You have until Nov. 29 to take advantage of Globus’ EBB << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, November 18, 2016 Share The Canadian Press Tags: Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, Globus, Monograms Posted by TORONTO — If you’ve got clients inquiring about escorted touring for next year, now’s the time to act: Globus’ 10% thank you for booking early is set to expire Nov. 29.The offer applies to the operator’s itineraries in Europe as well as South and North America.“This annual offer is one of our most popular incentives,” Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands in Canada says. “It’s a terrific inducement to your clients to make a commitment – they may be leaving hundreds of dollars on the table otherwise.”Clients can combine the EBB with a 5% ‘Journeys Club’ discount if they have ever previously travelled with the Globus family (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways). Throw in complimentary airport transfers in destination when clients’ air coincides with tour start/end dates, and it’s a tempting bundle of generous savings.Globus offers an extensive selection of itineraries on all three continents: 89 in Europe, 49 in North America (including two in Costa Rica) and 12 in South America.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Find out more at www.agentlingo.ca.
Friday, December 2, 2016 Tags: Princess Cruises Princess Cruises caught illegally dumping waste, fined record $40m Posted by MIAMI — Carnival’s Princess Cruises has pled guilty to seven felony charges and ordered to pay a record fine of US$40 million – the largest penalty of its kind in history – for dumping oily waste into the ocean.After a whistleblower discovered the elaborate scheme three years ago, investigators have determined that the cruise line had been dumping thousands of gallons of contaminated water over a period of eight years.During its investigation, the Justice Department found that ship engineers aboard the Caribbean Princess repeatedly polluted the ocean by using a ‘magic pipe’ to funnel water (a mixture of water, oil and chemicals) into a tank that held water from the ship’s sinks and showers, which in some places, can be dumped at sea.The whistleblower was able to provide pictures from inside the ship, which proved the extreme lengths the cruise line took to cover up its criminal actions.As part of the plea agreement, all Princess ships must participate in a court-supervised environmental compliance program. $10 million of the settlement will go toward community service projects that benefit marine environments.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“We’re sending a strong message in this case to the entire industry. The message is that lying to the Coast Guard and polluting the environment will be identified, investigated and vigorously prosecuted,” said Assistant Attorney General John Cruden.In an official statement, Princess Cruises said it is “extremely disappointed” in its employees who violated the company’s policies and environmental law, and that it was aware of the situation back in August 2013, after which it launched its own internal investigation.“As a result of our investigation we discovered practices, on some other ships, where we were operating out of policy and in violation of environmental law. We have reached a plea agreement with the DOJ, which was announced today.Although we had policies and procedures in place, it became apparent they were not fully effective. We are very sorry that this happened and have taken additional steps to ensure we meet or exceed all environmental requirements.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”These steps, according to the company, includes restructuring its entire fleet operations organization, and increasing the scope and frequency of its training. It also invested millions of dollars to upgrade equipment to new ship standards. Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Monday, April 3, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Share PHILADELPHIA — AMResorts is well on its way to achieving 100 all-inclusive properties by 2020, a growth strategy that was outlined at Tianguis Turistico Mexico 2017 last week.According to company executives, the company plans to unveil 10 new openings by 2020 in Mexico alone. This represents a record number of consecutive openings in a single country.The AMResorts portfolio currently includes more than 50 properties across its six award-winning brands, 28 of which are in Mexico.“As a nation of many culture-rich destinations with room to grow and strong economic figures to back it, Mexico will continue to yield significant investment opportunities well beyond AMResorts’ development plans,” said Gonzalo del Peon, AMResorts President. “Mexico as a whole has proven to be resilient against ups and downs, welcoming 94.6 million international visitors in 2016, up 8.6% since the previous year.”Next year will see several new builds throughout Mexico, including the 120-suite Zoëtry Chamela Costalegre Mexico, and Breathless Playa del Carmen Resort & Spa, perfect for adults with its 500 modern suites.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaBy 2019, AMResorts will have over 60 resorts, representing more than 24,000 rooms throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Its footprint will span 30 destinations in 11 countries, including entry into the new destinations of Aruba and Puerto Rico. Tags: AMResorts, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Mexico, Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts AMResorts sets its sights on 100 properties by 2020, with focus on Mexico
