Venezuela announces widely expected currency devaluation sharply cutting bolivars value

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Venezuela announces widely expected currency devaluation, sharply cutting bolivar’s value CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s government announced Friday that it is devaluing the country’s currency, a long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily import-reliant economy.Officials said the fixed exchange rate is changing from 4.30 bolivars to the dollar to 6.30 bolivars to the dollar.The devaluation had been widely expected by analysts in recent months, though experts had been unsure about whether the government would act while President Hugo Chavez remained out of sight in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery.It was the first devaluation to be announced by Chavez’s government since 2010, and it pushed up the price of the dollar against the bolivar by 46.5 per cent.By boosting the bolivar value of Venezuela’s dollar-denominated oil sales, the change is expected to help ease a difficult budget outlook for the government, which has turned increasingly to borrowing to meet its spending obligations.But analysts said the move would not be sufficient to end the government’s budget woes or balance the exchange rate with an overvalued currency. Economists predicted higher inflation and a likely continuation of shortages of some staple foods, such as cornmeal, chicken and sugar.Planning and Finance Minister Jorge Giordani said the new rate will take effect Wednesday, after the two-day holiday of Carnival. He said the old rate would still be allowed for some transactions that already were approved by the state currency agency.Venezuela’s government has had strict currency exchange controls since 2003 and maintains a fixed, government-set exchange rate. Under the controls, people and businesses must apply to a government currency agency to receive dollars at the official rate to import goods, pay for travel or cover other obligations.While those controls have restricted the amounts of dollars available at the official rate, an illegal black market has flourished and the value of the bolivar has recently been eroding. In black market street trading, dollars have recently been selling for more than four times the official exchange rate of 4.30 bolivars to the dollar.Economist Pedro Palma, a professor at Caracas’ IESA business school, said the government’s decision to allow some previously requested dollar transactions for products in categories such as food, health care, construction and autos will somewhat soften the impact on inflation. But he predicted the devaluation would inevitably further drive up inflation.Economist Jose Guerra told The Associated Press that given the devaluation, he predicts inflation of more than 25 per cent this year.The announcement of the devaluation came after the country’s Central Bank said annual inflation rose to 22.2 per cent in January, up from 20.1 per cent at the end of 2012.The oil-exporting country, a member of OPEC, has consistently had Latin America’s highest officially acknowledged inflation rates in recent years. Spiraling prices have come amid worsening shortages of some foods.Seeking to confront such shortages, the government last week announced plans to have the state oil company turn over more of its earnings in dollars to the Central Bank while reducing the amount injected into a fund used for various government programs and public works projects.It was the fifth time that Chavez’s government has devalued the currency since establishing the currency exchange controls a decade ago in an attempt to combat capital flight.Giordani said the government also decided to do away with a second-tier rate that has hovered around 5.30 bolivars to the dollar, through a bond market administered by the Central Bank.That rate had been granted to some businesses that hadn’t been able to obtain dollars at the official rate, and accounted for roughly one-fifth of government-approved foreign currency transactions.Central Bank President Nelson Merentes called that bond trading system, known by the acronym Sitme, “imperfect.”“It doesn’t make much sense to keep a system that seeks the country’s debt to feed it,” Merentes said.Palma said it’s worrying that the government is not providing any additional outlet for Venezuelans to obtain dollars, given the strong demand for foreign currency. Guerra, a professor at Central University of Venezuela, predicts that demand for dollars is likely to keep pushing the so-called “parallel” dollar market higher.The government’s announcement drew strong criticism from opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who said that the government’s heavy spending was to blame for the situation and that officials were trying to slip the change past the public at the start of a long holiday weekend.“They spent the money on campaigning, corruption, gifts abroad!” Capriles said in one of several messages on his Twitter account. Capriles was defeated by Chavez in an October presidential vote that was preceded by a burst of heavy government spending.Capriles criticized Vice-President Nicolas Maduro’s handling of the situation. Maduro, who was named by Chavez as his preferred successor before undergoing cancer surgery Dec. 11, has taken on more responsibilities and a higher profile during the president’s nearly two-month absence.“They give Mr. Maduro a little more time in charge and he finishes with the country,” Capriles said. “Look at the inflation in January, and now the devaluation.”Maduro said on television that the measure had been approved by Chavez. He said the change was necessary in response to a recent “speculative attacks” against the country’s currency.___Associated Press writer Jorge Rueda contributed to this report. by Fabiola Sanchez, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 8:39 pm MDT read more

