Fistfight breaks out in Panamas Congress over privatization bill

first_imgNo related posts. A brawl broke out Tuesday in Panama’s Congress during a heated debate between lawmakers over a bill that would allow the state to sell its 49 percent of shares in telephone and energy companies, which are partially privatized.The scuffle occurred when opposition lawmaker Raul Pineda, from the Democratic Revolutionary Party, slapped congressional Vice President Marcos González, from the ruling Democratic Change Party.Opposition lawmakers had previously been sprayed with pepper spray by police outside the Congress, after a wrangling between legislators and police officers.“We filmed a member of the police who pulled a gun on a member of our party,” said opposition lawmaker Alcibiades Vásquez, from the Panamanian Party.On Monday, a session of Congress was also cancelled due to incidents caused by members of the audience who protested the plan to sell state shares. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

More than 700 evacuated in Guanacaste due to flooding

first_imgEmergency response officials in the canton of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, set up 11 overnight shelters to aid more than 700 people who were forced to leave their homes due to flooding from strong rains that hit the region in the last 72 hours. At least 300 more are staying with relatives or friends.The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Thursday issued a green alert for the entire Pacific coast and the Central Valley, and set up warehouses with food supplies in Guanacaste’s cantons to assist affected families.Local authorities reported 34 communities are affected, with at least 200 houses flooded throughout Santa Cruz. Municipal engineers are assessing the condition of three bridges in cantonal routes at: Portegolpe, Hacienda Santa María and Santa Rosa.A swelling Andamojo River, which had isolated the communities of Lagarto, Marbella, Venado, Ostional and San Juanillo, now has begun to subside, which will allow rescue brigades from the Red Cross, firefighters, public security forces and CNE officials to deliver assistance to affected residents in those communities.A forecast from the National Meteorological Institute states that the low pressure system affecting the country remains stationary in front of the Costa Rican Caribbean coast, but is expected to weaken through Saturday. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

The Grahams A family synonymous with The Post and with Washington

first_imgAmazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Joe Klamar/AFP No related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. — It began with a bankruptcy sale in 1933, when a Republican businessman and presidential confidante reinvented himself as a newspaper publisher in the nation’s capital. It ended with an announcement that his descendants had sold the newspaper to an Internet wizard who lives in the Washington on the other side of the country.In between, The Washington Post and the family collectively known as the Grahams became inseparable, indistinguishable. They were journalism royalty known around the world but remained as distinctly Washington as the cop on the beat. Which one of them was.From Eugene Meyer to Philip Graham to Katharine Graham to Donald Graham to Katharine Weymouth, it was always a question of when power would shift from one generation to the next, not whether it would.Until Monday. The Graham family — icons of both Washington and journalism for the newspaper they led — had made a startling decision. The Post, they said, would be better off with somebody else.“We have loved the paper, what it stood for, and those who produced it,” said a letter from Donald Graham, the Washington Post Co. chairman and chief executive. “But the point of our ownership has always been that it was supposed to be good for the Post.”He added: “We were certain the paper would survive under our ownership, but we wanted it to do more than that. We wanted it to succeed.”It was the same 80 years earlier, when Meyer, a wealthy native Californian, sent a representative to the steps of The Post’s former headquarters on E Street. His winning bid for the bankrupt newspaper was $825,000, and he was not disclosed as the new owner for 12 days.He drafted the announcement of the sale and stated his intentions: “It will be conducted as an independent paper devoted to the best interests of the people of Washington and vicinity, and hopes to have their interest and support.”By the time Meyer was 40, in 1915, his fortune was said to be in the $50 million to $60 million range. When he bought The Post, he was 57 and most recently had been chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.He stressed the “independent” part to dispel rumors that the paper would become a mouthpiece for the Republican Party. He said seven principles would guide The Post, the last of which was: “The newspaper shall not be the ally of any special interest, but shall be fair and free and wholesome in its outlook on public affairs and public men.”Meyer poured his fortune into The Post and was an enthusiastic cheerleader. He was said to have tried to sell a subscription to the driver before he exited a cab.But the real change for The Post came 21 years after the purchase, when Meyer and his son-in-law Philip Graham bought out its morning rival, the Washington Times-Herald. “For the Post, it meant a doubling of circulation, a morning monopoly and within five years the overtaking of the traditional advertising leader in Washington, The Star,” wrote Post reporter Chalmers Roberts in a history of the paper.Graham was brilliant and charismatic, a former Supreme Court clerk with big ambitions and serious problems. He became publisher at 31, and Meyer arranged for him to hold more stock in the company than his own daughter Katharine because, he explained to her, “no man should be in the position of working for his wife.” Mrs. Graham did not object.“I increasingly saw my role as the tail to his kite and the more I felt overshadowed, the more it became a reality,” Katharine Graham wrote in her Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography, “Personal History.”Philip Graham struggled with mental illness and committed suicide in 1963; his 47-year-old widow was faced with the decision of whether to sell the paper or run it herself.It was the beginning of a long career for Katharine Graham that coincided with — and came to symbolize — two powerful trends. The first was the role of women as leaders in American life. The second was the rise of Washington’s permanent elite, an orbit of the unelected that grew along with the federal city and exercised soft power on those who had hard power.Graham became both the leading woman in American business and a center of connection and influence in Washington society. When Graham later penned her bestselling memoir, writer Nora Ephron wrote in a review: “The story of her journey from daughter to wife to widow to woman parallels to a surprising degree the history of women in this century.”Graham’s legacy at The Post was defined by her choice of editor, Benjamin C. Bradlee, and by a series of journalistic crises. In 1971, a judge had ordered the New York Times to stop publishing reports about the Pentagon Papers, a secret official history of the Vietnam War. The Post obtained its own copy. “Frightened and tense, I took a big gulp and said, ‘Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead. Let’s go. Let’s publish,’ ” Graham recalled saying.She was best known for her support of Bradlee and two reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, during their reporting on the Watergate break-in. That story, which had been scoffed at by big-name reporters at The Post and elsewhere, led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and became the most famous in the history of American journalism.“It was a small group of people on the Metro staff against the world. Except we had the backing of Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham,” said Leonard Downie Jr., who was an editor on the metropolitan staff during Watergate and served as executive editor from 1991 to 2008.Katharine Graham later faced down a strike from the paper’s pressmen’s union in 1975, a tense period in which presses were vandalized and daily copy was ferried out by helicopter to other printing facilities.In 1979, 33-year-old Donald Graham became the next generation to run The Post. “Today, as in the rest of my life, my mother has given me everything but an easy act to follow,” he said.Donald Graham joked often about how he got his job, but he worked hard to expand what had been a life of privilege. He served in Vietnam and learned all aspects of The Post: He worked as a reporter and editor, advertising salesman, production supervisor, and in many other roles on the business and editorial staffs of The Post.But before that, he became a police officer because, as his mother said, he wanted “to become acquainted with the city, its people, and its problems.”center_img As regal as Katharine Graham could be, Donald Graham was a down-to-Earth publisher with better sources in the city and the region than most of his paper’s reporters. He prided himself on knowing the names of everyone who worked in the building.“I hated getting into an elevator with Don, because I have a terrible memory for names,” Downie said. “He knew all the people from the ninth floor to the sub-basement.”It is impossible to overstate how close the paper’s employees felt to the owners. When reporters picked up the check for lunch or dinner with sources, the standard line was: “The Grahams are paying.”The fifth member of the family to run the paper is Katharine Weymouth, Donald Graham’s niece and a lawyer with degrees from Harvard and Stanford. Weymouth was announced as publisher on Feb. 7, 2008.“Our rate of success with publishers named Katharine has been outstanding,” Donald Graham said in making the announcement.Weymouth grew up in New York City, the daughter of Katharine Graham’s daughter Lally Weymouth. The stories she recalls hearing about the Graham family involved its influence in Washington: Phil Graham helping put Lyndon B. Johnson on the Democratic ticket in 1960; Ronald Reagan turning up at her grandmother’s birthday parties.Weymouth inherited a very different business than what Donald and Katharine Graham had been given. Morning newspapers everywhere had long functioned as near-monopolies, making enough money to insulate owners and journalists from the grim details of profit and loss.But the Internet had derailed that model, in Washington and everywhere else.“The increase in digital income is not nearly as great as the loss in advertising income. And that’s the problem,” Downie said. He recalled hearing worries about the trend long before Weymouth took the publisher’s job. “She did not preside over this change. The change began well before her.”At the same annual meeting where Weymouth’s promotion was announced, the company also revealed a new round of buyouts for newsroom employees. And it said it would close one of its two printing plants.During Weymouth’s tenure as publisher, the problems at The Post — and other papers — have worsened. Post circulation fell from 638,000 on weekdays to about 450,000 for the first six months of 2013. The newspaper’s revenue dropped as well. The company’s newspaper division took in $801 million in Weymouth’s first year as publisher and $582 million in 2012 — a decline of more than 25 percent.Weymouth’s early tenure was also marred by a scandal over proposed “salons,” where The Post would connect high-paying business interests to government officials. In 2012, she replaced the first editor she had hired to run the newsroom, Marcus Brauchli, with Boston Globe editor Martin Baron.Weymouth said she and Donald Graham together decided that The Post needed a new owner who was more like her great-grandfather: wealthy enough to buy the paper and make it again a private company.“What I said to Don [was] if the journalism is the mission — and it is — then you can make an argument that The Post [Company] is no longer the best place to house The Post,” Weymouth said Monday.Did she consider whether Katharine Graham, her grandmother, would have approved?“It didn’t play a role. She’s not here,” Weymouth said. “Times have changed, and we need to do what we think is best for The Post.”Weymouth will stay on as publisher, and she described herself as “actually pretty excited.” But for the first time in 80 years, the paper will be out of her family’s ultimate control.“The Graham family legacy is not as important as The Washington Post’s legacy,” Weymouth said.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Where to watch World Cup matches on huge LED screens in Costa

