The company had already stopped selling assault-style guns several years ago, except in Alaska. In the statement: “Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category. We are currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fred Meyer announced on Friday, March 16, that they will stop selling guns and ammunition at all of their retail stores, including in Alaska. Other stores announced in the wake of that shooting that they would stop selling guns to anyone under 21 including Walmart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods recently banned sales of assault rifles. Following last month’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, Fred Meyer said it would stop selling firearms to anyone under 21. In a statement the company said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-fred-meyer-no-longer-selling-guns.mp3VmJennifer-on-fred-meyer-no-longer-selling-guns.mp300:00RPd
0 Avengers fans, assemble! Marvel Studios Marvel has announced an Avengers: Endgame online viewing party on Friday, Aug. 2, including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and executive producer Trinh Tran, with Vudu to host. The 6 p.m. PT screening, celebrating the film’s in-home release, will see Feige and Tran share “behind-the-scenes insider scoops” on Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).Avengers: Endgame last week finally surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time. On Tuesday it was debuted on digital, and it will be on Blu-ray Aug. 13. Avengers: Endgame is streaming. Here are the directors’ best reveals Marvel’s MCU Phase 4 plans revealed: Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, new Doctor Strange and more Avengers on CNET Post a comment Tags 3:04 Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained TV and Movies Culture Online How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Share your voice Marvel is also celebrating Avengers: Endgame’s home release with the We Love You 3,000 Tour this summer, which kicked off at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in July and will hit nine cities across the US in total.The tour will next visit a Giants game at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Aug. 8, where some people will snag a limited-edition print; three Best Buy in-store events simultaneously in Chicago, Torrance and Miami on Aug. 13, where there’ll be a “photo booth experience”; and two more Best Buy events in Minneapolis on Aug. 14; and Cleveland on Aug. 20, where fans will be taken on a trolley tour of the city, to visit Marvel filming locations.It will culminate at D23 in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 23-25. Ahead of the Vudu screening, you can start sending questions over to Feige and Tran already, and then use the #VuduViewingParty hashtag during the event.”In addition, you can compete for some pretty sweet Avengers-themed prizes including Hisense 4K TVs, Funko figures, Lego Avengers sets, signed copies of ‘The Road to Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame – The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,’ sports jackets, hoodies, and other cool collectibles,” Marvel Studios said Thursday. 26 Photos It’s time to assemble. Join the #VuduViewingParty for Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame TOMORROW with producers Kevin Feige and Trinh Tran! Learn more: https://t.co/JFrDv99RcP— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 1, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel
The creature, thought to be a giant squid, turned out to be a decomposing whale. A portion if it is seen here. (Photo courtesy of John Hagen)For a few hours Tuesday, a reported giant squid sighting in Lynn Canal excited marine researchers. But after some investigation, it was determined the alleged squid was, in fact, a decomposing whale.Listen nowOn Tuesday morning, a fisherman called the U.S. Coast Guard to report a giant squid on the West side of Lynn Canal, near St. James Bay.The Coast Guard passed the message on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Since squid aren’t mammals, the stranding network deferred to the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.“They thought, we don’t do squid, maybe you guys like squid. And everybody got really excited about a giant squid,” John Moran, a fisheries research biologist with the institute’s Auke Bay Laboratories, said.“A lot of researchers were getting excited about it and wanted samples,” Moran said. “They wanted to know what they were eating. Things are changing in the ocean. We’ve had a lot of warm water. There’s supposedly more squid around. So it didn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that it could have been a big squid.”If it had been a giant squid, Moran says it would have been a pretty big deal.“I think it would have been the first sighting in Alaska of a giant squid,” Moran said. “We have some other species of squid that are big, but not that big, not giant squid. I looked up some of the information on it. If it was — it would have been a really big giant squid if the mantle length really was 30 ft. It would have been huge.”A team from Moran’s office went out to look for the creature Tuesday night.“They couldn’t find it and then they saw a fishing boat out there. They said ‘are you looking for the squid?’ They said, ‘oh yeah, we are.’ ‘It’s over there.’ They drove up, and it’s a whale,” Moran said.A decomposing humpback whale. Moran says NOAA was already familiar with this particular animal.