Royal Lahaina Resort will fill your clients with that Maui love

first_imgRoyal Lahaina Resort will fill your clients with that Maui love << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii Candice Abraham There is so much right with Kaanapali Beach on Maui that once your clients visit it may be hard for them to imagine vacationing anywhere else. There are a fair number of Canadian travellers who know this already, as they make the trip to Kaanapali’s shores year after year.One of the oldest known hotels on Kaanapali Beach is the Royal Lahaina Resort. Its location is so ideal, it’s reason enough to suggest the property to first-time Kaanapali travellers or repeat visitors. But it’s Royal Lahaina Resort’s warm, Hawaiian ambience that will fill their hearts with Maui love.The Royal Lahaina Resort offers a variety of room categories to fit a plethora of budgets, from standard hotel rooms in their Lahaina Kai Tower, to Cottage rooms and suites. Earlier this year my family took time at the Royal Lahaina resort. We arrived to walk into our Oceanfront Lanai Suite (located in the Lahaina Kai Tower) to panoramic views of the Pacific wrapping around our living area and bedroom. This combined with the Hawaiian style décor got my family and I in the Maui vibe in an instant.We visited the resort during whale watching season, so of course, to top off the stellar views from our double lanai were mother and calf humpback whales breeching and playing together in the ocean (no joke). It was one of those vacation moments when you ask yourself if this is actually for real — a Maui experience that money can’t buy.This wasn’t the only memorable experience we had at Royal Lahaina Resort. We spent a lazy afternoon going from beach to Royal Lahaina’s main pool and back again. The sun was beginning to set and the resort’s musician sang acoustic slow jams while we enjoyed a snack and a few beverages by the pool, the ocean waves crashing in the background. There were many families soaking this experience up just as much as we were, happy guests all around, including a large extended family sitting together at a table outside their oceanfront cottage, laughing over a game of cards as the music played on.It was around that time I heard another group of guests talking about how they could hear humpbacks singing just by putting their ears in the ocean along Royal Lahaina’s stretch of beach. My husband and I had to see (or hear) this for ourselves, so we took turns getting into the water, lying our heads back so just our ears dipped under the sea and sure enough, a chorus of humpbacks on an afternoon serenade.It was another vacation moment that won’t be forgotten, but even if it wasn’t the height of whale watching season on Maui, the laid-back atmosphere at Royal Lahaina Resort had already filled us up with memories.It’s no surprise that Royal Lahaina Resort is the kind of property that doesn’t charge its guests a resort fee. It adds that home-away-from-home comfort to a resort that already feels like one. Royal Lahaina Resort also offers free in-room WiFi and promos that include 30% off Special Partial Ocean View rooms with six night minimum stays (rates from $185/night).Agents interested in visiting the Royal Lahaina Resort can also take advantage of a 30% discount on available retail rates at the property, a good idea if you’d like to sell more of it.And for agents selling the Royal Lahaina Resort, for every two bookings of three nights or more, they will receive a free night (no maximum). With a minimum of four bookings of three nights or more, agents can also earn daily buffet for two on top of free room nights. And with a minimum of six bookings of three nights or more agents will also earn two tickets to the Royal Lahaina Resort’s famous luau – The Myths of Maui Luau –which is a must-see experience in and of itself. For more information visit Monday, September 12, 2016 Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Canada has a lot to offer travellers during sesquicentennial year

first_img FREDERICTON — Canada already has a lot to offer travellers, but as the country celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 with a year full of sesquicentennial celebrations, there’s even more to see and do.“Because of the celebrations happening around the country, a normal festival event will be that more special because of the 150th anniversary. We see a lot of interest by Canadians to travel within Canada,” said Gary Howard of the Canadian Automobile Association.Howard said he’s hearing from people interested in exploring areas of the country they haven’t been to, or visiting favourite places again.“I think you will see a lot of movement with people from Eastern Canada going to the West, and vice versa,” he said.Howard said he expects most of the travel will be during the summer months, with the peak around Canada Day, July 1.He said there many great places to enjoy and take part in the birthday celebrations.“Charlottetown and Ottawa are the obvious ones, but I think that we will see each and every city and community is going to have its own celebration. You think about the Calgary Stampede _ it’s going to be much better in 2017 because they’ll use that event to get more excited about the 150th. There’s going to be lots of options right across the country.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTravel media company Lonely Planet has named Canada as the No.1 country to visit in 2017.“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energenic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health,” their “Best in Travel 2017” guide says.“You add that to the perennial favourites such as Vancouver’s great food scene, the great outdoors in the Canadian Rockies and beautiful fall colours in Nova Scotia. It’s a great destination whatever year it is, but 2017 has a lot to offer,” Lonely Planet spokesman Alex Howard said from his home in Nashville, Tenn.And he said with the weak Canadian dollar, Canada offers a great value.“International travellers, especially those from the United States, are going to have a lot to spend their money on,” he said.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaGary Howard said train travel is an interesting way to get across the country and see cities, towns and everything in between.“What we see for Western Canada is rail companies that go from Vancouver to Banff, or Vancouver to Calgary. They do that whole tour through the valley and the Rockies. That’s five to seven days, so it’s a lot shorter, but you have dining onboard, and those companies stop at night so that you’re not missing any of the scenery. They’ll stop at the evening, you stay at a hotel, and get back on in the morning,” he said.He said the cruise ship companies are also adding more ships to routes that make stops on Canada’s east and west coasts. He said it’s a great way to tour Atlantic Canada or British Columbia without having to drive. Tags: Canada, Festivals, Ottawa Canada has a lot to offer travellers during sesquicentennial year Monday, December 19, 2016 Share By: Kevin Bissett << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

