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Louisiana floodwaters are receding operations returning to normal

first_img BATON ROUGE – Louisiana has been hit recently by several floods, which has prompted the Louisiana Office of Tourism to keep a close eye on any lasting impact on international tourism.According to an official release, flood-affected areas fell within the corridors of major rivers, tributaries and waterways in the regions around Baton Rouge and Lafayette southward. The city of New Orleans, the Louisiana gulf coast, the central and northern regions of Louisiana as well as most of the geographic area of Louisiana were not affected by floodwaters.Just as the floodwaters came quickly, the waters are receding quickly, and the small percentage of tourism attractions, overnight accommodations and restaurants impacted statewide have resumed or are quickly returning to normal operations. Subsequently, major transportation arteries that were temporarily impacted by flooding have been reopened.“The New Orleans CVB and the entire New Orleans hospitality industry is working tirelessly to assess the needs of those negatively impacted and support them through an aggressive materials drive and delivery program. We are committed to help those damaged areas rebuild, just as we received help to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The time has come once again to lean in to do whatever can be done to help those in need,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthSome state traveller welcome centers, state parks and state museums in the flood-affected areas saw woes ranging from temporarily restricted accessibility to limited damage to structures and amenities directly in the floodwaters’ paths. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will provide an update on those facilities once the immediate needs of flood-affected Louisiana citizens have been addressed, once floodwaters have completely receded and once assessments can be made to properties on a site-by-site basis.“The Louisiana Office of Tourism continues to assist our citizens that have been affected by these horrendous natural disasters across south central Louisiana,” said Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston. “However, if you have business or leisure travel planned to the unaffected areas of the state, Louisiana still offers a plethora of authentic experiences to the traveling public.”For more information go to LouisianaTravel.com. Louisiana floodwaters are receding, operations returning to normal Posted by Share Travelweek Group Thursday, August 18, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Airlines issue advisories as Las Vegas reels from deadly shooting

first_imgWith files from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press Monday, October 2, 2017 Airlines issue advisories as Las Vegas reels from deadly shooting Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, Travel Alert LAS VEGAS — There was chaos at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino as SWAT teams used explosives to get into the hotel room where the suspect behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was inside.The gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino last night, unleashing a shower of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below and killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers ran for their lives. More than 400 victims have been taken to the hospital, authorities said.SWAT officers using explosives stormed the gunman’s hotel room and found he had killed himself, authorities said.There was no immediate word on the motive for the attack. The U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no “specific credible threat” involving other public venues in the U.S.Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in front of a crowd of 22,000 when the gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.The gunman was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, NV.Two Canadians who witnessed a mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas say that at first, they thought the sound of gunshots was fireworks.Monique Dumas of B.C. says she was six rows from the front of the stage when the shooting broke out.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”She says she thought she heard a bottle breaking, and then a burst of popping sounds she thought was fireworks.Ashley Fowler of Newfoundland told the radio station K-Rock in St. John’s, N.L., that everyone in the crowd thought the noise was fireworks until the performer on stage dropped his microphone and ran.Global Affairs Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the number of Canadians who may have been affected by the shooting.According to the Las Vegas Visitor Authority, visitors from Canada made up nearly half of international tourists who arrived in the city by air last year.As the bullets ran rampant, thousands in the crowd fled in every direction. Dumas said it was “organized chaos” as everyone fled. “It took four to five minutes and all that time there was gunfire.”In addition to Paddock, police said they located a woman who may have been his roommate: Marilou Danley, 62.Police shut down the usually busy Las Vegas Boulevard and authorities across the state and federal ranks converged on the scene as dozens of ambulances ferried those struck by gunfire. Nearby Interstate 15 and flights at McCarran International Airport were briefly closed.Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy for customers booked on affected flights to facilitate changes to bookings, in effect all day today, Oct. 2. “Those customers wishing to make alternate travel arrangements can do so without penalty, space permitting, using our online rebooking tool: check your alternate travel options currently available; re-book yourself and check in before arriving at the airport. Prior to leaving for the airport, please check your Flight Status, or call Air Canada’s automated flight information system at 1-888-422-7533. Air Canada Vacations Customers must contact Air Canada Vacations directly for rebooking or for travel alternatives at 1-800-296-3408.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWestJet is advising all passengers travelling to or from Las Vegas Oct. 2 – 4 to check the status of their flight prior to leaving for the airport.Jose Baggett, 31, of Las Vegas, said he and a friend were in the lobby of the Luxor hotel-casino – directly north of the festival – when people began to run, almost in a stampede.He said people were crying and as he and his friend started walking away minutes later, they encountered police checkpoints where officers were carrying shotguns and assault rifles.“There were armoured personnel vehicles, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, and at least a half-mile of police cars,” Baggett said. Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

After 17 hours the first direct flight from Australia to London touches

first_imgAfter 17 hours, the first direct flight from Australia to London touches down Source: The Associated Press Tags: Qantas Share Monday, March 26, 2018 LONDON — The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular passenger service between Australia and Britain has touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport.The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas Airways, arrived Sunday in London just over 17 hours after setting off from the western Australian city of Perth.The Qantas Dreamliner to make the maiden journey from #Perth to #London is VH-ZND with Captain Lisa Norman, Captain Jeff Foote, First Officer Dave Summergreene and Second Officer Troy Lane. pic.twitter.com/tgM3Wl93EQ— Qantas (@Qantas) March 24, 2018 The inaugural #QF9 has arrived in London. pic.twitter.com/yqRdv1V8Bt— Qantas (@Qantas) March 25, 2018The new link with Perth – a 14,498-kilometre journey – is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It is also set to shorten journeys from London to Sydney or Melbourne, compared with flying via Dubai.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The route is about a quarter more than Britain’s previous longest service – 11,707-kilometres – which was flying between London and Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. << Previous PostNext Post >> A momentous occasion on the flight deck of #QF9#QantasDreamliner pic.twitter.com/dRTh79ZxUb— Qantas (@Qantas) March 24, 2018last_img read more

Second KASA hotel to open in Riviera Maya this summer

first_img Monday, February 11, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Second KASA hotel to open in Riviera Maya this summer Sharecenter_img Tags: KASA Hotels, Mexico, Openings & Renovations, Riviera Maya RIVIERA MAYA — A new luxury hotel is set to open on the shores of Riviera Maya, Mexico this summer, courtesy of KASA Hotel Collection.Scheduled to open in June just south of Cancun, KASA Hotel Riviera Maya – the brand’s second property in Mexico – is situated in the exclusive gated community of Puerto Aventuras, home to a full-service marina, golf course and beach.Upon opening, the 42-room boutique hotel will offer guests a suite of amenities and services, including a world-class Mexican restaurant and bar overseen by Chef Gilberto Canto Pool, an infinity-edged pool and swim-up bar, shuttle service to the beach, a private beach club with its own restaurant and full-service marina, and a Tom Lehman-designed signature golf course. Should guests choose to dine in private, a private chef can be arranged for romantic and family dinners on the beach; alternatively, the hotel can also arrange for pre-arrival grocery shopping.For the ultimate pampered experience, guests can arrange for a full complement of spa services, including beachfront massages and private yoga instruction. In between spa sessions, they can take advantage of complimentary bicycles, or sign up for signature KASA Experiences, which include full- and half-day activities such as cenote diving, biking explorations of Mayan ruins, Mexican cooking classes, shopping excursions, snorkelling and scuba diving (and certification), yacht and sailing tours, ATV trips, horseback riding and sport fishing trips.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAll accommodations are equipped with flatscreen televisions, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, coffee maker, in-room safe and local organic toiletries. One- and two-bedroom suites are available, including three Penthouse suites with a pool and terrace as well as the KASA Cooper Private Villa. Most rooms face the lagoon and pool areas.KASA Hotel Riviera Maya is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. For more information go to kasahotelrivieramaya.com or email RivieraMaya@kasahotels.com. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Porters Mont Tremblant flights to start up again on June 21

first_img Posted by Share Tags: New Routes, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Porter Airlines is bringing back its popular Mont Tremblant service, starting June 21 and running until Sept. 22.Flights operate up to four times weekly starting July 28 through Labour Day, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.Passengers fly nonstop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes. Connecting flights from several Porter destinations in Canada and the U.S. are also available.Mont Tremblant offers an abundance of outdoor scenery and fun, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, golfing and water activities. There’s also a range of entertainment and events, like the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 5-14), Wanderlust (Aug. 22-25), and Iron Man (Aug. 18).Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at porterescapes.com. The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Stephenville, N.L., Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Muskoka, Myrtle Beach and Orlando-Melbourne, FL. Thursday, April 25, 2019 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Porter’s Mont Tremblant flights to start up again on June 21 Travelweek Group last_img read more

Its in everyones best interest to stay open Beaches Turks Caicos will

first_img Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Cindy Sosroutomo Tags: Turks & Caicos “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> PROVIDENCIALES — Both travellers and travel agents can breathe a sigh of relief now that Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa will no longer close in 2020 and 2021 as previously announced.Travelweek is currently at the popular resort where we spoke with General Manager, Jamie McAnally, who confirmed the news.“There were conversations that needed to be had and I think both parties agreed that it’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open,” he said. “It definitely speaks to our commitment to staying on longer. We’re the largest private employer on the island, with nearly 2,000 employees who don’t have to worry now about the future.”Beaches Turks & Caicos’ trendy food trucks include Mr. Mac, an instant hit with guests for its gourmet mac & cheesesEarlier this year, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) had announced a proposed closing of the resort from Sept. 3 to Oct. 15, 2019, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 22, 2020 and again “for an indefinite period” starting January 2021.Rumours ran rampant about the possible reasons behind the closures, including one about unpaid taxes, which both SRI and the Turks and Caicos government quickly shut down. SRI went on record saying that the closures “are the result of several critical and longstanding issues which have impacted our operations over the past several years.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThough the planned closures in 2020 and 2021 have been scrapped, Beaches Turks & Caicos will still go ahead with its plans to shut down Sept. 3 – Oct. 15, 2019 for light maintenance and renovations.Curls ‘n’ Swirls offers ice cream treats“Every year, September-October is more of a quiet period for us. We run a pretty high occupancy year round, so this gives us an opportunity to get routine maintenance done in the rooms and to also give the staff a break as well,” added McAnally. “It’s not uncommon for other properties here in Turks and Caicos to close during this time period because it’s typically a slower period.”McAnally also noted that the resort will remain open until the very last day, and come Oct. 16 it will be a full opening, with all 20 restaurants available to guests that same day.Guests who have previously booked stays during this closure will be re-accommodated either with new dates or at another property.According to McAnally, routine closures like this one is how Beaches Turks & Caicos maintains its status as the flagship for the Beaches properties.“Over the years we’ve added new things to the property, and now knowing that our future is still there it allows us to make sure that we can still do that,” he said.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBeaches Turks & Caicos’ most recent additions include two food trucks that debuted in 2017: Curls ‘n Swirls, which offers ice cream treats, and Mr. Mac, an instant hit with guests for its gourmet mac & cheeses. McAnally highlighted other recent offerings like the Jerk Shack, the Indian dining outlet Bombay (formerly Taste of India), and, most notably, Key West Village, which opened its doors in 2012.So what other new offerings can we expect at the resort, now that its future has been secured?“Though I don’t have anything to disclose, I know there will always be something, little additions here and there that we’ll add on,” said McAnally.last_img read more

AMCHAM awards corporate responsibility

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) on Wednesday held its sixteenth annual “Social Responsibility in Action” awards, a nod to member companies that help to improve Costa Rica’s social, economic and environmental standing.AMCHAM also awarded its “Alberto Martén Chavarría” journalism prize for reporting on corporate responsibility.Companies received awards in five categories: community services, employees, environment, suppliers and a new category, public-private partnerships. “[Corporate responsibility] is an issue that’s increasingly relevant in Costa Rica, which certainly assures that each one of us and our family members have a better quality of life now and in the future,” AMCHAM board member and awards coordinator Margaret Grigsby said. “Successful companies need a healthy society to operate in, and society needs successful companies.”According to AMCHAM Board President José Antonio Muñoz, promoting corporate responsibility has been a long-standing goal for the chamber. This year, the chamber had more award candidates than in past ceremonies, which shows a growing interest by companies in promoting new projects. “It’s clear that the concept of corporate responsibility is gaining traction and expanding as time goes on, which makes us proud and hopeful,” Muñoz said. Twenty-six companies with more than 40 projects participated in this year’s ceremony. In the “community” category, winning companies were CBN- Club 700 and FTZ Coca Cola Service Company. For “employees,” Hewlett- Packard and Bridgestone took the AMCHAM award. Purdy Motor won the category of “environment,” while Kimberly Clark Costa Rica won in the category of “suppliers.”The award for “public-private partnerships” went to Península Papagayo, the National Insurance Institute, the Education Ministry and the Costa Rican Social Security Institute. María Luisa González, human resources manager at Hewlett- Packard, said the company’s project targeted the well-being of 7,500 workers at the company, based on the philosophy of “wellness.” The project focused on three fundamental pillars, she said: emotional health, physical health and financial health. “For us, this is an achievement, because it’s an integral project that includes the fundamental areas in a person’s life, which later results in better productivity, better people and better families,” González said. Carolina Lizano, director of corporate responsibility at Kimberly Clark Centroamérica, said the company’s award-winning program “Ambientados,” which took the suppliers award, began four years ago and seeks to promote recycling programs at small and medium-sized businesses in Costa Rica. “Because of the program ‘Ambientados,’ we’ve generated an important source of employment for many recyclers in the country. We train them and form an alliance with them, and basically, they are our partners. More than 20 recyclers now participate,” Lizano said. The project also took last year’s AMCHAM award in that category.Costa Rican Vice President Luis Liberman, speaking about the awards, said, “In terms of companies, it’s not just about complying with the law, and in the case of the journalism award, it’s not just about informing the public. It’s about the commitment to finding alternatives that make a difference in our society.” Liberman noted that Costa Rican consumers increasingly make purchasing decisions based on a company’s social and environmental commitments. The winner of this year’s “Alberto Martén Chavarría” award was Grupo Nación’s Isabel Ovares and Randall Sáenz, for their report “National Guide to Waste Management.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83

first_imgRelated posts:As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship Costa Rica, Panama ask neighbors to help with stranded migrants Brazil’s Rousseff condemns ‘coup’ as judge blocks Lula Venezuelan lawmaker says in Costa Rica that her people eat from garbage trucks PANAMA CITY – Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno, who wasousted from power by U.S. soldiers in 1989 and spent years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering, has died. He was 83.Noriega died in Panama City’s Santo Tomás Hospital where he had been recovering from surgery in early March to remove a brain tumor, and a subsequent operation to address bleeding.President Juan Carlos Varela wrote on Twitter that Noriega’s death “closed a chapter in our history.”  He said the ex-strongman’s family “deserved to bury him in peace.” Government communications secretary Manuel Domínguez said that Noriega died late Monday.Noriega had been serving lengthy prison sentences in Panama for murder and forced disappearances during his 1983-1989 dictatorship.The ex-general had been granted temporary release on February 28 from his prison overlooking the Panama Canal to undergo surgery.Following years of ill health that included respiratory problems, prostate cancer and depression, Noriega’s family pleaded with the authorities to allow him to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.The government rejected their appeals, however, and said Noriega would return to prison once he recovered from the brain tumor surgery. Panama’s communications secretary Manuel Domínguez said that Noriega died late Monday. (Via Wikimedia Commons) Facebook Commentscenter_img Muerte de Manuel A. Noriega cierra un capítulo de nuestra historia; sus hijas y sus familiares merecen un sepelio en paz.— Juan Carlos Varela (@JC_Varela) May 30, 2017last_img read more

Emergency law faces vote in Quebec student protest

first_imgAssociated PressMONTREAL (AP) – Quebec’s provincial government is expected to vote Friday on an emergency law that would shut some universities and impose harsh fines on protesters blocking students from attending classes as the government looks to end weeks of demonstrations against tuition hikes.A vote wasn’t expected until late Friday afternoon at the earliest and could take place later if delayed by a number of amendments. In the mean time, critics were expressing concern about the planned legislation. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Four benefits of having a wireless security system More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Montreal on Thursday night as the government introduced the bill to quell the most sustained student protests in Canadian history. But there was none of the violence that erupted Wednesday when windows were smashed, more than 120 people were arrested and police and protesters were injured.On Friday, the city of Montreal passed a bylaw restricting protesters from wearing masks during demonstrations. The city also said demonstrators will have to provide details of their itineraries beforehand.Officials have said they believe protesters wearing masks have been causing the most trouble. A similar bylaw was under consideration in Quebec City.“Our cities can no longer become targets,” Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said. “It’s time to reclaim our streets, our neighborhoods, our cities.”Rights groups have protested the bylaw, calling it a restriction on the democratic right to demonstrate.Quebec Premier Jean Charest said the proposed provincial legislation would not roll back the tuition hikes of $254 per year over seven years. Rather, it would temporarily halt the spring semester at schools paralyzed by walkouts and push up the summer holidays. Classes would resume earlier in August. Proposed fines range from $7,000 to $35,000 for a student leader and between $25,000 and $125,000 for unions or student federations if someone is prevented from entering an educational institution.Martine Desjardins, one student leader, called the bill a “declaration of war against the student movement.”But embattled Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said that despite the legislation, talks would go on and an agreement could still be reached.“Even if there is a special legislation tonight, tomorrow, there can still be an agreement after the law,” she said.Some of the loudest cheers early on Friday were reserved for one man who stood on a garbage can and burned what looked like a copy of the government bill.The three-month conflict has caused considerable social upheaval in the French-speaking province known for having more contentious protests than elsewhere in Canada _ and the country’s the lowest tuition rates.The U.S. consulate in Montreal last month warned visitors and U.S. expats to be wary of demonstrations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Agent Orange victims get Scientology detox

first_imgWashington has been quibbling for years over the need for more scientific research to show that the herbicide caused health problems among Vietnamese. It has given about $60 million for environmental restoration and social services in Vietnam since 2007, including to disabled people, but the Danang project is its first direct involvement in cleaning up dioxin, which has seeped into Vietnam’s soil and watersheds.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “I hope my wife and I will fully recover completely and will not suffer after-effects to pass on to my descendants,” prospective patient Nguyen Dai Sang was quoted as saying in the Viet Nam News daily.U.S. Embassy spokesman Christopher Hodges said Washington was not funding the program and said “we are not aware of any safe, effective detoxification treatment for people with dioxin in body tissues.”It wasn’t known what other medical care the participants were receiving. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard opposed psychiatry and the use of drugs for mental illness and addictions, but church members accept conventional medical treatment for physical conditions.Actor Tom Cruise co-founded the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, where participants were each given vitamins and nutritional counseling and participated in daily exercise and sauna sessions. He defended it at the time as helping the workers recover.Critics, many of them scientists, have said there is no evidence the “Hubbard Method” does any good.It was unclear if the Vietnamese government was aware of those concerns before agreeing to try the project.Last month, the U.S. began a landmark project cleaning up toxins from the site of a former air base in Danang in central Vietnam. Part of the former base consists of a dry field where U.S. troops once stored and mixed the defoliant before it was loaded onto planes. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressHANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnamese with ailments linked to Agent Orange are undergoing a “detoxification” treatment involving saunas and vitamins that was developed by the Church of Scientology and which has been criticized as pseudoscientific.Scientologists use the “Hubbard Method” to try to cure drug addiction and alcoholism. The church set up a center in New York after the 9/11 attacks offering a similar service for first responders who may have been exposed to toxins. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories A group of 24 people arrived for treatment at a military hospital in Hanoi for a month, free of charge, Dau Xuan Tuong, deputy administrator at the Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims, said Thursday. He said 22 people underwent the treatment in 2011 in northern Thai Binh province.“Their health has improved after the treatment, and some saw their chronic illnesses disappear,” he said. “We need to do more scientific research to determine its impact.”It was not possible to immediately get comment from the Scientology movement. Proponents have said the detoxification program improves people’s quality of life.The U.S. military dumped some 20 million gallons (75 million liters) of Agent Orange and other herbicides on about a quarter of former South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971, decimating about 5 million acres (2 million hectares) of forest _ roughly the size of Massachusetts _ to remover the foliage that concealed enemy fighters.Dioxins in it have since been linked to birth defects, cancers and other ailments, but the United States maintains there is no evidence Agent Orange has caused the health problems among Vietnamese. Washington has compensated American soldiers for ailments they say were caused by the compound, however. Quick workouts for men Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Lawyer Owners not liable for Bangladesh fire

first_img Sponsored Stories The November 2012 fire is one of several deadly disasters that have exposed harsh and unsafe working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. In April, a factory collapse killed more than 1,100 workers, triggering outcries at home and abroad.Police filed homicide charges in December against 13 people, including Hossain and Akter, in connection with the fire. Police filed arrest warrants for six people they said fled.Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest garment producing country after China, earns more than $20 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the United States and Europe.Culpable homicide is a less serious charge than murder, but prosecutors say a conviction could still bring a life sentence.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? The Tazreen factory, located outside the capital, Dhaka, produced clothing for major retailers including Wal-Mart. Investigators say it had no emergency exits and workers found the gates locked from the outside.Defense lawyer A.T.M. Gous said in court Monday that his client made every arrangement to keep the factory safe. He also said Hossain continues to employ workers at other factories.“If he is in jail, hundreds of workers will be jobless if those are not run properly,” Gous said. “He has done everything despite this disaster to stand by the families of the victims. He has given compensation to the victims. He is also sick and needs family care to stay well.”Hossain was denied bail.His wife, Mahmuda Akter, is the chairman of Tazreen Fashions Ltd. She also surrendered to authorities, but a court Monday allowed her to be freed for one month, as long as she follows conditions and cooperates with the court and investigators.Prosecutors say the couple is responsible for the workers.“They built the factory building violating building codes. They did not take adequate measures to keep it safe for working,” prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan said. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – The owner of a Bangladesh garment factory where more than 100 workers died in a fire is not liable for the disaster, and other workers could lose their jobs if he is convicted, his attorney said Monday.Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., and his wife surrendered to authorities Sunday after being charged with culpable homicide in December. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh’s powerful garment industry, which has a huge influence in the country’s affairs from politics to sports. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

China says hacking claims irresponsible asks for more trust

first_img“Just don’t pretend America is the only victim, America also victimizes others,” said Shen Dingli, the director of Fudan University’s Center for American Studies in Shanghai. “The U.S. government will target the Chinese government. If they happen to see the information of a few million Chinese government workers, would they not download it? I think they would.”He said that rather than publicizing unproven allegations, Washington should have taken a more Chinese approach and quietly contacted Beijing to find a joint solution. “It is important not to publicize it, but to find a way to investigate together,” he said. “China may do its utmost to clear itself.”Discussion of the hacking allegations on Chinese social media was muted. Many were largely skeptical that the Chinese government could have perpetrated the attacks, though some heaped praise on their country’s “cyber army.”“The U.S. has top IT skills, it’s not so easy to hack,” Zeng Yaosheng, a 34-year-old advertising designer, said by phone from Maoming city in Guangdong province. “China might not have the ability to do it.” Top Stories Beijing generally does not explicitly deny specific hacking accusations, but seeks to dismiss them as unproven and irresponsible, while invariably noting that China is itself the target of hacking attacks and calling for greater international cooperation in combating hacking.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing Friday that Beijing hopes the U.S. would be “less suspicious and stop making any unverified allegations, but show more trust and participate more in cooperation.”“We know that hacker attacks are conducted anonymously, across nations, and that it is hard to track the source,” Hong said. “It’s irresponsible and unscientific to make conjectural, trumped-up allegations without deep investigation.”Cybersecurity analysts who study hacking attacks believed to originate in China have cited evidence suggesting they are state-sponsored rather than independent actions, including that they seem to be highly organized teams that focus on the same kinds of targets, sometimes for years, and tend to work regular hours excluding weekends.The Virginia-based cybersecurity organization Mandiant concluded in a report in early 2013 that a massive hacking campaign on U.S. business could be traced to an office building in Shanghai run by the Chinese military. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIJING (AP) — China responded Friday to allegations it was involved in a hacking attack on U.S. government computers by saying such claims are unproven and irresponsible, and that it wishes the United States would trust it more.The administration of President Barack Obama has increasingly pressed China on the issue of cyberhacking, and on Thursday U.S. officials said China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said the attack amounted to a foreign power seeking information on U.S. employees who have security clearances for access to sensitive information. Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility China’s military is believed to have made cyber warfare capabilities a priority more than a decade ago. One of the few public announcements of the capabilities came in a May 25, 2011, news conference by Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng, in which he spoke of developing China’s “online” army.Beijing also acknowledged its cyber military force in May in a Defense Ministry white paper on military strategy. The ministry called cyberspace a “critical security domain” and said the force is primarily defensive and a response to increasingly fierce competition in cyberspace.Some Chinese expressed skepticism that Beijing was responsible for the attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department computers, made public Thursday. They note that even if an attack originated in China, it may not have been sanctioned by the government — and indeed could have been launched by anti-government provocateurs.Even if the attack were state-sanctioned, some said, Beijing would be doing nothing more devious than America’s National Security Agency, whose vast, secret data collection efforts at home and abroad were exposed by Edward Snowden. ___Associated Press writer Erika Kinetz and news assistant Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Flightstats says JAL most punctual in 2009

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Aggregator of flight information, Flightstats has just revealed that in 2009 Japan Airlines was the most punctual major global airline, with 90.95% of all flights being deemed as on time.Flightstats recorded that just under 197,000 of JAL’s 216,478 scheduled flights during 2009 were on time, making it the most punctual airline of the year.“In addition to being firmly committed to providing passengers with the safest standards in flight operations and offering high quality products and services, Japan Airlines regards punctuality as a basic quality of an airline that passengers can trust,” says JAL of the award.“The JAL Group established an On-Time Performance Project which sought to involve all Group employees by soliciting ideas to improve on-time performance while maintaining strict safety standards.”In addition to the major award, JAL subsidiary JAL Express was ranked number one in terms of regional Asia on-time performance. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2643c/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

New Mayor set to shake up Gold Coast Tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Gold Coast tourism will be under review as Mayor Tom Tate looks at accountability for funding worth $14 million. Cr Tate wants a monthly assessment of the corporation to ensure council-approved targets and KPI’s are being met. Currently there is a quarterly review by council’s economic development unit, however the newly appointed mayor believes if the tourism body was not hitting its council-approved benchmarks, the funding should be put back into city hall’s economic development department.Gold Coast Tourism’s 500 members along with State Government and other revenue contribute funding totalling $2.7 million.”Gold Coast Tourism is doing a good job but it doesn’t hurt to turbo-charge it,” said Cr Tate. Gold Coast Tourism boss Mr Martin Winter and some of the city’s most influential tourism operators that sit on the corporation board welcomes Cr Tate to meet and discuss marketing.”The industry looks forward to the discussions which will drive new infrastructure projects,” Mr Winter said.Cr Tate will travel to the USA to meet with Las Vegas major and will visit Miami to look at the city’s cruise ship terminal as part of the new council’s plan for a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast.last_img read more

Air Tickets RTW fare innovation

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Australian travel agents are now able to book and issue Round the World (RTW) and Circle fares anytime online, using a feature of Air Tickets SmartTickets Online suite. The process of issuing RTW and Circle fares was previously a complex and time-consuming task.Air Ticket’s innovation is a world-first and is simple to use and process, according to Air Tickets business systems manager Diana Mufic. “Just tick a box and you’ll have a Round the World or Circle ticket issued in less than 80 seconds,” Ms Mufic said. “SmartTickets will even suggest cheaper fares if they’re available and any changes that need to be made will be automatically highlighted so the agent can correct and re-book seamlessly.” Air Tickets discreetly introduced the booking innovation in late August this year. Veteran travel consultant Lyn Rowlands of JBR Travel in Victoria issued the first ticket after clicking on the RTW option out of curiosity. “It was just so easy and only took about a minute to issue the ticket” Lyn said. Air Tickets is offering all travel agents the opportunity to win back the cost of their RTW or Circle ticket fares by issuing them online before the end of November 2012. Air Tickets recently won the inaugural ‘Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation and ‘Best Agency Support Service’ at the 2012 Australian Federation Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards. Vlado Ristevski – Air Tickets State Manager VIC/TAS & Jane Robinson – Director JBR Travel & Rhonda Hind – JBR Travel Consultantlast_img read more