Bridgewater: 527-5380 Halifax: 424-1173 Kentville: 679-6013 Pictou: 485-7162 Truro: 893-7473 Yarmouth: 742-0614 Additional information concerning food safety during a poweroutage is available on the department’s food safety website atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/foodsafety/factsht/powerout.htm . Four local states of emergencies declared as a result of thestorm have now been terminated and the province’s EmergencyMeasures Organization (EMO) is closing its emergency operationscentre. EMO staff continue to provide needed assistance as communitiesacross Nova Scotia gradually return to normal following lastweekend’s early winter storm and the office will continue tooperate with its normal 24-hour duty officer procedures. “I want to thank all the emergency workers and volunteers whohave once again proven that Nova Scotians have a strong communityspirit,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the EmergencyMeasures Act, said today, Nov. 17. “Although power is beingrestored to the majority of the province, it is important toremember those who are still without power and to provide supportwherever it is needed.” The Department of Community Services and the Canadian Red Crossare closing comfort centres as electricity is restored incommunities across the province. Centres will remain open, asneeded, in the following areas:– Sobey’s community room in Tantallon– The Agritech Park in Truro– New Glasgow YMCA– Summerville Fire Hall– Brooklyn Fire Hall– Hall’s Harbour Fire Hall– Canning Fire Hall. Officials are also urging neighbours and families to continue tocheck on the more vulnerable people in their communities,especially those in more isolated areas of the province. Peopleon social assistance affected by this emergency can call theircaseworkers for assessment of emergency food needs. “As some people enter their fourth day without power, I can’tstress enough the importance of taking safety precautions,especially in view of some recent accidents involving the use ofcandles and generators,” said Mr. Fage. The fire marshal’s office is reminding Nova Scotians to ensurethat smoke alarms are in working order and to be extra carefulwith open flames and other sources of heat while they are withoutpower. Fire officials offer the following advice:– Use the correct fuel in appliances like Coleman stoves or oillamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous; — Generators, propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor useonly; — Be aware of the possibility of surges in generators whenprimary power is restored; — Space heaters create carbon monoxide. Ensure they are used inrooms with good ventilation and placed on a flat hard surface toprevent tipping. Do not leave the units unattended. Food safety also remains a primary concern. The main message forthose who have recently had power restored: “If in doubt, throwit out.” Food safety specialists from the Department ofAgriculture and Fisheries will again be visiting restaurants andgrocery stores to assess foods and provide advice. Food safety specialists in the Valley area will continue toprovide extended hours of operation in order to help residentsanswer specific questions about food safety. They can be reachedat 584-2080 until 10 p.m. today, Nov. 17. Specialists will be available in other communities from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. today, Nov. 17, at the following numbers:
TORONTO – Nevsun Resources Ltd. says a renewed takeover offer by Lundin Mining Corp. ignores the fundamental value of the company.The company urged shareholders to take no action in response to Lundin’s announcement, noting that no formal offer has yet been made.Lundin Mining says it plans to make a restructured $1.4-billion cash offer for Nevsun Resources after a previous attempt fell through.In May, the company partnered with Euro Sun Mining Inc. on a roughly $1.5-billion takeover offer that was a combination of cash and shares in both firms.Nevsun rejected that offer because it said it overvalued Euro Sun’s shares and because the company’s involvement raised other uncertainties.The company says the latest offer of $4.75 per share in cash is less than the $5 in cash and shares in an expression of interest by Lundin earlier this month.Shares in Nevsun, which operates the Bisha Mine in Eritrea and the Timok project in Serbia, closed down nine cents at $4.21 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.Companies in this story: (TSX:NSU, TSX:LUN, TSX:ESM)
DOIG RIVER, B.C. – Doig River First Nation is holding their Annual Doig Day on their Cultural Grounds.Thursday, May 30th, 2019, from 10 am – 2 pm, this event showcases the culture and traditions of the Doig River First Nations.School District #60 has made the trip out to Doig River for over 20 years.
Free Malaysia Today quoted Ramasamy as saying if not for the harsh and brutal policies of the Sri Lankan Government, the LTTE would not have arisen in the first place. The Deputy Chief Minister of Penang in Malaysia P Ramasamy insists Tamils in Sri Lanka are still suffering despite the end of the war.He said that while peace dividends might have brought benefits to political elites, foreign investors and tourists the Tamils are still suffering. “Wanton killings of Tamils, ethnic massacres, and discrimination against Tamils in education as well as employment contributed to the rise of the liberation movement. One can hardly talk about the dividends of peace, when major human rights issues concerning the Tamils in the north and east have not been settled yet,” he said. He also said that the call by international human rights agencies for the Sri Lanka Government to undertake reconciliation measures by accounting for the hundreds of thousands of Tamils who have gone missing, the more than one hundred thousand, mostly innocent women, children and the elderly who were killed during the height of the civil war as well as the rapes and torture inflicted on Tamil women, have not been addressed.Ramasamy said the new Government of Maithripala Sirisena has failed to punish those responsible for war crimes. He also said that despite calls by international human rights agencies including the United Nations, countries like India and the United States have shown no interest in addressing the human rights violations in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
A concerned father contacted police on Saturday night to tell them that his 13-year-old daughter was out past her curfew.The father asked for police assistance to locate the daughter at a party she was attending.The man later contacted police to tell them his daughter returned home and he did not need their help.OPP are asking parents and guardians to talk to their children about house rules and responsibility to communicate if they will be home late.Man damages window and doorA Norfolk County man is accused of damaging a window and door at house on Queen Street South, Simcoe, on Saturday evening.The homeowner contacted the police who were able to locate the man and take him into custody.The 31-year-old male was charged with mischief under $5,000.Break and enter investigation At some point between March 22 and March 29 unknowns gained access to and entered a Howard Street, Simcoe, address.Police say it does not appear that anything was taken, but urge the public to report suspicious behaviour immediately.The Norfolk County OPP Detachment is continuing to investigate and is reviewing security surveillance footage in an attempt to identify those responsible.Stolen vehicle destroyed On Sunday morning a member of the public reported a vehicle fully engulfed in flames in the ditch on Indian Line in the former Townsend Township.Police attended the car owner’s home in Jarvis, who told police the vehicle had been stolen.The OPP are continuing to investigate and are seeking the public’s assistance.Tractor trailer and SUV collideOn Friday afternoon a transport truck and SUV collided near Tillsonburg.Police say the collision occurred when the transport was travelling on Highway 3 and an SUV was preparing to turn onto the highway.Police charged the 53-year-old woman of London, Ontario, with failure to yield to traffic on through highway, contrary to section 136 (1)(b) of the Highway Traffic Act.No injuries were reported by either driver or a 23-year-old male passenger in the SUV.
