LONDON – The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.Cambridge’s board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an investigation after Nix boasted of various unsavoury services to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News.Channel 4 News broadcast clips Tuesday that also show Nix saying his data-mining firm played a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential elections.Nix said the firm handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” and said Cambridge used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make its role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Cambridge has denied wrongdoing, and Trump’s campaign has said it didn’t use Cambridge’s data.Facebook also drew continued criticism for its alleged inaction to protect users’ privacy. Earlier Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He said Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on security measures that protect people’s privacy — or Congress may step in.Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that it’s currently focused on conducting its own reviews.The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social-media giant and Cambridge Analytica.Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.“Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time. The latest scandal has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network, though there isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham’s office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.Wylie has agreed to be interviewed by Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. A date has not been set, and it’s unclear if Republicans on the panel will attend.On Tuesday, Wylie said he found Facebook’s reaction to the revelations bizarre. He told an audience at the Frontline Club in London that before the story broke, Facebook had agreed to work with him to improve its platform. But he said he was blindsided on Friday with a news release that identified him as a suspect in the case.Cambridge Analytica found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Nix saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.In footage released Monday, Nix said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.Nix says in a statement that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”Nix told the BBC that the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.“We see this as a co-ordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States.On Tuesday, a dozen consumer-advocacy organizations pressed the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. to investigate whether the release of data violated an agreement Facebook signed with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances.The move comes after Bloomberg News first reported the FTC could already be investigating. The FTC hasn’t confirmed the investigation but said it takes “any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously.”___AP Technology Writers Mae Anderson and Anick Jesdanun in New York and AP writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this story.
HONOLULU — Southwest Airlines has started a new route in the Hawaiian islands with plans to add more interisland service.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that the airline began service between Honolulu on Oahu and Kona on Hawaii Island Sunday.Officials say Southwest plans to begin four-times daily service to Hilo on the eastern side of the Big Island in late 2019 or early 2020.Southwest entered the Hawaii market in March when it initiated service between Honolulu and Oakland, California.With the addition of Kona, Southwest has 16 interisland flights, or 1,800 daily interisland air seats.The Hilo service would add 1,400 more seats each day to the overall Hawaii interisland market.Officials say Southwest also expects to announce upcoming Hawaii service from San Diego and Sacramento, California.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press
Development Information experts from 53 African countries will gather at the ECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa from 10 to 16 May 2003, for the third meeting of the Committee on Development Information (CODI III), to discuss the link between development information and good governance. The Committee is one of the ECA’s key forums – the regional body has six other technical working groups – working to ensure implementation of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and to foster the growth of an information society on the Continent. The Committee also provides advice on measures to improve all aspects of statistical development of ECA member States, and on the building, maintenance and dissemination of regional development databases.This year’s theme, “Information and Governance,” addresses the regional consensus that Africa’s development challenges cannot be achieved in the absence of good governance. The meeting will highlight the link between development information and the on-going discourse on governance in Africa, and recommend strategies for providing information for good governance to Member States, ECA and its partner organizations. Participants at the meeting are drawn from national statistics offices and population agencies, as well as university libraries, archives and documentation centres, and information and communication institutions, telecommunications agencies and national mapping agencies.”Since good governance requires transparency and community participation in the decision process,” says Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, Director of ECA’s Development Information Services Division, “it is important that appropriate data be collected, maintained, processed into information and made easily accessible to the general citizenry.”
“The Secretary-General was shocked to see the remarks attributed to H.E. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which he reportedly cast doubt on the truth of the Holocaust and suggested that the State of Israel should be moved from the Middle East to Europe,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.Last month, the General Assembly passed a resolution which rejects “any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part,” the Secretary-General recalled, urging all Member States “to combat such denial, and to educate their populations about the well established historical facts of the Holocaust, in which one third of the Jewish people were murdered, along with countless members of other minorities.”In today’s statement, the spokesman also recalled Mr. Annan’s reaction in late October to the Iranian President’s reported call for Israel to be wiped off the map.On that occasion, Mr. Annan stressed that Israel is a long-standing UN Member with the same rights and obligations as every other Member, and that, under the Organization’s Charter, all Members have undertaken to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State.
