This isn’t a sales pitch, but if you’re looking to get in on the ground floor of the rare Irish whiskey world, you might want to consider joining the Irish Whiskey Society.Irish whiskey is quietly going about the first stages of a renaissance, with dozens of new distilleries set to open within the next decade and countless brands beyond Jameson on their way. Finding those bottles as they trickle into markets is going to be a challenge — that’s when it’s good to have a network.Enter the eight-year-old Irish Whiskey Society, an organization created to gather Irish whiskey lovers under a common banner (under which they drink whiskey). The Irish Whiskey Society hosts tastings and specially bottles barrel picks for its members. It’s based in the coastal town of Dingle.What brought our attention to the Irish Whiskey Society is a similar organization for fans of a different country’s drams: the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The SMWS has been around in some capacity since the 1970s, but in recent years it has entered the U.S. market with access to its central fixture: a constant supply of rare release single casks. SMWS now provides access to enough releases to keep even the most vigorous whisky consumer occupied year roundThe Irish Whiskey Society is comparatively new, tracing its origins back to 2009. The offerings are much more modest than its Scotch equivalent, but that’s by-product of the group’s youth and the lack of diversity in the Irish whiskey class. Both will continue to grow over the next few years.The other thing that the IWS has in common with its Scottish cousin? A small but loyal American contingent. Unfortunately there don’t appear to be many benefits for an American when joining the Dingle chapter — for now. The IWS’s American counterpart is only loosely associated and operates independently, but the Boston-based group seems to be the start of America’s own Irish whiskey salon.If nothing else, says president Allan Dwyer, they’re starting a conversation. “So far, members vary. Many have Irish heritage and/or have taken a trip to Ireland,” he explains. “Many members have been referrals from existing members. Some became members as a gift from family members. I’ve found some members like to be able to simply show their membership card in a pub and tell the bartender which is a good conversation starter. We make it pretty easy to join and the one time fee in a sense pays for itself with the benefits provided.”Dwyer thinks it will continue to snowball when more distilleries open. “As new brands arrive more loyalty will develop beyond, say, Jameson. There is a big focus on premium offerings. I know that whenever someone tries Redbreast, Greenspot, or another pot still variety, they are extremely impressed.”Dwyer sees a large group of potential devotees in the younger drinkers. “In the U.S., older whiskey drinkers tend to bourbon or Scotch (some even Canadian). Younger drinkers are mostly introduced to Jameson. The challenge is getting more people to realize the variety available and how many new brands will be arriving soon. Most younger people like to try new things and differ from the older generations, so it bodes well for Irish whiskey.”Most of the people that cross the group’s path are new to Irish whiskey, but they’re hoping education will help increase the diversity of offerings here while the diversity continues to grow abroad. “One of our objectives is to be the go to source in the USA for people to learn about Irish whiskey,” Dwyer says.So consider joining. For now there aren’t barrels to choose from, but this is a get-in-before-the-boom scenario. It could be a good investment in your whiskey future. Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubs Editors’ Recommendations The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey
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zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: G E Shipping India-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has reached an agreement for the purchase of a secondhand very large gas carrier (VLGC), built in 2007.Featuring 81,617 cbm, the unit is scheduled to join the company’s fleet in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.G E Shipping did not unveil the financial details of the purchase deal, nor the name of the seller.In late February, the company revealed that it decided to expand its fleet with a secondhand medium gas carrier. The agreement for the 36,567 cbm ship was signed with an undisclosed seller.As informed, the 1996-built vessel is expected to join G E Shipping’s fleet in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.G E Shipping’s fleet currently stands at 47 vessels, comprising 32 tankers and 15 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 10.37 years aggregating 3.88 million dwt.
Kolkata: A couple was arrested for cheating several people worth huge amount of money in the name of booking air and rail tickets.The incident came to light when Swati Ghosh, a reputed tour operator in the city, booked some air tickets from the accused persons identified as Sudipta Das and Abhisek Das and had paid more than Rs 5 lakh for the same. She handed over the tickets to her clients who went to Kedarnath a few days later. But, eventually Ghosh’s clients found the tickets were fake and demanded compensation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHaving no other way Ghosh had to pay off the compensatory amount. Following the incident, she lodged a complaint at the New Alipore police station on June 6. After the case was initiated, police got in touch with the Pawanhans Helicopter Service which provides services at Kedarnath. According to police, the Pawanhans authority informed police that the tickets which police are asking about are fake. Following the verification made, police collected the mobile numbers of accused couple and tried to track it. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBut it was found that the accused persons were changing SIM cards continuously. Investigators had also visited the address of their office in Lake Town but found it has been closed since February. Later, police got hold of their mobile handset’s IMEI numbers and tracked them. On Tuesday evening, the duo was traced and was nabbed from a hideout in the city. During search of their hideout, police seized seven computers and lots of suspicious documents.
