first_img(One of the 40 Nunavut foster children seen in October currently living in an Ottawa group home despite being wards of Nunavut. Jason Leroux/APTN photo.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsNunavut foster children shipped to group homes in Ottawa have been without a social worker in the city for nearly eight months, APTN National News has learned.That’s because Nunavut didn’t renew the contract it had with an Ottawa-based child welfare services firm it had been using since 2013.J Mark Consultants provided, in part, support to the children if they had a problem at the group home and could respond in person.But when the contract with J Mark Consultants expired March 31 Nunavut had no one in place to cover the workload on the ground and still doesn’t.But the firm didn’t just handle the 40 Inuit children currently placed in Ottawa but also 25 more in Edmonton, Red Deer and Winnipeg.When the service was in place, if the child had a problem they could call the contracted social workers, but now have had to telephone someone in Nunavut said a spokesperson with the department of Family Services in Iqaluit.“Each client has a case manager in their home community who has been following their cases,” said a spokesperson who asked all quotes be attributed to the department. “There is oversight by the case manager in the client’s home community who is reviewing reports, talking to the client, etc.”A spokesperson also said Nunavut-based social workers have been making “site visits” to the children living out of territory.Since April 1, the spokesperson said 47 visits have taken place.In depth: Nunavut child pipeline: The story of how the northern territory shipped an Inuk boy far from homeThe children are forced to live in facilities outside of their home communities because they have medical or special needs Nunavut can’t provide. The territory spends about $9 million annually to cover the costs, with about 80 per cent of that going to group homes.APTN learned Nunavut made the decision not renew the contract in October 2015 telling the owner of J Mark Consultants it intended to hire two permanent “client liaison officers”.A spokesperson for Family Services said it has “taken longer than expected” to hire the officers. Nunavut hopes to by the end of the year.Once hired, the officers are supposed to be responsible for ensuring the children are receiving proper care in group homes, which Nunavut said they’ve found a number of “issues” with.Essentially, they’ll act as the eyes and ears of the children thousands of kilometres from home.The owner of J Mark Consultants said he understood the decision to hire permanent social workers but was baffled when two of his staff were approached by Nunavut earlier this year to work on a contract basis.“They had made attempts to secure my employees as private contractors,” said Mark Arnold.Arnold didn’t want to comment further.See also: Nunavut family services minister can’t say how his department monitors out of territory foster careAPTN learned staff worked on a part-time basis but each child had their cellphone numbers and could reach them at any hour. There was one employee to cover Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Prior to 2013, it’s believed Nunavut had no one on the ground for children sent out of territory, which it had been doing for years.Issues with the practice came to light in 2011 when the Auditor General of Canada reviewed Nunavut’s department of Family Services.The auditor general looked at files belonging to 57 children who were out of territory at the time. Nearly a third were in group homes. Nunavut could only provide evidence of a group home having a license in two of eight files reviewed.Five of seven files also uncovered Nunavut was not meeting with the children at least once a year, which is required by the Child and Family Services Act.The auditor general did a follow up in 2013 and found visiting the children improved but “serious gaps in key child protection standards compliance remain” as annual reviews of foster placements were completed 13 per cent of the time and 29 per cent of facility licenses had been reviewed.Since then it appears problems have continued.Nunavut’s child advocate Sherry McNeil-Mulak told APTN last week in the last year her office has responded to seven cases involving children placed in group homes out of the territory.“We have observed a lack of culturally appropriate care, a lack of assessments, a lack of coordinated care and communication amongst service providers and families,” said McNeil-Mulak.She said the cases have shown there is no general plan in place when the kids are first placed in the home, or when for when they get to leave.“We have also noticed that young people are often not included in these big decisions about their lives,” she said. “They are often treated as passive bystanders, rather than active participants.”McNeil-Mulak said the government should be looking for ways to bring the kids home.