1 killed, 3 injured in Saudi Aramco oil pipeline leak DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco says one person has been killed and three others injured as a result of an oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom.The company said in a statement Sunday that an emergency response team managed to contain the leak Saturday in Abqaiq.It did not provide details on how the contractor was killed. Two contractors who were hurt in the incident have been released from the hospital, while an Aramco employee who was injured remains in stable condition.The company says it plans a thorough investigation of the accident. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2017 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Teaching professionals and careers advisors will take the first steps to ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ this month, when automotive companies across the UK open their doors to demonstrate the extensive and diverse range of careers and skills opportunities available to young people.Supported by the Automotive Council and launched by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, in March this year, the initiative is part of the government’s drive to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing and sets out to challenge existing perceptions of UK manufacturing within the automotive industry.Vince Cable said: “The UK is one of the biggest manufacturing nations in the world and building on this success in the decades to come will be the young people in school and college now. This is a potentially life changing opportunity for these young people to see whether they could fulfil their potential in any one of the wide range of careers that manufacturing has to offer them. I am hugely optimistic about the true picture of British industry these events will paint and hope that it shows where some persistent myths about manufacturing are wide of the mark.”“The scope and scale of the automotive sector presents a huge array of opportunities for young people to embark on careers within industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Over 700,000 are people employed by UK automotive within retail, design, engineering, manufacturing, aftermarket and supply chain sectors. In June, teachers and careers advisors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it means to work in the automotive sector and to learn about the exciting range of careers and skills opportunities for young people.”Designed to offer a flavour of the activities that will be rolled out over 10-21 October, June will see 17 automotive companies across the UK, including BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive, open their doors to offer teachers, careers advisors and university professionals an insight into working in the automotive industry. They will be invited to take part in guided plant tours, Q&A sessions with automotive apprentices, attend vehicle assembly and testing demonstrations and get a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to experience automotive engineering.The full fortnight of activities in October as part of ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ will see more than 30 companies across the UK offering an even broader range of activities and inviting students, school leavers and graduates to take part. ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ is expected to be extended to the wider manufacturing sector, but UK automotive will be trailblazing the initiative this year.Click through to find out more about ‘See Inside Manufacturing‘ and the activities being staged across the UK on and around 29 June. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The ridge acted like a huge dam and behind it was a proglacial lake, the researchers explained. The lake overflowed in giant waterfalls, eroding the rock escarpment, weakening it and eventually causing it to fail and release huge volumes of water onto the valley floor below.”We still don’t know for sure why the proglacial lake spilt over,” said Jenny Collier, a co-author of the study from Imperial’s department of earth science and engineering.”Perhaps part of the ice sheet broke off, collapsing into the lake, causing a surge that carved a path for the water to cascade off the chalk ridge. Maybe an earth tremor… further weakened the ridge and caused (it) to collapse, releasing the megaflood that we have found evidence for in our studies.”Either way, the scientists said, if it was not for a set of chance geological circumstances, Britain may have remained connected to mainland Europe, jutting out into the sea like Denmark.The researchers still have no exact timeline of events, but said they now want to take and analyse core samples of the in-filled sediments in the plunge pools to try and pinpoint the timing of erosion and the filling of the pools.They cautioned, however, that this next step will be tricky, since getting samples in the Dover Strait means navigating huge tidal changes and the world’s busiest shipping lane. Scientists have found evidence of how ancient Britain separated from Europe in what they are dubbing “Brexit 1.0″ – a flooding event that happened in two stages thousands of years ago.In research published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, the scientists said they now have proof that the opening of the Dover Strait in the English Channel, severing the land between Britain and France, occurred in two episodes – an initial lake spill over, followed by catastrophic flooding.”The breaching of this land bridge between Dover and Calais was undeniably one of the most important events in British history, helping to shape our island nation’s identity,” said Sanjeev Gupta, a professor at Imperial College London who co-led the work. South Foreland lighthouse and the white cliffs of Dover are seen from a cross-channel ferryCredit:Reuters “When the ice age ended and sea levels rose, flooding the valley floor for good, Britain lost its physical connection to the mainland,” he said. “This is Brexit 1.0 – the Brexit nobody voted for.”The first pieces of the puzzle came some 10 years ago, when researchers found geophysical evidence of giant valleys on the seafloor in the central part of English Channel. They believed these valley networks were evidence of a megaflood gouging out the land, probably caused by a breach in a chalk rock ridge joining Britain to France.In the new study, new geophysical data collected by colleagues in Belgium and France has been combined with seafloor data from Britain showing evidence of huge holes and a valley system located on the seafloor. This helped the team establish how the chalk ridge was breached. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Jomel Warrican (ESPNCricinfo photo)Jomel Warrican, the left-arm spinner, returned to the West Indies Test squad for their two-match series against India in October. Warrican played the last of his four Tests in January 2016, but was handed a red-ball contract by Cricket West Indies in January this year, indicating that he remained very much part of their plans.Warrican has spent the last two months with the West Indies A team, playing England Lions and India A in England. While his numbers from those games are not particularly striking, he did cause the touring Sri Lankans issues in May, claiming 4 for 81 in a warm-up game in Tarouba. In India, he will offer West Indies a second-specialist spin option behind legspinner Devendra Bishoo.Alzarri Joseph, the 21-year old fast bowler, is also set to return to Test cricket after more than a year. Joseph broke into the West Indies side as a 19-year-old in 2016 and has since played six Tests, the last of which was last August in England. Joseph is returning from a stress fracture in his back, which he picked up in New Zealand in December. He returned to limited-overs cricket in the preceding series at home, against Bangladesh, and was picked in the squad for the second Test of that series. He, however, did not play, making this his first chance at long-form cricket since the injury.Batsman Sunil Ambris is also back for his first Test of the year, having missed out recently due to injury, according to West Indies’ chairman of selectors Courtney Brown. It is not clear what the injury was. Ambris had fractured his left forearm during the series against New Zealand last December – his debut series, where he was hit-wicket twice in two games – but it was believed that he had recovered from that injury ahead of West Indies’ home-summer series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Jahmar Hamilton, the uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman, also made the 15. Hamilton was picked for the home Tests against Sri Lanka but didn’t get a game. In India, he will provide back-up with the gloves to Shane Dowrich.Batsman Devon Smith, who made a return this season against Sri Lanka after three years out of the team, and fast bowler Miguel Cummins are the only two to miss out from the squad that played the Bangladesh series.Browne said: “The panel congratulates Jason Holder and his team on the excellent performance against Bangladesh. As the team embarks on a tough tour of India, the successes against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh should hold them in good stead. The panel welcomes back Sunil Ambris, who missed the last couple of series due to injury, along with Jomel Warrican, who adds a second spin-bowling option to the attack.”While West Indies are coming off a convincing 2-0 series win against Bangladesh and a drawn series against Sri Lanka, they have struggled significantly against their upcoming opponents. Their last Test win against India came in Kingston in 2002, while their last Test success in India was a 243-run win in Mohali in 1994. The two Tests in India will be followed by five ODIs and three T20Is.West Indies Test squadJason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShermon Lewis replaces Alzarri Joseph in Windies Test Tour of IndiaSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news”Campbell hails grandfather in rise to Windies coloursJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news”West Indies confident ahead of first Test match against EnglandJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”
By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3282422 Share Tweet Email1 Mar 10th 2017, 11:06 PM Volkswagen pleads guilty in emissions cheating scandal, set to pay extra €4bn in fines The guilty plea entered today is in addition to over €16 billion in settlements the company has already agreed to pay. 23 Comments 11,789 Views GERMAN CARMAKER VOLKSWAGEN AG has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the emissions-cheating scandal, closing an important chapter in the saga that has rocked the company since 2015.The company in January agreed to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion (just over €4 billion) in criminal and civil fines to settle charges that it defrauded the United States and conspired to violate the Clean Air Act by installing so-called defeat devices on diesel-powered cars that evaded emissions standards.“Volkswagen deeply regrets the behaviour that gave rise to the diesel crisis,” Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said in a statement.