Kolkata: The teleconference between the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) regarding the former’s security concerns about playing the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group 1 tie against Pakistan in Islamabad next month has been cancelled, tennis icon Mahesh Bhupathi said. The all-important meeting, which was postponed to Tuesday from Monday and was supposed to start from 7 pm, has now been called off. “It was cancelled. I just heard from AITA,” India’s non-playing captain Bhupathi said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAsked if there has been a next date allocated, he said: “Nope”. Bhupathi was to be part of the conference call which would further decide on the next course of action as to whether the much-talked about tie will be shifted to another venue or not. India were all set to go to Pakistan before relations between the two countries deteriorated further in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The scrapping has turned the state into two Union Territories — Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Pakistan’s diplomatic ties with India took a beating post the turn of events. ITF has previously turned down India’s security concerns to finally settle for a discussion on the matter.
The Canadian PressBISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington will consider a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to order the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission for developer Energy Transfer Partners to lay pipe under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.The stretch under the Missouri River reservoir is the last piece of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline that’s to move oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.The tribes argue that the mere existence of an oil pipeline under the reservoir that provides water to the neighbouring reservations violates their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water.“The granting of the easement and resulting construction activity violates the tribe’s and its members’ constitutional rights, and will result in immediate and irreparable harm to the tribe and its members before this court will be able to rule on the merits of this claim,” tribal attorney Nicole Ducheneaux said in court documents.When they filed the lawsuit last summer, the tribes argued that the pipeline threatens Native American cultural sites and their water supply. Their religion argument is new, however, and both the Corps and Energy Transfer Partners argue that the delay in raising it is a reason for Boasberg to reject the argument.Company attorney William Scherman also said the tribes’ claim is suspect based on other man-made infrastructure under the lake, and that the company respects the tribe’s religious beliefs but has no legal duty to make concessions for them.Corps attorney Erica Zilioli said the government’s permission for the company to lay pipe under the lake “does not substantially burden the exercise of the tribe’s religious beliefs.”Earlier this month, Boasberg declined the tribes’ request to order an immediate halt to the pipeline construction, ruling that as long as oil wasn’t flowing through the pipeline, there was no imminent harm to the tribes.In a court filing Friday, Ducheneaux argued the claim is “about the religious harm arising from the mere siting of this pipeline under the tribe’s sacred waters.”Boasberg’s decision on the matter won’t be the end of the court battle. Both tribes have asked him to overturn the federal permission for the Lake Oahe crossing and to bar the Corps from granting permission in the future. The judge won’t rule until at least April.Hundreds and sometimes thousands of pipeline opponents who sided with tribal opposition to the pipeline camped on federal land near the drill site for months, often clashing with police.There have been about 750 arrests in the region since August. Authorities last week closed the camp in advance of spring flooding season and set up roadblocks to prevent protesters from returning.Work under Lake Oahe had been held up in the courts until President Donald Trump last month instructed the Corps to advance construction.The Army is involved because its engineering branch manages the river and its system of hydroelectric dams, which is owned by the federal government.Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began drilling under the lake Feb. 8. The pipeline could be operating as early as Monday and no later than early April, according to Scherman.firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says it has reached a tentative settlement with Katanga Mining Ltd. on allegations that the company violated securities rules by not properly disclosing public-sector corruption risks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The regulator has accused the company, a subsidiary of Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, and several members of its leadership of materially misleading financial disclosures that are contrary to the public interest by failing to disclose the risks.The OSC says it will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether the proposed settlement is in the public interest. The details of the agreement are not being released until the hearing.Katanga Mining issued a statement giving notice of the hearing while saying it would not comment further on the case until the hearing is done.The OSC’s statement of allegations, which have not been challenged in court, also names Aristotelis Mistakidis, Tim Henderson, Liam Gallagher, Jeffrey Best, Johnny Blizzard, Jacques Lubbe, and Matthew Colwill, who either were or are employees at Katanga.The regulator alleges that the company failed in its annual information form to adequately describe the heightened risk associated with potential public sector corruption in the country and in relying on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler.The Canadian Press
