Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The multi-platinum singer released his ninth studio album, Nobody But Me, on October 21, his first album in three years. It follows the critically acclaimed To Be Loved album which was his fourth album to reach #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Charts. The exciting new collection of original pop tunes and beautiful standards highlights Bublé’s talent as a profound interpreter of the American songbook, as well as his gifted songwriting and producing style. Nobody But Me was recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver and includes three new Bublé-penned originals, along with breathtaking reinventions of classics including “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, “The Very Thought of You”, Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows”, and the Johnny Mercer-written classic “I Wanna Be Around”.Tickets for THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available starting at $39 through the Canadian Tire Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-788-3267 and online at ticketmaster.ca. The JUNO Awards has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.Additional performer and presenter announcements will be released in the coming months.THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Tourism Ottawa, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group. Nobody But Michael! CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today that multi-Grammy and JUNO Award-winner Michael Bublé is set to take the reins as host of CTV’s broadcast of THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS, returning to the Nation’s Capital during the year-long celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation.Bublé returns to the JUNO stage following his unforgettable performance as host at THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS in Regina, which garnered him the Canadian Screen Award for best Host in the Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, Performing Arts or Talk Program or Series. THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS airs live on CTV and CTV GO from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2.“I’m just a kid from Burnaby, so to get the opportunity to host this incredible night in Canadian music, for the second time, is amazing,” said Michael Bublé. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:
TORONTO – Foreign buyers might make up a small sliver of Canada’s biggest real estate markets, but homebuyers in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal still believe they are heavily influencing housing activity.A study from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released Wednesday found that 68 per cent of Vancouver respondents, 48 per cent of Toronto respondents and 42 per cent of Montreal respondents believe foreign buyers are having “a lot of influence” on their markets and are driving up home prices.The insights shared by 2,159 respondents in the three cities between September and mid-October is in stark contrast with recent data from Statistics Canada showing foreign buyers only own 4.8 per cent of Vancouver properties and 3.4 per cent of homes in Toronto.“What is striking is the significant gap between perceptions of the public and available data, so much so that the perception of non-resident ownership takes centre stage when discussing the drivers of price growth,” said CMHC’s report.The Crown corporation said it couldn’t quantify how big an impact perceptions around foreign buyers were having on the markets, but it found that in Vancouver the influence of foreign investors is perceived to be stronger than supply constraints and demand.However, in Toronto, it said that influence is in line with market forces.Beyond foreign buyers, CMHC also looked at other factors affecting homebuyers’ motivations, including bidding wars.It found that 55 per cent of Toronto and Vancouver respondents said they had experienced a bidding war, compared with 17 per cent in Montreal.CMHC said the bidding wars most frequently cropped up around apartment condominiums, where prices are lower than the median purchase price for all properties.The study also revealed that 48 per cent of buyers in Vancouver and Toronto spent more than they budgeted on their home, but only 24 per cent of Montreal buyers exceeded their planned total.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated the number of survey respondents.
Speeding up what is usually a years-long process, the World Health Organization (WHO), GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are making available the ACW135 vaccine – which will cover the typical meningitis strains found in Africa (A and C) – as well as a W135 vaccine, just months after an emerging epidemic of a new strain of the killer disease was discovered. “The record time in which we’ve come up with a vaccine and are making it available to those who need it is a testament to the fact that public-private partnerships can work for the betterment of health,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland said. The initial supply of the vaccine – 3 million doses – will be made available at reduced cost for the African meningitis belt in response to need over the coming months. Until now, the prohibitive cost of the only vaccine available for W135 – between $5 and $50 per dose – put it out of reach of the countries where it was most needed. The new vaccine is available at $ 1.50 per dose once delivered to countries in the area, comprising 21 countries stretching from Ethiopia in the east to Senegal in the west, taking part in an impact evaluation due to begin this month. The W135 is a strain found only in sporadic cases on the continent until last year, when it affected 14,453 people and killed some 1,743 in Burkina Faso. The partnership is quick-shipping 100,000 doses of the new vaccine to that country, where 1,349 cases of W135 meningitis have already been confirmed, out of which 244 people have died.
