Princess reveals name of its latest ship bookings to open in November

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Share Tags: New Ship, Princess Cruises Monday, August 20, 2018 center_img SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises has revealed the name of its fifth Royal-Class ship, and it’s every bit as enchanting as you would think.Named the Enchanted Princess, the 3,660-passenger ship is scheduled to debut on June 15, 2020 and will sail on a series of European voyages. Bookings for its maiden season will open on Nov. 8, 2018.“The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship, which will introduce more travellers to the pleasures and value of cruising,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “We are certain Enchanted Princess will exceed the expectations of our guests, ensuring they have the most memorable cruise vacation.”Swartz also added that Princess has the strongest pipeline or premium new ship builds in the world. Following the Enchanted Princess will be the line’s sixth Royal-Class vessel in 2022. Plus, Princess has two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered ships on order, bringing its new ship order to five ships in six years.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaEnchanted Princess is a sister ship to four other Royal-Class ships in the line’s fleet: Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess (joining the fleet in October 2019).For more information go to www.princess.com/enchantedprincess. Princess reveals name of its latest ship, bookings to open in November << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Carnival Cruise Line enhances Travel Agent Finder to be more agentfriendly

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI  — Carnival Cruise Line’s popular Travel Agent Finder has gotten an upgrade, making it more user-friendly and agency-focused.After completing its first phase of the redesign, the tool now provides enhanced individual agency information, and displays more agencies to help clients find a local travel professional within Carnival’s extensive network.The look and feel of the page was updated to better match that of the line’s main site, carnival.com. Plus, it now uses Google Maps to display agency locations; users can input search criteria besides a zip code to produce more accurate results. Those results lead to such agency information as phone number, email address and website link, when available.“As we continue to deliver on our commitment to support our travel agent partners as they grow their business, we’ve significantly enhanced the functionality and the design of our Travel Agent Finder to make it easier for visitors on our website to find a local travel agent,” said Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of sales and trade marketing for Carnival. “The new and improved Travel Agent Finder on our site is a more powerful tool for both our partners and their potential clients. We hope everyone takes full advantage of its usefulness.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe second phase of the redesign is expected to be complete in spring 2019, with the next upgrade providing home-based travel agency owners the ability to add their information to the system. Users will be able to see home-based agency locations displayed on Google Maps if the agency opts in to the program.For more information go to the line’s travel agent Internet portal, BookCCL.com. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Friday, October 19, 2018 Tags: Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line enhances Travel Agent Finder to be more agent-friendlylast_img read more

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Londons Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos

first_img Friday, December 21, 2018 LONDON – Flights resumed at London’s Gatwick Airport on Friday morning after drones sparked about 36 hours of travel chaos including the shutdown of the airfield, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded or delayed during the busy holiday season.The airport said in a statement that Gatwick’s runway is “now available” and aircraft are arriving and departing.“We are, however, expecting knock-on delays and cancellations to flights,” it said. “If you are due to travel from Gatwick today, we strongly recommend that you check the status of your flight with your airline before departing for the airport.”The prospect of a deadly collision between what police described as industrial-grade drones and an airliner led authorities to stop all flights in and out of Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport by passenger numbers, on Thursday. The drones were first spotted Wednesday evening.The Gatwick statement suggests authorities are concerned the drones may be seen again, which would likely lead to a fresh closure of the runway. There were repeated sightings Thursday, and authorities decided any flight operations would be unsafe.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe British military has been aiding police and aviation authorities in the search for the culprit or culprits behind the drone intrusion, which police said was designed to cause maximum disruption over the holiday period.The airport, about 30 miles (45 kilometres) south of central London, sees more than 43 million passengers a year. About 110,000 had been scheduled to pass through on Thursday, one of the busiest days of the year.The runway closure has had a spillover impact on the international air travel system, and thousands of passengers remain short of their destinations.Many holiday plans were disrupted and travellers stuck at Gatwick described freezing conditions as hundreds slept on benches and floors. Many passengers and their families complained they weren’t being kept informed about re-routed flights.Authorities haven’t released details about the drones being used except to characterize them as meeting “industrial specifications.”The motive for the drone use isn’t clear. Police say there is no indication it is “terror related.” Share London’s Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos Tags: Gatwick, Technology By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Foreign exchange drags Air Canada to Q4 loss but operating revenue up

