Jamaica Tourist Board announces its new Director of Tourism

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Tags: Jamaica, People Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Jamaica Tourist Board announces its new Director of Tourism KINGSTON — After an extensive local and international search, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has selected Donovan White to be its new Director of Tourism.White, a Jamaican national whose term as head of the country’s tourism marketing agency, will begin his new role on Feb. 15. He recently served as Vice President of Cable & Wireless Business, Jamaica, where he was responsible for year-over-year revenue growth of 29% and 12% in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, respectively. Prior to that, White served as Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Media Services at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (FLOW) where he led commercial teams and delivered revenue growth in 2013 and 2014.White also held the positions of General Manager of Caledonia Outdoor Advertising Limited, and Vice President, Sales & Marketing at CVM Communications Group Limited.With a solid background in marketing, digital media and business development, the Director-designate is expected to build upon the past success of JTB and help it expand its global reach.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“He brings a solid business acumen and marketing savvy to the Jamaica Tourist Board, having developed, managed and executed vertically integrated marketing and branding strategies for a range of industry sectors, including media, telecoms, advertising and technology,” said Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism. “As a member of Jamaica’s tourism team, I am confident that Mr. White’s experience will assist the JTB to continue on its current path of delivering increased tourism results through innovative public and private sector partnerships.”Donnie Dawson, who is currently serving as Interim Director, will continue in that role until White assumes office.last_img read more

Here are the best places to enjoy some RR in Nicaragua

first_imgHere are the best places to enjoy some R&R in Nicaragua TORONTO — What can travellers expect to see while in Nicaragua? Unspoiled natural beauty, crystal clear beaches, and an exceptionally welcoming culture that make this Central American country a must-see destination in 2019 and beyond.For those in search of some serious R&R, Visit Nicaragua has compiled a list of the country’s very best places to recharge, rejuvenate and recalibrate:THE CORN ISLANDSIf your clients are looking to get away and unplug, then a trip to the remote Corn Islands is a must. Once a refuge for pirates, Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island are now a secret hideaway for many Nicaraguans and visitors from around the world. White-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms and clear turquoise waters are par for the course on both Corn Islands.Little Corn Island is a quiet and verdant jewel surrounded by calm cerulean waters. The gentle waves and supple sands lend themselves to world-class scuba, sailing and fishing, while the charming amenities of The Village offer an escape from the mainland bustle. Unassuming Little Corn may be out of sight, but this idyllic escape deserves to be top of mind.YEMAYA ISLAND HIDEAWAYNamed after the goddess of the sea, Yemaya Little Corn caters to wellness enthusiasts who seek out tranquility in natural locales. This unique island hotel offers 16 oceanfront rooms with stunning sea views, exquisite white sand beaches surrounded by lush jungle and a pristine reef teeming with sea life.Do not expect marble foyers or uniformed bellhops here: the decor is both locally inspired and tasteful. The organic garden that supplies the resort’s kitchen adds a healthy and authentic touch to the delectable cuisine. yemayalittlecorn.comMore news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksMALIBU POPOYO SURF RESORTMalibu Popoyo is what you get when you cross a luxury surf retreat with an adventure sanctuary. This all-inclusive, eco-friendly boutique surf resort and retreat centre caters to surfers, yogis and adventurous souls. Located beachfront in the heart of Popoyo, the resort is grounded in Nicaraguan culture and is a neighbor to more than 10 world-class surf breaks.With stimulating experiences for all walks of life, this high-end accommodation will indulge the senses without breaking the bank. malibupopoyo.comJICARO ISLAND LODGERelaxation and wellness at Nicaragua’s ‘Tourism Triangle’ on the west coast are easily within reach when visiting Jicaro Island Ecolodge. Located on a private island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, Jicaro is a serene alternative to the bustle of the nearby historic city. The ecolodge is comprised of nine private two-story casitas, many with a glorious view of the lake and nearby Mombacho Volcano, and offers year-round yoga and wellness retreats that combine exceptional yoga experiences with opportunities to learn about the destination and its culture.The wellness center at Jicaro, overlooking the lake, features two open-air rooms and private showers for spa treatments. A highlight at Jicaro is the floating yoga deck accessible by boat, a serene location where guests can enjoy sunrise yoga, afternoon meditation and sunset dinner. jicarolodge.comMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAQUA WELLNESS RESORTNestled among the treetops and overlooking a private white sand beach along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast is Aqua Wellness Resort. This Rainforest Alliance-verified resort maximizes the beauty of its natural surroundings by offering tree-top villas, the perfect choice for travellers keen on seeing a variety of flora and fauna, not to mention monkeys, birds and butterflies. Additionally, Aqua rests on a turtle-nesting beach that affords frequent sightings of the majestic animals. Other highlights include daily yoga on an elevated, open-air platform that overlooks the beach, and The Aqua Spa, featuring treatments that draw inspiration from Nicaragua’s natural resources such as local fruit and cacao. aquanicaragua.comCOCO LOCO RESORTCoco Loco Resort, a community-focused eco-resort in northern Nicaragua, offers guests a very special travel experience. Since 2009, it has worked to improve the quality of life of the local community through education programs, development initiatives and volunteer efforts. Over the past 10 years, Coco’s Waves of Hope foundation has invested over $400,000 into projects and initiatives focused on education, infrastructure, health care and the environment.After giving back, guests can nurture themselves with yoga retreats, private classes and a teacher-in-training program. They can also take up surfing at all levels. Accommodations include eight palm-thatch cabanas on the main property and three boutique rooms in the new beach house. cocolocoecoresort.com Tags: Destinations, Nicaragua Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 31, 2019 last_img read more