“When you start looking close, you can see there’s bones in there,” Moran said. “We’d been on that carcass before and there was a necropsy performed on it. So we knew pretty much where it had come from. And we had been tracking it, too. It had floated out of Young’s Bay and it was heading north.”Still, Moran says he understands how the mistake could have happened.“If you don’t know what you’re looking at — it is a big blob, so you can see how it might look like a squid,” Moran said. “It’s a big, white blob, looks nothing like a whale. I think the head probably fell off. The tail fell off. There were no flippers on it. So basically it’s a big, white, gooey blob floating on the surface. It probably looked more like a squid body than anything else, I would guess.”And, the thought of a giant squid in Lynn Canal, though rare, was not totally out of the question.“There have been sperm whales tracked almost up to Haines,” Moran said.Sperm whales prey on giant squid.“They’ve been seen in Lynn Canal and in Chatham,” Moran said. “We’re kind of wondering what they’re doing up there. Because typically, they’re off on the shelf break, out in deep water, feeding on squid and sablefish and things like that. They have been moving into Chatham and almost to Haines.”Moran says marine animal mix-ups like this one are not uncommon.“We often get descriptions of animals or parts of animals,” Moran said. “Sometimes things like weird and a lot of times it turns out to be something that’s pretty common…a lot of baby killer whales that turn out to be Dall’s Porpoise, that kind of thing.”So, no giant squid this time. Just a decomposing humpback whale near the fishing grounds.
Why I read only user reviews with average ratings by Martin Brinkmann on May 30, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: May 30, 2016 – 26 commentsReviews can be very helpful before you make a purchase on the Internet or even locally. They may help you understand the product better, or prevent you from making a decision that you might regret at a later point in time.This goes for reviews by critics but even more so by users. Some sites, most shopping sites in fact, publish only user reviews while others, Metacritic for example, list critic and user reviews.Most user reviews come with ratings. While the rating scheme is different from site to site, some use thumbs up or down, others a 5, 10 or 100 point rating scheme, most use ratings, and sometimes even ratings for users who left a review.The aggregate score of an item is important, especially on shopping sites but on other sites as well. Customers use the ratings to pick items, and companies try to get positive ratings and reviews as it helps them improve the visibility and click-through rate of their products on those sites.User reviews are brokenThe user review system on most sites is broken. If you check out any review on Amazon or any other site that lets users rate items, you will likely notice the following: the majority of users either rate an item very low or very high.Take Blizzard’s new game Overwatch for instance. If you check Metacritic user reviews, you will notice that the majority either awarded the game a 9 or 10 score, or a 0 or 1 score (with more high-end ratings than low-end ones).While there is nothing wrong with giving a game such a rating, the reviewers fail more often than not to explain why the product deserved the rating.Giving a game a 0 out of 10 rating because an item is too expensive or lacks content, or handing out a 10 out of 10 rating because you have bought the game and need to justify purchasing it, is not helpful at all.I’m not saying that there are not good reviews among the high or low raters, but more often than not, you get ratings that are not backed up by the review itself.Average ratingsThat’s why I started to look at reviews with average ratings almost exclusively. Unlike “the item is the best ever” or “this item is the worst ever” reviews, they are usually weighted which means that you get positive and negative aspects mentioned in the review.If you consider buying an item, it is average reviews that will help you the most when it comes to making an educated decision.I’m by no means saying that all reviews that hand out godlike or awful ratings are not worth reading, but more often than not, they either provide no value at all, or seem hell bend on justifying the reviewer’s own agenda.The same holds true for average reviews. You may find bad reviews among them too but the percentage seems a lot lower.Also, and this problem is found most often on shopping sites, concentrating on average reviews helps sort out paid reviews that give products perfect ratings.Now You: Do you read user reviews when you shop online?SummaryArticle NameWhy I read only user reviews with average ratingsDescriptionFind out why I concentrate on user reviews with average ratings on shopping sites and other sites when I’m interested in a product.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
