APVeteran promoter Bob Arum claims that Manny Pacquiao, raring to go, has provided his preferred dates for the rematch against WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn of Australia.This was all to be expected, and the rematch could be held later in the year, when the Philippine Senate will be in recess.ADVERTISEMENT Possible venues mentioned included Melbourne and Sydney.There were other details that should be clarified. For example, there has been no word on Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who had made himself scarce after Pacquiao was upset by Horn in Brisbane last July 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDid Roach and Pacquiao have a pleasant parting of ways after the Battle of Brisbane?Post-fight eyewitness accounts had pictured a gloomy and tense dugout scene, with Pacquiao fervently attending to his hairdo, while Roach was left to stare around. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Gilas sews up QF berth NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Or was it a case of Pacquiao realizing right there and then he had lost his original power, if not his killer instinct? He was observed going faintly through the motions [of striking hard] in the final minute of the 12th round, which he clearly lost.Still, there was the prevailing post-fight punch audit which showed Pacquiao could’ve clearly claimed a unanimous verdict if he had just fought normally well, and not allowed himself to be limited to throwing punches mainly to the head.For one, there was Nonito Donaire who would later say that Pacquiao should’ve been made to go for the body, noting that Horn had been through a horrible weight reducing regimen on the eve of the championship.There was another thing that should be made clear: Who between Pacquiao and Roach faulted?Did Roach suffer a blackout, after failing to order an attack to the [very] open body in the middle rounds?Shouldn’t Pacquiao refuse to be operated like a rusty knockout robot—and instead fight his normal good fight—next time around?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side There are things that must be cleared now. For the record, Roach had allowed Pacquiao only one last fight—the Horn rematch—after the controversial bloody upset of July 2.Several pundits, this early, would also like to know if Roach would still stick to his original order for Pacquiao to push for a knockout against the bigger, younger Horn.Pacquiao came very close to either downing or stopping Horn in the ninth round of the encounter in Brisbane.Observers were one in saying that Horn’s toughness, after he survived a monster onslaught by the ferocious Pacquiao, was almost miraculous.Either Horn had proved bigger than life, or wholly tough and too courageous.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
COMMENTS × COMMENT Kolkata : 10/04/2016: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir of Kolkata Knight Riders during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens on April 10, 2016 in Kolkata. Photo: K.R. Deepak – – THE HINDU April 10, 2016 SHARE IPL 2016 A clinical Kolkata Knight Riders handed Delhi Daredevils a nine-wicket drubbing to begin their Indian Premier League campaign in style here today.Knight Riders shot out a lacklustre Delhi for 98 before cantering home in 14.1 overs with openers skipper Gautam Gambhir (38 not out) and Robin Uthappa (35) sharing a brisk 69-run stand.Andre Russell (3/24) and 45-year-old Brad Hogg (3/19) were the star bowlers for the home team after Gambhir put the opposition in.While the two-time champions made an ideal start to the season, a fresh squad, mentored by Rahul Dravid, did not change the fortunes of Delhi who finished seventh out of eight teams in 2015.Cricket returned to Eden Gardens on the same strip exactly a week after West Indies rode on Carlos Brathwaite six-hitting heroics to lift their second World Twenty20 title and the 25,000-odd Knights fans could not have a better start for Knight Riders, the two-time champions.Gambhir and Uthappa made batting look easy during the chase as the team completed a convincing win. Gambhir was solid in his 41-ball knock, collecting five fours while Uthappa smashed seven boundaries including a couple of delightful straight drives.Earlier, a brilliant bowling effort enabled Knight Riders to dismiss Daredevils for a paltry total.Pacers Russell and John Hastings (2/6) triggered the collapse before the spin duo of Hogg and Piyush Chawla (2/21) came to the party.Put in, Delhi Daredevils raced to 24 in just 13 balls with Knight Riders having some initial hiccups.Quinton de Kock looked imperious when he unsettled Umesh Yadav’s line with successive four and a six.The Knight Riders bounced back in the next over with Russell giving twin breakthroughs of de Kock (17 from 10 balls) and Shreyas Iyer (0) before Hasting tightened things up the other end.Introduced only at midway stage, Knight Riders spin armoury, without their ace weapon Sunil Narine, lived up to the expectation as Hogg and Piyush Chawla foxed a clueless looking Daredevils batting line-up.Pawan Negi (11) and Sanju Samson (15) tried to repair the damage with a 20-run partnership but Hogg brilliantly set up the former with two dot balls before deceiving the left-hander with his flight to have him stumped.Coming at No 7, Carlos Brathwaite received a thunderous applause from the KKR supporters as the World T20 hero lived up to the hype with a second-ball six but only to be trapped plumb deceived by a Chawla googly two balls later.Earlier, de Kock was deceived by the bounce and took a top edge that Yusuf Pathan almost fumbled at mid off with the ball popping out before taking in his third attempt.He trapped Iyer lbw in his last ball while at the other end, Hastings bowled a tidy over with five dot balls giving away just one run as boundaries suddenly dried up with two new batsmen at the crease.Russell’s third over proved to be a match-turning from the Knights perspective as Daredevils failed to overcome from the twin setbacks with their young Indian batsman showing little application.Their run-rate was well above eight after the third over and what was needed was smart rotation of strikes but the likes of Mayank Agarwal (9) and Karun Nair (3) perished playing expansive shotsBrief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 99/1 in 14.1 overs (Robin Uthappa 35, Gautam Gambhir 38 not out). Delhi Daredevils 98 all out in 17.4 overs (Quinton de Kock 17; Andre Russell 3/24, Brad Hogg 3/19). Kolkata : 10/04/2016: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir of Kolkata Knight Riders during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens on April 10, 2016 in Kolkata. Photo: K.R. Deepak – – THE HINDU Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket
Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptopThe Asus TUF FX505 is relatively a more affordable way to enjoy high-quality PC gaming on the move. The robust build and powerful specifications make this gaming laptop a great buy for gamers on a budget. Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 16:09 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe TUF FX505 offers a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core processors and various RAM as well as storage configurations.The 15.6-inch Full HD display has a butter-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.The i7-8750H in the TUF FX505 is one of the powerful variants of the Core i7 family with a hexa-core setup.Asus is one of the very few brands in India that focuses on the gaming segment more than anyone else. Their ROG series of laptops are popularly known to be the choice of hardcore gamers, with several gamer-friendly features. The TUF series offers a more no-nonsense approach to PC gaming at relatively affordable prices. They even came up with a ROG-branded Android smartphone for catering to mobile gamers. That’s why, when Asus does a gaming laptop, you know that it won’t disappoint you, to say the least. The TUF FX505 is their latest offering and from the looks of it, the laptop seems impressive.The TUF FX505 offers a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core processors and various RAM as well as storage configurations. The range starts at Rs 79,990 for the variants with Core i5 processor. However, as you bump up the specifications, the price goes up to Rs 1,29,990 for the variant with a hexa-core Core i7 processor and a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. This is a very good deal for performance enthusiasts, considering Asus is offering some of the latest generation specifications for offering a fairly enjoyable gameplay experience.Asus TUF FX505 design and build:Gaming laptops are a different breed of portable computers with a strict focus on functional and performance-oriented design. The TUF FX505 is no exception – it looks and feels like any other gaming laptop from Asus. It looks and is, bulky, especially with an overall weight of 2.2Kg. Since this doesn’t fall under the coveted ROG series, it feels a little bland in comparison, especially with trapezoid Aluminium lid. There are no crazy patterns or whacky RGB lighting on the lid. Instead, it’s a very ultrabook-esque matte metallic finish. The Asus logo glows, but I never saw it display a myriad of colours like its ROG counterparts. There is ROG-inspired cross pattern, but the effect is dialled down to such an extent that it often feels like a normal laptop. The cutout towards the hinge for showing the LED indicators for power, processor involvement and the aeroplane mode gives the much-needed gaming laptop zing.advertisement The massive exhaust for the heat sink at the top edge means business, especially with the red coloured fins. However, compared to older TUF models, this one also features an additional heat vent towards the right side, with no ports to accompany it. Asus as moved all the ports to the other side, which I think is a clever touch to enhance ease of use. The speakers are located at a slanted angle with a red grille accent.The TUF FX505 offers a fairly decent choice of connectivity options. All the ports are located to the right side. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, an RJ 45 Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone.Open the lid and entire understated theme of the exterior is offset by the typical gaming laptop-esque interior. Yes, there are crazy lines and patterns on the plastic base. The pattern is reminiscent of Asus’ trademark brushed Aluminium finish. A very cool addition is the TUF Gaming logo printed on the right side. On the deck, there’s an RGB backlit keyboard and a fairly big trackpad laid out spaciously. The lid holds a standard 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels to the sides. This makes for an overall compact form factor compared to previous models. The bottom has a very impressive vent design for the fans to suck while the laptop is busy playing games. On the whole, the TUF FX505 has very understated looks on the outside but a very “oo-la la” gaming-inspired design on the inside. This is good enough for people who don’t want to embarrass themselves everytime they take out their laptop for doing basic work.Asus TUF FX505 display:I have used a lot of Asus laptops in my time as a tech journalist and I have maintained the notion that Asus offers the best display on its laptop in that category. With the TUF FX505, nothing changes. The 15.6-inch full HD IPS LCD display with a matte finish works well in resenting smudges. Boot up the laptop and the brilliance of the display is immediately visible. The display features a wider dynamic range with very vibrant colours and adequate brightness. Even while using it outdoors, the display is easily visible. The contrast is very high and makes for a very AMOLED-like viewing experience, especially with its deep blacks. The display does lose colour accuracy a little when viewed from extreme angles, but considering only one person plays at a time on a laptop, this isn’t much of a bother.advertisement However, what I loved about the display is the butter-smooth refresh rate. At 144Hz, everything just flows on the display. Whether you are watching the latest Netflix title or driving an F1 car at the Belgian Grand Prix in F1 2017, the 144Hz refresh rate means you will want to see more content on this display. Even navigating around Windows on this laptop makes for a great experience. Well done Asus.Asus TUF FX505 specifications and performance:With any gaming laptop, performance is expected to be top-notch. At the heart of the TUF FX505 lies Intel’s latest 8th Gen core i7-8750H CPU clocked at 2.20GHz. With overboost, the clock speeds can go up to 4.10GHz. The i7-8750H is one of the powerful variants of the Core i7 family with a hexa-core setup. Asus has paired this processor with a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM. As standard, you get 16GB of DDR4 2666RAM. For storage, there’s a 256GB SSD and a 1TB 5400RPM Firecuda HDD. As usual, there’s a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home looking after the daily errands.With a laptop like this focused solely on performance, it hardly makes sense as to speak about how fast stuff happens. The usual Windows tasks such as opening applications and shuffling between several folders at a time are no big deal for the TUF FX505. With 16GB of RAM, multitasking with 4-5 web browsers, each holding at least 5 tabs is a breeze.The TUF FX505 has very understated looks on the outside but a very “oo-la la” gaming-inspired design on the inside.Since gaming is what this laptop is born to do, I tried some the latest titles on the TUF FX505 and I was left fairly impressed. F1 