Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chilean authorities say a prominent Japanese astronomer who helped develop the international ALMA observatory in Chile has been found slain.Police in Santiago say 57-year-old Koichiro Morita died from a blow to the head struck by a robber who took his wallet and cellphone early Friday.A suspect described by authorities has having a long criminal record has been ordered by a Chilean judge to be held for three months pending a murder investigation. ALMA executive Paulina Boca says Morita was instrumental in creating the observatory on a high plateau in northern Chilean. Scientists come from all over the world to gaze deeper into space than any other telescope could do before.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The announcement will be made in Shanghai because a local museum will be the first of three virtual outposts where visitors will be able to manipulate cameras in the South African lab which is scheduled to be completed in November.The fossil material to be recovered was found at a site near Johannesburg which has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site for the early human remains found there.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A university says the public will be able to watch archeologists recovering about 2-million-year-old early human remains from a rock in South African in real time.Johannesburg-based University of Witwatersrand said paleontologist Lee Berger will announce plans for an interactive laboratory in South Africa with cameras streaming video footage online on Friday during a visit to China. It says the public will also be able to post questions to scientists online. Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision?
WikiLeaks says that the ensuing blockade has led to a 95 percent fall in revenue, something which founder Julian Assange says has forced him to focus on fundraising at the expense of his site’s publication work.The judgment, handed down by Reykjavik District Court, is “a very important milestone in our campaign,” WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said in a telephone interview. Lawsuits remain active in Denmark and in Belgium, he said, but the Icelandic win was “a small but very important step in fighting back against these powerful banks.”The District Court ordered Visa and MasterCard’s local partner, Valitor, to resume funneling donations to WikiLeaks’ payment processor, DataCell, within two weeks or face 800,000 kronur (about $6,000) in daily fines, according to DataCell lawyer Sveinn Andri Sveinsson.The implications of the judgment, which Valitor plans to appeal, weren’t immediately clear.Even if Valitor is eventually forced to comply with the judgment, it isn’t clear whether Visa or MasterCard would allow their customers to make donations to DataCell or WikiLeaks. Both companies have refused to deal with WikiLeaks for the better part of two years, leading to allegations that they had bowed to U.S. pressure to starve the organization of funds. Neither Visa Inc. nor MasterCard Inc. immediately returned emails seeking comment on the judgment.___Online:Reykjavik District Court’s judgment: http://bit.ly/NsboP7(in Icelandic)WikiLeaks: http://wikileaks.orgDataCell: http://www.datacell.comValitor: http://www.valitor.com Associated PressLONDON (AP) – WikiLeaks declared victory Thursday in the first round of its campaign against the financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard after an Icelandic court ordered their local partner to resume processing credit card donations to the secret-spilling site.Visa and MasterCard were among half a dozen major U.S. financial firms to pull the plug on WikiLeaks following its decision to begin publishing about 250,000 State Department cables in late 2010. 0 Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) – The EU’s executive body, the European Commission, has opened up an investigation into whether Microsoft has kept the antitrust commitments it made in 2009, and warned that penalties for non-compliance would be “severe.”EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters Tuesday that the indications are that Microsoft, the company that makes the Windows operating system, has failed to provide customers with a screen from which they could choose different internet browsers other than its own Internet Explorer. Almunia said it appeared that the “choice screen”, promised by Microsoft following an antitrust case in 2009, has not been provided since February 2011, meaning 28 million customers may not have seen it.In a statement, Microsoft conceded it had “fallen short” of its responsibility, while acknowledging that it was required to provide the browser choice screen, or BCS.“Due to a technical error, we missed delivering the BCS software to PCs that came with the service pack 1 update to Windows 7,” the statement said.The company said that PCs running the original version of Windows 7, as well as Windows XP and Windows Vista, did have the screen.“While we have taken immediate steps to remedy this problem, we deeply regret that this error occurred and we apologize for it,” Microsoft said.Microsoft submitted a report to the Commission in December saying the browser choice screen was being provided as required. In its statement, the company said it believed at the time that was the case.Almunia said this would be the first time that this type of legally binding agreement has not been complied with.“Needless to say, we take compliance with our decision very seriously,” he said. “If the infringement is confirmed, there will be sanctions.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments Share Quick workouts for men Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates A helicopter crew located possible debris from an aircraft off the Bahamas. Bahamian authorities later located a sheen of oil nearby.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – U.S. and Bahamian officials are searching for any survivors from a small plane crash near the archipelago off Florida’s east coast.The U.S. Coast Guard in Miami says a small plane carrying two people lost communications with aviation officials Monday afternoon. Authorities have not disclosed the aircraft’s tail number or details about the missing passengers.The small plane apparently departed from Marsh Harbor, Bahamas, and was en route to Daytona Beach, Florida. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in society Comments Share Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Katinan was wanted under an international arrest warrant for economic crimes. Warrants have been issued for several Gbagbo allies believed to be hiding in West Africa.At least 3,000 people were killed in Ivory Coast after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to current President Alassane Ouattara in the November 2010 election. Gbagbo has been accused of crimes against humanity and is being held at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too 4 must play golf courses in Arizona ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – An Ivory Coast prosecutor says a spokesman for former President Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested for crimes committed during the West African nation’s recent post-election violence.Noel Dje Enrike Yahau said Justin Kone Katinan was arrested in Accra, Ghana, on Friday after returning on a flight from Johannesburg. Yahau said Ivorian lawyers are in Accra to negotiate his extradition. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Police recovered all 76 artifacts stolen from the museum by two masked robbers on Feb. 17, 2012. They were found buried in a field 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the museum on Friday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Police say they have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery that targeted the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.The three men were arrested Friday in the western Greek city of Patras, close to Ancient Olympia.They were arrested after they tried to sell the most ancient of the antiquities, a golden seal-ring dating from the late Bronze Age, about 3,200 years ago, for an initial asking price of (EURO)1 million ($1.3 million).
CAIRO (AP) – Al-Qaida’s leader said the military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi provides proof that Islamic rule cannot be established through democracy and urged the Islamist leader’s followers to abandon the ballot box in favor of armed resistance.In a 15-minute audio message posted online late Friday, Ayman al-Zawahri also lashed out at the Egyptian military, the country’s secular and liberal elites as well as the Coptic Christian minority, accusing them of conspiring against Morsi solely because he was an Islamist. Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Egypt’s army ousted Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, on July 3 after days of mass protests demanding the president’s removal. The coup has divided the nation into rival camps, with an array of liberal and secular Egyptians supporting the military’s move and Morsi’s supporters and Islamist allies rejecting it.“We have to admit first that legitimacy does not mean elections and democracy, but legitimacy is the Shariah (Islamic law)… which is above all the constitutions and laws,” al-Zawahri said in comments addressed to Morsi’s supporters.He condemned the Brotherhood for having “tried its best to satisfy America and the secularists” by relinquishing “jihad,” usually invoked by al-Qaida to mean armed struggle. He also noted that Morsi’s government was overthrown despite its acceptance of Egypt’s landmark peace treaty with Israel and security agreements with the United States _ both of which Islamic militants sharply oppose.“You forgot that democracy is the West’s monopoly and it is allowed for those who belong to the Islamists to benefit from its fruits only on one condition _ you be a slave for the West’s ideology, action, policy and economy,” he said. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists roundly reject democracy as a Western-imposed system, and oppose it on the grounds that it puts man’s laws above those of God.Turning to Egypt’s military, al-Zawahri, who is Egyptian and grew up in a Cairo suburb, accused the army of being a pawn of U.S. interests.“The Americanized army, was raised by America’s aid, training courses and exercises and their allegiance was bought to fulfill the Americans’ orders and protect U.S. interests as well as maintain the security of its foster child, Israel,” he said.He said Egypt’s secular camp forgot democracy, elections and the peaceful transfer of power and resorted instead to the “Americanized military to overthrow the Egyptian constitution.”The message’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed but was posted on a militant website commonly used by al-Qaida. It was produced by the group’s arm, As Sahab.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes
Sponsored Stories QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria (AP) — Here in pockets of the rugged mountains near the Lebanese border, the distinctive yellow flag of Hezbollah now flies where al-Qaida militants once held sway.These gains in the Qalamoun Mountains represent a bright spot for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, now reeling from a unified insurgent assault in the country’s northwest. And again, they show the power and influence of the Lebanese militant group in Syria’s civil war, grinding on into its fifth year after killing more than 220,000 people. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Hezbollah cites that fear of militants sweeping through Shiite and Christian villages in diverse Lebanon as the reason for their involvement in Syria.“We are giving our blood so that people (in Lebanon) live with dignity and safely,” Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah recently said.But analysts say the fight is not expected to have immediate military repercussions in Lebanon — though it directly affects Assad’s survival and Hezbollah’s reputation.“The party cannot take military action in the area without a guarantee of victory, since a further defeat in light of those in northern and southern Syria would be disastrous,” wrote Michael Young, opinion editor of Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper.Young also warned victory is not assured, largely because the vast, rugged region is difficult to control and the Syrian army’s combat effectiveness steadily has deteriorated in long years of fighting.Others fear the Qalamoun offensive could spark Sunni militants to launch attacks in Shiite areas of Lebanon itself, including Beirut. A wave of bombings targeting Hezbollah strongholds in 2013 and 2014 left scores of people dead and wounded. Already, residents in a southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon say security has tightened in the area, with officials searching cars and checking identification papers. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision? The difference between men and women when it comes to pain This Saturday, May 9, 2015 photo shows a general view of the Syrian border town of Assal al-Ward that is held by government forces, Syria. Hezbollah fighters have been spearheading an attack along with President Bashar Assad’s troops against Sunni insurgents in Syria’s rugged mountainous region of Qalamoun. On Saturday, Hezbollah fighters showed several local journalists and an Associated Press team positions they recently captured in Qalamoun. (AP Photo/Bassem Mroue) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “The situation is better than perfect,” one smiling Hezbollah fighter said, speaking along with others anonymously as part of the conditions Hezbollah set to allow AP journalists to make the trip.Insurgents appear to have left their camps in a hurry. Groceries, medicines and other supplies littered their camps. At a Hezbollah position, fighters installed a 130 mm cannon pointed deeper into Syria. Wooden ammunition boxes nearby bore Persian words — a sign of the support of Iran, a major benefactor of both Hezbollah and Assad.Shelling could be heard in the distance, which Hezbollah fighters attributed to clashes around Syria’s Barouh mountain to the north. Two giant Hezbollah bulldozers ground out a sand road on one of the region’s mountains.Some 3,000 militants are in the Qalamoun region, almost equally split between the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, a Hezbollah commander recently said in Beirut. He said Hezbollah and Syrian troops surround the Qalamoun from the north, the east and the south, as well as part of the west, squeezing the Islamic militants who remain.The total area of the Qalamoun being contested is about 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) — of which 340 square kilometers (131 square miles) lie in Lebanon and are under militants’ control. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a harsh critic of Hezbollah, has said Lebanon is not responsible for the group’s actions.“Only Hezbollah is responsible for the repercussions of its involvement in the war at the service of” Assad, said Hariri, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia and France.But others disagree. Christian politician Karim Pakradouni told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station Sunday that “the battle should be carried out no matter how much it costs because it will end terrorism in Lebanon.”“The Qalamoun battle protects Lebanon’s national security,” he said.___Follow Bassem Mroue on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bmroue.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A team of Associated Press journalists traveling with Hezbollah into Syria found smiling Hezbollah fighters proudly showing newly dismantled booby traps and food quickly left behind by the Sunni insurgents as commanders promised further advances they say protect Lebanon. But in Lebanon, worries persist that Hezbollah’s battlefield successes only further entangle the tiny country in Syria’s violence, risking attacks back home as well.The Qalamoun Mountains are on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon. They tower near Syria’s capital, Damascus, and linking that base of Assad’s power to the coast, an enclave of his Alawite sect, an off-shoot of Shiite Islam.But the Sunni militants of the local al-Qaida chapter called the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, have been dug into the terrain for years.Although Hezbollah officials say a full-blown assault to recover Qalamoun hasn’t started, Hezbollah fighters in recent days have captured large areas and strategic hills. On Thursday, Hezbollah fighters attacking from the fields of the Syrian border town of Assal al-Ward met comrades on the offensive from the outskirts of the Lebanese village of Brital. Four benefits of having a wireless security system
5 ways to recognize low testosterone YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Street protests in the Armenian capital against a hike in electricity prices grew on Tuesday evening, with an estimated 7,000 people joining a second attempt to march toward the presidential residence even after riot police had used water cannons to forcefully disperse demonstrators.The number of riot police also increased, and helmeted officers holding shields stood shoulder-to-shoulder to block the protesters from moving farther down the central avenue in Yerevan. The protesters stood behind large trash containers that they had placed across the road as a barricade. There appeared to be some progress toward ending the standoff late Tuesday, with the protesters agreeing to appoint several representatives to meet with President Serge Sarkisian. But after a long discussion, they changed their mind.In the early hours of Wednesday, the street remained full of protesters, most of them young.Yerevan’s deputy police chief, Valery Osipyan, told the crowd that all of the nearly 240 protesters detained early Tuesday had been released, one of the demonstrators’ demands.The unrest was the most serious that Armenia has seen in years, raising concerns about political stability in the impoverished former Soviet nation, which hosts a Russian military base and is part of a Moscow-dominated economic alliance.Russian companies control some of the most prized economic assets in Armenia, including the power grid. The protest was triggered when an Armenian government commission agreed to raise electricity rates at the request of the power company.Russia was closely following the protests, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said.“Of course, we hope that in the near future the situation will be resolved in strict accordance with the law and that there will be no violations of the law,” Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of the opposition Heritage party who challenged Sarkisian in a 2013 presidential election, also denounced the government crackdown on the protest, calling it “a national shame.”Sarkisian, who is serving his second term, has not yet commented on the protest.The landlocked country’s economy is hobbled by the longstanding closure of its borders with Azerbaijan and Turkey over a conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It depends on close ties with Russia.Alexander Iskandarian, head of the Caucasus Institute, an independent think tank, said the protest reflected “the radicalization of opposition activities.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan voiced concern about reports of excessive use of force by police and urged the government to investigate.On Monday, about 5,000 demonstrators marched toward the presidential headquarters, but were stopped by lines of riot police backed by water cannons. The protesters then sat on the road, blocking traffic and ignoring police demands to leave.Several hundred remained in place overnight. Riot police broke up the protest early Tuesday, using water cannons.Some protesters resisted and threw rocks at the officers, who responded by beating them with truncheons. Plainclothes police agents also rounded up demonstrators.Fifteen people sought medical treatment and seven of them were hospitalized, the Health Ministry said.Police also broke up a small rally in Armenia’s second-largest city of Gyumri on Tuesday backing the main protest, arresting 12 people.The demonstrators were demanding that the government reconsider its decision to increase electricity prices for households by 17-22 percent. Some protesters also called for Sarkisian’s resignation.The opposition Armenian National Congress walked out of parliament in protest Tuesday against the rally’s breakup and demanded the release of all those detained. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen randomly shelled a town Sunday outside of Aden after losing control of some the port city’s neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, officials said.The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war gripping the Arab world’s poorest country, which also has been the target of Saudi-led, U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March. Sunday night, anti-Houthi forces linked up in Tawahi from the north and south at the state television building, a Yemeni military official said. He claimed anti-Houthi forces fully controlled the area and said they were searching residences for rebels, some of whom had fled to nearby mountains.Witnesses and anti-Houthi forces said bodies littered the streets. Locals said loudspeakers were blaring in the streets urging the Houthis to surrender.In the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest, fighting raged on the ground, residents said, with a gas facility burning after it was hit. In the capital, Sanaa, satellite channel Ghazal said Houthi militias had stormed its building.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists, and the residents declined to be identified for fear of repercussions.The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now based in Saudi Arabia.The rebels seized Sanaa in September. Fierce fighting in Aden broke in March, sparking the Saudi-led airstrikes. More than 3,000 people have been killed since, including more than 1,400 civilians, according to United Nations agencies. The shelling was intense in the neighborhood of Sharqiya, hundreds of meters from the post office.“It’s been one shell after the other since the morning,” said Arwa Mohammed, a resident of Sharqiya locked up in one room with her seven-member family for safety. “We are feeling the house is going to collapse over our head.”Anis Othman, a neighbor of Mohammed, also described a scene of pandemonium.“Balls of fire are falling over our heads amid the screams of children and women,” he said. “Why all that shelling? There are no weapons or fighters here. They (the rebels) want to terrorize us and drive us out. This is only rancor and hate.”Zeifullah al-Shami, a Houthi leader, denied targeting civilians in the shelling, saying his forces were engaging the rivals on the front lines.“This is part of the media deception,” he said. “We didn’t kill civilians.”However, the rebels had vowed to retaliate after losing ground in Aden. The rebels now are largely based in Aden’s western neighborhood of Tawahi, as well as bases east of Aden and in Lahj province, north of the city. Saudi-backed fighters also are advancing on a military air base in Lahj province. Top Stories Comments Share A leader with the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, denied shelling Dar Saad, a town just north of Aden and long home to fighters resisting their advances. But Yemeni medical officials and a doctor with an international aid organization said the shelling clearly came from the north and east of Dar Saad — areas under rebel control.Aden, the scene of some of the war’s fiercest ground battles, saw Saudi-backed troops and fighters seize from the Houthis some of its neighborhoods and its international airport last week. Sunday’s shelling in Dar Saad appeared to be a way to both punish those resisting the Houthis, as well as halt the advance of their opponents.Yemeni medical and military officials said hundreds of residents fled Dar Saad amid the shelling as ambulance rushed through the streets, sirens wailing. They said the shelling killed at least 45 people and wounded 120, all believed to be civilians.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to brief journalists.Abdu Mohammed Madrabi, 65, said he was in line outside the post office to collect his pension when the shells hit, causing chaos. Madrabi, who was wounded in the neck, back and leg, said many private cars carried the wounded to hospitals because there weren’t enough ambulances. How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and uprooted more than 1 million people from their homes, the U.N. has said.Hassan Boucenine, the head of Doctors Without Borders in Yemen, called the situation in Dar Saad “very, very difficult.” He said his medical facilities had received 50 wounded people and 25 corpses.“There will be more,” he said.___Associated Press writer Sarah El Deeb in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at a street in the port city of Aden, Yemen, Thursday, July 16, 2015. 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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Thai Airways International (THAI) and Tiger Air are working to ensure that their merged entity, Thai Tiger Airways, can begin service by March 2011. The two companies are now detailing the operational plan, including the leasing of aircraft and finalising both domestic and overseas routes, reported the Bangkok Post. “It is not necessary for Thai Tiger Airways to lease aircraft from Tiger Air. It can look for the needed planes from any airlines that offer the most suitable and the best deal,” THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said on Tuesday 31 August.”Thai Tiger also has no obligation to use the Airbus 320 as it is an independent airline.” Whilst the CEO of the new budget carrier had yet to be decided, Mr Piyasvasti expected the parent companies to choose a suitable candidate by the end of September. Thai Tiger will focus mainly on grassroots clients who have never travelled by plane. The flight services will concentrate on domestic and overseas routes served by its competitors. However, Mr Piyasvasti clarified that Thai Tiger’s routes would not overlap with those of THAI and Nok Air – an affiliate firm of THAI.“Thai Tiger Airways might open new routes, such as flights from Bangkok to cities in China and India,” he said.THAI and Tiger Air signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly set up the new budget airline on 2 August. Thai Tiger, the budget offshoot of THAI and Tiger Air, is set to commence service in March 2011.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways announced it will launch direct daily flights between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast in March this year.To commemorate the new service, the airline introduced a special introductory airfare today for flights between 27 March 2011 and 29 October 2011. Tiger Airways Australian managing director Crawford Rix said the new route is “just the ticket for Queensland tourism”. “Today’s announcement symbolises a great offer for Sydney-siders keens for a sunshine getaway and in return Tiger Airways hopes that the Sunshine Coast community will reap the benefits of increased tourism visiting their back yard – and of course new opportunities to travel to Sydney for less than ever before with Tiger’s famous low fares,” Sunshine Coast mayor welcomed the new flights and said the move demonstrated Tiger’s commitment to the Sunshine Coast. “This announcement is a fantastic shot in the arm for our tourism industry after what has been a tumultuous start to the year for the Sunshine Coast and Queensland,” Cr Abbot said.“Whilst the Sunshine Coast region was largely unaffected by the recent floods and dodged the damage of some of our neighboring regions, our Tourism industry has still been hit hard.Special fares on sale today are $38.95*.The airline is also set to launch flights from Sydney to Brisbane, commencing 7 February 2011.
In a bid to strengthen the holiday rental industry down under Fairfax Media Limited announced its recent purchase of online holiday rental and corporate accommodation company Occupancy. The group said its current business Stayz.com.au will work alongside its newly acquired Occupancy online companies Rentahome.com.au and Takeabreak.com.au to provide Australian travellers a variety of options. Describing the acquisition as beneficial to home owners and the tourism industry Fairfax Media’s Metropolitan Media chief executive Jack Matthews said the new addition will offer property owners the option to advertise their business across a selection of websites. “Opportunities for growth are significant. The holiday rental market is a fast growing category, with growth rates of online bookings for accommodation expected to grow rapidly over the next few years, and a holiday rentals market that is still largely underdeveloped with a low proportion of the addressable inventory accessible to online booking,” Mr Matthews said. “The holiday rental market has come of age and we look forward to continuing to build the category across the existing brands.” The acquisition of Occupancy further extends Fairfax Media’s online transaction business. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Air New Zealand add 50 percent more seats to hawaii In a move to meet high customer demand Air New Zealand will increase its seat capacity on its Auckland to Honolulu route.Beginning in late October this year through to March 2013, Air New Zealand will add a third weekly Boeing 767-300 service increasing the number of seats available by 50 percent.Between 9 June and 1 September 2012 the carrier will also upgrade its regular twice weekly service to a larger Boeing 777-200 aircraft.Air New Zealand group general manager Bruce Parton said the additional capacity coupled with more flexible fares will make this popular holiday destination even more desirable.“Hawaii has long been a popular destination for Kiwis seeking a winning holiday combination of sun, sand and shopping,” Mr Parton said. “The additional capacity and more flexible fare structure will make Hawaii an even more affordable and accessible leisure option.”Additionally, Air New Zealand from mid June 2012 will be moving to 14 return services per week between Auckland and Los Angeles.Plus the airline will be operating Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Auckland San Francisco route five times per week, increasing to daily services in peak periods.The Auckland – Vancouver route will also increase from four to five services per week between December 2012 and February 2013.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Melbourne Airport enjoys growth from China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka Recent statistics reveal international visitors into Melbourne Airport for April 2012 grew by 2.2 percent compared to last April, with a significant growth from the China region.Melbourne Airport chief executive officer Chris Woodruff attributed the increase in visitors to the Easter holiday break being earlier this year.“Last year, Easter was late in April with many people also combining travel with the Anzac Day public holiday so this month, we are seeing the impacts of the earlier Easter period,” Mr Woodruff Said.Mr Woodruff added that it was pleasing to have experienced increased growth from emerging markets such as China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka as well as from the U.S. and New Zealand“China remains the market that is driving growth, and the opportunities presented through the development of new aviation services to Australia from major inland regions and cities will continue to support this future growth.”With Melbourne Airports recent agreement to build a sister airport with Chengdu International Airport in Sichuan province accomplished, there will be even greater aviation links to China.“Our significant investment in airside and landside infrastructure is providing the capacity for future growth in both the domestic and international markets while delivering better service for our airline customers and passengers,” Mr Woodruff said. Mr Woodruff said the upcoming construction of a seventh baggage reclaim unit for international arrivals will further improve the passenger experience at Melbourne Airport. “We are also about to commence a refurbishment of our T3 domestic terminal and are continuing our planning for our new Southern Precinct domestic terminal,” he added.“Combined with our 24 hour operation, lower aeronautical charges and single terminal precinct, these projects will ensure that Melbourne Airport continues to grow successfully as Victoria’s aviation gateway.”
The political situation in Egypt may have changed, but the Australian government has maintained its ‘reconsider your need to travel’ recommendation for travellers planning to visit the home of the Great Pyramids.The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) increased its travel advice for Egypt this week, when protests against Islamist-president Mohamed Morsi esculated, with intensified disputes and bloodshed, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Although overnight President Morsi was overthrown by the Egyptian military, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has urged the 730 Australians registered as currently being in Egypt, and the other 822 due to visit over the coming weeks to reconsider their visit to the tourist destination.“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Egypt due ongoing civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack,” the online advice read.“Australians in Egypt should pay close attention to their personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety and security risks.”To date, there have been no reports of Australians being killed or injured in any riots and the Australian embassy in Cairo remains open for any Australian in need.Political issues in Egypt commenced in 2011, when then-president Hosni Mubarak was ousted.Since, then country has struggled to entice tourists, but was beginning to see tourists return this year, with an increase in arrivals during the first four months of 2013 compared to the prior year.Click here for more information. Source = ETB News: NJ DFAT maintains its travel advice, despite recent changes.
Warner Bros. World Abu DhabiMiral reveals details of Warner Bros. World Abu DhabiMiral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will feature six immersive worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City, inspired by the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains; Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands such as Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera; and Warner Bros. Plaza, reminiscent of old Hollywood, where these seminal characters and stories were originally brought to life.Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which is located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination home to state-of-the-art thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. From the action and adventure of DC to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this immersive and interactive new indoor experience brings some of the world’s most popular stories and characters under one roof. “Miral is proud to confirm that one year after announcing its plans to bring Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to Yas island, we’re making great progress with our partners where we’re 60 percent complete and on track to launch in 2018.” said Mohamed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral. “We’re excited to reveal new details about the six unique immersive worlds at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, which is a key part of our ambition to make Yas Island a top-ten global destination for family fun.”Upon entering the park through the Warner Bros. Shield archway, guests will be transported to Hollywood where Art Deco architecture lines the streets and authentic, Tinseltown details evoke the rich history of Warner Bros as they enter Warner Bros. Plaza.For the first time in the Middle East, Super Hero fans will be able to stroll the streets of Superman’s Metropolis, a modern-styled city of towering skyscrapers, and prowl the dark alleys of Batman’s Gotham City in this larger-than-life land where heroic exploits and action-packed family fun wait around every corner.The vibrant Cartoon Junction will bring together Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, and other famous characters under a stylized cartoon sky that will immerse guests in the wonderful world of animation. From the fun and frenetic to the out of this world, Dynamite Gulch will take you to the stars and deep into the canyon. Lastly, guests can explore Bedrock, a prehistoric world powered by birds and dinosaurs, where the modern stone-age family can have a “yabba dabba doo” time like The Flintstones. “Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be a state-of-the-art themed experience that authentically brings some of the Studio’s most iconic characters and stories to life under one roof for the first time in the Middle East,” said Pam Lifford, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We have been closely collaborating with our partners at Miral to faithfully construct immersive worlds that resonate with precise details and are thrilled to share these unique experiences with fans next year.”Situated on Yas Island, one of the world’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destinations, construction of the park is well underway, surpassing production expectations. The project has engaged 5,500 specialist engineers, workers and craftsmen to build a park that will span 1.65 million square feet. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be a fully immersive experience of six worlds comprised of 29 rides, shows, and attractions.Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment will complement Miral’s Yas Island destination portfolio of themed parks. This includes Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, CLYMB, and opening in 2022, the recently announced SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. Yas Island also offers a wide range of sporting and entertainment experiences including Yas Marina Circuit, seven hotels, year-round events, a live performance and concert arena, 18-hole championship golf course, marina, beach, and the increasingly popular shopping destination, Yas Mall.Source = Miral
Cambodia will host this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum in Sihanoukville in July. The six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) that include Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have banded together to jointly promote GMS as a single destination, focusing on ‘authentic experiences along the Mekong River’. The GMS covers 2.6 million square kilometres and a population of 326 million.Tourism Minister, Thong Khon said, “We are looking forward to hosting this influential annual conference and we invite the world to Cambodia’s beautiful southern coast. We are at a pivotal moment in developing authentic tourism experiences along the Mekong River so we can set the GMS apart from other tourism destinations.”Beginning this year, the new marketing strategy will help Cambodia achieve its goal of drawing 7.5 million international tourists a year by 2020 and earn the country $5 billion creating about one million jobs, forecasts the Tourism Ministry. Last year, 4.8 million tourists came to the Kingdom, up from 4.5 million the previous year.Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Bangkok-based Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, said, “In line with the Experience Mekong Tourism Marketing Strategy 2015-2020, over the past year we have developed a solid digital platform, designed to engage with the industry. With this year’s theme, we are now rolling out a unique multi-tiered content strategy to tell the stories of the Mekong, from tourism professionals, travellers, and residents, and showcase experiential travel products.”
New Zealand’s pristine golfing landscapes have never been busier nor more in the spotlight with three major golf tournaments scheduled in 2017, one of which will play out on the country’s newest golf course.The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open teed off in Queenstown on March 9, 2017, marking the first of three major golf events taking place in New Zealand in 2017. Alongside this event, New Zealand is gearing up to host its first ever LPGA Tour event in September, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, before the prestigious Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship takes place in the capital city in October.These major golf events help to cement New Zealand’s reputation as a world-class golf destination, providing the host courses with exposure the world-over. For newly opened Windross Farm in Auckland, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open will provide a high profile introduction to the international golfing world as Lydia Ko tees off in her first LPGA Tour on home ground.While the three international events will attract their share of international golfing fans over a brief few days, the golf courses provide a year-round attraction for visitors to New Zealand. To showcase New Zealand’s golf offering to the world, Tourism New Zealand has released a series of promotional videos which hone in on each of the event host regions.Each video captures the extent to which the country’s stunning landscapes shape its golf courses, with mountains, coastlines and valleys back-dropping many of the best. They also focus on the award-winning food and wine and thrilling adventure activities to be found in close proximity to each course and awaiting visitors when they step off the green.