Canada to Build Haiti Police Headquarters

first_img Canada will build a new headquarters for Haiti’s national police after the original was destroyed in the January 12 earthquake, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon announced on 4 November. The 9.5-million dollar construction project will “augment the capability of Haiti’s national police to coordinate their daily activities” such as stemming “violence, smuggling and human trafficking,” he told a press conference. “All Haitians will benefit from improved security,” the minister added. Cannon also announced 1.3 million dollars in funding to teach Haiti’s 7,000 policemen first aid over the next two years. Canadian police have been helping to train Haiti’s police since 1993. Their numbers rose to 134 after the earthquake from 90. At least 250,000 people were killed in January’s devastating 7.0 earthquake which flattened much of the capital Port-au-Prince. Haiti is now also struggling to contain an outbreak of cholera which hit last month and has already claimed more than 440 lives and sickened almost 6,800 people. By Dialogo November 08, 2010last_img read more

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‘Great Gatsby’ Book Sales Soar as Film Debut Nears

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York ‘The Great Gatsby,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, which is considered by many an American masterpiece.When a film or television adaption of a popular novel hits screens, book sales frequently experience a spike, breathing new life into fading titles and allowing more acclaimed pieces to indulge in the brief hysteria brought on by Hollywood’s obsession to recreate—many times unsuccessfully—a beloved bestseller.But what happens when the piece of literature is one of the great American novels that’s graced bestseller lists for more than eight decades and has been read by millions—whether as required reading at a high school or college, or simply for leisure—before there was any hint of a new film? Are there still people out there clamoring to get their hands on the paperback or e-book?If the novel is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s nearly century-old The Great Gatsby, set on Long Island, then the answer is a resounding “yes.”“Historically, when a movie based on a book comes out we usually see a jump in the sales of the book,” Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon.com, said in an email. “However, with The Great Gatsby we’ve seen a much larger jump than we usually see.”To put Gatsby’s recurring dominance over the book publishing world in perspective, print books sales have quadrupled compared to what they were last April on Amazon.com. Its Kindle sales are also skyrocketing. Amazon’s e-book sales are 10 times what they were this time last year, Nelson said. As of Thursday, The Great Gatsby was the No. 1 selling book on Amazon.com and No. 3 on Kindle’s bestseller list.Brick and mortar retailers, such as Barnes & Noble and local independent bookstores, can also testify to Gatsby’s renewed hot streak. Apparently, people just can’t get enough of the opulence and lavish lifestyle of the Roaring ’20s that Fitzgerald depicts in the 88-year-old novel.“This is a perennial bestseller without the movie attention, but the attention has helped sales significantly,” Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing for Barnes & Noble, said in a statement.Gatsby is doing so well that Huntington’s Book Revue has had to increase the number of copies it sells, said one worker who picked up the phone at the shop.At The Dolphin Bookshop, a Port Washington staple, the enthusiasm for the new film, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, is palpable.“Sales have picked up,” said Dolphin staffer Andrea Kaminsky, who just moments earlier sold the book to a local book club eager to read the novel in anticipation of the film. “It is talked about a little more than usual.”Long Islanders are also relishing in pre-release celebration of the film because the novel is set in their backyards. The story plays out on LI’s Gold Coast and it is said that a once-ritzy Sands Point mansion that has since been razed was the inspiration for the book. Baz Luhrmann, the movie’s director, is expected to highlight a red carpet event before a pre-release screening in Port Washington next Wednesday. The movie is set to be released Friday, May 10.“The thought that it’s right here, this is where it happened,” adds to the excitement, said Kaminsky, adding that a customer came into the store and proclaimed, “We’re in Gatsby country!”Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan pictured in the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” (Photo: Warner Bros.)Book sellers are also looking to cash in on the movie’s buzz by introducing a redesigned movie tie-in version of the book featuring DiCaprio and other cast members on the cover. It will no doubt add to the book’s already impressive showing on bestseller lists, but not even one of Hollywood’s most decorated actors can compete with the original Gatsby and its iconic cover.“Currently, the traditional paperback edition of the book is outselling the movie tie-in edition by a wide margin,” Amazon’s Nelson said.So what is it about Gatsby, widely considered Fitzgerald’s best work, that has made it such an American classic?“The most obvious thing, it may sound really simplistic, it’s one of the most beautifully written novels in existence,” said Paula Uruburu, professor of literature and film at Hofstra University.“It captures really the spirit of America at its most giddy moment in the ‘20s,” she continued. “In some ways it’s interesting because it came out at of such a specific period but it’s really timeless because it’s so much about American culture and human nature, too.”“Gatsby represents the materialism and the idealism of the American dream,” added her colleague, Scott Harshbarger, associate professor of English at Hofstra. “He’s a self-made man who adopts an opulent lifestyle and throws lavish parties all to pursue a romantic ideal conceived in his youth. That the story ends tragically suggests that there is something hollow about the American dream, even though the tragedy itself continues to compel and inspire.”If the novel’s history of success is any indication, Luhrmann’s film should rake in millions at the box office, simply by riding the book’s coattails.Uruburu can’t get enough Gatsby. She has taught the novel at Hofstra for more than 20 years and she’s never grown tired of it.“I never do,” she said with a laugh.last_img read more