This is what it looks like when thousands of people do yoga

first_img Tuesday, June 25, 2019 So Disney is telling me that I can do yoga while looking at Cinderella’s castle and while the sun rises?!?— Annalie Contreras (@annluminated) June 21, 2019With file from The Associated Press Share By: The Associated Press ORLANDO — Pluto wasn’t doing a downward dog, but thousands of Disney workers unrolled their yoga mats in front of castles at the company’s theme parks in Florida, California, France, Hong Kong and Shanghai.The mass yoga events around the world on Friday, June 21 marked the fourth year that Disney workers have participated in International Yoga Day.At Walt Disney World in Florida, hundreds of Disney workers laid their mats out in rows in front of Cinderella’s Castle as the sun rose over the horizon. Soothing music played through speakers.Disney officials say they encourage their workers to participate and take small steps toward a healthy lifestyle. As such, Disney Aulani also got in some downward dog time, with Aulani ‘Cast Members’ participating in a yoga session on the resort’s grounds. Here’s to finding your inner zen!Thousands of employees do yoga in front of Disney castles— Alex (@MouseMonthly) June 22, 2019 Happy #InternationalYogaDay! This morning, #Aulani Cast Members found their zen with yoga and beautiful beach views. Did you know, Aulani Guests can enjoy Sunrise Yoga on the Beach as part of their stay? Sign up at the Laniwai Spa today! @disney @disneyparks— DisneyAulani (@DisneyAulani) June 21, 2019center_img Early this morning, Disneyland Paris Cast Members took part in #InternationalYogaDay with a morning yoga session in Production Courtyard. This Disney Parks wide initiative to promote health and wellness was hosted by the Resort’s Ambassadors:— ED92 (@ED92live) June 21, 2019 Tags: Disney, Yoga This is what it looks like when thousands of people do yoga at Disney << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Expert Another Big One is possible

first_imgFrom the print editionThe trembling continues. After a magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica on Sept. 5, the country has registered some 1,800 aftershocks. The quake did minimal damage – mainly battering buildings and highways in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela – in spite of its remarkable magnitude.But residents remain on edge both due to the aftershocks and predictions of another major earthquake. On the Nicoya Peninsula, near the earthquake’s epicenter in Sámara, Guanacaste, the shakes come frequently. No injuries and only superficial damage have been reported from the aftershocks. Still, locals describe only brief intervals of relief from the trembling earth, which rattles buildings and those inside them – little reminders of the “big one” that hit Nicoya a week earlier.“It’s been crazy with all the aftershocks,” said Kristina Hughes, 27, who lives in the Pacific coastal town of Tamarindo. “I work from home and feel [aftershocks] all day. The one on Monday night at 8:15 was so strong we ran outside. My boyfriend and I even moved our bed into the living room near the front door and packed an emergency kit. I don’t think we’ll have to use it, but I just hope they stop sooner rather than later.”The strongest aftershock was felt last Saturday, with a magnitude of 5.6. Costa Rican seismologists said the aftershocks would persist throughout the week. The magnitudes and frequencies of the tremors should decrease, they said, ranging from 2 to 3 in magnitude. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) released its conclusions in regards to the quake Tuesday. The organization confirmed that this was the “big one” – the powerful earthquake long expected in Nicoya. However, the news came with another caveat. The fault did not rupture all of its energy. The earthquake only released 40 percent of the pent-up energy at the fault line. Marino Protti, Ovsicori’s lead scientist who has predicted a major earthquake would occur in the area for more than a decade, summarized that the rest of the energy could be released in several ways, including through another huge earthquake.“Another earthquake of equal or greater magnitude to what occurred on Sept. 5, is a scenario we cannot dismiss,” Protti said. He said predicting when and if another major earthquake could strike is nearly impossible. The release could come in weeks or in decades. The last major earthquake to hit Nicoya – registering magnitude-7.3 – came in 1950. Lepolt Linkimer, a seismologist for Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network at the University of Costa Rica, disagreed with the Ovsicori’s statement, telling the daily La Nación the prediction is creating “huge anxiety.”“What we think is that it is not appropriate to pinpoint a geographic area in Costa Rica, when all of Costa Rica is a risk area [for an earthquake],” Linkimer said.Throughout the week, Costa Rica began to return to normalcy, after enduring one of the strongest earthquakes in the country’s history.On Monday, students in Guanacaste went back to school, after the tremors cancelled classes last week. Classes were back in session at 41 schools. Yet students and teachers didn’t all return to classrooms. Some classes were held in local churches, cafeterias and community centers, according to the daily La Nación, as some schools suffered severe damage.The National Emergency Commission began to finalize damage statistics this week, Radio Reloj reported. The commission, while working with the Housing Ministry, reported 494 homes were damaged. Sixty of those homes qualified as having “severe damage,” with more than half located in Nicoya. The total cost of insured losses from the quake should not exceed $100 million, according to catastrophe consulting from EQECAT, Inc. Some four dozen people remain in shelters as of Wednesday afternoon. Approximately 30 people were wounded in the quake. Only one death was reported, a 51-year-old Guanacaste woman who died of a heart attack. The Education Ministry estimated $6 million is needed to fix the damaged schools. Some media have inquired as to whether the Costa Rican government could use an $8 million gift received from China last month to fund those repairs. Chinchilla said that option remains a possibility.Insurance companies in the country received more than 2,200 claims for damages, according to La Nación. Inspectors will visit affected areas over the next two weeks to evaluate the claims.Linkimer told The Tico Times last week the small amount of damage demonstrated the country’s impressive adherence to seismic codes.  The lack of severe damage ought to provide some comfort in light of the Ovsicori forecasts calling for another major Nicoya quake during the current seismic cycle. Protti added the remaining energy would not necessarily be freed through a strong earthquake. Energy also can be expelled through a “slow earthquake” (a type of weak temblor that releases energy over a period of hours or months instead of seconds). Or the release of energy could come through numerous aftershocks. “We cannot exactly know how or when it will release the rest of the energy,” Protti said. No related posts. Suzanna Lourie contributed reporting from Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Colombian group acquires Costa Ricas Pops ice cream

