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Haiti UN increases food distributions following protests over high prices

17 April 2008The United Nations is taking further action to confront food insecurity in Haiti with plans to distribute 8,000 more tons in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where rising prices have led to widespread protests, some of them violent. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will hand out the food in the coming days in the north, west and central regions, focusing on children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will double its child feeding programme to combat malnutrition and spend some $1.6 million on water and sanitation in the northwest and the Artibonite regions.Meanwhile, the Brazilian contingent of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is distributing 14 tons of food to more than 3,000 families in the poorest quarters of Port-au-Prince, the capital.MINUSTAH and WFP also continue to support various projects aimed at creating jobs that, with a combined $2.3 million budget, already employ some 2,500 Haitians.Set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, the Mission also focuses on a host of humanitarian issues. read more

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UN agency issues new guidelines to prevent mothertochild HIV transmission

The World Health Organization guidelines, “Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating Pregnant Women and Preventing HIV Infection in Infants,” said using the treatment during a pregnancy “substantially benefits the health of the woman and decreases the risk of HIV transmission to the infant.”It recommended using combinations of drugs called zidovudine, lamivudine and nevirapine.The South African Medicine Control Council has voiced concern about nevirapine, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and one of their partners, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.The three said the body of evidence was changing and more up-to-date research was needed on nevirapine-resistance, but they said the drug had to be used whenever no other options existed. read more

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Hidden epidemic of HIV hitting adolescents in AsiaPacific region UN agencies warn

“Adolescence is a time of transition and risk-taking, as children navigate the difficult journey to adulthood,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) East Asia and Pacific Director Daniel Toole said of the report, which is being released ahead of tomorrow’s World AIDS Day, showed that those at highest risk include gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, injecting drug users, and people who buy and sell sex.The 2014 figure accounts for almost 15 per cent of all new cases in the region. Although new infections are falling overall, they are rising among adolescents, coinciding with an increase in risky behaviour, such as multiple sexual partners and inconsistent condom use.Titled Adolescents: Under the Radar in the Asia-Pacific AIDS Response and published by the Asia-Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations, which includes UNICEF and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the report warned that the AIDS epidemic cannot be ended as a public health threat by 2030 without tackling the issue of adolescents.It called on Governments to provide access to adolescent-sensitive HIV testing and treatment and develop better data and adolescent-specific laws and policies, including comprehensive sex education in schools and through social media, information on where to get an HIV test, and condom use.“It is vital for adolescents to know their HIV status, and get treatment if they need it, but in many countries they are turned away from HIV testing centres,” it stressed.Ten countries account for 98 per cent of those aged 10 to 19 living with HIV in the region – Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, thePhilippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. There are now some 220,000 adolescents in the region living with HIV, with large cities like Bangkok, Hanoi and Jakarta hubs of new infections.“In Asia and the Pacific – as worldwide – adolescents have been largely neglected as a distinct group in focused efforts to prevent HIV transmission and prolong the life of people living with the virus,” Mr. Toole and UNAIDS Regional Director Steven J. Kraus wrote in a joint foreword to the report.“The result is rising infections among 10-19 year-olds at risk of HIV, and an increase in the number of AIDS-related deaths. These are preventable deaths. As parents, teachers and leaders – as societies – we ask that children in their second decade of life assume ever-growing responsibilities as they approach adulthood. “And yet, we have responsibilities towards them – to ensure their right to health care, to education, to protection, and to development. Failure to prioritize adolescents in the HIV response leads to injustice at many levels,” they stressed, calling for new action from the highest levels of Government, and new ways of reaching adolescents at risk of and living with HIV. read more

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Charity left Alzheimers sufferer on minibus for three hours after forgetting about

