Month: August 2019

  • Sabre enables Air Canada to expand offerings paid seat selection branded fares

    first_imgSabre enables Air Canada to expand offerings: paid seat selection, branded fares The Canadian Press Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Share Posted by SOUTHLAKE — Air Canada has extended its market reach and customers now have easier access to Preferred seats and upgraded amenities as the carrier launches the sale of more offerings through travel agencies, travel management companies and online sales sites that are connected via Sabre Corporation’s travel marketplace. Starting today, thousands of corporate and leisure travel buyers in Canada and the U.S. have more options for pre-reserving seats. They now have the ability to purchase Air Canada’s Preferred Seats and paid advance seat selection through the Sabre Red platform. This extends their reach through the Sabre Red Workspace desktop solution and an extensive selection of air shopping and booking API’s. Air Canada’s Preferred seats offer more legroom and are located at the front of the main cabin and in exit rows. Paid advance seats provide a pre-reserved seat choice in the main cabin to passengers who have booked the airline’s “Tango” fare.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“Air Canada has a bold vision in creating a personalized journey for their passengers, and Sabre’s technology supports every strategic aspect in delivering their differentiated merchandising strategy,” said Sean Menke, President of Sabre Travel Network. “Our collaboration aims to put their customers first, enabling agents with transparent shopping and pricing of their brand, and ultimately a streamlined booking experience.”“Air Canada remains focused on delivering products and services, such as Air Canada Preferred Seats, that bring value to our customers and enhance their travel experience with us,” said Duncan Bureau, Vice President Global Sales of Air Canada. “By making this available through the Sabre agency platform we are continuing our commitment to our loyal agency network to make selling Air Canada as seamless and efficient as possible.”Sabre’s technology has enabled Air Canada to further expand their merchandising reach and generate new revenue in the Sabre marketplace. In addition to paid seats, the recent release of their branded fares through the Sabre Red platform allows Air Canada to strategically highlight attributes that differentiate their products, support brand continuity, and drive customer loyalty. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

  • Solemn personal ceremonies as US commemorates 911

    first_imgSolemn, personal ceremonies as US commemorates 9-11 NEW YORK — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9-11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.Every Sept. 11 since the date of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, Rob Fazio has come to the place where his father, Ronald Carl Fazio, and thousands of others died.“I’ll come every year for the rest of my life,” the son said. “It’s where I get my strength.”At least 1,000 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Then, relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when terrorist-piloted planes hit the trade centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.Some said they couldn’t believe 16 years had passed since a tragedy that still seemed so present on the anniversary. To others, it was an occasion to plead for a return to the sense of unity they felt after the attacks.“Our country came together that day. And it did not matter what colour you were, or where you were from,” said a tearful Magaly Lemagne, who lost her brother, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer David Prudencio Lemagne. She implored people to “stop for a moment and remember all the people who gave their lives that day.“Maybe then we can put away our disagreements and become one country again.”Nicholas Haros Jr. saw a glimpse of that cohesiveness in the country’s response to catastrophic recent hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Irma was making its way through the Southeast as a tropical storm while 9-11 anniversary ceremonies unfolded in New York, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“God bless, and be New York strong,” Maureen Tipping-Lipshie urged those affected by Irma after she remembered her brother, John James Tipping II.Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.Yet each ceremony also takes on personal touches. Some name-readers added messages ranging from the universal to the personal _ updates on family graduations and marriages, memories of personality traits and favourite foods.Some have never even had a chance to meet the relatives they lost on Sept. 11, 2001.“I wish more than anything that I could have met you,” Ruth Daly said, her voice breaking, after she read names in remembrance of her slain grandmother, Ruth Sheila Lapin. “I’m very proud to be your namesake. I hope you’re watching down on me from heaven.”Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation’s leader, observed a moment of silence at the White House with first lady Melania Trump.The Trumps also planned to participate in a 9-11 observance at the Pentagon. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9:11 a.m. Monday. After the names are read at that ceremony, there’s a public observance, with a wreath-laying and remarks.Vice-President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are scheduled to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. It’s on the rural field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who’d hijacked it and were heading for Washington.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamConstruction continues at the Shanksville memorial, where ground was broken Sunday for a 93-foot (28 metres) tall Tower of Voices to honour the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.Rebuilding and reimagining also continues at ground zero, where the third of four planned office towers is set to open next year. Work toward a $250 million performing arts centre continues after a design was unveiled last fall. Most recently, plans were announced this spring to transform a grassy clearing on the memorial plaza into a walkway and area dedicated to 9-11 rescue and recovery workers.The ceremony on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza strives to be apolitical: Politicians can attend, but since 2011, they haven’t been allowed to read names or deliver remarks.Yet last year’s 15th-anniversary ceremony became entangled in the narrative of a fractious presidential campaign when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton left abruptly, stumbled into a van and ultimately revealed she’d been diagnosed days earlier with pneumonia.This year, the focus remained on the names read out beneath the waterfall pools and lines of trees.“It does feel good to know you have other people who are feeling the same pain that you’re in,” Marvaline Monroe said as she headed into the ceremony to remember her brother, Keith Broomfield. She comes to the ceremony as often as she can.“It’s very hard. We’ll never forget, but we just have to live with the memories that we have of him.”Delaney Colaio read names in honour of the three relatives she lost: her father, Mark Joseph Colaio, and her uncles Stephen J. Colaio and Thomas Pedicini. She is making a documentary about the children who lost parents in the attacks. Monday, September 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Jennifer Peltz & Karen MatthewsSource: The Associated Press Tags: New York City Sharelast_img read more

