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Elsipogtog battling corruption

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq First Nation is hoping there’s a move to end years of corruption and nepotism.A former Elsipogtog band councillor has triggered the latest debate around corruption after he posted financial information on Facebook.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img


Father of girl attacked in viral Facebook video says stop sharing violent

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsIf you have scrolled through social media you may have seen a video posted of an assault taking place.Some get millions of views and hundreds of shares.So what can and should be done about them?*Warning, this video contains graphic content*last_img


Twitter adds way to report votertricking tweets

first_imgSan Francisco: Twitter on Wednesday began making it easier to report tweets aimed at interfering with people voting, starting first in Europe and India. An option to report Twitter messages as being misleading about voting was being added to the one-to-many messaging service’s app in India and Europe, with a promise it would be expanded globally through the year. “Any attempts to undermine the process of registering to vote or engaging in the electoral process is contrary to our company’s core values,” the Twitter safety team said in an online post. “We are further expanding our enforcement capabilities in this area by creating a dedicated reporting feature within the product to allow users to more easily report this content to us.” Twitter teams entrusted to review reported content have been trained as part of an enhanced appeals process in the event tweet removal decisions are challenged, according to the San Francisco-based company.last_img read more


Prince Harry and Pregnant Meghan Markle to Visit Morocco in February

Rabat – It is official: the UK’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Morocco on February 23.Kensington Palace, the couple’s residence, tweeted today that the duke and duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco from February 23 to February 25.Prince Harry is Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson and the sixth in line to the British throne. The tweet added that the visit is at the request of “Her Majesty’s Government” and the “full details of the visit will be announced in due course.”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco from Saturday 23rd February to Monday 25th February 2019. This visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.Full details of the visit will be announced in due course. pic.twitter.com/zXAUIVhEdm— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 8, 2019Read Also: UK: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Officially WedMarkle, who will be nearly seven months pregnant at the time, told fans that she expects to give birth to their first baby in April.UK Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly also retweeted Kensington Palace’s post.The UK ambassador said that the purpose of the visit is to recognize the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries.Thanks. The visit is a recognition of the strong relationship between our two countries. It is a chance to enjoy #Morocco’s history and look to its future, focusing on the role of women, youth and #education in making that future @UKinMorocco https://t.co/tsrhPX2ShC— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) February 8, 2019Prince Harry and Markle said their vows in front of an audience of more than 600 guests at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 9, 2018.Several celebrities have come to Morocco to celebrate important days, including birthdays.In 2018, American superstar Madonna flew to Marrakech for her 60th birthday.The singer called herself a “BerberQueen” as she donned a Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) look at her birthday party. She shared several photos and videos of her time on social media. read more


Building permits up in May hits highest level in five years StatsCan

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2012 9:00 am MDT OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $7 billion worth of building permits in May, up 7.4 per cent from April and the highest level since May 2007.The jump followed a 4.4 per cent decline in April.The agency says the increase was largely due to higher construction intentions for institutional buildings in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and for multi-family dwellings in British Columbia.The value of residential building permits increased 8.5 per cent to $4.1 billion, following four consecutive monthly declines.Non-residential construction intentions rose six per cent to $2.9 billion after a seven per cent decline the previous month.The value of building permits increased in seven provinces in May, led by British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Building permits up in May; hits highest level in five years: StatsCan read more


