Flying high to face fears

first_imgNewsFlying high to face fearsBy Staff Reporter – June 19, 2015 1105 Limerick Post Show | Shannon Airport route announcement with Aer Lingus NAPD give tips to avoid Leaving Cert anxiety. TAGSAnxietyAtlantic AirVenture Aviation CentrefearFear of flyingflyingholidayslimerickphobiasShannonsummertravelworldtravel Read Your Mind launches in Limerick City and County Libraries Advertisement Before take off in the simulator – Cockpit of Boeing 737 Reporter  Aoife McLoughlin with Pilot Melanie Rogan Atlantic Venture , Shannon.Picture Brendan GleesonWITH a spate of aviation disasters in the last 18 months, the nightmarish “what-if’s” seem all the more possible for some nervous passengers. Aviophobia affects around 30 per cent of the population and often prohibits them from experiencing some of life’s happier moments. Reporter Aoife McLoughlin visited Atlantic Airventure in Shannon for the first step in her journey to conquer her fear of flying.IT’S summer – or so the calendar shows – and with it comes the exciting prospect of jetting off to holiday destinations across the globe. Sun, sea and sand and are just some of images one conjures up at this time.But for some, like me, the image of hurtling to certain death from 30,000 feet while trapped in a fiery tin can with 300 other terrified and screaming souls can spring to mind. So I settle for Kerry instead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thirty per cent of  us are said to suffer with some form of fear of flying.Defined as aviophobia, this fear not only stops the fearful from travelling, but for those who do, it can act like an instant allergy, causing symptoms such as sweating, nausea, palpitations, shakes and heightened senses.Personally, besides the panic attacks, I cry and mentally type goodbye texts to my family while visualising my plummet to the sea.“It’s just not supposed to be up there,” is the phrase often used by us aviophobes and sometimes that can be the best explanation to justify this fear.With five high-profile fatal aviation disasters in just over a year and some less documented incidents in that same time, it’s no wonder the fearful feel they have a very good argument when it comes to not getting in those flying tin cans.But with three possible flights looming before me this year (one that will be a minimum of 15 hours), I have decided to try and combat the relentless terror that grips me and so many others as it sucks the joy out of any adventure outside our little isle.I have tried counselling, I have tried anti-anxiety medication, I even tried several glasses of wine on a flight to Japan, but this only proved to be an unpleasant experience for both me and the Japanese man sitting beside me who didn’t need to be told 50 times that it was my first long haul flight.So, I am adopting an ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ attitude and have gone straight for the jugular.Diving into the world of aviation seems like the next appropriate step to try and overcome the crippling fear that prohibits so many from seeing the world.So with that image of sun, sea and sand so desperately trying to poke its way through the dark thoughts conjured up by my aviophobic mind, I decide to take a trip to Shannon’s Atlantic Airventure Centre where founder Jane Magill has kindly offered to let me take part in their Fear of Flying course.The course involves flying in the flight simulator and a talk with a pilot in a pre-flight classroom lesson.I meet with Melanie – a real life pilot – who is going tell me the what’s-what with those tin cans in the sky. Sitting in a classroom, I am surrounded by mini aeroplanes, parts of wings and aviation equipment. Pieces from old jets are proudly on display along with three small aircraft parked outside.With this my anxiety starts to kick in.Pilot Melanie Rogan, originally from New Jersey, USA, has more than 33 years experience flying planes and has surpassed 15,000 hours in the sky so far.She gets straight to the point and asks me why I am afraid of flying. Having focused on the issue so much since my first flight in 1999, I really wasn’t able to give her a definitive answer. It’s a combination of claustrophobia, lack of control, a fear of heights and a lack of understanding of aerodynamics.The dying thing doesn’t help either.I guess trying to figure out how a 400-tonne metal tube has the ability to safely stay in the air for hours travelling at speed just doesn’t compute.Melanie gives me some examples of the kind of fears women have expressed to her and says she feels men are less likely to admit a fear of flying.“When I was flying small aeroplanes, one of the WWE wrestling show gentlemen get on. He was called Andre the Giant.“It was a small 30-seat aircraft and he was huge, twice my height, twice my width, just a massive human being. He looked at me and said ‘I can’t do it’.It freaked him out. So I pulled him aside and said: ‘My mamma didn’t raise no fool. If I didn’t think that aeroplanes were safe and flew well, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing’. So he did it and he was fine.”I question her on how it all works, almost expecting her to tell me it’s magic, because to me at this point that has to be the only explanation.“Do you ever remember as a little child, sticking your hand out the window of a car and you could feel the wind beneath your palm? And when you turned your hand (90 degrees), the wind pushed it back? And when you just tilted it up slightly it would lift your arm back? That is why aeroplanes fly,” she says.Melanie then describes thrust and drag, low pressure and high pressure and how all that combined with the force of the wind makes a plane fly.“It’s still miraculous to me that the thing flies but it does and it does it very well,” she says.And with around 60,000 passenger flights in the air every day, the statistics would indicate that aircrafts, in fact, do fly very well.“Getting in your car is far riskier than getting in an aircraft, but what causes a fear of flying in people’s minds is that when there is an accident, hundreds of people die and that’s what makes it a global news event.”Melanie tells me pilots are checked every six months on their ability to fly, ability to handle emergencies, cockpit procedures, and they receive an Electrocardiogram (EKG) examination annually, once they reach 40 years of age.She tells me how engineers check different parts of the plane before takeoff and how pilots recheck these parts once on board.She describes the situations people are most afraid of happening and gives a procedure or names a component to counteract each and every possible fault.I start to realise that there are back-ups for the back-ups in all of these scenarios, which in themselves have a miniscule chance of occurring.For example, Melanie explains that in the unlikely event of an engine fail, there are two more engines. If they all fail, which is even more unlikely, the plane becomes a glider because engines are used to push the plane at speed and it’s the wings that cause it to fly.I think of my hand out the car window and the penny starts to drop.She then pulls up a map of the Atlantic on her computer and begins to show me wind currents, flight paths and pockets of turbulence categorised by colour.“Turbulence, it’s not dangerous and we avoid it. Turbulence is low pressure and high pressure from warm and moist air meeting. It’s updrafts and downdrafts. The only dangerous part is that you can over-stress the aircraft when flying in extreme turbulence, but they are designed to exceed their stress limits. Turbulence doesn’t bother pilots but we will know where the bracket of it is and we can be routed around it if we need.”After almost two hours of explaining the main factors involved in flying, the role of airport control, wind currents and weather, I am beginning to gain some insight into the whole aircraft-flying thing but I wonder is all this information going to feed my fear when I am on a plane in two weeks’ time. I could know too much. I start writing that text message to my family in my mind. Anything could still happen.It’s now time to move on to the simulator and the thoughts of being in simulated sky on a simulated plane still make my stomach flip and my palms break out in a cold sweat.I find myself sitting in the captain’s seat of a Boeing 737 cockpit, equipped with original instrumentation. Lights, buttons, levers and knobs surround me from head to toe and each one is operating through a computer with a huge curved screen acting as our view outside.Melanie starts her up and that familiar and terrifying whirling sound kicks in. The simulator plays every noise a passenger would hear as if on a real plane. As each shudder-inducing grind and whirl occurs, Melanie explains what they are. “That’s just the engine starting up like in your car…That’s just the landing gear,” and so on.Once the plane is up and running we are ready to go. “I am going to let you take off,” she says.In front of me on the screen is a lifelike runway from Shannon Airport. I follow Melanie’s instructions to accelerate and begin to taxi down the runway. My eyes have now tricked my brain into thinking I am travelling at speed and my body reacts. “Look ahead and push your foot on the pedal, now pull the yoke back to your belly, a little more, a little more, that’s it.”I ascend towards the sky over Shannon Airport. The view and feeling is extraordinary. It’s liberating. I follow Melanie’s instructions as she co-steers and we fly over Limerick city, turning the plane a few times and eventually landing back on the runway.It may not have been the best landing as the autopilot alerted me that I was coming in too steep, but there can be no harm done in a simulator.I am surprised that I feel disappointed that my time has come to an end but I realise I have a new sense of appreciation, wonderment – and dare I say thrill.On leaving the centre, Jane meets me at reception and asks how I got on. I tell her that to my surprise I enjoyed the piloting bit.She asks me to see how the course has helped when I travel to the UK as a passenger in a fortnight. It is only then that I will be able to put my experience of the day to the test.And if all goes relatively better than my usual anxiety-riddled ride, Jane has offered me to go one step further taking to skies along side another pilot. Real skies. That text message appears in my head again but this time I save it in drafts.I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Print Email WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleCouncil rejects Dock Road traffic studyNext articleCall to extend Limerick City sewerage network to Ballyclough Staff Reporter Psychology expert gives advice on coping with an ‘anxiety pandemic’ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Information evening to be held about new youth club in Kilcornan Aviation course takes off at LITlast_img read more

