Hahn Air adds more perks for travel agents

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 6, 2018 DREIECH — Hahn Air has launched additional benefits for registered travel agents as part of the evolution of its portfolio of services for partners worldwide.Extra benefits include VIP flights aboard Hahn Air’s aircraft, as well as discounts on courses provided by the Hahn Air Business School.With its global infrastructure of connections to all major GDS and memberships in almost all BSPs, Hahn enables more than 100,000 agents worldwide to issue the services of over 350 air, rail and shuttle partners on its HR-169 ticket. Besides these ticketing solutions, the airline also offers a growing list of services that simplify travel agents’ daily business life, ranging from generally accessible to registered agents only.Following a one-time registration on its corporate website, travel agents from over 190 markets can take advantage of the services. These have now been extended to include a VIP journey from Dusseldorf to Luxembourg aboard one of Hahn Air Lines’ bizjet aircrafts at 50% off the official Product Experience Programme (PEP) rate.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThese additional advantages are offered on top of standard benefits, such as Securtix, Hahn Air’s insolvency insurance covering all partner carriers, the 14-day refund guarantee, and the GDS Ticketing Assistant, which includes instructions on how to issue HR-169 tickets in GDS’s. Registered agents have also had access to a free waiver for one Agency Debit Memo (ADM) per rolling year, and the ability to use Hahn Air’s HR e-Payment, a secure UATP-based payment solution for HR-169 tickets.Finally, all account users have also been able to participate in games and competitions for a chance to win prizes.“The travel agent community is the reason for our business and we are constantly trying to create new and exciting ways to foster even stronger relationships between us. We appreciate their growing interest in our portfolio and value their trust in our ticketing solutions”, says Kimberley Long, Vice President Sales and Agency Distribution.For more information go to hahnair.com/en/services-travel-agents. Tags: Agent Incentives, Hahn Aircenter_img Hahn Air adds more perks for travel agents Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

JoinTrafalgar and Make A Difference When Travelling on their NEW 2019 Europe

first_imgJoinTrafalgar and ‘Make A Difference’ When Travelling on their NEW 2019 Europe & Britain Program Share Tags: Trafalgar, Trafalgar Spotlight << Previous PostNext Post >> Trafalgar, a worldwide leader in guided vacations is committed to sustainability and helping clients ‘Make A Difference’ through travel with the launch of their 2019 Europe & Britain program. With over 116 handcrafted journeys to over 220 cities, clients can travel and be a force for good with Trafalgar.From connecting with Trafalgar’s JoinTrafalgar initiative, powered by The Travel Corporation’s not-for-profit, TreadRight Foundation, clients are brought closer to the local communities of the regions they visit. When travelling with Trafalgar, guests have the opportunity to give back globally, locally and individually. They will be helping to sustain local communities, support individuals and their livelihoods or help care for the environment around the world.Clients can explore globally, sustain locally and ‘Make Travel Matter’ during the following four trip highlights:Best of Devon and CornwallOn Trafalgar’s eight-day Best of Devon and Cornwall adventure, clients will journey past Bath, Rural Wiltshire, and the ruined Tintagel Castle where, King Arthur was rumoured to be born. Guests will enjoy a moving evening performance of choir music at St. Martin’s Church in Exeter, one of the oldest buildings in the having survived WWII bombings and the design overhaul. The Victorian era truly makes this place unique, and well worth preserving, which is why guests will learn more about how their impact on visiting the church helps with the conservation of this historical site.Italy BellissimoThroughout Trafalgar’s 11-day Italy Bellissimo journey, clients will travel from the interior of Italy to the coast and visit the sultry, sun-kissed island of Capri, where they’ll stay in an old Franciscan convent in the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. In Perugia, clients will enjoy a JoinTrafalgar experience and meet Marta Cucchia at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti and discovering the history of Italian hand-weaving during a private demonstration, to see how their visit helps preserve this traditional art form.Sound of Music When embarking on Trafalgar’s 10-day Sound of Music journey, guests will explore the heritage of the Habsburg Empire and stay at the 18th-century former family estate, turned Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, known as the ‘Sound of Music Palace’ for the role it played in some of the film’s outdoor scenes. Clients will learn how their visit helps fund its continuous care so it can be preserved for future generations to come.Wonders of St. Petersburg and MoscowOn Trafalgar’s seven-day Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow guided vacation, clients will visit the Theatre of Youth in St. Petersburg, Russia and meet with students of the theatre who will share stories on the institute’s work and how the funds contribute to behalf of the theatrical education of youth.For more information on Trafalgar’s JoinTrafalgar program, please contact your local Sales Manager or visit Trafalgar.com/en-ca/Join-Trafalgar and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and, Twitter.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Sunday, October 7, 2018 last_img read more

