Curbing human trafficking in SouthEast Asia focus at UNbacked meeting

“It is only through this kind of coordinated approach and solidarity of the counter-trafficking community that we can make a real difference in the lives of people who are suffering the cruel consequences of human trafficking and exploitation,” UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) regional manager Matthew Friedman told the 7th Senior Officials Meeting of the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking (COMMIT) in Bagan. The meeting brings together ministers from China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, along with observers from the UN, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking of Persons Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors.“COMMIT is unique in that it has fostered unprecedented accountability between the Mekong countries over the past six years,” UN Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli said. “I believe that this unity may be one of our greatest strengths in tackling some of our biggest challenges.”According to UN International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, 9.49 million people were in forced labour in the Asia-Pacific region as of 2005, with a significant number believed to be in the Mekong region. Since the signing of a memorandum of understanding six years ago, the six countries have put in place legal and cooperative frameworks to prevent human trafficking taking place, prosecute traffickers and exploitative employers and protect victims, helping them return home safely and with dignity.The Bagan meeting will take a fresh look at regional approaches to counter trafficking, review plans and priorities, and discuss future joint actions, focusing in particular on law enforcement and the recovery and reintegration of victims. 20 January 2010Officials from the six countries of South-East Asia’s Mekong region and observers from the United Nations and other stakeholders opened a two-day meeting in Myanmar today to step up the war on human trafficking, including sexual slavery and labour exploitation. read more

Brock hockey players coach Swedish youth

For a trio of former Brock hockey players, a recent trip overseas was an opportunity to sharpen the skills of the next generation.Heather Sorley, Erin McColm and Melissa Hurrell, who each graduated from Brock in June, spent a week in Karlstad, Sweden, where they hit the ice to coach the Färjestad BK Hockey Alliance Girl Power Camp.For the past five years, the Brock women’s hockey team has sent three players or recent graduates annually to assist with the camp, which aims to improve on-ice skills while promoting personal development outside of the arena.Nearly 100 hockey enthusiasts from the ages of eight to 16 participated in this year’s instalment from Aug. 10 to 14.The Brock players ran four hour-long sessions during each camp day, running drills and playing games to help the young players develop their individual and team skills.“This opportunity meant a lot to me,” said Sorley, who graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in June. “It was important for me to give back to the sport that offered me so many life lessons and, more importantly, relationships that I will be forever grateful for.”The 22-year-old Niagara Falls resident said the camp was a chance to share her passion for hockey with young girls who have a similar penchant for the sport.Former Brock associate head coach Sara Bauer said the coaching staff works together to select three players for the camp each year.“We choose attendees based on their commitment to Brock hockey through their time with the team, and their desire to travel and represent Brock by working with young female hockey players,” she said.Sorley described the experience as “humbling.”“I learned just as much from the girls as they did from me,” she said. “Their enthusiasm for the sport was very refreshing and reminded me why I started playing in the first place.”She was hopeful the girls walked away with improved hockey skills, but also with life lessons offered up by the former Badgers.“We taught them to never give up, and to enjoy their years playing hockey, because that’s when they will make relationships that will have a place in their life forever,” she said. “I also hope they learned to keep pushing themselves and each other, as that kind of support will push them and the sport forward.”Recent Brock graduates and former Badgers hockey players Erin McColm, left, Heather Sorley, centre, and Melissa Hurrell, right, recently spent a week in Sweden coaching at the Färjestad BK Hockey Alliance Girl Power Camp. read more

Vineyard using traditional bare foot method for Christmas sparkling wine subject volunteers

An English vineyard which hosted a day of traditional barefoot wine making subjected volunteers to a fungal foot check, promising “clean feet only” for its guests. Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire on Saturday opened its doors to members of the public to help stomp their grapes to create Christmas sparkling wine. A first for the region, volunteers macerated grapes by squashing the fruit with their bare feet; a traditional process which has taken place across wine countries for over a thousand years.Before the fun began organisers requested “no minging feet” as they now plan to sell the produce for the Christmas season, revealing wine makers were sure to scan feet for any fungal faux pas.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Renishaw Hall spokesperson Jane Travis said: “With a natural process there will be the odd bug and leaf. We won’t be adding any chemicals to the wine so there are polite questions being asked when people remove their socks. “As people take off their shoes we can give a quick health and safety check looking out for athlete’s foot, bunions, verrucas and so on. We would like people to be able to enjoy the wine over the festive season.”  Shiela Coles and Rosemary Slater treading grapes Credit:Charlotte Graham Her husband, winemaker and vineyard tenant Kieron Atkinson, said that for any potential drinkers they could rest assured that no germs would be left in the wine, but highlighted prior to the stomping that “no minging feet are allowed”. He explained that during the juice and fermenting process bugs die off, adding: “All the sugars are converted into alcohol which again kills off any germs so people can be safe in the knowledge they are free to enjoy the wine.”The natural foot stomping method has not been used in any of the UK’s vineyards this year and it is the first time the practice has been used in the North of England, whilst some vineyards in the South have trialled it in the past. Mr Atkinson said that after the increased popularity of products such as craft beers in recent years it had become clear that people were looking to try something different and experiment with new flavours. “We’ve always produced good wine and the vineyard has been here for 46-years so it’s well established,” he said. “But we also want to keep offering people something different, and we think it’ll appeal to the local areas of Derbyshire and Sheffield where craft beer has been extremely popular.” This is the first time the vineyard has invited members of the public in to stomp their grapes, something Mr Atkinson said was as a result of the hot summer weather this year producing better quality and riper fruits. The juice generated will go on to produce a natural method sparkling wine, known as ‘Pet Nat’ – Pétillant Naturel.The wine will then be naturally fermenting and ready to sell by Christmas – two years earlier than traditional method sparkling wine takes to be ready for sale.Mr Atkinson added: “This wine will be a superb product to buy at Christmas. What better gift to buy someone than a 100 per cent pure, local, sparkling English wine made by entirely natural methods.” 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. Shiela Coles and Rosemary Slater treading grapes read more

Kearney graphite mine installing hydraulic drive SAG mill

first_imgTenova TAFRAF Africa (formerly Bateman Engineered Technologies) is putting the final pieces together in completing an order for the supply of a 5.5 m x 2.75 m, hydraulically-driven SAG mill to Ontario Graphite, operators of the Kearney mine located in Kearney, Ontario, Canada, about 300 km north of Toronto. This is the largest confirmed graphite resource in North America. “Tenova’s scope of work includes the engineering, manufacturing, shipping and technical assistance during erection of the SAG mill’s feed end, shell, discharge end, drive and main bearings, as well as all supporting equipment (lubrication and jacking systems),” said Tenova TAKRAF Engineer Pieter Van Der Walt. “The main hydraulic motor and rubber shell liners were outside Tenova TAKRAF’s commercial scope of supply, but inside its technical scope of supply.”The mill is a conventional SAG mill in all ways apart from its drive assembly and, it is centre-driven at the discharge end using a Hagglünds hydraulic motor and powerpack. “To date, this is the largest hydraulic motor installed on a SAG mill, with 950 kW of power, torque of 1200 kN.m (start-up) and 650 kN.m (operational), and speed of 13.86 rpm,” said Van Der Walt. Since the mill had to be retrofitted to an existing foundation, a number of adaptations were required to maintain the mill centreline, as well as feed-end and discharge-end positions. Certain additions were required to anchor the main motor torque arm. “Centre-driving a mill at the discharge end brings significant challenges where the discharge of ground material is concerned,” Van Der Walt said. “The parts used to connect the motor to the mill trunnion have a dual function – to drive the mill and to discharge ground material. Exposure of structural parts to abrasive material must be avoided to ensure their integrity when exposed to high torsional loads during operation and, a special discharge/drive drum and protective liner were developed to counter possible abrasion.”“The SAG mill is the final and most valuable piece of the processing puzzle for us,” said Jerry Janik, General Manager of Ontario Graphite’s Kearney mine. “Delivery of the SAG mill marks a significant milestone in our path towards graphite production, and on top of the fact, that we’re reactivating a mine with already-proven resources and infrastructure, it gives us a tremendous advantage over any of our competitors.” Tenova TAKRAF was awarded the contract to oversee shipping of all components to site. The Kearney mine is slated to begin production in 2013.last_img read more

