Human intestines found in woman’s suitcase Travelweek Group Share Posted by Wednesday, September 28, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: OMG GRAZ, AUSTRIA — Call it a gutsy move or a gory one, either way this makes for one hell of a Halloween tale.According to the Austrian Press Agency, human organs were found tightly packed in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman’s suitcase during baggage check at the Graz airport.It was reported on Monday that the woman told police she had brought the intestines of her deceased husband to Austria in hopes of getting them tested for poison. Authorities in Morocco had previously cited the cause of his death as an intestinal obstruction.The tissue is being subjected to a pathological analysis. No word as to whether the woman was allowed to keep her gruesome package.
BATON ROUGE — A tourism official on business in Baton Rouge says she had no intention of sharing an adult video with nudity on the Instagram account of her employer, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.The video with nudity went live on the tourism bureau’s public Instagram account Monday night, and sent notifications to followers. The video lasted about 30 minutes.“It was a horrible, honest mistake,” Lynn Dorsey, executive director of convention and visitors bureau, told the newspaper. “I am mortified. I would never send that type of content out intentionally.”Dorsey had intended to send “a very private message” to her husband, she said. But she’s a new Instagram user and pressed the wrong button, she added.Dorsey posted the video using a Bureau-purchased iPhone 7 from a Baton Rouge hotel room while on a business trip, the newspaper reported.Instagram Live is a new feature, similar to that of Facebook Live, which allows users to stream live video footage via the social media platform, the Press-Herald reported. When a user “goes live,” the followers of the account may receive a notification announcing the live feed. Once a live video has ended, it is no longer visible on the platform. Share Posted by The Canadian Press Adult video shared on Baton Rouge Instagram ‘horrible’ mistake Friday, December 23, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Travelweek Group Tags: America, Donald Trump << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Trump’s second travel ban also put on hold as judge grants preliminary injunction nationwide GREENBELT, Md. — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation’s capital by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families. The groups argued that the underlying rationale of the ban was to discriminate against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis.It was the latest ruling against Trump’s revised travel ban. On Wednesday, a judge in Hawaii rejected the ban.Government lawyers argued that the ban was substantially revised from an earlier version signed in January that was later blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. They said the ban was ordered in the interest of national security to protect the U.S. from “radical Islamic terrorism.”The Maryland plaintiffs also argued the ban illegally reduces the number of refugees authorized to enter the U.S. this year. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the travel ban nationwide pending further orders from the court. He declined to stay the ruling should an emergency appeal be filed.The White House did not immediately respond to the Maryland ruling.The Wednesday ruling came from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, who rejected the government’s claims that the travel ban is about national security, not discrimination. Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order constricted the flow of students and tourists to the state, and that Hawaii was likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates First Amendment protections against religious discrimination.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsWatson criticized what he called the “illogic” of the government’s arguments and cited “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban. He also noted that while courts should not examine the “veiled psyche” and “secret motives” of government decision-makers, “the remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry.”“For instance, there is nothing ‘veiled’ about this press release: ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,”’ Watson wrote, referring to a statement Trump issued as a candidate.Trump called the ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also called his new travel ban a watered-down version of the first one, which he said he wished he could implement.