Ohio State mens volleyball aims for redemption against No 12 Ball State

Redshirt-sophomore outside hitter T.J. Read hits the ball during a game against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerFor the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, the stakes are high this weekend.The team is hoping to get out of its four-match slump as it seeks revenge against No. 12 Ball State, which defeated the Buckeyes earlier this season.The Buckeyes are set to travel to Muncie, Ind., to take on the Cardinals for the second time this season, this Sunday at 4 p.m.The last meeting for the Buckeyes and the Cardinals ended in a 3-1 loss for OSU at St. John Arena in February. Coach Pete Hanson said the team is preparing for an even harder match against Ball State this weekend.“Ball State is on a roll right now. They are in their home court and they beat us the last match, so this is going to be another tough match for us,” he said.Ball State is currently 15-5 for the season, and just won its eighth consecutive match against Harvard on Sunday.“It is going to be an uphill battle,” Hanson said.The Buckeyes fell to Harvard Tuesday, making that their fourth consecutive loss of the season and putting their record at 8-12.Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Alex Judkins said the most important thing the team is working on in preparation for Ball State is its offense.“We will be doing a lot of serving and passing during practice, after what we saw in our match against Harvard,” he said.Freshman setter Christy Blough said the main thing the Buckeyes have to work on is teamwork, which has been their focus during practice over the past weeks.“We need to play more as a team for our match against Ball State. We played individually in the beginning during the Harvard match and I think that is what really hurt us,” he said.Hanson said although the team is starting to improve in certain areas, there are still many aspects of the game that need to become better.“We are continuing to work on the same things, which is serve/receive, being strong with our attacking and trying to get better with our block and defense. All phases of the game need to become better. It’s not one big thing that has to improve; it is a little bit of everything,” he said. read more

Targeting of hospitals in Syria is unparalleled brutality Penny Mordaunt says

first_imgIt will provide funding to solutions to problems in developing health supplies and services,  life saving information, energy and sanitation. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security He added: “The compromise of his laptop is not a question of sophistication, but instead whether the compromise led to something ‘actionable’. If phone numbers were obtained from the hack, then you’d need a nation-state (or at least law enforcement organisation) level capability to turn a phone number into a target.”   “We know for sure that this information is tracked by Governments, agents of the Government and they use it to bomb.”I swear that every time I put up a picture, especially from Aleppo, that this hospital is bombed, that it is bombed the next day. “I also believe that they are some people that are tracking those doctors who are active. They track the information that we send and and use it to send a message or determine the location of places that are bombed.”The Dfid fund – Creating hope in conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge – was launched last month and is made up of £5.5million each from the UK Government and the US Agency for International Development. Brave aid workers, including the medical staff targeted after a suspected computer hack, are working in horrific conditions to save people’s livesPenny Mordaunt Mr Nott, known as the ‘Indiana Jones’ of surgery, had instructed his former students to conduct complex jaw reconstruction surgery via Skype and Whats App from his London office in September 2016. The operation was broadcast by the BBC and just weeks later the a “bunker buster” bomb was dropped on the exact co-ordinates of the operating theatre at the M10 hospital in Aleppo, leading Mr Nott to believe that the location had been hacked from his computer or phone. It is unclear how or at what point before the bombing the data was stolen.  David Carroll, CEO of security firm XQ Cyber, said  there is “every chance that the consultant was identified and singled out by the hacker as a result of the BBC article”.  “Brave aid workers, including the medical staff targeted after a suspected computer hack, are working in horrific conditions to save people’s lives. The aid sector needs to innovate if it is to continue delivering life-saving assistance in the most difficult situations imaginable.  “That’s why last month we launched a new fund with USAID to find new technology solutions and innovations to save lives in conflict zones. I urge any business or group with a bold idea to apply.” 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. The deliberate targeting of doctors and aid workers has become a major concern for global health security and in Syria alone there have been an estimated that 450 attacks on hospitals.  Zaher Sahloul, who was the President of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) which was running the M10 hospital when it was bombed and is now a senior advisor to UOSSM, said there was concerns of doctors being hacked or their social media monitored.  “This is one of the reasons that before we put any pictures on social media we ask the permission of the doctors, whether they are comfortable with it,” he said.  Syria territorial control map: 2016-2018 Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said: “The Asad regime and its backers have displayed an unparalleled level of callousness and barbarity by deliberately targeting schools and hospitals. These attacks, along with restrictions on food and medical supplies, are a blatant breach of international humanitarian law.“The UK government continues call on all parties to this horrific conflict to protect civilians and we will continue to deliver support to those that need it most. Every time I put up a picture, especially from Aleppo, this hospital is bombedZaher Sahloul, UOSSM advisor The Government has condemned the suspected computer hack on a leading British surgeon as it described the targeting of hospitals in Syria as “unparalleled brutality”. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, has launched an £11 million fund to try and find innovative ways to deliver healthcare in war zones. Medical supplies have become a target  in what she described as a  “blatant breach of international humanitarian law”.  News of the fund comes after  renowned consultant David Nott revealed his fears that a hack on his computer led to the bombing of a Syrian hospital suspected to have been carried out by Russian warplanes.It is hoped that the Dfid fund could provide solutions such as a secure way to deliver instructions into war zones with a lower risk of being hacked, and new tools to make complex medical tasks easier for those with less training.  last_img read more

