“Baby H” was taken from parents 90 minutes after being born. (Submitted photo)Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsAn hour and a half after enduring a C-section delivery at a Kamloops hospital, an Indigenous couple was exhausted but elated as they met their baby girl – a first child for both.But their joy was short-lived when an hour and a half after she was born, social workers came in to take Baby H, saying they’d had a report of neglect.“They were shocked,” said the paternal grandfather, who questions how one could be labelled neglectful and have someone issue a birth alert to apprehend in just 90 minutes.“Luckily the (maternal) grandmother was there and she held them off, at least for a while.”APTN News isn’t naming the baby or the family as the child remains in the foster system.Two days later, on June 14, social workers came back, reportedly two hours late for a meeting that had been scheduled with the family.But the mother was asleep from a sedative medical staff had administered.When she awoke she learned her newborn was gone.The apprehension was widely shared as an Amber Alert by anti-CFS activists on social media over the weekend with calls-to-action to contact the agency responsible – Secwépemc Child & Family Services.But Secwepemc CFS responded to the outrage saying they had “refused service on this request” and that it was Kamloops Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that took the baby.Baby H is now eight days old and has spent six of those essential parental bonding days in foster care.The father’s home community has gotten involved.“There are no grounds to take that child and no need for that child to have gone through this,” said Dr. Rohan Ghatak, health director for Tl’etinqox band, which is fighting to have the child returned.(A mom cuddles her newborn daughter moments before CFS arrived to apprehend the 90 minute-old baby on the grounds of neglect)The baby has been transferred to foster care in Williams Lake, B.C.. where her parents live and have been able to visit her for two hours a day under the watch of CFS.The family has found unexpected allies in two Williams Lake social workers who were wrongly identified on social media as being the agency that apprehended the infant.Ghatak said they are, in fact, assisting to get the child back and supporting the family at a mediation hearing set for June 25.“We’re trying to come to a reasonable understanding so we can get things right,” Ghatak said.If mediation doesn’t end with Baby H being given back to her parents that day, there is a court date set for June 27 to try again.She will be 15 days old then.Thirteen of which the newborn has been without her parents but for short supervised visits.Ghatak says he can’t comment on what put the family on CFS’s radar in the first place.The baby’s paternal grandfather said some of what troubled him was social workers allegedly telling hospital staff that the couple is homeless.“They’re not, they have a two-bedroom apartment. Then the story changed to they live in a group home – not true. They don’t drink or use drugs.“There’s no reason for this.”He says both parents are frustrated and exhausted.“(Agencies) are playing all kinds of games,” said the grandpa. “(The parents) are under a lot of stress. I took my son to a sweat lodge (Wednesday) night to help out but they have a lot of anxiety and stress.”He also believes they were stereotyped.“They saw them as being vulnerable and this being an easy baby to take and when the family stepped up they did everything to keep the family out of it.”The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development responded to the incident Friday via emailed statement that, in part, said, “We know that children thrive when they are able to be with their families, connected to their communities and their culture; and that the first few days with an infant are critical – not just for bonding, but ensuring that their needs are met, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”But despite knowing this, they apprehended Baby H.The ministry says it can’t discuss specifics but “is focussed on balancing the safety of a child or infant and keeping kids with families or extended family.”Baby H is not with family or extended family. She is in a non-indigenous foster home.As for having any grounds to take the baby, the ministry would only say “by law, the ministry can only remove if the child is in immediate danger and no less disruptive measures are available.”The family says no other measures were ever discussed when social workers came in demanding the 1.5-hr-old baby.Baby H could be home as early as June 25.More to firstname.lastname@example.org
AMHERST, N.S. – Ottawa says it will study ways to protect the 275-year-old dikes that connect Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada from being washed away by rising sea levels, storm surges and other effects of climate change.The $350,000 study will look at how rising water levels could affect key infrastructure in the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor, including the Trans-Canada Highway, the Canadian National rail line and electricity transmission lines, Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey said in a statement Monday.The study will involve an engineering assessment of existing infrastructure, consultation and options to protect the corridor, which carries an estimated $50 million worth of trade a day between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.“Trade between our two provinces is the lifeline that keeps our economies growing and our goods moving and this is why we must do all we can to protect the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor from climate change,” Casey, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester, said in a release.The initiative comes amid increasing calls for something to be done to maintain the land link between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by raising and reinforcing dikes at the narrow isthmus that joins the provinces and allow goods to travel to and from the busy port of Halifax.The dikes in the Tantramar Marshes were built by Acadian settlers for agricultural purposes in the 1700s. The Chignecto Isthmus was cut off for several days in an 1869 storm, according to a 2008 study by Memorial University geologist Norm Catto.The study said the odds of a recurrence would increase as sea levels rise.Last month, the NDP in Nova Scotia said it would introduce a private member’s bill requiring the province’s agriculture minister to take steps to maintain the low-lying area where the Trans-Canada Highway goes over the Tantramar Marshes. The party said the governing Liberals should spend at least $10 million per year on maintaining the dikes in each of the next five years.Last fall, the mayor of Amherst also raised concerns about the condition of the historic Acadian dikes and their ability to hold back rising sea levels occurring due to climate change.Mayor David Kogon has said sea levels are projected to rise in the Bay of Fundy over the next two decades to the point where the Chignecto Isthmus will flood even when there is no storm surge, leaving Nova Scotia cut off.The area where flooding could occur includes 20 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway, 20 kilometres of CN Rail, 35 kilometres of electricity lines and 35 kilometres of dikes. The isthmus itself is a narrow, low-lying strip of land that is about 20 kilometres at its narrowest point.At the time, he said he wanted all three levels of government to work together, adding the first step would be an engineering study to determine the scope of the required repairs.The Nova Scotia government has said it is developing new design standards that incorporate sea level rise and storm surge into dike maintenance and construction.The province has also said that in the Amherst area specifically, it has allocated $10 million be spent to replace the Laplanche aboiteau for local farmland.
