XL Airways appoints AirlinePros as General Sales and Marketing Agent in Canada

first_imgXL Airways appoints AirlinePros as General Sales and Marketing Agent in Canada MONTREAL — AirlinePros Canada has been appointed sales and marketing agent for France’s XL Airways (SE/473).“XL Airways offers attractive fares, a route network based at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) with important destinations, such as Tel Aviv, La Reunion and four major gateways in the U.S.,” says Fadhila Boutalbi, Regional Sales Manager, AirlinePros. “Travellers can enjoy traditional French quality airline services, including free meals and state-of-the-art entertainment options. We are excited to strengthen the airline’s brand awareness on the Canadian market.”In business for more than 20 years, XL Airways operates a fleet of A330 aircraft with Economy and Business classes. Each year, the French carrier flies over one million passengers to the Antilles, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the U.S. and the Mediterranean. New destinations, including Cuba and Saint Martin Island, are scheduled to be added later in 2017.XL Airways is a BSP member, and participates in all major GDS systems for ticketing and reservations. Special travel agent and companion promotional fares are available. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, March 1, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Carnival Corp opens St Maartens new ecopark home to worlds steepest zipline

first_img Friday, April 13, 2018 Carnival Corp. opens St. Maarten’s new eco-park, home to world’s steepest zipline Share Tags: Carnival Corporation MIAMI — Esteemed government officials help Carnival Corporate celebrate the grand opening of St. Maarten’s newest attraction – Rainforest Adventure’s Rockland Estate eco-park.Taking place on April 11, the grand ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Governor Dr. Eugene Holiday, as well as Rainforest Adventures president Josef Preschel and key Carnival Corporation officials, including David Candib, VP of development and operations for the global port destination development group.“We are proud to be part of the Rockland Estate development, and we are excited that this new attraction will surely become a bucket-list item for visitors to the island,” said Candib. “St. Maarten is already a beloved destination by guests across our eight cruise line brands that visit the island, and we’re confident that Rockland Estate will create an even more compelling reason to visit the country on a cruise vacation.”Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin, Governor Dr. Eugene Holiday, Rainforest Adventures president Josef Preschel (left to right) taking part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official grand opening of the Rockland Estate eco-park attraction in St. Maarten.With financing from Carnival Corporation and built by Rainforest Adventures, Rockland Estate is a one-of-a-kind attraction located a short ride away from St. Maarten’s Port of Philipsburg Cruise Terminal. Rides and attractions include a heart-racing tube ride, a mountain chair lift with breathtaking views, and a museum that showcases the rich history of St. Maarten and its people. It’s top draw, however, is the Flying Dutchman, considered the world’s steepest zipline with an elevation of 1,050 feet and a span of 2,800 feet.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Rockland Estate is considered an eco-adventure park that committed to preserving native eco-systems. The overall goal of the Rainforest Adventures team in building the attraction was to enhance and preserve ST. Maarten’s natural and built environments and endorse its cultural and historical significance.Representatives from Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line and Rockland Estate celebrated the grand opening of St. Maarten’s newest attraction, featuring the world’s steepest zipline.“In constructing the park, one of our goals was to uphold our commitment to environmental conservation, with less than five% of the Emilio Wilson Estate impacted by the new Rockland Estate eco-adventure park,” said Preschel. “Our other key goal is to educate visitors on the importance of ongoing conservation in this area and to celebrate local history and culture, while also providing thrilling rides and relaxing activities.”Guests from eight of Carnival Corporation’s brands with itineraries visiting the island will have the opportunity to experience the new shore excursion, which was recently named by ‘USA Today 10 Best’ as a top Caribbean attraction.center_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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AccorHotels scoops up Atton Hoteles