first_img By: The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Air Canada says that negative changes to foreign exchange rates drove it to a $231-million net loss in the fourth quarter, but it would have otherwise turned a profit during the three-month period.The Montreal-based airline’s revenue was $4.24 billion, which was up from $3.82 billion a year earlier.Its net loss amounted to 85 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Dec. 31, including $269 million of foreign exchange losses recorded under generally accepted accounting rules.That compared with a net profit of $8 million or two cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2017, with $62 million of foreign exchange losses a year earlier.Air Canada’s adjusted net income, which excludes the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses, was $54 million or 20 cents per share, down from $60 million of 22 cents per share a year earlier.Analysts had estimated 15 cents per share of adjusted net income and $4.2 billion of revenue, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Share Tags: Air Canada, Income, Statistics Friday, February 15, 2019 Foreign exchange drags Air Canada to Q4 loss, but operating revenue up << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Two more officials resign in presidential security breech backlash

first_imgMauricio Boraschi was Presidency Vice Minister, also the head of Costa Rica’s Office of Intelligence and Security, and is the country’s anti-drug commissioner. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla on Thursday night announced the resignations of two more officials involved in a trip to Peru last weekend on a private jet under scrutiny for possible links to drug traffickers.President Laura Chinchilla went into full damage-control mode Thursday night, holding an emergency hour-long meeting with Cabinet members, followed by a brief televised address announcing the resignations of two more members of her inner circle.Presidency Vice Minister Mauricio Boraschi – who is also the head of Costa Rica’s Office of Intelligence and Security (DIS), and is the country’s anti-drug commissioner – resigned Thursday, along with presidential aide Irene Pacheco.Communications Minister Francisco Chacón resigned on Wednesday, saying he was “deceived by a representative of the Canadian firm THX Energy,” the company that had “collaborated” with the president by loaning a private jet Chinchilla used during a brief trip to Peru. Costa Rican intelligence officials have been investigating the private jet for possible ties to drug trafficking for at least two years. Alberto Font Announcing Thursday’s resignations, Chinchilla said “a few key people” had failed to fulfill their duties, including Boraschi and Pacheco.Boraschi was seen entering the president’s office at around 5:50 p.m., leaving a few minutes later without giving statements to the press.Chinchilla said she recognized Boraschi’s “many years of efforts against drug trafficking,” but that he “also had the responsibility to protect my physical and moral well-being.”“He had an obligation to corroborate, anticipate and evaluate my activities. He didn’t fulfill those obligations,” the president said.Chinchilla described Pacheco as an “honorable colleague,” but added that there was “carelessness in the coordination of my activities.”Chinchilla made two separate trips – one to Venezuela and another to Peru – aboard a jet owned by Gabriel Morales Fallón, a Colombian who had introduced himself to Chacón under a false name.Costa Rican officials say that while Morales does not have a criminal record, he has been linked to questionable criminal activities that would have turned up if he had been properly vetted.In a statement late Wednesday, Chinchilla blamed a “chain of lapses,” saying her closest aides had failed to check into the Colombian’s background and his links to “illicit activities.”Chacón, who had earlier described Morales as a “decent person” in press interviews, admitted later that he had not vetted the Colombian properly.Chinchilla used Morales’s plane in March to fly to Venezuela for Hugo Chávez’s funeral, and as recently as last weekend to attend a wedding in Lima.She was accompanied on the private trip to Peru by her husband, Chacón, and his wife, Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González.Earlier on Thursday, famous Costa Rican footballer Rolando Fonseca said he “helped coordinate the flights” as an intermediary representing the company.Before his resignation, Boraschi had said his agency had not been informed the president was using the private aircraft.“We are reviewing in detail everything that happened, establishing how the reporting of this information was omitted,” he told ADN radio.“The controls and screens were not activated,” he said, adding that as a result, the president was linked to “a person who turns up at a meeting using a name that isn’t his.“The protocols weren’t followed. If they had I would have blocked the president’s trip,” he added.Boraschi said Morales “has no convictions, or pending arrest warrants [but] has been linked to very complicated and complex situations from a criminal point of view.”The Bogotá newspaper El Tiempo cited intelligence sources as saying Morales was a frontman for Luis Carlos Ramírez, a drug trafficker currently imprisoned in Brazil. Morales has denied any connection to him.Opposition leaders, who had called on Chinchilla’s entire Cabinet to resign, received Thursday’s announcement with tempered approval.“I think this is a substantial advancement, because without a doubt, Mr. Boraschi committed errors. But let’s hope this isn’t just a change in names. … We’ve got to avoid situations like this, where organized crime damages the credibility of the entire country,” Broad Front Party opposition lawmaker José María Villalta told Telenoticias Channel 7.Leaders from the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and PASE issued stronger statements. Carmen Muñóz, of PAC, said, “This is just the beginning. These events reflect the way this government and the National Liberation Party have governed in recent years. … We hope, as the president says, this doesn’t happen again.”Victor Granados, of PASE, said, “The damage this causes to Costa Rica’s image can’t be solved by resignations alone.”Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker Luis Fishman called the affair “an enormous lapse,” adding that, “there are mechanisms to determine whether ships, planes and boats are under any suspicion as was the case here.”For Chinchilla, a former public security minister who campaigned on promises to crack down on crime, and whose campaign slogan was “firm, but honest,” the scandal has been “especially outrageous and painful.”“As is known, I’ve dedicated a large part of my life to fighting crime. My government has given priority to this issue, and it’s been a very successful effort. The results are felt by Costa Ricans in their everyday lives – they feel safer,” she said.Chinchilla said she would continue the “frontal fight” against drug trafficking in the last year of her term, and promised the use of private planes by her or her staff “won’t happen again under this administration.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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President Chinchilla angling for recognition in Solís choice to lead Security Ministry

