first_img(The Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., pictured here, is the end point for the Trans Mountain pipeline. Lindsay Sample/The Discourse)The Canadian PressShareholders in Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. have voted more than 99 per cent in favour of the sale of its Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project to the federal government for $4.5 billion.The brief meeting in Calgary was chaired by the CEO of both Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. and its U.S. parent, Steven Kean.The outcome was not in question as Kinder Morgan Inc. retained about 70 per cent of the shares after spinning off its Canadian assets in a $1.75-billion initial public offering in May of 2017.Earlier Thursday, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain project after finding that the federal government failed in its duty to engage in meaningful consultations with First Nations before approving the project.The decision means the National Energy Board will have to begin anew its review of the Trans Mountain project.last_img read more

26 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with Government officials, civic leaders and United Nations staff during official visits to Haiti and Barbados next week, a spokesperson for the world body announced today. While in Haiti, Mr. Ban plans to meet with President René Préval and visit the Port-au-Prince headquarters of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), UN Spokesperson Marie Okabe said at a press briefing. He is expected to travel to Cité Soleil, where he is scheduled to visit a water tower repaired by MINUSTAH and meet with the neighbourhood’s mayor. Also on Mr. Ban’s agenda are meetings with the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, as well as with leaders from civil society, political parties and the private sector. He is scheduled to hold discussions with the Commission of Justice Reform.In Barbados, which holds the current chairmanship of the Caribbean regional cooperation body known as CARICOM, Mr. Ban will meet with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Governor General, as well as with the UN country team, Ms. Okabe said. read more

OTTAWA – Wholesale sales rose 1.5 per cent in April to $49.3 billion, soaring well above expectations mainly due to a huge increase in sales of agricultural supplies, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.But excluding the 48.5 per cent increase in agriculture supplies, overall sales were unchanged from March, the federal agency said.The second biggest advance was a 1.1 per cent rise in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, which partly offset a March decline.Sales in the building material and supplies subsector rose 0.5 per cent and the motor vehicle and parts subsector gained 0.2 per cent.The largest sales decrease in dollar terms came in the personal and household goods subsector, which dropped 2.2 per cent on lower sales in the pharmaceuticals and pharmacy supplies industry.In April, seven provinces recorded growth in wholesale sales, including the four western provinces.The average analyst estimate had been for a slight, 0.2 per cent increase, CIBC World Markets said in a note.However, a huge shipment of fertilizers in April marked a restart to potash sales and exports following a soft first quarter and has confirmed that Q2 should benefit from restarts to stalled resource activity, the bank (TSX:CM) said.“The 1.3 per cent increase in wholesale volumes suggests that April GDP will get a hearty helping hand from that sector,” it said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2012 10:02 am MDT Higher sales of farm supplies powered wholesale gains in April: StatsCan read more

Mulcair touts fiscal credentials of NDP governments past; vows more of same TORONTO – Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair touted the strong record New Democrats have had when it comes to balancing budgets in a major speech Tuesday that sought to position his party as a fiscally responsible government-in-waiting.On a day that resembled an election campaign — the main parties were all on the hustings — Mulcair took his economic vision to the Canada’s financial heartland, taking gentle jabs at his main political rivals, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.“I don’t believe budgets balance themselves, nor do I believe they become balanced just because you pass a law — zap you’re balanced,” Mulcair told the Economic Club of Canada.“But I do believe that it is fundamentally important that the federal government live within its means.”Mulcair talked about NDP icons such as Tommy Douglas, Roy Romanow or former Manitoba premier Gary Doer — provincial leaders who balanced budgets — even as he took a shot at ex-Liberal MP Bob Rae, who racked up a massive deficit in the recession of the early 1990s as the New Democrat premier of Ontario, damaging the party’s electoral fortunes in the province for years.“The federal department of finance’s own reports show that NDP governments are the best at balancing the books when in office,” Mulcair said.“There was one exception — but he turned out to be a Liberal.”Mulcair received a few rounds of polite applause as well as a warm standing ovation from the business crowd as he talked about New Democrat election planks — including cutting taxes for small businesses — and tried to stake out ground as champion of a middle class he said is being squeezed.Harper’s job-creation and economic-stimulation plans, Mulcair said, simply aren’t working, leaving current generations worse off than their parents for the first time in Canadian history. He accused the prime minister and previous governments of standing idly by as hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs disappeared.“It’s time that Canada’s manufacturers had a partner here at home and a champion on the world stage to attract investment and help create export markets,” Mulcair said. “I will be that champion.”While he was vague about how exactly he would boost the manufacturing sector, he did repeat his proposed innovation tax credit to encourage investment in machinery, equipment and property used in research and development.Most importantly, small businesses with their vital role in communities and job creation need help, he said, in repeating a pledge to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent from 11 per cent.