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  • Vegasbound husband wears instructional lanyard made by wife who does everything for

    first_img LAS VEGAS — It’s been a long-running joke that husbands, when left to their own devices, are rendered useless without help from their wives. One hapless husband in particular has proven this theory to be true while on a solo trip to Sin City.According to The Telegraph, Kim Gip made a customized lanyard for her husband Jim to wear during his weekend trip to Las Vegas without her. The lanyard provided detailed instructions to anyone who would have come across her husband “looking lost”.“My name is Jim,” the instructions read. “If I look lost, please call my wife, Kim Gip @ *******. If I am in a restaurant just staring at the menu, please order me some sort of Asian food, especially white rice.”And in case anyone would wonder why a grown man would have to wear such a lanyard, Kim ended the instructions with “I’ve never been away from my wife who does everything for me.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamA photo of the lanyard was posted on Twitter by the couple’s son, Brandon, and the tweet soon went viral with some 35,000 retweets.My mom made this for my dad because he’s going to Vegas this weekend without her ????— Brandon Gip (@thegip03) October 5, 2016 Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, LOL Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Kim needn’t have worried – another photo of her husband was posted of him eating dinner at a restaurant, wearing the lanyard and with plenty of white rice on his plate. Now, let’s just hope Jim didn’t want to order a steak instead. Travelweek Group center_img Share Vegas-bound husband wears instructional lanyard made by wife “who does everything for me” @thegip03 ????— dumbfoundead (@AznRichie23) October 9, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

  • Oops it happened again PEI left off Vancouver airport map

    first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Vancouver International Airport << Previous PostNext Post >> Oops, it happened again! P.E.I. left off Vancouver airport mapcenter_img Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Posted by CHARLOTTETOWN — The Vancouver Airport Authority has put Prince Edward Island on the map – literally.According to The Canadian Press, P.E.I.-resident Marie Gilchrist noticed a glaring mistake on a map at Vancouver’s airport: the absence of Prince Edward Island, also known as the “Cradle of Confederation”.The Islander quickly cried foul, bringing the snub to the attention of the airport authority and, consequently, the entire country. The airport authority swiftly responded, updating the map to include Canada’s smallest province.“The new map has been updated to reflect new routes from YVR and of course now includes P.E.I.,” wrote Christopher Richards, spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority, in an email. “We sincerely apologize for the omission and are happy the map has been updated to be more accurate.”Shockingly, this isn’t the first time the tiny island has been overlooked. The Hudson’s Bay Company recently had to drop a line of t-shirts and onesies that depicted an incomplete map of Canada, while the Canadian Automobile Association’s magazine also found itself in hot water after forgetting to label P.E.I. on a map of Canada’s top historic destinations.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?But the destination has found an upside to being perpetually forgotten: the national coverage it has received has put P.E.I. squarely in the spotlight. It was even the subject of a spoof on ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’, in which an incensed Island politician held a press conference over the snub.When Gilchrist saw the skit, she said that’s the moment she knew P.E.I. has “arrived”. It only took a proud and determined Islander for it to get there.last_img read more

  • Iran says US ban targets grandmothers

    first_img Friday, June 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — Iran’s foreign minister has denounced the partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban as a “truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians” – and a measure that will prevent Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren in America.The remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif came after the Trump administration set criteria for visa applicants from the six Muslim-majority nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States.The guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates initially said applicants must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S. Later, the State Department and the Homeland Security Department added “fiancé” to that definition of “close familial relationship” _ but not grandparents or grandchildren.Zarif, who has persistently assailed the travel ban, wrote on his Twitter account that the “U.S. now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedMeanwhile the scaled-back version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is likely to generate a new round of court battles.The new rules came into effect yesterday but didn’t spark the protests and chaos at airports around the world that marked the original order last January.Instead of an outright ban as once proposed, the new rules tighten already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered as well.U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage says his agency expects business as usual at ports of entry, with all valid visa holders still being able to travel.Nonetheless, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing to challenge the new requirements.The Trump administration has struggled to explain how the immigration policy will make the United States safer. << Previous PostNext Post >> Iran says U.S. ban targets ‘grandmothers’ Tags: America, Donald Trump, Iran Share Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Bali volcano spews ash and cloud

    first_img Share Tuesday, November 21, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali spewed ash and smoke Tuesday, but authorities said its alert level remained unchanged.National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the minor eruption began at about 5 p.m. and clouds of smoke rose about 700 metres from the volcano.Bali’s international airport remained open.Agung’s alert status was recently lowered to the second-highest warning level after several weeks at the highest level.More than 140,000 people evacuated the region around the volcano when it was at the highest alert level, though authorities urged some to return home as they’d left areas not in the official danger zone.The number of evacuees dropped to about 30,000 after the alert level was lowered.Nugroho said people should stay out of an exclusion zone that in places extends 7.5 kilometres from the volcano.He said there hasn’t been an increase in seismic tremors from the volcano. An escalation in tremors can indicate magma is rising inside the mountain. Source: The Associated Press Bali volcano spews ash and cloud Tags: Indonesia, Travel Alertlast_img read more

  • Official pressured on border road

    first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionThe former director of the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) in Limón, Manuel Serrano, told lawmakers Tuesday that pressure to build a border road – Route 1856 – was so severe that he was forced to bypass normal contracting controls.Serrano testified for two hours before an investigative commission in the Legislative Assembly that is probing the road scandal on the southern bank of the San Juan River in northern Costa Rica. Serrano had been in charge of building the road. Road construction was halted by charges of rampant corruption and waste, lack of planning and a lack of an environmental impact study. The contracting procedures are now under investigation by prosecutors.Former Public Works and Transport (MOPT) Minister Francisco Jiménez had been scheduled to reappear before the Public Income and Spending Control Commission after appearing last week and giving testimony that President Laura Chinchilla condemned as “false.”Jiménez notified the commission Sunday by email that he had to go to Panama unexpectedly and could not appear before lawmakers. Commission chairwoman Patricia Pérez, of the Libertarian Movement Party, criticized the last-minute trip and called Jiménez’s absence “unjustified.”Serrano painted a grim picture of a road being constructed in unholy haste, bypassing many normal controls to avoid wasting public money. “They put me to work in unimaginable conditions,” he testified.The 160-kilometer road was originally projected to cost {20 billion ($40 million), of which {17 billion ($34 million) is already spent. Serrano said the project reeled forward under the label “emergency,” and controls suffered.He added that at various times, CONAVI’s then-director, Carlos Acosta, wanted to halt the construction but was told “don’t stop; you have to deliver the project.”Serrano said the pressure to finish the project drove the direct contracting of private builders. “I obeyed [although] I knew that at that moment there was no emergency decree,” he said.When lawmaker Manrique Oviedo asked bluntly who gave the orders, Serrano replied, “Don Luis Liberman,” vice president and representative of a “high-level” group of presidential advisors, including MOPT head Jiménez and then-Public Security Minister José María Tijerino.Liberman denied he gave any direct orders and told the daily La Nación that his role was to seek out financing for the road. The vice president admitted that the “emergency was caused by the Nicaraguan invasion” of Costa Rica’s Isla Calero in the San Juan River in late 2010.The motivation for the road was to link northern border communities by road and cease using the San Juan River for boat access. The border dispute began with Costa Rica’s complaints about dredging of the river, and then escalated when Nicaraguan troops occupied Isla Calero.The incident sparked a formal complaint to the International Court of Justice at The Hague that still is unresolved. The border road was begun hastily thereafter for, in Liberman’s words, “security and sovereignty” reasons.nRead more of Rod Hughes’ take on the news at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • US police arrest three new suspects in Boston bombing

    first_imgNo related posts. NEW YORK – U.S. police announced on Wednesday the arrests of three more suspects as part of the investigation into a bomb attack at the Boston marathon that left three dead and more than 260 wounded.“Three additional suspects were taken into custody in the [Boston] marathon bombing case. Details to follow,” the Boston Police Department said on Twitter, later adding: “Please be advised there is no threat to the public.”One of two ethnic Chechens, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is already in custody and has been charged with carrying out the bombing.His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed on April 18 during the manhunt for the pair.The brothers are alleged to have detonated backpacks holding pressure cookers packed with explosives near the finish line of the April 15 race. They are also accused of killing a police officer during their time on the run.Police did not immediately offer more details of the arrests, but the Boston Globe newspaper reported that the new suspects were college students who are alleged to have helped Dzhokhar after the attack.Television network NBC reported the new suspects are accused of helping their fellow student gather his belongings from his campus accommodation and may have attempted to mislead authorities.U.S. authorities are investigating a recent period Tamerlan spent in the volatile North Caucasus region of Russia and intelligence reports that he had developed an increasingly radical view of his Islamic faith.But investigators have not suggested the pair were part of a larger group.U.S. lawmakers have said the pair’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, is suspected of playing a role in radicalizing them. She is currently in the Dagestan region of Russia and denies that her sons had any role in the bombing.Police also searched the home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, 24-year-old Katherine Russell, after female DNA was found on debris from the pressure cookers.U.S. President Barack Obama has defended the counter-terror work of the FBI, after it was revealed that Russian authorities had warned the U.S. agency as early as 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had suspected extremist ties. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • Costa Rica police seize nearly 2 tons of cocaine this weekend

    first_img“Llevamos casi 2 toneladas decomisadas en una semana” menciona @CelsoGamboaCR— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) May 17, 2014 The new administration’s public security minister, Celso Gamboa, said in a press conference attended by President Luis Guillermo Solís that, “Our mission is to safeguard our coasts from drug trafficking.” Presidente @luisguillermosr presente en el MSP respaldando a @seguridadcr @fuerzapublicacr— Celso Gamboa Sánchez (@CelsoGamboaCR) May 17, 2014 Costa Rica’s battle with international drug traffickers continued this weekend with the Saturday seizure of 1.7 tons of cocaine during two early-morning raids near both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.Two Colombian men were arrested in one of the operations, a Public Security Ministry press release said. Related posts:Costa Rican police dismantle international drug trafficking gang Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Talk of ‘Yankee imperialism’ rankles US Embassy in San José Narco-plane crashes in northern Costa Rica; cops find 500 kilos of cocaine nearby In the first raid, police discovered 965 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the sand and among palm trees at Playa Linda, in the Pacific coast canton of Aguirre.In the second raid, cops seized 731 kilos of cocaine wrapped in plastic bags and stashed in two chicken coops at a home in the Caribbean town of Guácimo.Police received an anonymous tip about the drug stash. Two Colombian men, one aged 77, were arrested. #PCD decomisa 731 kilos de cocaína en Guácimo de Limón @CelsoGamboaCR— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) May 17, 2014 Facebook Comments Droga fue trasladada en avionetas del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea. Ya está custodiada. @CelsoGamboaCR— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) May 17, 2014last_img read more

  • Costa Rica not going to hide anything against Japan in tonights World

    first_imgCosta Rica isn’t fooling around in its initial World Cup warm-up tonight.The Ticos face Japan in Tampa, Florida at 7 p.m. local time (9 p.m. EST) in the first of two friendlies in the United States before the World Cup begins in Brazil on June 12. After Monday’s match, Costa Rica will face Ireland in Philadelphia on June 6.After wrapping up the team’s training camp last week and selecting the 23-man roster for the World Cup, Costa Rica will head full speed into the match against the Samurai Blue. La Sele hasn’t played an international match since a 2-1 victory over Paraguay in San José last March. The team plans to get any rust out tonight, in addition to solving some personnel issues.“We’re not going to hide anything,” head coach Jorge Luis Pinto told media today. “We are going to test many players that will be with us at the World Cup.”Pinto will to take a close look at the team’s offense as it tries to figure out how to score without Álvaro Saborío, who led the Ticos in goals during qualifying with eight. Doctors discovered a broken fifth metatarsal in Saborío’s right foot last Thursday, ending the forward’s World Cup dreams and delivering a devastating blow to the team. Costa Rica will rely on 21-year-old whiz kid Joel Campbell to direct the attack, along with captain Bryan Ruiz.In addition, Pinto will evaluate veteran Junior Diaz as he tries to replace injured top left back Bryan Oviedo, who will miss the World Cup with a broken leg.  If Diaz disappoints Pinto, he could end up heeding his position to Waylon Francis, a talented defender who’s untested with La Sele.Pinto emphasized the importance of a victory during the exhibition match. He believes a win will bring stability to a Tico team still shellshocked losing Saborío for the tournament.The Colombian-born Pinto also thinks a strong match against Japan will help La Sele prepare for Italy, which Costa Rica challenges on June 20 in Recife. The Japanese team is coached by Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. Pinto says Japan now plays a similar style to what the Costa Rican national team does.Zaccheroni however downplayed that advantage.“Even though I’m Italian, we have a lot of different systems,” Zaccheroni said. “And strategies differ with the coach, so I’m not sure how the strategies can help you for the national team.”Japan is one of the few teams participating in the World Cup with a worse FIFA ranking than Costa Rica. Costa Rica ranks 34th while Japan places 47th. The Samurai Blue will compete in Group C at the World Cup against Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast, opening against the African side on June 14.The Asian champions were welcomed into their Florida beachfront resort Sunday as players try and adjust their bodies to the hot and humid conditions they will face when they arrive in Brazil next Saturday.Costa Rica, in one of the most difficult groups, will compete with Italy, England and Uruguay in Group D. The Ticos open with Uruguay on June 14 in Fortaleza.“We are going to do what it’s necessary to win, to compete,” Pinto said in Tampa. “We’re not going to the World Cup for the sake of simply being there.”Anywhere between 800 to 1,500 Costa Ricans are expected to attend tonight’s match at Raymond James Stadium, according to La Nación.Expected starting line-up for Costa Rica: Keylor Navas (Goalie) – Christian Gamboa, Giancarlo González, Roy Miller, Michael Umaña, Junior Díaz – Yeltsin Tejeda, Cristian Bolaños, Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz – Joel Campbell.The AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:7 burning questions for Costa Rica before tonight’s key friendly against Paraguay Tickets on sale for Costa Rica’s final World Cup warm-up against Ireland in Philadelphia Defense falls apart as Japan pounds Costa Rica 3-1 in World Cup warm-up Monday night Report: Costa Rica, Ghana to face off in international friendly in Los Angeleslast_img read more

  • Salvador quake destroys 45000 rare turtle eggs

    first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Program director Emilio Leon said that in the last year and a half the foundation has successfully hatched and released 700,000 turtles from four species at risk of extinction.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   SAN SALVADOR (AP) – Wildlife authorities say a strong earthquake in the Pacific Ocean late Sunday destroyed more than 45,000 endangered sea turtle eggs on the coast of El Salvador.The director of the turtle conservation program for the El Salvador Zoological Foundation says the 7.4-magnitude undersea quake sent at least three waves at least 30 feet high up the beach and destroyed thousands of nests and just-hatched turtles. It also washed up on about 150 people collecting eggs in order to protect them in special pens hundreds of feet up the beach. The waves injured three.last_img read more

  • AP PHOTOS Preserving a revolutions graffiti

    first_img“Every art form has its rules. When I paint on wall, I commit my art to the street. The street owns it. The street and whoever in it can do what they want with it,” says Sad Panda, a prominent graffiti artist who won’t give his real name for fear of retribution. “To me, politics is absurd, stupid and sad. It is all about winning power.”“But I did take part in the revolution. I cannot be living in a nation that has a revolution and not participate.”Here is what some of the collection looks like:(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 Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day CAIRO (AP) – A group of artists, photographers and a publisher have joined hands to preserve Egypt’s graffiti. “Wall Talk” _ their newly released 680-page book _ collected hundreds of photos of the wall art since the beginning of the revolt against then-President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011 until today. The result is a street history that chronicles image by image the evolution of Egypt’s upheaval, which is still unsettled. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

  • Syrian official lashes out over US training of rebels

    first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan near Idlib, Syria. Syrian rebels on Friday, May 8, 2015, voiced serious reservations about a U.S. program to train moderate rebels which U.S. and Jordanian officials say has kicked off in Jordan, dismissing it as a drop in the ocean that would not change realities on the ground. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File) DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s deputy foreign minister criticized a new U.S. program to train moderate rebel fighters in Jordan, saying it will only fuel terrorism and further complicate efforts to reach a political solution.The remarks by Faisal Mekdad were published Saturday in his weekly column for the Lebanon-based Al-Binaa newspaper.U.S. officials say the program is part of a broader effort to build a force capable of fighting Islamic State extremists — not President Bashar Assad’s forces. Officials said Thursday the training started in Jordan with about 90 rebels. The program will expand to training sites in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with 400 fighters completing the prescreening process. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes On Saturday, Syrian TV said five civilians were killed when rebels shelled a government-controlled district in the disputed northern city of Aleppo.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mekdad said Washington is better off helping those who are fighting terrorism, instead of cooperating with what he said were terrorists. His government refers to all armed opposition as “terrorists” and accuses Turkey and Saudi Arabia of aiding them to undermine Assad.“In doing so, the United States is supporting terrorism, and is complicating conditions for a political solution in Syria,” he wrote. “The United States should put its hand in the hands of those countries that want to fight terrorism instead of putting its hands in the hands of terrorists and those supporting them.”Many among the rebels have also criticized the program, calling it a drop in the ocean that would not change realities on the ground.Syrian rebels have been pleading for international help — particularly weapons — ever since the uprising against Assad’s rule that began in 2011 devolved into an outright civil war. Moderate rebels have long said that the West’s failure to bolster their forces helped fuel the rise of militants like the Islamic State group.Assad’s forces, backed by Shiite fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah and by funding and arms from Iran, have suffered significant recent losses in the south and north. Assad vowed recently to make a push to regain lost territories.last_img read more

  • Egypts justice minister resigns after comments raise uproar

    first_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Saber’s comments were particularly embarrassing since they ran contrary to the image that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has sought to promote of himself as a leader championing the poor and marginalized.One of the main objectives of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak was social justice. But little has been done to realize change in what many Egyptians see as an entrenched classist system in a country where nearly half the population of 90 million lives near or below the poverty line.It was Egypt’s 1952 “revolution” — a coup by young army officers that toppled Egypt’s Turkish monarchy — that first tried to bring a more egalitarian society. The coup ended a centuries-old feudal system and introduced socialist policies. Egypt’s subsequent presidents came from relatively humble origins — for example, the father of Gamal Abdel-Nasser, who was in office in the 1950s and 1960s, was a postman.But it never came close to achieving equality or a meritocracy in the country. To this day, the judiciary, the diplomatic service and the officer classes of the armed forces and police are mostly off-limits to the poor. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s justice minister resigned on Monday after raising a public uproar by saying in a TV interview that the children of sanitation workers are too lowly to become judges.The Sunday night comments by the minister, Mahfouz Saber, brought a heavy backlash on social media from Egyptians denouncing elitism and what some saw as the arrogance of Egypt’s judiciary, already under criticism for harsh sentences against government opponents. FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Egyptian garbage collectors carry paper on a truck as they sift through garbage in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s justice minister, Mahfouz Saber, raised an uproar after he said in a Sunday, May 10, 2015, television interview that the children of sanitation workers are too lowly to become judges, saying those who join the judiciary must hail from “appropriate” backgrounds. The comments brought a heavy backlash on social media from Egyptians denouncing elitism — and what some saw as the arrogance of Egypt’s judiciary. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober During Mubarak’s 29 years in power, inequality spiraled, with senior government officials and wealthy businessmen forging an alliance that ignored the needs of the country’s poor.“The fault is not with the sanitary worker, but with our classist society,” Radwa Aboul-Azm, content manager at a large media company and a popular blogger, wrote on Facebook. “The minister did no wrong. He made realistic comments that hit us hard over the head. It’s like he slapped us.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a statement that Saber resigned out of “respect for public opinion.”In an interview late Sunday with the private TV channel 10, Saber was asked about charges of favoritism in the appointment of judges. When he said appointments are made according to objective standards, the interviewer said, “So the son of a sanitation worker could be made a judge?”“Let’s not go too far,” Saber replied. “With all due respect to cleaners and those above or beneath them, a judge must hail from an appropriate environment … Thanks are due to a cleaner who raises and educates his children, but there are other jobs that they can take.”He said if the children of sanitation workers became judges they would face problems and eventually suffer from depression and leave.On Monday, the head of Cairo’s garbage collectors, Shahata Muqdis, shot back, telling the Youm Al-Sabea newspaper, “The son of a garbage man can be smarter than your son. And the son of a garbage man won’t be ashamed of his father.”There were multiple calls for Saber’s resignation. A group of activist lawyers, called Haqaniyah, demanded prosecutors investigate Saber on criminal charges of inciting hatred and violating the constitution. 0 Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

  • South Sudan UN groups say children targeted in fighting

    first_imgJUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in attacks in South Sudan’s Unity state over a two-week period, the U.N. children’s agency reported Monday.Witnesses believe the attacks were carried out by armed groups aligned with South Sudan’s military, UNICEF said in a statement Monday.“Survivors reported to UNICEF staff that whole villages were burned to the ground by armed groups, while large numbers of girls and women were taken outside to be raped and killed — including children as young as seven,” the statement said. “At least 19 boys — some as young as 10 years of age — and seven girls were killed. Others were mutilated or recruited to join the fighting and take care of stolen cattle.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories center_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day South Sudan’s military recently launched an offensive against rebel forces, drawing concern from watchdog groups and the regional monitoring bloc over fighting in Bentiu, the capital of Unity state. Fighting is also taking place in Upper Nile state. It was not possible to immediately get a comment from South Sudan’s military.Doctors Without Borders reported Sunday that health workers had fled with their patients into swamps as clashes hit the rebel stronghold of Leer in Unity state.The International Committee of the Red Cross warned Monday that tens of thousands of people forced to flee fighting will suffer from a lack of food and health care while on the run. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

  • Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release

    first_imgSarah Hekmati, right, whose brother Amir Hekmati has been detained in Iran, is overcome as she speaks about her brother and the recent illness of her father, accompanied by Naghmeh Abedini, left, wife of U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini, who is also being held in Iran, listens during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with families of U.S. citizens detained in Iran, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) “If top Iranian officials cannot be counted on to assist these wrongfully jailed Americans, can they be counted on to honor the commitments they make at the negotiating table?” asked Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Call me a skeptic.”After the testimony, the committee passed a bipartisan measure introduced by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., which states that Iran should immediately release the three Americans it holds and provide all known information on any U.S. citizens who have disappeared within its borders.Daniel Levinson — son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who has been gone for more than eight years — said his father has missed the births of three grandchildren, two weddings and numerous high school and college graduations.“To say these past eight years and three months have been a nightmare would be an understatement,” Daniel Levinson said. “I am one of my parents’ seven children and my mother just marked their 41st wedding anniversary last month. … He has missed too much of our lives.”He said U.S. officials need to step up their engagement with Iran on freeing the Americans as they meet in coming weeks to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. “We need — in fact, we implore — negotiators to take a more aggressive approach than merely asking for Iran’s help in locating him,” he said. Comments   Share   Also testifying was Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was sentenced to death for alleged espionage. His sentence was later reduced to 10 years.She broke down in tears as she testified how their father, a former college professor with a doctorate in microbiology, is suffering from terminal brain cancer and has recently suffered several strokes.“My hope, as the mother of two young children, was always to one day take my children to visit Iran to meet family and learn about their heritage,” she said. “It breaks my heart that my children’s only frame of reference for Iran is that the Iranians hurt the uncle they love.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up He called the charges against his brother “absurd” and said he is worried about his health.“While in prison, Jason has suffered painful and debilitating infections and he has lost more than 40 pounds. He also has chronic high blood pressure and a respiratory condition that is exacerbated during the hot summer months in Tehran,” he said.Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he is “infuriated” and outraged that Iran, while sitting at the negotiation table, could “spit in our faces” by putting Rezaian on trial. He said he would wait to see the details of any nuclear deal, but thinks it’s “ludicrous” for the United States to sign a deal and act as if it’s business as usual with Iran when Americans are being held there.Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, a pastor arrested in September 2012 and later sentenced for holding a Bible study session, said she is faced with the choice of staying with their two children, ages 8 and 7, or leaving them to travel and advocate for his release. To testify, she wore a necklace with a photo of her husband.“Every day I wake up with excruciating pain … I wake up to the reality of our life,” said Naghmeh Abedini, who claimed her husband has been tortured and suffers internal bleeding. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories The FBI has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the return of Robert Levinson, 67, who went missing March 9, 2007 from the Iranian resort of Kish Island. The Iranian government has never acknowledged arresting him.An Associated Press investigation published in 2013 revealed that Levinson vanished while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission. He retired from the FBI in 1998.Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, a reporter from The Washington Post who has been held for more than 300 days for alleged spying, also testified. His trial began a week ago on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government of the United States” and propaganda against the Islamic republic — charges that could send him to jail for up to six years.Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two photojournalists were detained on July 22 in Tehran. All were later released except Rezaian, who grew up in Marin County, California, spent most of his life in the United States and holds both American and Iranian citizenship.“Jason became a husband two years ago when he married Yeganeh Salehi,” Ali Rezaian said. “Sadly, Jason has spent nearly half of their young marriage in a Tehran prison.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed — weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren — and asked U.S. officials to push harder for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal.Lawmakers from both parties said that if Tehran doesn’t release them immediately, they would find it difficult to trust the Iranian government to adhere to terms of the deal international negotiators are rushing to finalize before the end of the month. 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  • India floods kill 10 endangered lions near Gujarat sanctuary

    first_imgFILE – In this May 10, 2015 file photo, an Asiatic lion rests at its enclosure at the Kamala Nehru Zoological Garden in Ahmadabad, India. Gujarat forest officials say in a report that the rains killed at least 10 of the country’s 523 lions, the last members of the subspecies left anywhere in the wild. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories The animal deaths underline conservationists’ concerns about keeping all of the lions in a single location.The conservationists argued successfully in India’s Supreme Court in 2013 for some to be relocated to a second sanctuary far away, to prevent the population from being hit all at once by natural disaster or disease. But Gujarat has resisted moving any of the lions.“There is no cause for panic,” said C.N. Pandey, a top forest official in Gujarat. “Conservation efforts are ongoing.”The lions died in two badly flooded areas near their sanctuary in Gir National Forest in southern Gujarat. Pandey said a single day of rain, on June 26, had dumped 26 centimeters (10.24 inches) of water in the area and turned a 100-square-kilometer (40-square-mile) area “into an unbroken sheet of water.”Other lions were found in “weak health and shocked condition,” and were given treatment and food supplements, the report said, according to the Press Trust of India.Hundreds of park workers, animal activists and villagers launched a search for the lions, and found about 80 “roaming safely in their territory, killing wild animals and blue bulls from the surrounding areas,” the report said. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___Associated Press writer R.K. Misra contributed to this report from Ahmedabad, India.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories NEW DELHI (AP) — Monsoon flooding that killed dozens of people in western India last month also hurt the world’s last population of wild Asiatic lions, forest officials said in a report.At least 81 people died in mudslides, collapsed homes or high waters in Gujarat state, while thousands were forced to evacuate their homes.The rains also killed at least 10 of the country’s 523 lions — the last members of the subspecies left anywhere in the wild — as well as prey animals, including more than 80 spotted deer and 1,670 Asian antelope called blue bulls, according to a report submitted over the weekend to the federal environment ministry in New Delhi.last_img read more

  • Saudibacked Yemeni troops fighters gain control of Aden

    first_imgA Yemeni man looks at a World Food Program ship at the port of Aden, Yemen, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The WFP ship carrying badly needed aid arrived in Yemen’s war-torn southern city of Aden on Tuesday, the first vessel chartered by the U.N. agency to berth there since Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels in the country began in March. (AP Photo/Ahmed Sameer) Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 must play golf courses in Arizona SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni troops and local militias, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, seized full control of the strategic port city of Aden after repelling Shiite rebels from their last holdout in this southern city and were pushing on Thursday to solidify their gains, military officials said.The battle for Aden has been the epicenter of Yemen’s conflict over the past several weeks. The rebels, known as Houthis, seized the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, last September and then began pressing their advance south. Fierce fighting over Aden broke out in March, sparking the Saudi-led airstrikes that have been targeting the rebels to halt their advance. More than 1,690 civilians have been killed since late March, according to figures released by the United Nations this week.The anti-Houthi forces made significant gains in Aden over the past week, with battles to drive the rebels and their allies out of the city stretching on for days.The troops were able to take control late Wednesday of the presidential compound, which sits on rocks that jut out into the sea and houses a number of villas beside the presidential palace. Several rebels were captured and an undetermined number were killed in the fighting, officials said.The compound had been briefly used as base by the now-exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi earlier this year. As fighting picked up in Aden in March, Hadi left to Saudi Arabia.On Thursday, anti-rebel forces erected new checkpoints around Aden and searched for remaining rebels. Gunmen, some even younger than 20-years old, roamed the streets amid pockmarked and half destroyed buildings. Residents cautiously ventured out of their homes.“The city is unrecognizable,” said resident Hameed al-Qureishi.Meanwhile, airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition continued north of Aden, in Dar Saad on Thursday.There was also intense fighting around the rebel-controlled military base of al-Anad in the province of Lahj, north of Aden, leaving at least 50 killed on both sides, according to medical officials. A third attempt to storm the base has failed, said a military official. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

  • Europes largest Jewish sporting event opens in Germany

    first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s president welcomed Jewish athletes on Tuesday to the first European Maccabi Games to be held in the country, at a site built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.About 2,300 athletes from 38 countries are expected to compete in 19 events at the games. President Joachim Gauck stressed the symbolism of holding a Jewish sporting event at a site built under the Nazis, and in a year when Germany and Israel are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The European Maccabi Games, which take place every four years and were last held in Vienna, feature traditional sports like basketball, football, field hockey, and swimming, but also chess and bridge.Though only Jewish athletes can compete, “let’s play together” matches are also being staged with non-Jewish professional and celebrity teams. The Berlin games are the event’s 14th edition.Training events and some competitions began before the opening ceremony.About 600 police officers are providing security. The games run through Aug. 5.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories “I’m glad and I think it is significant that you chose this place, and I am very moved that this country and this city will now see the Jewish games,” he said at the opening ceremony.Organizers have said it was a difficult decision to host the games in Berlin, but that it should be seen as a sign of reconciliation seven decades after the end of World War II. A Holocaust memorial event was held ahead of the opening ceremony.“I would like to ask you to take part … in memory of my brother and all other athletes who did not survive,” said Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander, whose brother, Ralph, was killed at the Auschwitz death camp.The spirit of the games “stands for tolerance, being open to the world, and for a peaceful living together, and there is no better place to send this message into the world than here, 70 years after the war,” said Friedlander, 93.The World Jewish Congress’ president, Ronald Lauder, said that holding the games at the Nazi-built venue “represents a triumph of good over evil.”In a note of greeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote that “in view of the past, Germany may truly be thankful for the restored diversity of Jewish life in our country and for the renewed trust of the guests from abroad.”center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories From left, Israel’s Arman Vanaian, Larry Sherman, Greg Meyers and Victor Hugo Carmona try to block the ball during the Open men hockey match between Israel and Germany at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. More than 2,000 Jewish athletes are gathering in Berlin for the European Maccabi Games, being held for the first time in Germany, and at sites constructed by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer) The vital role family plays in society 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

  • ACCC approves QF AA venture

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas has received regulatory approval to sign off on a Joint Business Agreement (JBA) with American Airlines (AA).Receiving Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) support early this morning, joint operations have been approved on services between Australia/ New Zealand and the US.ACCC chairman Rod Sim explained the Commission saw the JBA as offering positive benefits to travellers, without reducing competition on the selected routes.“The ACCC does not consider that the JBA will have any anti-competitive effects, as Qantas and American Airlines do not currently provide any overlapping direct services on the trans-Pacific routes,” Mr Sims said.“This JBA is likely to result in new and improved products and services which will benefit passengers, including improved schedules and connectivity.”The news comes a month after the Commission awarded a preliminary thumbs-up on the venture. last_img read more

  • Cracks ground QF A380

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J A Qantas A380 aircraft has been taken out of service for up to a week to allow engineers to mend 36 hairline cracks in its wings.Found during routine inspections after hitting severe turbulence over India on a flight between London and Singapore early last month, the carrier has stressed that the cracks are no more than two centimetres long, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.  Qantas told media that although they were found after turbulence, the cracks located in the wing-rib feet of the aircraft were due to a manufacturing issue at Airbus.”This type of cracking is different from the ‘type two’ cracking found on certain A380s in the global fleet, which is now the subject of a European airworthiness directive,” a spokesperson said. ”To date, type-two cracking has not been found on Qantas aircraft.”Despite reports of cracks making headlines over the past month, Airbus said the A380s are still safe and they are currently working on a two-step fix for the cracked wings. Qantas takeofflast_img read more

  • Hobart Airport runway extension approved

    first_imgInternational flights between Hobart and the Asia-Pacific region could soon become a reality following the Federal Government’s approval of a 500 metre extension of Hobart Airport’s runway, said the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).The Tasmanian visitor economy has been a standout performer for the State’s economy with the latest Tourism Research Australia figures showing that international visitor numbers had increased to 212,000 (up 20 per cent), and visitor expenditure has reached $351 million (up a whopping 34 per cent – the highest performance of all States and Territories).“The approval of the extension of Hobart Airport’s runway is fantastic news that will only help to boost the Tasmanian visitor economy even more,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.“TTF has been a vocal advocate of the need to upgrade visitor infrastructure in Tasmania and provide better access for international visitors.“How exciting that we are getting so close to the point of finally being able to light up ‘international’ in Hobart International Airport.“Well done to the Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester and Tourism Minister Richard Colbeck for making this happen. It has the potential to turbocharge the Tasmanian visitor economy and open new opportunities that simply aren’t possible without this infrastructure in place.“I’m sure this announcement will be welcomed news by Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman who has been a vocal proponent of connecting Tasmania to the wider world.“Tassie is becoming an international visitor magnet, so it makes sense for the Government to get moving on providing the infrastructure that will finally connect Hobart with the largest international visitor markets for Australia in our broader region.“Imagine what could happen if you could get on an aeroplane in China and fly direct to Tasmania – it would be an absolute boon for the apple isle. Every aeroplane that lands loaded with international visitors at Hobart Airport is more jobs and more economic opportunity for Tasmania.“Direct international flights into Hobart would mean that every capital city across Australia would finally have these types of services and the financial windfall that they represent to regional economies.” TTFSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australialast_img read more