Martin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFG

first_imgThe Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has announced that its designate CEO Gareth Samples has been officially confirmed as its new boss and will join its board permanently on Thursday.Samples was announced as its designate CEO in February after previous CEO Ian Wilson announced that he was to retire.Samples ran Your Move’s franchising operation for many years but left in 2012 to pursue other business interests which included investing in marketing platform BriefYourMarket.Since joining TPFG Samples has been working alongside current CEO Ian Wilson, communicating with franchisees, participating in the recent final results investor roadshow and critically, forming strategy on the business’ response to the impact of COVID-19.“We reiterate our delight that Gareth has joined the Group at this critical time and look forward to the benefit of his leadership as CEO through what will be a changed landscape as a result of COVID-19,” says Richard Martin, TPFG’s Non-Executive Chairman.“We have obstacles to overcome but also potentially some new opportunities to seize to return value to all stakeholders.“On behalf of the Board of Directors I extend my deep gratitude and respect for Ian’s 16 years of dedicated and expert leadership at what for the last six years has been TPFG.“The Board is extraordinarily grateful to Ian for his stewardship. TPFG has fulfilled the vision of its founders, its mission of bringing uniformity and influencing raised standards across the agency sector, much of this driven by the shrewd commercial acumen of our retiring CEO. We wish Ian a very healthy, happy and long retirement.” Gareth Samples Ian Wilson The Property Franchise Group TPFG Your Move April 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Martin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFG previous nextAgencies & PeopleMartin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFGFormer Your Move boss Gareth Samples is to begin running the company on Thursday as outgoing CEO Ian Wilson officially retires.Nigel Lewis27th April 202001,341 Viewslast_img read more

