Egypts election fever comes to Garbage City

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Like other Egyptians, they are now savoring the prospect of having their voice heard as the country begins voting on Wednesday for a new president, the first since the ouster last year of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.The overwhelming concern for many of them is to stop any Islamist candidate from winning. Many of Egypt’s Christian minority _ about 20 percent of the population of 85 million _ are worried that if the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins and moved to implement Islamic law, they will suffer greater discrimination.As a result, many are turning to the most anti-Islamist candidate on the slate of 13 hopefuls _ Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander who was Mubarak’s last prime minister.Anwar Rizk, a garbage collector in the neighborhood, says he’s backing Shafiq because “I fear the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis,” referring to a movement of ultraconservative Islamists. “We have Muslims living here as our brothers in very good conditions, but I fear the Muslim Brotherhood because they are only after their own good.”His fellow resident, Iskandar Shafiq _ no relation to the candidate _ agrees and is also impressed by the candidate’s strongman image. Comments   Share   Top Stories Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Election fever has even come to Cairo’s Garbage City, the sprawling neighborhood built on _ and living from _ the waste of the Egyptian capital.The tens of thousands of impoverished residents of the district are almost all Christians. For generations, they have collected the garbage from the city of nearly 20 million; they sort it then recycle and sell what they can. Their homes are built in and around piles of the refuse, where their livestock graze. “Honestly we are going to elect Ahmed Shafiq because he is the one that can provide safety and security,” he said. “We feel this man is a politician like no other and frankly we have always known this man as a politician.”Along with Shafiq, the other front-runners in the contest are former foreign minister Amr Moussa; the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi; and a moderate Islamist, Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, who has gained support from some liberals for his more open views. A leftist, Hamdeen Sabahi, has also gained ground among those who want neither an Islamist nor a former regime figure. Though few Christians are likely to vote for the Brotherhood’s Morsi, the community’s vote could be divided among the others.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories last_img read more

US for Mideast peace talks not unilateralism

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Clinton spoke Thursday in Denmark a day after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (EH’-hud bah-RAHK’) said Israel cannot wait forever to reach accord. Barak said if a deal proves impossible, the Jewish state could consider a “provisional arrangement or even unilateral action.”But Clinton argues that Israel and the Palestinians now have a “new opening” for progress.And she praises Israel’s decision to return the bodies of 91 militants, including suicide bombers, as a confidence-building measure.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says unilateral action isn’t a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a two-state solution.Clinton says talks are the “only route” for a peace settlement. And she says prospects have improved with the emergence of a new Israeli coalition government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo). Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

Groups call on Hungary to try war criminal suspect

first_imgErrorOK ErrorOKThe center has told prosecutors that a man named Laszlo Csatary living in Budapest is believed to be the same Laszlo Csatary who was police chief in 1941 in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then part of Hungary, where he played a “key role” in the deportation of 300 Jews to Ukraine, where they were killed.Csatary, who the center says would now be 97 years old, is also suspected of helping to organize the 1944 deportation of some 15,700 Jews to Auschwitz.A group of students held a protest Monday at an apartment building in Budapest where Csatary is thought to have lived until recently, while the opposition Socialist Party called on Chief Prosecutor Peter Polt to indict him for war crimes.Csatary was nowhere to be seen, and officials have not provided any information as to his whereabouts.In April, a man named Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary was placed at the top of the Wiesenthal Center’s list of its most wanted war crimes suspects.Csizsik-Csatary had been convicted in absentia for war crimes in Hungary in 1948 and sentenced to death. He arrived in Nova Scotia the following year, became a Canadian citizen in 1955 and worked as an art dealer in Montreal.In October 1997, Canadian authorities said the 82-year-old had left the country, apparently bound for Europe, before they had the chance to decide his fate in a deportation hearing. His citizenship had been revoked in August and the deportation order was based on his obtaining citizenship through “false representation or fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances.” Check your body, save your life Deborah Abisror of the European Union of Jewish Students said she was disappointed that they were not able to find Csatary.“He’s not here, obviously,” she said. “He shouldn’t move anymore. He just should confront what he did. Maybe just to say sorry.”Zuroff said that thousands of Nazi collaborators from Eastern Europe made their way to English-speaking countries after World War II, lying about their wartime past to gain refugee status.Rabbi Slomo Koves, of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, said that members were “pretty shocked that somebody like this is living in Budapest … and living between us.”“But I think it is also in a way some relief that there are still organizations that do these jobs and that find these people,” he said.___Robert Jablon contributed to this report from Los Angeles(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Zuroff, the center’s self-described chief Nazi hunter, said a paid informant had provided the information last September that Csatary was living in Hungary and apparently had done so since leaving Canada in the 1990s.“His information has been super-reliable,” although he will not receive any money unless Csizsik-Csatary is convicted and punished, Zuroff said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.He declined to name the informant, or say how much he would receive.Some 40 protesters gathered at the Budapest apartment building Monday, among them members of the European Union of Jewish Students. They formed a line by binding their wrists to each other with tape and shouted “Never again!” One of the protesters put a crossed out swastika sticker on the door of the second floor apartment where Csatary is thought to have lived.“We came here because we want the Hungarian organs of justice to start a process against this war criminal,” said Krisztian Szilberhar, a young lawyer who participated in the protest. “He is responsible for the death of many innocent people.”Considering Csatary’s age, “it would be enough justice if they declared him guilty and he had to continue to live here,” Szilberhar said. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Hungary said Monday it is investigating whether a Holocaust-era war criminal has been living in the capital, Budapest, as international and domestic groups clamored for him to be placed on trial.Budapest prosecutors said in a statement that they were investigating a case based on information received from Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Jerusalem office, but did not name the suspect. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Western Union sets limits in Jamaica parish