“We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe,” the president said at a rally in Nashville. “The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”If the administration seeks an emergency stay of Watson’s decision at the 9th Circuit, the matter would be heard by different judges from the three who ruled on the case last month. That’s because the panel of judges assigned to such cases rotates every month, said court spokesman David Madden.The 9th Circuit on Wednesday declined to reconsider the 3-0 decision not to reinstate the original ban. In a dissent, five judges said they considered that decision incorrect and wanted it vacated.“Whatever we, as individuals, may feel about the president or the executive order, the president’s decision was well within the powers of the presidency,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the five.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyWatson issued his 43-page ruling less than two hours after hearing Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the ban from being put into practice.The hearing was one of three held Wednesday in federal courts around the country. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who blocked the initial travel ban last month, did not immediately rule on a request from an immigrant-rights group to block the revised version.In all, more than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban. A case brought by Washington state argues that the new order harms residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies such as Washington state-based Microsoft and Amazon, which rely on foreign workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have joined the claim.Trump’s initial travel ban, issued on a Friday in late January, brought chaos and protests to airports around the country as travellers from seven nations – Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen – were barred from entering even if they had prior permission to come to the U.S. The State Department cancelled up to 60,000 visas, but later reversed that decision.Robart ordered the government to stop enforcing the ban, which also suspended the nation’s acceptance of refugees from around the world, and a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to reinstate the ban. Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tags: Disney Posted by TORONTO — Travel agents are invited to special Disney Destinations training sessions and movie screenings where they’ll learn what’s new at Disney parks.A wide range of new experiences are taking place, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney California Adventure Park. After training, agents will enjoy an exclusive screening of a Disney film.To register, click on the training tab at disneytravelagents.ca.The schedule is as follows:ONTARIOWelcome 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-7:15 p.m., ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening 7:15 p.m.Ottawa, April 12, Scotiabank Theater OttawaATLANTIC CANADAWelcome 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-7:15 p.m., ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2’ screening 7:15 p.m.St. John’s, May 8, Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl (75 attendees)Halifax, May 10, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (75 attendees)Moncton, May 11, Cineplex Cinemas DieppeWEST CANADAPresentation 6:00-7:00 p.m., Refreshments 7-7:30 p.m., ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening 7:30 p.m.Vancouver, April 10, Scotiabank Theatre VancouverLangley, April 13, Cineplex Cinemas LangleyCalgary, April 27, Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Tweet Disney announces dates for agent training and movie screenings << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Posted by Share Thursday, July 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Goway is rewarding agents who book Air Canada flights to Australia.Agents who book clients on a Downunder vacation, flying internationally on Air Canada to Australia, with a minimum of seven nights accommodation will earn $90 per couple, paid directly on to their Goway Rewards Card.Air Canada operates daily flights from Vancouver to Sydney and Brisbane, plus four flights a week to Melbourne. Air Canada’s B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy, and 247 Economy Class seats with an upgraded and personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat.The incentive is valid for Air Canada tickets issued by Sept. 10 for travel Oct. 1 – Nov. 30.On top of the regular $15 per person incentive paid on air/land vacations, agents earn an additional $15 per Air Canada transpacific flight sector (or $30 roundtrip), for a total incentive of $45 per person booking. Tags: Agent Incentives, Air Canada, Australia, Goway Earn $90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada Travelweek Group
Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Share Tags: D-Day, DHTour, History, New Tours BURLINGTON — London and UK specialist DHTour is offering four tours to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6.“Each passing year takes us further away from the events that shaped our country and the world in which we live in today,” says Gordon Burwood, President, DHTour. “The pivotal battle of Normandy which began on June 6, 1944 was one such event. Seventy-five years have since passed from what was known as operation ‘Overlord’ or ‘D-Day’ but its importance is strongly remembered to this day.”DHTour’s trips will focus heavily on the role Canada, along with its allies, played in both World Wars. Tour ‘A’ starts in London, with a look at the effects of the war on the city from the Blitz onwards and then visits the great naval port of Portsmouth for the ferry across to Normandy. Tour ‘B’ follows the allied forces from Normandy, through Holland, to Berlin. After Normandy, Tour ‘C’ looks at the Liberation of Holland while Tour ‘D’ concentrates on Belgium. All tours will include the Canadian Juno Beach ceremonies on June 6.DHTour also arranges private battlefield tours both in Europe and in Vietnam, “wherever, and whenever, your clients want to go – at their pace – for their interests”, says Burwood. Either as a small group in nine-seater Mercedes Executive vans or in Saloon cars, along with a guide who will be an expert in military tours and local culture, and whether for a few days or longer, DHTour can customize the journey according to the style of accommodation clients are looking for. Visitors can have a chance to visit the major Canadian battlefield sites such as Vimy Ridge, Juno Beach or Dieppe as well as smaller, more personal, areas and cemeteries. Agents can contact DHTour for a quote and customized itinerary. More details are at dhgrouptours.com or call 1-888-597-3519. DHTour marks 75th anniversary of D-Day with four trips
MONACO — Heritage Group, headed up by Silversea Cruises chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, will own 85% of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent while A&K founder Geoffrey Kent will own 15% in a new strategic partnership announced today.Kent will continue to be Chairman and CEO of the operating company, officially Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies S.A., while Lefebvre will become Chairman of Abercrombie & Kent Holding.Kent and Lefebvre have known each other for more than 20 years and have also been business partners, having acquired the MV Explorer in 1992.Lefebvre built Silversea Cruises, created by his father in 1994 with the purchase of two ships, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, into a leading luxury and expedition cruise line. He is now the Chairman and former owner of Silversea.In summer 2018 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) acquired a 66% stake in Silversea Cruises. A&K is a separate and unique investment by Heritage, led by Lefebvre, and does not involve Silversea, according to a statement about this latest deal.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoKent is credited with creating the first luxury tented photographic safaris in 1962 in Kenya and built A&K into the world’s leading luxury and adventure travel company.“Abercrombie & Kent is the finest luxury travel company in the world, and I am honoured to be able to partner with Geoffrey Kent to help this remarkable company continue its record growth,” said Lefebvre.Kent added: “I am very excited to be working with Manfredi. I cannot think of a better or more experienced partner for the next phase of A&K’s growth.”The closing is expected to be completed later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Share Travelweek Group Tags: Abercrombie & Kent, Acquisitions, Silversea Cruises Abercrombie & Kent’s 100% joint acquisition deal officially aligns luxury company with Silversea’s Lefebvre Posted by Tuesday, February 12, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. From the print editionBy Jennifer González | AFPMEXICO CITY – Hundreds of Mexicans bade farewell to late novelist Carlos Fuentes on Wednesday, carrying books and flowers as they filed past the casket of one of the Spanish-speaking world’s best-known writers.During a public ceremony at the grand Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, President Felipe Calderón hailed Fuentes as “one of the greatest writers of all time.”“He helped give global prominence to Latin-American literature,” the Mexican president said.Fuentes, the son of a diplomat, was born in Panama City on Nov. 11, 1928. He spent parts of his childhood in the South American cities of Quito, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro, and was enrolled in a U.S. public school when his father was transferred to Washington, D.C.Standing in front of the casket next to Calderón were the writer’s widow, Silvia Lemus, and Cecilia, his only surviving child, born from his first marriage to actress Rita Macedo.A crowd of people queued outside for a chance to file past the casket inside the palace.“I still can’t believe it, he was so close to me with his books my whole life,” said a teary-eyed Raúl Acosta, a 40-year-old psychologist, after viewing the casket.Brenda Negrete, 28, said she was now a “political orphan.”