by Mike Blanchfield and Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, on Russian intelligence activities, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 30, 2017. Canada’s interconnected banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks that could undermine broad confidence in the financial system, the Bank of Canada warns. The structural vulnerability could allow for the easy spread of an initial attack that ripples into other sectors such as energy or water systems, says the bank’s June financial review. The report urges banks to co-operate on countering the threats that are not going away any time soon. The former head of the U.S. National Security Agency made the same recommendation earlier this month, saying private-sector companies — including banks — have to do a better job of sharing data on attempted hacks in real time to counter the ongoing challenge. Retired Gen. Keith Alexander told a defence industry trade show that banks have valuable metadata on attempted hacks embedded in the logs of their firewalls and sharing that information can allow them to more successfully fend them off. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Susan Walsh OTTAWA – Canada’s interconnected banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks that could undermine broad confidence in the financial system, the Bank of Canada warns.The structural vulnerability could allow for the easy spread of an initial attack that ripples into other sectors such as energy or water systems, says the bank’s June financial review.The report urges banks to co-operate on countering the threats that are not going away any time soon.The former head of the U.S. National Security Agency made the same recommendation earlier this month, saying private-sector companies — including banks — have to do a better job of sharing data on attempted hacks in real time to counter the ongoing challenge.Retired Gen. Keith Alexander told a defence industry trade show that banks have valuable metadata on attempted hacks embedded in the logs of their firewalls and sharing that information can allow them to more successfully fend them off.Alexander suggested the 2014 cyberattack on the American bank JPMorgan Chase that affected an estimated 80 million accounts could have been prevented if banks had shared information.Canada’s central bank expressed a similar concern in its most recent update.“The interconnectedness of the financial system could lead to rapid transmission of stress from a cyberattack,” the report said.“This is a structural vulnerability that is unlikely to go away. And because of the interconnections in the system, the public sector has a role in co-ordinating cyber defences.”While those same connected platforms allow the financial services sector to deliver efficient service, they also leave several sectors of the economy vulnerable to attack, said the bank’s report.“Contagion could occur through financial interconnections or common critical infrastructures in non-financial sectors, such as telecommunications, energy and utilities,” it said.“A prolonged interruption in financial services, compromised data integrity or a loss of confidence could harm the financial system with knock-on effects to the real economy.”There were eight high-profile cyberattacks on banks in 2016, the report said, including an $81-million heist at the Bangladesh Bank.The report urges private-sector players to work together because protecting against an attack “has benefits beyond an individual institution and can be considered a public good.”The Canadian Bankers Association said recently that its members “constantly update their security systems and protocols to stay ahead of potential threats.” The association urged customers to avoid opening suspicious emails and exposing themselves to ransomware, malicious software that locks a user out of their data and demands a ransom for its release.“Canadian banks are leaders in cybersecurity and continue to invest in cybersecurity infrastructure to protect the financial system and the personal information of their customers from cyber threats,” the association said in a May 31 statement.However, the federal government has expressed concerns.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is mindful of cybersecurity in the financial sector, making a point of meeting on the issue in London last year with former Canadian colleague Mark Carney, now governor of the Bank of England.“Although banks tend to be more resourced and mature than other sectors in dealing with cyber threats, there are still a number of recognized gaps throughout the sector,” said an internal Public Safety note to prepare Goodale for the meeting.It pointed out that the theft from Bangladesh’s central bank was carried out by breaching the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, or SWIFT, used to authorize payments between accounts.“This is a clear example of where the system was vulnerable,” said the briefing note, obtained through the Access to Information Act.The note also underscored the importance of identifying threats and improving the sharing of incident information.In that vein, the independent, not-for-profit Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange aims to promptly share threat information between Canadian businesses and government agencies, as well as provide cyber threat analysis and advice for reducing risk. Central bank warns of cyberattack vulnerabilities in financial sector
Hydraulic systems that operate underground equipment can be vulnerable to improper adjustments that make them less efficient, more prone to component failure, and in the drill feed and rotation circuits, downright hazardous, resulting in broken, bent or whipping steel. Air quality issues can also arise when drill steels become clogged, hampering dust collection. J. H. Fletcher & Co is doing something to prevent those problems.Issues often arise when individuals attempt to adjust pressure for the entire system by changing settings at a single valve, said Ben Hardman, sales manager for Fletcher coal mining equipment. “Different systems have different pressure demands. And adjustments, when necessary, may need to be balanced over more than one valve.”Fletcher’s new lockout system requires a key, so only authorised persons can gain access to adjust the system properly. Optional measures include a dowel system, that makes access more difficult than normal and preset cartridges that are non-adjustable. It is available on critical hydraulic systems with all new Fletcher equipment, and can be retrofitted onto existing machines.
