Alitalia looks to reorganize to avoid collapse

first_img MILAN — The board of Italian carrier Alitalia says it’s filing for extraordinary administration as a result of unions’ rejection of a plan to relaunch the struggling company.The board expressed “deep regret” Tuesday that workers overwhelmingly rejected a government-brokered relaunch plan, which had softened planned job and salary cuts. The board said the outcome made it impossible to unlock the planned 2 billion euros in investments from both managing shareholder Etihad and a consortium of Italian companies that control a 51% stake. The company will therefore need to be reorganized, the board said.Italy’s economic development minister has said that the period of extraordinary administration, which is designed to help companies avoid failure, is expected to last about six months, during which a buyer would be sought. Share Alitalia looks to reorganize to avoid collapse << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, May 2, 2017 center_img The Canadian Press Posted by Tags: Alitalialast_img read more

Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures Heres the list

first_img FORT LAUDERDALE — Renovations are on the way for the soon-to-be-rebranded Dreams La Romana and that means closures to certain sections of the resort, however the enhancements will be phased in over time and by section to ensure minimum disruptions for guests.Dreams La Romana will get its new name, Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Resort on Nov. 20.In a deal announced last week and reported on Travelweek.ca, the strategic alliance between Hilton and Playa Hotels & Resorts will introduce Hilton La Romana, an All-inclusive Resort, and Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort, adding 1,269 new Hilton guest rooms to its existing global portfolioAs part of the transaction Playa Hotels & Resorts is taking over management of Dreams La Romana. Playa Hotels & Resorts has been the owner of Dreams La Romana while it was managed by AMResorts.Also part of the deal, The Royal Playa del Carmen will become Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort.The agreement between Playa Hotels and Hilton also includes the potential for the conversion and management of 8 additional resorts by 2025.Following the rebranding Dreams La Romana will undergo a soft goods room renovation, says Froemming.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe first phase of renovations will close the adult-only section on Dec. 1, 2018 and scheduled to reopen on May 1, 2019.On May 1, 2019, the family section will close with expected reopening date of Dec. 1, 2019.“While certain elements will be closed during the renovation, we will maintain a variety of sophisticated and casual outlets and cuisines. Throughout the change in management, the majority of the staff that you have come to know, and love will also remain. The concept of Preferred Club accommodations will also remain,” says Kevin Froemming, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotel & Resorts.Upon completion on Dec. 1, 2019, the resort will consist of an age restricted section for guests 18 and over and a family friendly section designed for guests of all ages.Here are details regarding future bookings:Guests who have booked stays before Dec. 1, 2018 will not be impacted.Guests booked in the Adult-Only section from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 30, 3019 can be accommodated in the all ages section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; Jewel Dunn’s RiverFamilies booked in the All Ages section from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 can be accommodated at a Playa Hotels & Resorts family friendly resort including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach;  Jewel Runaway Bay; Panama Jack Resorts Cancun; and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del CarmenAdult guests booked in the family sections from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 will be accommodated in the adults only section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; and Jewel Dunn’s River.Guests also have the option to cancel their booking and reschedule once the resort reopens should they choose to do so.Existing wedding and group bookings will be honored as is.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Agents who have any additional questions regarding rebooking are asked to contact their Playa sales representative or customerservice@playaresorts.com. Monday, September 24, 2018 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures? Here’s the list of reno dates Tags: Dreams Resorts & Spas, Hilton, Openings & Renovations Travelweek Group last_img read more

March in defense of Social Security System arrives in downtown San José

first_img Lindsay Fendt Union members and Caja employees left from El Parque de la Merced. Hundreds of protesters arrived at 11:15 a.m. at the main facilities of the Social Security System, or Caja, in downtown San José.Demonstrators chanted slogans in favor of the Caja and against a controversial “Ley Mordaza” or “gag law” recently approved by lawmakers. Opponents say the law will limit freedom of expression. The march also was organized to protest against alleged police brutality, following a separate march last Thursday that turned violent when police attempted to forcibly remove a group of demonstrators from blocking traffic on Second Avenue.Two groups marched to the Caja today: The first mostly is composed of union members and Caja employees. That group left from El Parque de la Merced. A second group of mostly university students marched from San Pedro, east of San José. The two groups converged in front of the Caja.Another smaller group of protesters, consisting mainly of young masked people, broke away from the planned route and headed to Central Avenue near the Central Bank building.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora – who has been criticized by some protesters since the last violent march – sent 150 women police officers to guard the march, while a group of men officers waits in nearby parks and streets. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Uruguay approves samesex marriage in historic vote

