WestJets heading to France with new HalifaxParis service more route updates for

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: France, New Routes, Paris, WestJet WestJet’s heading to France with new Halifax-Paris service; more route updates for 2018center_img CALGARY — WestJet’s brand new 2018 summer schedule, released today, strengthens the airline’s expansion plans as it develops a global route network with new daily direct flights into Paris, between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris.All flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft. New Halifax flights into Gatwick Airport (LGW) in London have also been added. One-way intro fares from Halifax to Paris or London are available now for $199 all-in.“As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, we are thrilled to announce our first foray onto the European mainland,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.Starting May 31, WestJet will begin service with daily flights between Halifax and Paris. On April 29, WestJet will begin daily service between Halifax and London (Gatwick). In addition, WestJet will add one flight to Halifax from Calgary for a total of 15 weekly flights.WestJet currently serves 16 cities from the Halifax International Airport, up from six in 2013, including 10 Canadian, two transborder, one international and three European destinations; at peak summer schedule, the airline will operate more than 25 flights per week. Since 2012, the airline’s traffic from Halifax has grown by more than 160 per cent.“Venturing to London and now Paris is an indication of our ambitious growth plans as we move towards becoming a global network carrier. This is an investment that will help launch new flights in the future and further expand our presence in YHZ – a key driver in economic and employment growth,” said Sims.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“We’re delighted with WestJet’s new routes to and from Halifax, as France and the U.K. are among the largest tourism markets and most important trading partners in Europe. Strengthening ties with strategic markets in Europe is good for inbound tourism, trade, investment and immigration,” says Joyce Carter, President and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority. “This announcement demonstrates confidence in our community, our region and our future as Halifax Stanfield connects travellers to and from Europe and beyond. WestJet’s newest destinations from Halifax also tie us to our past when you consider our strong European roots, including our rich Acadian culture in the Maritimes.”To Paris, daily flights will leave Hafalix at 10:55 p.m., arriving at 10 a.m. the next day. On the return leg, flights leave Paris at 11:20 a.m., returning to Halifax at 1:35 p.m.To London, flights leave Halifax at 10:35 p.m., arriving at 8:21 a.m. the next day starting April 29. On the return leg, flights leave London at 9:50 a.m., arriving in Halifax at 1 p.m.The intro one-way all in fares from $199 must be booked by Feb. 5, 2018 for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between May 31 and Oct. 27, 2018.Here are more routes from the newly released summer 2018 schedule:The addition of almost 200 flights to WestJet’s hubs including 60 to Vancouver, 72 to Calgary and 28 to Toronto.New nonstop four-time weekly service between Calgary and Whitehorse.Additional flights from Vancouver to a number of domestic and international destinations including Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Edmonton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Fort St. John and Victoria.Additional flights from Calgary to a number of transborder and sun destinations including Nashville, Cancun, Dallas / Ft. Worth and Las Vegas.Additional flights from Calgary to a number of domestic destinations including Nanaimo, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Fort McMurray, Windsor, Grand Prairie, Montreal, Abbotsford, Penticton and Victoria.An increase of 24 weekly flights between Vancouver and Calgary for a total of 16 times daily, with hourly service in both directions (top of the hour from Vancouver, and bottom of the hour from Calgary).Additional flights from Edmonton to a number of transborder and domestic destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Kelowna, Fort McMurray and Saskatoon.An increase of 14 weekly flights between Edmonton and Calgary for a total of 12 times daily.Additional flights from Toronto to a number of sun destinations including Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Fort Myers.Additional flights from Toronto to a number of Canadian destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon and Victoria.An increase of nine new weekly flights between Toronto and Ottawa for a total of 13 times daily.An increase of nine weekly flights between Toronto and Montreal for a total of 14 times daily. Monday, January 29, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Cynthia Brown takes lead in Annual Tarpon Classic

first_img 200 1 100 100 3 600 6 200 Saénz, Mario 4 400 Facebook Comments Things started out a little strange for the Cub Amateur annual tarpon tournament held this year out of Tortuguero. The weather was weird, the ocean rougher than normal and the bite not that good. The tournament – which consisted of a half-day of fishing last Friday, all day Saturday and a half-day Sunday – brought 27 anglers, 72 releases and many more hook-ups.The tournament began slowly, with only nine tarpon landed the first afternoon. Fishing was a little better on day two, and 32 releases were recorded. By Sunday morning, conditions had returned to normal for September and the chew was on.Thirty-two fish were landed Sunday morning before the first leg of the tournament concluded, and Capt. Eddie Brown, who has fished the tournament for the last 36 years, guided his crew to 12 releases on Sunday. His wife, Cynthia, took the lead with eight fish.The second leg of the tournament will be fished October 19-21. The top anglers were as follows: Domínguez, Domingo Brown, Cynthia 300 300 700 Paéz, Carlos R.center_img 500 200 200 600 5 600 2 200 200 400 800 Schifter, José 300 500 Laurencich, Federico 200 No related posts.last_img read more