People love a good freebie, and they’re often not afraid to step beyond the bounds of common sense to snag one. People like the Korean smartphone fans who badly wanted to take home a free LG G2 from an event in Seoul.All LG wanted to do was build excitement for its new flagship phone at the company’s “G in the Cloud” event. The plan: to launch 100 balloons into the Korean sky, each with a coupon for a free G2 inside. See what they did there?While the company was probably hoping that the helium-filled balloons would gently drift back down to the ground of their own accord, some attendees had other plans. Why wait for things to run their course naturally when you can accelerate the process with, say, a BB gun?Korea Times’ report doesn’t specifically say that those who were injured were shot, only that 20 people required medical attention. If past smartphone launch events in Asia have taught us anything it’s that people are going to get hurt, BB guns or no.Fights have broken out in front of Apple stores, BlackBerry fans have been trampled, store doors and windows have been smashed. When it comes to getting your hands on the latest and greatest device from a beloved manufacturer, decorum often goes straight out the window.LG’s taking some heat for only having 20 security guards present at the event, but who’s to say how many would have been enough to keep everyone in attendance safe. Even with 200 police present at the Indonesian launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9750 90 people were hurt — and that was just a crowd of 1,000 looking to get a discount on a phone.With the promise of free phones floating in the sky above, LG may have needed several platoons to keep things under control.
One might confuse Marcelo Bielsa as a vain individual for the way in which he speaks about tactics and goes over the rules. He is just Argentinean.There has been a very split opinion in regards to Marcelo Bielsa’s latest stunt, the type that has earned him that “El Loco” (Crazy Man) nickname and people might confuse his personality as vain.But anybody who could go on this train of thought doesn’t have the full story about who Marcelo Bielsa really is, the man is Argentinean first and foremost.People who were born in that country are born with a natural arrogance that separates them from the rest of people who were born in Latin America, not even Lionel Messi is forgiven by this personality trait.The Barcelona star is the perfect example that you simply cannot elude the personality that most perfectly describes your race or country, for he is arguably one of the most grounded people you will ever meet and yet he still appears above the rest of simple mortals just by the way he conducts himself with others.But don’t let that idea of him confuse you, Messi only appears arrogant and yet he is merely a very shy man.Something very similar happens with Marcelo Bielsa, a true genius of the craft who loved immersing himself in the tactical analysis that can become quite obsessive.Las portadas de los diarios ingleses, dedicadas a Marcelo Bielsa 😂 pic.twitter.com/GotD12uLIT— La pizarra de Bielsa (@pizarrabielsa) January 17, 2019As I saw Bielsa’s explanation that he used to defend himself from those football espionage accusations, I can easily understand how some people might have gotten the idea that he was mocking them by not only accepting he spied on Derby County before facing them on a match, but also revealing that he’s been spying on every single squad that will face them down the line throughout the current season.It’s also easy to understand how some people might fall under the idea that Marcelo was just bragging by letting everybody know how much of a genius he is by recollecting this information that no other manager would dare to gather.The study of a single match from only one club takes over four hours of analysis with all the players present, just imagining how much time it took Bielsa to gather information from every club boggles the mind and could bring about some envy from his peers.But all these people who criticize Bielsa fail to understand his true intentions, Bielsa doesn’t care about leaving everybody else as an obsolete excuse of a manager and he even loves the idea of sharing all his knowledge with anybody who is humble enough to listen.In a sense, Bielsa is even naive for thinking that people wouldn’t dare to see his actions as a threat rather than an honest invitation to spread the gospel.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…”Toda la información que necesito para estar claro la recolecto sin mirar las sesiones de entrenamiento de mis oponentes…” pic.twitter.com/hLSB7M2Gx0— Marcelo Bielsa (@Frases_M_Bielsa) January 17, 2019The perfect example of what we say is within a video that recently surfaced from the time in which Marcelo Bielsa still managed Olympique Marseille, the Argentine manager received a very special visit from none other than Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is humble enough to understand Bielsa’s intentions are not wicked or perverse, the Argentine manager offered to explain the tactics with pleasure and ‘Zizou’ gladly accepted the tremendous offer.Bielsa even noted that he didn’t want the proposal to be perceived as vain, all he felt was a responsibility to share the knowledge with someone who took the time to pay him a visit in order to learn more about the craft.This famous visit by the French manager was made all the way back in 2014 as reported by Marca, which was just before Zidane took control of the squad that eventually won three consecutive Champions League titles.One might say that ‘Zizou’ learned a thing or two from that generous offer that Bielsa gladly extended, an intention that might be confused with vanity by many.But the ones who really know what football is all about, are fully aware that Bielsa is nothing but a misunderstood genius.Hasta Zidane busca la asesoría de Bielsa… pic.twitter.com/TILrBfwxCT— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) January 18, 2019What’s your take on Marcelo Bielsa’s way in which he carries himself with others as a professional manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 9, 2016 – And some quick news notes… former Haitian President Michel Martelly is in the Turks and Caicos, here for a concert TONIGHT … There is a rally tonight in Wheeland says the incumbent Delroy Williams; the PDM Rally is set for 7:30pm at Three Queen’s and will also feature the party’s five at large candidates… A great night at Flow with the Senior Citizens Christmas Party here in Provo held Thursday; from prophecy church band music, to dance recital, food, games, Christmas carols and testimonies – it was a great night for group. On Tuesday its onto Grand Turk says Delleriece Hall, Flow’s General Manager. Saturday the pastors and other community leaders invite everyone to be a part of an anti crime prayer march and prayer vigil. It gets started at 4pm at the old Police station on Old Airport Road. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Starting next month, Defense Communities 360 will be getting a makeover. The daily newsletter’s new format will be easier to scroll through on mobile devices and be more flexible in how it covers news — many stories will be covered with a brief teaser, with more important stories receiving more thorough coverage. In-depth stories will be part of the regular coverage as well.Look for The Insider soon. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
