zoom Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Corporation has appointed Kenneth Hvid as its new Chief Executive Officer, as the company’s current President and CEO, Peter Evensen, plans to retire on January 31, 2017.Having worked for Teekay for more than 13 years, Evensen will also retire from his positions as CEO and CFO of Teekay LNG Partners and Teekay Offshore Partners and his board positions at Teekay, Teekay LNG, Teekay Offshore, and Teekay Tankers.As part of the transition process, Teekay said that Evensen will be retained as an advisor following his retirement as President and CEO.Kenneth Hvid, who is currently serving as the President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group, “is the natural successor to Peter Evensen as CEO of Teekay at this time,” Sean Day, Teekay’s Chairman, said.“He has had multiple roles in his 16 years at Teekay, including leadership positions in offshore, LNG, tankers, strategy, and operations, as well as having worked extensively in Vancouver and Norway,” Day added.Consequently, Ingvild Sæther will be appointed President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group, while Mark Kremin will be appointed President and CEO of Teekay Gas Group.The combined Teekay entities currently manage and operate consolidated assets of approximately USD 13 billion, comprised of some 220 liquefied gas, offshore, and conventional tanker assets, and have forward fee-based contracted revenue totaling over USD 20 billion.
About 5,700 provincial government employees will have a new contract that provides wage increases and other benefits over three years. The Public Service Commission today, April 5, received an arbitration board’s decision affecting members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU). The previous contract between the province and the union expired March 31, 2004. “Now that we have accepted the decision the next step will be to implement the terms included in it,” said Ron Russell, minister responsible for the Public Service Commission. “I think there are a number of positive aspects in the contract for employees. We are glad this issue has been resolved for the benefit of those directly involved and all Nova Scotians.” Highlights of the decision are: Negotiations between the province and civil servants who are members of the NSGEU are conducted under the framework of the Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act. In circumstances where government and the NSGEU cannot agree on a collective agreement, the act provides that the dispute is resolved through interest arbitration. a three-year contract ending March 31, 2007; annual wage increases of 2.9 per cent in each of the three years and an additional two per cent wage increase on the base rate in the first year; an annual mileage adjustment based on the Nova Scotia Private Transportation Index, which calculates the cost of running a vehicle; and an increase in the meal allowance.
The United States may or may not have played the better football in Monday’s match against Ghana. But it came away with three huge points. That, coupled with Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Portugal, makes the U.S. slight favorites to advance to the knockout stage. FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions now give the United States a 63 percent chance of advancing, up from 33 percent on Monday morning.This forecast is based on simulating the rest of the group stage 10,000 times, using estimates of team strength from ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (see here for a lot more methodological detail). It helps to have a computer to do this work when there are so many permutations to consider.There are nine remaining scenarios involving the Americans’ results, among them possibly beating, losing to or drawing with Portugal, and then the same possibilities against Germany. Some of these are relatively easy to resolve, but others are more complex and depend on the outcomes of the other remaining matches in Group G — Germany against Ghana and Portugal against Ghana — and possibly FIFA’s tie-breaking procedures.FIFA’s first tiebreaker is based on goal differential. That greatly advantages Germany, with its +4 so far, and greatly harms Portugal, with its -4. The next tiebreaker is based on goals scored (for that reason, it was slightly better for the U.S. to beat Ghana 2-1 than by the 1-0 scoreline that held for most of the game). Finally, head-to-head results are considered — so if it comes down to the U.S. and Ghana and they’re tied on both goals scored and allowed, the U.S. would go in ahead.Here’s the Americans’ outlook, in brief:Win twice, advance to the knockout stage.Win once and draw once, advance.Draw twice, advance.Win once and lose once, almost certainly advance (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Lose twice, and almost certainly go out (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Draw once and lose once, and it gets