first_imgNo related posts. Colombian Group Nutresa announced the final purchase of 100 percent of the shares of American Franchising Corp (AFC), owner of Tico-born company Pops ice cream, in a transaction of approximately $110 million.Nutresa on Monday will take control of Pops’ 180 parlors distributed throughout Central America and in Florida, U.S., the daily La Nación reported Friday.As part of the transaction Nutresa also acquired the production plant, Entrepans coffee shops and the distribution franchises of Haagen Dazs and General Mills (Nature Valley, Betty Crocker and Chex Mix) in the region.Pops started operations in 1968 in San José, with a single ice cream parlor and a small production plant, both located in the same building. It subsequently expanded to the Central American region. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Hondurans demand pay for expropriated lands

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA – More than 100 Hondurans on Tuesday demanded the government of Porfirio Lobo pay some $70 million in compensation for the expropriation of 10,000 hectares in the department of Olancho, where a hydroelectric plant project is being developed by a Chinese company.“You want the Patuca III project? Then pay,” read some banners carried by residents of Patuca, a town located 220 miles east of Tegucigalpa, where the project is been built.The government signed an agreement on Feb. 2, 2011, to pay compensation by last October, but landowners have received only 40 percent of the agreed amount, according to Miguel Navarro, president of the board of landowners.Navarro said the dam reservoir and infrastructure will cover some 10,000 hectares expropriated by the government from 400 owners, who he said are still owed $70 million.On April 16, 2011, the Honduran government signed a $50.5 million contract with Chinese firm Sinohydro – one of the world’s largest hydroelectric companies – for the construction of the first stage of the project, which began a month later, despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries.The funds were invested in the construction of a tunnel to divert the powerful flow of the Patuca River, as well as camps for workers and an improvement in access roads to the mountainous areas.A new $350 million contract for the second phase is expected to be signed in coming months to build the dam that will form Lake Patuca, and for the installation of turbines and engine rooms, so that the first tests can be carried out in October.The plant will generate 104 megawatts per hour in the first stage, later expanding to 600 MW per hour. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rica begins mitigation of Nicaraguas canal work in disputed area

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica begins repairing damages on island disputed by Nicaragua International experts confirm Nicaragua caused irreparable damage to Costa Rican wetlands Costa Rica finishes work to close artificial canal built by Nicaragua in disputed territory Costa Rica seeks $6 million in environmental damages from Nicaragua in border dispute Personnel from Tortuguero Conservation Area began work Thursday to close off acanal dredged by Nicaragua through disputed territory in the delta of the San Juan River.The mitigation work, in the coastal wetlands area known as Isla Portillos, or Isla Calero (Nicaragua calls it Harbour Head Lagoon), is the latest chapter in an ongoing border dispute between the two countries.The San Juan River forms a natural border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica stretching west from the Caribbean coast.The two neighbors have been trading accusations of territorial infringement and environmental crimes along the San Juan River for more than 100 years. More recently, the two countries began arguing a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague in 2010.Costa Rica originally filed the complaint, alleging that the Nicaraguan Army invaded Isla Portillos, which is in Costa Rica, to build a canal from the San Juan River to Laguna los Portillos on the Caribbean coast.Costa Rica also alleged that dredging work on the San Juan River would seriously affect the flow of water to Costa Rica’s Colorado River, and would damage protected wildlife and wetlands areas. Satellite pictures provided by Casa Presidencial in September 2013 showed the excavation by Nicaragua of two canals in a wetland inside Costa Rican territory in an attempt to connect the San Juan River and the Caribbean Sea. (Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)In counterclaims, Nicaragua alleged that Costa Rica should be held responsible for “the impairment and possible destruction of navigation on the San Juan River” from Costa Rica’s construction of a road along the bank of the river.In 2013, the ICJ combined the claims into one case. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to start on April 14.The international court had originally ordered both countries to “refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.”But after Nicaragua continued to dredge canals through the disputed area, the court ordered it to stop, in November 2013, and to keep all of its private citizens and government officials out of the area.The court also ruled that Costa Rica could take measures to make sure the new canals dredged by Nicaragua didn’t do irreparable damage to the environment.The Tico Times was unable to reach the director of the Tortuguero Conservation Area or a spokesman for the National System of Conservation Areas on Thursday for details about the work.A directive from Tortuguero said personnel assigned to the mitigation project would be housed at Barra del Colorado, next to the Colorado River, until the work is done. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Panama court declares expresident Ricardo Martinelli in contempt

