Posted by Share Tags: Sunquest It’s back! Sunquest’s Sun Deal rewards agents with Loyalty Points << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA – Sunquest’s ever popular ‘Sun Deal’ is back to the delight of travel agents, who can now earn up to $100 in Loyalty Points simply by booking with the tour operator.This offer is valid on all new Sunquest package bookings made between Oct. 3-31, 2016, for travel anytime, from any gateway, to any destination and for any duration. Once a booking is complete, agents go online to travelbrandsagent.com, enter a valid booking number and play to win.Bonus points can range between 2X and 20X Loyalty Points, which can then be redeemed for gift cards and more, valued up to $100. The more agents book, the more they can play and win.For more details go to travelbrandsagent.com. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 The Canadian Press
Tags: Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, Low-Cost Carriers The Canadian Press Share Thursday, September 14, 2017 Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand Rouge fleet MONTREAL — Air Canada says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in cooperation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low-cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Friday, December 1, 2017 MONTREAL – Transat A.T. Inc. has concluded the sale of its incoming tour operator unit Jonview Canada for $44 million to Japanese multinational H.I.S. Co. Ltd..The price could be adjusted on the date of final closing of the accounts, says Transat..On November 10, the Competition Bureau of Canada said the transaction did not warrant its intervention.“The sale of Jonview Canada completes our strategic refocusing around three main pillars: air transportation and travel distribution, which make up our leisure travel operations, as well as hotel operation,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and CEO of Transat.Eustache adds: “This transaction is the latest in a series of initiatives we have implemented in recent years to carry out the company’s new development strategy and ensure its long-term prosperity.” Transat completes Jonview Canada sale for $44 million Tags: Transat << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Travelweek Group
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 4, 2018 As a travel agent, what matters to you when choosing which consolidator to work with? Is it strictly price? Is it a wide range of product with as many air providers as possible? Is it the simplicity of the booking process and customer support? Voyages a la Carte’s new online platform, Agencia Global, seems to provide the most comprehensive product that addresses all of these concerns.Here are a few key features:Relationships and ContentWith over $1 billion in airfare sold in 2017 and contracts with over 160 airlines, Voyages a la Carte has forged strong and dynamic relationships with the top airlines in the world. These relationships translate directly to Agencia Global and, in turn, to its travel agent customers. Travel agents can enjoy the benefits of these partnerships and access top content, exclusive offers, and the highest levels of support for their customers.The Agencia Global teamTechnology Made EasyAgencia Global utilizes its extensive history in travel and couples that with top technology. The development team at Agencia Global is listening to agents and has created a clean, fast, and simple to use product with no training required. Travel agents with any type of experience level can seamlessly search, book, add markup, and support their bookings simply and easily through all steps of the booking and post-booking process.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTechnology Leads to EfficiencyTravel agent tools have traditionally lagged behind from a technology perspective. This led to inefficiencies that cost money. These costs were passed on to the travel agent and, in turn, to the agencies’ customers. Voyages a la Carte utilized its technology expertise to create value that it can pass on to their customers. Agents (both home-based and traditional) can register to agenciaglobal.com for free, make bookings with no transactional fee, and access the most competitive fares on the market. The online tool then makes it easy for agents to add their own markup dynamically and quickly.Changing and GrowingAt Agencia Global, Customer Service and Operations listen to the needs of travel agents and effectively translates these needs into change on the platform. Agencia constantly improves the functionality of the site and adds features to the platform to make the booking process as easy as possible.For more information go to agenciaglobal.com. Agencia Global: Over $1 billion of airfare sold in 2017, and growing Share Posted by Tags: Agencia Global
Environmentalist group Bloque Verde on Tuesday rallied supporters against the possible entry of genetically modified corn in Costa Rica at a protest outside the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) in western San José.Bloque Verde noted that two companies, D&PL Semillas Ltda. and Semillas del Trópico, both owned by multinational company Monsanto, filed a request to the Phytosanitary Service, a branch of MAG, and the National Biosafety Technical Commission to grow genetically modified corn here.D&PL hopes to plant 15 hectares of GMO corn, while Tropical Seeds requested authorization to plant 20 hectares. The varieties (MON-88017, MON-603, MON-00863-5, MON-89034), are owned by Monsanto.Costa Rica’s Biosafety Commission has not yet discussed the request, although it is required by law to do so.Along with raising awareness against GMOs, the group also will demonstrate against allowing Monsanto corn in the country. The Bloque Verde campaign includes a signature drive.In the United States, California voters also will have a GMO ballot option known as Proposition 37, which would require labeling on food products that contain GMOs.For the full story on Tuesday’s protest, follow ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments No related posts.
