August 21, 2019

Princess Relaxation Report taking vacation just to sleep

first_img SANTA CLARITA — From politics to work stress, people need to catch up on sleep more than ever. According to Princess Cruises’ seventh annual Relaxation Report, Americans are using valuable vacation time for things unrelated to vacation such as catching up on sleep and running errands.When it comes to catching more shut-eye, a majority of working Americans (72%) take at least one day off a year just to sleep, and two out of five Americans (40%) take five or more days off per year (a full work week), just to catch up on sleep according to the recent survey by Wakefield Research for Princess Cruises.If they are not using their vacation time to sleep, many Americans are trying to get things done. In fact, 68% of Americans admit they’ve used a vacation day for something other than vacation including family emergencies (37%), doctor’s or dentist’s appointments (36%), sick days for their children or loved ones (31%), home projects (23%) and running household errands (23%) – compared to 2015, when 54% said they had done so. Sadly, it’s no wonder Americans are so tired, vacation time has become hard work.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?In observance of National Relaxation Day, it’s time for Americans to let go of the guilt and stress they feel when trying to relax, especially when on vacation. Forty-three percent of Americans admit they frequently feel guilty for relaxing, holding steady from 2015. Ninety-one percent of working Americans say they look forward to sleeping while on vacation, but it appears that the stresses of everyday life are getting in the way of a good night’s sleep on vacation. More than a third (35%) of working Americans, including half (50%) of Millennials, often feel more stressed when they’re on vacation because they can’t stop thinking about work. The lack of sleep is even getting in the way of leisure activities with nearly half of Americans, including 65% of Millennials, admitting they frequently skip events or activities on vacation because they’re simply too tired.As one of the world’s leading cruise lines, Princess Cruises, is committed to ensuring its guests come back from vacation feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. As part of its Come Back New Promise Princess Cruises partnered with leading experts in both the science and beauty of sleep to develop the new Princess Luxury Bed. Together with sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and designer Candice Olson, Princess Cruises now delivers its guests the ultimate night of sleep at sea.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“Sleep and relaxation should be a guilt-free necessity every person should seek in their day,” said Dr. Michael Breus, board-certified sleep expert. “We all want to get the sleep we need while on vacation, but sometimes being in a new place and sleeping in an unfamiliar environment will disrupt a good night’s sleep. This is why I’ve partnered with Princess Cruises to design a luxury mattress and sleep program that will deliver the most restful, rejuvenating sleep at sea.” Posted by Friday, August 12, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Princess Relaxation Report: taking vacation just to sleeplast_img read more

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Eight Amazing Hawaii Farm Tours

first_img For an archipelago that once relied almost completely on exports, Hawaii’s farms are now true treasures that abound across the islands. And doing what Hawaii does best, a plethora of its farms have melded agriculture with tourism, offering travellers farm tours on each major island. These farm tours feature a range of what are now local Hawaiian products. Here’s a list of some of the best farm tours your clients can find on Hawaii.OahuKahuku Farms has a long history on Oahu, dating back to the 1940s. Two Japanese immigrant families, who came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations, began separate farms which then merged to become Kahuku Farms, a company that grows and distributes Hawaii wholesale fruits and vegetables. Today travellers can tour Kahuku Farms and choose from a variety of tour options that include the Smoothie Tour — a 30-minute wagon ride tour of the Papaya, Apple and Banana Farms at Kahuku Farm, which finishes with a fresh fruit smoothie. Kahuku Farms’ Grand Tour takes visitors through the wide variety of fruits and veggies offered at the farm and teaches guests about what it takes for farmers to put fresh food on Hawaii’s supermarket shelves. For more visit kahukufarms.com.At Kualoa Ranch and Zipline there is a wide variety of tours available to travellers, from movie site tours to a secret island beach activities tour — but one not to be missed is the Taste of Kualoa Farm to Table Tour. On this tour travellers will have the opportunity to learn about the various food products grown, harvested and sold by Kualoa Private Nature Reserve — a 4,000-acre property spread across three valleys on the windward coast of Oahu. Papayas, bananas and other fruit make up one category of this tour but on this farm-to-table tasting tour guests will also visit the reserve’s shrimp and tilapia ponds as well as its fresh oyster farm. From there, it’s on to ranch lands to view the reserve’s 500+ head of grass-fed cattle. On this tour guests will also learn how to “throw net,” to catch fish like Hawaiian’s once did, as well as take a lesson on how to rope cattle. This tour is offered in an air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter van. For more visit kualoa.com.MauiFor an exotic fruit experience on Maui, travellers can take a beautiful walking tour of West Maui’s Maui Dragon Fruit Farm. This USDA-certified organic farm specializes in growing 16 distinct varieties of dragon fruit, as well as bananas, papayas, sugarcane and pineapples. Maui Dragon Fruit Farm’s family friendly tour is about one hour in duration and features fresh picked fruit as seasonally available. Maui Dragon Fruit Farm also offers special adventure tours and activities for families, including zipline and aquaball. For more visit maudragonfruit.com.It may not be the tour travellers would expect to take on Maui but Ocean Organic Vodka features a Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm & Distillery Tour that will sure to please visitors hoping for a tour and drink along the way. Ocean Organic Vodka is a family run business, with a passion for sustainability. With a mission to create the best vodka in the world, Ocean Organic Vodka is now marketed in 36 states as well as in Canada, South America and Asia. On Ocean Organic Vodka’s farm and distillery tour guests will learn about sustainable sugar cane farming practices, visit the farm’s 6,000-square foot solar-powered warehouse and bottling centre and view the farm’s organic spirits production using 60-foot column still distillation. This tour finishes with a walk through The Martini Garden – designed with martini lovers in mind. Guests will also enjoy a sampling on this tour with a take-home Ocean organic Vodka souvenir. Visit oceanvodka.com for more.KauaiOn the North Shore of the Garden Isle travellers will find Kauai Kunana Dairy. During a guided visit of this this family run, goat dairy farm, guests will sample goat cheese while tour guides take guests through the farm’s cheese making procedures. Guests will also be able to interact with the farm’s family of goats and stroll through the organic tropical fruit orchards – with mango, avocado, lychee, citrus, breadfruit and more. Guests will also learn about Kauai Kunana Dairy’s organic vegetable and herb garden and sample some of the farm’s honey as well. Visit kauaikunanadairy.com.What trip to Kauai would be complete without a visit to the Kauai Coffee Club? Formerly McBryde Sugar, these farmlands have been active since the late 1800s with the Kauai Coffee Company planting its first coffee trees in 1987. Visitors to Kauai Coffee (just a few miles from Poipu) can partake in a free, guided walking tour to learn about the five different coffee varietals grown on the estate, as well as the entire coffee process from initial blossoming through to roasting beans. Guests on the farm can also pop into the Visitor Centre for a sample of Kauai Coffee’s entire line. Guided tours of Kauai Coffee are available everyday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit kauaicoffee.com for more.Hawaii IslandMauna Loa is an ideal stop in for visitors to Hawaii Island (especially those with a sweet tooth). Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation has been producing macadamia nuts and nut products for over thirty years. Stopping in at the visitor centre to grab some gifts for friends and family back home (and some for clients to take home themselves). Though Mauna Loa doesn’t offer scheduled farm tours, visitors will drive through a three-mile nut orchard to get the Visitor Center where they can then view Mauna Loa’s nut and chocolate processing plant. At the Visitor Center guests can also watch Mauna Loa’s staff create a variety of its famous macadamia nut products — including hand-dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookies. For more information visit maunaloa.com.There is a plethora of farm tours featuring a wide variety of products – from chocolate to abalone – for travellers to visit while on Hawaii Island. Another farm tour that travellers might not expect to find is with Hawaiian Vanilla Company, the first commercial growers of vanilla in the U.S. This family owned and operated business offers a Vanilla Experience Luncheon & Farm Tour at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On this tour guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch featuring an array of vanilla-flavoured menu items, like a vanilla citrus bourbon chicken sandwich and oven-roasted potatoes finished with a Vanilla Southwest Rub. After lunch guests will take a walking tour of the farm and finish off with a scoop of Hawaiian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The Hawaiian Vanilla Company’s shop is also open Monday through Saturday for visitors to purchase the farm’s wide-array of homemade vanilla products. Visit the vanillachef.com for more. Tags: Hawaii Eight Amazing Hawaii Farm Tours Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Posted bycenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Whats new for Taucks 2018 river cruise lineup

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, April 21, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tags: Tauck WILTON, CT — Tauck has announced its European river cruising plans for 2018 and it looks like it’s going to be a busy year for the 92-year-old company.New for 2018 are itineraries on the Danube and Rhine; the 14-day ‘Royal Danube, Berlin & Krakow’ and the 11-day ‘Rhine Enchantment, Milan to Amsterdam’. Tauck has also merged two of its itineraries on the Rhone, ‘French Waterways’ and ‘A Taste of France’ to form the 10-day ‘Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence’, which includes two nights in Paris and a seven-night Rhone River cruise aboard the company’s ms Emerald riverboat.The ‘Royal Danube’ itinerary (from $5,990 per person plus airfare) begins with an included three-night hotel stay in Berlin at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, complete with two full days of guided Tauck sightseeing. Guests then travel by high-speed train to Nürnberg, where they’ll embark Tauck’s ms Savor riverboat to begin a seven-night cruise along the Danube that visits Bayreuth, Kelheim, Straubing, Linz, Krems and the Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts‘Rhine Enchantment, Milan to Amsterdam’ (from $5,290 plus airfare) likewise begins with a three-night hotel stay, at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, where guided Tauck sightseeing in the city includes a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Other highlights include a day-long excursion to Lake Como, a high-speed train to Basel, transiting the 35-mile-long Gotthard Base Tunnel (the longest railway tunnel in the world), and a seven-night Rhine River cruise that visits Breisach, Germersheim, Heidelberg, Rudesheim and Dusseldorf.For the coming year, Tauck is also ramping up its shore excursions, adding a second option in many locations to give its guests a choice of experiences to better match their interests. For example, guests on day five of the company’s ‘The Blue Danube’ itinerary will be able to choose from full-day excursions to two different countries; Salzburg, Austria or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. And on the new ‘Rhine Enchantment’ itinerary, guests have their choice of a visit and wine tasting in Riquewihr or a guided bicycle ride in the Black Forest.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe excursion in the Black Forest is one of several organized cycling opportunities that Tauck has added to various cruises, along with new hiking opportunities and onboard yoga-inspired stretching classes, for more active guests. Other enhancements to Tauck itineraries include exclusive pre-opening visits to Versailles and after-hours tours of the Louvre (both piloted on selected departures in 2017 and expanded for next year), a private Tauck dinner inside the German Parliament building, and an included lunch at Alain Ducasse’s newest restaurant, Ore. What’s new for Tauck’s 2018 river cruise lineuplast_img read more

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Alicia Kielek pleads guilty to second offence

first_img Share Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Tags: TICO << Previous PostNext Post >> Alicia Kielek pleads guilty to second offencecenter_img MISSISSAUGA — After being charged by TICO, Alicia Kielek has pleaded guilty to two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, her second offence in two years.Kielek submitted her guilty plea on Sept. 20, 2018. Her sentencing will take place on Dec. 13, 2018.She previously pleaded guilty in 2016 to five counts of operating without registration. She is currently on a probation order with respect to the first offences that requires her to pay $13,904.96 in restitution by Jan. 17, 2020, as well as perform 200 hours community service. Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Alberta celebrates launch of Air Canadas two new transborder routes

first_img MONTREAL — Air Canada is still flying high from yesterday’s launch of two new daily, seasonal transborder routes.Celebrations where held prior to the departure of the inaugural flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas, and from Calgary to Palm Springs, both of which were first announced in March.Edmonton-Las Vegas departs daily onboard Air Canada Rouge A319, while Calgary-Palm Springs, also flying daily, is onboard an Airbus A320. Both flights offer premium and economy cabins, and run from now until April 30, 2019.On what the new services mean for Albertans, Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada, said: “We are delighted to offer more travel options to Albertans with the addition of daily, seasonal services from both Calgary and Edmonton, which means golf, entertainment and the desert sun are a short flight away every day this fall and winter. With our flexible and diverse North American fleet, we are continuing to strategically add services to popular destinations.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upTom Ruth, Edmonton International Airport President and CEO, added: “EIA is very excited to welcome Air Canada Rouge to the Edmonton Metro Region with their inaugural flight to Las Vegas. We know Las Vegas is a popular destination for both leisure and business travellers and the addition of this service will increase options for passengers and support strong business ties.”Bob Sartor, the Calgary Airport Authority’s President and CEO, added: “Sun-seekers travelling from YYC Calgary International Airport are excited to have another direct link to Palm Springs, California. Working with our partner, Air Canada, we’re creating effortless ways to enjoy the stunning Coachella Valley.”Flights are timed to connect with Air Canada’s extensive domestic schedule, provides for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.We’re delighted to announce that our airline partner, Air Canada, started daily nonstop routes from YYC to Palm Springs! Now travellers have another link to bask in the California sun! pic.twitter.com/DwqJGJEDON— YYC (@FlyYYC) October 29, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, Alberta, California, New Routes Alberta celebrates launch of Air Canada’s two new transborder routes Travelweek Group Share Monday, October 29, 2018 Now departing: Daily flights from Edmonton-Vegas and from Calgary-Palm Springs, mean golf, entertainment & desert sun are closer than ever! @FlyEIA @FlyYYC #lasvegas #palmsprings https://t.co/KbhaCG07qh pic.twitter.com/SAvhLY6jFz— Air Canada (@AirCanada) October 28, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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RIU Hotels Resorts team tackles 800 kilos of rubbish – and wins

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> RIU Hotels & Resorts team tackles 800 kilos of rubbish – and wins Share Posted by Wednesday, May 8, 2019 RIU says the initiative was planned for a time of year when the river was not flowing. The team’s work helped to clear the waste before the rainy season starts in Baja California. RIU Hotels and its water sports partner Scuba Caribe have also worked in coordination with ‘Zero Waste’ to clean up the sea bed around the beaches of El Médano, Ocho Cascadas and Hacienda. Scuba Caribe offered one of its boats, their team of volunteered staff, accompanied by citizens’ groups and the Regional Coordination of the Federal Maritime Lad Zone in Cabo San Lucas (Zofemat) to work together to collect rubbish located several metres underwater.Zero Waste is a project created by a group of women with the aim of supporting and creating solutions to care for the environment. The goal they aim to promote among their partners is to consume only what is necessary to stop the mass production of disposable materials and to turn to recycling as a last resort. RIU Hotels is also following its strategy to eliminate plastic from more than 90 of the chain’s hotels. By 2020, it aims to get rid of all single-use plastics and in 2021 it will negotiate with all its suppliers to reduce the use of plastic and foster reuse. BY 2022 it will stop using plastic water bottles and water dispensers will be installed in all the hotels. PALMA DE MAJORCA — RIU Hotels & Resorts recently cleared 800 kilos of rubbish from Arroyo Seco in Baja California to stop it from reaching the sea. The initiative benefitted from the collaboration RIU recently joined, ‘Zero Waste Los Cabos’, a program that works to contribute and support positive environmental changes. Collaborators from the departments of RIU Palace Baja California, RIU Santa Fe and RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas participated in the initiative, aimed at preventing the waste that had gathered from the Arroyo Seco river from reaching the sea, where it would pollute the area’s ecosystem. Some 155 colleagues from the RIU’s entertainment, housekeeping, maintenance, bar and dining departments spent several hours cleaning the large amounts of waste that has gathered by the Arroyo Seco Bridge. In previous years, tonnes of waste have been washed into the sea by the river, causing pollution of the seabed and its ecosystem. Travelweek Group Tags: Giving Back, RIU Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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Thousands of Venezuelans march alongside Chávezs coffin

first_img Facebook Comments Was Hugo Chávez a good leader for Venezuela?  Yes. He brought his Bolivarian Revolution into the 21st century.  No. He was a populist dictator.  He was both. No related posts. CARACAS, Venezuela – A human tide accompanied the funeral procession on Wednesday of President Hugo Chávez on his journey from the military hospital where he died to the chapel at the Military Academy, the cradle of the political project that brought him to power.The coffin with Chávez’s remains, covered with the Venezuelan flag, was carried in a hearse decorated with bouquets of white and yellow flowers that made its way slowly through the crowd.“To victory, commander, we’ll always love you!” thousands of followers shouted tearfully and asked for the president to be buried in the National Cemetery, next to Simón Bolívar, one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas.As the coffin left the military hospital, where Chávez died Tuesday at age 58, his mother, Elena Frías, leaned on it, grieving, crying and covering her face with a handkerchief.Dressed in a sport jacket with the Venezuelan colors Vice President Nicolás Maduro, Chávez’s designated political heir, advanced in front of the car, next to Bolivian President Evo Morales, the President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello and government ministers.Venezuela’s national anthem with the recorded voice of Chávez was sung by the crowd.Thousands of fans, wearing red shirts, the color of Chávez’s party, approached the car, blowing kisses, praying, cheering and appearing still stunned by the dramatic departure of the president.Others, however, highlighted how the president contributed to a divided Venezuelan society with his polarizing speech. “Hatred and division was all he sowed,” said José Mendoza, a computer programmer. “What Chávez did to Venezuela has no name. He ruined this country,” said Giuseppe Leone, a 78-year-old Venezuelan man.Chávez, once a ubiquitous president, died without being able to say goodbye to Venezuelans, after fighting cancer that was diagnosed in June 2011 and for which he was operated on four times in Havana.On early Wednesday regional leaders who will attend the official state funeral scheduled for Friday began arriving. Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner and Uruguay’s José Mujica were the first to arrive, followed by Morales.Nicolás Maduro, 50, will be the official candidate for the presidential elections to be held within 30 days, as the Constitution states, likely against opposition leader Henrique Capriles, 40.Tico Times Poll: Hugo Chávez dies of cancer at 58last_img read more

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Ask the Consul

first_imgHave a question you’d like answered? Email dboddiger@ticotimes.net and we’ll forward it to the embassy. Please note: Embassy staff may not be able to answer all questions through this forum. Facebook Comments No related posts. Q: Greetings from Cabuya. I have tried to contact the Embassy, but it appears the only way to get information is to actually travel to Pavas. Has anything changed? What is the best way to contact the Embassy? A: In order to provide better service in the face of high volume, the Embassy has changed how it answers consular inquiries. Inquiries about American Citizens’ Services sent to acssanjose@state.gov are generally answered within two business days. Inquiries regarding Visa Services sent to Support-costarica@ustraveldocs.com are also generally answered within two business days. Social Security inquires can be sent to Fbucostarica@SSA.gov, and will also be answered within 48 hours. Please do not forget to send your Social Security number and local phone number in case we need to contact you.Those sending visa inquiries to one of the previous email addresses receive an auto-reply advising them to forward their inquiry to the appropriate new email address. Inquiries about Visa Services also may be made by phone during extended hours (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) toll-free within Costa Rica at 4000-1976 or via Skype at ustraveldocs_centralamerica. I’ve travelled back and forth from the U.S. to Costa Rica so many times that my passport is practically full. Can I get extra pages at the Embassy here in Costa Rica? Yes, you can! Simply make an appointment through our Embassy’s webpage (http://costarica.usembassy.gov/passports.html#8) and come in to drop off your passport. The charge is $82 payable at the Consulate in dollars or colones. International credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), but personal checks are not. last_img read more

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UPDATE 2 Costa Rica fans stabbed another hit with a bottle in

first_img Facebook Comments Aprendamos a celebrar por Dios. #FuerzaPúblicaCR toma control de la Plaza de la Democracia por incidentes. pic.twitter.com/PeWXzWJJRS— Celso Gamboa Sánchez (@CelsoGamboaCR) July 5, 2014 Update 7:51 p.m.:The Public Security Ministry (MSP) released a statement Saturday evening reporting that Red Cross responders attended to three victims from a fight that broke out in the capital’s Plaza de la Democracia. Two victims were injured from a stabbing and a third received treatment after being hit with a bottle. Police arrested eight involved in the disturbance, including one suspect identified by the last names Delgadillo Ruiz who was wanted on a weapon possession charge.Authorities still don’t know what started the brawl that interrupted an otherwise peaceful gathering. More than 1,000 fans watched Costa Rica and the Netherlands battle for a spot in the World Cup semifinals on a large LED screen at the plaza in downtown San José.Tico Times reporter Lindsay Fendt, who was at the scene, said that fans toward the back of the plaza did not realize what was unfolding in front of them and continued cheering the national team.An ambulance arrived soon arrived to the area and removed the injured on stretchers.Original article continues here: A Costa Rican fan lies in the Plaza de la Democracía in downtown San José after being stabbed in the back while watching Costa Rica play the Netherlands in the World Cup quarterfinals. AFPPolice and spectators rushed to assist injured Costa Rican fans at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José. Three people were reportedly injured, although the extent of those injuries has not yet been confirmed by authorities.Fans  gathered in the capital’s public plaza to watch the match. Police have sealed off the scene of the alleged crime and are investigating. A Costa Rican fan lies on the street after being stabbed in his back in the Parque de la Democracia in downtown San José, while watching Costa Rica play the Netherlands in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. AFP Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Timescenter_img Related posts:17 arrested during La Sele’s giant homecoming celebration Costa Rica uniforms are international best-sellers thanks to World Cup run Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup run Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police forcelast_img read more

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Guatemalan expolice officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – Three members of Guatemala’s now-defunctNational Police will face a criminal trial for the assassination of an agent who was investigating the murder of anthropologist Myrna Mack in the 1990s, according to a source in the Guatemalan justice system.Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez told journalists that based on evidence presented by the state, the defendants will be accused of killing Miguel Mérida, who led the investigation into the case of Mack’s brutal attack and murder on Sept. 11, 1990.Ex-officers Julio David López, José Miguel González Grijalva and Alberto Barrios Rabanales will face charges that include conspiracy to commit murder.Mack was stabbed to death in the historical center of the city four days after a group of Mayan community representatives presented a report that documented the displacement of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans as a result of ongoing military repression at the time.Months earlier, Mack had published a study called “¿Dónde está el futuro?” (“Where is the future?”), based on her anthropological fieldwork of the brutal consequences for indigenous communities of the state’s military campaign. In 1993, military specialist Noel de Jesús Bateta was convicted of committing the actual murder.Mérida, who was in charge of investigating Mack’s death, was himself shot to death on Aug. 5, 1991 in downtown Guatemala City.Prosecutors will argue that Mérida’s murder was intended to obfuscate the investigation into Mack’s assassination.At a previous trial, two individuals who had been apprehended for Mérida’s death and forced to plead guilty were later declared innocent. One has since disappeared, and the other was assassinated.In 2003, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San José, Costa Rica, ruled that Mack had been killed by Guatemalan government forces.Guatemala’s 36-year civil left more than 200,000 people dead and missing, according to the United Nations. A U.N. commission investigating crimes against humanity committed during the conflict blamed the military for 93 percent of the atrocities. Today, several cases are still pending decades after peace accords were signed in 1996 to bring an end to the conflict. Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemala high court paves way for new genocide trial against ex-dictator Ríos Montt 26 lawyers have been murdered in Guatemala in the past 3 years Guatemalan police ordered to remove Spanish Embassy protesters ‘dead or alive,’ witness testifies Lawyer of ex-dictator Ríos Montt is slain in Guatemalalast_img read more

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Serrat concert live karaoke and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Music: Joan Manuel Serrat ConcertLegendary Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat will offer two concerts in Costa Rica as part of his Latin American “Antología Desordenada” tour.“Concierto Joan Manuel Serrat” will take place October 27 and 28 at Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. ₡40,500 – 97,500 ($81 – 195). For more information visit the Eticket Website.Theater: XII TEC FestivalThe Technological University of Costa Rica (TEC) is organizing the twelfth edition of its Theater Festival, which will last the whole weekend. Eleven theater groups from Cartago, San José and Heredia will offer a wide variety of plays. On Friday, Oct. 23, the festival kicks off at 5:45 p.m. and with a block of plays including “Abre los ojos” (“Open your Eyes”), “Aeropuerto” (Airport), “El Contrato” (The Contract) and “Yo me apunto a Shakespeare” (“I’m Up for Some Shakespeare”). On Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 3 p.m., plays will include “Vuelvo donde algo perdí” (“Going Back where I Lost Something), “¡Ay Mujer!” (“Oh, Woman!”), “Historias de Tranvía” (“Railway Stories”), and “Perdimos a Kevin” (“We Lost Kevin”). On Sunday, Oct. 25, starting at 3 p.m., plays will include “Polifonía sin etiquetas” (“Polyphony without Labels”), “La joroba de Melina” (“Melina’s Hunchback”), and “Miedos Inmarcesibles” (“Unfading Fears”).“XII Festival de Teatro del TEC” takes place October 23 – 25 at Casa de la Ciudad, inside the TEC building in Cartago. One day (3 plays) ₡3,000 ($6), two days (6 plays) ₡5,000 ($10), and the full three days (9 plays) ₡6,000 ($12). For more information call 2550-2340 or 2552-5333.Music: Punk Rock Karaoke in Costa RicaPunk Rock Karaoke is a live karaoke band with a set list including Bad Religion, Descendents, The Clash, The Ramones, Nofx, Green Day, Rancid, Pennywise, Sex Pistols, Black Flag and Face to Face, among others. This Saturday they will head to the Steinvorth to 0ffer their audience members the style to sing their favorites onstage, backed up by the live band. Guests artists are Eric Melvin (Nofx), Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks), Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger), and Stan Lee (The Dickies).“Punk Rock Karaoke en Costa Rica” takes place Oct. 24 at The Steinvorth, downtown San José. ₡10,000 ($20). 8 p.m. More information at El Steinvorth Facebook page.Theater: “Las Fisgonas de Paso Ancho”The play depicts life in Paso Ancho, San José, in the 1960s, featuring choreography by renowned dancer Luis Piedra and music by Luis Ángel Castro.“Las fisgonas de Paso Ancho” will be performed Oct. 23 at 10 a.m, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. At the National Theater, downtown San José. ₡8,000 ($16) general public, and ₡2,500 ($5) for students. More info at the National Theater Website.Dance: “Dirge: The passage to the afterlife”An interdisciplinary project that features 45 artists, all co-producers, depicting pre-Columbian and colonial funeral rituals.“Canto fúnebre: el paso al más allá” will be performed Oct. 24 – 25 at Centro Cultural Omar Dengo, downtown Heredia, at 7 p.m., and Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the Dance School at the Omar Dengo Campus of the Universidad Nacional, in Heredia, at 7 p.m. Free. More info at the RedCultura Website.Bingo Fundraiser for AlzheimersA bingo night will raise funds for the nonprofit Costa Rican Association of Alzheimer’s and Associated Dementia (ASCADA), which educates and supports families and caregivers of patients with neurodegenerative diseases.“Bingo Viajero ALA 2015” takes place Oct. 29 at the Hotel Corobicí in San José, 6:30 p.m. ₡10,000 (approximately $20) per card. For more information call 2231-2690.Theater: Jarte Jarte Commedia dell’ArteA performance fusing the antique theater technique of Commedia dell’Arte and improvisation. The public will chose the topic and the stories that will be developed.“Jarte Jarte Commedian dell’Arte” will be performed Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., Oct. 29-30-31 at 8 p.m., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m., Nov. 5-6-7 at 8 p.m., Nov.8 at 6 p.m. At the Teatro Universitario, at the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro. ₡4,000 ($8) general public, ₡3,000 ($6) senior citizens and students. For more information call 2511-6722-Theater: “Puzzle”Seven different stories which, at some point, all intertwine, offer a critique of increasing violence in Costa Rican and the country’s “pecking order.”“Rompecabezas” will be performed Oct. 17 – Nov. 1 at the Óscar Fessler Theatre, inside the National Theater. Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4) for students, ₡4,000 ($8) general public. For more information call 2221-1273.Dance: Zumba ClassesDance classes for people 50 years and over will be offered during the whole month of October at La Libertad Park, Desamparados. The goal is to offer a comfortable space where people can exercise, taking into account varying levels of physical condition and musical tastes.“Clases de Zumba” take place every week from Monday tthrough Friday during October at La Libertad Park, Desamparados. Free. 10 a.m. For more information call the National Cultural Center (CENAC), 2221-2154 Upcoming Concerts:“Three Different Rhythms, One Coast”: Afro-Caribbean concert with musicians Johnny Hall Mendoza, from Nicaragua; Mike Joseph, from Puerto Limón; and Gabriel, from Mexico. October 23 at Instituto México, Los Yoses, San Pedro. Free. 6 p.m. More info at the Event Facebook page.Sarchi Festival 2015: Concert of several local bands, and exhibit and sale of craft works. Oct. 24 at Campo Ferial of Sarchi. Free. 3 p.m. More info at the 89decibeles Website.Front Fest 2015: The band Another Front organizes another edition of the fest, featuring Costa Rican bands Xhysto, Cazador Nocturno, Fractured Souls, Inception CR, Breaking the Shadows, Vórtice, Traumatik, Cassettes CR, and Another Front. Oct, 25 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. ₡3,000 ($6). 3 p.m. For more information call 2253-8933,Floriaton III: Halloween party and Florian Droids concert. October 29 at El Steinvorth. 9 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10) general public, and ₡4,000 ($8) people wearing customs. More information at the El Steinvorth Facebook page. Related posts:San Ramón celebrates, International Guitar Festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Oktoberfest, clarinet all-stars, and other happenings around Costa Rica Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica ‘Abominable Creatures,’ contemporary dance, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Strong earthquakes felt on Costa Ricas northwestern coast

first_imgA magnitude-4.2 earthquake woke up residents of coastal areas in Costa Rica’s northern Pacific at 4:19 a.m. on Friday.Just a few minutes later, at 4:32 a.m., a stronger quake measuring 5.2 degrees hit the region, located in the province of Guanacaste.The University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network (RSN) reported that two more quakes with magnitudes of 3.8 and 4.8 shook the same area.All four earthquakes had their epicenters within the same area, located between 45 and 60 kilometers (28-37 miles) off the coast of Tamarindo, the report stated.The RSN reported it received many calls and messages on social media of people saying they felt the quakes very strongly. Most of those reports were from residents of Tamarindo and other nearby communities including Cartagena, Villareal, Sardinal and Cabo Velas.At around noon, the RSN said it had not received any reports of injuries or damaged property. Facebook Comments Related posts:Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houses Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Flooding, ashfall, strong winds top Costa Rica’s natural disaster list this year Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km highlast_img read more

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A look back at a different world Remembering the Fourth of July

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: Barbecuing with Lucas Withington Dueling Anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ vs. ‘Hermosa Bandera’ Costa Rica celebrates the Fourth of July Fourth of July, school vacation romps, and other happenings around Costa Rica In memory of our publisher, Jonathan Harris, and in celebration of the Fourth of July Picnic whose history meant a great deal to him, we are proud to share a reflection he wrote about his childhood memories of the event. It was originally published in July 2015. We are preparing more information about the life of Jonathan Harris to be shared later this week. Those with reflections they wish to share can contact kstanley@ticotimes.net. Fifty years ago in July was simply unforgettable. Sure, I was all of 6 years old, and had only just begun to have my surroundings indelibly imprinted into my future memory, but if you were around back then you must remember, too. The skies were bluer than they’ve ever been since. The grass was huge and very green in the empty pastures that surrounded the old U.S. Embassy Residence. There were cows roaming the streets, and we all had cattle guards to keep them (mostly successfully) out of our homes.It was a very special day. My family woke early and walked to the Embassy Residence for the picnic, which, as it is today, was held in the morning to avoid afternoon showers. It may have been the last time my Dad had to hoist me on his shoulders most of the way because I couldn’t keep up. If I had been asked then where I would be living in 50 years, I would have wondered why I would be living anywhere but where I lived then – which, of course, is where I live now. A location obviously selected to be within walking distance of the picnic in San Rafael de Escazú.The Embassy Residence was special to us for several reasons. One reason that stands out even more than the picnics themselves was that John F. Kennedy shook my brother’s hand at an event there two years before. JFK had Costa Rica thoroughly smitten, and my brother was no exception: I don’t think he washed his hands for years afterwards. Of course, my mother later inadvertently threw out my brother’s diary where Mr. Kennedy wrote a note to his friend Michael.Seen from the enlightened perspective of 2015, Costa Rica was a different world in 1965. It seems unreal to describe that world now. The country was embarking on its new path forward that had started in 1948. We were very isolated. We didn’t have U.S. fast-food chains. We couldn’t even buy ketchup. My favorite birthday present was a small bottle of Welch’s grape juice, which to me was a fine wine. We didn’t have American TV, and movies arrived years after their original release. Transportation by horse out here in the boonies was still commonplace. Poisoned meat was still thrown in the streets by the authorities to control rabies. All Americans spoke Spanish, very well, and most of our friends were Costa Rican; they welcomed us in their homes, as they were welcome in ours. We were assimilating. The 4th of July picnic was our one opportunity to parade Uncle Sam and the American flag, and invite all our Tico friends to share our special day. Costa Rican President José “Pepe” Figueres embraces U.S. Ambassador Viron Vlaky at the 1973 picnic. Archives/The Tico TimesPresident José “Pepe” Figueres was a hero, not only to Costa Rica, but also to those of us who had adopted this country as well. The holiday was a time to hold hands and celebrate both our countries’ heritage, and vow to move together towards a better future. Thanks to Jack Fendell, who started the American Colony’s July 4 picnic tradition, we continued to live our shared lives and our shared heritage. The picnic epitomized our two cultures learning to live, and grow, together.There were relatively few American families in Costa Rica then, and we knew them all. In fact, it seemed to me that my parents knew everyone on the planet, but certainly everyone at the picnic, U.S. and Tico. There was no visible security entering the picnic except for the very impressively outfitted Marines who couldn’t help playing with the kids. Everyone was welcome, regardless of nationality. No IDs were checked. It was a party for all.July 4, 1965 was a Sunday, so nobody had an excuse to not come – if, that is, they could make it out to the hinterland of Escazú in the morning. I remember arriving vividly. The huge gates are wide open. The crisp Marines stand on either side and welcome you. You are immediately impressed with the fact that you’re walking towards the grandest house you’ve ever seen. It is immaculately white with huge columns around its entrance holding up a balcony. There is an oval drive with a beautiful garden in the middle. It is mind-blowing. Surely even the real White House wishes it looked like this.What a great day to be an American… in Costa Rica. Fun and games at the former Ambassador’s Residence. Archives/The Tico TimesThe ambassador and his family, who, of course, we and everybody else know, make a point of greeting us personally. The adults mingle, which means the kids are let loose to run around. Parents go get a drink (beer?), and walk around in their Sunday best laughing loudly, making us very glad to go and do all the kid stuff there is to do. There are the games – three-legged races, sack races, egg tosses – the same theme there always was and always will be.But I had two favorite events. I think we all agreed. You simply had to get on the oxcart that did continuous loops around the oval driveway, and you had to watch Woody Woodpecker.As you can imagine, it was a beautifully painted, Sarchí-style oxcart led by two huge oxen. The concession to human cargo was rubber tires. The man in charge was our gardener’s cousin, and he swooped me up seamlessly into the insanity of too many other small children in the cart. Nothing much happened, and oxcarts were a common sight back then, but the fun of it was beyond description. It was the Costa Rican version of a hayride, I suppose. You could stay on as long as you wanted, and boastfully wave to anyone you knew, which was everyone. Costa Rican President Daniel Oduber addresses picnic-goers at the Bicentennial celebration. Archives/The Tico TimesThen there was Woody Woodpecker. We didn’t have TVs at home. No cartoons, no Elmer Fudd, Mr. Ed or Bewitched. That was yet to come. But the embassy was special. They had a garage with a projector, an unstable screen, and more kids than could be accommodated in the folding chairs lined up for them, all screaming as the scratchy reel of endless black-and-white Woody cartoons started to show. It was hot. We were all hungry and thirsty. It was loud. It was very, very fun. I can picture every corner of that garage. The rat-a-tat theme song rings in my ears as I remember it.I also remember being told that the Secret Service had brought down the latest Woody cartoons just for us on a special plane.Food was plentiful, and wonderfully unhealthy. As I recall, it was free, and all we had to do was run up to a stand and place our order, even when we couldn’t quite reach the counter. Mrs. Jagush was in charge of hot dogs. But it was very Costa Rican too, because that’s what we were all used to and loved. There were sugar-encrusted churros, little plates of gallo pinto, gallos de chorizo, and tons of ice cream. It was like a Costa Rican feria, American style.As the years went by, I never once missed a picnic. The residence was moved to where it is today a half mile down the road, where the picnic continued to be held for years until it began to be held at the Cervecería grounds. As the American population grew, the flavor of the party changed. In high school, years later, we arrived as usual and had fun as usual, lost every event as usual, and left before the rains came.And we all, whether we admitted it or not, missed Woody Woodpecker.Read more about this year’s Fourth of July Picnic here. The former U.S. Ambassador’s Residence as it appears today. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Death toll in Egypt building collapse rises to 26

first_imgThe officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian health officials say the death toll in the collapse of an eight-story apartment building in the coastal city of Alexandria has risen to 26.They say the death toll rose when one of the 12 people injured in the accident succumbed to her injures on Thursday in hospital.The building in a poor Alexandria district collapsed on Wednesday, a day after 19 police conscripts were killed when the last car of the train they were riding in jumped the tracks and smashed into another train near Cairo. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

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Petrobras sells Peru subsidiary for 26 billion

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil’s state-run oil company says it has sold its Peruvian subsidiary to China National Petroleum Co. for $2.6 billion.Petrobras says in a Wednesday statement that the deal still must be approved by the Chinese and Peruvian governments.Included in the deal are the three oil and gas fields that Petrobras has in Peru.It’s the latest move by Petrobras to shed assets and bring in cash. It said earlier this year it wants to raise $9.9 billion through such sales. According to the company’s third-quarter earnings statement, Petrobras’ debt has jumped 19 percent this year, in part because it sells imported gasoline at a loss in Brazil to keep prices low. That’s putting a strain on its ambitious investment plans to develop big offshore reserves discovered near Brazil’s coastline.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Yemen rebel delegation leaves for Geneva talks

first_img Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home They decided to attend the talks after the United Nations agreed to broaden the structure so they were not based solely on two warring sides. Members of the Socialist and Haqq parties were also joining.A day earlier, a plane meant to carry the rebels and their allies to the talks left Yemen without the delegates on board, casting doubt on whether the meetings would go forward as planned. The talks are slated to be first substantive meetings by all parties involved in the conflict.The delegation representing the government of embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Geneva Saturday morning.Security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists, said that Saudi-led airstrikes against the rebels and their allies continued in several Yemeni provinces, including Aden, Taiz, Saada and Hodeida.Violent clashes continued in Marib province, while rebel forces took control of al-Jawf province after clashes with tribesmen loyal to Hadi, prompting the coalition to launch airstrikes against them.Meanwhile, thousands of Houthi supporters marched in Sanaa in protest of the war and what they described as the siege of the city. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni political groups, including the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, departed from the airport in the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday, to travel to Geneva for U.N.-led peace talks, officials said.Abdulmalik Agra, a member of the rebels’ political council, told The Associated Press that its group included a Houthi leader, Mehdi Mashat, official Ali Hamza al-Houthi, and three others — including men from the party of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rebel ally. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 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 facilitylast_img read more

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Multiple suicide bombs kill 64 in northeastern Nigeria

first_imgBuhari is flying to Washington D.C. for a Monday meeting with President Barack Obama that is expected to focus on how the United States can help the fight against Boko Haram.The group captured world attention with the mass kidnapping in April 2014 of 274 mainly Christian schoolgirls in the remote town of Chibok. It sparked outrage and an international “#BringBackOurGirls” campaign that reached the White House. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama said in a radio address in May 2014 that she and her husband are “outraged and heartbroken” over the mass abduction. To date 219 girls remain missing.U.S. relations with Nigeria soured over the failures of the government and military. Then President Goodluck Jonathan was angered by the U.S. refusal to sell his government helicopter gunships and the Nigerians halted a U.S. military training program.Fences are expected to be mended under Buhari, a former military dictator who has promised to address U.S. concerns including military abuses that apparently prevented the sale of the attack helicopters. Buhari has said he will fully investigate Amnesty International charges, and ensure human rights abusers are prosecuted.Last month, the United States said it could send advisers to Nigeria for both military training and to encourage investment in the oil and gas sector of Africa’s biggest oil producer and the continent’s largest economy. One of the bombers was a child who looked about 10 years old and the other was an elderly woman, said the military in a statement. Nigeria’s homegrown Boko Haram extremist group has used many women and girl bombers in recent weeks, raising fears the insurgents are turning some of their hundreds of captives into weapons. A military bomb disposal expert has told The Associated Press that almost all the female bombers are strapped with explosives that are remotely detonated.“No amount of terrorist acts would deter our resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency in our fatherland,” said a statement from army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman.But Nigerians are weary of the military’s promises to halt the 6-year-old insurgency that has killed more than 13,000 people. Amnesty International puts the toll at some 20,000 to include 8,000 people it charges have died in military detention — some shot, some of untreated wounds from torture, others just starving or asphyxiated to death in overcrowded cells.“Our military keep making promises and the bombs keep exploding. I’m tired,” one Nigerian woman wrote on Twitter.The upsurge in violence comes after the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim whose election pledge was to defeat the extremists. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Nigeria’s new leader has come under fire for taking his time to appoint a Cabinet — not one minister has been named six weeks after his inauguration and 14 weeks after his election.Last week, he fired the entire top echelon of the military that he has accused of corruption that prevents what was once Africa’s mightiest armed force from curbing the insurgency based in Nigeria’s northeast.___Faul reported from Lagos, Nigeria.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 facilitycenter_img DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s Islamic extremists chose open-air praying grounds for suicide bombings Friday, one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar. At least 15 people died as they prepared to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in northeastern Damaturu, said police.Nigerians who usually turn out in their finest robes to pray on the holiday stayed home in fear in Damaturu and Gombe town, where 50 people shopping for the holiday at the main market died in two bomb blasts late Thursday night, according to the National Emergency Management Agency. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Polls close in Burundi election as president seeks 3rd term

first_img Comments   Share   With some of the opposition boycotting the election and others charging that they were not allowed to campaign, Nkurunziza, 51, is not facing a strong electoral challenge.The U.S. State Department warned Tuesday that the election is not credible.“The legitimacy of the electoral process in Burundi over the past few months has been tainted by the government’s harassment of opposition and civil society members, closing down of media outlets and political space, and intimidation of voters,” U.S. State Department Spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.The U.S. is considering sanctions, including visa bans for those found responsible in the promotion of instability in the country, he said.Many fear that Burundi’s election may provoke widespread violence. Since independence from Belgium in 1961, Burundi has had four coups and a civil war that an estimated 250,000 dead. Kirby said the “fragile progress” made since the end of the civil war in 2006 is at risk of unraveling. The British government also issued a statement saying the poll is “discredited.”Burundi has been rocked by unrest since April when the ruling party announced Nkurunziza would run for a third term. More than 100 people have died in street protests against the president’s bid to extend his time in power. The strife triggered an attempted military coup in mid-May that was quickly put down by pro-Nkurunziza forces. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___Associated Press Writer Gerard Nzohabona contributed to this report from Ngozi, Burundi.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Policemen patrol the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday July 20, 2015. Government representatives failed to show up Sunday for talks in Burundi aimed at ending the unrest caused by the president’s controversial bid for a third term, forcing the mediation to be adjourned just ahead of Tuesday’s election, the talks facilitator said. Burundi has been rocked by violence that has left more than 100 people dead. Over 144,000 people have fled the country since the ruling party announced President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy in April. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Overnight gunfire and explosions kept turnout low Tuesday in Burundi’s presidential election, with three people killed in unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term that his opponents say is unconstitutional.Turnout was low in the capital, Bujumbura, and one province but 16 other provinces had a good level of voters, said the head of Burundi’s electoral commission Claver Ndayicariye. Results are expected in two days, he said. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Two policemen were shot dead in the capital Monday night, said Willy Nyamitwe, the presidential adviser for information and media. The body of an opposition official was found on a road Tuesday morning. The opposition and the government blame each other for the overnight violence.At least 170,000 refugees have fled the country fearing electoral violence, said the U.N. refugee agency. Nkurunziza’s critics including his second vice-president, the deputy president of the Constitutional Court and the vice-chairwoman of the electoral commission are among dozens who have gone to exile alleging death threats.Among the few people who voted in opposition areas of the capital, Bujumbura, many tried to wipe off the indelible ink on their fingers fearing reprisals from opposition supporters.Unlike the capital city, a high turn-out was reported in Nkurunziza’s hometown of Ngozi in northern Burundi where the president voted, riding up to the polling station on a bicycle.Opponents say Nkurunziza must retire because the constitution limits the president to two terms. But the president’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term in 2005. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Young boy gives poignant interview after Paris attacks

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 1 / 338People gather in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, for the victims killed in Friday’s attacks in Paris. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France’s national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 ErrorOK ErrorOK Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It’s hard even for adults to understand why the Paris attacks occurred, let along children.One precious young French boy and his father speak to a reporter from Le Petit Journal following the dreadful events in Paris. It’s perfectly innocent yet says so much about the relationship between father and son and the child’s knowledge of what happened.Be ready to tear up as you watch this eloquent little boy speak and his father comfort him in the best way he knows how. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Dubai rejects fullbody scanner technology at Airports

first_imgWithin the context of Islamic culture, the use of full-body security scanners at airports raises a number of ethical concerns. Accordingly, the airports of Dubai have decided not to implement the new technology as it goes against Dubai’s national customs and ethics. “I do not feel that it is necessary for us to implement such a technology while we are operating different methods and have different avenues that have worked so far,” Ahmed bin Thani, the Dubai police’s director of airport security, told The National.”The use of such a device violates personal privacy and it raises a very sensitive issue for passengers, in addition to the fact that it does not comply to our national ethics,” he said.Bin Thani said the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) doesn’t require airports to implement the body scanning technology. “The acquisition of such devices is based on the decision of every member state of the ICAO and is not a mandatory measure instructed by them,” he said.According to Omar al Amri, the Dubai police’s deputy director of airport security, Dubai International Airport, which has more than 3, 200 operational security cameras in its three terminals, may introduce face-recognition technology to enhance safety. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1abe0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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