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Past projects show border wall building is complex costly

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.Democrats argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along 234 miles (377 kilometres) will not solve the problems. A 2018 government report warns of increased risks that the U.S. wall-building program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned and not perform as expected.Walls and fencing now cover about one-third of the 1,954-mile-long (3,145-kilometre-long) border. Some construction began with former President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, George W. Bush ramped up the effort in 2006 and Barack Obama built more than 130 miles (209 kilometres), mostly during his first year in office.Between 2007 and 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spent $2.4 billion to add 535 miles (861 kilometres) of pedestrian and vehicle barriers and other infrastructure along the border.Trump wants to extend and fortify what’s already in place. But contracting, designing and building new wall systems complete with updated technology could take years, and past experience has shown such work can be complicated and costly.Here is how much the government has spent on barriers in the states along the Mexican border:CALIFORNIAMuch of California’s 141 miles (227 kilometres) of border with Mexico was fenced during the Bush administration through a security measure that won congressional approval and had support from key Democrats.In 2009, the federal government spent about $16 million a mile on a 3.5-mile (5.5-kilometre) stretch in San Diego, using about 2 million tons of dirt to fill in a canyon known as Smuggler’s Gulch. The earthen dam was then topped with layers of fencing.At the Imperial Sand Dunes, the U.S. built a floating fence of 16-foot-high (5-meter-high) steel tubes that can be raised or lowered as the sands shift. The $6 million-a-mile barrier cuts through a film location for “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” that resembles the Sahara.Both are examples of some of the rugged territory along the border that can result in higher costs.The Government Accountability Office estimated in 2018 that new border wall construction averages $6.5 million a mile but terrain, building materials and other factors influence costs. Elsewhere, the Rio Grande’s winding waters and lush vegetation are more challenging for erecting walls than Arizona’s flat deserts.ARIZONAIn 2006, the federal government completed a 30-mile (48-kilometre) stretch of steel barriers to keep people from illegally crossing into the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The barriers were designed to stop vehicles from driving around a checkpoint in Lukeville or up through the desert wilderness. That three-year project had a price tag of $18 million.More recently, Barnard Construction Co. Inc. of Montana was awarded $172 million for 14 miles (23 kilometres) of new fencing in the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector. Officials say the total value of that contract could reach $324 million for 32 miles (52 kilometres).NEW MEXICOMore than a dozen miles of fence were built near Columbus in 2000, stretching from the border town to an onion farm and cattle ranch. A survey done several years later determined that a 1.5-mile (2-kilometre) section that was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the U.S. was accidentally built on Mexican soil.The project was believed to initially cost about $500,000 a mile, while estimates to uproot and relocate the fencing ranged from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.In 2018, the federal government awarded a $73 million contract to the same Montana-based company to rip out old vehicle barriers and replace them with a new bollard-style wall of tall metal slats and extensive concrete footings along a 20-mile (32-kilometre) stretch near Santa Teresa. That project was finished months ahead of schedule.TEXASCongress last spring approved $641 million for 33 miles (53 kilometres) of construction in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal border crossings. Targeted areas include the non-profit National Butterfly Center, a state park and privately owned ranches and farmland.In El Paso, construction started last fall in the Chihuahuita neighbourhood — the border city’s oldest neighbourhood — to replace 4 miles (6 kilometres) of chain-link fencing with a new steel bollard wall. The estimated cost: $22 million.There has been fencing for decades in cities such as El Paso and San Diego. Once built, increased crackdowns in those areas led to a drop in apprehensions. But authorities have complained that as a result of those efforts, illegal crossings and trafficking activity has been pushed to more remote stretches of the border.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ouarzazate Welcomes First Morocco Obstacle Race

