Porter to resume winter service between Toronto and Mont Tremblant

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The winter season can’t come soon enough for Porter Airlines, which will welcome back winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant on Dec. 8.Service runs until April 2, 2018, operating up to five times weekly and lasting only 70 minutes. Connecting flights to Mont Tremblant via Toronto are also available from a number of Porter destinations.To complement the popular service, Porter Escapes offers flight and hotel packages from $600 per person for a three-night stay. Prices are based on double occupancy, including taxes, fees and airport transfers. Guests can also plan ahead and save on ski lift tickets, rental ski equipment and spa services by adding them to their Porter Escapes package prior to travel.The Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is sweetening the deal even further with two special promotions this ski season. Passengers receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. Passengers travelling with children ages 2 to 12 years old are eligible for an airfare rebate courtesy of MTIA airport. Porter to resume winter service between Toronto and Mont Tremblant Share Friday, September 8, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group Tags: New Routes, Porter Airlines, Ski Resorts Posted bylast_img read more

New Virginwide loyalty program to launch in 2019

first_img LONDON — Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Group have announced plans for a new Virgin-wide loyalty program, which would reward customers across Virgin companies.As such, a new company, Virgin Group Loyalty Company, will be set up to own and manage the new program. Virgin Red, an existing loyalty start-up within the Virgin Group, will also be integrated into the group-wide loyalty program.Launching in 2019, Virgin Group Loyalty Company will be owned by Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines. Andrew Swaffield, the previous CEO of Avios and most recently the Monarch group, has been appointed as the company’s new CEO.Flying Club will continue as the frequent flyer program for Virgin Atlantic’s customers and will continue to use miles as its currency. Flying Club members will continue to collect tier points and collect and redeem miles across Virgin Atlantic, Delta and a range of airline and other partners as they do today.In the future, Flying Club members can look forward to an expanded range of ways to collect and redeem miles that will be powered by the new loyalty program.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Virgin is one of the most admired brands in the U.K. and across the world, serving 53 million customers each year across 60 companies,” said Swaffield. “Our ambition is to bring the Virgin companies together and combine their appeal to customers, working together to create a truly outstanding offer.” Tags: Virgin Group Share Tuesday, August 21, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Travelweek Group New Virgin-wide loyalty program to launch in 2019last_img read more

US teenager feared drowned in Osa Peninsula

first_imgNo related posts. Authorities fear a U.S. citizen drowned Sunday morning in the southwestern Osa Cantón.Ravit Thekurdeen, 19, disappeared in strong surf at the Southern Zone’s Playa Tortuga at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Thekurdeen was one of two swimmers swept away by a riptide while swimming in the waters. An immediate search began for the teenager when he didn’t turn up after the wave passed. Another swimmer tried to rescue Thekurdeen but nearly drowned attempting to find him.Local police, the Red Cross and the Coast Guard are searching the area where Thekurdeen was swimming, but so far have not located his body.Thackurdeen is a chemistry and pre-med student at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in the U.S. A press release from the university said Thackurdeen’s family was alerted to the incident Sunday afternoon. According to the statement, Thackurdeen was spending a semester abroad in Costa Rica as part of the Organization for Tropical Studies/Duke University’s Global Health program. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Book Fair hits San José

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionCosta Rica’s XIII International Book Fair kicked off Aug. 24 with a little bit of Caribbean flavor. In step with this year’s Afro-Caribbean theme, the 10-day festival features music and cultural events from the Limón area, and presentations from two distinguished Caribbean authors: Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, and Horace Campbell.In total, the fair includes more than 150 events related to culture, music and, of course, reading. “The main goal of the festival every year is to promote the inclusion of reading and the creation of reading as a habit,” said Ana González, the fair’s producer. “Many activities are geared towards children, as they are the most impressionable, but we also hope to encourage adults to read.”Featuring 46 international book exhibitions, the fair aims to promote Costa Rican culture and give an opportunity for an exchange of ideas from across the globe.One of the many authors and booksellers at the fair, Carlos Arauz began writing books about Costa Rican culture because it fascinated him as a child. “The purpose of my books is to rescue the traditions and customs of Costa Rica,” he said. “My books are for people who just want a little bit of context and information about the country they are in.”The festival is being held at the Antigua Aduana in San José. It ends Sunday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgCala Moresca, the gourmet fusion restaurant at Cala Luna Hotel in Langosta, has initiated a Flavors of the World & Cava Tasting every Friday, with a percentage of the sales donated to CEPIA. Each Friday, there is a different menu theme. Today is Rice of the World, Oct. 12 will be Maghreb Couscous, Oct. 19 will be Pasta Fever and Oct. 26 will be Paella de Valencia. The cost is $30 per person, and a free cava tasting will be held from 7-8 p.m. Reservations are suggested; call 2653-0214.Amigos de la Educacion and Bridgestone organized a safety program, where first through third graders in Guanacaste learned the best way to be safe on the streets, ride the school bus and be responsible pedestrians. Bridgestone, the major sponsor, provided the Amigos volunteers with educational materials that taught about safety through games and activities. Participants included 144 students from Escuela Villareal, 44 students from Escuela La Garita and 19 students from Escuela El Ilanito. Amigos de la Educacion is planning to reach at least 1,000 more grade school students from Santa Rosa, Huacas, Portegolpe, Cartegena, La Garita Vieja and Matapalo. For more, contact rettel@amigoseducacion.org or call 2653-1945.People around town have been asking how they can vote in the United States presidential election. It’s simple. All U.S. citizens living here must register to vote in an election year. You must do this before you can vote, regardless of whether you are already registered in the States. Then, you can fill out an absentee ballot and send it in. To do both of these things, go to www.votefromabroad.org, fill out the forms and send them in. If you have  questions, contact Nelleke A. Bruyn at 2279-3553.A couple of weeks ago, I was touting the virtues of the Voodoo Lounge. Well, since then, the club has closed and is under construction for another venture. Word is the place will reopen as a dinner theater. Stay tuned for more details.–Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

