Into the orange sunset Alberta NDP MP Linda Duncan wont run again

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s lone NDP member of Parliament is calling it quits.Linda Duncan, the three-term representative for Edmonton Strathcona, announced Tuesday she will not run in next year’s general election but will stay in the job until the writ is dropped.“This is not my retirement day,” Duncan said. “I still have a full year (of work) that I fully intend to put in.”Duncan said it has been rewarding fighting for constituents and on behalf of her caucus on issues ranging from the environment and agriculture to rail safety and recently imposed U.S. steel tariffs.But she said the pace and commute between Alberta and Ottawa has taken its toll after 11 years and, at 69, it’s time to focus more on family and travel while still speaking out on important issues.“Over the next year, I’ll decide what to do but certainly my big priority is (to) get a dog … and I just want to spend way more time with my family,” she said.“I spent a lot of my life away working, and my brother and my niece are my No. 1 priority.”Duncan was first elected in 2008 and has worked in a variety of critic portfolios, currently in international development and environment.She narrowly defeated Conservative incumbent Rahim Jaffer in the 2008 election, but was re-elected by healthy margins in 2011 and 2015.Along with politics, her life has been dedicated to the law and the environment.She founded the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton in the early 1980s and has worked as an international environmental law consultant, helping Indonesia, Bangladesh and Jamaica set up rules for environmental enforcement.She also worked as assistant deputy minister with the Yukon government.Recently, she has been walking a fine line politically while Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh publicly spar over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Notley has been vociferously advocating for the line to get more oil to the B.C. coast and boost Alberta’s bottom line. Singh is opposed to the project.Duncan has declined to wade into the spat, but did say the pipeline is not top of mind for her constituents.Singh thanked Duncan for her work.“Linda’s passion and knowledge as a defender of the environment and Indigenous rights will continue to inspire me, and all New Democrats,” Singh wrote on Twitter.Duncan said being at the heart of the political process has been fulfilling, but also occasionally frustrating compared to being an independent advocate.“Before I was elected, I could phone up any government office and ask questions,” she said. “Now I can’t do that. Both the Liberals and the Conservatives, they insist that you go through the minister’s office and have someone political on the call.“That has been my greatest frustration because it puts a blockage with me actually helping my constituents.”Duncan is one of a number of recent federal NDP caucus members who say they are moving on.On Monday, Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London Fanshawe, announced she will not seek a fifth term. Last month, longtime NDP Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson announced he will not seek re-election.Other departures include former leader Tom Mulcair and B.C. MP Kennedy Stewart, who is running to be mayor of Vancouver.Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir was expelled from caucus earlier this year after an investigation found evidence to support harassment complaints.last_img read more

BC now Canadas leading province for film and TV production report

first_img Facebook In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Zachary Quinto, left, and Karl Urban appear in a scene from “Star Trek Beyond”, that is filmed in Vancouver. Kimberley French / AP Advertisement Advertisement British Columbia has become Canada’s leading province for film and television production, surpassing Ontario for the first time, according to a new report from Canadian Media Producers.B.C. has long been known as Hollywood North, but in truth, despite a nickname that makes it seem like the giant of Canada’s film and TV industry, it has never been the busiest province when it comes to media production. Ontario has always led the way, with B.C. vying with Quebec, the home to Canada’s French-language production industry, for second.But things changed last fiscal year (the period of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017), according to Profile 2017, as B.C. broke clear of its two main competitors due primarily to an explosion in the foreign location and service (FLS) production sector, as Metro Vancouver became even more of a hot spot for new series on streaming platforms and major Hollywood blockbusters like Deadpool 2 and Star Trek Beyond. FLS production in British Columbia increased by 46.8 per cent last year, accounting for over $2.31 billion in volume. Per the report, Star Trek Beyond alone contributed $69 million to the province’s economy during the production’s 78 days of filming.British Columbia now accounts for 62 per cent of Canada’s FLS production. Ontario is second in the category at just 23 per cent.Per the report, “Both B.C. and Ontario now host nearly $3 billion in film and television production annually,” giving a massive boost to the national economy and creating thousands of jobs in both markets.Film and TV production in Canada created 171,700 full-time jobs in 2016-17, with the majority coming from these two provinces. But 2016/17 marks the first time B.C. has created more, with 24,120 direct full-time jobs in the industry — just 40 more than Ontario — and another 60,870 full-time jobs generated by the industry, over 6,000 clear of Ontario’s 54,080.Full-time employment created in Canada by film and television production. Screenshot /CMPIn total, it was an incredible, record year for the Canadian film industry, as production volumes in Canada last year reached an all-time high of $8.38 billion.While the spike in FLS production was most pronounced in British Columbia, the rest of Canada saw major gains as well, jumping by 42.1 per cent to $3.76 billion in 2016-17 — “the highest level this country has seen,” per the report.Annual FLS production by type in Canada. Screenshot / CMPCanada has been a major benefactor of the modern content explosion or, as its commonly being called, the “age of abundance.” With more channels and streaming platforms creating and delivering mass media than ever before — Canadians have access to nearly 800 television channels, for instance — there are more opportunities than ever in the Canadian film and television industry, and the country has worked hard to court the big spenders.Companies like Netflix, Facebook, Apple and Amazon are striving to build massive libraries of video content, and spending billions to do so. Next year alone, Apple is reportedly prepared to spend US$1 billion on global video content. Netflix is expected to spend US$7 billion and Amazon Prime will spend upwards of US$4.5 billion.But the surging demand from foreign producers is creating new challenges: suddenly, one of the largest concerns is whether Canada has the ability to meet it without threatening Canadian media in the process.“The theme of last year’s Profile was transition, tempered by both uncertainty about evolving business models in production, distribution and content exploitation,” said CMP in the report. “This year, it is clearer that the demand for content is there. What remains unclear is how the content creation business models — currently prevailing in Canada — and supporting government policies can meet this demand in a sustainable manner.”The report goes on to explain that, despite Canada’s policies designed to support Canadian content, in a market this wide open, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Canadian productions, films especially, to thrive locally.“Capturing more than 3% of its domestic box office for Canadian films remains elusive,” it reads.But even there, British Columbia is leading the way. According to the report, the volume of theatrical films made by B.C.-based producers increased by 92.7 per cent in 2016/17 to $79 million. And Canadian television production from B.C.-based producers increased by 26 per cent to $504 million.by HARRISON MOONEYcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

