15 Sri Lankan refugees missing in India

Based on the complaint filed with the Chokkampatti police in this connection, the police are investigating the case. Fifteen inmates of Boganallur refugee camp in the district are reportedly missing since last Friday.During the fortnightly inspection that was conducted in the refugee camp at Boganallur near Kadayanallur in the district on Saturday, the revenue officials found 15 of the 139 Sri Lankan refugee families in the camp were missing. Since the Sri Lankan refugees, lured by the touts, are illegally migrating to Australia by sea in search of better living conditions and even citizenship in the island nation, police suspect that the missing inmates of Boganallur refugee camp also might have left the camp to try their luck. However, other inmates of the camp claim that the missing members of Boganallur camp had gone out to work in some other places as labourers and would return to the camp within a day or two.While a few refugees managed to reach Australia after life-threatening voyage, most of them were either caught by the navy of a nation en-route or buried under the water. (The Hindu) read more

Polls end peacefully over 70 turnout in most places

The 2015 Parliamentary election ended peacefully today with over 70% turnout recorded in most places and the counting of postal votes has now begun.The Department of Elections said that only a few minor incidents had been reported from some areas today, mostly related to the violation of election laws. Unofficial numbers on the voter turnout indicated that 70 percent of voters had cast their votes in Colombo, 70% in Matale, 70 % in Matara, 75 % in Hambantota, 70 % in Badulla, 70 % in Ratnapura, 75 % in Pollonaruwa, 68 % in Kurunegala and 60 % in Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Following threeday suspension UN refugee agency resumes partial operations in Côte dIvoire

According to a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since a partial resumption on Wednesday, another 235 Liberian refugees have been transported from Tabou, in western Côte d’Ivoire, across the Cavaly River to Liberia. “Another 300 are scheduled to cross today, bringing the number of returns since the emergency return began on 17 January to over 1,400,” Ron Redmond said, adding that more than 1,700 refugees are still awaiting repatriation in the Tabou area. “Refugees are still being targeted in various parts of the country and we remain very concerned about the general security situation,” Mr. Redmond said. Many refugees, increasingly worried following recent developments in the country, have asked to be transported as quickly as possible to Liberia. Many are so desperate that they have asked UNHCR to simply arrange for free passage past several vigilante checkpoints on the 30-km stretch of road between Tabou and Prollo, a town on the Côte d’Ivoire side of the border river. “They say they can do without immediate assistance on the Liberian side,” Mr. Redmond added. Meanwhile, UNHCR reports that hundreds of Liberian refugees, many of them chased from their homes by angry Ivorians who accuse them of siding with the rebels, have been stopped at the checkpoints in recent weeks and prevented from leaving the country. In one such incident this week, a group of 25 Liberian men was apprehended by young vigilantes at a church in Tabou, verbally abused and threatened with death. After UNHCR and government refugee officials intervened, the men were released. The men will be repatriated by UNHCR, together with their families. read more

