Another hurricane Nicole heads towards Bermuda

first_img MIAMI — Hurricane Nicole is heading toward Bermuda as a Category 2 storm.Nicole’s maximum sustained winds increased early Wednesday to near 155 kph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is possible and Nicole could be near major hurricane strength later in the day.The storm is centred about 535 kilometres south-southwest of Bermuda, where a hurricane warning is in effect, and is moving north-northwest near 11 kph.UPDATE:Bermuda’s government dispatched crews to clear roads and engineers to inspect infrastructure as the British territory moved to recovery quickly from Hurricane Nicole, which battered the island as a Category 3 storm.SHurricane Nicole snapped trees, peeled off roofs and flooded homes as it roared across the island on Thursday. The storm also damaged boats that broke away from their moorings and knocked out power to more than 27,000 customers who live on the island, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to heavy weather.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaNicole has strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday as it approached Bermuda but lost steam overnight. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Tags: Bermuda Another hurricane: Nicole heads towards Bermuda Sharecenter_img Posted by The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgars AWS brochure

first_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Brochures, Contests, Trafalgar TORONTO — After breaking down the numbers of Trafalgar’s new 2017-18 Autumn, Winter & Spring (AWS) brochure, you get 34 itineraries, 26 European countries, two new trips, and $150 in early booking savings.The new brochure highlights everything from traditional Christmas Markets and alpine peaks to Tuscan wines and Parisian farmers’ markets. New this year are the nine-day ‘Delights of London and Paris’ and the seven-day ‘Festive St Petersburg and Moscow’ itinerary.In addition to these two new itineraries, Trafalgar has made its 15-day tailored ‘European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights’ trip available to Canadian travellers for the first time ever. While on this tour, clients will learn about champagne production, experience a white Christmas in St. Moritz and ring in the New Year in Tuscany.To entice clients to book early, Trafalgar is offering 7.5% off 2017-18 AWS Europe vacations when paid in full by Aug. 31, 2017, plus $150 per couple on air booked and paid in full from May 5-June 15, 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAgents also have a chance to win one of four pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Agents can enter by signing up for Trafalgar’s agent newsletter, by selling from the AWS brochure from now until June 30, 2017, and by sharing travel moments and including a #SimplyAWS hashtag. This contest is running now and will end on June 30.“There really is no better place in the world to experience different seasons than Europe, and we’ve made it easy for clients to discover the festive flavours and allure of some of our favourite destinations with authentic experiences and moments of magic,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We also want to help our loyal agents sell effortlessly this season and top up their 2017 bookings while giving clients amazing value holiday experiences.” Travelweek Group Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgar’s AWS brochurecenter_img Posted by Tuesday, May 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Irma recovery Florida Keys will open to visitors Oct 1

first_imgTags: Florida, Hurricane Irma Source: The Associated Press KEY WEST, FLORIDA — Florida Keys officials say the island chain hit hard by Hurricane Irma will reopen to tourists Oct. 1.Officials made their announcement Monday, more than two weeks after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Keys. The storm destroyed an estimated 25 per cent of homes on the islands.Florida Keys officials asked visitors to postpone their trips after the storm damaged power and water supplies. Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said power and water service is now restored to customers that can receive them and a boil water notice has been lifted.The Key West and Marathon airports have reopened, but debris removal continues and some hotels and tourist facilities are still recovering.Key West did have its first cruise ship return to the island on Sunday. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Share Irma recovery: Florida Keys will open to visitors Oct. 1last_img read more