According to the Traffic Police, 53 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in Costa Rica during the first five months of 2014, an increase of 19 deaths – or 56 percent – over the same period last year.New Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón Cornejo said motorcycle safety would be a priority for his agency in coming months, and he urged bikers to take more precautions.“We repeteadly see at every accident scene how victims often were driving without a helmet and died from fatal head trauma. We also have seen several cases where more than two people were traveling on a motorcycle,” Calderón said.From January to May, Traffic Police issued 1,500 tickets to motorcycle drivers mostly for not wearing a helmet, running red lights and participating in drag races. During surveillance operations at sites frequently used for these illegal races, officers seized 232 motorcycles.Calderón said it is common for motorcyclists to disregard Costa Rica’s Traffic Law by transporting more than one passenger, failing to use headlights during the day, failing to use reflective vests and transporting children under 5.Costa Rica’s top traffic cop called on bikers who use their motorcycle for work, such as messengers and delivery drivers, to not overload them with large packages that might block visibility or whose weight can destabilize balance.Passing on the right, driving on sidewalks, crossing in front of moving vehicles, switching lanes and running red lights are among the frequent reckless behavior that causes accidents, Calderón said. Facebook Comments Related posts:It’s time to reduce motorcyclist fatalities in Costa Rica, says Roadway Safety Council Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deaths Traffic fatalities up in Costa Rica Deaths on Costa Rica roads reach new record
Popular Argentinian-North American musicianKevin Johansen and his band The Nada are coming to Costa Rica for the first time, joined by Liniers, an illustrator who crafts free-form images as part of the show.Born in Alaska, Johansen’s Argentinian mother and U.S. father helped him meld a unique and compelling style that mixes languages and influences. He has travelled extensively throughout the Americas, growing up both in Argentina and North America, and he describes his music as a mix of “celtic sambareras,” hip-hop and flamenco cumbias, among other styles.In the 1980s in Argentina, he led the rock-pop-synth band Instrucción Cívica, whose album “Obedencia Debida” won a Golden Record award in Peru in 1985.A nomad by nature, in 1990 he decided to “rediscover the North America of his infancy,” according to Profana Latinoamérica, promoters of the upcoming show in Costa Rica. Johansen spent most of the next 10 years in New York, where he founded The Nada and recorded a self-titled album. In 2000, he relocated to Buenos Aires.In 2002, Johansen recorded “Sur o no Sur,” nominated for three Latin Grammys for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Video. He then recorded “City Zen,” nominated for Best Latin Pop Album in 2005. Related posts:Singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen makes everyone feel good in Costa Rica debut Selena died 20 years ago – why we’re still talking about her Leonard Cohen announces new album for 80th birthday Jazz Café to host first annual Costa Rican Women in Music Festival He followed that effort with the DVD “(Bi)Vo en México,” produced in Mexico City and featuring Johansen and The Nada, Liniers, Rubén Albarrán, Lafourcade, Leonel García and David Aguilar.The group also published a “road book” titled “BIS” focusing on tours in Latin America and Europe. All of these items will be on sale during the upcoming show at Jazz Café Escazú, southwest of the capital.Tickets already are on sale for the show, which takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.—Who: Kevin Johansen, The Nada y LiniersWhen: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.Where: Jazz Café EscazúTickets: Online at www.specialticket.net or at Tiendas Bansbach, Servimas y Grupo MutualHow Much: ₡20,000-24,000 ($37-44) in advance; ₡26,000-30,000 ($48-55) day of showPhone: 2528-8778Visit: Kevin Johansen’s website Facebook Comments Johansen also has collaborated with many other musicians, and in 2007 he released “Logo,” a reference to the international bestselling anti-globalization book “No Logo” by Canadian author Naomi Klein (“todo tiene logo, até logo, saravaravá!“). That project included Colombian singer-songwriter Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados, Spaniards Amparo Sánchez and Albert Plá, and Paulino Moska from Brazil. “Logo” won Latin Grammy nominations for Alternative Music Album of the Year, Alternative Song and Short-Form Musical Video.Johansen began working with Liniers, whose full name is Ricardo Siri Liniers, in 2008, and their wacky personalities helped produce “OOPS!”, a 144-page graphic book. Liniers has published his comic illustrations in a daily strip called Macanudo in the Argentine daily La Nación since 2002 (see his blog here). He also is an editor, writer and actor in the “Eléctrica” comedy series on YouTube.Watch a chapter of Eléctrica here – it’s pretty funny: In 2011, Johansen launched “El Vecinal,” a Latin American music festival showcasing non-major-label bands that are popular in their respective countries. In June 2012, he released the double album “Bi,” with the collaboration of musicians including Lila Downs, Daniela Mercury, Natalia Lafourcade, Paulinho Moska, Rubén Rada and the Orquesta El Arranque.
