OTTAWA – Vice-Admiral Mark Norman says he’s eager to deal with the criminal charge he faces and return to serving Canadians.Wearing his full navy uniform, Norman made a brief court appearance Tuesday concerning an accusation he leaked sensitive information about a shipbuilding project.Norman was charged last month with breach of trust and denies any wrongdoing. He is slated to return to Ontario court May 15 to begin setting a timetable for proceedings.“I’m anxious to get to court, get this dealt with as quickly as possible and get back to serving the people of Canada,” he said following the appearance.Norman, who was the military’s second-in-command until suspended from duty early last year, faces up to five years in prison.The case revolves around a November 2015 decision by the newly elected Liberal government to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.Davie was hired to convert a civilian vessel, the MV Asterix, into a temporary resupply ship that would be leased until a permanent replacement was ready.While the plan to revisit the contract was supposed to remain secret, court documents show the RCMP suspected Norman of being upset with the decision out of concern the government would cancel the project.Norman was commander of the navy at the time and, according to the documents, allegedly worked with Davie to pressure the government to keep the project afloat.None of the accusations has been tested in court.Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, told the court Tuesday that disclosure of materials from the Crown to the defence is “substantially complete.”The criminal investigation began in December 2015 when the RCMP received a complaint alleging that cabinet secrets had been disclosed.The Mounties gathered evidence through court-approved warrants and a legal assistance treaty request involving U.S. authorities. The investigation also included interviews and the forensic analysis of “a significant number” of documents, the RCMP says.Henein expressed impatience Tuesday with the length of the process.“I’m tired of shadow-boxing. It’s time to step in the courtroom and deal with the evidence,” she told reporters after the hearing.“I don’t try my cases on the courthouse steps. I try them in a courtroom. And that is what we are ready to do. So we want to get this going, get this dealt with and let the public know exactly what this case is about.”Asked if her client was being treated as a scapegoat, Henein said: “I think that’s self-evident, isn’t it?”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
HALIFAX – A fishermen’s group says the federal government is jumping the gun with a costly fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing from 11:59 p.m. Thursday until further notice.The closure affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licences.But Brian Guptill, president of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, said the government was too quick to act.“A vessel … sees one right whale that is moving, not stopped and feeding, and they shut the fishery down because of that. The airplane was up this morning and couldn’t find a whale anywhere,” he said.Guptill said DFO should take a more measured approach.“It’s a matter of the number of whales or number of sightings. If you just see one whale and it’s travelling … the whale could be gone before you get the traps out of the water,” he said.Guptill said the closure is costly for 30 to 40 fishermen who will lose the last week of the season in that area.Ottawa says all gear must be removed before Thursday’s closure, and notice will be given prior to the reopening.The right whale population suffered 17 losses last year — 12 of them in Canadian waters — likely due to rope entanglements and ship collisions.Guptill said the government is overlooking the effective protection measures that Bay of Fundy fishermen have taken.“We’ve had a right whale mitigation strategy and we’ve been working to have no impact on the whales since 2006. There hasn’t been a known entanglement since that time,” he said.So far this year, the government has closed a number of East Coast fishing areas, mostly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and fishermen have complained to Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc about lost opportunities.Last week, LeBlanc said he’s offering lobster fishermen from New Brunswick and Quebec a fall fishery due to the closure of a vast area where endangered right whales have been spotted.He said he told the Maritime Fishermen’s Union that he plans to open a harvesting zone in the last half of September to make up for the 15-day closure of a 1,400-square-kilometre portion of ocean.LeBlanc said the offer will go to about 62 fishing vessels in New Brunswick and 60 from the Gaspe Peninsula whose lobster harvest was largely shut down as the whales passed through.