“With this one practical measure, small businesses can better weather the current economic climate, hire more employees and help their local communities prosper for years to come,” Mulcair said.The Conservatives, he said, voted against the tax-cutting motion in the Commons then adopted it in their budget.Mulcair also promised an NDP government would help municipalities beef up public transit and fight gridlock, pledging to give them one cent a litre from the existing gas tax, and ultimately earmarking another $1.5 billion annually by the end of its first mandate for local governments.In Ottawa, Trudeau put forward a democratic reform package that included a promise to change Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system — which Mulcair said was really a crib from his party’s playbook, while Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced new legislation to crack down on drunk driving. by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2015 1:44 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to the Economic Club of Toronto on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. In his visit to Toronto, the NDP leader emphasized the record New Democrat governments have when it comes to balanced budgets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel read more

first_imgFollowing the declaration of the formation of an independent state of Azawad by Tuareg and Islamic rebels in Mali, Jonathan Guy, Analyst, RBC Capital Markets summarise recent events in the Sahel region of West Africa and evaluates the potential impact on the mining and exploration companies operating in the region. Four significant events have impacted the region since the beginning of 2012 leading to increased instability.The Tuareg have lead a successful insurgency in northern Mali, a region they refer to as Azawad. There was a coup in Mali in March in which the president was toppled by the military. The military have now stepped down in favour of an interim administration lead by the former speaker of the Malian parliament.There is an Islamic Insurgency in northern Mali – Islamic insurgents from the Ansar Dine group have become involved in the northern rebellion and are now apparently allied with the Tuareg. Following the discovery of a large arms cache in the city of Gao both rebel groups are reportedly well armed.Sadly there is regional famine across the Sahel – The region bordering the south of the Sahara desert, referred to as the Sahel, has been severely impacted by a drought, which has in places lead to a lack of food.Most companies are continuing to operate normally – Whilst some contractors have pulled out of Mali or scaled back their activities the miners and most explorers have continued to operate. The miners in Mali are not located near to the conflict region and as long as the country’s southern borders remain open then they should be able to maintain their supply lines.Ecowas should attempt to contain the situation – The West African regional group of countries, known as Ecowas, has indicated that it is prepared to “take all necessary measures to keep Mali intact”, according to The Telegraph. The open presence of Al Qaeda in the conflict makes broader co-ordinated international action more likely. A failure to contain the situation could lead to refugees entering surrounding countries, principally Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger.Further pressures on royalties likely – RBC Capital Markets expects to see further upward pressure on royalty rates. The interim administration in Mali has recently suggested that royalties be raised from 6% to 8% (although tax has been reduced from 35% to 30%) and the government in Senegal has suggested that royalty rates could be raised from 3% to 8%.Raising new equity for greenfield projects is challenging. The combination of volatile gold prices, cash cost pressures and the increase in political risk has seen African gold equities share prices decline by an average of 25% year-to-date. RBC believes that in the current geopolitical environment attracting new capital, especially for greenfield projects, is likely to be challenging.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Hollywood churns our movies depicting pirates as likeable characters, the real-life scallywags are continuing to make serious trouble on the shipping lanes near the Middle East. With the condition worsening in impoverished countries like Somalia, the rate of piracy occurrence has skyrocketed. Hoping to curtail these bold buccaneers, the US Navy is equipping several “Fire-Scout” UAV helicopters with some high-tech gadgets to provide enhanced intel.With a surveillance suite comprised of Multi-Mode Sensor Seekers, HD cameras and a snazzy new laser radar (LADAR) sytem, the Navy is able to capture 3D-images of seagoing vessels that might be engaged in less than honest activities. The high resolutions this technology offers will help intelligence analysts to sift through information much quicker than with ordinary radar tech.Imagine scanning a large part of the ocean looking for a single boat. This is a literal representation of the proverbial “needle in a haystack” as the world’s oceans are immense. Using traditional technology, analysts get hours of streaming video that is low quality. Trying to discern boats through all that “noise” can be a daunting task. With LADAR equipped UAV’s, the information sent back is sharp and defined like the image in the bottom right-hand corner of the four pictured above. Each pixel sent back corresponds to a 3D point in the space being scanned, which helps to better define an object within the environment, meaning things are much clearer and you get fewer false positives.This will give the Navy a whole new toolset when it comes to preventing acts of piracy and hopefully help to save lives on both sides. Right now the systems are still in heavy testing, but if all goes well it won’t be long before the surveillance packages are brought into service.Read more at Daily Techlast_img read more