CALGARY – Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd. announced it has reached an agreement to buy the South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System from Enbridge Income Fund Holdings for $1.075 billion in cash.Tundra said the deal is expected to close in late 2016, subject to various regulatory approvals.The South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System includes over 1,600 kilometres of crude oil and liquids gathering pipelines, approximately 547 kilometres of trunk line and four truck terminals.The system currently transports approximately 175,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Enbridge’s Mainline system at Cromer, Man.Following the close of the deal, Tundra says it will handle over 250,000 barrels per day of crude oil production from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota.All Enbridge employees currently working on the South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System are expected to join Tundra. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 29, 2016 4:22 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tundra Energy to acquire Saskatchewan pipeline system from Enbridge for $1.08Bn
37,636 Views Loam restaurant in Galway. Galway’s Michelin-starred Loam named best restaurant in Ireland The Pub of the Year award went to Doheny and Nesbitt in Dublin. Share48 Tweet Email13 Short URL 15 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4633286 Monday 13 May 2019, 11:04 PM By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Loam restaurant in Galway. May 13th 2019, 11:05 PM LOAM RESTAURANT IN Galway has been named the best restaurant in Ireland.The restaurant took the top award at the All-Ireland Best Restaurant Awards in the Clayton Hotel in Dublin tonight.Other winners included Graham Neville of Dax in Dublin who was named Best Chef and Everett’s restaurant in Waterford which was named Best Newcomer.The Pub of the Year award went to Doheny and Nesbitt in Dublin.Speaking at the awards, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said the standard for judging this year was “very high”.Over 90,000 nominations were received from the public in January and over 2,000 restaurateurs attended regional awards in Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo.“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world through exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer.“We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry,” Cummins said.
Google Me, le nouveau réseau socialÉtats-Unis – Google serait sur le point de tenter une nouvelle percée dans le monde des réseaux sociaux. Avec Google Me, le géant de l’internet souhaiterait concurrencer Facebook : un projet pour le moins ambitieux.Google n’a visiblement pas été refroidi par les flops de Google Buzz et d’Orkut, sauf dans certains pays d’Amérique du Sud et d’Asie pour le dernier nommé. La rumeur court concernant la volonté de la firme de Mountain View d’entrer dans le monde des réseaux sociaux avec un nouvel outil : Google Me. L’objectif est de concurrencer Facebook et Twitter, les deux leaders en la matière. Google Me serait une mise à jour du service Google Profile, qui n’a connu qu’un maigre succès. Autant dire que le travail ne manquera pas pour atteindre ces objectifs ambitieux.Le 29 juin 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
Et si les humains étaient aussi responsables des attaques de requins ?Selon les experts, l’activité humaine ne serait pas étrangère à la récente augmentation des attaques de requins sur des nageurs. Cette dernière refléterait surtout le développement du tourisme de masse, sur des plages autrefois plus réservées.Ces derniers temps, les attaques de requins se sont multipliées. Si en novembre et en décembre derniers, Charm el-Cheikh, en Egypte, a été le théâtre de cinq attaques en une semaine, mardi, un jeune marié britannique a été tué par un squale aux Seychelles au cours de sa lune de miel, et ce, deux semaines après qu’un Français a été tué au même endroit. De même, mercredi, dans la zone extrême orientale de la Russie, un adolescent a été grièvement blessé alors que la veille, dans la même région, un jeune homme de 25 ans s’est fait arracher les deux bras par un requin, à 50 mètres de la plage. Enfin, au même moment, dans les Caraïbes, une vacancière était elle aussi victime, à Porto-Rico, d’une attaque de requin.Selon un bilan établi l’an dernier par l’université de Floride, on