Mobile home dwellers left behind after 2013 Colorado floods

GREELEY, Colo. — When the flood waters in 2013 subsided, tens of thousands of evacuees along Colorado’s Front Range returned to see what happened to their homes. One of them was Amanda Anderson.“All of it was just mud,” Anderson said. “It was so dark in there because of the mud. It was like walking into a horror movie because it used to be so bright.”Her mobile home was trashed after the torrential September rains sent water crashing over the banks of the North and South St. Vrain creeks. Water rose at the confluence, flooding low-lying homes across the small mountain town north of Boulder.Some homeowners returned, but that was never an option for Anderson and her neighbours at Riverbend Mobile Home Park. Their chances of a comeback were diminished before the first drop of rain hit the ground, according to Andrew Rumbach, an associate professor of urban and regional planning who studies mobile homes and natural disasters at the University of Colorado-Denver.“You see a historical pattern in Colorado — and every other state — where low-income housing is often located on low-value land, which tends to be flood prone,” Rumbach said.Once a flood hits a mobile home park, an array of factors works against them ever reopening, he said. That includes policies that drag out rebuilding and legal squabbles between landowners and officials tasked with charting recovery. Even the idea that people who live in mobile home parks are transients is a factor, when they actually were long-time residents contributing to their communities.All of those factors played out in mobile home parks after the 2013 floods. The state’s “After Action Report,” published in 2015, tallied 1,882 structures as destroyed. But it did not provide a breakdown of the homes lost in mobile home parks, where many of the flood’s most economically vulnerable lived. That’s an important detail to know, Rumbach said.“By virtue of living in a mobile home park and not having claim to that land, your voice in the recovery in many ways was reduced,” Rumbach said, adding that many mobile home parks are communities in themselves and if parks didn’t reopen, entire neighbourhoods were lost.In just three communities — Lyons, Evans, south of Greeley, and Miliken, southeast of Loveland — the researchers tracked the destruction of 273 mobile homes, most of which were never rebuilt or replaced because parks failed to reopen.Riverbend’s owners converted it into an outdoor wedding venue with overnight lodging — tiny homes that can be wheeled away in case of another flood.Such closures and conversions made it harder for displaced mobile home park residents to actively participate in rebuilding their communities.“We saw, even if they were displaced an hour away into a different community, their ability to travel and advocate for themselves during the recovery was much lower because they have a much higher burden in terms of work and in terms of the cost of travel,” Rumbach said.He added that “communities were often able to treat mobile home park residents as something of an other, as existing outside of the community.”Anderson felt the sting of such judgment at times. She recalled one moment at a town recovery meeting not long after the flood: “Someone had made a comment and she referred to us as trailer park people and every mouth dropped, like, ‘Did you just say that?’”During it all, Anderson held out hope that somehow she would rebuild her tiny oasis with its apple tree, raspberry bushes, garden, and neighbours always ready to lend a helping hand.“It was my gypsy wagon down by the river,” Anderson said. “I was going to stay there forever.”The 1976 Skyline mobile home was also Anderson’s hedge against the Front Range’s skyrocketing housing costs that have climbed even higher since the floods struck Lyons. As a mom studying art at CU-Boulder and working at a coffee shop, she secured the place with her savings and a little bit of bargaining. Anderson’s lot fees for the mobile home park were just $430 a month in a town where rentals are hard to find and can cost three to five times what Anderson was paying.Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said the loss of mobile home parks was a hit on the economy. “Our community is really feeling the impacts of not having a working class,” she said. “Our main street has more openings now than it did in the last recession and businesses are saying we have no workers.”Although the town’s Board of Trustees has made affordable housing its No. 1 goal, since the flood, Simonsen said achieving that goal “has been very, very challenging in our community.”In 2015, residents of Lyons voted on a measure that would have created 60 affordable housing units to offset the loss of about four dozen mobile homes. Voters were asked if they would convert five acres of a 25-acre park into a neighbourhood where those homes would be built. The measure lost narrowly as opponents campaigned for the cause of open spaces and parks.“It was devastating,” Simonsen said. “It was the low point of the recovery for me.”In late August, workers were putting the finishing touches on baseball fields where that neighbourhood would have been.One block off Main Street, the foundations of houses are tell-tale, raised as a defence against any future floods. Next to some of those houses sit vacant lots. Homes there were demolished when owners took federal buyouts that bar homes from ever being built in the flood-prone areas.Those who owned houses were eligible to receive the pre-flood market value of their losses. Mobile home park residents typically received less, the mere salvage value of their destroyed homes. Anderson said her recovery money was helpful, but paying high rents in Lyons ate up a lot of it.This summer, she finally got that forever home to call her own in Lyons. Boxes sat unopened on the floor. A few of her paintings adorn the walls. Anderson sat in her kitchen, saying how grateful she felt.“This is completely odd to me,” Anderson said.This is the first time she has lived in a new home. It’s a cozy, 1,200-square-foot condo.“I feel like I live in a mansion,” Anderson said, adding that she feels lucky because a lot of the former mobile home park residents she knew left the region to find somewhere they could afford.Her home, and five others like it, were built by the local Habitat for Humanity. They represent a small dent in the town’s need for affordable housing.Simonsen wants to make a bigger dent. She has her eyes on a parcel high above the floodline, with a great view of the mountains. It was set aside long ago for potential development. Now the town has stepped in with the goal of turning it into a neighbourhood of affordable homes, much like the one that voters killed in 2015.“This is it,” Simonsen said.This is the last big recovery project on her long list — an array of 40 single- and multi-family affordable homes. Ground is expected to break later this year. The first door should open to a family next year. Simonsen is working with developers to see that mobile home park residents displaced by the 2013 floods get first consideration, if they’re interested in coming back.Michael De Yoanna, The Associated Press read more

