WOW airs new Edinburgh flights take off

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, July 21, 2016 Tags: New Routes, Scotland, WOW air WOW air’s new Edinburgh flights take offcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — WOW air has introduced a Toronto-Edinburgh route with lead-in one-way fares from $249.99, all-in.Flights depart Toronto twice weekly and operate via Iceland. WOW air is billed as Iceland’s only ultra low-cost airline.“We’re excited to give Canadians an even bigger taste of what the UK has to offer,” said WOW air Founder and CEO Skúli Mogensen.Flights depart Toronto on Tuesdays and Saturdays with a two-hour layover in Iceland. WOW Air’s other UK destinations include Bristol and daily flights to London.WOW air’s annual passenger capacity is projected to more than double in 2016 to over 1.8 million, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015. The airline was launched in November 2011. WOW air’s website is wowair.ca. Tweetlast_img read more

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More cash incentives with Palace Resorts new PRO 20

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Commission, Palace Resorts MIAMI — Palace Resorts says its new and improved Palace Pro Agents Specialist Program, PRO 2.0, offers agents more incentives and support than ever before, and more ways to earn more money.Launched at the fifth annual Palace Resorts Global Conference at newly-opened The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, PRO 2.0 has several different levels which allow for multiple benefits and bigger monetary incentives.Agents can now earn annual credit for groups and weddings – Platinum Crown Agents receive US$800 and Emerald Crown Agents receive $1,200. Total or partial amounts can be applied towards any occasional expense (for example, towards a cake, flowers, etc.).Agents can also earn commission on wedding extras depending on their specialist program level. For example, all PRO Agents receive 15%; Gold Crown Agents 18%, and Platinum/Emerald Crown Agents 20%.Agents can also receive up to $1,500 in resort credit for their personal vacation. The percentages vary per level in the program.As an added perk, agents can also receive air credit depending on their status such as: PRO agents $150, Gold Crown Agents $300, and Platinum/Emerald Crown Agents get $500 when booking their own stay at Palace Resorts.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterPalace put the spotlight on its destination wedding product at the annual event, with a special bridal conference with the Palace Resorts expert wedding’s team. Agents got to experience all of the brand’s newest offerings for destination weddings, from elaborate, customized décor to the work of Palace Resorts’ new wedding cake designer, Marelis Teran.Over the course of three-days, attendees also got a sneak peek at The Palace Life with a Carnaval-themed welcome reception, property walk-throughs and tastings, general sessions with updates and upcoming news for the brand. There were also educational seminars, “some much-needed fun-in-the-sun” and site inspections.Palace Resorts concluded the conference by recognizing top agents and partners during a Mayan-themed awards gala. Palace Resorts executives presented awards to the top agents in the following categories: Top Destination Wedding Travel Agency, Top Home Based Travel Agency, Top Producing Travel Agent, Top Producing Travel Agency, Top Producing Destination Agent- Mexico, and Top Producing Destination Agent – Jamaica.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthMore than 550 travel agents, tour operators and industry insiders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Europe took part.“Each year, the Palace Resorts Global Conference represents an opportunity for the brand to build and grow the already existing relationships we’ve established with the agent community,” says Frank Corzo, Vice President of U.S. Field Sales for Palace Resorts. “This year, was no different as we released the new version of our Palace PRO Specialist program – PRO 2.0, which is a testament to the community that Palace Resorts is always thinking of how we can grow together and  provided with the tools and knowledge agents need to exceed their sales goals.”To register see www.PalacePROAgents.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Posted by More cash, incentives with Palace Resorts’ new PRO 2.0last_img read more

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Three more ships including Alaskabound Royal Princess to go MedallionClass

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Medallion, Princess Cruises, Technology Share Posted bycenter_img SANTA CLARITA — The travel industry’s move to wearable tech – aimed at expediting everything from check-in to room entry to payment – continues at full throttle with three more ships coming onboard with Princess Cruises’ MedallionClass.Three additional ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – will incorporate the wearable tech OceanMedallions for Princess’ MedallionClass experience already available on the cruise line’s Caribbean Princess ship sailing the Caribbean, and with Regal Princess starting Feb. 17.The OceanMedallion, free to passengers, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering an enhanced level of personalization and innovative services – and resulting in high guest satisfaction scores, says Princess.The Princess MedallionClass experience is coming to Crown Princess in July and Sky Princess in October, so that all Princess guests sailing in the Caribbean will be able to enjoy an enhanced vacation through simplified, personalized and engaging experiences by the end of 2019, says the line.The addition of Royal Princess will see a Princess MedallionClass ship sailing in Alaska.“Guests are finding their vacations enhanced with Princess MedallionClass on Caribbean Princess as a new and memorable experience, and we’re ready to offer these experiences and personalized services to even more of our guests, including everyone who sails with us in the Caribbean in the fall and winter,” says Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“Starting in April, we will continue the expansion to a total of five Princess MedallionClass ships expected this year, as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation. And we look forward to bringing the experience to new groups for the first time, such as those sailing to visit exciting destinations in Alaska and Mexico.”Using their OceanMedallions Princess passengers can access a long list of experiences designed to enhance their cruise vacation, including:Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile have a personalized check-in process that starts their vacation with ease. Personalization starts pre-cruise by guests becoming OceanReady while at home.MedallionNet, the OceanMedallion-enabled WiFi access, is fast, reliable, affordable and unlimited, says Princess. MedallionNet provides land-like speeds that allow guests to stay connected from anywhere on the ship including staterooms which are each equipped with a Wi-Fi access point.Using their smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks using OceanNow and have them delivered directly to them throughout the ship and even in their stateroom.Access to staterooms is a seamless experience where each guest is securely validated as the door automatically unlocks. Personalized greetings including loyalty level recognition welcome the guest on their door portal.OceanCompass: Available on guests’ smart devices and portals throughout the ships, OceanCompass leverages the OceanMedallion to enable point-to-point wayfinding throughout the ship.JourneyView: Available now on ship portals and coming soon to smart devices, this interactive timeline lets guests scroll through all of the events available on board during their voyage. Functionality will also soon give guests the ability to bookmark and add activities that appeal most to them to their own personalized itinerary.MedallionPay: An easy to use payment featureOceanCasino: On smart devices and select portals, guests can wager real money on games, including slots, poker, bingo, roulette, keno and lottery from anywhere on board.PlayOcean: On portals located shipwide and using smart devices, PlayOcean offers guests a new level of fun with interactive games, a digital scavenger hunt, customizable avatars, and more. PlayOcean also transforms guests’ mobile devices into game controllers for interactive gaming on the massive Movies Under the Stars screen.OceanView: Guests can stream more than 100 hours of Ocean Original travel shows to their smart device anywhere on the ship at no cost – content which airs nationally on weekends on ABC and NBC. OceanView is also available on stateroom TVs as well as on Roku, Amazon Prime and Apple TV. Three more ships including Alaska-bound Royal Princess to go MedallionClass Tuesday, January 22, 2019 last_img read more