Rabat – The “Morocco Obstacle Race,” in support of ecology and renewable energies, is coming to Ouarzazate October 6-7. About 250 runners will take part in the event, organized by You First Sports, a multinational sports marketing company specializing in leading sports events. The “Morocco Obstacle Race” offers participants a choice between a 7 kilometer sprint race with 13 obstacles and a “super” race of 13 kilometers with 22 obstacles. “‘Morocco Obstacle Race’ aims to highlight the strengths and talents of the region of Ouarzazate,” said Hassan Baraka, the representative of You First Sport in Morocco, in a press conference in Casablanca.“Prizes will be given to the best runners in the categories ‘man’ and ‘woman,’” he explained.Baraka added that this “transgenerational” event aims to provide a guided tour of the Noor solar plant Noor to benefit students from the region.Nearly 60 middle school students will be selected, in partnership with the Ouarzazate national education delegation, to take part in a series of multidisciplinary workshops run by Baraka himself. The ambassador of the race has also indicated that the “sporting and resolutely cultural” event will also be marked by a great concert by Moroccan star Farid Ghannam.The program also includes inflatable balloons, painting workshops, ceramics, and music. read more

Supplementary provision of 1931B approved in National Assembly

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar workers to start receiving part of their severance from Monday – GaskinJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Govt’s Enmore meeting ends with many retrenched sugar workers disgruntledJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Retrenched sugar workers receiving severance paymentsJanuary 29, 2018In “latest news” Redundant sugar estate workers whose severance payments are $500,000 and less will be paid in full by the end of January 2018.This is according to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Friday In the National Assembly as he sought a supplementary provision of $1.931B -which was approved.Finance Minister Winston JordanThis amount was an amendment to the initial supplementary provision request of $1.75B in Parliament, earlier today.Jordan had explained that, the total amount of severance to be paid out to the  excess of 4,000 sugar workers is $4.24B.However, at present, only $0.5B of the $6.3B to be transferred to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in 2018 is earmarked for severance payment.As such, the estimated amount to be paid by the end of January 2018 is $2.431B.During the debates on the matter, Opposition Parliamentarian and President of GAWU, Komal Chand questioned whether Government was aware of the amount of workers that had been made redundant from each estate.The agriculture Minister in response, explained that 1,851 were from the Skeldon Sugar Estate, 1,181 were from the Rose Hall Estate, 1,480 were from the East Demerara Sugar Estate and 251 from the Wales Sugar Estate.However, Chand maintained that in a document provided to him by GuySuCo through the Agriculture Ministry, there were significant differences in the numbers of workers who were made redundant.He explained that according to document, 1,789 persons were fired from Skeldon, 1,356 from Rose Hall, 1,705 from East Demerara and 375 from Wales.Holder however, contended that the statistics provided by Chand were from a different period.Opposition MP Gillian PersaudOpposition Member, Gillian Persaud questioned the House as to whether the sum being sought included overtime payments which were still outstanding.To this, Holder said “yes” but later explained that there was no overtime to be paid as it will be paid by GuySuCo.In the midst of many heckling and sideline arguments, Persaud, in addition to other Opposition Members of Parliament, questioned why the $5B earmarked for severance payments had not been allocated in Budget 2018, since the closure of the Sugar estates had already been planned.To this end, The Agriculture Minister answered vaguely “this is a supplementary paper.”Rising to pose questions again, Chand asked Holder to provide a number of the managerial and security personnel that had been relieved of their jobs.However, Holder explained that ties with the security staff had not yet been severed as protection was still needed at the various estates.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and GAWU President Komal ChandPeople’s Progressive Party MP, Neil Kumar requested an answer to how much monies in severance will be allocated to each Sugar Estate.Holder posited that of the total amount, $609M will be paid to Skeldon workers, $705 to Rose Hall workers, $815M to East Demerara workers, and $150M for Wales.As the “question and answer segment” continued, Opposition Member of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill asked when it was first realized that in excess of 4,000 workers would become unemployed as a result of the estates’ closure.Holder posited that this came to light on November 30, 2017, following a meeting to discuss the future of the estates.Edghill further queried when did GuySuCo make representation for the severance payments of workers, to which the Agriculture Minister said December 18, 2017. He also said that the deadline for severance payment was marked at the end of January 2018.Probed as to when the second half of the severance payments will be made, Holder replied “before December 31.”In what is described as the largest retrenchment by a private or public corporation in recent history, GuySuCo as part of its plans to restructure the sugar industry has dismissed in excess of 4000 sugar workers from the aforementioned estates. Only three estates, Albion in East Berbice, Blairmont in West Berbice and Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara are being kept in operation. read more

