MONTREAL — Advocates are hailing a recent Tax Court of Canada decision that recognizes the rights of migrant workers in Quebec to qualify for employment insurance even if they don’t have a valid work permit.The decision rendered this month stems from a case brought by a group of 18 temporary workers from Guatemala who had appealed an initial ruling that their earnings weren’t insurable.That’s because the workers — recruited through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program — were victims of fraud perpetrated by employment firms in Quebec that wrongly told them they could work for different employers.Typically, workers arriving from abroad must work for the company indicated in their documentation. In this case, the employer didn’t respect the terms laid out in the permit, leaving workers scrambling to find other work.The Canada Revenue Agency had considered those hours weren’t insurable, since they didn’t work for the companies indicated in their permits.But the May 10 ruling says that work is in fact insurable under the law, given the state’s obligation to guarantee social security for all workers.Judge Alain Tardif wrote that while his focus was the issue EI eligibility, it was clear the Guatemalans were “victims of an unscrupulous organization whose sole purpose was to enrich itself on the backs of poor … destitute and quite vulnerable people.”Tardif added in a complex, 48-page ruling that the 18 had hoped to improve the lives of their families, and he urged the government to do more to ensure their well-being.“On this issue … it seems to me totally unacceptable to leave such seasonal workers to themselves,” Tardif wrote. “It is urgent and imperative for the state to set up an organization with the necessary resources to reach all seasonal workers or at least prepare a written kit in the language of those concerned to enable them to know their rights and obligations, thus enabling seasonal workers to get answers to their problems or concerns before they arrive, upon arrival and throughout their stay in Canada.”In the rest of the country, a Federal Court of Appeal ruling in 1998 dealt with the issue and there has since been roughly two decades of case law to back it up.But in Quebec, a lawyer who represented the temporary workers said, the rules had been interpreted differently under the province’s civil code.“Even though it’s employment insurance and it’s federal jurisdiction, in Quebec they are still interpreting the notion of labour contract in a way that is specific to civil law instead of common law,” Richard-Alexandre Laniel of the Association of Progressive Jurists said.“What happened with this decision is that the judge decided in a civil law context, we can determine in certain circumstances that migrant workers who don’t have a valid work permit can still make their hours worked insurable within the employment insurance law.”Advocates have called for an end to the practice of issuing closed work permits, which restricts a worker to a single employer. That provision, along with language barriers and concerns about job loss, leave foreign employees reluctant to file complaints.Thousands of migrant workers make their way to Quebec each year.“It’s a bit soon to determine what will be the impact of this decision on CRA practices,” Laniel said. “But we think they should have a more flexible approach regarding migrant workers.”Federal government lawyers have 30 days to appeal. They did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
MANILA, Philippines – Justin Trudeau landed in the Philippines on Sunday with the goal of raising Canada’s profile in the Asia-Pacific region, especially on security issues and trade.This week, Trudeau will become the first sitting Canadian prime minister to participate in the annual East Asia Summit and is the only one who’s ever been invited, his office said.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the East Asia Summit will give Trudeau a chair at the top security table in the region.He will sit alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump during discussions on the security situation involving North Korea, she said.“That is a really big deal,” Freeland said of the forum, which is held in conjunction with the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.“Canada has never been there before.”The ASEAN summit itself will give Trudeau an opportunity to raise concerns about human rights and advance his trade agenda with the emerging bloc of 10 Southeast Asian countries, which is already Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner.Combined, the countries boast a market of 640 million people and an expanding middle class. They have been churning out significant economic growth.With the uncertainty surrounding Canada’s NAFTA renegotiation, the Asia-Pacific has become increasingly important in the government’s eyes.Under Liberal and Conservative governments, Ottawa has taken steps in recent years to increase its presence in the region.Canada named its first ambassador dedicated to ASEAN in 2014. In September, the government opened exploratory free-trade talks with the association.“We are very much positioning ourselves in the Asia-Pacific,” International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in an interview before Trudeau left for his week-long trip to the region.Experts, however, say Ottawa has largely failed in the past to maintain a consistent connection with ASEAN members.David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, believes forging closer relations with ASEAN should be Ottawa’s second-most important priority in the region after Beijing.Canada, however, has struggled to maintain a disciplined focus on the region and hasn’t been as plugged in with ASEAN as Australia or even the United States, Mulroney added.