Raise your hand if you want to stay at Taco Bells new

first_imgRaise your hand if you want to stay at Taco Bell’s new hotel Travelweek Group Tags: Taco Bell IRVINE, CA — Taco Bell is opening a hotel. We repeat – Taco Bell is opening a hotel.What a time to be alive! The fast-food chain revealed last month that it will be opening its first-ever hotel in Palm Springs, California called ‘The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort’. With excitement building nationwide ahead of the hotel’s August launch, the company has just announced that reservations open on Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on its website.But here’s the catch: the adults-only (18+) pop-up hotel will only be open for four nights.First check-in begins Aug. 8, with final checkout on Aug. 12, with no minimum night stay. And with such a small window of opportunity, you better believe guests will be booking with visions of burritos dancing in their heads.Taking over an existing hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive, The Bell offers over 70 rooms across four room types: one king bed (standard view), one king bed (pool view), two queen beds (standard view), and two queen beds (pool view). Pricing starts at US$169 per night, with rooms going on a first come, first serve basis. More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWhat would a Taco Bell-themed hotel look like, you ask?“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavour-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” said Taco Bell’s Senior Director of Retail Engagement and Experience, Jennifer Arnoldt. This means that every element of the property will embody the Taco Bell brand and lifestyle, from guestrooms, the pool and outdoor bar, to a twist on the standard hotel amenities (Taco Bell breakfast in bed anyone?).No two days at The Bell will be the same, with performances by Feed the Beat artists, dive-in movies and the first-ever Freeze Lounge, inspired by Mountain Dew Baja Blast, where guests can enjoy frosty beverages.As for food? Well, duh, it’s Taco Bell all day, all night long!Guests will be served Taco Bell’s version of a poolside resort menu in addition to exclusive Taco Bell menu items that will make their debut at the hotel. More details on food will be announced next month.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedRoom reservations are expected to go quickly, so hurry up and run for the border! Share Posted by Friday, June 21, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgAt last month’s Central Pacific Women’s Group meeting, Environment Ministry volunteer Raúl Fernández talked about his nonprofit, which helps bring volunteers to the wildlife refuge in Playa Hermosa. Raúl also brought coffee samples from his grandfather’s farm, Finca Rica Coffee.Raúl is a tour guide at the Refugio in Playa Hermosa and he takes people on tours of the family coffee farm in the Palmares/San Ramón area. If you are interested in a tour or buying coffee, contact Raúl at or call him at 8817-0385. For more about his endeavors, visit The next CPWG meeting on June 20 will feature indigenous art from the Amazon and adventure stories from biologist Joost Wilms of Dantica Gallery.Opera Salvaje Swim Club offers swimming lessons for kids and adults and aqua aerobics on Calle Hermosa. People can purchase monthly pool memberships and also participate in private or group classes. For more info, visit, email or call 8628-3911.Last month in Dominical, local surfers Carlos Muñoz, Anthony Fillingim, Jair Pérez and Danny Bishko put on stellar performances. Now the fifth leg of the National Surfing Circuit is set for June 16-17 at Jacó Beach. This is sure to be a contest not to be missed. For more, visit Also, later in the month is Cabinas Las Olas’s 7th Annual Solstice Expression Session Surf Contest and Beach Clean Up. The event will be held in Playa Hermosa June 21-23. To sign up, contact or call 2643-7021.  Lastly, if you are looking for someone to repair furniture or design something special, Berny Andre from La Casa de la Tapicería is available to repair sofas, chairs, cushions and more. For more, call 8747-1248.The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting (open to the public) June 26 at 7 p.m. at Hotel Balcón Del Mar in Jacó. Come support your community in Jacó Beach!–Christina Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors

first_imgLegislators from the ruling Citizen Action Party, Broad Front Party and Social Christian Unity Party last week presented a bill at the Legislative Assembly to reform the country’s Labor Law to include language that would eliminate a ban on strikes in some public services sectors. That ban was approved by the previous administration of President Laura Chinchilla in October 2012.The essential public services included in the current ban are health care, public security and foreign trade.Labor Minister Víctor Morales said he would support a bill that legalizes strikes in both public and private sectors, despite criticism by opposition lawmakers and members of the business sector.If passed, the legislation would grant all public agencies the right to strike as long as workers provide a plan to offer reduced services for citizens. The bill also would allow strikes by private company workers and public agencies that currently have no employee unions, as long as 30 percent or more of employees support demonstrating.Morales denied that the reforms seek only to promote more protests, saying the “strikes would be a last option after exhausting dialogue and negotiations.”Lawmakers opposed to the bill say that while the proposal would allow strikes in essential services, it fails to clearly define what those services would be. It also fails to define minimum services, critics argue.Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) President Ronald Jiménez called the bill “disastrous” and a “step backwards on labor legislation.” Jiménez also said the minimum 30 percent of private company employees needed to call a strike is “disproportionate.”Morales said he expects the bill to pass the Assembly, despite two similar pieces of legislation that were filed in response.Lawmakers from the Libertarian Movement Party and Evangelical parties filed a single bill that would prohibit strikes in essential services, including health care, education, public transportation, public security and docks. It also seeks to set a 50 percent minimum plus one for support among workers from the public sector before a strike is legal.National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Sandra Pisk presented a similar bill. Pisk, a former ombudswoman and labor minister, also proposed that the Ombudsman’s Office be tasked with representing the public interest during negotiations to end a protest.“We believe that the differences between the three bills are negotiable. We hope to promote dialogue and approve reform,” the PLN’s top lawmaker, Juan Luis Jiménez Succar, said last week. Business chambers, however, are skeptical, saying the proposed legislation could further weaken the country’s competitiveness and cause a drop in foreign direct investment. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay Somber mood as Solís delivers 1st televised address on teachers’ strike Teachers divided over resuming strike negotiationslast_img read more

Costa Rica moves to freefloating currency

first_imgCosta Rica announced that it would remove the country’s nine-year-old currency band system in favor of afloating exchange against the U.S. dollar, according to a statement from the Central Bank (BCCR) Saturday.The BCCR had not taken any measures to adjust the value of the colón, Costa Rica’s currency, outside the band since Dec. 12, 2013, arguing that the currency had been in a “de facto” float since then.On Oct. 17, 2006, the BCCR announced that it would implement the currency band, which established a floor and ceiling price between which the colón could float before the Central Bank would take steps to adjust its value. The band system was implemented as a way to gradually move the country from a fixed exchange to a floating one.The colón has depreciated roughly 8 percent against the U.S. dollar since February 2014, selling at 543 on Saturday, according to Monex. The BCCR said that Costa Rica had more than $7.3 billion in reserves. Facebook Comments Related posts:Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses Dollar exchange rate maintains slight upward trend this year Dollar exchange rate reaches highest price in seven years Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcementlast_img read more

