Officials in Costa Rica report that 19 people have died after consuming alcohol that was tainted with toxic levels of methanol.The Ministry of Health, which recently issued a national alert, says 14 men and five women, ranging in age from 32 to 72 years old, have died since the beginning of June.The government has confiscated nearly 30,000 bottles of alcohol that are suspected to be tainted, affecting several brands.The Ministry of Health advised people against consuming alcohol from those brands, as samples had tested positive for methanol adulteration. They include: Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Aguardiente Estrella, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Molotov Aguardiente.Adulterated liquor often contains methanol, which can make people feel inebriated. Adding methanol allows sellers to increase the amount of liquid and its potential potency, according to SafeProof, a group lobbying against counterfeit alcohol.Methanol poisoning can cause confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, as well as the inability to coordinate muscle movements. Small amounts can also be toxic.Outbreaks have become more common around the world in recent years, with each one ranging in impact from 20 to more than 800 victims, the World Health Organization says.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for one vacancy on the Planning Commission.The 9-member Lacey Planning Commission develops recommendations for long-range comprehensive planning goals and policies in the City of Lacey and areas outside of the city that may seek annexation. The Planning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, at 7:00 p.m. in Lacey City Hall. Applicants must be City of Lacey residents.For more information, or to get an application, contact Kelsey Williams at 360-413-4387 or [email protected] You can also download an application at ci.lacey.wa.us. Please submit a letter of interest and resume with your application.
Players arrive Friday afternoon for the Camp Orientation at 4:30 p.m. before taking to the ice at 6 p.m.The first scrimmage game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.Game action continues Sunday morning followed by the All Star Game at 1 p.m. Sunday.Nelson Leafs finished last season fourth in the Murdoch Division with a 23-17-2-4 record.Beaver Valley Nitehawks eliminated the Leafs in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.The season was not a total bust for Nelson as the Leafs Robson Cramer was selected top defenceman in the KIJHL and Neil Murdoch Division.Cramer, along with teammate Darnel St. Pierre, signed a letter to play next season for Simon Fraser of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap will also play in the BCIHL with the Eastern Washington Eagles in Spokane. When the Kimberley Dynamiters took to the ice to celebrate winning the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship last month in Kamloops the race for the 2016 title began.The Nelson Leafs hope to get a jump on the upcoming campaign when the Heritage City franchise hosts a Prospects Camp beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena.“The purpose of this weekend is to show your ability to play at the Junior Level, while getting an opportunity to learn more about the Nelson Leafs, meet the coaching staff, tour our facilities and enjoy the City of Nelson,” coach and GM Dave McLellan said on the Leafs’ website.The camp is close to full with only a few spots available for forwards.
“Our team had a great season all around but we grew more consistent the more we played as a team,” May explained when asked about the remarkable seaosn.”Our pitchers did very well this year with Jordan McLeod being very consistent all year.”Benoit Thibault got the start for Nelson before giving the ball up to McLeod.The offence was led by Benoit Thibault and Chase May with Justin Lasichuk and Maida also providing offensive spark for Nelson.Nelson, which dispatched Castlegar in the semi final to reach the championship, finished the season with a 13-4-2 record, edging out Trail Athletics for the regular season title.Thursday’s win was also the first time this season Nelson was able to get the better of the Silver City squad.”We never beat the A’s during the regular season so this was a great win for our team,” said May.”Although we struggled in a few games our hitting was pretty consistent all year,” May added. Nelson combined the strong pitching of Benoit Thibault and Jordan McLeod with a timely offence to stop Trail Athletics 11-5 in the final of the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball Championship Thursday at the newly-refurbished Queen Elizabeth Park.The victory snaps what some baseball historians believe is a 20-year drought for Nelson Baseball.”Someone mentioned about the 20-plus year slump Nelson against Trail, but I have to admit I don’t know the dates or anything but it still feels good to beat Trail because they always have strong teams,” said Nelson coach Roger May.With the Nelson leading 5-4, Justin Lasichuk drove in a run with a double to center field. Jayden Maida then reached back before coming around to axore and increase the lead to 7-4.Nelson then put the ball in the hands of pitcher Jordan McLeod who silenced the Trail bats the rest of the game.
The announcement of the 2010 matric results by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga today has indicated an improvement on 2009’s performance, with the Minister describing the results as a “remarkable achievement”.South African’s support for the Class of 2010 has been phenomenal and these positive results are indicative of the communities’ spirit of Ubuntu. People opened up their homes to learners, retired teachers gave of their time, businesses offered resources and non-profit organisations facilitated opportunities for learner support.The teachers’ strike, following the suspension of teaching during the 2010 World Cup, with slightly less schooling time, undoubtedly had an effect on results. The Minister admits that it was possible that the public sector dispute might have robbed the department of its targeted 70% pass rate.“On a global level, the South Africa education system performs poorly compared to those in countries at a similar stage of development, such as Brazil, Russia, Argentina and Mexico. It is particularly worrying that the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum (WEF) places South Africa in the bottom two performing countries with regard to the quality of maths and science education”, Matola points out. The importance of education was underlined last year at the WEF annual meeting which held a session specifically focusing on this issue. In its summary, it states that the many problems that plague the world, from poverty to global security, could be solved by better access to quality education.What is needed, says the WEF, is a partnership between the public and private sectors to develop a new vision for education that will meet the needs of the ever-changing job market. To this end, Brand South Africa and the Department of Basic Education hosted a special session with private sector companies at the end of November 2010 to magnify the need for an integrated approach to educational delivery. Matola continues, “Brand South Africa recognises this and is driving a call to make education a societal issue. This joint ownership of education is in the spirit, too, of Ubuntu – one of collective support and engagement beyond the bounds of family, friends and colleagues to a broader society”.The matric results, achieved under difficult conditions, re-affirm that South Africans, as always, are able to find creative solutions”, concludes Matola.ends
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And Dasmariñas can get the chance of a lifetime if he wins his IBF World bantamweight title eliminator in the Rising Stars card Saturday at Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila.“The IBF title is one of the major titles and I want to be part of that group of Filipino boxers who’ve become an IBF champion,” said Dasmariñas Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDasmariñas held the IBO World bantamweight belt after he beat Karim Guerfi in 2018 but he knows the title once owned isn’t considered as one of the top prizes in boxing.The IBO first got recognition in the late 1990s and 2000s when the legendary Lennox Lewis, regarded as the last undisputed heavyweight champion, held the sanctioning body’s dark green belt with the IBF, WBC, and WBA championships. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Michael Dasmarinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Michael Dasmariñas has had prior experience holding championship gold, but he knows he still has to do more if he wants to become one of Philippine boxing’s elite.The Philippines is littered with great boxers throughout history with Pancho Villa starting the lineage that includes icons like Gabriel Elorde, Ceferino Garcia, Dado Marino, through to Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Jerwin Ancajas, and Donnie Nietes.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PBA: TNT fends off Columbian to inch closer to no. 2 This day and age, though, the WBO has risen to prominence and is considered as one of the major sanctioning bodies together with the WBC, WBA, and IBF.And it’s that kind of notoriety Dasmariñas (28-2-1) wants especially if that means joining the likes of Pacquiao, Donaire, Ancajas, and Nietes as Filipino boxers to have become IBF champions.“Personally I don’t feel any pressure but I motivate myself because I also want to become a World champion like those men,” said Dasmariñas who has yet to meet Pacquiao even though the boxing legend’s MP Promotions is co-promoting the card with Scott Farrell’s Ringstar Asia.“I want to win this fight and I want to show the results of my training because I know it will help me a lot,” said Dasmariñas. “And I’m happy for tomorrow because that will be the first time that I will meet Manny in person so I’m excited.”ADVERTISEMENT
The Bog Walk Development Area Committee, in partnership with the Social Development Commission (SDC) will host their inaugural Orange Festival in Bog Walk, St. Catherine, on May 31.The event, which is being staged to highlight the cultural heritage and prominence of the orange fruit in the area, will bring together over 200 participants from the communities within the development area (DA).High schools within the Bog Walk and Linstead DAs will be engaging in a culinary competition, showcasing the versatility of the orange fruit. There will also be a talent competition among local acts, with cash prizes for the winners of both competitions.Goods and services from local economic initiatives, entrepreneurs and community groups within the DA will be on display and for sale.Persons are encouraged to attend the event, which is being held at the Bog Walk Plaza, opposite the market, starting at 10:00 a.m.For more details, persons can contact the SDC St. Catherine Parish Office, at 876-984-5270.
