Trafalgar guarantees 86 of European departures this year

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Trafalgar guarantees 86% of European departures this year The Canadian Press center_img Share TORONTO — In anticipation of high demand for Europe and Britain, Trafalgar has confirmed that an unprecedented 86% of its European departures are now definite this year.“At Trafalgar, our passion and desire to succeed is second to none. Such success would not be possible without the strength of relationships with our valued Canadian trade partners, who drive us to ensure they are equipped to sell our brand experience with confidence and ease,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We’d like to sincerely thank our agent partners for the exceptional start to 2017 and we are thrilled to further ease their selling endeavours by confirming that our Definite Departures are now running at an exceptional 86%.”Trafalgar has tapped several destinations to be big sellers this year. Said Gavin Tollman, CEO: “Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland are all performing well, in addition to our perennially popular Britain and Ireland, Italy and Central Europe itineraries. If your clients haven’t yet secured their spot, they are seriously missing out!”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesTollman went on to say, “There is no doubt that Britain is back and Europe remains ever-enchanting. Demand for these destinations in 2017 has been enormously encouraging and it’s tremendous to see solid growth across the entire portfolio.”Clients can save up to 7.5% across Trafalgar’s Europe and Britain 2017 program with Early Payment Discounts of up to $1,440 per couple, available when they book and pay in full by Feb. 28. Past guest discounts of 5% per person (land only) are also available for those who’ve previously travelled with TTC’s family of brands. Tags: Trafalgarlast_img read more

US confirms Canadian passport holders excused from ban industry reacts

first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Donald Trump U.S. confirms Canadian passport holders excused from ban, industry reacts With file from the Canadian Press Wednesday, February 1, 2017 WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has provided some clarity: Canadian passport-holders have the right to travel to the United States, despite days of confusing, contradictory messages about President Trump’s travel restrictions.Four days after the order was announced, the American administration held its first detailed news conference Tuesday shedding light on who can still travel to the U.S. and who can’t – at least not until the order is reviewed in a few months.The U.S. government confirmed publicly what it has privately told the Canadian government: that citizens of non-affected countries, including dual citizens, are exempt by the travel freeze on seven majority-Muslim countries.It was a relevant question for about 35,000 Canadians. That’s how many have dual citizenship with the seven affected countries, and some of those Canadians may have jobs, families, and homes in the U.S.“Travellers will be assessed at our border based on the passport they present – not any dual national status. So if you’re a citizen of the United Kingdom, you present your United Kingdom passport,” said Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. “The executive order does not apply to you.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upHe made those remarks next to his boss, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The newly named cabinet secretary said the order will be followed humanely.The order still applies to temporary visitors with visas. Visa holders will be denied the right to board flights to the U.S., and sent to State Department representatives for additional instruction.The order could be temporary, and will be reviewed in several months.Early accounts were laden with confusion. The State Department stated that it applied to dual citizens. Some officials suggested it might also ban permanent U.S. residents. Those mixed messages sowed concern around the globe.Airports were hit with protests, as hundreds of travellers were detained. McAleenan said about 721 travellers were denied the right to board planes among the 500,000 non-Americans travelling to the U.S.The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President & CEO David Scowsill issued a scathing statement following the order. “The Executive Order issued by US President Trump on 27 January 2017 banning travel to the US from seven countries for 90 days goes directly against the fundamental right of Freedom to Travel. It has created immense confusion among travellers and travel companies worldwide,” Scowsill said. “WTTC believes that all people have the right to cross international borders safely and efficiently for business and tourism purposes. The blanket suspension of admittance of travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen to the US flies against this principle.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoMeanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) also lashed out, saying that “entry requirements for the United States were changed significantly and immediately … The [executive order] was issued without prior coordination or warning, causing confusion among both airlines and travellers.”Tour operators have also issued statements, including Intrepid Travel, who said that it “stands against any policy that closes borders, separates families, discriminates against religion or demonizes the less fortunate.” The statement also said that the company “strongly urges the American government to reinstate the rights of migrants and foreign citizens to enter the United States.” Posted bylast_img read more

Ontario cutting government run out of country travel insurance program

first_img By: The Canadian Press Thursday, May 2, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Ontario cutting government run, out of country travel insurance program Share Tags: OHIP, Travel Insurance TORONTO – Ontario is pushing ahead with a plan to eliminate basic out-of-country travel insurance, saying the program is very costly and does not provide value to taxpayers.The insurance currently covers out-of-country inpatient services to a maximum of $400 per day for a higher level of care, and up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient services and doctor services.Health Minister Christine Elliot announced the decision to scrap the program on Wednesday, following a six-day public consultation.The province spends $2.8 million to administer approximately $9 million in claim payments through the program every year.“We know that is not good value for Ontarians,” Elliott said. “People should be making their own plans to obtain coverage, which can be obtained quite inexpensively and provide them with full compensation if they sustain any health problems while out of the country.”The change is expected to come into effect Oct. 1.Elliott said a broader public outreach effort will be needed to remind travellers to purchase health insurance before they leave the country.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“I think many people didn’t even know there was any level of coverage before,” she said. “But it is important and we will have a public campaign to advise people because we don’t want people to have that unfortunate shock if they have a health problem while out of country, to have those costs which can be quite extraordinarily high.”Opposition politicians have said ending the program will hurt snowbirds and frequent travellers.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath criticized the move, saying it was part of the province’s larger plan to reduce health-care spending.Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said people deserve to have health coverage wherever they are, at home or travelling abroad.“Changes to the program are essentially equivalent to taking away health insurance from people,” he said.Last week, the Canadian Snowbird Association urged the government not to make the move and said it would not only impact the snowbird community who travel south during the winter months, but also cross-border shoppers and anyone planning a family vacation.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIn her 2018 report, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the Ministry of Health processed an average of 88,000 out-of-country claims per year over a five year period and paid an average of $127 per claim.Lysyk also noted the high administrative costs of the program, but said they arise because staff must check varying physician services fee rates and process claims manually. She recommended that the government seek ways to reduce administrative costs by adopting a single reimbursement rate for all health services obtained out-of-country.She also recommended the government bolster efforts to inform Ontarians of the limit on reimbursement rates under the program and on the need to purchase private health insurance before travelling.last_img read more