Family vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing Ocean Hotels

first_imgFamily vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing & Ocean Hotels Friday, July 26, 2019 TORONTO — With picturesque beachfront locations across Mexico and the D.R., spacious accommodations and entertainment for all ages, Ocean Hotels offers vacationers unforgettable family getaways in paradise, says Sunwing.Sunwing clients can upgrade their stay to the Privilege level for a luxurious Caribbean experience with additional amenities and services and dining options for all tastes. Ideal for family vacations, Ocean Hotels “provides guests with beautiful properties to make lifelong memories”, says the company.Families can also vacation better at Ocean Hotels with Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways.FUN IN THE SUN FOR EVERYONEThere’s never a dull moment for families staying at Ocean Riviera Paradise in Riviera Maya, with a complete entertainment program for the whole family to enjoy.Nestled on a beautiful white-sand beach, vacationers can soak up the sun, build sandcastles or play a fun game of beach volleyball before exploring the turquoise waters with available non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking ($). Mini-vacationers will love exploring the on-site water playground or spending the day at the supervised Daisy club with fun activities and games while parents hit the links at the nearby golf course or try their luck at the casino.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWELL-APPOINTED ACCOMMODATION & ADDED AMENITIESFamilies staying at Ocean Blue & Sand in Punta Cana can expect spacious, well-appointed accommodations with sweeping views of the lush resort grounds or the sparkling pool. Vacationers can upgrade their room category to the Privilege level for an even more comfortable stay with exclusive amenities and services.Clients can get their vacation started right away with private check-in and have their luggage brought to their room and unpacked by the provided Butler Service. Those looking for some active fun can spend the day scaling a climbing wall, hitting targets at the archery range or taking advantage of the non-motorized water sports before unwinding in their comfortable suite.DELICIOUS DINING OPTIONS FOR ALL TASTESOcean Coral & Turquesa in Riviera Maya offers guests a range of delicious cuisines so even the pickiest vacationers can find something that they love. Sample some of the local flavours at Hacienda Los Girasoles or enjoy dinner and a show at Sensai, a Teppanyaki-style restaurant. Travel back to the 1950s at the Route 66 diner serving American classics, sample some delicious Caribbean flavours at Villa Marina and indulge your sweet tooth at La Petite Creperie by the sparkling pool. Mini-vacationers can build up an appetite at the new water playground, while parents can relax with a refreshing cocktail.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFamilies that upgrade to Privilege level accommodations can enjoy a gourmet dining experience at the exclusive Privilege Restaurant with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea or take advantage of the 24-hour à la carte room service and special Privilege menu.THE SUNWING ADVANTAGETravellers can Vacation Better at Ocean Hotels when they book their tropical getaway with Sunwing. Vacationers can look forward to Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways with award-winning inflight service on board Sunwing Airlines.For more details see SunwingAgents.ca or Sunwing.ca. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Share Tags: Family Vacations, Ocean Hotels, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Ballena Bulletin

first_imgNo related posts. The Domestic Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.) Tales Lending Library just received two donations, adding close to 1,000 books to our already-extensive inventory. One donation involved feng shui and extraterrestrials, the other beefed up the fiction section.Please stop by and pick up a book and a dog and cat to go with it. All our animals are street rescues and are treated for parasites, vaccinated and spayed/neutered.Hurricane Hawk will appear at Roadhouse 169, Uvita, on June 23, for two shows at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Since 1994, Hurricane Hawk has been entertaining with his version of Florida jump blues and swing. He is known for catchy lyrics and explosive harmonica, and has performed from California to Florida and abroad. A favorite at concerts and clubs, Hawk will be on his second tour of Costa Rica. He was a finalist in the world-renowned International Blues Challenge held yearly in Memphis, Tennessee, and he has performed at national blues festivals and opened for the likes of Little Richard, Alabama, Big Bill Morgenfeld and Tinsley Ellis. For more, visit www.hurricanehawk.comTino and Uwe are spicing up the area with their new butcher shop, featuring homemade, German smoked meats and sausages, bratwurst, sauerkraut and marinades. They carry fresh meats including lamb and accept special orders at 2787-0219. Visit them on the road from Dominical to San Isidro in Platanillo.Ben Jammin’ and the Howlers will play Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Roca Verde Hotel and Restaurant in Dominical. The Howlers – Ben Orton on guitar and vocals, Nancy Buchan on five-string violin and vocals, Larry Sanchez on bass and Richard Abraham on drums – will also play at the annual Fourth of July Lifeguard Benefit on Sunday, July 1 at Roca Verde. There will be a classical music quartet presentation with Nancy Buchan on violin, Kim Fergus on piano and two of their music students on violin and cello. Along with great entertainment, there will be raffles, auctions and food. Mark your calendars for this special event. Our lifeguards are supported only by your donations.–Shawnell Parkercbbshawnell@gmail.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Low blood reserves threaten Costa Rica health care

first_imgFrom the print editionDuring emergencies, Costa Rican doctors in many cases must scramble to find blood donors.The lack of voluntary blood donations in the country has long been troubling for health officials. If a large highway accident occurred or a natural disaster took place, the head of the Central Blood Bank said Costa Rica likely would not have enough blood reserves to help victims.Only 56 percent of Costa Rica’s blood donations come from voluntary donors visiting a blood bank, Central Blood Bank President Erna Meléndez said. The country receives 35,000 voluntary donations per year, when hospitals require almost double that to be sufficient.As a result, when transfusions are needed, hospitals rely on less-efficient methods.“When there are special operations, like a transplant or an accident, we have to run and make a call for donations,” Meléndez said. “Here frequently you’ll see in the media, ‘Hospital X needs blood donors.’ This is evidence that the country doesn’t rely on an adequate  system to provide a reserve in cases of an emergency.”The problem with receiving donations from family – and the lack of voluntary blood donors as a whole – is that when people are compelled to donate because a family member or friend is ill complications can arise. A donor might not be healthy enough to give blood or might not be a match. Doctors are trying to change attitudes toward blood donation in the country. A bill in the Legislative Assembly called Ley Nacional de Sangre (National Blood Bill) would reorganize the way blood donations are done in the country. Health officials want national blood-donor campaigns, a more centralized system and better use of resources for “procurement, storage and distribution of blood products.” The Central Blood Bank has been holding blood drives at universities, imploring healthy donors to give this month. World Blood Donor Day was June 14. The next drive will be held June 27-28 at Universidad Latina’s Heredia campus, north of San José.Meléndez said foreigners can donate as long as they have residency in the country. Blood donors in Costa Rica must weigh more than 50 kilograms and be 18 years or older. Donors also will be interviewed about their medical history (a recent tattoo or piercing, for example, would disqualify a potential donor). Before making a donation, Meléndez recommends eating a light meal. The 10-minute procedure removes approximately 450 milliliters of blood, which the body replenishes the same day.Local campaigns have been successful, Meléndez said, but most Costa Ricans do not make regular blood donations a routine.“There still doesn’t exist a culture of donations, said Gerardo Solano, a doctor in the health care services unit at the Health Ministry. “It’s the same with organs too. More than anything, the [bill] is to promote donation, whether it’s organ donors or blood donors.”Solano, who sent the text of the bill to The Tico Times, highlighted that one of the main purposes of the legislation would be to organize national blood-donation campaigns and explain why donating is a necessary “public good.”One paragraph in the bill stresses this point, saying: “A society that is able to have enough volunteer blood donors will have a better quality of life, because to be a regular volunteer blood donor, it is necessary to maintain healthy lifestyles.”Costa Rica has 34 donation centers. Most are in public hospitals, although five private hospitals also have donation sites. These centers receive little promotion.In fact, Meléndez often needs to expose myths about blood transfusions to potential donors. She said some patients believe that donating blood can make a person gain weight or that doctors reuse equipment for withdrawing blood. The misinformation and lack of enthusiasm strains a country with limited blood supply and a shortage of voluntary donors.Said Meléndez: “The Central Blood Bank lives day by day. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Nicaraguas Ortega wants control over all of the countrys forests