“The Government of Nunavut should actively explore viable options to provide a more diverse range of care options to young people in their home territory,” she said. “It is clearly in the best interest of the majority of young Nunavummiut.”kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan busted with narcotics outside of Camp St prison remandedAugust 31, 2018In “Court”18-y-o charged with possession of cannabis remandedApril 23, 2018In “Court”40-year-old remanded for possession and trafficking of marijuanaAugust 13, 2013In “Crime” A repeat offender was brought before Magistrate Wonda Fortune on Friday morning charged with narcotics possession.Leon HussainLeon Hussain, 31, a labourer of Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) denied that he was found to be in possession of 14 grams of cocaine and 134 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on January 18, 2018.According to reports received, ranks in the “C” Division swooped down on the home of the accused where the illegal drugs were reportedly discovered hidden in a basket.As such he was cautioned, told of the offence and was later arrested and charged.Hussain, who was also charged in 2015 for a similar offence and in 2016 for wounding, was remanded to prison to return on February 16, 2018. read more


Spain won the group A at the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar. Five wins, 100% against the opponents like Slovenia or Qatar, giving the team of Manolo Cadenas a lot of joy and self-confidence before the start of knock-out stage. Despite their next rival, Tunisia, didn’t play so well, Africans will have a home support, as thousands of their fans will be ready for the challenge in Lusail Arena on Sunday.“In Qatar Tunisia play as if they were the home team as they bring a large crowd of supporters with them. They are an aggressive team, really difficult to play against. It is going to be hard.”, says defensive specialist, Viran Morros. ← Previous Story Group B: Croatia 5 of 5 – Tunisia on Spain in knock-out stage Next Story → PHOTO: Bored Macedonian fans celebrate new victory against Austria handballSpainViran Morros read more


first_imgNR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of IT giant Infosys Ltd is gearing up to set foot into the e-commerce business in India in collaboration with global giant Amazon. The joint venture will be carried out through Murthy’s investment firm Catamaran Ventures, which will 51 percent stake in the business.”Catamaran is partnering with Amazon Asia to offer services that help offline seller and SMBs in India to get online and to take advantage of the fast-growing online customer base in the country,” Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, who heads Catamaran Ventures told the Economic Times. “NRN does not have a board role at any of our investments.””Catamaran Ventures’s partnership with Amazon Asia will target small and medium-sized firms Narayanswamy, added in an email to Reuters on Friday.Murthy, the Indian IT industrialist, set up Catamaran Management Services Pvt Ltd, a venture capital fund in 2010. It made its debut investment in SKS Microfinance at 1.3 percent stake for ₹ 28.1 crore and later invested ₹ 200crore in Manipal Universal. However, the deal was called off after sometime.The VC firm has been known to invest in diverse sectors such as energy drink, healthcare and e-commerce. Bigshoebaazar India, Yebhi.com, Healthspring, Kaizen Private Equity LLC, Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd., NRB Bearings Ltd. are a few firms which boast of investments from the firm.Catamaran and Accel Partners, a venture firm, together invested ₹ 5crore in Bangalore-based Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd. in 2010, which provides education support services to schools and colleges. A similar amount was invested in NRB Bearings as well for 1.39 percent stake.In 2011, Catamaran along with Bangalore-based FootPrint Ventures invested ₹6 crore in Gurgaon-based Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd., which is a rival of Red Bull. Murthy’s venture firm bought Bigshoebazaar, an online wholesaler and retailer of shoes, bags, accessories and gift items, at 13 percent stake for ₹26 crore in the same year.Catamaran, Ace Creative and Accel Partners also invested in Kaizen Private Equity LLC, India’s first educational focused PE fund, in 2012.Murthy who took Infosys into one of India’s top outsourcing service companies, stepped down as executive chairman earlier this monthlast_img read more