first_img Share104 Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 8:58 AM Short URL 19,452 Views 57 Comments Image: Brian Lawless/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE GARDA THAT led the investigation into former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm said that yesterday’s sentencing sent out a message that Ireland takes this sort of crime seriously and “no stone will be left unturned” in prosecuting such cases.The former Anglo chief was sentenced to six years in jail for his part in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme in 2008.Earlier this month, a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on one charge of conspiracy to defraud and one of false accounting, after just over ten-and-a-half hours of deliberations.It was the State’s case that Drumm conspired with a number of others to carry out €7.2 billion in fraudulent circular transactions in order to bolster the customer deposits figure on Anglo’s balance sheet.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, detective chief superintendent Pat Lordan said Drumm’s sentencing has come at the “end of a long road for An Garda Síochána”.“It’s been a long nine years,” he said. “I know the members of the team have worked hard… right up to the end of the trial.”Lordan said that, from the gardaí’s perspective, their investigation is now complete “insofar as the trial is finished and a conviction has been achieved”.The investigation into Drumm was similar to other criminal investigations, he said, with up to 20 gardaí working on the case over the years.Lordan said that the prosecution was a “credit to all those who followed it through” when others may have “run up against a brick wall”.The senior garda noted that real harm had been done by Drumm’s crimes and that the public was entitled to have trust in blue chip companies. Prior to appearing on the show, extracts from the so-called Anglo Tapes of Drumm’s comments in 2008 were played.He said: “The tapes don’t lie. You can hear the attitude to what was going on. Even for the jury, I think that was strong evidence. David Drumm was sentenced yesterday. ‘The tapes don’t lie’: Senior garda says Drumm’s crimes caused ‘real harm’ to the public Detective chief superintendent Pat Lordan said Drumm’s sentencing has come at the “end of a long road for An Garda Síochána”. Jun 21st 2018, 8:58 AM David Drumm was sentenced yesterday. Image: Brian Lawless/PA Images It came out quite clearly in the court that Mr Drumm could not be blamed for the recession… [but] the purpose was to try to keep the bank alive when it was an impossible task to keep the bank alive.Lordan added that Drumm’s prosecution and six-year sentence sent out a strong message that Ireland treats white collar crime very seriously and “no stone will be left unturned” in prosecuting such offenders.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Taxi drivers, tax collectors, doctors and garbage collectors all signalled a new round of strike action this week in response to government pledges for the swifter enforcement of austerity measures, hours before the official opening of the Helexpo (International Exhibition of Thessaloniki) this weekend. Taxi drivers called a 24 hour strike, which began on Thursday, and hinted at more action today, after the government refused to amend legislation opening up their sector to competition. According to the bill, which is to be submitted in Parliament next month, anyone will be able to apply for a taxi drivers’ license – as long as they do not have a criminal record, speak good Greek and pay an application charge, to be set somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 euros. Assuming that the legislation is voted through Parliament, the first new licenses will be issued by the end of the year. Cabbies – who vehemently object to the reforms, complaining that there are already too many taxis on Greek roads – caused havoc in the crucial tourism sector last month by not only striking for two-and-a-half weeks but also blocking ports, airports and roads. The taxi drivers’ sector is not the only one up in arms over austerity. Tax collectors called a 48-hour strike for Monday and Tuesday, protesting plans by the government to suspend civil servants with reduced pay for 12 months. Doctors, protesting planned cutbacks, have just finished their two-day walkout yesterday. Municipal garbage collectors start rolling 48-hour work stoppages tomorrow, calling for the reinstatement of colleagues whose short-term contracts have expired. And state school teachers are also to start rolling strikes from September 22. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_img“We didn’t know whether juries might be skeptical of evidence that police came about through this means, or whether they’d think maybe that it’s a problematic investigative tool” says Andrea Roth, director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Law and Technology. “The main thing this teaches us that we didn’t know yesterday is that you can convince a lay jury to convict someone found as a suspect through genetic genealogy.”Roth and other legal experts have raised concerns that this new phenomenon of police rifling through non-criminal databases violates principles of informed consent and threatens citizens’ constitutional protections against warrantless searches. DNA isn’t like a social security number. It’s an inherited substance, a code you share (to differing degrees) with all your biological relatives. So when people agree to let law enforcement access bits of their genome, they’re getting bits of yours too. Even if you never take a DNA test yourself.Researchers estimate it will be just a few years before every white person in America can be identified this way. And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information. The word pierced a momentary hush that had settled over the packed courtroom, where a line of people stretched out into the hall. The word that the families of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg had been waiting for more than three decades to hear: “guilty.” After a day and a half of deliberations, a Snohomish County jury found William Earl Talbott II guilty on two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree for the deaths of the young Canadian couple. They disappeared during an overnight trip to Seattle on November 18, 1987—their bodies recovered in rural western Washington a few days later, each bearing the marks of the violent ends they met.The decision, delivered late Friday morning, is a momentous victory for a new kind of genetic detective work that builds on the spit kit results of genealogy-curious