Professor Stephen Hawkings funeral Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones among mourners at

first_imgThe service began at 2pm Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones joined around 250 family and friends at Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral today in Cambridge.The service was held just metres from the college that was his academic home for 52 years.Other stars expected to attend were Lily Cole, model and actress, comedian Dara O Brian and playwright Alan Bennett.Elon Musk, founder of aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, and Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond films, have also been invited.Eddie Redmayne played Professor Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything. Felicity Jones played his wife, Jane Hawking. Eddie Remayne Although the service is private, and will be restricted to invited friends, family and colleagues, crowds are expected to form outside the church to witness the funeral procession.  Professor Hawking died peacefully at his home on 14 March, at the age of 76. The service is to be held at the University Church St Mary the Great, close to Gonville and Caius College, where Professor Hawking was a fellow.Professor Fay Dowker, a former student, will give a second eulogy, after Professor Hawking’s son Robert.  “This high regard was demonstrated wherever in the world he gave a public lecture: the auditorium was always packed, the atmosphere electric and the applause thunderous.”The procession began at the professor’s house in the west of Cambridge, and travel along the historic King’s Parade, in front of King’s College, to the University Church. Stephen Hawking at his Oxford University graduation. Stephen Hawking “Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. The service began at 14:00. Roads in central Cambridge are not expected to be closed, but traffic will be stopped to allow the procession to pass.Professor Hawking was diagnosed with  motor neurone disease in his twenties, and was initially expected to live just a few years. Lily Cole went to Cambridge UniversityCredit:PA 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. Felicity Jones and Charles Guard Brian May and Anita Dobson arrive Professor Hawking, pictured in 2015 with Eddie RedmayneCredit:Dnaiel Leal-Olivas/PA Felicity Jones and Charles St Mary the Great is the official church of Cambridge University. By university legislation, undergraduates must live within three miles of its spire. Professor Hawking’s ashes will be interred in Westminster Abbey, close to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton, in June, following a service of thanksgiving for his life.A book of condolence is open at Gonville and Caius, and an online book has been set up on the college’s website.Thousands of messages from around the world have already been posted. Dara O Briain arrives center_img “Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious.”So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.”We would like to thank Gonville and Caius College, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge for their assistance with our father’s funeral service.” The coffin will be carried by six porters from Gonville and Caius, all in traditional uniform, with bowler hats.Many porters at the college knew Professor Hawking and provided support when he visited for dinners and other events. They were asked by his family to be pallbearers.Head Porter Russell Holmes will walk ahead of the coffin as it is carried into the church.He will wear his formal college uniform of top hat and tails, and carry a silver-topped ebony cane of office.Despite the scientist’s public atheism, Professor Hawking’s family felt that a traditional church funeral would allow friends, family and colleagues to pay tribute to him.  Brian May and Anita Dobson arriveCredit:PA She is expected to say: “Stephen shared his work and his zest for the fundamental questions it addressed with wide audiences. “He inspired people with the excitement and importance of pure scientific enquiry and was admired and revered for his devotion, as a scholar, to the pursuit of knowledge. Order of serviceCredit:Andrew Parsons for The Telegraph Eddie Redmayne walking into the churchCredit:Andrew Parsons for the Telegraph Lily Cole went to Cambridge University Order of service The service began at 2pmCredit:Andrew Parsons for The Telegraph “He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city.”For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him. Hawking at his Oxford graduation, in 1962. He would be diagnosed with motor neurone disease the next year.Credit:Rex Features In a statement, Professor Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude to all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence. Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, arriving at the After-party dinner for the EE British Academy Film Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Dara O Briain arrives Credit: PAlast_img read more

Two viable explosive devices discovered in Limerick

first_imgTWO VIABLE EXPLOSIVE devices were discovered in a rural part of Limerick late last night.An Army bomb disposal team was called to the area on the outskirts of Limerick City at around 9.45pm on Friday night. The two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were located on a rural road in Donoughmore.The devices were made safe at the scene. They were then handed over to Gardaí as part of an investigation into the incident.The scene was declared safe just before 11pm.This is the 156th callout so far this year for the Army’s bomb disposal teams and the 73rd IED.Read: Residents evacuated as explosive device made safe in Kildare > Read: Government criticised over Defence Force allowances and Ombudsman downgrade >last_img read more