OneStory House in Excellent Location Rohrmoser For Sale

first_imgOne-story house located in Rohrmoser on the main street with very easy access in an excellent location.The house is zoned for commercial land use.Suitable for all kinds of offices, such as a law firm, medical offices, call centers, engineers, and architects among others.It has 245 square meters of construction on 280 square meters of land.This is located in a very safe, gated area.Excellent construction with high ceilings that allow for great ventilation and lighting.It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, living and dining room, TV room, large kitchen with breakfast area, large patio space, backyard and cellar.Garage has space for four cars with electric gates. Price: $285,000 REDUCED to $265,000Province: San JoséCantón: San JoséConstruction: 245m2Land: 280m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 3Parking: 4A/C: Yes Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img0101.jpg Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img0138.jpg COD: 1040Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img0135.jpgcenter_img Related posts:Two lots for sale in San José de la Montaña, Barva-Heredia What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market Contemporary First Floor Condominum, Escazú, For Rent Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú, reduced from $1.1 million to $750,000 info heading info content Features Include: https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img0133.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img0100.jpg Previous Imagelast_img read more

5 questions for a Costa Rican makeup artist

first_imgAndrea Seas, 27, studied interior design at the Inter American University (UIA), but then decided to follow her one true passion: enhancing people’s natural beauty through the use of makeup. Since childhood, she had enjoyed discovering the versatility of experimentation that makeup allows. When Seas went to the International Beauty Show (IBS) in New York, she was more certain than ever that dedicating her life as a makeup artist was what she truly wanted to do.Seas works as a makeup artist both for productions and for social events such as parties and weddings. She has worked for the fashion magazines Traffic and Perfil. Her work is characterized by the use of very defined lines and a clean aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye.On a sunny afternoon at the Parque Francia, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Seas about her work. Excerpts follow.What drew your attention toward makeup?That’s a great question, because I can assure you that when I was a child I always grabbed my mother’s makeup and thought it was super fun. I loved the thought of painting my lips and getting the makeup all over. I’ve always had that very alive within me. You can create anything on your face and be whoever you want to be. I myself don’t use a lot of makeup these days, but it has always drawn my attention. It’s like painting and creating new things. I love the small things and that it’s very detailed. I enjoy letting myself get immersed in the concentration that those details entail…which dots and lines you create and being careful that it’s all in line. I’m very picky about all of those things. I like everything to be very linear and nice. Andrea Seas’s makeup work with the Costa Rican model Juliana Herz for Perfil magazine. (Courtesy of Asulprusia)Which is the color palette that you normally use?I like to use a lot of greyish and black color tones when it’s something a bit more dramatic. I also love bronze and a super intense cherry red that’s almost black. I normally use those colors for productions… If it’s makeup for someone who’s going to play a part, [the color palette] is maintained within a more sober range, and I like to keep a certain natural aesthetic. Maybe I do some strong lips and decide not to apply so much makeup on the eyes. I like to keep, to a certain degree, a balance among the eyes, eyebrows and mouth.When it’s for events, I like to use different shades of pinks, bronze and beige. I also love gloss on the eyes, and nice, lifted eyelashes.What makeup can really do is enhance all the cool things on your face and complement it. I don’t like to completely change the shape of the face. Now you’ve got all the contouring techniques, but there’s no need to apply so much makeup. I can understand if it’s for a photographic session, but for a day-to-day look it’s very exaggerated.How do you prepare the concept for productions?I haven’t yet had the opportunity to be in charge of the concept for a production because I’m part of a bigger working team. I’m still learning. Everyone provides ideas and normally there’s one person with more experience in charge of us. You start working, more or less, with the already established concept based on the clothing and everything else. Then you create face charts, which are paper faces. On these face charts you paint with the same makeup you’ll use. You take everything, give it color, lights and shades, and you start placing the color palette that you’ll be using. You start deciding what works and what doesn’t. Taking into account the illumination is very important because sometimes the gloss can be too strong if we’re shooting outside in the daylight.Last Saturday I worked on a very cool, big production. It’s for an exhibition by Diego Vargas that’ll be taking place at the end of the year. We sat down and talked about what we all wanted, how it worked, what illumination to use, which clothing to use, if there’s too much latex and if we want a plastic aesthetic. You put together all the colors needed as the production is being carried out. Andrea Seas at work. (Courtesy of Julián Garita)How does the face’s bone structure define the makeup to be used?The bone structure usually determines the face’s highest points. In order to enhance certain things you’ve got to be able to focus on those high points. I’m talking about giving certain shades and depth to create three-dimensionality. Underneath the cheekbones there’s small hole that allows you to accentuate it. It’s about playing with the lights and shades. On the high points you place the lights, and on the lower ones you place the shades.If the bone structure is more defined, it’s easier because you already have the established space to apply the makeup. Sometimes people don’t have their cheekbones so defined and you have to tell them to do this [sucks in cheeks] and you see where their bone is.How is makeup a tool to enhance a person’s natural beauty?Makeup is a way to express yourself, and I find it very fun because it’s about playing and experimenting. Maybe you can use it to cover certain pimples on a very low and balanced level, but it’s not as if I have a burn and I’ll be covering it all my life with makeup. You’ve got to accept yourself as you are, learn to live with what you have and make that your own being. You’ve got to accept it because you can learn to enhance many things… and it doesn’t only work to make you look good, either. You can use it to create a unibrow. Suddenly one day you can go out on the streets like that and what do people care? You’ve got to accept yourself and be happy. Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments Related posts:Remembering La Penca, 30 years later Costa Rica President set to meet with Obama at Summit of the Americas PHOTOS: An afternoon at the Parque Francia 4 questions for art director Carl Spraguelast_img read more

