Travelport Air Canada announced new full content agreement

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Technology, Travelport ATLANTA — Travelport and Air Canada have signed a new long-term agreement that will allow both companies to collaborate on merchandising, branding and technology. Under the full content agreement, Travelport-connected agencies in over 180 countries will have real-time access to search, sell and book Air Canada’s fares and inventory through the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform.In return, Air Canada will expand its use of Travelport’s technology solutions, including Travelport Rich Content and Branding, to display its branded content and ancillaries to agencies. Travelport will also connect to Air Canada’s API content via the Travelport Universal API and Travelport Agencia.“Today marks an exciting chapter in the partnership between our two companies by laying the groundwork for us to continue working together on next generation technologies and merchandising solutions that provide travel agents and travellers with the best branded products, best branded services available and the best branded content in the travel industry,” said Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s Vice President, Global Sales.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“As only one of a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents, we look forward to partnering with Travelport and its vast global network of connected agents to fuel Air Canada’s growth and success across the globe.”Air Canada also recently agreed to use Travelport’s EMD + technology, which allows the airline to process ancillary sales with travel agencies, beginning with Preferred Seats and Advance Seats. Sharecenter_img Travelport & Air Canada announced new full content agreement << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 14, 2017 last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. Surfing legendRobert August has been the “surfing ambassador and in-house legend” over at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp for quite some time know. As part of his affiliation, the camp has been renting and selling his trademark “What I Ride” Surftech Tuflite models for the past year. For those who don’t know, Tuflite is a revolutionary, lightweight surfboard construction that is stronger and more durable than the fiberglass surfboards. Now available at Witch’s Rock, the complete Robert August line in Tuflite can be rented for the camp or bought from the surf shop. Soon, these surfboards will also be available on their new online surf shop.If you still want a traditional fiberglass board, Robert August is still shaping them and cranking out new ones each week at the Witch’s Rock beachfront shaping studio. For more information about any of these surfboards or about availability for Robert August seminars on shaping, call 2653-1238.Mourning the loss of the GNC store in Villareal’s Fischel? Worry no more. You can now get the products in Tamarindo at two locations: Pacific Coast Gym in Haucas (200 meters west of SuperCompro, 2653-9026), and the Tamarindo Farmacia (across the street from Hotel El Milagro, 2653-0210).Want a beauty treatment, but don’t want to travel? Now you can have your wish. Harmonia Pura will do manicures, pedicures, facials and Swedish massages in the comfort of your home or hotel at no extra cost. All services are performed by certified technicians. To schedule an appointment, call 8911-9628 or 8854-0206. You can also email Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Will Venezuela curtail cheap oil for Cuba

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Venezuela will be hard-pressed to keep providing cheap oil and loans to Cuba and other allies given the “faltering” state of its economy, a senior U.S. commander said on Wednesday.Cuba and other nations with ties to Caracas “realize that they cannot continue to get the very, very, very reasonable rates on loans and oil and things like that at the cost they get it,” said the head of U.S. Southern Command, Gen. John Kelly, who oversees U.S. forces in South America.“I don’t think probably Venezuela can sustain that,” Kelly told the House Armed Services Committee.Cuba and other states that have benefited from Caracas’ assistance were “nervous” about the future after the death of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, on March 5, the general said.With Venezuela’s presidential elections set for April 14, Kelly said “anyone that is elected would have to rethink the flow of money that goes out of the country to essentially buy friends.”For more than a decade, Cuba has relied heavily on cheap Venezuelan oil and favorable terms of trade to keep its economy afloat.Kelly said acting President Nicolas Maduro was expected to defeat opposition leader Henrique Capriles in the April vote, but that he would face a daunting task with a troubled economy while lacking Chavez’s charismatic appeal.The next president would inherit a country with “very, very high crime, high murder rates,” and its “economy is faltering,” while the oil industry badly needed investment, the four-star general said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and

