NEW YORK — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou.Meng is chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. The 46-year-old woman now faces extradition to the U.S., reportedly on charges of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese military engineer. She’s likely his heir apparent. While personal details are scant, Huawei says she is married and has a son and a daughter.Meng started in a low-level position at Huawei in 1993 when she in her 20s and rose through the ranks in finance and accounting positions as Huawei grew. The company is now the world’s biggest supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press
Basel (Switzerland): Jose Mourinho is gunning for a return to top level management and a third Champions League title, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United manager revealed on Friday in an interview with AFP. Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by United in December and said he would like to be appointed as a boss at a club where he can add to his European triumphs with Porto in 2003 and Inter Milan seven years later, and draw level with Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “If I can win a third Champions League, great,” the 56-year-old told AFP. “I would like to play in the best level, which is the Champions League. “I want to be (in the race to win the Champions League next year). Sometimes, you are not in the race, but you have to win other races.” Mourinho, who has coached in his native Portugal as well as in England, Italy and Spain left the door open to returning to those leagues or taking over at a club elsewhere. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I can go back to a country I’ve been before and to be honest, I have enjoyed working in every country I did,” he said. “(Or) I can try something very important, which is to work in a fifth country and try to win everything in the fifth country like I did in the previous ones.” Mourinho’s time with United was his third with a Premier League club after two spells with Chelsea, where he won the title three times, and he isn’t surprised that England has four teams in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition. United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool have all made it to the last eight. “English teams are powerful, they have a very competitive league. Sometimes, it goes against them because many times, you have very difficult situations in the calendar,” he said. “The teams are good and strong, and you look at Man City, the level of investment. Top players, experienced players, top manager, experienced manager.” Asked about France attacker Kylian Mbappe, Mourinho praised the World Cup-winning teenager, who he says has the ability take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when they eventually hang up their boots. “He is there, he is ready for next step. When the big monsters decide to stop, he will be there, just waiting,” Mourinho said. “Sometimes, you can be part of the team that reaches something, and you are just lucky to be at the right moment at the right time. That’s not the case. He was very important for France being champion.”
Ian Martin, a veteran of UN involvement in Timor-Leste which the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago, met with Ana Pessoa from the Fretilin party of outgoing Prime Minister Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, who resigned yesterday after several days of demonstrations. Mr. Martin, who arrived in Dili, the capital, yesterday, has said the size of an enhanced UN mission would be decided by the Security Council on the basis of recommendations from Mr. Annan.The crisis, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, erupted in late April with the dismissal of some 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces. Ensuing violence cost at least 37 lives and drove more than 150,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes into makeshift camps or to host families, according to latest figures tabulated today. The world body first set up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), with Mr. Martin as Mr. Annan’s Special Representative, in 1999 following the country’s vote for independence from Indonesia, which had taken over at the end of Portugal’s colonial rule in 1974. This robust structure was kept until independence in 2002, when UNTAET was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET). This in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). Earlier this month, Mr. Annan said it was “obvious that the UN will have to go back to Timor-Leste in a much larger form than we are at the moment.” On the humanitarian front, the World Food Programme (WFP) today reported the completion of a second round of the distribution of two-week rations for 53,000 displaced persons in Dili, totalling 53.6 tonnes. Some 97 tonnes of food have been delivered to Ermera and Manatuto districts south and east of Dili.The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said it had coordinated delivery of 80 tonnes of food and non-food aid to the island of Atauro off the Dili coast, assisting more than 1,000 displaced people and 9,000 local residents.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that a mass measles vaccination programme which was suspended last week because of political turmoil had resumed. Teams will be sent tomorrow to Atauro Island and will also begin vaccinations in Dili schools that have resumed classes.For its part the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has so far distributed over 1,800 tents, 2,400 plastic sheets, 17,000 blankets, 1,400 jerry cans. A second consignment of relief supplies is on its way from Amman, Jordan, the agency said.
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IRELAND PROP Cian Healy is unsure about the future of veteran centre Brian O’Driscoll amid rumours of an impending retirement.O’Driscoll, 34, has been named in Ireland’s starting 15 for their last Six Nations match against Italy on Saturday in what could be the final game of his glittering 14-year international career. Speaking about the former captain, Healy said it was impossible to predict his next move.“We have joked with him (O’Driscoll) about it but you never know with him. He could go on for a few years so it is however his body feels at the end of it,” Healy said.Ireland have endured a disappointing Six Nations campaign with their only win coming against Wales in the tournament’s first week. But Healy insists motivation is still high as they look to close out their campaign on a winning note in Rome.“It means a lot for me to play for my country against any country,” he said. “This is the final game of this tournament against Italy in Rome and there are a lot of Irish over here. It is a big weekend, there is a lot of positivity around so it is hyping up to be a good game and I am looking forward to it.”Fantasyland: Expect goals, lots and lots of goalsThe 8 signs you’re an Ulster Rugby fan
Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:50 PM Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Jan 31st 2017, 7:50 PM The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland headquarters. http://jrnl.ie/3215498 15 Comments I should have known that I should have had a boundary between myself and the service user.She said that on 20 March 2013, at his request, she called round to his house to help him pack his medications, as he was planning to travel.He asked her what she was doing that day, and she told him she was waiting for the bank to open. She said she told him she needed to transfer funds to her mother in the Philippines, for medical treatment, but that she only had €400 out of the €500 she needed.Alegarme told the inquiry that he then said to her, “Mary Grace, I want to help you.”She said she told him she did not want the money, but he kept insisting, and getting upset because she was refusing the money. “So eventually, I gave in,” said Alegarme. “I shouldn’t have done it. For the last four years now, I know it’s totally wrong.”Read: Stepson suing stepmother for share of Lotto win had his signature on back of ticketRead: Madeleine McCann’s parents lose libel appeal over claim they were involved in cover up 20,762 Views Nurse who took €100 from MS patient found guilty of professional misconduct “I’m willing to change. I’m so dedicated to my job and I’m really patient-focused.” Image: Google Maps By Liz Farsaci A NURSE WHO lost her job after taking €100 from a multiple sclerosis sufferer has been found guilty of professional misconduct.Mary Grace Dela Cruz Alegarme, who qualified as a nurse in 1999, was also found guilty of breaching the nurses’ code of conduct at the fitness to practice inquiry, which took place at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland’s headquarters in Blackrock, Co Dublin.The inquiry committee did not make a finding of poor professional performance.Alegarme, who works in the oncology department at Letterkenny University Hospital, made full admissions at the start of the hearing today, including the fact that she took money from the residential patient in March 2013.Alegarme worked as a nurse at the Donegal Cheshire Apartments, owned by Cheshire Ireland, from 2008 to 2013. The apartments, located in Letterkenny, provide 24-hour residential care to people with serious physical and sensory disabilities.One resident, referred to as Patient A, is a 53-year-old man suffering from progressive multiple sclerosis who uses a wheelchair and is wholly dependent on others.Kate Meehan, who has worked as Patient A’s HSE key worker for 14 years, said she called into him on 20 March 2013. During that visit, Patient A said to her “I did a good thing for a friend”, Meehan told the inquiry.She said he then told her that Alegarme had told him she had a friend who was in financial difficulty, whom she would like to help. Alegarme then asked him for a loan, and he lent her €100, with the shared understanding she would pay it back in a few days’ time.Meehan then alerted management to the matter, and an investigation was conducted. Alegarme, who admitted to the incident, was dismissed from her position on 17 June 2013.During her evidence, Alegarme made a heartfelt apology for her mistake, and to Patient A: “I made a mistake, I was wrong and I’m so sorry. I’m willing to change.“I’m so dedicated to my job and I’m really patient-focused,” Alegarme continued. “I want this career and this job and I’m sorry for what I have done.”She said she began to care for Patient A in 2009, when he took up residence at the Cheshire apartments.Alegarme said he would ring her whenever he had a medical need, and that she would also take him on outings, with the approval of her manager.“I treated him as a brother – which I know is totally wrong,” said Alegarme. I should have known myself it was totally wrong but that was the relationship at the time. I totally looked up to him. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland headquarters. Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Little Big Shots – Melbourne’s International Film Festival for Kids – returns to ACMI to get kids get in front of and behind the camera to tell their stories about cultural diversity. The film festival which is for kids aged two to 15, will showcase 80 short films from 20 different countries. The festival will add the new component of a documentary filmmaking workshop called Kaleidoscope. ACMI will be inviting kids’ families from right across Melbourne to be a part of it. Kids are encouraged to bring along something that represents their family and cultural background to feature on-screen. The resulting documentary will be a fun snapshot of multicultural Melbourne, made by and starring this city’s kids. Kaleidoscope is a free event, proudly supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, and will take place on Sunday 12 June between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm in the Little Big Shots Festival Club (ground floor, ACMI). No bookings are required and kids and families are encouraged to drop in throughout the afternoon. Little Big Shots is a five-day celebration of movies made for kids, about kids and sometimes even by kids, and screens films that are guaranteed to make kids laugh, whoop, think and create. With 10 world premieres, over 40 Australian premieres and 13 films made by kids themselves, there’s certain to be something new and exciting to enthral and engage kids of all ages; from what it’s like to grow up in the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, to the challenges faced by a seven year-old blind boy, and how to best help out your parents when they turn into beasts. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
(WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help to find an abducted child, Mariah Kay Woods.Woods is a 3-year-old white female, approximately 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says she has brown hair and blue eyes.She was last seen at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 in bed at her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Police said her abductor is unknown at this time, and could be anywhere.The FBI has now joined the investigation into the little girl’s disappearance.If you have any information regarding this abduction, you’re asked to please call the Onslow County Sheriff immediately at (910) 455-3113, or call 911.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Emmis Communications is nearly out of the publishing business. The struggling media company sold Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles magazines to Hour Media Group LLC. The deal closed yesterday for $6.5 million.“It is always difficult to make a decision to sell, but this step helps us to continue to address our debt leverage and to focus on our growth initiatives,” Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan said in a statement.This is the latest regional grab for Hour Media Group, which publishes several Detroit-based magazines, including Hour Detroit, and DBusiness.Hour also acquired the Palm Beach Media Group in January, with titles including Palm Beach Illustrated and Naples Illustrated. Hour now publishes over 70 magazines and custom titles, in addition to the digital assets and related events.Just hours into the new ownership, major personnel changes are rolling out. Mary Melton, editor-in-chief of Los Angeles, announced on Twitter that she has left the magazine after 16 years. Los Angeles editor-at-large Amy Wallace has also left.LA Weekly reports that layoffs also include publisher Erika Anderson, head of digitial strategy Audie Metcalf Ruyle, and copy chief Daphne Tanyol.In August, Emmis announced that it would sell the majority of its publishing division and focus on radio. The first property to go was Texas Monthy, which sold to Paul Hobby’s PE firm Genesis Park for $25 million in October. This sale was also followed by a high-profile personnel change after editor-in-chief Brian Sweany was replaced by Tim Taliaferro.This leaves Emmis with only Indianapolis Monthly, its first magazine asset, which it intends to keep.
Juneau Police officers made sure Juneau-Douglas High School was secure after a threatening call prompted heightened security at the school for the second time in eight days. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)Juneau schools have received five phone calls threatening school shootings in the past two weeks. In each instance, nothing was found, but the threats had to be addressed. Here’s how schools and police responded to the incidents.Paula Casperson says there isn’t time to be scared, “You have to go straight into decision-making mode.”Casperson is the principal of Juneau-Douglas High School, which has 650 students. The school has received two threatening phone calls — one on April 27 and another May 5.“I don’t know that it’s any more or any less disconcerting to have it happen more than once. We’re taking it seriously every time and it’s important that none of us get lazy in our response times as a result,” Casperson says.In both situations, Casperson decided to go into “stay-put” mode, which means locking the exterior doors, making sure all the students are out of the hallways and common areas and into more secure areas.“We continue with our teaching and learning environment. A stay-put allows us to continue instruction whereas other safety protocols, say an evacuation or a lockdown, would severely disrupt our educational day,” Casperson says.Within minutes of the high school receiving its first call, Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School received a similar one andalso went into stay-put.Seventeen-year old senior Cassidy Legowski was in fourth period English. She said the teacher locked up the room, “We put the green sign in the window and we had no idea what was going on. We found out later though text messages and everything else that somebody had called.”The green sign indicates everyone inside is safe and no suspect is present. Legowski says she wasn’t scared, but her classmates seemed edgy.Of the five threatening calls to district schools, Glacier Valley Elementary is the only one that has gone into lockdown.“You kind of have to look at the circumstances for your school,” says Principal Lucy Potter. “We felt like if the phone call was in fact true, our students were in danger. At that point, we had kids on the playground, we had kids coming back from field trips. They were in many different places.”Potter says during a lockdown, teaching stops, lights are turned off, doors are locked and kids are moved from windows and doors. She says the suspicious call came in to the main school number and an office staff person picked it up.Potter says everyone experiences the threat differently.“When you receive the phone call, the way that you handle the situation or see the situation is going to be very different from a teacher who’s in their classroom with a student, and they hear over the intercom, ‘This is a lockdown. I repeat, this is a lockdown,’” she says.The superintendent says the first two suspicious calls that were made on the same day came up on caller ID as Skype.Juneau Police spokesman Lt. David Campbell says there is an active investigation into the calls. He says a detective is determining if there’s any pattern.“We view each individual threat as real and we respond appropriately because what we can’t have happen is allow us to get complacent and say, ‘Oh there hasn’t been a threat the last five times, there’s not going to be a threat this time,’” Campbell says.A JPD press release says the calls are not identical, but all came from a computer or electronic sounding voice. Other schools across the state in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Kenai have also received threatening phone calls in the last two weeks. Campbell says Juneau Police are working with the Alaska State Troopers and the FBI in the investigation. He says he cannot comment on if there are any suspects.Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Paula Casperson says it’s unfortunate that this is the climate schools need to work through, but it’s the reality. She says, for the past few years, the high school has gone into stay-put mode one or two times a year.
It’s illegal to sell big game meat, like that from this moose, in Alaska. (Photo by National Park Service)It’s illegal to sell big game meat in Alaska, but sales of subsistence foods are a constant presence on the social media site and regulations governing the trade of these foods can be inconsistent and confusing. Recently, a Bethel man has been ordered to appear in court for advertising moose meat for sale on Facebook.Listen nowIf you’re looking to buy or sell something in Bethel or the broader Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, you’re likely to land on Bethel Bargains. It’s a private Facebook page with more than 16,000 members. A brief glance shows posts selling a television, essential oils, a child’s snowsuit and items in a moving sale. Sprinkled throughout are ads for dry fish, seal oil and other subsistence foods from around the region.Last week, a post advertising moose meat popped up with a picture of what appeared to be one-gallon, plastic Ziploc bags, saying, “Moose meat and ribs $25 a bag. Text this phone number.”Alaska Wildlife Trooper Walter Blajeski called the number and spoke with a man named Arnold Lupie. Lupie confirmed that, yes, he had posted the ad, but said that, no, he had not sold any meat. Blajeski issued Lupie a citation and an order to appear in court. The citation is a minor violation, equivalent to a traffic ticket. If Lupie had sold the meat, he could have received a misdemeanor charge.“Now obviously, each situation is going to be somewhat different,” Blajeski explained. “The scale and size and scope of that operation will be taken into account.”Blajeski says that Lupie immediately removed the post.KYUK called Lupie. He said that he hadn’t known that Alaska law prohibits the sale of big game meat and that legalities can be confusing with people selling other subsistence foods.So here’s a brief overview of some of the regulations:Subsistence game cannot be sold in Alaska, except for rabbit or hare meat. Subsistence fish caught in state waters cannot be sold. However, subsistence fish caught in federal waters by rural residents can be sold to non-commercial entities. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, this means that subsistence fish caught within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, by rural residents, is legal to sell. Migratory bird meat cannot be sold. Marine mammal meat “can be sold in native villages and towns in Alaska or for native consumption,” according to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.But bartering for many of these subsistence meats is allowed. The regulations are also different for the non-edible parts of the animals. For instance, some furs, bones and antlers can be sold.According to Blajeski, other Facebook posts advertising big game meat are under investigation. But he made one thing clear.“I don’t monitor Facebook or any of the classified ads for the purpose of generating criminal cases,” Blajeski stated.Trooper Blajeski discovered Lupie’s post only after a community member walked into his Bethel office and showed it to him. The community member claimed that selling meat is not part of the Yup’ik culture. Instead, sharing is the culture.But what’s also clear is that to have meat to share, a person needs the tools that make subsistence harvests possible, like gas, guns and ammunition, tools acquired with cash.
Former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn leaves after the delay in his sentencing hearing at US District Court in Washington, DC on 18 December. Photo: AFPA federal judge accused president Donald Trump’s former national security chief Michael Flynn Tuesday of selling out the United States but agreed to delay his sentencing for lying over secret communications with Russian officials.Judge Emmet Sullivan said Flynn had behaved in a “traitorous” manner while he was in the White House in early 2017 and threatened to impose a stiff prison sentence, rejecting a recommendation by prosecutors that the retired three-star general benefit from cooperating and receive no jail time.But the judge gave Flynn the option to delay his sentencing, to better demonstrate why he merited a light punishment.”I want to be frank with you, this crime is very serious,” Sullivan said. “I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain.””Arguably, you sold your country out,” he added.Surprise rebukeIt was a sharp and unexpected rebuke to the highest-ranked Trump aide so far to face a judge in the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Flynn, a lanky 60-year-old former head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, showed no emotion as he answered the judge’s questions as briefly as possible.Trump has maintained that Flynn has fallen prey to a “witch hunt” by the FBI and allied Democrats to undermine his administration.”The whole Russian Collusion thing was a HOAX, but who is going to restore the good name of so many people whose reputations have been destroyed?” Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said following Tuesday’s hearing that Flynn had been mistreated.”The FBI broke standard protocol in the way they came in and ambushed General Flynn and in the way they questioned him,” she said.Flynn has been a central focus of the Mueller probe.Two FBI agents arrived at the White house on 24 January 2017 — four days after Trump was inaugurated — to interview Flynn about his conversations the previous month with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.The agents said Flynn lied about those contacts, in which he allegedly promised to remove sanctions on Russia even while the Obama government was in the process of strengthening them over Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.Weeks later Flynn left the White House under a cloud for the alleged lies, but Trump persisted in defending him.In private meetings he pressured then-FBI director James Comey to pull back the investigation into Flynn’s Russia contacts, Comey has testified.After Comey refused, Trump fired him, an act which led to Mueller’s appointment as an independent prosecutor in charge of the Russia probe.An additional consequence of Comey’s firing was that Trump himself came under investigation for attempted obstruction of justice.Turning point in Russia probe?Flynn was one of the first to seek a deal with Mueller, admitting one count of lying a year ago but putting off his sentencing while he cooperated in the broader Mueller probe.So far at least 38 people have been indicted in cases brought by Mueller or spun off from his investigation.Flynn’s case reaching the sentencing stage could mark a turning point for the investigation: all the cases filed against non-Russians have been resolved with guilty pleas and, in one case, a jury conviction.Mueller is believed now poised to take the probe to a new level where people in Trump’s inner circle, including possibly the president himself, are implicated in wrongdoing, from collusion with Russians during the election to financial crimes.Little is known about the exact targets of the highly secret special council operation, but Trump’s repeated attacks trying to delegitimize the operation suggest he is worried.Trump foundation shut downTrump was forced on Tuesday to shut down his personal charity, the Trump Foundation, after the New York attorney general accused it of a “shocking pattern of illegality” to advance the president’s political and business interests.The state sued the foundation in June, accusing it of “persistently illegal conduct,” naming the president, his sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who were on the board.The foundation had functioned “as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” state Attorney General Barbara Underwood said.”This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone,” Underwood added.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROIn an abrupt turnaround, Mayor Catherine Pugh suspended Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa with pay. Federal charges that the veteran top cop failed to file tax returns-and his personal admission they were true-made it likely he would enter a plea of guilty to a series of federal crimes.“Upon review of the circumstances surrounding Commissioner Darryl De Sousa’s failure to file tax returns for successive years, I have placed him on paid suspension, effective immediately,” the Mayor said in written statement released Friday.