Council endorses start of status talks on Kosovo top UN envoy calls

“The Council offers its full support to this political process which would determine Kosovo’s Future status and further reaffirms its commitment to the objective of a multi-ethnic and democratic Kosovo which must reinforce regional stability,” the Council said in a presidential statement on the province where ethnic Albanians outnumber others, mainly Serbs, by about nine to one.”The Security Council agrees… that notwithstanding the challenges they face in Kosovo and the wider region the time has come to move to the next phase of the political process,” the statement, read by Council President for October, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, added after a briefing by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Søren Jessen-Petersen.Just how difficult those challenges could be in the talks, which could include the options of independence or autonomy, was underscored by Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica who told the Council earlier today that any solution must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and Montenegro as an internationally recognized State.The UN has run Kosovo since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between Albanians and Serbs in 1999.Mr. Jessen-Petersen also stressed the challenges lying ahead. “We all know that the positions of Belgrade and Pristina on the issue of Kosovo’s status are far apart,” he said referring to the capitals of Serbia and Kosovo.The Council welcomed Mr. Annan readiness to appoint a special envoy to lead the future status process. The Secretary-General told reporters he would likely appoint former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who has most recently served as his Special Envoy for the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa.The 15-member body stressed the need for “undiminished energy” in meeting the so-called Standards, a series of goals which include protecting minorities, establishing democracy, decentralization and creating the necessary conditions to allow a sustainable return of Serbs who fled. It urged the authorities in Belgrade to do their utmost to facilitate the future status process and to engage constructively.Mr. Jessen-Petersen stressed that the process offers an opportunity for the Kosovo Albanian leadership “to show true commitment and take more decisive steps towards building the kind of multi-ethnic, democratic, and tolerant society that will undoubtedly bring them closer to realizing their dreams and goals when status is decided.”He cited six priority areas for action starting with the need to reassure the Serbs by improving the living conditions of those now in Kosovo and fostering the sustainable returns of those still displaced. “I don’t expect major returns before status is clarified, but to reassure Kosovo Serbs of their future and to promote returns we need a constructive engagement of Belgrade and the direct involvement of the Kosovo Serbs,” he said.The other priorities are: a comprehensive reform of local government, an issue of crucial importance to minorities; establishing a transparent and non-politicized security apparatus; capacity building to ensure that Kosovo’s institutions can take on their responsibilities; restructuring the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK); and maintaining a safe and secure environment.”The security environment in Kosovo is at the moment stable, but isolated recent incidents remind us that, with the difficult status process about to begin, there is no place for complacency,” he declared. “That process, and possibly provocations from all sides, will undoubtedly test our ability to maintain the secure environment that has, by and large, prevailed in Kosovo during the last 18 months.”Calling the latest development the end-game after six and a half years of a holding operation, Mr. Jessen-Petersen told reporters afterwards this was a very historic day. “The next months will be very difficult, we will be tested on the ground in Kosovo.” But he added: “Let us just for one moment stop off and welcome the fact that the Security Council has just adopted a historic statement.”Also addressing Council members was Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s former Special Envoy for the Comprehensive Review of Kosovo, who introduced the report on his work.Mr. Eide repeated his long-standing view that there would never be a good moment for addressing Kosovo’s future status, and said both parties remain diametrically opposed with very little common ground. While prospects for reconciliation are modest, he supported the commencement of a process to determine future status, because it was important to keep the political process from stagnating. read more

A newborn baby pushes a tiny fascinating Scottish islands population to 105

first_imgA newborn baby pushes a tiny, fascinating Scottish island’s population to 105 (we think) A medieval massacre, a mysterious German artist landlord, and a world-first in renewable energy are just some of the interesting features of the Isle of Eigg. https://jrnl.ie/3353891 Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 11:10 AM Source: 100%/TwitterIsland ownerMaggie’s lived on the island for 40 years, and although the decision to move onto the island was straightforward, the tempestuous relationship with the island’s owners threatened the peaceful community.In May 1992, Eigg was officially put on the open market and when Keith Schellenberg, who already owned half the island, bought the other half from his ex-wife. Our local newspaper carried the headline “Paradise Lost – Eigg is back in the hands of Emperor Schellenberg”.Tension had been building up between residents and Schellenberg after eviction notices were sent out and a number of island residents were made redundant. Residents met and formed the Isle of Eigg Trust and agreed on a plan of action. Source: Shutterstock/John A CameronIn March 1995, after months of speculation, islanders learnt from the press that Eigg had “been sold” for £1.6 million to a mysterious German artist who called himself Maruma.In October of that year it was revealed that Maruma was being investigated by the public prosecutor in Stuttgart regarding irregularities in a £1.6 million loan from a German bank shortly after buying Eigg.Tired of all the uncertainty brought by their owners, Eigg’s residents took matters into their own hands. With the island up for sale again, they appealed to the public to donate funds allowing them to buy the island for themselves.After eventually raising £1.5 million, Maggie finally received a call to say that they had successfully bought the island:It was at least four hours later before I managed to get off the phone and drink a toast to the future! Share Tweet Email5 23,292 Views Short URL 10 Comments When people who lived on the island start having kids of their own, they come home to Eigg. There’s a freedom here that isn’t in other places.Maggie’s son-in-law and another young man have recently set up a brewery on the island, Laig Bay Brewing, which she says will be fun. I wonder how they’ve lasted this long without one.Read: Skellig Michael hit by a ‘significant’ rock fall – but Star Wars isn’t to blameRead: Who owns Rockall? The history of the Atlantic dispute between Ireland and the UK It’s a brilliant place for wildlife, and for birds in particular. I haven’t spotted them all yet!They’re also prepared for elections: with their own polling station and a boat that comes in to take away the ballot box shortly after polls close. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: Isle of EiggAnd that future includes more new faces.A really talented graphic designer, who built his own drone called Picarous.The businesswoman who runs Annie Knitwear, creating beautiful knitted pieces.A man who owns a record label, and has set up a festival for the island called the Howlin’ Fling.One guy arrived to the island in a kayak and never went back.Maggie says there’s no selection process, no maximum number of residents, and she has no regrets to the decision she made 40 years ago:Very soon after I first arrived on the island, it just felt totally like home, I don’t know why. Apr 23rd 2017, 11:10 AM Source: Isle of EiggTHERE WAS A time when the residents of the Isle of Eigg, under pressure due to eviction notices from their island’s landlord, were uncertain of their future on the island.But with the arrival of a new baby this year, almost 20 years after islanders bought the island for themselves, the tiny island’s future looks secure.“The population crept up on us, without us realising,” says Maggie Fyffe, of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust. She says that the population passed 100 a while back, but they didn’t realise it at the time. Now the number hovers around 105 (they’re really not sure).The Isle of Eigg (‘eigg’ means ‘notch’, Maggie says) is one of a group of small islands, including Canna, Rhum and Muck.The history of that group of islands is horrific and fascinating: more than 400 years ago, all 400 resident of Eigg were killed during a clan feud between the island families.In the 1500s, after Eigg islanders hid in a cave for three days, the rival clan from the Isle of Skye found them, blocked the narrow entrance to their hideout with heather and set it alight.All suffocated by smoke and their bodies left in the cave and it was only after a recruitment for families to live on the island in that it was repopulated. Source: Isle of EiggDespite the island’s size, (it’s only around 3 by 5 kilometres), they rely on the Scottish mainland for very little.There are a number of businesses on the island in the form of farmers, tradespeople and a new brewery, and everyone is very self sufficient, Maggie explains.“We don’t have a huge amount. There’s An Laimhrig (the pier building), a tea room, a bar, a restaurant, an excellent grocery shop, a post office, and craft shops.”Maggie describes the landscape of the island as “very varied and unusual, with beautiful beaches, moorlands, and a big lump of rock in the middle”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Iconic venue big crowd it would be incredible Katie enthused by prospect

