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Changes to Improve Services for Children and Families

first_img on-call services that provide emergency response after hours; community services and children’s aid society shared services, such as facilities and equipment; foster and adoption resources; and placement services for children in care. Specific recommendations include, removing the barriers that currently prevent foster and adoptive families from being available to children outside the jurisdiction of their particular agencies or government offices. This will help ensure the best match between children and families, leading to fewer moves and more permanent placements. Placement services will be reorganized to ensure a full range of residential services is available to meet each child’s unique needs. These services include foster homes, group homes and programs for children with disabilities who are in the province’s care. Support for families at home, including prevention, parenting programs and services to youth, will continue to be strengthened in partnership with community organizations. Implementation of the recommendations will begin over the next year. “This was a tremendous joint effort in the best interests of families and children in our province,” said Mr. Morse. “These improvements will strengthen the high quality child welfare services already in place in Nova Scotia.” In 2004, there were about 11,500 child welfare cases in Nova Scotia. About 840 of those involved court proceedings. Less than one per cent of all cases involved apprehending a child from the home. The full report can be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms . Strategies to improve services for families, increase foster care support and strengthen placement options for children and youth in care were outlined in a report released today, Jan. 12, by the Department of Community Services and children’s aid societies. “Our first goal is to support families so children can remain at home, but the need to protect children from abuse or neglect means that’s not always possible,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “The recommendations in this report will help us strengthen our services to ensure we are providing stable, safe and nurturing environments when children can’t live with their birth families.” More than 100 people from the department and children’s aid societies participated in several working groups to examine existing services and recommend improvements. Input was also received from the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Council for the Family, IWK Mental Health Services, Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children, Chisholm Youth Services, Growing Together Dartmouth Family Centre, Dayspring Children’s Centre and many other organizations serving children and families. “We entered into this project with the goal of modernizing the administration of our services, while keeping the best of what makes our child welfare system effective for children and families,” said Jack Coffin, past president of the Children’s Aid Society of Cape Breton-Victoria. “It was an opportunity to work together to examine how services are delivered, and recommend important changes to improve support for vulnerable children and families in our province.” The report examined key areas of child welfare service delivery:last_img read more


Bell Medias MuchFACT Announces Fund Recipients for April Music Committee

first_imgTORONTO – Bell Media’s MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 25 fund recipients from the April 12, 2017 music committee meeting. With 220 applications considered, a total of $445,251 was awarded to Canadian musicians in the following categories: Music Video, Online Music Video/Project, and Digital Tools.MuchFACT celebrated the best in Canadian music in Ottawa at THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS, sponsoring the Video of the Year category once again. MuchFACT-funded videos also account for six of the 10 finalists for the annual Prism Prize. The juried awards gala, which takes place in Toronto in May, celebrates the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. MuchFACT-funded videos in the running include: “Stadium Pow Wow” by A Tribe Called Red, directed by Kevan Funk; “It’s Okay, I Promise” by Harrison f. Clairmont the Second, directed by Scott Cudmore; “Picturing Love” by July Talk, directed by Jared Raab; “Lite Spots” by Kaytranada, directed by Martin C. Pariseau; “Sleep In The Heat” by PUP, directed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux; “Amerika” by Wintersleep, directed by Scott Cudmore.MuchFACT fund recipients from the April 12, 2017 music committee meeting are as follows: Login/Register With: Advertisement MUSIC VIDEOSBroken Social Scene – “Skyline”DARCYS – “Virtual Reality”Wintersleep – “Freak Out”POMO – “Fall Together” (f. Harrison Brome)Derek Wise – “Jamal”Heartstreets – “Blind”The Matinee – “Blood Alley”Reuben and the Dark – “All Or Nothing”APB – “Rome” (f. Jessie Reyez )Land Of Talk – “This Time”Lou Phelps – “What Time Is It” (f. Innanet James)Shaun Frank – “Throwback” (f. Delaney Jane)Walrus – “Family Hangover”ONLINE MUSIC VIDEO / PROJECTTanisha – “Wild World”Future States – “You Got It All Wrong”Taylor Knox – “The Stars”Dante Leon – “Roses”Fjord – “Pools”Dillan Ponders – “HEAVEN”Leif Vollebekk – “Into the Ether”Merna – “The Exception”The Franklin Electric – “Burning Flame”Basia Bulat – “La La Lie”Brave Shores – “Cult Kids”DIGITAL TOOLSJoseph of Mercury – “Find You Inside”The next deadline for submitting MuchFACT applications is Thursday, May 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications can be submitted at www.muchfact.ca..About Bell MediaWith passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 31 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.About MuchFACT:MuchFACT supports the Canadian music community through funding and promotion of music videos and related music content for all media platforms. MuchFact is exclusively funded by Much & M3, divisions of Bell Media Inc. MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of many of Canada’s most prominent musicians including Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Dragonette, Matt Mays, Serena Ryder, The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, K-OS, Feist, Shad, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Metric, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. MuchFACT has also had a great impact on developing Canadian directors, many of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos, as well as feature films and documentaries. Since 1984, MuchFACT has awarded more than $100 million dollars, and funded nearly 9000 projects. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more


Robbie Robertson in the glare of accolades

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe seventh annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala took place Saturday night in Toronto.Music legend Robbie Robertson was at the centre of attention.Robertson has roots in Six Nations territory and that is where he says he also found his musical foundation.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith was there.last_img