Barricks Cortez Hills gold mine in Nevada shrugs off restrictions

first_imgAmerica’s federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) approving the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Barrick Gold’s Cortez Hills mine in Nevada. The Record of Decision is effective as of March 15, 2011. “We are pleased to have the Record of Decision in hand and would like to thank the regulatory agencies for their thorough and detailed work,” said Aaron Regent, President and CEO of Barrick. “Cortez Hills is a key asset for Barrick and one that will provide significant low cost ounces to the company for many years to come. This mine is an important contributor to economic development and job opportunities in rural Nevada.”Cortez Hills has been operating under a tailored injunction granted by the US District Court since April 2010. The injunction allowed mining to continue subject to certain restrictions on ore transportation and dewatering pending completion of the SEIS, which was finalised in January. The Record of Decision removes these restrictions and enables the operation to immediately revert to its original scope.The entire Cortez property is expected to produce 1.30-1.45 Moz in 2011 at total cash costs of $235-$265/oz. The property includes the Pipeline and Cortez Hills open pits and the Cortez Hills underground mine.See also http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/view/mineweb/en/page34?oid=123082&sn=Detail&pid=92730last_img read more

Nurses report dangerous patient overcrowding at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

first_imgAll ambulances should be diverted for a 48 hour period in order to treat patients already admitted to the hospital. We are also calling for an immediate cap to be placed on the number of patients who can be looked after within the ED including the number of patients on trolleys.The INMO also expressed concerns over understaffing and the shortage of basic equipment, impacting both on patient care and the pressure on staff.Read: One in ten young doctors left the Irish system last year > PATIENT OVERCROWDING HAS reached dangerous levels, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.The INMO is calling for the hospital’s emergency department to be taken off call for 48 hours to allow the department’s patient overcrowding to ease.In a statement, the organisation said that “55 patients are awaiting an in-patient bed resulting in inhuman and degrading conditions for both patients and staff”.It says that 29 clinically discharged patients in the hospital cannot be discharged due to the lack of available community beds or services.INMO industrial relations officer Tony Fitzpatrick said, “You cannot keep the doors open when the emergency department is so overcrowded.”last_img read more

Digital Drive Top 10 Buick LaCrosse

first_img“This is a Buick?” Yes, indeed, thanks to a Buick DNA that now includes good looks, reasonable handling, and the right technology features (some standard, some optional). The full-size Buick LaCrosse sedan (see review) is helping move Buick demographics from Social Security to social, outgoing, and secure. It even gets as much as 30 mpg highway albeit with an entry, life’s-too-short-for-this, four-cylinder engine in a $27,500 base LaCrosse CX. The tech features you want will be more readily had on the mid-range CXL or top-line CXS.At the top of the line, you get (standard) Bluetooth, a USB jack, rear parking sonar, a 120-volt power outlet, ventilated seats, remote start, and a rear sunshade. About half that is standard on the mid-range CXS line. Of the two-must have features,  Bluetooth is standard on the CXS while the USB jack is optional. Go figure (we didn’t say Buick has it all figured out). On the plus side, every model gets all the safety features, including GM’s subscription-based OnStar telematics and crash notification service. It is lacking blind spot detection that is not uncommon among competitors. Some automakers with delusions of grandeur try to replicate what the Germans do, for less money. Buick’s laser focus is on matching the Lexus ES platform (for less money). Buick does a good job mimicking the compliant (read: soft) Lexus ride without falling back to the marshmallow suspension of Buicks of yore, making the interior attractive and roomy, and still undercutting the more prestigious Lexus by a couple thousand dollars. If GM built every car of the past decade with the attention that went into the Buick LaCrosse, there never would have been a government bailout.2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