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Government Shutdown Could Stall Long Island Sandy Recovery

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congressional Republican leaders’ government shutdown Tuesday stemming from their refusal to fund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, could threaten—among many other things—Long Island’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, officials said.At risk is the Fire Island to Montauk Point storm mitigation plan, a $700-million project a half-century in the works to rebuild dunes on the barrier island and raise thousands of flood-prone South Shore LI homes. The project, stalled for decades by funding concerns, was finally slated to begin this winter with Sandy aid backing.“The District could experience some impacts to staffing in general that could potentially lead to impacts to ongoing work depending on how long the partial shutdown continues, regardless of the work’s funding status,” said Chris Gardner, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency leading the effort.He added that in the meantime, plans are moving ahead on the project, known as FIMP, which is already funded through supplemental funds, and is not subject to the direct impacts of the lapsed federal budget.“Work on FIMP and other previously funded projects and studies should continue moving forward through the current partial government shutdown,” Gardner added.LI federal workers furloughed for the shutdown include IRS employees, nearly all of the 218 “dual status” technicians at the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Air Base in Westhampton and National Park Service rangers at Sagamore Hill and the Fire Island National Seashore.Open for business were the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. District Court in Central Islip, federal law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service field office in Holtsville and Calverton National Cemetery, which is funded through Oct. 15. Social Security is open to handle urgent issues such as appeals, but applications for a social security number and to replace a social security card will not be processed.Scores of New Yorkers signed up at the state’s health benefit exchange, both the online insurance plan marketplace and at offices in Hauppauge and beyond LI, despite the government shutdown.President Barack Obama pleaded with congressional leaders, namely Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who rallied Republicans to block the funding, to negotiate a settlement to the stalemate before the shutdown went into effect at midnight Tuesday. LI lawmakers were equally frustrated, including Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who tried to rally moderate Republicans in the House of Representatives to resolve the shutdown before the deadline on Monday.“My GOP colleagues should not demand a ransom for simply fulfilling their responsibilities,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). “That is not negotiating or governing in good faith.”last_img read more

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How to choose a credit union after college

first_imgAfter college your priorities change, from losing that freshman 15 to finding a job and making a five-year plan. Have you considered whether your bank falls in line with your new goals? One of your first “real world” decisions will be choosing the right financial institution for your needs.Switch or stay?You’ve grown up, and so, too, must your bank account. Most student accounts come with an age limit or will expire four or five years after they were opened. Once you no longer qualify, most banks and credit unions will roll your student version into a standard account. They’ll want to make the transition as smooth as possible so that you don’t leave. But go for clarity over convenience, because non-student accounts can come with new requirements — and fees. And besides, you might want more perks or features.If you’re happy where you are, and your bank and its accounts fit the next phase of your life, great. If not, or you’re unsure, consider what else is available. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Riviera Crikvenica – the millionth overnight stay realized a week earlier