Situation in Eritrea desperately bleak UN expert warns urging aid for fleeing

“The current human rights picture is desperately bleak. People feel trapped in a long hopeless situation as they see no end to it to the point that they take the irreversible decision to flee, forcing them on the road to exile,” the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, told journalists in New York.Earlier today, she had briefed the UN General Assembly’s main social, humanitarian and cultural body (Third Committee), which hears directly from special rapporteurs and other human rights mechanisms. In her briefing to the Committee, the first since she took up the post on 1 November 2012, Ms. Keetharuth described an alarming situation on the ground pieced from interviews with Eritreans residing outside the country who have been victims of abuse, as well as with representatives in Djibouti and Ethiopia where Ms. Keetharuth was able to have official visits. She detailed cases of extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, inhumane prison conditions, indefinite national service, and lack of freedom of expression and opinion, assembly, association, religious belief and movement.A full version of the report was submitted this past summer to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, which appointed Ms. Keetharuth to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.In particular, the Special Rapporteur highlighted the excessive militarization affecting the very fabric of Eritrean society and the family, with men and women conscripted for unlimited periods of time instead of the prior 18 months of service with the National Service. She told journalists about one teacher with whom she spoke who told her he wanted to put down the gun forced onto him, “I want to hold a pen in one hand and a book in the other.” Ms. Keetharuth also raised the issue of incommunicado detentions which “appears to be the norm and not the exception.” These and other human rights violations are “triggering a constant stream of refugees to neighbouring countries,” the independent expert said.According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 305,723 people last year fled Eritrea, with between 2,000 and 3,000 leaving the country every month, among them a large number of children unaccompanied by parents or guardians.“All Eritreans should be able to claim and enjoy their human rights, be it civil and political or economic, social and cultural,” she said. “This will require innovative ideas to address those issues perceived by Eritrea as hostile and constructive engagement with Eritrea and neighbouring countries to improve the situation of human rights in the country.” The desperation of the people in Eritrea, despite a shoot-to-kill policy targeting those attempting to flee, is further apparent in the two successive boat tragedies off the coasts of Italy and Malta earlier in October, during which more than 350 refugees lost their lives, including many Eritreans, she said. She called on the international community to focus on the human rights situation in Eritrea and increase efforts to protect refugees.The Special Rapporteur also reiterated her call on the Eritrean Government to cooperate with her mandate which offers a “frank and open dialogue” on the theme of human rights. read more


Ohio State baseball drops series opener to Indiana

The Ohio State baseball team didn’t help their chances of making the Big Ten tournament by blowing a seven-run lead and losing their opening game at Indiana, 10-8, Thursday. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to an 11-11 record against Big Ten opponents. The top-six teams in the Big Ten make the conference tournament. After the loss, OSU is tied for sixth in the conference standings The top-six teams qualify for the tournament. OSU got off to a hot start taking an 8-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring six runs and cutting OSU’s lead to 8-7. Indiana then took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning by scoring three more runs and securing the comeback victory. Sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel, sophomore infielder Brad Hallberg and senior outfielder David Corna each had three hits for the Buckeyes in the losing effort. Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Friday at 3:05 p.m. The Buckeyes are looking to pick up a win to secure their spot in the Big Ten tournament. read more


Nikolaj Jacobsen with an indirect Yes to RNL

Nikolaj Jacobsen can be speculated to be even closer to RNL’s bench next season, as Gudmundsson departs, making the headcoach role vacant still. The former Albrechtsen assistant, and current Aalborg headcoach said for Mannheimer Morgen that his final goal is Bundesliga, and Rhein-Neckar Loewen is an “interesting” club for him, adding more fuel to the fire already set. aalborgalbrechtesengudmundssonjacobsennikolaj jacobsen ← Previous Story Borja Fernandez – the first Spanish to become Qatari Next Story → Sergei Gorbok to join “Russian” colony in Vardar


Nurses warn of industrial action if government legislates for pay cuts

first_imgTHE PSYCHIATRIC NURSES Association has warned that it will ballot for industrial action if the government legislates for pay cuts in the public sector in the wake of the collapse of Croke Park II.Following a special session of its annual delegate conference in Galway this afternoon, the PNA also called on other public service unions “to match the threatening rhetoric of Government ministers to legislate for pay cuts by balloting for industrial action”.PNA General Secretary Des Kavanagh said of the mood among members: “[It] can be summed up as – ‘We don’t want a strike, we can’t afford a strike but we are now at the point where we cannot afford NOT to go on strike if these cuts are implemented by legislation’.”The government has not yet indicated how it intends to raise €300 million through public sector pay cuts in the wake of the proposed deal with unions – Croke Park II – being rejected by the majority of public sector workers earlier this week.Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has previously indicated that the government could legislate for an across the board 7 per cent pay cut in the public sector in order to achieve the savings which he has said are already budgeted for this year.The PNA is part of an alliance of public sector workers – The Frontline Alliance – which has claimed it was excluded from talks at the Labour Relations Commission in February at which a deal on public sector pay was thrashed out.Some unions in the alliance walked out of the talks before an agreement was reached by the government and the main unions in the country, most of whom ended up rejecting the deal in a ballot of members.With the government now facing a rethink of how to reach overall savings of €1 billion by 2015, Kavanagh said the “absence of key representatives of front line workers” led to the rejection of the deal by trade union members.He added: “Any  future talks on a successor to  Croke Park agreement  must embrace all trade unions and representative bodies, and must not just be a tweaking of this failed process but a complete review of all options to achieve the savings targeted by Government.”Earlier: Government ‘absolutely united’ behind Howlin in bid to save €300m: Kennylast_img read more


The History of Gaming summed up in 4 minute video

first_imgThere has been a lot written on the history of video games. Countless books have appeared usually full of illustrations and meant for coffee table status. This University video project is different, though.A group of students from Munich created the video you see above entitled “Game Design”. It’s shot mostly in a single-shot, but they did have a few breaks (and 45 takes). It aims to sum up the history of gaming in just four minutes by selecting choice games from 1958 through 2010.The group admit it isn’t perfect, but I doubt you could please everyone regardless of which, and how many games you chose to feature. Still, it’s not bad for a first attempt and the length is short enough for even those with no attention span to sit through.Here’s the games and versions that feature in the video:Tennis for Two, Oscilloscope, 1958Pacman, Arcade, 1980Donkey Kong, NES, 1986Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1991Street Fighter II. SNES, 1991Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 1996Final Fantasy VII, Sony PlayStation, 1997Need for Speed: Hot Pursiut 2, Sony PlayStation 2, 2002Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Dreamcast, 2000Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo Game Cube, 2001Wii Sports Golf, Nintendo Wii, 2006God of War III, Sony PlayStation 3, 2010Rock Band, XBox 360, 2008In the video description it is pointed out that Halo was meant to feature on the original Xbox. It didn’t because the friend who was meant to supply it couldn’t find their copy. Ecco the Dolphin was included to “show a flop in game history” which won’t sit well with Ecco fans.Read more at Florian Smolka’s Vimeo page, via Pocket-lintlast_img read more


Stardock will sell you a Windows 8 Start Menu for 5

first_imgThe launch of Windows 8 is fast approaching, and some high profile people in the tech industry don’t think it’s ready for launch. One of those people is Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini. But regardless of how ready or not Microsoft’s new operating system is, one thing it definitely won’t have is the well-known Start Menu.This has upset many Windows users. Why remove something that is so engrained in the way we are all used to using the Windows interface? Yes, Microsoft is trying to move with the times and change the interface to work with more devices and be touch friendly, but all that still works with a Start Menu in the bottom-left corner of the screen, right?PC software company Stardock, well-known for specializing in Windows apps and games such as WindowBlinds, WindowFX, and Sins of the Solar Empire, has decided enough people will want a Start Menu for Windows 8 that it was worth creating one. The result of that is a Windows 8 utility called Start8.As you can see from watching the video above, Start8 effectively re-enables the Start Menu and allows you to customize it to your tastes. It can look like the Windows 7 Start Menu, take on a Windows 8-style modern sliding form, launches Metro apps, and even allows you to boot directly into the Windows 8 desktop by default.If you want the classic Windows experience on Windows 8 then it looks as though Start8 might be the best attempt yet to offer it. And the cost of using it? $4.99. I suspect more than a few people will be willing to pay that as frustration grows with the lack of a Start Menu come October 26.You can try Start8 right now on a 30-day free trial and then get the final version once Windows 8 is released next month. Let us know how well you think it works.More at Stardocklast_img read more


Trump insists he doesnt know Putin or have any deals in Russia

first_img Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 5:30 PM Short URL 47 Comments 11,980 Views I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2017 If Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all around the world, major fight. That’s a good thing.Last December, US intelligence agencies said that they believed Russia conducted a hacking campaign during the US election, aiming to swing it in Trump’s favour by releasing certain documents.The question of Trump and Putin’s relationship has been a big one in the past few months, with Trump’s criticism of NATO and comments on Ukraine also leading people to think there are positive links against them.But with his latest tweet, Trump appears to be concerned that people might think the two men are close on a personal basis.- Additional reporting – © AFP, 2017Read: Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for ‘killer’ Putin> Share11 Tweet Email Trump insists he doesn’t know Putin – or have any deals in Russia The President of the United States made the comments on Twitter – where else? – today. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has moved to distance himself from Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying that he doesn’t know him.In a tweet today, he also said that he doesn’t have any deals with Russia: By Aoife Barry https://jrnl.ie/3227392 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 7th 2017, 5:30 PM Throughout the election campaign, Trump refused to criticise the Russian leader, saying better relations with the Kremlin would be in the US national interest.At the weekend, Trump drew fire from Republicans and Democrats after defending a softer stance on Russia, saying:“I do respect [Putin]. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.”He made the comments to Fox News during a Super Bowl interview on Sunday night.Mainstream Republicans have repeatedly called on Trump to distance himself from Putin. But this is the first public step he’s made in saying that he doesn’t have personal links to the Russian leader.Trump has also commented on the US working with Russia in fighting Islamic State, telling Fox:last_img read more


PortauPrince vue du ciel après le séisme découvrez les images

first_imgPort-au-Prince vue du ciel après le séisme, découvrez les imagesPort-au-Prince, Haïti – Après le séisme de magnitude 7,3 qui a frappé la capitale haïtienne mardi dernier, les dommages vus du ciel se révèlent plus qu’impressionnants.  Le palais présidentiel, la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Port-au-Prince ou le siège des Nations Unies ainsi que d’innombrables autres bâtiments ont été partiellement ou totalement détruits par le séisme du 12 janvier 2010. Les vues aériennes de la capitale, qui est aussi la ville la plus peuplée du pays, offrent un aperçu effrayant de l’ampleur des dégâts infligés par ce séisme. Voir les images aériennes de Port-au-Prince : https://www.maxisciences.com/ha%efti/des-images-aeriennes-de-port-au-prince-apres-le-seisme-du-12-janvier_art5347.htmlLe 15 janvier 2010 à 12:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Celebrate Geeky Dads Everywhere With These Nerdcentric Fathers Day Gifts