Virgin Mobile laisse liPhone 4 sans voix

first_imgVirgin Mobile laisse l’iPhone 4… sans voixVirgin Mobile est le seul opérateur MVNO qui pourra bientôt proposer l’iPhone 4. L’entreprise se distingue en commercialisant le smartphone à partir de 99 euros, au prix de quelques sacrifices.Pour se faire une place sur le marché des smartphones, Virgin Mobile ne manque pas d’imagination. L’opérateur MVNO veut proposer l’iPhone 4 à partir de 99 euros. Pour obtenir le dernier terminal d’Apple, Virgin propose des abonnements particuliers. A ce prix, l’utilisateur ne pourra pas se servir de l’iPhone comme d’un téléphone. Le forfait à 27,90 euros par mois inclut les emails, l’Internet bridé à 250 Mo et 200 SMS. Les conversations vocales sont possibles mais sont tarifées à hauteur de 0,42 euro la minute, ce qui pourrait revenir à 25,20 euros l’heure de communication. Néanmoins, d’autres abonnements sont possibles avec une augmentation du prix du terminal. Virgin Mobile vise 2 millions d’unités écoulées dans un premier temps.Le 9 décembre 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

4G Orange lance une expérimentation à Marseille

first_img4G : Orange lance une expérimentation à Marseille2000 heureux élus peuvent depuis quelques jours profiter de la 4G à Marseille, première ville choisie par Orange pour tester un réseau qu’il promet “10 fois plus rapide que la 3G”. Tandis que l’opérateur espère lancer dès 2013 une offre commerciale, deux autres villes accueilleront dans les mois à venir des expérimentations similaires : Nantes et Lyon. L’occasion de revenir sur la nature et le fonctionnement du prochain standard de la téléphonie mobile. Orange vient de lancer à Marseille son tout premier réseau 4G, en vue du lancement d’une offre commerciale dès l’année prochaine. 2.000 personnes, choisies parmi les employés des partenaires de l’opérateur français, pourront accéder à ce premier réseau, “10 fois plus rapide que la 3G” promet Orange, et ainsi le tester.Une expérimentation de la 4G à grande échelle Tandis que des expérimentations sont d’ores et déjà menées à Lyon par Bouygues, et à Montpellier par SFR, c’est jeudi dernier que l’opérateur mobile de France Télécom a lancé la sienne. Présent sur place au moment de cette inauguration – 150 antennes des 200 antennes que compte Marseille se sont vu doter du très haut débit -, Stéphane Richard, le PDG d’Orange, a affirmé au site 24matins.fr que le choix du chef-lieu de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur était apparu comme “naturel”, Marseille étant “la ville pilote de la 4G par Orange”. C’est là que l’opérateur a mené son partenariat avec Alcatel Lucent, et “prolonger l’expérience au travers d’un test en grandeur réelle” a alors semblé simplement évident. La filiale de France Télécom, qui lancera dans les mois à venir d’autres test à Lyon et à Nantes, espère en outre récupérer dans cette région les parts de marché qu’elle a récemment perdues, et “redevenir leader”, expliqueStéphaneRichard. “Notre engagement avec la 4G fait partie d’une stratégie de reconquête” souligne-t-il. Et si pour l’heure, l’offre de terminaux compatibles avec cette nouvelle norme est insuffisant, Orange espère que la donne aura changé d’ici à 2013. “Nous ne lancerons des offres que si nous avons une large gamme à proposer à nos clients” promet-il.La 4G, c’est quoi ? Rappelons que la 4G est, comme son nom l’indique, la quatrièmegénération des standards pour la téléphonie mobile. Visant à offrir le très haut débit mobile, elle succèdera à la 3G, qui a elle-même succédé à la 2G. Plus précisément, cette nouvelle norme doit permettre de transmettre des données à une vitesse jamais égalée, avec des débits théoriques au moins supérieurs à 100 Mb/s. En pratique, ces débits devraient atteindre plusieurs dizaines de Mb/s. Une vitesse qui variera en fonction du nombre de connexions à la bande passante partagée entre les utilisateurs couverts par la même cellule radio.Commentçamarche?À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ? Ce qui différenciera la 4G de la 3G est le mode d’accès au réseau Internet mobile. Il repose actuellement sur une ligne du réseau téléphoniquecommutée. C’est donc grâce à un circuit que les appels voix peuvent être transmis. Le nouveau standard, lui, sera basé sur la Voix sur IP (VoIP), un système complexe permettant de communiquer par la voix sur des réseaux compatibles IP via la numérisation du signal acoustique puis la transmission des informations ainsi codées et découpées via un réseau informatique.Des offres 4G déjà commercialisées à l’étranger Si en France, il faudra attendre 2013 pour bénéficier de la 4G – l’ARCEP a attribué les licences aux opérateurs fin 2011 -, des offres mobiles utilisant ce standard dit LTE (Long Term Evolution), sont déjà commercialisées à l’étranger. Les premières ont été lancées fin 2009 à Stockholm, en Suède, et à Oslo, par l’opérateur téléphonique TeliaSonera. Puis en mars dernier, le Portugal s’est à son tour vu offrir un accès à la 4G par les opérateur TMN, Optimus et Vodafone Portugal, qui d’ici à la fin de l’année, entendent couvrir 80% de la population. Le 25 juin 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Small Businesses Struggle To Comply With Health Insurance Requirement