first_imgNombramiento de @CelsoGamboaCR es reconocimiento implicito a un equipo que supo responder al reto más acuciante de hace 4 años: seguridad— Laura Chinchilla M. (@Laura_Ch) April 14, 2014 Related posts:President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís names first half of his Cabinet Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa steps down Former Judicial Investigation Police official named Costa Rica’s new public security minister Costa Rica’s health minister steps down President Laura Chinchilla has struggled in recent years to communicate her administration’s accomplishments against a popular perception that her government has been ineffectual and riddled with corruption. The most recent national poll, conducted in January, gave the president a paltry 16 percent approval rating, the lowest in the Americas and some parts of Europe.But when President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís of the Citizen Action Party named Chinchilla’s vice minister Celso Gamboa to his cabinet as the head of the Pubic Security and Interior Ministries, the sitting president used the nod to claim some credit.“The naming of Celso Gamboa is an implicit recognition of a team that knew how to respond to the most pressing threat four years ago: Security,” Chinchilla tweeted Monday.Speaking with The Tico Times after the nomination Monday, Gamboa trumpeted Chinchilla and his public security predecessor, Mario Zamora, for their contributions to the country’s security policy.“I was part of a great team under Mario Zamora,” he said, “There are many processes that have been successful and they’ve been recognized publicly.”Gamboa is the current vice minister of security and the head of the DIS, Costa Rica’s intelligence service.During his announcement Monday, Solís split hairs when he said that there would be no holdovers from Chinchilla’s cabinet. Technically, Gamboa is only a vice minister and therefore not part of Chinchilla’s cabinet.With weeks left in her term, Chinchilla’s most likely legacy is security. Under her administration, Security Minister Mario Zamora overhauled the National Police training program and reoriented the country’s security strategy to be more proactive. Since taking office, Chinchilla’s administration has captured more than 50 tons of cocaine to become the largest single seizer of the narcotic in Central America.The number of homicides has also dropped in Costa Rica during her term as well from 527 in 2010 to 407 in 2012. The number of homicides, however, remained flat in 2013 for a homicide rate of 8.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to figures from the Judicial Investigation Police. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Public school teachers to strike on Monday over salary delays

first_imgRelated posts:As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay Unions members vote against deal to end teachers’ strike Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors, including private companies Some 7,000 elementary and high school teachers have not been paid since April 1 due to an administrative problem at the Education Ministry. That prompted leaders of teachers’ unions from  public schools on Friday to call for a general strike starting on Monday. Union leaders said on their websites and social media that “we’ve had enough of the lack of action” by Education Ministry (MEP) officials. They said some educators have not been paid since February.Also on Friday, unions denounced that MEP’s human resources officials told hundreds of teachers they would have to wait until May 15 to receive their salaries.The call for a strike was sent Friday evening by leaders of the National Association of Educators (ANDE), the Costa Rican Education Union (SEC) and the High School Teachers’ Association (APSE), following a meeting with Education Minister Leonardo Garnier that ended in a stalemate.According to MEP, the problem was caused by a change in the electronic payment system, which caused a delay in the entry of data for each educator. Those whose personal data have not yet been entered into the system did not get paid.Teachers mostly from schools in the capital demonstrated twice this week and marched along Paseo Colón, west of San José, demanding MEP resolve their situation. They also joined a May Day march on the capital’s Second Avenue on Thursday.In a public statement APSE leaders said the strike would continue indefinitely until educators received their salaries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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President Solís popularity declines as economy worsens Costa Rica researcher tells Washington