Caribbean residents celebrate as Maritime Zone Law moratorium passes

first_img Fernando Quirós Jorge Molina, president of the Southern Caribbean Chamber of Tourism, celebrates the moratorium’s passage in the Legislative Assembly. Bulldozers will not be coming to the southern Caribbean coast – or any other coastal community in Costa Rica – for another two years.A 24-month moratorium passed in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday evening, preventing the destruction of thousands of homes and businesses located in protected areas along the country’s coastlines. The vote passed with 35 lawmakers voting in favor and four voting against Bill 18,440.Approximately 90 citizens from the Caribbean towns of Puerto Viejo and Manzanilla attended the vote. Outside the assembly, they celebrated the ruling. Some dressed in traditional Afro-Caribbean garb and others beat drums as they cavorted with lawmakers who helped push the bill through Congress, including Libertarian legislator Mireya Zamora and National Liberation Party member Carolina Delgado. “We know that this is not everything,” said Johnny León, whose family has lived in Puerto Viejo since 1904. “It’s the beginning. It’s part of the process that we have to go through. And we have to keep working. But also today we can celebrate a great victory on the part of the southern Caribbean, our pueblo.”An estimated 300,000 people are affected by the Maritime Zone Law, which was established in 1977. The largest area of concern is in the southern Caribbean. The law does not affect construction in the zone before 1977. However, many communities built in the area after the law came into effect. However, the government never seemed interested in enforcing the law until recently.The Comptroller General’s Office ordered municipalities to destroy structures found to be in violation of the Maritime Zone Law. In Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, 13 buildings were ordered demolished by Nov. 30. (The Comptroller General later denied that those demolitions were imminent.) Coastal residents created an uproar once neighborhoods, including schools and hotels within the zone, faced the possibility of being flattened.The law defines all land 50 meters from the high-tide line in coastal areas as public land and prohibits construction in that zone. The area from 50 meters to 200 meters is considered restricted, but municipalities are allowed to issue concessions to certain developments.León said it was a relief that coastal residents could work toward a compromise with the government over the next two years, while no longer worrying about the possibility of demolitions.Jorge Molina, president of the Southern Caribbean Tourism Chamber, thanked supporters outside the legislative building and said leaders from the Caribbean and other regions affected should organize and negotiate a long-term solution with lawmakers before the 2014 deadline.“This problem is 35 years old,” Molina said. “A bunch of communities in the coast are tired. We can’t wait one more year.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Heavy rains on Sunday flood 12 Costa Rican cantons

first_imgRelated posts:Heavy rains affect more than 2,000 people along the Caribbean Caribbean, Northern zone residents get a break from the rain, but that could change on Wednesday Costa Rica’s Caribbean region hit by heavy rains, flooding Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Sunday responded to 100 separate incidents of flooding caused by heavy rains that hit most of the country during the evening.CNE’s press spokeswoman Rebeca Madrigal said most cases were caused by flooding rivers and outdated sewer systems.Floods occurred in 12 cantons across the country, according to a report on Monday morning. The most serious occurred in La Unión, Cartago, east of the capital, where a swelling river forced 60 people from two communities to evacuate their homes.A total of 45 families were relocated to a temporary shelter in a public school in Santiago de El Monte, in that canton.Rains also triggered landslides and floodings in Santo Domingo, Heredia, north of San José, where a tree fell on a street in Los Angeles and blocked traffic for several hours.In Acosta, south of San José, several streets also were blocked by mud from landslides.Madrigal said there are no reports of injuries or serious damage to homes and buildings.CNE personnel on Monday conducted on-the-ground inspections of the affected communities.October usually has the most severe showers in Costa Rica during the rainy season, which runs from May to November and is expected to end in a few weeks. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Traffic fatalities up in Costa Rica

first_imgA total of 294 people died in traffic accidents on Costa Rican roads during the first nine months of this year — up 16 percent from the 253 recorded during the same period of 2014, according to a report from the Traffic Police. Motorcyclists and pedestrians were the main victims.Of the total traffic-related deaths recorded from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 of this year, 115 victims were riding motorcycles and 56 were pedestrians. Together they made up nearly 60 percent of victims.“Anyone on a road is exposed to an accident, not only car drivers. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists as well,” Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said.Calderón said Traffic Police officers have issued tickets to 3,121 motorcyclists riding without a helmet since the beginning of the year.Car accidents were the third most common cause of traffic fatalities so far this year, with 51 victims; while cyclists were fourth with 29 victims.The report also indicated that 21 deaths were related to drunk driving, seven more than the number recorded in 2014. Facebook Comments Related posts:Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deaths It’s time to reduce motorcyclist fatalities in Costa Rica, says Roadway Safety Council Costa Rica sees increase in drunk driving deaths Deaths on Costa Rica roads reach new recordlast_img read more