Lets stop trying to convince people not to vote for Trump

first_imgRandall Trejos works as a business developer, helping startups and medium-sized companies grow. He’s the co-director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica and a strategy consultant at Grupo Impulso. You can follow his blog La Catapulta or contact him through LinkedIn. He writes The Tico Times’ “Doing Business” column, published twice-monthly. Related posts:Make Costa Rica great again? The triumph of Donald Trump An honest assessment of President Monge: ‘neutrality, but not too much’ The conversation Costa Rica should be having this election year When he started, some thought it was a joke. Now he’s on his way to becoming the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. This is one of those stories that people find so irrational, so inconceivable, that they don’t do anything at first because they think it simply can’t happen. Many believed his campaign would implode or that his big mouth would get him into trouble, but as of today, voters have proved them wrong.What happened?If you were to go by what the media is saying, you would find it baffling that Trump is winning state after state. From comedian Louis C.K to President Obama, from the GOP’s own Mitt Romney to what seems like pretty much every journalist in every major newspaper in the United States, all you hear is reasons why you can’t vote for Trump. SNL is making fun of his connections with racism, and John Oliver’s arguments are pretty tough to dismiss. To dismiss rationally, that is.Therein lies a clue to help us understand what happened. We like to think that we make rational, well-thought-out decisions, especially when it comes to something as important as electing our representatives in government. We wouldn’t choose lightly, would we?But we do choose lightly. Think of the process of how people choose whom to vote for. How many people do you know who actually read the candidate’s platforms, or who carefully analyze his or her position regarding the issues that are important to them? There’s an overflow of information. It is not uncommon for candidates to mildly shift their views during a campaign, and our lives are often too busy for us to really stop and do a careful assessment of all of them.We are not going by facts, but instead by an opinion here, an article there. Most of all, we are choosing whom to vote for based on how we feel about them. We kinda like Bernie; he seems honest. Hillary inspires confidence because she seems to know what she’s talking about. Trump is decisive and tells it like it is. We decide whom we like, and we base this on one or two things about them: how we perceived them the first time we saw them, their auras of success, how confident they sound. Sometimes we may not even know exactly why we like them. We just do.Of course, we don’t want to accept this. It’s hard to admit that you based such an important decision on a whim. But it usually works like that. You make the choice based on very little information, like the impression he made on you, or one single idea she mentioned, or the fact that your family has always voted for that party. It is only after making the choice that you look for rational arguments that will allow you to explain (to others and yourself) why you made that choice.Our decisions on this and many other subjects – which sports team to support, what school to send the kids to, or what yogurt to buy at the store – are different in the level of importance we attach to them after the fact, but the underlying process might not be so different after all.Think about it. How did you choose the sports team you support? You didn’t analyze stats or debate which was the best team based on your pre-selected criteria. You just chose. Maybe it was because you lived in that team’s hometown, or because they seem to be winners (this one is actually pretty common). In the same way, you chose which candidate you like, and unlike with your sports team selection, in this one you rationalize afterwards to justify your gut feeling.But what’s even more important is what happens to us once we have made our choice.  There are few more powerful drivers of behavior than our desire to be consistent. Once we have decided to support an idea, a person, a team, there is something in us that will make us stick by those decisions, even in spite of evidence that it was a poor choice. We seek consistency because that brings predictability into our lives and a sense of coherence.Our commitment is even stronger when we have made the choice public – by posting a supportive message on social media, say, or by wearing our team’s jersey. How many people do you know who switch teams, or change candidates, or suddenly decide they are not environmentally friendly anymore? Once you decided to endorse the idea, person or team, there is something of you invested in it, and that makes it hard to renounce it later on.This is why all this campaigning against Trump has been, and probably will continue to be, for the most part unsuccessful. If you already decided you like the guy, and if, furthermore, you’ve made that preference public, then simply out of consistency, chances are rational arguments are not going to make you change your mind (or heart?). There’s a part of you invested in the Trump idea. As John Oliver put it, it might be a part you hate, but it’s a part of you nevertheless. An attack on Trump is an attack on a part of you, which is why all this negative media will most likely only harden your resolve. The attacks, rational as they may be, creates the “us vs. them” mentality that entrenches people into their positions.So what can be done? For the first part, the messages should not try to convince Trump supporters to change their mind. They should be targeting the undecided or perhaps even “closet supporters,” those who kind of like the guy but haven’t openly endorsed him. The undecided are not emotionally invested yet, and the closet Trump supporters can still save face if they change their mind.But beyond targeting, the messages should not be about who is the worst candidate, but instead what the alternative is. And this is where the Never Trump movement has failed so far. It has not provided a feasible way out of the Trump conundrum, and that has left some Republicans facing the ugly choice between a poor Republican or a Democrat. It is not clear they would choose the latter.Sometimes we think that if we devote enough resources – energy, time or money – then we can change people. The truth is, negative messages don’t change people; they only make them more defensive regarding their position and paralyze action. If you want to create some sort of change, frame your message it in a positive manner, providing an alternative that is preferable by comparison.center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Secular or Islamist Egypt chooses a president