first_imgLearn About TableauA Tico Times analysis of homicides and income levels showed no correlation between the two factors in the region. While many of the high income countries such as Chile and Uruguay also enjoy low homicide rates, others countries ranking in the top of the region on income such as Venezuela and Brazil maintained high levels of violence.Brazil, the most populous country, is also the most striking example of Serrano-Berthet’s point about economic improvement failing to reduce crime. From 2004 to 2010, average incomes soared from $3,600 per person to almost $11,000 per person. However, homicides only dropped from 22.5 per 100,000 residents to 21.On the other side, a number of low income countries reported very low homicide rates. Haiti, the poorest country in the region, with citizens making only $770 on average in 2012, reported an average of 5.8 homicides per 100,000 residents from 1995-2012. Nicaragua reported an average of 12.6 homicides per 100,000 residents during the same period, with a per capita income of $1,750 in 2012 – around half the income of some of the world’s leaders in violence, El Salvador and Guatemala.Costa Rica had an average homicide rate of 7.6 per 100,000 residents during the period, with a significant increase since 2007. The country had a per capita income of nearly $9,400 in 2012. For comparison, the United States averaged a 4.7 homicide rate. Activists release 500 balloons painted as footballs to represent the 500,000 homicides that occured in Brazil in the last 10 years, at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 22, 2013. Tasso Marcelo/AFPThe Tico Times took a statistical correlation of the region, looking at every country’s income and homicide rate for every year available (1995-2012), finding a score near zero (-.002). Correlation scores vary between 1 and -1, with scores near 1 showing a strong correlation – meaning greater economic improvement translated to reduced murder rates. A score near -1 would show the opposite. A score near zero indicates no connection.Serrano-Berthet was optimistic despite the problem’s entrenchment in the region.“The United States has more than 30 years of experience with a wide range of violence prevention strategies. There is solid evidence that many of these work,” he said.He cited government programs that visit mothers at risk of domestic violence as reducing their arrest rate by 82 percent in the U.S. He said Chicago’s “Becoming a Man” program that improves social skills of at-risk youth as reducing their violent crimes by 40 percent in one year.Read the entire interview here. Facebook Comments Despite having only 9 percent of the world’s population, Latin America and the Caribbean register more than 30 percent of the world’s homicides, according to a security expert at the World Bank.Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, the World Bank’s citizen security coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, made the statement on Wednesday, saying that economic improvements in the region have not translated into reduced crime.“Other areas of concern to Latin Americans, such as inflation, poverty and unemployment, have improved,” Serrano-Berthet said in an interview posted by the World Bank. “By contrast, the incidence of crime and violence has not changed in recent decades, and remains at very high levels, much higher than in other regions.”Serrano-Berthet said seven of the 10 highest homicide rates in the world were in Latin America, as well as 42 of the 50 most violent cities. Serrano-Berthet noted that the persistent problem in the region is not unsolvable. Most of the violence is concentrated in certain regions or certain demographic groups. For example, Serrano-Berthet said current worldwide homicide leader Honduras has 65 percent of its murders in only 5 percent of its cities. On demographics, Serrano-Berthet said focusing on at-risks groups such as young men and those of African descent in Brazil, for one instance, would help tackle the problem.Story continues below.Dashboard 1 Related posts:Honduras, Central America still lead the world in murder rates New crime index ranks Costa Rica’s most dangerous cantons, but data are from 2011 Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UNlast_img read more