International recording artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am announced this week that he will host TRANS4M 2013: TRANS4Ming America on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.TRANS4M is an invitation-only conference that seeks out large, chronic problems and leverages collaborative efforts among businesses, non-profits, government, and community volunteers to accelerate new thinking and solutions.This year’s TRANS4M conference will focus on community transformation across America through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), community and wellness, all of which are programmatic goals of the i.am.angel foundation. The daytime conference sessions will focus on various aspects of transformation across life, self and community.TRANS4M creator will.i.am and Brian David Johnson, Intel Futurist and TRANS4M joint Curator, will present an eclectic slate of speakers including President Bill Clinton. Conference highlights will also include a VIP breakfast gathering under the Space Shuttle Endeavour with remarks by Astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin. Additional speakers will be announced.The concert portion of TRANS4M will take place at The Avalon Hollywood, where 1,500 guests will enjoy performances by Alicia Keys and will.i.am, among others. Additional artists will be announced. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to i.am.angel foundation to fund its programmatic activities, such as i.am.STEAM, i.am.home and i.am.wellness, which focus on STEAM education, home ownership and financial literacy, and healthy lifestyles, respectively.“This year, ‘TRANS4M 2013: TRANS4Ming America’ will focus on teaming businesses, non-profits, volunteers, and new technologies together to drive positive change in communities across the United States through education, the right STEAM skills and training, and a focus on the wellness of the people who live there,” will.i.am said.This is the second year that will.i.am will host his invitation-only conference, including 350 participants from industry, consumer brands, government and non-profits who will convene and explore smarter ways to collaborate to drive community transformation. Last year’s benefit concert raised in excess of $5 million for programs in Boyle Heights neighborhood (East Los Angeles), will.i.am’s hometown. Concert proceeds fund educational, home ownership and financial literacy programs operated by will.i.am’s i.am angel foundation.Source:PR Newswire
By Safaa KasraouiRabat – A diverse selection of renowned Moroccan artists will perform during the 16th annual Mawazine Festival, Rhythms of the World.The Hay Nahda and Sale stages will be marked with the presence of various artists throughout the eight-day event . To start off, the Moroccan diva, Latifa Raafat will take over the May 12 opening ceremony on Sale’s stage.Moroccan modern and traditional music artist, Latia Raafat, has marked several generations. She started her career in the 80s with her first song, Mawal Al Hob.Following Raafat’s performance, Moroccan Amazigh artist, Raïssa Fatima Tabaamrant, will perform on May 13 at the same stage. The performer has more than 160 poems. She released her first album with the support of her maalam Moulay Mohamed Belfqih in 1985.May 15The fourth day of the festival will be devoted to Gnaoui Hamid El Kasri. The artist is renowned for his strong voice which makes him one of the most appreciated maallems.May 16On the fifth day of the festival, the Sale stage will host popular Rai modern music singer, Zina Daoudia. The singer is one of the biggest Chaabi stars and among the rare artists who sing Aita.May 17The public will meet with Southern Moroccan diva, Saida Charaf. The singer performs different kinds of music, including Sahrawi, Amazigh, and traditional music.May 18The concert will bring together two renowned names in French and Moroccan rap music, namely Don Bigg and La Fouine.At the age of 20, Bigg decided to put his studies on hold in order to devote all of his time to his passion. He started with the group Mafia C before launching his solo career and very first album entitled Mgharba ‘tal Mout.Franco-Moroccan rapper, La Fouine, has been attracted to music more than studies. The rapper released his first album, Bourre, in 2004.May 19Former leader of Mazagan-band, Issam Kamal, will perform his art on Sale’s stage. Issam has presented several successful pieces, including Dounia, Fabor, Zina, A Labess, Dada Hyani, Groovawahia, and Ayli Ayli.The closing evening will be reserved for the famous Chaabi artist, Abdellah Daoudi. The singer began his career at a very young age. Daoudi is one of the pioneers of popular traditional Moroccan music.Hay Nahda StageOn May 19, the audience will have a rendezvous with exceptional Moroccan artists, namely Asmae Lamnawar, and talented singer Hatim Ammor.Asmae started her career in the 90s and has performed on several famous stages, including the Cairo Opera House.For his part, studio 2m 5th edition-winner, Hatim Ammor, will also perform on May 19 at the same stage. He recorded his first song, Wala Marra, in collaboration with the Lebanese musician, Marouane Khoury.