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Seres Reshaping Guatemalas development paradigm

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala’s Relief Map: hands down the country’s best guide Award-winning documentary portrays a Guatemalan family’s struggle to bring a sister’s killer to justice Guatemala looks to Colombia’s success to overhaul police force Guatemalan president applauds Uruguayan pot legalization vote GUATEMALA CITY – In the town of Chimaltenango, 80 kilometers west of Guatemala City, a group of young people from across Guatemala and neighboring El Salvador gather in a circle.In a scene that could be mistaken for an acrobatics class, they discuss how in teams of six they can hold a group pose with only eight hands and three feet touching the ground. There is laughter and high spirits as one by one each human pyramid comes crashing down. However, despite the jovial atmosphere, there is a reason why these young people are here today: Each one of them is concerned about environmental issues affecting their local communities and wants to help prevent further damage.Aged between 15 and 25, these young adults have come together for a four-day youth leadership camp organized by Seres, a Guatemalan nongovernmental organization. For almost five years the organization has focused on inspiring and empowering the country’s youth and teaching them the necessary skills to tackle environmental problems, rather than rely on foreign aid to do it.Together with staff, the young adults discuss the problems their hometowns face, create ideas to tackle them and draw up detailed action plans, which will then be presented to their local communities in the hope that they generate enough support to bring the proposals to fruition. Previous projects include tree planting, building eco-schools and starting medicinal plant gardens in areas where pharmaceutical products are too expensive.“In Guatemala almost 50 percent of the population is 18 or under,” says Seres founder, Corrina Grace. “But because of the country’s 25-year history of aid and charities that have formed a ‘gift economy,’ there is this generation rising up that isn’t empowered to do anything with their lives.”“As NGOs what we really should be doing is writing ourselves out of existence and training up Guatemalans to lead their own communities,” Grace says. “But at the moment we’re not in this mentality.”What Seres is really about, Grace adds, is recreating the development paradigm and putting power back into the hands of the people, because “this is the only way we can achieve sustainable development.” Daniella Grijalua is 16 and hails from nearby Escuintla. She says the trash in her community used to be so bad that she could smell it from her classroom. However, since becoming involved with Seres she has made her neighborhood more environmentally aware, and there are now fines for people who litter.“I’m so satisfied that I’m helping my community, and each time I come here I get new experiences to take back to my family,” Grijalua says. “I don’t use tins or plastic bags anymore and, since the school in my community doesn’t have a kitchen, we’re collecting bottles and filling them with non-organic waste so that we can build one.”Guatemala hosts more foreign NGOs than any other country in Central America, but Seres thinks the country is becoming reliant upon international help.Through word of mouth, it wants to create an organic youth movement by training young Guatemalans who can then go back into their communities and share their skills with others. This year Seres has trained 350 young people, which staff estimate will indirectly benefit some 15,000 people.Julio Vásquez comes from Uspantán, an indigenous area in the mountains north of the capital that recently found itself at the mercy of oil drillers, miners and hydroelectric dams.“My community has a lot of problems from la minería. The mayor gave permission for the mining companies to go ahead two years ago, but they cut down all the trees in the mountains and the birds died. You used to be able to see and hear nature all around you, but now there’s nothing,” says Vásquez.Since starting with Seres, Vásquez has become involved in a project to encourage Uspantán’s youth to engage with local issues and help create change.By receiving talks from elders about how life in their community has evolved, taking part in nutrition workshops and watching documentaries about successful youth-run projects, these young Guatemalans are learning how to tackle their communities’ problems and are being given the confidence to create their own futures.Over the next seven years, Seres hopes to work with at least 7,000 young people in Guatemala and El Salvador.“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could train a whole generation who could grow up to be leaders, look at problems and know how to deal with them?” Grace asks. “Then we wouldn’t need to be here trying to fix things, we would have created a whole generation of leaders who could do that.” During leadership workshops, participants receive talks from their elders about how life in their community has changed, and take part in nutrition classes to learn how to make the food around them go further. Courtesy of Serescenter_img Facebook Comments Youths are encouraged to come up with projects that would benefit their local communities, such as tree planting, building eco-schools and starting medicinal plant gardens. Courtesy of Sereslast_img read more