complicated. It’s considerably better for the U.S. to draw against Portugal and lose to Germany than the other way around.Now here’s the long version:Beat Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This rather optimistic scenario is easy to figure. You win all your matches, you win your group.Beat Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario guarantees advancement and a tie for first place in the group. If Germany also beats Ghana, however, the U.S. would likely lose the tiebreaker and finish with the second qualifying position.Beat Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is in unless it gets really unlucky. This scenario generally leads to a second-place finish in the group. The exception would be if Ghana beat both Portugal and Germany. In that case, Germany, Ghana and the U.S. would finish in a three-way tie atop the group. One team — probably not Germany and possibly the U.S. — would be the odd one out based on goal differential.Draw Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario delivers seven points and guarantees the U.S. first place in the group.Draw Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. Two draws will be good enough. There won’t be enough points to go around the rest of the group to prevent the U.S. from advancing, though it would probably do so as the second-place team — either because the U.S. finishes second outright or because it loses the tiebreaker to Germany.Draw Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is favored to advance but not safe. This is among the more likely outcomes, so we’ll break it down in more detail. There are a number of permutations based on the results of Ghana’s games against Germany and Portugal.Under three permutations — Ghana draws with Portugal and either draws with or loses to Germany, or Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany, the U.S. will have sole possession of second place and advance.But under another permutation, the U.S. would be out despite its four points. This case happens if Ghana beats Portugal and Germany, giving both Ghana and Germany six points.In the other permutations, the U.S. would finish in a tie for second place, with Germany winning the group. If the tie is with Portugal, the U.S. would likely advance on the basis of goal differential. If the tie is with Ghana, it’s a little harder to say.Lose to Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is almost certainly in. The only exception is if, in addition to these results, both Germany and Portugal beat Ghana. In that case, the U.S., Germany and Portugal would be tied atop the group with six points. The U.S. would likely get the second position based on goal differential, however, so this scenario is quite safe.Lose to Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is a slight underdog to advance. This case is inferior to losing to Germany and drawing with Portugal because it gives Portugal three points and makes it much more of a threat to advance. The permutations get complicated:The U.S. is almost certainly out in the cases where Portugal beats Ghana. That, coupled with a Portuguese win against the U.S., would give Portugal six points and it would leapfrog the U.S. in the standings. (The only exception is if Germany gets blown out by Ghana so badly that it loses the tiebreaker to the U.S. — not at all likely.)Only one permutation guarantees the U.S. entry: if Germany beats Ghana but Ghana beats Portugal.A number of other permutations involve ties for second place, sometimes against Germany (bad for the U.S.) and sometimes against Portugal (good for the U.S.).Finally, there could even be a four-way tie for first if Ghana draws with Portugal and beats Germany!Lose to Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is mathematically alive but needs a miracle. This almost certainly dooms the United States. But just as there’s a wild-card scenario in which it could win twice but fail to advance, there’s one in which it could lose both remaining matches but move on. That would happen if Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany. Then Germany would win the group with nine points, and the U.S. would be in a three-way tie for second with Portugal and Ghana. The U.S. would need to beat both teams on the tiebreaker. It wouldn’t be how you script these things, but neither was Monday’s win.One final note: The Americans’ chances to advance should improve slightly when we rerun the numbers on Tuesday morning, as they’ll reflect the change in the Soccer Power Index, which we update overnight. It’s not that the United States’ SPI will increase so much as that Portugal’s will decline: Portugal looks much more beatable (or at least drawable) after its 4-0 defeat. SPI is not sophisticated enough to account for the red card to Portugal’s Pepe (who will miss the match against the U.S.) or the injury to the U.S.’s Jozy Altidore — nor for the fact that the Americans’ quality of play on Monday was not as impressive as the scoreline.
