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Woman paramour held for murder of husband

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have arrested a woman who with his paramour killed her husband in Samaypur Badli area of Outer North district. The investigating agency said that the accused strangled the person with nylon rope.According to police, on September 9 at 7:09 AM a PCR call was received in which caller told them that someone had killed his brother. A team was sent to the spot which was near a temple in Badli village. Body of the man was found lying on the first floor of the house. The deceased was later identified as Sonu (24) who lived with his family in Samaypur Badli. “There were strangulation marks on the neck of the deceased. A case under section 302 (murder) of IPC was registered,” said police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma, elaborating more about the case, said that during investigation it was found that the deceased had gone for sleeping in the room with his wife and minor daughter in the night. ” The probe further revealed that the wife of the deceased was having an extramarital affair with a local boy and accused identified as Sagar alias Balwa. Both were planning to run away with each other,” added DCP Outer North. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding further, DCP Gaurav said that on the intervening night of September 8 and 9 at about 2.30 am Sagar alias Balwa came to the house of the deceased on the first floor from roof side and with the help of wife of deceased strangulated him with a nylon rope. During the investigation, both the accused were arrested and they have confessed their crime. Accused Sagar (26) is the native of village Badli.”A nylon rope used for strangulation haze been recovered. There intimacy and relation have established through CDR’s. Further investigation is going on,” DCP Outer North.last_img read more

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Ontario on unsustainable fiscal track new report finds

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government has missed an opportunity to create a competitive recreational marijuana market with its plans to restrict sales to provincially run stores, according to a new analysis from a think-tank.The analysis by the C.D. Howe Institute, to be released Wednesday, faults the province for its refusal to allow the private sector involvement in pot retailing.“More competition between businesses would constrain operating costs and keep prices low,” the institute says in its report. “Lower prices in the legal market would make it more likely to be competitive with the existing black market.”The report also faults the province for its plans — once the federal government actually legalizes recreational cannabis likely this summer — to severely restrict the number of outlets that will be selling pot. The province has said 40 stores will be in place initially, with a total of 150 by 2020.The result, the institute says, will be inconvenient access for many people leading them to stay with the black market.“Recreational consumers are highly unlikely to switch their dollars to the regulated market if there isn’t easy access,” the report states. “This means that there will be significant opportunity for the black market to continue operating in all the areas without enough legal stores to meet market demand or that are convenient to access.”The report notes that Alberta, for example, is making privately run stores responsible for marijuana retailing although even a mixed model of licensed establishments operating alongside government retail stores could deliver better market coverage faster than the province could on its own.Additionally, the study proposes changing the way alcohol is taxed to applying taxes to the level of alcohol content rather than on volume.Overall, the report by Benjamin Dachis — called “Fiscal Soundness and Economic Growth: An Economic Program for Ontario” — argues that the province is on an “unsustainable” fiscal course.It takes aim at government spending that is out of line with its ability to raise revenues, saying the government should adopt a long-term fiscal policy that requires surpluses, not just balanced budgets.Among its various ideas, the study argues for keeping health-care costs under control by limiting payments to family doctors, making free drug programs for those under 24 and seniors income-tested rather than universal, and slowing increases in the minimum wage.The general minimum wage in Ontario jumped to $14 an hour this year from $11.60, and is set to rise to $15 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019. Some have argued the increase will hurt small businesses and lead to job losses.The study also calls for scrapping rent controls and transfer taxes as a way to curb dramatic increases in housing costs.“The government’s policies have focused mostly on curtailing the demand of housing,” the report states. “In contrast, the actions so far for boosting housing supply have been largely limited to minor rebates on some types of development charges and taxes for multi-residential units.”Ontario voters are expected to go to the polls June 7.last_img read more

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Maddie And Mackenzie Ziegler Do Something For Homeless Children

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgApproximately 2.5 million children experience homelessness every year and many kids’ birthdays happen while they are in a shelter, making it hard to celebrate.Maddie and Mackenzie ZieglerThat’s why DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson for a campaign called Birthday Mail.Video: Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler + DoSomething.org Birthday MailBirthday Mail encourages young people across the country to make blank, handmade cards to send to children in homeless shelters to ensure that every child can celebrate their special day. Beginning today through June 30, young people can sign up at DoSomething.org/BirthdayMail to find a shelter near them where they can mail their cards. Young people who sign up for the campaign and upload a photo will also be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship.As another way to support the Birthday Mail campaign, people can download the Donate a Photo app available on the App Store and in Google Play. For every photo taken in the app before June 30, 2016, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to DoSomething.org to provide materials for a young people to make birthday cards for kids experiencing homelessness.“Everyone has a birthday and it’s something that you look forward to all year, especially when you’re a kid,” said Aria Finger, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. “Birthday Mail helps make sure that the millions of children experiencing homelessness have a way to celebrate their special day too.”Multitalented dancers/actresses Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler known for their roles in the award-winning series Dance Moms, recorded a public service announcement encouraging their fans to create birthday cards for youth experiencing homelessness.“We are so excited to be a part of the Birthday Mail campaign! It’s such an easy and fun way to give back,” said Maddie Ziegler. “Mackenzie and I really love making cards for our friends and family and think everyone should be celebrated on their birthday.”Maddie will next take on the role as So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation’s newest judge, while Mackenzie will drop her second album later this year.For more information about the Birthday Mail campaign, visit: DoSomething.org/BirthdayMail.last_img read more

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Live Meat Factory to Go into Full Production at Gulfood Manufacturing