first_imgSecretary of State Mike Pompeo bids farewell to senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, director of the United Front Department, which is responsible for North-South Korea affairs, and foreign minister Ri Su Yong on his departure from Pyongyang, North Korea on 9 May 2018. Photo: ReutersFormer North Korea spy chief and senior official Kim Yong Chol is headed to the United States after stopping over in Beijing, presumably for talks with US officials regarding a possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and president Donald Trump, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said on Tuesday.Kim Yong Chol has been closely involved with talks with South Korea as well and his visit to the United States would further indicate preparations for the historic summit are moving ahead.last_img read more


first_img Share Bob DaemmrichThe popular “I Voted” stickers at a South Texas early voting location on Oct. 26, 2016.AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national whose attorney said she used a cousin’s identity to live in the U.S. for decades and held a job assessing students in Houston schools is facing deportation after pleading guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 election.Laura Janeth Garza’s conviction Thursday comes more than a year after Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office helped prosecute another Mexican national also facing deportation for illegal voting. But the circumstances of the cases differ and Garza’s attorney, John Cardenas, said she knew this was always a possibility.The 38-year-old Houston woman entered the country as a young girl. She was about 12 years old, Cardenas said, when Garza’s mother and uncle told her assume the identity of a cousin who was a U.S. citizen but had moved to Mexico. Cardenas didn’t know how Garza voted, but said she offered to return to Mexico if the charges were dropped.“That wasn’t on the table for the state,” he said. “She’s resigned. She understands that this was something that may have come up along the way.”Last year, a jury in Fort Worth sentenced Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega to eight years in prison for illegal voting in a case that drew widespread attention because of the severity of the punishment, since voting fraud convictions many times result in probation.Ortega, who was accused of improperly casting a ballot five times between 2005 and 2014, was a permanent U.S. resident whose attorney said mistakenly thought she was eligible to vote. Ortega, who has four teenage children, is likely to face deportation upon leaving prison.Cardenas said Garza will also face deportation when she finishes serving a 180-day jail sentence in a few weeks. He said he had no problem with how Paxton’s office handled the case and commended prosecutors for not insisting she serve prison time. Although Garza was given 10 years in prison for illegal voting, a second-degree felony, her sentence was probated as part of the plea agreement.Cardenas said Garza worked for the Houston Independent School District, helping assess students with their language skills. A district spokeswoman did not immediately return messages Thursday.Paxton has defended Texas’ voter ID law, which is among the toughest in the U.S., and has made voting safeguards a top issue of his nearly four years in office. He said Garza’s conviction demonstrates “our commitment to ensuring that Texas elections remain free and fair.”last_img read more


first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further More information: Single-cell transcriptomics of 20 mouse organs creates a Tabula Muris, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0590-4 A very large team of researchers from Stanford University, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and the University of California has put together an open-source database of mouse cell information it is calling Tabula Muris. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes how information in the database was obtained and the ways in which it might be used. As biological research has progressed, scientists have found that it is useful to gain a more animal-wide perspective when studying the biology of a given creature. In this new initiative, the team has sought to give researchers a more overall view of the biology of mice by creating a database of information about them on a cell-by-cell basis. To that end they used two methods to isolate over 100,000 cells from 20 mouse organs. The first method, called fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) was used to isolate 44,949 cells, while the microfluidic droplet technique was used to isolate another 55, 656 cells. The cells were isolated from several three-month-old mice, offering researchers a road map to the cell biology of a healthy mouse.Isolating cells from all parts of an animal’s body and putting the details into a database allow researcher to study the biology of an animal in a new way. Doing so for a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease reveals changes throughout the entire mouse, for example, rather than just its brain or its blood. It offers the possibility of learning more about the disease and how it impacts mice, and by extension, people, in a more whole-body