The 1399room former Revel casino moving under the Hyatt umbrella

first_imgTags: Atlantic City, Hyatt << Previous PostNext Post >> The 1,399-room former Revel casino moving under the Hyatt umbrella ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s former Revel casino is moving toward its reincarnation as the Ocean Resort Casino.The Boardwalk property said Monday it’s affiliating with the Hyatt hotel chain. The announcement came on the sixth anniversary of the opening of Revel.Colorado developer Bruce Deifik bought Revel in January and set about remaking the property.“Hyatt has an incredible 60-plus-year legacy in the industry, and its loyal global customer base will have access to an authentic way to experience all that makes Atlantic City attractive and popular,” Deifik said.Although Ocean Resort will own and operate the 1,399-room hotel and the casino, its affiliation with Hyatt will enable it to make use of their reservation systems and other infrastructure, a spokeswoman said.It also will include the 32,000-square-foot location of exhale, Hyatt’s newly acquired fitness and spa brand, which will feature 32 treatment rooms, a mind and body studio, and a retail boutique. Ocean Resort will be part of Hyatt’s “Unbound Collection” of hotel properties.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongOcean Resort plans to open sometime this summer, although it has not yet announced a date.Accessing the expertise of a major worldwide hotel chain – and its base of potential customers – could address two big reasons Revel failed. It shut down in 2014 after a little over two years of operation, during which it never came close to making a profit.“The global recognition of the Hyatt brand, its base of customers and well-developed loyalty program are major assets for the Ocean Resort Casino, and should provide a strong support for the resort when it opens this summer,” said Rummy Pandit, executive director of the Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at New Jersey’s Stockton University.“The addition of the exhale fitness and spa brand puts even greater emphasis on the resort’s non-gaming amenities and signals a focus on providing guests with experiences beyond casino gaming.”Ocean Resort recently got approval from state gambling regulators for the design of its gambling chips, and has been advertising jobs throughout the resort.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthIt is one of two shuttered casinos planning to reopen this year.Hard Rock is remaking the former Trump Taj Mahal casino that President Donald Trump opened in 1990 and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn closed in 2016. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 By: Wayne ParrySource: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

AccorHotels signs partnership deal with Mantis Group

first_imgAccorHotels signs partnership deal with Mantis Group TORONTO — AccorHotels has signed a strategic agreement with South Africa-based Mantis Group, acquiring 50% stake in their business.The acquisition will allow Accor to expand its hotel network in Africa and beyond, as Mantis boasts a collection of award-winning, privately owned, five-star properties and lodges across all seven continents. It will also combine both parties’ vision of embodying conservation and education into its operations.This strategic partnership is accompanied by the launch of Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA), a non-profit organization that aims to amplify both Groups’ commitment towards preventing the accelerating decline of Africa’s wildlife. Both groups are also committed to bring together three internationally renowned conservation organizations: Wilderness Foundation, Tusk Trust and African Parks.“Mantis is a pioneer in customized one-of-a-kind travel services in some of the most imaginative hotels across the world,” said Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels. “With this strategic partnership, we are reinforcing the Group’s footprint in Africa and we have access to a brand with strong roots and heritage, recognised for its commitment to preserve the environment and its prestigious credentials in the hospitality space.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamAdded Adrian Gardiner, founder and chairman of the Mantis Group: “This agreement presents an attractive proposition for the Mantis Group to utilize AccorHotels’ robust distribution channels and world-wide reach to further develop the hospitality concepts and sustainability projects we have worked so tirelessly to grow.”Mantis’ network features 28 managed properties, plus a global network of branded hotels and residences that include boutique hotels and flagship properties such as Founders Lodge, a South African game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Mantis Group also owns and operates a number of unique luxury houseboats and a lodge under the Zambezi Queen Collection brand. Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 6, 2018 Tags: Accorhotelslast_img read more

This city topped Bed Bugs list for 3rd straight year

first_img Posted by Tags: Orkin Thursday, January 24, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img ATLANTA — Warning: the following story may induce extreme itching.Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest controller, has once again released its Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, proving that nowhere is safe when you’re travelling.Findings were based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2018. Rankings include both residential and commercial treatments.For the third consecutive year, Baltimore had the unfortunate honour of topping the list, followed by Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio. In fact, the top five rankings remain the same from the previous year, a disheartening outcome to say the least.“Bed bugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”The tiny critters will attach luggage, purses, backpacks, jackets and other belongs before dropping off almost anywhere to find a new carrier. According to the 2018 ‘Bugs without Borders Survey’ by the National Pest Management Association, the top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are single-family homes (91%), apartments/condominiums (89%), and hotels/motels (68%).More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksSo what can you do to protect yourself while on your travels? Orkin recommends the acronym S.L.E.E.P.:Survey the hotel room for signs of infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-coloured stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots like the mattress, box spring and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.Here is the complete Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list:BaltimoreWashington, D.C.ChicagoLos AngelesColumbus, OhioNew York (+2)Cincinnati (-1)Detroit (-1)Atlanta (+4)Philadelphia (+2)Cleveland-Akron (+3)San Francisco (-3)Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+2)Indianapolis (-3)Dallas (-5)Norfolk, Va. (+2)Richmond, Va. (-1)Greenville, S.C. (+7)Charlotte, N.C.Grand Rapids, Mich. (+3)Buffalo, N.Y. (-1)Knoxville, Tenn. (-1)Nashville, Tenn. (-1)Champaign, Ill. (+2)Pittsburg (-1)Houston (-9)Denver (+1)Milwaukee (+1)Miami (+8)Louis (+5)Charleston, W. Va.Lansing, Mich. (new to list)Syracuse, N.Y.Phoenix (-7)Tampa, Fla. (+14)Greensboro, N.C. (+10)Omaha, Neb. (+2)Boston (-6)Seattle (-3)Las Vegas (+5)Orlando, Fla. (new to list)Davenport, Iowa (new to list)Hartford, Conn. (-13)Cedar Rapids, Iowa (-4)Dayton, Ohio (-11)Honolulu (-3)Flint, Mich. (-9)Wayne, Ind. (new to list)San Diego (-8)Youngstown, Ohio (new to list) This city topped Bed Bugs list for 3rd straight year Travelweek Group last_img read more