Icy conditions across the country following an evening of snowfall

first_img Share142 Tweet Email Big drop in temperatures overnight. Please think about vulnerable family, friends and neighbour this morning. How did they get on through the night? Do they have enough supplies? Give them a quick ring or text to see if they are okay. pic.twitter.com/zR3veP66ew— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 4, 2019 Monday 4 Mar 2019, 10:19 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dublin – Wicklow MRT/Twitter 37 Comments Icy conditions across the country following an evening of snowfall A status yellow snow-ice warning was in place nationwide this morning until 8am. Updated Mar 4th 2019, 10:19 AM MOTORISTS ARE BEING warned to be careful this morning following reports of icy conditions around the country.A status yellow snow-ice warning was in place nationwide this morning until 8am.  57,438 Views Mar 4th 2019, 7:21 AM center_img AA Roadwatch said earlier this morning that icy conditions had been reported this morning around Carlow town, Naas, Portlaoise, Tullamore, Mullingar, Thurles and Wicklow town. This comes after an evening of snowfall across the country yesterday, which affected a number of road routes. A number of counties still remain affected by icy or slushy conditions, particularly Kildare, Laois and north Tipperary. It will be frosty and foggy with lying snow in places this morning, according to Met Éireann. There will be sunny spells in eastern areas, but heavy rain and hail showers will occasionally hit western counties. These showers will become widespread throughout the morning. Some snow is expected on higher grounds in the west and north with isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures will range between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius this morning.  Tourists and locals experience a heavy snow shower on O’Connell Street in Dublin yesterday afternoon Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieDublin Fire Brigade is asking the public to think about vulnerable friends, family and neighbours this morning following the drop in temperatures last night. “How did they get on through the night? Do they have enough supplies? Give them a quick ring or text to see if they’re ok,” Dublin Fire Brigade said.  It takes longer to stop a vehicle in snow or on icy roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.Keep your windows clear of snow during your journey.Manoeuvre gently – avoid harsh braking, acceleration or steering as these can induce a skid.Use the highest gear possible to reduce the engine revs as this will help avoid wheel spin.When travelling downhill, especially through a series of bends, select a low gear as early as possible and allow your speed to reduce using the brake pedal gently.In Wicklow, the Sally Gap has been closed due to dangerous road conditions, according to AA Roadwatch. Driving conditions on routes throughout the Wicklow Gap are also poor. Slippery conditions have been reported on the N80 on the Stradbally side of Portlaoise in Laois. In Kildare, motorists are being advised that the M7 northbound between Newbridge and Naas is icy.Gardaí are reporting slippery conditions in north Tipperary, especially on the N62 between Thurles and Templemore, and on the Birr side of Roscrea, according to AA Roadwatch.  By Hayley Halpin Warning to motoristsAn Garda Síochána last night issued advice to motorists as a result of the icy weather. Motorists are being asked to exercise caution and reduce speed on the roads. They are being reminded:  Short URL Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter ROAD IMPASSABLE signs have been placed on the Sally Gap. After consultation with @GardaTraffic, severe weather protocol has been put in place due to heavy snowfall on high ground. Please use alternative routes and avoid upland roads. This picture was taken today on the Sally Gap. pic.twitter.com/FCLpExQnaN— Dublin & Wicklow MRT (@DWMRT) March 3, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4522538 last_img read more

Mario Odysseys Hat Trick Has Been Modded Into Mario 64

first_imgThe hat ability in this mod appears to be more powerful than the one in Mario Odyssey. Sure, you can possess dinosaurs in the Switch game, but it’s doubtful you’ll be able to possess things in the environment. I could be wrong about that, but for now, it appears Mario can only take over living creatures in his next game. Also, I need to point out that possessed creatures and objects in this modded Mario 64 don’t grow Mario’s mustache like they do in Mario Odyssey. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s something that Kaze may want to consider adding in a future update.Mario Odyssey won’t be available until October 27, so this mod might be a good way to get a feel for the hat possession ability until then. You’ll, of course, need to have an emulated copy of Mario 64 to use it. We don’t exactly condone downloading emulated games, but we also know that some of you out there do partake in this practice. If you’re interested in trying out the mod, you can download it via this link.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Stay on targetcenter_img One of the coolest things Mario can do in the upcoming Mario Odyssey is possess creatures using his hat. This is a brand-new ability that has never been seen in a Mario game before. But now, a modder named Kaze Emanuar has made it possible to use the hat ability in Super Mario 64.Kaze Emanuar created this mod just a few days after the latest Mario Odyssey trailer was shown during E3. He has since refined the mod so that Mario can possess any object in the game world. In the video below, Mario takes possession of enemies, power-up blocks, environmental objects, and more. This is the very definition of breaking a game, but it’s so freakin’ sweet.last_img read more

