Sale pricing for third fourth passengers on select Princess sailings

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Princess Cruises Sale pricing for third, fourth passengers on select Princess sailings SANTA CLARITA — For all Ocean Medallion Caribbean cruises on Regal Princess and Royal Princess, sailing November 2017 – April 2018, Princess Cruises is offering discounted US$99 pricing for third and fourth passengers.The cruise line notes there is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms – interior, balcony and mini-suites, many with interconnecting options.New interactive games and family-friendly offerings onboard Ocean Medallion class ships will include Tagalong Sprint, which pits guests’ digital companions in a race across the ocean floor. Guests see who can speed across the finish line first.At the newly launched Camp Discovery youth center – created in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications – Princess offers a wide selection of programs and activities where kids and teens will make memories and create keepsakes while sailing on the Caribbean-bound Regal Princess and Royal Princess.As part of the cruise line’s Discovery at Sea program, there are three centre themes where kids and teens can make new friends and participate in activities, including:The Treehouse, ages 3-7 (formerly Pelicans): A bright, whimsical forest and animal-themed centre including captivating creatures and hands-on activities for kids to focus on play time, creativity and the world around them.The Lodge, ages 8-12 (formerly Shockwaves): Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy centre is filled with sports activities and fun places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.The Beach House, for ages 13-17 (formerly Remix): Offers a contemporary surf-themed lounge, featuring a place for teens to hang out and socialize.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNew youth and teen centre programming includes MythBusters science activities with new hands-on challenges. In addition, new Camp Discovery offers destination-themed programs focusing on the Caribbean to immerse young cruisers into the culture, nature and customs of this region.Families will also enjoy lively concerts, sporting events and hit blockbuster films at Movies Under the Stars, a giant 300-square-foot poolside movie theatre complete with comfortable chaise lounges and cozy blankets. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Share Friday, July 7, 2017 last_img read more

Cruise lines scramble to deal with new Cuba restrictions

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by Cruise lines scramble to deal with new Cuba restrictions Wednesday, June 5, 2019 center_img MIAMI — U.S. cruise lines are consulting with lawyers to understand the impact of the Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba, handed down with just one day’s notice.The Trump administration has said it will allow anyone who has already paid for their trip to go ahead with it, but the process going forward for passengers isn’t clear.A Miami-based attorney who represents Carnival and three other major cruise lines says cruise lines carrying passengers booked before June 4 have been hoping that they could request specific federal permits to complete their trips to Cuba.“For now, it’s prohibited unless the cruise lines requests a specific license,” says Pedro Freyre. He said cruise lines had been trying to determine “if there’s any opening there to at least complete trips that have been booked and passengers that have made travel plans.”Norwegian Cruise Line says it is looking at the new rules and consulting with lawyers and trade experts.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are closely monitoring these recent developments and any resulting impact to cruise travel to Cuba,” NCL said in a statement. “We will communicate to our guests and travel partners as additional information becomes available.”CLIA also issued a statement in response to the new regulations, saying that they affect nearly 800,000 passenger bookings that are currently scheduled or already underway.“Without warning, CLIA Cruise Line Members are forced to eliminate all Cuba destinations from itineraries, effective immediately. Passenger bookings had been made under a general licence previously issued by the United States Government that authorized ‘people to people’ travel to Cuba. These travel restrictions effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States,” read the statement.CLIA’s Chairman, Adam Goldstein, added that the organization is “disappointed” that cruises will no longer be operating to Cuba. “While out of our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe Trump administration’s new rules, announced yesterday and taking effect today, bans stops by cruise ships at Cuban ports, among other measures.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba’s “destabilizing role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.While the doors to restoring U.S. tourism to Cuba were nudged open by then-President Barack Obama, the Trump administration has now walked back all of those first steps.Impacted U.S. cruise lines with Cuba on their itineraries include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, NCL, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises.With files from The Associated Press Tags: Trump << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. The Tamarindo Volunteer Fire Department are:Jose Rodríguez, Gina Malavassi, Anne Kathrine Hjelset, Jean-Luc Taulere, Alejandro Leon, Alma Ciccia, Sandro Teixeira, Reimundo Coronado, Jairo Araya Quesada, Bernard Agosto, Angelo Espinoza, Fransua Galerin Gutierrez, Julio Prada and Silvia Rodríguez. Those interested in helping can contact brigadatamarindo@gmail.com.Over in Palms Plaza in Villareal, you can now get various beauty treatments like laser depilation, ultracavitation (lipo without surgery), stretchmark treatments, facials, pedicures and manicures. For appointments call 8320-6628. They are open Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Surfers unite! There’s a new place called Dracos Surf Camp, located 500 meters from Avellanas beach, 1 km from Hacienda Pinilla south from Hotel La Posada. It’s got a guesthouse and of course the surf camp, and is run by local surfers Jeff Howell and David John Abel. Contact David at djacr3333@yahoo.com, call 2653-4308 or Facebook Dracos Surf Camp.-Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica to sell new royaresistant coffee variety

