Adultsonly DR property to become kidfriendly says Bahia Principe

first_img Thursday, April 12, 2018 Adults-only D.R. property to become kid-friendly, says Bahia Principe Travelweek Group Posted by PALMA DE MALLORCA — Effective May 2018, one of Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts’ leading adults-only properties in the Dominican Republic will transition into a family-friendly resort where kids are welcome.Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, located on the island of Cayo Levantado in Samaná, will begin welcoming young guests next month. This will be the brand’s only luxury Treasure experience hotel, as per its recent portfolio reclassification, that welcomes younger guests.“This wonderful one-hotel island offers two private beaches, perfect for families to enjoy. The strategic decision to remove the adults-only restriction helps us to truly round out our expansive offering in Samaná,” said Helen Montijano, vice president of sales and marketing, U.S. and Canada. Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Dominican Republic, Family Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Montijano also added that in addition to Cayo Levantado, the brand has three properties on the D.R.’s mainland. These include: Luxury Bahia Principe Samana, an adults-only haven and the brand’s second luxury property in the area; Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, featuring a variety of off-site activities; and Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, the brand’s most family-centric property in the region with Family Junior and Family Master suites.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“While each comes complete with its own unique personality, all share our commitment to remarkable service, top-tier amenities and a superior quality experience,” she said.Guests of all mainland properties also have access to the charming Bahia Principe Village, a one-stop activity area that combines shops with local crafts and nightly entertainment. Sharelast_img read more

Goways free flights the Northern Territory and 100 agent incentive

first_imgGoway’s free flights the Northern Territory and $100 agent incentive Tags: Agent Incentives, Australia, Goway Travel, Northern Territory Tourism << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Goway Travel together with Northern Territory Tourism is offering free, one-way domestic flights to or from Australia’s Northern Territory, along with a $100 agent incentive.The flight deal is available with any new Qantas airfare and land vacation booking to Australia through Goway.The tour operator says there are two ways to take advantage of the offer.“Your clients can purchase one of three special packages (, on which they will enjoy a free one way flight between Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Darwin, Alice Springs, or Ayers Rock, for a saving of up to CA$360 per couple,” says Goway.“Alternatively, let Goway customize the perfect Northern Territory vacation for you. Simply ask for a custom quote [and] mention the FLY FREE offer.”Bookings must include roundtrip international airfares with Qantas Airways from North America and at least four nights in the Northern Territory. The deal is valid for travel completed by Dec. 31 and must be booked by July 31.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyPlus, Goway is reminding agents that any new booking that includes international airfares from North America and at least four nights in the Northern Territory is eligible for a $100 gift card for the booking agent. This incentive is valid for bookings made prior to July 1 and is limited to one incentive per booking.For more information on free flight promotion visit Full details of the agent incentive are available at Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Share Tuesday, June 5, 2018 last_img read more