  • Air France cancels 40 of longhaul flights today

    first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Air France, Travel Alert Source: The Associated Press PARIS — About 30% of Air France flights scheduled on Wednesday are expected to be cancelled as crews and ground staff start a seventh day of strike.Workers unions are asking for a pay rise of six per cent across the board. Their wages have been frozen since 2011.According to unions, the strikes have already cost Air France 200 million euros ($247 million).Some 40% of long-haul flights will be cancelled and 25% of short-haul flights to and from Paris’s Orly airport and French regions will be affected.Several meetings between workers’ representatives and Air France management have already taken place since the strike started on Feb. 22 but unions say they have not yet received a satisfactory reply to their demands. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Air France cancels 40% of long-haul flights todaylast_img read more

  • Insight celebrates moms this Mothers Day with Special Interest Journeys

    first_img Share Thursday, May 9, 2019 TORONTO — Just in time for Mother’s Day, Insight Vacations is offering Special Interest Journeys focused on gardening with 2019 and 2020 departures. Clients travel in smaller groups for a more personalized experience and comfortable travel onboard luxury coaches, says Insight.One of the itineraries offered with these special interest journeys, ‘European Affair & Chelsea Flower Show’, is a nine-day journey that takes travellers to the Chelsea flower show, Aalsmeer Flower Auction in the Netherlands, and a Dutch windmill and the village of Volendam. In Bruges, clients will cruise along the canal and then visit the renowned Châteaux of the Loire Valley and then the garden of Versailles, which contains around 800 hectares of land full of lush gardens that took 40 years to complete. The journey concludes with the garden of Giverny that inspired many of Claude Monet’s masterpieces as he set out to create a garden full of perspectives, colours and symmetries. Meanwhile ‘The Gardens of England and Wales with The Chelsea Flower Show’ is a 15-day journey departing May 24, 2019 and now accepting bookings for 2020 departures. This trip features a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the David Austin Nursery, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the Gardens of Wisley and many more stops on the journey. Guests will also visit the RHS Chatsworth flower show and see the home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace. “Travel is life-changing and it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift to splurge on for moms who are seeking unique experiences to check off their personal wish lists such as the Chelsea Flower Show and Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny,” says Brad Ford, President of Insight Vacations. “Our loyal Travel Advisors can suggest these Special Interest Journeys to their clients since they are tailor-made for moms with their special interests in mind and offer fascinating encounters with local people in the most beautiful destinations.” Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Insight celebrates moms this Mother’s Day with Special Interest Journeys Tags: Insight Vacations, Mother’s Day << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

  • Costa Ricans propose bills to legalize marijuana

    first_imgNo related posts. The Legislative Assembly’s Popular Initiative Office in the past three years has received nine pieces of legislation from the public calling for the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, the daily La Nación reported Monday.The majority of the proposals called for legalization for medicinal use. Another bill argued the weed could be taxed and the revenue could be used to treat addiction.Other bills sought the decriminalization of personal cultivation of marijuana, a serious crime in Costa Rica. While marijuana use is illegal in Costa Rica, the law is not enforced. But laws against marijuana cultivation and distribution are enforced.Several lawmakers said they have not looked at the proposed bills, and personally are against legalization of marijuana.A poll from the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute (IAFA) said that in 2010, 7 percent of the country – about 301,000 people – had tried marijuana. Two percent – about 86,000 Ticos, mostly men aged 18-35 – smoke pot regularly, the study found.The head of IAFA, Patricia Orozco, and Costa Rica’s Drug Czar, Mauricio Boraschi, told La Nación they disagreed with legalization legislation, saying marijuana can cause health problems and be a gateway drug.Legalizing illicit drugs has been a hot topic in Central America this year after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina brought up the idea. However, the U.S. is against any legalization policy, which has deterred any more detailed discussions about marijuana legalization in the region. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • Driving schools could be mandatory better regulated in Costa Rica

    first_imgCosta Rica is known for its hair-raising roadway maneuvers by drivers and maddening traffic. But that could soon change, as officials are contemplating requiring mandatory driving school for new drivers. The move is being promoted by the Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI).In Costa Rica, drivers can obtain licenses by passing a test without having taken driver’s education courses. Lawmakers passed a law regulating private driving schools, but never finished drafting rules to implement the law.COSEVI Director Silvia Bolaños promised the schools soon would be regulated and would need to be accredited in order to operate, which is currently not a requirement.“We are looking to implement this law through an agreement with countries that have already done so. Our goal is for drivers to be better prepared before they hit the streets,” Bolaños said.COSEVI officials will travel this month to Guatemala to discuss regional regulations based on an agreement signed in 2008 in El Salvador. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

