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first_img TORONTO – Sometimes ignorance is bliss. But for those who prefer to know the ins and outs of flying, Ask Reddit has compiled a list of top secrets confessed by pilots and flight staff that may make travellers think twice before boarding a plane again.Here are our favourite confessions:1. Everything old is NOT new again. The in-flight headphones that were given to you at the start of the flight were probably already worn by another passenger. Said one Ask Reddit user: “I used to work for a warehouse that supplied a certain airline with items. The headsets that are given to you are not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, ‘cleaned’ and then packaged again.”2. Sleeping on the job. Here’s something truly horrifying: it’s been found that 50% of pilots sleep while flying, and that 1/3 of the time one has even woken up to find that their co-pilot is also catching some ZZZ’s.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency3. The most important 15 minutes of your life. Once oxygen masks are dropped down, you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen supply. But here’s the good news: 15 minutes is more than enough time for the pilot to descend the plane to a lower altitude with breathable air. However, at the typical flying altitude, passengers pass out in about 15-20 seconds.4. Why so dim in here? The lights are dimmed during night landings so that in case of an emergency evacuation, your eyes will more easily adjust to the darkness. As such, you’ll be better equipped to collect your bearings once outside of the plane.5. No food sharing. Pilots are served different meals and are not allowed to swap food items to prevent the unlikely event of food poisoning.6. Pilots have total control. According to one Ask Reddit confessor, the pilot has almost limitless authority as soon as the aircraft doors are closed. “He is allowed to arrest people, write fines and even take the will of a dying passenger.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month7. Don’t drink the water. A former Lufthansa cargo agent urged passengers to never, EVER drink water on an aircraft that did not come for a bottle. “Don’t even TOUCH IT,” the agent wrote, “the reason being the ports to purge lavatory sh*t and refill the aircraft with potable water are within feet from each other, and sometimes serviced all at once by the same guy.” Share Did you know? Shocking secrets from pilots and flight staff Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, August 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgVirtuoso Travel Week: U.S. hangs on to #1 spot; Calgary agent wins VAST award Tags: Virtuoso, Vision Travel Solutions Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img LAS VEGAS — Neither the dollar nor Trump can bump the U.S. out of top spot on Canadian traveller destination lists, with two perennial favourite European countries rounding out the top three for Canadian vacationers, according to the latest booking stats from luxury specialist Virtuoso.Virtuoso says it sourced data from its warehouse of more than $51.8 billion in transactions to reveal the most in-demand destinations for the coming fall and all-important holiday season from this market.Data is drawn from Virtuoso’s Canadian-based travel agency members and reflects future travel for September through December 2017.The findings were announced during the annual Virtuoso Travel Week taking place this week in Las Vegas, luxury travel’s largest and most prestigious event, which is regarded as the travel industry’s counterpart to ‘Fashion Week’.The most popular fall and holiday travel destinations for Canadians based on future bookings are:1. United States2. United Kingdom3. Italy4. Israel5. France6. South Africa7. Australia8. China9. Mexico10. SpainMore news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“The U.S. takes the top slot by a wide margin thanks to its proximity to Canada. An unfavourable exchange rate has not dimmed Canadians’ ardour for visiting their neighbour to the south,” says Virtuoso.“As summer turns to fall, Europe’s most popular destinations for Canadians continue to remain at the forefront, taking four of the top 10 places. Luxury travellers are still enthusiastic about Israel, despite unrest in the region, voyaging there for religious reasons as well as historical.“Other travellers are focusing on warm-weather spots as the weather cools, such as South Africa, Australia and closer-to-home Mexico. In particular, South Africa continues to attract upscale explorers due to its wide array of adventure experiences. Increasingly, travelers are also discovering China for its combination of compelling history, rapid growth, improving infrastructure and increased luxury offerings.”Natasha Rhodes, Vision TravelIn other Virtuoso Travel News, Natasha Rhodes of Vision Travel Solutions in Calgary took home the award for Most Innovative Advisor – VAST. The Virtuoso Active and Specialty Travel (VAST) awards recognize advisors and partners involved with Virtuoso’s popular and enduring adventure community. The winners were presented with their awards at a reception at Bellagio.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Vision Travel Solutions’ VP of Leisure Travel, Lynda Sinclair, had announced Rhodes’ nomination last month. Rhodes has also been nominated three times in the Virtuoso Rising Star category. Travelweek Group Wednesday, August 16, 2017 last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Game of Thrones, Tourism Ireland Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Game of Thrones Studio Tour coming to Northern Ireland in 2020 Travelweek Group center_img Friday, April 26, 2019 BANBRIDGE — The world’s only Game of Thrones Studio Tour will open in 2020 in the Linen Mill Studio in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.Now in development with HBO, The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, comprising the imagery, sets, original props and costumes and other behind-the-scenes items from the series will drop fans in the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Guests will be treated to an up-close look at a wide selection of items pulled straight from the screen and have the opportunity to walk through authentic set pieces from some of the show’s most iconic scenes.Information about Production Design and the Art Department workshops will enhance the visitor experience along with an interactive Costume Department station, displays about the Make-up and Prosthetics Shop, The Armoury and others.Dragonstone Throne RoomDragonstone Map RoomCersei CourtyardCastle Black Mess HallIn collaboration with HBO Licensing & Retail, Linen Mill Studios are designing and building the new 110,000-square-foot interactive experience and will open its gates for visitors in Spring 2020.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerIt is the first in a series of Game of Thrones Legacy projects announced by HBO last year.Located in Banbridge, Co Down, Linen Mill Studios is part of a family business from Northern Ireland that has operated successfully since the 1800s. From 1832 to 2008 the Linen Mill site in Banbridge was used solely for linen production.Following a significant decline in the local linen industry in 2008, the long association with HBO began. Over the following years, culminating in the filming of the final 8th season in 2018, a third of the 75% of Game of Thrones filmed in Northern Ireland was shot at the Linen Mill Studios.Preparing to open its doors in Spring 2020, the Linen Mill Studios Game of Thrones Studio Tour is the latest chapter in the Linen Mill story.Dana Welch, Manager, Canada for Tourism Ireland says the GOT tour “is due to be of similar scale (if not bigger!) than the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour in Great Britain – and will play a big part in the continuing Game of Thrones legacy.” Posted bylast_img read more

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first_imgA magnitute-3.7 earthquake rattled the Pacific coast of Nicaragua at 09:40 local time on Friday.The shake raised the alarm of the population, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, daily La Prensa reported.The epicenter was located north of Lake Masaya, southwest of Managua, said the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter) in a statement.A seismologist for Ineter, Greyving Argüello, said the quake occurred at a depth of less than a mile and explained that it was caused by a “local faulting process.”According to reports, the quake was felt strongly in the provinces of Masaya, Granada, Rivas and Managua. Facebook Comments Related posts:Magnitude-4.4 quake rattles Nicaragua and El Salvador Magnitude-4.3 earthquake shakes Nicaragua Seven temblors jolt Nicaragua over the weekend Nicaraguan officials on alert for seismic activitylast_img read more

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first_imgCosta Rican police discovered more than 100 kilos of cocaine Sunday hidden in a container on a dock in Limón, on the Carribean coast.The Public Security Ministry said 119 packages of cocaine were found vacuum-sealed inside balloons of various colors. Each package contained  approximately a kilo of cocaine. No arrests made. So far in 2012, Costa Rican authorities have seized more than nine tons of cocaine, according to official figures. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

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first_imgNo related posts. After a hand count of ballots that lasted a full week the Citizen Action Party’s Internal Electoral Tribunal on Monday declared Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera as its presidential candidate for the 2014 elections.The difference between Solís and lawmaker Juan Carlos Mendoza, who placed second in the voting, was just 113 votes.Solís received a total of 8,153 votes, while Mendoza received 8,040. Epsy Campbell took third place with 5,767 votes and Ronald Solís was fourth with 1,019 votes.Silvia Castro, president of the party’s electoral tribunal, made the official statement at PAC headquarters in San José at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Some 24,000 persons voted in the party’s primaries on June 21.PAC President Oliver Pérez said a few anomalies were detected in some voting centers, and that party authorities “would investigate to the ultimate consequences.”Solís, 55, is a political scientist, historian and university professor. He belonged to the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) for nearly three decades, and even became its general secretary from 2002-2003.PAC is currently the main opposition force in Costa Rica and is also the opposition party with the largest representation in the Legislative Assembly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments Last Sunday’s presidential election marked the first time that Costa Ricans could vote from abroad. But not many of them did — and part of the problem might’ve been the major event occurring that same day in the United States, the Super Bowl. Out of 12,654 registered voters living outside of Costa Rica, only 2,771 cast a ballot. Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) President Luis Antonio Sobrado said a significant portion of those potential voters lived in the northeast of the United States.He suggested to La Nación that the cold there, along with complications created by the Super Bowl, likely kept many Ticos inside.“I don’t have definitive conclusions, but it appears the climate in the northern United States, where some of the most important voting booths were, was brutal, with very low temperatures,” Sobrado said.He added that the elections competed with the Super Bowl, an event followed by many people and that hinders transportation. [This year’s championship took place just outside of New York City.]Election Day didn’t just clash with the Super Bowl (the most watched TV program in U.S. history, and won by the Seattle Seahawks). The elections also occurred at the same time as Chinese New Year celebrations. Sobrado said congestion in China also made it difficult for voters to reach polls in Beijing.At the Costa Rica consulate in New York City, only 150 people had voted by Sunday at 3 p.m., according to La Nación. There were 2,657 voters registered at that polling station. Many of those potential voters lived more than an hour outside of the city.Another problem seemed to be the low number of Tico expats registered to vote in the first place. Some Tico Times readers complained that they were never informed about an Oct. 2 deadline to register.To ensure more Costa Rican citizens living abroad could vote, the TSE spent ₡66 million ($130,000) setting up the absentee vote. That figure included ₡5 million ($1,000) spent on gas for a boat to the protected territory of Cocos Island, where only 11 of the of the 28 listed park rangers and administrators were available to vote that day.The TSE had estimated a higher participation, but Sobrado told La Nación some Ticos did organize long journeys to exercise their right to vote for the country’s next president (expats could not vote for legislative candidates).He said registered Costa Ricans living abroad will be able to vote again in the runoff election between Johnny Araya and Luis Guillermo Solís set for April 6. Related posts:Turnout low in first vote abroad, as Tico expats prefer Luis Guillermo Solís Ticos living abroad can now register online to vote in 2018 Still time to cast an absentee ballot for US midterm elections A Costa Rican student in New York dreams big: ‘micro buildings’ for a green futurelast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisis Costa Rica woman pleads guilty in US to masterminding human smuggling ring US fugitive John Saatio escapes again, this time from Florida police Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica again Costa Rican immigration officials deported a U.S. man on Wednesday who is wanted by authorities in that country for allegedly robbing a bank in Florida, the Immigration Administration reported.U.S. citizen Luis David Cardona, 38, was deported at 5:15 a.m. after being arrested in January at the Palmares Festival during a routine inspection by Immigration Police in which officers determined the man’s tourist visa had expired.Cardona was taken to the Immigration Prison in Hatillo, south of San José, following a consultation with the U.S. Embassy that confirmed he is currently wanted by U.S. authorities.Cardona arrived in Cost Rica on Oct. 17, 2013, and was granted a 30-day tourist visa.Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodríguez said Cardona was escorted by two Immigration Police officers and was issued a five-year prohibition  from entering the country.The Immigration Administration has deported 772 people in the past 13 months, Rodríguez said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica extends deadline to settle payment with Nicaragua for environmental damage Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over military camp near border Costa Rica, Nicaragua to face off again at The Hague in new border dispute Costa Rica has unfair advantage in maritime delimitation claim, says Nicaragua Costa Rica submitted a document on Monday to theInternational Court of Justice at The Hague that lay out the arguments underpinning the $6.7 million bill the country sent to Nicaragua.The hefty payment is meant to compensate Costa Rica for environmental damage caused to a small protected wetland along its border area.Foreign Minister Manuel González Sánz said in a news release that the 890-page document includes extensive evidence and technical information about damage: among them, an environmental damage assessment conducted by the San José-based Fundación Neotrópica, a non-governmental conservation organization.“This is the result of extremely serious and rigorous work to properly document  all damage caused by Nicaragua’s military occupation of our territory,” González said.Costa Rican Ambassador to the Netherlands Sergio Ugalde said the country complied with the April 3 deadline set by the court for Costa Rica to present its damage report of the protected wetland, known here as Isla Calero.Compensation processThe Hague court ruled in favor of Costa Rica in December 2015 in a legal dispute for a 2.5-square-kilometer territory that both countries claimed as their own.Justices ruled that Nicaragua had violated Costa Rica’s sovereignty when it dredged artificial canals through Isla Calero and destroyed primary forests. The ruling also gave the countries one year to agree on a compensation figure.Costa Rica presented its calculation, $6.7 million, in June 2016. Nicaragua did not respond, and the court’s deadline expired in December. The administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís then gave Nicaragua an additional month to respond, but Managua never did so.“Nicaragua did not respond, so we interpret that silence as a negative response, despite recent statements by the president of that country saying he intended to pay,” Minister González said in January.Managua has since contested the $6.7 million figure, saying is exaggerated. This prompted Costa Rica to submit yesterday’s detailed technical explanation of the amount requested.Nicaragua will have until June 2 to submit a response. Justices then will issue a final ruling on the compensation figure and on a deadline to make the payment.Both countries had previously agreed to abide by the court’s decisions.Below is a timeline of events in the Costa Rica–Nicaragua border dispute: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAssociated PressCAIRO (AP) – The Muslim Brotherhood has stopped talking about its longtime dream of an Islamic Egypt and expelling Israel’s ambassador to Cairo. Instead, President-elect Mohammed Morsi is hurriedly building a diverse alliance with leftists, liberals and Christians to bolster his battle to end military rule.Those familiar with the group’s inner workings say, however, that this may only be a short-term strategy that will give way later to a push for the stricter imposition of Islamic law. That could partly explain why the secular generals who took over from ousted President Hosni Mubarak 16 months ago will not relinquish their hold on most levers of power. Comments   Share   The “new” Brotherhood as embodied by Morsi has left many debating whether the group has had a genuine, long-term shift of ideology dictated by the demands of politics or was simply making the right noises to win allies and would shift back to its longstanding goals at the next opportunity.Some analysts see Morsi, a 60-year-old, American-trained engineer, as a conservative Islamist who subscribes to a school of thought within the Brotherhood that advocated “Taqiyah,” or secrecy, about one’s true intentions until the most opportune moment comes for their implementation.Others, however, see Morsi’s outreach as the group’s response to a dramatic drop in its popularity after it failed to turn its domination of parliament earlier this year into real political power. They also cite the group’s lack of experience in governance to explain its need for allies.Genuine or not, some of the group’s actions in recent weeks appeared designed to allay fears of what many see as the Brotherhood’s lust for power and readiness to make secret deals to secure it.Having spent most of the 84 years since its inception as an outlawed group targeted by successive governments, the Brotherhood’s keen interest in power _ some call it an obsession _ may be understandable. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The armed forces, said Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, will continue to be the “trustworthy guardian” of the nation and its people. When pressed to explain what the role of “guardian” will entail, Maj. Gen. Mohammed el-Assar abruptly chipped in: “interpret it any way you like.”The final word was Hegazy’s. The military, he said, would protect the country from external as well as domestic threats.Michael W. Hanna, an Egyptian-American expert on Egypt at the Century Foundation in New York, said “the military’s recent steps suggest they are unlikely to turn over all the levers of governance to the Islamists, regardless of any future efforts by Morsi to assuage the fears of other political factions and parties.”The Brotherhood’s apparent plan to shelve Islamization, at least for now, comes at a cost.Already, some ultraconservative Salafi groups have publicly said that their participation in a Morsi administration is conditional on his declaring his commitment to implementing Shariah, or Islamic law. The Salafis won about a quarter of the seats in the dissolved parliament.Abandoning their goal of turning Egypt into an Islamic state, according to Hassan, could also cost the group the support of its hardline faction, which has long objected to its involvement in politics at the expense of its original mandate as a charity that helps Muslims to understand their faith and practice its many rituals. Hassan, el-Anani and others trace the causes of the Brotherhood’s shift to the dramatic drop in support for the group in the first round of the presidential elections held in May. Morsi won about 25 percent of the vote, or half the votes won by the group in the legislative elections five months earlier. In the runoff against Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi edged his rival by about 1 million votes, a narrow victory for a group that claims to be the country’s largest.“The group’s leaders met and did some soul searching,” el-Anani said. “They realized that they were out of touch with the new environment in Egypt and decided they can only survive if they reached out to other political forces.”,(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img But it may have over-reached, unleashing the fury of the generals.It won just under half of parliament seats in elections held some six months ago even though it had earlier pledged to contest only 30 percent of them. It also reneged on a decision not to field a presidential candidate, and packed with Islamists a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a new constitution.At the time, Brotherhood lawmakers gave the military and many Egyptians something to worry about. They sharply criticized the judiciary and the police force, demanded the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador in Cairo and called for a national referendum on the 1978 Camp David accords, which provided the basis for Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. But it was its suspected desire to dominate every vestige of authority that provoked the military.The generals dissolved parliament after a court ruled that a third of its seats were elected under a law that breached the principle of equality. The constitutional panel was also dissolved by a court ruling that said the process of selecting members violated a constitutional declaration adopted in March last year.The Brotherhood again packed the panel with Islamists but has sought to make amends by giving its chair and two deputies to non-Islamist figures. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Less than a week after he was declared winner of a hotly contested runoff, Morsi has promised to name a woman and a Christian as vice presidents, held talks with liberal intellectuals, indirectly assured Israel that it has nothing to fear from him and told Washington that maintaining close relations with the U.S. is a priority.Since qualifying for the June 16-17 presidential runoff, Morsi has made no mention of the Muslim Brotherhood’s traditional positions, such as banning alcohol, forcing women to cover up in public or prohibiting bank interest as usury.“The Brotherhood wants to take on the generals, but it cannot do that alone,” said Khalil el-Anani, an expert on Islamic groups from Britain’s Durham University. “It is a necessity for the Brotherhood to offer concessions to different groups.”But no one is taking Morsi’s promises at face value. Some Christian and liberal groups have set up teams to monitor whether he keeps his promises.“They will just have to work with him and the Brotherhood for now and hopefully try to organize a secular leftist front that will pressure the new government and new parliament to make sure the demands of the street are taken into account in the public policymaking process,” said Azzedine Layachi, a Middle East expert at St. John’s University in New York. Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Ammar Ali Hassan, an Egyptian expert on Islamist groups, says the Brotherhood’s newly adopted moderate tone and Morsi’s outreach are motivated in large part by their desire to share the blame if the new government fails to make headway in tackling the country’s seemingly endless problems.“All this, however, could be temporary until Morsi’s feet are firmly in the ground as president,” he warned. “Morsi will never disengage from the Brotherhood and its longtime objectives. For one thing, he can only be loyal and grateful to the group that backed him all the way to the presidency.”Morsi was not the first choice for presidential candidate, having been thrown into the race after the group’s chief strategist and financier, Khairat el-Shater, was disqualified over a Mubarak-era conviction.Morsi’s attempts to position himself and the Brotherhood as moderates seeking inclusion apparently have not convinced the military. Two senior members of the ruling military council indicated in a television interview late Wednesday night that they and other generals were not prepared to cede any of their powers.They both insisted that there would be no going back on a “constitutional declaration” issued last week that gave the military legislative powers and control over foreign affairs as well as the drafting of a new constitution. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img MONTREAL (AP) – An earthquake has rattled the Montreal region early Wednesday, waking up some people but causing no injuries or damage.Natural Resources Canada reported on its website that the magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck shortly after midnight with the epicenter in the Longueuil area just south of Montreal.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake caused some buildings to rumble for a few seconds, sending people scurrying briefly from their houses. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Dominique Anglade, a member of Montreal’s large Haitian community, says on Twitter that she felt the quake and it evoked “very bad memories” of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake that killed her parents.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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first_imgVIENNA (AP) – An Austrian ice cream parlor owner has been found guilty of killing her ex-husband and a boyfriend before chopping them up with a chain saw and burying them in concrete in her shop’s basement.A Vienna court convicted the 34-year-old woman of murder Thursday and handed her a life sentence, ordering her to be held in psychiatric care, according to Austrian news agency APA.The woman, identified only as Estibaliz C., confessed to the murders Monday but her lawyer said she will appeal. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The woman, dubbed the “Ice Lady” by Austrian media, shot the men in 2008 and 2010, putting their body parts in a freezer before burying them in her cellar. She had told the court her ex-husband failed to leave her alone and the boyfriend cheated on her.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — No doubt President Barack Obama is fond of Nike. Golf outings often find him decked out from head to toe in apparel featuring the emblematic company swoosh. Now the president is putting the company logo on his trade agenda.On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be a last major legislative push of his presidency. But in choosing the giant company that makes sneakers and athletic wear as his backdrop, Obama has stirred a hornet’s nest. Nike, a major exporter, employs more than 8,500 workers in Oregon, many in well-paying design, research or marketing jobs. But of Nike’s slightly more than 1 million factory contract workers, more than nine out of 10 are in Asia, with the largest number in low-wage Vietnam.“It is a perverse place to try to go and sell a trade agreement that the American public thinks would make it easier to offshore our jobs and push down our wages,” said Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.For Obama, who arrived in Portland on Thursday night, the trade dependent Pacific Northwest is a natural place to make his case for trade negotiating authority and to promote a 12-nation Trans-Pacific trade agreement. Congress is debating whether to give Obama so-called fast-track authority to complete that and other trade deals. Obama’s toughest sell is with his own Democratic allies, who fear the loss of American jobs and weakened financial and environmental rules.Nike, with its massive outsourcing of manufacturing, provides Obama with an opportunity to talk about labor standards he seeks to enforce with trade partners, particularly Vietnam where the U.S. concedes worker rights protections fall short of international standards. Of the 11 countries the U.S. is negotiating with in the Trans-Pacific talks, Nike has contract factories in seven of them. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Nike hat and sunglasses, walks out of a Target department store in Alexandria, Va. after doing some shopping. No doubt President Barack Obama is fond of Nike. Golf outings often find him decked out from head to toe in apparel featuring the emblematic company swoosh. Now he’s putting the company logo on his trade agenda. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be the last major legislative push of his presidency. But in choosing the giant sneaker and athletic wear company as his backdrop, Obama has stirred a hornets’ nest. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “We’ve made significant improvements and driven positive change for workers in contract factories that make Nike product,” Nike spokesman Greg Rossiter said in a statement to The Associated Press.Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat who represents Portland and is supporting Obama’s trade agenda, said the criticism of Nike is rooted in 20-year-old history. Citing Nike’s creation of thousands of well-paying jobs in Oregon, Blumenauer said: “The more people look at the Nike story, the more that is a success not a problem.”Despite the advances and Nike’s image makeover, labor issues have continued to plague its contracted manufacturers. An Associated Press investigation in 2011 found that workers making Nike-owned Converse sneakers in Indonesia said supervisors abused them physically and verbally. And in its latest report on “sustainable business performance” Nike found that one-third of its contract manufacturers in 2013 did not meet its minimum standards — an improvement over 2011 when half of the manufacturers fell short. Most of the problems were over hours and wages.“Nike fully supports the inclusion of strong labor provisions because we believe they will drive higher industry standards and create economic growth that benefits everyone,” Nike’s Rossiter said. Comments   Share   White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the stop at Nike will “illustrate how a responsible trade agreement that includes enforceable labor and environmental standards would strongly benefit middle-class families and the American economy.”Friday’s visit has a touch of gratitude as well. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has been the biggest trade advocate among Democrats and was a key figure in getting fast track legislation out of the Senate Finance Committee with a bipartisan vote. The effort has prompted pickets at his Senate offices and at his Portland house.But Obama’s visit has created a backlash. Nike represents what many liberal groups and labor unions criticize about trade deals: the potential for shifting U.S. jobs to other countries with cheap labor and few worker protections. On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who recently announced he is challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination from the left, called on Obama to cancel the trip.Two decades ago, Nike came under heavy criticism for its use of foreign sweatshops, including numerous reports of child labor, low wages and poor working conditions. Under intense public pressure, Nike improved conditions and eventually wages climbed, minimum age requirements were put in place and Nike increased training and monitoring at the factories. The vital role family plays in society At a breakfast with reporters Thursday, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., said he met a Vietnamese woman who spent more than four years in jail for trying to organize an independent labor union. Levin is the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, which handles trade bills. He said the fast-track legislation and Trans-Pacific trade talks don’t do enough to force Vietnam to raise its labor standards.A Government Accountability Office report last year found that while some Latin American countries under current free trade agreements have taken steps to strengthen labor rights, enforcement was limited and that monitoring of labor standards in those countries by U.S. agencies is inconsistent.Blumenauer is pushing for an enforcement trust fund to improve oversight.“I agree enforcement is a problem,” he said. “I’m not through trying to make it better.”___Associated Press writer Charles Babington in Washington contributed to this report.___Find Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jkuhnhenn and Gosia Wozniacka at http://www.twitter.com/gosiawozniackaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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first_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches TOKYO (AP) — A solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel made an unscheduled landing late Monday in Japan to wait out bad weather.Swiss pilot Andr Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgSANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s internationally-recognized prime minister said on Monday that upcoming United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva are aimed at “restoring power” to his government and pressuring Shiite rebels to withdraw from occupied cities.Speaking to reporters from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Khaled Bahah said he hopes the June 14 meeting will later lead to more intensive negotiations on a road map for Yemen’s future. That includes an eventual referendum on a draft constitution and fresh elections, he said. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Bahah’s remarks come as a Saudi-led military coalition continues bombing rebel positions for a third month. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, control the capital, Sanaa, and are allied with ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.Withdrawal of the rebels from occupied cities is key point for Bahah’s government, which insists that the Geneva talks will not be a negotiation. Instead the government, which initially threatened to boycott the talks, said it is sending representatives purely to discuss ways to implement the U.N. Security Council’s resolution on Yemen — which calls for the withdrawal of rebel forces from occupied cities, paving the way for the return of Bahah’s government.“Going to Geneva is meant to consult on the mechanism of … the return of the state,” Bahah said. “There will be no negotiations.”Bahah also sought to reassure Yemeni army commanders who have sided with the rebels. The Houthis are allied with members of the army and security forces who remain loyal to Saleh. But Bahah promised that government plans to restructure the country’s armed forces would not include an Iraq-style purge of veteran officers. Instead he called for broadening the demographics of the military to include soldiers from different regions, sects and tribes. How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “I assure the current army. You are going to be part of the new army so as not to repeat the story of Iraq,” he said.Forces loyal to the exiled government of Bahah and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi continue to fend off rebel forces pushing toward their southern stronghold of Aden. Rebels have imposed a siege on Aden, preventing access to food and fuel, according to residents.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 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria’s air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.The capture of Zabadani would tighten Hezbollah’s grip on Syrian territories bordering Lebanon and strengthen the Syrian government’s control over of the Beirut-Damascus highway. Top Stories Syrian troops and Hezbollah intensely bombarded Zabadani on Friday. The Observatory said the resort was subjected to more than 90 airstrikes on Friday alone.In the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters tried but failed to retake the Scientific Research Center, which was being used as an army base, the Observatory said.The center was captured by insurgents late Friday, according to the Observatory and the Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective.On Friday, Islamic militants and rebels launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested city that was once Syria’s commercial center.Saturday’s offensive came a day after a bombing at a mosque where al-Qaida’s branch in Syria was holding a fast-breaking meal, killing at least 14, activists said.The activists said the bombing inside the Salem Mosque in the northwestern town of Ariha occurred shortly after sunset Friday when scores of Nusra Front members gathered to break their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The Observatory reported Saturday that the explosion killed 31 Nusra Front members including five commanders. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Zabadani has been held by rebels since shortly after Syria’s crisis began in March 2011. The conflict has killed more than 220,000 people and wounded at least a million, according to the United Nations.In what appeared to be retaliation for the Zabadani offensive, rebels shelled Damascus, striking several neighborhoods including the central Baghdad Street district. Another shell hit Damascus’ famous Dama Rose hotel, previously Le Meridien, near the posh neighborhood of Abu Rummaneh. Some of the hotel’s windows were shattered.The Syrian state news agency reported that one person was killed and two wounded.Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV aired footage from the battlefield showing smoke billowing from much of Zabadani as shells and missiles struck the town.Al-Manar said Hezbollah’s fighters and Syrian troops were attacking from several directions and by afternoon had captured Tal castle, which overlooks wide parts of the town. The rebels were retreating, the station said.Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that “terrorists suffered large losses.”The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the government’s air forces conducted 15 airstrikes on Saturday morning. It said the attack, which killed at least two opposition fighters, was being conducted by Hezbollah and Syria’s elite 4th Division. Syria-based activist Ahmad al-Ahmad said 15 Nusra Front fighters were killed and more than 30 wounded. He said the Nusra Front commander in Idlib province, Abu Abdullah al-Tunisi, was either wounded or killed.Nusra Front cordoned off the area and the casualty numbers could not be confirmed.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack although activists said President Bashar Assad’s government might have been behind it. Ariha was a government stronghold until it was captured by the Nusra Front and its allies in May.___Mroue reported from Beirut.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says a Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming.EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she is disappointed at last week’s court ruling, but says comparing the mercury rule to the nearly finalized climate plan is “comparing apples and oranges.” Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img McCarthy says the Obama administration is on track to complete the so-called Clean Power Plan’ next month. The plan sets unprecedented carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants that contribute to global warming.President Barack Obama is counting on drastic emissions reductions from the new rules to meet the U.S. commitment to a major global climate treaty that he’s been championing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29204/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> An investigation has begun into how the entire manual of security measures at United States airports was accidentally posted online on a federal procurement website.Labelled “Sensitive Security Information” and dated May 28, 2008, the document contained US government secrets relating to airport passenger screening practices, and detailed technical settings of X-ray machines as well as other luggage screening details.Homeland Security has since launched an investigation into how the sensitive Transportation Security Administration (TSA) document could have been leaked.TSA has moved quickly to diffuse the situation saying while sensitive, the information found in the manual was already widely available in the aviation industry, and that the incident was more of a public relations blunder.The 93-page document revealed a list of 12 countries whose nationals were singled out for additional screening.  They were Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.“TSA has many layers of security to keep the travelling public safe and to constantly adapt to evolving threats. TSA is confident that screening procedures currently in place remain strong,” said the TSA in a statement.Already disciplinary actions have been taken against a contractor and several TSA supervisors in relation to the incident. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M e-Travel Blackboard was honoured to be a guest last night at Captain Cook Cruises’ Ruby anniversary celebrations.Andrew Hayworth, Managing Director Sydney Harbour, welcomed guests, suppliers, staff past and present for an emotional trip down memory lane at a cocktail party aboard their vessel, Sydney 2000.Founded on Australia Day in 1970 Captain Trevor Haworth started the business operating five-dollar-a-head coffee cruises plying the beautiful Sydney harbour. Today Captain Cook Cruises operate 24 vessels in Sydney, the Murray River and in Fiji.Captain Haworth remarked “The Sea is at the heart of this business. It’s been a labour of love from the beginning and has all happened because of my darling wife Geraldine who over the years has supported me and the family. We also thank the banks, staff, tour operators, wholesalers and clients who have stood by us.We had numerous highlights from our early days of coffee and lunch cruises to the purchase of Matilda Cruises and the Pope’s visit. We have extended our business from day cruises to overnight and weekend cruises. Today we have over 400 employees, some who have served more than 30 years, many are here tonight.Captain Cook Cruises is privileged and proud to take Australia’s number one attraction, Sydney harbour, and package and present it to the world said Captain Haworth”Anthony Haworth said my father, Trevor, founder of this business had a passion and tonight our 40th Anniversary is real family event. Captain Haworth said we are immensely proud of Jackie, Anthony and Alison who are committed to developing the company. The family will guarantee the longevity of this hugely successful enterprise and carry on the family tradition.Nick Hortle CEO said Captain Cook Cruises have come through the financial crisis strongly and are well positioned to take advantage of the future. What the Haworth family have built over the years is truly as one of Australia’s great icons.Click here to view the photo from the night <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27030/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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first_imgThe outlook for inbound tourism in 2011 looks bleak as the Australian dollar continues to surge against weaker northern hemisphere currencies. Domestic tourism operators fear that the number of British and European visitors in particular, could fall by as much as 15 per cent this year, the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has reported. ”Eventually it gets to the point where the euro is really starting to bite,” AOT Group founder and chief executive Andrew Burnes told SMH. While the number of American visitors is “holding up”, tourism operators are hoping that an expected increase in visitors from Asia will help fill the void. Boosting business for travel agents and airlines, but fanning fears of a downturn in domestic tourism, is the record number of Australians travelling overseas. Taking advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and ever cheaper international airfares, Australians are departing their shores in droves: 7 million in the year to October, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics. Departures in October were almost 11 per cent higher than for the same month in 2009.The most popular overseas destinations are the United States, Thailand, Fiji, Bali and New Zealand. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Sydney Opera Houselast_img read more

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