Month: August 2019

No Canadian passport Dont try flying back into Canada as of Sept

first_imgNo Canadian passport? Don’t try flying back into Canada as of Sept. 30 Tags: Canadian TORONTO — If you have clients who are dual citizens, take note: starting Sept. 30 these travellers will need a Canadian passport to fly back into Canada, reflecting new policy from the federal government.Currently dual citizens flying back into Canada only need to show their passport from one country. A traveller who holds both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, for example, can right now use their U.S. passport to gain entry back into Canada, as long as they also show proof of residency in Canada (like a driver’s license).According to reports in the Toronto Star, that will all change on Sept. 30, when dual citizens must have a Canadian passport to get back into the country. The new policy is part of Canada’s new electronic screening system, and so far only applies to air travel.Some are calling the move a cash grab, and discriminatory. But Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spokesperson Lindsay Wemp told the Star that a valid Canadian passport is the only acceptable travel document for the purpose of air travel. “As the government does not want Canadians to face travel-related delays, we strongly encourage all Canadian citizens to travel using a valid Canadian passport.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIt’s estimated that close to one million Canadians have citizenship for more than one country. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 18, 2016 last_img read more

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Bali airport reopens but volcano still spewing ash

first_img Share Tags: Indonesia, Travel Alert By: Stephen WrightSource: The Associated Press Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Bali airport reopens, but volcano still spewing ash  KARANGASEM, Indonesia — The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Wednesday after an erupting volcano forced its closure two days ago, but the country’s president said the danger had not passed and urged anyone within the mountain’s exclusion zone to get out “for the sake of their safety.”Volcanic ash reaching 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) in the air began drifting south and southeast of Mount Agung, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off, said airport spokesman Arie Ahsannurohim.The airport, which handles more than 400 flights a day, had closed Monday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands of people trying to enter or leave the popular vacation destination. Thick ash particles are hazardous to aircraft and can choke engines.Despite the all-clear from authorities, flights are unlikely to rapidly return to normal levels and a change in the direction of the ash or a new more powerful eruption could force the airport’s closure again.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered all concerned ministries and agencies, as well as the military and police, to help Bali’s government deal with the disaster.“I hope there will be no victims hit by the eruption,” he said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAuthorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending up to 10 kilometres (6 miles) in places from the volcano as it belches grey and white plumes. Nearly 40,000 people are now staying in 225 shelters, according to the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karangasem. But tens of thousands more have remained in their homes because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their land and livestock.In the village of Tulamben inside the exclusion zone, farmers were plowing their fields with cattle Wednesday, seemingly unbothered by the smoking mountain behind them swelling with orange lava.In Sukadana village, about 8 kilometres from the crater, a few remaining residents said mudflows of volcanic debris and water had passed through the area for a couple of days before solidifying.Some stranded tourists managed to get off the island before the airport reopened, but they faced an arduous journey involving crowded roads, buses, ferries and sometimes overnight waits in yet another airport in Surabaya on the island of Java.“This is a very unforgettable experience for us. So much hassle and definitely one for the books,” said Sheryl David, a tourist from Manila, Philippines, who arrived Saturday in Bali with three friends and was supposed to leave Tuesday. She remained stuck in a third airport on Wednesday in the capital, Jakarta, waiting for a flight home that required buying a new ticket, but said the experience didn’t dampen her feelings about the island.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Yes, still a paradise,” she texted.The volcano’s last major eruption, in 1963, killed about 1,100 people, but it is unclear how bad the current situation might get or how long it could last. A worst-case scenario would involve an explosive eruption that causes the mountain’s cone to collapse.“An analogy would be the twin towers collapsing in New York on 9-11,” said Richard Arculus, a volcano expert at Australian National University. “You saw people running away from the debris raining down and columns of dust pursuing people down the street. You will not be able to outrun this thing.”Indonesian officials first raised the highest alert two months ago when seismic activity increased at the mountain. The activity decreased by late October, and the alert was lowered before being lifted to the highest level again Monday.Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Groups save more at Sandals Beaches with new ACV promo