  • Fourth of July celebration draws an estimated 4000

    first_imgDavid Sagel manned a Democrats Abroad booth during the festivities, helping to register voters living in Costa Rica and educate them about absentee voting. Sagel said the event helped get out the word about the large number of ongoing activities U.S. citizens can participate in while living in Costa Rica such as theater and art groups.“It’s very important not only for what we are doing, not just politics, but cultural as well,” Sagel said.Sagel had printed copies of the top news stories in his booth, focused on the current politics back home.“For Gringos married to Ticos, many are interested about immigration reform,” Sagel said.The heat of the morning gave way to a cloudy afternoon, as the event approached its planned end — scheduled so to beat the frequent midday downpours of Costa Rica’s rainy season.Farid Mozafari, a Peace Corps volunteer, enjoyed briefly dipping his foot back into U.S. culture before returning to his assignment in Brasilia, a town in the north of Costa Rica.“As a Peace Corps volunteer it’s great to come and feel like an American citizen,” Mozafari said.The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Mozafari continued this tradition by working with local businesses on economic development and teaching English to schoolchildren. Mozafari praised John F. Kennedy, the U.S. president who created the organization.“He was only president for a few years, but he left such a big legacy,” Mozafari said. Hot dogs, cotton candy, beer, rock-n-roll and patriotic colors flooded the open air at the Cervecería Nacional outside of San José Thursday morning.An estimated 4,000 U.S. citizens and Costa Ricans gathered on the picnic grounds to celebrate July 4, and they did so with all the trappings homesick Americans might long for while living abroad. Facebook Comments The holiday event has become a habit for many from the States, and the U.S. Embassy opened the event for the second year to Costa Ricans accompanying friends from the U.S.“We decided to do something very typical of America,” Eric Nelson, the embassy’s chargé d’affaires, said. “Give them a slice of America.”In addition to providing a taste of home, Nelson noted the event is an opportunity for the embassy and other organizations to educate on the services they provide for U.S. citizens and Costa Ricans. U.S. businesses, veterans’ groups, political parties, nonprofit organizations, theater troupes, and the Peace Corps were present, offering information, services and goodies to attendees.“It’s a chance to see how open and relaxed we are, how easy it is for everyone to feel American,” Nelson said.Nelson addressed the crowd with a bilingual speech during the formal part of the event, stressing the important relationship between the two countries.Lynda Solar, the American Colony Committee’s president, was one of the event’s main organizers.“We want to share the feeling of what it’s like, how we celebrate our independence, and sharing that in our host city,” Solar said.Event organizers and groups started the day early, commuting to the Cervecería in suburban San José. As they were setting up tables and tent stands, a rock band performed Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” and a convoy of classic American cars arrived.Vanessa Calvo, a volunteer with the Women’s Club of Costa Rica, said the event helped to build the ranks of her group, which provides scholarships to local children.“We help pensionados (retirees) to find activities for interaction. It helps to combat isolation,” Calvo said.Calvo, who is from San José but also lived in Key West and Los Angeles in the U.S., said the event was great for getting Costa Ricans and U.S. citizens to mingle.“When you’re in a country, you got to mix with the locals,” Calvo said.Later in the morning, families began to arrive, filling the Cervecería with square dancing, volleyball, footraces and laughter.Rich Sulzer, a member of the American Foreign Legion, said his group was hoping to add to their dwindling ranks at the event.“We try to enlist more people into our post of the American Legion, but it gets harder and harder every year,” Sulzer said.Sulzer said his group also helps educate Costa Rican children through fundraising. He hoped recruitment could help combat the losses caused by deaths of older veterans, so the Legion could continue its charitable work.The picnic atmosphere briefly gave way to a formal series of speeches from Nelson, the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and a flag raising ceremony by uniformed U.S. Marines. Folk singer Mary McBride then took the stage, performing Americana standards such “Route 66” and the spiritual “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” Related posts:190,000 motorists fail to pay marchamo on time Marchamo payments will not include traffic camera fines Deadline Looming For Marchamo Payment PHOTOS: American Colony celebrates US Independence Day at annual picniclast_img read more

  • Costa Rica labor minister resigns over hiring of family member

    first_imgRelated posts:Lawmakers threaten to filibuster animal welfare bill with more than 200 motions Costa Rica winds down humanitarian mission for Cuban migrants with presidential send-off Solís’ approval rating at record low President Solís to discuss migration, green energy with US Vice President Joe Biden Labor Minister Víctor Morales resigned Tuesday amid growing criticism over the hiring of his niece for a job at the ministry, a violation of a code of ethics that he helped promote.“I’m leaving in order to protect a clean record,” Morales said, acknowledging that Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís was not satisfied with the removal of Morales’ niece, Yulianna Alfaro Morales, from a job as receptionist at the ministry, which she started last week.The now ex-minister denied that the hiring was an act of corruption.But a ministry code of ethics that Morales adopted last year states that he would not use public office to “procure special services, appointments or any other personal benefit” in favor of family members or friends.The daily La Nación first reported on the scandal on Monday.Morales said he had discussed the matter with President Solís, who currently is on a trip to New York to participate in a United Nations forum. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • Volcano ultramarathon set to begin in Costa Rica