first_imgMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has asked his country’s legislature to pass a bill giving him complete control over the management of the country’s forests, which have been clear-cut in an “extraordinary” manner during the last 20 years, said an official source on Thursday.Ortega is selling the bill as a way to combat ongoing deforestation by logging companies, but local Nicaraguan media have accused the Sandinista president of having links to at least one of those companies.Ortega seeks the ability to control requests for forestry exploitation, supervise logging businesses and promote “the rational and sustainable use of the forests,” according to the bill, which Ortega sent to the National Assembly in February.According to the proposed reform, the “presidency will assume control of the forestry administration in all national territories.”Nicaragua is losing an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 hectares of forest per year due to unregulated and illegal logging, despite a government-run reforestation plan being in place, according to the nongovernmental organization National Recycling Fund (Fonare), based on official data.“In the last 20 years, 80 percent of [Nicaragua’s] forest has been lost. There is an extraordinary deterioration,” said geologist William Martínez, in a recent interview with AFP. An undated handout photo released by the Nicaraguan Attorney General’s Office on Feb. 3, 2010 shows an aerial view of Mt. Saslaya in the Biosphere Reserve of Bosawás, in northwestern Nicaragua, near the border with Honduras. Procuraduría General de Nicaragua/AFPNicaragua has 56,000 square kilometers of forest, which comprises 43 percent of its territory. The majority of forests is located in the Caribbean region and the department of Río San Juan, according to official data.Indigenous leaders from the northern Caribbean region of the country denounced the company Alba Forestal — a Nicaraguan and Venezuelan company — as “wood robbers” who are exploiting and commercializing local resources. The comments came from the vice president of the Environmental Commission of Congress, an opposition lawmaker named Boanerges Matus, in an interview with the Nicaraguan daily La Prensa.There exists “a suspicious silence about Alba Forestal and the resources they are exploiting,” because nobody knows “where the wood is heading,” said Matus, in reference to the complaints from the indigenous leaders.A second opposition lawmaker accused Ortega of owning Alba Forestal and passing the reform for his own benefit.“With this reform, … Ortega will have control of permits for forestry exploitation, favoring his private company, Alba Forestal,” lawmaker Eliseo Núñez Morales told La Prensa. “Furthermore, he will avoid any scandal such as the accusations of clear-cutting in the Bosawás.” Bosawás is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and considered one of the most important biological “lungs” of Central America.In the bill, Ortega also aims to take control of an Agricultural Ministry agency charged with overseeing disease epidemics and pesticide regulation. Facebook Comments Related posts:Can Nicaragua survive the crisis in Venezuela? Southern Nicaragua communities protest Ortega’s canal plans US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says Financial, environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal projectlast_img read more

Wouldbe donors reveal details of organ trafficking ring linking Costa Rica and

first_imgA pair of Costa Ricans said they traveled to Tel Aviv to sell one of their left kidneys for $20,000 to an Israeli business, according to Spanish news outlet El País.The two Costa Ricans, from the province of Cartago, were originally detained at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel’s capital, in March 2013, and El País published their information on Monday.The couple could not convince Israeli authorities that they had a legitimate reason to enter the country and were detained.Between June and October of 2013, Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) arrested four doctors, one police officer, and a pizzeria owner allegedly involved in the trafficking ring. Three of the doctors were arrested at the Calderón Guardia Hospital in central San José, and accused of using the nearby, and now closed, Pizzeria Akropolis to recruit organ donors.According to the testimony of the would-be donor apprehended in Israel, the operation there was organized by a Costa Rican doctor named Francisco José Mora Palma.“He warned us not to comment about anything discussed, the extraction of the kidney nor the supposed pay there would be,” the alleged donor said, according to testimony obtained by El País.The would-be donor said Mora performed blood tests on her and paid for both Costa Ricans to fly to Israel. However, he provided them with no contacts, travel expenses or a place to stay in the country, leading Israeli authorities to be suspicious on their arrival.Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office said at least 20 donors were lured in by the ring, due to their difficult financial situations. They estimated traffickers could sell the organs for as much as $100,000.Selling an organ is illegal in Costa Rica. Living organ donations are legal but only without monetary or other compensation, nor under duress. The Prosecutor’s Office said that the traffic of persons for the purpose of organ harvesting is punishable in Costa Rica with up to 10 years in prison under Article 172 of the Penal Code.According to the Costa Rican daily La Nación, Mora served six months preventive detention and was released on bail. The other three doctors, the daily reported, “were investigated but not jailed.” They returned to work at the hospital last November, La Nación reported. The pizzeria owner also was released.El País reported that the ring was originally based in Israel, but had moved to Costa Rica due to the country’s high number of medical tourists. Facebook Comments Related posts:Alleged organ traffickers in Costa Rica could soon face trial Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UN Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel Leaked bank files show HSBC ‘helped clients dodge taxes’last_img read more

