NYC’s Oscar Wilde Bar Celebrates the Author’s Larger-than-Life Exploits

first_img How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations More than a century after his death in 1900, the legend of Oscar Wilde lives on in his books, plays, poems, and most quotable quotes. Now, two New York restaurateurs honor his legacy with the opening of the appropriately named Oscar Wilde in downtown Manhattan’s former Prohibition Enforcement Headquarters building. True to the author’s larger-than-life exploits which oft included thumbing his nose at the conventional, the restaurant/bar is anything but boring.To venture into the newly opened space is like stepping through a time portal — one dedicated to unabashed extravagance. Every square inch has been fawned over and meticulously curated with ornate Victorian-era seating, furnishings, and unique knick knacks, creating what could easily be confused as the set of a Sherlock Holmes tale-turned-film. The long list of one-of-a-kind antique accouterments (detailed on the bar’s website) includes 18th-century castle fireplace inlays, French China cabinets from Paris, Welsh chandeliers, a Belgian piano from the 1890s, and a 19th-century London grandfather clock.The gorgeous 118.5-foot bar is the longest in New York City, lined with one-armed Mexican bar stools inspired by “the Irish exit.” A separate whiskey bar boasts more than 300 spirits with a Champagne-focused cocktail menu inspired largely by the Victorian and Prohibition eras. The drinks are every bit as flamboyant as the bar itself: the Prohibition Manhattan (Masterson’s Canadian Rye, Carpano Antica, bitters, and a cherry) is served in a tea cup, while the Absinthe Drip is served traditionally with only absinthe and sugar via an authentic absinthe fountain. Lunch and dinner are available seven days a week. Every plate puts a creative spin on comfort food (like Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings) and hearty, traditional Irish fare (think Cottage Pie and an Irish beef Wilde Burger with house-made pickled vegetables).The Oscar Wilde bar is the brainchild of Irish natives Frank McCole and Tommy Burke, locally famous as the owners of Papillon Bistro & Bar and Lillie’s Victorian Establishment (another worthwhile destination with locations in Union Square and Times Square). The two grew up reading the author’s iconic literature in County Mayo. So, it’s no surprise the duo wanted “the bar to celebrate his legacy and become an inclusive destination for all.” Hats off, gents. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who described himself thusly:“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied by the best.” Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway last_img read more

Ongoing Merger with Navig8 Postpones Scorpios 2Q Results

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker shipping company Scorpio Tankers revealed it will release its second quarter 2017 earnings on September 18 as a result of the pending merger with petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers.On May 23, 2017, Scorpio entered into definitive agreements to merge with NPTI. In conjunction with the merger, the company completed the purchase of four subsidiaries of NPTI, each of which owned an LR1 tanker.As informed, the merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017 and is subject to the completion of certain customary conditions, including the approval of the merger by holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of NPTI and the listing on the New York Stock Exchange of the company’s shares to be issued as consideration in the merger.Currently, Scorpio Tankers owns 82 product tankers with an average age of 2.5 years and 20 time or bareboat charters-in product tankers. Scorpio Tankers has contracted for four newbuilding MR product tankers, which are expected to be delivered throughout the remainder of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The company has also entered into a merger agreement with NPTI to acquire 23 product tankers, which is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017.last_img read more

Nominations à la Waterfront Development Corporation et au conseil des Industries du