“When we’re at our best, we are a very popular partner in ASEAN,” said Mulroney, who noted that members of the group still recall a time when Canada was more deeply engaged with them, decades ago.“We haven’t given them reason to believe that it’s anything other than nostalgia, but I think Canada could be a very capable player in the region.”He said ASEAN maintains tighter dialogue partnerships with other countries outside the region, like Russia, the U.S. and Australia.“We have yet to kind of crack that inner circle, in part because there are doubts about our commitment and our staying power,” Mulroney said.Former Quebec premier Jean Charest, now the honorary chair of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council, said in a recent interview that Trump’s protectionist story makes the case every day on the importance of diversifying.Compared to China, Charest said ASEAN is a less-complex partner to work with.“Canadians will have more reservations about China, which doesn’t mean that we should not pursue an initiative with China, but it’s just politically more complicated,” he said.In moving closer to ASEAN, Ottawa would still have to navigate the delicate issue of human rights — particularly amid concerns about serious, state-led violence by two of its members: Myanmar and the Philippines.On Saturday, Trudeau was asked whether he intended to challenge Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about the deadly, anti-drug crackdown by security forces in his country. The campaign has killed thousands of suspects, most of whom are poor.Trudeau has said he has no one-on-one meeting planned with Duterte, who will host the ASEAN summit.“There are a range of issues that I could bring up with him, that I may bring up with him, if we have an opportunity,” Trudeau told reporters Saturday in Danang, Vietnam.“There’s always human rights concerns to bring up with a wide range of leaders.”On Sunday, Freeland said Canada has “some serious concerns about human rights violations and violations of due process in the Philippines.”“If we get the opportunity, we will talk about these issues,” said Freeland, who added that she raised them in a meeting last summer with the Philippines’ deputy minister of foreign affairs.David Welch, CIGI chair of global security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, said ASEAN countries likely wouldn’t appreciate Canada pressuring them on these issues, which could put Trudeau in an awkward position as he tries to deepen the relationship.“They don’t want us to talk about human rights,” Welch said.The ASEAN bloc includes the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.Trudeau’s visit to Manila is the last stop in his week-long trip to the region, which included an official bilateral visit with Vietnam and the APEC leaders’ summit.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Rabat – Mobile phones have become more democratized in rural areas with 90.7 percent of people aged between 12 and 65 owned a phone in 2016 according to a survey carried out by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT).Information Technology Use Increased in 2016 The use of Information Technology (IT) increased in 2016, asserted (ANRT) in a survey carried out among 2,520 households, 980 of which were in rural areas. The survey also showed that in urban areas, 67 percent of people aged 12 to 65 years who were equipped with mobile phones had a smartphone in 2016, while in 2015 the number was at 54.7 percent.Rural areas also recorded an increase in the rate of smartphone ownership from 42.5 percent in 2015 to 56 percent in 2016.While the number of smartphones in Morocco was estimated at 15 million in 2015, the number increased by three million in 2016 to reach 18 million.Internet Access Rises in 2016The survey added that to date, 68.5 percent of Moroccan households have internet access. 77.2% of those are in urban areas and 51.3% in rural areas.In 2016, more than half the population used the Internet, a slight increase compared with 2015.In rural areas, the number of Internet users enhanced by 2.2 percent between 2015 and 2016.63.1 percent of Internet users were male and 53.5 percent were female in 2016.The survey added that 44 percent of these users spent between one and two hours per day on the Internet.Preferences of Internet Users 80.7 percent of Internet users frequent social networks, news, gaming, leisure and sports content. Educational websites are visited by 45.7 percent of Internet users, training websites by 36.6 percent, and health content by 34.1 percent.The survey added that the main uses of the Internet are social networks, accounting for 90 percent of visitors, viewing and downloading of multimedia content by 76.7 percent, downloading software and applications by 72.1 percent, and online discussions by 71 percent.Nearly 77 percent of Internet users access social networks on a daily basis, 80% in urban areas and 68% in rural areas in 2016.According to the survey, nearly 12 percent of IT users made online purchases in 2016 – 15.5 percent in urban areas and 2.5 percent in rural areas.As part of its plan in monitoring the development of information technology in Morocco, the ANRT conducts an annual survey on the use of IT among Moroccans.
