Virgin Voyages will sail the Caribbean in 2020 offering unique and very

first_img“Thousands of future sailors and travel professionals shared their thoughts with us and tasked us with delivering the most irresistible vacation at sea and that our name alone should leave them dizzy with anticipation,” said Branson. “I’m excited to reveal we are now Virgin Voyages, and while we have lots of work ahead to build our three ships, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard the ship of things to come.”Virgin Voyages expects the multibillion dollar financing package for the purchase of its three ships to be finalized shortly. McAlpin outlined a ship building schedule including steel cutting in early 2017, followed by the keel laying in Genoa in the fourth quarter of 2017.“This is anything but just another cruise or holiday, it will be a transformational experience delivering a very ‘Virgin style’ of adventure,” said McAlpin.Virgin Voyages’ first ship will arrive at PortMiami in 2020, hosting more than 2,700 passengers and 1,150 crew. For the first ship, Virgin Voyages will offer a range of Caribbean itineraries to ports that deliver “unique and very social experiences”. See virginvoyages.com. Tags: Virgin Group Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Virgin Voyages will sail the Caribbean in 2020, offering “unique and very social experiences” MIAMI — Forget cruising, says Sir Richard Branson. On a Virgin ship, it’s a “voyage”. Virgin Voyages, coming in 2020, aims to convince all those consumers who say they’ll never cruise that a vacation on a ship can be hip, sophisticated and fun. It’s what the cruise industry has tried to do, with varying degrees of success, for decades.The Virgin Voyages name and logo was unveiled yesterday at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, complete with a theatrical performance where Virgin Group Founder Branson appeared with two performers who danced on deck chairs in front of an audience of international news media, Miami politicos and business leaders.Together with Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin, the two shared that Virgin Voyages has officially signed a ship building contract for three vessels with Italian master shipbuilder Fincantieri, and that the company will be the first cruise line to adopt the clean energy system, Climeon Ocean. Travelweek Group last_img read more

California celebrates milestones and major openings in 2017

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> California celebrates milestones and major openings in 2017 The Canadian Press Sharecenter_img Tags: California SACRAMENTO — As California prepares to enter the new year, the state’s tourism industry is announcing major openings and special milestones that make 2017 an ideal time to visit The Golden State.“California has long been a magnet for dreamers, inspiring them with our epic landscapes and anything is possible vibe and welcoming their creativity to shape our beautiful state,” said Caroline Beteta, president & CEO of Visit California. “In 2017, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in celebrating this rich history while enjoying an abundance of new attractions.”From reviving the spirit of the “grooviest” summer in history to taking a hike through California’s largest state park, 2017’s milestone anniversaries offer plenty to celebrate. Meanwhile, new hotels and new developments at some of the state’s major attractions bring fresh reasons to travel in the new year. Read below for more details on what’s to come.Milestone Anniversaries50th Anniversary of Summer of LoveIn 1967, nearly 100,000 young people converged on Haight-Ashbury, turning San Francisco into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. In 2017, San Francisco celebrates the 50th anniversary of that summer with a variety of special events and exhibitions. Visitors can also enjoy walking tours, apps and hop-on, hop-off tours that follow the footprints of this seminal summer.PIER 39 Celebrates 39 YearsIn the late 1970s, San Francisco businessman and developer Warren Simmons dreamed of building an urban park along the city’s undeveloped waterfront. On Oct. 4, 1978, Simmons’ dream became a reality when he transformed a dilapidated cargo pier into PIER 39. Today, more than 11 million guests visit annually. In January, PIER 39 will kick off 39 weeks of fun to celebrate its 39 years of amazing views, fresh seafood, free daily entertainment, unique local shopping and sea lions!Culver City Centennial CelebrationThe history of Culver City begins in 1913 when Harry H. Culver announced his plans for a city at the California Club in Los Angeles; the city was finally incorporated on September 20, 1917. In celebration of its Centennial, Culver City has a year of festivities underway that began on Sept. 20, 2016, centered around its theme, “Culver City – A Century of Change.” Centennial festivities include special events every month, concluding on Incorporation Day on Sept. 20, 2017.90th Anniversary of TCL Chinese TheatreIn May 2017, the historic TCL Chinese Theatre will celebrate its 90th anniversary as a fixture in Hollywood. The venue is home to the unique Forecourt of the Stars, featuring cement handprints and footprints of major movie stars. TCL Chinese Theatre was opened by Sid Grauman in 1927 and currently offers more than 50 events a year including movie premieres, imprint ceremonies and film festivals.50th Anniversary of the Anza-Borrego FoundationIn celebration of 50 years of partnership, the Anza-Borrego Foundation and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are inviting visitors to complete two five-hike challenges on some of the most famous (and infamous) peaks and trails in the region. “5 Hikes for 50 Years” is an ideal way for visitors to experience the many wonders of this Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is not only California’s largest state park but is located in the only Certified IDA International Dark Sky Community in the Golden State.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back50th Anniversary of South Coast PlazaSouth Coast Plaza, a renowned international destination for shopping and dining, celebrates 50 years of quality. Located in Costa Mesa, California, South Coast Plaza opened on March 15, 1967. Today, it is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically acclaimed restaurants and the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Its unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, along with its customized concierge services, makes it California’s premier shopping experience. South Coast Plaza will mark its 50th anniversary throughout 2017 with exclusive collaborations with global luxury brands, arts partnerships, special events, exhibitions, fashion shows, and more.Major OpeningsDowntown Commons Coming to Sacramento Spring 2017The opening of the Golden 1 Center arena in October 2016 is the catalyst for the ongoing downtown redevelopment in Sacramento, including several new restaurants that have already opened. Downtown Commons, nicknamed DOCO, will be a 3-acre plaza adjacent to the arena featuring entertainment; innovative restaurants; boutiques; a 250-room Kimpton hotel, The Sawyer; and a place for people to enjoy outdoor concerts and activities.Archer Hotel Napa Opening Late Spring 2017Archer Hotel Napa, a new-build hotel in the heart of downtown Napa, is well underway and on track for a late spring opening. The highly anticipated 183-room, five-story will offer sweeping 360-degree views of Napa Valley from its expansive rooftop. The Charlie Palmer Group will lead the culinary direction of rooftop bar, over 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, in-room dining and the signature restaurant, Charlie Palmer Steak. The James Los Angeles – West Hollywood Debuting April 2017The James Los Angeles – West Hollywood, a Denihan Hospitality’s The James luxury brand, will make its West Coast debut in April 2017 with 286 rooms. Located on the hillside corner of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevard in the heart of The Sunset Strip, this much-anticipated property will offer guests stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin.InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Opening in Summer 2017The eagerly anticipated InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will stand 73 stories tall and feature 900 luxury rooms. The hotel will be located at Wilshire Grand Center, which will be the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion in summer of 2017.San Diego Zoo Opens Africa Rocks Exhibit in Spring 2017In spring 2017, The San Diego Zoo will open a new 8-acre exhibit called “Africa Rocks,” providing new habitats for African plant and animal species. This $68 million expansion is the largest in the 100-year-old Zoo’s history and will completely transform the area that was previously known as the Cat and Dog Canyon into an area with a gently-winding, ADA-accessible pathway.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksKnott’s Soak City to Open Six New Slides in Spring 2017The first Knott’s Soak City expansion project in 10 years features a 165-food water tower with four new slides and a second 150-foot tower with two slides. Visitors will enjoy new shaded areas and cabanas along with a new overall look. The expansion is expected to open in May 2017, just in time for families to start planning their summer vacations.SeaWorld San Diego Opening Largest Attraction YetEnjoy a summer of amazing fun in 2017 with the largest attraction opening in SeaWorld San Diego’s history, with three all-new experiences. While visiting, guests can: dive into Ocean Explorer on the interactive Submarine Quest to unlock some of the ocean’s greatest mysteries; be inspired by the new Orca Encounter featuring killer whales’ natural behaviors; and attend Electric Ocean’s end-of-day spectacle, which will light up the night in a glowing sea of wonder.The Mariposa Grove Reopening in Yosemite National Park in Summer 2017The Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park will reopen in summer 2017, following its closure in 2015 by the National Park Service as part of a restoration project. The Mariposa Grove is home to 500 mature giant sequoias and is the largest of the three groves in Yosemite National Park. The project was begun to ensure the health of the grove and upon completion will include over a half-mile of new accessible trails and boardwalks, a consolidated parking area, removal of commercial activities, and more.Greater Palm Springs Welcomes Series of New High-End HotelsIn 2017, four luxury hotels will open in Greater Palm Springs. The new Kimpton Rowan Hotel, scheduled to open downtown in March 2017, features a six-story new build with 155 rooms and a rooftop pool, the first of its kind in Palm Springs. Andaz Palm Springs, slated to open in summer 2017, will also be located in downtown Palm Springs. The 150-room, four-star Hotel Paseo, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, is slated to open October 2017. And Hyde Hotel & Residences will debut in Coachella Valley in 2017, offering 150 two-bedroom condo units, 40 luxury suites and 10 luxury two-bedroom, standalone villas.About Visit CaliforniaVisit California is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, spending by travelers totaled $122.5 billion in 2015 in California, generating 1,064,000 jobs in the state and $9.9 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor’s Guide, go to www.VisitCalifornia.com. For story ideas, media information, downloadable images, video and more, go to www.media.visitcalifornia.com. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 last_img read more

Air Transats new Chefs Menu takes flight

first_img Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Transat TORONTO — Our taste buds are 30% less effective at high altitudes. So Chef Daniel Vézina had his work cut out for him when putting together dishes and menus fit for foodies for Air Transat’s Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina series.The tasty new lineup, launching onboard Air Transat aircraft starting Dec. 1, includes everything from Pulled Beef Shepherd’s Pie and Braised Beef Bourguignon for meat lovers to Cheese and Tomato Orzo Risotto, White Bean and Quinoa Bowl and Salmon Fillet with Asian Noodles. There’s even Turkey with Cranberry Sauce perfumed with Truffles.All were served up with style at yesterday’s Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina event that brought together trade and consumer media, travel agents and even members of Air Transat’s cabin crew.This is the second series of dishes and menus that Vézina, a celebrated chef with restaurants in Quebec (‘Laurie Raphaël’ in both Montreal and Quebec City), has created for Air Transat. The airline says the feedback from passengers since launching this new offering last spring “has been extremely positive”.Cheese & tomato orzo risottoPulled beef shepherd’s pieSalmon fillet with Asian noodlesTurkey with cranberry sauce and butternut squash risottoWhite bean and quinoa bowlBraised beef bourguignonThe Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina is served complimentary to all Club Class passengers. In Economy Class, meals and their accompaniments are available for $15 for breakfast and $25 for dinner. Each meal will be served with a cheese plate, dessert and a glass of wine.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthDenise Heffron, VP National Sales & Commercial for Transat Tours Canada, says Economy Class passengers would be well-advised to pre-order from the menu before their flight, given their popularity.“This is about improving the culinary experience in the plance,” said Chef Vézina. “We have a desire to make sure the customer eats well. And we will make every effort to make sure your meals onboard are memorable.”Dave Bourdages, VP, Inflight Service & Commissary for Air Transat, who hosted yesterday’s event along with Chef Vézina, Heffron and other members of the Transat team, summed it up: “There’s no reason to have bad airplane food anymore. We embarked on a journey to find a great chef … and we wanted to bring this dining experience to the flying public.”The two breakfast options are a Spinach and Basil Omelette, and Square Crepes with Goat Cheese and Smoked Salmon. The breakfast options are a new addition for this season. Both are served with a plain croissant, yogourt, orange juice and coffee.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAll the new meals can be pre-ordered effective immediately by calling 1-877-TRANSAT or at the Air Transat website as of Oct. 1.center_img Air Transat’s new Chef’s Menu takes flight Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt

first_imgTHE HAGUE – The United Nations’ top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science.Tokyo said it would honor the ruling shortly after it was handed down at the Hague-based International Court of Justice, but did not rule out the possibility of future whaling programs.“Japan shall revoke any existent authorization, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II [research program] and refrain from granting any further permits,” world court presiding judge Peter Tomka ordered.Tokyo was accused of exploiting a legal loophole in the 1986 ban on commercial whaling that allowed the practice to collect scientific data.Japan had argued that its JARPA II research program was aimed at studying the viability of whale hunting, but the world court found that it had failed to examine ways of doing the research without killing whales, or at least while killing fewer whales.Agreeing with Australia, which in 2010 hauled Japan before the Hague-based court in a bid to end whale hunting in the Southern Ocean, Tomka said that “special permissions granted by Japan are not for purposes of scientific research.”“The evidence does not establish that the program’s design and implementation are reasonable in relation to its stated [scientific] objectives,” he said. “The court considers that the scientific output to date has been limited.”JARPA II has been running since 2005, in which time some 3,600 minke whales have been slaughtered.Norway and Iceland have formally challenged the 1986 International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium and continued with their commercial whaling operations.Only Japan had tried to by-pass the regulations by claiming it was conducting research, even though it admitted the resulting meat ended up on people’s plates.Conservation groups hailed the ruling, which Japan said it would respect despite “deep disappointment.”“As a state that respects the rule of law … and as a responsible member of the global community, Japan will abide by the decision of the court,” chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka told reporters outside the court.Japanese government spokesman Noriyuki Shikata, howeve,r did not exclude seeking a resumption of Antarctic whaling.“In terms of a future course of action, we have to carefully examine the content of the judgment,” Shikata told AFP.‘Not convinced’ Environmental group Sea Shepherd, which has been campaigning against the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, said it was ready to refocus its attention on the Atlantic.“I’m not 100 percent convinced they will abide by the ruling. They tend to agree and then do whatever they want to do anyway, that has been the history with the International Whaling Commission,” Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson told AFP by telephone.“If they don’t return [to the Antarctic], then we’ll be able to refocus our efforts against Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese whaling,” he said.The world court said Japan’s whaling program has led to the killing of 6,700 minke whales since it was established 18 years ago.Canberra argued that the program was in breach of international conventions and Japan’s obligation to preserve marine mammals and their environment.“This decision sends a clear message to governments around the world that the exploitation of animals will no longer be tolerated and animals must be protected at the highest level,” said Claire Bass, head of wildlife campaigns at the World Society for the Protection of Animals.“All eyes are now on Japan to respect this decision,” she said.“The ruling of the court demands to be observed,” said Ghislaine Llewellyn, conservation manager at WWF-Australia, added.Japan has consistently defended the practice of eating whale meat as a culinary tradition and vowed it would “never stop whaling.”In April last year, Tokyo announced its whaling haul from the Southern Ocean was at a record low because of “unforgivable sabotage” by Sea Shepherd activists.Established in 1945 to rule in disputes between countries, the International Court of Justice is the United Nations’ highest judicial body and the only one of five principal U.N. bodies not located in New York. Facebook Comments Related posts:Japan town known for its dolphin slaughters sued by activists Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson back on Interpol website as Costa Rica fugitive Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission One of Sea Shepherd’s missions in Costa Rica: Protecting whaleslast_img read more

What Ill tell my daughter about La Sele 2014

first_imgRelated posts:Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup win A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Rica Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup run Costa Rica’s Óscar Duarte, the first Nicaraguan to score in the World Cup, receives wonderful homecoming celebration Many Costa Ricans and their most fervent fans have been sitting in the eye of a storm for the past few weeks, struck dumb by amazement, watching wide-eyed as accolades all over the world for “the little team that could” have whirled around us in dizzying splendor. But on Saturday, as Costa Rica was eliminated, words returned to me. Here’s why this matters so much, what I want to tell my baby daughter someday about everything she’s seen and not understood these past few weeks:I don’t know what it’s like not to be big. I’m from the United States, a big country in every way – size, population, loudness, impact on the world for better and for worse. I’m also 5’10”, a giant in Costa Rica, hulking and lurching my way through San José. Years ago, a man behind me in line for an ATM said to no one in particular, “Jueeeeeeputa, qué gringa más grande.”  When we took our group photo at the Office of the President, I was asked to bend down at the knees in the second row so I would fit in the shot. I have, not a bird’s-eye, but a tops-of-other-people’s-heads view of many rooms I enter.On the other hand, it looks like you, my Tica daughter, might be teeny tiny. You are small for your age, and as you run around at top speed, saying “Hi!” and “¡Gracias!” to everyone, I’m often asked by confused strangers, “How old is that baby?” It’s odd for me, the one who’s always asked to get things off the high shelves, to think of having a petite daughter. You’re small in another way, too: You are from a country of fewer than 5 million people, a country without an army, a country known in part for its love of diminutives. Even though you’re half Gringa, you will always have been born in a tiny nation at the waist of the Americas, and that will always be a part of your worldview. (Thank goodness.)“Grande” is one of the first words a Spanish student learns, but even a simple word like this has layers of meaning. It means big, of course, but also great. It means grown up: What do you want to be cuando seas grande, when you’re big? It can also mean old, as a little white-haired lady once explained to me after she referred to herself as “una señora bien grande” and smiled at my evident confusion. (Courtesy Katherine Stanley Obando)Many Costa Ricans, lost for words as La Sele left low expectations in the dust again and again during this World Cup, turned to one word: “Grande.” Grande Keylor Navas, the impossibly valiant goalie. Grande Bryan, Joel, Yeltsin. Grandes todos, they said. Grande La Sele. Grande mi país. This Sele has shown us – Costa Ricans, and all of us – what it means for a little team from a little country to be big, to be great, to be grown up, to be fearless, to be prepared, to prove itself against all odds. It’s been breathtaking. It’s a lesson I want you, tiny one, to take to heart.La Sele has also shown us how to be small again. Your father is grande, grown up, with all the cynicism that implies. He watches La Sele as any real sports fan watches his team: as if he is singlehandedly paying their salaries out of his own pocket. Even as this World Cup unfolded, he was still quick to criticize or sigh heavily, all a part of his attempt to distract himself from the sheer anxiety of unexpected hope. But as the games went on, I watched him lose his ability to doubt. I watched him turn into a 6-year-old boy before my eyes. He couldn’t help it. He was gobsmacked by joy. Only sports can do this to a person – or at least, only sports can do this to an entire nation at once. Only sports can fill a country with childlike pleasure in this particular way. (After Costa Rica’s elimination Saturday, instead of crying or wallowing, people took to the streets with just as much pride as before to celebrate how far they had come. La Sele will not come home with the Cup, but they’re the only team in the world that gets to come home to a country full of Costa Ricans.)That’s why I want you to remember your first World Cup. That’s why I’ll cut out clippings and carefully fold up newspaper covers, store the little flag you waved after Saturday’s game as we walked around our neighborhood, save the scorecard on which your dad painstakingly noted the result of every game and proudly wrote “Costa Rica” in its quarterfinal bracket. That’s why we’ll tell you, like old-timers, about Bryan and Keylor and Pinto, who vanquished the Group of Death. They showed small people how to be big. They showed big people how to be small. They reminded everyone who was paying attention that anything can happen, that a football field is a blank canvas, that little can be mighty, that old can be young, that it’s always worthwhile to believe. That life is beautiful.Katherine Stanley Obando is The Tico Times’ arts and entertainment editor. She also is a freelance writer, translator, former teacher, and academic director of the Costa Rica Multilingüe Foundation and JumpStart Costa Rica. She lives in San José. This piece was originally published in her blog, “The Dictionary of You,” where she writes about Costa Rican language and culture, and raising a child abroad. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41yearold murder cases of

first_imgAlso see our special report, “Pinochet’s Arrest Remembered,” published last October. Last Wednesday in Santiago, Chile, Judge Jorge Zepeda’s office made public the results of a 14-year legal battle. The case stems from the 1973 murders of two U.S. citizens – Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman – in the days following a brutal coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Teruggi, 24, and Horman, 31, had both gone to Chile to see and experience the new Chilean government. Allende died in the coup, thousands of Chileans were subsequently killed, and many more were imprisoned and tortured during the 17-year rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet.The court ruling, issued on Jan. 9 but held for nearly three weeks until all of the parties were notified, sentences Pedro Espinoza, a former Chilean army colonel, to seven years in the killings of both men. Additionally, Rafael González, who worked for Chilean Air Force Intelligence as a “civilian counterintelligence agent,” was sentenced to two years of police supervision as an accomplice in the Horman murder only. Espinoza is currently serving multiple sentences for other human rights crimes as well. Frank Teruggi, far left, and friends in Santiago. (Courtesy Teruggi family)The families of Teruggi and Horman also were awarded a cash settlement. Under Chilean law, a mandated appeal process will take place before final action is taken.Janis Teruggi Page, Frank Teruggi’s sister, told The Tico Times: “Joyce Horman [Charles Horman’s widow] and I still have an appeals process to get through, which may last six more months. We also intend to increase our support for Universal Jurisdiction, because the arrest of Pinochet made investigations possible in Chile, and internationalized the crimes and took away sovereign immunity for torture.”This month’s sentencing followed a ruling last June by Judge Zepeda that found that the two North Americans, in separate incidents, had been killed by Chilean military officials based on information provided to them by U.S. intelligence operatives in Chile. Judge Zepeda’s investigation, which began in 2000, asserted that the targeted killings were part of “a secret United States information-gathering operation carried out by the U.S. MILGROUP in Chile on the political activities of American citizens in the United States and in Chile.” Declassified FBI documents on Frank Teruggi. Norman Stockwell/The Tico TimesOne piece of evidence, an FBI memo dated Oct. 25, 1972 – 11 months before Frank’s arrest following the coup – listed Teruggi’s street address in Santiago. If this document had been shared with Chilean security forces, it certainly would have allowed them to locate him quite easily for arrest.A September 2000 U.S. Intelligence Community report affirmed that the CIA “actively supported the military Junta after the overthrow of Allende.” But, in spite of this admission, much of the specifics of the U.S. role remain obscured.“After 14 years of investigation, the Chilean courts have provided new details on how and why Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi were targeted and executed by Pinochet’s forces,” said Peter Kornbluh, author of “The Pinochet File.” “But legal evidence and the verdict of history remain elusive on the furtive U.S. role in the aftermath of the military coup.”Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, an independent nongovernmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., that has been collecting and analyzing documents about the U.S. role in the Chilean coup since the mid-1980s. In June 2000, they released an electronic briefing book of documents relating to the deaths of Teruggi and Horman. These documents and others were part of the evidence reviewed by Judge Zepeda. Charles Horman reading The New York Times in 1970. (Courtesy Joyce Horman)In 2011, Zepeda, a Chilean special investigative judge, indicted and attempted to extradite former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray Davis, who was head of the U.S. Military Group at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago at the time of the coup. Davis, it was later discovered, had left the United States in 2011 and was living secretly in Chile, where he died at the age of 88 in a nursing home in April 2013 – before he could be located by authorities. His death leaves many questions unanswered.The 1982 film “Missing” portrays Ray Davis (called “Capt. Ray Tower” in the movie) and other U.S. Embassy officials as being much more involved in the coup and its aftermath than the U.S. public was aware. In an attempt to gain more understanding of what had happened to his son, Frank Teruggi Sr. joined a delegation that traveled to Chile from Feb. 16-23, 1974. The group, called the Chicago Commission of Inquiry into the Status of Human Rights in Chile, stated in its report (excerpted and printed in the New York Review of Books on May 30, 1974): “The Embassy of the United States seems to have made no serious efforts to protect the American citizens present in Chile during and after the military takeover.” Gen. Augusto Pinochet, center-left, and Henry Kissinger, right, shake hands during a 1976 meeting. (Wikimedia Commons/Chilean Foreign Ministry)Janis Teruggi Page said that she and Joyce Horman now would like the U.S government to look into these killings more thoroughly.“We are now asking the U.S. Navy, the State Department and the CIA to investigate on the basis of the information [in Judge Zepeda’s ruling] pointing to U.S. officials, especially Captain Ray Davis,” she told The Tico Times.The importance of Judge Zepeda’s ruling, and the fact that it clearly indicts a U.S. official for having a role in these deaths, may help to move the investigations forward, but the full extent of involvement by the U.S. government in these events may never be known. After the sentences were announced this week, Frank Teruggi’s sister, Janis Teruggi Page, told journalist Pascale Bonnefoy in the New York Times, “Frank, a charitable and peace-loving young man, was the victim of a calculated crime by the Chilean military, but the question of U.S. complicity remains yet to be answered.” (Courtesy of the Tony Auth Archive)Norman Stockwell is a freelance journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin, and serves as operations coordinator at WORT-FM Community Radio. His 1998 article on Madisonians who experienced the coup in Chile can be found here. His previous articles on Frank Teruggi have appeared at Progressive.org and in The Tico Times. Facebook Comments Related posts:After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship The undoing of Gary Webb and today’s news organizationslast_img read more

Ms Sloth Kong does the Gangnam Style 강남스타일

first_imgRelated posts:World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong. Women’s World Cup expanded field nets lopsided scores, but perhaps long-term gains US women’s football team not at its best before round-of-16 match against Colombia FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw Facebook Comments The Costa Rican women’s national football team earned its second point in a FIFA World Cup last Saturday, in a 2-2 tie with South Korea. During the match, Ms. Sloth Kong allegedly seized the opportunity to sloth-hug Gangnam Style performer Psy. No one was hurt. Las Ticas now take on Brazil tomorrow at 5 p.m., Costa Rica time. ¡Vamos, Ticas!last_img

Costa Rica fashion designers to promote their creations abroad

first_imgThe creations of Tico fashion designers are the newest product to be promoted abroad by Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER).The idea is to create a cluster of Costa Rican designers to promote the style at international markets so that other countries can get to know their work, PROCOMER General Manager Pedro Beirute Prada said this week.“We are pleased to support an industry that shows the essence of our country through the talent and creativity of fashion designers, therefore we decided to boost our efforts and resources to promote their creations starting next year,” he said.One of the agency’s first strategies is the creation of a group of designers called “Estilo Costa Rica” (Costa Rica Style) that brings together 30 designers of women’s and men’s fashion, jewelry, accessories and footwear.The official launch of the designers’ group took place Monday during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Hacienda Pinilla hotel in Guanacaste province.Beirute said he believes local designers have high export potential and that the creation of the cluster will facilitate access to training and marketing tools for entering international markets.“We launched this initiative because we know that there are many emerging designers, very talented, but who lack the experience, structure and contacts needed to grow on their own,” Beirute noted.The agency also hired a business consultant who will be responsible for outlining a work plan for the next three years. The agency estimates it will invest $30,000 in “Estilo Costa Rica” next year, mostly to attend international fairs, trade missions and business meetings.PROCOMER is initially looking at the U.S., Canada and Panama as potential export markets in the short-term. In a second stage, the agency will seek to promote Tico fashion in Europe.The cluster model is one of PROCOMER’s most frequent strategies. Currently the agency conducts export promotion for companies grouped in 13 clusters ranging from food to computer animation and aerospace industries.“It’s a methodology that we have used successfully,” Beirute said. “Companies that make up each cluster are connected by a common goal.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican exports up 2.2 percent in last year Costa Rica’s exports in 2014 down 2.4 percent from previous year, but surpass expectations Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rican company begins exporting wood-burning stoveslast_img read more

Gold Cup Costa Ricas Sele blanks French Guiana 30 advances to quarterfinals

first_imgRelated posts:2017 Gold Cup: Costa Rica’s La Sele draws Canada 1-1 Panama’s own goal sends Costa Rica into Gold Cup semifinals against the U.S. Costa Rica to face Canada after winning start in CONCACAF Gold Cup Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying InjuriesThe Gold Cup has been tough for La Sele in terms of players lost to injuries.Early on Friday, the Costa Rican Football Federation confirmed in a news statement that defender Cristian Gamboa was out of the tournament due to injury.Gamboa, who plays for Scotland’s Celtic club, had a problem with his right leg on Tuesday during the match against Canada and was replaced in the second half.In the previous two games, Costa Rica also lost defender Bryan Oviedo, and midfielders Johan Venegas and Joel Campbell.Just days before the tournament, coach Ramírez was forced to replace defender Ronald Matarrita, also for an injury. Costa Rica 3 – 0 French GuianaStadium: Toyota Stadium, DallasReferee: César Ramos Palazuelos (MX)GoalsAriel Rodríguez (4’), Rodney Wallace (79’), David Ramírez (83’)Yellow Cards:French Guiana: Loic Baal (24’), Anthony Soubervie (59’)Red Card:French Guiana: Ludovic Baal (61’)Lineups:Costa Rica: Danny Carvajal – José Andrés Salvatierra, Michael Umaña, Giancarlo González, Francisco Calvo – Yeltsin Tejeda, Randall Azofeifa (Rodney Wallace, 68), Brian Ruiz, Ulises Segura (David Guzmán, 54’) – David Ramírez, Ariel Rodríguez (Marco Ureña ’76). Coach: Oscar Ramírez.French Guiana: Donovan Leon – Jean-David Legrand, Grégory Lescot, Hugues Rosime, Anthony Soubervie, Cédric Fabien – Ludovic Baal, Roy Contout (Miguel Haabo, 66’), Loic Baal – Arnold Abelinti (Shaquille Dutard, 46’), Rhudy Evens (Mickael Solvi, 77’). Coach: Jair Karam. Facebook Commentscenter_img Costa Rica’s La Sele beat French Guiana 3-0 on Friday and advanced to theCONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals for the tenth consecutive year.Los Ticos benefited from an early lead thanks to striker Ariel Rodríguez who scored the opener just four minutes into the game. Rodríguez, who has seen little play time under coach Oscar Ramírez, sent the ball with a touch inside the box from a corner shot.Despite taking an early lead on the score, La Sele did not have an easy game in the first half, with Guiana taking control of the ball at several points. Ultimately, however, Guiana’s strikers were ineffective against Costa Rica’s defensive line.Their only clear opportunity came in the 42nd minute, when a shot from Ludovic Baal forced Tico goalkeeper Danny Carvajal to send the ball over the goal with one hand.Harsh temperatureThe dynamics of Guiana’s game, as well as playing at 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Frisco, Texas, forced La Sele to pace its game. The team focused primarily on elaborate offensive plays through long passes over the South Americans midfield line.A decisive moment came at 61′ when Guiana’s Baal received a red card for a foul over David Guzmán.Having one man more in the field allowed La Sele to find open spaces, and Ramírez sent his team to look for more goals. The coach sent Marco Ureña in to replace a tired Rodríguez, who had made a strong effort in the hot weather.Ureña’s speed was a key factor in capitalizing on the numerical advantage on the field. At 79′ he recovered a ball in the midfield and raced all the way up the right side to assist Rodney Wallace for the 2-0.Striker David Ramírez scored the third from a precise pass from captain Bryan Ruíz in the 83rd.La Sele advances to the quarterfinals unbeaten and atop Group A, thanks to two wins and a draw. Canada qualified in second place as result of  its 0-0 draw against Honduras later on Friday.Costa Rica will play next week against an opponent that will be defined over the weekend.Match highlights:last_img read more

The Tico Times and MeToo in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:We’re back! Coming in December: a special Tico Times Print Edition Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reports The Tico Times is now available on Apple News Support the Tico TimesFeisty. Dedicated to a cause. A little paper trying to do the best we can for the community and the country. That’s how another reporter described The Tico Times back in 1979, and every word of that still rings true today.Never in the Tico Times’ 62 year history have its journalists worked harder than we have this month to bring you transparent, ethical and honest reporting on the biggest stories in Costa Rica.The #MeToo movement came to Costa Rica last week, and it came in one of the biggest ways possible. This movement and our coverage is bigger than one story. In keeping with our principles of independent reporting, our small and dedicated team of journalists is gearing up to explore these issues even further.We want to collect and share the best practices from around the world for reporting on gender issues, sexual violence and harassment. We want to find out what Costa Rica is doing to help when it comes to mental health and supporting everyone affected by these issues.We also want to hear from women who aren’t in the Central Valley, who don’t have the privilege many of us do. The migrants who work in hotels, the locals forced to put up with harassment for tourist dollars, those who don’t feel that speaking up is an option.But our reporting is funded by readers like you and we can only grow with your help. Our goal is to reach 1,000 new subscribers this month. Click here for more about how to donate.Become a member of The Tico Times 5% Club with a monthly donation and support our journalists at a critical moment in Costa Rican history. Because now, more than ever, quality, ethical, in-depth local journalism matters.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Cyprus plans September trial for terror suspect

first_img Sponsored Stories Police spokesman Andreas Angelides told The Associated Press that the 24-year-old suspect faces a total of 17 “terrorism and terrorism-related charges,” the most serious of which carries a sentence of life in prison. The trial has been scheduled to start Sept. 12.An official with knowledge of the charges who spoke on condition of anonymity because court proceedings are not open to the public, said the charges include espionage and conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack.The suspect’s lawyer, Antonis Georgiades, told the AP that he is a Lebanese Palestinian who holds a Swedish passport. He said he agreed that his client remain in custody until his trial “for his own safety in light of the publicity.”But Georgiades said “he poses no risk to national security.”Cyprus’ Justice Minister Loucas Louca has said that the suspect displayed similar behavioral patterns to the attacker in Bulgaria but stopped short of directly linking him to that plot.Police have said that they believe the man _ who was arrested July 3 following a tip from a foreign intelligence agency _ was acting alone.Authorities in Cyprus have otherwise remained tight-lipped about the man’s identity or his intended target. Louca said that the suspect belongs to an organization which he refused to name, but which is not on a European Union list of known terrorist groups. How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain State media have reported that the suspect is affiliated with Hezbollah who was monitoring and recording the movements of Israeli tourists _ including bus routes _ and other Israeli interests on the island. The reports cite unnamed police sources.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – A man suspected of planning a foiled terrorist attack against Israeli tourists on Cyprus is a Lebanese-Palestinian with a Swedish passport and has been ordered to stand trial in September, officials said Friday.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the suspect is a Hezbollah operative who used the same “modus operandi” as a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in an attack last week in Burgas, Bulgaria. Netanyahu did not offer evidence for those allegations. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Police begin clearing Occupy Frankfurt camp

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German police on Monday carried out a court order to remove anti-capitalist protesters from an Occupy Frankfurt camp set up almost ten months ago next to the European Central Bank headquarters.Police put up barricades around the camp and asked people to leave voluntarily, then started to carry out activists who refused and sat down. A small crane picked up heavy objects such as old sofas and loaded them in the back of a truck for removal. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The clearing of the remaining several dozen tents followed a court decision upholding the city’s effort to enforce rules against camping on city-owned parkland. City official Joerg Bannach said Monday the police were trying to clear the camp “as peacefully as possible.”The city’s latest authorization for the almost 10-month-old demonstration permits protesting on the adjacent public square between the ECB and the Frankfurt Opera but banned tents.“Tents are not a means of protest,” said Bannach. “That’s been the case from the beginning, but we tolerated it.”An activist who would only give his name as Thomas Occupy disagreed, saying: “It has been a protest all along. We have never stopped protesting. Demonstrating yes, camping no.”The Occupy activists protested what they saw as the speculative abuses of the financial system and other forms of economic injustice. The camp acquired infrastructure that included recycling bins and portable toilets. Yet the number of people there dwindled over the months.The city said activists had rejected an offer under which one symbolic tent would have been allowed on the grassy areas of the park, and an information stand and three tents on the pavement square nearby. Comments   Share   last_img read more

Strong demand at 10 billion French debt auction

first_imgPARIS (AP) – France sold nearly (EURO)8 billion ($10 billion) in long-term debt at an auction that saw its borrowing costs for its 10-year bonds fall.The yield, or interest rate, on the benchmark bond was 2.21 percent, down from 2.53 percent when it was last sold in July. There were no recent comparisons for the 5-year or 15-year bonds sold Thursday.But demand was strong for all three. The sale reaped (EURO)7.98 billion, at the very top end of the Treasury’s goal. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean France’s borrowing rates have been dropping in recent months. It even sold short-term bonds at negative interest rates earlier this year.But economists say that because of its large debt and slow growth, France must quickly reduce its spending and jumpstart its economy, or face higher borrowing costs.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Dutch vote to test EU popularity in tough times

first_imgThe Dutch government also was one of the driving forces behind the 1993 treaty that ushered in monetary union and, eventually, the euro currency. The treaty was signed in the picturesque southern Dutch city of Maastricht and still bears its name.But the 2005 “No” vote on the EU constitution and anti-EU resentments that have deepened ever since show the Netherlands now to be possibly at the forefront of a continental tipping point.Certainly, the generosity that once accompanied the EU’s expansion into poorer nations has largely evaporated.And the way the Dutch vote on Wednesday will be parsed for potential insights into the outcome of elections next year in a much more important rich northern European country: Germany.“This is the prelude before the huge elections we will have next year in Germany,” Kaczynski said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Associated PressBOXMEER, Netherlands (AP) – The Netherlands has long been a source of inspiration for closer European integration _ and a bellwether of European discontent.It was one of six nations that forged fledgling European unity from the ashes of World War II, and a force behind the treaty that created the euro currency. Yet, along with France, it also put itself at the vanguard of the euro-skeptic tide by rejecting a proposed European constitution in a referendum. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system In between are a slew of euro-skeptic parties that are also nonetheless conscious of the bloc’s importance to the Netherlands, a nation whose economy is built on exports.The leader of one such party is Emile Roemer, who heads the left-wing Socialists. His campaign symbol is the tomato, after the rotten fruit his supporters feel to be the just desserts of the EU-loving political establishment.Roemer gained fame during the campaign by saying that, if he joins the next Dutch ruling coalition, the Netherland would pay fines to Brussels for missing budget targets “over my dead body.” At a recent campaign stop in his home town of Boxmeer, a verdant town in eastern Netherlands close to the German border, Roemer handed out tomato-flavored ice cream and said he wants “a more social Europe.”His Socialists polled strongly throughout summer campaigning, before falling back to third place in a complicated race that will likely lead to long negotiations to form the next ruling coalition.Labor Party leader Diederik Samsom, whose criticism of the EU is more moderate, has now taken over from Roemer as the torch bearer for the left going into Wednesday’s vote. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosis As the nation heads into elections on Wednesday, observers are wondering which of the two Netherlands will emerge: the EU guiding light or the harbinger of European disarray.The answer could be an indication of the very direction of Europe.“Every Dutch election has been at the forefront of what is the mood everywhere in Europe,” says political analyst Piotr Maciej Kaczynski of the Center for European Policy studies.In 2005, Dutch voters deepened a major continental crisis by rejecting a historic EU constitution just three days after the French gave their historic “Non” _ effectively killing the charter. In the upcoming elections, the Dutch are pondering even greater existential questions for Europe _ whether to stick with the union and its currency or try to fix both from the inside.Not surprisingly, the most extreme view _ ditch the European Union _ comes from firebrand populist Geert Wilders, who first rose to prominence with strident anti-Islam rhetoric that resonated across Europe. At the other end of the spectrum is outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte, a staunch believer in EU integration who also hews closely to the hardline budgetary conservatism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There is nothing moderate about Wilders, who argues that Europe has turned into a costly charity project for his country. He says that wealthy northern European nations like the Netherlands and Germany have spent billions bailing out debt-ridden governments in Greece and Portugal, which he casts as profligate beyond reform.“The best days of the Netherlands are ahead of us if we no longer pay southern Europe, if we become a master of our own house, and are able to take our own decisions again,” he said during a high-profile televised debate at Amsterdam’s Carre theater.Polls have been fluctuating over the past months, and the latest indicate that Wilders could lose up to a fourth of the 24 seats he won at the last Dutch election in 2010. Rutte’s party tops polls, with Samsom’s Labor trailing close behind.The Netherlands and an expanding EU were long a perfect match for this centuries-old trading nation.In the wake of World War II and ensuing hunger, Sicco Mansholt, a Dutch farmer who became the fourth president of the European commission, formed a vision of a united Europe in which nations would work together to stave off famine. He was the architect of a common European farm policy that eventually evolved into deeper economic union. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

British soldier gives birth in Afghanistan

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The woman had deployed to Afghanistan in March, meaning her child was conceived before her tour of duty began.Britain does not allow female soldiers to deploy on operation if they are pregnant, and the defense ministry said it had not been aware of the woman’s pregnancy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches LONDON (AP) – Britain’s military says a soldier has unexpectedly given birth while serving in Afghanistan.The ministry confirmed on Thursday that the unidentified woman delivered a son on Tuesday at Camp Bastion, Britain’s major logistical base in the desert of southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.A specialist team is being deployed from Britain to help bring home the woman _ a gunner with the Royal Artillery _ and her child. The defense ministry said both were in a stable condition at the base.center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   last_img read more

French probe sister of radical Muslim who killed 7

first_imgPARIS (AP) – The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary inquiry into a statement by the sister of radical Islamist Mohamed Merah, who said she’s “proud” of her brother, who killed seven people, including three Jewish children, in March.A judicial official said Monday that the probe for “defense of terrorism” is aimed at establishing the conditions under which Souad Merah spoke. Her words, captured by a hidden camera, were aired this weekend in a TV documentary based on an account by Merah’s oldest brother, Abdelghani. He claims the Merah children, of Algerian origin, were raised on anti-Semitism. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Interior Minister Manuel Valls denounced Souad Merah’s words, saying they can only be seen as a defense of terrorism and of anti-Semitism.Merah was killed in a standoff with police at his Toulouse apartment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories last_img read more

Macedonian opposition chief PM tried to cover up a killing

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Zaev accuses Gruevski of illegally wiretapping 20,000 Macedonians. He says unspecified people gave him the recordings, which he has been publishing.Gruevski says the wiretaps were done by foreign spies and accuses Zaev of plotting a coup.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Violent clashes broke out late Tuesday at a demonstration in the Macedonian capital Skopje protesting the 2011 death of a 22-year-old beaten by police during post-election celebrations.The violence came hours after Macedonia’s opposition leader accused the country’s prime minister of attempting to cover up the death of Martin Neskoski.Police spokesman Ivo Kotevski said about 15 police officers were injured in the clashes between protesters and police which broke out at around midnight. It was not immediately clear whether any protesters had also been hurt. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Social Democrat head Zoran Zaev released a dozen audio recordings earlier Tuesday in which people purported to be Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, the country’s intelligence chief, its interior minister and other officials discuss how to cover up the killing.Neskoski was a supporter celebrating Gruevski’s election win. A member of the prime minister’s security and special police unit was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison.More than 1,000 people gathered Tuesday night in front of the government building to protest the murder of the young conservative supporter.“Murderers, murderers,” protesters chanted and broke the police cordon at one point, but were prevented from entering the government building. The protestors were also demanding that the conservative cabinet should resign. The clashes appear to have begun after some started throwing objects at the police.Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska has described the opposition leader’s claims as “absurd,” accusing Zoran Zaev of creating “monstrous constructions grim scenarios only to achieve his political goal.”She said the interior ministry did everything in its power to find the person who murdered Neskoski. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Vienna traffic signals go red and green gay and straight

first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories VIENNA (AP) — Some Vienna pedestrian traffic lights are suddenly not only red or green. They’re also gay or straight.And Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party is livid.Over the past few days, the city started setting up lights at pedestrian crossings that show pairs of figures instead of the usual stick men. Some depict a man and a woman. Others, two women. Still others, two men. All couples are complete with hearts. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   A street light with a same gender pair is pictured in dowtown Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2015. These lights were set up by city officials until June, just in time for the annual Life Ball, where celebrities will rub shoulders with party-goers dressed in little more than body paint and cross-dressers in wild costumes at the charity event supporting AIDS research. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) The lights are being erected at 47 crossings and will stay up until June. Vienna hosts several events linked to tolerance during that time, including the Life Ball, Europe’s biggest charity event for AIDS and HIV research, and the Eurovision Song Contest, won last year by Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst.Pedestrians were neutral to positive when asked Tuesday whether they liked the concept.“I think this is a great idea,” said Clemens Bendtner. “The topic of equality and equal treatment is a very important issue, and it is getting some attention through the campaign.”But not all Austrians are amused. The Freedom Party has announced it is lodging a criminal complaint against Vienna Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou, who is in charge of traffic issues in the city.Party officials say the lights contravene traffic regulations and are a waste of taxpayers’ money at a cost of 63,000 euros ($70,000).The city in turn says that the lights conform to laws — and are meant not only to show tolerance. Municipal officials say they also hope the signals will draw more attention from pedestrians and reduce jay-walking.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

14 dead in El Salvador as big truck hits crowded pickup

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Top Stories SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Authorities in El Salvador say 14 people were killed dead and 10 others injured when a cargo truck loaded with heavy machinery crashed into a pickup full of people returning from a funeral.Police say five children and nine adults died in the accident Friday in the municipality of Santa Ana in the western part of the Central American country.Authorities say the cargo truck apparently was pulling out of a gas station when the crash occurred. The driver has been detained while police investigate. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Pixar celebrates Cannes return with original Inside Out

first_img“Inside Out” is a Pixar-styled “Inception” where the story unfolds both in reality and in the mind. It partly take place inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, where voices like Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black) compete for the girl’s emotions and memories.The high concept is sometimes rather abstract, but nevertheless packs an emotional wallop that left many teary-eyed. The story is by Pete Docter, who also co-directs, and it contains some of the tenderness of his 2009 Pixar release “Up.”The Hollywood Reporter said it “ingeniously personifies the furiously erupting sensations associated with the onset of adolescence as a bunch of emotionally competitive cartoon characters.” Variety wrote that although “Inside Out” sounds like “another lunatic gamble,” it proves to be “the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had.”Such a strong response was much needed for Pixar.Although the animation studio had an unparalleled run of critical and box-office successes with the “Toy Story” films, “Wall-E,” ”Up” and “Ratatouille,” doubt in Pixar’s ability to sustain its nearly unblemished record began to creep in after the less well-reviewed “Brave” and the studio’s increasing output of sequels. CANNES, France (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, Pixar has made a sensational return to the Cannes Film Festival with “Inside Out,” the kind of fresh take on animation that the studio built itself on.“Inside Out” premiered Monday at Cannes and was among the most enthusiastically received films of the festival. Because Pixar delayed its planned 2014 release, “Good Dinosaur,” it was the Disney studio’s first new film since 2013’s “Monsters University” and first non-sequel since 2012’s “Brave.” Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility From left, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Inside Out, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img Top holiday drink recipes 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “Inside Out,” which Disney will release on June 19, is Pixar’s second original film in a row to feature a female protagonist.“It’s very important for us, both at Pixar and at Disney, of having female and ethnic characters — protagonists and all through,” said John Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer. “You’ll see in future films we really are paying attention to that.”The reception to “Inside Out” was so good that some at Cannes wondered whether it should have been included in the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or competition.Poehler quixotically hoped for the impossible.“It’s not up for the … what do you call it?” said Poehler, referring to Cannes’ top film honor. “But it could still win, right?”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more