La Chaine Gourmet Club initiates new members

first_imgThe Confrérie de la Chaine des Rôtisseurs initiated 11 new members and appointed four new officers in a spirited ceremony in the Hotel Tryp in downtown San José on Saturday, Feb. 16. Presided over by Alain Taulere, chef and Bailli Delegué (chief) of the Costa Rica Chaine, it was a night filled with medieval ritual and lots of good humor.Dedicated to good food, good wine and good fellowship, this worldwide gourmet club has been growing steadily in Costa Rica, with 60 members in two chapters: Guanacaste and San José. Members include both food lovers and food and wine professionals. New members, called chevaliers (knights) and dames (ladies), are welcomed into the Chaine with a sworn oath, a sword-dubbing ceremony and a ceremonial silk-ribbon garland. Professional members and officers are similarly “inducted,” but sport different-colored garlands, denoting their status. The club’s colorful traditions go back to the time of medieval guilds (chaines) in France, explained Carlo Di Bartolo, owner/chef of Restaurante DiBartolo, head of the culinary department at Universidad Latina and current Vice-Conseiller Culinaire of the Chaine. Goose-roasters (rôtisseurs) received royal warrants, beginning in 1248, to practice their trade in the palaces and chateaux of the aristocracy. All that came to an end with the French Revolution, said Di Bartolo, speaking in Spanish.Brad Lloyd, former Food and Beverage Manager of the Melía Conchal Hotel and current Chancelier of the Chaine, picked up the story in English, telling the gathering that after World War II, a group of journalists and chefs in Paris metaphorically re-launched the guild as a way to promote French cuisine and wine throughout the world.As the Chaine has expanded in Costa Rica, it has both reflected and made an impact on the growing appreciation and demand for fine food and international wines here. The Chaine’s professional members now include 13 owners of restaurants and hotels, three general managers of restaurants and hotels, 14 Mâitre Rôtisseurs (chefs), three Mâitre Restaurateur (dining room managers) and one chef de table (dining room captain). On the wine side, members now include seven wine professionals (importers and distributors), and one sommelier (professional wine taster).A measure of the culinary sophistication now available in Costa Rica was the ambitious menu served at the celebratory dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, the Gastro Bar en la 38. Norman Martinez, newly appointed bailli (governor) of the San José branch, and Food and Beverage Manager of the Tryp Hotel, pulled out all the stops as executive chef of a six-course dinner for 60 diners. Starting with phyllo cornets stuffed with shrimp tartare and lemon cream, the main dishes included duck breast served with a delectable date and maple sauce, and lamb loin infused with lavender, accompanied by chocolate sauce. A sparkling Spanish cava started the evening off, followed by two French vintages – a Pays d’Oc viognier and a Burgundy pinot noir; followed by two Italian wines – an Umbrian Sagrantino de Montefalco and a Piemontese Brachetto d’Aqui; and an Argentine malbec from the Rio Negro. The wine list alone was an education in wonderful wines rarely served in Costa Rica. The dinner was a tour de force of perfectly matched wines with exquisite food.For more information about the Chaine and upcoming events, visit Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Why a new logo

first_img Facebook Comments Everyone needsa new look once in a while. And while The Tico Times’ new logotype seems like a radical change from that of our old site, it’s really not. In fact, there’s a lot of hidden history behind the green circle that’s literally turning the page, and behind the retro text.Tico Times creative director Haime Luna and wife Gerrie Gómez spent days researching the topic. They used the The Tico Times’ original font from 1956 – Futura – and Times New Roman, which was used in a second launch of the paper in 1972. (Our new isotype – the green circle with the “T” – is in Times New Roman and the new logo is in Futura.)You probably noticed the smiling sun has disappeared – but in a way it hasn’t. We kept the circle and the original Times New Roman “T” to pay tribute to the newspaper’s history. And if you look again at the folded-over edge of the logo, you’ll see the sun is still winking at you!Our new logo is designed to be functional online, meaning you can recognize it in any format, big or small, whether it’s a Twitter icon or at the top of our home page.To give you an idea how it evolved, here are some of Haime’s earlier designs:Logo proposal No. 1: The Times MemorabiliaHere we see the circle and the original “T,” which are meant to show that we recognize what the print weekly has accomplished over the years, and that this legacy is at the center of what we do today.Logo proposal No. 2: The TicoWe liked the vivacity of this logo, which was inspired by the traditional Costa Rican oxcart, but we were worried the psychedelia might confuse people of our intentions. Plus, the isotype didn’t work when shrunk to a smaller size.Logo proposal No. 3: The ExplorerA more holistic design, we ultimately felt this one was a little too Bob Dylan.Logo proposal No. 4: The ObserverThe soberest of the four earlier designs, the “Observer” reflects transparency and serious journalism, and is set in the colors of the Costa Rican flag. But we needed a little more flexibility and versatility. (A little more Bob Dylan.)The WinnerWe were pretty close with the first four proposals. But sometimes the best idea comes from putting your earlier ideas into a blender and seeing what comes out. See if you can spot the elements from these earlier designs in our final logo. Related posts:Watch a video of the best Tico Times front pages from our old print editionlast_img read more

