Located in Mexico’s most desired locales, La Colección Resorts numerous resorts offers tempting options for the ideal Mexican fall getaways Mexico City, Mexico (August 20, 2018) – Falls imminent approach is the perfect time to plan one last trip to a warm-weather destination. With 12 resorts located in seven of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations, La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana provides the ideal locations to plan the perfect fall getaway to help travelers get rid of end-of-summer blues. From international events to natural wonders, La Colección Resort has something to offer at every destination: AcapulcoOne of Mexico’s most classic beach destinations is perfect for a fall getaway on the pacific. Home of the world famous La Quebrada cliff divers, travelers can watch daring divers scale the steep rocks up 135 ft. before jumping into the ocean. After experiencing the destination, tourists can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at Fiesta Americana Acapulco Villas located in the heart of the Condesa neighborhood to rest and relax by the two refreshing swimming pools overlooking the best view of the Pacific Ocean. CancunAs one of the most favored destinations in the country, Cancun’s offerings range from natural and cultural wonders to picturesque beaches. This fall foodies can’t miss the 10th edition of Wine & Food Festival Cancun-Riviera Maya from October 31st to November 4th. The 2018 edition includes unique and unparalleled gastronomic events, national and international star chefs, renowned sommeliers, extraordinary wines and the best liquors and spirits to live a great culinary experience in Cancun and Riviera Maya. After a day full of gastronomical indulgence, travelers can bring their families along to experience Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive – a newly renovated family-friendly resort that offers a spa, kids club, and a variety of dining experiences. For travelers seeking a more luxurious vacation experience, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun offers impeccable services and transports guests to a state of sublime and elegant contentment plus their new La Joya’s The Table culinary adventure combining gastronomy, history and technology into one unforgettable experience. Planning a getaway with friends is easy with a stay at Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun, an adults-only all-inclusive resort where guests can indulge their senses. ChetumalThe capital city of Quintana Roo and a hidden Mexican treasure, Chetumal is ideal for travelers seeking a connection with nature and local communities. Travelers can experience the Hormiguero tour, an exciting brand-new excursion, offered at The Explorean Kohunlich by Fiesta Americana, surrounded by lush rain forests and takes guests on a 6 km bicycle tour that leads to an area previously used as a chicle camp. Finish the day by relaxing in a bungalow at the property where guests will feel the ancestral Mexican ambiance at this unique, all-inclusive resort situated in the middle of the Mayan rainforest. CozumelA world-famous island home to magnificent coral reefs, Cozumel’s year-round tropical climate makes it the perfect place to find summer weather in the fall. Travelers can get a front row seat to the Cozumel Ironman on November 18 and watch competitors participate in this sporting event that gathers athletes from all over the world. When the race is over, travelers can enjoy a private beach club with over-water sunbeds and on-site snorkeling and dive trips at Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive. For travelers seeking a more active experience in Cozumel, The Explorean Cozumel by Fiesta Americana offers daily guided expeditions that will satisfy guests’ adventure needs. Playa del CarmenJust an hour drive from Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the perfect oasis for travelers to unwind and indulge. In addition to its turquoise-blue waters and white-sand beaches. A 15-minute walk away from the famous Quinta Avenida – a pedestrian street that runs parallel to the beach and boasts a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment, travelers can book a stay at Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, an adults-only resort that oozes luxury and relaxation. Los CabosBreathtaking seas, deserts, and mountains are what makes Los Cabos such a captivating Mexican destination. Travelers visiting Los Cabos this fall can experience the Bisbee’s Black & Blue fishing tournaments in October, Los Cabos Film Festival in November, or the Extreme Sailing Series in December. Visitors can book their stay at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, one of the most exclusive resorts in Baja featuring top service and access to the renowned Cabo del Sol Golf Club. Puerto VallartaThe Gourmet Festival (which takes place from November 23rd to December 2nd) plays an important role in Puerto Vallarta’s calendar of events as it offers a world-class experience by hosting chefs from the international gourmet stage to enrich the destination’s gastronomical and art scene. Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive and Spa is a can’t-miss stop for visitors and locals alike. After a four-month renovation period and a $3.2 million investment, the property recently unveiled three newly-reimagined spaces for guests to sit back and enjoy like the new beachfront Chulavista restaurant, the adults-only SONNE Club and the new alfresco culinary experience at La Veranda Experience the famous Romantic Zone bustling with activity and authenticity, just 15 minutes away fromGrand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, where guests can enjoy an upscale vacation with majestic views, world-class dining and top quality personalized service. With so many resorts throughout different destinations across Mexico, travelers are sure to experience the best fall getaway with La Colección Resorts. About La Colección Resorts by Fiesta AmericanaLa Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana is comprised of 12 distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations. The resort collection encompasses the brands Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts and The Explorean by Fiesta Americana. Showcasing the best of Mexico including its rich culture and warm hospitality, guests are privy to unrivalled accommodations, amenities and entertainment that ensure a superior, world-class vacation experience. The resorts within La Colección include: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, The Explorean Cozumel and The Explorean Kohunlich. For further information, please visit:www.lacoleccionresorts.com/
Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s Rolling Stone cover prompts anger, questions over photo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 5:19 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sultry eyes burn into the camera lens from behind tousled curls. A scruff of sexy beard and loose T-shirt are bathed in soft, yellow light.The close-up of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone to hit shelves Friday looks more like a young Bob Dylan or Jim Morrison than the 19-year-old who pleaded not guilty a little more than a week ago in the Boston Marathon bombing, his arm in a cast and his face swollen in court.Has the magazine, with its roundly condemned cover, offered the world its first rock star of an alleged Islamic terrorist?The same image of Tsarnaev was widely circulated and used by newspapers and magazines before, but in this context it took on new criticism and accusations that Rolling Stone turned the bombing defendant into something more appealing.“I can’t think of another instance in which one has glamorized the image of an alleged terrorist. This is the image of a rock star. This is the image of someone who is admired, of someone who has a fan base, of someone we are critiquing as art,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a communications professor and the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.Public outrage was swift, including hard words from the Boston mayor, bombing survivors and the governor of Massachusetts. At least five retailers with strong New England ties — CVS, Tedeschi Food Stores and the grocery chain the Roche Bros. — said they would not sell the issue that features an in-depth look into how a charming, well-liked teen took a dark turn toward radical Islam. Stop & Shop and Walgreens followed suit.Tsarnaev is not referred to as Tsarnaev in the article. The magazine uses his playful diminutive instead in a headline: “Jahar’s World.” With cover teasers for other stories on Willie Nelson, Jay-Z and Robin Thicke, it declares for the Tsarnaev story: “The Bomber. How a Popular, Promising Student was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.”Rolling Stone did not address whether the photo was edited or filtered in any way in a brief statement offering condolences to bombing survivors and the loved ones of the dead.“The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens,” the statement said.That’s little consolation for James “Bim” Costello, 30, of Malden, Mass., who needed pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg after the bombing. His body was pebbled with shrapnel, including nails he pulled out of his stomach himself. Three of his close friends lost legs that day and others suffered serious burns and shrapnel injuries.“I think whoever wrote the article should have their legs blown off by someone,” struggle through treatment “and then see who they would choose to put on the cover. “The accompanying story, he said, “just seems like a cry for attention” from Rolling Stone.Lauren Gabler had finished her fourth Boston Marathon and was two blocks from the finish line explosions that April day. At first she thought the Rolling Stone photo, released on the magazine’s website and Facebook page, was of a model or a rock star.“All of a sudden you realize that’s the Boston bomber,” said Gabler, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area. “The cover almost tricks you into what you’re looking at. I haven’t read the article yet, and I know it will probably be quite in-depth, but my initial reaction is that the photo that’s being used almost makes him look like a good guy.”Rolling Stone said the cover story was part of its “long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.” And the magazine has had plenty of covers featuring people outside the realm of entertainment, from President Obama to Charles Manson.Putting criminals and alleged criminals on the covers of major magazines is justified if they are major news figures, said Samir Husni, a journalism professor who heads the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. It’s digitally manipulating a photo that never is, said Husni, reached by phone on vacation in his native Lebanon.“They’ll probably regret it later,” he said of Rolling Stone’s handling of its cover. “Even if it wasn’t doctored it’s going to bring those negative reactions.”Hundreds of Facebook and Twitter commenters condemned the magazine. Many cursed. Others expressed sadness and still more vowed never to read or purchase the magazine again.Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino spoke for them in a letter he dashed off to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner accusing the magazine of offering Tsarnaev “celebrity treatment” and calling the cover “ill-conceived, at best,” in that it supports the “terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their ’causes.’”The letter goes on to call the cover an obvious marketing strategy and concludes: “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.”What does the controversy say about the culture today? It’s a culture that has already produced an online fandom for the attractive young bombing suspect, including young girls calling him “hot” and promising to help clear his name. At his hearing last week, a dozen or so girls wore T-shirts and stickers bearing his face.Jamieson had this to say on that score:“If you took that picture and you walked into an audience three months before the bombing and you said, ‘Here, this is a cover of Rolling Stone,’ what would people say? They’d say, ‘Ah, a new artist emerges on the national stage and Rolling Stone is doing a cover. What is his name? Well I guess it’s Bomber.’”___AP writers Cara Rubinsky, Steve LeBlanc and Bridget Murphy contributed to this report from Boston. David R. Martin contributed from New York.___Follow Leanne Italie on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/litalie