A technician scans for radiation with a Geiger counter. (Credit: PRESSLAB/Shutterstock)For decades, studies have shown that even low doses of radiation are harmful to humans.This week, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration may be reconsidering that. The Environmental Protection Agency seemed to be looking at raising the levels of radiation considered dangerous to humans based on a controversial theory rejected by mainstream scientists. The theory suggests that a little radiation might actually be good for our bodies. In April, an EPA press release announced the proposal and included supporting comments from a vocal proponent of the hypothesis, known as hormesis. It prompted critical opinion pieces and sparked worry among radiation safety advocates.Those comments back in April were made by Edward Calabrese, a toxicologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who also testified before Congress on the issue this week. And in the initial release, Calabrese hailed the EPA’s decision to move away from the radiation dose model widely accepted by the scientific mainstream. But by Friday, the EPA backed away from Calabrese’s stance in comments to Discover.The debate cuts to the heart of the debate over the effects of low doses of radiation and reveals how difficult it is to craft clear guidelines in an area where scientific evidence is not clear cut.Radiation DebateWhen radiation damages our DNA, the body steps in to make repairs. Hormesis suggests that hitting the body with a little more radiation should kick our defensive mechanisms into overdrive. According to proponents of the theory, this results in the production of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce our risk for cancer and heart disease, among other things. That’s why hormesis backers want the EPA to raise the level of acceptable radiation, pointing out that it would also save millions in safety costs.It sounds convincing, and proponents have dozens of studies to point to that they say back up their claims. But, there’s never been a large-scale human study of hormesis. And while studies of low-dose radiation are very hard to do, so far, most suggest that radiation is indeed bad for us, at any dose.“Large, epidemiological studies provide substantial scientific evidence that even low doses of radiation exposure increase cancer risk,” says Diana Miglioretti, a professor in biostatistics at the University of California, Davis in an email. “Risks associated with low-doses of radiation are small; however, if large populations are exposed, the evidence suggests it will lead to measurable numbers of radiation-induced cancers.” Long-term studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing survivors show higher cancer risks. Marshall Islanders exposed to radiation from atomic bomb tests suffered a higher risk of thyroid disease. And patients who get CT scans, which deliver a dose of radiation equal to thousands of X-rays, saw cancer risks go up afterward. Researchers also found that radiation from childhood CT scans can triple the risk of leukemia and, at higher doses, triple the risk of brain cancers as well. Another found that low-dose radiation increased the risk of breast cancer among some some women.And large-scale reviews of the evidence for hormesis find that it is decidedly lacking. Two studies, one in 2006 by the National Research Council, and another in 2018 by the National Council and Radiation Protection and Measurements looking at 29 studies of radiation exposure find no evidence for hormesis, and reiterate that the evidence points toward radiation being bad for us even at low doses.Scientific UncertaintyIt’s difficult to study low doses of radiation, though, and that’s where much of the controversy comes from. At doses below a few hundred millisieverts (mSv), a radiation unit that accounts for its effects on the body, it becomes extraordinarily hard to separate out the effects of radiation from other things like lifestyle or genetics. Research on the effects of these small radiation doses often use data sets involving thousands of people to compensate for the minimal effect sizes, but even then it’s often not enough to be certain what’s happening. “Data collected at low doses (defined by the scientific community [as] exposures less than 100 mSv) suffers from a ‘signal to noise’ problem which limits our ability to conclusively state effects one way or another,” says Kathryn Higley, head of the school of nuclear science and engineering at the University of Oregon in an email.A single CT scan delivers anywhere from 1 to 15 mSv, but some patients need many scans during the course of their treatment, increasing the total dose. Workers cleaning up after the Fukushima meltdown received radiation doses above 100 mSv in some cases. And current U.S. standards limit radiation workers to no more than 50 mSv of exposure per year.Many studies indicate that there are dangers at that level, but it’s often an assumption. Those studies base their suppositions on what’s called the linear no-threshold model, which extrapolates more reliable data from studies of higher doses of radiation to lower doses. Though it may be an educated guess, for decades large-scale studies have indicated this is true.Muddying the WatersBut hormesis researchers say that those studies don’t add up. Mohan Doss, a researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, believes that studies of CT scan patients are biased toward populations that might be predisposed to cancer. Similarly, Doss has a different interpretation of studies looking at Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors. A 2017 study of bomb survivors actually shows that cancer risk does not increase at low levels of radiation for men, according to Doss. He says it’s evidence for hormesis.The study’s authors are more measured. They found that women were likely at risk even at low levels of radiation, and they call for more study of what they say is an unresolved question.Doss says that radiation levels of up to 300 or 400 mSv would likely be safe, and he supports increasing the maximum allowed dose in the U.S.