Ancient Mayan world meets 21st century in new video game

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – An ancient Mayan ball game has been brought back to life by a Guatemalan company aiming to encourage youths to reconnect with their ancestry through modern technology.“Mayan Pitz” is the first-ever video game for mobile phones that has been produced in Guatemala, and the company behind it, Digital Partners, says its appeal isn’t just in Central America – the game has already been downloaded in an array of countries around the world.“Since the game launched at the beginning of June we’ve had downloads in the USA, France, Russia, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia and Japan,” said Daniel Monroy, creative director of Digital Partners.“I wanted to develop a product that was memorable, that would salvage the lost cultural value of our history and could be used to educate.”The game is set at the end of each Baktún, a period of time in the Maya long-count calendar when the Mayans chose two warriors to compete in a ceremonial ball game. In “Mayan Pitz,” an ancient ball game has been brought back to life. Designers hope to “salvage” Mesoamerica’s ancestral heritage in a modern format. Courtesy of Digital Partners In “Mayan Pitz” contestants are Hun Hunaphu and Ixbalanque, and their objective is to pass each of 15 levels by defeating other warriors at a ball game, arriving at Gumarkaj, the entrance to the underworld. Here they must then destroy “Los Señores de Xibalbá” to be crowned the winners and save the Mayan people. With its emphasis on salvaging Mesoamerica’s ancestral culture, “Mayan Pitz” includes an educational section where players can read information and learn about the story of the ancient Maya and where they lived. Each of the levels is set in a different archaeological site, which has been made to look like the original, and contains brief facts and links to further information about each of the ruins.The scoring system is similar to that of tennis, with games, sets and points being awarded per set.“We tried to integrate something modern with something old so that it was more understandable,” said Monroy, who hopes that there will be enough demand for “Mayan Pitz” that his company, Digital Partners, will be able to develop a sequel. “We’re working on launching another two games this year: one based on football and another about places in Guatemala called ‘Expedition to Guatemala’ that we hope to launch in December.”  Mayan Pitz is available for download on iPhones, iPods, iPads, smartphones and Android tablets, and a web version of the game will be launched in July. Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

Ecotourism conference highlights local sustainable businesses in Costa Rica

first_imgLocated on Calle 1 between Avenidas 10 and 12, behind the Iglesia La Dolorosa in downtown San José, Chietón Morén provides indigenous communities across Costa Rica the opportunity to sell crafts and artwork directly to customers without worrying about high overhead costs and price gauging by middlemen.The museum and shop, whose name roughly translates to “a fair deal” in the Boruca language, provide craftspeople direct access to the San José market. Supported by the Dominican fathers of La Dolorosa church, the museum is staffed by volunteers and producers do not have to pay commission on sales.A vivid mural greets visitors as they enter the cozy shop, which showcases art and handiwork from 140 different artisans from 16 of Costa Rica’s native communities, as well as a small museum. Pottery from the Chorotega people and Boruca masks are just some of the items for sale.“We thought in the beginning that tourists would support the market, but the interest from Ticos surprised us. Now, it’s a mix of half Costa Ricans and half foreign tourists,” said Chietón Morén’s director, María Pilar Ureña.Paolo Najera, a member of the Térraba tribe in the southern zone and store volunteer, told The Tico Times that the storefront is a positive way to support small producers in areas where work is hard to come by.He added that he hopes the store eventually offers wares from all 24 of Costa Rica’s indigenous communities and that Ticos develop a greater appreciation for these goods as works of art, not just crafts.“It’s a way to make indigenous people more visible,” he said.Contact Jason Alvarado at jalvarado@zonaprensa.co.cr or 8820-7048 for more information about the P3 conference, which takes place from Nov. 3-6 in the Auditorio Nacional at the Museo de los Niños. Facebook Comments Eran Castro, far left, María Pilar Ureña, director, second left, Paolo Najera, second right, and Andrea Morales, far right, at the Chietón Morén fair trade museum on Sept. 25, 2013.Crush Boone SAN ISIDRO, Heredia – The rain fell lightly outside as George Soriano, co-owner ofSibú Chocolate, served tiny cups of hot chocolate to beat back the chill in San Isidro de Heredia Wednesday afternoon. Made with water, honey, hot peppers, nuts and sometimes ground corn, the traditional Central American drinking chocolate is an interesting break from the smooth milk and sugar-based chocolate that most are familiar with.Soriano and his business partner, Julio Fernández, are working to reclaim the millennia-old tradition of high-quality Central American chocolate and to do it in the most sustainable, environmentally-friendly way possible. (Disclaimer: Soriano is a beloved ex-Tico Times staffer.)“There is a three-thousand-year-old tradition of chocolate-making in Costa Rica,” said Fernández, who is also a historian, “Chocolate and tamales are the two most traditional Costa Rican foods.” The Chietón Morén fair trade museum and shop is located on Calle 1, between Avenidas 10 and 12, behind the Iglesia la Dolorosa, and supported by the Dominican Center for Investigation.Crush Boonecenter_img Related posts:Costa Rica out of Top Ethical Destinations 2015 list Travel Guide Highlights Rural, Community-based Ecotourism Dúrika Foundation and Reserve: Experiencing Ecotourism at Its Greenest Southern Gem: Aguila de Osa Takes Luxury Ecotourism to a New Level Their efforts, along with those of Chietón Morén, an indigenous direct-trade market in San José, were on display during a technical tour of sustainable businesses – environmentally and culturally – in and around San José Wednesday as part of a preview for the upcoming Planet, People, Peace Conference (P3) from Nov. 3-6.Nathalie Carballo, executive director of the National Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism and organizer of P3, said that the international ecotourism conference will explore “green” economies, how businesses can market sustainability, the future of ecotourism, and how some businesses in Costa Rica are already successfully incorporating sustainable practices.P3’s organizers decided to highlight Sibú for its creative solutions, from production to packaging.The cacao used in their artisan chocolates comes from Rainforest Alliance organically certified cacao farms in Limón, along Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast.Biting into one of Sibú’s bonbons, a glossy dark chocolate cone, delivers a blast of sweet and sour passion fruit to the palate. All the fruits, nuts and cacao Sibú uses are locally sourced.“By buying local, organic products, we’re trying to encourage producers to offer a higher quality, valued-added product,” Soriano said.The chocolatiers take local sourcing one step further by hiring employees who live nearby in Heredia to try to reduce their operation’s carbon footprint and provide employment opportunities for the community. To reduce the use of plastics in their packaging, they recycled the husks of the cacao pods to make textured paper chocolate boxes.“Business goes hand-in-hand with sustainability,” Fernández told The Tico Times.While Sibú aims to rekindle some of Costa Rica’s forgotten traditions, Chietón Morén gives visitors a chance to connect with the country’s living roots.last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgThe fantastic chefDerek Furlani, who most remember from the original Lazy Wave has a booming private catering business called Costa Rica Dining. He’s a certified Chef De Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation, as well as certified from the Canadian Red Seal Culinary. His menus vary from a surf and turf grill to Mediterranean to Asian feast, Costa Rican and the Mexican party. There is also a cocktail hour with hot and cold appetizers. Get in touch with Derek at costaricadining.com or email him directly at dfurlani@hotmail.com.Locals noticed that the turnoff at the Zullymar Hotel (the road towards Langosta) was paved until just past Pacific Park condominiums. However, many are wondering why the Municipality of Santa Cruz only approved the paving to the point where it stopped.Doctor Leak offers plumbing, roofing repairs and electrical work with everything guaranteed. Contact Juan Carlos Morraga Ruiz at 8707-5843 or 8535-7191 or email carlosmoragaruiz@hotmail.com.After raising approximately $295,000 out of the needed $357,000, CEPIA is about to start construction of the first Integrated Community Centre in Guanacaste, located in Huacas. With nine classrooms, five offices and a kitchen, the facility will also offer a legal and a psychological advisor who will be free to the less fortunate people of the community. There will also be a Smart Center (CECI) – a program launched by the Science Ministry (MICIT) which runs network of labs throughout Costa Rica. CEPIA plans to enhance its already extensive program of support and instruction to the approximately 2,000 at-risk or impoverished people of the region. Opening of the center is expected in April 2014. Those who want to donate or get involved with any of the programs offered at the center, can contact CEPIA President Latitia Deweer at cepiadirector@racsa.co.cr.Tamarindo has a volunteer fire department, made up of 14 people dedicated to the cause of handling forest fires. Organized by Silvia Rodríquez, the group has received training by the National System of Conservation Areas and the Environment Ministry, in cooperation with Luis Diego Roman Solis from the National Commission on Forest Fires. Donations from Hotel Capitan Suizo, Pangas Beach Club and Tamarindo Canopy, among others make this new service possible. With training specifically to handle forest fires, the group will only assist the Santa Cruz Fire Department in putting out buildings in flames.-Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Extreme poverty increases in Nicaragua in 2013 study finds