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After World Cup wipeout Costa Rica axes Under17 Womens National Team head

first_img Facebook Comments Juan Diego Quesada was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Under-17 Women’s National Team less than a month after Costa Rica’sdismal performance in the World Cup hosted by the country.Costa Rica lost all three of its matches in the World Cup that took place here last month. By the end of the last contest — a 2-1 loss to Zambia — fans were chanting for Quesada’s ouster. It didn’t take long for the Costa Rican Football Federation to come to the same conclusion. The federation announced that it would “dispense with the services” of Quesada in a press release sent out Wednesday night.Costa Rica, the first Central American country to host a FIFA World Cup event, gave supporters little to cheer about in the team’s three matches. Costa Rica scored its lone goal of the tournament in the defeat to Zambia — after the squad suffered shutouts against Venezuela (3-0) and Italy (1-0). The Under-17 Women’s World Cup took place in Costa Rica from March 15 to April 4, with Japan defeating Spain to win the championship.A Costa Rican women’s national team has never won a World Cup match at any level.  The Under-20 Women’s squad will have a chance to achieve the country’s first female World Cup victory this summer in Canada. Related posts:Italy eliminates U-17 Women’s World Cup hosts Costa Rica with 1-0 victory Quarterfinals set for U-17 Women’s World Cup as winless host Costa Rica says goodbye Costa Rica breaking attendance records at Under-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica will battle with Venezuela before a full stadium to inaugurate the Under-17 Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

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Going to the Brazil World Cup Get your vaccines first

first_imgRelated posts:Let’s stop measles from crashing the World Cup in Brazil All 32 World Cup national slogans, graded and (in some cases) improved Joel Campbell and the Ticos against the world: Dates and local times for every group stage match World Cup fever is not a disease, says Costa Rica’s Social Security System Local fans planning to support Costa Rica’s National Football Team, known as “La Sele,” next month in Brazil must comply with a health requirement for vaccines against yellow fever and measles.The Amazon region is at risk for the spread of yellow fever, a disease eradicated in Costa Rica more than 80 years ago. According to international health regulations, yellow fever vaccinations are required for all travelers at least two weeks before their departure from Costa Rica.The vaccine is not required to enter Brazil, but it is mandatory for all travelers arriving in Costa Rica from that country. Most airlines and travel agencies already are asking for vaccine certification before selling air tickets to the South American country.FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 will be held in 12 Brazilian cities from June 12-July 13, meaning that all those traveling from Costa Rica should obtain vaccination certificates by May 30.Vaccines can be purchased at any drugstore, but the vaccination certificate only can be obtained at the Health Ministry. National Director of Immunizations Roberto Arroba explained that certificates can be issued at any Health Ministry office across the country by presenting the vaccination receipt from the drugstore.Yellow fever is a disease that affects multiple body systems and is potentially lethal. It is caused by a hemorrhagic virus transmitted through mosquito bites, similar to dengue, explained Gustavo Lazo, a physician with the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, which distributes the vaccine in the country.“Yellow fever diagnosis is difficult, especially in its early stages. Symptoms are very similar to influenza: yellow skin or eyes, bleeding in various parts of the body, failures of liver, kidney, respiratory systems and other organs,” Lazo added.Recommended: Let’s stop measles from crashing the World Cup in BrazilVaccination against yellow fever cannot be applied during pregnancy and lactation, nor to people with fever, allergies to any component of the vaccine or to patients with malfunctioning immune systems.The Social Security System, or Caja, also warned World Cup travelers to get vaccinated against measles after a recent outbreak caused more than 100 cases in Brazil, according to the Pan-American Health Organization.Measles is a highly contagious disease with symptoms that include fever, conjunctivitis, cough, and spots inside the mouth, among others.The last four cases of measles in Costa Rica were recorded in 1999: The first two patients were infected abroad and the others were related to the first two.The Caja applies the measles vaccine to all elementary schoolchildren.The Health Ministry’s phone number is +(506) 2223-0333 and its website is here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Court overturns acquittal of Costa Ricas former President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez on

first_imgRelated posts:Alcatel-Lucent makes $10 million payment to Costa Rica’s ICE in corruption settlement For 2nd time, appeals court overturns conviction of Costa Rica ex-President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign Guatemala’s former vice president charged in customs fraud ring, ordered held in prison Justices of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala III, on Friday overturned a2012 ruling that acquitted Costa Rica’s former President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría on charges of influence peddling in a case that made international headlines and forced Rodríguez to step down as secretary-general of the Organization of American States after serving only one month in the post.Rodríguez served as Costa Rica’s president from 1998-2002. The entire nation watched in October 2004 as Rodríguez was handcuffed and arrested at the Juan Santamaría International Airport as he stepped off a Grupo Taca flight from Washington, D.C. via El Salvador.Hundreds of Ticos came out of their homes and workplaces to line up on the highway or sit on overpasses between the airport and the Prosecutor’s Office in downtown San José to watch the police caravan.The investigation involved the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and French telecommunications giant Alcatel, and was known as the ICE-Alcatel case.Friday’s ruling means that a new court of appeals must now conduct a comprehensive analysis of the conviction of the president in April 2011.A court at the time found five ICE officials guilty of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding a contract to Alcatel for 400,000 GSM cellphone lines, and Rodríguez, the court said, had instigated the exchange.Rodríguez was sentenced to five years in prison, but the sentence was overturned by another court, citing the statute of limitations on the charges and errors in handling the evidence during the investigation.On Friday, Sala III justices in a majority vote stated that “Evidence 588,” known as “the Panama Evidence,” as well as three other key pieces of evidence are indeed valid and should be considered by the court in the case.Evidence 588 refers to bank accounts in Panama owned by Holding Marchwood Corporation, which prosecutors claimed were used for transferring funds from Alcatel to former ICE board members and Rodríguez’s wife, Lorena Clare.Rodríguez and all five former ICE officials will be included in the new investigation by a court of appeals.According to the daily La Nación, Rodríguez’s attorney, Christia Arguedas, said in a press release that the Panama evidence does not affect the ex-president’s situation because “it does not refer to any of Rodríguez’s actions.”Rodríguez has always maintained he is innocent of the charges. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Hiking Chirripó Journey to the top of the world

first_imgCERRO CHIRRIPÓ— My biggest piece of advice as you hike Costa Rica’s tallest mountain: Don’t look up.If you do, you’ll understand exactly how much farther you have to climb. Cerro Chirripó towers 12,533 feet above sea level. And tower it does, with a topographic prominence of more than 12,228 feet that promises incredible, panoramic views from its peak.If you can reach it, that is.The trek to Chirripó’s summit begins for most people in San Gerardo de Rivas, a mountain village that overlooks the powerful Chirripó Pacific River. From the trailhead, the hike takes you 14 kilometers, mostly uphill, to Crestones Base Camp.It’s about 5.5 kilometers from Crestones to the summit, with the last stretch being a steep-angle climb to reach the very top.It’s physically strenuous and mentally taxing — the posted kilometer markers never seem to come as quickly as they should — but worth the challenge.***Waking up at 4:30 a.m. is difficult enough without knowledge of the day that’s to come. But starting the hike at sunrise allows for ample time to reach base camp before dark.If you’re in San Gerardo, you’ll want to find transportation to the trailhead — it’s an uphill road to get there, and your legs will need the energy later. While the village has no taxis (and no Ubers), your hotel or AirBnB host should be able to arrange a driver. The mighty Chirripó River runs through San Gerardo. Alejandro ZúñigaAnd then, unceremoniously, the ascent begins. The trail starts steep and slippery, but you’ll pass signs with motivational quotes to keep you from growing too discouraged.You’re also rewarded with wonderful morning views of San Gerardo and the surrounding hills as man-made noises fade and are replaced by a cacophony of birds. The hike begins with a scenic overlook of San Gerardo. Alejandro ZúñigaAt the four-kilometer mark, you’ll reach the official park boundary, which is marked by a wooden gate and a couple of benches that are perfect for some quick mental math: At four kilometers, you’re just over halfway to the halfway point.Thankfully, at that midway point is the Llano Bonito Refuge, a building with bathrooms, potable water and a small shop that sells coffee, snacks and other necessities.Once you summon the mental fortitude to continue, the scenery becomes exceptionally pretty. Alejandro Zúñiga The final stretch before Crestones Base Camp is perhaps the hike’s most difficult. Called the Cuesta de los Arrepentidos — the Slope of the Repenters — the climb will drain the last bit of energy from already weary legs.But then you’ll see the base camp, where you can check-in for a hot meal, close your eyes for a moment in your shared bedroom, or listen in the common area to hikers who have visited Chirripó from all over the world. Overlooking the Crestones Base Camp in Chirripó National Park. Alejandro ZúñigaIf you can, spend two nights at Crestones Base Camp. Sure, it’s cold, you’ll be sleeping in a bunkbed and the showers have no hot water, but the scenery makes it worthwhile.From Crestones Base Camp, you can hike a number of trails, including Ventisqueros (to Costa Rica’s second-tallest peak) and Los Crestones (a national symbol of Costa Rica).But by far the most popular trek is the nighttime departure to watch sunrise from atop Chirripó. Compared to reaching base camp, the 5.5 kilometers to the summit are relatively easy. The final scramble up the side of the mountain is difficult (and a little scary), but doable.Once you’ve reached the summit, savor it! If the day is clear, you’ll have an incredible view in every direction. And if it’s cloudy, be patient, as the weather can and does change quickly. Spectacular views near the summit of Chirripó. Alejandro Zúñiga***Costa Rica is rightfully known for its beaches, rainforests and wildlife.But in all my time here, nothing has compared to the awe, exuberance and accomplishment of conquering Cerro Chirripó.And it’s achievable. Crestones Base Camp splits what would otherwise be a strenuous 40-kilometer day from San Gerardo to the peak and back into an attainable weekend excursion.Summiting Chirripó was never a resolution for 2018. But as the new year begins, it’s my goal to go back. Alejandro ZúñigaRead more about Chirripó in The Tico Times here. For a detailed guide to the hike (and logistics), I recommend this site. Facebook Comments Related posts:What’s going on with reservations for Chirripó National Park? United kicks off couple flying to their Costa Rican wedding From ATVs to Arenal, Adventure Tours offers the best of Costa Rica Costa Rica working with FAA to restore Category 1 rating ‘as soon as possible’last_img read more