first_img‘Iconic venue, big crowd – it would be incredible’ – Katie enthused by prospect of US bout this summer The Bray native has a fourth professional fight in four months in Manchester Arena tomorrow night. Share1 Tweet Email 5 Comments By Ciarán Gallagher KATIE TAYLOR HAS to get two UK fight dates out of the way first, but Michael Conlan’s Stateside debut has the Bray woman eagerly anticipating her first fight in the US this summer.Taylor, now 3-0 as a pro, is back in action tomorrow, taking on Bulgarian Milena Koleva at the Manchester Arena as the Bray woman takes to the ring for the fourth time in a little over four months.The bout, which features on the undercard of a world lightweight title clash between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares on Sky Sports, is essentially a rescheduled fight as Koleva (9-7-1) had originally been lined up to meet the former Olympic champion earlier this month.Illness forced the 28-year-old to pull out of that London date, with Taylor instead fighting replacement opponent Monica Gentlili, who was stopped in five rounds at the O2 Arena. Source: Lawrence Lustig; ©INPHO/Lawrence Lustig/INPHOShould Taylor come through tomorrow’s fight as expected, the 30-year-old’s hectic schedule is set to see her fight again on April 29 in support of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley. Following that, promoter Eddie Hearn plans on shipping his leading female fighter across the Atlantic for her US debut.And after seeing former amateur team-mate Conlan pack out Madison Square Garden’s Theater last Friday night for his stoppage win over Tim Ibarra in front of a raucous Irish crowd, Taylor is now keen to get a taste of a big US fight night. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO“I watched Michael’s fight on RTÉ the next day, it was fantastic. The atmosphere looked brilliant – what a debut,” said Taylor, who was travelling home to her Connecticut training base when Conlan was in the ring.“I was travelling on Paddy’s Day so we got back on the 18th,” explained the 2012 Olympic champion.“I wasn’t able to watch it live, but the minute I got off the plane I was looking up the results and it was great that they were showing it (on RTÉ) the next evening.“It was pretty insane for him to have his debut at Madison Square Garden, Conor McGregor walking him into the ring on Paddy’s Day – it was absolutely incredible to watch,” added Taylor, who had been mooted to fight on the following night’s New York card headlined by Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.While promotional politics scuppered that plan, Taylor is expected to fight Stateside in the summer. Source: Lawrence Lustig; ©INPHO/Lawrence Lustig/INPHO“Yeah, definitely that would be incredible,” said the Bray woman on the prospect of following Conlan’s lead by fighting on a big US card this summer.“I suppose I had a bit of a taste for a big event like that from boxing at the London Olympics in the final, but it would be great to box in an iconic venue in the States and to have such a big crowd behind me as well,” she added.Koleva, who is nicknamed “Hell’s Baby”, carries a 9-7-1 record, while she unsuccessfully challenged for the IBF world super-featherweight title in her last bout, losing out in the ninth round to home champion Maiva Hamadouche in France.That was the Bulgarian’s sole stoppage defeat in seven losses and she will represent another gradual step up for Taylor, who is scheduled to box over eight rounds for the first time tomorrow night.“I’ve seen a few clips of her and Ross (Enamait, trainer) obviously has all the fight videos as well so he’s been studying her for the last couple of weeks,” said Taylor.“I expect a tough fight. She’s very strong, very durable and I expect her to be there for the eight rounds,” added the Bray woman.Katie Taylor to face former world title challenger in fourth professional fightKatie set for quick return to the ring on Anthony Crolla undercard Image: Steven Paston Friday 24 Mar 2017, 7:30 AM 9,414 Views Mar 24th 2017, 7:30 AM Image: Steven Paston Short URL http://the42.ie/3303869 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