CALGARY — The Canadian oilfield services sector is expected to continue to suffer as it enters the summer drilling season despite recent developments such as the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the election of a conservative government in Alberta.In a report that forecasts lower second-quarter revenue for most Canadian operators in the industry, RBC Dominion Securities analysts say they’ve cut their 2019 rig activity and well counts for this year by between six and eight per cent and in 2020 by five to six per cent.They say the reduction reflects a slow start to the third quarter last month due to wet weather in Western Canada, along with lower producer spending due to softer commodity price forecasts and continued oil production curtailments in Alberta. “We’ve seen a considerable loss of talent … whether it’s to the United States through some of our high-spec rigs moving down there or just people moving on to other industries and not coming back to the (oil)patch,” Bayko said.“We haven’t had steady work, whether on the drilling or the services side, for coming on five years here.”Springtime is normally the slowest season for the Canadian drilling sector because the melting landscape makes it difficult to move heavy equipment into backcountry locations.The average western Canadian rig count for the three months ended June 30 was 90, down 23 per cent from the same period in 2018, RBC noted. The downgrade reflects what is being seen throughout the industry these days thanks to a lack of investor confidence in Canadian energy, said John Bayko, vice-president of communications for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.“I think it has a lot to do with policy,” he said Tuesday, citing Ottawa’s recent approvals of Bill C-69 to revamp the way energy projects are approved and Bill C-48 to ban oil tankers off B.C.’s northern coast.“We just haven’t seen any commitment to this industry in this country that would cause people to think there’s a long-term plan for it.”There were 146 drilling rigs working or moving in Canada on Thursday out of an available fleet of 547 rigs, he said, compared with an average in July 2018 of 264 rigs.At about 135 jobs per rig, that means there are nearly 16,000 fewer people working in the industry now.Many Canadian oilfield workers have left the profession, Bayko said, but some are working in the United States because a total of at least 29 Canadian drilling rigs have been moved there since 2017. It pointed out drilling in Alberta, traditionally the most active province, matched that decline while B.C. was up slightly year-over-year and Saskatchewan was flat.“The divergence potentially highlights the impact of oil production curtailments, which it seems some producers have addressed through natural declines, in our view,” RBC said in its report.Alberta enacted the program to cut oil output starting in January to support crude prices. The cuts have been gradually reduced but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said they may need to continue into 2020 if storage levels in the province remain high.Precision Drilling starts the parade of second-quarter results from Canadian oilfield services companies on Thursday.In its first-quarter report, it said it was relying on its U.S. operations for growth as its Canadian branches were generating a historic low of just 36 per cent of overall revenue.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PD)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press
Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message to the participants in the second parliamentary forum of regions, which opened Thursday in Rabat.Here follows the full text of the royal message, which was read by the King’s advisor Abdellatif Mennouni.“Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon The Prophet, His Kith and KinLadies and GentlemenI should like to commend the House of Councilors, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and Morocco’s associations of regions and municipalities on their initiative to convene this second Forum, which will address one of the most far reaching and promising reforms introduced since the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, namely advanced regionalization.Your determination to meet regularly and exchange views on the progress made in connection with this flagship project shows that you are perfectly aware of the special importance I attach to this major reform. It aims to introduce a greater measure of democracy in the management of public affairs and to make sure national, sector-specific and local policies are all geared towards the achievement of the objective I have set for myself, namely to offer my fellow citizens, sustainably and equitably, the progress, well-being and fulfillment they deserve.I also wish to congratulate you on having included in your agenda themes that are essential for the accomplishment of the mission of local governments. In fact, they reflect my own concerns regarding the progression of the advanced regionalization process.Ladies and Gentlemen,Advanced regionalization is a key institutional achievement. It illustrates my unwavering commitment – since my accession to the throne of my glorious ancestors – to seeing a quantum leap in the reform and modernization of our institutions. We should therefore give it our undivided attention.It is gratifying to note, today, that the legal framework for the implementation of advanced regionalization is all but completed, and that local elected officials are already working hard to give concrete substance to the advanced regionalization process.As we speak, the objectives are set, the principles and the relevant rules are clearly defined and the stakeholders concerned are busy at work. In the coming phase, the aim will be to move up a gear and to start effectively giving substance to this historic paradigm shift.This is a gigantic project requiring the involvement of a vast array of actors as well as the commitment of the nation’s forces and society as a whole. A keen sense of responsibility and mobilization as well as a great degree of conviction will be required throughout the implementation of the project. It is just as necessary to persevere and promote dialogue and interaction in order to make sure that the enormous potential offered by the institutional and legal framework is fully exploited and that benefits are maximized.It is in the light of this new pedagogical exercise in responsibility and sharing, and through the adoption of novel modes of interaction that local elected officials will be able to serve as the standard-bearers for change, rise to challenges, fulfil their constituents’ aspirations and come up with the right answers to citizens’ expectations.As for central government services and public administrations, they are expected to re-establish relations, based on cooperation, dialogue, consultation, convergence and partnership with local governments. Only then will it be possible to ensure the complementarity, coherence of action and synergies required for the actual implementation of advanced regionalization, which means so much to me.Ladies and Gentlemen,The themes you have selected for your meeting are in line with the concerns I have just mentioned. It is up to you to discuss them freely and to submit your proposals to me in due course. I would simply recommend that, in your debate, you devote the necessary attention to some key issues that must also be taken into account by the government.Firstly, regional development programs must be part of the development model currently being finalized and for which a major call for contributions was made in my speech on 13 October of this year, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament. Local governments – especially the Regions – which must fully live up to the pre-eminent role granted to them by the Constitution, will have to make their own contributions so as to remedy the failings of the current model, reduce regional disparities and inequalities and move forward purposefully and resolutely on the path towards social justice. Each region should be able to develop its own vision, provided the latter is consistent with the national development model.Local elected officials will then have to get deeply involved in the issues relating to young Moroccans, who are enthusiastic knowledge-seekers. They are also keen to participate in community life and aspire to dignity and betterment. The problems young