Public elementary school teachers prepare for job action

The only teachers’ union that hasn’t reached a deal with the province is now ramping up job action. Lisa Hepfner reports on what is happening in public elementary schools in Ontario, starting Monday. Public elementary teachers are already working to rule, they have been since last spring. But now, weeks into the new school year, we’ve learned that job action will increase on Monday. The province walked away from the table last weekend and the teachers union said it was shocked, it thought they were making slow progress. The government said all the other unions agreed to a deal, why can’t elementary teachers? A week into the impasse, the union is telling teachers as of Monday, no updating classroom websites, no preparing fall report cards, no parent teacher interviews unless there’s an issue. And on what the union is calling “Wynne Wednesdays” teachers will wear union colours and pins. The union says if nothing changes by October, less than two weeks away, it will start one day-long strikes that rotate between school boards. We talked to parents about this news outside one elementary school on Hamilton mountain.“I wish the government would have solved the issues, They have to listen to the teachers. The teachers have lots of value they provide to our kids. Our kids are our future.”“I want to know how my son is doing. They’re not telling me anything now. It’s hard for parents to find childcare if they go on strike.”“I feel for them. They do have a hard job. They have way too many kids in their class. My son’s kindergarten class has 27 kids, which is a lot of five year olds for two teachers.” “I don’t think it’s fair for the students necessarily, this early in the school year.”“It’s not fair to the kids. And it seems like we’re dealing with this every year. I’m fed up. Lets just make a decision and go with it, and let our kids have an education.”Education Minister Liz Sandals released a statement today saying, in part, that she’s disappointed in the job action. She says the other teachers unions accepted a deal which we know included higher pay, an extra professional development day, and keeps the same class size language. She said the province will talk if the union wants to work within the framework it laid out. Elementary Teachers Federation says they’re not saying anything before Monday, not until they’ve had time to speak to their 78 thousand members. The information about the job action comes from a letter the union sent to teachers, it was leaked to the media. read more

Read More →

Schmidt agonizing over whether to stay as Ireland coach

MAYNOOTH, Ireland — Joe Schmidt is set to decide on Sunday whether he will stay on as Ireland rugby coach — and is still agonizing over the decision.Schmidt’s contract expires after next year’s World Cup in Japan and he is expected to be in demand after guiding his team from eighth to second in the world rankings in five years in the job.The 53-year-old New Zealander has masterminded Ireland’s only two victories over the All Blacks, including the 16-9 win in Dublin last Saturday.“It’s a decision that will probably not be finalized until Sunday,” Schmidt said ahead of Ireland closing its series of November tests with a match against the United States on Saturday.“The family I have probably committed most to is this family that I live with in Carton House (Ireland’s training base) as much as it is the family I have at home. So we’ve put our heads together and tried to reconcile how we can best, maybe, cater for both.”Schmidt would be a front-runner to take charge of New Zealand should Steve Hansen quit after the World Cup. The All Blacks coach is set to announce his decision before Christmas.“I know I can’t continue to just go backwards and forwards,” Schmidt said, “because I’ve beaten myself up enough about this decision. I’m probably going to be the most pleased of anyone when it finally is made.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Read More →

No 1 Notre Dame women rally past No 9 Oregon State 9181

VANCOUVER — Jacki Young scored 23 points, Arike Ogunbowale and Brianna Turner netted 21 apiece and No. 1 Notre Dame claimed the Vancouver Showcase championship, rallying for a 91-81 victory over No. 9 Oregon State on Saturday night.Oregon State (6-1) led for the first three quarters, but the Irish drew even early in the fourth and pulled away.The Irish (6-0) were bolstered by the return of top forward Jessica Shepard, who missed Friday’s semifinal win over Drake with a sore ankle. She scored 17 points and helped the Irish outscore the Beavers 56-36 in the paint.The Beavers jumped out to an 18-9 lead as they kept the ball away from Ogunbowale and stretched their advantage to 29-17 by the end of the first quarter. Oregon State led by 14 early in the second, but the Irish connected more frequently and closed the gap to five points, at 46-41, as Shepard converted a rebound in the final minute.Uncertainty ensued with Oregon State leading 48-41 with 30 seconds left in the opening half. Officials held a lengthy video review after Oregon State’s Jessica Thropay fouled Ogunbowale during a scramble in the Beavers zone and kicked her in the face.The review showed the kick was incidental, but the video also showed that Ogunbowale had elbowed Oregon State’s Tudor in the head moments earlier at the other end of the court.Ogunbowale and Tudor were awarded offsetting free throws. Tudor made hers and Ogunbowale missed both to give the Beavers a 50-41 halftime lead.Ogunbowale struggled again — at an inopportune time — in the third quarter. After pulling the Irish within a point at 58-57, she missed both of her free throws.But the Irish stayed composed and took the lead for the first time, 72-70, on Shepard’s layup early in the fourth and, after briefly giving it away, kept it for good.BIG PICTUREOregon State: The Beavers’ ranking may improve after the strong showing against the defending NCAA champions.Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish have not lost since dropping a 74-72 decision to Louisville on March 4 last season.UP NEXTOregon State: The Beavers head home to face LaSalle on Dec. 1.Notre Dame: The Irish will not get any breaks with the schedule in their next two games. Notre Dame will face No. 12 Iowa at home on Thursday and then host No. 2 UConn on Dec. 2.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Monte Stewart, The Associated Press read more

Read More →

Kubota introduces new RTV400Ci fuelinjected utility vehicle

first_imgNew gas-power vehicle provides versatility for mines, surface and underground. Kubota says “the new gas-powered RTV400Ci utility vehicle that features the agility and reliability of a mid-sized utility vehicle, but is compact enough to fit in the bed of a full-size, long-bed pickup truck.” At 1.4 m wide and 1.8 m high, the new four-wheel drive RTV400Ci gets the job done with its fuel-injected, air-cooled, single-cylinder gas engine. “Kubota has built its reputation on meeting and exceeding customer expectations; the RTV400Ci makes for the fifth RTV in the Kubota family, and is another example of how Kubota continually delivers everything our customers value” These units are widely used underground..Dan Muramoto, Utility Vehicle product manager, says compact, gas-powered and well-equipped, the RTV400Ci provides exceptional ease of transportation, making the vehicle ideal for moving to and from worksites.”This RTV has a newly-designed Continuously Variable Transmission with inertial clutch (CVT Plus) for excellent response and reliability, while providing dynamic braking to help maintain control during descents with engine-assisted deceleration. CVT Plus also features a full protection cover to minimize mud or dust intrusion to ensure longer belt life.The RTV400Ci also features a new, air-cooled, single-cylinder gas engine that was developed to ensure peak performance and ultimate durability. This electronic fuel-injected (EFI) gasoline engine offers a responsive, smooth and reliable ride. The EFI system further improves engine performance by providing quick, easy starts, even in the most severe weather conditions, as well as on-demand power and optimized acceleration.Weighing a modest 570 kg, the RTV400Ci can handle upwards of 200 kg in its durable, metal cargo box and it can tow up to 500 kg. Featuring ergonomic, well-placed controls for easy operation, the RTV400Ci is designed for ultimate comfort – its contoured bench seat makes riding enjoyable for both the driver and passenger. The low operator platform also offers ample leg room, making it easy to step in and out. In addition to comfort, the RTV’s Standard Rollover Protection System (ROPS) meets or exceeds standards required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).last_img read more

Read More →

More than meets the eye Netflix has every original Transformers episode

first_img80’s cartoon fans are rejoicing as Netflix has begun offering every single episode of the Transformers “Generation 1” series to its customers for instant streaming. As part of a multi-year deal with Hasbro, the DVD rental and streaming video company has secured the rights not only to everyone’s favorite transforming robot show, but also G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and Jem and the Holograms as well. (I guess they have to include cartoons that our little sisters liked as well.)The new additions to the Netflix lineup are part of a content restructuring to make it easier on customers to find shows that they are interested in. The Hasbro content is currently part of the “Just For Kids” collection, where parents can feel okay letting their children browse and watch age appropriate titles. There’s no word on how much Netflix is paying Hasbro for the rights to stream these iconic franchises, but it’s a safe bet that it they didn’t come cheap. With Netflix struggling to keep quality content contracts in place while at the same time competing with the ever growing library of Amazon Prime, this move has to be seen as a positive step towards acquiring shows people actually want to watch. It’s no secret that the company is trying to recover from its recent missteps with pricing as well as the failed restructuring of its services.This kind of effort on Netflix’s part is to be applauded. It’s an awesome feeling to be sitting down with my children and watching the very first episodes of Transformers and teaching them the theme song including the robot sounding “more than meets the eyes!” I’m looking forward to more quality retro content in the future.Watch the Tranformers on Netflix.last_img read more

Read More →

Mr Tsipras goes to Washington

first_imgIf anyone had predicted, a mere 10 years ago when Alexis Tsipras was rising to the leadership of a small leftist party barely making it to the Parliament, that not only would he become Prime Minister of Greece one day, but that he would also meet with two sitting US Presidents, nobody would have believed him. In fact, part of the criticism addressed to the Greek PM, when he met with President Trump this week, was based on precisely this previous implausibility: that an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-american politician, who had been protesting against neo-liberalism and in the Genova Anti-globalisation riots, would one day sheepishly shake the hands of the US leader. The irony became much more biting, considering that the sitting POTUS is himself a living embodiment of American capitalism (yet he shares one thing with the Greek PMs former protest-prone self: a dislike for globalisation, or at least for the binding international treaties that go with it). By now, nobody should be surprised; Alexis Tsipras rose to power with a fierce anti-austerity message, only to become the most obedient prime minister of the Crisis, putting into force the harshest pack of austerity measures Greece has ever seen. So, why wouldn’t he also make a U-turn on the anti-NATO, anti-capitalist ideas of his youth and go to the White House as a PM of a country thirsty for foreign investment? Alexis Tsipras went to Washington bearing the same badge of honour that every single one of the Greek Prime Ministers who have met a US President (all ten of them, since WWII) bore: that of Greece being a strategic ally of the US in the southeast Mediterranean and the Balkans. The country’s geostrategic positioning has been the only leverage that Greek leaders have used in such meetings and Tsipras did not deviate, when he met the man who became President emphasising his ability to make deals. And Donald Trump did make a deal. He managed to get the Greek PM to pledge to upgrade Greece’s fleet of F-16 fighter planes, an investment estimated at $2.4 billion – although the Greek government was quick to emphasise that the actual cost would be around €1.1billion, over 10 to 15 years. “We have great confidence in Greece as a nation”, said an evidently pleased Donald Trump, adding: “We have great confidence in what they’re doing relative to their military.”President Trump mentioned the deal no less than four times, during the Greek PM’s visit to Washington, each time adding to the furore that erupted in debt-ridden Greece, where government critics pointed out that the country is in no position to spend on 85 new warplanes. But what did Alexis Tsipras get in return for this favor to the American war industry? Little more than words of sympathy and encouragement. President Trump was reserved about making any promises and kept expectations low, saying that Washington is helping Greece get back on its feet after the economic crisis. Speaking from the White House’s Rose Garden, with Alexis Tsipras at his side, Donald Trump said the American people “stand with the Greek people as they recover from the economic crisis … I have encouraged the prime minister in his continued implementation of reform and reform programs and I have totally reaffirmed our support for a responsible debt-relief plan.” Despite being vague on its own, this suggestion was shot down by the German government, on Wednesday, which stated that there is nothing new to convey regarding Berlin’s stance vis-a-vis the issue of Greek debt relief; the German government spokesperson made clear that this stance reflects the Eurogroup’s position. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Read More →

Dès 7 mois les bébés bilingues connaissent la grammaire

first_imgDès 7 mois, les bébés bilingues connaissent la grammaireDes scientifiques ont découvert que les bébés qui évoluent dans un milieu bilingue sont capables, dès l’âge de 7 mois, d’apprendre rapidement la grammaire des deux langues maternelles qu’ils entendent.Si l’on savait que les bébés possédaient certains capacités intellectuelles particulièrement tôt dans leur développement, c’est une nouvelle découverte que viennent de révéler des scientifiques du Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception (Université Paris Descartes/CNRS/ENS) et de l’Université de British Columbia. Les bébés qui évoluent dans un milieu bilingue sont capables, dès l’âge de 7 mois, d’apprendre rapidement la grammaire de leurs deux langues maternelles. Publiée dans la revue Nature Communications, l’étude réalisée a montré que ces bébés se servent intuitivement de la hauteur (sons aigus) et de la durée des sons pour différencier deux langues aux structures grammaticales très éloignées, comme l’anglais et le japonais, par exemple. Ces travaux expliquent ainsi comment fonctionne ce mécanisme de différenciation : “en anglais par exemple, les mots “the” et “with” reviennent beaucoup plus souvent que d’autres mots. Les bébés apprennent essentiellement en comptant mais les bébés qui grandissent dans un milieu bilingue ont besoin de plus d’indices, ils développent donc d’autres stratégies que les bébés monolingues n’ont pas besoin d’utiliser”, indique Judith Gervain, chargée de recherche au CNRS et à l’Université Paris Descartes.Les bébés de 7 mois qui ont été observés pour l’étude ont participé à des expériences de grammaire artificielle. Comme, typiquement en Anglais ou en Français un mot fonctionnel (qui relie les mots, comme les articles, pronoms, prépositions) est placé devant un mot lexical (adjectif ou nom, par exemple), la durée du mot lexical est plus longue. C’est l’inverse en Japonais ou en Hindi, l’ordre et la hauteur du mot lexical étant inversés. De fait, l’expérience a consisté à noter le temps que chaque enfant passait à observer des panneaux émettant différents sons. Les enfants bilingues exploitent davantage d’indices À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cela a permis de déduire que les bébés parviennent à distinguer deux langues en fonction de leurs structures grammaticales. En conséquence de quoi, les enfants bilingues ont plus de facilité à apprendre les langues car ils exploitent des indices pertinents que ne repèrent pas les enfants monolingues.En conclusion, Judith Gervain souligne ainsi : “si vous parlez deux langues à la maison, ne vous inquiétez pas pour l’acquisition du langage de votre enfant. Votre bébé est tout à fait capable de distinguer ces deux langues et d’apprendre facilement leurs structures grammaticales !”. Le 23 février 2013 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Read More →

Clement Howell High will no longer be split says Minister of Education

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHuge class sizes and overburdening of resources are the woes of students of the Clement Howell High School on Providenciales. Speaking out to local media students from the high school have expressed discomfort with the situation with some classes hosting more than 40 students. However, it seems it will be awhile before a cure is administered to the plight faced by the school as the Minister of Education, Hon. Akierra Misick recently divulged to local media that she is no longer working on splitting the Clement Howell High School but is now working to secure funds to build a new high school on the island since the splitting remedy was just going to be a temporary fix to the overcrowding situation. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Read More →

Home garage destroyed after brush fire sparks in Big Pine Key 100

first_imgFirst Irma, now brush fires. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the Piners affected…and to the first responders working to control the situation.KEYS crews are ready to restore power as soon as the all clear is given. Hang in there Big Pine! #PrayersForBigPine #PublicPower pic.twitter.com/BTKPFsXM7c— Keys Energy Services (@KeysEnergy) April 22, 2018Officials said one home and a separate garage structure were destroyed. Firefighters have been able to prevent the flames from spreading to other structures.There are no evacuation orders currently, but officials advised all residents to monitor the areas surrounding their homes until the fire is completely extinguished. Keys Energy Service shut off power to about 1,900 customers at around 3:15 p.m. at the request of fire officials. Officials said most of the power has been restored. Monroe County Fire Rescue firefighter Jen Shockley saves Key deer fawn during #BigPineKeyBrushFire. Most Key deer don’t need rescuing. pic.twitter.com/5CuC3WJmqW— Monroe County News (@monroecounty) April 23, 2018Monroe officials said the brush fire spread quickly because of high winds and dry vegetative conditions.Crews from Key West and Miami-Dade County also responded to assist firefighters. The Florida Forest Service is sending one engine and one bombardier vehicle.There are no reports of any injuries.Officials advised drivers to avoid U.S. 1 through Big Pine Key due to the smoke and a large number of emergency vehicles. BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A brush fire that broke out in Big Pine Key continued to spread Sunday, causing a home and a garage to become engulfed in flames.According to Monroe County Fire Rescue, the blaze originated at Hibiscus Avenue and has traveled several miles west across the island to Fern Avenue.As of 10 p.m. Monday, officials said the fire was about 50 percent contained and had burned through at least 100 acres. Officials said there remain hotspots scattered through the large area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Read More →

Remember When Alejandro Sanz Destinys Child Perform At The 44th GRAMMYs

first_img Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Remember When? Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child Perform At The 44th GRAMMYs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month For The Record: Carlos Santana Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images For The Record: Calle 13 Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs MelendiPhoto: Getty Images JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Carlos Santana Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll For The Record: Carlos Santana ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards For The Record: Calle 13 Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com News Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Twitter Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? MelendiPhoto: Getty Images Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel MelendiPhoto: Getty Images Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Selena’s Legacy Lives On Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachicenter_img Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs remember-when-alejandro-sanz-destinys-child-perform-44th-grammys Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Prev Next 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll Facebook 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever For The Record: Shakira Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Email JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Selena’s Legacy Lives On For The Record: Shakira SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com Read more Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 For The Record: Calle 13 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Back in 2002, the Latin GRAMMY winner hit the GRAMMY stage with a little help from the R&B trioGRAMMYs Oct 12, 2017 – 5:28 pm Flashback to Feb. 27, 2002. Roughly six months had passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and music’s biggest names gathered at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for the 44th GRAMMYs. The mood — while tempered — was celebratory. Jon Stewart was the show’s host. Alicia Keys would go on to be the night’s biggest winner with five wins (including the award for Best New Artist), and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz made his GRAMMY stage debut with a little help from GRAMMY-winning R&B trio Destiny’s Child.Sanz, who’d just made headlines for being the first Spanish-language artist to record and release a live album under MTV’s Unplugged franchise in November 2001, hit the stage to sing his 2000 hit single “Quisiera Ser,” alongside Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles (who was just mere months away from being the solo powerhouse we now have to come to know as simply Beyoncé).Sang in Spanish, the chorus roughly translates in English to mean: I wanted to be the air escaping from your laughter/I wanted to be the salt to smart your wounds/I wanted to be the blood that you involve with your life/I wanted to be the dream that you’d never share and the garden of your joy in the party of your skin.While the Madrid native didn’t take home any awards that night, he would go on to win 14 more Latin GRAMMY Awards and three GRAMMY Awards. Sanz was recently named the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read Selena’s Legacy Lives On Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songslast_img read more

Read More →

2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb 10 2019 From Los Angeles

first_imgIn the week leading up to Music’s Biggest Night, we take time out to honor the many facets of our music community. GRAMMY Week will officially kick off Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, with the annual Producers & Engineers Wing GRAMMY Week celebration. We’ll celebrate music education on Feb. 7 with the Music Educator Award presentation and the concert GRAMMY In The Schools Live!On Feb. 8, we’ll recognize the lawyers who help make our work as musicians possible at the Entertainment Law Initiative Event & Scholarship Presentation and recognize a music industry icon for their philanthropic efforts during the MusiCares Person of the Year gala later that evening. Feb. 9 is all about celebrating the 61st GRAMMYs with the GRAMMY Nominees Reception. The evening also includes Clive Davis’ and the Recording Academy’s Pre-GRAMMY Gala. 61st GRAMMY Awards Dates Announced 2019-grammy-awards-air-feb-10-2019-los-angeles News To cap off the week, on Feb. 10 the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will honor GRAMMY winners in more than 70 categories shortly before the telecast. Following the 61st GRAMMY Awards show and broadcast, it’s time to let loose with the official GRAMMY Celebration after party.”We are delighted to host the world’s premier music event back in our hometown and look forward to celebrating the remarkable musical contributions made by songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, and recording artists,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “As always, GRAMMY season will kick off with a series of events that showcase various genres of music, educational programs, and our charitable initiatives. We look forward to working with our Los Angeles partners to produce some remarkable and unforgettable events.”So mark your calendars and buckle up, because we’re in for an exciting new GRAMMY season in just a few short months. And if you’re curious about how the GRAMMY Awards voting process works, we’ve got you covered here. For a full list of 61st GRAMMY Awards dates, including voting deadlines, you can check that out over here.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 28, 2018 – 12:00 pm See What Happened At The 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 29, 2018 – 9:16 am 60th GRAMMYs: What You Didn’t See On TV GRAMMY season will kick off Dec. 5 when nominees are revealed and culminate on Music’s Biggest NightRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 17, 2018 – 11:53 am UPDATE: See the full list of 61st GRAMMY NominationsGRAMMY season will be here before we know it, and now’s the time to mark your calendars. On July 17, the Recording Academy announced all the dates you’ll want to know. First and foremost, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Music’s Biggest Night, will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Nominations for the 61st GRAMMYs will be announced in all 84 categories on Dec. 5, which includes recordings released between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018. 2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb. 10, 2019, From Los Angeles last_img read more

Read More →

POLICE LOG for October 31 Stranger Comes To Door Asking For Help

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, October 31, 2018:Officers provided mutual aid for the Boston Red Sox Parade in Boston. (7:13am)A tractor trailer unit caused damage to a lawn on Shawsheen Avenue. (10:00am)A caller reported an injured bird on Everett Avenue. Animal Control Officer responded. Bird appeared dazed from flying into slider. (11:19am)A walk-in party reported a license plate was stolen or lost from a vehicle at Garrick Construction on Eames Street. (11:59am)Jessica Torres-Germain (40, Methuen) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration. (8:07pm)A Palmer Way caller reported a man came onto her back deck and opened her sliding door, asking for help. She told him to leave. He left, but came back a second time and asked for help. He was told to leave again. Police responded. (9:21pm)A River Street caller just came home to find his mailbox vandalized. Police responded and noted a mailbox on Brattle Road was also damaged. (9:53pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Read More →

Fair polls possible even with AL in power CEC Huda

first_imgWhether a party will be allowed to hold public meeting is not under the jurisdiction of the election commission until announcement of the schedule for general elections, chief election commission M Nurul Huda said on Sunday.“Once the poll schedule is announced, the matter will come under the commission’s jurisdiction. We’ll take steps in accordance with election laws,” he told newsmen.The CEC was addressing an event to unveil the EC’s roadmap for the general elections – Master Plan for the 11th Parliamentary Polls – at the commission secretariat at Agargaon in the capital.The statement came in an apparent response to allegations by the opposition parties, especially by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), that they are not being given permission for holding public meetings.The CEC also mentioned that the EC had not closed the option of using digital voting machine (DVM) although the commission earlier said it would not use the option unless there is a consensus among political parties on this issue. The BNP has already raised objection to it.“We have not closed the door of using DVM in elections. Following talks with the political parties, if the government cooperates with us, it’s possible to use to it,” Huda said.He expressed the commission’s ‘determination to hold the next general elections, without being influenced by the government, any party, or local and foreign agency”.Huda who was appointed during the current regime of the Awami League government said it’s very much possible for the EC to hold free and fair polls even with the Awami League in power.“We are fully confident to make the next elections free and fair, withstanding all sorts of pressures and influence of the government. We will be able to hold free and fair elections under this government,” added Huda.He, however, said the government has some responsibilities to do to make the polls free and fair.Read more:‘Unilateral decision on reshuffling EC officials a breach of law’EC officials seek provision in RPO allowing army deployment during pollslast_img read more

Read More →

Myanmar ultranationalist monk faces arrest warrant

first_imgMyanmar police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday evening for an ultra-nationalist monk known as the “Buddhist Bin Laden” for his vitriol against Islam and particularly the Rohingya Muslim community.Wirathu has long been the face of the country’s Buddhist nationalist movement, notorious for espousing hate against the Rohingya minority.A warrant was “filed and applied directly at western district court against him (Wirathu) under article 124(a),” police spokesman Myo Thu Soe told AFP late on Tuesday.He said he was unable to give specific details about the reasons behind the warrant.The law prohibits anyone who “attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government” and carries a maximum jail sentence of three years.Wirathu’s monastery is in Mandalay but his whereabouts Tuesday or when he might be detained were unknown.In 2013 the hardliner appeared on the cover of “Time” magazine as “The Face of Buddhist Terror”.He has called for boycotts of Muslim-owned businesses and restrictions of marriages between Buddhists and Muslims.A council of senior monks stopped him temporarily from speaking in public but the firebrand abbot has spoken at a string of pro-military rallies since the ban ended in March last year.Facebook kicked him off the platform in January 2018 after a string of incendiary posts targeting the Rohingya.Rights groups say these helped whip up animosity towards the community, laying the foundations for a military crackdown in 2017 that forced about 740,000 to flee over the border to Bangladesh.Like many in Myanmar, Wirathu pejoratively refers to the minority as “Bengali”, implying the group are illegal immigrants.Refugees’ testimonies of mass killings, rapes and arson spurred UN investigators to call for the prosecution of top generals for “genocide” and the International Criminal Court (ICC) is conducting a preliminary probe.“The day when the ICC comes here… is the day that Wirathu holds a gun,” he said in a speech to a rally of hardline nationalists in October last year.A firebrand Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, Galagodaatte Gnanasara, has maintained close ties with Wirathu.Gnanasara was freed from prison in Sri Lanka last week following a presidential pardon.last_img read more

Read More →

Anonymous Gift Of 3 Million Pays Tuition For Entire First Class At

first_img Share University of HoustonThis photo shows the “Health 2” building, which is the temporary home of the UH College of Medicine. The college has received an anonymous $3 million gift, which will fund the full tuition for the college’s inaugural class of 30 medical students in fall 2020.The University of Houston College of Medicine has received an anonymous $3 million gift, which will fund the full tuition for the college’s inaugural class of 30 medical students in fall 2020.The College of Medicine aims for at least 50 percent of each graduating class to specialize in primary care, according to a news release from the University of Houston (UH) and that distinction sets the college apart from its local and national counterparts in an effort to address the vast shortage of primary care physicians in Houston and throughout Texas.Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states in primary care physician-to-population ratio.UH President Renu Khator noted that since student debt is the number one deterrent for students when applying to medical school, “this generous gift will allow such students an opportunity to attend and ultimately lead the future medical workforce.Increasing access to primary care “As a result, the UH College of Medicine will increase access to primary care, enhance quality of life and strengthen Houston as a business destination,” added Kahtor.Dr. Stephen J. Spann, UH College of Medicine vice president of medical affairs and founding dean, underscored that one of the main goals of the UH College of Medicine is “to be known nationally for producing doctors who have a deep understanding of health disparities, who know how to work in the community and who are experts in providing ‘high-value’ health care” and added that “thanks to this amazing gift, we’re one step closer to becoming a major resource for the community by addressing the shortage of primary care physicians.”University of HoustonDr. Stephen J. Spann, is the founding dean and vice president of medical affairs at UH’s College of Medicine. He underscores that one of the main goals of the college is to form doctors who have a deep understanding of health disparities and who know how to work in the community.The gift also goes toward the $1 billion “Here, We Go” Campaign, the University’s first public, comprehensive campaign in 25 years.The University aims to secure $120 million over 10 years to cover startup costs for the College of Medicine. A third of these funds will be generated through philanthropy, a third from state appropriations and a third from intellectual property revenue. So far, UH has raised $9.1 million through philanthropy.The College of Medicine is scheduled to admit 30 students in the inaugural class in 2020 pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Legislature, and accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.last_img read more

Read More →

Mandos chainless ebike is headed for Europe in 2013 w Video

first_imgAccording to the press statement, the Footloose hybrid drive system brings power directly to the drive wheel. When you pedal, mechanical energy transforms into electricity and feeds the e-bike battery. Using a throttle, the motor drive can be controlled. © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Car-choked city streets are inspiring adults to get on a bicycle for local transport. Reasons range from ecology to economy in getting around. Korea-based auto part maker Mando is unleashing the next step up in cycling, a chainless electric bike called Footloose. Sleek minimalist, Apple-evocative design, with technology combined, the Mando is a clear moving target for a mobile, Starbuck-struck generation of twenty-somethings. Mando has been showcasing the bike this year, and its bike is due to hit the marketplace in Europe next year. The company has combined a throttle drive with pedal-assisted technology, This is a chainless bike that trend-watchers are calling the “i-Phone of cycling.” Citation: Mando’s chainless e-bike is headed for Europe in 2013 (w/ Video) (2012, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-mando-chainless-e-bike-europe-video.html The bike has a hybrid drive system. By pedaling, mechanical energy transforms into electricity. The bike uses a lithium-ion battery. A key feature about the bike is that it does away with the bike chain; it converts a rider’s pedaling to electricity; the rider is the human “generator.” Cyclists can power the bike up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) with the motor alone or they can use the pedal for more range. By adding battery energy, the standard range of 30 kilometers can be increased, say enthusiasts, to become a “light e-scooter.” Ford concept E-Bike has smartphone built incenter_img More information: www.mandofootloose.com/ Explore further The Footloose takes cues from auto technology with its Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which works with integrated sensors. The sensors recognize speed and slope. The rider can take advantage of an automatic gear changer to monitor terrain and adjust the motor’s output as needed. A detachable Human Machine Interface (HMI) display can go up on the handle bar to display information such as distance traveled, speed and amount of electricity produced. Another key point being promoted is that it folds up neatly. The bike is a collaborative effort of Mando and Meister. They also called on British designer Mark Sanders and Dutch e-bike expert Han Goes. Sanders describes the look as “clean like the latest smart phones, with powerful technology hidden inside.” The resulting design was officially introduced at a show earlier this year and there are plans to have the bike on the European market by 2013. 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.last_img read more

