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first_imgWETASKIWIN, Alta. – Volunteers with an animal sanctuary south of Edmonton are celebrating the safe return of a blind goat named Daisy who they believed had been abducted from their property earlier this week.The Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement near Wetaskiwin had offered a $10,000 no-questions-asked reward for the return of the animal.On Wednesday night, they posted the news on their Facebook page saying she had been found and is “unharmed as best we can tell.”The group’s founder, Melissa Foley, said Daisy had been quickly reunited with her best buddy, a blind sheep named Merlin who had been distressed since the seven-month-old goat vanished.Daisy ended up at the sanctuary after her eyes and tongue were eaten by crows shortly after she was born.She disappeared Sunday night from the rescue group’s property about 10 minutes outside of town and since then members of the group had been searching the rural area, knocking on doors, and pleading online for help finding her.“We were in touch with an animal communicator — somebody who was saying she could talk with Daisy, or whatever — so we were following up on that,” Foley explained Wednesday night.“She said (Daisy) was a few kilometres down the road from us in a field. So while we were doing that our neighbour called us and said she found Daisy just 500 metres from where we actually were looking.”Foley has no idea what actually happened, but suspects “it was probably just a couple of punks thinking that it was just going to be a really funny thing to do, maybe not realizing at the time that they were taking an animal like Daisy with very special needs.”She believes her efforts at reaching out to students at the local schools, telling them about Daisy, had an impact.Foley said Daisy seems just fine: “Whoever had her was taking care of her.”Less than an hour after Daisy’s return, the group had received more than 500 messages of congratulations on their Facebook page. Foley said she’s not surprised at the huge outpouring of support her group has received online and in person.“Anytime we’ve ever needed our community for anything, they’ve been there.”last_img read more

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first_imgDaylight saving time begins this weekend, with most Canadians setting their clocks ahead early Sunday.As always, officials are using the moment to remind us it is a good time to replace the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.Aside from battery maintenance, here are five things every homeowner should know about these life-saving devices:1. Smoke and CO alarms don’t last forever.The average smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. CO alarms can last between seven and 10 years, according to Kidde Canada, a subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety products.Over time, internal sensors lose sensitively due to air contaminants and dust buildup.“There’s very low awareness about this,” says Kidde spokeswoman Sharon Cooksey.Every alarm should have its date of manufacture displayed on the back. But if it doesn’t, take a close look at the colour of its plastic cover. If it’s tan, brown or grey, chances are the device is due for replacement, Cooksey says.For those seeking a low-maintenance replacement, some manufacturers offer alarms with sealed, 10-year batteries. They are more expensive than regular alarms, but the cost of replacement batteries is typically covered over the life of the product.These long-term alarms typically emit an end-of-life chirp sequence when they are ready for replacement.2. Carbon monoxide poisoning can fool you.In the initial stages, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic those of influenza. Headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue are all signs of CO poisoning — and the flu.Without a properly functioning CO alarm, making the right call could be difficult.Among the main sources of carbon monoxide are malfunctioning, non-electric heating and cooking devices — and portable generators brought indoors during power outages.“When people think they’re sick, they want to sleep it off,” says Cooksey. “But you can’t sleep off carbon monoxide poisoning.”3. Not all smoke detectors are created equal.There are two basic types of smoke detector: photoelectric and ionization. Both are good at detecting fires.However, photoelectric devices are particularly adept at detecting slow-burning, smouldering fires, while the ionization models are quicker at detecting fast-flaming fires, like cooking fires.That’s why it’s better to have a photoelectric alarm in or near the kitchen, because it is less likely to go off every time you make toast.4. Smoke and CO alarms are getting smarter.Like virtually every home appliance, newer smoke and CO alarms offer tech-savvy consumers some nifty options.Some manufacturers offer alarms that are interconnected, which means that once one alarm sounds, the others in the home automatically do too.This can be particularly useful if there are detectors in the basement, where they might not be heard when everyone is asleep upstairs.There are also combination smoke/CO alarms and advanced units that can send emergency texts or emails through a WiFi setup.5. Carbon monoxide alarms have their place.Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each level of your home in areas where there is good air circulation. A corner along the ceiling is a bad option.Homes with non-electric furnaces should have a CO detector in the basement. And if there’s only one detector for the bedroom area, it should be placed in a central location where everyone can hear it.last_img read more