sense. It might also lead to better understanding of its cause, and perhaps lead to prevention or a cure. The database could be used to study a wide range of diseases including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.The group suggests their database could serve as a new tool for biomedical researchers around the world. The work has been sponsored by Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. The organization is also supporting the Human Cell Atlas—an international collaboration geared toward mapping what the group describes as “the basic units of life.” Citation: Chan Zuckerberg Biohub launches Tabula Muris, an open-source database of mouse cells (2018, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-chan-zuckerberg-biohub-tabula-muris.htmlcenter_img Allen Institute for Brain Science database release nearly doubles mouse brain cell data © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Naturelast_img read more


first_img“If the authorities do not find any kind of illegal link, then it is logical that we cannot, that we do not have the basis or argument to tell them that they do not belong to the union. All were reinstated, most of them, one of them I think is being processed, but no one else,” he explained. Erasmo Abelar Cámara, head of the Sindicato de Taxistas Andrés Quintana Roo, says that 10 of the taxi drivers arrested in the Cancun Hotel Zone in June will be able to return to work since there was a lack of evidence to find them guilty of the charges. Cancun, Q.R. — Ten of the 12 taxi drivers arrested in Cancun on drugs and weapons charges will be reinstated says the union. Abelar Cámara explained that the decision to allow them to return as Cancun taxi drivers was made after the State Attorney General’s Office failed to find enough evidence to link them to the possession of firearms, drugs, cartridges and a criminal message.center_img In June, 12 Cancun taxi drivers were arrested by the Marina Armada de México and the Policía Estatal Preventiva on drugs and weapons charges in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Shortly after their arrest, the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Driver’s Union announced all 12 would be dismissed. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) He added that according to law, taxi concessions can only be withdrawn when the partner, that is, the owner of the plates, is involved in criminal acts or violence.last_img read more


first_imgWhat to do if you’re involved in a collision What to do in a collision Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Carol and Kate ShanahanCarol and Kate ShanahanUP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch again Video will play in  The stretch of road affected by the accident (Image: Inrix) Click to playTap to playcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comA road was partially blocked following an accident near Stafford this afternoon. The accident took place on the A5013 Creswell Grove, resulting in traffic moving slowly in the area. Traffic data company INRIX reports the accident has taken place between the M6 J14 / A34 / A5013 (Stafford North) and B5405 Newport Road. The accident is reported to have happened near to Creswell Farm at around 4pm today – and the road reopened at around 6.30pm. This was affecting traffic between Great Bridgeford and Creswell. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed firefighters from Stone had freed a casualty from a vehicle. We will bring you updates on this accident as we get them on the live feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Share this video Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Wednesday April 18 Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.18:38Accident clearedThe accident has now been cleared, INRIX has confirmed.17:20Casualty freed from vehicleStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they have freed a casualty from the vehicle following the accident.16:50What we knowCreswell Grove is partially blocked due to the accidentThe accident took place at around 4pmTraffic between Great Bridgeford and Creswell is affectedlast_img read more


first_imgWith file from The Canadian Press Wednesday, May 22, 2019 That really was Celine Dion floating inside Bellagio’s fountain LAS VEGAS — No, it wasn’t a mirage floating atop the Bellagio Hotel’s fountain. Celine Dion really was sailing across the water at the bow of a small replica of the ‘Titanic’.The publicity stunt was part of the Canadian songbird’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment, a popular feature on ‘The Late Late Show’ starring TV host James Corden. In addition to their ‘remake’ of the iconic scene in ‘Titanic’, the 15-minute sketch included scenes of the two celebrities driving around Sin City, singing Dion’s biggest hit songs, and even giving away her shoes to passersby.Upon being picked up my Corden in his car, Dion jokingly said, “I just have a day off once a year and you caught me on that day.”From there, Dion sets forth across the strip with Corden at the wheel. She pounces on every opportunity to answer his questions with the hook of a classic pop song.