Read More →

Audi plans nextlevel tech for smarter driving

first_img(Phys.org) —Audi, along with several U.S. universities, has been studying what contributes to road accidents, what can avert accidents, and the right technology systems that can keep drivers on track. According to reports, the driver team members working on next-generation technology for drivers studied accident statistics in numerous categories in working out their solution. Audi is talking about its system that combines hardware and software for better driving results. The solution is tagged Audi Urban Intelligent Assist. Key features include predictive data and a more human-based type of GPS navigation that draws on landmarks. Information on the system was made known recently at the GPU Technology Conference in March. Audi engineers are testing the system features, according to The Register. More information: www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/17/car_gpu_tech/ Toyota, Audi driverless demos will pull up to CES 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. Audi’s system could be of benefit particularly for those behind the wheel who cope with the daily stress of driving in urban areas, constantly needing to avert other bad drivers and constantly needing to maintain ample focus. The Urban Intelligent Assist initiative involves automated information such as (1) “predictive” traffic data; (2) guidance where a database is populated with landmarks that can make it easy for drivers to find what they are looking for; (3) smart parking information which tells what spots are available and what each parking option costs; and (4) Driver Attention Guard. Audi’s predictive traffic feature looks at past traffic records, current conditions, and future outlooks. The feature also takes into account special events such as sports games that might bring the driver into traffic tie-ups. A “Naturalistic Guidance” features uses surrounding landmarks to ease the hassle of navigation, such as a prompt to turn left by the gas station. The Driver Attention Guard function uses cameras to track the driver’s head and eye movements. If the system detects an inattentive driver, the system might swing into cruise control so that the car does not slam into the car ahead or mistakenly speed up. The driver also would get some type of alert reminder to pay closer attention to the road. Besides Audi, those participating in the project are university research teams in California and Michigan. The schools are University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Diego and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.Audi’s program notes for the GPU session said that the goal of this research initiative is “to showcase different technologies and approaches to make the challenges of navigating the chaotic roadways of the world’s megacities less stressful, safer and more efficient a generation from now. This is mainly achieved through advancements in predictive technology, by harnessing the power of Big Data through algorithms, real time data, Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), advanced sensors and other innovative approaches. The AUIA project is the latest in a series of university collaborations that Audi has formed to explore the frontiers of automotive technologies and electronics.” © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Audi plans next-level tech for smarter driving (2013, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-audi-next-level-tech-smarter.html Credit: via The Registerlast_img read more

Read More →

VIDEO Josh Rosens fake spiketouchdown pass completes epic 34point UCLA secondhalf comeback

first_img Advertisement The UCLA Bruins were dead in the water, trailing 44-10 in the second half against Texas A&M, when Josh Rosen went to work on an epic second half comeback.Rosen led the Bruins to 35 unanswered points, including 28 in the fourth, and capped it off with a Dan Marino-esque fake spike/touchdown pass with less than a minute to go to give the Bruins a 45-44 win, and complete one of the most improbable comebacks in college football history. He finished the night 491 yards passing and 4 touchdowns.Rosen didn’t have a signature win to speak of before tonight. He does now. Here’s the play that won the game and capped the unbelievable comeback. Onions.“THE LEGEND OF JOSH ROSEN.” https://t.co/0erAMXrOUz— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 4, 2017last_img read more

Read More →

Help Me Laptop Can I Game on BatterySaver Mode

first_imgDragon Center Eco Mode15 fps30 fps17 fps Rise of the Tomb RaiderHitmanGrand Theft Auto V Gaming laptops generally have poor battery life due to how much power monster GPUs like Nvidia’s GTX 1080 can soak up. However, if you want to squeeze out as much gaming as you possibly can, what are the consequences of putting your laptop in a battery-saving mode? One Tom’s Guide forum user asked us to help them out.ghost.freak.user writes, “I play games on my laptop. Is [turning on battery saver] a good option? I [know] it saves battery, but [does] it really affect performance?”MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-mode-gaming?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 To test this, we took MSI’s GT63 Titan 8RG (Core i7-8750H, 32GB of RAM, GTX 1080) and ran three gaming benchmarks on battery settings such as Best Performance (plugged and unplugged), Windows 10 Battery Saver, Nvidia’s Battery Boost and MSI’s Eco Mode.Battery-mode benchmark results Rise of the Tomb RaiderRunning Rise of the Tomb Raider on Very High 1080p settings yielded some interesting results. The Titan averaged 68 frames per second when it was plugged in, compared with about 40 fps when it was unplugged. We then ran separate tests for the Windows 10 Battery Saver and GeForce Battery Boost, and both averaged 19 fps. Meanwhile, the Dragon Center’s Eco Mode pulled a mere 15 fps.HitmanThe Titan ripped apart the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p) while plugged in, at 120 fps, but severely downgraded to 38 fps when we unplugged it. Battery Saver didn’t affect the performance much from there, as the benchmark hit 37 fps. However, Eco Mode and Battery Boost were playing with fire, at 30 fps.MORE: Which GPU is Right For You?Grand Theft Auto VOn the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the Titan nailed 85 fps while plugged in. What was interesting was that both the unplugged Best Performance settings and Battery Boost hit 16 fps. On top of that, Eco Mode actually did better by one measly frame, for 17 fps. However, the Battery Saver mode sunk hard to 7 fps.So, how much does battery saver affect gaming?A lot. And ultimately, the numbers we got when the machine was unplugged were unreliable as well. If you’re playing with a gaming laptop, there’s no guarantee it’ll meet 30 fps to be playable, whether you’re on the best performance settings or using a battery-saving app. Generally, laptops with powerful GPUs like the Titan are best used with a direct power source to be fully functional. Moral of the story: Leave that sucker plugged in at all times.Credit: Laptop MagLongest Battery Life LaptopsLaptops with the Best Overall PerformanceBest and Worst Laptop Gaming Brands Windows 10 Battery Saver Mode19 fps37 fps7 fps GeForce Battery Boost Mode19 fps30 fps16 fps Best Performance (Plugged in)68 fps120 fps85 fps Best Performance (Unplugged)40 fps38 fps16 fps by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Read More →

The day I rode my bicycle to see the president

first_imgRelated posts:Monteverde: You can get there from here, but you’ll need some pura vida To pave or not to pave? Monteverde’s ongoing roadway saga Bike rides with Paul Smith – and other dangerous pursuits Pioneer Monteverde conservationist Wilford ‘Wolf’ Guindon dies at 85 Recommended: To pave or not to pave? Monteverde’s ongoing roadway sagaI previously invested the time to document at least part of the background of the famous, perhaps infamous, initiative to pave the road between Guacimal and the famed tourist destinations of Santa Elena, Cerro Plano and Monteverde.I therefore felt compelled to attend a meeting on June 9 where the project, and the many people who contributed to it, would be lauded. The keynote speaker was, of course, the President of Costa Rica: Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.It is not often that you have the opportunity to ride your bicycle down the hill and attend a meeting involving the president. It is likely even rarer that the event would take place in a large room in a shopping mall normally devoted to civic activities, including the weekly farmer’s market.It was a safe bet that the crowd would be large. By the time President Solís arrived – about 45 minutes past the anointed hour – it was at capacity. The room had been set up to handle the load, with rows of folding chairs extending its length. The organizers also made efforts to cheer up the room, which is essentially a poorly-lit concrete box, with signage and displays.Prominent members of the community took turns recapping some of the history behind the pavement project and those who had worked on it. The crowd also heard from a representative from the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) as well as the Minister of Transportation.I took away a few key things, including the fact that, as suspected, actual work on the road won’t begin for at least three months while everyone involved attempts to come up with a solution to the seismic challenges (pun intended) of what is known as Kilometer 13. The physical work done during this span will involve bringing up all of the needed equipment and material. It was also honestly stated that the road work is best done after the rainy season.See also: President Solís pledges to repair road to Monteverde by next yearThe Minister of Transportation also threw out a teaser regarding a different road that might soon be improved: the road to Tilarán. His comments created quite a buzz. He also introduced the notion of a need for greater connectivity of the roadways in the greater area.As tiny as it is in terms of land mass, the various regions of Costa Rica are wildly different from one another. The Caribbean coast, aside from being a coast, has little in common with the Pacific coast; close your eyes on the Caribbean side and you might well think you’re in Jamaica. The greater San José area, with its population density and commerce, is nothing at all the Monte Verde district, and the many more remote parts of the country are all distinct from each other.One root cause of these disparities is the fact that a mountain range runs down the middle of the country. Another is, of course, the time and effort it takes to travel due to the poor condition of the roads.President Solís seized upon this theme quickly as he left the stage and went to stand on the main floor. He stressed that greater connectivity within our country is what is going to empower its people to do more, create more and have more success. Further, with the hope that my poor Spanish proves equal to the challenge of translation, he stated, “This road, therefore, is the physical manifestation of what the government had promised to do in terms of connecting the people.”The President was a better speaker than I’d expected – almost as good as the young lady who presented him with an award for all of his efforts.When the meeting ended and I walked slowly through the crowd back to my bicycle, I thought through all of the conflicting information and viewpoints I’d heard about the pavement project over last couple of years. I also mulled over the various things about living here that can, at times, bring me to levels of frustration I didn’t know existed (and I’m the parent of two boys).Then I realized that I, along with several hundred other people, had just walked into a mall and sat within feet of the country’s president. There were plenty of police waiting outside, but my backpack and I had waltzed right in and sat down amongst everyone else. There were no metal detectors or pat-downs, nor was I required to show my ID. People were respectful to one another and those speaking. It was like a time machine to a time that I barely even remember.As I pedaled home, the president’s words bounced around inside my large head. Yes, there are a lot of challenges. No, not everyone agrees that pavement is a good thing. There are, however, some amazing upsides to a country where a government largely trusts its own people, and where vitriol and intolerance are very much the exception, not the rule.Yes, a little more connectivity could probably do good things here – and everywhere else where people need to live together.Read more Dispatch from Monteverde columns here.This piece was originally published on Marshall Cobb’s website; visit it here. Marshall and his family moved to the Monte Verde district in 2015. He takes breaks from working on his novel by posting on his blog and can be reached at: marshall@marshall-cobb.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Read More →