first_imgIn the latest case, the court decided to suspend its proceedings because Martinelli’s absence “prevents discussion of any other issue in this hearing,” said presiding judge Jeronimo Mejía.Martinelli and his former police and security chiefs are accused of intercepting the communications of some 150 opposition politicians, journalists, activists and business executives.The conservative ex-leader, a millionaire supermarket magnate, has called the cases against him “political persecution” by his successor and erstwhile ally, Juan Carlos Varela.Martinelli, 63, is also under investigation for allegedly skimming money off the top of a $45-million school lunch contract, and is mentioned in the probes into a dozen other corruption cases.Panama has requested an Interpol notice for his arrest.Recommended: From Miami’s ‘Scarface’ pad, Panama’s exiled President Ricardo Martinelli fights back Facebook Comments PANAMA CITY — Martinelli, who faces a host of corruption accusations stemming from his presidency (2009-2014), has not been seen in Panama since January.center_img Related posts:Panama president values corruption scandal involving predecessor at nearly $100 million Former Panama VP arrested in widening corruption probe From Miami’s ‘Scarface’ pad, Panama’s exiled President Ricardo Martinelli fights back Panama court orders detention of ex-President Ricardo Martinellilast_img read more

African leaders to ask for UN intervention on Mali

first_imgAssociated PressABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – A leading African diplomat says a military intervention in the troubled nation of Mali is becoming more likely and called on the U.N. Security Council to support regional powers in such an operation.Nassirou Bako serves as the foreign minister of Benin and as the spokesman for the current chairman of the African Union.He made his comments in Ivory Coast, where a group of African leaders tasked with dealing with the crisis in Mali were meeting Thursday. Mali, once considered a model democracy, was thrown off course by a March 21 coup and a subsequent rebel takeover in its north.Bako said the “military option appears more and more inevitable, but this decision cannot be unilaterally taken by ECOWAS,” the body that represents nations in West Africa.He says ECOWAS members plan to draft a resolution to submit to the Security Council, in the hopes of having U.N. backing for a military operation in Mali.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Syrias Assad rejects comparison with Egypt Libya

first_img Comments   Share   “It’s a completely different situation,” he told German broadcaster ARD. “What’s happening in Egypt is different from what is happening in Syria … You cannot compare,” he said.He also rejected any comparisons with Libya, where rebels helped by NATO air strikes toppled the regime. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed while fleeing advancing opposition fighters.“Describing what happened to al Gadhafi, this is savage, this is crime,” he said in the interview which was conducted in English.The 16 months of upheaval in Syria, spurred by the Arab Spring’s pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, have left well over 14,000 people dead, according to activists. They accuse the autocratic ruler of crushing legitimate protests seeking reforms by waging a war against his own people.But in the interview, the 46-year-old Assad who has ruled Syria since taking over from his father in 2000, accused the U.S. of fueling the uprising, saying that Washington ultimately bears responsibility for the deaths of innocent civilians in the Middle Eastern nation.The U.S. is partnering with those “terrorists … with weapons, money or public and political support at the United Nations,” Assad said. “They offer the umbrella and political support to those gangs to … destabilize Syria.” Assad rejected responsibility of his security forces for the violence, claiming that “supporters of the government, the victims from the security and the army” far outnumber those among civilians.Instead, he told ARD that an opposition made up of terrorists, gangs, “a mixture, an amalgam of Al Qaida (and) other extremists” is responsible for the violence.When asked directly about the killing of more than 100 civilians in the Syrian village of Houla in May, he blamed it on gangs who “came in hundreds from outside the city.”The massacre caused an international outcry, and U.N. investigators have since concluded that Syrian government troops could be behind the killings.Assad said a “majority of the people ask for reforms, political reforms (but) not freedom.” He stressed that he still had the overall support of Syria’s people, firmly ruling out stepping down.“The president shouldn’t run away from challenge and we have a national challenge now in Syria,” he said.While he said he was ready for political dialogue with the opposition, Assad left no doubt that he would fight those his government perceives as terrorists. Four benefits of having a wireless security system In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside “aggression.”Some in Syria’s fractured opposition have appealed to the West for foreign forces to step in to stop the bloodshed, but Western nations are reluctant to intervene in Syria in part because unlike the military intervention that helped bring down Gadhafi in Libya, the Syrian conflict has the potential to quickly escalate.Damascus has a web of allegiances to powerful forces including Shiite powerhouse Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah and there are concerns that a military campaign could pull them into a wider conflagration.Damascus’ staunchest ally, Iran, meanwhile, warned Sunday of a “catastrophe” in the region if no political solution to the Syrian conflict is found.And Syria’s other main partner, Russia, has over the past months prevented the U.N. Security Council from adopting tougher measures.U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, who is the architect of an international plan to end the crisis, acknowledged in an interview published Saturday that the international community’s efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed. Annan arrived in the Syrian capital Sunday for talks with Assad, his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Associated PressBERLIN (AP) – Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he is not afraid of meeting the same fate as the deposed and disgraced leaders of Libya and Egypt, saying he has nothing in common with them.In one of his rare interviews with Western media since the deadly uprising in Syria erupted last year, Assad brushed off a question about whether he feared for his family, including his wife and three children. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img “But as long as you have terrorism and as long as the dialogue didn’t work, you have to fight the terrorism. You cannot keep just making dialogue while they are killing your people and your army,” he said.The main obstacles to a peaceful solution to the conflict are the nations supporting the opposition, namely Saudi Arabia and Qatar who send armaments, Turkey which helps with logistics and smuggling across the border and, finally, U.S. political support, he said.The interview, the third Assad has given to a Western news organization since last year, was conducted Thursday in a government guest house in Damascus and recorded by Syria’s state television, according to ARD.The interview for ARD’s foreign policy program Weltspiegel was conducted by Juergen Todenhoefer, a former media executive and lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party. He has published a number of books and essays on Islam, the war against terror in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks, and on Iraq and Afghanistan.When Todenhoefer asked Assad how Syria would react to a military intervention, the Syrian leader vowed to stand up to the attackers.“Whether you’re prepared or not, you’ve got to defend your country, but you have to be prepared,” he said. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths ___Juergen Baetz can be reached on Twitter at Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Mexicos Baja peninsula hit by 64magintude quake

