Did you know Why flights are longer now than they were in

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 TORONTO — The 1970s will always be remembered for disco music and platform shoes, and not so much for technological advances. Back then, computers were big and clunky, phones were still of the rotary kind, and the Walkman was considered a breakthrough achievement. It was not a time known for science and technology, but then how do you explain the fact that commercial flights were actually faster back then compared to those today?According to Business Insider, a flight between New York and Houston took just two hours and 37 minutes in 1973, compared to three hours and 50 minutes today. The reason? Today’s high price of fuel.As it turns out, airlines today are instructing pilots to fly at slower speeds in an effort to save on fuel costs. Business Insider reports that between 2002 and 2012, the price of fuel increased from US$0.70 per gallon to more than $3.Flying slower has paid off for many airlines, including Northwest Airlines, which in 2008 was able to trim 162 gallons of fuel off a flight between Paris and Minneapolis after the pilot cut his average speed by two miles per hour. This reduction in speed resulted in an additional eight minutes to the total flight time, but also saved the airline about $365, reports the Daily Mail.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksSo there you have it. Now when your flight runs over on time, rather than blaming the airline you can actually blame inflation. Did you know? Why flights are longer now than they were in the 1970s Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive 30 prize trips

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations Transat will be holding prize draws throughout the year to award 30 surprise trips to travel consultants across Canada.Three trips will be drawn each month from February to November, with one draw in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region and one in Western Canada.“Travel agents have been key Transat partners since the company’s beginnings,” said Denise Heffron, Vice-President, National Sales and Commercial, Transat Tours Canada. “That’s why we decided to make them part of our 30th anniversary celebrations and show how important they are to us.”Transat has chosen one milestone date in its history for each of the next 10 months for each surprise trip. On the morning of each ‘surprise day,’ the company will notify travel consultants that every Transat product booking – either flights, packages or cruises – made that day will earn them one chance to win a trip.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThere will be one trip drawn per month in each of the regions (Quebec, Ontario-Atlantic and West). The names of two other agents, having also booked a Transat product on the surprise date, will also be drawn randomly to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. All of the winners’ names will be announced a few days after the surprise date.No registration is required; contest entry is automatic as soon as a consultant sells the product. Transat says it has a variety of surprises and special activities planned throughout its 30th anniversary year. Travelweek Group center_img Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive: 30 prize trips Friday, February 10, 2017 Tags: Agent Incentives, Transatlast_img read more

Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch party

first_imgTags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Transat Thursday, March 9, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch partycenter_img TORONTO — Bahia Principe officially launched its new Bahia Principe Rewards program last night in Toronto to an audience filled with travel agents, media and Transat representatives. Transat also received an award from Bahia Principe as an appreciation for their continuous support.Travel agents enrolled in the loyalty program will have the opportunity to select from a variety of rewards and experiences. These include free stays at any of Bahia Principe’s properties, spa treatments, golf, entries for destination parties and transportation and excursion vouchers throughout 2017. Plus, registered agents will receive special travel rates and discounts at all Bahia Principe properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R.“We’ve like to get as many travel agents to experience Bahia Principe for themselves,” said Sal Buccellato, National Accounts Director for Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts. “This is finally an opportunity for them to earn points that they can redeem towards a free stay at any one of our Bahia Principe hotels.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemJust for registering, agents will receive 250 points as a welcome to the program. Afterwards, 100 points will be rewarded for each room night booked at a Grand Bahia Principe Hotel and 125 points awarded for each room night booked at a Luxury Bahia Principe Hotel.“They experience the hotels, when they come back and a client asks for it, it’s the confidence that they have in selling the Bahia Principe product,” said Buccellato. “Once you’ve experience it, you’ll see everything the resorts have to offer. It makes it that much easier for an agent to sell it to the consumer.”“Travel agents are trusted by our customers and on the front lines of our business,” said Lluisa Salord, VP of Global Sales and Contracting at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “The launch of this new program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the travel agent community and rewarding them with carefully designed experiences so they can become expert sellers of the Bahia Principe brand. Canada is our main market and we have become what we are now thanks to the Canadian market, who has supported us since we opened our first Bahia Principe Hotel in Dominican Republic, nearly 22 years ago.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTo register agents can visit bahia-principe.com/b2b and gain access to the Bahia Principe B2B Portal. Here they can also access the latest information on all Bahia Principe properties and receive updates on services and products. A specific section will allow members to report, track and manage the number of bookings made for the brand. For more information, visit bahia-principe.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Spring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50

first_imgSpring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50% off Share Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — In celebration of the first day of spring, Sunwing is offering value added ‘Spring Loaded Savings’ on top-rated resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.Clients who book by midnight on March 24 can take advantage of up to 50% off vacation packages. The tour operator encourages clients to book quickly to avoid disappointment.The promotion applies to a wide range of resorts and destinations, including Grand Memories Varadero, an all-inclusive beachfront property where kids can meet Toopy and Binoo at the Memories Fun Club and where parents can lounge by the pool or relax at the on-site spa. Other perks include catamaran rides, windsurfing and a selection of à la carte restaurants serving varied cuisines.Also included in the promotion is Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa on Bavaro Beach, which is consistently popular among families. Features include spacious accommodations that can sleep a family of up to five, complimentary water sports and an on-site ‘Calle Caribeña’ for avid shoppers.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAll Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while onboard, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy-onboard selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.center_img Monday, March 20, 2017 Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sunwing announces new points promo on the heels of Mazatlan FAM

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, October 17, 2018 TORONTO — Following the success of its first ever mega FAM trip to Mazatlan earlier this month, Sunwing has announced double STAR points for agents on all new bookings to this Pacific Mexican destination.The promotion runs until Oct. 23 and is valid for departures from Nov. 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.The new comes just days after 161 top-selling agents from both Toronto and Montreal travelled to Mazatlan on Oct. 11 on Sunwing’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane. Over the following three days, they visited the destination’s most popular hotels, toured its historic downtown, enjoyed a special performance at the historic Angela Peralta Theatre, and attended a formal dinner at El Cid El Moro Beach hotel. Accommodations were provided by Riu Emerald Bay, where agents were welcomed with a cocktail reception and a private dinner on the beach.“We would like to thank the local tourist board and our hotel and destination partners for their assistance and warm hospitality during the FAM trip,” said Andrew Dawson, Chief Operating Officer for Sunwing Travel Group, who was present on the trip. “With the introduction of our new direct flight service from Montreal this coming winter, we will be offering Mazatlan from eight different airports coast to coast. We look forward to introducing even more Canadians to this authentic Mexican destination this season.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaVice President of Sales Deana Murphy also expressed her thanks to agents, adding, “This is the first time that we have ever brought so many agents down to explore the destination of Mazatlan at any one time. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase the destination with our top-selling agents as we increase the number of flights we offer to Mazatlan this winter.” Sharecenter_img Sunwing announces new points promo on the heels of Mazatlan FAM Tags: Mazatlan, Promotions, Sunwing Posted bylast_img read more

WestJet issues MAX8 update will remove aircraft from flight schedules

first_imgWestJet issues MAX-8 update, will remove aircraft from flight schedules Tags: boeing, WestJet Share Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by CALGARY — As of March 25, WestJet’s 13 Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft will be removed from its flight schedules through the end of April.The airline has provided the update following Transport Canada’s safety notice to close Canadian airspace to the aircraft. It also said that it continues to “monitor this dynamic situation” and will “balance further extension of a revised schedule” as more information becomes available.WestJet has 168 aircraft, or more than 93% of its overall fleet, that remain in service. It assures travel agents that they can book their clients with confidence knowing that it continues to fly throughout the network with the safety of guests and employees as the priority.Since the grounding of the MAX-8, of the more than 65,000 guests booked on MAX flights up to March 31, more than 85% had little to no changes to their flight schedules.“We are closely in contact with Boeing, Transport Canada and other regulators to understand how and when to safely reintroduce the MAX-8 aircraft into service,” WestJet said in its update. “WestJet remains unrelenting in putting safety at the forefront and will thoroughly evaluate processes, procedures and any further required training before these aircraft once again take to the skies.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaIn the case a client is impacted and needs to make adjustments, agents can continue to use the existing waiver code BMAX0319. For more information regarding this waiver code, go to https://www.westjettravelagents.com/app/uploads/2019/03/Waiver-Code-March-13-2019-V2.pdf. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

ACVs Winter Early Bird Sale on now through June 30

first_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has launched its Winter Early Bird Sale with up to $500 in savings, reduced deposits and its comprehensive travel protection plan.Clients can $150 per adult and $100 per child, for up to $500 in total savings until June 30, 2019.Clients will also receive ACV’s CareFlex and CareFree plans free when booking their next winter vacation. The plans include seat selection, price drop guarantee, StormGuard, fee waiver, and the ability to change, transfer, or cancel the booking with full refund.Early planners can also take advantage of $50 deposits per person when booking their 2019/2020 winter holiday.The Winter Early Bird Sale is valid for departures Nov. 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 to select destinations in Mexico & the Caribbean, South and Central America. ACV’s CareCombo travel protection plan includes free seat selection, year-round Price Drop Guarantee, StormGuard, a $50 waiver on administration change fees, and the ability to change, transfer or cancel bookings with refund before the departure date. The method of refund may vary. Conditions apply.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“Avoid disappointment and book early by securing the hotel, travel date and destination that your customers want! We are very excited to offer our early booking bonus of $500 per family with just a $50 deposit per person,” says ACV’s Managing Director Nino Montagnese. “Give peace of mind to your customer by adding CareFree, CareFlex or both. These are wonderful closing tools for our agency community.” Share Tags: Air Canada Vacations Monday, April 29, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by ACV’s Winter Early Bird Sale on now through June 30last_img read more

Manuel AntonioQuepos Tidings

first_imgNo related posts. A big welcome and thanks to volunteers Martie Stothoff and Matt George. Martie will be volunteering here until December, and Matt is a fourth-year vet student who is here for a month. Martie is from the U.S. city of Amherst, Massachussetts, and Matt is in his last year of veterinary medicine at Western University in Pomona, California.It is one of the best vet schools and our community is lucky to have him. Matt is very smart and independent and managed to get from his flight to Quepos on his own, then walked the last five miles through the Palms with his luggage in the rain. He made it safely in record time. We are thrilled that Martie and Matt are both here helping the community.–Jennifer Ricejennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Commentslast_img

Preventive alert issued for strong waves at Costa Ricas Pacific shores

first_imgNo related posts. A low-pressure system off the Pacific coast could generate waves up to 10 feet, according to the Center for Research in Marine Sciences (CIMAR) at the University of Costa Rica.The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Wednesday warned Central and South Pacific residents to remain alert at least until Friday.According to CIMAR oceanographer Omar Lizano, strong waves generated by storms from the south Pacific could reach these areas.The CNE advised local residents and visitors to take extra security measures to prevent accidents with small boats, mostly for residents of the province of Puntarenas in El Carmen, El Cocal, Caldera Beach, Boca Vieja, Esterillos, Bejuco, Dominical, Pavones, Palo Seco and Quepos.CNE experts also reported that they are monitoring the formation of a tropical storm that could affect most of Central America in coming days. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Three more quakes shake Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. A strong earthquake measuring magnitude-5.2 awoke thousands of Ticos at 1:08 a.m. Thursday.Its epicenter was located in the canton of Turrubares, San José, near the Pacific region, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) reported.The National Seismological Network (RSN) at the University of Costa Rica reported the temblor as magnitude-4.9 with a depth of 57.9 kilometers, located 5 kilometers southeast of Orotina, Alajuela.Red Cross officials said no damage or injuries were reported.Many residents said they felt two quakes at 1:08 a.m., but only one occurred. The two shocks felt correspond to two different seismic waves or phases of the same earthquake, the RSN said.Two aftershocks ocurred in the same area, the first measuring a magnitude-3.2 at 1:33 a.m. and the second a magnitude-2.9 at 5:27 a.m., according to Ovsicori.Last Tuesday, a magnitude-4.1 quake located near El Guarco Valley, in the province of Cartago, alarmed people throughout the Central Valley. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Apple hit by hackers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple on Tuesday said it was hit by hackers who wormed their way into the California company’s system but evidently failed to steal any data.The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers said it is working with law enforcement officials to hunt down the hackers, who appeared tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on U.S. technology firms.“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” Apple said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.“We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network.”The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for Web browsing programs.A “small number” of computer systems at Apple were infected but they were isolated from the main network, according the Silicon Valley based company.“There is no evidence that any data left Apple,” the company said. “We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”Apple took the added steps of releasing a Macintosh computer operating system update that disables Java software that hasn’t been used for 35 days or longer and a tool for finding and removing the malware. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt dies at 91

first_img Facebook Comments How Guatemala’s former dictator Ríos Montt dodged a stay in a notorious psychiatric hospital Related posts:Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered Landmark sexual slavery case in Guatemala examines use of rape as weapon of war Following Trump, Guatemala begins process to move embassy to Jerusalem Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officialscenter_img Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt died Sunday at 91 years of age. His trial for genocide had been suspended; Ríos Montt was accused of the murder of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans during his 1982-1983 rule.His short but fearsome regime, full of terrible massacres of indigenous people, become a symbol of the most violent era of Guatemala’s 36 years of civil war (1960-1996). People close to the former dictator confirmed his death from a heart attack at his home in Guatemala City.While slight in stature, Ríos Montt is considered one of the bloodiest dictators of the 20th century. Under his regime, entire Mayan communities were destroyed, and various opponents faced the firing squad.On May 20, 2013, Guatemala’s highest judicial authority annulled the 80-year prison sentence for genocide that had been handed down 10 years before.last_img read more

Heres what you should know about the crisis in Venezuela

first_imgCosta Rica reconoce a @jguaido Presidente legítimo interino de #Venezuela¡Bravo @CarlosAlvQ! https://t.co/QoAFzrMEmN— Laura Chinchilla M. (@Laura_Ch) January 23, 2019Pope Francis, on a visit to nearby Panama, backs “all efforts” that help save the Venezuelan population from further suffering, the Vatican said on Thursday.“In Panama, the Holy Father has been informed of the news coming from Venezuela and is closely following the situation as it evolves,” spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti said.“He is praying for the victims and for all the people of Venezuela.”Who still supports Maduro? Russia called Guaidó’s declaration of leadership an “attempted usurpation of power” and a breach of international law. China “opposes interference in Venezuelan affairs by external forces,” according to a spokesperson for its foreign ministry.Cuba and Mexico also offered Maduro support. The Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, criticized “imperialist attempts to discredit and destabilize” Venezuela.Why does this matter to Costa Rica?The United Nations estimates that more than three million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years, due not only to its political instability but also “hunger, lack of access to medical care, insecurity, threats [and] fear.”While the majority of Venezuelan refugees have moved to Colombia, Peru or Ecuador, many have relocated to Costa Rica. According to the daily La Nación, Costa Rica received nearly 1,400 Venezuelan refugees over the first four months of 2018 alone.Costa Rica has committed to creating a method by which Venezuelan immigrants can legalize their status in the country, even if they came without proper international travel documents.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Tens of thousands of people protested in Caracas, Venezuela on Wednesday to oppose the regime of Nicolás Maduro, the politician who was sworn in for a second presidential term this month after elections many in the international community have called “illegitimate.”Costa Rica on Wednesday joined the United States and regional powers Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Argentina, among others, in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president.Guaidó is the leader of the National Assembly and has declared himself acting president of Venezuela.Maduro expelled U.S. diplomats from Venezuela, but the U.S. Department of State said it will ignore the order of “former president Maduro,” because it does not consider him “to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata.”The Tico Times breaks down the developing situation:Why are Venezuelan’s protesting? This week’s protests stemmed from Maduro’s inauguration for a second term as president, which large parts of the international community (including Costa Rica, as a member of the Lima Group) have said was a product of an illegitimate election.The National Assembly had called an opposition rally against Maduro to mark the anniversary of the 1958 fall of the military dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez.Prior to Maduro’s swearing-in, the Lima Group had voiced its support for the National Assembly as “a constitutionally elected body.” The head of that group, Juan Guaidó, declared himself acting president of Venezuela this week.According to AFP, humanitarian groups say at least 16 people have died during this week’s protests, which have included clashes between pro-Maduro and pro-Guaidó groups.What does the United States’ decision mean? U.S. President Donald Trump announced his support for Guaidó on Wednesday.The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. Today, I have officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. https://t.co/WItWPiG9jK— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2019Trump said he “will use the full weight of the United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.”“We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people,” his statement reads.The situation continues to unfold rapidly. As of Thursday morning, the United States has announced it will ignore orders from Maduro expelling U.S. diplomats from Venezuela.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Maduro against the use of force on mass demonstrations and urged further international support for Guaidó.What is Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado’s position? President Carlos Alvarado announced Wednesday that Costa Rica “recognizes Juan Guaidó’s declaration as interim president of Venezuela.”Costa Rica reconoce la proclamación del señor Juan Guaidó como presidente interino de Venezuela. Abogamos por el diálogo, la paz y nuevas elecciones libres.— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) January 23, 2019While the statement came hours after the United States’, Costa Rica has for months voiced its concern over Venezuela’s election process. As part of the Lima Group, Costa Rica joined a dozen nations in calling for an “independent audit” of the presidential elections, and more recently in issuing a “forceful political message” that it would not recognize Maduro’s new presidential term.What has reaction been in Costa Rica? Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry released a statement saying “Costa Rica expresses its support for the interim government, which has a mandate to restore constitutional order and attend to its obligations in the framework of international law and, in particular, the human rights of all Venezuelans.”The Foreign Ministry also said that as a nation of peace, Costa Rica reiterates that the solution to the crisis should come through dialogue and peaceful means.Costa Rica’s Chamber of Industries said in a statement it “fully supports” Alvarado’s declaration.Two former Costa Rican presidents, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias, also voiced their support for Guaidó.Exhorto a los gobiernos democráticos del mundo entero que reconozcan a Juan Guaidó como el nuevo Presidente interino de #Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/CsCqB0fgtQ— Oscar Arias Sánchez (@oariascr) January 23, 2019 Related posts:Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock Venezuela pro-government political figure shot dead Costa Rica recognizes Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela; Maduro severs ties with US, expels diplomatslast_img read more

2 Chinese teens arrested for allegedly killing 7

first_img Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men The two suspects are from Hunan.Xinhua said money was the likely motive in the slayings, but did not provide further details.Violent crime rates are believed to be low in China, although government data are usually outdated or incomplete.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 BEIJING (AP) – Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering seven people in southern China.China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that 17-year-old Fu Zhenli and 18-year-old Liu Qizhi were arrested after police suspected they killed three people, including a pregnant hotel owner and her 2-year-old daughter, in Yunnan province on Aug. 30.Xinhua said police later learned that the teenagers also killed a couple in Hunan province and a couple in Guangdong province in August. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories last_img read more

Mumbai court bans joyriding in iconic horsedrawn carriages

first_imgA family enjoys a ride on a horse drawn carriage popularly known as ‘victorias’ in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The horse drawn carriages are one of city’s tourist attractions. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories But “the activity of using horse-driven carriages only for joyrides solely for human pleasure is an avoidable activity” and “illegal,” the Mumbai High Court said in a ruling issued this week after a charity alleged cruelty to the blinkered beasts of burden, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.The court also demanded all stables within the city be closed, and ordered Maharashtra’s state government to come up with a plan for rehabilitating both the horses and the 700 or so families who depend on carriage driving for their livelihoods. That plan is due in December.The court stopped short of banning carriages outside of Mumbai, however, noting that horses as well as oxen and camels are still used to pull work carts and carriages nationwide.“But if it is noticed that carriages are used for joyrides, then that should be stopped by the concerned authority,” the court ruling said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MUMBAI, India (AP) — The blingy joyrides will soon be ending in Mumbai.Tourists hoping to roll down the city’s cacophonous streets in one of its famed, horse-drawn carriages will have to do so before June 2016, when a court has ordered the carriages be banned, saying it was a form of animal cruelty.The single-horse carriages — festooned with bright, flashy lights, plastic hibiscus blooms and tinsel ornaments — have long been a draw for visitors to India’s cramped and cobblestoned financial capital. Known as Victoria carriages, they were once popular with wealthy families in 19th century England, and are recognizable for their large wheels and for allowing passengers to sit face-to face. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Reporter needles Angolas power elite from his kitchen table

first_imgThis photo taken May 11, 2014 shows Angolan journalist and human rights advocate, Rafael Marques de Morais, during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa. Marques was last month found guilty of libel and defamation after publishing a 2011 book that alleged that a group of generals and three companies were linked to human rights abuses at diamond mines in Angola. (AP Photo/Simon Allison) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Marques, who runs Maka Angola, an investigative news website, asked the attorney general to look into his book’s findings. Instead, he was sucked into a legal battle that at times bewildered him. He was charged, then the charges were dropped, then they were reinstated and he went to trial, at the end of which he was given a six-month suspended sentence, meaning he can be jailed for six months if his reports are believed to be defamatory or libelous during the next two years.“They put this cloud hanging over my head so, anything they don’t like for two years, they can lock me up for that,” Marques said. In April, his site was hacked and he is unable, at least for now, to post updates.Marques has received awards abroad and international rights groups criticized his trial, accusing the Angolan government of manipulating the court. The U.S. State Department said it was concerned by the negative impact Marques’ conviction will have on freedom of expression in Angola. His investigations are not widely known inside Angola, though, because of its restrictive media environment, said Lara Longle, editor and writer for news outlet Rede Angola.Angola’s minister of justice and human rights, Rui Mangueira, said Angolan citizens and the press can express themselves freely as long as they do so “appropriately” and do not undermine the Constitution, state-run news agency Angop quoted him as saying in May. Marques, 43, has long been an agitator.In 1992, as a rookie newspaper reporter, Marques pushed for better working conditions. More than 40 journalists shared 10 typewriters and one telephone that was held together with a rubber band, he said. Their reports were increasingly censored by the newspaper’s editors.Marques said in a Skype interview with The Associated Press that he was once detained for calling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in power since 1979, a dictator in a newspaper article. That time, Marques was detained for 43 days and sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, which he learned about via state radio.After Angola’s civil war ended in 2002, the country became one of sub-Saharan Africa’s top two oil producers. Rapid development followed, creating more opportunities for corruption.Angered by what he saw happening to his country and branded a troublemaker in local media circles, Marques founded Maka Angola in 2009. In Kimbundu, Marques’ first language, maka means a problem that must be solved. On his site, Marques reports on how millions of dollars could have disappeared from Angola’s state oil company, corrupt dealings in the diamond sector and alleged incompetence of state officials. Top Stories Marques co-authored, for Forbes, a story on how Isabel dos Santos, the president’s daughter, became a billionaire. He said that state media, in apparent retaliation, reported that Marques was a CIA spy and a traitor.For Marques, investigative reporting remains a passion, and he must also keep pushing not only for the means to publish his findings but also for the right to do so.“Here I cannot only write,” he said. “I have to defend the space for me to be able to write because that space is under constant harassment, under constant threat.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Often writing at his kitchen table, Rafael Marques de Morais, a journalist and human rights advocate, needles Angola’s ruling establishment with reports on alleged wrongdoing by officials, military figures and business executives. A rare voice of criticism in this southern African country, he is often in trouble.Last month, for instance, Marques was found guilty of libel and defamation after publishing a 2011 book that alleged that a group of generals and three companies were linked to human rights abuses at diamond mines. The book details more than 100 killings and 500 instances of torture that Marques alleges were carried out by private security firms owned by the generals, with members of the Angolan army allegedly participating in some of the abuses. The generals denied the accusations. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Vatican lets nearby pediatric hospital use its helipad 247

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In this photo taken on March 24, 2013 photo, Vatican security chief Domenico Giani, right, hands a baby to Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The Vatican on Friday, July 17, 2015, signed an agreement with Rome’s pediatric hospital to let it use the pope’s helipad for emergency transport of patients and organs, around the clock: hospital president Mariella Enoc said a key player in the deal was Domenico Giani, the pope’s chief bodyguard, who is known for the gentle way he holds children up to the pope to be kissed whenever Francis is out in public. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)n Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s helipad is going to be getting a lot busier, for a good cause.The Vatican on Friday signed an agreement with Rome’s pediatric hospital to let it use the pope’s helipad for emergency transport of patients and organs, around the clock.The Holy See-owned Bambin Gesu, Europe’s largest pediatric hospital and research center, is located just up the hill from the Vatican. In a statement, hospital president Mariella Enoc said using the Vatican’s helipad will greatly reduce transport time, “contributing in many cases to saving the lives of children.”Enoc said a key player in the deal was Domenico Giani, the pope’s chief bodyguard, who is known for the gentle way he holds children up to the pope to be kissed whenever Francis is out in public.Francis was “overjoyed” by the agreement, the statement said.Francis rarely uses the helipad, which is located in the Vatican gardens. Previous popes would frequently fly by helicopter to go back and forth from the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Francis has decided not to use the estate, preferring to spend his summers in the same Vatican hotel where he lives.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Mobile phones to be used as room keys for Holiday Inn

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/233ec/” 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> Intercontinental Hotels will soon begin trailing the usage of smartphones in place of the traditional room key at two of its North American Holiday Inn properties, claims a new report.Holiday Inn Chicago O’ Hare Rosemont and the Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center will in June launch a trial run of the technology which allows Blackberries, iPhones, Android mobiles and other smartphones to avoid the front desk and go directly to their rooms.“The proliferation of smartphones is growing in such a way that we have to look at what people are already bringing with them to make their stay more enjoyable,” said Bryson Koehler InterContinental Hotels Group, Vice President Global Distribution Technology, to USA Today.“We don’t need to burden people with additional items; it just clutters up their lives. The beauty of the smart phone is that they’ve already got it.”Trial participants will need to download a specialised App for their mobile phone, which will call up their booking confirmation details in order to synchronise with a sensor on the door lock.For the trial which will last at least 60 days, and possibly up to Christmas if successful, the two Holiday Inn properties will add the new sensor locks to 20% of their rooms. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

Chris Rankin to lead Cruise1st as GM Australia

first_imgCruise1st has announced its appointment of Qantas veteran Chris Rankin to the role of General Manager, Australia.Mr Rankin will drive the growth of Cruise1st’s Australian business, which launched in July 2010.Most recently the general manager for wholesale of Jetset Travelworld, Mr Rankin was previously commercial general manager for Qantas Holidays. He began his career with Qantas Holidays in the UK, where he held several roles including leisure sales manager UK and Ireland, before relocating to Sydney in 2007.“We are very excited to welcome someone of Chris Rankin’s calibre into the Cruise1st family and we are confident that Chris will help Cruise1st become the number one player in cruise retail in Australia,” managing director of Cruise1st UK, Daniel Townsley, said.Based in the United Kingdom, Cruise1st has become one of the largest online cruise travel providers in the UK market place. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more