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths On the secular side, front-runners are Amr Moussa, Mubarak’s foreign minister for 10 years, and Ahmed Shafiq, a former Air Force commander and civil aviation minister whom Mubarak made prime minister during his last days in power.On the Islamist side are Mohammed Morsi for the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s strongest political movement, which was banned under Mubarak, and Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a moderate Islamist who broke with the Brotherhood and has emerged as a crossover candidate, with appeal among liberals and their polar opposites, the ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafis.That lineup is already an explosive mix. The secular leaders of the revolution fear either Moussa or Shafiq would perpetuate elements of the old, corrupt police state they served. Some Islamists threaten a second uprising.“Voting for these people means joining them in sin,” a Brotherhood cleric, Munir Gomaa, said in a religious edict. “It is not permitted by Islamic law … to bring back these faces that the revolution sought to remove.”The latest polls show Moussa and Shafiq in the lead, followed by Abolfotoh and then Morsi, with up to half the voters undecided. But polling, highly restricted under Mubarak, is new to Egypt and its reliability is unknown. The vital role family plays in society Many doubt Morsi could be lagging so far behind, given the Brotherhood’s proven electoral strength; in the post-Mubarak parliamentary election, the first in which the Muslim Brotherhood was allowed to run openly, it captured nearly half the seats.Any result brings its own tensions. A Morsi victory would mean the Brotherhood, holding the presidency and dominating Parliament, could set about Islamizing Egypt’s government. But it might act with its customary pragmatism to avoid angering liberals and, more important, the military and security forces.A Shafiq or Moussa victory would likely spell confrontation between the president and the legislature. The Brotherhood insists that as the biggest faction, it gets to name a prime minister and form a government. But the interim constitution, unless it is rewritten, gives that right solidly to the president.For most of his rule, Mubarak _ like his predecessors _ ran unopposed in yes-or-no referendums. Rampant fraud guaranteed ruling party victories in parliamentary elections. Even when, in 2005, Mubarak let challengers oppose him in elections, he ended up not only trouncing his liberal rival but jailing him.Now he is 84, ailing and on trial on charges of complicity in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day uprising. But the downside of his departure is that Egyptian governance has been on hold for 15 months, with a series of military-appointed interim governments doing little to tackle the country’s problems. Comments   Share   Burst sewers go unrepaired, and unenforced laws allow illegal building to gobble up precious farmland. Crime has spiraled because police forces have largely left the streets, bruised and resentful after being beaten by protesters during the anti-Mubarak uprising.Writing a new constitution has not begun, and the panel due to draft it has not even been formed. The new system’s shape has hardly been discussed _ which powers will go to parliament, which to the president, how civil rights will be enshrined.Almost nothing has been done on the major goal of the revolution: dismantling the Mubarak system that strangled political life. The security forces and domestic spy agencies that were the bedrock of the police state have not been reformed. Government ministries and agencies that for three decades operated largely through patronage and corruption remain unreformed. The military, through retired generals, pervades top state positions.“These challenges will definitely not be resolved by the election or anytime soon thereafter,” said Egypt expert Denis Sullivan of Northeastern University, Massachusetts. “The election is a crucial step through the fire of Egypt’s ongoing, and still lengthy, transition toward a more participatory political system.” Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Sixty years after their country came under military dictatorship, Egyptians are for the first time freely electing their president.The voting that begins Wednesday is the greatest prize won by the multitudes who took to the streets to overthrow unpopular Hosni Mubarak in the string of people-power uprisings that upended the Middle East in last year’s Arab Spring.It is also a moment of truth for this most populous Arab republic, determining whether power stays in the hands of the secular elite tied to the old regime or makes a momentous shift to the long-suppressed Islamists, with all the implications that such a change may have for relations with the U.S. and the Middle East peace effort. In Egypt itself, the 15 months since Mubarak’s ouster have been defined by deadly street clashes over demands by protesters whose demands range from minority Christian rights through the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to the departure from power of the generals who have run the country since Mubarak stepped down.Well over 100 people have been killed in these clashes, including at least nine this month when protesters were attacked by armed men suspected to be supporters of the military.At the same time, Egyptians are reveling in a new world of combative, televised politics, flesh-pressing politicians, presidential debates, rallies and hecklers.“God and the people will guarantee that the next president will stay the course. If he does something wrong, we will kick him out,” said Al-Sayed Hassan Eid, a 65-year-old worker at a Cairo orphanage. “People are now aware. Before we couldn’t speak or open our mouth. There was state security who threatened to arrest us if we speak.”“The era of fear is now over,” he said.None of the 13 candidates is likely to top 50 percent in voting Wednesday and Thursday, so a runoff vote is set for June 16-17. A president will be announced June 21, and the generals promise to yield power by July 1. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories ___Associated Press correspondent Sarah El Deeb contributed to this report.(This version CORRECTS Corrects the state in the last paragraph to Massachusetts instead of Illinois. This item was sent previously as an advance and is now available for use.)(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Then again, most of the 50 million eligible voters will probably be looking for more modest returns _ chiefly some peace and quiet after more than a year of turmoil, bloody protests, a falling economy and rising crime.Whoever wins, “I want him to see to the security and safety problem first,” said Abdel-Rahman Shaker, a 55-year-old private security guard in Cairo. “If there is security, then we will have a better economy and production. I am looking out for my kids. I am working now, but we want a better life for our kids.”However, the new chapter to be opened by this election is likely to be just as tumultuous, facing contentious issues that no one has dealt with since Mubarak’s fall: the economy, the role of Islam, the future of democracy, the relationship with the U.S., Egypt’s longtime backer, and the fate of the historic 1979 peace treaty with Israel.Egypt mirrors the chaotic trajectories that the Arab Spring revolts have taken after an initial burst of optimism that long repressed populations across the region could replace dictators with democracy.The transition in Tunisia, the first nation to rise up in late 2010, has been the smoothest, with elections and a start to writing a new constitution. Post-Gadhafi Libya is torn among militias. Yemen’s leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, stepped down earlier this year but remains a shadow power. Syria has turned into a bloodbath. Bahrain, a vital U.S. ally and home to the U.S. Navy in the region, still suffers spasms of sectarian violence. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Jamaica police charge doctor in alleged abortion