By on October 12, 2019

Dubai – Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing, processing and packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition, will feature a ‘live’ meat factory when it opens its doors at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) for a three-day run from 7 November, 2016.Germany’s United Food Technology Equipment (UFT) will build, equip and operate the ‘meat factory’ – complete with cold and dry stores, injection, tumbler, grinding and chopping machinery – in a bid to demonstrate how leading meat product companies can optimise their own facilities to save cost and generate revenue.UFT’s General Manager in Dubai, Werner Muller, says there’s more to turning a profit in the industry than just buying in the latest technology. “Acquiring the latest meat processing technology is always done with pre-defined expectations, specifically that new technologies will produce products exactly the way the customer wants it, allowing companies to instantly monetise their investment. This, however, is easier said than done.“Selecting and purchasing the equipment is only the first step – it is correct equipment usage, product recipe development, targeted price point, margins and product yields where clients differentiate themselves from other competitors.”Differentiation-in-action will be the core theme at Gulfood Manufacturing’s UFT Meat Factory where the company’s own Master Butcher will demonstrate the finer art of how to maximise return-on-investment.“This will be done by demonstrating how to combine the correct usage of the latest meat processing technology with product development, yield optimisation and commercial skills,” added Muller. “Apart from the demonstrations we will have experts on hand to advise on meat processing challenges and investment plans.”DWTC, the Gulfood Manufacturing organiser, says the show is more than just a product showcase.“Suppliers are going well beyond the traditional exhibition displays and turning their attention to all aspects of the industry supply chain. Innovation and automation are watch words among this year’s exhibitors and Gulfood Manufacturing is an academy for food professionals who recognise the need to stay abreast of the rapid changes within the sector,” explained Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions and Events Management, DWTC.“At the show the region’s food and beverage processing industry will be able to connect with suppliers from 52 countries showcasing the very latest manufacturing business improvement tools. Over 1,500 global suppliers of the latest ingredients, processing, packaging and logistics solutions will be on hand to help solve production, capacity and automation challenges. These are solutions that can save producers money which can then be reinvested into product diversification, research & development and marketing.”Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 is an impressive 20 per cent larger than last year’s event and will see international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers fill 13 DWTC halls.The show comes as Alpen Capital, one of the region’s leading research providers, predicts a positive outlook for regional food producers with a high reliance on imports reflecting the need for an advanced food processing industry.“While Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the hubs for processed foods in the GCC region, other member nations are also investing in developing their processing capabilities,” says the Alpen Capital report.Gulfood Manufacturing will be split into three specialist areas across more than 77,000 square metres of exhibition space: Ingredients Middle East, featuring fine and functional ingredients and the latest bulk and commodity ingredients, innovations, tastes and flavours; ProPack Middle East covering automation, processing equipment and packaging machinery; and Logistics Solutions Middle East for firms involved in materials handling, transport, IT and technology solutions, warehousing and facilitators and service providers.Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 will feature exhibitors from 52 countries including 29 official national pavilions including production machinery leaders Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The show will also welcome first-time pavilions representing Indonesia, Ireland, Russia and South Africa. DWTC says it will also roll out its most extensive Hosted Buyer Programme for the show which will be sponsored by Tetra Pak. More than 2,000 of the most prominent industrial buyers from across the Middle East and Africa are being invited to the event and supported with complimentary flights, accommodation and transport to and from the show.The show will also host a series of specialist conferences, including the Food Logistics Forum – the region’s only F&B specific logistics event to probe critical issues shaping the future profitability and sustainability of the entire food value chain. read more

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UN envoy to return to Myanmar on Saturday

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31 October 2007United Nations Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari is set to arrive in Myanmar on Saturday, his second visit to the South-East Asian nation since authorities used force in responding to a wave of peaceful protests that began in August. The 3 to 8 November visit follows Mr. Gambari’s recently concluded tour of Myanmar’s regional partners that included stops in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan.“His second visit to Myanmar this time will have to bring substantively different results,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reporters in New York.During his upcoming visit, Mr. Gambari will follow up on his offer to facilitate implementation of the recommendations made to the Government during his last mission.These include immediate steps to address human rights concerns in the wake of the recent crisis and a framework for meaningful and time-bound dialogue between the Government and Aung San Suu Kyi as a necessary part of an inclusive national reconciliation process. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ms. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for four years, and has spent 11 years in detention since her party and its allies won the 1990 election with over 80 per cent of the Parliamentary seats. The goal is “that he will facilitate this dialogue between the Government and opposition leaders,” stated Mr. Ban, who also called for “more democracy measures by the Myanmar Government, including the release of all detained students and demonstrators.”The Special Adviser will also follow up on implementation of confidence-building measures, including the possibility of establishing a participatory constitutional review mechanism and a broad-based poverty alleviation commission.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that Mr. Gambari will consult with a broad range of representatives of Myanmar society, including all the groups which he was not able to see last time. “He looks forward to the continued cooperation of the Myanmar government in this regard.”Prior to his arrival in Myanmar, Mr. Gambari will meet with Mr. Ban on Friday in Istanbul, where they will discuss a substantive agenda and ways to facilitate the democratic process, including the release of detainees, she added. read more

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More Tamil refugees to return from India tomorrow

By on October 8, 2019

While one of his two daughters is married and living in India, his wife, another daughter and son have returned to the island already. “I remained here to clear some debts. I have repaid them now and I am now free to return,” he notes. The 48-year old, who has been working as a painter in the neighbourhoods of Vedar Colony in Coimbatore district, is planning to take up fishing there.So does he think that conditions in the island have improved? “I came here with my family in 2006 when there was trouble in my native Trincomallee due to the conflict [civil war]. We fled Sri Lanka by boat and reached Arichamunai near Rameswaram. Now, I hear things have changed for the good. I have already sent my family and I’m going now,” says C. Manimaran. In the next batch of voluntary repatriation, 12 Sri Lankan refugees, living in various camps across the State, would be leaving for Colombo from Tiruchi tomorrow, The Hindu newspaper reported.Their repatriation is being assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and financially supported by the German Consulate in Chennai. “I am going because I heard the situation has improved. Five to six more families from this camp have already registered for repatriation and they would return in a few days,” observes Mr. Manimaran. The camp in Vedar Colony has about 300 refugee families.According to the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai Achim Fabig, the Consulate has agreed to assist 420 Sri Lankan refugees living in India with a budget of over Rs. 37 lakh (50,000 euros).The UNHCR has been assisting the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees. An official of the UNHCR says the German Consulate in Chennai expressed interest in supporting the repatriation and its support is expected to continue till March . With the assistance of UNHCR, 452 refugees returned to the island last year. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN Member States outline information technology roadmap to achieve sustainable development

