Barcelona snap up Todibo from Toulouse

first_imgBarcelona have struck a deal which will see 19-year-old defender Jean-Clair Todibo make his way to Camp Nou as a free agent when his contract at Toulouse expires.The highly-rated teenager will officially link up with the La Liga champions on July 1.Barca have moved quickly to secure his services after seeing the youngster freed to enter into pre-contract talks as his current deal runs down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A versatile operator who can fill in across the defensive line or in the middle of the park, Todibo is considered to be one of the most promising talents in European football.He has already represented France at U20 level and big things are expected of him in the future.Upon reaching an agreement to bring in a man they hope to see flourish in Catalunya, a statement released on Barca’s official website read: “Todibo is a tall, right-footed defender who can play at centre back and also in the centre of the midfield.“At the youth level he often featured in the middle of the field given his ability on the ball.“One of his best qualities is his physical presence and his ability in the air.“At just 19 years of age, the young talent comes to FC Barcelona as one of the most promising players in European football in his position.”Jean Clair Todibo BarcelonaTodibo was born in Cayenne, the capital of French Guyana, but linked up with Toulouse in 2016.He progressed quickly through the ranks at the Ligue 1 club and was handed his competitive debut early in the 2018-19 campaign.His bow came at the age of 18 in a meeting with Bordeaux.He has gone on to make a further nine appearances this season, all of them as a starter.Todibo has also recorded his first senior goal, with the target found as he netted a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.He is now set to add much-needed depth to the defensive ranks at Camp Nou.Barca have seen Samuel Umtiti struggle with knee problems this season, while Thomas Vermaelen’s fitness woes have continued and Gerard Pique will be 32 before the current campaign comes to a close.last_img read more

UPDATE 1: Buyer of Kurdish Oil Revealed

first_imgChemicals firm LyondellBasell has been revealed by Reuters as the mystery American buyer of Kurdish crude oil this year.“We have canceled further purchases and will not accept delivery of any of the affected crude until the matter is appropriately resolved,” the company told Reuters.The company confirmed that it had purchased modest amounts of Iraqi crude, but did not explicitly confirm whether this relates to the idle United Kalavrvta pending unloading off Texas amid cargo ownership dispute.The oil tanker anchored off Texas with a cargo worth USD 100 million was prevented from unloading by a Texas judge, which subsequently withdrew seizure of the vessel for lack of jurisdiction.Kurdish leadership has encountered numerous obstacles in their attempts to sell oil independently.Two more tankers had experienced similar issues, the United Leadership, which has been anchored off Morocco for almost two months, which is the second tanker with Kurdish crude pending unloading and United Emblem, which managed to unload its cargo into another tanker in the South China Sea.All three tankers are managed by Piraeus-based Marine Management Services M.C.World Maritime Newslast_img read more

Fort St John Coop to match Red Cross wildfire donations

first_imgLussier said that the Co-op received and matched several thousand dollars during last year’s fundraiser, and he hopes that residents will step up once again, especially after the provincial government announced that it would match all Red Cross donations up to $20 million until October 12th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Co-op is currently accepting donations to the Red Cross in support of B.C. wildfire evacuees, and will be matching all donations it receives.Co-op General Manager Brad Lussier said that residents wishing to make a donation to the Red Cross can do so at both Co-op locations in Fort St. John during regular business hours.Last year, the local Co-op held an identical fundraiser during the worst-ever wildfire season in the province, when over 1.2 million hectares of forests were consumed, forcing a cumulative total of 65,000 B.C. residents from their homes.last_img read more

UNbacked summit supports greater investments to stamp out cervical cancer

28 September 2007Participants at a United Nations-sponsored conference in Brussels have called for increased investment in vaccination, screening and treatment to eliminate cervical cancer, a preventable disease that kills 250,000 women annually – 80 per cent of them in developing countries. The International Conference on the Fight against Cervical Cancer, convened by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the European Commission, brought together women leaders, policymakers, pharmaceutical companies, private sector representatives and health professionals to discuss the prevention of cervical cancer.Participants at the two-day meeting called on the pharmaceutical industry, donors and Governments to explore innovative partnerships to increase investment in vaccines and screening programmes. Vaccine manufacturers at the conference committed to tiered pricing schemes, aimed at making vaccines affordable and available in developing countries. “The low priority accorded the health of women and girls is a manifestation of gender inequality,” Acting UNIFEM Executive Director Joanne Sandler said. “We have a huge chance here, to demonstrate that the health of women and girls matters.” Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Pappillioma Virus (HPV) – a common sexually transmitted disease – and primarily strikes women between the ages of 35 and 50. read more

