London: Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal had a much more enjoyable experience on Saturday than his previous match as he eased into the last 16 with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 romp over French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The ease with which Nadal made the fourth round for the ninth time was replicated on the women’s side by Ashleigh Barty — who will be breaking new ground in appearing in the last 16 for the first time — and Serena Williams. Nadal, who embraced Tsonga fondly at the end in stark contrast to the chilly handshake he had with fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, said he was delighted with the manner of his victory describing every match as a battle. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I was very happy,” said Nadal. “I played a great match from the beginning to the end. “Jo is one of those players you don’t want to face early but today was my day.” His great rival eight-time champion Roger Federer followed him onto Centre Court to play another Frenchman, Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille. Federer and Nadal’s one-time fellow member of the big four Andy Murray’s hopes of men’s doubles glory ended early as he and French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert went out in the second round. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenOn the women’s side Barty and Williams could meet in a blockbuster quarter-final if they win their last 16 matches on ‘Manic Monday’. Two of the top 10 seeds did bow out, Dutch fourth seed Kiki Bertens and American ninth seed Sloane Stephens losing to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Britain’s French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta respectively. While Barty will be in new territory playng singles at Wimbledon in the second week for the first time, for Williams it is the 16th time. Barty overwhelmed British wild card Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-1 while 37-year-old, seven-time champion Williams produced her most convincing display in dispensing with German Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4. Barty, bidding to become the first Australian Wimbledon women’s champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second title in 1980, will play unseeded American Alison Riske for a place in the last eight. She is also the first Australian woman to make the second week since 2010. “That was really good,” said Barty. “I served really well and getting out of the love 40 game was massive. “Incredible it is a first for me (to be in the last 16), new territory for me.” Williams goes on to face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals. Eleventh seed Williams, who defeated Goerges in last year’s semi-finals, is bidding to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. “It’s been an arduous year for me, so every match I’m hoping to improve tons,” said Williams, who had a knee problem which affected her season. “Every time I get out there, I try. I’m getting a really late start but all that matters is that I’m still here.” Mixed doubles rarely gets centre stage but British fans will wait till the bitter end as former world number one Murray will partner Williams against Andreas Mies of Germany and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi. “I wanted to play mixed because I’ve only played just about 15 matches so far this year,” said Serena. “It’s such a buzz going around about me and Andy now, that I’ve got nervous. “I’m ready and excited but I’m definitely nervous.”
The historic bell tower greets visitors to Parliament Hill in Ottawa (APTN file).The Canadian PressThe spotlight in the SNC-Lavalin affair has shifted to rookie Justice Minister David Lametti now that a court has rejected the company’s bid to force the public prosecutor to pursue an alternative to criminal proceedings.In a ruling Friday, the Federal Court of Canada threw out the Montreal engineering giant’s plea for judicial review of a decision by the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, to not invite the company to negotiate a remediation agreement.Remediation agreements are a new legal tool in corporate-corruption cases that force a company to pay stiff restitution but avoid the risk of a criminal conviction that could threaten its financial viability and hurt innocent employees, shareholders and suppliers.SNC-Lavalin faces accusations it paid bribes to get government business in Libya – a criminal case that has triggered a political storm and cost Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two cabinet ministers and his most trusted adviser.Lametti’s predecessor as justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, has accused Trudeau, his staff and bureaucrats of hounding her last fall to use her legal authority to overrule Roussel and direct the prosecutor to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. Wilson-Raybould has said the pressure was “inappropriate” but not illegal.Asked about the court ruling Friday after an event in Iqaluit, Trudeau repeated his mantra that protecting SNC-Lavalin jobs is important but threw the hot potato of whether to order a remediation agreement in this case into Lametti’s lap.