Ontario Provincial Police say massive cocaine seizure is largest in its history

first_imgThe cocaine was hidden inside hollowed-out quartzite stones packed onto shipping containers coming from Argentina — the drugs were concealed so well that even police dogs couldn’t detect them.It was a tip from the public that ultimately led to the largest drug seizure in the Ontario Provincial Police’s history as the force carried out an investigation into an international cocaine smuggling ring with ties to Mexican cartels.Altogether the force said it seized 1,062 kilograms of cocaine during a months-long investigation that culminated in July, according OPP deputy commissioner Rick Barnum.“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Barnum said Monday at a news conference at OPP headquarters in Orillia, Ont., adding that tests revealed the cocaine tested 97 per cent pure and was destined for distribution across the country where it would be cut with other drugs to increase profits.The investigation — dubbed “Project Hope” — was conducted with the Canada Border Services Agency, Peel regional police and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, among other organizations.Barnum alleged those behind the operation — two Canadian citizens and one Costa Rican citizen who now face drug importation and drug trafficking charges — have been in business since 2014.The men allegedly set up a front selling stones, Barnum said.“I would say the business was definitely cocaine importation, there’s a lot more money in making that than there is in selling stones,” he said.The force showed off hundreds of bundles of cocaine on Monday, as well as some of the stones that had contained them.The stones would be cut open and cocaine, often bundled in one-kilogram packages, would be placed inside, police said. The stones would then be glued back together with cement, they said.The police investigation began with a tip in March, Barnum said, and “good information” later led to a traffic stop of a transport truck north of Toronto on May 1 that led to the seizure of about 40 kilograms of cocaine.Police then decided to test their dogs to see if their noses were up to snuff.“Our dogs never detected the cocaine sealed inside,” Barnum said.“It made it very, very difficult to detect, almost impossible, quite frankly, without the investigative phase of our work. It was detected through work from our intelligence operations in conjunction with Peel police, through good old police work following up leads through information we received.”Police found drug caches in warehouses in Brampton and Stoney Creek, Ont., Barnum said.The cocaine was transported in shipping containers from Argentina to Montreal, and then sent to Ontario, police allege.“Argentina is not really a source country or production country for cocaine,” Barnum said, adding that the South American country is a transportation link to countries such as Peru, Paraguay and Bolivia where cocaine is made.“I would say there are definitely connections to Mexico and Mexican cartels,” Barnum added.There are Mexican cartel operatives currently in Ontario, Barnum alleged, although he wasn’t sure how many.last_img read more

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Contempt plea SC seeks Rahul Gandhis explanation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday made it clear that remarks made by Rahul Gandhi in the media on the Rafale case verdict were “incorrectly attributed” to the apex court and directed the Congress President to give his explanation by April 22. The apex court said it will consider the petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi seeking contempt action against Gandhi for attributing some observations to the apex court which was not in the Rafale judgement. “We make it clear that views, observations, findings attributed to this court in the alleged speeches, remarks made by Gandhi to media/public have been incorrectly attributed to this court. We also make it clear that this court had no occasion to make such observation in as much as it was deciding legal admissibility of certain documents which were objected by the attorney general,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. The bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said, “Having clarified the matter we deem it appropriate to seek explanation of Gandhi.” The bench further said the explanation by Gandhi has to be filed on or before next Monday and the matter will be heard on April 23 (next Tuesday). Lekhi, who is a sitting Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi constituency, has in her plea alleged that Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice. At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, said it is a gross case of contempt committed by Gandhi who incorrectly attributed some remarks to the apex court about its judgement on Rafale case. Rohatgi said Gandhi had come out in the public to make a remark that the “Supreme Court in its judgement said “Chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” The bench said, “You were right to the extent we never said what has been brought in the petition. We will seek clarification”. After making the remarks, the bench dictated the order. The Congress president had on April 10 claimed that the apex court has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”. He had made the statement while interacting with reporters in Amethi after filing his nomination papers where he is contesting against BJP leader and union minister Smriti Irani. Gandhi had also recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal. The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal with France, on April 9 said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by petitioners. It had on April 10 allowed the plea of petitioners relying on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” Gandhi had said. “I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he had added. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.last_img read more