US budget deficit jumps to 1492 billion in July because of calendar

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2015 12:02 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US budget deficit jumps to $149.2 billion in July because of calendar quirk WASHINGTON – The U.S. government ran a much higher budget deficit in July than a year ago, but it’s still on track for the lowest full-year deficit in eight years.The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the July deficit totalled $149.2 billion, up from a deficit of $94.6 billion a year earlier. The deterioration stemmed mainly from the fact that Aug. 1 fell on a Saturday. As a result, the government paid out $42 billion in August benefits in late July instead.Through the first 10 months of this budget year, the deficit stood at $465.5 billion, 1.1 per cent higher than a year ago. The outlook for the full year looks more promising. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the year-end total will drop to around $425 billion, making it the lowest deficit since 2007.The expected improvement this year reflects a strengthening economy, with tax revenues rising as more people find jobs and the government pays out less in unemployment benefits.Last year’s deficit dropped to $483.3 billion, down from $679.5 billion in 2013. For the four years before 2013, the deficit had ballooned to above $1 trillion as a deep recession cut into revenues and expanded spending on programs such as unemployment benefits.Through the first 10 months of this budget year, tax revenues totalled $2.67 billion, an increase of 8 per cent over the same period in 2014. Spending is up 6.9 per cent to $3.14 trillion.The huge deficits in the aftermath of the worst recession since the 1930s drove the national debt higher. It currently stands at $18.1 trillion, right below the current debt limit.Since March, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has been employing emergency measures to keep the government operating without going over the current limit while appealing to Congress to increase the debt limit.In a letter to Congress earlier this month, Lew said he expected to have enough manoeuvring room to keep the government operating until late October or early November. Lew has urged Republican lawmakers to avoid using the need to raise the debt limit as a form of “brinksmanship” to force the president to accept some of their legislative goals.It was a standoff over raising the debt limit in August 2011 that prompted the first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s.In addition to dealing with the debt limit, lawmakers will return from their August recess facing a deadline to pass a budget before the Oct. 1 start of the next fiscal year.If lawmakers are not able to agree on at least a stop-gap funding measure by then, the government would face the prospect of a government shut-down. The last such stalemate occurred in October 2013 when there was a 16-day partial government shutdown before Republicans and Democrats could resolve their differences. read more

UN Security Council urges joint measures to protect critical infrastructure from terrorist

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2341 (2017), calling upon Member States to consider developing or further improving their strategies for reducing risks to critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas VIDEO: UN flags three key areas to enhance protection of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks. Credit: UN NewsInternational community needs to unite – UN chief Guterres’ Chef de Cabinet Noting that international counter-terrorism cooperation – especially in the area of critical infrastructure – has been limited, Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General António Guterres, called on all international community to unite in a coordinated response and outlined the importance of a coordinated response comprising all actors and stakeholders.“Strategically, this means that the international community needs to unite and be more creative, proactive and effective, including through the development of strong public-private partnerships,” she said, delivering the UN chief’s message to the forum.“As our world becomes increasingly interconnected – through travel, commerce, communications and in cyber space, we become more vulnerable to attacks by technologically savvy terrorists seeking new ways to spread fear,” Ms. Viotti added. In a resolution adopted unanimously today, the 15-member Council reiterated “the need to strengthen efforts to improve security and protection of particularly vulnerable targets, such as infrastructure and public places.”Attacks against objects and sectors such as banking and finance, telecommunications, emergency services, air, maritime and rail transportation, and energy and water supply – perceived as ‘attractive targets’ for terrorist groups – can result not only in civilian casualties, but also damage property on a large scale, disrupt proper functioning of public services, and create chaos in societies.Such attacks may also cause widespread environmental damage, as well as significantly undermine national defence capabilities.Further in the resolution, the Security Council – the UN body with the responsibility for maintenance of international peace and security – also underscored the importance of partnerships at all levels and with public and private stakeholders.It called upon UN Member States “to share information […] to prevent, protect, mitigate, investigate, respond to and recover from damage from terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, including through joint training, and use or establishment of relevant communication or emergency warning networks.”The resolution was adopted at an open Security Council debate on vulnerabilities, interdependencies and capabilities and the cascading impacts of terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure, as well as measures to prevent them. One attack can have a ripple effect worldwide – INTERPOL chief Also cautioning that the consequences of an attack in today’s interconnected world could be far reaching, Jürgen Stock, the Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) said: “One attack on a single point of failure could lead to the disruption or destruction of multiple vital systems in the country directly affected, and a ripple effect worldwide.”“This creates an appealing target to those intending to harm us. And as our cities and infrastructure evolve, so do their weapons,” he added.To mitigate such threats, he called for strengthening critical site security and emergency preparedness standards and procedures; protecting national borders and countering terrorist mobility; enhancing vigilance and efforts to interdict materials and tools before they become the “next weapon”; and boosting inter-agency and international collaboration, as a force multiplier.“In an interconnected world, we will not succeed in protecting national infrastructure in isolation. This is why initiatives […] and the steps […] by the international community are essential,” he underlined.Other speakers speaking at the debate included Hamid Ali Rao, Deputy Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW); Chris Trelawny, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organizations (IMO) on Maritime Security and Facilitation; Olli Heinonen, Senior Advisor on Science and Non-proliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former Deputy Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). read more