Second year Brock co-op student Meghan Monaghan spent her co-op work term learning the value of teaching youths the power of big data.Working as a research analyst at St. Catharines-based rel8ed.to Analytics, Monaghan worked on the Educ8ed program that was designed to teach youth how to capitalize on data analytics and technology.Bob Lytle, founder of rel8ed.to, talked about the program in a recent Conversations with Goodman podcast interview saying, “why do you have to wait until you get to university to learn big data? Why not teach it to high schoolers?”The programming ran intensive sessions over five weeks that had participants aged 13-20 delving into data acquisition, data cleaning, research, predictive analytics and visualization technology to complete a project on a topic of their choice.“Our goal for the program was to see if you could use big data to overcome maybe a fear of math or a fear of calculation by showing that the tools can lead you to a very interesting analytic result,” Lytle said.The student interns, three from Niagara and two from Chicago, presented their final projects at a public event last week to an audience of more than 30 members of the Brock, government and local business communities.Students articulately explained their research findings and data sources on a variety of topics from Olympic sports to social impact issues like crime and poverty.Lytle is a strong supporter of Brock University and the Goodman School of Business and has hired several co-op students and graduates from various programs including the MBA business analytics specialization and the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities. He is now working in collaboration with Professor Anteneh Ayanso, Director of the University’s new Centre for Business Analytics, which will begin operations this fall.“Goodman is turning out some incredibly high-skilled, high-quality candidates and not just with the technical aspect of looking at the tools … but really thinking about the story behind the numbers,” Lytle said.Lytle’s advice to students looking to get into the field of data analytics is to understand their value.“As a business student, you are coming in maybe the ultimately practical degree area where you are thinking about how to improve and drive commerce and because of that you need to present yourself as being of the world and understand that how your technical learning can have a definite impact,” he said.Watch the full podcast:
Ohio State quarterbacks were protected from contact during Saturday’s Spring Game, but they still saw their fair share of pressure. Rising sophomore Braxton Miller and rising redshirt junior Kenny Guiton saw 11 plays blown dead for “sacks,” though the players weren’t actually tackled during the Scarlet team’s 20-14 victory against the Gray team. Despite the sacks allowed by the Scarlet and Gray teams’ offensive linemen, OSU remains confident in that position group. Redshirt junior Jack Mewhort saw limited action for the Scarlet team during the game, but saw his side concede seven sacks by the end of the game. Mewhort credited some of the Scarlet offensive line’s dysfunction to the player draft for the Spring Game, which separated players who were used to playing next to one another. “I thought guys battled really well. I don’t know if we’re necessarily getting beat up,” Mewhort said after the game. “You know, we weren’t the cohesive unit that we are. Guys were playing next to different guys than usual. I was proud of the way the guys went out and battled. I think guys competed.” Throughout spring ball, senior defensive lineman John Simon said he was impressed with how the group of linemen has come together. Simon also said he expects the offensive linemen to be an area of strength for the Buckeyes by the fall. “As an (offensive) line, you can’t really pick one guy,” Simon said. “It’s more, O-line has to play cohesive, and I think they do that. They really learned each other and they’re really comfortable with each other and, you know, a lot of guys that are just very sound at blocking in general. “I think our O-line is going to be tremendous and a strong point of our team this year.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has seen the unit progress since he took over the program. “I had three or four miss my first team meeting,” Meyer said. “Unfortunately, we had a couple miss my second team meeting.” With spring ball having come and gone, Meyer said the unit begun positive trends in key areas. “Their bodies are changing a little bit,” Meyer said, “and their attitudes are changing.” OSU opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium.