2017 ran on the highest graphical settings with an average frame rate of 60. Since the GTX 1060 is now a little older, the ultra graphics settings made the game drop frame rates slightly. Forza Motorsport 7 ran on high graphics with no issues, but the ultra settings weren’t that gamer-friendly. Fortnite ran like a dream at the highest possible graphics. Older titles from a few years ago such as PES 2017 and Grand Theft Auto 5 were able to exploit the resources fully. War Thunder, which is an online multiplayer title with high fidelity graphics was handled very well at the “High” settings. The thermal management is on-spot. There’s a HyperCool Technology involving a dual fan system to suck air from the bottom and throw it out of the vents situated on the sides. When you aren’t gaming, the fans keep spinning at a bare minimum speed. However, when you are busy shedding sweat on virtual battlefields, the fans start spinning at their max speeds to keep the processor from sweating. There’s a boost button to put the fans in overboost mode if you feel the laptop is heating up.Windows 10 isn’t a very well-optimised operating system, especially with some updates having the ability to make or break the ultimate experience. However, Asus’ optimisation and certain custom add-ons make sure the experience stands up to what’s been promised. Asus’ custom TUF aura core app manages the RGB lighting of the keyboard. The application is a watered-down version of the version on ROG laptops with only four lighting modes. There’s no ROG centre for monitoring the live clock speed or other statistics of the computer. Maybe Asus could do something about this, considering the asking price goes above a lakh for this laptop.advertisementIn its category, the Asus TUF FX505 is easily one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now.Since a laptop also needs to be used for other purposes, I used the TUF FX505 as my primary computer for a few days. For the most part, it impressed me with its versatility. The keyboard is comfortable to type a long document and the higher key travel makes it a satisfying experience. The RGB backlight isn’t in your face even when it’s at full brightness. The slight curvature of the keys reduces ghosting by a huge margin. The trackpad is fairly comfortable to use and is very accurate. However, I would have preferred a slightly bigger trackpad for easier user experience. While all of this makes for a great work laptop, the sheer bulk of the FX505 restricts the usage to indoors. I wouldn’t carry this outdoors for lighter work such as writing documents and browsing the Internet.When it comes to the audio, the inbuilt speakers are a massive improvement from the previous versions. With passive amplification, the speakers can get fairly loud with a focus on higher frequencies. However, it still lacks base and isn’t suitable for gaming. If you are playing PUBG, make sure you plug in your headphones as the 3.5mm audio port supports 7.1 channel surround sound. This elevates the gaming experience further.Asus TUF FX505 battery:With a 3 -Cell 48Wh polymer battery, it’s a fairly standard affair. On battery power, the FX505 can at most last up to an hour and 15 minutes while playing games. However, when you are not gaming and using it as a conventional laptop, the stamina can go up to 4.5 hours. Since gaming will mostly take place when the device is plugged in, the smaller battery stamina isn’t bothersome. To fill it up quickly, Asus has enabled a fast-changing technology with a 180W fast charger. It should fill up to 60 per cent within an hour.Should you buy the Asus TUF FX505 gaming laptop? As with all gaming gear, the Asus TUF FX505 is quite expensive. But, in its category, this is easily one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now. The Intel Core i7-8750H is a super fast performer while the Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU is fairly powerful to manage the latest gaming titles without breaking a sweat. I also adore the extensive heat management system and the butter-smooth 144Hz display. For competing at e-sports events, this is a laptop that can hold it for longer sessions while you are busy making a name for yourself. Surely, as a gamer, I would have preferred some crazy eye-catching design as well as a slimmer overall profile inspired from the ROG series.Despite that, the TUF FX505 is a very powerful gaming laptop for Rs 1,29,990. The laptop doesn’t disappoint in terms of raw performance and is surely a dependable gear for hardcore gamers.ALSO READ | Asus VivoBook X505ZA review: Powerful AMD Ryzen chip, lightweight build make this budget laptop desirableALSO READ | MacBook Air 2018 13-inch review: Air re-imagined but not re-inventedALSO READ | iPad Pro 12.9-inch review: Closer than ever to replacing your laptopAsus TUF FX505 review 8/10ProsReliable performanceRobust build qualityUltra-smooth 144Hz displayConsSub-par battery lifeUnimpressive designThick profileGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AsusFollow GamingFollow LaptopsFollow Windows Next
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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at a press conference at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on March 12. The Government will be spending $20 million to ramp up coastal surveillance and enforcement activities to militate against illegal fishing in Jamaican waters and protect the island’s fisheries sector. The Government will be spending $20 million to ramp up coastal surveillance and enforcement activities to militate against illegal fishing in Jamaican waters and protect the island’s fisheries sector.The money will be provided under the Fisheries Management and Development Fund, which was established to facilitate the sustainable management and development of the sector.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at a press conference at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on March 12.He said that appropriate technology will be employed to effectively monitor the country’s waters.“Regulations will be put in place, very shortly, to mandate all locally licensed motor fishing vessels to have on board a vessel monitoring system (VMS) device. Very importantly, to complement this technology, we are arranging access to satellite imagery of our waters to enable us to actually see these perpetrators,” he noted.Minister Shaw said that the surveillance and enforcement activities “will be spread far and wide to stop illegal fishing in our near-shore areas and… activities on mainland Jamaica such as the illegal storage and sale of fish and fish products”.He informed that plans are far advanced for the establishment of multi-agency enforcement teams, which, at a minimum will be comprised of the police, coast guard, and personnel from the Ministry’s Fisheries Division and the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit.“Of course, it is expected that other enforcement entities will provide support, when and where necessary. These teams will be checking fishers, fishing vessels, fish vendors, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and cold storage facilities and any other relevant persons and/or establishments,” he pointed out.The Minister, in the meantime, indicated that a revision of the relevant laws will be undertaken soon to address the issue of poaching in Jamaican waters.This comes against the background of the interception of two illegal vessels from the Dominican Republic by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard recently, after they were caught fishing illegally.The poachers were reportedly caught with queen conch, spiny lobster, crabs, fin fish and octopus.“I am advised that the court case, involving the foreign poachers, will take place soon,” Minister Shaw said.“It is indeed, my hope that our courts will send the strongest signal possible to all poachers, both local and foreign, that Jamaica is very serious about protecting our fisheries resources, and, by extension, the livelihood of our fishers and fish workers,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that over the last eight years, from January 2011 to March 2019, a total of 10 foreign vessels were caught fishing illegally in Jamaican waters, noting that this reflects only 14 per cent of foreign illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.He said IUU fishing is a global problem that has plagued both developing and developed countries, and a comprehensive multipronged approach is being undertaken to address the issue.The Government recently imposed a one-year ban on the harvesting and trading of conch from March 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020, due to a depleted population. Scientific survey of the queen conch population conducted in November 2018 showed that conch stocks are in a degraded state.Minister Shaw noted that illegal fishing and environmental influences are two of the factors resulting in the depletion of the conch stock.He said that the Government will be employing a comprehensive strategy of advocacy and diplomacy to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing as well as curtail the trade of illegally caught fish and fish products.This will be done through bodies such as the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) West Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission.Minister Shaw said the objective is to achieve meaningful collaboration and cooperation amongst queen conch-producing and importing countries, and the Flag State of foreign poachers.He said he intends to meet with colleague Ministers at the upcoming Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in St. Kitts on May 2 and 3, 2019 to discuss the issue.“At the international level, we intend to engage Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to ensure that all relevant provisions of this multilateral arrangement is transparent and properly implemented.The truth is, we do have some concerns regarding how some queen conch-producing countries have been able to satisfy the strictures of the CITES convention,” he said. 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New Delhi: BJP’s North East Delhi candidate Manoj Tiwari on Sunday held the Congress party responsible for failing to develop his constituency during its time in government, both in Delhi and at the Centre. Tiwari said that despite Delhi being the Capital of the country, governments prior to the Narendra Modi-led government have done nothing to develop North East Delhi.Other BJP candidates for the seven seats also had a field day launching scathing attacks at both the major opposition parties. At a public meeting in his constituency, South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri accused his AAP opponent Raghav Chadha of circulating fake news and trying to mislead people. Several of Tiwari’s public meetings were attended by former Congress leader Bhishm Sharma, who recently joined BJP. Sharma also leveled serious accusations against his old party. He said that after having been involved in politics for over 40 years, he was extremely disappointed to see his party try to ally with “an anti-national party” like AAP. Moreover, BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan also tore into Kejriwal for bringing up the full statehood demand for Delhi. While the incumbent MPs went about their campaigns, fresh entrant Gautam Gambhir got campaign help from Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh, who addressed public meetings, seeking votes for the former cricketer.
The Sri Lankan blue helmets were on patrol in the Martissant district when they were shot by unknown gunmen, a spokesperson for the mission, known as MINUSTAH, told the UN News Centre.Sophie Boutaud de la Combe said the men were taken to a local hospital but their injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.She added that because the patrol was unable to identify the source of the gunfire, it did not return fire, in line with the rules of engagement for UN peacekeeping missions.Protests have broken out across Haiti this week because of the rising cost of basic goods in the country, already the poorest in the entire Western Hemisphere. This morning fresh demonstrations were held in several towns and cities, some of them because of blackouts that have lasted four days. No schools were open in Port-au-Prince today and many businesses were closed or slow to open.UN installations and vehicles have also been attacked and in some cases burned over the past week, although Ms. Boutaud de la Combe said there was no evidence yet that UN personnel were being deliberately targeted.Yesterday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement deploring the violence while appealing for calm and voicing sympathy for the suffering of the Haitian people.UN agencies are operating across the country to bring relief, with the World Food Programme (WFP) feeding more than one million schoolchildren and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also providing support to people in need.Ms. Boutaud de la Combe stressed that MINUSTAH’s efforts to bring development to Haiti was a long-term project.“We are in a corner right now, and the corner is between law and order and development… But we are confident that the results will show up quickly if we continue our efforts on the ground and the international community continues its support.” 10 April 2008Three United Nations peacekeepers serving in Haiti were shot last night in a poor neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince, amid widespread public demonstrations and discontent over the rising cost of the living in the impoverished Caribbean country.