“We will miss his political opinions, especially for these elections,” she said, referring to the July 1 presidential and legislative ballots in Mexico.Fuentes died in the Mexican capital Tuesday at age 83 after suffering a massive hemorrhage in his digestive tract.The novelist’s remains will be cremated and his ashes buried at the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, where two of his children – Carlos and Natasha – are buried, local media reported.“I feel at home in Paris, very happy and surrounded by beauty,” Fuentes said in a recent interview.The prolific writer authored more than 50 works, including novels, short stories, essays and plays.He was a leading figure in the 1960s Latin American literature boom, befriending both Colombian leftist Gabriel García Márquez and Peruvian conservative Mario Vargas Llosa, and was known for criticizing both the harsh side of capitalism and the tough realities of communism.“I met him 50 years ago,” Vargas Llosa said in a Twitter message upon learning of Fuentes’ death, “and we were friends all that time without anything ever impoverishing that friendship.”Fuentes also was known for his use of experimental language.Visibly shaken, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard hailed his late friend, “who will always remain in the Mexican soul.”“Fuentes was a great seducer who used only one weapon: the word,” said Federico Reyes Heroles, a writer who read a tribute message at the family’s request.“Carlos embodied the idea of bringing Mexico into the world and the world to Mexico.”Fuentes published his first collection of short stories, “Masked Days,” under the guidance of his father Rafael.In 1958, when he was 30, he achieved international fame with “The Most Transparent Region,” a portrayal of Mexico City’s explosive growth.The novel “The Death of Artemio Cruz” (1967) won Fuentes both critical and public acclaim and became his best-known work.He scored a new literary success with “Terra Nostra,” a novel on the complex cultural issues of the Iberian and Latin American worlds, for which he was awarded the prestigious Romulo Gallegos prize in 1977.Other prizes followed, including the Cervantes (1987), the Rubén Darío (1988) and the Prince of Asturias (1994).His 1985 novel “Old Gringo,” about the disappearance of U.S. writer Ambrose Bierce during the Mexican Revolution, was a best-seller in the United States and became a 1989 Hollywood movie starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda.Fuentes’ 1987 “Cristóbal Nonato” examined the then-upcoming 500th anniversary in 1992 of the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas.His intellectual curiosity led him to write “This I Believe” (2002), on his ideological and literary beliefs.“The Eagle’s Chair” (2003) imagined the outlines of Mexico’s future, and “Against Bush” (2004) was a collection of his articles skewering former U.S. President George W. Bush.“You have to take some time out to be able to give literature the attention it deserves, for journalism, for speaking, for friendship. I cannot be cloistered like a monk because I would lose contact with human beings, with life,” Fuentes told AFP in a 2003 interview.Unlike his contemporaries, though, Fuentes never won a Nobel Prize in literature, although for years he was said to be on the short list.Fuentes’ travels helped shape his leftist political views and fueled his passion for political activism.Like many Latin American intellectuals of his era, for years, Fuentes was fascinated by the Cuban revolution and leftist rebel movements. But over time, his opinions grew more nuanced.“Cuba is worthy of condemnation, and so is the United States,” he was quoted as saying.Fuentes was appointed Mexico’s ambassador to France in the 1970s, an assignment that lasted only two years.Fuentes supported the election of conservative president Vicente Fox in 2000, which ended the seven-decade rule of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party.“In the Americas, we sometimes don’t realize democracy takes a long time to cook, maybe because we are used to abrupt decisions and heavy blows typical of dictatorships,” he said in 2001.“RIP Carlos my friend,” Booker Prize-winning British author Salman Rushdie said on Twitter.Mexican author Xavier Velasco, who said he had dinner with Fuentes just days ago, said: “I firmly believe that he is the greatest novelist Mexico has ever produced and also the one with the best sense of humor.” The late author is survived by his second wife, journalist Silvia Lemus, and a daughter from his first marriage to the late actress Rita Macedo. 