“The agreements that we have reached with the US government reflect our determination to address misconduct that went against all of the values Volkswagen holds so dear.”The settlement with the Justice Department also requires the company to hire an outside compliance monitor for three years.The guilty plea entered today is in addition to $17.5 billion (about €16.4 billion) that the company already agreed to pay in settlements with car owners and dealers and for environmental cleanup.ArrestOne aspect of the case that remains unresolved is the fate of VW executive Oliver Schmidt who US authorities arrested in Miami in January, one of six company officials charged in the matter.Prosecutors this week rejected defence arguments that Schmidt should be released pending the outcome of his case and described him as a flight risk. The other five company officials charged are believed to be in Germany.Regulators in 2015 discovered that Volkswagen diesel cars marketed as clean in fact spewed up to 40 times the permissible limits of nitrogen oxide during normal driving, but this was hidden during emissions testing.As many as 11 million vehicles sold worldwide were configured to cheat emissions tests.The company developed the illegal technology in 2009 and, according to court documents, prosecutors believe senior employees attempted a cover-up after learning of the illegal technology in 2015.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as foreign agentRead: Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests Short URL Friday 10 Mar 2017, 11:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed on Friday to open a new checkpoint linking the two sides of the divided island.The crossing point, in a remote semi-mountainous region in the northwest of the island, had long been demanded by locals living on both sides.“The two leaders decided to proceed with the opening of the Yesilirmak/Limnitis crossing point under normal rules of existing crossings,” Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the United Nations special representative for Cyprus, said.It was not immediately clear when the checkpoint would open. The checkpoint, known as Yesilirmak in Turkish and Limnitis in Greek, will be the seventh crossing linking the island’s estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriots, separated by a UN-policed buffer zone splitting the island from east to west.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, on a fleeting visit to Cyprus on Thursday, said the EU would finance part of the cost of the new checkpoint.“This is very good news and an excellent response to the call I made yesterday to both leaders to agree on confidence-building measures and move forward in the negotiations to reunify the country,” Barroso said in a statement.“This agreement shows that when there is a will there is a way.”The opening of the new crossing had been delayed by disagreements over Turkish Cypriot supplies and access to a military outpost in a coastal pocket of territory surrounded by Greek Cypriots. The dispute hinged on how to get fuel supplies, which the troops needed for a generator and a tractor, to the outpost.The small enclave would be connected to the nearest electricity grid, which is in Greek Cypriot territory, and nonmilitary supplies would be taken there by road under UN escort, the UN said.
Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi admits his side is struggling this season but have mastered the art of grinding out wins ahead of Genoa’s clash.Inzaghi’s men have won three on the spin, all by a lone goal, against Empoli, Frosinone and Apollon Limassol.“We are picking up very slender victories, but very, very important ones,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“The lads did well to get back on their feet after losses to Juventus and Napoli. Compared to last season, we’ve learned how to grind out a result and we must continue working until we find our sharpness and the right balance.There has to be a middle ground between a tight win and conceding a ton of goals, but right now we cannot afford slip-ups.”Lazio’s top players have struggled to deliver so far this season.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Sergej is a very sensitive young man and some of the criticism hurt him, but he’ll soon get back to making the difference.”Lazio is set to meet familiar faces like Federico Marchetti, Goran Pandev, and Coach Davide Ballardini.“I’m happy to see Ballardini again, as he was my Coach here. Pandev always made me cry as an opponent, as he tends to score against us! I wish Marchetti all the best, as I really wanted him in the team when I arrived.“We dropped three very important points against Genoa last year and we know they are tough to break down. We’re keeping a special eye on Piatek.“We will probably be without Luiz Felipe, Valon Berisha and Stefan Radu. We did extraordinary things last season and expectations have since been raised, but we’re only five games into this campaign and there’s time to get into gear.“We’ve been working on our finishing with specific exercises in training.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A recent decision to raise the maximum altitude aircraft can fly within a vast training range in the western Dakotas, southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming will significantly boost the military value of Ellsworth AFB, S.D., says Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). The change will allow pilots to fly missions at up to 52,000 feet, twice the current ceiling, over 28,000 square miles of the Air Force’s Powder River Training Complex for several days annually. The new ceiling means stealth aircraft — including the B-2 Spirit bomber, F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor — can fly at normal operating altitudes, reports the Rapid City Journal.“This is a game-changer for Ellsworth in terms of its stability,” Rounds said. “This basically ensures that Ellsworth isn’t going to go anyplace for at least another 50 to 75 years.” The higher altitudes will initially be allowed for an exercise later this month. Rounds said the new limit will be needed after the Air Force transitions to the B-21 Raider — the strategic bomber slated to replace the B-1B Lancer and B-2 — beginning in 2023.