Text of Governor Douglas’ letter on veto of Vermont Yankee decommissioning bill

first_imgMay 7, 2008The Honorable David A. GibsonSecretary of the SenateState House115 State Street, Drawer 33Montpelier, VT 05633Dear Mr. Secretary: Pursuant to Chapter II, Section 11 of the Vermont Constitution, I am returning S.373, An Act Relating to Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant without my signature because of my objections described herein. The safety, reliability and affordability of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (the Yankee Station) are the most important issues related to its continued operation. I remain unwavering in my commitment to ensuring Vermont’s best interests are represented and that in every discussion of our energy future the safety and reliability of this facility come first. That is why I called for an independent safety assessment and look forward to signing legislation supporting a comprehensive audit of the Yankee Station. Vermonters need affordably priced power to grow the economy and create more and better paying jobs. As Vermont’s employers have made abundantly clear, they oppose this legislation because it would unnecessarily and substantially increase the future cost of electricity on both businesses and families. I agree. There is no doubt that increases in electricity costs slow economic growth and impair job creation, but rising electricity bills also impair the ability of working families to make ends meet. Achieving prosperity through affordability will remain a core focus of my administration. At a time when growing the economy must be state government’s top priority, I will not allow this legislation-or any other irresponsible legislation-to become law that would slow economic growth, or make our families less prosperous. I fully support ensuring that there is adequate funding for the total decommissioning of the Yankee Station by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (VY) whenever that should occur. There are, however, existing procedures to accomplish this goal, and many of my additional objections to S.373 are directed at the intrusion of the General Assembly in a matter better left to the expertise and procedures of the regulatory system and to the quasi-judicial Public Service Board (PSB). Indeed, S.373 can be characterized as legislative activity that risks blurring the lines of Government at the state and federal level, resulting ultimately in an unnecessary duplication of time and resources. Vermonters should know that VY is currently operating under a PSB order issued in 2002 that holds it responsible for the complete decommissioning of the Yankee Station. The anticipated cost of decommissioning is currently estimated to be $893 million. Today, approximately $425 million of that amount is in an established decommissioning trust fund. Because the PSB anticipated that the decommissioning fund might not be fully funded at the time the Yankee Station ceased operation, the PSB authorized VY in that 2002 order to use a decommissioning method, referred to as SAFSTOR, in which the nuclear facility is placed and maintained in a safe storage condition while the decommissioning fund grows and the facility is decontaminated. SAFSTOR is a decommissioning method approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Entergy Corporation, VY’s parent corporation, is also obligated by that same PSB order to guarantee $60 million of operating costs after the Yankee Station’s removal from commercial operation. This guarantee is Entergy’s only responsibility for decommissioning type activities under the PSB order currently in effect. S.373 purports to legislatively after the fact change the nature of this PSB order and to direct the outcome of a pending PSB docket, opened in January 2008, in which Entergy is seeking PSB approval to transfer the Yankee Station to another corporation, NewCo. The PSB’s responsibility is to determine whether this proposed transfer is in the public good. The PSB is required by law to review several factors, including the financial stability and soundness, technical knowledge and competence, and generally the effect on Vermont if the transaction were to be approved. The PSB has the authority and responsibility to impose conditions if the transfer is ultimately approved to ensure the public is protected. S.373, however, requires that the PSB determine, without the benefit of evidentiary hearings, “that the nuclear plant’s decommissioning fund and other funds and financial guarantees available solely for the purpose of decommissioning are adequate to pay for complete and immediate decommissioning at the time of the acquisition…” In other words, S.373 sets out to ultimately change the balance of public good in the pending PSB docket by demanding a payment in excess of $450 million, or its financial equivalent, if the transfer is approved. The General Assembly has substituted its judgment for that of the PSB and the NRC — the two regulatory bodies that have the ultimate authority regarding these matters and who have not deemed it to be in the public’s interest to order these payments to date. The consequences of such a mandate are many. First and foremost, S.373 is built upon several false premises. Key among them is that S.373 is merely cementing in statute an obligation already owed by Entergy Corporation. This is simply not accurate. As noted above, the current PSB orders hold VY, not Entergy, fully responsible for the Yankee Station’s decommissioning while Entergy is only responsible for a $60 million guarantee of funds to be committed to this process. In fact, if the NewCo transfer is approved by the PSB, responsibilities for decommissioning will remain with VY and Entergy’s $60 million guarantee will be converted to letters of credit from an investment grade banking institution. In addition, when the PSB allowed the sale of the facility in 2002, its order recognized that a great financial risk was being transferred away from Vermont ratepayers onto VY. The PSB stated:In today’s Order, we approve the sale of VermontYankee and the associated commitment for the presentowners to purchase 510 MW of power from the stationuntil 2012. We do so for two primary reasons. First,we conclude that ENVY and ENO will be likely tooperate the plant as well as, or better than, the current owners.Second, we find that, under most reasonably foreseeablescenarios, the transactions are highly likely to producean economic benefit for Vermont ratepayers. Together,these findings lead us to conclude that the sale will promotethe general good. . . In addition, the sale has the advantageof transferring to ENVY significant financial risks associatedwith continued ownership of Vermont Yankee. If the costs ofoperation increase (due to equipment failures, increased securityor other reasons), ENVY will bear the additional expenses;Green Mountain, Central Vermont, and Vermont ratepayerswill be shielded. Similarly, increases in the contributionsneeded to ensure decommissioning upon shutdown will not bepassed on to Vermont consumers.- Docket 6545, Order of 6/13/2002 at 3-4. In exchange for the transfer of risk to VY and the ability for it to use the SAFSTOR method to ensure funds are available for full decommissioning, Vermont ratepayers benefited by a $180 million sale price and a favorable Power Purchase Agreement between VY and Green Mountain Power Corporation and Central Vermont Public Service Company. The Power Purchase Agreement has, and will, save Vermonters approximately $743 million from 2003-2012 based on past market prices and future market forecasts. It is reasonable to conclude that had Vermont regulators required Entergy Corporation to make contributions to the fund at the time of the sale instead of transferring the risk to VY, the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement would have been far less favorable to Vermonters. S.373 also prematurely characterizes the decommissioning fund as “underfunded.” Just last year, the Legislature mandated several studies in Act 160 that are currently being undertaken by the Department of Public Service. The studies will analyze the decommissioning fund to determine if there are any material weaknesses in the fund prior to the State’s negotiations with VY when and if the Yankee Station is relicensed. These studies will be completed by year’s end, and then we will have a factual basis for understanding the status of the decommissioning fund and acting in an informed fashion. The Department has retained an independent financial expert who will study the many aspects of the financial obligations and capacity of VY to meet their commitments. The conclusions and recommendations from the responsible due diligence required by these studies is unknown because they are not yet complete. Instead of allowing the studies to conclude, the General Assembly chose to short-circuit a careful determination of the facts that may prove detrimental to Vermonters in the end. Whether it is prudent to require VY to make additional payments than those currently anticipated is a determination that I agree must be made–but not until all the facts are available on safety, reliability, and decommissioning. Another reason that I will not approve S.373 is because of the General Assembly’s unprecedented attempt to enact a new law that in fact would apply to an ongoing case before the PSB. Although it is not unusual for the General Assembly to share their concerns and opinions on matters pending before the Board through letters and public statements, I believe the General Assembly should not have attempted to go so far as to actually change the law, and hence the rules of the game, in the middle of an open docket. Finally, the PSB was created by the Legislature to delve into highly technical matters and the intricacies of transactions like NewCo to determine whether they servethe public good. It is through the evidentiary process, the written and oral testimony by experts in the field, and the crucible of cross-examination that the PSB makes its determinations. S.373 removes an important quasi-judicial decision from the body with the expertise, resources and authority to make it and instead allows legislative action to determine the outcome. After careful consideration of the facts, I am returning S.373. Sincerely, James H. Douglas GovernorJHD/pbblast_img read more