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SAN FRANCISCO, California — Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and iPad, reported third-quarter profit and sales that beat analysts’ estimates, spurring optimism that the company is weathering an attack from low-end smartphone competition.Earnings were $7.47 a share in the period, which ended June 29, the Cupertino, California-based company said Tuesday in a statement. Analysts had predicted $7.30 on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose to $35.3 billion, topping the estimate of $35 billion.The results bolstered the view that Apple can withstand increased competition and saturation in the smartphone market, which have threatened to drag the company into a prolonged slump. Apple earns margins of 50 percent or more on the iPhone 5, almost twice the level of rival models. Investor concern that the company was losing that edge contributed to a 31 percent stock decline over the past year.“We are more encouraged about Apple’s ability to sustain healthy profits over the near and medium term,” Keith Bachman, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets in New York, said in a report before the earnings were released.Apple shares rose as much as 4.7 percent to $438.88 in extended trading after the results were released. They closed at $418.99 earlier in New York. Even after the decline this year, the company has a higher market valuation than any other technology business.The company sold 31.2 million units of the iPhone, its best-selling and most profitable product. Analysts had estimated 26.1 million on average. Apple’s gross margin, the percentage of sales left after subtracting production costs, was 36.9 percent, compared with the company’s target of 36 percent to 37 percent.Sales of the iPad fell 14 percent from the prior year to 14.6 million. Consumers are holding off on purchasing the tablet as they wait for new models later this year, said Ben Evans, an analyst at Enders Analysis in London. Apple forecast sales of $34 billion to $37 billion for the current quarter, compared with an average estimate of $37 billion.The company, which pioneered the market for touch-screen smartphones in 2007, has seen Google’s Android platform gobble up much of the market. Android captured 70 percent of global mobile operating-system sales at the end of first quarter, compared with 17 percent for Apple’s iOS, according to IDC. Samsung, Asia’s biggest technology company, was the No. 1 Android vendor with 41 percent of that market.Even so, Apple has maintained its hold on the high end of the market — especially with U.S. buyers. Its challenge now is developing a cheaper version of the iPhone that can compete with Android for cost-conscious shoppers, said Horace Dediu, an analyst at Asymco, a research company in Finland.“I’ve been waiting for them to do it for years,” Dediu said.Slowing sales and profit growth also have put pressure on Apple to push into new product categories. The company has more than 100 employees working on a wristwatch-like device, people familiar with the matter said earlier this year. In addition, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has said the company is considering television products that go beyond its current Apple TV set-top box.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments No related posts.
Park rangers found deep rope marks and pieces of fishing net on the body of a juvenile humpback whale that washed onto the shores of Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park, on the Osa Peninsula in the southern region, on Monday. A park guide spotted the dead whale from a boat in the remote Punta la Chancha section of the park.“Its entire tail was wrapped in the type of cords that are used in a trammel net,” Eliecer Arce, the park’s administrator, told The Tico Times. “I am positive that this was the cause of death.”Though the body of the whale was found within the boundaries of the park, the protected area only extends for the first 500 meters of ocean outside of Corcovado. According to Arce, the fishing boat was likely outside of the park limits, where trammel nets are legal, when it ensnared the whale.Punta la Chancha is difficult to reach and park rangers will not be able to move or bury the whale’s body. That portion of the park is currently closed to tourists and will remain so for the month it will take for the whale to decompose.Trammel and gill nets pose the biggest bycatch threat to whales and other large marine mammals according to the World Wildlife Foundation. Trammel nets are legal in most of Costa Rica’s coastal territory. A fishing net left deep marks in the whale’s skin. Photo courtesy of Hayder Santamaría and Corcovado National Park A park guide spotted the dead whale from a boat while entering the park. Courtesy of Álvaro Montoya and Corcovado National Park This juvenile whale was found dead Monday in Corcovado National Park. Courtesy of Álvaro Montoya and Corcovado National Park Facebook Comments Park rangers estimate it will take at least a month for the whale’s body to decompose. Courtesy of Álvaro Montoya and Corcovado National Park No related posts.