a recensé 79 attaques de requins en 2010 dans le monde, dont six se sont révélées mortelles. Ces chiffres indiquent donc une hausse de 25% du nombre d’accidents par rapport à l’année précédente. Cette année, on en est déjà à six cas mortels et sept autres ont entraîné de graves blessures, indique l’AFP. Pourtant, un tiers des espèces de requins est classé en danger d’extinction par l’Union internationale de la Conservation de la Nature (UICN).Finalement, comme l’a expliqué à l’AFP Agathe Lefranc chargée de mission scientifique à l’Association pour l’étude et la conservation des sélaciens (APECS), qui incluent à la fois les requins et les raies, “il n’y a en moyenne que cinq attaques par an dans le monde, c’est assez faible comparé aux attaques d’autres animaux comme les éléphants, crocodiles, abeilles ou cobras”. En réalité, il semblerait que parce que “les attaques de requins sont systématiquement médiatisées”, on s’en préoccupe davantage. “Mais on n’a pas concrètement d’éléments montrant que les requins sont devenus super agressifs de par la raréfaction de la nourriture, par exemple”, ajoute la scientifique.Plusieurs facteurs en cause À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Alors pourquoi y a-t-il une augmentation du nombre d’attaques de requins ? Première cause, le développement de la mobilité des touristes, selon les experts. Avec la multiplication des vols bons marchés, de plus en plus de vacanciers peuvent se rendre dans des endroits jusqu’ici préservés et dénués de toute présence humaine. D’après les observations réalisées par l’université de Floride, “l’augmentation du nombre des attaques reflète certainement le temps croissant passé par les humains dans la mer”.Pour David Jacoby, de l’Association de biologie marine (MBA) de Plymouth, les raisons des attaques sont souvent locales, mal comprises et font rarement l’objet d’enquêtes. Certaines accusations font état de la pratique de certains animateurs qui jettent de la nourriture en mer pour attirer les requins et faire vivre le grand frisson aux touristes.Autre possibilité évoquée par le spécialiste égyptien de l’environnement, Magdi al-Alwani, les requins auraient pu être forcés de venir près des côtes du fait de la surexploitation des fonds de pêche dans leur milieu naturel. “Ce ne sont que des suppositions ou alors des observations trop anecdotiques pour qu’on puisse en sortir des généralités”, note cependant Agathe Lefranc soulignant qu’on “pourrait aussi imaginer que le réchauffement climatique fasse évoluer les aires de répartition des espèces”.Le 21 août 2011 à 10:46 • Maxime Lambert
La forêt amazonienne cartographiée avec une précision jamais égaléeUne équipe de scientifiques a réalisé une carte en trois dimensions de la forêt amazonienne d’une précision impressionnante. Un travail qu’ils ont pu accomplir grâce à un laser capable de renvoyer quelque 400.000 images par seconde avec lequel ils ont survolé le poumon de la planète.Accompagné d’une équipe de scientifiques, l’écologiste Greg Asner a survolé la forêt amazonienne à 5.000 mètres d’altitude, pour réaliser une cartographie en trois dimensions de ce berceau de la biodiversité.Les chercheurs ont réussi à capturer des milliers de couleurs indifférenciables à l’oeil-nu, et nous offrent une carte à la précision impressionnante, grâce à la technologie qu’ils ont embarquée avec eux dans leur petit avion, Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging). Il s’agit d’un outil de télédétection basée sur l’analyse des propriétés d’une lumière laser renvoyée vers son émetteur. Ici, le faisceau laser était capable de renvoyer quelque 400.000 images par seconde. Les scientifiques ont également voyagé avec un spectromètre mesurant les propriétés chimiques et optiques de la canopée de la forêt, afin de saisir ses couleurs très vives.”Cette technologie nous donne un aperçu en trois dimensions de l’Amazonie jamais égalé” souligne auprès du Guardian Greg Asner, chercheur au département d’Ecologie de l’Institution Carnegie pour la science, basée à l’Université Stanford, en Californie. “Il s’agit d’une information essentielle qui nous manquait pour gérer ces systèmes, assurer leur conservation et mettre en place des politiques visant à mieux utiliser les ressources du bassin amazonien tout en protégeant sa diversité biologique” explique-t-il.Un outil important dans la protection de la forêt À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces technologies constituent également un outil permettant d’observer la façon dont l’écosystème de la forêt a réagi à la sécheresse de 2010, la pire qu’elle ait jamais connue. Elles surveillent avec précision la déforestation et la dégradation de l’Amazonie.Des données qui seront déterminantes pour le programme REED (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), qui lancé en 2008 lancée vise à lutter réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre engendrées par la destruction des forêts. “REDD ne peut pas exister sans des données scientifiquement contrôlées quant au stock de carbone”, souligne Greg Asner.Le 6 février 2012 à 10:51 • Maxime Lambert
