Brief court appearance for 16yearold charged in shooting of German tourist

first_imgCOCHRANE, Alta. – The case of a 16-year-old charged in a southern Alberta highway shooting that left a German tourist with serious injuries has been delayed for a week.The teen appeared in Cochrane provincial court via a video link and was granted a week’s delay while he tries to secure a lawyer.The youth, who is from the nearby Stoney Nakoda First Nation west of Calgary, can’t be named because of his age.He is facing 14 charges, including attempted murder and possession of a prohibited firearm.The 60-year-old tourist was driving in a black Dodge Durango with his family near Morley, Alta., on Aug. 2, when the shooting happened.Police have said the suspect vehicle was passing the Durango when a shot was fired from the passenger window and into the tourist’s SUV.The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre on Stoney Nakoda land.Three family members who were passengers weren’t seriously injured.The driver survived but was flown back to Germany where surgeons removed the bullet which will be sent to RCMP for forensic analysis. He can’t talk or move his right side as a result of the injury.Police say although there were others in the car with the accused, no other charges are pending and investigators aren’t searching for any other suspects.last_img read more

Quebec politicians exploring violence against Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National NewsA dozen members of Quebec’s National Assembly are learning about the sexual and physical abuse experienced by Indigenous women in the province.The special commission was created before allegations of abuse surfaced against Quebec provincial police in the community of Val d’Or.APTN’s Danielle Rochette found that the commission is hearing about things that goes far beyond any one particular incident.last_img

Cogeco reports solid 2014 financial results

Cogeco reports ‘solid’ 2014 financial results MONTREAL – Cogeco Cable Inc (TSX:CCA) is reporting an increase in profits for its 2014 fiscal year.The Montreal based company says it turned in earnings of $209.4 million for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31 compared to $184.9 million for fiscal 2013.The profit figures are after interest, taxes depreciation and amortization were factored in.Cogeco says its revenue for its fourth quarter was up by 4.2 per cent or $19.8 million and 15.1 per cent or $255.1 million for the overall fiscal year.Cogeco President and CEO Louis Audit says describes the financial performance as solid and attributes it to effective cost control and organic growth in its Canadian and American cable businesses and its data services.Cogeco Cable is the 11th largest cable operator in North America offering services in Quebec and Ontario as well as Western Pennsylvania, South Florida, Maryland/Delaware and South Carolina. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2014 3:22 pm MDT read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State brings home a win against Rutgers

Harrison posted a 9.750 on her first time on floor after being out all season for the event due to a preseason hip injury. Junior Alexis Mattern takes her turn on the uneven bars at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporter The meet result in victory for the OSU women, but coach Carey Fagan said that she didn’t take the win for granted. The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team brought home a big win in their co-ed meet against Rutgers after a two-meet losing streak. For their third win of the season, the Buckeyes posted a final score of 195.775-194.300 over the Scarlet Knights. “At first I felt bad because Janelle got hurt, so I never want to see my teammates hurt,” said Harrison. “But my coach asked me ‘So how do you feel about it?’ and I said ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I’m ready.’” The Buckeyes claimed a shutout for the meet, placing first in every event. Junior Alexis Matter earned a career-best for yet another meet in a row of 39.400 to take first for the all-around. At the half point of the meet, the Buckeyes still held the lead over the Scarlet Knights with an overall score of 97.800. In the fourth and final event, Mattern tied her career-high of 9.925 to earn first for floor. A last minute lineup change was made right before the start of the rotation where Harrison stepped in place of sophomore Janelle McClelland. The OSU women started strong on vault, tallying a 49.025. Mattern posted a 9.825 to place first overall for the event. “I was happy with how the team responded,” Fagan said. “We had a couple of bad landings on vault and that can sometimes shake a team and their confidence, and we needed to make a couple of lineup changes towards the end, but they seemed to really handle it. Sometimes you have a mistake and everybody kind of folds, but this team was pretty mentally tough, so I’m happy overall.” The OSU women’s gymnastics team will travel to University Park next next Saturday, Feb 11 for a dual meet against Penn State. In the second rotation on uneven bars, freshman Olivia Aepli and Mattern led the tea, both scoring 9.825 to tie for first overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoflland missed the stick, falling on the dismount to tally the team low-score of 8.875 for the night. “Today I had my teammates in front of me, I had my teammates behind me when I was going,” Mattern said. “So that really just gave me the strength and the positive energy to just go out and do the best that I could do.” The team gained momentum in the third rotation on balance beam earning a 48.900 for the event. Junior Taylor Harrison posted a 9.878 to take first for the event. read more

