If you could name an island in Indonesia what would you name

first_img JAKARTA – Richard Branson has his own private island, so does Johnny Depp. But for the vast majority of dreamers, owning a little slice of heaven is a dream far beyond their reach.But thanks to the Indonesian government, dreamers are one step closer to making this reality. Earlier this week, Luhut Pandjaitan, a maritime affairs minister, outlined a plan that will allow foreign investors to lease one of Indonesia’s islands and “give it any name they want, as long as they report to us,” reports Quartz. Indonesia, he stressed, will retain ownership of the islands.“If the island is for tourists, it’s fine, as long as there are plans and regulations,” he said.Indonesia, an archipelago nation, is estimated to have over 18,300 islands, according to a 2002 survey by the country’s aeronautics and space institute. As of 2012, it had registered nearly 13,500 islands with the United Nations, and by August, authorities estimate that this number will increase to 14,752. However, this still leaves thousands of islands without a name.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsPandjaitan confirmed there’ve already been a few bitesl Japanese investors have signed on to manage the island of Morotai, part of eastern Indonesia’s Maluku chain. Investors plan on making the island a destination for Japanese seniors. Pandjaitan also noted that Singapore is interested in investing in an island, too.So tell us, if you could name your very own island, what name would you pick? If you could name an island in Indonesia, what would you name it? Share Tags: Indonesia The Canadian Press center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, January 13, 2017 Posted bylast_img read more

Say it aint so This foodie destination has just banned all street

first_img UPDATE: Bangkok’s street food ban, which was announced earlier this week, has been effectively reversed, reports Lonely Planet. Following public outcry on social media, Thailand’s Minister for Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, announced on Facebook that the ban has been lifted, and confirmed at a press conference that vendors would still be allowed to operate in streets and small alleys under the condition they do not interfere with foot traffic.BANGKOK — Imagine Paris without croissants, Rome without pasta, and Tokyo without sushi. Seems impossible to do, considering how food and travel often go hand in hand. But one world-class city has done the impossible, banning one of its most famous tourist offerings outright.Widely regarded as the #1 street food destination on earth, Bangkok has successfully imposed a new ban on street food in an effort to bring “order and hygiene” to the city’s bustling streets. Bangkok’s City Hall has issued the ban in all 50 districts and “there will be no let-up in this operation,” said Wanlop Suwandee, the city’s governor’s chief advisor.The city government has already enforced clean sweeps in certain districts and pushed up move-out dates for vendors from June 1 to effective immediately, reports Uproxx.Officials see street food as an illegal nuisance and have been emboldened by the military junta that has ruled the country since a 2014 coup. The government has stressed the need to clean up Thai society, whether it is corrupt politicians or crowded footpaths.That has led to sometimes ham-fisted crackdowns on everything from street markets to beach umbrellas to overpriced lottery tickets. Observers say the poor, many of whom were supporters of the ousted government and its populist policies, have borne the brunt of many of the junta-backed campaigns and that the clean sidewalk effort will hit the vendors and their working-class customers hardest.Thai crackdowns on corruption, prostitution, pollution, road safety and what-have-you – even those by the junta – are notoriously ephemeral, but officials are talking tough.Critics say the government needs to do more to help vendors and to help preserve some the unique chaos that gives Bangkok its soul, which is rapidly being lost to government regulations and redevelopment for condos, shopping malls and office towers.If the campaign against street food sticks, tourists will no longer stumble upon fried worms, grilled pork intestines or the legendarily smelly fruit durian. And it’s unlikely that the city’s hip bars and fancy restaurants will be handing out food in plastic bags sealed tight with a knotted rubber band any time soon.With file from The Associated Press Thursday, April 20, 2017 Say it ain’t so! This foodie destination has just banned all street food Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Asia Pacific, Thailand << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

