140000 people evacuate Bali as volcanic eruption looms

first_img140,000 people evacuate Bali as volcanic eruption looms Travelweek Group Posted by BALI, INDONESIA — A week after authorities put Bali’s volcano on high alert, tremors that indicate an eruption is coming show no sign of abating, swelling the exodus from the region to at least 140,000 people.Disaster authorities on the Indonesian island famed for its lush tropical interior and beguiling beaches said Friday that instruments recorded more than 200 tremors from cone-shaped Mount Agung from dawn until midday.More than 144,000 people have now left areas around the volcano, including from places outside the immediate danger zone.Volcanologists say the past week’s dramatic escalation in tremors indicates an eruption is more likely than not, but they can’t say with certainty when it will happen.The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people, and remained active for about a year.Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the chances of an eruption are “quite big”, although experts can’t predict when with certainty.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe people who have fled the volcano are scattered across Bali in more than 400 different locations including temporary camps, sports centres and other public buildings.The Ministry of Transport says it’s ready to deploy 100 buses to take stranded tourists off Bali if an eruption forces its international airport to close.The mountain, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.Officials say tourists on Bali, which had nearly 5 million visitors last year, are not in danger but they have prepared evacuation plans if an eruption forces the closure of the island’s international airport.Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Friday, September 29, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Indonesia, Volcano Sharelast_img read more

Dominicas new blog site has updates on the islands status

first_img ROSEAU, Dominica — Discover Dominica Authority has launched a new blog site, dominicaupdate.com, to provide regular updates on key visitor-related products and services. Updates to be included on the site range from accommodations, access, things to do, volunteering and voluntourism, as well as information of the relief efforts and responses to frequently asked questions.According to Director of Tourism Colin Piper, “This web page is another way that DDA is striving to keep its public informed about the realistic situation in Dominica post Hurricane Maria.”Hurricane Maria’s impact on Dominica can be seen and felt across the breadth of the Nature Island, he added. Over the past weeks, Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal together with other private and public sector stakeholders and partners have been working to assess the readiness of Dominica to receive visitors.There has been significant progress in the rebuilding process over the past two months since Hurricane Maria barreled over the island. Mobile phone service has been restored to approximately 80% of the population, and voice and Internet service has been restored to 70% of major business customers and 80% of government offices and departments.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterRestoration of water continues across various parts of the island and electricity restoration continues throughout capital city Roseau and the town of Portsmouth.To date, 18 properties have indicated they have resumed or will resume accommodation services by Dec. 1, 2017. Some amenities available at these properties will be limited but most have the ability to provide regular water and electricity.The properties are: Atlantique View Resort, Bay View Port Residence, Caribbean Seaview Apartments, Classique International, Coffeeriver Cottages, Emerald View Apartments, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Le Petit Paradis, Picard Beach Cottages, Picard Family Guest House, Pointe Baptiste Guest House, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Rejens Hotel, St. James Bed & Breakfast, Suite Pepper Cottage, Sunset Bay Club, Tamarind Tree Hotel & Restaurant, and 3 Rivers Eco Lodge & Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge. Tags: Dominica Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Dominica’s new blog site has updates on the island’s statuslast_img read more

AKs 2019 Small Group Journeys Bestsellers and new destinations

first_img DOWNERS GROVE, IL — How does one define ‘luxury’? For Abercrombie & Kent, luxury means the privilege of discovery, adventure, relaxation and insight, all of which can be found with its 2019 Luxury Small Group Journeys.According to President Keith Baron, this travel segment is seeing double-digit growth for 2018 and 2019, with more and more travellers in search of “by-invitation-only access” to destinations around the world.“Seamless service, safety and security are a given,” he said. “But it is the cultural immersion Abercrombie & Kent offers and rewarding interactions with locals that define a luxury experience. Plus, the peace of mind that comes with knowing that every journey is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of two guests.”Baron also noted that two destinations in particular are selling really well: Vietnam and Ireland. As such, the company has introduced a Luxury Small Group Journey across Vietnam, as well as an exclusive group experience in Ireland that features private access to see the Book of Kells, as well as accommodations at the country’s top hotels.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIn addition to these new destinations, A&K has combined two guest favourites into one epic itinerary with ‘Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu’, as well as redesigned existing journeys like the ‘Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat’, which now includes Luang Prabang, Laos and more time in Ho Chi Minh City. The ‘Wonders of Chile, Argentina & Brazil’ itinerary has also been enhanced with the addition of Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro.Other highlights of the 2019 Luxury Small Group Journeys collection includes:Vietnam: A National Revealed: This new 12-day itinerary, priced from US$6,495, highlights the contrast of Vietnam’s two largest cities – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Other highlights include Ha Lon Bay, Mai Chau and Hue’s Imperial Citadel.Hoi An, VietnamLuang Prabang, LaosIreland: Splendors of the Emerald Isle: Priced from $6,995, this nine-day journey includes a before-hours tour of Dublin’s Trinity College, a visit to a local chocolatier, a Guinness and Galway Bay oyster pairing, private tours of Jameson’s Distillery and Bantry House, and a home-cooked lunch at a traditional dairy farm.Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu: Guests will cruise for four nights aboard La Pinta in the Galápagos, choosing from a variety of activities like kayaking, snorkelling or trekking. Once at Machu Picchu, they’ll join certified naturalist guides for nature walks, plus meet local farmers and their children in the Sacred Valley. This tour is priced from $11,695.Machu Picchu, PeruGalapagosAll journeys feature an intimate group size of no more than 18 people, five-star hotels, boutique lodges or camps in one-of-a-kind locations, and locally-inspired moments such as ‘Ride Like a Local’, whereby guests explore via rickshaw, ‘Chef’s Table’ culinary demonstrations, and ‘Scenic Sundowners’, which include cocktails during sunset.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyFor more information go to abercrombiekent.com. Travelweek Group Tags: Abercrombie & Kent, Ireland, Peru, Vietnam Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img A&K’s 2019 Small Group Journeys: Bestsellers and new destinations Monday, July 23, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