Bombing victim 8 loved playing with siblings friends

first_imgNo related posts. BOSTON, Massachusetts – The text messages, too horrible to believe, came as Christina and James Keefe sat with their grown sons at a restaurant in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. The young men had just run in the Boston Marathon, and were shaken but relieved to have escaped a horrific double-bombing.Sneaking glances under the table, James Keefe read the desperate, curt missives from friends and neighbors: Eight-year-old Martin Richard, son of their neighbors and friends, Bill and Denise Richard, had been killed by the bomb that detonated near the marathon’s finish line.His mother and his younger sister, Jane, were also seriously hurt.Local news reports said Denise underwent emergency surgery, and Jane – who friends said is 6 or 7 years old – suffered a grievous injury to her leg.In a statement Tuesday, Bill Richard said: “My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover.”Christina Keefe described her family as friendly with the Richard family, who live near them in the Ashmont section of Dorchester.“He was so polite, composed, older than his years really,” Christina Keefe said of Martin on Tuesday morning. “I can see him now, holding his mom’s arm as she took them on their walks around the neighborhood.”The Dorchester Reporter, a community paper, said Martin’s parents “are known and respected as civic leaders. … The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann’s parish in Neponset.”Bill Richard is vice president of an environmental testing company called EST Associates. He also volunteered extensively in the St. Mark’s Area Main Street group, a community effort to restore the main street businesses of Peabody Square.Both Denise and Bill Richard are runners, but contrary to initial reports, Bill Richard did not run in the marathon on Monday. Instead, the family went to the finish line to watch together, as they had done for the last several years, friends said. In addition to Martin and Jane, the couple has an older son, Henry, friends said.The Ashmont neighborhood is one of restored Victorians, mostly younger families and leafy backyards. “Every Friday night, one of those backyards would be hosting an impromptu neighborhood party, with all the children running in the back,” Christina Keefe said.Family friends who live near the Richard family told stories of singing Irish songs with them in their kitchen late into the night, of the entire family pitching in for every volunteer effort: decorating the float for the Dorchester Day Parade, helping at the neighborhood chili cook-off, and collecting trash in the annual Boston Shines cleanup project.“You have family you are born with. And these are the family you chose,” said one friend who asked not to be named. “What can I say? Everything about them is kindness … and life.”Keefe described Denise as a devoted mom, frequently walking with her children through the neighborhood. She has a happy, full-throated laugh that often alerted neighbors she was nearby. Martin, she said, was regularly seen throwing a ball in his family’s yard on Carruth Street, or a friends’ yard nearby, or playing with his siblings.“The neighborhood is reeling,” Keefe said, imagining the scene just before the bombing as Martin, Henry and Jane cheered on marathon runners, a rite of passage for generations of Boston children.“Knowing Denise, she probably had some posters for them to hold up” as runners came by, Keefe said. “It’s all just so awful.”© The Washington Post, 2013 Facebook Commentslast_img read more

More than 200 celebrities artists poets and academics announce support for Villaltas

first_imgMusicians, television personalities, and public intellectuals voiced their backing for progressive candidate José María Villalta as Costa Rica’s next president.Approximately 20 of these supporters joined the Broad Front Party candidate at his San José office on Monday morning. A party representative read the list of 200 names. The freshly announced backers said their support stemmed from a desire to see broad social change in the country.Guanacaste singer-songwriter Guadalupe Urbina said Villalta’s candidacy offered the best chance to transform positive aspirations into tangible changes.“More than belonging to a political party or belonging to a set political strategy, I belong to a country that is moving towards reform,” Urbina said.An author and University of Costa Rica (UCR) philosopher, Arnoldo Mora, urged the crowd to support Villalta as part of the country’s growing social change.“It’s the beginning of a new age,” Mora said. “We need to transform our Costa Rica. It’s a defeated country now.”Mora also served as culture minister during Rafael Ángel Calderón’s presidency from 1990-1994.  José Figueres Olsen’s presidency from 1994-1998. [Updated Jan. 22]On the back of staunchly progressive rhetoric, Villalta has seen his political fortunes and those of his party grow during the campaign. Villalta’s platform has included advocacy for same-sex civil unions and broader distribution of wealth.While the party won less than 1 percent in the previous presidential election, recent polls have Villalta either tied for the lead with former frontrunner Johnny Araya, of the ruling National Liberation Party, or in second place.Villalta has repeatedly singled out neoliberalism – free trade, privatization and deregulation – as having caused Costa Rica’s economic woes.“This is a party of the new majority,” Villalta said on Monday. “This new majority does not want neoliberalism.”Critics and political opponents have characterized Villalta as extremely leftist or as inexperienced. This critique did not hold weight with his new supporters, such as former television star Leonardo Perucci. The native Chilean said the currents of change in Costa Rica reminded him of Chile.“The youth lead the way on change,” Perucci said after the Monday conference. “For me, [Villalta’s inexperience] is a virtue.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Villalta calls budget deficit focus ‘alarmist’ CID-Gallup poll shows Araya might avoid presidential election runoff Libertarian candidate Otto Guevara could become Costa Rica’s next president Villalta’s rise and Araya’s fall could upset 50 years of political dominance in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Isla del Coco gets a new radar station to fight drug traffickers