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“We need everyone’s help to fight human trafficking,” Mr. Eliasson told the 13th Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons High-level Event, hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).“Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something,” he said. “Some of us can provide legal advice. Some can spark action by Governments. Some can contribute funds. All can be part of our global movement to stop this terrible human rights abuse.”Entitled “Stolen Lives, Stolen Money: The Price of Modern-Day Slavery,” the event in Vienna aims to shed light on a range of financial, social and legal factors surrounding the ongoing debate on globalization, migration, inequality and trafficking.“The fight against human trafficking is a battle for justice, equality and dignity. It is a battle for human rights and for human decency,” Mr. Eliasson told participants. “We are dealing with a dangerous industry that generates more than $30 billion in profits each year. This compromised money is then poured back into further trafficking and other criminal activity,” he said. “The profits are earned at an inexcusable price: namely stolen and destroyed lives.”Mr. Eliasson stressed that human trafficking demands a coordinated response at every level, as well as action on all fronts – criminal justice, victim assistance and protection, human rights, migration policy and labour market regulation. It also requires strengthening legislative and other measures to discourage the demand that feeds exploitation and leads to human trafficking.“Given the enormous black market revenues, we must also focus on how to target the flow of illicit funds,” he added. “This means that countries must strengthen their commitment and means to tackle organized transnational crime.“When there is a suspicious movement of funds, reporting entities must be encouraged to share that information. Investigators must have the training, authority and resources to confiscate and seize criminal assets. Financial Intelligence Units and prosecutors must be able to pursue the criminals without fear of retaliation,” said Mr. Eliasson. “Strong financial investigations are crucial. Criminal networks go to great lengths to distance themselves from every aspect of the crime except one: their profits.”While every country is affected, the Deputy Secretary-General noted that most of the victims come from weak and fragile nations. “When families are insecure, they are vulnerable to the false promises of traffickers.“In vulnerable countries, human trafficking forms part of a nexus of criminality along with illicit drugs, arms trafficking and other crimes. This blocks development, violates human rights and undermines the rule of law.”As part of his official visit to Vienna, Mr. Eliasson will also participate in the launch of the World Drug Report 2013, produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In addition, he will address the opening of the conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, as well as hold bilateral meetings with senior Government officials. read more

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But the Government has placed a major obstacle in her way by failing to back a move that would have meant first born daughters inheriting their parents’ titles. That means that if in the coming weeks Meghan Markle gives birth to a daughter the title of Earl of Dumbarton, bestowed on Prince Harry when they married, will not be passed on to their first child. As a self-proclaimed feminist the Duchess of Sussex would no doubt wish her children to enjoy the same benefits and opportunities as each other, regardless of gender. Under Britain’s unique hereditary laws the first born daughters of the nobility do not enjoy the same right as their first born sons to inherit their titles, which in some cases… read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil MOU with T&T to be made public, says President after concerns raisedSeptember 13, 2018In “Business”Oil MoU between Guyana, T&T inkedSeptember 19, 2018In “Business”‘Don’t be locked on to just oil’ – former TT PM urges GuyanaNovember 9, 2018In “latest news” T&T’s former PM and current Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-BissessarWith the incumbent Administration of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) set to put thousands of its workers on the breadline as their state owned oil refinery, Petrotrin, will soon be closed, former Primer Minister (PM) and current Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes a partnership with Guyana to refine our oil, once production starts in 2020, could be beneficial for both parties.Persad-Bissessar has said she hopes good sense will prevail with Dr Keith Rowley, the current Prime Minister of T&T.