SLH adds 8 luxury properties in Caribbean South Pacific Europe

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has announced a slew of new properties to its expanding portfolio, with travel agents banking commissions that range from 10-20%.In the Caribbean, SLH welcomes The Manoah Boutique Hotel in Shoal Bay, Anguilla, featuring rooms priced from US$350 per night. Having just opened in December 2016, the hotel is wowing guests with its 25 bedrooms and suites, an Olympic-sized swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, two beach bars, a spa and the Ocean Beach Club Restaurant, which serves fresh seasonal produce.The Reef by CuisinArt in Anguilla opened its doors in November 2016 with 80 suites directly on the Caribbean Sea. Amenities include an on-property hydroponic farm, beachfront bar and restaurant and a white sand beach with dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Rooms start at $500 per night.Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa is SLH’s first property in St Barth’s. The hotel opened its doors last November with 46 rooms and suites that open out onto private terraces and swimming pools. Another perk: The hotel’s spa has partnered with luxury French skincare brand La Mer. Rooms start at $648 per night.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn St. Kitts and Nevis, SLH welcomes Paradise Beach Nevis, which has the distinction of being the only villa resort on the island. The resort is child friendly and features villas that accommodate up to eight people. Each of the seven villas boast a marble or limestone bath, king beds, sound system, fitness studio, dining rooms, private pool and Hermés bath products. Rooms start at $876 per night.Point Grace Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos is also new to SLH. With rooms priced from $460, this upscale property boasts 25 suites, all of which span over 1,000 square feet, two restaurants, the Thalasso Spa, and fine dining at two restaurants.For an extra exotic touch, SLH now includes Kokomo Island in the Kadavu Islands, Fiji. Dubbed as Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Island opens in March 2017 and is the first SLH hotel in Fiji. Selling features include 21 villas, three restaurants, spa, and excellent diving (the resort is encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef). Rooms start at $1,795 per night.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIn Europe, SLH has added two new properties: Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites in Naxos, Greece, and Sikelia in Pantelleria, Italy. The former – a chic hilltop retreat with 10 sugar cube white villas and suites – offers cave-like rooms priced from $288 per night, while the latter – built out of an ancient dammuso – has rooms priced from $360 per night.For more information go to slh.com. Thursday, February 23, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Small Luxury Hotels of the Worldcenter_img Posted by Share SLH adds 8 luxury properties in Caribbean, South Pacific & Europelast_img read more

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has announced a slew of new properties to its expanding portfolio, with travel agents banking commissions that range from 10-20%.In the Caribbean, SLH welcomes The Manoah Boutique Hotel in Shoal Bay, Anguilla, featuring rooms priced from US$350 per night. Having just opened in December 2016, the hotel is wowing guests with its 25 bedrooms and suites, an Olympic-sized swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, two beach bars, a spa and the Ocean Beach Club Restaurant, which serves fresh seasonal produce.The Reef by CuisinArt in Anguilla opened its doors in November 2016 with 80 suites directly on the Caribbean Sea. Amenities include an on-property hydroponic farm, beachfront bar and restaurant and a white sand beach with dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Rooms start at $500 per night.Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa is SLH’s first property in St Barth’s. The hotel opened its doors last November with 46 rooms and suites that open out onto private terraces and swimming pools. Another perk: The hotel’s spa has partnered with luxury French skincare brand La Mer. Rooms start at $648 per night.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn St. Kitts and Nevis, SLH welcomes Paradise Beach Nevis, which has the distinction of being the only villa resort on the island. The resort is child friendly and features villas that accommodate up to eight people. Each of the seven villas boast a marble or limestone bath, king beds, sound system, fitness studio, dining rooms, private pool and Hermés bath products. Rooms start at $876 per night.Point Grace Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos is also new to SLH. With rooms priced from $460, this upscale property boasts 25 suites, all of which span over 1,000 square feet, two restaurants, the Thalasso Spa, and fine dining at two restaurants.For an extra exotic touch, SLH now includes Kokomo Island in the Kadavu Islands, Fiji. Dubbed as Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Island opens in March 2017 and is the first SLH hotel in Fiji. Selling features include 21 villas, three restaurants, spa, and excellent diving (the resort is encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef). Rooms start at $1,795 per night.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIn Europe, SLH has added two new properties: Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites in Naxos, Greece, and Sikelia in Pantelleria, Italy. The former – a chic hilltop retreat with 10 sugar cube white villas and suites – offers cave-like rooms priced from $288 per night, while the latter – built out of an ancient dammuso – has rooms priced from $360 per night.For more information go to slh.com. Thursday, February 23, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Small Luxury Hotels of the Worldcenter_img Posted by Share SLH adds 8 luxury properties in Caribbean, South Pacific & Europelast_img read more

Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging BC wildfires

first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert Friday, July 14, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img VANCOUVER — Wildfires are currently making their way across British Columbia, prompting the province to issue a state of emergency. Monitoring the situation closely is Rocky Mountaineer, which operates train journeys through B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.According to an alert on the company’s website, due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, affecting the July 15 eastbound departure of ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ from Vancouver to Jasper. The company has put in place alternative plans for these guests to travel by train and motorcoach from Vancouver to Jasper.The alert also noted that the July 18 westbound ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ departure from Jasper to Vancouver may be affected as well.However, trains travelling via Kamloops on ‘First Passage to the West’ (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and ‘Journey through the Clouds’ (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected by the wildfires.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe following upcoming departures are also not affected:July 14 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to Lake Louise and BanffJuly 14 – Eastbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Vancouver to JasperJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Vancouver to SeattleJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Seattle to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound First Passage to the West departure from Banff and Lake Louise to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Jasper to VancouverJuly 17 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to BanffJuly 18 – Eastbound Journey Through the Clouds from Vancouver to JasperClients are asked to contact Rocky Mountaineer between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT at 1-877-460-3200 for assistance.More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. Approximately 188 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, reports Global News. Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging B.C. wildfires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert Friday, July 14, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img VANCOUVER — Wildfires are currently making their way across British Columbia, prompting the province to issue a state of emergency. Monitoring the situation closely is Rocky Mountaineer, which operates train journeys through B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.According to an alert on the company’s website, due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, affecting the July 15 eastbound departure of ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ from Vancouver to Jasper. The company has put in place alternative plans for these guests to travel by train and motorcoach from Vancouver to Jasper.The alert also noted that the July 18 westbound ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ departure from Jasper to Vancouver may be affected as well.However, trains travelling via Kamloops on ‘First Passage to the West’ (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and ‘Journey through the Clouds’ (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected by the wildfires.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe following upcoming departures are also not affected:July 14 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to Lake Louise and BanffJuly 14 – Eastbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Vancouver to JasperJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Vancouver to SeattleJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Seattle to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound First Passage to the West departure from Banff and Lake Louise to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Jasper to VancouverJuly 17 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to BanffJuly 18 – Eastbound Journey Through the Clouds from Vancouver to JasperClients are asked to contact Rocky Mountaineer between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT at 1-877-460-3200 for assistance.More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. Approximately 188 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, reports Global News. Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging B.C. wildfires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Mexico agrees on cooperation alliance with Central America

first_imgThe presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA) met Wednesday in San José for a summit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, where they discussed issues to improve collaboration in the region.Prior to the beginning of the summit, Peña Nieto expressed his support for the construction of a bridge at the border between Costa Rica and Panama, and said that “infrastructure is strategic to achieve greater trade.”He also stressed that Mexico is closely related to Central America, and that his objective is to foster integration, because “we share borders with this region and more than a division, they should be a symbol of unity and joint opportunities.”In an activity to honor him given by Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla, Peña Nieto said his government is committed to boost Mexico’s presence in SICA.Costa Rica has a free trade agreement with Mexico since 1995. However, a new negotiation was called in order to modernize it and to include all Central American nations, a process that ended in October 2011.The new agreement was already signed by all regional countries except Costa Rica, but Chinchilla promised that the Legislative Assembly would approve it in March.Peña Nieto visited Costa Rica’s National Theater, where Chinchilla presented him with the “National Order of Juan Mora Fernández,” with which Costa Rica honors “distinguished politicians.”In addition to the presidents of Costa Rica and Mexico, the summit included presidents Otto Pérez Molina, Ricardo Martinelli and Porfirio Lobo, from Guatemala, Panama and Honduras, respectively. The governments of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize and the Dominican Republic sent representatives. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgThe presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA) met Wednesday in San José for a summit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, where they discussed issues to improve collaboration in the region.Prior to the beginning of the summit, Peña Nieto expressed his support for the construction of a bridge at the border between Costa Rica and Panama, and said that “infrastructure is strategic to achieve greater trade.”He also stressed that Mexico is closely related to Central America, and that his objective is to foster integration, because “we share borders with this region and more than a division, they should be a symbol of unity and joint opportunities.”In an activity to honor him given by Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla, Peña Nieto said his government is committed to boost Mexico’s presence in SICA.Costa Rica has a free trade agreement with Mexico since 1995. However, a new negotiation was called in order to modernize it and to include all Central American nations, a process that ended in October 2011.The new agreement was already signed by all regional countries except Costa Rica, but Chinchilla promised that the Legislative Assembly would approve it in March.Peña Nieto visited Costa Rica’s National Theater, where Chinchilla presented him with the “National Order of Juan Mora Fernández,” with which Costa Rica honors “distinguished politicians.”In addition to the presidents of Costa Rica and Mexico, the summit included presidents Otto Pérez Molina, Ricardo Martinelli and Porfirio Lobo, from Guatemala, Panama and Honduras, respectively. The governments of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize and the Dominican Republic sent representatives. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Nicaragua begins repairs on canals in disputed border area

first_imgMANAGUA – Following orders issued last week by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Nicaragua commenced repairing two canals on the disputed border territory of Isla Calero in the mouth of the San Juan River, in northeast Costa Rica.“We currently are filling the 150 meters canals, which I mostly cleaned of water lilies and other aquatic plants,” former guerrilla leader Edén “Comandante Cero” Pastora, in charge of dredging project, told local Channel 15.“Repair works will take three or four days … There are some 50 men in the area with shovels, moving sand and covering the canals,” Pastora added. President Daniel Ortega’s administration opened the canals using dredges to gain access to the Caribbean from the San Juan.Nicaragua and Costa Rica both claim ownership of the 1.16 square miles (three square kilometers) of border territory. The area is a protected wetland under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.The conflict originated in October 2010 when Costa Rica reported that Nicaragua had invaded its territory while Ortega’s administration officials rejected the claims, arguing the land belongs to Nicaragua.In December of that year, Costa Rica filed an lawsuit before the ICJ and in March 2011 the court issued injunctions ordering both countries to clear the disputed area from both military and civilian personnel.However, San José has been claiming that Nicaragua does not respect these provisions. Last September, Costa Rica asked the ICJ to extend precautionary measures, presenting evidence that Nicaragua was dredging two canals in the area and had built two artificial canals connecting the San Juan River and the Caribbean Sea.Last Nov. 22, ICJ President Peter Tomka ordered Nicaragua to “abstain from any type of dredging or other activities in the disputed territory, and particularly, from any type of work on the two canals.”The ICJ ruling also gave the Nicaraguan government two weeks to repair the canals and to remove all equipment and personal from the area. The two weeks is up Dec. 5. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgMANAGUA – Following orders issued last week by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Nicaragua commenced repairing two canals on the disputed border territory of Isla Calero in the mouth of the San Juan River, in northeast Costa Rica.“We currently are filling the 150 meters canals, which I mostly cleaned of water lilies and other aquatic plants,” former guerrilla leader Edén “Comandante Cero” Pastora, in charge of dredging project, told local Channel 15.“Repair works will take three or four days … There are some 50 men in the area with shovels, moving sand and covering the canals,” Pastora added. President Daniel Ortega’s administration opened the canals using dredges to gain access to the Caribbean from the San Juan.Nicaragua and Costa Rica both claim ownership of the 1.16 square miles (three square kilometers) of border territory. The area is a protected wetland under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.The conflict originated in October 2010 when Costa Rica reported that Nicaragua had invaded its territory while Ortega’s administration officials rejected the claims, arguing the land belongs to Nicaragua.In December of that year, Costa Rica filed an lawsuit before the ICJ and in March 2011 the court issued injunctions ordering both countries to clear the disputed area from both military and civilian personnel.However, San José has been claiming that Nicaragua does not respect these provisions. Last September, Costa Rica asked the ICJ to extend precautionary measures, presenting evidence that Nicaragua was dredging two canals in the area and had built two artificial canals connecting the San Juan River and the Caribbean Sea.Last Nov. 22, ICJ President Peter Tomka ordered Nicaragua to “abstain from any type of dredging or other activities in the disputed territory, and particularly, from any type of work on the two canals.”The ICJ ruling also gave the Nicaraguan government two weeks to repair the canals and to remove all equipment and personal from the area. The two weeks is up Dec. 5. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

No need to declare emergency over Ebola threat says health official

first_imgRelated posts:Health officials in Costa Rica react to first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States Mexico turns away cruise ship carrying Texas health worker Costa Rica loses seat on UN Human Rights Council Zika research to be published rapidly and free As new cases of the Ebola virus loom abroad, including one inNew York, another virus has claimed 31 lives in Costa Rica so far this year: the common flu. Despite the media hoopla surrounding the West African virus, María Ethel Trejos, surveillance director for the Public Health Ministry, said that the chance of an Ebola case appearing in Costa Rica is very low.Trejos said that deaths from the common flu in Costa Rica can be as high as 60 cases annually, depending on how the influenza virus spreads in a given year. The health official said that there have been no suspected cases of Ebola in Costa Rica, besides a “false alarm” earlier this month.“As a country, we’re in a process of preparation. If a case arises, we have people who are trained and capable of handling the case,” she said.Ebola should be taken seriously, health officials said, but added that extreme measures like closing borders or declaring a state of emergency are not necessary to prevent and control the virus if it were to appear here.“There are other illnesses that are affecting us much more,” Enrique Pérez, a representative of the Pan American Health Organization told The Tico Times.“You should be more concerned about about what is actually affecting you. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be prepared; of course you have to have a contingency plan, because you never know how easily some new disease is going to spread through the population and if there are enough resources to cover it,” he added.Trejos said that cases of the virus were unlikely in Costa Rica, but that doesn’t mean the country has not been taking steps to prepare for Ebola, which has a fatality rate between 50 and 80 percent.Trejos and Pérez said that Costa Rica was prepared to handle a case of the virus, but noted that the ministry continued to carry out trainings for public health, public security and customs officials. Trejos said Costa Rica has an Ebola-specific protocol that would be triggered in the event that a suspicious case were identified. Earlier this month, Border Police implemented an infectious illness protocol to handle any possible Ebola cases from migrants entering Costa Rica illegally.Costa Rica has not taken preventive measures that Trejos characterized as cosmetic, including taking the temperature of travelers entering the country or closing borders. The health official said that checking for a fever is ineffective because it is a common symptom for a variety of illnesses.On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro urged Costa Rica, as the president pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, to call a meeting to develop a strategy to control and prevent Ebola in the region. Pérez did not give a direct answer about Maduro’s comment but said that PAHO has already taken steps to coordinate information sharing, logistics and training in Latin America to address the virus.Ebola has a relatively low transmission rate, especially compared to respiratory viruses like H1N1 or the avian flu that spread through the air. The virus can only be contracted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola or who has recently died from it; coming into contact with objects, like clothing or sheets, that have an infected person’s fluids on them; or the bodily fluids of an infected animal. The virus can also be passed through semen for up to 90 days by a patient who survives the virus. The pathogen has a transmission rate of between one and two cases per positive case, less than SARS, Hepatitis C, HIV, and Spanish flu, for example.Trejos said that isolated cases of the virus, like those in Spain, Dallas and New York, would likely continue to appear outside Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where some 5,000 people have died from the virus.Ebola is an expensive virus for which to prepare. Pérez said that PAHO is coordinating the purchase of protective suits and other equipment to handle an Ebola case on the isthmus en masse as a way to reduce costs for Central American countries. Trejos estimated that a level 3 biohazard protective suit required to handle Ebola samples could cost $1,500. Pérez said that PAHO did not have estimates for how much preparing for Ebola would cost Central America.“If the necessary control measures are not taken it could have a cost in large amounts, not only economic but also in lives that would be tragic for the country,” said Pérez. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Health officials in Costa Rica react to first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States Mexico turns away cruise ship carrying Texas health worker Costa Rica loses seat on UN Human Rights Council Zika research to be published rapidly and free As new cases of the Ebola virus loom abroad, including one inNew York, another virus has claimed 31 lives in Costa Rica so far this year: the common flu. Despite the media hoopla surrounding the West African virus, María Ethel Trejos, surveillance director for the Public Health Ministry, said that the chance of an Ebola case appearing in Costa Rica is very low.Trejos said that deaths from the common flu in Costa Rica can be as high as 60 cases annually, depending on how the influenza virus spreads in a given year. The health official said that there have been no suspected cases of Ebola in Costa Rica, besides a “false alarm” earlier this month.“As a country, we’re in a process of preparation. If a case arises, we have people who are trained and capable of handling the case,” she said.Ebola should be taken seriously, health officials said, but added that extreme measures like closing borders or declaring a state of emergency are not necessary to prevent and control the virus if it were to appear here.“There are other illnesses that are affecting us much more,” Enrique Pérez, a representative of the Pan American Health Organization told The Tico Times.“You should be more concerned about about what is actually affecting you. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be prepared; of course you have to have a contingency plan, because you never know how easily some new disease is going to spread through the population and if there are enough resources to cover it,” he added.Trejos said that cases of the virus were unlikely in Costa Rica, but that doesn’t mean the country has not been taking steps to prepare for Ebola, which has a fatality rate between 50 and 80 percent.Trejos and Pérez said that Costa Rica was prepared to handle a case of the virus, but noted that the ministry continued to carry out trainings for public health, public security and customs officials. Trejos said Costa Rica has an Ebola-specific protocol that would be triggered in the event that a suspicious case were identified. Earlier this month, Border Police implemented an infectious illness protocol to handle any possible Ebola cases from migrants entering Costa Rica illegally.Costa Rica has not taken preventive measures that Trejos characterized as cosmetic, including taking the temperature of travelers entering the country or closing borders. The health official said that checking for a fever is ineffective because it is a common symptom for a variety of illnesses.On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro urged Costa Rica, as the president pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, to call a meeting to develop a strategy to control and prevent Ebola in the region. Pérez did not give a direct answer about Maduro’s comment but said that PAHO has already taken steps to coordinate information sharing, logistics and training in Latin America to address the virus.Ebola has a relatively low transmission rate, especially compared to respiratory viruses like H1N1 or the avian flu that spread through the air. The virus can only be contracted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola or who has recently died from it; coming into contact with objects, like clothing or sheets, that have an infected person’s fluids on them; or the bodily fluids of an infected animal. The virus can also be passed through semen for up to 90 days by a patient who survives the virus. The pathogen has a transmission rate of between one and two cases per positive case, less than SARS, Hepatitis C, HIV, and Spanish flu, for example.Trejos said that isolated cases of the virus, like those in Spain, Dallas and New York, would likely continue to appear outside Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where some 5,000 people have died from the virus.Ebola is an expensive virus for which to prepare. Pérez said that PAHO is coordinating the purchase of protective suits and other equipment to handle an Ebola case on the isthmus en masse as a way to reduce costs for Central American countries. Trejos estimated that a level 3 biohazard protective suit required to handle Ebola samples could cost $1,500. Pérez said that PAHO did not have estimates for how much preparing for Ebola would cost Central America.“If the necessary control measures are not taken it could have a cost in large amounts, not only economic but also in lives that would be tragic for the country,” said Pérez. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to

first_img Facebook Comments SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Some 400 gang members were transferred on Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco, 66 kilometers west of the capital, in order to cut off communication with their gangs and prevent new crimes, an official source reported.The country’s prison administration announced via its Twitter account “the transfer of 400 inmates from the prisons in Ciudad Barrios and Chalatenango (respectively, 153 kilometers east and 80 kilometers north of San Salvador) to the prison in Izalco.”According to the country’s prison administration, the transferred prisoners are “more dangerous criminals,” who will be in Izalco in “a higher security regime.”The prison administration did not specify which of the gangs operating in the country the inmates belong to. Another 1,100 prisoners were relocated early this week in different prison facilities.Prison administration head Rodil Hernández recently said the transfers are taking place “to cut off all channels of communication” allowing jailed leaders to order their gangs, or maras, to commit crimes outside the prisons.The relocations had been announced a couple of weeks ago by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, among a series of measures aimed at fighting off criminal violence, which has increased over the past months, particularly against state security forces.According to the authorities, 23 policemen and six members of the military have been killed by gangs this year. A total of 1,194 people were killed in El Salvador between January 1 to April 5, according to official estimates.The President has also ordered the creation of “immediate reaction” battalions, one in the police and three in the army, to combat gangs.Local media published a communiqué on Friday in which gangs commit to respecting the lives of policemen, soldiers, prison guards, judges, public officials and politicians, and reducing murders in general.“As of now we are instructing our units to remain garrisoned, and to store the weapons,” the dangerous Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs said in their communiqué, according to El Diario de Hoy.Authorities estimate there are some 70,000 gang members in the country, 10,000 of whom are in prison. Related posts:In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador ‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s storylast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Some 400 gang members were transferred on Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco, 66 kilometers west of the capital, in order to cut off communication with their gangs and prevent new crimes, an official source reported.The country’s prison administration announced via its Twitter account “the transfer of 400 inmates from the prisons in Ciudad Barrios and Chalatenango (respectively, 153 kilometers east and 80 kilometers north of San Salvador) to the prison in Izalco.”According to the country’s prison administration, the transferred prisoners are “more dangerous criminals,” who will be in Izalco in “a higher security regime.”The prison administration did not specify which of the gangs operating in the country the inmates belong to. Another 1,100 prisoners were relocated early this week in different prison facilities.Prison administration head Rodil Hernández recently said the transfers are taking place “to cut off all channels of communication” allowing jailed leaders to order their gangs, or maras, to commit crimes outside the prisons.The relocations had been announced a couple of weeks ago by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, among a series of measures aimed at fighting off criminal violence, which has increased over the past months, particularly against state security forces.According to the authorities, 23 policemen and six members of the military have been killed by gangs this year. A total of 1,194 people were killed in El Salvador between January 1 to April 5, according to official estimates.The President has also ordered the creation of “immediate reaction” battalions, one in the police and three in the army, to combat gangs.Local media published a communiqué on Friday in which gangs commit to respecting the lives of policemen, soldiers, prison guards, judges, public officials and politicians, and reducing murders in general.“As of now we are instructing our units to remain garrisoned, and to store the weapons,” the dangerous Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs said in their communiqué, according to El Diario de Hoy.Authorities estimate there are some 70,000 gang members in the country, 10,000 of whom are in prison. Related posts:In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador ‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s storylast_img read more

Grab your binoculars Its Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside in teams, or “sides,” competing to see who could kill the most birds (and mammals) within the day. Then, in 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman of the emerging National Audubon Society inspired 27 birders across the United States and Canada to go out on December 25 and initiate an alternative to this bloody tradition: counting birds instead of shooting them. So was born theChristmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the largest and longest-running citizen science efforts in the world.Since its inception, the CBC has spread to Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and some Pacific islands, and is now conducted annually in the form of daylong counts held from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. During the 2014-2015 CBC, over 72,000 participants documented more than 68 million birds belonging to 2,106 species – about one-fifth of the bird species on earth. A rare Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), Costa Rica’s tallest bird, spotted in Guanacaste province on November 22, 2015. (Courtesy of Federico Matarrita)The long-term bird population data generated by the army of CBC volunteer participants has been invaluable to researchers, conservationists and government decision makers. As the Christmas Bird Count enters its 116th round this year, Costa Rica marks 31 years of participation with its longest running count, held at La Selva Biological Station since 1985. In fact, a study released this year assesses factors affecting bird populations in La Selva based on an analysis of 23 years of its Christmas Bird Count data.In addition to providing valuable data, Christmas Bird Counts are a great way to see new places, meet people, improve your birding skills or just enjoy the outdoors. If you’re new to birding, a bird count may seem daunting, but it’s actually a fun way to get started – and you can really boost your ID skills by observing alongside more experienced birders. Bird counters search for the source of a call during the 2014 Christmas Bird Count in Santa Rosa National Park. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesCosta Rica’s December 2015 bird countsVarious bird counts are held in Costa Rica throughout the year, but there is an especially high number in December (some of which, but not all, are formal participants in Audubon’s CBC). Below is a list of this month’s bird counts, as reported by the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica and the Ornithologists’ Union of Costa Rica. With each listing is the associated contact information for anyone interested in learning more or signing up.Dec. 5: ArenalDiego Quesada: conteoavesarenal@gmail.comDec. 5 – 6: CartagoCésar Sánchez: cessamo@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/cbccartago/Dec. 12: Golfitoavesdegolfito@gmail.comDec. 13 – 14: Arenal-Tempisque Conservation AreaIsaac López: isaac.lopez@sinac.go.crDec. 14: MonteverdeRicardo Guindon: ricguindon@gmail.comDec. 15: CATIE – TurrialbaAlejandra Martínez: amartinez@catie.ac.crDec. 15: Central Pacific/Carara National ParkJohan Fernández: johanbirdingcr@gmail.comDec. 17: Bosque Nuboso del Occidente – San Ramónbosquenubosooccidente@gmail.comDec. 19: La Selva Biological Station – SarapiquíOrlando Vargas: orlando.vargas@ots.crDec. 19: Osa PeninsulaKaren Leavelle: karenleavelle@osabirds.orgDec. 21: Rainforest Adventures Atlantic – Braulio Carrillo areaatlantictram@rainforestadventure.comDec. 28: Santa Rosa National Park – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crDec. 30: Cacao Volcano – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crHow a bird count works & what to keep in mindWhether you’re up in a cloud forest, down on the beach, or wading through a swamp, Christmas Bird Counts always work the same way. Each site consists of a circle 15 miles in diameter, and several predetermined “routes.” Participants are divided into teams, each led by at least one experienced birder, and assigned to a route. On the day of the count, each team travels its route, recording every single bird it can identify either by sight or call during a 24-hour period that runs from midnight to midnight; this usually means being in the field from dawn to dusk (or longer), and sometimes making nighttime excursions as well. After the count, each team submits its data to the designated data compiler for the circle. Colored lines show the routes planned for the Cartago bird count to be held on Dec. 5-6, 2015. (Via Censo de Aves de Cartago Facebook page)Rose Marie Menacho, president of the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica, sees Costa Rica’s bird counts as a great tool for education, introducing people to places they might not otherwise have visited, and getting them involved in birding and conservation. The Tico Times asked Menacho to share her advice for bird count participants (beyond the basics of getting a decent pair of binoculars and a field guide). Here’s what she had to say:Be honest about your level of expertise, so count organizers can plan groups appropriately.Tell organizers about any physical limitations you have, as some sites and routes are more difficult than others.Study the species in your count area beforehand, so you can ID them more quickly in the field.Don’t be intimidated by people with more experience. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many experienced birders are eager to help the next generation of counters hone their skills.Go into your bird count with an open attitude, ready to learn and focus on the goal of finding birds.Count organizers will be able to tell you what the appropriate clothing is for each site, but in general, avoid wearing bright colors. Browns, greens, and grays are best.If you don’t have a conversational level of Spanish, some counts might be more difficult for you to navigate than others. For example, La Selva usually has bilingual guides participating in the count, but others may not. A map showing the Santa Rosa and Cacao Christmas Bird Count circles, at a planning meeting in December 2014. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesIf you’d like to contribute to this effort but can’t commit to a bird count or are physically unable to spend a long day in the field, you can always watch for birds around your home, or wherever you happen to be, and submit your findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird database, any day of the year. All data, no matter how repetitive, is helpful. Happy birding!Robin Kazmier is general manager of The Tico Times Publications Group, editor of various field guides and natural history books, and author of National Parks of Costa Rica (with photographer Greg Basco). She lives in San José. “Into the Wild” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside in teams, or “sides,” competing to see who could kill the most birds (and mammals) within the day. Then, in 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman of the emerging National Audubon Society inspired 27 birders across the United States and Canada to go out on December 25 and initiate an alternative to this bloody tradition: counting birds instead of shooting them. So was born theChristmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the largest and longest-running citizen science efforts in the world.Since its inception, the CBC has spread to Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and some Pacific islands, and is now conducted annually in the form of daylong counts held from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. During the 2014-2015 CBC, over 72,000 participants documented more than 68 million birds belonging to 2,106 species – about one-fifth of the bird species on earth. A rare Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), Costa Rica’s tallest bird, spotted in Guanacaste province on November 22, 2015. (Courtesy of Federico Matarrita)The long-term bird population data generated by the army of CBC volunteer participants has been invaluable to researchers, conservationists and government decision makers. As the Christmas Bird Count enters its 116th round this year, Costa Rica marks 31 years of participation with its longest running count, held at La Selva Biological Station since 1985. In fact, a study released this year assesses factors affecting bird populations in La Selva based on an analysis of 23 years of its Christmas Bird Count data.In addition to providing valuable data, Christmas Bird Counts are a great way to see new places, meet people, improve your birding skills or just enjoy the outdoors. If you’re new to birding, a bird count may seem daunting, but it’s actually a fun way to get started – and you can really boost your ID skills by observing alongside more experienced birders. Bird counters search for the source of a call during the 2014 Christmas Bird Count in Santa Rosa National Park. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesCosta Rica’s December 2015 bird countsVarious bird counts are held in Costa Rica throughout the year, but there is an especially high number in December (some of which, but not all, are formal participants in Audubon’s CBC). Below is a list of this month’s bird counts, as reported by the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica and the Ornithologists’ Union of Costa Rica. With each listing is the associated contact information for anyone interested in learning more or signing up.Dec. 5: ArenalDiego Quesada: conteoavesarenal@gmail.comDec. 5 – 6: CartagoCésar Sánchez: cessamo@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/cbccartago/Dec. 12: Golfitoavesdegolfito@gmail.comDec. 13 – 14: Arenal-Tempisque Conservation AreaIsaac López: isaac.lopez@sinac.go.crDec. 14: MonteverdeRicardo Guindon: ricguindon@gmail.comDec. 15: CATIE – TurrialbaAlejandra Martínez: amartinez@catie.ac.crDec. 15: Central Pacific/Carara National ParkJohan Fernández: johanbirdingcr@gmail.comDec. 17: Bosque Nuboso del Occidente – San Ramónbosquenubosooccidente@gmail.comDec. 19: La Selva Biological Station – SarapiquíOrlando Vargas: orlando.vargas@ots.crDec. 19: Osa PeninsulaKaren Leavelle: karenleavelle@osabirds.orgDec. 21: Rainforest Adventures Atlantic – Braulio Carrillo areaatlantictram@rainforestadventure.comDec. 28: Santa Rosa National Park – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crDec. 30: Cacao Volcano – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crHow a bird count works & what to keep in mindWhether you’re up in a cloud forest, down on the beach, or wading through a swamp, Christmas Bird Counts always work the same way. Each site consists of a circle 15 miles in diameter, and several predetermined “routes.” Participants are divided into teams, each led by at least one experienced birder, and assigned to a route. On the day of the count, each team travels its route, recording every single bird it can identify either by sight or call during a 24-hour period that runs from midnight to midnight; this usually means being in the field from dawn to dusk (or longer), and sometimes making nighttime excursions as well. After the count, each team submits its data to the designated data compiler for the circle. Colored lines show the routes planned for the Cartago bird count to be held on Dec. 5-6, 2015. (Via Censo de Aves de Cartago Facebook page)Rose Marie Menacho, president of the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica, sees Costa Rica’s bird counts as a great tool for education, introducing people to places they might not otherwise have visited, and getting them involved in birding and conservation. The Tico Times asked Menacho to share her advice for bird count participants (beyond the basics of getting a decent pair of binoculars and a field guide). Here’s what she had to say:Be honest about your level of expertise, so count organizers can plan groups appropriately.Tell organizers about any physical limitations you have, as some sites and routes are more difficult than others.Study the species in your count area beforehand, so you can ID them more quickly in the field.Don’t be intimidated by people with more experience. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many experienced birders are eager to help the next generation of counters hone their skills.Go into your bird count with an open attitude, ready to learn and focus on the goal of finding birds.Count organizers will be able to tell you what the appropriate clothing is for each site, but in general, avoid wearing bright colors. Browns, greens, and grays are best.If you don’t have a conversational level of Spanish, some counts might be more difficult for you to navigate than others. For example, La Selva usually has bilingual guides participating in the count, but others may not. A map showing the Santa Rosa and Cacao Christmas Bird Count circles, at a planning meeting in December 2014. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesIf you’d like to contribute to this effort but can’t commit to a bird count or are physically unable to spend a long day in the field, you can always watch for birds around your home, or wherever you happen to be, and submit your findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird database, any day of the year. All data, no matter how repetitive, is helpful. Happy birding!Robin Kazmier is general manager of The Tico Times Publications Group, editor of various field guides and natural history books, and author of National Parks of Costa Rica (with photographer Greg Basco). She lives in San José. “Into the Wild” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Obama to Kenya Reject violence during election

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “This is a moment for the people of Kenya to come together, instead of tearing apart. If you do, you can show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great and proud nation,” said Obama, who has several relatives in the country, including half-siblings and a step-grandmother.Kenya goes to the polls on March 4 to vote for president and other offices. It is the first national election since the 2007 presidential vote devolved into nationwide violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 600,000.Obama’s message is likely to be well received by most Kenyans, said John Githongo, a former adviser to Kenya President Mwai Kibaki on ethics and governance who resigned and then exposed hundreds of millions of dollars in government corruption.“To many people who respect him and love him, as somebody who is the son of our soil, to say something like that is something that is much appreciated by Kenyans,” Githongo said. “Of course there are those who will call it interference.”Obama visited Kenya as a U.S senator but did not visit during his first term as president, a fact that has disappointed many Kenyans. The president said in his message that he is grateful for his connection to the country and the welcome he has received there, “from my father’s village in Alego, to bustling Nairobi.” Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Wading gently into the politics of his father’s homeland, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Kenya to reject violence in next month’s election, adding the voice of America’s first black president to those hoping the country can avoid the descent into bloodshed that stained its last vote.Obama released the rare country-specific message in a YouTube video in which he used Swahili greetings _ the common language in Kenya _ to open and close his message. He urged Kenyans to reject intimidation and violence, to allow a free and fair vote, and to resolve any disputes “in the courts, not in the streets.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories If Kenyatta wins this year’s presidential race, some analysts fear he could break his promise to attend the ICC trial. If he doesn’t, Kenya’s relationships with the Western world will likely change dramatically.Obama did not take sides in his message, other than to back peace.“The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people,” he said, before saying goodbye in Swahili: “Kwaheri.”___Video of Obama’s statement to the people of Kenya: http://youtu.be/kGW9mYAJ7G8 (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Obama spent less than 24 hours in sub-Saharan Africa during his first term. There are indications Obama may pay more attention to Africa in his second term, wrote J. Peter Pham, an Africa specialist at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, in a blog posting this month.“The sense of let-down acutely felt, both in African capitals and among the Africa constituency in Washington, over the lack of engagement during most of the administration’s first term, remains palpable,” Pham wrote, adding: “Ironically enough, one reason for the optimism is precisely the current dysfunctional state of America’s divided government. Within Washington’s insular foreign policy community, the tiny Africa constituency has long been known for bipartisan comity.”Obama said in a June 2010 interview with Kenya’s state broadcaster that he was “positive” he would visit Kenya before the end of his presidency. But that promise may be hard to keep politically if violence recurs in this year’s election. Complicating the politics of the election, one of the two major candidates for president, Uhuru Kenyatta, faces trial at the International Criminal Court related to charges he helped orchestrate the 2007-08 violence. The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “This is a moment for the people of Kenya to come together, instead of tearing apart. If you do, you can show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great and proud nation,” said Obama, who has several relatives in the country, including half-siblings and a step-grandmother.Kenya goes to the polls on March 4 to vote for president and other offices. It is the first national election since the 2007 presidential vote devolved into nationwide violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 600,000.Obama’s message is likely to be well received by most Kenyans, said John Githongo, a former adviser to Kenya President Mwai Kibaki on ethics and governance who resigned and then exposed hundreds of millions of dollars in government corruption.“To many people who respect him and love him, as somebody who is the son of our soil, to say something like that is something that is much appreciated by Kenyans,” Githongo said. “Of course there are those who will call it interference.”Obama visited Kenya as a U.S senator but did not visit during his first term as president, a fact that has disappointed many Kenyans. The president said in his message that he is grateful for his connection to the country and the welcome he has received there, “from my father’s village in Alego, to bustling Nairobi.” Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Wading gently into the politics of his father’s homeland, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Kenya to reject violence in next month’s election, adding the voice of America’s first black president to those hoping the country can avoid the descent into bloodshed that stained its last vote.Obama released the rare country-specific message in a YouTube video in which he used Swahili greetings _ the common language in Kenya _ to open and close his message. He urged Kenyans to reject intimidation and violence, to allow a free and fair vote, and to resolve any disputes “in the courts, not in the streets.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories If Kenyatta wins this year’s presidential race, some analysts fear he could break his promise to attend the ICC trial. If he doesn’t, Kenya’s relationships with the Western world will likely change dramatically.Obama did not take sides in his message, other than to back peace.“The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people,” he said, before saying goodbye in Swahili: “Kwaheri.”___Video of Obama’s statement to the people of Kenya: http://youtu.be/kGW9mYAJ7G8 (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Obama spent less than 24 hours in sub-Saharan Africa during his first term. There are indications Obama may pay more attention to Africa in his second term, wrote J. Peter Pham, an Africa specialist at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, in a blog posting this month.“The sense of let-down acutely felt, both in African capitals and among the Africa constituency in Washington, over the lack of engagement during most of the administration’s first term, remains palpable,” Pham wrote, adding: “Ironically enough, one reason for the optimism is precisely the current dysfunctional state of America’s divided government. Within Washington’s insular foreign policy community, the tiny Africa constituency has long been known for bipartisan comity.”Obama said in a June 2010 interview with Kenya’s state broadcaster that he was “positive” he would visit Kenya before the end of his presidency. But that promise may be hard to keep politically if violence recurs in this year’s election. Complicating the politics of the election, one of the two major candidates for president, Uhuru Kenyatta, faces trial at the International Criminal Court related to charges he helped orchestrate the 2007-08 violence. The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Suicide bomber rocket grenades kill 30 in Nigerian city

first_imgMAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide bomb blast outside a mosque and rocket-propelled grenades that exploded into homes as people slept killed at least 30 people in the Nigerian city Maiduguri on Saturday, residents and officials said.The explosion killed people who were prostrating themselves for afternoon prayers outside the mosque, including traders from the nearby crowded marketplace in the largest city in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, survivors said. Trader Ali Bakomi said the bomber was pushing a wheelbarrow and pretending to be an itinerant trader when he joined them.Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima toured the scene where one wall was reduced to rubble and another was splattered with blood. Officials told him the bomber killed himself and 16 other people.Earlier Saturday, rocket-propelled grenades killed at least 13 others in the city and injured more, according to resident Idrissa Mandara. Such grenades are a new tactic that has brought terror to the city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram.Mari Madu, another resident, said he counted 40 thunderous blasts that began around 1 a.m. before he lost count.“Each time they fired into the town, we saw bright sparkling flashes which moved with great speed … One of the blasts shook my roof so badly that I thought it must have landed on my house,” he said.Several homes were destroyed in the suburb Dala-Lawanti, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the city center, he said.He counted 13 people killed in his compound: six men, five children and two women.An intelligence officer said Boko Haram was firing the rocket-propelled grenades. Soldiers fired heavy assault rifles in response, said the officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not supposed to give information to journalists. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Civilian self-defense fighters patrolled until dawn to ensure the Islamic extremists did not get through barriers of sandbags and trenches, said one of the fighters, Abbas Gava.The nearly 6-year-old Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria has killed an estimated 13,000 people. Maiduguri’s population of 2 million has swelled with hundreds of thousands of refugees who have been forced from their homes.A multinational offensive this year forced the insurgents from towns where they had declared an Islamic caliphate but suicide bombings and hit-and-run attacks continue.On Friday, twin explosions at a village wedding venue killed seven people.Nigeria’s military says Boko Haram’s main fighting force is trapped in the northeastern Sambisa Forest. But the insurgents keep attacking Maiduguri, which is 200 kilometers (125 miles) away.At his inauguration Friday, Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to crush the extremists. Buhari said he will move the headquarters for the war against Boko Haram from Abuja, the capital in central Nigeria, to Maiduguri.___Associated Press writer Michelle Faul contributed to this report from Abuja, Nigeria.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 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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first_imgMAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide bomb blast outside a mosque and rocket-propelled grenades that exploded into homes as people slept killed at least 30 people in the Nigerian city Maiduguri on Saturday, residents and officials said.The explosion killed people who were prostrating themselves for afternoon prayers outside the mosque, including traders from the nearby crowded marketplace in the largest city in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, survivors said. Trader Ali Bakomi said the bomber was pushing a wheelbarrow and pretending to be an itinerant trader when he joined them.Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima toured the scene where one wall was reduced to rubble and another was splattered with blood. Officials told him the bomber killed himself and 16 other people.Earlier Saturday, rocket-propelled grenades killed at least 13 others in the city and injured more, according to resident Idrissa Mandara. Such grenades are a new tactic that has brought terror to the city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram.Mari Madu, another resident, said he counted 40 thunderous blasts that began around 1 a.m. before he lost count.“Each time they fired into the town, we saw bright sparkling flashes which moved with great speed … One of the blasts shook my roof so badly that I thought it must have landed on my house,” he said.Several homes were destroyed in the suburb Dala-Lawanti, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the city center, he said.He counted 13 people killed in his compound: six men, five children and two women.An intelligence officer said Boko Haram was firing the rocket-propelled grenades. Soldiers fired heavy assault rifles in response, said the officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not supposed to give information to journalists. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Civilian self-defense fighters patrolled until dawn to ensure the Islamic extremists did not get through barriers of sandbags and trenches, said one of the fighters, Abbas Gava.The nearly 6-year-old Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria has killed an estimated 13,000 people. Maiduguri’s population of 2 million has swelled with hundreds of thousands of refugees who have been forced from their homes.A multinational offensive this year forced the insurgents from towns where they had declared an Islamic caliphate but suicide bombings and hit-and-run attacks continue.On Friday, twin explosions at a village wedding venue killed seven people.Nigeria’s military says Boko Haram’s main fighting force is trapped in the northeastern Sambisa Forest. But the insurgents keep attacking Maiduguri, which is 200 kilometers (125 miles) away.At his inauguration Friday, Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to crush the extremists. Buhari said he will move the headquarters for the war against Boko Haram from Abuja, the capital in central Nigeria, to Maiduguri.___Associated Press writer Michelle Faul contributed to this report from Abuja, Nigeria.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

London council reverses plan to sell Henry Moore sculpture

first_imgHis statement followed a High Court judge’s ruling Wednesday that the Tower Hamlets borough owns Moore’s “Draped Seated Woman,” nicknamed Old Flo. It stood for years outside a public housing project in the east London borough, one of Britain’s poorest areas.After the cash-strapped local council announced plans to sell Old Flo in 2012, another London borough claimed it was the rightful owner and took the case to court.In the meantime, Biggs’ predecessor, Lutfur Rahman, was removed from office in April after being convicted of electoral fraud. Rahman had argued the sale was needed to offset spending cuts from the British government.Moore, one of Britain’s best-known 20th-century artists, created “Draped Steated Woman” in 1957, partly inspired by images of Londoners sheltering from the Blitz.He made six casts of the sculpture, with versions going to Brussels, Melbourne, Jerusalem, Wuppertal in Germany and Yale University in Connecticut. He sold the sixth to London’s now-abolished county council in 1960 for a low price in order to enrich the lives of East Enders.When the public housing complex was torn down in the 1990s, the sculpture was moved to a sculpture park in northern England. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Artists, Moore’s daughter and London Mayor Boris Johnson all opposed the borough’s plan to sell the sculpture, whose value has been estimated at between 5 million and 20 million pounds ($7.7 million and $31 million).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall LONDON (AP) — Old Flo may be coming home.A London borough mayor said Wednesday he would reverse a decision to sell a Henry Moore sculpture at the center of a heated legal dispute, and re-erect the 8-foot (2.5-meter) bronze figure in the city’s East End.Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said the sculpture “belongs to the people of east London and should be available locally for public enjoyment.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_imgHis statement followed a High Court judge’s ruling Wednesday that the Tower Hamlets borough owns Moore’s “Draped Seated Woman,” nicknamed Old Flo. It stood for years outside a public housing project in the east London borough, one of Britain’s poorest areas.After the cash-strapped local council announced plans to sell Old Flo in 2012, another London borough claimed it was the rightful owner and took the case to court.In the meantime, Biggs’ predecessor, Lutfur Rahman, was removed from office in April after being convicted of electoral fraud. Rahman had argued the sale was needed to offset spending cuts from the British government.Moore, one of Britain’s best-known 20th-century artists, created “Draped Steated Woman” in 1957, partly inspired by images of Londoners sheltering from the Blitz.He made six casts of the sculpture, with versions going to Brussels, Melbourne, Jerusalem, Wuppertal in Germany and Yale University in Connecticut. He sold the sixth to London’s now-abolished county council in 1960 for a low price in order to enrich the lives of East Enders.When the public housing complex was torn down in the 1990s, the sculpture was moved to a sculpture park in northern England. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Artists, Moore’s daughter and London Mayor Boris Johnson all opposed the borough’s plan to sell the sculpture, whose value has been estimated at between 5 million and 20 million pounds ($7.7 million and $31 million).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall LONDON (AP) — Old Flo may be coming home.A London borough mayor said Wednesday he would reverse a decision to sell a Henry Moore sculpture at the center of a heated legal dispute, and re-erect the 8-foot (2.5-meter) bronze figure in the city’s East End.Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said the sculpture “belongs to the people of east London and should be available locally for public enjoyment.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories last_img read more

IS offers a mix of brutality charity during Ramadan

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, IS members prepare foodstuff to be handed over to the poor during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Mosul, northern Iraq. The IS shows two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria: handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast. (Islamic State militant via AP)n BEIRUT (AP) — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State group is showing two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria — handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast.The double approach reflects the policy that the extremist group has followed ever since it overran large parts of the two countries and declared a “caliphate” in its territory last year. It has sought to build public support by providing services and acting as a functioning government, even as it imposes its strict version of Islamic law through violence. Occasionally, IS authorities organize a free “Iftar,” the sunset meal, in public squares or in mosques, according to Bari Abdul-Latif, an activist from the IS-held Syrian town of al-Bab in Aleppo province. They also sell cylinders of cooking gas at one-fifth of the market price during Ramadan.“They are planting the idea in people’s minds that they are in control,” said Abdul-Latif.___Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report from Baghdad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img “We’ve lost the beautiful Ramadan atmosphere we are accustomed to,” said Mohammed Ahmed Jassim, a 52-year old grocer and father of three in Fallujah.“Before, you could tell it is Ramadan in every corner in the city,” he said. “Now everyone is staying put at home waiting for his fate.”Many under IS rule are also enduring higher food prices, particularly for produce and bread, in part because of fighting near the Turkish border that saw farmlands burned and because of the takeover by Kurdish fighters last month of Syria’s Tal Abyad border crossing, formerly a key supply route for IS.At the same time, the extremists have unleashed some of their most horrifying brutalities during Ramadan. In the first week of the month, the group released a video purporting to show the killing of 16 men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage lowered to the bottom of a pool, decapitating them with explosives or firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a car they were forced into.Last week, it posted a video that purports to show the killings of some two dozen Syrian army soldiers by young IS fighters with a bullet to the head inside the ruins of the ancient town of Palmyra, with an audience of several hundred people. An IS call for jihad during Ramadan appears to have triggered deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and France over the past weeks. In Syria, IS fighters infiltrated the border town of Kobani, battling Kurdish forces for two days and killing some 250 civilians, including as many as 100 children, many in their homes, according to activists.The Islamic State group’s powerful media machine has also been using Ramadan to promote itself. One carefully choreographed online video depicted what was said to be the life of its fighters on the frontline during the fast, showing them firing on enemies supposedly over the horizon, and then later sitting down for a meal of rice, chicken, dates, pickles and bread to break the fast at sunset.The group also regularly posts online photos of its Ramadan charity. Activists in Iraq and Syria say the militants distribute Ramadan food baskets that include rice, crushed wheat, sugar and cooking oil. They also make dates, juice and mineral water available in mosques for those praying when the day’s fast ends.In Fallujah, IS militants slaughtered sheep and cows and distributed their meat to residents on the first day of Ramadan, according to residents there. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, the biggest city under IS rule, those who break the fast can be punished by being put in a cage in a public square for hours or for several days, said one resident, speaking on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for his own security. In parts of Syria, violators are tied to a wooden cross in public, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the situation in the country. Other residents and activists reported fast-violators being flogged.Ramadan, which began in mid-June and ends next week, is a time when Muslims around the world seek to be closer to God, refraining from food, water, smoking and sex from dawn to sunset, offering extra prayers, reading the Quran, showing charity for the poor and cementing friendships and family ties. Usually, it’s festive after sunset, with families out visiting each other or gathering at street cafes, playing backgammon, cards or smoking waterpipes.In the IS-ruled city of Fallujah in western Iraq, residents have been told by the group’s authorities not to gather at coffee shops — and anyway, smoking and games are banned. IS has also ordered men to observe a modest dress code during Ramadan, meaning no sleeveless shirts or shorts, common attire for Iraqi men to cope with the unforgiving summer heat. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, IS members prepare foodstuff to be handed over to the poor during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Mosul, northern Iraq. The IS shows two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria: handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast. (Islamic State militant via AP)n BEIRUT (AP) — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State group is showing two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria — handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast.The double approach reflects the policy that the extremist group has followed ever since it overran large parts of the two countries and declared a “caliphate” in its territory last year. It has sought to build public support by providing services and acting as a functioning government, even as it imposes its strict version of Islamic law through violence. Occasionally, IS authorities organize a free “Iftar,” the sunset meal, in public squares or in mosques, according to Bari Abdul-Latif, an activist from the IS-held Syrian town of al-Bab in Aleppo province. They also sell cylinders of cooking gas at one-fifth of the market price during Ramadan.“They are planting the idea in people’s minds that they are in control,” said Abdul-Latif.___Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report from Baghdad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img “We’ve lost the beautiful Ramadan atmosphere we are accustomed to,” said Mohammed Ahmed Jassim, a 52-year old grocer and father of three in Fallujah.“Before, you could tell it is Ramadan in every corner in the city,” he said. “Now everyone is staying put at home waiting for his fate.”Many under IS rule are also enduring higher food prices, particularly for produce and bread, in part because of fighting near the Turkish border that saw farmlands burned and because of the takeover by Kurdish fighters last month of Syria’s Tal Abyad border crossing, formerly a key supply route for IS.At the same time, the extremists have unleashed some of their most horrifying brutalities during Ramadan. In the first week of the month, the group released a video purporting to show the killing of 16 men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage lowered to the bottom of a pool, decapitating them with explosives or firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a car they were forced into.Last week, it posted a video that purports to show the killings of some two dozen Syrian army soldiers by young IS fighters with a bullet to the head inside the ruins of the ancient town of Palmyra, with an audience of several hundred people. An IS call for jihad during Ramadan appears to have triggered deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and France over the past weeks. In Syria, IS fighters infiltrated the border town of Kobani, battling Kurdish forces for two days and killing some 250 civilians, including as many as 100 children, many in their homes, according to activists.The Islamic State group’s powerful media machine has also been using Ramadan to promote itself. One carefully choreographed online video depicted what was said to be the life of its fighters on the frontline during the fast, showing them firing on enemies supposedly over the horizon, and then later sitting down for a meal of rice, chicken, dates, pickles and bread to break the fast at sunset.The group also regularly posts online photos of its Ramadan charity. Activists in Iraq and Syria say the militants distribute Ramadan food baskets that include rice, crushed wheat, sugar and cooking oil. They also make dates, juice and mineral water available in mosques for those praying when the day’s fast ends.In Fallujah, IS militants slaughtered sheep and cows and distributed their meat to residents on the first day of Ramadan, according to residents there. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, the biggest city under IS rule, those who break the fast can be punished by being put in a cage in a public square for hours or for several days, said one resident, speaking on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for his own security. In parts of Syria, violators are tied to a wooden cross in public, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the situation in the country. Other residents and activists reported fast-violators being flogged.Ramadan, which began in mid-June and ends next week, is a time when Muslims around the world seek to be closer to God, refraining from food, water, smoking and sex from dawn to sunset, offering extra prayers, reading the Quran, showing charity for the poor and cementing friendships and family ties. Usually, it’s festive after sunset, with families out visiting each other or gathering at street cafes, playing backgammon, cards or smoking waterpipes.In the IS-ruled city of Fallujah in western Iraq, residents have been told by the group’s authorities not to gather at coffee shops — and anyway, smoking and games are banned. IS has also ordered men to observe a modest dress code during Ramadan, meaning no sleeveless shirts or shorts, common attire for Iraqi men to cope with the unforgiving summer heat. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

FBI Church gunman shouldnt have been able to get gun

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said he had ordered a review into what happened and that FBI officials would meet Friday with victims’ relatives to explain the errors.The cascading set of problems began with the drug-related arrest of Dylann Roof in South Carolina weeks before the shooting, touching off miscommunication between local and federal officials and revealing potential shortcomings in the government’s background check process.At issue was a police report from Roof’s arrest in which authorities say he admitted to possessing illegal drugs. Under federal rules, that admission alone would have been enough to disqualify him from an April gun purchase even though he wasn’t convicted of the charge.But, Comey said, the FBI background check examiner who evaluated Roof’s gun purchase order never saw the arrest report because the wrong arresting agency was listed on state criminal history records. Had the West Virginia-based examiner seen the police report, the purchase would have been denied, Comey said.The purchase order was on hold for three days as the FBI examiner tried to figure out if it should be approved or rejected. Once that window closed without a clear answer, the gun dealer used its legal discretion to complete the transaction. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Comey said he learned about the problem on Thursday night and had directed an internal 30-day review into the situation and the FBI’s background check process more generally.“It may be a series of highly improbable events coming together, but this was a gun that was used to murder nine good people. So it’s very important to me that we understand what we can learn from this,” Comey said.Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, condemned the errors.“It’s disastrous that this bureaucratic mistake prevented existing laws from working and blocking an illegal gun sale,” Grassley said. “The facts undercut attempts to use the tragedy to enact unnecessary gun laws.”Roof has been charged with murder in the June 17 slayings of nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston.The problem unfolded like this:Roof went to buy the .45-caliber handgun on April 11 from a licensed firearms dealer, Shooter’s Choice, in West Columbia, South Carolina.The background check examiner assigned to Roof’s case identified through South Carolina records an earlier arrest on a drug charge. But the arresting agency that was listed, for reasons Comey said were unclear, was the Lexington County sheriff’s office. The actual arresting agency was the Columbia police department. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of “heartbreaking” missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.“We are all sick that this has happened,” Comey told reporters at an unusual, hastily scheduled meeting at FBI headquarters. “We wish we could turn back time, because from this vantage point, everything seems obvious. But we cannot.” Comey’s announcement came within hours of the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse. Families of the victims attended the ceremony.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Had she reached that police force, she would have seen the arrest report in which Roof admitted having the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction, Comey said.The FBI’s confusion was further compounded by local geography.The background examiner knew Roof’s drug arrest took place in Lexington County. But the spreadsheet she consulted that listed police agencies in the county did not include the Columbia police force. That department instead was listed as being in Richland County — where most of the city of Columbia is located.The spreadsheet in retrospect should ideally have listed both counties as home to the city of Columbia, Comey said.When she didn’t see Columbia on her list, she selected what she thought was the most reasonable alternative — West Columbia, where the gun shop was located — but the police department there also said it had no record of Roof’s arrest.The Lexington County prosecutor’s office didn’t respond to her request for more information, and the sheriff’s office said it had no records on the case.Before she could track down the police report, the three-day window lapsed and the transaction went through on April 16. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said he had ordered a review into what happened and that FBI officials would meet Friday with victims’ relatives to explain the errors.The cascading set of problems began with the drug-related arrest of Dylann Roof in South Carolina weeks before the shooting, touching off miscommunication between local and federal officials and revealing potential shortcomings in the government’s background check process.At issue was a police report from Roof’s arrest in which authorities say he admitted to possessing illegal drugs. Under federal rules, that admission alone would have been enough to disqualify him from an April gun purchase even though he wasn’t convicted of the charge.But, Comey said, the FBI background check examiner who evaluated Roof’s gun purchase order never saw the arrest report because the wrong arresting agency was listed on state criminal history records. Had the West Virginia-based examiner seen the police report, the purchase would have been denied, Comey said.The purchase order was on hold for three days as the FBI examiner tried to figure out if it should be approved or rejected. Once that window closed without a clear answer, the gun dealer used its legal discretion to complete the transaction. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Comey said he learned about the problem on Thursday night and had directed an internal 30-day review into the situation and the FBI’s background check process more generally.“It may be a series of highly improbable events coming together, but this was a gun that was used to murder nine good people. So it’s very important to me that we understand what we can learn from this,” Comey said.Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, condemned the errors.“It’s disastrous that this bureaucratic mistake prevented existing laws from working and blocking an illegal gun sale,” Grassley said. “The facts undercut attempts to use the tragedy to enact unnecessary gun laws.”Roof has been charged with murder in the June 17 slayings of nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston.The problem unfolded like this:Roof went to buy the .45-caliber handgun on April 11 from a licensed firearms dealer, Shooter’s Choice, in West Columbia, South Carolina.The background check examiner assigned to Roof’s case identified through South Carolina records an earlier arrest on a drug charge. But the arresting agency that was listed, for reasons Comey said were unclear, was the Lexington County sheriff’s office. The actual arresting agency was the Columbia police department. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of “heartbreaking” missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.“We are all sick that this has happened,” Comey told reporters at an unusual, hastily scheduled meeting at FBI headquarters. “We wish we could turn back time, because from this vantage point, everything seems obvious. But we cannot.” Comey’s announcement came within hours of the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse. Families of the victims attended the ceremony.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Had she reached that police force, she would have seen the arrest report in which Roof admitted having the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction, Comey said.The FBI’s confusion was further compounded by local geography.The background examiner knew Roof’s drug arrest took place in Lexington County. But the spreadsheet she consulted that listed police agencies in the county did not include the Columbia police force. That department instead was listed as being in Richland County — where most of the city of Columbia is located.The spreadsheet in retrospect should ideally have listed both counties as home to the city of Columbia, Comey said.When she didn’t see Columbia on her list, she selected what she thought was the most reasonable alternative — West Columbia, where the gun shop was located — but the police department there also said it had no record of Roof’s arrest.The Lexington County prosecutor’s office didn’t respond to her request for more information, and the sheriff’s office said it had no records on the case.Before she could track down the police report, the three-day window lapsed and the transaction went through on April 16. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Spencer Travel Agency Wins at NTIA 2010

first_imgGlitzy and glamorous gowns were not all that shined at this year’s AFTA National TravelIndustry Awards, as leading Local Sydney travel agency, Spencer Travel dazzled the crowd, winning theBest Travel Agency Corporate – Single Store Award. Penny Spencer, founder of the highly-awarded agency, celebrated the landmark win with her team atSydney’s Westin Hotel on Saturday night – thrilled about the award and attributes the success of theagency to her dedicated, loyal and most importantly, happy staff. “Happy staff means happy clients! And I cannot express how great it is to win this award, not just forSpencer Travel, but for our consultants”, Ms Spencer said. “All of our staff should be so proud that theyare part of an award winning agency – and they are the reason why we won this award.” “The National Travel Industry Awards reminds us how important it is to encourage and support not onlythe travel industry itself, but also each other,” said Ms Spencer. “In order for the travel industry to remainstrong, we must ensure we are constantly bringing in new people and retaining the best staff.” Spencer Travel, located in Surry Hills Sydney, has grown significantly over the years and many of theconsultants have worked at the location for more than five years, some up to ten years. Penny Spencerattributes the ongoing recognition of Spencer Travel to the agency’s continuing celebration of theimportance of commitment, professionalism and knowledge. “We place a great deal of value on attracting and retaining the best in the business and that commitmentpays off time and time again not only in terms of satisfied clients but also in terms of industry and externalrecognition,” Ms Spencer said. “This award is yet another endorsement of the benefit on focusing ongetting that right day and day out.” “I would also like to thank Travelscene American Express and all of our suppliers, of whom we could notdo the job without them,” Ms Spencer said. “The trick to success is surrounding myself and my companywith the experts such as these, so we can all draw specific skills to do the best job possible.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27b79/” 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> Source = Spencer Travellast_img read more

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first_imgGlitzy and glamorous gowns were not all that shined at this year’s AFTA National TravelIndustry Awards, as leading Local Sydney travel agency, Spencer Travel dazzled the crowd, winning theBest Travel Agency Corporate – Single Store Award. Penny Spencer, founder of the highly-awarded agency, celebrated the landmark win with her team atSydney’s Westin Hotel on Saturday night – thrilled about the award and attributes the success of theagency to her dedicated, loyal and most importantly, happy staff. “Happy staff means happy clients! And I cannot express how great it is to win this award, not just forSpencer Travel, but for our consultants”, Ms Spencer said. “All of our staff should be so proud that theyare part of an award winning agency – and they are the reason why we won this award.” “The National Travel Industry Awards reminds us how important it is to encourage and support not onlythe travel industry itself, but also each other,” said Ms Spencer. “In order for the travel industry to remainstrong, we must ensure we are constantly bringing in new people and retaining the best staff.” Spencer Travel, located in Surry Hills Sydney, has grown significantly over the years and many of theconsultants have worked at the location for more than five years, some up to ten years. Penny Spencerattributes the ongoing recognition of Spencer Travel to the agency’s continuing celebration of theimportance of commitment, professionalism and knowledge. “We place a great deal of value on attracting and retaining the best in the business and that commitmentpays off time and time again not only in terms of satisfied clients but also in terms of industry and externalrecognition,” Ms Spencer said. “This award is yet another endorsement of the benefit on focusing ongetting that right day and day out.” “I would also like to thank Travelscene American Express and all of our suppliers, of whom we could notdo the job without them,” Ms Spencer said. “The trick to success is surrounding myself and my companywith the experts such as these, so we can all draw specific skills to do the best job possible.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27b79/” 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> Source = Spencer Travellast_img read more

MSC to cruise into new Arabian home

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Teaming up with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, MSC Cruises is setting up a homeport in the UAE capital, sending its MSC Lirica to Mina Zayed from October 2011.The 59,000 tonne MSC Lirica is set to offer 19 eight day cruises with ports of call in Dubai, Bahrain, Al Fujairah and Oman’s Muscat from October 2011 through to March 2012.Both the cruise company and tourism authority expect the move to the Arabian Peninsula will steer cruise tourism to the region resulting in 2.3 million annual hotel guests by the end of 2012.“[T]his partnership provides Abu Dhabi a firm footing on the international cruise tourism map and reinforces the strategic case for a world-class, purpose-built cruise terminal in the emirate,” Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority director general Mubarek Al Muhairi said.MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand managing director Lynne Clarke said the Lirica “is the right ship for the area”, ensuring very “destination focused” cruising.“The Emirates has always been known as a stop over destination,” Ms Clarke said.“What we’ve done is extend that.”According to Ms Clarke this “very lucrative project” will open up cruising to the Australian and New Zealand markets as much as to their counterparts “on the other side of the world”.The new cruise packages will provide cruise fans ‘down under’ with shorter cruising options closer to home, Ms Clarke said.“We can also offer clients a great stopover package at amazing value before passengers fly onwards to Europe,” she added. Check out pictures from the Australian launch of the new cruise destinations, featuring famous Australian artist and UNICEF ambassador Ken Done.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Teaming up with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, MSC Cruises is setting up a homeport in the UAE capital, sending its MSC Lirica to Mina Zayed from October 2011.The 59,000 tonne MSC Lirica is set to offer 19 eight day cruises with ports of call in Dubai, Bahrain, Al Fujairah and Oman’s Muscat from October 2011 through to March 2012.Both the cruise company and tourism authority expect the move to the Arabian Peninsula will steer cruise tourism to the region resulting in 2.3 million annual hotel guests by the end of 2012.“[T]his partnership provides Abu Dhabi a firm footing on the international cruise tourism map and reinforces the strategic case for a world-class, purpose-built cruise terminal in the emirate,” Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority director general Mubarek Al Muhairi said.MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand managing director Lynne Clarke said the Lirica “is the right ship for the area”, ensuring very “destination focused” cruising.“The Emirates has always been known as a stop over destination,” Ms Clarke said.“What we’ve done is extend that.”According to Ms Clarke this “very lucrative project” will open up cruising to the Australian and New Zealand markets as much as to their counterparts “on the other side of the world”.The new cruise packages will provide cruise fans ‘down under’ with shorter cruising options closer to home, Ms Clarke said.“We can also offer clients a great stopover package at amazing value before passengers fly onwards to Europe,” she added. Check out pictures from the Australian launch of the new cruise destinations, featuring famous Australian artist and UNICEF ambassador Ken Done.last_img read more

ShangriLa Sydneys new look Horizon Club Lounge and rooms

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovich Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney held a lavish cocktail function at its newly refurbished Horizon Club Lounge last night, unveiling its fresh, sophisticated new look which also included ninety Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites and the addition of two new rooms.At 335 square meters and a cost of AUD $8 million, the refurbishment has turned the space into Australia’s most luxurious and spacious club lounge, working with renowned designer Grace Lei Gup, director of Stack Studio, to add the finishing touches to the space.The lounge’s expanded dining area accommodates 123 guests, with an additional 47 seats, and a four meter long marble-topped, solid timber centrepiece with a cold well for wines, features as one of Sydney’s only communal tables in a five start hotel club lounge.Floor to ceiling windows span across five levels, providing plenty of natural light and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, while a giant brass and crystal light feature, designed by Mark Elliot of Point of View, serves as a stunning centre piece.“The Horizon Club lounge is an extraordinary design achievement which provides a delightful space for guests to enjoy our stellar food and beverage offering and the Shangri-La service we are known for,” Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney vice president and general manager, Michael Cottan said.The Horizon Club Lounge boardroom, seating ten people, has also had its facilities upgraded, and enjoys spectacular harbour views.“It also cleverly connects the interiors of this beautifully designed space with the extraordinary views of Sydney and it really transports our guests to a place of enjoyment and relaxation during their stay.”Meanwhile, Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites, which span across the top five accommodations levels in the hotel, also received a makeover, with a calming and airy palette of blues and greys perfectly set off by plenty of natural light.Two new rooms have also been added, the Grand Harbour View and the Darling Harbour View, as well as an upgraded accessible room.Guests who book Horizon Club accommodation will be able to enjoy a range of exclusive features and benefits such as specialty coffees, desserts and cocktails, private check-in and check-out and also automatic 4pm check-out time, complimentary afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapés, complimentary broadband and wifi, and plenty more.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovich Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney held a lavish cocktail function at its newly refurbished Horizon Club Lounge last night, unveiling its fresh, sophisticated new look which also included ninety Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites and the addition of two new rooms.At 335 square meters and a cost of AUD $8 million, the refurbishment has turned the space into Australia’s most luxurious and spacious club lounge, working with renowned designer Grace Lei Gup, director of Stack Studio, to add the finishing touches to the space.The lounge’s expanded dining area accommodates 123 guests, with an additional 47 seats, and a four meter long marble-topped, solid timber centrepiece with a cold well for wines, features as one of Sydney’s only communal tables in a five start hotel club lounge.Floor to ceiling windows span across five levels, providing plenty of natural light and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, while a giant brass and crystal light feature, designed by Mark Elliot of Point of View, serves as a stunning centre piece.“The Horizon Club lounge is an extraordinary design achievement which provides a delightful space for guests to enjoy our stellar food and beverage offering and the Shangri-La service we are known for,” Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney vice president and general manager, Michael Cottan said.The Horizon Club Lounge boardroom, seating ten people, has also had its facilities upgraded, and enjoys spectacular harbour views.“It also cleverly connects the interiors of this beautifully designed space with the extraordinary views of Sydney and it really transports our guests to a place of enjoyment and relaxation during their stay.”Meanwhile, Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites, which span across the top five accommodations levels in the hotel, also received a makeover, with a calming and airy palette of blues and greys perfectly set off by plenty of natural light.Two new rooms have also been added, the Grand Harbour View and the Darling Harbour View, as well as an upgraded accessible room.Guests who book Horizon Club accommodation will be able to enjoy a range of exclusive features and benefits such as specialty coffees, desserts and cocktails, private check-in and check-out and also automatic 4pm check-out time, complimentary afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapés, complimentary broadband and wifi, and plenty more.last_img read more

Inaugural New Caledonia workshop a success

first_imgThe event kicked off with a special welcome ceremony, which included traditional Melanesian performances, exchanging of gifts as a customary gesture and welcome speeches.Participants were given a tour of the cultural centre, which was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou who led the Kanak independence movement in the 1970s and 1980s.The tour was followed by an informal networking session and lunch before the workshop began.Suppliers included tourism offices from all over New Caledonia, accommodation and activity providers and transport services.Image via Stephane DucandasThe workshop ended with an evening cocktail event at the centre where participants were able to strengthen new and existing relationships while enjoying live music performances by local talent.The workshop preceded another important event for New Caledonia Tourism, the Salon du Tourisme 2015.The two-day event translates to “The Tourism Fair” and is organised by New Caledonia’s Northern Province, Southern Province and Loyalty Island tourism offices.ETB Travel News travelled to New Caledonia for the event. Read the feature story here.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson Image via Stephane Ducandas The inaugural Rendez-vous in New Caledonia Workshop went off without a hitch on Friday 29 May.Over 30 travel industry wholesalers and media personnel from Australia and New Zealand travelled to New Caledonia this week to explore the island and take part in the workshop.The event was held at the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea and saw almost 60 New Caledonia suppliers showcase their products and services.Image via Stephane DucandasThe workshop was designed to introduce new products to international trade partners and travel media, while facilitating partnerships between them and New Caledonia suppliers.New Caledonia Tourism sales and marketing director Caroline Brunel said the organisation has set ambitious targets to continue tourism growth.“The destination has received strong interest and investment from several globally renowned brands including the Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences in 2013 and the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa last year,” Ms Brunel said.“We will continue to place a major focus on building brand New Caledonia in the market through strategic partnerships, the continuation of our Ambassador programme with Justine Schofield and as always on digital presence as well as through a number of trade initiatives.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe event kicked off with a special welcome ceremony, which included traditional Melanesian performances, exchanging of gifts as a customary gesture and welcome speeches.Participants were given a tour of the cultural centre, which was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou who led the Kanak independence movement in the 1970s and 1980s.The tour was followed by an informal networking session and lunch before the workshop began.Suppliers included tourism offices from all over New Caledonia, accommodation and activity providers and transport services.Image via Stephane DucandasThe workshop ended with an evening cocktail event at the centre where participants were able to strengthen new and existing relationships while enjoying live music performances by local talent.The workshop preceded another important event for New Caledonia Tourism, the Salon du Tourisme 2015.The two-day event translates to “The Tourism Fair” and is organised by New Caledonia’s Northern Province, Southern Province and Loyalty Island tourism offices.ETB Travel News travelled to New Caledonia for the event. Read the feature story here.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson Image via Stephane Ducandas The inaugural Rendez-vous in New Caledonia Workshop went off without a hitch on Friday 29 May.Over 30 travel industry wholesalers and media personnel from Australia and New Zealand travelled to New Caledonia this week to explore the island and take part in the workshop.The event was held at the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea and saw almost 60 New Caledonia suppliers showcase their products and services.Image via Stephane DucandasThe workshop was designed to introduce new products to international trade partners and travel media, while facilitating partnerships between them and New Caledonia suppliers.New Caledonia Tourism sales and marketing director Caroline Brunel said the organisation has set ambitious targets to continue tourism growth.“The destination has received strong interest and investment from several globally renowned brands including the Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences in 2013 and the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa last year,” Ms Brunel said.“We will continue to place a major focus on building brand New Caledonia in the market through strategic partnerships, the continuation of our Ambassador programme with Justine Schofield and as always on digital presence as well as through a number of trade initiatives.”last_img read more

Scoot launches flights to Chennai India

first_imgScoot www.flyscoot.comNaan Stop discovery in India with ScootFrom 24 May, guests from Australia will be able to fly to Chennai via Singapore to visit India’s bustling ‘capital of the South’ – be it for business travel, visiting family and friends, or simply relishing the richest South Indian flavours to treat the senses.Scoot’s launch in Chennai will complement the SIA Group’s existing services, while Scoot’s new services to Amritsar (also commencing 24 May) and Jaipur (commencing 2 October) will bring international travellers to the magnificent Golden Temple and the stunning Pink City on its all-787 Dreamliner fleet with spacious cabins and inflight features.“Scoot is excited to expand our network to India, our latest market, which we have long wanted to operate to,” said Scoot CEO, Campbell Wilson.“We are delighted to enable guests in our network to discover the energy, heart and beauty of India by flying our brand-new 787 Dreamliners featuring inflight connectivity, in-seat power and a wide range of customisation options – to the commercial centre of Southern India, Chennai, and the culturally significant cities of Amritsar and Jaipur.”Coined by Mark Twain as ‘the cradle of human race’, India is an exotic gem for travellers with its unique tapestry of history, culture and sights. Scoot now offers connectivity between Australia and India at exceptional value and greater flight comfort, as it expands its network from the Singapore hub.Book soon to enjoy a fascinating experience of India at unbeatable value!About Scoot™Scoot™, the low-cost, medium-haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, has carried over six million guests since taking to the skies in June 2012. The world’s first all 787 Dreamliner fleet operates between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne and Guangzhou, and  soon to Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Jaipur and Sapporo.  Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power and the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015-16 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.comand ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance.Source = Scootlast_img read more

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first_imgScoot www.flyscoot.comNaan Stop discovery in India with ScootFrom 24 May, guests from Australia will be able to fly to Chennai via Singapore to visit India’s bustling ‘capital of the South’ – be it for business travel, visiting family and friends, or simply relishing the richest South Indian flavours to treat the senses.Scoot’s launch in Chennai will complement the SIA Group’s existing services, while Scoot’s new services to Amritsar (also commencing 24 May) and Jaipur (commencing 2 October) will bring international travellers to the magnificent Golden Temple and the stunning Pink City on its all-787 Dreamliner fleet with spacious cabins and inflight features.“Scoot is excited to expand our network to India, our latest market, which we have long wanted to operate to,” said Scoot CEO, Campbell Wilson.“We are delighted to enable guests in our network to discover the energy, heart and beauty of India by flying our brand-new 787 Dreamliners featuring inflight connectivity, in-seat power and a wide range of customisation options – to the commercial centre of Southern India, Chennai, and the culturally significant cities of Amritsar and Jaipur.”Coined by Mark Twain as ‘the cradle of human race’, India is an exotic gem for travellers with its unique tapestry of history, culture and sights. Scoot now offers connectivity between Australia and India at exceptional value and greater flight comfort, as it expands its network from the Singapore hub.Book soon to enjoy a fascinating experience of India at unbeatable value!About Scoot™Scoot™, the low-cost, medium-haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, has carried over six million guests since taking to the skies in June 2012. The world’s first all 787 Dreamliner fleet operates between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne and Guangzhou, and  soon to Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Jaipur and Sapporo.  Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power and the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015-16 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.comand ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance.Source = Scootlast_img read more

CATO to take centre stage at the 2019 NTIA

first_imgCATO to take centre stage at the 2019 NTIAThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) in partnership with the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) today revealed an exciting new addition to the travel industry’s ‘night of nights’.The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will launch the inaugural CATO Awards. The Awards will be held as a dedicated segment within the AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner to recognise and reward front line travel consultants across four categories.The CATO Award categories will be promoted alongside the NTIA categories and be included in the NTIA promotional and judging processes. There will be no voting for any of The CATO categories – all winners will be determined via the same two-step submission and judging process used by AFTA to ethically and fairly determine winners.Globus, G-Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation will be the inaugural sponsors of The CATO Awards with the four high profile brands coming together in a group sponsorship, demonstrating the renewed collaborative focus of the land-supply sector.The four award categories are;• Consultant of the Year – Group Touring• Consultant of the Year – Adventure• Consultant of the Year – Ski• Consultant of the Year – Independent Travel“AFTA and CATO have been united in service to the travel industry for well over a decade. This union to enhance the NTIA program, call out travel professionals working with CATO members all within the high standard set by NTIA is yet another fantastic celebration of the Australian Travel Industry,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.“CATO’s involvement at NTIA delivers an opportunity for us to highlight the significant value of the land-supply sector to a very engaged trade audience. This is the travel industries night of nights and we look forward to being an integral part of the event,” said Brett Jardine, CATO Managing Director.The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will be held on Saturday 20 July 2019 in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.2019 NTIA Key Dates;• Nominations Open – Monday 21 January 2019• Category Nomination Submissions due – Friday 15 March 2019 (Selected categories)• Nominees Announced – Monday 25 March 2019• Voting Opens – Tuesday 26 March 2019• Finalists Announced – Monday 20 May 2019• Ticket Sales – Tuesday 21 May 2019• Judging Period – Wednesday 12 June to Friday 21 June 2019 (Judged categories only)• Gala Dinner  – Saturday 20 July 2019 Source = Australian Federation of Travel Agentslast_img read more

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first_imgCATO to take centre stage at the 2019 NTIAThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) in partnership with the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) today revealed an exciting new addition to the travel industry’s ‘night of nights’.The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will launch the inaugural CATO Awards. The Awards will be held as a dedicated segment within the AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner to recognise and reward front line travel consultants across four categories.The CATO Award categories will be promoted alongside the NTIA categories and be included in the NTIA promotional and judging processes. There will be no voting for any of The CATO categories – all winners will be determined via the same two-step submission and judging process used by AFTA to ethically and fairly determine winners.Globus, G-Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation will be the inaugural sponsors of The CATO Awards with the four high profile brands coming together in a group sponsorship, demonstrating the renewed collaborative focus of the land-supply sector.The four award categories are;• Consultant of the Year – Group Touring• Consultant of the Year – Adventure• Consultant of the Year – Ski• Consultant of the Year – Independent Travel“AFTA and CATO have been united in service to the travel industry for well over a decade. This union to enhance the NTIA program, call out travel professionals working with CATO members all within the high standard set by NTIA is yet another fantastic celebration of the Australian Travel Industry,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.“CATO’s involvement at NTIA delivers an opportunity for us to highlight the significant value of the land-supply sector to a very engaged trade audience. This is the travel industries night of nights and we look forward to being an integral part of the event,” said Brett Jardine, CATO Managing Director.The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will be held on Saturday 20 July 2019 in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.2019 NTIA Key Dates;• Nominations Open – Monday 21 January 2019• Category Nomination Submissions due – Friday 15 March 2019 (Selected categories)• Nominees Announced – Monday 25 March 2019• Voting Opens – Tuesday 26 March 2019• Finalists Announced – Monday 20 May 2019• Ticket Sales – Tuesday 21 May 2019• Judging Period – Wednesday 12 June to Friday 21 June 2019 (Judged categories only)• Gala Dinner  – Saturday 20 July 2019 Source = Australian Federation of Travel Agentslast_img read more

Euromic to conduct sales blitz in New Delhi and Mumbai

first_imgEuromic, a non-profit association of international DMCs, is all set to conduct a sales blitz in New Delhi and Mumbai post its participation in the SITE Global Conference 2015, scheduled for October 23-25, 2015 in the national capital. El Minabawy, President, Euromic, has confirmed stay after the conference in order to meet key incentives and luxury tour operators in both the cities, in cooperation with Venture Marketing, a representation company headquartered in New Delhi.Minabawy, however, betrayed skepticism about opening an India office. He said plans will be explored only after studying the Indian market potential. Although India is indeed emerging as a good source of incentive and high-end travel, “It is limited for most members. The prime objective is to identify the key professional players in the MICE industry and to strengthen our relationship with those agencies and further evaluate its true overall potential on our interested segments,” remarked the Euromic President.last_img read more

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first_imgEuromic, a non-profit association of international DMCs, is all set to conduct a sales blitz in New Delhi and Mumbai post its participation in the SITE Global Conference 2015, scheduled for October 23-25, 2015 in the national capital. El Minabawy, President, Euromic, has confirmed stay after the conference in order to meet key incentives and luxury tour operators in both the cities, in cooperation with Venture Marketing, a representation company headquartered in New Delhi.Minabawy, however, betrayed skepticism about opening an India office. He said plans will be explored only after studying the Indian market potential. Although India is indeed emerging as a good source of incentive and high-end travel, “It is limited for most members. The prime objective is to identify the key professional players in the MICE industry and to strengthen our relationship with those agencies and further evaluate its true overall potential on our interested segments,” remarked the Euromic President.last_img read more