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Saskatchewan to introduce mandatory semitrailer driver training

first_imgIn the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash which killed 16 people and injured 13, Saskatchewan has decided to introduce mandatory training for truck drivers.The required 70 hours of Class 1 driver training is expected to be in place by 2019.Once the new legislation is in place, a driver will need proof they’ve completed the training or they won’t be able to take the road test to become a Class 1 driver.The move, outlined in a Saskatchewan Government Insurance memo, may just be the first step.It hints the province may also opt for a course consisting of the 103.5 hours mandated by Ontario.Ontario is the only province which has mandatory training, all other provinces simply require commercial drivers to pass written, medical and road tests.last_img read more

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Securities regulators increasingly employing tech tools to speed probes

first_imgTORONTO – Securities regulators say they are increasingly employing data analytics and other sophisticated tools to track down financial miscreants faster, but these technologies won’t be able to fully replace human judgment.The director of enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission said Thursday that they need these tools to crunch the “mind-numbing volume of data” the regulator takes in for investigations, and do it in weeks, not years.Jeff Kehoe said during a panel discussion in Toronto that regulators can no longer use traditional tools and investigation techniques in the “new world for us,” with advances such as cryptocurrencies and high-frequency trading.“It’s like finding a needle in 50 haystacks, or 100 haystacks,” he said. “And so we need tools that not only reduce the size of the haystacks but make the needles bigger.”Regulators in recent years have put out guidance on the securities implications of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings as the usage of these technological innovations proliferate. Meanwhile, regulators say they too are applying technological tools to their enforcement tasks, as the volume of data at their disposal grows exponentially.The monetary authority of Singapore’s executive director of enforcement Gillian Tan said during the OSC event on Thursday it has developed a tool with data scientists to analyze data to detect circular trading patterns.When testing with known cases, it was able to detect roughly 94 to 96 per cent of what had been detected manually, she added.“What used to take us months to do, can now be done in a matter of hours,” she said. “That’s really exciting for us.”The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s co-director of enforcement Stephanie Avakian said it too has used these tools to speed up their probes, but it doesn’t replace the need for experienced investigators to go through the findings and use judgment.“The data analytics are great for identifying problems and putting together a case, but I don’t think they obviate the need for human investigators… You still need humans to go through this stuff and find the false positives,” she said.As well, Avakian said when financial misdeeds later go before a jury, human witnesses are still needed to help present their case.Kehoe added that the “promises of technology are great” but the findings they produce must be reliable and verifiable in order to be fair.last_img read more

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War Between Morocco and Algeria Over Western Sahara Not an Option

Rabat – Amid growing tension between Morocco and Algeria over the so-called Western Sahara conflict, senior politicians of both countries reportedly have ruled out rumors that the dispute could escalate into war.After the visit of Mohammed VI, king of Morocco, to the southern provinces of the country, Algeria reportedly reacted strongly, reinforcing its military units by the borders.Moroccan politicians, however, have called instead for political initiatives to resolve* the dispute, stressing that the Autonomy Plan is as far as Morocco will go.According to Mohamed El-Yazghi, Morocco’s former Minister of State, war is unacceptable.“Those who start it will defy the UN, which has safeguarded the ceasefire since 1971,” he told Quds Press, insisting that “war would not, in any case, change the facts on the ground.” “Morocco has fortified itself and no one can remove it from the Sahara, so I do not think that anyone can change that,” he added.When asked about the possibility of an initiative to end the dispute between the two countries, El Yazghi said that, “Morocco has proposed autonomy with broad powers in the southern provinces.”However, any initiative seeking to resolve the issue “should start with convincing the separatists in the Polisario and Algeria that this is the right way to go, and Morocco has nothing else to offer.”A number of countries and politicians all over the world view Morocco’s proposed autonomy plan presented to the Security Council in April 2007 as “the best solution” to the Sahara conflict.The United States, one of the five veto-wielding countries at the UN Security Council and the penholder of the resolutions on conflict, has repeatedly stated that the Moroccan autonomy offers the basis for a mutually agreed political solution to the territorial dispute.”U.S. policy toward the Western Sahara has remained consistent for many years. The United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible, and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” said the White House in a joint statement released following King Mohammed VI’s meeting with Obama on November 22, 2013 in Washington D.C.During his successful visit to Laâyoune on the 40th Anniversary of the Green March last Friday, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI made several important announcements concerning development projects that aim to boost the economy and infrastructure of the southern provinces. read more