Portugals lastsecond draw is US mostwatched soccer game

first_imgRelated posts:Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests As expected, Altidore will not play in US World Cup match vs. Portugal In shadow of Brazil World Cup, a nonprofit builds fields of hope NEW YORK – Portugal’s 2-2 draw with the United States on a last-second goal by Varela Sunday was the most-watched broadcast of a soccer game in U.S. history.The match broadcast on ESPN was seen in 9.6 percent of U.S. homes for an average of 18.2 million viewers, the Walt Disney Co. network said in a statement. That total topped the 18 million viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China on Disney’s ABC.The rating also topped the previous high for a men’s soccer game in the U.S., which had been a 9.5 for the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil. The 1999 women’s final remains the highest-rated game, with an 11.4.The U.S. was leading 2-1 on goals by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey when five minutes of stoppage time was added to the clock. Late in the final minute, World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo passed the ball to Portugal substitute Varela, who headed it past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to even the score in Manaus, Brazil. The game ended as soon as play was restarted.World Cup games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have averaged a 2.6 rating through the first 32 matches. That’s a 44 percent increase over ratings in 2010, when the event was held in South Africa.Sunday’s match was the most-watched non- U.S. football broadcast in ESPN’s history and it set ratings records in 18 different markets, the network said.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Artist Justin GriffinZúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Rica

first_imgCourtesy of Justin Griffin-ZúñigaIn the painting “Vendedor de Copos,” an elderly man stands before a wooden stand. He wears a bushy mustache and a frown. His pinkish shirt and turquoise trousers are definitively Latin American; around him hangs a canopy of tropical leaves. But one thing stands out: The man has two faces, which blend eerily together like conjoined twins. Each face is distinct, separated by a seam in the skin, but they share the same hat.When 31-year-old Justin Griffin-Zúñiga describes his painting, he takes it a step further. He notes the symmetry of the work, the way the gutters converge beneath the bottom of the frame, as if reaching out of the landscape. He says that anyone looking at the painting is required to “choose a face,” just the way someone would pick a “copo” (or “snow cone”) from the vendor’s cart. He says that he found inspiration in Monet, but mostly he based the portrait on two Rembrandt paintings.In part, Griffin-Zúñiga can speak so eloquently about his work because it takes him so long to create it: He spent two years painting “Vendedor de Copos.” He has no atelier. Instead, he paints in his living room in Ciudad Colón.After six years of working obsessively with acrylics and pastels, Griffin-Zúñiga will finally receive his first gallery show at the Casa del Artista in Guadalupe. For Griffin-Zúñiga, the opening reception of “Tarde o Temprano” on April 17 is a kind of “coming out” party.“I’ve been bothering galleries forever,” says Griffin-Zúñiga. “I don’t want to sound conceited or cocky. But I’m drawing the line and saying, ‘I’m a serious artist, this is what I do, and this is your opportunity to interact with it.’”In conversation, Griffin-Zúñiga speaks with intense nervous energy, as if he’s rushing to explain everything he’s thinking. A transcript of his speech patterns would be filled with dashes, semicolons, and ellipses.But his story is full of surprises: Griffin-Zúñiga was born in Florida and grew up largely in Massachusetts, but half his family lives in Costa Rica, where he would come for summer vacations. He went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he studied theater, but scheduling problems and cliquey actors made him feel like an outsider. Already shy and anxious, Griffin-Zúñiga spent a lot of his college life alone. In one anecdote, he describes drinking numerous martinis and then wandering around UMass’s famous brick skyscraper, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.Then Griffin-Zúñiga moved to Costa Rica, and things started to change. “I got slammed by a muse,” he recalls. “So I thought, ‘I have to do something about this.’ It’s always a cliché until it happens to oneself, and then it seems quite unique.”For the past six years, he has painted. By day, Griffin-Zúñiga is a contract manager for a major corporation. He is married with one child. But he describes a dramatic inner life, one overflowing with angst and emotions. This is the source of Griffin-Zúñiga’s surreal artwork – the globular creatures, the leaves with eyeballs, the gaping, toothy mouths, and the densely layered, psychedelic colors that highlight all his works.“The world that I live in is quite similar to the world that I paint,” he says. “The emphasis is more on the emotional appearance than the physical structure of [my subjects]. One or two are influenced by dreams directly. But most of them start with a sense of anxiety, and I don’t know what to do with it.”Then again, Griffin-Zúñiga has managed to overcome this perceived anxiety in other ways. He has traveled throughout Europe and Central America. He has composed music and written poetry collections. If he hadn’t moved to Costa Rica, he wanted to live in Dubai. He can reference a range of cultural touchstones in a single breath, like haiku poems and Byzantine iconography, and he can talk about “my fear of death” and “my awe at the beauty of this world” without hesitation or irony. But it is clear that the paintings are the focus of his creative life.“The way the images are constructed, they’re painted – on purpose – in a slightly ambiguous way, because our emotions are ambiguous to begin with,” he says. “They’re all self-portraits, but they’re portraits of us. In my opinion, paintings are mirrors. When we’re looking at a face in a portrait, we’re trying to see how we relate to that. It’s the hallucinogenic experience that I get naturally, on a daily basis.”Like many talented artists with day-jobs, Griffin-Zúñiga feels that his first solo show will be a kind of declaration. Various clients have commissioned his work; Griffin-Zúñiga feels that he has earned a place as a professional artist, and this exhibition will help break the ice with galleries, clients and agents.“Painting helps me with the existential feeling of being trapped between the ugliness and beauty of the world,” he says. “It’s the first time I’ve been able to put energy behind an artistic pursuit in a consistent way.”“Tarde o Temprano” will be on display at the Casa del Artista, Guadalupe. Opening reception April 17, 4 – 9 p.m. Free. Info: Casa del Artista Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:‘Urban Sketchers’ draw San José BMX bikers, TEDx lectors, and other happenings around Costa Rica Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

Candidates face off at Grupo Extra debate in Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party (PRN), left, listens as Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) speaks during a debate Monday night hosted by Grupo Extra.At the debate, held at Club Unión in downtown San José, the candidates discussed issues ranging from the country’s dire fiscal panorama, to a recent wave of femicides, to the “cementazo” corruption scandal, to the track record of the current PAC administration. (Carlos Alvarado indicated that in terms of cabinet appointees, his government would be “borrón y cuenta nueva” – a fresh start.)Read about the latest developments in Costa Rica’s runoff election here. Poll: Fabricio Alvarado holds slight lead in Costa Ricacenter_img Related posts:Evangelical Alliance lawyer: Costa Rica should reduce limits on religious propaganda Poll: Fabricio Alvarado holds slight lead in Costa Rica Presidential candidates in Costa Rica close campaigns with San José rallies Images from a busy, hot Election Day in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   The government restored access to Twitter before midnight Sunday, about eight hours after it initially blocked access. It was unclear whether the government reversed its decision because of action by Twitter or because of public criticism it received for its censorship.Yaseen said Sunday afternoon that Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology had ordered the telecommunications authority to block Twitter because the company refused to remove the offending tweets. In contrast, Facebook had agreed to address Pakistan’s concerns about the competition, he said.The ministry informed Yaseen to restore access to Twitter Sunday evening, but he did not know what led to the decision.Officials from Twitter and Facebook were not immediately available for comment.A top court in Pakistan ordered a ban on Facebook in 2010 amid anger over a similar competition. The ban was lifted about two weeks later, after Facebook blocked the particular page in Pakistan. The Pakistani government said at the time that it would continue to monitor other major websites for anti-Islamic links and content.Even when Twitter was blocked Sunday, many people based in Pakistan continued to use the website by employing programs that disguise the user’s location. There was widespread criticism of the government’s action by those on Twitter, who tend to be more liberal than average Pakistanis. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “Another cheap moral stunt by Pakistan,” tweeted liberal Pakistani columnist Nadeem Paracha.The 2010 Facebook controversy sparked many in Pakistan’s liberal elite to question why Pakistanis could not be entrusted to decide for themselves whether or not to look at a website. Some observers noted that Pakistan had gone further than several other Muslim countries by banning Facebook, and said it showed the rise of conservative Islam in the country.There were a handful of protests against Facebook back in 2010, often organized by student members of radical Islamic groups. Some of the protesters carried signs advocating holy war against the website for allowing the competition page to be posted in the first place.____Associated Press writer Sebastian Abbot contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country’s top telecommunications officials.The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication’s Authority. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Taiwan exnaval officer arrested on spying charge