“As I’ve said from the very beginning, that is a decision for the attorney general to make alone,” he said.Roussel’s office informed SNC-Lavalin last Sept. 4 and in writing on Oct. 9 that a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this case. The company asked the Federal Court to order Roussel to negotiate an agreement.In her ruling Friday, Federal Court Justice Catherine Kane said prosecutorial decision-making is not subject to judicial review, except for cases where there is an abuse of process.“The decision at issue – whether to invite an organization to enter into negotiations for a remediation agreement – clearly falls within the ambit of prosecutorial discretion and the nature of decisions that prosecutors are regularly called to make in criminal proceedings,” she wrote.Wilson-Raybould has said she believes she was shuffled from Justice to Veterans Affairs in January as punishment for refusing to intervene in the case. She resigned from cabinet last month. Close friend and cabinet ally Jane Philpott quit as Treasury Board president this week, citing a loss of confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Jody Wilson-Raybould was the first Indigenous person to hold the Justice portfolio (APTN file).Trudeau tried Thursday to put the political storm behind him, characterizing the rupture with Wilson-Raybould as an “erosion of trust” between her and his office.Asked Friday why he did not apologize to her or Philpott for his handling of the affair, Trudeau said: “I do regret it happened, clearly, and I have made a commitment to learn from it.”He said he hadn’t spoken to either ex-minister “in a while” but looks forward to doing so. And he did hold out an olive branch to the former ministers when asked how they can remain in the Liberal caucus and run for the Liberal party in this fall’s election, given their lack of confidence in his leadership.“I will remind people that we are a party that values diversity of opinions and perspectives … A government and a party that reflects a broad range of perspectives is better able to serve as a strong team.”For her part, Philpott refused Friday to make any comment on her resignation or her future in the Liberal party. She spoke at an International Women’s Day breakfast at Ottawa city hall, where she began by warning the several hundred attendees they were going to be disappointed if they’d come to hear her talk about the events of the last week.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer dodged questions about whether a Tory government would consider instructing Roussel to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin.“I can assure you that I would never politically interfere in a criminal court case,” Scheer said after an event in Rosser, Man. “It’s one thing for the government to give different tools to our court system, that happens all the time … but then we let the course of justice run its course and we don’t interfere.“That is a very dark and dangerous path that we do not want to go down as a country.”The law allows for remediation agreements and permits the attorney general to issue directives to the director of public prosecutions or even to take over a prosecution altogether.The furor over SNC-Lavalin has engulfed the government for a month and received saturation media coverage, routinely overtaking other Trudeau events and government announcements. Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, expressed disappointment Friday that it overshadowed Trudeau’s apology for the government’s mistreatment of Inuit with tuberculosis in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.“The Inuit who were apologized to today matter. This story matters,” Obed said after Trudeau finished fielding media questions.Throughout the political uproar, SNC-Lavalin’s court action has been simmering.In its Oct. 19 submission to the Federal Court, the company said while the public prosecutor has discretion to decide whether to open negotiations on a remediation agreement, this discretion “is not unfettered and must be exercised reasonably” under the law.The company said it provided the prosecutor’s office with information showing the objectives of the remediation-agreement law were “easily met,” including details of SNC-Lavalin’s efforts to implement a world-class ethics and compliance program, as well as complete turnovers of the firm’s senior management and board of directors.The company also cited the “negative impact of the ongoing uncertainty related to the charges” on its business.In a Jan. 8 response filed with the court, the director of prosecutions said SNC-Lavalin’s argument is “bereft of any possibility of success and should be struck.”While SNC-Lavalin has the right to be assumed innocent and to a fair trial, it has “no right or entitlement” under common or criminal law to be invited to negotiate a remediation agreement, the director said.Now that a judge has refused to force the government’s hand, it’s up to Lametti to decide what to do.
Rameswaram (TN): Following the blasts that rocked Sri Lanka, security was Friday tightened at the Ramanathaswamy temple, police said here. Bomb disposal squads, sniffer dogs, baggage scanners and armed police personnel have been deployed as part of the security measures taken at the place of worship, superintendent of police Om Prakash Meena told reporters here. On Sunday last, multiple explosions ripped the island nation of Lanka killing over 250 people and leaving several others injured.