Share In July 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette caused significant flooding in southeast Texas. In Friendswood, Mike Babin’s house received 18 inches of water, forcing Babin to make serious renovations. During the process, he scrawled a note on some exposed sheetrock, wishing the future residents well in case the same misfortune fell upon them. He covered the note with a 1 x 6-inch piece of white pine, and forgot about it, until Jennifer Hunt (the current owner) found it while volunteers were mucking and gutting the house after it received 38 inches of water due to Harvey. Hunt and Babin met for the first time and shared stories.Full text of the note: “Mike Babin and his wife Donna and dog Munchkin were wiped out by Hurricane Claudette in July 1979, suffering 18 inches of water. They worked hard and long to restore this house. In the long future ahead, whoever may find this little note, best of wishes on the long hours you may find yourself trying to restore it. If you are anything like they are, you will find yourself goofing off and getting frustrated the rest of the time. To the best of interest, happy remodeling.”
When I first became a professional journalist with the AFRO back in 1989, the first story I ever wrote was about the Baltimore City Public Schools and the superintendent (that’s what they were called back then) at the time Richard Hunter. “Hunter Bombshell Still Seething,” was the headline of the front page story, which unpacked Hunter’s attempted re-organization of BCPS headquarters at North Avenue. That was January 1989, less than a year later, Hunter was out as superintendent.But, that’s beside the point.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)A few months later after that first story, I was the AFRO’s full-time education reporter and I began producing a page titled, “AFRO School of the Week,” which focused a spotlight on the good works of schools in the BCPS.I suspect this would be a pretty good time to reinstitute the School of the Week page, and throw some shine on the gems within the beleaguered BCPS ($130 million deficit among other ills).I was recently introduced to a school which would be the perfect subject for a 2017 version of ASOTW, the Benjamin Banneker Eubie Blake Academy for Arts and Sciences, in East Baltimore.When I arrived at the all-boys middle school (it serves 6th-8th grade, however for this school year Banneker-Blake is 6th and 7th graders only) a couple of weeks ago (for an unrelated reason) I was welcomed by my friend, former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, who is a co-founder of the school. After I finished talking with Stokes, he introduced me to another co-founder of Banneker-Blake, Edwin Johnson, who proudly gave me a tour of the school, darting me from room to room where each time I entered a classroom, I was eagerly greeted by a dignified young man donned in coat and tie. I later found out those young men act as the classroom, “diplomats,” whose responsibility is to make visitors to that classroom feel welcome and to explain what’s going on without disrupting the lesson and the rest of the class.“There is a low expectation of Black kids, particularly Black males and it’s done systematically,” Edwin Johnson said. “A lot of our teachers in this system have low expectations,” he added.However, this charter school is setting the bar high for Black boys (despite the fact many of them come from some of the more impoverished neighborhoods of the city), offering “a rigorous science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.”Banneker-Blake’s school day is extended and they go to school year round, with three to four weeks of instruction during the summer.“For every decision, there is a decision…what you do in middle school, effects what you do in high school, which effects if you want to go to college,” said Thereas Farr, secretary of the school’s board members.