The Galle Magistrate today lifted the travel ban imposed on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in relation to the Avant-Garde Security company case.The Magistrate had imposed the travel ban after investigations had been launched over allegations involving Rajapaksa and a floating armoury registered with Avant-Garde. (Colombo Gazette)
DETROIT — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Ford’s credit rating to junk status.The service says it expects weak earnings and cash generation as Ford pursues a costly and lengthy restructuring plan.The rating for Ford’s senior unsecured notes and its corporate family dropped to Ba1, the top rating for debt that’s not investment grade. It had been Baa3, the lowest investment grade rating.Moody’s says it expects Ford’s restructuring to extend for several years with $11 billion in charges and a $7 billion cash cost.It says in a statement that Ford now must address operational problems as demand for vehicles is softening in major markets.Messages were left late Monday seeking comment from Ford.The Associated Press
“This year, West Africans have put down their arms in Liberia and in Côte d’Ivoire, liberating millions of children from conflict,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy told a summit meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, Ghana. “Now children urgently need the same vision and decisiveness from their leaders to stop polio, before the disease spreads out of control in the region,” Ms. Bellamy added. With Nigeria and Niger accounting for almost half the world’s total caseload, she presented a four-point plan to stop transmission in West Africa by the end of 2004 by eliminating the virus in the remaining reservoirs in those two countries, providing every child with the polio vaccine, strengthening national routine immunization, and developing rapid-response plans to manage imported viruses.Nigeria is at the root of the recent polio surge. With more cases than any other nation, Africa’s most populous country has been identified as the source of polio in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Togo, costing the world over $20 million to respond to the problem this year alone. Much of this price could have been avoided by improving countries’ routine immunization services to protect children against polio and a whole host of other childhood diseases, Ms. Bellamy said. “Too many children in West Africa are absolutely defenceless against preventable childhood disease, creating the perfect conditions for epidemics,” she added. “With polio in Nigeria on the rise and spreading, West African nations have to make routine immunization the backbone of their national polio defence.”
The OSU men’s basketball team huddles up during the pregame of a Dec. 30 game against Iowa at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-65. Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe start of the conference schedule is usually when the season’s most important business begins — a string of unfamiliar teams replaced by old rivals.But for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, the change in competition wasn’t a welcome one. The beginning of the Big Ten season got off to a losing start as the No. 20 Buckeyes fell at home to Iowa by a score of 71-65.The Hawkeyes (10-4, 1-0) were on top of things from the tip, going on an early 8-0 run before eventually leading 17-5 less than four minutes into the game.Meanwhile, the Buckeyes (11-3, 0-1) put Iowa on the free throw line twice in the opening minutes. OSU wouldn’t get a chance at the free throw line until there was just over six minutes to play in the opening half.Matta said his team practiced hard the day before, but they didn’t seem to bring the same type of play to the court on Tuesday.“They stunned us early by pushing the ball up the floor, and that led to 17 points in the first four minutes. We were in a hole that we were fighting the entire game,” Matta said. “For whatever reason, we didn’t have the energy or the juice we needed.”OSU senior forward Sam Thompson said the way Iowa opened the game was down to the Buckeyes’ poor execution on the other side of the ball.“We let them dictate what they wanted to do,” Thompson said. “We always pride ourselves on defense and we didn’t have the type of activity and communication that we needed to early in the game to really impose our will on the game.”After the quick start, Iowa continued to keep OSU at bay with a high shooting percentage from the field. The Hawkeyes made six of their first seven shots.At the other end, the Buckeyes missed four straight attempts until redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams entered the game at the 16:02 mark and immediately made an impact with the team’s first three-pointer. Williams followed that play with a steal and an assist to Big Ten Freshman of the Week, guard D’Angelo Russell, but sophomore guard Peter Jok put home an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession to respond for the Hawkeyes.Second-chance points were a theme for Iowa, as they had nine in the first half to OSU’s two. Those putbacks came off eight offensive rebounds, five more than the Buckeyes had in the same span.Thompson said Iowa’s performance on its offensive glass also had a trickle-down effect on OSU’s offensive output. The Buckeyes entered Tuesday’s game tied for first in the Big Ten in three-point percentage at 42 percent, but the Hawkeyes held them to only 25 percent.