Share Tags: Canada OTTAWA — The federal government has imposed new airline security measures on certain Canada-bound flights, but it provided precious few details Tuesday, citing a need for secrecy.Transport Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement after the government’s weekly cabinet meeting.Garneau said the measures – in place until further notice – would ensure greater security on flights coming to Canada “from certain countries,” but he added little else.The National Airlines Council of Canada, which represents major carriers including Air Canada, had no immediate comment.The federal decision comes after the U.S. and Britain moved last month to bar certain electronic devices from airline cabins on flights originating from some countries in the Middle East and Africa.Canada has not followed suit on that measure and Garneau said such devices continue to be permitted in airline cabins.The latest decision is based on the government’s “evaluation of risk,” he said.“I’m not in a position to tell you from where for obvious security reasons, and I’m not in a position to tell you specifically the measures either, and you will understand that for security reasons we don’t talk about these things, but we have, following our analysis, put in place additional measures.”More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthGarneau noted that similar measures have been imposed in past years on flights from other continents.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the move was based on evidence, but offered no details. He did not answer directly when asked if the measures were prompted by a specific threat.“We take all the necessary precautions to make sure that Canadians are kept safe in all of their activities, both within the country and travel around the world,” he said.“We don’t take steps in a capricious way. Canadians need to be assured that everything that needs to be done to safeguard their safety and the safety of air travel is in fact being done.” Posted by Wednesday, April 12, 2017 The Canadian Press New security measures announced for some Canada-bound flights, but that’s all we know << Previous PostNext Post >>
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, October 22, 2018 Posted by Tags: Disney Cruise Line DCL to build another Castaway Cay with US$400m and gov’t green light TORONTO — Disney Cruise Line has received tentative approval from the Bahamas government to add a second private island-type destination in the Bahamas.Castaway Cay, DCL’s first private island in the Bahamas, opened in 1998.Now 20 years later, and with three new ships coming in 2021, 2022 and 2023 – almost doubling its fleet from four to seven vessels – Disney Cruise Line needs Castaway Cay 2.0 for all those extra passengers.The proposed cruise port is at the southern end of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, on a piece of land known as Lighthouse Point. Eleuthera is home to some 11,000 residents.According to reports, the port will comprise a pier and marina with dining and retail venues, with 746 acres in all. The investment is said to be worth US$400 million.The project had received push-back from environmentalists who advocated turning the land into a national park.Robert Schermer, CEO of Meritage Hospitality Group, which currently owns the property, said: “Few organizations in the world possess the financial resources, development expertise, global track record of preserving the natural environmental and the ability to showcase cultural heritage like Disney. We are proud of the association and confident that Disney will be a world-class steward of Lighthouse Point, creating a transformational economic opportunity for many deserving people of South Eleuthera.”
No related posts. “Abstraccionísimo” explores the passions of Christian Porras Piedra (also known as C Po Pie), a member of a new generation of artists in Guanacaste. As a composer, vocalist, musician and visual artists, Porras delves into multiple disciplines and techniques.The youngest of three siblings, his mother studied art at University of Costa Rica Bellas Artes, and introduced Porras to the fine arts. This combined with his father’s musical talent led Porras to develop innovative and diverse approaches to express his talents.Porras built on his skills studying at the University of Costa Rica, attending numerous workshops and seeking the guidance of intellectual mentors (including Carlos Arguedas Molina). Today, Porras paints with acrylics in a less academic, more passionate way, with a heavy Guanacasteco influence.Looking for his own distinct interpretations, he separated the fine art from his music. While engrossed as a composer, he created two musical productions with original content, “Ticolandia“ and “Diverse Land Guanacaste.“When he paints, Porras draws on his daily experience and incorporates aspects of both pop-style and impressionism.Whether wielding a brush or a guitar, Porras has found plenty of opportunities for his creative output, participating in cultural activities in and out of Costa Rica, including countries like Canadá, Guatemala and Colombia.On Saturday, June 29th, his newest exhibit, entitled “Abstraccionísimo,” will open at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located 5 kilometers west of the Daniel Oduber Airport. For more information, contact 2667-0592, 8386-6872, or email@example.com. Facebook Comments
