Be wary of virtue signalling push good policy instead Conservatives told

first_imgWINNIPEG – Don’t just oppose. Instead, propose.That’s the political plan ahead for the Conservatives this fall, and there’s a reason Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is going to repeat it to his MPs a lot in the coming months.When the party hired Australian conservative strategist Brian Loughnane to review what went wrong for them in the 2015 election, one thing he told them was that they had failed to give people fresh reasons to keep voting for the party. In turn, Scheer made the need for positive policy a centrepiece of his leadership campaign.In pulling together the party’s fall strategy session this year, the party sought out Loughnane again, asking him to address the caucus at their retreat this week in Winnipeg. This time, it wasn’t for advice on what Conservatives did wrong, but how they can set things right.Loughnane spent 12 years directing the Australian Liberal party, which despite the name, is an ideological cousin to the Canadian Tories.He declined interviews, but those in the room say the message that enthralled MPs on Friday revolved around the volatility of the current political landscape.The old orthodoxies around politics — like governments get two terms, or that they’re voted out, not in — are a thing of the past, he suggested.Think the surprise results in Britain where people voted to leave the European Union. Or Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States. Neither were foreseen by pundits.Issues move people in an instant, the Tories heard, and what matters is what a party is offering when the voters swing their way.So while it has been easy for the Conservatives to go full throttle against a Liberal plan for changes to the tax code, there is only so far they can take the argument, suggested Daniel Hannan, a British conservative who helped lead the successful Leave campaign for Brexit.“It’s very, very easy when you’re in opposition to criticize and to find holes in everything that the government is doing,” he said ahead of his own briefing to the party’s caucus meeting.“And even if people agree with you on the issues where you’re doing that, simply reflecting people’s grievances back at them is not very attractive. You have to offer them a plausible, better, alternative.”Once they find that substance, politicians also have to be careful about how they frame it, he suggested.About a year before Brexit, a piece appeared in the Spectator, a British newspaper.It dissected at length the concept of “virtue signalling”, a concept understood as the practice of publicly expressing a sentiment in order to telegraph one’s own personal character.For example, some say that’s what thousands of people were doing when they dumped buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money for research into Lou Gehrig’s disease; it wasn’t about believing in that particular cause, but being seen via the requisite Facebook video of getting involved in the first place.The phrase has since taken hold in politics, used by both the right and left.In the political realm, the phrase has come to be a stand-in for challenging politicians on the motivation behind their statements.“Is politics about posturing, or is it about results?” said Hannan.That’s perhaps why, when foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole accused the Liberals of virtue signalling when they seek to include gender, the environment and Indigenous issues into NAFTA, it appeared to get under the Liberals’ skin.The Liberals say they believe all three are key to economic growth, and while the Tories don’t necessarily disagree, they also don’t think they ought to be a main part of NAFTA.“What is ‘virtue signalling’ anyway? It sounds like it came from a bad grad school seminar,” Gerry Butts, the prime minister’s senior adviser, posted on Twitter after O’Toole made his remarks.But O’Toole was quick to point out Butts had used the expression himself before — suggesting the Conservatives had done it during the 2015 election campaign, though what explicitly he was referring to was unclear.Politicians of all stripes need to be wary of falling into the virtue-signalling trap, suggested Hannan.Take Trump. The way his critics go after him only serves to reinforce his supporters, he suggested.“If people stuck to his character flaws, and his inability to distinguish between private interests and public office, he’d be in trouble,” Hannan said,“But he’s saved by the virtue signalling of his opponents, who are much happier saying he’s a racist, sexist homophobe because it’s what makes them feel good. Swing voters block that out, it’s white noise.”last_img read more

10 ARTISTS TO WATCH AT SUMMERWORKS 2017

first_imgThe cool and charismatic Bobby Del Rio, a former NOW SummerWorks cover subject, spends less time onstage these days and more time doing TV, film and making his web series, IRL The Series. But he returns to SummerWorks as a writer and actor in Professionally Ethnic, a script that has been around for nearly a decade but has never got a professional production – until now. The subject couldn’t be more relevant. Exploring how multiculturalism is reflected in Canadian theatre, it’s about an actor who’s given a shot at stardom if he plays up an ethnic stereotype. It’s being billed as a political satire, but expect to see lots of troubling truths exposed. Advertisement Michael Watier BOBBY DEL RIOProfessionally Ethnic, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator  JORDAN TANNAHILLNocturne, Pia Bouman New at this year’s fest are site-specific smartphone-based projects that you can experience by opening the SummerWorks app in one of the three main performance spaces: The Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre and Pia Bouman. Whip out your phone at Pia Bouman and you can tap into Nocturne, a new piece from endlessly inventive playwright and director Jordan Tannahill that translates the ongoing but often overlooked phenomenon of extinction into music.READ MORE  There’s always lots of first-rate talent at SummerWorks, Canada’s largest curated performance fest. Here are some people who should definitely be on your radar.. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: JASMYN FYFFEWhat Do You See?, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator Hot off her standout performance at the Fringe in the exciting ensemble piece Lipstique, the electric dancer/choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe takes centre stage in What Do You See?, a 30-minute solo dance/theatre work exploring the Black female body. It’s part of a double bill with Djennie Laguerre‘s Mother Sea/Manman La Mer, a play about magic, love and redemption that draws on Haitian storytelling. Two emerging African-Canadian artists in one show? Sounds like a fantastic deal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment DARLA CONTOISWhite Man’s Indian, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator After impressing us with her funny, uber-realistic and heavy-hitting performance in Falen Johnson’s heart-rending family drama Two Indians at last year’s fest, we’re very excited to see Darla Contois‘s brand new solo comedy White Man’s Indian. Contois plays a Cree teen navigating the perils of “White Man’s high school,” which for her run the gamut from angst and awkwardness to casual and institutional racism. If Contois’s work last summer is any indication, expect a hilarious and engaging performance packed with keen observations. With dramaturgy from award-winning director and playwright Ed Roy (A Secret Life, The Other Side Of The Closet), you’re gonna want a seat in this class. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest ProBrexit protest begins muddy march to London