FBI Washs Bad Hair Bandit now in Ore

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI says the so-called “Bad Hair Bandit,” sought in connection with as many as 18 bank robberies or attempted robberies in Washington, is now suspected in a robbery in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego.Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says the woman approached a teller Friday afternoon in a Key Bank branch, indicated she had a weapon and demanded money. She walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash.Steele says the woman wore a distinctive short dark wig and fits the description of other heists by the “Bad Hair Bandit.”A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to conviction of the robber.last_img read more

Pick Your Pumpkin At Wilmington Methodist Churchs Pumpkin Patch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) has begun its 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch, from noon to 6pm, with expanded hours on the weekends.  There is a large selection and variety of pumpkins available for sale daily on the church’s front lawn.Proceeds from this popular fundraiser will benefit the church’s youth mission projects. Cash or check only.Look for a classic car rally, food truck and cornhole tournament on Saturday, October 20, plus a Princess & Wizard party on Sunday, October 28 at 3pm. More details to follow.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook.  Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”Pick Your Pumpkin At Wilmington Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch, October 1-31In “Community”Wilmington Methodist Church To Hold Cornhole Tournament & Classic Car Rally On October 20In “Community”last_img read more

Google Chrome cracks down on cookies that track you online

first_img reading • Google Chrome cracks down on cookies that track you online Google I/O 2019 Share your voice Chrome Privacy Google Internet Software Google I/O 2019 2:58 Now playing: Watch this: Comments Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage Google is aware of the effects it’ll have, though. “We’re committed to preserving the overall health of the web ecosystem,” Oppenheimer said.Chrome to curtail browser fingerprinting, tooA change to Chrome’s cookie handling had been expected, but it’s not clear yet how it’ll affect the web overall. The company’s approach, later and less aggressive compared to other browsers, has the potential to be more significant since Chrome today accounts for about 63% of web usage, according to analytics firm StatCounter.Cookie bans can backfire, Schuh and Galbraith said.”Blunt approaches to cookie blocking have been tried, and in response we have seen some user-tracking efforts move underground, employing harder-to-detect methods that subvert cookie controls,” they said. Tal Oppenheimer, a Chrome product manager, described Chrome privacy changes at the Google I/O show.Tal Oppenheimer, a Chrome product manager, described Chrome privacy changes at the Google I/O show. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET That’s why Google also is trying to to crack down on browser fingerprinting, in which websites run scripts to gauge a browser’s configuration and abilities with enough tests that people can in effect be identified and tracked. Anti-fingerprinting technology also is already in use in other browsers.”Chrome plans to more aggressively restrict fingerprinting across the web,” Galbraith and Schuh said. “One way in which we’ll be doing this is reducing the ways in which browsers can be passively fingerprinted, so that we can detect and intervene against active fingerprinting efforts as they happen.” Curtailing cookie powers is a big step toward user privacy, though it may not go as far as other browsers.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Safari did it. Firefox did it. Brave did it. Now Google Chrome, too, is trying to curtail privacy problems posed by cookies — the small text files websites store that can track you online.”We’re changing how cookies work in Chrome, making them more private and secure by default,” said Tal Oppenheimer, a Chrome product manager speaking at the Google I/O show for developers Tuesday.Cookies have been useful for decades for actions like remembering that you’re signed into a website or keeping that toothpaste in your e-commerce shopping cart. They also turned out to be useful for letting advertisers and publishers track you online — including your activity as you traveled around many websites on the web.Curtailing cookie powers is a big step toward user privacy, though it may not go as far as other browsers. Google believes that draconian cookie blocking has an unintended consequence, though, which is that websites figure out ways to track you that sidestep cookies and that you can’t control at all.Google will require website developers to specify when cookies can be used for this cross-site tracking.”This change will enable users to clear all such cookies while leaving single domain cookies unaffected, preserving user logins and settings. It will also enable browsers to provide clear information about which sites are setting these cookies, so users can make informed choices about how their data is used,” said Ben Galbraith, director of Chrome product management, and Justin Schuh, director of Chrome engineering, in a blog post about Chrome’s coming cookie policies.Developers can test the new feature today in the developer version of Chrome, but it’ll ship more broadly later this year, Oppenheimer said.The move is likely to cause trouble with websites and advertisers that rely on such cookies, for example to monitor your behavior to place better targeted, more profitable ads. Google is one such website, of course, and it’s a giant of online advertising. Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now • 4 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it See All Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Google I/O 2019 Tags Originally published May 7, 1:54 p.m. PT.Update, 2:07 p.m. PT: Adds more details. Incognito mode comes to Google Mapslast_img read more

