Israel plan to move settler homes raises eyebrows

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Most settlers do not make that distinction, opposing demolition of any Israeli structure in the West Bank.The unusual Ulpana arrangement is an attempt by the pro-settler Netanyahu to avert the prospect of destroying a settlement and battling its residents, who started packing their belongings and moving out of the buildings on Tuesday.Transplanting the buildings would solve that problem, but at a staggering cost, experts say.Specialists familiar with this type of operation say it would require slicing the buildings with huge circular blades, chopping them into smaller pieces, transferring them by crane to massive flatbed trucks and hauling them to their new location, where they would be reassembled like a puzzle. The sawing alone would take a week for each building and cost $125,000 for apiece for the five structures, said one of the specialists, speaking on condition of anonymity because final plans for the project have not yet been set.That expense would just be the starter.“Sawing is not the problem. The problem is how to put them together again,” because the slicing would cut through electrical wires, plumbing, structural rods and other parts of the apartment, forcing a large-scale reconstruction, said Israel David, vice chairman of the Israeli Association of Construction and Infrastructure Engineers. Construction specialists say transplanting the buildings _ three-story concrete structures faced with stone and topped with red tile roofs _ would squander huge sums of money and be infinitely more complicated than destroying and rebuilding them.Netanyahu came up with the plan after the government was ordered to dismantle the outpost. People close to the prime minister say he believes that preserving the homes will ease the pain for the families.The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the government earlier this year to destroy Ulpana after determining it was built on privately owned Palestinian land.“By the first of July, the plan is to have the buildings vacated and sealed,” a government official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity about a project whose details have not been finalized. “The prime minister said he wanted these buildings relocated, not destroyed.”The Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, as part of a future state. The Palestinians, along with virtually all of the international community, consider all Israeli settlements to be illegal or illegitimate.In Israel, any talk of uprooting settlements, now home to more than 500,000 Israelis, is contentious. The government divides the settlements into two categories _ those it authorized and those it did not. There are more than 100 authorized settlements and another 100 or so unauthorized outposts, some little more than a few trailers on a hilltop and others, like Ulpana, made up of concrete apartment houses. Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – The thought of having Jewish settler homes demolished on his watch has propelled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to promise a radical _ some say ludicrous _ way to sidestep a Supreme Court order to raze 30 apartments built illegally in the West Bank.After it evacuates settlers from five apartment buildings in the Ulpana outpost this week, the government has promised to slice the structures from their foundations and move them to a West Bank site nearby, where they will be reassembled. Top Stories The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist “It’s absurd,” he said, estimating that total costs could go as high as $25 million to relocate 30 apartments that could be rebuilt for $150,000 apiece.The technique has been used in Israel before. In 2005, Israel moved five historic homes in the center of Tel Aviv to widen a road.Shay Tzadik, a 20-year veteran of the sawing business, said he appreciates the sentiment behind what Netanyahu is trying to do, but thinks it’s beside the point.“If it was an archaeological site, it would be worth the investment,” Tzadik said. “But why do it?”___Blake Sobczak contributed reporting from Ulpana.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Madagascar leader dismisses mutiny heads to talks

first_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Madagascar has been shaken by political turmoil and violence since Rajoelina, the former opposition leader, ousted Ravalomanana.Ravalomanana last year was convicted in absentia of conspiracy to commit murder in a case related to the turmoil during the overthrow that forced him to leave, with a court handing him a life sentence. Ravalomanana called the tribunal illegitimate. He has tried to return to Madagascar, but so far without success.The East African island is hilly and lush with rice paddies. It is renowned for its rain forests that feature a rare level of biodiversity, including endemic lemurs. The country’s tourism industry, however, has been badly hit by the political turmoil, further battering a nation that still features among the world’s poorest countries.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Associated PressANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) – Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina said Monday a weekend mutiny by soldiers that turned violent will not deter him from holding talks with his main opponent, seeking to stabilize the nation.The Sunday mutiny “doesn’t stop me from seeking solutions for the country,” Rajoelina said as he left the Indian Ocean island nation for talks in the Seychelles with his predecessor Marc Ravalomanana. In 2009, Rajoelina ousted Ravalomanana, who now lives in exile in South Africa.Rajoelina told reporters at the airport the mutiny was the third attempt to topple him since he took power. He currently leads a unity government charged with preparing for elections next year.Tuesday’s meeting in the Seychelles was arranged by mediators of the regional economic and political bloc, the Southern African Development Community.Two government soldiers and the mutiny leader were killed Sunday and several mutineers were arrested, the military said. One of the dead was an officer sent to negotiate with the rebel soldiers.The mutineers took over a military camp near Antananarivo’s Ivato airport early Sunday. Gunfire was heard in the vicinity through Sunday afternoon after the military launched an assault to retake the base. The airport was shut down.Military official Gen. General Lucien Rakotoarimasy said Monday investigations into the mutiny were continuing and the fate of captured mutineers would likely be decided in about a week. He gave no further information to reporters at a news conference broadcast on national radio.The defense ministry said the mutiny was led by Koto Mainty, a bodyguard of former Defense Minister Noel Rakotonandrasana who was jailed after taking part in another mutiny in 2010. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How do cataracts affect your vision? Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Japan Nobel laureate gets washing machine as gift

