Woman fighting loss of home blows self up kills 2

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Check your body, save your life Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths BEIJING (AP) – Chinese media say a woman upset over the compensation she was offered for losing her home blew up explosives strapped to her body, killing herself and two other people.The official Xinhua News Agency says another 14 people were wounded by the explosion Thursday in Zhaotong city in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It did not identify the woman.Forced relocations are common in China as local governments raise money by selling land for new development. Residents are not always compensated or are given very little.center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist People have also set themselves on fire to protest such land grabs.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

Philip back at Queens side at military ceremony

first_img“Trooping the Color” is an annual ceremony marking the queen’s official birthday, which takes place in June. The monarch’s actual birthday was on 21 April, when she turned 86.The ceremony originates from traditional battle preparations, when “colors”, which refer to military flags, were carried down the rank to be seen by soldiers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 ways to recognize low testosterone LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have attended a ceremony honoring her birthday.The parade of horses, soldiers and musicians called “Trooping the Color” is the first official event attended by Philip since he left the hospital last week, following treatment for a bladder infection.The royal couple rode in a vintage horse-drawn carriage for the parade in central London, where thousands of people turned out to watch the military spectacle.last_img read more

Limas unlikely superhero

first_img Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Single and childless, Chavez lives in a rented apartment in a poor neighborhood in Lima’s center.He says he doesn’t have a girlfriend.“But when I get a girlfriend I would like to make love on the moon.”__Associated Press photographer Martin Mejia contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “Hola Superman!” people shout to him.“Hola, Superamigo!” he’ll shout back.Chavez became a superhero 15 years ago after a failed go at bullfighting and jobs as a craftsman, laboratory worker and brothel security guard.“I lost my job but realized that I could be Superman. I went to the story and bought a blue shirt and a cousin of mine who is a seamstress sewed the cape, the boots, the belt and the red tights,” he told The Associated Press.He hasn’t lacked for work since.One political party even asked him to run for Congress a decade ago. He agreed, but didn’t win the seat.Chavez says he tries to “maintain order in the city.” In 2002, he says, he recovered from a thief a purse the man had stolen from a woman.“My Kryptonite is my security,” he says, referring the fictional element that protects the comic book character whose identity he’s fused with his own.As a younger man, Chavez said he sometimes dressed as Carlos Gardel, the Argentine crooner whose tangos “cut to the soul” or wore a beret that made him feel like the revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.But Superman proved the ticket to steady work. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressLIMA, Peru (AP) – It’s not easy being Superman.It only earns about $160 a month for Avelino Chavez, who dresses up daily as the caped hero.But oh, the adventures!The 52-year-old Chavez can’t fly but does seem to be everywhere in Lima: at political rallies and speeches, at a wedding shoot for Peru’s famed opera tenor Juan Diego Florez, hawking tours and flights on behalf of a travel agency in the central Plaza de Armas. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

