By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Canadian military is expected to officially apologize early next year for including the Mohawk Warrior Society in a draft version of the military’s counter-insurgency manual, APTN National News has learned.The text of the apology has been approved by the upper echelons of the military command, but details still need to be worked out on how to deliver the statement and on how big of an event should be staged.A draft 2006 version of the military’s counter-insurgency manual was released publicly in March 2007 and it included a reference to the Mohawk Warrior Society in a section describing different types of insurgencies.First Nations leaders immediately reacted with anger, saying it appeared to equate First Nations with terrorist groups like Hezbollah and the Taliban.The apology is expected to be delivered in either January or February.The Assembly of First Nations and representatives from Akwesasne are involved in the discussions.A draft 2006 version of the military’s counter-insurgency manual was released publicly in March 2007 and it included a reference to the Mohawk Warrior Society in a section describing different types of insurgencies.First Nations leaders immediately reacted with anger, saying it appeared to equate First Nations with terrorist groups like Hezbollah and the Taliban.Former Akwesasne council Chief Cheryl Jacobs began writing letters to National Defence Minister Peter MacKay demanding an apology.It wasn’t until 2009 that she received a response indicating that the military was considering the request.Jacobs welcomed the news that an apology was in the works.“I can’t wait for it to become a reality,” she said. “The black brush-stroke across all Aboriginal people in Canada will go in reverse.”The reference to the Mohawk Warrior Society is highlighted in a section under the heading: Overview of Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies.It quotes directly from the master’s thesis of military historian Timothy Winegard who has written a book on the 1990 Oka Crisis.“The rise of radical Native American organizations, such as the Mohawk Warrior Society, can be viewed as insurgencies with specific and limited aims,” reads Winegard’s text, from his thesis titled The Court of Last Resort: The 1990 Oka Crisis and the Canadian Forces. “Although they do not seek complete control of the federal government, they do seek particular political concessions in their relationship with national governments and control (either overt or covert) of political affairs at a local/reserve…level, through the threat of, or us of, violence.”The military said it had deleted the reference from the manual.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s president defended a pension reform bill approved by Congress Tuesday that has prompted violent protests and a general strike, saying it seeks only to benefit retirees.The measure passed in the lower house by a 127-117 vote after more than 12 hours of debate, much of which came as demonstrators clashed with police outside the chamber.The legislation, which had already cleared the Senate, would change the formula by which pension benefits are calculated, basing them largely on inflation instead of wage growth and tax contributions. It’s a key part of the economic changes pushed by President Mauricio Macri’s government to reduce Argentina’s high deficit and attract investments.“We’ve created a formula that defends (retirees) from inflation and guarantees that they will be better,” Macri said at a press conference at the presidential palace. “Our priority is to take care of the retirees.”But opposition lawmakers, union leaders and other critics complain the bill will cut pension and retirement payments as well as aid for some poor families because consumer prices are expected to be lower.“We’re sad. This law is bad,” said opposition lawmaker Agustin Rossi. “We tried to impede it from passing, but we couldn’t get the numbers. This harms retirees.”Argentina’s largest union called a 24-hour general strike that has grounded hundreds of flights. About 150 people were also injured and about 60 were arrested in clashes between police and demonstrators Monday outside the Congress building. Some retirees who were protesting the measure were caught up in the middle of the violence when some demonstrators hurled rocks and gasoline bombs, and riot police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.Macri told reporters that the violence had “clearly been orchestrated” and would be investigated.In peaceful protests, demonstrators banged on pots in several neighbourhoods of the capital late into the night. The protests hold deep symbolism for Argentines, who have haunting memories of the 2001-2002 economic collapse, when pot-banging marches forced presidents from office and made the country practically ungovernable.“I respect that there are people who believe that these reforms are not good,” Macri said. “It would be illogical to have unanimity. But I’m asking them not to doubt the intention because I’m convinced that it will help them.”Since taking office in 2015, the conservative leader has promised to rein in government spending and revive Argentina’s lagging economy. The pension overhaul is expected to save the government about $3.42 billion.Macri has been credited with ending a longstanding legal dispute that returned Latin America’s third-largest economy to international credit markets after nearly 15 years. But his ordering of job cuts and slashing of utility subsidies has stoked labour unrest. In October, Macri said that he would seek deeper reforms in tax and labour after his governing coalition notched a decisive victory in congressional elections.
Companies in this story: (TSX:ZZZ)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. says it will acquire online mattress retailer Endy for nearly $89 million.The Toronto-based company says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the mattress-in-a-box firm, a Canadian start-up that launched in 2015.Sleep Country Canada will pay $88.7 million, with $63.7 million cash at closing and up to $25 million more in cash in early 2021 if certain growth and profitability targets are achieved in the previous year.The company’s revolving credit facility will be upsized by $60 million to $210 million to finance the transaction.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close on Dec. 6 of this year.Sleep Country already sells a mattress-in-a-box product, Bloom, which comes in four different styles and price levels.
30 June 2009The governing body of the United Nations trade and development agency has convened a meeting today in Geneva to highlight the need to keep the food crisis affecting Africa from being forgotten as governments focus on tackling the global economic downturn. While the food crisis may not be making the headlines it did last year, food security is still a major concern in many African countries, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The prices of staple foods remain above their long-term averages and over 300 million Africans – about a third of the continent’s population – continue to face chronic hunger, the agency said in an information note. Ensuring food security in the region will require improving productivity and rural livelihoods, as well as addressing global market imbalances.UNCTAD said that decades of neglect, both national and international, of the African agricultural sector has transformed many countries from net food exporters to net food importers, leaving them vulnerable to price swings and variations in global crop yields. African countries currently import about 25 per cent of their food.“The vulnerability of the continent to serious food shortages and hunger remains, since the root causes have not been resolved, and a repeat of the 2008 food crisis can recur if prices for such staples as rice, wheat, corn, and cooking oil climb again on world markets,” said the agency.Among those addressing the meeting convened by the Trade and Development Board on the issue were UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, and David Nabarro, Coordinator for the Global Food Security Crisis and Avian and Pandemic Influenza, as well as several experts.