first_imgNo related posts. Uruguay’s legislature voted Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so.The vote, with 71 of the 92 members of the lower House backing the measure, was welcomed with cries of “freedom, freedom” and “equality” from members of the public who burst into applause.The Senate last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between “two people of different or the same sex.”“Tomorrow, we will have a more just, more equal society with more rights for everyone,” said Sebastian Sabini, a lawmaker from the Frente Amplio ruling coalition.Uruguay’s move came after Argentina approved gay marriage in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been permitted in Mexico City, but not the rest of the country, since 2009.The Catholic Church appealed during Easter week for the defense of the institution of marriage, but only eight opposition senators voted against the bill, while 23 voted in favor.“Today, the Uruguayan state recognizes a form of love that is different from heterosexual love but just as valid,” said Federico Grana of the Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep) collective representing gays, lesbians and transvestites. “This victory is a victory for all social groups fighting for a fairer and egalitarian society.”An emotional Michelle Suárez, the country’s first transsexual lawyer and author of the initial equal marriage bill, expressed “profound joy” at the “substantive” vote.On May 1 Square in front of the Legislative Palace, dozens of supporters waved rainbow flags, while electronic music played in the background.“Last night, I could not sleep. I’m very excited,” said Roberto Acosta, 62, dressed in gold from head to toe and wearing a hat with gay pride colors. “It’s amazing to fight for so long and to win.”Silvina, who declined to give her last name because her parents do not know her sexual orientation, said that more tolerance was still needed despite the milestone.“Supposedly, we are a tolerant country. But I had rocks thrown at me just a few weeks ago just for laughing with someone in the street,” she said. “But I do hope this starts to make people aware of things now. At least the legal side of things will be taken care of.”Over the past six years, Uruguay has legalized civil unions for homosexuals and the adoption of children by same sex couples, as well as opened the military to gays.The new law allowing same-sex marriage also includes other changes that apply to all regardless of sexual orientation, including some concerning divorce, inheritance and adoption.The minimum age for legal marriage will increase to 16 for all instead of the current 12 for women and 14 for men.Same-sex couples who adopt will be allowed to choose the order in which a child uses family names.The new law will take effect 90 days after its enactment. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

President Chinchilla signs law advocates believe key to samesex unions

first_imgNo related posts. On Thursday morning, President Laura Chinchilla signed a bill intolaw that could establish common-law marriages for gay and lesbian couples in Costa Rica, reported the daily La Nación.Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi confirmed that the law had been signed and sent for publication in La Gaceta, the government newspaper that is the final step in the bill’s journey to becoming a law.The president made good on her promise to sign the bill into law, despite an outcry from conservative lawmakers who petitioned her to veto it.Conservative Christian lawmaker Justo Orozco of the Costa Rican Renovation Party announced he intends to file a constitutional complaint against the Young Persons Law, which deals in part with family matters, the online daily crhoy.com reported. Orozco claims the law, which he did not vote for, is “discriminatory” because it creates benefits for a specific group, persons between 18 and 35 years old.An edit to the law’s Family Code proposed by lawmaker José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party says that common-law marriages should be extended to all regardless of gender, “without discrimination against their human dignity.”Advocates argue that the statement extends to same-sex couples because the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is contrary to human dignity, according to crhoy.com.Orozco added that Article 242 of the Family Code, which establishes common-law and ceremonial marriages as between a man and a woman, should be respected.Common-law marriage in Costa Rica is available to people who have been together for at least three years. It guarantees partners the rights to inheritance, to social security and public insurance benefits and to visit the other person in the hospital. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated 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 Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica The International Folk Dance Festival is back at the National Cultural Center (CENAC) in downtown San José, with dancers from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Costa Rica showing off their countries’ beloved dances(Saturday, August 27).Artist Patricia Erickson presents an exhibit of her acrylic paintings entitled “On Her Own Time” at Casa LTG, the home of the Little Theatre Group in Escazú. The weekend includes presentations by the artist September 3 and 4, both at 2 p.m.; the event on Sept. 4 also includes a reading of poetry inspired by her work. Detailed directions are here (Friday, September 2  – Sunday, September).San Ramón de Alajuela hosts its annual patron saint festival with live music, processions, parades, and, of course, tons of delicious fried food; review all the goings-on here (through September 5).A free Environmental Festival in Paso Ancho, San José, organized by the Costa Rican Climate Change Network, will feature theater, live music, indigenous art, and workshops; for more information write hmichelcr@gmail.com or call 2244-8965, or find a map here (Saturday, August 27). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Judicial watchdog dismisses claims of errors in Jairo Mora murder trial

first_imgRelated posts:Victim testifies in Jairo Mora murder retrial Judges from first Jairo Mora murder trial under investigation Verdict in second Jairo Mora trial expected Tuesday 4 convicted, 3 acquitted in Jairo Mora murder trial Costa Rica’s Judicial Inspection Tribunal, an independent watchdog arm of the Judicial Branch, ruled that the three judges who presided over the original trial of the men implicated in the murder of sea turtle conservationistJairo Mora did not commit any errors in the process that ended with the acquittal of all seven defendants.Following the 2015 acquittal, the prosecution appealed on the grounds that evidence was wrongly excluded from the first trial.The Appeals Court agreed, overturned the acquittal and ordered a new trial for Mora’s death. The new trial resulted in the conviction of four of the seven suspects in March of this year.The Inspection Tribunal then opened an investigation of the three judges from the first trial – Yolanda Vargas Alvarado, Hernán Salazar and Luis Rodríguez – arguing that they had made “severe errors and omissions.”The rulingThe Tribunal has now reported that they did not find any mistakes in the proceedings than can be described as “severe errors” by the judges. The tribunal also said that the investigation “failed to properly and precisely describe the alleged errors incurred.”The ruling noted that the Inspection Tribunal is allowed to investigate judges only when they fail to comply with provisions of the law, or when they can be considered unfit to carry out their jobs. The tribunal cannot prosecute a judge for his or her reasoning or for the criteria used in a ruling.The tribunal can take disciplinary action against any judicial employee for dereliction of duty or ethical violations. Sanctions range from a written warning to dismissal.Adriana Orocú, president of the Costa Rican Association of the Judiciary, the judges’ guild, expressed the group’s opposal to the investigation in March .At the time, she told The Tico Times that “to investigate judges based on how they rule in a case is a complete violation of an independent judiciary.”ConvictionJairo Mora and other volunteers were conducting surveillance at the beach in the Caribbean province of Limón to protect sea turtle eggs from poachers when he was killed on May 31, 2013.Mora was a well-known activist against turtle-egg poaching, earning himself enemies among the beach’s poaching gangs.The case drew international attention, and the acquittals at the first trial were widely condemned by environmental groups, government agencies and various non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations.In the second trial, a Limón Criminal Court found four of the seven defendants guilty of the murder of Mora and the kidnapping and robbery of four foreign volunteers.Héctor Cash, Ernesto Centeno, José Bryan Quesada and Donald Salmón received sentences between 74-90 years in prison for the crimes of murder, rape, sexual abuse and kidnapping.They will serve only 50 years, howeover, the maximum prison time allowed by Costa Rican laws.Felipe Arauz, William Delgado, and convict Donald Salmón’s brother Darwin Salmón were cleared of all charges.Recommended: Why Jairo Died: The full story of Mora’s murder and the police investigation Facebook Commentslast_img read more

PHOTOS Bulls in Zapote

first_imgRelated posts:Fiestas de Zapote get underway in San José Throwback Thursday: Bulls from 1981 December is almost over and that means a new year and a bunch of bulls in Zapote. Check out some of the best shots from this year’s bull run. Amateur bullfighters surround a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP) A man rides a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra/ AFP) An amateur bullfighter is charged by a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP) An amateur bullfighter is charged by a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)​​​​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 Commentslast_img read more

Cheating website uses presidential candidate image

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) – A website that promises to help people have discreet extra-marital affairs is using Mexico’s presidential race to promote its services in the country.Campaign front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, has acknowledged cheating on his former wife.A billboard for AshleyMadison.com shows a photo of Pena Nieto wearing a white dress shirt with a red lipstick stain on the collar and a message that reads: “Unfaithful to His Family. Faithful and Committed to His Country.” The site’s representative in Mexico is Ricardo Castaneda. He says that if the candidate had used it services “no one would have found out about the affairs.” He says the company may feature other politicians in future billboards.Pena Nieto spokesman Mario Sanchez says the campaign will issue a statement later.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

S Korean presidents brother jailed in bribe case

first_imgLee was taken early Wednesday from the prosecutors’ office to the Seoul Detention Center, according to an official who declined to provide further details, including his name, citing office rules.Prosecutors accuse the former lawmaker of taking half a million dollars in bribes from two detained bankers with the intent of using his influence to help the bankers avoid punishment.Lee wasn’t directly hit by any of the eggs during the protest Tuesday, but some yolk could be seen on his shoulder. He didn’t speak to a swarm of reporters gathered at the court, shaking off the protesters and media mobbing him before walking through a security checkpoint.The protesters, many of them middle-aged women, said they had lost money after the government suspended the troubled savings banks Lee is accused of taking bribes from.Lee Myung-bak ends his single, five-year presidential term early next year. Elections for the next president are in December.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The South Korean president’s brother was arrested and taken to a detention center Wednesday after a court approved a warrant on bribery allegations, a major embarrassment to the ruling party in a presidential election year.The Seoul Central District Court issued the arrest warrant for Lee Sang-deuk, the elder brother of President Lee Myung-bak, late Tuesday. Hours earlier, as the suspect entered the court for questioning, enraged protesters threw eggs at him, grabbed his tie and jostled him. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories last_img read more

Lawmaker Give Germans subsidy to visit Greece

first_img Comments   Share   BERLIN (AP) – A German lawmaker is suggesting giving holidaymakers a subsidy to visit Greece and other ailing southern European economies.Erwin Lotter of the Free Democrats says a government-sponsored vacation voucher would help boost the economies of the struggling countries, while helping to lift the mood in Germany where rainy weather has dampened public spirits this summer.The idea floated by the lawmaker has been enthusiastically reported by German media, but seems unlikely to gain wider traction in Parliament, which is currently on its summer break. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Patients with chronic pain give advice Germany, the richest economy in the 17-country eurozone, has to pay proportionately more than others in Europe’s bailouts.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Brazil Officer slain in pacified Rio slum

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A police officer was shot and killed in a Rio de Janeiro hillside shantytown that’s become a symbol of the Olympic city’s showcase slum pacification program, the state’s public safety agency said Tuesday.Fabiana Aparecida dos Santos was the “most recent victim of the high-powered guns used by the drug traffickers who are still resisting” the pacification of the Alemao slum, a sprawling hillside complex in northern Rio, the state Security Secretariat said in a statement. It didn’t provide details on the circumstances of Santos’ death, but media reports say the 30-year-old was hit inside a police base during an overnight firefight. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements More than 21 permanent police units with nearly 4,000 officers have been created citywide, covering some 89 shantytowns.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Rio’s O Globo newspaper said Santos was the first officer killed while on duty with the pacifying police, a unit created in 2008 to help push drug lords out of Rio’s notoriously dangerous slums before the city plays host to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Federal soldiers helped take over Alemao during its 2010 pacification but pulled out earlier this month, leaving the complex in the hands of the military police. Tensions have frequently erupted ever since.A separate report in O Globo said the body of another military police officer who worked in the Alemao slum was found on Monday in a ditch in another of Rio’s slum, known as “favelas.” The bullet-riddled corpse of 39-year-old Marcio Machado Melo bore signs of torture, the report said, adding there were cuts on his face and he was missing an ear. No motive has been put forward, and Melo’s death is under investigation, the report said.For decades, drug lords ruled many of Rio’s several hundred favelas as their private fiefdoms, violently dispensing justice and demanding loyalty from residents. Under the slum pacification program, police and occasionally military forces stormed the slums, taking them over and pushing the drug dealers to other shantytowns. Levels of violence in Rio have dropped since the start of the program, which has become a Rio state government centerpiece. Check your body, save your life How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Rights group Egypt must tackle legacy of abuse

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of It also said Morsi should rein in police forces, which it said still use excessive force to deal with protests and have tortured detainees. It called for the government to allow U.N. experts to investigate and assess how to deal with the problems.“Unless there is a clear political will to confront this and to provide the families of the victims with truth and justice, things are not going to change,” Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy director for Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Program, told The Associated Press.“For the moment, police officers, soldiers are confident that they can commit violations with impunity without ever having to answer for any of their acts,” she said.Two extensive reports released by the London-based human rights group in Cairo on Tuesday detailed cases of rights abuses by the army and police, focusing on six separate incidents of crackdowns on protests that killed at least 120 people. Amnesty said thousands of protesters were injured or maimed _ with documented cases of loss of eyesight _ during the crackdowns, and that detainees were tortured in custody.Most of the crackdowns took place during the post-Mubarak period of rule by a council of generals, during which soldiers had a major role in keeping security inside the country. The military has largely backed down from that role ever since Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, was inaugurated at the end of June as the new president Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In its reports, Amnesty said the country’s new leadership must “tackle the bloody legacy of official abuse and guarantee that no one is above the law in Egypt.”Security abuse and flagrant human rights violations were among the sparks that ignited the uprising against Mubarak. Thousands took to the streets initially to protest a young man’s brutal death by police beating in 2010.After Mubarak’s regime was ousted in the popular uprising and the army took over, protesters increasingly denounced the military for its excessive use of force, for targeting women protesters, beatings and sexual abuse _ including the notorious “virginity tests” that female detainees were forced to go through after being taken into custody by soldiers.Amnesty noted that at least 12,000 civilians, mainly protesters, have been tried before military tribunals while only three soldiers and a military doctor have faced a military court over abuse of authority. And only one security officer was brought to trial for killing and injuring protesters in one of the six documented cases.“The only thing we have done (since the uprising) is lose our sons. That’s it,” said Mary Daniel, the sister of a protester killed last year during a military crackdown on rally. “We have gone from bad to worse.” Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Amnesty International on Tuesday took Egypt’s new president to task for failing to address the “bloody legacy” of abuses by security forces committed under military rule after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, which continue even after the establishment of the country’s first freely elected government.The rights group urged President Mohammed Morsi to hold the military accountable for the killing, torture and sexual abuse of protesters during the 18 months when the generals held power after Mubarak’s February 2011 ouster. The group said authorities should allow visits by the U.N.’s special rapporteur on torture and the U.N. working group on arbitrary detention and torture, whose requests for visits were ignored by the Mubarak regime.For abuses to halt, those responsible must be brought to trial before an independent, civilian court, said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Amnesty International USA.“If President Morsi truly wants to reform Egypt, he must establish the principle that no one can be above the law, including the army and the security services,” Nossel said. “Without accountability by the army and security forces who are responsible for decades of human rights violations, justice for victims will remain elusive.”Amnesty said it has yet to receive a response from Morsi for a memorandum it had sent to him on the day he was sworn in, in which it details how Egypt can address the history of human rights and open a new page.“This is disappointing,” said Sahraoui.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Amnesty said the army’s response to protests was “disproportionate,” citing cases when live ammunition was fired as demonstrators lobbed stones or firebombs at the troops. It also cited incidents of army vehicles running down groups of protesters, in one case killing several demonstrators.Amnesty quoted one protester, Wael Saber Bshay, whose brother was crushed by a military armored personnel carrier during an Oct. 9, 2011 protest that killed 27 people, mostly Coptic Christians.“We were in a state of shock that the army, which is supposed to protect us … attacked us,” Bshay told Amnesty. “If we were in a state of war with an enemy, I don’t think this would have happened.”The Amnesty report also documented that Egypt continued to receive deliveries of small arms and equipment from abroad, including from its largest supplier the United States, despite the violent crackdowns.In one case, the report said, a U.S. shipment believed to contain tear gas was dispatched to Egypt on Oct. 13, 2011, just days after the protest by the Christians was crushed. Another shipment from the U.S. arrived days after a November protest in which nearly 50 people were killed, Amnesty reported.center_img But Morsi’s failure to seek accountability from the police and military for those abuses has only fueled a culture of impunity that is allowing violations to continue, Amnesty warned. One of the Amnesty documented cases of violent crackdown by the police against protesters took place after Morsi came to power in August, in which one was killed.Officials in Morsi’s office did not respond to requests by The Associated Press for comment on the report.Karim Ennarah, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights who spoke at a news conference by Amnesty on Tuesday, said it appeared that police abuses are getting worse in the three months since Morsi came to power.He cited the deaths of two people last month in the town of Meit Ghamr, outside Cairo. One was tortured in a police station, including being beaten in the head by a rifle butt, and then died before getting to a hospital. The second person was then killed when police opened fire with live ammunition on a crowd angered by the first man’s death.“The police is acting as if it is an armed gang. It lost control and is trying to regain it by resorting to excessive force,” Ennarah said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   last_img read more

How to rescue a baby elephant Rope Land Rover

first_imgAssociated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – How do you pull a baby elephant out of a deep hole? A rope and a Land Rover. Then the payoff: A frantic baby elephant sprints to mom.A heartwarming video of the rescue in Kenya gained masses of viewers Thursday. It shows a potentially dangerous faceoff with the mother elephant and the struggle to get her 8-month calf out of a 5-foot hole.Vicki Fishlock of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants faced down the mother with her Land Rover. After 30 minutes, her team pulled the baby out, and it then ran toward its mother. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Elephants across Africa are fighting for survival. Expanding human settlements is increasing the human-animal conflicts. Worse, elephants are being slaughtered by the thousands for their ivory tusks.___Elephant rescue video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vJOHw7lX3Gu4 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Patients with chronic pain give advice (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 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

Myanmar to consider rights for Rohingya minority

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s president has pledged to consider new rights for the stateless Rohingya minority ahead of a landmark visit by President Barack Obama, but stopped short of a full commitment that citizenship and other new freedoms would be granted.In a letter sent to the United Nations on Friday, President Thein Sein made conciliatory remarks that condemned the “senseless violence” in western Rakhine state between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Almost 200 people have died and more than 100,000 have been displaced since June in fighting between the two communities, an eruption of longstanding hatred that highlights the fragility of Myanmar’s transition toward democracy.Thein Sein made no promises in his letter and offered no timeline for resolving the tensions, but it marked an overture to the international community and to Obama, who arrives Monday for the first visit to Myanmar by a U.S. president.The White House has urged Myanmar to take urgent action to end the strife and has said Obama will press the matter with Thein Sein, along with demands to free political prisoners as the Southeast Asian country transitions to democracy after a half-century of military rule.In his letter, Thein Sein said his government was prepared to address contentious issues “ranging from resettlement of displaced populations to granting of citizenship,” according to a statement from the spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that contained excerpts from the letter.Thein Sein said he also would look at issues including work permits and permits granting freedom of movement for the Rohingya to ensure they are treated in line with “accepted international norms.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   The U.N. statement called Thein Sein’s letter a step “in the right direction.”It was not clear from his letter whether Thein Sein was changing his stance on citizenship for the Rohingya. He has previously cited strict citizenship laws stating that only Rohingya whose families settled in the country before independence from Britain in 1948 were considered citizens.The United Nations has called the Rohingya _ who are widely reviled by the Buddhist majority in Myanmar _ among the most persecuted people on Earth.Myanmar denies the Rohingya citizenship, even though many of their families have lived in Myanmar for generations. The government considers them to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh, but Bangladesh also rejects them, rendering them stateless.The U.N. estimates that 800,000 Rohingya live in Myanmar, where they face heavy-handed restrictions: They need permission to marry, have more than two children and travel outside of their villages.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report from Bangkok.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Michael Fassbender on making Macbeth the Scottish film

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories “Sometimes I say it, sometimes I don’t,” Fassbender said. “It depends on the day.”“Macbeth,” usually referred to by the euphemism “the Scottish play” by actors wary of its legendary spell, will be the final film to screen in competition at Cannes. Directed by Australian director Justin Kurzel and co-starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, it has been eagerly awaited as the blood-soaked finale of the French Riviera festival, which concludes Sunday with the presentation of the Palme d’Or top prize.Although interpreting Shakespeare is a traditional rite of passage for any British Isles actor of ambition, it wasn’t a priority for Fassbender, the Oscar-nominated actor of “12 Years a Slave,” ”Shame” and the “X-Men” films. The film marks the first entry into Shakespeare, on stage or screen, by the German-born, Ireland-raised Fassbender.But the “Othello” villain Iago is his favorite Shakespeare character and “Macbeth” his favorite Shakespeare play.“(‘Macbeth’) wasn’t necessarily on the list, but when the opportunity came up, I felt like I couldn’t turn it down,” said Fassbender. “I guess it wasn’t always something I felt naturally comfortable, but I always thought that I could find something in it that I would have a relationship to it.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone CANNES, France (AP) — Michael Fassbender doesn’t know if the “Macbeth” curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he’d rather not test it.“The Scottish film” is what Michael Fassbender calls his “Macbeth” adaption, which is set to premiere Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. He’s maintaining the theatrical superstition of not speaking the name of Shakespeare’s play — at least he wasn’t in an interview ahead of the festival. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society However difficult it was for Fassbender to work up to “Macbeth,” he was more impressed with his French co-star, Cotillard.“For me to take it on, it was, ‘OK, Shakespeare.’ But she’s French-speaking,” said Fassbender. “I just thought it was incredible bravery.”No release date has yet been set for “Macbeth” in the U.S., but the Weinstein Co. will release it sometime this fall.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   FILE-In this April 30, 2015 file photo, German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender poses for a portrait to promote his film, “Slow West” in New York. Michael Fassbender discusses the making ‘the Scottish Film’ Macbeth at the 68th international Cannes film festival. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP, FILE)last_img read more

UN Global refugee numbers reach alarming levels

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Over the course of last year, only 126,800 refugees returned to their home countries — the lowest number since 1983. The countries to which most people returned were Congo, Mali and Afghanistan.Guterres said he was alarmed by “a staggering acceleration” in the number of people being forced from their homes over recent years.Speaking in Istanbul on Thursday, he singled out richer countries such as those in Europe and the Persian Gulf as he appealed for “all countries in the world to have their doors open.” He said they also should offer more legal avenues for people who need protection to enter.Turkey’s willingness to open its borders “has a special meaning in a world where so many borders are closed or restricted, and where new walls are being built or announced,” Guterres said, speaking the day after Hungary said it was planning to build a fence along its border with Serbia to keep out a flow of migrants.For many of those who have fled, home still beckons.Maher Al Khedrawi, one of the many Syrians who have left for Turkey, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that he looked forward to returning to his country, a sentiment he said was shared by millions of others. The 40-year-old warehouse supervisor rejects the label of “refugee.” Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Hopefully, our home will be rebuilt and stabilized again,” he said. “I’ll be among the first people who go back. There is no place like home.”___Raphael Satter and Ayse Wieting in Istanbul contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BERLIN (AP) — Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world’s biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations’ refugee agency said Thursday.Pointing to crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burundi and elsewhere, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said he doesn’t expect any improvement in 2015. “There is a multiplication of new crises,” he said. “The Iraq-Syria crisis gained the dimension of a mega one … and at the same time the old crises have no solutions.”The report comes at a time when Europe is grappling with how to deal with a flood of new migrants crossing the Mediterranean to escape fighting in Syria, Libya and elsewhere.UNHCR estimated that a total of 59.5 million people worldwide had been displaced by conflict by the end of last year — including 38.2 million displaced within their own countries. That was up from 51.2 million in 2013 — the previous highest since the U.N. began collecting numbers in the early 1950s. Syria alone accounted for 11.6 million of those people, the biggest single figure.The agency counted nearly 3.9 million Syrian refugees in 107 countries last year, the fourth year of the country’s civil war. That made it the leading source of refugees — pushing Afghanistan, which had held that status for more than 30 years, down to second place with 2.6 million refugees.Syria’s northern neighbor, Turkey, became the world’s biggest refugee host with 1.59 million refugees. Pakistan, which had held that position for more than a decade, was second with 1.51 million. Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

GOPcontrolled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

first_img Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama’s moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.The Obama administration issued rules in January to significantly ease travel restrictions to Cuba and allow regularly scheduled flights for the first time. The Senate Appropriations Committee 18-12 vote comes just days after the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of estrangement by re-establishing diplomatic relations cut off during the Cold War. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help “We have the opportunity to increase the likelihood that Cuban people have greater liberties and freedom with the ability to connect with them,” said sponsor Jerry Moran, R-Kan. “I also would say that as Americans we have certain freedoms that we cherish, and Americans can travel around the globe today without exception — no country is totally prohibited with the exception of Cuba.”The House Appropriations Committee has moved in the opposite direction, but the intra-party disagreement among Republicans makes it far less likely that the GOP-controlled Congress will try to use spending bills to challenge Obama’s rapprochement with Cuba.The panel also voted to lift restrictions on vessels that have shipped goods to Cuba from returning to the U.S. until six months have passed.The Cuba legislation was added to a $21 billion measure funding the Treasury Department, which enforces the longstanding trade embargo.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Webjet disconnects Delta in Australia New Zealand

first_imgIn an unprecedented move today, Webjet have disconnected and deleted Delta from its Australian and New Zealand website. Delta have prohibited Webjet’s North American operation and other OTA’s from promoting, displaying or ticketing the airline. “We indicated to Delta that if they pursued what we consider to be an unlawful process which may well be subject to court proceedings by us in North America, we would have no alternative but to discontinue the sale of Delta products from the Australian and New Zealand markets where we contribute substantial and growing revenue and where of course there is an intense hunger from Delta’s competitors for our traffic,” said David Clarke, managing director Webjet. Delta has acknowledged the full compliance of Webjet in relation to their North American ticketing display and other regulatory processes however, Mr Clarke feels that they have “reached a view it can cherry pick our revenue production in markets where it suits or doesn’t suit.”All legal options available to Webjet’s North American operation are currently being taken into account with the objective being to reverse the decision by Delta. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

RCL announces Cruising for Excellence Winners

first_imgRCL Cruises has announced the winners of its Cruising for Excellence online training programme. Annemarie  Hundhammer from Phil Hoffmann Travel – Glenelg, Anna Shannon from Flight Centre North Ryde and Maree Watson from House of Travel Tauranga have won themselves one of the three amazing cruise prizes on Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.“Congratulations Annemarie, Anna and Maree and well done to all who have made it to “Admiral” status in the programme.  We are pleased with how well Cruising for Excellence has been received here, with several thousand local travel agents who have registered since the launch of the programme late last year,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial manager, RCL Cruises Australia & New Zealand.   “We know it is not practical for travel agents to visit all 40 ships that are part of RCL’s cruise lines – Royal Caribbean International alone sails to 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. So we designed the programme so agents get to know each ship as if they were onboard themselves, arming them with the knowledge and confidence to give their clients the best advice about their cruising needs. We strongly encourage agents to make use of this revolutionary online training programme. ” says Adam. Cruising for Excellence is an online 3D e-learning tool which allows agents to explore and learn about the key selling points of the ships in the three Royal Caribbean Cruise brands. Upon completing each module, the participant earns a ‘Captain’ title for that cruise brand. Once the Captain status is achieved for all three cruise brands, the participant becomes an ‘Admiral’. Highlights of the Cruising for Excellence program include 35 training modules which covers ship guides, dining, onboard amenities & activities, family cruising, destinations, accommodation and shore excursions, as well as fact sheets for restaurant and bar menus, onboard activities, revitalization charts, kids planners, and other useful information. Cruising for Excellence is open to all travel agents in Australia & New Zealand who can take part by heading to www.cruisingforexcellence.com.au or www.cruisingforexcellence.co.nz    Azamara Club Cruises Prize Winner Name: Annemarie Hundhammer, Phil Hoffmann Travel – Glenelg Prize:   An Oceanview cabin for two people on Azamara Club Cruises, on a cruise of up to 14 nights duration. Celebrity Cruises Prize Winner   Name: Anna Shannon, Flight Centre North RydePrize:  An Oceanview cabin for two people on Celebrity Cruises, on a cruise of up to 12 nights duration. Royal Caribbean International Prize Winner  Name:  Maree Watson – House of Travel TaurangaPrize:   An eight- night South Pacific cruise for two people in an Oceanview cabin on Rhapsody of the Seas departing on 29 November 2012. Source = RCL Cruiseslast_img read more