first_imgSecond in a three-part series. Read the first story here.ISLA DEL COCO, Puntarenas –Guards at Isla del Coco National Park tell stories about the boats they’ve spotted during night patrols that transport fuel throughout the area. There likely is only one use for the fuel: to support drug traffickers.Their stories are confirmed by Costa Rican Coast Guard officials, who say that the famous island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 365 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, sits right in the middle of what is known as the “corredor narco,” or narco-corridor.The drug-trafficking route begins at the Colombian port of Buenaventura, winds through Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, passes Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco and then continues on to Mexico’s Pacific coast.“[Cocos] Island and the area around it could easily be used by drug and fuel traffickers. One reason is because it’s not hard to spot fishing boats that are frequently allowed to leave port with extra fuel,” Miguel Chaves, captain of the coast guard ship Santamaría, told The Tico Times during a recent patrol. A Colombian Navy boat patrols the Cajambre River, near the port of Buenaventura, Colombia, on May 29, 2012. The port is the beginning of a marine corridor for narcotics trafficking that passes Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco before continuing north to Mexico. Felipe Caicedo/AFPJorge Alvarado, one of Isla del Coco’s most experienced park guards, said that a few years ago, guards found a go-fast boat, which is frequently used to haul this type of cargo, but it was empty and adrift.A few months ago, during a patrol at one of the highest points on the island, park guards photographed a go-fast boat maneuvering in broad daylight close to land. On other occasions, they’ve found fuel containers close to the beach.“Here we don’t have real weapons. If illegal fishermen ignore us, do you think we can do anything to stop the drug traffickers?” Alvardo asked. “We can only follow protocol and alert the coast guard, which in the best-case scenario couldn’t reach us for 24 hours.”Hydroelectric plantIn January, the National Power and Light Company (CNFL) began building a hydroelectric plant at the island’s Chatham Bay, on the river of the same name.The plant will generate energy to power a new radar station and surveillance center that the Public Security Ministry will use to counter drug trafficking and illegal fishing in Isla del Coco, and several kilometers around it.In Chatham Bay, a large quantity of building material arrived last week that would be hauled by foot for nearly a kilometer from the coast to the site of the hydroelectric plant.Alejandro Araya, a CNFL project supervisor, said that 36 workers are building the dam according to strict protocols to minimize environmental impact, because the area is protected by a Ramsar wetlands convention and by UNESCO. Workers carry construction material more than one kilometer to the site of a new hydroelectric dam on Isla del Coco’s Chatham River. The Tico TimesImmediate detection Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said the new radar on Isla del Coca is part of a larger system that will be installed along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast to fight drug trafficking. The island’s radar station was made possible through funding assistance from nongovernmental groups like Conservation International and Forever Costa Rica.Getting the radar up and running has been a three-year process, and the project has faced several setbacks and delays. Nevertheless, conservation groups and law enforcement are excited to finally have tools in place to fight illegal activity in the region.For Zamora, Isla del Coco is a strategic point, as many drug-trafficking boats in the area usually operate undetected. Currently, the only way to spot them, he said, is during joint patrols with the United States.“This is a very important investment, because the Pacific Ocean is one of the most popular routes for drug traffickers,” Zamora said.The Isla del Coco radar will be up and running by early May and will join a system of 16 radars along the coast.Next in the series, how protecting Isla del Coco from illegal fishing can help draw tourism dollars. Facebook Comments Related posts:Drug traffickers lure Costa Rica’s struggling coastal fishermen with offers of easy money Protecting indigenous land rights could help deter drug trafficking in Central America, says new report Dutch seize huge cocaine shipment hidden in cassava roots from Costa Rica US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbeanlast_img read more

Film explores young Guatemalans who turn to breakdancing to escape gang life

first_imgRelated posts:In Guatemala City’s Zone 4, a new effort at urban renewal 16 killed in Guatemala prison fight, official says Why Guatemala’s Pérez Molina turns a deaf ear to widespread calls for his resignation Unanimous: Guatemalan Congress strips President Pérez Molina’s immunity GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala City’s ghettos are renowned for their gangs, drugs and violence. But when U.S.-born director Coury Deeb stayed in one, he saw a different side to life in the slums – one of people trying to escape their surroundings through dance.“We met with some B-Boys and learned that though they look like gangsters, many of them are not gangsters or involved in criminal activities. Yet they live next door to gangsters who often pursue them to join their gangs,” Deeb said.“What we saw with the B-Boys was a group whose desire was to be part of something good, to express themselves through art, through B-Boying,” Deeb added.Deeb’s film production company, Nadus Films, believes in using what people are good at to serve and empower.Shining a light on the breakdancing subculture of Guatemala City, “BBoy for Life” showcases how Cheez, Gato and Leidy defy death and escape the pressure and violence of gangs through dancing.Cheez, 22, is one of the best B-Boys in Central America and forms part of the dance group Poker Crew. He taught himself to breakdance in 2008 and has since gone on to perform for the Guatemalan president and represent his country at international B-Boy competitions in France and El Salvador. He sees breakdancing as a way to reduce crime, and a few months ago started a dance movement called Urban Attack. However, he wasn’t always so focused.“When I was little I was surrounded by people in gangs that mugged and stole. I was used when I was little, they would tell me, ‘Stay here and if the police come, let us know.’ I would stand there and they would go on a bus and start robbing. I agreed because I was young, and when you’re a kid, you’re looking for examples of who to follow.” “BBoy for Life” showcases how a group of young men and women defy death and escape the pressure and violence of gangs through dance. Pictured here, Cheez and Gato. (Courtesy of Nadus Films)Cheez, whose real name is Walfer Lossi, said his life changed when he started dancing. He learned to turn down destructive things like drugs and crime. But the change has its consequences.“I’ve had trouble with people who don’t like what I do. They’ve hurt and threatened me because of what I do,” he said.Being a B-Boy in Guatemala City carries a burden and a risk due to the plague of gangs throughout the ghettos. Gang members always are looking for new recruits. According to a 2012 report by Human Rights Watch, Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the region, which is mainly the product of armed groups and criminal gangs who exert a similar level of power to that of terrorist groups in other countries.Leidy Estrada was originally hired to provide security during the documentary’s production, but she quickly emerged as one of the story’s main characters.“What’s interesting about Leidy is that she was in prison and was an active gangster. When we landed for the first production trip she was only three days out of prison. Our partners on the ground thought ‘what better person to watch for dangerous activity than someone who knows the streets very well,’” Deeb said.“Learning about us, Native Films, learning about why we do what we do, learning about our characters and meeting the B-Boys, [Leidy] was turned on to a world of opportunity, redemption and information. She became the bridge between good and evil,” he added.Originally imprisoned for extortion, Leidy’s life changed dramatically when she met the B-Boy community. She recently graduated as valedictorian and now manages finances for a nongovernmental organization, as well as giving talks to youths on the reality of being in a gang.“When I got out of prison I left the gang. It was a hard decision because I was worried they’d harm my family, my children or myself. They don’t let you go easily. But thank God we’re still here without problems,” she said.“My purpose [in the film] was to help a lot of youths and tell them not to fall into the path I fell into, to talk about how my story has changed. I hope it helps a lot of children to change their minds about gangs and to think about them,” she added.A story of hope, struggle and redemption, “BBoy for Life” exposes not only the threat Guatemalans face on a daily basis, but also the journey many of those who are surrounded by violence seek towards a life where peace and hope shine more brightly.“‘BBoy for Life’ shows that there’s beauty in the mix of one of Guatemala City’s darkest neighborhoods,” Deeb said.“BBoy for Life” was screened at the United Nations last month and will be available worldwide On-Demand starting May 15.For more information, click here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