MONTREAL — Metro Inc. reported its second-quarter profit and sales were up compared with a year ago, boosted by its acquisition of the Jean Coutu Group drug store chain last year.The grocer says it earned $121.5 million or 47 cents per diluted share for the 12-week period ended March 16, up from a profit of $106.9 million or 47 cents per share a year ago.Sales totalled $3.7 billion, up from $2.9 billion. Excluding the Jean Coutu Group, Metro says sales were up 4.0 per cent compared with a year ago.Food same-store sales rose 4.3, while pharmacy same-store sales gained 1.1 per cent.On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned 60 cents per share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 47 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share and revenue of $3.73 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Related Stories:HBC Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial ResultsDollarama misses expectations on profit, but hikes sales forecastBlackberry plunges to 4-year low in first five minutes of trading on earnings miss, outlook cutMetro closed its $4.5-billion acquisition of Jean Coutu on May 11, 2018.The company said Wednesday that Francois J. Coutu will retire as president of the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc., Metro’s pharmacy division, on May 31.Alain Champagne has been named as his successor.
Andreas Mavrommatis, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iraq, said the global community owed it to the long-suffering Iraqi people to stand by them, providing the necessary training and expertise in diverse fields to enable them to carry out the daunting task of reconstruction and reconciliation, eradicating the culture and remnants of 30 years of a regime that used oppression as its only political tool. Welcoming this position, Iraq’s delegate, Ousama Badedine voiced full support for the Special Rapporteur’s position, saying his country is ready for reconstruction and democracy. He added that daily acts of terrorism were creating a climate of fear, but efforts were being made to restore rights by lifting restrictions imposed by the previous regime. In his written report to the Commission, Mr. Mavrommatis says Iraq’s security situation has had an adverse effect not only on the long-overdue reconstruction of the country and the alleviation of the Iraqi people’s suffering, but also on efforts to investigate past violations. He notes that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have made allegations regarding the conditions of detention of people arrested by Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) forces, as well as about unnecessary innocent civilian casualties during security operations by the CPA. In a subsequent update to the report, the Special Rapporteur says he has received important documents about past violations and recommends speeding up the process of criminal investigations in connection with grave human rights violations. He adds that all mass graves must be secured, while the process of identifying remains must be accelerated.
“Let us act with collective humanity to lift people in crisis from fear and helplessness,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to a high-level event convened by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate.He noted that around the world, thousands of men and women dedicate themselves to helping communities facing perilous circumstances. However, despite these efforts, each year the number of people in need continues to escalate.“The scale and cost of meeting humanitarian needs is increasingly overwhelming our capacity to respond. The future will be even worse if we do not take decisive, collective action now.” Recalling last week’s adoption by Member States of a new sustainable development agenda, Mr. Ban said it will not be possible to achieve a world of safety and dignity for all without addressing the plight of millions of women, children and men affected by humanitarian crises.This is why the World Humanitarian Summit that the UN will convene in Istanbul, Turkey on 23 and 24 May 2016 will be so important, he noted. “The Summit is a vital opportunity to reinforce our common endeavour to save lives, and prevent and alleviate suffering.”The Summit will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.It will build on a series of major global conferences such as the progress achieved on disaster risk reduction in Sendai, on development financing in Addis Ababa, on sustainable development in New York, and on the agreement on climate change that Member States are striving to adopt in Paris in December.In preparation for the Summit, global consultation process has taken place involving 23,000 people in 151 countries. The Synthesis Report of the consultations proposes five major action areas to shape the Summit: dignity; safety; resilience; partnerships and finance.Also expected to frame the discussions at the Summit are recommendations that will be submitted by the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, which the Secretary-General set up in May to identify ways to close the gap between rising needs and the resources available to meet them. Mr. Ban, who will later today convene a high-level meeting on migration and refugee movements, noted that more than 60 million people around the world have been forced to abandon their homes due to violence and persecution – more than at any time since the Second World War – and half of them are children.“Armed conflict is by far the greatest driver of humanitarian need,” he stated. “The absence of political solutions leads to protracted crises and more displacement. As populations rise, along with extreme poverty, growing inequality and rapid unplanned urbanization, natural hazards are a growing risk.“Climate change is also causing increasing humanitarian stress,” he continued, adding that it threatens to cause massive internal displacement and cross-border movement in the coming decades.“Let us never forget that behind each statistic is a human life: a woman, a man, a child, with aspirations and human rights. Each deserves protection. Each has a right to a life of dignity.”
During the U.S. election last November, voters in Colorado and Washington passed plebiscites allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. This decision by voters to legalize marijuana represents a significant shift in public attitudes toward the drug, on par with the changes in attitudes towards alcohol that were witnessed after prohibition.“People are talking about drug control following the same model,” says Malleck. “My research on post-prohibition Ontario looks at what happened in a similar environment, but without a 100-year panic around drugs.”Malleck’s book Try to Control Yourself is now available in paperback from UBC Press. His historical research looks at the post-prohibition regulation of alcohol in six diverse Ontario communities – Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Essex County, Waterloo County and Thunder Bay district. A Brock prof’s research into how the government of Ontario dealt with the regulation of alcohol and public drinking in the province in the post-prohibition 20s and 30s raises some interesting questions about our society’s attitudes towards to alcohol.“We have this incredibly conflicted relationship with alcohol,” says Dan Malleck, associate professor of Community Health Sciences and author of Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944.Dan Malleck“From the end of prohibition in Ontario until the Second World War, liquor laws in the province changed significantly,” says Malleck. “And with the creation of the LCBO in 1927, the government tried to foster a system that worked in the complex political and social culture of the time.”The whole idea of allowing drinking in a province where a lot of people still thought it should be illegal because it was immoral and destructive to society had to be weighed against the fact that prohibition simply did not work.“Government had to strike a balance between keeping alcohol relatively restricted, and making it appealing enough so that people wouldn’t go to illegal watering holes to drink,” says Malleck. “Many people saw drinking as inherently evil, but prohibition was much worse in that it created a whole new level of illegality.”At the turn of the century, the idea of the state controlling all aspects of liquor production, distribution and sales – based on principles of “disinterested management” – was taking hold in Scandinavian countries and around the world. Disinterested management is when managers don’t have a financial stake in selling more alcohol. Instead their focus is to control the consumption of alcohol in society.The province adopted a modified version of this system in the wake of repealing the Ontario Temperance Act. The production of alcohol remained in the hands of private industry, but the LCBO ran the stores and inspected breweries, wineries and distilleries.From 1927 to 1934 people could buy booze in the liquor store to take home, but they couldn’t drink regular strength booze anywhere in public, such as bars. Then from 1934 to 1944 people were allowed to drink beer in hotel beverage rooms and beer and wine in hotel dining rooms, which was similar to the pre-prohibition model of alcohol regulation in Ontario.“The LCBO constrained drinking mostly to hotel beverage rooms, but the way the board enforced the rules was not as rigid as many imagine,” says Malleck. “They were very flexible in the application of the law and it was more about self-control and showing that you were trying. The thinking was that you might as well keep these places in sight and manage them rather than drive drinking back underground.”Our society’s current notions of “responsible drinking” and the “responsible drinker” were shaped and influenced by this bureaucratic balancing act.“Once you strip away the morality of it, the main concerns about drinking are the family, social order and economic stability,” says Malleck. “So if you create this idea that it is ok as long as you do it in a way that won’t disrupt whatever you are worried about, like the social order or integrity of the family, then what’s wrong with it?”Malleck’s historical research has relevant connections to ongoing present-day debates about what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in society.