Obama administration tightens border policy to stem immigrant flow from Mexico

first_imgRelated posts:Honduran kids flee gangs as migrants inundate US border US to grant refugee status to Central American child migrants Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ As budget battles loom, Biden asks US Congress to approve aid for Central America WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration toughened its border policies Friday, hoping to stem a surge of women and children into the United States by sending a stronger message that unauthorized migrants will be turned away.The steps, aimed at those entering from Mexico, include adding more immigration judges to process a backlog of asylum claims and to more quickly deport adults whose cases are rejected. New detention facilities are also being opened for families awaiting hearings and ankle monitoring bracelets will be used to keep tabs on them, officials said.The moves mark a recognition by the administration that the unexpected influx of tens of thousands of immigrant children has become a serious humanitarian and political crisis. So far this year, 52,000 unaccompanied minors and 39,000 adults with children have been apprehended along the Mexican border — a much higher proportion than normal.The surge has become an unexpected flashpoint in Washington’s immigration debate, making it even less likely that House Republicans will support comprehensive reform legislation this year.Administration officials had previously said that the main cause of the influx was an escalation of gang violence and poverty in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. But the new measures Friday represented an acknowledgment that there is a widespread perception in Central America that women and children who enter the United States illegally would be permitted to stay.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discussed the crisis during a stop in Guatemala on Friday. President Barack Obama also phoned Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday to emphasize that migrants will not be eligible for legal status or citizenship.Amid reports of children crammed into border patrol stations, Republicans have faulted the administration’s border policies for being weak and contributing to rumors of sanctuary in the United States. The situation presents a serious challenge for Obama as he considers whether to use executive power to expand the number of undocumented immigrants who can stay in the country without penalty.Cecilia Muñoz, the White House’s director of domestic policy, said that criminal smuggling networks are deliberately spreading “misinformation” to recruit clients for the trip north.“This is being put forward in a very deliberate way,” Muñoz said during a conference call with reporters. “The vice president’s efforts and the administration’s effort is to make sure people have accurate information and to push back on misinformation that is being spread and is contributing to the problem.”In addition to tougher enforcement efforts, the administration announced Friday that it would invest $9.6 million to help Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras repatriate those sent home from the United States, along with new aid to help improve security in those countries.While the administration took steps to expedite the removal of adults who cross the border illegally, officials said they are unable to follow similar procedures for the larger pool of children who are showing up at the border without their parents. Federal law requires the children to be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours and released to family members or other guardians with orders to appear at an immigration hearing later.But immigration experts said many youth do not show up for their hearings, intent on remaining in the country illegally. Administration officials declined to release figures on how many young migrants have appeared before immigration judges.In a meeting with Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina, Biden emphasized the dangers of children being placed in the hands of smuggling networks and said that the United States “recognizes that a key part of the solution to this problem is to address the root causes of this immigration in the first place. Especially poverty, insecurity and the lack of the rule of law, so the people can stay and thrive in their own communities, so a parent doesn’t feel so desperate.”The crisis has placed Obama — who has called immigration reform his top second term priority — in a difficult bind.Since taking office, he has tried to project a tough image on deportations in an attempt to convince Republicans to support comprehensive reform legislation that includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.That approach has led to mounting criticism from Democrats and immigration advocates, who note that more than 2 million undocumented immigrants have been deported during his tenure. His decision in 2012 to defer the deportations of young immigrants brought to the country by their parents before 2007 won raves from advocates, but has been criticized by Republicans for helping contribute to the perception abroad that U.S. policies are weak.Obama is weighing potential administrative action to further slow deportations if Congress fails to reach a legislative deal by the end of the summer. But the crisis in Texas further complicates that decision.GOP lawmakers quickly denounced the administration’s announcement on Friday, saying the measures still were not strong enough to deter the sudden spike in migrants from Central America.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called on the White House to send National Guard troops to the Texas border. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called the administration’s moves “smoke and mirrors” because women and children can “game the system.”“Many thousands have already been released into the interior of the United States,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “What does President Obama plan to do with those who have already been released from custody?”Democrats and liberal groups, meanwhile, denounced the new measures as inhumane. A spokesman for Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he does not support placing women and children in detention facilities as they await appearances before immigration judges.Joanne Lin, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that many families “have fled crime and violence in Central America, and have suffered trauma during their treacherous journeys to the U.S. in search of legal protection. Human rights require that detention be the last resort, not the first.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Neanderthal poo shows cavemen ate their veggies

