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PEOPLE Porters Robert Deluce to be inducted into Canadas Aviation Hall of

first_img Posted by Share Friday, June 16, 2017 Robert DeluceTORONTO — Today is an important day for Robert Deluce. The president and founding CEO of Porter Airlines will be formally inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) at a ceremony to be held in Vancouver this evening.“Bob’s dedication to establishing Porter as a distinct and sustainable alternative for travellers required a strong vision and determination,” said Don Carty, Porter’s Chairman of the Board. “I’ve known Bob for many years. He is an incredibly skilled business person and has a unique ability to relate to people of all backgrounds and experiences. His contribution to Canada’s aviation system is immense and his induction well earned.”Deluce’s passion for aviation started early on when he was a boy helping his parents with their small hunting and fishing charter service in Northern Ontario. Throughout his career, he has held management positions at a number of airlines including White River Air Service, norOntair, Austin Airways, Air Creebec, Air Manitoba and Canada 3000. He has served as Porter’s CEO for more than a decade now.Deluce is also an active pilot, accumulating more than 13,000 hours of operating time commercially and privately. With today’s ceremony, he joins his father, Stanley Deluce, who was also inducted into the CAHF in 2007 for his own achievements in establishing regional air service in numerous northern Canadian communities.“My induction is a tremendous honour,” said Deluce. “It represents many people, places and companies that I’ve been privileged to associate with. Starting with my parents, eight siblings and countless mentors, colleagues and friends, I’m immensely grateful for the support that has been provided to me. The work we are currently doing at Porter is really just beginning. I’m very committed to working with our 1,500 team members as we grow the award-winning airline we’ve all worked very hard to establish.”The complete class of 2017 inductees include: James Erroll Boyd, WWI pilot and co-founder of the Air Scouts of Canada; Daniel A. Sitnam, founder of Helijet International Inc. and Pacific Heliport Services and Rogers Eben Smith, NASA and NRC test pilot and RCAF pilot. The Royal Canadian Air Force “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team received the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence. [PEOPLE] Porter’s Robert Deluce to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Famecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: People, Porter Airlines Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Uber suspends self driving car tests in Toronto other cities after Phoenix

first_img Share Uber suspends self driving car tests in Toronto, other cities, after Phoenix fatality Tags: Toronto, Uber Tuesday, March 20, 2018 By: Dan HealingSource: The Canadian Press TORONTO — Uber Technologies Inc. has suspended all of its self-driving vehicle testing – including a program in Toronto – after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving autonomous vehicles.Uber’s testing was halted after police in a Phoenix suburb said one of its self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian overnight Sunday.The vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel when a woman walking outside of a crosswalk was hit, Tempe police Sgt. Ronald Elcock said.The woman died of her injuries at a hospital.“Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Twitter.“We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.”The testing has been going on for months in Toronto, the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh and San Francisco as automakers and technology companies compete to be the first with the technology.Uber Canada said Monday in an email that two of its vehicles are being tested in Toronto but they have not been picking up passengers.It said testing has been conducted since last fall, using software that was studied in simulation and on the test track before being deployed to the road.But the fatality isn’t likely to derail the driverless vehicle industry because it is at such an early stage in its development, said Ross McKenzie, managing director at the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research.“I’m shocked. It’s very, very disappointing,” he said.“It’s shocking because it’s something we aspire to never have happen. The whole purpose of autonomous driving is to make the operation of vehicles safer because you take out of equation the random, unpredictable behaviour of human operators, like speeding to get through an amber light or taking your eyes off the road to pick up a coffee cup.”More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsHe added the incident will serve to further focus the industry on safety.The Waterloo research centre has a four-car fleet of autonomous car it is currently testing. McKenzie said most of the testing takes place on a closed track but the first tests on a public road took place last year.More on-road testing is scheduled for this year and he said the incident has not resulted in any immediate change to that schedule.Canada has been slow to embrace driverless vehicles but some advances have been made.In January, Suncor Energy Inc. announced it would go ahead with a project to deploy driverless ore-hauling trucks at its remote oilsands mines in northern Alberta to replace the ones humans operate.The initiative, which follows years of testing, is expected to eliminate about 400 jobs. The Calgary-based company plans to build a 150-truck fleet of 400-tonne capacity Komatsu trucks over the next six years.Last week, Magna International announced a deal with Lyft Inc., an American ride-hailing company that competes with Uber, to develop advanced driverless car technology through a multi-year partnership and a US$200 million investment in Lyft.Magna is to earn the exclusive right to manufacture kits to be used to convert Lyft’s fleet into autonomous, driverless vehicles. The kits will include cameras, radar and other sensors required for the vehicles as well as software developed by the two companies, using Magna’s manufacturing expertise and Lyft’s data from its ride-sharing operations.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesIn October, BlackBerry QNX launched testing of a self-driving car in Ottawa with what was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada after opening an innovation centre in late 2016.Meanwhile, a Canadian Senate committee warned in a report earlier this year departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles and the federal government needs to better co-ordinate action.It recommended giving the privacy commissioner greater reach over how car companies use drivers’ information, including whether personal information can be monetized, and giving federal cybersecurity officials a bigger role in protecting the new technology from hackers.The committee also said the government must invest more in its own research to deal with questions of safety, such as how to ensure a driverless car can safely navigate a snow-covered road.It said self-driving cars could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost productivity and limit the number of collisions caused by human error.But the technology could also lead to job losses in transportation sectors where some 1.1 million people are employed, including truck, bus, and taxi drivers. The Liberals, the committee said, must put in place job re-training programs for those whose jobs will be affected, and ensure sectors like after-market companies can maintain a foothold as new, automated cars hit the roads.The U.S. federal government has voluntary guidelines for companies that want to test autonomous vehicles, leaving much of the regulation up to states. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Avianca Brasil dropping Sao Paulo flights ex JFK MIA