Costa Rican communities fighting against climate change

first_imgCosta Rica decided to take the challenge of decarbonizing its economy, for which the transportation sector represents a fundamental challenge, followed by the solid waste sector.Inventories of greenhouse gases (GHG) made by the municipalities of San José, Desamparados, Belén, La Unión, Monteverde and Golfito show that both activities are the main sources of GHG across the six municipalities.Currently, there are 12 municipalities that have taken measures and important steps to implement mitigation and adaptation to climate change, in order to become sustainable and walkable cities. They have the ambitious goal of lowering their carbon emissions, as is the case of Golfito, which aims to reduce 118,000 tons of CO2.Juliana Madrigal, forest engineer from the Municipality of Golfito, stated the following: “We look to build complete trails with sidewalks and cycle paths, restructuring both private and public transport, promote carpooling and bicycles and walking through the streets to migrate from the use of vehicles toward a better environmental awareness”With this reality, the Directorate of Climate Change (DCC) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE, in its Spanish acronym), through the “Cantonal” category of the Neutral Carbon Country Program 2.0 (NCCP 2.0), works in the formalization of the processes related with the GHG inventories report and the implementation of the National Standard of Carbon Neutrality.Andre Meza, director of the DCC said: “Based on this motto and the interest and enthusiasm of the municipalities, we are working together with academia, NGOs and the international cooperation in the design of tools that facilitate the participation of municipalities to contribute with country commitments (NDC, in its English acronym) adopted under the Paris Agreement. The NCCP 2.0 is one of these tools.” Priority sectors for mitigationA pilot project between the DCC, the German Cooperation GIZ and the Center for Urban Sustainability (CFUS) encouraged the municipalities to achieve carbon neutrality within the framework of the PPNCN 2.0. This project offered technical and methodological support during 2018 to the cantons of San José, Belén, Desamparados, La Unión, Monteverde and Golfito in the process of determining their emission sources, measuring their GHG inventories and developing an action plan for the implementation of possible mitigation steps.In San José, Desamparados and La Unión, more than half of GHG emissions are generated by the transportation sector. In Belén, the largest source of emissions is stationary energy; that is, the energy produced by the burning of fossil fuels (LPG gas, gasoline, diesel, bunker or others) in the use of stoves, ovens, boilers or other types of facilities. In Desamparados and Golfito, it is the waste sector. In Monteverde, the transportation, livestock and fertilizer use sectors in the agricultural area have the same weight in the district’s contribution of emissions.“We are working in the treatment of organic waste and in programs with the refrigerant industries to reduce emissions from these sectors. We are also carrying out studies to make a bike path, because the community is asking for it, and they feel it as a need, ” said Thais Zumbado Ramírez, vice mayor of Belén.Exchange of experiences at the international levelAs part of the strengthening of local governments, in October 2018, a tour was held to exchange experiences with German and Spanish municipalities. The six pilot municipalities, plus Alajuela, Liberia, Talamanca, Montes de Oca, Curridabat and Cartago, which cooperate with the DCC in projects of the Adaptation Fund, knew of a wide range of climate projects in Europe and acquired new knowledge, mainly in active and electrical mobility and waste management. The tour was organized by GIZ and the Spanish Cooperation AECID.Among the sustainable transport projects, they learned about the “Low Emission Zones” in Madrid, Spain, which restrict access to the city center and the most polluting vehicles. Access permits, and parking and detention permits incentivize less-polluting vehicles. In a coastal area in Barcelona, ​​sustainable management of maritime areas was shown with mobility as an integrating element.Non-motorized mobility is encouraged, among others, with bicycle rental stations. In Seville, the service is continually optimized by monitoring the frequency of passing bicycles, parking points and parking. The “Bicycle Academy” of the Innovation Center for Mobility and Social Change in Berlin, Germany, analyzes ideas on how to integrate bicycle lanes in urban mobility planning, particularly at intersections and connections with greater traffic.For Marcel Soler, mayor of Montes de Oca, it is necessary to motivate changes to modern mobility systems: “We recognize the importance of offering incentives to people to impulse change. We have started with a series of incipient efforts to improve the infrastructure, develop public bike systems, integrate different means of transportation and generate intermodality, as well as install recharging points for electric vehicles.”Another priority sector is waste. In Mannheim, Germany, the delegation learned about a project to optimize the planning of garbage collection routes: sensors in the dumpsters indicate if they are full to avoid unnecessary collection trips. During visits to the sanitary landfill and to a solid waste transfer plant that could be re-evaluated in Barcelona, ​​Spain, they also learned about solutions to improve separation, recycling and waste treatment.For its part, Katherine Quirós, environmental management professional of the Municipality of La Union, stressed the importance of communication work to achieve a positive environmental impact in the cantons and stated that “they should ask citizens what they want before building, do not forget to plan for the people and ask ourselves the question of what kind of city we want to live in.”Next steps toward decarbonizationThe 12 municipalities currently identify priority actions to be implemented, which may be supported by the Municipal Development and Advisory Institute, the National Union of Local Governments and international cooperation. Feasibility studies are being prepared for some of the projects, derived from the action plans of the pilot municipalities with the GIZ and the DCC.“At GIZ, we are committed to supporting the government of Costa Rica in decarbonization and promoting municipalities as generators of sustainable development. That is why we have been supporting this initiative, providing technical assistance and support to the training process, inventory surveys and development of climate change actions and projects,” said Sandra Spies, project director at GIZ.With the support of GIZ, virtual teaching modules are being developed to teach how to apply the PPNCN 2.0 tool, in order to prepare GHG inventories and establish mitigation actions at the municipal level, so that all local governments can carry out their own inventories. Through additional guides in the sectors of refrigerants and air conditioners, agriculture, forestry and land uses, it is expected to disseminate good practices and portfolios of mitigation actions. A financing guide will help to recognize ways of mobilizing financial resources toward climate change; for example, through the management of the municipal budget.This story first appeared in Latin Clima. It was translated and republished as part of a partnership with Latin Clima. Read the original story in Spanish here. This story was translated by Ariana Arguedas Bermúdez. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Ricans pledge to go car free on Sept. 22 Messages along San José’s streets ask people to stop littering Costa Rican students transform pineapple waste into dishes and plates Renewables, electrification and efficiency the ideal scenario to combat climate changelast_img read more