first_imgDes nominations annoncées au conseil de deux organismes publics garantiront un solide leadership pour faire progresser les intérêts de la Province dans les secteurs du développement économique et des industries de la création. Le ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme, Michel Samson, a annoncé aujourd’hui, 27 août, que Dale Godsoe a été nommée au conseil d’administration de la Waterfront Development Corporation à titre de nouveau membre et de présidente du conseil. Mme Godsoe remplace John Holm dont le mandat a pris fin. Joyce Carter a été reconduite dans ses fonctions de vice-présidente du conseil, poste qu’elle occupe depuis mars 2010. M. Samson a aussi annoncé la nomination de plusieurs personnes au conseil d’administration des Industries du film et de la création Le comité permanent des ressources humaines a approuvé les nominations aujourd’hui, nominations qui seront bientôt finalisées. « Les Néo-Écossais bénéficient de cette manière d’un leadership d’expérience dans des secteurs importants. Les nominations contribueront à bâtir une économie et des collectivités encore plus solides, d’indiquer M. Samson. Je suis heureux d’accueillir ces chefs de file expérimentés et de grand calibre au sein de ces conseils et je les remercie de s’être offerts pour servir leur province. Je tiens à remercier les administrateurs dont les mandats ont pris fin, y compris John Holm, président du conseil de la Waterfront Development Corporation. M. Holm a dirigé le conseil durant une période de croissance sur les fronts de mer d’Halifax et de Lunenburg, chapeautant le lancement du projet Cunard Development et l’inauguration du Festival de jazz TD d’Halifax et le SandJam Beach Volleyball au chapitre des festivals d’été. En 2006, Dale Godsoe a terminé un mandat de 10 ans au poste de vice-rectrice aux relations extérieures à l’Université Dalhousie. Elle préside plusieurs autres conseils d’administration, y compris ceux de l’Université de King’s College, de la Fondation de l’orchestre symphonique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la Fondation Ka’nata et de la Fondation Inspirit. Mme Godsoe est aussi vice-présidente du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Queen Elizabeth II et elle est membre du conseil de la Fondation du Centre national des arts et du conseil de la Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. Mme Carter détient le titre de Fellow de l’Ordre des comptables agréés et elle est présidente et directrice générale de l’Administration de l’aéroport international d’Halifax. Outre son expérience professionnelle, elle compte également une expérience communautaire. Mme Carter est membre du conseil du Halifax Gateway Council, du conseil d’administration de l’Université Dalhousie et de celui de la Fondation pour la santé mentale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les membres du conseil de la Waterfront Development Corporation reçoivent 150 $ par jour lors des réunions plus le remboursement de dépenses raisonnables. « Je suis également heureux d’accueillir de nouveaux administrateurs au conseil des Industries du film et de la création à un moment où son mandat a été élargi pour englober la promotion d’autres industries qui contribuent à notre économie de la création, souligne M. Samson. Ces nouveaux directeurs ont beaucoup d’expérience dans les divers secteurs de la création de même que dans la gouvernance et l’expansion des entreprises à l’échelle internationale, ce qui reflète mieux les besoins liés à l’orientation de l’organisme pour l’avenir. » Sharon Johnson-Legere, vice-rectrice aux finances et à l’administration, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a été nommée au conseil pour un mandat de trois ans. Gary Walsh de North River Bridge, comté de Victoria, a été reconduit comme membre du conseil pour un mandat de deux ans. M. Walsh a pris sa retraite après une carrière de 40 ans comme professionnel du théâtre. Il a fondé le Cabot Trail Writers Festival. Laura Emery de Mulgrave a travaillé dans les équipes de tournage de films en Nouvelle-Écosse et elle est PDG-bibliothécaire en chef de la Eastern Counties Regional Library. Mme Emery a été nommée pour un mandat de deux ans. David Nurse de Lunenburg est propriétaire de David Hunt Nurse Law Inc. et il a récemment siégé au Comité consultatif de planification de la Municipalité du district de Lunenburg. Il est également nommé pour un mandat de deux ans. Akivah Starkman d’Halifax est un homme à la retraite. Il a occupé de nombreux postes, y compris celui de conseiller principal auprès du sous-ministre des Affaires autochtones et du Développement du Nord; il a été membre du conseil exécutif de l’International Association of Labor Relations Agencies (1997-2008). Il a été nommé pour un mandat de deux ans. Gerald Weseen d’Halifax a été nommé pour un mandat de trois ans. M. Weseen est directeur principal des relations gouvernementales chez Emera Inc. Il est président des Grands frères Grandes sœurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse, administrateur au comité exécutif de la fondation du QEII Health Sciences Centre, membre du conseil des gouverneurs du Conseil économique des provinces de l’Atlantique et membre du conseil consultatif de la Sobey School of Business de l’Université Saint Mary’s. Marie Comeau de Clare, comté de Digby, a été nommée pour un mandat de trois ans. Mme Comeau est travailleuse en service social individualisé au ministère des Services communautaires et elle a beaucoup d’expérience en théâtre, en télévision, en cinéma et à la radio. Elle a été membre du conseil d’administration et du comité de gouvernance du Conseil des arts du Canada et présidente de la Société de développement de l’industrie cinématographique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les membres du conseil des Industries du film et de la création de la Nouvelle-Écosse reçoivent 100 $ par jour lors des réunions plus le remboursement de dépenses raisonnables.last_img read more

Kardinal Offishall drops new version of Northern Touch for the Toronto Raptors

first_img Login/Register With: Before tipoff of their game one NBA playoffs matchup against the Washington Wizards on Saturday (April 14), the Toronto Raptors unveiled a new version of the classic Canadian hip-hop anthem Northern Touch, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.Kardinal Offishall – without his cross-country posse of the Rascalz, Checkmate, Choclair and Thrust – replaces the original chorus with one that now rhymes “notorious” with “Valanciunas.” Kardinal adds mini-verses about the Raptors 2001 semi-finals playoff loss to Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers, the genius of team president Masai Ujiri and the underdog complex that still exists for Raptors fans despite the team entering the playoffs with the best record in the eastern conference. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Kejriwal blames BJP for attack on him