Facebook Comments NEW YORK — A U.S. judge released Monday transcripts of guilty pleas from three prominent defendants in the sweeping FIFA corruption investigation who confessed to crimes and agreed to pay $37.5 million in compensation. Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, Argentinian-Italian marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco and Brazilian intermediary Jose Margulies pled guilty last year to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.U.S. prosecutors have in total accused 40 officials and marketing executives of soliciting and receiving tens of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks in a case that has sparked an unprecedented crisis at FIFA.The transcripts released Monday show three of them expressing regret and suggesting that bribes were standard practice. All three, who are confined to U.S. house arrest, will be sentenced for corruption in New York in June.“I abused my position to obtain bribes and kickbacks for my personal benefit,” Webb, who suffers from a heart condition, told the judge in pleading guilty to seven counts and confessing to enriching himself from 2012-2014.He said he was told in 2012 that sports marketing companies would offer “side payments” or bribes in exchange for commercial rights to soccer matches.“I believed that such offers were common in this business,” he told the judge.He confessed to receiving bribes for the sale of commercial rights for 2018 and 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, and in 2012, 2013 and 2014, including for the Copa America Centenario tournament, which will be held in June.“I deeply regret my participation in this illegal conduct,” said the dual Cayman Islands-British citizen who was educated in the United States.He confessed to conspiring to defraud his employers and conspiracy to commit money laundering offenses by transmitting money from the United States to front accounts in Panama, the Cayman Islands and elsewhere.Electronic taggingAfter his confession, the court last November lifted his security detail and allowed him to leave home in Georgia seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm, ostensibly to care for his then 18-month-old son.His wife is a doctor in Atlanta, making Webb “solely responsible” for their child, the court heard. “He is a busy man,” Judge Raymond Dearie said.His freedom of movement was limited to a 20-mile (32-kilometer) radius and Webb was still subject to electronic tagging.The documents, released following a request from U.S. media, were still heavily redacted in parts.Burzaco, 51, the former chairman of the board of Torneos y Competencias S.A., an Argentine sports marketing company, also voiced regret.“I was wrong,” he said, confessing to paying bribes and kickbacks totaling tens of millions of dollars to multiple soccer officials to obtain marketing rights to various tournaments.“Torneos and I profited from these payments directly and indirectly by securing these rights,” he said.Court papers complained last month that Webb kept up a millionaire lifestyle quaffing champagne, gambling and partying while under arrest at the U.S. home he may have purchased “with bribes and kickbacks.”In a letter to the U.S. attorney’s office, FIFA’s lawyers requested an “immediate” audit of Webb’s funds and assets, expressing concern that he may not have fully disclosed them to the court.Fifteen individuals have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in exchange for a possible reduction in sentence. Related posts:Costa Rica’s ex-football chief Eduardo Li gets house arrest FIFA wants former officials, including Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li, to pay back millions FIFA ex-VP Hawit pleads guilty in corruption case Football: Platini fails to get FIFA suspension lifted
Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories Some 150 metric tons of the pellets spilled out of six shipping containers that were knocked off a freighter in waters south of Hong Kong on July 23 during Typhoon Vicente, the strongest storm to hit the southern Chinese city in 13 years.Five of the containers and at least half of the pellets have been recovered but that leaves plenty of the translucent particles, just millimeters in diameter, coating beaches. On some beaches there was so much it was piled up like snow.Also known as nurdles, they are the raw materials used by factories to make other plastic products like plastic bags and bubble wrap.Local environmental groups worry that the pellets could absorb toxins and pollutants before being eaten by fish, making their way up the food chain and posing a threat to humans and rare marine species such as the Chinese white dolphin. But the company said the risk was low because the pellets were chemically stable.Sinopec has sent 120 staff based in Hong Kong to help the hundreds of volunteers and government staff working on the cleanup, executives said. The company has rented generators and industrial vacuum cleaners to speed up the work and hired five divers to examine the situation underwater. And it would top up the cleanup fund if necessary. Top holiday drink recipes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “Our company has been very anxious about the issue,” said Lu Dapeng, a spokesman for Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. Lu said the company would focus its efforts on finding the sixth container as well as “work to make sure the original appearance of the beaches can be restored.”The pellets were carried in sacks bearing Sinopec markings, which have also been washing up on beaches. They were being transported from one Sinopec location to another in southern China by a China Shipping Container Lines Co. vessel.Lu said the company would not “shirk” its responsibilities but added that it would be up to the courts to decide who was ultimately responsible.