4 unbelievable aerial photos of Costa Ricas Poás Volcano

first_imgRelated posts:Increased phreatic activity reported at Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja Volcano TIMELINE: A recent volcanic history of Costa Rica Man throws religious icons into Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano 3 US Coast Guard officers injured in lightning strike at Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network sent a photographer in a plane over Poás National Park, northwest of the capital, to capture these images of the contrast of vegetation inside and outside the volcano crater’s boundaries. Trees stop growing near the acidic crater lake of Poás Volcano. (Courtesy of Raúl Mora and the National Seismological Network) Gas rises from the crater lake at Poás Volcano. (Courtesy of Raúl Mora and the National Seismological Network) A close-up of Poás Volcano’s acidic crater lake. (Courtesy of Raúl Mora and the National Seismological Network) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Solís signs tuna fishing decree but will it help Costa Ricas oceans

first_imgPresident Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree Tuesday restricting industrial tuna fishing in Costa Rican waters. The decree is one of the first attempts to establish fishing zones in Costa Rica’s massive ocean territory and regulate the international super fleets that currently pull in the vast majority of the country’s tuna catch. But despite the decree’s intentions, many environmentalists say it will do little to curb unsustainable fishing practices in Costa Rican waters.According to a 10-year study by the Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP), foreign-flagged purse seine ships captured 90 percent of the tuna caught in Costa Rican waters between 2002 and 2011. The giant ships are able to scoop up entire schools of tuna at once by sending out small go-fast boats to encircle tuna schools with nets and haul the fish aboard with cranes. Under current fishing regulations licensed purse seine boats are permitted to fish in all but the first 12 miles of Costa Rica’s unprotected ocean territory, a system that the decree’s proponents say cripples Costa Rica’s smaller-scale fishermen.“The country is losing the economic rewards that tuna provides by giving it away to international boats,” said Enrique Ramírez, executive director of FECOP, which helped draft the initial decree. “Small national boats can fish sustainably, get a better price for high-quality tuna and all of that money will stay within Costa Rica instead of the profits ending up in some other country.”(Disclosure: Tico Times reporter Lindsay Fendt worked as a freelance translator for FECOP in 2013.)FECOP, a sportfishing and environmental interest group, and groups of local longline fishermen spearheaded the decree’s creation during the administration of former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014). Before leaving office in May, Chinchilla signed a tuna zoning bill that restricted purse seine fishing in the first 60 miles of Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline, but she failed to order its publication in the official government newspaper, La Gaceta, which would put the law into effect. The decree’s fate then fell to Solís’ new government, which took several months to analyze it before drafting a new one.The new regulations ban purse seine fishing in the first 45 nautical miles off the Pacific coastline as well as in a section of Costa Rican waters bordering Ecuador’s ocean territory. They will also restrict large-scale longline fishing in the first 12 miles off the coast. The decree was reached as a compromise between executives at the national tuna cannery, who oppose any tuna fishing restrictions, and national fishermen, who oppose all purse seine competition. Despite the move by the Solís administration to limit purse seine fishing, some environmental groups have criticized the decree, contending that it will do little to slow the negative environmental effects of the tuna fishing industry.Big tuna’s beef with the decreeThe Costa Rican tuna-canning giant, Sardimar, has opposed the decree from the beginning. Current fishing licensing laws allow international purse seiners to renew their licenses for free if they sell a month’s worth of cargo (a 300-ton minimum) to Costa Rican canneries. The regulation allows Sardimar — under the parent company Alimentos Prosalud, which owns every cannery in the country —  to purchase tuna at below-market prices. The advantage has turned Sardimar into the region’s dominant cannery, commanding 70 percent of the Central American tuna market.“Changes to the system could cause us to lose our competitive edge in an extremely competitive industry,” Asdrubal Vásquez, the president of the Costa Rican Tuna Industry Chamber (CATUN), told The Tico Times in June.  “We are worried that restricting where boats can fish will mean international boats won’t want to come to Costa Rica and we will not be able to get the raw materials we need.”CATUN members were so concerned that they threatened to pull Sardimar out of Costa Rica if the decree was signed, eliminating 1,500 jobs in the Pacific province of Puntarenas. In order to appease the cannery, the decree includes an article that would permit purse seine ships to enter the restricted zone if Sardimar can demonstrate a lack of tuna. It remains to be seen if Sardimar will follow through on its threat now that the decree has been passed, but the cannery is unlikely to find a steady stream of subsidized tuna elsewhere.Equal competition?According to Gustavo Meneses, director of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA), the old decree was lopsided, restricting purse seine fishing while leaving large-scale longline fishing unregulated.“We wanted to create a more equal decree,” said Meneses. “The old regulations didn’t resolve the problem with unfair competition, it just tilted the scales to give the longline and sportfishing sectors an advantage.”The new decree bans longline fishing in the first 12 nautical miles off the coast, leaving that section for smaller and more sustainable fishing methods. Still, commercial fishing operations argue that Costa Rica’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) — the first 200 miles within a country’s coast, in which that country has exclusive economic rights — should be reserved for Costa Ricans.“This was a compromise,” said Mauricio González, executive director of a Pacific organization that represents the country’s longline fishermen. “If it was up to us, there would be no purse seine fishing in the entire EEZ.”Environmental issuesProtecting dolphins is the main environmental motivation behind restricting purse seine fishing. Because pods of dolphins often travel with schools of tuna, industrial tuna boats frequently snare dolphins when they cast their nets. According to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, 68 percent of purse seine nets cast in Costa Rican waters are thrown over dolphin pods. This fishing practice has killed between 5 and 7 million dolphins since 1950 worldwide, environmental groups estimate.The lack of tuna fishing regulations in Costa Rica has long spurred disdain from dolphin conservation groups, and in June the California-based nonprofit group Earth Island Institute said they would pull their “dolphin-safe” labels from cans of Costa Rican tuna if the tuna zoning decree was not passed.“At this point it is mostly for dolphins,” Ramírez said. “You still have a lot of other environmental problems, but this will help avoid damage to more dolphins.”But beyond saving dolphins, environmentalists say the decree will do very little for Costa Rica’s overfishing and bycatch problems. Though longline boats catch far fewer fish than purse seine ships, they still unintentionally pull in large amounts of other sea creatures. In 2013, longline fishing was the likely killer of hundreds of sea turtles in Costa Rica alone.The sportfishing sector, which has suffered from competing with purse seiners, also stands to gain from the decree. Despite Meneses claims that the current decree is more balanced, environmentalists say that it simply shifts the advantages from one industry to another.“It’s like taking from Peter to give to Paul,” said Randall Arauz, whose conservation group, Pretoma, was consulted by INCOPESCA during the decree’s revision.Marco Quesada with Conservation International agreed.“The decree makes no real changes. Even the restrictions it makes on purse seiners come with an out if the industry gets angry,” Quesada said. “I don’t think this decree has any teeth, and I don’t see anything changing.”The futureMeneses is not deaf to the complaints from environmental groups. With the passage of the decree, Meneses also announced INCOPESCA’s plans to create a more comprehensive fishing plan for the country, promising an integrated management plan for the country’s fisheries within the year. Though the specifics of this plan have yet to be announced, Meneses told The Tico Times during an interview in July that the institute is considering plans for more zoning, establishing fishing seasons and cracking down on bycatch violations.“To the environmentalists who are upset, all I can say is that we are working on it,” he told The Tico Times.Since its creation, INCOPESCA has been considered a do-nothing organization by most marine conservationists. With a board of directors loaded with industry insiders, the fishing management institution has been accused of serious conflicts of interest. But Meneses hopes to change that reputation in his four-year term.“Right now there is just not an integrated plan for our marine resources,” Meneses told The Tico Times. “It’s no small task, but ideally I will leave INCOPESCA in four years having left beyond a roadmap to sustainable management in our oceans.” Related posts:Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree Costa Rica’s dolphin-safe tuna designation under scrutiny Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office pushes for better marine conservation Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Going for Gold La Sele unveils special Gold Cup uniforms