By Josh BabbRabat – Speaking with CNN in Washington, D.C., the two brothers said they have asked Saudi authorities to return Khashoggi’s body. Without doing so, they said, Saudi Arabia is denying Khashoggi’s family the ability to properly grieve or gain a sense of closure in the aftermath of his death.“I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” said Abdullah. “All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi [cemetery] in Medina with the rest of his family,” Salah added.Read also: Turkey Says Jamal Khashoggi Was Strangled Soon After Entering Consulate Khashoggi, an opinion contributor for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a 15-person Saudi hit squad on October 2. Turkish authorities claim Khashoggi was strangled soon after entering the consulate and his body was dismembered shortly after. The Post reported that Turkish investigators are also looking into the possibility that the hit-squad dissolved Khashoggi’s body in acid on the grounds of the consulate, with particular attention being paid to a well on the property. Authorities also searched the sewer system in the immediate area last week.Saudi Arabia has presented several narratives surrounding the death of Khashoggi. Initially they denied all involvement, but carefully managed leaks by Turkish investigators and newspapers have forced the Saudis to revise their position several times.Read also: Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi’s Murder was Planned The Saudis finally admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated manner in late October but claimed the operation was the result of “rogue agents.” Riyadh continues to vehemently deny that either King Salman or Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) had any advanced knowledge of the plot. Saudi prosecutors have arrested 18 people in connection with Khashoggi’s killing, many with ties to Saudi security services. Turkey has demanded that the Saudis extradite them for trial in Istanbul, but Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir has insisted that they will instead face prosecution in Riyadh. The death of Khashoggi has ignited international outcry and complicated the United States close relationship with Saudi Arabia. President Trump viewed the Saudis as a critical ally in the Middle East as his administration postures to contain Iranian influence in the region. Both Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi fear that in the aftermath of their father’s death the politicization of the murder threatens to both obfuscate the truth and the legacy of their father’s work. News broke last week that in phone calls with both National Security Advisor John Bolton and Jared Kushner, MBS had called Khashoggi a “dangerous Islamist” who had supported the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has long been considered a terrorist group by Saudi Arabia.Read also: Khashoggi Murder: MBS Calls Dissident Journalist ‘Dangerous Islamist’When asked how Khashoggi should be remembered, Salah replied, “as a moderate man who has common values with everyone … a man who loved his country.” He added, “Jamal was never a dissident. He believed in the monarchy that it is the thing that is keeping the country together. And he believed in the transformation that it is going through.”The brothers stressed that they are waiting for the full investigation from Saudi Arabia to come to a close and for all the facts to surface before drawing their conclusions. “The King has stressed that everybody involved will be brought to justice. And I have faith in that. This will happen. Otherwise Saudi wouldn’t have started an internal investigation,” Salah said.
TORONTO — A new survey of Canadian employers suggests businesses expect the hiring climate this summer to be relatively positive but the weakest in more than two years.The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey finds that 23% of employers surveyed plan to increase their payrolls during the July-September quarter, while 5% anticipate cutbacks.About 70% expected to maintain their current staffing levels, while 2% say they are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter. [np-related]Manpower says the results from the survey of more than 1,900 employers suggest one of the most subdued employer forecasts in more than two years.Still, it says job seekers in all regions should benefit from the steady hiring climate. Employers in Western Canada reported the most favourable outlook.“Although some outlooks have decreased slightly compared to the previous quarter, job seekers should maintain confidence in the labour market as employers throughout Canada anticipate the hiring pace will remain upbeat through the summer,” said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for staffing services at Manpower Canada.By sector, employers in mining had the most favourable outlook, followed by those in transportation and public utilities and finance, insurance and real estate.Employers in manufacturing and education were least upbeat for the coming quarter.