It might seem like a matter of time before the NFL and London stop flirting and start going steady. Six NFL teams have flown across the Atlantic to play a football game this year — most recently, the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars, who squared off on Sunday in the third and final London game of the season. (Just as if they were playing on home soil, the Jaguars lost badly.) The league would have to inconvenience only two additional teams1A 16-game regular season would require eight visiting teams to travel to London. to host a franchise in London full-time.Most commentary on the possibility of a London NFL team has been skeptical. Bill Barnwell, of Grantland, worried last year about travel and timing logistics and the potential disadvantages a London franchise would face in recruiting free agents.My view is more optimistic, at least when it comes to whether a London team could find a sufficient fan base. I’m not sure a franchise in London would be a smashing success. But even given conservative assumptions, London’s huge population and revenue base are probably enough to outweigh the relatively low level of NFL interest there. Perhaps more important, in contrast to some U.S.-based candidates for expansion or relocation, a London team would not cannibalize much of the fan bases of existing NFL franchises.Still, if London got first dibs on a team, the NFL would be overlooking a couple of more obvious candidates much closer to home.Last year, I looked at the National Hockey League’s allocation of franchises, estimating the size of each market’s NHL fan base using the population of its metropolitan area and the number of Google searches for the term “NHL.” (The analysis concluded that the NHL is overextended into smaller U.S. markets while underserving Canadian fans.) Here, I’ll perform the same analysis for the NFL, comparing cities that already have a team to potential new markets in North America and Europe.As with the hockey analysis, I’ll assume the popularity of the NFL in a given market is proportional to the number of Google searches for NFL-related topics,2The distinction between Google search topics and search strings is explained here. Topics are more comprehensive — for instance, Google searches for both “NFL” and “National Football League” will be grouped under the same topic. However, I default the search string for the term “NFL” in countries where topic-level estimates are not available, adjusting them upward to account for the less comprehensive search coverage. as according to Google Trends. Google searches might not be a perfect measure of popularity but they correlate reasonably well with other measures of franchise success3In the NHL, for instance, our Google-based estimates of each team’s fan base correlated strongly with its profitability. and allow us to compare domestic and international markets by the same standard. The only ad-hoc adjustment I’ve made is to lump Green Bay together with Milwaukee for purposes of calculating the Packers’ fan base.Otherwise, this is pretty simple: We’re just multiplying a metro area’s population4Market sizes are drawn from the estimates of metro-area populations put together by Demographia earlier this year. In the past, I’ve preferred to use estimates based on TV market sizes, which are slightly more inclusive of outlying areas that have a cultural affinity with a particular metroplex. But these aren’t widely available outside the U.S. and Canada. by the volume of Google searches it conducts on NFL-related topics. The estimated number of fans in each market is calibrated to the U.S. national average of 28 percent of Americans who say they are “very interested” in the NFL. Our estimates of the number of NFL fans in the 30 existing NFL markets5There are 32 NFL teams, but the New York and San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metro areas have two teams each. — and about two dozen plausible expansion destinations — follow6Google Trends data is less detailed in some other countries than it is in the U.S. For cities in Canada, Germany, Spain and Mexico, I use data taken from the state or province level rather than the metro area. For London, I use data from the city level rather than the metropolitan area.:In contrast to the NHL (or college football), the level of interest in the NFL is fairly consistent from place to place in the United States. There’s also relatively little difference between those markets that have an NFL franchise and those that don’t.In some ways, these are signs of the league’s success: The NFL has conquered Sunday afternoons in just about every nook and cranny of the United States. And it’s principally a television sport. In the NFL, it’s not quite as important where the franchises are located — so long as you can transmit a TV signal from there.But partly because of the NFL’s pervasiveness, it has run out of highly attractive American markets other than Los Angeles. (Other than that, Mr. Goodell, how was the play?) Even Los Angeles provides some evidence of the league’s saturation: NFL interest there is only mildly lower than the national average despite the city not having hosted a team since 1994. Let’s say, however, that the NFL comes to its senses and places a team in Los Angeles soon. Where else is there to go in the U.S.?Las Vegas has high levels of NFL avidity and ranks as the next-largest untapped U.S. market by the number of NFL fans. But given the NFL’s longstanding paranoia about associations with gambling, putting a team there would be as much of an adventure for the league as going to a foreign market.After this are a series of markets — Orlando, Florida; Sacramento, California; Virginia Beach, Virginia; San Antonio; Austin, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio — where a team would play in the shadow of a more established franchise: The San Francisco 49ers in the case of Sacramento, for instance, or the Dallas Cowboys in the case of San Antonio. We’ll seek to measure the effect of this in more detail later on. It’s not that these markets are necessarily any less NFL-worthy than, say, Nashville or Jacksonville. But they’d reshuffle existing fans around more than they’d allow the league to expand its footprint.The foreign markets are more intriguing. Let’s start with London.I estimate from the Google data that only about 4 percent of Londoners are NFL fans now. However, the city’s metro area has about 10 million people. That means it has about 400,000 NFL fans. That isn’t great, but it’s comparable to a few existing NFL markets (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Kansas City) and slightly larger than a few others (Buffalo, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Nashville). A London franchise might be the equivalent of a “small-market” team — but it would hardly be a huge outlier.There are a number of reasons to think this underestimates London’s potential. London is wealthy, with a GDP per capita of somewhere around £37,000 ($60,000 at current exchange rates). That means higher ticket prices and more billionaires to buy the team when it goes up for sale. London is also among the most-visited cities by tourists in the world with about 15 million international visitors a year.7Assuming that the average tourist visit lasts three to four days, that means there are about 150,000 international tourists in London at any given time. That’s small compared to London’s baseline of 10 million permanent residents, but it’s a nice little bonus. And it doesn’t account for travel there from within the United Kingdom, which is also significant.More