Oregon Senate OKs permanent daylight saving time

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate has approved a measure to abolish the yearly time change and remain on daylight saving time.Lawmakers on Thursday voted 23-4 to skip returning to standard time every fall. Areas in Oregon that are in the Mountain Time Zone are exempt and will still need to reset their clocks every year.Only a part of one eastern county in Oregon is on Mountain Time. The rest of the state is contained in the Pacific Time Zone.The measure will be sent to the House for consideration. Gov. Kate Brown has signaled her support for permanent daylight saving, an effort that’s gained considerable momentum and even got the approval of President Donald Trump.The Democrat Brown previously told reporters that the time change issue is one of very few issues she and Trump see eye to eye.last_img read more

Zanka Positive mindset is important for victory

first_imgHuddersfield Town center-back Mathias Zanka says a positive mindset is key for the team going into this weekend Premier League fixture against Southampton.Town has had a relatively poor run of form this season, suffering eleven defeats although there has been improvement latelyWhen speaking to the clubs official TV station prior to this weekend’s game, the Denmark international explained that the spirits are still high in the dressing room.“Right now, of course, is a challenging time for us and the supporters, but the only thing we can and have to do is keep believing.“Keep waiting, believing and working hard for that moment for when it all turns, and when it does, we have to make the most of it.“Our togetherness is one of the things, this club and this team, the last few years, has prided itself on because we are different in that aspect of the game and now, we have to show it.“We have to show we can use that to our advantage.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.The 28-year-old had his first taste of Christmas football last season and thinks this period could be crucial for the Terriers.“The Christmas period is really important because games come in quick succession.“We have to keep a positive mindset because the period will be tough with a lot of minutes made“The entire squad, with the injuries we have at the minute, will probably be involved and we need everyone at their best.“It reminds me of periods I’ve had in European football when you play in every third day, when you are playing in the Champions League or Europa League.“It’s exciting and all about football in the next few weeks. It”s great to be a part of.””last_img read more

Hakimi Carvajal is a reference point

first_imgAchraf Hakimi, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, has vowed to learn from Dani Carvajal’s experience.Hakimi, 20, recently opened up on the journey of Carvajal left Madrid in 2012 to spend a year at German club Bayer Leverkusen before returning to Los Blancos to become a regular starter.The young Moroccan defender was recently awarded the best young player in Africa and has been tipped to have a bright future citing his brilliant displays.“For me, Carvajal is a reference point and I can look to what he has done and is doing with his career,” Achraf told an interview with Marca.“He went to German football and thrived professionally to return to the club and become a regular, and maybe I am on the same path right now, I feel that I am growing a lot.🇲🇦 Achraf Hakimi🏆 African Youth Player of the Year#UCL pic.twitter.com/d65rbgCAr0— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 9, 2019Jadon Sancho rescues Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 23, 2019 With another spectacular performance from Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund took the top of the Bundesliga against Koln.The Bundesliga’s second fixture of the season started…“Why did I join Borussia? There were offers from elsewhere and in Spain but this is a historic club that I believed would allow me to grow and hopefully, I can stay on this path.“I cannot say where I will be next year or the season after, right now I am focused on my time with Dortmund and not thinking too much about what my future holds.“Marcelo’s form? I could never criticise him and anyone who does is being unfair, this is an icon of Real Madrid who has achieved everything.“Full-backs who go forward always leave themselves open to criticism and their benefit to the team does not receive its proper acknowledgement.“Real Madrid are not having their best season but I have every confidence they will come through this.”last_img read more

Man arrested Friday after train hits truck

first_imgA Portland man was arrested Friday after the stolen pickup he was driving got stuck on a railway crossing near Wintler Park in Vancouver and was hit by a train, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.Brandon J. Fulps, 22, of Portland allegedly tried to drive a Ford F-250 around the crossing while the gate was down and emergency lights were flashing. A westbound coal train heading to British Columbia had just cleared the tracks near the Southwest Beach Drive entrance to the waterfront park in Vancouver’s Riverview neighborhood.The pickup got stuck on the tracks and didn’t make it over the crossing. Fulps reportedly got out of the pickup before it was hit by an eastbound freight train heading to Chicago. Fulps traveled east along the tracks and was later found by Vancouver police in the 6500 block of Buena Vista Drive on the north side of state Highway 14. Witnesses positively identified him as the man who fled the pickup, which was previously reported as stolen out of Vancouver, Kapp said. Fulps was booked into the Clark County Jail on Friday on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle.last_img read more