YOU CAN NOW BE PRESCRIBED A VISIT TO THE ROM BY A

first_img Twitter Advertisement “We know that museum experiences have the power to enhance the health and well-being of communities. By offering greater access to the ROM, our collections, and our programs, this new initiative will enrich the lives of many visitors.”According to the program, research has shown that supplementing traditional treatments by engaging people in art and culture can help alleviate social isolation, promote physical and mental well-being, and improve overall quality of life.And starting in January 2019, healthcare and social service providers can “prescribe” a visit to the ROM as a non-medicinal, therapeutic service to promote health and well-being.The ROM says that with a referral through the Social Prescription Program, individuals are given a ROM pass (valid for up to four visitors) to enjoy free general admission to the museum and its associated activities.The Alliance for Healthier Communities launched social prescribing in June, with 10 Community Health Centres Across Ontario, two of which are in Toronto: Rexdale Community Health Centre, and Stonegate Community Health Centre. The Rexdale Centre has helped shape the ROM Social Prescription Program by participating in a preliminary pilot program in the summer.Social prescriptions are described as “a means for healthcare, community, and social service professionals to refer people to non-clinical and non-medical services that, along with existing treatments, can be a therapeutic tool for improving health and well-being.”Kate Mulligan, Director of Policy and Communications at the Alliance, told Daily Hive that the program helps people that may have health needs that can’t be met by taking pills, instead it provides support, friendship, and volunteer opportunities that may benefit them socially.“This innovative pilot project will mean more people struggling with health issues can visit the ROM and experience the many therapeutic aspects that arts and culture have to offer,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “By partnering with the community, ROMCAN will help people lead healthier lives and maintain better overall well-being.”Mulligan said that with the launch of the program with the ROM, more partners are now interested to get on board with social prescriptions.The ROM may just be the beginning. Facebook Doctors can now prescribe visits to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).The Museum has announced a new health and wellness initiative that will help the well being of many at no cost.As part of a one-year social prescription pilot program, the ROM is working on a collaborative effort with the partners of the ROM’s Community Access Network (ROMCAN), and it provides “an opportunity for people accessing health or social services to benefit from the uplifting experience of engaging with art and culture.”“We are very proud to launch this ground-breaking wellness program with our community-based partners across the province,” said Josh Basseches, ROM Director and CEO, in a release. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Anchorage airport expects summer passenger increase

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s largest airport is expecting a big increase in passenger capacity during the summer tourist season.The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday that officials at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport say they are looking forward to a “significant increase” in summer 2019 passenger capacity as more tourists visit Alaska.Officials say several airlines are expanding their service to Anchorage this summer including Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, United Airlines, and Air Canada.The projected 6 per cent growth in seat capacity equals an additional 68,000 passenger seats on flights to Anchorage compared to last year.Airport officials say that increase is on top of a 4.5 per cent increase last summer.The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development predicts 2019 will be “another record year” for tourism in the state.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

Bell apologizes for another Fibe TV app outage during the NBA Finals

TORONTO — Bell is apologizing for another technical problem that cut service to several thousand of its Fibe TV customers in crucial moments of an 2019 NBA Finals game — this time the championship one.The company attributes Thursday night’s issue during the nail-biter moments, when the Toronto Raptors battled the Golden State Warriors to ultimately clinch the trophy, to “a malfunction in the hardware supporting the app.”Bell says service was affected for those using the Fibe app for several minutes in the fourth quarter but resumed about two minutes before the final buzzer.The company says the glitch was similar to the one that caused Monday’s outage, when several thousand Fibe customers using the app lost service for the final 30 seconds of Game 5 in the Finals.In both cases, customers took to social media to voice their anger.Bell says affected customers this time around included subscribers to Alt TV, a new live TV service based on the app that requires no receiver, and Fibe TV customers who would use the app to watch on devices other than their TV, such as smartphones or tablets.“We disappointed these customers and we sincerely apologize to them,” spokesman Nathan Gibson said Friday in an emailed statement to The Canadian Press.“We’ll make it right for them.”Gibson adds Fibe TV and Bell Satellite TV customers watching on television with their receivers were not affected, which amounts to about 2.8 million subscribers nationally.The outages were “unprecedented,” he added, noting their network team is analyzing the problem with their equipment supplier.“We’ve been in contact with customers affected by Monday’s game about credits and began reaching out this morning to customers affected last night.”The Canadian Press read more

Health Ministry launches separate probe on Kurunegala doctor

“This committee will ascertain whether the doctor concerned had committed an offence,” the Minister said.Siyabdeen Mohamed Safi was arrested and is currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department. The Health Ministry has appointed a special investigation body to look into the allegations against Dr Siyabdeen Mohamed Safi of the Kurunegala Hospital who is accused of performing sterilization on women illegally,Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said that the investigation body, comprising three members of the Ceylon College of Gynecologists and one member from the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) would probe the allegations.