First two winners of Globus agent contest named

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Contests, Globus TORONTO — Globus family of brands has announced the first two winners of its Online Booking Bonanza contest for travel agents.According to Kim Clarke, director of sales, the winners are: Karen Gay of Flair Travel Planners in Lethbridge, Alta., and Anneliese Giesbrecht of CruiseShipCenters in Ladner, B.C. Both winners have won a $150 gift card just for booking online with Globus.The contest awards one winner each week until April 28, at which time the agent who has made the most online bookings between Feb. 1 and April 28 will win a seven-day Avalon Waterways European river cruise of their choice for two people. The second place winner will receive a $500 gift card, while third place will receive a $250 gift card.Bookings with every Globus family company – Globus, Cosmos, Avalon and Monograms – are eligible for the draw and contest.For more details go to agentlingo.ca.center_img Friday, March 2, 2018 First two winners of Globus agent contest named << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Pearson Airports international traffic up 77 domestic up 36

first_imgTags: Toronto Pearson Airport Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Share Posted by Pearson Airport’s international traffic up 7.7%, domestic up 3.6%center_img TORONTO — In the first three months of 2018 a total of 11.3 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson International Airport, an increase of some 680,000 passengers over the same period in 2017, according to the latest stats from the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.Additional frequencies on existing routes, upgauging of average aircraft size on existing frequencies, and the addition of new routes by existing air carriers have driven passenger growth in the first quarter of 2018, says the GTAA.During the three-month period ended March 31, 2018, passenger activity in the international sector increased by approximately 550,000 passengers reflecting 7.7% growth and the domestic sector increased by approximately 130,000 passengers reflecting 3.6% growth over the same period in 2017.“The strong passenger growth Toronto Pearson experienced in 2017 has continued into the first quarter of 2018, particularly with regard to international traffic,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the GTAA.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedDuring the first quarter of 2018, the GTAA recorded a net loss of $16.9 million (adjusted net income of $9.2 million excluding the one-time adjustments), compared to net income of $7.7 million for the same period in 2017, a $1.5 million increase based on normalized earnings. The GTAA has reduced its gross debt per enplaned passenger and net debt per enplaned passenger by 4.5 per cent and4.7 per cent to $267 and $247 over the same period in 2017, respectively.During the three months ended March 31, 2018, the GTAA reported total revenues of $348.6 million, representing an increase of $24.5 million from the same period in 2017. Michael Smith << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Manuel AntonioQuepos Tidings

first_imgThe new gas station is now open out by the airport, near the turnoff to Dominical. The best part is that it is open 24/7.Welcome to the attendees of the International Convention of the Pacific Group of Manuel Antonio, Came To Believe. There are over 100 attendees from several countries gathering at Byblos Hotel, Hotel Mono Azul and Blue Banyan Inn. Have a great convention!We have great news from Mary Pepperl and Lee Addleman, who live in Manuel Antonio. In May, they are enjoying a month’s visit with their beautiful daughter, Jennifer Webster, and their granddaughter, Remi, almost 4, and grandson, Rome, 19 months. Jennifer’s husband, Hunter Webster, will join them during the month. The Websters reside on a gorgeous ranch in Carbondale, Colorado, in the U.S., but they love the beauty and nature in Costa Rica. Remi says, “I’m so excited; we will play and see the monkeys!” And Rome simply screeches like a monkey.–Jennifer Rice jennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Bill Clinton to meet with Costa Ricas president

first_imgEx-U.S. president Bill Clinton will meet Laura Chinchilla at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the official headquarters of the presidency in Zapote, a district in southeastern San José Clinton is coming to Costa Rica to speak at an environmental forum in Escazú. Chinchilla will accompany Clinton, who was the U.S. president from 1993-2001, to the Sustainability and Environment Business Forum later that evening.While president, Clinton visited Costa Rica in May 1997, during the presidency of José María Figueres. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rica pushes for arms treaty