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:No Navas as Costa Rica names roster for Peru friendly Costa Rica’s La Sele throttles Jamaica 3-0 ‘La Sele’ draws Nicaragua, Haiti and Bermuda in Gold Cup group Costa Rica announces provisional 40-man roster for Gold Cup Costa Rica’s men’s national soccer team will have a new look during the 2019 Gold Cup.La Sele unveiled a special black-and-gold kit it will wear during the biennial tournament.#LaSele utilizará un uniforme cautivador y elegante en la @GoldCup 2019. Nota: https://t.co/RFewWx7q3j pic.twitter.com/S83EwjIovs— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) May 14, 2019“For quite some time, we have talked about participating in the Gold Cup with a different design,” said Rodolfo Villalobos, President of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation. “For the first time in history, we will wear a black shirt with gold.”While the design is unique, longtime Costa Rica soccer fans may remember when La Sele rocked a black-and-white kit during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. (Costa Rica also sported black, white and gold in a more recent throwback to that team.)“With the black we look for inspiration, the fight and strength of that great team of Italy 90 that for the first time led us to fulfill a great goal in our footballing history,” Villalobos said. “With the gold, we want to highlight the energy and brightness that we carry inside, that makes us succeed internationally and put on high the name of our country.”The 2019 Gold Cup begins June 15 to determine the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Soccer Associations (CONCACAF) champion.For the first time in the tournament’s history, a Central American country will host a Gold Cup match when Costa Rica welcomes Nicaragua on June 16 at the National Stadium in La Sabana.The Ticos will also face Bermuda and Haiti as part of Group B play. Those matches, as well as all knockout stages, will be played in the United States.Fans hoping to purchase the new kit should act quickly, and the purchase won’t come cheap. New Balance made just 9,500 shirts, and they retail for 49,900 colones (about $84) at PLS and New Balance stores.last_img read more

Britain bedeviled by binge drinking

first_imgAssociated PressLONDON (AP) – The girls slumped in wheelchairs look barely conscious, their blond heads lolling above the plastic vomit bags tied like bibs around their necks.It’s an hour to midnight on Friday, and the two girls, who look no older than 18, are being wheeled from an ambulance to a clinic set up discreetly in a dark alley in London’s Soho entertainment district.They’re the first of many to be picked up on this night by the ambulance, known as a “booze bus,” and carried to the clinic _ both government services dedicated to keeping drunk people out of trouble, and out of emergency rooms. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Binge drinking has reached crisis levels in Britain, health experts say, costing the cash-strapped National Health Service 2.7 billion pounds (US$4.4 billion) a year, including the cost of hospital admissions related to booze-fueled violence and longer-term health problems. Unlike all other major health threats, liver disease is on the rise in Britain, increasing by 25 percent in the last decade and causing a record level of deaths, according to recent government figures.Doctors believe rising obesity is combining with heavy drinking to fuel the spike in liver disease, which is hitting more young people than ever.“Undoubtedly professionals are seeing more (patients) in their late-20s to mid-30s, which would have been unusual 20 years ago,” said Chris Day, a liver disease specialist at Newcastle University.On the streets of Soho, most people are too busy drinking to notice passed-out partyers. The streets, lined with pubs and nightclubs, are just beginning to get rowdy: Men chasing each other and shrieking like teenagers; women stumbling and falling over in their too-short skirts and high heels. Soon the sidewalks are littered with empty beer bottles and reeking puddles. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   center_img Quick workouts for men Such public displays of extreme drunkenness are inexplicable and shocking to many foreigners living in Britain, even those who hail from heavy drinking cultures.“(At home) it’s embarrassing to be drunk. Here it’s kind of something you brag about,” said Kaisa Toroskainen, a Finnish graduate student in London having a beer with her friends.The headline-grabbing figures about ever-younger liver disease victims may seem to suggest that Britain has quite recently turned into a nation of raging alcoholics. But it’s not news that the British like their tipple. This is, after all, a nation known around the world for its ales and its pubs, the default venue for any British social gathering from a quiet date to after-work networking.Despite that, most experts agree that Britons, on the whole, don’t drink more than other Europeans _ in fact, overall alcohol consumption levels here have come down since the mid 2000s.But that’s the average. The problem seems to lie with a minority of hard-core drinkers who tend to down a huge amount in a short time.“The key point is the ways in which we behave when we’re drinking _ it involves very public displays of reckless drunkenness,” said Jamie Bartlett, a researcher at the London-based think tank Demos who has written about alcohol abuse. Cut-price booze has been blamed for the increasingly popular practice of “pre-loading,” where drinkers indulge in shop-bought drink at home before they head out to bars and pubs, where the drinks are much more expensive.Prime Minister David Cameron has declared binge drinking a national “scandal,” and the government is seeking to curb the excess by introducing a minimum price for each unit of alcohol sold. Scotland, which has long struggled with a dire alcohol abuse problem, announced Monday it wants to set a minimum price of 50 pence (80 U.S. cents) per unit _ which would mean an average bottle of wine could cost no less than about 4.70 pounds ($7.55).The proposals have sparked lively debate _ not least because of the unusually interventionist stance taken by the Conservatives. More to the point are questions about whether higher prices will actually cut excessive indulgence.Simon Antrobus at the drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction is hopeful that the proposals will increase public awareness.“We’re beginning to see people thinking, `I have to do something about this,’” he said. “The challenging bit is getting people to understand the potential harmful consequences of alcohol. People need to know their limits.” Top Stories “It’s not an issue of consumption. It’s an issue of behavior.”Anyone who’s gone out on a Friday night in any of Britain’s larger towns and cities will be familiar with boozed out groups of people shouting, brawling and causing a scene as they spill out of bars and pubs. Commuters aren’t immune to the antics _ especially on evenings when soccer matches are on.“We are the whites, we are we are the whites!” one clearly intoxicated young man was heard relentlessly singing on a train carriage on a recent night, urging wary strangers to join in.The problem isn’t confined to a particular class, and even members of the social elite can be caught in embarrassing drink-fueled trouble. In 2000, the teenage son of then Prime Minister Tony Blair was arrested for being “drunk and incapable” when he was found semiconscious and vomiting on the sidewalk in London’s Leicester Square.The event was remarkable only because of his father’s prominence.The legal drinking age in Britain is 18, compared to 21 in the U.S., but many drinkers start younger. Social workers say lax control of retail sales and cheap alcohol _ commonly available for less than 70 pence ($1.10) a can in supermarkets and liquor stores _ makes it easy for young people to experiment with liquor. 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Police investigating fires near Jerusalem