35 4:47 Smart Home Tags Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google Philips The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display $79 Google I/O 2019 Comments Now playing: Watch this: $69 Routines are limited to voice commands, schedules, and potentially a few extras determined by Google. You can’t train one smart gadget to respond to the input of another. When asked for comment, the involved smart home companies have generally said that they’re working on it. “We’re working closely with Google to continue to deliver the best possible experience to our customers,” said a representative from Philips Hue. “For now, we recommend they keep an eye on the Nest FAQ and Google’s and our social channels for more updates as we approach Aug. 31, 2019.”A representative from Lifx said that they “are in regular contact with the team there to develop integrations as soon as we hear about any changes to the architecture.”Matt Swatsky, the Vice-President of Lutron’s Residential Mid-Market Business, said, “We look forward to working with Google on their Works with Google Assistant program to determine the best way to take care of our joint customers and maximize the Lutron user experience.”Nest has similar triggers that can turn on smart sprinklers from Rachio when the Nest Protect smells smoke. “We’re always evolving and upgrading our integrations, so this will be no different,” said Chris Klein, the CEO of Rachio.One of the reasons Google might not add these triggers is the company’s renewed focus on privacy. Along with the new Google Nest brand, Google announced privacy initiatives to keep customers informed about what data their smart home was collecting and how it was being used. If your Nest Thermostat is going to trigger your Philips Hue lights, it needs to share data with Philips. Lots can happen in the interimIdeally, your smart thermostat won’t get dumber. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Three and a half months is a long time in the tech world. A Google representative offered more reassurance over email: “The majority of our most popular Works With Nest partners are already up and running with the Works with the Google Assistant platform and we’re actively collaborating with other partners on the transition. We’re also working to improve Assistant Routines so people will be able to replicate the top integrations.”Even in the unlikely worst-case scenario, in which Google doesn’t add any of Nest’s existing functionality to Google Assistant before shutting down Works with Nest, lots of related smart home integrations will continue to function normally. You’ll still be able to control your Nest gadgets with your Google Home. Any integrations you’ve built around Google Assistant will be unaffected. Some major Works with Nest brands, like August, are minimizing the impact. August, the makers of the August Smart Lock, is part of the Works with Nest program. You can see the status of your Nest gadgets in the August app and set your thermostat to Home or Away when you lock or unlock your door. The change should have “a very minimal impact for August customers,” said Jason Johnson, CEO of August. “Our Google Assistant integration doesn’t change and that is a far more popular integration.”Nevertheless, Amazon and Google are certainly capable of letting ongoing battles affect customers, and if Alexa stops being able to control Nest products, that could have a huge and negative impact on a lot of smart home customers.Google Nest launched with a cool new product, price cuts, and a renewed focus on privacy. The joined brand makes sense given that the two teams were already ostensibly part of the same unit. Still, joining the brands and ending Works with Nest could make a lot of smart homes much dumber, and Google has a lot of work to do before Aug. 31 to make sure that doesn’t happen.Originally published May 14. $99 Connect with these 35 IFTTT-friendly smart devices (pictures) Your Nest-centered smart homes will now keep working as you expect. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Editors’ note, May 16, 2018: Google announced an updated plan for the Works with Nest migration that addresses a lot of the concerns of this article. Analysis of the update is below, followed by the original piece.Google and Nest are merging into a single brand aptly called Google Nest. Along with the change, Nest customers will be encouraged to shift their Nest accounts into Google accounts, and Google is shutting down further development for the popular Works with Nest program that lets Nest products interact with other smart home devices from third parties. Specialized triggers that could cause your smart lights to flash when your Nest Protect smells smoke looked to be in danger at Google I/O when Google announced that it was shutting down Works with Nest completely. Even the popular integration between Nest products and Amazon’s assistant Alexa seemed to be threatened by the change. See the article below for all of those concerns, but as of Thursday morning, Google has now changed its plan for the merge to make sure Nest customers don’t see an interruption in their smart home setups. The most important change is that if you keep your Nest account, any recipes or automations you have set up with third-party gadgets will keep working after Aug. 31; you just won’t be able to add new ones. Closing Works with Nest in particular threatened the smart home setups of lots of Nest customers. Google encouraged developers to join Works with Google Assistant as a replacement, but Google Assistant devices like the Google Home smart speaker only control third-party gadgets, not the other way around. If your smart home setup automatically caused your Nest Cam to start recording when an alarm sounded, or your Nest Thermostat to go into away mode when you left, it looked like those integrations would stop working.Google is still focusing new features on Google smart home accounts moving forward — Nest accounts will be moved to a maintenance mode and receive only security updates, but at the very least, the change now won’t sever the smart home connections you’ve come to rely on.Otherwise, in the blog post announcing the shift, Google revealed upcoming changes to Google Assistant and routines that will bring over a lot of the functionality that was previously going to be cut. Google is working with Amazon so that Alexa and Nest can keep working together. Google will be updating their grouped commands called Routines so that you can automatically shift your thermostat into home or away mode as you come and go. Google is also promising to add more custom integrations with third parties, but it will put these partners through a security audit and you’ll be able to choose which devices and which data you want to share with them, as opposed to an all-or-nothing approach.If you currently have a Nest account and an advanced smart home setup, you should probably not merge it into a Google account until these new features are finalized. When you merge, any current Works with Nest connections you have set up will still be cut and you can’t go back. If Google’s update with your other smart home gadgets isn’t ready, you won’t be able to set up replacement routines either.However, Thursday’s blog post essentially removes the ticking clock on Nest-centered smart homes. Until Google has the changes ready, you can just keep your Nest account and your smart home will continue to work as expected. Google and its third parties had previously made clear that updates were in the works, but now the hard deadline of August 31 shouldn’t be an issue. Other smart home developers seem reassured by the update. “We are happy to see that Google seems to understand how detrimental it would be for existing Nest users to have their integrations stop working,” said Chris Carney, CEO and co-founder of Abode, maker of one of our favorite smart home security systems. “Abode will continue to work with Google as [its] plans for Works With Google Assistant evolve and we hope that we’re able to collectively offer the same level of functionality and compatibility that made Nest such a successful brand and important partner over the last several years.””It looks like Google is trying to smooth the path for developers and consumers to move from the Nest platform to Google’s,” said Jason Johnson, CEO of August, maker of the August smart lock. “We welcome this approach and look forward to supporting one integrated platform rather than two partially integrated platforms.””Our understanding is that existing [Works with Nest] integrations will be transitioned before the platform is disabled. We’ll continue to have conversations with the team at Google to help with the transition,” said Chris Klein, CEO of Rachio, maker of the popular Rachio smart sprinkler.A Lifx representative reinforced the need for patience: “In the short term people that migrate from a Nest Account to a Google account will lose those [Nest specific] features until the time that [Works with Google Assistant] chooses to support them later this year.”The original article from May 14:The Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat are two of the biggest hit products of the smart home. They’ve also worked together for years. You can ask Alexa, the voice assistant built into the Echo smart speaker, to change the temperature on your Nest thermostat. After Google I/O, this important smart home connection looks in danger of being cut.Google and Nest have been technically part of the same team since last year, but last week at Google I/O, Nest and the Google smart home team joined into a single brand called Google Nest. In addition to a new product — the Nest Hub Max — and a few price cuts, the joined brand