first_imgRelated posts:Nicaragua’s Ortega says US senator, congresswoman on official list of banned foreigners Thousands protest Nicaraguan canal Nicaraguan opposition has little chance of defeating Ortega Dueling stories behind shooter at Nicaragua protest reveal sharp divide over Sandinista government MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The number of Nicaraguans living in extreme poverty – defined as less than $1 a day – increased from 7.6 percent to 9.5 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a survey by the Managua-based Fundación Internacional para el Desafío Económico Global (Fideg). This means that living conditions worsened last year for some 355,000 Nicaraguans following a slight improvement the previous year.The nongovernmental foundation has conducted the survey for the past five years.One of the factors causing extreme poverty to increase, the report said, is a drop in export prices on agricultural goods, primarily coffee. Thousands of temporary workers depend on farming, as do several local economies in Nicaragua.A drop in schooling and poor education are other factors that have prevented families from escaping extreme poverty, the report said.“The level of education of Nicaraguans has remained stagnant for several years,” noted the Fideg study, which sampled 1,730 homes in urban and rural areas across the country.General poverty indicators – which include those who live on less than $2 a day – dropped during the same period from 42.7 percent to 40.5 percent.According to Fideg, Nicaragua has managed to reduce this last indicator by a factor of only 1.05 percent annually since 2009, when the foundation began conducting the survey, with the assistance of the Swiss Cooperation Agency and the Canadian government.The Nicaraguan government estimates poverty levels at 45 percent of 6.1 million citizens.This year, the government earmarked $1.3 billion – more than half its official budget – to finance anti-poverty programs and free health and education services. Venezuelan aid also has helped fund programs for the distribution of roof sheeting, financial credits, low-cost housing and food packages for the poor.Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has publicly acknowledged that his country has been unable to shake its ranking as the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Fashion Week flaunts swimwear in Guanacaste