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Friday, January 18, 2019 Tags: Avianca, Brasil, Discontinued, Miami, New York, San Paulocenter_img Avianca Brasil dropping Sao Paulo flights ex JFK, MIA TORONTO — Avianca Brasil is discontinuing its direct flights from New York and Miami to Sao Paulo (GRU) effective March 31.The carrier filed for bankruptcy protection in December 2018, citing soaring fuel costs, currency fluctuations and Brazil’s sluggish economy for its financial troubles. Flights have continued despite the bankruptcy filling.Now Avianca Brasil’s is notifying agents via its GSA in Canada, APG, that it will discontinue the direct flights from Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport (GRU) to Santiago, Miami and New York at the end of March.The airline says its focus is now on “guaranteeing the business’ sustainability” and reiterates that flights to all of its other 26 destinations remain and continue to operate regularly with 240+ daily flights.Avianca Brasil says it is in contact with all clients who bought tickets on the impacted flights and says each case will be handled individually. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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1000squarefeet for Princess new Sky Suite balconies

first_img Share Posted by 1,000-square-feet for Princess’ new Sky Suite balconies SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises says the new Sky Suites onboard new-builds Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess will offer the cruise industry’s largest balconies at sea.Two Sky Suites accommodations available now for booking onboard Sky Princess, debuting October 2019, as well as the cruise line’s next new ship, Enchanted Princess, are centrally located on the top decks and feature the largest private balconies ever offered by any cruise line, says Princess.At 1,012-square-feet (starboard side Sky Suite) and 947-square-feet (port side Sky Suite), the furnished balconies will also provide a private vantage point for the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen.The two suites will also offer 270-degree views and have sleeping capacity for five guests, and more room for gathering, making them ideal for families.“We’ve lead the way on many innovations in the cruise industry, evolving to meet the needs of today’s vacationer and of all of our new stateroom innovations, we’ve never seen such immediate demand as we are for these Sky Suites,” said Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager Canada“Our global fleet offers one of the highest percentages of balcony staterooms in the industry, across all cabin categories and now we’re eager for the arrival of the industry’s largest balconies at sea, inviting guests to relax privately or host their very own en-suite celebrations in style.”Sky Suites feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area with a skylight. Sky Suite guests get pre-cruise, shoreside concierge service as well as Sanctuary services on their balcony, a private suite experience manager, free access to the Lotus Spa’s Enclave, enhanced ultimate balcony dining and even a deluxe telescope for Discovery Stargazing at Sea.More exclusive Sky Suites services will be announced in the coming months.Sky Princess is set to launch in the Mediterranean in October 2019 and Enchanted Princess sets sail in Europe in 2020.A video of the exterior and interior of the Sky Suites can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZnaeTNDKFg&feature=youtu.be. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, January 28, 2019 last_img read more

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Its a stick… no its an insect

first_imgRelated posts:Just hanging out for Semana Santa Flying over the Osa Peninsula Turrialba overlook Rescued Costa Rican monkeys star in IKEA commercial A stick bug crawls on the jungle floor near Corcovado National Park. There are approximately 3,000 species of stick bugs. According to National Geographic they are some of the best camouflaged creatures in the world. Facebook Commentslast_img

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Treasurer of Brazils ruling party arrested in Petrobras probe

