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  • Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

    first_imgKAZUO ISHIGURO (PHOTO BY JEFF COTTENDEN Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of 5. He is the acclaimed, award-winning author of 7 novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982), An Artist of the Floating World (1986), The Remains of the Day(1989, and a major film nominated for 8 Academy Awards), The Unconsoled (1995), When We Were Orphans (2000), Never Let Me Go (2005, also a major award–winning film) and, Nocturnes (2009), his connected stories collection. His seventh and most recent novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015. TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2017 – Penguin Random House Canada is thrilled to announce that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.Upon receiving the news of the award, the acclaimed English writer said, “This is amazing and totally unexpected news. It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety. I just hope that my receiving this huge honour will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for goodwill and peace at this time.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher and EVP, Penguin Random House Canada, who has been his publisher and editor since 1988, with the publication of The Remains of the Day, says, “All of us here at Knopf and Vintage Canada are—might I say—over the moon and overjoyed by The Nobel’s selection of Kazuo Ishiguro for the Nobel Prize in Literature. I can genuinely say that there are few writers as beloved in the world as Ish, as we call him fondly. In his great novels and his short stories, he has written with transcendent, luminous understanding of what it means to be our best selves, the poignancy of memory, the heartbreaking legacies of the past and the perils of the future, and the profound, inexplicable depths of love. His writing is both of our time and timeless.”Kristin Cochrane, President and Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada adds, “With every novel he’s written, Ish has come to Canada to promote his work with our booksellers and media across the country. He’s been a great friend to Canada, beloved by Canadian readers, and his bestselling novels will happily now gain an even wider audience. We are all so proud.”All of us at Penguin Random House Canada congratulate Kazuo Ishiguro on this tremendous honour.last_img read more

  • India have strong side for World Cup, says Dhawan

    first_imgNew Delhi: India opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said the selectors have picked a “very strong side” for the the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot. “For the world cup we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” Dhawan said at a event organised by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to raise awareness for organ donation. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Talking about his IPL side Delhi Capitals, who are currently placed second on the points table with five wins from eight games, Dhawan said the experience of coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Souran Ganguly is helping the side. “The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly… Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instill in us is great. At the same time the young boys in our team are also getting mature.” “It has been a good season for us. It’s a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new adminstration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The stylish opener missed out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory, but Dhawan has no regrets. “I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position.” “People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more,” Dhawan said.last_img read more

  • Norwegian Tourist Shared a Pro-Muslim Video 3 Years Before Her Murder

    Rabat – Three years before she was murdered in Imlil, Norwegian Maren Ueland shared a pro-Muslim video on her Facebook page.The video shows a seemingly Western woman looking suspiciously at a bearded man in an Islamic outfit carrying a bag.The frightened lady tries to protect her child while looking at the man from across the street, when a couple of police officers are seen rushing out of their car behind the bearded man. Surprisingly, the last scene shows the police apprehending another man, while the bearded guy was giving a hand to a child, to the astonishment and shock of the terrified lady.“Never judge people by their appearance. Dear All Must Share It,” an accompanying comment reads next to the post, which goes back to January 2015. Maren Ueland shared the video on her Facebook account.Maren’s post has ironically reflected how a peaceful young woman who loved life and defended Islam died at the hands of ruthless criminals who pledged allegiance to ISIS, which claims to be inspired by the teachings of Islam.Moroccan police found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway in an isolated area near Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains, on Monday, December 17.On Wednesday, Moroccan authorities hinted that the murder of the two Scandinavian women was potentially linked to terrorism. Police arrested four suspects in the murder on Tuesday and Thursday.Shocked by the sad news, millions of Moroccans condemned the murder of the two Scandinavian women and expressed their condolences to and solidarity with the families of the victim.Moroccans’ strong condemnation of the murder and their outpouring of solidarity with the families of the victims elicited the gratitude of the Danish and the Norwegian ambassadors to Morocco. Both expressed their deep gratitude to the Moroccan people for standing up against terrorism and showing empathy to the victims and their families. read more

  • Army defends screening process by HRCSL

    The Army said that Sri Lankans must also be proud that the UN has selected HRCSL being a Sri Lankan institution, to carry out the screening process. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Army today defended the screening process followed by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to select troops for UN peacekeeping missions.A statement by the Army said that the Army and the HRCSL maintain a highly cordial and professional relationship.

  • Postmedia signs deal to sell Infomart to Meltwater News Canada for 3825M

    by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Postmedia signs deal to sell Infomart to Meltwater News Canada for $38.25M TORONTO – Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has signed a deal to sell Infomart, its media monitoring division, to Meltwater News Canada Inc. for $38.25 million.The cash-strapped media company says net proceeds from the sale will be used to repay debt.The arrangement includes Infomart’s media monitoring business, direct feed business and professional services operations.Meltwater provides companies with online media intelligence and helps them analyze and use the information.The deal, which is subject to certain conditions, is expected to close on or about Aug. 15.Postmedia, one of Canada’s largest news media companies, has more than 200 brands across multiple print, online and mobile platforms including the National Post. read more

  • Sex doctor teaching Human Sexuality Spring course at Brock

    He’s a clinical sexologist with a knack for the creative and he’s ready to teach Brock University students what he knows best – everything to do with sex.Brock alumnus Dr. Martin Dragan, who holds a doctoral degree in human sexuality, is teaching the Spring course, Introduction to Human Sexuality, in the Department of Health Sciences.Calling sex one of the most “overlooked subjects in health research and clinical practice,” Dragan says the course “will amaze, inspire, and intrigue” students. “I think there is a certain interest in these types of classes or topics because we have a natural inclination to be curious about it. Especially when it comes to sex, because it’s so diverse, complex and fascinating to us. We are a product of it, and it’s such a big part of our own lives and health, yet we rarely talk about it in a frank and open manner. This provides a safe venue to explore that topic, to help learn about and explore our own unique natures.”Introduction to Human Sexuality has historically been a popular course at Brock because of the dynamic content and the teaching style of Tony Bogaert, the course’s usual instructor. “With Tony being on sabbatical, former student Martin Dragan has embraced the opportunity to teach this course with the same dynamic flare,” said Brent Faught, Chair, Department of Health Sciences.Dragan describes his teaching style as “part performance, part clinically relevant with a dash of self-deprecating humour, mixed in with a great soundtrack … Basically, I try to make the information I present interesting and applicable.”“I am excited to see this course listed among our growing array of Spring Summer courses for 2015” said Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning. “Clearly, the course instructor, Martin Dragan, emulates the same level of energy and passion in this area of study as his former mentor—Dr. Tony Boegart. This course promises to be a great one for our students.”Visit the Brock University website for more information on this and other Spring Summer courses available. read more

  • Nolan scores 24 GW pulls away late to beat Towson 6864

    WASHINGTON — Terry Nolan Jr. scored nine of his 24 points in the final five minutes to help George Washington beat Towson 68-64 on Wednesday night.George Washington (2-7) broke a two-game skid and has beaten Towson (2-6) 10 of 11 times in the series that dates to 1978.Dennis Tunstall’s dunk gave Towson a 56-55 advantage with 5:19 to play. Nolan scored the next nine points for the Colonials on three free throws and a pair of 3-pointers for a 64-60 lead with 2:30 remaining. Javier Langarica’s two free throws gave George Washington a 67-62 lead with 13 seconds left.DJ Williams added a career-high 19 points for George Washington. Nolan made four 3-pointers and was 10 of 14 from the free-throw line.Brian Fobbs scored 17 points to lead Towson. Nakye Sanders and Nicolas Timberlake added 10 points apiece.The Associated Press read more

  • Report 3 Ohio State football players named in search warrant regarding alleged

    Three Ohio State football players are named in a search warrant filed by OSU police in an investigation of an alleged rape, according to a report from Columbus television network ABC 6. According to the ABC 6 report, a female student reported the rape, which she said happened on Oct. 21, to police on Nov. 10. No charges have been filed. OSU police logs indicate that a rape was reported by a female student on Nov. 10. The log listed Neil Avenue Building as the location of the incident, and stated that an investigation was pending. The ABC 6 report indicated that the search warrant is for a cell phone of one of the named players, which may contain evidence of the alleged rape. According to the ABC 6 report, the three players are OSU freshmen, and one of those players left the football team last week. Gayle Saunders, OSU’s assistant vice president of media relations, confirmed to The Lantern in an email that “there is an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct involving Ohio State students.” “As this is an ongoing investigation, the university is not at liberty to discuss the matter at this time,” Saunders said in the email. read more

  • St Georges Day will not actually happen until next week as Church

    The Labour party apologised yesterdayfor accidentally uploading their St George’s Day message a day early and reposted it on Twitter today – however theologians explained that Jeremy Corbyn was still six days early.He posted: “Happy St George’s Day to everyone celebrating in England and across the world.”Meanwhile, Theresa May posted on Twitter earlier this morning: “The St George’s Cross flies above Downing Street today to mark the feast day of England’s patron saint. My warmest wishes to all celebrating.” Saint George and the DragonCredit:Imagno, /HULTON ARCHIVE  Saint George and the Dragon The Mayor of London, Saiq Khan, also tweeted a “happy St George’s day” to his followers.Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Professor of the History of the Church, in the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford said that Easter takes precedence over feast days and has done for around one thousand years. “In this way, Easter is extraordinary,” and as a result, St George’s day is literally a moveable feast.Professor MacCulloch, who co-edited the Journal of Ecclesiastical History for two decades, added that Mrs May’s tweet shows that “Downing Street is obviously illiterate about the Church”.Common Worship, the church’s volumes of guidance for services, notes: “When St George’s Day or St Mark’s Day falls between Palm Sunday and the second Sunday of Easter inclusive it is transferred to the Monday after the second Sunday of Easter.”However the College of Arms, the UK’s heraldic authority, confirmed that April 23 remains fixed as the flag-flying date for St George’s Day, regardless of changes in the church calendar. When the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition took to social media to wish the nation a happy St George’s day, they failed to realise that they got the date wrong.The patron saint of England is celebrated on April 23. However, this year the celebration, also known as the Feast of Saint George, will be delayed until next week as the Church of England says it is literally a “movable feast”.According to church rules, no feast days are allowed to be marked during Easter week. If a saint’s day does end up falling during this period, it is “transferred” to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter. The last time this happened was in 2011.However the lack of understanding surrounding these rules among politicians has prompted one church historian to accuse Downing Street of being “illiterate about Christianity”. 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. read more

  • Immobile This is a very valuable victory

    first_imgCiro Immobile praised Lazio’s 2-0 victory over Parma as a valuable one and went on to credit Simone Inzaghi’s substitutions in the tie.Immobile converted a penalty and then assisted Joaquin Correa to wrap up the tie deep into stoppages at the Stadio Tardini.“This is a very valuable victory and one the Coach had asked for,” the striker told Football Italia.“We had to work hard for this in a difficult arena. The substitutions made the difference and shook the game up. The important thing is that the team won, not who scored or didn’t score.Ciro Immobile, ItalyCiro Immobile relieved to end Italy goal-drought Andrew Smyth – September 9, 2019 Striker Ciro Immobile was a relieved man after finally ending his two-year Italy goal-drought during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Finland.“Valon Berisha suffered a horrible injury, but he came on today and made the difference by winning that penalty. He can always rely on our support.“I like the way we are playing and hopefully we can keep more clean sheets. Now we’ve got to prepare well for the Europa League.”Immobile was dropped for Italy’s Nations League crunch match with Poland, with Coach Roberto Mancini preferring Kevin Lasagna.“I am calm, Mancini knows me and what I can do, so I’ll just try to prove myself again.”last_img read more

  • Redknapp compares Everton star to Ronaldo

    first_imgJamie Redknapp has compared Everton forward Richarlison to Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, following the Brazilian’s performance against Brighton & Hove Albion.The former Watford winger bagged a brace to continue his fine start to the season where he has netted six Premier League goals, as Everton ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.It comes following a summer move from Watford with the Merseyside club paying almost £45million for the forward.Ronaldo was also on the move during the summer transfer window with the former Manchester United star making the switch from Real Madrid to Juventus.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But the transfer moves are not the reason Redknapp believes Richarlison is similar to the Portuguese international.“Everton fans I know are desperate for Marco Silva to sign a striker in January, but they have a ready-made centre-forward in Richarlison,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail.“He is strong in the air and has a good blend of pace and physicality.“Think of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. They started as wide men before moving into the middle.last_img read more

  • Attorney Mississippi man denies mailing suspected ricin

    first_imgCORINTH, Miss. — A Mississippi man charged with mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market, and on Thursday his attorney said he was surprised by his arrest and maintains he is innocent.Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wore shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt Thursday in a federal courtroom. His handcuffs were taken off for the brief hearing, and he said little. He faces two charges on accusations of threatening President Barack Obama and others. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.He did not enter a plea on the two charges. The judge said a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. Attorney Christi R. McCoy said Curtis “maintains 100 percent that he did not do this.”“I know Kevin, I know his family,” she said. “This is a huge shock.” McCoy said she has not yet decided whether to seek a hearing to determine whether Curtis is mentally competent to stand trial. Curtis, who was arrested Wednesday at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line, was being held in the Lafayette County jail in Oxford, Miss.An FBI affidavit says Curtis sent three letters with suspected ricin to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge. The letters read:last_img read more

  • Amber Alert issued for missing Wisconsin girl possibly headed to Florida with

    first_imgMiami-Dade Police has since issued a countywide “be on the lookout” alert to officers.If you have any information or spot the man in question, you’re urged to not make contact with him as he’s considered armed and dangerous. Instead, call police immediately.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #Milwaukee, #Wisconsin #AMBERAlert. For most current information, go to— AMBER Alert (@AMBERAlert) March 12, 2019They believe she could be headed to Florida with Higgins, who goes by the last name Taylor or Lewis.He drives a black 2014 Cadillac SUV with Florida plate number HVCZ95. (WSVN) – An Amber Alert out of Wisconsin has officers in Florida on the lookout.Two-year-old Noelani Robinson is the girl authorities in Milwaukee reported as missing.According to officials, 33-year-old Dariaz Higgins did not return Robinson to her mother as planned on Monday.last_img read more

  • NGO conducts free leftclip operations

    first_imgKukatpally: Left-clip operations were conducted on Monday for 11 persons in Ramdev Hospital under the auspices of an NGO, All-India Mahila Samajam. Doctors Dayakar Thota, Sivanagender, Charan, Vijaykanth and Sharath conducted the surgeries. Dr Dayakar told the media that the operations would be completed in three phases. There would be total cure after the third phase.Dr Yebu of the hospital stated that the samajam would provide to and fro transport charges to the patients and their attendants, besides food expenses.last_img read more

  • Wikipedia schools Twitter about missing edit button

    first_img Four top tips for avoiding fake news Close Wikipedia is an ocean of information and Twitter the most popular microblogging platform. On the occasion of Twitter’s 13th birthday, Wikipedia has an important life lesson for Twitter that has also been one of the hottest debates in recent history.Almost all social media platforms allow users to edit posts after they’ve been published. But Twitter is unfamiliar to that notion and once a mistake is made, it either stays on the platform forever or taken down with a hope that no one saw it or reposted the error with the power of screenshots.For long, users have demanded Twitter to introduce an edit button for tweets, but the sheer amount of disregard to the feature has led many to drop hopes in its anticipation. But a respectable name in the web industry has joined the fight for #TwitterNeedsAnEditButton, reviving those lost hopes all over again.Wikipedia’s official Twitter handle tweeted on Friday to its 400+ thousand followers about a historic moment when Twitter was founded on this day 13 years ago. When Twitter replied to that tweet saying “Love that you know us so well,” which is not a surprise considering it is Wikipedia, the following response by the online information bank is everything netizens wanted to hear. Wikipedia’s advice for Twitter on its 13 birthdayTwitterWikipedia, a free online encyclopaedia created and edited by volunteers around the world, touted its edit feature and took a jibe at Twitter for not having the “mystical edit button.”Will Twitter finally take this advice and introduce the much-awaited edit button for tweets? Only time will tell. But if Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder, is to be believed, the lack of an “Edit Tweet” button is one of its ways to curb fake news. An editing tool would allow people to change tweets that first broke the story.”How do we enable people to quickly go back… and to add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted or what they might have meant. By doing so you might imagine that the original tweet then would not have the sort of engagement around it. Like you wouldn’t be able to retweet the original tweet, for instance. You would just show the clarification, you would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context,” Dorsey had said at a Goldman Sachs event in San Francisco in February. Will Twitter get an edit button?Getty ImagesA clarification feature certainly works better given the nature of Twitter. But that hasn’t stopped users and even celebs from pleading for an edit button. For instance, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West said she discussed the option of an edit button with Dorsey at one of the birthday parties last year.What are your thoughts on Twitter getting an edit button? Let us know.last_img read more

  • Ferry services resume at ShimuliaKathalbari after 17 hrs

    first_imgPhoto: Ajay kunduFerry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed on Thursday after being halted for 17 hours.Usually 18 ferries run along the route, between Shimulia, which is in Munshiganj district, and Kathalbari, which is in Madaripur district. However, only 7 could run since 6:00am Thursday.Plying of launch and speedboat has been halted for strong currents and wind. More than a thousand buses and trucks were stuck at Shimulia ghat of Louhajang and Kathalbari ghat of Shibchar. Hundreds of vehicles laden with cattle were stuck, too. Jashim Uddin Shikder, manager of Kathalbari terminal, said, “We’ve started running ferries though it’s taking twice the time required to reach Shimulia using a different channel.”Danger signal 2 has been issued for plying of all kinds of vessels along the river Padma.Passengers faced immense suffering sitting in the queue due to inclement weather.Photo: Ajay kunduShikder Mamun, a Dhaka-bound passenger, said, “I’d reached the terminal starting from Madaripur last night. I’ve waited for the ferry throughout the night. At last I could board a ferry after much suffering around 7:00am amid rain.”Saidur Rahman, a cattle trader from Narail, said, “I’m waiting for a ferry since Wednesday afternoon. No ferries left the terminal last night. I’m stuck in the queue with a truck laden with cattle. No one can confirm when I can cross the river.”“It’ll be a huge loss if I can’t reach the market in time,” he added.last_img read more

  • DA Expands Investigation Of Deadly Drug Raid Texans Healthcare Wish List Includes

    first_imgMonday, March 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Pecan Park house where two people died and five police officers were wounded on January 28, 2019 while they were serving a search warrant.DA To Review 800 Cases Linked To Second Houston Cop Suspended Over Drug RaidThe Harris County District Attorney’s Office is expanding its investigation of the January 28 deadly drug raid that left two people dead in Houston and five police officers wounded.District Attorney Kim Ogg said on Monday that prosecutors will review at least 800 cases linked to Houston Police Officer Steven Bryant, who has been suspended with pay.Bryant first claimed to have witnessed the drug buy that led to the botched search warrant. But he later told investigators that he didn’t directly witness the drugs being purchased, but was instead directed by HPD Officer Gerald Goines to retrieve two bags of heroin from Goines’ patrol car.Ogg announced on February 20 that prosecutors are reviewing more than 1,400 cases tied to Goines, who led the operation and has also been suspended.Creative CommonsProtections For Pre-Existing Conditions On Texans’ Healthcare Wish ListA majority of Texans support expanding Medicaid in the state and protecting coverage of pre-existing conditions, according to an Episcopal Health Foundation poll.The annual opinion survey found Texans’ top priority for the state legislature is tied between lowering the cost of prescription drugs and lowering the amount individuals pay for health care. Other priorities included increasing funding for mental health programs and reducing maternal mortality.A sweeping majority of respondents, 88 percent, said insurance companies should be required to cover pre-existing conditions even as Texas officials have fought against the Affordable Care Act. A Texas judge ruled the law unconstitutional in late 2018.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDCThis illustration depicts a 3-D computer-generated image of a group of Gram-negative, Haemophilus influenzae, bacteria.Galveston Cty. Health Officials Confirm Flu-Related Death Of 6-Year-Old GirlThe Galveston County Health District confirmed on Monday its first flu-related death of the flu season. The district reported that a six-year-old girl passed away on February 5 while being treated at an area hospital for an existing medical condition. She developed flu symptoms and local health officials believe the virus was a factor in her death.The patient developed flu symptoms on February 2 and was tested on February 3. Results were positive for Influenza A and the child was not vaccinated for the flu, according to a news release from the Galveston County Health District.The child wasn’t from the United States and had been hospitalized in Galveston County since October of 2018. The Department of State Health Services lists her flu-related death as the first this year in Galveston County. Sharelast_img read more

  • Snowmageddon Turkish Airlines cancels all domestic flights until midnight

    first_imgTo the attention of Turkish Airlines/AnadoluJet passengers who want to reissue their tickets:— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) January 8, 2017According to TurkishMinute, services on some inter-city and city ferry lines were also suspended. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin also announced that the workday for public servants would end at 3:30 p.m. due to heavy snow on Monday. ISTANBUL — Istanbul is grappling with its heaviest snowfall in seven years, which has affected hundreds of flights and shortened the workday for public servants.On Jan. 9, Turkish Airlines (THY) announced on Twitter that all of its domestic flights from/to Ataturk Airport have been cancelled until midnight due to the continuing snowfall. Earlier, the airline announced the cancellation of 227 scheduled domestic and international flights from its Istanbul hub.The airline also tweeted the following notice:For tickets issued on January 7, 2017 and before; valid for all Turkish Airlines and AnadoluJet flights between January 6, 2017 and January 9, 2017 from/through/to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, you can reissue your ticket until January 15, 2017 for a date no later than January 18, 2017, by calling Turkish airlines call center at +90 850 333 0 849, or via Turkish Airlines sales offices or by applying to the ticket-issuing agency. Please be informed that you should reissue your tickets before January 15, 2017 and fly before January 18, 2017.Dear Passengers;All our domestic flights until midnight from/to Ataturk Airport have been canceled due to severe weather.— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) January 9, 2017 Share Notice to our Passengers:— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) January 9, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Snowmageddon: Turkish Airlines cancels all domestic flights until midnight Monday, January 9, 2017 < > Tags: Travel Alert, Turkey, Turkish Airlineslast_img read more

  • High waves drench highway along Costa Ricas Pacific coast

    first_imgWaves of up to 10 feet crashed along Costa Rica’s Pacific shores Wednesday, extending over a section of coastal highway in Caldera Port and flooding homes for the second time in less than a month. Visitors at Caldera, Jacó and other beaches in the province of Puntarenas reported spotting the waves, which kept annual beach outings to celebrate Mother’s Day to a minimum.Traffic on the coastal road was interrupted briefly by the high tide, which dragged rocks, sand and water with it. Traffic Police officers quickly moved to the area, and no major incidents were reported.A warning of the arrival of strong waves caused a decrease in visitors to coastal businesses, said tourist operator Ana Lorena Vargas. Costa Ricans celebrated Mother’s Day Wednesday, and each year, many Ticos head to the Pacific beaches for one-day trips to mark the holiday.Radio Reloj reported that officials from the Mixed Institute for Social Aid and the National Emergency Commission are at sites where flooding ocurred to help a few families who were affected.The University of Costa Rica’s Ocean Sciences and Limnology Research Center reported Monday that strong waves would hit Pacific beaches from Tuesday through Thursday, caused by a storm off the coast of New Zealand. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

  • Boxing Nicaraguas Chocolatito González from garbage collector to flyweight champ

    first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s world boxing champions win fights on the same night TV exec made Mayweather-Pacquiao bout possible Tica champion Hanna Gabriels to defend WBO title against Kali Reis Hanna Gabriels retains her world titles in vibrant fight MANAGUA, Nicaragua — As a kid in a poor neighborhood of a poor country, Nicaragua’s Román González collected garbage with his father in a cart pulled by a rented horse.Now he is on top of the world, at least the boxing part of it: González, whose nickname is “Chocolatito,” is undefeated in his career over three lower-weight classes, a three-time world champion and the reigning WBC flyweight champ.Outside the ring, he is soft spoken, the kind of guy who might go unnoticed.But inside it he is pure energy, an aggressive attacker and skilled defender, and praised for his impeccable technique. His record is 43-0, with 37 knockouts.And he has a title defense bout coming up Saturday in a mythical arena, Madison Square Garden.Growing up in a neighborhood called La Esperanza — Spanish for hope — González liked football, even though the most popular sport in the Central American country is baseball.His father discouraged him, saying soccer would get him nowhere.So González gravitated towards a boxing gym where he met a retired Nicaraguan boxing legend named Alexis Argüello, who would guide him as he got started in the sport.“I never thought I would become the world No. 1 or the world champion three times. But thanks to God and with the help of my family, we achieved it. It has been very special for me,” González told reporters from his training site in Costa Rica, where he is preparing for the title defense fight in New York against an American from Hawaii named Brian Viloria.His feat of reaching the pinnacle of boxing glory has the sports media in this country in a frenzy. They have not seen such a thing since the days of Argüello, another Nicaraguan who was a world champ three times in his career from 1974 to 1989.González, 28, has yet to suffer a defeat in the three categories in which he has fought: flyweight (112 pounds), light flyweight (108 pounds) and minimumweight (105 pounds).U.S. sports media such as the boxing magazine The Ring or ESPN have lavished praise on González, who says he would like to match Floyd Mayweather’s 49-0 record.González has a style that recalls that of Julio César Chávez, considered one of Mexico’s best boxers ever, said González’s manager, Carlos Blandon. Román “Chocolatito” González of Nicaragua (left) and Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria of Hawaii (right) during their press conference to promote their upcoming World Boxing Council Flyweight World Champion fight. The fight will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, Oct. 17. Mark Ralston/AFP“Chocolatito” has almost perfect technique: sports analystHe is aggressive but at the same time defends well, and moves very well, the manager said.“He does not let opponents fight the way the way they want to fight. But he does fight how he wants to,” said Blandon.Sports journalist and analyst Alfonso Malespin says González is a natural with almost perfect technique. He is great at anticipating the opposing fighter and letting loose with a rapid-fire volley of punches from just about any angle, he said.“He is overwhelming,” said Malespin.“He does not need to have a killer punch like other fighters do in order to wear down the opponent. And if to that you add his ability to block, bob and weave and anticipate punches … his technical capability is more than impressive,” said Malespin.González rules in the flyweight class now after what has been a 10-year career to date. He did just as well in the two other lighter-weight classes.“Chocolatito” is far from an unknown commodity in the world of boxing, but Blandon says he is not super-famous because he was fighting a lot in Asia and had no promoter.When he hit the top of the ranking, González also made history because he drew attention to a weight category that had fallen by the wayside since the days of fighters like  Humberto ‘Chiquita’ González and Ricardo ‘Finito’ López, said Blandon. Facebook Commentslast_img read more