Coffee auction offers taste of excellence

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionComplexity rang from the mouths of coffee connoisseurs as they tasted an intricate flavor of dried fruit – perhaps raisins or prunes – in the fresh coffee they noisily slurped from a spoon, swished about their mouths and spat into a sink.From the murky depths of a coffee cultivated in an unusual place, international judges savored something unique. The brew left experts with a juicy finish, a clean profile and something they call “flora aromas.”This year, a coffee from Heredia, north of San José, surprised judges at the 2012 Costa Rican Cup of Excellence, held in early May. Coffee from the Zamora family farm and the Brumas del Zurquí beneficio, or coffee-processing center, scored an impressive 93.47 of 100 points during judging (TT, May 15).On July 3, an online auction will sell the best of this year’s Cup of Excellence lots to bidders. This year, international judges gave 27 unique coffee micro-lots scores that deem them excellent. A Cup of Excellence award requires a score of 85 points or higher. Scoring is based on a coffee’s clean profile, acidity, sweetness, mouth-feel, flavor, balance, aftertaste, complexity and personal preference, according to the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (ICAFE). “A score of 90 or higher is a very impressive achievement,” said Jon Lewis, from the Cup of Excellence headquarters in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. “A 93 is unusually high, and this is with the highest and lowest scores removed and all scores averaged.”In all Cup of Excellence programs around the world, those scoring above 90 get special recognition and usually a pretty exuberant price, Lewis said. The highest-scoring Costa Rican coffee last year received $20 a pound. A lot of coffee is 2,500 pounds, so the bidder paid nearly $50,000 for the winner. An average price for lower-scoring coffees is $5-7 a pound.Managers of Brumas del Zurquí honey-process their coffee. This includes picking the coffee cherries individually at the ripest point and leaving some of the fruit pulp on the bean while the coffee is sun-dried.“To have a coffee that can compete in the Cup of Excellence isn’t something you can just decide to do one year,” said Marianela Castro, project director for Brumas del Zurquí. “This beneficio has been here since 1880, and it takes years of care to refine the soil, the plants, the harvest and the processing to produce a winning lot of coffee.”Coffee lots that received a Cup of Excellence score are entered in an online auction. ICAFE organizes Costa Rica’s Cup of Excellence competition and auction. The organization sends green samples of all 27 lots of coffee to those registered to bid in the Costa Rican online auction. In their own facilities, coffee connoisseurs roast and grind beans to sample and determine which coffees they fancy and might bid on.Judging excellence Eleven countries participate in the Cup of Excellence, including five Central American nations. Coffees entered in a country’s competition first undergo a preselection process that reduces the number of entries through a visual inspection and cupping. All participating countries have their international cupping competitions and online auctions at different times.This year’s competition in Costa Rica took place May 7-11. During preselection, 96 lots passed and national judges approved 38 to be tasted by international judges. Judges from Germany, Japan, the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Norway, the Netherlands and Nicaragua scored 27 farms high enough for Cup of Excellence recognition.“I particularly like Costa Rican [coffees], because in the past five years, there has been much improvement in coffee-producing methodology,” said Bernd Braune, an international judge and president of German coffee company SUPREMO. “A very consistent quality coffee is now being presented at Cup of Excellence competitions.”Coffee cupping is an elaborate and detailed process. Judges first analyze a coffee’s aroma as a dry grind, and then fresh-brewed, with its creamy crust still intact. Then judges cup the coffee by slurping, sipping and spitting a brew to comprehend the full taste when coffee is hot, tepid and cold.“All over Costa Rica we are seeing a new generation of coffee growers who are learning to make a better all-around cup,” Braune said. “Their practices in growing, caring for, harvesting, washing and peeling are exemplary.”One coffee Braune found particularly interesting was Lot 14 from the Los Pinos farm in El Alumbre, Alajuela, on the western edge of the Central Valley – known by growers as the “West Valley.” He said it has a lot of different tastes with lots of chocolate flavors not typical of Costa Rican coffee.“People have come to expect the type of coffee to come out of Costa Rica to be fruity, like what the Terrazú microclimate produces,” he said. “But there’s so much more to the country than what comes out of Terrazú.”Coffees grown and processed in Alajuela and Heredia have unique aromas and shouldn’t be overlooked, Braune said, noting that this year’s first-place winner originated in Heredia.Braune said the top-scoring coffees prices will be high, and coffees that scored in the mid-eighties and above are still high-quality and sell at more reasonable prices.Francisco Castro, a Costa Rican Cup of Excellence judge and quality-control manager at Café de Altura, a beneficio in San Ramón, northwest of San José, defined some of the characteristics of these two regions: Coffee from the western edge of the Central Valley – Alajuela, for example – is defined for its acidic, orangy sweetness and floral hints. Coffee from Heredia, however, often has good acidity and body, but generally no unique characteristics, which made the Brumas del Zurquí coffee all the more exciting.Coffee achieves these various characteristics from the altitude it’s grown at, the moisture it receives at different times of year and the growing area’s soil and temperature. Quality also depends on the age of a coffee plant and what species it is, as well as how a farmer picks, fertilizes and mulches his crop.Castro said some amount of luck also plays a role in how judges perceive a coffee.“In the early rounds the coffee that took first place was almost eliminated,” Castro said. “At the beginning of the competition it might not have been exactly what those judges were liking, and there are so many coffees being tried at once.”But each coffee receives multiple cuppings, and finalists were tasted up to six times.A farmer’s prideWhen a coffee producer receives a Cup of Excellence award, he is assured a good price for his winning lot, which benefits production and livelihood. Yet, this kind of recognition means more than money.“The award shows that a man or woman is a good grower, and the personal pride that comes with a Cup of Excellence award is the most important thing,” said Luis Campos, president of Café del Altura. “That farmer is now known by all his neighbors as having worked hard, and that reputation will boost his business for years to come.”Of the proceeds from a lot of coffee in a Cup of Excellence auction, 85 percent goes to the producing farm and the rest to a country’s national coffee association.Campos said the competition brings roasters and growers closer together, assuring the roaster and consumers that their coffee is justly made: The Cup of Excellence and organizations like ICAFE study a farm’s growing practices to ensure that chemicals are used only when necessary, land is protected from erosion and deforestation and growers receive a fair portion of their coffee’s profit.Said Campos: “It makes a difference when you can look each other in the eye and shake hands.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