14 June 2010The soccer stars and Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, today launched a television announcement exhorting the world to make a concerted effort to help millions of people free themselves from poverty. The soccer stars and Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, today launched a television announcement exhorting the world to make a concerted effort to help millions of people free themselves from poverty.“There can be no spectators in the fight against poverty,” said Mr. Drogba, the national captain of Côte d’Ivoire and a striker for the English Premier League club Chelsea.“We all need to be on the pitch to improve the lives of millions of poor people in this world,” he added during the launch of the public service announcement that will be broadcast during the World Cup now under way in South Africa.The multilingual TV spot aims to bolster efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter and gender inequality by 2015.“The World Cup brings people around the globe together to support their national teams, and we need the same kind of passion to end poverty and hunger,” said Mr. Zidane, a former French national captain.“The 2015 target for the Millennium Development Goals is a few years away, so the time to make a difference is now,” he added.Mr. Zidane and Mr. Drogba’s video can be viewed on UNDP’s new football website, www.kickoutpoverty.org, which gives people the opportunity to join the fight against poverty.
Three people have been arrested over the shooting incident in Piliyandala, the Police said.According to the Police a 44 year old woman and two youths were arrested over their alleged involvement in the incident. An officer of the anti-narcotics bureau was killed in the shooting incident.
EDMONTON – Delegates at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention will be debating a pair of resolutions to send letters to the National Energy Board to support Energy East and Kinder Morgan pipelines.Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says the message should hold some weight, even if the association doesn’t have standing at the hearings.He says it shows elected officials across the province strongly support the projects because it creates jobs and helps the economy.The hearings into the Energy East pipeline have been delayed after protesters disrupted meetings in Montreal last month and then panel members resigned after being accused of bias.Critics charged the panel was biased after learning that two of three panellists met last year with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, then a consultant for TransCanada (TSX:TRP).Trans Mountain, Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline expansion, was conditionally approved by the board last spring but still requires government approval to proceed.“I think it’s very significant when you get local, elected officials from across this province coming together and making a strong statement and whether that officially has standing in the NEB process or other processes is less significant politically than the fact that there’s this strong support from mayors who understand how important the oil and gas business and market access is to jobs and the economy of our province,” Iveson said.AUMA didn’t register in time to have status in the NEB process.(CHED, The Canadian Press) Alberta municipalities group debate sending letters of support for pipelines by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
HMRC is expecting to see a surge in the number of taxpayers declaring gains from cryptocurrencies this year after many investors sold their holdings after values soared, leaving them with huge profits. However the taxman’s anticipated windfall could be far less than expected thanks to a loophole which lets taxpayers class their investment in cryptocurrency as “gambling”, winnings from which are tax-free. An HMRC spokesman said: “We don’t normally tax betting and gambling because… A tax loophole which reduces Bitcoin investors’ gains to zero will be exploited by people filling in their returns for this tax year, potentially creating millions in lost revenue for the Government, experts have warned.
