Warning issued against nonessential travel to Egypt

first_img Posted by Monday, April 10, 2017 Share Tags: Egypt Warning issued against non-essential travel to Egyptcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada is advising against non-essential travel to Egypt due to the unpredictable security situation. The advisory does not apply to the Red Sea coastal resorts of Hurghada (and its surroundings) and Sharm el-Sheikh, nor to the area from Luxor to Aswan along the upper Nile, where Global Affairs Canada says travellers should exercise a high degree of caution.Canadians travelling to Egypt are also advised to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in attacks on Palm Sunday services in two cities in Egypt, as a state of emergency went into effect amid fears of further violence.At least 17 people were killed at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt. Another suicide attack killed at least 28 people inside St. George’s Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, the Health Ministry said, updating an earlier toll. IS claimed both bombings.last_img read more

Can people cause earthquakes Yes and it just happened in Mexico City

first_imgThe “earthquake” was so epic that seismologists in Chile even recorded artificial activity in Mexico City, said USA Today.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerSo can we all agree that Mexico City has the best sports fans in the world? If Mexico ends up winning the World Cup, consider yourself warned and run for cover. Share Mexico’s Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations reported that at least two sensors in Mexico City recorded seismic activity at the same time Mexico player Hirving Lozano scored the game-winning goal. According to the institute, these seismic blips may have been generated by “massive jumps” across the city, particularly in public squares and parks where fans had gathered to watch the game and celebrate the goal. MEXICO CITY  — The ground shook in Mexico City on Sunday, not because of an earthquake but because soccer fans really know how to party.After Mexico’s stunning win over defending champions Germany in Sunday’s World Cup opener, fans took to the streets of Mexico City and celebrated by waving the Mexican flag and breaking into song. Crowds converged around the iconic Angel of Independence monument, bouncing with joy and chanting “Mexico” for hours after the match. Posted by Tags: Earthquake, Mexico City, World Cup If you’re thinking that sounds tame as far as sports celebrations go, think again. Mexico’s fans were so exuberant that they actually caused an “artificial earthquake”. << Previous PostNext Post >> Can people cause earthquakes? Yes, and it just happened in Mexico City Travelweek Group Monday, June 18, 2018 last_img read more

Brussels Airlines relaunches its Bristol and Hanover routes

first_imgBrussels Airlines relaunches its Bristol and Hanover routes Share Tags: Brussels Airlines Posted by BRUSSELS — With 12 weekly flights to and from Bristol and 6 weekly flights to and from Hanover, Brussels Airlines has re-launched the routes that were previously operated by wet lease partner Flybmi.Both Hanover and Bristol are important routes in the airline’s network as well as for connecting passengers. Together with Star Alliance partner Air Canada, Brussels Airlines offers flights out of both Toronto and Montreal.Starting Sept. 1, Brussels Airlines will connect Brussels with Bristol and Hanover five times a week.As from Oct. 27 the airline will increase its flight frequencies to Bristol to 12 times weekly and to Hanover to six times a week.Brussels Airlines’ Belgium stopover option offers stopover privileges from one to five days. Passengers can customize their stopover by picking two cities from a list of 14, plus activities.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tuesday, July 16, 2019 last_img read more

Tico flower producers seek buyers in Europe

first_imgNo related posts. Eleven companies exporting flowers and plants will exhibit their products this week at the world’s largest flora fair, the IPM Essen 2013 in Germany.The event brings together some 1,500 exhibitors showcasing their products to 60,000 buyers from 90 countries, according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER).Company representatives also will participate in business meetings with buyers from Poland, according to PROCOMER Trade Promotion Manager Álvaro Piedra, who added that recent studies carried out by them show that the Polish market is very attractive for Costa Rican producers.The results indicate that there are more than 200 Tico products with export potential to Poland, especially plants, flowers, foliage and fresh produce.“Poland has a population of 38 million, is the sixth most populous country in the 27 that make up the European Union, and its economy has recently shown attractive economic growth,” Piedra said.In 2010, Costa Rica exported some $140 million in flowers and foliage, especially to the United States and Europe. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Whats open whats closed during Semana Santa

first_imgIn Alajuela: San Ramón, San Carlos and Guatuso.In Puntarenas: Osa, Aguirre, Guácimo, Coto Brus, Buenos Aires, Corredores and Parrita.In Guanacaste: Tilarán, Cañas, Nicoya and the district of Monteverde.In Limón: Talamanca, Guácimo.In San José: Central Canton, Curridabat and Desamparados.However, officials from the Municipality of San José noted that the absence of a dry law does not allow the consumption of liquor in public spaces or at religious activities. Those failing to comply with this regulation will be fined ₡157,000 ($315).Here’s a list of schedules for public offices, business and other services throughout the country:-Central government offices and ministries will be closed all week. Lawmakers also will be on vacation, and the Legislative Assembly will be closed.-The main facilities of the National Insurance Institute will close all week, as well as regional offices across the country. INS health services in San José will work Monday through Wednesday to attend to work- and traffic-related injuries.-The Supreme Elections Tribunal and the National Registry will be closed all week. Any procedure for personal IDs, property certificates, etc. will not be available. The National Registry will only be attending people in need of a birth certificate for traveling outside the country, at its main facilities.-Most banks, private and public, will keep normal hours Monday through Wednesday. Banco Nacional reported all branches will keep a normal schedule Monday and Tuesday, and limited hours on Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. The bank will close Thursday through Sunday.-All Judicial Branch offices and courts will keep regular hours through Wednesday. They will close Thursday through Sunday. The Judicial Investigation Police and the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court will keep a normal 24/7 schedule.The Comptroller General’s Office will be close on Friday, March 22, and reopen on April 1.Hospitals and pharmacies:  Public hospitals will remain open all week. Emergency services at all public hospitals and clinics in Costa Rica will be available to treat patients. Community health clinics, or EBAIS, also will keep normal schedules, as well as pharmacy and lab services, specialist consultations and maternity units. The Red Cross will attend emergencies at all hours.The emergency rooms and pharmacies at private hospitals Clínica Bíblica (2522-1000), in downtown San José, Clínica Católica (2283-6616), in the northeastern suburb of Guadalupe, and CIMA (2208-1000), in the southwestern suburb of Escazú, also will be open 24 hours a day. Facebook Comments While many folks flock to the beach and other destinations to enjoy the Easter Holy Week holiday, others just stay home.Either way, if you’re in Costa Rica you should be aware that as of August 2012 all local governments are entitled to decide whether to apply a dry law or not during the holiday. It is up to each municipality or district council to prohibit the sale of alcohol from midnight Wednesday until midnight Saturday. These are the communities that will not be enforcing a dry law this year: We will open for normal business hours at 8 a.m. on April 1. Tico Times on vacation for Semana Santa  No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rican Coast Guard arrests boat captain for alleged shark finning

first_imgRelated posts:Illegal fishing continues unabated in Costa Rica’s treasured Isla del Coco National Park Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson launches Facebook campaign asking Costa Rica’s Solís to drop extradition request American Airlines says it won’t ship shark fins anymore Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase On Sunday, coast guard officersdetained a fishing boat in Quepos, Puntarenas, on the Pacific coast, and found 21 shark fins on board weighing four kilograms, which likely came from four sharks, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.Shark finning, the practice of loping off a shark’s fins and dumping the still living body back into the ocean, is illegal in Costa Rica along with the trafficking and importation of the appendages. Costa Rica formally banned the practice in October 2012.Authorities also found an illegal catch of sailfish on board the boat, named the Argentina, which law enforcement officials seized. Coast guard officers arrested the boat’s captain, a man with the last names Quirós Zúñiga, for the illegal shark fins and for exceeding the legal limit on sailfish by 251 kilograms. He was scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday.Sports fisherman are allowed to catch and release sailfish, but Costa Rican law prohibits the game fish from constituting more than 15 percent of a boat’s catch.Shark fins, considered a delicacy in Chinese cooking, can garner hundreds of dollars per kilogram. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Ricas expanding definition of family gets nod from president

first_imgRelated posts:Solís administration cagey on plans for gay union, in vitro fertilization bills Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica’s Supreme Court throws out constitutional challenges to IVF decree Costa Rica’s changing definition of family hits cookie commercial President Luis Guillermo Solís on Monday expressed support for Costa Rican families regardless of the form they take, including those seeking children via in vitro fertilization.The president’s comments followed an order from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for Costa Rica to explain its noncompliance with a 2012 order to legalize and regulate in vitro fertilization, and a cookie commercial that included a gay couple among several non-traditional families.“This is something that we cannot ignore or put off indefinitely. I understand that it brings up sensitivities for some groups in our society, but Costa Rica is a country that needs to respect international law,” Solís said. “Costa Rica depends on international law for its protection.”The president added: “A resolution from an international court, especially the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, needs to be addressed seriously, despite religious feelings.” Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís delivers the annual May 1 State of the Nation speech at the Legislative Assembly in San José, on May 1, 2015. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe court in December 2012 condemned Costa Rica for its ban on IVF and ordered the country to legalize the practice within one year. Lawmakers have failed to meet all of the subsequent deadlines set by the court.Facing an intractable situation in the Legislative Assembly, Casa Presidencial has previously floated the idea of an executive order legalizing IVF treatments to sidestep lawmakers. The legislature is still debating its agenda, but its leadership has said that IVF and gay civil unions would be non-starters for the upcoming session.Solís said he understood that lawmakers would debate questions of family – including IVF and the pending bill to legalize same-sex civil unions – but that he has an obligation to defend the rights of all Costa Ricans. The president did not specifically mention same-sex couples in his comments but said that “all families” deserve respect.“It’s my job to protect all families, regardless of what form they take,” Solís said. “The rights of all families should be guaranteed regardless of their form, they should be respected.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Guatemalas Otto Pérez Molina dismisses spurious corruption case

first_imgRead first: Guatemala’s Pérez Molina could face impeachmentGUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said Thursday the corruption investigation against him is unfounded, and he vowed to fight the possible lifting of his presidential immunity.A congressional committee is currently probing how much Pérez Molina knew about fraud by senior officials in the customs and social security systems.Pérez Molina condemned what he called a “purely political, or spurious, or illegitimate situation,” and questioned the opposition-dominated committee’s jurisdiction in the case.The probe against the president was requested by opposition party Winaq after a U.N.-backed investigation aimed at cleaning up the Guatemalan judicial system reported in April that senior customs officials had taken bribes from businessmen seeking to avoid paying taxes.The Supreme Court endorsed the request last week, asking Congress to set up an investigative committee and consider lifting Pérez Molina’s immunity.The president was due to testify before the committee Thursday, but instead sent a written defense.In it, he said the Supreme Court should have ruled on the substance of the case itself rather than passing it along to Congress.“The Supreme Court is not a pre-trial processing system,” he wrote. “It must search for the facts.”The head of the committee, opposition lawmaker Baudilio Hichos, meanwhile resigned after prosecutors and the U.N. anti-corruption commission accused him of involvement in social security fraud.Guatemala has been in political upheaval since the U.N. commission began publishing its findings on the customs fraud scheme, leading to the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti.In a separate scandal, the president of the central bank and the director of the social security system — both of whom are close to Pérez Molina — were arrested in May on charges of cheating the social security system out of $15 million.Read all our Guatemala coverage here Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina’s immunity Guatemala prosecutor confident President Pérez Molina will be removed from office, charged with graft PHOTOS: A look back at how Guatemalan citizens demanded justice – and wonlast_img read more

US man killed in Costa Rica was target of real estate scam

first_imgBrian Lynn Hogue went missing while traveling between San José and Guápiles, where he lived, on June 1, 2015. (Courtesy OIJ)UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 10  Costa Rica Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) Director Walter Espinoza announced Tuesday that four suspects have been arrested for allegedly killing a California man and defrauding him of several properties. OIJ identified the victim as Brian Lynn Hogue, 64, who had been missing since June 2015.According to Espinoza, the four suspects – two men and two women – learned that Hogue had several properties in Paquera, Puntarenas, listed under an anonymous corporation, known as an S.A. in Costa Rica, and allegedly conspired to commit identity fraud to gain control of the corporation.The suspects are two sisters surnamed Gaitán Ramírez, and two men with the last names Corrales Vargas and López Corrales, according to a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday. The four allegedly presented false documents to a notary and tricked the registry into transferring control of the S.A. and its assets to them.“When Brian Lynn [Hogue] became aware of the criminal acts, they decided to kill him” on June 2, 2015, Espinoza said during a Tuesday news conference.The prime suspects in the killing of Hogue are the Gaitán sisters, according to Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Tatiana Vargas. A criminal court in Pococí ordered the sisters held in six months preventive detention.Corrales and López allegedly committed the fraud. Corrales may have assisted in the killing, Vargas said, but there is not sufficient evidence at this time to request preventive detention. Both men are not in jail but are required to regularly sign in with authorities and not communicate with the Gaitán sisters.Police carried out five raids across Costa Rica this week in Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos; Coronado, San José; Garabito, Puntarenas; and two near Moín, Limón. None of the four suspects had criminal records, according to the OIJ.Hogue was last seen in San José on June 1, 2015, driving a gold-colored Suzuki Grand Vitara. When he did not arrive home in Guápiles, a neighbor filed a missing-persons report with the OIJ on June 12, according to the OIJ delegation in Pococí.The Tico Times previously reported that Hogue planned to retire in Costa Rica and was involved in reforestation efforts on properties he owned, including a farm in Guápiles where he lived with his wife and one of his children.Hogue is survived by his four children, his wife and his former wife. Facebook Comments Related posts:Love triangle turned deadly in case of slain US-Costa Rica family Costa Rica man arrested with 400 cloned US credit cards US man shot, killed outside Jacó club Costa Rican police arrest U.S. men suspected in $9 million scamlast_img read more

For ills of the heart there are the songs of Chavela

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Farewell, work week A walk in the clouds Osa acrobatics Off like a shot One of the highlights of this week’s International Arts Festival is an exhibit featuring photos and mementos from the life of Costa Rican-born music legend Chavela Vargas.Visitors to the exhibit, at the Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Patrimony on Avenida Central in San José, can view scenes from the famed singer’s life, her Grammy, one of her iconic ponchos, and a letter from Lila Downs reading: “For ills of the head, there’s the psychologist; for ills of the body, there are doctors. And for ills of the heart, there are the songs of Chavela Vargas.”Vargas was born in San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica, on April 17, 1919. She later immigrated to Mexico at age 14, where she sang in the streets. Later, she established a career as a professional singer.The FIA continues through April 15. center_img Singer Chavela Vargas dies at 93last_img read more

Tica takes the title Jenny Méndez wins 43rd Marine Corps Marathon

first_imgRelated posts:Tico Times Talks: An interview with Olympic hopeful Jenny Méndez Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Olympic Update: Costa Rica still in search of defining moment in Rio Noe Mar McGonagle wins bronze, Team Costa Rica finishes fifth at ISA World Surfing Games Jenny Méndez, from San José, Costa Rica, finished at the top of 43rd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. this Sunday.Méndez, 38, was the top female finisher with a time of 2:40:20. With a pace of 6.06 mph, Méndez finished more than six minutes ahead of her closest contender, Lindsay Gabow, 24, from Houston, TX.Jeffrey Stein, 32, from Washington D.C. took first place in the men’s division with a time of 2:22:49 while Omar Duran, 39, finished first in the hand cyclist division with a time of 1:21:27.In a Facebook post the day after the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Méndez wrote “that moment where so many feelings cross, work, discipline, effort, sacrifice, pain, tears, happiness, satisfaction at seeing the results that we work for every day.”Méndez also thanked her coaches, Daniel Gaviria Lopez and Cesar Lizano.Méndez’s win came just a few months after she finished fourth in the Central American and Caribbean Games marathon in Barranquilla, Colombia. Méndez finished that marathon with a time of 3:03:00. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mexico to auction 2 TV channels in duopoly market

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s broadcast regulator is moving to increase competition in television by ordering an auction of two new nationwide channels in a market now dominated by two large networks.The Federal Telecommunications Commission has not made clear if now-dominant Televisa and TV Azteca will be allowed to bid.Telephone magnate Carlos Slim has been trying to get government permission to enter Mexico’s pay-television market. Sponsored Stories Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Wednesday’s statement from the commission says it will be the first auction of television frequencies in the country’s history. It says Mexico is seeking to diversify TV content and offer alternative outlets for information and entertainment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

248 human fetuses found in Russian forest

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Comments   Share   MOSCOW (AP) – Villagers in Russia’s south Urals region have stumbled upon a gruesome discovery _ four barrels left in a forest containing 248 human fetuses, prompting an official probe, officials said Tuesday.Police in the Sverdlovsk region said the fetuses, preserved in formaldehyde, were kept in barrels with tags marked with surnames and numbers.The fetuses were found a few miles away from a highway linking the region’s capital, Yekaterinburg, with another big city, Nizhny Tagil. Police believe that they may have come from four local hospitals and have started an investigation. The fetuses have been placed in a local morgue.The Health Ministry said it had ordered a check of local hospitals to prevent such incidents occurring again.“The rude violation of medical ethics causes indignation,” the ministry said in a statement. “It’s inadmissible from both the moral and legal viewpoint.”The Russian Orthodox Church used the incident to emphasize its opposition against abortions. Spokesman Vladimir Legoida said in a statement that it “highlighted the degradation of our society.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for menlast_img read more

South African baboon rescuer dies in fire

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The fire broke out around 8 p.m. Friday after volunteers and workers left the center for the evening, Pierce said. No one else was injured in the blaze, which consumed the clinic, offices and a house on the property, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Johannesburg. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.While Miljo no longer ran day-to-day operations of the center, which cares for more than 400 baboons, she remained a constant presence and a figurehead for the organization she founded in 1989.“Everybody’s still in shock about this,” Pierce said.Born in Germany in 1931, Miljo came to South Africa in the 1950s. In a 2008 article about her in The Washington Post Magazine, Miljo said helping baboons taught her “why people behave the way they do.”“Chimpanzees can be deceitful, just like humans, whereas baboons haven’t learned that yet,” she said at the time. “So what you learn from the baboons is the truth about yourself. Chimpanzees have already learned to find beautiful little excuses for their behavior.”In South Africa, baboons have a troublesome reputation. In Cape Town, baboons remain known for raiding cars and frightening tourists. Baboons are a protected species under South African legislation but their aggressive pursuits of food have led to conflicts with residents. Miljo nursed orphaned and injured baboons back to health, then pioneered ways of reintroducing whole troops of cared-for baboons back into the wild, her center said. In 1994, the center successfully released ten hand-reared baboons back into the wild. A year later, 70 percent had survived and integrated back into the wild population, the center said, a success as many thought the human-cared-for baboons wouldn’t be able to adjust.Miljo is survived by a brother who lives in Botswana, Pierce said. Her first husband, Lothar Simon, and her 17-year-old daughter died in 1972 in plane crash.Despite personal tragedies in her own life, she remained focused on her work to help sick and injured baboons. When asked in 2008 where the body of one of the baboons she sheltered would be buried, Miljo offered a quick answer.“I remember where each one is and that’s where I’m going to be buried, too,” she said.___Online:Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education: http://www.primatecare.org.za/___Jon Gambrell can be reached at http://twitter.com/jongambrellap. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (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 ophthalmologist The difference between men and women when it comes to pain More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Conservationist Rita Miljo, who cared for and reintroduced packs of baboons back into the wilds of South Africa, died in a fire that destroyed much of the headquarters of the sanctuary she built, a sanctuary official said Saturday. She was 81.Miljo died Friday in the small apartment she kept above the clinic of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education in the bush of Limpopo province, said Karl Pierce, a director with the sanctuary. With her at her death was Bobby, the first battered Chacma baboon she ever rescued and nursed back to health in 1980 after spiriting her away from a national park without a permit. Bobby also died in the fire, along with two other older baboons that stayed in her apartment, Pierce said.last_img read more

France to push for universal ban on death penalty

first_img Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help France banned the practice in 1981, under the last Socialist president Francois Mitterand. It inscribed the ban in the country’s constitution in 2007.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too PARIS (AP) – France’s foreign minister says that a push for a universal ban on the death penalty will be a top priority for the country’s diplomats around the world.Laurent Fabius said Thursday he will tell France’s ambassadors next week to “wage a campaign in favor of” such a ban.Fabius says he expects resistance from countries where the death penalty is practiced. The United States, China, Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that use the capital punishment, according to Amnesty International.center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Armenia Excandidate held in shooting of rival

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Two other men accused in the attack were arrested last month. Sedrakian said at the time that he knew the men, whom he had hired to renovate his apartment.A spokesman for Armenia’s National Security Agency, Artsvin Bagramian, on Wednesday confirmed Sedrakian’s arrest. On Tuesday, after a court sanctioned his arrest, Sedrakian said in an interview that he had not yet been notified but greeted the news “with humor.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) – Vardan Sedrakian, a former Armenian presidential contender, has been arrested in the shooting of another fringe candidate ahead of last month’s election, authorities said Wednesday.The Jan. 31 attack on Paruir Airikian, who was shot in the shoulder, threatened to cause the vote to be postponed. But the election was held as planned on Feb. 18, and the incumbent president, Serge Sarkisian, won easily with nearly 59 percent of the vote. The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 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 Arizona Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

US economy rebounding with solid if unspectacular job gains

first_imgIn this April 22, 2015 photo, a sign at a recruiting station for Leslie’s Pool supplies boasts that it is a great place to work during a National Career Fairs job fair, in Chicago. The Labor Department releases employment data for April on Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life The unemployment rate is nearing the level the Fed considers healthy. Yet many other signs suggest that the job market isn’t fully recovered. The number of full-time workers, for example, fell in April while the number of part-timers jumped more than 400,000 to 27.7 million– a half-million more than a year ago.The increase came from Americans who said they preferred part-time work, the report said. The number of part-timers who want full-time jobs declined 100,000 to 6.6 million. That’s still above pre-recession levels.The nation’s job growth still isn’t raising worker pay much. Average hourly wages rose just 3 cents in April to $24.87. Wages have risen only 2.2 percent over the past 12 months, roughly the same sluggish pace of the past six years.“We’re definitely back to that same discussion we were having before March and earlier this year,” said Tara Sinclair, a professor at George Washington University and chief economist at the job listings service Indeed. “Things are looking pretty good and going in the right direction, but where is the wage growth?”Corey Bowman, U.S. president of Pita Pit, a 240-store sandwich chain, says his company hasn’t had to raise pay even though it’s expanding and hiring. Pita Pit plans to add 45 restaurants this year, with each location creating about 15 full- and part-time jobs. Most analysts foresee the economy growing about 2.5 percent this year, similar to the modest expansion typical of much of the 6-year-old recovery.In its report Friday, the government revised sharply down its estimate of March’s job gain to 85,000 from 126,000. In the past three months, employers have added 191,000 positions, a decent total but well below last year’s average of 260,000.“Job growth is going from great to good,” said Michael Feroli, an economist at JPMorgan Chase.One reason the economy hasn’t accelerated faster is that overseas economic turmoil is still restraining growth. A stronger dollar, which makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas, has cut into factory production. Manufacturers barely added jobs for a second straight month. And last year’s plunge in oil prices has led drilling companies to lay off thousands of workers.Investors breathed a sigh of relief Friday because the figures suggested an economic rebound from the January-March quarter — but one not so explosive as to likely cause the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates from record lows anytime soon. The Dow Jones industrial average soared 267 points to close up 1.5 percent. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “I haven’t noticed any change in terms of what you have to pay to get people,” Bowman said.The Fed has been monitoring the job market for convincing evidence of a healthier economy. The chronically sluggish pay growth and the downward revision to March’s job gain may dissuade the Fed from raising rates in June or even by fall.Other measures of pay that include bonuses are starting to show healthier increases. That trend could reflect pay gains in skilled industries.Paul McDonald, a director at job placement firm Robert Half, says companies are offering pay 8 to 10 percent higher than a year ago to attract accountants. They are making generous offers to fill other jobs, such as web developers and computer networking professionals, he said.“It really is the age of specialization,” McDonald said. “But specialists are hard to find, the demand is so high.”Still, some higher-paying industries, especially those affected by lower energy prices or the higher dollar, are reporting losses. Mining, which includes oil and gas, cut 15,000 jobs in April. The industry has eliminated 49,000 jobs this year, more than offsetting the 41,000 it added in 2014. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.The job growth helped lower the unemployment rate to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That is the lowest rate since May 2008, six months into the Great Recession.The figures provided some reassurance that the economy is recovering from a harsh winter and other temporary headwinds that likely caused it to shrink in the first three months of the year. Yet the bounce back appears to be falling short of hopes that growth would finally accelerate in 2015 and top 3 percent for the first time in a decade. Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Manufacturers added only 1,000 jobs last month after a flat reading in March. That’s down from the industry’s average monthly job gain of 18,000 last year.Over the past three months, mining and manufacturing have been subtracting an average of 12,333 jobs a month, said Jay Feldman, U.S. economics director at the bank Credit Suisse.“I don’t think it’s enough to stop the recovery,” Feldman said. “But it’s big enough that it slows the overall pace.”Construction companies, though, picked up much of the slack by adding 45,000 jobs, the most in 16 months. That is a sign that cold weather had held back building projects in March, when the construction industry cut 9,000 jobs.___AP Economics Writers Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.___Contact Christopher Rugaber at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaberCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Turkey suspects Islamic State behind bomb that killed 31

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories “We wanted to do something, but they would not let us,” she added.IS militants carried out surprise attacks in Kobani last month that killed more than 200 people.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in Cyprus on an official visit, was briefed on the investigation, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.“I personally and on behalf of my nation condemn and curse those who perpetrated this savagery,” Erdogan said in a news conference broadcast on Turkish television.In a statement on Twitter, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said such “despicable terrorist attacks” would never achieve their goal.The United States strongly condemned the attack, noting that many of the victims had stepped forward to help reconstruction efforts in Kobani.“We express our solidarity with the Turkish government and the Turkish people and reaffirm our undeterred resolve to fight against the sheer threat of terrorism,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.The casualty figures were released by the prime minister’s office and the Interior Ministry.The senior Turkish official said authorities had evidence that the attack was a suicide bombing. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. Another explosion Monday south of Kobani killed three Kurdish officials and occurred as the militiamen were removing mortar shells from a dump, said Mustafa Bali, a Kurdish official. Another Kurdish official had initially described the blast as a bomb.Suruc also is the site of the largest refugee camp in Turkey. Nearly 2 million Syrians have crossed into the country to flee the fighting.More than 220,000 Syrians have been killed and at least 1 million wounded since the country’s crisis began in March 2011, according to the United Nations.___Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Lori Hinnant in Paris and Ayse Wieting and Mohammed Rasool in Istanbul contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories “We are face to face with a terrorism incident,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. “We have the willpower to find and certainly punish those who are responsible.”There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but a senior government official told The Associated Press that Turkey suspected the IS group was behind the blast as retaliation for Turkey’s steps against the militants.The midday explosion took place as the Federation of Socialist Youths was wrapping up a news conference on plans to help rebuild Kobani, a witness said.Suruc is just across the border from Kobani, the town that was the site of fierce battles between Kurdish groups and Islamic State fighters.The fall of Kobani, heavily populated by Syrian Kurds, was the biggest defeat last year for the militants since they established control over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Its ruins have become a symbol of Kurdish resistance.If IS was indeed behind the bombing, it would represent the group’s most serious attack inside Turkey. A female suicide bomber with suspected ties to IS blew herself up in a tourist district of Istanbul in January, killing a police officer and wounding another. In recent weeks, Turkey has taken new steps against IS, blocking websites and arresting suspected followers in the country, officials said.Witnesses of Monday’s blast described scenes of carnage and shock. Because the activists’ news conference was being recorded, the attack and its immediate aftermath were captured in widely circulated video.Fatma Edemen said the federation of about 200 youths had been pressing for more access to Kobani to help with reconstruction.The group was chanting “Long live the resistance of Kobani!” when the explosion tore through the crowd, she said.“One of my friends protected me. First I thought, ‘I am dying,’ but I was OK,” the 22-year-old Edemen told the AP by phone as she headed to the hospital to get treatment for minor injuries to her legs. “I started to run after I saw the bodies.”Her voice shaking, she said her group had believed it was relatively safe to rebuild Kobani.“Our friends went there, and it didn’t seem dangerous at that time. We couldn’t even think something like that would happen,” she said, adding that they had hoped to build a kindergarten or something else for children in the devastated city. ISTANBUL (AP) — Authorities suspected the Islamic State group was behind an apparent suicide bombing Monday in southeastern Turkey that killed 31 people and wounded nearly 100 — a development that could represent a major expansion by the extremists at a time when the government is stepping up efforts against them.Turkish officials vowed to strike back at those behind the attack in the city of Suruc targeting a group of political activists who wanted to help the shattered Syrian city of Kobani, a bombing that turned a moment of hope into a scene of horror. Parents, stop beating yourself up How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Travel to infinity and beyond with Boeing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Boeing and Space Adventures have announced a deal to sell passenger tickets on rocket rides to the International Space Station. Under this new agreement, Space Adventures will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft to wealthy tourists. Boeing now has to build the reusable capsule, which will have a round bottom and pointed top, for scheduled completion in 2015. John Elbon, vice president and program manager for Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation Systems didn’t release pricing details but said at present the flight would be marketed to millionaire tourists.  Space Adventures Ltd. has already sold passenger seats aboard the Russian-built Soyuz spaceship. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte was its last passenger who paid $US35 million for a 10-day trip to space. “The more people fly to space, the sooner the cost will come down, chairman of Space Adventures, Eric Anderson, said.”I know that it’ll never be $US40,000, or $US4,000, if it doesn’t start off at $US40 million. “We’ll get there. Until launch technology radically changes, the price is still going to be quite expensive.’NASA has encouraged aerospace companies such as Boeing to develop spaceships that can carry both government-sponsored astronauts and paying tourists to the space station. last_img read more

Thousands disrupted as PO cancels Pacific Jewel

first_imgA faulty propulsion system has forced P&O Cruises to cancel its 11-night Pacific Sunsets cruise, which was due to depart Sydney on the Pacific Jewel tomorrow.The problems with the propulsion system were identified by the ship’s engineers, with further complications rendering the cancellation necessary, P&O said.The damages to the section proved worse than initially thought and have since delayed the scheduled return of the liner, which is currently on its way back to Sydney from Noumea at a reduced cruising speed.P&O Cruises apologised to passengers for “the unavoidable cancellation of this week’s scheduled Pacific Jewel cruise to Vanuatu and New Caledonia” in a media release earlier today. The 2,000-odd passengers on the cancelled cruise have been offered a full refund of their cruise fare plus a 25 per cent credit on a future P&O Cruises’ booking booked and deposited before December 31 for all cruises which depart before March 31, 2011. “There is some availability on future cruises and P&O Cruises will be working very hard to find alternative cruise arrangements for affected passengers,” P&O said.Additional to the full refund and credit, passengers are also entitled to claim for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses caused by the cancellation of the cruise. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more