If gold were discovered under Osas Ocean

first_imgHigh-tech deep suits, propulsion, subs and prefab living pods make the for-profit venture doable with the support of two universities and an eco-mining company. Lasers and robots and remote-operated vehicles, ROVs, extract the gold while hundreds of remote science projects play out around the nation and the world. The nearest high school on shore watches the video and info feed from their robot reporter and students take turns driving an ROV, under adult supervision.The local elementary school kids get to name one hundred new species. It will take months before all the thousands of other less glamorous species are cataloged by bio-prospectors working with InBio. The gleaned genetic blueprints provide medical, engineering, and aqua-cultural insights that last into the distant future.One of the new ship subs dedicated to science, adventure and media is parked half out of the Pacific, above the deepsea operation. Surface support for the aqua-village below is paid for by visiting science tourists and their organizations, extreme adventure tourists and artists, all commercializing the limits of technology like jet boots, oxygen bodyapps, underwater paints and advanced choreography and music with dolphins. The world’s largest media organizations line up for space aboard and guaranteed most popular status. Teams dive under the sea to learn and play with gear and show the world.Also floating nearby with no anchor, held in place by solar-powered water jets, is one of the famous floating five-blue-star resorts. The pricey rooms with panoramic underwater views and moon pools give access to the big blue. Since the barge moves very slowly when it moves at all, an astounding amount of life has grown and gathered around what is really a giant mobile artificial reef. The fishing is better than anyone has known in centuries. Day trippers from the mainland show up by the hundreds to visit the city on the sea for seafood, sea shopping and sea tours from the well endowed mother ship.Green technology ensures that that there are no toxic effects for people or the sea. The aqua city even produces energy, cleans up pollution and helps mitigate global climate altering and ocean acidification. All the underwater structures help the ocean produce more seafood and other products than would have otherwise been possible in these waters.Combined with several other similar operations, the sea cities bring in half a billion dollars a year for Costa Rica and cement the country’s reputation as the top green and blue country in the world.Certainly the stuff of science fiction, but really not so farfetched. The future of the sea will likely reveal some version of the above somewhere in the world, and hopefully Costa Rica will be surfing the sweet spot of that wave. Facebook Comments Shawn Larkin Let’s take a tour of one future of Costa Rican oceans.Deep below Osa, a massive vein of shockingly pure gold lights up screens and an aqua-village mobilizes from port. A diverse team of assembled specialists seize the opportunity the find presents. From biology to geology to zoology, from automation to robotics to video, the entire process adds heaps of new science data. center_img No related posts.last_img read more

Private sector foresees little growth in jobs for 2013

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican employers are pessimistic about new job creation in the first quarter of next year.A study released Tuesday by consulting firm Manpower found that only 23 percent of employers expect to increase staff in the first quarter of 2013. However, only 8 percent of respondents anticipates staff reductions in this period.The Expected Net Recruitment (the percentage of hiring minus the percentage of layoffs), is 15 percent, and the sectors that show better growth possibility are manufacturing and service.Compared to the first and last quarter of this year, the expectation is for a decrease of 3 to 5 percentage points, the study says.Cartago is the province that will create fewer jobs in early 2013, with 5 percent employment growth expected, while Heredia has most positive outlook, at 22 percent.Employers in the manufacturing and services sectors report the most optimistic hiring expectations for the first quarter of 2013, with a trend of 19 percent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Radar installation promises to improve security on Costa Ricas high seas

first_imgConservationists and government officials met Wednesday morning to announce the construction of a radar station on a remote island national park that authorities believe will strengthen maritime security and coastal conservation efforts.The new radar station, the first of 16 along Costa Rica’s shoreline, will sit atop a hill on Isla del Coco, a small island 330 miles off the Pacific coast that is home to one of the country’s most famous and environmentally sensitive attractions.“It would have probably been easier to build the first radar station along the Pacific coast,” observed Public Security Minister Mario Zamora, “but we chose Isla del Coco because it was the part of the country most affected by illegal fishing and the paths of drug boats.”The minister added that previous patrols to the far-flung island were largely ineffectual because of the lack of information about when trespassers were in the park’s waters. Facebook Comments View Larger Map“Our patrols would reach [Isla del Coco] and then turn around. Almost all of the high-seas territory went without patrols. This technology will allow us to see 100 miles out and allow us to more effectively assign resources at sea.”Zdenka Piskulich Crespo, president of Costa Rica por Siempre, one of the nongovernmental organizations that helped fund the project, told The Tico Times that the radar installation promises to improve security for guards in the park, famous for its hammerhead sharks, and improve the effectiveness of Coast Guard patrols.“One of the great advantages of this strategy is that the surveillance and security of the parks will not only be in the hands of national park guards, who don’t have all the tools [to handle armed poachers and drug traffickers] but also involve the Coast Guard, who do have the capacity to face these kinds of threats,” said the conservationist.Costa Rica’s national parks have become increasingly dangerous places to work as park guards face illegal fishermen, gold miners and poachers, The Tico Times previously reported.Vice Minister of Water and Oceans José Lino Chaves told reporters that the radar facility’s construction would have minimal environmental impact. Government representatives said that low-impact, renewable energy sources, including solar panels and a small hydroelectric plant yet to be built would power the island’s surveillance station.The radar facility will be completed in February 2014, according to a press release. The Costa Rican Coast Guard will operate the facility.Public Security Minister Zamora said there are plans to build another radar station in Caldera, a Pacific port in Puntarenas, and another at the Public Security Ministry offices.The Japanese Embassy, Costa Rica por Siempre, and Conservation International raised the funds for the $2 million project in the national park. center_img No related posts.last_img read more