Tout comme les humains, les baleines souffrent de coups de soleilPubliée récemment dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society, une étude anglo-mexicaine sur l’effet des niveaux croissants d’UV solaires sur les organisme vivants, révèle que les baleines du Golfe de Californie souffrent de plus en plus de coups de soleil.Au terme de trois ans d’étude sur plus de 150 baleines bleues, cachalots et rorquals communs du Golfe de Californie, Laura Martinez-Levasseur, de la Société zoologique de Londres, et ses collègues du Centre mexicain de recherche marine (CICMAR), ont prouvé pour la première fois que ces cétacés pouvaient souffrir des brûlures du soleil, contractées lors de leurs séjours en surface.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeDes photos en haute résolution des zones de peau abîmées, suivies de prélèvements d’échantillons d’épiderme à ces endroits, ont permis de déceler des lésions cutanées dues aux UV. Un problème de plus en plus fréquent chez les baleines bleues (à la peau d’ailleurs plus pâle et plus sensible que les autres espèces), peut-être à cause de l’affaiblissement de la couche d’ozone ou de changements dans la couverture nuageuse. Le 10 novembre 2010 à 20:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target AI-Powered ‘Private Detector’ Protects Bumble Users From Dick PicsWoman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating App It’s hard to turn an online chat into an IRL date. So Bumble introduced a happy medium: video.Based on user feedback, the social network released new video chat and video call features across its dating, career, and friendship platforms.“We hope this’ll help you confidently connect with matches—and feel safe before deciding whether to take your match offline,” a company blog post said.On Date, Bumble’s matchmaking service where women make the first move, a digital face-to-face can help ease catfishing anxiety, and take a potential relationship to the next level.Plus, since there is no exchange of phone numbers, if things sour quickly, users don’t have to worry that their personal information is being used for revenge.The same is true across other Bumble modes, where sometimes emojis just ain’t enough.After all, nothing says “I have an undying love for all things The Bold Type” quite like seeing the grin on someone’s face as they gush about Jane’s latest article, Sutton’s sartorial elegance, or Kat’s empowering ideas.Calling also lets you skip the back-and-forth texts to set up your first friend date on Bumble BFF.“Now you won’t get stuck trying to decide which ramen place to go to, or which workout class works best for both of your schedules,” the blog said.And when you can’t get away from your desk for a coffee break with a potential mentor or mentee, just count a Bumble Bizz video chat as a professional meetup.You must be matched with someone to start a call; look for the video and phone icons in the top right corner of your conversation screen.True to Bumble’s style, women get the option to call as soon as they match (this can count as their first move); men must wait until a first move has been made.More on Geek.com:AI-Powered ‘Private Detector’ Protects Bumble Users From Dick PicsCows Now Have Their Own Tinder-Style Dating AppMatch App’s Dating Coaches Are Here to Ease Your Nerves
Fuse Reels’ $20 Side Kick lets you wind up a MacBook Pro charging cable. Stephen Shankland/CNET Back in the olden days, before Apple switched its MacBook Pro laptops to USB-C MacBook chargers and phased out its quick-release MagSafe connectors, you might have appreciated how you could wrap your charging cable around the charger’s two flip-out wings for tidy transport.Apple dropped that feature, but Fuse Reels’ newest Kickstarter project, called the Side Winder, brings it back. The accessory, about the thickness of a mobile phone, sticks to the side of your power charger. When it’s time to go, you can pop it out and spool your power cord like winding up a yo-yo string.It costs $20, though there’s a discount price of $12 for early backers, and is scheduled to ship by June. It’s for MacBook Pro power supplies now, but smaller relatives are on the way, Fuse Reels Chief Executive Logan Bailey said.”We are currently working on cable management for the new iPad Pro, and the 2018 MacBook and MacBook Air,” Bailey said.Enlarge ImageThe Side Kick pops down when not in use, though it does make the charger a bit thicker. Stephen Shankland/CNET Accessories aren’t for everybody, but they can make your life a little easier. Crowdfunding sites, notably Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have played an important role in helping entrepreneurs bring them to market since they let interested customers underwrite development costs.The Side Kick is a more compact alternative to the Side Winder, which Fuse Reels released in 2018. The Side Winder let you spool up 12 feet worth of charging cable, but the Side Kick just works with the shorter USB-C cable — a better option for people who don’t bother with Apple’s removable extension cord. The Side Kick also works with non-Apple power supplies, as long as they’re large enough.After you spool up the cable, the Side Kick has two notches where you can tuck the cable end to keep it from unspooling while it’s packed.You can unplug the USB-C cable from the power supply if you want, but Apple’s USB-C cables are less prone to fraying than its earlier charging cables, Bailey said. “We tend to just create a large loop first before winding it up to avoid the hard bend on the cable head,” he said.The Side Kick pops down when not in use, though it does make the charger a bit thicker. Stephen Shankland/CNET NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $1,184 See it Post a comment • See It Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy 0 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Tags Laptops Computer Accessories reading • Side Kick spools your laptop power cable out of the way Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update Apple Share your voice $1,399 Apple
With the last of the snow melting off, and Alaska headed toward summer, long range forecasts indicate it could be a hot one.Download AudioNational Weather Service Alaska climate science and services manager Rick Thoman uses computer models to generate long term forecasts.“All point strongly towards significantly warmer-than-normal temperatures,” he said.Thoman describes extremely warm surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific and Gulf of Alaska as continuing to drive a balmy trend in Alaska. Thoman says the other half of the weather picture, precipitation is much harder to predict.“Some weak indications of potentially wetter-than-normal across, at least, the eastern Interior and perhaps Southcentral and into Southwest Alaska as well,” he said. “But, those signals are much weaker than the very strong indications for significantly warmer-than-normal temperatures for both May and the early summer.”The mix of warmth, lightning and rain determines wildfire potential, and Thomans says that’s even harder to forecast.“Whenever we see a significant indication for warm, definitely our ears perk up, but as we’ve seen recently, for instance in the 2013 season, it can be very warm, but doesn’t necessarily translate to a big fire season,” he said.Wild fire season also fizzled last summer as the interior experienced wetter than normal conditions, including in Fairbanks, where a June, July August rain fall record was set.