A rising British star handed a ‘wildcard’ for this year’s Wimbledon says the lack of official funding for junior players is stymying the search for new home-grown talent.Jay Clarke, the 19-year-old British No 5, said the lack of official funding for juniors has made it difficult for British youngsters to compete in big tournaments and afford professional trainers.Clarke began receiving funding from the LTA as part of its Player Pathway programme when he turned 18, but before that he had to rely on coaching from family members and donations from friends to allow him to pursue his dream of reaching the highest level of the sport.Following a series of strong results Clarke was last week given a Wimbledon wildcard for the championships by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), along with fellow Britons Liam Broady, Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart, Katy Dunne, Naomi Broady, Gabriella Taylor and Katie Swan.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He told The Sunday Telegraph that the sport’s pool of talent is being limited because young players from poorer backgrounds still find it harder to fund their progress into the higher levels of the game.Clarke said: “Tennis is obviously a very wealthy sport and without the sponsor I have now I wouldn’t be playing. Without having a lot of money you can play to a certain level, but to actually take it seriously you need a lot of money. That’s why it’s not a big sport in this country. Jay Clarke in action at the Queen’s Club, LondonCredit:Steven Paston/PA Wire He has also had to put up with racist abuse on social media, revealing last week after his defeat to fellow Brit Cameron Norrie at the Nature Valley International, that “it is almost normal now” to be targeted by online trolls.“The first time it happened, I was quite taken aback but now you almost expect it,” he said.Clarke is hoping to put the abuse behind him as he looks forward to making a national name for himself after spending most of his career playing challenger and futures events.He has received support from Andy Murray who chose him as a hitting partner after he trained with the British Davis Cup team last year.Scott Lloyd, the newly appointed chief executive of the LTA, has said that tennis continues to suffer from the perception of being “inaccessible, elitist, expensive”.The LTA said it funded players who were judged to have the best prospects of success from the age of 18.An LTA spokesperson said: “Jay is one the best players in the world for his age and currently on our Pro Scholarship Programme (which offers support to our highest potential players for up to five years). It is important to note that our resources are finite, however we do invest heavily in these players to enable the likes of Jay to have a world class team and necessary support around them. Since being selected for the PSP, Jay has made tremendous strides, improving his ATP ranking 500 spots in 18 months to his current position of 236. Jay has also been invited to the Davis Cup squad during this time and received wild cards into LTA events.” He added: “I had a sponsor a few years ago and basically when they stopped funding me I had to stop playing for a few months because I couldn’t go to tournaments. So, I was just training on my own every day, it was brutal.”Clarke was born into an inner-city family in Derby, and from an early age was encouraged to play tennis with his older siblings, who all embarked on a career in the sport.After making impressive early strides, his talent became obvious, but his family faced a constant struggle to find the money needed to turn his natural ability into a profession. As a 17-year-old, Clarke had to walk three miles to practice because his parents did not own a car and he depended on his sister Yasmin – a former British No 18 – to coach him.She has previously questioned why youngsters from working class backgrounds are not encouraged with official funding.To boost his hopes of becoming a top professional Clarke decided to move to Sweden, where he knew some of the coaches.But without financial backing from the LTA the youngster missed out on the prestigious Orange Bowl in Florida in 2016 because the fare was too expensive. Without the intervention of family friend who stepped in and became a sponsor, Clarke’s dream of one day sharing the stage with Rafael Nadal may have been cut short. CLARIFICATIONAn earlier version of this story did not make clear that concerns around funding for tennis players related to Jay Clarke’s time as a junior player. We are happy to make this clear. Jay Clarke congratulates fellow Brit, Cameron