    first_imgRelated posts:Tico wins gold medal at Para Athletics Grand Prix Twice as nice: Güity wins second gold at Grand Prix Tico Times Talks: An interview with Olympic hopeful Jenny Méndez Indifference on the streets jeopardizes athlete safety For six days, runners will traverse Costa Rica as part of a 200-km ultramarathon. Volcano Ultramarathon Costa Rica 2019 will take runners through rainforests, up volcanoes and back down by rivers and waterfalls. The race begins April 7 and concludes April 13. Though the official route map has not been revealed, the ultramarathon will include a 70 km stage from Turrialba Volcano to the Pacuare River. The penultimate race day will feature jungle and volcanoes, and the race will end with a timed stage along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. “Each runner will endure long periods of heat, humidity and solitude,” reads the race pack, which also projects participants will endure temperatures ranging from 40 to 85 degrees. And on top of that, runners will be responsible for carrying their own equipment — including food and water. The main attraction, according to race organizers, is the unique running experience across various ecosystems and the camaraderie of group camping. “Very varied terrain, from jungles to forests, mountains and beaches; this, added to the harsh climate in itself and self-sufficiency, will make this event epic for each runner,” the race pack reads. For the non-ultramarathoners among us, Volcano Ultramarathon Costa Rica is also hosting a 39 km race from Guapiles to the Turrialba Volcano on April 10. That run features more than 2,800 meters (about 9,300 feet) of elevation gain. The April 10 Volcano TrailMarathon will “run parallel” to the fourth ultramarathon stage, and the route has been published. Powered by WikilocRace organizers say $10,000 in prizes will be distributed to the top ultramarathon finishers.​​​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • UN report on Haiti rape shows few prosecutions

    first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths They also noted that police officers don’t always tell rape victims that they should try to obtain a medical examination within 72 hours after an attack.But the U.N. report recommends that government officials ensure that police and judicial authorities understand that a medical certificate is not required to file a rape case. In Haiti, it is often difficult for rape victims to obtain medical records because they cannot pay for transportation or may fear retaliation.The report also recommends that the government set aside more money to agencies helping women such as the Ministry of Women’s Rights. Only 1.4 percent of the national budget was allocated to the ministry in the proposed budget for 2011-2012.A spokesman for the Haitian National Police couldn’t be immediately reached, and the government’s press office didn’t immediately response to a request for comment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – The prosecution of rape cases in Haiti remains bogged down, and justice is rarely served, the United Nations mission in the impoverished country said in a report released Tuesday.The study by the U.N.’s human rights section in Haiti, carried out with the cooperation of police and judicial officials, examined a sample of 62 rape complaints filed over a three-month period in 2010 at five of the busiest police stations in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. The U.N. report noted the sample was small compared with about 500 rapes recorded in the capital for all of 2010 by local women’s organizations. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories None of the 62 rape complaints went to trial more than a year after they were filed with police, the U.N. report said.The government prosecutor’s office in Port-au-Prince reviewed only 25 of the 62 cases, and ordered the judicial authorities to investigate 11 of them.Four of the 11 cases were dismissed, while the rest remain under investigation. As of December 2011, only one the 62 cases in the sample period had been referred for trial, but the trial had not begun.The U.N. report found other concerns.Prosecution proved difficult in part because there was no accurate information on rape cases in Port-au-Prince. There is no national database that documents cases of sexual violence, which means that data from the government, aid groups and U.N. sources are not comprehensive.The report’s authors said many records were destroyed in a devastating 2010 earthquake, which toppled thousands of buildings, including government offices and police stations. Advocacy groups have expressed alarm over what they say has been an unusually high number of rapes in the spontaneous settlements that sprang up in the capital and other cities in the quake’s aftermath.The U.N. report’s authors said police and judicial authorities lack even the most basic resources to do their jobs, such as computers, vehicles and furniture. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   last_img read more

  • Colombia court upholds no jail time for drug use

    first_imgWhile striking down that provision, the court did not mention a quantity acceptable for personal use.Chief prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre said Friday that the decision does not amount to drug legalization.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that people cannot be jailed for possessing cocaine and marijuana for personal use.The decision ratifies a previous Supreme Court ruling that said people cannot be jailed for possession of a so-called personal dose. A 2009 law placed the dose at up to 20 grams of marijuana and one gram of cocaine.Thursday’s ruling came in a challenge to a 2011 citizen’s security law that specified persons found with up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of marijuana or 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cocaine should be punished with at least 64 months in prison. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories last_img read more