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Germany Dry weather raises fears of forest fires drought

BERLIN — Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year’s drought and serious wildfires.Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the drought that caused severe crop damage in 2018 could be surpassed this year.Strong winds in northern Germany have also whipped soil off the fields, creating sand storms in recent days.The head of Germany’s firefighters association, Hartmut Ziebs, called Wednesday for more helicopters to be put on standby to help extinguish potential fires. The country has seen a number of blazes in recent days.Authorities in Berlin are urging residents to water thirsty trees that line the streets, saying city workers can’t water them all.The Associated Press read more

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Fracking ban in New Brunswick will remain indefinitely says provincial energy minister

FREDERICTON — A moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, imposed by New Brunswick’s Liberal government in December 2014, will remain in place indefinitely, the province’s energy minister announced Friday.“We have been clear we would not allow this activity to go forward unless our five conditions were met,” Donald Arseneault said.“Creating jobs is our number one priority, but not at any cost. It is clear that our conditions cannot be satisfied in the foreseeable future.”There’s one place where OPEC can’t broker an oil deal: The fracking heartland of TexasSTEP eyes more deals after acquiring Sanjel’s fracking business: ‘I wouldn’t rule out another transaction’The Liberal government’s conditions included a plan for regulations and waste-water disposal, a process for consultation with First Nations, a royalty structure, and a so-called social licence.Arseneault was responding to a report from the commission on hydraulic fracturing which was released in February.That hefty, three-volume document offered a long list of recommendations to follow if government were to allow a shale gas industry to grow in the province.Among its recommendations were a single independent regulator, a plan for waste water disposal, a new strategy for environment and energy, and a new relationship with Indigenous people.Arseneault said there was no way the industry could proceed right now because of the situation left by the previous Progressive Conservative government of premier David Alward.“We’ve inherited a situation from the last government that really brought this industry where it’s at today. The way they conducted themselves and the relationship that really deteriorated with First Nations made it such that we had no choice but to put a moratorium in place in the province of New Brunswick,” he said.The Alward government’s decision to embrace the shale gas industry was polarizing in the province, where a series of public protests culminated in a violent demonstration in the fall of 2013 in Rexton that saw 40 people arrested and six police vehicles burned.Mi’kmaq chiefs in New Brunswick welcomed news that the moratorium will remain in place, and said they see it as an opportunity for the province to mend its relationship with First Nations communities.But Fort Folly First Nation Chief Rebecca Knockwood said it’s time for Arseneault to stop blaming the previous government.“Two years into this mandate the Gallant government can no longer pin the strained relationship on the former government. They are not meeting their constitutional obligation to consult First Nations on Sisson Mine or Energy East,” she said.Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Bruce Fitch criticized the decision to maintain the moratorium. He said the Liberal government is failing to move the province forward.It is clear that our conditions cannot be satisfied in the foreseeable future.“They have actually hurt the province in many, many ways,” he said. “Driving the opportunity for investment out of the province of New Brunswick is another example of how this government says one thing and does another.”But Samir Kayande, an analyst with Calgary-based RS Energy Group said he doubts there would be any shale gas development now in New Brunswick even if the moratorium was lifted.“There’s a lot of gas in North America right now. So the focus among investors and the focus among industry has been trying to reduce the cost of what is already known, and available, and will last us for many, many years into the future,” he said.Kayande said it takes a lot of money and time to develop a shale gas play, and the conditions don’t favour that happening any time soon in New Brunswick.“There’s just not a price environment right now that is amenable to future resource development in exploratory areas,” he said.The Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Green party Leader David Coon both applauded the decision to maintain the moratorium.“The decision of the government is consistent with the logic presented by the commission on hydraulic fracturing and is certainly compatible with the vision of the Green party to follow the transition towards a green economy,” Coon said. read more