first_imgRelated posts:Jolt of aid approved for struggling coffee farmers Costa Rica’s coffee sector to receive $2 million to improve farming practices Farmers generate clean-burning fuel from coffee waste in Nicaragua Costa Rica’s best coffee hails once again from Naranjo Costa Rican coffee farmers could end up with a belated Christmas gift.The Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE) has started distributing a new variety of coffee resistant to the roya fungus that has devastated coffee crops across Central America during the last several years.ICAFE started handing out Obatá seeds in the cantons of Pérez Zeledón and Coto Brus on Tuesday, and will start distributing them to ICAFE regional offices across the country starting the week of Jan. 13 until the end of March, according Jorge Ramírez, technical manager for ICAFE.The new coffee variety, Obatá, is a product of coffee’s global reach. Brazilian coffee growers combined Villa Sarchí, a variety from Costa Rica, and another from the Southeast Asian island of Timor to develop to roya-resistant plant.Ramírez said that the Obatá variety offers farmers a more predictable and homogenous coffee plant compared to other roya-tolerant varieties.ICAFE has been experimenting with the variety since 2010 at its research facility in San Pedro de Barva, Heredia, north of the capital. Besides its anti-fungal properties the variety produces a large crop but requires high humidity and lots of fertilizer.Ramírez told The Tico Times Obatá has a flavor profile similar to other common Arabica varieties planted in Costa Rica, like Caturra and Catuaí.Costa Rica was one of the countries hardest hit by roya, also known as leaf rust. During the 2012-2013 harvest, more than 60 percent of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing regions were affected by the fungus, according to a report from the International Coffee Organization.In December 2013, ICAFE estimated the 2013-2014 crop would drop 19 percent from the 2012-2013 harvest because of lingering crop damage from leaf rust and low international prices driving farmers out of the market. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

From the land of the rising sun

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís announces multi-million-dollar water improvements ahead of protests in Nicoya Water protests greet Costa Rica’s Solís in Nicoya during annual festival Costa Rica passes 2nd ‘popular initiative’ bill, which declares water access a fundamental right Paris climate summit is already a win for Obama, but planet remains in danger The anthem of the province of Guanacaste reminds us of the unique and magnificent history of this region ever since it became a part of Costa Rica: “Guanacaste is the flowered land that gave itself to our homeland with love.”In tough times, pressures on water resources abound. Climate change will have a dramatic impact on these pressures; it is essential to our national life to invest in intelligence, beginning with initiatives that have been warmly received by the people of Guanacaste.It’s always possible to overcome adversity. The water issue for Guanacaste goes beyond any single speech or argument. It can represent a paradigm shift if, by building the Piedras River reservoir, we provide irrigation for more than 12,000 hectares and potable water on the plains of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula. Nicoya Mayor Marco Antonio Jiménez. (Courtesy Nicoya Municipality)In addition, the overflow and waste of good water in the Gulf of Nicoya is an unavoidable truth at the moment. Public investment should be made based on a project that allows us to revert the effect of climate change on Guanacaste.Scientists have explained to us that climate change will tend to make arid lands even drier; that increasing temperatures will intensify cycles of evaporation and precipitation; and that, as logic dictates, if we irrigate the lands of the rising sun, we will be a society with a greater capacity to respond to climate problems, which will be overcome by the state and society together, working together.We are ready for the frequency of droughts to drop with “Water for Guanacaste”  [a joint initiative of the Planning Ministry and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry to address the region’s water crisis]. We are ready for drought and high temperatures, which lessen and vary our agricultural yields, to give way to the intelligence of those who take a stand in favor of a project that’s necessary for social and economic reasons, but above all for environmental reasons.The environmental crisis can’t defeat us. We can combat instability and decreasing precipitation with a solid and well-articulated strategy, and with the implementation of projects that go beyond immediate concerns or descriptive narratives – projects that create a long-term vision that empowers Guanacaste as a land of progress and well-being.“Water for Guanacaste” has as its primary task ensuring the supply of water, but the initiative should also seek to mobilize economic and technical resources to put into practice a strategic plan to improve agricultural productivity, make possible sustainable food systems, avoid deforestation, and conserve our biodiversity, among other goals.There is much to do: energy, minerals, agriculture and ecology are all present on Guanacaste’s agenda, and go hand in hand with the issue at the heart of this article.We must reformulate our way of thinking in order to advance and respond to an overwhelming reality.It is time to demand, and time to act – from the land of the rising sun.Marco Antonio Jiménez Muñoz is mayor of Nicoya.  •For more on the issue of water in Guanacaste, see a special data journalism investigation by The Voice of Guanacaste. The investigation and creation of a water app were carried out by Mariana Santos, a Knight Foundation Fellow and creator of Chicas Poderas, Costa Rican journalist and data journalism expert Giannina Segnini, Costa Rican web programmer Roberto Rodríguez, president of 3Vot, and U.S. web programmer and designer Brian Boyer, visuals editor at National Public Radio. The investigation found that Guanacaste has plenty of water – 8.7 times the amount that’s needed for human consumption – but it is not distributed efficiently, fairly or effectively. Read that report and see the app here. last_img read more

Día de las CulturasColumbus Day a brief incomplete guide

first_imgRelated posts:Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Guatemalan rapper sued for racist Twitter post about country’s genocide Community managed forests protect against climate change, study finds HappyDía de las Culturas (Cultures Day), Columbus Day, Día de la Raza (Race Day, loosely translated), Indigenous Peoples Day, Day of Indigenous Resistance, Day of the Americas or whatever you may call Oct. 12. The holiday is observed in Costa Rica today, Oct. 16, this year.It is, perhaps, the most disputed holiday — by the largest number of nations and people — in the world.In Costa Rica, where the holiday is officially Cultures Day, banks, government offices, schools and some private businesses will be closed. But few celebrations are planned.We have made progress from the days when, at least in the United States, school kids dutifully colored cutouts of the Nina (actually la Niña), Pinta and Santa María and came away thinking that Columbus was an undisputed hero. Among the educational Columbus Day resources suggested by the National Education Association, the teachers labor union, are an essay by the American Indian Movement’s Russell Means and Glenn Morris on why Columbus Day should not be celebrated.Over recent years, more and more U.S. cities have begun recognizing Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day, thanks to a concerted push by Native American activists.In Costa Rica, the legislature changed Oct. 12 from Día del Descubrimiento y de la Raza (Day of the Discovery [of the Americas] and Race) to Cultures Day in 1994. When the former was declared a national holiday, in 1968, the legislature said the holiday should commemorate “the spiritual community that links the nations of Latin America, the ties of a single religious faith [Catholic], the same historical and cultural traditions, common biological roots and identical aims of defending Christian civilization….” Ehem.The 1994 law, on the other hand, says the day should “extol the pluricultural, multiethnic character of the people of Costa Rica.” (The nation’s constitution was changed in August 2015 to recognize that pluricultural, multiethnic character.) The law also says the day will commemorate the historic arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus. It goes on:The indigenous, European, African and Asian values that make up the idiosyncrasy of Costa Rica will be exalted in the commemorative acts of Cultures Day. We will remember, on this day, the historical and cultural ties that bind the nations of Latin America. We will also stimulate the recovery of the aforementioned values.Seems like a good start.This piece is a adapted from a version originally published in Oct. 2015.Read more about Costa Rica’s fascinating international mix of cultures in our special feature, “There’s no such thing as a ‘pure Costa Rican.’” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Marchers support traditional family structures

first_img“The family is the base for happiness.” “A family in which the parents become completely one in love, is a family of peace.”These were among the signs on display at a march in favor of the “traditional family” held in the Costa Rican capital on July 15, 2018. The daily Diario Extra reported that approximately 50 people attended the event, organized by the Unification Church.A debate between supporters of marriage equality and conservative voices has continued in Costa Rica following the contentious presidential campaign at which social issues took front and center. Read more below. Related posts:Government condemns graffiti on church walls in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Workers march against tax reform in Costa Rica Inside Costa Rica’s Pridecenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img

US envoy North Korean isolation hides suffering

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona A recent statement from the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said Washington has the “bad habit of malignantly slandering the independent countries opposed to its high-handed practices” by “politicizing human rights.”“If the U.S. is to truly respect the human rights of the Korean people, it should immediately roll back its hostile policy toward (North Korea) and stop military provocations against it and moves to tighten the sanctions and stifle it,” the KCNA statement said.King visited North Korea a year ago and said he raised U.S. worries about rights abuses with government officials. He said that U.S. envoys who worked on a now-scrapped deal where North Korea would have gotten 240,000 metric tons of food aid in exchange for a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests also told their North Korean counterparts that North Korea must improve its human rights record to join the international community.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “Breaking the information blockade is the key to positive change in North Korea,” King said. Because Pyongyang succeeds in controlling what’s “flowing into, within and out of North Korea,” King said, “in this era of virtually instantaneous global information, North Korea remains the most extreme example of isolation.”Animosity between the rival Koreas is high following a North Korean rocket launch in April that Washington, Seoul and others condemned as a cover for a test of banned long-range missile technology. Pyongyang, which says the launch was meant to put a satellite into orbit, has regularly accused South Korea’s conservative government of trying to “hurt the dignity” of the North since Kim Jong Un took power following the December death of his father, Kim Jong Il. North Korea’s military has threatened to attack Seoul and its conservative media if it doesn’t receive an apology for perceived insults.North Korea has virtually no general Internet access and severely restricts cell phone communication, King said, citing a recent information access report conducted for the State Department and based on extensive interviews with North Korean refugees. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The United States broadcasts news into North Korea, King said, in an effort to provide independent sources of information about the outside world and to “break down the isolation of the people.”Radios, which are illegal in North Korea if they can be tuned to non-state controlled stations, are the only “real-time direct source of sensitive outside news available nationwide,” King said.North Korea responds by trying to jam foreign news broadcasts, including those by U.S.- and South Korean-funded stations, according to Martyn Williams, who writes the blog NorthKoreaTech.org.Pyongyang denies abusing its citizens’ rights. But defectors say those who oppose the ruling party and state face imprisonment. Amnesty International estimates as many as 200,000 people are being held in North Korean labor camps today, based on satellite imagery and defector accounts. North Korea denies the existence of such gulags.Hunger in North Korea is also a long-standing worry of outside governments and groups. The United Nations said Tuesday in a detailed update on the humanitarian situation that millions of North Korean children don’t get the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving many stunted and malnourished. Comments   Share   center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The United States is working to break an “information blockade” that allows North Korea to hide its rights abuses and keep its people away from news of the wider world, President Barack Obama’s envoy on North Korean human rights said Thursday.North Korea’s media isolation means that its “deplorable human rights conditions” draw far less world attention than abuses in the Soviet Union did several decades ago, Robert King said during a speech at a rights forum in Seoul. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Bread queues destruction as war comes to Damascus