Local residents show support after racist message spraypainted on Homer restaurant

first_imgIt’s 5 p.m. where Wasabi’s lies on a major thoroughfare just outside of Homer city limits. The bright orange spray paint used to scrawl racist slurs and threats against the interracial couple that owns the restaurant has been painted over.In its place a sign reads: “We in Homer SUPPORT Wasabi’s OWNERS!!!”The parking lot quickly fills up with cars full of patrons like Michael Lemay who have come to show their support.“What happened here today is such an affront to our entire community,” Lemay said. “So we will gather here this evening and stand against hate and white nationalism.”After pictures circulated on social media Thursday, it didn’t take long for community members and even competing restaurants to put out a call for Homer residents to patronize Wasabi’s as a gesture of support.Inside, it’s apparent that many heeded the call.Homer resident John Mahoney had eaten there just hours before the attack Wednesday. He returned again Thursday evening to offer support.“I know that people, they think all kinds of crazy stuff. We’re all different,” Mahoney said. “I won’t really tread that water, but to have something painted on a building like that, I was surprised.”However, others like Cindy and Alex Koplin are not. Like many in the restaurant, they blamed President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric for heating up an already tense political climate that’s emboldened racists.“It hits home now. You know how it is when it hits home, it’s different, but it’s still pervasive,” Alex said. “We want to support this not happening.”His wife Cindy chimes in saying that most Homerites would like to think this type of racial attack doesn’t happen in town, but “it does.”Wasabi’s husband and wife owners say they have been targeted several times.Co-owner Colt Belmonte, who is white, grew up in Homer. Hours after the vandalism, he pointed to bullet holes on the outside of the building.He said they’re about three years old, and as he began to paint over this week’s vandalism, he was clearly frustrated.“My wife and I are done. We don’t want to be here anymore,” Belmonte said.His wife of more than 20 years, Dali Frazier, is black. As she took a break from waiting tables Thursday evening, she explained that her car was vandalized with racial slurs in recent years, something she did report to police.“But at that time when we did report it, the troopers felt that let’s just keep it on the down low. That way we can hear some street chatter and catch these people,” Frazier explained. “Well, obviously nothing happened, but yes, this time I did post something on Instagram because I was just really frustrated.”Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Daniel Cox is asking the public for help identifying leads, and it’s unclear whether this week’s graffiti is being investigated as a hate crime.“It’s an active investigation. So, once the investigation is done, we may put more out, but at this point being active, we’re not putting too much out,” Cox told KBBI over the phone Thursday.Frazier hopes the extra attention will help catch whoever painted such a hateful message on her restaurant.However, she said after receiving hundreds of calls and text messages from well-wishers, her family is not going anywhere.“This is home,” Frazier said. “Sometimes, events like that happen, you don’t feel like it’s home, but the rest of Homer is letting me know really quite loudly that this is home and that we are appreciated.”With all the positive support, she expects a busy week ahead. Wasabi’s Bistro, just outside of Homer. (Photo by Aaron Bolton, KBBI)A day after vandals spray-painted racist threats on the side of a Homer restaurant, community members have turned out to offer support. It’s unclear whether Alaska State Troopers are investigating this week’s attack targeting the interracial owners of Wasabi’s Bistro as a hate crime.last_img read more