“Are you excited for this?” he asks as Dion responds with the chorus of the Pointer Sisters hit “I’m So Excited.”A few minutes later, he challenges the songstress to imbue the viral kids song “Baby Shark” with the stirring emotion she’s known for, complete with her trademark chest pound.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthCorden eventually brings up Dion’s colossal shoe collection, which she estimates at between 3,000 and 5,000 pairs. Corden interjects with rumours it’s closer to 10,000.“Maybe. I didn’t want to say it,” Dion admits. When asked where she stores them all, she said, “I have a place in Las Vegas — let’s call it a warehouse.”Corden then pressures her to part ways with a few shoes he’s tucked in the backseat. She reluctantly obliges, passing them out to starstruck passersby on the street.The segment ends with the pair pulling into the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for a grand finale of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, each of them dressed as title characters Jack and Rose in an iconic scene from the blockbuster ‘Titanic’.As she and Corden stand at the bow of a small replica of the Titanic floating in the hotel’s sprawling fountain, Dion caps off the performance by dropping a replica Heart of the Ocean blue diamond necklace into the water.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDion wraps up her Vegas residency in June. It’s set to be followed by a world tour that kicks off in Quebec City on Sept. 18. Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Bellagio, Celine Deonlast_img read more


first_imgRelated posts:Public employee protest takes over San José’s Second Avenue Public workers threaten general strike if lawmakers approve bill reducing pay Public worker unions announce strike in October, threaten media Underwhelming Costa Rica strike mostly affects health service access Public workers’ unions will take to the streets of the capital’s downtown on Thursday morning to protest against proposed legislation that, they say, will affect their salaries.Unions leaders on Tuesday said they expect the arrival of some 22 buses packed with demonstrators from 80 workers’ unions from accross the country.The “March for Social Justice,” as unions are calling it, will begin at 10 a.m. in San José’s central park. Demonstrators will then march down to Second Avenue and will end in front of the Legislative Assembly.There, union leaders will deliver a manifesto against lawmakers who support the adoption of a bill, the “Public Employment Law,” which proposes to eliminate public workers’ extra-wage benefits and bonuses.The bill is one of two drafted by legislators and Finance Ministry officials from the previous administration of President Laura Chinchilla to regulate or eliminate those benefits. At the time, ministry officials argued that some 60 percent of the national budget annually went to bureaucrats’ salaries and extra-salary benefits.The bill was originally tabled, but is now being revived by a group of legislators.Thursday’s demonstration will mainly affect public schools and hospitals, but will also impact customer service departments in various agencies and the Limón port. Dock workers say they’re planning a work slowdown, or tortuguismo, as it’s known in Spanish.Gilberto Cascante, president of the National Association of Educators, the teachers’ union, said 95 preschools, elementary schools and high schools across the country planned to suspend classes, as well as a large number of public daycare centers, or Cen-CINAIs.Luis Chavarría, secretary general of the Social Security System worker’s union, said patient services at public hospitals will be reduced, but emergency rooms and clinical laboratories will operate normally.Unions had already protested against the proposed reforms earlier this year and are planning another, larger demonstration for October, leaders said Tuesday.Porteadores also plan to protestTraffic jams are also expected outside of San José’s downtown, as private chauffeurs, or porteadores, confirmed Wednesday evening that they also will hold protests starting at 8 a.m. They’re upset about a recent government policy reducing their work permits by half.The Public Transport Council (CTP), which regulates public transportation in Costa Rica, recently decided to renew only 1,324 out of 2,562 previously-existing permits for porteadores, setting off a war between the government and the drivers.Recommended: Police to investigate alleged threats by private chauffeurs against traffic officersTraffic Police Director Mario Calderón said an operation to regulate vehicle traffic in the capital will begin at 6 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. He also advised motorists to avoid downtown San José during these hours. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