Indian fisherman No warning before Gulf shooting

first_imgAssociated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An Indian fisherman aboard a boat shot at by the U.S. Navy off Dubai’s coast has told officials the crew received no warning before being fired upon, India’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday.The account differs from that provided by the Navy, which said it resorted to lethal force Monday only after issuing a series of warnings.One Indian was killed in the incident, and three of his countrymen were seriously wounded. The shooting underscored how quickly naval encounters can escalate in the increasingly tense waters of the Gulf. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The shooting happened Monday afternoon when a boat rapidly approached the refueling ship USNS Rappahannock about 10 miles (16 kilometers) off Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, according to the Navy.The Navy said the boat’s crew disregarded warnings from the U.S. vessel, and only then did gunners fire on it with a .50-caliber machine gun.A description of the incident posted online by the U.S. military indicates that a security team aboard the Rappahannock began issuing warnings as the boat headed toward it from about 900 yards (820 meters) away. Gunners opened fire when the boat closed in to about 100 yards (90 meters), according to the account.The white-hulled, dark-bottomed boat appeared to be a civilian vessel powered by three outboard motors. It had no obvious military markings. The skiff was 50 feet (15 meters) long and carried no communications gear, according to the U.S. military description.Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.Indian consular officials have met with the wounded. Indian Ambassador M.K. Lokesh told The Associated Press on Tuesday that one of the survivors reported that the men were returning from fishing when they encountered the American ship. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Parents, stop beating yourself up Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “The reason why we have repeatedly announced that the presence of foreign forces can threaten (the) security of the region is visible in the incidents that are happening,” he said at his weekly news conference.“Any move or policy which can somehow endanger the security of this region or the security of energy supplies can threaten the interests of the regional countries,” he added.The U.S. recently boosted its naval presence in the Gulf with additional minesweepers and other warships. The Pentagon said Monday it is sending another aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to ensure it has two carriers continuously in the region.___Associated Press writer Nirmala George contributed reporting from New Delhi.___Online: http://www.centcom.mil/images/120716_usns_full.pdf New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   center_img “He says there was no warning” before the shooting occurred, Lokesh said, though he noted that authorities are still working to determine what happened. “We are waiting for the investigation to be complete.”Guest workers from India and other South Asian countries have flocked to the Gulf for decades in search of well-paying jobs. Many are employed as low-skilled workers in industries such as fishing and construction.Dubai’s police chief, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, said an initial investigation suggests “the boat was in its right course and did not pose any danger,” according to comments published by Abu Dhabi-based daily The National. He told the government-backed newspaper that the shooting appeared to be a mistake.Lokesh said the casualties are all from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Four other men _ two Indians and two Emiratis _ were unhurt because they were in the boat’s cabin, he said.The three injured men are recovering in a Dubai hospital and are “out of danger,” the Indian ambassador added. It was not immediately possible to reach the fishermen directly.The U.S. ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, has expressed regret for the loss of life and assured Indian officials that the U.S. government will conduct a full investigation. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories India has separately asked the United Arab Emirates to investigate the incident, Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said Tuesday.Emirati and American officials both say they are investigating.Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, declined to say what types of warnings the Rappahannock’s crew issued before opening fire, though he said they acted in line with standard procedures.“U.S. ships have an inherent right to self-defense against potential threats. The U.S. crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel’s operators to turn away from their deliberate approach,” he said.The Gulf federation, which includes the commercial hub of Dubai and the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi, is a key American ally in the Gulf. American warships frequently visit Jebel Ali port, a popular rest stop among U.S. sailors.Tensions are high in the Gulf after nearby Iran last week renewed threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz _ the route for one-fifth of the world’s oil _ in retaliation for tighter sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast used Monday’s incident to challenge the U.S. over what he called a provocation in the Gulf, according to comments carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories last_img read more

UK government ditches rail contract

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 0 Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Train tracks are not maintained by train operators. And with some contracts as short as five years, rail operators are largely discouraged from investing in the system.What’s often lost in discussions on contracts are the passengers, said the consumer group Campaign for Better Transport.“It shows the difficulties with the current system,” said Richard Hebditch, the campaign director. “The point of the franchising is to improve the service, but I don’t think that really happened.”Branson, the Virgin chief, praised transport authorities for reconsidering their decision. He said he was hopeful Virgin, which had been running the route since 1997, could continue operating the franchise.FirstGroup said it was “extremely disappointed” at the news. Its shares plunged just over 20 percent Wednesday in London trading.The uncertainty over the line’s franchise also prompted concern about the economy in the region. Adam Marshall, director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said that the government needs to move quickly to ensure that investment in the railway network does not suffer.`’The West Coast line is one of Britain’s most important business corridors, and companies in cities up and down the country will be concerned that this situation could affect both current services and future investment in critical passenger services,” he said. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressLONDON (AP) – The British government’s rail policy was thrown into chaos Wednesday after it canceled a disputed contract to run one of the country’s busiest lines following the discovery of “unacceptable mistakes” in the way it awarded the franchise.The announcement is a partial victory for the line’s present operator, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which lost out on the 13-year contract to run the west coast London-to-Scotland service in August to rival operator FirstGroup. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin called off the contract because of “deeply regrettable and completely unacceptable mistakes” made by his department in the way it managed the bidding process.The errors were uncovered as the department was preparing to deal with a High Court challenge brought by Branson, who challenged the contract’s award.McLoughlin said staff had been suspended and an investigation had been launched. The bidding process will be run again.The government’s errors related to how the level of risk in the bids was evaluated. The department said in a statement that “mistakes were made in the way in which inflation and passenger numbers were taken into account.”The problem raises questions about the department’s overall ability to assess and make decisions on contracts, said rail expert Christian Wolmar. Everything will be placed on hold.“It’s a very small team there,” he said.The announcement struck a nerve in a country where the privatization of railways in the 1990s has left a troubled legacy. Critics say the nationalization was rushed and resulted in a system that is both complicated and inefficient. Trains are often crowded and consumer groups argue that services are often three to five times more expensive than their European counterparts. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories last_img