Rabat – The UN-backed peace talks between Libya’s rival factions resumed in Skhirate near Rabat with the aim to reach a comprehensive political agreement to the crisis in the north African country.The parties to the Libyan conflict have paused the negotiations for consultation in preparation for a more “decisive” phase of the UN-led talks in Skhirate.The talks agenda include security arrangement, ceasefire and the formation of a government of national unity. Last Thursday and Friday, UN envoy Bernardino Leon held several meetings with the faction representatives at the end of which he announced the postponement of negotiations.The UN envoy recognizes that the situation on the ground is increasingly deteriorating at the political, security, economy and financial level.The same view is shared by participating delegations who stress the need for reaching an agreement that will result in the formation of a national unity government to create conditions propitious for peace and security in Libya.
A British legislator has said he will continue to push for pressure on Sri Lanka on the human rights issue.Newly elected as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG), Paul Scully has said human rights concerns remain in Sri Lanka and he pledged to continue to raise the issue internationally. “The United Nations Human Rights Council recognises that the process is slow and that concerns remain about human rights in Sri Lanka,” he said. Scully said he would support the interests of the Tamil community in the UK while the APPG will continue to raise the issue in the UK Parliament, in Brussels and Geneva aiming to keep this in the mind of the Government, the EU and the United Nations. Scully had earlier raised the issue in the UK Parliament, calling for a debate on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka in the lead-up to the next session of the UNHRC. (Colombo Gazette)
Giving anything up for #Lent? How about handheld phones at the wheel? (Except you have to ditch that bad habit permanently) #MobileBan— Transport for Bucks (@tfbalerts) March 1, 2017 “At one point I overheard a policeman saying that the lady he had just ‘done’ was a member of the press on her way to this very event. I certainly didn’t recognise her, neither did my colleagues.”Thames Valley Police told the Telegraph: “Thames Valley Police did a mobile phone check this morning where several members of the media were invited. This was at Ock St, Abingdon.”We stopped 16 people in total ( 5 for not wearing a seatbelt and 11 for using their mobile phones while driving including 2 new drivers)”It is not our policy to confirm occupations of people stopped.”The Telegraph has reached out to 5 News and Mr Reynolds for more information.The crackdown on using mobile phones at the wheel began on the 1st March, and it seems some have already faced the penalty. 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. The bells of midnight have tolled. Using your mobile phone while driving will now get you 6 points and a £200 fine.Please don’t. 📵— MPS Specials (@MPSSpecials) March 1, 2017 The Department for Transport has said around 3,600 drivers were given penalties during the last co-ordinated enforcement week between 23-29 January.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.”Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.” Many thought the tweet seemed too good to be true, but the news channel has confirmed it happened in a post on its Facebook page.Mr Reynolds also replied to naysayers on Twitter, writing that it did indeed happen.Freelance reporter Steve Cottrell was also at the scene, and told The Telegraph what happened.He said he witnessed the event while filming for ITV news. He explained: “The police were pulling people off the A415 Ock Street using plain-clothed Police spotters to indicate to uniformed officers further down the road (where we were). The specific offence being targeted was mobile phone use while driving. There were plenty caught, and as the photographers and cameramen (me, BBC Oxford and Channel 5 News) filmed them, various reporters asked for comments from the drivers, and variously some responded, most didn’t. From the 1st March, drivers using their phones at the wheel will be doubly penalised; being fined £200 and have six points put on their license.Journalists, keen to explain the situation to viewers and readers, set off to cover the new rules at a Thames Valley Police organised press event in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Wednesday morning.However, one allegedly got caught using their phone while at the wheel, and faced the new penalty while on the way to cover it.Eagle-eyed journalist Dominic Reynolds from 5 News took a photograph of the incident, writing on Twitter: “Breaking Irony News: a journalist driving here to cover phone/driving crackdown has just been busted: £200, 6pts”. Breaking Irony News: a journalist driving here to cover phone/driving crackdown has just been busted: £200, 6pts. pic.twitter.com/8d0GiyjOp0— Dominic Reynolds (@domreynolds) March 1, 2017 Motorists caught using a phone at the wheel face losing their license if using their mobile telephone within 2 years of passing their test.Additionally, the police have begun a seven-day crackdown, featuring extra patrols and an “increased focus” on stopping people using their phones while driving.
With the transfer of assets in South Africa now completed, the previously announced acquisition of the Sandvik Mining Systems projects business has been finalised. The acquisition includes continuous surface mining and minerals handling technologies and competences that strengthen the company’s core minerals business.By integrating the mining systems projects business into its offerings, FLSmidth closes the gap and covers a wider range of the full mining value chain from the primary crushing point in the mine and the transport from pit to plant all the way through the minerals processing plant to the tailings handling.“With the completion of the South African assets we have added references, local expertise and improved ability to deliver complete solutions to our Sub-Saharan customers. We welcome our new colleagues and customers to FLSmidth,” said Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President, Minerals Division.As part of the transfer, FLSmidth will either assume existing orders or provide project management services on behalf of Sandvik on selected ongoing projects and supply parts and services for the installed equipment.
ISRAELI WARPLANES ATTACKED a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold officials said yesterday in a development that threatened to add another volatile layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war.The revelation came as the government of President Bashar al-Assad met a key deadline in an ambitious plan to eliminate Syria’s entire chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014 and avoid international military action.The announcement by a global chemical weapons watchdog that the country has completed the destruction of equipment used to produce the deadly agents highlights Assad’s willingness to cooperate, and puts more pressure on the divided and outgunned rebels to attend a planned peace conference.An Obama administration official confirmed the Israeli airstrike overnight, but provided no details. Another security official said the attack occurred late on Wednesday in the Syrian port city of Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the attack. There was no immediate confirmation from Syria.Since the civil war in Syria began in March 2011, Israel has carefully avoided taking sides, but has struck shipments of missiles inside Syria at least twice this year.The Syrian military, overstretched by the civil war, has not retaliated, and it was not clear whether the embattled Syrian leader would choose to take action this time. Assad may decide to again let the Israeli attack slide, particularly when his army has the upper hand on the battlefield inside Syria.Israel has repeatedly declared a series of red lines that could trigger Israeli military intervention, including the delivery of “game-changing” weapons to the Syrian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group.Israel has never officially confirmed taking action inside Syria to avoid embarrassing Assad and sparking a potential response. But foreign officials say it has done so several times when Israeli intelligence determined that sophisticated missiles were on the move.In January, an Israeli airstrike in Syria destroyed a shipment of advanced anti-aircraft missiles bound for Hezbollah, according to U.S. officials. And in May, it was said to have acted again, taking out a shipment of Iranian-made Fateh-110 missiles at a Damascus airport.Read: Syria has destroyed all of its chemical weapons equipment – watchdog >
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 5, 2018 – The search party which fanned out this morning had good success and found 69-year old Shirley Walkin walking the dirt road headed toward Malcolm Beach, which is in North West Providenciales.Ms. Walkin, who went missing around 6pm Saturday was discovered by a search team and her identity was confirmed by Pastor Pedro Williams, whom her daughter Karen Deveaux said has her mother and is right now en route to the Police Headquarters in Down Town Providenciales with Mrs. Walkin.An ambulance, with relatives are awaiting her arrival. Karen explained to Magnetic Media that her mother is described as dehydrated but fine. She will be checked by the EMS team and likely admitted to hospital for further care.The family is grateful for the support and outpouring received during this time.Karen reported her mother found at 11:56 a.m. within the Millennium Heights community WhatsApp chat group.
