Tags: Japan, LOL, Theme Parks & Attractions Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Posted by TOKYO — The Japanese are known for their quirky and innovative inventions, but this may very well take the cake.A video has been posted to YouTube of a proposed ‘spamusement’ park, where visitors can combine a day at the spa with the thrills and attractions of a traditional amusement park. Think rollercoaster baths and hot tub carousels and you’ve pretty much got the gist of it.The park would be based in the city of Beppu, known for its hot springs and luxury spas. Rides are based on traditional spa amenities and would incorporate plenty of water. Visitors, so it seems, aren’t required to wear clothing – a simple towel would suffice at this out-of-the-box park.Makers of the video had the goal of reaching one million views – they hit that mark in just a few days. As such, the mayor of Beppu has confirmed the city plans to begin development of the park, though no completion date has been set.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedWould you pay a visit to the world’s first spamusement park? Loading… Share Japan proposes a ‘spamusement’ park because…why not?
Six other airlines join Lufthansa in bidding to take over bankrupt Alitalia
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Six other airlines join Lufthansa in bidding to take over bankrupt Alitalia By: Colleen BarrySource: The Associated Press MILAN — Lufthansa and Easy Jet are among seven airlines that made binding offers Monday to take over all or part of Alitalia, the Italian carrier that declared bankruptcy in May.Alitalia confirmed it received seven envelopes containing bids by the evening deadline, but provided no details.German carrier Lufthansa earlier confirmed it submitted an offer to buy at least part of Alitalia’s aviation business, including global, European and domestic routes, while apparently shunning the ground and handling business.Easy Jet said it bid for “certain assets” of a restructured Alitalia, but did not give specifics.The Italian government wants to close the sale by the end of April, followed by a period of evaluation by European anti-trust authorities that would likely delay a completion of any deal until the end of summer.The government last week extended a 300 million-euro bridge loan to keep the airline operating until any sale can be complete, on top of 600 million euros extended since Alitalia declared bankruptcy.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe tender offer made clear that bankruptcy administrators want to avoid a fire-sale of Alitalia assets, giving preference to any offer that takes on the entire airline, which has 8,000 aviation employees, including pilots and flight attendants, and an additional 3,600 on the ground. But the bidding process allows for the possibility to isolate either the aviation or handling businesses.Lufthansa did not provide detailed information, including how much the bid is worth and how much staff it would retain. Lufthansa said in a statement that it wanted to establish a “NewAlitalia,” that it said “could develop long-term economic prospects.”If successful, Lufthansa would add Alitalia assets to those it is acquiring from Air Berlin, both of which were controlled by Etihad airlines until the Gulf carrier cut financing.The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported earlier Monday that Lufthansa was preparing a 500 million-euro ($590 million) bid for large parts of Alitalia, including planes, pilots, air crew and air slots. The report said the plan calls for cutting 6,000 jobs and reducing the airline’s short- and medium-haul routes, which have suffered under the pressure from low-cost airlines.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAlitalia declined to comment. Tags: Alitalia, easyJet, Lufthansa
G Adventures expands Sri Lanka sailing program with second itinerary
G Adventures expands Sri Lanka sailing program with second itinerary Share TORONTO — After making waves with its industry-first sailing trip in Sri Lanka, G Adventures has announced the launch of a second itinerary along the island’s east coast.Priced from $1,999 per person (not including flights), the seven-day ‘Sailing Sri Lanka – East Coast’ includes highlights like standup paddleboarding along deserted beaches, a visit to Koneswaram Temple, and snorkelling in Pigeon Island National Park. It’s designed to complement the existing ‘Sri Lanka tour, meaning trips will run in the country throughout the year and give travellers two different options. Trips will travel the east coast from July to September 2018, before heading to the south coast from November 2018 to April 2019.‘Sailing Sri Lanka – South Coast’, which first launched in February 2018, is already 90% sold out in its first season. According to the company, its land-based trips in Sri Lanka in 2017 tripled in demand.Both sailing trips take place on a brand new 52-foot catamaran that carries up to eight passengers. The boat was launched earlier this year for G Adventures and has four double/twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms, portholes and pop-up skylights.More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCompared to the south of the island which features more on-land excursions, the east coast is more deserted and secluded, with some of Sri Lanka’s best snorkelling opportunities. Both itineraries are timed for optimal whale watching, and guests can also take advantage of the two kayaks and two standup paddleboards onboard.Vince Donnely, Global Sailing Manager, says the new east coast itinerary adds valuable extra capacity and gives travellers the opportunity to explore new sailing territory.“We were thrilled to be the first small-group adventure company to explore Sri Lanka by sea, and we’re even more excited to be offering a second ‘travel first’ with this new itinerary along the east coast. Both trips have a local chief experience officer (CEO), skipper, and cook onboard, so travellers will experience the local culture and flavours as they explore the stunning Sri Lankan coastline,” he says.The addition of Sri Lanka sailing brings the number of sailing destinations offered by G Adventures to nine, with 26 different itineraries in total operating in the British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Greece, Indonesia, Maldives, Montenegro and Thailand.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFor more information go to gadventures.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: G Adventures, Sri Lanka Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sunwings latest sale offers deals on its toprated beach resorts