first_imgFashion Week hit Guanacaste last Sunday at Hotel Hacienda Pinilla, and everything about it seemed new: a new location (Pinilla, a luxury golf resort), publicity by a start-up marketing company (Black Duck), and 30 Costa Rican designers flaunting their latest work for an audience of 800 people. There was even a short-lived “Pop-Up Store,” where fans could purchase their favorite items.Sponsored by luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and usually held in San José, Fashion Week was moved to the Tamarindo resort for a year-end showcase. The event was scheduled for 7 p.m., but models only started to saunter down the catwalk at 8:38 p.m. The scenery was worth the wait: The sky was reportedly clear and starry, and the inventive garments represented such wide-ranging designers as Marcelle Desanti, Cascatta Swimwear, and Guayaberi.True to its beachy location, the majority of the outfits on display were prêt-a-porter swimwear. The most notable exception was Arturo Calle, a Colombian men’s clothier that presented pastel street clothes of varying formality. The show incorporated 30 female and 12 male models. Street wear by Arturo Calle. (Courtesy Black Duck Company)Fashion Week is a vital showcase for the fashion industry, and different versions of the event are hosted in cities around the world. Contrary to its title, Fashion Week Guanacaste was a one-evening event, but packed plenty of glamour into a few hours.The after-party took place on the Pacific shore, where all guests were requested to wear white. Facebook Comments Related posts:Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica Envision Festival is officially sold out Envision Festival, Paula Rock, and other happenings around Costa Rica Announcing ‘News and Brews,’ a Tico Times eventlast_img read more

Pavones Tiny surf capital up in arms about big condo project

first_imgRelated posts:Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary Debate over maritime zoning legislation heats up The best and worst of Costa Rica in 2014, according to everyone else President voices support for extending moratorium on maritime zone evictions Pavones is famous for having the world’s second-longest left surf break, and a brother and sister from here justled Costa Rica to a gold medal in the International Surfing Association’s World Games.But it’s a town so small it doesn’t even have an ATM.Now a developer from Texas is building a 60-unit beachfront condominium complex, right in front of the famous wave, and a lot of people are up in arms over the size of this project and the zoning plan that comes with it. Others say it will bring Pavones jobs and help to fix the roads, bridges and water supply.Are foreigners paving over paradise, or just making a remote place more accessible? Read the full story in our Travel section. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

SKorean leader visits islets draws Japan protest

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters the islets are “our sovereign territory.”“This is completely unacceptable,” Noda said. “It is deeply regrettable.” He said Japan’s ambassador to Seoul was being called back to Tokyo. Japanese officials also called Seoul’s representative in Tokyo to the Foreign Ministry to hear Japan’s complaints.Lee’s visit came on the eve of the men’s bronze medal Olympic soccer match between Japan and South Korea and ahead of South Korea’s commemoration Wednesday of the peninsula’s independence in 1945 from 35 years of Japanese colonial rule.“Having the visit coincide with an Olympic contest between the Japanese and South Korean soccer teams only makes it more of a thumb in the eye to Japan,” Boston University professor William Grimes said in an email. The match ended in a 2-0 win for South Korea.South Korea stations a small contingent of police officers on the disputed islets in a show of control, but Japan maintains that the rocks are its territory. Tokyo renewed the claim last month in an annual defense report.Lee placed his hand on a rock carving that says “South Korean territory” during the visit to the islets _ called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. He also told police officers there that the islets are “worth sacrificing lives for,” according to his office. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s president has made a surprise, election-year visit to islets also claimed by Japan, which quickly reasserted its sovereignty there, recalled its ambassador from Seoul and warned that the trip would worsen the countries’ strained relations.President Lee Myung-bak’s trip Friday to the tiny, rocky outcroppings between the countries was the first by a South Korean president, officials in his office said. It came as his popularity is dropping and his conservative party jockeys for votes ahead of a presidential election in December. Lee is nearing the end of his single, five-year term and cannot run for re-election.center_img U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell expressed hope for good relations between the two key U.S. allies after being asked about reports that Lee was planning to visit the disputed islets.Last year, Seoul banned three conservative Japanese lawmakers from entering South Korea after they arrived at a Seoul airport with announced plans to travel near the islets.___Associated Press writer Eric Talmadge contributed to this report from Tokyo.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba strongly protested. “It is incomprehensible why he would make this trip at this time,” Gemba said.The largely uninhabited islets surrounded by fish-rich waters have long been a source of discord, even though Japan and South Korea are strong U.S. allies, share vibrant trade and tourism ties and are partners in diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its long-range missile and nuclear arms programs.History and territorial disputes, however, trouble the relationship. Many people on the Korean Peninsula harbor deep resentment stemming from Japan’s brutal colonization. South Korea and Japan also remain at odds over what many South Koreans say is Japan’s failure to properly address its past actions, including its World War II-era use of Korean women as sexual slaves for its soldiers.In late June, after a political outcry in South Korea, Seoul and Tokyo put on hold an intelligence sharing pact that had been seen as a breakthrough in their relations. Grimes said Lee was trying to shore up his party’s nationalist credentials after he was forced by popular pressure to postpone the agreement.South Korean activists last year placed a statue of a girl representing victims of Japanese sexual slavery in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Japanese officials have apologized, but Tokyo has refused repeated demands from individuals for reparations, saying the matter was resolved through international peace treaties. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Should Africa be growing more wheat