first_img Quick workouts for men 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   Top Stories Jamaican scam artists often use disposable cellphones to cheat mostly elderly Americans out of their savings by enticing them to transfer money to claim winnings from a phony lottery.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Western Union has set a money transfer limit of $400 in a northern Jamaican parish that is the hotbed for a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that targets mostly elderly Americans.Company spokesman Daniel Diaz said Wednesday that Western Union has imposed the tighter controls on outlets in St. James parish, which includes the resort city of Montego Bay.The money transfer company shut down its locations in the Jamaican parish earlier this month while it conducted a systems review. Diaz says it has restored service to three locations in the parish now that the new transfer limits have been imposed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Poll Ruling coalition to win Lithuanian election

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day However, the poll indicates that the combined tally for the ruling conservative coalition of the Homeland Union and the Liberal Movement could reach 25 percent, giving them a chance to form the next government.Seventeen parties and one party union are vying 141 seats in Parliament, though only about six are expected to pass the 5 percent threshold.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) – An exit poll shows that Lithuania’s ruling conservative coalition is poised to muster 25 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election and a populist party will finish first with nearly 20 percent.The poll by the BNS news agency and the RAIT market research company shows the Labor Party winning the election, and the opposition Social Democrats coming in second with 17.8 percent. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Syria shutters Hamas offices in break with group

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Hamas, an armed group sworn to Israel’s destruction, moved its headquarters to Syria in the late 1990s. But relations have soured since Syria’s violent suppression of the uprising that began in March 2011.Hamas leaders are now based in Qatar, Egypt and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A spokesman for Hamas says the Syrian government has sealed its offices in Damascus, finalizing the break between the Islamic militant group and its former patron.Spokesman Ayman Taha said on Tuesday that the move had been expected after Hamas openly switched sides to support the armed rebellion against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Taha says Monday’s move by Damascus was “a result of our siding with the Syrian people in their just struggle.” Taha spoke from Cairo.last_img read more

Sao Paulo could face gang war with truce collapse

first_imgThat order came after 24 hours of relative calm in which Sao Paulo had just one homicide. Few expect the calm to hold after Wednesday’s transfer order, but officials held their ground on moving prisoners to far-off locations.“Isolation for these prisoners is crucial,” Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin said this week. “Italy only made progress in combatting the Mafia when it stiffened penalties up to life imprisonment and isolated the leaders.”While drug gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro draw international attention by parading around the shantytowns toting high-powered rifles, giving interviews and carrying out Hollywood-worthy battles with police, the PCC is all business. The Sao Paulo gang detests attention and remains mostly in the shadows of the slums where it holds sway, ruling on reputation and fear, maintaining a mafia-like stance.“The PCC is better organized, more powerful, and they have a monopoly of crimes and power which is something nobody achieved in Rio,” said Ignacio Cano, a researcher at the Violence Analysis Center at Rio de Janeiro State University. “They are by far the strongest criminal group in Brazil.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Five days of gang-inspired attacks then left at least 175 dead, including police officers, traffickers and the innocent in between. After the violence lingered for months, an alleged informal truce between the government and the PCC slowed the transfers and the attacks tapered off.“This year the government broke its 2006 truce,” said Walter Maierovitch, Brazil’s former drug czar and organized crime expert. “The violence we’re seeing now is the PCC’s response to the end of the truce and the violent reaction of police who don’t hesitate to execute real and imagined suspects out of a feeling of revenge.”There are fears the gang will now go beyond the carnage of 2006, and that has this metropolitan area of 20 million people on edge.In the last six months, a series of police raids have killed dozens of suspected gang members, while nearly all the officers killed have been executed while they were off duty, at times in front of their families. Officials say phone intercepts of gang leaders’ calls from prison and handwritten orders show that the gang is behind the execution of the police officers.Authorities recently renewed efforts to transfer the gang’s leaders to prisons outside Sao Paulo state. The Justice Ministry on Wednesday authorized sending one of the PCC’s top figures to a maximum security prison in Roraima state, 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) to the northwest in the Amazon. How men can have a healthy 2019 What makes the PCC so powerful is that corporate approach to how it manages gang enterprises as well as its reach beyond its core membership.“They outsource. They contract people and allow them to carry out certain activities as long as they’re paying them (the PCC) something in return,” Cano said. “For example, in 2006 many people say the killings of policemen were outsourced.”Estimates of the number of people connected in some way to the gang go as high as 100,000.The security experts, Cano and Maierovitch, both agree that violence will escalate if police continue a hardline approach against the PCC, and if there is a perception that political leaders are closing their eyes to excessive force or killings carried out by officers against suspected gang members.An amateur video aired by the Globo TV network this week is likely to increase the backlash.It shows police escorting a suspect out of his home in a poor Sao Paulo neighborhood. With the man in the street and surrounded by five officers, one policeman points his gun at the suspect. In that instant, two shots are fired, but the person taking the video is blocked, obscuring the scene.The man was later reported by police as being killed during a gunbattle. But investigators on Wednesday requested that the officers involved be taken into custody while an investigation continues, a request a judge had not yet ruled on. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories A police spokeswoman said the department had no comment on the case.Back in the Vila Brasilandia slum, shopkeeper Silva said that while police and the gang battle, those caught in the crossfire are feeling the pain.“The average person ends up being the real target _ and we don’t know who is the criminal and who is the police,” she said.___Associated Press writer Stan Lehman contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The gang was founded in 1993 by hardened criminals inside Sao Paulo’s Taubate Penitentiary, but remained a relatively obscure group until early 2001, when uprisings in 29 prisons across the state killed 19 inmates. It was the biggest prison rebellion in Brazil’s recent history and took police 27 hours to crush.The PCC was formed to pressure for improved prison conditions. Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Cardozo, speaking at a security conference this week, said he would “prefer to die” than serve time in his nation’s prisons. He added: “We have a medieval penal system.”While the gang’s start may have been rooted in fighting for basic human rights of the imprisoned, its members quickly began using their power inside prisons to direct drug-dealing and extortion operations on the outside.There are no official numbers on the gang’s size, but the inner core considered as members is thought to include no more than a few thousand people, Cano said.Last month, police documents obtained by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo indicated the gang’s members numbered just over 1,300, and showed they are required to pay $300 in monthly fees in exchange for legal aid if they’re arrested and support for their families if they go to jail. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Blood isn’t flowing just in her slum. Sao Paulo, which is to host the World Cup opening match in 2014, has seen nearly 150 homicides over the past two weeks and 94 police executed this year.“It’s a war here. Last week I was on a bus when a shootout began on the street. There was no escape. We didn’t know if we should flee the bus or stay inside,” Silva said at her modest all-purpose shop in Vila Brasilandia. “There were bullets everywhere, so I stayed inside.”Behind the violence, security experts say, is a powerful prison-based gang, the First Capital Command, which likely feels the government has violated an informal agreement, long denied by officials, to slow the prison transfers of gang leaders and limit crackdowns on its operations on Sao Paulo’s outskirts in exchange for an end to gang violence.In the past two weeks, Sao Paulo’s metropolitan area has seen more than 10 killings a day, almost double the normal average of six.Efforts to transfer high-ranking imprisoned members of the gang, known by its Portuguese initials PCC, to far off prisons where they would have difficulty giving orders by cellphone to their soldiers on the outside enraged the gang in 2006. Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – A tenuous six-year truce between police and gang members is over in Sao Paulo _ that much seems clear to shopkeeper Vanuza Alves da Silva, who has seen a surge in killings in her slum neighborhood.Seven people were killed in a single night last week in Silva’s Vila Brasilandia shantytown, including a police officer. Days later, gunmen shot up a bar, killing a 13-year-old boy and three adults. How do cataracts affect your vision? Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

India retests missile able to reach Chinese cities

first_imgThe missile has a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) and was first successfully tested in April last year. It’s seen as a boost to India’s efforts to counter China’s regional dominance and become an Asian power in its own right.China is far ahead of India in the missile race, with intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching anywhere in India.India’s longest-range missile is currently the Agni-III, which has a range of 3,500 kilometers (2,100 miles), leaving it short of many major Chinese cities.The Agni-V is a solid-fuel, three-stage missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton nuclear warhead. It stands 17.5 meters (57 feet) tall, has a launch weight of 50 tons and was built at a reported cost of 25 billion rupees ($486 million). It can be moved across the country by road or rail and can be used to carry multiple warheads or to launch satellites into orbit.India already has the capability of hitting anywhere inside archrival Pakistan, but in recent years its increased defense spending has been focused on countering a perceived Chinese threat. India and China fought a war in 1962 and continue to nurse a border dispute. India has also been suspicious of Beijing’s efforts to increase its influence in the Indian Ocean in recent years. Top Stories Sponsored Stories NEW DELHI (AP) – India on Sunday successfully test-fired for the second time a nuclear-capable missile that can strike the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai, officials said.Ravi Gupta, a spokesman for the Defence Research and Development Organisation, said the latest test of the Agni-V brought the missile a step closer to being inducted into India’s arsenal at some point in 2014 or 2015.The missile was launched early Sunday morning from Wheeler Island off India’s east coast. Gupta said the new Agni, named for the Hindi word for fire, should not be seen as a threat.“We have a declared no-first-use policy. Our program is for deterrence and for peace,” he said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

Obama on King That thrill will be with us forever

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Obama says King gets stuck in your head and gets you doing things you probably shouldn’t. He recalled how he was unexpectedly drawn into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with King when he performed at a White House blues concert three years ago.Obama says, “B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there’s “going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”The president issued a statement Friday mourning the death of blues legend B.B. King. He says, “The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend.”Obama says King rose from a sharecropper’s son to become “the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world.” Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Venezuelans mass for years largest antigovernment protests

first_img“They’ll never divide us. Don’t ask, don’t beg; demand freedom,” she shouted, prompting the blocks of protesters to chant back “liberty!”Other opposition leaders stood under a banner reading “Venezuela United for Change” and shaved their heads in solidarity Ceballos, whose hair was reportedly cut off when he was transferred.Maria Fernanda Zerpa, a student wearing a tie-dye T-shirt and peace sign necklace, had shaved her head, too. She came out to support Lopez, who opinion polls peg as Venezuela’s most popular politician, but she doesn’t trust the rest of the opposition coalition and has little interest in the coming elections.“The elections are like whatever, because we know the people who run them have been bought by the government. And Capriles is a scaredy-cat who didn’t fight Maduro for the presidency,” she said.Protesters were most eager to talk about the country’s pervasive problems of shortages, inflation and violent crime, the same issues that fueled last year’s demonstrations and have worsened in the months since.Lopez has hardly been seen since his arrest, and the short video calling the day of protest electrified his supporters in a way other calls to take to the streets in the past months have not. A Harvard-educated former mayor, Lopez has been jailed for 15 months in connection with his leadership of the spring of 2014 protests that resulted in dozens of deaths on both sides of Venezuela’s yawning political divide.The opposition coalition did not endorse Saturday’s rallies, underscoring longstanding fissures among critics of the country’s 16-year socialist government. Before his imprisonment last year, Lopez clashed with other high-profile politicians, including moderate opposition leader Henrique Capriles, about the wisdom of organizing nationwide protests.Capriles, who came close to beating President Nicolas Maduro in the 2013 presidential election, led a march through the inland town that is home to a prison where former opposition mayor Daniel Ceballos was transferred from a military jail last week.In Caracas, a sea of sweltering protesters shut down a main thoroughfare in wealthy eastern Caracas for hours, slurping up sweetened crushed ice, shading themselves with umbrellas and waving flags among the mango trees and half-finished buildings.Ceballos’ wife, Patricia, who won a landslide election victory to replace her husband as mayor of the restive western city of San Cristobal was a crowd favorite. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Opposition demonstrators hold up white flowers and pictures of political prisoners as they protest the government in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 30, 2015. Venezuelans gathered across the country to voice their anger with the administration and demand a firm date for this year’s legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands donned white and took to the streets in cities across the country Saturday in the biggest show of frustration with Venezuela’s socialist administration since a wave of bloody anti-government protests a year ago.The day of marches was called less than a week ago by imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. In a video leaked from his prison cell, Lopez urged demonstrations to demand a firm date for this year’s legislative elections and freedom for jailed opposition politicians like himself who human rights groups consider political prisoners. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Venezuela blocked two conservative former Latin American presidents from visiting Lopez or Ceballos this week. State ombudsman Tarek Saab said the former Bolivian and Colombian presidents were wrongly attempting to give Venezuela condescending “human rights classes.”On Friday, Maduro warned that top Caracas police officials would be imprisoned if they allowed violence to break out during Saturday’s march.“There are two Venezuelas: the bloodthirsty, coup-mongering ultra-right wing minority, and the majority that loves their country,” he said.For Franz Yustiz, who brought his grandchildren to the Caracas protest, a coup sounded like just the thing.“They need to send in the in marines quick, come what will,” said Yustiz, who works as a bodyguard, a profession that has exploded as violent crime soars here. “I’m so fed up. I want my grandchildren to know true democracy.”___Hannah Dreier on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

EgyptianAmerican released flies back to US

first_img“Mohammed’s health is dire,” his family said. “He will receive medical treatment as soon as he arrives on U.S. soil and will spend the immediate future with his family recovering.”A State Department statement released Saturday welcomed Soltan’s release.A criminal court in April sentenced Soltan to life, while upholding death sentences for 14 people, including his father and Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, and sentencing 36 others to life in prison, including three Egyptian journalists.The case is rooted in the violence that swept Egypt after the military-led ouster in July 2013 of Morsi, a veteran Brotherhood leader and the country’s first freely elected president. His supporters set up protest camps in Cairo, but security forces violently dispersed the sit-ins in August 2013, killing hundreds. In retaliation, many police stations and churches came under attack.Soltan had been working as an assistant and translator for U.S. and international news organizations during the protests, but prosecutors accused him of participating in a plan to overthrow the country’s military rulers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this March 9, 2015 photo, Mohammed Soltan is pushed by his father Salah during a court appearance in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian officials say authorities have freed Soltan, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, Saturday May 30, 2015, Soltan had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading “false news.” (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy) ***EGYPT OUT*** Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — An Egyptian-American who had been sentenced to life in prison in Egypt and had been on a hunger strike for more than a year before being freed has arrived back in the United States.Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, arrived at Dulles International Airport on Saturday night in a wheelchair, The Washington Post said ( ). The newspaper said Soltan was greeted with tears, hugs and calls of “welcome home.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Soltan had been convicted of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading “false news,” one of thousands imprisoned after the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.The 27-year-old Ohio State University graduate and former Barack Obama campaigner had been on a hunger strike over his detention of more than a year, and his family said his health was deteriorating.Soltan’s release comes amid international criticism over Egypt’s mass trials and imprisonments, and only days before President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi travels to Germany on a state visit.He was arrested in August 2013 when security forces came looking for his father at his home. His family said they didn’t find the father at the time, but arrested him instead. His father, Salah, was detained later.Waleed Nasser, a lawyer representing Soltan, said he was forced to renounce his Egyptian citizenship in order to secure his release. A decree el-Sissi issued in November allows him to deport foreign defendants convicted or accused of crimes.In a statement, Soltan’s family thanked those who helped work for his release, saying that the U.S. government had made extensive efforts to secure his return home.last_img read more

Marine scheme takes over Parkside Convention Centre

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) unveiled yesterday the $60 million revamp of its Parkside Convention Centre.Following a marine scheme, the Parkside’s sophisticated redesign features white travertine floors, deep blue carpets and colour-backed glass wall panels, all melting in with the venue’s harbour views.Delegates are also given wide open spaces and plenty of natural light with the Parkside Ballroom, which is the largest pillarless ballroom in Sydney.Twenty-seven pieces of contemporary Australian art also don the walls of the SCEC, with the Parkside’s broad concourse home to a major work by Australian artist Brett Whitely.Centre chief executive Ton van Amerongen said the new look and feel kept clients in mind as it increased the flexibility and multi-functionality of space within the Centre and provided delegates with a connection to the city.He said he felt it was important to “use a building for what it is designed for not what you’d like it to be.”“The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has always been more than just a static venue: it links its events with the life and energy of Sydney itself,” he said.“These changes further enhance that quality, drawing on the vivid light, the water views and the surrounding life of Darling Harbour.”The SCEC will be kept busy for the year ahead, with the Lions Convention, Asia Pacific Congress of Opthamology and the Annual World Congress of the Human Proteome Organisation, amongst others, to bring in more than 18,000 delegates. Floor to ceiling glass walls displays Darling Harbourcenter_img Parkside concourselast_img read more

Strategic Airlines seeks US takeoff

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Strategic Airlines is looking to expand its reach across the Pacific, submitting its application to operate services between Australia and the US.In the carrier’s submission to the International Air Services Commission (IASC), chief commercial officer Damien Vasta asked to launch flights to the US from September this year with further request for unlimited passenger capacity for up to ten years from August next year. “Strategic Airlines seeks an allocation of the unlimited passenger capacity available to designated Australian carriers to operate between Australia and the United States,” Mr Vasta wrote in the submission.IASC has called for applications on Strategic’s capacity request with notice of submission intent due by the 3 May this year and submissions to be received by 10 May 2011.last_img read more

2013 GWN7 Top Tourism Award Finalists Announced

first_imgHeritage AwardCultural AwardWebsite Development AwardManagement & Staff Training AwardCommunity Relations AwardEnvironment AwardSpecial Events Award The judges will also be awarding the RAC Travel Services Business Planning & Marketing Award and the Vanguard Press Judges Award.Now in their 24th year of the Awards, the VCAWA and GWN7 are extremely proud to once again be recognising the importance of Visitor Centres and the Tourism Industry in Western Australia.“Judging such a diverse range of towns from all over the State is no easy task – the level of entrants is increasing each year” according to the Chair of the judging panel, Robyn Fenech.“We were very impressed with the standard of submissions – the passion that Visitor Centres and towns put into their tourism product really shone through. Every year this process reinforces for the judging panel, the diverse range of tourism opportunities that WA has to offer and we can’t wait to visit the finalists to experience our extraordinary State”.  Each of the six finalists for the 2013 GWN7 Top Tourism Award will receive a site visit from the judges and the winning entrant of the GWN7 Top Tourism Award will receive from GWN7 an airtime package valued at $25,000 to utilise in support of their overall marketing activities to attract visitors to their area. The winner of the Population Under 5,000 category will receive a $5,000 airtime package with GWN7 as well.The award winners will be announced at the GWN7 Top Tourism Award Gala Dinner on Thursday 20th September in Armadale, which forms part of the Annual Visitor Servicing Conference.The Visitor Centre Association of WA is a not-for-profit peak industry body, representing more than 102 Visitor Centres and sub-representation of approximately 4,500 tourism businesses throughout Western Australia. In addition, all of the towns who nominated are eligible for the West Australian Regional Newspaper Special Category Awards which include: Top Tourism Award: Busselton, Denmark, Margaret RiverTop Tourism Award for Population Under 5,000: Bridgetown, Dunsborough, Kalbarricenter_img The Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA) is delighted to announce the finalists of the prestigious GWN7 Top Tourism Awards.For the first time, this year saw the 15 entrants enter in two categories, either for the Top Tourism Award or for the Top Tourism Award for Population Under 5,000. Three finalists have been selected in each category and are in the running for the prestigious honour of being named a Top Tourism Town in 2013.Judges deliberated hard over naming the finalists from an excellent field of entrants from all over the State but today have announced that the finalists are: Source = VCAWAlast_img read more

Cruising to a better future for children

first_img“Around three sachets a day for four to six weeks can put a child out of harm’s way and with the generosity of our on board guests we will do our best to save and improve as many lives as possible,”  MSC Cruises chief executive officer, Giani Ornato said.  Source = ETB News, T.N. MSC Crusies has renewed its ‘Get on Board for Children initiative’ with UNICEF.  Passengers can donate AUD $1.50 to buy three meals of RUTF food, while a full treatment of RUTF food costs AUS$65.center_img The initiative, which allows MSC Cruise passengers to donate money towards UNICEF operations in Brazil, has been a trailblazing success, raising AUD $4.3 million over the last four years.  MSC has also created a new partnership with UNICEF to send Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) food to other developing countries.last_img read more

Royal Caribbean crowned Australasias leading cruise line

first_imgRoyal Caribbean crowned Australasia’s leading cruise lineRoyal Caribbean crowned Australasia’s leading cruise lineRoyal Caribbean International has been voted Australasia’s Leading Cruise Line at the prestigious World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia, presented in Danang, Vietnam.The coveted title is determined from votes cast by travel and tourism professionals throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, as well as the general public.“It’s been an incredible year for Royal Caribbean, and we are honoured to have such a prestigious international award under our belt,” says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director of Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand.“Australasia has really shown us the love since the arrival of our first ship down under nine years ago, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests back onboard our award-winning, innovative ships again this season – set to be our biggest ever.”The award adds to a long list of accolades presented to the cruise line in 2016, including the dual award from the National Travel Industry Awards for Best Domestic Operator and Best International Operator, as well as the esteemed Cruise Critic Australia Editors’ Pick Awards for Best for Families, Best Entertainment, and Best New Ship, for the brand new Ovation of the Seas.Royal Caribbean’s local season officially kicked off on 9 October with the arrival of Radiance of the Seas in Sydney. Five of Royal Caribbean’s ships will sail down under during the summer, including the newest, biggest and most technologically advanced ship to ever be homeported in the region, Ovation of the Seas. South Pacific sisters Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas also join Ovation of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas sailing from Sydney, while Legend of the Seas will sail her last season from Brisbane. Royal Caribbean CruisesSource = Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

Luxperience announces awards finalists

first_imgLuxperience announces awards finalistsWith a record number of impressive submissions, the finalists for this year’s Luxperience Awards are announced today. Luxperience wishes to congratulate these organisations from around the world and wish them well for the upcoming Awards night.The prestigious awards acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of the finest products that the luxury travel and premium business events industries have to offer.The 2017 Finalists are:INSPIRING category finalistsDestination Asia, Asia; Luxury Travel Advisors, United Kingdom; Trisara, ThailandMEANINGFUL category finalistsAuckland Seaplanes, New Zealand; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia; Shinta Mani Hotels, CambodiaCONNECTIONS category finalistsExperiential Travel Journeys, India; Lighthouse, India; Local Eyes Sydney, AustraliaOUTSTANDING DESTINATION category finalistsBeverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, USA; Japan National Tourism Office, Japan; New Caledonia Tourism, New Caledonia; Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand;The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of luxury travel and lifestyle experts: Emma Scott, Creative Director for branding agency Tiny Hunter; Belinda Melocco, Senior Manager Client Engagement for law firm King & Wood Mallesons; Mags King, Managing Photo Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and the Sun Herald; and Chris Flynn, Regional Director-Pacific at PATA, along with Luxury Brand Strategist, Michelle Papas.Winners will be announced in front of over 400 guests attending the dazzling Luxperience Gala Dinner, taking place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Doltone House, Darling Island, Pyrmont.Source = Luxperiencelast_img read more

World2Cover Travel Insurance recognised with four awards

first_imgWorld2Cover Travel Insurance recognised with four awardsWorld2Cover Travel Insurance recognised with four awardsWorld2Cover has taken out four major wins in the recent Canstar Travel Insurance Awards, proving they are a true force to be reckoned with in the local travel insurance market and a great choice for holidaymakers across the nation – no matter what their age, or how they like to travel.Recognised for excellence in the category, World2Cover received Canstar’s Outstanding Value Awards for International Travel Insurance and Domestic Travel Insurance, for the second year running, alongside new wins in the Cruise Travel Insurance and Senior’s Travel Insurance categories.Claudio Saita, Deputy CEO and Executive Director in Australia for Tokio Marine, underwriters for World2Cover travel insurance, said the company is both thrilled and humbled by the multiple award wins.“We are committed to offering all travel lovers cover that will suit their lifestyle and travel preferences, with both cost effective and feature rich policies across the four Canstar Awards categories. It is extremely gratifying to be acknowledged for this, particularly as we build our reputation in market.“Our customers can also have even more confidence knowing that they are choosing a safe pair of hands, as World2Cover ranked highest overall out of the 169 international policies and 96 domestic policies across 79 insurers that were assessed by Canstar,” he said.Canstar expertly researches, compares and rates banking and insurance products, with its annual Travel Insurance Star Ratings awarded based on competitive prices and variety of features.Mitchell Watson, Canstar Group Manager of Research and Ratings, said Canstar’s ratings help consumers make more informed decisions in a highly competitive sector.“World2Cover has proved it is serious about providing outstanding value cover and support to Australian travellers of any age, with its raft of winning products across four of our rated travel insurance categories including international and domestic, as well as cruise and seniors cover. It is delivering competitive policies with consumer needs top of mind.”Since launching in Australia, World2Cover has been on a strong growth trajectory and according to Mr Saita, the brand will only get stronger. He noted that along with new partnerships in the pipeline, World2Cover will also launch their new website in early October to further enhance the sales process and assist travellers with their upcoming holidays.The World2Cover policy portfolio ensures a broad range of competitive travel insurance options, and includes: Top Cover* provides unlimited overseas medical and hospital cover plus cover at no extra cost for children and grandchildren under 25 when they are travelling with a family member who is a policy holderDomestic Cover* has a zero excess option for travel within Australia.Essentials Cover* offers cover for rental car excess, unlimited overseas medical and hospital cover along with all the essentials, with ski and zero excess optionsBasics Cover* includes unlimited overseas medical and hospital cover plus other basics, and is designed for cost-conscious travellers including under 30’s, backpackers and budget holidaymakersWorld2Cover’s recent wins of Canstar’s Outstanding Value Awards for Travel Insurance add to a long list of accolades for World2Cover’s underwriters, Tokio Marine, which is recognised as a worldwide leader in the general non-life insurance sector and has an excellent security rating and an A+ accolade for financial strength from Standard & Poor’s.For more information on the coverage options from World2Cover, visit*Limits, conditions and exclusions apply. Please read the PDS and full policy to ensure the cover is right for your circumstances.The information contained in this article site is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.Source = World2Coverlast_img read more

IHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton Park

first_imgSource = InterContinental Hotels Group IHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton ParkIHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton ParkIHG will give it’s stunning Kirkton Park property in the NSW wine region a refresh and rebrand it as voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, making it the fourth signing in Australia since IHG launched the upscale voco™ brand globally in June.With 70 voguishly appointed rooms, the property was one of the first Hunter Valley Hotels established in the prestigious wine region. In June 2017 IHG took over management of the hotel under the banner of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and has since built a reputation for being one of the wine region’s most desirable destinations.As part of the rebrand, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley will make several aesthetic upgrades with the distinctive and luxurious voco™ brand hallmarks: ‘Come on in’, ‘Me time’, and ‘voco life’. The boutique hotel will once again join forces with luxury interior designer, Greg Natale, to bring the interior design concept to life in a new and inventive way that celebrates its location and surroundings.Located in the heart of Pokolbin and just minutes away from the region’s most popular wineries, the Australian colonial heritage property is complemented by 70 acres of rural surroundings including farmland, a wholesome vegetable garden and picturesque walking trails.Guests will be treated to the ultimate upscale voco experience that celebrates the individuality of the hotel, stunning location and local people, with each stay tailored to deliver a unique and memorable experience. Once checked in, elements of the voco™ hotels will be on offer, including tennis courts, billiards room, indoor heated pool, sauna and spa, and gymnasium. Guests will also be able to enjoy access to the welcome lounge, open-fire library, 24-hour reception and room-service and on-site restaurants and bars, adding to the vibrant voco™ experience.Penny Crossley, General Manager of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, said: “The Hunter Valley is famous for local wineries and produce growers. voco is the perfect fit for us to deliver genuine, passionate service every day. Our approach is personalised, friendly and charming and we want to ensure every stay is memorable. As a hotel, we are connected with the local community, so can offer a truly localised experience as our beautiful country estate serves as the perfect spot to unwind.”“We are very proud to bring this amazing property to life as voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, and to further build on our personal passion for sustainable stays. We look forward to continuing to offer the charming, memorable and distinctive hallmarks we are famous for, with a dash of the voco flair.”The newest of voco hotels will have a genuine, sustainable and paddock-to-plate focused mindset, embracing local surroundings. Mirroring IHG’s global focus on sustainability, the hotel will make upgrades to the owned vegetable garden, minimise food waste with on-property animals, install a panel Solar Farm 100 KW system, serve filtered water to conferencing guests, consciously reduce plastic usage and install sustainable In-Room amenities and shower concepts. Guests will also be able to collect their own eggs, help the staff feed the on-site farm animals and learn about the vegetables from the Chef.Launched in June this year, the voco brand will strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment, which is expected to grow by a further $20 billion by 2025. This distinctive brand will offer owners the ability to drive higher returns by delivering a compelling guest experience and leveraging IHG’s powerful systems. Including best-in-class revenue management and technology capabilities and IHG® Rewards Club, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes.IHG currently has 48 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 27 in the pipeline, including voco, EVEN Hotels and Hotel Indigo.*To book your stay at Kirkton Park Hunter Valley today, visit read more

Explore Ho Chi Minh City

first_imgOnce the Saigon of French diplomats, English writers as well as American soldiers is now perhaps the prime tourist attraction of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh in itself is one of the most popular tourist destination in Asia.Source: BBClast_img