(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 AP Business WriterHONG KONG (AP) – Chinese oil and chemical company Sinopec Corp. promised Thursday to clean up hundreds of millions of its tiny plastic pellets that washed up on beaches across Hong Kong after they fell off a ship during a strong typhoon.The company, one of China’s three major state-owned oil companies, said it is setting up a 10 million Hong Kong dollar ($1.3 million) cleanup fund, arranging industrial cleaning equipment and sending staff to help with the effort. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
During Chavez’s nearly 14-year-old presidency, he hasn’t anointed any clear successors, and has rotated various allies through the vice president position. Maduro is his eighth vice president.“The interesting thing to watch now will be whether Maduro takes on more responsibility than his predecessors and gets involved in a more substantive way in government business, which would be a sign that Chavez is indeed grooming him as his successor,” said Nicholas Watson, a Bogota-based analyst for the consulting firm Control Risks, headquartered in London.It’s possible Chavez waited to announce his vice presidential choice until after winning re-election because doing so sooner “could have triggered internal divisions within the ruling party,” said Diego Moya-Ocampos, an analyst with the consulting firm IHS Global Insight in London.Moya-Ocampos said that within Chavez’s movement, where civilian and military-aligned wings coexist, Maduro may be a “more conciliatory figure” than Jaua. Coordination with regional party leaders will likely be important ahead of the December elections and as Chavez looks to encourage more community decision-making through “communal” councils and other local bodies, he said. Top Stories Maduro is an influential leader within Chavez’s United Socialist Party, and before becoming foreign minister was National Assembly president.David Smilde, a sociology professor at the University of Georgia who studies Venezuela, said Maduro’s appointment is significant and shows the type of leadership Chavez wants to emphasize.“He is among the true leftists in the Chavez government. He believes in state control of the economy, anti-imperialist foreign policy, and the predominance of the executive over other branches and levels of the government,” Smilde said.“My guess is that making Maduro VP has a lot to do with Chavez’s health,” Smilde said. “As a potential successor to Chavez, Maduro is someone who would continue with the leftist elements of Chavez’s project, keep the base happy, continue close relations with Cuba, but perhaps be more comfortable in political negotiations than other potential successors or Chavez himself.”Some observers consider Maduro to be the official within Chavez’s inner circle with the closest links to Cuban leader Raul Castro, his brother Fidel and the island’s government.Chavez’s close friendship with Maduro goes back to the 1980s, when the Venezuelan leader was an army officer and formed a clandestine movement that eventually carried out a failed 1992 coup attempt. 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Maduro’s role also could vary significantly depending on Chavez’s health, and provided his illness doesn’t recur Maduro is likely to act mainly as the president’s “close aide and negotiator,” Moya-Ocampos said.Political analyst Ricardo Rios said he thinks Maduro, as the political chief of the civilian wing of Chavez’s party, was chosen in part to achieve a balance between different blocs and dole out allowances of power.He noted that Diosdado Cabello, the president of the National Assembly and a former military officer, is another prominent party leader who will remain in an important national role rather than being assigned to run for a state governor’s office.Maduro knows well how the government works and can help further Chavez’s larger goals as he plans to start a “new phase” in his Bolivarian Revolution movement, said Vladimir Villegas, a journalist and former Venezuelan diplomat. He said Maduro carries weight due to his political acumen, experience as a union leader and the international profile he built working with allied countries.With his re-election win in hand, Chavez says he will deepen his socialist policies in his new term. He first took office in 1999 and now has the ability to complete two decades in office _ as long as his health holds. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement In his youth, Maduro belonged to a small political group called the Socialist League and traveled to Cuba for training in union organizing. He became a union organizer when he was working as a bus driver in Caracas.“Look where Nicolas is going, the bus driver,” Chavez quipped as he announced the appointment as vice president. Maduro smiled in the audience as the president said: “Look how they’ve mocked him. The bourgeoisie makes fun.”Chavez regularly chides many of his government ministers during televised meeting, questioning them about perceived mistakes or unfinished projects. But Chavez always speaks affectionately of Maduro.Chavez sometimes jokes that Maduro eats excessively, saying he should cut back on the submarine sandwiches he likes to devour.Maduro has proven adept at speaking on Chavez’s behalf without getting ahead of his boss’ public statements. Still, like most of Chavez’s aides, Maduro doesn’t stand out as an orator and usually keeps his public statements short and to the point.As vice president, he replaces Elias Jaua, who is running for a state gubernatorial seat in Dec. 16 elections against Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate Chavez defeated in the presidential race. Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – A burly former bus driver who rose through leftist political activism to become Venezuela’s top diplomat will be a key player as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez, who is heading into a new six-year term after a year of cancer treatment.Nicolas Maduro has shown unflagging loyalty and become a leading spokesman for the socialist Chavez as foreign minister. His appointment as vice president had been widely expected. Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Chavez named Maduro as his choice Wednesday, three days after winning re-election, and the announcement renewed speculation about whether the 58-year-old president could finally be grooming a successor in case his health worsens.Since being named foreign minister in 2006, the mustachioed, 49-year-old Maduro has overseen many key international efforts, including consolidating the regional diplomatic blocs ALBA and Unasur, strengthening relations with countries including Russia, Iran and China, and achieving a rapprochement with U.S.-allied Colombia.“He has been Chavez’s best spokesperson. He appears strong, he’s charismatic to some, and he is loyal,” Eduardo Gamarra, a Latin American studies professor at Florida International University in Miami, said Thursday.The vice presidential job has assumed new importance because of Chavez’s recent struggle with cancer. After a year of treatment that included surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Chavez said in June that tests showed he was cancer-free. He has said tumors were removed from his pelvic area but hasn’t specified the exact location or type of cancer.During Chavez’s visits to Cuba for treatment, Maduro was among the few aides seen at his side, and that presence encouraged speculation he could fill in for Chavez if necessary. During one televised appearance in Cuba in April, Maduro was shown on television playing bocce ball with Chavez and the president’s elder brother, Adan. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments Share (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – A company run by Africa’s richest man received a loan toward a $9 billion project that will give Nigeria its largest oil refinery and petrochemical and fertilizer complex, reducing the country’s reliance on international markets.Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, signed a loan worth $3.3 billion from 12 Nigerian and international banks toward the project which will be built in Nigeria’s southwest. “At the completion of these projects we expect Nigeria to become not only self-sufficient in fertilizer and refined petroleum products but indeed to become recognized as a leading exporter of these products,” Dangote said at Wednesday’s signing.Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer, and is a top supplier of crude to the U.S., but the West African country has to import most of its fuel because of decrepit refineries unable to meet the nation’s demand for gasoline due to years of mismanagement and sabotage.The 400,000 barrels-per-day oil refinery and complex will become operational by 2016, the company said. The plant will also produce 2.8 million tons of urea for fertilizing crops and to produce polypropylene, used to make plastics, a statement said.Dangote said the company is still seeking an additional $2.5 billion in development funds to augment the $3.5 billion of its own equity put into the project. The $3.3 billion loan deal was led by Standard Chartered and Nigeria’s Guaranty Trust Bank.Dangote’s estimated worth is $16.1 billion according to Forbes, which has also ranked him among Africa’s richest men for the past few years. The Nigerian has made his wealth in cement, flour and sugar. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “This mission to Mars is really for the hope of the Arab world and will send them a message to say you can be better, you can improve your country,” Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Emirates’ vice president and prime minister, told reporters after the event.Emirati scientists said they hope the probe, which will not land on the surface of the red planet, will provide a deeper understanding of the Martian atmosphere. That includes charting changes that happen over time and gathering data on how features such as volcanoes, deserts and canyons affect it.The plan is to launch the probe in the summer of 2020 — the year Dubai hosts the World Expo — on a journey of seven to nine months. Engineers expect it to remain in orbit until at least 2023.Some 75 engineers are working on the project, a number that is expected to double by 2020. The project is fully staffed by Emiratis — a rarity in a country where guest workers and other foreigners outnumber locals more than four to one.“This is an important project because of the legacy that this project leaves … to develop the science and technology sector,” deputy project manager Sarah Amiri said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet’s atmosphere and be appropriately named “Hope,” members of the project team revealed Wednesday.Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced initial plans for the unmanned probe last year. It is the first Mars mission attempted anywhere in the Arab world.An invitation-only event Wednesday in Dubai was a chance for officials to unveil many of the finer details. And they did it with a good dose of Gulf flair — soaring music and computer animations projected onto a movie screen in a chandelier-filled beachside palace. One of the world’s largest yachts, Dubai, was berthed outside. Comments Share Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Officials haven’t said how much it will cost.___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreck.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The real estate tycoon was charged in Russia in June 2013 with embezzling more than 5.7 billion rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors.Cambodian police had first arrested him in November 2013 after he was added to Interpol’s “red list” of top fugitives, but released him on bail a few months later based on a preliminary ruling against his extradition.In April 2014, Cambodia’s highest court ruled that Polonsky could not be sent back to Russia because the two countries had no extradition treaty. After that ruling, he told reporters that he was innocent of the embezzlement charges and that the case against him was an attempt to gain control of his holdings.Polonsky first came to public attention in Cambodia in 2012, when he allegedly attacked the crew of a boat after a dispute erupted during a New Year’s Eve outing. He was jailed for more than three months on assault charges before reaching an out-of-court settlement. He went to Israel and later returned to Cambodia.Ouk Hey Sela said Polonksy would not be allowed to return to Cambodia.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments Share Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia deported a fugitive Russian tycoon Sunday who was living illegally in the Southeast Asian country after he was accused of embezzling $175 million in his homeland.Accompanied by Russian authorities, Sergei Polonsky was put on a flight to Moscow via Vietnam early Sunday morning, said immigration official Ouk Hey Sela.Polonsky was arrested Friday in the southern Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville, where authorities said he had been living for two years with an expired visa. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life
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Tiger Woods missed in the Masters but won the last three majors of the year in 2000 on his way to what became known as the Tiger Slam.After his chances at winning his third straight major evaporated with a couple of missed opportunities on the last two holes Monday, Spieth was already looking ahead.It was hard not to after coming up one shot short of a three-man playoff that Zach Johnson won over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in what otherwise might have been a British Open for the ages at the home of golf.Besides, the 21-year-old golfing sensation was not going to get too down after failing to add the claret jug to his Masters green jacket and U.S. Open trophy.“I made a lot of the right decisions down the stretch and certainly closed plenty of tournaments out, and this just wasn’t one of those,” Spieth said. “It’s hard to do that every single time. I won’t beat myself up too bad because I do understand that.”A missed 8-footer on the treacherous 17th hole helped seal Spieth’s fate on the Old Course. A misplaced drive on the final hole did the rest. He could also point to four putts from 120 feet on the eighth green where he tried to get greedy on his first putt. But Spieth followed that with back-to-back birdies, something he tends to do when things go bad.Something he also tends to do is pay respect to the game and its fans. He’s been described as a young man with an old man’s wisdom, and it showed in the way he took what had to be a most bitter defeat.When Spieth walked off the green, he applauded the fans who cheered him on. Later, he came out and watched Johnson win a playoff, then gave him a congratulatory hug.Johnson earned it.Starting the final round three shots behind, he shot 31 on the back nine and took the lead with his seventh birdie of the round on No. 12. It looked as though his hopes were slipping away when his right foot spun out on his second shot at the 17th that led to bogey. But with the most significant shot of the tournament, Johnson holed a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a 6-under 66 and was the first to post at 15-under 273.Leishman, who lost the lead with a bogey on the 16th hole, had a birdie putt on the 18th to win that stayed left. He shot 66. Oosthuizen saved par on the 17th with a 10-foot putt and made a 5-foot birdie on the final hole for a 69 to join the playoff. In other words, Spieth didn’t lose the tournament. Someone else simply came along to beat him.Spieth will take that attitude to Whistling Straits, the third straight links-style course among the year’s majors. He’ll be favored there again, with a chance to join some elite company as a winner of three majors in one year.No sense thinking too much about what might have happened. No need to think about how close he came to be playing in Wisconsin for golf immortality.“It’s a tough feeling to be that close in a major,” Spieth said. “I believe I’ll have plenty of opportunities like I did today but, still, when it doesn’t work out it’s tough to swallow a little bit.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home United States’ Zach Johnson poses with the trophy after winning a playoff after the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)n Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Comments Share Johnson opened with two quick birdies, kept a one-shot lead in the playoff when Oosthuizen missed a 5-foot par putt on the 17th hole and won the Open when the South African — the last player to lift the jug at St. Andrews in 2010 — narrowly missed a 12-foot birdie attempt.“I’m grateful. I’m humbled. I’m honored,” Johnson said. “This is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports.”He knew Oosthuizen or Leishman easily could have won. And he felt the same about Spieth.“I can’t describe the magnitude as to what he was going through because I’ve never been in that position,” Johnson said. “We haven’t really seen that with the exception of Tiger. Truthfully, he could be hitting here.“He’s a phenomenal talent,” Johnson said. “And I’m telling you right now, he’s a better person than a golfer.”Golf hasn’t seen such a player since the days of Tigermania. And there’s no reason to believe that Spieth can’t continue to contend — and win — major titles for a long time to come.“I’m very pleased with the way I played,” Spieth said. “I think the way that I played this week and especially today would have won the U.S. Open by more than just a shot. I didn’t play as well there. It’s just that’s the kind of golf that was played by the field this week, it just took some special golf. Whoever comes out the champion, that’s a hell of a major.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Jordan Spieth headed home from a grueling week at the British Open with history on his mind and another major in his future.Next up is the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. And if the Grand Slam is no longer in play, there’s still plenty out there.“I don’t know how many guys have done three majors in a year,” Spieth said. “I’m sure there’s only been a few.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
French troops attack during a reenactment of the Battle of Agincourt, in Agincourt, northern France, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The French are hosting a reenactment of the clash with England this weekend. More than 800 people in Medieval garb are gathering at the site to commemorate the battle, which was a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches The battle left the French crippled on their soil, but the weekend event didn’t dwell on that outcome.The event is to “celebrate the friendship between France and the English,” said Christophe Gilliot, director of the Center for Medieval History in Agincourt.“It’s great to see all these people laughing and having a good time together,” he said before the spectacle got underway.British, French and history enthusiasts from two dozen other nations were invited to take part.The Battle of Agincourt was the centerpiece of William Shakespeare’s play “Henry V,” about the young warrior king who led the charge “on the vasty fields of France.”___Maggy Donaldson and Elaine Ganley contributed to this report from Paris.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility AZINCOURT, France (AP) — France lost the Battle of Agincourt nearly 600 years ago, but they’re not sore losers.The French are hosting a reenactment of the clash with England this weekend. More than 800 people in Medieval garb gathered Saturday at the site to commemorate — and re-enact — the battle, which was a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War.The two-day event on a field in the northern town of Azincourt, called Agincourt in English, featured equestrian jousting, archery and reenactments of portions of the battle, fought on Oct. 25, 1415. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Air New Zealand’s “Nothing to Hide” campaign has continued to turn heads, the campaign receiving a prestigious accolade in the Marketing Association’s RSVP and Nexus Awards last week.The campaign, which featured naked Air NZ staff with body-painted uniforms and was developed by ad agency .99, won the RSVP Grand Prix award for response-driven marketing.Judges pointed out that the carrier faced specific challenges during the time of the campaign such as swine flu, fluctuating fuel prices and low-cost carrier Jetstar entering the market.Such challenges made it ever more important that people understood the difference between Air NZ’s fully-inclusive fares and those of lower cost, non-inclusive carriers.However, the campaign’s personal and target message and use of traditional and non-traditional media saw it being viewed worldwide.”It was very brave, at a time of huge challenge for the airlines but they stayed true to their brand,” the Marketing Association’s Sue McCarty told TVNZ.”They had TV campaigns running, they had internet initiatives running, they had strong use of YouTube video. It was so much fun, it was very unexpected.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/283fd/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
Thousands of travellers have been left stranded at Tahiti’s Faa’a International airport as a direct result of a strike by custom officers and emergency fire crews. The mass walkout prevented the operation of all wide-bodied jet aircraft to and from Papeete for the past few days, which left more than 3600 passengers stranded in Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and France. Air Tahiti Nui has confirmed that its employees are not involved in the strike; however they were forced to cancel its Sunday service from Auckland to Papeete, which affected passengers including a number connecting to Australia. The Government of French Polynesia has now given the carrier approval to begin moving stranded passengers to and from Papeete, Los Angeles, Auckland and Tokyo, as well as from Los Angeles to Paris. Last night 1,600 passengers were carried into and from Papeete, however there is still a major backlog of passengers and Air Tahiti Nui is not yet able to return to full schedule services. Flight TN 101 is scheduled to depart Tahiti early on Wednesday local time, arriving in Auckland at 10.55am on Thursday (8.55 am Sydney), with onward connections to Australian home ports.Flight TN 102 is scheduled to depart Auckland at 2.05pm on Thursday (12.05pm Sydney time) bound for Papeete. Additional flights will be announced as approval is secured.Passengers in Australia who have been stranded by the strike are advised to continue checking the Air Tahiti Nui website www.airtahitinui.com.au or to contact their travel agents for the latest information. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/249ee/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The strike by government employees at the airport is continuing, and the temporary flight schedules are subject to change. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Jetstar Asia outperformed other Qantas businesses in January this year by almost doubling the number of passengers carried for the month compared to the corresponding period last year.A preliminary monthly report released by Qantas found that Jetstar Asia welcomed a 48 percent increase in passenger movements during the month, up from 219,000 to 324,000.The budget airline’s Australian domestic operations climbed by 4.3 percent from 962,000 to 1,003,000 while its international business escalated by 18.4 percent from 377,000 to 446,000 passengers.The Australian flag carrier’s domestic operations also picked up in January this year by 2.2 percent from 1,251,000 to 1,278,000.In total the Group including Qantas International and QantasLink saw a 8.3 percent increase in passengers for the month. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Investigation continues for Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner fire at Heathrow. Following the fire on a stationary Boeing 787 at Heathrow Airport last week, UK aviation authorities have found no evidence of a direct link with battery blazes that grounded the fleet earlier this year.The fire aboard Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner has renewed safety concerns for Being’s newest aircraft, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.While authorities have found no links to the battery fires that grounded All Nippon Airways’ and Japan Airlines’ 787 aircraft in January, aviation consultants believe this may cause greater problems for Boeing.“I’m not sure it’s good news at all,” aviation consultant Robert Mann from Port Washington, New York said.Mr Mann said customers will be following the investigation closely and this new issue adds to the list of concerns people and airlines have with the 787 Dreamliner.No-one was aboard the aircraft when the fire broke out and Ethiopian Airlines is still flying its three other 787’s while awaiting the results of the investigation.The Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s inquiry continues with the assistance of United States government agencies, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines Enterprises.Source = ETB News: P.T.
The search and rescue efforts led by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia have continued this morning as there was an ease in weather conditions.The AirAsia Airbus A320-200, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members, which vanished off radars 40 minutes after takeoff on December 28 and then crashed into the Java Sea, has left the world in shock.Now entering the eighth day of the mission, the search operation area was expanded to the east part of the Java Sea following the underwater current forecast.In addition, more than 80 deep sea divers have been deployed in order to get a visual confirmation on two large objects which are suspected to be part of the aircraft’s fuselage, and the aircraft’s blackbox.BASARNAS recovered four more remains today as well as debris such as the emergency exit window, luggage, passenger seats and survival kits, which are believed to be from the aircraft.Meanwhile in Surabaya, The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) have made steady progress in identifying some of the remains found.To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered 34 remains, of which nine remains have been identified by the DVI POLRI with 25 remains awaiting identification.The priority of the search is now on deep sea diving in the area where the aircraft body is said to be located, the mission will be supported by China, who will be focusing on the blackbox search.AirAsia would like to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman