Friday, August 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO – It’s another year of solid H1 growth, says IATA’s Air Passenger Market Analysis for June, but upward momentum has slowed in light of extremist attacks and moderate economic growth.According to the report, industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.0% year-on-year in the first half of 2016, slightly up from the 5.9% increase in the same period in 2015. Annual growth in RPKs ticked up to 5.2% in June, from an upwardly-revised 4.8% in May.However, IATA notes that over the past few months, there are ongoing signs that passenger growth has shifted down a gear.The market has grown at an annualized rate of around 3.5% since the start of the year, the weakest showing since 2011.The slow-down can be attributed partly to the ongoing impacts of recent high-profile terrorist attacks, which have impacted international European traffic in particular.Typically, the impact of such events is transitory, but the repeated natured of recent events suggests that the effects may be longer-lasting this time.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”In addition, the increasingly uncertain global economic climate continues to affect passenger demand.As a result, the largest international carrier regions have lost momentum. The upward trend in Europe’s seasonally-adjusted traffic has paused in recent months, and traffic grew by just 2.1% year-on-year in June.Uncertainly following the Brexit vote in the UK is also expected to hit European airlines and markets the hardest in the coming months.Meanwhile, international traffic flown by Asia Pacific airlines grew by 8.2% year-on-year in June. However, most of this growth relates to the strong upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic seen in the final months of 2015 and into 2016.The trend has flattened since, with June passenger volumes barely higher than in February.This could be a sign of Asian passengers being putt off by terrorism in Europe; passenger traffic on the Europe-Asia route fell by 2.6% year-on-year in May.The good news is, the trend in other regions is picking up. All segment-based passenger routes to and from the Middle East saw solid gains during the first five months of 2016.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAnd having trended down since July 2015, North American carriers’ international traffic has also picked up in recent months; seasonally-adjusted volumes have risen by 2.1% since March, an annualized rate of over 8%. Travelweek Group Global passenger market has grown, says IATA report, but expect things to slow down Posted by Share
ROME — Tourists and travellers at airports across Italy are facing delays and cancelled flights, thanks to strikes by air traffic controllers and air transport workers.Italy’s flagship carrier, Alitalia, said it was cancelling some 40% of its domestic and international flights Monday. Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and other carriers also were cancelling flights due to the four-hour work action from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. by air traffic controllers and the 24-hour strike by transport workers.It’s the first day of a difficult week for transport in Italy, with another taxi strike planned for Thursday and traffic chaos expected Saturday in Rome when the city hosts EU leaders for a summit.To make matters even worse for travellers in Italy, unions representing Alitalia workers announced an April 5 strike to protest job and salary cuts that are part of the company’s plans to relaunch the struggling airline.Nino Cortorillo of the Filt-Cigl union came out of a meeting Friday with management at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport saying workers would strike to protest plans to lay off more than 2,000 ground personnel and slash the salaries of flight personnel by 25 to 35%.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe 2,000 jobs on the block would reduce office staff by half and ground staff by 20 per cent, the airline said in a statement. Alitalia employs 12,500 people worldwide.Alitalia CEO Cramer Ball defended the cuts in a statement, saying “headcount reductions are a painful but necessary action that, alongside other cost reductions, will stabilize our financial situation and create long-term sustainability.”Unions are seeking to meet with the Italian government as soon as Monday to discuss alternatives for relaunching Alitalia.Media reports have suggested the state-backed investment bank could takea stake and inject cash into the carrier, but Cortorillo rejected short-term salvage measures, saying the airline’s long-term health needs to be addressed.The struggling airline was taken over nearly three years ago by Etihad Airlines, which is based in Abu Dhabi, after being run by an all-Italian consortium led by banks Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo. Though Etihad runs the airline, the consortium still retains a 51% stake in the carrier.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyThe business plan approved by the Alitalia board this week includes 1 billion euros (1.07 billion) in cost-cutting measures over three years that are aimed at helping the airline better compete with low-cost carriers that have captured nearly half of the Italian market.Alitalia said Friday that two-thirds of those cuts would be achieved through non-labour-related costs.The plan envisages a 30 % bump in revenue to 3.7 billion euros and profitability by 2019.Alitalia plans to reduce its narrow-body planes by 20 while refitting the remainder of the fleet with more seats, and introduce services on domestic and European flights that are common to budget carriers, including charges for meals, priority boarding and preferred seating.A full-service model would be retained for long-haul flights. The airline said it would buy six new long-haul aircraft during 2019-2021, on top of two planned by next year, to service 10 new routes requiring up to 500 more crew members. Posted by Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 20, 2017 Strikes strand travellers at Italy’s airports, Alitalia unions call to strike on April 5 Tags: Alitalia, Italy
Share Source: The Associated Press Goofy is no longer in the dog house; 4 Disney hotels are accepting dogs in pilot program LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA — Four hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will allow guests to bring dogs.The hotels near Orlando, Florida, are Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The Yacht Club adds $75 to daily room rates for canine guests, the other three, $50.The pilot program is accepting reservations through October 2018. Two dogs are permitted per guest room.A Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes a mat, bowls, pet ID tag, plastic bags, puppy pads, and dog walking maps. Doggy day care and other pet services are offered nearby at Best Friends, an on-property pet care facility.Disney says dogs staying in its hotels “must be well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated.” Monday, October 16, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Share Netflix bump for the Ozarks? Sightseers need to stick around, says town << Previous PostNext Post >> SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Lake of the Ozarks resort that helped inspire a Netflix series has gained attention from the show, but not much additional business.The Springfield News-Leader reports that the writer of the show “Ozark” worked at the Alhonna Resort in the 1980s. That resort helped inspire the setting even though most of the show was filmed in Georgia.Alhonna General Manager Sheryl Elia says more people are stopping to take pictures by the resort’s sign, but there hasn’t been a significant increase in people spending the weekend.The show’s writer, Bill Dubuque, and star Jason Bateman visited the Alhonna resort before the show started filming to get a feel for it.Kate Renfrow with the Missouri Tourism Division says the show has generated more interest in the lake. Source: The Associated Press Monday, November 27, 2017
Air Canada and Air China expand codeshare services & lounge agreement << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 13, 2017 MONTREAL — To coincide with the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, Air Canada and Air China Limited are expanding their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement, strengthening tourism and trade ties between the two countries.Moreover, the two airlines have launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer their respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles members up to 30% bonus miles, effective Dec. 15, 2017, for eligible travel between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018 on all flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air Canada.As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada’s new daily Montreal-Shanghai flight, as well as Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Regina.In addition, Air Canada will place its code on Air China’s flights between Beijing and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing, as well as Air China’s flight between Montreal and Havana, Cuba.The expanded codeshare cooperation is scheduled to come into effect in April 2018, subject to regulatory and government approvals.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionTo enhance passengers’ travel experience, both carriers have also implemented an expanded lounge agreement. In addition to Star Gold customers, all Air China First and Business class customers will now have access to Air Canada’s recently upgraded International Maple Leaf Lounges featuring enhanced food and beverage offerings at Montreal and Vancouver airports. Air Canada’s eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to Air China’s lounges in Beijing, Shanghai and other airports throughout China.“Air Canada and Air China have worked hard over the past several years implementing new routes between Canada and China. In fact, the Canada-China air travel market has grown on average by almost 14 per cent annually over the past six years and this trend is expected to remain strong according to airline industry trade group IATA,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, in Beijing. “As members of Star Alliance, we are pleased to promote our growing cooperation with the first-ever joint frequent flyer promotion with Air China for our customers. Now, we are focused on finalizing a definitive joint venture agreement that will deepen our cooperation in scheduling and sales to offer customers of both airlines additional travel options throughout our respective networks.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemCurrently, Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air China between Beijing and Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shenyang, and between Montreal and Beijing, and between Vancouver and Beijing. Similarly, Air China offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and between Montreal and Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai.Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal serving Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and Montreal. Share Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Air China Travelweek Group
First guests check into Hotel X Toronto Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 Posted by Share Tags: Toronto TORONTO — Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection has welcomed its first guests as the first step in its soft opening phase.The luxury hotel just inside the Princes’ Gates in Toronto’s lakefront Exhibition Place location, has 404 lakefront rooms and suites now open, with a plan to have amenities and public areas open in phases in the upcoming months.When all is said and done the development aims to be Toronto’s first lakefront urban oasis, with four indoor tennis courts, two outdoor pools, two cinemas, four food and beverage outlets, and TEN X TORONTO, the largest hotel athletic and wellness facility in Canada.Library Hotel Collection President Henry Kallan says Hotel X Toronto is the result of years of hard work, vision and the goal of creating something totally unique. “We were inspired by this site and the vibrant city of Toronto to think beyond anything that exists in hospitality today. Hotel X Toronto sits on nine-acres of waterfront land and yet it is just minutes from the downtown core. The idea of an urban oasis with all the amenities of a luxury resort grew from there.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksKallan says the hotel will offer current guests a number of courtesies until the hotel is fully operational, including free continental breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese served in the Library Club Lounge.The food and beverage outlets are not yet open however the hotel is offering complimentary transportation to numerous local restaurants. Guests also have access to Starbucks, open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.All current guests also get complimentary valet parking until self-parking is available.Food and beverage outlets in the hotel will begin to open in late March and meeting spaces will be open for bookings as of early April. TEN X TORONTO will be available to hotel guests in mid-April and open for private membership in the beginning of May. The spa is slated to open in fall 2018, while the TEN X TORONTO rooftop pool prepares to open in summer 2019. << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Who says you can’t enjoy fine dining at an airport? Certainly not Food Network Canada celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, whose restaurant at Toronto Pearson International Airport just won ‘Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year’.The Hearth by Lynn Crawford, brought by HMSHost, won top spot on The Moodie Davitt Report’s prestigious 2018 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards, which recognize and reward best practices in airport food & beverage around the world. Monday, June 25, 2018 Posted by “At HMSHost, we’re revolutionizing the way travellers think about their airport dining experience to immerse them in the local food culture,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “These esteemed FAB honours are not possible without the invaluable partnerships we have with our brand and airport partners, along with the dedication of HMSHost’s exceptional team of associates across North America who continue to drive the travel dining industry forward.” Way to go, Lynn! Canadian chef’s airport restaurant wins top honours This is not Chef Crawford’s only venture in the travel industry. Her award-winning culinary skills can also be sampled in-flight onboard Sunwing Airlines, which offers chef-inspired, buy-onboard light meals and snacks, including kids’ choices. Tags: HMSHost, Lynn Crawford, Toronto Travelweek Group So depending on where you’re flying to and who you’re flying with, you can potentially dine on Chef Crawford’s delicious cuisine every step of the way on your travels, to which we say bon appétit! Located in Terminal 1, The Hearth by Lynn Crawford features a market-inspired and chef-driven menu that includes small plates and appetizers, hearth-fired flatbreads, elegant mains and side and decadent desserts. The food is matched with craft ales, classic cocktails and first-rate wines. Share
No related posts. SANTIAGO, Chile – A Chilean court on Wednesday asked the United States to extradite a former Chilean military officer accused in the 1973 killing of a folk singer in the coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power.Pedro Pablo Barrientos Núñez, a retired colonel, has been accused of taking part in the killing of musician Victor Jara on Sept. 16, 1973, as part of the putsch that brought the right-wing general to power.On Wednesday, the second chamber of the Chilean Supreme Court asked Washington to hand over Barrientos Núñez be tried for “voluntary manslaughter.”Besides being a singer, Jara was a leftist political activist. Immediately after the 1973 coup, he was among many Chileans who were taken to a football stadium where they were tortured and executed. Jara was shot 44 times.This is the first time a Chilean court has sought to prosecute any suspects in the killing of the pacifist singer – a crime that became emblematic of the bloody Pinochet dictatorship that left more than 3,000 people dead.The court decision to seek the extradition of Barrientos Núñez, who is believed to live in Florida, was unanimous.It classifies the killing as a crime against humanity and asserts the “absolute” necessity of prosecuting the perpetrators.The only remaining formality is for the foreign ministry to send the U.S. a written request for the extradition. The two countries have a bilateral extradition treaty.A lawyer for the plaintiffs, Nelson Caucoto, welcomed the court decision, saying, “this resolution responds to the expectations we had founded.”Caucoto told reporters he expected the U.S. to “give the green light” to the investigation.But Barrientos Núñez has told a Chilean television channel that he had nothing to do with the crime.“I don’t have to face justice, because I didn’t kill anyone,” he said. “I’ve never been to Chile, I don’t know it, and I didn’t know who the singer Jara was at the time.”In late December, a Chilean judge ordered the arrest of eight former military officials and charged them in Jara’s death as direct participants or accomplices.Barrientos Núñez is the only one of those eight who lives outside Chile. Facebook Comments
The day Jairo Mora Sandoval was killed was not the first time he had stared down the barrel of a gun. Since 2012, the poachers of Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast have become increasingly aggressive, according to local volunteers with Mora’s program.Threats and violent conflicts between conservationists and turtle egg poachers stretch back decades in Costa Rica, where turtle eggs sell on the black market for about $1 each. The supposed aphrodisiacs are in high demand in rural town bars, allowing poachers to make fast money from raiding turtle nests, which can hold as many as 200 eggs.Since the inception of Mora’s program – Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) – it has received threats, said Director Didiher Chacón. Mora’s first warning came at the beginning of last season.“He was held up at gunpoint, and they told him to back off and stop the walks,” said Vanessa Lizano, the head of a nearby rescue center who frequently walked the beaches with Mora. “That was his first warning, and I guess his last.”Mora’s body was found early Friday morning on Moín Beach, where he had been on patrol with four volunteers. The group was kidnapped by at least five masked men, and the volunteers were dropped at an abandoned house. Mora was taken outside, tortured and left to die.Could the death have been prevented? Fellow conservationists are saying yes.The first incident that raised alarm bells took place April 26, 2012, when poachers raided a hatchery where volunteers were reburying turtle nests. “The volunteers were there at night taking care of the hatchery and were attacked by poachers,” Lizano said. “They tied up the volunteers and stole all of the eggs. Jairo was the one who finally found them.”Though Lizano and Mora had sent a number of requests to police in the past, it was the hatchery robbery that finally convinced them to get involved. After that, armed police officers accompanied the night patrols, but not even police could curb the threats.“During that time in 2012, both Jairo and I were being followed by motorbikes with guys carrying AK-47s,” Lizano said. “They would go into town and show off the guns just to scare us.”Toward the end of the season, Lizano received a threat along with pictures of her young son. With her family in danger, Lizano was forced to leave her job as a volunteer coordinator for the Moín sea turtle program and relocate to San José. Despite the threats, she continued working at the rescue center and would return to Limón on weekends to walk the beaches with Mora.When turtle egg-laying season started in April, Lizano assumed that the guarded night patrols would continue. She was wrong. According to Erick Calderón, the Limón chief of police, the 18-kilometer beach is guarded four days a week, but police are not in charge of overseeing conservation patrols.“I really was expecting that help again this year,” Lizano said. “The poachers were able to completely take control of the beach because of a lack of police force.”It’s not that the police were ignoring poaching entirely. According to the daily La Nación, the Limón police department interviewed nine people identified by patrols Thursday night before Mora’s murder. Police have turned over the interviews to the Judicial Investigation Police to help in the investigation.Meanwhile, government officials and outraged environmentalists have taken to social media to express their grief. The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica called the slaying “senseless” on its Facebook page, and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla called for swift justice by authorities via Twitter. Other turtle conservationists started a petition calling for immediate justice and increased police involvement in sea turtle projects.“Jairo Mora had to die so that the authorities would pay attention,” said Twitter user Arturo Rodríguez. “And we are the happiest country in the world? I don’t think so.” On Monday, conservation groups announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.“Jairo’s murderers must be brought to justice so that sea turtle activists around Costa Rica and the world know that this will never be tolerated,” said Todd Steiner, a wildlife biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org. “The whole world is watching to make sure the Costa Rican government brings these thugs to justice and makes sea turtle nesting beaches safe for conservationists to do their work.”Anyone with information on the crime can email PorJairoMoraSandoval@gmail.com or call +(506) 2236-0947.And also on Monday, a U.N. representative in Costa Rica sent condolences to the family, saying, “The United Nations sends its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of (Mora Sandoval), and recognizes his noble work on behalf of protecting turtles which are an essential part of Costa Rica’s and the world’s biodiversity.” Yoriko Yasukawa, who sent the statement, is Costa Rica’s U.N. resident coordinator.Poaching, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project said, is a leading factor in the critical drop of sea turtle populations, driving them to extinction. As a result, sea turtles, including leatherbacks, which Mora was protecting when he was killed, are protected by several laws, including Costa Rica’s Marine Turtle Population Law of 2002 and the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Sea turtle monitoring is crucial to enforcing those laws, the group said.Since the murder, WIDECAST has had several large volunteer groups pull out of other programs, leaving the organization with a deficit of 200 volunteers across the country, Chacón said. As for Moín, the program is now closed.But at least one person plans to continue the fight: Lizano is refusing to give up on the beach that she and Mora one day envisioned as a protected area. She is currently in negotiations with police for an armed escort during her weekend patrols, but even if she does not get one she says she will continue to lobby for official protection at Moín.“If we forget about this beach, then Jairo died for nothing,” she said. “I can’t let that happen.”For more details on the murder visit The Tico Time’s original story. Updated at 10:36 p.m. on Monday. AFP contributed. Facebook Comments Related posts:Why Jairo died Turtles will be unprotected as leatherback nesting season approaches on Moín Beach Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Murder of Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora headed for retrial Twitter user Arturo Rodriguez tweeted this after Mora’s murder.
Related posts:Deadline to pay marchamo ends at midnight Monday Marchamo payments begin this week Marchamo auto circulation permit fees go up for 2012 Marchamo Conflict May Reach World Trade Organization Traffic Police officers began issuing fines Wednesday to motorists not carrying the mandatory vehicle insurance sticker,or marchamo. Police issued 105 citations during the first day of 2014 alone, and by noon on Thursday 225 people had been fined.Surveillance operations are set up on both national and cantonal routes according to Traffic Police Director German Marín. Vehicles spotted without a 2014 sticker will be fined ₡47,000 ($94) and have their license plates confiscated.As of Dec. 30, nearly 75 percent of car owners had paid their insurance, according to a report by the National Insurance Institute (INS). The deadline to pay marchamo is Dec. 31.Motorcycle owners are more reluctant to pay. INS officials reported that 83,000 of the 196,000 motorcycle owners had failed to pay by Dec. 30, 40 percent of the total.The INS report also indicates that 23 percent of buses and 29 percent of taxis have not paid their marchamos. Facebook Comments
Dance: “Second Act”French company Dos à Deux reinterprets Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” as dance and physical comedy.“2ème acte” performs April 4 – May 4 at the Dance Theatre, Cenac, Barrio Amón. 7 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: RedCultura website.Music: UCR Symphony Orchestra Plays “Carmen”Featuring 110 musicians, the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra performs excepts from “Carmen,” the tragic opera by Georges Bizet.Performance takes place April 4 in La Sabana Park. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.El Amir Flamenco SextetMasters of flamenco play music and dance, including diverse interpretations of the traditional gypsy form.El Amir plays April 4 at La Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. 10 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.Magic: “Kabalök”Magician Alejandro Nevas performs feats of illusion during his “Kabalök” show.Alejandro Nevas performs in La Sabana (April 4, 3 p.m.), Antigua Aduana (April 5 & 6, 3 p.m.) and Pacific Station (April 8, 6 p.m.) Free. Info: FIA website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Teatro Espressivo presents a theatrical adaptation of Isabel Allende’s classic novel, “The House of the Spirits.” This epic magic-realist story receives an inventive adaptation by Caridad Svich.“The House of the Spirits” continues through April 13 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡8,000-15,000 ($16-30). Info: Performance website.Photography: Vía PanAmJourney the Pan-American Highway with Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen, part of the International Arts Festival.“Vía PanAm” continues through April 13 at Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Admission is free. Info (in Spanish): International Arts Festival website.Fine Art: “In the Woods”The Museum of Costa Rican Art presents this haunting and beautiful series of landscapes by Gerardo González. Catch the final weekend of his rainforest paintings.“Bosque Adentro” continues through April 6 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana Park. Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website. Facebook Comments Related posts:A colossal paint party, and other happenings in Costa Rica A jungle concert, St. Paddy’s Day, and other stuff happening in Costa Rica Volcano marathon, a culinary challenge, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts festival, music festival, yoga festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Mamma FIA!Where do you start with the International Arts Festival? It can seem pretty overwhelming, with its hundreds of events in various venues throughout the capital, but FIA’s online schedule is comprehensive and well organized. If you don’t want to deal with Spanish, see our recommendations here. And definitely don’t miss the La Carpa Circus today. Costa Rica’s own circus troupe kicks off its first of many performances with a variety show – including acrobats, clowns, and fire-throwers.“Varieté de Circo” takes place April 4 in La Sabana Park. 2 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.Craft Beer FestivalMassive daylong showcase of cervezas artesanales. Try samples from nearly all of the finest breweries in Costa Rica.Craft Beer Festival takes place April 5 at Avenida Escazú. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡16,000 ($30). Info: Festival website.Music: One Night with GandhiAfter 20 years, the spectacle-infused Costa Rican rock band is still going strong. Catch Gandhi’s multimedia FIA performance.“Una Noche con Gandhi” performs April 4 at La Plaza de Soledad, downtown San José. 9 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Film: KlimaTico Film FestivalMovies, art, live music, and even a storyteller converge at this film festival about climate change.KlimaTico takes place April 5 at the Cenac auditorium, Barrio Amón. 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.
Top Stories Clinton was criticized in official Chinese media during the visit, and she exchanged blunt words with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi over how to end the bloodshed in Syria. She and Yang also pointedly disagreed over the South China Sea, where the Obama administration fears tensions stoked by nationalism will continue to rise over competing claims between China and its smaller neighbors, some of whom have their own overlapping claims.“As was evident yesterday, there is a huge amount going on where the United States and China need to consult,” Clinton said, citing Iran and North Korea as well as Syria and the South China Sea.She said she personally and the U.S. were “not going to shy away from standing up for our strategic interests and in expressing clearly where we differ.”China is resisting a push by the U.S. and other countries for U.N. sanctions against Syria to put pressure on President Bashar Assad’s regime, saying the civil war there must be resolved through negotiations. Beijing also wants to negotiate several territorial disputes over the resource-rich South China Sea individually with its neighbors, rejecting the speedy implementation of a code of conduct to prevent clashes and multilateral negotiations that the U.S. advocates. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement She said it was important for the U.S. and China to talk ahead of a number of international gatherings, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this weekend in Vladivostok, Russia, the U.N. General Assembly and the East Asia Summit.Clinton is winding down an 11-day, six-nation tour through the Asia-Pacific. After stops in the Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, East Timor and Brunei, she heads to Russia on Friday for the APEC forum.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressBANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that her talks in China this week were useful despite highlighting sharp differences between Washington and Beijing over key international issues from Syria’s civil war to territorial disputes in the South China Sea.“Even when we disagree _ believe me we can talk very frankly now _ we can explore the toughest issues without imperiling the whole relationship,” Clinton said in Dili, East Timor, a day after she met President Hu Jintao and other Chinese officials in Beijing. Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Men’s health affects baby’s health too Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix A senior U.S. official traveling with Clinton from East Timor to Brunei, a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations that has claims in the disputed waters, said Washington believed that there would be a period of higher tensions for some time to come “no matter what” progress may be able to be made.“This is the new normal,” the official said. “I think we have to be prepared for more tensions on these matters.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss internal administration’s assessments.The United States has said the peaceful resolution of South China Sea disputes is in the U.S. national interest, mainly due to maritime security and the safety of international shipping. However, speaking next to Clinton on Wednesday, Yang said the disputes were no one’s business but the “directly concerned” countries.Clinton said Thursday that “the mark of a mature relationship, whether it is between nations or between people, is not whether we agree on everything _ because that is highly unlikely between nations and people _ but whether we can work through the issues that are difficult.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
Noor Khan, a 27-year-old whose father was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan in March 2011, has asked Britain’s High Court to examine whether U.K. intelligence officials assisted the action and may be liable for prosecution.His legal advisers want a judge to determine whether Britain’s secret eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, has passed location data to guide CIA drones, and whether the U.K. has agreed to a secret policy of assistance to the program of targeting militants.“Adjudicating on the claim plainly would have significant impact on the conduct of the United Kingdom’s relations with both the United States and Pakistan,” Eadie told a three-day hearing at the High Court. “It would also be likely to have such an impact on relations between the United States and Pakistan. That impact would be felt in an acutely controversial, sensitive and important context.”Since 2004, CIA drones have targeted suspected militants with missile strikes in the Pakistani tribal regions, killing hundreds of people. The program is controversial because of questions about its legality, the number of civilians it has killed and its impact on Pakistan’s sovereignty. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Previously, intelligence sharing between Britain and the U.S. was put under strain after a London court made public details of abuse that ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed alleges he suffered at the hands of U.S. intelligence officials. Mohamed had accused the British government of complicity in his alleged torture.Britain’s Foreign Office said that a decision on whether to grant Khan a hearing is expected to be handed down by the High Court before the year’s end.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Comments Share Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Ties between Britain, the U.S. and Pakistan could be jeopardized if a judge grants a request for a court inquiry into the possible role of U.K. spy agencies in aiding covert CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, a government lawyer told Britain’s High Court on Thursday.James Eadie, lawyer for Britain’s Foreign Office, insisted that intelligence sharing between Britain and the U.S. _ already under strain by previous disclosures made in London courtrooms _ and links between Washington and Pakistan would all potentially be cast into doubt. Sponsored Stories Khan’s father, Malik Daud Khan, was attending a meeting of local elders in Datta Khel, in North Waziristan, when it was hit by a missile fired from an unmanned drone, killing around 40 people.British officials have not commented publicly on their policy toward CIA drone strikes. U.S. officials do not publicly acknowledge the covert program.Pakistani officials have urged the U.S. to halt its program and to instead relay intelligence gathered by the pilotless aircraft to Pakistani jets and ground forces so that they can target militants themselves.Kat Craig, legal director of the Reprieve charity, which is representing Khan, said that her client “merely wishes to know what role the British intelligence services play in this game of one-sided Russian roulette.”“He is calling for the veil of secrecy around Britain’s drones policy to be lifted so that he can keep his community safe. We share his concerns about the lack of accountability, and the morality of the U.K. being dragged into an illegal attack on a country with whom we are not at war,” she said.Last year, British spy agencies were accused of sharing sensitive information with Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya, leading to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families. The case is now the subject of an inquiry by British police.
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Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ____Gatopoulos reported from Athens. Sylvie Corbet in Paris and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “We decided to intensify the effort to bridge the remaining differences and proceed — I think will proceed — to a solution,” Tsipras said after the talks.Wednesday’s talks came after Juncker’s European Commission had said the offers made by Greece last week were still not good enough to unlock the bailout funds.“For this final push, the Commission is of the view that the ball is clearly now in the court of the Greek government,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.With the onus firmly on Greece and options increasingly limited, Standard & Poor’s in New York downgraded Greece’s credit rating 1 notch further into junk territory, saying it’s likely the country will default on its commercial debt within a year if it can’t strike a deal with its creditors.The ratings agency said Greece has shown it is giving higher priority to its pensions and other domestic spending than making debt payments on time.S&P lowered Greece’s rating to “CCC” from “CCC+” with a “negative” outlook.Finance ministers from the 19 nations using the euro currency will meet in Luxembourg next week with the Greek deadline for payment ever closer. How do cataracts affect your vision? European Commission vice president Vladis Dombrovskis stressed the importance of agreeing on overall targets for Greece’s primary surplus — the budget excluding debt and interest payments. Athens has been arguing for lower primary surpluses than creditors demand, saying that insisting on high primary surpluses curtails the amount of funds that can be spent on the country and causes unnecessary hardship.Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris, a close aide to Tsipras, told Alpha television that primary surplus being demanded by lenders is now 1 percent, and that Greece wants 0.75. He said Greece could settle at 0.85 and said it should be linked to further debt restructuring.Tsipras’ radical left Syriza party won elections in January on promises of repealing the harsh budget austerity measures that accompanied Greece’s 240 billion euro bailout program.With the country facing a severe cash crunch, he has agreed to make some concessions, although he insists he will not cross certain “red lines,” such as imposing further pension and salary cuts.Tsipras must also face down hardliners within his own party, many of which have called for a break in relations with creditors and for Greece to go it alone, even if it means leaving the euro. Sponsored Stories The lack of visible progress in the negotiations over the past weeks has revived fears Greece could default on its debts and drop out of the euro, a move that would create huge uncertainty for Europe and global markets.“The goal is to keep Greece in the eurozone,” Merkel said. “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Yet she insisted it was up to Tsipras first and foremost to show that willingness.Greece has three weeks left to conclude a deal with its creditors before its bailout program expires at the end of the month, when it will also have to repay about 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the International Monetary Fund.“We must be quick. We must not let things drag out,” Hollande said.Tsipras insisted not only Greece was at risk.“We must find a solution that will give Greece the opportunity to safely return to growth and a sustainable debt — on a course that will bring back security and stability not just to Greece but all of Europe.”Athens is at odds with its creditors over what reforms Greece must make in return for the bailout loans. Each side has submitted its own proposals. But talks have been deadlocked since Athens rejected the creditors’ suggestions as irrational last Friday, saying they would make life harder for Greeks already reeling from five years of deep spending cuts and soaring unemployment. BRUSSELS (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reinforced his diplomatic offensive on Wednesday to try to convince European creditors to pay out the bailout loans the country needs to avoid default.The creditors have made it clear that Greece has to improve its offer of economic reforms before they release 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion) the country needs to pay debts due at the end of the month.Tsipras had a short meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and another with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande that lasted into early Thursday. He planned to continue talks with Juncker on Thursday. Check your body, save your life Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at Syriza headquarters to brief senior party members about the bailout negotiations in Athens, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. 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Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up A protester burns a picture of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a protest outside a flag raising ceremony venue to mark the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The banner reads ” I want universal suffrage and Leung Chun-ying step down.” (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) The event comes seven months after the end of student-led protests that blocked streets in key districts for 79 days to demand free elections for the southern Chinese city’s top leader.Wednesday’s protest march marks the start of a new, uncertain chapter in the city’s democratic development, which is now stuck in limbo after Hong Kong lawmakers voted down the government’s blueprint for inaugural elections in June. The plan had required candidates be vetted by Beijing, which activists criticized as “sham democracy.”Beijing and Hong Kong officials say future leaders will continue to be picked by a panel of mostly pro-Beijing elites and they will now focus on economic issues rather than restarting the political reform process.“Hong Kong people now have experienced the Umbrella Movement last year and are trying to think of other more progressive ways to express their views” now, said Eddie Chan, vice convener of protest organizer Civil Human Rights Front. Last year’s street protests were known as the “Umbrella Movement,” after the demonstrators’ preferred method of defending against police pepper spray.Ahead of the rally, a small group protested outside a morning flag raising ceremony attended by Hong Kong and Beijing officials. They burned the Hong Kong flag and a picture of city’s Beijing-backed leader, Leung Chun-ying, and called for him to step down. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kongers are set to take to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy for the Asian financial hub in a rally that follows a turbulent year of protests over political reform.Organizers expect tens of thousands at the annual protest march, held on a public holiday marking Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule. Local media reports say some 3,000 police will be deployed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Etihad Airways’ newest member of the fleet, an A330-200 freighter aircraft, made its maiden flight from Airbus in Toulouse to the airline’s Abu Dhabi base last week.According to Etihad Airways Chief Executive, James Hogan, the new aircraft, the first for the airline, will add revenue to Etihad Airways which “will offer us better connectivity in our flight network, with greater transfer flows”.Able to carry up to 64 metric tonnes of cargo while flying up to 7,400 kilometres non-stop, the A330-200 will allow Etihad Crystal Cargo to increase frequencies and its presence in the European and Asian freight markets.“The arrival of our new A330-200 freighter marks a new era in Etihad’s cargo services and will support Etihad’s goal to expand that side of the business further,” Mr Hogan said. In July Etihad Airways’ cargo division, Etihad Crystal Cargo, carried a record 23,000 tonnes, or 30,000 shipments. Driven by increased volumes from Pakistan, Australia, China and Bangladesh, Etihad Crystal Cargo experienced a 21 per cent growth in tonnage and a 30 per cent growth in yield in the year to date as overall cargo revenue grew by 57 per cent.Etihad Crystal Cargo expects delivery of a second A330-200 freighter in October 2010, bringing the cargo fleet to six craft. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Etihad Airways’ first A330-200 freighter aircraft on the runway at Airbus in Toulouse before departing for Abu Dhabi
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Qantas have had their hands full over the weekend, dealing with ongoing investigations into engine failures whilst continuing to celebrate their 90th anniversary. Simon Rushton, spokesperson for Qantas Corporate Communications, was pleased with the continued anniversary festivities over the weekend. When asked if the problems surrounding Qantas’ A380 fleet have dampened the celebrations in any way, Mr. Rushton was quick to stress that “they had not”. “Qantas is continuing to work closely with Rolls Royce in regards to the ongoing investigations surrounding the A380 engine failures”, said Mr. Rushton. Qantas released a media statement over the weekend outlining an ‘International Contingency Network Schedule’ due to the disruptions caused by the grounding of their A380 fleet. “We are now providing a full international schedule which will be active and published until 25 February 2011” said Mr. Rushton. The new contingency plan has been put in place to provide and maintain a clear and concise outline for future travel. “We are closely monitoring all of our flight schedules to ensure maximum customer satisfaction” he said. In reference to the incident surrounding the Boeing 767 bound for Melbourne from Perth on Friday, Mr Rushton said, “the General Electric engines detected vibrations and the pilots made the appropriate decision to turn back.” He said “the plane was being assessed over the weekend” although no further information could be provided. Mr. Rushton maintained that anniversary celebrations would continue despite the issues surrounding Qantas at the moment. “We have been celebrating the history of Qantas with staff, friends and family.“We are mindful that we have experienced some issues over the last couple of weeks and are currently focused on getting our A380 fleet back in the air as soon as we feel it is safe and appropriate to do so” he said.