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first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2010 The Ecuadorean police seized 2.5 tons of cocaine in an operation in the country’s southwest in which seven Ecuadoreans and two Colombians were detained, the authorities announced. The seizure took place at a spot along the road that connects the provinces of Guayas and Santa Elena, where police personnel intercepted a truck that was transporting the drugs hidden in a cargo of jute. “We’d already been doing intelligence work, so that as soon as they moved, the police intervened once they entered the province of Guayas,” the region’s public prosecutor, Jorge Solórzano, told reporters, indicating that the vehicle had departed from a rural property on the peninsula of Santa Elena. Seven Ecuadoreans and two Colombians – one of whom is believed to be the leader of the gang – were arrested and brought before a judge for arraignment. “The charge against them being that they were caught in the act, I have ordered all those arraigned held without bail,” the judge responsible for setting bail, Víctor Moncada, told the press.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Black Friday coupons, printable deals and bargains are offered on many different sites to help shoppers find those annual discounts. (WikiCommons)Black Friday is upon us, dear friends.Yes, that oh-so-special day of monster sales and deals and coupons on everything from home appliances to electric guitars is this Friday, November 29, 2013, and it’s time for our yearly roundup of the best bargains and go-to sites for discounts, codes and sales.RetailMeNot.com offers 2013 Black Friday coupons for stores such as Walmart, Macy’s, Target and so many more.Or you can cut out the middle man and go straight to the source: WalmartBlackFriday, TargetBlackFriday, JCPennysBlackFriday, BestBuyBlackFriday, KohlsBlackFriday and MacysBlackFriday.Need some additional 2013 Black Friday coupon codes and printable coupons? Of course you do, silly rabbits! Check out TheBlackFriday.com and print, print, print away!Black Friday sales are all the rave at www.Coupons.com, a site boasting 264 Black Friday Coupons to satiate all of your heart’s most innermost desires! Do they offer coupons or special secret Black Friday holiday codes for such irresistible delicacies as olive oil-and-lemon-soaked grape leaves? Or a monster holiday platter of that enigmatic Cypriot love o’ mine, Ms. Halloumi!? I doubt it, but only one way to find out! Click away, dear souvlaki fiends, click away!BargainHuntingMoms.com knows what’s up, fellow bargain freaks. So does CouponXplorer.com and CouponWebCrawler.com.MoneySavingMom.com is so money she don’t even know it. BlackFriday.com is another great go-to coupon-bargain-hookup spot. Same goes for the Black Friday and Coupons – Black Friday 2013 Facebook page.“What about other Black Friday and Cyber Monday roundup sites?” you ask. “Surely, Mr. Fox, yours will not aggregate them all. Surely, Mr. Fox, there are others. Surely, Mr. Fox, yet no disrespect.”None taken, dear coupon hounds. None taken. ‘Tis true, I say. ‘Tis true. There are so many others, really, I admit. Too many. Way too many. My response, you ask? Search around, dear feta freaks! Scour the Internet for those once-a-year deals!None of those sites, I bargain, are as fun to read as this post, however, nor do they mention or even dare to utter the melodious name of the beautiful, absolutely gorgeous Ms. Halloumi.last_img read more

first_imgWhile J.C. Penney plans to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy proceedings after eliminating several billion dollars of debt, it will also explore a sale as part of the terms of its new financing, the company said. Reuters earlier reported that the company was nearing a bankruptcy filing and negotiating the financing.The company on Friday said it would begin closing some stores permanently in phases and would disclose further details in coming weeks. People familiar with the matter previously told Reuters that the company initially plans to permanently shutter roughly 200 stores, saying the figure could fluctuate depending on negotiations with creditors.The bankruptcy filing caps a long decline for the 118-year-old department store chain, which once operated more than 1,600 locations that became fixtures in U.S. malls. The company at one point employed nearly 200,000 people.Even before the coronavirus outbreak, J.C. Penney was struggling with nearly $4 billion of debt and pressure from both discount retailers and e-commerce companies. Larger retailers such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp have squeezed smaller rivals by offering bargain-price apparel, including online.The coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in more than 80,000 deaths in the United States, is now forcing a financial reckoning among an array of retailers that had to temporarily close their doors under states’ orders. Other retailers already grappling with customers’ abandonment of traditional stores for online shopping have also resorted to bankruptcy filings.Earlier this month, both luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus Group and clothing retailer J. Crew Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after alternative attempts to rework their finances failed. Stage Stores Inc, a U.S. department store chain selling mid-priced apparel at hundreds of stores in mostly rural areas, said earlier this week it would liquidate unless it finds a buyer.Like other retailers, J.C. Penney has started reopening its stores in stages as many states have begun to loosen coronavirus restrictions. But with U.S. unemployment now at the highest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s, there are serious concerns that consumer spending will remain dampened for a prolonged stretch.Against that backdrop, J.C.Penney faced a looming $105 million debt payment in June and $300 million of annual interest expenses. Adding to pressure was an unprecedented span of lost sales and uncertainty whether shoppers concerned about their health would return to stores.Topics : J.C. Penney Co Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday with plans to permanently close some stores and also explore a possible sale, making it the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to crumble as prolonged store closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic drive a final stake through long-troubled businesses.The US department store chain, known for selling family apparel, cosmetics and jewelry at roughly 850 locations, said it reached an agreement with existing lenders for $900 million of debtor-in-possession financing to aid operations while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in Corpus Christi, Texas.The loan consists of $450 million in fresh financing, the company said. The balance is made up of existing debt being “rolled up” to be given the same legal status as the new funding that J.C. Penney obtained, people familiar with the matter said. The retailer said it had an additional $500 million in cash on hand before the bankruptcy filing.last_img read more

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoTwenty-four premium housing lots with elevated aspects and park frontage have hit the market at Bridgeman Downs as the Highfields Estate enters its final stages.Positioned on the northern ridge of Bridgeman Downs, Highfields is located on Roghan Road, 13km from the Brisbane CBD.The estate is designed to take advantage of a north-east orientation that offers sea breezes, and views to the north and east, including glimpses of the Glass House Mountains.“All homesites are level and ready to build on, with a stunning backdrop of preserved green space,” Mr Down said.The latest blocks are priced from $412,000 and most are over 500sq m.“They are elevated, connected to the park and are situated in quiet and boutique area.”Previous larger sites in the estate have sold for up to $642,500.“That was for an 820sq m bock of land at the top of a hill where a beautiful home is being constructed for about $800,000 to $900,000,” Mr Down said.As lots in the Parkside release sell, Unison will move onto the final stage of the development. Twenty-four premium housing lots with elevated aspects and park frontage have hit the market at Bridgeman Downs as the Highfields Estate enters its final stages.Twenty-four premium housing lots with elevated aspects and park frontage have hit the market at Bridgeman Downs as the Highfields Estate enters its final stages.Developed by Unison Projects, the latest Parkside land release is part of a $100 million master-planned estate with a total of 133 housing lots, and 1.5ha of green space and parkland.Unison’s Shannon Down said 70 of the initial 86 lots had quickly been snapped up while two of the premium Parkside lots were also now under contract.“Predominantly we’re seeing local buyers from within the greater northern suburbs catchment of Brisbane and almost all are owner-occupiers,” Mr Down said.“Just under 10 per cent of buyers are investors, including Sydney purchasers who see the value in buying a house and land rather than apartments.”Mr Down noted buyers tended to be families looking to build their dream home, and downsizers from larger properties.Lots in the estate range from 400sq m to 1200sq m, with most people opting to construct high-end, five-bedroom houses.“Large homes are the trend and that’s why the green space is so important,” he reflected.“We worked with Council to consolidate existing parkland, preserve as many trees as possible, and offer a central green lung where people can relax, walk the dog, and play.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm Syracuse (6-4) suffered its fourth loss of the year, 78-71, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome against former Big East rival Georgetown (7-4). The Orange honored the late Pearl Washington at halftime and unveiled a “31” on the “S” at midcourt. Tyler Lydon scored a career-high 29 points.Here are three reactions from the game.Syracuse’s nonconference resume takes a hitWith St. John’s as Syracuse’s only major-conference opponent before Atlantic Coast Conference play begins in about two weeks, the Orange’s NCAA Tournament resume took a big hit on Saturday. Georgetown already has four losses and SU has yet to beat a major-conference opponent.While Syracuse could still make up for the GU loss in the ACC, it won’t be easy. The ACC is as deep as it’s been in recent memory. Last year, when SU barely snuck into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed, it had key wins over Texas A&M and Connecticut in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. This year, the Orange does not have those same marquee victories.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU had a chance to notch its first decent win, but couldn’t get the job done on Saturday.Frank Howard gave Syracuse little productionWith just over six minutes left in the game and the Orange trailing by four, Frank Howard dribbled out of bounds as the ball slipped out of his grasp. It was his sixth turnover of the day and he scored just four points.Howard entered the game among the best in the country in assists and atop the ACC in helpers per game. He only notched four against the Hoyas on Saturday.When he subbed out, Gillon manned point guard responsibilities. Gillon finished with 13 points, but as Boeheim has noted throughout the year, Syracuse needs both of its point guards to compete.Tyler Lydon has career day As the sophomore forward’s shot has gone in and out of slumps, head coach Jim Boeheim has repeatedly urged him to score inside. In the first half, he scored six points in the paint and nailed a 3 from the top of the key.Early in the second half, Lydon snuck in behind John Gillon and followed up Gillon’s missed layup with another putback. On the defensive end, Lydon grabbed a defensive board, leading to a Dajuan Coleman basket.After Syracuse turned to the press with around eight minutes to play, Lydon made a nifty jumper in the lane to cut the game to just a one-point deficit at 55-54.With about five minutes to play, Lydon stepped back at the 3-point line and caught a pass from John Gillon. The basket cut the deficit to one again, 60-59. As he trotted down the court, he pointed toward SU fans and yelled. He brought life to the 25,131 fans in the Dome and Syracuse’s offense all game.He posted up on the low block with about a minute remaining and converted a hook shot to pull SU within three at 69-66.Lydon finished with a career-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWith summer just around the corner, the local community turned out in gracious number for the unveiling of Church Hill’s new community park.Years of work, fundraising and collaborations was celebrated on Friday when the local development group held a grand opening of the park at 3.30pm.Minister for Education & Skills Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill were in attendance at the event, which was a proud moment for all who worked on the space. With a premium playground and stunning views, the park is the pride of the community and will be somewhere for local children to enjoy this summer and for generations to visit in the years to come.Check out some of Clive Wasson’s moments of the day below…Patsy McGonigle, Chairman DLDC speaking at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocals pack the function at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe outdoor gym in use at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonPlayground in full swing at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills swings the gates open at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGuests and speakers at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonTara McDermott, Jade McDermott and Orla McDermott playing for the guests at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonMaria Doherty, Bernie Moran and Eimear Friel at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocals filling the newly opened community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonIlluan McDermott waiting patiently at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with children from 4 local schools Gartan, Glenswilly, Trenta and Stramore at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDermott, Cormack, Mary, Eamon, Sophie and Declan Moy at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocal Chairman Victor Wilkie speaking at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonEnjoying the view and the toys at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonChildren enjoying the swing at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDaragh and Aine McGrenragh at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with local children at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with children from 4 local schools Gartan, Glenswilly, Trenta and Stramore at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCllr. Ciaran Brogan Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills swings the gates open at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Church Hill Community Park officially opens – Pic Special was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Church Hilllast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa has won the top global award at the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards for its excellence in boosting investment sectors that have social and economic benefits and help countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The awards, organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), honours investment promotions agencies and their governments for their achievements, but also showcases best practices in attracting investment into SDG-related projects that can inspire investment promotion practitioners in developing and developed countries. The award was presented at a high-profile ceremony in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, at the grand opening of the World Investment Forum yesterday.              South Africa was also recently named as the Global Destination of the Year at the 2018 Global Sourcing Association Awards ceremony alongside the Global Sourcing Summit in Cape Town. This award was South Africa’s fifth since 2012, and is further accolade and recognition of South Africa’s value proposition and credible offering that combines global best practice, a talented and scalable labour pool with government support to attract international outsourcing work into South Africa.“This prestigious global award indicates that South Africa’s industrial development is playing an important role towards its economic growth and our investment drive is already starting to make a significant contribution towards achieving its sustainable development goals. InvestSA is now globally recognised to compete in investment promotion and facilitation of large scale investments. As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mobilisation drive to attract investments, these global awards signify and demonstrate that government is committed to improving its investment climate and service to investors,” says Davies                     The prestigious global award was presented to InvestSA for its role in facilitating two pioneering waste-to-nutrient recycling projects to up-cycle organic waste into natural, sustainable high-protein animal feed. Each project will offer much-needed jobs in local communities and is expected to save an annual 80 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by diverting organic waste from the landfill. The award was presented by the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.Minister Davies says that the award is a commendable international recognition that partnerships play an important role in boosting investments in sectors as the award is for an intergovernmental projects facilitated together with the Gauteng provincial government, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and GreenCape.“These awards are indicative that our investment mobilisation efforts are making a valuable contribution to social and economic development. We are enhancing our investment facilitation service and InvestSA is able to fast track, unblock and reduce red tape in government through our one-stop shop approach,” says Davies.Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