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Costa Rica bans shark finning

first_imgEnvironment Minister René Castro spoke during the event held at the Manuel Antonio National Park.  Courtesy of MINAET No related posts. Costa Rica has long battled political maleficence in controlling the international trade of shark fins, due in part to conflicts of interest within the nation’s primary marine resources agency, Incopesca.“The problem with Incopesca,” said Arauz, “is that it is autonomous and politically led, not by a minister or elected official, but by a board of businessmen with ties in the fishing industry. Long liners and shark finners are on the board.”In July, Chinchilla vowed to work towards improving the management of the country’s marine resources and signed a number of decrees that created the Waters and Oceans Vice Ministry and the National Marine Commission. Conservationists hope that the new decree puts to bed what Branson said had put a stain on Costa Rica’s environmental image.“Now they’ve gotten rid of that stain,” Branson said on Wednesday. The British tycoon also stressed the importance of youth participation in conservation efforts.“I think it is up to young people if they ever see any [environmental violations] happening to shout very loudly,” he said.Branson also called on residents to help the effort by supplying boats and other resources.On his blog, Branson wrote, “I saw the film ‘Sharkwater’ a few years ago and it shook me to the core. Here we were decimating 1.5 million sharks per week – all for a bowl of soup.”The film Branson references, Sharkwater, is a 2006 documentary that follows Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society confronting shark poachers along the Pacific Coast of Guatemala and Costa Rica.Costa Rica’s problem with shark finning received international attention when Watson was arrested in May in Germany on a warrant from Costa Rica over a high-seas incident in 2002. A Costa Rican fishing vessel accused Watson of attacking them (TT, May 18, 2012). Watson said the boat’s crew was shark finning.Other attempts at shedding light on shark finning have generated negative publicity for a country that markets itself abroad as environmentally conscientious. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay allegedly was covered in gasoline and held at gunpoint when trying to film illegal finning activity in Puntarenas in 2011. Ramsay told the Daily Mail, “[Shark finning] is a multibillion-dollar industry, completely unregulated. We traced some of the biggest culprits to Costa Rica. These gangs operate from places like forts, with barbed-wire and gun towers.”Since 2010, more than 15,000 kilograms of shark fins have entered Costa Rica. Many conservationists, such as Arauz, believe that China’s recent interest and investment in Costa Rica is not at all coincidental, and that in return for heavy investment in Costa Rican infrastructure Costa Rica remains lax on implementing those laws in place to prevent the practice. In China, a bowl of shark fin soup can fetch up to $150.After signing the decree, Chinchilla noted that, “We have added additional measures to control the commercialization of shark fins in the country, joining the current fishing law we already have with the prohibition of the importation of shark fins.”But even now as the decree has been signed and Costa Rica continues to impose laws against this lucrative trade, conservationists are concerned about the entrance of fins by land from Nicaragua. Arauz takes issue with the decree’s second article, which stipulates fins can be transported across the border with a certificate signed by Nicaraguan officials stating the sharks were landed with fins attached.“I don’t know why we decided the Nicaraguan government has so much credibility. It’s a sign Costa Rica has sold out,” Arauz said.Other skeptics wonder how the decree and other fishing laws will be enforced. “Do you trust the Costa Rican justice system to monitor the new decree faithfully?” one reporter asked Branson on Wednesday.  “All of the young people I have spoken to in Costa Rica have been outraged for a long time about the slaughter of the species in the oceans,” Branson responded. “I think the public of Costa Rica will monitor it for the government.” Facebook Comments Tico Times Editorial  Newly appointed Waters and Oceans Vice Minister José Lino Chaves estimated that in Costa Rica up to 400,000 sharks were caught in 2011 with the intention of selling the fins.Of the decree’s five articles, the first explicitly prohibits the practice of shark finning of any species in Costa Rican waters, as well as the dismemberment of fins from the body of the shark from the moment the shark is caught.The second article bans the importation of shark fins from any other country unless in possession of a certificate that states the sharks were landed with the fins naturally attached.The third article outlines new rules for the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca), stating that all sharks must be inspected upon landing, verifying that all fins correspond to the correct species of shark and that fins are attached naturally.The fourth implements a strict zero-tolerance policy for any boats found transporting shark fins, which will result in the cancelation of the vessel’s fishing license.The ban is the result of more than a decade of work by many of the country’s nonprofit conservation groups, including the Marine Turtle Restoration Project (Pretoma), MarViva Foundation and others.One of those at the forefront of the fight to end shark finning in Costa Rican waters is Pretoma President Randall Arauz. Pretoma, a small conservation group with a budget of $300,000 annually, has worked tirelessly in the past decade to draw attention to the highly lucrative global shark fin trade. Will shark fin ban be effective? At 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, President Laura Chinchilla, flanked by Environment Minister René Castro and noted conservationist andbillionaire owner of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson, signed a presidential decree that bans the practice of shark finning, as well as the importation and transportation of shark fins.In a symbolic act, the event was held at the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the nation’s most treasured protected areas.“This government is making a grand investment in the strengthening and protection of marine resources, an investment of about $10-15 million for a new radar system that will cover 100 percent of our marine territory,” Chinchilla said to an audience that included the ministers of environment, agriculture and livestock and public security, as well as local school children.Castro, who also signed the decree, noted, “This decree will allow us to stop the fishing of sharks in Costa Rican waters, which is intolerable for a country that defends its natural resources.”“Our message,” added Chinchilla, “is that of zero tolerance for shark finning.”last_img read more

