Premier Presents Portia White Prize to Walter Borden

first_imgWalter Borden, an internationally renowned theatre artist from New Glasgow, is the 2005 recipient of Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize. Premier Rodney MacDonald presented Mr. Borden with the prize, which recognizes artistic excellence and achievement by a Nova Scotia artist, at a ceremony at Province House today, March 1. “Mr. Borden is a fine example of a Nova Scotian artist who has excelled in the arts,” said Premier MacDonald. “He truly exemplifies the spirit and prestige of the Portia White Prize, and is an extraordinary cultural ambassador for our province.” The prize is named after the classical singer from Nova Scotia who overcame adversity to achieve international acclaim on the great stages of Europe and North America. Her artistic achievements and dedication to teaching young artists are a model for all Nova Scotians and continue to foster pride in African Nova Scotian communities and Nova Scotian artists. “Portia White was known for her artistic accomplishments but especially for her dedication to help young people realize their artistic dreams,” said Mr. Borden. “Knowing her legacy, it is indeed a truly great honour to receive an award which by definition implies that I have mirrored these attributes.” Throughout his 40-year career, Mr. Borden has been an activist and advocate for Black artists, as a public speaker, teacher and mentor to young theatre artists. In 1972, he became the first Black professional actor in Nova Scotia and he has performed in numerous productions at Neptune Theatre and throughout the province. His one-man show Tightrope Time, is a frank discussion of male homosexuality. This play which he wrote and performed in the mid 1980s, was a groundbreaking achievement in African-Canadian theatre. Revived by Black Theatre Workshop, the play was published for the first time in 2005. Mr. Borden is currently preparing for his fourth season as a company member at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, where he holds major credits in both classical and contemporary repertoire. This summer, he will be performing in the Governor General Award winning, Harlem Duet, marking the first theatre production ever written and performed by Black Canadian artists at the festival. The $25,000 Portia White Prize will be awarded in two components. The first part — $18,000 — will be awarded to the primary recipient, Walter Borden, and a secondary prize of $7,000 will be awarded to a protege named by Mr. Borden. This year’s protege is Jonathan Munro, a young soprano singer from Truro. Nominations for the 2006 Portia White Prize will be accepted until Sept. 15.last_img read more

Regional Action Plan to Help Improve Literacy Rates

first_imgAtlantic Canadians will benefit from improved literacy strategies thanks to the development of an Atlantic Canadian Literacy Action Plan launched in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, today, Sept. 25. The Atlantic ministers of education and training demonstrated their commitment to improving literacy in Atlantic Canada by supporting the objectives in the plan that work to address and promote literacy at all levels, from early childhood to adult education. “Delivering a consistent plan is important for the economic future of Nova Scotia, and Atlantic Canada,” said Education and Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “This action plan will complement the progress we are making in Nova Scotia through the initiatives in public schools, post-secondary, adult, and early childhood education.” The plan focuses on the benefits of early childhood education and the need to identify specific actions that will promote early literacy learning. The plan further addresses the promotion of teacher literacy training across curriculum and at universities, increased professional development opportunities and increased awareness around the benefits of improved literacy rates for adults in Atlantic Canada. “Literacy levels have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and on the economic prosperity of Atlantic Canada,” said Ms. More. “This plan will work to help Atlantic Canadians live a better life by achieving the literacy skills they need to increase labour productivity, and improve economic and social prosperity in Atlantic Canada.” Over the next three years, the literacy priorities of public education will focus on increasing professional knowledge and skills in teaching literacy. Priority will also be placed on assessing, tracking and improving literacy learning outcomes for all students in the context of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Enhancing curriculum leadership and making improvements to literacy capabilities for learning in all areas of the curriculum. Priorities for adult and workplace literacy will focus on increasing awareness of the benefits of improved adult literacy, encouraging employer engagement, eliminating barriers to learning opportunities and assuring relevance and value to the learner. Other objectives include increasing professional standards, knowledge and skills in teaching/facilitating adult literacy and essential skills and improving the quality and effectiveness of adult literacy and essential skills delivery. The ministers of education and training have also taken steps today to further promote literacy with the completion of curriculum and assessment resources for use in schools across the region. These resources support improved outcomes in literacy and numeracy and provide new, engaging and custom-designed resources for specific and unique needs of Atlantic Canadian students Literacy: Key to Learning and Path to Prosperity — An Action Plan for Atlantic Canada 2009-2012 was prepared by the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training, and the full document will be available at www.camet-camef.ca on Monday, Sept. 28.last_img read more