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Liberia rule of law key to UN efforts to support security envoy

15 April 2009The top United Nations envoy to Liberia today pledged continued support to rule-of-law institutions as the linchpin of efforts to boost security in the country, which is recovering from a brutal 14-year civil war. “This support is crucial to strengthening these institutions, to enable them to deal with security threats due to limited national capacity,” Ellen Margrethe Løj, Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as she awarded peacekeeping medals to the Kenyan Police Contingent of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Ms. Løj pointed to three institutions as particularly important for the stability of the West African nation: the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation.“UNMIL will continue to work alongside the national authorities until the capacity constraints, particularly within the LNP – operational functions, logistics, management and planning capabilities – have been addressed,” she said.She added that violent crime and unrest could only be controlled if the LNP is present in all counties, and equipped with the logistical tools to carry out its duties effectively.In his latest report on Liberia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that the country has made strides in slashing poverty, but significant challenges still remain in meeting security benchmarks.In her statement today, Ms. Løj expressed satisfaction with the increasing attention being focused by the Government and international partners on other sectors of the rule of law in addition to the national police.She welcomed the recently formulated plan for the corrections sector, the pilot scheme for inmate rehabilitation, and efforts to deal with prison congestion. She also welcomed a workshop for the development of a new Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization Strategy, currently taking place in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County. “No one institution in the rule of law sector should feel like an orphan anymore; we are willing to provide the support to enable them to carry out their duties,” Ms. Løj stressed. read more

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So many questions about public health changes

Officials say they are waiting for more information about a planned merger of area health units.As part of a provincewide amalgamation, the Ontario government says the Brant County health unit will be merged with those serving Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton and Niagara. Across the province, the plan will see 35 units reduced to 10.“We have so many questions,” said Jo Ann Tober, CEO of the Brant County health unit, which has about 115 employees.The agency has been told it will be part of a proposed merger with Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara and Hamilton, which is also the area basically covered by the LHIN, or Local Health Integrated Network.“We’ve been informed there will be consultation, so these boundaries are proposed at this point and it’s all subject to legislative change,” Tober said Tuesday.Without details on what the new structure will look like, Tober said the health units have no idea what the impact on local services will be.“Our concern is that the proposed merger covers a much large area and we want to know if the needs of our community will be met. Brantford and Brant County are very different than Hamilton and Niagara.”That’s a concern shared by the Haldimand-Norfolk heath unit, said Matt Terry, director of communications.“Everyone here feels strongly that, regardless of what happens, we need to maintain the voice of these two counties. We’re a rural community and we’ve got some unique issues we deal with.“We just don’t have a ton of details yet on what the impact is going to be.”The Haldimand-Norfolk health unit has about 100 employees.Tober noted that Ontario’s health units deal with infectious disease outbreaks and numerous programs that aim to prevent diseases and reduce hospital admissions.“It’s important work,” she said.“I understand there’s a need to cut costs but, in our opinion, we’re the people who prevent people from getting sick so a health unit spending is a wonderful investment. Every dollar saves many more dollars in the system.”Tober said the Ministry of Health will be pressed to maintain the current community programming.The public health changes were announced this spring in Ontario’s first Progressive Conservative budget since 2003.The province also announced a funding change for health units. Now, municipalities fund a minimum of 25 per cent of public health services and the province funds the other 75 per cent. The new funding arrangement sees the municipalities covering 30 per cent as of April 1, 2019, 30 per cent as of April 1, 2020, and between 30 and 40 per cent as of April 1, 2021.A spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement that the specific boundaries of the “modernization plan” will be finalized in consultation with municipalities through “technical working groups” that will launch soon.“So, we’re just waiting for more information,” said Tober.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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Pandora takes on Spotify Apple with new streaming services