Norrie, after their men’s single match on the sixth day of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Credit:Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images 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 last week has given us a variety of tech news, including the SOPA/PIPA aftermath, the Feds’ Megaupload takedown, Skyrim updates, and Apple’s record-breaking quarterly earnings call. However, we don’t get anything and everything here at Geek.Here are some posts from around the web that you may have missed:4 George Lucas Revelations on Star Wars and BlockbustersKelly Schwarze presents some of the most interesting tidbits from a recent interview with George Lucas. Lucas shares his thoughts on his retirement from blockbusters, another Indiana Jones sequel, fanboy outrage, and Greedo shooting first.Read more at Geek SugarWhy I PirateSebastian Anthony lays out his reasons for pirating copyrighted content. Before the morality police raise an alarm, they may want to hear what he has to say. His reasons include a broken copyright system, the poor quality of digital distribution systems, unfair pricing, and convenience.Read more at ExtremeTechHow much do music and movie piracy really hurt the economy?Speaking of piracy, Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman put some of the copyright industries’ rhetoric under a microscope.In the suddenly headline-grabbing subject of file sharing, many people blindly accept the statement that piracy is hurting the US economy. If you take a closer look, though, the numbers that the MPAA and RIAA are throwing around have no factual basis, and were conjured out of thin air.Read more at FreakonomicsGeohot returns to hackingDo you remember Geohot? His early iPhone hacking made him famous (at least in certain circles), and then he made world headlines when Sony took legal action against him for hacking the PS3.The last time we checked, Geohot had gotten hired by Facebook and appeared to be going in a new direction. Well, he’s no longer part of Mark Zuckerberg’s crew. The former teen jailbreaking sensation is back to hacking, and took a few moments with Boonsri Dickinson to talk about his project in the Backplane hackathon.Read more at Business Insider
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu on Sunday (Greece time), General Secretary of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg said that the tensed relations between the neighbouring countries are not of NATO’s concern.Specifically, he stated that the leaders of Greece and Turkey need to address the issues that have been causing tension between the two countries themselves.“Greece and Turkey are two highly valued NATO allies” and “both contribute to our collective defense”, he said adding that the recent tension is “not an issue for NATO”.“I expect that the differences we see on some issues are solved between Turkey and Greece in the spirit of good relations,” Stoltenberg continued.“In this context, I welcome that the PMs of both countries have recently held a phone conversation and that they have agreed to resolve these differences through dialogue.”Stoltenberg also commented on the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch, the fight against terrorism and Syria, emphasising the importance of Turkey as an ally.“There’s a lot of NATO presence in Turkey but I call on the allies to provide even more support. We also provide political support, because Turkey is the NATO ally that has suffered the most from terrorist attacks,” he stressed.Meanwhile, when asked about the crucial issues to be discussed in the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels set to take place in July, he said that the alliance “will address issues like how we continue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment,” he said.Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Ankara today and as he told Anadolu, he sees “Turkey as a highly valued and key ally for many reasons, not just for its strategic location.”“This makes it important to sit down with Turkish leaders and discuss the preparations for the important summit where we will address issues like how we continue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment.”NATO leaders are also working on establishing a training mission in Iraq; one of the key issues to be discussed with President Erdogan, the defense minister, and the country’s foreign minister.“We’re going to train Iraqi soldiers, help to build military academies and schools to help Iraqis stabilize their own country, fight terrorism and that is important for allies, including Turkey,” said Stoltenberg.