“I understand Guyana has found another well and they are producing. Can we not group in some way, and find a way to work together as a Caricom (sister state), where we can help them refine their oil?” she asked.Persad-Bissessar has said that even if Guyana moves to build its own refinery in the future, the Petrotrin facility can still be used in the initial years of oil production in the South American country, where production is set to begin by 2020.“Of course they will build their own refinery; but we have one, and many (of) the units in the refinery at Petrotrin are new, so a lot of money has been invested on the refinery side, and now they are shutting it down. It is total nonsense!” she was quoted by the Trinidad Newsday newspaper as saying.It was only recently reported that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy cooperation between Guyana and Trinidad is expected to be signed in the coming weeks.Sections of the media reported that Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, confirmed this. While he did not go into details of the agreement, he said that would be disclosed after the signing.Khan said T&T is willing to provide assistance to the Guyana Government as the country prepares for first oil.Since 2016, discussions commenced between Guyana and Trinidad on an MoU under which T&T would provide various forms of support to the oil and gas sector in Guyana.Initiated during a visit here in 2016 by a Trinidad and Tobago delegation led by then Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre, the MoU was expected to be signed at the end of that year, but that did not happen.At the time, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had said the pact would see Guyana receiving support in a range of areas, including advanced technical training for local personnel in the industry.Unconfirmed reports suggest that TT is seeking to get the Guyana Government to take a stake in the Petrotrin refinery, and in this way acquire a strategic asset.The proposal is to ensure that Guyana gets its share of oil from ExxonMobil closer to home, and in this way employment would be provided to people of both countries.Earlier this week, Petrotrin’s board confirmed plans to close the company’s refinery in October in a move which will cause the loss of 1,700 permanent jobs. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSon murdered by father after trying to protect mom from assaultSeptember 8, 2018In “Crime”Man stabbed by father died from perforation to lungsSeptember 10, 2018In “Crime”Miner remanded for possession of marijuanaNovember 25, 2015In “Crime” Accused: Mohan SookdeoThe 44-year-old Foulis, East Coast Demerara man who allegedly stabbed his son to death on Saturday last was on Tuesday morning remanded to prison when he appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.Mohan Sookdeo of Foulis, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge when he appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune.The accused is being represented by attorney Haymant Ramdhani.Dead: Satesh ‘Kevin ‘SookdeoINews had reported that on the day in question, 21-year-old Satesh Kevin Sookdeo of Lot 217 Fifth Street, Foulis, ECD, was reportedly stabbed to death by his father during an argument.It is alleged that at about 20:35h, the 44-year-old suspect and his wife had an argument during which he grabbed her by the neck and began choking her.Upon seeing this, the now dead young man and another sibling intervened, but this allegedly angered the father, who subsequently broke a louvre pane and stabbed his son to his chest.Neighbours rushed to the family’s aid after hearing screams but by then the younger Sookdeo had already succumbed to the injuries.The Police were contacted and the suspect was arrested. read more

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first_imgTHE HEAD of the Referendum Commission set up to offer independent information on the forthcoming Children’s Rights Referendum has written to the country’s broadcasters asking them to devote more time to the commission’s information bulletins.Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan’s request comes amid fears that the level of public debate on next month’s vote is lower than it would ordinarily be.RTÉ News, reporting the request, said the national broadcaster had already agreeing to the request.The Referendum Commission, first established in 1998, creates impartial informational bulletins in advance of each referendum – replacing the previous ‘Vote Yes’ and ‘Vote No’ party political broadcasts – which are then carried by the main broadcasters for the information of voters.The commission has also this morning published its independent information guide to the referendum, which is to be circulated to every home in the state in the coming ten days.The 12-page guide – available here in PDF format – lists the precise wording which the referendum proposes to include in the constitution, and excerpts of other parts of the constitution which would be read in conjunction with the proposed new Article 42A.“It is your Constitution and you have the power to decide whether or not to change it,” Finlay Geoghegan writes in her introduction.“This guide does not argue for a yes or no vote but we do strongly encourage you to vote.”Copies of the guide are also available in large text format, on CD and in Braille through the National Council for the Blind in Ireland. The Irish Deaf Society and DeafHear.ie are to publish online versions in Irish Sign Language. An Irish language version can be downloaded here.Read: TV3 first to announce televised debate on children’s referendumMore: RTÉ to stay 50-50 for referendum debates – but news coverage ‘cannot be prejudged’last_img read more