  • Church wants to reassign Mexico activist priest

    first_img“I know how to fight against the drug cartels, and corrupt officials and police, I know how to fight all of them, but I can’t fight the church,” Solalinde said. “If the church asks me to do this, the church is going to achieve what all the other forces haven’t, which is to get me to leave, to leave the flock defenseless so they do what they want with them.”He also said the bishop had said he was grabbing too much attention; Solalinde has practically become the public face of Mexico’s migrant protection movement.The Rev. Jesus Gutierrez, the diocese spokesman, said Solalinde hasn’t been asked to stop working with migrants, merely to integrate his activism into church activities.“The bishop is asking him to join a parish as a parish priest, so that his activities are not disconnected from the church,” Gutierrez said. “This has to be done within a parish, and not as it appears lately, as an individual activity.”Solalinde had previously been assigned for several years to the area near the border with Guatemala through an arrangement with the Mexican Bishops’ Council. But he said that assignment is running out, and he will soon be under the authority of the local diocese. Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Gutierrez said the diocese wants to keep helping migrants, “but our help is given in the name of Christ, not as a simple NGO.”“Our work isn’t purely humanitarian, it is an integrated Christian work,” including “food, prayer, Masses, a place to rest and sleep,” the diocese spokesman said.In a statement, Bishop Campos said the change “would in no way mean (his) leaving the shelter.”Solalinde said he would not accept the parish assignment, which apparently could be in the same town where the shelter is located, and may appeal to other church authorities in hopes of getting posted to another shelter elsewhere.Tension between activist priests and a more conservative church leadership is nothing new in Mexico.The best-known recent case involved Ruiz, who died in 2011. Part of the liberation theology movement that swept Latin America after the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s, Ruiz tried to fend off the rapid growth of Protestant denominations by adapting to Indian customs.The bishop relied heavily on married male lay workers because the Indian culture grants more respect to men with children than to childless, celibate men such as priests. Some in the church worried the married deacons were overstepping the limited role foreseen for them in the Catholic hierarchy, possibly even taking on some priestly functions. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family But Solalinde’s diocese said he is simply being asked to start operating within the normal parish structure, and run his migrant shelter more like a church ministry and less like a lone activist’s non-governmental organization.It’s the first major public clash between the conservative Mexican church hierarchy and activist priests since the diocese of San Cristobal was told to curtail “Indian” church practices begun by Bishop Samuel Ruiz and hew to accepted doctrine in 2002.Solalinde said his superior, Msgr. Oscar Campos, bishop of the Diocese of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, isn’t interested in the kind of humanitarian work he considers his mission. He runs the “Hermanos en el Camino” shelter in Oaxaca state, where he has said the Zetas drug cartel, in league with corrupt police, has kidnapped and robbed migrants.Solalinde’s outspokenness is rare in a country where many fear to even name the Zetas, and he took a brief leave from the shelter in May after receiving death threats.Solalinde said the bishop told him he would be assigned to be a parish priest, something Solalinde said would “bury me in bureaucracy, administrative tasks, ceremonies, and take away my full time dedication to the migrants.” Top Stories Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – A crusading Roman Catholic priest who has defied drug cartels and corrupt police to protect Central American migrants said Wednesday that church authorities are trying to smother his activist work with migrants by assigning him to parish duties.The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde has become well known in Mexico after enduring death threats for publicly denouncing drug gangs and police who rob and kidnap Central American migrants crossing Mexico to reach the United States. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   In 2002, the Vatican council asked the Chiapas diocese to halt deacon ordinations, and the Vatican opened an investigation that included a look at suspicions that women were also being ordained as deacons.The results of those investigations were not released.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

  • Galliano stripped of French Legion of Honor award

    first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of How men can have a healthy 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressPARIS (AP) – France’s leading Jewish group says the Legion of Honor has complied with its rules by stripping disgraced fashion designer John Galliano of its honor award, a year after he was convicted over a drunken, anti-Semitic tirade in Paris.Former President Nicolas Sarkozy had awarded the British designer the Legion d’Honneur decoration in 2009 for his services to French couture, but it was withdrawn last week. Richard Prasquier, president of the Jewish group CRIF, said Monday that “what he said made him unworthy of wearing this decoration. There are some convictions that aren’t compatible with the award.”The British couturier, who was artistic director of the Christian Dior fashion house, was given suspended fines over the February 2011 incident, lost his job, then went into rehab.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

  • Recent major drug detentions by Mexican marines

    first_img Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (AP) – The Mexican navy’s marine corps has killed one major cartel boss and captured four other alleged top drug traffickers in just over a month:_ Oct. 7: Marines kill a man whose fingerprints they say match those of Heriberto Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” a founder and top leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel._ Oct. 6: Marines arrest alleged Zetas regional leader Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, suspected of involvement in massacres and the killing of U.S. citizen David Hartley in 2010 on Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. _ Sept. 27: Marines detain Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban,” believed to be the leader of a breakaway faction of the Zetas._ Sept. 12: Marines capture purported top Gulf cartel leader Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias “El Coss.” U.S. authorities had offered a $5 million reward for his arrest._ Sept. 4: Marines detain Mario Cardenas Guillen, an alleged leader of the Gulf cartel and the brother of the cartel’s former boss, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, currently jailed in the United States.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories last_img read more

  • New fusion cuisine flourishes in Baja California

    first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Great food is not the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the sprawling, dusty border city of 1.6 million people across from San Diego. Tijuana was once known for its souvenir shopping and cheap good times in border bars, then more recently for gruesome drug violence among cartels warring for the lucrative transport route at the busiest U.S.-Mexico border crossing.Many of its restaurants had closed as the killings escalated, hitting 800 murders in the year 2007 and making Tijuana one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. That all but shut down cross-border tourism and forced the closure of restaurants including the famous Caesar’s, where restaurateur and Italian immigrant Caesar Cardini invented the salad of whole romaine leaves, garlic, Worcestershire sauces, raw eggs and parmesan cheese back in the 1920s.The violence has since subsided _ some say because of a police purge, others say because one cartel managed to dominate the region. Either way, tourism is starting to return and even Caesar’s reopened in 2010.The mix of people who live in the state also accounts for the fusion of flavors. Half of the 3.5 million there are natives of other states of Mexico, where they mix with first- and second-generation families from Asia, Europe and the U.S. The movement has resulted in dozens of restaurants that are helping to pull a new kind of tourist to the beleaguered border city _ one who enjoys great food and art rather than a brothel and a cheap drunk. People attending conventions in San Diego think of crossing the border for dinner in Tijuana, said Javier Plascencia, the chef of Mision 19, whose quest to put his city on the culinary map was the subject of a New Yorker magazine profile earlier this year.Baja Med mixes uniquely Mexican ingredients such as chicharron and cotija cheese with lemon grass and olive oil. Signature dishes include tempura fish tacos and deep sea shrimp served with fried marlin, baby farm tomatoes, scallions and a sauce made with local cheeses.“What Baja Med proposes is for the ingredient to be the main actor in the kitchen,” said Miguel Angel Guerrero, chef of La Querencia, a Tijuana restaurant serving such dishes as beet carpaccio with blue cheese and mint vinaigrette. “Geographically, we are privileged because throughout the year we have a variety of products available. And yet, many generations have passed, and we still don’t have a regional cuisine.”The port of Ensenada, 40 miles south of Tijuana, is one of the country’s largest for mussels, oysters, clams and shrimp, as well as a hotbed of blue tuna sea farming. Baja California is the fourth largest producing vegetables in Mexico, according to the state government. Comments   Share   “Baja Med cuisine is a mix of the cultures that all came with the intention of crossing to the other side, but they stayed,” Plascencia said. “There were Italian and French restaurants established here because of Prohibition in the United States, and their principle clients were North Americans who came to have a good time at the border.”That’s translated into local demand for products grown in the state, said Hector Gonzalez, manager of the Ensenada-based company Max Sea, which is dedicated to Manila clam cultivation and Kumamoto oysters, since 1999. Before, most of Baja California’s products were being exported to the United States and Japan.“What is happening in restaurants is a synthesis of all this,” Gonzalez said.One of those producers is David Martinez, owner of the farm Rancho Martinez e Hijos, who has grown vegetables and mini-vegetables for 25 years.He first began experimenting with small vegetables that were more colorful and had better taste and texture. Soon, he was selling baby carrots without skin and small green-and-yellow squashes to meet demand from Los Angeles County chefs.“There was not a market for these products in the United States, much less in Mexico,” Martinez said. “We had to go to California to offer it. My idea was to take an old product and modify it and with that get the attention of the restaurants and the housewives.” Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “In the United States they started calling those vegetables gourmet products,” he said. “I had no idea what they were referring to.”Like Martinez, about 80 wine producers of the Ensenada valleys and 20 artisan cheese producers in Real de Castillo, a town southeast of Ensenada, are helping fuel the new cuisine after growing the products for years.There’s no limit, said Plascencia, given the countless ingredients: “It all depends on the creativity of the chef.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day To come up with the right taste, chefs also bring in red lobster, manta rays, sea cucumbers and salicornia, a succulent that grows in sand dunes. They incorporate miniature vegetables from the fields south of Ensenada, olives from the winemaking region of the Guadalupe Valley just northeast of Ensenada, dates from San Ignacio and tomatoes and strawberries from the San Quintin Valley.“Many of us were working on our own for some time but things fell into place for us to work together, while keeping our individual style,” said Marcelo Castro, a leading producer of cheese in Real del Castillo and great-grandson of a Swiss immigrant who came to Ensenada in the late 19th century.Area chefs conceived the movement eight years ago when they formed the Baja California Chef’s Association. It’s been boosted in the last three years by the state government, which has organized and promoted food festivals.Now the 22 Baja Med chefs work with the state’s wine and beer producers and the vegetable growers, fishermen and shellfish farmers. Another boost came this year after international culinary specialists started to visit some of the restaurants.“Tijuana is one of the most interesting Mexican kitchens today. It’s one of the great cities to eat across North America,” international chef Rick Bayless said while taping a Tijuana segment for his PBS series “One Plate at a Time.” How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Associated PressTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) – Until recently, Baja California’s culinary contribution to the world amounted to the Caesar salad, a dish hardly associated with Mexican food. Beyond that, this long, thin peninsula was known more for its Chinese food and pizza thanks to the thousands of migrants from all over the world who began to settle the Mexican state south of California in the 19th century.Now a group of chefs wants to change that, working to create a unique cuisine largely based on fresh seafood caught in the seas flanking Baja and the produce from its fertile valley. The new culinary craze, known as Baja Med, is a fusion of Mexican food with influences from the Mediterranean and Asia.last_img read more