“(Iowa) rebounded the ball, they scored the ball. It’s hard to get out in transition, it’s hard to get our rhythm, it’s hard to get the threes that we’ve been getting all season when we’re taking the ball out of bounds, when we’re setting up after a dead ball,” Thompson said. “We gotta do a better job of defending and rebounding, and allow that to translate into our offense.”Iowa’s junior forward Jarrod Uthoff led all first-half scorers with 12 points while Thompson led the Buckeyes with seven. Russell and Kam Williams were the only Buckeyes with more than one assist in the opening 20 minutes.OSU sophomore forward Marc Loving shot just one of three from the field in the first half, and said Iowa’s defensive play made things difficult for him and his teammates.“You gotta give credit to Iowa. They played very hard, they created a lot of turnovers and we were stagnant in the first half,” he said.Thompson started the second half with a floater for the Buckeyes, and the home team had seven of the half’s first nine points. Iowa, however, continued to be the superior team on the glass, and they held a 12-point lead a little over halfway through the period.The senior also completed a three-point play with 7:51 left in the game to cut the Iowa lead to seven. Over two minutes later Loving hit his second three-pointer to pull the Buckeyes to within six.Russell, who was on the floor with four fouls, hit a three-pointer with 3:25 to go to cut the Iowa lead to three. The Hawkeyes come straight back with five points of their own to push the margin back to eight, before another Thompson three-point play put the Buckeyes down five.The Buckeyes were led by Thompson with 17 points on six for 11 shooting.Uthoff and senior forward Aaron White both had 18 points to lead the Hawkeyes who defeated the Buckeyes in Columbus for the second straight year. White led all players in rebounds with nine, while Loving led the Buckeyes in that department with six.The deficit was still five with under a minute left as OSU forced Iowa into a shot-clock violation. The Buckeyes then missed their next three shots, including a jumper by Russell that effectively ended their chances at a comeback.Matta said his team will have to look at the film and try to pinpoint why mistakes were made in the zone defense scheme.“We can’t make the mistakes we made defensively. It was mind-boggling the things we did in the zone that we haven’t done all year, and you’re saying ‘Why now? Why would you guard it that way when we’ve never practiced it that way?’ And that’s a concentration, that’s a focus,” Matta said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the floor on Saturday as they host Illinois. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
← Previous Story Youth WCh 2016 golden team: Russian revenge on Denmark in Bratislava Next Story → Staffan Olsson about new rules: Handball becomes boring! Only four days before the official opening of the Olympic Games in Rio, Handball-Planet.com presents the list of the biggest female handball stars which global sports community won’t be able to see in Brazil. Unfrortunately, the national teams of some most remarkable handball names weren’t good enough to qualify for the Olympics.Here you can see the Men’s list, and here are the girls:Anita Gorbicz (Hungary)Andrea Lekic (Serbia)Clara Woltering (Germany)Dragana Cvijic (Serbia)Maria Fisker (Denmark)Jelena Grubisic (Croatia)Zsuszanna Tomori (Hungary)Andrea Penezic (Croatia)Karolina Kudlacz Gloc (Poland)Susann Muller (Germany)PHOTO: Jan Christensen, denmark 2015 Handball Rio 2016
Hang on, you mean to tell me that you’ve been throwing out your fruit peels all of time? Oh man, you’re missing out on an amazing world of art. Thankfully, Japanese author Yoshihiro Okada has managed to unlock the magic of creative fruit skin removal in her book New Ways of Peeling a Tangerine.You can pick the title up for ￥ 1,050, over at Amazon Japan. Judging from the preview, the process should be pretty easy to figure out, even if you don’t speak the language. Once you’ve mastered the art of tangerine peeling, you’ll be able to make horses, birds, and more.Check out video of a rabbit being peeled, after the jump.
Celebrating the 29th Sister City partnership between Melbourne and Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki Association together with Fronditha Care held ‘A Tavern Night Event’ with music last Saturday. All proceeds from the event, including the contribution from the board member Meli Gkigki – all together $11,100 – will be going to Fronditha Care reconstruction of Clayton facility. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Apple s’apprête à lancer la production du MacBook Pro 15 pouces Apple devrait livrer dans les semaines à venir sa nouvelle gamme de MacBook Pro. La firme à la pomme serait sur le point de lancer la production de la version 15 pouces du portable, avant celle du 13 pouces.Les nouveaux MacBook Pro devraient être disponibles avant l’été. Si l’on en croit en effet le site DigiTimes, les fournisseurs d’Apple lanceront la production du modèle 15 pouces dans les jours à venir. La firme à la pomme aurait commandé 200.000 exemplaires en vue d’une commercialisation dès le mois de mai. Le MacBook Pro 13 pouces pourrait quant à lui être livré en juin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Nous savons encore peu de choses sur ces nouveaux portables, si ce n’est qu’ils devraient tous les deux être équipés des nouveaux processeurs Intel Ivy Bridge tels que le Core i7-3720QM et le Core i7-3820QM. En matière d’esthétique, la rumeur évoque un design proche de celui du MacBook Air, misant sur la finesse et la légèreté.Une version 17 pouces serait également au programme, mais ce modèle devrait conserver les mêmes mensurations que le précédent. Toutefois aucune information n’a été officiellement confirmée par Apple, qui comme toujours met un point d’honneur à laisser planer le mystère…Le 5 avril 2012 à 09:00 • Maxime Lambert
Ramen is delicious, but when it’s time to let it all out, it’s a less than glamorous affair. That’s why there are actually bathrooms in Japan dedicated to making your time in the potty a little more comfortable, even if the feelings in your body aren’t as great as the ramen was.There’s one ramen restaurant in Japan in particular, and that’s Ichiran. It’s a wildly popular restaurant that once had an enormous line for around 250 hours, which is absolutely insane. But what’s also insane is the number of toilet paper rolls the restaurant keeps in its bathrooms, which are totally meant for people to go poop in after a huge, greasy meal of ramen and meat.トイレで大爆笑してる pic.twitter.com/33ukqdv0pg— あいだま (@aidama_0324) June 27, 2017There’s a ton of toilet paper to ensure people can wipe thoroughly after doing the deed (after chowing down on ramen), with multiple toilet paper holders to be seen around the bathroom. Ichiran’s employees are supposed to check on the toilet paper supply every hour or so, and is to replace them when the rolls run out with a brand new one. That’s awfully courteous of them, especially since post-ramen bathroom visits can get super gnarly.Imagine that if most restaurant bathrooms had this sort of policy or even bothered to look at the bathrooms more than once a day. That’d make for a lot happier public bathroom visits, that’s for sure.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Gardens Police are asking for the public’s help locating a missing teen who ran away from home.According to officials, Tierica Brennen was last seen Saturday morning wearing a green hoodie, blue jeans and white sandals. She is also said to have been carrying a gray backpack.If you have any information of Brennen’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-6473.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Still from footage taken by a helicopter of a gas leak in Cook Inlet, obtained by the environmental group Cook Inletkeeper. (Image courtesy Cook Inletkeeper)Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March.Listen nowThat’s according to a letter the Houston-based oil-and-gas company sent Feb. 20 to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.Alaska’s Energy Desk obtained the letter through a public records request.“We all agreed that we would prefer to be able to either immediately repair the Pipeline, or, if unable to make repairs, to shut in the Pipeline if there were no adverse impacts of taking that action,” Hilcorp wrote. “Neither is possible at this time.”Hilcorp added, “broken ice, exacerbated by high tidal flows and limited daylight” make it too dangerous to send divers to fix the leak at this time.It’s estimated the fuel line is leaking at a rate of 210,000 to 310,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day.The company also gave several reasons why it can’t simply shut off the gas.Hilcorp said the fuel line used to carry crude oil, and shutting off the line could lead to an “unknown quantity” of oil escaping the line. The company added the fuel line powers its platforms, and shutting it off could endanger workers.The letter was addressed to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Geoff Merrell, who is leading the state’s response to the leak. He couldn’t say when the leak can be fixed, either.“The bottom line is the pipeline will be repaired when it’s safe to repair the pipeline,” Merrell said. “When that is, nobody knows.”The line in question leaked twice before in 2014, when it was owned by a different company, according to Merrell. But those leaks happened in the summer, and repairs were made within a few days.Merrell said safety concerns about fixing the leak in winter are legitimate, recalling a January 2009 incident in Cook Inlet when sea ice pushed a supply boat into an oil platform and sank.But the letter also shows Hilcorp disputing the department’s assessment of the environmental risks associated with the leak.For example, Hilcorp challenges the agency’s evidence that methane can harm aquatic species.“Hilcorp has their opinion and their position, which is fine, they’re entitled to that,” Merrell said. “The department has access to environmental and science experts who are arriving at a position that is different than that of Hilcorp’s, and that’s fine too.”Cook Inlet is home to a population of beluga whales, which are listed as endangered.Hilcorp wrote in its letter to the state that the whales are likely to steer clear of the gas bubble stream coming from the leak. The company added, “belugas tend to avoid ice-covered areas.”The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the opposite in a Feb. 24 letter it sent to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the federal agency overseeing the incident.