There is no specific offence covering the behaviour so alleged offenders have to be prosecuted under public decency laws or under charges of voyeurism. Voyeurism doesn’t apply where a victim is in a public place, and campaigners say outraging public decency has several limitations, including the fact that it has to take place in a way that means two or more people were capable of seeing it. In several of the cases discussed, including on an alleged sexual offence on a 10-year-old girl in 2015, there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. Locations included public spaces such as nightclubs and restaurants.Clare McGlynn, professor of law at Durham University and an expert on sexual violence, said the FOI data showed there “are few public places where women are free from this abuse”.She said: “The Government’s continuing failure to provide an effective criminal law against upskirting breaches women’s human rights.”We are entitled to protection from degrading and abusive treatment, whether offline or online – and we are entitled to have our privacy in public respected.”Conservative MP Maria Miller, who chairs the women and equalities select committee, said it was “concerning” if the police felt the law did not give them adequate powers to stop the “horrific crime of upskirting”.She said: “Attempting to take a photograph underneath a skirt is a gross violation of privacy and potentially an act of indecency.”However, as I know from the work that I did campaigning for the new law to recognise the posting of revenge pornography online as a crime, sometimes the law isn’t straightforward in its application and new laws can help. In the case of revenge pornography there are now more than 500 cases prosecuted a year.”The issue of upskirting has been raised as part of the work of the women and equality select committee and we will be considering whether it should be included in a further inquiry into sexual harassment following our inquiry into sexual harassment in schools in 2016.”Sarah Green, for the End Violence Against Women coalition, described the figures as “very concerning, even though only a minority of police forces were able to respond because the behaviour is not classified as an offence”.She said: “Mobile phones have had a huge impact on the scale and types of offences committed against women and girls over the last few years and it is critical that the law and chief constables keep up with this. The law should be urgently examined in this area.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “This behaviour is a violation of privacy and causes considerable distress for victims. “Prosecutors have a range of powers to deal with these cases. We continue to keep legislation under constant review to ensure we can bring offenders to justice.” Children as young as 10 have been victims of “upskirt” photography, police figures show as campaigners call for a new crime to be created. The first official figures showing the national scale of the issue revealed that police had recorded at least 78 cases in the past two years, which resulted in 11 suspects being charged. The cases, published under freedom of information laws, included a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old who Avon and Somerset police said had been the victims of alleged offences which had not progressed because of insufficient evidence. Merseyside Police also disclosed four offences involving children but said it was possible more could have been recorded but not found when records were searched. Campaigners said the true number is likely to be much higher, given the difficulties with police being able to log and investigate in many cases. We are entitled to protection from degrading and abusive treatment, whether offline or online – and we are entitled to have our privacy in public respected. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Back in December we told you about Samsung’s plans to release a value pack for Galaxy S owners that would add ICS-like features in compensation for the device not actually receiving the update. This was due to Samsung claiming that the Galaxy S just can’t handle Android 4.0 along with TouchWiz on top. The update has now been released in Korea for Galaxy S Gingerbread devices.There are a couple of notable features that come with this update. Firstly, there’s Face Unlock, not surprisingly allowing you to unlock your phone through facial recognition. Previously this feature was only available on the Galaxy Nexus and more recently the ASUS Transformer Prime with even devices like the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom not getting such features with their ICS update. Presumably this was due to an insufficient front facing camera, but somehow Samsung has managed to make it work with the Galaxy S’ lacklustre one.Also implemented is the ability to take photos whilst shooting video, which is a nice little feature that I like to use on the Galaxy Nexus. Another feature is simply some launcher improvements.While some users may be frustrated that their device will be stuck on Android 2.3 (without resorting to ROM flashing) it’s nice to see a manufacturer taking an active step towards lessening the blow. By still offering new features to devices reaching the end of their life cycle they can breath some new life back into them. This could possibly make the last few months before being able to upgrade a little less painful.It’s currently unknown whether the update will reach devices in other countries, but of course, we’ll let you know when it does.via Engadget
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Government is expected to offer a “substantial amount” to the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) to go towards the building of the new Hellenic Cultural Centre in Lonsdale Street.According to Neos Kosmos’ sources, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to make the announcement at today’s Lonsdale Street Glendi. Neither the GOCMV or the Prime Minister’s Office were able to confirm the report yesterday, but our sources were “certain” that an announcement will be made.