Police hunt suspected serial sex attacker after 13 attacks on London streets

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 suspect was described by police as as a “light-skinned black man”, aged between 18 and 30, of slim build, around 5ft with afro-style hair. Police are hunting a suspected serial sex attacker after a string of assaults on women as young as 19 on the streets of London.CCTV has been released of a man officers want to talk to after 13 assaults were reported in Ladywell, Lewisham between December 2017 and April 2018.The attacker approached lone women, aged from 19 to 40, and sexually touched them in the street, police said.Scotland Yard have released footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents and have appealed to the public to help identify him.Detective Constable Tristan Hunter said: “These incidents were very traumatic for the victims and we are appealing to the public to help us identify who this man is so that he can be apprehended as soon as possible.”There is a possibility that these incidents are part of a linked series of attacks, as a number of victims have provided very similar descriptions of the attacker.”While efforts to trace the person or people behind these attacks progresses, police patrols in the area have been increased and officers are working with the community to offer reassurance and to help identify the offender.” During a number of attacks he wore a dark jacket with a hood, dark trousers or jeans, trainers and sometimes gloves. read more

1st ODI at Providence sees Windies tasting defeat at the hands

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI v Bangladesh: Series leveled following Hetmyer’s tonJuly 26, 2018In “Sports”Providence ODI’s: Windies looking to maintain form against Bangladesh’s limited overs forceJuly 21, 2018In “Sports”Tamim, Shakib back in squad for WI ODIsDecember 3, 2018In “Sports” On Sunday’s opening match at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana, Bangladesh defeated Windies by 48 runs after opener Tamim Iqbal launched his 10th One-Day International (ODI) century while Shakib Al Hasan narrowly missed out on his own.After losing the Test series 2-0, the Tigers resumed their winning ways in a format which is more tailored to their style of cricket, as they outplayed the Caribbean side in the first of three ODIs in the series.It was a mixture of grit and aggression as Iqbal ended on 130 off 160 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. He shared a resurgent and revitalising second-wicket stand of 207 with Shakib Al Hasan, who hit six fours in his 97 to take the Tigers to 279-4 in 50 overs.It was hard work for the Windies bowlers as the misfielded and dropped catches added to the bowlers’ turmoil.Spinner Devendra Bishoo ended with 2-52 in a brave effort. The Caribbean side who looked spot on in the Tests, were unable to channel the same fire the Tigers did in their innings and were kept to 231-9 in 50 overs.Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers, returning to the team in a match-winning way.Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer resisted with a top-score of 52, followed by Chris Gayle with 40, and 29 apiece from the unbeaten tail-end stars Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph as their 50-partnership ended prematurely. Bangladesh’s star pacer Mustafizur Rahman returned to action with 2-27.Windies’ chase got underway with some feisty shots from Evin Lewis (17), who looked dangerous but played a soft shot and was easily caught by Mahmudullah to give the Bangladesh skipper his first wicket.A circumspect-looking Gayle was then joined by Shai Hope, who also appeared a bit watchful, but the “Universe Boss” would soon get into the action when he thumped off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz for his first six. Mosaddek Hossain would then manage another breakthrough when he trapped Hope LBW for just six runs.Homeboy Hetmyer joined Gayle with the score at 41-2 and the left-hander quickly secured his first boundary thanks to a classy pull through mid-wicket off Hossain which also took Windies well past 50 in the 15th over. Gayle’s and Hetmyer’s partnership ended with a mix-up as the former was run out thanks to some clinical work between Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain.Jason Mohammed had a brief stay at the crease, departing stumped for 10 by Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Mehedy. Unfazed by the previous dismissals, the Berbician Hetmyer pleased his Guyanese crowd when he raised his bat to acknowledge a solid fifty under pressure.His demise came at the hands of Sabbir Rahman, who was operating with such precision that he went on a hat-trick after he followed up his first wicket with that of Rovman Powell, who edged a moving delivery into the gloves of wicket-keeper Rahman.The wheels began to fall off the Caribbean wagon as Holder who smashed a six off his opposite number Mortaza, was then removed the following ball by the Bangladeshi skipper for 17. After hitting a six and four and looking ominous, Andre Russell (13) became Mortaza’s third victim.The Windies innings eventually came to a screeching halt when Mortaza removed Nurse for seven, but Bishoo and Joseph counterpunched with a last-wicket partnership of 59 not out, the best for their team, but in vain.The second of two ODIs will bowl off at Providence on Wednesday, July 25 from 14:30h. (Clifton Ross) read more

SEHA Round 3 Tatran Presov win in Zagreb

After the defeat in Belarus in the group stage Champions League qualification against Meshkov Brest, Tatran Presov bounced back from that one, and have surprisingly won in Zagreb against RK Zagreb Prvo Plinarsko Drustvo. The Slovakians had the lead throughout the whole game, and in the end celebrated 25:21 (11:9) victory. Dainis Kristopans and Radoslav Antl led Tatran with 6 goals each, while Josip Valcic was Zagreb’s best with 6 goals too. Dainis Kristopansjosip valcicSEHATatran Presovzagreb ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 2): Benidorm and Granollers with the first wins! Next Story → SEHA DERBY: Vardar to open “Veszprem Arena” read more

NOAA defection is another big loss for RIM

first_imgRIM‘s going to have to trumpet its holiday success in England more loudly than ever if it hopes to drown out the sound of feet marching away from the BlackBerry encampment. Earlier this week, oilfield services titan Halliburton pulled the plug and moved thousands of smartphone users to the iPhones. Now, U.S. Federal Agency the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that they’re done with BlackBerry, too.NOAA CIO Joe Klimavicz oversees an information technology budget of around $600 million dollars, and he’s been asked to cut back wherever possible. His agency has a lot more equipment to spend money on than just smartphones and servers, what with all the atmospheric and oceanic monitoring and reporting it does.Right now, there are about 3,000 BlackBerry devices in use at NOAA. Klimavicz didn’t specify a timetable for a complete transition to iOS (and interestingly he’s leaving the door open for Android devices in the future), saying only that they’ll be purchasing several to complement the iPads that are already in use. In June, NOAA will be cutting the cord on RIM’s server services.The move to iOS is actually the second step in NOAA’s IT transformation. According to Klimavicz, the move away from BlackBerry was made possible when the agency completed its transition to Google Apps.When reached for comment, RIM made sure to mention that it’s still working very closely with “more than one million government customers” in the United States. But just as other companies will look at the Halliburton move with raised eyebrows, so too will other American agencies and offices, and wonder if NOAA’s cost-cutting move could help improve their own situations.More at The Globe and Maillast_img read more

Madrid star denies kidnap allegations

Madrid star denies kidnap allegations

first_imgReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has slammed allegations that he was involved in the kidnapping of his former agent, Leo D’Souza.The ex-France international was accused of kidnapping his former representative due to the financial issues that led to their separation.Benzema referenced the lawsuit, which was filed on the 8th of October, on his official Twitter account, claiming D’Souza fabricated the story.« Un proche de Benzema touche le bras de De Souza, c’est un enlevement »  « De Souza est roué de coups, il n’a aucun jour d’ITT » « De Souza dit que Benzema était dans le Van, thèse écartée par les enquêteurs » Ce monde est-il sérieux ? #FautArreter #Givemeabreak #CTrop pfff 🤮— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) October 18, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.He wrote: “Is this world serious? #Stop #Givemeabreak”Reports in the media suggests, a dispute between the Benzema and D’Souza developed over an $80,000 fee which was withheld by customs officers at Marrakech airport in Morocco.D’Souza, according to his report says, that an attempt to kidnap him took place outside a shisha bar on October 7.The football agent says a black van stopped beside him and a childhood friend of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema demanded he steps in.The 33-year-old claims to have been to have been physically attacked when he refused to get in the van, which got people in the bar get involved in the whole incident.last_img read more

Sandals Foundation Jumps into Action to Provide Hurricane Irma Relief

Sandals Foundation Jumps into Action to Provide Hurricane Irma Relief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – Like a lot of their countrymen, the team members at Sandals Royal Bahamian sprang into action organizing the purchase and collection of hurricane relief supplies for the displaced inhabitants of our southeast islands.The Sandals Foundation, charitable arm of Sandals Resorts International, purchased much needed personal hygiene supplies which were received by Pastor Matthew Sweeting and his team at New Providence Community Center.   The team members of Sandals Royal Bahamian gathered countless boxes and bags filled with canned goods and gently used clothing procured from a hurricane relief drive led by staff at the resort.  The public information and referral-driven charitable organization HeadKnowles received the items to distribute to the affected.Pastor Matthew Sweeting comments, “We’re so happy to welcome Sandals to join in the effort with the rest of our corporate partners.   Parts of the country aren’t even fully recovered yet from hurricane Matthew so it’s heartening to know that the powerhouses of our country are continuing to stand behind us.”Heidi Clarke, executive director of Sandals Foundation adds, “Our main focus now is assisting all of our communities in the Caribbean that were devastated from the storm, inclusive of the southeast islands of the Bahamas.   It’s going to be a long road to rebuild, but we along with Sandals Royal Bahamian will be here to support until these communities are strong again.   We encourage our more fortunate Bahamian community members along with the rest of the Caribbean to donate toward this cause to help reach that common goal.   Through the Sandals Foundation 100% of all donations goes toward community efforts.Press Release: DPA news Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Bonnier Joins ABCs Rapid Report

first_imgBonnier has joined the growing list of major magazine publishers to enlist in the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s Rapid Report system. When it launched in 2006, the free-of-charge Rapid Report system—which allows publishers to voluntarily report their top-line circulation data on an issue-by-issue basis within weeks of the on-sale date—was slow to get participation from major publishers, who were reluctant to share the data with rivals.The number of publishers to sign on seems to have skyrocketed since last fall, when Time Inc., which sold its Parenting and Time4 Media groups to Bonnier last year, joined the program. “We’re very pleased by the response we’ve received in the past few months,” an ABC spokesperson says. “We’re seeing a good increase in the number of participating titles.” American Media Inc. and Meredith have been on board since the beginning. Wenner Media, a long-time Rapid Report holdout, has now joined, too.Four of Bonnier’s titles—Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Parenting and Popular Science—will begin with their first issues of 2008, the publisher announced this week.“By committing our highest circulation titles to participate in Rapid Report, we’re providing our advertisers with the information they need to ensure that our titles are reaching the consumers they want,” Bonnier Corp. CEO Terry Snow said in a statement.Other major magazine publishers signed on for the program include Bauer, Condé Nast, Hachette, Hearst and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.last_img read more

State of the Art of the Newsstand

first_imgIf you’re in the business of creating, recreating, designing or, God forbid, rescuing magazines on life support, you need to know what the state of the art is at this point.You don’t have to look very far. The dozen or so titles that define the latest details in packaging are on your newsstand.Some sell well and some very well. And some very well for the past few decades. Examining them amounts to a master’s degree in magazine crafts from how to construct a great cover to what’s sexy with fashion photography and trendy typography thrown in. 8. How to Talk to WomenCosmopolitan’s genius at knowing how to write edgy cover lines that barely avoid the magazine from being sold in a brown bag is still on a roll after 40 years. Although some buzz words have come and gone (last year it was “revenge”), there are still always three mentions of sex. 7. The Sexiest MagazineESPN The Body Issue. Ordinary people who happen to be athletes who happen to be sexier than models and movie stars. 3. Front of the BookYou can pretty much figure out how a magazine is trying to position itself by the importance it puts on the pages that precede the well.How one constructs the front of the book has become a science, from the length of the pieces, to the frequency of graphics and columnists. Esquire wants to attract young men with buying power and it does it in a skillful, literate way. No junky graphics, no quick fixes. And for the first 110 pages of the current issue. 1. TypographyIf you want to look up-to-date these days try using very, very condensed sans-serif type. NEW BEAUTY ($9.95 at your newsstand) does it very well issue after issue. However, I can’t guarantee that it won’t look tired by next year. It’s an old rule: the trendier you are, the faster you fall. 9. How To Talk to a GenerationRolling Stone, like nobody else, has always known how to earmark everything that interests its audience from music to technology to politics. To say that it’s influential is an understatement (it was one of the first magazines to run Candidate Obama on the cover) and its mix of cover lines is always a good barometer of current popular culture. 11. How To Wow Them on the NewsstandsVanity Fair picks big stars and big stories and world class gossip presented in elegant ways. The magazine’s covers always stand out, the main headline is usually the name of the cover subject. I’ve counted the words on VF covers for months at a time and the average has consistently been 70, which you might also consider the state of the art. 4. Back of the BookBloomberg BusinessWeek gets high marks for everything from the reportage to the graphics. However, the only part that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is habit-forming is the Etc. section. It’s fast-moving and funny and makes no pretense at being useful. Check out “Great Moments in Nepotism”, the only article in the issue that will stay with you. 10. How to Look UsefulNew York is the original service magazine. It’s hit some high notes before but Adam Moss has redefined the state of the art. New York is packed with useful stuff presented with obsessive detail. It’s the ultimate survival guide to the City and it’s thicker and sells more copies than ever before. 6. Fashion PhotographyKarl Lagerfeld’s photographs of the latest couture in Harper’s Bazaar are not 100 percent professional but they’re straight-forward and totally up-to-date in a strange way. 2. Info-graphicsThanks to the legendary Nigel Holmes (graphics “that try to explain things”), TIME made info-graphics an integral part of the magazine since it was re-designed by the great Walter Bernard over 30 years ago. The graphics are more glorious and more frequent than ever. Seems sometimes that most stories come with a chart, a table, a map or a list. 12. How to Keep Them ComingThe New Yorker, since 1925. Newsstand copies of the magazine get a flap with the headlines on it. The result is one and a half covers: a full-bleed cartoon plus all the best magazine writing in America clearly listed separately. 5. Cutting Edge DesignBefore there was Conde Nast’s Wired, there was Wired. Wired only pays homage to itself and surprises all the time. Some of the graphics need a guide book but the overall package is always amazing.last_img read more

Freetoplay Dust 514 requires initial cover charge

first_imgCCP‘s upcoming shooter Dust 514 will have an up-front cost, which CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson described as a “cover charge” today.The game is free-to-play, but at launch players will have to “pre-buy credits” to start playing. The full amount of credits bought will be usable in-game.Petursson distanced Dust 514 from other free-to-play shooters noted for virtual goods sales. He added that the company doesn’t have much to announce on that front yet because the commercial model has yet to undergo testing.An amount for the required purchase hasn’t yet been decided, but the CEO did mention “something like $10-$20.”Petursson explained that the game may go fully free-to-play in the future, but the company wants to manage the product’s early growth. Otherwise, he says, it could lead to “a very unstructured experience” with little community cohesion. In effect, the pay wall is supposed to create a more dedicated community to serve as the base consumers. That approach is understandable given the extremely tight-knit EVE Online community that made that game such a commercial success.Read more at GamesIndustryBlake’s OpinionOnce again, the Internet echo chamber wins over common sense. A perfectly common and rational move in the MMO business – putting up a paywall at the start of the customer’s experience – has led to headlines like our own that focus on the “cover charge” and the fact that the game isn’t free.It’s important to underscore just how common it is for online games to have an up-front fee. MMOs, which have been distributed in boxes at retail for the last 15 years, have included subscription time in the box equivalent to the price of the box. Even today, players of the free-to-play League of Legends can grab a packaged box that effectively serves as a starter kit. Players have really shown no aversion to this practice.Aside from the benefits Petursson explained above, players having credits at the start of the game is a great way to make sure the player has adequate resources to get started. What’s more, it lets the player get used to having credits in their account, which increases the likelihood that they’ll purchase more credits later. So, the move is at once reducing new players’ frustration and serving a business goal. Everyone wins.Yet today, on the Internet, the story is “it isn’t free.” CCP has probably learned a lesson in PR today.last_img read more

Breaking News Shooting along PietersColenso road

Breaking News Shooting along PietersColenso road

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A truck driver was shot along the Colenso/Pieters road this morning (Tuesday).A high-speed chase is currently underway in pursuit of the suspects believed to have been involved in the shooting. K9 Unit officers are hot on the heels of the gunmen.Emergency services are responding and a journalist is on the way to the scene.This story will be updated. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Tips for meaningful travel in Costa Rica

Tips for meaningful travel in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Safe travels in Costa Rica: aiming for the sweet spot National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions ship makes first visit to Osa Peninsula New Liberia Airport Shuttle serves visitors to Guanacaste, Costa Rica Trip Report: Flying domestic airlines in Costa Rica Like many who have visited the country, Ann Becker fell in love with Costa Rica when she vacationed here in 2005.Since then, Becker has dedicated her life to helping others embark on “experiential travel” — trips that combine authentic activities with environmental responsibility.Among Becker’s commitments is employing guides who have deep understanding of the region. One of those guides is Alex Alvarez, who had planned on becoming a research biologist.Instead, Alvarez found his passion in teaching and engaging others in Costa Rica’s biodiversity. A freelance bilingual naturalist guide certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Board, he has been leading small-group adventure trips for more than 25 years.Becker and Alvarez have been working together since she led her first Costa Rica trip in 2006. Since then, he has accompanied Becker on her annual scouting and guided all her signature women’s trips and multiple co-ed custom trips.Thinking about coming down to Costa Rica? Use Skyscanner to find the top international flight deals up to 55% off!Their professional relationship has blossomed into a friendship, and Alvarez has visited Becker and her family in Chicago several times.The duo shared the below tips on how to make the most of one’s Costa Rica experience:Carry a positive attitude: The forest is there whether it’s raining or not. If you invest time and money to travel and experience a rainforest, go and make the most of it and learn as much as possible. Sunshine may offer a great adventure, but so can the rain.Traveling is a lifetime adventure. Make the most of each opportunity in the moment.Make personal connections: Challenge yourself to make five new acquaintances. Whether it’s the owner of a local tienda or a fellow traveler, it’s the people connections that can often be the most memorable and impactful part of a travel experience.A participant in one of our Wonderful Women Adventure trips told us the following: “I was nervous about roommates I had never met before. That turned out to be a highlight of the trip for me. I got to know women I wouldn’t have otherwise, and some of them have become dear friends.”Return home with one “to do” that will enrich your life: When he visited Ann in Illinois, Alex shared his appreciation for Chicago’s vibrant parks. Although he has never been much of a city fan, he headed back to San José committed to spending more time exploring its array of urban parks.Several of the people who have traveled with us over the years have returned home committed to learning or improving their Spanish-speaking skills. Whether it’s in a classroom or online, each one has taken to heart that knowing even a fraction of another language is a path to deepening one’s connections with other people and cultures.Alvarez and Becker will be working together again on the 14th Annual Wonderful Women Adventure:  A Taste of Urban Renaissance and Costa Rica’s Magical Peninsulas from Feb. 6-16, 2019. To connect with Ann or learn more about her upcoming trip, visit www.TravelwithAnnCostaRica.com. When Alex is not leading a trip, you might find him heading to Sarapiqui on his motorcycle to spend time with his family; taking courses about the latest information to share with his clients; bird watching; or scuba diving throughout Central America to observe diverse marine life and a different kind of natural beauty. You can connect with Alex via e-mail: alexalvarezrojas@yahoo.es Facebook Commentslast_img read more

From Río San Juan to San José A Nicaraguan refugee in Costa

From Río San Juan to San José A Nicaraguan refugee in Costa

first_imgHere is Part 2 of our interview with Nelson Jesus Zeas Paz. It has been translated from Spanish and edited for clarity and readability.The Tico Times: How did you get to Costa Rica? Nelson Jesús Zeas Paz: Walking. By mountains and forests, because I was already on the list. I wouldn’t be able to get on a bus because paramilitaries would be set up … checking to see who’s on the list, and they’d ask for my name, and I’d come up on the list of enemies of the state because I was a territory leader. I paid a coyote to help me because I didn’t know the area well and it was winter. We crossed the muddy roads through forests, bushes and over the mountains. At some point my feet surrendered. I could no longer bear to push my body so much. I got the Río San Juan in the middle of the night, and that’s where the coyote left me. “Leave me,” I said. “Go home. Thank you for taking me this far and say hello to my mother.” My mother had stayed behind to take care of my two little brothers, because my older brother left four days before me. He went to the United States. It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t go with my brother, but to get to the north of the country from the south of the country I would have had to pass by lots of police checkpoints and I would have been captured and kept prisoner. Or worse, killed or tortured. Only God knows, so I had to go this way. At the Río San Juan, a man came in a small boat, and I asked him if there was military on the other side of the river. He asked me where I was going. And so I started to look him over. “I’m going to Costa Rica,” I said. But I didn’t tell him I was leader in the Movimiento Campesino or anything like that. He seemed like a sensible guy. I told him I wanted to go to Costa Rica to look for work, because in Nicaragua there isn’t any work, and with this revolution, well, the whole country has been disrupted. “Look,” he tells me, “there is a military base … and through there you go to get to Costa Rica legally.” “No,” I said. “I’ll come with you in your boat. Do me a favor. I’ll pay you if you take me away from here, take me across the San Juan to where there aren’t police.” Finally I told him who I was, that I was a leader in the Movimiento Campesino and that my comrade in the fight, Victor Manuel Díaz González, is a political prisoner of the dictatorship and was suffering persecution. I, too, needed to leave the country because if I don’t they’d kill me if I stayed. If not, then they’d imprison me. “Ah,” he said. “Now I understand. Let me call my cousin, who will help you cross.” That’s how I crossed the San Juan, with the cousin of this man with the boat. We crossed the marshes and then over the mountains and through some orange groves. And that’s where he left me, in the orange groves, and he told me if I hear a motorcycle that would be the army and that I should run. So I went running and he pointed to a mountain and he told me that mountain is Costa Rican territory. … If you can get to this mountain, they can no longer persecute you. So that’s how I went.And then I heard the motorcycle behind me so I took off running toward the mountains. At this point, I had already walked for 12 hours, faint with hunger, but I had to keep going to save my own life. I think of the pain of my mother who had stayed in Nicaragua without knowing what happened to me. And the fear, because I had been told that the Nicaraguan army had set up mines on the border to stop “escaping terrorists,” who were supposedly us. … But I finally made it over the border and got in contact with a taxi that the cousin of the man with the boat had called. … I got in his car, and he took me to Los Chiles de Costa Rica. And so I was saved, thanks to God. I went to the Costa Rican migration offices, very dirty. And everyone was looking at me weird, asking, “Where has this person come from? Who is he?”  Zeas Paz. Photo by Jacob Spetzler.I presented myself to the Costa Rican police and I told them I was a leader of the Movimiento Campesino de Nicaragua, that was I was in the in the tranque Del Tule, and I had been present for the massacre at the Mothers of April protests, and that I had been in the fight for five years. So they took my fingerprints and my name and my other data and documents, and they gave me a code and told me with this code, I would be safe in the country without danger of deportation. But that while the government of Costa Rica was committed to giving me security, that I should not leave the country or, even worse, approach the border with Nicaragua because I could become a persecuted person by the regime again. TT: What has happened since you’ve arrived in Costa Rica?Nelson Jesús Zeas Paz: I came to San José, Costa Rica, and I’ve been here for seven months since September. At first I was in a tiny town called El Rosario, living on a coffee farm with a Nicaraguan family who cares for the farm. So I was there for seven months, in cold and precarious conditions. …Thanks to God, I never went without food, because this family helped me with provisions. At this point, my brother was on the border with Mexico and the United States, and it was terrible. At the border with Mexico, the border guards captured my brother and gave him to the North American police … who put him in jail in Florida. He was a prisoner for four months, with four months of danger of being deported.If he had been deported, he would have been sent to the National Airport of Nicaragua, where the police there would have taken him because he was my brother. … I went to the UN offices here in Costa Rica and explained the situation about us having to leave quickly because of the [Nicaraguan] regime, and everything that happened with our families in danger in Nicaragua. That I had a brother who was a prisoner in the US because he had illegally entered the country. … We got in contact with Human Rights Commission in Miami to have them help get my brother out of the North American jail and not deported to Nicaragua, where he obviously would have been imprisoned. Over months, with their help, we were able to get a card that showed a violation of human rights of my brother in Nicaragua just for being my brother. They sent it to the immigration offices in the United States.Thanks to God, in February of this year, they let him out on a bail of $20,000. That’s on top of the $10,000 it cost to get my brother out of the country. That’s to pay for the coyote, transport on the road out of Nicaragua. He wasn’t deported, and he’s out on bail for an undetermined amount of time. I’m not really sure how this works in North America but for now, he’s free.TT: What will your brother do now?Nelson Jesús Zeas Paz: He’s seeking asylum as a political refugee for being persecuted as my brother by the regime. Now he’s with my dad, thank God. And during this time I was here in the bache [a kind of refugee camp] for 7 months. But we give thanks to Costa Rica for opening their doors to us. Hugging us to their chest and giving us the security that I we didn’t have in Nicaragua. The march on May 30 is a great example. … They respect the fundamental human rights of free movement, free expression, and it’s a democratic country. TT: What has your life been like here in San José, since leaving the coffee farm?Nelson Jesús Zeas Paz: I live in place, a house that I don’t want to say the exact location of for security reasons. But I live with other Nicaraguans. We’re all activists as defenders of human rights, and we’re also academics. … To be honest, the life here is a little difficult, because there are so many immigrants. There’s Nicaraguans but there’s also Venezuelans who are suffering persecution. It’s hard to find work. We have permission to work, but it’s hard to actually find a job. It’s difficult for us as leaders to see our people. In a certain way, they’re okay. In Nicaragua, at least they were able to eat. But that was before their rights were violated, before the April insurrection. Now sometimes they eat, sometimes not. Sometimes just once a day. There are some that sleep in fields, others who look for food in garbage dumps. Boys in the street who can’t find work, selling anything they can.It has been difficult, and it will be a difficult life, but we are waiting, day by day, adapting. And waiting to see what comes. Jacob Spetzler / The Tico TimesRead more in The Tico Times about Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica: A Nicaraguan refugee in Costa Rica tells his story (Part 1) Fleeing Nicaragua: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Nelson Jesus Zeas Paz, 25, is one of the 55,000 Nicaraguan refugees and exiles who have fled to Costa Rica. In Part 1 of this story, he described witnessing much of the unrest that occurred from his perspective as a protestor and leader in the Movimiento Campesino (Farmers Movement). Read: A Nicaraguan refugee in Costa Rica tells his story (Part 1) Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:From Río San Juan to San José: A Nicaraguan refugee in Costa Rica tells his story Nicaragua expels three US officials: State Dept As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship Nicaraguans gather in Costa Rica to celebrate release of political prisonerslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals used their first three picks in the 2016 NFL Draft on players who hail from the SEC.Known as the country’s premier college football conference, it makes sense to pluck talent from schools like Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Missouri.However, with the first of their fifth-round picks (No. 167 overall), they turned to a lesser-known player and college, tabbing safety Marqui Christian from Midwestern State. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What Christian becomes is anyone’s guess, but for now, what exactly do the Cardinals have in the small-school prospect?“A tough player, instinctive, fast, strong, quick, a leader, smart, dependable, great character, consistent; just an all-around great guy, full speed and intense,” he said. “I only know one speed and that’s full speed. Also, a hard worker. A guy that’s ready to come in and learn and help the team get to the championship next year.” – / 23 Source: Facebook Comments   Share   Last season, Christian won the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small-college defensive player as he racked up 95 total tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and broke up three passes.If that style of safety reminds you of someone, say the Cardinals’ Deone Bucannon, then you’re smart to make the comparison. Christian said that’s how the team sees him, too.“They kind of talked as a hybrid-type guy; a safety playing down in the box, just using my different talents — blitzing off the edge, man-to-man in the slot, zone, interchangeable at safety, maybe playing deep,” he said of his expected role. “Basically, a hybrid role, an interchangeable safety role, playing down in the box and then sometimes playing high and patrolling the middle some.”The ability to do all that would make Christian quite valuable, and no doubt the Cardinals are hopeful he will develop into that kind of an impact player. Like many NFL players who come from smaller schools, the biggest knock against him was the competition he faced and not his own skill set.“He is a guy that really came onto the scene late for us,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said before praising the team’s area scouts who discovered Christian. “But the closure that came in late in the process was a guy named Adrian Wilson, who went to the NFLPA game and came back with his jaw dropping.” Wilson, of course, is a former Cardinals safety who did his best work in the box and is now a scout for the team. If Bucannon is the one who Christian is supposed to model his game after, it could be argued Bucannon’s game was first seen in Wilson.Keim said the 5-foot-10, 196-pound Christian has all the physical tools the Cardinals look for in a safety, and a 4.46 40-yard dash at his Pro Day as well as solid times in the shuttle and 3-cone drills are evidence he has the speed and quickness the team covets.Which is why, while Christian expects to see a lot of time in the box, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes he can play all over the field.“He can do everything,” he said. “He can cover a lot of ground. He’s a 4.4-guy, can play man-to-man, can be interchangeable — which we like to do with our safeties — and he will strike you.”Christian said he has plenty of experience blitzing from his time in college, and once he learned of the Cardinals’ interest in him, he studied their scheme. He saw how Arizona prefers to play man coverage and go after the quarterback, which seems to fit his style.Christian said he needs to improve by learning how to shed blockers and add enough weight to take on NFL players. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Every week Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) will catch up with one Arizona Cardinals player and give our listeners the opportunity to submit questions to be answered on video. Submitting a question is easy, head on over to @AZSports on Twitter and tweet as many questions as you can think of. The best ones will make the cut! This week features Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman, Josh Mauro (@JustJoshin90). This is Four Downs. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

All touring is private and each guest or couple wi

All touring is private and each guest or couple wi

first_imgAll touring is private and each guest or couple will have their own private car, driver and guide for all airport transfers and touring, along with highly personalised and customisable itineraries.Shinta Mani WildRemote Lands’ The Bensley Trail expedition is US$37,888 per person, based on double occupancy. The Single Supplement is US$20,999. For full terms and conditions, click here.More at www.remotelands.com/special/bill-bensleyGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterAcclaimed architect and interior designer Bill Bensley has partnered with Remote Lands to offer a 14-day itinerary through Southeast Asia incorporating stays at his luxurious accommodations.The journey commences in Laos at Bensley’s Rosewood Luang Prabang resort for three nights, then moves to Cambodia and stays at the Bensley Collection’s Shinta Mani Siem Reap in Angkor and the recently opened, jungle-based Shinta Mani Wild luxury tented camp. The Bensley Trail then moves onto Bangkok, Thailand with a stay at the brand new Rosewood Bangkok (the only non-Bensley designed property in the itinerary). Here, trip participants will rendezvous with Bensley himself for an exclusive soiree at the designer’s private home. The journey concludes at the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam with three days of beachside relaxation.Shinta Mani Siem ReapScheduled to operate between 16 February and 1 March 2020, The Bensley Trail will permit a maximum of 16 guests and will offer a deep exploration of each country, including immersive natural, cultural and historical experiences that explore the complex architecture of metropolitan Asian cities, the authentic cuisine of the region and the picturesque beaches of the coast.“I am passionate about conservation and helping folks and animals in need and my inspiration in developing this trip was to use hospitality to help people that need it in a sustainable fashion,” said Bensley.last_img read more