To ensure availability and price stability, the government of India decided on Monday to build a buffer of 20 lakh tonnes of pulses by way of domestic procurement and imports.The country has seen an increase in prices of pulses in the past few months, spiking retail inflation that rose to a high of 6.07 percent in July before easing to 5.05 percent last month. The spike was 27.53 percent for prices of pulses in July. Food inflation slowed down to 5.91 percent in August from 8.35 percent in the previous month, according to data released on Monday.”The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of Department of Consumer Affairs on enhancing the buffer stock for pulses up to 20 lakh tonnes. The buffer stock will be built through domestic procurement and imports of 10 lakh tonnes each,” the Central government said in a statement.”The specific variety of pulses and their respective quantities for the buffer stock, their phasing/procurement will be decided based on price and availability position, both domestic and global, and changes, if any, in the procurement plan for the current and subsequent seasons will be with due approvals,” it added.The country produced about 17 million tonnes of pulses in 2015-16 and imported about 5.79 million tonnes to meet the shortfall.The annual consumption of pulses by India is about 22 million tonnes; the country buys yellow peas and lentils predominantly from Canada and the U.S., chickpeas from Australia and Russia, and green gram from neighbouring Myanmar, reports Reuters.Recently, India signed an agreement with Mozambique to import pulses. “The MOU (agreement) includes targets for exports of Tur and other pulses from Mozambique to India for five financial years and aims at doubling the trade from 1,00,000 tonnes in 2016-17 to 2,00,000 tonnes is 2020-21,” an official statement released in July said.
Share Photo via Offutt Air Force BaseAAA experts say drivers can expect gasoline prices to continue declining into the end of the year.Retail gasoline prices in Texas and the rest of the country declined this week.AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was down 4 cents to settle at $2.17 per gallon. Drivers across the U.S. are paying an average $2.43 per gallon, which is 2 cents less than a week ago.The association survey found San Antonio has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.06 per gallon. Midland has the most expensive gasoline statewide this week at an average $2.49 per gallon.AAA experts say drivers can expect gasoline prices to continue declining into the end of the year as supply strengthens and demand weakens.Association officials predict 8 million Texans will hit the road this week for holiday-related travel.