Report Imprisoned Dutch killer to be father

first_img Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Van der Sloot’s attorney, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press that a woman named Leidy Figueroa Uceda “is registered as a conjugal visitor of Joran. She is registered in the visitors books of the Piedras Gordas prison in Lima.”He denied, however, that he had told the newspaper he could confirm the pregnancy.“I told them I didn’t know anything in that respect,” he said.News media in Peru last year identified Figueroa as Van der Sloot’s girlfriend, and said they had conceived a son together, but she denied it.De Telegraaf said Van der Sloot told it that the woman uses birth control pills but apparently forgot to take one. He said she would not have an abortion due to her Roman Catholic faith. He said he didn’t have DNA proof the child is his, but he believes it to be.Recorded messages on Monday indicated that two telephone numbers registered to Figueroa had been cancelled.Van der Sloot is a self-described liar, having confessed to killing Holloway and later retracting the confessions. He is the last person known to have seen her alive on the Caribbean island of Aruba.He was convicted of robbing and killing of Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room after meeting her in a nearby casino in 2010. Associated PressLIMA, Peru (AP) – A newspaper reported Monday that Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, says he is going to be a father.His lawyer said the inmate does have a conjugal visitor, but he could not confirm she is pregnant.The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said Van der Sloot, a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway, told the paper in a telephone call Saturday that “a test has proved” the pregnancy. Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 The Dutchman is wanted by authorities in the U.S. for allegedly extorting money from the Holloway family on the promise of revealing the location of her body.He could resist extradition to the United States, where is wanted in the Holloway case, if he obtains Peruvian nationality. That would be a possibility if he becomes the father of a Peruvian child or if he marries a Peruvian citizen.Van der Sloot is appealing his conviction.___Associated Press writer Franklin Briceno reported this story in Lima and Toby Sterling reported from Amsterdam.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

China Ghana detains 90 Chinese for illegal mining

first_img Top Stories BEIJING (AP) – China says Ghana has detained more than 90 Chinese citizens on suspicion of illegal gold mining and that one has died.The Foreign Ministry said Sunday it has expressed serious concern to Ghana over the death and detentions. It said it understands Ghana will deal with the matter according to the law and protect the safety and rights of Chinese citizens.The ministry gave few details in an online statement. It said Ghanaian authorities have cracked down on illegal gold mining this year and arrested the Chinese “recently.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Last month, the Chinese Embassy in Ghana announced that 40 Chinese had been detained on suspicion of illegal gold mining. Thirty-eight were deported.China is eager to be seen as capable of maintaining the security and rights of its citizens abroad.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

USDA relists Canadian meatpacking plant

first_imgTORONTO (AP) – A Canadian meatpacking plant involved in a large recall of contaminated beef products over E. coli bacteria concerns is again being allowed to ship products to the U.S.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that the U.S Department of Agriculture has relisted the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta, effective immediately.Canada revoked the plant’s permit to export beef to the U.S. on Sept. 13 at the request of the USDA after several of the company’s beef products were recalled. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img A massive recall was also implemented in Canada after 16 people became ill.The Canadian food inspection agency restored the plant’s operating license on Oct. 23.The plant’s operations have been taken over by JBS USA, the American subsidiary of a Brazilian-owned enterprise that has an option to buy the plant.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Protesting Macedonians demand governments resignation