Huîtres : 85% des récifs naturels ont disparuUne récente étude menée sur les récifs d’huîtres à travers le monde, dresse un constat alarmant quant à la situation de ces mollusques menacés. La cueillette excessive des huîtres, mais aussi le développement de maladies, auraient en effet engendré la perte de 85% des récifs les abritant.Publiée dans la revue BioScience, cette étude a été réalisée par une équipe internationale menée par Michael Beck, chercheur de l’ONG américaine Nature Conservancy travaillant pour l’Université de Californie à Santa Cruz. Les récifs à huîtres de 144 baies, aux quatre coins du monde, ont été étudiés en même temps que les archives sur 130 ans et les statistiques nationales de cueillettes. Et le bilan de ses travaux est alarmant : alors que 85% des récifs naturels ont été perdus, les huîtres sont dans certaines régions d’Europe, comme aux Etats-Unis et en Australie, au bord de l’extinction.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousLa première cause de cette disparition est la surexploitation des huîtres sauvages, en marche depuis plus de cent ans. A ce phénomène sont venues s’ajouter des maladies, exacerbées par l’arrivée d’espèces importées, telles que l’huître creuse d’origine japonaise, dont la croissance rapide est préférée à celle des huîtres plates, qui ne sont aujourd’hui presque plus cultivées.Aujourd’hui, la grande majorité des huîtres naturelles pêchées dans le monde proviennent de seulement cinq éco-régions d’Amérique du Nord, expliquent les chercheurs. Mais même ces récifs souffrent de mauvaises conditions. Seuls les mollusques du Golfe du Mexique semblent échapper à cette situation, et représentent “probablement la dernière chance de réaliser une opération de conservation des récifs à huîtres à grande échelle ainsi que d’avoir des exploitations durables”, souligne Michael Beck.Prônant la suppression des aides financières encourageant une cueillette excessive, alliée à des plans de protection des récifs sauvages, les chercheurs recommandent avant tout l’interdiction de prélever les mollusques des récifs naturels, et ce tant qu’ils n’auront pas récupéré au moins 10% de leur population antérieure.Le 6 février 2011 à 15:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pas de preuve ADN de la présence d’un félin mystérieux en AngleterreSelon le site de la BBC, les analyses d’ADN effectuées sur deux carcasses de cervidés trouvées dans le Gloucestershire et imputées à l’attaque possible d’un grand félin non identifié, n’ont pas confirmé cette thèse. Faisant suite à des observations alléguées de félin mystérieux dans le Gloucestershire (sud-ouest de l’Angleterre), la découverte récente de deux carcasses de cervidés présentant les signes apparents de l’attaque d’un prédateur passionne le public d’outre-Manche. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, les résultats des analyses d’ADN effectuées sur 45 échantillons de salive prélevés sur ces cadavres et comparés à un référentiel de diverses espèces de félidés et de canidés, s’avèrent négatifs. Les tests en question ont été pratiqués par des experts de l’Université de Warwick à la demande de l’ONG National Trust, qui gère le Woodchester Park, où ont été trouvées les deux carcasses le mois dernier. Mais les analyses n’ont identifié que de la salive de renards (volontiers charognards), en plus de celle des proies elles-mêmes. “Les gens aiment le mystère de ce genre, et bien que nous n’ayons pas trouvé de félin sauvage, beaucoup de nos visiteurs pensent clairement qu’il pourrait y avoir quelque chose de vivant et d’intéressant, tranquillement caché dans Woodchester Park”, commente pour la BBC David Armstrong, garde forestier en chef du siteLe 2 février 2012 à 16:27 • Maxime Lambert
RIP C. Martin Croker pic.twitter.com/Ol6RNHhs60— [adult swim] (@adultswim) September 18, 2016Space Ghost Coast to Coast was one of Cartoon Network’s first original series. While many remember it as being a crucial part of the Adult Swim programming block, it had first premiered in 1994, first as a more straight-laced talk show parody and then moving into more surrealist and awkward territory.The show was a boilerplate for what Adult Swim would eventually become–consisting of a combination of animation and live action, a riff on 1960s superhero cartoons, and mature, offbeat humor. During each episode, Space Ghost would often interview celebrities such as Dave Grohl and Willie Nelson, who were never aware of the kind of show they were on and would often react negatively to Space Ghost’s questions.Hanna-Barbera cartoons continued to star and frame Adult Swim in its early years with shows such as The Brak Show and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. All used a similar, simple animation style. Croker would make voice appearances on many of these shows. Clay Martin Croker, the animator and voice actor best known for playing Zorak and Moltar on the Adult Swim talk show parody Space Ghost Coast To Coast, has died from undisclosed causes. The news was made public by the network Sunday morning. He was 54.The voice actor, better known as C. Martin Croker, was honored by the network this weekend when it played the very first episode of Space Ghost Coast To Coast. This was followed by an announcement that all the episodes (or at least all the ones Adult Swim could find) would be made available for free online, no log-in required. pic.twitter.com/hAZbbSkfL4— [adult swim] (@adultswim) September 19, 2016According to Deadline, Croker was an animator for TNT before being brought on by Cartoon Network for the network’s 1998 rebranding. He designed and animated bumpers before he began to dabble in voice acting. While he is best known for playing Zorak, Space Ghost’s bandleader, and Moltar, the show’s director, he also served as the animation director for 92 episodes.He is also known for voicing Dr. Weird and Steven on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, along with animation for the series. His work can also be seen on Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans.The news that all Space Ghost episodes will be made available for free streaming is huge considering the show hasn’t been in reruns for years and was mostly impossible to find online.