Ontario to move ahead with road access into chromiterich Ring of Fire

Ontario to move ahead with road access into chromite-rich Ring of Fire region THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Development of the chromite-rich Ring of Fire region in northern Ontario is one step closer after the premier announced Monday that agreements with First Nations are in place to start road construction in the area.The provincial government has been talking with the chiefs of the Matawa First Nations for years, since it pledged $1 billion in 2014 to fund infrastructure into the area about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont.The region holds one of the world’s richest deposits of chromite — used to make stainless steel — as well as nickel, copper and platinum, valued at anywhere from $30 billion to $60 billion.Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement in Thunder Bay comes three months after she told nine First Nations in the region she wanted to see progress in weeks, not months, on discussions about the roads or she would move to bilateral talks with individual communities.Wynne announced that Ontario will now work with three of those nine First Nations — Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik — to build year-round road access into a proposed mining development site being pursued by Noront Resources Ltd (TSXV:NOT).An east-west road connecting the Webequie and Nibinamik communities to the provincial highway network will be planned and built, providing all-season access to the communities and the Ring of Fire, as well as a road connecting Marten Falls First Nation to the existing provincial highway network.“We’re moving forward with our plan to unlock one of the biggest mineral development opportunities in almost a century,” Wynne said. “We know that the Ring of Fire will be a game changer for communities in the region and quite frankly for the whole province.”The Marten Falls and Webequie chiefs, on hand for the announcement, said they hoped the opportunities that come with Ring of Fire development will benefit their residents, who face challenges such as poor housing conditions.“We have a lot of issues in our communities that we need to address and I think by moving forward with developments in our area that’s how we can address some of the issues that we face on a daily basis,” said Webequie First Nation Chief Cornelius Wabasse.Marten Falls First Nation’s chief said situations such as overcrowded housing, youth unemployment and an ongoing boil-water advisory need to be remedied.“Over 10 years on bottled water — that’s incredible,” Chief Bruce Achneepineskum said. “No other community in Canada would stand for that … We need to change those things. We need to create employment for our members. We need to create the right training opportunities, culturally appropriate opportunities for our members in our communities also.”Wynne said she is still committed to working with the rest of the nine Matawa First Nations, with whom Ontario signed a regional framework agreement in 2014 to work together on regional long-term environmental monitoring, resource revenue sharing, economic supports, and infrastructure.“Among a group of communities there were some that were at a different point of readiness to move forward and we said, ‘then let’s go,’” Wynne said. “Let’s get moving and make those investments.”The Ontario government has so far unsuccessfully pressed the federal government to match its planned $1-billion investment.“I made it clear that we were moving ahead whether the federal government stepped up or not,” Wynne said. “Obviously we continue to hope the federal government will see the importance of a project of this scope and that they will step up.”Federal infrastructure money can’t flow to the region without a specific funding request from the provincial government, and a spokesman for federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said if Ontario submits one, they will analyze it.“The federal government recognizes the socioeconomic benefits that development in the Ring of Fire could bring to Indigenous Peoples in the region, and to municipalities, Ontario and Canada,” Brook Simpson said in a statement.Noront Resources, which signed a US$20-million deal to buy claims in the region that were owned indirectly by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. after it pulled out in 2013, said it looks forward to working closely with the province and First Nations communities on road construction and mine development.“Today’s announcement is a major step forward for Noront as we prepare to develop our nickel and chromite deposits in the Ring of Fire,” president and CEO Alan Coutts said in a statement.Both the Ontario NDP and Progressive Conservatives decried a lack of progress thus far from the government.The communities are to start environmental assessments by January with construction is set to begin in 2019.— By Allison Jones in Toronto by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 9:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

I am standing with these refugees says Ban visiting reception centre in

“Having met all these family members – children and women – I was very much saddened but I was also very much heartened by the stories they told me,” Mr. Ban told reporters at the Centre Tenda Di Abramo in Rome. “The stories were heart-breaking but at the same time, I really wanted to give them a sense of hope,” he added, noting that the warmth shown by the Italian people and others around the world and in Europe has been “very kind.” Mr. Ban said he knows that European countries are facing many challenges, but insisted that this is not a “crisis of numbers.” “If there is any crisis, this is a crisis of global solidarity,” he underlined. “If they show global solidarity, compassionate leadership, as the same human being, I think there is nothing that we cannot overcome.” As a first measure, the UN chief said it is important to give refugees life-saving support, such as education and sanitation, which as basic necessities “that every human being needs.” He also highlighted his gratefulness of the support given by many European leaders and countries, and by people. “I am standing with these refugees,” Mr. Ban declared. “I am standing with so many volunteers who have been working hard, tirelessly, day and night. I am standing with many educators, teachers, philanthropists, who have been showing great humanity. But most of all, we have to stand with those people who do not have any means.” During his visit, the Secretary-General said he met about fifty or sixty children, and that this was the most moving to him. “When I was six years old, I myself was one of them. It was 65 years ago. When [the] Korean War broke out, I had to flee my village to a safer place, even though it was very remote. At that time, I did not know what politics was about. I only knew that I was hungry and needed something to eat,” he explained. He also shared that he stills vividly recollects memories of his his father and grandfather desperately looking for something to feed him and his siblings. “At that time, the United Nations came – the blue flag of the United Nations. That was a beacon of hope. They saved us,” Mr. Ban recalled. “I am sure that one of these refugees, one day, overcoming all of these difficulties may be Secretary-General of the United Nations in the future. They can be government and community leaders. They have great potential. The potential of refugees should be fully utilized. If they are supported, they can be honourable and very talented contributors to your societies.” The Secretary-General also highlighted that the UN is mobilizing all necessary resources, which he said is why he convened a summit meeting on migration and refugees in September on the margins of the General Assembly. “Many European Presidents and Prime Ministers participated and I urged them to please show compassionate leadership,” he said. “This is an era of global solidarity.” He further recalled that when Pope Francis came to the United Nations last month, he spoke to the leaders of the world. “If I may quote him, he said: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ That was most fitting and inspiring, especially at this time.” Concluding his remarks, Mr. Ban said he counts on the compassionate leadership of leaders around the world. read more