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments   Share   center_img Some health officials have argued that Jamaica should legalize abortion up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. But religious groups in the overwhelmingly Christian country argue that abortion is morally wrong.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Police in Jamaica have arrested a doctor for allegedly performing an abortion on a pregnant 12-year-old.Abortion is illegal in Jamaica, as it is in many other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.A Thursday police statement identifies the doctor as Lloyd Goldson, an established physician honored in 2009 for his work by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.Goldson has been charged with allegedly procuring an abortion. The girl’s mother has also been charged. Her daughter was four months pregnant. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

In Poland Romney gets endorsed by Lech Walesa

first_img Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Walesa’s backing was meant to influence Catholics and union members in the U.S. But Solidarity’s current leadership distanced itself from the event and criticized Romney as hostile to unions and labor rights.Romney is set to meet Tuesday with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and deliver a speech before returning home.The trip also took Romney to London and Jerusalem.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressGDANSK, Poland (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is spending the night in Poland, the final stop on a three-nation tour designed to boost his foreign policy resume with voters back home.In Gdansk, Romney was endorsed by former Polish President Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN’-sah), who led the Solidarity anti-government movement in the 1980s.Walesa suggested the U.S. needs Romney’s leadership to restore its standing in the world. He told Romney: “Be successful.” Comments   Share   center_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

UK soldiers body parts kept without family accord

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements It said there could be 60 “forensic items” involved.The ministry blamed the mix-up on a change in the way military investigators liaised with families and said it is working to identify affected families as quickly as possible.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Ministry of Defense has admitted it kept body parts and tissue samples from dead soldiers without notifying their families.The Military Police’s Special Investigations Branch routinely keeps slides of forensic material _ with families’ consent _ from British troops killed in operations in places such as Afghanistan to aid in investigations.The defense ministry said Thursday it is urgently investigating how in a “small number of cases” body parts and forensic material such as microscope tissue slides were retained without following procedures to inform families.center_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Cameroon police detain 4 activists

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Greenpeace International says the arrests are in violation of Cameroonian law and are linked to their opposition to the oil palm plantation planned by the U.S.-based Herakles Farms.Herakles Farms, represented by a local affiliate Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon PLC, began operations in 2010 after signing a contract in 2009 that granted the New York-based firm a 99-year lease on rainforest property.Palm oil is widely used across Africa.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) – Greenpeace International says security officers detained four environmental activists opposed to the establishment of an oil palm plantation in Cameroon by a U.S.-based company.The group said late Friday that Nasako Besingi and three of his co-workers with the environmental group the Struggle to Economize Future Environment were taken from their office in the southwest town of Mundemba on Wednesday. It said they have been held since without charge.last_img read more

Australia in Europes Song Contest In a word yes

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 VIENNA (AP) — For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by — Australia.The land Down Under is making its debut in Europe’s favorite songfest, invited as a wild card due to its strong fan base. Its entry, Guy Sebastian, is one of the bookmakers’ favorites.Sebastian is touted as being among the top five contestants along with entries from Sweden, Italy, Russia and Estonia. But all 27 nations contesting the top spot Saturday after surviving the elimination rounds have at least a theoretical chance of walking away the winner. In this May 20, 2015 photo Australias’s Guy Sebastian performs the song ‘Tonight Again’ during a dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria’s capital Vienna. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Still, Australia’s participation is this year’s buzz at the extravaganza, which catapulted into world consciousness last year with the win of bearded Austrian diva Conchita Wurst. A co-host in this year’s competition, she has opted for a small role, so the spotlight stays on this year’s singers.The Aussies are already stoked, or as Sebastian put it, “bitten by the Eurovision bug.” Australian delegation head Paul Clarke attributed the huge interest among his countrymen in part to the country’s “incredibly strong European presence.”Delayed TV broadcasts of Eurovision contests have been shown for 30 years in Australia and Eurovision parties are common there. This year it will be shown live in Australia’s early morning hours, along with audiences elsewhere. Organizers expect a television audience of about 200 million to tune in globally to the spectacle taking place in Vienna’s sprawling Stadthalle, which has been outfitted with the latest stage and light technology.Huge public viewing screens have also been set up in key locations throughout the city for those brave enough to ignore Saturday’s predicted cold and windy showers.center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Despite such sentiments, millions saw Wurst’s win last year as a triumph for tolerance. But it was not the first time Eurovision has pushed the boundaries of gender identity.The 1998 winner was Israel’s Dana International, who had male-to-female gender reassignment surgery before competing. Israel can participate due to its membership in the European Broadcasting Union, the event’s organizer.If Australia wins, the event will not go Down Under. The Aussies would be invited to compete next year but in a European country.Even without a change of continents, contest horizons can be further widened this year with a triumph by Polish contestant Monika Kuszynska, who is partially paralyzed and performs from a wheelchair. But hopes of a breakthrough by the Finnish punk band PKN — consisting of one autistic member and three others with Downs Syndrome — were eliminated in a qualifying round.That means Eurovision will rely this year on its usual mix of eclectic, sometimes vapid and often overwrought techno beats, love songs, ballads and pop tunes.The Finnish band was taking it all in stride.“We didn’t make the finals,” drummer Toni Valitalo told Finnish television. “But we won the whole contest.” Sponsored Stories The winner will be decided by votes weighed equally between those from a jury and those called in by viewers. To eliminate the population advantages of larger nations, viewers cannot cast ballots for their own country.The annual competition is supposed to be removed from politics, and fittingly, this year’s theme is “Building Bridges.” Even so, the Ukraine crisis is making its presence felt.Kiev is not sending a candidate this year. With many in the West viewing Moscow as the aggressor in the Ukraine conflict, Russian contestant Polina Gagarina is raising some eyebrows with her pacifist-themed song, “A Million Voices.”And in Russia, where propagating homosexuality is against the law and many view Wurst as a threat to traditional family values, the Orthodox Church already is warning of the consequences should Gagarina win, since the winner’s nation usually hosts the next year’s contest.Tass and other Russian news agencies quoted Patriarch Kirill as saying her victory would bring the contest to Russia “with all those bearded female singers.” Acts such as Wurst’s promote values “repulsive to our soul and our culture,” he declared. ___Associated Press Writer Rod McGuirk contributed from Canberra, AustraliaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

ExFIFA vice president Warner arrested granted bail

first_img Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Warner left soccer in 2011 to avoid FIFA sanctions during the organization’s presidential election. He said he was not questioned in the investigation that led to the indictment, as well as to the guilty pleas by two of his sons on related charges.“I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter,” he said in a statement. “I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges. I have walked away from the politics of world football to immerse myself in the improvement of lives in this country where I shall, God willing, die.”In a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press, Warner declined to comment further and said he did not have enough information about his sons’ guilty pleas to comment. “I can’t say anything about what I don’t know about.”Warner represents the constituency of Chaguanas West in Parliament. His term is due to expire when the session ends June 17.Later, he told TV6 that U.S. authorities “know where to find me” and added “I sleep very soundly in the night.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img Police said there was a delay in processing Warner’s bail and he would spend one night in a lockup. Before turning himself in, Warner denied he had done anything wrong.The U.S. has two months to issue a formal extradition request, according to Trinidad’s attorney general, Garvin Nicholas, who said his office had been working with the U.S. Justice Department for about two years regarding the investigation of Warner, who was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal.In a video posted on Facebook just hours before he surrendered, Warner said, “I want to tell you, that whatever is planned for me, negatively, shall not succeed.”Warner, who is an opposition member of Parliament in the twin-island nation, can be extradited to the U.S. under a bilateral treaty following a hearing. He also previously served as Trinidad’s national security minister.“Mr. Warner is entitled to a fair extradition process and both the requesting and requested States intend to abide by the provisions of the treaty to ensure that Mr. Warner’s rights are respected,” the attorney general said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Warner denied any wrongdoing, as he has previously when confronted with allegations that he enriched himself while an official with the global soccer governing body and as a president of CONCACAF, the federation’s North American regional organization. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Police said former FIFA vice president Jack Warner would spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer.Warner appeared in court, where a judge read eight counts against him and then set bail at 2.5 million Trinidadian dollars, or roughly $395,000, with conditions that included he surrender his passport and report to police twice a week. Warner did not enter a plea and was scheduled to appear in court again July 12. Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

French Spanish police detain 1 in antiBasque raid on villa

first_img Comments   Share   A few dozen officers were involved in Thursday’s operation in the center of the Atlantic Coast resort of Biarritz, including scientific police cloaked in white and masked special police forces.ETA killed 829 people in its Basque independence campaign but declared a permanent cease-fire in 2011. It has not disbanded. It regularly stored its arms and ammunition in southern France.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BIARRITZ, France (AP) — French and Spanish police detained two people and found weapons and explosives in a raid Thursday on a villa in southwest France targeting Basque separatist group ETA, Spanish authorities said.The operation by Spanish Civil Guards working with French police was directed against ETA’s technical and logistic structure, Spain’s Interior Ministry said.A French couple was detained, and police found an “arsenal of arms and explosives” and material used to make fake license plates, the ministry said in a statement. It didn’t elaborate. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility French police officers stand outside a villa during a search operation for what could be a major stash or arms in Biarritz, southwestern France, Thursday, May 28, 2015. French and Spanish authorities have detained one person and are raiding a villa in the French Atlantic coast city of Biarritz, in an operation targeting the Basque separatist group ETA. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Prosecutor Germanwings copilot contacted dozens of doctors

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Robin said he had received responses to a formal French request for international cooperation in his probe, including from Germany — home to about half of the victims, and to Germanwings and its parent company Lufthansa. Robin said he would address the media after thoroughly examining the responses and meeting the families next week.For now, “I have decided to prioritize the victims’ families,” he said.Robin also noted delays in embalming the remains of the victims, which he said must be done according to the national rules of each of the 19 countries the victims came from. That complex process has prompted agonizing waits for many families.In the meeting with families, Robin plans to go over the discovery of DNA evidence and the reconstitution of the remains, and explain the details of handing them over to loved ones, his office said. Local officials near the crash site have already signed needed authorizations for burials to proceed.A lawyer representing several German families has said anger is growing because errors in official death certificates have stalled the repatriation of the remains of those killed. Many relatives had intended to start burying their loved ones next week. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A state prosecutor says a co-pilot with a history of depression who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps had reached out to dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, a revelation that suggests Andreas Lubitz was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment.Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, in comments to The Associated Press, would not address the question of what symptoms Lubitz was assessing. Check your body, save your life Robin, who is leading a criminal investigation into the March 24 crash that killed all 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 9525, said he has received information from foreign counterparts and is going over it before a meeting with victims’ relatives in Paris next week.In that closed-door meeting at the French Foreign Ministry on June 11, Robin will discuss his investigation and efforts to reduce administrative delays in handing over the victims’ remains to grieving families, his office said Friday. Those remains are still in Marseille, frustrating some families.Investigators say Lubitz intentionally crashed the jet after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. German prosecutors have said that in the week before the crash, he spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security — the earliest evidence of a premeditated act.Late Thursday, Robin told the AP that Lubitz had also reached out to dozens of doctors in the period before the crash, without elaborating. That suggests Lubitz was desperate to find an explanation for some mental or physical ailment, even as he researched ways of killing himself and others.Germanwings and parent company Lufthansa have said that Lubitz had passed all medical tests and was cleared by doctors as fit to fly. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Syrian opposition in Egypt to search for political solution

first_imgOrganizers said the meeting is aimed at finding a formula for governing Syria based on previous U.N.-sponsored talks, which envisioned a transitional governing body including members of Assad’s government and opposition figures.“The political process has been frozen for a long time and escalating military operations have become the most attractive for international and regional efforts and capabilities, all at the expense of a political settlement,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said at the start of the conference.Previous efforts, including two rounds of U.N.-brokered talks, have led nowhere. Assad has refused international demands to step down. The opposition is meanwhile deeply divided among various Islamic and secular groups, often with competing regional sponsors and agendas.Egypt is deeply suspicious of the Islamist groups that dominate the Syrian opposition, and has said it supports a political settlement that would include keeping part of Assad’s government intact, according to a previous U.N. agreement reached in Geneva in 2012.Cairo has been battling a growing Islamic insurgency and has faced a wave of attacks since the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi nearly two years ago. But Shoukry said his country it is well-positioned to mediate the Syrian conflict because it has not sought to arm the government or the rebels. Egypt’s main Gulf ally, Saudi Arabia, is a leading sponsor of the rebels, while Russia, with which Cairo has sought closer ties in recent months, is a close ally of Assad’s government.Veteran Syrian exiled opposition figure Haitham Manna, who helped organize the Cairo conference, told the Associated Press that the meeting aims to unite as many groups as possible to discuss a national charter and a political roadmap.“The basis of our work for more than a year is to bring together all the forces who see there is no room for a military solution and that a political solution is necessary,” he said.Egypt hosted an earlier meeting in January, where opposition figures drafted a 10-point document that backs a political solution, rejects any foreign military presence in Syria and limits arms to state institutions.The former head of the Western-backed Syrian National Council was invited to this week’s Cairo meeting, but the council itself was not.The Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a key member of the SNC, said it was not invited. Morsi hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now outlawed in Egypt and officially branded a terrorist group. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Monday hosted a second meeting of Syrian opposition figures this year to try to find a political solution to the four-year conflict, saying it is championing a political process amid an international and regional focus on a military solution.The two-day conference in Cairo was being mainly attended by secular politicians and tribal figures. There were no representatives from the Islamic and rebel factions battling to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Men’s health affects baby’s health too “The Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t count on the government of the (military) coup in Egypt,” said Omar Mushaweh, a spokesman for Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