Fire Chief Fennessey’s last day April 6, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Posted: April 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman 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 SettingsNext Monday, outgoing San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessey will be honored by the San Diego City Council.But Friday was Fennessey’s last day on the job before he takes over as chief of the Orange County Fire Authority.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story.
Hrithik Roshan and Kangana RanautInstagramIt wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kangana Ranaut had declared an open war with Hrithik Roshan ever since she ruffled his feathers by calling him a ‘silly ex’ in an interview in 2016. And till date the tension between Kangana and Hrithik hasn’t died down as Kangana and her sister Rangoli Chandel keep digging up old graves to back their sensational claims every now and then. But Hrithik has its own ways of handling bullies.Kangana had earlier locked horns with Hrithik by clashing Manikarnika release date with Super 30 and later with Mental Hai Kya (now Judgemental Hai Kya). When Hrithik had issued a statement about avoiding Super 30 clash with Judgemental Hai Kya, Kangana slammed Hrithik for putting out a sob story to gain public sympathy.And now that Super 30 is just four days away from its release, Hrithik has finally broken his silence about the harassment he faced at the hands of Kangana while avoiding the film clash and dealing with her for the past few years.”I have come to realise that bullies have to be treated with a certain amount of patience, and not be engaged with. It is upon the civil society and those who claim to be just and fair to see and observe if there is harassment. Also, being who I am, if I choose to confront as per laws, I become the aggressor. If I withdraw from a film-clash that I know has been pre designed, then I become a weakling penning a sob story. I have learned to not get affected by either,” Hrithik Roshan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.Hrithik’s only complaint about facing constant provocation from Kangana “is with those supposedly ‘enlightened’ people who praise and often cheer this behaviour in the name of ‘new’ and ‘refreshing audacity’, without any desire to be rational or truthful.””They are the enablers who have allowed this circus to continue for six years,” he added.Talking about the legal case that Hrithik and Kangana had slapped on each other’s face back in 2016, the Super 30 actor said, “There is no legal case that I directly have with the lady (Kangana), and the reason I cannot have one is because apparently a guy cannot be stalked in India.”
October 28, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Learn from the best of the digital media industry at MediaNext, SCORE helps you build a profitable online business, jam with more than 1,500 students at the CEO.org National Conference, MetLife is on the hunt for rock-star programmers to help out veterans and the tech industry makes a formal push for immigration reform … This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. Want to get the inside scoop on media? Learn from the best in the digital media industry and get the insider information on trends at the multi-track MediaNext event. The event will host a variety of different “tracks,” like MediaManagement and MediaRevenue, along with more than 100 speakers. (New York, Oct. 28-30)2. Build your online business: SCORE is offering a $30 course on building a profitable digital business. Learn the basic principles of online success and marketing for small business. SCORE hopes businesses gain enough knowledge to implement the practices themselves or hire outside assistance to achieve online goals. (West Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 29)3. Network, learn and be inspired: CEO.org is hosting their annual National Conference where more than 1,500 students from around the nation will come to “network, learn and be inspired to pursue their entrepreneurial pursuits.” Eighty business leaders and entrepreneurs will share their startup stories and insights they learned along the way, hoping to inspire the next generation of do’ers. (Chicago, Ill., Oct. 31- Nov. 2)4. Innovate to help veterans: Insurance company MetLife is putting out a call to all the brightest software engineers and innovators asking them to join together for its Synapse event. The goal is to help the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs create an “efficient and innovative technology solution” that organizes and provides access to veteran’s medical information. (Research Triangle Park, N.C., Nov. 1-2)5. The time for immigration reform is now: The tech industry is pushing hard for comprehensive immigration reform to get wider access to foreign talent. Next week Mark Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us and other business groups will meet with GOP lawmakers to champion their case for broad immigration reform, possibly opening the door for bright individuals looking to join the American talent pool. (Businessweek) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Related posts:Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica Covering Santa Teresa