first_img Share TORONTO — AccorHotels’ acquisition streak continues with news the company plans to buy Chile’s Atton Hoteles.AccorHotels and Chilean group Algeciras have signed an agreement with the shareholders of Atton Hoteles in order to acquire the company.AccorHotels will acquire 100% of the management company that operates 11 Atton hotels (2,259 rooms) across Chile, Peru and Colombia. There’s also one hotel in Florida, the Brickell Miami, that is part of the deal.AccorHotels will acquire 20% of the property company that owns these assets. The remaining 80% being bought by Algeciras. Atton Hoteles was founded in Chile in 2000. The hotels cater to business travellers on the midscale and upscale segment. It has three hotels under development.In order to capitalize on Atton’s existing brand equity, most of these properties will be co-branded with AccorHotels brands, before being fully rebranded to Pullman, Novotel, MGallery & Mercure in the midterm.The acquisition further consolidates AccorHotels’ footprint in Latin America, where the group has built leadership for many years, with 335 hotels operating, and 166 under development, while strengthening its presence in fast growth markets such as Chile and Peru.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“We are delighted to have come to this strategic agreement with Algeciras,” said Patrick Mendes, CEO of AccorHotels for South America. “With Atton’s portfolio, AccorHotels will strengthen its leadership position in Latin America and complement its offer to its customers and loyalty members with attractive key destinations”.The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during the second half of 2018.Last month Accor announced it had acquired Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in a blockbuster deal worth €482 million. Also last month AccorHotels has signed a strategic agreement with South Africa-based Mantis Group, acquiring 50% stake in their business.In March 2018 the company hit a major milestone, announcing that it is now operating in 100 countries around the world. Posted by Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Tags: Accorhotelscenter_img Travelweek Group AccorHotels scoops up Atton Hoteles << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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PolyOne Corporation to establish operations in Costa Rica

first_imgPolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, on Tuesday announced the opening of a new distribution warehouse and sales facility in San José, described by the company as an ideal location in close proximity to many key customers in the region.“Our new Costa Rica facility will provide value to healthcare device manufacturers and processors in the country by helping them to streamline logistics and simplify inventory management,” company President Kurt Schuering said.“The country has become a key region in Central America for our global healthcare customers, and they will receive the same service that we maintain in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and China,” he added.Costa Rica was recently ranked by a World Bank study as the top high-tech exporter in Latin America. The medical industry in the country is expanding rapidly, with more than 40 medical-device companies manufacturing locally.Based in Cleveland, Ohio, in the U.S., PolyOne Co. reported $2.9 billion revenues in 2011. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Four temblors shake Nicoya Thursday morning

first_imgFour temblors that exceeded three degrees of magnitude were registered between 7:38 and 7:54 a.m. Thursday on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported.The first occurred at 7:38 a.m., with a magnitude of 3.5. The second, at 7:52 a.m., had a magnitude of 3.9; a third, the strongest, registered magnitude-4.3 at 7:53 a.m.; and the last one was felt one minute later with a magnitude of 3.OVSICORI seismologist Marino Protti confirmed to local news Telenoticias that the quakes are aftershocks of the magnitude-7.6 earthquake that occurred in the same region on Sept. 5.He also said that the aftershocks of an earthquake as strong as the one that shook Nicoya “can go on even for years, due to the weakening of the fault during the event.”No damage were reported at the time. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Apple introduces iTunes Radio in bid for streaming market

first_imgApple came out swinging Monday, using its annual developers’ conference to defend its position in the digital music space with a new streaming service aimed at rivals such as Spotify, Pandora and Google.The firm, which hasn’t released a major new product in more than six months, is combating the idea that it’s losing the ability to innovate after the death in 2011 of its co-founder and lead visionary, Steve Jobs. It unveiled several new software and hardware products, including a dramatic makeover of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, and announced a new desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks.Executives, including Apple chief executive Tim Cook, took several jabs at competitors throughout the Worldwide Developers Conference, including poking fun at poor sales of Microsoft’s new operating system.“Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide marketing, while showing off a new design for Apple’s Mac Pro desktop computer.But the focus was an aggressive defense of the company’s reputation as a technology leader.Analysts have been expecting Apple to build on the success of its iTunes music service with a streaming service for years. In the meantime, competitors moved in to scoop up listeners. Google last month announced a subscription music service, Google Play Music All Access.The move allows Apple to protect its position in the U.S. digital music market, industry experts said. It currently has about 63 percent of the music download market, according to NPD Group.“From an Apple perspective, this is a relatively defensive move,” said Stephen Beck, founder of the management consulting firm CG42. Beck, who works with technology clients, said that the move reflects Apple’s eagerness to keep iTunes users within its ecosystem rather than ceding them to Pandora or Spotify for streaming music.Using the firm’s Music app, users will be able to create digital radio stations based on their favorite artists or songs. Listeners can then tweak the stations by indicating which songs they like and which they don’t. Users can also buy songs with one click, see what music is trending on Twitter and share songs with friends.Apple’s new service will not require a subscription, though the free version of the service will include advertisements. Users who pay for the company’s $25 per year iTunes Match service, will be able to listen to iTunes Radio without commercials of any kind for less than comparable services from competitors.Despite an almost aggressively optimistic tone from executives, Apple shares closed slightly down at $438.89 per share after rising as high as $449 Monday morning in anticipation of the company’s announcements.Even the iTunes Radio news didn’t send the ripple through the industry that many had expected. Pandora, which had seen its stock dive multiple times on rumors of an Apple streaming service, closed up nearly 2.5 percent at $15.49 a share.Still, while reaction to the service was muted, Apple is likely to quickly build an audience because the service will be automatically downloaded on millions of iPhones and iPads. “They’re only an update away from having a big install base,” Beck said.Apple and Google have an advantage in the on-demand music market because they can easily integrate music purchases with the payment systems they use for their app stores, analysts said.“The platform owner has the most to win in this case because they’ve already captured that user,” said John Donham, chief executive of the online music and talk radio company TuneIn. “Other services are many clicks away from getting users to their first song.”Getting users may be the easy part for Apple, Donham said. But the company still must prove that it hasn’t lost its innovative touch to keep customers, he added. Apple has a mixed record when it comes to providing services, he noted, citing last year’s dismal reaction to Apple’s Maps app.The iTunes Radio will be available this fall on a number of Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Gringos see Costa Rica as a dream wedding destination