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after he was slapped by a man during a roadshow, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the BJP for the attack, which he said was the ninth in the last five years and the fifth since he became the chief minister. The BJP, he said, has been trying to “finish” the AAP government by targeting all its leaders.”This was the ninth attack on me in the last five years and the fifth since I became the chief minister. The chief minister’s security is in the hands of the Opposition party… in the hands of the BJP, unlike in other states. Was strategic or was it a mistake? It (a security lapse) may happen one, two or three times. Beyond that, it looks like conspiracy. The responsibility lies with the BJP,” he said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe also dismissed the charge that the attacker was an AAP supporter as claimed by the police. Delhi Police said on Saturday that preliminary interrogation has revealed that 33-year-old Suresh, a scrap dealer in the area, was a supporter of AAP and he used to work as organiser of its rallies and meetings. “All preparations for the hamla (attack) took place in the BJP office. Delhi police were told to speak in the manner it did. After all, what can Delhi Police do at a time when institutions like Election Commission are doing nothing?” He said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe Delhi CM said the opposition party cannot tolerate an aam aadmi (common man) in politics and that is why it plotted the attack. “There have been raids on my office, house. There have been raids on properties of Manish Sisodia, Satyender Jain. Twenty MLAs were arrested. My relatives are being harassed. They (the BJP) tried to overthrow our government in unconstitutional ways.” The AAP chief also said that the attacker was sent as a warning for those who speak against PM Modi in this country and that they will not be spared if that happens. He further said that this was a sign of dictatorship that every voice raised against the PM would be silenced. An inquiry by a DCP-level officer has been ordered to find out how this person was allowed to be in the reception/proximate group, Additional PRO, Delhi Police Anil Mittal had said. In November last year, Kejriwal was attacked with chilli powder outside Delhi’s most protected building, the Secretariat. He has also been pelted with eggs and shoes in the past, and ink has been smeared on his face.last_img read more

Mervyn Silva insists he never tied anyone to a tree

However speaking after newly appointed Non-cabinet Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe assumed duties today, Silva said that the samurdhi officer tied himself to the tree. Mervyn Silva was a guest at the event held when Non-cabinet Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe assumed duties at his Ministry today. (Colombo Gazette)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> “I told him to tie himself to the tree for people to see,” he said. Former Minister Mervyn Silva today insisted that he never tied anyone to a tree when he was in the Government.In 2010 he was accused of forcing a samurdhi officer to be tied to a tree over his failure to attend a dengue prevention programme in Kelaniya. read more

Millard Smitch will go straight to trial

Following up on the story CHCH News first broke last night on the 11 news, the province’s Attorney-General’s office has signed off on a ‘direct indictment’ in the Tim Bosma murder case. That means there will be no preliminary hearing. Tonight the Attorney-General is commenting on the decision in the case against Bosma’s accused killers.Millard and Smich are still in custody. But they’ll make a video appearance here in court on Friday where the Crown prosecutors will tell them and the court publicly about this decision. Instead of holding a preliminary hearing to see the evidence and hear from the witnesses, the Crown has decided to go straight to a trial with the approval of the Attorney General. It’s an unusual step, but it happens occasionally in big cases.The government appears to see the murder of Tim Bosma as one of those cases. The Ancaster man was found dead after going for a ride with two men who said they were interested in buying his pickup truck.The search for Tim Bosma gripped the region last year, until his remains were found by police on the farm of one of the accused, Dellen Millard.Ontario Attorney General, Madeleine Meilleur: “The provision is there if there is a solid case and justice will be better served by going directly to trial.”Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur approved the decision to skip a preliminary hearing, suggesting the evidence will support the decision.AG Meilleur: “When this procedure is supported, it’s because there is good evidence that the person that is accused will be convicted.”Millard’s lawyer here in Toronto tells us this crown decision could make his job of defending Millard a lot tougher.They won’t have the chance to question prosecution witnesses before the trial.But the direct indictment has been used before. In the Paul Bernardo trial and more recently when Michael Rafferty was convicted in the murder of eight-year old Tori Stafford.The government wants the public to see justice being done, not delayed.Dean Paquette is Millard’s Defence Lawyer: “Most preferred indictments are seen in cases that have high profiles. Bernardo was such a case. But the public interest is a factor.”Hamilton Defence Lawyer Dean Paquette says although Millard and Smich’s defence lawyers won’t be able to cross examine witnesses in advance at a preliminary hearing, this could be the kind of case that will be decided by evidence more than witness testimony.Dean Paquette: “This isn’t the kind of case that ordering a preliminary hearing advantages the defence as much. It’s largely what the police find, where they find it, DNA, evidence that relates to the discovery of incriminating materials that will be used by the prosecution. It’s not witness testimony where the cross examination of those witnesses will be critical.”Paquette says the defence can argue the direct indictment hurts their case in court. But he says the disadvantage is probably very slight and the Crown and Attorney General feel it’s outweighed by the public interest in seeing the trial take place. And that could be sometime next year.Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are expected to make an appearance at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton Friday. read more

Summer jobs getting harder to find for Alberta Students

File photo. Summer break may be a time for high school and post-secondary students to relax and go on vacation, but times can be tough for those looking for work this season.With the rising cost of education, most students will try to work as much as they can, but in a tough Alberta economy, the competition will be stiff.Students may even find themselves going up against their parents.Overall, the number of positions posted on job search sites is down and with more people wanting work, Peter Harris, Editor-In-Chief of Workoplis.com, says people already working don’t want to leave.“A lot of older people who would be retired or semi-retired want to keep working and have started to compete with younger workers for the jobs they traditionally would have used as their first jobs in hospitality, sales, and service industries,” he said.Harris adds, more senior candidates will have an advantage over students because they tend to have a more diverse skill set, have already proven themselves in the job market, and are better at selling their qualities in resumes and interviews.This leaves students to ask how they can separate themselves from the rest of field.Harris said younger applicants can’t be picky and must make clear to their potential employers they are willing to work any shift, any time of the day, and any day of the week.He also suggests, for students who have a hard time finding a job, to possibly seek out work at fairs, festivals, and events which take place at the end of the summer because they may not have hired yet. by Jonathan Muma Posted Jun 11, 2015 7:21 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2015 at 7:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summer jobs getting harder to find for Alberta Students read more