Man with schizophrenia missing in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – An adult male suffering from schizophrenia went missing over the weekend in Miami Gardens.According to Miami Gardens Police, 27-year-old Winston Antonio Jackson, who was last seen on Saturday, at around 10 p.m.Police said Jackson is a black male, standing 5 feet 8 inches, weighing about 140 pounds with short, black hair and brown eyes. The 27-year-old was wearing a black T-shirt, black or blue jean pants and black shoes.He suffers from schizophrenia.If you have information on Jackson’s whereabouts, please call Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-6473 or Detective Coleman at 305-474-1542.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

No one can claim right over Lord Rams birth place

first_imgNew Delhi : The birthplace of Lord Ram at Ayodhya is itself a deity and no one can claim ownership right over the sacred place by merely putting up a structure like a mosque, a counsel for ‘Ram Lalla’ told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, a deity which is one of the parties in the decades old Ramjanam Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, said that ‘Hindus’ have always asserted and practised their right to worship at the ‘Janamsthan’ or birthplace. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us A five-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which was hearing the title dispute case on the 9th-day, was told by senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, counsel for the deity, that neither Nirmohi Akhara nor the Muslim parties can take benefit of legal principal of adverse possession to claim ownership right over the 2.77 acre disputed land in Ayodhya. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us The doctrine of adverse possession comes into play when a person, who does not have the title of the property but can become its owner on the ground of his possession, on the ground that the original owner did not evict him for 12 years. “Hindus have always asserted their right to worship at the birthplace and therefore it cannot be a case of adverse possession. Advertise With Us Adverse possession comes into effect in the case of an alienable property and here the property, being the birthplace, assumes the character of the deity and hence becomes inalienable,” Vaidyanathan told the bench also comprising Justices S A Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. “If the property itself is the birthplace of Lord Ram then no one claim ownership right over it by merely putting up any structures like mosque,” he said. Vaidyanathan, who advanced his argument for almost five-days, concluded his submissions on Wednesday and referred to various judgement to buttress his point that no body can take benefit of adverse possession to claim ownership rights. Opposing the claim of Hindu body Nirmohi Akhara, which was granted one-third of the disputed land by the Allahabad High Court, the counsel for the diety said: “Under the law, an idol is always considered as a perpetual minor and its ‘Shabait’ (devotee) or trustee cannot alienate or claim right over the property on the ground of adverse possession as against their own deity.”last_img read more

Video The Creativity Quiz With Kinder Baumgardner

first_imgI’ll be honest. I’m trying something new. After a discussion on whether traffic can be beautiful, I had a couple of post-interview questions for Kinder Baumgardner. He’s a landscape architect for SWA Group, a firm that’s changing international urban landscapes.Houston’s Buffalo Bayou? Yep. They were a part of it.So, I had to pick Kinder’s brain on his creative process. Watch our short Q&A in the above video.WHO’S NEXT? What Houston-based innovators do you want to see featured next? Give me your suggestions in the comments or tweet them with #Imaginarium.SUBSCRIBE As always, you can keep up with all new episodes of Imaginarium on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Sharelast_img