first_imgCosta Rica scoredone more accolade before the year’s end thanks to Google. The search engine giant released its annual Zeitgeist charts last week. The tables show the year-in-review of Google searches, including most-searched tourist destinations. Costa Rica found its way onto one of those lists.The top U.S. searches for wedding destinations showed Costa Rica ranked 9th. The list shows “trending” locales – destinations that showed the biggest increase in search volume from 2012 to 2013.U.S. searches for destination wedding locations1. Mexico 2. Bahamas 3. Kauai 4. Caribbean 5. Jamaica 6. Italy 7. Las Vegas 8. Florida 9. COSTA RICA 10. BermudaGoogle boasts two-thirds of the search engine market share for the United States, according to a recent ComScore report. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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God weeps says pope after meeting church sex abuse victims

first_imgPope Francis met on Sunday with victims of church sex abuse, saying “God weeps” for their suffering and promising to hold all those responsible to account.The pope met the three women and two men, with their relatives and educators, for 30 minutes at the St. Charles Borromeo seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania on the final day of his visit to the United States, the Vatican said in a statement.“God weeps,” the pope told a gathering of bishops afterwards. “The sexual abuse of children cannot be maintained secret.“I commit to a careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected and all responsible will be held accountable.”“Those who have survived the abuse have become true heralds of mercy, probably we owe each of them our gratitude for their great value as they have had to suffer terrible abuse,” he added.See also: Pope Francis brings a forceful new tone on sexual abuse casesPhiladelphia is one of the cities where the scandal was most serious in the 1980s.One rare criticism of the pope during his six-day trip to Washington, New York and Philadelphia, which ends on Sunday with a giant open-air mass, was that he did not have such a meeting on his public agenda.Without the audience, victims of the sex abuse scandal would have been extremely disappointed. The pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, met victims of the sex abuse scandal in Boston in 2008. Facebook Comments Related posts:Pope Francis calls for climate, migrant action in Congress speech Pope Francis prays at 9/11 Memorial after UN speech You can’t understand Pope Francis without Juan Perón – and Evita Pope Francis allows for expanded forgiveness for abortionslast_img read more

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President is safe after confrontation with protesters