Krsto Milosevic joins HBW Balingen

← Previous Story Dejan Peric two months out! Next Story → Velimir Petkovic until 2015 in FA Goppingen: “We want to play EHF Champions League” HBW BalingenKrsto Milosevic HBW Balingen will try to open Bundesliga campaign with reinforcement on back position, Krsto Milosevic (24). Strong Serbian back came from Danish team, Mors Thy Handbold. Milosevic will have the same company in Germany as in Scandinavia, because right wing, Dragan Tubic has signed contract with Germans two months ago.Balingen’s coach, Rolf Brack showed satisfacton with a new player who has to replace injured players Vuglac and Strobel.-– He has everything in attack. Good shoot, movement, also pass…photo: h-bw.de read more

Linda McMahon under consideration for Trump White House wrongful death lawsuits against

first_img Report: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon Plans To Resign Jerry Lawler says he received hate mail for attending Donald Trump rally in Mississippi Facebook Pinterest 1.) Is Linda McMahon a democrat or republican?2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=565qnfe0qTE In 2008, all three presidential hopefuls aired pre-taped addresses on WWE Raw. These were videos that were shown on the TitanTron in the arena, aswell as to the home audience, allowing the live crowd to hoot and holler all they wanted as John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton allstumbled through references that they clearly didn’t get.It was pandering at its finest, but it guaranteed WWE would be ableto claim the president had appeared on Raw in an election year. VinceMcMahon is nothing if not able to recognize and seize an opportunity.The pre-taped messages were probably just as awkward for the candidates to record as they were for wrestling fans to watch. Vince Mcmahon November 17, 2016 at 8:27 am She ran for office as a Republican in the past, so it’s a safe bet that’s what she is. Videos Articles President Trump wishes Vince McMahon Happy Birthday, WWE stock still holding steady Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Videos Articles TheCyberZon Donald Trump Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linda McMahon under consideration for Trump White HouseThe Daily Star in the UK is reporting that former WWE CEO Linda McMahon is rumored to be under consideration as part of the Commerce Department in Donald Trump’s White House cabinet. The McMahon family donated $7 million to Trump’s campaign.McMahon issued this tweet late on election night earlier this week.What a night! Thrilled to congratulate my friend, President-Elect Donald Trump on a hard-fought campaign and victory. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/FCpT1sPphR— Linda McMahon (@Linda_McMahon) November 9, 2016Wrongful death lawsuits against WWE droppedU.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant dismissed two wrongful death lawsuits filed against WWE on Thursday regarding Matt “Doink the Clown” Osbourne and Nelson “Big Daddy V” Frazier. Osbourne passed away in 2013 from an accidental opiate overdose, while Frazier passed away in 2014 from a heart attack. The same lawsuits claimed both men suffered brain injuries (CTE) while working for WWE that led to early deaths. The judge ruled that neither case could provide facts that CTE was a factor.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipLinda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC FundraisingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:40/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next November 14, 2016 at 3:42 am The Northwesterner Google+ 8 COMMENTS President Trump reveals Linda McMahon will be part of his 2020 reelection campaign Wow, I guess Linda found her way into government service after all. Yet we’re still going to be stuck in the PG Era. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Heh, don’t know but according to sources it was real money that Trump himself gave up. What really makes me sick was I had a chance to go to that show in Dallas because I was living in the area back then but because WWE was so abhorrently bad at the time I chose not to; which was the first live WWE show in a long time I chose not to attend. I no longer thought WWE live shows were worth the money but had I gone to that one it would’ve paid for itself. I was kicking myself the rest of that week for at least missing out on that particular Raw. US Hardens Line On Saudi Arabia As Evidence Mounts Trump says farewell to Linda McMahon TheCyberZon OC O WhatsApp November 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm November 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm Twitter TheCyberZon November 18, 2016 at 1:50 am Linda ran for congress as a Republican in Connecticut, a futile campaign she lost twice.Actually I saw it as a compliment that the candidates for U.S. president would appear on Raw. It means they saw wrestling fans as a voting bloc worth tapping into and (hopefully) not a bunch of dumb rubes to be ignored. Didn’t matter to me since I didn’t vote for any of them. And yes, it was awkward all ’round to listen to their dopey pandering. Now Playing Up Next November 14, 2016 at 10:33 am True, and everyone knows Clinton and Trump are fans of WWE, and the company got millions of young people to vote for them. Linda Mcmahon TheCyberZon I don’t know about Hillary but Trump has had business dealings with WWF/E & Vince McMahon dating back 3 decades to Wrestlemania 4 and probably even before that. Vince even contributed $7 million to Trump’s recent presidential campaign. November 13, 2016 at 1:25 am Videos Articles was that the same amount money that dropped from the ceiling and fans caught it on WWE RAW (2007 and 2009) or WrestleMania 23? November 17, 2016 at 1:43 am OC O OC O Comments are closed.last_img read more