Tico Times Pic of the Day: Corcovado National Park from above Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island) Quepos/Manuel Antonio history, from Ponce de León to Marina Pez Vela Located just outside Manuel Antonio National Park, Espadilla Beach is a favorite location for tourists to relax after the park closes for the day.While the beach tends to get busy, it’s expansive enough — at about a mile long — that it won’t feel overcrowded. And there are stores when you can rent surfboards, ride a banana-boat or go parasailing at sunset.Importantly, Espadilla Beach has plenty of vendors selling granizados to cool down after a long day in the sun.Click on the above photo for a full-resolution version, and check out the link below for our in-depth coverage of Manuel Antonio’s fascinating history: This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments
This story and the Flamingo Coast series originally ran in December 2016. FLAMINGO, Guanacaste — “Do you think you can tell heaven from hell?” crooned the Uruguayan musician at a bar in Potrero, the Shack, which was packed with both expats and Ticos on a weeknight.Come to think of it, I believe I’ve just discovered one of the above. Sunset over Flamingo, viewed from Potrero Bay. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesHis name was Daniel, and he spoke Spanish with no Italian accent — because he came from the north, he said. Asked what it’s like to live here, he said it’s better to have few friends, but good ones, than a lot of friends you don’t know well. Then he shook my hand and walked down to the beach and started casting his lure.I looked out and I could see big fish jumping in Potrero Bay, right between me and a sailboat, but by now Daniel was out of shouting distance.Back at The Shack, the Pink Floyd song played on: “How I wish, how I wish you were here.” Facebook Comments Playa Conchal. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesA range of communitiesThe Westin sits behind one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Playa Conchal, with sand made of crushed seashells. The forest around it is dry tropical. This means it’s green and lush in the wet season; in the dry season, it reverts to a state kindly described as “golden.”South of here is the surfing mecca of Playa Grande, on a thickly wooded peninsula bounded by the Tamarindo Estuary and the Pacific Ocean. Here I stayed at two great hotels, the RipJack Inn and the Bula Bula, and toured a gated community of dream homes at Las Ventanas. There’s one road in and one road out of Grande, but you can jump on a taxi boat and be in Tamarindo in minutes. It’s a dream location, most of it overlooking two picturesque bays, Brasilito and Potrero, in an oceanscape dotted with islands. Along the coastal roads, there are deluxe developments, 5-star hotels, ordinary cabinas, sodas and pulperías, and magnificent ocean views.It goes without saying that you can find just about anything to do here — golfing, sportfishing, scuba diving, ziplining, ATV tours, horseback riding, mountain biking…. View from the 360 Splendor, a major condominium complex under construction in Flamingo. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesNorth of Brasilito, Flamingo sits in a commanding position geographically on the scenic, hilly peninsula between Brasilito and Potrero bays. It’s covered in condominiums, vacation rentals and private mansions, but it’s also surrounded by an estuary that can never be developed and will presumably remain green forever.Up the road from there is Potrero, a town stretched out along a winding road, with a thriving community of expats (a great many of them Canadians) in the posh Surfside neighborhood. I stayed at three nice hotels here, at prices as low as $30 a night. I also tried the more upscale accommodations farther north at the Sugar Beach Hotel on Playa Pan de Azúcar, a delightful spot.Finally, there’s the unique community of Las Catalinas on Playa Danta in the north, which looks like a Mediterranean village transplanted from Italy. The rooftops of Las Catalinas. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“It has become a multicultural and international area,” D’oñas said. “We just are very happy to share our beauty and our country with people from all over the world. And we have them now not just as a visitors but also as neighbors.”The marinaFlamingo is known in part for having the most star-crossed marina in Costa Rican history. It operated for over a decade, but it was shut down in 2003 for a complex set of reasons.Today the marina project is under new management, and the current team is talking optimistically about gaining all the necessary permits within weeks and starting construction within months. Potrero Bay from a lookout near the Sugar Beach Hotel. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesSome people come to Costa Rica looking for isolation in nature where a splendid beach meets a virgin forest. Some come wanting a more social environment, where they can meet people and party a little. Some come to buy their dream homes and raise their children, if not to retire for the rest of their lives.I haven’t found a better place in Costa Rica to do any or all of the above than the Flamingo Coast north of Tamarindo and south of Playas del Coco.