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The accused, Haneez Afsar Azeezi, is a priest at a mosque in Bengaluru’s Shivajinagar.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the multi-crore IMA ponzi scam arrested a 65-year-old moulvi on Thursday, July 11, for allegedly encouraging people to invest in the company.The accused, Haneez Afsar Azeezi, is a cleric at a mosque in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru. “The accused had encouraged thousands of men and women to invest in IMA. During prayer meetings, he had defined investing in IMA as a religious responsibility and each Muslim should stand by Khan (Mansoor) and make him one of the biggest business tycoons of Bengaluru,” SIT sources told Times of India.Azeezi was allegedly gifted a bungalow, worth Rs 3 crore in HBR Layout, by IMA founder Mohammed Mansoor Khan for luring people to invest in his company. People gathered in front of AS Convention Hall in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru to file complaint against IMA ponzi schemeAmal RasheedaliThe arrest comes days after SIT arrested the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban), BM Vijayshankar, on July 8, for taking a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from the firm. Vijayshankar, an IAS officer, allegedly took the bribe from Khan for preparing a favourable report on the fraudulent company.Vijayshankar had also approved a clearance certificate submitted by the North division ACP for revenue, LC Nagaraj. Nagaraj was arrested on July 5 for taking a bribe of Rs 4.5 crore from Khan for issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the IMA group, allowing the firm to raise a loan.The SIT also summoned former Congress leader Roshan Baig to appear before it on Thursday, over his alleged involvement in the case. Khan, in an audio clip, had said that Baig took Rs 400 crore from him and failed to return the money. Khan added that he and his family were threatened by the lawmaker due to which, they had to flee from the country. IMA direcor Mansoor Khan with Roshan Baig and son Ruman BaigFacebook
.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday gave the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) seven months time to demolish its headquarters building on Hatirjheel-Begunbari lake.The SC also said it is the last chance for the apex trade body in the apparel sector to demolish the illegal structure.The five-strong Appellate Division bench, led by acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order after hearing a petition of the BGMEA president.Talking to Prothom Alo, BGMEA counsel Imtiaz Mainul Islam said the seven-month timeframe would be counted from 12 September last.The 16-storey office building of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is constructed in the middle of the Hatirjheel-Begunbari canal despite concerns from the green activists.In 2011, the High Court ordered the building to be demolished as it was illegally constructed.On 2 June 2016, the Appellate Division of the SC upheld a High Court order for demolishing the BGMEA building as it was constructed illegally and described the structure as a “cancer” on the lake.On 8 November, the 35-page verdict to demolish the BGMEA building was published on the Supreme Court website.In 12 March this year, the Appellate Division ordered BGMEA to demolish its building in the next six months.
Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target If we’re going to get robots in all of our future Jetsons homes than we’re going to have to stop speculating about it and start actually doing it. At least, that’s what Anki believes. Other companies produce pricey prototype and frighteningly powerful robots that only live inside hypothetical labs. But Anki wants to create humble deep learning machines people can actually afford and therefore have impressive yet more modest and friendlier sets of features.This philosophy worked well with Anki’s successful Cozmo kid robot and Overdrive smart racing toys. But Vector, the team’s next product, is going for something more mature. We recently got to check out this upcoming smart home robot that’s basically Siri meets Wall-E.Anki compares Vector’s power to a tablet, and that makes sense looking at its raw specs. It’s got a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core 1.2GHz processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, cameras and microphones, touch sensing, and an optional companion mobile app. But what makes it more than just a computer is the way all this technology is presented.Superficially similar to Cozmo, Vector is a little palm-sized robot. But the gizmo’s bigger brain allows it to act more like an autonomous organism since it doesn’t need to pair to an app. This is a crux of Anki’s ambition with this device. They intend for Vector to be robot that just roams around your house learning and helping users out with its own A.I. agency. It can even navigate back to its charging stand on its own. The goal is for users to get comfortable with Vector just always being around and forge a more social, personal connection compared to static one-way interactions like giving Alexa a command.To pull this off, the team has put a lot of work into making Vector this plausible puppy-like critter you play and live with. Its movements were created by 3D cartoon animators working with a virtual