Posted by Tags: Travel Leaders Network, Vacation.com NEW YORK — Vacation.com and sister companies Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel are consolidating to form one organization – Travel Leaders Network – with close to 7,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada.The group will include both franchise (Associate) and consortium (Member) affiliations and will be headed up by President Roger E. Block, CTC, formerly President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. Block will report to John Lovell, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group.The move makes Travel Leaders Network the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry, comprised of more than one-third of North America’s leading travel agencies. The group has a combined annual sales volume of more than US$17 billion.All of the participating agencies that previously belonged to either Travel Leaders Franchise Group (Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel) or Vacation.com will continue to be Members within Travel Leaders Network.Existing Travel Leaders Associates will retain sole licensing rights for the exclusive use of the Travel Leaders brand name. All Members of both Results! Travel and Vacation.com will automatically become Members of Travel Leaders Network, while qualifying Members will be provided the option of becoming Travel Leaders Associates “to enjoy a heightened level of offerings”.“We have long been recognized as a world-class organization, offering the industry’s most innovative and honored travel agency solutions. But as our industry’s landscape continues to evolve and consolidate, so must we. Simply put, we must come together to create one powerful force that helps each of our agencies compete even more effectively for the hearts and minds of the traveling public,” said Lovell. “Our focus must be on delivering an even greater return on our agency constituents’ ever-changing needs. Rather than competing with each other, we must remove the barriers behind the scenes within our three businesses so the agencies we serve can more effectively compete both within and beyond the traditional travel agency space. As we further sharpen our focus and value proposition, we’re removing any prevailing brand confusion about who we are within the marketplace.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“As we embark on solidifying our place as the agency industry’s ‘best in class’ organization, all of the agencies already onboard can expect increased benefits along with a clear vision for the future. On the technology side alone, our combined investments in the millions of dollars per annum will allow us to finely tune our focus on selling the value of our agents in the marketplace,” added Block. “Bringing these three powerhouse brands into the broader Travel Leaders Network translates into unparalleled cohesive strength as we work within the greater travel industry, accelerated growth for our agencies, heightened technological and marketing capabilities, and elimination of duplicate efforts from our combined leadership and support staff, who can now focus entirely on delivering the leading-edge innovations for which we’re celebrated.”Stephen McGillivray, Chief Marketing Officer for Travel Leaders Group said the marketing staff across Travel Leaders Group has been operating as a singular team for several years. “Our team looks forward to collaborating even more closely with our supplier partners executing customer-generating marketing that will benefit our Travel Leaders Network agencies and their more than 35,000 travel agents,” he said.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe new Travel Leaders Network will continue to offer varying levels of participation. Apart from the combined organization’s new name, participating agencies will see few changes before 2017. Major changes include:Agent Profiler – By 2017, bios from all qualifying agents from Results! Travel and Vacation.com will be added to travelleaders.com’s existing Agent Profiler directory, thus further elevating the award-winning program’s search engine optimization (SEO) for every participating agent. The greater SEO value enables Travel Leaders Network to be better positioned to take on external competition.Annual Conference – Beginning in 2017, Travel Leaders Network will convene an ‘overlapping’ convention in which Travel Leaders Associates will share their final day with the first day for Members from the rest of Travel Leaders Network. Associates and Members of Travel Leaders Network will continue to take part in separate sets of sessions, training and networking events tailored for their specific needs.Marketing – While Travel Leaders Associates will continue to receive marketing specifically branded for their needs, the blended marketing team will be more focused on providing “innovative solutions and additional marketing publications designed to break through”, more effectively competing with forces beyond the traditional travel agency space.Technology Access – Based on participation agreements agents will have access to programs including CruisePRO, AgentMate and corporate business solutions.Agent Universe – By 2017 each of the existing agency extranets will migrate to one Agent Universe platform. Content will be delineated based on individual agency participation agreements. 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MONTREAL — Canada’s airline association says it’s happy with the extra funding for airport security in yesterday’s federal budget but still frustrated that the federal government is keeping Canadian airline passengers “in the dark” about airport privatization.“While the budget does bring the promise of some relief for air travellers by investing a larger chunk of passenger-generated revenue back into security screening, it is silent on the government’s plans for Canada’s airports,” said Massimo Bergamini, President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC).The National Airlines Council of Canada is the trade association representing Canada’s largest national and international passenger air carriers: Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.“The additional funding for Canada’s air transport security authority should result in shorter processing times and better security. This is something that our organization has been advocating for and that we applaud,” said Bergamini.“However, after weeks of speculation around the government’s intentions on airport privatization, and after recent leaks suggest privatization is still very much in play, Canadians remain in the dark.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“Our organization has opposed for-profit-privatization of Canada’s airports, not on ideological grounds, but because it would result in higher fees for travellers and airlines.Bergamini argues that “air travel is not a luxury. And yet the Government of Canada continues to treat like it is.”He goes on to say that Canada’s user-pay model “is outdated, non-competitive and it penalizes the very people that air transportation is meant to serve — any increase in the cost of travel resulting from airport privatization would amount to a tax on the middle class.”The base price of a domestic air ticket is the lowest it’s been in six years, he says, “but under our outdated system these savings are not passed on to the consumer because of taxes and fees.“The government’s decision to keep privatization on the table distracts from the real issues and delays needed action to fix Canada’s non-competitive air transport cost structure and policy framework.” Canadian carriers applaud extra money for airport security but want privatization off the table Share Posted by Thursday, March 23, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
ORLANDO — Waiting in line in the worst. But leave it to Disney to make even that a magical experience.The new Play Disney Parks app features several themed games that can only be played while waiting in line for a ride. How does it do this? It uses Bluetooth technology to track when you’re standing in line to unveil a series of ‘missions’, with clues hidden on nearby walls.Beacon sensors are so sophisticated that gameplay is scaled for each user, no matter if they’re standing in line for 10 minutes or over an hour. And since we’re talking about Disney here, it can even activate special effects around you, like rockets flying overhead and the appearance of Tinkerbell inside a lantern.But the best part? It’s designed to be played by the whole family using just one phone, encouraging all members to pass the phone around and participate.So for any parent worried about prolonged screen time (“I paid all this money to go to the park and all my kids want to do is be on their phones!”), the app actually enhances the visitor experience, engages users with their surroundings, promotes family bonding and forces people to interact with the world around them.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyHard to believe that an app can do all that, but again, we’re talking about Disney here.Disney’s Play app is free on iOS and Android, and works at Disneyland Resort and all four parks at Walt Disney World. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Apps, Disney, Orlando Posted by Disney’s new app does the impossible – it makes waiting in line actually enjoyable Share Travelweek Group
Tags: MSC Cruises, Venice Friday, June 7, 2019 Travelweek Group MSC Opera departure cancelled following Venice crash Posted by VENICE — Following the dramatic crash of the MSC Opera in Venice earlier this week, MSC Cruises has announced a cruise cancellation as it awaits the completion of an ensuing investigation. According to an official statement, the MSC Opera was required to undergo repair works after it rammed into a dock in Venice’s Giudecca Canal on June 2. Though repairs were already completed on Monday, the ship is currently still waiting for authorities to give it the go ahead to sail.“As these procedures are taking a few days longer than originally expected, and we now know that the ship will not be able to depart in time for its next sailing, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the upcoming cruise sailing from Bari on June 8, and from Venice on June 9,” said the cruise line.MSC Opera was due to host 2,451 guests from 53 countries on the cruise. MSC Cruises says it has informed passengers and travel agents about the cancellation, and is offering alternative options, including a full refund of the cruise fare and incurred travel expenses as well as any pre-booked services. More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAdditionally, the company is offering a 50% discount on a future seven- to 21-night cruise before the end of 2020. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share
Related posts:Airport police arrest U.S. woman with 61 pouches of cocaine At last, the new Liberia airport terminal opens for business At the airport, Costa Rican soccer fans greet U.S. team with heckling, egg tossing Costa Rica to improve bad weather safety procedures at San José airport From the print editionLIBERIA, Guanacaste – You’ve heard talk of the new terminal at Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport for years. Now travelers flying into the provincial capital of Guanacaste have access to a state-of-the-art facility that will help boost regional development. Those comments were part of speech delivered by Johnny Leiva, of the Liberian Tourism Chamber, during a tour of the airport last weekend.In January, after months of delay, the $41 million project by concessionaire Coriport S.A. unveiled a modern terminal adjacent to the old one. At one end, sunburned travelers departed dressed in sun hats and shirts depicting tree frogs with the “pura vida” mantra. Passengers arrived at the other end of the building, where they quickly stripped off sweaters when they felt the humid Guanacaste heat.In 2009, Coriport S.A. was awarded a 20-year concession to design, construct and operate the new terminal (TT, Nov. 16, 2011). The concession also includes development and management of the existing terminal.Before the renovation, only eight international and two domestic airlines operated out of the cramped terminal, which only accommodated about 900 passengers at a time.Now, business looks good and Francisco Cordero, the airport’s general manager, said it’s only getting better as airlines wanting to open flights to Liberia continue submitting requests. Last month, Copa Airlines announced a new direct flight to Liberia from Panama. The added flights begin June 24 and will operate on Thursdays and Sundays.“With Copa Airline’s Panama flights, we can welcome all of South America to the Guanacaste region,” Cordero said. Two other airlines are in discussion with airport officials to open lines there before the end of the year.The new 23,000-meter terminal increases the airport’s capacity by 20 percent, and its staff by 100 new employees. Other new facets include a VIP lounge, a plethora of sparkling shops between four departure gates, decorative fountains, regional art and a special security check-in for passengers requiring private departures and arrivals.“We can only measure small aspects of the impact the airport is having on the region with the number of people we employ and how many travelers pass though,” Cordero said. “It’s impossible to quantify the direct return elsewhere, but it’s more than significant.”Fourteen airlines, including commercial and charters flights, service Liberia, and 10-15 flights depart daily. Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays are the busiest travel days. Facebook Comments