first_imgRecommended: The amazing true story of tuanis and brete – words to be thankful forEvery year since I became a mom, I’ve tried to spend one month in the States with my family, reminding myself where I’m from. This year I spent that month at my parents’ new home near the water in Downeast Maine. It is a place that operates on the rhythm of the sea and the ships that travel that sea. It is a place whose native residents look out on the bay, perhaps with fondness, but also with a practicality that is lost upon the tourists who see it only as a beautiful view, or who hear in the foghorn only a cozy bit of ambiance, or who respond to rain or fog only in terms of how it affects our whale-watching plans. To those who make their lives in such a town, the sea is a determiner of fates and fortunes. Whether a ship comes into port bearing scallops or sightseers, that cargo is precious to the businesses and families ashore. You can sense that everyone is attuned to the comings and goings of the vessels, the shade of the sky.I don’t know what that’s like. When it comes to ships and boats and oceans, I’m the tourist all the way, admiring them from the pier with a nice hot coffee in my hand, gazing out over the water with the requisite far-off look in my eye, snuggling into my covers at night when I hear that cozy foghorn. Where I live now, my ship, my nave, is a different type of craft. It creaks and wails just as much as a wooden vessel. It plows through waves on occasion, as optimistically and ill-advisedly as a tugboat in a storm. We, too, live in its rhythms, memorize its sounds and tricks and fickle schedules. But here in San José, the nave is not a ship. It is a bus.Costa Ricans, looking down the street to see their bus approaching, might say, “Allí viene la nave” – “there comes my boat.” The first time I heard my husband say this, years ago, I was charmed, and I have thought of the city’s buses that way ever since. They might not determine our fates and fortunes, but in a place where city bus schedules are virtually nonexistent, good or bad bus luck can certainly color your whole day. Most of us don’t develop a personal relationship with a San José bus driver the way you might with taxistas, but you do come to recognize them, and when your bus pulls up just at the right moment – as you are clinging to groceries and a toddler in the pouring rain, for example – you are as grateful as a castaway boarding a luxurious cruise ship. You feel a deep, deep love for the curmudgeonly man driving the Doña Xiomara, or Jesús es mi Salvador, or whatever the painted letters on the side might proclaim.My favorite bus, ridden once and never found again, was a Zapote-to-San José vessel with a huge sign inside that said “I love my wife,” with photos of this matronly personage and little felt hearts all over the windshield. There were even hearts on the ubiquitous foam coin-holder near the stick shift. I wondered whether the unsmiling driver was a secret romantic, or whether his wife had taken some precautionary measures to protect her spouse. This might have been justified, since I have been told that sometimes bus drivers attain groupies. I have yet to see a bus driver whose appearance seems to justify this status, but gustos son gustos – there’s no accounting for taste.Bus stories tend to be less vivid than taxi stories. Rather than being thrust into close proximity and intimate conversation with one stranger, you are dipping your toes into a river of humanity in a more detached way. If Heraclitus had been a bus rider, he might have pointed out that the water in that river changes – the faces and conversations around you switch out, the buskers and the characters – but it’s always the same river. The people stand out in your bus memory not so much as individuals, but as types. The busker selling lollipops who pulls up his shirt to show the terrible scar from the surgery that has made him unfit to work. The flocks of teenagers squawking over smartphones after school gets out, an event that can take place at virtually any time of day. The neat and friendly abuelos y abuelas who always seem to forgive the sullen riders refusing to give up their seat for the elderly, or pretending to be asleep so no one will take the window seat next to them. The English-speakers who are trying to figure out the stops and count their change, or those who show quiet competence and inevitably make me wonder what brought them here.Then there are the captains of these unruly crews, who jostle their way through exhausting and repetitive journeys, day after day. They have their patterns, their tricks; they wave and honk at their colleagues passing by the other way. They pick up their family members or friends who hop up the back steps so as not to register on the people-counter up front, or vault right over the metal bars. They allow certain buskers while not others.Sometimes they’ll surprise you. One driver, just the other day, stopped the bus in the middle of a busy street, got off, and disappeared. I had lived here long enough to know that he was probably picking up lunch or a snack, but I couldn’t see where he might have gone, and he was gone for a while.