first_imgRepresentatives from more than 150 countries gathered on Monday at the United Nations in New York to begin arms trade negotiations. On the table is a global arms trade treaty that would be the first international agreement to regulate the world’s $70 billion arms trade.Among those pushing for a strong agreement are 18 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias (1986-1990, 2006-2010). In a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama last week, the group emphasized the importance of a treaty in a movement toward global peace.“The absence of effective, legally binding international rules regulating the arms trade represents a colossal failure of the international community,” they wrote to their fellow Peace Prize laureate. “Now is the moment to right this profound injustice.”Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his work towards a Central American peace agreement that ended regional civil wars, has been an outspoken advocate for global arms restrictions, speaking out last February about negotiations and again with the signing of the letter.“The challenge before us is not just to get a document signed,” he said. “The challenge before us is to do justice to victims of violence. The challenge before us is to ensure that our goal becomes reality. These men and women and children deserve nothing less than swift and effective action.”Current Costa Rican policy has followed Arias’ sentiments. Costa Rica, along with six other nations, supported U.N. Resolution 61/89 in 2006, which began the process of negotiations for a global arms treaty. The country also supported a strong agreement at last year’s conference, which failed to pass.Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo reiterated Costa Rica’s stance in statements at the conference in New York.“As we begin this conference, Costa Rica is taking the floor to reaffirm their commitment to a treaty on trade and transfer that is robust, universally exhaustive, verifiable and binding, and to express our deep commitment to the work that this conference will be able to achieve,” he said.Castillo said Costa Rica supports further restrictions not yet included in last year’s proposed treaty. In addition to banning the transfer of certain arms, Costa Rica has called for the inclusion of ammunition and weapons parts in the list of regulated arms. All eyes will be on Obama and the U.S. during the nine-day negotiations. As the world’s largest arms producer, the nation will have a significant say in the treaty’s stipulations, but the concept of arms restrictions has met considerable resistance at home, primarily from the National Rifle Association.NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has repeatedly vocalized his disapproval of any sort of global arms agreement. He reiterated this stance last July in an address to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Conference.“The NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful Americans to keep and bear arms,” LaPierre said.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has sought to ease the NRA’s concerns that the inclusion of small arms in the treaty could lead to additional domestic gun control.“We will not support any treaty that would be inconsistent with U.S. law and the rights of American citizens under our Constitution,” he said in a statement on March 15. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Regional free trade agreement with Mexico enters into force

first_imgNo related posts. A free trade agreement between Central America and Mexico entered into force this week, the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) reported on Monday.For Costa Rica, the treaty is an update of an agreement the two countries signed in 1994.Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said the deal will allow increased trade with, and investment from, Mexico.In order to take advantage of the treaty’s benefits, exporters must fill out a certificate that will be made available at COMEX’s website in coming days. Businesses with certificates from the previous treaty are entitled to use them for a period of 45 days.Mexico is the third most important destination for Costa Rican products, behind the United States and Spain. However, Costa Rica has a negative trade balance with Mexico. According to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office, exports to Mexico in 2012 totaled $322 million, while imports totaled $1.1 billion.Costa Rica exports to Mexico mostly palm oils, prepared food and rubber products, among others. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Heres where to find The Tico Times in print

first_imgList of Distributors Related posts:Our Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it Our new Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it Our 2018-2019 High Season Print Edition is here! Celebrating our first ‘rebirthday’ with a new print edition Since December, The Tico Times has been proud to publish special print editions to complement our daily online news and features. We’re grateful to the freelancers, sponsors, advertisers, and most of all, readers who have embraced this effort.Join us: as an advertiser or sponsor, a writer, photographer, videographer or community liaison (contact us at sales@ticotimes.net for more information). To become a distributor, simply fill out this form. And if you’d like to pick up a copy, click here for a list of the locations around the country where you can find one. Our editions are published every two months (December – February – April – June), so if you’re making a special trip to pick one up, please contact the distributor ahead to make sure they’ve got a copy.center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica reduces fiscal deficit more than anticipated