New regulations to reduce fine particle pollution in Interior Alaska

first_imgThe State of Alaska is implementing two new regulations aimed at reducing wintertime fine particulate pollution in the Fairbanks-North Pole area. Department of Environmental Conservation program manager Cindy Heil said one of the measures effects the real estate transactions of properties with wood stoves or wood boilers.Listen now”If property is being sold or leased, a non-complying wood fire keeping device need to be removed or replaced,” Heil said.Heil said the DEC has a list of heating units that are EPA certified, but that it’s easy to determine if a unit is compliant.”EPA-certified stoves were required in 1988 to have a permanent plate to put on the back of them,” Heil said.Heil said wood fired boilers in a property up for sale or lease must be EPA Phase 2 compliant before the transaction can take place. The real estate regulation takes effect June 9th. The other new measure, which is anticipated to go into effect in August, will require anyone who sells fire wood within the Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality non-attainment area, to register with the state.”And when you register with the Department, you are then required to measure the moisture content of the wood and provide that moisture content information to the consumer,” Heil said.Heil said both regulations were contingency measures developed through public process when the DEC formulated a plan for cleaning up Fairbanks area air.The regulations were triggered by the area’s failure to do so, and its recent reclassification by the EPA from a moderate to serious non-attainment area for fine particulate pollution, under the federal Clean Air Act.last_img read more

Urban SP opens water tank in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: As part of police social responsibility, Urban police have constructed a water tank at Mungilipattu village in Chandragiri mandal. Tirupati Urban SP KKN Anburajan has inaugurated the water tank on Friday. When SP visited the village prior to the elections, the villagers brought the water scarcity issue to SP’s notice.Anburajan had assured villagers of constructing a water tank once the elections are completed. As promised, the SP sanctioned funds from the police welfare fund for the construction of water tank. Addressing the villagers, Anburajan said that construction of water tank was constructed as part of friendly policing. He called upon the villagers to cooperate with police in maintaining law and order. DSP Vinod and other police officials were present.last_img read more

Governor CM extend Krishnashtami greetings

first_imgHyderabad: Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao have extended Krishnashtami greetings to people of the State. In a message the Governor said that festival of Janmashtami reminds us of the eternal message of Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita which would offer a firm foundation for building a harmonious society.last_img