“Every day, humanitarian workers protect, feed, shelter, educate, heal and assist millions of people, regardless of who or where they are,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council’s open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. “It is an outrage that our colleagues and partners should be attacked for providing these essential services.”The debate was held to mark World Humanitarian Day which aims to honour those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs. This year, the Day falls on the 10th anniversary of the 2003 terrorist bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, which housed the UN headquarters in Iraq. The attack killed 22 people, including Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello. “On this tragic anniversary, I call again for greater respect and protection for humanitarian workers and assets everywhere,” Mr. Ban said, adding that while there are reminders every day of conflict, violence and terrorism, “we can not become numb to this brutalization.”Mr. Ban said he was particularly concerned about the use of explosive weapons such as roadside bombs, air strikes and artillery in populated areas, which can kill and maim, having profound humanitarian consequences.In this regard, he reiterated his call to the Council and Member States to work through the UN General Assembly to recognize and act on this critical issue. “We need to better understand the types of explosive weapons that are most problematic. We need to examine how existing international law can help regulate use. And we need to consider the concrete steps that can be taken to reduce the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons in populated areas. ” he said.Mr. Ban also noted the precarious humanitarian situations in Syria, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Mali, and stressed that international community must increase its relief efforts in these countries.In her address to the Council, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay echoed Mr. Ban’s call for increased relief efforts, and emphasized the importance of tackling impunity.“Providing humanitarian access and ensuring accountability for violations of global human rights and humanitarian law are not only moral imperatives, but also legal requirements,” Ms. Pillay said.She added that impunity undermines the fabric of societies and was detrimental to any lasting solution to instability, and stressed that countries must adopt the necessary measures for to address this issue in compliance with global standards.Ms. Pillay said her Office (OHCHR) is currently supporting commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions on Syria, DRC, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and underlined that these are important to determine whether human rights violations have occurred and inform appropriate responses. In addition, Ms. Pillay voiced concern over human rights implications for the protection of civilians of armed drone strikes carried out in the context of counter-terrorism in Gaza, Pakistan and Yemen, among other countries. The current lack of transparency surrounding their use creates an “accountability vacuum” and affects the ability of victims to seek redress, she said, urging all relevant States “to clarify the legal bases for such strikes as well as the safeguards in place to ensure compliance with applicable international law.”In her remarks to the open debate, delivered via a teleconference from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos highlighted the complex working conditions that humanitarians face every day, and called for increased access so they can increase assistance to those who need it the most.“I am extremely concerned by the failure to protect civilians in flagrant violation of the most basic rules of international humanitarian law and human rights law,” she said, referring to the situation in Syria, where insecurity, coupled with bureaucratic constraints and other limitations, continue to prevent aid from reaching all those in need. “We need more capacity and humanitarian access must be granted to people trapped in areas under the control of Government forces or opposition groups,” she said. Meanwhile, in Sudan, an estimated 900,000 people remained out of reach in areas controlled by armed groups. “Without access we cannot do more.”While the main responsibility to prosecute human rights violations and ensure accountability lies with national authorities, Ms. Amos said that the UN and its Member States play an important role in providing financial and technical support to conduct investigations and prosecutions.“National accountability mechanisms can also be complemented by the more regular and systematic use of commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions by the Security Council,” she said.“As we have seen in the evolution of situations requiring humanitarian response around the world, it is clear that the concept of arbitrary denial of consent for humanitarian operations requires greater legal development and policy attention, including from this Council,” Ms. Amos concluded.