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Discover Dominicas new Canadian rep focused on travel trade

first_img Share Discover Dominica’s new Canadian rep focused on travel trade Monday, August 15, 2016 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica’s official tourism authority, has appointed LMA Communications as its Canadian public relations agency.LMA says it will work to introduce Dominica to consumers as an unspoiled nature island with a vibrant culture and eco-adventures unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean.LMA will also focus on added travel agent and tour operator participation, web and online activities and increased visitor arrivals year round from key markets in Canada.“We are honoured to be the Canadian representative for the Island of Dominica,” said John Ozikizler, President and Partner of LMA. “Dominica is an undiscovered location for Canadian travellers and we intend to build consumer awareness through an integrated public relations plan and travel trade partner program.” Tags: Dominica << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Intrepid to donate 10 of bookings launches agent fam contest

first_img Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Posted by Michael Smith TORONTO — In celebration of Giving Tuesday today, Intrepid Travel is donating 10% of all tour bookings to help aid four community projects around the world. Running through Dec. 20, the campaign applies to bookings on over 1,000 of the company’s small-group tours.According to the company, this is the first time it has taken this type of philanthropic approach to discounting, a concept that aligns with the brand’s mission to help consumers see the world through “real, immersive experiences while leaving the destinations they visit in a better position than it was found.”The four projects are currently supported through Intrepid Group’s not-for-profit, ‘The Intrepid Foundation’, and represent a mix of initiatives that the foundation supports through over 50 projects around the world.The projects that will benefit from the campaign include: Kusimayo (Peru), which works to improve the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty in Puno; Blue Dragon (Vietnam), which provides vocational training and educational support to the impoverished; Pollinate Energy (India), a social enterprise that provides access to sustainable and affordable energy for India’s urban poor; and Friends of the Asian Elephant (Thailand), the FAE hospital that helps rehabilitate elephants once used in tourism entertainment venues.“The holiday season is a time of reflection and giving back,” said Leigh Barnes, North America Director for Intrepid Travel. “While we remain committed to supporting local communities throughout the year, this campaign allows our travellers to help create meaningful impact in the destinations we visit.”Globally recognized as a leader in responsible travel, Intrepid has been carbon-neutral since 2010 and has donated over $5 million through its foundation since 2002. Intrepid Travel hopes to donate $150,000 through the Travel for Good campaign, making it the largest fundraising initiative for The Intrepid Foundation in North America.Canadian agents can experience an Intrepid tour first-hand and win a spot on an upcoming fam. To find out more details, watch Travelweek’s latest video with Leigh Barnes.For more information on Intrepid Travel and the Travel for Good campaign, please visit: intrepidtravel.com/us/travel-for-good. Tags: Intrepid Travelcenter_img Intrepid to donate 10% of bookings, launches agent fam contest Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Avalon Waterways waives single supplement on select Europe cruises

first_img The Canadian Press Share Posted by Avalon Waterways waives single supplement on select Europe cruises TORONTO — Solo travellers who book 2017 Europe river cruises with Avalon Waterways can save with a No Single Supplement promotion on now through Jan. 3.All of Avalon’s 2017 itineraries have five cabins set aside on every sailing for solo travellers. Avalon offers almost 30 European itineraries from eight to 24 days, many with themed departures available. These special sailings include expert talks and demonstrations, and range from art to music, wine to history and more, well suited for many single travellers. There is also a new Active Discovery cruise on the Danube with optional hiking, biking and canoeing excursions included.“Our solo passengers love the comfort and security on board our ships,” says Stéphanie Bishop, Managing Director of Avalon Waterways in Canada. “Plus if you act quickly, this can also be a great opportunity for two friends to travel together – each with their own stateroom!”Avalon features a fleet of new vessels – none more than seven years old – with the majority of staterooms featuring beds that face the wall to wall, floor to ceiling window which opens over two meters. Sailings include shore excursions, nightly talks and entertainment and local wine and beer served with lunch and dinner. Avalon cruises also include the use of Nordic walking poles and bikes, complete with helmets and maps, for optional independent touring ashore.center_img Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Tags: Avalon Waterways, Britain & Europe << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canadian travel to Switzerland holding steady

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — The latest numbers from the Swiss Federal Office of Statistics show Canadian arrivals and overnights steady compared to the previous year, which was an all-time record year. The last three months, including January 2017, are already showing moderate growth.“Canadian travellers are ‘#InLoveWithSwitzerland,’” said Evelyn Lafone, Market Director Canada. “Canadians appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Swiss cities as well as the natural beauty of the mountains.”Over the last 10 years alone, the number of Canadians visiting Switzerland has been growing by a total of 30%.There was an increase of 0.9% in Canadian arrivals in Switzerland, for a total of 103,534. The number of overnight stays from the Canada in 2016 was 227,173, a slight decrease of 3% compared to 2015, which was an all-time record year (only arrivals and overnights in Swiss hotels are counted; vacation homes, other kinds of accommodation and visits with friends and family are not included).More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemThe most popular regions for Canadians are the Zurich region, Geneva region and Valais region. The Graubuenden had the biggest growth of 14.3% for Canadian overnights in 2016. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Canadian travel to Switzerland holding steady Tags: Switzerlandcenter_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Israel tourism numbers jumped 25 in 2017

first_img Posted by Share Thursday, January 4, 2018 Travelweek Tags: Israel Israel tourism numbers jumped 25% in 2017 JERUSALEM — Israel posted huge tourism numbers in 2017, with reports of a 25% increase and a record 3.6 million visitors bringing in US$5.8 billion of revenue.According to Israel’s Tourism Ministry, the increase of 700,000 tourists last year was a result of 18 new routes flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport as well as more flights to the Red Sea resort of Eilat, reports Reuters.The country saw additional airlift from Ryanair, Lot, WizzAir and WOW, as well as Air Canada and Transat. Hainan Airlines in particular is credited with boosting tourism from China by 46% with a new route.The United States, Russia, France, Germany and Great Britain were the top incoming markets in 2017. The top two tourist destinations were Jerusalem followed by Tel Aviv.Israel’s Tourism Ministry has been making big strides in infrastructure and tourism initiatives. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin has noted several initiatives are proving effective, including giving financial incentives to airlines to open new routes, collaborating with online travel agents, and working with entrepreneurs to build more hotels. << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Travelweek Latest posts by Travelweek (see all) Another win for The Travel Agent Next Door: RCI Partner of the Year, Canada – March 28, 2019 You’re not imagining it, that waterfall really is coming out of a sksyscraper – July 26, 2018 Israel tourism numbers jumped 25% in 2017 – January 4, 2018last_img read more

Uruguay agrees to take Guantanamo detainees

first_imgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Uruguay’s President José Mujica said Thursday that his country had agreed to receive detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling the decision a matter of human rights.U.S. President Barack Obama is struggling to fulfill his five-year-old promise to close the controversial jail, and countries have been slow to come forward and agree to accept transferred inmates.Uruguay would be the first country in South America to do so.It was “a question of human rights,” Mujica later told reporters, without giving the number of prisoners to be accepted.The prisoners “haven’t seen a judge, haven’t seen a prosecutor, and the president of the United States wants to resolve this problem as well,” he added. “They asked a lot of countries if they could give shelter, and I said yes.”A high-level government source told AFP that Uruguay would host five former inmates for at least two years, confirming a report first published in the weekly Búsqueda newspaper.In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said only: “The United States has engaged the government of Uruguay to discuss the issue of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo.”Búsqueda said Obama had raised the issue with Mujica in recent weeks through “emissaries.”Mujica had discussed the issue with Cuban President Raúl Castro, who supported the idea, during a visit in January, the paper added.It said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Mujica on Monday and confirmed Obama would receive him in the White House before the end of June.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed only that Kerry and Mujica had spoken on Monday.An official visit by Mujica to the United States had been planned for last year but was postponed due to scheduling issues.Transfers out of Guantanamo have increased recently, the latest taking place this month when an Algerian was repatriated against his will because he feared abuse in his homeland.Some 154 inmates remain at the prison, erected at a U.S. Naval base in Cuba by former president George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Most have never been charged or tried.Obama has said the prison has damaged the U.S.’ standing in the world, but his plan to shutter the facility has been thwarted in part by Congress, which has banned transferring inmates to U.S. soil.Human Rights First called the move a “step in the right direction” towards closing the prison. Facebook Comments Related posts:6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Mujica: US admits former Guantanamo prisoners in Uruguay had no ties to terrorism White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prisonlast_img read more

Costa Rica expects 7 percent higher yields in next coffee harvest

first_imgThe Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFÉ) on Tuesday said current estimates indicate the 2014-2015 coffee harvest will be better than the previous season, due mostly to the implementation of better agricultural practices and actions to control rust fungus.ICAFÉ forecast a harvest of 2.1 million bushels (sacks of 46 kilograms) – a 7.25 percent increase over the 1.9 million bushels recorded during the 2013-2014 harvest, which was severely affected by rust fungus on plantations throught the country.“Farmers had better management of their plantations in 2013 and at the start of 2014. They did a better job fertilizing and using mechanisms to prevent diseases, especially rust,” an ICAFÉ report noted.The report states that crop renovation at many farms and a decrease in rainfall this year has benefited farmers in areas that are characterized by early grain maturity.Coffee is Costa Rica’s third most important agricultural export, behind pineapple and bananas. The 2014-2015 harvest starts in November and runs through April.Costa Rican coffee exports in 2013 totaled $301.9 million, a decrease of 26.7 percent from $412.2 million in 2012, mostly due to rust fungus.The fungus and climatic factors caused the loss of about 15 percent of the 2013-2014 harvest, according to ICAFÉ. Facebook Comments Related posts:New smartphone app lets farmers crowdsource coffee fungus alerts New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust USAID to invest $5 million to combat coffee fungus epidemic in Central America Costa Rican coffee among the most recognized by US coffee drinkerslast_img read more

Branson reintroducing flamered bird to BVI

first_img Comments   Share   Branson says he hopes the protected Scarlet Ibises will be as successful as the flamingos so the U.K. territory “can enjoy the beauty of these birds.”The British tycoon is also introducing lemurs on nearby undeveloped Moskito Island, a move criticized by some scientists who say the non-native species could disrupt the ecological balance.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (AP) – Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he is reintroducing a flame-red bird to the British Virgin Islands.The Virgin Group boss says on his blog that a Scarlet Ibis was recently born on his private island in the British Caribbean territory.Branson says it’s “the first Scarlet Ibis born in the British Virgin Islands for over 100 years.”He has developed an exclusive eco-resort on Necker Island that showcases renewable energy technology and successfully reintroduced flamingos there. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img The vital role family plays in society Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Egypts generals eye Turkish model

first_imgBesides the powers it grabbed just as the polls closed on the second day of presidential runoff voting, the military has created a council that will serve as the nation’s top executive body on defense and foreign policies.The president and prime minister will serve on the council but will be outnumbered by army generals, with decisions adopted by majority vote.Armed with a court ruling, the military this month dissolved a freely elected legislature dominated by the Brotherhood.Details of what is being discussed behind closed doors between the Brotherhood and the military are sketchy, but analyst Gamal Abdel-Gawad of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies believes the conflict between the two sides will continue.“They will reach an understanding that will be shaky, and the struggle will linger since their interests clash and there is little common ground between them,” he said.Signs of that accommodation, even if temporary, were evident in an address by Morsi after his win was announced, lavishly praising the armed forces for its role since the ouster of Mubarak 16 months ago.Of course, an evolution for Egypt into something more along the lines of today’s Turkey is hardly guaranteed. Top Stories Egypt’s ruling generals went for a power grab even before the winner of a June 16-17 presidential runoff _ Mohammed Morsi of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood _ was announced on Sunday.The two sides are now thought to be negotiating a power-sharing deal behind closed doors. The military currently retains full legislative powers, controls the process of drafting a new and permanent constitution and has the final say on foreign policy and security.The seeds for such an arrangement were planted soon after longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011, when Egypt’s generals ordered an Arabic translation of Turkey’s 1982 constitution, according to Middle East expert Steven Cook of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. The document empowered Turkey’s military to police the political arena.Wahid Abdel-Maguid, a political insider who has been a key player during Egypt’s transition, agrees that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and other generals on the ruling military council are seeking to replicate the Turkish model.“The generals mainly want a unique status in the constitution, to be independent from the executive authority and even stronger than it,” Abdel-Maguid said. The military “will be the one steering the country’s policy in the future directly or indirectly.” Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Now that Egypt has its first freely elected president, Egypt’s powerful generals appear headed toward copying the Turkish model from decades past _ retaining overwhelming powers while allowing a civilian regime complete with the trappings of democracy to emerge.It is not the model that many in today’s Turkey boast about, but rather one dating back to the 1980s and 1990s when civilians ran Turkey’s day-to-day affairs under the watchful eyes of the military. Turkey hosts Syrian opposition groups, and therefore has some measure of direct influence over figures who might eventually assume the Syrian leadership if President Bashar Assad cedes power or is ousted. Those groups have struggled to coalesce, despite encouragement from Turkey and its Western and Arab allies to form a viable alternative to Assad, raising fears of a protracted period of instability in Syria.In a recent interview with the Cairo Review, a policy journal of the American University in Cairo, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said every country has its own “unique characteristics,” but noted that Turkey had proven the compatibility between democracy and secularism in a predominantly Muslim society and could therefore inspire countries in transition, including Egypt.“We do not want to present ourselves, nor to be seen, as a role model,” he said in the interview. “It took years of democratic experimentation for Turkey to arrive at the current stage. … If needed, Turkey remains ready to share her own democratic experience with all interested countries.”But for Egypt to aspire to a political system similar to that of today’s Turkey _ a military restricted to the defense of the nation and a government enjoying a strong popular base _ Morsi’s Brotherhood must give up its longtime dream of imposing Islamic Shariah laws on the country and instead strike a moderate course. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Oytun Orhan, an expert at the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies in Ankara, said Christians and other minorities in Egypt are concerned about the rise of Islamists and might be more open to a military role in politics as an undesirable but necessary counterpoint.“Islamists shouldn’t use democracy as a tool,” he said. “Islamists must inspire confidence in all parts of society. Otherwise, there won’t be any stability in Arab Spring countries.”By most accounts, Turkey is a success story, at least in terms relative to the Middle East region. As a NATO ally, it has leverage in the West. It resembles a beacon of prosperity and democratic politics to Muslims in countries emerging from authoritarian rule like Egypt, or still in its bloody grip like Syria.This idea has both potential and limitations, just as Turkish leaders have calibrated the idea that they have a central role in the history unfolding on their doorstep.Their ambivalence reflects Turkey’s close historical and cultural links to the Middle East and North Africa, much of which was ruled by the Ottoman Empire in past centuries, and an awareness of the sensitivities of populations that want to carve their own destinies without a foreign patron whose prescriptions won’t work in every case. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The Turkish military of the 1980s and 1990s sought domination to protect the secular nature of the state. Although Egypt was never as secular as Turkey, the Egyptian generals similarly seem largely motivated by their desire to prevent the Islamic Brotherhood from gaining a monopoly on power.But Turkey has changed over the past decade. The military’s political clout has largely been broken by a government led by moderate Islamists with a strong electoral mandate and a public commitment to secular politics.“Model might not be a suitable word. But Turkey can be an aspiration point for Arab countries,” said Kamer Kasim, vice president of the Ankara-based International Strategic Research Organization. “Turkey has a large Muslim population. It is secular and it has been experiencing democracy for a long time. I think Arab countries can take great lessons from Turkey’s bad experiences” _ such as a string of military coups over the decades.The Egyptian military’s quest for ultimate power is understandable given its role as the de facto ruler of the country since the overthrow of the monarchy some 60 years ago. All four presidents since then had military backgrounds. More recently, the military has built a vast economic empire that accounts for more than a quarter of Egypt’s gross domestic product, according to some estimates. “Morsi has to assuage the anxieties of large sectors of Egyptians who fear the Islamists,” said Abdel-Maguid. “Only then can they confront the military.”___Torchia reported from Istanabul. Associated Press writer Emrah Betos contributed from Ankara, Turkey.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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Truckers protest competition from east Europe

first_imgBelgian trucker Kris Fruru drove into Brussels in one of the convoys to protest how tough life had become for him.He complained about east European drivers getting the cheapest conditions to drive Belgian roads while he still had to go through all the expensive, official channels in Belgium.`’We have put money into it before we get rolling and that is why all our jobs are gone at the moment,” he said. `’International driving in Europe will no longer be for the western European people.”The European Parliament is currently debating laws to counter such practices in which companies take shelter in member states with the least social legislation and then send workers to the wealthy nations to undercut social standards there.`’We all back an open transport market,” said European Parliamentarian Ivo Belet. `’But it is only workable if there is fair competition, including the respect for key social legislation rules.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) – Truck drivers entered Brussels in large convoys on Monday to protest competition from eastern Europe that they say undercuts prices and lowers labor standards for everyone in the transport sector.About 100 trucks imposed a go-slow pace on several highways heading into the Belgian capital during the morning.Unions and truckers’ groups say that the open borders within the European Union are not matched by harmonized social legislation and that’s disrupted the market in the richer, western member states. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Some 500 truckers also gathered close to the Brussels ring road to protest the conditions.Under the slogan `’Equal wages for equal jobs!” they called on the EU to clamp down on illegal practices with tougher checks, and make sure that east European truckers get the same pay as those in Western Europe.`’This action is absolutely not targeted against eastern truckers since these people only try to make ends meet,” said Frank Moreels of the ABVV socialist union.He said the truckers from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria are often shipped in to countries like Belgium where they work for half-pay or less, forced to work in unacceptable conditions by mailbox companies who set up in eastern Europe only to escape social benefit legislation set up in wealthier countries.`’They are exploited. They sleep in their trucks or caravans for months and are badly paid compared to social standards here,” Moreels said.He added that at the same time legitimate local companies went out of business because they could not match the prices of the foreign trucking firms.`’Either the truck drivers here lose their job or their working conditions quickly worsen.” Moreels said. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories last_img

Bulgaria identifies 4th new suspect in bus bombing

first_imgSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) – A fourth attacker may have been involved in a suicide bomb attack on an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria two years ago, the country’s chief prosecutor said Thursday.The July 2012 explosion outside an airport on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast killed five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver and the bomb carrier, who has never been identified. Thirty-five people were wounded. Bulgaria already has identified two suspects, both of Lebanese origin, but neither has been arrested. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, said Bulgaria’s plans to press formal charges against the two men by March would need to be delayed because investigators have identified a third man suspected of involvement in planning the attack. He declined to detail the man’s identity or nationality.“This does not mean that the indictment (of all three suspects) will be postponed indefinitely, but we will need some additional time,” Tsatsarov said.Last year Bulgaria accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of mounting the attack. It identified two Lebanese plotters as Meliad Farah, 32, who holds Australian citizenship, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, a Canadian citizen. The third suspect, the bomber, was decapitated in the blast. DNA and fingerprint analysis produced no identification matches.Bulgaria previously has complained that Lebanon had not provided assistance in identifying the whereabouts of either man. Tastsarov said Thursday its diplomatic requests remain unanswered. Partly in response to the bombing, the 28-nation European Union unanimously decided to declare Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organization.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Bangladesh blogger stabbed to death by masked men

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona It was not immediately clear why Das was targeted, but local media reported that he was close to Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger and writer who was killed in February, allegedly by Islamist extremists.Das’s friend Shahiduzzamn Paplu told reporters that Das wrote blogs and books dealing with science, and that he also had written an introduction for a book by Roy.Roy was known for his writings against religious fundamentalism. He was attacked along with his wife on the streets of Dhaka when he returned to Bangladesh from the United States. His wife survived.Another blogger, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, was killed in March, also by alleged Islamist radicals.Das worked as a journalist for a local newspaper in Sylhet before joining a bank, and had written several books, Paplu said.Sylhet is 192 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of Dhaka.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) — Masked men wielding machetes stabbed a blogger and author to death Tuesday near his home in northeastern Bangladesh, police said, the latest fatal attack against a blogger in the South Asian country.Ananta Bijoy Das died instantly after being attacked in Sylhet city while he was on his way to his job at a bank, said Rahmat Ullah, additional police commissioner in Sylhet.Ullah said Das was attacked by at least four masked men. “We don’t have details, we are looking into it,” he said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Aid group Attackers raped more than 120 women in east Congo

first_imgDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Members of an armed militia raped women en masse in Congo earlier this month after attacking and looting an eastern town, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Thursday.The group said it had treated 127 rape victims between the ages of 14 to 70 who came forward after a May 1 attack on the town of Kikamba in South Kivu province. The victims said they were raped the next morning as about 60 armed men looted homes, assaulted men and women and forced 30 children to help them load up stolen goods. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories “Many victims came forward very quickly, looking for medical assistance,” said Francisco Otero, head of the aid group’s mission in South Kivu. “This is not the norm, as victims usually don’t report this type of aggression for fear of retaliation by armed groups or rejection by their own community.”In addition, two victims were treated for gunshot wounds, the group said.Rape has long been used as a brutal weapon of war in eastern Congo, which has been mired in conflict for more than two decades.The Congolese military itself has been notorious for violent sexual crimes, and Congolese army commanders signed a declaration in March to combat rape in war.In a report last month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “grave concern” over the sexual violence perpetrated by armed groups in 19 different countries, including Congo. Congo’s government has prosecuted high-ranking officers for sexual violence and is paying reparations to survivors but the U.N. said the central African nation saw a resurgence in 2014 of violence by armed groups, including an increase in rapes.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   last_img read more

Rates fall at weekly US Treasury auction

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Separately, the Federal Reserve said Monday that the average yield for one-year Treasury bills, a popular index for making changes in adjustable rate mortgages, was unchanged at 0.24 percent, the same as last week.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision? Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday’s auction.The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.015 percent, down from 0.02 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.08 percent, down from 0.085 percent last week.The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.62, while a six-month bill sold for $9,995.96. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.015 percent for the three-month bills and 0.081 percent for the six-month bills.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gazabound vessel

first_img Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Reconstruction efforts in Gaza have nevertheless made little progress since last summer’s devastating war. Tens of thousands are displaced within the narrow coastal territory and others are still living in damaged apartments.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries.The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel. Israeli naval forces boarded the Marianne and searched it in international waters without needing to use any force, the military said. The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. Three other ships that were part of the original flotilla reversed course before encountering the Israeli navy.The Israeli military issued a statement Monday night saying vessel had arrived at the Ashdod port. “The vessel and crew members are now being transferred to the appropriate authorities for immigration and deportation processing,” it said.Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said it could take a few days to deport them, depending on available flights.The Freedom Flotilla group posted a photo on Twitter apparently showing a group of its activists onboard a ship.Petros Stergiou, a member of flotilla’s media team in Athens, said the group would continue its acts of protest until the blockade of Gaza was lifted.“Once again, the Israeli state commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean Sea,” he said. “The government continues this policy of non-tolerance, which means that it will continue to enforce the collective punishment against the 1.8 million people in Gaza.”A 2010 Israeli raid against a Gaza-bound flotilla left nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists dead. It sparked international criticism of Israel and delivered a serious blow to its previously close ties with Turkey. Sponsored Stories Israel has maintained a blockade of Gaza since Hamas militants took power in 2007. Islamic militants in the coastal strip have fired thousands of rockets toward Israel and have repeatedly tried to smuggle in arms by sea. Israel says the blockade is needed to prevent the militants from stockpiling weapons.While Israel insists there is no siege, there are severe restrictions on Palestinian movement and trade, with virtually no exports. The international community, including the United Nations, has repeatedly called for an end to the blockade.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the naval blockade of Gaza is in accordance with international law.“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region,” he said. “We are not prepared to accept the entry of war material to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past.”Israel says it transfers about 800 trucks a day into Gaza and recently brought in more than 1.6 million tons of goods. It says it assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organizations, including the building of hospitals and clinics. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

South Korea indicts 63 in probe on defense procurement

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 60 South Koreans, including two former navy chiefs of staff, have been indicted in an investigation into alleged corruption associated with numerous defense procurement projects, prosecutors said Wednesday.Sixty-three people face charges of accepting bribes, fabricating official documents or leaking military secrets, senior prosecutor Kim Ki-dong told a televised news conference. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipescenter_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   The accused include 10 current or former military generals, a former vice minister, businessmen and brokers, according to Kim and the Defense Ministry.Kim said they were involved in projects to supply the military with body armor, rifles and various equipment loaded at navy ships.A joint government investigative team has been probing defense procurement projects since November.Kim said the lack of an effective supervising system on defense procurement projects was to blame for the alleged corruption.South Korea, a vibrant, liberal democracy, is one of the leading economies in Asia, but high-profile corruption scandals still routinely take place.In March, then-Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo pledged to root out corruption, but he resigned only a month later after being implicated in a widening bribery scandal. Lee and an incumbent provincial governor were later indicted on charges that they took money from a late businessman.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Exhibitors herald AIME 2010 a success

first_imgAt the close of the 18th AIME, hosted buyers, exhibitors and visitors have reported strong forward enquires and positive feedback according to the event organisers.The 800 exhibitors showcased a larger diversity, which allowed the 500 hosted buyers to access even more information and products than ever before. “The mood is more upbeat this year with a lot of genuine MICE enquiries – the mix of buyers is more balanced between domestic and international,” Ganessan Suppiah from WorldHotels said, as reported by AIME organisers.“So far we have enjoyed our AIME experience. This is our first time exhibiting at AIME and we are very impressed by the quality of people we have spoken to. Qualified businesses who are here at the event to seek new event ideas. Our investment I’m sure will pay big dividends,” Sharnee Beerd from Dreamweavers said.Award winning exhibitor stand, Perth Convention Bureau reported an “overwhelmingly positive” experience with quality meetings.Consuelo Jones from the Philippine Department of Tourism also said their co-exhibitors also found the event worthwhile, particularly due to the quality of the buyers this year.   <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25c4c/” 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 = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

Smarter Amadeus Rail Plus Tab for agents

first_imgAmadeus and Rail Plus rolled out a new, easy to use Smart Tab yesterday, focused on providing agents with convenient access to rail bookings across the globe.Rail Plus chief executive David Stafford explained that the track company was “excited to partner with Amadeus” and the first of its kind Tab in Australia and New Zealand will give agents greater access to rail company timetables and allow for increased preparedness for their clients trips.The Company’s head told to media yesterday that the new Tab’s delayed release falls on the fact that while rail travel on the “track is twenty-first century, the back office has a long way to come”.Mr Stafford explained that while the travel time on rail continues to decrease with new, faster technology, the “back office” has fallen behind because 93 percent of bookings are domestic.“Railway haven’t felt a need to distribute product,” Mr Stafford said.“Now they are looking at more international distribution… and they are started to distribute more like airlines.“This is a huge changing time for the rail industry, particularly in international sales.”Amadeus managing director Sari Vahakoski explained that the new service comes at a time where rail travel is beginning to boom “particularly in Europe” with over 266 billion rail journeys available worldwide.According to Ms Vahakoski the growing form of travel provides travellers with comfort that an airline cannot provide, fast check-in services, few bag restrictions, dining, e-ticketing and it comes without the carbon taxes because rail leaves 76 percent less carbon footprint than flying and 66 percent less than driving.“We are very much focused on European growth, we can see opportunity there,” Ms Vahakoski explained on international sales.“And we are also focused on making the booking easier for travel agencies.”Agents across Australia are able to access the Smart Tab today while the technology will roll out in New Zealand over the coming months. Click here for photos from the event. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Aussie Farmers Teach Aussie Agents a Lesson