Gas prices go up again

first_imgRecent good news for drivers lasted less than a month as per-liter prices of “Super” and “Plus” gasoline on Saturday increased by ₡5. Diesel increased ₡3.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) last month approved a price decrease – the second this year – but Saturday’s was the eighth increase of 2014.A liter of “Super” gasoline now costs ₡779 ($1.46), while “Plus” costs ₡757 ($1.42) and diesel ₡669 ($1.25).The new prices follow an update of the Fuel Tax, which is calculated based on an inflation report issued quarterly by the Finance Ministry.Cooking gas prices also were affected. According to prices ARESEP published in the official newspaper La Gaceta, an 8.5-liter cylinder increased from ₡3,339 to ₡3,348 ($6.25-6.26), while a 17-liter cylinder jumped by ₡17 to ₡6,695 ($12.53).The Finance Ministry collects the Fuel Tax to fund public programs by redistributing 66.4 percent of the revenue among several agencies. The remaining 33.6 percent is sent to the National Roadway Council to fund road repairs and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry for reforestation projects.According to a consumer report published earlier this month by the Central American Committee for Cooperation on Hydrocarbons, Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America for fuel. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica (still) has the most expensive gas prices in Central America Gasoline prices may drop again in October Higher gas prices expected this week Gasoline prices set to drop this weeklast_img read more

Murdersuicide by plane What drove Lubitz to do it

first_imgRelated posts:Germanwings co-pilot treated in past for suicidal tendencies Authorities recover black box in Germanwings crash that left 150 dead in French Alps Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane: prosecutor There was no equivocation from French prosecutor Brice Robin: “It was a voluntary action to destroy the aircraft,” he said about Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the side of a mountain Wednesday.Absent a suicide note, however, no one can say why Lubitz killed himself and took 149 people on board with him.Experts agree there are numerous reasons people take their own lives. But what about a suicidal pilot who takes a plane full of passengers with him?Harold Koenigsberg, a physician who is on the board of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in New York City, said it’s “exceedingly rare” when suicide and homicide occur together, but when they do, it is usually committed by a male and involves intimates — most often spouses and children.Other characteristics of murder-suicide in families include a history of domestic violence, substance abuse (especially alcohol) and mental health issues, according to the National Institute of Justice, the research, development and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice.“There are tremendous numbers of people with depression and suicidal thoughts who never act on them,” said Koenigsberg, who is a professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital. “But certainly some people who are very intent on doing it can keep it secret.”German officials said there was evidence that Lubitz had torn up a physician’s note exempting him from work on the day of the crash. It is not known whether he was taking any medications for mental health problems. People who commit murder-suicide have most often suffered a crisis within the past two weeks, often involving their partners. The Washington PostLubitz made two visits to the University Hospital Düsseldorf in the past two months for “diagnostic clarifications,” according to a statement from the German facility. Because of patient confidentiality laws, no further details were given, but the hospital denied German media reports that Lubitz had been treated there for depression.Commercial pilots in the United States are grounded by Federal Aviation Administration regulations if they are taking certain prescription drugs, including all sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-psychotic drugs and most anti-depressants — with the exception, since 2010, of four: Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro. A pilot also must be on a stable dose of those medications for at least six months prior to flying.Taking multiple psychiatric drugs at the same time disqualifies a pilot from flying, as does a history of psychosis, suicidal thoughts and electroconvulsive therapy, sometimes known as electroshock therapy.The FAA, in a statement after the Germanwings crash, said U.S. regulations require pilots to “disclose all existing physical and psychological conditions and medications.” Failure to do so can result in fines of up to a quarter-million dollars.Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, told reporters in Cologne on Thursday that all of its pilots must pass “rigorous psychological testing” before being certified and then must undergo yearly medical exams.The International Civil Aviation Organization, which sets global standards for aviation personnel, also requires periodic medical checkups of pilots, which include a mental assessment, but no specific testing. Airlines are largely dependent on pilots to monitor themselves and report when they are having mental health problems.While the number of pilots who commit suicide and murder is vanishingly small, the FAA issued a report in 2012 on “Aircraft-Assisted Pilot Suicides in the United States, 2003- 2012.” Prepared by the Office of Aerospace Medicine, the study opens by saying intentional aircraft crashes are “tragic, intentional events that are hard to predict and difficult to prevent.”Of the 2,758 fatal aviation incidents during the 10-year span studied, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that eight of them were aircraft-assisted suicides. All the pilots were male, and six of the eight airmen “had thought of suicide, talked about suicide, attempted suicide before, and/or left a suicide note,” the report said. All but one were solo flights.Perhaps the most important part of the 14-page report is that “most of the suicide-pilots were experiencing significant stressors in their lives at the time of their demise.”Koenigsberg says there is evidence that those who are employed in professions that are both stressful and involve changes in work-sleep hours are more prone to mental health problems.“I’ve seen patients who do shift work who become depressed in relation to changes in their sleep-work schedule,” he said.The more stressful the job, the more prone to depression. And rage, he said, can be a part of it.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US prosecutors say Uber missed criminal drivers

first_imgRelated posts:Uber unleashes lobbyists in California to reshape driver rules ‘Uber get out,’ say protesting Uruguay taxi drivers Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing Uber gets $200 million for international expansion SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Prosecutors from California have accused global ridesharing service Uber of misleading customers and having lax background checks that let criminals drive for the firm, court documents show.Prosecutors in San Francisco and Los Angeles claim they found 25 people with serious criminal histories driving for Uber in the state, including a murderer, a sex offender and an identity thief.The company’s background checking process was riddled with “systemic failures,” they alleged.“In Los Angeles alone, registered sex offenders, a kidnapper, identity thieves, burglars, and a convicted murderer had passed Uber’s ‘industry leading’ background check,” the prosecutors wrote in a complaint that seeks penalties against the company.The drivers’ criminal histories only came to light after they were caught in other infractions while driving for Uber, the documents allege.See also: Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under $2The company’s publicity, it said, was “likely to mislead consumers into believing that Uber does everything it can to ensure their safety and that Uber’s background check process will capture all of the criminal history of an applicant,” the complaint said.It said the allegedly “misleading representations” were particularly dangerous given that many California parents send their teenage children unaccompanied with Uber drivers.Uber treats its drivers as independent contractors, and has generally fewer contract obligations surrounding them then typical cab companies.See also: Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens finesUber responded by saying it disagreed with the conclusion that state prosecutors had come to.“While we agree with the district attorneys that safety is a priority, we disagree that the Livescan process used by taxi companies is an inherently better system for screening drivers than our background checks,” a company statement said.Uber said it was looking forward “to resolving this issue” noting that the case was similar to one settled last year by rival ridesharing company Lyft.Uber, which recently reached a valuation of $50 billion, has been criticized, boycotted and faced legal action around the world because of its cost-cutting business model.See also: Anti-Uber protests peaceful in Costa Rica, violent in Mexico CitySome drivers in California have charged that they should be treated as employees of the company and receive benefits, not entitled to independent contractors.A British union said last month it would take legal action over pay and conditions for drivers. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