also means Google will encourage current Nest customers to merge their previously siloed Nest accounts with Google. You’ll still be able to keep your Nest account, but it will be relegated to a “maintenance mode” and it will only receive security updates. New features will all be designated for Google accounts. If you already center your home around Google’s smart home products — such as the Google Home smart speaker — this shift isn’t likely to have a big effect on you. In fact, more functionality is likely to be rolled into the Google Home app to help encourage customers to move away from the separate Nest app. If you primarily use Nest products and automated recipes involving third-party gadgets, your current smart home set up could turn dumb as soon as Aug. 31, 2019. On that date, Google is shutting down the Works with Nest program, which allowed third-party developers, including Amazon, to control Nest gadgets. Developers can join the Works with Google Assistant program instead, and many of the major brands that work with Nest already work with Google, but the two programs have a few fundamental differences that could sever the connections you have set up at home.One-way commandsWorks with Nest allowed third-party gadgets to both give and receive info from Nest products like the Nest Learning Thermostat. Works with Google Assistant debuted to replace Works with Nest, but Google Assistant has thus far only given the commands to third-party products, not the other way around. Abode is a good example of a smart home company that currently works with both systems. Abode makes one of our favorite DIY security systems. Different Abode kits include a variety of sensors, sirens, cameras, and even gadgets like switches, lights and dimmers. Some Abode features depend on Works with Nest. Chris Monroe/CNET If you integrate Abode with Google Assistant, you can control Abode’s lights, switches and dimmers with a voice command to a nearby Google Home (or any other gadget with Google Assistant built-in). If you integrate Abode with Nest, you can tell your Nest Cam to start recording if an Abode motion sensor causes an alarm. You can turn the Nest Thermostat to away mode automatically when you arm your Abode system. The integrations are more robust because Nest can both give and receive information from Abode. “We’ve always believed the smart home experience is made better for customers through interoperability and companies working together to give consumers choice,” said Chris Carney, CEO and co-founder of Abode. “While Google’s choice to shut down the ‘Works with Nest’ program is contrary to our belief and against the direction we think the smart home needs to move, it is consumers who will be impacted the most.”Right now, Nest products can control Abode products, and Abode products can control Nest products. With Google Assistant, Nest products could be forced onto a one way street. If Works with Google Assistant doesn’t allow input from third party devices by Aug. 31, the effect on the smart home will be widespread. For Abode that would mean you would no longer be able to trigger an action from one device based on the behavior of another one. In other words, that Nest Thermostat away mode automation when you arm your Abode system would no longer work. Online rule maker IFTTT offers a variety of recipes that let you control your Nest devices with other gadgets. IFTTT already works with Google Assistant, but all of the recipes directly involving Nest will stop working when Works with Nest shuts down, and recreating them with Google Assistant will be tough. Google Assistant only offers recipe triggers, not actions that respond to third party triggers. This disconnect will be most widely felt by Nest device owners that use Alexa as their voice assistant. A Google representative offered some reassurance on this front, “We’re working with Amazon to migrate the Nest skill on Amazon Alexa to ensure a smooth transition for Nest customers prior to winding down the Works With Nest program”If Google adds the necessary code to Works with Google Assistant that will let Amazon control Nest devices, that code could theoretically allow other affected manufacturers to keep their current functionality as well.”Abode will do everything we can to make this as painless as possible for our customers and have already begun working on enhancing our existing Google Assistant integration and will be adding additional features as they become available to us,” said Carney.An Amazon representative put the onus for the change on Google, “I would defer you to the device manufacturer for questions about their products.”Triggering changeWorks with Nest and the Nest app are capable of a few other features that Google will need to add by September if they don’t want customers to feel any interruption in service. The Nest app allows you to assign levels of access to members of your home, the Google Home app doesn’t. If you add someone to your home through Google, they have access to all of your devices and can even remove you from the home. To be clear, the Nest app isn’t shutting down, but given the way Google is pushing people towards Google accounts and away from Nest accounts, the Google Home app will be the new center of the combined brand. You still can’t set up Nest gadgets using the Google Home app. Nest also uses smart home triggers with a lot of third-party gadgets. With Philips Hue, Lifx, Lutron and other smart lighting companies, you can program your lights to flash red if your Nest Protect senses smoke. You can have them turn on and off at various intervals when your Nest Thermostat knows you’re away in order to fool would be intruders.In these cases, the Nest product is the one sending the info to the third-party gadget and controlling them accordingly. Google might be able to add similar functionality to Works with Google Assistant even if the company doesn’t want to receive commands from third-party gadgets, but Google doesn’t have similar triggers yet.You can create grouped commands called routines for Google Assistant. Say “good morning” to your Google Home, and it can turn on the lights, set the temperature of your thermostat and even play your favorite podcast. You can customize a routine to trigger on any command you’d like and can even schedule routines to start at a certain time so you don’t need to use a voice command. Google has also promised that you’ll be able to trigger morning routines from your phone’s alarm, and the upcoming Nest Hub Max smart display will be able to automatically relay personalized information when it recognizes that you’ve walked into the room. These are all effectively triggers, which is what Nest uses to flash your lights red, but as of now, Google doesn’t let you fully customize triggers. 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Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School student Connor Norman, his mother Michelle Norman, and school budget committee member Jennifer Lindley all testified during Tuesday night’s school board meeting urging the board to reconsider the ban on middle school sports travel. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The Juneau School Board will not reconsider the ban on middle school sports travel, at least for the rest of the school year.Download AudioFloyd Dryden Middle School teacher Jeannette Sleppy is a member of the community task forcecreated to come up with alternatives to the travel ban. Sleppy was one of several who spoke out in unanimous opposition of the ban during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting at Juneau-Douglas High School.“Our superintendent was quoted recently stating, ‘Building trust comes down to doing what the community is asking you to do through the elected board and following through with that.’ I urge you, the board, to build trust with us, this community, and continue to allow our middle school athletes the opportunities that competitive travel offers and has offered the middle school students of this community for many years.”The school board adopted the middle school sports travel ban last September. It takes effect in July.Sleppy said the task force conducted an online survey and received 263 responses. Only 9 percent of those responses support the ban on middle school sports travel she said.In its final report, the task force recommends permitting out-of-town travel under certain conditions. These include making travel available to all team members and limiting each team to only one trip per school year.Tom Rutecki is a member of the school district’s Activities Advisory Committee. He says the group did not put forward a recommendation to the task force, ”but we do agree that travel should be allowed for middle school activities and athletics.”Rutecki says before any policy on travel is developed, the board needs to establish a philosophy on middle school sports. He says the Activities Advisory Committee has started working on one.