“It’s not just what their learning, but how they apply what they learn…what they are teaching in the class and how it makes them understand that they have a say in society,” Farr said.Vaughn DeVaughn, who teaches social studies and geography at Banneker-Blake says the young men are making the transition from school being simply a place of social interaction, versus a thoughtful place with a higher purpose.“They are starting to make the connection that what I do here, will impact my life later on,” DeVaughn said. “It is a challenge..they are at that age where they just want to play and learning isn’t that important, they don’t see the bigger picture. So, for us as professors trying to instill in them that they are going to be something great…us trying to pull them in the right direction is a challenge, but they’re getting there,” he added.Akilah Sanchez, a language arts teacher from Harlem, New York, says her uncle helped prepare her for the reality of teaching Black boys in Baltimore, within a public school system many argue is not crafted for their success.“‘You don’t understand the impact of what you are about to do,’” her uncle warned, later telling his niece about the abysmal reading scores of many Black boys in the BCPS. “When I got here my mantra, my motto has always been, failure is not an option, mediocrity is not a choice. So, when I got… to be a part of this (Banneker-Blake) mission, this vision I felt like, this is it, this is what your uncle had been telling you. And I said to myself, this is the beginning of your purpose,” Sanchez added.And the goal of Banneker-Blake is to imbue all of their young men with a sense of purpose.“We’re trying to teach them that every last one of them has a purpose and has a value to society,” Farr said. “That you can be whatever you want to be.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of, AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will set out for her tour to North Bengal on Monday.Banerjee will be holding several meetings in North Bengal, to take stock of the present situation of the work that has been taken up for overall development of the region.She will be holding district level administrative review meetings and attending programmes in North Bengal districts. She will also be holding discussions on different issues related to tea gardens and its employees. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Chief Minister will be holding the district level administrative review meeting at the state government’s administrative headquarters in North Bengal – Uttar Kanya – on Monday evening.It may be mentioned that earlier, the administrative review meeting was scheduled to be held in Jalpaiguri. But later it was finalised that the meeting will be held in Uttar Kanya. Despite change in the venue of the administrative review meeting, the remaining schedule of the Chief Minister’s tour in North Bengal remains unchanged. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPOn Tuesday, Banerjee will be visiting Changrabandha in Cooch Behar, where she will be attending a programme of the state government. She will also be holding a meeting at Changrabandha on the same day.On Wednesday, the Chief Minister will be holding the administrative review meeting of Alipurduar district at Birpara. She will be taking stock of the development works that have been taken up for Alipurduar, that has been curved out of Jalpaiguri as a new district. The present state government has played a major role in creation of Alipurduar district, that has ensured better execution of projects and schemes.During her visit to North Bengal, she will also speak to owners of tea gardens and its concerned authorities. Sources said that there will be discussion over the crucial issues related to the tea gardens. The matters about the employees will also come up in the meeting.The people of North Bengal are waiting for the moment of the Chief Minister’s arrival, as they will be receiving her at the airport with enthusiasm and congratulate her for ensuring overall development of the region.Senior police officers in North Bengal districts have taken all necessary steps to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the Chief Minister’s visit.Security arrangement has been strengthened and both the bomb and dog squad have been carrying out frisking operations at different locations in North Bengal.
Related posts:Economist Intelligence Unit: Costa Rica and Uruguay are the only ‘full’ democracies in Latin America ‘Enough,’ says Guatemala journalist group, citing pre-election threats Former US President Jimmy Carter cuts Guyana trip short after falling ill Guatemala elections marred by tensions as parties herd voters to other constituencies Ever wonder what Costa Rican lawmakers actually accomplish? Here’s a look at the first six months of the current Legislative Assembly, a data analysis project aimed at promoting public access to information, brought to you by Ojo al Voto.Ojo al Voto has published a series of studies, data illustrations and informative articles aimed at educating voters and providing access to public information. Check out their work (in Spanish) here.One of every two bills approved by the current Legislative Assembly is related to municipal permits or local resolutions. The 35 bills approved in second debate in the first six months of the current Assembly prioritize discussions about property for communities in the provinces of the Great Metropolitan Area.These conclusions are the product of a study conducted by Ojo al Voto of the first six months of work by the current Legislative Assembly, which took office on May 1, 2014. The information is based on data from the Department of Legislative Services and shows that only 14 of the 35 bills approved through Oct. 13 are related to substantive legislation, which directly impacts the human development of Costa Ricans.Bills such as the “Law to authorize the State to modify the nature of the cemetery located in Tirrases de Curridabat to create a park” dominate the working agenda approved by the Assembly for the Plenary and Full Commissions.Despite this, there are 14 bills that could be considered substantive legislation, including the approval of an amendment to the Development Bank Law and a positive vote in second debate on the use of electronic tracking devices for criminals, among others.The data published by Ojo al Voto use the State of the Nation methodology, which classifies the laws approved by the Legislative Assembly according to their impact on the country. This methodology establishes several categories (including substantive, secondary and others) and was used to conduct the study.This analysis does not include any of the draft bills approved in first debate or suspended for consultation, such as the constitutional amendment to establish the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural character of Costa Rica.Read and peruse the following information. It’s public!Go to OjoAlVoto.com here. Facebook Comments
Meliá Hotels International conducted a three-city road show in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi from July 11-15, 2016 to showcase their brand and to build up relationships with the travel trade.Led by, Ruben Casas, Senior Director Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, and hotel representatives, from different Meliá properties, Patricia Andrino, Account Manager Meetings & Events Central Spain, Daniella Baldelli, Director Commercial Italia Meliá Hotels International, Eduardo Perera, General Manager at Meliá Bali and Tonia Sehan, Director of Sales, India, Meliá Hotels International, hosted the road shows in India.“Meliá Hotels International holds the Indian outbound travel market as one of its foremost strategic business sources. We are keen on tapping all segments of travellers—family, luxury, honeymooners, wedding, business and leisure, as Meliá Hotels International counts with more than 370 hotels in 40 countries and 7 brands targeting each of those segments,” said Casas.The guests at the show also participated in a lucky draw to win several stay vouchers at various Melia Hotels worldwide.
Top Greek and Cypriots singers and bands are taking part in a three-day bicommunal festival taking place between July 5 and 7 in the moat by Famagusta Gate in Nicosia and organised by the United Democratic Youth Organisation (Edon).“The 30th festival of Edon will be held under the slogan ‘Looking in the future, changing the present’ calling on the people, especially the young generation, to fight for change and demand a federal solution to the Cyprus problem, liberation and reunification of our homeland,” the organisation said in a statement.This year’s festival will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Ernesto Che Guevara’s assassination and to the Communist Youth of Cuba who will be present at the festival.Greek singer Panos Katsimixas is performing on July 5 with Lavrentis Macheritsas and Yiannis Zouganelis taking the stage on July 6.The festival ends on July 7 with a special tribute to the 80th anniversary of the birth of Manos Loizos, one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Greek singers George Dalaras, Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Miltos Paschalidis and Aspasia Stratigou will be performing.To accommodate the festival and the music awards of the Super FM radio on July 12, Famagusta Gate will be closed until July 15.“Access to the site of the Famagusta Gate will be allowed only during the time of the events. Outside those hours no one will be able to enter,” Nicosia municipality has announced. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Doris ChristodoulouThe Cycling Promotion Council an advisory body to the ministry of transport, and the Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou, are organising an information campaign on bicycle use.The campaign entitled ‘Move Smart’ aims to inform both cyclists and drivers about the new regulations on cycling laws which will come into effect on October 31.The campaign will last for a year and includes television and radio spots, printed material, advertising on buses and other activities such as cycling tours, interactive games for children, lectures and more. It will start on the occasion of the European Mobility Week, September 16-23, in cooperation with public and private sector bodies, and local authorities.The official launch of the campaign will be announced by the Environment Commissioner and representatives of the bodies involved in the Cycling Promotion Council on Saturday at 6 pm at the Famagusta Gate, where cyclists who have been participating in a tour in the framework of Mobility Week, will conclude their journey.You May LikeHealthCentralWhat Smoothie Ingredients Are Best For Arthritis?HealthCentralUndoForReasonAccessories To Liven Up Your Summer OutfitsForReasonUndoGundry MDFeeling Worn Out? Top Surgeon: How To Truly Restore Your BodyGundry MDUndo ‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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