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice The ministry says it was tipped off by informers. Authorities say they had investigated him even before his retirement, which newspaper reports say was in August.Taiwan and China have spied on each other since the sides split amid civil war in 1949. Their espionage efforts have continued despite a marked decrease in tensions between them during the 4 1/2-year administration of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan’s Defense Ministry says a retired naval officer has been arrested on suspicion of spying for China.A statement released by the ministry on Monday says Chinese intelligence made contact with Cmdr. Chang Chih-hsin through unidentified Taiwanese intermediaries.The ministry denies media reports that Chang had leaked secretive submarine nautical charts or war plans to the Chinese. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Cuba reports 31 percent economic growth for 2012

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona He forecast growth of 3.7 percent for 2013.Yzquierdo’s comments were reported Monday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories HAVANA (AP) – Cuba says it will finish the year with 3.1 percent economic growth, lower than expected but higher than in 2011.Authorities had previously projected growth of 3.4 percent.Cuba’s economy expanded 2.7 percent last year. That also fell short of the 3 percent predicted.Economy Minister Adel Yzquierdo told a meeting of the Council of Ministers that this year’s shortfall is primarily due to missed targets in the construction sector. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Mexican prosecutor resigns after reporters death

first_imgVERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) – The head prosecutor in Mexico’s Veracruz state has resigned one week after the body of a kidnapped newspaper reporter was found in a clandestine grave.State prosecutor Felipe Flores Espinosa’s office has drawn criticism for quickly concluding that the crime-beat reporter was killed because of a personal dispute with a bar owner.Reporter Gregorio Lopez worked for the newspapers Notisur and El Liberal. He was kidnapped by armed men Feb. 5 and his body was found buried in the backyard of a home a week later. The remains of a missing union leader whom Lopez had written about was found nearby. The Veracruz state government said Wednesday that Flores Espinosa resigned “for personal reasons.”Ten journalists have been killed in Veracruz under the current administration of Gov. Javier Duarte.(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 How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories last_img read more

Yemen fighters backing exiled government take southern city

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement A Saudi-led coalition began targeting the Houthis and their allies on March 26. The U.N. estimates that at least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children, have been killed between March 26 and May 20 in the fighting.Hadi’s government in exile has declared several provinces of Yemen disaster zones, including Dhale, where all basic services have collapsed. Due to the violence and a Saudi-led sea-and-air blockade, most Yemenis face severe shortages of fuel, water, medicine and food.In a new report, international humanitarian group Oxfam warned that some 16 million people in Yemen don’t have access to clean water.“This is equivalent to the populations of Berlin, London, Paris and Rome combined, all rotting under heaps of garbage in the streets, broken sewage pipes and without clean water for the seventh-consecutive week,” said Grace Ommer of Oxfam.Also Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes in at least five Yemeni cities, including the capital, Sanaa, and the southern port city of Aden.Meanwhile, a statement by the Saudi Interior Ministry said fighting along the kingdom’s border with Yemen near Asir killed one Saudi soldier and wounded three late Monday. As fighting continues, hopes are dwindling for a political resolution to end the war.Peace efforts also received a major blow this week after U.N.-sponsored negotiations due to take place in Geneva were indefinitely postponed.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered the postponement following a request from Yemen’s government and other parties for more time to prepare, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday, adding that Ban “is actively working to convene the talks at the earliest possible time.”The organization still hopes the warring sides could convene without preconditions, he said.In a limited Cabinet reshuffle, Hadi on Tuesday appointed a former lawmaker, Brig. Gen. Abdu al-Houzifi, as the new interior minister to replace the one who sided with the Houthis.The Houthis, who control large swaths of territory, later said in a statement that they were appointing new governors in six provinces — Sanaa, Rayma, Marib, Bayda, Jawf and Ibb.___Associated Press writers Edith Lederer and Cara Anna contributed to this report from the United Nations.Copyright © 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 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighters backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces’ first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes.The fighters took Dhale, home to the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade, the country’s largest army unit that had been loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has backed the rebels, known as Houthis, in their power grab across Yemen that began last September. How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Government-allied fighters seized tanks, rocket launchers and ammunition caches from the base at Dhale, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Aden, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.Footage from Dhale aired on the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya satellite news network showed fighters in one armored vehicle flying the flag of once-independent South Yemen. The fighters, though allied with exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, also want an independent southern state in the country, which was only unified in 1990.Dozens of fighters on both sides have been killed in intense clashes around Dhale in the past two weeks. Fighting between them still raged Tuesday on the city’s outskirts, officials said.The officials also said that in the city of Taiz, three civilians were killed and over 20 wounded when a mortar shell hit a passenger bus in the city center. Combatants on each side accused the other of firing the errant shell, which happened during intense fighting involving heavy weapons.Just north of Aden, fighting between forces loyal to Hadi and those of Saleh killed three civilians and wounded five, they added.last_img read more