“The current limits for the public are insane,” he says. “Everyone is going to be safe at 100 mSv a year.”Doing so would not only save money, he says, but also make it easier to study cancer and Alzheimer’s and encourage more people to undergo chemotherapy, potentially saving lives.Doss is convinced that studies of low dose radiation do not provide evidence of harms. He points to several studies that indicate the opposite. For example, back in 1957, some 10,000 residents were evacuated from villages near the Mayak Nuclear Weapons Facility in Russia after a nuclear contamination incident. When scientists studied those same residents in 1994, they actually found a dip in cancer rates among people exposed to low levels of radiation.It lines up with what researchers would expect if hormesis was true, he says, though the study authors do note that more refinement of their methods would be necessary to prove the absence of radiation effects.Other research into the effects of radiation exposure at Mayak has found evidence of an increase in cancer rates following the event.The EPA in recent days appeared to back away from the suggestion that it supported hormesis. The agency released a statement in response to the AP story affirming that it intends to continue using the linear no-threshold model when constructing radiation guidelines, something that contradicts Calabrese’s comments in the April press release.“The proposed regulation doesn’t talk about radiation or any particular chemicals. EPA’s policy is to continue to use the linear-no-threshold model for population-level radiation protection purposes which would not – under the proposed regulation that has not been finalized – trigger any change in that policy,” said an EPA spokesman in response to a request for comment.Playing It SafeBut radiologist Rebecca Smith-Bindman says the vast bulk of the evidence suggests even small amounts of radiation are harmful. We shouldn’t base our policies on an unproven theory, she adds. “There is extensive evidence that ionizing radiation will cause cancer,” says Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco in an email exchange. “These data come from a range of different sources, including epidemiological data (such as studies of patients who have received diagnostic and therapeutic radiation and from environmental exposures and accidents), from animal studies and from basic science studies. While it is more difficult to precisely quantify the exposures — which will vary by many factors, such as age at exposure, and source of radiation, etc. — there is no uncertainty among the scientific community that radiation will cause cancer.”She says that pointing to issues with the linear no-threshold model misses the point. Though it may not be totally accurate at very low doses, she says it’s unfair to use that uncertainty to cast doubt on data about radiation where there’s solid evidence.It’s still not clear, for example, how normal background radiation affects humans. That dose averages 3.1 mSv a year in the U.S., though it can vary considerably depending on where you live. Workers cleaning up after the Fukushima power plant spill were exposed to levels far beyond that: Over 150 people received doses in excess of 100 mSv, and six were exposed to more than 250 mSv. That’s two and five times, respectively, the current maximum dose recommended by the U.S. for radiation workers, though still within the range of acceptable short-term doses for emergency workers prescribed by several countries. It’s estimated that the 240,000 workers who helped to clean up the Chernobyl spill were likely exposed to radiation doses about 100 mSv, as well.When it comes to actual health effects, though, the data is mixed. A WHO report found that risks of cancer from exposure at Fukushima were negligible. Yet cancers often don’t appear until years later, making it difficult to estimate the risks right now. After Chernobyl, workers cleaning up the spill and those from the area saw rates of thyroid cancer spike in the years afterward, though Doss also disagrees with how that data is interpreted. CT scan studies also fall in this range, and multiple groups of researchers have published data showing that the scans increase cancer risk.Because data from studies isn’t totally conclusive, there’s some disagreement in the field over what constitutes an acceptable level of radiation. Some scientists do think the maximum acceptable doses could be higher.“In terms of public health, even if we raise the standards to where they were back in the 1960s, we’re not likely to observe an adverse impact with the current scientific tools available to us,” Higley says. “There are populations around the world exposed to natural radiation at levels up to 100 mSv per year, and we haven’t seen measurable health effects.”Those populations are small, though, so the uncertainties in that data are large, she adds.Miglioretti disagrees: “Based on the large body of evidence to date, I believe that revising the regulations to increase allowable radiation exposure limits will lead to an increase in the number of radiation-induced cancers in this country.”That’s in line with what multiple experts Discover contacted believe — that radiation can harm even at low doses and raising limits would endanger the public, though the increase in risk would likely be small.It’s not clear at the moment whether the EPA proposal to raise limits will pass, though it does follow in the footsteps of other Trump administration proposals to weaken safety standards. At the moment, it’s unclear what the effects on the public if the EPA raises radiation limits.“Perhaps it might make nuclear power plants less expensive to build. It might lower the cost of cleanup of radioactively polluted sites,” says David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University in an email. “But [it] begs the question of whether cleanup to a less rigorous standard is desirable.”