UKs turn to trial driverless car

first_imgUK’s turn to trial driverless car114 viewsUK’s turn to trial driverless car114 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00UK’s turn to trial driverless car114 viewsBusinessDriverless cars are one step getting closer to hitting the roads in the UK. A government-backed project on Wednesday unveiling a pair of prototype vehicles. One is already ferrying passengers aroundVentuno Web Player 4.50Driverless cars are one step getting closer to hitting the roads in the UK. A government-backed project on Wednesday unveiling a pair of prototype vehicles. One is already ferrying passengers aroundlast_img read more

Titanfall beta runs at 792p resolution final game may achieve 900p

first_imgThere’s no doubt now that the Xbox One currently has an issue achieving 1080p resolution. But that’s not to say 1080p isn’t achievable in the future, and should become commonplace once a new SDK is released to developers.However, Titanfall isn’t going to benefit from such an update. It is out in March and the beta of the game kicks off tomorrow. Posting on the Titanfall Blog, Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that the game will not run at 1080p natively on the Xbox One.Respawn began by targeting builds running at 720p during the early stages of development. Then for the beta they have managed to increase that to 792p. Although an unusual resolution, it can be upscaled to 1080p, so the higher the game achieves natively the better the upscaled version should end up looking.As for the resolution of the final build that will ship to gamers, Respawn is targeting 900p native, which will then be upscaled to 1080p by Microsoft’s console. It’s not true 1080p, but it’s close, and as the gameplay videos have shown already, the game does look really good even at 720p.What’s (much) more important is that this is a fluid playing experience. Precision is everything in a multiplayer game, so Titanfall can’t ship with any kind of slowdown or stuttering during heavy action scenes as that’s going to ruin the game for a lot of people. If the resolution suffers in order to ensure that doesn’t happen, so be it. That’s the right thing to do on Respawn’s part.last_img read more