first_imgThe multi-year trend of increasing the number of overnight stays on the Crikvenica Riviera continues successfully throughout 2017.At the very beginning of the month, on August 1, the number of one million overnight stays was exceeded, a week earlier than last year. Concrete figures for the period from the first seven months of 2017 (from 1 January to 31 July) show that a total of 198.931 arrivals were realized on the Crikvenica Riviera (21% more than in 2016) and 996.399 overnight stays, which is as much as 20,70 % more than in the same period in 2016.Number one on the list of top 10 countries is traditionally held by the Germans, who in the first seven months of 2017 achieved 235.125 overnight stays. They are followed by Croats with 150.218 overnight stays, Slovenes with 91.606 overnight stays, Austrians with 86.091 overnight stays, Hungarians 75.527, Poles 69.072 overnight stays, Slovaks 64.421, Czechs 63.793, Bosnia and Herzegovina took 9th place with 17.163, and Switzerland 10th with 15.980 overnight stays. “This year in the pre-season we were very well filled, even in the month of June we achieved a growth of 46 percent, which certainly contributed to the millionth overnight stay this year a week before. Very good expectations are expected for the post-season, booking and reactions from the field are very good and I am sure that we will achieve excellent results in the post-season. “Points out the director of the Crikvenica Tourist Board, Marijana Biondić, B.Sc. oec.Viewed individually, all types of accommodation recorded an increase in the period from January 1 to July 31, 2017. Thus, households (private accommodation) realized a total of 512.943 overnight stays (an increase of 25%), hotels 210.331 overnight stays (22 % more than in the same period in 2016), other catering facilities for accommodation 190.559 overnight stays (increase of 11,58%) and campsites 82.566 overnight stays (12,35% more than in the first seven months of 2016). New accommodation facilities in Crikvenica  While only three and a half years ago, the largest hotel company in the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera, Jadran dd, which now owns 8 hotels, 2 camps and 2 settlements, was waiting to go bankrupt, it was completely reconstructed at the beginning of this week. hotel Esplanade received its first guests.The investment in the hotel, which burned down for the most part in 2001 and was partially out of order “heavy”, is a total of 42 million kuna, and consists of 30 rooms and 8 suites with a total of 76 beds in two buildings – the old part built in 1929 was returned to its original condition in which the restaurant is located and the extended part built in the 70’s, which was completely changed by this project. “The Esplanade was a special challenge for us, not only because of the demanding project in business and technical terms but also its historical heritage and the great interest of Crikvenica residents who have a strong emotional connection with the Adriatic, especially with cult hotels such as the Esplanade. There are no standard rooms in the Esplanade, but an individual approach to design, but also to furnishing, decoration and service is required. This is our first design hotel for which we plan to further expand the capacity in today’s administrative building of the Adriatic and the Slavija boarding house, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, which will make the Esplanade an integral hotel. “, Said the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Dino Manestar and added that the Esplanade has 35 employees of Jadran, and it is planned that the hotel will be open most of the year.center_img Related news: CRIKVENICA RECEIVES THE FIRST ZIP LINE IN EUROPE ABOVE THE SEAlast_img read more

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Control of Lionsgate passes to Sovereign

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Coal miner Bukit Asam eyes Tuhup mine amid corruption scandal