Delicious new gastropub El Gaff already becoming a thing

first_imgThe word gastropub conjures some romantic images: earthy-looking pints of beer frothing on a bar, fashionable young people cavorting, in-house fermenting vessels, charismatic bartenders who mash barley for fun, etc.El Gaff has all these ingredients. The décor is playful and chic, like a Brooklyn condo, but it already feels much older than it is. The lighting is muted, and dims as the night goes on. The place has already drawn in attractive singles and young professionals with great outfits and discriminating palates – in large numbers. On a Friday night, the place is popular but not packed. The service keeps up with orders, despite some hiccups.The fare is reasonably priced for a night out, and thought it’s not particularly innovative, it is delicious. You have likely munched the same seasoned French fries somewhere else, but they taste great with a dollop of flavored mayonnaise. The veggie-laden pizzas and gourmet sandwiches aren’t revolutionary, but they’re so well made that you won’t care. The sliders, three medium-sized burgers, are a meal unto themselves. El Gaff’s bar on a Thursday night. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TImesAt a time when San José is becoming the Mecca of Costa Rican craft beer consumption, El Gaff presents a good beer selection that will only get better. The place brews its own IPA, which is soft and dry and also appeals to people who avoid IPAs. Familiar  cervezas artesanales like Segua and Libertas will receive nods of approval, and El Gaff has even embraced the super-new Ambar. The Gaff staff isn’t rushing its menu, but expanding it with purpose. You will also find the tropical drinks, like mojitos and sangría, as well as some creative-looking shots.Opening a gastropub is a tall order in itself — you must serve good food and libations, and it also has to be cool. El Gaff got off to a good start, with its mysterious name and prime location on a Los Yoses side street. It has imitated the gastropub style, right down to the ironic beer posters and simple yet eye-catching menu. The rock and pop music pumped through the dining room seems carefully selected — old enough to feel nostalgic, recent enough to be remembered. El Gaff’s papas bravas. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesYet consider this additional touch: Jets in the ceiling occasionally spray mist over the bar. The first time it happens, you have to laugh, because the effect is so hokey. But those few seconds of cool fog are also refreshing and somewhat surreal. El Gaff is not a second-rate dance club, where you would expect fog machines, but after awhile you look forward to being sprayed again.Going ThereEl Gaff is located near the intersection of Avenida 8 and Calle 29 in Los Yoses, across from the restaurant Casa Italia. Hours: Tue.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.–2:30 a.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.–2:30 a.m. All major credit cards accepted. Info: El Gaff Facebook page. Phone: 2234-1596, 8886-0156. Facebook Comments Related posts:Second Oktoberfest migrates to Pedregal A tattoo convention, Russian ballet and other happenings around Costa Rica European Film Festival hits Cine Magaly Delicious take-aways from the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festivallast_img read more

Quiznos KFC opening more Costa Rica locations in 25 million regional expansion

first_imgCosta Rica-based QSR International, a fast food franchise developer, confirmed it will invest $2.5 million in opening new locations in the region this year. The company plans to add six Quiznos restaurants, two Smashburgers and one KFC.In Costa Rica, the company will add a new Quiznos in Guadalupe, north of San José. The sub shop location will cost $285,000. A KFC also will open in Costa Rica in coming months in the southern San José canton of Desamparados, with an investment of $1 million, according to brand manager Juan Carlos Rodríguez.Paola Tinoco, brand manager for Quiznos and Smashburger, said the new Guadalupe location will be the first self-service Quizno’s restaurant in the country.The expansion also includes franchises in other Latin American and Caribbean countries.“We want to replicate the success we have achieved in Costa Rica,” Tinoco said.This month the company will open a second Smashburger location in Panama. In coming months, Quiznos restaurants will open in Venezuela, Panama, Aruba, Guyana and Nicaragua. The total cost of those investments is more than $1.5 million.The company currently has 69 restaurants in Costa Rica: 32 KFCs, 29 Quiznos, five Teriyaki Experiences, two Smashburgers, one Cinnabon and one Centenario Coffee Bar. Facebook Comments Related posts:Johnny Rockets opens third location in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s franchise sector grows by nearly 13 percent in 2014 Wendy’s leaves Costa Rica Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to open in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú reduced from 11 million

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-10.jpg Facebook Comments info heading info content Reduced from $1,100,000 to $750,000María Amalia WoodbridgeEmail: maw@costaricarealoptions.comPhone: + (506)8330-6689Bedrooms: 3.5 with additional bedroom/officeBathrooms: 3.5Lot: SJ-052284-1983 880.52 M2Construction Area: 544 M2PROPERTY FEATURES:Custom, unique house in Escazú.Newly refurbished and painted.Within 1 mile of U.S. Embassy Residence and numerous shopping centers.Loft TV/music room.Beautiful living room with floor to ceiling windows, fireplace, and 3-story ceiling.3 split levels.Additional TV room, spacious kitchen and internal green areas.Installed satellite, cable, Internet and 4 landlines.Fully established front and back yards.Brand new washer, dryer and refrigerator.Two-car carport with room for two additional cars within the electric gate.Back stone-floored covered patio.SECURITY:Gated community with roving guard service.Steel reinforced external doors.Electric fences.External motion sensors and alarm system.CCTV external camera monitoring system.Safe neighborhood.RENTAL OPTIONS:Available immediately.Armed guard walk-through every half hour evenings and weekends.Gardening service.Cleaning service.English-speaking landlord lives next door with staff for maintenance needs. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-3.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-6.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-12.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-14.jpg Next Image Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-9.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-11.jpg No related posts.last_img read more

Zimbabwe calls for US hunter to be extradited for killing lion

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe on Friday called for the extradition of Walter Palmer, as AFP learnt that the trophy hunter from Minnesota had posed for a photograph next to the body of Cecil the lion.Palmer paid $55,000 for the hunt earlier this month in which he shot the lion with a powerful bow and arrow outside Hwange National Park in the west of Zimbabwe.Cecil, who had a distinctive black mane, was a popular tourist draw at the park and was also wearing a tracking collar as part of an Oxford university research project.As worldwide outrage over the shooting continued, French actress and animal activist Brigitte Bardot described Palmer as a “serial killer” who deserved “exemplary punishment.”Palmer, who is also being investigated by the U.S. government over Cecil’s death, has apologized and said he was misled by professional guide Theo Bronkhorst.“We are appealing to the responsible authorities for (Palmer’s) extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be made accountable for his illegal actions,” environment minister Oppah Muchinguri told reporters in Harare.“It was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin.”Bronkhorst, who organized the expedition, was granted bail by the Hwange court on Wednesday after being charged with “failing to prevent an illegal hunt.”“We shot an old male lion that I believed was past his breeding age,” Bronkhorst said in telephone interview with AFP. “I don’t think that I’ve done anything wrong.”He revealed that Palmer had a photograph taken with the body of Cecil — as is normal for trophy hunters.“That was taken with the client’s camera, so I don’t have access to it,” Bronkhorst said.“Both I and the client were extremely devastated that this thing had a collar on because at no time did we see a collar on this lion prior to shooting it.”‘Blown out of proportion’ “We had obtained the permit for bow hunting, we had obtained the permit for the lion from the council,” Bronkhorst, who is due to stand trial on August 5, said.“We had done everything above board. I don’t foresee any jail sentence at all, I think it’s been blown out of proportion by social media and I think it’s been a deliberate ploy to ban all hunting,” he said.“It has probably changed my family’s life, my business, forever… We have had many, many death threats.”Minister Muchinguri put a political spin on Cecil’s death.“Palmer, being an American citizen, had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relations between Zimbabwe and the United States,” she alleged.The U.S. imposed sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes on long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and members of his inner circle after 2002 elections which western observers said were rigged.A state department official in Washington confirmed an extradition treaty did exist between the countries.About 50,000 visitors — half of them from abroad — visit the Hwange park every year, and Cecil was a much-photographed star attraction.Zimbabwe officials said Friday that Cecil’s head and pelt had been confiscated.Palmer’s dental practice in Minnesota has been the scene of protests against Cecil’s death, with crowds leaving stuffed toys of lions, tigers and monkeys outside the building.A sign reading “Rot in Hell” was plastered on the office door.One animal rights charity called for Palmer to be hanged.U.S. authorities said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was investigating “the circumstances surrounding the killing of Cecil the lion.”Edward Grace, deputy chief of law enforcement at the agency, said all efforts to contact Palmer had so far been unsuccessful. Facebook Comments Related posts:New traffic signs aim to reduce wildlife deaths on Costa Rica’s roads Swimmer takes on Pacific odyssey in Costa Rica, for the 7th time Delta, American and United ban shipments of ‘big five’ hunting trophies WATCH: Researchers remove plastic straw from sea turtle’s noselast_img read more