Ming Flanagan Unless you come from the old guard you are irrelevant

first_imgMing Flanagan: ‘Unless you come from the old guard, you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media’ Mainstream Irish media tends to focus on the very limited political spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, writes Luke Ming Flanagan. By Luke Ming Flanagan Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 7:00 AM Share541 Tweet Email4 Feb 15th 2017, 7:00 AM 170 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 87 Comments MEP BRENDAN HOWLIN IS acceptable. Michael Martin is acceptable. People who vote for them have more of a right to be listened to than those who vote for the likes of Mick Wallace, Clare Daly and myself.That is the reason why over the last week both The Labour Party and Fianna Fáil have been allowed to move centre stage on the issue of Garda malpractice. Mainstream journalism does not really accept the result of the 2011 General Election.It does not accept the result of the 2016 General Election. Unless you come from the old guard of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour then you are irrelevant in the eyes of mainstream media, with a few rare exceptions.The media classed us as a rabbleAfter years of seeing the big three political parties attempting to run this country and failing miserably, the people decided they wanted a change, more variety, more representatives that spoke like they did themselves, that looked like they did themselves.Our media found this disturbing. After years of simply having to engage with three parties they now had to deal with a myriad of groups, alliances, different individuals.Rather than actually listen to us, however, they classified us a rabble; rather than honestly analyse what we say and report it, they dismissed it, rubbished it, diverted attention from what we were saying by talking about what we looked like.So when people such as Clare and Mick raised issues about Garda malpractice, spent months on end in the last Dáil building the house that is accountability, their efforts (for the most part) went unreported.Question after question was tabled, tactics perfected and employed to make it more likely that those question would be discussed orally and not dismissed as they are when replied to in written form. Experts on policing were consulted. Bills were constructed, a huge body of work was carried out.The real opposition is sidelinedYet when push came to shove, and despite all that work, last year it was Mícheál Martin who was given the credit for bringing the whole fiasco with Shatter and Callinan to a head. What Mícheál Martin said in the Dáil about Maurice McCabe, was all said before by Mick and Clare.Was it said more eloquently by Mícheál, more passionately, with any more depth of knowledge? No – anything but. But it was said by the leader of Fianna Fáil.The house of accountability so carefully constructed by the real opposition was moved into by the acceptable opposition, with the media driving the removals van. Mícheál Martin, the man who instructed his party to vote against ombudsman legislation which would have changed everything, was now the man to change everything.The new champion of mainstream mediaWhich brings us to the present. The new champion of our mainstream media, the new acceptable opposition, is Brendan Howlin. Forget the fact that when in government, Brendan trashed Mick Wallace’s attempts at bringing in decent ombudsman legislation. Forget the fact that Howlin himself introduced whistleblower legislation which is useless.Forget that Howlin “sat idly by” as Enda Kenny made a joke of allegations that there was heroin dealing taking place at Athlone Garda station. Forget all that because, you know, there is an acceptable opposition and there is an unacceptable opposition. The Labour Party’s turn has come to wear that acceptable hat.The message to the people from our media is clearYou should vote only for someone within the very limited spectrum that is Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael or Labour. That’s the spectrum our media understands, that is the spectrum which itself has an understanding with the media.Perception is what it’s all about as our media tries to convince us that switching from a Fine Gael-led coalition to a Fianna Fáil-led coalition is change. It’s not. Heroes like Maurice McCabe, Nicky Keogh, Keith Harrison and John Wilson are to be used as tools in the resurrection of the political careers of the acceptable opposition, but they will ultimately be shafted.I feel sick thinking about it.Luke Ming Flanagan is an MEP.Opinion: ‘Lack of transparency makes it difficult to know who controls the Irish media’>‘The media should tell the truth about the alt-right’> Luke Ming Flanagan Short URLlast_img read more

North Dakota may sue Washington over oil train safety bill

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil regulator is planning to sue the state of Washington if it goes ahead with a proposal to reduce the volatility of Bakken crude oil transported by rail, saying it is not supported by science and would devalue the product.The Washington Senate voted last month to mandate a lower vapor pressure limit for Bakken crude shipped through the state by rail, aiming to limit fiery derailments.“People and their safety must come first. Experts know that highly flammable Bakken oil poses greater risk, and it’s time to take meaningful action to reduce the threat of a serious catastrophe,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, the primary sponsor of the bill, after state senators approved the measure.North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources has requested state money to sue Washington if the legislation advances, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Data from North Dakota’s Pipeline Authority shows that refineries in Washington state are the primary destination for Bakken deliveries of crude by rail, with daily averages of 200,000 barrels.Federal authorities have mandated regional response teams for oil train wrecks after a series of fiery derailments since 2013.North Dakota regulations that were implemented in 2015 require companies to extract the most volatile gases from Bakken crude oil to guarantee the vapor pressure doesn’t surpass 13.7 pounds per square inch. State officials established that threshold based on a national standard for stable crude oil, which is 14.7 psi, and also factoring in a margin of error of 1 psi for sampling and measuring, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.last_img read more

Weve got great character – Etheridge

first_imgCardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”last_img read more

Disappointing day for Shaunae Bahamas Gold medalist misses medal in London

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Shaunae4thaftercrampingatIAAF2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, August 9, 2017 – London – What a disappointment for our Shaunae Miller-Uibo tonight in London as she finished fourth after cramping up in the final 40m of a race she was winning at the IAAF World Championships.    Miller-Uibo was among the stars running in the rain in a tough field of competitors and our Olympic gold medalist appeared to be getting the job done, when all of a sudden a cramp allowing three others to pass as Miller-Uibo’s dreams of gold at the Championships in the 400m were dashed.It was an amazing performance in that losing effort.. first went to Phyllis Francis of the USA, Salwar Eid Naser of Bahrain ends up with silver and placing third, legendary American sprinter, Allyson Felix.    Up to news time, we were unable to find any reactions to the event by Shaunae.#MagneticMediaNews#Shaunae4thaftercrampingatIAAF2017last_img read more

Mourinho explains Fred absence for Man United

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to use Fred until his side are defensively strongerThe Brazilian midfielder arrived at Old Trafford in the summer from Shakhtar Donetsk in a £52m deal.But life at United hasn’t gone to plan for Fred with just 10 appearances in all competitions this season and he hasn’t featured in the club’s last four Premier League matches.“Step by step,” said Mourinho on the club website, about Fred’s adaption.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“You also have other players at other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that play even less than what Fred is playing.“I think Fred [will play more], when the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need in midfield people that are more worried about giving some balance to the team than being involved in the creation and attacking dynamics.“The day we are stronger defensively, I think the horizons for Fred change completely.”United will host Fulham at Old Trafford this Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