Why Texas Will Get Little Attention From Trump Or Clinton During Presidential

first_img X 00:00 /00:00 Share Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are over, the presidential candidates are hitting the campaign trail. But that trail may not run through Texas.The first day of the general election contest saw Donald Trump speaking in Colorado. Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, bused through Pennsylvania and Ohio.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Mark Jones, a fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute, says that, from now through November, the candidates will focus most of their efforts on swing states like these.“The only reason that either Trump or Clinton would visit Texas would be to use it as an ATM for money for their campaign in other states, in places like Florida and Ohio and Virginia, where the presidential contest is likely to be decided,” Jones says.That doesn’t just mean the candidates will skimp on personal appearances here. It also means Texans will see a lot fewer campaign ads on TV compared to voters in other states.“I would be surprised if there are any media buys in Texas,” Jones says, “or if there are any media buys, they’re going to be purely symbolic. There will most likely be far more dollars spent in New Hampshire than in the entire state of Texas, even though Texas is almost twenty times the size of New Hampshire in terms of population.”The argument goes that a dollar spent in Texas is a dollar that can’t be used in the dozen or so states that could tip either way, deciding not just who wins the White House, but also which party controls Congress. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Police questioning 18yearold after girl seven injured on road

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice are questioning an 18-year-old man after a seven-year-old girl was injured in a traffic collision on a Stoke-on-Trent street. The girl suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car on Chilworth Grove in Blurton on Saturday morning (August 3). She was treated by paramedics at the scene, with police urging the motorist to come forward. This morning (Friday August 9) police confirmed they were speaking to someone about the incident. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “An 18-year-old man is being questioned following an appeal we issued yesterday about a road traffic collision where a young girl was injured on Chilworth Grove in Blurton on August 3.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Costa Rican hotels saw low occupancy during midyear vacations

first_imgFewer tourists stayed in hotels during recent mid-year holidays in Costa Rica, and owners reported that occupancy rates were 12 percentage points lower than those obtained last year.The figure comes from a survey conducted by the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) among 102 hosting businesses.Occupation during the period barely surpassed 55 percent, while the previous year, hotels reported occupancy rates close to 68 percent.The results fell short of expectations by hotel owners, who anticipated occupancy rates of at least 62 percent, mainly driven by a boost in domestic tourism.But local tourists this year account for only 45.5 percent of total visits to tourism businesses, nearly the same number as last year, when they accounted for 45.1 percent of total visitors, according to CANATUR.CANATUR President Isabel Vargas said in a press release that “the country’s current economic situation is not allowing a considerable percentage of the population to take vacations.”Vargas added that although hotels offered deals to attract more Costa Rican vacationers, “domestic tourists are reluctant to spend much on tourism.”The survey also found that beach hotels were most preferred by tourists during mid-year vacations, with occupancy rates of 61.31 percent, while hotels in mountainous areas totaled 50.84 percent. Hotels in the northwestern province of Guanacaste attracted the most guests during the two-week vacation period in early July, with 64.4 percent, while the least-visited areas are located in the northern zone. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Licensing Veteran Joins RealtyTracs Data Solutions Team

first_img May 30, 2014 462 Views in Data, Headlines, News Movers & Shakers RealtyTrac 2014-05-30 Tory Barringer RealtyTrac’s Data Solutions team now has a new face: Veteran licensing and business development executive Jeff Mattice joined the group as VP.Serving in his new position, Mattice will help grow RealtyTrac’s expanding data licensing business, which recently added a property-level dataset of tax, deed, and mortgage records for 125 million parcels nationwide.”Jeff’s broad experience in data and analytics make him an invaluable addition to the company,” said RealtyTrac CEO Jamie Moyle. “His strategic business development expertise and established industry relationships will ensure that the Data Solutions department sees continued growth.”Mattice joins RealtyTrac from Black Knight Financial Services, where he worked for 13 years, most recently as director of national licensing and business development with the company’s Applied Analytics division. He also spent five years as regional director of licensing at CoreLogic.”RealtyTrac brings a creative, flexible and transparent offering to the tax, deed and mortgage data industry which is refreshing,” Mattice said. “We’re in the midst of an exciting era in real estate, and I look forward to working at RealtyTrac.”center_img Share Licensing Veteran Joins RealtyTrac’s Data Solutions Teamlast_img read more

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