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil — Police arrested the treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party on Wednesday, bringing the country’s largest corruption scandal a step closer to President Dilma Rousseff’s government.João Vaccari Neto was arrested in connection with a probe into money laundering and illegal donations to the party, public prosecutor Carlos Lima told reporters in Curitiba. Vaccari had been detained in February for questioning about donations the party received from contractors of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro, which is at the center of an alleged scheme of kickbacks.Vaccari is being held under the legal concept of “preventive prison,” which in Brazil allows for arrest and detention when a judge rules that evidence against a suspect is sufficiently strong. His lawyers will appeal the decision, the news agency of the Workers’ Party, or PT, reported on its website.The party declined to make additional comment on Vaccari’s arrest, according to an emailed statement. It previously said that all the donations it received were legal.The arrest coincides with the strongest comments yet from the leading opposition party on a possible impeachment process against Rousseff, who has faced two mass street protests over the past month and is seeking to rebuild her strained coalition in Congress.Aécio Neves, who lost against Rousseff in last October’s election, said on Tuesday that his party is considering requesting the beginning of impeachment proceedings in Congress.“Impeachment is not a banned word,” Neves told reporters, according to a transcript of his comments posted on his party’s website.Under Brazil’s constitution, two-thirds of the lower house of Congress must approve impeachment proceedings, with the Supreme Court called in to make a final ruling in the case of criminal charges. If the accusations are for so-called crimes of responsibility, such as neglect, the Senate rules.Should Rousseff be removed from office, Vice President Michel Temer of the PMDB party would take over. If the ticket on which both Rousseff and Vice-President Michel Temer ran is annulled before the end of 2016, because of illegal campaign financing for example, new elections would be called. Thereafter, Congress would appoint a new president to carry out the remainder of the term.Pedro Barusco, a former Petrobras services manager who entered a plea bargain with prosecutors, told investigators the PT received as much as $200 million from the scheme in the decade through 2013, according to a transcript of his testimony.Investigations into fraud are also spreading to other state companies. The federal police carried out eight search warrants and two arrest warrants on Wednesday as part of a probe into alleged corruption at state-run power company Eletronorte.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Petrobras top management resigns in Brazil corruption case In a hideaway for Brazil’s rich and famous, a new scandal emerges Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested in Petrobras probelast_img read more

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Costa Rica Supreme Court You have a right to WhatsApp

first_imgRelated posts:Smartphone taxi service hits Costa Rica Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens fines Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under $2 New bill would OK ride-sharing services beyond Uber in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ruled that there is a constitutional right to use WhatsApp.The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled in favor of an appellant whose employer ordered him to shut down a private WhatsApp group chat named after the clinical laboratory at the Max Terán Valls Hospital in Quepos, Puntarenas, where he works, according to a statement from the court on Wednesday.WhatsApp is a messaging service that allows users to avoid SMS text charges by chatting online. The app is extremely popular around the world with 450 million users who can share media, make voice calls and talk to friends through private direct or group chat rooms. The messaging service was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in February 2014.The laboratory’s director explained that the chat had become full of jokes and non-related work conversations in her opinion, and that the presence of people in the chat who did not work in the lab created the potential for information about their work to be misused.The court was unmoved by the argument and said the director’s response was “disproportionate.” Sala IV ruled that the order to close the private chat infringed on the appellant’s rights considering that the “Laboratorio Clínico 2308” chat group was private and not institutional. The judges decided that ordering the chat closed would “imply censoring the possibility of the appellant and all others in the group to freely express their opinions.”Sala IV FTW. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite CEO El Chapos capture

