Adam Moore, Moderator—National director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Moore is responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action for SAG-AFTRA to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. Lizzy Weiss – Writer, Producer (“Switched at Birth”, “Blue Crush”). Her show “Switched at Birth” features multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing characters (played by deaf and hard-of-hearing actors.) She also cast Mitte to play a paralyzed student who uses a wheelchair. Attendees: Tim Daly (“Madame Secretary”), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Director of “American Horror Story”), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”) and Allen Maldonado (“Dope”).Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Filmmakers Lodge550 Main Street, Second Floor Park City, UT 84060 Amy Purdy – Paralympic Medalist, Dancing with the Stars finalist, author and professional speaker, will discuss her inspirational path to success on the slopes, in the ballroom and in front of the camera. J.R. Martinez – Actor (“All My Children”, “Dancing with the Stars” season 13 champion), best-selling author, speaker, US Army veteran. He will reflect on his career and acting pursuits with burn injuries sustained during deployment in Iraq. Peter Farrelly—Writer and Director (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber To). Peter has been an outspoken and passionate advocate on diversity, giving roles to actors with physical and mental disabilities in almost all of his films. In film and television, portrayals of characters with disabilities are rare. Even fewer people with disabilities appear on screen and work in those industries.In 2014, eleven of the 813 regular roles on major network television portrayed a character with a disability despite the nearly 38 million U.S. non-institutionalized citizens who report living with an apparent disability. Only one of those eleven performers actually lives with a disability.To ensure roles in film and television better reflect the diversity of America and serve as inspiration for youth living with disabilities, actor RJ Mitte, best known for his portrayal of “Walter ‘Flynn’ White, Jr.” on the AMC hit Breaking Bad, will host a thoughtful panel discussion on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as a hosted event during the Sundance Film Festival’s panel series.Presented by Shriners Hospitals for Children, the panel will encourage the entertainment industry to break down barriers and create opportunities for people with disabilities in front of and behind the camera.Taking part will be: RJ Mitte—Actor (Breaking Bad, Switched At Birth) with cerebral palsy, a former patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children and current national Love to the Rescue® Ambassador will share his personal story of pursuing an acting career.
Kolkata: The district Trinamool Congress leaders of Cooch Behar on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the election officials against Nishith Pramanik, who is contesting from Cooch Behar on BJP’s ticket.Senior TMC leaders from the districts alleged that Pramanik has been accused of various criminal charges and urged the commission officials to put him behind the bars as a preemptive measure ahead of the elections. It may be mentioned that the Cooch Behar parliamentary seat will go to poll in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The TMC leaders apprehend that there may be some law and order situation if Pramanik is not arrested. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA top leader of Trinamool Congress alleged that at least 11 criminal cases have been pending against Pramanik. The election officials in the district are verifying the complaint lodged by TMC in this regard. It may be mentioned here that the local BJP workers had staged protest demonstrations against the candidature of Pramanik, who had once been attached to Trinamool Congress. BJP workers took to the streets and vandalised their party office immediately after the candidate list was announced. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySome BJP activists in the district also alleged that the BJP leaders in Delhi had taken bribe to nominate the expelled Trinamool Congress leader, who had been thrown out of his own party on corruption charges and later joined the BJP. They also threatened to field an independent candidate. On the other hand, expelled Trinamool Congress MP Soumitra Khan, who joined the BJP a few months ago, has been under scanner of the Election Commission as he had been booked under several cases in Bankura. Khan was summoned by Bankura Sadar police station on Monday, in connection with a case in which he had allegedly made some false promises of giving jobs. It may also be mentioned here that Khan is now contesting the Lok Sabha election on BJP’s ticket from the Bishnupur constituency. As many as three complaints had been lodged against him by three separate persons in Bankura district.