important, our estimate that 4 percent of Londoners are NFL fans is based on the volume of Google searches since 2004. Those searches have increased recently, and there’s reason to expect a further increase in fan interest if a team is located in the city permanently. As measured by Google searches, interest in the NHL increased by about 80 percent in the province of Manitoba, Canada, after the league relocated a franchise to Winnipeg in 2011. The NBA experienced a similar increase in Oklahoma City when it moved a team there.8It also helps that the Oklahoma City Thunder have been much better than their predecessors, the Seattle Sonics. Because the NFL is already so saturated in the United States, I wouldn’t expect an 80 percent increase in NFL interest if you placed a team in Orlando or Austin. But London, and other foreign markets, have a much lower baseline and more room to grow.A London-based team could also have some appeal across the rest of England and the United Kingdom. One precedent comes from the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors, the only Canadian teams in Major League Baseball and the NBA, respectively. Each one generates about 20 percent to 25 percent as much search traffic in other Canadian provinces as it does in its native Ontario. That doesn’t sound great, but it’s higher than most U.S.-based franchises, many of which generate only about 5 percent as much search traffic outside their home states. With no other franchise to compete against geographically, a London team could be regional in the way the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox are, covering a larger footprint than you’d infer from its metro area alone.You might think these are pie-in-the-sky assumptions; I think they’re pretty reasonable. The only issue is that there are two other international destinations that rank better still.They’re not among the more exotic choices. Paris, Dusseldorf9Essen-Dusseldorf, which also includes several other mid-size cities, is the most populous metropolitan area in Germany. and Madrid almost certainly would not have the fan bases to support an NFL team at the present time. A second U.K.-based team, in a place such as Manchester, would not do much better. Nor in all likelihood would San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is a baseball town.But the Toronto metro area is highly populous and NFL interest is already reasonably high there. I estimate T Dot has about 1 million NFL fans — more than the majority of U.S. markets to host an NFL team. As with the Raptors and Blue Jays in their sports, there could also some residual gains in NFL interest across the rest of Canada.Mexico City ranks even higher. Although only about 7.5 percent of people there are NFL fans, 7 percent of 20 million residents is still 1.5 million NFL fans.Could those Mexico City fans afford tickets and licensed replica jerseys and the products sponsors might want them to buy? Mexico gets pigeonholed as a developing country and that’s true for much of the nation, but Mexico City itself has developed into a thriving, bustling city with many of the creature comforts available in the other great metropolises of North America. Mexico City’s metro-area GDP is about $30,000 per capita and GDP per capita is nearing $50,000 in the city proper, comparable to that in U.S. cities. Levels of NFL interest in Mexico City, while not extraordinarily high, are higher than in London: An NFL game there in 2005 drew more than 100,000 spectators.The international markets also offer the advantage of being unconquered territory rather than existing in the shadow of any current NFL team. To measure this, I ran another series of Google Trends searches on topics related to individual NFL teams (e.g. searches for topics related to the Seattle Seahawks) to see how they compared to interest in the NFL as a whole.In existing NFL markets, Google search traffic for the local team is generally about 65 percent to 70 percent as high as that for the league as a whole. See here for the Detroit Lions, for example. Of the Detroit area’s roughly 840,000 NFL fans, Google search volume would suggest we’d allocate about 480,000 of them to the Lions. Another 200,000 or so would go to the next-most popular NFL teams there, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. That leaves relatively few “free agent” fans.In the foreign markets, however, including in Canada, fans are largely not committed to any one NFL franchise. In the table below, I’ve estimated the number of fans for the three most popular teams in each market and calculated how many fans remain after allocating fans to those teams.10The calculation is a bit rough for some of the less promising markets. Interest in the NFL is low enough in Dusseldorf that we don’t have a great idea of who the most popular teams are there. Also, in England, the most popular team according to Google topics is nominally the Cleveland Browns. But this appears to be a false positive, with Google having picked up on other contexts in which the word “Browns” is used. Searches for the text string “Cleveland Browns” as opposed to the topic “Cleveland Browns” are quite low in England. In Mexico City, for instance, the Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Broncos are probably the most popular teams. But searches for those three teams combined represent only 20 percent to 25 percent of searches for NFL-related topics as a whole. Contrast that with Columbus, where searches for the Cleveland Browns, Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals represent about 90 percent of searches for the NFL as a whole. That’s not to say a Columbus-based team wouldn’t pick up some fans of its own, but they might come largely at the expense of the Browns, Bengals and Steelers rather than acquainting new fans with the league.Toronto, like Mexico City, has only about 20 percent of NFL fans allocated to one of the three most popular NFL teams there. The Buffalo Bills have sometimes protestested that Toronto is part of their market, but NFL fans in Toronto take only a modest interest in the Bills according to search data and other metrics like merchandise sales.I estimate there are about 50,000 Bills fans in greater Toronto. That isn’t nothing when there are only about 300,000 NFL fans in metro Buffalo itself. But that’s Buffalo’s problem, not Toronto’s. If the NFL wants to have a franchise in Buffalo, it should have one in Buffalo. It should also have one in Toronto. The league would come out ahead if it had to slightly subsidize the Bills with the extra revenues it gained from a Toronto team.How about Montreal or Vancouver instead? If you could combine the virtues of the two — Montreal’s larger population with Vancouver’s greater NFL interest — you’d have an NFL-worthy city. As it stands, however, both are decidedly inferior to Toronto. Montreal comes out slightly better than Vancouver in our reckoning because, while each has about the same number of NFL fans, a fair number of those in Vancouver are committed to the Seattle Seahawks.Among U.S. cities, Los Angeles remains No. 1 with a bullet after allocating fans to existing teams. Las Vegas’s numbers also hold up well. So, to a lesser extent, do Orlando’s, a surprising result given that there are three other NFL teams in Florida. But Orlando, like other cities in the state, has a lot of expats from the north who root for teams like the New England Patriots and New York Giants and who might or might not be intrigued by an expansion team. The state of Florida has produced its fair share of disappointments in cultivating