first_imgAssociated PressMASNAA, Lebanon (AP) – After a bloody, weeklong siege in the Syrian capital, residents who stayed behind are facing hours-long lines for gasoline and bread, stinking piles of garbage in the streets and scenes of destruction unimaginable in a city that had long been spared the worst ravages of the country’s uprising.It’s a gruesome turn for the distinguished Middle Eastern city of Damascus, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and a sign that Syria’s civil war appears doomed to escalate. How men can have a healthy 2019 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Residents in the hardest hit neighborhoods of Midan, Qaboun and Barzeh picked through the rubble of destroyed homes, charred cars and mangled electricity cables. Even as the government claimed on Monday to have largely put down rebels in the city, some residents fearing more violence continued to trickle into neighboring Lebanon, where thousands fled during the height of the fighting last week.“I never thought I would see gunmen clashing with the army on the streets of Damascus, people fleeing their homes,” said Nahed, a 32-year-old peace activist in Damascus. “It’s like Lebanon but in reverse,” she said, referring to the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah when thousands of Lebanese poured into Syria, looking for safety.For a year and a half, residents of the Syrian capital went about their daily business, largely oblivious as President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebels laid waste to towns and cities across the country. Restaurants, cafes and night clubs filled up every night with members of a Damascus elite convinced that the regime would keep the fighting away from its heavily guarded seat of power.So when the “Damascus Volcano” _ as anti-regime activists call the unprecedented eruption of rebels in the capital _ struck on July 14, many in the city of 1.7 million were unprepared. At the Masnaa border crossing, not everyone was driving into Lebanon.Majed, a 45-year-old taxi driver from Damascus’ Midan district, was heading home, “now that the state has carried out its duties and cleansed” the area.“The people of Damascus are not used to wars,” he said. “There was real fear in Damascus last week.”___Karam reported from Beirut.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision? Until last week, Assad had largely succeeded in shielding Damascus from the violence gripping the rest of the country since the uprising against his rule began in March 2011. Activists say more than 19,000 people have died in the crackdown that has since given way to a grueling civil war as rebels got better armed.There had been occasional violence in the capital, including car bombs and suicide attacks that hit military facilities and regime gunfire on protesters. But the weeklong rebel assault was by far the fiercest and most sustained. Amid the fighting, the rebels also carried out a stunning bombing inside a regime security facility that killed four senior figures involved in directing the crackdown on the uprising.By Monday, Syrian forces appeared to have regained control of most of the capital as government forces kicked down doors and searched homes for rebels. Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told a press conference that the security situation was now “much better.”“This is an emergency situation and it will not last more than a day or two and the situation will return to normal,” he said.Government workers and regime supporters sprayed “we love you” on walls in Midan, but graffiti demanding freedom could still be seen in some areas. Dozens of destroyed, burnt out cars, shell-pocked homes and torn, mangled electricity cables were on display, witnesses told AP.center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths At the normally bustling market in the Shaalan district Monday, people waiting in line for bread got into an argument that illustrated the divisions in the country. One woman accused the rebels of bringing disaster on the country.“What about the helicopters shelling people in Mazzeh?” someone shouted in reply.“Everyone who carries a weapon deserves that,” came the answer.“I pray to God that all this will end soon,” a third woman said despondently, ending the conversation.Shops in the battleground districts remained closed. So were the fancy shopping centers in the Kfar Souseh neighborhood, an area neighboring Mazzeh that houses new, high rise buildings and the Foreign Ministry. Only the supermarket at the Sham City Center mall opened for few hours over the weekend, causing a rush of residents trying to snap up short supplies of vegetables, fruits, meat and bread.“I could not get a loaf of bread or any kind of vegetables,” said Lana, a 29-year-old mother of two.Across the city, long lines formed at gas stations and bakeries.Hadeel, a 29-year-old marketing manager, ventured out on Monday after days huddled in Mazzeh to try to fill up her car’s tank in case she and her family had to flee. But the line was too long. “I couldn’t, I didn’t want to stay in line for hours,” she said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories The veneer of calm was shattered and the once bustling, tourist-friendly metropolis was transformed into a virtual war zone as government forces unleashed their full might against the insurgents. Helicopter gunships and tanks blasted rebel positions in neighborhoods. Artillery batteries fired down from the mountains overlooking Damascus into the city.Long lines built up at the border crossing into Lebanon with cars packed with families and their belongings. Some who stayed packed “getaway bags” with passports, diplomas, money and other valuables in case they had to run for their lives.“I feel very bad leaving Damascus,” said a woman from the upscale Mazzeh district, which also saw fighting, after she arrived in a taxi at the Masnaa border crossing Monday. “I was crying the whole night yesterday when I said goodbye to my family.”“I never thought this would happen in Mazzeh,” she said quietly. Wearing a shirt and blue jeans, she held her blond, 8-year-old daughter’s hand and said she would spend a week in Lebanon until the situation became clearer. She, like others who spoke to The Associated Press, refused to give her name for security reasons. Comments   Share   For days, Damascenes slept and woke up to the crackle of machine-gun fire and thud of explosions. Gray smoke covered parts of the city’s skyline. Tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled onto streets as soldiers set up checkpoints, searching people’s cars and asking for IDs. Trash piled up as garbage collectors stopped working.The government virtually sealed the city off from its suburbs in an attempt to keep more rebels from infiltrating. While the heaviest battles were concentrated in specific, rebellious districts, random shootings broke out across Damascus, including firefights near the prime minister’s office and only a few hundred meters (yards) from parliament. Residents locked themselves in to their homes. Most shops shut down.“I haven’t gone out in days, it’s crazy outside. Everyone is shooting at everyone else and I don’t want to die by mistake,” a 28-year-old resident of Mayssat, a neighborhood close to the hard hit Rukneddine district, told AP by telephone over the weekend.Activists say dozens were killed in the days of fighting, though there is still no firm number.The hardships coincided with the start over the weekend of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslim families typically meet over lavish meals to break their daylong fast and watch seasonal TV soap operas. Instead, they now tune in to satellite stations for news of fighting.last_img read more