Susan Venditti, executive director of Start Me Up Niagara, receives an honorary degree from Brock President Jack Lightstone at Tuesday’s Social Sciences convocation ceremony.When Susan Venditti started volunteering with Out of the Cold 20 years ago, it seemed like the perfect gig.She felt good about what she was doing by helping homeless people stay safe, warm and fed on a cold winter’s night. But even better, when she finished her shift, she could return to her “pretty perfect life” and never get too emotionally involved with the people she’d assist, though she certainly had plenty of judgment.“It was a wonderful volunteering job, I thought. I felt great about helping and I was so sure it would interfere with nothing,” Venditti recalled. “I felt I knew a lot about homeless people; where just like many others, I had a lot of assumptions. I knew exactly what they should do, how they should be living their lives. The only problem was I didn’t actually know a homeless person at the time and I certainly didn’t know any of the them by their name.”That changed one shift when a woman approached Venditti and implored her to do something more.“(She said) ‘You middle class ladies have to help us because we’re going to die out here.’ This was a direct call to action,” Venditti remembered. “Message received.”Encouraging graduates to use their education to build a better world was the message Venditti hoped was received Tuesday morning when she relayed that and many other stories of self-awareness and growth at the Social Sciences convocation ceremony where she was presented with an honorary degree from Brock.Kaitlin McKay (right), who graduated with her honours degree in child and youth studies, was presented the Spirit of Brock medal Tuesday by Kristine Freudenthaler of Brock’s Board of Trustees.The humanitarian is one of two recipients to receive an honorary degree from the University during spring convication. Canadian astronaut and neurologist Roberta Bondar will be recognized Friday.As the executive director of Start Me Up Niagara, Venditti has long since traded in her emotionally detached existence to throw herself into helping St. Catharines’ homeless and unemployed, and those with mental illness.She told graduates that a better future is built by caring, and forgetting the boundaries that separate us.“I’ve learned that everyone has value,” Venditti said. “I know that being kind is more important than being right. I know that life moves in directions beyond imagination. I know that hard work and perseverance make a difference. I know there’s much left to do.“Graduates see how fortunate you are. Be grateful,” she added. “Use your education to make a difference. Start with those nearest you then spread your wings. There’s still time to build a better world.”Political Science Prof. Paul Hamilton offered graduates a similar message Tuesday afternoon when he gave the convocation address after receiving the Social Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.Political Science Prof. Paul HamiltonHamilton, who graduated from Brock in 1990, recalled going off into the world at more optimistic time than those embarking on the rest of their lives Tuesday.He conjured Star Trek character Mr. Spock as he told graduates that in a world of religious demagogues, climate change deniers and anti-vaxers who ignore scientific fact, Spock’s virtue of reason is needed more than ever.“What could I possibly offer you to cure the ills of the day? I think we need to embrace our inner Spock…. It is through reason that we reach the best decisions, have dialogue and don’t try to stifle differing views.”Also recognized Tuesday were graduates Kaitlyn McKay (BA) and Paul Adachi (PhD), who were presented with Spirit of Brock medals for demonstrating leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community involvement while studying at Brock.Charissa DiMarco and Eryn Hartmier both received Dean’s Medals for having the highest standing in their respective degree programs.Paul Adachi, who graduated with his PhD in psychology, receives the Spirit of Brock medal from Kristine Freudenthaler of the Board of Trustees at Tuesday afternoon’s convocation ceremony.
He recalled a meeting he had with L/Cpl of Horse Kelly during which he broke down in tears.Lt Col Hayward said: “He is a fairly experienced soldier and I said, ‘How are you coping?’ And he said, ‘Fine’.”And then I asked him to pause. I told him that today was the first day of the rest of his life when he would have to live with the knowledge he had killed one of his fellow soldiers, and then he broke down.”L/Cpl of Horse Kelly had possibly been “in denial” about the events and had put on a “brave face” up until his acceptance of what had happened, Lt Col Hayward added.Lt Col Hayward, who became CO of the regiment after the death of L/Cpl Brynin, said L/Cpl of Horse Kelly had undergone and passed mandated training and additional training since the fatality, and now exhibits “more care and rigour”.”Having spoken to him and seen the change in him, I would consider him now amongst the safest soldiers in the Army,” Lt Col Hayward said. “Like a lot of us, we tend to learn a lot from our mistakes rather than get it right all the time.” Show more No concerns were raised about L/Cpl of Horse Kelly during his training. And there had been “external validation” of L/Cpl of Horse Kelly’s training since the death “so that it wasn’t just about us marking our own homework”, he said.L/Cpl Brynin’s mother Sharon left the courtroom as Lt Col Hayward added such “blue-on-blue” incidents were a “risk of the profession”.Asked by Ms Schofield what he would like to say to L/Cpl Brynin’s family, Lt Col Hayward said: “Nothing I can say can bring back your son.”Lt Col Hayward said he would