loyalty toward new franchises. Most of the other American candidates could wind up like Jacksonville — at best just barely big enough to support a team on its own and with that team having barely any footprint beyond the city’s borders.A final question is about the NFL’s endgame. If the NFL merely needs a couple of credible candidates for relocation — whether as leverage against existing teams or as genuine alternatives — Los Angeles and London should more than suffice. But if the league is thinking about expansion, it might have to do it in a big way. Thirty-two teams is a convenient number, readily divisible into two conferences and eight divisions of four teams each. A 33-, 34- or 35-team league would be awkward, however. The next equilibrium would be 36 teams instead, which could be divided into six divisions of six teams each.In that case, the NFL ought to return to cultivating the Mexico City market and treat Toronto as more than a token alternative for the Bills. An expansion to those cities along with London and Los Angeles would be the boldest thing the league has done in years — and possibly the smartest.CORRECTION (2:15 p.m.): An earlier version of a chart in this article misstated the number of unallocated NFL fans for Mexico City. That number is 1.15 million, not 1.49 million.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related As investigations continue into the ghastly murder of 18-year-old Qualfon receptionist Raynelle Benfield, the five suspects, including her boyfriend, remain in custody. This was confirmed by Police in C Division (East Coast Demerara) late Tuesday who indicated that all avenues were being pursued even as the suspects were still being held.Dead: Raynelle BenfieldInvestigators are working on the theory that the teen might have been sexually assaulted before her face was bashed in with a heavy object, believed to be a stone. The teen’s relatives were on Monday questioned by investigators about her social life and acquaintances which prompted ranks to visit the homes of several young men in the area.According to reports reaching this publication, the boyfriend, a suspected gang member, had dated a female relative of Benfield in the recent past and a falling out had occurred over this issue.Benfield, of Lot 99 Canterbury Walk, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, was discovered in a nearby Muslim cemetery around 07:00hrs on Monday with her face mutilated.It is believed that she was sexually assaulted as her hands were resting on her chest while the pair of jeans she was wearing was pulled to her knees.This publication was told that the teen left home on Saturday morning for work and after she did not return home that evening, her relatives were under the impression that she was working overtime. They, however, received a call informing them that her body was found in the cemetery. Her colleagues stated that they last saw her around 18:00h on Saturday.The death of the young woman follows a recent string of homicides of young females. Earlier this month, a guard reportedly confessed to killing 23-year-old waitress Marrisa Fraser, whose partially nude body was discovered a short distance from a pool of blood, in a canal at Number Five Village, West Coast Berbice.Additionally, 47-year-old taxi driver Matthew Munroe was arraigned this month for allegedly killing Richard Ishmael school teacher Kescia Branche, who was discovered in an unconscious state on the morning of November 5, in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown.A post-mortem conducted showed that Branche died of haemorrhaging due to blunt trauma to the head. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Autonomous Solutions, Inc (ASI) has announced the completion of a facilities expansion involving its unmanned vehicle test track. This expansion includes a tripling of the test tracks and the creation of more realistic urban scenarios with the needed signage and road striping to develop and test new driverless vehicle algorithms. “This new facility expansion is critical in the support of our new partners. Our proving ground is a test city, it’s a test mine, it’s a test farm field. We have built into our facility all of these different environments to enable rapid development and rigorous 24/7 product verification and validation testing,” says Mel Torrie, ASI Co-Founder and CEO.“This facility expansion not only allows us to do more testing, but also provides more office space for the quickly growing engineering team,” says Torrie. ASI is currently automating testing for three of the five big automotive companies in Detroit and is expanding into Europe and China with partnerships starting in January. Other markets like mining, agriculture, and construction leverage the same underlying robotics platform foundation but have different “apps” that are customised to the unique needs of each.
THE WOMAN WHOSE landmark case found the State liable for the sexual abuse she suffered says she’s been “very disappointed” by the State’s response.Last January, the European Court of Human Rights found in favour of Louise O’Keeffe in her case against the Irish state, making them liable for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her primary school principal.In the wake of the decision, former Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said that 44 day school abuse claims would be reviewed. But speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme today, O’Keeffe says that no contact has yet been made with these victims:It beggars belief that they haven’t made any contact at all with any of these people. Why, why not? These are the people that have suffered. You must talk to them, you must sort out what happened in the past. Talk now about what we’re going to do in the future, that hasn’t been happening.O’Keeffe said that the Taoiseach had offered to meet her back in January and after speaking to other victims she now feels that she has “no option” but to do so. She has therefore written to the Taoiseach and to Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan requesting a meeting before the end of September.O’Keeffe has previously been critical of the State’s response and in June accused it of taking advantage of the fact victims of abuse are getting older and are “less able to continue to fight for their rights”.In today’s This Week interview she criticised the inter-departmental group set up by the Government to improve the child protection practices.“It should be broader, it simply must include people who have been abused in the schools,” she argued.It needs to be firmed up, it needs to be far more stringent, it really does. Guidelines? You can give me a guideline on how to drive down the road but I needn’t follow it.O’Keeffe also says there needs to be definitive timeline for the Government’s promised legislative response, something that currently isn’t there.“There isn’t a definitive timeline, there isn’t an action plan even. They state that the next steps are to reply to the European court on the 28 January, they were supposed to reply by 28 July. We expected a comprehensive reply and that hasn’t happened.Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland’s school patronage system is unworkable >Read: 44 school abuse claims to be reviewed following O’Keeffe judgement >
I imagine the most difficult part of making a cake thatlooks like this is the part where you actually have to let people eat the thing. A bakeron Flickr concocted the above delicious homage to the popular mobile game.It’s almost enough to make you put down the game for a second.Almost.
Téléchargement illégal : les mails d’avertissements inefficaces ?États-Unis – Les mails envoyés par les autorités aux internautes soupçonnés de piratage semble ne pas avoir d’impact. Le trafic P2P poursuit en effet sur sa lancée de manière stable. C’est du moins le cas aux États-Unis.La lutte contre le piratage continue aux États-Unis. Pour tenter de mettre un terme au téléchargement illégal, la RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) a pris des mesures telles que l’envoi d’avertissements par e-mail, comme le prévoit la riposte graduée d’Hadopi en France.Après 1,8 millions d’envois, le constat est un échec. L’analyse du trafic des réseaux montre en effet des courbes stables. Parmi les destinataires de ces courriers électroniques, figurent 270.000 collèges et universités. L’État pourrait donc mettre à exécution sa menace de retrait de subvention si les établissements publics ne bloquent pas les accès aux sites douteux. Mais certains spécialistes estiment que les autorités américaines souhaitent uniquement faire bonne figure auprès des artistes et des ayant-droits.Le 6 juillet 2010 à 16:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
Abids: United Muslim Forum (UMF) demanded the State government that issue strict instructions to the police and the intelligence departments to avert and make sure that mob lynching and hate crimes are controlled.Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Syed Akbar Nizamuddin Hussain Saberi, the vice-president of United Muslims Forum (UMF), said that religious festivals should not trigger any kind of violence and should be celebrated amid peace and harmony. He expressed concern that the incidents of hate crimes on the basis of religious identity were on the rise in the country and mob lynching was destroying secular fabric of our country. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “Stringent laws must be enacted by the state and central governments to ensure protection of life and property of citizens of our beloved country. Supreme Court has issued directives last year to curb the mob lynching and strong steps should be taken to implement the court directions. In Jharkhand a Muslim youth Shams Tabriz Ansari was brutally murder by a mob. The United Muslim forum demands Rs 1 crore compensation to his family and also provide government job and housing facility,” he said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Members of UMF also said that during the process of road-widening or land acquisitions for government projects, the government was ignoring the sentiments of Muslim community and demolition of mosques was taking place. The Wakf Board has failed to Act on time to protect Wakf properties and institutions. UMF demanded re-construction of Masjid-e-Ek Khana in Amberpet and other masjids which were demolished other places in the state. Advertise With Us It is learned that honorarium of Imams and Moazzans of Masjid was not provided on monthly basis. There were many dues and salaries should be released with immediate effect, they noted. UMF president Maulana Raheemuddin Ansari, vice-presidents Syed Mohammed Qubool Badesha Shuttari, Mir Qutubuddin Ali Chisti, Mohammed Ziauddin Nayyar, Syed Muneeruddin Ahmed Muqtar, general secretary Syed Muneeruddin Ahmed Muqtar and other members of forum were present.
By Renee Foose and Hannah Gaskill, Special to the AFROThe Maryland House of Delegates took a step forward this legislative session to advocate for lower prescription drug costs by setting limits on how much state and local municipalities would pay for medications.House Bill 768, introduced by Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D-PG), is the first of its kind nationally, passed easily by delegates 98-40. “The rising cost of healthcare and health insurance is threatening the budgets of many Maryland families and businesses,” Pena-Melnyk said to the Capital Gazette.(Courtesy Photo)The legislation, designed to create a new oversight board that would address the high cost of prescription drugs, is only halfway through the General Assembly–it has not yet passed the Senate. The legislative session ends on April 8.“The House of Delegates has passed critically important legislation that will help address the high cost of prescription drugs in Maryland. We are urging the Senate to support this bill without amendments, even if they have to work on it through the last day of the Session,” said Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI) President Vincent DeMarco.In a survey conducted by AARP of more than 1800 adults age 50 and older, over half who reported not filling a prescription in the past two years said cost was a factor. “Soaring drug costs are a major burden for state and local governments, as well as low- and middle-income families and this bill will help bring those costs down,” DeMarco told the AFRO.Cost worries were greatest among those in poor health, as well as those with lower incomes and lower education, according to the survey. Maryland NAACP President Gerald Stansbury said “this legislation is key to help working families, no one should have to choose between putting food on the table and their health. We hope this passes the Senate this week.”“When America catches a cold, the African American community gets pneumonia,” said Wandra Ashley-Williams, vice president for the Maryland Chapter of NAACP. “If you can’t afford your drugs, how can you be healthy? We want this legislation to pass without amendments,” she said.The legislation has received widespread support from county executives throughout Maryland and the Legislative Black Caucus. “Local officials are key partners in this bipartisan effort to bring down drug costs and we are trying to educate the public about the need for state action,” DeMarco said.If the bill passes this week, lawmakers would establish a five-member Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine how best to make prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders. The independent board would be tasked with examining the entire drug supply chain, including the role of drug manufacturers and insurance companies and establishing payment rates for expensive drugs that create hardships for Marylanders.If HB 768 makes it through the General Assembly this session, prescription drug cost controls could be in effect as early as 2024.
The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or Pushkar Mela, as it is locally known as, is an annual five day camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar between the months of October and November. It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, it has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the matka phod, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair which attract thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. Located to the northwest of Ajmer, the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favoured destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation.PUSHKAR LAKEAccording to Hindu scriptures, the sacred Pushkar Lake is described as ‘Tirtha Raj’, the king of all pilgrimage sites. No pilgrimage is considered to be complete without a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake. Semi-circular in shape and about 8-10 metres deep, Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats and over 400 temples and is truly a magnificent sight to behold. BRAHMA TEMPLENestled in the picturesque Pushkar valley beyond the Nangaparvat and Anasagar Lake, the Brahma temple holds a special place in the hearts of Indians. It is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Built with marble and decorated with silver coins, this temple can be identified by its red spire and the image of a swan (considered sacred to Lord Brahma). The chaturmukhi (four faced) idol of Lord Brahma is housed in the inner sanctum. A marble statue of the sun god stands sentinel at the temple. Interestingly, while all the gods are shown bare footed, Surya is shown wearing ancient warrior’s boots.GURUDWARA SINGH SABHAGurudwara Singh Sabha, situated in the eastern part of Pushkar, was built in the beginning of the 19th century to commemorate the visits of the first and the tenth gurus- Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Govind Singhji.VARAHA TEMPLEVaraha temple is the largest and the most ancient temple of Pushkar. Constructed by the 12th century