first_imgCosta Rica closed 2018 with a fiscal deficit of 6 percent of its GDP, below the 7.2 percent that had been projected by the Central Bank, President Carlos Alvarado said Monday.The president attributed the reduction to the government’s focus on curtailing expenses, fighting tax evasion and improving efficiency. Costa Rica had closed 2017 with a deficit of 6.2 percent.Before traveling to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Alvarado explained that the deficit was reduced without the measures included in the recently passed Law on Strengthening Public Finances, which includes tax increases. The new taxes will be enforced in the second half of 2019.Finance Minister Rocío Aguilar stressed that Alvarado’s government came to power in May in a context of economic difficulties — with growth lower than expected, falling tax revenues and rising interest rates.To combat the situation, Aguilar said, the government applied drastic cost-containment measures and fought tax evasion.“Despite the fact that revenues fell 0.23 percent of GDP with respect to 2017, we managed to contain the expenditure at 0.39 percent, and this containment of expenditure, when we removed the interest payment, is 0.82 percent of GDP,” Aguilar said. “I think it’s one of the most important containment efforts that I can remember.”To maintain the trend of reducing spending, both the president and the finance minister insisted on the need to restructure the public debt, which fell in the last year from 55.4 percent of GDP to 53.7 percent.They also insisted on the approval of a Eurobonds bill, which would allow the government to issue $6.5 billion in bonds on favorable terms.The government also expects that the Legislative Assembly will approve complementary laws to clean up public finances, including public-employment reform and requiring large cooperatives to pay taxes.Costa Rica’s tenuous fiscal situation has led several agencies to lower the country’s credit rating in recent months despite the approval of the Law on Strengthening Public Finances.This law was passed amid strong pressure from public-sector unions, which organized a months-long strike to try to prevent its approval.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:What you need to know about tomorrow’s strike in Costa Rica Costa Rica approaches presidential elections with an uncertain scenario Central American nations to sign trade deal with South Korea Expotur organizers announce ‘multidestination’ focus for this year’s editionlast_img read more

Costa Rica opens doors for in vitro fertilization

first_imgRelated posts:Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban Human rights court backs Costa Rica’s decree on legalizing IVF UN committee recommends Costa Rica allow abortion in cases of rape It took a historic trial and years of discussions for the Costa Rican government to implement measures to ensure access to assisted reproduction methods in public health institutions.Seven years after the resolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR), in which these methods were regarded as human health rights, the Social Security System (Caja) announced that at the end of June doors will open to all couples waiting for in vitro fertilization, or IVF, in Costa Rica.For years, couples with infertility issues in Costa Rica faced either a ban on IVF or limited access in private clinics. Now, they have a better chance at pregnancy.“This is one of the most important social achievements; thanks to the court’s ruling, today the State recognizes infertility as a disease. Now they can treat it as such, and give the majority access to these methods,” said Miguel Yamuni, who along his wife, Ileana Henchoz, sued Costa Rica for access to IVF.A long time comingCosta Rica banned IVF in 2000, preventing couples with infertility from using the technique to have babies.“I’m still having a hard time talking about this,” Henchoz said. “I feel like my own country has denied me the right and the chance to be a mom, and that hurts forever. But we never wanted to stop fighting, fighting for ourselves and fighting so that other couples wouldn’t go through this.”Thanks to Yamuni and Henchoz’s lawsuit and the trial that followed, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared access to IVF as a human right worldwide.It was for this process that lawyer Boris Molina received the 2019 State of Law Award from the Inter-American Federation of Lawyers in association with the Lexis-Nexis corporation. He became the first Costa Rican to receive this international recognition.“This case reaches the whole of the American continent and has a worldwide impact as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights speaks of this method as a right,” said Molina, who claims the fight continues. Miguel Yamuni, Boris Molina and Ileana Henchoz. (Via Carlos Andrés Madrigal.)Costa Rica opens doors to IVFFor couples like Henchoz and Yamuni, the wait for public access IVF in Costa Rica has been long. They say costs were too high to pursue IVF in private clinics.However, they now feel happy to see Costa Rica taking action to expand human rights.In this context, the Social Security System has announced a new center for high-complexity reproductive medicine, which is expected to open by early July.This center is expected to deal with 178 cases per year, 38 of which have already been deemed top priority.And though the road has been long, Costa Rica is slowly moving past its years-long ban on IVF. The government now recognizes these methods as rights that can be made more effectively accessible by the state.For Henchoz and Yamuni, this represents the start of something positive. They believe the fight for human rights has been worthwhile.Now Costa Rica opens its doors to them.Carlos Andrés Madrigal is a journalist; a lover of music, films and drawing; and a collaborator for various media in Costa Rica. Twitter: @charliecamf4 Instagram: @charliecamf. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Scotland Yard bans visible tattoos on officers

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The force previously had prohibited tattoos deemed offensive to religion or beliefs or that could be construed as violent or intimidating.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   LONDON (AP) – Scotland Yard has banned its officers from sporting visible tattoos, saying it damages the professional image of Britain’s top police force.The force confirmed in a statement Wednesday that the Metropolitan Police will no longer permit tattoos on the face, hands or which appear above the collar line. It said all other tattoos must be covered.Scotland Yard said that officers who already have visible tattoos _ will be required to “register” those tattoos in writing to their managers by Nov. 12 or face disciplinary actions for gross misconduct. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

EU urges solidarity on migrant wave plans to enforce rules

first_img Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Some countries, including Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia, have already rejected the quota plan, meaning the scheme is unlikely to pass. It would see maximum refugee levels set for each country based on population, GDP and employment levels.British interior minister Theresa May said her country would take no part as it would only encourage more people to make the dangerous sea crossing and risk their lives.“We cannot do anything which encourages more people to make these perilous journeys — or which makes it easier for the gangs responsible for their misery. That is why the U.K. will not participate in a mandatory system of resettlement or relocation,” May wrote in The Times of London.But Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said that “what will make the situation worse is doing nothing,” and he expressed hope that the British government would carefully study the migration agenda for tackling the problem the Commission unveiled Wednesday.“If we do adopt these measures comprehensively,” he told reporters, “I wonder how anyone can maintain that this would make the situation worse.”Italy’s interior minister, Angelino Alfano, welcomed the quota scheme. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “Refugees and immigration are core EU issues; every EU member state has a legal and moral obligation to make its contribution.”Meanwhile, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to take in more migrants and refugees from Syria and Iraq, saying his own country has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis and has been sheltering some 2 million people.___Nicole Winfield in Rome, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The Dublin ‘wall’ could fall if we reach approval of obligatory quotas for migrants that each country must take in,” he said on state-run RAI radio, referring to the EU’s so-called Dublin system of laws that notably dictate that asylum-seekers must be processed in the country where they first land.Officials from Malta also support the plan, which would evolve from a “temporary distribution mechanism” that the EU will propose within two weeks as an emergency step to share out refugees wherever there is a mass influx.“We have called for a fair system of distribution of beneficiaries of international protection, once a certain threshold has been reached, from those member states under the most pressure, and as the Commission has recognized this should happen sooner rather than later,” said Maltese EU lawmaker Roberta Metsola, a lead member of the European Parliament on migration.Germany has taken the most refugees in Europe from Syria, and a top immigration official in Berlin expressed regret that some EU nations are opposed to the quota scheme.“The answer to rising refugee numbers cannot be to reject a common asylum policy for fear of strengthening populists,” the official, Aydan Ozoguz, said in a statement. BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union forged ahead Wednesday with a controversial plan to introduce refugee quotas to ease pressure on countries battling the migrant influx, despite strong opposition to the scheme.The EU’s executive Commission sees the quota plan as key to forcing the EU countries to show solidarity with frontline partners like Italy, Greece and Malta. Only five countries handled almost two-thirds of EU asylum applications last year. Under special agreements, Britain, Ireland and Denmark would not be obliged to take part in the scheme.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CAIRO (AP) — Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups — despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force’s headquarters.The plan, drafted at a gathering Sunday in Cairo, describes where and how the force would be put into action. Membership is “voluntary,” the draft says, and if only three of the members sign up, it’s enough to put the plan into action. A decision to intervene would be based on a request from a member state “facing threats.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The idea of an Arab joint force has already been tested in the ongoing Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen. But observers say that in cases like Libya, consensus on a military intervention would be difficult since different Arab countries support rival parties in the North African nation.Defense ministers of member states would run the force, with two-thirds of votes required to pass decisions. Military plans on engagements would be up to the member states’ military chiefs.However, there was dissention over the force being headquartered in Cairo, the home of the Arab League. Qatar and Algeria objected to the location, said officials who attended the gathering. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.Qatar has been at odds with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and has previously backed his predecessor, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, which has been banned as a terrorist organization by Egypt and some other Arab states.U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter endorsed the Arab joint force plan and State Department officials said that the United States was waiting to see the exact structure and operational mandate of the joint force. Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Christies to sell works by Monet Chagall Picasso in June

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The sale also features Picasso’s 1969 portrait “Head,” valued at 4.8 million pounds to 6.5 million pounds ($7.3 million to $9.9 million), and Chagall’s flower painting “Bouquet pres de la fenetre,” (“Bouquet by the Window”), which carries an estimate of 2.5 million pounds to 3.5 million pounds ($3.8 million to $5.3 million).The sale follows a Christie’s New York auction last month that raised $706 million and set several records. Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” sold at that sale for $179.4 million, the highest sum ever paid for an artwork at auction.Prices for high-end artworks — especially those by impressionist and 20th-century masters — have soared in recent years as wealthy buyers from Russia, China and the Middle East flex their financial muscles.On June 24, rival auctioneer Sotheby’s is offering one of the most iconic impressionist images, Edouard Manet’s painting “Le Bar aux Folies-Bergere,” with an estimated price of 15 million pounds to 20 million pounds ($23 million to $30.7 million).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LONDON (AP) — Christie’s auction house is offering works by Claude Monet, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso this month amid a voracious global appetite for impressionist and modern art.Christie’s said Wednesday that a June 23 London sale will include Monet’s flowery landscape “Iris Mauves,” which has an estimated price of 6 million pounds to 9 million pounds ($9.1 million to $13.7 million). Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Australia puts sanctions on Islamic State recruiter in Syria

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday imposed financial sanctions on a 23-year-old Australian man accused of becoming a high-profile recruiter for the Islamic State movement in Syria, who invites women to join him and urges young jihadis online to strike at home.Neil Prakash, a former Buddhist from Melbourne city who is also known by the jihadi name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, appeared in an Islamic State recruitment video in April, days after police arrested five Melbourne teenagers and charged two of them over an alleged plot to attack police during a Veterans’ Day service. Two weeks later, a 17-year-old Melbourne boy was charged with planning another attack with three homemade pipe bombs.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Prakash was listed for targeted financial sanctions, which make it a crime to deal with Prakash’s assets or to provide him with material support. The offense carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison.Prakash, who is of Fijian and Cambodian background, is the latest of 93 individuals and entities around the world to be targeted by Australia with such sanctions.“Prakash has sought to commission violent terrorist acts, including in Australia, and to recruit others including young Australian women and girls to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the Daesh terrorists,” Bishop told Parliament, referring to the Islamic State movement.“Prakash incited vulnerable young people to commit violent extremist acts, including in Australia,” she said.The government estimates that more than 100 Australians have joined terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Up to half of them are dual nationals.The government plans to introduce legislation soon that would allow dual nationals suspected of terrorism to be stripped of their Australian citizenship even if they have not been convicted of a crime. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Canada closes out Corroboree 2010 and counts down to Olympics

first_imgThe Australians have waved goodbye to the Canadians who were down under for their annual Corroboree trade event once again, bring down 14 key suppliers and starting the countdown to the upcoming Winter Olympics.Run by the Australian Canada Tourism Commission (CTC), Corroboree 2010 visited Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and ending in Sydney.  Along the way, the Canadians brought their product updates to more than 750 Australian agents.With the Vancouver 2010 Olympics beginning in just days, there was plenty of excitement from the Tourism British Columbia reps, with plenty of new tourism products coming online in the region. Besides the winter Olympics in Whistler/Vancouver, Corroboree 2010 also looked at new products which would be coming online in the next two years, said Donna Brinkhaus, CTC Australia Managing Director.“We at the CTC have been fortunate to receive extra funding [to promote Canada]. We’re one of the few markets which have seen its funding increase.”“Over the next few years, we really want to shift the way the consumer in Australia thinks about Canada.”The CTC is looking at pushing travel beyond the traditional West Coast journeys which have been so popular in the last few years, and taking travellers beyond the cities and into the regions.Trade partners this year included Destination Quebec, Travel Yukon, Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alberta, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Celebrating Canada in Melbourne.center_img Meeting the Canadians in Adelaidelast_img read more

Virgin Blue Etihad alliance receives interim approval

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Airfares for new services between Australia and Abu Dhabi will go on sale from 1 October as interim authorisation was today given to the proposed alliance between Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) preliminary approval will allow Virgin Blue and Etihad to begin promotion and preparations before the ACCC comes to a final decision on the carriers’ alliance.Virgin Blue Group chief executive John Borghetti, who was reportedly confident the ACCC would not pass up the proposal, said the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines “will now be able to deliver an alternative and competitive network to the Middle East, Europe, United Kingdom and beyond”. “This is an important milestone as we create a global international network, greater competition on the international landscape and benefit our guests with great value fares, better scheduling and more choice.” ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said the ACCC’s decision to grant interim authorisation was based on the fact that Virgin Blue and Etihad “do not operate any competing services” and needed “lead time…to market and sell tickets before the commencement of long-haul services”.In a submission to the ACCC Qantas protested the request for interim authorisation of the alliance, claiming that, among other things, consumers booked on flights would suffer should the alliance be eventually denied. Virgin Blue hit back, noting that in their original request for interim submission steps to deal with the outcomes of an unsuccessful bid were clearly defined, adding that, “If Qantas’s position [in opposition to the alliance] was to be adopted, it would simply have the self-serving result of delaying a pro-competitive initiative.” According to Virgin Blue, under the alliance Etihad and V Australia will fly three weekly Sydney-Abu Dhabi services from February 2011 and three weekly Brisbane-Abu Dhabi services from February 2012, the first Australian carrier to offer direct flights to the Middle East since 1991.The alliance would open up Etihad’s network of 65 destinations for Virgin Blue’s customers while Etihad customers will have access to the Virgin Blue Group’s 45 destinations.The ACCC made clear that granting interim authorisation for the alliance was not indicative of final approval.last_img read more

Excite Holidays opens New Zealand trade

first_imgExcite Holidays has expanded its company’s footprint into international waters, launching its wholesaler brand in New Zealand today.Arriving as the country’s newest supplier to the travel industry, the company is offering NZ agents access to up to 100,000 properties worldwide as well as access to the Group’s live availability and agency support. Chris Ingram, Regional Manger “Excite Holidays is committed to growing its operation in New Zealand and delivering a ‘new age type’ of wholesaler that provides a distinct competitive advantage in the market place,” Excite Holidays managing director George Papaioannou said. Mr Papaioannou added that the company will remain committed to delivering “above and beyond customer service” in New Zealand and will continue to offer competitive wholesale rates with its international properties accessibility. Heading the Group in New Zealand, Chris Ingram has stepped into the role of regional manager and said he is keen to support the New Zealand trade. “Having worked in the travel & tourism industry for many years and especially with the New Zealand market, I have a strong understanding of what works for all parties and how to achieve strong results,” Mr Ingram said. Mr Ingram moves into the position from his previous senior management roles with Cook Islands tourism as well as his previous sales and marketing position with Crowne Plaza in Auckland. center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Tiger still tamed for now

first_imgTiger had originally been due in the federal court on 22 July The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Tiger Airways Australia have applied to the federal court for a further adjournment of proceedings against the airline, the carrier has just announced. The hearing had been scheduled for today but has now been postponed by consent until Monday 1 August. “Tiger Airways Australia and CASA are currently in ongoing discussions regarding the suspension and see no utility in having a hearing today whilst these discussions continue,” Tiger said in its statement. The announcement follows a letter from the carrier to the Singapore Stock Exchange yesterday hosing down media speculation it would be back in the air from 6 August. In its statement to the SGX, the beleaguered carrier said there was no information available yet as to when it would resume its Australian services, adding only that it hoped to be in the air “as soon as possible” and that it would continue working “constructively” with CASA until then. Tiger Airways’ Australian operations were suspended by CASA in early July following alleged safety breaches by the airline including twice flying too low into Melbourne airports. Meanwhile, the Alice Springs Town Council said the grounding of Tiger Airways has cost the town around AU$300,000 a week, according to the ABC. The cancellation of the carrier’s four weekly flights to/from Melbourne has left Qantas as the only major carrier into/out of Alice Springs and this is hurting a town which is already experiencing a slow peak tourist season. “Certainly our international markets (were down) due to the strong dollar and the weak international economy,” Alice Springs council corporate director Craig Catchlove said. “The last thing we needed was our domestic market to be hit in this way.”It has been estimated that Tiger’s absence has left the town with around 600 less visitors a week. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more