Brazilian Man Arrested at Casablanca Airport Carrying 245 Kg of Cocaine

Rabat – A Brazilian national was arrested on Sunday at Casablanca airport in possession of nearly 2.5 kg of cocaine.Police at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca arrested a 22-year-old Brazilian national on Sunday morning in possession of 2 kg and 455 grams of cocaine, a statement from the Directorate General of (DGNS).The defendant, who arrived on a flight from Sao Paolo, was to transit in the afternoon to Lyon airport in France, before the control operation at Mohammed V airport discovered this quantity of cocaine hidden in his carry-on baggage, according to the same source. The suspect was placed in police custody at the disposal of the investigation conducted under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.This operation is part of the ongoing efforts of the DGSN services to combat international drug trafficking and psychotropic drugs, the statement added. read more


Head of Protection of Crown Prince Moulay Hassan Dies of Heart

Rabat – Khalid El Wahi, the head of protection of Crown of Prince Moulay Hassan died of a heart attack on Saturday.Media outlets gave conflicting details over location of his death.Some said the deceased police prefect suffered a heart attack in his hotel room in the northern city of Tetouan and was found dead there and that there suspicious physical marks on his body. The same sources added his death was discovered when he did not answers several calls, and that high security officials rushed to the place when his death was announced.Others said El Wahi was emergently taken to the military hospital in Rabat, yet he could not be saved.The deceased is expected to be buried on Sunday at the Echouhada cemetery in Rabat.Meanwhile, an investigation was opened to determine the circumstances of El Wahi’s death. read more


French University Presidents Condemn Rising Students Fees

On November 19, the French government decided to charge international students higher registration fees starting from the 2019-2020 academic year.The Conference of University Presidents (CPU) published a statement on Monday asking the government to suspend the planned increase for registration fees.“France needs international students who contribute to its development and influence in the world,” says the statement. The statement added that ‘the announced general increase in registration fees is not an appropriate response, as it carries with it the significant risk of excluding students and france student doctoral students whom we welcome today.”read Also: France to Increase University Cost for International StudentsMoreover, the CPU board of directors “requests that the entry into force of the provisions in question to be suspended”.For her part, the French minister of higher education, Frederique Vidal, addressed a letter to university presidents and directors of higher education schools on Monday explaining that international students who reside f in France for several years will pay the same registration fees as European students. She added that students who already began their studies in France are not concerned by the increase.The French prime minister, who announced the international education reform bill, explained that it would serve to fund more education-related projects and build more facilities to accommodate students and invest more in foreign language education.The decision faced heavy criticism from students, who decided to protest, adding to the current chaos in France. read more


UN asks for additional 58 million to help exfighters in Liberia

The additional funds are on top of the $30 million already received or pledged to the rehabilitation and reintegration phase of a plan to help former combatants in Liberia’s 14-year civil war, UNDP said.Some 20,035 ex-fighters already have been through the “RR” portion of the three-year-long Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) programme, but UNDP warned that another 47,025 ex-combatants are at risk of missing the last two phases because of the lack of financing.As of the formal end of demobilization activities on 31 October, a total of 95,615 former combatants have been disarmed and demobilized, including 9,251 child soldiers and 17,147 women fighters.The additional caseload signalled an “unanticipated though welcome” desire of former fighters that have completed the demobilization phase of the DDRR programme, UNDP said in a news release.”Now as greater numbers of former combatants want to make their way homeward to reclaim their lives and take up new livelihoods, the international community must help widen the critical safety net it has put into place, to hedge against reverses to conflict and to plant the seeds of a peaceful and prosperous Liberia,” it said.Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his latest report to the Security Council on Liberia, warned that the ex-combatants “constitute a highly volatile group of unemployed youth with little or no education or job skills, for whom the provision of training, education and work opportunities is urgently needed.” read more


New UN report encourages African countries to harness growing tourism sector

“Tourism is a dynamic sector with phenomenal potential in Africa. Properly managed it can contribute immensely to diversification and inclusion for vulnerable communities,” said Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The agency’s “Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 focuses on tourism for transformative and inclusive growth.Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD’s New York office, said tourism export revenues tripled since 1998, from $14 billion to nearly $47 billion. Tourism now contributes to about 8.5 per cent of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP), compared with 6.8 per cent in 1998. “African tourism is increasingly driven by Africans themselves due to a growing middle-income class,” Ms. Carpentier told a press conference at UN Headquarters, adding that four out of 10 international tourists in Africa are from the continent itself. “By 2026, tourism’s direct contribution to GDP is forecast to surpass $121 billion,” she noted.Highlighting some of the findings from the report, Ms. Carpentier said to realize the continent’s economic growth, governments should take steps to liberalise air transport, promote the free movement of persons, ensure currency convertibility and, crucially, recognise the value of African tourism and plan for it.She noted the importance of easing red tape in travel between countries, such as limiting the number of visas needed when traveling on the continent, using the European Union’s one visa as an example.The UN official also noted the importance of keeping money in the continent – such as by sourcing food from local farmers, many of whom are living in poverty, instead of importing from overseas. “This will require capacity building for producers to meet international standards and produce in time to meet demands,” Ms. Carpentier noted.She added that the growing tourism sector offers opportunities for young people, who globally make up about half of the tourism labour force. The sector is also heavily women-driven, with nearly one-third of jobs taken up by women, and nearly half in the hotel and restaurant sector.Tourism and perceptions of peaceAnother important theme highlighted in the report is the mutually beneficial relationship between peace – or its perceptions – and tourism. It notes that the economic impacts of political stability can be quite significant and long-lasting. For example, following political instability in Tunisia, total tourism receipts in 2009–2011 declined by 27 per cent on average, from $3.5 billion in 2009 to $2.5 billion in 2011. “Addressing safety and security concerns as well as swift responses to crises by African governments and regional institutions are paramount to the growth of tourism in Africa,” UNCTAD said. “Promoting strategies aimed at improving Africa’s image in the global media are also critical in ensuring the sector’s recovery after conflict or political unrest.”The mere appearance of instability in a region can deter tourists, leading to devastating, long-lasting economic consequences. However, the perception of danger does not always correspond with reality, according to the UN agency.The 2014 Ebola outbreak in western Africa, despite being isolated to relatively few countries in that region, resulted in a loss across the entire continent. read more


LETTER Tax reform appears to have been relegated to the back

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: GRA responds to inaccuracies on Corporate TaxOctober 13, 2017In “latest news”Income Tax exemptions for President, others should be removed- Tax Reform CommitteeOctober 17, 2017In “Business”IMF team to assess VAT to determine feasibility of reductionJuly 19, 2016In “latest news” Dear Editor,President Granger did not mention the phrase (tax reform) once in his “2015 manifesto” message, while his PM Candidate stated that his team “proposes to restructure the tax recovery system, not to oppress the wage earner, but to catch the tax dodger”.  But after some two and a half years, although the Government’s Tax Reform Committee made sweeping recommendations, tax reform appears to have been relegated to the back burners.I want to focus on one particular set of tax measures against the backdrop of the Guyana Business Summit 2017; I speak specifically of Corporation Taxes (CTAX). According to the Ram & McRae website, there are three rates of CTAX in Guyana – a 30% rate that applies to non-commercial companies, a 40% rate that applies to commercial companies except telephone companies and finally a 45% rate for the telephone companies.If one just observes the CTAX rates in Trinidad as an example, they have a basic rate of 25% and a band of 35% that is applied to the oil and gas industry.  If you are a company in Guyana, and you have a legal choice, which country would you prefer to pay your taxes? Guyana at 35%/40% or Trinidad at 25%/35%!This situation has opened a door to a practice called transfer pricing that allows companies to avoid paying their fair share of taxes in Guyana legally.  It is called tax avoidance. In reality, the tax burden is exported from Guyana to another country with a lower tax rate, allowing that company to bypass the Guyana treasury. In reality, there is such a company called Guyana Stockfeeds (Trinidad) Ltd which is a subsidiary of Guyana Stockfeeds Inc (Read the Annual Report).The solution to increasing the CTAX payment to the Guyana treasury is simple – reform the tax system. But it requires a phased reduction of the CTAX rates. A strategic starting point is a reduction of the rate from 35% to 25% for the non-commercial companies (mainly the dwindling manufacturing sector).  That one concession will make a world of difference to the investment landscape.I disagree with the minister’s excuse that tax reforms will have adverse budgetary consequences.   It has been empirically proven in many instances that any reduction of the CTAX will directly enhance the investment climate, generate new jobs and new tax payments. Reduction in the rate of taxes is a flow, not a spot transaction and thus to quantify the impact of the tax reform, one must quantify the cost-benefits over a period of time (let us say a year) and this is what the minister has refused to do.  Rather he is focused on the spot position and his “book losses” at a particular date.  But that is a “bean-counting” mentality.Any reduction in the CTAX will result in the freeing-up of hundreds of millions of new dollars for new investments.The ideal principle of taxation is “broaden the base and lower the tax rates”. The principle goal of tax reform is to promote economic well-being and drive aggregate demand – new investments, enhanced productivity and a living wage.  Instead, the Minister of Finance Mr Jordan continues to delay the implementation of the recommended tax reforms that even Mr Statia advised (he sat on the Tax Reform Commission).It is time for the minister to wake up and cut through the fog and if he does not understand the core concepts, why isn’t he buying expertise to help him.  For how long more can Guyana bear a Minister in training behind the 8-ball? At this stage of the game, we should not be discussing the reduction of the CTAX rate for the private sector; it should have been a well-advanced process already reaping the benefits from the increased investments, augmented productivity and expanded wages for the workers which would have all been feeding into the expansion in aggregate demand and by extension the economy.Sincerely,Sase Singh read more


CPL tickets for first 3 Guyana matches to go on sale

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTickets for Warriors September matches go on sale from MondayAugust 11, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: New Warriors authentic merchandise available at ticketing officeJuly 28, 2018In “Sports”Tickets for October CPL matches in Guyana on sale from Monday  September 7, 2019In “latest news” The CPL Ticket Office on Camp and Quamina StreetsTicket sales for the Guyana Amazon Warriors first Three (3) home matches of the Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) will commence on Thursday July 19, 2018 at the CPL Guyana Office located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown.According to an official statement from the local organizing committee, from 09:00h, patrons will be allowed to purchase tickets to see the Warriors take on St Kitts Patriots, Barbados Tridents and the St Lucia Stars on August 9, 11 and 12 respectively at Providence.It was outlined that tickets can be purchased from 8am to 5pm on Weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.  The costs of tickets for this year’s CPL matches are as follows:RED AND GREEN STANDS – G$5,000 ORANGE STAND – G$3,000 GRASS MOUND – G$2,500According to the local organizing committee, there have been numerous “enquiries regarding the sale of tickets for the CPL games and with this in mind fans and cricket enthusiasts are advised to make early purchases so as to avoid the rush as we get closer to Match Days.”The first three home matches scheduled to be played at the Providence Stadium as follows:Thursday 9 th August – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St. Kitts Patriots at 6:00pm Saturday 11th August – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars at 4:00pm Sunday 12th August – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Tridents at 6:00pmIt was reiterated that only tickets for the first three group matches (9th, 11th and 12th of August) will be available for sale from tomorrow, while tickets sales for the matches scheduled for the 8th and 9th of September will be announced later.For further information on ticketing please feel free to contact the CPL Guyana office on telephone numbers 231-5344 and 231-2035 and on e-mail – cplguyana@gmail.comA launch and a press conference is expected to be held at the Camp and Quamina Streets office on Thursday at 10am. read more