MOSCOW — Sepp Blatter, the outgoing president of football’sbesieged governing body, told Vladimir Putin that FIFA has “complete trust” in Russia’s ability to host the 2018 World Cup.“We say ‘yes’ to Russia,” Blatter said during a meeting with the Russian leader near St. Petersburg on Saturday. “Our support is especially important during the current geopolitical situation,” Blatter said.The meeting was held just hours before FIFA picked the preliminary draw for most of its confederations at Konstantinovsky Palace near Putin’s hometown. It’s the first time Blatter has left Switzerland since seven current and former football officials were arrested in Zurich in May. Blatter announced plans to step down days after winning a fifth term. Elections to replace him will be held in February.Much of FIFA’s troubles stem from the awarding of World Cup rights in 2010, when Russia and Qatar were selected to host the next two tournaments. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating what it says are more than two decades of “rampant” corruption, while Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal probe of the group.Putin has criticized the investigations as an attempt to undo Russia’s selection as host of the world’s most-watched sporting event for the first time. The U.S. and its allies slapped sanctions on Russia last year for annexing Crimea from Ukraine and supporting an armed uprising in two mainly Russian-speaking regions on its border.“As promised,” Putin told Blatter on Saturday, “we will do all we can for sportsmen and fans alike to feel at home here.”© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resigns
MADRID (AP) – Tens of thousands of people marched in the northern city of Bilbao calling for prisoners from armed Basque separatist group ETA to serve out their sentences in their native region rather than in jails in other parts of Spain.Around 100,000 people marched after a National Court judge gave permission for the demonstration to take place late Saturday.Organizers had called for the march to be silent but participants chanted prisoners’ names loudly. Police said Sunday the march was peaceful. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ETA has killed 829 people since the late 1960s in bombings and shootings to force the creation of a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwest France.ETA announced a definitive cease-fire in 2011, but hasn’t handed over its weapons.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes
Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has adopted a law that could see human smugglers facing up to 30 years in prison in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants crossing its borders in hopes of getting to Europe.The parliament adopted the law Monday, said National Assembly Secretary-General Boubacar Tiemogo on Wednesday.A person could face 20 to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to 30 million CFA Francs ($51,000) if there are aggravating circumstances such as smuggling a pregnant woman or children, he said Wednesday. If a smuggler has helped migrants obtain illegal papers, they might face a prison sentence between five and 12 years, along with a fine of up to $5,000, he added. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Thousands of people trying to get to Europe in hopes of a better life are being smuggled through Niger on the way to Libya. Many die crossing the deserts, or by sea. More than 10,000 people have been plucked from the Mediterranean off Libya in the last month and 1,700 are feared dead.Traffickers operate networks that provide all sorts of services to smuggle people across borders, including illegal papers for transport by land and sea.“This does not prevent legal migrants from crossing Niger. Those who have legal papers for traveling can cross Niger,” said Zakari Oumarou, the deputy representative for the president’s party in parliament.Justice Minister Marou Amadou said Monday after the law was passed it gives Niger the legal means to punish those profiting from smuggling, while protecting migrants’ rights. He also said it is meant to increase international cooperation.The European Union is on Wednesday to unveil a plan to confront the challenges posed by the massive influx of migrants. According to a draft of the text obtained by The Associated Press, the EU wants to establish a pilot system in Niger to screen migrants, help provide local protection for them and work out resettlement opportunities for those in need. Deploying EU migration attaches to Libya’s neighbors and other African countries is among other proposals. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Here are five things to know about Mexico’s midterm elections, seen as a referendum on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government halfway through his six-year mandate.RULING PARTY TAKES CONGRESSPena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, took the largest percentage of the vote. Together with two allied parties, the PRI coalition is expected to control a majority with as many as 263 seats in the 500-person Congress. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches NEW KID ON THE BLOCKJust a year after being officially recognized, the Morena party founded by Lopez Obrador took about 8.5 percent of the vote and will have its first-ever representation in Congress.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments Share Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of THE “BRONCO” TAKES NORTHERN STATEJaime Rodriguez, an independent candidate better known as “El Bronco,” is a tough-talking cowboy type who ousted the PRI to become governor of the key northern state of Nuevo Leon, which border Texas. His win is a first for Mexico, made possible by a reform last year allowing people not affiliated with parties to run. Rodriguez’s maverick persona resonated with voters fed up with the establishment, and he says his first priority will be fighting corruption.LEFTIST OPPOSITION PARTY TAKES A BATHThe opposition Democratic Revolution Party won less than 11 percent of ballots and stands to lose up to a dozen seats, after two-time presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador split with the party and effectively divided the left-wing vote.FROM THE SOCCER PITCH TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICEPreliminary results have Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the recently retired national soccer hero, winning election as mayor of the city of Cuernavaca, outside the Mexican capital. It’s the first foray into politics for Blanco, 42, and his lack of experience has raised doubts among some. Known for his combative temperament on the field, Blanco didn’t disappoint as he claimed victory with a coarse dig at his rivals: “Now I’ve screwed them,” he said. Top Stories