Ethiopia crucial funding helps UN agency avoid cutbacks in food aid to

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia The United Nations agency stressed that the scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis. However, even with the new contributions, it only has 7 per cent of the $228 million budget required for food and nutrition interventions until June 2016.A dramatic increase in the number of people in need of relief assistance, from 2.5 million at the beginning of the year to 8.2 million in October, led to a serious funding gap, and WFP was concerned that it would have to entirely stop distributions for people affected by the drought at the end of November.Such a situation was avoided it said, thanks to contributions from Canada, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The United States Agency for International Development also confirmed a contribution equivalent to $17 million.“These donors have shown incredible leadership in their response to the current crisis, and their generous contributions will help people cope with this humanitarian crisis exacerbated by El Nino,” said John Aylieff, WFP Representative and Country Director in Ethiopia, in a press release.According to the agency, the contribution will be used to meet the immediate food needs of vulnerable people in the early part of 2016, while the cash contributions will allow WFP to extend life-saving food and nutrition assistance until the end of the year.More than 1.5 million people in the Somali region will reportedly receive cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and a fortified high-protein blend known as Super Cereal. These rations will help stabilize malnutrition rates, which have risen sharply in recent months since the drought took hold.This will complement distributions in other regions following the government of Ethiopia’s allocation of the equivalent of $192 million to relief efforts. However, WFP is warning that humanitarian needs will still remain “extremely high” in the first six months of 2016, and that together with the government, it is gearing up to provide assistance to at least six million people. read more

Struggling Flyers fire general manager Ron Hextall

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have fired general manager Ron Hextall.Hextall was fired Monday after 4 1/2 seasons on the job and the Flyers struggling with a 10-11-2 record under coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers are coming off a 6-0 loss at Toronto and already have used five goalies this season.Flyers President Paul Holmgren thanked Hextall for his “many significant contributions, but it has become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of the team.”He added that an immediate change was in the team’s best interests and he hopes to have a new GM “as soon as possible.”Hextall played 13 seasons in the NHL and had two stints covering 11 years with the Flyers. He also spent seven seasons as assistant GM with the Los Angeles Kings.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Gelston, The Associated Press read more