Handmade Gear

first_imgGet and share ideas for making your own minimalist running shoes at too many years ago, I sat down in front of a sewing machine for the very first time. Sweat streamed from my furrowed brow as I tried to sew the shoulder straps to a homemade backpack. I’ll admit that I mumbled more than a few curse words as I painstakingly undid some misdirected seams. But by the end of the day, I had my very first project completed and was eager to test it out in the field.That very same pack went on to serve me well on thru-hikes of the Colorado and John Muir Trails. I later redesigned and reused the same materials to build a framed pack for a 2007 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. As confidence in my skills grew, I added articles of clothing, tarps, tents, bicycle panniers, sleeping bags, and even running shoes to my do-it-yourself resume.Most everyone is familiar with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Although the latter of the three, recycling, seems to get most of our attention, reducing could have an even greater positive impact. How do environmentally conscious outdoor fanatics balance a love of gear with a desire to reduce their ecological footprint?Mainstream outdoor manufacturers may be shipping in “greener” products from faraway lands to sell to you, but perhaps the better answer resides in three other R’s: raise, repair, and regionalize. So what do these mean? Just as it is desirable to have a garden to raise your own food, it’s good to have a sewing machine to make your own gear. It need not be that expensive an investment: over a decade ago, my mom bought me a sewing machine (the same one that I still use to this day) at a local yard sale for five dollars.Now that you have a sewing machine, stores like Foam and Fabrics Outlet provide DIYers with an assortment of materials to build all sorts of gear and clothing. Patterns and construction tips are readily available on the internet. There is a burgeoning online community of DIYers out there and MYOG (make your own gear) forums abound.Some people I’ve talked to about making gear often say things like, “Well, I’d love to try this, but I’d rather spend my free time doing something outside!” This is a valid point, but I rarely regret my time in the shop building and creating. It’s a perfect therapy for dreary days. Maybe it all traces back to playing with Lego bricks growing up, but I hardly ever follow a pattern.Building gear from scratch can be tedious and frustrating, but the sense of empowerment that comes from using a finished product is priceless. DIYers can also get more from their gear through repair. Once you learn how to put something together, you will know how to keep it together. All too often, people get rid of damaged articles of clothing and gear that are perfectly fixable. Outdoor enthusiasts would be less inclined to dispose of these items had they a better sense of the time and energy invested in each product.The last of the three other R’s, regionalize, is all about keeping it local. Perhaps you don’t have the time or tenacity to make your own gear. I can assure you that there are local seamstresses, even local outdoor gear manufacturers, who would be eager to help you reduce your carbon footprint. It’s great to bolster the local economy, but I’d still encourage as many people as possible to learn a little more about making gear and clothing. Even if most projects don’t pan out, you’ll come away better prepared to fix the gear you buy.Even after a decade using handmade gear, I still catch myself thinking that somehow the equipment I make isn’t as good as what I could buy. Is it because my seams aren’t as straight or there are extraneous strands of thread left untrimmed? Surely the mesh fabric I bought from the local fabric store on sale isn’t as fancy as the cutting-edge stuff that the top gear manufacturers are using. So is it really worth all the time and energy to embrace such a hobby? I’ve alluded to a few snags for beginning gear makers, but consider this tale of triumph:For me, the efficacy of homemade equipment became clear in the summer of 2009 when I completed a fast pack of the 288-mile Benton MacKaye Trail in less than six days. Most of the gear I carried was homemade. Because I custom fit it to my body, the mesh pack that I used on this ambitious journey—yes, made from fabric on sale for a buck per yard—carried my water and other supplies far better than any I could’ve bought from a store. In fact, this very same pack is still going strong after another trip this summer along the 930-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail.We’ve been programmed in this country to be consumers, but not irreversibly so. Hopefully outdoor fanatics can break free of such a mindset. After all, there is indeed another way to get outfitted for the outdoors.Watch Matt Kirk run in handmade running shoes wearing a hand-sewn backpack on record-setting runs across the Southern Appalachians.Get Started on Your GearRead all about it. Research patterns and ideas for gear/clothing projects from websites like http://thru-hiker.comAsk all about it. Consult veteran seamstresses (e.g. moms) for tricks of the trade. If you don’t know anybody personally, consult help forums online.Ease into it. Start with simple sewing projects like stuff sacks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.Hold onto it. Save buckles, straps and scrap fabrics from old gear for future projects. You never know when you could use a ladder lock again.last_img read more