61st GRAMMYs Poll Which Artist Had Your Favorite Red Carpet Look

first_imgNews Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs Poll: Which Artist Had Your Favorite Red Carpet Look? Chloe x Halle Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards It’s glitz and glam on the 61st GRAMMY Awards red carpet, who has your favorite look?Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 8:29 pm The Biggest Night In Music is finally here and the red carpet is the place your favorite artists get to show their originality and individuality. Whether it’s being dressed to the nines or rocking a ‘fit like some of these megastars can, we want to know who is wearing your favorite look at the 61st GRAMMY Awards show? BTS Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Choices Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 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Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Bebe Rexha 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet | Photo Gallery Is it BTS, Camila Cabello, Leon Bridges, Maren Morris, Ella Mai, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin or Chloe x Halle? Vote below:Polls Which Artist Had Your Favorite Red Carpet Look? Prev Next Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Email Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Other Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Shawn Mendes center_img Lady GAGA Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Camila Cabello H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Ricky Martin John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Cardi B Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Dua Lipa Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Leon Bridges H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Which Artist Had Your Favorite Red Carpet Look? 61st-grammys-poll-which-artist-had-your-favorite-red-carpet-look Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 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Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Ella Mai Full Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awards TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album?last_img read more

Juneau Protesters Rally Against Shells Arctic Plans

first_imgDownload AudioA crowd of about 40 gathered in the drizzling rain outside Juneau’s federal building this afternoon to protest Royal Dutch Shell’s oil rig, the Polar Pioneer. The vessel left Seattle on Monday after weeks of public outcry.Alaska Climate Action Network organizer Elaine Schroder is passing out a rainbow of signs to people arriving at the rally. Handwritten slogans in splashes of yellow and blue.“Let’s take a look at them,” she says. “This says ‘Alaska moms for a renewable future: there is no creature more dangerous than a mother bear protecting her cubs’ so that’s one of our more adorable signs. ”Shell’s massive oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, is now sailing to the Chukchi Sea. In May, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gave conditional approval to the company to start exploratory drilling this summer off Alaska’s Arctic coast.“And we’re saying ‘no’ to Shell. You’ve got to keep the oil in the ground. What we’re talking about here is extreme extractions.”Concerns from environmental groups include the likelihood of a spill, the impact on coastal Native communities and climate change.“We want renewable energy sources and that’s what our money should be going for.”In a statement, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the Polar Pioneer will meet “rigorous safety standards” during its exploration.Some of the signs at the rally are taped to kayak paddles, a nod to the kayaktivists in Seattle. Lorena Guillen and her husband are Seattleites on vacation.“We’re trying to see the glaciers before they disappear,” Guillen said.They were active in the protests down south but weren’t expecting to spend their trip this way. Then they saw a flyer in a Heritage Coffee shop.“It was really nice to see the sign in the coffee shop because] it was like ‘yes,’ this is exactly the fight we need to continue and not give up,” Guillen said.Mid-rally, a car swerves into a handicapped spot. The vehicle has a large wood and paper structure strapped to the top. Elaine Schroeder explains.“Right now what just drove by was a replica of the Polar Pioneer. Only we call it the “Polar Profiteer” rather than the Polar Pioneer,” Schroder said.“Polar Profiteer” will make another appearance at the Fourth of July parade, Schroder said. But the group hopes the Polar Pioneer doesn’t arrive to its next destination.last_img read more

A FiveState Poll About Healthcare Reveals Worries About Cost Coverage and Choice

first_imgTexas Medical CenterDr. Tim Garson of the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute presented results from the five-state survey during the plenary session of Medical World Americas in Houston.The new Health Policy Institute at the Texas Medical Center in Houston conducted the poll, posing questions to 1,000 people in each of five states: Texas, California, Florida, New York and Ohio.The cost of healthcare was a common complaint. A majority of people in all five states said they were paying more out-of-pocket for healthcare than they were two years ago. Texas had the most people saying that, at 65 percent.“Clearly, we as a country, we as a state – couldn’t we find ways to decrease the overall cost of healthcare?” asked Dr. Tim Garson, the director of the Health Policy Institute.When it comes to healthcare, voters said “coverage” was the most important thing to them, followed by the choice of doctors. In general, Democrats favored coverage slighty more, while Republicans tended to rate choice of doctors as more important. The survey did not ask the 5,000 respondents if they liked the idea of a government-funded “single payer” system, similar to the ones in Canada and many European countries. But many respondents did say universal coverage was important, not just coverage for themselves and their family. “One of my biggest surprises is that 85 percent of everybody asked was looking for ‘coverage for all,’” Garson said. “They are worried about their sisters and brothers. And I think that, at some point, is going to show up in the voting rolls.”The Affordable Care Act has helped 20 million additional Americans get insurance, but Garson says the law didn’t do much to control the actual prices being charged in the healthcare industry. Consumers feel the financial pressure in their deductibles, co-pays and monthly premiums.“Of the uninsured, 87 percent said when they went to the exchange they couldn’t afford it,” Garson said, referring to the online marketplaces where people can buy individual or family insurance plans if their employers don’t provide coverage.“That, therefore, is the unaffordable Affordable Care Act,” Garson added. The survey did not ask whether those respondents were talking about the market rates for insurance plans, or the monthly premium they would personally pay, perhaps after receiving a generous government subsidy. Either way, the perception among many uninsured is that insurance plans are still too expensive, Garson said.The survey compared attitudes about Medicaid, the taxpayer-funded insurance plan for low-income people.In California, New York and Ohio, politicians took advantage of funding in the Affordable Care Act, and expanded Medicaid to cover more poor adults who previously didn’t qualify. Most residents in those three states said they approved of that decision.But the Republican leaders of Texas and Florida refused to expand Medicaid. The survey showed two-thirds of people in those two states wanted them to do it anyway.“Both Texas and Florida, the residents there are hurting and are turning to the idea of Medicaid expansion,” Garson said. Garson said politicians can’t always assume they know what voters want, and this sort of survey can help shed light on their attitudes. Garson gave another example of the poll contradicting expectations. A majority of people surveyed said that sugary drinks and junk food should be subject to hefty additional taxes, to combat obesity. That held true even in the two conservative states of Texas and Florida.Obamacare and health costs will be part of the campaign rhetoric, said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Baker is not connected to the survey but examined it at the request of Houston Public Media.Although candidates will talk about healthcare, Baker is not convinced it’s the kind of pivotal issue that will motivate voters to choose one presidential candidate over another.“Generally, people are mindful of the healthcare issues because they are very practical, day-to-day concerns, but whether or not they would get out of bed on Tuesday morning in November, and go to the polls based on their feelings about whether or not Medicaid should be expanded in their state is, I think, subject to challenge.”Rather, the expected contest between Clinton and Trump will probably be decided on their personality differences, rather than any one specific issue like healthcare, Ross said.   X 00:00 /02:20 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen last_img read more

Exercise may cut gestational diabetes risk in obese women

first_imgObese women are at increased risk of complications during pregnancy, the most common of which are gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, a large increase in weight as well as pre-eclampsia.“It’s important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child,” said a researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.Obese mothers are also at an increased risk of needing a caesarean section and giving birth to large babies. These complications can have a great impact on the health of both mother and child, not just during pregnancy, but also later in life, the researchers said. The findings showed that the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes is not very high. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“That meant that even a little training during pregnancy can be beneficial,” said Kirsti Krohn Garnæs, doctoral candidate at NTNU. Further, women who followed the exercise regimen also showed lower blood pressure towards the end of their pregnancy.Women in the exercise group were invited to three weekly supervised sessions of 60 minutes throughout the course of their pregnancy. The training consisted of 35 minutes of moderate intensity treadmill walking and 25 minutes of strength training. The control group was given standard prenatal care. Of these, only two in the exercise group versus nine in the control group developed gestational diabetes.last_img read more

Bdeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor takes part in poll drive complaint lodged

first_imgKolkata: A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission against Bangladeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor who courted controversy by taking part in an election rally on Wednesday.The state BJP leaders have registered a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the participation of the Bangladeshi actor in the election campaign. The Election Commission has taken an exception to the participation of a foreign national in the election campaign. It was learnt that the office of the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh took up the matter with the actor. He will be asked to return to his homeland. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bangladeshi actor Noor triggered controversy after he took part in an election rally in Dum Dum in favour of Sougata Roy, who is contesting the ongoing election from Dum Dum. Noor was found standing in a hood-less jeep along with Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra on Wednesday. The incident sparked a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. The state BJP leaders termed the incident a gross violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and demanded action against the TMC candidate Roy. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt was learnt from the sources in the CEO office that there is no specific laws laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard. Hence the officials cannot take any action against a foreign national. They are however looking into the matter and may seek suggestion from the ECI. The Bangladeshi actor however claimed that he took part in the road show after being requested by TMC leader Madan Mitra. The actor also defended himself by saying that he took part in the road show without uttering a word. Meanwhile, it may be said that in a similar incident Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed also triggered controversy after he attended an election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi near the Indo-Bangladesh border for ensuing Lok Sabha polls. As the matter came to light, Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh immediately.last_img read more