first_imgRelated posts:Which little piggy is it? Partial solar eclipse sweeps across North America Some scientists worried about surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean Gravitational waves: Are scientists about to open a new window on the universe? WASHINGTON, D.C. – The oldest known Neanderthal poo, uncovered in Spain, shows that cavemen ate not only meat but vegetables too, according to a study published on Wednesday.The discovery was made at the archeological site of El Salt, where researchers have found signs that Neanderthals lived some 45,000-60,000 years ago.The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to analyze feces in an attempt to show precisely what kinds of foods our long-extinct kin were eating.Researchers dug into the sediment and ground the samples to a powder for analysis at a sophisticated Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lab.They discovered biomarkers in the poo that showed coprostanol, a lipid formed when the gut metabolizes cholesterol, particularly from eating animals.They also found 5B-stigmastanol, a substance that is made when plants are broken down in the digestive process.That means Neanderthals ate mostly meat, as experts have believed for some time, but that there was also evidence of a considerable amount of plants in their diet, including tubers, berries and nuts.“We believe Neanderthals probably ate what was available in different situations, seasons and climates,” said Ainara Sistiaga, a graduate student at the University of La Laguna who performed the research while studying at MIT.Previous studies have suggested that Neanderthals probably ate nuts and plants, based on residue found in their teeth.However, these studies were not definite because Neanderthals often used their teeth as tools, and could have been chewing or grasping plant matter but not eating it.It was also possible that the traces of plant microfossils in their teeth came from the stomach contents of the prey they ate.For that reason, the 50,000-year-old poo samples provide a more direct path to finding out what they actually consumed — a varied diet, the researchers said.Before the Neanderthals went extinct some 35,000 years ago, their capacity for eating multiple food types might have helped them survive, said co-author Roger Summons.“It’s important to understand all aspects of why humanity has come to dominate the planet the way it does,” said Summons, a professor of geobiology in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. “A lot of that has to do with improved nutrition over time.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Ricas shark conservation record is a mixed bag observers say

first_imgWhen it comes to shark conservation, Costa Rica rarely shies away from the spotlight. In February, conservationists applauded as the country made headlines at the February meeting of theMemorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (MOS2), where international conservation measures spearheaded by Costa Rican delegates were formally ratified. But just a week before the meeting, Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís, was named Shark Enemy of the Year for his administration’s conservation policies.If this back and forth coverage seems paradoxical, it’s because it is, but according to international shark experts, so is Costa Rica’s shark conservation record.“It’s a mixed bag,” Sonja Fordham, president of the Washington-based nonprofit Shark Advocates International, told The Tico Times at the conservation meeting in February. “Costa Rica has probably done more than most other countries, but they still have these basic problems with the way they manage their fisheries.”Fordham said Costa Rica has been a regional leader in cracking down on shark finning, a practice where fishers cut off the fins of live sharks and throw them back into the ocean to die. The fishing method is designed to save room in the hulls of fishing boats for the more valuable fins but results in the killing of an unsustainable number of sharks.Costa Rica strengthened its ban on shark finning in 2012, and continues to support stricter regulations internationally.At the same time, Fordham pointed out Costa Rica’s blockage of shark protections at last year’s meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, which regulates fisheries in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The resolution Costa Rica unilaterally blocked would have set maximum catch numbers for threatened hammerhead and silky sharks.“We are used to having these resolutions blocked by Japan, Korea or China,” Fordham said. “For the wider NGO community this was very disappointing.”Nicholas Dulvy, co-chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s shark specialist group, expressed similar concerns.“On one hand, they take a huge step to protect sharks internationally, but then they suppress very basic principles of fisheries management,” he said. “The right hand is doing one thing while the left does another.”This political flip-flopping has been on full display since Solís’ inauguration. Though Costa Rican delegates have continued to push for additional international protections for sharks, the government also promised fishing groups last year that it would not propose or support restrictions on any commercially viable shark species.Both Dulvy and Fordham noted that Costa Rica is not alone in its contradictory approach to shark conservation.“It’s very attractive for governments to not do anything and to provide unfettered access to fishing resources,” Dulvy said. “It is a challenge to get to sustainability, but if things stay the way they are now, there are going to be huge social problems.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen New government lionfish commission to take on invasive species Costa Rica government vows to no longer support international shark protections Fishing industry, conservationists both wary of Solís stance on shark protectionslast_img read more