Porous Oklahoma defence has had season to forget

NORMAN, Okla. — Ruffin McNeill often uses the acronym FIDO when he talks to his players about dealing with mistakes. It stands for “Forget It and Drive On.”Lots of teachable moments right now for McNeill, the interim defensive co-ordinator for Oklahoma. The Sooners have allowed 449 yards per game this season — on pace for a school record — and they rank dead last in Big 12 Conference play in scoring defence and total defence.What in the name of Lee Roy Selmon and Brian Bosworth is going on?The poor defensive performance has nearly torpedoed one of the best offences in college football history. Heisman Trophy contender Kyler Murray has done it all at quarterback. And most weeks, Oklahoma’s defence has been ripped by opposing offences.The defence is trying to live up to McNeill’s mantra, despite all the reminders of its shortcomings.“I feel like at the end of the day, all the outside noise doesn’t matter,” said linebacker Kenneth Murray, no relation to the quarterback. “As a defence, that’s stuff that we don’t worry about. We just let people talk. We go out there and play for each other. We do what we do for the brother next to us.”The defence likely will have to improve in order for the fifth-ranked Sooners (11-1, No. 5 CFP) to beat No. 9 Texas (9-3, No. 14 CFP) in the Big 12 championship on Saturday in suburban Dallas. Texas gained 501 yards in the first meeting with Oklahoma in October, a 48-45 win for the Longhorns that left the Sooners embarrassed and cost defensive co-ordinator Mike Stoops his job.“I know that will be a big talk with who we’re playing and the fact that we made a change after we played these guys the first time,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “I get that. I think we’re progressing in a lot of ways, but we’ve got to put it all together.”Oklahoma’s defence has actually been worse under McNeill. In six games under Stoops, the Sooners allowed 26.8 points and 421.2 yards per game. Under McNeill, those numbers have ballooned to 38.3 points and 476.8 yards, and Oklahoma has allowed 40 or more points in four straight games.Winning Saturday can help the Sooners drive on, of course.“End of the day, we learned our lesson and now we get a second opportunity to play those guys for a Big 12 championship,” Kenneth Murray said. “That’s really the focus right now, is trying to win a championship.”Texas is trying to ignore the chatter about Oklahoma’s defence, too. Offensive lineman Patrick Vahe said the Longhorns respect Oklahoma’s talent and believe the Sooners have potential.“I think I’ve noticed a couple of changes,” Vahe said. “Regardless of what the score says, they’re a really good group of guys playing on that side of the field. You can’t take them lightly at all. They’re playing for the same purpose as you. They’re still really good on that side.”Oklahoma was somehow able to find some good things on defence in its 59-56 win over West Virginia on Friday. The Sooners gave up a season-high 704 yards, but linebackers Caleb Kelly and Curtis Bolton scored touchdowns on fumble returns. A unit that has struggled to force turnovers made critical plays in the win that got the Sooners into the Big 12 title game.“Obviously throughout that game, we had some things that didn’t go our way, but we had a lot of things that we did well, ended up coming out with five total stops and two total defensive touchdowns,” Kenneth Murray said. “That was one of the biggest moments of the game. Just getting those scores on defence is big in a football game. Definitely exemplifies FIDO.”___AP Sports Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Cliff Brunt, The Associated Press read more