“Cook Inlet belugas have shown a preference for ice cover,” the agency wrote in the letter.NOAA added that the leak is taking place within preferred Cook Inlet beluga winter foraging areas.In an emailed statement, Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson said the company is working with environmental consultants, who concluded “the potential impact to marine life is minimal.”Nelson added the company is working closely with government agencies to respond to the incident.The long time frame for fixing the leak is drawing criticism from local environmental groups.“Basically Hilcorp is saying ‘we cannot respond to an event in Cook Inlet in the winter,’” Bob Shavelson said. Shavelson is the advocacy director for Homer-based Cook Inletkeeper. “Our response to that is, ‘if you can’t address an event whether it’s a gas spill or an oil spill in Alaska in the winter, then you should go back to Texas, because you don’t have a right to do business here.’”Earlier this month, Cook Inletkeeper announced it intends to sue Hilcorp over the leak, claiming it is violating of the federal Clean Water Act
Sitka Sound Science Center Aquaculture Director Angie Bowers explains operations in the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery’s egg room Sept. 14, 2017. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A strong chum salmon run is helping pay for upgrades to a Sitka hatchery. Returns are also good at a much larger aquaculture operation not far away.Listen nowAngie Bowers walks toward a concrete-and-metal channel next to the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery.“These are our adult spawning raceways. So the returning salmon come up here and this is where we’re able to crowd them up and harvest them and either take their eggs or often times, if they’re not ready, we’ll put them back in that far raceway for another day,” Bowers said.Bowers oversees the hatchery as aquaculture director for the Sitka Sound Science Center, where it’s located.It raises pinks and cohos, as well as chums, and is part of the center’s hatchery training program.Bowers said this year’s run was better than expected, but it wasn’t a big surprise. The hatchery tripled its chum release to about three million, four years ago. And the species has its strongest returns in its fourth year.“It wasn’t a great return, but they’re a lot more valuable than the pinks that we’ve harvested in the past. So it was a good boost for our cost recovery,” Bowers said.The hatchery brought in around 16,000 chums this year, from the raceway or a recovery seine fishery. It’s a small number compared to larger hatcheries and commercial harvests.But it made 10 percent more than its $100,000 recovery goal. And that’s enough to move forward with an important addition to its egg room.“These are all our chum incubators, so each box has about 180,000 eggs in it right now. And eventually, probably in about three weeks, we’ll pull all those out and we pick all the dead out and then they get reseeded back into the boxes,” Bowers said.The addition is pretty simple. It’s a sump, a concrete-lined hole in the floor that will collect and reuse the egg room’s water.That might not sound like a big deal. But Bowers said it’s important, since the operation gets its fresh water from a variable source.“In the past they’ve had a lot of mortality in incubation because of the high silt load in Indian River. And so having the ability to put those eggs on full re-circulation whenever we see a storm coming, or eventually, when there’s low water in the river and we can use conservation measures for the wild fish that are there,” Bowers said.The science center’s hatchery is not the only place seeing strong runs.“Chum salmon returns were very good throughout the whole state. This is close to a record year for chum returns,” Steve Reifenstuhl, general manager of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, said.The Sitka-based non-profit group runs large, multi-species hatcheries that release fish around the region.Reifenstuhl’s operation has had mixed chum returns this year, depending on the site. But generally, it’s been good.“We are seeing a bit of optimism this year. It’s been several years since I’ve felt this sunny at the end of the season. And I think there’s some good things to come in the next few years for the fishery,” Reifenstuhl said.Reifenstuhl said there’s been no problems with cost-recovery fisheries. And some commercial openings have brought in more chums than usual.
New Delhi: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) official in Budgam who had issued a controversial letter about “deteriorating situation” in Jammu and Kashmir has been transferred, sources said on Monday. In the letter, RPF Assistant Security Commissioner (Budgam) Sudesh Nugyal asked employees to stock ration for at least four months, store drinking water for seven days and fill vehicles fully to deal with the issue of law and order for a long period as there is a “forecast of deteriorating situation” in Kashmir. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us “The officer who had issued the order has been transferred,” a source close to the developments told PTI. The letter created a flutter and was shared widely on social media, including by former chief minister Omar Abdullah who questioned the motive behind such a missive. The railways, however, clarified that the communication had no basis and the official had no authority to issue it.