first_imgThese brothers might be the next in line to the throne of #Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel http://t.co/HZwFCBsxPe pic.twitter.com/89QPm3pM9v— InSight Crime (@InSightCrime) October 4, 2015 Facebook Comments Drug lord’s viewGuzmán himself told U.S. actor Sean Penn in an interview for Rolling Stone magazine that the business would go on without him.“The day that I don’t exist, it won’t reduce drug trafficking,” Guzmán said in a video, answering questions that Penn sent to him months before his capture. The pair also met in a secretive, sitdown interview.Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said the cartel continued to operate normally during the 17 months that Guzmán was incarcerated until his escape on July 11.“It’s not destroyed. It is weakened, but it can rebuild because it has ‘Mayo’ Zambada,” Benítez said.While he was in prison, Guzmán told Penn, his business did not change. “Nothing has decreased. Nothing has increased,” he said.Benítez said some rivals could now seek to seize on Guzmán’s capture to gain terrain.“The ones who must be happy are the Gulf cartel, because they are their main competitors,” the expert said.The Sinaloa cartel dominates Mexico’s Pacific region while their rivals operate along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.The two gangs have fought bloody turf wars over control of the drug trade to the United States over the years, though the Gulf cartel has been weakened by the capture or deaths of its own leaders. The sewer system in Los Mochis, Sinaloa State, Mexico, on Jan. 10, 2016, where Mexican kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán tried to escape during a military operation that resulted in his recapture. Héctor Guerrero/AFP‘More work to be done’Gustavo Fondevila, a security expert at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, said the Sinaloa cartel will avoid the fragmentation or infighting seen in other groups whose leaders have been arrested or killed.“It’s not a cartel that has internal problems,” Fondevila said.“This doesn’t diminish the work of the security agencies. Catching ‘El Chapo’ was very important because you can’t let a character like that on the loose,” he said.A federal official, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Guzmán’s arrest was an “unprecedented success” for federal forces. But, the official conceded, “there’s always more work to be done against organized crime.” Related posts:Mexico wants to question Sean Penn over meeting with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court Did Delta Force help capture El Chapo? US role yet to be detailed Actor Sean Penn secretly interviewed ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in hideout before capture MEXICO CITY – The recapture of kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was a boost to the Mexican government, but his Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite the loss of its “CEO,” analysts say.The gang, whose empire stretches around the world, will retain its supply of cocaine from South America, keep feeding addicts in the United States and fill its coffers full of cash.“The capture won’t have a significant impact other than a moral victory,” Mike Vigil, a former international operations chief at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, told AFP. “It’s going to continue to function. It’s not even going to skip a beat.”To make a real dent, the government should go after the cartel’s assets, bank accounts and properties while cleaning up the corruption that has aided the criminal enterprise, the former law enforcement official said.“The infrastructure has been developed through decades, and the fact of the matter is that just because they get rid of the CEO doesn’t mean that it’s going to collapse,” he said.While the 58-year-old Guzmán now faces the prospect of being extradited to the United States, the cartel has another veteran leader ready to step in, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who is in his late 60s.Guzmán’s sons are active in the cartel, but Zambada — a man who never spent a night behind bars — is seen as the natural successor who has the respect of his peers.last_img read more

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Photos Go Skateboarding Day in Costa Rica

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Guatemala mom to ask US court help on adopted girl

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Coti believes that gives the case grounds for a hearing in Missouri state court.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Anyeli was born Oct. 1, 2004, the second child of Rodriguez, a housewife, and her bricklayer husband, Dayner Orlando Hernandez. She disappeared Nov. 3, 2006, as Rodriguez was distracted while opening the door to their house in a working class suburb, San Miguel Petapa. She turned to see a woman whisk the girl away in a taxi.The girl spent over a year at an adoption agency before being adopted by Timothy and Jennifer Monahan of Liberty, Missouri.Rodriguez obtained a Guatemalan court order last July for the return of Anyeli, who left the country on Dec. 9, 2008, according to court records. The court ruled that the girl had been stolen from her family.A public relations firm the Monahans hired said last year that they “will continue to advocate for the safety and best interests of their legally adopted child.” Their lawyer declined to comment Tuesday.An attorney and the legal representative of the Guatemalan agency that handled the adoption were both convicted of human trafficking last fall. A third woman was detained and charged last month with trafficking, conspiracy and forgery in connection with the adoption.“When Guatemalan authorities determined the adoption was illegal, it nullified all of the child’s fraudulent documentation that was used to process her adoption. This includes her Guatemalan passport, which she used to exit the country,” said Fredy Coti, a lawyer at the Survivors Foundation. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   center_img “We’re obviously deeply concerned about allegations regarding stolen children and inter-country adoptions wherever these cases come up,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. “We consider the appropriate venue in the United States for pursuing this case is in the state courts. They’re the competent organ for holding a full hearing on the merits and the best interests of the child.”A human rights group that has pursued the case in Guatemala’s courts on behalf of the child’s biological mother, Loyda Rodriguez, said the next step will be to find a U.S. law firm to file a civil suit charging immigration fraud.The group, the Survivor Foundation, doesn’t allege that the adoptive couple knew anything about the girl being kidnapped. It argues only that the adoption in 2008 wasn’t valid because of the abduction and the girl should be returned to her biological mother.In a phone conversation with The Associated Press, Rodriguez said she still has hope she will be reunited with her little girl, now 7, who she hasn’t seen since she was 2.“I’m looking for a law firm that will pursue this in the courts in the United States,” she said. “Even if she can’t come home, to at least be able to have contact with her.” 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressGUATEMALA CITY (AP) – A Guatemalan mother who says her child was stolen and later turned over to a U.S. couple for adoption said Tuesday that she will go to a Missouri court seeking to get her daughter back now that the U.S. State Department has said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to help return the girl.The State Department confirmed Tuesday that it has informed Guatemala’s government that it can’t help return Anyeli Hernandez Rodriguez because the U.S. and Guatemala had not signed the Hague Abduction Convention at the time of the alleged kidnapping in 2006. Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