By on October 2, 2019

“ICT [information and communications technology] has played an increasingly important role in promoting economic and social development, such as enhancing productivity, facilitating trade, creating quality jobs, providing ICT-based services such as e-health and e-learning, and improving governance,” said Mogens Lykketoft, UN General Assembly President, who convened the conference, known as the WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting, which began Tuesday and wrapped up last evening.Sounding a similar note, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said ICTs could be an engine for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly as this High-Level review came just three months after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. “They can power this global undertaking,” he said.While more than 4/5 of the households in the developed world have Internet access, a critical digital divide remains, noted the Member States, as the majority of households in developing countries are without this access, according to the Outcome Document.“Women are half the global population – yet 200 million fewer women than men have access to the Internet,” stressed Mr. Ban, adding that “we must bridge these divides.”The outcome therefore urged strengthening policy and international partnership to improve infrastructure capacities and increase financing in this regard.Through the review’s outcome, UN Member States also reaffirmed their “common desire and commitment to the WSIS vision to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society,” and pledged to pursue ICT for sustainable development, bridge the digital and knowledge divides, and reaffirmed that “as an essential foundation of the Information Society…that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online.” Meanwhile, new challenges such as cybercrimes, cyberattacks, and the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes have emerged. These threats have alerted governments of the need to step up efforts in tackling national security, together with the important role of international law in building confidence in ICT.Further underscoring the need for active engagement by governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and other stakeholders, the outcome also decided to extend the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for another decade, calling it an effective platform for relevant discussions.The General Assembly also agreed that it will hold a High Level Meeting on the overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2025. read more

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Vulnerable children face dire and dangerous situation on Greek island reception centres

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In an appeal to the authorities to do more to speed up the transfer of vulnerable people to the mainland, Lucio Melandri, UNICEF Country Coordinator in Greece, noted that the number of vulnerable children arriving on the islands in 2018 compared with last year had risen by one-third.Approximately 80 per cent of the 20,500 migrants and refugees now on the Greek islands are being sheltered in “unsanitary, overfilled” centres, Mr. Melandri said.According to UN refugee agency, the majority of the arrivals on the Greek islands so far this year have come from Syria (32 per cent), Iraq (20 per cent) and Afghanistan (19 per cent).More than 5,000 of those in the Greek island facilities are children, and the UNICEF official highlighted particular concerns about the island reception facilities of Moria on Lesvos and Vathi on Samos, which he visited last week. “More children and families arrive every day,” he said. “The directors of the centres, both in Moria and Vathi, repeatedly expressed to us their concerns …due to the threat children face on daily basis. The staff are overwhelmed, services are overstretched.”Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Mr. Melandri insisted that the Greek authorities and people “have done as much as they can” to help the vulnerable arrivals, but they could no longer cope.Other EU States could help by pledging more resettlement places for children and by speeding up family reunification procedures, he added.“With the capacity to host 3,100 people, the center in Moria as of today hosts nearly 9,000 people, including more than 1,700 children,” he said. “The centre in Samos that was built for 650 people, now has 680 children, with a total of more than 4,000 people.”Under Greek law, refugees and migrants should spend a maximum of 25 days at a Reception and Identification Centre, but “despite tremendous goodwill and commitment”, UNICEF said in a statement that some children have spent more than a year completing arrival procedures.“Conditions in these camps are horrible for any single child, and any refugee camps around the world is a horrible situation for the child,” Mr. Melandri said, adding that most of the children he had met had experienced the trauma of war.“Children are exposed to any kind of threat: direct threats; abuse, violence, riots,” he added. “They are exposed to indirect threats in not having opportunity to access basic vital services: access to appropriate nutrition, access to appropriate hygienic conditions, access to education opportunities. So it is really the worst situation in which a child could find itself.”In response to a question about children reportedly attempting suicide at Moria centre, Mr. Melandri replied that he was unable to comment on specific cases, although many were in severe emotional distress.“I can assure to you that cases of self-harming, of violence against children, are unfortunately becoming a possibility, due to the conditions these children experience,” he said. read more

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Brocks internet access will be briefly down for maintenance

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Information Technology Services will be performing network maintenance on Tuesday 2 Feb. at 6 a.m., and again on Saturday 6 Feb. at 7 a.m., that will affect all Internet connectivity for up to 15 minutes each day.All outgoing and incoming Internet traffic will be intermittently interrupted, including off-campus access to services including the Brock website, email, Sakai, Portal, BrockDB, etc. On-campus access to the Internet will also be affected.

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Trouble at mill as village trout fishing row reaches High Court

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgA traditional fingerpost points the way They lived no more than a rod cast apart since Mrs Foster purchased her 17th Century Mill in 2009, and embarked on a project to restore it – including regeneration work on its sluice gates and clearing the waterways.But when she began work, a simmering boundary dispute developed when Dr Pearson, 58, complained she was “damaging the environment by cutting down trees”.The case, concerning Mrs Foster’s rights as the owner of the mill and the fishing rights Dr Foster enjoyed, ultimately reached the High Court – where the mill’s sluice gates, helping to control water flow, became a particular “source of controversy”.Dr Pearson said keeping them open interfered with his fishing rights, and was effectively having a “dramatic effect” on water levels in one of the waterways he was allowed to cast a rod into, as well as the River Frome itself. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. For more than 75 years, a homeowner and his predecessors were able to enjoy the idyllic pastime of trout fishing from their back garden.But for psychiatrist Dr Richard Pearson, the hobby turned into a bitter dispute with his neighbour over claims his longstanding fishing rights were being breached – as he complained she was draining a waterway running through his land.The fish-rich waters of the River Frome flow by his Victorian Gothic Grade-II listed former rectory in the village of Maiden Newton, Dorset, and onto the home of his department store boss neighbour, Lillie Foster, 73. A traditional fingerpost points the wayCredit: Alamy Stock Photocenter_img The railway station at Maiden Newton The railway station at Maiden NewtonCredit:Alamy Stock Photo The waterways he claimed rights to were two artificial “leats” which formed as the river approached Mrs Foster’s mill – rights he, and previous homeowners, had apparently enjoyed since the 1930s.He claimed that, on one occasion in 2014, the water in the leat simply “disappeared” and he discovered that Mrs Foster’s sluice gate downstream had been “locked open”.A visitor to his £1.3million home – called Maiden Newton House – had commented the next day that “he was shocked by what he saw”.Solicitors’ letters began to fly and Dr Pearson said he had the right to close the gates himself, although Mrs Foster, understood to own Lilliput’s department store in Bridport, insisted that would be trespassing.She was still working on the restoration project for the mill which she said was “totally derelict and decayed”. Indeed, its wheel – installed in 1840 – and sluice gates were “in an advanced state of decomposition”.She had photographs showing that back in 2009, one of the leats was already empty of water anyway and a judge bore out her account that it was “effectively just a boggy overgrown area of land”.Dr Pearson obtained a temporary court order against Mrs Foster, forcing her to restore water levels in the leat so he could exercise his fishing rights – but the judge said Mrs Foster viewed the order as a “gross intrusion” into her private property rights.She was adamant that, preventing her from opening the gates, caused stagnation, methane gas, pondweed and flooding.Ruling on the dispute the judge said Mrs Foster had not “wilfully or maliciously” locked the gate open. He said there was also evidence that keeping the gates open for long periods “has produced a habitat that is not congenial to fish”.While Dr Pearson’s fishing rights over one of the leats were upheld, the judge said he was not entitled to cast a fly from the eastern bank of the other.There had been no “actionable interference” with his fishing rights, and he was “not entitled” to operate the sluice gates himself.Mr Justice Newey ruled that, given his findings, it was “not appropriate” to award Dr Pearson either damages, or an injunction, against Mrs Foster.last_img read more

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Our Planet producer recalls most terrifying moment of career after buggy fell

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He added: “I remember jumping out on the ice, turning around seeing the two guys in the front trying to kick their door open because that of course was now slightly under the ice.”  Our Planet has impressed audiences with its cinematic shots but now Alastair Fothergill, who alongside Keith Scholey produced the series, has revealed it almost cost him his life. Whilst filming for the Netflix series, Fothergill went on location to the Arctic to capture polar bears when the vehicle he was filming in fell through the ice. Lugging heavy equipment required careful planning whilst navigating the terrain of the fragile ice sheets, said Fothergill, who had to consider the weight of himself, the cameraman and the driver. “We worked out the total weight and we worked out a certain thickness of ice that we would need to make sure that that weight would be supported.” The team used drills to map out the depth of the ice inputting it into their GPS system. “After a while we thought we knew pretty well where the thin and thick ice was but we made a mistake.” Fothergill described the harrowing moment at the Hay Festival: “What had happened was the front two tracks of a four track vehicle went through the ice. “The back side of the vehicle where I was, was raised a bit and I could get my door open and I jumped up onto the ice.”  Kids riding bikes at about -25C In the second episode of the new series Our Planet, Luckily, the two managed to break free and make their escape onto the safety of the ice. “Literally as they came onto the ice the vehicle went through and we never saw it again.” He added: “I have to say it was the most frightening moment of my career as a filmmaker.” With just his Billingham bag that held his passport floating to the surface the team were then marooned with “a male polar bear who was thinking there comes lunch.” A satellite phone also survived the wreckage, enabling them to contact the night team, who quickly came to their rescue. The Silverback Films production, narrated by David Attenborough, was shot in top quality 4k and took a total of four years to make, with 600 crew members filming in 50 countries.  Kids riding bikes at about -25C In the second episode of the new series Our Planet, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Fewer job opportunities in April when compared with last year

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgAFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE negative months in 2013, the number of job opportunities for professionals have increased by 9 per cent in April.However, in comparison to April 2012, the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor found that the number of professional job vacancies available actually decreased of 1 per cent.Professionals looking for new jobs also increased by 5 per cent in April, from 9,980 when compared with the 9,500 searching in March. This represented a slight decrease of four per cent when compared to the same time last year.Karen O’Flaherty, chief operations officer with Morgan McKinley said demand for people in IT and manufacturing are strongest: She added that ‘hybrid’ professionals, with a mixture of experience, are also being sought in the financial services sector for jobs such as commercial analysts or financial accountants.The study also found that longer term contracts are being offered by employers, typically 12-18 months compared to 6-9 months in the last couple of years.Read: Glanbia in €157 million investment for major new dairy facility>More: 40 new jobs to be created in newly-formed E-drive Group> There is significant hiring activity being generated by multinationals and companies that are specifically export led particularly in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), technology, manufacturing and food industries. Professionals with inventory management, quality control, regulatory and new product development experience are in particularly high demand.The IT and technology market remain strong with an increase in demand for UI (user-intreface), online and digital skills.last_img read more

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Liquipel says it can waterproof your iPhone without a case

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgEither this is the most revolutionary product of the decade, or the biggest hoax in recent memory. A California based company called Liquipel claims that it has perfected a process in which it can waterproof your iPhone or other smartphone both inside and out, without having to use a case. A pretty tall order that bears some explaining.When I called the company for a comment on the process in which this is achieved, I got the following quote from Sarah, the Sales Director:The process we use is a specialized coating in the form of a vapor. We put the device in a chamber, fill it with the vapor where it bonds at the molecular level to protect the phone. Since vapor is so small, when the process is finished you can’t see or detect the coating, which makes it perfect for phones.” The process sells for $59, and requires that you send your smartphone to Liquipel to be treated. After which the company will send your protected device back, where it will withstand submersion in liquid (although Liquipel recommends you never test this) or the occasional heavy rain shower. Liquipel claims that it has a five-point tracking procedure so you can monitor the progress of your phone at all times, alleviating any worries you may have about actually receiving your device back.So to recap, you are supposed to send the company $59 and your smartphone and trust that they are going to send it back with a coating you can neither see nor detect. This sounds a little too good to be true, but I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are videos claiming to test the coating in action, which you can see below. It’s interesting to note, by watching the video you can’t tell if they are using distilled water or not, which would not damage a device as quickly as regular water. If Liquipel turns out not to be as great as it sounds, we do have an alternative on the horizon. You may remember a certain superhydrophobic spray that is currently being turned into a consumer product.Read more at Liquipellast_img read more

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Judge allows details on affairs at US Rep Duncan Hunters trial

By on September 17, 2019

first_img July 1, 2019 AP, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can introduce evidence of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s alleged extramarital affairs in a case in which the Republican congressman is charged with misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan said prosecutors can submit evidence alleging that Hunter, R-Alpine, used campaign funds to maintain multiple extramarital affairs. The allegation was raised in a motion filed last week by federal prosecutors. Hunter’s attorneys argued the evidence would be prejudicial and bias the jury against the congressman.Whelan did not immediately rule on Hunter’s request for dismissal of the case, with the congressman alleging political bias by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hunter filed a motion last week claiming that U.S. Attorneys Alana Robinson and Emily Allen, who are prosecuting the case, are biased against him – – noting that they attended a 2015 presidential campaign fundraiser in La Jolla for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.While Hunter declined to comment, his father — former longtime Rep. Duncan L. Hunter — suggested the U.S. Department of Justice should investigate the conduct of Robinson and Allen for violating the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from using taxpayer dollars for political or electoral purposes.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Robinson and Allen were at the fundraiser on official business. The elder Hunter argued that a Secret Service email, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that’s not the case.“We have the email that came from the Secret Service that came with the FOIA request and the Secret Service email plainly says that they actually came to get a photo opp with their candidate, Hillary Clinton,” he said. “That’s a violation of the Hatch Act. That taints this entire investigation and this entire indictment and so there should be an investigation and we hope that it takes place.”In addition to allegedly using campaign funds for affairs, Hunter, who represents the state’s 50th Congressional District, is accused of using campaign funds to pay for expenses like hotel rooms, vacations and theater tickets.Hunter has repeatedly maintained his innocence and the insistence that he is being smeared despite his wife, Margaret Hunter, pleading guilty earlier this month to using campaign funds for personal expenses. Margaret Hunter also agreed to work with prosecutors on the case and could eventually testify against her husband.If convicted, Margaret Hunter faces up to five years in federal custody and fines of up to $250,000.Hunter’s case is expected to go to trial in September. He faces multiple charges including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsifying records.Hunter was re-elected last November with 51.7% of the vote in his district despite being indicted three months before the election. He was first elected in 2008, succeeding his father, who held the congressional seat for 28 years. Posted: July 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 4:24 PM Judge allows details on affairs at U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s trial AP, Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

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50 years ago humanitys first steps on another world

By on September 6, 2019

first_imgWashington : Fifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an event watched on television by half a billion people. Their lunar module, named “Eagle,” touched down at 2018 GMT (4:18pm ET) on July 20, 1969. A little over six hours later, at 0256 GMT, Armstrong placed his left foot on the lunar surface, declaring: Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” NASA has been in overdrive for several weeks to mark the anniversary, with exhibits and events nationwide but most notably at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is due to deliver a speech from the Kennedy Space Center, from where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member took off. All three men were born in 1930. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Pence sent shockwaves through the industry in his last major space speech in March, when he advanced the deadline to return humans to the Moon by four years, from 2028 to 2024. It is within this charged context, with President Donald Trump publicly questioning NASA’s plans to return to the Moon to test technology for Mars, that the US is celebrating the anniversary of the epoch-making Apollo 11 mission. Advertise With Us Collins, 88, has remained the more active of the surviving Apollo veterans, and frequently shares lyrical recollections of the mission. Speaking at a Washington event on Thursday, he said that while the Moon itself was breathtaking seen up close, it was the view of Earth that has stayed with him and shaped his perspective. “When we rolled out and looked at (the Moon), oh, it was an awesome sphere,” he said. “The Sun was behind it, so it was illuminated by a rim of gold which made the strangest appearances of the craters and crater pits, the contrast between the whiter than white and darker than dark.” As magnificent as that view was, it was “nothing compared to this other window out there,” Collins continued. “Out there was this little pea about the size of your thumbnail at arm’s length: blue, white, very shiny, you get the blue of the oceans, white of the clouds, streaks of rust we call continents, such a beautiful gorgeous tiny thing, nestled into this black velvet of the rest of the universe.” While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on the surface, ex-fighter pilot Collins remained in lunar orbit where he was in touch with ground control, providing them updates on his position. “I said to Mission control, ‘Hey, Houston, I’ve got the world in my window.’ By placing men on the Moon, the US achieved the ultimate victory in the Space Race after losing the initial heats to the Soviet Union, which was first to put a satellite and then a man in space. The undertaking, announced by president John F Kennedy in 1961 and partly spurred by the Bay of Pigs crisis, involved enormous spending rivalled in scope only by the construction of the Panama Canal and the Manhattan Project. It was a resounding achievement not just from a technical perspective but also diplomatic, as the two superpowers jostled for global prestige in the Cold War. Trump has relaunched the race to re-conquer the Moon — this time with the first woman — and to journey onwards to the Red Planet. But the deadlines — 2024 and 2033 respectively — appear unrealistic and have caused turbulence within the space agency.last_img read more

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Bustier Brunch Promotes Breast Health Awareness

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgNatalie Williams welcomes actress Lynn Whitfield. (Photo by Rob Roberts)A sea of women in pink celebrated breast cancer survivors during an artsy and culture-rich brunch Oct. 4 at the Howard Theatre in Northwest D.C. The second annual “Bustier Brunch: An Afternoon with the Girls” is a signature event for the Natalie Williams Breast Care Foundation, the leading voice in the promotion of breast care awareness among women of color.  Lynn Whitfield, an award-winning actress, was the keynote speaker.“This weekend Ms. Whitfield visited UMC and had a mammogram to kick off the NWBCF campaign,” Williams said. “The mammography unit took great care of her and she was encouraged by our state-of-the art MicroDose machine that detects even the smallest cancers.”Natalie Williams, the foundation’s founder and chair, is a 2012 survivor who chose to have a double mastectomy to battle breast cancer. She has become a leading voice for breast care support, advocating regular mammograms for women of color, specifically those who live east of the river where lack of awareness and resources have been reported as the highest in the area.  As a hospital spokesperson at United Medical Center, she also serves as the president of the Ward 8 Democrats and is also an advisory neighborhood commissioner.Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, daughter of a breast cancer survivor and third generation graduate of Howard University, gave the keynote address. Whitfield, graceful and poised, thrilled the audience with her blues-style rendition of Dr. Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.”Two of Washington, D.C.’s top-rated media personalities served as mistresses of ceremony, Triscina Grey, personality for Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 FM radio station, and Shawn Yancy, co-anchor for Fox 5 News.  Williams said she was pleased the women could make the event.Miss Cydney Hill, Miss District of Columbia’s Outstanding Teen 2014 brought tears of joy as she opened the brunch with a modern dance performance to the music “I Love the Lord” by Whitney Houston (featuring the Georgia Mass Choir). The Kendall Isadore and the all-female band, Dream Unleashed, provided musical entertainment.As a part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Williams’ NWBCF has kicked off its “Test my Breast Campaign”, an effort to register women of color for mammograms in record numbers, to combat the overall disparity in the disease and to make sure women are tested regularly.According to Philips Healthcare and Dr. Raymond Tu, UMC chairman of Diagnostic and Intervention Radiology, MicroDose is the next generation in full-field mammography, where the radiation dose is half of a standard mammogram and the detector is three times greater in density, utilizing a photon detector that produces greater images.  Cutting the radiation dose in half, according to Dr. Wu, reduces the risk of radiation-induced breast cancers, a breakthrough technology for UMC, specifically available to the greater Southeast area.last_img read more

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Burglars loot valuables worth Rs 15 lakh from home of Balurghat resident

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgBALURGHAT: A retired high school teacher, Tapan Kundu, residing in Duck-Bungalow area of Balurghat, has lodged an official complaint on Friday morning, claiming that burglars had broken into his house by breaking the windowpanes of the kitchen and left with cash and ornaments amounting to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh, as learnt through preliminary inspection.The incident has led to tension in the entire locality, as several cases of theft and burglary have already been reported at Balurghat police station over the past six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the burglars managed to break the kitchen’s windowpanes and entered the house easily. They went on to break open the almirah, looted the ornaments and cash and fled from the spot. On Friday morning, Kundu found himself locked from outside in the room he slept in and when he raised an alarm, his wife and daughter opened the door and rescued him.”A gang of burglars had broken into my house. They locked me from outside and ransacked my bedroom, looting cash and ornaments. When I screamed, my wife and daughter rescued me by unlocking the bedroom in the morning. We are panic-stricken. Police must act soon to find out the culprits,” said Kundu.Police inquiry in the case has not made much headway, as no concrete clues are available yet.Police sources said that among the gold articles stolen were a necklace, chains and rings. Cash amounting to Rs 12,000 was also looted.last_img read more

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Revealed This is how many speeding motorists police have caught on the

By on August 28, 2019

first_imgPC Ben Footman and PC Ian Furlong with the truck CMPG officers have also used an unmarked truck  – owned by the Highways England – to spot drivers using their phone while drive. And earlier this month, the traffic police launched Operation Proximity to reduce tailgating on the A500 and motorway network. Now incidents of speeding on the A500 could be cut further as work is underway to install speed cameras at 12 locations between  Hanchurch roundabout and Wolstanton. Andy Butterfield, head of service delivery at Highways England, said: “We are actively supporting CMPG to reduce collisions and increase our presence on the A500.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “This collaborative approach with Highways England Traffic Officers and CMPG operating on this key road is having a positive impact for drivers, making their journeys safer and more reliable.” Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton has previously spoken in Parliament about the work of officers on the A500. He said: “I campaigned for CMPG to extend their patrols to the A500 and I am pleased that this first year of their involvement has seen success. “I welcome action to reduce collisions on the D-road. Even one death or serious injury is too many. And we all see that traffic accidents on the A500 have an impact on the road system right across our city, causing delay and frustration to motorists.Driving safely and within the speed limit is vital.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes An officer monitoring speed on the A500 (Image: CMPG) Since adding the A500 to their patrols, officers have carried out regular speeding operations and have used ANPR cameras to target illegal vehicles. They have clocked 1,569 drivers ignoring the 50mph limit. Depending on speed, those caught can receive anything from a fine and a place on a drivers’ awareness course to a ban. Read MoreMotorway cops pull over this biker just three months after passing his test Over the last 12 months, CMPG has dealt with 247 incidents on the A500 and seized 29 vehicles. Officers have also made 15 arrests for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, theft, immigration offences, drugs offences and two for money laundering. Superintendent Dave Twyford, head of CMPG, said: “Our introduction has meant more resources to further disrupt criminals that use the roads in the north of the county and a boost for road safety. Sharaz Yaqub says work needs to be done around traffic flow on the A500 “Safety is paramount and, as long as motorists aren’t being used as cash cows, then we are all for it,” he added. “But more needs to be done around traffic management because, if there is one accident on the A500, then the whole of Stoke-on-Trent comes to a stand-still. “Taxi drivers are there for so many different customers and we need the road network to run.” Barry Proctor, owner of Talke-based haulage company Barry Proctor Services, wants police to take speed guns to other locations. He said: “I have some sympathy with the motorists but everyone knows the limit and if you break if then you are taking the risk and you know it.” Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than 1,500 motorists have been caught speeding on the A500 in just 12 months. The startling figures have been revealed as traffic officers mark the first anniversary of including the D-road among their patrol routes. Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) has clocked up 2,208 hours over that period, cracking down on bad driving and criminals. It has also revealed there have been no fatal collisions on the stretch in the last year – despite three the year before. Read MorePolice warn tailgating on A500 could result in motorists being hit with NINE penalty points as crackdown gets underway The specialist unit – a collaboration between Staffordshire Police and the West Midlands force – had been responsible for overseeing around 400 miles of motorway including the M6, M42, M5 and M54. Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman A Central Motorway Police Group officer on patrol by the A500 “This successful partnership has resulted in a more proactive approach to road users who put others in danger and capturing criminals using the road networks.” Staffordshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Emma Barnett, said: “CMPG are a key part of our approach to roads policing and road safety in Staffordshire with their patrolling of the motorway network and the A500. We’re really pleased that their patrols have boosted policing on one of our busiest roads and delivered a safer route for Staffordshire.” Sharaz Yaqub, chairman of Stoke-on-Trent Private Hire Taxis, says work needs to be done around traffic flow to complement any speed enforcement. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. 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Air Canada adds Vienna ex Toronto seasonal service to Bordeaux out of

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgAir Canada adds Vienna ex Toronto, seasonal service to Bordeaux out of YUL Tags: Air Canada, Bordeaux, New Routes, Vienna Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, October 3, 2018 center_img TORONTO — Air Canada has announced new year-round flights between Toronto and Vienna starting April 29, 2019. Flights will operate on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, with Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. The new service will be daily except for November through March when it goes to five days a week. Flights are offered in partnership with Air Canada’s Star Alliance joint venture partner Austrian Airlines, complementing that carrier’s Montreal-Vienna flights also beginning in April 2019.Introductory fares start at $998 roundtrip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase.The new service will connect conveniently with Air Canada’s extensive North American network through its Toronto Pearson global hub as well as in Vienna with Austrian Airlines destinations in central and eastern Europe and the Middle East, says  Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.She adds: “With Austria’s high concentration of head offices and large number of conventions, our Toronto-Vienna flights offer business travellers a nonstop link to a key European market, while Austria’s fabled history, culture, cafés and markets all available in one of the world’s most livable cities will be of interest for leisure travelers. This new service, along with Austrian Airlines new Montreal-Vienna flights, demonstrates the commitment of our Atlantic joint venture to strengthen our customer offering.”Flight 898 (OS8248) will depart Toronto at 6:25 p.m., arriving the next day in Vienna at 8:30 a.m. On the return leg, flight AC899 (OS8247) will take off from Vienna at 10:40 a.m., arriving back in Toronto at 1:30 p.m.Austrian Airlines will also begin year-round nonstop service between Montreal and Vienna on April 29, 2019, onboard B767-300ERs. These flights will operate daily in the summer and five times weekly during the winter season.On that route, flight AC6212 (OS74) will fly out of Montreal at 6:45 p.m., arriving in Vienna at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Coming back, flight AC6211 (OS73) leaves Vienna at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Montreal at 1:35 p.m.Air Canada is also adding new seasonal Montreal and Bordeaux service between June 15 and Sept. 15, 2019. Flights will operate four days a week with Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Introductory fares start at $798 roundtrip, all in.“As the only network carrier to offer non-stop transatlantic service to Bordeaux, the addition of a fifth destination in France further enhances Air Canada’s competitive position in the French market. Our four weekly flights are the most offered than any other airline between Montreal and Bordeaux providing travellers unique access to the famed wine growing region and the popular Nouvelle-Aquitaine market,” notes Guillemette. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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No barriers