ruler, King Anaji Chauhan, this temple is dedicated to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a wild boar. Legend has it that Varaha rescued the earth from depth of the primeval water, where it was dragged down by a demon (Hirnayaksh). It is one of the most visited temples in Pushkar.SAVITRI TEMPLEDedicated to Lord Brahma’s first wife, Goddess Savitri, this temple is situated on a hillock right behind the Brahma temple. While climbing the long series of steps leading to the temple, one can catch a panoramic view of the lake, surrounding temples and sand dunes. The presence of the only Brahma Temple in Pushkar is the outcome of Savitri’s curse to Brahma for marrying another Goddess, Gayatri, while starting his yagna in Pushkar.RANGJI TEMPLEThe gracious and conspicuous Rangji Temple is another popular shrine that witnesses thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rangji, believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The influence of South Indian style, Rajput style and Mughal style in the temple’s architecture is highly noticeable. The high-rising ‘Gopuram’, prevalent mainly in the temples present in South India is another feature of the temple that attracts visitors.PAP MOCHINI TEMPLEPresided by the deity Ekadashi Mata, the Pap Mochini temple is believed to provide respite to followers from their cardinal sins. Located in the northern section of Pushkar, the temple is like a pearl in the crown of Pushkar. Having a great spiritual importance as well as boasting a splendid architecture, the Pap Mochini temple is one of the most popular temples in Rajasthan.SRI PANCHKUND SHIVA TEMPLESri Panchkund Shiva Temple is said to have been built by the five Pandavas. Located on the eastern edge of the town, this temple is around 2-3 kilometres from the lake.ATMATESHWAR TEMPLEThis beautiful 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has an underground component. The intricate Hemadpanti architectural style carvings give this temple a magnificent appearance. Thousands of devotees flock here to pay their respects during the auspicious time of Shivaratri, when Lord Shiva is ritually respected.MAN MAHALThe Man Mahal is one of the greatest palaces of Pushkar. Built as a guest house of Raja Man Singh I, this palace is one of the most attractive spots to visit in Pushkar. It was built to serve as a royal guest house for Raja Man Singh I. The Rajasthani architecture from the royal era that adorns the palace makes it a visual treat. It has now been converted into a heritage hotel, called the RTDC Hotel Sarovar, and allows tourists to not only enjoy the beauty of the palace but also the breathtaking view of the lakes and temples around the lake.HOW TO REACH HERESanganer Airport in Jaipur is the nearest, at a distance of 146 kilometres.Pushkar is well connected to the national highways of Rajasthan. Regular buses ply from Pushkar to the major cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer from the Ajmer bus stand.Pushkar Terminus Railway station which is operational since 2012, is connected to Ajmer railway station located at a distance of 11 kilometres.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » A bit more than hundred years ago, before the plane was invented, there was simply no such job as pilot, flight attendant or ground crew. There was no online booking of flights, no price comparison tools nor all the jobs that were created by them. The computer and Internet were still a long way in the future when the Wright brothers made their historic flight. Imagine how pleased they would be to see their contribution fully realized this way. When a new invention comes to market, new jobs and new businesses are created, not only to operate the invention itself, but also to pop up to support and use it. Virtual Reality (VR) is going to be one such invention. Here are seven possible businesses opportunities which might exist in a future because of VR. 1. Virtual reality developer.VR development firms are already a real thing. The Oculus Rift experience library includes hundreds of titles and the number is growing every day.With the increasing number of VC’s and Angel investors putting money into VR, developers are in high demand at the moment. This growth will continue for the next several years. With VR development education available and continuing investment in the industry, one can expect the appearance of software development firms focusing exclusively on VR.2. Producing 360 Video.Videos produced for 360-degree viewing are one of the most popular and accessible pieces of VR content at the moment. From a consumer perspective, 360 videos do not require an expensive headset and a PC to experience them. From a production perspective they are fairly inexpensive to produce compared to a fully immersive experience. Related: How to Capture 360-Degree Video Like a Pro A few years ago there was no such a thing as a 360 video production company. Now there are more every year, producing some amazing content. All thanks to VR.3. UI/UX designer for virtual reality. When it comes to an immersive experience, one should not forget about the user. User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design are extremely important in mobile and desktop app development and are critical to VR. Good UX for VR will not only help the user to have a more enjoyable experience but also avoid motion sickness. Which is still a problem right now. Currently there are no industry standards for UI and UX in VR. Eventually there will be. This is where the need for UI/UX designers and consulting firms for VR will arise. 4. VR therapy centers.Currently 7.8 percent of the US population suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and 18 percent from anxiety. VR has been proven effective in the treatment of PTSD and anxiety disorders. Right now, VR is largely used for exposure therapy, gradually exposing people to the situation that triggers their anxiety or PTSD.One might expect more therapists to use VR to help those in need. Likewise, expect to see dedicated VR therapy centers popping up across the country. It might be a soothing office with numerous small, yet comfortable rooms outfitted with VR hardware and trained technicians, with medical professionals prescribing and monitoring the user’s experience. 5. VR addiction treatment centers.No, this does not refer to utilization of VR to treat addiction. It means treating those who become addicted to VR, and in turn have difficulty functioning in the real world — choosing instead to “live” in a virtual world. Back in 2014, the BBC discussed the very real possibility of VR users becoming addicted to the experience. One magazine went so far to ask, “Is VR our next hard drug?” Video games have been determined to be addictive. Imagine an immersive experience that captivates our mind even more? As the technology improves, both from a hardware and content perspective, it is very easy to understand that this could be a very real problem. Related: Virtual Reality Reaches Your Gaming, Movies – Even Your Bedroom6. Payment systems for VR.Retailers are dipping their toes into the virtual world as a means to combat declining in-store purchases. How will consumers pay? Will there be a virtual currency other than bitcoin that will be created and utilized in the virtual world? Who will manage it? Will a virtual currency market be created in which users can trade virtual currency whose value is tied to a real world currency? Alibaba recently introduced VR Pay, a virtual-reality payment system that allows virtual reality shoppers to pay for items just by nodding. This begs the question, what other means of conducting virtual transactions will be created? Specifically as we understand how users interact in the virtual world, what will their spending habits be? Will people spend more than they mean to, since the purchase itself will not be real? What happens when a physical package arrives. 7. Law firms focused on VR.A truly immersive virtual experience will be almost impossible to separate from the real world. Will real world laws and regulations be applied to the virtual world? Related: How VR Will Change Storytelling and Marketing in the Next DecadeLicensing will be an issue. Multiple virtual worlds will be created, potentially an infinite amount. But most certainly some of those worlds will look like the one around you right now, complete with logos, music and video content all being played on virtual televisions in a virtual world.One can envision a user’s meeting in a virtual sports bar, complete with that night’s baseball game and UFC fight. Major League Baseball and the UFC, along with every other major sports league and entertainment studio, will demand to protect their content. Laws governing the use of content and even personal brands (think Kim Kardashian) will eventually be rolled out to protect those who create (or who are) the content. New inventions and technologies pave the way to entirely new industries and opportunities. It will be exciting to see what VR gives birth to. February 22, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read