Thai queen told to rest after dizziness

first_imgBANGKOK (AP) – Doctors have advised Thailand’s Queen Sirikit to rest after an exam showed a slight reduction in blood flow to her brain.The Royal Palace announced Sunday that the 79-year-old queen had felt dizziness and staggered slightly while walking for exercise a day earlier. However, she remained conscious and could speak.It said a physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging scan showed a slight shortage of blood in the cerebellum, but no hemorrhaging. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The problem came just over a week after King Bhumibol Adulyadej was found to have bleeding in his brain’s outer membrane that caused twitching in his hand. He said to have recovered after receiving intravenous medication.The 84-year-old king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, is Thailand’s most revered figure and news of the royal family’s health is carefully watched.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Slain Honduran lawyer complained of death threats

first_img“Mr. Trejo Cabrera worked tirelessly to resolve the tragic and complex land conflict in Honduras’s Bajo Aguan, relying on legal challenges and negotiations in a region where disputes are too often settled through violence,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. “The United States is dedicated to working with the Government of Honduras to ensure that those responsible for this reprehensible act are brought to justice, and through the Special Victims Task Force, is assisting the Honduran investigation.”Trejo’s family was visibly upset with authorities, including an American woman who accompanied them to question the family after Trejo’s memorial on Monday. The woman wouldn’t identify herself, adding, “This is an active police investigation and this is the only thing I am going to say.”His family said Trejo’s request for protection had been ignored.“Nobody cared,” said his brother, Rigoberto Trejo, 35.“We asked the police and the prosecutor’s office for protection and they never responded,” added Enrique Flores Lanza, secretary of the board of directors for the Honduran Bar Association. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Trejo, who was shot six times after attending a wedding, reported threats in June 2011, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press, including photocopies of a BlackBerry message he received saying: “Trejo, you dog, you have 48 hours to get out or you’re dead.”The complaint was filed by Honduras’ Committee in Defense of Human Rights against Facusse and two other people who couldn’t be reached for comment. It asks the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection for Trejo and his family.The commission in Washington said late Monday it couldn’t confirm the complaint because proceedings are confidential.Before his death, Trejo had publicly said that if he were killed, Facusse would be responsible.In a statement received by The Associated Press late Monday, Facusse denied any role, direct or indirect, in Trejo’s murder.“I deeply lament the death of the lawyer Trejo Cabrera, as I lament the loss of any human life, independent of any differences I might have had with him on the legal plane on the issue of land in Aguan,” Facusse said.The U.S. State Department lamented Trejo’s death, and the U.S. embassy said it is helping Honduran authorities investigate the murder. Trejo was to travel to Washington in October to participate in hearings on the Bajo Aguan situation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, said Annie Bird, co-director of Rights Action.“Authorities need to act swiftly to bring to justice those responsible for Trejo’s murder, and send a clear message that attacks on human rights defenders will be dealt with firmly,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Honduras, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries, is plagued by assassinations of journalists, lawyers and public officials, very few of which are ever prosecuted. No arrests have been made in Trejo’s killing.On Monday, authorities confirmed that human rights prosecutor Eduardo Diaz Madariaga was killed in Choluteca, 84 miles (135 kilometers) south of the capital.More than 60 people, most of them farmers, some of them Facusse employees, have been killed over the past three years in the conflict over the Bajo Aguan Valley, according to activists, police and Facusse’s company.Trejo had recently helped farmers gain legal rights to several plantations.Trejo had also helped prepare motions declaring unconstitutional a proposal by the Honduran government and a U.S. company, MGK Group, to build three privately run cities with their own police, laws and tax systems.Just hours before his murder, Trejo had participated in a televised debate in which he accused congressional leaders of using the private city projects to raise campaign funds.MGK director Michael Strong said the company is “horrified” by Trejo’s killing.“We believe that Antonio Trejo, had he lived long enough to get to know us, would have concluded that our approach is 100 percent beneficial to Honduras and Hondurans. We are saddened for his family and understand what a tragedy this is for trust and goodwill in Honduras,” Strong said in a statement to The Associated Press. Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – A prominent Honduran human rights lawyer gunned down after a weekend wedding had long complained about death threats, including in documents filed last year seeking protection from a powerful billionaire landowner.Antonio Trejo Cabrera, 41, who died early Sunday after being ambushed by gunmen, was a lawyer for three peasant cooperatives in the Bajo Aguan, a fertile farming area plagued by violent conflicts between agrarian organizations and land owners. The most prominent is Dinant Corporation owned by Miguel Facusse, one of Honduras’ richest men. Thousands of once-landless workers hold about 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares) of plantations they seized from Dinant. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! 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Turkish singer shot in latest highprofile attack on a woman