The worried granddaughter said: “They were laughing and joking saying nan probably had a kip. I said it’s not a laughing and joking matter.”If nan didn’t have family she would have been left on there. She would not have been found until the Monday. An old person wouldn’t have lasted more than a day. She would have been dead.”Ms Harris’ daughter Tina, 52, added: “I was just numb. I couldn’t believe it.”The family made an official complaint to Age UK and said they were not happy for the grandmother to keep attending the charity’s centre.She had used the charity’s Sheerness branch but that provision stopped at the end of October, her family said.An investigation was carried out after the incident in July which resulted in disciplinary action.The charity also said changes have were implemented, but the family say they do not understand how the driver kept their job.Mother-of-two Gemma added: “If I’d left the kids in the car, I’d have had social services on my back. If she’d died they’d be up for manslaughter.”Age UK chairman Alan Doucy said: “We are truly sorry for this incident and the upset caused and have apologised to our client and their family. A pensioner with Alzheimer’s was locked in a charity minibus for three hours after the driver went home for the weekend having forgotten about her .The family of grandmother Beryl Harris, 87, fear she could have died after she was abandoned in the Age UK bus having fallen asleep.Beryl was left behind by the driver, who forgot to take her home before returning the vehicle to a centre run by the charity on a Friday night.He locked up and left, leading the pensioner’s family to conduct a desperate search for her.  She was eventually found by Age UK staff, who Ms Harris’ relatives say joked about the ordeal, insisting she must have gone for a nap. Granddaughter Gemma Cunningham has questioned why the driver was not sacked, after she launched the frantic search party at about 7pm that evening when carers who visited Beryl got no answer at her flat in Sheppey, Kent.Relatives were initially told everyone on the bus had been dropped off at home – but it emerged Beryl was left in the van from about 3.45pm until 7.30pm.Ms Cunningham, 34, said: “I got a phone call to say the carers could not get in. I went down there and realised nan wasn’t there. We thought she had gone walkabout or something.” “KCC staff are working with the family to ensure the individual concerned continues to receive appropriate care and support.” “Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of all older people in our care so we are very disappointed to have fallen short of that.”Following the incident we took immediate steps to investigate how this occurred, as well as implementing our formal disciplinary procedure with the member of staff concerned.”In line with our regulatory responsibilities we reported the incident to Kent County Council, the Charity Commission and Age UK, and continue to work closely with them.”We have now put in place new measures and processes to try and ensure this kind of situation could not happen again.”These include, appointing additional drivers, extra training for staff who drive minibuses, updating our record-keeping process, and ongoing discussions with Kent County Council regarding our transport to further strengthen our policies and processes.”We are also investing in digital record-keeping system to further improve our systems.”We have also met with the family since the outcome of our investigation to listen to their concerns, and took steps to ensure this was as objective and transparent as possible.”Throughout this period we have taken every step to ensure our client was supported and that they still visited the centre.” The Age UK centre in Mustards Road, Bay ViewCredit:SWNS/KMG Beryl Harris, 87 of Leysdown, with daughter Tina (left) and granddaughter Gemma Cunningham (right)Credit:SWNS/KMG Beryl Harris, 87 of Leysdown, with daughter Tina (left) and granddaughter Gemma Cunningham (right) The Age UK centre in Mustards Road, Bay View A council spokesman said: “The incident is being treated extremely seriously and a safeguarding inquiry has been launched into the circumstances. This investigation is ongoing. She said calls to Age UK went unanswered but she used a private number to contact a staff member. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Local rep yet to confirm fate of Dynamic Airways

…as company stops selling tickets, slows down operationsFaced with bankruptcy and lawsuits which could force it to sell, Dynamic Airways may be in the process of preparing to pull out of the local aviation sector.According to local representative for the airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, Dynamic is currently slowing down its operations, and has stopped selling tickets.“They are slowing down the operations as of this time. In another couple of days, I will know for sure what is happening. They have not been selling any tickets, but we are examining the situation. When I know for sure by Dynamic, I will let the public know,” Gouveia told this publication.Gouveia has revealed plans to meet with officials of the US-based company to determine future plans. A number of travel agencies recently voiced concerns over the cancellation of all Dynamic flights for the remainder of the year.After investigations, it was revealed that the airline is planning to suspend operations soon. However, it is yet to inform the public what it intends to do regarding those passengers who have already booked flights with them.Dynamic had, earlier this year, announced that it had filed for bankruptcy with the United States Bankruptcy Court. It had noted that it would continue operations as normal.The voluntary Chapter 11 petition was filed by Dynamic Airways with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina. According to the United States Courts website, this chapter of the Bankruptcy Code generally provides for reorganisation.Chapter 11 allows a debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time. This includes the lawsuits from Hajj flights that Dynamic operated in 2014 for Air India, and an arbitration award against Dynamic Intl., finding that the airline was in breach of contract by failing to pay commissions to BKP Enterprises in connection with the Hajj flights.Just a month after filing for bankruptcy, one of the airline’s creditors had moved to the courts to force the airline to liquidate its assists after Dynamic owed some US$1.19 million. The creditor, PMC Aviation LLC of Greensboro, claimed in its motion for liquidation that Dynamic was suffering from millions of dollars of continuing losses, and that the debtor (airline) had been grossly mismanaged. Back in 2014, the airline had suspended its operation for four months. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDynamic Airways unsure of return date; Gouveia to join internal operationsAugust 19, 2014In “Business”Dynamic Airways celebrates one year anniversary; plans to add Toronto routeJuly 2, 2015In “Business””Guyanese have not seen the end of Dynamic Airways” – Gouveia assuresAugust 7, 2014In “Business” read more