first_imgCoal mining heavyweight PT Bukit Asam (PTBA) has expressed a desire to acquire a lucrative coal mine in Tuhup, Central Kalimantan, to increase and diversify its coal reserves, amid an alleged bribery case implicating the mine’s former owner.As a state-owned enterprise (SOE), Bukit Asam has the privilege of first pick to the mine, which was formerly operated by coal mining heavyweight PT Asmin Koalindo Tuhup (AKT), said PTBA’s newly appointed corporate secretary Apollonius Andwie on Tuesday.The founder of AKT’s parent company, Samin Tan, was named a corruption suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in February in relation to a case concerning the Tuhup mine. Legislators claimed that tighter control would improve accountability, but activists have lambasted the claim, pointing out that Indonesia’s natural resources industry has been rife with corruption.For Bukit Asam, acquiring AKT’s coal mine, prized for its high-carbon coal, will not only increase but also diversify the company’s reserves.“AKT’s metallurgical coal reserves can be very beneficial for PTBA, which has, until now, been very reliant on thermal coal,” said investment analyst Robertus Yanuar Hardy of Kresna Sekuritas. High-carbon metallurgical coal is used to produce steel, whereas lower-carbon thermal coal is used to generate electricity. The former commodity is about triple the price of the latter.Selling metallurgical coal would allow PTBA to diversify its revenue streams during periods of low thermal coal demand, as has been the case amid the COVID-19 pandemic.PTBA’s latest quarterly financial report revealed that the company’s profits fell 20.5 percent annually to Rp 903.24 billion (US$61.8 million) in the January-March period amid weakening coal demand and prices. Bukit Asam’s sales volume rose 2.1 percent yoy to 6.8 million tons yet its revenue fell 4.01 percent yoy to Rp 5.12 trillionAKT lost control over the Tuhup mine in 2017 when the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry cancelled its mining permit because of maladministration. The permit was otherwise valid until 2023. Thus began a protracted legal battle between the ministry and AKT.Samin then allegedly paid legislator Eni Maulani Saragih, a Golkar party politician, a Rp 5 billion bribe to lobby the energy ministry to allow AKT regain control over the prized mine, according to the KPK.The KPK said on May 6 that Samin had been added to its most-wanted list (DPO) after skipping two summons over the case.Meanwhile, AKT is currently attempting to switch its legal status from a contract of work (PKP2B) miner to a special mining permit (IUPK) miner, which would allow it to legally regain control.“Bukit Asam’s coal reserves will significantly increase if it can gain control of PKP2B’s former mine, assuming the government rejects converting that [AKT’s] PKP2B into an IUPK,” Rizal Kasli, chairman of the Indonesian Mining Experts Association (Perhapi) told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Rizal added that state-owned companies were given priority access to mines by the government as a means to boost state revenue and ultimately bring benefits to the public.Topics : “PTBA will look into it and study it,” Apollonius said during an online press briefing. “As a company that still wants to grow, acquisitions are, of course, one of our strategies.”However, the government may only offer AKT’s mine to Bukit Asam “after everything is legally clear,” he noted.Coal miners across Indonesia have been hit hard by worldwide lockdowns in the first quarter, as global electricity demand slumped after businesses and factories cut back on operations.Bukit Asam’s acquisition plan also aligns with the government’s policy to tighten state control over Indonesia’s mineral wealth, a principle enshrined in the recently-passed Coal and Mineral Mining Law.last_img read more

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Ward wants fresh start

first_imgDerby forward Jamie Ward is hoping he can kick-start his Northern Ireland career against Russia on Tuesday. He made his only start against Russia in Moscow last September and hopes to get another chance to showcase his skills in the return fixture at Windsor Park. “I’ve obviously had a few injuries which have put my international career back a bit, but I’ve played a little under Michael and that’s a start,” he said. “I am feeling better than the previous campaign. When I have been doing well at club level I have always had a little niggle coming into international games and that’s the most frustrating thing of the past 18 months.” Northern Ireland have been on the lookout for a reliable attacking threat ever since record goalscorer David Healy stopped being a first choice and O’Neill is still casting around for an attacking foil to target man Kyle Lafferty. Martin Paterson, Will Grigg and Billy McKay are the other strikers in contention at Windsor Park but if Ward does get the nod, he believes he has plenty to bring to the side. “I have a little bit of pace about myself, maybe a bit of attacking flair and I can score goals given chances,” he said. “Given the right service hopefully I can score goals. I don’t really mind where I play to be honest, if I play wide I would prefer to play on the left side but I also enjoy playing up front in the two. “But at the end of the day I just try and do a job for the team. Hopefully if I play or start I will get a bit more of the ball and play a more attacking game.” The 27-year-old made his international debut as a late substitute against the Faroe Islands in August 2011 – a match more likely to be remembered by fans as the team’s last victory – but has made just three more appearances since then. Manager Michael O’Neill rates Ward highly but the player has been absent from a handful of squads and withdrawn from others due to a variety of niggles and fitness issues, denying him a consistent run. O’Neill has yet to taste victory in nine matches since taking over from Nigel Worthington and odds are against him getting one over on opposite number Fabio Capello this time. Fans may fear the worst against a side who have won four of their five Group F matches to date, but defender Gareth McAuley has assured supporters recent frustrations are felt just as keenly among the players. “We’ve been not getting results when we thought we should have but it’s about not getting frustrated,” he said. “It’s never nice, even worse when you’re getting booed off by your own crowd. It’s like you’ve let the whole country down really and nobody appreciates that you’ve run about and tried and you take that away with you. You take it to heart a bit but you can’t carry it around with you.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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STAG Nations CUP KO Football – Den Amstel and Northern Rangers advance after match day 3

first_img…Tucville ground to host day 4 double-header today;DAY four rivalry in the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship is set for the Tucville ground this evening when three City sides and one from the East Bank will be showcasing their skills.The opening match at 18:00hrs will see East Bank’s number two side, Herstelling Raiders matching skills with Santos for the third available spot in the quarter-finals;the first two having been decided last evening at the #5 ground, West Coast Berbice.Tonight’s feature match is an all Georgetown affair between Western Tigers and Flamingo who had defeated Mahaicony Thunders in the first match of the tournament, thanks to the best goal of the championship so far which came off the boot of elder statesman, Shem Porter.Porter will be relishing the chance to lead his side to another win but will surely know that coming up against the Tigers is not easy and they will have to bring the A+ game to the field in order to create a huge upset.Dwayne Ali will be leading Western’s quest to move one step closer to the championship match as all the other teams will be harbouring similar thoughts.In results from match day 3 which was contested at the Leonora Track and Field Facility on Friday evening last, home team Den Amstel eased to a 4-2 win over Kuru Kururu Warriors while City side Northern Rangers pummeled West Dem’s Young Achievers, 7-0.Both Den Amstel and Northern Rangers have eased into the round-of-16 which kicked off last night in Berbice.Den Amstel was led to the win compliments of double strikes each from Gavin Graham (27, 71min) and Kevaughn Ward (31, 72min). The Warriors was able to draw level on account of goals from Oliver Denny (44min) and Collin Messiah (48min) but the home team pulled away again and never looked back.Northern Rangers was large and in charge from the first whistle against an ordinary looking Young Achievers side which is based in Pouderoyen on the West Bank.Steven Sankar led the Rangers with a brace (3min, 55min) whilst there was one apiece for Telfon Daley (23min), Devon Caesar (46min), Stephon Reynolds (57min), Colin Clark (60min) and Sunil Logan (83min).Wednesday,the penultimate day of the round-of-16,will see teams battling again at the Leonora Track and Field Facility where Pouderoyen (West Dem.) tackle Mahaica Determinators (East Dem.) in the first match at 18:00hrs to be followed by a showdown between Uitvlugt Warriors, the best side in the West side,and Northern Rangers.Final day round-of-16 play will be hosted at the Diamond Community Centre ground, East Bank Demerara where the East Bank flagship team, Grove Hi Tech battle Berbice’s New Amsterdam United.The supporting match brings together Ann’s Grove and Den Amstel from 18:00hrs.last_img read more

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Guyana thrash Barbados 5-1 to keep podium-finish hopes alive

first_img… to play Trinidad and Tobago today TEAM Guyana thrashed Barbados 5-1 last evening to keep their hopes alive to play for a ‘podium finish’ in this year’s Pan American Indoor Hockey Championships.Having lost their three earlier games, coach Dwayne Scott had told Chronicle Sport that his ladies might be down, but certainly not out of the tournament, and their showing against the Women from the ‘Land of the Flying Fish’ at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall suggested that the home side are going all-out to win their remaining games.Gabriella Xavier scored back-to-back goals from a penalty corner (5th and 14th minutes) to send the home crowd into frenzy.Kerensa Fernandes scored a field goal just after Xavier’s strike, to put the ‘GT’ women up 3-0, but Barbados, through Cher King, pulled one back just before halftime to give the Bajans a glimmer of hope in their fightback bid.Gabriella Xavier embraced by Kerensa Fiedtkou after scoring the game’s opening goal against Barbados (Samuel Maughn photo)In the second stanza, Guyana continued to dominate possession and after coming up short on several promising plays, Nicole Eastman scored in the 24th minute – a field goal which gave the home side a three-goal cushion (4-1).Marzana Fiedtkou’s scored a penalty in the 32nd minute to put the icing on the cake for Guyana and also ensured that Barbados remain win-less after three outings.Guyana will play Trinidad and Tobago today from 14:00hrs and based on the Trinis’ current form in the tournament, a win is on the horizon for Guyana as they attempt the herculean task of coming out victorious in their remaining games to contest for a spot on the podium on Saturday.At the conclusion of yesterday’s matches in the female pool of the tournament, Argentina sit on top of the group with a superior goal difference (16), despite picking up a loss and having the same number of points (nine), with second-place USA (nine) and Canada (nine).Uruguay, with wins against Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, sit fourth (six points), followed by Guyana (three points).The top two teams will play in the gold medal game, while third- and fourth-placers will play each other in the bronze medal game.last_img read more

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