The Joe Miller campaign obtained 2010 GOP flyers and sent them, with a few modifications. (Image provided by Miller campaign)In another sign that this is a strange election year, the U.S. Senate campaign of Libertarian Joe Miller is mailing leftover flyers the Alaska Republican Party printed in 2010, but didn’t send. The flyers are critical of the incumbent, Sen. Lisa Murkowski. In 2010, she was the candidate the party was trying to defeat in the General Election. Now, though, Murkowski is the Republican nominee, so the Republicans are crying foul on Miller.Listen Now The GOP has complained to the Anchorage Police Department and Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the Postal Service informed him it is looking into the mailing.“I don’t know if they were printed up recently and not reported, or whether someone hoarded them in their garage for six years hoping that there’d be another contest between Miller and Murkowski,” Babcock said. “I don’t know. But it’s a pretty bizarre situation.”Miller said last week someone dropped off boxes of the leftover GOP flyers at his campaign.“Many boxes were brought. I wasn’t here when they were brought,” he told reporters.Miller treated it as a contribution from the party to his campaign. On his campaign finance report he put the value at $4,500.A Miller spokesman says the campaign paid a printer to black out the original bulk mail permit and added “Paid for by Citizens for Joe Miller.” They affixed first-class stamps and mailed an undisclosed number of them. There are two other additions to the mailer: At the very top, the Miller campaign wrote “What the Republican Party said in 2010 ….” and, further down, “What has changed?”Babcock says the mailer would confuse voters, because it has the original disclosure, saying it’s paid for by the Alaska Republican Party, and another saying the Miller campaign paid. Babcock said a postal employee told him the service had refused to accept some version of the flyer late last week, although it is not clear why. Babcock says he was told there was no attempt to use the Republican party’s bulk mail permit. The Postal Service confirmed the matter is under review but did not immediately provide specifics.Miller, on Monday evening, was striking back, accusing the Republican Party of making a false police report.
Friday, July 19, 2019Top afternoon stories:Dave Fehling/Houston Public MediaNatural gas flared from oil field in La Salle County.Natural Gas Flaring Underestimated In TexasA new study reveals more evidence that oil and gas companies are significantly under-reporting how much natural gas they burn off into the air in Texas.“Flaring” has hit record highs in Texas as companies produce more natural gas than they have the capacity to handle.In a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, researchers at Texas A&M University found that flaring volumes captured by federal government satellites were about double what companies reported to Texas regulators between 2012 and 2015. The satellite data came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The state data used in the study also included rates of “venting,” where companies release gas straight into the air instead of burning it off, so it’s possible the difference between reported and actual flaring rates is even larger.Katherine Willyard, the lead author on the Texas A&M study, said state rules overlook some parts of the oil and gas process where flaring occurs, which could explain some of the discrepancies.The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, said in a statement that its rules are meant to “ensure safe, responsible production of our state’s natural resources.”Wikimedia CommonsMarijuana plant.Abbott Tells DAs Hemp Law Doesn’t Decriminalize MarijuanaWeeks after Texas prosecutors began dropping hundreds of marijuana cases and stopped actively pursuing criminal charges because of complications that arose from legalizing hemp, the state’s leaders have stepped into the fray.Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, all Republicans, sent a letter Thursday to Texas district and county attorneys, emphasizing that a new hemp law does not decriminalize marijuana. They wrote that the prosecutors who have stepped back from marijuana charges after stating they cannot legally distinguish between legal hemp and marijuana without further testing — almost all of those in the state’s most 10 populous counties — misunderstand the new law.“Failing to enforce marijuana laws cannot be blamed on legislation that did not decriminalize marijuana in Texas,” stated the letter.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who said earlier this month her office will not prosecute low-level marijuana cases without a lab report, responded to the letter and said that it is up to the courts to interpret this law.Rebecca Blackwell/APCBP agents survey cars entering the U.S. in Matamoros (Mexico) on June 28, 2019.US Expands ‘Remain In Mexico’ To Dangerous Part Of BorderThe U.S. government on Friday expanded its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country to one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities, where thousands of people are already camped, some for several months.The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. DHS says it anticipates the first asylum seekers will be sent back to Mexico starting Friday.The U.S. is trying to curtail the large flow of Central American migrants passing through Mexico to seek asylum under American law.Matamoros is at the eastern edge of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tamaulipas state, where organized crime gangs are dominant and the U.S. government warns citizens not to visit due to violence and kidnappings. Share