June 25, 2014 3 min read Listen Now Net neutrality and a ban on Internet “fast lanes’’ won the backing of the US Conference of Mayors, which unanimously endorsed a resolution Monday urging the Federal Communication Commission forbid “blocking of lawful websites” and “unreasonable discrimination of lawful network traffic.’’“Net neutrality is critical for an innovation economy to thrive, because if the broadband companies could choose what web pages you can access, the Internet would lose its power as the most powerful communication tool we’ve ever known,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who led the push for the resolution passed at the annual conference of mayors in Dallas.Related: The Latest FCC Net Neutrality Rules Should Be OpposedThe resolution is timed for the ongoing public comment period for the FCC’s revised Open Internet Rule to replace a 2010 rule tossed out, in part, in January by a federal court. The 63-page opinion hardly reads like a ringing victory for internet service providers (ISP), such as Verizon, which brought the suit.The court majority, which ordered the FCC to prepare a new rule proposal, found “broadband providers represent a threat to Internet openness’’ and “nothing in the record gives us any reason to doubt the Commission’s determination that broadband providers may be motivated to discriminate against and among edge providers.’’“Edge providers’’ are entities, ranging from Amazon and Hulu to web sites hawking T-shirts, that rely on the Internet for marketing and sale of goods and services.Internet “fast lanes’’ boiled into controversy with a public spat between Netflix and Verizon. Netflix publicly blamed Verizon for slow service. Verizon responded with a stern cease-and-desist letter. The dispute spotlighted a deal between Netflix and Verizon to provide faster, more reliable service that to many sounded like a “fast lane.’’ The deal was announced in February, following the federal court decision that presciently anticipated such arrangements.Related: Net Neutrality, Explained“Broadband providers also have powerful incentives to accept fees from edge providers, either in return for excluding their competitors or for granting them prioritized access to end users,’’ wrote the court majority. “Indeed, at oral argument Verizon’s counsel announced that “but for [the Open Internet Order] rules we would be exploring those commercial arrangements.”The nation’s mayors made clear they view high speed Internet access as an economic development cornerstone.“We stand for transparency and believe that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment or mode of communication,’’ wrote Lee and Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle in an opinion piece published last week. “We feel that innovation relies on a free and open Internet, one that does not allow for individual arrangements for priority treatment, also known as paid prioritization.’’Related: U.S. Court of Appeals Overturns Net Neutrality Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.
The Costa Rican Insurance Superintendency on Monday reported new prices motorists must pay for mandatory vehicle circulation permits, known asmarchamos, for next year.On average, this year’s prices are 12.4 percent higher than those approved for 2013, officials said at a press conference at the National Insurance Institute (INS) in San José.Vehicle owners must pay ₡20,856 ($42), which is ₡3,482 ($7) more than last year, while motorcycle owners can choose from two types of coverage.Those wanting ₡6 million ($12,000) coverage must pay ₡80,924 ($162), which is ₡2,777 ($5) more than they paid in 2012.For ₡3.5 million ($7,000) coverage, motorcycle owners must pay ₡61,306 ($122), or ₡593 ($1.50) more than last year.Representatives of motorcyclists joined INS Executive President Guillermo Constenla at the press conference in saying, “This year’s prices are fair.”Last year, hundreds of bikers protested what they called an “excessive” hike. Those protests ended in a stalemate when Constenla refused to budge on the issue.An estimated 1.2 million motorists must pay the circulation permit this year, according to the INS.The deadline to pay the marchamo is Dec. 31. Those failing to pay by that deadline could be fined ₡47,000 ($94). Find out how much you owe at the INS website, here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican officials agree ‘to study’ bikers’ demands after another day of protest Costa Rican biker protest ends without agreement Marchamo payments begin this week Marchamo Conflict May Reach World Trade Organization
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9. Secure your shoesThe beach is littered with all sorts of debris, from beer bottle caps to shards of broken glass, so do not go barefoot, as tempting as it might be. By the end of the night you’ll find orphaned flip-flops and discarded sandals all over the place. To avoid losing yours, either stick your feet through your flip-flop straps so they wrap around your ankles, or invest in decent duck tape. You might look silly, but it’s better than having to bow out early with a nasty injury.10. Leave valuables locked upWhilst the majority of party-goers experience a fun, crime-free Full Moon, an unfortunate few lose their valuables or are the victims of petty thieves. Our advice would be to only take with you the bare essentials: money, phone, room key. Consider leaving the camera and designer handbag at home and enjoy a party that you’ll remember for all the right reasons.If you liked this article, you might also like:Top 10 things to do in Thailand: Tigers, Temples and Muay Thai8 top money-saving tips for travelling in SE AsiaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Save some baht for the bathroomAll those crazy cocktails are bound to take their toll