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) – Mexico’s Baja California peninsula has been rattled by a 6.4-magnitude offshore quake.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.The United States Geological Survey says the quake occurred at almost 1800 GMT on Saturday and was centered in the Gulf of California, between the Baja Peninsula and Mexico’s western coast.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

60 bodies recovered in Nepal valley hit by quake mudslide

first_img Top Stories In this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 photo provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres, a lone house, center, is visible after a quake-triggered mudslide wiped out the village of Langtang, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Kathmandu, Nepal. Rescuers were digging Tuesday, May 5 through thousands of tons of earth from a mudslide triggered by the April 25 massive earthquake in Nepal that wiped out the entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route. The village is now about a two-day hike from the nearest town because the landslide has blocked roads in the area. (Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP) NO ARCHIVING, NO LICENSING KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Emergency workers have recovered the bodies of 60 people — including nine foreigners — who were killed when Nepal’s earthquake triggered a mudslide that buried a village in the scenic Langtang Valley popular with tourists.Residents of the village, also called Langtang, said Tuesday that as many as 200 people could have been killed by tons of earth and mud unleashed in the devastating April 25 quake. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   “The entire village was wiped out by the mudslide. There were some 60 houses there, but they were all buried under rubble. It will be impossible to recover all the bodies,” said Gautam Rimal, the top government official in the Rasuwa district.The Langtang Valley, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is now about a two-day hike from the nearest town because the landslide has blocked nearby roads.While helicopters allow easy access, they remain in short supply because of aid missions across parts of Nepal.The April 25 earthquake killed more than 7,500 people and injured more than 14,000 as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings and archaeological sites in Kathmandu.Authorities say up to one-third of Kathmandu’s residents have left since the quake. In the first days, bus stations were jammed with people fearing aftershocks or trying to get home to relatives in devastated villages.On Tuesday, there were still people waiting for buses to leave.“I stayed back here to help out my neighbors and clean up the neighborhood,” said Surya Singh, who was at a large bus station. But now he wants to see the damage in his home village, although with many roads still blocked by landslides, he was unsure if he could get all the way by bus. The World Health Organization says temporary field hospitals have been set up in five locations in Kathmandu and in five locations outside the capital, Dujarric said.Copyright © 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 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Kathmandu police say nearly 900,000 people have left in the past 10 days. The population of Kathmandu valley — including the city of Kathmandu and smaller towns of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur — is 2.5 million.Life has been returning to normal in Kathmandu. Schools are to remain closed until May 14 but some markets are open and trucks have been bringing in fresh food daily.Foreign aid is expected to play a big role in rebuilding the impoverished nation after the quake.On Tuesday, USAID announced $11 million in assistance for emergency shelter materials, medical supplies, safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene kits for the most critical districts.The American aid agency’s acting administrator, Alfonso Lenhardt, is visiting earthquake-hit areas and said the additional aid brings the total U.S. commitment to about $26 million. The U.S. also has sent airplanes with relief materials and rescue workers.The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters that logistical hubs are being set up in five additional districts to support the delivery of humanitarian aid. “The distribution of more than 2,000 tons of food has also begun across 15 districts,” he said. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Portuguese nurses to stage walkout over pay conditions