UK opposition woos voters with cheap energy pledge

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The pledge drew praise from Labour supporters, but criticism from energy firms.“Freezing the bill may be superficially attractive, but it will also freeze the money to build and renew power stations, freeze the jobs and livelihoods of the 600,000-plus people dependent on the energy industry and make the prospect of energy shortages a reality, pushing up the prices for everyone,” said Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy U.K., which represents the country’s big power companies.Labour has struggled to win back voters since the party lost power in 2010, after 13 years in office, having been in power when the global banking crisis erupted in 2008.The 43-year-old Miliband has been painted by opponents as ineffectual, and his once-socialist party, which has shifted toward the center since the mid-1990s, is wary of appearing too left-wing.Miliband made no pledge to reverse the current Conservative-led government’s austerity measures, which have seen billions cut from public spending and thousands of jobs eliminated. Miliband said a Labour government would “stick to strict spending limits to get the deficit down.”But he promised policies to ease the pain on what he has called the “squeezed middle,” from more house-building to better mental-health services and tax cus for small businesses. Miliband accused Prime Minister David Cameron’s government of failing to stand up to big corporations and other “powerful interests,” and said Britain’s economy had become skewed in favor of the wealthy few.“For generations in Britain, when the economy grew, the majority got better off,” he said.“And then somewhere along the way that vital link between the growing wealth of the country and your family finances was broken. They used to say a rising tide lifted all boats. Now the rising tide just seems to lift the yachts.”Speaking to party members for an hour without notes, Miliband said he had taken risks in running for the party leadership, standing up to the powerful Rupert Murdoch-owned press and defeating a motion in Parliament authorizing British military action in Syria.He blamed government policies for Britain’s sluggish recovery from its post-2008 recession. The U.K. economy is about 3.3 percent smaller than at its peak in the first three months of 2008, and many people’s earnings have fallen in real terms.“In 2015 you’ll be asking: am I better off now than I was five years ago?” Miliband said. “And we already know the answer for millions of families will be no.” Top Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s main opposition leader wooed voters Tuesday with an alternative to austerity, vowing to reward Britons suffering a “cost-of-living crisis” in the wake of the global financial meltdown.Labour leader Ed Miliband told his party’s annual conference in the seaside resort of Brighton that if he won the 2015 election he would freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months _ a pledge he used to underscore his willingness to stand up to the powerful on behalf of voters. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility —Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Georgias parliament approves new prime minister

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ErrorOK… ErrorOK Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   KUTAISI, Georgia (AP) – The parliament of Georgia has approved a new prime minister _ 31-year-old who has headed the country’s police force as interior minister for the past year.Irakli Gharibashvili was the choice of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, the outgoing prime minister who is expected to retain significant influence even without a formal title.Ivanishvili’s choice for president, former university rector Giorgi Margvelashvili, was inaugurated Sunday after easily winning election last month. Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice The prime minister now has broader powers than the president in Georgia, a former Soviet republic aligned with the United States and Europe.Parliament, which is dominated by Ivanishvili’s coalition, confirmed Gharibashvili on Wednesday evening in a vote of 93-19.The confirmation will be sent to the president for approval within two days.(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 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Revolt from indigenous base challenges Bolivias Morales