Blatters long goodbye fuels critics urging quick FIFA exit

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Sepp Blatter says he will resign from his position amid corruption scandal and is promising to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   “He must go immediately,” Lennart Johansson, the former FIFA vice president who lost the 1998 presidential election long dogged by claims of vote-buying by Blatter supporters, said Friday in Berlin. “People want us to be clean.”Blatter has continued working while he is a target of a U.S. federal case which promises to implicate more people after four soccer and marketing officials made guilty pleas and 14 were indicted last week.Transparency International, the anti-corruption advisory group invited by FIFA to help with Blatter’s first round of reforms amid a bribery scandal in 2011, said the veteran leader was not credible to lead changes.“Blatter cannot oversee the ‘new’ FIFA, he must go now,” Transparency International managing director Cobus de Swardt said in a statement Friday. “World football cannot be left in limbo.”Blatter’s preferred exit strategy does follow FIFA’s statutes — rules he helped craft in 40 years spent at soccer’s governing body.The 27-member executive committee he chairs must meet and call for a special election congress of FIFA’s 209 member federations. That ruling panel’s next scheduled meeting is Sept. 24-25 in Zurich, but can be called together sooner. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Not good enough, according to one of Blatter’s new executive committee colleagues, Wolfgang Niersbach, in an interview with German TV station ZDF aired Friday.“Everything needs to go much faster,” said Niersbach, the president of the German soccer federation who was voted into the FIFA boardroom by European officials who want him to intervene more actively than most predecessors. “For me, it’s incredible the way it happened.”After the executive committee meets, an election would be held four months after the deadline set for would-be candidates to apply. It was a two-month campaign until new rules were written after Blatter’s 2011 win.Blatter, therefore, said in his surprise resignation speech Tuesday that the election should not be held before December, and maybe as late as March.That extends his reign by up to nine months. And it gives him time to draft promised new rules which — if passed at the special congress — could impose term limits that ensure whoever follows has nothing like his nearly two decades in power.“I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked,” Blatter said in his resignation speech, which was reprinted Friday as his column for FIFA’s weekly magazine. “This time, I will succeed.” Top Stories The secrecy Blatter has always enjoyed about his salary and bonuses could also end for his successor.Still, Blatter has only promised to propose the reforms with the support of Domenico Scala, who leads FIFA’s audit and compliance panel. They are not sure to get support of other confederation leaders to vote them through.There is also a question if Blatter can see out his final months when no one at FIFA knows where and how fast the U.S. investigation is heading. If he leaves sooner than planned, FIFA statutes call for senior vice president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon to step up as interim president.Hayatou, the president of the African soccer confederation, has faced his own allegations of corruption during his 27-year tenure.___AP Sports Writer Rob Harris in Berlin contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GENEVA (AP) — In soccer’s version of the long goodbye, Sepp Blatter is staying put.Two days after announcing his decision to resign as FIFA president, Blatter sent a tweet with a picture of himself sitting at his desk, pen in hand. He wrote that he was already working on reforming the organization that has been plunged into crisis by a U.S. corruption investigation.The 79-year-old Blatter said Tuesday that he plans to remain in office and lead reforms for up to nine months, until a new election is held to find a successor. That hold on power is unacceptable for some soccer leaders and anti-corruption experts. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