be happy for L/Cpl of Horse Kelly to be deployed again.He added: “I have never been surprised by a good soldier on operation not being good.” I told him that today was the first day of the rest of his life when he would have to live with the knowledge he had killed one of his fellow soldiersLt Col Hayward A British soldier will not face prosecution over the death of a comrade on an Afghan battlefield four years ago, an inquest has heard.The inquest into Lance Corporal James Brynin’s death was halted after six days of evidence last year amid fears the fatality, which was initially suspected to have been caused by “friendly fire”, may have been a homicide.L/Cpl Brynin, 22, who was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, was shot dead on an operation in central Helmand Province on October 15 2013.He was part of a troop carrying out intelligence work on the Taliban in the area of Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, L/Cpl Brynin, known as Jay, died at the scene. The repatriation of Lance Corporal James Brynin who was killed in AfghanistanCredit:Oli Scarff/Getty Images At the resumed inquest in Arundel, West Sussex, senior coroner Schofield said Lance Corporal of Horse Mark Kelly will not be charged by the service authorities over his death due to “insufficient evidence of a homicide offence”.Relatives of L/Cpl Brynin were informed of the decision on November 30 last year, Ms Schofield added.Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hayward, the commanding officer (CO) of the Household Cavalry Regiment, choked back tears as he spoke about the “profound effect” the fatal shooting had had on L/Cpl of Horse Kelly. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Source: justice scales via ShutterstockThis story is part of a series on the Family Court which can be viewed here>>A CASE CAME before a judge in relation to the care of two children whose mother is in prison. The social worker took to the stand and explained to the judge that the father no longer lived in the country.Child A was described as a girl that has emotional and behavioural issues who will need continuous supports. She is currently in a residential care placement but spends the weekend at a relative’s house, which she enjoys.Her relative would like to one day provide full-time care for Child A and the social worker said that a transition plan needs to be put in place to make this possible.Relationship with parents Speaking about the relationship she has with her parents, the social worker said that she recently received a card from her father, adding that the child plans to write back to him. “It is hoped the same will happen with her mother one day,” said the social worker.The sibling, Child B, is living with a foster family, though the social worker explains that they are having a difficult time with him and they are considering whether they can continue caring for him. Source: young boy in field via Shutterstock“More supports were put in place for the family and [Child B] is talking and engaging more,” said the social worker.The court heard that long-term placements are needed for the two children, who have many more siblings.The court was told that supports were being put in place to build on the relationships with the parents, which both children welcomed.Child A is “delighted” that a plan is being put in place to allow her to live with relatives, the court was told, and that she was “looking forward to living there”. The court was also told that this was a welcome development for Child A as she is “fiercely loyal” to her biological family.The judge granted a interim care order for the two children. The mother remains in prison.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, deserves substantial prison time despite his cooperation, prosecutors said Friday.The recommendation was in a filing ahead of Cohen’s sentencing in New York next week.Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.Prosecutors said the court’s Probation Department estimated that federal sentencing guidelines call for Cohen to serve at least four years in prison. Prosecutors said the range “reflects Cohen’s extensive, deliberate and serious criminal conduct.”Prosecutors said Cohen should not receive the credit a traditional cooperating witness would receive “given, among other reasons, Cohen’s affirmative decision not to become one.”
Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill has revealed his side deserves to lose after they suffered a thrashing at the hands of Wales.The Irish team were humiliated 4-1 at the hands of Wales who gave Ryan Giggs a victory in his maiden competitive game as head coach of the team.Ireland were without several regulars as they visited the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday night, which was something O’Neill attributed as a major factor in their heavy defeat.Players including Southampton’s Shane Long were absent from his squad, which produced a very disappointing performance from the one which had seen them qualify for the World Cup qualifying play-offs on their last visit, less than a year ago.Report: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“We were well beaten, it was difficult. We were missing some key players but were still well beaten.” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“We set out with good intentions, they scored fairly early on and their second was a world-class goal from a world-class player. That sets you back, and from there it’s tough. It was a hard evening.”“I think that we’re unable to be missing five or six Premier League players and put ona real bug show, we need to be at full-strength if we can be. I can’t remember the last time we were, but I don’t think we’ve been as decimated as this.”