  • Victims to participate in trial of exChad ruler

    first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He said the court was the best chance for victims to see justice, though he acknowledged having doubts about whether the trial will be a success.“It’s difficult to have confidence. The court doesn’t have a lot of money. Hissene Habre has a lot of money,” he said. “I don’t have complete confidence, but I know there are people who are trying to help us get a good result.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) In 2001, Human Rights Watch researcher Reed Brody discovered the force’s archives on the floor of its headquarters. The documents mentioned more than 12,000 victims of Chad’s detention network.Habre fled to Senegal after he fell from power, and for more than 20 years he lived a life of quiet luxury in exile, taking a second wife and becoming an uncomfortable reminder of Africa’s unwillingness to try its own.Last year, the government of President Macky Sall finally reached an agreement with the African Union to try Habre at a special court, and he was arrested on June 30. Two days later, judges formally charged him.The applications for 1,015 victims trying to join the case as civil parties were submitted Monday by a legal team headed by Jacqueline Moudeina. Civil party status means the victims are formally recognized by the court. Nearly 300 are direct victims, meaning they were detained or otherwise victimized by Habre, and the rest were indirectly affected, meaning they had relatives who were victims and have since died.The court has the power to order that reparations be paid into a victims’ fund, but there is no guarantee it will do so. Those reparations would be available to all victims, not just those who participated in Habre’s trial. Top Stories DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – More than 1,000 people who suffered abuse under former Chad dictator Hissene Habre have submitted applications to participate in his trial on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, lawyers said Wednesday.Five of those who submitted applications spoke in Senegal’s capital about the abuse they endured under Habre’s regime, including food deprivation, electric shock and being forced to dig graves for hundreds of prisoners who died in detention. Habre has been charged by a special court in Senegal. Clement Abaifouta, who is from Chad, said he was arrested in 1985 just as he was preparing to leave to study abroad in Germany. For four years, he dug graves while his health deteriorated to the point where he was no longer able to walk.“I’m here to try to know exactly why I was arrested,” he said, fighting back tears. “Because I cannot understand why, for wanting to go abroad, I was forced to lose four years of my life.”Habre ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990. Human rights and victims groups said that soon after coming to power, he promoted members of his Gorane ethnic group to lead a ruthless torture and killing campaign that targeted members of other ethnic groups that threatened his rule. Habre’s victims also included migrants from other countries, including Senegalese national Abdourahmane Gueye, who explained Wednesday that he was working as a trader in Chad before being rounded up in 1987 and imprisoned for six months, sharing a cell with 60 other people.In May 1992, a Chadian truth commission reported that Habre’s government was responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths. The commission placed particular blame against the Directorate of Documentation and Security, Habre’s political police force, which “distinguished itself by its cruelty and its contempt for human life.” Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Defense lawyers have dismissed the tribunal as a political tool of Habre’s enemies, emphasizing that the government of Chad President Idriss Deby, who removed Habre from office, is the court’s largest donor. The defense team has filed a formal challenge to the tribunal at a separate court run by the regional West African body ECOWAS.On Wednesday, Moudeina, the victims’ lawyer, criticized what she described as an attempt to paint Habre as a victim. She compared Habre’s legal strategy to that of other former heads of state __ such as Liberia’s Charles Taylor__ who have challenged the authority of the courts where they were ultimately tried.Habre’s challenge at the ECOWAS court should have no bearing on the case, regardless of how the court rules, she said.“It’s clear that the ECOWAS court doesn’t have the ability to invalidate the acts of the African Union,” she said.Younous Mahadjir, who was arrested toward the end of Habre’s rule for distributing pamphlets critical of the regime, on Wednesday described forms of torture including being forced to drink water until he lost consciousness. He said he lost 77 pounds in just four months of detention. 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  • Romanian leader slams PMs attendance at European Games

    first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories center_img BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president says he didn’t know the Romanian prime minister would attend the European Games, which most European Union leaders have avoided because of concerns about host Azerbaijan’s human rights record.Premier Victor Ponta traveled to Baku, the Azerbaijani capital, for the opening of the games Friday hours after he survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko also attended the opening. Protests against Azerbaijan’s human rights record took place in cities around the world Friday before the opening ceremony.President Klaus Iohannis called Ponta’s attendance at the games “a foreign policy gaffe,” and said Monday he had not known about the visit.Ponta, who heads the ruling Social Democratic Party, was recently named in a corruption probe. Relations have soured between the two leaders after Iohannis asked Ponta to resign due to the probe and he refused.Prosecutors said Ponta is suspected of money laundering, forgery, tax evasion and conflict of interest from 2007 to 2008 when as a lawmaker he allegedly received money for a SUV and payment for apartments without doing any work. Still, a bid to lift his immunity failed last week and he also survived a no-confidence vote.Ponta’s foreign policy adviser Radu Magdin, who has a pro-U.S. stance, resigned Friday after six months in the post.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

  • Senator probes retailers on dubious brain supplements

    first_imgBecause the FDA does not review supplements, manufacturers are technically responsible for making sure their products are safe and truthfully advertised. Products making certain types of health claims are required to carry a disclaimer that “this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA,” though many supplements do not.The FDA frequently sends warning letters to companies that appear to be violating federal rules, but the agency cannot withdraw a supplement from the market until it shows that it is unsafe. Attempts to pass new laws giving the FDA more authority over supplements have repeatedly been scuttled by industry lobbyists and their allies in Congress.Despite the FDA’s limited powers, McCaskill suggests the agency could be doing more.“They do have some authority here and we want to take a closer look at how they are using that authority,” she said.For example, the FDA can penalize companies for failing to register their manufacturing facilities with the FDA, and for not notifying the FDA of side effects reported by customers.In a letter to the FDA, McCaskill and Senate Aging Committee chair Susan Collins, R-Maine, ask the FDA to turn over a list of all FDA actions against companies violating those rules since December 2007. They also ask the FDA to turn over information about its review of new dietary supplement ingredients. The introduction of new ingredients is the one chance regulators have to evaluate supplements before they launch. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober An FDA spokeswoman said in a statement the agency would respond directly to the Senators.Copyright © 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 McCaskill also requests meetings with Internet search engines, including Google Inc.“As one of the leading search engines that now provides a retail function through Google Shopping, Google Inc. plays a pivotal role in determining what supplements are being used and trusted,” McCaskill writes in a letter to Google’s CEO, Larry Page. She requests details about how Google is compensated by supplement producers who advertise through the search engine and whether Google reviews customer complaints about such products.Google declined to comment.Companies are not legally required to comply with congressional requests, but they can be ordered to appear before Congress and turn over documents, when compelled by subpoena.The new investigation shines light on how supplement makers skirt federal rules that are supposed to stop companies from marketing their products for specific diseases and conditions. A product called Eureka Intensified Focus, sold through Amazon, claims to “support and maintain memory, concentration and focus.” Another product available on Amazon, AloeMarine, is promoted to support “increased memory and brain function.”A spokesman for Amazon Inc. declined to comment for this story. Comments   Share   McCaskill’s probe focuses on supplements targeting seniors who are concerned about dementia. More than 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no cure and prescription drugs only temporarily ease symptoms.But rather than focusing on the supplements themselves, McCaskill’s investigation is probing how they make their way into consumers’ shopping carts and medicine cabinets.In a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, McCaskill asks for a briefing with the company to “better understand Wal-Mart’s policies and practices related to dietary supplements.”A spokesman for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said in a statement: “We appreciate the opportunity to share information about our supplement business and look forward to cooperating with the committee as appropriate.”A spokesman for the Kroger grocery chain said the company would respond to the senator. A spokeswoman for GNC said the company “has not had an opportunity to review Senator McCaskill’s inquiry but will respond directly in the appropriate form.” In letters sent this week to 15 companies — including Wal-Mart, Target Corp., Amazon, Google and Walgreen’s — McCaskill asks executives to explain how they vet dietary supplements and weed out products making false claims. The Missouri Democrat is the ranking member on the Senate Aging Committee, which frequently investigates health scams targeting older Americans.“Frankly, I think there’s a special place in hell for someone who markets a product and says it will cure Alzheimer’s,” McCaskill told The Associated Press. “And that’s essentially what these scammers are doing and they’ve had assistance in that.”This is the latest probe into the $30 billion dietary supplement industry, which encompasses thousands of products and has long been plagued by questionable advertising, marketing and manufacturing practices. Supplements have never been subject to the same Food and Drug Administration regulations as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which must be reviewed as safe and effective before being sold in the U.S.Earlier this year, 14 state attorneys general asked Congress to investigate the herbal supplement industry. They pointed to DNA-based test results apparently showing that some store-brand supplements have none of the ingredients listed on their labels. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is probing retailers and online companies about sales of dubious dietary supplements, especially those promising seniors protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related problems.The pills, tablets and formulas targeted by Senator Claire McCaskill bear names like “Brain Awake,” ”Dementia Drops” and “Food for the Brain,” which claims to ease “forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

  • Emirates Earlybird fares 2011 – catch the worm

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Emirates have launched their European Earlybird fares for 2011, including competitive Economy airfares to 25 destinations across Europe.The airline’s Earlybird fares start from $1710 return to their new destination, Madrid. Return airfares are also available to Emirates’ other new destinations of Amsterdam, $1738, and Prague, $1727.Fares to the UK start from $1857 return. Emirates flies to six UK airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, and Glasgow.Earlybird fares to Italy start from $1720 return to Venice, Milan and Rome.Lead-in return airfares to other European cities include: Paris $1761; Nice $1742; Frankfurt $1745; Athens $1756; Istanbul $1714; and Vienna $1732.The airline stipulated that Earlybird bookings must be completed by 30 November 2010. Earlybird fares are available for travel between 1 February and 31 October 2011, fare levels vary during this period. Flight restrictions apply.Emirates operates 70 flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, to Europe via Dubai. last_img read more

  • Agent relationships key to Lufthansas success

    first_imgWinner of the National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) for best offline carrier for five consecutive years, Lufthansa German Airlines credits its Australian success to its relationship with travel agents. In a country as far away from Europe as is Australia, Lufthansa Australia general manager Kai Peters said the airline recognises the importance of the travel agent as a key promoter and as such makes a concerted effort to build and maintain its relationships with Australia’s travel agents. According to Mr Peters, the airline’s NTIA wins and subsequent entry into the NTIA Hall of Fame is indicative that the country’s tourism industry appreciates the attention. “Our promoter is the travel agent that’s why we are the NTIA best offline carrier award – because we make it easy,” Mr Peters told e-Travel Blackboard. “We really care about the agents.” “We have representatives out there visiting agents which many carriers don’t do anymore.” Lufthansa Asia Pacific vice president Uwe Mueller, in Australia to accompany the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on a specially chartered flight tour, praised the Australian Lufthansa team’s success. Himself a professional pianist, Mr Mueller pointed out that like an intricate musical composition, travelling from Australia to Europe is a complex arrangement “and scheduling can be difficult”. “No travel agent is expected to know all the ins and outs of scheduling and that’s where we come in,” Mr Mueller told e-Travel Blackboard. Mr Peters agreed, saying, “We provide agents with training and incentivise agents as individuals as a big thank you for booking with us.” The specially chartered Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 will leave for Germany tomorrow, following two and a half week tour of the Gulf region, Australia and Asia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more