first_imgThe night of his election victory for La Paz governor, Patzi declared himself the candidate to beat in the next presidential vote. Whatever happens, he fits the cultural profile.As education minister, Patzi sought equal standing for native languages in curricula and similar respect for traditional Andean beliefs.“Evo’s government was indigenous-focused while I was there,” Patzi said. Then, it “abandoned the possibility of a true change seeking equality of opportunity for both indigenous and mestizos.”Governing party deputy Manuel Canelas calls Patzi a “traitor,” charged that the governor will try to divide MAS in La Paz, where it dominates the local legislature, by putting allies on the public payroll.Patzi calls MAS “a stalled and exhausted project.” His confederate in the Sovereignty and Liberty party, Luis Revilla, was re-elected mayor of La Paz.Patzi advocates restoration of the communal politics traditional to the high Andes, the very civic-minded culture that had him stomping mud and straw into adobe bricks for home construction as punishment for his drunken-driving violation. He calls his project a third way, neither capitalism nor socialism. It emphasizes consensus — and the regular rotation of power. LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Just months after President Evo Morales won re-election with a convincing three-fifths of the vote, Bolivia’s first indigenous president is suddenly up against a formidable opposition.It comes not from the conservative business elite that long has chafed at Morales’ leftist rhetoric, but rather from the very “anti-colonialist” movement that propelled him to power nearly a decade ago. “There is a lot of disgruntlement about how power has been exercised,” said Jim Shultz, director of the Democracy Center, a nonprofit group based in Cochabamba that supports social justice.Morales acknowledges that corruption, chiefly involving state-run industries and office-abusing prosecutors and judges, has hurt the movement. While he personally has not been accused of wrongdoing, he is blamed for not adequately investigating and punishing graft.The opposition mayor-elect in El Alto, the capital’s sister city, is also an Aymara, Soledad Chapeton, who unseated a Morales ally after he was caught on video allegedly receiving a payoff.“The government has worn itself out through its own errors. What’s left are indigenous folks who speak well of Morales, but a lot of others are distancing themselves as they feel stepped on,” said Adolfo Chavez, former president of a federation of eastern Bolivian indigenous groups.Chavez broke with Morales in 2011 after the president alienated lowlands indigenous groups by backing a trans-Amazon highway through a pristine nature reserve called TIPNIS.Another scandal that broke during the recent campaign evinced crooked favoritism within the government-run Indigenous Fund that finances agricultural and other projects with funds from Bolivia’s natural gas industry, the government’s cash cow. Top Stories FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales holds his sacred staffs of power in a ceremonial swearing-in, led by Aymaran spiritual guides, at the archeological site Tiwanaku, Bolivia. Just months after Morales won re-election with a convincing three-fifths of the vote, Bolivia’s first indigenous president is suddenly up against a formidable opposition: the very “anti-colonialist” movement that propelled him to power nearly a decade ago. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File) When Morales next week swears in newly elected mayors and governors, he will be face-to-face with those who have benefited from discontent with his Movement Toward Socialism, or MAS.Opposition candidates won mayoral races in eight of Bolivia’s 10 most important cities, a gain of two. The two that MAS retained were relatively minor state capitals — Sucre and Potosi.Significantly, a former rising star in Morales’ inner circle who turned insurgent won the governorship of La Paz state, Bolivia’s most populous, home to the capital and a bastion of indigenous power.Felix Patzi, a native Aymara like the president, was Morales’ first education minister. A drunken-driving arrest undid his first, 2010 bid for the governorship.“An opposition is emerging from the very core of MAS,” said political scientist Marcel Silva of La Paz’s Public University.Not only has Morales’ party been badly buffeted by corruption scandals and a highly questioned judiciary, critics say he has sold out to economic elites, labor bosses and mining cooperative magnates at the expense of the indigenous majority whose interests he vowed to defend. They say he has selectively ignored the constitution adopted in 2009 that granted semi-autonomy to the country’s 36 indigenous groups. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Morales embodied those ideals,” he said. “But people are frustrated.”___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories The state comptroller’s office said $10 million was siphoned from the fund through phantom and inflated projects such as a garlic plantation in which not a single plant was grown and a sheep-raising project in which sickly animals were delivered.Morales’ economic governance, meanwhile, has been more Milton Friedman than Marx, leftist critics complain.Businessmen got easier credit and fewer export restrictions — and Morales promised to topple Amazon forests to add a million more hectares of tillable land. Union leaders got a government-built hotel and more than a dozen SUVs. Mining cooperatives got tax breaks and a law that lets them accept foreign investment, unorthodox for nominally socialist rulers, though it must come through the government.When he won a third term in October, Morales’ main challenger was cement- and fast food-magnate Samuel Doria Medina from the traditional, capitalist-friendly opposition whose leaders tend to be “mestizos,” the term Bolivians use to describe lighter-skinned people of mixed European-indigenous ancestry.Spin ahead to 2019. Morales is barred from seeking another term, although many suspect he intends to find a way to try. Whether he runs or anoints a successor, the main challenger is most apt to be an indigenous defector. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. 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New charges brought in 2013 Quebec railway disaster