Cabinet critics will not quit over Heathrow third runway

first_img 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. Cabinet ministers opposed to expanding Heathrow are not prepared to quit the Government over the issue, clearing the way for Theresa May to push ahead with a third runway.Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, are unlikely to resign despite the impact it would have on their constituencies, The Sunday Telegraph understands.Mrs May is prepared to push ahead with a third runway in October if she concludes that it is in the “national interest”, despite previously opposing plans to expand the airport. Whitehall sources made clear that she will not give in to resignation threats and that “she doesn’t do deals”.  British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing StreetCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS The decision on whether to build a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick, expected in October, comes after more than 15 years of delays by both Labour and Conservative governments. Mr Johnson, the MP for Uxbridge in west London, has previously said that he is prepared to lie down “in front of bulldozers” to stop a third runway from being built, and was heavily opposed to expansion as Mayor of London.Friends of Mr Johnson, however, have suggested he would stop short of leaving the Cabinet and the role of Foreign Secretary, which is pivotal as Britain leaves the European Union. A friend said: “It’s not as if he has hidden his view about it. It’s perfectly reasonable for different members of Parliament to have different takes on regional policy, which is what this is.”Ms Greening, a former transport secretary and MP for Putney in south-west London, makes clear her opposition to Heathrow on her website. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Streetcenter_img It says that she “will continue to stand up for the thousands of residents who are concerned about aircraft noise and she’ll keep working to make sure our local community is listened to”.As transport secretary in the Coalition she had said she would find it “very difficult” not to resign if the Government decided to expand Heathrow. She has indicated, however, that she could stay on in Cabinet now that she no longer holds the transport brief.Earlier this year, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, who has campaigned for a third runway, said Britain should push ahead with airport expansion in the South East. He told the Telegraph that after the referendum Britain was facing a “very competitive economic climate” and could not afford to “put off big decisions on infrastructure”. Mrs May will chair a Cabinet committee which will decide on the third runway plan. Whitehall sources suggested the Government is “leaning towards”Heathrow, but added that there are still significant environmental and cost issues to overcome. It has been suggested the Prime Minister could give Tory MPs a free vote on a new runway in the South East to stop ministers having to quit the Cabinet. Britain's International Development Secretary, Justine Greening Britain’s International Development Secretary, Justine GreeningCredit:PETER NICHOLLSlast_img read more

SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE Meshkov win in Skopje – Tatran beat PPD Zagreb

6.Nexe8404214 : 21512 9.Maks Strumica8026175 : 2532 1.Meshkov Brest7502227 : 17215 ← Previous Story Skube and Šoštarič flying to Szeged! Next Story → “NEW UWE”: Raul Santos to become a new “Lion”? 4.Vardar7502230 : 19815 5.MVM Veszprem4400144 : 8612 3.Tatran Prešov6501198 : 16015 Meshkov Brestseha gazprom leagueTatran Presov 10.Borac m:tel7016172 : 2401 Four matches of SEHA GAZPROM league have been played on Wednesday. Meshkov Brest and Tatran Prešov celebrated important wins. Belarussians beat RK Vardar 28:27 (15:11) in Skopje, and that was the second defeat of most successful EHF Champions League team in regional competition this season. Rastko Stojković netted eight goals for Sergey Bebeshko team, while domestic goalkeepeer Charapenka had 11 saves.Alex Dujshebaev couldn’t save his team from losing points at home. Spaniard scored six goals, but that wasn’t enough.STATISTICSSlovakian “Lars Christiansen”, Radoslav Antl was the most important man in Tatran’s victory over PPD Zagreb 30:23 (14:9) in Prešov. Slovakian champions showed great improvement in comparation with their form in last two months, while Croatians only continue with the crisis which almost cost them losing a coach – Veselin Vujovic. STATISTICSMVM Veszprem began their three days Balkan tour in Banja Luka with secure triumph over Borac 34:20. Gašper Marguč scored eight goals, whle Roland Mikler had outstanding night with 22 saves!RK Nexe Našice beat Maks Strumica 23:17.STANDINGS: 2.PPD Zagreb6501179 : 13315 7.Spartak Vojput7214189 : 2247 8.Vojvodina8125203 : 2505 read more