first_img Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have charged an ex-boyfriend in the shooting of a young female talent show singer in southeast Turkey — the latest high-profile attack on a woman in Turkey, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.Mutlu Kaya, a 19-year-old Kurd, was hospitalized in a critical condition after being shot in the head through a window of her house early Monday. The ex-boyfriend, identified as Veysel E., was detained along with two others, who were later released. He is charged with attempted murder. Kaya gained national notice in Turkey in a popular song contest and had been mentored by Sibel Can, a well-known Turkish folk singer.She had reportedly received death threats after performing in the contest.Violence against women is a trending topic in Turkey. The murder of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan after an attempted rape in February led to widespread protests.On Instagram, Can shared a picture of Kaya.“My beautiful girl Mutlu, how could they hurt you? I am very sad,” she commented.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Cambodia accepts 4 refugees under Australia agreement

first_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober But the government still has to resettle more than 31,000 of the 52,000 asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat during the six years that the center-left Labor Party was in power.“Labor created a massive mess when it comes to boats and it’s going to take time and taxpayers’ money, I’m sorry to say, to clean up Labor’s mess,” Dutton said.As part of its efforts to deter boats of asylum seekers, Australia made the agreement with Cambodia last September despite critics worrying that Cambodia was too impoverished to handle the new residents and its poor human rights record would put them at risk.Cambodia sent officials to Nauru to meet the four applicants and to make sure their move was legal and voluntary.__Associated Press writer Sopheng Cheang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, contributed to this reportCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Four refugees rejected by Australia who have agreed to resettle in Cambodia will likely become examples that other refugees will follow, an Australian minister said Friday.Cambodia has agreed to accept the first four refugees under a 40 million Australian dollar ($32 million) four-year agreement it made with Australia nine months ago to resettle asylum seekers held in an Australia-run detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru. Many of the 677 asylum seekers on Nauru have been there for almost two years. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen signed an endorsement letter Wednesday and the countries are now discussing when the four will arrive in Cambodia, Gen. Khieu Sopheak, spokesman of Cambodia’s Interior Ministry, said Thursday.Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Australian officials were working with the International Organization for Migration and other groups in Cambodia to provide the refugees’ needs for accommodation, jobs, transport and education.“We want to show success with this first four who travel,” Dutton told reporters. “I think when we demonstrate that that can be a success, we’ll see other people from Nauru follow to start their new life in Cambodia.”The first Cambodian settlers will be two Iranian men, an Iranian woman and a Rohingya man from Myanmar. They are the only ones so far to apply for Cambodian residency, the Cambodian general said. He declined to say where in Cambodia they would live once they arrive.Dutton defended the steep cost to Australian taxpayers of the AU$40 million agreement that has so far attracted only four people from among the 488 verified refugees on Nauru.Australia’s tough policies of turning back asylum seeker boats back to Indonesia and refusing to resettle any refugee who arrives on its shores by boat have all but stopped the boats from coming since the conservative government was elected in September 2013, Dutton said. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Obama South Korean president to meet at White House in June

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies They are also expected to discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula due to the continued threat posed by North Korea.The White House says environmental, health and cybersecurity issues are also on the agenda.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) at the White House next month.The White House says the June 16 meeting will give the leaders an opportunity to reaffirm relations between the U.S. and a key Asian ally.Their talks will cover a range of security, economic and global issues, including the U.S.-South Korea alliance and its role in assuring stability and security in the region. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   center_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