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – It looks like the honeymoon is over for President Luis Guillermo Solís, who was elected last year by the biggest majority of any Costa Rican president in history, but whose lofty goals are now threatened by a worsening economy.Evelyn Villarreal, a research analyst with the San José-based State of the Nation Program, spoke Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center. She appeared on a panel with experts from El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama in an event titled “Latin America’s Electoral Cycle 2014-15.”In her 20-minute presentation, Villarreal called Solís’ rise to the presidency “very atypical” for Costa Rica, considering only 8 percent of potential voters supported him in a December 2013 opinion poll, two months before the general election.“His Citizen Action Party was a new, emerging party, not either of the two historical, traditional parties,” she said. But in the general election, Solís and former San José Mayor Johnny Araya Monge of the National Liberation Party came in first and second. On March 6, one month before the required runoff, Araya suddenly withdrew from the race, effectively handing the presidency to Solís.“People were not motivated to vote in the runoff,” she said. “Nevertheless, Solís won with more than 77 percent of registered voters, the highest margin of any president ever.”Not even 10 months into his term, however, “people who think the president is doing a poor job outnumber those who think he’s doing a good job,” said Villarreal. “That’s typical of governments in the first year, but Solís is losing political capital faster than his predecessors did.”Compounding the problem is a fragmented Legislative Assembly in which the president’s PAC holds just 13 of 57 seats, with the largest bloc going to the PLN, with 18. Evelyn Villarreal, research coordinator at Costa Rica’s State of the Nation Program, speaks Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center during a panel on Central America’s 2014-15 electoral cycle. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesVillarreal, armed with an array of charts and graphs to make her case, explained that in Costa Rica – unlike the case in most other Latin American countries – the presence of political parties virtually disappears when there are no elections going on.“Many parties don’t even have physical headquarters. The largest have fewer than three buildings throughout the country,” Villarreal said. “Some have no addresses, phone numbers or websites. There’s no way you can even get in touch with them during non-election years.”At his May 8, 2014 inauguration, Solís pledged to run his administration as a “glass house” while fighting the corruption he said was “eating away” the country.Yet Villarreal said the latest numbers aren’t looking good for the president.“Unemployment is going to climb to double digits this year, which is extremely critical for Costa Rica. Transparency and corruption are among the most serious issues, according to our opinion survey, and serious questions are being raised about the philosophy of the ‘glass house’ proposed by Solís,” she said.“Only one deputy is totally loyal to the president. The citizenry is much more dynamic and involved now, and has diversified its demands,” she continued. “It’s not just one cause, but now multiple causes and demands. Civil society is quite diversified.”Villarreal said that in the interests of fairness, “this government’s been in power for not even one year of a four-year term. There have been recurring episodes of mini-crises, and for most of these episodes, the government has come off very well.”Yet her research shows a “negative assessment” of what voters think of Solís.“In summary, he came to the presidency with a strong mandate and gambled with change. In these 10 months, it’s been possible for the president to resolve major struggles appropriately, but not without it having led to some attrition of his political capital,” she said, noting his “very poor communications strategy thus far.”According to an October 2014 survey by the University of Costa Rica, the president scored best when it came to public education (45.2 percent of respondents approved of his performance, versus 27.6 percent who said he was doing poorly), and the fight against corruption (44.7 percent said he was doing a good job, versus 33.9 percent who said he wasn’t).But the president’s approval ratings were lowest when it came to bread-and-butter issues like road maintenance (18.5 percent), unemployment (11.8 percent) and cost of living (11.4 percent).“What’s striking is that those issues in which the Solís administration is rated poorest are the ones it has put at the center of its program, such as infrastructure and unemployment,” she said. “The administration is under great pressure to show accomplishments and implement its development strategy. But it’s not been possible to reduce the poverty level, and inequality is climbing substantially. Indeed, it’s the only country in Central America that is seeing such a worsening of inequality.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís promises to cut extreme poverty by 45 percent by 2018 World Bank official: Costa Rica faces some painful choices in 2015 Costa Rica is 20 percent more expensive than other Latin American countries Costa Rica’s struggle with fiscal reform highlights its governance problemslast_img read more

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Monteverdes community radio station aims to inform and entertain towns diverse population