Le cosmos serait plein de planètes escortées dune lune comme la Terre

first_imgLe cosmos serait plein de planètes escortées d’une lune, comme la Terre Amenés à être publiés prochainement dans la revue Icarus, les résultats d’une étude américano-suisse suggèrent que de nombreuses planètes pourraient être accompagnées d’une lune semblable à la nôtre.Ryuja Morishima, du Laboratoire de l’atmosphère et de l’espace physique à l’Université du Colorado (États-Unis) et les chercheurs de l’Université de l’Institut de Physique Théorique de Zurich (Suisse), ont entrepris l’année dernière une série de simulations pour étudier la façon dont les planètes se forment à partir de gaz et de petits morceaux de roche dits planétésimaux.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteIls en ont déduit, entre autres résultats, qu’environ 1/10 des planètes rocheuses gravitant autour d’étoiles comme le Soleil peuvent posséder un satellite naturel proportionnellement aussi important que le nôtre, la Lune, dont le diamètre représente le quart de celui de la Terre.En effet, il est généralement admis qu’un impact survenu il y a bien longtemps entre notre planète et une autre, de la taille de Mars, a formé un disque de matière en fusion qui a fini par s’agréger pour former notre Lune. Or, ces simulations ont montré que ce genre d’impact était relativement fréquent dans l’Univers.Des données qui pourraient affiner la chasse aux planètes extrasolaires : savoir que nombre d’entre elles sont susceptibles d’être escortées d’une ‘lune’ peut permettre d’anticiper d’éventuelles perturbations ou incohérences dans les mesures effectuées lors de la recherche d’exoplanètes. De plus, le rôle stabilisateur de la Lune sur l’axe de rotation de la Terre rendant cette dernière plus propice au développement de la vie, cibler des conditions analogues pourrait s’avérer pertinent dans la recherche astronomique. Le 13 juin 2011 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Watch Cosmonaut Tours Space Stations Longest Route

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Warning: This video of the labyrinth International Space Station is not suitable for people with claustrophobia or motion sickness.Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev takes Earthlings on a virtual tour of the International Space Station’s longest route: from the Japanese module at one end to the cargo truck at the other.The video—part Cloverfield shaky cam, part spellbinding travelog—escorts viewers along the longest pathway on the station.“Let’s go!” Artemyev says as he kicks off through the Japanese storage module, passing NASA’s Serena Auñón-Chancellor (“The best person on the station”) and Commander Drew Feustel (“the second best,” Artemyev jokes).In the team’s living quarters, he meets American astronaut Ricky Arnold and German scientist Alex Gerst. The walk-and-talk shot continues past power lines and the cafeteria, through a narrow hole and into the Russian section.The process of assembling the ISS began in the 1990s, with the Zarya and Unity modules. Russia’s Zvezda block was added in 2000, allowing a permanent crew of up to two astronauts.As more units were added over time, the Space Station now features 16 pressurized modules: five Russian, eight U.S., two Japanese, and one European. Another Russian component (Nauka) is scheduled for launch next year. Each new puzzle piece extends the artificial satellite, creating a playground for space explorers like Artemyev to show off.Without stopping, the cosmonaut crosses a storage module and service module, where work is in progress (presumably by final crewmember Sergey Prokopyev).“And here the longest route comes to an end,” Artemyev says, stopping himself on a piece of equipment like an amateur ice skater breaking on the rink wall. “[It] ends with our cargo truck, where we have stuff packed that will be sent burning into [the] atmosphere.”Artemyev regularly shares his cosmic experiences with fans on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (where the latest video was posted just 43 minutes ago). Last week, he showed viewers “the most important system on the International Space Station”: the toilet.Want more amazing space videos, like an astronaut photographing earth? Or maybe an interview with an astronaut who definitely saw something alien-like on a mission? But stay informed on all the latest NASA news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Vancouver police to hand out free Slurpees