US stocks open higher breaking a weeklong losing streak

first_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Energy stocks rose more than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed again. Chevron rose the most in the Dow.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose as high as 2.49 percent, its highest level of the year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher, breaking a weeklong slump.Johnson Controls jumped 4 percent early Wednesday after the company said it was considering a sale of its automotive business.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 101 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,866. The Dow turned positive for the year.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,092. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,035. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Qantas staff vote to strike

first_imgTwo of Australia’s biggest airports could be affected, as the Australian Services Union Victoria asks up to 1000 of its Qantas members to back industrial action. Check-in and customer service staff will take part in the ballot which could see Qantas employees walk off the job at Melbourne and Sydney airport, The Australian reported.Australian Services Union Victorian private sector branch secretary Ingrid Stitt told the source that the union had applied for the ballot to Fair Work Australia this week because the airline refused to agree to the union’s five percent pay rise and increased job security.”Our members are pretty angry and frustrated that Qantas has even failed to give them a pay offer after eight or nine months of negotiations,” she said. In response to the union’s ballot Qantas has called for the union to return to the table for further talks.“Instead of threatening industrial action which will impact on passengers we would encourage the union to return to the negotiating table,” a Qantas spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard.“Qantas has robust contingency plans in place to minimise any impact on passengers should the union process with any industrial action.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Strikes to delay Heathrow arrivals

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J London’s Heathrow Airport has advised airlines and passengers to expect delays on 30 November as its UK Border Agency immigration officers walk off the job.The international airport said in an online statement that it is in the midst of discussions to minimise disruptions for inbound and outbound passengers and suggested travellers keep up to date with status update from carriers.“We recommend that you keep in touch with your airline to check the status of your flight or onward connection and for any advice about travel on that day,” the statement from Heathrow read. “We will publish further passenger information on the website when it is available.”British Airways has also cautioned its customers, expecting passengers arriving at Gatwick or any other London City airport to expect delays and said it monitoring the situation closely.“If you are arriving or departing on a UK Domestic flight on 30 November you will, as standard, not need to pass through any UKBA check points so will proceed as normal,” the carrier’s online update read.While international arrivals have the option to change their arrival date into London from the 30 November to 28 & 29 November as well as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 December.Click here for Qantas’ waiver of conditions for travellers flying into Heathrow on 30 November 2011last_img read more

EK passengers take control of their booking online

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Emirates passengers will now have the option to change the time or date of their travel and add or upgrade flights as the airline offers an enhanced website functionality allowing travellers to take their travel plans into their own hands.Passengers will be able to change their travel itinerary online at anytime, regardless of whether the passenger booked online via the Emirates’ website, with an Emirates agent or over the phone.Vice President E-Commerce at Emirates Bob Kabli advised in a media release that Emirates’ goal to make travel as seamless and enjoyable comes by adding the ‘change a booking’ functionality online.  “Now, thanks to the online feature, a family deciding to add a stopover to their holiday plans, a businessperson who needs to see their client a day earlier than expected or friends who decide to upgrade and experience Emirates’ award-winning First Class service can change their Emirates booking by simply logging on,” Mr Kabli said.The online change functionality has been implemented across all Emirates’ global websites, in all languages.  Passengers simply need to log on using their last name and booking reference number online to experience the enhanced features.  For more information, go to and choose “Manage an Existing Booking” from the homepage menu.last_img read more

Brisbane encourages Brisbanite pride

first_imgThe purpose of the campaign is to portray Brisbane as a a vibrant tourism destination.  Lord Mayor Graham Quick said that the campaign would be across tv, digital, outdoor and print channels.  Source = ETB News: T.N. “This campaign not only encourages locals to holiday closer to home but is also about alluring our southern friends here by showcasing our sunny holidays while giving Sydney and Melbourne pause for thought on their frosty winter mornings,” Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said. center_img Brisbane Lord Mayor has launched a new tourism campaign, encourgaing locals to get involved in the “Give Me Brisbane Any Day” campaign.  The campaign was formed as a result of different market research including interviews, workshops, and in-market testing. last_img