Off the eaten path The Escazú Farmers Market

first_imgRelated posts:Off the eaten path: La Tacopedia Off the eaten path: Taj Mahal Off the eaten path: Lidia’s Place Off the eaten path: Cebolla Verde This week, I will not highlight a restaurant, but rather an assortment of different and delicious street foods, which at the same time could double as a cost-effective alternative to your local chain grocery store — especially when in the need for fresh produce. Picture tropical dragon fruit, massive avocados, watermelon, juicy tomatoes, tree-ripe bananas, the list goes on and on.Most towns around Costa Rica will have their own version of this at some point throughout the month. In Escazú, it happens every Saturday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.I am talking about the farmers market, which takes place along Avenida 32, just south of the public park and Catholic Church grounds, in the very center of Escazú.The street is closed off to vehicles, making for a nice pedestrian passageway lined on both sides with a large offer of different products from an interesting mix of local farmers and craftspeople — all of whom have come here to peddle their goods to curious shoppers, like me. I walk up and down the market browsing from stall to stall, noticing different things each time I pass. I usually go with no shopping list or intended purchase but end up leaving with a variety of different goodies I didn’t know I needed (but did). And, as I am a creature of habit, I usually end up repeating the same couple of vendors.Experience stunning wildlife in a tropical rainforest with Costa Rica Vacation Rentals.As you would find at a farmers market anywhere else in the world, here in Escazú there are many different fresh fruits and vegetables being sold, direct from the grower, as well as free-range eggs, wild honey, natural medicines, seafood, meats, breads, crafts and even prepared foods – hot and ready to eat. As mentioned, prices here will definitely beat the usual grocery store options, so if you are into juicing, or daily smoothies, this is the place to go to stock up.Believe it or not, I don’t cook too much at home, although I love to, so I leave most of those booths untouched. I skip the crafts and trinkets, too, after having some fun browsing them. What I really want is an ice-cold coconut water or a fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice, or perhaps an artisan coffee from Don Pulpo, who grow their beans just a few kilometers away in Salitral, Santa Ana. All of which are available at the Escazú Farmers Market. A juice stand at the Escazú Farmers Market. William Ayre / The Tico TimesAfter I’m all jacked up on sugar and caffeine, I like to stop by one of the last stalls on the west end of the market, to buy empanadas and buñuelos. These are supposedly to take home – but usually end up being devoured during the drive, before I get there.You can recognize this stall by its glass display case of various fried goods, mostly empanadas, and the group of women dressed in all white working to satisfy the lineup of customers. One served the foods and another received the cash money.In a bowl on the table, covered by a bit of plastic to keep the flies off, you will find the buñuelos. I think they cost around 150 colones each, but I can’t be sure. I just give the lady 2,000 colones (about $3.35) and tell her to load me up. In return I get a plastic bag full of more than a dozen of this tasty take on a fried donut ball hailing from Nicaragua (though many countries have their own versions).  A bag of buñuelos at the farmers market. William Ayre / The Tico TimesThese ones are made from a dough of yucca and cheese fried in hot oil. It might sound weird, but it works, and they are a treat for the sweet tooth. Make sure you ask for them to pour the molasses like syrup on top of the buñuelos before you go. Trust me.Another not-to-skip stall is the pupusa ladies, who you can’t miss frying up the El Salvadorian delicacies. Made from cornmeal and stuffed with things like mashed beans and melted cheese, you have a choice of different shredded and lightly pickled cabbages to top yours off with. One is mild and the other had a bit of heat. Opt for the spicy one and it adds a great kick, as well as some refreshing crunch. Try one and I bet you will be craving them every Saturday thereafter. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. They’re cheap, too, so why not? A pupusa stand at the Escazú Farmers Market. William Ayre / The Tico TimesIn addition to the foods, you can find flowers, spices, clothing, and a pet fish for your aquarium, if you have one. Seriously. It is a great mix of vendors, so even if you have no intention of buying anything, you can still go, just for fun, as a different way to spend a morning. They do occasionally have live music, too, which is always entertaining. I have seen a man playing an acoustic guitar, as well as a group playing a traditional wooden marimba. Both were very talented artists, and I was happy to tip a 500-colon coin into their recipient — a little less than $1 for a greatly appreciated performance.Hungry for a trip down to Costa Rica? Download the Skyscanner Android app to find the best price on flights.The Farmers Market in Escazú takes place rain or shine, but I recommend going when the weather is nice. From their location, you can enjoy the green tops of the mountains up above San Antonio de Escazú as a beautiful backdrop, while people watching and sampling a variety of exotic and unique offerings. All while getting to have small talk with the people responsible for making or growing it, and saving some money while you’re at it.I would also recommend arriving before 11:30 a.m., as many stalls begin to sell out and shut down early.After browsing the market, grab a seat in the neighboring park, or enjoy the architecture of the adjacent Catholic Church. Which for me, is the center of old Escazú in all of its charm.Surprisingly, you can search “Feria de Agricultor de Escazu” in Waze or Uber to arrive conveniently. Or go here to find locations and times for other farmers markets throughout Costa Rica.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. we work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico TimesWilliam Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