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations, Sandals Resort Travelweek Group Share MONTREAL – Air Canada Vacations and its partner of over 30 years Sandals &Beaches have teamed up to offer an exclusive new group promotion, the likes ofwhich hasn’t been seen since 2013.Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, said that the company “has not put an offerlike this out since 2013” and that it’s a “great opportunity [for agents] to book theirgroup customers into one of Sandals or Beaches’ fabulous properties.”The promotion runs until June 7, 2018 for travel from May 14, 2018 through Dec.20, 2020. Passengers in ever sixth room will fly and stay free (restrictions apply).This offer is valid for all group types including incentive and wedding.In addition, groups booking with ACV and Sandals & Beaches will receive: unlimitedgolf at select resorts; $1,500 Premium wedding perks; $500 future travel credit fortheir next vacation; no deposit wedding for 90 days; free upgrade to Business Classfor the bride and groom; free Island Routes excursion; and the chance to earn10,000 ACV&Me Bonus points, a value of $100 (valid for the first 25 groups only).More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaSandals Resorts can be found in Antigua, Bahamas (two properties), Barbados,Jamaica (seven properties) and Saint Lucia (three properties). Each resort offersbeachfront locations, a choice of à la carte restaurants, premium brand wines andspirits, luxury accommodations, butler service in top-tier suites, water sports, andRed Lane Spas.Beaches Resorts are located in Jamaica (two properties) and Turks & Caicos. Eachresort features land and water sports, anytime gourmet dining and luxurious family-friendly suites. Children of all ages can participate in kids camps, while teens canenjoy video games, the Liquid nightclub and Scratch DJ Academy. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Groups save more at Sandals & Beaches with new ACV promolast_img read more

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An unprecedented start for Jamaica tourism in 2019

first_img MONTEGO BAY — Jamaica’s tourism sector has reported an “unprecedented start” to 2019, with record-breaking arrival figures and earnings.In just nine weeks since the beginning of 2019, the country has become the first Caribbean destination to welcome one million visitors during the period. As such, it has generated foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million.On reaching this milestone, Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, said: “Jamaica continues to make an aggressive push in transforming the way we market the destination and we have been seeing the dividends. While the March numbers are still preliminary, we are pleased to have achieved this milestone so early in 2019. A big thanks to our various travel partners who have been selling Jamaica and helping us sustain this positive growth.”In addition to record numbers, Jamaica has also been recognized with several accolades this year, including a #14 ranking on the Best Destinations of the World list, and #1 Best Destination in the Caribbean at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Plus, at the Caribbean & North America edition of the World Travel Awards, the destination took home a total of 24 awards including Leading Caribbean Destination, Leading Caribbean Cruise Destination, and for the 13th straight year, the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Tags: Jamaica, Statistics Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by An “unprecedented” start for Jamaica tourism in 2019last_img read more

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The Tico Times releases the most accurate election poll – and predicts

first_img Facebook Comments The Tico Times released Wednesday night — right before election campaigns closed — the most scientific poll of the 2014 campaign season. Our model concludes that National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya and Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta will head to a runoff after this Sunday’s election.Our forecast shows ruling party candidate Araya receiving 31 percent of the vote, Villalta picking up 25.2 percent, Libertarian Movement candidate Otto Guevara getting 19 percent and Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís tallying 14.5 percent.The Tico Times is too small to conduct its own survey. So how did we end up with the guaranteed most accurate poll of the election? It was incredibly simple. We aggregated the data from the other trustworthy public polls out there, and averaged them.It took us 10 minutes of basic arithmetic to develop our forecast. We took the recent polls by UCR and CID-Gallup and a mid-January poll by UNIMER for our data. Aggregate polls, while not necessarily performing better than the best poll, should outdo the typical individual poll.As polling expert Nate Silver explains in “The Signal and the Noise”, his book on probability and predictions:Across a number of disciplines, from macroeconomic forecasting to political polling, simply taking an average of everyone’s forecast rather than relying on just one has been found to reduce forecast error, often by about 15 or 20 percent.That’s it. Now our model isn’t as sophisticated as other election prediction gurus. We’re amateurs, but we feel quite confident that our poll will perform better than the rest. Though it still might not perform all that well.We recognize the limitations with the first ever Tico Times poll. The forecast only had three polls to take data from, and the methodology used by these polls even could affect results. For example, we know that the UCR poll only surveyed people with landlines. Since younger people tend to not have landlines, younger voters might have been surveyed less in the UCR poll. (A move that in recent history might favor left-leaning candidates like Villalta and Solís),So we feel confident in our prediction, though there are some clear limitations. But instead of suppressing our data like one notable publication has done, we’ll explain our analysis and concerns.Let’s start by looking at the third and fourth place candidates.Libertarian Movement candidate Guevara has failed to gain ground during the campaign’s final months. Polls actually have him going backwards after a strong end of 2013. After aggregating the polls, we see Villalta has a better chance of overtaking Araya than Guevara has of surpassing VIllalta and moving into second place.A recent spike for center-left candidate Solís has encouraged his base. The enthusiasm seen from his followers on social media finally started to show in the final week of polling. However, a wide gulf still separates Solís from second place Villalta.Here’s another way to look at it: Araya is closer to earning 40 percent of the vote — which would prevent a run off — than Solís is to surpassing Villalta AND forcing a runoff with Araya.And despite the CID-Gallup poll, putting Araya on the verge of a first round victory it still remains more probable than not that a runoff will be necessary.In 2010 the polls did underestimate the Citizens Action Party candidate. Though in that case, late endorsements likely propelled the 2010 candidate to a strong finish.What about undecided voters? Polls showed a high number of undecided voters — nearing 40 percent of respondents.The Tico Times forecast does NOT include voters who were undecided or said they would not vote for a candidate. One of the main limitations of these Costa Rican surveys is that pollsters did not push undecided voters to indicate if they were leaning toward a candidate.If polls showed that undecided voters leaned toward Solís then that would alter our forecast in his favor. If undecideds leaned toward Araya, he might have a chance to win outright on Feb 2. Unfortunately, our knowledge of undecided voters is blank.Yes, like La Nación speculated, the number of undecided voters could mean the election results could vary widely from polls — but this is unlikely. The odds of even a slim majority breaking for one candidate seem small. Instead, with our lack of knowledge about the undecided voters, it’s best to divide those votes evenly among the candidates.That takes us right back to where we were at the beginning. With four days to go until the elections, our forecast indicates Araya and Villalta as the most likely result on Election Day.We invite you to make your own conclusion. Here is a chart of the 14 polls released since August.Dashboard 1 Learn About Tableau Related posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote The real communist threat in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s two top political parties agree to runoff presidential debate, with or without candidateslast_img read more

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Costa Rica police seize 170 wild animals from German tourists luggage

first_imgUpdate: A more thorough revision of the animals by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) put the final count of animals at 235 adults and 203 tadpoles. Of the adult animals 184 were frogs, 42 were lizards and 9 were snakes. SINAC also corrected the name of the arrested man. Police previously reported that his last name was Maciej.Original story (with name correction) continues below:San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport is often busy, but it became a zoo on Tuesday when police discovered 170 live animals in the luggage of a passenger headed to Panama.According to police, the 31-year-old German Maciej Oksrora was behaving suspiciously before his check-in at the airport, prompting airport officials to search his bags. Inside, they found frogs, snakes and lizards concealed in plastic bags and take-out food containers. Maciej put lettuce leaves in each of the containers presumably to feed his collection of hungry reptiles and amphibians. The suspect failed to present proper paperwork to transport the animals and was arrested. According to Costa Rican law, Maciej faces fines up to 40 times a monthly salary, or one to three years in prison.He was turned over to the local prosecutor’s office, where the investigation continues. The 31-year-old German planned to check the luggage containing the creatures. (Courtesy of the Public Security Ministry) Facebook Comments Related posts:German tourist busted at Costa Rica airport smuggling 400 animals is released with no fine Caught in the act: After turtle poacher fails to appear in court, police find him returning from another hunt PHOTOS: Authorities seize 442 turtle eggs in 2 days Ojochal beach besieged by turtle poachers, biologists saylast_img read more

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Tico Times Weekly Digest November 12 2018

first_imgIn this week’s episode of the Weekly Digest: hunger is on the rise in Latin America, saving Costa Rica’s smallest primate and more news from ticotimes.net.This week’s Digest was sponsored by Banana Beach in Santa Teresa.Interested in sponsoring the Digest, with the option of a visit from our film crew? Contact kstanley@ticotimes.net.Stories from the episode:Both hunger and obesity increase in Latin America: http://bit.ly/2RN6UrGHelping save Costa Rica’s smallest primate: http://bit.ly/2z5smkJAn interview with Olympic hopeful Jenny Méndez: http://bit.ly/2DktHXICosta Rica to face Chile and Peru in friendlies: http://bit.ly/2T6rbtWTeenage designers steal the show at fashion show: http://bit.ly/2QxVrfrOff the Eaten Path – Cordero’s Bar: http://bit.ly/2T6rnta Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 1, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Nov. 5, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 7, 2019last_img read more

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Land reform Paraguays ticking political bomb

first_img Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writers Pedro Servin and Belen Bogado in Asuncion, Paraguay, contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Yet during four years in office, Lugo achieved little meaningful reform.“It’s amazing how that land question again has become the Achilles’ heel of Paraguayan politics and of this government in particular,” said Miguel Carter, a Paraguayan political scientist specializing in South American land issues at American University in Washington. “Symbolically, the fact that this massacre of 17 people triggered this onslaught is telling.”Agriculture keeps the tiny economy of landlocked Paraguay sputtering along. The two largest exports are soy and beef, and the farm sector last year generated nearly 30 percent of the government’s annual revenues of $8 billion.Yet with big agribusiness dominant, the average countryside dweller sees little of that wealth. Between 74,000 and 300,000 people are landless, according to varying estimates. Paraguay is the region’s most unequal in land concentration, trailing countries like Brazil, where land problems are at least cushioned by a more industrialized economy.In Paraguay, the imbalance dates back to around 1870 when the country began unloading terrain to pay off a crippling war debt. The selloff sped up under strongman Gen. Alfredo Stroessner’s 1954-1989 rule, when large agribusiness took hold and 8 million hectares (20 million acres) passed to private buyers, many of them friends of the regime. Associated PressASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Along Avenida Republica in downtown Asuncion stands the gleaming facade of the $20 million Legislative Palace, where well-tailored congressional aides on their cellphones come and go and armed police guard the legislature that just impeached one president and installed another.Across the street, a trash-strewn tent camp dominates a public park where residents of a shantytown scheduled for demolition have been protesting for the last year and a half. Pigs and dogs root in the dirt, as flames lap at the grate of a rudimentary cooking pit. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Lugo gets credit for sincerely wanting to lift the rural poor, and for publicly legitimizing discussion of fishy land transfers. He also funded programs to distribute seeds to poor farmers and teach them about fighting crop disease and raising livestock.But in 2010, just 30,000 titles were granted under land reform, according to Eugenio Alonso, who then oversaw the land agency.The president couldn’t implement land reform quickly because the government didn’t have any land under its control to distribute, said Luis Aguayo, leader of Paraguay’s largest landless movement group with about 60,000 members. “But he was advancing, administratively, to recover terrain controlled by the big landowners.”But at the same time, during Lugo’s administration police launched 300 operations to clear invading protesters from private holdings.Now his successor, former Vice President Federico Franco of the Liberal Party, has to make land reform a central issue of his own foreshortened term, which ends August 2013. Franco on Wednesday ordered the Agriculture Ministry to conduct the national land survey as quickly as possible, saying a solution to Paraguay’s agrarian problem is “long-awaited.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Colorado leader Horacio Cartes denied the impeachment was a power grab, saying his party was motivated by Lugo’s “bad governance.” There is “only one way for the Colorado party to return to power: by winning the 2013 elections,” he said.Only belatedly, after one of Lugo’s appointees was immersed in scandal, did he order a clean-up at the agency responsible for land reform.“The idea was to recover lands that Stroessner fraudulently gave to his friends and families,” said Belarmino Balbuena, leader of the Paraguayan Peasants’ Movement. “That idea couldn’t move forward because the courts put the brakes on any attempt to recover them, in compliance with laws that protect the rich, not the poor.”With a 1.8 percent annual population growth rate, small plots of land can’t sustain large families and the industrial sector is too small to absorb the overspill. So many peasants migrate to construction jobs in places like Buenos Aires, or to shantytowns in Asuncion.“It’s this model of development that has become a curse on Paraguay. It concentrates land, it doesn’t lead the country to industrialization, therefore it creates large segments of the population living in poverty,” said Carter, the American University political scientist. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   The post-Stroessner constitution gives lawmakers wide leeway in checking the president. With weak support in congress against strong conservative opposition, the 61-year-old Lugo apparently never felt confident enough to push comprehensive land reform.He also didn’t keep promises to hold a nationwide survey to untangle an out-of-date land registry in which many titles vastly understate the amount of land controlled by large soy and cattle farms. By some accounts the listed holdings exceed the country’s total square acreage. In some cases, multiple people lay claim to the same land and in others owners have apparently illegally claimed adjacent terrain as their own.Lugo also lost budget battles that could have funded land acquisitions. During his administration, Congress passed Paraguay’s first income tax, but delayed its implementation until 2013, just months before Lugo’s term would have ended. An agreement struck with Brazil to triple the amount of energy it pays for energy from a shared river dam to $360 million annually, but Congress kept tight control of the windfall.Against strong opposition and impeachment talk that swirled long before his recent troubles, Lugo “never was up to tackling what was Paraguay’s biggest social problem,” said Alfredo Boccia Paz, a Paraguayan political columnist. But he acknowledged that “If he had done much more, he probably would have fallen sooner.” The stark contrast tells the story of a divided people living under the same red-white-and-blue-striped flag.In one Paraguay, GDP has risen for three straight years and tony nightclubs and steak dinners are commonplace. In the other Paraguay, comprising more than half of the country’s 6.5 million people, putting food on the table is a daily struggle and home may be a dirt-floor shelter with no electricity, toilets or running water.The political crisis in this South American nation is grounded in the tensions between the landed and the landless, which came into sharp relief June 15 when a clash over disputed property left 17 people dead and provoked the impeachment a week later of President Fernando Lugo.But the roots of the crisis stretch back 140 years, and prevail through an intractable pattern that keeps about 1 percent of the population in control of 77 percent of arable land, while 55 percent of Paraguayans are poor and 31 percent live in extreme poverty by a U.N. count.Paraguay’s poor hoped they had found their savior when Lugo, the bearded and sandal-clad “bishop of the poor,” won the presidency in 2008 on campaign promises to deliver land reform, ending the conservative Colorado Party’s six decades of single-party rule.last_img read more

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Germany France urge closer European unity

first_img Top Stories He denounced vandals who desecrated at least 40 graves of Germans killed in World War I in a military cemetery in Saint-Etienne-a-Arnes in northern France on the eve of Sunday’s meeting.“No dark forces, much less foolish acts, can alter the deep movement of Franco-German friendship,” he said.The reason for the attack, not far from Reims in a region that saw battles in both world wars, was unclear. French authorities were investigating. France sees occasional cemetery vandalism, usually targeting Jewish or Muslim graves.Hollande hailed de Gaulle and Adenauer for “the audacity to imagine a common future after so much pain” and their “greatness” for laying the groundwork for Franco-German friendship that became a basis for the European Union.“Europe can emerge stronger from this crisis,” Merkel said.Hollande, known for his sense of humor, broke the somber mood by joking about the unusually blustery July weather. “It’s weather like this that seals friendships,” he said with a smile.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressREIMS, France (AP) – The desecration of dozens of graves of Germans killed in World War I and buried in a French cemetery clouded a historic meeting Sunday by the leaders of the two nations, who urged Europeans to set aside economic worries and deepen their union.In the medieval cathedral in Reims, France, a city battered by the two world wars, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the 50th anniversary of a meeting between France’s Charles de Gaulle and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer that paved the way for decades of cross-border partnership.center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The Reims cathedral where the two leaders attended a special mass was where kings of France were long crowned, and was bombed by German planes in World War I. It was in Reims that Germans signed their surrender to the Allies on May 7, 1945, heralding the end of World War II in Europe.On July 8, 1962, De Gaulle and Adenauer shook hands in a symbolic gesture meant to bury generations of enmity between France and Germany. On Sunday, Merkel and Hollande exchanged kisses on the cheek.Today’s leaders, whose countries are the biggest economies in the eurozone, acknowledged the challenges facing the shared currency as debts in smaller countries have affected the whole region and worry markets worldwide. The conservative Merkel and Socialist Hollande disagree on some key issues raised in seeking solutions to the crisis, including sharing debts across the eurozone.“The economic union … appears not to be strong enough,” Merkel said, urging Europeans to “complete the economic and monetary union on a political level.”Hollande insisted that the French could keep some of their cherished national sovereignty but said the current crisis should push Europeans to speed up integration and force a “new start” for European unity.last_img read more

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73 people arrested for recent Ivory Coast attacks

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Prosecutor Ange B. Kessi Kouame said on Thursday that 149 people had been detained in response to the attacks, though 76 were released after the investigation. He said the 19 soldiers faced charges including murder, violating state security and disturbing public order, and that their trial would start on Sept. 6.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life Four benefits of having a wireless security system ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Ivory Coast’s military prosecutor says that 73 people, including 19 soldiers, have been detained in connection with a recent spate of attacks on military positions in the West African nation.Gunmen have carried out seven attacks against the military so far this month, killing at least 12 soldiers and one civilian. Officials blamed the attacks on loyalists of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to leave office after losing the 2010 election dragged the country into near-civil war. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories last_img read more

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Myanmar general turned democracy backer dies at 93

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix He was imprisoned in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s for his continuing criticism. But his open letters to Ne Win about economic reform were a catalyst for the discontent that led to the failed 1988 mass pro-democracy uprising that toppled his former superior.He became chairman of the National League for Democracy party which he joined Aung San Suu Kyi in founding at the height of the 1988 unrest. However, he resigned shortly afterward, alleging communist influence in the party. He founded his own party, but it won just a single seat in the abortive 1990 election.Despite a conciliatory nature, he found himself at odds with many in Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement because of his never-discarded personal loyalty to Ne Win and the army as an institution.He is survived by his wife and four adult children.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Aung Gyi, a senior army officer who served briefly in Myanmar’s post-coup military junta but later became a founder of the country’s pro-democracy movement, died Thursday at age 93.His family says he died from cardiac arrest.Brig. Gen. Aung Gyi was army number No. 2 and then also served in the second position in the junta set up after commanding Gen. Ne Win seized power in a 1962 coup. However, his public comments about the coup and economic policies caused his ouster in 1963. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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Suicide bombers attack restaurant in Somalia

first_imgMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – A police official says a security guard died while fending off suicide bombers who were trying to storm into a popular Mogadishu restaurant.Yusuf Abdi said Saturday that security guards at the gate of The Village restaurant shot at the two suicide bomber who tried to enter without going through the security check.Abdi said the bombers detonated their explosives killing one guard. The blast shattered the restaurant’s glass windows and punctured the tires of luxury cars parked outside. The attack was likely carried out by the Islamist extremist rebels of al-Shabab which has been fighting the Somali government for nearly five years. Africa Union forces pushed the al-Qaida affiliated group out of Mogadishu in August 2011 but the rebels continue to carry out suicide attacks in the capital.(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 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Thailands king leaves hospital after 4 years

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories BANGKOK (AP) – Thailand’s 85-year-old king on Thursday left the Bangkok hospital where he lived for the past four years and returned to his seaside palace with the queen.King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit traveled by car to Klai Kangwon Palace in the town of Hua Hin, where they lived before the world’s longest-reigning monarch was hospitalized with lung inflammation in September 2009.Tens of thousands of well-wishers gathered in front of Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital to see the widely revered Bhumibol off. Sitting in a Volkswagen van, the king looked fresh in his patterned shirt and salmon-colored suit. The queen was wearing a bright blue top and a pearl necklace. Both waved eagerly to the crowds of people who waved pictures of the king, as well as the Thai and royal flags.“As a Thai, I’m here today to see him off,” said Poranee Sunasuan, a 39-year-old officer worker from Bangkok. “I feel so good that I can’t describe into words. I’m really happy to be here.”Throngs of Thais also welcomed the king near the royal residence in Hua Hin, a seaside town in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Bangkok.The palace has not indicated whether the king’s move will be permanent.Bhumibol has had a variety of ailments and almost disappeared from public life after being hospitalized for what the palace called a lung inflammation. He made only rare day trips, always in a wheelchair.The 80-year-old queen was admitted to the same hospital last year after the palace said she experienced dizziness and staggered slightly while walking for exercise.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Magnitude61 earthquake hits Indonesia

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of GOLDEN, Colorado (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has been recorded in Indonesia.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has no warning in effect.The Geological Survey report says the quake hit 197 miles (318 kilometers) east of Dili, East Timor, just after 1730 GMT.The quake’s depth was recorded at 11 miles (18 kilometers).Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Top Stories (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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GOP trade chief will yield to Dems on jobs program funding

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s top Republican on trade says he’s willing to concede to Democrats on a key jobs program.Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says the jobs program can be funded without cutting Medicare’s budget. cbcThe concession could make it easier for House Democrats to back the president’s trade agenda.At issue is Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program in the trade package that helps workers displaced by trade agreements. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Democrats reacted angrily to a Senate-passed bill that would partly pay for the program by cutting Medicare.Ryan says there are plenty of other ways to pay for the program and says he thinks the House can resolve it without sending the bill back to the Senate.Ryan chairs the Ways and Means Committee.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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