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Regulators award over 12 billion in offshore licences in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX – Offshore regulators in Atlantic Canada awarded oil exploration licences to several industry giants Thursday, totalling more than $1.2 billion in Newfoundland and Labrador alone.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said it had awarded seven parcels worth a combined $1,204,953,713.Norwegian-based Statoil is a partner in five of the seven bids and was also awarded a solo bid worth $423 million.Other companies to be involved in the potential exploration include BG International, BP Canada Energy Group, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and China’s state energy company Nexen Energy.Premier Paul Davis, who is in the midst of an election campaign, said the record level of interest was the “direct result” of seismic mapping carried out by the province and Nalcor Energy.“That work indicated that there are potentially 12 billion barrels of oil in this general area of our offshore, so this new international attention is no surprise,” Davis said in a statement released through the Progressive Conservative Party.Two deepwater parcels were also awarded by Nova Scotia’s offshore regulator, although they were decidedly more modest by comparison, coming in at a value of $82 million.The parcels, worth about $76 million and $5.8 million respectively, went to Statoil Canada Ltd.Nova Scotia Energy Minister Michel Samson said he was pleased by the development.“When you keep in mind where the price of oil is today . . . to see these types of investments being made and expressions of interest in our offshore, I think it’s a great sign of confidence.”Samson said more work would have to be done, including environmental assessments before Statoil would get final approval for drilling.If approval is granted by federal and Nova Scotia officials, the regulatory board said it would issue two exploration licences on Jan. 15.Last month, Shell Canada Ltd., received approval to begin exploratory drilling in the Shelburne Basin offshore site, about 250 kilometres off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia. Regulators award over $1.2 billion in offshore licences in Atlantic Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2015 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Canada missed the boat on economic policies to mitigate climate change doctor

Canada ‘missed the boat’ on economic policies to mitigate climate change: doctor Dr. James Orbinski delivers a keynote address on the health consequences of climate change, during the Canadian Medical Association’s General Council 2016, in Vancouver, on Monday, August 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2016 1:10 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Canada “has missed the boat” when it comes to developing renewable energy resources that would mitigate the impact of global warming and its impact on human health, a leading medical expert says.Dr. James Orbinski, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, told a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association that Canada still has time to catch up with other countries or it will be left behind.California has the fastest-growing economy in the United States despite putting a price on carbon emissions, but Canada has failed to recognize that this is not a “false choice” with a negative economic impact, Orbinski said Monday.“For Canada, we have been stuck in this paradox,” he said. “We are lagging behind economically in terms of the kind of advances that other nations like Germany, Spain, the nations of continental Europe, the U.K., China even, the kind of policies that they’re engaging in terms of dealing with the effects of climate change.”The development of alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power, has fuelled a knowledge- and technology-based economy in California, which has experienced a fifth year of drought driven by climate change, Orbinski said Monday.People in developing regions of the world suffer the most from the effects of climate change, he said.In 2011, 13 million east Africans were on food assistance because of drought, he said.“This is the consequence of climate change. It is profound. And it is utterly unacceptable.”Orbinksi, who co-founded the medical and research organization Dignitas International to provide AIDS treatment in the sub-Saharan African country of Malawi, said 270,000 people are receiving treatment for the disease, but that’s not their worst problem.“It is drought,” he said, adding 29 million people in southern Africa are on food assistance.Orbinski, who headed Doctors Without Borders when it won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, said wildfires, hurricanes and floods, as a result of rising sea levels, are just some of the effects of climate change.The rate of temperature increases in Canada is two times higher than the worldwide average, with greater hikes in the northern part of the country, he said.“What is very clear is that climate change is like no other threat that the human species has ever faced in its history,” he said. “It is the contemporary issue of the 21st century.”Orbinski urged doctors to get involved locally in climate-change initiatives, adding that could affect policy change.Dr. Cindy Forbes, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association, said discussions will be held by the organization’s board as physicians aim to make a difference in their own communities when it comes to climate change initiatives.“We’ve identified it as a major issue,” she said in an interview. “We will be looking at what we can do at the federal (government) level but at this point we have not made any decisions or determinations as to what our next steps will be.”The federal government, along with other provinces, set new goals following the Paris Agreement last December to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.Last week, British Columbia decided against increasing its carbon tax. Premier Christy Clark called on other provinces to match B.C.’s carbon tax and said the government would re-evaluate the levy when other jurisdictions have similar taxes in place.— Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter. read more