“We basically are trying to get away from a competitive philosophy of teams that win to a developmental approach. We want to recommend establishing grade level teams. Go away from the skill-based teams and divide them into teams where fundamental, social and physical skills are developed.”Following public testimony in favor of permitting middle school travel and the presentation by the task force, school board President Sally Saddler asked the body if they wanted to reconsider the ban:“Can I get a show of hands of board members who want to see this on the agenda next month?”When no hands went up, the packed audience broke out in a murmur.School board member Barbara Thurston said the task force’s recommendations didn’t bring the board any closer to resolving the issues and the board wasn’t ready to reconsider the ban.“The conclusion I get from this is that the ideal situation at the middle schools is that it involve both an intramural and a competitive component. And we have one school that has a competitive program but not an intramural program, and one that has intramurals and not competitive. And if the proposal and the resources allowed for both at both schools, I think that’s where we could go, but it really sounds like we have to choose, that neither school can afford to do both,” Thurston said.Juneau resident Jon Kurland led the task force. He said the school board’s reaction is disappointing.“I feel bad for Juneau kids who are in elementary school or middle school who aren’t going to have those opportunities in the future,” Kurland said.While Kurland didn’t get the outcome he was hoping for, he says the group will likely not pursue the issue.“I don’t think so. I think this committee has done its work,” he said.Saddler said the school board will not look into the middle school travel ban again this school year unless the Activities Advisory Committee comes forward with a philosophy.
Obaidul Quader file photoRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday questioned pre-election timing of publication of a book by former chief justice SK Sinha that alleged he was forced to leave Bangladesh.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, expressed his views that Sinha should have avoided instigating anti-regime propaganda ahead of the general elections.“It’s natural he would publish his book. However, my question is: Why has he done it sitting on foreign soil? Why has he chosen a pre-polls scenario (for publication)? It could have been published 2-3 months later,” the AL leader said during his visit to project site on the Dhaka-Tangail and the Dhaka-Mymensingh highways at Bhogra.Former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who left the country in October and resigned from his post in November last year, has recently published a book, ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’. Its contents have also been viral.Obaidul Quader claimed that Sinha voluntarily quit his position. “Still he might have some grievances in his mind,” he added.The AL leader alleged that justice Sinha is disseminating ‘concocted information’ in his book and that he is helping with his propaganda the anti-government elements.“If this one is his motive to publish this book at this stage, my point is this will raise question about his responsibility as a chief justice,” Quader insisted.UNB adds: Quader, replying to a question over formation of ‘greater national unity’, said, “There’s nothing to worry about it ahead of the election. We believe the Hasina-led Awami League has earned the trust of people through development and good governance. Awami League, I think, will be able to take home ‘golden crops’.”Dwelling on the just-enacted digital security law, the minister also said it will not create any obstacle to journalism.“The new law aims to prevent digital crimes and ensure digital security. There’s nothing to be worried about it and we hope the law wouldn’t create an obstacle to journalism and the freedom of expression,” he said.
It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, to those in the biz). And who better to try their hand at penning a novel than a neural network?The annual creative writing event—the goal of which is to create a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and 30—is for “anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel,” according to the website.Anyone, or anything, in this case.“When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” research scientist Janelle Shane wrote in a blog post. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”Turns out, she couldn’t.To churn out anything remotely useful, the algorithm requires thousands of examples. Unfortunately, Shane could only find “a couple hundred” of the most famous opening lines.Malnourished, the neural network rebelled, basically reading back word-for-word what was fed into it.“Think of it like cramming for a test by memorizing instead of learning how to apply rules to solve problems,” Shane said.The result, while predictably hilarious, isn’t much help to aspiring writers, who could be slapped with a plagiarism suit if they tried passing off one of the computer’s lines as their own.Like this jumbled mess, appropriated from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities:“The snow in the story of the best of times, it was the season of Darkness, it was the season of Light, it was the epoch of belief, it was the worst of times, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the season of exploding past of Eller, and Junner, a long sunset side of the World.”(Honestly, use that rambling sentence in a publication, and you may have bigger problems than literary theft.)According to Shane, much of the computer’s output didn’t make sense, or was an “obvious mishmash” of famous lines. A few usable (if not thought-provoking) sentences, however, managed to slip in:“It was a wrong number that struggled against the darkness.”“The moon turned out to see me.”“The sky above the present century had reached the snapping point.”“I was born in the darkness.”(The algorithm obviously has an affinity for S. E. Hinton.)“Clearly, the neural network needed help,” Shane lamented. “Where could I get it more data?”Probably not the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which invites people to write the worst first sentence.“I added them all,” she admitted of the 900-strong archive. “It didn’t help.”(Personally, I’d read a book that starts with “It was a dark and stormy night and the secret being a silver-backed gorilla.”)So, Shane put out a call for help: Following her successful crowdsourcing of Halloween costumes and D&D character backstories (coming soon), she is asking folks to share their own first line, that of their favorite story, or one from “every novel on your bookshelf.”Enter online as many as you like; Shane hopes to collect enough sentences by the end of the month to “give this another try.” MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Following the Hollywood fashion trend of wearing shoes without socks may cause fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, warn scientists. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have experimented with the style, including Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Orlando Bloom and Jude Law. However, people are failing to realise the serious repercussions of the trend, researchers said.Feet typically produce half a pint of sweat a day. Any moisture not soaked up by socks is maintained in synthetic and non-breathable material – leaving people vulnerable to fungal infections, they said.’Depending on the level of sweatiness of the foot, there may be issues with too much moisture in the feet, which can leave you vulnerable to fungal infections such as athlete’s foot,’ said Emma Stevenson, podiatrist at the College of Podiatry in the UK.Many shoes available today may have leather uppers but are lined in synthetic material, which is not breathable.However, if the lining is not breathable then moisture, heat and bacteria will all be trapped inside the shoe, The Telegraph reported.Researchers also noted that ill-fitting footwear and a lack of socks could lead to issues like blisters and the formation of painful corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.