OSU freshman guard A.J. Harris (12) passes the ball to a teammate in a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 94-68. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is set to head east to square off against third-ranked Maryland on Saturday.Both teams are tied for third place in the Big Ten with 4-1 marks, making this a showdown for sole possession of third place in the conference. The Buckeyes enter the matchup with a 12-6 record, having won 10 of their last 12 games.The Scarlet and Gray have been playing considerably better basketball over the past three weeks after a nightmarish start to the season. That improvement, perhaps, could be attributed to continued improved performance from freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle, who is coming off his first career triple-double in the Buckeyes’ 94-68 win over Rutgers. In the game, Lyle scored 16 points and 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the fifth triple-double in school history. And in the game prior against Indiana, though OSU was blown out, Lyle was the lone bright spot, scoring 29 points. Despite carding two consecutive big performances, OSU coach Thad Matta told Lyle he doesn’t want him to be satisfied with statistics.“My biggest thing with him, and I told him this, I want him to continue to prepare,” Matta said. “I want him to continue to work hard and embrace the challenge of playing college basketball.”On the year, Lyle is averaging 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. However, the focus will turn to Lyle’s defense, as it could prove to be the key for the Buckeyes to steal a win on the road.Lyle will have his hands full guarding one of college basketball’s top players: sophomore guard Melo Trimble. Matta said his team can’t afford to surrender easy buckets to Trimble.“(Trimble is) good, he’s shifty, and you know the other thing, and he’d probably be the first to tell you, he’s got good players around him,” Matta said. “He’s got some veterans, we’ve got to use our size as much as we can and keep them off the foul line and as much as we can make them make tough twos.” OSU’s leading scorer and sole upperclassman, junior forward Marc Loving, said the Buckeyes will have to watch Trimble closely if they want to win.“He really thrives in the moment,” Loving said. “I think last week he hit a game winner. So, just contesting all of his shots, trying to make it as tough as possible, but, like you said, he’s a pretty good player, so he’s going to hit some tough shots.”The 6-foot-3 Trimble is averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game, and he is on the early watch list for the conference’s player of the year award.The Terrapins, who enter the game with a 15-2 overall record, are the No. 2 shooting team in the Big Ten, averaging an astounding 50.5 percent clip from the floor. Maryland also is the best free-throw shooting team in the Big Ten, averaging 76 percent as a team for the season thus far.To impede the Terrapin’s high-powered offense, Matta said there are three keys for his team.“We’ve got to do a great job transition-wise defensively, attempting not to give them anything easy,” Matta said. “I think our post defense has got to be on point and then obviously doing a great job of trying to contain (Trimble) as much as we possibly can.” OSU is no stranger to upsetting a higher-ranked opponent this season, as earlier this season it took down NCAA heavyweight Kentucky, defeating the Wildcats 74-67 on Dec. 19, in Brooklyn, New York. However, Loving said the team is not heading into the game looking to dethrone another Goliath. “We don’t really look at it as a giant-slayer type of thing,” Loving said. “Preseason we weren’t picked to win anything, so that should be enough motivation, and a chip on your shoulder to be able to go out and play as hard as possible.”Road woesThus far, road games have been tough for the Buckeyes, as the team has lost two of three games as the visiting team. Matta said in order for the team to be in the hunt for a Big Ten title, OSU has to play better on the road.“Without a doubt, these are the games you’ve got to win,” Matta said. “You’ve got to sneak a couple of these. Heck of a lot easier said than done.” Last Sunday, when OSU lost to Indiana in resounding fashion, that was a road contest. Matta said his fingers are crossed that the team that wore scarlet and gray in Bloomington, Indiana, does not show itself this time around in College Park, Maryland. “Honestly,” he said, “I hope we’re a better team than (last) Sunday on the road.” Familiar surroundings For OSU redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams, this road game will be a homecoming of sorts. The four-star recruit from Baltimore played his high school basketball at Mount St. Joseph’s High School, which is about an hour away from College Park. Williams said he is approaching this game the same as any other this season, despite the connection to his home state.“We know when we go into someone else’s arena, it’s just us against the world,” Williams said. “Nobody expected us to be in this position, to have a good record going into the Big Ten, or in the Big Ten. So, we just look at it as a regular game and another opportunity to get better as a team.” Tipoff against Maryland is set for noon on Saturday.
Vying for the youth vote Mrs Leadsom says she will overhaul the current tuition fees system and expand it to include apprenticeships. Jeremy Hunt and Andrea Leadsom say it is time to tackle the tuition fee loans system to reduce the debt burden being placed on students when they leave full time education. Two of the Conservative Party’s leadership candidates have pledged to introduce a new deal for students as part of their manifestos. Mr Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has pledged to Slash unfair rates of interest on tuition fee debt and provide more support for young entrepreneurs. In an interview with The Telegraph today she makes it clear she wants to adopt several of the proposals outlined…