SANTA ANA, San José — A whistling crack pierces the wind. It does not echo in sound, but in force, as it sends a golf ball soaring above the Valle del Sol course in Santa Ana. After squinting to follow the ball’s trajectory, the eyes center back on the origin. There, a lanky, blond teenager named Paul stands with his back twisted upwards and his club thrown back behind his left shoulder.He walks off the course in a slouching gait with his head down, just like any normal 16-year-old. But unlike any other 16-year-old, Paul Chaplet is one month away from playing in the Masters, golf’s most important and recognizable tournament.Not only will he be the second youngest player in this year’s tournament, which starts April 7, but he will be the first Costa Rican to ever compete in the Masters.By winning the Latin American Amateur Championship in January, Chaplet received a bid to play for the green jacket. The almost overnight transformation from just another kid to the face of Costa Rican golf has considerably upped the pressure, Chaplet admits.“The emotional part of it has changed a lot,” Chaplet said. “I just hope I can enjoy every second of it.” At just 16 years old, Chaplet has made history by becoming the first Tico golfer to make the Master’s field. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesChaplet is the son of French parents who came to Costa Rica nearly 25 years ago to start a travel agency catering to French-speaking tourists. He speaks three languages fluently – English, Spanish, and French – and attends Saint Mary School near the family’s townhouse in Escazú.He did not pick up a golf club until he was 10. Now, just six years later, he is getting ready for his debut on the sport’s biggest stage.“I told him, you are already on the fourth floor without taking the steps,” said Paul’s mother, Isabelle Chaplet. “It’s normal that you may be a little lost now. You haven’t had time to grow up in your mind.”To put it in perspective, Tiger Woods did not participate in his first Masters tournament until he was 19.Chaplet said he’s been studying the Augusta Golf Course to prepare himself, and that he is specifically getting ready for the fast greens and improving his accuracy on second shots. And he’s also been practicing his putting and chipping.But Chaplet said he is well aware that nothing can prepare him for the rush of pressure that could come over him when he takes the course for the first time with the eyes of Costa Rica upon him.“I hope I won’t be thinking about it,” he said of being the first Tico to play the prestigious tournament. “Probably unconsciously, yeah I will be.“Obviously you’ll have pressure and it’s going to be nerves. But how many times does it happen that you get that chance of really representing Costa Rica at a high level?” “Putting is the one thing you can never truly perfect,” Chaplet said. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesChaplet practices nearly every day at Santa Ana’s Valle del Sol course, where he said the constant winds have helped him control his ball flight and distances when he goes out to other courses.He is currently ranked 432nd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, making him the highest ranked amateur in the Central American & Caribbean region. Before his win at the Latin American Amateur in the Dominican Republic, Chaplet finished second at the IMG Academy Junior World Florida Challenge by shooting five-under par at the Islandside Golf Course in Longboat Key, Florida in December.But the international amateur tournaments dwarf in scale to golf’s biggest event, where Chaplet said he hopes to make the start of a successful career.“It’s the first time and it’s the first step to what I hope is a good career,” he said. “All I can do is take all the pleasure I can take out of it.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican Paul Chaplet finishes Round 1 of the Masters Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet misses cut for Round 3 of Masters Costa Rica women’s beach volleyball team qualifies for first ever Olympic Games Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet to tee off at Junior World Golf Championships
Arcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to help encourage visitors to experience Arcosanti: to take a tour, have lunch, visit the gallery at Arcosanti, buy a bell and literature, and to stay overnight. A small selection of bronze and ceramic bells are displayed and are for sale at the HDVIC.Arcosanti artists Steven Bochinski, Conrad Mcanany, Cliff Hersted and Arcosanti alumnus Larry Meagher display their work in the HDVIC Art Gallery. Other local artists also display jewelry, sculpture and painting.A variety of historic thematic maps have been donated to the museum for diplay. The general population in the area has been very supportive of the new museum and visitors center.Museum secretary Annie Wales, historian and author, stands by the growing research library of the museum. Cliff Hersted, museum treasurer, loaned most of his personal anthropological library collection to the museum.Many of the books present scholarly articles on the archeology of the Agua Fria National Monument and Arizona in general.Cliff Hersted, HDVIC Manager, explains that to become a State recognized Visitors Information Center, brochures from each of the  tourism regions need to be available to visitors. The 5 regions are designated “Northern AZ, AZ West Coast, Southern AZ, North Central AZ [where Yavapai County is located] and Phoenix and Central AZ.The oak display rack was donated by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information Center. Volunteers call the various tourist venues to request brochures for the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center.This is a terrific new resource, please stop by any time.Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.The HDVIC is located right next to the new Dollar Store, across the street from the Chevron Station at Cordes Junction. July 9, 2014The HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center is operated by the HDHM High Desert Heritage Museum, a 501[c] ‘Not for Profit’ Corporation. The Cosanti Foundation / Arcosanti provides co-sponsorship and significant operation support for the HDVIC.A formal application has been submitted to the AZ Office of Tourism and the AZ Dept. of Transportation for the HDVIC to be recognized as an official AZ VIC Arizona Visitor Information Center. Blue “AZ Tourist Information” directional sign will eventually be installed on I 17 and SR69 as well as the Traffic Interchange. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Cliff Hersted]The facility houses the museum office, its archive and research library, a gift shop and art gallery, a snack shop, and a Visitor Information reception area. Brochures and Maps from all over AZ are available. The HDVIC is ADA compliant.Cliff Hersted, manager of the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center and an employee of the Cosanti Foundation sits at the conference table in the visitors reception area. Also seated are Annie Wales, Museum Secretary [on the left], and Lucy Corder, Museum President [center].The conference table was donated by the Dewey-Humboldt Museum. Cliff Hersted produced the historical posters hanging on the wall.On May 31. 2014 the High Desert Visitor Information Center held an ‘Open House’. About 150 people visited the celebration. Free hotdogs and cookies were served. HDHM – High Desert Heritage Museum board members were on hand to show people around and explain the operation.The “Hilltop Gang” band provided entertainment outside for the Open House celebration.