The Football Association are reportedly confident that Gareth Southgate will not leave the England post to take charge of Manchester United, according to SportsMole.The Red Devils are currently under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Norwegian currently has a perfect record since replacing Jose Mourinho as manager last month.United are expected to appoint a permanent manager at the end of the season, however, and Southgate has been rumored as a possible candidate.The former England U21 international, who guided the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has a contract with the FA until the summer of 2022.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Reports in the English press suggests, ‘senior FA insiders’ are not concerned by the United rumors, with a host of them believing that Southgate would not turn his back on the national team.The former defender’s only previous managerial experience as a club manager came with Middlesbrough between 2006 and 2009.
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DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images But considering the lack of, well, any budget, script, crew etc… the trailer manages a highly compelling patina. For the music fans, Young’s brilliance is back at work with his band Promise Of The Real (who also back the music efforts of Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson) churning out inspired versions of Young classics such as “Cowgirls In The Sand,” and the timeless “Pocahontas,” sung by Young’s disembodied face superimposed over the moon. Young called the project “a labor of love,” before clarifying, “well … not a lot of labor.” Perhaps this is a sign of what’s to come for Hannah, though. “I’d like to make a real movie some day,” she said, which drew a chuckle from her co-creators. “No offense guys. Just you know, something with a crew and a budget.”Those unable to make the screening in Austin won’t have to wait long to see the spectacle of Paradox for themselves — the film will be available on Netflix on Mar. 23.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Young and actress-turned-director Daryl Hannah unveil their new “more pot than plot” western film in Austin Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 16, 2018 – 5:53 pm Neil Young’s latest project is an experimental western film he made with renowned actress-turned-director Daryl Hannah in the Rocky Mountains over a four-day period between tour dates. It comes packaged with every bit of strangeness you’d expect. 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Rajamahendravaram: Walkers, Yoga and Laughing Club members distributed 100 meals plates and 200 notebooks to the students in Kantipudi Ramarao Municipal High School under the aegis of VL Puram Adarsha Friends Circle here on Tuesday. The school headmaster, P Durga Prasad, club founder P Gopala Rao, president Ch Suryanarayana, secretary Allu Madhu, treasurer Rao and many others were present.
Kolkata: One of the two cousin sisters, who attempted suicide after being rebuked by their family members, died at the hospital on Tuesday while the other one has been fighting for life.The incident occurred at Egra in East Midnapore on late Monday night. It was learnt that the cousin sisters — Soma Dondopat (15) and Sujata Pramanik (14) returned home late from a private tuition on Monday evening. As a result, they were scolded by their parents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSoma died at Egra Superpecialty hospital while the other is stated to be serious. Both the teenagers went to sleep after having their dinner. Nobody in the family could apprehend that the teenagers would take such a drastic step after being rebuked for coming late. Early on Tuesday morning, the family members heard groaning of two girls from inside their room. They family went inside and found the duo had consumed poison. They were immediately rushed to Egra Superspecialty Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was learnt that Soma’s father Prabhat Dondopat rebuked the teenagers as they came late from tuition. But it did not go down well with the cousin sisters. Sujata has been kept at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. They are investigating if the victims consumed poison after being rebuked for coming late or there was any other angle into the incident. The investigating officers are not, however, ruling out the other doubtful reasons behind this incident.