← Previous Story Romanian Handball: Special 3D poster with Cristina Neagu for blind fan Silviu Next Story → French kids confirm spectacular domination! With the buzzer, the ball sent by Ex-Flensburger Steffen Weinhold ended in net of Mattias Andersson, what was the beginning of a big THW Kiel celebration last night in Porsche Arena in Stutgart, where the PIXUM Super Cup Final was held. The “Zebras” beat the biggest rivals from North – SG Flensburg 27:26 (12:14) after great battle at the start of the season in which both teams have the highest ambitions.THW Kiel – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 27:26 (12:14)THW Kiel: Landin (9 saves), Katsigiannis (4 saves) – Duvnjak (3), Toft Hansen, Sprenger (2), Weinhold (6), Dissinger, Ekberg (4), Canellas (4), Dahmke (1), Vujin (4/2), Wiencek (3)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (13 saves), Møller (2/1 saves, ab 46.) – Karlsson, Eggert (4/3), Glandorf (4), Mogensen (7), Svan (7), Djordjic, Jakobsson (1), Zachariassen, Toft Hansen, Gottfridsson, Lauge (3), MahéResult: 0:1 (2.), 1:3 (5.), 2:6 (7.), 3:7 (8.), 5:7 (10.), 6:8 (12.), 6:10 (14.), 7:12 (18.), 8:13 (23.), 9:14 (25.) – 13:14 (33.), 14:16 (36.), 16:16 (37.), 16:17 (38.), 18:17 (39.), 18:19 (40.), 20:19 (42.), 20:21 (45.), 21:22 (49.), 22:22 (51.), 22:24 (54.), 23:25 (56.), 25:25 (57.), 26:25 (59.), 26:26 (60.) PHOTO: THW KIEL THW Kiel
Brandon Barnett What: Brandon Barnett, director of business innovation for Intel Labs, will present “The Emergence of the Everyday Entrepreneur in Today’s Complex Economic Environment.”When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15.Where: Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive.Cost: $35 per person; $325 for a table of 10. To register, visit Columbia River Economic Development Council.Information: Diane Dempcy, manager of communications and investor relations for the Columbia River Economic Development Council, 360-567-3181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Uncertainty and chaos will always play their roles in life, but they don’t necessarily have to rule your business.That’s the simple message underpinning the multifaceted world view of Brandon Barnett, director of business innovation for Intel Labs, the worldwide research arm of Intel Corp.And he’ll carry that message to Clark County next week when he delivers a keynote presentation as part of the Vancouver-based Columbia River Economic Development Council’s first-quarter event.The title of Barnett’s presentation is “The Emergence of the Everyday Entrepreneur in Today’s Complex Economic Environment.”If that sounds like a deeply intellectual topic, it is.But that’s no surprise: Barnett, too, is deeply intellectual. He holds a doctorate in applied physics, a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in engineering.He works out of Intel Corp.’s facilities in Hillsboro, Ore.; the Santa Clara, Calif.-based maker of semiconductors stands as Oregon’s largest employer.
Register Now » August 4, 2014 The only way that human beings could ever have survived as a species for as long as we have is that we’ve developed another kind of decision-making apparatus that’s capable of making very quick judgments based on very little information. — Malcolm GladwellThis explains why the horizontal layout doesn’t work. Its construction implies closure and a pattern more typical of the bottom of a page. When we see the closed horizontal structure, Gestalt’s Law of Closure kicks in and we experience a complete closed shape. As a result, we do not look for more information and end up overlooking the remainder of the page.Other problematic layouts. The horizontal layout is just one example of website design that conflicts with our natural object recognition processes. For example, here is a recent redesign of the Pinterest homepage:As you can see, it shows us an iPad and iPhone that are both cut off at the bottom of the page, creating the impression that the rest of the images (and potentially additional content) are hidden below the fold. This automatically cues us to scroll down — but there is nowhere to scroll down to, leaving us frustrated and anxious. Had the page been longer, this would’ve been an excellent way to cause visitors to scroll down, as everyone wants to see a complete shape. Pinterest has since updated the page to a very nice, sleek and dynamic look, resolving this issue.Our minds are similarly confused when we encounter elements on a page that look clickable due to their button-like shape (for example, a small rectangle with text that looks like a call to action). When the element is not clickable and turns out to be just a simple image, we are inevitably annoyed.We are easily capable of filling in the gaps and working out the surface meanings of elements when we understand the underlying pattern. The problem is that website interfaces often lack any visual cue indicating what patterns are being employed. Helping your visitors understand the surface meaning of your site’s elements will affect how they interact with the page — and more importantly, how they feel about it. Therefore, it is crucial that you make your visitors feel good about interacting with your products by ensuring that the surface elements can be quickly and accurately interpreted.The way you design your interaction experiences must take into account the limitations of our cognitive systems. The more you use established interaction design patterns on your website, the better your visitors’ understanding will be and the more satisfying an experience they will have.Udi Zisquit is a customer-experience consultant for ClickTale.Related: How to Keep Customers Focused on Your Website 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Co-authored by Udi ZisquitIt’s natural for companies to experiment with new website designs that promise to boost the effectiveness of their online presence. But one popular new trend is having the opposite effect for many of the organizations employing it.You have probably run across a new breed of sites that are moving away from the old-fashioned vertical layout towards a neat and elegant, modern-looking horizontal layout. We are seeing this layout more and more as web designers invest their time and resources to stay up to date with what they see as important changes in the industry. But how effective is this horizontal layout?Related: Drive Sales With a Website That’s Adapted for an Evolving Online SpaceWhen a certain large content and information website recently unveiled its new horizontal design, I absolutely loved it. The layout was modern and elegant, and I intuitively assumed that it would be far more engaging and successful than the previous “old-fashioned” vertical layout of the page. However, by reviewing heatmaps of customer activity before and after the transition, I discovered that I was completely mistaken.The company’s objective is to have visitors read as many articles as possible and be exposed to large amounts of content. The site hosts no advertisements, so all metrics reflect directly on visitors’ engagement with the actual articles and content on the page.As shown below, the original homepage had laid out the articles in a long vertical list, while the new layout — displayed to 50 percent of traffic as part of an A/B test — contained the same articles laid out horizontally.Interestingly, visitors were far less engaged with the new horizontal layout than they’d been with the original vertical one. The heatmaps below show users’ mouse moves and scroll reach, revealing that visitors scrolled 34 percent further down on the original homepage than on the new horizontal one, and were therefore also hovering, interacting and clicking on more articles in the original layout than in the new one. In fact, visitors were hardly even exposed to the articles that were laid out horizontally. Why was this happening?Original vertical layout:New horizontal layout:Let’s take a closer look at the two variations. Below are screenshots of the “Average Fold” for each version, showing us what visitors to the website see on their screen upon landing on the page, before scrolling down:In the original version on the left, visitors received a glimpse of the vertical columns, indicating that there is more content waiting below and a full scrolling experience to be explored. In comparison, the newer horizontal layout gives no indication that there is more to scroll down to — visitors assume that this is the end of the page and leave the articles below hidden and unexplored. Furthermore, even when visitors do scroll down, every horizontal row that is revealed at any point of the page could be mistaken for the end of the page, whereas a vertical encapsulation always indicates that more content waits below.This behavior can be explained at both an observational and a psychological level. The example above demonstrates the difference between a vertical layout, which encourages scrolling (and thus uncovering and engaging with more content), and a horizontal layout, which doesn’t trigger scrolling. Related: The 10 Most Deadly Mistakes in Website DesignPsychological insights. The term “Object Recognition” denotes the way we interpret the meaning of an object. The recognition of objects is crucial for our survival, as we must identify objects before we can infer their relevant characteristics and features. Once we identify an apple, we immediately know that it is edible. Once we identify a wolf, we know not to disturb it.Our brains like to recognize patterns that have previously led to successful interactions. In How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer writes that our brains produce a pleasure-inducing neurochemical, dopamine, when we recognize familiar patterns in the world around us. When we act on these patterns and are successful in whatever we are trying to do, we get an additional burst of this pleasing chemical.Our recognition of objects relies mainly on their shapes. In the very early stages of recognition, our perceptual system uses information on the retina to identify the object by primitive features such as lines, edges and angles. Later stages of recognition include matching the object descriptions with the most prototypic shape definitions stored in our memory, thus constituting a top-down process in which the higher order cognitive levels flow down to lower level functions like our senses. Only small amounts of input are required for this process to take place. Our system seeks confirmation by “template matching,” allowing us to immediately identify the letter “B” as part of the alphabet, and not as an abstract shape.One of the most famous theories on how we visually perceive elements is the Gestalt principle, a psychological concept originally introduced in the late 19th century in Germany. “Gestalt” literally means “form” or “configuration,” and the theory of Gestalt explains that there are inherent mental laws that dictate how we visually perceive objects — specifically, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, when we look at the figure below, we automatically interpret it as a triangle, and not as three individual angles. This indicates that our brain first sees the overall form of an object, and only afterwards begins picking out the details.Based on Gestalt’s “Law of Closure,” our mind tends to complete incomplete shapes and create mental objects even if only a small part of the shape is displayed. Our mind does this by ignoring gaps and completing contour lines to form shapes already represented in our minds.A great example of the Law of Closure is the Kanisza Triangle, seen below. This illusion, originally explored by Italian psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa in the 1950s, demonstrates how we see two overlapping triangles even though no complete triangles are present in the image. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 TORONTO — Hotel industry veteran Linda Kent has been named the Vice President for Zoom and Go’s Client Services and Strategic Partnerships.As one of the travel industry’s foremost electronic distribution executives, Kent comes to Zoom and Go directly from Travel Leaders Group where, over the past two years, she served as Senior Director, Hotel Solutions and Agency Relations.Since 1992, Kent has served in a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President of Business Development for Pegasus Solutions; Senior Vice President of Electronic Distribution for Wyndham Hotel Group; Vice President of Electronic Distribution for Starwood Hotels and Resorts; and Product Manager for Sabre Hotels.“I take enormous pride in my proven history of cumulatively capturing billions of dollars in gross revenues through effective electronic distribution that successfully blends supplier relations with innovative product development for the hospitality industry,” Kent noted. “By identifying and capitalizing on opportunities that boost sales and operational excellence, I look forward to lending my expertise to Zoom And Go’s extraordinarily strong future.”Zoom And Go’s map-based hotel booking platform, currently used by some of the industry’s largest travel agencies and agency organizations, integrates seamlessly with existing GDS and legacy systems. Zoom And Go enables agents at all competency levels to see increases in productivity, preferred bookings and profitability.For travel agencies and travel agency organizations interested in learning more how Zoom And Go’s industry-leading solutions can help increase hotel bookings, email email@example.com. Posted by Tags: People [People] Zoom and Go adds hotel industry veteran to executive team Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