Tunisian democracy threatened by weak opposition

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis He pointed out that he’s traveled the world, met U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, appeared on international panels with Tunisian ministers and is followed online by thousands, yet has never been contacted by a political party.Instead, he said, people like him become involved in the burgeoning civil society, but in times of economic crisis, activism pays little and many have become consumed with just making a living.Some disenfranchised youth haven taken to the streets in riots, loosely linked to a growing movement of Salafis, or ultraconservative Muslims trying to impose strict interpretation of Islam on what was long a largely secular society.“The opposition’s role is important to push the party in power to self-criticism and revise its policies,” said Slaheddine Jurchi, a longtime political analyst and rights activist. “There is a problem of political culture, there is an absence of the culture of coalitions and working together and there are problems of egoism and clashes of personalities among the heads of parties.”In last year’s elections, the disciplined Islamist Ennahda took 37 percent of the vote and 89 seats in the 217-person assembly, three times more than the next best performer. It then joined in a coalition with two other liberal parties to form an unassailable majority of 138 seats. Tunisia has had a smoother transition than its turbulent neighbors. Voters chose between a bewildering array of parties in Tunisia’s first free elections in October in what was described at the time as a sign of democracy’s exuberance, with the assumption that later elections would feature fewer, more sober choices.Halfway between those landmark elections and the next round of voting early next year, the political scene in this North African nation of 10 million remains a fractured sea of small parties that share little in common aside from dissatisfaction with the moderate Islamists who dominated the last election.Part of the problem is that the established opposition parties have been unable to reach out to the young and often secular Tunisians who were instrumental in taking to the streets and overthrowing longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011.These Tunisians, many known for their deep immersion in online social networks, have been almost totally excluded from the political scene, which is dominated by politicians from the older generation.“In Tunisia, we live in the era of the old, not the young,” said Slim Ayedi, 32-year-old blogger, journalist and activist. “When I look at the Constituent Assembly, I see old people, old and incompetent. The deputies who don’t have email, can’t use the internet and don’t speak three languages won’t go far.” 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Essebsi’s party may only increase the competition among Ennahda’s opposition. “Its immediate result will be to weaken the other parties on the center left because they are all going after the same electorate,” cautioned analyst Gheriari.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   The fear is that in this power vacuum, Ennahda will rule unchecked and start repeating the behavior of the former ruling party, the Constitutional Democratic Rally of Ben Ali, which dominated all aspects of political and economic life before it was disbanded.Critics say Ennahda is already running roughshod over the opposition, antagonizing the unions, quarreling with civil society and showing little interest in building democratic institutions.The key to the next election will be the new voters, since more than 40 percent of eligible voters weren’t registered in October, as well as the third of the electorate, some 1.3 million voters, that voted for parties that didn’t make it into the assembly.But unless the opposition dramatically ups its game, chances are the Islamist machine will snap these up as well.Maya Jribi, one of the only women leading a political party in the country, admits that her secular, center-left Progressive Democratic Party made a lot of mistakes in the last election.Believed to be a frontrunner at the time, the historic opposition party came in a distant fifth place with just 16 seats. The party has now united with several others to form the Jumhouri or Republican Party, with 21 seats total and hopes to join up with more to create a more viable opposition. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “We called on the other parties to create the conditions allowing the alternation of power but they didn’t do enough . so we have created a movement open to all political forces in the country,” he told The Associated Press.Essebsi has also opened the door to former members of the ruling party and at a rally in March, thousands came to pay him homage, including many figures from Ben Ali’s time _ something that has left him open to accusations he wants to revive the old regime.Despite his advanced age and that of many of his supporters, Essebsi insists his will be a party of youth and will be open to the activists who oppose the regime but don’t have a political party of their own. How he integrates ex-regime figures will be key to any future he has with the rest of the opposition.With the year-long mandate for the elected assembly running out in October, Essebsi said the only future for the country is a consensus government run by a cabinet of technocrats.“(Consensus) is a fairly difficult idea for the people here to accept,” he said. “They have difficulty understanding what I say, but I am sure this is the only solution.”How he integrates ex-regime figures will be key to any future he has with the rest of the opposition, and already Jribi has expressed reservations about uniting with his party. Sponsored Stories Associated PressTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s fledgling democracy is threatened by a weak opposition that isn’t offering a viable alternative to the well-organized Islamists in power, and discontent is taking the form of angry riots with extremist overtones instead.The return to a single, overbearing ruling party has grave implications for Tunisia and the countries across the region watching its journey to democracy after it kicked off the Arab Spring. “The clear lesson from the Oct. 23 elections is that the democrats must move together, united towards elections. What that formula is, however, is not yet clear,” she said.The party will also try to deepen its roots in the Tunisian countryside with more grassroots activists and “develop a discourse that is much simpler than before,” Jribi added.Political scientist Ghazi Gheriari of Tunis University noted that one alliance of leftist parties, the Democratic Political Axis, only won seats in the capital and among the expatriate community in France.“The opposition has little penetration into the Tunisian countryside,” he said. “The results of this election showed two Tunisias, a Tunisia in tune with the opposition where it did respectably and the countryside where this opposition is not credible and has no voice.”In the past two weeks, a new political party known as Nida Tunis or Tunisia’s Call, has appeared, led by Caid Beiji Essebsi, who at 85 years-old embodies the phrase “veteran politician” with years of service under Tunisia’s first post-independence president Habib Bourguiba.He was the country’s interim prime minister from March 2011 until the elections and has said that his new party will reunite the opposition and restore balance to the nation’s politics. 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SKorean officer convicted for offending president