Check your body, save your life Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of FILE – In this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 file photo, Russian businessman Dmitry Kovtun speaks during a press conference at Interfax headquarters in Moscow, Russia. A prime suspect in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko says he won’t testify as planned at an inquiry into the former Russian spy’s death, leading the judge in charge to accuse him of trying to manipulate proceedings. Inquiry counsel Robin Tam says Dmitry Kovtun claims to be bound by obligations of confidentiality to an ongoing Russian investigation. He had been due to testify by video link from Russia Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)n Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall LONDON (AP) — A British judge investigating the death from radioactive poisoning of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko accused a key suspect Monday of manipulating the inquiry by agreeing to testify, then refusing at the last minute.Russian businessman Dmitry Kovtun had been due to appear at judge Robert Owen’s inquiry by video link from Russia.But inquiry lawyer Robin Tam said that Kovtun now claimed to be bound by obligations of confidentiality to an ongoing Russian investigation. Sponsored Stories Owen said Kovtun’s last-minute change of stance gave rise to “the gravest suspicion that an attempt is being made to manipulate the situation.” He has previously warned Kovtun not to try to delay the inquiry, which began in January — more than eight years after Litvinenko’s death.The KGB officer-turned-Kremlin critic died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel. On his deathbed, Litvinenko blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin, and British authorities have also alleged that the Russian state was involved — an accusation Moscow denies.British police have accused Kovtun and another Russian man, Andrei Lugovoi, of carrying out the killing. Both deny involvement, and Russia refuses to extradite them.Lugovoi has declined to cooperate with the British probe, but Kovtun said in March that he was willing to give evidence.He has suggested that Litvinenko may have poisoned himself accidentally while handling radioactive material.Owen gave Kovtun until Tuesday morning to begin his testimony. Otherwise, the inquiry will wrap up this week without him.Ben Emmerson, lawyer for Litvinenko’s widow Marina, said he believed there was little chance Kovtun would give evidence. “It appears the proceedings are being manipulated in a coordinated way between Mr. Kovtun — the murderer — and the Russian state which sent him to commit the murder,” Emmerson said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Virgin Blue is said to be establishing a training program for pilots to coach flight crews in house. While the carrier currently employs pilots trained by other airlines, Virgin Blue chief executive John Borghetti said at a parliamentary meeting that the base could take up to “12 months to get it right”, The Herald Sun reported. However, the airline is willing to take its time setting up the program as according to Virgin Blue operations executive Sean Donohue, the carrier’s low pilot turnover of only one percent gives the carrier time to develop the training system into a long term asset.”Obviously it is to make sure we have a pipeline of skilled, trained pilots for the future.” Mr Borghetti told the senators that pilots remain at a high level of importance for the company and that on his first day in the lead role he organised a meeting with chief pilots of both Virgin Blue and V Australia.”The same day I sent an email to every captain in our group of airlines providing my work number, my email address and personal mobile number inviting their feedback and comments at any time,” Mr Borghetti added. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More Aussies are choosing cost over branding, with up to 3.3 million Australians comparing prices on travel agent websites over the past 12 months ending June 2011.The number of Aussies researching on sites such as webject.com.au and flightcentre.com.au has increased from the three million during the 12 months last year, according to the latest Roy Morgan Travel Agents Monitor. “The Roy Morgan Travel Agent Monitor shows that Australians are increasingly visiting travel agent and travel booking websites such as webjet.com.au, wotif.com.au and flightcentre.com.au to compare prices of different flights and accommodation,” Roy Morgan director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianneillo said. “Industry sources claim some people are only using these intermediaries to locate the cheapest flights, and then go on to book directly with the airlines; as a result direct airline bookings are still solid (representing 59% of leisure air travellers booking via the internet).”Airline website visits remained the same as last year at three million, with Qantas leading the pack with 8.5 percent of visitors compared to Virgin Australia receiving 8.1 percent and Jetstar 7.7 percent.Meanwhile wotif.com saw a rise to 7.1 percent of visitors in the last four weeks, up from 5.5 percent in the year to June 2008 while webject.com.au welcomed a 6.8 percent rise in visitors from the last four weeks in the June 2011 compared to 4.4 percent for the last four weeks in June 2008.