Well known Japanese game developer and publisher Atlus got into trouble earlier this year when its parent company Index Corp. filed for bankruptcy. That put the future of popular gaming intellectual property including the Megami Tensei, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey series, in doubt. However, it looks as though Atlus’ future is assured, albeit under the Sega name.Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. has confirmed the acquisition of Index Corp. and therefore Atlus under a deal worth $141 million. The actual company carrying out the acquisition is called Sega Dream Corporation, but ultimately it’s the now software-focused Sega in control. And the company points to gaining access to “prominent IPs” in video games as a key reason for the decision to buy.Sega will be keen to get back this $141 million investment as soon as possible, so expect Atlus’ key IP to continue to see releases across a range of formats, including smartphones, gaming handhelds, and the major consoles. Sega also points to pachinko machines and amusement centers as key areas to take advantage of the IP they now own. We won’t see the benefit of that in western markets, but fans of key Atlus series should continue to see new titles released on a regular basis.Although the acquisition is agreed, it won’t be finalized until the beginning of November. So we won’t get a true picture of the new Atlus, or at least what’s happening to their IP, until some point in 2014.
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From the print editionThere is a moment in every mountain ascent when the question must be asked: “Why am I doing this?”Sure, glory and bragging rights await at the summit. But while facing things like frostbite or hypothermia, with kilometers left to go, I have to think that even the world’s best mountaineers wonder why they chose physical anguish over a day of poolside margaritas. I didn’t experience frostbite or overcome acute mountain sickness while scaling Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s tallest mountain. But I’d be lying if I said every moment was characterized by ebullience and an improved sense of self-worth. Take kilometer eight, for example, about a third of the way up our 21-km journey, where terrain difficulty level spiked. Kilometer seven was tough, but on the inclined, rocky staircase that is km eight, I came to the humble realization that my girlfriend was the better climber. Much better. On several occasions, she ascended tens of meters ahead of me and then waited, looking down at her sweaty hulk of a boyfriend as his lungs heaved and he made excuses about the weight of his bag, a whopping 4 kilograms heavier than hers. Though she was patient at first, it was soon evident that I could not keep up. Like the final scene from “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” when the wounded protagonist urges his lover to push on and leave him behind as the enemy draws near, I told my girlfriend to carry on without me. “Forget me not!” I shouted. “I will forever live in your heart!” Well, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the point. Fortunately for me, kilometers 9 through 13 are flatter and smoother. The vegetation and climate shift, too, with skeletons of leafless trees lining the path as the mountain air chills. Kilometer 13, the final ascent before reaching base camp at kilometer 14, is known as the “hill of regrets” (cuesta de arrepentidos). The name is apt, but you make it.Almost all hikers that brave Chirripó do. It’s undeniably challenging, much more so than I expected, but hundreds of people of all ages, sizes and shapes reach the 3,820-meter (12,532-feet) peak every year. One septuagenarian couple in my group was climbing Chirripó for the 55th time. If they could do it at more than double my age, and I could not, my already waning confidence (due to my girlfriend’s mountain dominance) would have been decimated. The magic mountain Indigenous groups who lived in the shadow of Chirripó allegedly referred to the peak as “the magic mountain.” On a clear day at the summit, it is said that you can see both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Momentarily, you are hovering above Costa Rica, looking down at the layers of rolling mountains as they descend towards