CAIRO — Egypt’s powerful military threatened on Monday to step in within 48 hours to resolve the political crisis that has pitted President Mohammed Morsi’s opponents against his supporters over months of protests and clashes that have ground this country to a dangerous standstill.The warning, widely interpreted as a military pledge to stage a coup, stoked fears of violent backlash from Morsi backers and signaled a dark turn in Egypt’s volatile struggle to navigate a path to stable democracy since a popular revolution ended 60 years of authoritarian rule in 2011. A military council ran the country for more than 16 months after the uprising, then retreated to the sidelines as Morsi consolidated power after winning the nation’s first-ever democratic elections one year ago.The commander of Egypt’s armed forces, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, issued the ultimatum to the government and opposition groups in a televised statement after millions of anti-government protesters over the weekend called for Morsi’s ouster in the largest show of opposition to the president since he took office.The statement did not make clear whether commanders want Morsi to step down or share power, and it did not specify the kind of role the armed forces would assume if the stalemate continued. Instead, Sissi pledged to impose a “roadmap” forward if the situation is not resolved, leaving considerable room for interpretation.“If the demands of the people are not met within the given period of time, [the military] will be compelled by its national and historic responsibilities, and in respect for the demands of Egypt’s great people, to announce a roadmap for the future, and procedures that it will supervise involving the participation of all the factions and groups,” Sissi said, calling the coming two days a “last chance.”Late Monday, after a meeting between Sissi and Morsi, the military published another statement on its Facebook page, denying that it was planning a takeover.“The beliefs and the culture of the Armed Forces do not allow pursuit of a ‘coup’ policy,” the statement said. The military acts only “with the will of the great Egyptian people and their ambitions towards change and reform.”Anti-government activists — some of whom were protesting against the generals last year — have called repeatedly on the military in recent days to back their campaign against Morsi and his supporters in the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, whom they accuse of hoarding power and failing to enact meaningful economic and political reforms.Many interpreted the military ultimatum as a victory.“I don’t think anyone wants to deal with Morsi anymore,” said Wael Nawara, a political activist and the co-founder of the liberal Dustour party. “So that effectively means that the military will basically appoint some kind of transitional government.”Angry crowds of Morsi supporters swelled in Cairo after the military’s statement, and clashes erupted between the president’s supporters and opponents in several cities. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an official inside the presidency said Morsi and his advisers were “certainly . . . reading this as a coup statement.”Morsi is unlikely to resign willingly, the official said, warning that Egypt could descend into a civil war similar to Algeria’s in the 1990s, which began after that country’s military usurped power ahead of an imminent Islamist electoral victory.“Everything is possible,” the official said, adding that “certain factions” among the president’s Islamist supporters have been “kind of holding it in, so to speak, in the face of what they perceive to be multiple provocations.”Anti-Morsi protesters, who packed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a fourth straight day on Monday, greeted Sissi’s announcement with thunderous cheers. After Sissi, who is also the country’s defense minister, spoke, military helicopters trailing the Egyptian flag flew over Tahrir and downtown Cairo, prompting more celebration.Across the city at the Islamists’ rival sit-in, Brotherhood politicians and supporters took a steadfast posture in the face of Sissi’s perceived threat.“Any coup against legitimacy will not pass, except through our necks,” Mohamed al-Beltagi, a Brotherhood member of Egypt’s now-dissolved lower house of parliament, said from a stage outside Cairo’s Rabia al-Adawiya mosque.Monday is not the first time that Egypt’s top generals have sought to shepherd the nation through a crisis. Egyptians have long been socialized to admire the military, which has remained Egypt’s most popular state institution despite the generals’ management of a rocky transition after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in 2011.Mubarak’s top general, Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, then stepped in, earning the military widespread accolades as national saviors. But opposition to military rule, particularly among the youth activists who spearheaded the uprising, mounted last year as reports of arbitrary arrests, torture and closed military trials surfaced.Some observers credited Morsi’s electoral win — against a former military man — as a backlash against months of disappointment under the generals.But anger at the military has faded in a country beset by poverty where a growing number of Egyptians blame a crippling economic crisis on Morsi.On Monday, some prominent Egyptian activists acknowledged that they were wary of a military coup, even though opposition groups had advocated loudly for military intervention. Others argued that there was little choice.“The problem is that our other option is Morsi staying in power,” said Ahmed Maher, the leader of the April 6th youth movement, which helped lead the uprising against Mubarak and later, the protests against military rule.The appointment of Sissi — the youngest member of the body of commanders that ruled Egypt for 16 months after Mubarak’s fall — to the helm of the armed forces came in a shadowy reshuffle that caught many Egyptians by surprise. Sissi was little known in Cairo when Morsi picked him to succeed Tantawi shortly after taking office, prompting speculation in Egypt that Sissi had Islamist leanings.Some analysts warned on Monday that any kind of military interference would send Egypt down a slippery slope. “No matter what happens at this point, the military is going to be intervening very directly in the political process,” said Shadi Hamid, a Middle East expert and the director of research at the Brookings Doha Center.Hamid said he thought the coming days would likely yield a coup or “an effective coup,” whereby the military pressures Morsi into calling early elections. That would set a dangerous precedent, he said, making any future mass protests an opportunity for the military to step in.Speaking from Tanzania before the military statement Monday, President Barack Obama appeared to distance his administration from Morsi’s. “Our commitment to Egypt has never been around any particular individual or party,” he said. “Our commitment has been to a process.”Washington has said it would deal with a democratically elected government in Egypt, the president said, but adding, “Although Mr. Morsi was elected democratically, there’s more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels that their voices are heard and that the government is responsive and truly representative.”Opposition groups called for continued protests Tuesday. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo said it planned to remain closed.Anti-American sentiments have been on the rise in Egypt in recent months. Morsi’s opponents have accused the United States of being party to a conspiracy to keep Morsi in power. The official in Morsi’s office, speaking Monday, had the opposite interpretation, saying that some in the president’s camp believed any possible coup “would not happen without American tacit acquiescence or outright support.”On Friday, an American student from Chevy Chase was stabbed to death while watching clashes between the government’s opponents and supporters in the coastal city of Alexandria.Health officials said that at least 16 people have died in clashes between supporters and opponents of the president since Sunday. Protesters stormed and ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in the early hours of Monday morning, looting furniture and setting rooms ablaze as police officers looked on.Before the military’s announcement Monday, five of Morsi’s cabinet ministers submitted their resignations in a show of solidarity with the anti-government protesters, the state news wire reported.Washington Post special correspondent Sharaf al-Hourani contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.
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Brian Lynn Hogue went missing while traveling between San José and Guápiles, where he lived, on June 1, 2015. (Courtesy OIJ)A California man has gone missing in Costa Rica, likely in the Caribbean province of Limón, according to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and his family.Brian Lynn Hogue, 64, disappeared while driving from San José to the Caribbean slope town of Guápiles, where he lives on a farm with his wife, Susan, and their son, according to a statement from his family. He was last seen in San José on June 1. When he did not arrive home, a neighbor filed a missing-persons report with the OIJ on June 12, according to the OIJ delegation in Pococí.Hogue had planned to return to the United States this week to attend his daughter’s wedding.Hogue has lived in Costa Rica for five years near Guápiles, 68 kilometers northeast of the capital, and also owns property on the Nicoya Peninsula, near Cóbano, Puntarenas.Hogue’s son, Jeff, said that his father loves Costa Rica and that he and his stepmother plan to retire here. He is an avid conservationist and is involved in reforestation projects at both properties, according to an email from Roxanne Dunn, Hogue’s sister.“He was born on a farm and enjoys working on the land, nurturing and protecting the natural ecosystem of which Costa Rica is so famous,” Dunn said. “We have talked to many, many people who know him, and all describe their friend as hard-working, friendly, and generous.”“Given how long he has been missing, we are deeply concerned and worried,” Dunn said. “Please contact us with any information you may have that could in any way assist in this investigation.”Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Brian Hogue should contact the OIJ’s confidential hotline at 800-8000645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The family has set up a separate email for information related to Hogue’s disappearance at email@example.com. Facebook Comments Related posts:After 80 days, investigation continues into US man missing in Costa Rica Human remains in Corcovado could belong to missing US hiker Cody Dial Missing US hiker Cody Dial’s passport found with human remains in Corcovado National Park Man linked to Costa Rica murder case sentenced to 3 years for identity theft in US
Related posts:Taxi drivers to stage another demonstration against Uber President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams Taxi drivers to stage nationwide protest against Uber on Tuesday Train service in Costa Rica resumes Wednesday following strike The sidewalks in San José are so tight it can be hard for two people to walk down them shoulder-to-shoulder, especially when there’s a car parked on the sidewalk and it’s raining. But fear not, intrepid pedestrian, now there’s a way for you to let that inconsiderate motorist know how you feel about their parking job that doesn’t involve cussing.The urban development and public transportation advocacy organization #MovetePorTuCiudad, along with ChepeCletas and Costa Rica Limpia, picked up a trick from other cities around the world that lets pedestrians and bicyclists hand out “citizen tickets” for bad parking.The tickets, which can be printed here, say in Spanish, “You’ve won a #CitizenTicket for #BadParking.” The idea is to slide them under the windshield wipers of offending vehicles. (Courtesy #MovetePorTuCiudad)Theodoro Mezger, director of #MovetePorTuCiudad, told The Tico Times the tickets, which are not legally binding, are a light-hearted way to raise awareness about alternatives to driving and an outlet for frustrated pedestrians.Mezger said ticket recipients thus far have largely reacted defensively.“When someone gets one of these tickets they usually say it’s because there’s no place to park,” Mezger said. He called bad parking jobs a symptom of wider failings in public transportation options.Mezger said people should consider alternatives to driving a car to reduce congestion and demand on public space for parking, he said.Public shamingThere’s also a social media component to the campaign that Mezger hopes will be more effective than a real ticket from a Transit Police officer. Using the hashtags #ParteCiudadano and #MalParqueado, users are asked to snap a photo and post it to social media to give inconsiderate parkers an extra push.“People would rather get a ticket for ₡100,000 (roughly $200) than get called out on social media networks,” he said.Mezger admitted some people don’t take the idea of getting a fake ticket as lightly as he would like, but he thinks the conversation is worth having.“Some people own cars but we are all pedestrians,” he said. “We have to ask ourselves who runs this city: cars or people?”Check out this example of #MalParqueado: Facebook Comments
New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Hollande noted that during his recent meeting with Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the two discussed a “joint venture” to promote a hybrid French and Thai cuisine.“I consider gastronomy not just part of the art of living, of diplomacy but also a veritable economic motor,” said Hollande.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) What could be the world’s most exclusive gastronomic association, the Club des Chefs des Chefs _ a club of chefs for political leaders _ brings these gastronomic masters together each year in a different country. The elite club has been in Paris since Sunday, after a five-day visit to Berlin that included a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.Their reception by European leaders underscores that diplomacy is one part negotiations and one part the delicious sauces cooked up in their chefs’ kitchens. Hollande and Merkel have bumped heads over the European financial crisis _ and whether to sweeten the austerity pot with growth incentives.“He gave a very nice speech on the role of gastronomy in diplomacy,” said the club’s president, Christian Garcia, the chef to Prince Albert II of Monaco. “He said that when our cuisine is top quality, he can dare to hope that accords, discussions are positive.”Donning impeccable white toques and white aprons, the chefs toured the kitchen of the Elysee Palace.“There are copper pots that date to 1845,” some from the Chateau of Fontainebleau, Garcia said. “It was truly moving.”Among those present were White House Chef Cristeta Comerford, the chef to Queen Elizabeth II of England, Mark Flanagan, and Hilton Little, chef to South African presidents, including Nelson Mandela. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Bernard Vaussion, the Elysee Palace chef who has fed six French presidents, was the host for the Paris visit. Colleague Ulrich Kerz, who cooks for Merkel, led the group during their visit to Germany.“It’s already difficult to bring together heads of state, but (to bring together) chefs who cook during those times …,” Hollande said admiringly as he surveyed the gathering of tall white hats.The elite chefs’ club was created in 1977 by Gilles Bragard, a businessman who created the outfits worn by international chefs, and had its beginnings at the French gastronomic temple in Collonges au Mont d’Or, outside Lyon, where the celebrated chef Paul Bocuse now reigns.Earlier Tuesday, the chefs dined on langoustine and lamb from the Correze region of central France, where Hollande served for years as mayor. That meal, topped with wild strawberries and mascarpone sorbet, was served at the Jules Vernes restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, prepared by another famed chef, Alain Ducasse.Ducasse, with restaurants around the world, epitomizes what the French president said was another attribute of top chefs: their role in promoting the products of their nations around the world. Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressPARIS (AP) – They feed the powerful and are most at home in the kitchen. But French President Francois Hollande contends that the chefs who cook for the leaders of the world have a behind-the-scenes role at the negotiating tables of international diplomacy.“If your dish is a miss, it’s more difficult to plead a cause,” Hollande told nearly 20 chefs on a visit Tuesday to the presidential Elysee Palace. Check your body, save your life Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek police said Monday they are seeking a farmer who allegedly shot and injured two bystanders videoing a wildfire on the island of Crete after an argument over whether they might be better employed helping to put out the blaze.A police statement said the two men were hospitalized with stomach and leg gunshot injuries. A woman with them was not injured.Police said the shooting took place in the Viannos area of Crete, on a road near farmland owned by the suspect who was driving by and stopped to reprimand the three for videoing the area as it burned. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “There was a strong verbal altercation between the suspect and the trio,” a police official said, quoting testimony from the injured men and the woman. “He told them they should join the firefighting effort, and the argument became heated.”The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said that the suspect then produced a gun from his car and shot at the two men, before speeding away.The wildfire broke out earlier Monday, and forced the evacuation of three villages. Three firefighters were slightly injured trying to extinguish the blaze.Fires were also raging Monday in another part of Crete, on the resort island of Rhodes _ where five firefighters required treatment for heatstroke _ and in northwestern Greece. Officials said inhabited areas were not immediately threatened.Wildfires are common during Greece’s long, hot summers. In 2007, more than 60 people died in huge forest fires across southern and central Greece(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments Share