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Moon Run highlights Monteverde’s hidden side Dealing with climate change in Costa Rica’s treasured Monteverde cloud forest Monteverde: You can get there from here, but you’ll need some pura vida To pave or not to pave? Monteverde’s ongoing roadway saga In a place with so many diverse groups, including a notably large Quaker population, Wadsworth said it’s often hard to identify the interests of niche markets and cater to them.Wadsworth, who was raised in a Quaker family, said Radio Comunitaria is bent on meeting the needs of Monteverde’s 7,000 residents — Quakers, youth and expat communities alike.(Courtesy of Radio Comunitaria Monteverde)As the radio continues to develop, Wadsworth said she and newly hired co-coordinator Max Guarnaccia are looking into applying for nonprofit status and possibly buying a radio tower in order to expand from internet-only broadcasting to local airwaves.Any future developments on the budding radio project will always center on Monteverde’s diversity in a way that brings the community together, and doesn’t divide, Guarnaccia said.“We’re trying to dissolve barriers and just let the objective platform of communication thrive,” Guarnaccia said. The Radio Comunitaria Monteverde radio station is broadcasted online at www.monteverde.fm. Amanda Zúñiga/The Tico TimesThe two agreed that good programming and good journalism will always be the station’s primary methods for attracting listeners. They also recognize the unique opportunity to piggyback off the incredible amount of science and research happening in one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas.“One common string here is the environment, it’s something that everyone can relate to,” Guarnaccia said. “Having a huge part of our journalistic focus in that realm can be relatable for everybody, including the transient culture here and the people who have lived here since the 50s.”As Guarnaccia and Wadsworth look to position the radio as the go-to source for Monteverde news and information, they say it’s with the town’s unique community in mind.“We definitely want to try to be the voice for as many of these diverse groups as possible,” Wadsworth said.After all, the radio’s slogan is: “Muchas voces. Un Monteverde.” “Many voices. One Monteverde.”You can listen to Radio Comunitario Monteverde at www.monteverde.fm. Facebook Comments MONTEVERDE, Puntarenas — Up the dust-covered trail that overlooks a chain of valleys below, a faint echo hums from the modest, wooden shack where the front door gets easily jammed.Inside those walls is Monteverde’s bilingual, independent, community-run radio station, Radio Comunitaria Monteverde. It’s a young, optimistic project to become the voice for the diverse mountain town popular among tourists and researchers.“In Monteverde we don’t have a newspaper or a TV channel,” said 24-year-old station coordinator Mari Wadsworth. “The main means of communication is still word of mouth.”Wadsworth first moved to Monteverde from the U.S. with her family when she was in elementary school. After spending a few years in the scenic cloud forest town, she moved back to the United States, where she graduated from college before being drawn back to Monteverde’s allure.The founders of the station gave Wadsworth free reign of the internet-only radio channel and told her to make it grow into a well-respected news station. A year after it was founded, the radio’s first broadcast hit the Internet in 2013. Monteverde’s sports show host Liam Bosques Hamilton, who attends Monteverde Friends School, runs through the week’s sports scores. (Courtesy of Radio Comunitaria Monteverde)“For the first six months I felt like I was working for a think tank,” she said. “We would kind of just take long walks in the woods and envision what we could do with this. There were so many — and there are still so many — possibilities.”Barely two years after the first broadcast, the station has 10 volunteers, mostly from area high schools, and broadcasts a variety of shows in Spanish and English, including news features, music and live events. The station also has a youth program, which Wadsworth said has developed into a place where local young people have a consistent platform from which to be heard.Behind the youth radio project, Wadsworth said local kids are encouraged to think critically and follow their passions through the evolving medium. An hour-long reggae show, called “Green Cloud,” broadcast every Saturday, and a Latin music hour on Wednesdays are two of the more popular shows.last_img read more

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Correction BritainJohn the Baptist story

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like LONDON (AP) – In a story June 15 about relics attributed to John the Baptist, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the ruler of Galilee who beheaded John the Baptist. His name should be Herod Antipas, not Anitpas.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Rio20 the unhappy environmental summit