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Tropical wave kills 2 in eastern Caribbean

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar declared Diego Martin a disaster area and said the government has opened two shelters.Meteorologists had warned of heavy rains this weekend associated with the tropical wave that’s expected to dissipate after passing through the eastern Caribbean.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the tropical wave was located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Barbados and moving west at 25 mph (41 kph) with winds of 35 mph (55 kph).The hurricane center canceled a tropical storm watch for the eastern Caribbean late Saturday morning.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) – Two people died and another two are missing in Trinidad as a tropical wave lashed the eastern Caribbean with heavy rains and wind, authorities said Saturday.The victims died after heavy rainfall unleashed floods and mudslides in Trinidad’s western suburb of Diego Martin, relatives said. The dead were identified as 66-year-old Solomon Britto and 31-year-old Everold Bentham.Bentham’s sister, Liz Bentham, told reporters that floodwater surged through their community early Saturday and that her mother and sister were able to leave the house. She said Everold Bentham initially left with them but that he returned to retrieve something from the house and died. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Poland France back stronger EU bilateral ties

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project WARSAW, Poland (AP) – The leaders of Poland and France said Friday they want the new European Union budget to allow for development and further integration despite the need for cuts and austerity measures.French President Francois Hollande made a one-day visit to Warsaw, his first as president, and met with his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, as the two nations intensify ties.They told reporters they agreed that EU leaders need to make targeted decisions as they discuss the upcoming tight EU budget, in order to help the 27-nation bloc and its 17-nation eurozone overcome the current debt crisis. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Hollande said funds for a common EU policy for agriculture and for cohesion are France’s priorities and match up well with Poland’s goals. He said the two nations will be pressing for an EU budget of solidarity that will secure the bloc’s economic growth and long-term security.Aiming to intensify bilateral ties, Hollande came with a group of some 22 business leaders from sectors including energy, defense and transport.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Lawyer Abu Qatadas conditions to leave UK

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img LONDON (AP) – The lawyer for Abu Qatada says he will voluntarily leave Britain, which has been trying to deport the radical Muslim preacher for more than a decade, and go to Jordan if a new treaty on torture is ratified there.The British government last month said it had signed a new treaty with Jordan in a bid to ease human rights concerns preventing the deportation of the cleric, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman. Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said Friday the cleric will go to Jordan voluntarily if that treaty is ratified by the Jordanian parliament.Successive British governments have tried since 2001 to remove him, but courts have blocked extradition over concerns that evidence obtained under torture could be used against him.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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German unemployment steady at 73 pct in February

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The jobless rate regularly rises during the winter months when construction work tends to moderate. However, Germany has experienced a relatively mild winter this year.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 percent in February, after only 2,000 more people joined the ranks of the jobless during the month.The Federal Labor Agency reported Thursday that a total of 3.138 million people were registered as out of work. That’s 18,000 fewer than a year earlier.Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate also remained at 6.8 percent, in line with economists’ expectations.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Chinese billionaire gives France vacation to 6400 workers

first_img Top Stories Check your body, save your life Jinyuan was greeted by France’s foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, mid-week in Paris.French media estimated the trip’s cost at 13-20 million euros ($14.5-$22.3 million).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement NICE, France (AP) — The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his best salespeople a vacation that started in Paris and ended with a parade on France’s Cote d’Azur.CEO Li Jinyuan said he was celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary by rewarding his staff and aimed for the world record in spelling out a phrase in human bodies.As their vacation wound down, the employees on Friday massed on the coastal promenade in Nice and, dressed in identical sky blue hats and T-shirts, spelled out the words “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur.” Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Employees of the TIENS Group, a Chinese company, attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015. Li Jinyuan is sending off half his team about 6,400 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip in Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