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Related Items:man watched thief drive off in his car, vehicle theft at caribbean place, vehicle theft on the rise in provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppVehicle thefts are back up again and there are nine cases from this month alone, being investigated by Police. The latest theft happened Thursday morning around 12:30am at Caribbean Place.A man reportedly left his silver 2013 Kia Optima running, keys in the ignition when he went to make a purchase. By the time the driver returned, a stranger was driving away in his car.Police say all of the thefts were in Provo, seemed for the most part unconnected, that all of the cars have since been found but that valuables like laptops, cell phones and documents were missing.Advice from the Police includes not leaving your keys in the ignition, to park in well lit areas, to keep valuables hidden from plain sight and to roll up windows and to lock car doors. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, left, and Norwegian member of parliament Eirik Sivertsen took questions from reporters during a meeting of the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region in Anchorage on Friday. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it’s still unclear what the Trump administration’s Arctic or climate policies will look like.Listen nowMurkowski met in Anchorage Friday, Feb. 24, with elected officials from around the Arctic. The meeting was a gathering of participants in the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region.At a news conference, Murkowski said she’s fielding questions from her counterparts about potential changes in U.S. policy.“One of the questions that we heard today, and again there is no clear answer to it, was the status of the Paris climate talks and the U.S. role in that,” Murkowski said.Murkoswki’s referring to an international agreement to limit greenhouse gases. She noted that while President Donald Trump criticized the agreement during the campaign, there has been no clear decision from the White House since he was sworn in.That uncertainty extends to other areas of Arctic policy, from infrastructure to economic development.“Just the place that we are at right now with a new administration standing up, there has not been a clear lay-down of a policy on all things Arctic,” Murkowski said.Norwegian member of parliament Eirik Sivertsen, who joined Murkowski for the news conference, said he hopes the U.S. will continue to be a leader on climate change and Arctic policy.“The most important thing we are hoping for is that the Arctic will still be high on the agenda, that the U.S. will engage in discussing challenges and looking for solutions for the challenges we are facing in the Arctic,” Sivertsen said.Murkowski stressed that it’s still early days for the Trump administration, and said she will discuss Arctic policy when she sits down with new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.The Anchorage meeting included representatives from Canada, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In India, over 1 billion people live in a country where gay sex is illegal. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The National Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, has now vowed to remove the colonial-era law Section 377 that criminalizes homosexuality.In 2012, the Delhi High Court ruled to abolish Section 377 based on an argument of a privacy. That decision was overturned in the 2013 Supreme Court ruling.And ever since, Indians have been forced to live under a rule that states the only form of sex allowed is in the missionary position between a married heterosexual couple.National Congress president vows to decriminalize gay sex in IndiaGandhi made the vow when speaking with trans activist Akkai Padmashali in Bengaluru.Rahul Gandhi is the president of the National Congress of IndiaShe said, during the informal chat, that Congress was in favor of removing the law.This is a similar statement to what some ministers have said in the past. And as Gandhi’s party are not in power, it is unlikely he will be able to impact change in government.Section 377 will likely be decided in the Supreme CourtThe question of Section 377, and whether it will be repealed, will likely remain with the Supreme Court. It is tabled to be heard by the three judges, but a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.Activists are hoping the Supreme Court will rule based on the recent ruling on privacy.In August 2017, the Supreme Court ruled against ID cards.The ruling also stated: ‘The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population cannot be construed to be “so-called rights”…‘Their rights are not “so-called” but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine.’Justice Chandrachud made a statement on Section 377.‘Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual.‘Equality demands that that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.’In 2016, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor brought the Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill seeking changes in Section 377 but it was defeated in the Lok Sabha.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pride in Bangalore, India, where gay sex may soon be legal. | Photo: Instagram via antara.that.owlet What is Section 377? Everything you need to know about India’s anti-gay lawIndia : Homosexual acts are a crime – also in tourismHow India decriminalized gay sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/indias-national-congress-president-vows-decriminalize-gay-sex/