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first_imgSony is readying the launch of the PSP’s succesor, the NGP. The forthcoming device will feature expandable storage. The cards will come in two sizes 2GB and 4GB. Each card will have a set amount of space for games, along with patches that likely will be released in the future. In the future, Sony will offer larger capacity cards. The cards, Sony explained, will help take stress off the device’s internal memory. This new upgrade will also allow users to switch games to other devices with ease. It looks like Sony is really getting serious about taking on Apple and Google. It’s about time. Will Microsoft join in soon? Xbox portable, anyone?last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Politicians couldn’t, the diaspora community is trying, and Germany, well who knows what happened to them, but if one man can save Greece from financial ruin then it’s Greek Australian Vangelis Dimas to the rescue. Dubbed Greece’s very own Indiana Jones, Dimas has vowed to save Greece from bankruptcy by finding Ali Pasha’s hidden treasurers – rumoured to be worth 200 million euros – and using that to pay off Greece’s 300 billion euro debt. Lucky for Greece, Dimas is better at digging than math. 66-year-old Dimas is financing an excavation in Vassiliki, Trikala, southern Greece, to dig up the pasha’s hidden treasure. He believes that Ali Pasha’s hidden treasures were buried in the village named after his Greek-born wife. This isn’t the first attempt to find the notorious pasha’s stash. Treasurer hunts in the northwest of Ioannina, where Ali Pasha ruled the Ottoman Empire from before his death, have proved fruitless in the past. Dimas has received the necessary licences to do this excavation and has full permission from the Vassiliki Mayor, who says the state-approved operation is proceeding slowly but would likely continue for another couple of weeks. The Greek state is entitled to 50 per cent of the finds, with the municipality taking a percentage. But all round good samaritan and saviour of Greece, Dimas has promised to give his share to the Bank of Greece. If he is successful you can’t help but think that it could possibly be an Albanian’s money used to saved Greece. Stick that in you argile and smoke it!last_img read more

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first_imgA period of political uncertainty is bound to have a negative impact on economic activity but cannot be ruled out if the outcome of the elections for the European Parliament yesterday is seen by markets to create the conditions for snap general elections in early July or in the fall. <+sa_keim>The signs of the “traditional” slowdown before important elections are already evident in the public sector and may spread elsewhere as important decisions are put off. Snap elections or not, the last thing Greece needs now is a protracted period of inaction on economic matters.When we were writing this article we did not know yesterday’s European Parliament and local elections outcome. Various recent opinion polls showed the leftist SYRIZA party was leading conservative New Democracy by a margin of 1 to 4.3 percentage points with a relatively large chunk of undecided voters heading into Sunday. According to analysts with access to polling data from different companies, little has changed since last week. This means the result of the first round of local elections, largely favoring the two ruling coalition parties except for the Attica region, had not had a noticeable impact on people’s vote preferences for the European Union ballot.The analysis continued to give SYRIZA a clear lead over the conservatives while the far-rightist Golden Dawn party was firmly in third place, doing better than projected in the press. In addition, it indicated the conservatives had failed to pass the message to the general public that the country faced the prospect of snap elections if the outcome was not good for them. In general, analysts and high-profile politicians from New Democracy and the center-left PASOK party think a sizable SYRIZA win by more than four points combined with a poor showing by the Olive Tree (Elia) alliance, meaning less than 6 percent of the vote, could force early elections.The same PASOK officials claimed the coalition government would not be able to go on if Elia got less than 6 percent regardless of how the conservatives do, but many others question whether this will be the case if New Democracy holds on. If indeed Greece goes into early general elections, these could be held as soon as July 6, some say. However, others disagree, citing the tourism period, and suggest they will take place in September or October. In the latter case, the current president of the Republic may resign earlier than the end of his term next spring so the election of his successor by the Parliament takes place close to