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A South Korean military court has sentenced an army officer to a suspended six-month prison term for tweeting what officials called offensive remarks about President Lee Myung-bak.A Defense Ministry official says an Army court on Friday convicted a captain surnamed Lee for posting offensive remarks about the president and his administration’s projects.The official said the captain’s action is a breach of a military law that bans offending a commander. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling was not publicly released. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day South Korea’s military applies strict rules on its troops’ speech.South Korean soldiers face North Korea’s 1.2 million troops across the world’s most heavily armed border. The Korean Peninsula is in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Argentina floods cause farmland disaster

first_img Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The government estimates 14 percent of the province’s wheat and barley has been lost, and says cattle have suffered just when calving season was beginning. Beekeeping has been severely affected as well.Scioli said Monday that the disaster declaration will enable agricultural businesses to delay paying taxes and debts.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Heavy rains this year in Argentina have flooded 3.5 million hectares (8.6 million acres) of farmland outside the capital, causing millions of dollars in losses for farmers and ranchers and prompting the governor of Buenos Aires province to declare an agricultural emergency.Gov. Daniel Scioli says it has been raining twice as much this year than in all of 2011, and the rainfall has come down more quickly than usual, creating great accumulations of water. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Jailed Indian cartoonist released on bail

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Also that year, Binayak Sen, a doctor and activist working with tribal poor in India’s Chhattisgarh state, was convicted of sedition and sentenced to life in prison. The local government said Sen used his medical work as a front to support the cause of a Maoist insurgency in that state. He was later released on bail by India’s top court and is appealing his conviction.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) NEW DELHI (AP) – A political cartoonist who was jailed on sedition charges for drawings that mocked corruption in the Indian government was released on bail Wednesday.Supporters cheered and waved flags as Aseem Trivedi walked out of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail after a high court said there was no need to hold him in prison.Trivedi had earlier refused bail until all charges against him were dropped. The local government has promised to review the charges against him. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sedition is punishable by up to life in prison.“When you hear the word `sedition’ you are transported to 1857 where there is a king and citizens are afraid to criticize him. We must rethink the law,” Trivedi told reporters after his release.India’s sedition laws date to the 1800s when the country was a colony of Britain. They have been used in the past to punish rights activists.Trivedi was arrested Sunday based on a political activist’s complaint that his cartoons insulted the country. The arrest highlighted the government’s increased sensitivity to criticism.A day later, amid protests by free-speech advocates and opposition parties, R.R. Patel, the home minister of Maharashtra state, said the government would review Trivedi’s case.Trivedi was one of two winners of the 2012 “Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award” by the U.S.-based Cartoonists Rights Network International.His cartoons mocked corruption among Indian politicians and were displayed at a Mumbai protest in December by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.In 2010 Indian police sought to charge Booker Prize winner and social activist Arundhati Roy with sedition for questioning India’s claim over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img

Panel Japan should lift ban on collective defense

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country’s ban on collective defense under its pacifist constitution.The panel on Tuesday discussed ways that Japan can improve its defense capability and said it will present its near-final draft recommendation in coming weeks, before its final report is expected after April. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to play a greater role in international peacekeeping and step up its defense posture, mainly because of potential military threats that Japan sees from China and North Korea. As China’s influence rises and that of the United States fades in the region, Japan is trying to expand its defense alliance outside of its “cornerstone” ties with Washington and has signed defense agreements with several other countries, including Britain and Australia.The 14-member panel, headed by former Ambassador to the U.S. Shunji Yanai, says the revision is possible if the government alters its current interpretation of the war-renouncing constitution. Formal constitutional change involves high hurdles, though Abe eventually hopes to achieve that.The constitution, written under U.S. direction after World War II, says the Japanese people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation” and that “land, sea and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.” The government has interpreted those clauses as meaning that Japan cannot possess offensive military weapons such as ICBMs or long-range strategic bombers. Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Abe and other supporters of the change believe that restrictions should be removed from the military, and that Japan’s current self-defense-only policy is inadequate as the region’s security environment becomes more challenging. They say U.S. warships may come under attack while in or near Japan, or there may be instances in which Japanese troops have to fight for allies during international peacekeeping missions, even when Japan is not attacked directly.“Japan’s preparation for national security threats in the region is not sufficient,” Abe said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We must cover all the bases to protect the people’s lives and safety in any possible scenario.”Japan has repeatedly loosened restrictions on its military over time as it tried to raise its international profile and meet expectations from the U.S. and other countries. But its peacekeeping missions have been limited to noncombat roles because of its pacifist rules, and a change would allow its troops to do more.The draft report is also expected to urge Japan to relax its restrictions on arms exports, participate more actively in U.N.-led security operations, and prepare a legal framework for its military to counter intrusions on remote Japanese-held islands, apparently including territory in the East China Sea also claimed by China. It would also urge Japan to strengthen its defense ties with its allies, most importantly the United States. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Sri Lanka mulls SAfricanmodel truth commission

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s government said Wednesday that it was considering a process similar to South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal the wounds of the island nation’s decades-long civil war.Two senior ministers will lead a team to South Africa on Thursday for discussions with the country’s government and the ruling African National Congress, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramphosa his special envoy to Sri Lanka, the statement said. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The visit is an apparent move to soften a third U.S.-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council over Sri Lanka’s failure to properly investigate alleged atrocities and war crimes committed during the civil war against minority Tamil rebels, which ended five years ago.But it may be difficult for Sri Lanka to convince its critics given its failure to publicize reports of previous commissions and implement recommendations that were made.The United States has said the patience of the international community is “wearing thin” because Sri Lanka has not investigated abuse allegations as recommended by a 2011 report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation commission, which was appointed by the Sri Lankan government.A body modeled after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission could enable offenders to publicly admit their crimes and avoid prosecution.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up after South Africa abolished apartheid in the 1990s, allowed human rights offenders of all races to admit their crimes publicly in return for lenient treatment. It proved to be a kind of national therapy that would become a model for other countries emerging from prolonged strife. Discussions in South Africa will be with the “aim of understanding the manner in which that exercise can help in Sri Lanka’s own reconciliation process, following the defeat of terrorism,” the Foreign Ministry said.Sri Lankan troops defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, ending a quarter-century separatist war. Both government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels have been accused of serious human rights violations and war crimes.The government has been accused of deliberately shelling civilians and hospitals, blocking food and medicine for civilians trapped in the war zone and deliberately undercounting the number of civilians caught up in the fighting. The rebels have been accused of holding civilians as human shields, killing those trying to flee and recruiting child soldiers.A U.N. report said about 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians may have been killed in just the last few months of the fighting.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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 Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

US ambassador urges China to respect human rights

first_imgTohti is an economics professor and outspoken advocate for the Uighur Muslim minority who was arrested on Tuesday after being taken from his home one month ago.China should value not just the economic welfare of its people, but also their freedom of speech, assembly and religion, Locke said.“We believe that freedom of expression is a universal right and we very much are concerned about the arrest and detentions of people who are engaged in peaceful advocacy,” Locke, accompanied by his wife Mona, told journalists at the U.S. Embassy in eastern Beijing.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Wednesday also expressed deep concern for Tohti and called for his release.China’s authoritarian communist government brooks no political opposition and routinely rejects such remarks. Beijing says it must take harsh measures against what it calls Islamic radical terrorists fighting for the independence of the northwestern China Uighur homeland of Xinjiang amid an uptick in violent incidents over the past year.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying defended China’s record at a regular briefing Wednesday and accused the country’s critics of political bias.Chinese citizens enjoy “unprecedented rights and liberty,” Hua said. “We strongly oppose irresponsible comments made by anybody, regardless of which country he comes from.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies A former commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington state, Locke, 63, was the first Chinese-American to serve as ambassador to Beijing. Known for his affable, non-confrontational style, Locke placed a high priority on improving embassy efficiency and facilitating bilateral trade during his 2 1/2 years in Beijing at a time when exchanges are growing rapidly.Locke said the wait for a visa interview by applicants in China had fallen from up to 100 days to as little as one, while visa applications grew by 75 percent. Almost 220,000 Chinese currently study at American colleges and universities, the most from any country.Locke also oversaw the defusing of two of the most delicate diplomatic episodes between the countries in years.In February 2012, Wang Lijun, the police chief in the western city of Chongqing, fled to a U.S. consulate in southwest China with information about the killing of a British businessman, setting off China’s biggest political scandal in years. Wang’s flight led to the removal and subsequent sentencing to life imprisonment for corruption of Chongqing’s leader, Bo Xilai, formerly one of China’s most powerful politicians.Just two months later, blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest and was given shelter in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he remained for six days before being allowed to leave the country with his family to study in New York. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories His replacement, former Montana Sen. Max Baucus, was sworn in last week and is expected to arrive within coming weeks.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories In his comments, Locke also repeated Washington’s calls for restraint in China’s maritime territorial disputes with Japan and its Southeast Asian neighbors. He also urged China to accord foreign journalists working in the country the same equitable treatment Chinese journalists receive in the West, a reference to Beijing’s denial of visas to reporters from the New York Times and other news outlets.Notably missing from his comments was any reference to Chinese investment barriers, alleged currency manipulation and other economic disputes that had been prominent themes in Locke’s speeches earlier in his term. That appeared to reflect a strengthening U.S. economy and a boom in exports to China that are growing at nearly twice the rate they are to other countries. He said Chinese investment in the U.S. over the past two years exceed that of the previous 11 years combined.“Mona and I depart China with a spirit of optimism. I believe the trajectory of our two countries’ relationship is positive and indeed will shape the future of the world,” Locke said.Locke, a Democrat, said he had no plans for the immediate future but would stump for American political candidates and eventually return to China in a private capacity to work on business projects. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BEIJING (AP) – The outgoing U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists and said Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of a minority scholar charged with separatism.At his final news conference as ambassador, Gary Locke said that Washington is “very concerned” about the case of Ilham Tohti as well as a recent increase in the arrests of social and legal activists and journalists.last_img read more

Former Toronto Mayor Ford undergoes surgery to remove tumor

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Jacobs said doctors consider the procedure to be a success.Ford, now a city councilman, is in “some pain,” Jacobs said, and still has a long recovery ahead of him.Ford, whose admitted drug and alcohol abuse and outrageous behavior earned him international notoriety, was forced out of his mayoral re-election bid last September when doctors discovered his rare, aggressive malignant liposarcoma. He ran successfully for his old city council seat instead.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober TORONTO (AP) — Doctors have removed a cancerous tumor from former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s abdomen and he has regained consciousness after an intensive surgery that kept him under anesthesia for about 10 hours, his chief of staff said late Monday.“There were no new growths, the cancer had not spread beyond what they were already aware of, and they were able to remove all the existing growths without causing damage to any internal structures,” Dan Jacobs said in an email. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

first_img“If we can save Hope and she can go back and produce more offspring, then in her lifetime she would have contributed to the survival of the species,” said Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp, a veterinarian from the University of Pretoria. He is a member of Saving the Survivors, a South African group that treats rhinos with gunshot wounds, facial gouges and other injuries inflicted by poachers.Demand for rhino horn is high in parts of Asia where it is seen as a status symbol and a cure for illness despite a lack of evidence that it can heal.The rhino called Hope was attacked in Lombardini, a wildlife reserve in Eastern Cape province where several rhinos were poached recently.Hope’s nasal bone was badly fractured and part was removed, exposing the sinus cavities and nasal passage. Surgery occurred May 18 after the rhino was transferred to another reserve. It could take at least a year for Hope’s wound to heal after multiple treatments, Steenkamp said.It cost $75,000 to treat Lion’s Den, a rhino with a similar but less severe injury, and Thandi, a rhino whose horns were hacked off in 2012, recovered and gave birth in January, according to Saving the Survivors.Group spokeswoman Suzanne Boswell Rudham said Monday of Hope: “She’s doing really well.” Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope.Poachers in South Africa had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns while she was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much of her face. A couple of days later, staff on a wildlife reserve found the grievously injured rhino — alive.Last week, veterinarians operated on the 4-year-old female, a rare survivor of increasing attacks by poachers who killed more than 1,200 rhinos last year in South Africa, home to most of the world’s rhinos. They removed maggots and dead tissue, applied dressing and fastened a fiberglass cast with steel screws. The wound measures 50 by 28 centimeters (19.6 by 11 inches), the biggest of 10 similar cases that the team has treated in the last three years. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Poll Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law’s subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states.Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.Opponents of the law had argued that a strict reading of President Barack Obama’s law only allowed subsidies in states that set up their own insurance markets. The court disagreed, 6-3. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The poll found overwhelming approval for the decision among Democrats, and strong disapproval among Republicans. But independents mirrored the national results, approving by 61 percent to 34 percent.The poll was conducted after last week’s decision and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.___OnlineKaiser Poll – http://tinyurl.com/nzbq2qnCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Yes or no What Greeces landmark vote might bring

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain That is unlikely to be agreed on overnight, meaning the harsh controls on money withdrawals and transfers may remain in place for longer than anticipated. The Greek government had to put those limits when a run on the banks started last weekend and the European Central Bank refused to increase the emergency credit it allows the banks to draw on.Varoufakis says banks will reopen Tuesday whatever the referendum’s outcome. That’s unlikely to happen unless the ECB agrees to increase the credit to Greek banks. And the ECB would be under huge pressure not to do so until Greece has a new, comprehensive financial rescue package.An additional difficulty is that Greece’s creditors are singing from different hymn sheets. The International Monetary Fund has said it will not get involved in a third bailout unless it includes substantive debt relief for Greece. The Europeans, on the other hand, have ruled out debt relief until Greece makes its reforms.“A new agreement will likely take time and the ultimate outcome may require even greater fiscal and structural commitments than the existing proposal,” said George Saravelos, a strategist at Deutsche Bank. “The extent to which there is a sufficient political shift in Greece to allow this to materialize remains the key source of uncertainty.” LONDON (AP) — On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.The Greek people are in similar dire straits as they prepare to vote on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country’s potentially catastrophic exit from the euro. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In such a case, printing a new currency may be the only option available, which almost everyone thinks will be a short-term disaster for the Greek economy.“A ‘no’ will result in Grexit with an uncertain future and high costs to Greek society, at least initially,” said Guntram Wolff, director of think-tank Bruegel.Odysseus got through his ordeal, but Scylla the monster ate six of his men — not a great thought for Greeks seeking to navigate the straits of bankruptcy and national pride.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The question is whether their vote on Sunday can help them escape either. “Yes” to more budget cuts in exchange for a financial aid package for the country? Or reject it in the hope it will not lead the country out of the euro?The referendum question makes no reference to Greece’s future in the currency union. It is on a set of proposals that European creditors say they have withdrawn following the failure to forge a deal with Greece before an end-June deadline.For the radical left-led Greek government, the proposals were unacceptable. It’s urging a “no” vote and says that will have no impact on Greece’s euro status.Proponents of a “yes” vote, including a parade of former prime ministers and the main opposition party, say backing the government will jeopardize Greece’s place in the euro. Instead, they argue that by voting “yes” Greece would get a new deal quickly to shore up the economy.In fact, what might happen in each case is unclear. Analysts in the world’s biggest investment banks are putting percentage probabilities to outcomes, such as Greece’s exit from the euro, but no one knows for sure. Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Mesa family survives lightning strike to home ___IF THEY SAY ‘OXI’Despite the Greek government’s assertion that a “no” vote will not lead to a euro exit, most people agree it would open up more uncertain outcomes, especially if the ECB calls time on the life-support measures to Greece’s banks.A number of European politicians, including Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the top eurozone official, have said a “no” vote would jeopardize Greece’s place in the euro.Others, such as the leaders of France and Italy, appear to be holding the door ajar for further talks. Even Wolfgang Schaeuble, the tough-talking German finance minister, has said the country could stay in the euro in the event of a “no” vote.But investors are likely to be worried in case of a “no” vote amid fears it increases the chance of a Greek exit from the euro, or Grexit. Markets will open first in Asia.The word ‘Grexit’ has dominated the past months of negotiations on Greece. But the country will not return to the drachma as soon as Monday. Rather, the risk increases the longer there is a deadlock in talks. Without a deal and without money, Greece will default on more of its debt repayments and will not be able to afford the day-to-day spending on salaries and pensions. The banks will run dry, even with the cash withdrawal limits. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall A commuter exits from a bus, as a banner with the word ”Yes” at a bus stop, sprayed over “No” by supporters of the No vote referring to the upcoming in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. The brief but intense campaign in Greece’s critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting “yes” and “no” answers to a murky question in what an opinion poll suggests could be a very close vote. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s a look at the events that each vote might trigger.___IF THE PEOPLE SAY ‘NAI’A “yes” vote backing the reform proposals creditors had made would likely see Greece turn immediately to talks on a new rescue package. Whether that leads to a swift deal that might allow Greece to reopen its banks and restore a semblance of normality to the life of citizens and tourists is another question.Much would likely depend on what happens on the political front.The government has said it will respect the verdict.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he’ll resign in the event of a “yes” vote and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has hinted as much. If the government does not collapse, it could try to build a new coalition with other parties, Varoufakis hinted.It’s not clear, however, if that would involve new elections. That would take time and without financial assistance, Greece would surely go bankrupt.Greece is no longer in a bailout program since its previous package expired Tuesday. So it would have to negotiate a new one with its creditors that involves more money for the government and the banks and new economic measures. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