first_imgStarting this month, businesses in Alaska with more than 100 full time workers have to provide health insurance. And under the Affordable Care Act “full time” is any employee who works more than 30 hours a week. Senator Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation that would change that threshold to 40 hours. Many restaurants owners in Anchorage are watching the legislation closely.Download AudioIt just after the lunch rush at Crossbar in midtown Anchorage and Sous Chef Roy Martinez is grilling steak, plating french fries and trying to make out a confusing order slip. He wonders out loud if “on side add B” means bacon. A server tells him it’s actually code for brown gravy.Martinez does not get health insurance through work. But his boss, Crossbar owner Ken Ryther would like to change that:“I would love to offer my employees that benefit.”Ryther worked at the Bear Tooth Theaterpub & Grill for 12 years, where he had employer sponsored health insurance. He knows health insurance helps retain employees and that in turn improves service and food quality. He also thinks it’s the right thing to do. So when he opened Crossbar a year ago health insurance was on his radar, but he says it just wasn’t feasible:“There was no way we could afford healthcare in the beginning given start up costs and a new business and managing cash flow.”Starting next January, Ryther may no longer have a choice. That’s when the Affordable Care Act will require businesses with more than 50 full time employees who work over 30 hours per week to provide insurance. Ryther says he’s close to that threshold right now.The legislation Senator Murkowski’s proposing would bump the definition of “full time” to 40 hours per week. That would make a big difference for Ryther:“It would definitely make life easier.”Murkowski’s office has heard from more than two dozen Alaska businesses who are concerned about the requirement, from restaurants, school districts and plumbers. Murkowski says the full time definition is forcing businesses to cut employee hours to under 30 hours per week to avoid paying the penalty for not providing insurance. She says it doesn’t make sense:“If you ask most Americans, if you ask most Alaskans, what they consider full time to be, they’ll say 40 hours.”Some local restaurants already do provide health insurance. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, which owns the Bear Tooth and Broken Tooth Brewing has offered employees health insurance for more than a decade. Brooke VanVeckhoven is the human resources manager for the company, which has about 500 employees in Anchorage. VanVeckhoven says the owners who started Moose’s Tooth in 1996 considered health insurance an important benefit and offered it within a few years of opening. But she understands why other businesses, especially restaurants, struggle to do the same:“We’ve been contacted by a lot of small local restaurants who would love to offer health insurance to their employees, even before the requirement by the government, and it’s just hard for them to find something that’s affordable that doesn’t eat every bit of their profits.”That concern for the bottom line is very real for Crossbar owner Ken Ryther. As he considers potentially having to provide health insurance, he is also worrying about the minimum wage increase, which will take effect next month. He says at a certain point, the impact on his business becomes unsustainable:“Folks are going to be having to pay a whole lot more to go out to eat, which then they’re probably not going to go out to eat, and if people don’t go out to eat you don’t have restaurants if you don’t have restaurants you lose a lot of jobs.”Ryther would like to see his business grow enough so that he can offer his employees health insurance. But he says he would rather have that be a choice than a government imposed requirement.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Use This Simple Technology Tool You Already Have to Strengthen Relationships With