“Our objectives are to free the country, free our political prisoners, judge all the murders, traitors, corrupt people and sellouts,” Morales said. “We want to take out everything that belongs to Ortega: the judiciary branch, the army, the National Police, absolutely everything and create a real interim government.”The ultimate goal, Morales says, will be to hold elections without pressure from the Sandinista government.Morales, who says he is a dual U.S. and Nicaraguan citizen, spoke from an undisclosed location and said that Los Atabales are “everywhere,” including Costa Rica and the United States. He refuted that they were carrying out armed activities outside of Nicaragua, however.“We’re guests, and we’re not going to break any Costa Rican law,” Morales said. “Armed people aren’t entering or leaving Costa Rica. That’s not allowed.“The idea that we’re using Costa Rican land for operatives or anything is a lie.”More than 23,000 Nicaraguans have fled to Costa Rica and asked for asylum since the crisis started last April.Morales said the group took on its current structure around five months ago. He said their first operation was two months ago, after the United States sanctioned Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua’s vice president and first lady. There are two or three people in charge, according to Morales; he described one of them, El Chacal, as an honest man with a love for Nicaragua.Morales wouldn’t say how many members make up their ranks, but he said they consist of students, protesters, former Contras and government soldiers.“We’re under one umbrella in a fight for the people,” Morales said. “We’re all white-and-blue, all the people, we’re all Atabales.”Atabal, in Spanish, means war drum, and Morales says they’re prepared to fight.“Ortega and Murillo aren’t going to leave without anything that isn’t force,” Morales said. “We’re not going to submit people to a war that takes years. This is going to be quick.”Part of the reason the crisis that gripped Nicaragua last year didn’t escalate further was that protesters were mostly unarmed. They used homemade bombs, rocks and Molotov cocktails while government forces and paramilitaries used automatic weapons and shot to kill.After the attack on police officers on Jan. 17, pictures of a police vehicle riddled with bullet holes appeared online, and Morales posted a video on social media claiming responsibility for the attack.Then on Jan. 24, two explosions damaged the de Estelí town hall in the northern part of the country. There were no reported injuries.Vivan los Atabales! pic.twitter.com/iUrvTaGH1q— Hector Armando Morales (@Apante77) January 18, 2019“[The weapons] are scarce, but we’re fixing that,” Morales said. He claimed they’re only using clean money, free from drug trafficking or other illegal sources, and that they’re getting weapons any way they can, including from sympathizers within the government.Morales said he’s going public to give a face to the opposition, which has largely remained anonymous due to fear of retaliation by the Nicaraguan government.“In a war where everyone’s hiding behind masks, you need to show a face so the people have someone they can trust,” Morales said. Los Atabales, Morales says, aims for transparency in a conflict that has been flooded with misinformation.After the National Police blamed “Banda el Jobo,” The Tico Times repeatedly contacted Nicaraguan National Police to ask for details on what led them to identify the group. They did not respond for comment.In a follow-up statement from the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry, the Nicaraguan government cited news articles from Costa Rican outlets and The New York Times as evidence. Frances Robles, The New York Times journalist who wrote the story, pointed out inaccuracies in the government statement online:THREAD: There are several factual inaccuracies in this official protest by the government of Nicaragua. Nicaragua is attributing to the New York Times lines that were never reported in our newspaper.— Frances Robles (@FrancesRobles) January 23, 2019Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry replied that it was evident that Nicaragua was trying to generate artificial conflict. The statement also pointed to another New York Times article in which a Nicaraguan Supreme Court Justice wrote about Nicaragua’s “irrational use of force” in his resignation letter.It has been nine months since protests against Daniel Ortega’s government plunged the country into chaos and uncertainty, but Morales says that by April, people will have a clearer idea where the country stands.“By the 18th of April, it will be very clear to Nicaragua that it’s going to be free, if it isn’t already,” Morales said. He claims the Atabales will have Ortega and Murillo out by the end of the year.“Dethroning the government and Daniel Ortega, that’s the easy part,” Morales said. “But rebuilding a dignified country without politicians that are already dividing up the country without ever having fought for it? That’s the hard part.”This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Four policemen dead. A bombing at a town hall.Nicaragua has blamed Costa Rica for a recent escalation in the country’s ongoing conflict. Unrest in Nicaragua seemed to have calmed down after Operacion Limpieza — Operation Cleanup — a nationwide clampdown on street barricades and protesters dispersed the tens of thousands that rose up against Daniel Ortega’s government starting on April 18, 2018.Following the attacks earlier this month, primarily directed at police, Nicaragua blamed a criminal organization called “El Jobo,” which they claim is based in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government has vehemently denied the accusation.While the Nicaraguan government continues to point a finger across the border, a self-proclaimed resistance group called Los Atabales has taken responsibility for the attacks. Ortega’s government has yet to comment on the group publicly, but former protesters and multiple sources inside and outside of Costa Rica confirmed the group’s existence to The Tico Times, and a man claiming to be one of the group’s leaders, Hector Armando Morales, recently spoke to The Tico Times by phone. Fighting, escaping, hoping: Fleeing Nicaragua Related posts:As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship Nicaraguan-Costa Rican journalist Lucía Pineda jailed and accused of inciting terrorism in Nicaragua President Ortega celebrates anniversary; Costa Rica opens shelters The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 21, 2019.