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Cancun inauguration du plus grand musée sousmarin au monde

first_imgCancun : inauguration du plus grand musée sous-marin au mondeLe plus grand musée sous-marin au monde sera inauguré fin novembre. Au fond de la mer des Caraïbes, à Cancun, il offre à voir 400 statues de taille humaine, placées à neuf mètres de profondeur.Le plus grand musée sous-marin du monde est l’œuvre du sculpteur britannique Jason deCaires Taylor, amateur de plongée. Baptisée “L’évolution silencieuse”, cette intégration au milieu marin n’a pas qu’un intérêt purement artistique. Le sculpteur et Roberto Diaz, président de ce musée subaquatique de l’art (Musa), expliquent l’intérêt de l’intégration des statues au milieu marin. “La première fois que j’ai vu le travail de Jason sur internet, j’ai adoré. Il a cette touche magique du sculpteur inspiré par l’esprit de préservation de la nature”, déclare Roberto Diaz.À lire aussiCette start-up a trouvé comment faire pousser du corail 50 fois plus vite que la natureCoraux, éponges, anémones et autres organismes vont prendre possession petit à petit du musée et en faire ainsi “évoluer silencieusement” les contours.Parallèlement, le musée va contribuer à sa façon à la préservation de l’écosystème en détournant une partie des 750.000 touristes qui viennent chaque année s’adonner à la plongée sous-marine.Le musée a coûté 250.000 dollars (environ 183.000 euros) mais il doit encore s’agrandir, en s’ouvrant à d’autres artistes.”Je considère que ça n’est pas terminé, c’est seulement une phase”, souligne Jason deCaires Taylor. “J’en suis au stade où j’installe des sculptures dans la mer. Ensuite, comme l’indique le titre, elles vont évoluer, considérablement”, conclut-il. Le 12 novembre 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Wilshere urges teammates to play well quickly

first_imgThe West Ham United midfielder says his team has to work on welcoming the newcomers to be able to play all togetherWest Ham United got its second defeat of the Premier League season.The Hammers fell 2-1 against Bournemouth on Saturday and this is making players like Jack Wilshere frustrated.“We have got a lot of new players and we need to gel,” Wilshere he told West Ham’s official website as quoted by The Standard.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Hammers have a new manager this season and nine new signings, and Wilshere believes his team has to learn to play together soon.“At this level in this league, people aren’t given time, so we have to do it quickly and all tuck in this week,” he added.“We started well and we all wanted to win this week and we felt we were good enough to win.”“Obviously, the dressing room is devastated because we should have come away with something from the game, but we have to go again,” he said.last_img read more

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Minister of Education Youth Sports and Library Services makes remarks at Turks

first_imgPress Release: TCIG Press Office#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – The Youth Ministries Department of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-Day Adventists celebrated last weekend beginning January 21, with an investiture service of 80 youth of all ages from throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This investiture is the largest the Mission here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  The theme for the joint service was “Lord, transform me for your service”.The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Connolly, attended the event and brought remarks on behalf of her Ministry.  She said; “It is my pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services at this very important ceremony.  I want to acknowledge all of the elders and leaders of the Seven Day Adventist Church who are here with us today to support all of these amazing young people.  Today you are making a very important public commitment. You are making a commitment to service, service to your God, your church, your community and your people. I congratulate you! I am proud of you!”She further told the youth present that; “I understand that the Pathfinders Club is a very well established and important one for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. When I heard of the work that you do with young people, assisting with homework, conducting evangelism, visiting the children’s home and giving of your time and talents to our country, I was more than proud of you and even more elated to be here.“Willingly engaging in service is a commendable act.  This will prepare you well for the future, not only on your CVs but for leadership on a whole.  The Bible itself admonishes that if you want to be Great in the Kingdom, you must be a servant of all! Indeed, we are admonished in 1 Peter 4 verses 10 and 11 to ‘use our gifts to serve one another, so that God may be Glorified’.   You heeded that call!”She encouraged the gathering of youth by reminding them that they have a role to play in today’s society. She told them that; “You are powerful and you have potential!  Remember David was only a boy when he killed a giant, Jehoash was 7 years old when he became King of Judah and Josiah was 8 years old when he became King in Jerusalem.   Look around you, Look at how many people have invested in you being here; your parents, your minister, your teachers and your friends.   You have to take the opportunity today to encourage one another.”“I look at you and I am reminded that today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow.  Each of you have something that you are destined to do, whether that is raising a beautiful family, succeeding in a profession, being CEO of a large cooperation or leading your community into a better future.  You all have a role to play.  We, The Turks and Caicos Islands, need you.  As you move forward in your journey towards being an adult, a responsible citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I want you to remember that you are never alone.”  Hon. Connolly stated that she enjoyed the event and the participation of the youth in the service. She left words of encouragement for the youth at the service and hoped that she was an inspiration to them.  She said; “I want to leave these few words of encouragement with you because I know as young people, involved in community work you will have some challenging times. When you feel discouraged or heartbroken, ask God to transform you so that you can be of service to Him.“Concentrate on what God is calling you to do rather than the naysayer’s personal agendas.  You will struggle with this all your life, so the sooner you discipline yourself the better.  Just like Elijah, you probably have more supporters than you think you have.  Hang around positive-minded people, people you trust and who trust you, to help you continually mature as a person and leader.“I’m so proud of all of you here today.  I’m proud of this gathering.  I know you all can move forward with God as the center of your life.  Live to serve Him.  I believe in you, and I can’t wait to see everything you all will achieve for your generation and generations to come.” Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Licensing fees are up in Washington