Cancun, Q.R. — A new security model for the state of Quintana Roo has been unveiled by the governor, Carlos Joaquin, who says his priority is to provide peace to the residents and tourists of the state.“Together we will create the peace and tranquility we want. We are fighting against insecurity, violence and organized crime,” said Governor Carlos Joaquin after reporting that the new Optimal Model of Police Function was created to standardize criteria among police corporations.The new model was presented to the general directors and secretaries of Public Security of the municipalities where they will work to advance steps in the fight against crime.“Our priority is to provide tranquility to the residents of Quintana Roo and to the tourists who visit us,” said Joaquin. He explained that the main objectives of the model is to strengthen the capacity of preventative police in relation to the number of residents.He says that other elements such as professionalism, specialized groups and certification and hiring of more police officers are also part of the new model.“We have results in complying with the national average, established by the UN, of three police officers per 1,000 inhabitants. By adding the elements of the state police to municipal corporations, we reach an approximate number of 4,500 police officers.“But it is still insufficient because to reach the optimal number, another 1,763 policemen are required,” explained Joaquín.“Violence and insecurity are the result of many years of corruption, impunity and complicity of previous governments,” he added. “In this administration, the fight against crime is not corrupt and that has brought violent reactions from the criminal groups that were accustomed to negotiating with the authorities.“On the contrary. To advance in the construction of tranquility and security, we are working on a comprehensive project for a safe and peaceful Quintana Roo,” the governor explained.State security secretary Rodolfo del Angel Campos says, “Previously, there were no certified police officers. The evaluations of control and trust to active policemen were minimal, and only 20 percent of the police force had training in basic protocols of the public function.“Today, 448 police officers have been trained in the six basic protocols of the police function and we have the State Commission of the Professional Service of Police Career to continue strengthening the training of security forces,” he noted.He says 1,062 have passed the control and confidence tests, certifying police. They are currently in the process of certifying another 400.He indicated that for 2018, the hiring of 600 operative policemen has been approved. They already had three recruitment calls in December of 2017, with another scheduled for June of this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Less than eight months after three masked men broke into her Playa Langosta hotel, beat her husband — who later died — and took off with their life savings, Suzye Lawson said she was beaten by another trio of men Saturday on her property, the Villa Alegre bed and breakfast near Tamarindo.Lawson told The Tico Times that the invaders, who she did not recognize and didn’t think were the same ones who committed the April break-in, assaulted her Saturday night around 6:45 p.m. while they “scoped out” the area in and around her beachside hotel. They found her in a back corner behind the hotel and attacked her, Lawson said.“My dog was going absolutely wild but it was a different kind of angry barking,” the 69-year-old hotel owner from California said. “I went over and thought I saw a shadow and turned around and that’s when the guys jumped me.”She said a man with dreadlocks held her down, yelled at her to keep quiet, and began to beat her badly enough so that she was bleeding from the face by the end of the ordeal.The men left the property without stealing anything, despite the fact that Lawson said one of the doors to a villa room was open and a guest’s laptop was in sight. Lawson said she saw her doctor on Tuesday and that she is more “emotionally wounded” than physically.“I have to sell the place because I’m just too tired to do this anymore,” Lawson said. “I need to move from this place. It’s going to haunt me now.” Barry Lawson built the Villa Alegre bed and breakfast on the coast of Playa Langosta 20 years ago. In April, three men assaulted Barry, leading to his death, and stole tens of thousands worth of cash and valuables from the Lawsons. Michael Krumholtz/The Tico TimesAn official from the U.S. Embassy happened to be staying at Villa Alegre when the latest invasion and assault took place and immediately called police. Lawson said four officers showed up within half an hour of the call being placed.On the night of the April break-in, none of the phone calls that Lawson and her husband, Barry, made to 911 after they were assaulted and robbed were answered. The couple lost nearly $40,000 of their savings, the majority of which was intended to fund a scholarship program for local schoolchildren in financial need.Barry Lawson died less than a week later from head injuries sustained during the attack, according to a death report from the U.S. State Department.Paradise marred: Who killed Barry Lawson?A chief inspector from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) branch in Santa Cruz confirmed Wednesday that investigators have received an official complaint about the latest assault at Villa Alegre.