relatives.It cracked open the Snohomish County case when investigators worked with a private company to trace semen left at one of the crime scenes to Talbott through two cousins who had uploaded their own genetic information to a public database called GEDMatch. Such sites help people build family trees and trace their ancestral roots through shared DNA, a practice known as genetic genealogy. Recently, police departments and the FBI have begun using the method to dig up suspects. Genetic genealogy has already been used to advance dozens of cold cases since it very publicly resulted in the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer last April. But until Talbott’s case went to trial at the beginning of this month, the technique had never been tested in court.The Talbott verdict is the first 12-person vote of confidence in genetic genealogy’s ability to not just put a name to a drop of blood or skin cells lifted from a fingerprint or a semen-soaked swab, but to help prosecutors prove that the person behind that name also committed the crime they’ve been accused of. It’s an outcome that could favorably impact other cases currently making their way to court in other states, even if just to bolster public opinion. Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.Olivia Vanni/The Herald/APThese issues of privacy, notably, did not surface during the course of the Talbott trial. His lawyers at times disparaged the DNA evidence, accusing the state of genetic tunnel vision once they had gotten their tip. “They are not focused on finding the killer, but rather, they’re focused on finding the source of that DNA. They assume it has to be the same person,” said defense attorney Rachel Forde during her closing argument Tuesday. “If DNA alone, even if that DNA is not associated with the actual murder, is enough to convict someone of murder in this day and age, we must be careful.” But the legality of how detectives traced Talbott to that DNA in the first place was never in question. Before the trial even began, both parties reached an agreement to treat the genetic genealogy process as a tip, and not dwell on it beyond that.Acting on that tip, investigators had surveilled Talbott, collecting a discarded paper cup to confirm that his DNA matched the long-sought after “Individual A” who had left semen on Van Cuylenborg’s clothing and on her body. A swab taken from his cheek after his arrest also matched the crime scene sample. Prosecutors said that a palm print taken at that time from Talbott’s left hand also matched a print lifted from the rear door of the van the Canadian couple was driving when they disappeared.With the Talbott case settled, scholars and privacy advocates are now turning to other cases that are more directly challenging the constitutionality of the technique’s use by law enforcement. In Virginia, for example, a 37-year-old man stands accused of raping a woman at gunpoint in 2016. The same company that worked on the Snohomish County case, Parabon Nanolabs, identified Jesse Bjerke as the alleged rapist through relatives found in GEDmatch. Bjerke’s attorneys are now seeking to make that DNA evidence inadmissible.Others aren’t waiting for the courts to decide, and instead calling on lawmakers to impose limits on how genetic genealogy can be used. These could include confining the technique to violent crimes, as states like California have done for another controversial form of DNA matching called familial search. Currently there are no laws or regulations governing how police departments can use these non-criminal genetic databases, and no reporting requirements that could illuminate both the method’s success rate and how widespread it’s becoming.Those questions, and others about the extent to which police should be able to turn American citizens into genetic informants, will need answers at some point. But at least for now, at least for the families of two kids who got in a van together one day 31 years ago and never came home, the only question that matters to them has finally been answered. But even more significantly, the image of Talbott gasping as the jury read out their verdict signals to law enforcement agencies all over the country that genetic genealogy is good for more than just generating leads and making arrests, it’s good for getting convictions too. And that has huge implications for both the future of crime-fighting and genetic privacy. More Great WIRED StoriesFear, misinformation, and measles spread in BrooklynHow nine people built an illegal $5 million Airbnb empireInside the room where they control the weather satellitesGoogle Photos hacks to tame your picture overloadIt’s time to switch to a privacy browser🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? 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first_imgThe Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) would like to inform the community that the free rabies clinic that was supposed to take place on September 22 at Egerton’s Agar Field has been cancelled.Rabies is caused by the rabies virus, and some closely related rabies-like viruses.Read initial story: Free rabies vaccinations in LadysmithOnce the virus has entered the body, it enters peripheral nerves and is carried towards the brain. The virus multiplies in the brain, causing brain dysfunction and ultimately death.There are a number of rabies vaccines available that are both safe and effective. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The league will inform the community via the media when the next clinic will take place.For any enquiries, you can contact the AACL on 0761511784Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_imgData analysis is an important aspect of most jobs now. You need to become an expert in various Microsoft Office tools to qualify for various jobs and to excel at them. You don’t have to spend hours looking at various tutorials online or hire expensive teachers to teach you data analysis skills. Wccftech is here to help and is offering an amazing discount offer on the Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle.Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle featuresWith Wccftech you can enjoy a 98% discount and become an expert in no time at all. The offer will expire in less than a week, so you should avail it right away. The Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle includes 6 courses with a total 366 lessons. Each lesson will teach you something unique about data analysis techniques and within a few days’ time, you will be an expert. The courses have been designed by professionals with years of industry experience. They are aware of what the job markets seek from professionals and what the common mistakes made by students are. Here are highlights of what the deal has in store for you:Power BI EssentialsAn Introduction to Microsoft Power BIPower BI Desktop CourseData Analytics for EveryoneMicrosoft Access VBA for Non ProgrammersLearn How to Use VBA to Send & Receive DataMicrosoft Access Master Class: Beginner To AdvancedLearn Microsoft’s Top Tool for Managing Large Data SetsAccess To Excel CourseInstantly Generate Excel Reports & Excel Pivot TablesAdvanced Microsoft Excel Master ClassGet an Advanced Training in PivotTable, Macros & MoreThe bundle has been designed by SkillSuccess. This company is famous for making online courses that students can learn at their own paces. You can access these courses from any device, whether your computer, mobile or tv.Original Price Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle: $1194Wccftech Discount Price Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle: $19.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

first_imgA vulnerability in the stack protection feature in LLVM’s Arm backend becomes ineffective when the stack protector slot is re-allocated. This was notified as a vulnerability note in the Software Engineering Institute of the CERT Coordination Center. The stack protection feature is optionally used to protect against buffer overflows in the LLVM Arm backend. A cookie value is added between the local variables and the stack frame return address to make this feature work. After storing this value in memory, the compiler checks the cookie with the LocalStackSlotAllocation function. The function checks if the value has been changed or overwritten. It is terminated if the address value is found to be changed. If a new value is allocated later on, the stack protection becomes ineffective as the new stack protector slot appears only after the local variables which it is supposed to protect. It is also possible that the value gets overwritten by the stack cookie pointer. This happens when the stack protection feature is rendered ineffective. When the stack protection feature becomes ineffective, the function becomes vulnerable to stack-based buffer overflow. This can cause the return address to be changed or the cookie to be overwritten itself, thus causing an unintended value to be passed through the check. The proposed solution for the stack vulnerability is to apply the latest updates from both the LLVM and Arm. This year saw many cases of buffer overflow vulnerabilities. In the June release of VLC 3.0.7, many security issues were resolved. One of the high security issues resolved was about the stack buffer overflow in the RIST Module of VLC 4.0. Read Next LLVM WebAssembly backend will soon become Emscripten’s default backend, V8 announces Google proposes a libc in LLVM, Rich Felker of musl libc thinks it’s a very bad idea Introducing InNative, an AOT compiler that runs WebAssembly using LLVM outside the Sandbox at 95% native speedlast_img read more

first_imgFrom the print editionA party of seven gastronomy connoisseurs who take great pleasure in eating, but also in the surroundings and service that come with it, recently took lunch at Sabor y Arte in Central Escazú. Housed in what looks like a restored home – the cream-colored restaurant is actually brand new, equipped with wood paneling, plenty of windows and a welcoming front porch.Entering the downstairs chamber, we were greeted with an elegant indoor dining room and dark wood furnishings, enhanced by cream and dark green linens. In contrast, the glassed-in patio with light green fabrics overlooked a manicured garden – a cool spot for either lunch or dinner. Upstairs, the lounge and bar serve finger food plus a full menu and offer a combination of comfort and luxury. The bar is decorated in warm shades of brown with bar stools, comfy armchairs, sofas and heavy velvet curtains, plus replicas of French Provincial furniture. The VIP lounge, with its own kitchen, accommodates 25 guests for private events. Throughout the restaurant, an eclectic collection of mostly unidentified art covers the walls. At the rear of the garden, there’s an unfinished art gallery with a collection of David Cedeño’s work.Lunch was a bit of a hit-and-miss affair, and one of our group suggested that Sabor y Arte should be given more time to iron out the teething problems before being reviewed. I disagreed, as I had spoken to the charming Venezuelan owner, Andreina Ramos, and she said the place had been open 11 months. Therefore, I felt the problems indicated a need for improvement in some areas.For example, it took 20 minutes for three beers, three fruit drinks and a glass of house wine to arrive. The Chilean Bouchon Chardonnay was pleasant enough, but gone in a few sips, as it only half-filled an extremely small glass. The waiters poured beer with three quarters foam, and then left the can on the table among elegant place settings. Our young waiters were charming and trying very hard, but they need more training.The menu offered a choice of starters, including fusion dishes as well as Italian, Spanish, French and Pacific Rim, all served with an array of local fruits and veggies.We ordered the melted Brie on a bed of lettuce dressed with grapes, walnuts and fruity vinaigrette, but unfortunately the cheese was rather bland. The Portobello mushrooms stuffed with mozzarella and crowned with caramelized onions were mouth-watering. The prosciutto served with green apple, macadamia praliné and gorgonzola vinaigrette was very good, as was the tuna tataki, but the liver paté was totally tasteless. The salad greens served with the dishes above are all organic. The main courses had their ups and downs. The big complaint was we weren’t told that the Flambé menu was only available in the evening. We saw the station where specialist Flambé Chef Sergio Maritano creates his works of culinary art. Two of our party ordered the steak Woronoff flambé with cognac, white wine and Dijon mustard. The fish flambé with vodka was smothered with fresh tomato, olives and capers. We were surprised when they