LETTER Rushed and poorly prepared cases by SOCU are being directed

Dear Editor,My attention was drawn to an article published in a section of the media on October 3, 2018, headlined “Too much time being wasted on prepping criminal case files- -SOCU adviser tells investigators, prosecutors.” This article followed an earlier article in another section of the media on August 15, 2018 entitled “UK getting “value for money” in SOCU’s operation – British envoy’.The recent report stated that the “Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) adviser Dr. Sam Sittlington yesterday told investigators and prosecutors that too much time is being wasted on preparing criminal case files, which fail to hold up in court.”  Rather an odd statement to make, one would think. What was the gravamen here?Dr. Sittlington expanded by saying that “…..we see a lot of cases getting to court and failing at court. We’ve seen failings when the file would go to the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions]. We don’t want files to come back to us with amendments and corrections. We want one file, one time, going to the DPP and that file being referred to charges. It’s a lot of time wasting and we don’t need that.” Was Dr. Sittlington saying that too much time was being wasted on preparing criminal cases or was it that time was being wasted when cases failed to hold up in court?One would assume that thoroughly and well prepared cases backed with solid evidence, even if it took time to do so, was preferable instead of hastily putting politically directed charges against PPP/C leaders and former Cabinet members as those laid against former Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, based on spurious information.SOCU staff has been given “a basket full of holes to fetch water.” But Sittlington is ploughing on with an agenda only few seem to know while ensuring that his resume looks good. He certainly feels obliged to provide some rationale to explain his failure to bring 30 “good cases” against former Cabinet members that he publicly announced would be brought over a year ago.One would have thought that Sittlington would have instead of playing the blame game, he would ensure that law enforcement agencies/officers were upholding the rule of law and do proper investigations based on evidence in order to make winnable cases. He no doubt is aware that the present rushed and poorly prepared cases are being directed by a political agenda, and in any democratic nation, this would be considered reckless and  a threat to human rights. Certainly the fall out would be to undermine public confidence in the Guyanese civilian law enforcement agencies.Furthermore, was Dr. Sittlington expressing some dissatisfaction with the Office of the DPP? Or worse yet was he sending a dog whistle  to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions , a constitutional body, that it should not make amendments and corrections once S.O.C.U or other law enforcement agencies brought their criminal cases to it? Even more disturbing was Dr. Sittlington also signaling to the judiciary, another constitutional body, some dissatisfaction with the number of cases which are failing in the courts?Just as worrying is that these comments by the SOCU adviser, appear to be in direct contradiction with what the British High Commissioner, H.E. Quinn, is reported to have said in the August 15th Kaieteur News article. The High Commissioner is quoted as saying, “That sort of investigative side, I think is working well…but then the next step, which is not one that we [UK] are involved in. The next step is out of our control in many ways. All SOCU can do is put forward good cases that can be looked at and considered for prosecution,” he noted. The cases now being put forward by SOCU are “good”, “so SOCU is doing its job,” said the High Commissioner.”So which one is it Dr. Sittlington – “good cases being put forward “or “too much time being wasted on prepping criminal cases which fail to hold up in the courts”?  You cannot have it both ways.With regard to the earlier statement by the High Commissioner, one has to wonder. How would a foreign diplomat know whether the cases being put forward as he says are “good” or not? How is he classifying “good cases”?  Generally such a reference to a “good” case means that they are winnable in a court of law; how would the High Commissioner know that?Is he privy to matters that are considered outside of the remit of a foreign diplomat in Guyana’s internal affairs? Worse yet what is the role of a foreign diplomat in SOCU, an investigative arm, which falls under the Guyana Police Force? I am doubtful if the previous Commissioner of Police or maybe even the new one is as informed as the High Commissioner on the number of “good” cases being brought. I wonder whether the Minister of Foreign Affairs is comfortable with these statements by a foreign diplomat on internal matters of the state.Furthermore, having submitted all information, including the Public Procurement Commission report on its findings on the award of contract for the New Demerara Harbour Bridge as well as my official statement to the S.O.C.U., it would be interesting to know if this will be classified as a “good” case. l am patiently waiting to see what happens next.At least one of the purposes of the High Commissioner’s August press conference was to blow the UK’s proverbial government’s trumpet of “getting value for money as it relates to the operation of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), under the guidance of Financial Investigations Advisor, Dr. Sam Sittlington.” One wonders, however, what were the criteria used to come up with that conclusion. Is there some target set for the number of cases to be brought as part of the conditions for the UK’s funding?Neither the public nor the National Assembly know how much of the UK taxpayers money is being expended by either the UK government or the High Commission on the provision of Dr. Sittlington’s services to the S.O.C.U, nor do we know what are his terms of reference.  What l have heard is that he is being paid an exorbitant salary, no exaggeration.Again the Guyanese people are none the wiser with regard to the fate of the Security Sector Reform report which was prepared by another British Adviser on Security, Russell Combe, and submitted to the government since May 2018. Yet the High Commissioner stated on October 2, 2018 that that course “is part of the latest round of training for Guyanese law enforcement, which is part of the broader support from the United Kingdom for the security sector reform”.Isn’t it time that we learn from the Guyanese heads of law enforcement agencies as to what is taking place than these snippets from foreign advisers or diplomats?Isn’t it more important for the Guyanese public to have some sense of confidence in the SOCU, an investigative body, and in fact, all civilian law enforcement agencies, as being professional and free from political interference, whether internal or external to our borders?Regards,Gail Teixeira, M.P.,Parliamentary Opposition Chief WhipChairperson of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Relations Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolitical directives responsible for SOCU’s low conviction rate- Opposition LeaderOctober 11, 2018In “latest news”Misuse of funds probe – Head of SOCU questioned but still on the job – Top CopApril 9, 2019In “Crime”UK distances self from return of Sam SittlingtonMarch 17, 2019In “latest news” read more

Bundle up Temperatures set to plummet tonight

first_imgGET THOSE THERMALS out because Met Éireann is predicting a drop in temperatures tonight resulting in some serious frost and ice.The forecast predicts the showers experienced earlier this morning will become isolated and confined to western coast later today.Southerly winds will become increasingly ‘fresh’ and locally strong for a time but will veer southwest to west and moderate this afternoon with temperatures ranging from 6 to 9 degrees Celsius.Tonight there will be showers along the Atlantic seaboard, though everywhere else will remain dry and mostly clear. Temperatures will drop as southwesterly breezes move in with lowest temperatures reaching -3 degrees Celsius.Met Éireann said this will result in “sharp to severe ground frost and ice on untreated surfaces”.However much of this will clear soon after dawn tomorrow morning with rain and drizzle spreading countrywide by early afternoon.Read: Not again. More spot flooding warnings issued>Read: Clare coast worst hit by storms with repair works to cost over €23m>last_img read more