version of the limited physical design. Combined with the expressive light up eyes and in person Vector has a stunning amount of charm for a pile of parts. It sells the illusion that the machine really is exploring its environment and reacting to your specific voice and touch. It’s like a Pixar creation in how it endearingly avoids the uncanny valley. Even when it doesn’t respond “properly” to you it feels right in an animal kind of way.Vector’s actual functionality beyond companionship is a little more standard. It can tell you the time, weather, and answers to search questions pulled from online cloud data. It can act as a timer. If you give it security permissions it can use its camera like a watchdog or just take nice pictures of you. It can even play Blackjack and other games with its little cube.Vector’s integration with other smart home technology, whether it’s smart speakers or light bulbs, is still a bit up in the air though. That’s unfortunate because concrete details there would go a long way towards improving the product’s actual practical utility. I want Vector to start playing some vaporwave music if I pet it in just the right way. But what is cool is that soon Vector will eventually support accessible coding languages like Scratch and Python.Its features may still need some fleshing out, but conceptually and tangibly Vector is absolutely a robot I’d let roll around my apartment hanging out with me or just doing its own thing. If you’re also interested than check out Anki’s Kickstarter early pre-order campaign before Vector launches for real on October 12 for $250.For more on cute robots check out these cyber centaurs and popcorn-powered machines.Anki CozmoAnki OverdriveLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The day Jairo Mora Sandoval was killed was not the first time he had stared down the barrel of a gun. Since 2012, the poachers of Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast have become increasingly aggressive, according to local volunteers with Mora’s program.Threats and violent conflicts between conservationists and turtle egg poachers stretch back decades in Costa Rica, where turtle eggs sell on the black market for about $1 each. The supposed aphrodisiacs are in high demand in rural town bars, allowing poachers to make fast money from raiding turtle nests, which can hold as many as 200 eggs.Since the inception of Mora’s program – Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) – it has received threats, said Director Didiher Chacón. Mora’s first warning came at the beginning of last season.“He was held up at gunpoint, and they told him to back off and stop the walks,” said Vanessa Lizano, the head of a nearby rescue center who frequently walked the beaches with Mora. “That was his first warning, and I guess his last.”Mora’s body was found early Friday morning on Moín Beach, where he had been on patrol with four volunteers. The group was kidnapped by at least five masked men, and the volunteers were dropped at an abandoned house. Mora was taken outside, tortured and left to die.Could the death have been prevented? Fellow conservationists are saying yes.The first incident that raised alarm bells took place April 26, 2012, when poachers raided a hatchery where volunteers were reburying turtle nests. “The volunteers were there at night taking care of the hatchery and were attacked by poachers,” Lizano said. “They tied up the volunteers and stole all of the eggs. Jairo was the one who finally found them.”Though Lizano and Mora had sent a number of requests to police in the past, it was the hatchery robbery that finally convinced them to get involved. After that, armed police officers accompanied the night patrols, but not even police could curb the threats.“During that time in 2012, both Jairo and I were being followed by motorbikes with guys carrying AK-47s,” Lizano said. “They would go into town and show off the guns just to scare us.”Toward the end of the season, Lizano received a threat along with pictures of her young son. With her family in danger, Lizano was forced to leave her job as a volunteer coordinator for the Moín sea turtle program and relocate to San José. Despite the threats, she continued working at the rescue center and would return to Limón on weekends to walk the beaches with Mora.When turtle egg-laying season started in April, Lizano assumed that the guarded night patrols would continue. She was wrong. According to Erick Calderón, the Limón chief of police, the 18-kilometer beach is guarded four days a week, but police are not in charge of overseeing conservation patrols.“I really was expecting that help again this year,” Lizano said. “The poachers were able to completely take control of the beach because of a lack of police force.”It’s not that the police were ignoring poaching entirely. According to the daily La Nación, the Limón police department interviewed nine people identified by patrols Thursday night before Mora’s murder. Police have turned over the interviews to the Judicial Investigation Police to help in the investigation.Meanwhile, government officials and outraged environmentalists have taken to social media to express their grief. The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica called the slaying “senseless” on its Facebook page, and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla called for swift justice by authorities via Twitter. Other turtle conservationists started a petition calling for immediate justice and increased police involvement in sea turtle projects.