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government filed new charges Monday in the runaway oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec two years ago.Regulatory agency Transport Canada said the charges have to do with an insufficient number of handbrakes being applied and that the handbrakes were not tested properly.Much of downtown Lac Megantic was destroyed on July 6, 2013, by a raging fire caused when an unattended train with 72 oil tankers began rolling downhill toward the town. More than 60 tankers derailed and many exploded. Forty-seven people died and dozens of buildings were destroyed. In 2014, three railway employees were charged with 47 counts each of criminal negligence, including engineer Thomas Harding, who is accused of failing to set enough brakes on the train. Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, the defunct railway at the heart of the disaster, was also charged.The accused in the new charges include Harding, the railway, CEO Robert Grindgrod and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre.The Canadian subsidiary of the railway and three others have also been charged although it’s not immediately clear what role they are accused of playing.Transport Canada spokeswoman M Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Latest Tunisia official says 7 arrested in beach attack

first_imgThe person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to be publicly named.Earlier, Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli said that multiple arrests have been made, but provided no details.The 24-year-old attacker, who used a Kalashnikov assault rifle and grenades, was killed by police after Friday’s carnage in Sousse.–By Elaine Ganley in Sousse, Tunisia.___3:45 p.m.Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a national moment of silence to be held in honor of British tourists slain at a beach resort Tunisia.Speaking in the House of Commons, Cameron announced that the commemoration would be held at midday Friday. He also said a memorial is planned for the victims in the future.Eighteen Britons are confirmed dead, but officials have warned that the U.K. toll could rise as high as 30, making it the worst terror attack on British citizens since the London transport attacks that killed 52 commuters in July 2005.Cameron said the government wasn’t advising Britons not to travel to Sousse and other Tunisian holiday destinations, though that will be kept under review.He said the global nature of the struggle against terrorism meant “nowhere is without risk from Islamist extremist terrorists.” Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The latest on the response to last week’s beach attack in Tunisia that killed dozens (all times local).___4 p.m.Seven people are being interrogated in Tunisia’s capital in the investigation into a deadly beach resort attack that killed 38 people, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.The person close to the investigation said that four people were arrested Monday — two in the resort town of Sousse where the attack occurred, one in the capital Tunis, and one in the restive city of Kasserine. Three others were arrested Sunday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The attack Friday could be a devastating blow for Tunisia’s economy, which relies heavily on tourism. The tourist sector had at last started to pick up after shaky years prompted by its Arab Spring uprising in 2011 — and then it was hit by a major museum attack in March and the beach attack Friday.___9:20 a.m.Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will offer a full-spectrum response to extremism, describing the nation as being “united in shock and in grief,” over the beach massacre in Tunisia.Writing Monday in the Daily Telegraph, Cameron insisted the country would not be cowed.’ He says that Britain will “stand up for our way of life.”Home Secretary Theresa May is traveling to Tunisia for talks on the extremist threat and to pay condolences.A Royal Air Force transport plane is also being deployed to bring stranded tourists home. Cameron told the BBC that the government is working as fast as possible to give families information.At least 15 Britons were among the 38 killed Friday at Sousse beach, but officials warn that figure is likely to rise.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   An unidentified tourist places flowers at the scene of Friday’s shooting attack in the coastal town of Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. The Friday attack on tourists at a beach is expected to be a huge blow to Tunisia’s tourism sector, which made up nearly 15 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2014. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) ___2:40 p.m.Tunisia’s interior minister says multiple arrests have been made in the attack that killed 38 people at a beach resort.Without giving numbers, Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli said Monday that everyone arrested is Tunisian and the investigation remained in its early stages.The 24-year-old attacker, who used a Kalashnikov assault rifle and grenades, was killed by police after Friday’s carnage in Sousse.Tunisian authorities say he was the lone attacker, but he had accomplices who provided him with weapons and logistical support. Many of those killed were British tourists.___11:40 a.m.The top security officials of Britain, France, Germany and Belgium are paying homage to the 38 people killed in Tunisia’s deadliest attack, a massacre at a beach resort claimed by Islamic extremists.British Home Secretary Theresa May, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon joined their Tunisian counterpart on the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse for the tribute Monday.Standing on the sand surrounded by security officials, they at one point put their arms on each other’s shoulders. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

Tanzania ruling party names candidate for Oct elections

first_imgMagufuli’s running mate in the Oct. 25 general election is Samia Hassan Suluhi, the minister of state in the vice president’s office.CCM has been in power for five decades, and analysts say Magufuli is likely to see off a challenge by a coalition of four opposition parties to become Tanzania’s next president.Benson Bana, a political scientist at the University of Dar es Salaam, said Magufuli’s track record of 20 years in government has earned him wide recognition and much popular support.“He is a no-nonsense kind of person, and this the public knows from his track record,” he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Mesa family survives lightning strike to home DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s ruling party Sunday said it had chosen public works minister John Pombe Magufuli as its presidential candidate, making him the favorite to replace Jakaya Kikwete in the upcoming October election.The Party of Revolution, known by the acronym CCM, said Magufuli won an internal party poll over two other candidates, African Union ambassador to the U.S. Amina Salum Ali and former U.N. Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro.last_img read more