New Delhi: Rain lashed parts of Delhi-NCR region on Friday evening bringing the much-needed relief to those who were baking in the Delhi summer. The traffic was also affected due to waterlogging in different areas in city.The rain hit the Delhi-NCR region around 4 pm and there were reports that other parts too witnessed heavy rainfall. The Safdarjung observatory received 2.4 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, while the maximum was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarWhile there was some relief from scorching heat, the Delhiites also had to face traffic congestion due to waterlogging. The Delhi Traffic Police through their Twitter handle alerted commuters about the waterlogging. “Traffic is affected from R/A Apsara Border towards Anand Vihar & Singhu Border Chowk towards Sonipat due to waterlogging,” read one of the tweets. In another tweet city police said,” Traffic is affected from Azad Pur towards Bypass due to waterlogging at GTK Depot. Kindly avoid the stretch.” The traffic was also affected due to the damaged road in Wazirabad. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 7.6 mm, 1.8 mm, 0.2 mm and 3.6 mm of rainfall, respectively. The humidity oscillated between 100 per cent and 53 per cent. The weatherman has forecast cloudy skies for Saturday with the possibility of thunderstorm accompanied with very light rains and gusty winds. The weather is likely to remain pleasant on Saturday and the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 37 degrees and 24 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, 11 flights were diverted from Delhi airport here on Friday due to bad weather.
Rabat – Former Brazilian footballer and current ambassador for the Real Madrid Foundation, Roberto Carlos, is set lead a delegation to the Moroccan city of Tetouane to inaugurate a sports center.The initiative is the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization in Tetouan and the Real Madrid Foundation.A source for the daily newspaper, Al Massae, stated in the paper’s February 25 and 26 issue that “this initiative is a result of the cooperation maintained by the Hanane Association for the protection of handicapped children of Tetouan with the Real Madrid Foundation and the Spanish organization, Manos Unidas.” The same source added that the initiative is a first of its kind at the African level, and aims to bring sports values to children with reduced mobility.Last week Roberto Carlos attended two events, one in Singapore and the other in Malaysia, in his capacity as ambassador of the Real Madrid Foundation.The Real Madrid Foundation also collaborates with the Cervantes and Paideia charities on a socio-sporting school project that is currently under construction in the northern city of Tangiers to benefit 500 children from disadvantaged backgrounds with training.
Hundreds of Dutch tourists will be flown home in the coming days from Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter bombings, according to the guarantee scheme governing Dutch tour operators, the AFP news service reported.Following the attacks, which killed 253 people, around 500 Dutch visitors who remain in Sri Lanka will be flown home “within days,” the director of the Calamiteitenfonds group said Friday. “We estimate between 400 and 500 people are travelling in Sri Lanka under our guarantee,” Reuvere told AFP. He said they would be flown home either on scheduled flights or a “probable” charter operated by the TUI group on Monday. The repatriation comes after the Dutch foreign ministry late Thursday recommended only essential trips be made to the island, citing the potential danger of further attacks by fugitive terrorists.The ministry warned the security situation on the island remained “unpredictable and uncertain”. “We are currently in consultations with affiliated organisations,” said Erik Jan Reuvere, whose fund acts as insurer and coordinator for tour operators in times of crisis. “The foreign ministry informed us there was no serious danger but that it was reasonable to (recommend) breaking off trips and for travellers to return to the Netherlands,” said Reuver.At least 253 people died Sunday when attackers blew themselves up at several churches and hotels in blasts which officials have blamed on local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.Three of the fatalities were Dutch nationals, two of them also holding Swiss citizenship.