Costa Rica Unveils Electronic Surveillance Systems at Borders, Airports

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — Customs officials and police from across Central America gathered in Costa Rica in early October for a groundbreaking new workshop in electronic border patrol procedures. “Costa Rica has a robust electronic border system,” said Freddy Montero, Costa Rica’s coordinator for the Regional Program of Border Security in Central America (known by its Spanish acronym SEFRO). “We were the first Central American country to start any kind of integrated system and we have always been recognized as having the most developed program in the region.” The workshop focused on Costa Rica’s implementation of two different electronic platforms: the international Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), originally created by the United States, and Costa Rica’s own program of the same name in Spanish, SIMMEL. The two initiatives allow for the immediate transmission of passenger information as their passports are scanned. The information is then shared with immigration posts globally, as well as with Interpol. Two platforms: APIS and SIMMEL Under APIS — which is in use at country exit points at airports around the world — passengers walk through customs and have their passports scanned. By the time they board their flights, the system will have verified whether or not they may travel. SIMMMEL works similarly on the ground, and has been implemented at each land border crossing post in Costa Rica. The system records the comings and goings of everyone who passes through the border and immediately shares that information with international law enforcement. The two systems make it nearly impossible for wanted criminals to pass through border posts, and also checks for traveling permissions for minors in order to better monitor possible kidnappings. “These programs have greatly contributed to our security,” said Montero. “You cannot have proper security without the proper monitoring of people crossing your borders.” This year, SEFRO brought Central American officials to various countries in South America and Europe to showcase successful border protection programs. Costa Rica was then chosen as an example of a leader within Central America. “It is important that the program also highlights good practices in the region,” said Montero. “There are good things going on here as well, not just abroad, and it is an honor to share our experience with our brothers in the region.” Airport on itinerary of workshop participants The 35 workshop attendees visited San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport as well as the newly renovated Peñas Blancas customs station at Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua — a project funded by the United States. Costa Rica’s most notorious entry point for drugs is the Pan-American Highway, ending at Peñas Blancas, known as a “bottleneck” for drugs, as all land shipments passing to Nicaragua are forced to funnel through the border crossing. During the first four months of this year, Peñas Blancas officials confiscated four tons of cocaine – equivalent to the amount seized in all of Costa Rica in the last half of 2011. An estimated 600,000 people per year and 400 trucks per day cross this border, which until this year was staffed by fewer than 20 border officials. “The situation we have at Peñas Blancas is chaotic,” said Anabel González, Costa Rica’s minister of foreign trade, following a visit there in August. At that time, the border post consisted of a one-lane highway lacking any kind of basic infrastructure. Street vendors routinely wheeled their carts up and down the dead zone between countries, and truck drivers were expected to endure waits of up to 15 hours without bathrooms. Peñas Blancas border crossing undergoes transformation Costa Rica began the first phase of a $1.3 million transformation last year with funding from the United States, expanding the outpost’s operating hours. It now functions from 6 a.m. to midnight. Officials also blocked off the area between the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican border posts to anyone other than travelers. “We met some resistance to that change in particular,” said Edgar Aguirre, director of the Peñas Blancas immigration office. “It needed to be done to make the border more organized and easier to monitor.” This simple change has already had a huge impact, insuring that every person within the border has had his or her passport scanned and checked. In March of this year, the government finished the renovation of the main immigration building, providing space for 15 additional officers and heightening security with additional cameras. A new fumigation arc was also added to spray incoming trucks. Still to come is an expansion of the access road to four lanes to be completed by year’s end, as well as an export checkpoint. “These changes greatly deepened the level of security at Peñas Blancas,” said Montero. “It is so much simpler to monitor.” Chinchilla says her country deserves world-class borders President Laura Chinchilla announced during a July visit to Peñas Blancas her intention to modernize the rest of Costa Rica’s borders, starting with Paso Canoas at the country’s boundary with Panama. “It is a matter of public interest that we modernize this infrastructure,” Chinchilla said. “This country deserves to have first-world class borders.” Costa Rica — long known as the “Switzerland of Central America” — has in recent years boosted the number of cocaine seizures. Only El Salvador and Honduras, home to some of the region’s most violent gangs and drug cartels, topped Costa Rica last year in this regard, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Costa Rican police detained a record 1,647 people in 2011, but it remains unclear if this is due to better police work or an increase in drugs coming through the country. I like you and lots of love I thank the company for these services that are badly needed. For my part I would like to learn. I I work as private security supervisor and I want to have experience in this system. Thank you for providing this service to different companies. Thanks and much success in your business. wow, this really is important, ha ha ha, I can’t believe it, it’s fantastic! well, I would like to find out more about it. They take all the crooks for the army here in Peru, they also take all the young people that do not study, I will show up at the armed forces for the compulsory service THE BEST it’s really good!!!!! well this is really great By Dialogo October 22, 2012last_img read more