Sunwing’s latest sale offers deals on its top-rated beach resorts TORONTO — Sunwing’s last-minute savings on value-added vacation packages to five-star resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America runs until July 20.“Space is very limited and selling out quickly, so would-be sunseekers will need to act quickly,” says Sunwing.Extra savings and perks include Sunwing’s Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free deals, unlimited reservation-free specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and exclusive access to private beach and pool areas.Resorts taking part in the sale include the newly-renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, offering free activities including windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Clients who book their RIU vacation package with Sunwing get exclusive RIU-topia inclusions such as unlimited à la carte dining 24-hour room service and poolside wait service.Other options include the adults-only Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa, and the ultra-modern Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa with varied à la carte, buffet and gourmet dining experiences across 10 different restaurants. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, July 16, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Top News, Top Story
Trafalgars Sound of Music with Oberammergau a highlight for 2020
Tags: Oberammergau, Trafalgar Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Trafalgar’s 2019/2020 Travel with Faith program covers eight handcrafted trips to 19 countries and features some of the world’s most spiritual and uplifting destinations, not least of which is Oberammergau 2020.“We are very pleased to offer our loyal Canadian agents these truly enlightening travels including the once a decade experience of Oberammergau in 2020 which will definitely spark heightened interest with their clients,” says Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “With Trafalgar’s 2019/2020 Travel with Faith program, agents can now connect clients with these memorable faith-based excursions and pilgrimages that will change the way they see the world forever.”Here’s a look at two top picks:Pilgrimage to Poland Throughout Trafalgar’s eight-day Pilgrimage to Poland spiritual journey, clients arrive in Warsaw and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for an in-depth guide of Old Town visiting highlights such as Market Square, the Barbican, Warsaw Ghetto, St. James Church and the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. From Warsaw, clients journey to Niepokalanow and visit the largest Franciscan Monasteries, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe before heading to the spiritual capital of Poland, Czestochowa, where they will ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness a Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. Visiting the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (who later became Pope John Paul II), Wadowice, guests will discover the city by foot in-depth with a ‘Local Specialist’ and visit sights such as Basilica Minor, his family home and possessions before departing for Kraków for tours including Mariacki Church, known for its wooden altarpiece designed by Wit Stwosz, and finally Wawel Castle.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthSound of Music with OberammergauArriving in Munich, guests join a walking tour past some of the city’s most renowned sites, including the Opera House, Ludwigstrasse, Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz. Journeying to shy King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle and continue to Bavaria and the faithful village of Oberammergau for its once-in-a-decade re-enactment of the Passion Play. Clients then head to Salzburg for highlights such as Getreidegasse, the Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’ before attending a ‘Connect With Locals’ experience, and a Carinthian ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg. There’s also time in Vienna.Clients can view the entire 2019/2020 Travel with Faith program, including the following two featured spiritual trips, at Trafalgar.com/en-ca/travel-with-faith-2019. Trafalgar’s ‘Sound of Music with Oberammergau’ a highlight for 2020 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, October 12, 2018
Drunk honeymooners end up buying the hotel they checked in to
Travelweek Group Share Friday, October 12, 2018 Drunk honeymooners end up buying the hotel they checked in to << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Funny TORONTO — What’s the craziest thing you’ve done after having one too many? For most of us, the most cringe-worthy drunken moments usually involve things like bar-top dancing or drunk-texting an old flame. But one British couple may have trumped us all – they bought an entire hotel while on a bender on their honeymoon.According to The Mirror, Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, were on their three-week backpacking honeymoon in Sri Lanka after tying the knot in June 2017. During their trip, they checked into a rustic beachfront hotel where they befriended one of the bartenders on the first night.The three took to the beach with a few bottles of rum. It was here where the bartender told them that the hotel’s current lease was almost up.Twelve glasses of rum later and the couple found themselves making an offer to the tune of £30,000.“After finding out that it was £10,000 a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it – because we were so drunk,” said Gina. “Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours.”More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe couple took control of the hotel on July 1, 2018 and renamed it Lucky Beach Tangalle. According to Gina, their first impression of the hotel was that it looked “grotty and very cheap”, but she and Mark were enamoured with its ‘wooden tree house’ feel.They ended up paying an additional £6,000 in renovations, plus £7,000 in legal fees to obtain licences on top of the £30,000, which they’re paying in two £15,000 installments over three years.Despite struggling financially, the couple managed to pay the first payment. But life soon threw them yet another curveball: they’re now expecting their first child.“Even our friends and family think we’re idiots and shouldn’t have been doing it – we owed a lot of money from the wedding and only lived in a tiny flat, and now we had a baby on the way,” she said.But the couple decided to throw all caution to the wind and dive headfirst into their new venture as hotel owners. They opened their seven-bedroom B&B in July and have since welcomed an influx of regular customers, proving that not all drunken decisions are bad ones.