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US Senate committee approves immigration overhaul

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Senate committee approved a sweeping immigration reform bill Tuesday that would provide a path to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, setting the stage for the full Senate to consider the landmark legislation next month.After five days of debate over dozens of amendments, the Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 5 in support of the bill, with three Republicans joining the committee’s 10 Democrats. The legislation emerged with its core provisions largely intact, including new visa programs for high-tech and low-skilled workers and new investments in strengthening border control.“The dysfunction in our current immigration system affects all of us and it is long past time for reform. I hope that our history, our values, and our decency can inspire us finally to take action,” said committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “We need an immigration system that lives up to American values and helps write the next great chapter in American history by reinvigorating our economy and enriching our communities.”U.S. President Barack Obama, who has made immigration reform his top second-term priority, issued a statement praising the committee for approving a bill that is “largely consistent” with the principles he had outlined.“None of the committee members got everything they wanted, and neither did I,” Obama said, “but in the end, we all owe it to the American people to get the best possible result over the finish line.”The comprehensive bill is now headed to the full Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday not to block the bill from a floor vote. The Congressional Budget Office will take two weeks to issue an assessment of the fiscal cost of the bill, so Democratic aides said the floor debate could begin around June 10.The final Judiciary Committee vote represented a victory for the bipartisan group — four Democrats and four Republicans — that negotiated the 850-page comprehensive bill over several months.Four of the bipartisan group members who are on the Judiciary Committee banded together to fight off the most serious challenges to the core provisions of the bill, including a last-minute attempt from Leahy to add protections for same-sex couples.In an emotional debate, Sens. Charles Shumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said they wanted to support Leahy’s amendment, but that they would not because Republican members of the bipartisan group, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said they would drop support if the provision were added to the legislation.Leahy ultimately withdrew the amendment “with a heavy heart,” amid near silence in the packed Senate hearing room.Rubio, who is not on the Judiciary Committee, issued a statement after the committee approved the bill praising their work but adding that “work still remains to be done.”“Immigration reform will not become law unless we can earn the confidence of the American people that we are solving our immigration problems once and for all,” he said.Schumer, representing the bipartisan group that authored the bill, also negotiated a compromise Tuesday with Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) to relax some restrictions on high-tech companies that seek to hire foreign engineers and computer programmers.The legislation already would raise the annual limit of high-tech visas, known as H-1B, from 65,000 to as many as 180,000, but Hatch had lobbied to eliminate other restrictions on U.S. companies seeking to hire engineers and programmers from abroad.The compromise amendment lifts the requirement that companies first offer tech jobs to Americans for all firms except those that depend on foreigners for more than 15 percent of their workforce and relaxes the formula for determining the annual number of foreign high-tech workers.The high-tech amendments are perhaps the most substantial changes to the immigration bill over five days of hearings on dozens of proposed changes.Hatch warned he could still drop his support in the full Senate if other concerns aren’t met. “I’ve got to get those or we’ll never pass this bill,” he said.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called Hatch’s amendments “unambiguous attacks on American workers” and he vowed to press for changes during the full Senate debate.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Boston bombing victim and his Tico rescuer vacationing in Costa Rica

first_imgMatt Levin is a correspondent for The Tico Times Facebook Comments Jeff Bauman arrived in Costa Rica on Friday, along withthe Tico who helped save his life after the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Bauman, who lost his legs in the attack, was fulfilling a promise he had made to Carlos Arredondo, according to an article on AmeliaRueda.com.Karla Burgos, who planned the trip as the logistics coordinator of Caravan Tours, told AmeliaRueda.com that Bauman had told Arredondo he would “come to Costa Rica to eat gallo pinto.”The website reported that Bauman arrived on Friday with his girlfriend, brother, best friend and Arredondo. The group will spend 10 days in the country, visiting Poás Volcano, Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast and La Fortuna, where Arenal Volcano resides.The striking image of Arredondo in a cowboy hat assisting the 27-year-old Bauman became iconic in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. The bombing killed three and injured hundreds, and Bauman would later help identify the alleged perpetrator. Since the attack, Arredondo and Bauman have remained friends. They’ve attended sporting events in Boston together. And now Bauman has taken time to visit the country where Arredondo grew up.We’ve written about Arredondo before, both on his actions during the attack and on a pair of tragedies that befell him several years before the marathon bombing. He has an alluring and energetic persona that has made him one of the best ambassadors for Costa Rica that the country could ask for. We expect he’ll be the perfect tour guide for Bauman’s first trip to Costa Rica. No related posts.center_img A photo of Bauman and company at a Cafe Britt coffee shop. From the Jeff Bauman — Boston Strong, True Patriot and Hero Facebook pagelast_img read more

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Nicaraguas Ortega says US senator congresswoman on official list of banned foreigners

first_imgMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega confirmed Friday that U.S. Rep.Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Senator Marco Rubio – both from Florida – are on an official list of foreigners banned from entering the country in retaliation for travel restrictions placed on Nicaraguan officials by the U.S. government.“Just like they [U.S. officials] have their lists, we can make our own lists in Latin America of those who shouldn’t enter our country,” Ortega said during a meeting with Venezuelan officials in Nicaragua.Ortega did not say when the ban went into effect. He said it responded to “a list of Nicaraguan officials who cannot enter the United States.”“La señora Lleana Ros is on there [the list], and she wanted to enter here [last June]. Her story was that she was going to come to foment democracy in our country, but she was on the list of people who can’t enter and she didn’t enter,” Ortega said.The Republican congresswoman is an outspoken critic of the leftist governments in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, and she had planned last June to meet in Managua with leaders of the political opposition. However, she had cited health problems as the reason for the trip’s cancellation.Ortega said Florida Senator Marco Rubio, also a Republican, is banned from Nicaragua for his strong criticisms of the administration of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.Ortega did not say who else is on the list of banned foreigners, or how many.Ortega’s comments followed the recent announcement by the U.S. of more sanctions on Venezuelan officials accused of committing human rights violations against members of the opposition during recent violent protests in that country.“We logically condemn the attitudes of the North American Senate,” Ortega said.Venezuela has provided Nicaragua with more than $3 billion in aid since the Sandinistas returned to power in 2007.Related: US Congress approves fresh sanctions on Venezuela Facebook Comments Related posts:Nicaragua’s Ortega defends military ties with Russia Russia’s Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties Panel warns of Central America’s increasing dependence on Petrocaribe Central American leaders concerned over rekindling of Nicaragua-Russia military tieslast_img read more

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US DOJ finds widespread racial bias by Ferguson police force

first_imgWASHINGTON — Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, in August because he feared for his life after Brown first tried to grab his gun and then came toward him in a threatening manner, according to a U.S. Justice Department report released Wednesday.“Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses . . . there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat,” officials concluded in the 87-page report. The review explained why the Justice Department will not pursue civil rights charges against Wilson for the fatal shooting.A second scathing 102-page report, also released Wednesday, highlighted widespread racial bias by the 72-member Ferguson police department and described a system of using law enforcement to extract money from African American residents, a practice Attorney General Eric Holder called “revenue generation through policing.”The investigation found that Ferguson officers competed to see who could issue the largest number of citations during a single stop, and in one instance, that total rose to 14. Even minor code violations sometimes resulted in multiple arrests, jail time and payments that far exceeded the cost of the original ticket. The Justice Department investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. Washington Post graphic“Seen in this context, amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg,” Holder said Wednesday, in one of his last speeches before he steps down.Justice officials personally met with Brown’s parents Wednesday morning to notify them of the department’s findings.“Today we received disappointing news from the Department of Justice that the killer of our son wouldn’t be held accountable for his actions,” Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. said in a statement. “While we are saddened by this decision, we are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color.”Justice Department officials said they would have had to prove that Wilson used unreasonable force against Brown and that he did so “willfully,” knowing that it was against the law to do so. Instead, after a seven-month review, investigators found that Wilson’s shooting of Brown did “not constitute a prosecutable violation.”A grand jury in St. Louis had declined to indict Wilson in November.Justice Department investigators came to their conclusion after canvassing more than 300 homes and reviewing physical, ballistic, forensic, medical and crime-scene evidence. They also examined Wilson’s personnel records, audio and video recordings and the transcripts from the proceedings before the St. Louis County grand jury.“The promise I made when I went to Ferguson and at the time that we launched our investigation was not that we would arrive at a particular outcome, but rather that we would pursue the facts, wherever they led,” Holder said.Holder said he understood why some would wonder how the department’s findings could differ so sharply from the initial accounts of what happened in Ferguson. But he said the discrepancy was due, in part, to a deeply rooted pattern of racial bias in the police department that had left the Ferguson community polarized.“A community where both policing and municipal court practices were found to disproportionately harm African-American residents,” Holder said.Justice officials met with Ferguson city officials Tuesday, including the mayor and the police chief, to discuss their findings in what one Justice official called “a difficult conversation.” The Justice Department made 26 recommendations for the Ferguson police department and municipal court, including a “robust system of true community policing” and new hiring practices to recruit minority officers.“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Holder said. “Let me be clear: The United States Department of Justice reserves all its rights and abilities to force compliance and implement basic change.”The majority of law enforcement agencies that have been investigated by the department’s civil rights division have entered into voluntary agreements to implement recommended changes. But if that doesn’t happen, the department can bring a lawsuit, as it has done against several cities.Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, a Republican, said at a news conference Wednesday night that his police department is determined to address racial discrimination charges. “We must do better, not only as a city, but as a state and a country,” he said.Justice officials also released seven racist emails written by Ferguson police and municipal court officials that they said indicated “intentional discrimination.”A November 2008 email, for instance, stated that President Barack Obama could not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.” Another email described Obama as a chimpanzee. An email from 2011 showed a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women apparently in Africa with the caption, “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.” Another joked that a black woman would help stop crime because she got an abortion.Justice officials did not specifically identify who wrote the emails and to whom they were sent but said they were written by police and court supervisors.Knowles said that three police supervisors who were found to have sent racist emails will be fully investigated and that one has already been fired.“Let me be clear, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson police department or in any department in the city of Ferguson,” Knowles said. “These actions taken by these individuals are in no way representative of the employees of the city of Ferguson.”In hundreds of interviews and in a wide-ranging review of more than 35,000 pages of police records and other documents, Justice Department officials found that although African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, they accounted for 93 percent of all arrests between 2012 and 2014. The Ferguson police also overwhelmingly employed force against African-Americans, including the use of dogs in police actions.As part of its findings, the Justice Department concluded that African-Americans accounted for 85 percent of all drivers stopped by Ferguson police officers and 90 percent of all citations issued.In one case, a woman received two parking tickets that totaled $152. But she has paid $550 to date in fines and fees to the city . She has been arrested twice for having unpaid tickets, spent six days in jail and still owes Ferguson $541.In an example of what Holder called “routine” constitutional violations, a Ferguson officer arrested a 32-year-old African-American man who was sitting in his car resting after a basketball game. With no apparent justification, the officer accused the man of being a pedophile, wouldn’t let him use his phone and ordered him out of his car for a pat-down. When the man objected, the officer drew his gun, pointed it at the man’s head and arrested him on eight different counts.—–Washington Post staff writers Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery contributed to this report.(c) 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:US Justice Department to launch probe of Ferguson police in wake of recent violence From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador Talk of ‘Yankee imperialism’ rankles US Embassy in San José Migration is one of the most challenging issues of the 21st century, says UN officiallast_img read more

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Reports Keylor Navas signs extension with Real Madrid

first_imgCosta Rican soccer superstar Keylor Navas is staying put.Despite rumors linking him to the Premier League, the tico goalkeeper has reportedly signed a one-year extension with Spanish club Real Madrid. The new contract runs through June 2021.The news was first reported Thursday by Spanish press, including the TV show “Jugones” and sport newspaper MARCA.Navas gained worldwide attention during Costa Rica’s magical run in the 2014 World Cup. He joined Real Madrid that August and has enjoyed a successful career that included being selected as the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.But the 32-year-old has seen his playing time diminish since Real Madrid signed Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois last August, fueling rumors Navas was eyeing a starting role elsewhere. Facebook Comments Related posts:With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie Keylor Navas, Real Madrid clinch second consecutive Champions League title The pride of Costa Rica is UEFA’s Goalie of the Year Navas plays, Real Madrid falls 2-0 in what could be Tico goalkeeper’s final gamelast_img read more

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Nigeria troops ready for Mali GuineaBissau

first_imgSoldiers toppled Mali’s government in March, while the military toppled Guinea-Bissau’s government in April.ECOWAS has previously said it intends to send about 3,000 troops to Mali. The junta has rejected the plan, however, putting the mission in question.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Patients with chronic pain give advice ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s defense minister says his country is ready to send troops to Guinea-Bissau and Mali as part of a regional force heading to the nations recently struck by coups.Bello Haliru Mohammed said Monday that the Nigerian troops would be part of the forces heading to the two West African countries on behalf of the regional body known as the Economic Community Of West African States. He said Nigerian troops will be in Guinea-Bissau before Friday, while soldiers would head to Mali when instructed by the regional body. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

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Growing China clout sparks concern in Taiwan media

first_imgAssociated PressTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan regulators have put strict conditions on a bid by a China-friendly media group to purchase the island’s second largest cable TV system as concerns grow that China’s commercial clout is already undermining freedom of the press in one of Asia’s liveliest media markets.The National Communications Commission approved a bid by Taiwan’s China Times Group to buy the system for $2.4 billion in a decision released late Wednesday. But it requires CTG to sell a cable TV news station criticized for its pro-China content, and allow an independent group to screen the news broadcasts of a terrestrial station it controls. The decision comes as other cable stations on the island weigh the advantages of silencing anti-China commentators to help them sell Chinese language programming to the lucrative China market. In one potentially far reaching move, an outlet normally known for its pro-independence, anti-China sentiment recently pulled the plug on a popular talk show with a reputation for unrestrained China bashing. Critics said the decision reflected the outlet’s bid to try to sell Chinese-language soap operas on the mainland for many times the revenue it earned on the talk show.With six round-the-clock cable TV news stations and three brashly partisan national newspapers _ one owned by the China Times Group _ media independence is a big issue on this island of 23 million people, particularly as it seeks to maintain its de facto political independence in the face of an unstinting Chinese bid to bring it under its control 63 years after the sides split in a civil war. Critics say the battle is already being lost, though Wednesday’s NCC decision suggests that such a conclusion may be premature.Kuang Chung-hsiang of National Chung Cheng University takes a pessimistic view of the future of Taiwan’s media independence, pointing to news programming that is already heavy with coverage of China’s rising economic power, but light on stories about human rights violations and rampant official corruption. Patients with chronic pain give advice Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   In interviews with local media, Cheng has declined to comment on the issue.Taiwan’s politically independent Wealth Magazine said SET’s decision to pull the plug on “Making Waves” was largely economic. It said that while the show generated 2011 advertising revenues of some $16 million, it stood to make more than four times that amount _ $66 million _ selling drama programming to the mainland.Such calculations were dangerous for SET, Ho said, because they put it on the slippery slope to pulling its punches for economic advantage.“If SET TV indeed gets the drama deal, could they say no when the Chinese make another demand, perhaps one to influence public opinion at a critical time like elections,” he asked.In addition to SET, Taiwanese cable outlet TVBS is also trying to sell programming on the mainland. So far at least, its generally balanced China news coverage does not appear to have been influenced by its pending China programming plans.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “The Chinese don’t really have to work on the Taiwanese media, but rather let commercial interests do the job,” he said. “One can argue that Taiwanese take China as just another foreign country and are not so interested in its affairs, but the disappearance of negative China reports no doubt has something to do with TV stations’ craving for access to the mainland market.”Commercial ties between China and Taiwan are booming. Already substantial before Ma Ying-jeou was elected the island’s president in 2008, they have now come to dominate the island’s economy, aided by the inauguration of hundreds of weekly flights across the 160-kilometer (100-mile) wide Taiwan Strait, and the relaxation of once formidable trade and investment strictures.One of the big Taiwanese winners in the China commercial sweepstakes has been CTG Chairman Tsai Eng-meng, who bought the group four years ago, after making a fortune in the mainland food market.Tsai raised hackles earlier this year when he told a Washington Post reporter that China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square didn’t produce anywhere near the number of casualties attributed to it by international media reports, including those from Taiwan. Critics of his bid for China Network Systems, Taiwan’s second-largest cable system, pointed to remarks like that, the absence of critical China coverage in CTG outlets, and the tendency of CTG publications like flagship newspaper the China Times to publish Chinese government advertising as straight news.By putting strict conditions on CTG’s China Network systems acquisition, the NCC appeared to acknowledge these criticisms, while trying to forestall the emergence of a single dominant media group in Taiwan.But the NCC can only do so much to maintain the independence of Taiwan’s media.Two months ago the normally pro-independence SET TV Group discontinued “Making Waves,” a popular talk show with a hardline anti-China bias, just as it was stepping up efforts to sell dramatic offerings _ mostly soap operas _ to outlets on the mainland. Host Cheng Hung-yi, a 10 year SET veteran, left the group at that time, in what critics said was a forced exit. Group executives denied the claim, saying health reasons were the cause of his departure.Long time “Making Waves” panelist Ho Han-chun of National Taipei University said that before Cheng left the group, SET TV had asked him not to discuss subjects deemed sensitive to Beijing, including Taiwan independence, and political conditions in Tibet and Xinjiang. Cheng rejected the demand, Ho said, saying he could not gag the show’s panelists even if he agreed to censor himself. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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UK legislator Im swapping Big Ben for Big Apple

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories center_img LONDON (AP) – A high profile British lawmaker says she is quitting the House of Commons to move to the United States with her family.Louise Mensch, elected in 2010 as a member of the governing Conservative Party after a career as the author of racy novels, said Monday she planned to leave Britain and move to New York.The 41-year-old legislator, who has three children, last year married Peter Mensch, manager of rock band Metallica, who lives in New York. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Mensch said she had been “struggling for some time to find the best outcome for my family life.”Mensch was a member of Parliament’s media committee and took a key role in questioning Rupert Murdoch and other executives over the tabloid phone hacking scandal.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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Venezuela Bolivia rejects US drug report

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – The governments of Venezuela and Bolivia on Saturday rejected a report by President Barack Obama’s administration that accuses the South American countries of failing to meet their obligations in fighting the drug trade.The U.S. report said that Venezuela, Bolivia and Myanmar “failed demonstrably” in the effort over the past year and kept them on Washington’s drug trafficking “black list.” The report said that Venezuela remains a preferred route for drugs leaving South America and noted that senior Bolivian officials have been arrested for facilitating shipments. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Both countries, which are led by leftist presidents highly critical of U.S. foreign policy, lambasted the report, denying its claims and saying that Washington has no right to judge other countries on how they handle the drug trade.A statement from Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said it lamented that Washington “insists on mining the ground of bilateral relations with the publication of this type of document.”Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the U.S. of using the war on drugs for political purposes.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Indias Cabinet rejigged but no place for Rahul

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Definitely, the expectations were that Rahul Gandhi would move on from being a learner and take on more responsibility,” said Aarthi Ramachandran, who has written a book on him.It would have helped Gandhi’s own credibility if he had taken a position in the government or a ministry where he could have shown results, she said.“The party could have gone to the people during the election campaign and said, `This is what Rahul Gandhi has done for the people,’” she said.Congress leaders said Gandhi would concentrate on reviving the party’s fortunes ahead of the national elections instead of being responsible for a narrow Cabinet position.Digvijay Singh, a Congress general secretary, indicated that Gandhi was expected to assume a larger role in the party hierarchy and an announcement on this was expected in the coming week.Calls to Gandhi’s office were not answered. It was possible that he did not want to be too closely associated with the current government, which has been tainted by a raft of scandals.The reshuffle Sunday _ needed, in part, to fill seats left vacant after a coalition partner bolted _ brought seven new ministers into the Cabinet and saw the entry of 15 junior ministers in a restructuring that brought younger faces into the leadership. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Singh, a technocrat, was chosen to fill the prime minister’s seat in 2004 by Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s mother. Singh was widely seen as a regent, keeping the seat warm until Rahul Gandhi _ the son, grandson and great-grandson of Indian prime ministers _ was ready to take his birthright.But Gandhi has displayed little public sign that he is undergoing any sort of apprenticeship that would prepare him for running the country.His allies argued he was rebuilding the party at the grassroots level and has taken a lead in the Congress’ campaigns in state elections in Uttar Pradesh and in Bihar in recent years. The party performed poorly in both elections.Gandhi has also positioned himself as the defender of the common people, joining protesters at land rights demonstrations and even getting briefly arrested. But in moments of crisis, he has rarely taken the lead, preferring to defer to Singh or his mother. His forceful speech against corruption in Parliament last year _ during a major anti-graft protest against the government _ was notable for its rarity.Political analysts say that Gandhi’s refusal to take a Cabinet position, and be held accountable for the workings of a government ministry, could prove to be a handicap when the time comes to face the electorate. Former Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who was named the new foreign minister, is 20 years younger than his predecessor, and most of the other ministers sworn in Sunday are in their 50s or early 60s. In Indian politics, that is considered to be a relative youth movement. Singh said the shuffle was the last major Cabinet shake-up expected before the next national election.But even in promoting some of the younger Congress lawmakers, the party leadership is cautious that they know their place.“It’s an unspoken rule in the Congress that nobody can, or will be allowed to outshine Rahul Gandhi among the younger lot,” Ramachandran said.Other analysts say working among the rural poor, as Gandhi has been doing for the past few years, will give him far greater insight than holding a ministerial job.“At this point, the need to repair the Congress’ image is a greater priority because of the various scams and allegations leveled against the party,” said Vinod Sharma, a political analyst with the Hindustan Times newspaper.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipescenter_img Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – A major reshuffle of India’s Cabinet left one question dangling: Where is Rahul Gandhi?The scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty is not among the new ministers, meaning that if _ as expected _ he leads his Congress party into 2014 elections he will be running for prime minister without ever having held a government post of any kind.“I would have been happy to include Rahul in the Cabinet, but he has other preoccupations in the party,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday in announcing his new Cabinet.last_img

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Blast kills 1 injures 5 in Indian Kashmir

first_imgAssociated PressSRINAGAR,India (AP) – Indian police in Kashmir say a blast in a liquor shop has killed one person and wounded another five.A police officer says a grenade is suspected to have been used in Saturday’s attack on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of the Indian portion of Kashmir. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.Nearly a dozen militant groups have been fighting against Indian rule in the Himalayan region. In the past, they have demanded closure of liquor shops. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home However, no one claimed responsibility for Saturday’s blast.On Thursday, gunmen fired into a liquor shop in Srinagar, killing one person in Indian-run Kashmir’s main city.Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars over it since 1947.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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APGfK Poll Few trust Iran to follow through on agreement

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Five things to know about public opinion on a potential deal with Iran:MOST APPROVE OF DEALAccording to the new AP-GfK survey, 54 percent of Americans approve and 43 percent disapprove of the preliminary agreement between Iran, the United States and five other world powers to curb Iran’s nuclear program. That’s slightly fewer than the 60 percent of Americans in an AP-GfK poll conducted in 2014 who approved of an earlier interim agreement reached by the same group of nations.The U.S., Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China are aiming to finalize a deal with Iran by June 30 that puts limits on Iranian programs that could be used to make nuclear arms. In exchange, economic sanctions on Iran would be lifted over time. Tehran denies any interest in such weapons but is negotiating in hopes of relief from billions of dollars in economic sanctions.In the new poll, 7 in 10 Democrats, 4 in 10 Republicans and just under half of independents approve of the preliminary deal. Half of liberal to moderate Republicans but only 3 in 10 conservative Republicans say they approve of the deal.FEW CONFIDENT IN IRANAlthough most approve of the agreement in principle, only 3 percent of Americans say they’re very confident Iran will follow through, including allowing inspections of its nuclear facilities, shipping plutonium out of the country, and shutting down almost half of its uranium-enriching centrifuges. Another 25 percent are moderately confident, while 69 percent are not too confident or not confident at all. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation ___Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.comCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FEW PAYING CLOSE ATTENTIONFew Americans are paying close attention to the Iran negotiations — just 16 percent say they’re following very or extremely closely, 27 percent are following somewhat closely, and 55 percent aren’t following closely at all.Twenty-two percent of Republicans, including 28 percent of conservative Republicans, say they’ve been following very closely, making them significantly more likely than any other party group to be closely following the talks.OBAMA ON FOREIGN AFFAIRSFifty-seven percent disapprove of how Obama is handling the U.S. role in world affairs, while only 42 percent approve. That’s up slightly since December, when 38 percent said they approved of how Obama is handling the issue.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,077 adults was conducted online April 23-27, 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. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal struck between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, to limit its nuclear program, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. But few Americans believe Iran will live up to its end of the bargain.The preliminary deal will be a key point of discussion on Thursday when President Barack Obama hosts top officials from Gulf Arab countries at Camp David to reassure the anxious allies about the U.S. overtures to Iran. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Even among those who say they approve of the preliminary deal, just 5 percent are very confident in Iran to follow through, while 35 percent are moderately confident and 59 percent are not confident.The lack of confidence in Tehran crosses party lines, with no more than 5 percent of Democrats, Republicans or independents expressing a lot of confidence that it will follow through on its obligations under the deal.MOST CHOOSE ISRAEL OVER IRAN DEALAmericans’ desire to keep a positive relationship with Israel could stand in the way of their approval of a deal. If forced to choose, 53 percent think it’s more important for Obama to maintain the United States’ relationship with Israel, even if it means acceding to Israel’s wishes to stop negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear program, while 44 percent say it’s more important to negotiate a deal with Iran, even if it damages the U.S. relationship with Israel.Even among those who approve of the preliminary deal in principle, 4 in 10 say the U.S. relationship with Israel is more important.Most Democrats in the new poll think negotiating a deal with Iran is more important, while most Republicans think maintaining the U.S. relationship with Israel is more important. Independents are more likely to say that the U.S. relationship with Israel is more important than a deal with Iran, 49 percent to 41 percent. In this May 8, 2015, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council pose for photographers at the Chief of Mission Residence in Paris, France, to discuss Middle East concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Kerry has also visited Sri Lanka, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia on his trip. Many Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal that would limit Iran’s nuclear program but very few people really believe Tehran will follow through with the agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)last_img read more

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Interpol Islamic extremist rebel to be extradited to Uganda

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A U.N. report in 2012 said ADF rebels had “expanded their military capacity and cooperated” with Somalia’s al-Shabab extremists.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “He doesn’t want to go back to Uganda because he thinks they will just kill him,” said Kasingye, who questioned Mukulu in the Tanzanian city Dar es Salaam.Kasingye said the rebel leader was “picked up” from his home in Dar es Salaam earlier this year after an apparent tip-off.The Kinshasa government is also urging Mukulu’s extradition to Congo, saying he committed more crimes there.The ADF originated in Uganda in the 1990s but now operates in the jungles of eastern Congo. The group is accused of carrying out massacres in Uganda as well as in parts of eastern Congo, including killings recently near the town of Beni in Congo’s North Kivu province. In that attack in mid-May, rebels using machetes and axes killed 23 people in an overnight assault on several small villages.Mukulu had been sanctioned by the U.S. and was the subject of an Interpol arrest warrant for attacks carried out against civilians.A convert to Islam, Mukulu is accused of ordering a range of crimes, including a 1998 massacre in which scores of students were burned to death in their dormitories in a town near the Congo border.The ADF, which originally said it opposed what it called the marginalization of Ugandan Muslims, is accused of launching a series of deadly bomb blasts in the Ugandan capital of Kampala in the late 1990s before a military operation forced the rebels to set up camp in eastern Congo. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An Islamic extremist rebel leader recently arrested in Tanzania is set to be extradited to Uganda after Tanzanian authorities agreed to cooperate, the head of Interpol in Uganda said Tuesday.Jamil Mukulu, the Ugandan boss of the armed group Allied Democratic Forces, appeared in a Tanzanian court on Friday, charged with multiple counts of murder, after his extradition papers were filed, said Asan Kasingye. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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Iraq deputy PM appeals for more help

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The jihadi group’s conquest last week of Ramadi essentially completes its takeover of the key province of Anbar, whose other main city, Fallujah, fell over a year ago.Al-Mutlaq said allowing Islamic State “to expand in Anbar is unacceptable and the capacity of the Iraqis is very limited.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SOUTHERN SHUNE, Jordan (AP) — Iraq’s deputy prime minister is appealing for greater international help in fighting the Islamic State group, saying its recent takeover of the key city of Ramadi was a “big disaster” and that the country’s own forces could not adequately fight back.Saleh al-Mutlaq, speaking to AP at a regional conference of the World Economic Forum in Jordan on Friday called for a “new strategic plan” for Iraq and for international coalition forces to “terminate” the Islamic State group in Iraq. Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Police 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash

first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighborhood where the plane went down.North Sumatra police major A. Tarigan told TVOne that 141 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a residential area where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday. The air force says there were 122 people on the plane including military personnel and their families.The crash of the aircraft, which had been in service since 1964, occurred only two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base in Medan on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands. It plowed into a building that local media said contained shops and homes.Witnesses said it was shooting flames and smoke before crashing. Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna has said the pilot told the control tower that he needed to turn back because of engine trouble and the plane crashed while turning right to return to the airport.The air force repeatedly raised its figures for the number of the people on the plane, indicating lax controls and raising questions about whether it was accepting paying passengers despite previous promises to crack down on the promise. Hitching rides on military planes to reach remote destinations is common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago that spans three time zones.The plane’s manifest listed 50 people on the doomed flight from Medan to the remote Natuna island chain, according to North Sumatra police chief Eko Hadi Sutedjo, but the actual number was more than double that. The plane had traveled from the capital, Jakarta, and stopped at two locations before arriving at Medan. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Indonesia has a patchy civil aviation safety record and its cash-strapped air force has also suffered a series of accidents. Between 2007 and 2009, the European Union barred Indonesian airlines from flying to Europe because of safety concerns.The country’s most recent civilian airline disaster was in December, when an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board crashed into the Java Sea en route from Surabaya to Singapore. There have been five fatal crashes involving air force planes since 2008, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which tracks aviation disasters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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US business stockpiles rise in May

first_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles in May, while sales rose for a third straight month.Business stockpiles in May edged up 0.3 percent from the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The result may indicate that businesses are optimistic about future sales.Sales in May were up 0.4 percent following gains in March and April. Before March, sales had posted seven straight monthly declines. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in societycenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Economists are forecasting sales to keep rebounding in the second half of this year and that consumer spending will help lift overall economic growth. However, a separate report Tuesday showed that retail sales in June fell 0.3 percent as consumers cut back their spending at stores and restaurants.Despite the disappointing retail sales result, which followed a robust 1 percent gain in May, analysts said they are still hopeful that consumers will ramp up their spending in coming months based on rising incomes from strong job gains over the past year.The economy went into reverse in the first quarter, shrinking at an annual rate of 0.2 percent. That decline in the gross domestic product was the result of an unusually harsh winter that kept consumers away from shopping malls and disrupted other economic activity as well.Analysts are forecasting a bounce back in the April-June period to 2.5 percent growth.The increase in stockpiles in May left inventories at a seasonally adjusted $1.8 trillion, an increase of 2.4 percent from May 2014.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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