EYEWITNESS Not the way we were…

…in cricketNo…your Eyewitness isn’t going into a tirade over the WI second loss to India in their two-Test series. He’s too dejected for that. It’s worse when they flatter to deceive; like when, in this second Test, they restricted India to a lead of just 56, and then collapsed for 127, giving their opponents a mere 72 runs to win the match and the series. It’s time once again to discuss whether we belong in Cricket Tests.Contrast our performance with those in the shorter forms of the game – ODIs and T20 matches – and it’s clear that we don’t do too badly there. In fact, we’re downright competitive with any of the teams out there. So what is it about the long form of the game that makes us collapse like a house of cards? A while back, your Eyewitness suggested that Test cricket tests the players’ character…and he still believes this.In his estimation then, for us to become competitive in Tests – or, yes, return to our glory days — West Indies cricket has to embark on building the character of its players, so as to enable them to stand up to the demands of a game that must be played across five days.So where do we begin?? We could do worse than return to playing 4-day matches under Test-like conditions between the several territories. Time there was when each of the several regional teams was practically on par with the best Test teams in the world. It’s not a coincidence that it was the same time that we were ruling the roost in Test cricket.But this was abandoned when the Franchise system was introduced into the 4-day competition in 2014, with glitzy team names like Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride. This was simply a not-too-thinly disguised attempt to compete with CPL, and it should be no surprise that the “slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am” attitude permeates the now openly declared “Professional League”Test cricket takes a particular mindset… primarily the mental toughness to play each ball on its merit, and to bowl every ball to set up a batsman for that false stroke. This mindset isn’t suddenly going to manifest itself when we’re thrown into stadiums against teams that regularly play top quality domestic 5-day tournaments. India and its Ranji Cup has continued unchanged in its format since 1934, with only the teams increasing from 2 to the present 37!!Sure, there will always be great Test players thrown up on sheer talent and innate good sense – like our present Jason Holder. But we can’t depend on this hit-or-miss approach, can we?If we want to become better in Tests, as the Americans say in their inimitable style, we have to either “shit or get off the (Test) pot”!…on “Black is beautiful”When it comes to leading the way for us in the West Indies, when it comes to culture, you’ve got to hand it to the Jamaicans. From rebellions to reggae, to Rastafarianism, they have defined our unique civilisational world vision. We might have been colonised for a number of centuries, but we took the tools of the master to free ourselves, in the words of Brother Bob, “from mental slavery”.So it was with more than a jolt of astonishment that your Eyewitness read about the recent survey which declared, “Skin bleaching shows that approximately 11 per cent of Jamaicans have bleached their skin. The incidence of bleaching was higher among men, as 12.5 per cent bleached, compared to 8.8 per cent women.” And most pertinently, that skin bleaching was most prevalent in the 15-to-34-years-old age group! Meaning our future leaders!!So what’s next? Caustic-soda hair straightening every Friday night?…at MirrorNagamootoo learnt his journalism from Janet at the Mirror. So he knows opinions in columns – especially a satirical one like yours truly – aren’t the paper’s position.But he claimed this on a story from the Muckraker your Eyewitness commented on!! As he does daily on the dailies!Wanker!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Moving on…November 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Cricket…August 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS””We will hit the ground running”- SammyDecember 1, 2013In “Sports” read more


More motor mishaps PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys

first_img Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Mar 2016 – There was another disconcerting smash up this morning; bumper to bumper traffic in the area of New Testament Church of God in Blue Hills with a multiple car collision. The transportation issue made it to the House of Assembly this morning when during her two minute address, Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson pointed to the problems of illegal jitneys. Hon Robinson said, and I quote: “What alarms me Mr Speaker is that despite the number of times that I have raised in the Hon House the need for safe, legal public transport which is necessary and Mr Speaker even amidst the allegations of sexual assault and rape, this Government has ignored this issue. And now Mr Speaker over the weekend, a Police Officer used his social media account to create awareness of reports being made of persons blacking out in jitneys especially our women.”These concerns are not new, Magnetic Media has been on the receiving end of many complaints over the years and more recently, during the Annual Law Enforcement Church Service, Bishop C Alexander Williams bemoaned the matter; calling for an end. Also recently, Governor Peter Beckingham asked Cabinet to formulate a transportation policy for the country. On Saturday, the TCI recorded its first traffic death; 32 year old Ricel Baptiste of Haiti died at hospital around 7:45pm. The Police report said he suffered serious head and neck injuries; the other three taken to Cheshire Hall Medical were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:Bishop C. Alexander Williams, governor peter beckingham, illegal jitnetys, Pdm, ricel baptistelast_img read more


Bank of America to increase minimum wage to 20 an hour

first_imgFinancial services organisation Bank of America is to increase its minimum wage to $20 (£15.27) an hour for 205,000 US-based employees.The pay increase will be delivered over a two-year period, starting on 1 May 2019 when the bank’s minimum hourly wage will increase to $17 (£12.98). This will continue to rise in increments until the minimum wage reaches $20 an hour in 2021.Bank of America is improving its hourly minimum wage in order to align with its core values and culture; the organisation seeks to inspire employees to do great work, encourage and retain talent and build greater trust within teams.The organisation has also committed to delivering sustainable and responsible business growth, using competitive benefits and programmes that support the diverse needs of its staff.The bank’s minimum wage has increased by more than $4 (£3.05) an hour since 2010 and, in 2017, it raised its hourly minimum wage to $15 (£11.45) an hour. The legal minimum wage in the US is currently set at $7.25 (£5.54) per hour.Sheri Bronstein, chief HR officer at Bank of America, said: “We are raising our minimum wage because we believe that to best serve our customers and clients, we need the best teams.“Saying thank you, celebrating great work and sharing our success further [demonstrates] our commitment to being a great place to work.”last_img read more