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 7:31 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Pandora is getting ready to take on Spotify, Apple Music and others with a new, $10 monthly streaming music service, and a cheaper option as well.The Internet radio company is declining to say how much the lower-priced service will cost, but it says both options will launch before the end of the year.The new subscription service from Pandora will give users more control over which songs they want to hear. On Tuesday, the company announced new licensing deals with Sony Music, Universal Music Group and several independent record labels. It is still in talks with Warner Music Group.Shares of Pandora Media Inc. are up more than 2 per cent before the opening bell. Pandora takes on Spotify, Apple with new streaming services FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, Pandora is displayed above a post where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Pandora is getting ready to take on rivals Spotify, Apple Music and others, offering a monthly $10 streaming music service, but also a cheaper option. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, the company signed licensing deals with Sony Music, Universal Music Group and several independent record labels. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) read more

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Un bateau transportant 2400 tonnes dacide sulfurique chavire sur le Rhin

first_imgUn bateau transportant 2.400 tonnes d’acide sulfurique chavire sur le Rhin Un chaland qui transportait 2.400 tonnes d’acide sulfurique a chaviré hier sur le Rhin, en Allemagne. L’accident, qui s’est produit à hauteur du site touristique de la Lorelei, n’a visiblement pas engendré la catastrophe écologique crainte, mais deux marins qui naviguaient à bord du navire ont disparu.Comme le rapporte l’AFP, c’est vers cinq heures du matin que l’accident a eu lieu, et les raisons du chavirement sont pour l’heure inexpliquées. La circulation a été interrompue sur cette portion très fréquentée du Rhin, mais d’après les premières constatations, le navire ne présente aucune fissure, et la catastrophe écologique semble donc évitée. “Il n’y a apparemment pas eu de fuite d’acide dans l’eau, selon les premières constatations provisoires”, a déclaré à l’agence de presse Ralf Schomisch, un porte-parole de la police de Coblence, ville située à quelques kilomètres du lieu ou s’est produit l’incident.À lire aussiQuand d’impressionnantes vagues géantes s’abattent sur un navireMais si l’acide sulfurique ne s’est pas déversé dans le Rhin comme le laissait craindre l’accident, deux membres de l’équipage ont disparu. Alors que deux marins ont pu être sauvés, les recherches sont toujours en cours, malgré le pessimisme des secouristes quant à la possibilité que les deux hommes, un Allemand et un Tchèque, puissent être retrouvés.Long de 110 mètres, le Waldhof transportait une cargaison de 2.400 tonnes d’acide sulfurique, une substance corrosive utilisée notamment dans la composition d’engrais et dans l’industrie pétrolière. Le chargement appartient au groupe chimique allemand. Il venait de Ludwigshafen et devait être transporté vers Anvers en Belgique, a indiqué une porte-parole du groupe citée par l’AFP.Afin d’éviter que le chaland ne sombre, il a été amarré à d’autres bateaux, près du rocher de la Lorelei. Ce rocher surplombe un endroit très étroit du Rhin, où un courant extrêmement fort a déjà engendré de nombreux accidents. Le 14 janvier 2011 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un dispositif NFC en phase dessai à laéroport de ToulouseBlagnac

first_imgUn dispositif NFC en phase d’essai à l’aéroport de Toulouse-BlagnacLa technologie NFC a pour objectif de simplifier le parcours des voyageurs de l’aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac. Encore en test, le service pourrait ensuite être déployé à l’échelle nationale.Cinquante voyageurs réguliers vont prendre part à l’essai d’un nouveau service en aérogare. Celui-ci sera accessible depuis les smartphones RIM BlackBerry, en partenariat avec Orange. La technologie Near Field Communication (NFC) va être mise à l’essai auprès de ces voyageurs en partance de l’aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac.À lire aussiLivebox 3 d’Orange : abonnement, location, réseau…Des infos complémentaires sur la Livebox PlayCes derniers disposeront de services NFC sans précédent, afin de leur simplifier la tâche. Tout d’abord, l’accès au parking P1 se fera grâce au mobile, après avoir entré l’emplacement du du véhicule dans celui-ci. Ensuite l’entrée dans la zone d’embarquement se fera sans attente dans le salon compagnie La Croix Du Sud. Et enfin, les informations relatives au vol se feront en temps réel sur le smartphone Blackberry.Selon un communiqué, il apparaît “qu’un passager utilisant un dispositif NFC sera traité plus rapidement que par n’importe lequel des processus d’embarquement disponibles aujourd’hui”. De plus, “avec la technologie NFC, le téléphone portable simplifie le parcours dans l’aéroport, indique Jean-Michel Vernhes, Président du Directoire d’Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac. “Il devient un outil personnalisé, qui donne l’information souhaitée, au moment voulu ; l’application permet également de mieux gérer son temps, en faisant les bons choix. Pour l’aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac, il s’agit de mettre à la disposition des passagers des technologies de pointe, qui rendront plus facile et convivial le temps précédant le voyage, à travers de nouveaux services Premium”.Si l’expérience est concluante, le service pourrait être déployé au niveau national dès 2013. Le 24 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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1110 WWE Results Belfast Ireland Owens vs Ambrose

first_imgFacebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcast Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Videos Articles The Miz 11/10 WWE Results: Belfast, Northern Ireland1. WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Dudley Boyz & The Prime-Time Players2. The Miz def. Zack Ryder3. WWE Divas Champion Charlotte def. Alicia Fox & Paige4. Sheamus def. Cesaro5. Kane def. The Big Show in a Street Fight.6. Curtis Axel def. Bo Dallas7. Dolph Ziggler def. Tyler Breeze8. Dean Ambrose def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens by DQSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second ChildVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Marysecenter_img Roman Reigns talks about his relationship with Jon Moxley; Rollins and Lynch get challenged Adam Scott Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jon Moxley Joins AEW WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Now Playing Up Next Twitterlast_img read more

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Police arrest man accused of 4 armed gas station robberies

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police arrested a man, Thursday, accused of robbing four Hialeah gas stations with a gun.Fifty-year-old Jose Rodriguez is charged with four separate counts of armed robbery.Rodriguez entered each gas station armed with a handgun and a black bag, according to police. He would hand the bag to the clerk while presenting the gun, police said, then demanded the bag be filled with cash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar believes US no longer leader in LGBTI

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The openly gay prime minister of Ireland says the United States is no longer a world leader in LGBTI rights. Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland [Wikipedia Commons] Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar believes a majority of people in America would likely agree with him, even if the Trump administration does not.The Daily Mail reported Varadkar made those comments during an interview at the annual South by Southwest music and film festival held in Austin, Texas.Varadkar is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and intends to raise the issue of gay rights during that meeting, the Daily Mail reported.However, the Irish Times, which also reported this story, said that Varadkar would be meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump. That meeting with Pence is scheduled for Friday, the Irish Times said. Whichever leader Varadkar meets with, he is determined to discuss the issue of LGBTI rights, even though neither Trump nor Pence is viewed as being especially gay friendly.‘What I intend to say is that for the vast majority of people around the world, including people from gay-lesbian-transgender backgrounds, we have always seen America as a beacon of freedom,’ Varadkar said.He added that America is where the LGBTI rights movement began.‘It’s really tough to see a country built on freedom, build on individual freedom, not being a world leader in that space anymore,’ Varadkar said. ‘I think the majority of American people would agree with what I have to say, even if the administration doesn’t.’Varadkar said he hopes the U.S. will once again take leadership soon.Varadkar began the first openly gay prime minister in Ireland when he was elected to office in June 2017.He is the fourth openly gay person in the world to become a head of government, following Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir in Iceland (2009-2013), Elio Di Rupo in Belgium (2011-2014) and Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg (2013-present).Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mike Pence meets gay, Irish PM but bans media from meetingGay Irish PM and his partner make history at New York’s St Patrick’s Day marchGay Irish leader Leo Varadkar condemns Catholic Church’s ‘legacy’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/irish-prime-minister-believe-us-not-longer-leader-lgbti-rights/last_img read more

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Overheard at Envision 2015

first_imgRelated posts:Envision Festival announces 2016 music and arts lineup 6 things you need to know about Envision Festival 2015 Envision kicks off with long lines, high spirits, community service Overheard at Envision 2014 Envision Festival concluded its fifth edition on March 1st without any major hitches despite record-breaking attendance of about 5,500 people. Eco-conscious attendees from all over the world descended upon the Southern Pacific town of Uvita for the sold-out event, where they danced with abandon to carefully cultivated musical acts, watched skilled circus-like performances, collaborated on creative projects, participated in world-class yoga workshops, released negativity and adopted positive intentions, shared ideas with fellow attendees about how to successfully live alternative lifestyles outside of the cubicle, and attended conference-like classes on topics such as permaculture, environmental sustainability, and alternative medicine.Over the years, as a repeat Envision participant, I have witnessed the production team meet and overcome new challenges and obstacles, always striving to outdo the previous year’s event. It’s evident that there is a lot of love and hard work that goes into producing this festival; its organizers are obviously trying to create an experience that goes way beyond a good concert. They’re trying to create an opportunity for individual and group growth and advancement, with encouragement and tools to live this experience outside of the festival.Finding itself on several international top ten lists this year, the phenomenon made a fabulous impression on every participant I spoke to. Despite going without drinking water for hours and without showers for days, festival-goers said they wanted to come back to Envision next year and that it was the best or one of the best festivals they have ever attended.But how to convey to the reader what the Envision experience is all about? In keeping with Tico Times tradition over the past few years, and because there is no better way to paint the picture of this unusual experience, I will tell the story in the words of those who attended, by sharing a few of the remarkable things I overheard at and around Costa Rica’s 2015 transformational festival: Fire dancers take over Playa Hermosa beach at sunset. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesBefore the festival in a typical Costa Rican restaurant, an Envision ticket holder is bouncing from table to table voluntarily bussing tables for the overwhelmed staff: “Can I take that for you? Is it empty?”In the long line to enter the festival grounds, an inspired festival-goer performs for a group of amused ticketholders also waiting in line: “Trust me: I’m a professional magician. That’s why I’m standing in a line doing magic tricks.” “It’s so funny – I can’t tell what is sweat and what is shimmer.”“Does anyone want to be a snake for a minute?”A woman says: “I feel like a princess.”A few passersby respond in unison: “You are a princess!”“We’re gonna go grab some face paint, glitter, and tequila!”From a yoga instructor: “Drop your pelvis and get sexual with the ground. Gyrate those hips. Ohhh yeah.” “It smells like India over here.”“I hope she can harness all that energy.”“Is my tail on straight?”“Deodorant wasn’t on the packing list.”“This is the world we are going to build together.” “I sweat glitter. I even find it in my poop.”“Ravercise!”“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life before!”“Have you seen my unicorn seahorse?”“I haven’t had a shower in days.” Wildlight lead singer Ayla Nereo sings to a crowd. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times“There’s only one Mad-Dog.”“This music is perfect. I’ve been to many festivals but this one is the best.”“There’s a troll living under this bridge. I’m serious. He’s short, covered in mud, and he crawled out from under it and tried to sell me something.”From an attendee, not a hired performer or artist: “I’m going to paint my body purple, jump up on stage, and paint those canvases with my body.” “I haven’t slept in days so I’m a fuzzy warm kind of happy.”“Sometimes you put a chip in your mouth and just can’t chew.”“I’m such a princess, but not a princess princess. I’m a manly princess, in glitter spandex shorts, ugga ugga.”From a chef: “There was one day that we had no fire, but I had to cook. We dug a hole in the ground and I cooked like 40 fish underground. It was delicious.”“Sleep is not in our vocabulary. Didn’t you read the fine print?”“It took me eight hours to get food last night because I went back to my group and found them all on acid. They couldn’t make a decision and every time we tried to leave one of them would wander off and disappear.”“I lost my princess lovefire crown.”“We’re going to go to places where no one has ever been before.”“I just want to sit on everybody’s face right now. These are the sexiest people I’ve ever seen.”“I’m starting to turn in to a troll, I’ve been on this bridge far too long.” “I miss seeing the guy who plays with flowers.”“Sometimes I don’t know where my nose is.”“We found a dog in the lost and found. Twice.” Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times“I just said your name three times and you manifested!”From a Uvita resident talking to her neighbor: “I went by the beach and it looked like everyone was having a lot of fun. They were all young and GORGEOUS. I wish I could have gone inside to see it.”“I passed out in someone’s tent. I don’t know who. All I know is some girl was outside asking ‘Who’s in there? Who’s in there?’ I mumbled something incoherent and then she said, ‘Ok, well, just don’t steal anything.´ Then I went back to sleep.”“I call it my unicorn jetpack. I have to go back to the stables every once in a while to reload.”“Don’t should on yourself. It will get real dirty, real fast.”Woman to a DJ: “What kind of music are you playing tonight?”Smiling DJ responds before an intensely energetic set: “I’m gonna scare the shit out of those hippies.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Body of American killed fighting IS handed over to family

first_imgTelevision news crews gather Wednesday, June 10, 2015, near a business in Bolton, Mass., The business belonging to relatives of Keith Broomfield, an American fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in battle, authorities said Wednesday, likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside them against the extremists. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Top Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “He just felt he should be going,” Tom Broomfield said.The fight against the Islamic State group has attracted dozens of Westerners, including Iraq war veterans who have made their way back to the Middle East to join Kurdish fighters, who have been most successful against the extremist group.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which keeps track of Syria’s war, said more than 400 foreign fighters have joined the YPG to fight the Islamic State group in recent months, including Europeans, Americans, Australian and thousands of Kurdish fighters from Turkey and Iran. It was not possible to independently confirm the figure.Many are spurred on by Kurdish social media campaigners and a sense of duty rooted in the 2003 U.S.-led military invasion of Iraq, where Islamic State fighters recently have rolled back gains U.S. troops had made.Previously, a British citizen, an Australian and a German woman were killed fighting with the Kurds.The YPG on Thursday posted a video that showed Broomfield saying he was in Syria “to do what I can to help Kurdistan. With everything that’s been going on, it seems like the right thing to do.”“I just want to help the cause anyway I can,” he said. A YPG statement posted on the group’s website said he had a great desire to learn the Kurdish language and understand Kurdish ideologyBacked by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria have successfully pushed back Islamic State group militants from Kobani and scores of nearby villages. More recently, they have closed in on the Islamic State-held town of Tal Abyad, near the Turkish border. The town is the Islamic State group’s main access point to Turkey from Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria.On Thursday, the Kurdish fighters continued advancing toward the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad, capturing parts of the nearby town of Suluk, the Observatory and YPG said. The fighting in the area has sent thousands of people fleeing into neighboring Turkey in recent days.___Associated Press Writer Denise Lavoie in Boston contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He had joined the People’s Protection Units known as the YPG on Feb. 24 under the nom de guerre Gelhat Rumet. The YPG are the main Kurdish guerrilla battling the Islamic State group in Syria.The U.S. Department of State confirmed Broomfield’s death Wednesday but declined to provide any details about the circumstances.It was not immediately clear who from Broomfield’s family was there to receive his body on the Turkish side Thursday. Kurds in Turkey lined the road, waving flags and applauding as the convoy carrying the body drove by.Family members spoke to the media on Thursday outside their manufacturing business in Bolton, 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Boston. They said they hope his body will be brought back to the U.S. on Saturday.Broomfield’s older brother, Andy, said he was shocked when his brother first told him about his plans but eventually understood his decisions.“He believed in opposing evil,” he said. “Somebody needs to stand up and oppose evil.”His father, Tom Broomfield, said Keith Broomfield went to Syria with no contacts and knew it was “a crazy thing to do” but felt strongly that he needed to help in some way. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone BEIRUT (AP) — The body of an American who died fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria was handed over on Thursday to his family at a Turkish border crossing, a Kurdish official said.Hundreds of people turned up in the Kurdish town of Kobani to bid farewell to Keith Broomfield before his body was handed over to family at the Mursitpinar gate, said Idriss Naasan.Broomfield, from Massachusetts, died on June 3 in battle in a Syrian village near Kobani, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurds against the Islamic State group. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Pittsburgh-West could be adding another member nextseason.“Anyone who thinks Hines Ward will retire hasn’t beenaround him much,” Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. “He plans to play in 2012, whether it’swith the Steelers or somewhere else.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ That is, if he’s ready to put his dancing and actingcareer on hold for a little while longer.After all, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows Ward well,and while the receiver is clearly on the decline, hisveteran leadership and dirty playtoughness could be a good fit in Cardinal red. Then again, the Cardinals maintained all last season thatthey were pleased with the progress of Andre Roberts andEarly Doucet, who each hauled in more receptions than Wardin 2011, and unlike the 35-year-old may still have theirbest years ahead of them. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation According to ESPN’s NFL rumors page, that somewhereelse could be Arizona, as Steelers may decide to partways with veteran wideout Hines Ward this offseason, andit would not come as a shock to see the Cardinals expressinterest in the former Pro Bowler. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories – / 34 “Rashard looked like himself,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after the game. “He looked healthy like he did back in training camp. I was really glad to see that, and no better time.”Sunday, Mendenhall got carries on the first two plays of the game and picked up 18 yards on the runs. It got the offense started on the right foot, and the Cardinals went on to score their first touchdown of the game. Thirty-nine of Mendenhall’s yards came on four first-quarter carries, with his performance paving the way for what was to come.“I’ve been feeling pretty good these last few weeks, continuing to grow and get better,” Mendenhall said. The game puts Mendenhall’s season numbers at 130 carries for 391 yards and five touchdowns — no doubt totals that are below what he and the Cardinals were hoping for when he signed a one-year deal in March. But Mendenhall, combined with Ellington and Stepfan Taylor, formed a trio that rushed for 114 yards on 28 carries Sunday, helping the Cardinals to their most complete offensive effort of the season. “I think we are finding balance on offense from our base offense,” Mendenhall said. “I think we have a good mix of things going, and it’s starting to show.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Few players have caused as much consternation amongst fans as Rashard Menenhall.The Arizona Cardinals’ running back has split carries with rookie Andre Ellington, though many would just as soon not see the veteran receive any touches at all. Sunday, in a 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Mendenhall had arguably his best game since Week 1, rushing for 54 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He also caught one pass for 24 yards, showing speed and a burst that had been lacking for most of the season.last_img read more

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first_imgOpera waited year to act on accusation against conductor by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2017 4:59 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A big question remains after renowned conductor James Levine was suspended from the Metropolitan Opera amid accusations of sexual abuse: Why did it take so long for the company to act after it was informed by police that he had been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy?The Met was in crisis mode Monday after The New York Times published interviews with three men who said that Levine, 74, had sexually abused them when they were teenagers.The opera company said after the report Sunday that it was suspending its relationship with Levine, its music director from 1976 through 2016. As music director emeritus, Levine was still conducting and had been scheduled to lead upcoming productions, including a planned New Year’s Eve gala featuring Puccini’s “Tosca.” He conducted Verdi’s “Requiem” Saturday — a live, global radio broadcast that could well prove to be his last Met appearance. The first report of the allegations, in the New York Post, was published not long after the performance.Later Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Ravinia Festival was cutting all ties with Levine, who was music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies at the music venue north of the city from 1973 to 1993. He was to have started a five-year term next summer as conductor laureate, a position created for him.Those quick actions, however, came more than a year after a police detective in Illinois first reached out to the Met.The detective from the department in Lake Forest, Illinois, first contacted the opera in October 2016 and said she was investigating an allegation made by a New York man, Ashok Pai, who reported that Levine sexually abused him in Illinois when he was 16.The Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, said he briefed leaders on the opera company’s board about the investigation and also spoke to Levine, who denied the allegations. But at the time the Met took no action.“The Met did not wish to interfere with the police investigation and thought it was the purview of the Illinois police department to follow through and question those who could corroborate (the) allegation,” the opera’s spokeswoman, Lee Abrahamian, said.That police investigation slowed last fall, but the Lake County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman, Cynthia Vargas, told The Associated Press on Monday that it was still active.Possibly complicating the decision for the Met last year on whether to act against Levine was the fact that it had — for decades — been asked by reporters about persistent, unproven stories about his sexual habits and had always written them off as the product of an overactive rumour mill.As part of its Sunday report on Levine, the Times unearthed a 1979 letter written by the Met’s executive director Anthony Bliss to a board member who had received an anonymous letter accusing Levine of misconduct.“We do not believe there is any truth whatsoever to the charges,” Bliss wrote.Bliss also suggested in his letter to John T. Connor that, perhaps, the allegations were driven by a vendetta against homosexuals.“I do not believe that the existence of homosexuals within management, or for that matter on our Board, can be considered a cause for dismissal,” he said.Levine himself addressed the rumours in The New York Times in 1987, recalling an old story that he had been arrested “in Pittsburgh or Hawaii or Dallas.”“Both my friends and my enemies checked it out and to this day, I don’t have the faintest idea where those rumours came from or what purpose they served,” Levine said.Levine addressed the stories again in 1998 when they were alluded to in German newspapers after he was named as music director at the Munich Philharmonic. He called them “such nonsense.”An author, Johanna Fiedler, also wrote about the Levine rumours in a 2001 book, “Molto Agitato: The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera,” commenting that inside the company “the stories were dismissed as preposterous.”“Everybody in the classical music business at least since the 1980s has talked about Levine as a sex abuser,” said Greg Sandow, a faculty member at the Juilliard School and a widely respected veteran music critic. “The investigation should have been done decades ago.”Gelb said Levine will not be involved in any Met activities while a lawyer hired by the opera conducts “a full and complete investigation.”Andrew Ousley, president of the New York-based firm Unison Media that specializes in classical music publicity and marketing, said any organization confronted with allegations like the ones made against Levine shouldn’t wait to act.“I would always say, be out with it because in this era of social media and exposure that the internet offers, the truth will come out,” he said.___Associated Press Writer Michael Tarm contributed to this report from Chicago.last_img read more

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first_imgTHE Cyprus Medical Association has objected to government plans to punish doctors who may issue competence certificates to elderly people who want to renew their licences.The CMA said it had several meetings with officials at the health, justice and transport ministry who are drafting a bill that will require anyone over the age of 75 to undergo annual medical tests in order to have their driving licence renewed.Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou was previously quoted as saying “if doctors fail to do the test and issue a certificate without conducting the test, they will be committing a criminal offence” which the CMA said it targets doctors and does not solve the problem nor does it reduce the risk of nepotism.“It is inappropriate and unproductive that the state is looking for ways to prosecute doctors that examine elderly citizens,” it said and rather than punish doctors, there should be more rules in place to prevent people from being able to wrongly receive a certificate from a doctor they might know or bribe.One way of combating this would be implementing a series of tests through different doctors such as requiring a visit to a pathologist, followed by an ophthalmologist and so forth in order to issue a medical certificate.The CMA’s statement was also jabbing state officials for meeting and discussing the matter in their absence, about which they found out through the media.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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