first_imgSome children in Vancouver will be treated to free Slurpees this summer courtesy of police officers.The Vancouver Police Department is participating in 7-Eleven’s Operation Chill program, which began Thursday, according to a news release. The convenience store chain provided the department with Slurpee coupons, which will be handed to children throughout the summer. Children demonstrating positive behaviors, such as wearing bicycle helmets and participating in summer youth programs, are the most likely to receive the treats, the news release said.This summer marks the fifth year the department has participated in the program.last_img

Mountain Lion suspected of injuring boy in Rancho Penasquitos killed

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers killed a mountain lion suspected of attacking a 4-year-old boy at the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve because the animal appeared to have little fear of humans, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.The boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of undisclosed but non-life-threatening injuries from the attack, which was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday at the preserve in the Rancho Penasquitos area, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the CDFW.Witnesses said the boy’s father kicked the large cat — which was believed to be a mountain lion — and threw a rock to scare it away.The boy was with a group of 11 people at the time, in an area known as Carson’s Crossing in the center of the preserve. CDFW Lt. Scott Bringman said wildlife officers responded to the scene and identified mountain lion tracks, then a cougar approached the officers a short time later.“The lion appeared to have little fear of humans, which is abnormal behavior for a mountain lion,” the lieutenant said. “The wildlife officers immediately dispatched the animal to ensure public safety.”Wildlife officers collected clothing samples from the boy and sent them to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento, along with the mountain lion’s body, for DNA analysis, Bringman said. He said wildlife forensics specialists will test the samples to confirm whether the deceased cat was responsible for the attack.Officials temporarily closed the trail where the mountain lion attack occurred Posted: May 28, 2019 Mountain Lion suspected of injuring boy in Rancho Penasquitos killedcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Thieves steal shirt attack employee at Hialeah shoe store

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a group of thieves who stole merchandise from a shoe store in Hialeah and attacked an employee who followed them outside.Surveillance video captured two men and two women walking out of Kicks Daily near East Eighth Avenue and 49th Street, Sunday.The owner, who identified himself as Jonathan, said the thieves shoplifted a shirt. When his employee followed them outside, one of the subjects assaulted him.Jonathan said this marks the second time the perpetrators ripped off sale items from his shop.“It ended up being two kids that tried to shoplift from us before, and the last time they felt like they got away with it, so they came back this time,” he said. “This time it was the same two kids with two other women.”If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West headed for an ugly divorce

first_imgKim KardashianInstagramIt looks like things are not going too well between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. As per a recent alleged report, the couple is reportedly living separate lives ahead of the birth of their fourth child and could be heading for an alleged divorce.Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attended the church on March 24 but as per an alleged report by RadarOnline, the couple put on a brave face. As per an unverified source, Kim and Kanye’s marriage in on “the brink of collapse.””Kim and Kanye are barely speaking,” the alleged insider contended. “Their fourth baby is coming very soon but they seem much more distant with each other lately and don’t spend that much time together at all.”Meanwhile, there have been speculations that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s work commitments have also created some sort of friction between the two. The alleged source of the outlet noted that Kim is busy with filming, her fashion line, and with her kids. On the other hand, Kanye has his own work commitments.”Dealing with Kanye and all of his issues has left her really stressed and worried about the state of her marriage,” the source claimed. “Kanye always finds these projects to focus on, and then Kim is pushed into the background. She has said that they can be in very different places in their lives.” Kim Kardashian’s risky dressGetty imagesIn addition to this, in the new trailer for Keeping Up with the Kardashians season 16, Kim Kardashian herself revealed that moving to Chicago would be her breaking point. From the last couple of months, it was speculated that Kanye wishes to move to Illinois, Chicago but his wife seems to be against this idea.As per People’s source, “Kim was never going to move to Chicago and hoped that Kanye would change his mind quickly like he usually does when he gets spontaneous ideas.”Whatever the reports say, fans of Kanye and Kim expressed their wish that these two love each other, and are not heading for any divorce.last_img read more