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Business is accelerating for companies across the globe. Opportunities are abundant, and so is the competition. More than ever, companies search for strategies to better connect with clients and prospects in hopes of building long-lasting relationships, ones that will endure economic change and competitive pressures. Executives know that consistent conversations with clients are vital to strengthening relationships and closing deals. They also know face-to-face meetings do it best. Unfortunately, many companies are underutilizing available technology they have to connect with clients face-to-face — the webcam.Related: My Experience and a New Study Agree: Bungled Conference Calls Cost Businesses Big MoneyHere are four reasons why companies should utilize their webcams and leverage their technology:1. Travel is expensive and inconvenient. Few things are as difficult and costly as modern-day travel. With geographical expansion in our business footprint, along with fluctuating airfare, the price of a single business trip can vary wildly, making the time and money required for employee travel add up quickly. In 2016, Certify reported the average domestic business trip costs companies $949 per person, while the average international trip averages about $2,600 per person. These costs don’t take into consideration lost productivity and time spent out of the office.Solution: Encourage employees to use their webcams for more cost-efficient, face-to-face client meetings. In the first year that Cisco created its corporate telepresence rooms, it reported a travel savings of over $100 million. Consider how much your organization could save if only 50 percent of travel was replaced with virtual meetings.Related: Master Your Customer Relationships With This ‘HACK’ Borrowed From Doctors and Dentists2. Broaden the talent pool. Travel can be daunting for many employees as they attempt to strike a balance at home and work. Many highly skilled employees are unable to accept jobs requiring frequent travel as it often conflicts with personal responsibilities. As a result, the available talent pool for strategic positions is limited to only those with the freedom and flexibility to travel. Sadly, many great employees become burned out from frequent travel. A recent study showed the dark side of hypermobility and the effects it has on employees. Increased travel expectations coupled with longer workdays and time away from family is costing employers significantly in employee turnover and productivity losses.Solution: Consider opportunities to work with clients virtually. By utilizing webcams, employees can work face-to-face with clients and prospects, build solid relationships and still meet their after-hours responsibilities. This will broaden companies’ talent pool prospects and lift current employees’ morale. Giving people the gift of time — allowing them to strike a better work-life balance — will help prevent burnout.Related: How Companies Are Using Web Services to Make Meetings Efficient3. There’s a real-time advantage.Technology has made decisions more time-sensitive than ever, increasing the rate at which we work. What may have previously taken business professionals days to decide can now occur in one text, email or instant message. Businesses lose out on influencing opportunities while employees travel to and from locations, disconnected from lightning-fast decisions occurring without them.Solution: Webcams allow employees to be immediately present while pressing decisions and discussions are underway. Everyone can remain connected and in the know when leveraging technology correctly. If a key decision-maker has a last-minute question or concern before closing a deal, webcams provide the ability for instant answers.Related: Want to Close 10x More Deals? Have More In-Person Meetings4. Visual connection builds trust and influence.Once companies create a client relationship, it’s likely most future conversations will occur on the phone. Unfortunately, phone conversations limit the relationship’s ability to grow and deepen the same a way that face-to-face discussions do. Users are more likely to multitask during a conference call. Participants also miss out on nonverbal aspects of the conversation and can often misinterpret tone and context. Conference calls lack a sense of personality and connection that only face-to-face meetings can provide.Solution: Use the webcam instead of the phone whenever possible. Increase the level of trust in your client and prospective relationships by being face-to-face online. Allow others to put a face to a name, observe body language and feel physically present. The combination of audio and visual connection will strengthen your relationships and grow your level of influence. Best of all, users are less likely to multitask when engaging in a virtual call. They know they are being watched and will refrain from checking text messages, social media and emails.Related: The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Video ConferencingProfessionals hoping to evade the use of a webcam have an abundance of excuses, but few are reasonable. Most people complain they don’t like the way they look on camera or are intimidated in its set-up. Like any other tool, frequency of use creates proficiencies and habit.How to get started using your webcam:Turn it on! Virtually every computer comes with a webcam. Find a meeting platform you prefer and get started.Test your equipment before the call. Ensure your camera and sound are working correctly well before the call begins. This will ensure the meeting starts on time and without complications.Toss the excuses. Everyone sees you in the office every day. When you are at your best in the office, you should have no qualms about being at your best on camera.Same rules apply. Apply the same rules to your virtual meetings as you would those in person. Ensure there is a written agenda, stick to the topic, and start and end on time. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. August 6, 2018 5 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