________________Costa Rica’s Greatest PlacesIn this series, The Tico Times Travel section takes an in-depth look at some of Costa Rica’s greatest destinations, with multiple articles exploring the attractions of each. Throughout the month of December, we’ll visit the sumptuous Flamingo Coast — Playa Grande, Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero and Las Catalinas.The Flamingo Coast• Dec. 5: Overview• Dec. 8: Marina• Dec. 12: Real Estate• Dec. 15: Adventure by sea• Dec. 19: Adventure by land• Dec. 22: Hotels• Dec. 26: Restaurants________________ With Flamingo in the distance, boats are seen moored in Potrero Bay for want of a marina. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesPeople here have heard talk of a new marina for years, but most people seem to believe it’s really going to happen this time.“It’s going to help the community for people that are working directly, fishermen and all that, so they will have space for that as well,” said D’oñas. “But it’s mainly being built in order to draw people, to increase the area, help to increase the value of land here. It’s a win-win project, I think, and the community and some other people before were trying to get this done, and it falls down every single time. But finally I think these guys are going to make it.”Why not move here?I asked Aaron Berkowitz, 28, one of the chief builders at the luxury Mar Vista gated community between Brasilito and Flamingo, what’s so special about this area.“Families,” he said. Aaron married a Tica and they had a son. “Especially on this side where Flamingo is, it’s a lot more peaceful than Tamarindo, and this is a place where I want to raise my son. I would not raise my son in Tamarindo.” A vacation rental represented by Tropical Homes. (Courtesy of Tropical Homes)“What I personally like about this area over here, it’s more residential,” said Britta Engelhardt, the German proprietor of Tropical Homes, which manages vacation rentals on this coast. “Even if it’s touristy, we don’t have such a huge influx of tourists that it’s overcrowded.”It’s true. I’ve spent some time in Tamarindo and Playas del Coco, but if you look at the coastline between them — Playas Grande, Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero, Pan de Azúcar and Danta — you’ll find a microcosm of almost everything Costa Rica has to offer within a half-hour drive.“The people decided to come here because this is an area not completely developed,” said Hernán Binaghi, the manager of Westin Golf Resort & Spa on Playa Conchal. “It means that we can still find a bond between nature and the local things with not so much infrastructure, while if you go to Mexico it might be like Disneyland.” An infinity pool at Mar Vista. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesBritta Engelhardt of Tropical Homes seconds that emotion.“So when you go to Jacó and Tamarindo, it’s much more crowded, and here you have more vacation homes, where people can stay right on the beach, and you don’t have all these major megaprojects,” she said.“It’s very family-oriented over here as well, which I like, so it keeps it all more, more like a private setting, not like this party town, and that’s what I really appreciate.” Playa Penca. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesFederico Marín, a developer and builder here, said, “One of the things that makes Flamingo special is because it’s one of the few white sand beaches on the whole Pacific coast. The other is that if you want to live in a place that is a community, it’s not like Tamarindo, that you have discos blasting hard rock until 4 o’clock in the morning every night. Some people like that, some people don’t. But as a community, Flamingo is a lot quieter.”A-fishing we shall goOne day I walked a block and a half from the Isolina Hotel to Potrero Beach, and there was nobody there until a quiet Italian man (and you don’t often hear about quiet Italians) pulled up in an SUV to go fishing from the shore. Ocean-view lot at Las Ventanas de Playa Grande. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesIf you’re watching your colones, head up the road to Brasilito and you can crash at a perfectly good beachfront hotel with air conditioning for $40. Brasilito is a totally Tico town with little stores, restaurants and cabinas clustered around a fútbol field. Here I stayed at the Hotel Brasilito and the Conchal Hotel, both of which were within walking distance of four lively bars, with revelers spilling into the streets until the wee hours.“People that are moving close to Flamingo, Potrero, even Brasilito and all the neighborhoods around, there is a feeling that there is development but there is a balance of protecting the nature and not saturating the whole area,” said Pedro D’oñas, the manager of the Flamingo Beach Resort, the only beachfront hotel in Flamingo. “Many people call Flamingo ‘Tamarindo Lite’.” Related posts:Five good restaurants in Flamingo and Potrero, and one very sad note 10 good hotels on the Flamingo Coast, from Playa Grande to Sugar Beach Flamingo: Zafira catamaran cruise is a heaping helping of hospitality at sea Flamingo Coast real estate: Get your own slice of paradise