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first_imgParaplegic volleyball players left their prostheses behind for an amazing day of scuba diving. By Sean Davis (http://seandavisphotographic.com) No related posts. Facebook Comments Once on the water, even the instructors were amped up about the dive. James “JT” Timeny, a dive master from Oceans Unlimited in Quepos, Puntarenas, broke out into a bouncy rendition of the Muppet classic, “Mahna-Manha.” Do, do, do, do, do…One by one, the divers rolled backwards from the boat into the ocean. Beneath the surface, they kicked and propelled themselves through water with their good limbs, and those sporting one leg came to resemble mermaids. Although nervous and breathing heavily at first – like any beginner – nearing the bottom changed everything. When humans enter an underwater world of vibrant tropical fish, moray eels and eagle rays, fear tends to take a backseat to fascination. Van der Poll said that if any of the participants wanted to continue diving and get certified, he or any of the instructors who attended would help. He added that the Professional Association of Diving Instructors had donated over 30 vouchers for e-learning courses for the No Barriers participants.Back on shore, Agüero, who had changed into his red-white-and-blue Costa Rican jersey, looked out over the water under the shade of the palms.“I couldn’t go underwater at first, I was too nervous and would just pop back up and gasp for air,” he said. “But by the third time, I got it. I saw the floor of the ocean and felt fine. I never thought it would be like that, an abyss. I just kept concentrating on popping my ears as I went down and forgot about the depth.”“The colors are amazing underwater, the blues, yellows, everything,” he continued, remembering the stingrays, trigger fish and snappers.“Following the cable back up I came up slowly, slowly, and broke the surface.” Poolside at the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, deck chairs reclined under umbrellas, offering some respite from the baking heat. Fluffy beach towels, sandals and beading glasses of ice water also sat in the shade, right beside some less likely items: empty wheelchairs, unattached prosthetic legs and dive tanks.The prosthetics belonged mostly to the members of the Costa Rican Paralympic volleyball team, who had traveled to the northwestern province of Guanacaste for “Sin Limites” (No Barriers), a discover scuba event for the disabled. The weekend was hosted by Connect Ocean, an all-abilities diving school, and Disabled Divers International.On Saturday, the team explored the pool during an introduction to adaptive diving, and on Sunday, they would be in open water for their first real taste of the deep-water adventure sport.Organizers said this is the first time a disabled discover scuba event has taken place in Central America.While the rain poured in the Central Valley last weekend, the Guanacaste sky was clear and waves crashed against the Four Seasons’ two beaches.Bobbing in the pool in small groups or relaxing on the warm stone edge, 23 athletes, including members of the Tico Paralympic track and field and cycling teams, teased each other about sharks as they waited for a turn to suit up and taste the plastic of a regulator. To the boat! By Sean Davis (http://seandavisphotographic.com)  A man missing his right leg prepares to practice scuba diving in the Four Seasons pool. By Sean Davis (http://seandavisphotographic.com)  To the seaThe excitement was contagious Sunday morning. The rain from the night before had cleared, leaving a clear blue sky to rival the lapis lazuli waters of Bahía Culebra, in the Gulf of Papagayo, where the dive would take place.Ernst van der Poll of Connect Ocean, the event’s organizer, rounded up the instructors to discuss the day’s dive. Buzos de Aventura, a diving company in Playa Hermosa, had donated the two red-and-white boats anchored offshore and all the gear for the event, and would take the new divers out to a rock formation off the beach of the Four Season’s property.Shark jokes hadn’t lost their appeal as the group joshed around waiting for their final dive briefing, but all the instructors insisted that the dorsal-finned predator wouldn’t make an appearance.A few of those in traditional wheelchairs snubbed the beach-accessible version with its bulbous moon-boogie tires, insisting on pushing their thin street tires through the wet sand.Despite the heat from the sun, the water was cool – just over 71 degrees Fahrenheit – Sunday morning. The first-time divers would descend 6-8 meters.“The first rule of diving isn’t remembering to take your iPhone out of your pocket, it’s to breathe,” van der Poll told his students.As one group suited up, a second played a match of seated volleyball while a third headed out for sea kayaking hosted by Wheels and Arms, a program to raise awareness about adventure sports for the physically disabled in Costa Rica.As the first group went out, DDI founder Bathgate came down to the beach in his wheelchair, nursing a paper cup of coffee, to watch the boats head out.“When I started diving, I was in a really dark place,” he said, reflecting on his long recovery in a Dubai hospital after a rock-climbing accident. “Diving turned my life around over night. It gave me back my life and I want to give back to others.”Today, DDI has dive centers around the world, from the United Arab Emirates, where Bathgate started the movement after becoming the first paraplegic certified diver, to Portugal, Germany and across Scandinavia.Bathgate and van der Poll hope that last weekend’s event will help spark an accessible tourism movement in Costa Rica, including rock climbing, kayaking and other sports, and make the country a destination for adaptive diving and other accessible adventure sports.Waves crashed against the shore, rocking the dive boats anchored just off the beach. Van der Poll made the decision that the pitching boats were unsafe for the athletes to board on their own. Some disabled divers wrapped their arms around the necks of volunteers who plodded through the surf to reach the boats, while others made their own way out into the water, hopping on one foot, before needing a final boost over the boat’s side. Jennifer Bricker – a professional acrobat who was born without legs – and Tiffany Joiner – a U.S. woman who fell from a balcony and lost 75 percent of the mobility in her legs – also attended the event to complete their open-water certification.“Diving is the only adventure sport that someone can buy off the shelf and not need any adaptation,” said Fraser Bathgate, the founder of DDI and an adaptive diving pioneer. “Water is the great leveler.”That phrase would be a leitmotif for the first-time divers throughout the weekend. Instructors and students alike commented that the experience of floating underwater offered a liberating range of motion and weightlessness.“I felt freedom for a few moments in the water,” said Christian Agüero, a Paralympic runner, still dripping from the pool as he balanced on one leg to take a picture of a friend.Agüero, from San Luis de Santo Domingo, Heredia, lost his other leg in a motorcycle accident when he was 21.“The first year after the accident, I was just figuring out my disability, what my limits were,” he said.Since then, he’s set out to break those limits. Agüero styles himself a “semi-professional” athlete, running marathons, 10-kilometer races and short track events. In 2011, he traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the Pan-American Games.The opportunity to try scuba diving was just one more challenge he set for himself to overcome. But the experience affected him more than he anticipated.“It was like flying, like a bird does, just relaxing,” he said, wide-eyed and smiling.After the pool session ended Saturday, the divers met to debrief.When asked to share how the first day felt in the pool, another diver, Belky Sánchez Faerron, who uses a wheelchair, agreed that the sensation was like flying. “It feels like a link between heaven and Earth,” she said.last_img read more

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