Eliminating child labour in Latin America within the next 20 years could generate an estimated $235 billion in net economic benefit as a result of children’s improved access to universal education and better health care, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).The study prepared by the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), said the overall $340 billion of benefits would vastly outweigh the costs of eliminating child labour, estimated at about $105 billion between 2006 and 2025.“The net economic benefits of eliminating child labour are positive and quite significant,” ILO Central America office Director Gerardina González said. “Even if we only take economic criteria into account, we can say that it pays. The results obtained will be a core element for promoting social policies and programmes.”The study is based on data from 19 countries where an estimated 19.7 million children aged 5 to 17 currently work as child labourers, namely Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.The original call for an analysis of the cost of eliminating child labour in Latin America came from the Vith Iberoamerican Ministerial Meeting of Ministers and high-level government representatives in charge of children and youth last year in San José, Costa Rica.The study simulates the elimination of child labour over the next 20 years, including the eradication of its worst forms within the first 10 years, through the improvement of educational programmes at an estimated cost of $56.5 billion and direct interventions in the case of the worst forms of child labour estimated at $14.9 billion.Furthermore, it foresees a $28.5 billion investment to compensate costs for supporting households. The administrative costs of such a programme would be around 5 per cent.The ILO estimates that some 246 million children are currently involved in child labour worldwide. Of these, 179 million are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, which endanger their physical, mental or moral well-being. National and regional programmes on child labour have flourished under the ILO’s IPEC programme which began with six participating countries in 1992 with a single donor government, and has expanded to include operations in 80 countries funded by 30 donors.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 7:39 am MDT U.S. stocks are opening higher, tracking European markets that jumped following an apparent cease-fire deal in Ukraine.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 63 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 17,130 in early trading Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,008.European and Russian stocks rose sharply after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a peace plan for eastern Ukraine Wednesday. That followed an earlier announcement from Ukraine of a cease-fire deal.Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of supporting pro-Russian insurgents fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine since mid-April. Moscow has denied the charge.Russia’s MICEX benchmark index was up 3.2 per cent. Germany’s DAX index, which is sensitive to the crisis because of the country’s economic ties with Russia, rose 1.5 per cent. Apparent cease-fire deal in Ukraine lifts stock markets in Europe, Russia, US
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Polish Champions and “a new force” of European Handball, Vive Targi Kielce thinking to expand capacity of their Legion hall. Currently 4200 seats, probably won’t be enough for Champions League games against THW Kierl, F.C Barcelona, Rhein Neckar Lowen, etc. That’s why Management of Polish team thinking about some new solutions. First is to expand capacity for about 600 seats and another one is to cut slope of stands, what would bring total capacity of 6000 seats.Major discussion is leading about “Do they need more”, because hall is full when is CL games or derby matches with Wisla Plock. Decision is waiting… Legion HallPolish HandballVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story Wilbek wants two teams less in Danish League Next Story → Ivano Balic: “It was roughly with Lino, but he was a leader, not me”
Amazing match has been seen in Bar, where Montenegro and Serbia ended brother’s war without winner – 23:23 (11:14). Serbs had more to offer in the first half, while Montenegrians showed capability to turnover the match in the second part, but at the end both teams could be satisfied with the result.MONTENEGRO – SERBIA 23:23 (11:14)BarHala „Topolica“Spectators – 3000MONTENEGRO: Mijatović five saves and goal, Ristanović five saves, Melić 3(1)/3, Milašević, Popović, Čavor 1/2, Lazović, Radović, Vujović 4/5, Kankaraš, Ševaljević 4(3)/7, Petričević 0/1, Božović 0/1, Borozan 4/9, Grbović 2/3, Lipovina 4/9SRBIJA: Kocić 6 saves, Ivezić 5 saves, Marjanović, Đukić 2/3, Ilić M 5(3)/7, Stojković 3/4, Ilić N 4/4, Vučković 1/1, Zelenović 3/8, Čutura, Abutović 2/3, Marsenić 2/3, Orbović 0/1, Elezović 1/4RESULT: 2:3 (6.) 4:5 (10.) 5:8 (16.) 6:10 (20.) 10:10 (25.) 10:12 (28.) 12:15 (33.) 16:16 (38.) 18:16 (43.) 19:17 (46.) 19:19 (49.) 21:21 (53.) 22:22 (56.)MoM: Nemanja Ilić (SERBIA)The Serbian goalie Obrad Ivezic made historical save at his debut in the national team. He saved shot by Vasko Ševaljević in the last second of the match, which was enough for Serbia to qualify for the Men’s EHF EURO 2016!Montenegro have nice chances to qualify for Poland also at least as the best third position team… ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2016: Six more places in train for Poland! Next Story → THW Kiel sign Brazilian wunderkind Ferreira!
Sprint and HTC have been doing quite a bit to create some genuine buzz around the release of the EVO 3D and the Evo View 4G, and with good reason. The EVO has been a huge seller on Sprint, with enough happy customers that HTC has even held “EVO day” on some of their campus’. The release of the EVO 3D, and the branding that goes along with the name, shows Sprint’s commitment to the brand, and HTC’s commitment to delivering a high quality experience with the EVO brand (as long as we all forget about the EVO Shift, anyway) with some cutting edge technology. So, how would you go about encouraging existing EVO owners, as well as new users, to move to the EVO above any other phone? You go with a trade-in program.Radio Shack started making noise a few weeks ago about being able to trade in an EVO 4G for an EVO 3D and get a $100 credit, effectively cutting the cost of the phone in half on a new contract, as long as you already own an EVO. That’s a pretty sweet deal, especially given Sprint’s competition has been busy increasing the prices on their high-end phones (Droid Charge on Verizon and the G2X on T-Mobile are now $250 on a new contract). What could be sweeter, right? Well, if you’re a Target customer, that deal gets even better.Take your EVO 4G into Target stores on June 24th, and as long as you buy an EVO 3D with a new 2 year agreement, Target will take $150 off the cost of the phone. What’s more, if you have a Target REDcard, an additional 5% will be taken off the cost of the device. So, do you shop at Target, and have an EVO? I can’t imagine there being a reason for you not to go get the EVO 3D for only $40, can you?
Last night, Sprint sent out a press invite to a “Strategy Update” event on October 7. Like many event invites, it leaves much to the imagination. All we know is the location (New York City), time, and that there will be presentations by “senior management” followed by a Q&A session. If you’ve been following the slew of iPhone 5 rumors, you know two things: First, that there may be a Sprint iPhone; and second that the iPhone may come out in mid-October.All this suggests that the event will most likely be devoted to talking about Sprint’s plans for its high-speed 4G network, but there’s also talk that the event could be related to the upcoming iPhone. As of now, it’s looking ever more likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 at its September 7 iPod event, but will it announce Sprint’s version then, too, or will that announcement be saved for Sprint’s own event one month later?When the CDMA iPhone was announced for Verizon, it wasn’t done at Apple’s iPhone event; instead, it was announced at Verizon’s own event held in New York City, but that may also be because it came out months after the AT&T iPhone 4.It’s also possible that Apple could announce the Sprint phone in September and the October 7 event could be just another chance for Sprint to talk about its first iPhone, along with its 4G strategy. Sprint was one of the first carriers to offer 4G with WiMAX, but the company now needs to look forward to LTE. Sprint is known for partnering with other companies to build out its wireless network, so it’s likely that the event will detail how it plans to do that.via TiMN
Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:diagnostic centres, jamaica, National Education Trust Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 24 (JIS) – The Government has allocated $20 million to continue the construction of three diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.Details of the allotment are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project will be financed through the Consolidated Fund and is being implemented by the National Education Trust.Diagnostic centres will be located at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester; and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland. The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment at the Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (CARE), which is currently the only such facility in the island. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Four families are now moving into new Pompano Beach homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Broward and JM Family Enterprises.For one of the new home owners, Toshiba Hinds, the feeling is unbelievable. “It feels great to be able to pull up and walk in your own front door,” she said. “For the last two years, there’s been a lot of sweat, painting, landscaping and a lot of other things.”“As an organization, Habitat, we just want to build homes. I call it paying it forward and building a better Broward,” said Habitat for Humanity of Broward Chairman Bill Feinberg.It took 190 volunteers who spent more than 25,000 hours over seven weekends to build, paint and landscape, alongside the new homes. “We have been working on these homes for almost a year and the opportunity to really put four families in a beautiful home here in Broward County,” Feinberg said.The dedication ceremony included two single-family homes and Habitat for Humanity’s first duplex. JM Family Enterprises sponsored the homes — contributing $75,000 to each one. “This is our 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st homes that we have sponsored,” said Colin Brown, the CEO and President of JM Family Enterprises.Brown said they are proud to be a part of the project. “When you think about the countless hours of hard work, sweat, maybe even tears that these family members have had and the excitement they have to suddenly be looking at their homes and being able to walk into it for the first time,” he said. “It just makes us very, very proud that we were associated with it.”WSVN is a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.
The retention ban is in effect until the end of 2018. The Department has issued an the order prohibiting retention of the fish in order to manage them conservatively. According to the Department, in order to grow and become a self-sustaining population again they need additional time to mature. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The retention of Arctic char and Dolly Varden in Nikiski’s Stormy Lake is prohibited as of January 1, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Prior to the treatment Arctic char eggs were taken and reared in the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. Those fingerlings were released back into Stormy Lake in the summer of 2013 but the species has a slow growth rate, ergo taking many years to reestablish themselves. In 2012 the lake was treated with rotenone to eradicate the invasive and carnivorous northern pike which had contributed to a decline in Arctic char in the lake. Department surveys in 2014 indicated that the restoration was successful. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-stormy-lake-closure.mp3VmJennifer-on-stormy-lake-closure.mp300:00RPd
The prestigious Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be posthumously conferred on thumri maestro Girija Devi on November 17.The award, that was instituted six years ago to honour the memory of Delhi’s well-known art patron, Sumitra Charat Ram, will be presented at the Kamani Auditorium by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and accepted by the late singer’s daughter, Sudha Datta. In previous years, the award has been given to leading artists like Pt Birju Maharaj, Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, among others.Shobha Deepak Singh, Sumitra Charat Ram’s daughter and director of Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK), who initiated the award, said, “It is with a heavy heart that we are presenting this award posthumously. She sang at the Kendra’s Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival only in March this year and little did one know that her words at that time would be prophetic. She had said, ‘I don’t know for how long I’ll sing, but singing at SBKK is always like homecoming. I have been part of the SBKK family since 1952 when I sang at the Constitution Club when the Kendra was founded'”.The event will also witness an audio visual presentation on Girija Devi, and will conclude with a musical tribute by her disciples.A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, Girija Devi, known famously as the thumri queen, was a celebrated classical singer of the Seniya and Benaras gharanas. She performed classical and light classical music and helped elevate the profile of thumri. Her repertoire included the semi-classical genres kajri, chaiti, and holi and she sang in the khayal, Indian folk music and tappa styles. She passed away on October 24, 2017.The Sumitra Charat Ram Award is given to those individuals who have greatly contributed to the field of Indian classical music and dance or other disciplines of Indian art and culture, including theatre during the last 15 years and who have had a significant impact in promoting a particular art form.Sumitra Charat Ram belonged to the illustrious Shri Ram family and played a key role in the revival of the performing arts traditions, specially kathak and Hindustani music in north India. She was also the founder of Shiram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.Girija Devi, one of the foundational figures of Banaras and Senia gharana, who brought thumri from the courts and kothas onto the proscenium stage, died after a cardiac arrest. She was rushed to BM Birla Hospital in Kolkata but died hours after being on ventilator. Minutes before she concluded the Wajid Ali Shah thumri in Bhairavi, she was bringing alive musical flirtations and the pain of unrequited love in the more sensuous thumris. The Purabiya lilt in place, the laughter in tow. Shekhar Sen, chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, sat alongside her to accompany her on the vocals. Girija Devi, while introducing him, asked gently, “Ye Shekhar hain, Beta kya karte ho tum?” Everyone laughed. She was unfazed and asked again. Sen eventually managed, “Kuch nahi, Appa ji,” Girija Devi laughed along, then let the laughter die down before taking a paan out of her silver paandaan. After putting it in her mouth, she began to sing ‘Humse najariya kaahe pheri re balma’. As the audience let their appreciation show, Girija Devi responded with a smile and a glance. The diamond nosepin flashed, playing havoc with the hearts of those present.Girija Devi was born to Ramdeo Rai, a zamindar, and grew up in Banaras, singing shaadi ke geet for her doll’s wedding. Her father taught her, after which she trained under Sarju Prasad Misra and Chand Mishra. Not allowed to sing for Nawabs of the time by her husband in Varanasi and Kolkata, as it wasn’t appreciated if upper-class women sang in public, she began singing for radio and at conferences where she was much appreciated. Her musical journey found Dr Radhakrishnan, Sarojini Naidu, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi in the audiences in the 1960s and 70s. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1989 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.ians
Kolkata: In a bid to cater rush of passengers during Durga Puja, the Eastern Railway has decided to extend its platform in the Sealdah Station (North division).”There are many works going on at Sealdah station. We are extending the platform number 4 A. The length of the platform is being increased to accommodate trains with 12 bogies,” said Nikhil Kumar Chakrobarty, chief public relation officer of Eastern Railway. At present, the platform number 4 A at Sealdah station accommodate trains with 12 bogies. While, the footfall of more than 1.8 million people is recorded in Sealdah station on a daily basis, the count is increasing by leaps and bounds. Every year, Eastern Railway also runs special trains in the suburban section of Sealdah Divsion during Durga Puja. The puja special trains run in Sealdah Main line, Sealdah — Bongaon as well as in Sealdah South sections. In 2018, Sealdah division of Eastern Railway experienced a record rush of pandal-hoppers during Durga Puja.
Municipal elections in Costa Rica will be held Sunday, Feb. 7 and the race to lead the capital San José — the country’s most populous city with the biggest budget — is a crowded one. Thirteen candidates are vying for the spot, among them several political newbies and one, Johnny Araya, who is extremely familiar with the post of San José mayor. After throwing in the towel during the 2014 presidential campaign, Araya — who previously served as mayor of San José for more than 20 years — is back to try and regain the spot, this time as the candidate of the recently-formed Alliance for San José (PASJ).Though voter turnout has historically been anemic for municipal elections, especially in San José, the mayor’s seat comes with considerable power. The mayor of San José controls a budget of around ₡60 billion (more than $100 million). She or he is responsible for making sure that the some 300,000 people who live in San José have a functioning, orderly and rich quality of life, and that the more than 1 million people who flow through the capital daily for work, study, business or other reasons have a functioning and attractive capital.The mayor, who proposes plans and budgets, and the municipal council, which approves (or not) those plans and budgets are charged with maintaining city streets and sidewalks, managing wastewater, collecting trash and providing security in the form of the municipal police. They’re also in charge of building, maintaining and promoting libraries, parks, municipal theaters and senior centers, and providing and promoting cultural activities.“In these elections we have the opportunity to vote for the people we think will do the most to improve people’s quality of life,” said Juan José Echeverría, former president of the Institute for Municipal Development.Here’s who’s running for mayor of San José (in alphabetical order): Related posts:Uber supporters say court case could legalize ride-hailing service in Costa Rica Former Costa Rica President Luis Alberto Monge Álvarez dies at 90 Who’s who on the PLN ballot: forecasts for tomorrow’s presidential primary UPDATE: Álvarez Desanti maintains in Liberation primary; late-night vote-counting drama (Facebook)Douglas AltamiranoAge: 54Party: Social Christian Republican Party (PRSC)Who is he? A businessman and member of the current municipal council in San José. Altamirano was originally elected to the council for the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), but he and some other PUSC politicians, led by former President Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier (1990-1994), left the party last year and formed the PRSC.Altamirano says he wants to make it possible to carry out all municipal paperwork online; improve basic and emergency health care by purchasing 10 ambulances and setting up a mobile clinic; increase the municipal police’s vehicle fleet and create a municipal police academy; devote resources to repairing at least 60 percent of San José streets; and transform the city’s dilapidated Mercado de la Coca-Cola.You can read his entire plan here.— (TSE)Johnny ArayaAge: 58Party: Alliance for San José (ASJ)Who is he? The first mayor of San José, elected in 1998, Araya is trying to return to the post he held for 22 years and left in order to run for president in 2014 as the National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate. Araya left the PLN and joined a new party after he was suspended by the party’s ethics committee for dropping his presidential campaign a month before the runoff election against current President Luis Guillermo Solís.An agronomist and career politician, Araya began working in San José city government in 1982 when he was elected a member of the municipal council.If elected, Araya wants to provide housing solutions for lower- and middle-class citizens; promote public education and build three technical colleges in needy areas; create a day labor hotline where unemployed or subemployed residents can connect with people who need yard work, cleaning and other basic jobs fulfilled; create new senior centers; increase the number of municipal police; and promote changes at the national level that would allow municipal police to function as transit police.Araya also proposes investing in clean energy projects and modernizing the public transportation system and infrastructure.You can read his full plan here. — (TSE)Marco Antonio ArroyoAge: 58Party: Costa Rican Renovation (PRC)Who is he? A civil engineer running for his first-ever political post, Arroyo’s bid for mayor revolves around cleaning up and modernizing the city of San José. As mayor, Arroyo says he would ramp up recycling services for homes and businesses; create an employment center; promote the construction of an aerial train; fix all of the city’s sidewalks as part of an emergency plan; and make sure all districts in the city get their fair share of funding. In terms of security, Arroyo says he would focus on improving security in San José neighborhoods. — (Candidate’s website)Roberto BarrantesParty: Solidarity Party (PS)Age: 71Who is he? Styled as the candidate of the “people’s party,” Roberto Barrantes is focused on homelessness, “dignified” public housing and security. His plan for the city includes providing support for “micro” businesses for the city’s poorest. Barrantes said new businesses should not be taxed until they can “economically support themselves” as a way to generate jobs and encourage entrepreneurism. He also wants to launch hydroponic gardens and an “adopt a fruit tree” campaign to help low-income families feed themselves and generate extra income. Barrantes also wants the mayor to provide public progress reports every three months.You can find out more about Barrantes and his plan on his website.— (TSE)Vanessa CalvoAge: 46Party: Libertarian Movement Party (PML)Who is she? Calvo is a lawyer and businesswoman who thinks the municipality should intervene to help businesses facing red tape with the central government. If elected, she says she’ll promote tax amnesty for elderly residents who can’t pay property taxes, set up scholarships for outstanding students who attend private schools and English schools, use street theater to promote civic campaigns and start a bike rental program in San José.She also wants to set up free Wi-Fi in public places, build public bathrooms and create a digital hub were people can consult bus and train schedules.In terms of security, Calvo would establish closed-circuit monitoring systems at bus and train stops.You can read all of her proposals here. — (PFUPC)Fernando CastilloAge: 59Party: United Forces for Change (PFUPEC)Who is he? The president of the United Forces for Change party, Castillo works as an evangelical pastor. If elected, Castillo proposes opening 75 soup kitchens to feed needy children and 10 clinics to serve homeless people, alcoholics and drug addicts. The PFUPEC declares on its Facebook page that it is a “political party with firm biblical convictions.”— (TSE)José Manuel EchandiAge: 51Party: National Integration Party (PIN)Who is he? The grandnephew of former President Mario Echandi (1958-1962), José Manuel Echandi has a long political history dating back to his appointment as Costa Rica’s ombudsman in 2001. After his post ended, the San José native was elected as a lawmaker for the National Union Party, where he emerged as a strong advocate for the Central American Free Trade Agreement.Echandi has unsuccessfully run for president twice under the banner of different conservative political parties. He is now a member of the minor National Integration Party, which currently has no representatives in the Legislative Assembly.If elected mayor, Echandi plans to focus on security, employment, the environment, health, developing better sports programs and improving services for the elderly. You can read more about his plan here. — (TSE)Guido GranadosAge: 68Party: National Liberation Party (PLN)Who is he? A lawyer and entrepreneur Granados is the husband of current San José Mayor Sandra García Pérez and also served as a lawmaker from 1982 to 1986. He also served on city council from 1978 to 1982. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) and the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP).His campaign is based on four principles: human sensitivity, environmental sustainability, economic development, and ethical and moral principles. If elected, Granados plans to develop projects aimed mostly at the elderly, women, minors, disabled and homeless people. He also seeks to promote sports and recreation, reduce the city’s ecological footprint, repopulate the canton and ensure transparency in municipal government.Upon accepting his nomination in August, Granados said he made the decision to run for mayor in May 2014, right after the PLN’s defeat in the presidential runoff election.You can read Granados’ full governing plan here or visit his website. —Israel GuillénAge: 61Party: Broad Front Party (FA)Who is he? A longtime left-leaning political activist and Broad Front operative. Guillén wants to enhance public involvement in municipal government, including in the budget and planning process. Guillén also wants to reorganize public transportation in San José, creating a system of bus terminals and a bus route around the city center.Guillén wants to reestablish municipal trash collection (San José has contracted out its trash management to Mexican firm PASA since 2010) and create a municipal compost center. On the public safety front, Guillén proposes improving public lighting and amplifying the system of security cameras around the city.You can read Guillén’s entire plan here. — (Candidate’s official website)Daguer HernándezAge: 31Party: Citizen Action Party (PAC)Who is he? Daguer Hernández is a lawyer and current member of the San José municipal council. He has been involved in municipal government since 2006.Hernández’s plan focuses in large part on quality of life issues in San José, among others. He’s sure to attract some young voters with his promise to provide free Wi-Fi in public parks and libraries in San José. The platform calls for more aggressive recycling programs, including an “environmental executive” who would coordinate public education about recycling and waste management with door-to-door recycling pickup along certain routes. There would also be “micro” recycling centers where locals can leave their unseparated recycling in repurposed shipping containers for pick up. Hernández also wants to create a bike-sharing system in San José and promote more urban cycling.Hernández’s plan to help re-populate San José evidently includes the living and the deceased. He wants to open a new municipal cemetery and clean up some of downtown San José’s neighborhoods, from the underutilized Chinatown/Paseo de los Estudiantes to the seedy Paso de la Vaca sector near downtown.You can find out more about Hernández and his governing plan on his website.