first_imgAssociated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – It was hard to find a happy soul at the end of the Rio+20 environmental summit.Not within the legion of bleary-eyed government negotiators from 188 nations who met in a failed attempt to find a breakthrough at the United Nations conference on sustainable development.Not among the thousands of activists who decried the three-day summit that ended late Friday as dead on arrival. Not even in the top U.N. official who organized the international organization’s largest-ever event. Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Indeed, the word “reaffirm” is used 59 times in the 49-page document titled “The Future We Want.” They reaffirm the need to achieve sustainable development (but not mandating how); reaffirm commitment to strengthening international cooperation (just not right now); and reaffirm the need to achieve economic stability (with no new funding for the poorest nations).Some of the biggest issues activists wanted to see in the document that didn’t make it in included a call to end subsidies for fossil fuels, language underscoring the reproductive rights of women, and some words on how nations might mutually agree to protect the high seas, areas that fall outside any national jurisdictions.“We saw anything of value in the early text getting removed one by one. What is left is the clear sense that the future we want is not one our leaders can actually deliver,” said Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo. “We now need to turn the anger people around the world are feeling into creative, thoughtful and meaningful action.”On the “glass half full” side of things, while the effort to make progress on multilateral talks among the collective U.N. body were a disappointment, the big gathering produced nearly 700 promises and advances made by individual countries, companies and other organizations, in total worth about $500 billion if actually followed through For instance, the U.S. agreed to partner with more than 400 companies, including Wal-Mart, Coca- Cola and Unilever, to support their efforts to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains by 2020.Andrew Deutz, director of international government relations at the Nature Conservancy, pointed out that Indonesia, Australia and Colombia all made strong commitments to protecting oceans in their national waters, in part to ensure future food security.“Monday morning, the challenge will be to go back home and hold governments and companies accountable for the commitments they made here and help them get things done,” he said.Despite the shifting global economic order, with the rise of nations like Brazil and China and a host of other “middle-income” countries, critics said negotiators still argued along the lines of old “north-south” arguments that pit richer developed nations against developing nations.The Group of 77 nations that represents the poorest on the globe maintained their demand that richer nations in Europe and the U.S. recognize their “historic debt” eating up a much greater amount of the globe’s resources since the industrial revolution began 250 years ago. They say rich nations should finance environmental improvements in the poorer nations, and also freely transfer technology that would help the developing nations use more renewable energy and build cleaner industrial sectors. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths ___Associated Press writer Jenny Barchfield contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories “Everything has been kicked down the lane a few years, we’ll have to wait to formalize sustainable development goals and make the transition to a green economy,” said Muhammed Chowdhury, a lead negotiator of Group of 77. “It’s not a good scenario.”However, a U.S. delegate member said that countries can no longer debate issues with an eye on the past, that once poor nations are becoming rich, and that anybody looking for the Rio+20 summit to somehow reach a magical agreement and solve complicated environmental and development challenges would be sorely disappointed.“I think the expectation that there is one document or one approach that can solve one of the major questions of our time _ how do you maintain economic growth and protect the environment? _ there’s not one paper that can do that,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones.“This is a process. We have to embrace it as a process, look at the positive things we have done, and keep working, as there is much more to do.”___Follow Bradley Brooks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bradleybrooks “This is an outcome that makes nobody happy. My job was to make everyone equally unhappy,” said Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the conference, nicely summing up the mood.In the end, this conference was a conference to decide to have more conferences.That result was hailed as a success by the 100 heads of state who attended. Given how environmental summits have failed in recent years as global economic turmoil squashes political will to take on climate and conservation issues, the mere fact of agreeing to talk again in the future constitutes victory.Faced with the real prospect of complete failure, negotiators who struggled for months to hammer out a more ambitious final document ended up opting for the lowest common denominator. Just hours before the meeting opened Wednesday, they agreed on a proposal that makes virtually no progress beyond what was signed at the original 1992 Earth Summit, removing the kind of contentious proposals activists contend are required to avoid an environmental meltdown.“We’ve sunk so low in our expectations that reaffirming what we did 20 years ago is now considered a success,” said Martin Khor, executive director of the Geneva-based South Centre and a member of the U.N. Committee on Development Policy.last_img read more

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Islamic militants warn Egypt army on Sinai raids

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The attack is also believed to have triggered a drastic political and military shakeup.Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ordered longtime defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, his aid Lt. Gen. Sami Anan and other members of the military council _ which took power after the ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in last year’s uprising _ into retirement. Morsi also sacked the intelligence chief and the governor of Northern Sinai.It is not clear who issued Wednesday’s statement. It is signed by “the Jihadist Salafis of Sinai” which could refer to several small Jihadist groups that are active in the area.Large swaths of northern Sinai have plunged into lawlessness following Mubarak’s ouster, and weapons smuggled from Libya have found their way into militants’ hands. The weapons and the security vacuum fueled the rise of al-Qaida-inspired militant groups which have staged several low-level cross-border attacks on Israel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories “Prevent bloodshed, blood which has been spilled and which will be spilled if this aggression continues. You are dragging us to a battle that is not ours,” the statement read.“Our weapon is not directed at you,” it continued, adding: “We don’t want to turn our rage against you … have mercy on the soldiers you are using as fuel in the battle.”Islamic militants are believed to be behind the August 5 assault that killed the 16 soldiers in what was the worst attack on troops from inside Egypt in living memory. Gunmen stormed a security checkpoint near the border between Gaza and Israel and killed the soldiers while they were breaking their fast for the holy month of Ramadan.The attackers then commandeered an armored vehicle and stormed across the border into Israel, where an Israeli airstrike knocked out the vehicle and killed at least six militants.The attacks prompted the military to launch an offensive in the increasingly volatile peninsula. Most operations there however remain limited and objectives are unclear. However, for the first time since Egypt signed a peace deal with Israel, military helicopters, tanks and troops have been deployed there _ a move which before had not been allowed under the deal. Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula warned the Egyptian military on Wednesday against cracking down on jihadis and claimed they were not behind a sneak attack earlier this month that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.In a statement posted on a website which usually carries al-Qaida and similar groups’ statements, the militants said their main focus is Israel and that they do not target Egyptians soldiers. There was no way to independently verify it. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

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Ivory Coast reopens air space with Ghana