TSA nominee shares lawmakers concern about airport security

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The Coast Guard admiral picked by President Barack Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration is as concerned about reports of rampant security gaps at airports as lawmakers, he said during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he will fully identify those gaps and close them if he is confirmed by the Senate. Neffenger has been nominated to replace John Pistole, who left his post as TSA administrator in December.TSA in recent weeks has come under scrutiny from lawmakers amid reports of serious security breaches.Last week it was revealed that auditors from the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general were able to sneak mock explosives, weapons and other items through TSA security checkpoints in 67 out of 70 times tries. Another report released earlier this month disclosed that 73 airport workers with unspecified ties to terrorism were allowed to work in secure areas.Neffenger said Wednesday that the inspector general reports were disturbing to him and they show a need to “refocus on the mission.”“It doesn’t surprise me that there are people out there who have found ways to beat the system,” Neffenger told lawmakers. “But the question is how you are going to deal with that.”When pressed by Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska to grade the agency’s performance, Neffenger said only “they aren’t where they need to be.”“The day you think you’ve got the security system right is the day that you are going to be defeated in that security system,” Neffenger said. How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___Follow Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Move to ease fox hunting ban stirs UK political storm

first_img Sponsored Stories Fox hunting, in which groups of riders follow a pack of hounds trained to track down and kill foxes, has long divided Britons. Opponents consider it a cruel pastime reserved for the rich, while supporters say it is an important rural tradition and an effective form of pest control.Britain banned the sport in 2004 after a long and acrimonious battle that saw hunting supporters clash with riot police outside Parliament.Cameron’s Conservative government, which has strong rural support, last week announced a vote on what it called “technical amendments” to the hunting ban in England and Wales.Opponents called the proposal — which would allow a pack of hounds to flush a fox out of hiding but not kill it — an attempt to legalize hunting by stealth.Celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Sadie Frost and Brian May of Queen urged lawmakers to keep the ban. Paul McCartney warned Cameron that bringing back “cruel and unnecessary” hunting would lose him support.In a further twist, the separatist Scottish National Party announced Monday that it would oppose the changes — even though the party had promised to vote only on issues that affect Scotland. Their decision meant the government, which has a 12-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, would almost certainly have lost Wednesday’s vote. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the party had decided to vote because Cameron was out of touch with English public opinion — and to “remind the government of how slender their majority is.”Ironically, the government’s proposal would make the law in England and Wales the same as that in Scotland, where a pack of dogs can already be used to flush out a fox.The hunting defeat gives the government extra incentive to pass promised reforms barring Scottish lawmakers from voting on bills that only affect England — a controversial plan dubbed English Votes for English Laws.Sturgeon said the proposal would make Scottish lawmakers “second-class citizens in the House of Commons,” and some English legislators have also warned the government not to rush through a major constitutional change.A vote on the English Votes for English Laws proposals is due after Parliament returns from its summer break in September.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society 4 must play golf courses in Arizona LONDON (AP) — Fox hunting is back on the agenda in Britain, and it’s getting bloody.Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has stirred up a political storm by announcing a vote this week to loosen a decade-old ban on the divisive blood sport.The government abruptly scrapped the vote Tuesday when it looked set to fail, but the issue has unleashed a maelstrom of British divisions, pitting city against country, upper class against the modestly off and English lawmakers against Scottish ones.last_img read more

Top gongs for Newcastle Airport at Tourism Awards

first_imgLast night Newcastle Airport was announced the winner of the Specialised Tourism Servicescategory at the prestigious 2010 Hunter and Central Coast Tourism Awards. The Airport was also inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning this Award for threeconsecutive years. The Airport was recognised for enhancing the visitor experience and working closely withlocal tourism. As the gateway to some very diverse tourism experiences – including, PortStephens, Newcastle, Hunter Valley Wine Country and the Central Coast – Newcastle Airportwas acknowledged as a vibrant regional tourism partner who develops inbound marketingpartnerships with local businesses and airlines to encourage tourism growth. Newcastle Airport CEO, Paul Hughes, said “Winning this industry judged award and beinginducted into the Hall of Fame is an honour. Our industry has recognised us for thecontribution we make to tourism within the Region. “We are proud to contribute to our thriving local economy and are delighted to be the gatewayto the Hunter and Port Stephens.” In addition to this Award, Newcastle Airport’s Marketing Communications Coordinator,Rebecca Wilson was awarded the Young Achiever in Tourism Award for her facilitation ofcampaigns with Tourism NSW, Jetstar and Gold Coast Airport which saw an increase indomestic tourism visitation at a time when visitor numbers were in need of boosting. Both Newcastle Airport and Rebecca Wilson now progresses to the State Finals to be held inSydney in November 2010. Source = Newcastle Airport Limitedlast_img read more