Queensland based Skytrans ceases operations

first_imgThe Cairns-based regional airline Skytrans has ceased trading and all staff have been made redundant.The family-owned business says it was not forced to shut down but felt like it needed to make a decision to maximise cash reserves for staff, suppliers and passenger refunds.Skytrans managing director Simon Wild, said that the loss of a government contract and the falling Australian dollar for the decision in a statement on the company’s website.“We have been talking with possible investors and have pursued these interests diligently, but, unfortunately, every road pointed to unsustainability and as such we could, and would not, entice investors to a business we did not believe ourselves had a strong future,” Mr Wild said.The airline lost its government contract in October and since then had been working on a slimmer business model for 2015, based on an exchange rate with the US dollar of $0.91, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.All superannuation and entitlement payments were up to date with more than AUD$4 million paid out to staff.“To continue to operate the airline would have put at risk our staff entitlements and possible incursion of liabilities the business would be unable to meet,” Mr Wild said.Mr Wild apologised to passengers who may have been caught unaware by the sudden announcement and said he would seek legal and financial advice regarding options for the business.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

TripAdvisors TripIndex reveals the best value destinations

first_imgHanoi is the best value destination in the world for a city break, according to TripIndex Cities, an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study.TripIndex Cities compares the cost of a three-night break during the winter travel months of June to August in 40 key tourist cities around the world, taking into account typical costs for two people. These include; a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself.It found that a three night trip for two in Hanoi will only set you back an average of $1024.44, excluding flights, nearly three times less than the price of a break in the world’s most expensive destination, Cancun, Mexico, which comes in at an average of $2825.03.The study was conducted ahead of the winter travel period by independent research firm, Ipsos.Head to South-East Asia for a bargainWhen looking at the cost of a three-night city break, the 2015 TripIndex Cities report shows that travellers can find the best value in South East Asia, as four of the top ten cheapest destinations are located here; Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila take first, fourth, seventh and ninth places respectively.However, if cost of flights is not a concern, Kiwis can consider visiting the European destinations featured in the best value list; Warsaw, Lisbon and Berlin, which place second, sixth and tenth respectively.Auckland named 14th most expensive cityThe 2015 TripIndex Cities report places Auckland outside the top ten most expensive destinations league table, at fourteenth position after Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Taipei. The total cost of a three-night break in Auckland comes out at $1801.22.“TripIndex Cities helps travellers to see where their dollar goes the furthest, but even in the most expensive cities travellers can still find a great deal by using TripAdvisor’s price comparison tool to unearth and book a great deal on flights and hotels,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Scott Wegener.Recommended value hotels and popular attractions in the five most expensive and best value destinations:For travellers planning a trip to one of the five most expensive or five best value TripIndex Cities destinations, TripAdvisor has identified highly-rated value hotels with availability to book on TripAdvisor this winter.Top five most expensive TripIndex Cities 2015 destinations (in New Zealand Dollars):1.      Cancun, Mexico – Average nightly hotel rate: $519Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa – Average nightly rate: $4112.      Zurich, Switzerland – Average nightly hotel rate: $418Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: 25hours Hotel Zurich West – Average nightly rate: $2863.      New York City, USA – Average nightly hotel rate: $461Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: The Leon Hotel – Average nightly rate: $3384.      London, UK – Average nightly hotel rate: $435Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: The Hide London – Average nightly rate: $2245.      Punta Cana, Caribbean – Average nightly hotel rate: $455Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Iberostar Punta Cana – Average nightly rate: $302Top five best value TripIndex Cities 2015 destinations (in New Zealand Dollars):1.      Hanoi, Vietnam – Average nightly hotel rate: $121Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Average nightly rate: $1062.      Warsaw, Poland – Average nightly hotel rate: $123Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Boss Hotel – Average nightly rate: $953.      Sharm el Sheikh – Average nightly hotel rate: $142Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Oonas Dive Club Hotel – Average nightly rate: $1084.      Bangkok, Thailand – Average nightly rate: $131Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Bangkok Loft Inn – Average nightly rate: $475.      Mumbai, India – Average nightly rate: $168Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Hotel Regal Enclave – Average nightly rate: $140Source = TripAdvisorlast_img read more