Comments Share Wednesday’s statement says the figurines could have been either good luck hunting icons or a representation of the animal’s domestication.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ErrorOK ErrorOK Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s Antiquities Authority says archeologists have unearthed two 9,500-year-old figurines near Jerusalem that help shed light on religion and society during the stone age.It says archaeologists unearthed the two rare figurines last week in Tel Motza between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during a dig ahead of the expansion of a major highway in the area.One of the objects is shaped like a ram and made of limestone. The other depicts an ox and is made of dolomite. Both are 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) long. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
“This year we wanted to surprise,” said Piccioli. “Not only everyone else, but ourselves first.”And they did.JEAN PAUL GAULTIERDid the Pondicherry landscape in “Life of Pi” inspire Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest Indian-themed collection?Whatever the reason, the one shoulder sari-styles, scarves and silk “shalwar” pants all made for a fun, endearing display. Guests even chuckled to Edith Piaf’s “La vie en rose” in Hindi.There were some vibrant East-meets-West looks. One European Spencer jacket came in paprika-colored shantung with a skirt, over a cumin-colored muslin dress _ evoking Indian-style layering. Still, the exuberance translated a little too much into the clothes.Gaucho-style fringing mixed with Madonna-style “Blonde Ambition” corsets, gypsy detailing, seventies disco, and even a look from the 1950s. Only a master like Gaultier can pull off something this eclectic, but sometimes, even for him, too many spices can spoil the couture broth.ELIE SAABElie Saab’s couture never ventures far beyond his safe signature: fitted high-waists and long feminine gowns in powdery sumptuous silk that are always well-cut. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share There were no surprises here.This season’s theme, “an ode to delicateness,” saw the Lebanese-born designer explore transparencies in lace and tulle in ivory, pink and light blue.There is always something of the slightly twee fairy story princess that infiltrates Saab’s collections. Here, this was done more creatively in otherworldly black crinolines in the latter part of the show.Instead of conjuring up Snow White, they had a great feel of a glamorous wicked witch._____Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Chinese-French Yiqing Yin put on a decorative, constructed display channeling Russian architect Naum Gabo.Lebanese designer Elie Saab put on a typically fairy tale-like collection with 19th century crinolines. Meanwhile, couture’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier traveled to Rajasthan to produce a gypsy-infused homage to India.Such cultural infusions are all part and parcel of the famed artisan-based method of making clothes that dates back over a century.VALENTINODelicacy, nature, architecture and timeless, effortless beauty.Those words describe one of the most sumptuous displays seen this season _ courtesy of Valentino.Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, and their indefatigable Italian seamstresses, surpassed even themselves Wednesday perfecting the delicate Valentino silhouette by subtly softening it and exposing more of the neck. The designers said they were inspired by a garden.A garden gate was evoked in the first gown, in tulle, with soft swirls of red piping. It appeared simple, but was achieved with 220 meters of silk around fibers of wool.And there were beautiful plays in dimension _ such as a dress in magnolia wool and crepe, hung with a curved square bottom. It captured the voluminous, yet flat dimension of a Renaissance painting. AP Fashion WriterPARIS (AP) – Haute couture, fashion’s most luxurious appellation, can only ever come from Paris.One thing couture week’s third and final day proved, however, is that despite these geographical limits, Paris punches high above its weight creatively, attracting designers the world over and evoking every culture under the sun.Italian house Valentino flew in its small army of artisan seamstresses to Paris for their spring-summer 2013 show Wednesday, which had guests awestruck in its glistening Renaissance-style embroideries and delicate lace. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Men’s health affects baby’s health too Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day He alleged that the sole motive of the defendants was “obscene profit and human greed.” But the defendants claimed they were not guilty, arguing that the donors came to Kosovo voluntarily and that the surgeries saved lives.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) – A court in Kosovo found two citizens guilty of human trafficking and organized crime Monday in a major trial against seven people suspected of running an international organ trafficking ring that took kidneys from poor donors lured by financial promises.A panel of two European Union judges and one Kosovo judge sentenced urologist Lutfi Dervishi to eight years in prison and his son Arban Dervishi to seven years and three months. Both also received fines, while Lutfi Dervishi was barred from practicing urology for two years. Sponsored Stories Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOKA third defendant, Sokol Hajdini, was sentenced to three years in jail for causing grievous bodily harm. Two others received suspended sentences, while two were freed. The defendants can appeal the verdicts and they are not kept in custody.Organ transplantation is illegal in Kosovo’s private clinics. It is also rare in public health facilities because of poor conditions.The trial began in December 2011 and included more than 100 witnesses. All the donors and recipients were foreign nationals.Seven donors who testified were from Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Turkey. They described how they were flown into Kosovo from Istanbul and then quickly wheeled into surgery in a medical facility named “Medicus” on the outskirts of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina.The victims were promised $10,000 to $12,000 in return for their kidneys, but many said they were never paid.“At least two were cheated out of the entire amount and went home with no money and only one kidney,” the court said in its reasoning.The donors’ kidneys were removed for transplantation into people who paid up to 130,000 euros for the procedure. The recipients were mostly wealthy patients from places such as Israel, Poland, Canada, the U.S. and Germany. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The court ordered that Lutfi and Arban Dervishi pay partial compensation of 15,000 euros to each of the seven victims who testified during the proceedings. The victims may later seek additional compensation in court, the panel said in its reasoning.At least 24 kidney transplants, involving 48 donors and recipients, were carried out between 2008 and 2009, the period the case covered.The donors “were alone, did not speak the language, uncertain of what they were doing and had no one to protect their interest,” the court’s reasoning read. “Some donors had severe second thoughts at the clinic, but were given no opportunity to back out and were psychologically pressured into going forward with the surgery.”Most of the names of donors and recipients were traced through documents seized during a police raid into the clinic in 2008 acting to verify a statement by a Turkish man that his kidney was removed. The man caught police’s attention when he collapsed at the Pristina airport.The defendants are believed to have profited $1 million from the transplants. It’s unclear how many total donors and recipients there were.“In every sense this was the cruel harvest of the poor and weak in our society,” Jonathan Ratel, a Canadian prosecutor who brought the charges as part of European Union’s rule of law mission in Kosovo, said after the verdicts.
“This Congress should support and represent Americans by voting to stop military service opportunities from being taken from struggling American families in order to give them to illegal aliens,” GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who led the fight, argued on the House floor ahead of the vote.The handful of Republicans on the other side of the issue struggled to round up votes. Their job was made harder because Democrats had already decided to vote against the defense bill for unrelated budgetary issues, giving Brooks and his supporters leverage to bring down the bill if they didn’t prevail.“This is a mistake,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a freshman Republican from Florida. “It sends the wrong message to the country. I assure you that the overwhelming majority of Americans are for allowing young people who were raised in this country, who love this country and want to serve it, to have that opportunity.”Democrats wasted no time in jumping on an issue that could help them mobilize Latino voters heading into a presidential election year. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her top lieutenants held a press conference to denounce Republicans over the issue, and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton also got in on the action. She issued a statement from her political director, Amanda Renteria, saying: “If these courageous young men and women want to serve, they should be honored and celebrated, not discriminated against.” 0 Comments Share 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “It went for 18 hours, late in the process one of our members offered an amendment to insert the immigration issue into this bill, it was unfortunate and it was inappropriate,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala.Gallego disputed that argument, saying his amendment was offered around 10:30 p.m., which he asserted was not overly late.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — House conservatives on Thursday voted down a nonbinding provision aimed at helping young immigrants without permanent legal status enlist in the military, angering some fellow Republicans and handing Democrats a political issue heading into an election year.The vote was 221-202 to remove the measure from Congress’ annual defense policy bill. Some 20 Republicans voted “no” but couldn’t overcome conservatives who threatened to oppose the overall bill if they didn’t get their way. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories The debate revived the simmering partisan dispute over executive actions President Barack Obama took last fall to defer deportations for millions of immigrants in this country illegally, including expanding protections for those, known as Dreamers, who arrived in the United States as young children. Many Republicans argued that supporting the provision included in the defense bill would have validated the actions Obama took, which have been challenged in court and are on hold pending a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.“The House should not take action to legitimize the president’s unconstitutional overreach,” said House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.Other Republicans argued that the $612 billion defense policy bill, which covers a multitude of military issues, was not the place for a debate on immigration.The measure by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., would have expressed the House’s view that the Pentagon should study whether military enlistment should be opened to Dreamers. It was added to the defense bill during a marathon committee session last month, with the support of six Republicans. But several Republicans asserted Thursday that it shouldn’t have been included in the first place, suggesting that perhaps it only was because the debate occurred so late at night and people were not fully focusing. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Go Rail, which had operated the Tallinn-Moscow route continuously since 1998, also dropped service to St. Petersburg earlier this month.Estonian public broadcaster ERR said it’s the first time in 65 years that Estonia has no passenger rail connections with Russia.Estonia, a former Soviet republic, regained independence in 1991. It joined the EU and NATO in 2004.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Train service between the capitals of Russia and Estonia has been suspended due to declining demand, reportedly for the first time in six decades.The Estonian railway company GoRail said European Union sanctions against Russia have led to a sharp decrease in the number of Russians visiting Estonia, making the Moscow-Tallinn route unprofitable. GoRail spokeswoman Kersti Gorskov said the last overnight train from Moscow arrived at Tallinn’s main train station on Tuesday. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share