first_imgVolunteers have a big role in helping Ethembeni Children’s Home care for children infected with or affected by HIV/Aids. The Go The Extra Mile campaign makes it even easier for them to get involved.Founded by The Salvation Army in 1995, Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, is a refuge for children from in and around the inner city. (Image: Mathiba MolefeMathiba MolefeIn the heart of Johannesburg’s bustling inner city lies a sanctuary for children either infected with or affected by HIV/Aids. It is a place where those left destitute by the endemic find refuge, a place that was fittingly named Ethembeni, meaning “place of hope” in isiXhosa.Volunteers, many of whom are part of the Go the Extra Mile (GEM) campaign, visit the safe haven weekly, as they did on the weekend of 8 and 9 April. Ethembeni is in Doornfontein on the eastern edge of the CBD.The group of volunteers arrived early in the morning, bright-eyed and ready to get stuck into their work helping the nurses and other staff at the home. When they weren’t busy spending quality time with the children, either playing games or feeding them, the volunteers also lent a hand in the general upkeep of the home and its facilities.“It’s nice to know that there are people out there who are willing to take the time to come and help out here at the home,” said Lucia Ntombela, the site manager at Ethembeni. “Nowadays people don’t have much time; people are busy. For them to take that hour or two hours to come and volunteer knowing that you won’t get paid. I really admire them.“It’s really beautiful to see, and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us.”Founded by The Salvation Army in 1995, Ethembeni now serves as a home to nearly 60 children from in and around Johannesburg’s inner city.“Some of the children arrive here and it’s difficult for them to smile. But as time goes on they slowly open up and start smiling again,” she said.It is a place where those left destitute by the endemic find refuge, a place that was fittingly named Ethembeni, meaning “place of hope” in isiXhosa. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Go the Extra MileGEM is a social development drive that was created to get people actively involved in the development of organisations and initiatives that aim to improve people’s lives, such as Ethembeni.By rewarding volunteers for their involvement, GEM hopes the incentive will drive more and more people to take ownership of the societies they live in and take a more hands-on approach to improving them.“We receive incentives and rewards for so many things, such as shopping at a certain place, or flying a certain airline,” explained Camilo Ramada, co-founder of GEM with David Shields.“Why then not offer incentives for the really important things, such as taking care of babies, helping to paint a school, working in a community garden, making food for the homeless, or cleaning-up neighbourhoods?”Encouraging active citizenship among people in South Africa is one of Play Your Part’s key objectives and partnering and supporting initiatives such as GEM is part of the effort to do just that.Volunteers can select one or more of the campaigns listed in the app’s database. Once the good deed is done, they receive a reward via the app, called a GEM.These GEMs can be redeemed for a range of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity or movie tickets.Get involvedFor more information on how to get involved in your community and to keep track of the activities in and around your area, visit GEM’s website or download the application.Go out and take action, get actively involved in turning South Africa into a better place for all who call it home.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#crowdsourcing#web In today’s blog post by Chief Strategy Officer Mike Maser, Digg announced that it will be rolling out its beta ad program later this week. In addition to the community’s existing banner ads, the company is launching an initial set of ads to appear in rotation with regular content. From here, users will interact with the ads in the same way they interact with articles – by digging, burying and commenting on them. Advertising with a high number of Diggs will fetch lower ad revenue and buried advertisers will be charged more. ReadWriteWeb covered Kevin Rose’s suggestion for this advertising system in April. The program will be launched this week for testing to a select few users before making a public release. Says Maser to the community, “The success of this system depends on your participation and feedback, as it will help advertisers to create the best possible experience for the Digg community. Our goal with Digg Ads is to encourage advertisers to create content as compelling as organic Digg stories, and to give you more control over which ads you see on Digg. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro It will be interesting to see which advertisers attempt to game the system by digging their own ads, and how fast these ads will be buried. The official June announcement of the Digg ad program received more than 400 comments within the community, and surprisingly many of them are very positive. While critics argue that the ads will simply be buried and advertisers will stop paying for placement, others called this “marketing democracy.” A few commenters pointed to the fact that they already use Adblock – a Firefox extension that allows users to filter out advertising content. Nevertheless, others chastise Adblock users for not supporting the community they enjoy. In a community as opinionated as Digg’s, it will be interesting to see how the first users react to this new play for revenue. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more