The Founder and Chairman of BridgeClimb Sydney, Paul Cave, was today officially honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) at an investiture ceremony held at Government House in Sydney.Paul was presented the honour by Her Excellency, The Governor of New South Wales, Marie Bashir, AC, CVO. The award was announced on the Queen’s Birthday of this year, for his services to the tourism industry in New South Wales, as well as to the community as a supporter of a range of health, sporting and charitable organisations.In the Australian honours system, appointments to the Order of Australia represent the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service, and give fellow Australians a way to recognise the achievements of their fellow citizens.After receiving the award today Paul said, “Somehow it seems unnecessary to be awarded for doing things that I am passionate about. I am most fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful teams at both BridgeClimb, and particularly the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse”.One of his most notable achievements was the creation of BridgeClimb Sydney, now acknowledged as a major tourist attraction in Sydney. The iconic experience has welcomed over 2.5 million Climbers from over 140 countries and territories to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.In 2008 BridgeClimb was awarded the highest national tourism accolade, winning the Australian Tourism Award for Major Tourist Attractions, and currently sits in the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in the same category.The Sydney Harbour Bridge is particularly special to Paul because his late father-in-law, then as a teenager, lined up for two days from the 19th March 1932 and purchased the first rail ticket sold to the public for crossing the Bridge on 20th March 1932 – ticket number 00001. Having inherited this rail ticket he will never forget the significance of this ticket, or indeed the journey it has subsequently taken him on.His BridgeClimb journey truly began in 1989 when he helped conduct a World Congress in Sydney, including a climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From this point the personal dream to share the summit of the Bridge with everyone was born. Finally, nine years later on October 1st 1998, BridgeClimb was officially launched.As a survivor of cancer himself, Paul is a Director of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, which is focused on building a $300 million Comprehensive Cancer Centre at RPA hospital.A poem which resonates quite deeply with him and his affection for the Sydney Harbour Bridge was written by CJ Dennis, and titled “I Dips Me Lid”. We at BridgeClimb, “dips ours” to Paul. Source = BridgeClimb Sydney Paul Cave AM
Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But none of that concerns Palmer.“I think we’re excited to go play, regardless of what expectations outside the building may be,” he said. “We expect to stop the run and create turnovers on defense; we expect to be able to run the ball on offense and hit big plays.“I don’t think anybody cares, inside the locker room, what other people are saying or what we’re supposed to be, what we’re not supposed to be.”Palmer added that the team has gone over what is expected of them, offensively, defensively and on special teams.“It’s put up on the board, we talk about it,” he said. “And that’s what we expect. It may be naive, but that’s the way we’re wired.” Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “But we still have a ton of room to grow, and obviously in Week 1 you’re not going to be as good in a new offense as you are in Week 8, 10, 15, 16 and so on.”Palmer finished the preseason completing 23-of-44 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Cardinals, as a team, averaged just 14.5 points in their four games.But everything will be different Sunday in St. Louis against the Rams. While it’s always nice to get the season started off with a win, running back Rashard Mendenhall said that it’s even more important because this is an intradivision game. “When you talk about the playoffs and you talk about division dominance is what we want to do, it starts for us early on the road,” he said. “Tough place like St. Louis, it’s a W we need to get.”What to expect Sunday — or this entire season, really — is anyone’s guess. At this point, so much is unknown about the Cardinals, as they have a new coach, new quarterback and roster full of new players. However, most are saying any potential improvements will still leave the Cardinals closer to the bottom of the NFC West than the top. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 2012, the Arizona Cardinals’ offense held the team back. The belief is that will not be the case in 2013, as quarterback Carson Palmer was brought in to stabilize a position that has been in flux since Kurt Warner retired in January 2010. Now, after an offseason filled with minicamps, OTAs, training camp and preseason games, Palmer says the offense is ready to go.“We’re at a very good point where we’ll be successful, we have a chance to be successful,” Palmer said Wednesday. “Guys have had enough reps, guys have had enough opportunities to see themselves do it on film and have corrections made in meetings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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