New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean CANNES, France (AP) — From “M.A.S.H.” to “Three Kings,” the humor that erupts amid the horrors of war has been a tough but tempting subject for filmmakers.Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa tackles the dark comedy of conflict in “A Perfect Day,” which stars Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins as aid workers trying — and often failing — to do some good during the 1990s Balkan wars. Top Stories “When you do a smaller film there’s less people making decisions,” said the actor, who had a rocky big-budget movie experience with the horror clunker “The Wolfman.”“I tried to include myself in the people making decisions while I was doing ‘The Wolfman,’ and I didn’t get in the room that much,” he said. “In an independent movie, I can have a little bit more say. And you know what? I should.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The director, who has shot documentaries for humanitarian groups, drew on that experience for the film, which aims to capture the adrenaline — and the absurdity — of life in conflict.“The first casualty in war is common sense,” said Leon de Aranoa, whose gritty films include the unemployment drama “Mondays in the Sun” with Javier Bardem.“If these guys mean something to me in the movie, it is just common sense,” he said. “They are trying to put some kind of order in chaos.”The plot of Leon de Aranoa’s English-language debut involves an attempt to remove a corpse from a village well. It seems a simple task, but everything from a shortage of rope to local enmities to U.N. bureaucracy frustrates the aid team’s efforts.The filmmaker said he chose not to put the characters into “epic or heroic situations.”“Even if they fail — they fail a lot in the movie — the heroism is just to try,” he said on a hotel terrace in Cannes, where the film is playing in Directors’ Fortnight, a lineup separate from the main competition that seeks distinctive voices from around the world.“A Perfect Day” veers from pathos to broad comedy to near-satire, played out to a hard-rock soundtrack. Comments Share Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Actor Benicio del Toro poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Sicario, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “That balance between humor and tenderness and darkness is my cup of tea in movies,” said Leon de Aranoa, who is slated to direct a biopic of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar with Bardem and Penelope Cruz. “This was the big challenge for the movie. … It has to work, the change from drama to humor.”The film’s tonal shifts can feel abrupt, but it has been applauded for taking risks — and for being one of the few movies to feature aid workers as heroes.Its originality appealed to Del Toro, the film’s linchpin as the humane but weary Mambru. Melanie Thierry and Olga Kurylenko play the — somewhat underwritten — female members of the group.“You’ve got a lot of movies about cops and robbers and all that stuff,” Del Toro said. “Here’s a movie that the main focus is aid workers.”The Puerto Rican actor is also in Cannes with Denis Villeneuve’s Mexican drug cartel thriller “Sicario,” in which he plays a mysterious Colombian involved in the war on drugs. And he provides the voice of The Snake in animated Cannes entry “The Little Prince.”Del Toro said he tries to balance big projects with smaller ones. Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches WASHINGTON (AP) — A final hurdle to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda is crumbling as House Democrats abandon any coordinated effort to block a job retraining program that Obama wants.Some anti-free-trade Democrats had urged the defeat of a program that’s usually a Democratic favorite. They saw that strategy as a possible way to thwart Obama’s larger trade priority — special negotiating authority known as fast-track. Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Quick workouts for men Top Stories Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Obama has said he expects to enact fast-track and the retraining program simultaneously.The Senate is poised to give final passage to fast track. Several top Democrats say free-trade opponents no longer have incentives to block the job retraining program.A key Democrat on trade — Michigan Rep. Sander Levin — says he expects a large majority of Democrats to support the program.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 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Four benefits of having a wireless security system Parents, stop beating yourself up Israel has been a vocal opponent of loosening sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program, saying this would just lead to a bomb and aid the Islamic Republic in expanding its network of global terrorism.Netanyahu assailed a preliminary deal reached earlier this year. He says the looming accord is even worse than the one that previously allowed North Korea to go nuclear.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program.Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the progressing talks in Vienna do not represent a “breakthrough but rather a breakdown.” Western diplomats are trying to reach a deal before an extended July 7 target date. Any deal would result in an end to longstanding sanctions against Iran.
More than 550 participants from approximately 50 countries participated in the 71st Skål International World Congress, which was held in Sydney from 7-12 October. During the congress, which was themed “Linking the World Down Under,” Skål International Sunshine Coast was awarded the title of 2010 Skål Club of the Year for the second time. “We are a small but extremely proactive group of Skålleagues who are working tirelessly toward increasing our membership and informing the Sunshine Coast Tourism industry of the benefits of Skål International,” The Sunshine Coast chapter said in a statement. “As one of the smaller chapters, we are so excited to be the winner of the Skål International Club of the Year Award again.” “This is fantastic news for the Club who will be hosting their annual night on Tuesday 26th October. “The theme for the evening is ‘Hollywood’ and all members of the tourism and travel industry are welcome to attend. “With ex Sydney Swans player, Ben Mathews as MC there will be lots of entertainment, prizes, guest speakers including newly appointed Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd CEO, Michael Denton and much more.” Skål delegates have voted for Seoul-Incheon to host the 73rd Annual Skål Congress in October 2012. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F