the national ballot, they say.The political landscape looks like a potential minefield at this point and developments there could provide either a booster or a setback to the country’s efforts to exit the six-year recession in 2014 and reduce its dependence on official loans. High-ranking officials in the public sector admit in off-the-record conversations the signs of a slowdown have been evident everywhere since early April. This is in line with the Greek tradition of putting off important decisions and projects till after important elections.The situation is complicated by the power sharing agreed between New Democracy, PASOK and the moderate Democratic Left (DIMAR) party in the summer of 2012 after the three-party coalition government was formed. It is noted DIMAR quit the government last summer but most of its appointees in key public sector posts remain in place, the officials say.In many cases, the appointees ask for approval from their party bosses before voting on certain issues, including minor ones sometimes, slowing down the decision making. Since early April, they have been less willing to take decisions and this has led to delays, affecting investment projects and public procurements. All public sector deals budgeted above 15 million euros should have the approval of a committee made up by representatives of all parties in Parliament. But Golden Dawn and the Communist Party (KKE) do not take part in the committees and are therefore replaced by judges, according to the officials. These delays could result in Greece’s failure to absorb EU funds.Bankers and others in the private sector have also noticed that some reforms have slowed down. “The most worrisome aspect of the campaign for the local elections and the European Parliament is that many decisions on economic matters have been put on hold. If this goes on for a while, it will have a negative impact on the economy,” a senior official at a private bank said. He, like others, thinks snap elections will do the economy more harm than good. The government and the troika forecast real GDP growth of 0.6 percent this year, supported by a 1.1 percent year-on-year contraction in the first quarter. But all warn the economy remains fragile and a protracted period of political uncertainty could tip the balance.The outcome of the elections for the European Parliament, much more than the local elections, will determine whether Greece will go into snap elections or not. Given the fragile state of the economy, political instability is the least desirable option. The inertia and inaction evident in the public sector should not become the economic norm regardless of political developments, although that is admittedly easier said than done.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgYAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The rapid growth of central Washington wildfires prompted more evacuation notices Wednesday as two fire complexes burned closer to each other.Officials urged residents around the Mission Ridge ski area southwest of Wenatchee to leave their homes because of the rapid growth of the Table Mountain Fire Complex.There have been reports of the Table Mountain fires throwing 8-inch chunks of burning bark 6 to 7 miles into the Mission Ridge area, Mick Mueller, fire spokesman for the nearby Wenatchee Complex fires, told The Wenatchee World.Residents of 150 to 200 homes were told to leave Wednesday evening, the newspaper reported.Jan Bullock passed her kitten Rosebella to a friend for safekeeping Wednesday night at a roadblock. Bullock told The World that she and her husband have lived near Squilchuck State Park for 15 years and never before been threatened by fire. They planned to spend the night with relatives.Thick smoke from the fires kept some residents indoors, forced schools to relocate weekend sporting events and temporarily closed part of a major highway.last_img read more

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first_img(Skip Gray/KTOO)With lawmakers reviewing the state budget for cuts, Chief Justice Dana Fabe made the case for preserving the judicial branch’s funding in her annual speech to the Legislature on Wednesday.Download Audio“The court does not control the number or types of cases that come before us, or which charges will be brought or tried,” said Fabe. “But it is our responsibility to resolve all of them as promptly, thoroughly, and fairly as we can.”Fabe specifically addressed the importance of keeping a judicial presence in rural Alaska and the value of letting litigants face trial in their home regions.“This will likely be our greatest challenge: to resist the financial pressures to centralize our operations in the hub communities and insist that Alaskans come to those hubs for justice or do without,” said Fabe.In the State of the Judiciary, Fabe also said the court is reevaluating the way it approaches child custody cases to better accommodate litigants who represent themselves, and noted that the judiciary is making advances toward a paperless filing system.