This week in the Peace Corps Sports for youth development

first_imgSome rural communities struggle with lack of resources and recreational activities. In my experience, the majority of the people in my community play soccer and ride their bikes.Most people these days spend their free time at home, watching TV or playing on their phones. As a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer, I strive to promote recreational arts and sports for the children and youth in my community. Sports have many benefits like increasing self-esteem, improving teamwork, and communication skills.The volleyball project came to life with planning, support, and time. First, the Local Development Association (Asociación Desarrollo Integral) constructed the volleyball tubes using cement, sand, rocks, tires, and metal tubes. Then, the Peace Corps generously donated 10 volleyballs. Peace Corps volunteers ready for a game of volleyball. Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa RicaPeople of all ages come out to participate and play three times a week. Additionally, a local volleyball coach has volunteered his time to coach to youth on Saturdays.It has been amazing seeing the project develop. At first, we jumped from different locations and played on random days. Now we are playing in the local community center.I have seen children interested in learning the techniques and rules. Young adults and older individuals are there to encourage and teach the younger ones as well. It has become a space of learning and having fun for all ages.A few weeks ago, the Local Development Association hosted a sports day and we collaborated by organizing a volleyball tournament. People from neighboring communities competed against one another. Other Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) came out to support and even created their own team to compete. PCVs practicing with local community members the day before the tournament. This is the second location where we started playing before moving in to the community center. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica) These are some of the children who accompanied me to ask for donations and support from community to buy the volleyball net. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica) This is the local volleyball coach that works with the youth on Saturdays. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica) While youth and adults are playing volleyball, the children are riding their bikes. Volleyball has brought community members together to become a recreational safe space. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page. Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Comments Related posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Camp GLOW empowering young women worldwide This week in the Peace Corps: Mural project opens doors to the explore the world This week in the Peace Corps: A volunteer’s time in Talamanca This week in the Peace Corps: A Costa Rican Country Christmaslast_img read more

Costa Rican dog attends trial as a victim of animal abuse

first_imgRelated posts:Ticos love their dogs but could be better owners, study finds Animal Welfare Bill could be discussed in Legislative Assembly this week Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun Champion, a two-year-old dog, became on Monday the first animal in Latin America to attend the trial of his former owner as a victim of abuse.The president of the court in Atenas, located 35 km from San José, warned that he would not tolerate disorder, and Champion cooperated: apart from a small bark, he behaved wonderfully.The small courtroom was full of journalists, photographers, civilians, prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, lawyers and local residents who came to support the victim.In November 2017, the six-month-old puppy — not yet called Champion — had been tied with a leash that sank deep into the flesh of his neck. He was malnourished, skinny and covered in fleas.The president of the Atenas Foundation for Aid to Abandoned Animals, Dora Castro, explained Monday to the court that she was alerted by one of the owner’s brothers, who sent her a video that showed how the dog was being treated.Castro then picked up the puppy and took him to a veterinarian, where he had to receive care for about 20 days.Champion’s benefactor filed a complaint in January 2018 in accordance with a law recently enacted in Costa Rica that sanctions mistreatment against animals.Accompanied by more than a dozen other dogs, Champion looked quite recovered. He explored the court with delight and interacted with kindness and shyness with the press and his fans during a court recess.The trial continued Tuesday.Costa Rican law establishes penalties ranging from six months to three years in prison for mistreatment resulting in the death of an animal; from six months to two years in prison for acts of cruelty; and from 20 to 50 days for simple abuse.The president of the court mentioned precedents in the United States and Spain to bring to justice the abused animals, but Champion’s case is the first in Latin America. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bolivias textile trade a globalization casualty

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements China’s advantage is that its manufacturing sector is highly mechanized and colossal in scale, its labor cheap, its job protections weak and its currency undervalued against the dollar, he said. Bolivian production, by contrast, is of much smaller scale, often artisanal, and strict labor laws make it difficult to fire workers. Frequent political unrest, including road blockades, also hurt competitiveness by raising costs.Bolivia’s trade deficit keeps widening, particularly with China. Last year, Bolivia bought $937 million in goods from China and sold $330 million. Chinese textile imports, worth $8.7 millon in 2010, nearly doubled to $17 millon last year, according to the National Institute of Statistics.From China, Bolivia buys everything from motorcycles to televisions to herbicides. To China, it sells minerals and lumber.China overtook the United States last year to become the chief provider of goods sold in Bolivia. It dominates both legal imports and the contraband readily available everywhere.“Everything here is Chinese: The toys, the computer, the cell phone, the pen, even school pencils, down to clothes and shoes. They are preferred for their price,” Rodriguez said. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Little thread is still produced locally. The country’s cotton crop, hurt by imported synthetic fibers, is made into fabric for clothing sewn for export, chiefly to the United States. Some experts say Bolivia would do well to export thread and clothing made from the wool of alpaca, llamas and vicunas, but that industry is poorly developed.Imports of used clothing, mostly from the United States, also hurt domestic production, costing Bolivia more than 160,000 textile industry jobs between 2000 and 2008 as some 32,000 mom-and-pop workshops shut down, according to the National Chamber of Industry.The government moved to halt the used-clothing dumping by raising tariffs in 2009. But they have hardly helped. And now, the wave of cheap Chinese-made attire is cresting.A lot of the clothing is contraband, which began to proliferate with the wholesale privatization of Bolivia’s economy in the 1990s, shock treatment therapy to end runaway inflation. The privatizations, along with the earlier closure of state-owned mines, fed unemployment and with it the informal economy.It’s gotten so bad that about 70 percent of Bolivia’s economy not related to minerals now runs on contraband, said Daniel Sanchez, the president of the country’s Business Federation. Associated PressLA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Matilde Flores haggles with customers about the smartly tailored jackets she’s selling at her street stand in central La Paz on a chilly morning.“The fabric is Chinese but they’re stitched together domestically,” she tells one shopper, but the customer is clearly more interested in the price than the origin.Flores is facing up to Bolivia’s new reality: clothes either wholly produced in China or sewn together locally with Chinese material are increasingly cheaper than anything produced in Bolivia with the country’s raw materials. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The company’s owner, Marcos Iberkleid, said the loss of the U.S. market was the main reason sales dropped to 25 percent of the previous volume.The government stepped in this week to save the 1,700 jobs at AMETEX’s five plants. It will lease the factories for a new state-owned company it christened the National Textile Company.“We’re going to sell thread and fabric in the local market and export clothing,” said Teresa Morales, Bolivia’s minister of productive development. “It will be a new era for the textile industry.”The government is also, she said, studying raising its tariffs on textile imports to try to even the playing field.The president of an association of small and medium businesses in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, Janeth Coffield, is skeptical:“Let’s hope it happens so we can end this crisis but authorities assured us in the past that the used clothing trade would disappear and that hasn’t happened.”___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak contributed from Lima, Peru.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bonadona complained that recent Bolivian governments, including Morales’, “have adopted onerous measures that are asphyxiating legal industry, but are tolerant of economic informality.”One example is beer-making. Brewers were slapped with a tax last year to support milk consumption, raising beer prices and hurting demand.High mineral prices have helped Bolivia’s economy grow at a respectable annual rate of 4.6 percent since 2005, but to revitalize other sectors and create jobs, the National Chamber of Industry said in a June report that the economy ought to be growing at more than 7 percent.In 2009, the Bolivian government tried to spur the domestic textile industry by raising duties on textile imports to 35 percent and offering small and medium producers low-interest loans.It didn’t appear to help.Differences with the United States over its alleged meddling in Bolivian politics led Washington to halt trade preferences, beginning in 2009, that had allowed Bolivians to export tariff-free to the United States.Morales tried replacing the U.S. market with Venezuela but that didn’t work. Import restrictions and delayed payments hurt sales.It’s gotten so bad that Bolivia’s biggest textile exporter, AMETEX, had to suspend production last month after losing the ability to pay its debts. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates In the 1960s, Bolivia sold steel to the United States, which then exported cars back to the South American country. The shoemaker Torrez complains that it Bolivia today exports nonrenewable resources to China and gets back something lesser: goods made of synthetic material.“It’s unfair competition,” said Torrez, recounting how skilled cobblers have quit his business because its shoes can’t compete with cheap imports. “They prefer to go back to being miners because they earn more there.”Bolivia imported $21 million worth of footwear last year compared to $15 million in 2010, according to government figures.Raw materials now account for 70 percent of Bolivia’s exports, with 40 percent of the $859 million in direct foreign investment last year in minerals and natural gas, according to the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, or ECLAC.Meanwhile, tailors and seamstresses are moving to Peru and Brazil.Big textile factories gave way more than two decades ago to small family-run workshops where clothes were sewn with fabrics more cheaply produced in China and Peru, where the industry is more modern and efficient. The clothes made with those imports include Bolivia’s vibrantly colored traditional Andean garb. Same for shoes.“Chinese and now the Peruvian shoes are taking over and they aren’t even leather,” Genaro Torrez said as he hammered a sole flat for a pair of fine leather shoes in his workshop. “The Chinese shoe is 70 percent cheaper, the Peruvian 40 percent cheaper than domestic.”Although rich in raw material and skilled craftspeople, this poor, landlocked South American nation of 10 million can barely compete globally in anything that isn’t dug out of the earth or grown in a field.“He who doesn’t advance in globalization retreats and Bolivia has been fully globalized and, rather than benefiting, is suffering the consequences,” said Gary Rodriguez, director of the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade.“The day we least expect it the domestic markets for our pasta and beer will also disappear,” said Alberto Bonadona, an economist and newspaper columnist.Domestic manufacturing has been slammed by a double whammy of cheap foreign goods, mostly from China, and a nearly unfettered flood of contraband that further cripples the ability of Bolivian products to compete.“Our raw material is good but production costs are high because we work by hand,” said Torrez. That’s a big problem when China can undercut even Bolivia’s labor costs. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Lufthansa cabin crew union agree on arbitrator

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   BERLIN (AP) – A former economic adviser to the German government has been chosen as the arbitrator in a bitter pay dispute between Lufthansa and its flight attendants and says he hopes for a solution by the end of October.Lufthansa announced Thursday that Bert Ruerup, the former head of an independent panel of economists that advises the government, had accepted the task.The airline and the UFO union agreed last Friday to take their dispute over pay and other issues to arbitration. That accord came as cabin crews staged a 24-hour walkout, forcing Lufthansa to cancel hundreds of flights. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ruerup was quoted as telling the Tagesspiegel newspaper: “The case is very complex, but I think that we can find a solution in four to six weeks, by the end of October.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Swiss Guards in central role in papal retirement

first_imgVATICAN CITY (AP) – In their plumed helmets and striped uniforms, the Swiss Guards are one of the most beloved traditions of the Vatican _ and on Thursday take a central role in the pope’s historic resignation. The bodyguards will stand at attention as the pope arrives by helicopter at his summer retreat in his last hours as pontiff. When they walk off duty, it will be one of the few visible signs that Benedict XVI is no longer pope. A look at the Swiss guards and their colorful history. RECRUITMENT:Recruits must be Catholic males between 19 and 30 who have completed their mandatory Swiss military service; they sign up for a minimum of two years. The force at the moment numbers 110 men. Recruits join the ranks in an elaborate swearing-in ceremony in the Vatican’s apostolic palace. Each new guard grasps the corps’ flag, raising three fingers in a symbol of the Holy Trinity and swears to uphold the Swiss Guard oath to protect the pope and his successors. The ceremony is held each May 6 to commemorate the Sack of Rome.DUTIES:The force provides ceremonial duty, assists at Vatican functions _ and has a real function of actually protecting the pope. The guards, armed with halberds, are ubiquitous around the Vatican and are among the favorite targets of photo-snapping tourists. They have not been called to military duty in recent centuries. But several Swiss Guards in plainclothes are aboard the pope’s plane during his worldwide travels to provide security. After the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, the Vatican beefed up bodyguard training for the guards _ including instruction in unarmed combat and small arms.___COLORFUL COSTUMEThe current Renaissance-style uniform of blue, red, orange and yellow stripes was designed in the early 1900s by Commandant Jules Repond, who drew inspiration for the colors from Raphael’s frescoes. Headgear for ordinary duties is a black beret, while the crimson-plumed helmets are reserved for special occasions like official visits, swearing-in ceremonies _ and, of course, papal retirement. Quick workouts for men 4 must play golf courses in Arizona ___ORIGINS:The corps, which some historians consider the oldest standing army in the world, was founded in 1506 by Pope Giulio II. Tradition has it that he was so impressed by the bravery of Swiss mercenaries that he asked them to defend the Vatican. Ever since, for more than 500 years, Switzerland has been supplying soldiers to the Vatican. The Swiss Guards swear an oath to give up their lives to protect the pope _ and in centuries past, they have. In 1527, 147 of them died protecting Pope Clement VII as he fled to safety when the troops of Emperor Charles V sacked Rome.___THE GUARDS AND BENEDICT:The Swiss Guards will be center stage when Benedict, following a carefully choreographed plan, becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. Benedict meets Thursday morning with cardinals, then flies by helicopter to the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome. There, at 8 p.m. sharp, the doors of the palazzo close and the Swiss Guards walk off duty, their job protecting the leader of the Catholic Church over _ at least until the election of a new pope. Benedict’s protection will immediately become the responsibility of Vatican police. “We are closing the door very symbolically for the end of the pontificate,” said Swiss Guard Cpl. Urs Breitenmoser. Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day ___SCANDAL:The legend of the corps was stained in 1998 by the slayings in a Vatican City apartment of the guard commander and his wife. The Vatican blamed the killings on a disgruntled guardsman who, the Vatican says, then shot himself dead. They were the first killings in the Vatican in 150 years.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Burundi court validates presidents third term bid

first_imgThe U.S. has criticized Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.Evelyne Butoyi, who is in charge of information for Burundi’s ruling party, said the court reached the decision in support of the ruling party on Tuesday.Burundi’s defense minister, Maj. Gen. Pontien Gaciyubwenge, said on Saturday that the army should remain neutral amid the unrest. He urged “all political actors” to avoid violence.___Edmund Kagire in Kigali, Rwanda contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday validated the president’s controversial bid for a third term but the deputy president of the court, who fled to Rwanda ahead of the ruling, called it unconstitutional.The ruling came amid prolonged demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term. At least nine people have been killed in violent confrontations with the police since last week, according to the Burundi Red Cross. Scores have been wounded. A demonstrator seriously wounded by live ammunition waits for treatment in a small clinic in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi’s capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president’s decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) Burundi’s constitution says the president is elected by universal direct suffrage for a mandate of five years, renewable one time.Nkurunziza was first installed as president in 2005 by parliament to lead a transitional government. He won the 2010 presidential election as the sole candidate. Opposition members boycotted, saying they feared it would be rigged.Constitutional Court Deputy President Sylvere Nimpagaritse joined more than 20,000 Burundians who have fled to Rwanda fearing political violence and said he would not rubber-stamp an endorsement of Nkurunziza’s re-election bid.“As a Burundian and custodian of the law, my conscience could not allow me to be part of something all Burundians were standing up against, something that violates the constitution and the pillars upon which peace was achieved in Burundi,” Nimpagaritse told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Rusizi, Rwanda.Rwanda’s government says it is concerned over “the deteriorating situation” in Burundi.“We appeal to leaders of Burundi to do everything in their power to bring the country back to a peaceful situation … While we respect Burundi’s sovereignty in addressing internal matters, Rwanda considers the safety of innocent population as a regional and international responsibility,” Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said. The vital role family plays in society 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

10 Belfast police hurt in riot over blocked Protestant march

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Most IRA members renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 in support of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord. But small breakaway factions continue to mount occasional attacks, and Ardoyne remains a base for IRA die-hards.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DUBLIN (AP) — At least 10 police officers have been injured in nighttime Belfast riots after the British territory’s main Protestant brotherhood was blocked from marching past a Catholic district, an annual confrontation that usually ends in violence.The officers, who donned helmets, shields and flame-retardant boiler suits, suffered a range of injuries from bottles, bolts and other hand-thrown projectiles as they blocked the Orange Order parade from passing Ardoyne, a power base of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. In the years before the 2013 ban on evening Orange parades past Ardoyne, the march was repeatedly pelted with projectiles as it passed and police faced much more intense violence, including from IRA activists on Ardoyne store roofs overlooking the street who hurled homemade grenades into police lines. Hundreds of officers were wounded while protecting the parades.The Orange Order, founded in 1795 as an umbrella group for Protestants in Ireland, was instrumental in founding Northern Ireland as a Protestant-majority state in 1921 as the predominantly Catholic rest of Ireland won independence from Britain. Each July, tens of thousands of Orangemen and accompanying troupes of fife, accordion and drum called “kick the pope” bands march to commemorate the 1690 battlefield victory of William of Orange, the Protestant king of England, over forces loyal to the Catholic king he deposed, James II.The sectarian event is an official holiday in Northern Ireland and is called the Twelfth because, usually, it happens on July 12. This year’s parades — more than 600 of them across the British territory of 1.8 million residents — took place a day later because Orangemen decline to commemorate William’s victory when the Twelfth falls on a Sunday. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   A police officer is dragged away after being struck by an object thrown by Loyalist protesters at the Ardoyne Roundabout, Belfast Monday July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III’s forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice Masked men and teenagers in the Protestant mob tried to break through police lines, a few jumping on top of police armored vehicles, but they were forced back by officers’ locked shields and blasts from mobile water cannons.One senior officer, who wasn’t wearing a riot helmet, was struck on the head with a brick, knocked unconscious and dragged by officers away from the confrontation zone.At a Catholic counterdemonstration in nearby Ardoyne, a motorist appeared to drive his car deliberately into the crowd, striking and injuring a 16-year-old girl who was left pinned under a wheel of the car. Catholic civilians and police surrounded the car and tipped it on its side to free the girl. Police arrested the driver.Ardoyne protest leaders said they believed the driver was an Orange Order supporter trying to maim or kill anti-Orange protesters; some said the driver was wearing the uniform of an Orange-affiliated band.Police have blocked the annual Orange parade past Ardoyne since 2013, when Orangemen and their supporters rioted for hours and left dozens of officers injured. The anti-Catholic fraternal group has mounted a round-the-clock protest camp near the point of the blockade for the past two years, insisting their right to freedom of assembly was being unfairly restricted because of IRA-style violence mounted by the other side’s extremists. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Lawyer Post reporters next hearing in Iran likely the last