appeared already cooked from the kitchen. The steaks were very tender and cooked to order, and the fish was delicious, but we were let down that we hadn’t been told the truth about the Flambé situation. The corvina (sea bass) was cooked to perfection, moist and flaky, but the ravioli stuffed with cas pesto was very strange and didn’t have the fruit’s typically tangy flavor.The paella was disappointing and bland, requiring hot pepper sauce to cheer it up. The Corderito Borracho (drunken lamb) must have been too inebriated to make it to the kitchen. A shredded dollop of mystery meat that didn’t taste the slightest bit like lamb was enjoyed by the diners’ dog, although he couldn’t face the heap of mashed green plantains that the drunken whatever-it-was sat on. The rosemary potatoes were the only tasty item in this pricy disaster.The coffee, chocolate mousse and cheesecake were very good, but trying to pay the bill at the cash register was interminable. Maybe  we should have asked for separate checks?Prices including tax: range from ₡3,900-7,800 ($8-16) for starters and ₡10,000-14,800 ($20-30) for main courses. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgUber’s questionable legal standing in Costa Rica may soon reach a resolution.The country’s Executive Branch on Tuesday proposed a law that will allow “taxi drivers and services such as Uber to coexist simultaneously, under fair conditions of competition,” according to a press release from the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).“Our commitment is to progress in a system where taxis and transportation technology platforms can coexist under conditions of fair competition,” said President Carlos Alvarado.“It is an issue that as a country we have postponed for many years, and it was time to make decisions about it.”The bill would designate transportation platform companies such as Uber as public services. The companies would have to register with the Public Transportation Council and enact policies promoting rider safety.Services such as Uber would be subject to a value-added tax of 13 percent. The proposal also says companies that “operated prior to the enactment of this law” would have to pay a registration fee of nearly $13,800,000, which would be earmarked to fund modernizations to Costa Rica’s public-transportation systems, including taxis.Uber did not immediately return a request for comment, but in a September 2018 open letter to the government, the company said that “since our first day of operations in Costa Rica, Uber has sought to be part of the country’s development and to improve transportation options for Costa Ricans.”[UPDATE: Read Uber’s response to the proposed law here.] Taxi drivers have staged repeated protests against ride-hailing services since Uber launched operations in Costa Rica in August 2015. Uber drivers have continued to offer rides, though they often do so surreptitiously to avoid hefty fines from the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP). Uber: Proposed law a start, but ‘far from a proposal that encourages innovation’ 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 TimesThis story was updated at 12:30 p.m. to include Uber’s statement on the legislation. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Uber driver threatened in Costa Rica Uber Costa Rica pulls out of job fair over security concerns  Uber Costa Rica drops fares 20 percent and some drivers aren’t happy Taxi drivers to demonstrate against Uber in downtown San Josélast_img read more

first_img61-year-old Mr Danny Maharaj lost his life after an argument between him and his son turned deadly on Wednesday night last week.Mr Maharaj’s funeral was held yesterday (Tuesday). He was cremated.Mr Maharaj’s son, Navesh, attended the funeral after being released on bail. Navesh has been charged with his father’s murder.“After his release on bail, Navesh Maharaj attended the funeral of his father and paid his last respects,” said his attorney, Dinesh Lutchman.His next court appearance will be on May 5. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

first_imgResidents of the house quickly contacted Public Safety to get help in removing the reptile. Local snake removal experts were called to the scene, with Eugene Jonck doing his very best to find the snake and safely remove it from the premises.However, his attempts were in vain, as the snake appeared to have already slithered away. The entire room in which it was first seen was searched, and even the outside of the house, to make sure the snake was not in the immediate area.By this time, Public Safety Officer OJ Maritz had responded to aid in the search for the elusive snake.Every nook and cranny was searched, but the snake seemed to have disappeared into thin air.The residents heaved a sigh of relief that the scary serpent was no longer in their home, where it could possibly harm their children or themselves. The screams of a domestic worker echoed through Calendula Avenue this morning (Tuesday) as she ran out of a house after spotting a snake under a bedThe domestic worker was carrying out her daily routine and was picking up a bed to clean under it when she came face-to-face with a snake that was “short, thick and had big red eyes”.Terrified, she stopped dead in her tracks and then bolted out of the room. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria’s new president to the Oval Office on Monday and praised him for working to bring “safety, security and peace” to a nation challenged by economic strains, a history of corruption and violence unleashed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.Obama met with President Muhammadu Buhari less than eight weeks after Buhari took office to underscore the importance the U.S. attaches to good relations with Nigeria. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The president said Buhari had “a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram and extremists of all sorts inside of his country. And he has a very clear agenda in terms of rooting out the corruption that too often has held back the economic growth and prosperity of his country.”Obama, speaking to reporters at the outset of the meeting, said the U.S. hoped to partner with the African nation “so that Nigeria ends up being not only an anchor of prosperity and stability in the eastern part of the continent, but can also be an outstanding role model for developing countries around the world.”He said he would discuss with Buhari how the two nations can cooperate on counter-terrorism and how the U.S. “can be helpful in addressing some of the corruption issues that have held Nigeria back.”Buhari, for his part, said Nigeria would be “ever grateful” to the U.S. for its support of free elections in his country. Buhari said U.S. and European pressures to ensure the election was “fair and credible led us to where we are now.”U.S. relations with Nigeria soured over failures by the government and military, including the inability to locate more than 200 school girls, most of them Christian, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from the northern town of Chibok in April 2014. The abduction led to international condemnation and a campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls” that reached as far as the White House. Then-President Goodluck Jonathan was angered by the U.S. refusal to sell his government helicopter gunships and retaliated by halting a U.S. military training program.Relations are now expected to improve under Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator who has pledged allegiance to democracy and promised to address U.S. concerns.Obama extended his invitation for a visit to Buhari almost immediately after he was declared the winner of the March election.“This feels to us like Nigeria is at an important moment in which there can be real reforms across the board,” Grant Harris, the senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council, told reporters last week. “We’re looking forward to what we can do with a president who has staked out an agenda that we think is the right agenda at the right time.”Nigeria’s new leader has been criticized for being slow to form a Cabinet. He has yet to name any ministers.Last week, Buhari fired the entire top echelon of the military, which he has accused of corruption that prevents what once was Africa’s mightiest armed force from curbing the Islamist insurgency based in Nigeria’s northeast. The insurgency has killed more than 13,000 people and driven another 1.5 million from their homes.center_img Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Besides the Oval Office meeting with Obama, Buhari is to meet with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior administration officials.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

first_imgFor the first 24 hours after I post on artnet News, I shut down all communication devices—”paranoiac” or “delusional” are not the words after I’ve suffered physical intimidation, verbal abuse, and, worse, legal threats from the fallout of columns past. But to date, for better or worse, I’ve managed to remain unscathed. I’ve been close to quitting, throwing in the towel, as I do this all but for free (artnet, time for a raise?) and the upside is difficult to gauge.That was then, but now there’s been another slate of auctions for me to cover. Sorry—I couldn’t help myself from weighing in before the art world goes on summer break. But don’t worry, just like the recent London auctions, this roundup will be short and sweet(ish).When I first moved to the UK in 2004 there was talk of London superseding New York as the world’s auction capital, the momentum was thick in the air, and the city was bursting (and bustling) with opportunity and optimism. Yet the fall of the city’s art scene over the 15 years since has been nothing short of precipitous, I got out just in time. London’s violent petty street crime alone is hair-raising enough, and that’s before you get to the political turmoil, which would be laughable if it weren’t so sad, and entirely self-wrought.The reasons why you’d choose to sell in London (consider it auction lite) are manifold, from the obvious death, divorce, and debt—the art market is teeming with it, more than ever—to the appeal of trying to be a big fish in a little pond (or puddle, more like), garnering more attention on your artworks. Sometimes, such a strategy succeeds, as was the case with the work of several white-hot young black artists; more often than not, not. Before I dip into the (exceedingly) shallow waters of the contemporary sales, there are a few general matters at hand to discuss.First, I found a solution for the mid-sized gallery crunch, though you may not be too amused: close them all! There should only be three galleries remaining, a high-stakes battle between behemoths with Larry G. vs. David Z. vs. Ivan the Terrible (I’m playing). Case in point? Aspiring market darling Avery Singer, Wikipedia-described as “an American artist (born 1987) known for paintings created through 3D modeling software and computer-controlled airbrushing.” Where can I get a robotic paintbrush? Avery’s meteoric auction prices went from $36,000 in 2017 to $735,000 a year later, for a painting bought by Gagosian, no less. (He may want to check the condition on that one.)Columnist Beware! Me after my next artnet column if I’m not careful…. Photo illustration courtesy of Kenny Schachter.And now, as the three little pigs—just kidding… they are far from little, and I love and respect them all—jostle to represent Singer after the artist recently left her primary dealer Gavin Brown (who just had one of his top salesman poached by Zwirner to boot), Larry has repeatedly shown up to her studio unannounced, while David has relentlessly courted her and Ivan has tried to trump (take that as you may) them all by sending her a private jet. I don’t even get a subway token to Sotheby’s. Speaking of which, let’s see how they fare in the fall when Avery finally makes up her mind.Adam Chinn, the former Sotheby’s chief operating officer who was made redundant and assumed a position with the Mugrabis (yikes, can’t see that lasting too long), was recently called upon to lend his counsel to subsequent, unnamed bidders who may or may not appear on the horizon to out-do Patrick Drahi’s accepted offer of $57 per share, which amounted to a 61 percent premium over the stock’s closing price on June 14 before he appeared from Mars. Why any buyer would go higher is beyond me—I’d rather have a Twombly or three, and as many grand houses to hang them in. (Heck, I’d even pay taxes on the paintings.) If there’s a person that knows what the organizational innards look like at Sotheby’s, it’s Adam.When I bumped into Amy Cappellazzo the other day, she