first_img For many of us, our first brush with geekdom began with our dear old dad. Maybe he showed you Star Wars when you were a kid. Or maybe he got you into comics by sharing some of his favorites with you when you were learning how to read. In any case, our dads are all superheroes, no matter their contributions to fandom.So this Father’s Day, why not give Dad something back with one of these awesome hand-picked gifts, courtesy of ThinkGeek? Whether your pops is a big Han Solo fan or loves huge foam sword replicas, there’s something he’ll absolutely giggle devilishly about here in this collection. The toughest thing about this collection of gifts for Father’s Day? Choosing which one you can give away without wanting to keep for yourself! Happy Father’s Day, to all the geeky dads out there!BatarangGo on, let your dad pretend he’s Batman for a little while. No one’s going to judge him, we swear. It’s not like we don’t do the same thing in our bedrooms from time to time. This is just a little better one than we typically use to play around with.Black Panther High Top SneakerHelp Dad out with a stylish way to show the world how much he loves Black Panther. These high tops are the perfect way to rep Wakanda and everything it stands for. Plus, they go with just about everything! Send a message with these awesome kicks, and keep Dad comfy and lookin’ fly.Zeus’ KnifeDad could always use a cool new knife to cut meat, or whatever needs cutting, right? Why not give him a tool from one of the Gods of Mt. Olympus himself? Yes, Zeus’ Knife is not only sharp, but it’s majestic and proud, just like Dad! Whether he’s cutting the tags off the new button-up he just bought or doing some fancy cooking, this all-purpose knife should serve him well.Star Wars: Solo Han Solo Faux Suede Replica JacketNever tell Dad the odds…that you’re buying him this awesome faux suede replica jacket, straight out of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Then he’ll start trying to figure out what he wants to wear it with, how best to pair it with other parts of his wardrobe, and all that other stuff. Just surprise him with it, and he’ll be feeling like the scruffiest nerf-herder in all the galaxy soon enough.Poké Ball Bluetooth SpeakerDad knows what Pokémon is, right? Odds are, he’s probably out playing Pokémon Go right now, even more than you do! Give him the gift of awesome tunes he can take anywhere he goes with this iconic Poké Ball speaker that he can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device.Overwatch Snapback CapDoes Dad have a favorite hero he loves to main? Maybe he’s just an Overwatch fan in general? It’s an unwritten rule that all dads love new hats, so give Dad this understated yet totally awesome cap so he can show off his love for Blizzard’s hero shooter — even if he mains Genji. Hey, like we said before, judgement-free zone!Light-Up Peg BoardIf Dad’s always finding himself forgetting things, this light-up pegboard isn’t such a bad idea, you know. You can write him fun messages or do some cool back-and-forth stuff, so Dad always knows he’s on your mind. It’s also great for slogans, like “Happy Father’s Day!” so you could use this pegboard in a cool way to share greetings for the holiday.Game of Thrones Longclaw Cosplay Foam SwordIf Dad can’t get enough of Game of Thrones, grab him this awesome replica sword so he can re-enact all the swordfights he wants in the comfort of his own home. Whether he’s House Baratheon, House Greyjoy, or House Targaryen, he’ll appreciate this massive sword and swinging it around — who wouldn’t?Star Wars Death Star Dome TentPlanning on going camping with Dad? Do it up in style and pretend you’re both hiding out in the Death Star, with this luxurious Death Star Dome Tent. It’s a bit pricey, but that’s how you know you’re about to have a quality backyard adventure. Just make sure you don’t try to steal it away from Dad because you realize just how awesome it actually is. Look at it. Are you sure you’re going to be able to part with it?Captain America Canvas BackpackWho can’t use a rugged backpack for carrying stuff around? Whether Dad’s heading out to work and needs a bag to stow his stuff in, or going to the gym to get into Cap shape, make sure he’s covered with this awesome knapsack. It’s understated yet patriotic, with a big ol’ shield on the front bottom pocket, just in case anyone wants to know who Dad’s favorite Avenger is. We all know the correct answer is Captain America, of course. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more


319 WWE Results Buffalo NY ReignsAmbrose team up

first_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter Videos Articles Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? WhatsApp Facebook 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 3/19 WWE Results: Buffalo, New York* AJ Styles def. Tyler Breeze.* Mark Henry def. The Ascension in a handicap match.* Darren Young, Damien Sandow & Fandango def. Heath Slater, Adam Rose & Stardust.* Luke Harper def. Zack Ryder.* WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Usos and The Dudley Boyz in a triple threat tag team match.* WWE Divas Champion Charlotte def. Natalya.* Chris Jericho def. Jack Swagger.* Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus & Wade Barrett.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Seth Rollins Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more


Rahul Gandhi greets nation on Independence Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day and raksha bandhan. Extending his Independence Day greetings, Rahul Gandhi used the words of Mahatma Gandhi and tweeted: “Complete independence will be complete only to the extent of our approach in practice to truth and non-violence — Mahatma Gandhi.” “My best wishes to all of you on this our 73rd Independence Day,” he wrote.last_img


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Virgin joins BA in criticizing long wait times at Heathrow

first_img Monday, August 13, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Virgin joins BA in criticizing long wait times at Heathrow LONDON – Virgin Atlantic has joined British Airways in criticizing long waiting times at passport control at Heathrow Airport, releasing figures showing that the Border Force hit its target for processing passengers from outside the European Economic Area on just one day in July.Virgin says passengers are “frustrated” as waits of more than two hours are becoming the norm. The Border Force target is to process 95 per cent of passengers within 45 minutes.Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye has called on the government to allow visitors from low-risk countries such as the United States and Canada to use the same electronic border gates that European Union citizens can access.The Home Office says delays were caused by a computer failure and the arrival of large numbers of vulnerable adults and children. Tags: British Airways, Heathrow Airport, Virgin Group By: The Associated Presslast_img read more