The kidnappers allegedly told the women they would be using the car to “meet a boat” and “get a shipment,” according to one victim. A second victim also told police the suspects mentioned drugs.The men also allegedly told their victims they had worked with Mora in the past, and had an agreement with him and Lizano to be paid for the eggs they collected. The men claimed Mora had broken the agreement and contacted police, and that he “had already been warned.”Some of the testimony differs from statements made by OIJ officials later in San José. OIJ spokeswoman Marisel Rodriguéz told The Tico Times that WIDECAST was responsible for the agreement with the poachers, not Lizano’s organization. As reported earlier by The Tico Times, WIDECAST denies ever paying for turtle eggs.In a May 31 press conference in the capital, officials said the motive of the attack was robbery, and that when the assailants realized one of their victims was Mora, they decided to kill him.This also is controversial, given the evidence in the case. At a preliminary hearing in the First Circuit Penal Court of Limón just hours after Mora’s body was discovered, Assistant Prosecutor Lisbeth Solano, describing the suspected motive of the crime, told a judge: “There definitely existed prior problems, certain threats by the suspects toward Jairo Mora Sandoval, who was the lead biologist of the organization for which he worked, and it was determined that the motive of the homicide, the motive for which Jairo was killed, is apparently revenge.”The investigationIn the early morning hours of July 31 – exactly two months after Mora’s body was discovered – OIJ agents conducted six simultaneous raids that led to the arrest of six murder suspects and two women in possession of stolen items. A ninth suspect fled and was arrested 10 days later.Arauz was among those detained, and the six other men allegedly are members of his gang.The raids were a bookend to an intense two-month investigation that began with phone records pulled by the OIJ for Mora’s stolen cellphone. Though the SIM card had been changed, a serial number on the phone could still be tracked.That phone was in the possession of 20-year-old suspect José Bryan Quesada. The OIJ began tracing Quesada’s calls, leading them first to Donald Alberto Salmon, or “Sombra,” 28, another of the gang’s suspected leaders. Investigators found that on the night of Mora’s murder, Quesada and Salmon’s phone numbers were in use and had activated radio towers consistent with the location of the crime scene.Tracing more than a hundred calls and text messages from both Quesada and Salmon, investigators were led to other members of the suspected gang: Ernesto Enrique Centeno, alias “Kike,” 24, William Delgado Loaiza, alias “Willy”, 19, Darwin Salmon (Donald’s brother, age unknown) and Héctor Cash López, a Nicaraguan immigrant whose age also is unknown.A special team of OIJ agents created to investigate Mora’s murder built a case around text messages between the suspects, triangulating locations from three cell towers. Two texts in particular, between Darwin Salmon and Loaiza, allegedly linked the group to the murder.“Mae, yesterday I dragged him with sombra and kike and sombra told us that you left,” Darwin texted, according to the investigation. “We dragged him on the beach behind Felipe’s car and you know it.”Location tracking also enabled the OIJ to link several members of the gang to another crime a week earlier, in which a woman was raped and her family robbed and taken to the same abandoned house where the women were held in Mora’s case. The previous assault’s similarities to the murder played a key role in piecing together the gang’s members and M.O.According to victim testimony, assailants in both cases mentioned a boat and picking up a “shipment.” The rape victim testified that her attackers said they needed her family’s car to pick up a “drug shipment.” She also testified to hearing a boat approach, and her kidnappers loading “something into the car.”In addition to the rape, the OIJ also linked the gang to two gasoline thefts at nearby National Refinery facilities.Following the investigation, The Tico Times again interviewed OIJ Director Francisco Segura, who reiterated the motive in the case had remained unchanged from initial statements made on May 31. He added that the OIJ has never denied that revenge was a factor in the killing.“They were common delinquents,” Segura told The Tico Times. “They were more than poachers, they were a criminal gang.”Each of the seven murder suspects was given six months of preventative detention while awaiting trial.The future of Moín BeachIn 2012, with little money, conservationists on Moín Beach saved 1,474 sea turtle nests. In 2013, poachers stole the eggs from all but eight.Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry is currently exploring options to create a protected area on Moín Beach that would allow park rangers to patrol the area, and a recent executive decree would allow them to be armed.According to Lizano and the Limón Police Department, police have resumed walking the beach with conservationists. The brutal attack and the investigation that followed dominated headlines for months, generating international attention and concern among the conservationist community, both in Costa Rica and abroad. Celebrity conservationists like Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson blasted the Costa Rican government and maintained intense pressure on cops to make an arrest.On July 31 – exactly two months after the murder – Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided several locations in Moín and further inland, sweeping up eight suspects following a detailed and lengthy investigation. The Tico Times has obtained documents from the murder probe that show the OIJ ’s investigation was both serious and, with exceptions, thorough.Yet for environmentalists, many questions linger. One of the most important is this: How did the relationship between conservationists and poachers on Moín Beach escalate from forced coexistence to violent retribution?The documents obtained by The Tico Times, as well as interviews with people close to the case, provide answers to that question, along with an inside look into the poaching business in Limón, the lives of Mora’s suspected killers and the methods police used to build a case against them.The poaching programThe first time Vanessa Lizano met Maximilian Gutiérrez, or “Guti” as he is known around town, he was being arrested for poaching turtle eggs. That was in 2009, shortly after Lizano had first started walking Moín Beach with police to collect and protect turtle eggs. It was a rough start, Lizano knew, because Gutiérrez and other poachers had never before faced consequences for their illegal activities.“Before I came, people were freely selling turtle eggs in the street,” Lizano said. “I’ve had a poacher tell me it’s totally my fault Moín is the way it is, that before I came people would never get arrested for taking a nest.”Lizano, 36, moved to Limón in 2009 with her family and opened a butterfly farm. After a year in the area the family noticed the growing need for a rescue center because local residents often abducted wildlife as pets to show off to tourists. At first, the Lizanos had only heard about nesting sea turtles on Moín Beach – an 18-kilometer stretch of coastline located 160 kilometers east of the capital – but they had never seen one. On her first trip to the beach, Lizano saw seven.“After that I became somewhat fanatical,” she admitted.She began calling every conservation group she knew to help protect the beach, and encouraged WIDECAST, the organization that contracted Mora, to come to Moín.In time, some of the poachers got to know Lizano and came to understand her motives. She told them stories of how the leatherback – the world’s fourth-largest reptile weighing in at 680 kilos (1,500 pounds) – is also the most endangered sea turtle. Running into her night after night, the poachers eventually grew comfortable with Lizano’s operation, and even Guti warmed up to her. By the time Mora arrived in late 2011, Guti’s poachers were fully on board with the conservationists, even as they continued selling eggs.“These poachers are living in huts,” Lizano noted. “They have no electricity. They have no water. They do this because they can make some money.”In March 2012, the annual start of leatherback nesting season on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Lizano came up with a plan: The Wildlife Center contracted Guti and nine other poachers to walk with volunteers on the beach to collect and relocate turtle nests to give baby leatherbacks – which face overwhelming odds for survival even without the threat of poachers – a better shot at making it to the ocean. Using money from volunteer fees, the organization paid 10 poachers $300 a month, allowing the group to cover more beach than ever before. As Lizano noted, at the start of the 2012 nesting season, the conservationists “were winning.”But other poachers outside Guti’s group weren’t cooperating. According to Lizano, occasional threats became constant threats in 2012, and they had a more violent tone. Yet as conflicts began to fester and multiply, Lizano received an official letter in March from Limón’s Tourist Police saying officers would no longer accompany conservationists, citing “a number of reasons.” A month later, the first serious confrontation happened. Facebook Comments For volunteers, it had been another successful night collecting nests. Shortly after they returned to the hatchery, four men wearing black balaclavas stormed in, armed with assault rifles. The assailants robbed the volunteers’ shoes and cellphones, and then began removing all of the turtle eggs. They threatened to rape and kill one victim if they saw her again on Moín Beach.The result of the nighttime assault was the shuttering of the volunteer program, and with it, the poacher program.For a while, Lizano and Mora continued walking the beach together, facing constant harassment. But when poachers threatened her son’s life, Lizano left Limón. From that moment on, Mora walked the beach alone.A poaching gangDuring the 2013 nesting season, police did patrol Moín Beach, but not with Mora. And despite police presence, threats from poachers began to pay off, while the success conservationists had cultivated the previous season waned. The poachers had become more organized and ran the isolated beach like a criminal gang.Felipe Arauz, known as “Renco,” a 38-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant with a rap sheet that includes drug trafficking, kidnapping and violations of the Wildlife and Fauna Act, is one of the suspected gang leaders, and according to investigators, it was his car that dragged Mora to his death. Arauz allegedly helped escalate turtle egg poaching from a small side business to a planned, lucrative criminal enterprise, according to witness statements.According to OIJ investigators, Arauz allegedly used a green tourist minibus to shuttle poachers to drop-off points along the beach, where they would scoop up turtle eggs as fast as nesting turtles could lay them. The poachers carried cellphones to report turtle sightings and to monitor police patrols. When police did manage to question them, they produced turtle-friendly, red-tinted flashlights and latex gloves, passing themselves off as conservationists.“A lot of people were taking advantage of the situation,” Lizano said, “but those were very aggressive poachers. They wanted to harm people.”Due to the volume and severity of the threats on Moín Beach, volunteers were no longer permitted to patrol for turtle nests. Even Mora had mostly stopped walking the beach at night, venturing out in the morning to count nests that had been sacked for his reports.The night of May 30 was an exception.Although the volunteer program had been shut down, several former volunteers and study-abroad students remained in Moín. For some, it was their final night in the area. “They just wanted to see a turtle,” Lizano said.Knowing that what he was doing might be dangerous, Mora set out that night in a small, gray Suzuki Jimny along with four others. The car belonged to a 26-year-old veterinarian from Spain, who worked at the wildlife sanctuary. She drove while Mora walked, and three students from the United States in their early 20s rode in the back. Jairo Mora works at a local hatchery in Moín. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Hours before his murder, sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora came upon poachers digging up turtle eggs at the notoriously dangerous Moín Beach, near Limón on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. Mora reasoned with the poachers, perhaps explaining that leatherbacks – enormous, prehistoric-looking turtles – are endangered. He convinced the men to give up half of their eggs, which he planned to rebury in a safer location.Negotiations like this happen all over Costa Rica – where six species of sea turtles nest each year – and are part of a tradition that can be traced to the late 1950s and Archie Carr, a U.S. zoology professor who co-founded the Caribbean Conservation Corporation and helped establish the Tortuguero National Park.On Moín Beach, negotiations have been especially common. Sold for up to $1 apiece, turtle eggs have been a lucrative side business for the poor and underemployed residents of coastal communities for decades – despite the illegality of the trade.“We’re not law enforcement,” said Vanessa Lizano, who heads the Costa Rican Wildlife Sanctuary and frequently walked the beach with Mora. “All we can do is negotiate. We used to have a very friendly relationship with some of the poachers and then they started to change. They got aggressive.”Later that night, May 30, Mora encountered a different group of poachers who kidnapped him and four women, then beat him, stripped him and tied his body to the back of a car. The poachers dragged him through the sand and left him to suffocate on the beach he had vowed to protect. A passerby discovered his motionless, naked body early the next day. Mora was 26. This photo shows a tree trunk that was placed in the road to block the vehicle in which Jairo Mora and foreign volunteers were traveling the night Mora was killed.The Tico Times Related posts:Murdered Costa Rican conservationist had been chased by AK-47-wielding poachers Turtles will be unprotected as leatherback nesting season approaches on Moín Beach 6 suspects in Jairo Mora murder case receive 3 more months of preventative detention Little has changed 1 year after slaying of Costa Rica conservationist Jairo Mora Tracks in the sand show where murderers dragged Jairo Mora behind a car and left him to die.The Tico Times Suspect Héctor Cash López posted this photo on Facebook. Some tourism business owners along the Caribbean coast are angry that Mora and Lizano would risk the lives of young, foreign students to save a few turtles.“It was completely irresponsible, what were they thinking?” said Colin Brownlee, owner of Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo, a popular coastal tourism destination 60 kilometers south of Moín. “What would have happened if those girls were murdered? The social implications of this are huge.”Some of the victims’ testimony to prosecutors hours after the attack also question Mora’s judgment.“He never told us the whole truth and that is why we thought it was safe that night,” one victim stated in sworn testimony before leaving the country.After arriving at the beach the night of May 30, Mora got out of the Jimny and walked alone, while the four women drove behind him as a safety precaution. Three police units patrolled the beach that night, and according to one witness, an officer who Mora encountered told him to be careful. The police officer allegedly told Mora that a group of armed men were in the area, and their guns were legally registered. (There is confusion over this point, as later reports say a police search of the men and their vehicles turned up no weapons.)A short time later, at about 9 p.m., Mora encountered Guti and some other poachers. The conversation was amicable, and Guti convinced the other poachers to split the eggs with Mora.At about 11:30 p.m., Mora returned to the Jimny and he and the four women drove south along the beach to the animal rescue center that served as their base of operations. The last police patrol of the night had passed them 20 minutes earlier.The group then passed a bonfire on the beach. Two cars were parked nearby, and three men stood around the fire. The men flashed bright lights on Mora’s and the women’s faces. It was a menacing gesture and some in the group became anxious. Police officers later stated that one of the cars belonged to Arauz.Just a few kilometers from the rescue center, Mora’s friend, the Spanish driver, was forced to stop by a tree trunk blocking the road. It had been placed there after the group entered the beach earlier in the evening, and after the police patrols had gone.Mora got out of the vehicle to remove it, then replace it “to piss off the poachers,” according to victim testimony, when five masked men jumped out of the forested area next to the car and began attacking him.The Spanish driver was forced out of the car and sexually molested while the men continued to beat Mora. The assailants gagged Mora and threw him in the back of the car. According to testimony, he was still conscious at that point. The attackers then piled into the car and drove north to an abandoned house. Over the back seat, Mora, badly injured, held his friend’s hand as the attackers forced their victims to keep quiet, heads down. Two women in the back seat were sexually molested during the drive.At the abandoned house, two kidnappers watched over the women while the other attackers left with Mora.
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