first_imgNot going to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup? Costa Rica residents not dropping mega-cash to travel to the South American country can enjoy the matches on giant screens and enjoy concerts and other public events taking place in the capital and across the countryCosta Rica’s first game is Saturday at 1 p.m. against Uruguay, and Ticos will have both free and paid options to watch the World Cup opener. Matches also will be broadcast on TV stations 6 and 7 and on Radio Columbia and Radio Monumental. (See times for all group stage matches here).UPDATE: The National Stadium event has been cancelled.The National Stadium in La Sabana Park will kick off festivities at  8 a.m. Saturday, and fans can come to the venue to listen to live music, eat and see La Sele take on Uruguay on the stadium’s LED screens. Activities will continue until 5 p.m. (The match should end around 4 p.m.)Ticket prices range from ₡3,250 – ₡6,000 ($6-11) for the National Stadium event, and can be purchased online at and also in Servimás markets, Grupo Nación locations and Insomnia stores.Free options also are available. The Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefut) has organized “La Sele Fan Zones.” These events will be similar to those being held outside every stadium hosting World Cup matches in Brazil.For the Costa Rica version, they will set up four 40 meter-wide LED screens at Plaza de la Democracia in downtown San José; at Avenida Escazú, southwest of San José; at Juan Santamaría Park in Alajuela; and at Cartago’s Central Park.Tickets for the Fan Zones are free but spaces are limited. Those interested in attending any of the four locations must request a ticket (one per person) at the website: will broadcast 56 live matches including the three group stage matches for La Sele scheduled for this Saturday (Uruguay), June 20 (Italy) and June 24 (England).Every fan zone has a food court and will feature entertainment before and after each game including music, contests and more.Fan Zones will continue up until the World Cup final on July 13. Facebook Comments Related posts:National Stadium watch party canceled for Costa Rica’s World Cup opener Why Costa Ricans want Mexico to lose in the World Cup Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ Costa Rica’s Solís celebrates historic winlast_img read more

In Argentina and Germany World Cup Final features soccer royalty

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Only eight countries have won the World Cup, and with Germany and Argentina colliding in Sunday’s title match at Maracana stadium, the club will remain locked to outsiders.The Germans are three-time champions, the Argentines have won twice. Almost half of the 20 championship games have involved one of them and, for the third time, they are facing one another.It is an old-school final, for sure, a clash of countries that have stocked soccer’s archives with Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta, Franz Beckenbauer and Jurgen Klinsmann.Despite a bounty of trophies and accolades at their respective headquarters in Buenos Aires and Frankfurt, however, both squads have gone years without a major championship and, as consequence, have grown ravenous for a fresh prize.Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986, Germany not since 1990. La Albiceleste (the White and Sky Blues) have not conquered Copa America, South America’s championship, in 21 years. Die Mannschaft (the Team) has gone 18 years since winning the European title.“This would be something beautiful to give back to the people of Argentina,” defender Jose Basanta said. “That is one more step. We have a huge dream and we want to turn it into reality.”Reality will be realized for one of the traditional sides in front of a global TV audience anticipated at more than 1 billion and a crowd of almost 75,000 that will include dozens of world leaders, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, as well as the newest Cleveland Cavalier, LeBron James.Argentina will attempt to win the title on the soil of its nemesis, Brazil — a feat worthy of two championships. Supporters have flowed over the border and flown into Rio by the thousands, setting up camp sites and, to the chagrin of Brazilians, showing the national colors.Germany is aiming to become the first European team in eight attempts to raise the trophy on this side of the Atlantic following failure in South America, Mexico and the United States.Argentina will again turn to superstar Lionel Messi, who is seeking to add a World Cup title to his vast portfolio of accomplishments and further escape the shadow of his country’s most revered player, Maradona.The Germans are looking to maintain the momentum of a 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semifinals, one of the most startling results in tournament history, if not soccer history.“Nobody has become world champion in the semifinal,” German midfielder Toni Kroos cautioned. “We will have an extremely difficult last match. We will have to deliver another absolute total performance. I am convinced we will.”There is no doubting Germany’s capacity. Despite some difficult matches, the Germans have been the most impressive team throughout the competition and enter the final as clear favorites. They took advantage of Brazil’s tactical and technical deficiencies, utilized their midfield strengths and finished opportunities with clinical precision.“We need the perfect match,” Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said. Argentina and Germany fans cheer prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 13, 2014. Pedro Ugarte/AFPArgentina will take a more defensive approach than Brazil, looking to absorb pressure and launch Messi and Gonzalo Higuain on the counterattack.Germany is bracing for less space in the final third of the field and more difficulty retaining possession than it enjoyed against Brazil.“They can attack us very early and then fall back; we have to prepare for it,” German coach Joachim Loew said, stressing patience in possession.Germany’s collective is stronger than Argentina’s, which, for the second consecutive match, might be without La Albiceleste’s second-best attacker, midfielder Angel Di María, who injured a thigh in the quarterfinals.Messi, though, is a player of such special qualities that he could alter the trajectory of the match at any moment and force Germany to make adjustments.Messi has scored four goals through six matches and contributed to multiple others in becoming one of the leading candidates for the Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament’s most valuable player.With all of the tournament’s other high-profile players gone — Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez — Messi has taken center stage. At 27, he is young enough to play in a fourth World Cup, in Russia in 2018, but his time is now.Despite the threats Messi poses, Loew warned against focusing too heavily on him.“If you believe this team is only about Messi,” Loew said, “it is a mistake.”In addition to Messi, Argentina has been successful because of a stout defense: three consecutive shutouts in the knockout stage. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero secured passage to the final by stopping two of four Dutch penalty kicks in a semifinal tiebreaker.The key to the effort, though, has been midfielder Javier Mascherano, Messi’s Barcelona teammate, whose two-way play and blue-collar work has kept the team in balance.Bastian Schweinsteiger, who plays a similar role for Germany, called Mascherano “the leader of a pack of wolves.”Germany seeks to culminate a 10-year building process that started under the direction of Klinsmann, who is now the U.S. coach, and his then assistant, Loew.“I don’t think we have any pressure,” Schweinsteiger said. “We have a lot of players who have played finals at the top [club] level. We know how to deal with the situation. We only think of one thing — to get the job done.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:End Game! 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Panama Canal expansion dredges up historical treasures

first_imgRelated posts:Work resumes to expand Panama Canal Strike halts work on Panama Canal expansion Panama Canal celebrates 100 years – while racing to keep up with the competition Panama Canal widening should be finished in early 2016 after $400 million boost PANAMA CITY – Panama Canal expansion work has uncovered an unexpected trove of archeological and paleontological treasures, scientists said, as the massive construction project winds down.Workers who have blasted through mountains and dug up thick vegetation, have also uncovered the fossils of some 3,000 invertebrates and 500 vertebrates, as well as of more than 250 plants — including the remains of a forest consumed by fire after a volcanic eruption.Experts hired by the Panama Canal Authority have identified remains of camels, crocodiles, the teeth of a giant shark, as well as bones of other animals millions of years old.But the most surprising discovery, researchers said, was about the age of the very land beneath Panama, the southern end of the narrow isthmus that connects North and South America.Evidence uncovered during the canal excavation showed that the land started forming 20 million years ago and finished around 10 million years later.“What we learned at school was that it formed three million years ago,” said paleontology specialist Hortensia Broce of the Panama Canal Authority.“But we have found organisms from other epochs, which show that the isthmus emerged little by little as the waters receded, and the formation occurred much earlier than we thought,” she said.Research will continue to study climate changes and the origins of the animals that migrated across the land bridge from one America to the other, said Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Carlos Jaramillo, who called the new discoveries “a revolution.”Dredging work in Lake Gatun and the excavation of tons of earth also uncovered fragments from hundreds of years of human habitations — from pre-Colombian through colonial and provincial times, through independence, which began in 1903.Artifacts include pottery shards, arrowheads and items buried during a pre-Colombian funeral. Also found was a dagger from the 16th century, a chimney from 1908, and a collection of bottles, wagons and buckets used to mix cement during the canal’s first wave of construction.The canal, an engineering masterwork that transformed global commerce, opened on August 15, 1914, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and saving ships the long, dangerous trip around South America.For the past seven years, Panama has been working to add a third set of locks to the canal, to nearly triple its capacity.The expansion was initially scheduled to finish this year, in time for the anniversary, but has now been pushed back to January 2016. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

RECOPE asks for fourth consecutive decrease in fuel prices

first_imgRelated posts:Regulatory authority approves drop in fuel prices Fuel prices to drop this week Gas prices to go up this week Costa Rica’s oil refinery wants to increase fuel prices – again The National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) on Wednesday reported that it would file a request for a drop in fuel prices, likely on Friday.RECOPE will ask the Public Services Regulatory Agency (ARESEP) for a ₡16 decrease in the per-liter price of “Super” gasoline, a ₡17 decrease for “Plus,” and a ₡21 decrease for diesel.“A new decrease in the price of gasoline and diesel on the international market will allow us to drop prices for the consumer,” RECOPE said in a press release. Changes in the dollar exchange rate did not apply in ARESEP’s recent calculations. The dollar increased from ₡541.77 in September to ₡542.03 in the first week of October.RECOPE’s request could lower per-liter prices of Super gasoline from ₡777 to ₡760.80 ($1.46-1.42), Plus gasoline from ₡744 to ₡726 ($1.39-1.36) and diesel from ₡658 to ₡636 ($1.23-1.19).If approved, this would be the fourth consecutive drop in fuel prices this year. New prices would begin next month, following publication in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

What 50 million gets you in Miamis resurgent condo market

first_imgRelated posts:There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy US economy revives in 2nd quarter Economists close in on spotting future recessions Live Stream: 2015 Latin American Cities Conference San José Also recommended: From Miami’s ‘Scarface’ pad, Panama’s exiled President Ricardo Martinelli fights backMIAMI — With condominium prices in the Miami real estate market climbing to $50 million or more, broker Peggy Fucci has taken up ever more aggressive marketing efforts to find qualified buyers.She’s traveled far and wide – making three trips to China in the past year. This month, she touched down in Shanghai to pitch multimillion-dollar condominiums to a crowd of 5,000 or more at the U.S. Real Estate Showcase and Forum.As her journey suggests, developers are giving South Florida something more to brag about than beaches. It’s all part of a boom that just a few years ago seemed most unlikely: Miami was reeling from one of the deepest real-estate-driven recessions in decades. And the butter-soft demand was nowhere more in evidence than in the luxury condo market.Today, bolstered by foreign buyers, the market has roared back and Miami real estate is undergoing an explosion of stylish and sophisticated luxury and ultra-luxury projects, including at least eight designed by world-renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architects. The lists of amenities include rooftop soccer pitches and balcony plunge pools and individual car elevators for whisking prized automobiles – and their owners – in privacy to their condominiums high in the sky.All this exuberance raises the question: Is this a new bubble on the rise?Housing prices have leveled off since a post-recession peak in 2013. A similar price slowdown in 2005 swayed like a wrecking ball that would soon land its blow to the housing market.The glut of foreign buyers, who often pay in cash, could help, however. The constantly rotating field of foreign buyers serves to keep the market hot, according to brokers and developers who, when one foreign economy falters, quickly target buyers in another where things are picking up.These exceedingly rich buyers are often savvy investors who want to buy U.S. real estate as a currency hedge, effectively converting a portion of their wealth to dollars to protect it from devaluation.That, Fucci said, is what she saw happening on her visit to China. Faced with a series of devaluations of China’s currency, wealthy investors see luxury condos here as a way to convert their money into strong dollars.“It reminds me so much of when I used to go to South America five years ago,” Fucci said. “People come up to you and say, ‘How do I get my money out? I’ll buy. Just tell me how to get my money out.’ ”In Shanghai, Fucci leaned on her experience about which units sell best.“I save inventory with the correct numbers,” she said – meaning those that might be considered auspicious according to Chinese numerology. “Lucky seven” holds true in the East and West, but other numbers are seen as good, or bad, in China. “So anything that ends in eight, five – you know, all the numbers that are important to them – we save for that trip.”In October, Fucci is going to Turkey. She said, “Turkey is in our number four spot in terms of number of units sold” at Paramount Miami Worldcenter, the project in Miami’s booming downtown she is representing.Looking for properties in Costa Rica? Check out our Real Estate section here.‘Musical chairs’Miami real estate has been a perpetual favorite of wealthy buyers from Latin America, but it is shifting its focus to lure affluent consumers from other shores. Fucci, chief executive of OneWorld Properties, is among those leading the charge. South America is still the meat, but China is the quinoa du jour – a chic and increasingly important side portion in the mix of markets with high-end buyers pouring money into Miami. So is Turkey. And, yet again, the United States.“It’s musical chairs,” said Ugo Columbo, developer of the 549-unit Brickell Flatiron on the chic and rapidly growing edge of Miami’s financial district, where penthouses run from $2.5 million to $14 million. “There’s always one country that’s looking to take its money out and invest it in Miami. Whether it’s because their economy is doing good or because the politics are bad, or another mix of reasons, but I’ve always seen the influx to be pretty constant.”It’s not just factors abroad that matter. The city’s cosmopolitan features have multiplied as well. Restaurants, retail options and concert, theater and art venues are transforming the character – and appeal – of Miami’s downtown.Ron Shuffield, president of EWM Realty International, describes a city that has gone from being a cultural backwater by the beach to a recognized center of Latin American and contemporary art. “When Art Basel came here, it was just like the final stamp of approval that this is where it’s happening,” he said. Art Basel stages influential contemporary art shows annually in Basel, Switzerland; Hong Kong; and, since 2002, Miami.As projects have gone up, so have prices. The two-story, 8,253-square-foot penthouse (that size doesn’t include the 10,000-square-foot-terrace) at the Norman Foster-designed Faena House listed at $50 million – and reportedly sold for $10 million more.But Miami is still considered a bargain on the world market.Shahab Karmely of KAR Properties in New York says it’s a place where developers can build and sell “a world-class condo for less than in São Paulo or Rio, or a third of what you would have to spend in New York and a fifth of London, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai or Tokyo.”Individual projects are going to extraordinary lengths to be ever more alluring.The Paramount Miami Worldcenter hired a consultant to make sure the building’s design was in harmony with the principles of feng shui, and to advise the brokers on how to use that as a sales tool. It appears to have helped: 200 of the building’s 513 units are reserved, with about 15 percent of those held by Chinese buyers. The massive Faena House condo development in Miami is seen on Sept. 15. Washington Post photo by Charles OmmanneyAdjusting to the unfamiliarThe strong dollar could change everything. It has before.Sales to South American and European investors slowed as Latin American currencies and the euro declined. That spurred interest among the Chinese, whose currency remained strong.Now, the tremors in China’s economy and repeated slide of the renminbi could hamper Miami’s efforts if Chinese buyers back away from spending on lavish second, third or fifth homes thousands of miles from their first.Another complication: China has seemed an off-puttingly distant and difficult market to tap into for South Florida sellers accustomed to looking closer to home for buyers. But that’s changing.“I’ve been one of the holdouts,” said Alicia Cervera, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate and a member of the board of directors of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority. “I’ve been one of those who’s been saying, ‘China is a long way away. There’s lower-hanging fruit,’ and not really jumping on the China bandwagon all that quickly.”No longer, she said. “I do believe we’re at the tipping point and that there’s going to be a very strong presence of Chinese buyers in the Miami market.”Cervera, too, sees parallels between China now and markets past. Turbulence in the Chinese economy may shake investors momentarily, but that can work to South Florida’s advantage.“If the reaction is the same as it was in South America, the short-term effect is paralysis and the long-term effect is that it becomes the new normal,” she said. “And if anything, it makes them say, ‘We can’t have all our eggs in one basket.’ ”Still, there are challenges beyond the economy. The sheer distance between Miami and some of the buyers is daunting, for sellers and buyers. There are no direct flights between Miami and Beijing. Or Istanbul, yet. (The first direct Miami-Istanbul link in 14 years is scheduled to begin Oct. 25.) Taking a team of sales representatives the 8,000-plus miles for the Beijing Luxury Property Show, as Fucci did in April, or to Shanghai is a $100,000 proposition, Fucci said.Those kinds of numbers don’t make sense to everyone.“That’s too expensive, to start looking for buyers and creating new markets,” said Gil Dezer, the developer of the Porsche Design Tower, where units run from $6.3 million to $33.5 million. “Our feeling is, when you’re in Miami, come take a look at us.”That may be especially true now that American buyers, buoyed by a rebounding economy, are elbowing their way back onto the market. Many are coming from the Northeast, others from California.Developer David Martin, who relied on the talents of Pritzker winners Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano for his Park Grove and Eighty Seven Park projects, respectively, said his customers include locals and international buyers, as well as “a domestic market that’s kind of discovering Miami again.”And then there are those musical chairs. Russians who rushed in with their petrodollars have virtually disappeared as the ruble has tumbled. But Colombians and Argentines are coming back. So, too, Brazilians.“I would say that in Miami, disappearing acts are short stints,” Cervera said.Mexicans, benefitting from a newly improved economy at home, bought five of the seven 10,000-square-foot duplex residences at the Porsche Design Tower. Only one duplex remains. (Asking price: $17 million.) The Worldcenter project has drawn buyers from more than 30 countries – not just the typical ones, such as Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia, but also China, Egypt and Turkey, with 11 buyers.All bring nuances of style and taste and a cultural background that need to be considered by the sellers. The Chinese, Columbo said, tend to travel, and buy, in groups: “They’ll buy a block of 10 apartments.”Each country, too, has regulatory requirements affecting transfers of cash and foreign investments.Brazilian banking regulations, for example, turned Dezer’s typical sales procedure on its head.“They need to have a signed contact to show their bank in order for them to wire the money from their bank to the United States,” he said. “So, normally, our procedure was we don’t sign the contract until there’s a deposit, and the Brazilians said, ‘Well, we can’t give a deposit without a signed contract.’ So we gave the Brazilians a one-week grace period with a signed contract to give them time to get their initial deposit.”Ultimately, the developers and brokers realize they need to be flexible and nimble to capture the wealthy consumers. And, as Cervera noted, those customers are only the beginning.“Big money,” she said, “is followed by all money.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica surf squad wins Central American Games for 10th straight year

first_imgMake it a perfect 10 for the Costa Rica surf team.In what’s become a virtual formality, Costa Rica won its 10th consecutive Central American surf championship on Sunday at the tournament on the beaches of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The dominating team performance – in which six Tico riders earned first place honors out of nine total categories – was highlighted by Jacó’s Jason Torres and Pavones’ Leilani McGonagle, who won the men’s and women’s titles respectively.The four other Costa Rican surfers who won their categories were Paola Duarte (girl’s under-18), Óscar Urbina (boy’s under-16), Rolando Herrera (men’s stand-up paddling), and Edith García (women’s stand-up paddling). Costa Rica’s Leilani McGongale was crowned the Central America women’s surf champion on Dec. 6, 2015 at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Costa Rican riders won six out of nine total categories. Martin Bernetti/AFPCosta Rica, which won the International Surfing Association’s world championship in June, is now 10-0 as a team at the Central American Games.Twelve-time women’s national champion Lisbeth Vindas came in second place in the women’s category behind fellow world championship team member McGonagle, the decorated 16-year-old star who already ranks among the top women’s qualifiers in international surfing.The country’s top two ranked surfers – Carlos “Cali” Muñoz and Noe Mar McGonagle – did not compete in the regional tournament as they finished up their seasons on the World Surf League circuit at the Vans World Cup. Torres is expected to join them in the qualifying series next season, after an impressive 2015 campaign that also included a national title. Facebook Comments Related posts:Jason Torres takes Billabong Fest surf title Costa Rica surf squad will bring out its brightest stars for World Surfing Games World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending WATCH: Noe Mar McGonagle rides near perfect wave to advance at surf comp in Portugallast_img read more

Tico Times TBT Into the millions

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Lantern parade and torch kick off Costa Rica Independence Day festivities PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Parade A graceful life: Jeannette Boyd Rodríguez and San José’s Afro-Costa Rican history NFL player apologizes for marijuana-related arrest in Costa Rica Read more about The Tico Times’ 61-year history here. Facebook Commentslast_img

Celebrating Independence Day Why the Lantern Parade

first_imgRelated posts:Celebrating Independence Day: Why the Lantern Parade? PHOTOS: Costa Rica Celebrates 193 Years of Independence PHOTOS: Lantern parade and torch kick off Costa Rica Independence Day festivities PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Parade When I was growing up,faroles – the handmade lanterns meant to symbolize the 19th-century journey that brought the message of Central American independence to Costa Rica – were simple constructions, made of paper – like a red, white and black accordion with a candle inside. We typically made them in school during preparations for the civic festival to mark Costa Rica’s Independence Day on Sept. 15.Today, faroles come in all shapes and sizes. Giant crests with the Costa Rican flag are highlighted by bright reflectors; there are elaborate “casitas típicas” (typical homes) and large oxcarts that are so heavy the lantern’s pole can barely support them.In today’s traditional parades, you can even find large footballs converted into lanterns, faroles with disco lights, and the dreadful Pitufina, or Smurfette, along with any of the cartoon character Smurfs, for that matter.The truth is that in Costa Rica, any excuse is a good one for mounting a “molote,” or large crowd, and as is the tradition, on the evening of Sept. 14 kids pour into the streets with their parents to light up the night with their lanterns.But why do we do this?The best-known version of where lantern parades originated centers on a Guatemalan woman named María Dolores Bedoya. As the story goes, in the middle of the Central American independent movement, Bedoya ventured out into the night on Sept. 14, 1821 in what is now Antigua, Guatemala. With a lantern in hand, she called the residents of the town to meet in the plaza to rally for independence.At the time, the legislators of the provinces of Guatemala were meeting in Antigua, which was the most important city in Guatemala.The townsfolk gathered in the plaza with lanterns all night and into the early morning, waiting for a decision from legislators. Finally, on Sept. 15, the act of independence was signed, declaring Central America’s liberation from Spain. That’s when the chapines (Guatemalans) began shouting, “¡Viva la patria! ¡Viva la libertad!” (“Long live the homeland! Long live liberty!”)Costa Rica belonged to the council of León, Nicaragua, and no one here really knew what was happening at the time. It wasn’t until Oct. 29 when a letter reached Cartago, east of the current capital of San José, notifying Costa Ricans of the news of independence.Since then, lanterns have become a traditional decoration to mark the events. After Costa Rica’s war of 1948, political leaders decided to revive the country’s “patriotic values,” and to promote the lantern parades, they asked teachers to motivate their communities to encourage lantern making and prizes for the prettiest lanterns.In 1953, Manuel Ureña was named director of San José schools, and he declared Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. the official time and date for lantern parades across the country.Since then, lantern making has become a tradition. As I remember them, lanterns were made with scissors, glue, cardboard and tissue paper at the kitchen table, and always at the last minute. They may have been a little uneven, wrinkled and messy back then, but they were authentic.Look for lantern parades across Costa Rica tonight at 6 p.m.Originally published on Sept. 14, 2014. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Vaio SX14 vs MacBook Pro Which Portable Powerhouse Is Best

first_imgGeekbench 414,88718,221 Webcam720p720p Starting Price (as configured)$999  ($1,999)$1,799 ($1,999) We’re happy to see the Vaio brand return with a successful business laptop that has a lot to offer to users. However, a few major missteps — awful battery life and a tiny touchpad — are the SX14’s undoing in this face-off. In Apple’s credit, the latest MacBook Pro offers blistering performance and solid battery life in a sleek, if bland, chassis. If you can afford it, go with the exorbitantly priced MacBook Pro. Otherwise, you’re getting a great laptop with the SX14, but just be sure to buy a wireless mouse and an external battery.Credit: Laptop Mag Display14-inch, 4K13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel Overall (100)7678 Size 12.6 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches Phillip Tracy, ColorsBlack, Silver, Red, BrownSpace Gray, Silver Weight2.3 pounds3 pounds Keyboard/Touchpad (15)1111 PortsVGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB Type-C, USB 3.1 (Type-A), 2 USB 3.0, SD card, headphone/mic,  lock slot4 Thunderbolt 3, headphone/mic Display (15)1413 Design (10)97 DesignLarger screen means less portable, right? Not in this case. The SX14 is a deceivingly light laptop, weighing in at a mere 2.3 pounds.  Sitting at the ground of this laptop teeter-totter, the MacBook Pro weighs 3 pounds, which makes it fairly portable but heavier than many of its 13-inch competitors. With a lid made of lightweight carbon and a deck finished with brushed aluminum, the SX14’s chassis is a smart balance of brawn and beauty. Our all-black model looks especially stealthy, thanks to its various shades of glossy and matte black.  The SX14’s lightness will grab your attention when you’re carrying it; On a desk, you’ll be intrigued by the laptop’s elevated deck, which is raised off the ground by two nubs on the laptop’s back edge. The downward angle of the deck makes for a better typing experience and maximizes airflow when the SX14’s fans rev up. MORE: Sony Laptops – Brand Review & Rating – Laptop MagAll the craziness going on with the SX14’s design makes the MacBook Pro look bland. Apple hasn’t made any major aesthetic changes to the MacBook Pro in years. We’d be more upset if the MacBook Pro still wasn’t one of the sleekest machines around. The utilitarian aluminum chassis with its iconic Apple logo is unquestionably elegant. Regardless, it’s time for a change. Because of the thin bezels surrounding its display, the 14-inch SX14 (12.6 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches) isn’t much larger than the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches). Winner:SX14Buy the Vaio SX14PortsThe MacBook Pro keeps things simple. You get four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two on each side, for superfast transfer speeds and connecting to multiple high-res monitors. The SX14 took the opposite approach, including practically every laptop port from the last decade. On the right side of the SX14 is a VGA input (yes, it still exists), an Ethernet port, an HDMI, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port and an SD card slot. But wait, there’s more. On the left side are two USB 3.0 ports, a lock slot and a headphone/mic jack. We would have liked a Thunderbolt 3 port, but the SX14’s variety of ports is still more versatile than the MacBook Pro’s limited selection.Winner: SX14DisplayYour favorite shows will look great on either of these laptops, but the 4K panel on the Vaio SX14 is the sharper of the two. Other than the extra pixels on the Vaio, the displays on the SX14 and MacBook Pro have practically the same qualities. According to our colorimeter, the SX14’s 14-inch, 4K panel reproduces 113% of the sRGB color gamut, making it slightly less vivid than the MacBook Pro’s 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel panel (118%). Both of those results are short of the premium laptop average (130%). MORE: Laptops with the Most Colorful ScreensThe SX14 reversed its fortunes on our brightness test, peaking at 428 nits, whereas the MacBook Pro’s screen is a tad dimmer, at 408 nits. This time, both laptops beat the category average of 345 nits. Winner: SX14Keyboard and TouchpadThe Vaio SX14 has one of the best keyboards and worst touchpads, while the MacBook has one of the worst keyboards and best touchpads. The problem isn’t that the MacBook Pro’s keyboard is uncomfortable. Yes, the keys travel a measly 0.6 millimeters, but they have a nice clickiness to them and their 60 grams of actuation force means your fingers will feel a nice bump but aren’t ever slowed down. We’re more worried about durability. Apple promises the mysterious new material used in this latest model will prevent double typing or keys failing to register, but we’re still weary of Apple’s claims, especially after the well-documented issues found in Apple’s Butterfly switch. I have no qualms with the SX14’s keyboard, which has decent travel, at 1.2mm (though still below our 1.5mm preference) and clicky keys with 61 grams of actuation force. Also, the downward-angled deck put my wrists in a more natural position for a more comfortable typing experience. The SX14’s 3.1 x 1.7-inch touchpad is a headache to use. Cramped and with stiff clickers, the touchpad made Windows 10 gestures more difficult than they should be. Conversely, Apple’s MacBook touchpads have long been considered the best in the business and the 5.3 x 3.2-inch surface on the latest MacBook Pro is no different. Winner: DrawPerformanceOur MacBook Pro review unit outperformed the SX14 even though it was configured with lesser components. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the MacBook Pro with a Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM scored an 18,221, much higher than the SX14’s (Core i7-8565U, 16GB of RAM) 14,806 result and the category average (14,910). The MacBook Pro even topped the SX14 on our video transcoding test, transferring a 4K video into 1080p resolution in 14 minutes and 20 seconds. The Vaio completed the same task in 16 minutes and 46 seconds, which is slower than the MacBook Pro but much faster than the average premium laptop (22:27).  The storage drives in Apple’s new laptops are ridiculously fast. Our MacBook Pro’s 256GB SSD transferred 4.97GB of multimedia files in 2 seconds at a rate of 2,573 megabytes per second. The SX14’s 1TB SSD is fast in its own right, with transfer speeds of 727 MBps (the category average is 558.5 MBps), but don’t expect anyone to top Apple anytime soon.   MORE: Best Apple LaptopsNeither laptop is meant for gaming and that showed on our real-world graphics performance test in which the SX14 played Dirt 3 at 38 frames per seconds while the MacBook Pro ran the racing game at 33 fps. Both are above our 30-fps playability threshold but well below the 67-fps category average. Winner: MacBook ProBuy the MacBook ProBattery LifeThe SX14 has remained competitive thus far, but here is where that ends in brutal fashion. The Vaio SX14 lasted for 4 hours and 27 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. With a runtime of 8 hours and 41 minutes, the MacBook Pro lasts nearly twice as long on a charge. Ouch.Winner: MacBook ProValue and PriceGood luck finding a more expensive 13-inch laptop than the MacBook Pro. The new base model with two Thunderbolt 3 ports starts at $1,299 and includes a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. For $1,499, you can double the storage to 256GB and keep the same specs. The higher-end version (with four Thunderbolt 3 ports) that we pitted against the SX14 starts at a steep $1,799 with a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Opting for 16GB of RAM brings us to our $1,999 review unit. For $100 less, you can get the SX14 with a 4K display, a Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Our review unit, which has the same specs but a 1TB SSD, goes for $2,199, or $500 less than a similarly specced MacBook Pro. Winner: SX14Overall Winner: Apple MacBook Pro HP Spectre FolioHP Spectre x360center_img CPUCore i5-8265U, Core i7-8565UIntel Core i5, Core i7 Ports (10)97 Value (10)75 Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. RAM8GB, 16GB8GB, 16GB The Vaio brand lives on. And while it’s no longer under the Sony banner, much of what we loved about those older Vaio laptops has returned. From its featherweight chassis to the borderline- absurd buffet of ports, the Vaio SX14 has plenty of highlights. But as a business laptop that costs upward of $2,100, the Vaio faces a tough task: persuading people and companies to spend that sort of money on something other than an Apple laptop. We can’t fault that thinking; the 13-inch MacBook Pro is an excellent all-around machine that offers standout performance and good battery life in a premium, portable chassis.   MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 So if you’re a business exec or a creative professional, which portable business laptop should you buy: the Vaio SX14 or MacBook Pro? Read on to find out. Vaio SX14 vs Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019): Specs Compared Phillip Tracy, Vaio SX14Apple MacBook Pro Battery Life (20)815 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilySavory Crab CakesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Key Travel1.1mm0.6mm Performance (20)1820 SSD256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB Author Biolast_img read more

Best Laptop Deals in August 2019

first_imgMore Tech DealsLooking for deals from specific stores?  Make sure to check out our guides below:Best Amazon DealsBest Walmart DealsYou can also follow sister-sites Tom’s Guide for the best consumer tech deals, Tom’s Hardware for the best component deals, and of course stay tuned here for the best mobile and tablet deals. Top Five Black Friday TipsGet ready (and be extra smart) with these must-know tipsVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:4900:49Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.com15 College Majors That Pay Out Post-GraduationForbes.comUndoMayo ClinicDiet and psoriatic arthritis: What’s worth trying?Mayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoCNETHere’s the hidden meaning behind each of Star Trek’s iconic uniforms.CNETUndo247 SportsThese Updated NFL Helmets Are Better Than the Real Thing247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Laptop Mag is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more here.There are plenty of back-to-school and semiannual clearance sales to put some money back into your pocket this month. Retailers are discounting everything from affordable Chromebooks to stylish MacBooks to powerful iPads. So if you’re in need of a new portable PC on a budget, you’ve come to right place.We’re rounding up all the best laptop deals you can take advantage of right now. Amazon for instance, has the Samsung Chromebook 3 bundled with an Unlocked Galaxy S10e on sale for $749.99. Alone, the Galaxy Note S10e retails for $749.99, so this bundle basically nets you a free Chromebook. It’s one of the best back-to-school deals we’ve seen this summer. Meanwhile, Amazon’s back-to-school sale discounts various configurations of the Editor’s Choice Surface Pro 6. The base model packs a 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 touchscreen LCD, 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It also sports an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.Microsoft Surface Pro 6 w/ 128GB: was $899 now $699 @ AmazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 w/ 128GB + Type Cover: was $1,129 now $788 @ AmazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 w/ 256GB + Type Cover: was $1,299 now $792 @ AmazonIf you’re looking for iPad deals, Best Buy’s 3-Day Anniversary Sale offers some generous discounts. This sale on until Sunday, so act fast. AdvertisementAmazon continues to slash slashing up to $100 off the iPad, whereas Walmart is taking up to $80 dollars off the iPad Pro 10.5-inch tablets.The deals include:Apple iPad 2018 (128GB): was $429 now $299.99 @ Best BuyApple iPad Pro 11-inch (64GB): was $799 now $674.99 @ Best BuyApple iPad Air 2019 (64GB): was $499 now $469 @ Amazon & WalmartApple iPad Air 3 2019 (128GB): was $649 now $599 @AmazonApple iPad 2018 (32GB): was $329 now $249 @ Amazon & Walmart Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (256GB): was $949 now $879 @ AmazonApple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (64GB): was $999 now $941 @ AmazonMeanwhile, Lenovo is having a solid back-to-school sales on a previous-gen business laptops. The PC maker currently offers the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) for $899 via coupon code “THINKDB5”. That’s $630 in savings and the least-expensive ThinkPad X1 Carbon PC we’ve ever seen. It features a 14-inch 1080p IPS anti-glare display, a 2.6GHz Core i5-6600U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.Editor’s Choice Laptops/Tablets On SaleThis week, we’re also seeing excellent discounts on many of our Editor’s Choice machines. The deals include:Our favorite consumer laptop is on sale this week. Dell has the Editor’s Choice Dell XPS 13 9370 on sale for $1,099.99 via coupon, “50OFF699”. That’s $450 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this Windows laptop. It features a 1.6 GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It’s a great machine that packs strong performance and a long lasting battery into a portable, attractive design. Dell XPS 13 9370 w/256GB SSD: was $1,549 now just $1,196 @ Dell ( Editor’s Choice review) Apple iPad 2018 (32GB): was $329 now $249 @ Amazon & Walmart Apple iPad 2018 (128GB): was $429 now just $329 @ Amazon & Walmart Other laptop deals you can buy at the moment include:Laptop/Tablet Deals Under $500Lenovo ideapad S340: was $379 now $279 @ Walmart Lenovo Chromebook S330: was $299 now $166 @ WalmartAcer Chromebook CB3: was $199 now $149 @ WalmartAsus VivoBook F510QA (15.6-inch): was $399 now $249Samsung Chromebook 3 (4 GB): was $230 now $159 @ WalmartSamsung Galaxy Tab A (32GB): was $230 now $148 @ AmazonSamsung Galaxy Tab A (8GB): was $130 now $89 @ WalmartApple Laptop / Tablet DealsApple MacBook Air 2018: was $1,199 now $899.99MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018 w/ 1TB SSD: was $3,800 now $3,099 @ Best BuyMacBook Pro 13-inch 2018 w/ 512GB SSD: was $1,999 now $1,599 @ Best BuyMacBook Pro 13-inch 2017 w/ 128GB SSD: was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Best BuyMacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 w/ 256GB SSD: was $1,799 now $1,599 @ AmazonLaptop Accessory DealsNeed to accessorize your laptop with extra storage or a monitor? Here are the best accessory deals we’ve spotted so far:Apple Magic Mouse 2: was $79 now $69 @ AmazonLogitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse: was $80 now $35 @ AmazonSanDisk Extreme Portable 500GB SSD: was $170 now $89 @ Amazonlast_img read more

Best USB Microphones

first_imgWhether you picked up a premium laptop to record a podcast or a gaming laptop to stream the latest indie craze, you’re going to need a good USB microphone to deliver your lovely voice to the audience.First: Understand that there are generally four recording modes you can find in USB microphones: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo. You need to know which one best suits your needs before you pick out a microphone.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Cardioid records sources that are in front of the microphone (good for streaming), bidirectional is front and back (good for a two-person podcast), omnidirectional is each direction (good for multi-person podcasts or conference calls) and stereo builds off omnidirectional by using both left and right channels (good for musical instrumentals and ASMR).Here are the best USB microphones you can buy right now. Those looking to update their setup should also check out our roundups of the best noise-cancelling headphones, best webcams and best gaming monitors.Credit: Razer Blue Yeti The $120 Blue Yeti is one of the most popular USB microphones on the market. It features recording modes such as cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo. It also has on-the-spot gain control and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. You can also unscrew the microphone from the mount to attach a microphone stand to the bottom. The Blue Yeti has a simple plug-and-play setup that functions with Windows 10 and macOS. However, the Blue Yeti is a bit chunky, so keep that in mind if you plan on traveling with it.Pros: Four recording modes; Gain controlCons: ChunkyRecording modes: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 4.72 x 4.92 x 11.61 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds (2.2 pounds w/ stand)Credit: Blue Rami Tabari, Blue Yeti Nano deals?US$92.99ViewUS$139.99US$99ViewUS$99.99ViewUS$99.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Samson Go Author Bio HyperX Quadcast Amazon Blue Yeti Nano by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comSteph Curry’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilySavory Crab CakesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement If you’re looking to spend just under $100, you can go with the Razer Seiren X. Like the Yeti and Quadcast, the Seiren X has a simple plug-and-play setup for Windows 10 and macOS. However, the Seiren X packs only a single recording mode, which Razer dubs supercardioid. This is a tighter version of cardioid that eliminates more background noise, and is unique to the Seiren X. The Seiren X doesn’t have an adapter (3/8 to 5/8 inch) to attach to a boom arm, so you’ll have to purchase that separately.Pros: Unique recording mode; Compact aluminum designCons: One recording mode; No gain controlRecording modes: Cardioid (supercardioid) | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 4.1 x 7.7 x 8.4 inches | Weight: 1.86 poundsCredit: Razer As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Amazon From $29.97 Blue Yeti deals?78 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$112.94ViewUS$115.99ViewUS$119.66ViewUS$181.98US$129ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by If you’re looking for a sleeker alternative, the HyperX Quadcast is the way to go. It offers the same features as the Blue Yeti, such as four recording modes, gain control and a headphone jack. But unlike the Blue Yeti, it features an internal pop filter, which’ll reduce background noise, and a shock mount, which suppresses unintentional rumbles. On top of the microphone is a tap-to-mute sensor. And it’s not only compatible with Windows 10 and macOS, but also with PS4. However, the Quadcast is a little pricer than the competition, at $140. Pros: Four recording modes; Gain control; Sleek; PS4 compatibleCons: PriceyRecording modes: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS, PS4 | Size: 4 x 5.1 x 9.8 inches | Weight: 0.56 pounds (0.8 pounds w/ stand)Credit: HyperX From $99.99 From $139.99 From $117.79 Amazon Razer Seiren X deals?140 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$99.99US$84.59ViewUS$94.90ViewUS$99.99ViewUS$99.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Rami Tabari, on From $84.59 Razer Seiren X Bestbuy Amazon The Samson Go is a solid choice if you’re on a tight budget. For just $30, it offers cardioid and omnidirectional recording modes, a 3.5mm audio jack and a fold-up design with a clip that can attach to your laptop’s screen. Its compact design makes it easy to take with you anywhere, hence the “Go.” However, considering the size of the microphone, you’re bound to get a lower quality recording.Pros: Two recording modes; Super affordable; PortableCons: Lower-quality mic; No gain controlRecording modes: Cardioid, omnidirectional | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 6 x 1 x 5 inches | Weight: 0.5 poundsCredit: Samson If you’re sticking to Blue because you like the brand but still want to save a little extra money, the Blue Yeti Nano is your next best choice. Unlike the Razer Seiren X, the Yeti Nano comes with a 3/8- to 5/8-inch adapter to connect to a boom arm. It also features both cardioid and omnidirectional recording modes l. It has a 3.5mm audio jack for headphone monitoring like the others, but it doesn’t have any onboard gain controls.Pros: Two recording modes; Comes with mount adapter; CompactCons: No gain controlRecording modes: Cardioid, omnidirectional | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 4.29 x 3.78 x 8.31 inches | Weight: 1.39 poundsCredit: Bluelast_img read more

AP Exclusive Mexico CIA attack could be cartel

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said Mexican military sources have told him that “the attack was not an error,” and “the objective was to annihilate the three passengers in the car.”“The same car with the same people had been going up and back (to the marine training camp) for a week, so perhaps some lookout who worked for drug traffickers informed the police, or the Beltrans” about the vehicle, Benitez said.He said the federal police must have known that they were attacking a diplomatic vehicle.“I don’t think we’re yet in a position to say definitively who did it, who paid them and why they did it,” the U.S. official said. “We have been assured repeatedly in private and in public that the government of Mexico will investigate this to the end and provide a final answer as to what occurred, and I think our posture at this stage is we take them at their word.”______Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson in Mexico City and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – A senior U.S. official says there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a U.S. embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA agents, were working for organized crime on a targeted assassination attempt.Meanwhile, a Mexican official with knowledge of the case on the Aug. 24 ambush confirmed on Tuesday that prosecutors are investigating whether the Beltran Leyva Cartel was behind the attack. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Both the U.S. and Mexican officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomatic issue.The federal police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The U.S. State Department declined to discuss details.“We will not comment on an ongoing investigation,” said William Ostick, a spokesman. “This is a matter of great significance to both our countries and we will continue to cooperate with Mexican authorities in their investigation.”The Mexican official said one line of investigation is that members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel were interested in attacking the people in the car because some of their lookouts had seen them passing through the area and presumed they were investigating the cartel. It’s possible they didn’t know they were Americans.The rural road near Cuernavaca where the attack took place is known territory of the remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel, a once-powerful gang now run by Hector Beltran Leyvan since the Navy killed his brother, drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, in Cuernavaca in late 2009. Beltran Leyva was once aligned with Mexico’s powerful cartel, Sinaloa, headed by fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. But the groups split in 2008 and continued government hits on Beltran Leyva leadership since then have splintered that cartel into small gangs warring for the area. The Mexican official said that is among several lines of investigation into the shooting up of an armored SUV clearly marked by diplomatic license plates on a rural road near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City. Federal police, historically known for infiltration and corruption by drug cartels, have said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity as officers were looking into the kidnapping of a government employee in that area.“That’s not a `We’re trying to shake down a couple people for a traffic violation’ sort of operation. That’s a `We are specifically trying to kill the people in this vehicle’,” a U.S. official familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. “This is not a `Whoops, we got the wrong people.’ “Photos of the gray Toyota SUV, a model known to be used by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and other U.S. embassy employees working in Mexico, showed it riddled with heavy gunfire. The U.S. embassy called the attack an “ambush.”When asked by the AP if the Mexican federal police officers involved in the shooting were tied to organized crime, the U.S. official said, “The circumstantial evidence is pretty damn strong.” The CIA agents were heading down a dirt road to the military installation with a Mexican Navy captain in the vehicle when a carload of gunmen opened fire on them and chased them. The embassy SUV tried to escape, but three other cars joined the original vehicle in pursuing them down the road, according to the original Navy statement. Occupants of all four vehicles fired.“This is somebody with a powerful automatic weapon just unloading an entire clip, reloading, and continuing to fire at that same impact point, clearly with the intention of penetrating the armor and presumably killing those who are inside,” the U.S. official told the AP.Surveillance cameras in the area recorded two civilian vehicles chasing the U.S. embassy SUV, the Mexican official said. So far Mexican officials have said only federal police fired on the SUV.The two CIA agents received non-life-threatening wounds and have returned to the United States. The Navy captain was uninjured and radioed the Navy for help.Twelve officers have been detained in the case and are being held under a form of house arrest pending possible charges, and 51 officers have testified in the case.A Mexican federal police spokesman said last month that the officers may not have noticed the diplomatic plates. The official said police focused on the unusual sight of a bulletproof sport utility vehicle traveling at high speed on a rural road, not on the car’s distinctive diplomatic plates. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   last_img

Shes in shes out Email misfire brings Senate confusion

first_imgRep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the campaign kickoff that wasn’t.A California congresswoman Tuesday recalled a statement that announced she would kick off her campaign for U.S. Senate this week.The email from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, festooned with U.S. flags and stars-and-stripes imagery, invited supporters to join her Thursday at an Orange County train station to mark the start of her bid for the 2016 contest. “Together we will win,” the 10-term Democrat wrote. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories center_img “Having only recently achieved this position, I was very reluctant to leave it,” Schiff said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’ll have a good opportunity to continue to work on the issues that I care most about.”Boxer’s retirement was expected to unleash a logjam of ambitious Democratic challengers seeking higher office in 2016. Instead, Harris has had the field mostly to herself, while Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took their names out of consideration.Two little-known Republicans are seeking the seat: Tom Del Beccaro, a former state party chairman, and two-term Assemblyman Rocky Chavez from San Diego County.Schiff, now serving his eighth term, said he knows he would have been “fighting the odds” had he entered the race. Still, he believes that a candidate from Southern California can make a strong run.“This was actually quite an attractive opportunity. Had this been a few years down the road when I had more time already in this position, it would have been a different calculus possibly,” Schiff said.___Blood reported from Los AngelesCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. But the electronic missive turned out to be a mistake. Sanchez adviser Bill Carrick said the email was a draft that was accidentally distributed and she hasn’t made up her mind about the Senate race.“This isn’t what you would want if you are running for city council, much less U.S. Senate,” said Democratic consultant Andrew Acosta.It’s a long way from the election but in a major campaign “you want to come out and show you are well organized. When you stumble out of the gate, it gives people pause,” Acosta added.The errant email brought a jolt of drama and confusion to a contest that so far has looked like a runaway for another Democrat, state Attorney General Kamala Harris. The party is strongly favored to hold the seat next year.Sanchez is among a string of Democrats considered possible contenders for the seat, which is being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.Earlier Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff became the latest high-profile state Democrat to nix a bid for the post. Schiff said that his responsibilities as the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence took precedence, because it gives him a chance to contribute to the nation’s security. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Meanwhile, FIFA protocol allowed Blatter to address all those meetings, without explicitly referring to the election. He also met voters when attending finals at the Asian Cup and African Cup of Nations.This strategy of official non-engagement has proved effective for Blatter, limiting possible mistakes and offering no stage for his opponents to make gains.The exception was UEFA’s annual meeting in Vienna.Blatter had a front row seat to hear executive committee colleague Prince Ali describe FIFA as “authoritarian,” and Van Praag talk of disarray, nepotism and corruption.Today, Blatter’s rivals remain relatively unknown to voters. It was very different four years ago.Then, the rival candidate was a confederation president, Asian soccer’s then-leader Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar.Bin Hammam challenged his former ally after more than a decade overseeing FIFA project grants totaling tens of millions of dollars to potential voters, and months after helping Qatar win the 2022 World Cup hosting rights.Carrying that momentum, Bin Hammam seemed a genuine threat until being taken down in a bribery scandal. Caribbean voters were each offered $40,000 in cash three weeks before election day. Sponsored Stories “I am not campaigning,” Blatter said in March at a FIFA news conference he was obliged to attend. “I am now 40 years in FIFA, and I am 17 years as president of FIFA. This is my manifesto.”Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag and Figo, however, both dropped out of the race on Thursday.By withdrawing, they showed how the task to sway Blatter’s rock-solid support looked impossible even before belatedly starting to seek votes.“If you really wanted to do this properly you should have started (campaigning) two years ago,” Van Praag, the Dutch soccer federation president, said in Vienna in March.Prince Ali is not even sure of widespread support from his home Asian Football Confederation, whose leaders have questioned the 39-year-old Jordanian’s decision to run.The outcome has looked clear since February 2014 when Blatter dropped his biggest hint that he would run again. He teased he “would not say no” if enough of FIFA’s 209 member federations asked him.They did.Despite the scandals and allegations often swirling around FIFA, voters worldwide show little or no desire for change at the top. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center GENEVA (AP) — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.There’s no need this time.Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In 1998, when Bin Hammam was a key campaigner for Blatter’s first election, it was said that $50,000 offers to some African voters in a Paris hotel decisively swayed the result. Bin Hammam was also in Blatter’s inner circle for the 2002 election.Blatter has spent half his life devoted to FIFA and its family of officials, making him difficult to unseat. UEFA President Michel Platini, an all-time great player for France and one-time FIFA protege of Blatter, chose not to try.Announcing his decision last August not to run, Platini denied that an election fight against Blatter was “unwinnable.”However, it looks that way now.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Luis Figo speaks to the media as he launches his FIFA Presidential Campaign manifesto, at Wembley Stadium, London. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag, however, dropped out of the race on Thursday May 21, 2015, and switched his support to FIFA vice president Prince Ali. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) Familiarity with Blatter has bred content. He was FIFA’s top administrator and, therefore, point man to members for 17 years before his controversial first election in 1998.On Blatter’s presidential watch, FIFA has risen from financial crisis in 2001 to sit on a growing $1.5 billion reserve fund.FIFA earned almost $5 billion directly from the 2014 World Cup and rewarded all 209 members equally well.The smallest island federation in the Caribbean or South Pacific got the same bonus payments totaling $1.05 million from FIFA’s tournament profits as World Cup champion Germany.Each member has equal voting power at the congress when changing FIFA rules or picking a president — as each federation helps do every four years in Zurich. FIFA pays for a three-person delegation from each of the 209 to attend the election in its home city, one of the world’s most expensive.It adds up to Blatter being able to count on most voters in five of FIFA’s six continental confederations during his reign. Even UEFA has pockets of support for him, especially within the Russian sphere of influence.Since the candidate deadline passed, four confederations which held their annual assemblies blocked Blatter’s opponents from making formal speeches to potential voters. The three rivals sat and watched in Asuncion, Paraguay; Cairo, Egypt; Nassau, Bahamas; and Manama, Bahrain as FIFA’s game of democracy played out. Top Stories last_img read more