Im Here to Protect Kyrie Irving Slams the Golden

When Durant was with the Golden State Warriors last season, he went down in game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors and left with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. When the Brooklyn Nets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 23 in their season opener, Kevin Durant won’t be among the starting five, nor will he come off the bench. “[I won’t allow] anyone to infiltrate that circle of ‘Hey K, do you. Get right, we’ll be fine,’” said Irving. “We have expectations for our team, we obviously know he’s an integral part, but we’ll wait for that.” But despite many thinking that Kerr and the Warriors forced Durant to play in that finals game, Durant said it wasn’t true during an interview with Yahoo Sports in August. “I’m very patient, I’ll be over-patient with Kevin, because I don’t want anything like that to happen to anyone again,” he added. “Especially on that type of stage where it happened and then him having to answer questions about whether or not he’s coming back or not.” That’s because he’ll be out for the entire 2019-2020 NBA season with an Achilles injury that he had to get surgery for. Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent during the current offseason, as did Kyrie Irving. And on Friday, during the Nets’ press day, Irving slammed Golden State for allowing his new teammate to play in Game 5. And he also said nothing like that will ever happen in Brooklyn. “Naturally, you have to go inside the mind of a competitor, and realize that a lot of people have responsibilities as for why that ended up happening the way it happened on a national scale,” Irving explained. “We all know K was not ready to play in that environment. We all know that, whether people want to admit it or not,” he continued. “He was out 31 days and we put him on a national stage on Finals, to end up selling a product that came before the person, Kevin. And now I’m here to protect that.” Irving then said although Durant is a crucial part of the Nets’ success, he won’t allow anyone to jeopardize his health or playing future, not even for more wins. And after that Game 5 injury, many blasted the Golden State Warriors and their coach Steve Kerr for playing Durant, and they said he was far from ready after his injury from the Houston series. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back,” he stated. “Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5.” Kyrie Irving says “a lot of people” are responsible for Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles:”We all know K was not ready to play in that environment…we put him on a national stage to end up selling a product to came before the person” pic.twitter.com/usyACYCufW— SNY (@SNYtv) September 27, 2019 It was the first game back for the 6-foot-9 forward since he strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. “Hell, nah,” Durant continued. “It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game.” Kyrie Irving (left) blasted the Golden State Warriors for playing Kevin Durant (right) in Game 5 of last season’s NBA Finals. (Photos: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images, Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) read more

Police hunt road rage suspect who assaulted 80 yearold who asked him

Police are hunting a road rage driver who assaulted an 80-year-old man who asked him to slow down as he crossed the road with his wife. The pensioner suffered serious injuries in what Scotland Yard has described as a “nonsensical” attack in a south-east London street.The man was walking with his wife along Parish Lane in Penge when he was assaulted and left with multiple injuries, including a broken wrist, nose and cheekbone.Scotland Yard said the couple had almost been hit by a silver car as they crossed the road at about 7.50pm on April 21 and that the driver had been involved in a verbal altercation with the victim.A video of the incident was captured on CCTV and purports to show the pensioner stood in front of the car gesturing to the driver to slow down. The 80 year-old walked away, police said, but the suspect pulled over, got out of the vehicle and chased the man before shoving him in the back.The victim hit a brick wall as he fell and was found unconscious by paramedics. Grabs from video released by the Metropolitan Police of the assault in Penge, south-east LondonCredit:Met Police Detective Constable Luke Thomson, the investigating officer, said it was a “brutal attack”, adding: “The victim has suffered horrific injuries as a result of a nonsensical attack, which could have cost him his life. “There is no place in society for unlawful and aggressive acts such as this.”Police are appealing for help in tracing the suspect, who is wanted on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.He is described as a white man, aged around 40, about 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall and of large build with a bald or shaved head.He was wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark blue shorts.There was also a female passenger in the car. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Grabs from video released by the Metropolitan Police of an assault on an 80-year-old pensioner who suffered multiple injuries, including a broken wrist, nose and cheekbone in what detectives have described as a "nonsensical" attack in a street in Penge, south-east London read more

Greek rescue team joins Serbia operation

first_imgA Greek rescue team will join efforts in Serbia and Bosnia, struck in recent days by the worst floods in the Balkans’ modern history.Eight members of the Hellenic Rescue Team, active under the umbrella of the United Nation’s INSARAG unit, were set to arrive in the areas where heavy rainfall coming down in the course of just a few days has so far killed more than 40 people and forced some 10,000 from their homes.Reports Sunday said that 25 members of Greece’s EMAK special rescue unit have also been put on standby.The European Union is providing coordinated assistance to the region through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. So far, Austria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Hungary and Germany have offered manpower, helicopters and motorboats to support the evacuation effort, as well as to transport drinking water, food and medicine.Floods and landslides caused by the rain have raised concerns over the fate of an estimated 1 million land mines planted during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war. Bad weather has swept away many of the warning signs around the remaining minefields and experts fear that dislodged mines could travel downstream in the Sava River– and perhaps even get stuck in the turbines of a hydroelectric dam, reports said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WikiLeaks Julian Assange sest rendu à la police