Myanmar government ends direct media censorship

first_img Comments   Share   For decades, this Southeast Asian nation’s reporters had been regarded as among the most restricted in the world, subjected to routine state surveillance, phone taps and censorship so intense that independent papers could not publish on a daily basis. President Thein Sein’s reformist government has significantly relaxed media controls over the last year, though, allowing reporters to print material that would have been unthinkable during the era of absolute military rule _ like photographs of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The Information Ministry, which has long controlled what can be printed, made the announcement on its website Monday. The head of the ministry’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Department, Tint Swe, also conveyed the news to a group of editors in the country’s main city Yangon. The move had been expected for months but was repeatedly delayed as the government struggles to draft a new media law to overhaul the industry here.In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland welcomed the announcement but urged Myanmar to abolish the censor board entirely.Tint Swe previously said the censor board itself would be abolished when censorship ends. But Monday’s announcement indicated the board will stay and retain the powers it has always had to suspend publications or revoking publishing licenses if they deem publishing rules are violated. Late last month, the censor board wielded some of that power by ordering the suspension of two weekly magazines _ The Voice Weekly and Envoy _ for speculating on a still-anticipated Cabinet reshuffle. Those punishments have since been lifted, and the two magazines are due to begin publishing again on Aug. 18.Shawn Crispin, the Committee to Protect Journalist’s Southeast Asia representative in Bangkok, said that “if the government is sincere in ending pre-publication censorship, it would represent a significant step forward for press freedom in Burma.” Myanmar is also called Burma.However, if press laws are not reformed as well, “then all of these promises can be easily rolled back if they feel a free press threatens government security,” Crispin said.Since last year, when the nation’s long-entrenched military junta ceded power to a nominally civilian administration dominated by retired army officers, censorship has ended on subjects such as health, entertainment, fashion and sports. Media outlets publishing such topics _ deemed less sensitive _ were allowed to publish without submitting their work to state censors beforehand.Monday’s announcement means the rest _ more than 140 newspapers and magazines focused on things like politics and religion _ will have the same freedoms. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar abolished direct censorship of the media Monday in the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. But related laws and practices that may lead to self-censorship raise doubt about how much will change.Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as they for almost half a century. However, the same harsh laws that have allowed Myanmar’s rulers to jail, blacklist and control the media in the name of protecting national security remain unchanged and on the books. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Nyein Nyein Naing, an editor from the Seven Day News Journal who attended Monday’s meeting, said journalists will still have to submit their articles to the censor board. But now, she said, they will be required to do so after publication, apparently to allow the government to determine whether any publishing laws are violated.Those laws, in place since a military coup in 1962, include edicts prohibiting journalists from writing articles that could threaten peace and stability, oppose the constitution or insult ethnic groups. Critics say some laws are open to interpretation and give the government enormous power to go after its critics. They have been used repeatedly in recent years to jail members of the press.Nyein Nyein Naing welcomed the government announcement, as did other journalists in Myanmar. But she added: “We have to be very cautious as (the state censor board) will keep monitoring us.”It was not immediately clear to what degree continued government scrutiny could lead to self-censorship. Some topics remain highly sensitive, like corruption and alleged abuses committed by army officers during the previous ruling junta. Overzealous authorities could use the threat of prosecution to prevent articles from being published or exact harsh punishments for material they don’t like. Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Tint Swe said, however, that independent papers were not yet allowed to publish on a daily basis, despite the change. But he added: “That is coming soon.”___Associated Press writer Todd Pitman in Bangkok and Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. 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US Embassy warns Americans under threat in Manila

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories center_img MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The U.S. government is warning its citizens in the Philippine capital that they are facing a security threat. It is urging them to avoid gatherings that may be regarded as “American events.”In an emergency message Friday, the U.S. Embassy in Manila says “reliable security forces” detected a threat in suburban Pasay City. The embassy maintains a residential facility and a Veterans Affairs office in Pasay. It did not describe the nature of the threat or say where the information came from. It says the threat remains through Oct. 10.It says Americans should exercise “extreme caution” and keep a low profile.The embassy had requested additional police security following an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya in the wake of protests over an anti-Islam film.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Austerity cutbacks hit Spains national day parade

first_img Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day “We feel Catalan, we have nothing to celebrate,” said Luis Plana, a parent-teacher association spokesman.October 12 is celebrated as the day Christopher Columbus discovered America in the name of the Spanish Crown.Spain is in recession and under pressure to fix its finances.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day MADRID (AP) – Spain is observing its National Day festivities in somber mood as the traditional military pageant was scaled back to cut costs.King Juan Carlos presided over a much reduced parade that featured none of the usual fighter jets or tanks. Instead, all that was on offer were 2,600 marching soldiers, 50 armored cars and seven trainer aircraft normally used for displays.And 12 schools in the populous Catalonia region ignored the vacation as they refused to acknowledge a holiday that highlights Spanish unity over regional identities. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Weakened alQaida in Afghanistan tries comeback