CIDGallup poll shows Araya might avoid presidential election runoff
Related posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? The real communist threat in Costa Rica Facebook Comments National Liberation Party (PLN) presidential candidate Johnny Araya has inched up in the polls as his rivals start to cannibalize one another’s support, according to the latest CID-Gallup poll published Tuesday.The PLN candidate gained ground against his chief rival, José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party. Araya rose slightly to 39 percent among likely voters who already have decided on a candidate, up 2 percent from his 37 percent support in the previous Dec. 18, 2013 Gallup poll.Villalta’s support dropped 23 percent among likely voters, attracting only 26 percent compared to his campaign high of 32 percent in the December poll.Araya may be consolidating his lead, but he is still short – albeit by a hair – of the 40 percent needed to win the Feb. 2 election outright. If no candidate wins the magic 40 percent, a runoff election will be held on April 6.Some 15 percent of likely voters are still undecided or did not respond to the survey.After the spike in support for Villalta in the Dec. 18 poll, Araya and other candidates attacked the progressive Broad Front Party candidate, comparing him unfavorably to the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega.It appears to be working.The same scare campaign suggested that Villalta, who has criticized the opening of Costa Rican markets under agreements like the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement and other neoliberal policies of previous Liberation administrations, would jeopardize service industry jobs, such as international call centers, and export-driven industries.The remaining leading candidates, Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement Party, Luis Guillermo Solís of Citizen Action Party and Rodolfo Piza of Social Christian Unity Party, have stagnated at 18 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively.Despite a strong showing during recent debates and on social media, Solís has yet to break 10 percent.During a debate on Sunday, Villalta asked Solís if PAC, another party critical of neoliberal development policies, would support the Broad Front Party in a runoff.Solís’ response that he was generally in agreement with the need to change the direction of the country from neoliberal orthodoxy set off rumors that the parties were in a formal alliance.The PAC candidate took to social media and the airwaves Tuesday morning to deny any alliance and set his sights on Villalta: “I want to win,” Solís told popular radio host Amelia Rueda.CID-Gallup’s poll surveyed 1,215 Costa Rican from across the country between Jan. 8 and Jan. 13, with a margin of error of 3.25 percent.Learn About Tableau
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Finally some upbeat news for family of Costa Ricas good Samaritan Gerardo
Related posts:Costa Rica protesters march against street harassment Street harassment critic Gerardo Cruz dies Mourners pay last respects to Gerardo Cruz, 22-year-old who exposed street harassment Citizen groups want street harassment criminalized in Costa Rica Gerardo Cruz, the 22-year-old Costa Rican man whostood up to a sex aggressor harassing a woman on the street, finally opened his eyes while lying in a hospital bed more than three weeks after he was stabbed by two men in San José, local media reported this week.Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, told the daily La Nación on Wednesday that her son “opened his eyes and is very well.” The family is hopeful that he will continue to improve after being unresponsive for several weeks, she said.Karol Zúñiga, Cruz’s wife, told La Nación:It’s a great relief to know that he has opened his eyes, that he at least knows that someone’s there for him and sending him good energy from the people who have been thinking of his health.Cruz, who has been convalescing in San José’s Calderón Guardia Hospital, had several surgeries following an attack by at least two men in the San Sebastián neighborhood of the capital on Oct. 7. The stabbing occurred just days after he posted a video on his Facebook page of a man secretly filming with his cellphone up the skirt of an unsuspecting young woman.The video — and the stabbing — prompted a national dialogue about the harassment of women in public. Supporters of Cruz calling for a new law to criminalize catcalling and other sexual harassment marched in downtown San José on Oct. 18.The news website CRHoy.com reported that although Cruz opened his eyes, he has yet to move another part of his body, according to his aunt, Kattia Cordero. Results from the latest medical tests are expected on Friday. Facebook Comments
Football Costa Rica to play Nicaragua in lastminute friendly
#LaSele inicia hoy su microciclo de cara al encuentro amistoso contra la Selección de Nicaragua del 15 de Diciembre. pic.twitter.com/HOQMRZo9qt— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) December 8, 2015 Related posts:New-look Costa Rica football team headed in right direction: 3 thoughts from Óscar Ramírez’s debut Injury may keep Costa Rica’s star goalkeeper Keylor Navas out of the Gold Cup CONCACAF Gold Cup preview: Ticos look to re-establish themselves as region’s top team Costa Rica’s football team limps into daunting test against Panama Fellow MLS star Rodney Wallace, who won a league championship Sunday with the Portland Timbers, will join the team on Thursday. The first group of players began practicing Tuesday.Ramírez is not expected to call up the team’s biggest names, like Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruíz, or Joel Campbell, from the European Leagues.The friendly should serve to give Ramírez an even better assessment of his reserves and young talents. He’s already done an admirable job of finding lineups while juggling injuries to key players. Costa Rica will not play another World Cup qualifying game until March, when it takes on Jamaica in consecutive games.Ramírez and the Ticos went 2-0 in the first leg of the fourth round of World Cup qualifying play, taking an important lead in Group B ahead of the Jamaicans and rival Panama.The Costa Rica-Nicaragua border war friendly will kick off at 6 p.m. local time from Liberia’s Edgardo Baltodano Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Facebook Comments After canceling a scheduled friendly against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines because of complications with the travel itinerary, Costa Rica’s Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL) has now gone to Plan B: an exhibition match against Nicaragua scheduled for Dec. 15 in Liberia.Nicaragua has enjoyed one of its best string of performances under Costa Rican-born coach Henry Duarte. The team sits on a 6-2-1 record for 2015, despite not advancing to the fourth round of the region’s World Cup qualifying bracket. The Nicas rank 92nd in the latest FIFA poll while Costa Rica rose three spots to 37th in the December standings.FEDEFUTBOL President Rodolfo Villalobos said Friday that the national team couldn’t make it to the previously scheduled Dec. 15 visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to travel issues with multiple layovers and difficulty entering the Caribbean country at a time when it is swamped with national festivities and elections. “We can’t put our players through such a complicated flight itinerary,” Villalobos said.Head coach Óscar Ramírez has already announced his first set of call-ups for next week’s friendly, which include burly defender Kendall Waston and the experienced Roy Miller. Waston, a member of Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps was recently named to the All-11 team, an honor marking him as one of the league’s top players.
War crimes charges against Mladic
Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements COUNT 11: TAKING OF HOSTAGESThis separate count refers to the events in 1995, when Mladic’s troops took hostage U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia to force NATO to prevent attacks on Bosnian Serb positions around Sarajevo. Between approximately 26 May 1995 and 19 June 1995, Bosnian Serb forces detained over 200 U.N. peacekeepers and military observers in various locations, sending out images of peacekeepers tied to antennas or radars in a warning to NATO. Some of the detainees were assaulted or otherwise maltreated during their captivity. They were released in several stages after an intervention from then-Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) COUNT 1: GENOCIDERatko Mladic, along with other former Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders is accused of “destroying” entire groups of Muslim and Croat communities in various parts of Bosnia. These include the 3-year relentless shelling of the capital, Sarajevo, and several other small towns such as Foca, where Serbs were particularly brutal, executing local Muslims and throwing them into a river. Some of the remains were only found last year.COUNT 2: GENOCIDEThis count of genocide refers to the mass killing of over 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica, in July 1995, which is Europe’s worst bloodshed since World War II. Mladic’s troops executed almost the entire Srebrenica male population in a few days, burying them later in mass graves around the town. Many were later found with their hands tied behind their back and identification of the remains is still ongoing.COUNT 3: PERSECUTIONSThe count relates to the persecution on political and religious grounds against Bosnia’s Muslims and Croats in the Serb-controlled towns like Banja Luka, in western Bosnia, or Bijeljina in the east. Non-Serbs in these and other towns were evicted from their homes by Serb troops, held in prison camps, tortured, raped and killed. Images or skinny, naked prisoners from the camps in western Bosnia in 1992-93 reminded the world of the Nazi-era camps. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths COUNTS 4, 5 and 6: EXTERMINATION, MURDERThese counts of the indictment refer to the widespread killings of non-Serbs that took place in the territories under the Bosnian Serb control, but also on the brutal attacks on the capital, Sarajevo, which prosecutors say were designed to “spread terror.” Mladic’s troops from 1992-95 were constantly sniping and shelling Sarajevo, killing thousands of civilians, the longest siege of a capital city since WWII.COUNTS 7 AND 8: DEPORTATION, INHUMANE ACTSMladic’s troops also used forced deportation and various inhumane acts, such as sexual violence, killing, and destruction of houses and cultural monuments and sacred sites, to rid the Serb-controller territories of non-Serbs. This was started in 1992 in what became known as ethnic cleansing. Entire communities were forcefully displaced and the U.N. Security Council set up so-called safe havens in 1993 to protect those communities from Serb troops. Those included Srebrenica, Zepa , Gorazde and Sarajevo.COUNTS 9 AND 10: TERROR, UNLAWFUL ATTACKSThe main focus of this count is on the siege of Sarajevo and the campaign of sniping and shelling to spread terror among the civilian population. Mladic’s forces sniped and shelled civilians as they conducted every day civilian activities. People were injured and killed inside their homes. The lack of gas, electricity or running water forced people to leave their homes, where they were targeted. People were also targeted while queuing for water or in the markets. Two mortar attacks on the Markale markets killed more than one hundred people and wounded more than 200. Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated Press (AP) – The indictment against Ratko Mladic _ who went on trial Wednesday at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands _ holds the former Bosnian Serb army commander “individually criminally responsible for planning, instigating, ordering and/or aiding and abetting the crimes charged in this indictment.” Mladic is charged with 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war. The counts below detail the atrocities during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war that Mladic is accused of commanding. Top Stories
AP PHOTOS Palestinians display weapons of protest
4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain All concealed their identities with checkered kaffiyehs, black masks or, in one case, a balaclava printed with a Palestinian flag and the words “Popular Resistance” in Arabic. The images provide a rare look at the Palestinian stone throwers normally seen in the streets in action against Israeli soldiers.While they are viewed as symbols of resistance and even heroes by many Palestinians, stones can kill, and the Israeli army notes that hundreds of soldiers have been injured by Palestinian stone throwers. Over the years, many stone throwers also have been wounded or killed in fighting with Israeli troops.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision? (AP) – One clutched stones behind his back, another extended a sling shot. A third man appeared wrapped in a Palestinian flag. All were masked.The seven Palestinians gathered in a home in the West Bank village of Bilin displayed their improvised weapons of protest as Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Oded Balilty snapped their portraits against a black backdrop.One muscled young man hoisted a tire like those burned in hastily thrown-up roadblocks. Another covered his face with a plastic bag like those worn by protesters for protection against tear gas. A third wore a gas mask.
Haitian company added to USbacked assembly park
Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sae-A, the main tenant, is scheduled to begin shipping T-shirts in September. Among the company’s 20 existing factories are plants in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Indonesia and Vietnam.Sae-A has contracts with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to make products in Haiti, and Target Corp. executives recently toured the project.Workers will be paid Haiti’s minimum wage, which is $5 a day, and will be eligible for bonuses based on performance.Critics of Haiti’s garment sector say the wage isn’t enough to provide a living.Critics also worry the industrial park could replicate earlier development efforts that spawned poor neighborhoods.One of Haiti’s biggest shantytowns, Cite Soleil, was originally designed as a housing project for people working in a nearby manufacturing plant in Port-au-Prince. But when years of political instability scared off investors, the facility faltered and so did its employees. Cite Soleil is now a maze-like shantytown.Caracol’s proponents argue they have spread investments in multiple communities in the north in an effort to prevent such an outcome. The projects range from not only housing and infrastructure but also agriculture.“The idea was really to do development differently and to break with the development that Haiti has seen in the past,” said Jean-Louis Warnholz, senior adviser to Mills, who is counselor and chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The newest tenant, Peintures Caraibes SA, will join South Korean garment manufacturer Sae-A Trading Co. Ltd. and will export paint made by Sherwin Williams along with its own locally made paint.The facility will initially employ 167 people, with the expectation of hiring a total of 350 people, said Pierre Yves Gardere, CEO of Peintures Caraibes.“It’s Haitian companies that came to the park and we’re waiting for others to come, too,” Martelly said at the future site of Peintures Caraibes, which is expected to begin production in October.Financed by $224 million in subsidies, the Caracol Park is the U.S.’s biggest investment in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake clobbered the capital of Port-au-Prince and threw up to 1.5 million people into grim settlements in southern Haiti.The bulk of reconstruction has focused on the crowded capital and other heavily damaged cities, but the U.S. government has also directed rebuilding efforts to other parts of Haiti.The Caracol project on a 617-acre (250-hectare) site was in the works long before the earthquake and is supposed to be Haiti’s largest private employer. The goal is to provide 20,000 jobs at the park and create 133,000 in all through cottage industries. 0 Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressCARACOL, Haiti (AP) – The Haitian government agreed Tuesday to allow a local painting manufacturing company become the second tenant at a major U.S.-backed industrial park under construction in the northern end of the country.The agreement came after President Michel Martelly and Cheryl Mills of the U.S. State Department took a tour of a 10-megawatt electrical plant that will power the Caracol Haiti Industrial Park and houses for up to 1,500 workers by year’s end. Top Stories
Alleged Colombian trafficker caught in Argentina
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Lopez and a bodyguard were arrested without a shot fired in the parking lot of “Fettuccine Mario,” where he was expected to arrive for dinner in the Buenos Aires suburb of Pilar, police said Wednesday.Lopez, 41, ran the “Urabenos” gang based northern Colombia after rising through the ranks of right-wing paramilitary groups that doubled as drug trafficking operations, national police director Gen. Jose Roberto Leon said in Bogota.The group takes its name from the Gulf of Uraba on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, from which U.S. law enforcement officials say it shipped tons of cocaine northward.Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni called Lopez “extremely dangerous” and said he has been responsible for “hundreds of deaths.”Colombian traffickers are increasingly being arrested farther from home _ in Venezuela, in Bolivia and now in Argentina _ as Colombian authorities and dozens of DEA agents have systematically captured the country’s kingpins and begun working their way down the chains of command of the remaining organized crime rings.“Colombia now effectively has no more “capos” of regional or national reach,” said Oscar Naranjo, who retired as Colombia’s national police director in July. Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Colombia’s most-wanted reputed drug trafficker was arrested outside a restaurant in suburban Buenos Aires after Colombian police spent months chasing him around South America.Carrying false passports from five countries and posing as a Venezuelan businessman, Henry de Jesus Lopez, aka “Mi Sangre,” or “My Blood,” was finally captured Tuesday night. He is accused of shipping tons of cocaine to the United States through Central America. Berni emphasized the Argentine role, attributing the arrest to “a very thorough investigation” by his agency and federal forces. He said President Cristina Fernandez had personally approved the necessary resources.Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos sent a Twitter message overnight thanking his country’s police and Argentine authorities for the arrest.Without offering any details, Berni also said that Lopez trafficked drugs in Argentina during his stay, and that investigations continue.Lopez is accused of organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, and is wanted in Colombia as well as Miami. Authorities are now evaluating which country Argentina should send him to, Gen. Leon said.He could be expelled by Argentina to Colombia, which would in turn extradite him to the United States, whose prisons house scores of Colombian drug traffickers.___Associated Press Writers Cesar Garcia and Vivian Sequera in Bogota, Frank Bajak in Lima and Michael Warren in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “He was one of the few left in Central and South America at that level,” a U.S. law enforcement official said. “Now you have the second tier.”The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Lopez was accused in a U.S. criminal complaint of shipping “multi-ton loads” of cocaine to the United States.Lopez entered Argentina with his wife and child late last year, settling them into a house in the gated community of Nordelta, where many wealthy Argentines and foreigners have waterfront homes.But Berni said he left his family there and moved constantly, jumping from property to property north of the capital, living under assumed names and protected by as many as eight bodyguards. Lopez carried false passports from Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela, and recently traveled through Paraguay and Venezuela in hopes of throwing pursuers off his trail, Leon said.In the end, a team of Colombian judicial police installed in Argentina caught him with help from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and a small group of Argentine officials. Key to the arrest was a Colombian informant who reported his location and movements. The informant, whose identity is being protected, will be paid a reward worth $660,000, Leon said. Top Stories Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy
1 of Pentagons own labs may have received suspect anthrax
WASHINGTON (AP) — A laboratory on the grounds of the Pentagon compound is among dozens of facilities that may have mistakenly received live anthrax, officials said Tuesday.Officials suggested the Pentagon lab case may have happened several years ago, although the timing was unclear. Some labs around the country and in South Korea mistakenly received the suspect anthrax in recent months.A comprehensive investigation has been under way since last week. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The Pentagon has struggled to keep up with the expanding scope of its investigation into where the potentially live anthrax was sent after it mistakenly left the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and why it was not detected earlier. A key question is why some portion of Dugway’s anthrax samples were not rendered inactive, or dead, before sending them to research labs.Earlier Tuesday, the Pentagon said it determined that possibly live anthrax was mistakenly sent to labs in Canada and Washington state, in addition to the numerous labs in the U.S. and abroad that were announced last week.A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Canadian and Washington state authorities have been notified.Patrick Gaebel, a spokesman for Health Canada, said Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was told by the Pentagon that a test kit sent there in 2006 could possibly contain live anthrax bacterium. Gaebel said the kit was intended for the lab to validate its anthrax detection system. He said they’ve located the testing kit and have confirmed it has not been used for over five years.“There is very low risk of illness and there have been no reports of illness among the staff,” Gaebel said. Donn Moyer, a spokesman with the Washington state Department of Health, said the anthrax was sent to InBios, a private lab in Seattle. Moyer said it was not opened and there was no exposure.Another U.S. defense official said the suspect anthrax may also have been received at a lab on the grounds of the Pentagon, although not inside the building. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency uses inactivated anthrax to calibrate biological threat sensors, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Pentagon security. The officials said it was unclear how recently the Pentagon agency received the suspect samples.The anthrax was supposed to have been inactivated before being sent to labs across the U.S. for research but apparently was not.Massachusetts state health officials said Tuesday that a private lab called IQuum, owned by Roche Molecular in Marlborough, Mass., received small amounts of active anthrax spores mistakenly delivered by the Defense Department. The sample was last handled at IQuum in July 2014 and has been frozen since then, state health officials said.The Pentagon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the scope and details of the anthrax shipments. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Sponsored Stories Warren said there is no known risk to public health.___Associated Press writer Robert Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories
THAI seasonally slow but steady in Q2 2010
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Thai Airways International (THAI) has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2010, reporting a seasonal slow period that was still comparatively better than the same quarter in 2009. The airline noted Iceland’s volcano eruption as a leading factor for the slowness, which reduced passenger numbers. Passenger numbers travelling to and from Thailand were adversely affected by the domestic political unrest. Consequently, the average cabin factor was 64.6 percent, as opposed to the slightly healthier 66.2 percent posted for the same period last year. THAI reported that its freight load factor was considerably higher at 64.8 percent compared to 48.5 percent in Q2 2009. This was spurred by the global economic recovery and the associated increase in exports and import demand. The airline posted total revenues of THB 39.6 million, a THB 5 million or 14.5 percent increase over Q2 2009. Total expenses were up 10 percent mainly due to a 46.6 percent increase in average jet fuel price. A favourable gain on foreign currency exchange fostered a net profit of 0.91 baht per share, compared to the net loss of 3.18 baht per share during the same period last year.According to the company website, THAI’s fully paid up share capital amounts to 17 billion baht (9 May 2005) and is 53.8 percent owned by the Ministry of Finance, the Thai Government.
Jet Airways seeking Kingfisher slots
Jet Airways has reportedly jumped at the chance to acquire vacant slots in Mumbai, belonging to grounded carrier, Kingfisher.The airline is said to have approached the aviation ministry with plans to acquire three morning slots and three evening ones, The Times of India reported.An airline source told media four of the slots would be on domestic services while the remaining two would be on international routes. The news comes less than a week after the government announced a withdrawal of all domestic and international flying slots belonging to Kingfisher Airlines, due to its indefinite suspension.The government said it would allot the slots to other airlines, to fill the 25,000 seats per week.As well as domestic routes, the slots apply to services operating to Britain, UAE, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Singapore.In other Jet Airways news, the airline has sold its three pairs of Heathrow slots to Etihad Airways, on a sale and lease back agreement.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Jet Airways reportedly looking to fly extra Mumbai services. Image” JetAirways.com
Aqua Expeditions launches Aqua Mekong
Leading luxury small ship cruising company, Aqua Expeditions, announced and celebrated the launch of Aqua Mekong, at Sydney restaurant Flying Fish last night.Already a successful luxury river cruise operator on the Amazon River since 2007, Aqua Expeditions will commence its first luxury cruise along the Mekong River on 30th September, on board Mekong Aqua, the luxury cruise operator’s first vessel in Asia.Already reporting strong bookings from both Australia and New Zealand, the journey along the Mekong River will take place between Cambodia and Vietnam on a seven night Expedition Cruise, four night Explorer Cruise and three night Discovery Cruise.“These will be important markets for Aqua Mekong and, as we anticipated, a number of bookings have come from guests who have travelled with us before on our Amazon cruises and are looking forward to this new boutique cruise experience on the Mekong,” Aqua Expeditions chief executive officer and founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Bringing Aqua Expeditions’ signature luxury style to the Mekong, Aqua Mekong is small enough to be intimate but equally as spacious and sophisticated as her sister ships, Aqua Amazon and Aqua Aria, with attention to detail right throughout, from the design and décor to the cuisine and service.Designed by Saigon based architectural firm Noor Design, Aqua Mekong offers 20 outward facing design suites, all featuring floor to ceiling windows and decorated in authentic Asian style with locally sourced materials.Aqua Mekong also features an Observation Deck, a river facing plunge pool on the Outdoor Lounge, a generous sized spa and fitness centre, library and screening room, and of course, exceptional cuisine thanks to renowned Australian Michelin-starred Chef, David Thompson, appointed as executive chef of Aqua Mekong.Check out the Aqua Mekong video here
THAI Clarification on Website Free Ticket Hoax Claiming to be the Comp
THAI Airways International www.thaiairways.comTHAI Clarification on Website Free Ticket Hoax Claiming to be the CompanyThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) provides the following clarification about a website that made false claims to be the Company and asked readers to answer a questionnaire for a chance to win a free ticket with THAI. The Company clarifies that this is not a THAI website and has no connection with THAI.THAI has held its own official activities to mark the Company’s 57th Anniversary that give customers the chance to win air tickets and other prizes. Customers may participate in these activities on http://www.facebook.com/ThaiAirways now until 15 August 2017.The public may follow THAI’s activities, news, and promotions through THAI’s official communication channels, as follows:1. www.thaiairways.com2. Facebook Official Page at facebook.com/thaiairways3. Twitter Official Account @thaiairways4. Instagram Official Account @thaiairways5. LINE Official Account @thaiairwaysSource = THAI Airways International