Indonesias crackdown on the LGBTI community doesnt make any sense

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… In recent years, however, as conservative religious groups gain prominence in the political arena, LGBTI rights are increasingly being violated by the Indonesian government, which enforces gender and sexual orientation norms on individuals through customs, laws and violence.The recent wave of crackdowns began in 2016, when some conservative politicians began espousing inflammatory anti-gay rhetoric.This is a new and frightening wave of intolerance against LGBTI people in what was once considered a fairly tolerant nation amidst rising Islamic extremism in the region.Pancasila = human rightsIn the Indonesian context, the human rights concept—including the guarantee of LGBTI rights—emerged from Pancasila, the Indonesian state philosophy developed by then President Sukarno in 1945.In fact, the national motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, translated as ‘unity in diversity’, declares the essential unity of all citizens regardless of ethnic, regional, social or religious differences.In addition, the Yogyakarta Principles—launched in 2007 by a group of 29 human rights experts to establish the application of international human rights law to sexual orientation and gender identity equality (SOGIE)—declare that human beings of all sexual orientations and gender identities are entitled to the full enjoyment of all human rights.In his speeches, current President Joko Widodo mentions Pancasila and human rights repeatedly, and often at the same time.Jokowi stated that the government guarantees the right of everyone to express opinions or expression and to practice union or assembly, as long as it synchronous with Pancasila values.Increased discrimination and persecutionThus, while being homosexual is not illegal in Indonesia, the increased policing of sexuality, and the lack of sufficient protective laws in Indonesia, are both major forces behind increasing gender-based violence and gender inequality in the country.In 2017, for example, two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province were publicly flogged 83 times for having sex in their private room.A few days later, Indonesian police raided two gay saunas in Jakarta and arrested 141 and 58 people, respectively, for attending what was described as a ‘gay sex party’.The people arrested were charged with pornography offences; while same-sex sexual relations are legal outside of Aceh and South Sumatra provinces, the government regularly twists extremely strict anti-pornography laws to persecute LGBTI people.In October, the proposed broadcasting bill that will potentially ban LGBTI characters from national television was passed through the House of Representatives.Nonetheless, in December of last year, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected a judicial review attempt to criminalise consensual extramarital and same-sex relationships in Indonesia.The LGBTI community in Indonesia is thus technically protected by the law, but their reality is much different.Other persistent forms of discrimination include harassment by health-care providers, difficulties in obtaining ID cards, and even rejection in the educational system. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) LGBTI people have always existed in Indonesian culture and society—long before the genesis of the nation itself.The Bugis people in Sulawesi recognise five genders that maintain the balance of Mother Nature in accordance with their codex, Sureq Galigo. In Central Java, the tradition of the Lengger Lanang cross-gender dance still flourishes to this day. In Papua, some indigenous tribes have performed male-to-male sexual initiation as a coming-of-age tradition for thousands of years. Indonesian president’s running mate called for LGBTI activities to be criminalizedLBGTI hate in Indonesia makes it hard to treat and test for HIVDisappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Such systematic discrimination makes LGBTI individuals highly vulnerable to HIV infection and mental trauma, both of which can lead to high rates of suicide.According to a survey conducted by the Wahid Foundation in mid-2016, the LGBTI community in Indonesia is a minority group entitled to protection, especially as this community is the most disliked minority group in the country (the survey reported that 26.1% of respondents said that they disliked LGBTI people).Equality will come if everyone fights for itAdditionally, according to the Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law, exclusion acts that hinder LGBTI people from exploring and developing their true potential were estimated to cost the Indonesian economy up to $12 billion in 2016 alone.To survive the onslaught of discrimination, the LGBTI movement in Indonesia needs to be able to help itself.At the same time, the struggle for equality is not the sole responsibility of LGBTI people, but also of other persecuted local minority groups, feminists, and most importantly, allies in the straight community.Intersectionality is key for the advancement of the LGBTI rights and the human rights movement in general, and these communities must initiate a dialogue.The key is to educate people that the LGBTI concept is not a Western product nor construct, but has long been an integral part of Indonesian culture and society.By opening a dialogue space, the LGBTI community can exercise their fundamental rights of freedom of expression and also educate people about the principle that it is not privilege nor special rights they seek to achieve, but equality before the law and to be regarded fully as human beings.Through dialogue, we could also build an understanding that sexual orientation and gender identity and expression are not a disease that has to be cured.Indonesia struggles to uphold LGBTI rights and many have suffered prejudice, persecution, and human rights offenses as a result.In recent years, communities, artists and musicians, cultural centres, religious institutions and even the National Commission on Violence against Women in the country have collaborated to promote equality.They have conducted book discussions, public lectures, and film festivals as a gesture of resilience and outreach to educate people on LGBTI issues.Given the challenges that overshadow the movement, the LGBTI community should be prepared with protection and security measures.As a community vulnerable to persecution from the authorities and the extreme far-right organisations, understanding the legal means to defend themselves, as well as security training—whether offline or digital-based—is necessary for the LGBTI community.The expulsion of lesbian couples in Bogor by the authorities and the mob shows the importance of keeping hotline numbers of support organisations such as YLBHI (an Indonesian legal aid foundation) and Arus Pelangi (the Indonesian Federation of LGBTI communities).After 72 years of independence, Indonesia still has a lot of work to do to liberate LGBTI people from structural discrimination and prejudice and to fulfil its dream of ideal nationhood.It is now within the hands of young Indonesian LGBTI people and their allies to abolish homo-, bi-, and transphobia and to create a better future where the next generations will not have to go through the same struggles for equality as this generation is going through today.Devandy Ario Putro is a Communications and Media intern at FORUM-ASIA and a Networking Officer at 100% Manusia Film Festival.This piece was originally published on Open Global Rights and has been republished here with permission.Got a news tip? 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Police chopper crashes in the Drakensberg

first_imgA police search & rescue helicopter crashed this morning (January 1) in the Drakensberg area.It is believed that the officers on board, including a K9 dog, were called out to search for missing hikers.It is unknown at this stage what caused the helicopter to make an emergency landing before crashing.Neither the pilot nor crew were injured. However, the K9 dog sustained slight injuries.The dog was taken to a vet by Officer Freddie Halgreen of Okhahlamba Fire & Emergency Services.We will update this story as soon as we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Bookings up 57 for Amadeus agencies worldwide

first_imgBookings up 5.7% for Amadeus agencies worldwide Monday, July 31, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Amadeus MADRID — Air bookings for Amadeus-connected travel agencies totalled 295.2 million for the first half of 2017, a 5.7% jump that outperformed GDS industry growth of 4.3%, according to Amadeus.“The positive performance of our Distribution segment was supported by growth in travel agency air bookings. These increased across all regions, which contributed to an increase in our travel agency air competitive position of 0.5 percentage points, to 43.6%. Amadeus says that while Latin America and Asia and Pacific continue to be its fastest-growing regions, increasing 14.7% and 10% respectively, out of North America the GDS saw 52.5 million bookings, representing close to 18% of Amadeus’ global market, and a 6.9% rise compared to the first half of 2016.In the first half of 2017 Amadeus signed 21 new contracts or renewals of content agreements, including WestJet Airlines and Korean Air. Subscribers to Amadeus’ inventory can now access 100+ low cost carriers and hybrid carriers’ content worldwide.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July At the close of June, 130 airlines had signed up to Amadeus Airline Ancillary Services for the indirect channel, including Malaysia Airlines and Middle East Airlines in the second quarter of 2017.Amadeus’ adjusted profit for the first half of 2017 was $842 million, an increase of 16.1% compared to the same period last year. From January to June, Amadeus’ revenue grew 9.5%, to $3,656 million. The number of passengers boarded through Amadeus-enabled bookings increased 19.8% to 753.4 million.“Amadeus’ progression in the first half of the year was positive,” said Amadeus President & CEO Luis Maroto. “Our Distribution segment continued to grow ahead of the industry, which allowed us to improve our competitive position. In IT Solutions, we had important migrations that have contributed to the expansion of our international footprint. In the first half of the year 56.8% of our passengers boarded were generated outside of Europe.”center_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Puerto Viejo Voice

first_imgThe local El Puente project, which offers educational assistance, food and microloans mainly to indigenous people in the Talamanca area of the South Caribbean, is looking for volunteers. If you’re interested in helping out or just popping in to see what it’s about, check out the weekly soup kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For directions, call Barry at 2750-0524. It costs nothing to volunteer; the time contribution is greatly appreciated.In the Talamanca region, work is being done in Carbon #1 and Hone Creek by the Women Like Us Foundation. They have teamed up with Asociación de Familias Productoras El Yue, a United Nations-funded community center, to provide a space for English and Yoga classes, led by instructor Addison Demaree. Demaree, who spearheads the local effort as the program director, said, “The program serves as an opportunity for the children of the area to come and learn, play and laugh.” So far, the program has supported the local school and community through initiating several projects, including installing both a new ceiling and a new water well, planting trees, purchasing books and supplies, painting walls, refurbishing school furniture, donating uniforms, computers and bicycles, building signs and offering scholarships.For more info, visit or contact Addison at The Women Like Us Foundation is a registered 501c3 nonprofit in the U.S., which means any contributions are tax deductible.In other news, free baseball for youths aged 6-18 is being held Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the plaza in Cocles. Thanks to coaches Raul and Jeremy for offering this opportunity to the South Caribbean kids.The weekly Farmer’s Market this Saturday (and every Saturday) starts 7 a.m. and is located just behind the Centro de Cultura in the heart of town at the Puerto Viejo Flea Market. Find local and organic products and support the artists, farmers and creators of the Talamanca region who come every weekend to sell their wares. Get there early for the best selection!And finally, the South Caribbean would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to the Chilean band Gondwana for their special surprise concert on July 10 at Lazy Mon. Opening for this world renowned roots reggae crew was our very own local and beloved Plan B. Together they put on a lively show free for the community. Plan B keys man Claudio Ambroso called it “the event of the year, musically.” Thanks to all for a great time and good vibes.-Kristin Gilbert Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

To our subscribers

first_imgNo related posts. March 15, 2013Dear Subscriber:As many of you know, for the last five months, we’ve been working to find a way to bring to our online-only edition the quality journalism that made The Tico Times’ print edition Central America’s leading English-language newspaper for almost 57 years.We’re happy to report some exciting good news: our new team and new organization are in place, and are charting a path forward that promises an even better English-language news experience online and across multiple digital formats. In the next few months, we’ll be redesigning our site, adding staff and developing the most dynamic and interesting English-language news site in the region.Best of all, we’ll be offering The Tico Times for FREE to our online, tablet and mobile readers.When the transition is complete, you’ll be able to receive fresh content – whether great investigative news stories, vibrant photos or fascinating video pieces – at home, on your laptop, on your mobile or on the go with your tablet.While we’ll be phasing out our pay walls and PDF version of the weekly newspaper in the next couple weeks, we’ll continue to bring you great coverage through our new site, in daily newsletters and through our suggested weekend reads. You’ll still find all of your favorite content from the print edition, plus a lot more.To our current and past subscribers, THANK YOU for helping sustain us through this transition. Without you, The Tico Times would never have survived. We’d also like to invite you to keep reading, and to watch for our new online format in coming months. We promise, you’ll be just as excited about it as we are.As always, your opinions matter to us, and we appreciate your feedback. Is there something you’d like to see us doing? Please share it with us. Is there an unmet need in your community for better information? Let us know what it is.It’s an honor and privilege to serve you. We hope you’ll continue to support The Tico Times and the sponsors and advertisers that enable us to keep you connected.Warm saludos,Dery Dyer, PublisherAnd The Tico Times StaffP.S. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Drop us a line at, subject line: Subscriber Feedback. Or contact circulation manager Diego Herrera at Facebook Commentslast_img read more