was positively beaming, glowing even—not due to seeing me, most assuredly, but rather to her prescient purchase of a large lump of Sotheby’s stock when she came onboard to chair the fine-art division in January 2016.Did you hear the one about a high-profile international advisor who claimed she was buying art for Mexican collector Eugenio López, when in fact it was for her own account to personally flip? It didn’t go as planned, however, when she got caught and blacklisted from the major gallery. Meanwhile, another advisor reneged on a purchase with me, and I swore to never deal (or speak) with him again. Until, that is, he dropped off a fab pink Mary Heilmann limited-edition chair as a housewarming gift for my new Upper East Side home (cheaper than Williamsburg, mind you). It doesn’t take much to warm the cockles of my heart. It’s all in a day’s art-dealing.This tidbit is neither here nor there and may or may not be true, so let’s make it a blind-ish item, as they say: a reliable artist (they exist) told me that a notoriously capricious gallerist disposed of the entire archive (in flames) after a heavyweight painter he represented for decades got Gagosian-ed—take it for what it’s worth.Hey, mom, look what I found in the attic! Co-starring Tilda Swinton (of course) and 21 Savage. What’s next? Photo illustration courtesy of Kenny Schachter.First there was the Leonardo da Vinci rediscovery, then the Caravaggio unearthing, and now a work said to be by Velázquez sold at Sotheby’s in London. What’s next, god only knows. All I found in my attic were a pair of old sneakers and some polyester track pants. Tom Hill bought the Caravaggio for what I can report was around €30 million, the lowest starting point that was expected for bidding before the work was pulled from auction by Marc Labarbe, auctioneer and head of the eponymous house in Toulouse, France. The reason it was sold privately instead, as I was told by a highly placed Old Masters dealer? A lack of interest by other parties, and the desire on the part of Hill to avoid public disclosure of the lower-than-expected price he was able to snap up the work for. You wonder why a lot of people hate me?I wanna get in on the action—here’s some artnet merch! Get it while you can. Photo illustration courtesy of Kenny Schachter.Products are the new paint (no more Louis Vuitton artist-designed bags, please!), whereas money was yesterday’s medium (think diamond skulls) for those with the cash. But all the bed, bath, and beyond in the world won’t bring back certain unnamed artists’ markets. What differentiates this phenomenon from years past is that some of the “emerging” artists currently whoring themselves—er, engaging with the marketplace—have yet to even truly emerge with their art, and are still getting sucked in to the fray. Enough.My best client. “Hi Scam, how’s it going? Are there any deals we can do today?” Image courtesy of Kenny Schachter.Every time a particular collector I know phones me, the number comes up on the screen as “Scam Likely.” Funny, Scam’s one of the richest people I know. When another friend (I actually have a few) recently attended a party, a collector waltzed up to her and said, “Did you go to the auctions last week? We bought the Monet.” To which she replied, without missing a beat, “We bought the Modigliani.” I helped to auction some minor family art and we were barraged with last-minute guarantee offers. The lesson: you only get offered guarantees when you don’t need them (for there is ample demand), instead of when you’re in a corner.In the year 2000 I wrote an article for a German magazine analyzing the auction-house day sales, and the conclusion was that you shouldn’t sell work at Phillips that could be accepted for consignment at either Sotheby’s or Christie’s. Guess what? Absolutely nothing has changed since. Sotheby’s sold a Jeff Koons ballerina edition last month for $162,000 and last week Phillips sold another iteration from the same series (of 25) for less than $80,000—and right after Koons had his auction high of $91 million in May, no less. Keep up the good work. Maybe if Phillips had an apostrophe in their name like everyone else people would take them more seriously. They do have the best, easiest-to-use website, I’ll hand them that—and Christie’s has the worst, in terms of convenience of use and upfront information.Phillips complains (and then complains more) about my treatment of them in my column—call me a repeat offender—but they regularly mess up, and I’m being generous. Phillips’s principals were offered substantially more for a Rudolf Stingel portrait and a Basquiat, both of which they owned, but rejected the higher offers before the sales in the way only Phillips can.That said, there were a handful of publicly noted losses from stuff chucked back into auction after only recently being acquired, like John Sayegh-Belchatowski’s Stingel at Sotheby’s, which he had bought in Hong Kong for a lot more than it re-re-sold for. Art is a slow-burning process, and the days of quick flips are for the most part over, other than for the anointed few. Desperation is never a good look in the market—dealers smell the blood. The lucky and smart can still make money selling (and Sayegh-Belchatowski is usually one of them), but wealth is generated by holding onto good art, and, in that regard, nothing will change.Another day in New York: the ambulance needs an ambulance. But the art market was relatively unscathed, except for the marked correction in Rudolf Stingel, Christopher Wool, George Condo, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke—everyone except woman and artists of color. Photo courtesy of Kenny Schachter.Walking along Madison Avenue the other day, I encountered an ambulance that exploded right before my eyes before then becoming engulfed in flames—just as Ivanna Trump was casually strolling by with her lapdog in tow. You can’t invent reality, nor can you predict what the future will hold. But I will venture nonetheless: though the London sales were rocky, the fall in New York will suffer no causalities (neither did the ambulance crew) and end up as strong as ever. No other sales attract better works, other than the spring season in New York. But the takeaway from London was to take stock, along with a healthy dose of realism.Follow artnet News on Facebook: Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more