David Cameron said he looks forward to working with the Sri Lankan Government and he hopes that this new year will bring communities closer together in helping to heal the wounds of the past. (Colombo Gazette) “But it is also a time to remember that Britain’s Tamil and Sinhalese communities are huge success stories and doing great things for our nation. I see this contribution every day. I see how Tamil and Sinhalese businessmen and women are boosting the economy by creating jobs and opportunities. I see how you contribute to our public services – as teachers in our schools, doctors in our hospitals. I see what you do in building strong communities. You play an immensely positive role,” he added. British Prime Minister David Cameron says he looks forward to working with the Sri Lankan Government.In a message to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, David Cameron said that this is an incredibly important time when millions of people will be coming together with families, friends and neighbours to celebrate their new year. The British Prime Minister said that when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena in Malta last year, he announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights, recognising the considerable progress Sri Lanka has made and helping to ensure that President Sirisena can advance the important reform work he has already begun.
David FancyIain Lidstone rarely sees himself reflected in classic theatre works.The transgendered man, a recent Brock University Dramatic Arts graduate, said classical texts don’t often represent diverse gender identities.Not seeing yourself in such an important medium of expression not only makes it difficult to connect to the art, it also sends a message of exclusion, he said.David FancyAssociate Professor David Fancy in the Department of Dramatic Arts believes changing how actors are trained is key in making sure diversity in race, gender, sexuality and physical abilities is represented in the theatre.“So much well-intentioned theatre and performance in Canada is marked by patriarchal depictions of women and men; of racist depictions of black, indigenous and other bodies; and of ableist depictions of so-called ‘disabled’ bodies,” Fancy said.He is using a $65,000 grant from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to develop an online teaching module exploring elements of diversity in acting training. Thirteen videos are being produced to deal with diversity issues covering racism, sexism and ableism.Discussions about diverse depictions in theatre, or lack thereof, are uncomfortable and often dismissed, Fancy said.“A lot of existing actor training is based on old-fashioned assumptions about what a person is, namely white and male. This is just embedded in the unconscious.” David Fancy“A lot of existing actor training is based on old-fashioned assumptions about what a person is, namely white and male. This is just embedded in the unconscious,” he explained.But, he said theatre is such a powerful medium it’s important for it to reflect all people. Depictions in theatre matter, he said.“If we show women to be lesser than men, other-than-white bodies to be lesser than white bodies, gay to be lesser than straight, ‘disabled’ bodies to be lesser than able bodies – even if the playwright tells us to – then we’re just promoting stereotypes our societies have inherited from long histories of injustice and exclusion,” Fancy said.Lidstone worked as a research assistant on the project and participated in one of the videos led by Kelsy Vivash dealing with diversities in gender and sexuality. In the video, she tackles the subject of transgender visibility in theatre and Lidstone is interviewed.He said overcoming stereotypes in classic texts is all about how you approach the text and present it. This can start with the actors and how they interpret the character and performance.Fancy said the 13 videos were written by a wide range of voices, each of them an artist and a thinker.“It’s theoretical but it’s also artistic,” he said of the videos.They range from 12-20 minutes long and can be used in and out of the classroom. A website is being created and the videos will be available on YouTube.“It’s about making acting training more inclusive, more complex and more equitable,” Fancy said.He said management of the project and its execution included Matt Clare and Giulia Forsythe from Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the help of research assistants Lidstone and Kendra Neaves.For more information visit www.brocku.ca/diversities-in-actor-training
If you want to be the first of your friends to say you bought an iPad 2, take note that Apple will officially open up its online store for orders of the device at 4:00 AM Eastern Time.Of course, customers who place their orders online will have to wait for it to be delivered. Those who want to actually have an iPad 2 in hand tomorrow will have to wait until 5:00 PM, when Apple retail stores will actually put the device on their shelves.AdChoices广告That’s the same time that other retailers, including AT&T, Verizon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have also been instructed to begin selling the gadget.Exclusively for customers who go to an Apple Store, a free Personal Setup service will be offered. This means e-mail synchronization, iTunes linking, and even a few free apps will all be set up before leaving the store.As a reminder, here’s the rundown of Apple 2 prices:WIFI– 16GB: $499– 32GB: $599– 64GB: $6993G– 16GB: $629– 32GB: $729– 64GB: $829
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hoteliers and travel agencies have experienced a drop in bookings from domestic travellers this summer compared to this time last year, reports Kathimerini.The slump, which has been attributed to the impending increase in taxes, is expected to extend right through to August, when the majority of Greeks are known to take time off. Though those in the travel industry have their fingers crossed for a last-minute change of heart, this could be based on false hope, with taxes set to spike at the start of the month. Those lucky enough to take a holiday are doing so for shorter periods of time, and are looking to reduce their regular holiday spending budget with special offers and discounts.According to head of Halkidiki hoteliers Grigoris Tasios, reservations being made by nationals have dropped from between seven to 10 days to just five days this season.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has his eyes firmly set on a third straight Ballon d’Or award this year for a record sixth timeThe Juventus forward is one of 30 players shortlisted for this year’s award along with the likes of fellow five-time winner Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.However, unlike in previous years, neither Ronaldo or Messi are quite as heavily fancied for the Ballon d’Or as they have come accustomed to over the past decade.Instead, it’s Real Madrid and Croatia playmaker Luka Modric who is considered the favourite after winning the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year prizes.But, on the back of scoring 44 goals in all competitions for Real last season and inspiring them to a third straight Champions League crown, Ronaldo believes he deserves the Ballon d’Or.Although the Portuguese is not desperate either given that he is already one of the greatest players in history.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I’ve said it plenty of times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession and I wouldn’t phrase the question like that,” Ronaldo told France Football.“I already know deep down that I am one of the best players in history. Of course, I want to win a sixth Ballon d’Or! It would be a lie to say otherwise.“That’s what I work for, just like I work to score goals and win matches without it being an obsession.“The Ballon d’Or, yes, I think I deserve it.”Ronaldo has also managed seven goals and four assists in 10 Serie A games for new club Juventus this season.The winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or will be named on December 3 at an awards ceremony in Paris.
Thanks to donations that flooded in over the past week, the family caring for retired Clark County sheriff’s K-9 Dash has completely paid for the dog’s emergency surgery. On July 7, Deputy Seth Brannan rushed Dash, his former partner, to Columbia River Veterinary Hospital where he learn the dog was suffering from “gastric torsion,” a life-threatening condition more commonly known as stomach flip. In an emergency surgery to save his life, Dash lost his spleen and 20 percent of his stomach. He is expected to make a full recovery.Dash, 7, retired from the sheriff’s office at the end of 2013. Once police dogs retire from service, their handler assumes all financial responsibility for the remainder of the dog’s life.Dogpaw, a nonprofit that has been a supporter of the sheriff’s office canine program, asked the community to help fund the cost of an emergency surgery that Dash As of Thursday, the organization reached the goal of $5,732 to pay for Dash’s medical expenses.Natalie Middleton, a spokeswoman for Dogpaw, said that she wanted to tell the community “Thank you for being so quick and so generous to respond. It’s pretty amazing.”Dash is expected to make an appearance to say thank you at Dogpaw’s Bark in the Park event on Aug. 2 at Northeast Ross and 15th Avenue.
Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — About a dozen people taking refuge in sanctuary churches across the country received a letter from Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this week, informing them they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil penalties for disobeying orders to leave the country.Among those was Rosa del Carmen Ortez Cruz, a 38-year-old mother of four living at a Presbyterian church in Chapel Hill, N.C., who was told she owes more than $300,000 for overstaying her deportation order. Her lawyers at McKinney Immigration Law in Greensboro, N.C., received a similar letter.Ortez Cruz fled Honduras for the United States in 2002, after her domestic partner, the father of her son, stabbed her multiple times. The Church of Reconciliation and the Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship offered her refuge from immediate deportation last year because she is afraid of returning to Honduras, where her ex-partner lives.“This goes along with the extremely cruel and unusual tactics to create fear,” said Noel Andersen, grassroots coordinator with Church World Service, which helps organize the sanctuary movement. “Clearly it’s an attack on the sanctuary movement.And he added, “It creates fear among other people trying to claim sanctuary.”Nationwide, there are 44 undocumented immigrants who have publicly announced they are taking refuge in U.S. religious congregations, Andersen said. It’s unclear why fewer than one-third were targeted with fines.Among those targeted was Edith Espinal, a Mexican national who took sanctuary in a Columbus, Ohio, Mennonite Church and received a fine of $497,777. Others receiving fine letters were immigrants living in churches in Colorado, Utah, Texas, Virginia and Washington state, Andersen said.An ICE spokesman would not say how many so-called Notice of Intention to Fine letters were mailed, but he said the practice began in December and is authorized by the half-century-old Immigration and Nationality Act.“The decision to issue a NIF is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account steps the alien has taken to faithfully meet the obligation of their removal order or voluntary departure,” said Matthew Bourke, the ICE spokesman.Bourke said statutes set two classes of fines. Those who have “failed to meet the obligations of their removal” are fined at no more than $500 per day; in Ortez Cruz’s case, the inflation-adjusted amount totals $799 a day. Immigrants who have failed to voluntarily depart are fined $3,000, according to the statute, he said.Those receiving the fines were given 30 days to respond.Rosa Ortez Cruz has been in santuary at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, N.C., since April 2018. Photo by Stef Bernal MartinezOrtez Cruz’s attorney, Jeremy McKinney, of Greensboro, said his firm would challenge the fine.“I have been practicing immigration law since 1997 and I’ve never seen this,” he said. “It seems unprecedented. Right off the bat it seems there was a lack of notice that this fine could be assessed. At no point did ICE or the immigration judge provide any kind of notice that this could be a consequence for failure to depart.”The fines come amid mounting concern about the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies. On Monday (July 1), President Trump told reporters that massive deportation sweeps were imminent after the Independence Day holiday.On Tuesday, an explosive new report from the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general said border detention centers along the southern border were overcrowded and squalid — conditions it likened to “a ticking time bomb.”But sanctuary advocates alleged that the fines were more directly aimed at curbing the sanctuary movement, a longtime Trump administration goal. Churches — along with schools and hospitals — are considered “sensitive locations” where federal immigration enforcement officers are unlikely to arrest, search or interview people under most circumstances.At least one pastor wondered whether the imposition of fines was the first sign of a coming change in policy.“I am a bit concerned that ICE might be setting the stage to rescind sensitive-location policies,” said the Rev. Randall Keeney, vicar at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro.But the principal effect of the fines may be to scare religious congregations into not sheltering immigrants — especially if they fear the government might fine them for doing so.Most of those immigrants in sanctuary have few, if any, financial means and are unable to work beyond the few chores they can perform for their hosts.Isaac Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, said his church wouldn’t take the bait.“We understood from the beginning that the federal government does not approve of us taking care of our people,” Villegas said. “We’re on different sides of history on that matter. We know they’ll do whatever they can to intimidate us.”Ortez Cruz’s lawyer said he was puzzled by the fine since his client’s case is already pending in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A decision is expected late this year or early next.Ortez Cruz was charged with two misdemeanors stemming from an altercation with her then-teenage son. That led to deportation proceedings beginning in 2013.Andersen of Church World Service said he expected the fines would be challenged because they appear to selectively target undocumented immigrants in sanctuary churches.