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GDF rank dies after Huston accident

A serving Guyana Defense Force rank is now dead after an accident at Huston, East Bank Dmerara.The rank has been identified as Travis Carrington. He was riding a motor cycle at the time of the incident before colliding into a motor car.Carrington sustained serious head injuries as he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.Police are continuing their investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF rank dies in accident outside nightclubDecember 10, 2017In “Crime”Young Army Officer killed in Soesdyke crashMay 24, 2016In “latest news”Car ends up in rice field as driver swerves from cowSeptember 27, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Amnesty International says Ireland must follow Denmark after landmark transgender law

first_imgA LANDMARK LAW in Denmark has made it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender.Amnesty International have said that it should set an example to governments across the world.The Danish parliament passed the bill yesterday.It allows transgender people to obtain official documents reflecting their gender identity without needing to be diagnosed with a mental disorder or undergo surgeries resulting in irreversible sterilisation.Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman said: This progressive and courageous step made by Danish MPs should set an example to Ireland, the rest of Europe and beyond.“All states should ensure that transgender people can obtain legal recognition of their gender through a quick, accessible and transparent procedure in accordance with their own sense of their gender identity.”Previously transgender people in Denmark could only change their legal gender after receiving a psychiatric diagnosis of “transsexualism” or undergoing surgeries, irreversible sterilisation and other medical treatments including hormone treatments.Similar laws affecting transgender people still exist across the world.In Ireland no procedures currently exist to allow people to change their gender.Gender recognition law was debated in the Dáil for the first time just last month.O’Gorman said that “legal gender recognition is vital to preserve the right to privacy for transgender people, but the process must preserve their right to health and not impose on them mandatory requirements that violate their human rights.”This new Danish law, which comes into force on 1 September 2014 is the first of its kind in Europe.Argentina is the only other country in the world where a similar model exists.Amnesty International’s 2014 report, The State Decides Who I Am, reveals that European countries are violating the human rights of people trying to change their legal gender.Read: Dáil debates gender recognition law for first time in history>Read: RTÉ receives 24 complaints over transgender character in new sitcom ‘The Centre’>Read: Chelsea Manning officially granted name change – but will still be treated as male prisoner>last_img read more

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NEC dualscreen Android Cloud Communicator fails to impress at CES

first_imgThe market looks set to be flooded with Android tablets soon, so it’s nice to see a company like NEC experimenting with a dual-screen format. Unfortunately, this first attempt isn’t going to win many fans.The device on display at CES is an updated dual-screen version of the NEC Cloud Communicator. In order for any new Android tablet to compete on the market it needs to hit a few must-haves on the feature list. They include capacitive screens, a HD resolution, and the latest version of Android.It’s the features where the dual screen Cloud Communicator fall down. Both displays are resistive touchscreens meaning they require pressure or a stylus to use. The resolution of each is also only 800 x 600. As for Android, it will use 2.1.Watching the video you can see this device has potential, but in its current state it looks underpowered with the Cortex-A8 processor at its heart struggling to cope.We’re unsure what’s going to happen to this device. It looks as though NEC is offering the device as a base to any vendor that wants to use it as atablet solution. But we suspect anyone looking at it will come to the same conclusions we have and NEC need to go away and update everything about it.Read more at EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionIf you could make a device light enough and thin enough with two displays then I think there would be a market for it. The issue you will always face is battery life, but having the extra screen real estate would allow you to do more, or view content in a more book-like format at least.What I don’t get here is how NEC think this device will sell. It’s outdated in all the important ways it shouldn’t be. Resistive touchscreens are out, with capacitive the superior alternative. The low resolution of each display is also unacceptable meaning HD content playback just can’t happen. Then there’s the old version of Android–why isn’t this a 2.3 device?The last nail in the coffin has to be the choice of processor. The Cortex-A8 is a very capable chip, but that’s when it’s inside a smartphone with a single, small display. It does not belong in a dual-screen tablet, and especially not without a strong GPU to back it up. As Engadget rightly point out, NEC need Tegra 2 inside a device like this to be taken seriously.last_img read more

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Geek deals HTC Sensation 4G 12GHz dualcore Android smartphone 17999

first_imgSmartphones are a crazy technology market to watch. The tech and features are moving as fast as computer technology did in the early days of the Intel Pentium M and Core processors. We’ve got fast dual-core processors stuffed into phones with high resolution screens and more gaming power than last generation game consoles. Strap onto this dual cameras with HD video recording capability and the requisite voice and data capabilities, and these are some ridiculously powerful devices that are more computer than phone.HTC’s Sensation is one of the newest smartphones on the market and truly the flagship when it comes to advanced technology. It has everything we mentioned above: a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU, 768MB RAM, dual cameras (one being 8MP), 1080p video recording, a qHD high resolution display, and of course 3g/4g connectivity on T-Mobile’s network. The HTC Sensation is a large phone at 5 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.2 ounces. It’s about the same size of the Motorola Droid X2, but has rounded edges and no bumps, which makes it actually feel smaller than the Droid X2. It also has a 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 Super LCD, packing in 256 pixels per inch.AdChoices广告You can snap this phone up from any T-Mobile store or their website, but LogicBuy found it a bit cheaper at Wirefly thanks to there being no activation fee. Right now you can get the Sensation from Wirefly for $179.99 with free activation, a free 4GB SD card, and free shipping, presuming you sign up for a new contract or renew an existing one.Buy the HTC Sensation through LogicBuylast_img read more

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Climate change is speeding up a rise in sea levels

first_img An ice shelf near the Eqip Sermia glacier off the coast of Greenland. Image: Karlheinz Schindler/DPA/PA Images An ice shelf near the Eqip Sermia glacier off the coast of Greenland. Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 9:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/4069329 11,872 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 17th 2018, 9:46 AM Share101 Tweet Email1 center_img 57 Comments Image: Karlheinz Schindler/DPA/PA Images Climate change is speeding up a rise in sea levels Warmer ocean water is destabilising ice shelves. Short URL CLIMATE CHANGE COULD be accelerating a rise in sea levels to a greater extent than previously thought, researchers have found.A new study by an international team of polar scientists has discovered that the process of warmer ocean water destabilising ice shelves from below is also cracking them apart from above, increasing the chance they’ll break off.“We are learning that ice shelves are more vulnerable to rising ocean and air temperatures than we thought,” Christine Dow from the University of Waterloo in Canada, who led the research, said.“There are dual processes going on here. One that is destabilising from below, and another from above.“This information could have an impact on our projected timelines for ice shelf collapse and resulting sea level rise due to climate change.”Two-year study Over the course of two years, researchers used radar surveys and Landsat imagery (from Earth-observing satellites co-managed by the US Geological Survey and Nasa) to monitor ice shelves in locations such as Antarctica and Greenland.They found that as warmer salt water erodes channels into the ice that attaches glaciers to stable land, it also generates massive vertical fractures splitting glaciers from above and below. Surface water melting on top of the ice shelves then pours into these cracks, accelerating the problem further.“This study is more evidence that the warming effects of climate change are impacting our planet in ways that are often more dangerous than we perhaps had thought,” Dow said.“There are many more vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic that, if they break up, will accelerate the processes of sea level rise,” she added.The study was recently published in Science Advances. By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

