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Brother of Zetas cartel leaders held in Texas jail

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? But Trevino’s supporters argued that he was the innocent brother of two men _ Miguel Angel and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales _ reputedly near the top of the notorious Zetas cartel based in Mexico.Jose Trevino pleaded not guilty at a Tuesday detention hearing in Austin. The Austin American-Statesman reported that his attorney, David Finn, argued that his client wasn’t a risk to flee or commit a crime. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane agreed that there was no evidence to suggest Trevino was a risk to the community, but he thought Trevino might flee to Mexico if he was let out of jail.“We’re disappointed with the magistrate’s decision,” Finn told The Associated Press after the hearing. “The government agreed that he is not a danger to the community or to society.”A spokesman for prosecutors did not return a phone message from the AP late Tuesday.An Internal Revenue Service investigator who testified Tuesday said a federal informant _ a drug distributor working for the Zetas _ met Trevino several times when he secretly crossed the border for meetings with his brothers.An indictment unsealed last month describes how the Trevino brothers and a network quietly arranged to purchase quarter horses with drug money at auction and disguise the source of the funds used to buy them so that the Zetas’ involvement would be masked. They would often pay in cash, or use fake names, which helped keep the owners and the money a secret, authorities alleged. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The operation, Tremor Enterprises LLC, started small but worked in plain sight, with some horses carrying names with drug references, such as Number One Cartel. The horses and the operation eventually earned a place on some of the most elite stages in the industry. One horse named Mr. Piloto won a $1 million prize at Ruidoso Downs in 2010.Three stable workers at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino told The Associated Press last month that Trevino’s stables were known as the “Zetas’ stables,” and two of the workers described seeing people from Mexico show up at the stables with duffel bags of cash to purchase horses. The AP agreed to let the workers, who refused to give their names, speak anonymously because they feared retaliation from the Zetas cartel.Neighbors of Jose Trevino’s ranch, Zule Farms, questioned how he and his wife could afford to pay cash for top-notch horses.Trevino’s two brothers listed in the indictment are believed to be near the top of one of Mexico’s most powerful and violent drug cartels. The elder Trevino, Miguel Angel, is known for his brutality and is one of the U.S. and Mexican governments’ most wanted men. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A man accused in an alleged scheme to buy and train racehorses to benefit the Zetas drug cartel was ordered detained Tuesday in Texas after a judge suggested he might flee to Mexico if released.Jose Trevino Morales, the brother of two alleged cartel leaders, is among 15 people charged in what federal prosecutors said was a money-laundering scheme centered on an Oklahoma horse ranch. Authorities said Trevino was involved in an operation that quietly arranged to spend millions of dollars of drug money on racehorses. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

The Latest Obama congratulates Cameron

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories ___4:10 p.m. (1510 GMT; 11:10 a.m. EDT)A bookmaker says a retired man who placed a huge bet on Britain’s Conservatives winning a majority government has bagged 240,000 pounds ($370,000).Ladbrokes says the unidentified customer placed a 30,000-pound bet for the unexpected outcome — at odds of 7/1 — at a branch in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 29.Many in Britain were stunned by Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives’ victory because earlier opinion polls consistently predicted an inconclusive election in which the Tories and their rival Labour Party were locked in a dead heat.Alex Donohue, spokesman for Ladbrokes, said Friday, “we tip our hats to his political forecasting skills.”___4 p.m. (1500 GMT; 11 a.m. EDT)American strategist David Axelrod, hired by the Labour Party to boost its election campaign, says he is disappointed by the result.Labour lost to the ruling Conservatives, who secured an outright majority in Parliament in a surprise victory Friday.Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, said on Twitter Friday that he would always be proud of Labour leader Ed Miliband and “his heartfelt battle to make Britain work for all her people.” The candidate from the tiny Respect Party lost by a wide margin to Labour’s Naz Shah after a bitter campaign in the northern England city. Shah is a political newcomer who has overcome childhood poverty, a teenage forced marriage and the imprisonment of her mother for killing an abusive partner.Shah had urged voters to reject Galloway because “we do not need a one-man Messiah to tell us how to come and fix up Bradford.”___6:15 a.m. (0515 GMT, 1:15 a.m. EDT)Prime Minister David Cameron has easily won his Witney seat in southern England, and stopped just short for declaring overall election victory for his Conservatives.He told voters “this is clearly a very strong night for the Conservative Party.”Results seem to support an exit poll’s prediction the Tories will be the biggest seat in the House of Commons and may even win a majority of seats.A Conservative-led government would face a divided Britain, with the pro-independence Scottish National Party holding almost all the seats north of the border. Cameron has vowed to counter the rise of Scottish nationalism with more powers for Scotland and Wales within the United Kingdom.He says “I want my party, and I hope a government that I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost — the mantle of one nation, one United Kingdom.” ___9:10 p.m. (2010 GMT; 4:20 p.m. EDT)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has congratulated U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and his party for defying the polls and winning an outright majority in the elections.Speaking Paris Friday, Kerry said he looked forward to continuing to work with Cameron and Secretary of State Philip Hammond and underlined the special relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain.___6:20 p.m. (1720 GMT; 1:20 p.m. EDT)David Miliband, Britain’s former foreign secretary and brother of defeated Labour leader Ed, has expressed sympathy for his Labour colleagues in Britain’s election.Some were speculating that the elder Miliband brother, who lost to Ed in a Labour leadership contest in 2010, could return to British politics after the disastrous results for the party in Thursday’s general election.He did not make any suggestion to that effect Friday, but tweeted that his heart “goes out to great colleagues who lost seats” and “of course to Ed,” who won his own parliament seat but resigned as leader of Labour earlier in the day.David Miliband resigned from Parliament in 2013 and moved to New York to head a humanitarian aid charity. Comments   Share   ___11:45 a.m. (1045 GMT; 6:45 a.m. EDT)Nick Clegg has resigned as leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats after a disastrous result for his party in the election.Clegg said he must take responsibility for the party’s losses, which he described as much more crushing that he expected.The Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives’ junior coalition partner, lost most of the seats they held in Parliament. Many of their most senior and experienced politicians lost their seats.___11:40 a.m. (1040 GMT; 6:40 a.m. EDT)Nigel Farage has resigned as leader of the populist U.K. Independence Party after failed to win a seat in the U.K. parliamentary election.Farage, who had earlier promised to resign if he lost, told activists “I’m a man of my word.”But he raised the prospect he would consider running again in the future.___11:30 a.m. (1030 GMT; 6:30 a.m. EDT)British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives have secured enough seats to form a majority government.Results from Thursday’s election show that the Conservatives won at least 324 of the House of Commons’ 650 seats, enough to form a slim majority government.The Conservatives are ahead of their main rival, the Labour Party, which lost dozens of seats to the separatist Scottish National Party. LONDON (AP) — 10:17 p.m. (2107 GMT; 5:07 EDT)U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron on his victory in the general elections.A statement issued by the White House on Friday, says Obama said he “looks forward to building on their already close relationship.”The statement added that the “two leaders look forward to meeting with each other and their colleagues at the G-7 summit this June in Germany.” That puts them clearly ahead of Labour, their main rival, which won 232 seats. The Scottish National Party had 56, while the Liberal Democrats came in at just eight.Cameron spoke earlier Friday outside the prime minister’s office at 10 Downing Street, promising to govern as the party of “one nation, one United Kingdom.”The Conservatives’ clear win brought the election to a faster-than-expected conclusion.___3:10 p.m. (1410 GMT; 10:10 a.m. EDT)All of Britain’s party leaders — both victors and losers — have lined up together in central London to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.Prime Minister David Cameron, who hours earlier declared his Conservatives were returning to power after winning a majority in the election, stood side by side with his rivals in front of London’s Cenotaph war monument.All leaders stood solemnly holding wreaths of red poppies and observed a moment’s silence in honor of the fallen in World War II.___1:15 p.m. (1215 GMT; 8:15 a.m. EDT)Prime Minister David Cameron says he will form a majority Conservative government after securing a majority in the Britain’s general election.Cameron signaled a conciliatory tone after securing a majority, congratulating former coalition partner, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and opposition leader Ed Miliband. He promised to govern as the party of “One nation, One United Kingdom.” The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler leave a polling station in Islington, north London, after voting the in the General Election, Thursday May 7, 2015. Britain’s national election is expected to produce an ambiguous result, a period of frantic political horse-trading and a bout of national soul-searching. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE He also congratulated fellow U.S. strategist Jim Messina for his role in the Conservatives’ victory.___3:55 p.m. (1455 GMT; 10:55 a.m. EDT)The Conservatives’ unexpected election victory has caused some hasty rewriting for playwright Peter Morgan.Morgan is reworking “The Audience,” his play about the private weekly meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and the dozen prime ministers of her six-decade reign.Even as Cameron was visiting the palace Friday to inform the queen of his victory, Morgan was scripting a new scene between the re-elected premier and the queen, played by Kristin Scott Thomas.Morgan said Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter, who plays Cameron, “will be rehearsing this new dialogue this afternoon and I hope tonight’s audience in particular will enjoy our immediate response today’s results.”By custom the monarch invites the victorious leader in an election to form a new government, though she has no power to affect the outcome.___3:40 p.m. (1440 GMT; 10:40 a.m. EDT)A final tally of results from Britain’s election shows Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives winning a total of 331 of the House of Commons’ 650 seats. “This has been a terrible night for our party all over,” Cable said. “But I am absolutely sure that we are going to bounce back.”Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg kept his own seat but was meeting with colleagues Friday to figure out whether he will resign.___7:45 a.m. (0645 GMT, 2:45 a.m. EDT)All seats in Scotland have been counted in Britain’s latest vote, making clear the scale of the landslide by the Scottish National Party, which captured 56 of the region’s 59 seats.That was a gain of 50 seats over the nationalists’ previous six seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.The opposition Labour Party lost 40 seats in Scotland. The result left the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats with just one seat each in Scotland.___6:25 a.m. (0525 GMT, 1:25 a.m. EDT)George Galloway, one of Britain’s most colorful and controversial figures, has lost his Bradford West seat to the Labour Party.Galloway, an outspoken critic of Israel and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, won the seat from Labour in a 2012 special election. But some locals accused the left-wing firebrand — who once saluted Saddam Hussein and has appeared on a reality-TV show pretending to be a cat — of spending little time in Bradford, which has a large Muslim population. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home With Prime Minister David Cameron on the brink of a majority for another five years of Conservative government in the U.K, markets seemed buoyed by prospect of avoiding weeks of political wrangling for power.Mark Dampier, head of investment research at Hargreaves Lansdown stockbrokers, says that “business as usual might be the order of the day from this election result.But markets are likely to be concerned over the next two years about the prospect of a referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union.HSBC economists Simon Wells and Liz Martins say a referendum on EU membership by end-2017 now seems much more likely.___8:55 a.m. (0755 GMT; 3:55 a.m. EDT)Prime Minister David Cameron’s office says he is going to Buckingham Palace later Friday to see Queen Elizabeth II.Downing Street says that will take place at 12:30p.m. (1130 GMT).He is expected to tell her that he has enough support in Parliament to form a government.___8:45 a.m. (0745 GMT; 3:45 a.m. EDT)Another big Labour figure has fallen in U.K. national elections, as the party’s Treasury spokesman, Ed Balls, lost his seat in northern England to the Conservatives by 422 votes.Had Labour won, Balls would have been finance minister. ___5 a.m. (0400 GMT, midnight EDT)He’s back. London Mayor Boris Johnson has once again won a seat in parliament, this time representing voters in the Uxbridge and Ruislip South district, as Conservative Party candidates did much better than expected in Britain’s election.The shaggy-haired mayor, seen as a possible future Conservative Party leader, had previously represented Henley.“The people of Britain, after a long and exhausting campaign, have finally spoken,” he said early Friday. “They have decisively rejected any attempt to take this country back to the 1970s. They want us to go forward with the sensible, moderate policies that have led to a sustained economic recovery.”Johnson will do both jobs until voters choose a new London mayor in 2016.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ___12:45 p.m. (1145 GMT; 7:45 a.m. EDT)Prime Minister David Cameron has won an absolute majority in Britain’s Parliamentary elections, taking 326 of the possible 650 seats up for grabs in the House of Commons.A win in the Cotswolds constituency in western England announced in the early afternoon took the Conservatives past the threshold.The stunning result comes after polls predicted for weeks that the race between the Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party would be a dead heat.Cameron went Friday afternoon to Buckingham Palace, where he is expected to tell Queen Elizabeth II that he has enough support to form a government.___12:20 p.m. (1120 GMT; 7:20 a.m. EDT)Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, says he will step down after a worse-than-expected result in the election.The party lost dozens of seats to the separatist Scottish National Party, which took almost all of the 59 seats in Scotland.Speaking to party members who cheered in support, Miliband said Friday he wanted to resign straight away so that the party can rebuild itself.With 641 of 650 seats counted, Labour has 229 seats, finishing well below the 258 seats secured five years ago by former leader and ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The win makes Cameron the first Conservative prime minister to win a second term since Margaret Thatcher.Cameron stopped just short of declaring overall victory earlier Friday, saying he hoped to govern “one nation, one United Kingdom” if he was fortunate enough to continue as prime minister.___10:40 a.m. (0940 GMT; 5:40 a.m. EDT)The United Kingdom Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, has lost his bid to win a seat in Parliament and could resign despite his right-wing party’s surge to third in the popular vote nationwide.Farage finished second to Conservative Party candidate Craig Mackinlay, a former UKIP activist, in the South Thanet constituency east of London as results were announced Friday.Before the result, Farage had pledged to quit as UKIP leader if he failed to win the seat. He decried the British electoral system’s use of winner-takes-all constituencies. UKIP received nearly 3.8 million votes, but finished second or third in dozens of districts.Farage said before the result: “The system is bust. You’ve got a first-past-the-post system where we clearly become the third party in Britain but get hardly any seats.”__9:25 a.m. (0825 GMT; 4:25 a.m. EDT) He said that “any personal disappointment I have at this result is as nothing as compared to the sense of sorrow I have at the result Labour has achieved … and the sense of concern I have about the future.”Balls said Britain faces “five years where questions will arise about the future of our union, about whether we can stay as a member of the European Union and fight for jobs and investment, whether we can make sure we secure our National Health Service at a time when public spending is cut.”___7:55 a.m. (0655 GMT, 2:55 a.m. EDT)All night, famous political faces and household names in Britain had to stand on stages at vote counting centers to hear they had lost their seats in Parliament.Douglas Alexander, who directed the opposition Labour’s campaign and would have been Britain’s foreign secretary if they had won, was defeated by a 20-year-old student from the Scottish National Party.The Liberal Democrats suffered the worst, as almost their entire top team — many of them government ministers — was felled. Casualties included Business Secretary Vince Cable, chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, Energy Secretary Ed Davey and high-profile lawmakers Lynne Featherstone and Simon Hughes. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ___5:55 p.m. (1655 GMT; 12:55 p.m. EDT)Prime Minister David Cameron has reappointed senior members of his Cabinet after winning a surprise victory in Britain’s election.Philip Hammond remains as foreign secretary and Michael Fallon is to continue as defense secretary. Earlier, Cameron re-appointed George Osborne as Treasury chief and Theresa May to home secretary, responsible for law and order.Because the Conservatives now don’t need a coalition partner to govern, Cameron will be in position to reward his favorites with Cabinet seats vacated by the Liberal Democrats, his former government partner.___5:05 p.m. (1605 GMT; 12:05 p.m. EDT) George Osborne, Britain’s Treasury chief, has been re-appointed to the role after Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives secured a majority in the election.Osborne was also made First Secretary of State, effectively the equivalent to deputy prime minister, the most senior Cabinet minister beneath Cameron.He also announced that Theresa May would retain the role of home secretary.The Conservatives secured more than half of the House of Commons’ 650 seats in Thursday’s election, beating its rival Labour Party to secure a second term in office. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

Rohingya crisis highlights toothless nature of ASEAN

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Don Shooter shows health improvement Myanmar is particularly unlikely to respond to any ASEAN pressure at the moment because it is focused on November elections, said Bridget Welsh, a senior research associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of National Taiwan University.“Right now, the politics of Myanmar are domestic, not international,” she said. “They’re in a holding pattern until elections happen.”ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, the group chaired by Santiago, the Malaysian lawmaker, has demanded that ASEAN abandon its non-interference policy, and last week released a statement saying Myanmar’s government must be held accountable for the persecution of the Rohingya.Santiago believes that Myanmar would be more responsive to pressure from China, the U.S. and other major investors in the country regarding its policies toward the Rohingya.“It appears that so far, ASEAN is unable to respond to a humanitarian crisis involving its own people,” he said. “But to be fair, let’s see what happens over the next two or three days. My only fear is that before a decision can be made, more people will die.”___Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report. Sponsored Stories Top Stories UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, estimated Tuesday that nearly 4,000 people remain stranded at sea with dwindling supplies.Thailand and Malaysia have stressed that while they recognize the plight of the refugees, they cannot absorb thousands of them for fear that they would encourage more to flood in.Malaysia, the current chair of ASEAN, has been criticized for turning away two boats packed with hungry people. The nation of about 30 million already has 150,000 asylum-seekers and refugees, including 45,000 Rohingya, most of whom barely scrape by because they have no legal status and cannot legally work. Many have filed for refugee status with the U.N. refugee agency and hope to be resettled in a third country such as the U.S. — a dream that few actually realize.“What do you expect us to do? We have been very nice to the people who broke into our border,” Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar said last Friday. “We have treated them humanely, but they cannot be flooding our shores like this…. They are not welcome here.”While there is a strong emotional argument that the people on the boats need to be saved, any country that does so will have to deal with difficult issues such as their legal standing and dependence on government support. Thitinan said setting up a coordinated regional framework to cope with the problem will take time, and predicted that it would succeed only with international financial support. The crisis is among the 10-nation group’s biggest tests since the Vietnam War, both in whether it can protect migrants’ lives and to what extent the group can confront one of its members — in this case Myanmar. The stakes for ASEAN are high, given the global attention the crisis is getting and the possibility that many migrants could die if no country takes them in.“This is a test for ASEAN, for ASEAN’s sustainability. Its legitimacy will depend on this, and how it is resolved,” said Charles Santiago, a Malaysian parliamentarian who is chairman of a regional lawmakers’ group pressing for human rights and has spoken out about the need to rescue the refugees and migrants floating in Malacca Strait waters.Some cracks in the group’s bedrock principle of non-interference have appeared.Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said over the weekend that Myanmar should take responsibility for resolving ethnic tensions with the Rohingya to prevent other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from being burdened, according to the national news agency Bernama.Rohingya in Myanmar have been persecuted for years, and only more so since 2011, when a long-ruling junta gave way to a nominally elected government. More than 120,000 Rohingya have fled the country since 2012, as Buddhist mobs killed up to 280 of them and drove tens of thousands from their homes. Those displaced are forced to live in camps where they can’t work, get an adequate education or receive medical care. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   BANGKOK (AP) — The Southeast Asian grouping known as ASEAN has made a point of not pressuring member nations over internal issues such as rights abuses, and in the case of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, the policy has come back to haunt it.Three other ASEAN nations — Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand — now must contend with a humanitarian crisis involving thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis stranded off their shores. After years of ignoring the issue, their chances of using diplomacy to achieve any change in Myanmar’s behavior appear bleak.center_img The vital role family plays in society “This is going to put on display ASEAN’s impotence,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist and director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. “This is another reflection of ASEAN’s ineffectual cohesion.”Founded in 1967 as an anti-communist bloc in the Cold War era, ASEAN has taken few steps to address human rights concerns in the vast region of 600 million people. In a charter adopted in 2007, ASEAN countries committed to uphold international law and human rights but insisted they would not interfere in each other’s internal affairs — a loophole that critics say helps member states commit abuses without consequence. In 2009, the group unveiled a commission that was tasked to promote human rights but deprived of power to investigate violations or go after abusers.At times, ASEAN members have been critical of Myanmar, particularly during the years it was ruled by a military junta.Though Rohingya asylum-seekers generally go to other ASEAN countries — particularly Malaysia — Myanmar’s neighbors have long tolerated the exodus. Ironically, a crackdown by Thai authorities on human smugglers contributed to the crisis, prompting many boat captains and traffickers to abandon their vessels and leave migrants crammed on board with little food, water or fuel, drifting along in the ocean currents. In Thailand, leaders have said the migrant crisis isn’t their problem but needs to be addressed by the “origin country” — without being more specific. Myanmar refuses to even use the word “Rohingya,” saying the group illegally migrated from Bangladesh, though Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations.Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released Tuesday night that it is “equally concerned about the migrant crisis” and will patrol its waters with planes and ships to “save those in trouble.”However, Myanmar denies it is the source of the crisis and appears unwilling to join in regional talks to address it. Its government has cast doubt on whether it will attend a conference to be hosted by Thailand on May 29 that is to include 15 Asian nations affected by the emergency.Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand — countries where about 3,000 migrants washed ashore in crowded boats in recent weeks but that have turned away other vessels — are scheduled to hold a separate meeting Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.But experts are doubtful the ministers will be too critical of Myanmar, which could serve to only underline ASEAN’s toothless reputation. Most likely, the immediate focus will be on managing the crisis and not getting to the root causes. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In this April 27, 2015, file photo, from left to right, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Philippine’s President Benigno Aquino III join their hands during the opening ceremony for the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For years, the Southeast Asian grouping known as ASEAN has come under fire for being a toothless organization for its bedrock policy of staying out of each other’s internal affairs, and for ignoring the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority. Now, a spiraling humanitarian crisis involving thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis stranded at sea, one of the region’s most serious problems since the Vietnam War, has brought those two realities into sharp focus under the uncomfortable glare of the international spotlight. 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US Myanmar legislation on birth control dangerous

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories The bill is the first of four government-backed bills to “protect race and religion.” Human Rights Watch says the legislation has been championed by activists with a racist and anti-Muslim agenda.Rathke said women who have spoken out against the bills faced sexual harassment and death threats, demonstrating the “dangerous impact.”Myanmar is facing international criticism over its treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims who have fled the predominantly Buddhist country, causing a refugee crisis in Southeast Asia.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says legislation on population control approved by Myanmar’s parliament is dangerous and could undermine the democratic hopes of minority groups.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke voiced deep concern Tuesday over the bill. He said it could provide a legal basis for discrimination through coercive and uneven application of birth control policies.Human Rights Watch says the bill directs authorities to impose “birth spacing” restrictions. It would require a 36-month interval between each child and could allow forced contraception, the group said. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Protests bring pressure on Guatemala president amid scandals

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Every Saturday for nearly two months, Constitution Square outside Guatemala City’s National Palace has overflowed with thousands of protesters demanding an end to corruption and the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina.Most are from the young, middle-class, smartphone generation, and they organize the leaderless demonstrations through social media. But there are also priests standing shoulder-to-shoulder with businessmen, and students alongside homemakers, in what Guatemala analysts call an unprecedented mass mobilization cutting across socio-economic, political, even class lines. Angered by recent revelations of multimillion-dollar corruption scandals and emboldened by the jailing of dozens of suspects and the resignation of the vice president, the protesters show no sign of letting up. And they’re bringing increasing pressure on the government, culminating in this week’s Supreme Court ruling green-lighting a congressional inquiry that could lead to impeachment proceedings against Perez Molina.“It is an expression of accumulated frustrations in mostly urban populations … that finally found a way of expressing itself publicly in a massive way,” said Eduardo Stein, a former Guatemalan vice president and foreign minister. “There were people from many sectors of society fed up with corruption.”Perez Molina has not been implicated of any wrongdoing and insists he intends to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in early 2016. But protesters blame him anyway since the scandals involved government officials, and it is an opposition-led Congress that will decide his political fate.The first bombshell came in April when authorities broke up a customs agency graft scheme in which officials allegedly took kickbacks from businesses to lower duties on imports. Former Vice President Roxana Baldetti’s private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, is accused of being the ringleader. Monzon is a fugitive and Baldetti has had her bank accounts frozen, properties raided and been banned from traveling abroad during the investigation. Weeks later the nation was rocked by a second scandal at the Social Security Institute, where officials purportedly awarded a $15 million contract for kidney treatments to a company that lacked a license to perform the services; at least 13 patients subsequently died.Both were exposed with the help of a U.N. commission set up in recent years to probe criminal networks because Guatemala’s judicial system was seen as too weak and graft-prone to handle high-level investigations.In a country of more than 14 million inhabitants struggling with chronic social problems such as a sky-high homicide rate of 34 per 100,000 inhabitants, rampant gang violence, widespread poverty and child malnutrition, seeing public servants enrich themselves so blatantly was a tipping point, said Adriana Beltran, a security analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, a U.S.-based organization that promotes human rights in the region.“I think (the scandals) finally demonstrated to the population how these networks of corruption and organized crime really impact their daily lives,” Beltran said. “For them to say, ‘We’re paying taxes and the state is not able to provide basic services because they’re embezzling or stealing them,’ I think that eventually just kind of was the drop that overflowed the cup.” Comments   Share   Activist Mario Polanco said Guatemalans have long been afraid to speak out due to the 1960-1996 civil war, during which at least 245,000 people died or disappeared. Most were indigenous people living in rural areas killed by the army, according to the U.N., fueling charges of genocide against the Guatemalan government. The army has said those killed were rebel sympathizers.During the war, the middle class too was terrified of the army. “But now there are young people who didn’t live through the war and the repression, and they are the ones who came out and feel more empowered,” Polanco said.Friday will see a key moment for Perez Molina’s future, when lawmakers name a commission to consider whether to take up the issue of his constitutional immunity from prosecution. Lifting it could lead to the equivalent of impeachment proceedings.The president, a 64-year-old retired general, took office in 2012 promising an “iron-fist” crackdown on crime and impunity, but a recent poll by the newspaper Prensa Libre put his approval rate at just 38 percent.Ahead of September elections to choose his successor, protesters are setting their sights on deep reforms to a system where corruption is seen as the norm. How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories In this Saturday, May 30, 2015 photo, protesters carry a fake coffin with a effigy of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina during a protest to demand his resignation in Guatemala City, Saturday, May 30, 2015. Angered by recent revelations of multimillion-dollar corruption scandals and emboldened by the jailing of dozens of suspects and the resignation of the vice president, the protesters show no sign of letting up. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) They’re also targeting a political class symbolized by presidential front-runner Manuel Baldizon, who lost four years ago to Perez Molina and has the campaign slogan “It’s Baldizon’s turn.” Guatemala’s last five presidential elections were won by the runner up in the previous campaign.“Baldizon, it’s not your turn!” the protesters shout.Michael Allison, a political scientist specializing in Central America at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, said the scandals and protests have brought the country to a crossroads of either maintaining business as usual or truly committing to reform.“I think Guatemala is teetering on the verge of progress,” Allison said. “The idea is maybe with all these investigations going on, potential prosecutions, that it could lead to elected officials behaving more sensibly.”___Associated Press writer Sonia Perez D. reported from Guatemala City, and Peter Orsi from Mexico City.___Peter Orsi on Twitter: Perez D. on Twitter: © 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 Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Trying to tamp down the anger, Perez Molina has accepted the resignation of several Cabinet officials, including the powerful interior minister, fired others and initiated reviews of government contracts. Congress set up commissions to examine possible legal, political and social reforms.“I feel at peace. I have committed no crimes in relation to these cases,” Perez Molina said Thursday.But crowds of tens of thousands continue to demonstrate.Guatemala is no stranger to protests, with land invasions and indigenous farmer marches relatively common occurrences. The anticorruption movement is unique for constituting sustained demonstrations in the capital by a broad-based, mostly well-educated crowd that relies on social media and smartphones.There are no stages, fancy PA systems or politicians making speeches at the marches. Instead, demonstrators punch fists in the air, sing the national anthem and hoist national flags and signs criticizing the political elite to cries of “Enough!”“Few people thought Guatemalan society would react like it did,” said Pedro Cruz, who has taken part in several marches. “The protests are like a democratic spring where the people have taken to the streets to demand many things. I have seen the people awaken.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

Japan aims to resume Antarctic whaling later this year

first_imgThe IWC banned commercial whaling in 1986, but Japan continued killing whales under an exemption for research. After the ICJ’s ruling Japan sent a nonlethal expedition to the Antarctic for the 2014 season.Japanese officials said Friday they will submit additional data to support their argument. They said Japan still plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic this winter season.“We have not changed any policies and our goal,” Joji Morishita, Japan’s representative to the IWC, said at a news conference in Tokyo. He said Japan will respond sincerely to “scientifically backed comments” in Friday’s report, but criticized it as lacking consensus.Reflecting the sharp divide among the nearly 90 member nations of the international body, the report laid out both sides of the argument.Under Tokyo’s revised proposal for the upcoming whaling season, it plans to catch 333 minke whales each year between 2015 and 2027, about one-third of what it used to kill.Japan’s actual catch has fallen in recent years in part because of declining domestic demand for whale meat. Protests by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd also contributed to the lower catch. The government has spent large amounts of tax money to sustain whaling operations. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ___Associated Press video journalist Ken Aragaki contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Friday it aims to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later this year, even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo hasn’t proven that the mammals need to be killed for research.The IWC’s Scientific Committee said in a report Friday that it wasn’t able to determine whether lethal sampling is necessary for whale stock management and conservation. In April, an IWC experts’ panel made similar comments about a revised Japanese Antarctic whaling plan submitted after the International Court of Justice ruled last year that Japan’s earlier hunts were not truly scientific. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

APGfK Poll Ahead of deal Americans express mixed feelings

first_imgCopyright © 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 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mesa family survives lightning strike to home MOST DISAPPROVE OF OBAMA’S HANDLINGNo polls have been conducted since the deal was reached Tuesday, but the new AP-GfK poll suggests President Barack Obama has an uphill struggle to earn the public’s trust on the issue.Before the agreement was announced, 6 in 10 Americans disapproved of Obama’s handling of the U.S. relationship with Iran, while just over a third approved.Not surprisingly, the vast majority of Republicans registered disapproval of Obama’s handling of the relationship, but about 7 in 10 independents did, too. Two-thirds of Democrats approved of Obama’s handling of the issue.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,004 adults was conducted online Thursday to Monday, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods, and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided access at no cost to them.___Online:AP-GfK Poll: Top Stories center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think of Iran as an enemy of the United States, but a narrow majority still supported a diplomatic relationship in a poll conducted on the eve of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.Things to know about public opinion on Iran:MOST WANT DIPLOMACY, LIKE SANCTIONSA slim majority of Americans (51 percent) said the United States should have a diplomatic relationship with Iran, the AP-GfK poll found, slightly more than the 45 percent who said it should not. At the same time, sanctions against Iran were popular. Altogether, 45 percent of Americans in the poll said the sanctions should remain at their current level and 32 percent thought they should be increased. Just 12 percent thought sanctions should be decreased and 7 percent said they should be eliminated. The question did not mention the possibility of reducing sanctions in exchange for a nuclear deal.AMERICANS SEE IRAN AS ENEMYA majority of Americans — 56 percent — consider Iran to be an enemy, the poll found. An additional 31 percent consider Iran to be unfriendly, but not an enemy.Large majorities of Americans across party lines said Iran is at least unfriendly to the United States. More than 70 percent of Republicans, half of independents and 45 percent of Democrats said before the nuclear deal that Iran is an enemy.Nearly half of those who said Iran is an enemy, but just 14 percent of those who considered it unfriendly, wanted to increase sanctions.REPUBLICANS LIKE A HARDLINE APPROACHAmong Republicans, 6 in 10 said the United States should not have a diplomatic relationship with Iran, while two-thirds of Democrats said it should.Half of Republicans said sanctions against Iran should be increased, while Democrats and independents were more likely to say they should be kept the same as now.last_img read more

Earthquake leaves Chile with rising death toll

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L The death toll from Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile has risen to over 700 and is expected to climb further as rescue workers continue to dig through the rubble.The earthquake, which was one of the most powerful recorded, has left around 1.5 million homes damaged and nearly half of the country’s regions declared as catastrophe zones.President Michelle Bachelet told reporters yesterday that the death toll had soared from a previous 300 to 708.”The catastrophe is enormous” she said, adding that 541 had died in Maule region, 64 in Biobio and a total of 103 in other areas, with a growing number of people listed as missing.The Chilean Government have since declared a curfew in two of the worst-hit areas of Maule and Concepcion to speed up the delivery of aid, according to BBC News.Bachelet said supplies would be flown in while the military would distribute them. Basic goods will be handed out free of charge in Maule and Biobio while the government continues to work on restoring electricity to homes.However, the government will have to work fast as looting and public disorder has been reported in some areas.In Concepcion, police were forced on Sunday to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse looters from a supermarket, but the mayor said food was running out and people were afraid to return to their homes.”It’s going to keep happening because it has been two nights of this and people are desperate,” one Chilean man told ABC News.”They are desperate and the only way to survive is to come and get what you need.”Despite the unrest, Chile has not requested foreign assistance, saying it can handle the immediate relief effort. Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez said Chile did not want aid offers to be “a distraction.” “Any aid that arrives without having been determined to be needed really helps very little” he said.last_img read more

Qantas passengers to sue Airbus

first_imgIn Australia’s biggest aviation compensation claim ever, an American law firm has started steps to sue Airbus for the 2008 emergency landing of a Qantas flight in Learmonth, Western Australia.After two sudden drops in altitude mid-flight between Singapore and Perth, the Airbus A330 was forced to land, the injured passengers and crew sent to hospital for treatment.Representing 70 people, including the pilots from the flight, Wisner Law Firm head Floyd Wisner was optimistic about the results, the ABC reported.”The claims (are) against the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, and the manufacturer of a component called the air data inertial reference unit, which is Northrop Grumman, a US corporation,” Mr Wisner said. “The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) has concluded there was a mechanical defect in this aircraft.”It certainly was not the result of pilot error, so I think we will be successful.”106 passengers and nine crew were injured on QF72 after the plane plummeted 200 metres in 20 seconds and then a few minutes later dropping 120 meters in 16 seconds.53 people were hospitalised, 14 of whom were airlifted to Perth for treatment.According to the news service, a fault with one of the plane’s computer programs was the cause.Passengers from Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Great Britain are involved in the class action against Airbus. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Sabre HRS join forces

first_imgThe new agreement will deliver an array of in-demand independent hotels to the Sabre network, including many with HRS corporate discounts, up to 30 percent cheaper than the best available rate. The integration of HRS hotel offers into Sabre aims to eliminate hotel shopping and servicing by bookers, who typically compare rates for the same hotel across multiple channels before booking. Source = ETB News: P.T. “HRS’s integrated end-to-end solution, which connects independent properties directly with the GDS, helps to reduce our hotel partners’ distribution cost by 10 percent compared to competing solutions.” “HRS is an industry leader and we look forward to working with them to make their content available to Sabre-connected travel agents in their efficient workflow,” Sabre senior vice president global supplier commerce David Gross said.center_img Sabre-connected travel agents worldwide will have access to thousands of additional global hotel properties from HRS via the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). Sabre Travel Network has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with global hotel solutions provider HRS, complementing HRS’s existing relationship with GetThere. “Sabre is a valuable distribution channel that will help us continue to expand our international reach, particularly in North and South America as well as Asia,” HRS chief executive Tobias Ragge said.last_img read more

Spike in Aussie travellers to Hong Kong

first_imgHong Kong is welcoming an increase in Australian tourist arrivals, up 2.1% for the year to June 2016, a total of 289,053 visitors this year.The rise in numbers can be attributed to a boost in airline capacity to Hong Kong, a 37% increase in cruise passengers to the city and Aussies looking closer to home for holidays in 2016.Hong Kong Tourism Board Regional Director, Andrew Clark said, “We’ve seen a 9% hike in vacation arrivals this year to April. You can’t deny that cruise is having an impact on this but also Hong Kong is not just a stopover city anymore and we’re delighted by this.”“The city has become a destination in its own right with the average length of stay for an Australian visitor currently sitting at four nights. We’re also seeing more and more people looking to extend that to a week.”On average Hong Kong welcomes approximately 600,000 Australian visitors a year.  For the month of March, total arrivals from Australia saw a 9.1% increase, followed by an increase of 7.1% in April.“The extra airline capacity has helped considerably as has our tactical marketing partnerships with airline and trade partners helping to drive competitive rates, accessibility and urgency,” said Mr Clark.In March, Hong Kong Airlines launched a twice-weekly service from the Gold Coast, via Cairns and through July to October, Qantas is running double daily flights from Sydney to Hong Kong. More statistics here Source = Hong Kong Tourism Boardlast_img read more

Collette announces exciting new adventure tours and great savings

first_imgCollette announces exciting new adventure tours and great savingsCollette announces exciting new adventure tours and great savingsCollette has released its 2018/2019 Europe brochure, offering travellers even more options for exploring the vast continent with additional tours, more guaranteed departures, and a 10% discount on all early bookings. Travellers who book before 31 October 2017 can save up to $900 per person on tours departing between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2019. The new brochure features 68 tours in total, 7 of which are faith tours combining cultural, historical and spiritual attractions.Collette has added to its already impressive European repertoire with the introduction of several exciting new tours. The Northern Lights of Finland tour complements the search for the shimmering Aurora Borealis with Finnish cultural highlights, such as dog sledding and a tour of Helsinki guided by a local expert. Travellers spend 3 nights in the rugged landscapes of Lapland housed in glass igloos and traditional Finnish log cabins, where they can go sleigh-riding and reindeer-spotting.The Icelandic Adventure tour is a small group journey across the country’s spectacular landscapes, natural wonders and picturesque old towns. The tour includes a countryside farmhouse stay and a whale watching boat expedition, as well as visits to the famous Blue Lagoon and the unmissable geothermal baths of Lake Myvtan.Another new addition to Collette’s 2018/2019 Europe brochure is a Madrid and Barcelona tour, with travel via the thrilling AVE high-speed train. With three nights in each, travellers have the opportunity to experience the diverse cultural and culinary highlights of Spain’s two liveliest and most captivating cities, as well as visit the former capital of Medieval Spain and UNESCO site, Toledo.The Italian Vistas tour returns as a highlight in Collette’s new Europe brochure, along with Discover Croatia, Shades of Ireland and the Norwegian Coastal tours. Other popular choices include Spectacular Scandinavia, Greece & Its Islands and Portugal & Its Islands, all of which include internal air travel. Travellers who book before 31 October 2017 will save 10% off the land portion of their Europe tour departing between between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2019. Savings can be as much as $900 per person, and booking early ensures access to the most in-demand departure dates.Collette’s early bird special also applies to its amazing lead-in prices. Featured in the new Europe brochure are the Magical Christmas Markets tour of Austria and Germany for just $1889pp, and the Irish Splendour tour from $1,739 per person, each less 10% if booked before 31 October 2017. Another excellent value for money tour featured in the new brochure is the Pilgrimage to Poland tour starting from $2,099 per person, or just $1,890 with the early bird discount. This is an accessible and unique option from Collette’s well-established selection of Faith tours, showcasing Poland’s captivating culture and history alongside moving and poignant visits to the country’s most iconic spiritual destinations.Collette’s extensive tour program has been developed and adapted over 100 years to meet travellers’ needs, providing tailored opportunities for adventure, relaxation and everything in between. All tours include on-tour activities, meal choices and a chauffeur drive service, making travel easy and enjoyable. The current early bird special of 10% off applies to all tours booked before 31 October 2017 for the departure period of 1 January 2018 to 30 April 2019. Taking advantage of this offer will ensure travellers have the best selection of departure dates for their chosen tours. Collette’s $250 deposit option makes it easy for travellers to secure this offer now and finalise payment later.For details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit  About ColletteTouring for today’s traveller…Featuring the luxurious Collette Chauffeur return airport transfer service, award-winning tour managers, and superior accommodation, Collette has been a pioneer in guided touring since 1918.With classic tours, small groups, river cruises and ‘spotlight’ city stays, there are over 150 tours which go to more than 55 countries offering customers exceptional choice, value and superior 4-star+ quality.Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s Sydney office (opened in 2014) adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners.Expert tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are justpart of the top-quality Collette experience.Private Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of an Australian international airport. For more information visit = Collettelast_img read more

THE NAI HARN Phuket opens 16 new luxury ocean view suites

first_imgTHE NAI HARN Phuket opens 16 new luxury ocean view suitesTHE NAI HARN Phuket opens 16 new luxury ocean view suitesFraming the exceptional views across Thailand’s best beach – as voted by users of TripAdvisor – Phuket’s premiere luxury resort THE NAI HARN has opened 16 new Ocean View Suites featuring their own glamorous outdoor furnished terraces with dedicated BBQ units and a unique ‘Press for Champagne’ button.A perfect blend of romance, indulgence and a genuine sense of heritage, each ultra-stylish 40 square metre hideaway offers guests bespoke private holiday experiences on their own exclusive terrace.Furnished with plush new loungers and parasols, guests can kick back and take in the views with the knowledge that champagne is just a press away. When a little activity is required, they can perfect their golf skills on the mini putting green, then when hunger strikes they can indulge in a private BBQ, or order Phuket’s finest Japanese cuisine directly from the resort’s exclusive new rooftop sushi and sashimi bar, Hansha.Inside, each new suite at THE NAI HARN is enhanced with lavish fabrics and luxurious amenities and equipped with an oversized king bed fitted with exquisite 300-thread-count cotton linens, down and feather pillows and a mattress topper, all of which contribute to a truly heavenly sleep. Spacious bathrooms, with rainforest showers and enormous stand-alone bathtubs, offer space to relax and rejuvenate after a long day at the beach.“All 130 luxurious guest rooms and suites at THE NAI HARN offer exceptional comfort surrounded by nature. We wanted to offer guests the chance to enjoy the breathtaking location in perfect privacy and our huge seaview terraces essentially provide guests with their own exclusive outdoor lounge, which makes for a unique, memorable and very instagrammable Phuket vacation,” said Frank Grassmann, the resort’s General Manager.To launch the news Ocean Suites, THE NAI HARN is offering a variety of suite benefits for 3-night stays or more, including express check-in at the room, a bottle of champagne on arrival, plus food and beverage credit of $50 daily with options for personal butler services.For more information visit or call +66 7638 0200-10. Source = THE NAI HARNlast_img read more

Reunion Island Tourism appoints new tourism ambassador

first_imgPatrick Serveaux, President of Reunion Island Tourism (IRT), appointed the island’s 67th tourism ambassador as he handed the certificate to Yannick Jauzion at the Blue Basin Golf Club. IRT was the main sponsor of the Golfers Rugbymen Trophy.Yannick rose to fame as he represented France 75 times in international rugby matches and was voted as the best centre player in the world by the International Rugby Board.He will team up with his fellow tourism ambassadors, in a voluntary capacity, to help promote the island and put it on the global destination map while sharing his own impressions of Reunion Island.last_img read more

Andhra Pradesh announces the Annual Tourism Excellence Awards

first_imgThe Andhra Pradesh Tourism will soon be hosting the Annual Tourism Excellence Awards 2015-16. The winners will be awarded on World Tourism Day on September 27, 2016.The World Tourism Day is celebrated to foster awareness on the socio-economic and cultural impact of tourism. It seeks to highlight the tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.The theme for 2016 is ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’. Accessible tourism is about the creation of environments that can cater to the needs of all of us, whether we are travelling or staying at home.Among the contenders will be classified hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators, writers, educational institutions and others, who will be awarded to acknowledge their performance in their respective fields and also to encourage healthy competition to promote tourism.“Andhra Pradesh has in the last two years seen tourists in large numbers and to keep the ever increasing travellers engaged and also the various service providers the awards have been announced. This will motivate the entire tourism fraternity and will also bring new operators in various categories,” said R P Khajuria, Commissioner, Department of Tourism.The awards will be given to all the segments of the industry recognised either by the Central Government or State Government, travel agents, tour operators, classified hotels including heritage hotels, restaurants and independent hotels.last_img read more

Travel guide to the submerged caves of Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

first_imgSubmerged caves off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico hide gems for divers and archaeologists, with cathedral-like caverns, a 10,000-year-old boy and Mayan skulls.Source: BBClast_img

Indian School of Hospitality and GEMS Education sign agreement

first_imgEye promoting the global learning in the hospitality sectorIndian School of Hospitality (ISH) recently signed an agreement with the Dubai based GEMS Education, with an aim to bolster global education, enable exchange and academic pursuits in the field of hospitality education provided by ISH. Under the memorandum, ISH and GEMS Education will collaborate for exclusive scholarships for GEMS Education students, faculty exchange programmes, synergising of industry networks and training opportunities for staff and faculty. Dilip Puri, Founder and CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, drawing similarity between their visions said, “The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GEMS Education is a very significant step in the right direction. They provide an unparalleled standard of education to their students, and we at ISH aim to carry on the baton and take students to new heights of education, knowledge and professional opportunities.”We hope to create a uniquely disruptive pool of talent for the hospitality sector, equipped with an international perspective and experience added Puri.Speaking of their collaboration, Dino Varkey, CEO, GEMS Education, highlighted that they are proud to offer opportunities to make quality education more accessible to all students. “Fostering a number of strategic partnerships with these renowned universities will give GEMS students exclusive scholarships to a range of world-class universities, with the flexibility to study in Dubai campuses or abroad.”last_img read more

TAT organises Amazing Thailand Ladies evening in Chandigarh

first_imgIn order to promote Thailand as a great destination for all women holidays, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) along with Chandigarh based travel agency BR Forex Pvt Ltd organised the Amazing Thailand Ladies evening on July 20 for high-end women clients and travel enthusiasts.The event had an attendance of over 50 ladies and was held at The OKO Restaurant at The Lalit Hotel, Chandigarh. It was a fun-filled evening showcasing Thai techniques of fruit carving, learning about Thai herbs/ingredients and live Som Tam (Raw papaya Thai salad) demonstration by Thai Chef Khun Suriya. Apart from this, the ladies were treated to traditional Thai massage by professionals from Thai Spa – Sawasdee in Chandigarh, followed by authentic Thai food.The evening concluded with a presentation on activities and attractions in new and popular destinations in Thailand that women travellers would enjoy. From shopping options, benjarong and mask painting, flower arrangement classes and cooking classes to world-class spas, dinner cruises and yacht parties, Thailand is a perfect getaway for the ladies to pamper themselves.Women travellers are a fast-growing segment that has high spends and travel in groups. Travel in this segment is becoming very popular due to the wide range of destinations and activities that Thailand has for lady travellers. Safety for women in Thailand and the warm Thai hospitality has made Thailand a preferred choice for all women travel groups as well as solo women travellers.last_img read more

Illinois to Set Aside Settlement Funds for Legal Assistance

first_img August 31, 2012 428 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-31 Esther Cho in Government, Origination, Servicing Illinois has decided to set aside part of its funds from the national mortgage settlement to provide free legal assistance for Chicago area homeowners, Illinois Attorney General “”Lisa Madigan””: announced earlier this week. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]About $4.7 million from the national foreclosure settlement funds will go to the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF). LAF will use the funds to reach out to distressed homeowners and provide services to keep struggling owners in their home. The funds will also help LAF work with the courts to improve the Cook County Foreclosure Mediation Program and support its staff, which includes nearly 20 attorneys and paralegals. “”This grant money will translate into real help for homeowners who otherwise never would have received it, because the need far exceeds the current legal aid resources,”” Madigan said. “”By ensuring that more homeowners in Chicago and suburban Cook County have an advocate, we can give more people a fighting chance to save their homes and help stabilize communities throughout the region.””For more than 40 years, LAF has been helping people in the Chicago area with civil legal problems such as foreclosure, domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. LAF has more than 80 full-time attorneys and staff and helps about 55,000 people each year.center_img Illinois to Set Aside Settlement Funds for Legal Assistance Sharelast_img read more

Ernsts CEO Speaks Out on BorrowerRelated Solutions

first_imgErnst’s CEO Speaks Out on Borrower-Related Solutions November 1, 2012 430 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-01 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Share The president and CEO of “”Ernst Publishing Company””:, a provider of closing cost data for the real estate and home finance industries, is weighing in on critical challenges – and potential solutions – in the current mortgage marketplace. [IMAGE]Participating in The ChangeMaker, a new podcast series, Ernst’s leader, Gregory E. Teal, shed light on initiatives and strategies that have the potential to positively impact the future of housing.[COLUMN_BREAK]Teal focused much of his commentary on the mortgage industry’s key asset – borrowers. Asked to elaborate on factors that continue to inhibit lending, Teal explained the significance of improving the consumer experience and “”winning back”” borrowers’ trust.””The industry is trying to win back the trust of the consumer. As a company, we’ve tried to re-establish that trust by helping our clients provide extremely accurate information to the consumer in an easily understood format. Having that information as early as their first conversation about their real estate transaction is key,”” Teal noted.Explaining the steps that Ernst has taken to facilitate enhanced borrower-related strategies, Teal added, “”Our mobile application is enabling (our clients) to take the information some of which will be included on the HUD-1 and the GFE and present it to both the buyer and the seller very early in the process, even prior to taking the mortgage application.””It brings us back to that trust, because the industry needs to be as transparent as possible, as early as possible, so there are no surprises; because unintended surprises at the closing table are what has led to distrust,”” concluded Teal.last_img read more