Tag Archive: 上海夜网BZ

KSAFA to sell office

first_imgThe Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) is to sell the building that houses its headquarters at 40 Old Hope Road as the organisation embarks on finding a more fitting home.The administration has also already identified two prospective properties that are deemed to be more suitable and is in the process of making an acquisition.The development was revealed by KSAFA President Ambassador Stewart Stephenson at the launch of the 2016 David Hunt Management Seminar at the headquarters of sponsor Mayberry Investments Limited on Oxford Road in Kingston recently.The seminar is set for today at the Melbourne Cricket Club.The existing headquarters was bought by KSAFA in 2011 by the then administration led by President Rudolph Speid. In 2012, the property was said to be valued at $28 million. But according to Ambassador Stephenson, the property does not fit with the kind of image that KSAFA would want to have as a home.”As KSAFA continues to build and provide professional services for our association and our clubs we have had to look at the facilities that we occupy, and I am happy to announce that just yesterday (Wednesday) we signed a contract to sell our premises at 40 Old Hope Road, which was not appropriate in our judgement for building the kind of image and the kind of organisation that we want,” Stephenson said.Ambassador Stephenson said the contract that was signed Wednesday will conclude in four months and the association has already received a deposit on the sale.”We met with our clubs and they voted without objection for the sale of the building on Friday, the 15th of January for us to find a more appropriate location that reflects the needs of KSAFA with adequate parking etc. There is no reason why KSAFA should not look as good as Mayberry or any other corporate enterprise.”last_img read more

Where is Yerelin and the other missing children of Costa Rica

first_imgA search that has lasted more than two weeks in Costa Rica for a missing 6-year-old girl so far has turned up nothing. Yet it highlights a troublesome and growing trend in Costa Rica of disappearing minors.Yerelin Guzmán disappeared near her home in Santo Domingo de Heredia, 10 kilometers north of the capital, on July 11, setting off a nationwide search that has involved more than 686 people. Missing children were previously rare in Costa Rica, with only a handful of cases reported each year from 2004 to 2007. The number of children who have disappeared since then has climbed to more than 70 per year in four of the last five years, with 93 reportedly missing so far this year.Still, unlike Yerelin’s case, the overwhelming majority of cases of missing children in Costa Rica – 93 percent, excluding the year 2014 – are solved.The story of Yerelin first broke on national news media a day after she was last seen, as Costa Rican authorities spread the word and asked for public assistance. According to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), Yerelin was last seen leaving her family’s home only a few meters from the Santo Domingo police station with a 24-year-old male cousin of Yerelin’s father.“A woman from the corner store, 50 meters from here, told us that he [the cousin] arrived with my daughter to buy something. They didn’t return after that,” Yerelin’s mother, Hellen Calvo, told the daily La Nacíon.That relative, who also has the last name Guzmán, became the primary suspect in the young girl’s disappearance after Yerelin’s brothers accused him of sexually abusing her. Police arrested and held the suspect in preventive detention four days after her disappearance. According to La Nación, a former judge in the same prison said Yerelin’s relative reportedly confessed details of her disappearance to him, but that information so far has led nowhere, according to police spokesman Juan José Andrade, who addressed the media at a press conference on July 18.Outside of prison, Andrade said eight search teams – 686 people – had scoured neighborhoods and nearby coffee fields around Heredia, to no avail. He said police were moving to a second phase in the search, expanding the sweep to nearby municipalities and setting up 70 checkpoints on the country’s highways, as well as notifying border authorities and coordinating with neighboring countries.“We are going to continue the search with the same force and the same number of people,” Andrade said at the time.Despite the expanded search, police last week appeared no closer to determining Yerelin’s whereabouts. Yerelin’s brothers are now in protective custody by the government’s Child Welfare Office (PANI) as child welfare workers investigate the fitness of their parents and home, according to a report in the online daily crhoy.com.According to Rocío Rodríguez, director of Alliance for Your Rights, a nonprofit group that focuses on the human rights of children, kids from troubled homes are among those most at risk to disappear and never be found.“Costa Rica has a serious problem because it does not have sufficient laws regarding disappeared children,” Rodríguez said in a phone interview.The country’s primary investigative police branch, the OIJ, is accustomed to investigating crimes only after complaints are filed. But in many cases involving missing children, no one comes forward to file a complaint. Most children who disappear are runaways, Rodríguez said, and the majority of those suffered abuse at home. But it is rare for the government to intervene in those cases, according to Rodríguez.“There is no way to care for [those kids] in this country,” Rodríguez said. “There needs to be extreme measures taken in these cases.”A growing trendCases like Yerelin’s used to be rare in this country of approximately 4.8 million people. From 2004 to 2009, only 52 children were reported missing in the six-year span, according to OIJ figures. Less than half – 25 – were under the age of 12. But since then, from 2010 until today, Costa Rica has averaged 98 missing children per year. Data from http://latinoamericanosdesaparecidos.org which relies on figures from OIJ. 2014 case statuses are not updated, explaining the high number of unresolved cases. Corey Kane/The Tico TimesMost of those missing since 2010 are older than 12, requiring a 72-hour waiting period for OIJ to begin an investigation. A spokesman for the OIJ, Marco Monge, said that an overwhelming majority of missing kids older than 12 are runaways. Monge also said that data for 2014 cases have not been fully updated, explaining the high percentage of cases that are not resolved. The OIJ was not able to provide comment on the growth of reported disappearances.If you have information that may help find Yerelin, contact OIJ at 8710-1988 or 8453-6900. The convenience store near Yerelin Guzmán’s home in Santo Domingo de Heredia, where she was last seen with a relative, who is now a suspect in her disappearance. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Canadian longtime expat goes missing in Costa Rica under ‘strange’ circumstances Colleges cut ties with Bill Cosby as the list of women accusing him of assault hits 20 Tico migrants shipwrecked in Caribbean en route to US are still missing Costa Rican legislators to approve missing child alert systemlast_img read more