Moroccans are facing today can be resolved only at the local level – in their neighborhood, their commune or their city. Solutions must be tailored locally to address the problems young people are facing. In that way, we would give meaning and coherence to the cross-cutting policies that central government must design for the benefit of young people.There is also the question of the scope of powers devolved to local governments, particularly regional councils. In fact, the aim is not to overburden local governments with multiple and varied prerogatives which would only discredit them, given the inevitable shortcomings. Instead, it is important to make sure their powers are sufficiently precise and clear to avoid confusion and overlapping. These powers should be gradually expanded as local governments’ capabilities in terms of human and financial resources increase. In this regard, I recommend better consultation to clearly define – among the vast array of powers reserved for regions by the organic law – the prerogatives that will have to be implemented immediately, subject to periodic updates.One last aspect which I should like to see reviewed further is governance. Beyond the measures introduced via organic laws on local governments, your consultations and your reflection should produce a more precise, practical and measurable concept which we must, at all costs, avoid trivializing. This means that, as far as voters and the general public are concerned, there is a need to explain and educate, so that the importance of governance and the extent of the efforts to be made can be properly understood.Ladies and Gentlemen,I realize that a project like that of advanced regionalization is necessarily a work in progress. It also requires resolve to combat inertia, vigilance to counter conservative attitudes and responsiveness to be able to adapt, adjust or redress the course of action.I believe the spirit of your forum is in line with this logic of watchfulness and of constant, gradual evolution. I will therefore pay particular attention to your work, hoping your debates will be objective, realistic, bold and insightful.I wish your conference every success.Thank you.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.”
By Hajar Elkahlaoui Rabat – Morocco’s Abla Sofy is making headlines worldwide, from becoming the face of Elle Arabia to starring in RedOne’s latest music video ‘Boom Boom’. In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, this multi-talented beauty talks about life as a model, stylist, blogger, and actress. Can you please introduce yourself in a few words?Abla Sofy: I’m Abla Sofy. I am a Moroccan stylist, model, actress and blogger. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 20 to go to fashion school. And here I am.How did your career in modeling begin?Abla Sofy: I’ve been in the modeling world for the last four years. But as a stylist, on a daily basis, I would meet talents managers that would propose to represent me to their agencies and propose some serious jobs. But me as an Arab, I was always worried about all these culture barriers. When RedOne reached out to me and saw that even in the modeling world we can still work and respect all our values, it made me very happy and excited to do it. It shows that I can always find a way to be a model with respecting all my values, and I can also have a final say to accept or refuse a job that doesn’t match with my values.You’re also an actress. How do you combine your two passions?Abla Sofy: It was always a dream of me to be in the light instead of backstage. The fact that I was a stylist and working with the biggest models and actresses allows me to learn a lot about this world and made it easier for me to get into it. I knew every trick and every detail as a model or actress.What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?Abla Sofy: The most interesting shoot for me is RedOne’s video clip. I think it is one of the first times in history that so many huge talents were all involved in the same project: RedOne , Daddy Yankee, Dinah Jane, Amanda Cerney. Even if I work in LA and have been in many projects, the ‘Boom Boom’ video clip was the biggest production I have ever worked for. It’s very hard to beat that. Everything was selected to be the best of everything. From singers, actors, dancers, and production…As an Arab model, do you face any particular challenges?Abla Sofy: Yes of course. It’s very important for me to keep my family and my country proud of me. I would never want to be associated or be in a situation that would be a shame for my family to see. This is why sometimes unfortunately I can’t accept some jobs even if they were big.You are currently in Los Angeles. How’s model life in LA?Abla Sofy: Busy! There are a lot of brands and photo shoots in LA. But also it’s more about videos movies reality shows. I’ve been working on a new TV show coming soon on TV, Fashion Rescue. When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?Abla Sofy: When I am not working or if I have a long break, I love to travel and discover places I have never been in before. It allows me to do research for my stylisting job and have more inspiration. For example, I was in Bali few months ago and I got so many new ideas. And if I have free time in LA, I love food and try new restaurants and then walk around Beverly Hills and go to the malls to see what is new in collections it’s always work for me.What are your future projects and campaigns?Abla Sofy: I’ve been overwhelmed with many opportunities since the success of the video. I recently shot for Fashion Rescue that would have me styling in different stores around America. This would be a television reality show in an American channel. I am also working on more exciting acting project with people that I’ve been following for a very long time, and also modeling projects that you will hear about very soon. Where can we follow you?Instagram: @ablasofySnapchat: essofiabla
By Morgan HekkingRabat – Sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) is a strong concern for displaced Syrians around the world, but this issue is especially heightened in host countries where economic opportunities are limited. SGBV includes psychological and emotional abuse, forced marriage, child marriage, sexual assault, and rape. This type of violence occurs in both refugee camps and non-camp settings, and can be perpetrated by fellow refugees or natives of the host country. According to the Jordan INGO Forum (JIF), economic pressures and stressful living conditions can trigger what psychologists refer to as negative coping mechanisms. Within families, examples of negative coping mechanisms include using child marriage, labor, and trafficking to ameliorate financial hardships. Psychological distress can also generate sexual assault and abuse within the home, often in the form of intimate-partner violence. Although the primary targets of SGBV in refugee communities are women and girls, men and boys are also vulnerable to sexual violence, based on UNHCR regional studies. The perpetrators of this violence are typically male family members or older boys and men from local communities, both refugee and host. Refugee girls’ mobility in Lebanon is restricted by looming threats organization’ threats of sexual assault and harassment outside the home. In a study conducted by the humanitarian organization Plan International, Syrian girls in Beirut reported being harassed and chased by men and boys, and expressed fears of being kidnapped or raped. In Lebanon, Syrian refugee girls are getting married and having children at a young age, according to Plan International’s research. Colin Lee, the regional program director for the Middle East says, “child marriage is on the rise because parents are so fearful for their daughters’ safety.” The Higher Population Council’s 2017 report on child marriage in Jordan offers similar reasoning: “for families, marriage seemed the only option for their daughters to be safe and provided for, even at 14 years old.” Early marriages amongst Syrian refugees in Jordan has been on the rise for several years, with many Syrian refugee girls getting married to older Jordanian men. Child marriage allows many refugee families to ease financial burdens and can offer peace of mind regarding the safety of their daughters. However, this survival strategy is ultimately damaging to young refugee girls, who are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their family’s livelihood.