first_img Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The center-right government took those measures as part of cuts required in return for a 78 billion-euro ($85 billion at current exchange rates) rescue deal in 2011 from the eurozone and International Monetary Fund. Those austerity policies are still in place.Under a 1994 law, striking medical workers must provide minimum services to ensure no lives are put in danger.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 facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese nurses have announced a 48-hour strike this week over pay and conditions that is expected to cause widespread disruption to the country’s national health service.The Portuguese Nurses’ Union said Monday the walkout is another protest against a 2013 increase in their working week to 40 hours from 35, a reduction in overtime pay and a freeze on promotions. The strike is scheduled for June 4 and 5. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Mexican govt reticent to make changes after Chapo escape

first_imgThe PRI has a reputation for protecting its own. Scandals such as the disappearance of 43 college students last fall, allegedly at the hands of corrupt police and municipal officials, have not caused Pena Nieto to fire a single Cabinet minister so far. Even Murillo Karam, who was lambasted over his handling of the students’ disappearance and who declared last year the chance of Guzman escaping a second time “does not exist,” was allowed to stay in the Cabinet, albeit in a lower-profile role after stepping down as attorney general in February.“These are not moments to resign,” Osorio Chong said. “They are (moments) to face up to things. … Must changes be made? The immediate answer is, yes.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches The United States has offered to help Mexico recapture Guzman, but Osorio Chong struck a defensive tone Tuesday, saying, “I could talk about some prisons in the United States and Europe that became legendary because criminals could stage incredible escapes from them.”The U.S. alerted Mexican authorities 16 months ago that Guzman’s associates and family members were making plans to break him out of prison, according to a U.S. official who was briefed on the DEA investigation. The official was not authorized to disclose the details and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Osorio Chong, however, denied Monday night that authorities in Mexico were ever informed of potential escapes.The Mexican government announced it is offering a reward of $3.8 million (60 million pesos) for Guzman’s recapture. Investigators with the government’s organized crime unit have questioned 49 people, including 32 prison employees. An Interpol alert for Guzman has been sent to 10 countries.The government said it has fired the director of the Altiplano prison and two other prison officials. But there was no indication higher-level officials would lose their jobs or go to jail. The PRI’s mix of defensiveness and nationalism harkens back to the 1980s, when the United States and Mexico quarreled openly over the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.The drug lord convicted of the killing, Rafael Caro Quintero, strolled out of a Mexican prison in 2013 after an appeals court overturned his conviction on procedural grounds. Rather than order a new trial, the court allowed him to walk free, outraging the United States. He has not been seen publicly since.Extraditions have fallen dramatically since 2012, the final year of Calderon’s term, when Mexico sent 115 people to the U.S., according to a May report from the Congressional Research Service. Last year, the number was 66. None of the five top capos arrested under Pena Nieto has been sent out of Mexico.“This is a holdover from the ‘revolutionary nationalism’ of the 20th century,” Benitez said. “The PRI is a nationalist party, and they were trying to make a policy change from Felipe Calderon … whom they accused of having sold law enforcement to the United States.”Pena Nieto ended Calderon’s practice of allowing U.S. agencies to vet Mexican law enforcement officials, and he prohibited direct intelligence-sharing between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies, as Calderon allowed. Under Pena Nieto, all information must go through a centralized office in Osorio Chong’s department. Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories MEXICO CITY (AP) — For those who remember Colombia in the dark days of the 1990s, it’s all too familiar: The world’s most powerful drug lord slips out of prison, the beneficiary of his government’s refusal to extradite him and its inability to hold him.When notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar left his luxury prison near Medellin in 1992, the ensuing scandal set in motion changes: a renewal of extraditions to the U.S. and the hunting down and killing of Escobar a year later. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Such unquestioning stalwartness long has been characteristic of the PRI, which ruled Mexico uninterrupted for much of the 20th century.“It just looks like we’ve gone back 50 years,” said Mexican security expert Raul Benitez.The escape of Guzman, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, is a blow to the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who turned away from outright battle with the cartels and toward targeted take-downs of top leaders. Last year’s capture of Guzman, who lived on the run for 13 years after a 2001 prison escape, had been a feather in the government’s cap.While U.S. authorities hoped Mexico might extradite Guzman to face drug charges there, Pena Nieto’s administration scoffed at the idea, with then Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam saying it would do so only after he finished his sentence in Mexico in “300 or 400 years.”On Tuesday, few predicted Mexico’s failure to hold Guzman would prompt them to begin favoring extradition.“I don’t think so,” said Juan Masini, a former U.S. Justice Department official at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. “They don’t want to be seen as a country that succumbs to the whim of the U.S.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Soldiers guard the half-built house where drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman made his escape through a tunnel from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Monday, July 13, 2015. A widespread manhunt that included highway checkpoints, stepped up border security and closure of an international airport failed to turn up any trace of “El Chapo” Guzman by Monday, more than 24 hours after he escaped through an underground tunnel in his Altiplano prison cell. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) In Mexico, however, the weekend escape by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman appears to have the governing party consulting its old playbook of denial and finger-pointing.Rather than address the complicity and corruption that most certainly allowed Guzman to slip from his high-security cell and out a mile-long tunnel rigged with lights and a motorcycle, Mexico’s interior secretary argued late Monday that the drug lord would have escaped any maximum-security prison in the world.The Altiplano prison “has the same certification as a lot of ones I could mention in the United States,” Miguel Osorio Chong said.For its part, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, which reclaimed power in 2012 after losing two presidential votes, cast blame on the previous administration of President Felipe Calderon for launching an aggressive and bloody war on Mexico’s cartels.“Those who started this cruel and absurd war on organized crime have no moral authority” to criticize the government over Guzman’s escape, the party leadership said in a statement. “Every other government power should assume their duties, contribute to strengthening the rule of law and inform and transmit confidence to the Mexican people.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   last_img read more