Study looks at Costa Ricas sex tourism industry

first_imgPhoto: Tico Times The study also reveals that most sexual tourists do not frequent museums or purchase artisanal goods, or contract tours. The industry does provide a significant economic boost for sites frequented in the company of sex workers, like thermal hot springs in the north, as well as other bars, restaurants and nightclubs.Many bars, aside from providing sex workers in plain sight for patrons and tourists, “provide free intermediary services between tourists and sex workers,” Mora said. At the Sportsman’s Lodge, in the quiet, upscale neighborhood of Barrio Otoya, it is not unfamiliar to see men contract services from the bar only to retire to a number of back rooms.Does this activity contribute to the illegal trafficking of women? Mora’s study did not focus primarily on this aspect, but he did mention that there was evidence to suggest the laissez faire environment provided by Costa Rican law could lead to cases of trafficking.On May 10, Judicial Investigation Police responded to various complaints by women working at San José club Atlantis, who accused employers of forcing them to offer sexual services to patrons. Three men were arrested on charges of human trafficking.The owner of the club, a U.S. man, was not in the country at the time of the raid, and Interpol has issued an alert for him.The women from Atlantis allegedly were hired as dancers, but forced into prostitution, according to the criminal complaint. The raid, in addition to finding Colombians, Dominicans and Russians, also turned up an assault rifle. Tatiana Vargas, a spokeswoman at the Prosecutor’s Office, said the investigation is ongoing.While the government of Costa Rica has made modest improvements to its law against human trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department, the country still does not comply with the minimum anti-trafficking standards.The office for Care and Protection of Victims of Crime (OAPVD) has begun to provide emergency services as well as basic and psychological health assistance to victims of trafficking. The opening of the OAPVD was a result of a law adopted in 2009 with the purpose of “receiving and assessing requests, and establishing necessary protection levels for witnesses and victims of crimes.”Although the unit for human trafficking and crimes against persons within the OIJ reported investigating 23 human trafficking cases, the numbers of those cases actually prosecuted has not been released, according to the U.S. State Department.However, despite the concerns of human rights groups and foreign governments of Costa Rica’s growing popularity as a sexual tourism destination, little is likely to change.As Mora’s study points out, and as he reiterated via email, the tourism industry in Costa Rica, and its hotels, bars and casinos, “are structured this way in downtown San José to be a center and agent of sexual tourism.” Facebook Comments When Eduardo Mora began his preliminary inquiries into the sex tourism industry in Costa Rica for the National University, he started by outlining five types of tourists who come to Costa Rica: outdoor or rustic tourists, working tourists, medical tourists, students and sex tourists. Concerning the latter, Interpol recently named Costa Rica the fastest-growing capital of sex tourism in Latin America. Mora believes there’s a reason.“The bars and casinos in San José were conceived by their founders and proprietors to work in symbiosis with prostitution,” Mora, author of a recent study on the industry, said. “It has been a successful symbiosis for San José.”At times, the categories overlap, particularly between sex tourists and working tourists. Since the explosion of tourism at the end of the 1980s in Costa Rica, hotels and other late-night establishments proliferated rapidly throughout the capital. More frequent international flights to Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside the capital, saw other Pacific-bound tourists layover in San José for a night.Sex tourists in downtown San José maintain a focus on particular establishments, which is different than most other types of tourists. The establishments are specially geared toward this type of tourism, concentrated in easily distinguishable locales and in discernible areas.“In these areas, there is more English spoken than Spanish, but without excluding nationals as clients, as now in the economic recession they too constitute a small part of the clientele,” Mora said.Between avenues 1 and 11, and between calles 3 and 15, a conurbation of approximately 10 hotels and 10 bars exist, with some 500 independent sex workers who earn a living from sex tourism. Prostitution is legal in Costa Rica.“This does not include the casinos,” Mora said, “because they do not depend solely on sex tourism.”These 500 independent sex workers never concurrently occupy the same locations. On a single night, some 200 sex workers may be inside the Hotel del Rey (the city’s most well-known sex tourism establishment and casino), and some 50 at Key Largo, across the street. Smaller establishments may have no more than five women at a time.According to the study, most sex tourists are North American middle-class men who pay first for sex and later frequent casinos. Clients arrive in downtown San José and stay for two or three nights. Generally, sex tourists undertake their activities at night, although some do so in the afternoon at specialized locations.“Interestingly,” Mora said, “the sexual tourism industry distributes its economic benefits widely.” The approximately 500 providers of sexual services earn up to $40,000 daily. In one day spent in downtown San José, the city sees some 400 sex tourists, with most providers charging $100 an hour.The Hotel del Rey, with its three internal bars and colonnaded lodging, “plays a major role as facilitator for sex tourism in San José,” Mora said. “Various other hotels and bars operate as satellites, and their businesses would be very different without this hotel. Sexual tourism would be unimaginable without the Del Rey, as the world would be unimaginable without the French Revolution,” Mora added.center_img Related posts:Report identifies Costa Rica sex tourism centers Brazilian Police release Tico accused of allegedly paying a minor for sex 5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director #Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourismlast_img read more