Intense competition will force Dollarama to raise prices slowly due to loonie by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 6:27 am MDT MONTREAL – Dollarama says intense retail competition in Canada will prevent the discount chain from quickly boosting prices to compensate for the loonie’s rapid depreciation.“We’re just not going to pass on this approximately 10 per cent increase in foreign exchange to our customers that quickly,” chairman and CEO Larry Rossy said Wednesday during a conference call about Dollarama’s fourth quarter and 2013 results.“It will be done diligently and thoughtfully to respect the competitive environment that we’re in,” Rossy told analysts.The Montreal-based company’s profits grew by 7.6 per cent to $83 million in the fourth quarter, despite one week less business than the prior year.Instead of an across-the-board price increase, the chain is evaluating each of the thousands of products it sells in its 874 stores across Canada.Rossy said the competitive environment is tougher and the company’s success has made it a target.Although it is the largest dollar chain in Canada, offering prices up to $3, Dollarama (TSX:DOL) also faces stiff competition from large U.S. retailers like Wal-Mart and Target that offer low-priced items.“You have the major retailers giving extremely good values particularly in seasonal merchandise and we have to be on our toes and be very, very competitive, more so than five years ago,” Rossy said.Chief financial officer Michael Ross said while the currency deterioration isn’t good news, it is manageable. Dollarama has currency hedges that provide it at least six months of protection from changes to the Canadian dollar.He said the company will absorb some of the currency hit by keeping gross margins within a range of 36 to 37 per cent to ensure it offers value, protects sales and even stimulates the top line.Dollarama shares set a record high Wednesday after the company’s latest quarterly profit beat expectations and it announced a 14-per-cent boost to its quarterly dividend to 16 cents per share starting in May.The company’s stocks briefly hit an intraday high of $94.25, above the previous record $90.74 set last November, before giving up some of the gains. The stock was still up $6.87, or eight per cent, at $92.65 in early afternoon trading on the TSX.Dollarama said it earned $1.17 per diluted share for the 13-week period ended Feb. 2. That compared with $1.04 per share or $77.1 million for 14 weeks in the prior year.Sales for the quarter were $582.2 million, up 3.6 per cent from $561.8 million last year. Sales increased by 9.9 per cent when adjusting for the extra week of business last year that contributed $32.1 million of total sales.Sixty-one per cent of Dollarama’s sales came from products over $1, up from 56 per cent a year earlier.Dollarama was expected to earn $1.09 per share of net income or $1.10 per share of adjusted earnings on $575.8 million in revenues during the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The increase in sales was driven by an 11.3 per cent growth in the total number of stores with the addition of 89 location over the year, including 27 in the quarter, and a 1.1 per cent increase in same-store sales on a 13-week basis — a key retail measure for sales in stores open at least a year. The company plans to open 70 to 80 net new stores this year, mostly in Ontario and Western Canada.The increased same-store sales was helped by a 4.4 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 3.1 per cent decrease in the number of transactions because of weather disruptions that reduced store traffic.The quarter spanned the important holiday shopping period when many Canadian retailers coped with especially bad weather before Christmas and early in the new year. In January, Dollarama said that its December sales fell significantly due to the temporary closures affecting nearly 10 per cent of the chain, but said customer traffic returned to normal levels in January.“Unfortunately circumstances beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, had an unfavourable impact on our sales this winter, with a particularly adverse impact on traffic at store level in the important two weeks leading up to Christmas,” Rossy said.For fiscal 2013, Dollarama’s annual sales surpassed $2 billion, rising nearly 14 per cent from $1.86 billion in the previous year when it benefited from an extra week of business. Net earnings for the year were $250.1 million, or $3.47 per diluted share, compared with $221 million, or $2.94 per diluted share in 2012.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets raised her target price by two per cent to $103 after Dollarama posted another “solid quarter.”“Dollarama’s ability to deliver 10 per cent EPS growth despite weather disruptions in the fourth quarter underscore the strength of the business model,” she wrote in a report.