Garuda Indonesia has announced it will increase flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam to meet rising market demands and strengthen its position in the international market.The airline has increased flight frequency on the route from five times per week to six times per week.Garuda Indonesia director commercial, Handayani, said the increased service offers the airline’s customers greater travel convenience.“In addition to serving Jakarta to London via Amsterdam three times a week, Garuda Indonesia also serves flights from Jakarta – Singapore – Amsterdam – Jakarta as many as three times a week,” said Handayani.These changes will enable Garuda Indonesia to develop its connections with Singapore and Europe and offer greater choice to travellers.Handayani said London is a very important destination for the airline’s European network.“In line with the airline’s route restructurization in Europe, Garuda Indonesia is also developing codeshare agreements with various airline partners on the Amsterdam – London service to complement its three times a week schedule,” she said.“We will continue to enhance our London service in the future to meet increasing market demands.”Both the Jakarta – Singapore – Amsterdam – Jakarta and the Jakarta – Amsterdam – London services will operate Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.With a capacity of 314 passengers, the aircraft is equipped with Inflight Connectivity to allow passengers to connect to the Internet for the entire flight.Passengers also have access to live broadcast television on six international channels: CNN International, BBC World, BBC Arabic, NHK World Premium, Euronews, and CNBC.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
Following a record-breaking year for hotel guests in Abu Dhabi, the emirate has recorded impressive growth in the first couple of months of 2017, seeing a 5.5% rise in hotel guests.According to figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), 749,650 hotel guests have checked into the emirate’s 170 hotels and hotel apartments in January and February – an increase of more than 40,000 guests over the corresponding period last year.More than 4.4 million hotel guests were recorded in the emirate over the course of 2016, which was an eight percent increase over 2015. Statistics across guest nights, the average length of stay and revenues also offered strong results, with 12,031,628 guest nights recorded.H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said, “The first two months of this year has seen our key overseas markets continue to perform well, and we remain committed to expanding our outstanding tourism and cultural assets. With our year-round programme of events, we plan to gain further growth across the tourism sector and achieve our target of reaching 4.9 million hotel guests throughout the course of this year.”January 2017 saw particularly strong figures, with an eight percent increase year-on-year in guest arrivals with the top five visitor source markets – the UAE, India, UK, China and Saudi Arabia – continuing to post impressive figures. Al Dhafra Region (formerly known as the Western Region), and Al Ain Region (formerly known as the Eastern Region) continued to post significant length of stay.February 2017 witnessed a four percent rise in guest arrivals in comparison to February 2016, and an increase of 3% in hotel guest nights with the leading international source markets, China, India, UK and USA. Revenue per available room also rose by nine percent while the average room rate rose 10% to AED 451.TCA Abu Dhabi will be spearheading numerous delegations to international travel trade events throughout the year to bolster visitor and guest arrivals. Already this year the Authority has led a delegation of the emirate’s leading hotels, attractions, destination management companies and tour operators to ITB Berlin in Germany, with trips to China and Saudi Arabia also taking place imminently.
The NFL Draft is almost here!Starting Thursday night, 256 players will enter the league after having their names announced by one of the 32 franchises.Of course, only 32 will have the honor of being first-round picks. That’s the focus of this week’s quiz.Your job is to name the school that has produced the highest number of first-round draft picks at each position since 1970.We’ve given you the position and the number of players drafted from that school. 1 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling You’ve got six minutes on the clock for this Trivia Tuesday challenge. Good luck! Top Stories
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