Threemonth plan launched to help Indonesian quake victims UN says

9 October 2009Humanitarian AidThe international humanitarian community launched a $38-million response plan today to complement the Indonesian Government’s efforts to aid communities in West Sumatra hit by last month’s earthquake, United Nations officials reported. The three-month plan targets some of the most affected areas including Padang City and Pariaman City, with 11 UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and 18 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) requesting funds for 74 projects, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.As international search and rescue teams continued to depart and an increasing number of humanitarian teams arrived in Padang, the focus of the UN Disaster and Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) team has shifted to humanitarian coordination.As of 8 October, Indonesian authorities have confirmed 739 deaths, 296 people missing, and 2,219 people injured, OCHA said. The reported number of damaged houses has increased to 234,395 and helicopters have carried out at least 13 trips to remote areas where people had not yet received aid. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 70,000 children, or 40 per cent of the town’s school population, had returned to school in Padang.“Many children had expressed their fears for the future – of more earthquakes, more building collapses, the inability to rebuild their lives,” spokesperson Veronique Taveau told a news briefing in Geneva.UNICEF is supporting efforts to reassure and comfort these children by protecting their health and assisting the early reopening of schools. Safeguarding water supplies and ensuring proper sanitation and hygiene in affected communities is of paramount importance, she added.According to the latest figures, 1,138 classrooms had been severely damaged, 580 moderately damaged, and 548 slightly damaged, leaving an estimated 90,000 children in need of education support. UNICEF has asked for $3 million in funding to help in the fields of water and sanitation, health, nutrition, education, child protection, communication and advocacy, and emergency cooperation, Ms. Taveau noted. read more

Sara McKelvie honoured

A big congratulations to Cayuga’s Sara McKelvie.She found out this week that she has been named the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year for Special Olympics Ontario.Sara won two gold medals in singles figure skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea this past February. She was one of four athletes from the Dofasco Skating Club who were competing.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Quebec approves sale of Davie shipyard to Zafiro Marine

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2012 6:16 pm MDT LEVIS, Que. – The Quebec government has announced a new lease on life for the Davie shipyard, which has been fighting for survival for years.Industry Policy Minister Elaine Zakaib says as many as 700 workers could be employed at the facility in the next three years.Zakaib told a news conference on Monday that the government has approved the sale of the shipyard from Ontario’s Upper Lakes Group to Zafiro Marine, a British company.The government was involved in the sale through its investment arm, Investissement Quebec, which loaned Davie $35 million in the form of convertible debentures.Investissement Quebec had recommended that the sale be approved.Upper Lakes Group acquired Davie in the hopes of winning a large shipbuilding contract from the federal government which was embarking on an ambitious $35 billion plan to renew its naval fleet. Quebec lost out in the bidding competition, to Halifax and Vancouver.Upper Lakes subsequently decided to withdraw from the shipyard purchased with SNC-Lavalin, saying the financial risk was too big.Davie has employed more than 1,000 people in the past. Quebec approves sale of Davie shipyard to Zafiro Marine read more