SUNDERLAND, England — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:15 a.m.Between 100 and 200 pro-Brexit protesters have started to march from northeast England to London, accusing politicians of “betrayal” by failing to take Britain out of the European Union.The U.K.’s departure, due on March 29, is likely to be delayed as U.K. lawmakers wrangle over whether to approve a withdrawal agreement with the bloc. Parliament voted this week to seek a delay of at least three months.A group of largely older protesters set out along a muddy coastal path from Sunderland, 270 miles (435 kilometres) north of London, shouting “Accept democracy” and “Rule Britannia.” They plan to arrive at Parliament on March 29, though they are not covering the whole distance on foot.Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who joined marchers Saturday, said that “if politicians think they can walk all over us, we’re going to march back and tell them they can’t.”___9 a.m.A senior European Union official is floating the possibility of a two-step delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc, currently scheduled for March 29.Britain is expected to seek a short delay if lawmakers finally pass a twice-rejected EU withdrawal deal, or a longer one if they don’t.European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told Germany’s Funke newspaper group in comments published Saturday that Britain must know why it needs a delay. He added that “as long as this isn’t clear, Brexit can only be delayed for a few weeks, solely to avoid a chaotic withdrawal March 29.”Timmermans said: “During this time, the British must tell us what they want: new elections? A new referendum? Only after that can we talk about a several-month extension.”The Associated Press read more

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Aug. 19Flux Power Holdings – Vista, Calif., 1.4 million shares, priced at $9, managed by Roth Capital/Maxim Group LLC. Proposed Nasdaq symbol FLUX. Business: Manufactures and sells lithium-ion batteries and storage solutions.The Associated Press

Forced labour and human trafficking on the rise new UN study warns

Titled Stopping Forced Labour, the study was prepared as part of the follow-up to the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN agency said in a statement issued today at its headquarters in Geneva. “The growth of forced labour worldwide is deeply disturbing,” stressed ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “The emerging picture is one where slavery, oppression and exploitation of society’s most vulnerable members – especially women and children – have by no means been consigned to the past. In light of these findings, the entire world needs to re-examine its conscience and instigate action to abolish forced labour and the often terrible living and working conditions that accompany it. There is no excuse for forced labour in the twenty-first century.” According to the report, main destinations of human trafficking may be the urban centres of the richer countries – Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo – and the capitals of developing and transition countries. However, the movement of trafficked persons is highly complex and varied. Countries as diverse as Albania, Hungary, Nigeria and Thailand can act as points of origin, destination and transit at the same time.An essential first step in eliminating forced labour is through assistance to governments in identifying the nature and dimensions of the problem within and across their national borders, the report says, stressing that the complexity of the phenomenon requires a combination of anti-poverty and labour market regulatory measures. Long-standing problems of forced labour might be linked with agrarian institutions requiring reform as regards sustainable agriculture, productivity and human rights concerns. The ILO report concludes by calling upon governments and social partners in all countries “to deepen understanding and redouble efforts to eliminate this terrible blight on human freedom in all its forms.” read more

Top White House adviser says Obama learned of IRS scandal from news

Top White House adviser says Obama learned of IRS scandal from news reports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2013 9:02 am MDT WASHINGTON – A top White House adviser insisted President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups only “when it came out in the news” while Republicans continued to press the administration for answers on Sunday.Trying to move past a challenging week that put the White House on the defensive, senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer was scheduled to appear on five Sunday news shows to repeat the administration’s position that no senior officials were involved in the decision to give tea party groups extra scrutiny. Pfeiffer’s appearances were unlike to quiet GOP critics, who have seized on the revelations as proof that Obama used the IRS to go after his political enemies.“The deputy secretary of the treasury was made aware of just the fact that the investigation was beginning last year,” Pfeiffer said. “But no one in the White House was aware.”Regardless of when the president first learned of the investigations, the longtime Obama confidante said the president wanted to ensure such activities were not repeated.“The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed to ensure it never happens again,” Pfeiffer said.A Treasury Department inspector’s report said this week that conservative and small-government tea party groups that were critical of Obama received extra scrutiny. IRS agents did not flag similar progressive or liberal groups, according to the watchdog.The report concluded that a regional IRS office in Ohio improperly singled out tea party and other conservative groups for more than 18 months and took no action on many of their applications for tax-exempt status for long periods of time — hindering their fundraising for the 2010 and 2012 elections.The new acting IRS commissioner is in the midst of a 30-day top-to-bottom review while Republicans continue to demand answers of Obama and his allies in government.That’s not sufficient, said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.“I think a special counsel is going to wind up being necessary,” he added said.That move is not needed, said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.“I don’t see the point,” he said of a special counsel to investigate the scandal.Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said the IRS had stepped so far over its mandate that it asked book groups for reading lists and church groups about their prayers before granting them tax-exempt standing. It’s government over-reach, he said, and a reason why Republicans need to have their own investigation into the agency.“This is about trust,” Price said.But he stopped short of calling for a special counsel.Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., said Republicans were using the incidents to embarrass the president.“There is no Republican agenda other than to stop the president of the United States,” he said.Pfeiffer was appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday.” Portman, Menendez, Price and Rangel were on ABC. read more