first_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Jerusalem police chief Niso Shaham said the fire was probably set deliberately. Several arrests were made over the past few weeks in series of suspicious fires that caused damage in Jerusalem, he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img JERUSALEM (AP) – Two large forest fires on the outskirts of Jerusalem sent smoke wafting across the city and temporarily closed the main highway to Tel Aviv.Police say several people were treated for smoke inhalation, and an unknown number of people were evacuated from the affected area before the blaze was brought under control Tuesday.Traffic on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, one of the nation’s busiest, was backed up for about 50 kilometers (30 miles). Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Gazalinked Egypt attack hurts Hamas border bid

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Hamas, itself a fundamentalist Islamic militant group, appears to be losing control over some of the Islamist militants operating from its territory.In recent years, followers of a fundamentalist stream of Islam, known as Salafis, have formed a number of cells in Gaza, some of them inspired by al-Qaida, but without central organization. They have claimed responsibility for several attacks on Israel.A senior Hamas official on Monday described the Salafi cells as “ticking bombs that threaten not only the Gaza government.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss intelligence assessments with reporters. Hamas has arrested suspected Salafis in the past, even clashing with them in shootouts on some occasions.A former Israeli deputy military chief, Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, did not expect Hamas to go after militant groups. “They condemn it, but they don’t do enough to control those extremist movements and terror organizations,” he said.___Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) In a meeting with Hamas officials from Gaza last month, Morsi appeared sympathetic to their demands to lift restrictions on travel out of Gaza, though he was noncommittal about opening the border to trade as well.In return, Morsi asked Hamas to crack down on militants moving in and out of Gaza through the tunnels, according to an official close to the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the content of closed-door discussions with reporters.Morsi told Hamas his leadership would be tested by how he deals with Islamic militants in Sinai and asked Hamas to help make his first term a success, the official said.The bloody attack on the border that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead threw the implied agreements into disarray. It also left Hamas in a damage-control mode, with few options beyond pleading for a fair inquiry.The Hamas government condemned the attack as an “awful crime” and promised to help Egypt find the culprits, but also denied Gaza militants were involved. “We reject using the name of Gaza (in the context of the attack) without investigation and without finding out who is standing behind it,” said Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Awad. Top Stories Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – The weekend’s deadly attack on the Egypt-Israel border by Islamic militants with purported ties to Gaza spells trouble for the territory’s Hamas rulers.Hamas had lobbied Egypt’s new president, who like the group has roots in the region-wide Muslim Brotherhood, to end Gaza’s 5-year-long border blockade by throwing open a shared border crossing that is the territory’s only gate to the world. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Check your body, save your life Instead, one of the first steps President Mohammed Morsi took after Sunday’s attack was to slam the Gaza border crossing shut indefinitely.Egypt’s military said the attackers had the help of Palestinian militants, saying “elements from the Gaza Strip” aided them by shelling the Egyptian-Israeli border crossing with mortars as the attack was taking place.An Egyptian government official charged anonymously that at least some of the attackers came from Gaza, infiltrating through smuggling tunnels under the border.Hundreds of tunnels run under the 15-kilometer (9-mile) Gaza-Egypt border, dug over the years to evade border restrictions and move contraband, including weapons and militants.Hamas announced it closed the tunnels temporarily following the attack that left 16 Egyptian border troops dead. Egypt indicated it would crack down from its side after mostly ignoring the underground passages for years.Morsi pledged that now, Egypt’s military will go after the militants in the Sinai, a move that could reinforce Gaza’s isolation.After Morsi’s election victory earlier this summer, Hamas had been hopeful that the Gaza border blockade _ imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas overran the territory in 2007 _ was coming to an end. Comments   Share   A senior Egyptian official alleged that Hamas has failed to prevent militants from slipping in and out of the Sinai desert through the tunnels. “After Egyptian blood was spilled, we will not accept words of condemnation, denials or failing to take responsibility,” the official said of Hamas, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss internal government deliberations with reporters.In a first sign of tension between Morsi’s’ government and Hamas, the movement’s deputy leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, wrote on his Facebook page that closing the Rafah crossing amounted to collective punishment.Since taking office, Morsi has been careful to avoid the impression that he puts the interests of fellow Islamists, including Hamas, above those of Egypt. After Sunday’s attack, he is under even greater pressure to clamp down on Islamic militants seen as a threat to his country’s national interests.“Hamas will be the first to pay the price of this attack, and I think the ones who carried it out meant to embarrass Hamas,” said Abdel Majed Swailem, a West Bank analyst. “Egypt is going to be very tough on the borders and that will harm Hamas’ standing. The first target for Egypt now will be the tunnels, the main artery for Hamas.” Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Police clash with Kurdish protesters in Turkey

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish media reports say Kurdish demonstrators have clashed with police in several towns in southeastern Turkey during protests marking the 15th anniversary of the capture of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.The Dogan news agency said riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on Saturday to disperse the protesters, some of whom responded by hurling stones, fireworks or fire bombs.A police vehicle caught fire in the town of Silopi, while a demonstrator was hurt by a fire bomb in Sirnak. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too The demonstrators were protesting Ocalan’s continued imprisonment. Ocalan was captured in Kenya in 1999 and returned to Turkey where he is serving a life term in prison.In 2012, Ocalan and Turkish authorities began talks aimed at ending a decades-long conflict with the autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