From the print editionFor its lack of an army and ostensible peacefulness, Costa Rica is sometimes called the Switzerland of Central America. But Swiss expat Thomas Kohli doesn’t see any similarity whatsoever. “It’s like the apple and the orange,” Kohli says.Maybe that’s because he owns a hotel ensconced in remote jungle on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Switzerland is many things, but a wild, hot jungle it is not.Five years ago, Kohli and his wife fell in love with the pleasant, dry heat and the magnificent Paquera views. They bought some land and dreamed up three projects – a condominium complex, a housing development and a posh hotel aptly named Hotel Vista las Islas, which has since become the grandest digs in the area – Paquera’s first luxury hotel.Up a steep dirt road and behind a security gate just a seven-minute drive from the ferry terminal, the property perches regally on a hilltop overlooking the jungle, the gulf, the ocean, several islands and even the distant mainland. With almost no other development in sight, the view feels very old-school Costa Rica, even when you’re taking it all in from the infinity pool or its swim-up bar. Howler and white-faced monkeys, deer, frigate birds and other wild animals roam the property, and rays and fish can be observed playing in the tide.Behind its apricot-colored walls, the hotel’s 17 rooms are spacious and adorned with teak trimmings and photographs of Costa Rican frogs. They all have their own balconies and ocean views, and even their enormous tile showers have windows overlooking the bay. Those views are particularly mind-blowing in the rainy season when the hills pop with greenery and migrating humpback whales can be spotted in the distance. Vista Las Islas owner Thomas Kohli leads extreme ATV tours.Clayton R. Norman The poolside restaurant serves up tasty treats from the sea, including a mouthwatering tuna sashimi, fantastic ceviche and a hearty seafood pasta. The restaurant’s terrace is also where you’ll be taking your three-course, complimentary breakfast, and that includes the traditional gallo pinto as well as Swiss pancakes and fresh fruit with oatmeal.A relatively new Costa Rican destination, Paquera only found its place on the map several years ago, when two large ferries began transporting passengers from the port town of Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula. When he bought his 53 hectares five years ago, Kohli says he didn’t realize this would happen – but he’s pretty glad it did.His jungle getaway attracts families and couples seeking tranquility, but also outdoor sports and adventure. Although it’s one of the least-developed areas on the peninsula, Paquera still features plenty of outdoor activities for travelers: kayaking, boating, sportfishing, scuba diving on Tortuga Island and hiking in the steamy jungle of the Curú National Wildlife Refuge are among the most popular. Visitors have also been known to golf, go horseback riding and take guided ATV tours to a remote waterfall (complete with a killer rope swing) and to an abandoned stretch of jungle beaches.If the later outing strikes your fancy, talk to Kohli. He moved from Bern, Switzerland, to indulge his wild side, and he’s not just the owner of Vista las Islas – he’s also the ATV tour guide. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2011-12-23 Ryan Schuette December 23, 2011 434 Views Current and former GSE executives entered national conversations in late 2011 as several retired from their positions, lawmakers took a hard look at multimillion-dollar bonuses, and one member of Congress charged that some senior-level executives received discounted loans in exchange for influence.[IMAGE]On Wednesday “”Fortress Investment Group””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html announced that former “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html CEO Daniel Mudd would take a leave of absence from his current role as the company’s chief executive.Mudd said in a statement that he wants to “”focus on matters outside of Fotress [and] not affect the business or operations of the company.””This week the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation against Mudd and other past GSE executives on a number of charges related to the subprime crisis.The financial services firm offered up Randal Nardone, principal and co-founder of Fortress, as an interim replacement for Mudd.””We are grateful to Dan for his service and leadership over the past two and a half years and support his decision to take a [COLUMN_BREAK]leave of absence at this point in time,”” Nardone said in a statement. “”We look forward to Dan’s return in the hope that matters are resolved favorably and expeditiously.””Mudd’s leave of absence follows a series of resignations by “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ CEO Ed Haldeman, Chairman John Koskinen, and several other board members, with uncertainty over why their resignations went forward at the same time.These were small problems for current and former GSE executives in 2011, as problems mounted for both current and former GSE executives.In November a Politico report drew attention to $13 million in bonuses for 10 executives with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by yearend, striking a chord with lawmakers interested in weaning the companies off federal conservatorship.Sens. “”Mark Begich””:http://begich.senate.gov/public/ (D-Alaska) and “”John Thune””:http://thune.senate.gov/public/ (R-South Dakota) led the charge with a letter by 34 fellow Republicans and 24 fellow Democrats to condemn compensation approval by the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA), calling “”such executive compensation… wildly imprudent”” in lieu of more than $140 billion in taxpayer funds for the companies since 2008.Haldeman and current Fannie Mae CEO Mike Williams tried to soften the blow from their bonuses by testifying with FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco at a congressional committee hearing in November.It wasn’t enough to placate House members, however, who voted to pass the Equity in Government Compensation Act ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a bill that would reduce compensation for GSE executives to salary levels expected for senior-level officials at federal agencies.The Senate still needs to reconcile the House bill with a version of its own to forward it to President Barack Obama’s desk. in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Mudd’s Departure Offers Look Back at GSE Execs in 2011