first_imgWikiLeaks : Julian Assange s’est rendu à la policeJulian Assange, le fondateur du site WikiLeaks, s’est rendu ce matin à Londres à la police britannique. Il était visé par un mandat d’arrêt international.Ennemi public numéro 1 depuis plusieurs semaines des gouvernements du monde entier et en particulier des Etats-Unis, le fondateur de WikiLeaks, site spécialisé dans la fuite d’informations confidentielles, était visé par un mandat d’arrêt international émis par la Suède. Il est poursuivi pour des affaires de “viol, agression sexuelle et coercition”. Scotland Yard vient d’annoncer son arrestation à Londres. Il devrait être entendu aujourd’hui par un juge.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageJulian Assange avait donné accès à cinq journaux à 250.000 télégrammes diplomatiques américains et avait publié une partie de ces documents confidentiels sur son site, WikiLeaks. En août, une jeune femme a porté plainte contre lui pour viol, alors que Julian Assange, originaire d’Australie, venait de déposer une demande de permis de séjour en Suède. Voyant sa demande refusée, il a donc quitté le pays pour la Grande-Bretagne.Pour le moment, Julian Assange ne sait pas s’il va être extradé, placé en détention ou maintenu en liberté. Ses proches affirment que dans ce cas, il devra fournir une caution d’au moins 120.000 euros et fournir six garants pour éviter d’être placé en détention provisoire.Selon LeMonde.fr, plusieurs comptes en banque de Julian Assange ou liés à son site ont été bloqués récemment : le compte PayPal de WikiLeaks, un compte auprès de la banque postale Suisse, et une carte de crédit Mastercard liée à un compte islandais. Julian Assange a lancé un appel aux dons pour financer sa défense.Pour le fondateur de WikiLeaks, la Suède aurait engagé la procédure à son encontre à la demande des Etats-Unis. Il reconnaît avoir eu une relation sexuelle consentante avec la femme qui a porté plainte. Cette dernière reconnaît avoir eu cette relation mais maintient que Julian Assange a refusé de mettre un préservatif, ce qui constitue un viol en droit suédois.Pour l’heure, le site WikiLeaks, largement décrié par les Etats-Unis, reste accessible. Si Amazon a lâché le site dernièrement (voir notre article), celui-ci s’est réfugié en Suisse et en France, à l’adresse : http://wikileaks.ch ou http://46.59.1.2/.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews THE PROBLEM WITH APU

first_img Is The Problem With Apu good?It’s pretty good.What is it?A documentary by Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu about grappling with his feelings regarding the character of Apu from The Simpsons.Does he like Apu?He does not.Uh-oh. How come?A variety of reasons. Much of the film is about the way Apu – a broad caricature of Indian stereotypes as imagined by mostly-white comedy writers – was the only prominent South Asian character in pop-culture when he was growing up and how being perceived through that lens by others affected him. But he’s also come to regard the character as a dated and overly-unkind caricature of first-generation South Asian immigrants like his own parents, and is additionally uncomfortable with this caricature of his culture being performed by a White comedian (in this case voice-actor Hank Azaria.)Oh.Yeah.People are probably really mad about this, huh?They are, and he knows it. The fact that many people are going to reflexively recoil from even hearing the argument is baked directly into the film, with the director/star acknowledging that he knows he’ll be called a “social justice warrior” or “snowflake.” He’s also arguing that he HAS, in fact, “let this go” for the entire 28 years the series has been on.So is this a documentary that wants to make me hate The Simpsons?Not at all. Kondabulo calls himself a Simpsons fan and (like many comics of his generation) credits the series for introducing him to smart comedy-writing, obscure pop-culture and shaping his creative voice – which is why the realization that his opinion on Apu had gradually changed from “this is funny” to “this is somewhat harmful to my community” is such a sore subject for him. The documentary follows a similar track to Michael Moore’s Roger & Me, depicting Kondabulo as hashing out his own feelings and asking other South Asian voices in the entertainment industry and media to give their own thoughts while he tries to secure an interview with Hank Azaria himself.Does he get to talk to Azaria?That would be a spoiler.Apu has been discussed in this context before, including several actual episodes of The Simpsons. Does he address this?Kondabolu isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel here, but he’s clearly got a strong sense of how New Media works and where the conversation about his film will be most hotly debated. He gets right out in front of the defensive social-media Sea Lion set at the very beginning, explaining that “NO, you’re not a racist if you like Apu.” “NO, he doesn’t hate The Simpsons.” “YES, he understands that The Simpsons makes fun of everyone.” “YES, he knows that Apu is one of the smartest characters on the show.” “YES, he’s aware that the writers have made big efforts over the years to make him more of an actual character and to positively portray Indian-American and South Asian culture.”Does he find any of those arguments persuasive?Not to the degree that it “fixes” Apu for him. One of his interview subjects is actor/comic Utkarsh Ambudkar, who voiced Apu’s nephew in “Much Apu About Nothing,” an episode wherein his character got to “call out” Apu for his stereotypical behavior. And while he was glad to get the opportunity to do so he also says that the final version of the episode itself was ultimately structured for the show to let itself off the hook in the end. Not everyone interviewed feels as strongly about Apu specifically as the Kondabulo does (Kal Penn reveals that he finds Apu so objectionable that he’s never been able to enjoy The Simpsons as a whole). But the general consensus seems to be that it’s a dated caricature that wouldn’t fly as a “new” thing today.Wait – Kal Penn as in Harold & Kumar Kal Penn? Does he explain how he squares being offended by Apu when he played “Taj” in Van Wilder?He does, and it’s an interesting (and sobering) perspective on the matter.Is this worth watching if I don’t particularly care about Apu, The Simpsons or minority representation in media?I mean… you SHOULD… probably care about that last one, regardless…Okay. But if I’m not invested in The Simpsons?I’d still recommend it. It’s an interesting discussion, mainly (plus it’s only an hour long, so briskly-paced as well) and it’s really something to hear a pretty diverse collection of Indian-American/South Asian media personalities tell such similar stories of being called “Apu” as kids. They were teased with “Thank you, come again!” well into adulthood and being asked to do “an Apu accent” in auditions by casting agents. However you feel about the conclusion(s) they reach, it’s hard not to see where they’re coming from in that respect.Is there anything that doesn’t work?Subject matter aside it’s a pretty typical “lets arrange some interviews and editorial segments into a loose narrative” issue-doc, but I wish it had spent even more time getting into how unique this situation is to The Simpsons in particular. It’s undeniable that, whether you think Apu rises to the level of a “racist joke” or not, that kind of ethnic caricature being performed by a White actor probably wouldn’t be acceptable today, but The Simpsons has been on the air for almost three decades. This is longer than the lifespan of most other shows by almost double; so a lot of the “dated” material from the early-90s is still part of its world – and because most shows don’t last this long, there’s not really a “template” for dealing with it. It also tries to eventually tie its theme of “maybe Apu shouldn’t be a thing anymore” in with the more general “The Simpsons should probably end already” meme, and I’m not sure it fits.Where do you fall on this whole thing?I think they probably “got away with” (in a not-consciously-malicious sense) doing “it’s funny because India is SO WEIRD!!!” jokes with Apu longer than they should have because The Simpsons is such a beloved thing. But in hindsight this documentary might not even exist if they’d opted to start “dialing back” Apu’s more stereotypical gags many seasons ago. Now? It might be too late to meaningfully make a difference. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Port of Vancouver ponders slimmeddown 2013 budget

first_imgFacing global economic and political headwinds, the Port of Vancouver is proposing a smaller spending plan for 2013. It also expects to forgo taking the 1 percent property tax hike it’s allowed under state law.Port managers are recommending the port’s three elected commissioners approve a 2013 budget of $64.01 million, down roughly 20 percent, or about $16 million, from this year’s projected budget of $80.18 million.The $16 million cut is coming entirely from the port’s capital projects plan, which is focused on building out its West Vancouver Freight Access project. The freight-rail project is aimed at pumping up the regional economy and is projected to generate thousands of jobs over several years.The capital spending reduction will delay only certain pieces of the long-planned, $275 million freight-rail project, which remains well under construction, on time and on budget, said Theresa Wagner, the port’s spokeswoman. “We’re just pushing” parts of the project “out a little bit further,” she said. No layoffs are planned.The decision reflects the port’s cautious approach to next year’s budget as it anticipates less revenue from of a variety of sources, including shipping and cargo-handling fees, and grants and property taxes.last_img read more

Community Concert Choir to Sing Christmas Concert

first_imgThe Community Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Marco K. Merrick, will sing “Emmanuel” its annual Christmas Concert, 5 p.m., Dec. 21 at The United House of Prayer for All People, 3401 Edgewood Rd. in Baltimore. A fellowship reception, sponsored by The Open Church, will be held immediately following.last_img

PlayStation app for iOS now available

first_imgIt may seem unsual for Sony to release a PlayStation app for the iPhone, but this isn’t an app to play PlayStation games with, it’s more of an information tool for keeping up-to-date away from your console.The PlayStation Official App as it is called, allows you to sign in to your PSN account using your ID. Once logged in you can:Keep up to date with your trophies, friends’ games and online statusCheck out all the latest games, news and hardwareRead all exciting announcements from PlayStation.BlogThis is version 1.0 of the app suggesting Sony intends to update it with more features in the future. The good news is it’s free to download and use.Read more at SlashGear and the App Storelast_img

Fossil unearthed in France identified as a new vegetarian member of rhabdodontids

first_img Researchers explore how chewing affects teeth on the nanoscale The fossils were excavated at a dig site called Velaux-La Bastide Neuve on the southern coast of France—a site that has given up many other fossils. The researchers suggest the most notable thing about the dinosaur, which has been named Matheronodon provincialis, was its teeth. Not only were they quite large for a dinosaur of its size, but they were fewer in number. The researchers note that some of the teeth were 6 centimeters long and others up to 5 centimeters wide. As a member of the rhabdodontids, they had teeth with ridges covered by enamel on just one side—the other side had very little enamel and no ridges. Teeth that were located on the upper jaw were situated such that the enamel and ridges were on the outer side, while the teeth on the bottom jaw were the opposite. The net effect was a mouthful of teeth that resembled pinking shears (serrated scissors commonly used for sewing). When the team looked at the teeth under a microscope they found a similar pattern of enamel and ridging, which they noted protected the teeth from wearing away. Instead, chewing served not only to crush food for consumption, but also sharpened teeth.The researchers suggest M. provincialis was a bipedal vegetarian—its big teeth would have allowed it to crunch even the toughest vegetation, including palm tree parts, which the team believes were abundant during the time M. provincialis was active. They also believe it was approximately 16 feet long and had a short face. Prior research has suggested the area where it was uncovered was once a tropical river system that was part of a flood plain—which explained the presence of palm trees, flying reptiles, turtles and crocodiles all living during the same time period. A team of researchers with members affiliated with several institutions in Belgium and France has identified the fossilized remains of a dinosaur from approximately 84 to 72 million years ago. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes the dinosaur as a plant eater with teeth like self-sharpening pinking shears. Credit: Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13160-2 © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Scientific Reportscenter_img Explore further More information: Pascal Godefroit et al. Extreme tooth enlargement in a new Late Cretaceous rhabdodontid dinosaur from Southern France, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13160-2AbstractRhabdodontidae is a successful clade of ornithopod dinosaurs, characteristic of Late Cretaceous continental faunas in Europe. A new rhabdodontid from the late Campanian, of southern France, Matheronodon provincialis gen. et sp. nov., is characterized by the extreme enlargement of both its maxillary and dentary teeth, correlated to a drastic reduction in the number of maxillary teeth (4 per generation in MMS/VBN-02-102). The interalveolar septa on the maxilla are alternately present or resorbed ventrally so as to be able to lodge such enlarged teeth. The rhabdodontid dentition and masticatory apparatus were adapted for producing a strict and powerful shearing action, resembling a pair of scissors. With their relatively simple dentition, contrasting with the sophisticated dental batteries in contemporary hadrosaurids, Matheronodon and other rhabdodontids are tentatively interpreted as specialized consumers of tough plant parts rich in sclerenchyma fibers, such as Sabalites and Pandanites. Citation: Fossil unearthed in France identified as a new vegetarian member of rhabdodontids (2017, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-fossil-unearthed-france-vegetarian-member.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more center_img News | May 29, 2015 Acupuncture-like Electrical Nerve Stimulation May Relieve Radiation-induced Dry Mouth ASTRO highlights data from new study that may be comparable to current treatments News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more May 29, 2015 — Phase III results of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0537 indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ALTENS) may be equally effective as pilocarpine to treat radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth). Study results were published in the June 1, 2015 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). RTOG 0537 is a phase II/III, multi-center, randomized trial comparing ALTENS with pilocarpine, which is the current standard of treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia.RTOG 0537 was designed based on evidence published in 2003 from a nonrandomized, phase II trial that ALTENS was a potential alternative treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia. ALTENS treats symptoms through electrodes placed on the skin at the locations of pre-selected acupuncture points. The electrodes deliver low-frequency, high-intensity pulses to stimulate acupuncture points in order to relieve the radiation-induced dry-mouth. Phase II results of RTOG 0537, published in 2012, proved a positive response in patients who received ALTENS for radiation-induced xerostomia and demonstrated it was feasible to deliver ALTENS treatment in a multi-center trial.The Phase III stage of the study accrued 148 patients from August 2010 to December 2011 at 13 cancer centers in the United States and Canada. Eligible patients had completed radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy three months to two years prior to enrolling in the study with no evidence of recurrence; reported grade 1 or higher xerostomia based on the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3.0; and had a Zubrod performance status of zero to two. (The Zubrod score indicates a patient’s health status from zero to four, with zero indicating a patient is “fully active, able to carry on all pre-disease activities without restriction” and four indicating a patient is “completely disabled, cannot perform any self-care, and totally confined to bed or chair.”) After enrollment, two patients were considered ineligible because their chemotherapy regiment or their physical examination and history were conducted outside of the maximum eight-week period before enrolling in the study.Of the 146 patients included in the study, 73 were randomized to receive ALTENS and 73 were randomized to receive pilocarpine. All patients began treatment within 14 days of enrolling. Patients in the ALTENS arm received two, 20-minute ALTENS sessions each week for 12 weeks. Patients were allowed two weeks of no treatment, and any missed sessions were rescheduled during the 12-week period; patients did not exceed three sessions per week. Patients in the pilocarpine arm received 5 mg of pilocarpine orally three times a day for 12 weeks; missed doses were not administered at a later time. Ninety-three percent (68) of patients in the ALTENS arm completed more than 85 percent of treatments, compared to 73 percent (53) of patients in the pilocarpine arm who completed more than 85 percent of the treatment. Patients’ xerostomia symptoms were assessed at baseline (before treatment) and at four, six, nine and 15 months after the patient’s randomization date using the University of Michigan’s Xerostomia-Related Quality of Life Scale (XeQOLS).At nine months after randomization, 96 patients from both arms had completed all items to be included in the analysis. Four patients in the ALTENS arm and 11 patients in the pilocarpine arm had withdrawn from the trial. Five patients did not complete the baseline assessment prior to treatment, and 11 patients did not complete the XeQOLS prior to treatment. Six patients in the ALTENS arm and 13 in the pilocarpine arm either did not complete the XeQOLS or completed the XeQOLS outside of the designated time period.In the 96 patients eligible for analysis, the mean baseline XeQOLS score of the ALTENS arm was slightly lower than the pilocarpine arm (1.5 compared to 1.7), which indicates a slightly higher quality of life for patients in the ALTENS arm. Baseline XeQOLS scores were subtracted from follow-up XeQOLS scores; a negative change would indicate improvement in xerostomia burden. At the nine-month follow-up (the study’s primary endpoint), the median change in XeQOLS score was -0.53 for patients in the ALTENS arm and was -0.27 for patients in the pilocarpine arm. At follow-up 15 months from randomization, the median change in XeQOLS score was -0.60 for patients in the ALTENS arm and was -0.47 for patients in the pilocarpine arm. The median change in XeQOLS scores consistently improved for patients in the ALTENS arm, however, none of the differences were statistically significant. The proportions of patients who had 20 percent or more improvement from their baseline XeQOLS scores were consistently higher in the ALTENS arm and the difference was significant at 15 months from randomization.Overall results yielded one grade three adverse event (headache) in the ALTENS arm, and two grade three adverse events (dry mouth and blurred vision) in the pilocarpine arm. In the ALTENS arm, 20.9 percent (15) of patients reported nonhematologic adverse events of grade three or less. In the pilocarpine arm, 61.6 percent (45) of patients reported nonhematologic adverse events of grade three or less. At follow-up nine months from randomization, there was no significant difference in the highest grade of adverse events related to treatment between the two arms of patients.“Radiation-induced xerostomia is a challenging side-effect to treat because it makes it difficult and sometime painful for patients to swallow food, thereby affecting their nutrition and physical well-being. Oral pilocarpine and similar medications are not well tolerated by patients due to various side effects including sweating, diarrhea, frequent urination and dizziness. Multiple previous studies using needle acupuncture supported the potential for acupuncture approaches in treating xerostomia symptoms, so RTOG 0537 was developed to specifically explore those findings,” said Raimond K.W. Wong, MBBS, the study’s lead author, and a radiation oncologist and associate professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “These phase III results of RTOG 0537 indicate that ALTENS, a needle-less acupuncture approach, could provide an alternative treatment option that has fewer side effects and, in turn, helps improve quality of life for patients with radiation-induced xerostomia. Some patients in the ALTENS group demonstrated lasting response and indicated the possibility to induce salivary gland tissue regeneration. Randomized, controlled, placebo trials are necessary to confirm ALTENS’ treatment efficacy for painful, radiation-induced dry mouth, a debilitating condition for many patients.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read morelast_img read more

Clean energy leader Costa Rica turns attention to electric cars

first_imgRelated posts:This Oregon company wants to build electric cars in Costa Rica Costa Rica announces charging grid for electric vehicles Costa Rica hits renewable energy mark for fourth year in a row Kiva, Viogaz offer microloans for biodigesters in rural Costa Rica Costa Rica likes to advertise itself as an ecological paradise, where more than 98 percent of its electricity needs are met by clean energy.But in the automotive industry, it is lagging behind with just 600 out of 1.4 million private vehicles running on electricity rather than gas or diesel.Experts believe that is about to change, though.Bernal Muñoz, a director at Costa Rica’s electricity institute (ICE), insists that 600 vehicles is in itself progress, having doubled the number on the roads in 2017.“We have studies done by the University of Costa Rica with mathematical models that say the growth rate will continue,” Muñoz told AFP.“In five years, there could be 40,000 electric vehicles.”ICE is leading the way, having purchased a fleet of 100 electric vehicles to replace the same number of fuel-powered ones.“The aim of this project is to demonstrate that the electric vehicle is perfectly adapted to the topographical conditions of this country, with its rolling, mountainous terrain,” Muñoz said.Costa Rica’s state postal service has got in on the act too, purchasing 30 electric motorcycles for its employees to use on their rounds.“We have proposed the transition towards a fleet of electric vehicles, facilitating the process so that public institutions buy zero-emission vehicles,” said First Lady Claudia Dobles.An architect, Dobles has been tasked with the government’s urban renovation program, including the modernization of its transport.When President Carlos Alvarado assumed office in May, he initiated a program of decarbonization of the economy, with the transition to electric cars a key to the project. Costa Rican Roberto Quiros, owner of two electric cars, charges one of them at a Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) charging station in San Jose on December 4, 2018. Ezequiel Becerra/ AFPWorld leaderCosta Rica is already a world leader when it comes to green energy, having generated more than 98 percent of its power through renewable sources for the last four years in a row.That makes the country the ideal place to promote clean transport, according to Carlos Echeverria, a senior regional specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank.“The government wants to convert Costa Rica into a laboratory for the decarbonization of the economy, and transport is fundamental to that,” he told AFP.Transport is responsible for 66 percent of hydrocarbon consumption and 54 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.As well as the replacement of fuel-powered vehicles with electric ones at state institutions, last year, the government implemented tax exemptions for the private purchase of electric cars.It’s also planning a passenger train between major cities and a cargo locomotive to and from Limón.“What Costa Rica is doing is leading in the way of electrical mobility at a regional level,” said Echeverria.Other Latin American countries, such as Chile, Colombia and Mexico, have made progress in the electric public transport sector, according to Muñoz.In Costa Rica, there have been discussions with transport businesses to launch electric busses, but for the time being the focus is on private cars.In 2019, it will start installing a network of 40 recharging stations distributed throughout the country, with at least eight new stations to be built each year, said Muñoz.Paraguay will inaugurate in 2019 rapid-charging electric stations over 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of roads connecting its major cities, know as the “green route.” Mariano Avalos (R), owner of a car dealer that sells used electric cars imported from the United States, talks to a customer in San Jose on December 13, 2018. Ezequiel Becerra / AFPBig savingsOne person to benefit from the government’s measures is Roberto Quiros, who replaced his family’s two cars with electric vehicles.In 2017 he bought a used Chevrolet Spark from the United States and this year added a new Ford Focus.“From an economic point of view, it’s a great comfort. We were spending 140,000 colones ($233) a month in gas, $300 every four months in maintenance, oil changes and everything” else.Now he spends only $50 a month as he recharges the cars at home.There are three companies in Costa Rica importing new electric cars: Nissan, Hyundai and BMW. But at $30,000 to $50,000 per vehicle, they are beyond the means of the vast majority of Costa Rica’s middle classes.For them, the tax exemptions applied in the country’s electric transport strategy can be of benefit as used cars sell for half the price of a new one.Businessman Mariano Avalos began importing used electric cars from the United States 18 months ago and has noticed a change in the domestic market since then.“At first we’d import a Chevrolet and wait five months to sell it,” said Avalos.“Demand has changed, now we sell on average four a month and we expect to sell 10 a month next year.”He expects there to be 1,800 electric cars on the Costa Rican streets in 2019.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. 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Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler the Private J

first_imgMexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSmooth Sailing The “Smooth Sailing” package includes a two-night stay in any of Garza Blanca’s suites or spacious Penthouses and a selection of fine foods as they cruise the clear waters of the Banderas Bay on the luxurious 70-foot Mondrian Yacht. Amenities include, a gourmet catering package of hors d’ouerves, snacks and dessert; children’s catering options and welcome baskets; premium “Mondrian Yacht Charter” t-shirts; unlimited beer, wine and soda; and towels and sunscreen.Delicioso Travelers can finally get the most out of their Mexican getaways: staying in luxurious five-star suites and tasting the finest of the local cuisine. Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa’s “Delicioso!” vacation package allows guests to taste the most succulent seafood and freshest ingredients at three of Puerto Vallarta’s top restaurants: Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge, Vitea Restaurant and Trio Restaurant. Visitors will enjoy three courses at each of these elegant restaurants, as well as enjoy three nights in the luxury suites and penthouses of Garza Blanca.www.garzablancaresort.comlast_img read more