World changed forever 200 years ago at Battle of Waterloo

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 0 Comments   Share   Prince Charles led a host of dignitaries Wednesday to kick off four days of commemorations Wednesday of the battle that changed the course of history 200 years ago Thursday. Napoleon’s defeat in the half-day battle against an overwhelming international coalition ended France’s supremacy in the world and opened the British century with the biggest of bangs.Little wonder the French are still gnashing their teeth two centuries later. “It is not easy for them — psychologically speaking,” said military historian Professor Luc De Vos.Earlier this year, the Belgians wanted to mint a commemorative Battle of Waterloo euro coin which many of the belligerents in the fight now share. Paris blocked the idea.Belgium promptly turned them into commemorative coins that do not need approval from other eurozone nations before minting.But France’s bruised ego over Waterloo has healed somewhat. Descendants of Napoleon and the French ambassador will show up during the four days of Waterloo commemorations just south of Brussels.On the battlegrounds themselves, kept intact down to the lush wheat that stands near full ripeness this time of year, everything has been prepared for official ceremonies and re-enactments. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home In this June 16, 2007, file photo, actors dressed as soldiers re-enact the Battle of Waterloo in Braine-l’Alleud, near Waterloo, Belgium. The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, was Napoleon Bonaparte’s last battle, as his defeat put a final end to his rule as Emperor of France. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)n The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies So off went Napoleon, eventually to die in exile in Saint Helena, a speck of an island in the south Atlantic.Instead of France, Britain came to rule the waves of the 19th century, reaping a rich harvest in colonies around the globe and firing the furnaces of the industrial revolution in Europe.___Follow Raf Casert on Twitter at story has been corrected to show that not all belligerents are now part of the euro currencyCopyright © 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 WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — To the victor go the spoils: So Waterloo became synonymous with Napoleon’s demise, even if the worst of the battle never happened there.Ignoring the bloodied grounds of nearby towns, the victorious Duke of Wellington picked the name of the battle as the place where he slept after it was all over. And nothing has been the same since for the once-sleepy village — or for the world. Top Stories At the heart of the battle was the pivotal French assault on Hougoumont Farm, on whose wooden gate, in the Duke of Wellington’s words, the outcome of the entire world hinged.“Wellington was clear about the critical importance of this moment” said British general Sir Richard Shirreff. “The success of the battle of Waterloo depended on closing the gates of Hougoumont.”It remained closed at the critical point and once the smoke of battle lifted, France’s Grande Armee was in retreat and 26 years of Napoleonic warfare to unite Europe under French rule had ended.On the small battlefield, over 10,000 soldiers lay dead — and as many horses.On Wednesday, Prince Charles unveiled a memorial at the lovingly restored Hougoumont farm and surveyed the battlefield with the descendants of the troop leaders — the Duke of Wellington and Prince Charles Bonaparte of France.Through Saturday, some 5,000 re-enactors will roll the drums, fire the guns and cannons and walk through the gunpowder smoke, only to come to the same result: Napoleon lost.Napoleon “was 46, but in bad health. Wellington was fit. His staff was not functioning well. There was hesitation. At the end of the battle, he only had 70,000 men and his opponents had nearly double,” said De Vos.last_img read more

Tourism NT wins UK youth Traveller Awards in London

first_imgTourism NT beat off stiff competition at the recent British Educational Travel Association’s (BETA) British Youth Traveller Awards to win the Best International Youth Destination and Most Effective Marketing categories.Tourism NT won both awards for its “Kiss Big Outback Adventure” campaign, part of a broader integrated Kakadu marketing campaign.Tourism NT Acting Chief Executive, Rita Harding, said that Tourism NT, particularly the UK office, was recognised for the execution of its innovative online campaign created to appeal to the English youth market.“This is indeed an honour for Tourism NT as the BETA British Youth Traveller Awards recognise excellence in youth and educational travel.“Tourism NT was up against Tourism Australia, the German National Tourist Office, STA Travel; and Contiki Holidays but our campaign stood out above the others,” Ms Harding said.“Tourism NT ran a competition on London’s popular youth radio station Kiss 100 last December that was backed-up by a significant online component.“Kiss 100 listeners were invited to “turn their lives upside down”.  Competition winner, Stephanie Symes, holidayed in the NT in September and took-up work experience for a short time at Crocosaurus Cove.“The UK is Tourism NT’s number one international source market and on average, the NT hosts 60,000 holiday visitors each year from the UK,” Ms Harding said.“The integrated marketing campaign with Kiss 100 was designed to create awareness of the NT and reach the youth market.“By leveraging the digital space, such as Kiss Digital, Tourism NT’s social media channels including Facebook, e-newsletters and Youtube, we were able to encourage prospective young travellers looking for travel options to come and holiday in the NT.“During the promotional campaign there was a 51% increase on 2008/2009 sales from London to Darwin,” Ms Harding said.Kiss 100 radio reaches more 15-24s than any other station in London. Source = Tourism NTlast_img read more