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The government of the tiny, landlocked Balkan nation of about 2 million people is reeling from a massive, long-running wiretap scandal and a shootout a week ago between police and ethnic Albanian gunmen that left 18 dead in a border town. In a region with a long and bloody history of ethnic conflicts and political instability, the developments have caused consternation both domestically and abroad.The great majority of the protesters in Skopje departed Sunday night, but hundreds of opposition supporters have put up tents outside the government building, intending to stay for days.“Freedom and democracy have no price for us. No price. And we will not stop until we see this dictator resigning,” said opposition supporter Mirjana Janov.The crowd outside the government building in Skopje chanted “goodbye Gruevski” and “resignations, resignations,” and a poster was held aloft showing Gruevski behind prison bars.“We have come for our future. I am sending a clear message: Gruevski, don’t procrastinate. leave!” Zaev told the crowd. Former diplomats, human rights activists and journalists also spoke.Majority ethnic Macedonians and minority ethnic Albanians mingled together in the crowd. Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Sunday in the center of the Macedonian capital to demand the resignation of conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.Zoran Zaev, leader of the opposition Social Democrats and the keynote speaker in the rally, claimed that more than 100,000 attended the incident-free rally.“More than 100,000 citizens were here today and we got support from different ethnic groups of our country. This could not possibly have been organized by only one party,” Zaev told The Associated Press. He said the rally was “a strong message to our government and to the prime minister to submit their resignations.” Comments   Share   “I am here to say goodbye to Nikola. I want this government to leave immediately because people have suffered for too long under his regime”, said Blagica Nikolova, 52, who was in the crowd.Mirjana Najceska, a human rights activist, said the protest was about freedom: “the same freedom that my father took up arms to fight fascists for when he was 17 and who has come again here today now that he is 90.”Zaev is demanding the formation of a caretaker government that will organize new elections.In January, Zaev began releasing a cache of wiretapped conversations, and claimed that Gruevski was behind the mass wiretapping of more than 20,000 Macedonians. The conversations are claimed to reveal corruption at the highest levels of government, including mismanagement of funds, spurious criminal prosecutions of opponents and even attempted cover-ups of killings.Zaev said those conversations were leaked to him by “patriots” in the domestic intelligence service.Gruevski, who has won successive elections since 2006, angrily rejects the accusations. He accuses Zaev of participating in a coup plot backed by unnamed foreign spy agencies.Richard Howitt, a British MEP and former European Parliament rapporteur for Macedonia’s EU accession, said in a written statement that he hoped his presence with other international representatives would help promote calm, following last week’s events where anti-government protests turned violent and the deadly attack in Kumanovo. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy A pro-government protest has been called for Monday evening in front of the Macedonian parliament building, less than 1 kilometer (3,000 feet) from the government building. The government hopes it will be at least as massive as Sunday’s opposition rally.Police say they will put many officers on the ground to ensure attendees in the two rallies do not come in contact.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories “Current events must not allow a return to inter-ethnic violence in a country which we see as our partner, now and in the future,” Howitt said.The government says it’s doing what it can. Three government officials who were among Gruevski’s closest aides — the interior and transport ministers, Gordana Jankuloska and Mile Janakieski, and intelligence chief Saso Mijalkov, a relative of Gruevski — resigned last week, saying they did so to calm the situation. The three were the voices most heard on the recordings.Zaev said the resignations aren’t enough.“There is nothing that Nikola Gruevski can do except to leave this (government) building behind us,” Zaev said.He also called for the resignation of Macedonia’s chief prosecutor, new leadership for the national TV broadcaster, and the formation of a caretaker government to organize free and fair elections.Zaev told the AP that he will meet Gruevski on Monday, adding that he hopes that “through dialogue Gruevski will be persuaded to submit his resignation.”Zaev and Gruevski have been invited by the European Parliament for talks to resolve the crisis on Tuesday in Strasbourg. 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Blasts at Kurdish party offices in Turkey injure 6