Womens volleyball aims to end nonconference schedule with a weekend sweep

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes gather near the net during a match against LIU Brooklyn. The Buckeyes won 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Indiana to finish the end of one season – and essentially start another. The Buckeyes will be playing in their final non-conference matches at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge in Muncie, Indiana, on Friday. OSU will take on Valparaiso University (6-5), University of North Carolina at Greensboro (4-5) and Ball State University (2-9) during the tournament. These will be OSU’s last nonconference contests before the team dives into its Big Ten season, leading off with No. 6 Wisconsin on Sept. 23.The team is coming off of two wins and a tough, five-set loss to Missouri State last weekend, but junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz is hopeful OSU will come back even stronger in the team’s final tuneup before the brutal Big Ten conference slate.“All three opponents are really strong teams. I’m excited to see how we’ll bounce back from this weekend,” said junior outside hitter, Ashley Wenz. “I think that every match we’ve had so far is a learning experience, and I’m excited to take that – what we’ve learned – and apply it to the next three matches.” The matchup with the Cardinals marks the first game between the two since 1976. OSU has swept Valparaiso in three sets each time the teams have met in the past, and the match against UNCG will be OSU’s first in program history. OSU’s focus remains on staying in the present moment despite the anticipation of upcoming Big Ten play against the rival Badgers, not to mention their first home match at St. John Arena later in September. “That’s really going to be our focus this week, knowing how to manage the moments of the games. I thought we struggled with that a little this past weekend,” said Head Coach, Geoff Carlston. “Our focus is on Ball State right now and finishing strong.”Constant travel can be wearing for some teams, and the Buckeyes are not exempt. They’ve played every weekend away from St. John Arena this season and won’t see a home match for another two weeks. However, the Buckeyes can see a light at the end of their tunnel. “I love playing on the road. We get to experience a lot of new places … but I am excited to be home again and play in St. John Arena,” said Wenz. Even if the thought is just in the back of their heads for now, the excitement to play in front of a familiar crowd is a very real feeling for this Buckeye team.Wenz shared her love for the traditions that come along with playing at St. John. It was also mentioned by her teammate, junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree. “I remember my first time running out to St. John and seeing all the little girls and just how excited they were to watch us play,” she said. Carlston said he is coaching a very hardworking group, and he relies on everyone to step up in a game when needed.“We need everybody. We need our whole team. That’s going to be a hallmark of our team. It’s going to be something we’re all confident that we have,” he said. “We’re a team that’s going to need all 15 of us and our staff to really keep climbing together.” Goree added a final statement about her “tribe” to take into this weekend.“If we’re together as one team, then no one can defeat us,” she said. OSU will play Valparaiso in their first match of the Ball State Active Ankle Tournament on Friday at noon at John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team shuts out Louisville 10

OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa (23) attempts a shot during a game against Louisville on Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Breanna Williams / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team concluded its three-game home stand with a shutout victory over Louisville.The Buckeyes improve to 3-4-2 overall, while the Cardinals fall to 4-3-3 on the season.Playing in wet, rainy conditions, the first half of the game started slow for both teams.OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson took the first shot attempt of the game in the first minute at about 20 yards out, but his shot went wide of the net.Louisville earned three corner kicks in the ninth minute, but the Buckeyes were not phased, as redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer saved two of the kicks.OSU earned its first corner kick of the game in the 20th minute, but the ball was cleared away.The Scarlet and Gray were given another chance at corner kicks in the 24th minute, but were not successful in its execution, keeping the game scoreless.In the 37th minute, Culbertson was given another chance at a score with a feed from junior forward Danny Jensen. However, Culbertson did not find any success in his shot.In the final minutes of the first half, OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason attempted a header but the ball hit just outside the near side of the net.Neither team managed to find the back of the net in the first half, leaving the game scoreless heading into the second half.After a slow start in the first half, the Buckeyes decided to make some changes that eventually worked in their favor.“We decided to switch and play low pressure defense and sit in a little bit and frustrate them,” OSU coach John Bluem said.The switch in the Buckeyes’ defense started to show immensely as OSU managed to continue to keep Louisville at bay while opening up more offensive chances for themselves. Jensen fired up the Buckeyes when he broke through with the first goal of the game in the 55th minute with a header assisted by senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle. Jensen’s score was his second goal of the season and his 11th of his career. “Liam played a left-footed ball from the right side so I knew it would be headed toward the keeper,” Jensen said. “I was lucky enough to get a header on it and it found the back if the net.”The Buckeyes managed to keep the Cardinals from notching a goal in the final 35 minutes, claiming a 1-0 victory.Overall, shots were 9-7 in favor of the Buckeyes, while OSU also held a 7-6 lead in corners.With the two saves to preserve his second consecutive shutout, Froschauer improved to 3-4-2 on the season. The Union, Kentucky, product has kept a clean sheet in all three of his victories.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to hit the road to resume Big Ten play against Michigan State at 1 p.m. on Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan. read more