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean On Friday, Japan’s science minister, Makiko Tanaka, said she has presented Yamanaka a gift certificate signed by 16 of her colleagues, with each chipping in 10,000 yen ($126), so his family can choose a new washing machine.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka may have won $1.2 million along with British researcher John Gurdon when the two were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine earlier this month, but now he is also getting a new washing machine.Yamanaka joked that he was fixing his washing machine when Oslo called to say he had won the prize for his achievement in the induced pluripotent stem cell research, and since has not had time to finish the repairs.last_img read more

House presses Senate to pass domestic surveillance changes

House presses Senate to pass domestic surveillance changes

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders are pressing the Senate to take up a bill that ends the National Security Agency’s collection of American telephone records but preserves other surveillance powers.Senators are divided, and time is running out before three significant counterterrorism provisions expire June 1.House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi want the Senate to take up the USA Freedom Act, which the House passed last week by a 338-88 vote. The bill would end the NSA’s collection and storage of domestic calling records and renew two unrelated surveillance powers commonly used by the FBI to track spies and terrorists.The House has finished it business for the week, and if the Senate doesn’t act, the surveillance provisions are set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on June 1.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP) Top Stories Quick workouts for men Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

First count shows Bouterse party gets majority in Suriname

First count shows Bouterse party gets majority in Suriname

first_imgBouterse now needs a two-thirds majority vote in Parliament to be re-elected president. If he wins, he would rule Suriname for another five years. Legislators have to be sworn in by June 30.There were no reports of violence or irregularities, according to election observers with the Organization of American States. There are 353,000 registered voters in the country of some 550,000 people.Bouterse is a two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982. He also was convicted in absentia in the Netherlands in 1999 on drug trafficking charges, but Suriname does not have an extradition treaty with its former colonial ruler. Bouterse also obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname’s economy.Santokhi had accused Bouterse’s party of financial mismanagement, noting that Suriname’s debt had increased to more than $1 billion in recent years. He also had vowed to reverse an amended amnesty law and restart Bouterse’s prosecution for the 1982 killings if elected president.Bouterse’s son, Dino, also has faced legal problems.A U.S. judge sentenced him earlier this year to more than 16 years in prison after he admitted to offering Lebanese militant group Hezbollah a home base in Suriname. Dino Bouterse once led Suriname’s anti-terrorist unit. PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The party of former military dictator Desi Bouterse obtained the majority of Parliament seats in the South American country of Suriname, according to preliminary results released Tuesday.Bouterse’s National Democratic Party obtained 26 of 51 seats following Monday’s general election, while the main opposition V7 alliance party led by former Justice Minister Chan Santokhi obtained 17 seats, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories center_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories Suriname President Desi Bouterse greets supporters as he leaves a polling station, after casting his ballot in the general election, in Paramaribo, Suriname, Monday, May 25, 2015. Bouterse is betting that Monday’s election to choose the South American country’s next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic) Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Brazil students make art out of trash plucked off Rio shore

Brazil students make art out of trash plucked off Rio shore

first_imgThe campus, on Fundao Island in the filthy bay near the international airport, is at the epicenter of Rio’s pollution problem. With poor trash and sewage services throughout the city of 12 million people, Rio’s waterways are choked with raw sewage and floating garbage. A thick ring of trash surrounds much of Fundao Island, where the stench of raw sewage is often overpowering.“We went out with the students to collect garbage for the project and I was like, ‘Let’s not take more than we need.’ Because there is so much, so much garbage,” said Dalia dos Santos Cerqueira, a professor of fine arts and coordinator of the exhibit. “It was scary to see.”Fabio Drumond, an artist who worked on the exhibit, said the project showed how the bay has been transformed over the past decades into a watery landfill.“Dolls, wood, chairs, tires, televisions — everything that doesn’t work anymore gets thrown into the water,” he said. “It’s being destroyed by garbage.”Rio authorities had pledged to clean up the fetid bay before the 2016 Olympics, when sailing events are slated to be held there. But with the games just over a year away, both the mayor and the governor have repeatedly said that promise won’t be met. Still, Olympic authorities insist the events will be held on the bay despite objections of some sailors, who are worried about falling ill from the water or potentially catastrophic collisions with floating trash. Check your body, save your life Vultures perch on trash strewn along the shore of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 1, 2015. With poor trash and sewage services, Rio’s waterways are choked with raw sewage and garbage, which university art students used to create an exhibition to draw attention to the fetid state of the city’s bay. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men The art show, called “The Sea’s Not Fit for Fish,” runs through Thursday at the university campus.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Forget pricey imported oil paints and exorbitant blocks of marble. Art students at a Brazilian university have taken advantage of one material they have in endless and free supply — trash — to create an exhibition that aims to draw attention to the fetid state of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events are to be held next year.Around 30 students at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University used plastic bottles, tires, old flip flops, plastic helmets, scratched CDs, old tubes and plastic supermarket bags they plucked off a nearby shore to make sculptures of ocean fauna including an octopus and dolphins. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Hong Kongs young find new meaning in Tiananmen vigil

Hong Kongs young find new meaning in Tiananmen vigil

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vigil is the only large-scale public commemoration of the victims on Chinese soil, and the Tiananmen events remain a taboo topic on the mainland. Hundreds and possibly thousands of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed when tanks and soldiers entered central Beijing on June 3-4, 1989, to put down the student-led protests.“June 4 and Occupy Central are very similar,” said Otto Ng, a 19-year-old student who planned to attend the vigil for the first time. Ng said he hadn’t known much about the events in Tiananmen Square but tried to learn more after last year’s Hong Kong protests erupted.In both cases, “we are all students, and we are pushing for democracy and freedom,” he said.Eva Leung, 16, also attended the commemoration for the first time Thursday.“This evening’s vigil adds to our desire to have a genuine democratic system,” she said. Because of the Occupy Central protests, “I came to know what democracy is, and what was happening in Hong Kong. And it made me come to this evening’s vigil.”Political tensions threaten to reignite in Hong Kong over the government’s plan to submit its electoral reform package for lawmaker approval later this month, including Beijing’s demand that it screen candidates in future elections for top leader. Local news reports say more than 7,000 police will be deployed to deal with protests ahead of the vote. Each year, Hong Kongers gather in Victoria Park, holding candles aloft and calling for the Chinese government to overturn its stance that the Tiananmen Square protests were a counterrevolutionary riot. The vigil, which drew an estimated 180,000 last year, features a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue that protesters erected in Beijing.Vigil leaders laid a wreath at a makeshift memorial in the middle of the crowd as the names of Tiananmen victims were read out. Everyone, including the crowd, then bowed three times. The leaders then led the crowd in observing a minute of silence.Organizers planned this year to show videos about Occupy Central and speakers were to talk about mainland activists detained for voicing support. Hong Kong became a part of China in 1997 after a century and a half as a British colony but maintains freedom of speech and other civil liberties not seen on the mainland.Three university student groups, however, opted out of the vigil because of a disagreement over the need to build a democratic China, a guiding principle of the vigil’s organizer, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. The group was originally established to support the students protesting in Beijing. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img A statue of the Goddess of Democracy is displayed in Hong Kong, Thursday, June 4, 2015. There are plans to hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night in Hong Kong to mark the 1989 student-led Tiananmen Square protests, an annual event that takes on greater meaning for the city’s young after last autumn’s pro-democracy demonstrations sharpened their sense of unease with Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) “We must change China before China changes us,” he said.___Follow Kelvin Chan on Twitter at twitter.com/chanmanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The Hong Kong Federation of Students, a coalition of the city’s universities that was one of the driving forces behind the Occupy protests, also opted not to take part. The group has been hit by turmoil over its leadership during the protests, and this year half of its eight university group members voted to leave.Elsewhere, radical “localist” group Civic Passion, known for its confrontational stance, planned to burn a Chinese Communist flag at its own rally.Billy Fung, president of Hong Kong University’s student union, which was holding its own event on campus, said the group wants to focus on establishing genuine democracy in Hong Kong first.“If we just go for one night every year to attend the vigil and chant about building a democratic China, then what you’re doing is just verbally supporting a cause, and you won’t help build a democratic China,” said Fung.The Hong Kong protests reinforced the sense of a separate Hong Kong identity for young people, who he said now “will question if it is their responsibility to help establish the development of Chinese democracy.”However, lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, who is secretary of the Hong Kong Alliance, said it’s impossible to keep it a separate issue. HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers joined a candlelight vigil Thursday night marking the crushing of the 1989 student-led Tiananmen Square protests, an annual commemoration that takes on greater meaning for the city’s young after last autumn’s pro-democracy demonstrations sharpened their sense of unease with Beijing.For the first time in the vigil’s quarter-century history, some student groups didn’t take part and instead held their own memorials, a sign of an emerging rift between young and old over Hong Kong identity that took root during the Occupy Central protests. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Science religion policy Excerpts from popes encyclical

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day ON THE SCOPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION:“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”“These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that we take another course. Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.”___ON EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING:“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”___ON THOSE WHO DENY ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION:“As often occurs in periods of deep crisis which require bold decisions, we are tempted to think that what is happening is not entirely clear. Superficially, apart from a few obvious signs of pollution and deterioration, things do not look that serious, and the planet could continue as it is for some time. Such evasiveness serves as a license to carrying on with our present lifestyles and models of production and consumption. This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decisions and pretending that nothing will happen.” ___ON REDEFINING PROGRESS:“It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection of nature with financial gain, or the preservation of the environment with progress. Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster. Put simply, it is a matter of redefining our notion of progress. A technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress.”___ON MORALITY, THE COMMON GOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT:“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it. We have had enough of immorality and the mockery of ethics, goodness, faith and honesty. It is time to acknowledge that light-hearted superficiality has done us no good. When the foundations of social life are corroded, what ensues are battles over conflicting interests, new forms of violence and brutality, and obstacles to the growth of a genuine culture of care for the environment.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ newly released teaching document is a wide-ranging look at what he calls an “ecological crisis” destroying our “common home.” The document, or encyclical, titled “Laudato Si,” (Praise Be), is at once a theological treatise, a public policy analysis and a heart-felt plea for personal change.Here are some key excerpts from the document, which was made public Thursday: Comments   Share   ___ON CREATION AS A REFLECTION OF GOD’S LOVE:“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”___ON RELUCTANCE OF WEALTHIER NATIONS TO CHANGE:“Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption.”___ON FAILURES OF POLITICAL LEADERS:“It is remarkable how weak international political responses have been. The failure of global summits on the environment makes it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance. There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help ___ON BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT:“We need to reject a magical conception of the market, which would suggest that problems can be solved simply by an increase in the profits of companies or individuals. Is it realistic to hope that those who are obsessed with maximizing profits will stop to reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations? Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention.”“To ensure economic freedom from which all can effectively benefit, restraints occasionally have to be imposed on those possessing greater resources and financial power. To claim economic freedom while real conditions bar many people from actual access to it, and while possibilities for employment continue to shrink, is to practice a doublespeak which brings politics into disrepute.”___ON TREATMENT OF PEOPLE AND NATURE:“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Five rival US carriers apply for Haneda services

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a55c/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Five rival U.S carriers have sought permission from regulators to fly to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport, which is being opened to limited international flights. American Airlines, Continental Airlines and its Continental Micronesia subsidiary, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have all requested U.S DoT approval for nonstop services to Haneda International Airport.Last December, a treaty was made between the United States and Japan to liberalize transpacific service. Mainly a domestic airport, the treaty has allowed Haneda to extend its services to U.S carriers. The Airport has recently expanded to permit more flights and its fourth runway is due to open in October.Delta and United already fly to Japan through Narita airport. Delta wants to launch Haneda services from Detroit, Los Angeles, Seattle and Honolulu.AMR Corp.’s American Airlines is seeking approval to serve the Tokyo airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport and Los Angeles.If they gained approval, Continental and its subsidiary, Continental Micronesia, would fly from Newark, New Jersey, and Guam. United would fly from San Francisco.Hawaiian Airlines, a unit of Hawaiian Holdings  Inc., said it asked the DoT for permission to fly twice a day between Honolulu and Haneda.last_img read more

Syd Perth need more rooms TTF

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More rooms are needed to handle growing demand in Sydney and Perth, according to industry leaders after new data found occupancy levels in both cities sitting above 85 percent.According to the December Quarter 2011 Survey of Tourist Accommodation, occupancy in Sydney was sitting at 86.3 percent for the quarter while Perth saw its rooms filled to 85.6 percent.Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) chief executive John Lee said while figures showed a need for more rooms, initiatives to meet demand and targets should be delivered “in a measured fashion that ensures sustainable returns”.”This will, in turn, encourage further investment in tourism accommodation that will support growth in the visitor economy and create job opportunities across Australia,” Mr Lee said.While the need for accommodation grows, Mr Lee did note that the Western Australian government had recently introduced new reforms to foster tourism while NSW was looking at initiatives to release heritage buildings for tourism use.Earlier this month, Mr Lee shifted his focus from hospitality into aviation, describing the UK Air Passenger Duty tax as an ‘unfair’ penalty on tourism for British travellers.He explained the increase from £85 for each economy class passenger to £92 was likely to hurt travel from the UK into Australia and New Zealand.Click here for more information.   last_img read more

One in three Aussies travel to the UK for family

first_imgAussies have maintained a strong link with the UK, with research revealing that from the one million people who travelled to the ‘motherland’ in 2011, one in three visited family.The research conducted by VisitBritain also reveals that the number of people travelling to the UK to visit friends and family has increased by 40 percent since 2001.To further encourage Aussies to visit friends and family this year, British Airways is offering Australians special fares to the UK which are available for sale from 14 to 18 July 2012.British Airways regional commercial manager, South West Pacific Neil Ager said that the airline recognises that Australians love to escape to the UK for its summer and festive seasons.“By taking up this special fare, people can travel to see their loved ones in comfort and enjoy the best of British service with British Airways,” Mr Ager said.In addition to the Olympic Games the UK also offers visitors stunning countryside, picturesque villages, museums and castles, royal history, and first class dinning and entertainment. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Giza Pyramid reopens amid tourism drive

Giza Pyramid reopens amid tourism drive

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Egypt has officially reopened the Khafra Pyramid after three years of renovations on the second largest of the Giza Pyramids.With six other ancient tombs unveiled to visitors late last week, Minister of Tourism Mohamed Ibrahim said changes to Khafra included improved electricity, ventilation and moisture systems, as well as general restoration, local media reported. The reopening of the tomb coincides with the country’s recently launched tourism campaign, which looks to woo back travellers to the country by reminding them of its beaches, resorts and historical beauty.According to figures released by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the civil unrest which occurred in Cairo last year resulted in a year-on-year 35.4 percent drop in arrivals for the second quarter of 2011. Despite this decline, Egypt’s tourism sector still accounts for roughly ten percent of the country’s GDP. The Great Pyramids: arguably the world’s most famous landmarks (Image ScienceDaily)last_img read more

Vietnamese still Cambodias strongest market

first_imgImage: Fotopedia Cambodia’s tourism arrivals jumped more than 24 percent during the first ten months 2012, with more than 2.86 million international visitors.A tourism ministry update reported Vietnam as the country’s number one largest source of foreign visitors, with 638,560 tourists followed by South Korea and China, the China Daily reported. Neighbours from Laos and Thailand ranked fourth and fifth largest markets, both up 90 and 75 percent over the same ten months the prior year.Of the visitors, more than 1.64 million visited Angkor Wat Temple, up 28 percent over the same period 2011, while Preah Vihear Temple attracted 84 percent more tourists. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

White Bay cruise terminal welcomes first ship

White Bay cruise terminal welcomes first ship

first_imgSydney’s controversial $57 million White Bay Cruise Terminal received its first cruise vessel this morning with P&O’s Pacific Pearl docking with 2,000 passengers aboard.New South Wales Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said the arrival was a milestone, that could give “unprecedented growth” for the industry.“Its vast arrivals and departures hall is designed to cater for 2,400 passengers at a time,” he explained.Mr Gay added that the terminal access road would minimise traffic disruption on roads around Balmain and Rozelle, a win for locals.”The public will also have pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront adjacent to the terminal when there are no ship activities,” he said.”That’s the first time in 45 years the public has been able to access this waterfront.”The re-location of the cruise terminal to White Bay from Darling Harbour, in preference to a new cruise terminal at Garden Island, has been mired in controversy, with the navy refusing to give up its harbour side base, leaving Sydney with only one CBD and ocean side of the Harbour Bridge cruise terminal at Circular Quay.In the meantime, over at Botany Bay, the government says  that fears a multimillion-dollar cruise ship terminal could be built at Port Botany by its new private operator without development consent are the result of ”confusion”, with the announcement on Friday that the NSW Ports consortium is paying $4.31 billion for a 99-year lease, a week after submissions closed on the proposed planning changes to accompany privatisation.The government said this would give Ports NSW powers similar to those of its present operator, the publicly owned Sydney Ports Corporation, but the freight industry says is unclear about the extent of the changes and has expressed concern they may have significant consequences for container terminal operators and the public.Patrick Terminals has raised the ”significant issue” of one clause in the draft State Environmental Planning Policy covering the type of development to be permitted, which says that wharf, boating or port facilities may be built without development consent ”if the development has a capital investment of more than $100 million”.Patrick Terminals go on to say, ”for example, according to the wording in this provision, construction of a cruise-line terminal and associated infrastructure could be carried out without development consent”. Pacific Pearl. Image: P&O Cruises Source = eTB Cruise Expertlast_img read more

Two injured in Indonesian plane crash

Two injured in Indonesian plane crash

first_imgSecond Indonesian air crash this year. Two passengers have sustained minor injuries, according to officials, after a passenger plane carrying 52 people crash-landed in Indonesia.The State-owned, Merpati Nusantara Airlines MA-60 aircraft was coming in to land at El Tari airport in Kupang city when the accident occurred and the aircraft ended up with its belly on the runway and engine jammed face down into the tarmac, The Indian Express reported.A Transport Ministry spokesperson confirmed the plane was carrying 52 people on board and only two passengers experienced minor injuries caused from pieces of glass.“They have left hospital and are fine now,” he said.According to the spokesperson, damage suffered during the accident may have also possibly left the aircraft in an unrepairable state.The Merpati Nusantara Airlines accident is the second airline crash for Indonesia in less than two months, after carrier Lion Air crashed into the sea in April this year.  Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

New general manager of Australia for Scoot

New general manager of Australia for Scoot

first_imgScoot has announced the appointment of Dennis Basham to the role of general manager for Australia, effective immediately.The appointment was made following Darren Wright’s move back to Flight Centre, and Mr Basham brings with him a wealth of airline industry talent, skills and contactsHis primary focus at Scoot will be to continue to bolster support and new initiatives in trade and distribution, and to build on the brand recognition that the airline has built in two short years.The new general manager, Dennis Basham said that he is excited to be back working in an aviation specialist environment.“It is great to be back in a group of aviation specialists that has worked together previously, and to be amongst a successful, friendly and innovative young team, and I look forward to ensuring the colour yellow is instantly recognizable and associated with our young and fresh brand, Scoot,” Mr Basham said.Mr Basham has spent the past fourteen and a half years building the Virgin Australia group’s products, starting in 2000,  and has filled numerous jobs at Virgin.In recognizing Mr Wright’s contribution, Scoot head of commercial Steve Greenway, said that Mr Wright has been with Scoot from the beginning and his contributions were recognised.“Darren has been part of the Scoot start-up team, during the most vital phases of its growth and he and his teams have created a very strong brand awareness and presence in the Australian aviation market.”Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Travel agents now Know India Better

Travel agents now Know India Better

first_imgThis year’s first Know India Better seminar was held last week for Australian travel agents to learn more about the travel industry in India.The event was organised by the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC), India Tourism, Taj Hotels, Insight Vacations and Air India.AITTC chairman Sandip Hor said the event was the first of its kind.“This was another successful event organised by the AITTC, where we have worked with partners to inform the trade about India,” Mr Hor said.“The AITTC will introduce a help desk to feature on its website, as part of this educational program to help the industry.”At the event, India Tourism’s Sydney director, Vibhava Tripathi, introduced activities for tourists to enjoy in India, including biking and golf.Joost Timmer from Insight Vacations shared information about India Tour packages, while Marie Anderson spoke about Air India, the only non-stop passenger service between Australia and Delhi.Taj Group’s Ben Johnson spoke about the company’s luxury hotels, spas and safaris in India.Travel agents at the event included representatives from Travel Managers, Diploma Travel, Flight Centre, Golden Global International Travel, Worldstar Travel, Mobile Travel Agents, plus many more.Travelling to India was made easier last year with the launch of the India Tourist Visa on Arrival, enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation.This change has made obtaining a Visa for India very simple and is expected to increase visitor numbers to the country.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

A New Year – A New Eight

A New Year – A New Eight

first_imgSource = The Langham, Auckland A New Year – A New EightA New Year – A New EightIt’s a New Year and a new look for Eight Restaurant at The Langham, Auckland, as the restaurant begins 2017 with a stylish contemporary look designed to complement the restaurant’s unique interactive dining experience.Matt Carroll, Director of Food and Beverage at The Langham, Auckland, says, “The restaurant design is fresh, inviting and it gives Eight a stylish, modern feel for 2017. We hope our diners will be inspired –  we even have a new Pasta Kitchen providing some delicious additions to the well-loved favourites.”The ‘Eight’ concept is based on an interactive dining experience that features the flavours of eight international cuisines, made with fresh, quality ingredients.Diners can watch as their selections are prepared to order from; a fresh Seafood Kitchen, New York-style Grill, Wok & Dim Sum Corner, Indian Tandoor Kitchen, Japanese Sushi & Sashimi, Seasonal Salad Selection or the brand new Pasta Kitchen.“Eight is designed to be an interactive experience, so feel free to ask the Chefs for advice and to request that your selections be cooked to your taste,” says Carroll.Those with a sweet-tooth can wind up the evening with an exquisite array of dessert tasters and Eight’s famous chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallow dippers.Dessert is also available as a special evening option from 9pm to 11pm daily, inclusive of barista made coffee or tea, for just $29.50 per person.last_img read more

Wyndhams boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East Asia

Wyndhams boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East Asia

first_imgSource = Wyndham Hotel Group – TRYP by Wyndham – TRYP Yangon Wyndham’s boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East Asia TRYP YangonWyndham’s boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East AsiaTRYP by Wyndham®, Wyndham Hotel Group’s modern and trendsetting lifestyle hotel brand, has arrived on the shores of South East Asia with the opening of a new-construction hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. The 60-room TRYP Yangon is Wyndham’s inaugural hotel to open in Myanmar.TRYP by Wyndham celebrates the spirit of the urban traveller by offering an insider’s look at a city. Hotels can be found in the heart of the world’s most exciting cities – the ones on every travel bucket list – like Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Barcelona, New York City, Paris, and Sao Paulo. The brand’s urban flair energises travellers with an inimitable style and helps travellers find the best ways to tap directly into the pulse of the city.“Myanmar is quickly becoming a must-see destination for international travellers with nearly eight million arrivals in 2015 thanks to an influx of foreign investment and Yangon’s expanded international airport,” said Mr Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim.“The country’s travel and tourism sector is primed to spike even higher as people seek out new business opportunities, setting the stage for increased hotel demand in Yangon. TRYP by Wyndham’s unique urban flair will help visitors uncover the side of Yangon not in guidebooks, putting the city in a new light for visitors who want to experience it like a local.”Set in the heart of Yangon’s lively Mayangone Township, TRYP Yangon offers a restaurant and a lounge bar for evening cocktails in a dynamic social setting, as well as free Wi-Fi for guests to stay connected with friends and family. Sixty design-driven guest rooms feature a mix of patterns, textures and unexpected contrasts inspired by Myanmar’s longstanding culture and traditions. Art fixtures include kaleidoscopic landscapes of farmers toiling in farmlands and rice paddies, a nod to the country’s agrarian heritage.The hotel is operating under a franchise agreement with developer Dragon Mountain Holding Co. Ltd. and is managed by Kosmopolitan Hospitality, a hotel management company headquartered in Bangkok.Spokesperson for Dragon Mountain Holding Co. Ltd., Mr U Tin Maung, said, “I am thrilled to work with Wyndham Hotel Group to launch the vibrant TRYP by Wyndham brand in South East Asia. Wyndham Hotel Group has a growing track record in the region and we were impressed with their worldwide branding and distribution, as well as their commitment in providing excellent guest experiences.”Mr Glenn DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer of Kosmopolitan Hospitality added, “The opening of TRYP Yangon will invigorate Yangon’s hospitality landscape with its edgy concept and high speed internet connectivity. Along with the exceptional service expected from one of the world’s most renowned international brands, the hotel is poised to be a favourite among regional and international travellers.”TRYP Yangon is located less than five minutes from Myanmar Plaza, which offers upscale retail and dining options, and is a short stroll from many of the city’s glittering golden temples, including the majestic 34-meter-high Kabar Aye Pagoda and the vast Inya Lake.In 2015, Wyndham Hotel Group announced its entry into Myanmar with the signing of a franchise agreement for a 260-room Wyndham Grand® hotel, also in Yangon.Wyndham Hotel Group plans to expand the TRYP by Wyndham brand to other key Asia Pacific destinations within the next 12 months. The brand currently has more than 110 hotels globally, each curating a unique experience that reflects its location. For general information or reservations, please visit trypyangonhotel.com, email info@trypyangonhotel.com or call +95 1966 9688.All Wyndham Hotel Group properties in South East Asia participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary new loyalty program from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.About TRYP by Wyndham part of Wyndham Hotel GroupTRYP by Wyndham® represents more than 100 hotels and 16,000 rooms across Europe and the Americas. The brand caters to business and leisure travelers in cosmopolitan cities including Madrid and Barcelona in Spain; Paris, France; Lisbon, Portugal; Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brisbane, Australia and New York City, U.S. Powered by the city, the brand celebrates openly displaying passion for the cities in which its hotels are located. Reservations and information are available by visiting www.tryphotels.com. Travelers have the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com. All TRYP by Wyndham hotels are either franchised by TRYP Hotels Worldwide, Inc. (THW), or its affiliate, or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC. THW is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).last_img read more

Lindblad ExpeditionsNational Geographic to venture

Lindblad ExpeditionsNational Geographic to venture

first_imgAcross the Bering Sea: From Katmai to Kamchatka:  Covering more than 3,800 nautical miles, and nearly circumnavigating the Bering Sea, this is a wide-ranging voyage.  Spot coastal brown bears from Katmai National Park to the Kamchatka Peninsula, search for Steller’s sea eagles along the scenically stunning Zhupanova River.  Be awed by the abundance and variety of marine mammals: Pacific walrus, northern fur seals, gray, humpback, and sperm whales, sea otters and Steller sea lions; and seabirds from the Aleutians to the Commander Islands including horned and tufted puffins, murres and rare whiskered auklets. Visit a Koryak village in northern Kamchatka, and Vitus Bering’s gravesite in the Commander Islands. 22 days/21 nights, departs June 18 & July 21, 2019.   Rates begin at $32,320 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.Life & Legend on the Bering Sea: Life & Legend on the Bering Sea: Traverse the depth and breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins. Encounter the remote culture of Provideniya, “the Gateway to the Arctic,” before exploring the Pribilof Islands, a naturalist’s paradise sometimes referred to as “the Galápagos of the North” – with the largest breeding rookery of northern fur seals, comprising about half the world’s population.  From those lively breeding grounds continue on to explore the dynamic history, culture and natural wonders of the remote islands along Alaska’s rugged coast, including Kodiak Island with the native culture and Alutiiq people.  Explore Katmai National Park, one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world – with opportunities to witness them digging for clams at low tide and fishing for salmon, and a unique petrified forest to round out this immersive expedition. 13 days/12 nights, departs July 9 & September 4, 2019.  Rates begin at $20,290 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.Exploring Russia’s Far East & Wrangel Island:  This fascinating exploration of the remote Siberian coastline promises rich culture and an astounding wealth of wildlife.  See gray whales in their northern feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. Meet indigenous artists known for their intricate walrus ivory carvings, take in dramatic bird cliffs teeming with puffins and guillemots, then forge farther north, well above the Arctic Circle to Wrangel Island Reserve. Spend several days in this pristine landscape that’s home to the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens, the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus, and an astonishing variety of plant life. And before this expedition comes to an end witness one more site few get to see—an ancient, mysterious display of whale bones and skulls erected on Yttygran Island.  Experience meaningful cultural exchanges across the entire breadth of Beringia.  13 days/12 nights, departs August 11 & 23, 2019.  Rates begin at $20,290per person based on double occupancy.The voyages are set aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion, a state-of-the-art expedition ship, designed to safely explore the remote regions of the planet. A modern, elegant ship, her stylish setting features a dramatic, window-lined main lounge and library where the expedition community gathers for cocktails and Recap, and expansive outdoor spaces.  Everywhere you turn as you cruise, you’ll find panoramic windows that connect you with the wild world you’re exploring. She is equipped with a full complement of cool tools to explore the environment, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore the undersea.For more information visit au.expeditions.comSource = Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic to ventureLindblad Expeditions-National Geographic to ventureLindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced a remarkable program of voyages for 2019 that will venture into the Russian Arctic, one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions on the planet.  The three new itineraries will give a different glimpse into life in the remote Russian Far East & Bering Sea, where spectacular wildlife, an intriguing native culture, arresting mysteries and world-class exploration history abound.The human element is one of the richest aspects of visiting the Arctic, and this region is no exception. Communities of Siberian Yup’ik people still follow traditional methods of hunting seals and whales, while the coastal Koryak and Chukchi people of Russia have developed into incredible reindeer herders living off the land – and are a part of why few travellers leave this place unchanged.Several of Lindblad’s exemplary expedition team have spent time in the region, and were integral to the development of the expeditions. “I have visited the region since 2004 and immediately fell in love with its landscape, abundant wildlife and charming people of many cultures.  Over several years of travel there, the wildlife never became commonplace for me – it was spectacular every time,” stated Jen Martin, Director of Field Staff and Expedition Development.Itineraries include:last_img read more