By Dialogo July 24, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The U.S. government has donated equipment and computer software to Costa Rican officials to improve the Central American nation’s justice system and counter-narcotics fight. The U.S. donated 17 laptop computers, 19 desktop computers, 107 software licenses and two projectors. The donation is part of US$20 million the U.S. is giving to Central American nations as part of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). “This donation is a display of the friendship and alliance between the governments of the United States and Costa Rica to develop strategies to neutralize new forms of crime,” Supreme Court Vice President José Manuel Arroyo told the Tico Times. The Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office also is being helped by representatives from U.S.-based Florida International University to implement a system that aids in the prosecution of international crime and narco-trafficking cases. “Investment in the latest technology equipment is fundamental to prosecute members of criminal groups, as those types of groups also have access to the most modern technology,” U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Eric Nelson said. “This new system will help prosecutors investigate cases and disband crime groups more efficiently.” [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 23/07/2013; La Prensa Libre (Costa Rica), 23/07/2013]
By Jemima HolmesThe Main Street Avenue on Thursday was engulfed in an explosion of culture and colour as the Social Cohesion Department hosted its second annual Harmony Village which saw Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton calling for national unity and reconciliation.The Village gives businesses and other entities a platform to showcase their work and how it contributes to Guyanese livelihood and the betterment of citizens. In attendance were Government Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations, rightsSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton wears a smile as he leads the cultural paradecommissions, private businesses, craftsmen and a new addition, the sporting fraternity.Under the theme “Building partnerships, promoting community and national cohesion”, the one-day event aims to be a celebration of Guyana’s diversity and as such, unity of all Guyanese was the common message put forward by the speakers at the event.Social Cohesion Programme Coordinator Sharon Patterson shared the vision of the event, “The vision for a cohesive Guyana is one where our diversities or differences are embraced, where our conflicts are resolved, where networks and collaborating with stakeholders are strengthened, where equity is promoted and decision-making processes result in equal opportunities for all.” She disclosed that owing to the success of last year’s Village, the number of participating organisations more than doubled in 2018 from 46 to 103.While delivering the feature address, Minister Norton focused on the cultural melting pot that is Guyana. “I do formally believe that unity does not necessarily need uniformity. Unity is all about variety,” he said.The Minister encouraged all Guyanese to be conscious of our individuality and toSeveral children representing Guyana’s six ethnicities inside the Harmony Villageembrace each other regardless of our differences. “For us to be truly united as a people, we must first be cognisant and fully comfortable and aware of who we are as individuals. The key to us embracing diversity and promoting tolerance is to be proud of ourselves, our culture, to be proud of our traditions, ethnicities, religions and all things that make us who we are as individuals,” he declared.The ecstatic Minister later joined the performers of the cultural programme, as they paraded down Main Street Avenue, showcasing Guyana’s plethora of cultural traditions, clothing, songs, and dances.Decked out in their cultural wear, patrons traversed the avenue to get a glimpse of what the various entities had on display. Aside from the ethnic dishes and clothing that were exhibited, there were a number of religious organisations, Government Ministries and Non-Governmental Organisations who all took the opportunity to focus on eradicating social ills such as domestic abuse, gender-based violence and crime. Harmony Village is slated to become an annual event.
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Near-net-zero-energy performance in a new home is unusual enough in most communities to attract free publicity. A recent example: a 2,507-sq.-ft. home in southeast Abilene, Texas, that is constructed with superior exterior wall insulation, airtightness, and HVAC, careful solar orientation and well designed roof overhangs, and a 20-panel solar array.The local newspaper, the Reporter-News, highlighted several features of the recently completed house, which offers four bedrooms, three baths, and a three-car garage, and sits on two acres of land. The main focus of the story, though, was on the building’s green amenities, including exterior walls with 5 1/2 in. of Demilec Agribalance spray foam insulation (yielding R-27 thermal resistance); 7 in. of spray foam in the roof deck (R-33); a reflective, standing-seam metal roof; a conditioned attic with an R-33 deck; a rainwater collection system; and 4 kW of power capacity from the solar installation.Reckoning with winter cold and summer sunWilliam Peck, whose architecture firm designed the house – and more than a dozen near-NZE homes in other parts of the state – said it is equipped with Pella double-glazed vinyl windows with a .29 solar heat gain coefficient. He also noted, though, that all of the critical windows are shaded.And because winters in central Texas can include freezing temperatures and snow as well as mild days, the house features a high-efficiency pellet stove (capable of heating 1,500 sq. ft. of the house), and, to manage the summer heat, a 16 SEER HVAC system with timed exhaust, and variable-speed air handlers.Constructed by Abilene-based Sela Builders for about $120 a square foot (versus traditional-construction costs of about $88), the house also features two air-source heat pumps for hot water. The local power company, Taylor Power Cooperative, will be monitoring the home’s energy performance, the company’s director of business development, James McKee, told the Reporter-News. “We’re seeing this house as a bit of a test tube baby for us,” he said. “We’ll be watching very closely and gathering data for future projects.”At this point, Peck noted, the house, which is listed for $375,000, is considered “net-zero-energy-capable,” but could easily achieve NZE performance should its eventual owners decide to slightly expand the solar installation. A year of monitoring by Taylor Power should provide enough data to determine how much, if any, system expansion might be needed to reach zero.
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Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela isn’t the one to shy away from controversial statements directed at the PBA and its game officials.He was fined P10,000 back in August for in-game statements directed at PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, and he often voices out his displeasure over calls or the lack to the referees.ADVERTISEMENT The technical foul wasn’t the end for Racela as he exchanged choice words with Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua in the tunnel of the Big Dome at halftime.READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2 And as for Racela’s “perfectly officiated ball game,” his KaTropa were called for 35 fouls, 11 more than Ginebra received. TNT also had 14 free throws, 29 fewer than the Gin Kings attempted.“The referees did their part, did their best, in calling the game,” said Racela. “They made the right decisions. I don’t really question that and I’m happy our players did their best and gave ourselves a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT And even though Racela took a different approach Friday after TNT’s 106-103 loss to Ginebra in game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, his message was still filled with resentment.READ: Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can’t really question the obvious,” said Racela with a straight face but with a heavy tone of sarcasm after the KaTropa moved on the brink of elimination in the semis.Racela was called with a technical foul in the second quarter when his import Glen Rice Jr. got into several scuffles with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambohot returns for Letran but still groping for form Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to release Luca de la Torre for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuca de la Torre is set to leave Fulham next month.The Mirror says Fulham are looking to send De la Torre out on loan.Fulham will allow him to leave for more first-team games next month and they have received initial interest from clubs in Germany and the Netherlands.Several League One clubs are also interested in the US international.Cottagers chiefs believe six months away will accelerate De la Torre’s development.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle offer Benitez new contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United have offered manager Rafa Benitez a new one-year contract offer.The Times says there has been fresh discussion about overcoming the current impasse, and a front runner is the possibility of a 12-month extension on the £6m-a-year deal the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager signed in May 2016.Owner Mike Ashley, who is keen to sell the club and has called on would-be purchasers, including Peter Kenyon, to meet his asking price of between £280-£300m this month, remains unlikely to strengthen heavily during January without agreement.If Benitez agrees to the new deal then the tight hold on club’s finances is likely to be unlocked, although there remains a fundamental disagreement over how that money should be spent; Ashley wants young players whose value will rise and Benitez wants experience.However, without the confirmation of Benitez staying beyond the end of the season, Newcastle are unlikely to sanction the spending spree their supporters have been calling on for three transfer windows.
Twitter/@TDeck68Ohio State hasn’t been shy about celebrating its accomplishments under Urban Meyer, and this year after winning the national championship they put up a street sign on campus that reads “The Undefeated Way.” OSU offensive tackle Taylor Decker drove by the sign after workouts on Friday morning, and seems inspired to get another sign put up in 2016.Was driving back from workouts and saw The Undisputed Way street sign….goosebumps, but the preparation for next year has already begun— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 6, 2015The sheen of this season’s victory definitely hasn’t worn off in Columbus, but expect the Buckeyes to come out as focused as ever in the fall.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, tragedy struck the Alabama community when former Crimson Tide running back Altee Tenpenny was killed in a one-car crash in Mississippi. Since, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support from Tenpenny’s former teammates. One is going above and beyond for Tenpenny’s family.John Fulton, a former defensive back for the program, has set up a gofundme.com account to help raise money for Tenpenny’s funeral. At the time of this post, over $8,500 has been raised. The goal is $15,000. Considering it’s only been live for 12 hours, it’s a safe bet they’re going to reach it.We all knew Altee as a guy that would do anything for anybody. Well now is our chance to give back to his family https://t.co/uR0jV9x3mx— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015It doesn’t matter if it’s $1, $10 or $100 anything helps. We all know Altee would have done it for us #FlyHighMyGuy #RIPAltee— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015Props to Fulton for taking charge. We’re sure Tenpenny’s family and friends appreciate it.