“This case is being treated separately,” OIJ inspector Rodolfo Vasquez told The Tico Times. “We have people working on this latest case but I’m not able to comment further because the investigation is still open.”Vasquez said OIJ has no suspects for the Saturday assault and added that there are still no suspects from the break-in in April that led to an uproar from Tamarindo residents worried about security in town and the apparent lack of police presence.The Tico Times placed multiple calls to the cell phone of Santa Cruz police chief Noé Guerrero on Wednesday afternoon but the calls were all dropped. Guerrero said he wasn’t getting good reception.Guerrero told The Tico Times in October that police don’t believe home invasions are happening at an alarming rate in the area.There were eight guests staying at the bed and breakfast on Saturday, according to Lawson. She said one guest was sitting by the pool when the attackers came but that the guest went into her room and locked the door when she heard Lawson screaming.Lawson said she does not know what could have motivated the latest group of men to come on to her property and assault her. She added that she does not have enough money to pay for a private security guard after most of her savings were stolen in April.“I want people to be protected in the town I live in,” she said. “It’s out of control.” Facebook Comments Related posts:U.S. beachgoer tries to burn down police station after his arrest in Tamarindo Costa Rica police analyze burned bones found on property of missing U.S. citizen US real estate developer accused of fraud in Jacó allegedly targeted Michigan investors Dutch couple, laborer found dead at Costa Rica farm
After eight years of ongoing problems including daily traffic jams and road closures, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) on Wednesday reopened passage over the newly repaired Alfredo González Flores bridge, commonly known as “La Platina.”Minister Carlos Villalta conducted an inspection of the structure along with various ministers and reporters during the morning. He said that President Luis Guillermo Solís would officially reopen the bridge early Thursday, as he was in Ecuador at the inauguration of President Lenín Moreno.During the inspection, hundreds of motorists started gathering nearby, yelling and honking at the officials to demand they open the bridge. It has caused delays and traffic nightmares for nearly a decade, especially during the repairs that concluded this week.At around noon, Villalta called the president by phone and Solís gave the green light to open all six lanes of the bridge, located on the General Cañas Highway.Shortly thereafter, Solís posted a message on his Facebook profile in which he thanked all workers on the project for their contributions. He also thanked all citizens for their patience through all these years. “Finally!,” said the president at the end of his message.The president said he still plans to visit the bridge at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday. Facebook Comments Third time’s the charmProblems with a loose metal structure in 2009 gave the bridge its infamous nickname. Various failed attempts to repair it cost several government officials their posts during the administrations of presidents Oscar Arias and Laura Chinchilla, and the phrase “La Platina” became something of a catchphrase for government inefficiency.Current administration officials say they have finally solved the problem by replacing the Platina with a series of expansion joints.Over time, taxpayers have ponied up a total of ¢9.4 billion ($16.2 million) for repairs to the bridge that, according to MOPT, handles some 90,000 vehicles every day.The General Cañas Highway is the main road connecting the capital, San José, and the province of Alajuela. It is also the main road the Juan Santamaría International Airport and one of the routes that connects the Central Valley with the Pacific provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste.Solís, in his message on Wednesday, also disclosed details about other projects that, he said, would be ready before he leaves office next year.He said that the Chilamate-Kooper road in the Northern zone will be ready in a few weeks and that the National Convention Center would be ready by early 2018.See a video of the reopening of La Platina bridge: Related posts:La Platina bridge will partially reopen next week Public Works Minister pledges to open La Platina bridge next week Solís pledges to fix La Platina bridge – the third president to make the promise Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltway
Singapore retained its number one ranking in all categories, protecting its status as the business events leader in the Asia-Pacific region, while Sydney ranked fourth in the region following strong results from both Tokyo and Seoul. Sydney has retained its status as Australia’s number one international meetings destination in the most recent report from the Union of International Association (UIA).The report, which tracks the number of international meetings held in business event destinations around the world, revealed Sydney has maintained its domestic dominance and climbed back into the top 20 in global rankings. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Melbourne was the only other Australian city to make the top 20 for international events hosting, ranking in at 20th place. “We continuously work with both the industry and government to further Sydney’s success, particularly in the Asian meetings market, and these impressive rankings will aid us in future bids to secure high profile events here in the city,” Ms Lewis-Smith said. UIA ranks cities according to three separate categories and Sydney enjoyed upwards movement in all three.“In this financial year alone, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has already secured 67 business events, expected to generate AUD188 million for the economy and we still have an unprecedented number of events in the bid process,” BESydney chief operating officer Lyn Lewis-Smith said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Frankenstorm hits New York City. Image: Daily NewsCruise lines have been forced to make yet more itinerary changes with the hurricane dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’ currently reported as moving quickly toward southern New Jersey and Delaware. According to the National Hurricane Centre 5:00pm EDT advisory, Hurricane Sandy was located approximately 65 kilometres (40 miles) south of Atlantic City, New Jersey sustaining 150 kilometre per hour (90 mile per hour) maximum sustained winds. Landfall is expected this evening (EDT) accompanied by life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds. New cruise ships affected:Brilliance of the SeasCurrently berthed in St. Jon, New Brunswick, the ship will remain in port until 30 October.Caribbean PrincessThe ship’s arrival into New York City will be delayed due to sea conditions requiring the vessel to operate at significantly reduced speeds.Currently in Boston on day two of a four-day cruise (B237), the line expects the ship to arrive in port at least a day later than scheduled and no earlier than the morning of 1 November. Passengers are being given the option to disembark in Boston on 30 October with flights being rebooked for those who purchased directly through Princess.Complimentary phone and internet services have been provided for all passengers requiring changes to their independent travel plans. Future cruise credits will be supplied to all passengers as a gesture of goodwill by Princess Cruises.All passengers booked on voyage B238 have been advised of the late departure and will receive a per diem for any cruise days missed. Those guests who have booked Princess Air or transfers will be contacted regarding the changes to their specific travel plans. Carnival PrideDue to the cancellation of Carnival Pride’s cruise out of Baltimore this week, a two-night “Cruise to Nowhere” has been scheduled sailing return from Baltimore on 2 November with a 4:30pm departure. Crystal SymphonyArriving safely in the port of Boston to shelter through the hurricane, Crystal Symphony is scheduled to depart the port on the morning of 30 October at a time yet to be determined by the Captain. She will sail to New York City where disembarkation and embarkation for the next voyage will commence on 31 October and will remain there until 9:00pm instead of the original sailaway time of 5:00pm.Any passengers affected by flight cancellations or delays resulting in the inability to embark in New York on 31 October will have the option to embark in Charleston, South Caroline on 2 November.Enchantment of the SeasUnable to call into Kings Wharf, Bermuda, the ship is currently positioned at sea.Norwegian DawnCurrently overnighting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Norwegian Dawn will depart at 7am on 30 October and is scheduled to arrive in Boston on 31 October.Norwegian GemCaptain Roger Gustavsen has reported via Norwegian’s Facebook page that they continue to hold current position 400 nautical miles off the south-east coast of New York City to ride out the storm. The ship will remain there until the Port of New York is reopened and it is safe to sail in.“The latest forecast shows us being able to dock tomorrow evening (30 October) and until then we will keep everyone onboard safe, comfortable and entertained,” Captain Gustavsen said. Guests will be offered the option to disembark the ship on arrival into New York City or remain onboard overnight to make appropriate travel arrangements.The cruise line expects that embarkation for the next cruise aboard Norwegian Gem will commence at midday 31 October, with a scheduled departure at 4:00pm based on information currently available.Guests are encouraged to remain at home until the port is officially open and embarkation times are confirmed.Norwegian JewelCaptain Idor Hoydal reported via Norwegian’s Facebook page that they safely navigated out of New York City yesterday and are sailing south to Port Canaveral with a scheduled arrival on the morning of 30 October. “Everyone is safe and excited to enjoy the sunny skies, calm seas and warm weather awaiting us in Florida tomorrow,” Captain Hoydal said. Click here for additional cruise diversions.