Costa Rica tuna decree seems to be working

first_imgRelated posts:Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree First sail on a fly Ticos take bronze in first international kayak tournament Fishing for freight trains Statistics are beginning to show what people on the water already knew: Fish stocks are improving in areas where tuna purse seine boats are prohibited.Purse seiner boats are large foreign vessels that fish Costa Rica waters with nets for yellowfin tuna. Often, their bycatch (incidental capture) is marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado, sharks, turtles and marine mammals.In 2014 the Federacion Costarricense de Pesca (FECOP) drafted a Tuna Decree — later passed by President Luis Guillermo Solís — that pushed tuna seiners out 45 miles from shore and protected other important areas for a total of 200,000 square kilometers of territorial waters. A 2018 FECOP study analyzed bycatch data from previous observer onboard records of the protected areas and discovered 25 tons of what would have been marlin bycatch were saved.Dr. Marina Marrari, a specialist in marine biology and satellite data who spent part of her career working with NASA analyzing marine conditions around the globe, has recently joined the FECOP team and is beginning an ambitious project in analyzing previous catch data from sport-fishing fleets.She has already received thousands of daily fish reports from Crocodile Bay, Marina Pez Vela, Los Sueños, Club Amateur de Pesca and several private charters. Some of the information goes back 20 years or more, but she welcomes as much as she can get. In science, the more data, the more accurate the results. Specializing in satellite data, she will also look at historic ocean conditions against catch records with a focus on historic El Niño and La Niña periods.The study is just beginning, with only data from the Southern Zone complete. Some very interesting things are starting to appear. For example, fishing for pelagic species is much better without purse seiners in the area. It takes a little time to recover, but with management, fish stocks can recover. Also, preliminary results show El Niño periods affect some species differently. When sailfish numbers are down after an El Niño, marlin numbers are up. Stocks of pelagic species on the rise. (Graph by FECOP.)There will be updates in The Tico Times or on FECOP’s website as Dr. Marina Marrari gets deeper into the project. Anyone wishing to contribute to the program by supplying historic catch data is greatly appreciated. You can do so by contacting Dr. Marina Marrari at:  MMarrari@fecop.org.Tuna Purse Seine Boats Pushed out to 60 Miles in Costa RicaCosta Rican Fisheries Institute Director Moises Mugg, along with President Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a new decree ending of the system of granting free licenses to foreign tuna purse seine boats.The old system allowed seiners to extract nearly 9,000 tons of tuna last year while collecting a fee of less than 2 cents per kilo. Last year ,all the foreign boats legally given licenses were flagged in Nicaragua and Venezuela. There are no Costa Rican-flagged purse seiners.Part of the new decree moved purse seiners 60 miles from the coastline. FECOP helped draft the original decree in 2014 that moved purse seiners out to 45 miles and protected more than 200,000 square kilometers from purse seine activity. The sport-fishing sector has seen a big recovery in that 45 miles, and now 60 will surely help. The commercial fleet claims it is not enough and does not help the national fleet that much.Also included is addressing illegal and unreported fishing by the purse seine fleet. Full details will be available when the new decree is officially published.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full-time to marine conservation and is the communications director at FECOP. Contact him at wetline@hotmail.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more