Tags: National Park, Yellowstone YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — In the latest edition of Stupid Tourists Doing Stupid Things, an unidentified man was caught on video washing his feet in the boiling-hot geyser basins of Yellowstone National Park.The basins, which are clearly marked with signs warning people to stay a safe distance away, have an average temperature of 143 degrees Fahrenheit, but they have been known to reach much higher temps. This clearly did not deter the man from jumping the barricades to enjoy a scorching-hot soak.The incident, which occurred on Sept. 14, was caught on video by a woman who told the San Francisco Chronicle that she and her family watched the man cross the barricades, take his shoes and socks off and attempt to put his feet in the water. She also said that the man did not look up and make eye contact with any of the passersby who yelled for him to get out and to be careful.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaIn the video, the man is seen rubbing his feet with his hands. The woman said he stayed behind the barricade for approximately 10 minutes before returning to the trail.We can only assume that the man in question had no idea the park’s thermal springs are hot enough to boil people alive. In June 2016, a brother and sister from Oregon ventured off the designated boardwalk and hiked into Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin, also in search of an illegal soak. Their story ended tragically after the brother slipped and fell into a hot spring. His body was never recovered. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Share Man jumps barricade to soak feet in Yellowstone’s scorching hot springs Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tweet Friday, November 16, 2018 CostSaver launches new Asia program featuring 7 itineraries << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — CostSaver has announced a brand new Asia program for 2019 following an increase in demand from the industry.Launching in January, the inaugural Asia program will serve seven new countries – Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Hong Kong – with prices starting at $198 per day.According to Wolf Paunic, president of CostSaver Canada, the brand’s ‘Guided Independent’ style of touring and its highly successful ‘Ready to Go’ rate paved the way for the Asia program. Next year is already tracking be another record-breaking year for CostSaver, with sales to date up by 30%.“There is real appetite from the ‘Ready to Go’ value traveller, which has opened up a whole new audience to the touring sector and is creating an unbeatable opportunity for the trade,” said Paunic. “We’ve responded to the incredible demand by expanding into new destinations with each year of operation, and we’re very excited to be opening up Asia to the Guided Independent Traveller for the very first time in 2019.”More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaA total of seven new handcrafted itineraries will debut in 2019, including:Japan Discovery (10 days) – Visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, this is the perfect trip for clients who wish to visit Japan’s top cities while also ticking off sights such as Mount Fuji and Hiroshima along the way.Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure (14 days) – Combines a beach stay in Nha Trang with visits to Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap in Cambodia.Iconic Thailand (9 days) – Ideal for clients who want to see the sights of the historical ‘Golden Triangle’. Trip highlights include Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.Wonders of China (10 days) – Visiting the main cities of China including Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing, with all internal flights included.MINI STAY:Hong Kong Highlights (4 days) – This four-day mini-stay can be booked as a standalone tour, or as an extension to any Costsaver trip. Highlights include a railway ride on the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak, a visit to the charming Aberdeen fishing village and bargain hunting at Stanley Market.Highlights of India (10 days) – Clients can go tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park, and explore the historical sites of Delhi, the Rajput majesty of Jaipur and the famed Taj Mahal.Highlights of India with Varanasi (12 days) – Travellers can experience life on the banks of the holy River Ganges with a sunrise boat cruise in the ancient city of Varanasi. Also included are visits to Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?All CostSaver tours include accommodation in handpicked hotels, daily breakfast plus additional dining experiences, sightseeing, a Travel Director, coach transportation and airport transfers.For more information go to www.costsavertour.com/en-ca/deals/asia-2019. Tags: Asia, CostSaver, New Itineraries Travelweek Group
Posted by Friday, July 5, 2019 Tags: Discover Puerto Rico, DMO Travelweek Group Discover Puerto Rico cheers record-breaking year & new agency rep SAN JUAN — Discover Puerto Rico marked its one-year anniversary as the island’s first-ever Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) by announcing a record-breaking year in tourism.Year-to-date revenue is the highest in the island’s history, with US$445 million reported through May. Puerto Rico received 1.67 million visitors across the San Juan, Ponce and Aguadilla airports in the first few months of 2019, the highest number of airport arrivals in the January-April timeframe in its history.