German electronics company to open 10 million facility in Costa Rica

first_imgZollner Elektronik AG on Wednesday announced the opening of a manufacturing and support services facility in Costa Rica.The new operation of the German electronics giant will be the first in Latin America and will be located “in a free zone at the Metropolitan Area, that is yet to be defined,” the Foreign Trade Ministry confirmed.The company will invest some $10 million in facilities and equipment for its two main operations in the country: engeneering services and electronic device manufacturing.In a first stage the company will hire staff for the engineering, research and development center, set to open in mid-2014. The center will provide technical support for the company’s operation in California.Next, the company will open an electronics component manufacturing plant that is scheduled to begin operations by the end of next year.In total, the company expects to hire some 200 people over the next three years.Gene Lindberg, CEO of Zollner Costa Rica, said, “there will be many job opportunities for Costa Ricans in various administrative, technical and manufacturing posts.”Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González stressed that the selection of Costa Rica as a base location for Zollner “is a clear example of this administration efforts to diversify foreign direct investment sources.”Those interested in applying for a job can find more information about the company’s services on their website: www.zollner.crApplications and résumés indicating experience and salary expectations can be sent by email to: jobs@zollner.crGabriela Llobet, executive director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, highlighted the company’s move by saying, “It is one of the top 15 global electronics manufacturing and engineering services companies, as well as the No. 1 in Germany.”According to Foreign Trade Ministry data Costa Rica in 2012 attracted investments from 40 high-technology companies, and a third of them came from nontraditional markets such as Japan, Korea, India, Italy or Germany. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Internationally renowned Costa Rican film Presos to premiere back home

first_img Facebook Comments “Presos” (“Inmates”), the third film from Costa Rican director Esteban Ramírez, has won international acclaim, and is now finally set to premiere on its home turf.Ramírez, known for his films “Caribe” (2004) and “Gestación” (2009), was inspired by his father’s documentary “Los Presos” (1973), about the everyday life of the inmates of the prision once located in what is now the Children’s Museum in San José. The new film depicts the life of modern-day Costa Rican inmates, including positive changes that have taken place since the days of the 1973 film.Producer Amaya Izquierdo, actors Natalia Arias and Leymar Gómez, and inmates of La Reforma Prison all lent their talents to the film. The score was composed by Bernard Villegas and band Sonámbulo Tropical; filming took place entirely in Costa Rica, with a total budget of $600,000. Locations included Montes de Oca, east of San José, and Section 10 of La Reforma, a large prison outside the capital.Recommended: PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prisonThe film seeks to show that not only those who live behind the bars of a cell feel that they live in chains: It depicts the search for freedom of characters both inside and outside the prison system. It tells the story of Victoria (Arias) who, as a part of her new job, gets in touch with a La Reforma inmate, and thus enters into the prisioners’ world. Ramírez said in a statement that with this film, he seeks to “give something to society to make life little bit better.”After the premiere of “Presos” at Spain’s Málaga Film Festival in April, highlights of the film’s international travels included awards for best Film and Best Actress (Arias) at the Santander Film Festival in Colombia.The film’s premiere in Costa Rica will take place on Sept. 3 at cinemas nationwide. For more information visit the “Presos” Facebook page. Related posts:UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hours 5 questions for a Costa Rican filmmaker – ‘It’s important to leave people thinking’ San José hosts international short film fest New Costa Rican movie explores ‘the happiest place in the world’last_img read more

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