Read Int Contact Group declarations on Venezuela following meeting in Costa Rica

first_imgHowever, the implementation capacity is still weak compared to the scale of need. The ICG therefore calls for further steps to facilitate the establishment of additional specialised national and international organisations –in particular INGO’s- in the country and to facilitate deployment of humanitarian operations on the ground, in accordance with commitments made by the relevant actors.  To follow up on these commitments, and to step up work in support of ECCA, the ICG will set up a humanitarian working group in Caracas. The Group calls on donors to enhance contributions. The donor community should coordinate more effectively and the ICG welcomes the EU proposal to host a first meeting with this purpose. The International Contact Group will continue to engage with its regional and international partners towards a political, peaceful and democratic solution.It welcomes the participation of the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis -in its capacity of Chair of the CARICOM-, the Secretary General of the CARICOM and the representative from the Holy See in the outreach session of the meeting. It also welcomes and accepts the invitation extended by the Lima Groupof countries to meet. It has decided to have similar exchanges with CARICOM countries and other relevant interlocutors. The group has also decided to convene againat ministerial level, in the near future, to assess developments and decide next steps.This statement has been agreed by the following ICG members: the EU, eight of its Member States (France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and three countries from Latin America (Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay). The priority now is to avoid further escalation of an already extremely tense situation. For this it is imperative to reinstate democracy, rule of law and separation of powers. Current events confirm that the only sustainable way out of the current crisis is an inclusive, democratic and peaceful one, in the framework of the country’s constitution. No actions of a repressive, judicial or political nature should be taken that would make this possibility more remote. While the solution to Venezuela’s crisis needs to come from Venezuelans, the international community has a duty and a responsibility to contribute to creating the conditions for peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights to prevail in Venezuela. In this respect, having reviewed its contribution so far, the ICG has decided to continue its work subject to periodical assessment of progress made. The ICG is ready to undertake a mission at political level to Caracas, to present and discuss concrete options for a peaceful and democratic solution to this crisis. The ICG reaffirms its strong rejection of the use of force against civilians and expresses its deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The Group urges the security forces to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life and suffering. Irregular armed groups must to be disbanded. Those responsible for indiscriminate violence will be held accountable. The right to peaceful protest must be respected and demonstrations should remain non-violent. The Group firmly condemns acts of violence against journalists and underlines that media freedom must be respected. The ICG firmly condemns flawed judicial processes aimed at criminalising protest and political opinions, such as the proceedings initiated against several representatives of the National Assembly. Party leaders and members need to be able to carry out their work peacefully without intimidation and reprisals. The democratically elected National Assembly, under its President Juan Guaidó, should remain in the centre of the political life in the country, its constitutional prerogatives should be respected and in accordance with its national legislation, the parliamentary immunity of its members should be fully guaranteed. In this regard, the Group also condemns the enforced disappearance of Representative Gilber Caro, whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown. It holds the relevant authorities responsible for his safety and integrity. The ICG commends the progress made since its last meeting in the functioning of the humanitarian response system working under the umbrella of ECCA (Equipo de coordinación de cooperacion y asistencia) and in the delivery of humanitarian support to people in need, and notes the important contribution of the ICG to these efforts.center_img Building on the work done since the Quito Ministerial Declaration, the ICG stresses that the best way forward lies in a credible negotiated political process, with the objective of bringing the country to democratic elections. This requires urgent meaningful confidence building measures, such as the release of political prisoners and changes in the respective branches of power in order to make them independent and accountable. The ICG will continue to support and facilitate efforts that can allow the country to move in this direction. The International Contact Group on Venezuela met in San José this week.Manuel Ventura Robles, Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, read the ICG’s statement during a Tuesday press conference.Below is the declaration in its entirety: Statement ICG, Ministerial meeting, San José, 6/7 MayThe International Contact Group (ICG) met on 6 and 7 May in San José, Costa Rica, at ministerial level. Concerned by the recent events in Venezuela, the ICG members renewed their commitment to a political, peaceful, democratic and Venezuelan-owned solution, through the holding of free and fair presidential elections as soon as possible. Related posts:Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight ‘any coup plotter;’ Costa Rica to host international meeting Contact Group pushes for progress on Venezuela impasse Venezuela: three months of crisis Life in limbo: The uncertainty of Venezuelans without a valid passport in the U.S. Facebook Comments The ICG expresses its deep concern about the suffering of the Venezuelan people caused by increased insecurity and the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation, which has been further exacerbated by the lack of electricity and water supply in many areas of the country. In view of this, the ICG fully supports the ongoing efforts of the United Nations to establish an effective humanitarian response system and to deliver assistance to those most in need. In this regard, it also underlines the urgent need for a substantial humanitarian response that is commensurate with needs and in full compliance with the humanitarian principles and resolution 46/182 of UNGA. It is important and urgent that humanitarian organisations have unimpeded access and can effectively deliver and significantly scale up assistance swiftly, without constraints, free from any political interference.last_img read more

Mark Thompson remade Auntie Beeb for digital era

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories The BBC said the episode was merely “horseplay” that had been misinterpreted.Educated at Oxford University, Thompson joined the BBC as a production trainee in 1979 and has worked there ever since, save for a two-year gap between 2002 and 2004 as chief executive of commercial broadcaster Channel 4.He held posts in news and current affairs, and served as head of BBC 2, the broadcaster’s second most-watched television channel.When was named director general in 2004, the BBC was at a low ebb. Thompson’s predecessor, Greg Dyke, had been forced to resign following criticism of its reporting on Britain’s prewar intelligence about Iraq.Thompson presided over a difficult period that saw the BBC reduce costs through thousands of job cuts, reductions in operations and unpopular changes to employee pension programs.He also moved thousands of jobs to the northwestern city of Manchester _ to the chagrin of uprooted staff _ in a bid to make the broadcaster less London-centric.During his tenure the BBC has expanded beyond its traditional strengths of current affairs and documentaries to embrace populist entertainments such as TV talent shows. It has also produced globally successful dramas including detective drama “Sherlock.” (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) _______Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Sponsored Stories Announcing Thompson’s appointment Tuesday, the Times cited his record in helping the BBC grow online and generate revenue from new types of products.Doubters point out that Thompson has spent almost his entire career in the publicly funded BBC, insulated from the commercial pressures pummeling the private media.Columnist and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade said that in Thompson the Times was getting “a man of considerable intellectual stature … who has shown himself capable of running a large organization _ larger by far than the New York Times.”“What they are not getting is a man of great experience in the harsh commercial environment afflicting the media at the moment,” he said.The BBC remains untainted by the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s British media businesses _ an empire that includes rival broadcaster BSkyB.Funded by a fee paid by every television-owning British household, the Beeb has to uphold strict editorial standards of impartiality while fending off occasional government pressure.By all accounts Thompson coped well with the pressures of running a company with 20,000 employees and a 3.5 billion pound ($5.5 billion) budget. He is generally regarded as levelheaded _ although the most famous anecdote about him involves an incident during the 1980s in which he bit a newsroom colleague’s arm. Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement And he managed tricky funding negotiations with the government, securing renewal of the license fee _ currently 145 pounds a year _ through 2017.He also oversaw development of iPlayer, a catch-up service that lets viewers watch all the BBC’s output online. It was part of a digital strategy that culminated in the BBC’s much-praised coverage of the Olympics, which included live streaming on the web and 24 digital television channels, with almost every event broadcast live.Thompson, who had earlier announced plans to step down from his BBC position after the Olympics, also is credited with expanding BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm that sells DVDs and other merchandise and licenses for BBC shows outside Britain. It had revenue of about $1.7 billion in the year through March, or about a fifth of the organization’s total.In a 2010 speech, Thompson said the corporation was going through “a period of necessary and often gut-wrenching change” and would emerge smaller but stronger.Greenslade said the Times’ choice of Thompson as its next leader is “either an inspired decision or a risky one.”“I like to think it’s the former rather than the latter.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How do cataracts affect your vision? Associated PressLONDON (AP) – In BBC boss Mark Thompson, the New York Times has chosen a chief executive who has never worked at a newspaper _ but has plenty of experience reshaping a venerable media institution for the digital age.During eight years in charge of the BBC, Thompson became unpopular with some staff for cutting jobs, eliminating services and slashing pensions.But he also oversaw expansion of the British broadcaster’s multimedia offerings through websites, download services and digital channels _ all showcased to impressive effect during the London Olympics. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

1 killed dozens injured in Japan plant explosion

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – An explosion at a chemical plant in western Japan has killed a firefighter and injured dozens of people.Police said the explosion was reported Saturday at chemical plant Nippon Shokubai Co. in the coastal industrial area of Himeji, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) west of Tokyo. Plant workers first reported a large bursting noise and temblor after a chemical tank exploded.Television footage showed the plant covered with orange flames and black smoke rising to the sky. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The cause of the blast was under investigation.Five hours after the explosion, firefighters were still fighting the blaze.Public television NHK said 30 people were injured. Police said at least 17 people were injured, including seven other firefighters, two police officers and seven plant workers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Britain has helped other children in trouble

first_img Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 _____THE BASQUE BABIESIn 1937, during the Spanish civil war, more than 3,800 child refugees were evacuated from northern Spain and taken to safety in Britain aboard the aged steamship `Habana.’ It was an ordeal: The children slept where they could on the overcrowded ship, and many of them became violently seasick from the stormy journey.It was the first time Britain had received a mass influx of refugees, and the U.K. press wasn’t entirely sympathetic. Initially sent to a makeshift camp in the port city of Southampton, the “Basque babies” were later adopted by the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church in children’s homes known as “colonies” across the U.K.Most returned to Spain immediately after the war, but about 250 remained in Britain and settled down. This year, the few who were still alive got together in a reunion to mark the evacuation’s 75th anniversary._____THE KINDERTRANSPORTIn the months leading up to the outbreak of World War II, Jewish community leaders in Britain put pressure on the government to take in nearly 10,000 children _ most of them Jewish _ from Nazi Germany and other threatened central European countries as part of the huge Kindertransport rescue program. Traveling on boats and trains, the children and teenagers escaped from Adolf Hitler’s Germany and were taken care of by foster families or hostels in the U.K. They had to leave their families behind _ some knew they were sent to safety, but others were too young to understand and were told they were just going on a vacation. The last Kindertransport left two days before war was declared between Britain and Germany.It was only after the war _ or years later _ that the children learned the fate of their parents, many of whom had not survived the Holocaust._____OPERATION IRMAPerhaps more similar to the case of Malala was Irma Hadzimuratovic, the 5-year-old Bosnian girl who was flown to Britain for treatment in 1993 amid the Bosnian conflict. Irma was seriously injured by a mortar bomb attack in Sarajevo that killed her mother.Responding to pleas from doctors in besieged Sarajevo and pressure from the British public, the government decided to send the Royal Air Force to fly Irma to a London hospital. She was airlifted to Britain for treatment, and soon after that Western governments launched “Operation Irma” to airlift more war wounded for treatment.The girl underwent a dozen operations, but she died two years later. Her dramatic evacuation grabbed global attention, and Irma became one of the most memorable symbols of the brutality of that conflict. At the time, British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd said: “Because you can’t help everybody it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help somebody.”_____“LITTLE ALI”In 2003, a photo of an Iraqi boy who lost both his arms during the U.S.-led invasion stirred sympathy from around the world. Twelve-year-old Ali Abbas, whose arms were so severely burned that they had to be amputated, also lost 16 members of his family during a missile raid in Baghdad.Ali was evacuated to a hospital to Kuwait, then flown to Britain for treatment after a national appeal for donations. He was fitted with prosthetic limbs with the help of the Limbless Association, and later stayed on in Britain, going to school and gaining a U.K. passport. He returned to Iraq to marry this year._____CHILD REFUGEES FROM AFGHANISTANIn recent years Britain has received children from Afghanistan and other politically unstable countries who arrive alone seeking asylum. Roughly one thousand to two thousand Afghan children came to Britain to start a new life each year from 2006 to 2009, although their numbers have significantly fallen since then.The families of the children typically pay a fee for the children to be taken to Britain, where they get picked up by police and looked after by local officials and charities. Once they reach 18, though, they have to reapply for refugee status and may be repatriated to their countries. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix A few hundred children also come to the U.K. every year from countries like Iran, Eritrea, and Albania to escape military conscription and rights abuses, the Refugee Council said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision? Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Fourteen-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai, who was airlifted to a British hospital for medical care and protection after she was shot in the head by the Taliban, is the latest of many foreign children in need that Britain has welcomed in modern times. Here’s a quick look at some of the children from places ravaged by war or poverty that Britain has taken under its wing. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Bottoms up! 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AP PHOTOS A look at daily life inside North Korea

first_img Sponsored Stories Here’s a gallery of some of his recent images.___See Guttenfelder’s Instagram photos: http://instagram.com/dguttenfelderFollow Guttenfelder on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dguttenfelder (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project (AP) – Few people from outside North Korea ever get to see, with their own eyes, what life is like inside the country’s restrictive borders _ scenes ranging from a simple haircut to a mass synchronized swimming performance.Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder is in North Korea and has been documenting scenes around the country that offer a glimpse into a largely unseen side of North Korea, capturing images of daily life that are at times quirky, at other times haunting. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Digital drive gives Burberry a Q3 sales boost

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img LONDON (AP) – Luxury goods maker Burberry says its digital innovations helped drive up sales in the crucial three months through to the end of 2013The maker of the iconic trench says Wednesday that its third-quarter sales rose by 14 percent to 528 million pounds ($728 million), with growth particularly strong in China and Korea.The trading figures, which encapsulate the key Christmas shopping season, will be among the last for Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts before she departs for a senior role at computer maker Apple. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Ahrendts says the performance reflects increased spending on marketing and customer service, which has made the Burberry brand more valuable.Ahrendts will be handing control of the company in mid-2014 to designer Christopher Bailey _ one of the key people behind Burberry’s digital drive.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Operator of cargo ship seized by Iran says vessel released

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Iranian forces seized the ship April 28 as it traversed the Strait of Hormuz. It was taken to Bandar Abbas, the main port of Iran’s navy, under escort by Iranian patrol boats.Iran claimed that the Danish shipping company that chartered the ship, Maersk Line, owed money to an Iranian firm. Rickmers’ spokesman Cor Radings would not comment on whether any money was paid to settle the case with Iran, saying in a telephone interview from Amsterdam “that is up to Maersk and the Iranian authorities, our responsibility is with the vessel and crew.”He said his company had confirmed that the ship had left the Iranian port with all 24 crew members on board and all of its cargo, and that it was expected to arrive in Jebel Ali late Thursday night or early Friday morning.Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said in a statement that the government had received the appropriate assurances from Maersk Line. The Danish company had, “ensured the provision of a letter of guarantee for the enforcement of the judicial decision,” the statement said.In Copenhagen, Maersk Line spokesman Michael Storgaard told AP that the case “is not over yet,” but confirmed that the company was committed to covering the $163,000 debt claimed by the Iranian firm, if necessary. “We have said we would be willing to pay the $163,000 but for now we have not paid anything,” he said. Storgaard said lawyers from both sides will now begin looking into the matter.Denmark’s Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard made reference to an apparent role by his government in the negotiations, saying it was “gratifying that our joint efforts” had led to the release of the ship.“For Denmark as a seafaring nation, it is obviously a priority that international obligations are complied with and that ships can sail in the Persian Gulf,” Lidegaard said in a statement. “We have also made that clear in our contact with the Iranian authorities.”The incident came at a critical time in Iran’s relations with the West, as talks on Tehran’s contested nuclear program continue and frictions rise amid a U.S.-backed campaign by a Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen.Following the Maersk incident, Washington adopted a policy change, allowing any U.S.-flagged ship to be accompanied by Navy warships through the narrow strait, which includes Iranian territorial waters. Navy ships are positioned nearby and are ready to respond if needed, but they do not actually escort a vessel.The Strait of Hormuz is the route for about a fifth of the world’s oil and is only about 33 kilometers (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized by Iran has been released and the crew members are all in good condition, according to the ship’s operator.Rickmers Ship Management told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that the MV Maersk Tigris was released following a court order. It will now continue its scheduled voyage to Jebel Ali, in the United Arab Emirates, where it will be met by representatives from Rickmers and others. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories —Rising reported from Berlin. Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Myanmar court acquits 2 soldiers of killing journalist

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The statement said the commission had recommended that the case be heard in a civil court for transparency, but that it was tried in a military court.Ko Par Gyi was killed in October after he was detained by the military while covering clashes between the army and ethnic Karen rebels. The military he was shot as he tried to escape.A lawyer for the journalist’s family said Tuesday that the army chief still needs to approve the court decision, while his wife said she will file an objection.“The decision for acquittal is not final until the commander-in-chief approved the decision. We don’t want revenge but justice,” said Robert San Aung, a prominent lawyer representing the deceased’s family.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A military court has acquitted two soldiers on trial for the shooting death of a freelance journalist, according to Myanmar’s human rights body.A statement from the government-sponsored Myanmar National Human rights commission said a military court in northeastern Myanmar acquitted the soldiers, Lance Corporal Kyaw Kyaw Aung and Private Naing Lin Tun, on trial for the killing of journalist Ko Par Gyi. No details were given. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Indonesian army inches back into civilian sphere

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Widjojo sees weaknesses on both sides: Jokowi, who lacks confidence without the army at his side, and in the military where many still “cling to the extensive role” of the past.Jokowi, who is military supreme commander, caused a stir earlier this month when he was photographed at the presidential palace wearing army fatigues rather than a neutral military uniform that would show him as an impartial leader of the armed forces’ three branches. He says his nomination of army Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo as military commander was based on the “latest geopolitical and geostrategic situation.”Despite a reputation for brutality, the image of Indonesia’s armed forces, known as the TNI, has improved since Suharto’s departure, when it relinquished control of internal security, though gray areas remained.According to the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, the military benefits from favorable comparisons with the poor image of the police, which has worsened this year as it attacked the anti-graft agency. That has allowed the army to portray itself as honest, civic minded and loyal to the president. Separated from the military after the Suharto era, the police grew into a powerful institution and also one of the most loathed as low wages encouraged corruption and lack of professionalism worsened communal conflicts. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Indonesia is by far the most populous nation and biggest economy in Southeast Asia. The resilience of its democracy has extra significance at a time when China’s authoritarian leaders are testing U.S. primacy in the region and American relations with Thailand, a key regional ally, have chilled.The region of some 600 million people is accustomed to rule by autocrats and Indonesia is not alone in struggling to nurture faith in the messy processes of democracy while also meeting expectations for improved living standards.Last year, generals overthrew civilian rule in perennially unstable Thailand and have no firm timetable for elections. The military remains deeply embedded in Myanmar’s nascent democracy, while Malaysia’s opposition alliance has collapsed, dimming chances of a change in government after decades of rule by one party.The risk of greater army involvement is that it “might cause failure in the progress of the transition to democracy for Indonesia,” said Agus Widjojo, a retired Indonesian army general who helped lead reforms of the military. “If this is a relapse and a counter-reaction, especially if it starts from the military, it can cause a ripple effect.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The army is “definitely moving into civilian spheres no question,” said Sidney Jones, the institute’s director. But the institute does not believe the TNI is intent on returning to the center of the political stage. Instead it aims to claim internal security roles such as counter-terrorism from the police and secure more opportunities to bring in cash outside of the national budget.The money-making opportunities extend to the local level where the military and police compete for lucrative alliances with criminal gangs in the drug trade and other illegal activities, said Hadiz. Jokowi’s appointment of Nurmantyo to head the military suggests the president’s tacit backing of the army in that rivalry, he said.As the army tests how far it can extend its authority, particularly if it gets involved with anti-corruption policing, it will face opposition from activists and politicians who prospered in a democracy where the military were comparative outsiders, said Hadiz.“However, these same politicians seem to instinctively reach out to the military when they are in trouble,” he said.___Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini contributed to this report. ___Follow Stephen Wright at twitter.com/stephenwrightAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Now, the army is creeping into areas beyond defense as inexperienced President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo relies on it to strengthen his hand against the powerful and unruly police and political parties allied to former President Megawati Sukarnoputri.Megawati, the daughter of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, positioned herself as the power behind Jokowi’s presidency by letting her party back him during last year’s election.The army has signed agreements with government ministries and state companies that involve it in areas such as providing security for airports, bus stations and railways and helping farmers increase their crops. Some officials have called for army involvement in Indonesia’s anticorruption agency to counter attempts by police and their political allies to neuter an institution that is effective and feared.Jokowi recently nominated an army general to head all military forces, breaking with the schedule of a reform-minded convention of rotating the post between the navy, air force and army.“I think it is obvious that the move is calculated to bring the army on side given that the president is having so much trouble from friends and foes alike,” said Vedi Hadiz, an Indonesia expert at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. “It is only the army that can scare the police.” Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Nearly two decades after the fall of dictator Suharto forced Indonesia’s military out of politics, the army is inching back into civilian roles, risking a setback for democracy in this Southeast Asian nation and perhaps even for the turbulent region.The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the world’s most-populous democracies and also among the youngest. Many Indonesians welcomed the army’s retreat from politics after Suharto’s often brutal 32-year rule was ended by mass protests in 1998. But years later, analysts and former generals say the military’s national defense role is still not fully accepted among officers or the rank-and-file. In this Friday, April 17, 2015 photo, Indonesian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, center, greets National Police Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti, left, and Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Ade Supandi during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently nominated Nurmantyo to head all military forces, breaking with the convention of rotating the position between the navy, air force and army. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Average US rate on 30year mortgage rises to 408 percent

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Men’s health affects baby’s health too Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.24 percent from 3.21 percent.Mortgage rates have increased in recent weeks, in the midst of the spring home buying season, as the economy has shown signs of improvement. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies A year ago, the average 30-year rate was 4.12 percent; the 15-year average was 3.22 percent.Data issued Tuesday showed that home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit gains in Denver and San Francisco. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.9 percent in April from 12 months earlier, roughly the same annual pace as March.Strong job growth and low mortgage rates have prompted greater demand for housing, boosting home values. The continued gains are at roughly double the pace of wage growth, but current levels appear more manageable than the double-digit home price increases seen during parts of 2013 and 2014.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage declined to 0.6 point from 0.7 point last week. The fee for a 15-year loan was unchanged at 0.6 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages ticked up to 2.99 percent from 2.98 percent; the fee remained at 0.4 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs rose to 2.52 percent from 2.50 percent; the fee was unchanged at 0.3 point. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

70 evacuated as Colima volcano spews ash in western Mexico

first_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Civil protection officials described the volcano’s movements as “atypical,” a kind of activity not seen since it underwent a strong eruption in 1913.The Colima Volcano, which sits near the border of the western states of Colima and Jalisco, is also known as the Volcano of Fire.The officials said Saturday that residents of Yerbabuena, Colima, the first hamlet evacuated, were taken to a temporary shelter. The Jalisco state civil defense office said in its Twitter account that residents of five communities there would be evacuated.Earlier in the day, 19 evacuees were reported, but the number rose to 70 by the afternoon when explosions of incandescent material shot out as far as 9 kilometers (5 miles).The Governor of Colima, Mario Anguiano, wrote in his Twitter account that the airport just outside the state capital was closed because of falling ash.The Interior Department reported that 2 inches (5 centimeters) of ash had fallen on Yerbabuena.Authorities were standing by ready to evacuate more people if necessary and were planning to distribute surgical masks that people could use to cover their noses and mouths.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 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ash and cinders spewed Saturday from the Colima Volcano in western Mexico, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets on the flanks of the peak.At least 70 people were staying at a shelter by the late afternoon.The volcano began erupting on Thursday and has become increasingly active, leading officials to issue orders to relocate people living nearby. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Clouds of ash fill the sky after an eruption by the Colima volcano, known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico, Friday, July 10, 2015. The volcano spewed ash more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) into the air and released some quantity of lava. People were advised to recognize a 3-mile (5-kilometer) perimeter around the peak. (AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Obama and Kenya 1st trip to fathers homeland as president

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A vendor sells American flags at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father’s birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo) Check your body, save your life Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name.It was a striking experience for the future president.He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never seen and a Kenyan family that he barely knew had shaped his identity.This week, Obama will make his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president. It’s a trip that will bear little resemblance to the 1988 one, when he arrived aboard a commercial flight and his luggage got lost. Now, Air Force One will carry Obama to a country where children, roads and schools bear his name — and he’s seen as a local son.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Belgium pushes through tax shift totaling 77 billion

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   BRUSSELS (AP) — The center-right government of Prime Minister Charles Michel has pushed through a tax shift to lighten the cost of labor for businesses and offset it with taxes on energy, alcohol and tobacco.After all-night negotiations that stretched into Thursday, the Michel government announced it would balance the budget by 2018. The deficit stood at 3.2 percent last year.To offset the 7 billion euros ($7.7 billion) decrease in labor costs for businesses, the government will increase taxation on products which are a burden on health or the environment. At the same time, the government plans to make it more costly to go on early retirement and levy a tax on short-term share sales. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more