“Despite the World Travel & Tourism Council estimating a recovery between 2021-2022, and New Orleans taking eight years to get back to pre-Katrina levels, we set an aggressive goal to fast-track the visitor economy at a record pace for the benefit of local communities, said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.Since its inception last July, Discover Puerto Rico quickly embarked on a mission to reposition the destination’s brand that include five major initiatives, which include:Decreasing negative perception: Consumers’ likelihood to visit Puerto Rico increased 6 points over the past year, an impressive jump despite significantly reduced marketing budgets.Repositioning the brand for growth: The DMO developed a new brand identity and launched a new campaign that has already yielded results. Data shows that visitors who are exposed to the campaign are staying nearly three days longer than those who haven’t been.Revamping digital marketing that drives results: Discover Puerto Rico’s new website is proving effective. Since launch, traffic is up 128%, while pages per session are up 34%, showing people are engaging with a range of content. Time on the site is also up 31%.Catapulting the meetings and conventions business: Lead-generated and contracted events are the highest they’ve been in five years. Requested and contracted rooms are also at an all-time high, while conversions on bookings are up 121%.Increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness: The DMO is preparing for industry accreditation to position it among the highest in quality and performance standards for destination marketing and management.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyDiscover Puerto Rico also announced that it has appointed UK-based travel representation and PR consultancy Hills Balfour, an MMGY Global company, as its international representation agency. It will oversee Discover Puerto Rico’s marketing, trade and PR interests in Canada, Colombia, Germany, Spain and the U.K. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Costa Rican Health Ministry officials ruled out the possibility that a flu outbreak in the United States could cause problems in Costa Rica, saying the country is prepared for the seasonal virus.A public health emergency was issued in the U.S. cities of New York and Boston in recent weeks, as more than 19,000 flu cases were registered, resulting in the deaths of at least 20 children so far.The ministry in December started a vaccination campaign against influenza, targeting high-risk people, including the elderly, people with chronic diseases and children.Health Vice Minister Adolfo Ortiz said that although there is an increase in severe cases, “there is a normal behavior of the disease. All severe cases were submitted for laboratory analysis and are being monitored,” he said in a release.In 2012, 10 people were killed by respiratory viruses in Costa Rica, most of them by influenza and the H3N2 virus.The Social Security System, or Caja, in December distribuited 378,200 doses of the vaccine at a cost of $1.3 million. The vaccines are being applied for free at Caja medical centers as part as the National Vaccination Program that runs for three months until February. Facebook Comments No related posts.
No related posts. A report on the Yahoo Finance blog “Your Insurance” notes that the five most expensive countries to live in Latin America are Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Chile.The report was based on The Economist’s Big Mac Index and states that “living in Costa Rica may seem ideal until you analyze costs.” The country has a Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 68.43, ranking fourth in Latin America.Venezuela tops the ranking with the highest CPI in the region at 103.49. The South American country also has the highest inflation rate at 28 percent in 2011.Brazil came in second with a CPI of 83.71, and two of its major cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are among the top 20 most expensive cities in the world, the publication said.Uruguay ranks third with a CPI of 82.95, and experts say the country made the top three due to its public agencies “that are too big, expensive and inefficient.”Chile, according to many economists has the healthiest economy in Latin America, but at the same time is a very expensive country where people struggle, with a CPI of 67.39.Besides high housing costs, rent and food, Chile has the most expensive education in the region.The publication claims that although these countries are the most expensive, they have high wages, low levels of corruption and stable democracies, which also make them ideal places to live.The Economist created the Big Mac Index in 1986 as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their “correct” levels. It is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity, the notion that in the long run exchange rates should move towards the rate that would equalize the prices of an identical basket of goods and services (in this case, a Big Mac burger) in any two countries. The magazine publishes its index twice a year. Facebook Comments
Related posts:UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hours San José hosts international short film fest International Design Festival: How to organize a massive, successful event in Costa Rica Nativity scenes, funk music, and other happenings around Costa Rica The fifth edition of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival took over San José this past weekend, with a total of 60 international and 12 national short films screened. San José, along with Buenos Aires, Moscow, Cape Town, Bangkok, Cairo and Kyoto, wa a shnit “playground,” part of the broader international festival founded in Sweden and now in its 13th year.Events included an inauguration on Oct. 7; two open competitions and the “Peeping shnit,” a selection of the best erotic short films, on Oct. 8; and a festival highlight, the “Made in Costa Rica” competition on Oct. 9, which generated a huge line outside the Cine Magaly in eastern San José as people eagerly waited to watch Costa Rican short films. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights, with links to trailers and films:Sergio Pucci kicked off the evening with his “Amor de Temporada” (“Seasonal Love”), a short film set in Guanacaste. A local boy falls in love with a beautiful little girl who comes to Guanacaste on vacation.Lázaro Hernandez’s “El Balcón de Paul” (“Paul’s Balcony”) tells the story of an artist who encounters a new adventure when he finds a key on the street.Roberto Jaen’s “Ciudadano” (“Citizen”) is an exploration of good and evil filmed in Cuba.