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting more information about the next installment of Kingdom Hearts, Disney put together a little teaser from the D23 Expo in Japan that will hopefully keep you excited until we get some real information about the game.News that a new Kingdom Hearts was finally coming to consoles drove the hardcore fans of the franchise into a frenzy, but since that announcement there’s been no real information about the game itself. The guys at Square Enix have mastered the art of teasing with no expectation of delivery, but it looks like their last video was built specifically to make sure fans know that the game plans to stick as close to the original gameplay style as possible, despite how much time has passed.In the video you see Sora in the middle of several combat sequences. The first looks like an HD remake of the original as fas as the combat system goes. You see the soft focus targeting system with the combat menu on the left and the team layout on the right. The only people you see in your team during this video are Donald and Goofy, and there’s not a single pixel that leads you to believe dual wielding keyblades are making a comeback.The final scene takes you to a huge combat sequence with one of the Titans from Hercules, only instead of fighting the monster from the ground like you would in previous big boss fights you’ve taken to the sky for a more interactive combat sequence. It’s not clear if you’re the one driving the giant glowing train, but you are certainly fighting in a new environment.Despite there being no actual release date for Kingdom Hearts 3, many retailers have already opened up pre-orders for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. This game is expected to be the conclusion of the story arcs that were created in the first game, but is not expected to be the final game in the franchise. We’ve still got a long wait ahead of us, but at least it looks like this new Kingdom Hearts is headed in the right direction.
Thousands of Costa Rican students begin their mid-year break this weekend, and for that reason the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) and the Traffic Police will suspend the vehicle restriction for the next two weeks.Between July 3 – 14, motorists will not have to comply with the restriction that prohibits vehicles from entering downtown San José on one weekday, according to the last digit of their license plate number.Many workers take time off from work to enjoy with their families during these days, so vehicle traffic in Costa Rica’s capital decreases significantly. The vehicle restriction will restart on Monday, July 17.Road surveillanceTraffic Police Director Mario Calderón said in a news release that the measure will allow Traffic Police officers who regularly monitor the capital roads to be assigned to highways that lead to popular tourist destinations outside the Central Valley.Calderón said the police will maintain roadway checkpoints throughout the country for surveillance efforts. Officers will be using radars to detect speeding drivers, currently the leading cause of death on Costa Rican roads.According to official records, a total of 61 people died in accidents related to speeding between Jan 1 and May 31. Officers in the same period fined 106 motorists for exceeding the speed of 120 kilometers per hour, Calderón said.Police will also be conducting random breath tests on drivers for drugs and alcohol. “Cases of driving under the influence usually spike during the holidays,” he said.According to MOPT’s Traffic Department, 13 people died in accidents related to driving under the influence during the first five months of this year. A total of 934 motorists faced a Traffic Court for drinking and driving.Furthermore, 99 drivers were fined ₡306,850 ($530) and lost all the points on their driving permits for various Traffic Law violations. That means they must attend driving school in order to renew their permits.The Traffic Police recorded 3,365 accidents during mid-year vacations in 2016. Twelve people died at the site, another 547 were injured and officers issued a total of 10,491 tickets. Facebook Comments Related posts:First showers of the rainy season cause spike in traffic jams, accidents President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deaths No vehicle restriction in San José during Easter Holy Week
VIDEO: Will Costa Rica recognize this same-sex marriage? Among the speakers who addressed the importance of Pride Connection, especially the launching of its online platform www.integra-rse.com, were Sergio Montealegre, program development manager from NGO Hivos; Marianela Núñez, associate dean of academic affairs at ULACIT; Trey Pettibone, Director of Procter & Gamble in Costa Rica; and former Costa Rican Vice President Ana Helena Chacón. Sergio Montealegre, Program Development Manager at NGO Hivos. Courtesy of TactikThe event also featured panel discussion with activists Nathan Romero, Michelle Jones, Manuel Abarca, Keyra Martínez, and Emma Chacón. Inter-American Court endorses same-sex marriage; Costa Rica reacts Facebook Comments As Costa Ricacontinues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round of its recent presidential campaign, a new initiative seeks to ensure that human rights are protected.Pride Connection is an alliance between the public and private sectors to provide people with online training regarding the LGBTQ population and the topics that affect it. The platform also seeks to promote strategies for LGBTQ rights advocacy.The initiative’s official launch took place on May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, with representatives from public and private entities alongside activists. The group gathered at the Gold Museum in downtown San José. Former vice president Ana Helena Chacón. Courtesy of TactikThe activity was organized by the Entrepreneurial Alliance for Development (AED), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Embassies of the Netherlands and of Canada, the National Training Institute (INA), Costa Rica’s Civil Service, the NGO Hivos, Procter & Gamble and the Latin American University for Science and Technology (ULACIT). Related posts:Gay wedding planned in Costa Rica following court ruling for marriage equality Gay marriage postponed in Costa Rica due to legal impediment VIDEO: Will Costa Rica recognize this same-sex marriage? Inside Costa Rica’s Pride