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ian DuBose scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, and Houston Baptist rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit and beat Wake Forest 93-91 in overtime on Friday.Jalon Gates had 20 points to lead Houston Baptist (2-2). Brandon Childress scored a career-high 27 points and Jaylen Hoard added 22 for Wake Forest (3-2).The Huskies trailed 71-57 with 8:58 to play after Wake Forest’s Sharone Wright, Jr. scored a layup, but the Houston Baptist defence stiffened down the stretch. The Demon Deacons failed to make another field goal and committed six of their 22 turnovers after Wright’s layup.DuBose made the most of a chaotic final possession of regulation, stepping back to hit a contested shot and send the game to overtime.Wake Forest appeared to regain control early in the extra period, building a 91-87 lead with 1:15 to play. But Gates made his sixth 3-pointer, and the HBU defence forced yet another turnover before Edward Hardt’s layup gave the Huskies a 92-91 lead it would not relinquish.BIG PICTUREHouston Baptist: The Huskies overcame a power conference opponent after falling in blowout fashion on the road at Arizona and Wisconsin. They get almost a month before visiting another Atlantic Coast Conference-foe, Miami on Dec. 19, in their final crack at such opposition this season.Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons did little to assuage the notion that this could be a long season. The team was picked to finish next-to-last in the ACC, and even that might be a lofty goal if improvement doesn’t come rapidly.UP NEXTWake Forest: Hosts Western Carolina on Tuesday. The Catamounts, coached by the late Demon Deacons coach Skip Prosser’s son Mark, entered the weekend with a 1-5 record.Houston Baptist: Hosts UTSA on Monday, which began the season 0-5 before knocking off Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Patrick Southern, The Associated Press
The Penn State women’s soccer team dodged some second-half bullets – 14 to be exact – and left Ohio State with a loss against its big ten rival. OSU (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to the Nittany Lions, 3-0, Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fired 14 second-half shots at PSU’s goal, but the visitors were able to outlast OSU. “You give Penn State an inch and they’re going to find the back of the net. Every mistake that you make, they’re going to capitalize on,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. Capitalize PSU did. Nittany Lions redshirt junior forward Tani Costa put PSU up, 1-0, with a goal in the 25th minute. Junior forward Maya Hayes doubled the visitors’ lead just before halftime and Christine Nairn rounded out the scoring with a long-distance blast to put PSU up for good in the 71st minute at 3-0. Thursday was the first time OSU allowed three goals in a game since Oct. 16, 2011. OSU senior defender Lauren Granberg said that, despite the lopsided score, the Buckeyes played well. “I think as a team we came out and played some of the best soccer we’ve played,” Granberg said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way.” OSU’s offensive attack took a blow early in the game when freshman forward Marisa Wolf went down with an injury in the 12th minute. Wolf will be evaluated by a doctor Friday, Walker said. Additional issues throughout the game included the team not being able to take advantage of opportunities. For the game, OSU outshot PSU, 22-14, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Walker said that the first step toward the OSU’s next conference match, a home game against Wisconsin, is recovery, both emotionally and physically. Walker also said the Buckeyes should take the lessons from the loss to the Nittany Lions and apply them in the next game. Granberg agreed, saying there were plenty of positives to take from the loss to PSU. “Our positioning, our movement off the ball and how dynamic we are is really working for us,” she said. “We can’t let this game deter us from playing the Ohio State soccer that we know how to play.” Ohio State is scheduled to face off against the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday at 1 p.m. The game is slated to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Good Old Games (GOG) has become a very popular online destination for gamers due to its unique offering of old games. Collecting all the classic titles from the past few decades of gaming, and offering them up DRM free for a few dollars each is a fantastic resource to have available. Older gamers get to replay the classics from their childhood, and younger gamers can see what gaming used to be like.The one problem with GOG’s setup is the fact there are only so many old games they can offer. In September last year they admitted there’s only around 250 good old games left, so when they run out we will only get a trickle of new titles each year.GOG’s management has a solution to this problem though, and it looks like other digital gaming services are set to get some new competition. Good Old Games is going to start offering newer games from next year.Until now the games added to GOG’s line-up have been at least 3 years old, but now games released within the last 3 years will be considered. They will carry a higher price point, but the DRM-free policy will continue.Hopefully, this will mean games I miss over the holiday season might be on GOG by next Christmas for a much lower price. It will likely also see indie developers flock to the service to offer their back catalog of titles. For consumers, it’s another digital store to visit for recent titles, and more competition online that should hopefully keep prices down.
The year was 1983 — The Police and Michael Jackson topped the charts, President Reagan was still staring down the Soviet Union, and the final episode of MASH aired. Meanwhile, the New York Times got a newsroom computer and someone felt it was necessary to work up some guidelines on proper computer use. This document survives, and is very much of the time. The Times might have been hacked badly by Chinese forces last week, but it started off very cautious about computer use in the office.The 8-point memorandum was handed out to Times staff on October 25, 1983. It aims to remind everyone that the rules from the real world still apply to the computer. Yes, the computer shared by the entire newsroom.There is a lot of concern about privacy — several of the points basically reiterate the point that you should no more go through someone else’s files on the computer than you would rifle through the papers on their desk. Also, stay out of the system directories! What’s with you people?Some concerns expressed in the document are a little more familiar to our modern sensibilities. For example, Times employees are advised not to use the computer for anything unrelated to editorial work at the Times. No personal messages, no browsing around the files system, and no games. Computers are for work, you know.A few passages also seem to display some dry wit, like the section admonishing everyone to refrain from using the computer to send “indiscreet or potentially embarrassing messages.” Keep that stuff to typewriters, the memo says.With all the hand wringing over the recent intrusion of the New York Times computers, it’s easy to forget things used to be much more simple.via Scribd
Update (10/21/2016): As of this moment, video game actors have gone on strike. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted last Sunday to set October 21 at 12:01 as the deadline for reaching an agreement with video game publishers. Since no agreement was reached, the strike is underway.As was stated before by the video game publishers, this will not affect any video game currently in production. We’ll keep you all updated on developments as they unfold.Original story: The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will go on strike this Friday if ongoing negotiations with video game publishers fail to produce a contract that is acceptable.The Union voted on October 7 to strike, with more than 96 percent of its members supporting the decision. This gave SAG-AFTRA’s National Board the option to declare a strike, which it did yesterday. The Union will be striking against some of the biggest video game publishers including Activision, Electronic Arts, Insomniac Games, Take 2 Interactive, WB Games, and more. If a deal cannot be reached by Friday, all games that went into production after February 17, 2015, will be struck.Shortly after SAG-AFTRA made this announcement, a statement on behalf of the publishers was released which chastised the union for its course of action. “We are deeply disappointed to learn today of the Union’s threatened a strike and its unilateral violation of the mutually agreed-upon ‘news black-out’ on negotiation discussions,” read the statement.The @sagaftra National Board of Directors has set a strike date against video game employers for this Friday, October 21 at 12:01 a.m. pic.twitter.com/ta0mZuT2TJ— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 17, 2016“We consider the Union’s threatened labor action to call a strike precipitous, unnecessary and an action that will only harm their membership,” the statement went on to say. “SAG-AFTRA represents performers in less than 25% of the video games on the market. Any strike would not only deny SAG-AFTRA’s membership work, but this would also give their competitors, who do not engage union talent, a leg up while any strike would be in place.”The battle between SAG-AFTRA and video game publishers has been going on for some time. The two parties do not agree on how agents (actors) are treated and compensated for their contribution to whatever game they are working on. One notable demand is for actors to know the name of the game they would be working on. This is a sticking point for publishers who try to keep the names of projects secret. A full list of the union’s demands can be read here.It is hard to say how things will turn out with this situation, but the publishers believe if there is a strike that it wouldn’t hurt any upcoming projects. Video games “are already in production and the majority will be unaffected by any SAG-AFTRA strike, due to the nature of the ‘no strike provisions’ of the collective bargaining agreement. We anticipate the minimal impact on current and near-future game releases,” said the statement. Stay on target Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic ‘Kid Icarus’ Earns $9K at AuctionStudy: Two-Thirds of Online Gamers Experience ‘Severe’ Harassment
It took 14 bales of hay, seven 40-pound bags of pellets, three pallets of bark shavings for bedding and thousands of hours of work from staff and volunteers, but all 107 rabbits the Humane Society for Southwest Washington rescued earlier this year have found more permanent homes, according to Lisa Feder, the organization’s vice president of shelter operations.In March, Clark County Animal Control responded to an unusually large animal hoarding situation involving a family that found themselves overwhelmed with the rabbits, in addition to 23 chickens and 21 guinea pigs.The chickens went to a farm and the guinea pigs were taken by Portland Guinea Pig Rescue. The rabbits were taken by the Humane Society, which adopted out the last one earlier this month, said Feder. The rest of the rabbits went to individuals or groups, such as local 4-H clubs, said Feder.“I would say that we certainly have gained a lot of experience with rabbits,” said Feder, who noted that the Humane Society typically only takes 20 to 30 rabbits a year.The rabbits were initially housed at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds while the Humane Society rearranged its shelter to accommodate them. Feder said that the hardest part was spaying and neutering 64 of the rabbits, which are more complicated to sterilize than dogs or cats. The rest of the rabbits were sterilized by the groups that adopted them, she said. Some rabbits that were adopted for showing were not sterilized, she said.
Updated: 10:27 PM Dan Plante, Posted: March 20, 2018 March 20, 2018 Dan Plante San Diego City Council approves homeless storage center in Sherman Heights 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s plan to keep neighborhoods clean by providing a safe and secure place for homeless individuals to store their belongings will move forward with the City Council approval Tuesday to lease a warehouse and hire Mental Health Systems (MHS) to operate the facility.The Transitional Storage Center, located at 116 South 20th Street, will be a place for homeless individuals to safely store their belongings instead of on the streets, while they access services, look for housing, attend school, interview for a job or go to work. The Center will help reduce clutter on streets and public areas, aiding the City’s efforts to improve the cleanliness of neighborhoods. In addition to opening the storage center, the Mayor has committed to several steps that will keep the surrounding neighborhood clean and safe.