first_imgAssociated PressDEBRE ZEIT, Ethiopia (AP) – Bedlu Mamo stood in middle of his field in Ethiopia and cast a wary eye at the new variety of wheat he planted for the first time.“The price is good, better than what we get for other crops. But the companies that buy the wheat may not come to buy,” Bedlu said.But despite the farmer’s misgivings, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center says demand for wheat is growing faster than for any other food crop in sub-Saharan Africa, where corn has long been considered the most important cereal crop. As the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization marked World Food Day on Tuesday, experts are reexamining what crops are best produced in Africa, for Africans. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone For Bedlu, the Ethiopian farmer, this season marks the first time he has planted the Mangudo variety of durum wheat. He has high hopes for it, but worries he may not find a buyer. Showing how complicated global agricultural can be, Bedlu and Asnake Fikre, the director of the Debre Zeit Agriculture Research Center, say imported wheat can often be bought for less.Ethiopia’s government in recent months has struggled to stabilize rampant food inflation _ a big burden for a country that solicits food aid. Some 3.5 million Ethiopians required humanitarian assistance this year alone. The U.S. government contributed $427 million to agricultural development, food security and emergency aid to Ethiopia in fiscal 2011, said Diane Brandt, an embassy spokeswoman.World Food Day is dedicated to remembering the importance of global food security. The theme for 2012 is “Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world.”Hunger is declining in Asia and Latin America but is rising in Africa, according to the FAO. The World Bank says agricultural productivity must increase in Africa because African farm yields are among the lowest in the world.One in eight people around the world goes to bed hungry every night, the FAO says. But things are turning in the right direction: The total number of hungry people in the world is 870 million, down from 1 billion 20 years ago. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Ethiopia last week hosted a conference to look at ways to increase the amount of wheat African farmers grow. Only 44 percent of the wheat consumed in Africa is produced locally.“The first task is to convince policy makers that there is a potential to produce wheat in Africa,” said Asfaw Negassa, a consultant with the center. “With the right policy, right seed and marketing system, there can be enough wheat production in Africa to substitute the significant portion of imports that costs the continent scarce hard currency.”The corn and wheat center says African countries in 2012 will spend $12 billion to import 40 million tons of wheat _ money that could be used for other pressing needs.Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa dropped sharply in the 1980s after an influx of food aid made the crop unprofitable, said the maize and wheat improvement center, which is known by the initials CIMMYT. At the same time, the focus of international development shifted to corn and cassava. A growing demand for wheat has led agricultural experts to rethink the crop in Africa, the group said.But sometimes the farmer must confront market forces that can be a disincentive to plant. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in societycenter_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Some of the efforts have been at the grassroots level. In East Africa, an American aid group called One Acre Fund is working with 130,000 farming households to increase food production through improved seeds and fertilizer. Nick Handler, the group’s country director in Kenya, said the households his organization works with are becoming more aware of the benefits that improved seeds and fertilizers can have.“On average we’re seeing a tripling of yields and a doubling of profit once you net out the additional costs for farmers who sign up for the program,” he said.___Straziuso reported from Nairobi, Kenya.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories last_img read more