We’ve all heard the expression “So bad, it’s good.” Well, the Cherry Sisters, sibling vaudeville performers from Marion, Iowa, managed to turn sheer awfulness into an art form. In an interview with NPR, David Soren, curator of the American Vaudeville Museum Collection at the University of Arizona, got right to the point: “The Cherry Sisters were generally regarded as the worst ever.”The sisters lost their parents at an early age. In 1893, Ella (the eldest, who would leave the group early on), Lizzie, Addie, Effie, and Jessie formed a variety act to pay for a trip to the World’s Fair in Chicago.Three of the Cherry Sisters.The show — called Something Good, Something Sad — was a mortifying mish-mash of original music, drum pounding, poetry, mouth harp playing, inspirational recitations, and fake hypnosis.The sisters were also pretty big on patriotism and devout Christians — though a sketch featuring a faux crucifixion was in questionable taste.When the Cherry Sisters first performed at their hometown opera house, audiences — comprised mostly of friends and neighbors — were kind. Misreading their reaction and encouraged by the polite applause, the sisters figured they were ready for the big time.Three of the Cherry Sisters siblings strike a theatrical pose.They traveled to Chicago and scored an audition with an agent. Getting a gander of the girls in their homespun clothes, he “must have sensed the potential of novelty,” according to Vaudeville, Old and New by Frank Cullen, and sent them on a tour of around the Midwest.Let’s just say, it did not go well. Audiences were not amused, nor were they entertained. In fact, they were downright enraged — heaving tomatoes (or any other fruit, vegetable, or projectile they could get their mitts on), heckling, and in the words of one observer, “behaving badly.” And it would only get worse.Oscar Hammerstein I brought the Cherry Sisters to New York in 1896.More and more towns were anxious to see firsthand just how godawful the gals were. The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that when the Cherry Sisters appeared at the Dubuque Grand Opera House, they “were pelted with everything from an onion to a tin boiler and were afterward badly treated on their way to their hotel.”One audience member sprayed a fire extinguisher into one of the ladies’ faces, forcing the sisters to perform behind a protective wire mesh.The critics in the press weren’t much kinder. The editor of the Chronicle, in Odebolt, Iowa, described the Cherry Sisters as “creatures surpassing the witches in Macbeth in general hideousness… Their long skinny arms equipped with talons at the extremities, swung mechanically, and soon were waved frantically at the suffering audience. Their mouths opened like caverns, and sounds like the wailing of damned souls issued therefrom,” a review that would be reprinted in the Des Moines Leader. That cinched it. The Cherry Sisters sued both papers for defamation, claiming the over-the-top attack on their appearance constituted libel.The Paradise Roof Garden above the Victoria Theatre, New York, c. 1902. Card from a postcard book. The theatre was demolished in 1915.When the Polk County Court ruled in favor of the newspapers, the sisters appealed to a higher authority. No, not Him — the Iowa Supreme Court, which upheld the verdict, stating, “If one makes himself ridiculous in his public performances, he may be ridiculed.”But bad news travels fast and in the mid-1890s, Willie Hammerstein, one of New York’s most successful producers, hired the Cherry Sisters for a well-paying engagement at his Olympia Music Hall, which was on the verge of bankruptcy.Advertisement from The New York Times, July 18, 1909“I’ve been putting on the best talent and it hasn’t gone over,” said Hammerstein, candidly. “I’m going to try the worst.” Smart move. Just two weeks after the opening of Something Good, Something Sad, the theater was flush with money, and the show ran for six weeks, people flocking like rubberneckers at a pileup.Pulling no punches, The New York Times headlined their review “Four Freaks from Iowa,” then attempted to find some deeper explanation for the atrocity they had just witnessed.It would read, in part: “The effects of poverty, ignorance, and isolation are much the same all over the world, and the Cherry Sisters exhibited every one of them with a pathetic frankness that left no question as to their status or their character.”The plucky Cherry Sisters continued to tour for a few more years, until Jessie, the youngest, succumbed to typhoid fever in 1903, at age 31. Rather than soldier on without her, the sisters packed it in. Effie, not quite over the spotlight, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Cedar Rapids, twice — ever the glutton for punishment. None of the sisters would marry.Masochists or masterminds who were just messin’ with people’s minds? According to Vaudeville, Old and New, people were divided. Some think the Cherry Sisters didn’t have a clue as to how bad they were; others believe they knew exactly what they were doing.Read another story from us: Artist Transforms Victorian Portraits into SuperheroesPerhaps it was a little of both: five girls from Iowa who learned how good — not to mention lucrative — being bad can be. After all, what are a few tomatoes, really, when you’ve got your own Wikipedia page?
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<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii Share Travelweek Group Posted by Hawaii ‘open for business’ with volcano headlines a distant memory TORONTO — Hawaii may have been in the headlines in 2018 for a volcano eruption and two close calls with hurricanes, but the impact on tourism product was negligible and now Hawaii is looking forward to welcoming visitors for the 2018/19 winter season with a warm ‘aloha’ – meaning the joyful sharing of life.Tourism partners from the Islands of Hawaii are in town for a roadshow to Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton, with a resounding message: ‘Hawaii is open for business’.Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption began May 3 with lava flowing continuously until Aug. 6, but it was only a small area that was affected on the Island of Hawaii, nicknamed The Big Island and one of the eight major islands that make up the Hawaii archipelago.“The lava flow was limited that very small portion of the island, which makes up about 12 square miles,” says Deanna Isbister, Director of Sales, the Island of Hawaii. “The Big Island itself is over 4,000 square miles, so a lot of people realized later that it only really affected a small percentage of the entire island. None of the airports ever shut down, none of the flights were ever cancelled.”The lava flow on The Big Island was localized to the middle of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and did not affect any of the tourism infrastructure, such as hotels or airports. Since the park reopened a month ago, about 2,000 people visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park each day, which is about on par with September 2017 attendance, says Isbister.“We always advise people to check the website daily, nps.gov, and their first stop will always be the visitors centre upon arrival,” she continued. “There are many new things to be seen, like the expanded sulphur bank, so were excited to get reacquainted with the park. Helicopter tours are now in high demand!”The other major islands in the archipelago, such as Oahu and Maui, where a large portion of travellers usually visit, were unaffected by lava flows entirely.Canadian tour operators are excited and optimistic about Hawaii as a destination this winter, offering great promotions and incentives for early booking:Air Canada Vacations is offering $50 off per person when booking 90 days prior to departure with flight and hotel packages starting for under $1,599.With TravelBrands, agents can earn three times the loyalty rewards and a chance to win a six-night stay in Hawaii. Clients can enjoy free nights, room upgrades, mean vouchers and 20% off car rentals.The AULANI Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina is offering winter savings of 30% when booking a 5+ night stay. For more information, visit gohawaii.com/ca. Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Related posts:Fewer cantons to enforce dry law during Easter holidays Despite Zika fears, Guanacaste hotels are booked for Easter holiday Administrative Court bans dry law during holidays Only 17 cantons will enforce dry law during Holy Week Following a decision by Casa Presidencial and the Labor Ministry last week, most public offices are closed for theentire Easter Holy Week, which began on Monday. Some banks and public hospitals, however, are open from Monday to Wednesday.Transportation services are reduced, including train service, which is suspended until next Monday, March 28. Commerce not related to tourism comes to a halt on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.Following is a list of what’s open and what’s closed during Easter Holy Week:Public offices: All ministries, the Legislative Assembly and Supreme Elections Tribunal are closed March 21-25. The Roadway Safety Council is closed all week, so drivers who have their cars impounded or permits or license plates confiscated will have to wait until next Monday to retrieve them. Toll booths (except on Route 27) will stop collecting at noon on Thursday and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Saturday.The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and courts from the judicial branch will be closed, except for domestic violence court.The Power and Light Company will work Monday through Wednesday, but customer service and emergency attention staff (1026) will work all week.Banks: Public banks including branches of Banco Nacional (2211-2000), Banco de Costa Rica (2287-9000), Bancrédito (2550-5060) and Banco Popular (2211-7000) will operate normally Monday through Wednesday and will be back in operation on Monday, March 28. Most private banks such as BAC San José (2295-9797), Scotiabank (2210-4000), Davivienda (2287-1111), Promérica (2505 7000) and Cathay (2527-7700) will be closed from 3 p.m. on Wednesday until Monday.Customs: Customs offices at the border with Nicaragua will be open all week, but with special hours: At Peñas Blancas, offices will open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. At Los Chiles, offices will open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and at Las Tablillas from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.Customs at the border with Panamá at Paso Canoas will work from 6 a.m.–10 p.m., and at Sixaola from 7 a.m.–5 p.m.Customs at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside San José will work 24/7, while those at Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, will work from 5 a.m.–10 p.m.Embassies: The U.S. Embassy (2220-3939), Canadian Embassy (2242-4400), British Embassy (2258-2025), and the French Embassy (2234-4167) will be closed starting Thursday.Hospitals and pharmacies: Public hospitals will be closed, but emergency rooms will remain open 24 hours a day all week. Emergency rooms and pharmacies at private hospitals Clínica Bíblica (2522-1000), in downtown San José, Clínica Católica (2283-6616), in the northeastern suburb of Guadalupe, and CIMA (2208-1000), in the southwestern suburb of Escazú, also will be open 24 hours a day.The Red Cross (1028 or 911), the National Insurance Institute (INS, 800-800-8000) and the Trauma Hospital also will attend to emergencies at all hours.Shopping Malls/Cinemas: Most stores at Multiplaza (East and West), Paseo de las Flores and Terramall will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Food courts will be open from noon to 8 p.m., while cinemas will be open as normal.Supermarkets: Auto Mercado stores (2257-4242) in the Central Valley will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, except for the Multiplaza and Los Yoses stores, which will close at 9 p.m., and the downtown San José store, which will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.On Friday, all stores will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., except the downtown San José and Los Yoses stores, which will be closed. Saretto (2228-6703), in Escazú, will be closed Thursday and Friday.Most Más x Menos (2243-7100) stores will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, except for the store in Jacó, on the central Pacific coast, which will be open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, and until 9 p.m. on Friday. Walmart (2286-0033) stores will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. PriceSmart (2283-4494) will be closed on Friday only.Mail and shipping: Correos de Costa Rica (2202-2900), Aerocasillas (2208-4848), DHL (2209-6000) and FedEx (800-463-3339) will be closed from Thursday until Monday.Veterinarians: The National University (UNA) veterinary hospital in Barreal de Heredia (2260-9234) is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Dr. Bitter’s clinics in San José and Escazú (2227-5017) will be closed Thursday and Friday. Dr. Adrián Molina (2228-1909) in Escazú will be closed Thursday through Saturday. Facebook Comments