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Ivory Coast says it will allow flights to resume with Ghana, and has reopened its air space after closing its borders following last week’s cross-border attack. However, the country has not yet agreed to reopen its land and maritime borders.Four gunmen were killed in an attempted raid on security posts on Friday in the town of Noe, near the Ghanaian border. Military officials said late Sunday they believe the attack originated in Ghana, and the government announced Friday that all borders would be closed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Ivory Coast accuses allies of ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, including some hiding in Ghana, of being behind a spate of attacks on military positions that began in August. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has vowed not to let his country be used as a staging ground.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Guinea creates 1st human rights ministerial post

first_imgThe post was created last week in the wake of a Cabinet reshuffle, which saw the purging of the last three members of the military serving in the government. It finalizes the transition to civilian rule which began after the massacre, when the military agreed to cede power.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) – Human rights groups applaud the creation of a new Cabinet post dedicated to human rights in Guinea, which has one of the worst records in West Africa, following a shocking 2009 massacre.In that incident peaceful protesters were mowed down by the military inside the national soccer stadium, and dozens of women were gang raped.Thierno Sow, head of Guinea’s largest human rights group, said that it’s the first time that human rights occupy such an important place in the Guinea government. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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German leader suffers pelvic injury on ski holiday

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel cracked her pelvis during a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks, her spokesman said Monday.Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the chancellor suffered what she first thought was just a bruise to her left rear pelvic area while cross-country skiing in southeast Switzerland last month. But doctors later determined it was a “incomplete” bone fracture that will require her to rest for three weeks, he said. “The doctors’ orders are to lie down,” Seibert told reporters. In response, Merkel canceled a Wednesday visit to Warsaw, Poland, and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel called off his Thursday trip to Berlin.Merkel, 59, had been skiing “at low speeds” when her fall occurred, Seibert said. He was unable to say if another person was involved.She will continue to preside over Cabinet and government meetings, using a walking aid to get around, he added.Last week, Merkel sent her wishes for a speedy recovery to German Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who suffered a serious head injury while downhill skiing in France. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma at Grenoble University Hospital and doctors said Monday he is still in critical but stable condition.Experts say cross-country skiing is much less dangerous than downhill. Cross-country trails are mostly flat and the sport is more about endurance than speed.“Without wanting to play down what happened to Mrs. Merkel, the chances of injury in cross-country skiing are slim compared to downhill,” said Michael Berner of Germany’s Foundation for Ski Safety. “Still, anyone who does cross-country skiing should learn to do it properly first and have a certain level of fitness.” Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The accident happened around Christmas during Merkel’s annual ski trip to Switzerland’s Engadin Valley, which includes well-known ski resorts such as St. Moritz.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

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Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna

first_img 0 Comments   Share   One car’s frame was literally bent around the gate of a house.A bus was seen flipped and crumpled on a roadway.Ciudad Acuna is a city of about 100,000 across the border from Del Rio, Texas.Cano said top state officials had set out to review the damage and coordinate response to the disaster.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.Rosario Cano, spokeswoman for the interior department of the northern state of Coahuila said 10 people had been confirmed killed so far in the twister, which struck around 6:40 a.m. Central time.Photos from the scene showed cars with their hoods ripped off, resting upended against the facades of one-story houses. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Extabloid editor Coulson faces 234000 phone hacking bill

first_img Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too LONDON (AP) — A former tabloid editor who also served as British Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief has been ordered to pay 150,000 pounds ($234,000) toward the costs of his trial for phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World.Prosecutors had asked for Andy Coulson to pay 750,000 pounds.Judge John Saunders said Coulson’s “financial situation and that of his family has been seriously affected” by his legal woes, but he remained capable of earning a good living. He gave Coulson three years to pay the costs. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Coulson was jailed last year for conspiring to eavesdrop on the phones of people in the public eye. He was released in November.Revelation of the phone hacking in 2011 led owner Rupert Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Heritage Expeditions celebrates 25 years highlights Wild Earth Travel

first_imgHeritage Expeditions, the Christchurch-based expedition cruise company, is this year celebrating 25 years of operations under the guidance of the Russ family.From its start-up of individualised charters on demand, the operations now span Antarctica, Sub-Antarctic Islands, the Russian Far East and even areas within the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.Heritage Expeditions operates its itineraries with a 50 passenger expedition vessel, the Spirit of Enderby which is built for polar and oceanographic expeditions.  Featuring cabin types which range from a suite to twins and triples.“Over the years we’ve spent a lot of time developing our vessel Spirit of Enderby… which we manage 365 days of the year,” said Rodney Russ, Heritage Expeditions Founder.Mr Russ’ background in biology and his past experience with New Zealand Wildlife Service, Heritage Expeditions have a strong focus on wildlife and the animals to be found on the islands that they visit.“The more people know about wildlife, the more they’re likely to support conservation… Every one of our itineraries also contributes to a conservation charity.”One of the key features of Heritage Expeditions is its access into the Russian Far East, as the only operator with a permit to access this region, this is the only option for travellers wishing to access these oceans as travellers are not allowed to travel these regions unaccompanied.Like father like son, with both of Mr Russ’ sons also employed with Heritage Expeditions.  Truly a family business, Aaron Russ has also elected to venture into biology and has worked in the field as a biologist with a focus on the Albatross.Moving onwards from there, Aaron Russ has now launched Wild Earth Travel, a new venture into small group expeditions which has grown out of Heritage Expeditions.Its first itinerary ventures into “the other side of the Antarctic” which is accessed through Argentina, and takes travellers through Shackleton’s Antarctica. Rodney and Aaron Russ. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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Jonahs Whale Beach Names Best Australian Boutique Property

