Rabat – Moroccan political parties and trade unions have decided to organize a march on Sunday in Rabat to protest the statements made by United Nations Secretary General last weekend in the Tindouf camps, in southwestern Algeria. The march will start at 1 pm local time and will depart from Bab Chala, one of the most emblematic areas of the Moroccan capital.During his first trip to the Tindouf camps last Saturday, Ban Ki-moon made statements that have been described by the Moroccan government as “departing from his impartiality and neutrality” as Secretary General of the United Nations. The UN chief used the term “occupation” when referring to Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara, a Moroccan territory that is claimed by the Polisario, a separatist movement supported by Algeria.The statement caused an uproar in Morocco, prompting to issue a communiqué on Tuesday in which Morocco denounced Ban Ki-moon of “bias” in favor of the Polisario.The UN chief’s comments “are politically inappropriate, unprecedented, and contrary to Security Council resolutions,” Rabat said in a statement.The statement said that Morocco has seen “with amazement that the Secretary General used the term ‘occupation’ to describe the recovery by Morocco of its territorial integrity.”“This departs from terminology traditionally used by the United Nations in the Moroccan Sahara,” added the statement.
TORONTO — RBC says home ownership was less affordable in most major Canadian cities during the first quarter, although Calgary and Edmonton bucked the trend.The latest RBC Economics report on home affordability says its index deteriorated sharply in Vancouver and to a lesser degree in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa — primarily due to higher real-estate prices.But the bank’s affordability index was unchanged in Calgary and improved in Edmonton compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. [np-related]The report tracks how much of a home owner’s income would be required to pay typical costs associated with owning a standard one-storey detached house.In Vancouver, RBC estimates the combined cost of mortgage payments, utilities and property taxes rose 3.1 percentage points to 88.9%.In Calgary, by contrast, only about 36.7% of pre-tax income would be required to pay for a standard bungalow — unchanged from the previous study — and in Edmonton the index improved by 0.4 percentage point to 32.4%.In Toronto, the index deteriorated by 1.2 percentage points to 53.4%; in Montreal, the cost of ownership increased 1.2 percentage points to 41.4% of income and in Ottawa it was up 0.9% to 41.8%.“It became a little tougher on household budgets to carry the costs of owning a home at market prices at the start of this year,” said Craig Wright, RBC’s chief economist said in a statement Tuesday.“Strong buyer demand was a principal driver of the modest rise in homeownership costs. While the deterioration in affordability was felt to varying degrees across the country, it was mild in most cases.”He said the challenge will likely increase once the Bank of Canada begins raising interest rates.“Exceptionally low interest rates have been the key force in keeping affordability from hitting dangerous levels in Canada in recent years,” Wright said.“Affordability headwinds are likely to increase next year, as interest rates make their way towards more normal levels.”He said RBC expects Canada’s central bank will hike rates gradually, starting in the fourth quarter.“A gradual pace of increases will allow income growth to provide some offset,” he said.Andrew Barr/National Post
Several Deputy Ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have decided to push President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).The Deputy Ministers visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Welikada remand prison today. The Deputy Ministers said that if the President fails to agree to their demand they are prepared to resign from their Ministry posts. Later speaking to the media, the Deputy Ministers said that they will demand from the President that he abolish the FCID saying it is illegal. Sumedha G. Jayasena, Susantha Punchinilame, Nimal Lansa, Anuradha Jayaratne and Nishantha Muttuhettigama are among the Deputy Ministers who visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa today.Yoshitha Rajapaksa was arrested by the FCID and produced in court on Saturday and remanded over alleged financial irregularities at the CSN television station which is owned by him. (Colombo Gazette)
However, since that resolution was passed, the leaders of the government of Sri Lanka have been repeatedly assuring the Sinhalese majority that foreign involvement will be limited to getting foreign technical expertise in investigations. President Sirisena has said times without number that the Judicial Mechanism will be a local one and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said that foreign participation can be of various kinds and that Sri Lanka has options to explore in this regards.Given the friendly relations the present regime in Colombo has with Washington and the West, the latter are unlikely to press the Sri Lankan government to go for an international Judicial Mechanism. High level visitors from the State Department have said that the nature of the Judicial Mechanism will be left to be decided by Sri Lankans themselves. They have