first_imgUn presidente sin autoridad y sin liderazgo, deslegitimado. pic.twitter.com/V3bFZF80x2— Allan Andres (@allanandresch) October 3, 2018 Que nadie nos quite la paz de transitar libremente por nuestro país, que nadie nos quite la oportunidad como democracia de discutir en paz y respeto. No vamos a aflojar, vamos a seguir adelante. pic.twitter.com/dLYiYwqWm9— Carlos Alvarado Q. (@CarlosAlvQ) October 3, 2018Nationwide demonstrations began Sept. 10 against a proposed tax reform bill meant to help address Costa Rica’s growing deficit. The Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) has warned fiscal reform is needed to avoid a significant economic downturn, but many public-sector union leaders say the bill would place a disproportionate financial burden on the working class.The Tico Times spoke to Costa Rican journalist and economist David Ching earlier this week for a comprehensive explanation of the bill. Listen to the Tico Times Dispatch below, and subscribe to the podcast to have the latest episodes delivered to you:On Wednesday, President Alvarado was participating in an inaugural event for the Congress of Urban Mobility at the National Theater. As protesters began surrounding the building, Arguedas said it became evident a larger police presence would be necessary.Arguedas said that Wednesday morning’s events emphasized the police’s efforts to maintain peace while also allowing the public to exercise its right to protest.“Unfortunately, some protesters are inciting the police and attempting to generate confrontation,” he said.Videos posted on social media showed Alvarado’s tense exit from the National Theater. (Note: The below video contains adult language.) Protesters confronted Carlos Alvarado as the Costa Rican president left the National Theater in San José on Wednesday morning.According to Enrique Arguedas, Deputy General Director of the Fuerza Pública, protesters surrounded the building in an attempt to stop the president from leaving. When Alvarado did exit the National Theater, protesters insulted the president and became physically aggressive against his police escort.The President was unhurt, and Arguedas said no protesters were immediately detained.“The President and the people there [in the National Theater] left securely,” Arguedas said in a video posted by the Ministry of Public Security.Several police vehicles were vandalized, Arguedas said. Law enforcement also found at least three tire-puncturing beams, colloquially referred to as “miguelitos,” hidden under police cars.In a video posted by the president early Wednesday afternoon, Alvarado emphasized the importance of peaceful democratic debate.“Nobody should take away our freedom to travel freely throughout our country,” he said. “Nobody should take away our opportunity, as a democracy, to have peaceful and respectful political discussions.“… We continue to work to create opportunities for this country and to avoid enormous risks. Have no doubt: We will continue to work for the good of Costa Rica.”Watch the President’s statement in its entirety below: Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís recovers from successful prostate operation Various INCOFER routes suspended after two trains collide head on January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign begins Court rejects tax reform and asks legislators to eliminate four pointslast_img read more

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Argentinas miracle morgue baby now 4 months old

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Since then, Luz Milagros has grown and become stronger, but she isn’t ready to go home yet.Hugo Ramos, the deputy director of the hospital in provincial Resistencia where she will now be cared for, said she suffered neurological damage, still has internal bleeding and remains on a respirator. She’s in stable but very serious condition, Ramos said, according to Argentina’s Diarios y Noticias news agency.Bouter acknowledged the challenges but expressed hope her daughter would improve enough to take her home. “In the future we’ll see how to prepare the house to receive her,” she said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s miracle morgue baby is now four months old and closer to home.Luz Milagros Veron _ the name means “Miracle Light” in English _ was flown with her mother Analia Bouter on Thursday to a pediatric hospital closer to her home in provincial Chaco after months in intensive care in Buenos Aires.Doctors said the baby showed no signs of life when she was born three months premature in April, and quickly sent her to the morgue. She’s alive today because her parents insisted on seeing her body to say goodbye. After 12 hours inside a sealed coffin, she moved and let out a tiny cry. She was cold as ice, but far from dead. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Chile Supreme Court rejects 45B power plant

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chile’s Supreme Court has rejected plans to build a $4.5 billion coal-fired power plant and port to serve northern Chile’s copper mines, ruling that the project’s Brazilian and German investors failed to prove they can protect the surrounding environment.Critics said the Castilla project developed by Sao Paulo-based MPX Energia SA would have been one of the most polluting in Latin America. Former President Michelle Bachelet’s government turned it down, but after lobbying by Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, her successor Sebastian Pinera allowed to go forward. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix MPX had promised $575 million to mitigate pollution from the plant, which would have produced 2,100 megawatts by 2020, increasing Chile’s electricity capacity by more than 10 percent. The court ruled Tuesday after MPX failed to persuade Chileans they could live with the contamination.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Australian TV journalist detained in Belarus

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean MINSK, Belarus (AP) – An Australian television journalist has been detained at Minsk airport as he prepared to leave Belarus.The detention was reported by a representative of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, who said Amos Roberts of Australian SBS TV had called him from the airport.The representative, Ilya Kuznetsov, said border guards had confiscated the journalist’s television camera, computer and all the material he had gathered during a week of reporting before Sunday’s parliamentary election in Belarus, where an authoritarian president has little tolerance for independent media. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The border guards refused to comment.Kuznetsov said the detention prevented Roberts from flying to Warsaw on Friday afternoon and he would be unable to leave Belarus until Saturday at the earliest. It was not yet known whether his equipment would be returned.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Beer flows as Germany kicks off Oktoberfest

first_imgAssociated PressBERLIN (AP) – The world’s largest beer festival opened Saturday in Germany as Munich’s mayor tapped the first keg to kick off the 16-day Oktoberfest, known for its oompah music and traditional costumes.With only two blows of his hammer and a cry of “O’zapft is” _ “It’s Tapped” _ Mayor Christian Ude inserted the tap into the first keg, opening the 179th Oktoberfest to the cheering of thousands who were waiting to be served their first beer. Quick workouts for men The fairgrounds of the “Wiesn,” as Oktoberfest is locally known, are spread out over about 75 acres (30 hectares) and can accommodate hundreds of thousands of people at a time, and German authorities keep security tight, although, they say, no concrete threat exists.“I want it to be a peaceful Wiesn, and that the weather improves,” Ude said.Many tents were already full at midday, German news agency dapd reported, but rain ensured that there was still enough space in the outdoor beer gardens.___Juergen Baetz can be reached on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jbaetz Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project More than 6 million guests from around the world are expected to descend on the beer tents of Munich to celebrate the 16-day Oktoberfest extravaganza.Last year’s visitors consumed almost 8 million two-pint (one-liter) mugs of beer. This year a mug, called “Mass” in German, of the malty pale beer made exclusively by Munich’s breweries sells at up to (EURO)9.50 ($12.30).The Oktoberfest started with a wedding party: Just over 200 years ago, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his royal nuptials with a big public bash that was such a hit it became an annual event. Nowadays, it is now known worldwide for its towering mugs of beer, oompah music, men wearing traditional Bavarian Lederhosen leather shorts and women in bright costumes.While the core of the Oktoberfest remains the same, with Dirndl-clad waitresses delivering steins, its flavor has evolved over the years. A local festival with small beer gardens has mushroomed into a major international event featuring about a dozen cavernous beer tents, some seating about 10,000 singing, inebriated revelers at a time.Last year, the Oktoberfest guests ate around 500,000 chickens, 120 oxen and an unknown number of large doughy pretzels at the festival. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Arrests at Austria protest against far right ball

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 VIENNA (AP) – Austrian police have reported arrests and vandalism after about 6,000 people gathered in Vienna to demonstrate against a ball that the protesters say serves as venue for Europe’s extreme right.While most of the demonstrators were peaceful Friday, police made about a dozen arrests. They also reported damage to storefronts and at least one police vehicle.The protests are against a ball convened by Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party that demonstration organizers say acts as a magnet for the far-right fringe. Freedom Party officials deny that, and say they are the target of left-wing extremists. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Police are being criticized for declaring parts of the demonstration area off-limits for journalists. Police officials say they only want to protect reporters from injury, but Austrian news organizations say the decision limits media freedoms.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Obama Tunisias new president to meet at White House

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is showing support for Tunisia’s transition to democracy by welcoming the North African country’s newly elected president to the White House.Obama and Beji Caid Essebsi, who was elected in December, were meeting for the first time Thursday.In a joint opinion piece appearing in Thursday editions of The Washington Post, the two presidents said the meeting will mark Tunisia’s progress and deepen their partnership “to help Tunisia’s new democracy deliver the greater prosperity and security that its citizens deserve.” Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Tunisia shows that democracy is not only possible but also necessary in North Africa and the Middle East,” they wrote.Tunisians ended decades of dictatorship in 2011, overthrowing their longtime ruler and igniting a series of pro-democracy uprisings that swept through the region in what became known as the Arab Spring, after a poor sidewalk vendor set himself ablaze after police confiscated his merchandise.Tunisia emerged as the success story of the region, with its citizens casting ballots in multiple free elections and the country adopting a new constitution that upholds religious freedom and guarantees human rights and equality for all people, including women and minorities, Obama and Essebsi said.The country’s unity government includes secularists and Islamists, “proving that democracy and Islam can thrive together,” they wrote.Both leaders pledged that Tunisia can count on continued U.S. support as Tunisians endeavor to build the Arab world’s newest democracy.The U.S. has committed more than $570 million to Tunisia since the revolution to help it pursue political, economic and security reforms, and has proposed $134 million in assistance next year, the presidents noted. They said they would focus Thursday’s meeting on three areas: consolidating Tunisia’s democratic gains; reducing poverty by streamlining bureaucracy, attracting investment and encouraging job growth, with an emphasis on reducing high youth unemployment; and improving cooperation on security and countering terrorism. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories The U.S. is working to double its military financing to Tunisia to help its forces keep ahead of evolving threats. It is also working to improve its counterterrorism partnership to confront such common dangers as the Islamic State terrorist group and instability in next-door Libya.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a March terrorist attack at Tunisia’s National Bardo Museum that killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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About 1100 people dead as summer temperatures soar in India

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Over the last two days temperatures in both states have reduced marginally but continue to hover near 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).Public announcements have urged people to drink water and try and avoid going outdoors during the hottest hours of the day.Hot, dry winds have also swept across New Delhi and most parts of north and central India. In the cities, large crowds of office workers gather around stalls selling cold fruit drinks and iced water.Weather officials say the sweltering temperatures are likely to continue for at least another week. Monsoon rains, expected to arrive in the southern state of Kerala in the first week of June, should bring some respite. The monsoon season runs through September as the rains gradually cover the entire country.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday.Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring Telengana 266 have died from heat-related causes, Bhambal Ram Meena, a top official in the disaster management department, said. An Indian man rests inside a concrete pipe on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Italys regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals

first_imgIn this picture taken on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Issa Konate, from Mali, attends an interview with The Associated Press past election posters near a migrant holding center in Baone, near Padua, northern Italy Housing migrants who continue to flood Italy, many risking death in Mediterranean crossings, has become a contentious campaign issue in Italian regional elections set for Sunday. It has unleashed a wave of anti-migrant resentment that Matteo Salvini, the up-and-coming leader of the populist Northern League, has both benefited from and fomented. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Top Stories “Maybe they are against us,” Jatta said, adding that the photo-taking made him uncomfortable. “We are not afraid. We don’t do anything. We just walk.”Favarin said he also has been abused by residents: “When I go down the street, people spit on me, they accuse me, they use vulgar language.”The migrants pass the time waiting for their asylum applications to be processed, learning woodwork and tending a small garden. They make occasional trips to the police station to process their requests, and to the train stations to meet newcomers. Sometimes they go on cultural outings. Favarin said they have created no disturbances during their stay.“We believe that welcoming the migrants is a value that you cannot debate,” Favarin said. “You can debate the methods, you can debate the timing and the resources, but taking them in, from a human and Christian point of view, cannot be a matter of debate.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Salvini’s anti-immigrant, anti-Europe party is poised to be the second largest vote-getter in seven regional votes this weekend, including the wealthy Veneto region where Padua is located. The provocative leader has backed Padua’s Northern League mayor in his opposition to a program by Rome officials to seek private homes to shelter the migrants.“We don’t know who we are putting next-door,” Salvini told The Associated Press by telephone from Sicily, where he was campaigning. “There are no controls, no guarantees, not even for health. … It is a problem of safety and cohabitation. There are 4 million Italians without work, and millions more living under the poverty level. I don’t think we can give housing to half the world.”He is unapologetic about fears that such rhetoric could encourage racism. He says Italy’s 5 million legally resident migrants are “welcome” and noted that Britain’s conservative Prime Minister David Cameron won elections in Britain “saying he wouldn’t even take one immigrant,” referring to Britain’s refusal to take part in a proposed EU quota system for distributing asylum-seekers around Europe. But the Rev. Luca Favarin, who runs the Percorso Vita charity, which has been trying to find private homes for new arrivals in Padua province, says the province took in just 500 new migrants last year, less than half of its 2014 quota set by the Interior Ministry, despite the availability of EU funds. He is currently working with the national prefect in Padua on getting approval to put migrants in 23 homes on the grounds that keeping migrants in smaller groups spread through the territory created a more familial environment and made it easier for locals to get to know them, and help them with their trauma.He acknowledges that the plan — by spreading migrants over a wider area — “makes more people unhappy.”In Rivadolmo, a total of 22 migrants are living in a spacious house that belongs to a man serving prison time for pedophilia. Favarin said the reaction of neighbors has been “borderline racist.”Amadu Jatta, a 30-year-old Gambian, said he was photographed as he walked down the street earlier this week. He said he believed it was for posting on a community Facebook page that includes comments, often derogatory, on the migrants’ presence. The page includes complaints that the migrants had taken over the local soccer field, displacing a group of 11 and 12-year-olds who had been playing for an hour. The entry is titled “Here is the integration of our … political refugees!” Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up “The number one priority is lack of jobs, which generates frustration and anger, the desire for change, along with indecision and polarization,” said Roberto D’Alimonte of Rome’s LUISS University. Experts are projecting high levels of absenteeism.Polls indicate the results could catapult the Northern League to second place in the overall regional vote count, behind Premier Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, which would make the Northern League the main opposition party. It would allow Salvini’s camp to overtake Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement as the principal lightning rod for disaffected voters. But Salvini is setting his ambitions higher: He wants to take command of Italy’s center-right — which has suffered a void as former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has found himself crippled politically by a tax fraud conviction.Europe was shocked into devising a plan to accommodate the migrants, and ease pressure on Italy, after more than 800 people were believed to have drowned an April shipwreck. The result is a proposed national quota system aimed at helping Italy and Greece manage the massive influx of migrants — and oblige reluctant EU partners to share the burden. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Salvini hopes to ride the anti-establishment wave evident in recent elections in Poland and Spain. He called the results “a slap in the face for Europe, the common currency and migration.” The Northern League, under Salvini, is seeking to become the rallying point for Italy’s nationalist right, venting its anger at Brussels in a bid to widen its appeal beyond its traditional secessionist base with roots in northern Italy. Despite his attempt to moderate some of the Northern League’s past rhetoric, particularly against southern Italy, he still riles public opinion in campaign stops across the country.Political analysts say the major electoral concern among Italian voters remains the economy, as the country weakly pulls itself out of recession. But in Veneto the race between the Northern League’s incumbent Gov. Luca Zaia and the Democratic Party candidate Alessandra Moretti is also being shaped by the emotional migrant issue. Italy has been struggling to deal with the huge inflows of migrants, with more than 26,500 landings this year through the end of last month, on top of last year’s total of 170,100. And the Northern League has found fertile ground for its message in Veneto, once the powerhouse behind the Italian economic miracle of the 1960s, which now has fallen on hard times. Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies RIVODOLMO, Italy (AP) — The community’s hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.Housing migrants who continue to flood Italy, many risking death in Mediterranean crossings, has become a contentious campaign issue in Italian regional elections set for Sunday. It has unleashed a wave of anti-migrant resentment that Matteo Salvini, the up-and-coming leader of the populist Northern League, has both benefited from and fomented. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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Srebrenica ceremonies marred by attack on Serbias premier

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of “I heard Muslim people telling the attackers ‘why are you attacking him? It is not his fault. He had not done anything here.’”He added: “Except for my glasses, I’m missing nothing else.”Vucic, who came to represent Serbia at the commemoration in an apparent gesture of reconciliation, said after the attack that, “Today we are talking more about a bunch of fools rather than about the innocent victims of Srebrenica.” He added that his “arms of reconciliation remain stretched toward the Bosniaks.”Serbia’s foreign ministry sent a protest note to Bosnia, saying the attack was a murder attempt against Vucic and urged that the culprits be caught.Although the crowd booed Vucic’s arrival, Srebrenica widows and mothers welcomed his presence.“Only on truth we can build a future. You cannot deny the truth,” Kada Hotic, who lost her son and husband in the massacre, told Vucic before the ceremony.The Muslim Bosniak mayor of Srebrenica, Camil Durakovic, apologized to Vucic, saying he was “deeply disappointed” about the attack.Tens of thousands of people came to the commemorations marking two decades since Europe’s worst massacre since the Holocaust. During the war, the United Nations declared Srebrenica a safe haven for civilians. But on July 11, 1995, Serb troops overran the Muslim enclave. Some 15,000 men tried to flee through the woods toward government-held territory while others joined the town’s women and children in seeking refuge at the base of the Dutch U.N. troops.The outnumbered Dutch troops could only watch as Serb soldiers rounded up about 2,000 men for killing and later hunted down and killed another 6,000 men in the woods.The United Nations admitted its failure to protect the town’s people and on Saturday, Bert Koenders, foreign minister of Netherland said that “the Dutch government shares responsibility” and that the U.N. must strengthen United Nations missions in the future.“Nobody can undo what happened here but we mourn with you,” Koenders added.The 1992-95 war in Bosnia, pitting Christian Orthodox Serbs against Bosnian Muslims and Croatian Catholics, left more than 100,000 people dead and millions homeless. The Serbs, who wanted to remain in the Serb-led Yugoslavia, fought against the secession of Bosnia and Croatia from the former federation.So far, remains of some 7,000 victims have been excavated from 93 graves or collected from 314 surface locations and identified through DNA technology. The scenes overshadowed what was supposed to be a day of reflection and remembrance for the 8,000 Muslim men and boys slaughtered at the hands of Serb forces in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Two U.N. courts ruled that the killings constituted genocide.Vucic is among the most hated individuals for Bosnian Muslims, with some viewing him in worse terms than late strongman Slobodan Milosevic. During the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Vucic was an ultranationalist politician in opposition to Milosevic, criticizing the Serb leader of leniency toward Bosnian Muslims.Many Bosnian Muslims also still remember Vucic’s incendiary statement during the Balkan wars that for every dead Serb, 100 Muslims should be killed. Some in the crowd held a banner with the quote to remind him of his past.Vucic’s security detail rushed him away, trying to protect him with bags, umbrellas and their raised arms from the projectiles raining down. His guards shoved through the angry crowd before pushing the prime minister inside an armored vehicle.“We were attacked from all sides. It was well organized and prepared,” a visibly shaken Vucic said upon his quick return to Serbia. He blamed hooligan soccer groups from Serbia and Bosnia for initiating the attack. Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s prime minister, center, is seen during a scuffle at the Potocari memorial complex near Srebrenica, 150 kilometers northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Anger boiled over Saturday at a massive commemoration of the Srebrenica slaughter 20 years ago as people pelted Vucic with water bottles and other objects. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A crowd of furious Bosnian Muslims jumped over fences and attacked Serbia’s prime minister with stones and water bottles on Saturday, marring the 20th anniversary commemorations of the Srebrenica massacre.Aleksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist during the Balkan wars but who is now a moderate with a pro-Western stance, escaped serious injury. He said he was hit in the face with a rock as the crowds chanted “Kill, Kill” and “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 ways to recognize low testosterone At the end of the ceremony Saturday, families laid the incomplete remains of 136 victims recently found in mass graves, including 19 teenagers.“Most of the boys I played with are in these graves or in yet undiscovered mass graves,” the mayor, Durakovic, said. “With them lies my own childhood.”___AP writers Jovana Gec and Dusan Stojanovic contributed from Belgrade, Serbia.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Foreign dignitaries urged the international community not to allow such atrocities to happen again and to call the crime “genocide.”Serbia and Bosnian Serbs deny the killings were genocide, and claim that the death toll has been exaggerated.Dozens of foreign dignitaries — including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Britain’s Princess Anne and Jordan’s Queen Noor.“I grieve that it took us so long to unify … to stop this violence,” said Clinton, who was in office at the time of the massacre and whose administration led the NATO airstrikes against Serb positions. This ended the Bosnian war and the U.S. brokered a peace agreement.Clinton said before the attack on Vucic: “I want to thank the prime minister of Serbia for having the courage to come here today and I think it is important that we acknowledge that.”U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who witnessed the attack, condemned the “deplorable acts of violence” against Vucic. He said it was “far removed from the spirit I felt at this dignified and solemn commemoration.”It wasn’t the first time that top Serbian officials visited Srebrenica for commemorations. The former pro-democratic president, Boris Tadic, was there twice, including on the 10th anniversary of the massacre, and there were no major incidents. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories last_img read more

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Swiss army makes incursion into France for water for cattle

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Swiss army helicopters have crossed the Franco-Swiss border in an unexpected incursion — to help thirsty Swiss cows.The aerial operation to scoop up water caught authorities responsible for Rousses Lake in the Jura mountains by surprise last Thursday. The helicopters also startled swimmers and fishermen enjoying the beaches of the lake in eastern France.Christophe Mathez, deputy mayor of the Les Rousses commune, said officials had “no idea this operation would occur” — and that the Swiss neither requested authorization or nor warned before descending. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Swiss media reported that the country’s military did ask for permission — but from the French air force, not local authorities or the police.“As soon as they contacted us, we realized there was a communication problem and we immediately stopped,” Denis Froidevaux, a Swiss military official, told the Swiss newspaper Le Matin, whose headline Monday read “No, Switzerland is not stealing water from France to save its cows.”Mathez said Les Rousses authorities are not “mad at our neighbors,” but as of Monday the village was still waiting for clarification.The Swiss army has been pumping water for livestock from its own Neuchatel and Joux lakes since last week, according to a statement from the Swiss Department of Defense. The federal government is bankrolling the operation, expected to continue no longer than August 4, with military aid disaster relief funds.Thirsty cows produce less milk, of particular concern in the mountainous Jura region of France and Switzerland. Dairy farmers there provide milk to producers who make prized cheeses including the French Comte and Morbier varieties as well as the Swiss Tete de Moine.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories last_img read more

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