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh stands next to Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, during his official swearing in ceremony Feb. 28. (Courtesy photo)The move comes after Pugh initially defended DeSousa, releasing a public statement that the commissioner she appointed in January, after the firing of then commissioner Kevin Davis, would work to resolve the charges while continuing to serve as the city’s top cop.But documents filed by prosecutors related to the case hint that DeSousa’s charges may have broader implications for a department already under a federal consent decree.In a motion to seal charging documents, federal prosecutors stated that DeSousa was still under investigation for possibly committing federal crimes, and that the release of documents tied to the case could compromise ongoing inquiries risking “witness tampering” and “destruction of evidence.”The tax charges were announced Thursday by Federal prosecutors, who allege DeSousa didn’t file tax returns in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The charges, all misdemeanors, are punishable with a $25,000 fine and a year in prison.Shortly after they were announced, De Sousa all but admitted to the crimes in a written statement.“I fully admit to failing to file my personal Federal and State taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015. I did file my 2016 taxes and received an extension for my 2017 taxes,” the statement said. “I have been working to satisfy the filing requirements and, to that end, have been working with a registered tax advisor.”Baltimore city entered into a consent decree with the Department of Justice after an investigation found its police department regularly engaged in racist and unconstitutional tactics targeting Black neighborhoods. The troubled law enforcement agency also made national headlines when now nine members of an elite unit called the Gun Trace Task Force were indicted for robbing residents, stealing overtime, and drug dealing.
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Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Maya Ka’an region south of Riviera Maya has shown a lot of tourism growth this year, in particular, with the German market.Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, director of Amigos de Sian Ka’an says that one of the areas German tourists are visiting a lot is the community of Señor, located in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. This particular area is one of the five Mayan ceremonial centers of the state and one that is growing in tourism figures.“The increase is due to a synergy achieved with the cooperatives to promote the destination. Although the new figures are not thousands more, for the zones, the increase in tourism represents a significant resource,” he added.Merediz Alonso says the Amigos de Sian Ka’an are working on keeping track of the new numbers of visitors arriving in Maya Ka’an, noting that the German market is opting for a more cultural experience.According to the Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo in 2017, the German market increased 10.8 percent with a total of 162,673 German tourists landing in the region, making Germany the third most important tourism market in Europe.“For us it is important that revenues are generated by the arrival of tourists and there is return of investments for the communities. It is more than about just a high number of visitors,” explained Merediz Alonso.He says there are more than 9,000 Maya people who benefit directly from the increase in tourism adding that there are 17 ecotourism companies that currently operate in the Maya Ka’an, one of which is the Maya Ka’an travel company Caminos Sagrados.The company specializes in offering authentic cultural experiences of the ancient civilization in the Maya Ka’an region with each community offering different activities such as trail hiking, cenotes, lagoons, gastronomy, nature and other attractions.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
No related posts. From the print editionKids these days.They’re getting high younger than before and more of them are doing it, according to the 2010 Costa Rica Household Survey of Drug Use, released Monday.The major takeaways from the survey executed by the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute (IAFA) are that teenagers are starting to smoke pot at an average age of 16.5. That number is down from 2006, when the average age for experimenting with pot was 17.6, and from 1990, when it was 19.1. Additionally, the number of folks aged 12-70 who indicated they’d smoked marijuana in the past month more than tripled from 2006. In 2010, 2 percent of those surveyed indicated they’d smoke cannabis within the month, while in 2006, that number was only 0.6 percent.“The perception of risk young people have of marijuana is low,” said IAFA psychologist Margarita Odio in a statement released Monday. “Some don’t think about the effects this can cause in their bodies.”Odio said marijuana of different qualities and varieties is easy to find in much of Costa Rica.“Added to that is an increase in cultural movements where cannabis forms part of a lifestyle attracting many youths,” Odio said.Overall, according to survey results, men aged 20-30 are the biggest marijuana consumers in the country, with 5.4 percent in that age group reporting weekly use. Most women who use pot, about 2.5 percent of total women surveyed, are younger than 20.