The Latest Kerry says nobody pulled the wool over US eyes

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States’ international partners that negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran would “balk” if the U.S. asked them to continue to impose economic sanctions without implementing the diplomatic solution reached with Tehran.If that happened, Lew says, the U.S. would be left with neither a nuclear deal, nor any effective sanctions.He says it is “unrealistic to think that additional sanctions pressure would force Iran to totally capitulate.” And he says it’s impractical to think the U.S. could marshal a global coalition of partners to impose such sanctions pressure after turning down a deal that the other world powers in the negotiation “believe is a good one.”___Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz(moh-NEES’) is defending the Iran nuclear deal saying it is “pretty hard-nosed” and wasn’t what Tehran had envisioned in the final deal.Moniz tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “This is not what Iran wanted.”He says “the deal is not built on trust. It’s pretty hard-nosed.” He’s seeking to persuade skeptical lawmakers that the deal is in the U.S. national security interest. Moniz adds that the agreement substantially roll backs Iran’s nuclear program.He says, “The deal is based on science and analysis. I’m confident that this is a good deal for America”___10:45Secretary of State John Kerry is casting the choice on the Iran nuclear deal in stark terms — an agreement that would limit the Islamic nation’s nuclear program, or no deal at all.Kerry is testifying before a Senate committee as the Obama administration publicly defends the much-debated accord. The administration is facing unified Republican opposition and doubts among some Democrats.Kerry also argues that if the deal is rejected, the diplomatic support the United States has garnered in recent years would evaporate.He tells the panel: “It’s a question of how do you hold their program back.”___10:25 a.m.The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tells Kerry point-blank that “you’ve been fleeced” by the Iranians in the recently completed nuclear agreement.Kerry was greeted with applause from anti-war demonstrators as a handful of members from CodePink rose in the hearing room. But the mood turned critical immediately as Sen. Bob Corker, who heads the panel, gaveled the hearing to order. Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Boxer recited a list of nations around the world that back the deal and said her Republican colleagues were being disrespectful.Boxer told Kerry that if he were “bamboozled, the world was bamboozled.”Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the committee’s chairman, said in his opening statement that Kerry was “fleeced” and GOP Sen. James Risch of Idaho said he was “bamboozled.”Kerry praised members of the negotiating team and said nobody “pulled the wool” over their eyes.___11:28 a.m.Republican Sen. Jim Risch is slamming the Iran nuclear deal.The Idaho senator says that anyone who believes the accord is a good deal “really joins the ranks of the most naive people on the face of the earth.”Risch says it makes no sense to trust Iran to hold up its side of the deal. He addressed his comments to Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who were seated at the witness stand Thursday on Capitol Hill.Risch tells the Cabinet secretaries: “With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled and the American people are going to have to pay for it.”___11:18 a.m. EDT Corker tells Kerry he’s “fairly depressed” after listening to the secretary answer lawmakers’ questions Wednesday about the agreement in a classified briefing.Kerry is testifying with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (moh-NEES’) and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about the deal Congress is expected to vote on in September.___.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life Quick workouts for men Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest in a hearing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting on the agreement the United States and five other world powers struck this month with Iran to rein in its nuclear weapons program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions (asterisk)(all times local):11:54 a.m.Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is chiding her Republican colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for saying Secretary of State John Kerry and representatives of the other world powers that negotiated or approved the nuclear agreement with Iran were “fleeced” and “bamboozled” by Tehran. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

All flights suspended as Kingfisher licence expires

first_imgThe airline has assured passengers it is “confident” it will be granted approval of its restart plan and receive license approval. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Kingfisher has advised passengers that all future bookings have been suspended until further notice after the carrier’s flying licence was revoked for failing to renew it before its expiration.India’s Civil Aviation Directorate-General chief Arun Mishra said the Indian carrier, which has been grounded since October last year, was advised by aviation regulators that its permit had “lapsed” for failing to provide “additional details” to a revival plan for its suffering financial situation, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Despite being warned to renew its licence prior to its expiration on 31 December 2012, the airline has assured passengers in an online statement that it is “confident” it will be granted approval of its restart plan and receive license approval.“Despite the impending expiry of its License, there is no cause for concern as the regulations permit License renewal within two years of expiry,” the statement read.Kingfisher was India’s second-largest airline over a year ago but now reportedly owes millions of dollars to banks, airport and staff.Late last year the carrier’s dwindling financial situation reportedly lead to its eviction from Mumbai International Airport for failing to pay its rent.last_img read more