also hinted that US interests lie in the survival of the present regime and in the promotion of US-Sri Lanka economic and business relations and not in the pursuit of human rights goals. (Colombo Gazette) The Sirisena-Wickremsinghe government is yet to accept the Paranagama Commission’s report, but it is most likely to accept it as there is a strong feeling in Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese community that the heroic armed forces which defeated the dreaded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) must not be pilloried, and that foreign judges and investigators with preconceived notions and anti-Sri Lankan agendas should not be allowed to conduct investigations and sit in judgment.But the Tamil minority is unlikely to be happy with Justice Paranagama’s prescriptions because it has been vociferously demanding an International Judicial Mechanism with foreign judges and investigators on the grounds that Sri Lankan judges and investigators will be biased against them. A resolution jointly moved by the US and Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 1, 2015 also envisaged an international Judicial Mechanism. “The T and R commission could then consider giving some of those who pleaded guilty an accountable amnesty. They will not be allowed to go scot free but will be given an appropriate punishment,” Paranagama said. The Justice Maxwell Paranagama Commission which went into the issue of missing persons and violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the last brutal phase of Eelam War IV, has recommended the establishment of a domestic, all Sri Lankan, Judicial Mechanism to investigate and try cases of violation, and also a Truth and Reconciliation Commission which could give “accountable amnesty” to those who pleaded guilty and expressed remorse, the New Indian Express reported.Speaking to Express on Sunday, Justice Paranagama said that if anyone is charged for violations of Human Rights or International Humanitarian Law, he should be tried by a Special High Court. Cases should be conducted by Sri Lanka’s Attorney General; heard by Sri Lankan judges and investigated by Sri Lankan investigators, he said.“Of course, if the investigators need foreign expertise they could acquire them and the Special High Court could allow foreign observers,” Paranagama said. As regards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission he said that it is meant to allow people to speak out about their experiences and give vent to their grievances. And perpetrators of atrocities could own up, express regret and seek amnesty.
While the situation on the ground was reported to have improved somewhat, Mr. Annan condemned the use of hate media “which is fuelling the tensions, xenophobia and inciting violent acts,” and reminded “all concerned that they may be held accountable for their acts, in conformity with international criminal, human rights and humanitarian law.”Mr. Annan’s call came as UN humanitarian agencies and their partners worked to deliver as much assistance as possible in an environment rendered precarious following the violence which began last Thursday when the Government violated the nearly two-year-old ceasefire by launching an attack in the UN-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants.On Saturday Government aircraft bombed French peacekeepers in the area, killing nine people and leading to French reprisals which destroyed the tiny Ivorian air force. This in turn led to anti-foreigner rioting in Abidjan, the country’s largest city, followed by inter-ethnic violence in President Laurent Gbagbo’s hometown of Gagnoa in the Government-held south, and a deteriorating situation in Bouaké in the rebel-held north due to the lack of water and electricity.Today the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations reported that government troops continued to withdraw to their positions south of the ZOC and that the situation was “relatively calm.”The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) reported that electricity in some districts in Bouaké had just been restored thanks to collaboration between UN engineers and the state-run technicians. The engineers said they hoped that electricity could be restored all over the town as early as tomorrow.The situation in Abidjan remains volatile, the mission added, but businesses are reopening and more traffic was seen on the roads.UN peacekeepers, who yesterday assisted in the evacuation of hundreds of foreigners, have been monitoring borders, mainly with Liberia, to check on cross border movements. They reported seeing only a few Liberian refugees leaving Côte d’Ivoire.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that UN agencies had mobilized to bring medical and food assistance to various areas. Throughout the week, schools have been closed in Abidjan and other parts of the country. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called on all parties to ensure that public services such as health centres and schools continue to function properly, and that the rights of children and women be fully respected.”If this insecurity continues, we risk losing two years of steady progress made by the national reconciliation government, most importantly in terms of getting schools and health care services open again in the north,” warned UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Rima Salah.
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2015 3:39 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Royalties, greenhouse gas rules get little ink in NDP’s first throne speech Minister of Energy Marg McCuaig-Boyd waits for the speech from the throne to start in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, June 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson CALGARY – Two of the biggest issues hanging over Alberta’s oilpatch got little ink in the new NDP government’s first throne speech.There were no new details on the approach to royalties or greenhouse gas regulations in the speech, read by new Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell in the chamber on Monday.However, a promise to increase corporate taxes to 12 per cent from 10 per cent did feature prominently.“We need to review how the people of Alberta — including our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many years from now — will be rewarded for the development of their own energy resources,” was the sole reference in the speech to the NDP’s vow to examine Alberta’s oil and gas royalty take.The speech also highlighted the need to “demonstrate real leadership on the environment and on climate change” and urged stronger partnership with other provinces through a Canadian Energy Strategy.But just because the nitty gritty of royalties and climate policy won’t be dealt with in this shortened legislative session doesn’t mean work isn’t being done on those files, Premier Rachel Notley told reporters earlier in the day.She said it’s important to take the time to get the royalty review right, but “we also know that we can’t have it hanging over everyone’s head indefinitely.”“You will hear from us by the end of the summer on the establishment of the panel, its mandate and its structure and how it’s going to move forward,” Notley said.“We understand it’s an important issue. It’s an important issue to all Albertans. It’s an important issue to our partners in industry.”Alberta’s $15-a-tonne carbon levy is up for renewal at the end of the month, but the speech made no mention of where that’s going.That’s not to say greenhouse gas policy isn’t top of mind for Notley, especially with United Nations climate talks coming up later this year in Paris.“It won’t be fun if nobody’s talking to me. I’d like it to be a different picture this time — that Alberta’s participation there is something that we can be proud of, not something that we’re running away from,” she told reporters.“And so we’re very focused on making sure that we do put together a good plan. But quite honestly, in the next two and a half weeks, that’s not something that we’ll be focusing on.”Notley said business leaders have “barely raised” the corporate tax matter in their discussions with her.“They’ve not suggested that that is their concern and they’re more interested about ensuring that we can have a full dialogue in the climate change piece and the royalty piece.”Brian Jean, leader of the Opposition Wildrose party, called Monday’s throne speech “thin.”“I think that it would have been helpful for Alberta families and Alberta businesses to get a much clearer picture of this government’s priorities and how the future of Alberta’s economy will be laid out,” he said.“That would be important to do now rather than later.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter
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NEW YORK — Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.The move comes after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced earlier in the day that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn’t mention ammunition. Dick’s also said it would immediately stop selling assault-style rifles, and its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws.Walmart said its decision came after the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The teenage gunman used an AR-15 rifle. It said it takes “seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms” and also emphasized its background of serving “serving sportsmen and hunters.”Several major corporations, including MetLife, Hertz and Delta Air Lines, have cut ties with the NRA since the Florida tragedy, but none were retailers that sold guns. The NRA has pushed back aggressively against calls for raising age limits for guns or restricting the sale of assault-style weapons.Walmart Inc. stopped selling AR-15 guns and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015. It doesn’t sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds faster. It also doesn’t sell large-capacity magazines. It also says it doesn’t sell handguns, except in Alaska.
The NW Association for Blind Athletes held its 2013 Benefit Dinner & Auction on Saturday at Pearson Air Museum.The dinner and auction, titled “Going The Distance,” is the association’s largest fundraising event. Preliminary estimates are that the association received $30,000 in cash donations Saturday.The Vancouver-based group works to provide opportunities through sport and physical activity to the blind and visually disabled. It offers programs in more than 10 sports, and works with schools, communities and other programs to train staff in how to adapt sports for people who have visual impairments and their sighted friends and families. The group also hosts sporting events across the Northwest and provide scholarships.The association’s website is http://nwaba.org/.
Visakhapatnam: Six workers, engaged in track-laying work between Borra and Chimudupalli in Anantagiri mandal of Visakha Agency, were injured when track material fell on them on Sunday. The workers, who got their legs fractured, were taken to King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam.
Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub, appearing to run out of space to contain a historic supply glut that has hammered prices, in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016.Reuters fileOil prices slipped on Tuesday after a report showed that OPEC , although the losses were limited as concerns about supply lingered.September Brent crude futures fell 7 cents to $74.90 a barrel by 0109 GMT after rising 68 cents, or 0.9 percent, on Tuesday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures (WTI) were down 6 cents at $70.08, after rising more than 2 percent in the previous session.A Reuters survey showed the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) increased production in July. OPEC hiked production by 70,000 barrels per day to 32.64 million bpd, a 2018 high. Further supply increases could offset production outages and pressure prices.WTI rose on Tuesday on expectations that U.S. inventories fell last week and worry that an outage at a Syncrude facility in Canada will not be solved as soon as expected, traders said. Crude inventories at the Oklahoma, delivery point for WTI have been dwindling, in part due to the Syncrude outage that has reduced the flow of oil into the hub. Stocks at the Cushing storage hub fell to 23.7 million barrels, the lowest since November 2014 in the week to July 20.Energy information company Genscape, however, said that inventories at Cushing rose almost 200,000 barrels, or nearly 1 percent, from Tuesday to Friday last week, according to traders.Oil prices have rebounded from recent lows over the last two weeks, as looming sanctions on Iran have already started to curtail exports from that country. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would meet with Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani. A gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005 (representational image).Reuters fileOil prices have been severely hit over the last month by several factors including a worker’s strike in Norway, the reintroduction of sanctions on Iran and the halting of shipments through the Red Sea after two Saudi tankers were damaged in attacks by the Houthi rebels.
Darris Robins has been lately gaining a lot of popularity in the marketing industry. He has been an expert in writing and composing music since a very early age. However, things turned bad when it came to his education. He had to drop out of college due to the growing student loan debt in 2012. After leaving college, he amassed over $100K+ in student loan debt at the age of 19. This motivated the young guy to learn the business of music.Without having any job, his only source of income was to market his own music online. To everyone’s surprise, his music helped him establish his strong fan base and his peers offered him to be a freelance marketer for them. With getting an overwhelming response, he had been outsourced for business and simultaneously he also began his interview and vlog series with artists of his local town.Darris tasted success in the form of his own brand called Mic Check Global which he started in November 2013. It is a marketing agency that helps to build a strong social media presence of personalities and organizations with having a strong focus on the target audience and great sales. Later in 2015, Darris created Mic Check Global Films which focuses on visual branding content on social media.However, Mic Check Global got its first international office in Cebu, Philippines, in 2018 intending to build a strong business relationship with the people of Asia. Their new venture focuses on hiring brand team ambassadors, sponsoring artist development programs and encouraging intercontinental communication by expanding entertainment all over Asia. Moreover, it is the first American/Asian company which helps the emerging artists grow into full-time artists and entrepreneurs.Darris and his partners in Cebu have sponsored many students to attend private school. By this, he has been helping the students who face poverty and lack opportunities. By the year 2020, Darris has a target to sponsor more than 100 students. Since the last 5 years, his company, Mic Check Global has extended support to hundreds of unsigned independent artists in building their strong fan base. Their future plan is to help all the aspiring artists achieve their dreams by helping them in education and letting them know their true potential talent.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
Angad Bedi, Neha DhupiaInstagramIt’s been a busy time for Angad who has just wrapped up four back to back projects – starting with Zoya Factor, Verdict, Inside Edge and Kargil Girl. The actor wanted to take a well-deserved break before walking into the shoot of the next schedule of Inside Edge, juggling it with the promotions of Zoya Factor. Whisking away Neha for a stroll on the beach, the actor wanted her to have a good time on her birthday, giving the world husband goals.Attentive and kind as a husband, Angad also knows that Neha soon kicks off a new project and this is the only intimate time they can spend with each other and their eight-month-old baby Mehr before work schedules start getting busy.Angad will be hosting a birthday dinner for Neha that will comprise of her favourite dishes and a special gift from him. The couple had a fairytale love story and their happiness quadrupled with the birth of their daughter Mehr.Speaking about it, Angad said, “I am looking forward to some downtime with Neha and Mehr. Its Neha’s birthday on 27th. This trip is special because we went to the Maldives for our honeymoon and now this is the first time we are going together with Mehr.””The past few months have been very hectic so I’m glad we are taking this trip together. On a personal front these past two years, it’s been a golden period for me. Professionally too, Work has been constant and I have never been busier. I cherish our time together even more and make it a point to take these breaks because what else do we work for, if not family,” he added.
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a news conference at the Asia Europe Foreign Ministers (ASEM) in Naypyitaw. ReutersMyanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday she hopes talks with Bangladesh this week will result in a memorandum of understanding on the “safe return” of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the past three months.A military clearance operation launched in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist-majority country since late August.Suu Kyi spoke to reporters at the end of a meeting of senior officials at an Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw, where the crisis in Rakhine was discussed on the sidelines of official talks.
Lots going on in the Central Pacific zone.This weekend, Feb. 9-10, the Federation of Surf’s Circuito Masters Metro will be held in front of Restaurant Malecón in the center of Jacó. For more information, visit www.surfingcr.net. Also, mark your calendars for Feb. 22 and 24, when the Copa Maui Surfing Event will take place in Playa Jacó.Jim Felhofer from the Falcon International School has reported that the Falcon student government is organizing a Valentine’s dance for secondary age students on Feb. 15 at the Beach Club, from 6-10 pm. The dance is open to students from all local schools. For more information, call 2637-7400. Also, Falcon’s second annual FIRE (Falcon International Run for Education) 5K is scheduled for Sunday, March 17 at 10 a.m.. The race begins at the school. Registration is $10 and includes hats and T-shirts to the first 200 registrants, plus awards and a healthy, fun time. Register now and don’t miss out on this event.“Pobre del cirko” will run at Teatro Jacó Feb. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. The humor show mixes techniques of pantomime, clowning and juggling. The characters create rapport with the audience and eventually it becomes very intimate. Barbajeanne and Filip (both clowns) travel the world in confusion, but eventually they find their destiny. Entrance is $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP. Children $7.50. For more info, email email@example.com or make reservations at 2630-9812. Next Saturday night, La Resistencia and the Latin Reggae Festival will be in Amapola Hotel. The line up includes Ojo de Buey from Costa Rica, Natiruts from Brazil and Cultura Profetica from Puerto Rico. The doors open Sat., Feb 16 at 5 p.m. and Sunday Feb 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $40 at Tienda Ruta Urbana (San Pedro, Lincoln Plaza, Paseo Las Flores Heredia and Multiplaza Escazú) along with B&B Surf Shop and Piko Surf Shop in Jacó. It is also the inauguration of Jacó Blu on Saturday, Feb. 16 starting at 3 p.m. Check out this new location 100 meters north west of the Central Park of Jacó on the road to Copacabana.Out in Tárcoles: Sat. Feb. 16 could be Jack’s birthday, but its not. Rather it’s a music festival, starting with Michael Frances, Barney Flintstone’s personnel band Bedrock, rock solutions and Carlos López playing all day into the night. There will be a big BBQ pig roast and a wheel of misfortune to give everyone a chance to win some prizes including the booby prize (buy Jack beer for a year).For those with pets: Veterinarian Wendy Villalobos has a moved her office over to 100 meters east of the municipality. For more information, contact 2643-2960. Lastly, congratulations to Jacó surfer Jennifer Barrantes for winning Queen of the Puntarenas Carnivales. –Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Comments No related posts.
GANDOCA, Limón — The sun has not yet risen in the secluded Caribbean town of Gandoca, in southern Costa Rica, but the roosters are already crowing. Despite the hour, the birds’ cries don’t disturb the members of the Mora family, who have been stirring in their small, three-room bungalow since 3 a.m.Fernanda Sandoval, the family’s matriarch, emerges into the kitchen fully dressed as two of her daughters put together a hasty breakfast. Her husband, Rafael Mora, places small loafs of bread into bags for the day’s journey.Since January, this before-dawn ritual has become the daily norm for Fernanda and Rafael as they struggle to make daily appearances at the courthouse in the city of Limón. The trip takes three hours by bus, and these days the two rarely see their home during daylight.Rafael has been unable to care for his crops, the family’s main source of income, and Fernanda worries about leaving her aging mother alone. But it is more than a legal obligation that keeps Fernanda and Rafael going back to Limón; these court proceedings may be their last chance to see their son’s killers put behind bars.Jairo Mora, Fernanda and Rafael’s 26-year-old son, was killed on Limón’s Moín Beach in 2013 while working as a sea turtle monitor. Since that day, the Moras have stood by as police investigated the case. They sat by as activists and the media invaded their lives, and watched hopefully as police arrested seven alleged poachers suspected of the crime.Then, last January, they sat helplessly in the courtroom as most of the prosecution’s evidence was ruled inadmissible at trial. When the panel of judges returned a not-guilty verdict, Fernanda and Rafael hurried, crying, from the courthouse.This second trial, set to conclude Tuesday, is the prosecution’s last chance to try the original defendants. If the suspects are acquitted this time around, they will go free.Guilty or not-guilty, the decision will mark the end of a three-year saga that has captivated people across the globe. In Costa Rica, Jairo Mora has become a household name. His likeness has been incorporated into murals and graffiti, and environmental groups use his photo to promote turtle conservation programs.In court each day, in front of the cameras, it is this image of their son — Jairo the martyr, the turtle guardian — that his parents cannot escape.“What we want is justice,” Fernanda said, “but no one has a heart of steel to keep remembering every detail of this every day.”Those who live in the tiny town of Gandoca, where there is no cell service and only one home has Internet, people remember a different Jairo than the one shown on TV. Though he is now depicted as a lone, fearless defender of sea turtles, Jairo was just one of a group of children from Gandoca trained by the conservation group Widecast to care for turtles in the small wildlife refuge on the town’s coastline.Ten other boys around Jairo’s age wound up working for Widecast, and some still work with turtle conservation programs. On weekends they come back to help on the family farms, just like Jairo did. These frontline turtle defenders go unnoticed, just as Jairo did before his death.Regardless of the court’s decision, Rafael and Fernanda will return home Tuesday night unburdened by another court appearance. But beyond the remote pastures of Gandoca, the verdict’s ramifications will linger.“All that Rafael and Fernanda ask is that this crime not go unpunished,” Rodrigo Arias, the Mora family lawyer, pleaded during the trial’s final days. “It is our desire, that of all Costa Ricans, that this crime not go unpunished.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Victim testifies in Jairo Mora murder retrial Judges from first Jairo Mora murder trial under investigation Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Video of turtle torture highlights common practice in Costa Rica
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1b0f8/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Airlines will fly in united skies and be raking in the profits in 40 years time, the International Air Transport Association forecast on Friday.Speaking at the association’s annual general meeting in Berlin, IATA CEO Giovanni Bisignani revealed his vision for the aviation industry in 2050.“We will be very near to zero accidents. We will emit half the carbon” he said. “We will have eliminated queues with integrated systems ensuring security as we process more passengers. We will operate with almost no delays in globally united skies. We will share costs and profits equitably across the value chain. “We will be a consolidated industry of a dozen global brands supported by regional and niche players. And we will deliver value to investors.“In just over a decade, I can see $100 billion in industry profits on revenues of $1 trillion. As we move towards 2050, this 10% margin will become even more robust. He noted that before the recession, at least a dozen IATA members already had 10% margins and assured the industry that the vision “is not just a crazy dream”“This vision—including sustainable profitability—can be our future.”In order to reach that vision, Bisignani said it was time to “think big” and look beyond the crises which have stunted the air transport industry.Four cornerstones of changeHe said the vision would rest on four cornerstones of change including the removal of government restrictions on carriers.“Governments must act responsibly to ensure safety, security, and a level playing field. And airlines need the freedom to build efficiencies across borders, better serve their customers, and achieve sustainable profits to fund growth and innovation,”Bisignani also pointed to changes needed in airport efficiency, air traffic management and the need to find a sustainable alternative fuel for the industry.“Too often governments are only committed to environment when it means grabbing cash. Governments should be investing in biofuels and green technologies.He added that the customer was at the centre of IATA’s future vision, with the middle class expected to nearly triple from the 1.3 billion today to 3.5 billion people – a quarter of which will be in India and China.“Accommodating that growth efficiently will be a challenge for all parts of the value chain—airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers and governments. The solution must be strategic and aligned”
Wego.com has added a selection of new products to its online site this year, as the company integrates a string of new partners into its Wego Travel Search. “The addition of these heavyweight online travel brands to Wego’s search engine makes comparison shopping on Wego more compelling than ever for Australian travellers,” Wego Australia and NZ general manager Dean Wicks said in a statement. New flight partners range from Expedia Australia, Jetabroad and STA Australia while new hotel partners include Worldwide Holidays & Hamilton Island plus deals and packages with Intrepid Travel. “We have worked with Wego for a couple of years on their hotel listings and are excited about expanding our relationship to add the Expedia flight product,” Expedia Australia general manager Nicholas Chu said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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