Support regional tourism ATEC to NSW govt

first_imgThe Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) is calling on the newly elected NSW Government to make promoting regional tourism a priority.ATEC managing director Felicia Mariani today welcomed the new government to office, saying ATEC’s regional NSW members were hoping to “see a renewed focus on driving visitors to regional areas across the state”.“Creating new, high quality tourism experiences in regional NSW is critical to ensuring both international and local tourists are enticed to look further than our capital cities and spread the tourism dollar across the state,” Ms Mariani said.In its plan for NSW  tourism the new government promised $5 million in funding to regional tourism operators during the election campaign, a move Ms Mariani welcomed but has said “must be tied to specific regional outcomes”.“We are yet to see detail on how the Government will manage this process or the criteria for assessment and allocation of funds.“ATEC believes any funding needs to support broader regional tourism plans that identify key local products and experiences that will appeal to consumers and increase visitation to the regions.“The Government has prudently required these funds be applied to creating and developing new tourism experiences, rather than being used on salaries or advertising campaigns, but ATEC believes it is imperative this funding contributes to achieving long-term, sustainable outcomes for our regional tourism operators and their communities.”Within the NSW Government’s plan for NSW tourism are moves to establish a Visitor Economy Taskforce by 2020 and to create “an independent authority to sell NSW” in Destination NSW funded with $40 million.According to the NSW Government, tourism to the state creates 162,500 jobs and accounts for 3.9 percent of gross state product which is a contribution of $13.9 billion to the state economy. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

THAI Turkish Airlines agree to code share

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Ringing in the New Year with a new deal, Thai Airways International (THAI) and Turkish Airlines announced the completion of a new code share agreement which would see cooperation on flights between Bangkok to Istanbul and Bangkok to Australia.Signing the agreement late last year, the deal would see THAI code share on Turkish Airlines flights between Bangkok and Istanbul while Turkish Airlines would code share on THAI route including Bangkok to Hong Kong, Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok to Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand explained the agreement was a step towards expanding the airline’s market share in Asia and Europe. “By code sharing with Turkish Airlines, THAI can reach many other European cities through Istanbul, which is another gateway for THAI into Europe as well as destinations in Turkey,” the head said.   “Both our airlines can look forward to mutual strengthening of potential markets through Turkish Airlines’ extensive route net into Europe and through THAI’s strong network in Asia and Australia.” Turkish Airlines chief executive Temel Kotil added that the joint flights would also help expand air traffic between Turkey and Thailand. The code share agreement official took effect mid last year, with the first code share flight taking off 12 September last year. last_img read more

ACCC reduces DJ NZ Tasman flights

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australian regulators have approved Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia’s request to reduce their seating capacity across the Tasman by up to 4.2 percent to comply with seating capacity requirements.Announced this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Association said the cut would take place on the Northern Summer 2012 and Northern Winter 2012 scheduling and is a result of reduced demand on flights to and from Christchurch since last year’s quake.“The variation is subject to applicants notifying the ACCC as soon as practicable of any material changes in demand conditions so that the variation may be amended accordingly,” the ACCC said.last_img read more

Domestic airlines dubbed cardfee revenue raisers

first_imgNew Reserve Bank reforms will not be monitored. Some domestic airlines have been labelled as top offenders among retailers issuing revenue-raising ‘card fees’, according to consumer advocate, Choice.Certain domestic airlines and CabCharge had been branding card surcharges as a ‘booking fee’, a ‘booking and service fee’ or a ‘fee for financial services’, reported.Reserve Bank reforms aimed at stopping these over-the-top charges will not be monitored by any agency.“We are looking forward to the end of the era of sky-high surcharges, but we need enforcement action to ensure these outrageous fees don’t live on under other names,” Choice head of campaigns Matt Levey said.The reforms come into effect on March 18 this year.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more