HALIFAX — Experts on flooding risks say worrying figures released this week on the rising seas in Atlantic Canada should prompt governments to move more swiftly to protect coastal areas and vital transport links.Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, calls the projections “a wake-up call and a call to arms.”He’s reacting to Chapter 7 of “Canada’s Changing Climate Report,” which projects 75 centimetres to one metre of relative sea level rise for the East Coast.Federal scientists presented the document earlier this week, noting Canada is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe in a now irreversible process.Feltmate points to predictions for quadrupling of flooding along the Halifax waterfront by mid-century as a signal buildings will have to be constructed to cope with higher tidal surges.In addition, he says the study highlights the vulnerability of the Chignecto Isthmus — a low-lying, 20-kilometre band of land that joins Nova Scotia to New Brunswick.Ocean scientists said in the report that the Atlantic region is facing a dual effect of rising seas and falling coastlines.It notes that while in much of the country the coast is rebounding from glaciation — helping counter sea-level rise — the eastern coasts are continuing to sink. The Canadian Press
Angel MooreAPTN NewsLand protectors who blockaded and occupied a major hydroelectric project site under three years ago are now mourning the death of the Muskrat Falls.Public hearings for the Muskrat Falls provincial inquiry reached ground zero this week with a stop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador literally hours after flooding of the controversial dam’s reservoir had begun just a few kilometres upstream on the Churchill River.Emotions ran high for some as 10 individuals were allotted 10 minutes each to speak.“Now I come to you your land and I give you 10 minutes; I give you 10 minutes to be able to say how I feel about the land that I love more than my own life,” said Kirk Lethbridge, who was arrested in 2013 while protesting outside the project site.The provincial inquiry is investigating the project, which is years delayed and more than double its original projected cost.Ongoing concerns around the project include its structural safety, environmental risks, the anticipated methyl mercury contamination of fish and other traditional foods of the Innu and Inuit in the area, and the economic burden on generations of people in Newfoundland and Labrador.Much of the blame for what is widely regarded as one of the worst economic and political decisions in the province’s history has fallen on crown energy corporation Nalcor Energy and the recent Progressive Conservative and Liberal governments.“I’ve been…in the Newfoundland jail for protesting Muskrat Falls I’d like to see the real criminals go to jail — the ones that destroyed the land,” Lethbridge told APTN News after Thursday’s hearing.A major peer-reviewed scientific study led by researchers at Harvard University projected three years ago that flooding the Muskrat Falls reservoir could result in significant increases of mercury exposure to Inuit who eat traditional foods, putting some at risk of health impacts from the neurotoxin.Others expressed concerns over the North Spur, a piece of land that juts out into the Churchill River at Muskrat Falls and is being used as part of the dam.Locals, including Innu elders with traditional knowledge of the area, have said for years the land, also referred to locally as “Spirit Mountain,” will not hold back the water in the dam’s reservoir.Locals living in the downstream flood zone have told APTN some are sleeping with lifejackets near their beds in the event of a dam breach.Barry Learmonth, a co-counsel with the Muskrat Falls inquiry, said he was “quite taken by the, I’d say, fear — the actual physical and mental fear that people conveyed about the concern that the something will happen with the North Spur.”Despite public outcry and warnings from engineering experts that the dam will not be safe following reservoir flooding, Nalcor has stood by its own research on the matter.Many continue to call for an independent inquiry into the North Spur.Jamie Felsberg, who grew up in the area, said many have moved on from trying to stop the project.“They just want honesty and they want to make sure that people are safe because all in all that’s really what matters here,” he said.Felsberg said he hopes his and other locals’ testimonies before the inquiry are heard and responded to appropriately.“There are a lot of emotions flowing and a lot of knowledge, traditional knowledge, which is extremely valuable that was shown this evening. And all in all, hopefully, I think there’s going to be a good outcome.”Southern Inuit Elder Jim Learning has been arrested multiple times and jailed twice for resisting Muskrat Falls.In 2013 he launched a six-day hunger strike while in custody.He said local Indigenous groups were not properly consulted before the project began.“If we had been consulted at this level early on that would have been more fair, but we weren’t. Traditional knowledge was blown away, it was not even a word,” he said.Muskrat Falls is being constructed on land the Innu have occupied for thousands of years. But NunatuKavut Community Council, which represents Southern Inuit in the area, has a competing claim to the land at and around the hydro project.Nunatsiavut Government, which represents the Inuit of Labrador, has been unsuccessful in using the courts to try and halt the project. It has maintained all along that its people stand to lose the most as Nunatsiavut beneficiaries who live in isolated coastal communities rely most heavily on the traditional foods scientists say will carry elevated levels of mercury following flooding.On Thursday Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe issues a statement saying with flooding now underway, “the time bomb is ticking on the future of those who depend on the Churchill River and Lake Melville for sustenance, and on the health, culture and way of life of many Labrador Inuit.“If this is what reconciliation is all about, then we want no part of it.”Felsberg said young people who didn’t have a say in the project will be the ones to pay for it.“The future generation that’s coming up won’t be able to do things, and they’ve been ripped from that benefit or right and nothing’s going to happen because of that,” he said. “You know, that’s the thing that really tugs at my heart strings.”The inquiry’s final report is expected in December.Nalcor has said flooding of the dam’s reservoir to 39 metres will be complete by the end of [email protected]@angelharksen