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Rezaian’s defense lawyer, Leila Ahsan, told The Associated Press by telephone that the court has informed her the next session “almost certainly” will be the last one before a verdict is reached.“Still, it’s not clear how long it will take for the court to issue a verdict on the case after the last session,” Ahsan said. She declined to comment further.Rezaian is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who was born and spent most of his life in the United States. Iran does not recognize other nationalities for its citizens.His wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a journalist for The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, and two photographers were detained along with Rezaian on July 22, 2014, in Tehran. All except Rezaian were later released.Ahsan previously said Salehi and one of the two unidentified photojournalists also would stand trial. Salehi is barred from traveling abroad.The Post has said Rezaian faces 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted. His detention, as well as those of other Americans, came up during negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program. However, while the talks successfully ended last week with a proposed permanent deal to end sanctions and cap Iran’s atomic program, Rezaian remains held. Top Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The lawyer of a Washington Post journalist detained in Iran said Monday that the next hearing in his espionage trial likely will be the last, though she’s still uncertain when that will be.Bureau chief Jason Rezaian, 39, has been held almost a year and has faced three other closed-door hearings in its trial in a Revolutionary Court in Tehran, even as Iran recently struck a deal in Vienna with world powers over its contested nuclear program. He faces charges that include espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. U.S. officials, the Post and rights groups have criticized his trial and pressed for his release. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Martin Baron, the executive editor of the Post, said in a statement Monday that it was “long past time for the Iranian authorities to bring this process to an end.”“The charges that Jason faces, including espionage, are grave; they also could not be more ludicrous,” Baron said. “Any fair outcome would clear Jason of these manufactured charges so that he can be released and reunited with his family.”Meanwhile, the board of directors of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists sent a letter to the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, also calling for Rezaian’s immediate release.“Never before has an international journalist been held for so long in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Our colleague has been denied any real opportunity to defend himself against the charges,” the committee’s letter read. “We urge you to ensure that this case is resolved immediately and that Jason returns home to his family.”___Associated Press writer Sarah Brumfield in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   last_img read more

Strategic Airlines granted Ozjet rights to Bali

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28e74/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Strategic Airlines has been officially granted Ozjet’s rights to access Bali by the Australian government, and could look to launch services as early as March next year.After acquiring Ozjet’s operations in late June, Strategic Airlines asked the government for a transfer of air rights on 408 seats between Brisbane and Bali in order to operate two weekly services between the two destinations.Aviation officials noted that while the 408 seats would be granted for Strategic, if the carrier were to operate two weekly services it would need an extra 50 seats, and approval for this surplus would have to be granted separately.Though Ozjet has been granted the rights to launch in March, e-Travel Blackboard understands that the carrier is uncertain as to whether or not this can be achieved. Tourism Queensland threw its support behind Strategic Airlines in its application, declaring that the services would hold “benefits” for Queensland as well as provide “consumers an alternative” to Jetstar and Pacific Blue.“Tourism Queensland was also keen for Strategic Airlines to be granted “spill-over” capacity in addition to the transfer sought, to give it sufficient capacity to operate twice weekly services,” noted the International Air Services Commission.With two weekly services, Tourism Queensland would be able to better promote a variety of holiday packages. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

Key to survival passengers to pay more and get less

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/233cb/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F After years of financial hardship it has been decided that the key to the aviation industry’s survival is fewer seats and higher fares.”It’s a double whammy. It’s lower capacity. It’s higher fares. And those two are coming together,” said Terry Trippler, a travel expert at rulestoknow. Last month’s US airlines data indicate that load factors are above 80 percent for most carriers.Delta Air Lines experienced a load factor of 83.9 percent in May, up 1.6 percentage points from a year ago. United Airlines reported a May load factor of 84 percent, up 3.8 percentage points. Last month’s load factor for American Airlines was 82.8 percent, up 3.6 percentage points from a year earlier. Over recent years the embattled aviation industry has been hit with one crisis after another. In 2008, a record high spike in fuel prices was followed by the global financial crisis, which had a negative impact on travel demand. Airlines managed to survive these back-to-back assaults by significantly cutting capacity in an effort to reduce operational costs and increase seat prices. As demand slowly begins to return, flights are now fuller than ever, and airlines expect to return to profit this year.”Capacity discipline is clearly key to improving the economics of our business,” Kathryn Mikells, United Airline’s CFO, said at an investor conference this week.”We’ve shown a good track record here of capacity discipline and capacity management, especially over the last number of years,” said Zane Rowe, CFO at Continental Airlines at the conference.”Over the last two years on both the mainline and consolidated basis we’re actually down about 5 percent,” in capacity, Rowe said.”And as we look to this year we continue the trend on the mainline domestic portion of the network where we’ve come to expect our capacity to be down to 0.5 percent to 1.5 percentage points.” Scott Kirby, president of US Airways concurs saying that the aviation industry has learnt a valuable lesson about over-aggressive expansion.”The industry by and large is led by CEOs who have a different view of the industry than the CEO’s of yesterday,” said Kirby.”Today’s crop of CEOs are former CFOs or general counsel.” Kirby said. “I don’t think that rapid capacity growth is going to become the problem for the industry, at least for the foreseeable future.” Meanwhile, airlines are charging for items and services that once were included in the price of a ticket such as fees for checking bags and priority seating to generate extra revenue. Trippler said what may be considered as good business strategy for airlines may leave passengers feeling fleeced. The travelling public have become used to last summer’s domestic fares, however, since then, fares have increased by 15-20 percent.”A lot of people were travelling on a fairly low fare and had their entire row (of seats),” he said.”Now that’s probably not going to be it. You’re going to be paying a little bit more. And you’re not going to have your whole row.”last_img read more