Insight Vacations launches Select for independentminded travellers

first_imgLorraine Sharp and Jen McDermott “To ensure that the tour is completely hassle-free, our expert tour directors are on hand acting as a ‘personal concierge’, providing well-informed yet unobtrusive assistance in each destination. “The tour directors will also offer guests a range of ‘Experience’ packages in each destination, half or full day excursions that have been designed to enhance a clients stay, completely at their discretion. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> “Guests can also tailor the duration of their trip, either opting to leave their tour early, travel on the entire itinerary or stay a little longer.” Although Insight’s Select program launched just 7 weeks ago it already represents 8% of the company’s total business. Lorraine hopes that figure will rise to 10% by March next year. Currently, the top three Select countries for Insight are Italy, France and the United Kingdom.center_img Insight Vacations has launched its stand alone 2010 Select collection, which consists of 10 independent-style itineraries. Lorraine Sharp, managing Director, Insight Vacations said, “I’m very pleased to be part of this exciting stage in Insight’s evolution.  “Select is the perfect solution for individuals who prefer a more independent  style of travel, but who want to take advantage of the hassle-free, great value and high quality style that Insight is renowned for.“On Insight’s Select program, flexibility is the key component from start to finish. An orientation tour is included in each city, giving guests the perfect starting point to begin their own personal exploration, taking in sights and highlights that match their specific interests. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Southalls brush with death Lesson Learnt – Always

first_imgIsland Caretaker Ben Southall has been stung by a venomous irukandji jellyfish after ignoring Tourism Queensland advice to wear a stinger suit. It just goes to show that anyone can have a bad day at the office – even the guy with the “best job in the world”. Ben was stung on his elbow by the potentially deadly jellyfish, which is roughly the size of an adult’s pinky finger. The 34-year old former British charity worker tweeted about the “crazy 24 hours” after he was stung climbing off a jet Ski near Hamilton Island on Sunday. “Feeling 100% again after an irukandji sting while jet skiing,” he tweeted. “Horrible incident. Lesson learnt – always wear a stinger suit.”A Tourism Queensland spokeswoman said Ben received medical treatment for the headache and nausea he suffered after the sting, but has since made a full recovery. “Tourism Queensland is pleased to report that Ben is in good health and has no ill effects from the incident,” she said.The Destination Queensland website advises anyone in the ocean north of Agnes Waters to don a stinger suit at this time of year.Marine stinger expert Lisa-Ann Gershwin said irukandji season peaked between Christmas and New Year.Ben’s ‘Best Job in the World’ six -month stint as Island Caretaker finishes on December 31, but he will stay on as a global tourism ambassador for Tourism Queensland. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Philippine Airlines cut flights to Australia

first_imgJust seven months after adding the new route to its network, Philippine Airlines (PAL) yesterday announced they are suspending all flights to Brisbane and cutting the number of flights to Melbourne.Effective 31 October 2010, PAL will fly to Melbourne three times weekly, down from five flights a week, while all Brisbane flights will be suspended. Sydney’s five weekly flights will remain unaffected, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.Ms Villaluna in a statement assured that passengers affected by the “flight realignments” will be properly notified and advised on the best course of action.“Market considerations and the onset of the lean season” prompted the “streamlining” of Australian operations, according to PAL president Jaime Bautista who told ABS CBN that, “PAL will continue to lose money if we don’t realign our Australian flights”. However, some Australian travel agents have said removing the Brisbane flights was a premature move, not giving agents enough time, and education via lack of trade advertising, to get used to the route and sell them on to customers.“In this industry we are bombarded with updates and new schedules and sometimes it takes a while for things to become mainstream,” a Melbourne travel agent told e-Travel Blackboard.“I don’t think seven months was long enough to test the market.” PAL intends to fly to Brisbane for the peak December season, ABS CBN reported.”After that we will assess the market if there is a need to operate our Brisbane route even during lean months,” Mr Bautista said.On a promotional drive in Australia with the Philippine Department of Tourism last month PAL boasted strong Australian growth, attributing much of this to an increase in capacity.The news of PAL’s dropping flights to Australia came within days of Qantas applying for capacity on the Philippines route, its low cost carrier expected to start Darwin to Manila services in early 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.Mlast_img read more

Gold class Surfers Paradise Marriott unveils 20m new look

first_imgThe newest hot spot for travellers this summer has been unveiled as Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa after re-launching with an extensive $20 million refurbishment yesterday.Considered as one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic brands, the new look and feel throughout the property incorporates the natural beauty of its surrounds, bringing a sea-breeze feel into its decor, common areas and eateries. Minister for Tourism Jan Jarratt, Marriott International’s Asia Pacific President and Managing Director, Simon Cooper, and  Director of EHP (Gold Coast) Pty Ltd, the owning company, Mr. Erhard Hotter, headlined yesterday’s official re-launch, which was said to bring the Marriott brand in the region to a new level of style and sophistication.                                          “The fact that our partners EHP (Gold Coast) Pty Ltd have committed $20 million to the refurbishment of the property speaks volumes for their confidence in the Gold Coast brand. Marriott International is a global company and has great commitment to this hotel and the future success of the Gold Coast,” Simon Cooper said.The 28 level, 329 room resort is also home to Australia’s only snorkeling lagoon open to all guests, a bonus for family visitors.  All guest rooms, including the Presidential Suite, has undergone significant changes with a new contemporary look, as with the lobby area featuring coastal emphasis.  The dedicated events floor has also been remodeled and boasts state-of-the-art technology.  A new-all-day dining interactive restaurant, Citrique, a favourite with locals and tourists alike, was also re-launched yesterday.  “The refurbishment works that have been undertaken are a strong vote of confidence in the Gold Coast, tourism in Australia and the property itself which is now right up at the top of the five star rankings nationally,” Mr Cooper said.General Manager, Peter Brampton said the refurbishments throughout the 19-year old hotel has elevated the property to regain its title of Gold Coast’s most luxurious and unique hotel “The Marriott caused a sensation when it opened and our lagoon pool with its tropical fish has been a unique attraction that for almost two decades has drawn guests back to the resort time and again,” he said.“The hotel is positioned at the very top of the five-star tree on the Gold Coast and the resort now provides guests with a level of elegance and comfort that is unmatched.”Other features of the resort include an all-day Elandra Retreat Club for club floor guests, a grab-and-go deli, the lobby and lounge bar, Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, and the world-class Lattouf Hair and Day Spa.  A new WIFI area in the lobby is also available for all guests’ Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia open up the top end

first_imgSingapore Airlines and Virgin Australia announced today the new international and domestic routes between Singapore and Darwin along with the launch of the merged frequent flyer program amidst their recently approved alliance.Singapore Airlines’ regional full service airline, Silk Air, will begin a service between Singapore and Darwin four times weekly beginning 26 March 2012 with Virgin Australia complementing these services with daily flights between Darwin and Sydney beginning 2 April 2012.The two airlines will merge their frequent flyer program, enabling KrisFlyer members to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on Virgin Australia’s entire network and vice versa with Velocity members.  For eligible customers, reciprocal lounge access is also available. Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial and SilkAir Chairman, Mr Mak Swee Wah expressed his delight at the addition of Darwin to the network, which provides more travel options for customers as a result of the Virgin Australia alliance. “Our partnership enables us to better service this important market, particularly with the introduction of a strong business class product and extensive international connections,” Mr Mak Swee Wah said.  Both airlines spoke of the benefits of the reciprocal frequent flyer program, delivering tangible benefits to customers, with more choice for domestic and international travel combined with seamless service.“From next week, Virgin Australia customers will be able to enjoy the first benefits of the alliance, with the ability to earn and burn frequent flyer points and status credits on Singapore Airlines’ network of destinations and access 14 lounges around the world. We look forward to bringing our customers further exciting benefits as the alliance develops,” Virgin Australia Group Executive of Alliances, Network & Yield Management Ms McArthur said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W “Darwin is the gateway to the Northern Territory’s popular tourist destinations and is an increasingly important commercial hub. Together with Singapore Airlines we will be able to offer visitors from Singapore, Asia and Europe the opportunity to visit the Northern Territory and then travel on to Sydney and the East Coast of Australia. Our services will also be attractive to business travellers who now have the option of a quality business class service from Sydney to Darwin and on to Singapore and beyond,” Ms McAurthur said. To accommodate eligible Virgin Australia guests and those of its alliance partners, Virgin Australia also announced that it would open a lounge at Darwin Airport.Both airlines are expecting to commence codeshare arrangements on each other’s services from early 2012.last_img read more

Fraser Suites Sydney voted Best Serviced Apartment again in 2012 at HM

first_imgFraser Suites Sydney has once again been named best “Serviced Apartment Property” at the 2012 HM (Hotel Management) Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 7th September. This is the 4th year that Fraser Suites Sydney has taken out the award, which highlights the exceptional nature of the stunning Sydney CBD apartment hotel. These awards for the accommodation industry in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, are judged by a panel of 50 industry experts and leading travel editors and writers. Also recognised at the award ceremony was Sales & Marketing Associate, Gwen Parker, who was highly commended in the employee awards, and recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Sales team. According to General Manager of Fraser Suites Sydney, Matthew Rubie, “we are delighted to be recognised in this way as these awards are voted on by our peers.” “To take out the award four years in a row and to be acknowledged for our facilities and services is a real honour. “Also, Gwen is an exceptional member of our team, and to have her recognised in this way, was a great achievement and a testament to her skills and efforts.” Source = Frasers Hospitality Fraser Suites Sydney General Manager, Matthew Rubie accepting the awardlast_img read more