“Jairo Mora had to die so that the authorities would pay attention,” said Twitter user Arturo Rodríguez. “And we are the happiest country in the world? I don’t think so.” On Monday, conservation groups announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.“Jairo’s murderers must be brought to justice so that sea turtle activists around Costa Rica and the world know that this will never be tolerated,” said Todd Steiner, a wildlife biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org. “The whole world is watching to make sure the Costa Rican government brings these thugs to justice and makes sea turtle nesting beaches safe for conservationists to do their work.”Anyone with information on the crime can email PorJairoMoraSandoval@gmail.com or call +(506) 2236-0947.And also on Monday, a U.N. representative in Costa Rica sent condolences to the family, saying, “The United Nations sends its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of (Mora Sandoval), and recognizes his noble work on behalf of protecting turtles which are an essential part of Costa Rica’s and the world’s biodiversity.” Yoriko Yasukawa, who sent the statement, is Costa Rica’s U.N. resident coordinator.Poaching, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project said, is a leading factor in the critical drop of sea turtle populations, driving them to extinction. As a result, sea turtles, including leatherbacks, which Mora was protecting when he was killed, are protected by several laws, including Costa Rica’s Marine Turtle Population Law of 2002 and the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Sea turtle monitoring is crucial to enforcing those laws, the group said.Since the murder, WIDECAST has had several large volunteer groups pull out of other programs, leaving the organization with a deficit of 200 volunteers across the country, Chacón said. As for Moín, the program is now closed.But at least one person plans to continue the fight: Lizano is refusing to give up on the beach that she and Mora one day envisioned as a protected area. She is currently in negotiations with police for an armed escort during her weekend patrols, but even if she does not get one she says she will continue to lobby for official protection at Moín.“If we forget about this beach, then Jairo died for nothing,” she said. “I can’t let that happen.”For more details on the murder visit The Tico Time’s original story. Updated at 10:36 p.m. on Monday. AFP contributed. Facebook Comments Related posts:Why Jairo died Turtles will be unprotected as leatherback nesting season approaches on Moín Beach Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Murder of Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora headed for retrial Twitter user Arturo Rodriguez tweeted this after Mora’s murder.
“”RE/MAX””:www.remax.com/ has released the results of its most recent housing survey, and the company’s evaluation of 53 metropolitan areas demonstrates a 7.6 percent rise in home sales year-over-year in September. The findings represent the third consecutive month in which an increase in sales was shown year-over-year for comparable months, and generally, sales have been on the uptick for four of nine months during 2011 based on RE/MAX’s report.[IMAGE]Higher sales pushed the nation’s housing inventory lower by 20.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, representing the fifteenth consecutive month in which market inventory declined. September’s data extends trends seen from data recorded in July and August, during which sales rose by18 percent and 13.1 percent respectively.Home pricing, however, dropped during the survey period, falling 3.3 percent on a year-over-year basis. According to RE/MAX, the current media sales price stands at $183,762, demonstrating a 2.5 percent decrease from August to September.[COLUMN_BREAK]While some regions sufferred, some areas did go against the trend, ringing in a rise in home pricing. Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Anchorage, Alaska; and Indianapolis, Indiana each saw an uptick in prices; respectively, the cities showed jumps of 13.4 percent, 8.4 percent, 7.8 percent, 5.1 percent, and 4.5 percent. Out of the 53 metro areas evaluated, only 17 demonstrated any forward progress in pricing.Cities faring the most favorably based on sales pace included Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Wilmington, Delaware; Trenton, New Jersey; and Providence, Rhode Island. Respectively, the areas had year-over-year increases in home sales of 31.3 percent, 30.1 percent, 28.4 percent, 27.3 percent, and 23.5 percent. Overall, 44 of the 53 markets examined showed positive sales growth.On average, properties throughout the 53 regions RE/MAX reported on stayed on the market for 94 days. Showing a small increase of four days between months, the length of market stay rose by six days year-over-year. It’s worth noting that numbers from September 2010, which indicated an average market stay of 88 days, represented the lowest on record in the past year, with July of this year also equaling an 88 day market stay average.RE/MAX’s housing reports are delivered every month, following the program’s establishment in 2008. The regular surveys include MLS statistics across all residential property types and the data is not annualized. Additionally, RE/MAX includes at least one metro area from each state in the U.S. for accuracy and maximum representation. October 14, 2011 474 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Dodd-Frank Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-10-14 Abby Gregory RE/MAX Report Shows Sales on the Rise Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology
But faced with playing alongside more or less a second-team offensive line, backfield and receiving corps, Thomas looked every bit the part of a 2014 fourth-round pick.While he managed to lead the Cardinals down the field for three points in the opening minutes of the first quarter — connecting with fellow rookie Troy Niklas in the process on passes of nine and 23 yards respectively — the former Virginia Tech standout was largely ineffective the rest of the night.Thomas finished the evening — one in which Arizona fell to San Diego by a final of 12-9 — 9-of-21 for 73 yards to go along with an interception on the Cardinals’ final possession of the preseason affair.“Offensively, there really wasn’t anything to write home about,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi Thursday night. “It was a poor performance by a bunch of guys.”Under Thomas’ direction, Arizona’s offense went three-and-out on five different occasions. The rookie was also sacked three times, fumbled twice and failed to retain possession once in the second quarter.Although both fumbles were largely the result of poor protection from Bradley Sowell and Nate Potter, it was a long night for the 23-year-old even when he did have time — overthrew Zach Bauman and Brittan Golden on deep balls in the fourth quarter. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 21 Comments Share Top Stories With the two teams set to face one another in the opener of the 2014 regular season in just 11 days time, the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers were not willing to show much in both teams’ final exhibition tune-up Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium.It’s the reason head coach Bruce Arians gave Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton the night off, opting instead to start third-string quarterback Logan Thomas for all 60 minutes of game action. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling For the preseason, Thomas combined to go 22-of-40 for 207 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Famed Winnipeg filmmaker and animator Grant Munro dies at age 94 by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 3:04 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The National Film Board says famed Winnipeg filmmaker Grant Munro has died at the age of 94.Munro was born in 1923 in Winnipeg, where he attended the Musgrove School of Art and the Winnipeg School of Art.He earned a diploma at the Ontario College of Art where his teacher Franklin Carmichael, one of the Group of Seven painters, helped him get a job at the NFB.Munro was known for his animated paper cut-outs and, although he left the film board several times during his career, he always returned.At the NFB, he was involved in the Oscar-award-winning film “Neighbours” — one of the film board’s best-known productions.In an interview for “Making Movie History” that’s posted on the NFB’s website, Munro recounted how Carmichael had arranged for Norman McLaren, the future director of “Neighbours,” to interview Munro’s college class.Munro said he was offered a job making titles for films, and that he initially told McLaren he didn’t want it.“I said, ‘I’m very sorry but you’ve come to the wrong person. I hate lettering.’ Anybody else would have walked out. Not Norman. He said, ‘Well, depending on the director of the film, you might not have to do white lettering on black card. You could perhaps do the main title in pipe cleaners,’” Munro recalled.“I didn’t say anything. He said, ‘Or plasticine.’ I just sat there. ‘Or sugar. Or salt.’”Munro said his first assignment was the title for a film called “Salt of the Earth.” The shot had the words etched into a block of salt.“Neighbours,” the 1952 Oscar-winning anti-war film which used live-action that was shot in single frames, featured Munro and Jean-Paul Ladouceur playing amicable neighbours who resorted to barbarism over a flower.“We always collaborated. You never worked for Norman. You always worked with him,” Munro said.In the late 1950s, Munro departed the NFB to pursue an animation career in England. After working with George Dunning, the future director of “Yellow Submarine,” Munro rejoined the NFB in 1961.He worked on two other Oscar-nominated films — “My Financial Career,” a funny take on the Stephen Leacock short story directed by Gerald Potterton, and “Christmas Cracker,” a project with Norman McLaren, Jeff Hale and Gerald Potterton that Munro also starred in.Munro made the film “Toys,” a stop-motion film featuring children and war toys, and the anti-smoking comedy “Ashes of Doom” for which he once again played the leading role.He collaborated with McLaren again from 1976 to 1978 on the Animated Motion series, a five-part introduction to basic film animation techniques, and also directed several documentaries.Munro retired from the NFB in 1988 and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.
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