“Where is the MAN?” my daughter asked. I realized she and I were the only people on the bus. I contemplated moving up front and driving the bus on home, alone.“That’s a good question,” I said. “But get used to this.”He returned eventually, clutching the classic Styrofoam-housed casado, and the bus groaned on up the hill.Riding the bus has its moments, and I can’t imagine getting to know San José without it. That said, if I never had to take a bus again, especially during a steamy rainy-season rush hour, I would be perfectly content. (My little daughter would not agree: she clearly believes that every time she steps onto one, she is entering a party at which every guest was invited for her own personal delight.) This is why I have started keeping running clothes and shoes at my office, an escape hatch on those days when the commute home seems too daunting.This past Friday, photos of flooded streets in downtown San José popped up all over Twitter, causing everyone in my office a shiver of fear at the thought of the trips that awaited us. I looked out at the rain coming down, changed my clothes and shoes, wrapped my wallet and phone in plastic before stashing them in my small backpack, and headed out. I stepped into a vertical wave. I was instantly drenched to the bone. I am as slow as can be, but as I watched cars lurch out of our parking lot, I felt like the Flash. I felt like a kid.Squelching with every step, but faster and freer than any ship, I set out alone, swimming for shore.Read previous Maeology columns here.Katherine Stanley Obando is The Tico Times’ arts and entertainment editor. She also is a freelance writer, translator, former teacher and academic director of JumpStart Costa Rica. She lives in San José. Follow her on Twitter or visit her blog “The Dictionary of You,” where she writes about Costa Rican language and culture, and raising a child abroad. “Maeology” is published monthly. Facebook Comments Related posts:La nave: the joys and mysteries of San José buses A love letter to Costa Rica’s second language Costa Rica, The Quiz: How much has your adopted country changed you? La horma de mi zapato: On love and taxislast_img read more


first_imgA sense of arrival awaits guests at The Upper House, Swire Hotels’ new small intimate hotel in Hong Kong. Rising above Pacific Place in Admiralty, the hotel’s Asian influenced and timeless design reveals an understated calmness throughout the hotel above the bustling city.Andre Fu of AFSO, hailed by Vogue UK as “Design Wunderkind” and Conde Nast Traveler US as an “Asian Design Sensation,” is behind the design of The Upper House. Andre’s previous notable projects include Piacere Italian Restaurant and Nadaman Japanese Restaurant for Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo, Cassia Chinese Restaurant at Singapore’s Capella Resort, Agnes b. La Loggia Flagship Store in Hong Kong, JIA Shanghai’s eclectic lobby as well as the private residence of international actress Michelle Yeoh.Natural materials, original sculpture installations and seamlessly proportioned spaces are integrated to create a sophisticated and modern Asian-influenced residence. “With an intention to create a small intimate hotel reminiscent of a private residence, I have purposely conjured a sense of tranquility throughout the design and ambience of the hotel,” says Andre Fu.Dean Winter, general manager of The Upper House, adds: “Our hotel was created to provide a retreat removed from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. We’ve certainly achieved that by appointing Andre Fu as the designer for The Upper House.”Entry through a Bedonia stone doorway façade by Thomas Heatherwick evokes the image of a curtain being opened to welcome guests to a private residence. A subtly-lit driveway then leads to a dramatic 13 feet high textured nickel front door, enveloped by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that appear to sit on top of pools of water.Inside the entrance, a circular bamboo enclosure called the Lantern, marks the beginning of the upward journey along a dimly-lit escalator with walls lined with bespoke lamps leading guests into Level 6, flooded with natural daylight. Located at Level 6 is The Lawn, a lush grassed area for relaxing with cocktails and bean bags for lounging under the sun.Each of the hotel’s 117 spacious guest rooms is designed to provide a sense of understated luxury. The contemporary monochromatic design features natural timber, shoji glass, limestone and lacquered paper panels. All rooms including 21 suites and 2 penthouses are presented in