first_imgSource = roomsxml.com roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals www.roomsxml.com learn more about roomsXML.com here Every Wednesday morning I’d be greeted by a box of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk and bacon. It was our weekly Aussie farmers delivery ; good quality, competitively priced, Uber convenience.The demise of Aussie farmers has some pertinent points that all Australian travel agent should consider to keep their business successful.The duopoly rules again25 million inhabitants and relative global isolation means that in many industries, Australia can only support a duopoly with a thin band of alternatives. Bunnings and Masters? Only room for one. The independent band gets thinner every time Helloworld  and Flight Centre completes another acquisition.Franchises under fireAussie Farmers, Gloria Jeans, Donut King, Domino’s, Caltex, Pizza Capers. … The list goes on for failed franchises. Starbucks “store on every corner” policy was great for global brand recognition but meant that to survive, businesses had to cannibalize one another.By and large , franchises have worked well in the travel industry; will that continue to be the case? For the sake of roomsXML, I hope so, but don’t be surprised to see ever changing and evolving models raise their head. Interested? Investigate thoroughly.The conversation needs to be more than about priceThe retail war between Woolworths and Coles left Aussie farmers as collateral damage, caught up in the wrong conversation, price.Agents won’t beat Webjet or booking.com on price alone; it needs to be about service, personality, people, saving time and relationships. Computers suck at personality, for now.Success reliant on insane growth levels will failGrowth happens when the pie gets bigger, or getting a bigger slice of the pie.  At the moment, the Solar pie is baking nicely in Australia.Travel expenditure in Australia is not going to grow by 10% per annum. Think about all that mortgage stress, lowering real-world in wage growth. So to grow, your slice of the pie gets bigger when someone else’s gets smaller.Know the mathsCorporate failure means catastrophic personal loss . I felt for the entrepreneurial families buying dirt cheap franchises to consolidate their business.It would appear they didn’t have access to the data which said there were no new waves of customers and the pie was not going to get much bigger.The same thing goes with selling doughnuts, how many do you need to sell to pay the rent?last_img read more

Qantas to bring HBO favourites to the sky

first_imgQantas has partnered with one of the world’s most successful TV services, HBO, to bring customers hundreds of hours of the most talked about programmes on screens around the world, from current series like True Detective and Game of Thrones to classic favourites like The Sopranos and Sex and The City.Beginning July, the airline will offer 120 hours of HBO drama, comedy and documentary content for customers flying across the Qantas network. Each month the channel will be updated with 20 hours of the U.S. network’s latest shows and movies.The introduction of an HBO channel will coincide with the addition of three new Foxtel channels – Entertainment by Foxtel, National Geographic and Lifestyle by Foxtel – each of which will be updated monthly resulting in a total of 160 hours of fresh content each month.The investment forms part of a multi-million dollar overhaul of Qantas’ inflight entertainment software and hardware.Qantas Head of Digital and Entertainment, Jo Boundy, said Qantas was working hard to deliver the best of home entertainment in the sky.“A lot of our customers look forward to making the most of the opportunity for some uninterrupted viewing time on board, and for many it’s a chance to catch up with their favourite shows. That’s why we invest heavily in making sure we have fresh content and a wide range of programs to cater for different tastes,” said Boundy.“Customer satisfaction with inflight entertainment has hit record levels in recent months, and we plan to keep improving the options available with new features that set Qantas apart.”last_img read more