“This is another big step in our plan to reduce homelessness and get people into permanent housing,” Mayor Faulconer said. “With nowhere to safely store their belongings, many homeless individuals choose to watch over their possessions on the sidewalk instead of accessing rehabilitative services. This storage facility will change that and allow folks to go to job interviews, school or a doctor’s appointment without worry. It’s also going to keep those items out of public areas, leading to cleaner neighborhoods.”To address neighborhood concerns, the City and MHS will take several proactive steps to ensure the facility is a good neighbor, including:Limit storage capacity to 500 bins.Clients by referral only for first 90 days of operation.Open no sooner than June 13, which is after the end of the local school year.Creating a Neighborhood Advisory Committee to develop relationships and partnerships throughout the community to assist with addressing concerns or issues.Providing security within a one-block radius of the facility.Conducting homeless outreach to reduce homelessness in the surrounding community.Preventing queuing around the facility.Proactively removing litter, debris and graffiti on the premises.Prohibiting alcohol and drug use on site.Reporting criminal activity to law enforcement.Providing an enhanced level of police presence to address nuisance behavior and criminal activity as necessary.Increasing frequency of community cleanups in the area by the Environmental Services Department.The Transitional Storage Center, which includes 22,000 square feet with capacity for up to 500 lockable storage bins, is part of Mayor Faulconer’s comprehensive “Connect, Support, House” strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego. The strategy provides stability through shelters and programs, gives increased access to supportive services – such as the storage center – and creates more opportunities to end the cycle of homelessness through permanent housing.The City Council today approved $1.4 million for the operating contract, startup costs and tenant improvements.Councilmember David Alvarez, who was against the project, released the following statement after Council approved the transitional storage center at 116 South 20th Street:“Placing a Transitional Storage Facility for homeless people next door to an elementary school playground is terrible. While I strongly condemn Mayor Faulconer and the Council for forcing this facility onto the families in our neighborhoods, I am proud of the hundreds of community members that came to City Hall to fight for their community today. Because of the community’s activism the Mayor was forced to provide additional resources for security and cleaning, while also reducing the size of the facility. We will remain vigilant to ensure that this facility does not ruin our neighborhood for the many families who live nearby, our local small businesses and for the young children who attend the school across the street.”San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) also issued a statement on the vote:“The ability to safely store belongings is a turning point for an individual experiencing homelessness, allowing them the opportunity to connect with services, find gainful employment, attend school or address their healthcare needs. I’ve been calling for such an increase since March 2017 because we have seen the success of the current facility downtown and know the need of those living on our streets. This storage facility must deliver for both the clients it will serve and the neighborhood that surrounds it. The additional neighborhood protections in place – related to increased police and environmental services – will ensure we will minimize the community impact. I will be working closely with Mayor Faulconer and community partners to ensure that the protections Council included today are upheld.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop See It Another big announcement from Google I/O 2019 is the Nest Hub Max. The Nest Hub Max is an upgraded version of Google’s first smart display, the Google Home Hub, and is the first joint product to be released by Google and Nest. Nest was purchased by Google in 2014, but have worked as separate entities since. This is the first product to be released under the joint name Google Nest, their combined smart home brand.The Nest Hub Max debuts at $230 and includes a motion detecting Nest cam, which allows you to play and pause music with hand gestures, accompanied by upgraded speakers, among many other features. Check out all the features here. 4:54 Dell Google Nest Hub See It Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL look familiar, but are more affordable Google I/O 2019 Now playing: Watch this: How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Mentioned Above Google Home Hub Google I/O is an event many look forward to every year and this year was no different. But, did it disappoint in its announcements? Or were you happy with everything that was introduced? We want to know what, if anything, specifically caught your eye at this year’s event. Or if it was something not announced that you wish was.This article only contains a few of the bigger splashes made at Google I/O 2019, so take a look at our full coverage here, and decide for yourself whether or not this year’s event lived up to the hype. Don’t forget to vote in the poll below to share your thoughts. CNET Asks Google I/O 2019 $99 See it A cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great rear camera Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps turns on Incognito Mode to stop tracking you Google Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom lives $99 Tags See It Comments Best Buy Share your voice 27 Photos $99 Walmart On the software side of things, Google introduced Focus Mode for its Android mobile operating system. Focus Mode allows you to select which apps you deem distracting, and when activated, temporarily disables them for those crucial moments you need to focus. Once you are done in Focus Mode, you regain access to all those distracting applications.Focus Mode will be available on Android P and Q later this fall. Android Q, Google’s latest version of the operating system, is set to launch some time later this year. In addition to Focus Mode, and the introduction of Android Q, Google made an announcement of its milestone achievement that Android is now on over 2.5 billion active devices worldwide. That’s a lot of devices! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Android Q beta: What’s new? News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat $79 Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, has come to an end. The three-day event in Mountain View, California, announced a wide range of new products and ultimately put to bed the long standing rumors of what might be revealed. One of the biggest announcements comes in the form of hardware and the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, which are currently available for purchase at $399 and $479 respectively. The Pixel 3A is a more affordable version of the Pixel 3, though with the lower price does come with less premium features, such as no wireless charging and no waterproofing. Although, it does come with a head phone jack! Check out the gallery below for full specs. 4 Tech Industry Gadgets Software Mobile Foldable Phones Nest Google
Susan Walsh/APPresident Donald Trump waves to Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev as he leaves following a visit to the White House on May 16Updated at 2:15 p.m. ETIn his annual disclosure of personal finances, President Trump acknowledged that he paid lawyer Michael Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 last year.Cohen and Trump defense attorney Rudolph Giuliani have both said some of that money was to reimburse Cohen for a $130,000 hush-money settlement with porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.Trump’s revelation came in his signed disclosure report, required by federal ethics law. The Office of Government Ethics flagged the disclosure in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in 2016.The money owed to Cohen wasn’t listed on Trump’s 2017 report, although the disclosure should include current liabilities of $10,000 or more. Giuliani has discussed the debt in TV appearances, and told the Washington Post Trump owed Cohen $250,000.The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the Justice Department and OGE earlier this month to investigate the omission of the Cohen liability from the 2017 report.A related question is whether the payment to Daniels, coming just a few days before the 2016 election, was related to Trump’s run for the White House. That would make it a campaign expense — an illegal one because it wasn’t made with campaign contributions or disclosed on campaign financial reports.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | May 06, 2011 Nucletron Showcases Five Innovations in Cancer Treatment at ESTRO Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more May 6, 2011 – Nucletron will feature five new innovations at the ESTRO Anniversary Congress, May 8-11 in London, all designed to meet the growing interest and need to more effectively treat a wide variety of cancers. In addition Nucletron will be celebrating its long collaboration with ESTRO on its 30th anniversary. “2011 is the Year of Radiotherapy in the U.K., and there is no better location than London for ESTRO to hold this year’s meeting and commemorate its 30th anniversary. Nucletron is proud of our long term partnership with ESTRO, and we’re looking forward to working with the organization and its members to further advance the important role of radiotherapy, in particular brachytherapy, in the multimodality treatment of cancer,” said Jos Lamers, CEO of Nucletron. “Our commitment to product innovation, professional education, and raising awareness of the benefits of brachytherapy – all aimed at ensuring patient access to quality cancer care – will highlight Nucletron’s presence at this year’s meeting.” Nucletron will feature five innovative products and solutions at this year’s meeting, all of which were developed with the needs of the modern radiotherapy department for speed, efficiency, accuracy and quality in mind. Awareness of brachytherapy will also receive special attention, with the presentation of a range of awareness and educational materials.The Vaginal CT/MR Multi Channel Applicator (VCMC) is the first precise dose delivery solution (PDDS) for treating gynecologic cancers. The VCMC features a unique design of multiple channels which are curved in the tip of the applicator, and which can be loaded selectively. This provides accurate precision and dose direction, bringing dosimetry measurably closer to the vaginal wall. The VCMC is easy to assemble, clean and sterilize, thus providing economical treatment and optimized day-to-day utilization. This applicator allows healthcare providers to tackle more complex or advanced endometrial and other gynecological cancers. The recent PORTEC 2 study highlighted the benefits of vaginal brachytherapy versus external beam radiotherapy, in particular significantly lower toxicity and superior QOL outcomes. Delivering the dose where it is most needed makes this CT/MR-compatible applicator a logical solution in response to the demands of modern gynecologic radiotherapy. The company’s Prostate Solutions represent a seamless, all-in-one solution that addresses clinical needs, whether these call for low dose rate (LDR or “seeds”), High Dose Rate (HDR) or both. This all-in-one solution is the only one to cover both HDR and LDR in one software configuration. It combines dynamic treatment planning and delivery with advanced robotic accuracy, thereby improving clinical outcomes in patients undergoing prostate brachytherapy. Built around the latest state-of-the-art Oncentra software, each solution integrates ultrasound technology allowing optimal control over the treatment process. Robotic Seed Delivery technology guarantees reliable, reproducible and precise treatment. The combination of dynamic treatment planning and delivery with advanced robotic accuracy helps health care professionals improve clinical outcomes in patients undergoing prostate brachytherapy. Nucletron will also be showcasing the latest version of its brachytherapy treatment planning solution Oncentra Brachy. Developed with the needs of the busy radiotherapy department in mind and with a focus on shortening workflows, it combines up to 50 percent reduction in planning times with exemplary treatment planning accuracy. Key components of Oncentra Brachy 4.0 are library plans and GYN applicator models, the first in a series of applicator models. The ability to automatically reconstruct exact applicator geometry from a 3-D library eliminates the uncertainty of individual interpretation and assures placement precision. Furthermore, the new libraries and automatic reconstruction can dramatically reduce the time needed for planning, without compromising on quality. The software also addresses the call for reproducibility, leveraging applicator models and library plans to ensure consistency, be it between fractions or between users.Nucletron’s commitment to external beam treatment planning also was very much on show, with two leading edge solutions.The first, the latest release of Oncentra External Beam, intelligently automates routine planning tasks and increases patient throughput. Speed is very much of the essence with the premier of Oncentra’s GPU technology, which dramatically speeds up dose calculation, reducing complex calculation times from hours to minutes for enhanced dose algorithms. Users of Oncentra External Beam 4.0 can now routinely have collapsed cone accuracy, in pencil beam times, and creating a 3-D plan can take as little as 15 seconds. Oncentra connects to all treatment delivery systems. Its modular planning environment allows it to be used with a department’s linear accelerator of choice and still benefit from the latest in planning tools and technology offered in this new version. The second, Velocity, brings the best of modern radiotherapy – multiple modality, dose summation and adaptive planning – directly to the radiotherapy department. This solution allows users to turn the sheer volume of data and complexity of today’s radiotherapy directly to their advantage. A unique range of integration tools provides the ability to combine images from multiple modalities, integrate dose summation regardless of source, and apply adaptive contouring across multiple datasets with both accuracy and speed. Velocity eliminates repetitive and time-consuming segmentation tasks by leveraging proprietary anatomy atlases, significantly decreasing treatment planning time and complexity. This new solution provides the user with the full “patient” picture and the advantage of an accelerated workflow. For more information: www.nucletron.com, www.aboutbrachytherapy.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
Costa Rican services exports during the first half of 2013 totaled $2.9 billion, an increase of 7.7 percent over the same period in 2012, the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) reported.According to the agency, exports of computer services and business services are driving the numbers with figures of $892 million and $414 million, respectively.“The successful attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has consolidated these solid figures for Costa Rican services exports,” the COMEX report stated.Together these two sectors generated revenues of some $1.3 billion, or 44.6 percent of total service-sector exports in the first six months of 2013.Services accounted for 33.7 percent of Costa Rica’s total exports during the first half of the year.“These results are a sign of dynamism and sophistication of our exports, directly linked with our efforts to attract foreign investment,” Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said.Central Bank data show that FDI for the first half of 2013 totaled $1.3 billion, which is 15.4 percent more than during the first half of last year.Positive FDI figures were boosted mainly by a 97 percent growth in real estate investment and by a 5 percent increase in the manufacture sectors of biotechnology, textiles and paper, the report said. Facebook Comments No related posts.