Womens EHF EURO 2012 DAY 4 – Croatia or Germany Iceland or

Women’s EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Denmark beat France – Ukraine goes home! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 15): RN Lowen too strong for TuSEM, back on top Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Serbia Day 4 will be decisive for the teams in Vršac and Novi Sad.GROUP C – NOVI SADHUNGARY – SPAIN 18:15CROATIA – GERMANY 20:15TABLE:Spain 4Hungary 2CROATIA 2GERMANY 0GROUP D – VRŠACRUSSIA – ISLAND 18:05ROMANIA – MONTENEGRO 20:15TABLE:MONTENEGRO 4ROMANIA 3Russia 1Iceland 0

Did a CIA drone level 2 houses in Indianapolis

first_imgIn the early hours this past Sunday, an explosion in south Indianapolis completely destroyed two homes. So far, two people have been confirmed dead. A further 18 homes were seriously damaged, and 27 more were rendered temporarily uninhabitable. The lack of explanation in this case has led some to claim a CIA drone is behind the incident. It’s a story straight out of your favorite techno-thriller.Residential explosions are usually caused by one of two things: a gas line leak, or a meth lab. The NTSB has been investigating the Indianapolis explosion and has yet to find evidence of a gas leak. Investigators have also failed to find telltale traces of methamphetamine production. In the wake of uncertainty, conspiracy theories are fast gaining traction.The first whispers of CIA involvement came from an anonymous blogger known for spreading conspiracy theories with little corroborating evidence. The blogger claims to have seen a Kremlin report on the incident, but of course no one can confirm. The story goes that a CIA drone aircraft was detected by a Russian satellite as it launched two Hellfire missiles over Indianapolis.The report claims that the missiles were headed for two US Army buildings in the area. Before they could reach the target, a second drone aircraft jammed the missile tracking systems with a AL/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. This is what caused the impact and explosion in that Indianapolis neighborhood. The phantom report does not go into detail as to why the missiles would have been fired in the first place.To say this is far-fetched would be a supreme understatement. This story is appealing because it offers answers, even though it has no evidence behind it. It can be very tempting to accept the conspiracy theory when concrete facts are not forthcoming. This is an opportunity to be skeptical rather than latch on to the unsubstantiated claims coming out of the Internet. Sometimes the best answer — the only defensible one — is to say we just don’t know yet.via Vicelast_img read more

20 believe they will never be able to retire

first_imgOne-fifth (20%) of employee respondents believe they will never be able to retire due to poor financial planning, according to research by Wealth Wizards.Its Working late: pension savings and delayed retirement report, which surveyed 500 employers and 1,000 UK employees aged between 18 and 65, also found that 86% of employee respondents want to retire at or before age 65, however only 37% of respondents feel this is financially feasible.The research also found:45% of employee respondents aged between 18 and 34 are concerned about their lack of pension savings, and 56% of overall employee respondents wish they had contributed more to their pension pot when they were younger.45% of employer respondents would embrace employees who wished to work into their eighties.49% of employee respondents over 55-years-old think their employers should be doing more to guarantee their financial stability in retirement, compared to 59% of employee respondents aged between 18 and 34.24% of employee respondents are offered financial education by their employer.17% of employer respondents match employee pension contributions to between 1-3% and 24% match beyond 3%.27% of employer respondents think that having a greater number of older employees in their workforce will boost productivity, and 15% feel that an ageing employee base will impact productivity.44% of employer respondents prefer to hire older individuals compared to younger individuals, and 16% do not think having a preference for older staff will cause there to be fewer positions for younger employees.58% of employer respondents believe that hiring more older staff at the expense of giving younger employees their first foot on the career ladder should be seen as a significant concern.Phil Blows (pictured), director at Wealth Wizards, said: “The reality is that two-thirds of the working population will be unable to retire at 65 due to insufficient pension savings. The UK is already faced with an ageing workforce where [employees] aged over 64 have doubled in the past 20 years. It is important that employers and the government work together to ensure employees are provided with cost-effective and accessible advice and support to help them plan for retirement.“The good news is that it’s not too late for people to benefit from professional expert advice in order to alleviate their stress and concerns around their financial future. The key for employees is to act now and explore potential advice solutions with employers.”last_img read more

7yearold struck by hitandrun driver in Miami released from hospital

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A young boy returned home from the hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Miami.It happened Monday night along Northwest Sixth Court between 69th and 71st Street.Officials said 7-year-old Jalen Smith was playing in the street with his friends when he was struck by a car.While the boy is happy to be home, he did have some words for the person who left him bruised up on the road.“You should turn yourself in,” he told 7News.Police are searching for a newer model Chevy Impala or Malibu with tinted windows.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

Mannan blames bureaucratic negligence in reporting BB vault gold

first_imgState minister for finance and planning ministry MA Mannan. Prothom Alo File PhotoDenying reports of adulteration of gold in Bangladesh Bank vault, state minister for finance and planning MA Mannan on Wednesday insisted that the gold kept there has not been changed.He, however, said the government will review the whole security system of the central bank’s vault for ensuring its foolproof protection, according to BSS.The state minister came up with the reactions at a briefing after a meeting with top officials of the country’s central bank and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) at the secretariat.Mannan was quoted to said that taking stock of the situation, he will report to the finance minster, AMA Muhith, once he returns home from New York.“An investigation or review committee is likely to be formed to this end for further strengthening the system,” the state minister said.Still, he blamed bureaucratic negligence in preparing the report which showed discrepancies in measurement of gold. “Authorities of the Bangladesh Bank and the NBR assured me that nothing has happened to the gold,” he claimed.Denying the report on gold scam, the state minister said, “The report is not entirely true as the number 40 in Bangla was mistakenly tipped as 80 in English due to having similarity of numbers 4 and 8. Because of the clerical mistake, the purity of the gold was recorded 80 percent instead of 40.”Asked about whether the people who were involved with the incident will be brought to book, the state minister said, “We will meet together after reviewing the whole matter. Then we will brief the senior minister [finance minister AMA Muhith], who is now travelling abroad, of the matter.”Bangladesh Bank governor Fazle Kabir, secretary of the financial institutions division at the finance ministry Yunusur Rahman, customs intelligence and investigation directorate’s director general Md Sahidul Islam and NBR member Kalipada Haldar were present at the meeting.On Tuesday in a press conference, the Bangladesh Bank authorities come up with the same comments, as they termed the discrepancies in gold measurement at the BB vault a ‘clerical mistake’.A Prothom Alo report titled ‘Gold in BB vault adulterated’, said the customs intelligence and investigation directorate of the National Board of Revenue dug out serious discrepancies in gold management, as the investigators examined 963 kg of gold out of huge quantity kept at the central bank’s vault, on the basis of random sampling.According to an investigation report of the directorate, gold weighing almost 1,000 kilograms kept in Bangladesh Bank’s vault has been adulterated.A gold disc and ring weighing 3.3 kg deposited with the BB vault two years ago was later found to be alloy of metals, the customs report added.The report also said the 22-carat gold has turned into 18-carat gold as other metals were mixed with it after the central bank received gold discs and rings over a period of time.last_img read more

MoviePass Limiting Subscribers to Three Movies Per Month

first_imgDarron Cummings/APCassie Langdon holds her MoviePass card outside AMC Indianapolis 17 theatre in Indianapolis on Jan. 30. MoviePass, the discount service for movie tickets, announced it will not be raising prices but will be capping theater visits at three per month.Movie theater subscription service MoviePass will not be raising prices, as it had announced last week, but will instead be capping the number of times that subscribers can visit movie theaters.For $9.95 per month, MoviePass subscribers used to be able to see a movie in theaters every day, if they so chose. Beginning on August 15, the service will instead provide three movies per month.The change replaces a previously announced plan to raise prices to $14.95 a month. The beleaguered movie theater subscription company is also canceling two other recent changes — “peak pricing” surcharges for popular movies and a ticket verification process — that were intended to stop the company from bleeding money.Capping movie visits at three per month is a dramatic shift from the company’s original promise, but MoviePass says most subscribers won’t actually be affected.“Because only 15 percent of MoviePass members see four or more movies a month, we expect that the new subscription model will have no impact whatsoever on over 85 percent of our subscribers,” the company said on Monday.MoviePass, which generally pays movie theaters full price for each ticket while only charging users their subscription fee, has been struggling financially in recent months. “Struggling financially” is a bit of euphemism, actually. Last month MoviePass simply ran out of money, requiring an emergency $5 million loan to even remain in service.The company’s financial flailing has hurt stock prices and hit home for users: some showtimes have been unavailable, often without explanation.The company apologized to users, and in a press release its parent company described the current situation as a “rough patch.”Meanwhile, AMC Theaters has introduced a subscription program of its own to compete with MoviePass, albeit at a higher price point with fewer theaters available.MoviePass has existed for years, but it used to be a little-known, significantly more expensive program. The company slashed its prices almost a year ago — allowing subscribers to see a movie in theaters every day for less than the typical cost of a single ticket in many cities — and its popularity skyrocketed.Now, more than 3 million people subscribe to MoviePass. But the question has been asked again and again: Is it the deal just too good to be true?MoviePass argues that with its detailed data on users’ movie-going habits, its platform can be a powerful marketing tool, particularly for smaller films. Therefore, the company maintains, it can build partnerships with studios to promote their movies and ultimately make money.“I find it really fascinating that people believe that since you’re losing so much money, you don’t have a long-term business model,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told NPR’s Michel Martin last month. “Amazon lost money for 20 years. Netflix still loses money. And so this is the way you build a big company.”And eventually, Lowe says, the company aims to break even on its subscription service — and stop losing money.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Shiver me timbers Architects plan wood skyscraper for resident life

first_img Citation: Shiver me timbers. Architects plan wood skyscraper for resident life (2013, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-timbers-architects-wood-skyscraper-resident.html Inspiration from Mother Nature leads to improved wood More information: www.cfmoller.com/r/Wooden-Skyscraper-i13265.html Explore further (Phys.org) —HSB Stockholm, a building society in Sweden, will be 100 years old in 2023 and to mark the date it is staging its architectural competition 2023. One entrant already gaining lots of attention is Berg | C.F. Møller, which has a proposed design of a 34-story solar powered skyscraper made of wood—well, not entirely of wood, but enough of wood to raise interest. Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on a skyscraper that would be seen for miles. The other two competing teams are Equator Stockholm with Mojang (Minecraft) and Utopia Architects with Rosenberg Architects. In general, the word “wood” makes some people nervous because of fears of fire. Architects who favor wood, however, argue that wood is safer than other types of building materials and can be more fire resistant than both steel and concrete. Earlier this year, an article in the Toronto Sun took note of what Geoff Triggs, building code consultants expert, had to say about the use of wood in high-rise construction. Rather than using small two-by-fours super-compressed mass timber is used to make very large panels. The compressed lumber is as strong as concrete but lighter. The compression process creates dense wood blocks that are difficult to burn. The wooden skyscraper is gaining attention as “green” news because of the wood factor proposed. A number of points in wood’s favor: C. F. Møller’s team noted how timber production releases less carbon dioxide than steel or concrete production, at a time where construction accounts for 30 to 40 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide generated from humans. Concrete and steel command a large part of the market, but wood-supporters note that wood is a lightweight, renewable material that can bear heavy loads in relation to its weight. Cost-wise, they say wood is cheaper to build and better for the environment than using steel-and-concrete for buildings. Wood costs less to transport due to its lightness, too. The C.F. Møller team is thinking in terms of a residential complex. While the building is made mostly of wood, it would have a concrete core. Wooden pillars, beams, walls, and ceilings in the plan are encased within a glass façade, with the walls, ceilings and window frames visible from the exterior through the large windows. Each apartment will have this glass-covered veranda, while the building itself will be powered by solar panels on the roof. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Shopkeepers at KMC market in Kidderpore protest against police inaction

first_imgKolkata: Shopkeepers in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) market in Kidderpore closed their shops in protest against the failure of the police to arrest thieves.The shopkeepers alleged that their shops have been looted by criminals who enter the shops by breaking the asbestos shed at night when the shops remain closed. They have looted almost all the shops in the market. They alleged that they had reported the matter to the Ekbalpore and Watgunj police stations. The police came for investigation but failed to arrest them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe shopkeepers alleged that the criminals operate in connivance with a section of policemen and the miscreants have threatened locals who had gone to the police station to lodge complaints. The shopkeepers said on Thursday they had organised a token strike and if the miscreants are not arrested, then all the KMC markets in Kolkata will be closed. “We have no intention to harass our customers but because of the indifferent attitude of the police, we are forced to close our shops.” Complaints of thefts have been made by the shopkeepers of other KMC markets as well, particularly Manicktola and Beliaghata. The shopkeepers alleged that because of poor maintenance of the markets, the thieves and burglars sneak in at night and decamp with all the goods.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | April 06, 2011 Fully Integrated Cardiovascular PACS and Certified EMR Launched at ACC News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. Related Contentcenter_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more April 6, 2011 – A new fully integrated cardiovascular picture archiving and communications system (PACS) and certified electronic medical record (EMR) with a Web-based cardiovascular electronic whiteboard has been launched. The components, which are part of Medstreaming’s cardiovascular information system (CVIS) platform, offer a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared PACS and EMR certified for meaningful use.Medstreaming, which recently received complete electronic health record (EHR) ambulatory certification for its Medical Office EMR, also announced the first installation of the Enterprise Electronic Whiteboard for ProHealth Care in southeastern Wisconsin. ProHealth Care is implementing the electronic whiteboard to manage real time scheduling of patient workflow in its cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional areas. “We are very excited to use the Medstreaming Electronic Whiteboard, which we believe will allow us to more efficiently coordinate workflow and communication across our system by graphically displaying scheduling of our cardiovascular patients, procedures, staff, and physicians,” said Todd Anderson, manager of cardiovascular interventional services at ProHealth Care. “These efficiencies will also reduce operating costs.”Providing a real-time patient management tool for cardiovascular staff to improve their procedural workflow, the system fully integrates with the EMR components within the hospital enterprise. In addition to capturing associated information pertaining to the clinical exam details and priority, resource details such as location, equipment and staff can also be captured, with conflict detection mechanisms in place as needed. The Web-based user interface allows multiple customizable views, including views that are pivoted by time, location and personnel. This flexibility allows users to aggregate their views to best fit their individual workflows, all in real-time.At the 2011 American College of Cardiology meeting, Medstreaming also introduced several major components to its current CVIS, including a powerful Web-based data mining engine for Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), as well as for ICAEL, ICAN, ICAVL accreditation. The company’s Web-based data mining presents a highly efficient module offering hospitals and clinics the ability to run their business very effectively while maintaining a high degree of quality.By designing a single CVIS platform EMR/PACS system, the company’s technology represents the next generation of cloud based CVIS where there is no need for expensive HL7 interfaces and complex IT infrastructure. No longer will customers be required to purchase special interfaces to share data between traditional EMR and traditional PACS nor be limited by where and when you can access critical patient data. With the platform, DICOM images and DICOM structured reporting will flow directly into EMR and scheduling data will be pushed automatically from an EMR to imaging acquisition devices in one unified worklist solution.Medical Office EMR is a comprehensive suite of offerings focused on enabling proactive patient care and increasing the efficiency of healthcare delivery by providing clinical care solutions. These include complete scheduling, provider dashboard and patient evaluation programs. Prescription and lab orders can be electronically sent while enabling an up-to-date database for each individual patient record. Patient reminders can be created based on diagnosis, medication, allergies, lab results and demographics. Quality assurance measures are found throughout the system including the tracking of physician’s meaningful use measures and report generation.For more information: www.medstreaming.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | January 08, 2015 Research Demonstrates Value of Volpara Solutions’ Breast Density Assessment to Help Improve Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Models and Monitor Clinical Treatment Five scientific abstracts presented at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium demonstrate benefit of VolparaDensity Image courtesy of Volpara January 8, 2015 — The value of volumetric breast density to help improve breast cancer risk prediction models and monitor clinical treatment was the focus of numerous abstracts presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).  Five scientific abstracts highlight the use of VolparaDensity automated breast density software to provide insight into the impact of temporal changes of breast density, utilize volumetric density to improve breast cancer risk prediction to support personalized screening models and monitor the effectiveness of chemo-preventive treatments.  In the study, “Volumetric breast density improves breast cancer risk prediction”, researchers from University of Virginia Health System evaluated the association between risk factors and breast cancer diagnosis.  The study enrolled 3,445 women in 839 cases with 2,606 controls. A multivariate analysis was conducted using 860 cases and 1,683 controls. Risk factor information was collected using a self-reported electronic questionnaire and mean automated volumetric breast density from VolparaDensity was calculated for each patient as a percentage.  Results of the study demonstrate that the addition of volumetric breast density improved breast cancer risk discrimination, which is critical in model development if screening recommendations are to be individualized.  The risk model used automated measurement of breast density as a continuous variable that proved to be one of the top five predictors of breast cancer risk in the study population. Volumetric breast density demonstrated improved discrimination for both the full prediction model (0.86) and a minimal model (0.82) (13 covariates) compared with the Tyrer-Cuzick (IBIS) model (0.74).University of Virginia researchers also presented the results of the “Association of mammographic density and molecular breast cancer subtype”.  This study looked at the association of mammographic density measured by VolparaDensity and molecular subtypes of breast cancer. Visual BI-RADS density scores and volumetric breast density measurements were obtained for 457 patients with invasive breast cancer. Molecular subtypes (Luminal A, Luminal B, Her-2-Neu and Triple Negative) were categorized according to hormone receptor status (i.e. estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and Her-2 receptor), tumor grade and mitotic score. After adjusting for age, race, BMI, family history of breast cancer and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), volumetric breast density was significantly associated with Her-2-neu positive tumors (p = 0.035). A similar analysis showed that this association was not seen for visual BI-RADS categories (p = 0.671 and p = 0.099 for BI-RADS 3 and 4, respectively). The results show that women with denser breasts by continuous-scaled quantitative measurements are at higher risk for Her-2+ tumors; an association not delineated using standard BI-RADS density classification. The identification of risk factors that are associated with specific breast cancer subtypes could help to inform personalized risk prediction models and prevention strategies.  Results of the IBIS-I Prevention Trial demonstrated that tamoxifen prevented breast cancer in women with greater than 9% absolute reduction in visually assessed mammographic density. In the study, “Predicting the effect of tamoxifen on the breast: Change in measures of breast density, serum markers and SNPs” University of Manchester researchers compared the effect of tamoxifen on mammographic density and in a different patient population using several methods (Quantitative visual to the nearest 5%, visual analogue scale (VAS), Cumulus, Volpara and Quantra). The results from the original IBIS-I reader were reproducible in this new population of women; however, other readers using VAS detected fewer changes in mammographic density, suggesting a difficulty in detecting change in general radiological practice. The results indicated that 72% and 68% of women experienced greater than 10% change in dense volume using Volpara and Quantra, respectively, after tamoxifen treatment. Women who experienced less than 10% change in mammographic density were more likely to have increased triglycerides after tamoxifen treatment, suggesting that triglycerides could be used as a surrogate marker for mammographic density change. While Cumulus was able to detect changes in mammographic density, it is difficult to implement clinically, and automated measures of dense volume are likely to be the most useful.The study “Effects of statin use on volumetric mammographic density: Results from the Karolinska mammography project for risk prediction of breast cancer (KARMA) study” looked at the association of volumetric breast density, statin use and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) use.  Results suggest that volumetric breast density percent was significantly lower in statin users, although the corresponding higher non-dense volume in statin users explained this association.  Overall, no difference in absolute dense volume (cm3) was observed between statin users and non-users. However, among women who had reported ever using HRT, a significantly larger absolute dense volume was observed for statin users versus non-users (p=0.03). HRT use potentially modifies the effect of statins on mammographic density, and this relationship requires further investigation in the context of breast cancer risk.High mammographic density (MD) in women is strongly associated with breast cancer risk. However, the structural and compositional differences between dense and non-dense breast tissues are not well defined. University of Manchester researchers investigated the relationship between mammographic density, collagen deposition and fibril alignment and tissue micro-stiffness, in similarly aged individuals without adjacent cancer in the study “High mammographic density is associated with deposition of organized fibrillar collagen and increased stiffness in periductal breast stroma”.  Researchers used Volpara to measure volumetric density in 22 women (54-66 years) undergoing risk-reducing surgery or mastectomy. Localized regions of elevated density determined from digital mammograms, were isolated from patients of low and high overall density.  All elevated-density regions contained considerable amounts of stromal connective tissue. However, there were significant differences in these regions from women with low versus high overall mammographic density. High density is a significant risk factor for breast cancer, yet its molecular determinants in the normal, non-cancerous breast are poorly defined. The results suggest that high density is associated with more organized fibrillar collagen, leading to increased stiffness of the periductal breast stroma, which may contribute to cancer onset.Ralph Highnam, Ph.D., Volpara Solutions’ CEO and Chief Scientist comments: “With consistent and accurate volumetric measurements of breast composition that are strongly validated to breast MRI, we now are beginning to develop an understanding, as never before, of patient risk profiles and the underlying biology of the breast. As evidenced by the presentations at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, that understanding is leading to a new range of clinical research into the impact of temporal changes of density, development of  risk models for personalized screening protocols as well as monitoring the effectiveness of tamoxifen and other chemo-preventatives that could have tremendous impact on the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.”For a complete summary of the volumetric research presented at SABCS: www.volparasolutions.com/Dejavu/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/SABCS-2014-Re…For more information: www.volparasolutions.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

5 creepy places you can visit in Costa Rica

first_imgMontezuma’s beaches are not only beautiful, they are also haunted. Mónica Quesada 1) Durán SanatoriumLocated in the outskirts of Cartago on the way up to the Irazú Volcano crater, this former tuberculosis hospital is the country’s most well known haunted place. In its heyday, the hospital treated around 300 patients, who were cared for by nuns.The hospital was converted into an orphanage and then a prison before closing for good in 1973, after a volcanic eruption rendered it unsafe for inhabitants. But some reports indicate that a few former residents may have stayed behind. Visitors to the abandoned buildings have reported seeing a nun with white hair wandering the halls. Other sightseers speak of the ghost of a young girl sitting on the roof or steps of one of the buildings. The girl is rumored to be Dr. Carlos Durán’s daughter, who contracted tuberculosis and died while living at the sanatorium with her father. Facebook Comments Though lacking in eerie Victorian homes and sinister-looking castles, the tropical jungles of Costa Rica have seen their fair share of hauntings. Local legends tell of tormented souls trapped in prison, hospital caretakers unable to leave their posts and spirits of murdered adulterers still roaming the land. Here, we have gathered for you our top 5 creepiest places in Costa Rica. Adam Williams 5) MontezumaEven Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches are not immune to hauntings, and ghosts seem to have taken a liking to Montezuma’s rocky Pacific shores. The isolated Playa Grande is rumored to have been an ancient burial ground, while nearby Cabuya Island maintains an active cemetery. Visitors have reported seeing unwelcome spirits during nighttime hikes in both locations.Locally known as “Montefuma” (fumar is the verb to smoke in Spanish), Montezuma is widely recognized as a party hub, and whether the ghost tales are legitimate sightings or just hallucinations of inebriated tourists remains a mystery. Costa Rica’s oldest hospital, San Juan de Dios, is said to be haunted by a nun. Related posts:10 cool facts about Sony’s gorgeous flower eruption ad filmed at Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano Costa Rican authorities seize $50,000, heavy weapons at second stash site near Irazú Volcano What were the most popular Google searches in Costa Rica in 2013? Crater lake in Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano disappears 4) San Juan de Dios HospitalCosta Rica’s oldest hospital, San Juan de Dios, is also home to one of the country’s oldest ghost tales. The story of “La Monja del Vaso,” or “The Nun with the Glass,” has been passed down as a religious cautionary tale for more than a century.The legend tells of an unmarried young woman forced into a cloister by her family. The unwilling nun showed little interest in her work consoling the dying at the hospital and did not put forth much effort. According to the tale, a dying man asked the nun for a glass of water, but she refused and he died soon after. The nun regretted her actions, but died before she was able to properly repent and was cursed to roam the hospital doling out drops of water to mourners until her debt is paid. Though the prison is the main attraction on San Lucas island, other buildings in the area, like this dilapidated church, are also said to be haunted. Creepy stairways filled with graffiti are almost as terrifying as the Durán Sanatorium’s two ghosts. 3) San Lucas Prison The ghost rumors in San Lucas Prison will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the penitentiary’s bloody history. Between 1883 and 1989, the island prison served as the home for some of Costa Rica’s most violent and dangerous criminals. Firsthand accounts and historical records show that prisoners were kept in inhumane conditions and routinely tortured.Locals have reported hearing voices and seeing ghosts in abandoned buildings near the prison. The reality show “Ghost Hunters International” visited the prison for a 2010 episode and declared that the ghost of a nurse murdered by a prisoner haunts the penitentiary. However, José León Sánchez, a former prisoner who wrote a famous chronicle of his life there, “Isla de los Hombres Solos,” rejects the ghost stories. “I spent 30 years on that island – there are no ghosts there. Those are just things people say,” he told The Tico Times. Ghosts or no ghosts, the cells’ graffiti and other spine-chilling remnants left by former prisoners are surely haunting enough. Alberto Font Alberto Font 2) Cartago Parish RuinsBy day, this old, Catholic parish in the center of Cartago looks like an elaborate community park overrun with picnicking families and cuddling couples. By night, the 16th century ruins are home to the ghost of a headless priest. As the story goes, the priest had an affair with his brother’s wife. Unfortunately for the priest, his brother was the mayor of Cartago at the time. In a rage, the mayor killed the priest and used his influence to cover up the slaying.Costa Rica’s 1841 earthquake destroyed the parish, which was then rebuilt and destroyed again by a 1910 earthquake. Terrifying unsuspecting bystanders doesn’t seem to be enough for the headless ghost, and according to local legend, the priest apparition foiled all subsequent reconstruction efforts. Legend has it that the Cartago Parish Ruins are haunted by the ghost of a headless priest. Lindsay Fendtlast_img read more