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Less than three weeks before Turkey’s general election, two separate explosions in buildings housing the local headquarters of a pro-Kurdish political party injured at least six people, the party said.The explosions in the local branches of the People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, in the southern cities of Adana and Mersin, occurred some 10 minutes apart. Six executives and workers of the party’s local offices were hurt in Adana, the HDP said in a statement. The private Dogan news agency said the explosions were caused by bombs placed in a package delivered to the Adana branch and a pot of flowers left outside the door of the Mersin branch.The HDP is expected to play a key role in Turkey’s general election on June 7.If it passes a 10-percent threshold it could prevent the ruling party from getting a sufficient majority in parliament to allow it to change the constitution — effectively thwarting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans of turning Turkey’s parliamentary system into a system with an all-powerful president.The attack on the Mersin office came hours before HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas was scheduled to visit the city to deliver a speech and the day after he held an election rally in Adana.The HDP said the attack was aimed at disrupting the party’s election campaign.It held Erdogan and ruling-party officials responsible, saying they had turned the HDP into a target for attacks during their election rallies.Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, condemned the attack, saying it was an assault on all political parties.Kalin however, rejected the HDP’s accusations against the Turkish leader saying to make such claims before the investigation was concluded was “unacceptable.” 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

ExUK tabloid editor Andy Coulson cleared of perjury

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Coulson was accused of lying about his knowledge of phone hacking — the tabloid’s practice of eavesdropping on the voicemail messages of politicians, celebrities and people in the public eye.He was convicted last year at another trial of conspiracy to hack phones and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was released in November after serving five months.Burns acquitted Coulson Monday but legal restrictions meant the decision could not be reported until he informed the jury on Wednesday.The judge said Wednesday that even if Coulson had lied under oath, “the lies were not relevant and do not amount to perjury.”He discharged the jury and told Coulson he was free to leave the court.Outside court, Coulson said: “I am just delighted that after four pretty testing years that my family and myself have finally had a good day.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, center, leaves the High Court after he was cleared of perjury, Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, May 3, 2015. Coulson, who edited the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid between 2003 and 2007, had been charged with lying in a 2010 trial of former Scottish lawmaker Tommy Sheridan. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was cleared of perjury Wednesday after a judge said the alleged lies he told under oath were not relevant to the trial in question.Judge David Burns told jurors at Edinburgh High Court that “not every lie amounts to perjury.”Coulson, who edited the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid between 2003 and 2007 and later served as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief, had been charged with lying in a 2010 trial of former Scottish lawmaker Tommy Sheridan. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Tribunal UK spy agency kept data on rights groups too long

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   LONDON (AP) — A British tribunal has ruled that the electronic eavesdropping agency GCHQ violated the rights of two overseas human rights agencies by failing to delete intercepted data on time.The judges of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled Monday that GCHQ kept intercepted data from The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and The Legal Resources Center of South Africa for longer than allowed.The tribunal did find that the original interception of the data was lawful and appropriate. The tribunal is charged with investigating and ruling on complaints about surveillance practices by public authorities, including Britain’s security services. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img It is requiring GCHQ, which stands for Government Communications Headquarters and is the British counterpart of the U.S. National Security Agency, to confirm within 14 days that the data has been destroyed.The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by Liberty, Privacy International and other civil rights advocates.It follows an earlier ruling in December that generally backed GCHQ’s surveillance practices.The eavesdropping agency posted a statement on its website Monday indicating it was “working to rectify the technical errors” identified in the new ruling.It said it welcomed the tribunal’s assertion that the interception of data had been lawful and that the policy breaches weren’t serious enough to warrant compensation for the agencies involved.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Specialist Holidays are all the rage for the over 50s

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/21525/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Specialist Holidays are becoming increasingly popular with the over 50s, according to AA Travel Insurance.Popular niche holidays among this demographic include yoga and meditation breaks, hobby holidays such as cooking or painting retreats, sports tourism, cycling holidays, wine tasting tours, festivals and fiestas, wildlife tours, adventure holidays and health spa breaks. There has also been an increase in demand for accommodation designed to take large groups of friends and family amongst the over 50s age group. In recent years, the home away from home hotel accommodation has become increasingly popular with the over 50s, and this trend is expected to continue. An AA travel insurance spokesperson said, “More and more people from the so-called baby boomer generation are beginning to want something a little different and challenging from their holiday adventures. “Before the internet travel boom, most people would be restricted to what their local travel agent had to offer, whereas the present-day holidaymaker has a virtually unlimited choice. “While many people still just want to relax on a beach for a couple of weeks to recover from the stress of their working lives, people of and approaching retirement age are increasingly looking for something a little more energetic and stimulating from their time away.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Asian nominees announced for World Travel Awards