In what seems like a breakthrough in industrial relations across the healthcare sector, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades announced on Monday the unfreezing of 185 nursing positions at state hospitals, as well as the introduction of employment contracts of at least six months, replacing much shorter contracts that had been on offer thus far.At a news conference on Monday, Georgiades, flanked by civil servants union boss Glafcos Hadjipetrou, undersecretary to the president Constantinos Petrides, and head of the joint staff committee Christos Patsalides, announced agreement with union PASYDY over some of its long-standing demands.Among them was the unfreezing of 185 nursing positions, the extension of minimum-term contracts to six-months – as opposed to contracts as short as 15 days previously offered – and giving all nurses working at state hospitals for 30 months open-ended employment contracts.Additionally, it was agreed that the above arrangements are carried over during the transition into rendering state hospitals financially and administratively autonomous, and any outstanding issues to be discussed in a “constructive and creative spirit”.According to Georgiades, the deal allows 185 temporary nurses to be made permanent, while the introduction of the six-month contract minimum “ends a distortion that did not allow for the proper operation of state hospitals”.The finance minister thanked PASYDY and Hadjipetrou personally, for the “very constructive” stance the union held.“Today’s decision shows that with dialogue and cooperation, and certainly not conflict and denial, we can work out solutions that can serve the public’s needs and substantially improve labour issues,” Georgiades said.Hadjipetrou said the deal is of great importance to employees in the healthcare sector, as it ends insecurity for a large number of doctors, nurses, and other staff.PASYDY, he added, has fully accepted the need to make state hospitals autonomous.“On behalf of PASYDY, I welcome the deal and express the hope that its implementation will strengthen state hospitals and staff them appropriately to cater to the needs of the public,” he said.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Annette ChrysostomouJournalists too often have to deal with the negatives, so seeing something positive going on right in the heart of our capital came as a surprise. And it is also always a pleasure to learn more about a city feature that has been around for years but most people can offer little explanation for its existence.Which is why the ‘Glass poet’ is my pick of the year.I was intrigued to hear in November that the jagged glass sculpture, which had been tucked away behind Famagusta gate since 1983, was going to be moved to a prominent place right in front of the municipality.When the glass sculpture, named ‘The Poet’ was first displayed back in 80s the greenish glass was sparkling, but slowly it became increasingly dirty and dull, and nobody seemed to have the expertise, money or interest in cleaning the layers of glass.Not knowing the man made of glass was supposed to be a poet, I had wondered for years what was behind the sculpture, and why it was there.Last month I heard that the sculpture was being re-erected next to the municipality and the revamped Eleftheria square. I tried researching the statue on the internet but didn’t have much to go on. I had no idea that the sculpture was meant to be a poet, and had no inkling that the artist was renowned Greek sculptor Costas Varotsos who has since been instrumental in erecting glass structures in many countries.I went for a walk to the municipality to find out what was happening. First, I saw the sculpture, or at least its legs, since people were working on building it. And, then, there was the artist himself – Costas Varotsos – overseeing the reconstruction.Varotsos told me that the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the controversial new-look Eleftheria square, and mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis had both requested that the statue should be moved out of its Famagusta gate hiding place and into the city centre. This has now happened, though not quite as they requested, as the artist had his own idea for where it should be placed, and it was not going to be in the middle of the square which is largely made of concrete.He wanted it to be connected to a historic building, the municipality, as well as to other surrounding modern structures.He described the process behind its rebuilding.“The skeleton has remained the same, the old and dirty glass was replaced by new glass layers. It is also going to be cleaned once a year, with special chemicals.”He went on to explain why the sculpture was made out of glass.“How is the poet? The poet is fragile, sharp, aggressive, suicidal. And when I thought of a material that could concentrate all those traits, I came up with glass.”The concept behind the sculpture is persuasive. Varotsos was interested in the balance of space and time.“I wanted to find a way to overcome the space and time imbalance due to the exaggeration of the concept of speed in our modern time, creating a space-time gap,” he said.“The Poet is an example of this balance. Glass is like a piece of space through which light shines. But if you put one piece of glass on top of another, it is like counting: one, two, three, four. That is time. So, it doesn’t only represent the concept of the poet, it also represents a space-time balance.”So, a short walk, a short talk and a mystery solved. An excellent way for a journalist to let the public know about what is now a showpiece for locals and visitors in the centre of our capital, plus a rare opportunity to report on a project that is not delayed or running into financial trouble and/or made of concrete, and which is the best form of art – pleasing to look at and providing food for thought.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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