Three of P and O’s ships will sail in its World Journeys Program in 2016 – Aurora, Arcadia and Oriana, cruising more than 90,000 nautical miles and visiting 20 countries.From Southampton on the 11 January 2016 Arcadia will sail around the world on a 115 night journey, calling at 32 destinations from Salavador and Santiago to San Francisco to St Maarten.Arcadia will make an overnight visit to Sydney and will also call at Brisbane and Cairns during the Australian leg of the cruise in early March 2016.Aurora will depart Southampton on 2 January 2016 and will depart on a 114 day cruise including the Panama Canal, cruising around Cape Horn and Chile’s glaciers.The cruise line will also offer a 50 day cruise around America and the Caribbean aboard the Oriana which includes visits to Puerto Limon, Madeira, New Orleans and Miami.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
Queen Mary 2, the largest and grandest ocean liner ever built, arrived in Liverpool yesterday, starting Cunard’s three day celebration to mark the company’s 175 anniversary. The celebrations will culminate in the Three Queens on the Mersey event on Monday (local time).Cunard’s 150,000-tonne flagship treated guests and onlookers to a sail-past of the city’s historic waterfront – including the company’s former headquarters, the Cunard Building – before executing an elegant turn in the river and tying up at the berth.Queen Mary 2 will remain on the berth for the day and overnight, giving her 2600 guests the chance enjoy Liverpool’s sights ashore and to feel the buzz building up in the city ahead of Monday May 25 when all three ships will perform a synchronised ‘river dance’ on the Mersey for the very first time.Adding a coup de grace to the Three Queens event, the Red Arrows will perform a fly-past at 1.50pm on Monday as the fleet completes its manoeuvres. The world famous aerobatic team will follow the Mersey from the sea, flying in formation over the three ships to create an extraordinary spectacle on the river.Cunard Director Angus Struthers said the arrival of Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever to sail up the Mersey, signalled the beginning of Cunard’s Salute to Liverpool celebrations in the place where the Cunard story began 175 years ago.“The ship manoeuvres will culminate with a fly-past by the Red Arrows at 1.50pm on Monday. Nine jets in the sky, three Queens on the river and one magnificent city – what an extraordinary sight that will be,” Mr Struthers said.“Our flagship is here, her sister ships are on their way – we look forward to everyone enjoying the most amazing spectacle on the Mersey on Monday.”Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said Liverpool was a city well-versed in staging huge events with an international focus.Cunard Queen Mary 2 Source = Cunard
World Travel Awards www.roomsxml.comroomsXML – Wins at World Travel AwardsWorld Travel Awards celebrated its 22nd anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It is an honor to recognize the leaders in Asian and Australasian hospitality here in Hong Kong this evening.“Congratulations to all our winners tonight and I look forward to greeting many of them in December when we will celebrate our Grand Final 2015 in Morocco.”Anuj Bang from roomsXML says “We are very thrilled that roomsXML has received ‘Asia’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider’ award by World Travel Awards. It’s a great recognition.”Mark Luckey, MD roomsXML Asia Pac says “It’s a great one for the team. It’s a prestigious award in a competitive market place. The caliber of the organisations we nudged out of top spot says a lot about what roomsXML has achieved over the past few years.”World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities within the travel and tourism industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.The World Travel Awards global media partner network includes International New York Times, TV5Monde, CNBC Arabiya, Outlook Traveller, Khaleej Times, TTN, Best in Travel, Breaking Travel News, and Travel Daily News International.A full list of winners for the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015 can be seen here. About roomsXMLfind out more here roomsXMLconnect today Source = roomsXML