“Pique Tico” by Pablo Solís is a digitally animated short film full of Costa Rican color and folklore, in which two campesinos get into a dispute over a beautiful woman.David Selva presented “Isabel teme a la vida, Eduardo ya no teme volar“ (“Isabel fears life, Eduardo no longer fears flying”), which portrays Isabel’s existential fears as a representation of what we all face at some point of our lives.Jorge M. Rodrigo’s “Por Delante” (In Front) ask its audience whether we really experience the things that make us feel happy and alive. This film portrays the story of Émile who leads a meaningless life amidst the beautiful scenery of Costa Rica. Crowds waited outside Cine Magaly to see the country’s finest short films. Amanda Zuniga/The Tico TimesAndrés Campos’ “Helio” (Helium) is a comedy that follows radio broadcaster Diego who suddenly has voice problems, putting his dreams at risk.Kenneth Sanabria’s “Insomnio” depicts a couple dealing with cancer.Erick Pérez’s “La Cacería” (“The Hunting”) is about a young photographer who uses his digital camera as his main weapon on the streets of San José.Gabriel López Chacón’s “Alice Inside” is a psychedelic representation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” characters.André Robert’s “Zafiro” (“Sapphire”) tells the story of Diego Solís as he returns to the place in which he was born: Cuajiniquil, Guanacaste.The evening ended with Ignacio Torres and Cynthia Alfaro’s “No Mercy.” This digitally animated short film that can also be considered a music video. It features a character who is unhappy in the city he lives in, and demonstrates it through graffiti.The festival concluded on Sunday. “Ciudadano” won the jury award, decided by directors and producer Alexandra Latishev, Fernando Montero and Iván Porras, while “Zafiro” won the audience choice award.See also: 5 questions for Costa Rican filmmaker Andre Robert Facebook Comments
Robert Schenkkan, 65, is a brilliant man. He’s been acting and writing for more than 40 years and penned the Oscar-nominated movie “Hacksaw Ridge,” the Tony Award-winning play “All the Way,” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “The Kentucky Cycle.”Schenkkan has also been nominated for three Emmys and won a Writers Guild Association Award. Despite accomplishing nearly everything a writer can, Schenkkan says he won’t stop any time soon.The screenwriter says he’s really concerned with what is happening in the world right now, especially in the United States. That’s why he wrote “Building the Wall,” an emotional play that Schenkkan says shows the consequences of Donald Trump’s anti-immigration campaign in a realistic and dystopian landscape.“Building the Wall” is now showing in Costa Rica. Translated by Gerardo Bolaños, produced by Producciones Espressivo and directed by Natalia Mariño, “Building the Wall” is showing at Escalante Theater Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. until Dec. 2. Schenkkan flew to Costa Rica for the third time in his life to see the opening show; and he also sat down with The Tico Times to talk about U.S. immigration policies, Donald Trump and the Costa Rican adaptation of “Building the Wall.”The following interview has been edited for clarity and length. Tico Times: Let’s talk about “Building the Wall.” What was your inspiration for that play?Robert Schenkkan: [It was] a highly charged moment in my life and in the life of my country. It was at least two weeks before the presidential elections. Even at that moment, I thought that the outcome would be different than how it turned out. But I think that at that moment we had already crossed the line and that the damage had been done.I was worried, I was concerned about what that would mean for my country. The damage was not, and I want to be really clear about this, the damage was not just Donald Trump and his deliberate white racism.It was the way in which so many otherwise thoughtful, intelligent people were willing to look the other way and rationalize this, or excuse this, or explain it.They saw an opportunity with their own political interest and decided to hold their noses and jump on board. That’s the danger, that’s how democracy is done.The reason why this problem is bigger than Trump is that we are seeing this play out in all western democracies. And indeed, my understanding is that here in Costa Rica you have had your own experience with this.This virus, if you will, this populist, racist, fascist virus never goes away and it’s always there. In moments like this, where the world is convulsed by big economic changes, technological changes, big social stressors, it submerges and seeks to take advantage of the context.TT: We live in very dark times. The violence and poverty in Latin American countries force people to flee to the United States, or Costa Rica, where immigrants are seen as“bad hombres” at least by people like Trump…RS: Well, the problem with immigration is very real and very complicated. People tend to simplify it, they believe it’s black and white, but it’s not, it’s got many moving parts. We are in a time where there are more refugees than there have ever been, and I am even including the end of World War II.There are so many people without a home, without a country, trying to get somewhere else. Even in countries that have tried to be open and welcoming, the stress is enormous. It’s almost impossible to handle it with grace. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/AFPMistakes are going to be made and people are going to be angry because there aren’t enough resources to go around in the order that’s currently and unequally distributed. That means people who have are going to have to give it up. But who likes to do that?You know this is true for everybody. As you say, Costa Rica is experiencing this in its own way, but as for the United States, it’s complicated. For decades we have actually encouraged illegal immigration because we need these people to do the work that United States citizens don’t want to do.Agriculture absolutely depends on an immigrant workforce, so we have this schizophrenic attitude towards these people. We want them to come to work in those places, but then we want them to go away… somehow.The second problem is the failure to recognize how U.S. foreign policies have, in many ways, contributed to these problems. Like or irrational propping up totalitarian governments in Central America. You know we have created situations where people are fleeing because of poverty, because of violence, and it’s because we’ve contributed to that and we don’t want to admit it.TT: How do you translate all that to art?RS: In “Building the Wall,” what I’m really interested in is not specifically Donald Trump or immigration, I’m interested in the process by which people lose their humanity. How otherwise decent, good people compromise themselves and wind up doing terrible things. That’s the danger we are in right now. That’s the thing I’m most afraid of and we’ve already seen this play out. Look at these horrendous policies of separating children from their families.But that’s the policy.As a writer, I want to know the human part of that. I’m interested the officer, this guy, a pretty decent ordinary person, maybe has a wife and kids, but physically tears this child out of her mother’s arms. He handcuffs the baby, puts her in a car heading to a jail, away from her parents.Of course, the little girl is sobbing the entire time, and then he goes back to his own family and sits down and has dinner. How does he do that? That’s what I’m interested in. That’s what I think art does, art tries to give humanity to these situations.TT: What are you expecting to see in this play, your play, in Costa Rica?RS: When you don’t rehearse a show and just arrive to see it, it’s a little nerve-racking. Sometimes things go terribly wrong, so I hope that’s not the case. I’m really looking forward to seeing this Spanish-language production in front of a Costa Rican audience. That’s very meaningful to me.That’s the reason I flew here from New York. It means that much to me to see this play in front of this specific and different audience. This Central American audience also has this issue, maybe that’s not the most important issue here, but I’m sure you are very familiar with what this play is about. I’m here to learn from this experience, from this play. I’m excited.TT: Do you think it’s going to have the same impact as it did in the United States?RS: The audience is different in some ways and similar in others. I’m really curious to see that too. How each country receives it and the different thoughts of each audience. I think we have this awful thought of reducing people to models, to a sameness, but it’s just isn’t true.And nothing reminds you more of that, than a theatre audience reacting for the first time to a new play. I’m excited to learn what this will reveal and hopefully, this won’t be the last time that I write something that we can all share in our countries. I’m very interested in expanding my audience, I’m very positive that this won’t be a one-time thing.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. we work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration
How do cataracts affect your vision? Lawyer Sunil Watagala said the protest campaign will continue “until the government withdraws this motion.”The U.S. State Department said last week it was concerned by the actions against Bandaranayake, and spokeswoman Victoria Nuland urged Sri Lanka to avoid any action that would impede the efficacy and independence of the judiciary.Last month, Sri Lanka’s Secretary of Judicial Service Commission Manjula Tillakaratne was assaulted by a gang days after he publicly said the judiciary was being pressurized by powerful people and that there were threats to the lives of judges and their families.The impeachment motion follows months of power struggles between the judiciary and parliament. It also follows a recent Supreme Court determination that a government bill contradicted the constitution because it could give back power to the national government from provincial governments, such as for rural development plans.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Last week, the government started the process to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake after a drawn-out conflict between the judiciary and parliament. The government says Bandaranayake has undermined parliament’s supremacy and misused her office. Opposition politicians and critics say the impeachment motion is a ploy to stifle judicial independenceOn Monday, protesters staged a silent protest in front of the country’s Supreme Court and then walked across the main roads of Colombo and held a rally outside the main railroad station.Opposition lawmaker Anura Dissanayake said “the government is trying to weaken the judiciary and on the other hand it has dealt a severe blow to the country’s democratic setup.”Opposition officials and rights groups have accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of tightening control over the media, police and election officials as well as carrying out vendettas against independent media, journalists and opposition parties.The government changed the constitution last year, giving the president power to appoint the chief justice, police chief and election commissioner, which is seen as a way to curb their independence.Dissanayake accused Rajapaksa of moving on a path toward “a total dictatorship.” Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The Associated PressCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Hundreds of Sri Lankans marched Monday to demand the government halt a plan to impeach the country’s chief justice and condemning what they say is intimidation of the judiciary.Nearly 1,000 demonstrators, including opposition lawmakers and rights activists, marched through the capital, shouting slogans and displaying banners that read “Hands off the judiciary” and “End of judiciary – End of fair play.”