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Lemon Grove Goodwill briefly evacuated after practice grenade scare

first_img Posted: October 13, 2018 LEMON GROVE (KUSI) – The Lemon Grove Goodwill store had to be evacuated Saturday after authorities received a report of a grenade being found.Dispatchers were told around 10:30 a.m. that someone found a possibly- functional grenade at the Goodwill on Broadway near Lemon Grove Avenue, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The Bomb and Arson Unit went to the store to investigate.A sheriff’s department spokesman said he couldn’t confirm if the grenade was determined to be live or not, but said investigators had cleared the scene and the store was safe to enter.The item was a non-explosive practice grenade, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. KUSI Newsroom, October 13, 2018 Lemon Grove Goodwill briefly evacuated after practice grenade scare KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Sued by wife cricketer Sunny indicted

first_imgNational team cricketer Arafat Sunny at Dhaka court. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday framed charges against suspended cricketer Arafat Sunny in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology Act.Passing the order, Dhaka’s cyber tribunal judge Md Saiful Islam fixed 21 November for the formal trial to begin with the deposition of witnesses, reports UNB.Earlier on 5 January, Nasrin Sultana, who claimed to be Arafat Sunny’s wife, filed the case with Mohammadpur police station in the capital on allegation of circulating her sensitive pictures on social media.Police arrested Sunny, who is now on bail, from Aminbazar in Savar upazila on 22 January.The investigation officer of the case pressed charges against him on 6 April.Sunny has played 16 one day international matches and 10 T20Is for the national team.last_img read more

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14 killed in Mexican border city shooting

first_imgA man holds a sign reading `No weapons` during the march for peace and against violence in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on 23 June. Photo: AFPAt least 14 people were killed Saturday in three shooting incidents in the northern Mexican city of Juarez, notorious for its drug gang related violence.One of the attacks occurred in the southern part of the city, where eight men who were gathered watching the World Cup football match between Mexico and South Korea, were shot at by armed gunmen who killed six and injured two, according to security officials.Almost simultaneously, in a downtown neighborhood, five other men gathered at a hairdressing salon to watch football were killed by a group who arrived at the scene in a blue van, according to witnesses.Hours earlier, during the early hours of the morning, three other people were taken from a party in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the city and executed by gunmen.The killings bring to 128 the number of people killed in the city this month alone.More than 200,000 people have been killed in Mexico since the government launched a controversial anti-drug offensive in late 2006, according to official figures that do not specify how many of these victims are related to organized crime.last_img

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Two US airlines drop Cuba route citing too much competition

first_imgTwo U.S. airlines drop Cuba route citing too much competition Tuesday, March 14, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cuba, Frontier Airlines, Silver Airways HAVANA — Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways are dropping air service to Cuba, saying other airlines are adding too many flights to the island nation and making the routes unprofitable.U.S. airlines rushed to begin flights to Cuba last year after the Obama administration allowed commercial service for the first time in more than half a century. More Americans are visiting Cuba, but the glut of new flights has exceeded demand, resulting in many empty seats.Florida-based Silver said Monday that it will end Cuba service on April 22, just six months after it started flying between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cuban provincial capitals like Camaguey and Cienfuegos. Several of its Cuban destinations are also served by major carriers such as American Airlines.Silver spokeswoman Misty Pinson said the number of seats on planes between the U.S. and Cuba quadrupled because the airlines added so many flights, many of them with big planes. The glut of seats has made Cuban routes unprofitable for all carriers, she said.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongDenver-based Frontier Airlines will cancel its daily flight between Miami and Havana on June 4, said spokesman Jim Faulkner, because of heavy competition and higher-than-expected costs of providing service at the Havana airport.The bigger airlines have not been immune. American reduced daily flights to Cuba from 13 to 10 and switched to smaller planes on some flights. Changes were on flights to smaller Cuban cities; American has not downgraded service to Havana. JetBlue Airways took out about 300 seats a day by using smaller planes.Commercial air service helped fuel an historic, ongoing boom in U.S. travel to Cuba. About 285,000 tourists visited in 2016, up 76 per cent from 2015, and the Cuban government says U.S. visitors increased 125 per cent in January. Source: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

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Traffic Law brings more balanced fines

first_imgDo you think the new Traffic Law is fair and will help decrease the number of accidents?  Yes. It strikes a balance between excessively high fines and the need to get tough on roadway violations.  No. The fines are still too high.  No response. Facebook Comments New Traffic Law From the print editionStriking equilibrium between tough penalties and reasonable fines, Costa Rican lawmakers passed a bill overhauling the country’s traffic laws this week. Once signed by the president, the law would establish the highest traffic fine in the country at ₡280,000 ($550) for exceeding the speed limit by 120 kilometers per hour or more, driving under the influence, driving with an expired license, passing in a no-passing zone or making an illegal U-turn.In September 2011, the Legislative Assembly passed legislation calling for a maximum fine of ₡468,780 ($928) – making those fines some of the most expensive in the world. But the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck the law down, saying the penalties were disproportionately high. The ruling forced the government to revert to old laws and a maximum fine of ₡5,000 ($10). A year later, lawmakers passed a more practical proposal.The current bill passed a first round of debates on June 21. This time, before the second vote, lawmakers allowed the court to review the bill’s content to ensure it was constitutional. After receiving the court’s approval, the legislation passed unanimously, with 43 votes in favor.“This legislation is of great importance for the country because it offers a fairer model, while punishing improper conduct such as reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Fabio Molina, the National Liberation Party’s top lawmaker.Legislators from other parties joined the chorus of praise for the new bill.  Gloria Bejarano, of the Social Christian Unity Party, said, “This is a law that we have been waiting on for years, and it was created with the help of traffic-law experts.”Libertarian Movement Party member Damaris Quintana called the regulations “modern legislation that supports and protects all drivers.”The bill now goes to President Laura Chinchilla, who has promised to sign it into law. It will go take effect once published in La Gaceta, the official government newspaper.In addition to instituting maximum fines, the bill includes a point system for driving violations and stipulates harsher jail sentences for drunk driving. The legal blood alcohol limit would be 0.6 grams per liter. Driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.75 grams per liter could lead to jail time. The bill also emphasizes driver education in the school system.Traffic violations are placed in categories rated from “A” to “E.” The most expensive fines – such as drunk driving and driving with a suspended license – fall into category “A.” “B” offenses are listed as ignoring stop signs, traffic lights or altering license plates. Not having a car seat for children under 12 also falls into the category. Each offense has a maximum fine of ₡189,000 ($379).The “C” fines include driving more than 25 kilometers per hour over the speed limit. The maximum fine is ₡94,000 ($188).The “D” category penalizes those who ignore traffic signs or violate the right of way of another driver. Driving more than 20 kilometers per hour over the speed limit also falls into this category, as do motorcycle riders without a helmet. The maximum fine is ₡47,000 ($94).The last category, “E,” fines ₡20,000 ($40) for noise pollution, or playing excessively loud music or other recordings within 100 meters of clinics, hospitals, schools and churches. In addition, fines can be incurred for driving without proper documents.The bill also creates driver’s education materials for schools to use, and community service opportunities for people who have their license suspended for one or multiple violations.Manrique Oviedo of the Citizen Action Party highlighted the importance of driver’s education, referring to the country’s poor reputation with highway safety. The bill cracks down on traffic offenses, but more importantly, it might also prevent future accidents by placing a greater emphasis on educating young drivers. “We hope that in a short while, we will have a new generation of drivers behaving differently on the roads,” Oviedo said.Tico Times Poll: No related posts.last_img read more

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Entitle Direct Group Appoints CFO Corporate Secretary

first_img September 23, 2013 496 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share “”Entitle Direct Group, Inc.””:http://www.entitledirect.com/ (EDG), the parent company of EnTitle Insurance Company, announced the appointment of John Sheffield as its new CFO and corporate secretary.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Sheffield brings to his post more than 20 years of financial, strategic, and corporate expertise developed from companies across several industries. He has held senior positions with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Bank Street Group. He started his career as an auditor with a predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a CPA in Texas.””Our early success with ENTITLE DIRECT has disrupted the outdated tradition of the 130 year-old title insurance,”” said Timothy Dwyer, founder and CEO of EDG. “”As we look to take ENTITLE DIRECT to the next level, I am thrilled to have John join the Company to help lead our transformation into an even more successful company with his focus on creating actionable strategic plans, establishing accountability, and instituting best practices.””center_img Entitle Direct Group Appoints CFO, Corporate Secretary Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Title Insurance 2013-09-23 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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The answer from Sports Illustrateds Peter King an

first_imgThe answer from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and ESPN’s Todd McShay is “yes.”Related LinksArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft TrackerCardinals’ David Johnson ready to reclaim his future in 2018In a mock draft for his final MMQB column leading into the draft, which begins Thursday, King believes the Cardinals are set on being aggressive by trading up to draft with the Denver Broncos’ No. 5 overall pick.That’s because, King says, they love Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.Call this hunch the Won’t Get Fooled Again Pick. I’ve always thought a segment of the Cardinals had regrets over the 2017 draft when, with a 37-year-old quarterback (Carson Palmer) possibly in his last year, they were leap-frogged by teams that took Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson one and three picks ahead of them. Plus, the Cardinals don’t like Baker Mayfield. They love him. That’s a good thing, because John Elway likes him a lot too.McShay also believes that Arizona has grown to love Mayfield.They’ve been really quiet throughout this process, but it won’t surprise me a bit if they deal up for a QB. I know there’s some love for (Wyoming QB Josh Allen) and some love for Mayfield in that building.Neither has evidence to suggest Arizona and Denver have discussed a trade for the No. 5 pick, but Elway, the Broncos general manager, said at a press conference last week he would be willing to trade the team’s first-round pick. The problem there is that the GM’s public dangling of the pick could drive the price up. And if Elway likes Mayfield as much as King believes, he certainly would ask for the Cardinals’ No. 15 pick and a lot more to give it up.Predicting where Mayfield goes in the draft is difficult.Many mock drafts predict he could be a top-five pick, while some also believe he could fall all the way to Arizona’s current draft slot.After beginning his college career at Texas Tech, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound quarterback played the last three years with the Sooners, improving his total yardage, number of touchdowns and average yards per pass attempt in each season. As a senior, he completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions.Draft evaluators might be apprehensive to label him a top-five selection due to his height and several in-game behavioral issues. He also was arrested in February 2017 on charges of public intoxication and fleeing. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Like it or not, the Arizona Cardinals were aggressive in finding a new starting quarterback this offseason by signing Sam Bradford to a deal that could pay him up to $20 million for 2018.They were aggressive in signing backup Mike Glennon as well.With neither looking like a long-term option, it wouldn’t be hard to assume that Cardinals general manager Steve Keim would do everything possible to select a starting-caliber quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. The big if is whether or not Arizona likes a top-tier prospect enough to trade up from their No. 15 pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is video taped during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Nicosia and Athens coordinate ahead of deliberations on Cyprus problem

first_imgDevelopments on the Cyprus problem, in the light of the contacts held by the UN Secretary-General’s envoy, Jane Holl Lute, and the forthcoming meetings in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly will be discussed during a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday in Athens.They will also discuss the next tripartite meeting of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt at a leaders’ level in Greece next month.Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA that during their meeting on Monday, Anastasiades and Tsipras will coordinate on the Cyprus problem in view of the General Assembly and the preparations carried out by Lute.He also said that on the agenda will be the trilateral partnerships the two countries have with countries of the region and especially the trilateral meeting of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt at a leaders’ level to be held in October in Greece.Meanwhile, Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias will meet on Wednesday with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Christodoulides to inform him on his meeting with Lute on Tuesday.The two will also talk about Kotzias’ meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu last week in Smyrni.The two ministers will then depart for Israel where on Thursday they will have negotiations within the framework of the Greece, Cyprus, Israel trilateral partnership.You May LikeHealth & Human Research7 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer Growing In Your BodyHealth & Human ResearchUndoHealthZapGlimpse Of 50 Places No One Is Allowed To VisitHealthZapUndoMiss Penny StocksMike From “Laramie” is 67 & Might Look FamiliarMiss Penny StocksUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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