Napalm girl photographer returns with iPhone Instagram

first_imgPulitzer winning photographer Nick Ut gestures while talking with media at the place where he took his iconic ‘Napalm girl’ photo 43 years ago on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Trang Bang, Vietnam. Ut returned Monday to the location of his iconic photo with a tool from an entirely different era, a 4-ounce iPhone 5 equipped with the ability to send photos to the world in the blink of a digital eye. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen).n On Monday, 43 years later to the day, Ut went back to document some of his Vietnam War memories with a tool from an entirely different era — a 4-ounce iPhone 5 equipped with the ability to send photos to the world in the blink of a digital eye.“I stood here and watched the bombs come down,” Ut said of those long-ago moments just before he exposed a frame of Kodak Tri-X black-and-white film that carried the likeness of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, her body severely burned.“I was so young then,” the longtime Associated Press photographer said.Ut’s June 8, 1972, image of Kim Phuc, now known as the “napalm girl,” helped crystallize the debate America had been having for more than half a decade about a far-off war that was lethal to so many. But the image began its persuasive work on newspaper pages many hours later, not in the instantaneous fashion we see today.So when Ut returned to the village of Trang Bang on Monday, he came equipped with something more era-appropriate: He brought his iPhone with him and was given custody of AP Images’ Instagram account for the day.That gave him the power to upload, instantaneously, images that during the war would have taken hours to get 25 miles south to AP offices in Saigon, then in and out of the film-developing process before a print could be beamed to the world. TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — He stands in the northbound lane of Vietnam’s Highway 1, traffic swirling around him, horns honking. He is pointing. Right there, he says — that’s where it happened. That’s where the screaming children appeared. That’s where I made the picture that the world couldn’t forget.Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut was 21 on that day more than half a lifetime ago when he stood on the same road, pointed his camera northeast and captured one of history’s most famous images — a naked Vietnamese girl screaming and fleeing after South Vietnamese planes looking for Viet Cong insurgents attacked with napalm from the air. Sitting in a van bound for Trang Bang, Ut, a digital Leica around his neck, took a few practice shots with the iPhone. As he headed north from Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, the scenery revealed the ways Highway 1 has changed since the war. Today’s roadside attractions include a restaurant called “Sushi World” and a roadside vendor hawking a small-scale Statue of Liberty.Then, as the van crossed a bridge, he announced arrival at the site of the famous image: “Right here! Right here!”He pressed the phone against the windshield to photograph the road, then followed up with an image of the temple where Kim Phuc and her family took refuge before the bombing.Ut has made this journey often — usually at least once a year in recent years, he says. It remains significant to him. He and the picture — and, by extension, the village — are forever linked.In Trang Bang, Ut visited a roadside stall operated by two of Kim Phuc’s cousins, then walked a kilometer down the road to where he made the famous image. There, he faced a gaggle of photographers as traffic changed lanes to avoid them.The scene that unfolded was a curious one: Ut taking pictures, Ut taking pictures of his own pictures, people taking pictures of Ut taking pictures. By the time it wrapped up, it was unclear whether more images were taken by Nick Ut or of him. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Ut ended up posting six images of Trang Bang on Instagram, including one of Ho Van Bon, 54, Kim Phuc’s cousin and the boy to her left in the 1972 photo. Today, sitting at the roadside stall, he says instantaneous photo sharing can be a potent force when bad things happen.“If this were to happen right now . it’s much better for the world now for these social networks to have instant attention for something,” he said through a translator. “It makes the world a better place.”It wouldn’t just be Ut uploading, though. His photo, as powerful as it is, would have had competition for the eyeballs of the world.“Imagine what it would have been like in 1972 if you had all the technology and systems of 2015,” says David Campbell, a visual storytelling expert and teacher in Newcastle, England.“Some of those people escaping that napalm attack would have had their own smartphones. Some of the soldiers would have had smartphones,” Campbell says. “In 1972, you got to see a very curated, edited selection of images that were much more isolated pieces of time. Now you would see greater scope, greater time scale and a much more comprehensive view.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ut, whose AP photographer brother Huynh Thanh My was killed in the Vietnam War in 1965, suspects the conflict would have played very differently for people back in the United States — and their policymakers — if instantaneous photo sharing had existed then. He says that before he even got his film back to Saigon, “it would have been on Facebook.”“My God. Today in Vietnam everybody has a phone,” Ut says. “A couple hours, that was too long. Now two minutes you get it to the world. I couldn’t have imagined.”___EDITOR’S NOTE — Ted Anthony is the director of Asia-Pacific news for The Associated Press, based in Bangkok. Follow him on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

UK man accused of attempt to buy ricin from FBI agent

first_img Top Stories Ali was sent a toy car containing a harmless powder that he believed was ricin.Police found a list on his computer with entries including “paid ricin guy” and “get pet to murder.”His cellphone showed Google and Yahoo searches for “how to make ricin” and “what poison kills you quick, is foolproof, easily found/made, easily concealed and hard to detect post mortem.”Ali denies attempting to possess a chemical weapon. Prosecutor Sally Howes told jurors at London’s Central Criminal Court on Tuesday that police found no evidence suggesting Ali was associated with terrorism activities or organizations.She said defense lawyers would claim Ali wanted to buy ricin out of curiosity, and would produce a psychological assessment that Ali has traits associated with Asperger’s syndrome.The trial is due to last two weeks.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall LONDON (AP) — A British software engineer tried to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people, and planned to test it by killing a small animal, a prosecutor said Tuesday.Mohammed Ali, 31, allegedly contacted a seller in the U.S. about buying 500 milligrams of the poison for $500. The contact, who used the names Dark Mart and Psychochem, was an undercover FBI agent.Ricin is derived from the castor bean plant and is one of the world’s deadliest toxins. Prosecutors say the amount Ali sought would have killed between 700 and 1,400 people. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Business group very concerned that Trumps tariffs will harm Arizonans

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) echoed Taylor’s concerns with two pointed tweets that included articles about the moves. One that said, “This is no way to treat our allies, Mr. President,” and the other saying, “Trade wars do not end well.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariffs would be 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and go into effect on Friday, as the administration followed through on the penalties after earlier granting exemptions to buy time for negotiations. Trump had announced the tariffs in March, citing national security concerns.In response, Europe and Mexico pledged to retaliate quickly, exacerbating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions.Ross told reporters that talks with Canada and Mexico over revising the North American Free Trade Agreement were “taking longer than we had hoped.” Talks with Europe had “made some progress” but not enough for additional exemptions, he said in a conference call from Paris.Taylor said the new tariffs will only hurt the NAFTA negotiations.“What message does it send to our friends in Mexico and Canada and around the world when comes to negotiating trade deals that we would throw a monkey wrench like this into the process right in the middle of negotiations,” he said. “It’s the wrong message, wrong time, wrong policy.” PHOENIX – President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada from didn’t go over well in Arizona.Garrick Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Arizonans should be “very concerned for a number of reasons” about the plan the administration revealed Thursday.“This makes life more expensive for Arizonans and for Americans,” Taylor told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “We buy products made of steel, and now those tariffs, which are really taxes, get passed along to American consumers.” 21 Comments   Share   American producers, importers, exporters and consumers all will suffer, Taylor said.“This is the tit-for-tat things that happen in a trade war that is so bad for the economy,” he said.KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Kathy Cline and the Associated Press contributed to this report. Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more