Go back to the enewsletterSingapore has today (4 October 2018) commenced trials of a new electronic arrival card for nationals of foreign countries entering the country, with the view to eventually replace the existing paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card that are currently required to submit on arrival.The change will enable visitors to submit their personal information (flight details and where they intend to stay) online with Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), either on its website or via a mobile device.“Travellers will then only need to produce their passports for immigration clearance upon arrival. The electronic arrival card, which they had filled up in advance, will then be called up by ICA’s immigration system,” the authority said.Available in various foreign languages, foreign visitors travelling with their family or a small group have the option to file a one-time group submission, with all supplied intel applied to the entire party.“The mobile application will also allow travellers to save the information submitted from previous trips for use for their next trip to Singapore. These traveller-friendly features will make the process of providing the required information much easier and more convenient.”The electronic arrival card will operate for a three-month trial at most air, land and sea checkpoints in Singapore. Those locations included Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, Changi Airport, and the four cruise/ferry terminals (Singapore Cruise Centre, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Changi Point Ferry Terminal and Changi Ferry Terminal). Foreign visitors who arrive at these checkpoints but have not yet completed the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card may be approached by ICA officers to participate in the trial, and to provide feedback. ICA will use the feedback to fine-tune the system and processes and achieve a better user experience.ICA said the e-arrival card will enhance operational efficiency: “[This] is a significant step towards ICA’s vision of paperless immigration clearance, and [will] save up to 48 million paper-based disembarkation/embarkation cards a year.”Go back to the enewsletter
Political parties generally agree on the approach recommended by the government on how to tackle the problems created by a recent court decision that pay reductions imposed on civil servants as part of an austerity drive in 2012 are unconstitutional, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday.Speaking on state radio CyBC, a day after a meeting between the government and political parties, Georgiades said the ministry has already processed a series of measures to counteract the negative impact of the decision that could cost the state over €1bn in the next five years.The government has decided on a two-pronged approach, first to appeal the court decision and second to put in place measures that would offset the fiscal impact, if necessary, supported by amending the constitution.On March 29 the administrative court upheld appeals filed by civil servants, ruling that a freeze of incremental pay rises, a 3 per cent contribution to pensions, and a reduction in civil servants’ pay was in violation of article 23 regarding the protection of the right to property.Georgiades said the government was poised to neutralise the impact should the state appeal fail at the supreme court.“The basic characteristic (of the measures) will be to maintain what we have today,” Georgiades said.The state had already decided to start returning the lost income to civil servants gradually, a process that will be completed by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.If the appeal failed, the state would try again to secure the gradual phasing out of the measures through legislation and amending the constitution, he said.“Because we consider it fair and fiscally necessary. Nothing more, nothing less.”Asked whether a freeze on promotions and recruitment were among the measures, Georgiades said promotions were not the biggest issue.Recruitment however, “will be an issue if the effects of the court decision are not neutralised with the actions I have described.”The fiscal consolidation measures affecting exclusively the public sector passed by parliament before Cyprus agreed the terms of its 2013 bailout with international creditors included a general wage and hiring freeze, a 10 per cent drop in hiring salaries, and a permanent up-to 12.5 per cent reduction in pay.On top came an extraordinary levy on wages in both the private and public sector which was phased out in 2016.The measures helped reduce the government’s staff expenses to €2.2bn in 2015 from €2.9bn in 2011.Speaking on the same show, Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said the additional cost in the next few years would be €1.06bn, not taking into account backpay to those who went to court.Asked why he assumed only those people would be granted backpay, as that was something a court should decide, Papadopoulos made it clear that no other scenario was possible.“The scenario of granting backpay to all (civil servants) is non-existent, practically and financially; we are talking about an additional €2.5bn, you understand that in this case Cyprus would have to seek another bailout,” Papadopoulos said.He said his party placed importance on having the unions on board before putting any measures in place but it was not necessarily a condition.“We must settle the matter as soon as possible,” he said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementAre Dog’s Only Flesh Eating Animals?Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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