Attack carried out on covert signal from AL leaders Fakhrul

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday blamed the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) for the attack on its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy and hurling petrol bombs at two buses on her way back. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photo Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, however, praised the police for making their best efforts to ensure Khaleda’s security during her tour.Read more: One of attackers on Khaleda BCL leader?”In the first attack in Feni, journalists and their vehicles were made a specific target. The second attack, during the return, was a planned one. We’re observing that AL leaders are defending the attacks without any investigation,” he said.The BNP leader also said no attacker has so far been arrested though their photos and identities were published in the media.”So, we can say the second attack was also made with the AL leaders’ covert signal and pampering… we call upon the government to come to the path of negotiation shunning the path of violence.”Claiming that Khaleda is the most popular leader of the country, Fakhrul said no one is now safe in the country when her convoy has come under attacks. “But we must admit that police tried their best to ensure the safe journey of our leader [Khaleda].”At least 30 vehicles, including microbuses of different media outlets, were damaged and some journalists injured as some unruly youths attacked Khaleda’s motorcade at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town on its way to Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.Besides, unidentified miscreants hurled petrol bombs at two buses setting them on fire on Dhaka-Chittagong highway while the convoy of the BNP chairperson was passing through Feni’s Mahipal on Tuesday concluding her four-day tour of Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingyas.In protest against the incidents, Fakhrul announced a two-day demonstration programme. As per the programmes, the party leaders and activists will stage demonstrations in all districts on Thursday.All the thana units of BNP in the capital city will also observe the similar programmes on Saturday.Narrating their party’s relief activities for Rohingyas, Fakhrul said the government is not standing by the displaced Myanmar nationals with adequate support and relief materials.BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present.center_img The opposition party, however, urged the government to reach an understanding with opposition parties, shunning the path of violence, reports UNB.last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgA couple of local businesses have changed hands. The popular Bar1, on the third floor above ABC Realty, was bought by John Philips. Taco Stop is open again under the auspices of Ezequiel Marinoni. Get your delicious burritos and tacos at the location just 50 meters past Super2001. And La Laguna del Cocodrilo Restaurant on the main road across the street from the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas now belongs to William David Jones.The Langosta Beach Club offers yoga classes Mon.-Fri. at 9:15 a.m. The studio is glass-enclosed and classes include mats and props. All levels are welcome to join the classes, located at the Tamarindo Preserve, 200 meters past the Super2001 on the right, on the road to Playa Langosta. For more info, email langostabeachclub@gmail.com.More good news from CEPIA: Thanks to Amigos de la Educacion, Villareal High School students can enjoy a clean and adequate dining area. Amigos, which raised money with its annual golf tournament, donated $1,500 for 40 new folding chairs and 10 tables. An additional $2,200 from Amigos now funds a drug prevention program along with CEPIA. The program will be for students at Colegio Técnico Profesional, 27 de Abril, Colegio Villareal and CTP Cartegena. -Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Hugo Chavez vows stronger socialist drive

first_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Speaking in Cojedes state, the president told a crowd of supporters: “Chavez has never failed you, and Chavez never will fail you.”Capriles said in a news conference on Monday that he has already chosen a vice president and a defense minister, saying his choice to lead the armed forces is an active general. He said he would reveal their names after the vote.Some polls ahead of the election found Chavez with a lead of about 10 percentage points, while other surveys showed the two candidates roughly even.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged to redouble his efforts to create a socialist system if re-elected in Sunday’s election, saying the next six-year term would bring bigger changes.Since taking office in 1999, Chavez has increased the government’s role in the economy and has nationalized private businesses including cement plants, banks and retail stores. He has also used the country’s oil wealth to bankroll social programs including cash benefits for poor families and state-run grocery stores. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019 “We’ve laid the foundations of 21st century socialism and today we launch, well, the second cycle,” Chavez said. “We’ll launch the second socialist cycle, from 2013 to 2019, with much more strength.”Chavez spoke while rallying a crowd in his native town of Sabaneta in the country’s rural western plains. He nostalgically recalled selling sweets in the town plaza as a boy, and he broke into song while addressing supporters.He waved to supporters from an open jeep on the way to another town.Rival candidate Henrique Capriles has ridiculed Chavez for claiming to pursue socialist policies, saying the government has failed to solve basic problems such as a soaring murder rate, sporadic blackouts and poorly equipped hospitals.Chavez has recently acknowledged that some may have complaints about his government, such as waiting for public housing or coping with sporadic power outages in some areas. But he’s warned that the country’s independence is at stake, describing Capriles’ proposals as pro-wealthy, “neoliberal,” and in line with U.S. interests.Capriles rejects those labels, saying he would maintain social programs for the poor while welcoming private investment.last_img read more

