Cathay Pacific boosts Vancouver service with 3 new nonstops

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, September 1, 2016 Cathay Pacific boosts Vancouver service with 3 new nonstopscenter_img VANCOUVER — Cathay Pacific is adding three new nonstop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong starting March 28 on Airbus 350-900XWB aircraft.The three extra flights will be added to Cathay Pacific’s existing twice daily nonstop service, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 flights per week. The new flights will offer early morning departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.“It’s exciting to be able to grow our operations in Canada,” said Cathay Pacific’s VP Canada, Nick Hays. “As a China and Asia travel specialist it’s our pleasure to provide more choice, convenience and world-class service to passengers travelling between Vancouver and Hong Kong and beyond to our unrivalled Asia and China network.”The brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft will feature a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. In Business Class, alongside a fully-flat bed, new features includes extra stowage space and the personal service offered by a ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Wake-up Call’ function in the entertainment system.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats also come with a number of new features, including dedicated tablet holders and exclusive power outlets and USB ports. Each Premium Economy Class seat has a fully integrated legrest, while Economy Class has six-way headrests.New flight CX855 departs Vancouver at 9:25 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Hong Kong the next day at 1:45 p.m. On the return leg, flight CX 856 departs Hong Kong at 11 a.m., arriving in Vancouver at 7:55 a.m. Tags: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Vancouver Travelweek Group last_img read more

WestJet hosts Travel Agent Advisory Board at twoday conference

first_img CALGARY — More than 30 travel agents joined WestJet for its WestJet Travel Agency Advisory Board (TAAB) at the WestJet Campus in Calgary, where the agenda included brainstorming sessions, a tour of the WestJet Campus and hangar, and presentations from WestJet guest speakers on topics including network planning, WestJet Rewards, WestJet Vacations, guest experience, marketing and communications.The WestJet TAAB members also had the chance to share their feedback and engage with WestJet employees face-to-face.“This conference was a great opportunity to have an open discussion about what WestJet is doing right, and where we can improve to ensure we’re delivering the products and services the travel agent community is looking for,” said Jane Clementino, WestJet Director, Agency Sales. “Since the creation of the TAAB in 2015, we’ve really embraced their feedback to better serve our industry partners and become even easier to do business with.”WestJet has implemented more than 25 material enhancements since 2015 thanks to the contributions of the TAAB, she added.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionWestJet TAAB members serve a two-year term and for many, this was their final meeting.“We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our second year TAAB members for their continued partnership and their dedication to this committee. WestJet wouldn’t be where it is today without their invaluable feedback,” said Clementino. “We’re looking forward to the insights our 2017/2018 members will bring and the initiatives we will be able to implement as a result of their engagement.” << Previous PostNext Post >> WestJet hosts Travel Agent Advisory Board at two-day conference Posted by Share Travelweek Group Monday, June 19, 2017 last_img read more

Hot deal alert More amenities with AquaAston Hospitality

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaii, Promotions Hot deal alert: More amenities with Aqua-Aston Hospitality Posted by Tuesday, December 12, 2017 center_img As one of Hawaii’s largest hotel management companies, Aqua-Aston Hospitality is proud to offer guests some of the best value in the islands. For new bookings arriving Jan. 1, 2018, Aqua-Aston is pleased to announce the expansion of its guest amenity program. Varied by hotel, the new amenity program will include valuable additions, such as exclusive discounts for Aqua-Aston guests at select Oahu eateries and attractions; discounted or free entry for Aqua-Aston guests to Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Waikiki Aquarium; improvements to our popular Waikiki-to-Ala Moana shuttle service; a curated roster of live, onsite entertainment; and newly-added Hawaiian cultural programs.For more details go to Aqua-Aston.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sell more of Los Angeles with new specialist training program

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> LOS ANGELES — Travel agents can become an ‘L.A.’ Insider’ with a new specialist training program by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism).The new online training tool, which is both mobile and tablet-friendly, is the first of its kind for the organization, and is designed to help Canadian and U.S. travel trade better sell the city.According to L.A. Tourism, demand for a bespoke online portal of information and selling tools has been growing, as global demand to visit Los Angeles continues its rapid upward trajectory. A record 48.3 million tourists visited L.A. in 2017; by 2020, 50 million tourists are expected.“We’re proud to launch such an advanced training program, one that will help our clients discover L.A. like an insider and sell L.A. like an expert,” said Ashlee Ciora, Senior Director, Tourism. “Los Angeles’ welcoming spirit, celebration of diversity and perfect weather are bringing visitors in greater numbers. New restaurants, attractions and hotels are opening up quickly to meet demand and it can be difficult to stay on top of all the new developments – L.A. Insider aims to provide the travel trade with a one-stop-shop platform for everything they need.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedL.A. Insider will provide easy access to L.A. Tourism’s marketing assets, sales collateral such as factsheets, maps, videos and even neighborhood tours in virtual reality. The program also provides information on Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and updates on the airport’s multi-billion dollar modernization program with multimedia assets added as they become available.Participants who complete the L.A. Insider training will receive a certificate, access to discounts and specials from L.A. members, the opportunity to participate in fams and be entered to win a trip to one of L.A.’s award shows.Localized modules of L.A. Insider will be launched for English-speaking international markets throughout March 2018 and L.A. Insider will be rolled out in Spanish, French, German, Korean and Japanese over the coming months with more languages to follow. The market specific modules will feature videos of expats describing what it is they love about Los Angeles and tips to make the most of a visit.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamTo learn more or enroll please visit insider.discoverlosangeles.com. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Share Sell more of Los Angeles with new specialist training programcenter_img Posted by Tags: Education, Los Angeles Travelweek Group last_img read more

KLM honours great grandfathers 83yearold ticket cue the tears

first_imgTags: KLM Posted by Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img AMSTELVEEN, NETHERLANDS — Well, here’s a feel-good story about an airline for once.KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has honoured an 83-year-old ticket, giving a 90-year-old great grandfather the surprise of a lifetime.Arnold Neahus of Amsterdam won a sightseeing flight over Amsterdam after entering a KLM contest in 1935 when he was just seven years old. But as KLM explained, Neahus never ended up cashing in his prize due to the fact that his sister, who had acquired scarlet fever at the time, made it impossible for his entire family to interact with other people.Years later, Neahus showed his winning documents to his granddaughter, who then contacted KLM about her grandfather’s story. The airline wanted him to finally claim his prize so it sent two flight attendants and Neahus’ seven-year-old great-grandson, Jagger, to surprise him with the news at his home.In true retro fashion, a Ford model A Tudor car built in 1928 transported Neahus and Jagger to the airport, where they boarded a 1944 Dakota DC-3 aircraft for their scenic flight above Amsterdam. In the air, Neahus is seen pointing out sights to his great grandson and after landing safely back on the ground, the two gave each other a sweet high-five.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?One last surprise for Neahus? His entire family was waiting for him on the tarmac to give him a proper welcome home.“This was totally cool, guys!” Neahus tells his family.Very cool, indeed. Kudos to KLM for making dreams come true! << Previous PostNext Post >> KLM honours great grandfather’s 83-year-old ticket (cue the tears!)last_img read more

Six new AWS trips from Trafalgar CostSaver

first_img TORONTO — Trafalgar and Costsaver’s Autumn, Winter and Spring (AWS) 2019/20 program offers 41 itineraries across 27 countries.The brands connect clients with Europe’s best experiences, people and destinations with year-round and winter specific itineraries.Along with a selection of tried and tested favourites for 2019/2020, Trafalgar and Costsaver have also announced six brand new trips in line with clients’ demand for more Europe options year-round.“We’ve crafted our trips with the best travel experiences in mind, no matter the season,” says Michael Unrath, Head of Product for Trafalgar Europe. “Smaller towns and communities can often struggle during the quiet seasons when the summer crowds die down for the year. We’re proud to be able to take our groups to many of these destinations, offer experiences that bring Europe to life and connect with the amazing locals and communities that make these destinations so special, at any given time of year,” he said.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNew trips include the 7-day Best of Scotland to uncover Scottish greats in one of Trafalgar’s most popular countries, taking in Glasgow, the Highlands and Edinburgh. Client favourites like a ‘Be My Guest’ experience at the 15th century home of the Wood Family on Lake Loch Ard to private whisky tastings, a day trip to the Isle of Skye and sightseeing are all on offer, packed with plenty of fun and classic Scottish locals.With the rise in the popularity of Eastern Europe experiences, Trafalgar’s new 8-days Balkan Escape and 6-days Lucerne Explorer will fulfill clients needs in the coming season. Using Lucerne as its base, the Lucerne Explorer offers the best of all things Swiss, including chocolate and cheese workshops, mountain vistas, lake views, grand hotels and plenty of history in the cozy colder months for an all-encompassing travel experience in under.For those looking for some winter sun, there’s the new 10-day Best of Morocco, with colourful bazaars, a ‘Be My Guest’ experience with a local family in their private Riad, an overnight stay in the middle of the beautiful Atlas Mountains, plus visits to mosques and medinas.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThese new trips are rounded off with a new 10-day Trafalgar 3 Continents Cruise covering Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt.Lastly, on Costsaver’s new 10-day Italian Scene adventure clients will explore the idyllic lakes, Renaissance cities, vibrant countryside and memorial sites and landmarks in Venice, Florence and Rome. Trip highlights include a ‘Local Specialist’ tour to St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as stops in feisty Naples, Assisi and the cliffside village of Sorrento.Reiterating its #AgentsFirst philosophy, the AWS programs feature both brands together in one handy ‘upside down’ brochure. Share Thursday, May 9, 2019 Tags: AWS, CostSaver, New Tours, Trafalgar Six new AWS trips from Trafalgar & CostSavercenter_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

OKAY Industries invests 15 million in Costa Rica plant

first_imgOkay Industries Inc., a company that specializes in the production of high-precision metal components for the medical supplies industry, last week inaugurated a $1.5 million, 1,400 square-meter plant in Costa Rica. The new facility – the company’s first plant outside the United States – is located in Free Trade Zone Z, in the province of Alajuela, north of San José.“Today, we have 41 [international] companies operating in Costa Rica with more than 122 different products that are being exported to 73 destinations in the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe,” Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said. “We will continue consolidating our country’s prestige as a leader in the medical supplies industry on an international scale.”Okay Industries President Jason Howey said the decision to start operations in Costa Rica was a result of the stability the country offers investors, the strong medical-device industry that already operates here, and the availability of highly educated workers. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Pilgrims march to Cartago in devotion to Costa Ricas patron saint

first_imgA screenshot from La Nación’s Camino de La Negrita application. The newspaper’s Nation editor, Otto Vargas, called the mapping app a “novel tool” for users to experience the pilgrimage by incorporating social media and useful information, like police and Red Cross station locations.   During his recent visit to Brazil, Pope Francis I, Latin America’s first pontiff, said that he hoped to visit Costa Rica “as soon as possible and would visit the Basilica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago to pay homage to the patron saint of Costa Rica,” according to a statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. The Spanish-language daily La Nación developed an interactive map that walkers can use to track their trip using a Global Positioning System-enabled smartphone or other mobile device. Users can share their progress on Facebook. The map also displays the locations of police and Red Cross stations, along with trash receptacles and recycling bins.Romeros feeling the ache of the 13.6-mile hike from San José to the basilica can even check how much longer they need to walk before reaching the elaborate façade of the gray and white church.For those planning on making the pilgrimage this year, the Costa Rican Red Cross offered several recommendations. The organization said on its website that walkers should bring umbrellas, wear layers of light-colored clothing, and something reflective to make it easier for drivers to see them along the road, especially in rainy conditions reported in Vieja Metrópoli.The Costa Rican Red Cross announced that it opened help stations along the route at Tres Ríos, Ochomogo and the basilica on Saturday and Sunday. According to the humanitarian group’s website, there will be 1,225 staff and volunteers along the trail’s principal routes.The organization reported Sunday that it had attended to 44 people during the first day of its operations related to the romería.On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 1, the Red Cross will open seven additional help stations at Galera, El Fierro, Taras, Juan Viñas, El Cristo (Cot de Oreamuno), La Cangreja, and Paraíso during the pilgrimage’s peak hours.AFP contributed to this report. Update Monday, July 29, 9:57 a.m.: This report was updated to include comments from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. Facebook Comments No related posts. On horseback, on foot and even on their knees, pilgrims from across Costa Rica have begun the trek to the the Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in the colonial capital of Cartago, east of San José. This year’s pilgrimage, orromería as it is known here, is sure to take on additional meaning for the faithful after the Vatican’s confirmation of a miracle that took place in the province of Cartago and allowed for the canonization of the late Pope John Paul II. Last year, The Tico Times reported more than 2 million people from around the world — mostly Central Americans and Costa Ricans in particular — participated in the ritual honoring the Virgen de los Ángeles, Costa Rica’s patron saint.Pilgrims march to attend a mass at the basilica on Aug. 2 in honor of “La Negrita,” or the “Little Black One,” a six-inch tall representation of the Virgin Mary. Legend says that on Aug. 2, 1635, a young indigenous girl discovered a small, crudely carved black stone statue of the Madonna with child on a rock in a forest outside the city. When attempts to remove the statue magically failed, word spread and the Virgin eventually became Costa Rica’s patron saint.  Some pilgrims, or romeros, start walking to the basilica days before the celebratory mass. As a sign of devotion or thanks for a deed attributed to La Negrita, some finish the last several hundred meters on their knees. Legend has it that the black statue is responsible for miraculous healings.One such healing brought international attention to a small village in Costa Rica. Floribeth Mora, who lives in Dulce Nombre, Cartago, claimed John Paul II miraculously cured her of a brain aneurism. Mora arrived at the Calerdón Guardia Hospital in San José in May 2011 complaining of a headache. After undergoing diagnostic tests, doctors told her that she had an incurable brain aneurism, a bubble-like bulge on a blood vessel.Upon hearing the news, Mora said that the late pope came to her and told her to “Get up.” After a second checkup, the aneurism disappeared without a medical explanation, according to the doctors who attended her. On July 5, the Vatican confirmed the miracle and gave credit to Pope John Paul II, paving the way for the late pontiff’s canonization. A date for the canonization has not yet been set. Zachary Dyerlast_img read more

European Union blacklists seafood trade in Belize

first_img Facebook Comments In its toughest move yet to eradicate illegal fishing, the European Union on Monday blacklisted Belize, Cambodia and Guinea, effectively banning their products from the world’s most valuable seafood market.The move to target the three “as countries acting insufficiently against illegal fishing” means EU states will now be required to ban their fish imports and EU vessels required to stay out of their waters.“These decisions are historic,” said the EU’s Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki. “I want EU citizens to know that the fish they consume is sustainable, wherever it comes from.”Illegal fishing is estimated to account for 15 percent of world catches and the decision by the EU, which imports 65 percent of its seafood, won swift praise from environmental groups.“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing depletes fish stocks, damages marine ecosystems, puts legitimate fishers at an unfair disadvantage and jeopardizes the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said WWF, Oceana, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Environmental Justice Foundation.The three countries were among eight nations warned in late 2012 to take action against illegal fishing or face such action.The European Commission considered that the five other nations warned — Panama, Fiji, Togo, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu — had made significant progress, but the Commission is continuing to monitor the situation.Another three countries — South Korea, Ghana and Curacao — received warning “yellow cards” in November and are currently being evaluated. Related posts:European Union offers $3.4 billion aid package for Latin America Costa Rican Coast Guard arrests boat captain for alleged shark finning Offshore drilling could threaten Belize’s Great Blue Hole The best of long-form journalism in 2015 from The Tico Timeslast_img read more

US Ambassador to Costa Rica Embassy will remain at forefront of LGBT

first_img“It was a historic week. Honestly, it’s a week that took too long to arrive in the United States,” Haney told a group of reporters Tuesday afternoon, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. “It’s part of who we are as a nation.” The newly arrived U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica,S. Fitzgerald Haney, said that the U.S. Embassy in San José would remain at the “forefront” of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues during his term.The Nashville, Tennessee native Stafford Fitzgerald Haney gave his first press conference Tuesday after presenting his credentials to Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González. He arrived in Costa Rica with his family on Sunday.In addition to LGBT issues, Haney addressed the United States and Costa Rica’s long history and mutual cooperation on climate change, security and economic development. Presentación de las copias de las Cartas Credenciales del Sr. Stafford Fitzgerald Haney @usembassysjo @mgonzalezsanz pic.twitter.com/paR7q4uFcj— CRcancilleria (@CRcancilleria) June 30, 2015 Haney’s flight was landing as a group from the embassy including Consul General Margaret Pride marched in San José’s pride parade on Sunday.“The Untied States Embassy in Costa Rica was once again at the Diversity March,” tweeted the embassy.Haney thanked President Barack Obama for nominating him to care for one of the United States’ most “important, enduring and stable” relationships in Latin America.The ambassador called Costa Rica a regional leader and said that the United States could take some pointers from the Central American nation on climate change prevention and environmental protection. Security, economic development, the fight against drug trafficking, energy and the environment are all areas for cooperation between the countries, he said.Said the new ambassador: “A safe, prosperous and sustainable Costa Rica benefits the citizens of both our countries.”See: PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s pride marchers hopeful after US gay marriage decision Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:For the last time: The US does not have an Army base in Costa Rica, embassy says White House travel exemptions to Cuba do not cover tourism Costa Rican court upholds gay rights in professional associations Costa Rica grants first gay common-law marriage in Central America Un año más la Embajada de Estados Unidos en #CostaRica estuvo presente en la #MarchaDeLaDiversidad pic.twitter.com/kjWnisMuaM— US Embassy San Jose (@usembassysjo) June 29, 2015last_img read more

Eduardo Lis lawyer says client could avoid extradition to the United States

first_imgWhile former Costa Rican football federation president Eduardo Li remains locked up in a Swiss prison, his lawyer says he’s optimistic Li will not be extradited to the United States for trial.Li, who was also an executive committee member of football’s top governing body, FIFA, was named in a 161-page federal indictment released by the United States in late May, accused of engaging in “multiple acts of bribery” among other charges.His lawyer, José Miguel Villalobos, said the U.S. government sent a formal extradition request on July 2. Villalobos called the federal indictment “weak” and said he believes his client will not be extradited to the U.S. because the government cannot prove he committed a crime in Switzerland.Under the countries’ extradition agreements, a person can only be extradited if the alleged crime is punishable under both Swiss and U.S. law.Ultimately it will be up to the Swiss judge to determine whether Li’s case warrants extradition, including whether the charges of conspiracy posed against the former FIFA executive weigh heavily enough.Prosecutors allege that Li requested a six-figure bribe from a co-conspirator representing the sports marketing firm Traffic Sports USA in exchange for signing a contract worth up to $3 million on behalf of the Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUTBOL). They also charged Li, along with 13 other FIFA executives, of money laundering, wire fraud and multiple acts of bribery.According to the indictment, an August, 2012 wire transfer of $27,500 was sent from Traffic Sports USA’s bank account in Miami, Florida to a Wells Fargo account under the Costa Rican football federation’s name in New York. But Villalobos said there’s no document to prove that any of the transfers occurred under Li’s name.“That bribe was not paid nor does there exist any evidence that Li asked for it,” Villalobos said.On Tuesday, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that it had severed ties with Traffic Sports USA, which held the rights to the next four Gold Cup tournaments, through 2021, and the next seven seasons of the annual CONCACAF Champions League.FEDEFUTBOL officials have reportedly said that they will honor Costa Rica’s contract with Traffic Sports USA until 2022. The Tico Times tried several times this week to contact FEDEFUTBOL officials by phone but was told no one in the office was authorized to comment on the issue. Most Costa Rican football association officials are likely in the U.S. this week for the Gold Cup.Li was appointed in April to be one of CONCACAF’s three representatives on FIFA’s executive committee. The indictment and arrests of Li and 13 other FIFA executives led to the resignation of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter in early June.Li’s lawyer Villalobos said there was “no evidence or statement that he [Li] used his position in FIFA to benefit himself.”“So in relation to the indictment at the end of May that led to Eduardo’s detention in Switzerland, it seems to be a very weak document that has no basis in claiming Eduardo Li committed criminal acts.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Football: FIFA official Rocha agrees to extradition from Switzerland to Nicaragua FIFA scandal: Costa Rica opens money laundering probe of Eduardo Li Prosecutor confirms FIFA’s Webb in US; no court date yet FIFA corruption probe expands with arrest of two top executiveslast_img read more

Syrian agent working in US gets 18 months

first_imgIn court papers arguing for a lighter sentence, Nachmanoff wrote: “Like many other Americans, he has hoped that political uprisings in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere would lead to stable democracies. Unlike other Americans, however, he knows from his own life experience that political unrest in the Middle East could open the door for Islamic fundamentalists.”U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil MacBride, whose office prosecuted the case, said that Soueid’s actions bolstered a regime that is murdering its own people.“Mr. Soueid betrayed this country to work on behalf of a state sponsor of terror,” MacBride said. “While the autocratic Syrian regime killed, kidnapped, intimidated and silenced thousands of its own citizens, Mr. Soueid spearheaded efforts to identify and intimidate those protesting against the Syrian government in the United States.”Prosecutors said in court papers that Soueid began working for Syrian intelligence in March 2011, when the uprising in Syria began. They say he provided dozens of video and audio recordings of U.S.-based dissidents, including nine video recordings that were otherwise unavailable publicly. Associated PressALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison after admitting he spied on U.S.-based Syrian dissidents while working with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Mohamad Soueid, 48, of Leesburg pleaded guilty earlier this year to acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Syrian government. But his guilty plea had been under seal until Friday, when he was sentenced in federal court in Alexandria. In a handwritten letter to his contact in Syrian intelligence, Soueid wrote, “Every Syrian, loyal to his country and believes (sic) in its leadership, does not doubt for a second that disposing of dissension is a must and should be decisive and prompt.”He continued, “Sir, this is a war; a psychological, media and military war that seeks to destroy Syria and its political independence.”The Justice Department announced Soueid’s arrest and charges last year in a press release, and public hearings were held on whether Soueid should be detained pending trial. A magistrate initially ruled that Soueid was at most a minor figure and ordered bond, though a district court judge later overruled him and ordered Soueid jailed.Despite the public nature of those proceedings, the entire case was placed under seal retroactively for a number of months “in order to protect compelling national security interests,” prosecutors said in a court motion.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Court papers show Soueid, a car dealer who also went by the name of Alex Soueid, admitted sending video and audio recordings of Syrian dissidents to members of the Syrian intelligence agency, the Mukhabarat. He also personally discussed dissident activity in the U.S. with Assad in a private meeting in Syria last year. An associate of Assad gave Soueid a $6,000 Hablut watch at that meeting.When Soueid was first charged in October, officials at the Syrian embassy denied Soueid was an agent for them or that he personally met with Assad, despite a photo showing the two shaking hands. At the time it called the accusation “absolutely baseless and totally unacceptable.” A call and emails Friday to the embassy seeking comment were not immediately returned.Soueid’s attorney, federal public defender Michael Nachmanoff, said the sentence was a fair one. The 18-month term was much shorter than the six-year term sought by the government. The defense had argued for a one-year sentence. Soueid was also given credit for the nine months he has already served since his arrest.“Mr. Soueid was motivated by a fear of Islamic extremism, and that is a real threat” as various groups battle for control in what is increasingly viewed as a civil war against Assad’s secular regime. “This is a guy who believed, and still believes, that having Islamic extremists taking over is bad for Syria and bad for the U.S.” 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

Hyundai Motor labor union resume strike

first_imgHyundai Motor is the crown jewel of the Hyundai Motor Group, the world’s fifth-largest automotive group, which has Kia Motors under its wing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The strike comes amid growing frictions between workers and management in South Korea’s auto industry.Hyundai’s smaller affiliate, Kia Motors Corp., plans to join the strike later this week in a bid to mount pressure on management in wage negotiations.Separately, workers at GM Korea, South Korea’s third-largest carmaker and the unit of General Motors Co., also plan to strike Wednesday and Thursday.Hyundai Motor reported a record quarterly profit in the April-June quarter thanks to strong overseas sales that masked a sales slump in South Korea. But South Korean automakers face heightened competition from Japanese rivals that have been rebounding from a devastating earthquake in 2011.Hyundai Motor issued a statement denouncing the labor strike.“It is regrettable that the labor union has decided to go on strike and interrupt negotiations at this critical point. The union walkout is counterproductive and will harm the workers and Hyundai customers, as well as the company,” the statement said.Last month, workers at Hyundai and Kia staged their first walkout in at least three years. Company representatives said the July strikes reduced output by 14,080 vehicles worth 269.4 billion won ($239 million) at the two automakers. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   AP Business WriterSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest automaker, resumed a walkout on Wednesday after failing to hammer out a wage deal with management.Some 45,000 unionized workers went on a two-hour strike earlier in the day after asking Hyundai management to increase salary and to end night shifts that workers say are a health hazard.The labor union said Hyundai employees will halt work for several hours on six days between Aug. 8 and Aug. 17 and will refuse overtime work on those days. Workers at factories in Ulsan, Asan and Jeonju joined the strike.last_img read more

High court wont hear appeal over Walker campaign probe

first_img Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a conservative group seeking to end an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and independent groups.The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said Wisconsin Club for Growth and its director, Eric O’Keefe, must resolve their claims in state courts. Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   No one has been charged as a result of the investigation which has sought documents and testimony about possible violation of state campaign finance laws.The investigation is on hold while a separate legal challenge is pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.The club and O’Keefe argued that the investigation was a violation of their First Amendment rights and an attempt to criminalize political speech.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in societycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Negotiator Iran agrees managed access to military sites

first_img Sponsored Stories “Iran has agreed to grant managed access to military sites,” state TV quoted Araghchi as saying Sunday.Lawmaker Ahmad Shoohani, a member of parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee who attended the closed-door session, said restricted inspections of military sites will be carried out under strict control and specific circumstances.“Managed access will be in a shape where U.N. inspectors will have the possibility of taking environmental samples from the vicinity of military sites,” Shoohani said.Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed Wednesday to not allow international inspection of Iran’s military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement. Iran’s military leaders also angrily have refused such demands. The state TV report did not elaborate on Araghchi’s comments apparently contradicting those two powerful forces in the Iranian government.Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — hope to work out terms of a final nuclear deal before a June 30 deadline. Inspection of military sites suspected to be taking part in the nuclear program is a top priority of the U.S. Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The West fears Iran’s program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.The broadcast also quoted Araghchi as saying Iranian negotiators rejected demands that its scientists be interviewed.“Americans are after interviewing our nuclear scientists. We didn’t accept it,” state TV quoted him as saying.Iran’s nuclear scientists have been the targets of attacks before both inside the Islamic Republic and elsewhere. The country also views the interviews as tantamount to a criminal interrogation.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 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors “managed access” to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation’s supreme leader.Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi’s comments, carried by state television, came after he and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a reportedly stormy closed session of parliament.last_img read more

Bolivia soccer federation chief jailed in embezzlement case

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Carlos Chavez, treasurer of the South American Soccer Confederation and the Bolivian soccer federation, looks out from behind bars at the jailhouse in Sucre, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. A Bolivian judge on Tuesday ordered Chavez be jailed on charges he diverted funds from a charity match, sending him to Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz. (AP Photo/Freddy Perez) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A Bolivian judge on Tuesday ordered the president of the country’s soccer federation jailed on charges he diverted funds from a charity match.Judge Roberto Baldivieso sent Carlos Chavez, who is also treasurer of the South American Soccer Confederation, to Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz.He also ordered the federation’s executive secretary, Alberto Lozado, placed under house arrest in the same case. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Chavez and Lozado are accused of misappropriating some of the more than $400,000 in receipts from a 2013 friendly match between Bolivia and Brazil that were to have benefited the family of a fan, Kevin Beltran, killed by fireworks shot by Brazilian fans at an earlier game.The father of the dead fan said in a TV interview that Chavez told reporters in 2013 that part of the money would go to the family. But Limbert Beltran said he had seen none of it.The charges make no reference to the bribery scandal affecting FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. But chief Bolivian prosecutor Ramiro Guerrero did not rule out a broadening of the investigation.Among 14 FIFA officials investigated by U.S. authorities on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud are four South Americans, two of them top officials in the South America federation.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Tiger to halve IPO shares after lack of investor interest report

first_imgTiger Airways is expected to lower its initial public offering from SGD420 million to somewhere in between SGD200 million and SGD250 million after investors failed to show keen interest.Tiger Airways is now expected to offer a maximum of SGD250 million to investors with the option of increasing that size to ten to 15% more, reports Reuters.A formalised prospectus is expected later this week, and Tiger Airways is expected to use the funds raised to purchase new aircraft and pay down existing debts.In the financial year ending March, Tiger Airways reported a loss of SGD51 million compared to a SGD9.8 million profit a year earlier. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/200e6/” 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: W.Xlast_img read more

Joyce salary cut no cause for rejoice

first_imgQantas has cut its chief’s salary from AU$3.6 million down to AU$2.9 million, with the airline becoming one of numerous companies to reflect inhibitions over their executives’ salaries.The 20 per cent salary cut was made despite the carrier recording robust performance compared to other airlines worldwide, boosting its pre-tax profit for FY2010, eYugoslavia reported. The main trigger of the cut is the decrease in the company’s long-term benefits to AU$49,000 from AU$529,000. In addition, Qantas’s share-based payments have fallen to AU$964,000 from AU$1.2 million.The decision suggests that Qantas has looked to retrace its steps over the past two financial years, when over 40 per cent of its shareholders objected to its remuneration reports.“While the board considers that management demonstrated strong performance in achieving these outcomes it is also mindful that no dividend was paid during 2009-2010 and that earnings for the Qantas Group remained lower than in some recent years”, the company’s annual report said.In contrast, Jetstar’s boss Bruce Buchanan received a tremendous 43 per cent increase in salary to AU$1.1 million, the Herald Sun reported.The pay rise came as the budget carrier sank to a loss in the fourth quarter, as a drop in demand and stagnant yields put pressure on its model. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre named Asia Pacifics best

first_imgKuala Lumpur Convention Centre named Asia Pacific’s bestThe Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has been acknowledged as the best conference facility in Asia Pacific, after taking the Best Conference Venue at the inaugural Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2015 at the MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2015 held in Singapore recently.According to the head of Oliver Kinross Asia Pacific, James McKenzie, organiser of the Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2015, the accolade recognises the Centre’s prime location as “a conference venue needs to be easily accessible and this can often be a deciding factor.“The Centre also met all the other criteria such as setting the right tone for a conference to ensure delegates leave with the right impression about the host and, an extra component that is becoming increasingly essential for a good conference venue – technology. With the rise of the mobile workforce and the need to stay connected while on the move, the technology requirements for events and meetings have evolved.”He added that, as the winning conference venue, the Centre has the size and capabilities to handle what different conferences require in a bespoke manner while its infrastructure also “differentiates the venue by giving delegates an experience they would not forget.”Expressing his delight at the Centre’s win, General Manager Alan Pryor dedicated the award to the Centre’s team whose continuing hard work and commitment to the delivery of quality products and services have been key to the venue’s growth and success to date.“We are truly ecstatic to have won the award and that the hard work, dedication and persistence of our entire team have been recognised and rewarded,” said Pryor.The Asia Pacific MICE Awards recognises achievements that have a defining role in delivering exceptional quality, service, innovation, and more importantly, in driving the MICE industry forward and is judged by leading event organisers, national tourism bodies, communication agencies and MICE publications from throughout Asia Pacific. Kuala Lumpur Convention CentreSource = Kuala Lumpur Convention Centrelast_img read more