Sustainable tourism – a tool for development
Sustainable tourism – a tool for developmentSustainable tourism – a tool for developmentThat’s the motto of today’s world tourism day 2017. Since 1980, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)emphasizes the chances and risks of international tourism on this day. Especially when it comes to ecological, socio economical and general political conditions. A current study by Statista shows a typology of tourists with respect for worldwide sustainability. Swiss people come in first place with a total percentage of 24. Runner up: Brazilians, with 22 percent and Sweden being the country with the third highest respect for sustainability. This trend to sustainability is visible on a worldwide basis. Lastly, there are over 200 different certificates and awards that distinguish sustainable holiday destinations as well as hotels. So, how does one find reliable travel options among this overwhelming amount of offers, that allows us to deliberately support sustainable projects in areas close to these hotels? Green Pearls® is here to help pointing out various travel options.Environmental awareness from the startSurrounded by a vivid green landscape in Sri Lanka, you can find the Hunas Falls by Amaya. Steep tea- and spice plantations alternate with idyllic creeks, waterfalls and forests. Moreover, the Amaya hotel group acts out of firm beliefs when it comes to its green initiatives. All while being in accordance with nature and local culture. The sustainable approach does not only become visible in the strict prevention of waste, an environmental friendly energy- and water usage, but mostly in Amaya’s great social responsibility. In that matter, the hotel’s own foundation supports the scholastic education of children living in families with low income and organizes frequent trainings and campaign days about environmental protection. Furthermore, every Hunas Falls by Amaya guest has the chance to experience these projects on-site as well as supporting one or even several projects from home. Recollecting a culture of simplicityThe Keemala Resort is located amidst the tropical forests of Phuket in Thailand. Guests are able to settle down and relax, while being in harmony with nature and the local culture of Thailand. The resort’s concept is based on old fictional tribes from Phuket and thus combines worldly wisdoms and traditions with a modern, sustainable lifestyle. In Keemala you experience a conscious recollection of a culture based on simplicity. A wide variety of gardens cultivate vegetables, fruit and herbs in a natural, organic way, in order to achieve a healthy concept of living. Gentle immersion into paradiseCarefree diving and snorkeling without feeling guilty? This is possible in the National Marine Park on the Seychelles, since the residents chose to consistently support the preservation of nature, ocean and the underwater world. A conviction that is passed on to guests as well. In that way, guests are not only able to experience the natural beauty, complete with mile-long sandy beaches and deep blue water, but also make a vital contribution to the preservation of this spectacular natural sight. The Cerf Island Resort, that is located directly at the entrance of the National Park, allows visitors to enjoy an authentic vacation. Adding to that, every villa of the resort has been built in a traditional way, while aligning with naturally found circumstances. Environmental protection and the preservation of nature are highly prioritized in every single attempt.Green wellness-luxuryThe Hotel Seeschlößchen is located directly by the Senftenberg lake at the „Lausitzer Seenplatte“ in Germany. This hotel is truly a luxurious Ayurvedic temple. Stretching across four floors, the therapy room has its own Yoga room and a bright resting area with a gallery. A responsible consumption and the promotion of a wholesome health concept set the foundation for all of the sustainable treatments and health classes. Moreover, the wellness offers are complemented by a lovingly designed wellness garden, a Russian Banja and a Turkish Hamam. Full wood-speed aheadClimate protection has a special meaning to the Leitlhof in South Tyrol. Their own wood-fired power plant produces eco power and thermic energy, supplying the whole hotel with it. Furthermore, the power plant is fueled with wood chips from their own forest. Hence, the hotel is energy-self sufficient and has thus been awarded second climate neutral hotel business in Eastern Tyrol. Also, the CO2 emissions were reduced by one third, despite the hotels expansion. Frequent tours of the wood-fired power plant are run by junior manager Stephan Mühlmann, where interested groups and school classes are able to learn all about the power system.The German Green Pearls GmbH with place of business in Darmstadt, Germany unifies international tourism companies that support environmental protection and demonstrate social commitment. Thereby, Green Pearls is the first holding company worldwide that consolidates sustainable hotels, destinations and restaurants in a global data source.Among the criteria of admission to Green Pearls® Unique Places, are a sustainability plan on management level, sustainable architecture, comprehensive water, energy saving and waste recovery measures, the use of seasonal and regional ingredients in the kitchen, as well as a large commitment for the social balance in each of the vacation regions.Source = Green Pearls