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House passes bill to end bulk collection of US phone records

first_img Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted by a wide margin Wednesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and replace it with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis.The 338-to-88 vote set the stage for a Senate showdown just weeks before the Patriot Act provisions authorizing the program are due to expire.If the House bill becomes law, it will represent one of the most significant changes stemming from the unauthorized disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. But many Senate Republicans don’t like the measure, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a separate version that would keep the program as is. Yet, he also faces opposition from within his party and has said he is open to compromise. President Barack Obama supports the House legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act, which is in line with a proposal he made last March. The House passed a similar bill last year, but it failed in the Senate.Most House members would rather see the Patriot Act provisions expire altogether than re-authorize NSA bulk collection, said Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee. “I think the Senate is ultimately going to pass something like the USA Freedom Act,” he said.The issue, which exploded into public view two years ago, has implications for the 2016 presidential contest, with Republican candidates staking out different positions.The revelation that the NSA had for years been secretly collecting all records of U.S. landline phone calls was among the most controversial disclosures by Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator who in 2013 leaked thousands of secret documents to journalists.The program collects the number called, along with the date, time and duration of call, but not the content or people’s names. It stores the information in an NSA database that a small number of analysts query for matches against the phone numbers of known terrorists abroad, hunting for domestic connections to plots. The House measure also provides for a panel of experts to advocate for privacy and civil liberties before the secret intelligence court that oversees surveillance programs. And it allows the government to continue eavesdropping on foreign terrorists without a warrant for 72 hours after they enter the U.S., giving authorities time to obtain such a warrant.The Senate will have a short window to act before Patriot Act provisions authorizing the phone records program and other counterterrorism-related measures expire June 1. If McConnell’s bill passes to reauthorize the law with no changes, that would be seen as a crushing defeat for surveillance opponents.On Tuesday, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers and FBI Director Jim Comey briefed senators on the program. Afterward, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters the NSA was not collecting all the data it should be. He declined to be specific, saying the briefing was classified, but he appeared to be addressing the fact that the collection does not include most mobile calls in an era when many people have stopped using landlines.“The way it’s being implemented today, I don’t see how it’s … useful at all to the American people,” said Corker, who wants to reauthorize the current law. “And I’m shocked, shocked … by the small amount of data that is even part of the program. It needs to be ramped up.” Top Stories Quick workouts for men Officials acknowledge the program has never foiled a terrorist attack, and some within the NSA had proposed abandoning it even before it leaked — on the grounds that its financial and privacy costs outweighed its counterterrorism benefits.Proponents of keeping the program the way it is argue that the rise of the Islamic State group and its efforts to inspire Westerners to attack in their own countries make it more important than ever for the NSA and FBI to have such phone records at their disposal to map potential terrorist cells when new information surfaces. And they say there is no evidence the program has ever been misused.Under the House measure, the NSA would no longer collect and store the records, but the government still could obtain a court order to obtain data connected to a specific number from the phone companies, which typically store them for 18 months.If the legislation is enacted, “Americans will now rest easy knowing that their calls and other records will not be warehoused by the government, no matter how careful the government is in their procedures to access those files,” said Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat on the intelligence committee. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Patients with chronic pain give advice U.S. officials have confirmed the mobile records gap, saying it stemmed from technical and policy issues that ultimately would have been addressed absent the Snowden leak. Under the House’s USA Freedom Act, they said, the NSA would expand its queries to include mobile records, creating a potentially more effective program. But they have expressed concerns about working out an arrangement with phone providers to standardize the data so the information can quickly be searched.Those officials, not authorized to comment publicly by name, spoke only on condition of anonymity.___Associated Press writer Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.Follow Ken Dilanian on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kendilanianapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The House debates and votes for final passage on NSA Surveillance legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act. The measure seeks to codify President Barack Obama’s proposal to end the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records. It would allow the agency to request certain records held by the telephone companies under a court order in terrorism investigations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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US Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcement

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies.Five months after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced their intention to improve ties, the former foes on Friday completed a fourth round of negotiations without ironing out enough of the differences that have accumulated over a half-century of estrangement to restore diplomatic relations.However, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, insisted the two sides were “much closer” to that goal after a “highly productive” session. U.S. gains have been less apparent.Both the U.S. and Cuba say the embassies are a first step in a larger process of “normalizing” relations. That effort would still have to tackle bigger questions such as the embargo, which only Congress can fully revoke, as well as the future of Guantanamo Bay and Cuba’s democracy record.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Cuba said the talks would continue, but gave no date for a future next round. Jacobson said another high-profile gathering might not be necessary.Appearing first in back-to-back news conferences, the communist government’s top diplomat for the United States, Josefina Vidal, was circumspect. She avoided any description of the remaining obstacles to restoring diplomatic relations and offered no criticism of the United States, but said two days of discussions in Washington focused on “every aspect of the functioning of embassies and the behavior of diplomats.”Even as many of the biggest hurdles have been cleared, Washington and Havana are still wrangling over American demands that its diplomats be able to travel throughout Cuba and meet dissidents without restrictions. The Cubans are wary of activity they see as destabilizing to their government.“We are confident that when we get to an agreement, our embassy will be able to function so that our officers can do their job as they do worldwide,” a similarly careful Jacobson responded when asked about the matter.Cuba comes off the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list on May 29, removing a designation that carries financial repercussions. And its Interests Section in Washington now has a U.S.-based bank account, meaning it doesn’t have to operate on cash anymore. Obama also has moved to significantly loosen the American trade embargo on the island. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories last_img read more

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Solar plane departure from Japan for Hawaii postponed

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Borschberg, who is to fly the Japan-Hawaii leg of the round-the-world journey, sat for hours in the cockpit waiting and then got back out.“I trust they took a good decision. We discussed it on the radio. Despite the fact it’s very hard it’s the right way to go,” he said in an interview carried live on the Internet.A live video feed showed the staff in the control center in Monaco engaged in intense discussions over the weather and possible strategies. The plane needed to take off before sunrise because otherwise it would become too hot and windy to either leave or return it to the inflatable mobile hangar at Nagoya’s Komaki airport.Borschberg landed on June 1 while en route from the Chinese city of Nanjing to Honolulu. He was to fly the plane solo during the roughly five-day trip, taking short naps, doing yoga and meditating to endure the lack of sleep.The airplane carries no fuel, so project engineers are using simulations to determine when it is safe to fly. The first Pacific leg is the riskiest because there is no place to land.In the end, the project’s simulation team decided conditions on day four of the journey would likely be too cloudy for the plane’s batteries to recharge safely, Piccard said, expressing sympathy for Borschberg. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “He knows, like us, that it’s better to get out of the plane on the tarmac in Nagoya than on the third day with a parachute overhead,” Piccard said in an interview from Monaco. He is taking turns with Borschberg in flying the plane solo.Borschberg has been waiting for a weather front stretching from Alaska to Taiwan to clear enough for him to resume the 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) journey across the western Pacific, the longest leg of the round-the-world journey which began in Abu Dhabi on March 9.On the ground in Nagoya, the plane was slightly damaged when a cover was tousled by the wind, but it has been repaired and ready to go for days.The Solar Impulse 2 is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings that recharge its batteries, enabling it to fly. But bad weather and nights are challenges because diverting around clouds takes extra energy, and the aircraft is not designed to withstand rain, turbulence and heavy winds.The aircraft travels at about the same speeds as a vehicle. At night, it descends from its maximum altitude of 8,500 meters (27,900 feet) to 3,000 meters (9,850 feet) to minimize power consumption as it draws from its batteries.In the morning, the plane resumes producing power, but it needs to have enough left-over power to ascend to the daytime altitude. The Solar Impulse project is meant to demonstrate the potential of improved energy efficiency and clean power, though solar-powered air travel is not yet commercially practical, given the slow travel time, weather and weight constraints of the aircraft.___Kurtenbach reported from Tokyo.___Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ekurtenbachCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 treatments for adult scoliosis NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — A solar-powered plane carrying no fuel has postponed its departure from central Japan for Hawaii due to worse than expected weather conditions.Swiss pilot and project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said the weather window for the flight early Wednesday had closed. After analyzing conditions, the decision was made to take the plane back to its mobile hangar.“It’s a bad moment. It’s really a bad moment. It was on the edge. We took the decision to go, but not everybody was enthusiastic. We had a conclusion that it’s not worth trying anymore,” said Piccard, who is taking turns flying the plane with his co-pilot Andre Borschberg. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

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Candy sickens 1080 students in southern Philippines

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 1,000 students in a southern Philippine province fell ill Friday after eating fruit-flavored candy sold by vendors during their school recess, officials said.Provincial disaster management officer Abel de Guzman said no deaths have been recorded, but at least 1,080 students in southern Surigao del Sur province received emergency treatment after vomiting and complaining of nausea, dizziness, stomach pain and headaches. They were from the capital Tandag and the towns of Cagwait, Tago, Bayabas and Marihatag. Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Tandag Mayor Roxane Pimentel said some children fell ill minutes after eating the candy flavored with durian, mangosteen and mango that was sold cheaply by vendors.At least seven vendors have been detained in Tandag and Cagwait, she said. No charges were immediately filed.Pimentel said she plans to call a special session of the city council to declare a state of calamity.The students were taken to government hospitals and the provincial capitol building where they were treated by government health workers and private doctors, officials said.“We have not even accounted for those who were taken to private clinics,” Pimentel said.She said it was not immediately clear what was wrong with the candy and samples would be sent for testing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Virgin launches into Showbiz

