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100 countries have now signed UN tobaccocontrol treaty

One hundred countries representing 4.5 billion people have signed the global treaty aimed at curbing tobacco use, which now claims nearly 5 million lives every year and causes an estimated annual net loss of $200 billion in treatment and lost productivity, the United Nations health agency reported today. The milestone was reached with this week’s signatures by Ecuador and the Republic of Congo of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which requires countries to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling. WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook praised the signatories for protecting their populations from tobacco-related diseases. He called on all remaining nations to sign the Convention, the first international treaty negotiated under WHO auspices, and on all signatories who have not yet ratified it to do so. The FCTC will enter into force and become legally binding 90 days after the 40th ratification. So far nine countries have ratified it. Three months remain before the end of the signature period. After that, nations can directly adopt the treaty as law without having signed it in a process called “accession.” At the time of its unanimous adoption last May by WHO’s 192 members, the agency warned that the annual death toll of 4.9 million, if left unchecked, could double by 2020. The tobacco epidemic is still expanding, especially in developing countries where currently seven out of every 10 tobacco-related deaths occur, according to WHO. At current rates, the total number of tobacco users is expected to rise to 1.7 billion by 2025 from 1.3 billion now. The European Community (EC) has also signed the treaty as a regional economic integration organization, while its member states sign and ratify the treaty individually. read more

Iraq Annan horrified by hostages murder and use as public spectacle

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the brutal execution of a civilian hostage in Iraq recently, which was captured on videotape and broadcast worldwide Tuesday.”He was horrified by the gruesome murder of a civilian hostage…and was particularly disturbed by the use of this killing as a public spectacle,” the Secretary-General’s spokesman Fred Eckhard said in response to a question about hostage Nick Berg, who was beheaded by his hooded captors.”He extends his deepest condolences to the family of the victim and can only image how they must be feeling,” Mr. Eckhard added.The Secretary-General condemned all killings of innocent civilians in Iraq, “as he condemns all abuse of all prisoners and other violations of international humanitarian law,” the spokesman said.”Now more than ever he once again appeals to all parties to adhere strictly to the fundamental precepts of human rights and principles of international humanitarian law,” Mr. Eckhard said. read more

SecretaryGeneral heads to Washington next week for talks with President Bush

In addition to conferring with the President on 13 February, the Secretary-General will have a separate working lunch with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before returning to New York.Asked whether Mr. Annan had asked for the meeting, spokesman Stephane Dujarric noted that the Secretary-General regularly meets with senior US officials. Mr. Annan, he said, felt this was a good time for a meeting, and the United States agreed.In a press release issued in Washington, the White House said there are “many important issues” on the UN agenda, citing UN reform, human rights, international peace and security and the provision of humanitarian and development assistance. “The President looks forward to his meeting with Secretary-General Annan to discuss these and other topics of mutual concern,” the statement said. read more

Financial close and loan draw down for the Dalgaranga gold project

first_imgFinancial close for the A$60 million loan facility provided by National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been achieved, with Gascoyne Resources Ltd satisfying all conditions required to access funding through the facility. First utilisation of the loan facility has occurred with the company drawing down A$20 million to fund development costs over the coming months.With this achievement, the development of the company’s 100% owned Dalgaranga project is fully funded, on schedule and on budget for first gold production late in Q2 of 2018.Commenting on the loan facility, Gascoyne’s Managing Director Mike Dunbar said: “Achieving Financial Close and first drawdown of the debt for the project is a milestone for the company with the development of the Dalgaranga gold project fully funded, the focus for the company over the coming months will be on completion of the construction and commissioning of Dalgaranga in order to achieve first gold production late in the second quarter of 2018, and the ramp up of exploration activities on the company’s extensive tenement holding, which is being funded from the recently completed capital raising.”The Dalgaranga feasibility study was completed and announced on November 25 2016. The project has an initial mine life of six years, producing an average of around 100,000 oz/y at an average life of mine all-in sustaining costs of approximately A$1,000/oz. In addition, as demonstrated by Gascoyne since completion of the study, there is very significant potential to extend mine life through near mine discoveries such as the recent Sly Fox discovery which is yet to be reflected in an updated Ore Reserves or mine plan.last_img read more

UK newspapers go to court to block press regulation system

first_imgUK NEWSPAPER AND  magazine publishers sought a last-minute court injunction today to stop a mechanism backed by politicians to regulate the press from being approved later.The newspapers are seeking permission for a legal challenge over a decision to reject the industry’s own proposals for a so-called royal charter to oversee a new system of regulation.The 11th-hour attempt at the High Court in London is aimed at stopping ministers from seeking the Queen’s approval for a rival royal charter that is backed by politicians.It was drawn up by Britain’s three main political parties, but is fiercely opposed by most of the newspaper industry.Ministers are due to go to the Privy Council, the formal body of advisors to the queen, later today to seek her green light.But if the newspapers succeed in their application for an interim injunction, the process will be put on hold until the legal challenge has been heard. (Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London today. Pic: Ki Price/PA Wire)Coincidentally, the High Court hearing falls on the day that the prosecution opens in the trial of key figures accused in the phone-hacking scandal that sparked calls for tougher regulation of Britain’s pugnacious press.The main defendants in the trial are Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the defunct News of the World tabloid and a close confidante of its owner Rupert Murdoch, and Andy Coulson, who also edited the paper before becoming Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief.Newspaper owners argue that the proposals backed by the government and anti-hacking campaigners are an attempt to introduce a degree of state control to an industry that is currently self-regulated.Roger Alton, executive editor of The Times, told BBC radio that the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the new regulator supported by the newspaper industry, would be a tough watchdog.“It is extremely tough, it’s a contract-based system. You sign a contract into the regulator and you are liable for extremely severe fines,” he said.He said the government-backed proposals were “extraordinarily depressing”.© – AFPRead: Former News Of The World editors go on trial for phone hacking >Read: David Cameron under pressure over press regulation >last_img read more

Ouya quickly pulls violent Sixty bucks vomiting video ad

first_imgOne of the main selling points of the Ouya is its price compared to other gaming platforms. The Ouya itself is pretty cheap at $100, but the games are priced on a par with mobile platforms rather than other TV-bound games consoles.Ouya is using this fact to help market the machine, but their latest video advertisement entitled “Sixty bucks for a game?” looks to have gone a bit too far, and apparently Ouya’s official YouTube channel Ouyas pulled it soon after making it live. Of course, a few people grabbed the advert before it disappeared and posted it back up on YouTube.This is cartoon violence, but depending on where you are it may still class as NSFW material. If you’re not sure before watching, read below the video before hitting the play button for a brief description of what happens.As you can see, it isn’t subtle. The guy complains about being ripped off by a game called Medal of Duty that costs $60, then proceeds to vomit a lot. But that’s not enough to ease his pain, so he pulls out his own spinal cord and hits himself over the head until his brain is exposed and he’s just a pile of skin and guts on the floor floating in a pool of vomit. His final word? “Ouya.”The advert was meant to get across how many crappy games cost $60 and the fact Ouya lets you try all games for free before you decide to buy. It’s a nice way of offering games for a console, but I think the ad leaves viewers more focused on what the guy has done to himself rather than the console it is trying to get you to buy. Even so, it is memorable.last_img read more

La lune Europe candidate idéale pour trouver de la vie microbienne dans

first_imgLa lune Europe, candidate idéale pour trouver de la vie microbienne dans le système solaireEurope, la lune de Jupiter, est recouverte d’une croûte de glace qui cache un immense océan souterrain. Aussi, pour les scientifiques, cette lune pourrait très bien accueillir des formes de vie aquatiques et ils comptent bien savoir si c’est le cas.Dans notre système solaire, le meilleur candidat pour abriter d’autres formes de vie est une lune de Jupiter, Europe. Découverte en 1610 par Galilée, ce satellite naturel est recouvert par les glaces. Bien qu’extrêmement froide (la température la plus chaude y est de -150°C), les scientifiques pensent que sous la couche de glace se trouve un large océan d’eau liquide, avec pourquoi pas, une vie microbienne.La NASA a commandité une équipe de scientifiques afin de réfléchir à une mission robotisée pour atterrir à sa surface et effectuer des mesures. Aujourd’hui, ces spécialistes publient ainsi les résultats de leur recherche dans la revue Astrobiology.Un monde froid et désertAvec un diamètre de 3.121 km, Europe fait presque la même taille que la Lune. Totalement recouverte de glace, on estime qu’elle contient même plus d’eau que la Terre ! Sa chaleur interne et les puissantes marées provoquées par Jupiter agitent son océan enfoui, ce qui le réchauffe et pourrait favoriser la présence de vie. Son atmosphère, très ténue, est majoritairement composée de dioxygène, mais avec une pression extrêmement faible, 0.1 micropascals (soit 10 puissance -12 fois plus faible que sur Terre). Sa surface est étonnamment lisse, peu de cratères d’impacts y sont présents. On y observe toutefois de nombreuses fissures, semblables à celles portées par les banquises terrestres.Un fort potentiel pour la vieToutes ces conditions font d’Europe un candidat idéal pour abriter des formes de vie extraterrestre, estiment les chercheurs. Mais si certains rêvent déjà de citées enfouies et de créatures à la peau verte, un tel scénario est peu probable. Dans le meilleur des cas, les scientifiques y imaginent une vie microbienne qui se serait développée dans l’immense océan souterrain. Totalement isolé, celui-ci peut contenir les briques essentielles à la vie : eau, oxygène, carbone, souffre, azote. Une telle découverte serait bien entendue exceptionnelle, car si on peut trouver de la vie à l’intérieur même de notre système solaire, la probabilité d’en rencontrer ailleurs dans l’Univers n’en serait que plus grande.Les objectifs d’une hypothétique missionDans leur rapport pour une exploration robotisée de cette lune, les scientifiques mettent en avant 3 objectifs principaux : déterminer l’habitabilité de son océan en étudiant sa chimie, caractériser l’épaisseur, l’hétérogénéité et la dynamique des différentes couches de glace et d’eau, et l’étude géologique de sa surface pour comprendre sa formation et son évolution. Pour ce faire, le robot devra alors être capable de creuser la glace jusqu’à 10 cm de profondeur.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre Le rapport liste également une série d’instruments qui seraient à emporter sur la mission, entres autres : spectromètre, magnétomètre, caméras, appareils sismologiques et microscope. Toutefois, la NASA n’a pas encore dans ses projets futurs une telle mission. L’Union européenne prévoit elle l’envoi d’un satellite appelé JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) qui étudierait les principales lunes de Jupiter : Callisto, Ganymède et Europe. Le lancement est prévu en 2022 pour une arrivée à l’horizon 2030.(Crédit photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech) Le 11 août 2013 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Japanese Prime Minister dresses as Mario at the Olympics to promote Tokyo

first_imgWe all know the big names and faces of the Olympics right now. Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and… Mario?Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made an appearance at the Rio closing ceremony dressed as Nintendo’s famous mascot, seemingly emerging from an iconic green pipe. It’s traditional for a national leader from the next host country (in this case, Japan), to help close out the Olympic games and give people around the world a taste for what’s to come.Abe was welcomed with plenty of cheers, as well as a smattering of famous Japanese icons like Pac Man, Link from the Legend of Zelda series and more.Plenty of people lost it on social media hoping that it was a sign of a ridiculous video-game-and-anime-themed Olympiad in 2020.マリオの中身が安倍晋三だった pic.twitter.com/Piitbx5vI0— junya犬ラブユナイテッド (@junyaganba) August 22, 2016 Ima let you finish but Shinzo Abe had the best entrance of all time pic.twitter.com/uQsQt5SmLI— Olympic Bun (@Rxbun) August 22, 2016Given the importance of touchstones like Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda to both the Japanese economy and the nation’s image around the world, I’m betting that the 2020 Olympics will be a great time for geeks the world over. At the same time, it’s already offering up an opportunity for some amusing tweets:I can’t believe the Prime Minister of Japan leaked the design of the Nintendo NX at the Olympic Closing Ceremony pic.twitter.com/Ug7lyvfBo5— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 22, 2016 THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE JUST SHOWED UP AT THE OLYMPICS DRESSED AS MARIO, POPPING UP THROUGH A PIPE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.— Mark:Di-Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 22, 2016last_img read more

GOP senators await FBI report in anxietyfilled Capitol

first_imgWASHINGTON — Senators nervously awaited the arrival of a new FBI report on sexual allegations that could make or break Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination Wednesday as aggressive protesters and an unusually strong security response added to a feeling of high anxiety inside the U.S. Capitol.As lawmakers anticipated the report, three moderate GOP senators who could decide the conservative jurist’s fate rebuked President Donald Trump for mocking one accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, by mimicking her responses to questions at last week’s dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.Their reactions left Republicans concerned that Trump had complicated their effort to cement Kavanaugh’s support in a chamber where the GOP holds a razor-thin 51-49 majority. Depending on when the FBI report arrived, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was expected to trigger a process that could lead to a crucial initial vote Friday and a climactic confirmation roll call over the weekend.Inside the Capitol, mounting political strains over the approaching election-season showdown were mirrored by growing anxieties over senators’ security following frequent and at times aggressive demonstrations by anti-Kavanaugh protesters. Unusually large numbers of Capitol Hill Police officers restricted movements in corridors and formed wedges around senators walking through hallways. Some lawmakers also complained of being confronted outside their homes.On the Senate floor, McConnell, R-Ky., claimed the protesters were “part of the organized effort” to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination and said, “There is no chance in the world that they’re going to scare us out of doing our duty.”last_img read more

Cowlitz deputies seek help in coin theft case

first_imgDeputies with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help in their investigation of the theft of more than $75,000 worth of gold and silver coins and other items last week.The items were stolen Wednesday from a home about four miles southeast of Kelso, a Cowlitz sheriff’s office bulletin said. The homeowner did not want his name or address released.In addition to the coins, the homeowner reported the theft of a .22-caliber pistol, .22-caliber rifle, .30-06 Springfield rifle, 20-gauge shotgun, 12-gauge shotgun, and a blue Yamaha Raptor ATV.A large safe was also stolen — leading deputies to believe more than one person was involved in the crime.Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 360-577-3092. To remain anonymous, call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.last_img read more

Resumes From Craigslist Make My Skin Crawl

first_imgFOLIO:’s annual, much-anticipated Magazine Job Report is out, and it’s a great read (I should know—I co-wrote it!). It’s choc-full of interesting, if not surprising, anecdotes.Like this one:Craigslist is a deplorable resource, according to ZweigWhite’s [Dick] Ryan. “Resumes from Craigslist make my skin crawl. Some have worked out but many have been unmitigated disasters,” he says. For entry level positions, however, he admits it can be useful, as people under the age of 30 are relying on social sites such as Craigslist and even Facebook and MySpace. For the full PDF version—including charts—click here.Click here for the online version.last_img

Excess Capacity Little Changed since Last BRAC DOD Installations Official Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Excess capacity throughout DOD likely stands at about 20 percent, Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday.That figure could change slightly, however, as a “DOD-wide parametric analysis” is still underway, according to the written testimony Potochney submitted to the panel.Two of the services recently conducted their own assessments, with the Army determining that 21 percent of its capacity is excess to its needs and the Air Force pegging its ratio at 30 percent.A new BRAC round will save about $2 billion annually, with savings paying for the estimated $7 billion in implementation costs by the end of the six-year phase-in period. A new round — which the Pentagon wants to conduct in 2019 — would be “efficiency-focused,” unlike the 2005 round of base closures.“We are in a tough budget situation,” Potochney told lawmakers, reported Air Force Times. “We need to make tough choices. And we need a BRAC.”Installation officials are finding ways to close some facilities to save on maintenance costs, he said, but a base closure round will be needed to secure significant savings.In his written testimony, Potochney urged lawmakers to preserve the basic principles of the BRAC process — “treating all bases equally, all or none review by both the president and Congress, an independent commission, the priority of military value, and a clear legal obligation to implement all of the recommendations in a time certain together with all the authorities needed to accomplish implementation (specifically MILCON).”Still, the department would be open to including changes in legislation authorizing a new base closure round to ensure it “remains focused on recommendations that save money quickly and limit pursuit of costly recommendations,” he stated.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the installations, environment and energy budget request submitted by DOD and the military services are available on the committee website.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday April 17 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Legislature confirms all of Gov. Dunleavy’s commissionersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature confirmed every commissioner appointed by Governor Mike Dunleavy in its annual joint session today. It continued to consider appointees to boards and commissions this afternoon.Cost to move Legislature could be up to $45M if state builds office, analysts findAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe first-year cost is closer to $3 million if the state rents office space instead of building new facilities, analysts find.Murkowski calls for many ‘silver bullets’ to tackle climate changeKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelOn April 13, Sen. Lisa Murkowski made an unexpected visit to Bethel on her way to Eek. Murkowski had hoped to check out Eek’s new running water and a tiny home project, but she got weathered out.Glennallen man selected to lead Denali CommissionLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The U.S. secretary of Commerce has appointed Jason Hoke of Glennallen to be the commission’s federal co-chair.North Pole High ‘bathroom incident’ raises concerns over bullying, policyRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksThe community was concerned about an incident two weeks ago at North Pole High School involving boys coming into a girls’ bathroom. The boys were protesting a transgender student who posted a photo of himself in the boys’ bathroom.Southeast captain admits to dumping 8 tons of waste overboardCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAccording to the plea agreement filed in federal court Monday, Brannon Finney admits to violating the federal Clean Water Act. Finney, 32, has signed the plea agreement, which goes before a judge next month at her sentencing hearing.State dials back PFAS response standardDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has rolled back a stricter PFAS drinking water contamination standard, and suspended development of new regulations for the chemicals.Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting locationAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerHomer House Rep. Sarah Vance announced Friday that she is launching an inquiry into the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ January vote to move its 2020 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage. Vance and other peninsula legislators asked the board to reconsider its decision and to provide public notice before it did so. The board has not responded.Juneau high schoolers headed to world robotics championshipZoe Grueskin, KTOO – JuneauA high school robotics team from Juneau is competing in a world championship this month. It’s the first time a team from Southeast Alaska has made it this far.American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson talk friendship and representing rural AlaskaGreg Kim, KYUK – BethelThe television show “American Ninja Warrior” enters its 11th season next month, and again will feature the “Eskimo Ninja”, Nick Hanson from Unalakleet. Hanson visited Bethel last week to hang out with his buddy, fellow American Ninja Warrior, Nate DeHaan. These two comprise two thirds of all the Ninja Warriors to ever come from Alaska.last_img read more

Voting begins in Brahmanbarias 3 suspended centres

first_imgVoters wait in queues at the Sohagpur Dakkhin Government Primary School in Ashuganj of Brahmanbaria-2 constituency on 9 January. Photo: Emdadul HaqueRe-balloting in three election centres in Brahmanbaria-2 constituency, where the voting was suspended during the 30 December general elections, began at 8:00am Wednesday, reports UNB.The voting will continue till 4:00pm without any break.In case of 100 per cent turnout of 10,574 voters in the three polling centres, BNP candidate Abdul Sattar Bhuiyan needs 208 votes while his nearest rival independent contender Moyeenuddin Moyeen requires 10,367 votes to win the elections.The three election centres are Jatrapur Govt Primary School, Bahadurpur Govt Primary School and Sohagpur Dakkhin Govt Primary School.The margin of votes between Abdus Sattar and Moyeenuddin is 10,159 which is less than the total 10,574 votes under the three election centres. So, the re-voting to the three polling centres is needed.Abdus Sattar with the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ bagged 82,723 votes while Moyeen with ‘Kalar Chhara’ (stalk of bananas) pocketed 72,564 votes during the 30 December elections.Assistant returning officer of the election and Ashuganj upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Mousumi Bain Hira said all preparations have already been completed to arrange the re-voting.last_img read more