FCm named top TMC in Australasia and Asia

first_imgFCm Travel Solutions can add yet another accolade to its line-up of achievements in 2012 after being named Australasia’s Leading Travel Management Company (TMC) as part of the World Travel Awards. FCm accepted the prestigious accolade at a World Travel Awards Ceremony held 18 October at the InterContinental Singapore. During the awards ceremony, FCm was also named Asia’s Leading Travel Management Company. FCm currently holds the mantle of ‘World’s Leading Travel Management Company’ and earlier this year was also confirmed by the 2012 World Travel Awards program as the Leading Travel Management Company for Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Central America. This year FCm also took out the award for Africa’s Leading Corporate Travel Company. FCm Global Leader Gregory Lording congratulated FCm’s teams around the world for their efforts, which had been broadly recognised by the World Travel Awards during 2012. “These new titles for our operations in Asia and Australasia cap off an outstanding performance on the world awards stage for FCm,” Gregory said. “So far FCm has taken out eight awards for being a corporate travel market leader as part of the 2012 World Travel Awards program and I’d like to congratulate our travel and account management teams for their hard work and commitment.” FCm General Manager New Zealand Simon McKearney said the Australasia award was testament to FCm’s success in the Australian and New Zealand corporate market. “Our corporate business in New Zealand has gone from strength to strength in the past year, recording strong client growth and high retention rates,” he said. “Our ability to offer strategic account management that drives long-term value and service that generates efficiencies at every stage of the booking and buying process have been key to our success.” Source = FCm Travel Solutionslast_img read more

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first_imgCoffeecoffee guideguide bookLonely PlanetLonely Planet FoodLonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour International travel authority guide Lonely Planet Food, a division of Lonely Planet,  has released Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour. The publishers worked with a worldwide network of coffee-loving travel writers (and well-travelled coffee journalists) to select great cafes, roasteries and plantations that coffee lovers can visit in 37 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.Australia’s best coffee spots are also widely covered, and not just Sydney and Melbourne but the many experiences across the country are represented in the book — from sipping a cold-drip brew in the middle of a 19th-century gold rush town, taking part in a pour-over sampling at a vineyard or grabbing a take-away filter coffee from a capsule café made partly from the remnants of Perth’s first General Post Office.Within each of the countries in the book, Lonely Planet Food has organised the best coffee shops and roasteries to visit by city, or in the case of plantations, by region. In each entry authors have suggested the coffee you should taste or buy while there, and also recommend local sights and things to do so ‘coffee tourers’ can explore the local area, as well as the coffee.Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour retails for $29.99.last_img read more

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first_imgHolidaymakers travelling on cheap flights to Ibiza this summer are in for a pleasant surprise, the Spanish Tourism Office has said.Despite having a reputation as Europe’s party capital, the Balearic Island isn’t what everyone may expect, with the destination an excellent place for walkers and lovers of Spanish cuisine.Carmen Hernandez Gomez, a market analyst at the Spanish Tourism Office, said the increasing numbers of tourists “change their perception” shortly after their arrival in Ibiza.”It is a destination that will surprise everyone – it surprised me – as it is not what you expect at all,” she commented.”Musts are sunsets, walks, lovely food, Ibiza Old Town and buying a white adlib [inspired by the clothes and dresses typical of the Pitiusan islands] dress.”Ibiza was one of the few airports in Europe to record positive growth in April (8.2 percent) compared to the same month in 2009, with most having been affected by the cloud of volcanic ash.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSpanish destinations the most popular from Luton this summerMore than 135,000 people flew from Luton during the busy end of July periodNew flights to Ibiza scheduled for 2009New flights to Ibiza scheduled for 2009Cheap flights to the Balearics set to prove popular this autumnCheap flights to the Balearics set to prove popular this autumnlast_img read more

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