UK tightens airport security after US warning Dublin Airport says its business

first_imgUpdated 1.05 PMAUTHORITIES AT DUBLIN Airport say they are aware of increased security at a number of airports, including the UK, but are continuing to operate as normal.US authorities have said they are bolstering security at some airports in Europe and the Middle East that have with direct flights to the US amid concern that terror groups are developing new explosives to circumvent airport security.US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced unspecified steps that would be carried out in “coming days,” without saying which airports would be affected.A spokesperson for the Dublin Airport Authority has said they note the comments but that passengers travelling through the airport will not notice any changes.Passengers flying to the US go through the usual security checks in Dublin but are also checked for a second time by US officials. It is here that passengers may experience tighter security but it is up to the US authorities to decide at what hubs they will implement them.After an assessment of security threats, Johnson said he had directed the Transportation Security Administration “to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.”Johnson said that “we will continue to adjust security measures to promote aviation security without unnecessary disruptions to the travelling public.”The airports were located in the Middle East and Europe, according to an official at the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The announcement came before the US Independence Day celebrations on Friday but officials would not say whether authorities had uncovered a specific threat or plot.“There will be enhanced security measures in certain airports that fly non-stop to the US,” the DHS official said.“We’re targeting certain airports abroad… based on real time intelligence,” the official added.The new measures would be designed in a way to avoid creating major hassles for travellers, without signaling to potential terrorists what those steps would be, officials said.“Information about specific enhancements is sensitive as we do not wish to divulge information about specific layers of security to those who would do harm,” said a second DHS official, who asked not to be named.The official said authorities “may require some additional screening of persons and their property, so travelers should always arrive at an airport with plenty of time for screening to be sure they do not miss their flights.”Media reports said the additional screening could apply to shoes worn by passengers and electronic devices. The extra security comes into place ahead of July 4th celebrations. Source: AP/Press Association Images In the UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) said late Wednesday that it would “step up some of our aviation security measures” following the warning from US security chiefs, the Guardian reported.“For obvious reasons we will not be commenting in detail on those changes. The majority of passengers should not experience significant disruption,” a spokesman told the BBC.US counter-terrorism experts in recent months have said there is cause for concern that extremists have come up with new tactics to avoid detection at airports.Just Sunday, US President Barack Obama warned that “battle-hardened” Europeans who embrace jihad in Syria and Iraq threaten the United States because their passports mean they can enter the country without a visa.“We have seen Europeans sympathetic to their (militants’) cause travelling into Syria and may now travel into Iraq, getting battle-hardened. Then they come back,” Obama warned in an interview that aired Sunday on the US broadcaster ABC. Obama has warned of battle-hardened European jihadists. Source: Charles DharapakThese combatants “have a European passport. They don’t need visas to get into the United States,” he told the program “This Week.”“Now, we are spending a lot of time, and we have been for years, making sure we are improving intelligence to respond to that.“We have to improve our surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence there. Special forces are going to have a role. And there are going to be times where we take strikes against organizations that could do us harm.”- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy© – AFP 2014Read: US policy change could shield Irish immigrants from deportation >Read: US warns of possible shoe bomb terror threat >last_img read more

Dennys Experimenting With Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

first_imgThe Denny’s restaurant chain is testing out a new technology that could mean big savings and less energy use.Called Cool-N-Save, the tech comes from Greenway Design and is a system that’s mechanically added to existing air conditioners to help reduce energy consumption. Each system is custom made and Greenway claims it can reduce energy use by up to 30 percent.And for a company like Denny’s, that means financial savings as well. One Phoenix-area restaurant will be receiving an installation that’s expected to save around $10,000 in energy bills per year. As for the environmental impact, Greenway says that the restaurant will be able to reduce its carbon emissions by around 60 tons a year.“This is a first in what we hope will be many installations for the chain,” Greenway VP Darius Jakubik said.last_img read more

House prices continue to drop

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The housing market in Greece experienced the second-biggest annual price drop in the eurozone and the third greatest in the European Union during the last quarter of 2013, according to data released on Thursday by Eurostat.Using figures compiled by the Bank of Greece for comparison with the rest of the EU, the European Commission’s statistics agency showed that the decrease in the prices of residential property in Greece in the October-December 2013 period reached 8.5 per cent on an annual basis, behind Cyprus’s 9.4 per cent and Croatia’s 14.4 per cent slide.Most analysts expect the price decline to continue in the coming years, even though at a slower pace. A recent Alpha Bank analysis stated that “the slowdown in the price drop of houses and commercial properties is expected to strengthen further in 2014, when apartment sales by necessity – to cover liquidity needs – will be contained with the contribution of the economic recovery prospects and the smaller tax burden on property owners.”According to a recent BlackRock report, prices are expected to go down by 6.2 per cent on average this year, while the decline will ease further to 2 per cent in 2015 ahead of an expected stabilisation in 2016. If the Greek economy recovers at a faster rate, then the improvement will also be speedier in the housing market too. The total decline in house prices at the end of 2013 compared with the peak observed during the second quarter of 2008 amounted to 33.8 per cent.The bubble resulting from the overpricing of houses in the preceding period, from 2000 to 2008, had been so big as to generate a 91 per cent average rise in those eight years, when the respective growth in gross domestic product was much smaller, according to the Alpha Bank analysis.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Voler dans lespace un rêve devenu lointain pour les Américains

first_imgVoler dans l’espace : un rêve devenu lointain pour les AméricainsAvec la dernière mission d’Atlantis et la fin de l’ère de la navette spatiale américaine, voler dans l’espace devient davantage un rêve qu’une réalité pour un certain nombre d’astronautes qui ne cachent pas leur frustration.Après Atlantis, la Nasa ne dispose plus de navette spatiale capable d’acheminer ses astronautes vers l’ISS. Dépendant exclusivement des vaisseaux russes Soyouz (au prix de 51 millions de dollars le siège), la Nasa n’est pas prête de reprendre en main la conquête spatiale même si elle ne compte pas abandonner les vols spatiaux habités.”C’est dur car nous avons maintenant beaucoup moins de possibilités de voler dans l’espace”, indique Steve Robinson, un astronaute américain de 55 ans ayant participé à quatre missions à bord d’Atlantis. “Nous sommes astronautes, c’est ce que nous faisons pour gagner notre vie et aimerions avoir le plus d’occasions possibles d’aller dans l’espace”, poursuit-il dans un entretien accordé à l’AFP. Je pense que le fait de garder les navettes quelques années de plus aurait été une solution possible” pour éviter que les Etats-Unis ne se retrouvent sans vaisseau spatial pour transporter des Américains dans l’espace pendant au moins quatre à cinq ans le temps qu’un successeur à l’orbiteur, probablement commercial, puisse voler. En fait, ironise Steve Robinson, “nous avons un vaisseau spatial, l’ISS, mais pas de taxi pour y accéder !”Sciences et Avenir rapporte également que Shannon Walker, une astronaute américaine de 46 ans, est elle aussi très déçue. N’ayant jamais volé que dans un Soyouz pour aller à l’ISS où elle a passé 161 jours en 2010 comme ingénieur de vol elle est bien consciente qu’ “il y a désormais moins de possibilités d’aller dans l’espace”. Heureusement,”quand nous ne volons pas nous ne restons pas pour autant inoccupés, car nous avons des tâches techniques” précise-t-elle. Un effectif d’astronautes en baisseÀ lire aussiLune, cigarette électronique et intelligence artificielle, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 3 SeptembreA l’heure actuelle, “il y a 17 astronautes américains à l’entraînement pour de futures missions à bord de l’ISS”, indique-t-elle, d’autant qu’il faut jusqu’à deux ans et demi pour se préparer à un vol spatial. Les prochains astronautes à se rendre sur l’ISS (en 2015 et en 2016) ont d’ailleurs déjà été sélectionnés par la Nasa. “Tous les deux ou trois ans, la Nasa lancera un appel pour en sélectionner quelques nouveaux”, ajoute Scott Pace, le directeur du “Space Policy Institute” à Washington et ancien haut responsable de la Nasa. Le corps d’élites des astronautes américains, basé au Centre spatial Johnson à Houston (Texas, sud-est), a compté un maximum de 149 membres en 2000 et a vu ses effectifs diminuer de 59% depuis. On y compte seulement une dizaine de femmes. Scott Pace, souligne qu’”il y a certainement le besoin aux Etats-Unis d’un corps d’astronautes dont deux sont nécessaires à tout moment dans l’équipage permanent de six membres de l’ISS” dont l’utilisation a été prolongée de 2015 à au moins 2020. “Le nombre d’astronautes qui diminue depuis ces dernières années du fait d’une attrition naturelle va avec la fin des navettes continuer à rester réduit à environ la taille actuelle de 61 membres”, dont aujourd’hui 33 militaires, explique-t-il. Charly Bolden, le responsable de la Nasa a déclaré , “il est vrai que les jeunes aujourd’hui rêvant de devenir astronautes ne pourront pas voler à bord d’une navette mais ils pourront un jour marcher sur Mars” !Le 20 juillet 2011 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lynn Martinez

first_imgAnchor of  7 NEWS First at 4, 7 NEWS at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 & Deco DriveEmmy Award winning Lynn Martinez Anchors 7 NEWS First at 4, 7 NEWS at 4:30, 5:30 and 7 News at 6:30PM. She also co-hosts the popular entertainment show “Deco Drive” at 7:30PM.Follow @lmartinez7Martinez came to WSVN in 1991 as a co-anchor of TODAY IN FLORIDA, WSVN’s # 1 rated morning news program and general assignment reporter. One of a trio of anchors in the morning, Martinez quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to weekend anchor. Two years later, she moved to her current assignment on the weeknight news. In 1998, she began co-hosting Deco Drive, the half-hour news magazine show known for celebrity news and the latest on the South Florida entertainment circuit.Martinez began her broadcasting career in 1989 at the CBS affiliate in Cadillac, Michigan, where she served as an anchor and producer.During her 25 years at WSVN, Martinez has covered the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, was one of the first U.S. reporters to cover the atrocities in Bosnia, traveled to Holland after the murder of a German tourist in Miami, and went to Rome to cover the Pope. She was also featured on the Fox program “America’s Most Wanted” on a story about how to survive a carjacking. She’s covered numerous hurricanes including Andrew in 1992 and Wilma in 2005.  She also interviewed President Barack Obama  2011.For “Deco Drive,” Martinez has interviewed numerous celebrities, among them:  Tom Hanks, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Cameron Diaz, Andy Garcia and Keanu Reeves. Martinez won an award for a series on organ donation called “Dying for an Organ,” and was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of Hurricane Andrew.Martinez has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in journalism from “Webster University” in St. Louis, Missouri. She is married and has two children.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man Who Stuffed Lubbock Womans Body Into Luggage Set To Die

first_imgTwitter via @KCBD11Rosendo Rodriguez, III also known as the suitcase killer.Attorneys for a condemned Texas inmate who became known as the “suitcase killer” looked to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution set for Tuesday evening for the slaying of a 29-year-old Lubbock woman whose battered, naked body was stuffed into a new piece of luggage and tossed in the trash.Rosendo Rodriguez III, who turned 38 Monday, also confessed to killing a 16-year-old Lubbock girl and similarly disposing her body in the trash in a suitcase.He’d be the fourth inmate executed this year in Texas, the nation’s busiest death penalty state.Workers at the city landfill in September 2005 spotted and then opened the suitcase, discovering the corpse of Summer Baldwin, who was 10 weeks pregnant. Detectives used a barcode label sewn to the luggage to establish it was purchased a day earlier at a Walmart, and debit card records and store surveillance video identified the buyer as Rodriguez, a Marine reservist from San Antonio who’d been in Lubbock for training that included martial arts combat.He was convicted and sentenced to die for raping and killing Baldwin. Court records show Rodriguez also was linked to at least five other sexual assaults and confessed to killing Joanna Rogers, the 16-year-old missing for a year when her mummified remains were found inside a suitcase at the city garbage dump.Rodriguez’s lawyers said lower courts improperly turned down appeals that focused on the medical examiner’s trial testimony about Baldwin’s autopsy and her injuries.In a filing Monday to the Supreme Court, attorney Seth Kretzer said the justices were his “last hope” to show Rodriguez was innocent and get a hearing related to a recent disclosure of the settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit — which attorneys said previously was unknown to them — that alleged the coroner delegated some duties to unqualified underlings. That practice raised questions about “the credibility and admissibility of the medical examiner’s testimony in this case,” Kretzer said.Assistant Texas Attorney General Tomee Heining said the high court appeal was improper, untimely and meritless, and “nothing more than a last-ditch effort” to undermine scientific findings that were unfavorable for Rodriguez.The lawsuit involved a dismissed former employee who didn’t start work until years after Rodriguez went to trial. The settlement included a statement that there was no reason to question the scientific validity of findings or opinions made by the medical examiner’s office, according to prosecutors. Court records showed the medical examiner personally conducted Baldwin’s autopsy.Records also described the mother of four as a prostitute.Rodriguez lived in San Antonio with his parents and was arrested there days after Baldwin’s body was discovered. Three weeks later, he gave Lubbock police a statement saying he killed her in self-defense when she pulled a knife on him after the two had consensual sex on Sept. 12, 2005, at a hotel room.Testimony at his 2008 trial showed Baldwin had about 50 blunt force wounds and may have been alive when she was folded into the suitcase and tossed into a trash bin. The contents subsequently wound up at the city dump.Jurors who convicted Rodriguez of capital murder heard from five women, including his high school girlfriend, who testified he raped them. Jurors also heard about his confession to killing Rogers, the 16-year-old Lubbock girl he initially met in an online chat room.“He’s really good at killing people,” Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell, who prosecuted Rodriguez, said Monday. “Very calm, very calculated.“Women were terrified of him. He used his charm and good looks and status for a long time to victimize women,” Powell said. “In this case, the right guy is getting the appropriate punishment.” Sharelast_img read more

COD 2565 The real concept of luxury in Los Reyes Alajuela

first_img Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-12.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-08.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-02.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-05.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-10.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-03.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-06.jpgcenter_img No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-01.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-65-04.jpg info heading info content Next Image Price: $1,295,000COD: 25-65Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558Province: AlajuelaCantón: AlajuelaConstruction: 710m2Land: 3117m2Bedrooms: 5 Or MoreBathrooms: 5 Or MoreParking: 5 Or MoreA/C: YesLocated in one the best areas in Los Reyes, this luxurious but welcoming property lies in a 3,117 m2 lot and rises magnificently into a 3-story palace, with more than 700 m2. The house’s surrounding areas are something truly beautiful: Fruit trees, BBQ ranch with Internet and cable TV outlets, a 100 m2 swimming pool, green areas and a 2-car, roof-covered garage are all part of the property.On the inside, oil-painted and stone ceilings welcome you. The kitchen, dining and living room merge into a 140 m2 space, fully covered in top-quality marble.On the upper level, the master bedroom features 2 equipped walk-in closets as well as a bathroom/Jacuzzi and balcony. The house also has 3 more spacious bedrooms, all with their own walk-in closets. The upper level is complemented with two more bathrooms.This house has enough space for a 4-car garage with an automatic garage door that is located on the first level. This incredible place gets its hot water from a solar heating system that can supply the entire house. There is A/C within the building with separate controls for independently climatized rooms. Quartz counters cover the entire kitchen, all bathrooms and the laundry room.Paradox alarm system with movement sensors support the house’s security, along with a special double-lock door system and the Los Reyes surveillance personnel.One of the most impressive and appealing features of this house is the independent apartment that is thoughtfully located on the first level. This lovely apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, quartz-counter kitchen, living/dining room and swimming pool access.See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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