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Virgin Australia has forged a new partnership with Showbiz International, allowing Velocity Rewards members to earn points when purchasing tickets on a new website, ‘the box office’.‘The box office’ website is powered by Showbiz International and sells entertainment tickets for the Australian theatre, sports, operas, concerts, musicals and other major events. Velocity Frequent Flyer general manager Phil Gunter said since the program began, members were offered a range of entertainment rewards, redeemable for points.“’It [the box office] will allow us to take these offerings to a whole new level, providing a one-stop shop for a range of events, along with exclusive benefits including access to ticket pre-sales, special offers and all-inclusive event packages.” Showbiz International CEO Craig McMaster said he was proud to launch ‘the box office’ in conjuction with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program.“Virgin Australia is actively supporting both presenters and performers, and the Australian live entertainment industry,” Mr McMaster said. “We are very excited that we can add to this with a fantastic new platform that we are confident will deliver a first class ticketing service and online experience for Velocity Frequent Flyer members.”last_img read more

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Blue Mountains tourism recovery

first_img“If people are wondering how they can support the Blue Mountains the answer is quite simple – come up and enjoy yourselves… it’s a win-win for everyone.” Image: Sam Mooy. Source: News Limited. Earlier this week, forecasters had warned that fires in the region could join together to form a ‘megafire’, forcing the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to urge visitors to stay away. Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker asked all tourism operators in the region to inform their customers to stay away on Wednesday given the severity of conditions. “Anyone who does not have an important reason to be in the Blue Mountains tomorrow, do not be there,” NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said earlier this week. While the Fairmont Resort MGallery in Leura was not directly affected by the fires, the hotel has reported losses to leisure and conference business, due to the disruptions to regular travel. Source = ETB News: P.T. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, will face a tough road to recovery, not just in terms of property damage but significant losses to the tourism industry. The RFS has warned it may take weeks for the fires in the mountains to be totally extinguished. “It’s now very important that tourists and conference groups support the area in its recovery phase by maintaining their travel plans over the next few months,” Fairmont Resort MGallery general manager Bernie Boller said. However, with the emergency situation now downgraded, roads re-opened and milder weather on the way, hoteliers have begun returning to full operations.last_img read more

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SunConnect hightech hotels

first_imgThe new brand had a focus on high-touch innovation, combining compelling digital technology with naturally stunning holiday destinations, allowing guests to stay connected while on holidays. Thomas Cook will launch a new high-technology concept brand – SunConnect – in 2014. The new SunConnect Resorts will be located across Turkey, Cyprus, Gran Canaria, Majorca, Tunisia and Croatia. The new resorts will offer family-friendly rooms, free wi-fi, teen online gaming areas, dining rooms, pools and the ability for guests to book daily activities through their smartphones and tablets. Image: SunConnect Resorts Adding to the success of the Sunprime and Sunwing hotels and continuing its on-going transformation, Thomas Cook will open ten SunConnect Resorts mid-next year. “This isn’t just a rebrand of some of our hotels, it’s about our promise to listen to our customers and provide a high-tech, high-touch experience throughout these new resorts,” Thomas Cook Group chief executive Harriet Green said. Customers will also be supported by a ConnectScout – a web-savvy holiday host who will facilitate digital activities for the whole family such as geocaching and Xbox gaming. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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Virtuoso forms partnership with First Travel Group

first_imgVirtuoso has announced the partnership with First Travel Group as part of its ongoing global expansion, which will see further growth into Asia throughout 2015.The company has a turnover in excess of USD$14 billion in annual travel sales and hopes that this new partnership will help it grow further.Virtuoso chief executive officer and chairman Matthew D Upchurch, said that the new partnership will aim to expand in the Asia-Pacific markets.“In keeping with our commitment to expand the Asia-Pacific markets, we are delighted to welcome First Travel Group into our network.  Its reputation and commitment to servicing the client whilst delivering high-end, experiential travel mirrors our own, and we look forward to working together to co-create a network that benefits advisors and travellers alike,” Mr Upchurch said.First Travel Group is New Zealand’s leading independent travel alliance specialising in high-end leisure and corporate travel.First Travel Group’s managing director Andrew Bowman, said that the company is excited to be working with Virtuoso.“We are delighted to enter this valuable partnership, which allows for a joint focus on creating customer value whilst maintaining independence and local market flavour,” Mr Bowman said.New Zealand’s travel agency elite, First Travel Group members Voyage Affaires and North Shore Business Travel, have been Virtuoso members for more than 10 years and this foundation in the luxury market provided the impetus for a deeper partnership between the brands. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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