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Alaska Department of Public Safety building in January 2012. (File photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)The City and Borough of Juneau is pushing forward with plans for an emergency warming shelter that would open its doors to the homeless when temperatures drop below freezing.Listen nowA key Assembly committee met Monday and agreed – in principle — to commit $75,000 for the downtown warming shelter it hopes to have ready by mid-November.City Manager Rorie Watt said his office is in talks with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to rent a portion of the former state public safety building on Whittier Avenue.The rent would be at market rate, around $8,000 for the winter, though he said the city could apply to the Trust’s board for a discount.“We recognize that the Mental Health Trust is a willing building owner that would be easy to work with on this topic that I don’t think would be true of all private building owners,” Watt told Assembly members.The city had looked at using its downtown transit center, which already is a common place for homeless people to congregate. But Watt told the Assembly he could see problems with that idea.“The transit center, you know, it has a day function, and part of the thinking was that if it is a night warming shelter, and then magically at 7 a.m. in the morning it stops being a warming shelter and tries to become a transit center, that’s not really going to be successful,” Watt said. “It’s going to be a day-round shelter.”The warming center would be designed to accommodate about 25 people.The city estimates it would be open as-needed between mid-November and mid-April.The Juneau Commission on Housing and Homelessness brought the idea of a warming shelter to the Assembly’s task force on homelessness, which endorsed the plan.The Juneau Assembly must formally authorize the warming shelter next month for it to open by Nov. 15.last_img read more

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first_imgMicrosoft’s management team clearly still hasn’t got the message when it comes to commenting on the performance of their latest games console. Harvey Eagle, the Xbox UK marketing boss has demonstrated that this week by claiming gamers can’t tell the difference if a game runs at a lower resolution and frame rate on Xbox One. I, and probably millions of other gamers out there, disagree.Specifically, what Eagle claims is that if you put the same game on the PS4 $449.95 at Amazon and the Xbox One %displayPrice% at %seller%, run them side-by-side, and have the Xbox version at a lower resolution and frame rate, gamers won’t be able to see the difference. The one exception to this rule, he claims, is if the display is larger than 60-inches.I don’t believe Harvey Eagle finds much time to play games, or at least not the same game running side-by-side on his company’s and its biggest rival’s systems. On the frame rate especially, if you are playing a game that’s heavy on the action you are going to see a clear benefit from a higher frame rate, especially 60fps compared to 30fps.For now there remains a gap between the performance of the Xbox One and the PS4, simply because the hardware inside the PS4 offers more performance. Both systems will offer more performance as developers spend more time optimizing for them. It’s possible Xbox One may catch up in terms of resolution and frame rates, but that is not the case right now, and informing gamers they can’t tell the difference is not great marketing and a little insulting.last_img read more

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first_imgA friend came over recently and asked about buying our car. It was the eighth offer we’ve had this past year. But the car is not for sale.Furthermore, the car is more than 30 years old – not old enough to classify as an antique, but definitely an old car. Why so much interest?This is a Toyota Land Cruiser, which was the most popular car in Costa Rica when it was mostly a rural country, and you needed four-wheel drive to get through the rainy-season mud and the dry-season dust. That was back when roads were mainly made of dirt.Land Cruisers are simple cars. They bounce and are hard on the hinder, and the roaring motor turns conversations into shouting matches. They have no power steering, no power brakes, no air conditioning and no PBS. You strain yourself trying to park and you tend to push going up grades. This car could write its memoirs.Yet strangers make offers on the car?In the parking lot, a security guard approached as I locked up. Was I parked wrong? An illegal maneuver? In some important person’s spot? No. He wanted to buy the car.Putting up fliers for a spay-neuter campaign in our area, I idled along while my young, pretty companion taped up fliers and talked to dog owners. Meanwhile, a man on a motorcycle buzzed back and forth. “You have a novio,” I teased my companion. Then, while she went into the school to talk to the teacher, the admirer stopped at the driver side window and asked, “How much you want for this car?”These cars may be old but they have advantages. Being head and shoulders above others, they are easy to spot in parking lots. Although that’s not always such a break. Parking in the shade of a leafy tree, a low branch crunched in the right front corner of the roof. Now I park in the sun.Being a tall car, the roof never got washed. Who’s going to see it?  