In Costa Rica cigar bars puff away – for now

first_imgFrom the print editionThe “Control of Tobacco and its Harmful Effects on Health Bill,” signed into law by President Laura Chinchilla, has been in effect since March with the blessing of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV), but in Escazú you can still get a smoke.It’s going to cost you, though: $2 for a one-day private membership at 9oN Escazú, an upscale new cigar and spirits bar on Avenida Escazú, southwest of San José. A month-long membership runs $25 and $250 lets you puff at will for a year.“This project started about a year ago in August,” said 9oN Escazú General Manager Michael Arnswald. “The smoking ban wasn’t really in our plans, but we were able to make adjustments.”Adjustments mean charging for memberships for entry into an exclusive, private smoking club with a selection of about 50 different cigars and a bar stocked with what Arnswald says is one of the best selections of single-malt scotch in Costa Rica.“We’re trying to bring our customers an elegant lounge feel, where they can have a drink and relax with a cigar,” Arnswald said.The anti-smoking law, which was upheld by the Sala IV against a March challenge to its constitutionality, prohibits smoking in places such as bars, restaurants, public buildings, casinos, bus stops and taxi stands. It also raised taxes on cigarettes by ₡20 ($0.04 cents) per cigarette and requires tobacco companies to print text and photo warnings about the dangers of smoking on at least 50 percent of cigarette boxes. Honduras, Guatemala and Panama have similar legislation, as do six South American countries (TT, March 23).Arnswald said that making 9oN Escazú a private club sidesteps legislation, and the club has taken other steps as well.“We have a high-powered air scrubbing system,” he said. “We don’t put any smoke out into the public sphere. Our smoke removal system is large enough for a 2,500 square-foot place, and here we have about 900 square feet.”Because the anti-smoking law prohibits smoking in any place where food is prepared, the club does not serve food.Additionally, the front of the club is clearly marked with warnings that minors and nonsmokers are prohibited from entering.Inside, the setting is geared to an upscale clientele. iPads with automated ordering systems are mounted on each table with full cigar and drink menus. Members can scroll through the club’s cigar selections and access descriptions and tasting notes, such as: “Black pepper and coffee bean flavors transition into rich leather and a sweet cappuccino finish.”The ambience is geared to attract not just foreign aficionados but the emerging Tico middle class with a taste for luxury products, said Arnswald. The market for cigars is developing in Costa Rica the way that wine markets grew here, Arnswald said.9oN Escazú isn’t the only business in town trying to cultivate a demand for fine cigars. La Casa del Habano opened its doors in the western San José neighborhood of Rohrmoser late last year.Luis Garcia, general manager at La Casa del Habano, said he feels confident shops like his and 9oN Escazú are in the right, but he admitted, things are a little uncertain at this point.“The problem,” he said, “is that all of this is very new. There are no regulations yet and there’s no application of the law yet, and so everyone is waiting to see what’s going to happen in the future.”One difference between the two businesses, Garcia said, is La Casa del Habano is set up more like a tobacco store while 9oN Escazú has the appearance of a bar. Garcia is the Costa Rica distributor for Habano cigars and counts 9oN Escazú as a customer. His store offers a credit program for regular customers who are allowed to enjoy cigars they’ve purchased in the store.“I don’t believe there’s any problem [with 9oN Escazú’s arrangement],” Garcia said. “No one’s freedom is being impinged upon and nobody feels uncomfortable there, because the whole world knows when they go into 9 North that it’s a place for smokers.”Health Vice Minister Sissy Castillo, however, said that according to the law, any workplace is a “prohibited site.”Article 4, Section B of the law defines a workplace as any “place that utilizes one or more workers or volunteers.” Article 5, Section B declares any workplace “as defined by Article 4 of this law” to be “spaces 100 percent free from the exposure to tobacco smoke.”“The problem isn’t so much for the smokers that are going to go in there,” Castillo said. “A place, even though it is a private site, becomes a workplace for the employees who are going to be there attending the clients at the bar. … From this perspective, they would be falling under non-compliance with the law.”Castillo said the reglamentos, or rules that guide the law’s application, are still being worked out at the Health Ministry, and she expects the norms to go to a public hearing next week.She doesn’t mince words about the intended effects of the law.“We are convinced that this is going to benefit the health of nonsmokers as much as smokers,” Castillo said. “The idea is to discourage the consumption of tobacco.”In the meantime, 9oN Escazú’s Arnswald said the bar is operating at about 50 to 60 percent capacity on a nightly basis, with 50/50 mix of Ticos and foreigners showing up for a puff and a tipple. He hopes to drive that up to 100 percent soon and to keep “educating customers on the nuances of smoking and how to enjoy a good cigar.”n Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, Barbra Streisand attends the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Universal City, Calif. Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Streisand and Kris Kristofferson topped the 1976 version of the romantic drama about a rising performer and a fading star. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) Streisand gives early nod of approval to Lady Gaga’s ‘Star’ by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2018 2:18 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Barbra Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.Streisand says that what she’s seen of the new film appearing in theatres this fall is “very good.”Streisand and Kris Kristofferson topped the 1976 version of the romantic drama about a rising performer and a fading star.It’s the fourth version of the Hollywood story that Streisand said holds up for the same reason a classic like “Romeo and Juliet” does.Streisand said everyone knows the ending, but wants to see how it gets there.Her version of “A Star Is Born” is coming to Netflix and will include an added scene with Streisand performing an instrumental version of “Evergreen.”She and Paul Williams co-wrote the Oscar-winner song.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2018 2:39 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New McCartney love song takes direct, ‘raunchy’ approach FILE – In this Monday, July 10, 2017 file photo, Sir Paul McCartney performs at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. McCartney released a new single on Wednesday called “Fuh You,” where the key line contains a fudged version of a common obscenity. The 76-year-old former Beatle described it in a news release as “sort of a love song, but a raunchy love song.” (AP Photo/Scott Audette, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The man who co-wrote “I Want to Hold Your Hand” more than a half century ago is speaking more directly these days.Sir Paul McCartney released a new single on Wednesday called “Fuh You,” where the key line — “I want to fuh you” — contains a fudged version of a common obscenity.The 76-year-old former Beatle described it in a news release as “sort of a love song, but a raunchy love song.”The song has been made available on digital and streaming platforms, so radio airplay doesn’t appear to be an issue. The song will be included in his first album of all-new material since 2013, “Egypt Station,” which is due for release on September 7.last_img read more

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