two color schemes: Bamboo, with solid ash flooring, bamboo timber and lilac upholstery, and Celadon, featuring green tea upholstery, limed oak flooring and creme oak timber.The room layouts offer abundant space, including 300 square feet bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, dressing areas and free-standing bathtubs with breathtaking panoramic harbor or island views. Lined with Italian Perlato Svevo natural limestone floors and Beige Turkish Terre d’Oriente limestone walls, the bathrooms are simple and uncluttered.The highlight of the “upward journey” is Level 49, which showcases the architecturally intriguing Sky Bridge. Infused with a skylight above a 131 feet high atrium, the Sky Bridge leads to the Sky Lounge and signature restaurant & bar, Café Gray Deluxe. With a centerpiece fireplace and intimate sofa seating in soft hues of green tea and mineral blue, the warm and inviting Lounge serves drinks and cocktails throughout the day.Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century grand café overlooking Victoria Harbor, marks the return of celebrated Chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 46 feet long open kitchen and equally long bar, serving “everyday dishes” with an accent on local organic produce and relaxed service.The main dining room seating approximately 100 offers spectacular panoramic views. Semi-private dining areas are designed with full view of the open kitchen stations. A private room for 12 is available for exclusive harbor view dining. The bar and lounge, seating 88, is contemporary and vibrant.Displayed around the entire hotel are fascinating contemporary artworks and sculptures in sandstone, ceramics, marble and bronze, perfectly complementing Andre Fu’s over-riding concept of serenity.Opening in October 2009, The Upper House, sister hotel of the award winning The Opposite House, is the second hotel to be opened by new hotel group, Swire Hotels. The Upper House was named to symbolize an “upward journey” to a retreat above the bustling city.www.preferredhotels.comlast_img read more


first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian IMAX filmmaker Toni Myers has died at age 75 by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 3:01 pm PDTcenter_img TORONTO — Canadian filmmaker and industry pioneer Toni Myers, who was known for visually arresting Imax films about the Earth and surrounding planets, has died.Myers died Monday at home in Toronto after a bout with cancer, Imax confirmed on Tuesday. She was 75.The producer/director/editor worked on documentaries, films and TV series that explored everything from the deep depths of the ocean, to the outer reaches of space and the 1990 Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” concert.Her recent work included 2016’s “A Beautiful Planet,” narrated by Jennifer Lawrence; the 2010 Space Shuttle Atlantis documentary “Hubble 3D,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; and 2009’s “Under the Sea 3D,” narrated by Jim Carrey.“Toni’s incredible contributions to IMAX’s legacy and the world of film are only matched by her passion, kindness and unique ability to inspire hope in others through storytelling,” Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX, said in a statement.“For 25 years, I was fortunate to call Toni a dear friend and I know I echo the same sentiment as anyone who has crossed paths with Toni when I say she was truly one-of-a-kind and will greatly be missed.”Born in Toronto, Myers attended the Ontario College of Art and began her screen career as an editor on television dramas and music films. The music projects included collaborations with musical greats John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Santana.Myers’ other award-winning films include 1985’s “The Dream is Alive,” 1994’s “Destiny in Space” and 1990’s “Blue Planet.”Just last week she was awarded the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgThe members of three unions at the Cooperative Central Bank will next Tuesday stage a 24-hour strike in a bid to push their employer to discuss their demands.Members belonging to three unions – SEK, PEO and PASYDY – had on June 27 carried out a three-hour warning strike for the same issue.In a joint statement on Thursday, the syndicates said they had no choice but to escalate their measures due to their employers’ ongoing refusal to engage with them.The unions are demanding from the Central Cooperative Bank, in which the taxpayer injected since the banking crisis almost €1.7bn in the form of fresh capital, a partial roll-back of a 16 per cent salary cut agreed in 2014.Additionally, the unions expect that the bank, owned 99 per cent by the government, agrees to a timetable to restore gaps in the remuneration of its staff resulting from mergers of previously independent cooperative saving banks.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more


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