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Argentine farmers begin nationwide strike

first_img Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentine farmers are going on a one-week nationwide strike to protest higher taxes.The country is the world’s third-largest exporter of soy and the farmers say the tax hike in top farming province Buenos Aires will hurt profits and could force them to sell fields. Argentine Agrarian Federation chief Eduardo Buzzi says Wednesday’s national protest should be a warning call for the government to end interventionist policies. The protest began earlier this week in Buenos Aires province. Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Buzzi says growers will stop sales of grains, cattle and other farm products. But they will not block roads as they did in 2008, when a national strike against a soy tax led to food shortages, boosted world grains prices and damaged President Cristina Fernandez’s popularity.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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European Commission president condemns settlements

first_img The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates He said it was important neither side undermine a two-state solution _ Israel next to a Palestinian state. He said he was concerned about Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. Palestinians refuse to resume peace talks while construction proceeds in the settlements.On Monday, Barroso will meet with Israeli leaders.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says Mideast peace is still a top priority, and it cannot become an “orphan” of the upheavals taking place in the Arab world.Barroso visited the Palestinian territories Sunday and met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He said he knew that international attention has been focused on the changes taking place in the Arab world but said these should encourage peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, not deter them. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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No one hurt onboard ship fired on by Iranians in Gulf

first_img Top Stories The crew ignored the order, changed course to head for Emirati territorial waters and called for help, they said.The tanker had been in international waters on its way from Bahrain to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The shooting happened near Abu Musa, one of three islands near the Strait of Hormuz that are controlled by Iran but claimed by the Emirates.“At the point when the order was ignored and when the vessel changed course it was directly fired upon,” the companies said.The tanker is now berthed in Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, and all 23 crew members are uninjured. The companies reported the attack to authorities in Singapore and provided details of the incident to Emirati officials.Thursday’s shooting appears to stem from a financial dispute.The Alpine Eternity was involved in an accident that damaged both the ship and an Iranian oil platform on March 22, and the Iranians have demanded payment for the damage, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss details by name.In Iran, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Habib Jadidi, an official from an Iranian consortium active in the oil platform, as saying the Singaporean tanker caused some $300 million in damages to the oil platform during the accident. He asked the UAE and regional countries for help in returning the tanker to Iran. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Ignorance and lack of attention of the captain led to the accident,” Jadidi was quoted as saying. He added, apparently in a reference to Transpetrol, that the company has so far not paid any compensation despite its lawyer being informed of the damages.“We have pursued the case through the courts,” he added.The companies said Friday that the structure the ship hit in March was “previously uncharted” and that they have been in continuous dialogue with the owners of the platform. An initial survey of the damage has been carried out and talks are continuing “in good faith for full surveys to take place.”Sanctions against Iran have complicated the situation, but the companies and insurers are committed to resolving the issue, the companies said.“Owners and Managers can see no reason why the Iranian authorities should try to seize the vessel, given the advanced state of negotiations and ongoing dialogue with the Iranian counterparts,” they said.Thursday’s shooting was at least the second recent significant incident involving the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy and a commercial vessel in the Gulf.A Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship was recently detained by Iran for more than a week as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz. Iran claimed the Danish shipping company that chartered the MV Maersk Tigris owed money to an Iranian firm. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img ___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and AP’s National Security Writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreckCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — No one onboard a Singapore-flagged commercial tanker that was fired on by an Iranian naval patrol in the Persian Gulf was injured and the ship did not sustain serious damage, the companies responsible for it said Friday.The MT Alpine Eternity “was attacked by a number of small craft,” which first fired warning shots and issued calls ordering the ship to stop on Thursday morning, according to a statement from ship manager Transpetrol and owner South Maritime Pte Ltd. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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Hezbollah repels IS attack on LebanonSyria border

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Hezbollah has been on the offensive in Syria’s Qalamoun mountains for weeks and has captured territory from al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, the Nusra Front. With the Nusra Front almost defeated in the area, a major battle is expected between Hezbollah and IS.Hezbollah is deeply involved in Syria’s civil war fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces. The group cites the fear that militants will sweep through Shiite and Christian villages in diverse Lebanon as the reason for its involvement in Syria.The total area of the Qalamoun mountains that was being contested is about 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) — of which 340 square kilometers (131 square miles) lie in Lebanon and are under the control of IS militants and the Nusra Front, according to Hezbollah.On Monday, Al-Manar said that Hezbollah fighters and Syrian troops have so far captured half the area.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Check your body, save your life Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah gunmen repelled an attack Tuesday by Islamic State group fighters in an area on the Lebanon-Syria border as a major battle between the two groups looms in the rugged mountainous region, the Lebanese group’s TV station reported.Al-Manar TV said the IS attack targeted several Hezbollah positions outside the northeastern Lebanese border village of Ras Baalbek. The enduing battle left several IS fighters dead or wounded and three vehicles, including a bulldozer, destroyed, the channel said. It did not say whether there were casualties among Hezbollah fighters. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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Tunisia tourism may be crippled by European warnings

first_imgFILE – In this June 28 2015 file photo, mounted police officers patrol on the beach of Sousse, Tunisia. The blood on the sand has washed away, but the damage wreaked on Tunisia by a few terrifying minutes of gunfire at a beach resort will be deep and lasting. The tourist economy is likely to be gutted: Up to 2 million hotel nights per year are expected to be lost, hastened by warnings from Britain and other European governments last week that their citizens are no longer safe on . (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File) TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The blood on the sand has washed away, but the damage inflicted on Tunisia by a few terrifying minutes of gunfire at a beach resort will be deep and lasting.The tourism industry, the lifeline for the north African country’s economy, is likely to be gutted after 38 tourists were killed in the June 26 rampage in Sousse. Up to 2 million hotel nights are expected to be lost over the next year, hastened by warnings from Britain and other European governments last week that their citizens are no longer safe on Tunisia’s shores. And Tunisia’s budding democracy — the only one to emerge from an Arab Spring uprising — is now facing its toughest test. Failure to secure the country against Islamic extremism while protecting newly won freedoms would echo across the region.A big part of the government’s challenge will be containing the economic fallout of the tourist exodus, and social unrest that might result from mass job losses in the travel industry.“This is their livelihood. It’s not just affecting us Britons coming back home. It’s affecting the whole of Tunisia itself,” said Scottish tourist Darren Blackery, drinking a beer near a pool in the resort of Hammamet and lamenting his government’s warning to leave the country. “They need to earn a living and without us, it’s very hard for them.”The Medina Belisaire Thalasso Hotel where Blackery stayed can hold up to 552 clients and is usually full at this time of the year, managers say.On Friday, there were only 31 clients. On Sunday, the last British tourists were leaving — and only 15 customers will remain. In the two weeks since the beach attack, 1,155 people have canceled their bookings. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The country’s leadership is in a tight spot. The president came under criticism from rights groups for declaring a state of emergency on July 4 that gives the government greater police powers — but then five days later, Britain said Tunisia wasn’t doing enough to secure the country.Frustrated Tunisian government officials said they were trying to respect democratic freedoms instead of carrying out authoritarian crackdowns. Critics, however, say the Tunisian government was slow to grasp the gravity of the problem.Tunisia’s president blames his country’s problems on poor security in neighboring Libya, and a lack of international resolve in targeting IS.Some in Britain have also criticized the government for telling tourists to get out, pointing out that an attack in the U.K. is also considered “highly likely,” according to a government threat assessment.Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that British officials would work with Tunisia on improving security and hoped to downgrade the travel advice “in the not too distant future.”While most European tourists appear to be abandoning Tunisia, a few are showing solidarity with the country whose revolution surprised the world and whose path to democracy remains an inspiration to many. “The tour operator asked us regarding our stay whether we would change or not. I know that a lot of people in the U.K. canceled. We thought about it and we decided to go ahead and come,” Scottish tourist Graeme Pringle said.“Terrorism is all over the world and wherever we go, to feel 100 percent safe is not achievable.”___Angela Charlton reported from Paris. Bouazza ben Bouazza in Tunis, Elaine Ganley in Paris, and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Tourism employed about 400,000 people in this country of 10 million and made up about 7 percent of gross domestic product in 2014. The industry had already begun suffering after an attack on Tunisia’s leading museum in March that left 22 dead, mostly foreign tourists.The government’s investment minister warned the country will struggle to pay its international debts as tourism revenues plunge. Tunisia is expected to finish the year 49 billion dinars ($25 billion) in debt, and the Central Bank says overall growth will drop to 1.7 percent this year, down from 2.4 percent last year.Frustration at unemployment and corruption drove the original protests that led Tunisia to knock down a dictator in 2011, thereby inspiring revolutionary movements from Egypt to Syria. The frustration has continued to simmer.And now, there is the Islamic State factor. The group has claimed responsibility for the beach attack by student Seifidinne Rezgui, who was killed by police.Tunisia has seen a larger share of its population join the extremists in Syria and Iraq than any other country — primarily youth from disadvantaged provinces alienated by a messy democratic system that they feel isn’t addressing their concerns. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Similar stories are told up and down Tunisia’s Mediterranean shore, as resort entertainers seek work elsewhere and hotel managers ponder whether and when to close down.Twenty-three hotels have already shuttered since the Sousse attack, said Radhouane Ben Salah, president of the Tunisian Hotel Federation.“There are practically no European markets left,” he said. “The picture is almost black.”Camel guide Faycal Mihoub whisked a tourist group to safety during the Sousse attack, harboring some in his boss’ house. Passionate about his work and about the tourists he calls “family,” Mihoub knows only his beach livelihood. Some tourists have been coming for 40 years to the sands of the Port El-Kantaoui district of Sousse — since even before the 34-year-old Mihoub was born.Now they may no longer return.Nicknamed “Bob,” Mihoub is normally able to save about 2,500 dinars ($1,300) after working nonstop through the summer. That’s usually enough for him to live through the winter.This year, he barely worked one month before the Sousse attack threw his future employment into doubt. The area’s economy is focused on beach resorts. “For work, we never get anything in Tunisia during the winter,” he said. “It’s a touristic place, so nothing.” Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Parents, stop beating yourself up 0 Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Icelands Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to cause chaos

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F  Thai Airways will introduce additional temporary services between Thailand and Europe via Rome and via Madrid to help stranded passengers during 19-29 April. While Thai Airways flights to Moscow and Athens will continue to operate as normal. British air authorities have extended the ban on flights in its airspace until at least 4am tomorrow (AEST) and France ordered most airports shut until Tuesday morning. However, several other European carriers have completed test flights to challenge warnings that the ash cloud would destroy jet engines.European airspace has been declared “safe” by KLM after a series of test flights, as the Dutch traffic authority allowed the carrier to fly two cargo flights to Asia and the Middle East.Air France said their first test flight, an Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Toulouse, “took place in normal conditions. No anomalies were reported”The incident has also caused quite a stir in Hollywood with a number of celebrities affected by flight cancellations. R&B singer Whitney Houston has chosen to cross the Irish Sea by ferry to perform in Dublin after her flight was cancelled, while comedian John Cleese paid a mammoth $5,000 cab fare to travel from Oslo to Brussels.”We checked every option, but there were no boats and no train tickets available,” Cleese told Norwegian TV2. “That’s when my fabulous assistant determined the easiest thing would be to take a taxi.”The closures have forced a number of world leaders – including Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce – to cancel their plans to attend the state funeral of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Krakow. Emma Campbell from the Australian War Memorial said there was concern that travellers may not reach Turkey from London in time for the Anzac Day dawn service on April 25.”We are very much hoping that Istanbul Airport will remain open,” Singapore Airlines’ spokeswoman Susan Bredow said. “It’s touch and go at the moment. The ash cloud is moving down that way. It’s not good.”The enormous ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjoell volcano now stretches from the Arctic Circle in the north to the French Mediterranean coast in the south, and from Spain into Russia. The cloud is now heading toward Greece and into Russia, weather experts said. Currently all flights are operating according to schedule to airports in Greece, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Spain. Billed as the single biggest aviation incident since World War II, the fallout from last week’s volcanic eruption in Iceland has been felt on a global scale.  More than 6.8 million passengers have been affected and 30 countries have either closed or restricted their airspace due to passenger safety fears – costing the industry roughly $200 million dollars a day. The airspace to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK remains closed.While travel to Germany, Italy, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden and France has remained restricted to a few airports. As a result of the incident, Qantas has announced changes to its scheduled services between Monday 19 April and Tuesday 20 April.   The following Qantas flights from Asia to Europe have been cancelled today: QF5 Singapore to Frankfurt, QF9 Singapore to London Heathrow and QF31 Singapore to London Heathrow. Qantas will also cancel the following services tomorrow: QF1 Bangkok to London Heathrow and QF29 Hong Kong to London Heathrow. The airline will operate the following services between Australia and Asia as scheduled: QF1 Sydney to Bangkok, QF31 Sydney to Singapore, QF9 Melbourne to Singapore and QF29 Melbourne to Hong Kong. last_img read more

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Air New Zealand says Bollocks to Virgin criticism

first_imgAir New Zealand has gone to extraordinary lengths to deny accusations that it’s planned alliance with Virgin Blue will turn it into a “no frills” carrier.Responding to critical editorial in The Listener magazine, the airline took out a full-page advertisement using sign language in The New Zealand Herald newspaper. The Listener editorial says the airline’s “downmarket shift clearly has more to do with optimising profits and preparing for the possibility of the alliance than it is has to do with customer wishes”.The editorial said New Zealanders would have to come to terms “with a depressing inevitability: the ‘quality’ airline we have been so proud of is going determinedly downmarket on its Australian and Pacific routes” regardless of whether the alliance goes ahead or not.Air NZ also created an online response to the editorial, where a woman stands alongside chief executive Rob Fyfe and uses sign language to rebut The Listener’s claims.Rob Fyfe says: (through a sign language interpreter) “Dear Listener. Ironically it seems you haven’t been listening to us. We’ve got to say, you are hardly being true to your name.“If you had bothered to give Rob a call, you would have heard loud and clear about our continued dedication to being the world’s best airline.“As you appear to have turned a deaf ear to us, we thought it best to respond in a language you may be more familiar with.“You reckon its ‘inevitable’ Air New Zealand will downgrade its services if our proposed trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin gets approved.“Bollocks!” Virgin would, said Fyfe, be upgrading its services, rather than Air NZ downgrading. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a11d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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NZ launches mobile site for Rugby fans

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M As the Rugby World Cup kicks off today, The Holiday Accommodation Parks Association New Zealand have launched a mobile version of its website for international visitors and Kiwis travelling across the country for the event. The website, m.holidayparks.co.nz will give visitors access brief information on 300-plus holiday parks across New Zealand listed with the Association.  Using a smart phone, visitors can then download driving directions and Google maps to the chosen park. “People accessing the m.holidayparks.co.nz website through their mobile phones has increased more than 600% in the six months ended August 2011, clearly showing the need for a mobile-friendly version of the site,” HAPNZ Chief Executive, Fergus Brown said. “We have also taken the opportunity to refresh our main website with an updated look and more importantly improved search capability and regional information. Regional Tourism Organisations around the country have provided us with fresh information and images.”A majority of the HAPNZ holiday parks also offer online real-time booking options for guests to check rates and book accommodation in either campervan sites, cabins or a park motel.last_img read more

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CA signs for more travelling working Aus youngeons

first_imgAssisting younger Aussies planning a year or two away from home, the Australian and Canadian Governments have signed a bilateral agreement to allow 18-30 year old Australian passport holders work in the North American country for up to two years without a job offer.Targeted towards travellers planning a gap year or youngeons looking for an extended holiday, the International Experience Canada (IEC) allows Aussies to work anywhere in Canada, learn a new culture and make new friendships overseas.According to a statement from the Consulate General of Canada, up to 60,000 young participants from around the world travel and work in Canada annually. “By participating in IEC, you could spend a ski season on the slopes of Whistler, in the beautiful ski town of Banff; and if snow isn’t your thing you could spend warm sunny days doing a working holiday by a crystal clear lake in one of Canada’s famed wilderness,” the statement read.“The IEC also allows you the flexibility in furthering your professional career in the urban locales of Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and other cities, giving you the competitive edge when you return to Australia.”The agreement comes only moments after the North American country reclaimed its title as the world’s Number One most powerful country brand.    Announced late last week, the country was selected by FutureBrand and won based on its associations and attributes, the qualities people think when they hear its name, read or see images of the location or plan a business and leisure trip.”Canada’s continued rating at the top of FutureBrand’s Country Brand Index is a testament to our country’s global appeal,” Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier said. “We have a wealth of compelling experiences for travellers, and our government is committed to sustaining this momentum by promoting Canada in innovative ways on the international stage. “Through our recently launched Federal Tourism Strategy, we are continuing to position Canada’s tourism sector as an economic driver of jobs and growth.”For more information on the win click here. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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British Airways still keen on Australia

first_imgBritish Airways says Aussie travellers hoping to hop on the Kangaroo route to Europe can still do so, despite the carrier’s recent decision to terminate its 17-year Joint Services Agreement (JSA) with Qantas. BA has stressed it is “still committed to the Australian market” and is currently weighing up options for when its JSA with Qantas ends on 31 March 2013.Among those is the possibility of the development of numerous existing codeshares with Qantas throughout Asia and Europe as part of Oneworld.“British Airways is very proud of its long history with Australia and we remain committed to providing customers with the best of British service when travelling to the UK and Europe,” British Airways South West Pacific regional commercial manager, Neil Ager said. “We know we have many loyal customers in Australia, and they can continue to fly with confidence when they choose British Airways.”Meanwhile, BA said it would continue to fly its daily service from Sydney to London via Singapore, adding that customers affected by changes to the JSA would be contacted to discuss alternative arrangements. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Exploring alternatives: BAlast_img read more

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