Syracuse zone to face tough challenge in No. 7 Villanova

first_img Published on December 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse’s 2-3 zone can be broken through the high post. It can be shot over from beyond the arc.No. 7 Villanova (10-0) gets to and scores from each area of the court better than most teams in the country. Syracuse (6-3) has to slow and stop the same Wildcats in its 1 p.m. tipoff on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.It’s a task that no team in the country has truly completed this year and one that looks especially difficult for the Orange. SU struggled to defend the high post and the perimeter in the first half of its narrow win over Louisiana Tech on Sunday and the Bulldogs highlighted the weaknesses with a series of alley-oops that hushed the Carrier Dome crowd.“I don’t like people dunking and stuff like that,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said.Syracuse guards closing off the top of the zone and simply stepping to the perimeter ended Louisiana Tech’s aerial dominance. But while SU mainly worried about Bulldogs guard Raheem Appleby, Villanova boasts five regulars shooting above 30 percent from 3 this year. And junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s had a slow start to the season, shot 36.7 percent from 3 coming into 2014-2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s an underperforming but established part of a backcourt that’s all but built to bust zones with a combination of penetration and sharp shooting. Down low, the Wildcats look to the 6-foot-11 Daniel Ochefu, a skilled passer in the high post who averages 9.4 points per game.“They do a lot, a lot of things well,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said, raising his eyebrows and leaning back in his chair by his locker. “… They’re not ranked No. 7 for no reason.”Ochefu and fellow forward JayVaugn Pinkston combine for an average of 18.5 points per game — 24.3 percent of Villanova’s average total. But the Wildcats are hardly dependent upon them. Syracuse gets 43.5 percent of its points from Christmas and forward Chris McCullough.In Villanova’s toughest test of the season, though, the Wildcats scored 30 points in the paint as they beat then-No. 19 Michigan, 60-55.After SU’s win against Louisiana Tech, Jim Boeheim bemoaned Syracuse’s perimeter defense, raising his voice to its loudest volume in the press conference when talking about a player who said he couldn’t cover a shooter because he was so far away.“He’s where you’re supposed to be,” Boeheim said.The fixes for the SU defense that let a Louisiana Tech attack score so easily in the first half Sunday seem simple: step to shooters, close up the top of the zone, and keep a big man back to protect that basket.But in Villanova the Orange faces a team that excels where SU struggles. The Wildcats place shooters all over the floor. They’re experienced too, with only one freshman getting regular playing time. The Wildcats put forwards in the posts, set to pass through the heart of Syracuse’s trademark defense.And they’re deep. Villanova regularly runs out nine players in a game.“We just need to go watch the film,” Christmas said after beating Louisiana Tech. “We’re going to go watch film tomorrow until all the bad things are behind us and get ready for Villanova and we’ll be fine.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bully Ray on Ring of Honor’s MSG debut: “A lot of guys are in for a good, rude awakening”