AP Analysis At Mideast forum hopes for future amid chaos

first_imgKing Abdullah II of Jordan addresses the audience during the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Top political and business leaders are coming together in the Middle East at a regional World Economic Forum conference to search for solutions to widespread joblessness, which has created fertile ground for the recruitment of desperate youths by militants. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.“We are all aware of the crises in the news,” host King Abdullah of Jordan told invitees at the regional World Economic Forum, held at a Dead Sea resort whose calm belied the mayhem raging a few hours’ drive away. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Wars rage not only in Syria and Iraq but now also in Yemen, where Shiite rebels have seized the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country and now find themselves under blistering air attack from a Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia. An anticipated ground invasion, most likely in Yemen’s port of Aden, has not materialized. And over almost two months the air campaign alone has caused some damage to its targets, but failed to dislodge them.Perhaps surprisingly, something similar can be said of the U.S. air campaign that may have inspired the one in Yemen — this one against the Islamic State group.In an offensive that began in earnest a year and a half ago, the al-Qaida breakaway group has taken over huge swaths of Iraq and Syria, mainly in those countries’ Sunni areas. In areas they seize their Sunni cohorts welcome them sometimes — but generally they rule by terrorizing the local population, and their murderous brutality toward political rivals and non-Muslims has been shocking.The air campaign that began nine months ago — combined with a Kurdish effort on the ground — seemed to at least arrest the group’s progress. Indeed, they were expelled from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in Iraq, and rebuffed from the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. But this week the group overran the Syrian town of Palmyra, home to unrivalled Roman-era historic sites, and dangerously close to Homs, a key stronghold of Bashar Assad’s government.A week earlier the group seized the Iraqi town of Ramadi, nearly completing its takeover of western Anbar province, putting the jihadis close to Baghdad.That brought a dramatic appeal from Iraqi officials at the conference.Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq called the fall of the city a “big disaster” and appealed for a “new strategic plan” for Iraqi and international coalition forces to “terminate” the Islamic State group in Iraq. Al-Mutlaq told The Associated Press that allowing the Islamic State group to control Anbar “is unacceptable and the capacity of the Iraqis is very limited.”Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi also called for a new strategy, since “the airstrikes don’t solve the problem.” They stopped short of calling for coalition boots on the ground or pointing to a precise alternate strategy.Indeed, few at this gathering seemed confident about any particular path forward. Glum agreement was mostly to be found regarding the past — particularly in blaming many of the current woes on the non-inclusion of Iraqi Sunnis by the Shiite-led governments that emerged after the 2003 U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein. “But there is another, deeper reality,” the monarch optimistically went on. “Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, more than 350 million people are striving, economies are growing, youth are achieving, obstacles are being tackled. … New possibilities, new human potential, new assets are uncovered.”There is validity in the claim of a glass part-full.Egypt’s economy may be turning after several disastrous years since the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak ushered in a period of instability and violence; its stock market flourishes and its credit rating inches ahead. The emirates of the Gulf are veritably booming. Tunisia’s democratic transformation flirts with bona fide success. And Jordan itself, despite a flood of refugees from Syria, has maintained a modest level of economic growth.Then there is the empty part — possibly more than half the glass.Despite the upheaval once known as the “Arab Spring,” democracy has not much struck root in the region. Some places didn’t even try. Some made tentative attempts. In Libya, the whole thing collapsed in ruin: The place has competing hapless governments, is run by wild militias, and has become a haven of seafaring migrant traffickers. ___Dan Perry is AP’s Middle East editor leading text coverage in the region. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/perry_dan .An AP Analysis.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The hatreds between the groups — mirrored in similarly diverse Syria and to a degree in Lebanon — has convinced increasing numbers of observers that the creation of these new countries by Western colonizers who took over Levantine bits of the Ottoman Empire was catastrophically misguided in ignoring the sectarian differences.Iraqi Kurdish politician Rowsch Shaways, who is also a deputy prime minister, said the country could conceivably break up. The only way for Iraq to prosper as a unified state is if Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish areas truly run their own affairs, he said.The plan at such gatherings is to right social and economic wrongs in a region which, with notable and mostly oil-rich exceptions, has tended to perform poorly on the socio-economic front — whether in terms of per capita gross domestic product or life expectancy or scientific publications per capita. Yet the political and existential angst tended to overwhelm a gathering where sessions aimed to focus on issues such as youth unemployment, urbanization, tourism and gender equality — the last item alone potentially affording a reasonable path to far greater prosperity than the region has known in the post-colonial era. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Much anticipated at the event was Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former military chief whose recent history seems as dualistic as that of the region some would have him lead.Many have criticized el-Sissi for the military’s July 2013 overthrow of democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi and the subsequent banning of the once-ruling Muslim Brotherhood — its leaders handed death sentences in mass trials that have raised a collective global eyebrow. El-Sissi then was elected but without a real opposition, with dissent in the streets stamped out, and with the media somewhat cowed.Still, he has built public support in Egypt with his agenda of stability above all else. He appears to favor much-needed structural reform, and has emerged as a leading ideological antagonist to Islamic extremism. On this explosive issue, where others in the region seemed inclined to hedge and fudge, his voice has been strikingly clear.Condemning “fanaticism” in his remarks Friday, el-Sissi said radicals “are seeking through terrorism to destroy state structures and to fragment people by exploiting religious, sectarian or ethnic affiliations. … Our efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism must be coupled with endeavors toward realizing future where freedom, equality and pluralism prevail that is free of oppression, injustice and exclusion.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

New fed data shows no stopping or slowing of global warming

first_imgKarl said NOAA didn’t adjust datasets in the Arctic, where it is warming even faster, because there is a lack of reliable long-term records to compare. Had NOAA made those adjustments, the recent warming trend would be slightly larger, he said.___Online:Science: http://sciencemag.orgNOAA National Centers for Environmental Information: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbearsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The new way is on buoys at the same time of day. Karl said the buoy measurements are more accurate, but can’t be compared directly to the ship measurements for a trend without making adjustments, because that would be comparing apples and oranges. So to come up with a trend using comparable numbers, NOAA increases the buoy temperatures a bit.A few years ago NOAA made similar adjustments to make land temperatures more comparable decade-to-decade. But that also caused some non-scientists who reject climate change to cry tampering.Several outside scientists contacted by The Associated Press said the new and previous adjustments are sound. Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said the new work was “good and careful analysis” but only confirms what most scientists already knew, that there was no such hiatus.A few years ago, a group out of University of California Berkeley — funded in part by the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of climate doubter groups and the tea party– took what was initially billed as a skeptical look at the previous NOAA data. But they pronounced the earlier adjustments legitimate. The same scientists now say the new NOAA adjustments are also proper. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2004 file photo, an unidentified woman shields her face from the sun while walking past a water fountain in Los Angeles, as temperatures reached a high of 93 degrees. Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years despite doubters’ claims of a hiatus, according to the federal government’s reanalysis of world temperature data. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been from 1950 on: About two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) The so-called hiatus has been touted by non-scientists who reject mainstream climate science. Those claims have resonated; two years ago, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change felt the need to explain why the Earth was not heating up as expected, listing such reasons as volcanic eruptions, reduced solar radiation and the oceans absorbing more heat.“The reality is that there is no hiatus,” said Tom Karl, director of the National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. He is the lead author of a study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal ScienceOne key to claims of a hiatus is the start date: 1998. That year there was a big temperature spike; some of the following years were not as hot, though even hotter years followed in 2005, 2010 and 2014, according to NOAA, NASA and temperature records kept in England and Japan. This year is on pace to break last year’s global heat record.Scientists keep updating the way they measure Earth’s temperatures. This study focuses on the effects of the way ocean temperatures are taken. The old way, going back generations, is with ships. Sometimes people would dip a bucket in the way; other times they’d measure water that came into the engine. They also did it at various times of day. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “NOAA is confirming what we have been saying for some time that the ‘hiatus’ in global warming is spurious,” Berkeley team chief and physicist Richard Muller said in an email. Muller said global warming continues but in “many fits and spurts.”John Christy of the University of Alabama Huntsville, one of the minority of scientists who dispute the magnitude of global warming, said the Karl paper “doesn’t make sense” because satellite data show little recent warming. “You must conclude the data were adjusted to get this result” of no warming pause, Christy wrote in an email. “Were the adjustments proper? I don’t know at this point.”Others who reject warming, especially non-scientists, point to satellite records by Remote Sensing Systems that appear to show no change in temperature since 1998. Satellites measure a different part of Earth’s atmosphere than ground and ocean monitors that NOAA, NASA and others use.Carl Mears, senior research scientist for RSS, said those rejecting climate change based on his work or any one dataset are wrong and “seek to deny the reality of human-induced climate change by grasping at straws.” Mears said the overall data consistently show long-term global warming and that it really hasn’t stopped recently. The NOAA adjustments make sense, he said. WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who’ve claimed that that heating trends have paused.Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been since 1950: about two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Kurds find Islamic State group tunnel near Turkish border

first_imgISTANBUL (AP) — Kurdish forces have discovered a 400-meter (440-yard) long tunnel dug by Islamic State group militants near the Turkish border with Syria, a spokesman for the militia said Monday.Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, discovered the half-completed tunnel after they captured the border town of Tal Abyad last week, spokesman Redur Khalil said. He said it wasn’t clear whether it was eventually meant to lead into Turkey as the tunnel splits into two different directions at one point. Top Stories A tunnel linking Turkey to IS-held territory might offer some insight into the many ways in which Muslim radicals from around the world have slipped across the Turkish border to reach the fanatical group, whose territory straddles Syria and Iraq.The YPG captured Tal Abyad last week from IS, cutting off a vital supply line to the group’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.The Kurdish advance prompted thousands of Syrians to flee the fighting and go across the border into Turkey, but hundreds began moving back into Syria after Turkey reopened a nearby border crossing Monday.Local authorities in Sanliurfa Province confirmed Monday that the official border was now reopened and that Syrians were beginning to return. The Turkish news agency DHA put the number of returnees at 500.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Emirati court issues death sentence in killing of American

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced to death a woman convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in the bathroom of an upscale Abu Dhabi mall, the state news agency WAM reported Monday.Attacks against foreigners are rare in the UAE, which is home to the popular tourist destination of Dubai and where expatriates far outnumber Emirati citizens. Police said at the time of the attack in December that the attacker had targeted her victim based on nationality alone in an attempt to create chaos in the country. She had also planted a bomb outside another American’s house that was discovered before it detonated. FILE- In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 file photo, Nancy Ray, an American expatriate, holds a candle during a vigil in memory of American schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, who was killed in a December stabbing attack in the restroom of the Boutik Mall on the upscale Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, while participating in the commemorative gathering at a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A court in the UAE sentenced to death an Emirati woman convicted of murdering the teacher, the state news agency WAM reported Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File) Top Stories Comments   Share   While UAE law allows for the death penalty in certain cases, capital punishment is rarely carried out. The last-known executions were in 2011 and 2014, against two men convicted of murder.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img The attacker was identified as Emirati national Alaa Bader Abdullah al-Hashemi, a 30-year-old mother of six, according to the Abu Dhabi-based The National newspaper. International media were not allowed inside the courtroom to cover the trial.The murder of schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, left a trail of blood in the public restroom at the mall in the capital’s upscale Reem Island. The attacker wore the full black garment and face veil traditionally worn by local women throughout the Gulf, and appeared to have chosen her victim randomly.Ryan, who had three children, had been living in Abu Dhabi with her 11 year-old twins and had taught at an elementary school in Colorado before moving to the UAE.Judge Falah al-Hajri, who chaired the Federal Supreme Court case, said in remarks carried by WAM that “unfamiliar crimes in the UAE society have been emerging” with the aim of spreading terror. He defended the death sentence as “necessary to tackle such actions.”In addition to the murder, al-Hashemi was convicted of sending money to al-Qaida in Yemen and publishing information with the intent to harm the reputation of the UAE.The court verdict cannot be appealed, though the country’s ruler must ratify the ruling. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Mexico official 7 people arrested in jailbreak of drug lord

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican federal official said Friday that seven people who were being questioned in the jailbreak of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have been formally arrested and taken to a prison to await charges.The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, did not specify whether those arrested were prison guards or other officials in the penitentiary system.About three dozen people have been taken in for questioning; it was unclear if more would be charged. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The drug lord sneaked out of the Altiplano prison, Mexico’s highest-security facility, through a tunnel on July 11.The office of Attorney General Arely Gomez issued a statement late Thursday confirming that the United States filed an extradition request for Guzman on June 25, about 2 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, from left, Al Bilek, executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, Jack Riley, Special Agent In Charge for the DEA, Chicago Field office, and Peter Bensinger former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announce that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a drug kingpin in Mexico, is Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1, during a news conference in Chicago. Now that Guzman has escaped a prison in Mexico, he’s regaining his infamous title. The Chicago Crime Commission says it will gather Tuesday, July 14, 2015, to formally restore Guzman’s title as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

United Airlines achieves recordbreaking November results

first_imgJohn Tague, President, United Airlines has reported record-breaking results for the month of November. “United just concluded a record-breaking November, with our best on-time performance since we began reporting to the Department of Transportation in October 1987. “We also tied our best day for arrival performance on November 28, when more than 96 percent of flights were on-time. “As a result, we laid claim to the top spot in on-time reliability among network carriers in November, according to preliminary data, earning eligible employees a $100 payout later in December.“Overall, November was an exceptional operating month for United, including the busy Thanksgiving travel period.” Tague told his employees in an open letter, “Together, we can make the most of each opportunity with our holiday customers to create an impression that brings them back for their next flight.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29d11/” 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> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Commercial flights relaunched at Haitis main airport

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1a4b9/” 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.F Commercial flights at Haiti’s main airport Port-au-Prince will be relaunched on Friday, a month after a massive 7.0 quake devastated the Caribbean nation. “The airport terminal has been seriously damaged. We are in the process of repairing part of it to start traffic again on Friday,” an airport official said. American Airlines will begin flying to Port-au-Prince on February 19, with Air Canada and Air France to follow shortly after, Brigadier General Darryl Burke, vice commander of Air Forces Southern said. “Structural engineers have checked out the terminal to make sure it’s safe and it is safe to operate out of, and they’re ready to go.” last_img read more

United Continental seal merger deal

first_imgUnited and Continental have closed their merger, with Continental Airlines and United Air Lines now wholly owned subsidiaries of United Continental Holdings, creating a world-class global airline.The common stock of United Continental Holdings has begun trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol UAL, the company announced.The company also announced the members of its board of directors, effective 1 October.The 16-member board includes six independent directors from each of United and Continental, Glenn Tilton, who will serve as non-executive chairman of the board, and Jeff Smisek, who will serve as president and chief executive officer.“This is a true merger of equals, bringing together two strong companies and positioning us to succeed in a dynamic and highly competitive global aviation industry. This sets us on a path to create the world’s leading airline from a position of strength, with the industry’s best cash position, industry-leading revenues and a competitive cost structure,” Mr Tilton said.“We are delighted to announce the successful completion of this merger. With great people, an unparalleled global network, the best new aircraft order book among US network carriers and a commitment to superior products and services, United is well positioned for a bright future,” Mr Smisek said.With approximately $9 billion in unrestricted cash at closing, United expects the merger will deliver $1.0 billion to $1.2 billion in net annual synergies by 2013.In the near-term, passengers can expect ‘business as usual’ approaches for bookings and check in. The company expects that travelers will begin to see a more unified product in the spring of 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

Tiger operating statistics show growth

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Calm before the storm … Tiger Airways carried 555,000 passengers in June 2011 6.2 million people flew with Tiger Airways from July 2010 to June 2011, an increase of 18 per cent on the year before, the carrier announced from Singapore.According to the airline’s June operating statistics, load factor across Asia and Australia over the past twelve months also rose, albeit by one per cent to 86 per cent. Acting Tiger Airways Holdings chief executive Chin Yau Seng said growth in passenger numbers remained “robust” for its services to and from Singapore in June, reflected by the carrier’s 9 per cent increase compared to June 2010. “However, Tiger Airways Australia’s passenger numbers were impacted by the significant disruption to Australian domestic air travel due to volcanic ash from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano,” Mr Chin said, also acknowledging the suspension of the group’s Australian subsidiary until August.“Tiger Airways Australia continues to work with the industry regulator to resolve the issues and resume flights as soon as possible.”Furthermore, the acting boss announced the addition of two new routes to the Tiger Airways Singapore network. “From September 2011, Tiger Airways Singapore will introduce services between Singapore and Cebu, and from October 2011 will reintroduce services between Singapore and Bangalore following an 11- month absence,” Mr Chin said.last_img read more

DJ pegs on Air NZ for Tasman profits

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Virgin Australia is hoping its alliance with Air New Zealand will help turn a profit on its trans-Tasman services after reporting a loss of up to NZ$7.35 million for the year to June 2011 compared to the corresponding period last year.According to a recent report released by the carrier, its New Zealand based subsidiary, Pacific Blue experienced a drop from NZ$19.8 million profit during the same 12 month period in 2010, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Despite the drop, the carrier remains positive that its business in New Zealand will pick up this year with a Virgin Australia spokesperson telling media that the carrier had experienced “strong improvement” since aligning with Air New Zealand last year.Between the two carriers they now own more than 50 percent of the market share in New Zealand while Qantas and Jetstar carry a third and Emirates up to ten percent, according to the source.As part of the agreement, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand agreed to code share on flights across the Tasman as well as align other areas of business including frequent flyer programs and airport lounges.  The agreement took off in July last year. last_img read more