0 Comments Share Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A jury in Puerto Rico has awarded $11.5 million in damages to the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by police in 2007.The family of Miguel Caceres celebrated Friday’s verdict.Three officers were charged in Caceres’ killing, which was caught on video.Officer Javier Pagan Cruz was convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and is serving 109 years in prison. The two other officers, Carlos Sustache Sustache and Zulma Diaz de Leon, were acquitted in 2011 of being accessories to murder. Top Stories The shooting occurred after Caceres insulted an officer, which led to a scuffle. The video shows Pagan wrestling Caceres to the floor and shooting him at least three times, once in the head.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like
Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Bestowing the honors was Krakow Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who served as St. Pope John Paul II’s longtime aide and who was made cardinal by Benedict.___Frances D’Emilio can be followed on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemilioCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipes Since retiring from the papacy in 2013, Benedict has dedicated his time at the Vatican to prayer, meditation and classical music. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who served as the Vatican’s guardian of doctrinal orthodoxy, he used to relax at home by playing his piano, with Mozart pieces a frequent choice.“It remains indelibly impressed in my memory how, for example, as soon as the first notes resounded from Mozart’s ‘Coronation Mass,’ the heavens practically opened and you experienced, very deeply, the Lord’s presence,” Benedict, 88, said during his speech at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, a hill town near Rome where he had first stayed after resigning, citing age and frailty.Rarely making speeches as a retiree, Benedict told his audience music is born from the experiences of love, of “sadness, of being touched by death, by pain and by the abysses of existence” as well as from “the encounter with the divine.”He called the honorary degrees “an essential contribution so that the great gift of music that comes from the tradition of the Christian faith stays strong,” and so that “faith’s creative force isn’t extinguished in the future.” Sponsored Stories 0 Comments Share Quick workouts for men Top Stories VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an “encounter with the divine,” saying listening to Mozart helps him experience “very deeply the Lord’s presence.”Benedict’s reflections came at a ceremony where he received honorary doctorates from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music for his promotion of respect for the traditions of sacred music in the Church. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall
Ismail Bouchnafa, vice president of the Sicilian Islamic Community, third left, and Archbishop of Catania Salvatore Gristina, second left, attend the funeral of 13 migrants who were among up to 800 people who died in a shipwreck in April in Catania, Sicily, Italy, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The 13 are the first victims of the shipwreck to be recovered by deep-sea operations being carried out by the Italian navy. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Prosecutors, citing survivor testimonies and video of the wreck shot by navy divers, say as many as 800 people went down with the boat, which capsized in April when a cargo ship approached to try to rescue the migrants.Among those attending the inter-religious funeral in Catania were the mayor and an official of the Sicilian Islamic Community. Authorities say it’s unlikely the victims, like those brought to the surface in the navy operation which began a week ago, will be identified.Twenty-eight people survived the maritime disaster, including a suspected smuggler and his alleged assistant, and 24 bodies were found soon after the capsizing. The suspects are being investigated for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and aiding and abetting illegal immigration.Prosecutors concluded the ship went down because smugglers made steering errors and because too many people were aboard when the wooden boat set sail from Libya, where human trafficking operations flourish.Catania-based prosecutors said every corner of the boat, including the hold, was crammed with migrants. The video of the wreck is being kept sealed to protect the dignity of the dead.So far this year, the Italian coast guard has coordinated the rescues of more than 70,000 migrants seeking to reach Europe as they flee persecution, war or poverty. European military boats, humanitarian vessels and merchant ships all help the operation. CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Italy on Tuesday buried 13 of the hundreds of migrants who perished when a smugglers’ fishing boat capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea, paying tribute to the victims in coffins adorned with roses. They were the first bodies retrieved in an Italian navy operation involving deep-sea divers and robots.Premier Matteo Renzi’s government has vowed to do everything possible to reclaim the bodies from their watery grave 370 meters (1,220 feet) deep. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall
Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Kim Jong Un has also removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges since taking over after the death of Kim Jong Il. The most spectacular purge to date was the 2013 execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, for alleged treason. Jang was married to Kim Jong Il’s sister and was once considered the second most powerful man in North Korea.South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers in May that Kim ordered his then-defense chief Hyon Yong Chol executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting.Experts say Kim could be using fear to solidify his leadership, but those efforts could fail if he doesn’t improve the country’s shattered economy.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a “reign of terror” that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father’s early rule, South Korean officials said Thursday.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, at a forum in Seoul, compared Kim Jong Un’s 70 executions with those of his late father, Kim Jong Il, who he said executed about 10 officials during his first years in power. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories An official from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, who refused to be named, citing office rules, confirmed that the spy agency believes the younger Kim has executed about 70 officials but wouldn’t reveal how it obtained the information.Yun also said that the younger Kim’s “reign of terror affects significantly” North Koreans working overseas by inspiring them to defect to the South, but he also didn’t reveal how he got the details.North Korea, an authoritarian nation ruled by the Kim family since its founding in 1948, is secretive about its government’s inner workings, and information collected by outsiders is often impossible to confirm.High-level government purges have a long history in North Korea.To strengthen his power, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, removed pro-Soviet and pro-Chinese factions within the senior leadership in the years after the 1950-53 Korean War. The high-ranking victims included Pak Hon Yong, formerly the vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea and the country’s foreign minister, who was executed in 1955 after being accused of spying for the United States.
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments Share SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday selected a Chinese-led consortium as a preferred bidder to salvage a sunken ferry that killed more than 300 people in April last year in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in decades.South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it will begin negotiating next week with the consortium led by China’s state-run firm Shanghai Salvage Co., which offered to salvage the ferry at a cost of 85.1 billion won ($74.6 million). However, Shanghai questioned the logic of relying on cables attached to a weakening ship and instead offered to lift the ferry with a frame built with metal beams, according to a ministry official, who didn’t want to be named, citing office rules. The official said the metal-beam structure would also be safer for divers.Many large shipwrecks around the world were first cut into sections. The Costa Concordia cruise liner, which capsized after hitting rocks near an Italian island in early 2012, killing 32 people, was raised in one piece, but the 115,000-ton vessel wasn’t completely submerged and was pulled upright before being hoisted.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official Yeon Yeong-jin speaks during a press conference at the government complex in Sejong, South Korea, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. South Korea on Wednesday selected a Chinese-led consortium as a preferred bidder to salvage a sunken ferry that killed more than 300 people in April last year in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in decades.(Bae Jae-man/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories If a deal with Shanghai cannot be reached, the second option involves a consortium led by state-run China Yantai Salvage. A consortium joined by Britain’s Titan Maritime Ltd. and the Netherland’s Svitzer Salvage BV was the South Korean government’s third option.Shanghai has experience in salvaging large ships and was recently involved in lifting a river cruise ship that sank in China’s Yangtze River and killed more than 400 people last month, Yeon Yeong-jin, an official from the South Korean ministry, told a news briefing.South Korea formally approved the plans to salvage the ferry Sewol in April, accepting the demands of the victims’ families who staged fierce protests in the capital Seoul for months. The relatives hope that raising the ship will reveal more details about the cause of the sinking and help find the bodies of nine passengers still missing.Experts say lifting the corroded, 6,800-ton Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for strong currents could be potentially dangerous and prove much harder than previous efforts around the world to salvage giant ships, which sometimes ended up costing much more than originally estimated.The South Korean government had originally planned to drill dozens of holes into the side of the ferry, which would allow it to be tied to two huge naval cranes that would lift the vessel from the seafloor.
A water landing into the Hudson River early last year was the right thing to do, aircraft investigators have determined, validating the captain and crew’s decision.Last year in January, US1549 from New York’s La Guardia airport made a ditch into the Hudson in after both engines of the Airbus A320 were taken out by bird strikes during takeoff. Quick action by the pilot saw all 150 passengers and five crewmembers escape the incident unharmed.An investigation has now been completed into the event, and while it found that the airplane would likely have been “technically feasible” to return to the airport, the water landing was the right thing to do considering the odds of an unsuccessful runway landing potentially crashing into the neighbourhoods around La Guardia.“Once the birds and the airplane collided and the accident became inevitable, so many things went right,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman“This is a great example of the professionalism of the crewmembers, air traffic controllers and emergency responders who all played a role in preserving the safety of everyone aboard.”The quick actions of the pilot, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, provided the highest probability that the accident would be survivable, says the report. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2ab3d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P “Online travel is a mature internet category in Australia, but it is also growing much more quickly than it is in similarly developed markets in North America,” PhoCusWright senior director of Research Douglas Quinby said. Internet advertising agency e-channel Search’s chief executive Frank Grasso said the results are consistent with their client base growth and results their clients have produced over the last 12 months.“Australian online travel agencies, accommodation properties and other travel providers are significantly growing their online presence through online advertising. “It is positive to see a growing number of Australian travel and accommodation providers leveraging on this dynamic growth,” Mr Grasso said. Traffic to travel websites in Australia is growing at a rapid speed, according to PhoCusWright’s online travel report, traffic to travel websites up more than 30 per cent in 2010. The publication found that travel sites are the most popular internet category and also the fastest growing, other categories only representing a three per cent growth in internet traffic. The report indicated that almost one in two internet users visit travel websites, equating to an average 5.8 million user visits.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation began in 2009 and has gathered steady momentum since, expanding beyond its initial European focus to include airports in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and the Gulf, as well as Africa. The independent programme has won the support of ICAO, UNEP and the EU’s Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. An Annual Report is released in June, with details surrounding airports certified at one of the four available levels and the carbon reductions achieved thus far. The Airports Council International (ACI) has released an update on its voluntary climate change initiative, the Airport Carbon Accreditation. “In the four years since the launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation, the programme has really helped frame and support the collective work that airports are doing to make their operations more carbon efficient and their business more sustainable,” ACI heads of Europe, Africa and APAC jointly said. In year four of the programme, the collective reduction was over 170,000 tonnes of CO2. As negotiations at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) continue discussions surrounding the implementation of a global system to reduce airline emissions, the ACI has revealed its certification program has expanded further across the global community of airports. Source = ETB News: P.T.
During April, the number of international visitors to New Zealand is expected to triple,* with many taking to the roads, tracks and mountains to explore what the land of the long white cloud has to offer.To meet growing demand, Europcar is introducing the first rental cars with bike carriers into the New Zealand market, providing a ready-made solution for cycling tourism which has increased dramatically in recent years.First trialled in Australia, the fleet of bike-ready SUVs make travelling with bikes easier, and have been welcomed by prominent Kiwi cyclists including members of Avanti Racing Team.“The popularity of cycling holidays continues to climb, and travel by road or off the beaten track in New Zealand is a fantastic way to see the country, said current New Zealand Road Cycling Champion Joe Cooper of the Avanti Racing Team.“There are parts of both islands which can only be accessed by exploring on two or four wheels, and in a country known for extreme sport activities, cycling offers a fantastic alternative for enthusiasts or families looking to visit New Zealand,” added Cooper.Europcar expects to continue to expand its fleet of bike-carrier vehicles on the ground, in addition to its local fleet of hire cars as demand for affordable and customised mobility options only continues to grow.Europcar Australia Managing Director, Ron Santiago, said New Zealand is emerging as a strong market for cycling holidays.“Demand for bike-ready vehicles in New Zealand continues to grow, and with our shared passion for cycling, we at Europcar wanted to help realise this for bike enthusiasts in the market.“Both the North and South Islands will have an equal share of our bike-ready vehicles while we learn more about the locations with the greatest demand.”In July 2014, Europcar became the first car hire company to introduce the Thule ProRide bike carriers in response to the growth of cycle tourism in Australia.“We found more and more customers were asking us about transporting bikes safely and conveniently in New Zealand, so it made sense to introduce this solution to travelling with bikes,” said Mr Santiago.“The bike carriers offer more freedom and flexibility. People no longer have to worry about disassembling their bike and fitting it in the back of the car.”Mr Santiago said Europcar was proud to support cycling in New Zealand, providing customers with efficient and safe travel solutions to meet their evolving needs.Source = Europcar
Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd., which manages some of the finest serviced apartments for business and leisure travellers, has signed a management contract with Newfort Realty Pte Ltd to open the first Oakwood-branded property in Singapore in November 2016.The property, located in the prime Orchard district, will be part of the new Oakwood Studios brand, catering to global nomads.To be located in key cities known for a vibrant culture, these properties will add a new dimension to urban city stays, offering urbane travellers a casual and unpretentious space to work, live and thrive.“I cannot describe how truly delighted we are to open our first Oakwood-branded serviced apartment property in Singapore,” said Dean Schreiber, managing director of Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.“Singapore is an important destination in both the business and leisure travel sectors and we have seen a marked surge in demand for serviced apartments in the city, as clients recognize the value of the home-like environment such accommodation provide, their cost effectiveness and flexibility.“It has therefore long been our desire to have a branded property in this key gateway city, but it was a matter of finding the right property, in the right location, with the right partner. With this property and with Newfort Realty Pte Ltd, all forces have finally aligned.”Oakwood Studios Singapore will offer 98 residences – ranging from studio units to 2-bedroom apartments, a Residents’ Lounge, a gym and a rooftop swimming pool.Lush landscaping in the recreational and public areas will provide pockets of calm for the residents and make Oakwood Studios Singapore an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation in the heart of the cityAs with all other Oakwood properties, Oakwood Studios Singapore will provide move-in ready furnished accommodation to meet the needs of leisure and business travellers alike.Large room space, a fully-equipped kitchen complete with kitchenware, cutlery and washer/dryer will provide clients with a home-like environment and the flexibility to set their own schedule and enjoy day-to-day activities in a comfortable environment.The property will enjoy a prime location on No. 18 Mount Elizabeth, just off Orchard Road, one of Singapore’s main attractions, surrounded by myriad shopping, entertainment and sightseeing options.The opening of the first Oakwood-branded property in Singapore represents the company’s commitment to one of Asia’s most thriving regional tourism and business hubs. Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.Source = Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.
Source = Los Angeles World Airports LAX Los Angeles International AirportLAX voted one of world’s Top 10 Scenic Airports 2016Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been voted one of the world’s most scenic airport landings in a poll of global travelers and travel industry experts coming in at number 9. Conducted by PrivateFly, over 7,500 individual votes were received and a total of 115 different global airports received nominations.One voter described landing at LAX as: “Flights come in from the desert past the mountains, past the beautiful LA downtown skyline and culminate with a spectacular view of the ocean, adjacent to the airport, all of which happens in about the last hour of your trip.”A panel of major names in the travel industry narrowed down the initial nominee list of 115 airports for the public to vote on, with ex-New York Times travel writer Joe Sharkey choosing LAX. He commented: “The approach reveals not just the vast urban sprawl but most remarkably LA’s stunning geography – sea, mountains, valley, desert beyond – all bathed in the amazing Los Angeles white sunlight.”The top 10 list includes:Malta International Airport, MaltaNice Cote D’Azur Airport, FranceQueenstown Airport, New ZealandBarra Airport, Scotland, UKSaba Airport (Juancho E Yrausquin), CaribbeanBilly Bishop Toronto City Airport, CanadaDonegal Airport, IrelandSt Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International), CaribbeanLos Angeles International Airport (LAX), USALondon City Airport, UK LAX is happening!
Ken Moffett Scenic Auckland HotelScenic Hotel Group rolls out ‘Heartsaver’ devices in all hotelsNew Zealand owned and operated Scenic Hotel Group has taken its “caring for guests” to another level with the rollout of automated external defibrillators (AED’s) throughout its hotel chain that stretches from the Bay of Islands in the far north to Southland and across to the Pacific Islands of Tonga and Niue.Group Managing Director, Brendan Taylor says “guest welfare is paramount to the hotel and the installation of an AED in every hotel is an extension of the many and varied community and environmental initiatives that the group already participates in.”Scenic Hotel Group has procured the AEDs from local company, Heart Saver NZ Ltd. Managing Director, Mike Mander, himself an EMT who is also celebrating 21 years as a volunteer firefighter applauds the move, which he says can be genuinely “lifesaving.”With many of the Scenic Hotel properties hosting events and conferences, guest numbers rise and so too does the associated risk for a significant health event, which Brendan says “We want to be as well prepared and equipped to deal with until an emergency medic can attend.” Brendan also points to the hotels taking a proactive step toward elevated health and safety requirements which are particularly pertinent in the area of events and conferences and aim to offer professional conference organisers and clients the peace of mind that these devices are available at their hotel.The easy to use, voice guided devices will be wall mounted in the main public areas of each hotel in early September.‘Heart Saver’ facts:+ SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) occurs in 1500 people each year in NZ – this is THREE times greater than the national road toll+ SCA is the leading cause of death in adults+ SCA often occurs suddenly and drastically, with no warning. Other patients may have symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, fainting, weakness and shortness of breath, black-outs or vomiting. The scary things is that unlike a heart attack, SCA can happen to anyone, no matter how fit or healthy you are.+ When suffering an SCA, each minute that defibrillation is delayed will reduce the chance of survival by 7-10 percent+ An automated external defibrillator (AED) combined with CPR is the most effective way to restore a person’s heartbeat during SCA. When administered within two minutes of the event, chances of survival increase by 90%.+ Median call to location interval for St John is 12 minutes (remembering that every minute counts in the use of an AED)+ There should be 10,000 AEDs in New Zealand to bring us to international comparative standard; currently there are about 4,500 units (anecdotal). Scenic Hotel GroupFor information, visit Heart Saver NZ LtdFor information, visitSource = Scenic Hotel Group