first_imgThe building located between 7th and 8th Avenues atop Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan is unlike any other around.It has long been revered and is the place where you can make or break your career. #G1Supercard @TheGarden!Streaming LIVE for ALL #HonorClub members THIS SATURDAY at 730e/430p!NYC Street Fight: @bullyray5150 vs Juice Robinson— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 1, 2019SN: There’s been so much talk about the main event of WrestleMania with women headlining that show for the first time in its history. On this show, you have two companies working together. How much does it matter what goes on last?BR: Somebody has to go on last and, to be honest with you, I think I’d rather be on second to last because this show is going to 4-5 hours long I would assume and let’s say the show is running heavy on time and there’s a cutoff. I know there’s a cutoff time in The Garden with unions. What if there’s also a cutoff time with the pay-per-view? And what if the entire show is running long and now the main event has less time than anticipated? Now you’re screwed. So, I’d probably rather be on second to last than last. ROH & NJPW present G1 Supercard on Saturday, April 6 from sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York City. The historic event airs LIVE at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on traditional pay-per-view and streaming FREE for all HonorClub members. HonorClub content can be streamed via the ROH and FITE apps and at This is Madison Square Garden and for the first time in the promotion’s history, Ring of Honor will be holding an event at the “world’s most famous arena”. This Saturday, ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling will present the G1 Supercard event at the historic building in New York City. The event will air live at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on pay-per-view and will also stream for HonorClub members via the ROH and app.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile most of the ROH roster has never wrestled at Madison Square Garden, Bully Ray is quite familiar with that stage. The Queens native grew up attending shows at MSG as a fan and later performed there while working with WWE.But this is a different, updated version of Bully Ray, one that is different from being part of The Dudley Boyz, one of the most successful tag teams of all time. The WWE Hall of Famer has since re-invented himself into a successful singles wrestler where is a two-time former TNA World Champion.More than that, he has become of the most hated people in wrestling, being a thorn in the side of whoever he has in his sights on a particular day. It’s a role he has gladly taken on and thrived at.Bully Ray recently issued an open challenge for anyone to face him in a NYC Street Fight at “The Garden” with Juice Robinson happily accepting. That adds to a loaded card that will feature a Triple Threat ladder match between Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, and Marty Scurll for the ROH World Championship while Jay White faces Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. journalist @TheKevinEck tries to get a word with @bullyray5150 about Juice Robinson answering his open challenge at @TheGarden…— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 31, 2019Sporting News recently spoke with Bully Ray about his memories of “The Garden”, the ongoing relationship between ROH and NJPW, and what he would like to see from ROH going forward.Sporting News: You went to wrestling shows at Madison Square Garden while growing up. What are your first memories of that building as a fan from then?Bully Ray: My very first memories of Madison Square Garden is actually seeing events being broadcast on the MSG Network. As a kid growing up. I would watch the WWF on WOR Channel 9 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. And then when they had a special event, they would broadcast it from Madison Square Garden. It was such a big deal to see an event from Madison Square Garden as opposed to seeing it from their taped TV shows that would happen at Allentown or Scranton or wherever.And then when I was 12 years old, I was in the front row the night that Jimmy Snuka jumped off the top of the steel cage and hit the Superfly Splash on Don Muraco. It’s the same night (Tommy) Dreamer was there and the same night that Mick Foley was there. I remember Jimmy Snuka coming to the ring and, because I was in the front row, he got so close to where I was sitting that I was actually able to touch him on the shoulder. So, I have real memories as a kid of Madison Square Garden watching wrestling there.SN: When it comes to The Garden and it being bigger than life, how much did that play into you wanting to become a wrestler? BR: I always knew I wanted to be a pro wrestler. It really had nothing to do with Madison Square Garden. It had to do with wrestling in general. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to do anything else. Yeah, I wanted to be a rock star and if I had to be the “regular world” maybe I would have become a chef and went to culinary school or maybe been in the record industry. I really knew wrestling was it for me. I guess being in The Garden that night and seeing it that up close and seeing that maybe people and feeling the energy and the vibe in that building solidified it for me. SN: You’ve worked at The Garden multiple times already. What was the experience like the first time you wrestled in that building?BR: I’m not sure if I wrestled in Madison Square Garden before our tables match with The Hardyz, I believe that might have been the first time because I don’t think we worked a live event before that. But the Royal Rumble 2000 was the first-ever tag team tables match in the WWE and it was The Hardyz versus The Dudleyz. We tore the house down.That’s the night that The Dudleyz really put their name on the map in the WWE. It’s a night that I will always say, for me personally, that’s where I staked my flag in the ground and I said that myself and Devon are here for a reason. We’re out to prove ourselves and that night we really did. If you’re going to prove yourself someplace, if you’re going to put your name up there with everyone else in the company during the Attitude Era, you might as well do it in The Garden. You can’t make a bigger stake than that. SN: I talked to Jay Lethal about a month ago and even then, the anticipation for this show was through the roof already and that’s all he could think about as what everyone in the ROH was talking about. What has it been like to be in that locker room with so many guys that have never had the opportunity to work in The Garden and what’s the anticipation level like?BR: It’s fun to sit back and watch these guys but I still don’t think that they realize what they really have coming at them. You’ll never understand what it’s like to perform in Madison Square Garden. You can’t fathom it until you perform in Madison Square Garden. You have to go through that curtain and you have to experience that rush on your own for the first time.So right now, it’s just all talk in the locker. “Oh, it’s really cool. We’re going to be in Madison Square Garden. Isn’t it going to be great?” Until you step foot in there, until you go through that curtain, until you hear that music play and you stand on that stage and you take it all in, that’s when it hits you. And a lot of these guys are in for a good, rude awakening.They’re going to get hit with that rush of emotion when they see that crowd and when they see that building. That rush of emotion can almost make you black out. You gotta be really conscious of it because it can take over you and it could screw up your performance. So, you have to go out there calm, cool, collected, take it in, smell the roses but you never really know what it’s like until you do it.I’m fortunate enough that I wrestled there at the Royal Rumble 2000, I wrestled at WrestleMania in Madison Square Garden. I’ve wrestled in main events at Madison Square Garden. I’ve been on the marquee and wrestled The Rock at Madison Square Garden. We’ve done a lot in that building. I think I’ll have a handle on it because I understand what it’s like and I know that feeling that will come over me once I go through the curtain. The most special thing for me now because I’ve accomplished so much in my career and in that building, the thing I’m most proud of is that I’m not going into Madison Square Garden as Bubba Ray Dudley. I’m going in as Bully Ray. I’m going into The Garden as something I created and I nurtured and I was able to take to world’s championship status and I was able to bring to Ring of Honor and try to help make a difference. One of the last things on my bucket list really was to bring one of my creations to Madison Square Garden and knock on wood, as long as I make it there that day, that’s hopefully what I’ll be doing and stealing the show.SN: There’s this ongoing collaboration between Ring of Honor and New Japan that has been going on for a while now. What else would you like to see come out of this relationship and what do you think are the next steps when it comes to the two companies working together?BR: I think the two companies have worked famously together. Both companies benefit. Both offices have a great rapport and a great, respectful relationship. I think the wrestlers respect one another and each other’s abilities to perform. I think Ring of Honor and New Japan just need to stay the course. For Ring of Honor, I think they are going to be in a unique position that they’ve never been in before. For 17 years, Ring of Honor has existed in its own safe place in the wrestling world. Ring of Honor didn’t screw with anybody and nobody screwed with Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor never had any direct competition.Ring of Honor, after The Garden, is going to be put under a microscope because if you go in front of 16-17,000 people, when you go to your regular live events in smaller venues, you need to make sure those smaller venues are sold out, standing room only and a line out the door to see your product. People are going to look at that. They’re going to compare the amount of people that were at Madison Square Garden to the normal business that Ring of Honor does. Like I said, they will be under a microscope. I believe the second task that Ring of Honor has is with the creation of AEW that, for the first time, Ring of Honor will have direct competition for their fanbase because AEW fans are Ring of Honor fans. I think the thing that Ring of Honor needs to work on is identity. We’ve always known who they are for 17 years. Some of the best wrestlers, some of the best athletes, some of the most exciting wrestlers and matches we’ve seen but now they have to take the next step as they’re carving out their identity.If WWE is the greatest in sports entertainment and Ring of Honor is the best entertaining sport, now AEW are the cool kids in town. I think Ring of Honor needs to become very unpredictable. I think Ring of Honor needs to take chances that they’re not used to taking. Maybe look for some talent that they wouldn’t normally go after. Bully Ray and Ring of Honor, it was like oil and water at first but I’m proud to say that the relationship has worked very well. That’s what I’d like to see Ring of Honor do personally. SN: You’ve worked over in Japan before and are a 2-time IWGP heavyweight tag team champion. Have you thought about going back and having more matches in Japan?BR: I would love to reestablish a working relationship with New Japan. I would want to work with the right person. Me and Devon had tremendous success in all of the companies we worked for in Japan whether that was All Japan, Hustle, and especially New Japan. Two-time IWGP tag team champions. We wrestled in the Tokyo Dome three or four times on their big show. Singles-wise it would really have to be the right guy to tell the right story. The most important part to me is the story.I’m a storyteller in the storytelling business and I tell my stories in a wrestling ring. To me, it’s not just about a wrestling match. It has to be bigger than that. If you saw my match with Flip Gordon at Final Battle, that wasn’t a wrestling match. That was ending scene in an action movie like Die Hard. And that’s what I want; larger than life scenarios that when a fan goes home, they know they saw something special. And not just another match that although it might have been exciting, was just a wrestling match.My Final Battle match with Flip, I’m extremely proud of and I’ll go on record to say that match stole the show. It stole the show excitement-wise. It stole the show surprise-wise. I’m happy that we surprised the people, shocked the people, have the people on their feet. At the end of the day, the people got what they wanted and that’s what I like about pro wrestling. I can appreciate just a wrestling match but I want to be entertained beyond a wrestling match.last_img read more