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Related posts:Costa Rica’s Grupo Nación closes three publications, lays off 100 workers Government backpedals on media reform bill amid outcry Top investigative editor Giannina Segnini quits La Nación after 20 years National Geographic fans worry about partnership with climate change skeptic Rupert Murdoch Grupo Nación, one of Costa Rica’s largest media groups, on Tuesday announced it will begin charging for online content for the daily La Nación and the weekly El Financiero, two of its most popular media outlets.The company will begin charging a monthly membership that allows unlimited access to the sites’ content. Subscriptions for either one of the papers is ₡3,000 ($5.50), which “also grants access to new applications for mobile devices,” La Nación reported. Subscribers to the print editions will have free access to online editions.Both papers will offer free access to a limited number of articles per month. La Nación will allow visitors free access to 15 stories per month, and El Financiero will grant access to a maximum of five.In a public statement, La Nación’s Editor-in-Chief Armando González said, “quality digital journalism requires investment, and in order to achieve it, online media must generate income, just as the world’s most important publications acknowledged when they launched their digital media subscription models years ago.”A story published by both papers states that Grupo Nación is “following the path of other world media leaders such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and the New Yorker, which already are charging for their online content.”The debate over charging for access to news websites has been going on for years. Peter Marsh, an executive with U.S. technology company Newscycle, which specializes in providing software to media companies, added to the debate last year with an investigation.Marsh polled 45 newspapers from the U.S. and other companies and found that nearly three out of four newspapers surveyed (73 percent) are currently charging readers to access online content, and almost 40 percent have set “hard” paywalls. The remaining 60 percent use a “soft” or metered paywall, at varying degrees.González stressed that the decision is more than a business model: “What we are betting on here is the citizens’ appreciation of the concept of independent press, which without any pressure from economic influences, can fulfill its expected oversight role over governments and other political decision makers.” Facebook Comments
Related posts:17 photos from Nicoya’s annexation festival After Scottish independence referendum, could Guanacaste be next? Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Guanacaste celebrates 192 years of being part of Costa Rica Costa Rican singer, songwriter, poet, and folklorist Abdénago Torres Melendez; better known as “Nago de Nicoya” is a one-man force of nature when it comes to sharing Costa Rican with the world. His unique contributions were recognized on Jan. 22 the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), an association that forms part of UNESCO, gave him a silver medal for his pioneering work. Torres is one of the founders of the CIOFF in the Americas, and is the honorary president of CIOFF Costa Rica. He is the very first Costa Rican ever to receive this recognition, and fourth in the Americas.We visited Nago, who is the father of Tico Times creative director Haime Luna, at his home at Sámara Beach in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. He kindly offered us a cup of coffee and, always with a smile on his face, told us his story and played us some songs on his guitar.“People never expect that in a little town or in a little country, a person who is seen as ‘less’ can actually do something,” he said. “People think that only those from the big cities will do something important. I was born in a little town, a community of traditions. But sometimes you are inside a community full of beautiful traditions and you don’t notice it.” (Courtesy of Abdenago Tores)Nago, instead of singing the traditional rancheras and other rhythms from Guanacaste, wanted at first to become an opera singer and a piano player.“What I liked was to sing opera, ballads, not what I grew up on,” he explained. “Anyone would say I had to sing ‘Caballito Nicoyano’ or other ‘rancheras’, but no, I liked the opera, because that was what I felt inside. But later, things switched. I became the recovery of the culture of my people.”“I left [for San José] really young expecting to get into Castella High School to study piano and opera, but there were no spaces, so I had to study at Monseñor Sanabria Highschool. There, I created an orchestra and started doing raffles to raise money for instruments. I started to sing: ballads, rock music.”During his high-school years, Nago also founded a rock band named The Beast Boys and, as a soloist, sang ballads in other languages such as French and Portuguese. He says this surprised people because of his rural background: “You see, you don’t have the right to do something just because you come from a specific place.”After a while, Nago decided to take the culture of his people and transmit it to the world, and to tell the stories of a Costa Rica that many ignored.“I took off that costume I was wearing [in denying my roots], and said ‘I want to be me. I don’t want to sing those songs in other languages anymore. I want to sing to my people, to sing what I feel.’ Because, otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to transcend,” he recalls, describing how he began to dress for performances as a Samareño with bull horn, water gourd and caites, traditional leather sandals. “I sang about what I had always had, but hadn’t noticed.” “Nago de Nicoya” in traditional Samareño dress. (Courtesy of The Voice of Guanacaste)This shift opened the path for Nago to create the folkloric group CURIME during the 1970s, made up of approximately 75 people. This would one of Costa Rica’s most significant musical groups: it traveled all around the world, spreading Costa Rican culture through folkloric music. Many of its former members now direct their own folkloric groups around the country. CURIME’s success opened doors so that future Costa Rican musicians to travel and share their work.Nago says one of his best songs was “Mundo de Amigos” (“World of Friends”): “Voy a recorrer el mundo, voy a navegar los mares, voy a caminar la tierra para encontrar mas amigos. Mundo, mundo, hermoso mundo de amigos.” (“I’m going to travel the world, to sail the seven seas, to walk the earth to find my friends. World, world, beautiful world of friends.”)He also likes to speak about the song “Costa Rica 500 años” (“Costa Rica 500 Years”), which speaks about the story of Nicoya, a cradle of Costa Rican and American history. Nago proudly recounts that the song “was used in a World Congress of historians held in Nicoya many years ago.” It features contemporary instruments mixed with indigenous instruments and narrates the events that followed the arrival of the Spaniards.“When I founded CURIME and we started traveling around the world, I discovered that’s what I actually [dreamed of] since childhood,” Nago said. “When I was a child I pretended that I had a big group of artists, like a circus. I dreamed about having that circus and being part of it. And, actually, I did. With Sarita Montiel, and other artists, and me singing there.“Deep inside you, there’s always something you haven’t discovered. [That’s what happened to me with folk music.] It’s about beginning to discover yourself, and starting to like yourself. You have to feel it, because as long as you feel it, it will stay alive.” CURIME performs at Melico Salazar Theater in 1984. (Courtesy of Grupo Folklorico Curime Facebook page)Nago also worked at the Ministry of Culture from 1972 to 2008, where he had to “dream,” as he says, in order to develop ambitious projects around the country. Reaffirming his work as a pioneer of Costa Rican culture, he “created many cultural centers (Casa de Cultura) and culture committees nationwide. I visited the towns, I created the Matambu Reserve; I proposed the creation of the Miners’ Park and Barra Honda National Park, and even proposed turning Sámara into a National Park, but, sadly, that didn’t happen.“I got to the Culture Minister dreaming of doing things for the others,” he said with evident satisfaction. “I wanted to use all the deficiencies I had when I was a child as a reference to make things easier for the others [to avoid them experiencing the same deficits].”Now, “Nago de Nicoya” has received what he says is the biggest recognition he could imagine. It represents his love of his people and his country, and his diverse experiences visiting locations worldwide. Torres receives the medal. (Courtesy of Abdénago Torres)“I don’t do things expecting a recognition, but if they do come, it is because of my love of my people,” he says, explaining that he become involved in the UNESCO-based CIOFF organization after meeting some of its founders during a trip to Europe several years ago. He joined the organization and successfully lobbied for its expansion to the Americas, an achievement that made it easier for American artists to share their work in Europe. The silver medal was awarded in a special ceremony organized by CIOFF Costa Rica in Nicoya.“I have had plenty of recognitions around the world, and have sung to big personalities, as well as to humble people, and of course, I enjoyed it. The thing is that this recognition, seems to me, that is part of a life trayectory, that’s why I like it.” The CIOFF Silver Medal. (Courtesy of Abdénago Torres)Sámara, his home today, is a place he visited as a child and has always loved, he says.“[Actually] I have always lived here, but in my dreams,” he said. “I used to come as a child, and I remember we slept on the beach.” Said Nago happily. “My parents later bought us [Nago and his siblings] this property. I had the opportunity to work in Cordova, and also in the Costa Rican Embassy in Paris, but I decided I wouldn’t leave Sámara.”Nago refused to state his age for our interview.“Age is just a number,” he said. “It seems silly to me. It doesn’t exist, and I don’t like what doesn’t exist… I don’t want to travel anymore. I came here to be calm. The goal now is to re-think; you can always help in other ways. I’m thinking about a park here; also, people [who come to the beach] need bathrooms, places to keep their belongings. I want Sámara to be a place that offers all kind of services. I want people to have the basic conditions to be happy.”He also continues writing songs and poems, and playing his guitar surrounded by his loved ones.“My life is to write a song: first, to feel it, to sing it and to love it. Then, if someone likes it, ¡qué dicha! That’s great. But I [have never written songs] to sell albums. I write songs because I feel them, and that’s the important to me. I can go on for years without writing a song, or I can write many songs in just one minute, [because] it is in the moment that [inspiration] strikes.“People like me fall in love every day. I fall in love every day. If not, my life makes no sense. I have to fall in love every single day to do something, to feel something, to write something. We poets dream easily. The important thing is to be able to catch happiness in one second.”<a href=”http://nagodenicoya.bandcamp.com/album/costa-rica-500-a-os”>Costa Rica 500 años by Nago de Nicoya</a> Facebook Comments