first_imgSource = Jonah’s Whale Beach Jonah’s at Whale Beach has been awarded the Best Australian Boutique Property in the Luxury Travel Magazine 2010 Gold List. The iconic Whale Beach destination has been recognised by the readers of Luxury Travel Magazine for its stunning ocean vistas, luxury boutique accommodation and world class restaurant.Jonah’s was part of an impressive line up of boutique Australian hotels, including The Islington, Tasmania and Tower Lodge in the Hunter Valley. Jonah’s is the only Relais & Chateaux property in Sydney, sitting beside Tetsuya Wakada, who is one of Relais & Chateaux’s Grand Chefs.Relais & Chateaux is the world’s most prestigious boutique hotel group, whose hotels embody the highest quality in accommodation and cuisine.2010 marks the sixth consecutive year of the prestigious Gold List Awards which recognise premium standards and unsurpassed quality in luxury travel destinations. The 2010 Gold List Award winners gathered at the Sheraton on Park Hotel, Sydney on Tuesday 30 March for an exclusive ceremony to recognise the awards.General Manager Sean Byrne said “We are obviously delighted to be recognised by the readers of Luxury Travel Magazine. I am fortunate enough to lead a superb team who are always looking to improve our service to ensure the highest standards of luxury are met.”The core team at Jonah’s includes Executive Chef George Francisco, winner of a coveted Chef’s Hat in the 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide; Ali Pinnington, Restaurant Manager and face of Jonah’s for many years, together with the newest member of the team, Head Sommelier Christian Baeppler who joins Jonah’s from Galileo Restaurant at The Observatory Hotel. Baeppler has an extremely broad knowledge of all wine regions in the world, which is already being reflected in the additions to the wine list – Jonah’s was already the holder of two goblets, presented by The Fine Wine Partners in 2009.Jonah’s is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected hospitality establishments, having turned 80 years old in 2009. Jonah’s has enjoyed a rich history having first opened in 1929 and having played host to local and international celebrities including royalty, television and film stars, business heavyweights and sporting stars.Jonah’s Partner Property, Bonville Golf Resort in Coffs Harbour NSW has also been recognised by the 2010 Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Awards as Australia’s 2nd Best Golf Resort for its deluxe accommodation, fine dining, beauty, premium service & challenging golf course which is enjoyed by domestic & international visitors to this iconic Australian golf course. Bonville has also been voted Australia’s most beautiful mainland golf course 9 years in a row, by The Golf Course Guide. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a880/” 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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Philippines to up new media promotion change slogan

first_imgPhilippines to launch new media promotion campaign Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A As part of its goal to reach 3.3 million tourists into the Philippines by the end of the year, the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) has announced it will allocate 100 million pesos to new media promotions.“We’re increasing our arrivals this year by 10 percent,” Tourism secretary Alberto Lim told local media.“And then we’re actually coming out already with a new brand and we’re already working on a new website.” e-Travel Blackboard understands DOT is currently rebranding the Philippines as a tourism destination  from WOW! Philippines and is set to launch their new brand at the end of this year or early 2011.“We’re currently testing new slogans,” DOT Undersecretary Vicente Romano told e-Travel Blackboard.“Something along the lines of ‘naturally beautiful’.”Mr Romano came to DOT direct from working as the Head of the New Media Bureau for Philippines President Benigno Aquino’s election campaign which achieved strong success using social media platforms. “I’m looking beyond just Facebook and Twitter,” Mr Romano said of his DOT plans.”[Among other plans,] I’ve got a social networking game in mind.”Speaking to reporters, Mr Lim acknowledged the role of the internet in tourism and said the Philippines wanted to enter this lucrative market, the Inquirer reported.“So we are appropriating around 100 million pesos of our budget this year for new media,” Mr Lim said, adding the monies were taken from the marketing budget. According to Mr Lim the Philippines welcomes more tourist arrivals from Korea, followed by the United States and Japan.last_img read more

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