the sea. The mountain’s magic, as I interpreted it, is its geographical distinction from the rest of tropical Costa Rica. Jagged mountain formations, thin cold air, oak forests and fern groves are not traditionally associated with this country, where surfboard shorts significantly outnumber winter parkas. Formed by glaciers that melted tens of thousands of years ago, the park’s ashen rock cliffs spiral and jut from the earth above small lakes and marshes in the valleys below. Clouds frequently roll through and cover the peaks. At night, stars glow just beyond the mountains. And if you watch the sky for a few minutes in the early morning, you’re likely to see stars cascade across the atmosphere. Once you hit base camp, the bulk of the climb is behind you. Cerro Chirripó’s summit is an additional two-km ascent, preceded by a four- to five-km hike across the Valle de los Conejos (Rabbit Valley). The final trek up to the peak is difficult, requiring some all-fours hand-and-foot climbing up the side of the ridge, but once you’ve gone that far, turning back is no longer a viable option. Plus, there’s a log book at the summit to write your name, securing your place in the illustrious society of Central American mountaineering legends. If that isn’t motivation to finish, I don’t know what is.Most hikers summit Chirripó in two days. A first-day, 14-km hike to the albergue, or base camp, is the first step. After a night at the base camp, with Spartan barracks, cold water and a kitchen for guests to prepare meals, most set out early the following day to scale the peak in the morning hours before heading back down to the small towns outside Pérez Zeledón, the region’s largest city. Descent and vengeance Our group, organized by the Tropical Studies Organization at the University of Costa Rica, stayed two nights at camp before heading back to civilization. The downward trek is less grueling, though twisting an ankle on a slippery rock is a common fate of the weary hiker. On the way down, motivated by the thought of a celebratory beer or two, I accelerated my pace during the final few kilometers. At the base of the trail, I waited for my girlfriend to catch up. As she neared, a fellow hiker asked her where I’d run off to. “I beat him on the way up,” she said. “I think he wanted to beat me on the way down so I let him go ahead. He needs that sort of thing for his ego.” Regardless of her alleged forfeit, the ego was in good shape. Forty-five kilometers in three days put my feet atop Costa Rica’s most daunting peak, all the while carrying double the weight of my girlfriend’s diminutive frame. Poolside margarita time. Going thereChirripó National Park is in southern Costa Rica along the Talamanca mountain range. Tracopa line buses run from San José to San Isidro de El General, also known as Pérez Zeledón. From there, it’s an additional 30-minute ride east to the entrance in San Gerardo de Rivas. Shuttles and tour operators also run direct trips and hiking excursions. Park reservations are required, and can be made by calling 2742-5083 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrance fee is $8 for nationals and $15 for international visitors. The park is closed most of October and November. Reservations for Dec.-May can be arranged beginning Nov. 1. The dorm in the park costs $10/night. A group of porters, known as the Asociación de Arrieros, Guías y Porteadores, can be hired to haul gear up to the dorm. Each kilo carried costs ₡1,500 ($3). Facebook Comments Adam Williams No related posts. Can journalist Adam Williams come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend, Yessenia Soto, is the better climber?
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Qantas should look at Malaysia over Singapore as a base for its joint venture premium airline in Asia if it is serious about cost saving and avoiding wasteful competition AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes said this week.Currently in talks with Qantas and Malaysian Airlines over a three way alliance, Mr Fernandes spoke to The Australian Financial Review about the positives in Qantas choosing Malaysia for its Asian hub, outlining connectivity as the key.”Singapore is the better business hub for sure, but the majority of Singapore traffic is transit traffic — just like Dubai,” Mr Fernandes said.Qantas chief Alan Joyce announced the airline’s plans to reposition itself in the industry’s fastest growing region in advance of planned aviation liberalisation, with a five year forecast to have a hub in Asia feeding traffic into Qantas and budget airline Jetstar’s networks.Factors like the uncertainty over global economic conditions and volatile fuel prices have put talks on the backburner temporarily, but the airline was still considering Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as the most likely potential bases.Former music industry executive Fernandes built AirAsia into one of the industry’s biggest success stories, reviving the airline to turn it into Asia’s biggest budget carrier.
Aspen Grove Solutions companies DocMagic Inc. industry Landmark Network LoanLogics mortgage Northpointe Bank people 2018-02-01 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News Learn more about who is moving and which companies are partnering for growth in this activity update.DocMagic Inc, the provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it has processed more than 300 million mortgage-related electronic signatures. “Borrower demand is driving the increase in eSignings, and lenders are choosing DocMagic to get a consistent, compliant eSigning solution that spans the original loan estimate (LE) to the final closing disclosure (CD),” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. This milestone achievement is the direct result of increased adoption of several DocMagic technologies that feature its comprehensive eSigning platform, which can be accessed as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or on-premise enterprise platform. Each of DocMagic’s digital platforms reports a significant increase in volume, which the company attributes to lenders’ growing need to prove a TRID-compliant, 100 percent paperless mortgage process.___________________________________________________________________Landmark Network Inc a national appraisal management company, announced that President & COO Hunter Gorog has decided to leave the company after a successful eight-year tenure helping grow the firm from $300,000 to over $13.5 million in annual revenue. Gorog is departing to pursue other professional opportunities and will assist the company during the transition. He remains a Partner and Board Director. “Hunter has been critical to Landmark’s success and our explosive growth over the last eight years. I want to thank him for the vision, creativity, and dedication he brought to the company and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Erik Richard, Founder and CEO of Landmark._________________________________________________________Maryland-based mortgage technology solutions provider, Aspen Grove Solutions, is collaborating with Lift Strategic Partners to increase the company’s institutional presence. Leveraging its capability and capacity to manage a complex institutional customer base, Aspen plans to expand its presence across residential servicing and asset management. The company’s partnership with Lift Strategic Partners and its recent internal expansion are steps that the company is taking towards realizing its vision for growth. Aspen has been providing technology solutions to the mortgage default services industry since 1997. It’s products include a property servicing platform focusing on solutions to manage everything related to the Property Asset, as well as Aspen’s Property Servicing platform is unique to the industry.___________________________________________________________________Northpointe Bank has announced the appointment of Derek DeLange as VP of Loan Systems. In his new role, DeLange will be is responsible for maximizing the efficiency and quality of business operations and information services that utilize mortgage technology. DeLange brings over 15 years of information technology experience to the position, much of which was spent working directly with mortgage technology, including various loan origination systems and servicing systems. Prior to Northpointe Bank, Derek was a consultant in the field of information technology leadership. “As a leading residential lender in the nation, Northpointe Bank is very pleased to have Derek on our team. He understands how to effectively utilize technology that simplifies the loan process for our customers,“ said Gerhard Naude, EVP and COO at Northpointe Bank._________________________________________________________LoanLogics, a Pennsylvania based technology provider in loan quality management and performance analytics, announced the appointment of veteran financial services leader Bill Neville as its President and COO. In his new role, Neville will be responsible for overseeing all operational controls, technology and software development, and the procedures and staff required to scale and grow the company. In addition to his executive role, Neville will also be a member of LoanLogics’ Board of Directors. Brian Fitzpatrick, CEO and former President of LoanLogics, will focus on strategy, revenue growth, new clients, new products, and continue to improve customer satisfaction. As the CEO, Fitzpatrick is also LoanLogics’ “chief culture officer” and will be responsible for ensuring the organization remains faithful to its values during a time of rapid growth. February 1, 2018 707 Views Share Eye on the Industry: Updates on DocMagic Northpointe and More…
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2019 11:42 am PDT Omaha judge finds police ‘reasonable’ in killing man OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska judge has dismissed a wrongful death case brought by the family of a sound technician for the TV show “Cops” who was killed by police during a robbery at a fast-food restaurant.Police killed Bryce Dion during a shootout when officers confronted a robber at an Omaha Wendy’s in August 2014. The Omaha World-Herald reports Dion was at the scene because he worked for the show. Police also killed the robber, Cortez Washington.Douglas County District Judge Jim Masteller said Thursday the officers’ actions were “reasonable.” Masteller said the “imminent threat” the officers faced when Washington pointed a gun at them justifies their “deadly force” response.Dion’s attorney Brian Jorde opposed the ruling, questioning the propriety of officers firing 36 shots. Jorde is considering an appeal.___Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.comThe Associated Press
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