Hernán Jiménez is in love.“I’m making a new movie – that I’m hopelessly in love with – and these beautiful people are joining me,” he wrote on Facebook Wednesday.The “beautiful people”? They include actors Parker Posey (“Waiting for Guffman,” “Superman Returns”); Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”); Aden Young (“Rectify”); and Beau Bridges (“Max Payne,” “Jerry MacGuire”), according to The Hollywood Reporter.The film, “Elsewhere,” described by the Reporter as an indie dramedy about a man (Young) dealing with the aftermath of his wife’s death and his eviction from the seaside cottage they built together, will be shot in Vancouver and is slated for a 2018 release. It marks Jiménez’ English-language debut.Earlier in his career, Jiménez was best known in Costa Rica as a comedian, thanks to popular standup shows such as “Vamos x partes” and “¡Esto es en serio!” However, he has found increasing success as a writer, director and actor. His 2012 film “El Regreso,” in which he also starred, told the story of a Costa Rican struggling to adapt to his country once more after many years away, and his “Entonces Nosotros” was Costa Rica’s submission to the Oscars in 2016.Now he’s headed to the Great North – but Costa Rica will be watching.Read our 2015 interview with Jiménez: ‘To hear them laugh is poetry’ Hernán Jiménez is a quadruple threat. (Courtesy of Luis Alvarado Photography) Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican actor Radek Lord 5 questions for film director Juan Feldman Arts and culture at a glance: the week ahead in Costa Rica What not to miss at Costa Rica’s National Arts Festival
A teenager was killed and 20 people injured by bullet wounds Tuesday in a conflict between protesters and riot police in Granada, Nicaragua, a popular tourist destination.The victim has been identified as José Maltez, who died from a bullet wound, the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) told AFP.Wilmer Pérez, the parish priest of the Xalteva de Granada Church, told 100% noticias that the young man fell during a faceoff between protesters and pro-government groups that were trying to remove a barricade in the city, 45 km south of the capital.“The situation is very tense in the area surrounding La Merced parish. People say there are armed people there. Some say that [the attackers] are Sandinista Youth along with the police,” the priest said.Pérez added that in the early hours of the morning, “firearms and bombs going off” could be heard, but “the people who are at the barricades can defend themselves only with stones.”Residents allege that they set up the barricades to defend themselves from attacks of groups aligned with the government that attack the city at night, loot businesses and burn buildings.Nicaraguan media organization La Prensa reported Tuesday that “paramilitaries who, together with National Police officers, attacked residents” also set fire to the Municipality of Granada.Ever since Nicaragua’s protests began on April 18, tourists have virtually disappeared form the streets of Granada, one of the country’s leading attractions. Facebook Comments The Cenidh has registered 110 deaths. The most violent interaction of the ongoing conflict took place last week in Masay, where 10 people died, including a police officer and a 15-year-old. Related posts:Thousands march to back Nicaragua bishops after Ortega attacks Life after the brutal attack in Monimbó Facing terrorism charges and death threats, thousands of Nicaraguans flee to Costa Rica Fleeing Nicaragua: Joining forces against the government
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Road accidents in Senegal are often caused by the bad state of vehicles and roads, and also undisciplined drivers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Senegal’s official press agency says that a bus collided with a truck killing at least 23 people.The official news agency reported Tuesday that the collision took place in a village of the city of Kaffrine in central Senegal. It said that 19 people died at the scene and four others later died from their injuries.The dead were transported to the morgue at the regional hospital in Kaolack, the largest city in central Senegal. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments Share Sponsored Stories
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories The vital role family plays in society WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A Polish photographer abducted in July in Syria has returned to Poland after escaping from his captors, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.Marcin Suder, working for a Polish photo agency, was abducted in the rebel-held northern town of Saraqeb when masked gunmen stormed a media center. Saraqeb remains under rebel control.Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said on Twitter that “Marcin Suder is back in the homeland.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski said Suder “managed to flee thanks to extraordinarily good luck.” He refused to give any detail.“He is safe, with his family,” Wojciechowski said. “We are very happy that he is back in Poland.”Suder’s mother, Krystyna Jarosz, told radio RMF FM that he felt well, though he was thin and had some marks on his body which she did not explain.She said Suder had been held in a dark basement, initially without food.Poland’s consular service and the Defense Ministry helped bring Suder back to Poland, Wojciechowski said.Sikorski urged Poles not to travel to dangerous places and conflict zones.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
___Associated Press writer Maria Verza contributed to this report.___Peter Orsi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Peter_OrsiCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MEXICO CITY (AP) — The discovery of 129 bodies in clandestine graves during months of searching for 43 missing students highlights a crisis of disappearances in Mexico, Amnesty International said Monday.The international human rights watchdog called the situation troubling not only in the state of Guerrero, where the students disappeared last September, but in other parts of the country.“This latest macabre revelation confirms what we had already found: The sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking,” Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty’s Americas director, said in a statement. According to the most recent figures provided by the Interior Department, nearly 25,000 people are officially listed as missing or disappeared in Mexico since 2007.Amnesty’s statement came in response an Associated Press report Sunday in which federal officials, acting on a freedom of information request, said the bodies had been found in 60 clandestine graves between October and May. Only 16 of the remains had been identified as of July 13.Amnesty considers “enforced disappearances” to be those that happen at the hands of or with the complicity of authorities. It is not known how many of the 129 victims may fit that description.None of the corpses have been matched to the students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college, who disappeared after a deadly clash with police Sept. 26 in the city of Iguala. Prosecutors say the 43 students were seized by police, handed over to drug gang members, killed and incinerated at a garbage dump.The victims’ families and many others doubt the official story, however. Relatives continue to pressure the government for an account they deem credible, and the high-profile case has drawn international attention to the broader problem of people going missing in regions afflicted by drug cartel violence. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “If it weren’t for the persistent determination of the families of the Ayotzinapa students, as well as human rights defenders and journalists in demanding from the Mexican authorities a comprehensive response to the enforced disappearance of the young men, we might never even have known about these mass graves and the dimensions of the crisis,” Guevara-Rosas said.Since the students’ disappearance, community police groups, victims’ relatives, activists and authorities have collaborated to search for clandestine graves. Each Sunday they comb the hills around Iguala looking for any sign of disturbance to the terrain, marking anything they find and then reporting it to forensic experts.The number of bodies and graves found could possibly be higher, the federal attorney general’s office said, because its response to the freedom of information request covers only those instances in which its mass grave specialists got involved.Of the 25,000 people listed by the government as missing, more than 11,000 of the cases were registered since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office Dec. 1, 2012.Pena Nieto’s government has agreed to create a national database of the disappeared that would be comprehensive and include DNA evidence. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Relatives of the 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college march holding pictures of their missing loved ones during a protest in Mexico City, Sunday, July 26, 2015.The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico’s attorney general’s office says. None of the remains has been connected to the youths who disappeared after a clash with police in the city of Iguala on Sept. 26, and authorities do not believe any will be. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Source = Restaurant No.35 Restaurant No35 has been awarded a chef’s hat at the coveted Age Good Food Guide Awards which were announced in Melbourne last week.The annual Age Good Food Guide rates the top Melbourne dining establishments. Having opened just over a year ago, No35 (located at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins) joins the ‘one hat’ club for the first time, testament to the exceptional culinary skills of Restaurant Chef Stuart McVeigh who produces outstanding original dishes by using only the best local ingredients from Victoria’s top producers.McVeigh said, “I am very excited that we have been awarded a chef’s hat for No35 in such a short time, as Melbourne’s food lovers take these awards very seriously when selecting a restaurant to dine at. It’s a great achievement for all of the staff at No35 who have worked so hard to ensure that our guests have a memorable dining experience.“No35 is held in the same esteem as some of Melbourne’s top restaurants and it is an honor to be amongst them especially when chosen by the premier judge of haute cuisine, The Age Good Food Guide. Not only is the food and exceptional service part of the experience at No35, but the elegant and ambient surrounds coupled with the stunning views over Melbourne have been described as ‘an event in itself’.”The Good Food Guide chef’s hat is the second accolade to be bestowed on No35 in recent times, the restaurant also accepting the prestigious ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award at the Australian Hotel Association’s 2010 State Awards in May.Over the coming months Chef Stuart McVeigh will be presenting his new spring inspired menus, in addition to hosting a special wine dinner planned for Thursday the 16th of September, where he will create gastronomic dishes paired with Kathleen Quealy’s Mornington Peninsula wines.The wine dinner event is priced at A$145 per person and includes four–courses and seven matching wines including an exclusive barrel tasting of Quealy’s 2010 wines.Bookings are essential.
The cancellation of flights caused by last week’s ash clouds has highlighted the need for more accommodation rooms in major cities across Australia, according to Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) chief executive Lorraine Duffy. Beds in major Australian cities were stretched last week The AAA boss warned however, that any increase in room supply should not compromise the already stretched margins of existing operators.”As far as room rates are concerned, Australians have become accustomed to expecting discounted tourism accommodation,” Ms Duffy said, adding that the unavailability of rooms last week had meant discounted rooms had already been snapped up.”But many accommodation businesses have suffered as a result of the flight disruptions – conference business and regional leisure tourism have been hit hard yet again.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H “The shortage of accommodation in major Australian cities where flights were cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud further highlights the importance of achieving Tourism Australia’s goal of at least 40,000 new accommodation rooms by 2020,” Ms Duffy said in a statement.
The passenger movement tax increase is one of the highest concerns amongst tourism operators across Australia, according to new research that found 60 percent of respondents believe the rise will impact negatively on visitation from New Zealand.Increasing from $47 to $55 on 1 July this year, the tax rise has tour operators concerned on its impact on one of Australia’s closest and largest international arrivals as well as interest from growing destinations including China and Japan, the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF)-MasterCard Tourism Industry Sentiment survey revealed. Another factor playing on industry minds, according to the research, is the “sharp jump” in access to bank financial during this quarter, a jump TTF chief executive John Lee said was a concern as “impacts operators’ ability to invest in new and refreshed product”.”Concerns about inadequate room supply are also on the rise, along with the shortage of unskilled labour,” Mr Lee said. “In addition, the proportion of respondents who indicated they could employ more staff fell 14 points to 52, with other key indicators including forward bookings and sales also declining.”All these elements combine to reduce the competitiveness of Australia as a tourism destination, which is of particular concern to leisure-dependent regional destinations which are trying to compete with low-cost Asia-Pacific rivals.”Despite concerns, TTF’s head said operators are still hopefully conditions will improve this quarter, particularly in the domestic tourism sector. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Gold CoastSunshine CoastBrisbaneCairnsFraser Coast AdelaidePort LincolnMount GambierVictor HarborRowland Flat Sydney leads Australia as the most popular holiday destination Image: Destination NSW Victoria Tasmania Queensland PerthMargaret RiverAlbanyBroomeBunbury HobartLaunceston & Tamar ValleyStrahanCradle MountainPort Arthur South Australia Western Australia Sorry Melbourne, but according to leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au, Sydney was Australia’s most popular destination in terms of hotels bookings over the Christmas and New Year break.Melbourne was however the second most popular with Queensland’s Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, rounding off the top five.Capital cities had the highest number of holiday bookings throughout the country, with the exception of Brisbane which was third after the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.lastminute.com.au General Manager, Kirsty Labruniy is encouraging Australians to venture out into their own backyard and take advantage of a weekend getaway whilst the sun is still shining and the crowds subside, especially in late January and February.Labruniy suggests that being quick on deals and taking a holiday over two destinations, if rooms are sold out for a part of your holiday plans, can help with having a last minute summer escape.Alternatively, try a city break and do something that you have always wanted to do like see a movie in an outdoor cinema.For ideas on beating the January blues, here are the top destinations booked over the Christmas and New Year break through lastminute.com.au:New South Wales MelbourneApollo BayTorquayLakes EntranceCowes SydneyByron BayCoffs HarbourSouth CoastCentral Coast Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N
The expo will bring together more than 3,800 attendees from 29 countries for two days of business meetings, professional development sessions and networking opportunities. Attendees will be able to experience the latest event technologies and discuss technology trends in the Innovation Zone. AIME will take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 18 and 19 February, 2014. They will also be able to enjoy new sponsorship opportunities to increase their brands exposure, two redesigned restaurants. Partnership building and professional development will be the two key focus points at The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) which begins tomorrow. Speakers include ABC TV pannelist Todd Sampson and Dr Adam Fraser, a leading Australian researcher in the area of human performance. The expo will include 17 seminars on a range of topics from creativity to innovation. Source = Source: ETB News, T.N.