Proudly PLN

first_imgRelated posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Johnny Araya’s 5 biggest campaign mistakes National Liberation Party inundates social media networks with calls to get out the vote Following the suspension of presidential candidate Johnny Araya’scampaign, the National Liberation Party has wasted little time in interring his name with his bones. The new social media campaign for the April 6 election makes no mention of Araya, and instead hopes to attract votes using the slogan “Orgullo Liberacionista” or “Liberation Pride.”It is understandable that some members of the PLN would like to forget Araya, the candidate who received the lowest percentage of support of any presidential candidate in Costa Rican history. Even his brother Rolando managed to win more in his first round finish in 2002. Increasing his infamy, Johnny Araya abandoned his own party’s supporters and the Costa Rican electorate by refusing to participate in the second round campaign. But would the PLN now have voters forget that Araya was after all their choice? Does PLN pride require collective amnesia of their own responsibility in the selection of this presidential candidate?Perhaps the PLN faithful are proud that despite being responsible for the first-round electoral debacle, their campaign manager, Antonio Álvarez Desanti will nonetheless continue to grace the political stage as one of the leaders of Liberation’s faction in the legislature. Unable to control the overspending of a campaign, he nonetheless will now participate in budget decisions for the entire country. And should the country be proud? Will the pride voters feel for PLN come from their love of economic adviser Leiner Vargas, whose creative repurposing of the economic theory of the “free rider” changes its meaning from a problem to an opportunity? On March 12, 2014, National Liberation Party faithful pay tribute to José “Pepe” Figueres Ferrer at his grave in Finca La Lucha. (Yensy Aguilar Arroyo/PLN Facebook page)Vargas suggested that PLN voters not be deterred by a lack of party transportation to bring them to the polls. Instead, they simply should use the Citizen Action Party’s cars, hitching a ride with the political party that did not misspend all of their funds on a lavish campaign party at the end of January. And should their party members be proud? The youngest member of the PLN’s incoming legislative faction is another point of pride for all. Possessing all the political acumen of a sorority pledge, Silvia Sánchez’s first interview with the press revealed an ignorance staggering even by the nepotistic standard of the party legislative candidate list, which makes the municipality of San Ramón look like an ethical local government. Should the nation feel pride in another PLN decision well made?Perhaps the PLN’s new slogan refers to the pride the electorate feels in the political governance of the last eight years? It is the pride that comes from remembering the “tough on crime” president’s use of an alleged drug trafficker’s airplane to fly her and her entourage to a wedding in Peru. Or possibly the pride in recalling the graft scandals linked to the trocha, a road and bridge project whose elements washed away in the rain more quickly than PLN has forgotten Johnny Araya? Or is it the nearly constant train of Cabinet member resignations and financial misconduct investigations of PLN congressional members that should invoke Tico pride?Can the PLN be proudest of all of the waning economy and persistent poverty they have failed to successfully address? They also seem to think their apathy to growing citizen inequality is a source of pride evidenced by the government’s recent authorization of a measly $2.32 raise for public-sector employees making $162 a week or less. An amount more than consumed by the rise in gas prices, toll charges, and train fares caused by the recent run-up of the U.S. dollar, this “raise” would not even fund a Liberation Pride celebration breakfast of gallo pinto.For “Liberation Pride” to resonate with voters, the voters must either have been sleeping for the last decade or have the political knowledge of a Silvia Sánchez regarding the state of the nation. I doubt either is true of the average Costa Rican voter. The PLN seems to have forgotten that just as many voters abandoned Johnny Araya because he is the standard bearer for Liberación as those who abandoned PLN because of Johnny Araya. Shakespeare was right. While “the good is oft interred with the bones, the evil that men (and women) do lives after them.” The National Liberation Party is about to discover that pride – even Liberation Pride – “goeth before the fall.”Gary L. Lehring is a professor of government at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. He is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. Read more of his columns by clicking on the hashtag #Elections 2014. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Hold Steady as Industry Weighs Positives Negatives

first_img Mortgage rate movement this week was “”so slight it was almost nonexistent,”” according to data from Freddie Mac and “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac’s “”Primary Mortgage Market Survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/ showed a bit of movement in fixed rates, with the 30-year fixed averaging 3.41 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending October 25, up from 3.37 percent in the previous survey.The 15-year fixed saw the biggest increase, averaging 2.72 percent (0.6 point) this week. Last week, the 15-year average was 2.66 percent.Adjustable rates stayed mostly flat. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.75 percent (0.6 point), unchanged from last week, while the 1-year ARM slipped one basis point to 2.59 percent (0.4 point). Bankrate’s weekly survey revealed even smaller changes: The 30-year fixed dropped to 3.61 percent from 3.62 percent last week, while the 15-year fixed slid to 2.90 percent from 2.91 percent before. The 5/1 ARM, meanwhile, edged up slightly to 2.73 percent (from 2.72 percent in the previous survey).Scott Lanoff, president of American Success Mortgage in New York, told Bankrate that recent positive housing news (such as yearly increases in both existing and new home sales) is being eclipsed by larger economic concerns like the “”fiscal cliff.”” As a result, mortgage rates are seeing little weekly movement.Lanoff also said he is paying attention to rate movements as loan prices experience multiple intraday adjustments-a occurrence “”not unheard of, but highly unusual.””””We’ve lived in a very calm period for months, and now we’re seeing more erratic movement in the interest rate environment. It seems to be off the bottom, but trading in a narrow range,”” Lanoff said. “”People’s expectations are that rates are so, so low. Even a little move off the basement is enough to make consumers concerned.””More than half of analysts and lenders “”surveyed by Bankrate””:http://www.bankrate.com/news/rate-trends/mortgage.aspx anticipate little movement in the next week. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2012-10-25 Tory Barringer Mortgage Rates Hold Steady as Industry Weighs Positives, Negatives October 25, 2012 420 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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