— (ANEP)Laura MorúaAge: 30Party: Worker’s Party (PT)Who is she? Morúa is a party activist and union leader in the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP). She is one of just two female candidates in San José’s mayoral election. Morúa, who is pregnant, wants to provide free daycare so that women can work.You can find out more about the candidate on her Facebook page. — (Facebook)Gustavo OrtizAge: 56Party: New Generation (PNG)Who is he? A lawyer and businessman, Ortiz is seeking his first public office. In addition to his private practice, he is the founder of Fundación Libertad y Esperanza, a nonprofit social services group.His campaign proposes goals divided into four principles: social and human development, public infrastructure, culture, and citizen opportunities. As short-term objectives, Ortiz proposes four specific goals: improving transparency and preventing corruption; improving citizen safety in public spaces; reducing red tape in municipal services; and increasing assistance to the poor, elderly and homeless.Find more information at the PNG Facebook page. (As of this writing, the PNG website was down.) — (Facebook)Jorge Eduardo SánchezAge: 53Party: Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC)Who is he? Sánchez, a lawyer, has served as a lawmaker for the PUSC three times (1990-1994, 1998-2002, 2006-2010). He is running on a “tale of two cities” platform. The PUSC candidate said after his nomination in July 2015 that erstwhile National Liberation Party mayor and presidential candidate Johnny Araya left San José “dirty and unsafe” after his two decade run at the city’s helm. Addressing poverty, homelessness, affordable housing and a municipal-level job training center are among Sánchez’s priorities for the next four years.Besides poverty and safety, Sánchez’s proposed agenda is not shy about taking some bold steps when it comes to addressing the city’s “chaotic” street traffic. Sánchez proposes a law that would give the city imminent domain-like powers to expropriate land in favor of urban development plans and to improve the city’s roadways and sewers. He calls for widening sidewalks, keeping buses out of downtown San José and for taking a decidedly not pura vida approach to illegally parked cars.You can read Sánchez’s entire governing plan here and visit his Facebook page for more information.Vote on February 7! Facebook Comments
Tourism New Zealand named top tourism office in AustraliaTourism New Zealand has been named the top tourism office in Australia at the premier industry event of the year.The TNZ Australia team won the ‘Best Tourism Office in Australia’ award at the 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards. It is the third time in six years that TNZ has picked up the honour. This year, TNZ beat Dubai Tourism, Visit California, Tourism Fiji and the Singapore Tourism Board to claim the top spot.Receiving the award, Tony Saunders, TNZ’s General Manager, Australia said: “I am delighted to accept the award on behalf of the amazing TNZ teams in Sydney, Auckland, and Wellington who continually raise the bar on quality Trade, PR and marketing initiatives in Australia. “We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support from Regional Tourism Organisations in New Zealand, and our airline, trade and wholesale partners in Australia”.Tony said The award caps off an excellent few months with holiday arrivals from Australia up 20 per cent in May and 14 per cent in June, versus the same time last year, while brand preference in New Zealand remains at an all-time high.Australia is New Zealand’s largest international tourism market accounting for almost half of all international visitors.Source = Tourism New Zealand
November 10, 2014 496 Views Movers & Shakers PrimeLending 2014-11-10 Tory Barringer Share PrimeLending Welcomes SVP, Regional Manager for Pacific Northwest in Headlines, News National home lender PrimeLending named Kelly Lee as SVP and regional manager for the Pacific Northwest.With more than 20 years’ experience in the mortgage industry, Lee has a track record of mentoring leaders and guiding sales teams to the highest level of achievement. Before joining PrimeLending, he served as VP of sales and EVP for a regional mortgage company, where he managed operations, including warehouse lines and investor relationships.Working from PrimeLending’s Portland metro branch in Oswego, Oregon, Lee is responsible for the company’s branch production and operations in the entire region, which includes Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.Al Velasco, EVP and manager of PrimeLending’s Western division, said he is “very pleased” to welcome Lee to the team.”He is a natural servant leader who has a track record of growing profitable branches in the Pacific Northwest region,” Velasco said.