Egypt expresident Mohamed Morsi dies

first_imgIn this file photo taken on May 09, 2014 Egyptian ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi looks on from behind the defendants cage during is trial alongside 130 others on charges of organising jail breaks during the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak. Photo: AFPMohamed Morsi, who died Monday aged 67, was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him.The Islamist’s overthrow was followed by a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood movement and dealt a major blow to political Islam.Morsi was sentenced to death in May 2015 for his role in jailbreaks during the uprising that ousted his predecessor, longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.He successfully appealed and was awaiting the final ruling of a retrial when he died in a Cairo hospital after fainting during an “animated” session in court, judicial and security sources said.A veteran activist and engineering professor, Morsi was among the Brotherhood leaders detained during the 18-day anti-Mubarak revolt in 2011, escaping with thousands of inmates who broke out of prison.The son of a farmer, he was not the Brotherhood’s first choice for president.Nicknamed “The Spare Tyre”, Morsi emerged as a compromise candidate to run in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election in 2012.Hailing from the movement’s political wing — the Freedom and Justice Party — he was put forward after one of the Brotherhood’s powerful financiers, Khairat al-Shater, was disqualified on technical grounds.Many voters chose Morsi in a protest vote against Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, and he narrowly won.- Deep divisions -When taking office in June 2012, the bearded and bespectacled Islamist promised to be president “of all Egyptians” and was feted by cheering crowds in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square.But he was soon accused of failing to represent all Egyptians and of trampling the ideals of the anti-Mubarak uprising.His rule was marked by deep divisions in Egyptian society, a crippling economic crisis and often-deadly opposition protests.Derided by some as a “puppet of the Brotherhood”, Morsi irritated the bureaucracy and many ordinary Egyptians by appointing members of the movement to key administrative posts.Months after his election win, Morsi issued a decree that in effect shielded his decisions from judicial review, sparking deadly clashes outside his palace.He was removed by his then-defence minister and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on July 3, 2013 after millions took to the streets demanding his resignation. Sisi became president a year later.Morsi denounced a “coup” and his supporters insisted he was still the legitimate president of the Arab world’s most populous nation.Hundreds were killed in clashes that erupted when security forces dispersed two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo in August 2013.Thousands of Morsi supporters were imprisoned in a crackdown and rights groups accused Sisi’s regime of being even more repressive than the Mubarak authorities.The years following Morsi’s overthrow saw a surge in bombings and shootings targeting security forces, particularly in the northern Sinai Peninsula, a stronghold of the Islamic State group.The jihadists say the attacks are in retaliation for the crackdown on Islamists.- ‘I am Dr Mohamed Morsi’ -Morsi himself was put on trial several times on charges ranging from killing protesters to jailbreaks to spying for Iran, Qatar, and militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.In the first verdict against him, a Cairo court convicted Morsi of inciting violence against protesters during December 2012 clashes after he decreed that his decisions could not be challenged by the judiciary.He was sentenced to 20 years in jail in that case, and later received two life sentences in espionage cases.Morsi steadfastly rejected the authority of Egypt’s courts to try him and launched frequent tirades against Sisi from the dock and accused military chiefs of violating the constitution.”I am Dr Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic… This was a military coup. The leaders of the coup should be tried,” Morsi said on the opening day of his first trial in November 2013.He was later put in a soundproof glass dock to stop him interrupting the proceedings with outbursts.Born on 8 August 1951 in the village of El-Adwah in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, Morsi graduated with an engineering degree from Cairo University.He received a doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he was also an assistant professor in the early 1980s.Morsi first entered the political arena in 2000 when he was elected to parliament as an independent, given the Mubarak-era ban on the Brotherhood.He was a lawmaker until 2005 and served seven months in jail in 2006 for taking part in a demonstration in support of reformist judges.In 2010, Morsi became a spokesman for the Brotherhood and a member of its politburo.He was married with five children and three grandchildren.last_img read more


Full Show Supreme Court Hearings and Political Roundup Sept 5 2018

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Were Almost Done with American Horror Story Cult