Italys La Scala performs a concert for peace in Bosnia

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that two decades after the “genocide in Srebrenica and the war, the message is to look into the future. We need reconciliation, we need peace and we need cooperation.”Italy co-sponsored the concert with Bosnia’s Inter-religious Council.During Saturday’s anniversary ceremonies marking the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Muslims pelted Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with rocks.“After a very sad and divisive day yesterday … Italy through the diversity of richness and the music of a brand name of the La Scala wants to give a smile to the whole country, wants to give a sign of hope,” said Italian Ambassador to Bosnia, Ruggero Corrias.“Such an event cheers up people in Bosnia, where usually there is not much reason for joy,” said Jakob Finci, the head of Bosnia’s Jewish Community.The massacre of Muslims at the end of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war was labeled by two international courts as an act of genocide.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Milan’s La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra performed a concert Sunday in Sarajevo, bringing a message of reconciliation a day after the 20th anniversary commemorations of the Srebrenica massacre were marred by an attack on Serbia’s prime minister.Bosnians heard Handel, Mozart and Pergolesi performed at the Sarajevo National Theater and also on screens in front of a mosque, a Serbian Orthodox church, a Catholic cathedral and a synagogue. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Irans state agency Nuclear talks will end soon

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA agency is reporting nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers will end soon.A Monday morning report on IRNA said, “Negotiators are seriously discussing in order to resolve the last differences and soon they will announce the end of the talks.”“We hope that the Iranian team will return home with their hands full and smiles,” the reports said. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img It said the deal between Iran and the world powers will approve limitations on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.The West has long suspected Iran’s nuclear program has a military dimension, a charge Tehran denies.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Social media powerful in youth market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P. Tourism NSW last month launched a youth programme that has accomplished excellent early results which was mentioned on twitter over 1.2 million in the first two weeks of the programme.The programme’s objective is to present Sydney and NSW as an exciting, accessible and affordable destination, increasing the NSW share of 18 to 30 year olds visitor nights and length of stay.According to Tourism NSW, the popularity of the program has been attributed to fashion blogger Helen Lee from Sassy Bella, Nikki Hager founder of Peep Toe Shoes, filmmaker Matilda Brown and travel blogger The Travel Tart, tweeting advice and details about their experiences in NSW.In the coming weeks Tourism NSW expects to enjoy more positive results when Guy Sebastian, Channel V’s Danny Clayton and blogger Chocolate Suze participate in the program.last_img read more

Save cash while travelling Wotif

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Avoiding popular tourist destinations during peak periods is one of the best ways to save money on travelling, according to Wotif Brands general manager Megan Magill.The company’s head explained that while the majority of holiday-makers rent out beach accommodation during summer, money savvy travellers will take advantage of good value hotels in the CBD that offer access to swimming pools, gyms and spas.In a list of her top ten money saving ideas, Ms Magill said if the beach vacation is a must during the summer, then travellers could still save by expanding acommodation options and considering less-popular beach destinations. Other recommendations include keeping an eye out for value and acting on them swiftly as well as choosing hotels and resorts that offer deals such as inclusive breakfast and free parking. “Be sure to choose your travel website carefully,” Ms Magill emphasised. “It needs to be easy to use, and can compare many different options in one window. “Ensure there is a customer service line you can call 24 hours a day… in cases of emergencies and changes to schedules a customer service representative could assist in a difficult situation.”last_img read more

UAE aviation industry recorded robust growth in Q1 2015

first_imgUAE aviation industry recorded robust growth in Q1 2015The aviation industry in the UAE has been recording an impressive growth over the years. The first half of 2015 was no different, said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports.Sheikh Ahmed, who is also the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Chairman of Dubai World Central Corporation, said the Dubai International becoming world’s number one airport for international passengers and the UAE being recognized by ICAO for having the world’s safest aviation industry, both are the outcome of our consistent and committed efforts to translate the vision of our beloved country’s leadership which has given aviation development a key priority.In his message in the just-released July edition of Via Dubai, the official bilingual newsletter of DCAA, he said the aviation’s importance will grow significantly in the run up to Expo 2020 and the UAE continues with its massive expansion plans to cater to the growth in the industry.“The UAE has an outstanding aviation infrastructure and globally recognized for seamless travel facilitation. We are developing Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central (DWC) into the world’s biggest airport with an annual capacity of over 220 million passengers.  Alongside, we continue to develop the Dubai International Airport which will handle 100 million passengers when the expansion plans get over. Emirates and flydubai have remained in expansion mode,” he said.“It has been rightly said that Dubai is exemplary of the heights that can be reached when governments believe in the role of aviation as a strategic economic growth partner and a powerful driver of social and economic progress,” added Sheikh Ahmed.In his message, His Excellency Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General of DCAA, said safety and quality are paramount for UAE’s aviation industry. “The demand for air transport services has been consistently rising in the UAE. Its airports handled over 101 million passengers last year of which over 71 million was handled alone by Dubai International. In our drive to expand and develop the facilities and services, we have not kept aside our eyes from adhering to quality and standards,” he said. Via DubaiSource = Via Dubailast_img read more