my memory. But my mom helped me a lot and I wrote a lot of stuff down so I could recover from it,” she said. “Dance helped me a lot. I had a lot of nightmares. “ Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “I would like to say that, if she has any relatives alive in Sierra Leone they should know that she has been extremely well cared for and loved, and we have put our hearts and souls into making her dreams come true,” DePrince said.DePrince and her husband Charles have adopted nine children, and had two biological sons. Two of Michaela’s brothers died before she was born, and a third died when she was young. Their deaths were a result of HIV contracted from a manufactured plasma product that was used to treat the hemorrhages associated with hemophilia.DePrince said the family has worked hard to develop all their children’s dreams.“She says she would have not had this dream come true if she had not become Michaela DePrince” by adoption, DePrince said, adding that none of the three girls adopted from Sierra Leone have expressed interest in finding their biological family.But Michaela said she does eventually want to return to her birthplace to open a school for dance and the arts.“I hope to inspire a lot of young children,” Michaela said, “no matter what people tell you, you should focus on your goals and you should do what you want to do, especially if you want to be a ballet dancer.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Michaela’s presence “shakes and rattles the whole idea that ballet is not for black people and shows it’s for all people,” said Dirk Badenhorst, CEO-designate of South Africa Mzansi Ballet. “Brilliance is colorblind and it really is proved by Michaela.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Michaela, Mia and Mariel were among children whose adoptions became controversial in Sierra Leone.In 2010, some parents of 29 children left at the Help A Needy Child International center, known as HANCI, stormed the office of Sierra Leone’s social welfare minister demanding help finding their sons and daughters. They claimed many did not know their children would be adopted.HANCI maintains the parents consented and said it arranged the adoptions through a U.S. agency that placed 29 of the children with American parents. DePrince confirmed three of her daughters were adopted through the U.S. agency.In April, Sierra Leone police opened an investigation into the adoptions.The adoptions took place as the West African country suffered a decade-long war that ended in 2002. Rebels burned villages, raped women and turned kidnapped children into drugged teenage fighters. Tens of thousands of civilians died. Countless others were mutilated by rebels who hacked off hands, arms or legs with machetes.Michaela said her father, a trader, was shot dead by rebels and her mother starved to death. It is unclear if she has family left in Sierra Leone. While Mia told her mother that many parents visited their children at the orphanage, Michaela didn’t get visitors. From the misery of the orphanage “I saw hope in it. And I ripped the page out and I stuck it in my underwear because I didn’t have any place to put it.”Now Michaela’s the one inspiring young Africans: She escaped war and suffers a skin pigmentation disorder that had her labeled “the devil’s child” at the orphanage. She’s an African dancer in the world of ballet that sees few leading black females. She was adopted and raised to become a ballerina in the U.S. _ a country where she believed everyone walked around on tippy toes.On July 19, Michaela performs in her first professional full ballet, dancing the part of Gulnare in Le Corsaire, as a guest artist of South Africa’s two biggest dance companies, Mzansi Productions and South African Ballet Theatre.Her ascent to stardom in the ballet world has been fast, if not typical. At 17, she’s already been featured in a documentary film and has performed on TV-show “Dancing With the Stars”. She just graduated from high school and the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and will go on to work at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her family recently moved from Vermont to New York City to support her dance career and her sister’s acting and singing. Michaela said she has been offered many opportunities to dance with companies in Europe and in the U.S. Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina _ an image in a magazine page blown against the gate of the orphanage where she ended up during Sierra Leone’s civil war. It showed an American ballet dancer posed on tip toe.“All I remember is she looked really, really happy,” Michaela told The Associated Press this week. She wished “to become this exact person.” Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Michaela counts many African American ballet dancers among her role models: “They all have conquered something in the dance world because they were black and they’ve slowly broken down barriers.”When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”Her story, her technique, her focus, is set to inspire other young black and African girls who face hardship to pursue their dreams. Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement It is based on “major suspicions” about Sperisen’s involvement in various killings as head of national police in Guatemala from July 2004 to March 2007, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Because of Sperisen’s Swiss nationality, the prosecutor’s office said, he is not subject to extradition and will face criminal proceedings in Geneva.Several Geneva-based human rights advocacy groups filed two criminal complaints against Sperisen, in 2008 and 2009, urging further investigation.TRIAL, a Geneva-based group, said in a statement Friday that it welcomed the arrest and hopes Sperisen will face trial on charges over his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings and other abuses including the killing of nine farmers. The group said that as police chief he also is accused of involvement in enforced disappearances, torture and sexual violence.According to the group, a warrant for his arrest that was issued in Guatemala in August 2010 helped lead to the formation of a commission by Geneva authorities in April 2011 that eased the transmission of files with evidence against Sperisen.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories GENEVA (AP) – A former director of Guatemala’s national police force who now has Swiss citizenship has been arrested on charges of involvement in extrajudicial killings during the past decade in the Central American country, Swiss police said Friday.The arrest of 42-year-old Erwin Sperisen on Friday was based on evidence submitted in late 2011 by Guatemalan authorities and a more recent investigation, the prosecutor’s office in Geneva said. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments Share Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Scores of Egyptian protesters scaled the embassy walls on Tuesday and entered its courtyard, tearing down the U.S. flag. Hours later, attackers in Libya killed four diplomats, including the ambassador, in an assault on the Benghazi consulate.After three days of clashes in Cairo, authorities blocked off the embassy’s street with a concrete wall. The visa section remained closed Sunday despite earlier plans to reopen.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 5 ways to recognize low testosterone CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s presidential spokesman says the breaching of the U.S. embassy in Cairo during protests over an anti-Islam film was “unjustified,” denouncing it in the strongest words to date to come from the nation’s highest office.Spokesman Yasser Ali’s comments Sunday seem aimed to defuse criticism of President Mohammed Morsi, who condemned the breaching of the mission’s perimeter only two days afterward, leading to tension with Washington. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories LONDON (AP) – A British man has been sentenced to six months in jail for disrupting the annual Boat Race between English universities Oxford and Cambridge by jumping into the River Thames.Trenton Oldfield was convicted last month of causing a public nuisance after he halted the race April 7 by swimming into the middle of the river. Oldfield, who narrowly avoided being struck by the oars of both crews, had claimed his move was a protest against elitism and privilege. Check your body, save your life The 36-year-old was sentenced Friday at London’s Isleworth Crown Court and ordered to pay 750 pounds ($1,200) in costs for disrupting the 158th running of the race.The race, one of England’s oldest sporting rivalries, was eventually won by Cambridge after stopping for about 30 minutes because of the stunt.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The vital role family plays in society Sept. 19:Matthew Olsen, the national counterterrorism center director, tells the Senate committee on homeland security and government affairs that the Benghazi events were a “terrorist attack.”Sept. 20:At a town hall event in Miami, Obama says what we’ve seen over the last week-and-a-half “is an offensive video or cartoon directed at the prophet Muhammad. And this is obviously something that then is used as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts directed at Westerners or Americans.” He says the U.S. is investigating, and that the circumstances differ in each country. But, he adds, “What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.”Sept. 21:Clinton calls Benghazi a “terrorist attack.”Sept. 26:At a U.N. event focusing on Africa’s Sahel region, Clinton says al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and other groups “have launched attacks and kidnappings from northern Mali into neighboring countries.” She says terrorists are “working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions underway in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi.” Comments Share Four benefits of having a wireless security system Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – Here is a timeline of comments by the administration and Libyan officials on what they believed happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, beginning the night of the assault and continuing through September.Republicans have criticized the administration for its description of the attack, suggesting they insisted it was a protest over a film that insulted the Prophet Muhammad because acknowledging it was a terror attack would have affected the presidential campaign. The administration says it gave out the information it had, as it became available, and has strongly objected to the accusation that its messaging was politically motivated. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Oct. 26:Obama administration officials defend their response to the attack amid new claims that the White House failed to send help quickly enough as militants overran the mission.In response to a report alleging that security officers working for the CIA in Benghazi heard the attack but were twice told to wait before rushing to the compound, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood says the CIA “reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sept. 11, 2012:U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a statement on the attack on Benghazi, notes that “some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”Sept. 12:From the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama calls Benghazi an “outrageous and shocking attack.” He says the U.S. rejects efforts to denigrate religious beliefs of others, but that there is no justification “to this type of senseless violence.” He adds that “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation…”Later, at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Obama sends a message to “anybody who would do us harm: No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”Clinton, in a statement, condemns what she calls a “vicious and violent attack.” She says later, “This was an attack by a small and savage group _ not the people or Government of Libya.” She says that “as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sept. 13:At a campaign event in Colorado, Obama again says, “To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished.”In Washington, Clinton addresses the “video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries.” She later returns to the “small and savage group in Benghazi” and says again “some seek to justify this behavior as a response to inflammatory, despicable material posted on the Internet.”In Libya, Wanis el-Sharef, then eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, said the attacks were suspected to have been timed to mark the 9/11 anniversary and that the militants used civilians protesting an anti-Islam film as cover for their action. Infiltrators within the security forces may have tipped off militants to the safe house location, he said.Sept. 14:At the repatriation ceremony for the victims of the attacks, Clinton calls Benghazi a “heavy assault” and adds: “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”Sept. 15:In his weekly address, Obama stresses that the U.S. “has a profound respect for people of all faiths” and rejects the denigration of Islam. “Yet there is never any justification for violence,” he says. “There is no excuse for attacks on our embassies and consulates.” Sept. 16:U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, goes on morning shows at NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CNN. Based on the administration’s best information, she says, the Benghazi attack was a “spontaneous _ not a premeditated _ response” to the anti-video protests in Cairo. A small number of protesters came to the consulate “and then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons,” she said. Rice called the attack a “direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing to do with.” She said the U.S. had no information at the time “that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”In Libya, interim President Mohammed el-Megarif said: “It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.”Sept. 18:Clinton says U.S. and Libya are working closely together to bring to justice those who “murdered” the four Americas in Benghazi. She notes that in a number of places where protests have turned violent, “we are seeing the hand of extremists who are trying to exploit people’s inflamed passions for their own agendas.” She cites Clapper’s assessment that the U.S. had no actionable intelligence that an attack in Benghazi was planned or imminent.
(AP) – A bus bombing that wounded 27 people is the latest attack in Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolis and frequent target of militants:_ April 23, 2006: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 11 people and injures 68 at a sandwich stand near the city’s old central bus station._ Feb. 25, 2005: A Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up outside the “Stage” beachfront nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing five Israelis and injuring 50. _ April 30, 2003: A Palestinian suicide bomber attacks “Mike’s Place” beachfront bar next to the U.S. Embassy, killing three and wounding 50._ Jan. 5, 2003: A double suicide bombing near the old central bus station kills 23 people _ 15 Israelis and eight foreign nationals _ and injures more than 100._ Sept. 19, 2002: A suicide bomber blows up a local bus outside the city’s Great Synagogue, killing six people and injuring about 70._ July 17, 2002: A double suicide bombing near the old central bus station kills five people and injures 40._ June 1, 2001: A Hamas suicide bomber blows himself up outside the Dolphinarium discotheque on the Tel Aviv beachfront, killing 21 Israeli teenagers and wounding 132._ March 21, 1997: A suicide bomber blows himself up inside the Cafe Apropo coffee shop in Tel Aviv, killing three Israeli women and wounding 48._ March 4, 1996: A suicide bomber explodes outside a shopping, killing 13 Israelis and wounding 130 more._ Oct. 19, 1994: A Hamas suicide bomber blows up aboard a bus on busy Dizengoff Street, killing 22 civilians and wounding more than 50.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
Comments Share Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project They say victims were taken to a hospital in a government-controlled area in Aleppo.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – Syria’s state-run news agency says 25 people have been killed in an alleged rebel chemical attack in northern Syria.Rebels in northern Syria deny the government claim and blamed regime forces for Tuesday’s missile attack on Khan al-Assad village in northern Aleppo province.SANA says 86 people were wounded, some in critical condition. It published pictures showing casualties, including children, on stretchers in what appears to be a hospital ward. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Multiple people were hospitalized with burn injuries, the broadcaster said. The Zhengzhou No. 1 People’s Hospital confirmed that four people were under urgent medical treatment for burns.The TV network said the cause of the fire was not known.Many apartments in China are not properly maintained, and haphazard remodeling projects can leave behind safety hazards such as improper wiring, bad ventilation and the removal of supporting struts.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIJING (AP) — An early morning fire killed 13 people in an apartment building in central China on Thursday, state media said.The fire erupted on the ground level of the seven-story building in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, but did not spread far on a rainy night, China Central Television reported. It said the deaths occurred on the top floor, meaning the victims likely died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories The vital role family plays in society
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility She hopes to catch team scouts’ eyes at another MLB European camp in August where she’ll work with Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.“It’s going to be fun to see how she develops,” said McClellan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall PARIS (AP) — As a two-time All-Star, Steve Finley knows more than most what it takes to shine in Major League Baseball. So having run his expert eyes over the sport’s pioneering 16-year-old girl at a training camp this week, can he hazard a guess at whether she’ll go on to become MLB’s first female player?Short answer: Too early to tell.Not because Melissa Mayeux is a girl. But because “I couldn’t say that about any 16-year-old in the United States, anywhere in the world,” Finley said Friday, speaking by phone to The Associated Press at the end of the pitching and hitting camp in Germany. “It’s an unfair label to even try to put on a 16-year-old kid — boy or girl — that’s in this position: Are they the ‘real deal?’” he said. “She just wants to play baseball and be good at it.”Still, it is fair to say that Finley certainly doesn’t seem displeased by what he saw, having worked with the shortstop on her swing.“She’s very coachable, which I like,” he said. “She’s got good baseball I.Q.”As of Thursday, Mayeux became eligible to be signed by pro teams, having been added to MLB’s international registration list, in a first for women.In an AP interview earlier this week, Mayeux said she wants to “reach the highest level I can” in baseball and dreams of becoming MLB’s first woman, but also realizes that goal is still a long way off. She has already proven that she’s a fighter: she successfully got a “no-girls-allowed” rule abolished in her native France so she could keep playing baseball with French boys beyond the age of 15.“Where it will take me and when, I don’t know,” she said. “Having my name on that list blazes a trail for girls, and I hope girls will come forward to accomplish big things, too, because I don’t think I’m alone at this level.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Yet all the other 28 kids at the MLB clinic were boys. Finley, who won the World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, insisted Mayeux was there on merit.“I don’t really try to rank them,” he said. “They’re 16, they’re 15, they’re 17. I think back when I was in high school, where would I have been ranked? Probably not very high.“She wouldn’t be here if she was a bad player. She’s not going to be here just because she’s a girl. She’s a baseball player and she’s a good baseball player.”Mike McClellan, MLB’s International Game Development director, told the AP: “She’s got great baseball action. She can really play the position. She knows what she’s doing. She knows to be always in the right position. … She makes her plays defensively. She’s a good base runner.”“There’s no pandering involved,” he said. “This is not a gimmick we’re trying to pull.”Mayeux plays for the French junior national team in baseball and the national softball team — with other women — at a senior level. In all her youth teams, Mayeux was always the only girl who stuck with baseball. Melissa Mayeux holds the bat as she poses at a baseball camp in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The 16-year-old player on the French U-18 junior national team, made history when she became the first woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by Major League teams. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travellers planning trips into Brisbane early in the week may want to reconsider their day of arrival, with cleaners and security committed to striking over a pay dispute every Monday morning.Commencing two Mondays ago the demonstrations, lead by United Voice union, have clogged up traffic in and out of the domestic and international terminal as workers circle the in caravans and trailers with a port-a-loo, The Australian reported.The union’s spokesperson told AAP that the workers are fighting for an increase to their $16.50 per hour wage as well as job security.”There’s just under 50 cars driving around Airport Drive,” the spokesperson said. “If we don’t get a reaction it will … only escalate and go to busier times and more cars being involved.”Travellers have also been encourage to rethink Friday morning arrivals as quarantine staff plan a nationwide four hour strike over pay.The disruptions come less than a month after the airport announced that record breaking international and domestic passengers has passed through its terminals, with up to 20 million flyers over June and July.The 5.4 percent increase on last year’s results was achieved despite natural mass flooding in Brisbane earlier this year.“We’ve had more than our fair share of disasters this year however the strong Aussie dollar has encouraged more people to travel abroad while domestically strong passenger growth was also made possible by the injection of 1.4 million extra seats, with every domestic airline operating at Brisbane ramping up capacity throughout the year,” British Airport Corporation chief executive Julieanne Alroe said. International travellers into Australia can also expect delays tomorrow as quarantine staff walk off the job over stalled pay negotiations. The strike will commence from 6.00am at all major Australian international airports.