The boat people crises in Europe and Asia a comparison

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BRUSSELS (AP) — They may be separated by thousands of miles and vast expanses of sea but those people risking their lives in the Mediterranean and the Andaman Sea in southeast Asia seem to come from the same script.The risk of clambering aboard a boat that may or may not be seaworthy is thought to be worth it, when weighed against the threats posed by conflict, persecution and poverty.There can be no bigger judgment call. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility EU: Criminal networks around the Mediterranean shift their center of operations in response to any coast guard crackdown. The EU has given the green light to a military operation to ruin their “business model” and destroy their boats, but experts say the effort will likely have little impact.___THE RESPONSEASIA: No Southeast Asian country has launched any naval effort to save the stranded refugees. In some cases, Indonesian fishermen have rescued the hapless migrants and brought them ashore.EU: The EU’s border agency has Operation Triton patrolling the Mediterranean. Its ships and planes rescue people, including near the Libyan coast, when an emergency call is made by migrants. But many civilian and commercial ships are saving people.___THE GOVERNMENTSASIA: Malaysia and Indonesia agreed Wednesday at an emergency meeting to “offer temporary shelter provided that the settlement and repatriation process will be done in one year by the international community.” Thailand said it was already overburdened by refugees from Myanmar, but agreed to provide humanitarian assistance.EU: Following a week in which almost 1,000 people were feared to have drowned, EU leaders called an emergency summit on April 23. They pledged extra ships, planes and other assets temporarily for Triton. The EU’s executive Commission launched a longer-term migration agenda, and will next week propose a temporary emergency mechanism for relocating people accepted as asylum seekers. Plans for a quota system are unpopular. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Migrants who were rescued by Acehnese fishermen are assisted by local residents to board a truck that is taking them to a hospital upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Everyone in policymaking circles claims to care, but until recently few have shown any interest in actively helping out by offering sanctuary.On the front-line, there is no room for conflicting signals.“I broke down in tears as I watched them screaming, waving their hands and clothes,” said Razali Puteh, a fisherman who came to the rescue of 430 impoverished people Wednesday off the Indonesian coast. “I could not let them die, because they are also human beings. Just like me.”But under the gaze of an animated media following the deaths of hundreds and the stories of heroism that have emerged in the face of despair, Europe and Asia are at least belatedly holding emergency talks and pledging short-term solutions.Whatever unified response is presented, there are still big questions to grapple with. Who’s going to shelter and pay for those migrants taken in because they qualify for asylum, and how best to send back those who’ve traveled in search of jobs and do not qualify as refugees?Here are some of the similarities, and important differences, between the crises off the European Union’s southern coasts and in southeast Asia.___THE MOTIVATION 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes ASIA: Most of the migrants are the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar while others are Bangladeshis fleeing poverty. The Rohingya are fleeing persecution and discrimination, which could qualify them for asylum or refugee status under international law. More than 3,000 have landed on southeast Asian shores over the past three weeks. And, according to aid groups, thousands more are stranded at sea.EU: Migrants trying to reach Europe are mainly Syrians, Afghans and Somalis desperate to escape conflict or, in the case of many Eritreans, forced conscription. More than 80,000 migrants have reached European shores so far this year.___THE VOYAGEASIA: Many of the Rohingya and Bangladeshis are travelling by boats operated by human traffickers through the Andaman Sea toward Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.EU: Migrants trying to reach the European Union are mainly traveling across the Mediterranean from Libya or Turkey into Italy, Greece and Malta. They are also channeled through by human traffickers. Many also travel over land through Turkey to Bulgaria and Greece.___THE SMUGGLERSASIA: Thousands of Rohingya have been enticed by human traffickers and often held for ransom on board their ships, or in jungle camps in Thailand. But following a regional crackdown, the smugglers and captains have abandoned the ships and left their human cargo to fend for themselves at sea. Many refugees have died at sea. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Hungarys Orban reaffirms countrys EU and NATO membership

first_imgHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, applauds the audience after he addressed a conference held on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the formation of his government in 2010 in the atrium of the Budapest History Museum in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, May 29, 2015. Orban has recognized the far-right Jobbik party as the “leading opposition party” and reaffirmed the country’s commitment to its membership in the European Union and NATO. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP) Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Orban, who has been accused of centralizing power and weakening the democratic system of checks and balances, also promised a less confrontational style of government.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister said Friday that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO.Speaking to supporters at an event celebrating five years in government, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that while some EU proposals “border on the insane” and he was ready to debate the “bureaucracy in Brussels,” he also opposed any attempt to make Hungary exit the EU or NATO. “For Hungarians this is our family,” Orban said. “It is in our interest to improve (the EU) but not to leave it. We will not divorce.”Orban, whose Fidesz party holds a comfortable majority in parliament, most recently clashed with the EU after saying that the issue of capital punishment needed to be kept “on the agenda” after the murder in Hungary of a young shop attendant. The EU considers its ban of the death penalty a key value.Orban has also been staunchly opposed to receiving non-European immigrants, who have been arriving by the hundreds daily for the past months through Hungary’s southern border with Serbia. Most quickly move further west toward Austria and Germany.“Hungary will be a country of Hungarians,” Orban said. “The security, success and well-being of Hungarians come first.”Orban mentioned the EU and NATO in contrasting his position to that of the far-right Jobbik party, which he now acknowledged — probably for the first time — as his government’s main challenger.Jobbik, which calls NATO a “security risk” for Hungary and wants a referendum to confirm EU membership, has been steadily behind Fidesz but ahead of the left wing parties in opinion polls. National elections are scheduled for 2018. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

The Latest German lawmakers back Greek bailout

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on Greece’s financial crisis (all times local):___12:30 a.m.Lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Greek bailout agreement ahead of a parliamentary ballot Friday.At a meeting that lasted 5 hours, 48 lawmakers dissented, while some 250 backed the deal.Members of the Social Democrats, Merkel’s coalition partner, also strongly supported the agreement at their own meeting, meaning it will likely pass Friday. Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Lew, in telephone calls with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, urged the Greeks to “fully” implement the budget cuts and economic reforms they had agreed to.___11 p.m.The head of euro-region finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, is seeking to ease concerns over a new financing deal for Greece.Dijsselbloem said European Union members not using the shared euro currency would be given guarantees for contributing to a bridging loan for Greece. The move follows strong objections raised by Britain toward helping bail out a eurozone member.The EU has 28 nations but only 19 of them, including Greece, use the euro. Greece got a bridge loan so it can make a 4.2 billion-euro ($4.6 billion) payment to the European Central Bank on Monday.Dijsselbloem, who was meeting in Berlin with German lawmakers late Thursday, also shot down talk of continued support for a Greek euro exit by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.He said: “If you reach an agreement after such long and hard talks, you have to stand behind it. And that goes for all sides.”___9:55 p.m.Greece’s government says the Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___11:55 p.m.Greek banks are going to reopen Monday after being closed for three weeks but there’s one catch — customers can’t actually withdraw money except at ATMs.Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas says bank customers “can deposit cash, they can transfer money from one account to the other” but withdrawal restrictions will remain.Customers can still only take out 60 euros ($67) a day in cash. But Mardas says Greek authorities are working on a plan to allow people rollover access to their funds so if they don’t make it to a cash machine one day, the next day they can take out 120 euros.He promised more detailed information on the continued withdrawal restrictions over the weekend.___11:45 p.m.U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is urging Greece’s creditors to make sure the struggling country emerges from negotiations with debts it can manage.The International Monetary Fund has already labeled Greece’s debts unsustainable and called for generous debt relief.Lew met Thursday with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble in Berlin and French Finance Minister Michel Sapin in Paris. He expressed support for the Greek debt deal, saying it restores trust between Greece and its creditors and could help keep Greece in the common euro currency. Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

Bahrain makes multiple arrests in wake of deadly bombing

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Two police officers were killed and six were wounded.Bahrain is a Sunni-ruled kingdom that is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. It has faced years of clashes between anti-government activists and police following widespread 2011 protests that were led by its Shiite majority calling for greater political rights. Several small bombs have targeted police in recent years.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahraini authorities have arrested several suspects in the wake of a deadly bombing targeting police in the strategically important island kingdom.The official Bahrain News Agency quoted the public security chief, Maj. Gen. Tariq al-Hassan, announcing the arrests Wednesday. He did not provide further details.Police say the remotely detonated blast early Tuesday in Sitra, south of the capital Manama, targeted a bus carrying policemen near a primary school for girls. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home FILE- In this Friday, June 5, 2015 file photo, Bahraini community police officers search worshipers outside a Shiite Muslim mosque ahead of mid-day prayers in Manama. Bahraini authorities say two policemen have been killed and many injured in a bomb attack south of the capital. The Interior Ministry said on its Twitter feed on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 that the officers were killed in a “terror blast” in the largely Shiite community of Sitra. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File) Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

New insider positioning for Trafalgar

first_imgEven though the romance of travel has changed, Trafalgar promises clients an even more exclusive experience as it re-focuses branding on showcasing their expertise as a world-class operator with insider knowledge.“Our main message is that it’s not just a marketing ploy, we have valid reasons to bring people in and show them a unique side of the destination,” Global CEO, Gavin Tollman said, referring to the newly launched tagline ‘seeing the world from the inside’.The tagline coincides with the early launch of their 2012 range of itineraries, which also includes an overhaul of inventory, specifically changing some 500 hotels and 300 dining experiences, all part of an ongoing transformation, according to Mr Tollman.“We have seen the whole segment of the touring industry has changed and we saw a change in our dynamic,” Mr Tollman said yesterday in Sydney, as part of a week-long trip in Australia.“We are moving away from having to sell what we do, to making it an aspiration product.  Those are the types of moments we want to crate, so for 2012 we took it off auto-pilot and are becoming part of an evolution of what we want to achieve.”“It looks like Trafalgar, feels like Trafalgar, but it’s more vitalized.  We don’t want Trafalgar to be a faceless brand,” Mr Tollman said of the new range of brochures, out six weeks early this year due to travel agent demand.Changes also include expansion to its popular At Leisure programme, for the first time being sold in Australia with an Australian itinerary, an expansion of its First Class brochure and exclusive Be My Guest dining inclusions.“We are changing the stereotypes of coach touring, but it is essential we still deliver the product our guest wants,” Mr Tollman said.“I don’t want to change the business model; I want to change the conversation.”New destinations include a Scenic Ireland tour, as well as Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh, Alpine France and Switzerland, Paris and Provence and Spanish Island Serenade.“At Leisure itineraries were the stand-out success of our Europe and Britain 2011 program, exceeding all expectations and bringing in a significant amount of new business for Trafalgar. So it made sense to offer more of what your clients are demanding by introducing 15 exciting new itineraries for 2012,” Managing Director, Australia, Matthew Cameron-Smith said.As part of the launch, Trafalgar Sales Manager are delivering Provencal Lamb Rub herbs to agents, with the incentive to recreate their own Be My Guest experience before 31 October 2011, to go into the running to win one of 10 $500 hampers.For more information visit www.TrafalgarAgent.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

Airnorth wins 2011 NT Exporter of the Year Award

first_imgAirnorth NT Exporter of the Year 2011 – David Ranger & David Gooch (Airnorth) with Paul Henderson(Chief Minister NT) Airnorth is proud to announce it has been awarded as the 2011 NT Exporter of the Year as well as receiving the Large Services Award at the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister’s Export and Industry Awards.As the most celebrated business awards held in the Territory each year, Airnorth’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Simone Saunders is pleased to have the airline’s contribution to the NT economy over the past 30 years recognised at such a prestigious level.“We have developed our business model over many years. With our mix of RPT scheduled services, contracted and ad hoc charter services, we’ve secured a broad customer and revenue base, from which the business has grown,” said Ms Saunders.“Added to this is our long term contracts with national and international corporations and our alliance with Qantas that provides worldwide distribution of Airnorth services, code share, frequent flyer and seamless connectivity with the Qantas network,” she said.Airnorth’s selection of fuel efficient Embraer jet aircraft was another strategic decision designed to keep costs and emissions to a minimum. Airnorth is currently operating three Jets throughout the network with a fourth due to come online in early 2013.“We have always focused on delivering the highest standard of services to our customers, in particular from Timor-Leste, where we have been operating for over 10 years and currently provide the only Jet service from Darwin,” said Ms Saunders.“We also contribute this success to the high calibre of staff we have here at Airnorth. It is their hard work and commitment that’s helped to get the company where it is today,” she said.The Chief Minister’s Awards recognise the important contribution that NT businesses make to the local economy through job creation and increased prosperity in the community. As the NT winner Airnorth will now be entered into the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards in Brisbane in December. Source = Airnorthlast_img read more