“Data provided by U.S. researchers show that nine of 100 people who have tried marijuana could generate dependency, and those who initiate use before age 18 increase those chances to 16 of every 100 young people,” said Ernesto Cortés, an IAFA researcher.According to IAFA, young marijuana consumers face a higher risk of developing dependence or other negative side effects because THC, the active compound that gives marijuana users a high, adheres more easily to developing neurotransmitters in their brains.In terms of other drugs, lifetime use of cocaine has increased in Costa Rica from 0.5 percent of people surveyed in 1990 to 1.8 percent in 2006 and 3 percent in 2010. Usage rates within the last month increased from 0.1 percent in 2006 (the same as reported in 1990) to 0.6 percent in 2010. As with marijuana, men are the principal consumers of cocaine in Costa Rica, with 4.7 percent of men surveyed reporting use in their lifetime compared with only 1.1 percent of women. Men and women aged 20-29 are the largest group of cocaine consumers in the country, according to IAFA’s survey results.“The incidence rate of cocaine use for 2010 is 2.8 per 1,000 inhabitants, showing an increase from the 2006 study, which showed that the incidence was 2.3 per 1,000 inhabitants,” the IAFA report said. “There remains an important difference in men [4.2 per 1,000 inhabitants] with respect to women [1.5 per 1,000].”The average age at which survey respondents indicated they first tried cocaine was 19, slightly older than for alcohol (17.4) and marijuana (16.7).The report concluded that despite an increase in cocaine use over the past 20 years in Costa Rica, lifetime-use and past-month-use indicators suggest that most individuals who experiment with the drug “do not continue active consumption of the substance.”Crack cocaine use also showed slight increases from 2006, with 0.2 percent of respondents indicating they had used crack in the past month in 2010. That is up from 0.1 percent in 2006. Lifetime use of crack in 2010 was pegged at 1.2 percent of those surveyed, up from 0.9 percent in 2006. The average age for beginning crack use in 2010 was 19.5, older than the previous average of 18.6 in 2006.“The rates per 1,000 of population for first-time crack use are low compared to rates for other drugs, such as marijuana, alcohol or tobacco,” the report stated. However, the report also noted that both cocaine and crack use have shown slight overall increases in recent years.“This pattern of increase has revealed the existence of a population who tend to start consuming these substances,” the report reads. “Which is why it is advisable to continue the search for new strategies to reduce or stabilize the growth of prevalence levels for drugs that make up this group of derivatives of the coca leaf.” Facebook Comments
Ginnie Mae to Reform Document Custody Policies and Management Today, Ginnie Mae announced its plans to thoroughly update program requirements and infrastructure in relation to loan documents that serve as collateral for securitized pools of loans.Together, Drayne said Ginnie Mae intend to engage issuers, document custodians and other stakeholders in a dialogue about how to most effectively update the program requirements and infrastructure relating to pool collateral.“We plan to take a thoughtful approach and expect that this will be a multi-year effort,” said Drayne.Ginnie Mae’s SVP of Issuer and Portfolio Management, Michael Drayne noted that the government corporation will use four “guiding principles” as it undertakes a comprehensive review and reform of the policies and procedures relating to the management of pool collateral via third party document custodians.The government organization realized the need for reform after the finiancial crisis and the unprecedented level of Mortgage Servicing Rights (MSR) transfer requests in recent years, Drayne added.“Every one of the nine million loans in Ginnie Mae pools is secured by a collateral loan file,” said Drayne. “As our business has grown, and the ownership of so many of the underlying MSRs has changed hands since the financial crisis, it has become even more critical to ensure that our program for managing this documentation evolves to meet changing circumstances and take advantage of technological progress.”Ginnie Mae’s “Guiding Principles:”1) Policy: Current policies will be re-examined to consider whether they adequately reflect and mitigate actual risks and the current and foreseeable state of available technology.2) Integration: Document custody functions and information should be more closely integrated into Ginnie Mae’s systems.3) Loan Level: Information about the status of pool collateral should be managed at the loan level, not merely the pool level.4) Enforcement: The methods by which Ginnie Mae enforces compliance with its policies will be re-examined and harmonized with its broader practices for managing issuer relations. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News June 18, 2015 563 Views Document Custody Policies Document Management Ginnie Mae Mortgage Servicing Rights 2015-06-18 Staff Writer Share
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