on your bladder. Most guys choose to relieve themselves straight in to the ocean, so another piece of advice would be not to go frolicking in the waves. But if you’re in desperate need of the bathroom and would prefer a little privacy then expect to pay up to 15 Baht for the privilege. The bars and restaurants along the beach will charge this small fee, so it’s a good idea to keep some change handy for when nature calls.7. HydrateIt seems obvious, but water will be your best friend if you plan to make it to sunrise. Buy a six pack of water for about 50 Baht and take it to the beach, or at the very least buy a 2 litre bottle to nurse throughout the evening. You’ll have tons more energy to dance all night and the hangover the next morning will feel considerably better.8. Share the (bucket) loveThe infamous bucket (think child’s sand castle pale filled to the brim with a potent concotion of alcohol, soda and energy drinks) is available for purchase along the beach. The cost varies so haggling is a must. Some stalls will offer 2-for-1 or buy-two-get-one-free deals. These can be good value but two buckets is way more than one person needs, so share the bucket love with your friends and pass the party on. 3. Buy your own paintFluorescent t-shirts and UV body paint is the uniform for any serious Full Moon reveller. Stalls offering to adorn your body with crazy patterns and not-so-witty slogans line the street leading up to the beach, charging between 50 and 250 Baht depending on the design. A few drinks later and this will seem like money well spent. But do it yourself and buy six tubs of paint from a local supermarket for a fraction of the cost. This way you can cover yourself in UV tats all night long, and you might find that you make yourself a few new friends who want to get in on the action and save a few pennies for that next bucket!4. Buy drinks away from the beachLike any festival, drinks past the gates are going to be three or four times more expensive than outside. The same rule applies at Full Moon. Buy a bucket on the beach and you could pay anything up to 500 Baht, but take a few steps away from the beach and you’ll get a better, stronger (!) deal for about 150 Baht. Another option includes stocking up at the local 7-Eleven, but again, supermarkets closer to the beach will crank up their prices so grab your Chang beers early and from somewhere a bit further away.5. Stay away from fireAt some point in the night you will start to think that fire rope skipping with a bunch of strangers is the best idea ever. It’s not. There are plenty of fireshows all along the beach offering you the opportunity to jump through rings of fire, limbo under a fire pole or jump fire rope. None of these activities are wise and you’ll see plenty of burns victims by the end of the evening. Full Moon Party: you may have heard about it. It’s a must-do for any self-respecting gap yearer or young (and not-so-young) traveller on the SE Asian tour. While there are many such parties held throughout Thailand, usually in the second week of each month, the biggest is at Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan.Legend has it that it was started by a group of backpackers in the 1980s as a small birthday get-together. The idea caught on, and these days more than 10,000 revellers attend each month, decked out in neon, daubed with flourescent paint and loaded up on the infamous drinks buckets. Many have the night of their lives, dancing, skipping fire ropes and partying until morning.Big nights like this one do, however, come with a few potential pitfalls. Here are 10 tips to help you avoid being a Full Moon casualty, and have a great time.1. Book accommodation in advanceHostels and hotels on Koh Phangan fill up pretty fast, especially in Haad Rin nearby to all the action, and the closer it gets to Full Moon the pricier any type of accomodation becomes. So avoid being ripped off by arriving at least four days early to book yourself a bed at a reasonable price. Most places require a four-night minimum stay during the Full Moon party period. If you’re not a forward planner then you can get a ferry to Koh Phangan, party for the night and then get a ferry back the next day. But this involves a notoroiusly choppy boat ride, something best avoided when nursing the mother of all hangovers.2. Stay away from the party as long as possibleThere’s no rush to get to Haad Rin and start partying. In fact, if you do you’re more likely to be one of the unfortunate souls who pass out from over-excitment by 10pm and spend the rest of the night curled up in the sand, missing the party all together. There are some pretty beaches on which to chill out on on the west side of the island and a few rooftop bars to watch the sunset from. You’ll also find plenty of ‘warm-up parties’ going on in bars away from the beach where the music and atmosphere is just as good but the drinks are much cheaper. Aim to get to Haad Rin no earlier than 11pm we say! RelatedLanterns and water fights: A guide to 5 bucket-list festivals in ThailandSo you might have missed Songkran 2016, or you had an amazing time and want to head straight back to Thailand. Well we’ve got tips for first-timers, plus a few Thai festivals you might not have known about to get your in the party mood. Don’t forget your camera!8 top Thai islands you must visitFrom Phuket to Phi Phi: a beginner’s guide to some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands.The hottest summer party destinations for every budgetWe’re halfway through the summer and party season is in full swing. But it’s not too late to get away if the FOMO is starting to bite. Whatever your budget, we’ve found a party destination for you – whether you want to get down and dirty to techno in Berlin…
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