Holder named captain of WC Qualifiers squad

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies will be on their toes, skipper Holder assuresFebruary 24, 2018In “Sports”Trial by spin awaits Windies in key SuperMarch 19, 2018In “Sports”Pollard, Narine, Bravo, Russell ditch Windies bid for World Cup berthJanuary 25, 2018In “Sports” Jason HolderHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) — West Indies captain Jason Holder has been selected as team captain of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, which wrapped up here Sunday.The 12-man side, selected by a panel which included former Windies Test star Ian Bishop, also includes opener Evin Lewis and veteran middle order batsman Marlon Samuels.West Indies were one of two teams to qualify for next year’s World Cup in England but lost to Afghanistan in the final at Harare Sports Club, to miss out on winning the tournament.Holder was one of the leading players in the campaign, scoring 219 runs including an unbeaten 99 against Papua New Guinea, while also taking 15 wickets with his pace bowling.The 26-year-old, who oversaw the Windies campaign at the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, also copped praise throughout the tournament for his overall leadership.Lewis, meanwhile, also impressed at the top of the order for West Indies with 231 runs, with two of his three half-centuries coming in the Super Six second stage.Samuels, who had a slow start to the campaign, picked up well to finish with 304 runs along with three half-centuries.Champions Afghanistan secured four places on the squad, with exciting 16-year-old off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman included as the specialist spinner and leg-spinner Rashid Khan as 12th man.Off-spinning all-rounder Sikandar Raza, adjudged Man-of-the-Series, has predictably made the squad which has the impressive Safyaan Sharif of Scotland and Boyd Rankin of Ireland as the two specialist seamers.SQUAD – Jason Holder (West Indies – captain), Evin Lewis (West Indies), Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe – wicketkeeper), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Safyaan Sharif (Scotland), Boyd Rankin (Ireland), Mujeeb Rahman (Afghanistan), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan). read more

Bose founder donates majority of company stock to MIT

first_imgThe man who founded the Bose Corporation – makers of high-end audio equipment – is Dr. Amar Bose, and up until now he’s owned the majority of the company’s stock. Dr. Bose is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alum, and like many alumni who are proud of their alma mater, he wanted to give them a gift. So he did to the tune of the majority of Bose Corporation’s stock.The shares are non-voting, so MIT isn’t a controlling interest in Bose Corporation, but MIT will receive annual dividends on those shares when Bose Corporation pays its investors. The money will in turn be used for education and research: part of MIT’s core mission.AdChoices广告Dr. Bose got his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and his doctorate – all three in electrical engineering – from MIT, so he has a great love for the school. He even joined the faculty there, teaching for 45 years while building the Bose Corporation and establishing it as a global leader in, among other things, audio research and technology.The company has always been privately owned, so it wasn’t an issue for Dr. Bose to make the decision to give the stock to MIT. In a statement, MIT President Susan Hockfield thanked Dr. Bose calling what he had done “a great gift.”One of the terms of the stock gift to MIT is that the university cannot sell its shares in Bose Corporation, and because the shares are non-voting, they don’t get involved in the management or operations of the company. That means that while MIT gets to sit back and collect dividends, they also don’t get a say in how Bose operates.While the gift may look like Dr. Bose is retiring or lining up his financial assets for some reason, it’s nothing of the sort. Bose will remain Chairman and Technical Director of Bose Corporation, and he’ll continue to lead the company – just without the stock he previously owned.Read more at MITlast_img read more

Barnes Noble announces smaller Nook with 2 month battery life

first_imgToday Barnes & Noble unveiled their newest Nook e-reader. The $139 WiFi-only device has a 6-inch touchscreen display and uses E Ink, which means that, unlike the Nook Color, it’s monochromatic. The so-called “Simple Touch Reader” will sell alongside the $249 Nook Color, and will ship on June 10th. It’s available for pre-order today.The new Nook moves from a 7-inch display to a 6-inch one, making for a lighter and more portable device. At 5 inches wide by 6.5 inches tall and weighing 7.5 oz. the Nook is easier than  ever to transport, making it a no-brainer to throw in a bag or backpack. This new model is said to be 35% lighter and 6% thinner than the original. And while the display measure at 6-inches, instead of 7-inches, it’s packed with all the perks you’d expect from a modern ebook reader: 800×600 resolution, an E Ink Pearl display, and 16 shade greyscale. The big perk of the new display is a decrease–by up to 80%–in flashing, which means less interruption when turning pages.Battery life for e-ink devices tends to be fantastic (they only use consume power when pages are turned) but B&N has raised the bar with the new Nook. This model is said to be able to last up to 2 months on a single charge, providing that you have the WiFi off. Recharge time will be about 3 hours once the device does finally need more juice.The Nook has 2GB of storage on-board, under a gigabyte of which is user-accessible. In addition to that the Nook can work with a microSD card which can hold up to 32GB of data (in other words, a lot). Supported formats include PDF, ePub, and JPG /GIF /PNG / BMP images.And for you geeks out there, the new Nook runs Android 2.1 and has an 800MHz OMAP 3 processor.The original Nook is available for $99 on eBay while supplies last. B&N will also continue to sell the Nook for $119 and then Nook 3G for $169.More at B&N or read the hands-on at PC Mag.last_img read more

Calling all innovators creators and thinkers

first_imgAHEPA and NUGAS are teaming up once again to host their third annual Careers Breakfast. Covering the theme of ‘Innovators, Creators and Thinkers’, the networking event couldn’t be more timely and relevant to the changing nature of employment and workforce relations. It will be a chance to address and discuss the new society and economy of the 21st century; a globalised and hyper-connected world into which we are rapidly transitioning.Taking place at the Crown Palladium next month, organisers have once again put together an exciting line-up of established innovators, visionaries, leaders and professionals from various sectors of society, business and academia. Young up-and-coming individuals will have the opportunity to connect with and be inspired by brilliant minds, and to learn about exciting enterprises that are creating new solutions to global and local issues, bringing new products to markets and revolutionising business models.The AHEPA-NUGAS Careers Breakfast will take place on Friday 22 April from 7.30 am-9.30 am at the Crown Palladium. Tickets are from $40/student and $50/adult and include a full Crown Signature buffet breakfast, tea, coffee and juices. For more information, visit www.ahepayouth.org/networking and to register online, visit www.trybooking.com/KFDE Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Flinthook on Switch is a Roguelike I Can Finally Love

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.At times it’s felt like my coverage of Switch’s nifty indie game lineup has really just been an ongoing journal of my problems with roguelikes. They just keep putting out too many games with nifty premises ruined by permadeath and randomly generated levels. But now, a full year after the Switch’s launch, the platform finally has a roguelike that I not only tolerate, I not only like, but straight-up love: Flinthook. So what’s the secret to making a good roguelike? You just need gorgeous visuals, rewarding progression, and some of the best feeling gameplay mechanics ever. Simple!Where to even start with Flinthook? How about its utterly charming presentation. The game comes from Tribute Games, who developed the similarly cool Mercernary Kings. Like that title Flinthook features sprite art the looks like your fond memories of the 16-bit era but with animation far smoother and chock full of personality than a Super Nintendo could ever handle. It’s infectious.The world those visuals bring to life is one of space piracy. You play as Captain Flinthook, who looks like a child ghost thief or maybe a Shy Guy from Mario Bros. As a pirate, you raid the ships of other pirates for treasure. And here’s where the roguelike structure comes in. Instead of tackling a specific level, players track a bounties for seven colorful boss characters. To reach the boss, you must complete enough randomly generated ships to power up your weird goo compass.What keeps this all from annoying me is the steady sense of progression. You don’t need to beat that many ships to reach the boss, at least early on. You’ll probably die during your first final fight but you’ll learn valuable tactics to make the fight easier next time. Also evening the odds is the fact you level up after each run.As you level up, you’ll gain access to perks like increased health, better range, experience multipliers, and all sorts of others powers gained through a card system. Your limited number of perk slots keeps you from getting so overpowered, but you do get reasonably stronger. And when you do finally beat one boss and unlock paths to new ones, there’s a real sense of accomplishment, not just another trip back into the endless random void. It’s empowering rather than punishing.What really takes Flinthook from good to great though is just the absolutely beautiful way it plays. The platforming has Super Meat Boy- level precision with nimble jumps and hopping off of walls. Your blaster gets the job done as it can fire at angles enemies can’t and you can equip subweapons like bombs. You can, and sometimes have to, briefly slow down time for extra stylish play or dodging obstacles.But the real star of the ensemble is the grappling hook itself that lets you propel yourself around the level in swashbuckling ways Bionic Commando or Spider-Man dreamed they could. Grappling hooks are already one of the best mechanics a game could use, but this is a master class. The physics, expressiveness, responsiveness and mix of technical skill with intuitive feel are all utterly addictive from the first seconds of play. When the moveset is this dynamic and the simple act of navigating and fighting in this world feels so good you welcome the idea of endless levels.So it finally happened. Thanks to Flinthook, I learned to stopped worrying and love roguelikes (that aren’t The Good Place), at least this one. It got its hooks in me. So if in the future all indie Switch roguelikes could look and play this magnificently that’d be pretty swell.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo Labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Firefighters may get less than they bargained for

first_imgVancouver and the firefighters union reached impasse this month, with the two sides’ final offers well apart.Under state law, public safety unions cannot strike, so the contract is now set to go before an independent arbitrator, who can choose one side or the other, or a compromise between both proposals. The arbitrator’s decision is binding and cannot be challenged by either party.The last offer by the 171-member Firefighters Union would include an 8.2 percent wage increase immediately and another 2 percent hike in 2011 and cost Vancouver $3.2 million.Vancouver’s most recent offer to firefighters was for no raises and called for raising firefighters’ contributions from 10 to 15 percent of their dependents’ health care premiums (at a cost of about $158 a month), which would save an estimated $200,047.Last year saw more than $14 million in cuts from the general fund and the elimination of well over 100 jobs. They included the closure of Fire Station 6 and a reduction of police and fire ranks.A date has not yet been set for arbitration; the two sides are working now to narrow down their choice for an arbitrator. The city and its firefighters could also reach an agreement any time before arbitration begins.last_img read more

Whats Next for Quebecor World

first_imgEXCLUSIVEMontreal-based printing giant Quebecor World yesterday announced its filing for bankruptcy protection, and is entering into a $1 billion financing deal. In the nine-month period ending September 30, 2007, the company pulled in $4.2 billion in revenue, but posted a net loss of $374 million ($315 million net loss in the third quarter). Of the company’s individual segments, North America made $3.2 billion in revenue, Europe $745 million and Latin America $202 million.FOLIO: spoke with magazine division president Doron Grosman to find out what’s next for the ailing company, and what the filing for bankruptcy protection means for its magazine business. FOLIO:: What immediate effect will this bankruptcy filing have on your magazine business?Grosman: From a customer standpoint the restructuring process should be transparent. Each stage will be publicly communicated as it happens. Our level of customer service, production quality and on-time delivery commitments remain unchanged. If anything, the restructuring will help us focus on further refinements and improvements as a world-class industry leader. I am delighted to report that the publishing community has been very encouraging of this action, recognizing that it will make the company stronger and better able to serve.FOLIO:: How much magazine work accounts for your business? Do you see that changing in the future?Grosman: In 2006 [the last period for which full-year statistics are available] the magazine business represented 26 percent of our operation, with $1.6 billion in sales. This puts it a close second to our retail inserts division. We don’t foresee any substantial changes in that mix. What’s important to note is that Quebecor World is unique in that it is one of the world’s largest printers, and yet its products are all directed to consumers and similar affinity groups. Our publishers’ readers are our readers; we are therefore engaged in the future of the magazine industry at the highest level.FOLIO:: Quebecor World reported a net loss of $315 million in the third quarter of 2007. What do you attribute the company’s financial situation to?Grosman: Quebecor World has been engaged in an ongoing five-point transformation plan for the past two years. As part of our process, we have invested very significant capital in our business and infrastructure, attracted many new, talented employees and managers to the company and have become more attuned to our customers’ needs. Concurrently, however, the printing market, the supply chain and the credit markets have changed dramatically. Many companies along the magazine continuum—from paper companies, to printers and publishers—have had their operations deeply affected by these marketplace forces. These factors, combined with the unsuccessful sale of our European assets, have generated the current circumstances. One of the key transformational goals of our five-point plan was improving our balance sheet. This restructuring action allows us to take the necessary steps to do that. FOLIO:: Some printers are starting to become new media vendors and circulation vendors. Do you anticipate new services forthcoming for Quebecor World’s magazine business? What is the company doing in these areas, and how will it expand?Grosman: Quebecor World was the first printer to introduce digital technologies into the printing industry. In addition, we have developed a suite of e-publishing solutions that allow us to offer revenue-building solutions to publishers. FOLIO:: What is Quebecor World doing in terms of “green” publishing and sustainability?Grosman: Quebecor World also leads on the environmental front, and set a milestone in achieving Chain of Custody Certification for the world’s three leading forest management programs. These are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Quebecor World is the first among the top North American printers to offer these three progressive chain of custody certification programs. FOLIO:: What’s next for Quebecor World?Grosman: The fact is that the restructuring and new financing allow the company to continue its normal operations. Quebecor World has positive cash flow with valuable, productive assets. Quebecor World is a proven performer in terms of productivity, efficiency and quality. None of that changes. The restructuring will strengthen our ability to ensure the company’s long-term viability. We are confident that we will emerge from restructuring a stronger organization and the printer of choice.last_img read more

Zuckerberg Some Tech Is Worrying but Not Facebook

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag How Success Happens May 26, 2017 2 min read The story of Facebook’s founding has entered American legend, but its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t resist briefly rehashing its conception in a Harvard dorm room during a commencement speech at his alma mater on Thursday.Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his view of technology in starkly clear terms: he believes that technological progress as a whole is threatening to many people’s way of life, but certain individual technologies, including Facebook, actually change people’s lives for the better. It all comes down to a sense of purpose, according to Zuckerberg. Millennials like him have it, while many older people have lost it thanks to technological change.”When our parents graduated, that sense of purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,” Zuckerberg said. “But today, technology and automation are eliminating jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining, and a lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives.”His remarks echo those of many government and business leaders who are grappling with the prospect of robots taking over people’s jobs. The European Union is even considering a form of social security tax on automated factories to make up for an anticipated decline in wages being paid to humans. Others, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Steve Mnuchin, aren’t as worried about a robot revolution.To Zuckerberg, though, not all technology is menacing, especially not the world’s largest social network. Echoing the company’s motto, he explained that Facebook is the way the world connects, and he suggested that the world is a better place because of it. “This idea was so clear to us, that all people want to connect, so we just kept working on it,” he said, recalling early coding sessions in his dorm room.What Zuckerberg didn’t get around to in his speech is that more than 10 years after those sessions, Facebook is now a multinational company that snapped up many smaller ones, including Instagram, which the Royal Society for Public Health recently determined to be the “most detrimental” social media platform for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Costa Rica sentences British man to 25 years in prison for killing

first_imgA Costa Rican court has sentenced a 21-year-old British man to 25 years in prison for stabbing a Czech tourist to death in 2011.Alfred Saunders, from London, pleaded guilty in June to stabbing a graduate student at an ecological tourist farm in northwestern Alajuela. Alexandra Drbohlavova, 22, had been studying at the University of Miami in Florida. On her winter break, she was volunteering at the British-owned farm in Costa Rica.The court, located in the city of San Carlos in the country’s Northern Zone, handed down the sentence on Friday, according to a report by the news site crhoy.com. Costa Rica’s justice minister told crhoy.com that Saunders would have to complete at least half of that sentence in a Costa Rican prison before applying to be repatriated to the U.K.A Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman, Tatiana Vargas, said that an arduous investigation in coordination with the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) convinced Saunders to plead guilty.“In this case, the trial debate stage was removed, due to the accused accepting the charges, and he surrendered to a brief proceeding,” Vargas said in a statement.According to the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Interpol had released a preventative alert on Saunders, warning of past violent behavior and mental health issues. Interpol said Saunders could commit violent and sexual crimes in the future. Saunders had been a registered mental patient in the U.K.’s National Health Services, according to British media reports.Despite this, Saunders entered Costa Rica via the border with Nicaragua. Saunders showed up at the farm, which is near the border, and met Paul Donati, the father of one of the farm’s owners. Saunders had few possessions, and Donati loaned him a tent to stay for the night. Donati awoke and found Drbohlavova at 10:30 p.m. She had been stabbed 15 times, according to police reports.According to British media, Saunders has high-profile parents. He was living with his mother, a leading psychoanalyst in the country, before he set out on his travels. His father is an English professor at King’s College.Saunders never spoke about his motivations for the crime. Media reports said that Drbohlavova rejected sexual advances from Saunders. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rican company begins exporting woodburning stoves

first_imgNostalgia for the taste of meals prepared in wood-burning stoves is what prompted Tico companyPerfection Group to start selling one of their star products abroad.Juan de Dios Mora Díaz acquired Industrias Perfection, the company that began importing the stoves from U.S. manufacturer Perfection Stove Company, in 1970. That same year the Alabama-based company stopped making them. But Mora decided to keep his business and bought part of the manufacturer’s machines to start offering “Made in Costa Rica” Perfection stoves.Last May the Tico company started selling them in Honduras after signing several contracts at business meetings organized by Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) in that country.Mora had actually started pondering the idea of selling his stoves abroad a few years ago, after he found scattered buyers in Puerto Rico, Surinam, Guatemala and Panama. Mora firmly believes wood-burning stoves are “icons of Costa Rican traditions,” but he knows people in other, nearby countries also appreciate them.“I think Central America is the natural market for domestic companies, and ours is now seeking to consolidate an export business,” he said. Perfection Group currently sells various iron products to other countries in the region.Even though many people in Costa Rica’s rural areas still use the big, heavy stoves, Mora believes they now are becoming mostly a luxury item for preparing meals on special occasions, on weekends and even as a collector’s item for vintage decoration. People buy them for their nostalgic appearance and for tradition, says company owner Juan de Dios Mora. (Courtesy of Perfection Group)Many restaurants in tourist areas across the country also cook their meals in wood-burning stoves in order to offer that particular taste.“People also buy them for their nostalgic appearance and for tradition,” Mora said. “I think we are supplying a very specialized niche.”The company currently sells five different models of stoves at major retail chains, appliance stores and some hardware stores. Prices here range from ₡140,000 to ₡275,000 ($255 to $510) depending on the model.Thanks to contacts made during PROCOMER’s business meetings, Mora is currently in negotiations to start sending his stoves to potential customers in Panama and Nicaragua. “Some South American countries also have shown interest in doing business with us,” he said.PROCOMER Director of Trade Promotion Itzamn Huelat said innovation in exports can help local businesses reach their target markets.“Perfection Group identified a business opportunity with wood-burning stoves. This is a perfect example of how innovation and specialization is essential to giving a country’s exports added value,” Huelat said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican exporters look to increase sales at international fair Costa Rica to build its first industrial park for small- and medium-sized businesses Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rica exports down 15 percent in 2015, mostly thanks to Intel exitlast_img read more

Poland urges Ukraine to make EastWest choice

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