Winter storm causes massive evacuation in Nevada road closures in Yosemite

first_img RENO, Nev. — More than 1,000 homes were evacuated in northern Nevada, and stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded Northern California roads as thunderstorms arrived as part of a massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade.Crews in California cleared trees and debris Sunday following mudslides caused by steady rain accompanying the system that could dump 15 inches in the foothills of the Sierra and heavy snow on the mountain tops before it’s expected to move east early Monday.Forecasters warned a second storm is expected to hit the already drenched area Monday night.In Nevada, emergency officials voluntarily evacuated a total of 1,300 homes in a south Reno neighbourhood Sunday afternoon as the Truckee River began to leave its banks and drainage ditches started to overflow south of U.S. Interstate 80. No injuries had been reported, but high waters forced the closure of numerous area roads, a series of bridges in downtown Reno and a pair of Interstate 80 off-ramps in neighbouring Sparks, where the worst flooding is expected to send several feet of water early Monday into an industrial area where 25,000 people work.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamGov. Brian Sandoval – who declared a state of emergency on Saturday – told all non-essential state employees to stay home Monday. Bob Leighton, the Reno Fire Department’s chief of emergency operations, called it “a very dynamic situation that’s happening so fast it’s hard to keep up with the road closures.”In Northern California, toppled trees on Sunday crashed against cars and homes or blocked roads in the San Francisco Bay area, and officials rescued stranded motorists from cars stuck on flooded roads on Sunday. A woman was killed Saturday by a falling tree while she took a walk on a San Francisco Bay Area golf course.There were mudslides and flooding throughout Northern California that led to road closures, especially in the North Bay, one of the areas hardest hit and where the Napa River jumped its banks. Farther north, the U.S. 395 highway was temporarily closed in both directions in Mono County because of flooding.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckRangers at Yosemite National Park closed all roads leading to the park’s valley floor, a major attraction for visitors from around the world eager to view gushing waterfalls and gaze up at towering granite rock formations such as El Capitan and Half Dome. As of 11:56 a.m. on Jan. 8, reports KRON News, Yosemite remains closed, with the Merced River forecasted to go nearly four feet over its banks.With file from Scott Sonner And Olga R. Rodriguez, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday, January 9, 2017 Tags: Nevada, Travel Alert, Yosemite Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Winter storm causes massive evacuation in Nevada, road closures in Yosemite << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Carnival Horizon adds long weekend cruises to Bermuda to its inaugural season

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Share Carnival Horizon adds ‘long weekend’ cruises to Bermuda to its inaugural season MIAMI – Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Horizon is setting its sights on Bermuda with a series of four-day cruises from New York in spring and summer 2018.The voyages are part of the ship’s inaugural season that includes previously announced sailings to Europe from Barcelona and the Caribbean from New York and Miami.The four-day ‘long weekend’ cruises will depart Thursdays and feature a full-day visit to Bermuda. Five four-day Bermuda cruises will be offered, departing May 24, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13, 2018.Including the five Bermuda sailings aboard Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line will offer 18 different voyages to the island in 2017-18 departing from five East Coast homeports: Baltimore, Charleston, New York, ‘Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale.Carnival Horizon is set to debut April 2, 2018 with a 13-day Mediterranean voyage from Barcelona, the first of four roundtrip departures from this Spanish port. Currently under construction, the ship will offer a groundbreaking ‘bike-ride-in-the-sky’ attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre and a massive WaterWorks aqua park featuring a water tube slide. Plus, a wide range of accommodations will be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-room staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, February 16, 2017 Tags: Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

5 EBB with Globus 2018 African safaris tented camp stays

first_img5% EBB with Globus’ 2018 African safaris, tented camp stays Tags: Globus Monday, July 31, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The Globus family of brands is debuting new nine- to 15-day African safaris next year, including two new Cosmos tours: the nine-day On Safari in Kenya and the 14-day South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger.Clients who book and deposit any 2018 Globus Asia, Africa or South Pacific vacation by May 1, 2018 automatically save 5% on the land package. Cosmos travellers booking by Sept. 12, 2017 will save $50 per person.“Our tours are designed to combine the best of immersive experiences – from encountering chimps and elephants in safe sanctuaries to meeting Cape Town chefs in their own kitchens,” says Stéphanie Bishop, Managing Director in Canada for the Globus family of brands.All of Globus’ Africa vacations are Small Group Discovery tours with a maximum of 20 travellers per departure. In addition, every one of Globus’ Africa vacations – from the Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls to Kenya: A Classic Safari and Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond to Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience – offers travellers Local Favorites (culinary and cultural insights) and luxury accommodations.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor clients looking for more affordable access to Africa, for the first time Cosmos has added Africa, with two itineraries for 2018 priced from $3,69 (excluding air) to East and South Africa. Solo travellers can avoid the single supplement with Cosmos’ Guaranteed Share program.Monograms has Africa itineraries too, ranging from nine to 15 days.With any Globus family of brands vacation booking to Southern or East Africa the company makes a contribution to South Africa National Parks (SANParks) and its Honorary Ranger program to SAVE THE RHINO as well as the LION RECOVERY FUND which is part of the Wildlife Conservation Network. Sharelast_img read more

LEVELs first MontrealParis flight takes off

first_img PARIS — Low-cost carrier LEVEL’s first flight from Paris Orly to Montreal has taken wing.The inaugural flight on British Airways parent company International Airlines Group’s (IAG) long-haul low cost airline brand arrived into Montreal at 9:30 p.m. on July 2 with 300 passengers on board a new A330. Flights to Montreal operate three times a week. LEVEL has also inaugurated its four flights per week service to Guadeloupe.This year LEVEL will have two new A330-200s based at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added next summer providing the opportunity to expand LEVEL’s network further. At Paris Orly airport, Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive said: “We’re delighted to start flying from our second European city. LEVEL is performing exceptionally well and ahead of our expectations in all markets.”Walsh added: “We will continue to invest in LEVEL and are committed to accelerate its growth. Last week we launched its new short-haul operation in Austria which will fly from Vienna to 14 European destinations from July 17. LEVEL is breaking the mould by providing consumers with more choice and amazing fares.”A third A330-200 will start operations in September out of Barcelona, and another one will be added next summer, totaling four aircraft in 2019. LEVEL currently operates from El Prat’s airport to Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Boston with a summer service to Los Angeles.LEVEL’s Paris flights are operated by IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which has transitioned into LEVEL. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, July 4, 2018 center_img Share LEVEL’s first Montreal-Paris flight takes off Tags: LEVEL, OpenSkies, Parislast_img read more

Rumors swirl around new license plate rules

first_imgNo related posts. Several people have contacted The Tico Times asking about a new government program to replace old license plates with new ones using a system of numbers and letters.We contacted the Justice Ministry, which oversees the National Registry – the office that issues license plates – and here’s what they had to say:“The change isn’t in April,” ministry spokesman Federico Ruiz said. “The process will begin in April. That means that in coming weeks, and this hasn’t yet been defined and no date has been set, we will create a timetable to inform the public about the periods in which vehicle owners can request a change of plates to the alphanumeric system.”That timetable will be based on the last digit of each plate number, he said. Currently, new alphanumeric plates are only being issued to new vehicles, models 2012 or newer. Once a timetable is set, Ruiz said, vehicle owners with old plates can request new ones. National Registry officials will announce the timetable “when it’s ready,” he added. “The idea is that all vehicles eventually upgrade to new plates,” Ruiz said, adding that the change is not mandatory for the moment. The registry is also creating a new website for vehicle owners to request new plates online, although that site is not yet up and running. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Border Police find stash of more than 360000 hidden under a bus

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican Customs Police on Monday discovered a stash of $363,000 hidden inside a sealed box under the steps of a bus that was waiting to enter the country at Peñas Blancas, the northern border with Nicaragua.The discovery was made during normal search procedures performed on all buses entering Costa Rica.“The cardboard box was sealed with tape and tied with rope to the iron parts of the bus chassis,” Customs Police Director Luis Alonso Bonilla said.The bus was taken to the Drug Control Police facilities at Peñas Blancas. Both the driver and the evidence were sent to the Prosecutor’s Office in Liberia, Guanacaste. No additional arrests were made.Bonilla said the money would be used to finance the government fight against illicit drugs. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

3 things that happened this week in Costa Ricas runoff race

first_imgRelated posts:Abortion and politics on the campaign trail What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Ruling party’s Johnny Araya restarts presidential campaign with Catholic leaders Costa Rica ruling party candidate Johnny Araya drops out of presidential race Facebook Comments Didn’t follow the election campaign this week? Don’t worry, we did.1. Luis Guillermo Solís hits the road for GuanacasteCitizen Action Party (PAC) presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís traveled to the northwestern province of Guanacaste to pound the pavement and change a few minds in the deep green National Liberation Party (PLN) stronghold.The PAC candidate has a ways to go. Solís won a scant 14.8 percent of the vote in Guanacaste to Araya’s whopping 40.7 percent on Feb. 2, according to final results published by the Supreme Elections Tribunal.The University of Costa Rica historian has been hoping that his message of empowering local businesses would revererbate in a region with high poverty and inequality rates. Solís, who has been more focused on small Costa Rican businesses than courting large foreign investment, noted “paradoxes” in the ruling party’s development agenda for the region famous for its beaches and sabaneros:“Despite the fact that this is the province that has received the most foreign investment per capita in Costa Rica, it’s the poorest province and sends away the most people. The large projects that dominate here, in the tourism sector, for example, are not satisfying the needs of an important number of small businesses in a region that is privileged for its history and natural beauty.”center_img Here’s a bonus picture of Solís wearing a miner’s helmet during a visit to Abangares this week. Citizen Action Party presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís poses for a photo with supporters in Abangares, Guanacaste. Courtesy Luis Guillermo Solís presidential campaign2. Johnny Araya says he’d meet with Daniel OrtegaDuring a meeting with Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo on Tuesday, Johnny Araya raised some eyebrows when he offered to meet with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to try and resolve the bevy of border disputes between the two neighbors.Even the slightest mention of rapprochement with the Sandinista leader would be a significant change in the icy posture of President Laura Chinchilla’s administration toward Nicaragua. Her administration has been wrangling with the northern neighbor over several perceived border provocations.Costa Rica and Nicaragua have two cases with the International Court of Justice over territorial disputes, the most recent, filed on Tuesday morning, asked the world court to settle a maritime border dispute dating back to 2002 when Nicaragua published maps offering oil concessions in waters claimed by Costa Rica.Solís has said he would not meet bilaterally with Ortega until the disputes are settled.3. Araya gets Christian conservatives’ blessingEspousing conservative social values has been a central strategy for Araya to differentiate himself from his opposition rival. On Thursday, the former San José mayor, who has been divorced four times, got the blessing of the National Evangelical Alliance after giving a speech decrying abortion rights, gay marriage and in vitro fertilization during a meeting with the faith-based group, reported the daily La Nación.Araya also presented a document signed by the 18 incoming PLN lawmakers promising not to support legislation in favor of gay marriage or abortion rights, Repretel reported.Recommended: Abortion and politics on the campaign trailSolís, who previously met with the evangelical organization, has run afoul of conservative Christians for his support of in vitro fertilization and abortion rights in the case of rape.Both candidates reject gay marriage but support some common law marriage benefits for same-sex couples, including inheritance rights and hospital visitation.Update: The FAEC released a statement on its Facebook page Friday afternoon denying that either of the two meeting it held with the presidential hopefuls resulted in an official endorsement of either candidate.last_img read more

Regulatory Authority approves lower electricity rates starting October

first_imgThe Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) approved a drop in electricity rates for all generation and distribution companies that will take effect the last quarter of this year. Depending on the utility company, rates will decrease by 1.15 to 3.82 percent starting on Oct. 1.That applies to electricity rates from the country’s eight power distribution companies and corresponds to ARESEP’s most recent calculation of variations in fuel prices conducted last week.Annual projections in December 2014 showed that the country during the last quarter of 2015 would be required to spend ₡2 billion ($3.8 million) in fuel for thermal generation.“The current estimates are that generators will not be required to use any of the thermal plants over the next three months, therefore, the purchase of fuel for that period will cost zero colones,” ARESEP reported.The Costa Rican Electricity Institute supported ARESEP’s evaluation and reported that according to their latest projections, reservoir levels at hydroelectric plants will remain stable for the last quarter.ARESEP also stated that the launching of new generation projects and opportunities to buy imported energy at lower prices in the regional electricity market also favored lower rates.The complete list of approved decreases by company can be found on ARESEP’s website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Electricity rates: regulator says drop ’em, utility companies say raise ’em Costa Rica’s main electricity supplier asks for big rate hike Electricity rates to rise 19 percent in January Electricity rates for ICE customers to drop in January read more

Legislative Assembly approves new traffic fines

first_imgTheLegislative Assembly approved a bill to amend Costa Rica’s Traffic Law, mostly to include new fines, in a second and final round of debate yesterday.One of the most important changes approved Tuesday evening is a ₡51,316 ($89) fine for parking offenses that Traffic Police officers will issue even if the driver is not present. That fine had been challenged before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, forcing Traffic Police officers to wait for the driver to return before issuing a ticket.The approved legislation states that officers can issue the ticket to the owner of the vehicle using the license plate number. The fine will be bundled along with the mandatory circulation permit, or marchamo, that motorists pay every year.Other finesNew fines of ₡306,850 ($533) will apply for drivers who refuse to take a breathalyzer test, and for owners of vehicles causing noise above the allowed decibel (dB) limit. The law lists a series of maximum noise limits, including 90 dB for cars, 92 dB for small cargo vehicles and small buses, 94 dB for buses, 96 dB for heavy-duty vehicles, 94 dB for motorcycles up to 250 cc and 96 dB for motorcycles over 250 cc.Vehicles whose emissions of polluting gases exceed the limits established in the technical vehicle inspection (Riteve) will also have to pay that same fine.Motorists caught without a driver’s license; without the appropriate category of license; with a temporary permit, but not accompanied by a licensed driver; or exceeding the permitted number of passengers will pay a fine of ₡103,679 ($180). The same fine applies to drivers of cargo vehicles that obstruct the road’s visibility, or that spill part of their cargo on the road, endangering other vehicles.Fines of ₡51,316 will apply for the more conventional offenses of as disrespecting a traffic signal or the orders from a Traffic Police officer. The same fine applies to taxi, bus or other public service drivers working outside their authorized areas or without a valid public transport permit.Traffic Police officials will confiscate the license plates of vehicles circulating without the mandatory circulation permits or insurance, obstructing public roads, sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle lanes, or parked in unauthorized zones.The full list of new fines and offenses will take effect as soon as President Luis Guillermo Solís signs it into law and it is published in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Comments Related posts:Lower traffic fines to take effect starting next month Traffic Police launches surveillance operation for mid-year school vacations Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deaths No vehicle restriction in San José during Easter Holy Weeklast_img read more

Nigeria island prison offers nations dark history

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Razor wire and security cameras sat on a 3-meter fence that surrounded what appeared to be dormitories for the site. The main entrance to that area had been padlocked. Someone also left the bones of a small animal on the gate _ a black magic warning to stay away.Locals from nearby villages said the gang members there had rioted some months ago and escaped. They later came back to free other gang members and destroy more of the property, the locals said.Lateef Aderemi Ibirogba, the Lagos state commissioner for information and strategy, did not respond to questions from the AP about the facility.That secret prisons can exist _ and an apparently violent riot can go unreported _ show the ability of Nigeria’s government to keep its citizens unaware. The AP has reported that the Nigerian government now is opening a secret detention center for members of the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, which has been blamed for killing more than 520 people this year alone.Meanwhile, alleged members of the sect arrested in recent months and accused of killing a British and Italian hostage in Sokoto and the Dec. 25 bombing of a Catholic church outside the capital Abuja that killed at least 44 people have yet to appear in a public court hearing. It remains unclear where they are being held. As Nigeria plans to open another classified facility to hold and interrogate members of a radical Islamist sect, the Ita Oko Island prison’s failed state shows the dangers posed by operating secret prisons and stands as a haunting reminder of past abuses of power that seem quickly forgotten.“We’re in the same situation as far as I am concerned as we were in 20 or 30 years ago, but the scenarios and the narrative are different,” said Olisa Agbakoba, a lawyer whose civil rights group helped expose the prison. “We have a rapacious political party in power determined to do everything to retain power and the struggle for power is so intense now that I would not put it past the ruling party to conceal anything to keep it power, including abuses of human rights.”The prison island sits about 100 kilometers (60 miles) outside of Lagos, a rural area where villagers still make a living fishing along the long white sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The 10 square-kilometer (4 square-mile) island is just inland in the lagoon, a wide expanse of water only lightly traveled by locals.In 1978, then-military ruler Olusegun Obasanjo, who would become the country’s elected president, opened the prison he later described as a work farm. But it wasn’t until military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, now a perennial presidential candidate, that the prison became a massive holding cell for political prisoners, Agbakoba said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressITA OKO ISLAND, Nigeria (AP) – The prison, cut out of the dense jungle that engulfs this island outside Lagos, never officially existed in records, though critics of Nigeria’s military rulers were locked up here decades ago in harsh conditions.Ita Oko Island, accessible only by boat and helicopter, allowed Nigeria’s military governments to hold opponents far from public scrutiny in the swamps of Lekki Lagoon. A newspaper expose in 1988 forced officials to close the prison, though local authorities later reopened it for what appears to be a failed $1 million effort to rehabilitate the gang members who dominate Lagos’ streets.center_img ___Associated Press writer Lekan Oyekanmi contributed to this report.___Jon Gambrell can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jongambrellap. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Under a Buhari decree, anyone deemed by the military government to be a security risk could be imprisoned. Though such sentences were to last only a few months, many saw themselves detained indefinitely in Nigeria’s mismanaged prisons.Those deemed to be a major risk politically found themselves taken to Ita Oko by helicopter, where they worked on the farm and had no contact with the outside world, Agbakoba said. Even today, as the country has become a democracy with the guise of free information laws, it remains unclear how many inmates died on the prison island.“It was abused by prison authorities,” Agbakoba said. “If you misbehave, they said we’ll send you as punishment to” the island.In 1988, the wife of one inmate who discovered her husband had been sent there slipped a note to Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. Soyinka was on the board of Agbakoba’s Civil Liberties Organization, which later traveled to the island with a journalist from The Guardian newspaper who published a story exposing the prison. Authorities quickly closed the prison.In recent years, Lagos state government said it invested about $1 million to rehabilitate the island into a training center for gang members, known locally as “area boys.” But a recent trip to the island by Associated Press journalists found some of the buildings in ruins after what looked like an attack. Fire destroyed some areas, with television sets and other equipment broken on the ground. State government files littered the floor, though a wall clock continued to run on a battery _ suggesting whatever happened occurred recently. 0 Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

25 killed 40 wounded in Baghdad market blast

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories center_img BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi authorities say at least 25 people have been killed and scores wounded by a vegetable truck that exploded in a market in in a Shiite city south of Baghdad.Qadisiyah provincial council chairman Jubair al-Jabouri says the blast came around 10 a.m. in a vegetable and fish market in the city of Diwaniyah, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad.He said 40 were wounded in the explosion and blamed Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaida. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Sudan refugees flee intensified bombing runs

first_img Comments   Share   On the second day of their trip, the two teenagers said they encountered the war planes near the town of El-Buram, just south of South Kordofan’s capital, Kadugli. Sitting in Yida just one week later, Mustafa said the planes caught him and Kuwa by surprise. His eyes _ the right is colored by a cloudy white cataract _ darted to the ground as he described what happened.“We didn’t even have time to turn around,” Kuwa said. “As soon as we heard the plane, we dropped down and the bombs hit.”When the two stood up, they found that six people from the group they were walking with had been injured. One had been killed. The bombing took place a 30-minute walk away from El-Buram. There were a few scattered houses along the way but they were mostly empty. “Those people were already in Yida,” Mustafa said.Ryan Boyette, a former American aid worker who now lives in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, said Wednesday that Sudanese war planes have dropped 81 bombs on 11 villages since early August. He believes Sudan is increasing its attacks to discourage the implementation of a humanitarian agreement signed Aug. 4 that would see aid deliveries to the region. Top holiday drink recipes Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “We are expecting all the people to come. No one will remain behind because the war is going on and the bombings are still going,” he explained.When the war started, many residents _ especially children _ remained behind to continue with school and help elderly and sickly residents who could not make the journey. There were no schools in Yida, and some children who came earlier even returned to South Kordofan to continue their education. Now community leaders like Kafi say most of the schools in the war-torn region have closed, while dozens have opened in Yida.Kafi also represents Mustafa and Kuwa. It was in front of Kafi’s new, makeshift home in Yida where the pair explained that they also came for school. A wizened man with a beard and a clean white cap atop his head, Kafi says he is grateful that the two survived the journey.After the bombing in El-Buram, the teens rested briefly before continuing south. Again the two encountered Antonovs just outside of El-Buram, but the planes did not drop bombs.The rainy season has made the roads into the camp nearly impassable, but people are still arriving. With ongoing fighting and the resulting hunger, the U.N. refugee agency believes there could be an additional 15,000 refugees in the camp by the end of the year. If the war continues, community leaders say such an influx is likely. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Boyette _ who runs a media website called NubaReports.com _ said hospitals in Nuba are seeing the highest numbers of malnourished children since the fighting began in 2011. Sudan’s government does not allow aid groups to operate in the region.At Yida’s registration center, new arrivals relay stories of fresh fighting in the war-torn state. Yusif Ibrahim Adam, a refugee, said fighting erupted around Abu Hashim, in between Kadugli and Umm Dorain, just over a week ago.“The Sudanese Armed Forces are now in control of Abu Hashim,” he said.Yusif al Farik came to Yida with his daughter Sara from Dolakha, just south of Kadugli. Al Farik said Sudanese forces occupied the town around Sept. 10th, killing two dozen rebel soldiers. After two days, Farik says the rebels regrouped and retook the town. “The civilians were scattered,” he said.Several new arrivals, including al Farik, say the new round of fighting has included shelling into civilian areas under SPLA-North control.Al Noor Tutu Kafi, a 64-year-old who goes by the title chief, said he hears the same thing from new arrivals from his region. Kafi tries to gather information about how many more refugees might be on their way. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Associated PressYIDA, South Sudan (AP) – Newly arrived refugees at a camp along the volatile South Sudan-Sudan border say renewed fighting between rebels and Sudan’s military is likely to send thousands more people to an expanding camp here filled with refugees of war and hunger.Two teenagers _ Abdul Karim Mustafa and his neighbor Zeinab Abdallah Kuwa _ are looking forward to beginning school in October at the Yida camp. The two say classes will help them forget the violence they left behind. The two traveled to Yida from the town of Tuna, in South Kordofan state in Sudan. South Kordofan has been gripped by the violent struggle between the rebel SPLA-North _ a force once allied with what is now South Sudan’s military _ and the Sudanese Armed Forces. The fighting began in June 2011 following disputed gubernatorial elections.As the fighting intensified, tens of thousands began streaming into South Sudan. Since February, the population of Yida has skyrocketed from 17,000 to around 65,000 refugees.Mustafa, 15, and Kuwa, 18, left home on Sept. 11. Mustafa said his parents stayed behind because his father was too sick to move. Kuwa said her parents had already left for Yida camp. The two walked four days in order to reach Yida. They drank water from rivers and accepted food from well-wishers. They brought nothing but the clothes they wore.In its efforts to quell the rebels in South Kordofan, Sudan has routinely employed crude bombs rolled from the backs of Antonov warplanes to target the SPLA-North fighters. But the bombs often fall in civilian areas. After months of bombings, many were unable to plant their crops and took refuge in nearby caves in the Nuba mountains. Others simply fled south. Those fleeing often cross the paths of Antonov airplanes continuing their campaign against the rebels. Mustafa said Sudanese forces began shelling his hometown, Tuna, on Aug. 19, during the the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Abdul said a shell hit one house in his village, but nobody was inside.“They were already here in Yida,” he said.___Associated Press reporter Jason Straziuso in Nairobi, Kenya contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Syrian rebels capture oilfield near Iraqi border

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BEIRUT (AP) – Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oilfield in the country’s east after three days of fierce fighting with government troops protecting the facility.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ chief Rami Abdul-Rahman says rebels overran the al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near the border with Iraq on Sunday.Omar Abu Leila, an activist in the area, says the field was still functioning until shortly before the rebels seized it. Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Syria exported some 150,000 barrels of oil a day before European and U.S. imposed sanctions last year.In 2010, Syria earned $4.4 billion by selling oil to EU countries alone. Oil was the main source of hard currency for the regime until the sanctions took effect.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

US concerned China behind cyberattack on US sites

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States voiced concern Friday over a report that China manipulated international Internet traffic intended for a major Chinese Web service company and used it for a cyberattack on U.S. sites.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke’s comments follow complaints from anti-online censorship group Greatfire.org that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks in late March that intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github, a U.S.-based computer-code sharing site that hosts some of Greatfire’s data. Greatfire.org said it was a direct target of similar attacks earlier that month. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said Friday: “China firmly opposes and combats any form of cyber attack in accordance with law. We hope that instead of making accusations without solid evidence, the U.S. side can take a more constructive attitude and work together with us to address cyber issues.”He also said the Chinese government, “guarantees the citizens’ freedom of speech on the Internet as well as the public’s right to know, to participate, to be heard and to oversee in accordance with the law.”China’s government blocks thousands of websites to prevent what it deems politically sensitive information from reaching Chinese users. That is known as the “Great Firewall.”Greatfire.org doesn’t reveal where it’s located or who runs it. The Open Technology Fund, a U.S. government-backed initiative to support Internet freedom, says on its website that it provided Greatfire.org with $114,000 in 2014.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Greatfire.org, which has received U.S. government funding, produces mirror websites that let Chinese users see information normally blocked by government censors.Citizen Lab, a research unit based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, attributed the attack to an offensive system it dubbed the “Great Cannon” that manipulates the traffic of systems outside China, silently programming their browsers to create a massive denial of service attack.“We are concerned by reports that China has used a new cyber capability to interfere with the ability of worldwide Internet users to access content hosted outside of China,” Rathke told reporters. He said the U.S. has asked Chinese authorities to investigate and provide the findings.“We view attacks by malicious cyberactors, who target critical infrastructure, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers, as threats to national security and to the economy of the United States,” Rathke said.In its own report, Greatfire.org alleged that Chinese authorities carried out the attacks by installing malicious code on the computers of users visiting the popular Chinese search engine Baidu and related sites and used those computers to overwhelm Github and Greatfire.org websites with service requests.last_img read more

EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S. The pesticide halt would only happen during the time the flower is in bloom and the bees are there, and only on the property where the bees are working, not neighboring land. The rule applies to virtually all insecticides, more than 1,000 products involving 76 different chemical compounds, said Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. It involves nearly all pesticides, including the much-debated class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, he said.The idea is “to create greater space between chemicals that are toxic to bees and the bees,” Jones told The Associated Press.This is part of a new multi-part push by the Obama administration to try to reverse dramatic declines in bee populations. A new federal survey found beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year, although they later recovered by dividing surviving hives.Scientists blame many factors for bee declines: pesticides, parasites, pathogens and poor bee nutrition because of a lack of wild plants that bees use as food. The new rule only deals with the pesticide part; last week, the federal government came up with a plan to create more and varied food for bees on federal land.The new rule “doesn’t eliminate (pesticide) exposure to honeybees, but it should reduce it,” said University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum. “It may not be ideal, but it’s the best news in about 120 years. In concept, in principle, this is a big policy change.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The EPA proposal doesn’t apply to residential pesticide use, nor home beekeeping. This is just for areas where professional beekeepers haul in their hives. These trucked-around hives now account for about 90 percent of honeybees in the U.S., according to the University of Maryland’s Dennis van Englesdorp.This method of managed hives is the insect equivalent of handling livestock and is “a fairly intensive process,” said Pennsylvania State University professor Diana Cox-Foster. “I think it’s much more work than raising cows.”Jones estimates that at least 2 or 2.5 million acres of cropland will be affected by the new rule. It only applies to spraying pesticides on leaves, not seed or ground applications.“The acreage may not be large, but the impact is,” Jones said. “It’s really a function of where the bees are.” So when bees are pollinating almonds in February and March, the temporary bans would be near almond trees. They would apply near apple trees in April and May and melons in late spring, he said.The rule is focused on the time when scientists can document the highest risk for bees, Jones said.The proposal needs public comment, then will be finalized. If all goes according to plan, new rules and new pesticide labels will be ready for spring 2016, Jones said.center_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology ___The EPA’s pollinator plans: http://1.usa.gov/1LJnJKOThe White House bee strategy: http://1.usa.gov/1Ad2DUE___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbearsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Jewish violinist finishes fathers piece that Nazis broke up

first_img RAANANA, Israel (AP) — In 1933, the promising young Jewish-German violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime.Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, has completed his father’s interrupted work. With tears in his eyes, Drucker performed an emotional rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, over the weekend with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. “I think he would feel a sense of completion. I think in some ways many aspects of my career served that purpose for him,” the 63-year-old Drucker said of his father, who passed away in 1993. “There is all this emotional energy and intensity loaded into my associations to this piece.”Thursday’s concert, and a second performance Sunday night, commemorated the Judischer Kulturbund — a federation of Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany who were segregated so as not to “sully” Aryan culture.After the humiliation in Cologne, the elder Drucker became a central player in the Kulturbund, a unique historical phenomenon with a mixed legacy.On one hand, it gave Jews the opportunity to carry on with their cultural lives and maintain a sense — some would say the illusion — of normalcy in the midst of growing discrimination against them. On the other, it served a Nazi propaganda machine eager to portray a moderate face to the world. It was a prototype for the “Judenrat” system in which relatively privileged Jews naively operated under Nazi auspices all the way down the road to destruction.Long before the Nazis placed Jews in ghettos and gassed them to death in concentration camps, they were mostly preoccupied with “purifying” German institutions with racist laws and street justice. Jews were fired from their government jobs, excluded from almost all organizations and public events and harassed into emigrating. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “This showed the writing on the wall. The bells were ringing at full volume,” said Fogel-Shafran, who traces her own family history in Germany back several generations. “But the German Jews didn’t want to believe it.”Drucker fled Germany in 1938 and moved to the U.S., where his son was born. The younger Drucker said the incident in Cologne was a “dramatic experience” for his father that stayed with him for years. “Music was practically everything to my father,” he said.Drucker, a founding member of the nine-time Grammy winning Emerson String Quartette, said he was not willing to criticize those who clung to their German culture in those difficult times.“It may have lulled some people there into thinking that they had more security existentially than they really had,” he said. “But it was an organization that kept the Jews culturally alive through the 1930s when they were increasingly segregated and kept out of most areas of personal fulfillment in the Third Reich.”Thursday’s performance in the central Israeli city of Raanana was preceded by a panel discussing just such dilemmas, as well as a musical rendition of the Jewish prayer Kol Nidre, with archival black-and-white footage of the Kulturbund showing in the background along with its logo of a flame inside a Jewish Star of David. Sponsored Stories In this photo taken Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, plays his violin during a rehearsal concert at the Music Hall in Raanana, central Israel. In 1933, the violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime. Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Eugene, has completed his father’s interrupted work. With tears in his eyes, Drucker performed an emotional rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, over the weekend with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) For the largely assimilated German Jews, who had a deep connection to the country’s culture and history, the Kulturbund offered a much-needed creative outlet as their world was crumbling.“They wanted to show the Germans why it was important to preserve us and why we were better than they thought we were. There was this delusional sense that this may alter their fate,” said Orit Fogel-Shafran, general manager of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. “This was their mistake. They thought this gave them some sort of immunity.”Initially, the Nazi culture ministry granted the Kulturbund relative freedom, so long as its performers and audiences were exclusively Jewish.At its height, thousands of musicians, theater actors and other performers took part, including some of Germany’s most notable artists, at dozens of venues across the country. As the years progressed, however, and the Nazi ideology took deeper root, greater restrictions were imposed until eventually they could only perform Jewish works, with Bach and Beethoven off-limits.The Kulturbund was reduced significantly after the pogroms of Kristallnacht in 1938 — when Nazi-incited riots marked the start of the campaign to destroy European Jewry. Musicians went underground or fled, like Drucker’s father, who went to America. How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Many found their way to the Holy Land where they helped establish what would later become the world-renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Most of those who stayed until the end in 1941 were sent to concentration camps.Hillel Zori, a cellist and artistic director of the Raanana symphonette who initiated the event after much research, said he had mixed feelings. By organizing themselves, he says the Jews offered the Nazis a blueprint for “unwitting self-destruction.” Still, he said he was in awe of the way they preserved their humanistic values through Germany’s descent into genocide.“They felt ‘we are preserving our culture. We belong to the German culture,’” he said.In many ways, Ernest Drucker’s experience was a watershed moment that made the Kulturbund necessary. As a top student at the Cologne conservatory of music, he was scheduled to play the entire Brahms concerto at his graduation ceremony in the summer of 1933.Shortly before the event, he noticed his name had been crossed off the program. His teacher threatened to resign if Drucker’s name was not reinstated, and a compromise was reached with the school’s newly installed Nazi administrators whereby Drucker could perform the first movement only before being replaced by a non-Jew. Drucker played in front of rows of Nazi Stormtroopers before being whisked offstage and ultimately into the refuge of the Kulturbund. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Drucker said he didn’t know if it was “my place to correct a history wrong.” But backstage, after the performance, he was clearly moved.“As a musician I feel like the circle is never completely closed,” he said. “But I was standing there at one point … and I really did start to think about my father.”____Follow Aron Heller on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aronhellerapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mexican military troops instructed to respect human rights

first_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have “unrestricted” respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered.The statement issued late Friday was the army’s first response to the documents released by the Miguel Agustin Pro Human Rights center showing that high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to “kill criminals.” Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Sponsored Stories Orders signed June 11 by Lt. Col. Sandro Diaz Rodriguez, on behalf of the command of the 102 Infantry Battalion, said “soldiers should operate on a mass scale at night and reduce daytime activities, with the aim of killing criminals at night.”Friday’s statement never addressed the exact quote, but said the standing orders included “38 indications protecting human life, security of the troops and a focus on protecting human rights.”The human rights group said the government’s response was inadequate.The killings took place on June 30, 2014, in the municipality of Tlatlaya in Mexico State.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona FILE – This July 3, 2014 file photo shows bullet holes and splattered blood on the wall of an an unfinished warehouse, where bodies of suspected criminals were found after an alleged gun battle with soldiers, on the outskirts of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. A Mexican human rights group released documents Thursday, July 2, 2015, that show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to “kill criminals” ahead of last year’s army slaying of the suspected criminals. The army opened a criminal investigation the same day of the incident, yet issued a press release saying the suspected criminals had died in a gun battle. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)last_img read more

Nyongo Blunt sparkle at Christian Dior couture garden show

first_img Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 A model wears a creation for Christian Dior’s fall-winter 2015/2016 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) “It’s really cool,” the actress said, looking around in amazement from her spot next to U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. “It’s so incredible. I think I need to take a moment!”Emily Blunt — in a simple, white knee-length Dior gown — was equally amazed.“This is just extraordinary. This is kind of why I would walk from London to Paris to see this show. I’m so excited,” she said.The only thing she regretted about her trip was a lack of sufficient planning for France’s soaring temperatures, which have recently hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).“I mean, I fry like an egg,” she said. “So I’m feeling like I should have put on more sunscreen. Or a higher factor.”Dior’s sweltering conservatory decor may well have contributed to the over-heating.___DIOR TIME MACHINEIn a surreal garden setting, Dior designer Raf Simons wove his creative needle in and out through different centuries. That produced an imaginative time-travel of a couture show, which riffed on the styles of the Flemish Masters, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.The large fruit props on the runway conjured up scenes from historic still-life oil paintings. Top Stories In an impressive recreated theater, Guyon’s models harked from another era. Fastidiously embellished ’30s Orientalist satin jackets had softly square shoulders. Silk “jabot” collars and voluminous “Duster” coats wafted by with exaggerated pockets, alongside bejeweled eye, star and key lock decorations.Guyon even referenced the mania for Grecian looks in Schiaparelli’s heyday in a couple of diaphanous column dresses with flashes of gold.Not all the theatrical exuberance worked, especially one overly clashing multicolored mink coat. But Guyon is certainly moving the house in a welcome, more coherent direction since the departure last year of designer Marco Zanini.___GIAMBATTISTA VALLI IS A COUTURE ARTISTItalian designer Valli made a deft play with shape in his highly feminine, highly organic collection, which showed rare artistry.The devil was in the detail.Dropped hemlines sported upside-down tutu silhouettes in monochrome tulle, and, elsewhere, a plain black dress was given a fashion-forward boost with a billowing black feather section that shot out vertically down, out of the skirt.Swirling organic decorations in embroidered coats merged visually with beautiful 20-centimeter (8-inch) tear-drop-shaped earrings that defined many of the show’s best looks. ___Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories PARIS (AP) — Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Emily Blunt sparkled in the heat at Christian Dior’s vivid couture show, hosted in a timeless conservatory in Paris.It was the highlight of Monday’s fall-winter 2015-16 Paris Couture Week shows, which also included Giambattista Valli, Ralph & Russo, and Schiaparelli.___DIOR CELEBRITIES HOLD COURTLupita Nyong’o looked ravishing in a short, cherry red Dior couture dress Monday, and was at a loss for words on entering Christian Dior’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” show set inside the Rodin Museum. Guests ventured with trepidation on entering the huge, abstract painted conservatory garden that featured myriad multicolored panels — and some even tripped on the giant colored fruit scattered around the floor. Valli has a delicate touch. In some of the 48-piece-show’s more feminine gowns, embroidered flowers in orange and pale purple graced the bust and hips of full organza skirts, as if the wind had just blown them from a nearby tree or bush.___RALPH & RUSSO DON’T DO THINGS BY HALFEven before their first on-calendar couture show in Paris last year, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo already boasted celebrity clients, including Angelina Jolie and Beyonce.Now, just two seasons in, the Ralph & Russo collection has been moved into a highly prized, visible slot just after Dior, right in the middle of the couture week calendar.It’s quite a coup — and shows how the up-and-coming British house certainly doesn’t do things by half.Designer Ralph also works creatively by this philosophy, as showcased by Monday’s no-holds-barred glamor.Split dresses, Balkan-style embroideries, huge satin trains, a traffic-stopping gold bustier gown with exaggerated floor-sweeping panels in the skirt, a pink pearl feathered cape — and one coat-dress that was so embellished, it looked like an ornate lace curtain.While there seemed to be no common theme linking the varied looks — it all made for real couture drama. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Long diaphanous column silhouettes in chiffon, like medieval undergarments, floated by elegantly alongside gowns with high-cinched waists and wide, billowing sleeves that mirrored the old Flemish styles. Some bejeweled net gilets were worn on the torso, evoking chainmail in a beautiful touch.The sense of chic time-travel was further heightened with delicate dots and patterns on the fabrics — designs that evoked the French Impressionists and the technique of Pointillism associated with artists like Georges Seurat.The coats were the highest point of this strong collection, with one standout: a flame-red coat with beautifully large tubular cuffs.___ELSA SCHIAPARELLI’S THEATRICAL DELIGHTS Celebrity guests including Meg Ryan were swept away to the glamour of 1930s theatre life at Bertrand Guyon’s debut collection for Schiaparelli.And what better a setting than to start exploring the theatricality of the great couturier Elsa? Famed for inventing shocking pink and having collaborations with Surrealists like Salvador Dali, Coco Chanel’s hated rival Schiaparelli was one of the greatest and most colorful Parisian designers of the ’20s and ’30s. The house was recently revived. 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More than 100 suspects face Thai human trafficking charges

first_imgBANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s state prosecutors recommended charges against more than 100 people, including a Thai army general, in a multinational human trafficking scandal that came to light after dozens of bodies were discovered in the country’s south earlier this year, a spokesman said Friday.Ninety-one Thais, nine Myanmar nationals and four Bangladeshis face 16 charges, including human trafficking, partaking in a transnational crime network, and assisting or bringing in aliens into the kingdom illegally, Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong told reporters. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The 15 state officials, including Lt. Gen. Manas Kongpaen, four policemen, a powerful provincial mayor and local politicians, will also face charges of negligence of their duty, according to the spokesman.Human rights groups have long accused Thai authorities of collusion in the trafficking industry, but officials have routinely denied the claims.Wanchai said charges have not been presses against other 15 suspects as recommended by the police, but additional investigations have been ordered.__This story has been corrected to show the number of bodies found were 36, not 33.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mesa family survives lightning strike to home How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   “The investigation showed it is a big syndicate. There were networks that brought them (the migrants) from overseas into the country systematically,” he said. “There were a lot of damages. Bodies were found. Senior officials were accused, as well as influential figures. The Office of the Attorney General, therefore, treats it as a very important case.”He said provincial prosecutors have pressed charges against 72 arrested suspects and were waiting to proceed with 32 others who remained at large.The sweeping investigation, in which 15 Thai state officials were implicated, came after 36 bodies, believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, were exhumed from various abandoned jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border in May.The discovery has intensified international pressure on Thailand to crack down on smugglers. More than 50 people were arrested in a month, including local politicians, government officials, police, and a senior-ranking army officer who once oversaw human trafficking issues in the country’s south. About 50 police officers in the southern provinces were removed from their posts and investigated for possible involvement in trafficking syndicates. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Croatia wants out of border arbitration with Slovenia

first_imgZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Monday his government wants to withdraw from border arbitration with Slovenia following revelations that one of the judges had violated rules for the international panel.Milanovic said the arbitration process, which was set up in 2011 to help unblock Croatia’s EU membership bid, has been compromised by the affair.Judge Jernej Sokolec, a Slovenian, resigned from the five-judge panel after Croatian media last week published leaked phone conversations showing him conferring with a Slovenian government representative, contrary to tribunal rules. Slovenia has moved to name another judge to save the process. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said Monday that Croatia cannot unilaterally withdraw from the body that also includes three international judges and one from Croatia.Milanovic, however, insisted that “this is unbearable, we must get out.”“Croatia is getting out of the arbitration, we must end such an agreement,” he said. Croatia’s parliament will meet later this week to vote on the issue.The sea and land border dispute has remained unresolved after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in 1990s. The Netherlands-based arbitration panel has said it could rule on the matter in December. There has been no immediate reaction from the tribunal to the Croatian withdrawal announcement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more