“The visit highlighted Australia’s commitment to combating the dangerous trade of people smuggling” theHigh Commissioner said. During the visit Mr Vardos highlighted recent statements by Australia’s Minister for Immigration andCitizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen, that people arriving by boat are subject to the “no advantage” principlewhich could include being transferred offshore for processing or remaining in detention. “People who arrivein Australia by boat will have no work rights while they await their claims to be processed. They will not beable to earn money” he said.Mr Vardos warned those contemplating the dangerous journey to Australia by boat: “People smugglers arelying to you. Don’t waste your money, don’t risk your life. There is no visa on arrival. There will be nospecial treatment, no speedy outcome and certainly no advantage given to those who come by boat”. The Australian delegation was led by Peter Vardos, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Immigration andCitizenship, and included senior representatives from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service,Australian Federal Police, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Attorney-General’s Department. Mr Vardos noted the commencement of transfers to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea with the firsttransfer on 21 November comprising of family groups who had arrived in Australia by boat. “Australia willcontinue to regularly transfer people who arrive by boat to Manus Island and the Pacific island nation ofNauru and will continue to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations” hesaid.During the visit, the delegation met senior Sri Lankan officials including the Navy Commander, ViceAdmiral Jayanath Colombage, Inspector General of Police, N. K. Illangakoon, Secretary to the Ministry ofExternal Affairs, Mr Karunatilaka Amunugama, Solicitor General, Mr Wijetilleke, and Ministry of Defenceofficials.Discussions focused on joint cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka to combat people smuggling andsteps to be taken to strengthen that cooperation, while also acknowledging the important contributions of SriLankan government agencies involved in combating people smuggling. The two nations’ officials alsodiscussed preparation for the forthcoming inaugural meeting of a Joint Working Group to address peoplesmuggling and border security issues. Australia today welcomed Sri Lanka’s continued cooperation to combat people smuggling following arecent visit to Sri Lanka by a high-level delegation of immigration and border security officials.Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, H.E Robyn Mudie, said the visit on 22 to 23 November was ademonstration of the breadth and depth of Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka. The delegation also travelled to Trincomalee to meet with Navy officials and to visit an Australian-fundedDisplaced Persons Program (DPP) project which is supporting local community cooperatives in the dairysector to support livelihood development in Sri Lanka.
It also proposes that the system of preference votes be abolished and the tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council fixed at five years. (Colombo Gazette) The UNP constitution also proposes as a novel system the executive powers of the President to be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances. The opposition United National Party (UNP) today handed over its proposals for a new constitution to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).A UNP delegation including UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake handerd over the proposals to SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena. Under the Westminster system the Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister.The proposed constitution of the UNP also guarantees the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information. The UNP had last month made public its proposed constitution which includes a British style Westminster system for the Cabinet.
Executive Director James Morris said Southeast Asia has the economic potential to produce the largest number of “emerging donors” to the agency in its humanitarian efforts.“We need the countries of this region to work with us in alleviating the crises in this region and the world,” Mr. Morris said in Bangkok, citing Thailand as a new donor to WFP. The Government donated 3,000 tons of rice in response to the Afghanistan emergency in 2001, and this year a private consortium mobilized 30 tons of rice for the Iraq emergency.While in Bangkok, Morris is consulting with the WFP managers of 11 countries in Asia on ways to build on progress made so far. He is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and other senior government officials to discuss the deepening collaboration between Thailand and WFP.Mr. Morris noted that the strong economic potential of Asia is matched by the enormity of its problems, notably high malnutrition levels in some areas, spiralling rates of HIV/AIDS, and natural disasters that are taking on an increasing severity because of unusual combinations of drought and flood.In August 2001, WFP moved its regional bureau from Rome to Bangkok to be in a better position to oversee emergency and development operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.Earlier this week, Mr. Morris was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he visited two WFP-supported projects to help children. He also met with Prime Minister Hun Sen to discuss the agency’s work in the country and the crucial role played by the Government in improving the agricultural, educational and health sectors of the country.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Second Cup ended last year with its first positive same-store sales quarter since 2012.Same-store sales for locations open at least a year were up 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter — the first time Second Cup has had positive same-store sales in 14 quarters going back to early 2013.The chain of coffee shops had $94,000 of net income in the three months ended Dec. 26, or one cent per share, compared with a loss of $469,000 or four cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Second Cup (TSX:SCU) has been working to revitalize its brand and franchise network amid stiff competition from other coffee companies including Starbucks and restaurant chains including Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.The company’s full-year loss was reduced to $1.153 million or nine cents per share, an improvement from the $27 million loss or $2.66 per share in 2014.System-wide sales by the cafes fell to $46.9 million in the fourth quarter, from $49.4 million a year earlier when Second Cup had 37 more locations in its network.Revenue for the quarter rose to $9.6 million from $8.4 million.At the end of 2015, Second Cup had 310 cafes, including 32 owned by the parent company.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Second Cup ended last year with its first profitable quarter since 2012, and that same-store sales were up two per cent. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 11:33 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Second Cup ends last year with first positive same-store sales quarter since 2012
VIDEO: Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix paid a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: UN News According to a note issued in New York by a UN Spokesman, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, expressed deep concern about persistent violence and serious human rights abuses in the Kasai.He also stressed the importance of prosecuting all perpetrators of crimes and promised the full support of the United Nations so that the perpetrators of the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalán could be brought to justice.On Wednesday, he travelled to Kananga, the capital of Kasai province, to express the UN’s solidarity with the people of the region and discuss ongoing efforts to strengthen the local presence of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission, known as MONUSCO.Today, he met with President Joseph Kabila, in the capital, Kinshasa. Throughout his visit, Mr. Lacroix reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to support the full implementation of the 31 December Agreement and the efforts of MONUSCO to help create a peaceful environment conducive to the holding of free, fair and inclusive elections by the end of the year.In Goma, Mr. Lacroix exchanged views with the Governor of North Kivu, Julien Paluku, on how the UN Mission can best help address security challenges and inter-communal tensions in the province.
More than 200 learner drivers accused their instructors of sexually inappropriate behaviour last year, prompting calls for lessons to be recorded to protect students, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. A total of 247 allegations of serious misconduct were lodged with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) from April 2018 to March 2019, a three-fold increase compared to four years ago when only 75 complaints were received. Last year, 10 instructors were banned from teaching following complaints from women as young as 17, statistics obtained under Freedom of Information laws show. The rise in complaints in England, Wales and Scotland has triggered calls for all commercial driving lessons…
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCalls for Govt to resign continue…December 31, 2018In “latest news”MPs will not return to National Assembly to extend caretaker Govt time in office – PPPAugust 4, 2019In “latest news”President must dissolve Parliament – fmr National Assembly ClerkJuly 15, 2019In “latest news” …tells supporters “I ain’t going nowhere”In the presence of about a 1000 supporters of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, on Sunday, President David Granger reiterated that he will not resign and that the Government will remain in office as the no-confidence resolution is being appealed.In fact, he told the gathering that his Government will exhaust all avenues and aspects of the law, while adding that there is no ‘caretaker government’. Granger said he will remain President until the next President is sworn in, as he grinned “I don’t know how they gon wuk that one out”.In addition, the President noted that Parliament has not been dissolved and that the National Assembly will continue to do the work is was duly elected to carry out.President David Granger, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, APNU’s Chief Whip, Amna Ally at the Commissioner Ceremony on SundayThis comes on the heels of the ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George who stated that the December 31, 2018 No-confidence Motion was validly passed in the National Assembly and Government has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 and 106 (7) respectively.She was at the time addressing the other case filed on behalf of the Government by Attorney General Basil Williams that sought to put a hold on the enforcement of the motion since he was contending whether the said motion was indeed carried by a majority of all elected members and whether or not the 33 to 32 breakdown means it was validly passed.According to the acting Chief Justice, the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland found that motion was carried by majority of 33-32. She noted that the validity of motion was not doubted when it was carried on December 21.Moreover, she noted that when concerns were raised subsequently after and advanced before Speaker Scotland, he stood by the carried motion and digressed to the court for interpretation.A section of the crowd on SundayThe CJ, however, outlined that the President and the Ministers cannot remain in Government beyond three months in accordance with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Article 106 (6) states that “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly agrees by not less than two thirds of all members.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo welcomed the ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George saying this now paves the way for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to start preparation for the hosting of General and Regional Elections – constitutionally due in March.According to the Opposition Leader, now that the Chief Justice has upheld the validity of the no-confidence resolution, and refuses to a stay the judgement as well as to refuse to issue a conservatory order for the Government to remain in office upon request of the Attorney General, focus must be placed on the elections body.General Secretary of the PPP/C Dr Bharrat JagdeoDavid Granger, Chief Whip Amna Ally, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and others at the commissioning on Sunday“… the timeline remains valid and the clock keeps ticking… So now we need to turn our attention to GECOM and force GECOM to act in accordance with the Constitution. And so in the next couple of days, even if it means legal action to force GECOM to start the preparations for elections,” he stated.According to Article 106 (7) of the Constitution, Government should call elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion. This means elections are to be held by March 19 and insisted that the Elections Commission can be ready for polls within the next 50 days or so.
Watson, Farley & Williams, a leading international law firm, has advised Universal Coal on its listing on the Australian Stock Exchange and placing to raise A$20.4 million. Universal Coal is a South African focused coal company holding interests in three thermal coal projects of between 25% and 70.5%, which contain over 300 Mt of JORC compliant resources. It is aiming to achieve first coal production from the Kangala project in 2011, ramping up to full production by the first quarter of 2012, subject to various regulatory approvals. The Kangala project is located in the Witbank coalfield in South Africa, which supplies more than 50% of South Africa’s saleable export and domestic coal. The development of this project is planned to be followed by the development of the Roodekop and Brakfontein projects, subject to positive feasibility studies, financing and other regulatory approvals. Both projects are being planned to maximise their export coal potential. In addition to the thermal coal projects, Universal Coal has an earn-in agreement over two coking coal projects (Berenice and Somerville) that together contain 396 Mt of JORC compliant Inferred resources.Jan Mellmann, Partner and Head of the International Corporate Group, led the team for Watson, Farley & Williams and was assisted by solicitors Helen Berg, Rebecca Cressy and Rhodri Thomas. Steinepreis Paganin and Webber Wentzel advised on matters of Australian law and South African law respectively. Mellmann comments: “We have assisted Universal Coal with its plans for a number of years now and were delighted to have advised on its successful listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. It is unusual to do an IPO for a UK Plc on the Australian Stock Exchange, and Universal Coal’s assets are in South Africa, but we are very used to handling complex cross-border projects, so it was particularly pleasing to see that the project proceeded smoothly to close earlier this month.”
The free car seat checkup will take place this Wednesday, from 1-3 p.m., at the Department at the corner of Main St and S Willow. No appointments are necessary. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Are your kids safe in the car? Kenai Fire Department will be conducting free car seat safety checks at Station 1 on June 13, from 1-3 p.m., and they will let you know. Tucker said there’s more to installing a car seat than simply strapping it in. Chief Tucker: “Probably the most common mistake is the seat’s put in too loosely. They really need to be tightened down. The adjustments on the car seats themselves to properly fit children. Those are the things that are most commonly found.” Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker: “People buy their car safety seats and there is really a proper way of putting them in and we have people that are trained to do that. They actually take a 40 hour class to learn how to properly install car safety seats.”
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FILE – In this 1 March 2017 file picture centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, flanked by his bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, left, visits the Agriculture Fair in Paris, Wednesday, 1 March 2017. Benalla an aide to president Emmanuel Macron, charged with security, has been seen in a video wearing a police helmet and beating up a student protester in May, reigning criticism on Macron notably due to the light punishment _ a two-week suspension. Photo : APA video showing one of French president Emmanuel Macron’s security chiefs beating a student demonstrator, until now cloaked in secrecy, is drawing a fierce public backlash over what is seen as mild punishment and a possible cover-up.The video of the 1 May event in Paris, revealed by Le Monde on Wednesday evening, shows Alexandre Benalla in a helmet with police markings, and surrounded by riot police, brutally dragging off a woman from a demonstration and then repeatedly beating a young man on the ground. The man is heard begging him to stop. Another man in civilian clothing pulled the young man to the ground.Police, who had hauled the man from the crowd before Benalla took over, didn’t intervene. Benalla then left the scene. The second man was apparently a gendarme who Le Monde said had worked with Benalla in the past.The uproar over Benalla’s punishment – a two-week suspension and a change in responsibilities – forced top French officials to address the issue Thursday. But Macron has remained silent. Benalla, who hasn’t commented on the matter, handled Macron’s security during the presidential campaign.Prime minister Edouard Philippe, responding to questions in the Senate, called the event “shocking,” but stumbled to respond to questions, notably whether all French are equal before the law.Interior minister Gerard Collomb said that the two men “obviously had no legitimate (reason) to intervene.” He said he has demanded that a police unit which investigates suspected criminal behavior by officers explain the rules for observers and verify whether they were respected.Condemning the “unacceptable behavior,” Macron spokesman Bruno Roger-Petit said that Benalla was also removed from his responsibilities of organising security for presidential trips – though he maintains his office at the Elysee Palace.In addition, authorities launched a preliminary investigation that could lead to charges against Benalla, a judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to discuss an ongoing case.Despite this, Benalla has been seen this month on the ground with police at several high-profile events, including the return home Monday of France’s champion World Cup team, an event attended by hundreds of thousands.Macron, in the Dordogne region to officially launch a new postage stamp, didn’t respond to questions about the scandal. The upstart centrist elected last year had promised an exemplary presidency during his term to break with unending cases of corruption in French politics.Roger-Petit said the punishment dealt out to Benalla was the “most serious” ever given to a top aide at the presidential Elysee Palace and served as a “last warning before dismissal.”Opposition politicians expressed shock, with some denouncing a climate of impunity at the top of the French political hierarchy and asking Macron to personally address the issue.The head of France’s main conservative party The Republicans, Laurent Wauquiez, asked on Europe 1 radio if the government was trying to “hush the affair.”Roger-Petit stressed that Benalla had requested authorisation to use his day off “to observe” security forces’ operations on May Day when marches are traditionally held. It was granted.It was unclear why the young man under attack, who wasn’t detained, was singled out by police before Benalla intervened.”An observer doesn’t act like that,” said the spokesman for the UNSA-Police union. They are typically equipped and briefed in advance, and the framework is “completely clear,” Philippe Capon told BFM-TV.He couldn’t say why police didn’t stop Benalla.The context was “special,” he said. “He was an observer from the Elysee. When police officials hear the word ‘Elysee’ there is a particular apprehension.”
Logo of arrestThe Border Security Force (BSF) of India has detained around 16 Bangladeshi nationals, including six women and children for ‘illegally entering into its territory’, reports the Business Standard.Later, the BSF handed over the Bangladeshis to the Gaighata police.Quoting Indian police, the India media outlet on Sunday said 10 men, three women and three children were held from Angailail border on 24 June.The police, however, did not disclose identities of the detainees.The India police claimed that the Bangladeshis entered India by crossing the border illegally, the report added.
Two of this holiday season’s biggest games, Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3, will see a release across the major consoles and PC. If you;re planning to play them on console you have nothing to worry about, but PC gamers always need to check the specs before buying a game.Ubisoft has this week revealed the system requirements for both games, and unless your machine is pretty ancient or a budget laptop, you should be able to play them minus a few of the more GPU-heavy graphical effects.AdChoices广告Here’s the minimum sped you’ll need to play each game:Assassin’s Creed III2.66GHz Core 2 Duo or 3GHz Athlon 64X2 6000+2GB RAM512MB DirectX 9.0c graphics card with Shader Model 4.0DirectX 9.0c sound cardDual-layer DVD drive17GB hard drive spaceWindows Vista/7/8Far Cry 32.66GHz Core 2 Duo or 3GHz Athlon 64X2 6000+4GB RAM512MB DirectX 9.0c graphics card with Shader Model 4.0 As you can see, the Far Cry 3 spec is a little lacking, but noticeably requires double the RAM of Assassin’s Creed III. It’s best to assume the rest of the spec is going to be the same for Far Cry 3 as it is for AS3.As for recommended specs for each game, Ubisoft would prefer you play the game using a Core i3 CPU at least, 4-8GB of RAM, and a DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM on board. The top end system example is a Core i7 and a Nvidia GTX680 or an AMD Bulldozer FX4150 and Radeon HD7970.Assassin’s Creed III will be released on October 30, while you’ll have to wait until December 4 to get your hands on Far Cry 3. In both cases you won’t have to suffer the always-connected UPlay DRM, but there is a one-time game activation that requires an Internet connection.
Change File Locations of Cortana Search on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on August 15, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – No commentsCortana and search are more or less merged on Windows 10. You may use search to find programs, apps, web results, settings, and local files.Windows 10 uses indexing for locations, and will only return results of indexed locations when you run searches using the Windows 10 start menu.Default locations that are indexed automatically include the start menu, the user folder, the desktop, and various others.You may have noticed that some files are not picked up by search when you search for them. This usually comes down to them not being in the index.It is easy enough to change that, here is how.Change File Locations of Cortana SearchIf you want Cortana to search for files in locations that are not indexed by default — think of other drives that may hold documents or other files — then you need to change the file locations that are indexed by search on Windows 10.Step 1: Opening the Indexing OptionsTo open the Indexing Options, do the following:Tap on the Windows-key.Type Indexing Options.Select the result of the same name.Step 2: Modifying the index locationsThe main Indexing Options window lists all locations that are indexed currently. To add, remove or modify locations, click on the “modify” button in the interface to get started.It may take a moment before the new screen appears. This new screen offers controls to add, remove or change indexing locations.To remove an existing location, double-click on it in the lower half of the interface (summary of selected locations).This jumps to the location in the upper half of the interface. There you may remove the checkmark from the folder to remove it from the index.You may remove subfolders only as well. All subfolders that are removed by you are added to the exclude filter.To add a new location, simply browse to it and place a checkmark next to it. This way you may add locations on secondary drives or locations on the main drive to the index.All files in indexed locations may be returned when you run searches using Cortana on Windows 10.Step 3: IndexingOnce you have made changes to the index, click on “ok” to return to the main screen. Windows 10 will start to index new locations automatically. This may take a while depending on the number of new files in those locations.You may start the indexing manually if it does not start. Click on the advanced button in the interface do get started.You may want to check out the advanced options page first before you hit the rebuild button.First, you may enable the indexing of encrypted files and change the location of the index that Windows 10 maintains on the screen.The File Types tab enables you to select file types that you want indexed, and those that should not be indexed. If you don’t need image or video results for instance, you may disable matching file extensions such as .png, .avi or .bmp to exclude them from being indexed.Another option that you have on the screen is to select whether Windows 10 should only index file properties, or also file contents.Closing WordsYou may use the method to add or remove file locations from being indexed. This can be very useful if you don’t need Internet Explorer favorites indexed for instance, or if you want files in locations that are not indexed by default to be returned when you run searches using Cortana.If you are looking for alternative search options, check out our comparison of third-party search programs for Windows.SummaryArticle NameChange File Locations of Cortana Search on Windows 10DescriptionFind out how to add, remove or change file locations that Cortana Search uses on Windows 10 devices to return search results.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Mozilla wants to combat Notification Spam in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on April 02, 2019 in Firefox – 17 commentsMost modern web browsers support push notifications; websites may request to send notifications to the browser, e.g. when a new blog post is published or updates are available. Users need to accept these notifications before sites may use the system.While that sounds good on paper, it quickly led to sites throwing notification permission requests at users as soon as they opened them; this happened on sites visited regularly but also on first visit.Mozilla introduced a feature in Firefox 59 to block all notifications requests in Firefox and to control them on a per-site basis, and Google offered something similar in Chrome since 2016.The organization announced yesterday that it plans to run tests to better understand notifications and reduce notification permission prompt spam in Firefox. Mozilla promised to do something about in-page popups in Firefox as well in 2018.Data provided by Mozilla shows that the vast majority of notification prompts get declined and dismissed. In the period between December 25, 2018 and January 24, 2019, Firefox Beta users were shown 18 million notification prompts. Only 3% of these were accepted by users while 19% caused users to leave the site immediately.Mozilla concluded that some sites would show the permission prompt for notifications too early and some that were not interested in improving the user experience through the use of notifications.Two notification experimentsMozilla plans to run two notification experiments in Firefox to collect data and base decisions on how to proceed with notifications in Firefox on the analysis of the collected data.The first experiment runs in Firefox 68 Nightly from April 1st to April 29th 2019:First two weeks: Firefox won’t show notifications if user interaction did not precede it.Last two weeks: Firefox will show an animated icon in the address bar if a notification was suppressed by the browser.The second experiment uses Telemetry to better understand notification prompts. Mozilla wants to collect data about “circumstances in which users interact with permission prompts” including the time on site and the number of rejections. The data collecting will happen on Firefox’s release channel and “will run for a limited time, with a small percentage of our release user population”.Firefox users who don’t want to participate in studies can disable study participation and data collecting in the settings:Load about:preferences#privacy in the browser’s address bar.Scroll down to the “Firefox Data Collection and Use” section.Uncheck “Allow Firefox to install and run studies” to block Shield studies.Closing WordsDepending on where you go on the Web, you may never see notification permission prompts or may be bombarded by them. I turned off notifications in browsers that support it as I don’t require these at all and don’t want to be constantly annoyed.The best course of action, in my opinion, is to block sites from throwing prompts at users the second the site gets opened in the browser. Firefox displaying an icon in the address bar to indicate that there is a request is fine as well.Now You: What is your take on notifications? Have you accepted any?SummaryArticle NameMozilla wants to combat Notification Spam in FirefoxDescriptionMozilla plans to run two experiments in Firefox in April 2019 to address the growing issue of notification prompt spam on the Internet.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
A historic 2015 for Costa Rican riders put the tiny Central American country on the map of world surf yet again. With their first ever International Surfing Association (ISA) World Games title and a national best, eighth-place finish at the highly competitive World Junior Surfing Championships in October, the future looks bright.Led on the world tour by 22-year-old Carlos “Cali” Muñoz, 19-year-old Noe Mar McGonagle, and his sister, 16-year-old Leilani McGonagle, Costa Rica’s golden generation of surfers has arrived. Muñoz and Noe Mar both finished in the top 50 of the World Surf League’s Qualifying Series, and young Leilani finished 80th on the women’s side of international qualifying, while dominating the national circuit.Costa Rica’s biggest stars, along with other budding young talents proved that 2015 is just the beginning of Costa Rica being a consistent producer of talented surfers who can be competitive on the world stage.“These kids aren’t intimidated anymore,” said Costa Rica Surf Federation spokesman Carlos Brenes. “They’re friends with the best surfers in the world.”Here are some of the biggest highlights from a phenomenal year by Costa Rica’s young surfers: Cali Muñoz, left, and the championship-winning “Dream Team” were honored by President Luís Guillermo Solís after their 2015 world title. (Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)2015 ISA World TitleCosta Rica’s aptly-named “Dream Team” came up big at June’s World Sufing Games in Nicaragua, where some of the country’s best surfers came together to top the sport’s best, like the United States, Brazil and Australia.On the heels of Noé Mar McGonagle’s stellar, 9.93-point ride, which also earned him the individual gold medal, Costa Rica won its first team world title.The members of Costa Rica’s championship team, which also included Muñoz, Leilani McGonagle, Anthony Fillingim, Lisbeth Vindas and Jason Torres, became national celebrities, as they were invited to Casa Presidencial by President Luís Guillermo Solís.Despite not receiving much funding from the government like other countries, Costa Rica’s riders came through in the biggest moment.“These surfers are another example of this extraordinary talent that shines in many tough conditions,” Solís said. Illustration by Haimeluna/The Tico TimesEmergence of a golden generation of surfersNearly every one of Costa Rica’s top surfers are under 23 year old, and much of this year was defined by a rising swell of teenage surfers that look to lift Costa Rica to even further heights.Behind “elder statesmen” like Muñoz, Noé Mar McGonagle and Fillingim, an even younger group of riders proved in 2015 that they’re on track to supersede the country’s current top surfers in coming years.Malakai Martínez, who Brenes says is better at his age than Muñoz or McGonagle were when they were 14, is the country’s next big star in the waves, as he showed on the national and international circuits this year. Along with Óscar Urbina and Aldo Chirinos, the boys’ 2015 national champion (15 and under), the talent is there for years to come.“These are the guys who are going to be world champs in four years,” Brenes said.For her part, Leilani McGonagle is already the best women’s surfer in the country and will only improve on the world tour. In 2015, she helped Costa Rica win its world championship while also having a big year individually at the national events, where she earned a third junior (17 and under) national title. Young Malakai Martínez from Tamarindo is a star in the making. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesImpressive display at Junior World ChampionshipsWith those impressive youngsters in tow, Costa Rica made history later in the year with its eighth place finish at the ISA Junior World Championships, which are considerably more competitive than the ISA World Games.While the top surfers in the world usually decide to opt out of the World Games in favor of their World Surf League tour events, they always surf in the Junior World Championships as young riders. Kelly Slater. John John Florence. Gabriel Medina. Promising young names like these are always at the Junior World Championships as they blossom into the sport’s best.The eighth place finish at this year’s games was validation that Costa Rica is growing into one of the better surfing countries, despite not having the enormous amount of public support that countries like Brazil and the U.S. give to their surfers.“You have an enormous amount of young talents who have the oceans as their courts, but they’ve been overlooked in favor of other sports,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre of the current state of Costa Rica surf.And even without much backing, these young surfers like Leilani McGonagle, Martínez, and Chirinos helped prove that Costa Rican surfers can compete, and win, on the world’s most competitive stages. 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The cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light for a centre to fully assess and evaluate children with autism and to create independent homes for disabled people.Speaking after a cabinet session, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said the operation of the evaluation centre for autistic children will aim to offer specialised services and support to families and the children themselves.The centre will be housed at the Christos Stelios Ioannou Foundation, while a daycare centre for autistic children will also be created.The centre will cost around €700,000 a year to run.She also announced the creation of five to ten communal houses catering for people with disabilities where they can be offered all necessary services.This, she explained, is a new scheme designed to integrate people with serious disabilities into assisted-living programmes and is particularly aimed at adults with special needs.The cost of operating each house has been estimated at around €300,000, the minister said, adding that both schemes can be co-financed by the European Social fund.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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