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target American Horror Story: Cult isn’t the worst season the show’s ever had. Though it certainly looked that way at the start, it had a string of great, terrifying episodes that really got into how cults form and how hard it is to escape from them. It’s hard to think of a season that’s had quite the lows that this one did. Even with multiple episodes I’ve genuinely enjoyed, I cant’ remember a season I’ve wanted to end quite as much as this one. I really think that Cult has had some of the least enjoyable episodes in the show’s history. Some of that may be by design, but it doesn’t make me look forward to watching it each week. At least at 11 episodes, it’s relatively short. I probably should have expected something like last night’s episode. We’ve seen such wide swing’s in quality this season. With last week’s being decent and the season finale coming next week, there almost had to be one more episode that forced us to ask, “what the hell did I just watch?”This was the flashback Ryan Murphy and Co. have been teasing since they first revealed this season’s title. Evan Peters is going to play Charles Manson. He actually does a decent job of it. Peters is a great actor and the one unequivocally good thing about this season is that we got to see him play so many different characters and versions of a character. How necessary was Manson’s appearance though? That’s less clear. Manson’s only real purpose in this episode seems to be to show us how far gone Kai is. Like we didn’t know that already. The part where they show the Manson family murders is tasteless, but the taste has never been part of this show.(Photo via FX)Ryan Murphy has always gone out of his way to offend, and he certainly accomplished that goal here. The fact that these murders actually happened, and we know who committed them made it more disturbing than anything AHS has shown in the past. Even the Zodiac killings didn’t feel as exploitative because that story was so obviously fictionalized. We don’t know who the Zodiac Killer was, but we can be pretty sure it wasn’t Valerie Solanas. I feel like nobody took Murphy aside at any point and explained to him that real people died here. I realize that nothing is sacred to this show, and that’s partly why I respect it. It truly is an equal opportunity offender in a way the likes of South Park wish they could be. But even this show crosses the most generous of lines sometimes. I’ve brought it up before, but remember that season one played a school shooting like a John Hughes comedy. It really didn’t fly then and it holds up even worse now. This is another one of those times where the subjects it’s playing with, even if it is purely for shock value, require just a little bit of nuance and sensitivity. Those things aren’t in American Horror Story’s toolbox.And it is purely for shock value. The entire point of Kai’s story is so he can scream out the line, “night of 1,000 Tates.” Just in case the reenactment, where you see a pregnant woman get stabbed in her belly, wasn’t tasteless enough. And the show doesn’t even try to deliver on that awful premise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we didn’t see these guys murdering a bunch of pregnant women, but it only reinforces how pointless the whole sequence was. The whole thing was meant to get Garry to allow himself to be murdered in a Planned Parenthood for The Cause. Kai stages the body to look like the Manson murders and blames it on leftist radicals. The “night of 1,000 Tates” could still be coming though. During a news report by an utterly broken Beverly, Kai suggested that these “leftist” would target pregnant women next. God, I hope that’s not where the next episode is going.Evan Peters, Billie Lourd (Photo via FX)There’s a way the Manson stuff could have worked. If they had built it up from the beginning. If Kai’s copying of Manson’s tactics had been focused on as a way he built the cult. If you’re going to tell the story of Charles Manson, do more with it. Instead, it’s given about as much weight as the suicide cult triptych and used far less effectively. Instead of being an examination of how violent murder cults are formed, it was a cheap shock. Watching Evan Peters chew the scenery at himself as Manson was a decent way to portray his increasingly addled mind. That’s the nicest thing I can say about it.Another massive disappointment comes in the form of Bebe Babbitt. After she fired the women up into an angry cult of their own, it was revealed she was working with Kai. That was interesting. Immediately, we were paying attention. What could that possibly mean? As it turns out, not much. The episode begins to take it somewhere cool. In a flashback, we see that Kai slapped one of Winter’s friends during an argument over one of the Trump-Clinton debates. He’s forced to go to anger management, where he meets Bebe. She’s the one who sets him down the demagogue path, saying that if he and Donald Trump keep winning, the women of America will get angry enough to rise up and take over. That would add an intriguing layer to Kai’s character, but lol nope. The power goes to his head, and he decides he doesn’t want to spark a full-scale women’s revolution. The two start arguing and Ally ends up shooting Bebe. Wow AHS, you almost told a decent story there. Good thing you dodged that bullet.Sarah Paulson (Photo via FX)There comes a point in every bad horror movie/TV show/novel where you can tell the writer just gave up. It’s where nothing is scary anymore. The story has straight up run out of ideas to scare you. Instead, it goes for the gross-out. I think we’ve reached that point in American Horror Story: Cult. Nothing about last night’s episode was all that scary. Disturbing, sure, but mostly it was just gross. When a series has managed to take all the terror out of knife-wielding clowns, you know something’s wrong. Gary’s death felt more inevitable than anything else. Winter’s death was worse. It’s a shame because the scene that preceded it, where she’s shaving him with a straight razor, was tense as hell. Both actors were playing ulterior motives, and you knew the subtext was about to boil over into text at any moment. It was a really well-done scene. Then, it gives way to a long, drawn-out closeup of Kai strangling Winter. It’s so telegraphed, it doesn’t even come as a shock. It’s not scary, it’s not even that disturbing. It’s just gross. Between this and the mishandling of Bebe’s storyline, it really feels like the writers just gave up on this episode.I don’t know where the season finale can possibly go from here and frankly, I don’t think AHS does either. Maybe it’ll be great. This season has surprised us before. Mostly, I’m just glad there’s only one more week of this. Coming off of this episode, it’s hard not to look at Cult as anything but a disappointment. Even if the finale is something truly amazing, these big swings in quality are too much to deal with. But hey, we’ve come this far, there’s no reason not to see it through to the end. Especially since Ally’s newfound villainy continues to be the best part of the back half of the season. Plus, I’m intrigued by the discovery that Speedwagon is actually a mole. Who is he working for? What is he planning? Will it be any good? We’ll find out all those answers in one week. One. More. 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Its the Beginning of a Dark Era for Cyber Security

first_img Researchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureJapan Beefs Up Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics It may be old news to most of us, but researchers and experts are still sifting through the data on last week’s staggering distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.For those few who haven’t heard, someone launched a massive DDoS attack on a domain name server (DNS) last Friday. This is important because DNS are responsible for translating the web addresses we humans use (like www.geek.com) into data that computers and routers and the like can understand. When a DNS goes down, computers get confused and have no idea where to go unless you manually type in the address of the site you need. Since basically none of us have that kind of information logged, it basically tanks any site that uses that DNS.DDoS attacks have become increasingly prevalent and far more destructive over the past few years. They work using an array of techniques designed to flood a server with traffic so that it can’t handle all the incoming data and, frequently, shuts down. In the earliest days of the internet, it was possible for just a few computers to bring down a server with a coordinated attack. But as the internet infrastructure has grown, so too has the size of the attack needed to take out any one piece.A couple of years back the hacking collective Lizard Squad were known to use a system where they’d request data from an internet time keeping server (essentially one of the computers that helps keep everyone’s clocks running) and then redirect that traffic at a selected target. This could be hugely devastating because time servers are designed to handle hundreds of thousands if not millions of requests at once. And if you asked for enough data from one, they could send that same volume of traffic downstream.Since then security companies have wizened up. Now, many use special software that filters or examines incoming requests and screens them for anything suspicious. If you get a bunch of data coming from one place, you can safely assume it’s an attack and lock out that connection. So hackers have adapted.In a blogpost published by Dyn (the DNS that got hit last week), the company identified the Mirai botnet as the “primary source of malicious attack traffic.” Botnets or collections of computers infected with specialized viruses have been used to aid DDoS attacks for some time, but Mirai is different.Mirai uses hundreds of thousands of digital cameras, DVRs and other “internet of things” (IoT) products. Dyn estimates that they were hit with 1.2 TB/s, making this the largest attack recorded by far. This is particularly troubling because it points to the staggering number of security flaws in IoT devices.Speaking to the Guardian, David Fidler, adjunct senior fellow for cybersecurity at the Council on Foreign Relations, said, “We have a serious problem with the cyber insecurity of IoT devices and no real strategy to combat it.”Fidler adds that this is likely just the beginning.“The IoT insecurity problem was exploited on this significant scale by a non-state group, according to initial reports from government agencies and other experts about who or what was responsible… Imagine what a well-resourced state actor could do with insecure IoT devices.”Because a DVR may not show any signs of being infected and there are so many out there, not to mention printers, cameras, etc., infected devices can go much longer without arousing suspicion. And since we have so many of these systems running through homes and workplaces, the scale of these attacks could be truly terrifying.It’s feasible that within short order we could see attacks large enough to take down internet exchange points, or IXPs, the literally backbones and hubs of virtually all web traffic on Earth. If that happened, then the potential damage could be catastrophic. Stay on targetlast_img read more


Scientists produce a 3D morphokinematical model of the planetary nebula NGC 2440

first_img(Phys.org)—Astronomers from the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) in Brazil have developed a 3D model of the planetary nebula NGC 2440, describing the kinematics and morphology of this interesting object. The model, introduced in a paper published on June 3 on the arXiv pre-print server, could shed new light on the origins and formation processes of planetary nebulae. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Colorful Demise of a Sun-Like Star © 2016 Phys.org Mesh model to NGC 2440 built with SHAPE (left) and reference HST image (right). Credit: Paulo Lago/Roberto Costa, 2016. Discovered by William Herschel in 1790, NGC 2440 is one of the most well-known planetary nebulae in our Milky Way galaxy. The object is located in the Puppis constellation and its central star, designated HD 62166, is possibly the hottest known white dwarf to date.While studying NGC 2440, Paulo Lago and Roberto Costa of IAG, were particularly interested in the nebula’s core. The central region has drawn attention of the astronomers due to its complexity and a wealth of microstructures.In order to create a model that would showcase the nebula’s complicated structure, the scientists used high-resolution spectra and position-velocity diagrams of NGC 2440. The high angular resolution images required for modeling purposes were selected from the Hubble Space Telescope’s (HST) Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC2), available in different filters.The astronomers utilized the SHAPE software to construct the 3D model. This tool allows researchers to reconstruct the 3D structure of a planetary nebula in great detail, taking into account projection effects, using high angular resolution images such as those from the HST, and high resolution spectra. SHAPE is capable of building a mesh model inside a 3D environment in order to analyze the morphology and kinematics of planetary nebulae.”SHAPE modeling requires a mesh model and a set of physical parameters such as velocity fields and density distributions derived from the observational data. In general, the larger is the database, the better is the model due to the increase in the number of independent constraints,” the researchers noted in the paper.According to the newly developed 3D model, NGC 2440 is a multi-polar nebula with at least two bipolar components. The larger structure has a position angle of 85 degrees, while the smaller one has a position angle of 35 degrees; thus, they are tilted 50 degrees apart. These findings suggest the presence of a toroidal structure surrounding the core of the planetary nebula. “This torus is inside the inner bipolar structure at position angle of 35 degrees, however, it is very hard to distinguish such a feature in the high angular resolution images from HST due to filaments and ‘secondary’ morphological structures,” the paper reads.Moreover, based on the observational data and the 3D model, the scientists found that a toroidal structure not only exists but is also strongly interacting with the environment or the radiation field.NGC 2440 was found to showcase a molecular emission of carbon monoxide, particularly in the bipolar component, with a position angle of 35 degrees. According to the research, the presence of fast carbon monoxide components in the core region points to the destruction of a neutral and dense torus by the out flow at the moment of the lobes formation.”From our models and the observational data, we conclude that a segmented toroidal structure is a good description for the inner part of NGC 2440. The model based upon this hypothesis provides a good reproduction of the observed position-velocity diagrams, therefore it can be said that a torus, segmented at least in three parts, is in good agreement with the observational data. This result agrees with that of Wang et al. (2008), who detect a molecular outflow in NGC 2440, aligned with the optical bipolar lobes,” the astronomers concluded.The authors of the paper also managed to derive the distance to NGC 2440. According to their estimates, this nebula is located about 5,900 light years from the Earth. Previous calculations indicated a 4,000-light-year distance. More information: NGC 2440 : A morpho-kinematical model, arXiv:1606.01234 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1606.01234AbstractThis work describes the modelling of the 3D structure and position-velocity (P-V) diagrams of NGC 2440, a well known planetary nebula, aiming to describe the morphology of this object, specially its core. We have used high resolution spectra and P-V diagrams to reproduce the 3D structure of the nebula using SHAPE, a software that allows 3D modelling. HST high angular resolution images were used as reference to the model. The observational data point to a segmented core, and the simulations confirm this assumption; the best model for the nebula is a torus segmented in three pieces. The simulated P-V diagrams agree with the observations. We suggest that the torus was torn apart by interaction with the surrounding medium, either as winds or the radiation field. For the two bipolar lobes, orientation angles to the plane of the sky of 27±5 and −5±3 degrees, respectively for the bipolar components with PA of 85 and 35 degrees, were derived. No additional bipolar lobes were required to model the observed features of NGC 2440. A distance of 1.8±0.5 kpc was derived for the nebula using our velocity field for the toroidal structure. These results are the first derived for NGC 2440 from modelling in a 3D environment. Explore further Citation: Scientists produce a 3D morpho-kinematical model of the planetary nebula NGC 2440 (2016, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-scientists-3d-morpho-kinematical-planetary-nebula.htmllast_img read more


Municipality hosts Mayoral Excellence Awards 2016

first_img“We are gathered here to celebrate the learners who achieved high marks in their matric studies. These learners have made us proud and have flown the uThukela District Municipality’s flag high. As the municipality, we want to celebrate these learners and thank them by awarding them for a job well done,” said Mayor Mazibuko.The municipality also handed out bursaries to those deserving thereof.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite uThukela District Municipality, in conjunction with the KZN Department of Education, hosted the Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards yesterday (January 20) at the Town Hall.This is an annually held event which serves to recognise and reward learners who excelled in their matric studies.Learners, parents, principals and family members filled up the Town Hall, cheering as the recipients were called up onto the stage.Learners from various schools – including LHS, Dr Joseph Shabalala Secondary School, Emhlwaneni High School, Estcourt High School and Amangwe High School – graced the stage as their names were read out.Award categories included ‘Top 5 Learner’, ‘Top Learner Per Subject’ and ‘Top School’.LHS won ‘Top Learner’ and Emhlwaneni ‘Top School’, while a student from Steadville High scooped ‘Top Learner Per Subject’ for his excellence in Physics.District Mayor Mazibuko congratulated the awardees as he handed them their trophies, certificates and laptops.last_img read more


Cowboys coffee and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica Santa Cruz National FestivalWith its cowboy hats, horsemen, and old-fashioned outfits, the Santa Cruz National Festival can look like the set of an old Western movie. Taking place in an agricultural hub in rural Guanacaste, the fiestas are a chance to see livestock, traditional dance, marimba players, and real-life vaqueros in action. All kinds of meaty dishes and fully stocked bars await the peckish visitor, and live music abounds. You don’t need much of a plan – just wander almost any street in downtown Santa Cruz and take it all in.Las Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz continue through Jan. 18 in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Fri.-Sun., 12-9 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Coffee FairPrepare yourself for delicious caffeine – in every hue, texture, and temperature imaginable. The Feria del Café brings together coffee farmers from across the country to celebrate one of Costa Rica’s most beloved exports.Feria del Café takes place Jan. 16-18 in Frailes de Desamparados. Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Info: Event website. Film: “Mirage”Daniel is a tormented artist – but what happened in his past? And can the unstable painter even trust what he sees? Costa Rican director José Miguel González questions reality in his breakout feature film.“Espejismo” screens in various theaters across the country. For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.Theater: “Family Wanted”From Mexican dramatist Berta Hiriart comes a musical for all ages about family – the good, the bad, and the happy surprises.“Se Busca Familia” performs Sundays at Teatro La Fortina, Heredia. 3 p.m. ₡4,500 ($9) children, ₡6,000 ($12) adults. Info: La Fortina website.Theater: “The Kings’ Dream”A collaborative production between Costa Rican and Chilean artists, “El Sueño de unos Reyes” explores the concepts of nationhood and identity through movement and multimedia.“El Sueño de unos Reyes” performs through Jan. 18 – Feb. 1 at Gráfica Genesis, Cathedral District, San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡3,000-4,000 ($6-8). Info: Gráfica Genesis website. Monuel Montero performs Spanish guitar. (Courtesy of RedCultura)Music: Manuel MonteroThe maestro of Spanish guitar releases his latest album, “Sólo,” at Casa España.Release party takes place Jan. 16 at Casa España, La Sabana. ₡8,000-10,000 ($16-20). Info: Casa España Facebook page.Fiestas de PalmaresOne of the biggest community events of the year, the Palmares festival attracts hordes of people from across the country for a saturnalia of beer, music, and horsemanship. This year’s festival will be headlined by Cultura Profética, the acclaimed reggae outfit. (Concert takes place Jan. 18 at 12 p.m.) There is also the beloved tope (or horse parade) on Jan. 15, plus the annual Comedy Festival on Jan. 16, for folks who can keep up with the Spanish-language humor.Las Fiestas de Palmares take place Jan. 14-26 in downtown Palmares. Free. Info: Palmares Facebook page, or read The Tico Times preview here.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Isabel Allende’s masterpiece comes to life during this stage adaptation by U.S. playwright Caridad Svich. After last year’s extremely successful run, Teatro Espressivo revives the Spanish-language production for a second round.“La Casa de los Espiritus” runs Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡10,000-15,000 ($20-30). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Film: “Maikol Yordan”From the madcap minds of “Media Docena,” the hit Costa Rican sketch show, comes their first feature film, a comedy about the well-meaning yokel Maikol Yordan. How will this goofy campesino fare on his globe-trotting tour? Find out by catching this super-Tico comedy at almost any local movie theater.“Maikol Yordan” screens at various cinemas across the country. For more information about the film, visit the official Facebook page.Exhibit: “Juan Rafael Mora”Recognized for his muttonchops and paternal demeanor, Juan Rafael Monge is widely considered the Abraham Lincoln of Costa Rica. The National Archives displays images of this founding father to the public.Exhibit continues through Feb. 28 at the National Archives, Zapote. Free. Info: Archives website. Facebook Commentscenter_img Music: Los WaldnersCheck out this quintessential Tico indie rock band at Area City Bar.Concert takes place Jan. 17 at Area City Bar, Barrio California, San José. 9 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura.last_img read more