“What would it mean for ICE to enforce this statute just on the sanctuary movement?” he said. “It’s pretty clear that this is an attack on our faith.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 News Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Share This! 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Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, lays out SB 14, the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act, in the Texas Senate on Feb. 7, 2017.The Texas Senate, passing its first bill of the 2017 legislative session, unanimously approved an ethics reform package that watchdogs say will help curb conflicts of interest and shed more light on the private dealings of state elected officials.The fast-tracked legislation, Senate Bill 14 by Sen. Van Taylor, now heads to the Texas House. Among other provisions, the bill would take pensions away from elected officials convicted on felony public corruption charges, make retiring lawmakers wait out one full legislative session before becoming lobbyists and require more disclosure of lobbyist wining and dining of state officials.The hottest debate came over a proposed amendment by Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, aimed at requiring lobbyists to disclose their entertainment spending on “widely attended events,” such as football tailgating parties, to which state officials are invited. Watson warned that a new loophole could open up without that new provision, in turn allowing lobbyists to stage large events they would then use to “influence” lawmakers.That prompted a round of questions from senators, including an angry response from Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who said it was “offensive” to suggest that a lobbyist might somehow influence his official actions.“My vote is not for sale, and it’s not for sale for a meal or a tailgate event,” Taylor fumed. Watson said he meant no offense but noted that influencing legislation is “the very nature of the professional lobbyist.” Taylor answered that a lot of lobbyist-financed events are “purely relational” — just a “getting to know people” kind of thing — and he said lawmakers can benefit from the expertise of special-interest lobbyists.“I’ll just tell you,I think the lobby plays a very important role in this process,” Larry Taylor said. “We cannot possibly be experts in everything. There are good lobbyists and there are bad lobbyists.”Amid the outcry, Watson withdrew the amendment, saying later that it was clear he wouldn’t prevail and suggesting he might have a chance to resurrect it later.The quick action in the Senate gives the ethics reform package a decent chance of passage this year. Two years ago, ethics reform died in the waning days of the session, a fate that Van Taylor, the bill’s author, is anxious to avoid. Like two years ago, Gov. Greg Abbott has fast-tracked ethics reform by declaring it a legislative emergency.“This is the people’s bill,” Taylor said when he introduced the legislation on the floor Tuesday. “We work for them, no matter our party or position.” In order to keep the bill on track, Taylor has steadfastly resisted changes that would either significantly strengthen or weaken the bill over fears it would torpedo the overall effort as it did in 2015. At one point during the debate Tuesday he said, “I don’t think we should put anything controversial on here.” That includes any provision to close down the “dark money” loophole, which has been used by GOP and Democratic activists alike to cloak the source of their political donations.Also not included: proposals that Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has pushed to require elected officials to disclose all their sources of income — the kind of provision that would have allowed the public to see that Gov. Rick Perry was double-dipping his pension and salary before he had to reveal it on federal forms when he was running for president in 2011. Rodríguez also pointed out during the debate that the the Texas Ethics Commission still isn’t allowed to post state officials’ personal financial statements online.“In the 21st century, I’m not sure why this isn’t already in the law,” Rodriguez said. In a written statement released after the bill passed, Rodriguez applauded the reforms but said they didn’t go far enough. “Transparency bills serve the public interest. Voters deserve as much information as possible about the elected officials they send to Austin to represent their interests,” Rodriguez said. “Disclosure laws strengthen the public bond by shedding light on any appearance of impropriety and give voters greater confidence that elected officials keep sight of who they really work for — the public.”Read more stories on ethics reform in Texas: Taylor is taking a realistic approach to ethics reform this year. He’s pushing proposals that got wide agreement in both chambers two years ago but ultimately failed to draw Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.Regulators are deciding how much lobby wining and dining Texas lawmakers can accept without revealing their names. Hint: It’s a lot.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/07/texas-senate-passes-ethics-reform/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share
Sony Pictures is shuttering Sony Crackle in Canada: The ad-supported video service will be closing its doors in Canada on June 28. Crackle Canada has been telling consumers about the closure with a message posted on its website, and a Sony Crackle spokesperson confirmed the exit when contacted by Variety.“As part of a recently announced partnership between Sony Pictures Television and Bell Media, some content that was available on Sony Crackle in Canada will be available on Bell Media’s new VOD services, CTV Movies and CTV Vault, later this year,” the spokesperson said via email. “Sony Crackle will continue to focus on its longform original content in the U.S. and Latin America. We want to thank the loyal viewers in Canada that have enjoyed our service throughout the years.”The service, which recently rebranded from Crackle to Sony Crackle, has been serving ad-supported movie and TV shows in Canada since 2010. Crackle has also been operating in Latin America since 2012. Its Latin-American offspring was initially ad-supported as well, but switched to a subscription video model in late 2016. Popular on Variety Earlier this month, Sony Pictures Television laid off some staff in an effort to consolidate its various businesses. As part of that move, Sony Pictures also created a new digital unit under Sony TV exec Eric Berger, who is now leading Crackle and other direct-to-consumer businesses including Funimation, Film1 OTT and Animax on demand. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ESPN has packed the new service with sports programming like worldwide soccer games and new matches from Major League Baseball and, soon, the National Hockey League, along with original programming featuring basketball star Kobe Bryant and popular digital-sports personality Katie Nolan. The service costs $4.99 a month, or $49.99 per year.But there’s a reason for the emphasis on streaming. ESPN, like most other cable giants, has suffered from consumers migrating to other kinds of video distribution, including slimmer programming packages made available through Sling, Hulu or YouTube. Kagan, a market-research firm, has predicted ESPN’s cable and satellite customers will fall to 85.6 million by the end of the year. That would represent a more than 14% drop since 2010. By launching ESPN+, Disney hopes to lure die-hard fans of particular sports, even teams, to keep paying money for its services, even if they choose to leave its best-known cable roost. Disney plans to unveil a general-entertainment streaming service in months to come.“Combining sports, technology and the ESPN brand is a very powerful combination, and we are just getting started,” said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN’s president, in a statement. “Very quickly, a wide range of sports fans have seen the value of ESPN+. With high quality programming and an outstanding user experience, ESPN and DTCI are expanding the ways Disney is serving sports fans.”Hitting one million subscribers is often viewed as a sort of benchmark. As more consumers embrace digital technology, media outlets pushing people to subscribe to their new offerings are finding it easier to get there. Pandora took eight months to gain one million subscribers to its premium service, and Hulu and AT&T’s DirecTV Now each required a year to capture that number of customers.In August, ESPN put subscribers to ESPN Insider, a subscription service that offered sports analysis, under the aegis of ESPN+. The company has yet to disclose how many people subscribed to Insider. On Thursday, an ESPN spokesman said via Twitter that the majority of subscribers to ESPN+ are new customers, and that ESPN Insider subscribers accounted for “a minority” of the ESPN+ audience. ESPN+ does contain commercials, but only during breaks in live games. The service contains no display ads and does not embed pre-roll ads within video content. The ESPN+ subscription-video service, which has been positioned as a means of helping Walt Disney’s sports-media giant weather a storm of consumers cutting the cord on its flagship cable outlet, has garnered more than one million paying subscribers in just over five months, the company said Thursday. ESPN+ launched in April of this year.“Reaching one million paid subscribers is an important milestone for any video subscription service, but reaching this benchmark in such a short amount of time is an incredible testament to the teams from DTCI and ESPN who have worked tirelessly to bring this product to market and continually improve it since our April launch,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company, in a prepared statement. “We’re thrilled so many sports fans have quickly come to love the service. The future is bright and we believe growth will continue as we add features, distribution partners and more exclusive content in the coming months.” Popular on Variety
Johnny Araya, the ruling National Liberation Party’s candidate for president and a poll leader heading into the Feb. 2 vote, promised Sunday to lead an administration with a “social face” if elected. Araya made the statement during a San José rally to wrap up his campaign.“I am committed to having a more supportive administration with a social face,” Araya told a crowd on Paseo Colón, in the west of the capital.Araya, an agricultural engineer with a political career that has lasted more than 30 years, hopes to replace outgoing President Laura Chinchilla, also from the PLN, who will wrap up a four-year term with low approval ratings, economic shortcomings and accusations of corruption within her administration.“We want to promote an adjustment to this country’s development model, to have a country that is in greater solidarity (with the poor), that produces more, and that distributes (wealth) more,” the 56-year-old former San José mayor said.“Se oye, se siente, Araya presidente,” thousands of supporters dressed in the party’s green and white shouted, a Spanish slogan that means, “It is heard, it is felt, Araya for president.”The PLN has held Costa Rica’s presidency since 2006.Araya’s campaign predicted he would win in a first round next Sunday, which requires capturing 40 percent of the vote. According to three recent polls, however, none of the 13 presidential candidates have reached that number.“We anticipate winning … decisively in the first round,” because “we’ve seen many Costa Ricans who are not liberacionistas supporting us,” Araya said.According to the most recently published poll, put out by the University of Costa Rica, Araya leads among decided voters with 20.4 percent. His biggest current rival, José María Villalta, of the leftist Broad Front Party, captured 15.3 percent support in the poll, and Libertarian Movement Party’s Otto Guevara received 11.2 percent.However, another recent poll by Unimer published in the daily La Nación placed Villalta in the lead with 22.2 percent, followed by Araya with 20.3 percent and Guevara with 20.2 percent. CID-Gallup said Araya captured 39 percent in their poll, while Villalta received 26 percent and Guevara 18 percent.Araya’s government plan proposes including Panama in Central American integration programs and pushing for Costa Rica’s entry into the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade bloc composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.Araya also promises to reduce the fiscal deficit, which closed 2013 at 5.4 percent of gross domestic product, one of the highest in Latin America.Some 3.1 million voters will head to the polls next weekend to elect the country’s president, two vice presidents and 57 lawmakers. If no presidential candidate reaches 40 percent, the two top candidates will head to a runoff election in April. Facebook Comments Related posts:Is your candidate under investigation? Costa Ricans ready to vote as hard-fought presidential campaign draws to an end UPDATE: Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís moves into 1st place in Costa Rica presidential race Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote