WOW air announces second new destination in 7 days Brussels

first_img Share WOW air announces second new destination in 7 days: Brussels Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Just last week, WOW air, Iceland’s only ultra-low coast airline, announced that its newest European destination for Canadian travellers would be Cork, Ireland. And now, a few days later, the airline has announced that tickets are on sale for Brussels, starting at $199.99, including taxes.“We’re pleased to offer Canadians access to the capital of Europe at a fantastic price,” said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. “Brussels is a great city – multicultural and multilingual – with a lot to offer. Everyone will feel right at home.”Flights are available from Montreal and Toronto. Brussels is just one of the European capitals that the airline connects with Canada via a short stopover in Iceland. WOW air’s capacity will more than double in 2016 to over 1.8 million, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015.The airline services 31 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Montreal and Toronto.center_img Tags: Brussels, Ireland, WOW air Travelweek Group Thursday, November 3, 2016 last_img read more

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Trade reaction to U by Uniworlds Uturn Its a good idea to

first_img Kathryn Folliott Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Tags: Uniworld Trade reaction to U by Uniworld’s U-turn: “It’s a good idea to open up the age restriction” Share About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> This story originally ran in the March 15th, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — A boost in bookings from travel agents for clients in their late 40s, 50s and beyond may have helped sway Uniworld’s recent decision to lift the 21-45 age restriction on its U by Uniworld ships.Just a few months ago, U by Uniworld introduced new ‘UToo’ departures that waived the 21-45 age restriction for eight dates.The cruise line opened those sailings up to its trade partners to sell – and saw a significant spike in business as a result.For any travel agent booking older clients on those UToo departures, Uniworld’s decision to drop the 21-45 age restriction was less of a surprise and more of a wise business move.What was Uniworld hearing from its trade partners that clinched the decision to open up the U by Uniworld age range to a much deeper client base?“Many of our trade partners were telling us that they have clients in their 40s and 50s who very were interested in the U concept and liked the contemporary stylish décor, U Time Excursions and fun onboard programming like paint & wine, silent disco, etc. but were just outside the age range,” says Michelle Palma, Uniworld’s VP – Field Sales, North America.The age range will change for U by Uniworld sailings, but not the onboard experience, says Michelle Palma, Uniworld’s VP – Field Sales, North America. Uniworld is updating its trade and consumer websites and social media channels and is in the process of creating updated FAQs for front line teams to reflect the new policy.The target audience is virtually the same, she says. Only the age range has changed. “At this point, we have no plans to change our included meal or excursion programs. [And] we plan to keep the onboard programming exactly the same. This is the essence of what U by Uniworld is all about and that is what’s driving the demand in the market.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesEarlier this month the cruise line sent out word to its retail partners that effective immediately, U by Uniworld sailings – previously restricted to ages 21-45 and marketed heavily to Millennials – are now open to all adults of all ages. The cruise line’s two ships, The A and The B, set sail in April 2018 with four eight-day itineraries on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers.Uniworld says it has made the changes to all of its trade and consumer websites and social media channels and is in the process of creating updated FAQs for front line teams.Uniworld’s decision is ultimately good news especially given the record high demand for river cruise product, say agents.Sandra McLeod with RedDoorTravel in LaSalle, ON says Uniworld made the right move.“I thought it might limit interest by both customers and agents when it first came out,” said McLeod. “It’s a good idea to open up the age restriction. There is a very large and active Baby Boomer group that was left out of trying this new experience. These are also the customers that have more disposable income and time to travel.”Dining onboard The BThat’s not to say the 21-45s don’t travel well, says McLeod. But “the appeal of more modern ships, more active and immersive excursions, healthier food choices will attract a wide range of clientele.”To minimize confusion between Uniworld’s boutique product and the U by Uniworld product, it will be important going forward to emphasize the differences between the ships and experiences, says McLeod.Matthew Eichhorst, Global Cruise Leader for Expedia Inc. and President, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, is onboard with the decision as well. “U by Uniworld offers a new take on independent, experiential travel, and Uniworld’s decision to revise their age restriction will allow more like-minded adults to fully enjoy what this innovative new cruise line has to offer.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTravel companies have been racing to deliver product to the coveted Millennial demographic. The oldest Millennials are now in their mid-to-late 30s and dedicated travellers from an early age.The number of Millennials who say they ‘definitely will’ book a cruise for their next trip was up from 63% to 70% this year, according to CLIA’s 2018 consumer research.CLIA says it’s also seeing Millennials develop a taste for luxury cruising. Their share of the premium and luxury cruise segments is higher than average, notes CLIA.CLIA’s survey of favourite types of vacations showed that 8% of Millennials favour river cruises, more even than Gen Xers (3%), Baby Boomers (5%) and older Traditionalists (6%).But family vacation opportunities are at a premium and that’s especially true for Millennials with young kids. While some Millennials may be lucky enough to convince the grandparents to babysit the little ones while they enjoy an adults-only getaway, most Millennial passengers in their 20s and 30s who have kids are looking for cruise options that are family-friendly.Time is at a premium too. CLIA’s survey shows that 3 – 5 day cruises are most favoured by Millennials (39%), compared to 26% for Gen Xers, 14% for Boomers and 6% for Traditionalists.It’s the older segments – the Boomers and the Traditionalists – who have the vacation time and inclination to embark on the longer durations more typical of European cruises. Posted bylast_img read more

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Dirty Game is a raw retrospective of a great Costa Rican artist

first_imgJosé Miguel Rojas González is an artist’s artist. He likes big canvases, raw brush strokes, and bold political statements. Raised in Costa Rica, Rojas started off studying at the Casa del Artista in the mid-1970s, an angry and experimental era, and that early influence is still evident in his work. He lived in Europe and has shown his paintings across the United States. Each of his portraits is tough and unapologetic. Like Andy Warhol, Rojas studied screen-printing and shares the master’s style. He is perhaps the most fearless artist I have encountered in Costa Rica.The massive Rojas retrospective now showing at the Central Bank Museum is called “Juego Sucio” (“Dirty Game”), and it exhibits decades of work, from small experimental pieces to paintings the size of garage doors. According to the museum’s press material, “Dirty Game” is a reference to Rojas’ interest in winners and losers, but I think the title is more interesting than that: Rojas’ aesthetic is often impressionistic and even sloppy, as if he had slapped paint onto canvas in a fit of rage. Other works are controlled and realistic, but they still bear earthy colors and gritty subject matter. Everything in Rojas’ world is somehow “dirty,” whether it is the mood or the image itself.The subtlest example is “Soy Ese Beso Que Se Da” (translated here as “The Kiss You Give”), a portrait of a man and woman in mid-smooch. The composition is so clean that you might mistake it for a photograph, and it seems romantic at first glance. But there is also something illicit about their embrace. The colors are dark, the scenery is non-existent, as if their love exists in a vacuum. This is not the tropical eroticism you see in a traditional Tico painting. “Kiss” is part of a series, “The Hidden Eye of Pleasure,” a creepy title that confirms the noir undertones.Far more acidic is “El Festín Macabro” (“The Macabre Feast”), Rojas’ reimagining of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Instead of Jesus and the 12 apostles, we see the faces of dubious political figures, from Latin American presidents to Colin Powell, gathered around a long table. On the surface of the table lie two bearded, dismembered heads, one of John the Baptist and the other of Che Guevara. Rojas doesn’t pull any punches: His heroes and villains are abundantly clear.The subterranean Central Bank Museum, located beneath the Plaza de la Cultura, has given Rojas generous space to display his work, and guests will likely be taken off-guard by what they find. The portrait called “Adam and Eve” shows all the usual iconography – naked man, naked woman, snake – but the faces are unrecognizable splotches of color. “Imágenes de Poder” (“Images of Power”) is a black-and-white portrait of three men wearing suits. They look like G-Men, but their faces are also obscured. The only thing we know about this trio is that they are malevolent and should be feared.As grim and unsettling as this exhibit can be, “Dirty Game” excels on every level: It is a handsome arrangement of provocative works by a superlative creative force. Rojas is a great artist, just the way Willem de Kooning and Francisco Goya were great, and it is exciting to see such a mainstream museum (named after a bank) presenting his works so nakedly. Not every curator would welcome Rojas’ morose rage. But these curators did, and Costa Rica is lucky to experience it.“Juego Sucio” continues through Oct. 11 at the Central Bank Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museos Banco Central website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Dutch photographer follows migrants along the Pan-American Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates 20 years of provocative exhibition Art installation ‘Exchanged Glances’ proves moody and mysterious Feline art auctioned to raise funds for Guanacaste animal shelterlast_img read more

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Cuba says terror list banking issues are blocking better ties with the

first_imgRelated posts:No opening date for US, Cuba embassies; more talks set As talks with US begin, Cubans anticipate changes in their lives US says next round of Cuba talks to take place in Havana on Monday Why Midwestern farmers want to break the Cuba embargo HAVANA, Cuba — With the United States and Cuba set to resume talks Friday in Washington on the restoration of diplomatic relations, a senior Cuban official said his government wants to be removed from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring nations and to be able to reopen U.S. bank accounts in order for the process to move forward.While President Barack Obama has asked the State Department to review Havana’s inclusion on the terrorism blacklist, Cuba’s formal removal would “create the favorable context” for the two countries to once more have formal embassies in their respective capitals, said Gustavo Machín, vice director for U.S. relations at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry.“How could we explain to the Cuban people, the American public and the rest of the world that the U.S. and Cuba have restored relations while Cuba remains on that list?” Machín said Wednesday morning at a news conference for Cuban and international reporters.Cuba’s lead negotiator, Josefina Vidal, will meet Friday in Washington with Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, as they continue talks that began last month in Havana.U.S. officials are eager for the negotiations to advance swiftly, with Obama preparing to attend the Summit of the Americas in Panama, to be held April 10 and 11. He is likely to receive praise for his opening to Cuba from other leaders in the region, especially from allies who have argued that U.S. sanctions against the island are counterproductive and an anachronism of the Cold War.Still, Cuba cannot be fully removed from the State Department’s list of terrorism-sponsoring nations — which includes Iran, Syria and Sudan — until a 45-day waiting period has elapsed. U.S. lawmakers are supposed to review the president’s decision in that period, but it does not require congressional approval to take effect. The White House has not yet set the 45-day process in motion.The Castro government has been on the list since 1982, mostly for giving refuge to ETA Basque militants and Colombian FARC rebels. But the presence of the ETA members in Cuba is a product of an agreement with the Spanish government, and Havana is hosting landmark peace talks between FARC and the Colombian government.Still, Cuba’s presence on the terror list remains a red flag for international financial institutions wary of doing business with the island because of the U.S. trade embargo. Cuba’s diplomatic mission in Washington and its United Nations office in New York have been without access to banking services since last year, and Cuban officials say they cannot operate an embassy without a checking account.“We’re looking for a response that will offer a solution to this,” said Machín, adding that Havana’s negotiators were headed to Washington “in a constructive spirit.”Machín also said that the United States had accepted Cuba’s proposal to hold bilateral talks on human rights issues, though a date has not been scheduled.Rights violations by Havana’s one-party communist government are a recurring issue between the two longtime adversaries, but Cuban officials say they have their own concerns about abuses in the United States, citing cases of police violence against African Americans.Read more of our Cuba coverage here© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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FBI investigating San Bernardino shooting as act of terrorism

first_imgRelated posts:In the wake of attack on Paris newspaper, extremists take to Twitter to celebrate World leaders express outrage over attack on Paris publication Australian politician calls for US travel warning after California shooting Obama tries to ease anxiety over terror attacks with Oval Office address The California shooting thatkilled 14 people on Wednesday is being investigated as an “act of terrorism,” David Bowdich, assistant FBI director in Los Angeles, said at a news conference Friday.One of the attackers, Tashfeen Malik, swore a pledge of allegiance to the head of Islamic State before the deadly rampage via a Facebook page that she kept under an alias, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. Bowdich said “a number of pieces of evidence” have led to the FBI treating the attack as a terrorism investigation, without confirming the Facebook post.Investigators have also found that Malik’s husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, who waged the Dec. 2 attack with her, had adopted radical Islamic views and was in touch with a number of people in California who were subjects of federal terrorism probes, according to the official, who described the matter on condition of anonymity. This image obtained from the San Bernardino County Sheriff, shows weapons carried by the suspects in the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, which provides services for people with disabilities. AFP/San Bernardino County SheriffAuthorities have been scouring the couple’s online communications and phone records as they try to determine a motive for the attack at a social services center in the California city that killed 14 people and injured 21. Farook and Malik — who were clad in black, tactical gear — fled the scene and died in a gun battle with police in a nearby residential neighborhood.The second mass killing in a week in the U.S. has intensified fears that terrorists are preparing to wage a Paris-style attack on U.S. soil. After the shootings, authorities found a dozen pipe bomb devices in the couple’s home along with thousands of rounds of ammunition, San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said.“The FBI is leading this investigation, as the president said yesterday, because of the possibility that this is a terrorist attack,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. He declined to confirm reports of Malik’s Facebook post. A reporter does a live shot inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on Dec. 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFPIn her Facebook posting, the U.S. official said, Malik swore allegiance to the head of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is being pursued by the U.S.-led coalition targeting the extremist group’s strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Malik also posted images of herself and the couple’s six-month-old daughter, though some information was deleted in the days leading up to the shooting, the official said.The attackers were characterized as supporters of Islamic State in a report by the Amaq news network, which has previously aired the extremist group’s claims of responsibility for attacks.Bowdich said that “extensive planning” went into the attacks. Investigators have recovered crushed cellphones and other digital media that is being examined for evidence.The FBI is aware of a Facebook post by Malik, he said, but investigators are not yet sure about whether the attacks were inspired or directed by Islamic State. Investigators on Dec. 3, 2015 process the shooters’ vehicle. Patrick T. Fallon/AFPPolice have recovered thumb drives, computers and mobile phones from the couple’s apartment in nearby Redlands. Another U.S. official, describing the scene on condition of anonymity, said that some of the devices were damaged or destroyed in an apparent attempt by the attackers to cover their tracks.Using phone records, investigators know that Farook was in conversation with at least several people under FBI investigation for possible ties to terrorism, according to the official. But they don’t know the nature of those conversations and are chasing leads to prevent future violence and to determine whether Farook and his wife were part of a terrorist network.Farook, a U.S. citizen, had traveled to Saudi Arabia about a month ago for unknown reasons, according to another U.S. official, who also requested anonymity. Malik, who held a Pakistani passport, came to the U.S. on a K-1, or “fiance,” visa that she obtained in Pakistan, said Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman.Bowdich told reporters in a briefing on Thursday that Malik had entered the U.S. in July 2014.Farook had been employed by San Bernardino County for five years, most recently as an environmental specialist, and had worked with some of the victims, who were attending a holiday party at the center. He and Malik used rapid-fire, semi-automatic rifles to spray the room with as many as 75 shots, Burguan said.“Clearly they were equipped,” he said, and “could have done another attack.” Overwhelming grief at the San Manuel Stadium during a memorial. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFPThe two semi-automatic rifles and two handguns that Farook and Malik were armed with had been legally purchased, authorities said. Besides the pipe bombs, authorities also found tools for constructing explosive devices, Burguan said.The U.S. and other nations have been on heightened alert following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by extremists linked to Islamic State. The shootings and bombings killed 130 people and prompted France, Germany and Britain to step up the offensive against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. In a statement from the White House on the day before Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama said the government had seen no credible intelligence suggesting plots against the U.S.In an Oval Office appearance on Thursday, Obama raised the possibility that the shootings were related to terrorism, though he emphasized that authorities didn’t know the motive. He also said every U.S. citizen has a part to play in trying to prevent this kind of violence, including making weapons more difficult to obtain.The president’s comments were the second time he’s had to address a mass shooting in the past week. During a news conference Tuesday in Paris, Obama said he hoped a Nov. 27 shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that left at least three dead and nine wounded would spur “conversation and action” on gun control.It’s important for “all of us, including our legislatures, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm, we’ll make it a little harder for them to do it because right now, it’s just too easy,” he said.Related: Australian politician calls for US travel warning after California shootingBloomberg’s Esmé E. Deprez, James Nash and Toluse Olorunnipa contributed.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rodrigo Brenes wants to take over the world one ice cream cone

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: Rebooting Costa Rican cuisine at Al Mercat Churchill: The rebirth of a Tico classic VIDEO: This is how you cup coffee Yo Emprendedor gives entrepreneurs a start As I walk in the door of the home-office-ice cream factory that Rodrigo Brenes shares with his architect girlfriend, he’s intensely waiving his imaginary conductor’s baton at the last notes of Pavorroti’s “Figaro” emanating from his computer.With the last thrust, it should be ice cream making time. Though not today, because Brenes won’t let anyone watch him make ice cream — not even his girlfriend. Top secret.He apologizes for the mess and says he plans to move his operation soon to a bigger kitchen. He then takes me directly to what he calls his “Ferrari” — a freezer he had made specially by an Italian company that he found out about through an online ice cream making forum (yes, those exist).The ice cream freezer, which isn’t much bigger than a standard home refrigerator, has three compressors, which allows it to freeze whatever is inside really fast. That, Brenes says, is one of the keys to his product’s high quality.He says he tried to get what he wanted made in Costa Rica, but local companies wouldn’t even give him a price, saying it was a fool’s request. “They thought I was crazy,” Brenes said.So, apparently, did the Italian manufacturer who finally made him the freezer: He told Brenes he had never made anything so powerful in such a small size. But he made it for Brenes anyway — and charged him what you’d pay for a new sedan. It is now the Tico ice cream maker’s most prized possession.It’s difficult to understate the confidence Brenes exudes about his product and his business plan. Even if what this 40-year-old, former corporate image consultant was producing wasn’t liquor-spiked, artisanal ice cream, I’d probably buy it anyway — whatever “it” was — because if I didn’t, I’d feel like I was missing out on something.“You guys are meeting Henry Ford,” he says to me and The Tico Times photographer, Alberto Font, at one point in the interview. Brenes frequently throws out references to the larger-than-life names of U.S. political and entrepreneurial history — Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Abe Lincoln, Milton S. Hershey.But his reference to Ford is as much an indication of his illusion of grandeur as a hint of his concrete ambitions: Brenes wants to make quality ice cream on a mass scale for the people of Costa Rica and, eventually, the world.“My dream is to compete with Haagan-Daaz or Ben & Jerry’s,” he says.Whether or not Brenes makes it that far with his business, he’s learned a lot in his seven years and four locales in the ice cream trade. His story includes lessons for anyone thinking about starting a small — or potentially, one day, large — business. A Galway employee scoops alcoholic ice cream from the cooler. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesIf ‘divine inspiration’ hits you, take it and runBrenes is a deeply religious man. He says that when he got in trouble at his Catholic grade school, which was often, and his punishment was to spend recess in the chapel, he’d read the Bible. The nuns that ran the school were incredulous.Brenes says he got into the ice cream business thanks to “divine inspiration.” When in 2008 Brenes found himself unemployed and without enough money to pay rent, he went up to the church in Coronado, east of San José, to pray. When he left the church, he saw an ice cream shop on the corner and remembered something a professor once told him about the ice cream business: that there’s no legal activity on earth with a bigger profit margin than ice cream.The profit margin for ice pops, or bolis, is 1000 percent, Brenes tells me. “Can you believe that?” he asks with incredulous eyes, then cracks up.Googling around, I can’t figure out if this is true. I did find one guy, who claimed to own an ice cream chain in Chile, who said a 40 percent profit margin was normal. And there’s this: It turns out the main ingredient in ice cream is air. The better the ice cream, the less air you’re eating, which is why the price goes up.When Brenes saw that shop on the corner, he stopped and bought a rompope ice cream, even though he doesn’t actually like ice cream, or anything sweet for that matter. Right then and there, he decided to start an ice cream delivery service.“Within three days I paid my rent,” he says. He kept it up for a year until he got a more lucrative job offer securing spots for cellphone towers. (Even with astronomical profit margins, Brenes wasn’t going to get rich off ₡300 popsicles.)He used the money to buy an ice cream maker and his Ferrari freezer. Now he would be producer and distributor. All he had to do was learn how to make ice cream. So he turned to the colossal, free public educator that is YouTube.  Rodrigo Brenes in his kitchen with one of his most popular ice cream ingredients. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesIf people like it, give it to them (even if you don’t)As I mentioned, Brenes doesn’t actually like ice cream. He describes his first taste of the unique ice cream that launched his current business, Galway, in Barrio Escalante as “terrible.” That ice cream is flavored with the herby, German, shot-slamming favorite Jägermeister.He first made ice cream with Jäger on request from a buddy, Stefano Di Gioacchino, who owns the Irish bar Craic in Barrio California. Di Gioacchino wanted something special to offer his patrons for St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. He gave Brenes a case of the rectangular, green bottles and told him to start experimenting.“The first batch was terrible,” Brenes tells me. “Terrible.” Then he gets an incredulous look on his face, “But what happened is — people loved it.”As St. Paddy’s Day approached, Brenes also made an ice cream flavor with Guinness, one with Irish cream and one with Jack Daniels, chocolate and cherries.They were big hits. But the whole ice cream with liquor thing started as a one-off. At the time, Brenes wasn’t planning to make it his signature product. At the time.Still, in the coming years he would try out 13 Jäger ice cream recipes on Craic bar patrons until he got it right.Last year, while Brenes was on a hiatus from ice cream-making, he was reminded of just how much people liked his JaggerCream, as he named it. He was drinking beer with his then-new girlfriend at the first Barrio Escalante food festival in April, and people kept coming up to him and asking when he was going to make another batch of the stuff.Brenes had been bragging to his girlfriend, Catalina Elizondo, about his ice cream-making skills, but she had no reason to believe him until then. After hearing the praise firsthand, she convinced him to get back into business.Late last year, during the second edition of the Barrio Escalante food festival, Brenes and two associates opened up Galway, a small, corner ice cream shop attached to the craft beer pub Wilk. Brenes makes daily fresh batches of booze-infused flavors like Tequila Rosa (with strawberries), vodka and cantaloupe and, of course, JaggerCream and ChocoJack, chocolate and Jack Daniels.Galway offers non-alcoholic ice cream, too, in equally fun, Tico-inspired flavors (e.g. Pinito, the much-loved, local powdered milk), but Brenes says his shop is especially popular with the after-bar crowd, looking to keep a buzz while satisfying munchies. Office workers also come by on their lunch break, possibly looking to liven up their afternoon — or sleep through it.To be fair, most people would have to eat at least a few scoops to get tipsy off Brenes’ creations. But a scoop I had recently of cantaloupe with vodka did leave me feeling…happy.Brenes’ ice cream is dense and Costa Rica-style super sweet. That sweetness is tampered in his creations with alcohol, and the non-cream-based flavors with booze are spot-on refreshing.Galway is just one part of Brenes’ grand ice cream plan; he wants to go way bigger, think franchises in Miami Beach and New York City. And his girlfriend, Elizondo, who’s a co-owner of Brenes’ Heladix ice cream factory, wants to export Costa Rica-inspired flavors to Europe.“I dream of being industrial,” Brenes says. “I’m going to make delicious, industrial ice cream.”For now, Galway is a place to sell Heladix ice cream and try out new recipes on customers. Plus, it’s helping Brenes get his name out again.“People know me now as the guy who sells ice cream shots in Barrio Escalante,” he says.Brenes also plans to restart his original ice cream business niche — delivery, of non-alcoholic flavors — soon. Galway’s ice cream sandwich. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesTurn tragedy on its headBack to Brenes’ ice cream hiatus a few years back. The start of his break was almost the end of the story. His marriage was falling apart at the time, partly because of financial troubles with his former ice cream business.Soon after his wife left, Brenes’ ice cream maker broke. He took it as a sign and quit.He didn’t know if he’d ever go back, until that day drinking beers in Barrio Escalante with his girlfriend (soon to be wife: Brenes and Elizondo are getting married on Saturday).Brenes doesn’t fret over the fact that some of his previous ventures in the ice cream world ultimately didn’t pan out. He learns from his mistakes and moves on.“I found 999 ways to not make ice cream,” Brenes says, in reference to Thomas Edison’s famed twist on a reporter’s question about how it felt to fail 999 times before successfully inventing the light bulb.In his kitchen over a bowl of freshly-toasted almonds glazed with cocoa powder, sugar and Jack Daniels, Brenes ticks off a list of the top lessons he’s learned:1. Never abandon a locale that worked.2. Be able to identify a partner that’s going to contribute, and if he/she is not going to contribute, eliminate.3. You need to be cold-blooded if the need arises to oust a bad partner.4. Believe in yourself, you can do more than you think you can.5. Be patient. After seven years in the ice cream industry, Brenes says his business is just getting started.Before he gets down to his daily conjuring of cream, sugar, booze and air into frozen bliss, Brenes evokes the late, great chocolate baron Milton S. Hershey.Hershey failed in his first two attempts to start a candy business — and was reportedly shunned by family — before finally landing on the right mix of product appeal and business smarts.Brenes gets goosebumps (literally; he shows them to me) as he tells the story, which ends with Hershey becoming a multi-millionaire, getting commendation from the U.S. military for producing WWII chocolate rations, and building the most well-known chocolate brand of all time.“I know that I’m going to be like Hershey,” Brenes says.Editor’s note: The original version of this story misspelled “St. Paddy’s Day.” Our apologies to the Irish, and all our readers. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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VIDEO San José politicians residents forego cars on World Car Free Day

first_imgRoads and highways in and around San José, Costa Rica were perhaps a bit less clogged on Sept. 22 as politicians, diplomats and residents took up the challenge to go car-free for a day. The global event World Car Free Day is meant to bring attention to the environmental and social ills attached to our obsession with the automobile.Videographer Rebecca Males followed San José Mayor Johnny Araya and other notables who rode their bikes to work on Thursday. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Ricans pledge to go car free on Sept. 22 Costa Rica votes to ratify Paris agreement on climate change San José’s new bike path expected to be ready in July Legislative Assembly passes bill to jumpstart electric train systemlast_img read more

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Rio closes its massive Jardim Gramacho dump

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “Now everyone knows we do dignified work, that we’re recyclers,” said dos Santos. “Now, they can’t discriminate against us and down there in the city they’ll have to receive us with open arms, like the Cristo Redentor,” referring to the Art Deco Christ statue that presides over Rio.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – One of the world’s largest open-air landfills, a vast, seaside mountain of trash where thousands of people have made a living sorting through the debris by hand, will close this weekend after 34 years in malodorous service.Long a symbol of ill-conceived urban planning and environmental negligence, Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho dump is being transformed into a vast facility that will harness the greenhouse gases generated by the rotting rubbish and turn them into fuel capable of heating homes and powering cars. Environmentalists had blamed Gramacho for the high levels of pollution in Rio’s once pristine Guanabara Bay, where tons of run-off from the garbage had leaked. Check your body, save your life Though the amount of trash dumped at Gramacho tapered off ahead of the site’s closure, with just an estimated 300 trucks arriving daily, as compared with 900 in years past, the catadores say they’ll be hard-pressed to find another job that pays as well. Dos Santos, the 46-year-old from the northeastern state of Paraiba, said he used to earn up to $1,500 a month – an enviable sum in a country where the monthly minimum wage is just over $300.Others say they fear discrimination.“I’ve put off looking for a job because I just know that people are going to look down at me like I smell bad or something because I worked here,” said 41-year-old Debora da Silva. Though her three daughters know she spent 15 years as a trash picker at Gramacho, she’s kept it a secret from many of her friends and neighbors for fear of stigmatization.The catadores were catapulted to international fame in 2010 when they were featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary about Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Vik Muniz’s photo project about the dump. “Waste Land” didn’t end up winning the Oscar, but the project raised money for the catadores.Dos Santos, for one, said the film helped restore the dignity of catadores, who have long helped the region recycle much of its garbage. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sales of carbon credits and biogas are expected to generate about $232 million over 15 years, a percentage of which will go to payments to the catadores.Rotting garbage currently accounts for 20 percent of the region’s total carbon dioxide emissions and the move from Gramacho to the new state-of-the-art facility is expected to reduce carbonic gas emissions by 1.4 thousand tons per year.The closure of Gramacho comes months after Mexico City shut down its massive Bordo Pontiente landfill, which led to the immediate appearance of thousands of illegal dumping sites throughout the city. Authorities there came under sharp criticism for failing to make sure a viable alternative was in place.With its Seropedica facility up and running well ahead of Gramacho’s closure, Rio appears better prepared. The facility has been kitted out with a triple-layer seal to prevent leakage as well as sensors to detect any abnormality in the soil. Leachate, the liquid produced by the decomposing trash, will be captured, treated and used as recycled water, the new facility’s operators said.Despite the advanced warning, many of the trash pickers say they still have no idea what they’ll do next. They expect one-time payouts of about $7,500 a piece in the coming days, but most say they know the money will run out fast. Less clear is what will happen to the more than 1,700 people who worked at the site, scaling hills of fresh, fly- and vulture-covered trash to pluck recyclable plastic, paper and metal from the 9,000 tons of detritus once dumped there daily. Known as “catadores” in Portuguese, the trash pickers will receive a lump-sum payout from the city, but there’s no place for them at Gramacho’s replacement, the high-tech Seropedica dump, where most of the Marvelous City’s garbage is already being sent.“When you first get here, you’re like, `Ick, I don’t know if I can do this,’ but then you get used to it and you make friends and you find it’s good work,” said Lorival Francisco dos Santos, a 46-year-old from Brazil’s impoverished northeast who spent 13 years at the landfill.In the works for years, Gramacho’s closure was postponed several times, and was slated to finally take place just weeks before the United Nations’ Rio+20 megaconference on sustainable development here. It also comes as the city gears up to host the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics.“We’ve been telling the catadores about it for years, but somehow they never believed it would really happen,” said Gramacho director Lucio Alves Vianna. Gramacho sprang up on unstable, ecologically sensitive marshland overlooking the bay in 1978 and, for nearly 20 years, functioned with little or no oversight. There was no lining on the massive landfill’s floor to prevent leaks of the toxic waste that was routinely dumped there, and the fetid juices produced by the rot of organic materials drained directly into the water, helping make much of the bay unsafe for swimming.In 1996, Rio authorities stepped in, ending child labor at the site, registering the catadores and restricting the kinds of trash the dump took in to just household waste from Rio and four outlying cities.Bulldozers started covering the picked-over trash with thick layers of earth. Now, with 12 layers each about 15 feet (5 meters) high, the 321-acre (130-hectare) facility has grown into a literal mountain of garbage overlooking the Guanabara Bay.Contamination concerns spurred plans to close the dump and tap into the energy created by the decomposition of its estimated 60 million tons of trash. More than 200 wells will capture the carbon dioxide and methane that emanate from the decomposing rubbish and pipe the gases to a facility run by Brazil’s state-controlled energy company Petrobras. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img
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Kiev doubts porn charges against Ukrainian in US

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories “Our law enforcement bodies have investigated this and did not find anything,” Dikusarov said. “We will be defending the rights of our citizen.”Shynkarenko’s mother, Tetyana Cherenok, 64, a retired engineer, says her son had been mistaken for another man with the same first and last name.“My soul knows the truth,” Cherenok, choking back tears, told the AP in a telephone interview from Kharkiv. “I am 100 percent sure that my son has never had anything to do with this filth, with this shame.”Dikusarov, the foreign ministry spokesman, said Kiev will be closely monitoring Shynkarenko’s case.Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division first located the site “Illegal.CP” in October 2005 during an investigation of an individual from New Jersey. In addition to the convictions of the 560 American consumers from 47 states, people have been convicted in other countries, federal authorities said. Canada is the only other country prosecutors would name.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths A 32-count indictment against Shynkarenko says he traded in tens of thousands of hardcore pornographic images and videos that depicted children ranging from infants to toddlers and teenagers being graphically sexually assaulted or abused, in most cases by adults.Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey said that in some cases, the videos were submitted by customers _ later prosecuted _ who had filmed themselves actively molesting children.Shynkarenko was extradited to the U.S. from Thailand over the weekend, where he had been in custody since his 2009 arrest while he was on vacation. The case is being brought in New Jersey because U.S. investigators first discovered Shynkarenko’s website while investigating another individual in the state.Fishman said Shynkarenko allegedly made hundreds of thousands of dollars “effectively selling tickets to view the exploitation of children” from 2003 until 2008 by operating a network of websites with names including “Illegal.CP,” `’The Sick Child Room,” `’Hottest Childporn Garden,” and “Pedo Heaven.”But Ukraine Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov told The Associated Press on Tuesday that local investigators had found no evidence of Shynkarenko committing a crime. Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine authorities on Tuesday cast doubt on child pornography charges brought by U.S. prosecutors against a Ukrainian national, saying local investigators have found no evidence that the suspect has committed a crime.Maksym Shynkarenko, a 33-year-old from the eastern city of Kharkiv was charged in New Jersey on Monday with founding and operating a Ukraine-based child pornography website that had customers around the world and has resulted in 560 convictions throughout the United States alone. 0 Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img
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Puerto Rico OneLink Communications to be sold

first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Before the deal, OneLink served more than 347,000 homes and about 262,500 individual service subscribers. LGI anticipates serving 700,000 homes and 480,000 individual service subscribers after the merger is completed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 5 treatments for adult scoliosis SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Colorado-based cable company Liberty Global Inc. says subsidiary LGI Broadband Operations and a private investment firm will buy OneLink Communications in Puerto Rico for $585 million to create the island’s largest cable operator.Liberty Global Inc. announced Tuesday that LGI will own 60 percent of the new company and the investment firm Searchlight Capital Partners will own the other 40 percent. Together, they will provide cable services to about 70 percent of homes in the U.S. territory.last_img read more

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UN chief to discuss Syria with Iranian leaders

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – The U.N. chief says he will discuss the Syria crisis with Iranian leaders ahead of the nonaligned nations summit opening in Tehran this week.Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tehran Wednesday to attend the summit. He called Iran a major player capable of mediating in regional conflicts, including the Syrian civil war.Ban was scheduled to meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad later Wednesday. The summit begins Thursday. Representatives from more than 100 countries are attending. Iran is using the summit to counter U.S. claims that it has been isolated over its nuclear program.The West has imposed sanctions to try to persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium. The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran may be aiming to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies that.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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SAfrica Johannesburg highlights African art

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Jackson takes nude self-portraits and uses Photoshop techniques to add herself in scenes inspired by classic tableaux.One stark photograph shows a naked Jackson sitting on the ground holding a weapon, with a traditional Tuareg scarf wrapped round her head. The photograph was produced after the artist visited Mali earlier this year, before that country’s coup and before northern Mali was seized by Tuareg and Islamist rebels. Another picture shows Jackson dressed in a white Christian missionary-style dress, surrounded by multiple images of her naked self.“Very often when you talk about subjects like war or voyeurism or missionaries or the colonial moment, usually the subject is being photographed by someone else” says Jackson, who is originally from New Jersey. “The act of myself reflecting myself … helps people to not feel that I’m speaking from a voyeuristic standpoint” she adds.Another artist who uses his own life experiences in his work is 27-year-old Zimbabwean Richard Mudariki, who moved from his homeland to paint in Cape Town in 2011. “As a young artist, what they call an emerging African artist, it’s an important platform for me … to come and show my work” he says. But it is art inspired by Africa’s socio-economic woes and political upheavals that attracts buzz among visitors to the fair.A life-size elephant made from trash draws a steady stream of art enthusiasts who pose for pictures with the sculpture. The recycled pachyderm, encased with a mesh of wire to hold the plastic pieces in place, is one of several works by African artists who use everyday items for their art projects.One gallery exhibits magazine covers from South Africa’s 1950s legendary publication “Drum.” The covers have photographs by black photographers using images of black subjects during the apartheid era and the images spark an ad hoc history lesson for school children.Other works are more challenging or controversial than others.African-American photographer Ayana Vellissia Jackson came to South Africa five years ago, to explore art on the continent. “One of the reasons I moved to South Africa … was because of the vibrancy of the art market here, the galleries, the laboratories for photography” she said. “Also to participate in the emergence of contemporary art from artists from Africa, reflecting their own communities and their own realities” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – With a profusion of colors, textures and styles, the annual Johannesburg Art Fair highlights artists, galleries and museum collections from across Africa.The fourth annual Johannesburg exhibit showcases work that provokes debate on many of Africa’s social issues.As well as more traditional mediums for artists, the Johannesburg art fair includes modern video and electronic installations. Flashing neon lights and sculpted glass heads attract the attention of the crowd.center_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   ___David Mac Dougall can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/davidmacAP. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mudariki’s colorful, modernist and abstract paintings reflect his upbringing in Zimbabwe, the social turmoil in his homeland, and the challenges the country still faces.“My art is more social commentary” says Mudariki. “I like to portray what’s happening around me … and also there’s an influence in the background I come from, from a country where things weren’t right at a time I was also there.”One of the largest exhibits at this year’s fair is from the Equatorial Guinea Museum of Modern Art. Curator Marc Stanes has assembled an eclectic mix of carvings, textiles, paintings, sculptures and photographs from countries that don’t get much exposure on the international art scene, including Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin.“Historically at the art fair we tend to see purely South African works of art. From our collection we had the opportunity to introduce works from across Africa” says Stanes. “We don’t often see them in the southern part of the continent, and it’s really what all the major collectors and institutions would like to see.”Among the museum’s traveling collection, Stanes says he would be hard pressed to pick a standout piece, but describes some of the West African textile works as “different … fresh.” One woven tapestry that Stanes points out is by an Equatorial Guinean artist who writes poetry to accompany his work, which is inspired by the sea that surrounds his Malabo island home. “We see very little textile work at the fair, and that for me is always a bonus” he adds. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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3 arrested in CanadaUS cheese smuggling operation

first_imgAssociated PressTORONTO (AP) – One current and one former Canadian police officer have been charged in a scheme to smuggle US$203,000 (CA$200,000) worth of cheese and other foods into Canada, police said Friday.Niagara Regional Police said cheese and other foods were purchased in the U.S. and smuggled into Canada without declaring the items or paying duty.The items were then prepared for distribution to restaurants in southern Ontario for an estimated profit of more than US$168,000 (CA$165,000). Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up 0 Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, only $US20.3 (CA$20) or 20kg (44lb) of dairy products can be brought into Canada duty free.Niagara police Constable Scott Heron, 39, faces charges including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, smuggling and other violations of customs law. Heron was suspended from the police force in June.Casey Langelaan, 48, a former member of the police force, and Bernie Pollino, 44, a resident of Fort Erie, Ontario, face the same charges. Niagara Regional Police spokesman Derek Watson said Langelaan resigned from office before being charged.Bob Abumeeiz, who owns Arcata Pizzeria, in Windsor, Ontario, said he has been approached four times by someone selling contraband cheese from the U.S., including once six months ago. He said he spends 60 percent of his restaurant’s income on cheese from an Ontario producer, but he declined the offer for black market cheese.“I get it, there’s absolutely a market for it. Cheese is expensive, it’s considered `white gold’ in this industry. With the price of cheese rising every year, these guys selling know that there’s a market for the product and they know who to target,” he said. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Canadian cheese prices are higher because of restrictions by the country’s dairy board, as well as tight controls on imports from the U.S.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates dairy prices in Canada are more than double the world market.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img
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Myanmar hails EU lifting of sanctions

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) – Myanmar on Tuesday hailed a European Union decision lifting political and economic sanctions against the former pariah state, pledging to continue its reforms and march toward democracy.Senior Myanmar diplomat Aung Lynn told reporters on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, that the international community can expect more reforms, especially in the socio-economic sectors. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 “This is a very good beginning,” he told reporters, adding that Myanmar recognizes the still enormous work ahead for one of Southeast Asia’s most least-developed states.Myanmar, he said, would continue to work with the EU. The 27-nation bloc lifted all sanctions except for the sale of arms and equipment that can be used for internal repression.The economic sanctions were suspended last April for one year after Myanmar’s military rulers handed over power to a civilian government that launched democratic reforms. The measures had targeted more than 800 companies and nearly 500 people, and included the suspension of some development aid.EU officials say the sanctions’ permanent abolition will encourage firms and development organizations from the bloc _ the world’s largest economy _ to strengthen ties with Myanmar.“We know that much remains to be done, on human rights, on democracy, fighting poverty and achieving lasting peace. We don’t underestimate the challenges”, said Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief.The United States, which has also suspended economic sanctions in the past year, showed no immediate sign of following suit and lifting restrictions. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Tuesday that the U.S. has a “calibrated” policy that leaves sanctions authorities in place to encourage further progress on reforms in Myanmar. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Aung Lynn said Myanmar was looking forward to assuming the chairmanship of ASEAN for the first time next year, and would show to the world how serious his country was about its reforms.Myanmar declined the chairmanship in 2006 amid threats by Western governments to boycott ASEAN events due to Myanmar’s then atrocious human rights record.Aung Lynn’s brief interview with journalists was considered rare. Before Myanmar embarked on democratic reforms, its leaders and diplomats struggled to evade reporters in ASEAN summits, where the former military junta’s repressive record was often an object of scorn and attracted huge media attention.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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UN chief orders external probe into child sex abuse claims

first_img Comments   Share   “There are systems that failed here,” the spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters Wednesday.A U.N. statement said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “deeply disturbed” by the allegations and by reports of how various parts of the vast U.N. system responded.The head of the independent review will be announced in the coming days. It will address both the specific allegations and wider issues related to how the U.N. responds to such sensitive claims. Dujarric said a summary of the findings will be made public.French authorities last month opened a formal judicial inquiry into the allegations.U.N. investigators heard stories of sexual abuse from several boys in May and June 2014 in Central African Republic, where French soldiers were protecting a sprawling displaced persons camp in the conflict-torn capital, Bangui.It’s not clear where the accused soldiers, who were supporting a U.N. peacekeeping force, are now. The U.N. seems unable to say when the abuses stopped, or how long it continued to investigate.On Saturday, the high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said his office was sending a team to Central African Republic to look into what a statement called “possible further measures to address human rights violations,” including sexual violence. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories The case has exposed a glaring weakness in a world body that considers human rights one of its three main pillars: It has no specific guidelines on how to handle allegations of child sexual abuse, and no requirement for immediate, mandatory reporting.“This is an important opportunity to rectify any systemic shortcomings that may exist,” Zeid, who a decade ago authored a major U.N. report on combating sexual abuse by peacekeepers, said in a statement.U.N. staffers heard children’s allegations of abuse in May and June 2014. A Geneva-based human rights staffer shared the report with French authorities in July. That staffer is now the subject of an internal U.N. investigation into why he handed over the report without redacting the names, which has been called a breach of protocol.The children’s allegations didn’t make their way to top officials at U.N. headquarters in New York until this spring.AIDS-Free World, the non-governmental organization behind the release of confidential U.N documents on the case, welcomed the probe in a statement Wednesday but said “it must be understood that top members of the secretary-general’s own staff will have to be subject to investigation.” UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Wednesday ordered an external investigation into how it handled allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, saying the world body hopes to ensure it “does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.”A year after the U.N. first heard accounts by children as young as 9 of French soldiers giving them food or water in exchange for sodomy or oral sex, no arrests have been made. Confidential statements by the U.N.’s top human rights officials show they were distracted by budget cuts and other issues and didn’t follow up on the allegations with the French for more than half a year.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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US stocks open lower after IBM others report weak results

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower after several companies reported weak results.The early declines Tuesday came after three straight gains for the market.IBM sank 5 percent after reporting revenue that fell short of what analysts were expecting. Verizon and United Technologies also posted revenue that didn’t meet forecasts.Harley-Davidson jumped 4 percent after its earnings beat estimates.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 124 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,971 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gave up two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,125. The Nasdaq composite declined seven points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,211.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.38 percent.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   A businessman walks by an electronic board displaying Japan’s Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Most Asian stock markets were modestly higher Tuesday after positive U.S. earnings reports boosted sentiment. (AP Photo/Ken Aragaki) How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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Hollywood opens Gate 7 for Aussie sales

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Universal Studios Hollywood announced it has reserved Gate 7 for marketing and sales communication representation for Australia. The account will be managed by Delta Airlines and Air New Zealand member Danielle Tuffield to dedicate sales to the growing number of Aussie visitors into LA, TravMedia reported. “Australia is now the number one source of international visitors to Los Angeles,” Universal Studios Hollywood VP of sales Thomas See said. “Universal Studios Hollywood has always enjoyed strong visitation from the Australian market, but we believe with a dedicated sales force in Australia, we can continue to aggressively grow these numbers.” Ms Tuffield said the studios’ recently added attraction ‘King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson’, provides the movie park an opportunity to educate agents as well as excite visitors.”Australians love television and movies,” Ms Tuffield said. “A visit to Universal Studios Hollywood is a key attraction for any Australian visiting Los Angeles. We want travel agents to know what rides, shows and attractions visitors can experience at Universal Studios and how the park fits into the greater Hollywood experience. “We’ll make it easier for the industry to understand selling L.A.”Figures from the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau said there was a 46 percent increase in Australian visiting LA in 2010, making Aussies the number one international visitors into the city for the year. last_img read more

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China Southern Wins Melbourne Award

first_imgChina Southern Airlines’ Melbourne General Manager Adam Zhang accepts a coveted Melbourne Award for the airline’s growing role in connecting the Victorian capital with Asia and the rest of the world.Last year China Southern increased flights between its southern China hub Guangzhou and Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport from three per week to daily carrying almost 80,000 passengers on the return sector. From October 31, 2011, until February 15, 2012, the airline will double its daily flights to 14 per week to keep up with demand during the busy Summer Peak.The Melbourne Awards were set up in 2003 to formally recognise “people and organisations … who inspire and challenge others to help create a better Melbourne”. Winners are selected through a robust judging process that connects entrants with industry leaders who often become ambassadors for the achievements they witness. Source = China Southern Airlines Adam Zhanglast_img read more

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STA Travel roaming for cheaper SIM charges

first_imgYounger travellers booking trips with STA Travel will save in roaming fees after the agency signed on to distribute RoamingSIM in its shops.Announced earlier this week, the mobile phone company said utilising its low voice and data rates could see travellers booking with STA Travel save up to 90 percent on global roaming costs.Able to be used in standard mobile phones, Smartphones, Tablet Devices, iPhones, iPads and other sim supported devices, RoamingSIM said signing on with STA Travel widened its reach to Aussies to a national level.“SIM users will also receive a free (for the first month) local Australian landline number for family and friends to call them on anywhere in the world,” a statement from RoamingSIM read. “This means parents now only have to pay the cost of a local call to keep in touch with their kids when they are travelling.”  Check out RoamingSIM’s website for more information on pricing.  Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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