Until I parked at a shopping center with a second floor walkway and looked down. Someone had actually written láveme on the roof. Now we get out a ladder to wash the whole car.Over the 30 years our car has seen a lot and carried cargo not normally carried by cars. For instance, five sacks of chicken manure. Bumping up the rutted road the cargo shifted, blocking the back door. After studying the problem a few minutes, our young neighbor plunged in and crawled his way across all that manure and opened the door from the inside. He emerged ashy gray and covered with feathers.Coming back from a dance at our village turno, at least 13 teenagers jammed their way into the back of the car. They didn’t seem to mind cuddling back there. Unforgettable, too, is the time three adolescent girls thought it fun to open a bottle of Coke and watch the geyser spray the inside of the car. Those girls now have kids of their own but the Coke stains are still on the ceiling.Also fascinating were the bean stalks that grew inside the car after someone spilled a bag of frijoles. The car is green but I never thought it would become a greenhouse. That car has also transported a body to the morgue. You don’t do that in a BMW.Now that we have good bus service, it’s easier to take a bus into town, so the car spends most of its time in the garage. The last time I drove it, I had to clear away the cobwebs less anyone think the windows had lacy curtains. Cobwebs, beans and bodies, the car still passes the Riteve test each year.Like the Cruiser’s counterpoint in England, the Land Rover, Toyota’s model was born of necessity following World War II. Japan was in rubble and dependable heavy duty vehicles were needed to help in the reconstruction. Toyota’s first Jeep BJ was built in 1951 and test driven on Mt. Fuji. With the Korean War under way, Toyota began full production in 1954 when they were renamed Land Cruiser. With the growing demand, Toyota opened assembly plants overseas including one in Pavas, Costa Rica, which was closed during the 1980s.These old cars, with their diesel fumes, raucous motors and stick shifts, are not too popular around San José. They are not city cars! But go out to the rural areas of Alajuela, San Ramón, Cartago or the Northern Zone, and you will see a colorful line of aging but worthy Land Cruisers.And they are not for sale. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgThe bridge linking two Ayia Napa parks, the sculpture park and the cactus park, has been turned into a work of art called the Argo and was inaugurated over the weekend by Mayor Yiannis Karousos and president of the Ayia Napa symposium committee Kikis Constantinou.The bridge resembling an ancient Greek ship is the work of Belgian artist Thierry Lawyers and was created during the first phase of the sixth sculpture symposium.‘Argo’ was a ship named after its builder, Argus, which was used by the Argonauts, a band of heroes in Greek mythology who in the years before the Trojan War accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest to find the Golden Fleece. Argonauts means ‘Argo sailors’.Karousos said he is pleased one of the largest sculptures of the park has been completed which will be one of Ayia Napa’s most important points of reference and thanked the artist.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgA trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Palestine will be held before the end of the year, Palestinian officials said on Wednesday.The announcement came after a visit by the permanent secretary of the Cypriot foreign ministry, ambassador Tasos Tzionis in Ramallah.Tzionis held bilateral meetings with the Palestinian prime minister, the minister of foreign affairs and expatriates, Dr Riad al-Malki and his assistant minister Dr Amal Jadu.According to an announcement by the Palestinian foreign ministry, the parties agreed that Malki would make an official visit to Cyprus soon to finalise arrangements for the meeting of a joint committee before the end of this year, and preparations for the Greece-Cyprus-Palestine trilateral summit with the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The summit is to be held before the end of the year, most likely in Cyprus.Malki praised the historical ties that bind Cyprus and Palestine, and the Cypriot stance in support of the Palestinian people and its leadership in seeking to achieve its legitimate national rights. He called for their strengthening and development in all areas.Ambassador Tzionis reaffirmed the position of the Republic of Cyprus on the two-state solution and the right to self-determination, and Cyprus’ continued support for Palestinian institutions. During this difficult political and economic period for the Palestinian people, he said, it is important to work to provide support, and increase economic cooperation and support various sectors such as education, tourism, trade and business.He also noted Cyprus’ interest in developing and strengthening bilateral relations between the two sides and implementing the signed agreements.Jadu called for the strengthening and development of bilateral relations stressing the importance of continuity in holding such bilateral meetings for consultation and exchange of views on many international and regional issues.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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