Senad Lulic led “Lazio“ to the Final of the Italian National Cup

first_imgRoman “Lazio“ is the second finalist of the Italian Cup after last night’s triumph against Napoli with a result 1:0.The hero of fans from Rome is again Senad Lulic who scored the only goal for “Lazio“.After he scored a winning goal in the final match of the Italian Cup against “Roma“ two years ago, since when he enjoys special sympathy of fans of “Lazio“, player of the national team of BiH, led „“Lazio“ to the final of the Italian national cup where “Lazio“ will play against “Juventus“, with his goal last night.Eleven minutes after he entered the game, Senad was at the right place, and after Anderson passed him a ball. He scored a goal for the big celebration of guests.(Source: read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Lockett affect Week 11 waiver wire pickups

first_imgWEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endThat doesn’t sound good, especially since there didn’t seem to be an obvious play to point to that Lockett was injured on. Any Lockett absence would make DK Metcalf a must-start WR in fantasy and would also elevate Josh Gordon into a bigger role quicker than expected. Russell Wilson also relied on Malik Turner for two big catches in overtime after Lockett had left the game, so he’d be a name to watch, as well. Neither Emmanuel Sanders nor Tyler Lockett finished Monday Night Football due to injuries picked up during the game. As of Tuesday morning, we don’t yet know the extent of the injuries, but Lockett reportedly spent last night in a hospital and didn’t return to Seattle. Both are starting fantasy WRs, meaning the Week 11 fantasy rankings and/or waiver wire pickups will be affected if they end up missing time.For injury updates on Matthew Stafford and Jacoby Brissett, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Adam Thielen, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton and more, click here; for the latest on James Conner and Matt Breida, go here. Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerEmmanuel Sanders injury updateSanders exited Monday night’s game in the first quarter and didn’t return. Replays showed him clutching at the right side of his ribs after running a route. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, X-rays on Sanders’ ribs were inconclusive, so he’s going to undergo an MRI Tuesday to determine the extent of damage.It had started before Sanders left the game, but Monday night was Deebo Samuel’s breakout game. He finished with eight catches for 112 yards on 11 targets. Samuel should be a top add on the waiver wire this week, and even if Sanders is healthy, Jimmy Garoppolo looks to have found his rhythm enough to keep Samuel involved. A potentially continuing absence for George Kittle (knee) only helps his cause, too.MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSTyler Lockett injury newsLockett went into the medical tent before overtime on Monday night and didn’t play the remainder of the game. According to Schefter, Lockett spent the night in a Bay Area hospital with a lower leg injury, one which Schefter said Pete Carroll termed, “a pretty severe situation right now” due to “a lot of swelling.”last_img read more

Fight over bicycle lands coconut vendor in court

first_imgA fight over a missing bicycle has landed 28-year-old coconut vendor Clement Jermaine of “C” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown in court on a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Lizam Bishop on July 16, 2018.The court heard that the two men were arguing about the missing bicycle when a fight ensued and Bishop sustained injuries.Jermaine denied inflicting injuries upon Bishop, and told the court he does not understand the charge against him, since Bishop had received only a “small scratch” on one of his fingers.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne did not object to the defendant being placed on bail, but requested that same be substantial.Magistrate Azore, however, placed the defendant on $5000 bail, and set the case for continuation on July 23.last_img read more