first_imgThe nominations for the World Travel Awards in Asia have been announced. A record number of Indian travel and tourism companies are in the running to receive an accolade at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Ceremony in October.  Regional winners will then go forward to compete against some of the finest travel operators in the world in the 17th World Travel Awards 2010 final in London.The nominees from the Asia/Australasia region are among 5, 000 nominated companies, spread across more than 1, 000 categories, including airlines, cruise companies, destinations, resorts and hotels in 162 countries.Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President, World Travel Awards, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the tremendous response to self nominations this year, which have grown a phenomenal 50 per cent on 2009.”“The quality and quantity of nominees within the Indian categories has surpassed all previous years. With the largest number of dedicated country categories within the Asia Awards, Indian is undoubtedly a very strong competitor for the 2010 awards.””The surge in nominations, in the face of a global recession, demonstrates the vital role that World Travel Awards now plays within the travel industry. “More multinational companies than ever, ranging from Etihad Airways and TAP Portugal to InterContinental Hotels, Universal Studios and Disney, are spearheading their global marketing campaigns with their award victories,” he added.Winners of the Asia & Australasia Ceremony will be announced at the The Claridges Surajkund, Delhi, on Sunday 17 October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29420/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Walk in the footsteps of Wilde and Beckett at Trinity College

first_img“We receive approximately 600,000 visitors to Trinity College per year of which less than 10 per cent are from Australia,” said Paul Corrigan, Retail and Marketing Manger, The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin. “Currently a number of Australian agents aren’t aware of the massive tourism potential associated with the College, which is a challenge we are trying to overcome.” Located in the heart of Dublin City, Trinity College Library Dublin is one of the world’s great research libraries. The College also houses the Book of Kells – a 9th century gospel, revered as a work of art and famous throughout the world – which is on view alongside other important manuscripts in the “Turning Darkness into light” exhibition in the treasury. Visitors are also able to walk through the Old Library, which is the oldest surviving building in Trinity College, built between 1712 and 1732. The main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, houses over 200,000 of the library’s oldest books and was said to have inspired George Lucas’ final battle scene in the “Jedi Archives” during the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Trinity College is open seven days a week and entry tickets are valid for a 24-hour period to ensure that visitors get the most out of their visit as possible. Boasting incredible alumni including Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker, Trinity College should be included as a ”must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. The Long room The book of Kells Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Hoteliers optimistic occupancy will rise

first_imgAustralian property managers remain positive that bookings will pick up in the year ahead, despite occupancy rates averaging at 30 percent between April and June this year. According to a Stayz Group Accommodation Index unveiled earlier this month, hoteliers cited economic conditions and weather disruptions for the affected conditions.Despite low occupancy levels, Western Australia and Queensland saw the highest rates of 39 percent and 36 percent, while Victoria and New South Wales filled up 25 percent and 29 percent of their properties.The slow mid-year is expected to pass with up to 38 percent of accommodation owners predicting trading conditions to be slightly better or much better over the next 12 months.The average national occupancy rate is expected to pick up to 35 percent between July and September this year and a further 38 percent between April and June next year.“The Australian tourism market has been impacted by a number of factors recently, including destructive weather, a high Australian dollar and poor global economic conditions,” Stayz Group general manager Kirsty Shaw said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Kylie is coming to Mardi Gras

first_imgKylie has announced she will be coming to Australia to celebrate all the glitter and excitement of Sydney Mardi Gras with all her loyal fans this year.The announcement comes as the superstar is also celebrating her 25th anniversary as a music icon, otherwise known as K25, 25 years of Kylie. Kylie told a Mardi Gras spokesperson “I’m coming home for Mardi Gras and I simply can’t wait to be there for it,”“Your support over the years has been phenomenal and being there for Mardi Gras is going to be a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of this relationship.” A spokesperson for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said they will be producing further information on the announcements that portray both the excitement and pride they share with strategic partners at Destination NSW over the exciting news.“Kylie’s visit is not just wonderful news for our LGBTQI community and Sydney at large, but also for her multitude of fans around the world. As such, this becomes of great economic value to our tourism industry and a feather in our cap as a premier international destination that knows how to treat visitors to an unforgettable time,” a Mardi Gras spokesperson said.“While we were busy preparing to share Sydney’s best kept secret with the rest of the world this week, Kylie sent us an “I can’t wait to see you” video and personally asked us to share it with you all.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Great Keppel Isle ecoresort to boost TQ

first_imgQueensland’s tourism industry is pegging on the approval of a planned $600 million eco-resort at Great Keppel Island to not only attract new travelers but create hundreds of new jobs.  Announced yesterday, the proposed great Keppel Island re-development on the Capricorn Coast will see a low-rise eco-tourism resort built over a period of 12 years, according to Tourism Queensland (TQ) chief executive Anthony Hayes.Mr Hayes said despite it being a challenging couple of years this new resort would be a huge show of confidence in the future of Queensland’s tourism industry that seems to be bouncing back with a range of tourism developments and refurbishments and new airline routes and capacity.“The process Tower Holdings has undertaken also shows the company’s commitment to the project and to the tourism potential that an eco-resort of this standard will bring to Queensland,” TQ’s head said.In the past two years, Queensland has been focused on investing, developing and improving the tourism industry.  The gold Coast saw multi-million dollar upgrades to the Marriott, Sheraton Mirage and Paradise Resorts.Hayman Island in the Whitsundays reopened in August last year after a multi-million dollar refurbishment and Lindeman Island was purchased earlier this year by a Chinese media group before currently undergoing a major upgrade.After Cyclone Yasi in the Tropical North, Orpheus Island saw a multi-million dollar upgrade before re-opening last October.  Dunk and Bedarra Islands are currently being rebuilt also following Yasi.Millions of dollars have been injected into the Cairns and Port Douglas region, including a $5 million upgrade of Silky Oaks Lodge; $6 million to transform the former Rydges Port Douglas into QT Resorts; $10 million on upgrades to the Cairns Hilton and Holiday Inn and $20 million for Ports North’s redevelopment of the Cairns Cruise Ship Terminal.On top of that an additional $25 million is about to be spent to upgrade the hotel and Cairns Pier precinct while the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park has plans to upgrade with investment.Castaways at Mission Beach had a $3 million refurbishment following damage from Cyclone Yasi and an upgrade on Townsville Sealink Magnetic Island ferry service vessels will allow possibilities to further diversifying tourism.Increased flights will see more travellers access Queensland in domestic and international routes. The recent announcement by China Eastern Airlines will see direct flights from Shanghai to Cairns and Singapore Airlines’ low-cost off-shoot Scoot is flying into the Gold Coast.“The Queensland Government has named tourism as one of the four pillars of the state’s economy and the Great Keppel Island development, should it gain final approval, will be another plank in our fantastic tourism product and experiences,” Mr Hayes concluded. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

IATA releases Airline Financial Monitor

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association has released the November and December results in the Airline Financial Monitor and worldwide airline share prices rose four per cent in December.For the year as a whole share prices were up 40 per cent which was helped by the decline in crude oil and jet fuel prices over recent months.Crude oil prices halved by the end of 2014 and have fallen a further 17 per cent in January, IATA have said this is reflecting the appreciation of the US dollar as well as continued growth in supply.Quarter three financial results showed improvements in the US being partially offset by weakness in other regions, however US passenger yields remain up on a year ago.Strong trade growth in Asia Pacific has boosted air freight volumes and the trend in air travel growth remains positive.For November there was growth in all available seats, but it was still below the pace of growth in demand, which should support aircraft utilization rates.Passenger load factors trended sideways in November, but air freight load factors continue to show steady improvement, this was supported by solid expansion in volumes.The report from IATA stated the year 2014 finished on a high, however it could have been better, for 2015 the international air transport body believes the growth will continue throughout. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more