FHFA Director Lays Out Strategic Vision

first_img After staying quiet for months following his swearing-in as head of the agency, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt took the stage at the Brookings Institution this week to outline his own plans for the GSEs.Like FHFA’s original Strategic Plan for Enterprise Conservatorships, released under the direction of former acting director Edward DeMarco in 2012, the newly unveiled plan is built on three blocks: maintain, reduce, and build. However, Watt’s revised plan suggests a shift in focus toward broadening credit access.The first—and perhaps biggest—difference in the new plan is a greater emphasis on the “maintain” portion, which calls for the continued push for foreclosure prevention efforts and greater liquidity in the single-family market. While that point originally counted for 20 percent of FHFA’s yearly Conservatorship Scorecard, it now has double weight at 40 percent.”[O]ur overriding objective is to ensure that there is broad liquidity in the housing finance market and to do so in a way that is safe and sound,” Watt said.To help ease uncertainties in the lending space and facilitate growth, Watt revealed FHFA is “making a number of refinements” to address concerns about repurchase risk, including relaxing the payment history requirement for granting representation and warranty relief. According to Watt, under FHFA’s direction, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now allowing two delinquent payments in the first 36 months following a loan’s acquisition.The enterprises have also been directed to eliminate automatic repurchases when a loan’s primary insurance is rescinded.In addition, Watt announced that the agency will not use its conservator authority to bring down current loan limits in response to industry reactions following a proposed reduction last year.”This decision is motivated by concerns about how such a reduction could adversely impact the health of the current housing finance market,” he said.One topic not discussed in Watt’s inaugural speech was the ongoing discussion over housing finance reform, in particular what will happen to the GSEs.That doesn’t mean he avoided it completely, however: “I am well aware, and regularly express my belief, that conservatorship should never be viewed as permanent or as a desirable end state and that housing finance reform is necessary. However, Congress and the Administration have the important job of deciding on housing finance reform legislation, not FHFA,” he said. “Instead, our task is to continue to fulfill our statutory mandates, to execute our Strategic Plan and to manage the present status of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”Read more about FHFA’s new strategic plan here. FHFA Director Lays Out Strategic Vision Share Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mel Watt 2014-05-13 Tory Barringercenter_img May 13, 2014 493 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgTHE founder and owner of the Hambis printmaking school in Platanistia village in the Limassol district launched a petition on Monday calling on the government to open the access road to his school, blocked by the village’s community leader last week over a land dispute.Hambis Tsangaris, in his petition to the government, launched through Avaaz online platform, is demanding the access road to the Hambis printmaking centre be opened and therefore comply with a 2015 report by the ombudswoman who had pointed out that the school ought to have receive assistance to carry on serving its cultural role.Earlier in the month, Tsangaris said, the ombudswoman gave the Limassol district administration and the community council 10 days to explain why what had been asked in the 2015 report was not applied.The artist announced last week that his engraving school that also includes a museum would close because the road leading to it had been blocked off by the community leader of Platanistia, who claimed that it was part of a plot belonging to his son.The paved road, he said, was constructed in 1997 by the Limassol district administration, on the suggestion of the then community leader, to facilitate access to the school but was also used by many others.Platanistia, Tsangaris told the Cyprus Mail, is a Turkish Cypriot village and all property is being leased to individuals by the interior ministry’s guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties.He said he founded his school there in 1995, but access to it had been a dirt road.“The former community leader, who had appreciated my work, arranged for it to be paved by the Limassol district administration,” Tsangaris said.A house on another part of the plot adjacent to the school was used by other tenants, but after the previous tenants left, the new community leader arranged for the plot to be given to his son to live in. According to Tsangaris, he also blocked access to the school, claiming that the path in question is within his son’s plot.“Since access to our school has been closed, we suspended its operations until the road is opened again,” he said. The school was offering free printmaking courses and were in memory of Tsangaris’ teacher, the renowned Greek engraver A. Tassos.Tsangaris said that even though the Limassol district officer has said he would find other access roads for his school, there was no other way.“I am waiting for him to come over and find another passage to the school,” he said.He added that he had been encountering numerous problems over the years caused by the community council, such as blocking the entrance with obstacles, irrational taxation and yelling and swearing in front of pupils visiting the school and museum.“They want to choke the museum and school,” Tsangaris said.An official source close to the case, told the Cyprus Mail that there were two other roads to the school and that the disputed access road is illegal as it is passing through another person’s plot.But in his petition, Tsangaris said that the disputed road is the only viable access to the school for vehicle access which is necessary when transporting heavy equipment and materials and for disabled people to visit.Without this entrance, there is no school, he said.“The school is dying and there is no alternative entrance because it is impossible for a car to enter from any other point to the school,” he said.The community leader of Platanistia was not immediately available to comment.In a written statement last week, Tsangaris said he was closing down his school, which had offered free courses to thousands of people in its 23 years of life, as there was no longer access to it.Many were outraged by what happened including Akel, which called for the decision to be reversed. Former President Demetris Christofias urged President Anastasiades, to intervene and put an end to the blocking of to the engraving school.The petition may be found here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/Kratos_Na_anoixei_to_perasma_pros_tin_Eisodo_tis_Sholis_Haraktikis_Hampi_3/?emEzDpnb&utm_source=sharetools&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition-552109-Kratos_Na_anoixei_to_perasma_pros_tin_Eisodo_tis_Sholis_Haraktikis_Hampi&utm_term=EzDpnb+en You May LikeUPRIGHT GO Posture Training DeviceThis Device Could Stop Your Back and Neck Pain At The Source!UPRIGHT GO Posture Training DeviceUndoWoodworking Toolkit10 Best Router Tables – Reviews & Buying GuideWoodworking ToolkitUndoKelsea VenturesThe Ultimate Guide To Rhodes GreeceKelsea VenturesUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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