first_imgFees at the Washington State Department of Licensing increased Oct. 1, 2012. If you’ve gone to the driver’s licensing office in recent days, you were probably met with an unpleasant surprise. Several licensing fees have gone up, starting this month, raising drivers license renewals from $25 to $45 and the cost of a new license from $45 to $80.Washington lawmakers passed two bills raising licensing and vehicle fees to bring in an estimated $52.8 million in 2013 to fund the operation and maintenance of roads, streets, bridges, ferries, transit systems and other transportation services. This is the first licensing fee increase since 2000.House Bill 2660 and Senate House Bill 6150 increased the vehicle fees and also authorized the implementation of a facial recognition matching system for driver’s licenses, permits and ID cards. When the program is put into place, drivers will have the option of adding a biometric identifier to their license or ID card that uses facial recognition technology to verify identity. About 34 states already use a facial recognition program.To warn drivers about the fee spike, the Washington State Department of Licensing put up signs at licensing offices and told people in their renewal notices, said DOL spokeswoman Christine Anthony. “I think a lot of people tried to get their renewals in before the deadline,” she said.Phil Block posted on The Columbian’s Facebook page that he made sure to get his license renewed before his Oct. 8 birthday, just to avoid the additional costs. Amanda Center also posted, saying she tried to get her son’s licensing appointment for September, but there was too much demand for driver’s testing. Her son got his license last Wednesday at a cost of $80, instead of the $45 it would have cost last month.last_img read more

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Navys China Lake Installation Evacuated After Second Southern California Earthquake

first_imgThe 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Southern California Friday morning caused the evacuation of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Military.com reported Sunday.The major weapons research and development station, located in the Mojave Desert and the Navy’s largest landholding, was determined to be in the epicenter of both of the weekend’s heavy quakes. In the Ridgefield, Calif., area, where seismologists later identified as the epicenter of the earthquake activity, officials said they are continuing to assess the damage, according to the report.In a Facebook post after both earthquakes had occurred, base officials said that the installation was “not mission capable” and that nonessential workers were evacuated and operations were halted.Navy Region Southwest had authorized the installation’s evacuation shortly after the second quake’s larger tremors prompted officials to determine the base’s operations were fully disrupted, Stars and Stripes reported.The larger quake was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the same desert location of Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude earthquake. The quakes caused cracked and burning buildings, broken roads, obstructed railroad tracks and leaking water and gas lines.Naval Weapons Station China Lake is approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles. With its two R&D ranges and main site, the massive installation covers more than 1.1 million acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, according to the installation website.The Friday morning earthquake was Southern California’s largest in nearly 20 years. The California National Guard sent 200 troops, logistical support and aircraft, according to Maj. Gen. David Baldwin. The Pentagon had been notified and California’s Military Department was on alert, he said. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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People who dont know 72 years of history abolished Article 370

first_imgChennai: Former home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram slammed BJP for abolishing Article 370 saying that the people who don’t know the 72 years of history did it (abolishing Article 370) with muscle power. “Jammu Kashmir is a part of India. There is no doubt. If there is a doubt, it’s for BJP only. The people who don’t know the 72 years of history, have done it (370) with muscle power,” he said while speaking here. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The Congress leader said that several sections of Article 371 of the constitution also gave special powers to several states. “If there was a Hindu majority in Kashmir, the BJP wouldn’t have touched (article 370). Because of the Islamic majority, the BJP did it,” he said here. “I say it’s true there were thousands of people gathered against the abolition of 370… tear gas…shooting. All of that is true,” he said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us He questioned if people of Tamil Nadu will remain silent if the state is changed into Union Territory. “Will Tamil Nadu people be silent if Tamil Nadu State is changed into Union Territory?” he asked. The former Home Minister said he was hurt when seven parties from various states supported the scrapping of Article 370. “I was more hurt that seven parties supported it. TMC walked out. She speaks powerfully, but here walkout happened,” he said.last_img read more

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In the lap of nature

first_imgA photographer, a writer and an IPS officer, Somesh Goyal has enthralled the audiences across India through his rare collection of photographs. Goyal who has been into photography for the last four decades recently came up with his work Yellowstone: The Artist’s Point at AIFACS that provided a glimpse of the world’s first national park. The show exhibited the pictures taken by him at Yellowstone. Yellowstone is the world’s first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. The park is located at the headwaters of the Yellowstone river, from which it takes its historical name. Home to a remarkable diversity of mammals, birds and fish, it’s one of the world’s foremost wildlife sanctuaries.  Here, every season brings special wonders and each of the park’s varied landscapes offers a range of exciting experiences. The park is home to seven species of conifer trees, more than 1,000 species of native vascular plants, 67 species of mammals and more than 320 bird species!last_img read more

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Costa Rican women who made us cheer this year

first_imgIt’s been a banner year for Costa Rican women since the last International Women’s Day. While a national bank unveiled apink-themed “women’s bank” with fairytale castle facades, pedicures and descriptions of clients as princesses, Ticas in a variety of fields were busy showing the country and the world that their accomplishments know no bounds.In honor of International Women’s Day 2016, here’s a look at just a few of the incredible women who have recently made Costa Rica proud.International trailblazers Ibero-American Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan speaks at a press conference on July 26, 2006 in Port-au-Prince. At the time, she was the U.N. Development Program’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Thony Belizaire/AFPIn case you missed it, not one but two Costa Rican women have been singled out by multiple news sources as leading candidates to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations. Considering that Costa Ricans constitute approximately 0.06 percent of the world population, that’s pretty staggering stuff.One of those women is economist and former Costa Rican vice president Rebeca Grynspan, now the head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat. The other: climate-change crusader Christiana Figueres. She took over the spotlight in a new way in 2015 when she helmed the crucial COP21 conference in Paris, which resulted in a 195-nation agreement aimed at averting planetary climate disaster. Costa Rican Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, at the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, Dec. 5, 2011. (Wikimedia Commons)Figueres, who is the daughter of Costa Rica’s revolutionary leader and three-time president, José “Pepe” Figueres, announced last month that she would step down in July from her post as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, prompting discussion of what her next move might be, within the U.N. or beyond (there’s even a presidential candidacy rumor back in Costa Rica, which she swiftly dispatched).Athletic all-stars Costa Rica Women’s National Team, June 2015 Nicholas Kamm/AFPA historic year for the women’s national soccer team was highlighted by Las Ticas’ first ever World Cup trip. After consecutive ties in the opening matches, Costa Rica lost a close game to heavyweight favorite Brazil, 1-0, just missing the window to qualify for the Round of 16. Despite the elimination from the group stages, the National Team proved it could perform well on the big stage.More recently, Las Ticas played in Olympic qualifying matches but lost a heartbreaking semifinal against Canada, which would have given them an automatic bid to Rio de Janeiro.Raquel Rodríguez, who scored Las Ticas’ first ever goal in a World Cup game, continued to make her country proud by her outstanding senior campaign at Penn State. The 22-year-old forward was awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy as the NCAA’s most outstanding player after she led her Nittany Lions to a national title win in December, scoring the game-clinching goal in a 1-0 win over Duke in the title game. Costa Rica’s Leilani McGongale was crowned the Central America women’s surf champion on Dec. 6, 2015 at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Costa Rican riders won six out of nine total categories. Martin Bernetti/AFPMeanwhile, rising star Leilani McGonagle, only 16, stood out in an incredibly talented field of Costa Rican surfers, helping the country to its world championship  while also earning a third junior national title (17 and under).The voice of history Henrietta Boggs (Courtesy of Spark Media)This one’s not technically Costa Rican, but as a former first lady and champion of Costa Rican women’s rights, she has earned a spot on this list: Henrietta Boggs, the 97-year-old Alabama native who was the first wife of President José “Pepe” Figueres is the subject of a new documentary. She’s visiting Costa Rica now for a premiere and she addressed a crowd of 1,500 at last week’s TEDx Pura Vida.Boggs talked about her insistence, during the 1940s, that Costa Rican women be given the right to vote, and the challenges still facing women today, including the “plague” of domestic violence.Same-sex marriage standard-bearersLaura Florez-Estrada and Jazmín Elizondo made national news – and even prompted a criminal complaint from the government – when a clerical error at the Supreme Elections Tribunal resulted in Elizondo being listed as a man, allowing the couple to marry in July 2015. She and Florez-Estrada, the sister of former presidential candidate José María Villalta, fought back recently by filing a motion before the Supreme Court, arguing that the Costa Rican Family Code article that prohibits same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.Stay tuned.See also: Eight women who blazed a trail through Costa Rican historyMichael Krumholtz contributed to this report. 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Intercontinental gives Hilton guests 450 million points

first_imgIntercontinental Hotels have named the winner in their recent “Luckiest Loser” campaign, aimed at disgruntled Hilton Honours guests who had their points devalued recently.Charles Rosenay from Connecticut in the United States had a Hilton Honours balance of nearly five million points, truly a dedicated Hilton guest, and with the recent devaluation stood to lose the most value.  As such he has been named the winner of IHG’s competition, winning himself two million IHG Priority Club Points.“I had never seen a competition like this before — I actually wasn’t even aware of the changes that were made to Hilton’s program prior to entering the Luckiest Loser,” says Mr Rosenay. “I travel frequently for my business, mostly taking Beatles fans on tours to Liverpool. We also take several family vacations a year, including an annual trip to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania.”Early this year Hilton increased the level at which many of their members could redeem their points, effectively devaluating their HHonors points by about 20%.IHG says that it has awarded 70,000 individuals some 450 million points in all. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28204/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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Cathay fined in pricefixing case

first_imgCathay Pacific Airlines has been fined US$1.5 million for its involvement in a price-fixing scheme.Cathay Pacific and seven other airlines have pleaded guilty to fixing the prices of navigation surcharges on cargo flown to and from Canada, CBC News reported.The events were said to have occured between 1999 and 2003 and have thus far netted US$24 million in fines from airlines including Air France, KLM, Martinair, Korean Air, British Airways, Cargolux and Qantas.“These types of agreements represent one of the most egregious forms of anti-competitive behaviour,” Competition Bureau commissioner John Pecman said.The Competition Bureau was made aware of the price-fixing scheme when companies admitted fault through the agency’s immunity and leniency programs, which lessen criminal liability. Cathay fined US$1.5 million. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

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Voyager Travel Corporation joins ATPI Group

first_imgOutgoing Chairman of Voyager Travel Corporation, Mr Lionel Krongold said: “The approach to us from ATPI came out of the blue in the year that we celebrated 40 years in the corporate travel industry. After an extensive search, ATPI identified Voyager as the business within the travel industry that would best complement its strategy to grow its operations in the Asia/Pacific region” The acquisition by UK based ATPI with offices in 60 countries will provide enormous opportunities for Voyager’s clients and staff and with Voyager’s reputation for excellence in the Australian market, further strengthens ATPI’s footprint into the Asia/Pacific region. Voyager will complement the ATPI Group with its reputation for providing clients with high levels of service and savings. Clients of Voyager will also benefit from ATPI’s extensive international presence and its unique technical and reporting capabilities. The shared philosophies of the two companies are aligned and have differentiated them from their competition and will continue to do so in the future. Voyager has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and has been providing travel services to Australian companies for more than 40 years. Source = Voyager Travel Corporationcenter_img Graham Ramsay Chairman and Chief Executive of ATPI said: “I am delighted to have completed the acquisition of this prestigious Australian company. It is an important milestone in achieving our international expansion strategy. I am also extremely pleased that Richard Savva, Managing Director of Voyager Travel Corporation, will remain in his role and welcome him as a shareholder in ATPI. Australia’s largest independent travel management company, Voyager Travel Corporation has been sold to the International Travel Management Group ATPI, one of the globe’s biggest travel management operations. The ATPI Group has an international shareholding and a presence in over 60 countries worldwide and has successful operations in corporate travel and corporate events management.last_img read more

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TravelManagers Exclusive Vietnam Famil

first_imgPTM Amanda Brady discovers the best way to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter is by cyclo tour Meeting the locals on an eco-tour through the Hoi An countryside was a highlight for many in the group: (L-R) TravelManagers’ Kerstin Rheinlander, Gina Passfield, Jeanette Dickson, Vietnamese local, Karryn Bartlett, Sheri Foreman, Amanda Brady, Chi Nguyen Vietnam Travel and Cruise host with Anthony Triscari (at rear)TravelManagers’ Exclusive Vietnam FamilTravelManagers’ exclusive nine-day Vietnam famil to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An gave seven personal travel managers the opportunity to experience this fascinating country themselves.Hosted by Ms Huyen Thanh and Australia-based sales rep, Anthony Triscari, both from Vietnam Travel & Cruise, the group’s itinerary had them arrive into the capital city, Hanoi, in the north of the country on the banks of the Red River. They were then free to spend the rest of the day exploring the sights and sounds of the city’s Old Quarter.For TravelManagers’ Amanda Brady, who is representative for Wellington Point, QLD, it was her first visit to Vietnam, despite having long been intrigued by its natural beauty and colourful history. She says the group’s cyclo tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter was a highlight of her time in this ancient city.“This was also our first chance to sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine – eating Bun Cha alongside the locals at the restaurant where Anthony Bourdain and Barrack Obama famously dined.”From Hanoi, the group boarded a tender for a transfer to their floating accommodation for an overnight cruise of stunning Ha Long Bay. Listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature, this is a wonderland of amazing limestone karst formations that soar above the sparkling waters of the Bay.“Our cruise took us into some of the more secluded, untouched areas of the Bay, around Cat Ba Island” says Brady. “Many of the cruise ships don’t venture here, but it’s just as picturesque and serene, with opportunities to explore caves and limestone cliffs by traditional Vietnamese rowing boat, and to visit a local water fishing village.”After two days afloat, the group returned to Hanoi to catch a flight to the city of Hue in central Vietnam. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this was the seat of the Nguyễn Dynasty, before becoming the site of one of the Vietnam War’s longest and most brutal battles. Today, Hue is still home to some of Vietnam’s most famous landmarks, including the Thien Mu Pagoda, the Hue Royal Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City.After a day exploring the highlights of Hue, the group were transferred to Hoi An, a former port city whose Ancient Town is remarkably well preserved.“The main highlight of the famil for me was our eco-tour in Hoi An,” reports Kerstin Rheinlander, representative for Sinnamon Park, QLD. “It started off with a bike ride through the rice fields, but along the way we got to ride a water buffalo, assist a local farmer with planting her crop and learn how to fish in traditional manner – by throwing out nets from a boat and later from land.”“We didn’t catch many fish, but the crew kindly prepared us some dinner for our amazing efforts,” she adds.The group also had time in Hoi An to try a local cooking course or indulge in a little retail therapy, which provided the opportunity to seek out some of the souvenirs for which the city is famous. PTM Sheri Foreman, representative for Eagle Heights, says her favourite find were coloured, handmade lanterns, but also recommends the handmade silk clothing and custom-made leather products.”“It’s a good idea to take with you anything you’d like copied by one of the many talented tailors,” she adds, “they can even product expert imitations from pictures!”All seven PTMs who participated in the famil say they returned from their time in Vietnam with a greater appreciation for all that it has to offer, which they are looking forward to sharing with their clients.“Vietnam is worth more than one trip,” enthuses Rheinlander. “I only saw a snippet of Vietnam, and there are so many more places to discover – but that snippet gave me the most memorable impression of this beautiful country and I’m longing to return and discover more.”“I have fallen in love with Vietnam and can’t wait to return for more exploration and more experiences,” she adds. “It’s rich on tradition and culture and history, both good and bad, and it’s great to see that it’s being preserved for the future generations to see.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. Source = TravelManagerscenter_img About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 540 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.PTMs Amanda Brady, Kerstin Rheinlander, paddling the tranquil waters of Ha Long Bay.last_img read more

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Seven Syrian men seeking asylum taken to Nicosia facility

first_imgSeven Syrian men who seek asylum in Cyprus after arriving from the north on Monday evening have been taken to the reception area in Kokkinotrimithia.The men aged 18, 19, 26, 27, 32, 36, and 40 made their way to Oroklini police station at around 10pm.They said they travelled from Syria to Turkey and there paid the sum of €600 each to an unknown person who took them by boat to Cyprus.From the north they were driven in a vehicle to the Larnaca – Dhekelia road from where they walked to the police station.Their details were recorded and they were transferred to Kokkinotrimithia.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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"I just dont know anybody who wouldnt want to have control over their time says Ben-YehudaA peculiar Vine floated around social media Monday evening following the grand jury announcement in Ferguson Mo The short video shows an Asian-American shopkeeper standing in his looted store with a hands-in-his-pockets matter-of-factness and a sad slump to his facial expression “Are you okay sir” an off-screen cameraman asks “Yes” the storeowner says dejectedly The clip is only a few seconds but it highlights the question of where Asian-Americans stand in the black and white palette often used to paint incidents like Ferguson In the story of a white cop’s killing of a black teen Asian-Americans may at first seem irrelevant They are neither white nor black; they assume the benefits of non-blackness but also the burdens of non-whiteness They can appear innocuous on nighttime streets but also defenseless; getting into Harvard is a result of "ones own merit" but also a genetic gift; they are assumed well-off in society but also perpetually foreign Asian-Americans’ peculiar gray space on the racial spectrum can translate to detachment from the situation in Ferguson When that happens the racialized nature of the events in Ferguson loses relevance to Asian-Americans But seen with a historical perspective it’s clear that such moments are decidedly of more colors than two VOTE: Should the Ferguson Protestors Be TIME’s Person of the Year Michael Browns death has several parallels in Asian-American history The first to come to mind may be the story of Vincent Chin a Chinese-American killed in 1982 by a Chrysler plant superintendent and his stepson both white both uncharged in a racially-motivated murder; like Brown Chin unified his community to demand protection under the law However most direct parallels have often had one distinct dissimilarity to Ferguson: they have not spurred widespread resistance nor have they engraved a visible legacy There is the story of Kuanchang Kao an intoxicated Chinese-American fatally shot in 1997 by police threatened by his "martial arts" moves There is Cau Bich Tran a Vietnamese-American killed in 2003 after holding a vegetable peeler which police thought was a cleaver There is Fong Lee a Hmong-American shot to death in 2006 by police who believed he was carrying a gun None of the three cases resulted in criminal charges against the police or in public campaigns that turned the victims memory into a commitment to seek justice One op-ed even declared how little America learned from Trans slaying While Ferguson captures the worlds attention why do these Asian-American stories remain comparatively unknown One possible answer could be found in the model minority myth The myth a decades-old stereotype casts Asian-Americans as universally successful and discourages others even Asian-Americans themselves from believing in the validity of their struggles But as protests over Ferguson continue its increasingly important to remember the purpose of the model minority narratives construction The doctored portrayal which dates to 1966 was intended to shame African-American activists whose demands for equal civil rights threatened a centuries-old white society (The original story in the New York Times thrust forward an image of Japanese-Americans quietly rising to economic successes despite the racial prejudice responsible for their unjust internment during World War II) Racial engineering of Asian-Americans and African-Americans to protect a white-run society was nothing new but the puppeteering of one minority to slap the others wrist was a marked change The apparent boost of Asian-Americans suggested that racism was no longer a problem for all people of color it was a problem for people of a specific color “The model minority discourse has elevated Asian-Americans as a group thats worked hard using education to get ahead” said Daryl Maeda a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder “But the reality is that its a discourse that intends to pit us against other people of color And thats a divide and conquer strategy we shouldn’t be complicit with” Through the years that idea erased from the public consciousness the fact that the Asian-American experience was once a story of racially motivated legal exclusion disenfranchisement and horrific violence commonalities with the African-American experience that became rallying points in demanding racial equality That division between racial minorities also erased a history of Afro-Asian solidarity born by the shared experience of sociopolitical marginalization As with Ferguson it’s easy to say the Civil Rights movement was entirely black and white when in reality there were many moments of interplay between African-American and Asian-American activism Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama worked alongside Malcolm X until he was assassinated in front of her Groups protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War like the student-run Third World Liberation Front united resisters across racial lines under a collective radical political identity WEB DuBois called on African Americans to support the 1920s Indian anti-colonial resistance which he compared to whites’ oppression of blacks Chinese-American activist Grace Lee Boggs who struggled as a female scholar of color found passion in fighting similar injustices against African-Americans alongside CLR James in the 1950s Though Afro-Asian solidarity wasn’t the norm in either groups’ resistance movements the examples highlight the power of cross-racial resistance and what hardships they shared as non-whites The concept of non-whiteness is one way to begin the retelling of most hyphenated American histories In Asian-American history non-whiteness indelibly characterized the first waves of Asians arriving in the mid-1800s in America Cases like People v Hall (1854) placed them alongside unfree blacks in that case by ruling that a law barring blacks from testifying against whites was intended to block non-white witnesses while popular images documented Asian-American bodies as dark faceless and indistinguishable a racialization strengthened against the white supremacy of Manifest Destiny and naturalization law Non-whiteness facilitated racism but it in time also facilitated cross-racial opposition With issues like post-9/11 racial profiling anti-racism efforts continue to uphold this tradition of a shared non-white struggle “This stuff is what I call MIH missing in history” said Helen Zia an Asian-American historian and activist “Unfortunately we have generations growing up thinking there’s no connection [between African-Americans and Asian-Americans] These things are there all the linkages of struggles that have been fought together” The disassociation of Asian-Americans from Ferguson not just as absent allies but forgotten legacies is another chapter in that missing history In final moments of the Vine depicting an Asian-American shopkeeper’s looted store the cameraman offers a last thought in their conversation that had halted to a brief pause “It’s just a mess” the cameraman says The observation however simplistic has a truth That as an Asian-American who’s become collateral damage in a climate often black-and-white he like all of Ferguson must first clean up and then reassess the unfolding reality outside Photos: Ferguson Picks Up the Pieces After a Long Night of Destruction Volunteers drenched from a smoke alarm assist in clearing broken glass outside a burned and looted shop in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Adrees Latif—Reuters Volunteers and workers clear soot from the site where a police vehicle was set ablaze in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Adrees Latif—Reuters St Louis County police officers search a business in a building that was burned during a demonstration in Dellwood Mo on Nov 25 2014 Justin Sullivan—Getty Images A sign sits atop the rubble of a building that was damaged during a demonstration in Dellwood Mo on Nov 25 2014 Justin Sullivan—Getty Images People clean up a business that was damaged in riots the previous night in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Jim Young—Reuters A worker cleans up glass at a business that was damaged during a demonstration in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Justin Sullivan—Getty Images A man walks past a row of charred vehicles on the lot of a used car dealership in Dellwood Mo on Nov 25 2014 Jeff Roberson—AP A St Louis County police officer uses official tape to secure a building that was burned during a demonstration in Dellwood Mo on Nov 25 2014 Justin Sullivan—Getty Images A policeman stands near one of the burnt businesses on West Florissant Avenue which is closed for police investigation in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Alexey Furman—EPA A reporter looks through the window of a laundromat that was damaged during a demonstration in Dellwood Mo on Nov 25 2014 Justin Sullivan—Getty Images Two girls walk past the skeleton of a store in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Jewel Samad—AFP/Getty Images State troopers block West Florissant Ave in Ferguson Mo on Nov 25 2014 Jewel Samad—AFP/Getty Images Jodi Wurm helps to clean up after violent protests damaged businesses in Ferguson Mo. 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