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project When he visited Afghanistan in May to mark the one-year anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama said his administration had turned the tide of war. “The goal that I set _ to defeat al-Qaida, and deny it a chance to rebuild _ is within reach,” he said.As things stand, however, an unquestionably weakened al-Qaida appears to have preserved at least limited means of regenerating inside Afghanistan as U.S. influence in the country wanes. The last U.S. combat troops are scheduled to be gone by Dec. 31, 2014, and security matters turned over to the Afghan government.“They are trying to increase their numbers and take advantage of the Americans leaving,” the police chief of Paktika province, Gen. Dawlat Khan Zadran, said through a translator in an interview this month in the governor’s compound. He mentioned no numbers, but said al-Qaida has moved more weapons across the border from Pakistan.For years the main target of U.S.-led forces has been the Taliban, rulers of Afghanistan and protectors of al-Qaida before the U.S. invasion 11 years ago. But the strategic goal is to prevent al-Qaida from again finding haven in Afghanistan from which to launch attacks on the U.S. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) U.S. and Afghan officials say al-Qaida also has been building ties with like-minded Islamic militant groups present in Afghanistan, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the November 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is present in the north.Ahmadullah Mowahed, a member of the Afghan parliament from the eastern province of Nuristan, along the Pakistan border, said he fears the departure of American combat forces will open the way for the Taliban and al-Qaida to overwhelm the provincial government.“As soon as they leave, the eyes of al-Qaida will quickly focus on Nuristan,” he said.U.S. analysts say there is reason for concern that al-Qaida is down, but not out.“They’ve been hit hard in a few cases, but they definitely are involved in the fight _ absolutely,” said Seth G. Jones, a senior political scientist at RAND Corp.Jones, a former adviser to the commander of U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan, recently returned from a trip to eastern Afghanistan where he learned that al-Qaida’s support network has expanded and its relations with groups such as the Pakistani-based Haqqani network are strong. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A diminished but resilient al-Qaida, whose 9/11 attacks drew America into its longest war, is attempting a comeback in Afghanistan’s mountainous east even as U.S. and allied forces wind down their combat mission and concede a small but steady toehold to the terrorist group.That concerns U.S. commanders, who have intensified strikes against al-Qaida cells in recent months. It also undercuts an Obama administration narrative portraying al-Qaida as battered to the point of being a nonissue in Afghanistan as Western troops start leaving.center_img U.S. commanders say they will keep pressure on al-Qaida to frustrate its goals, but few think al-Qaida will be gone before U.S. troops leave.“I see no evidence to suggest that it will be eliminated by 2014,” said Jones, the RAND analyst.____Associated Press writer Amir Shah contributed to this report.___Robert Burns can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/robertburnsAP Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Al-Qaida’s leadership fled in late 2001 to neighboring Pakistan, where it remains.The group remains active inside Afghanistan, fighting U.S. troops, spreading extremist messages, raising money, recruiting young Afghans and providing military expertise to the Taliban and other radical groups.U.S. Gen. John Allen, the top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, has said al-Qaida has re-emerged, and although its numbers are small, he says the group doesn’t need a large presence to be influential.U.S. officials say they are committed, even after the combat mission ends in 2014, to doing whatever it takes to prevent a major resurgence. The Americans intend, for example, to have special operation forces at the ready to keep a long-term lid on al-Qaida inside Afghanistan.“Al-Qaida could try to reconstitute itself, but they would do so at their own peril given the intense pressure they and other terrorist groups are facing in Afghanistan,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said Saturday.A more immediate worry is the threat posed by the growing presence of al-Qaida and affiliated groups in Yemen, Somalia and across a broad swath of North Africa, where it is believed al-Qaida-linked militants may have been responsible for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. “That’s a very serious concern because that kind of environment would allow al-Qaida to continue to operate, at least at a small level, because it’s a workable environment for them, he said.Richard Barrett, head of a U.N. group that monitors the threat posed by al-Qaida and the Taliban, said al-Qaida fears the Taliban will strike a deal with the Afghan government that would make the group all but irrelevant.“So they will be doing whatever they can to assert their influence, to assert their presence” in Afghanistan, he said.At least for now, al-Qaida in Afghanistan has no capability to launch attacks on the U.S., although commanders are taking no chances.Little-noticed fragmentary U.S. military accounts of raids and strikes against al-Qaida in the northeastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan show the group retains a command structure inside Afghanistan. On May 27 the U.S. killed the No. 2 commander in Afghanistan, Saudi national Sakhr al-Taifi, in Kunar, but it has yet to catch up to the top al-Qaida commander in the country, identified by U.S. officials as Farouk al-Qahtani, who resides in Nuristan.In early September the international military coalition announced the death of an al-Qaida operative, Abu Saif, described as an associate of an al-Qaida leader killed along with several of his fighters July 1 in Kunar. Saif was called a conduit between senior al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan, passing messages between them. In the most recent strike, officials said Sept. 27 they killed al-Qaida “facilitator” Abdul Rauf in Kunar. He was a Pakistani coordinator of foreign fighters’ movements into Afghanistan and a builder of improvised explosive devices for attacks on coalition troops. Patients with chronic pain give advice Interviews with Afghan officials suggest that al-Qaida also is present in other parts of the country, including the northwestern province of Faryab as well as Logar province, just south of Kabul.Logar’s provincial chief of police, Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Roogh Lawanay, said it is difficult to know how many militants are directly affiliated with al-Qaida, but he estimated their numbers in Logar at 100 to 150.“Al-Qaida is very active. It is like fish. When one fish dies, another comes,” he said in a recent interview. “The determination of these Arab fighters is high.”In interviews in Kabul and Washington, U.S. officials said they are satisfied that al-Qaida is so small inside Afghanistan _ they put the number at between 50 and 100 fighters _ that they can be contained indefinitely if the Afghan government allows U.S. counterterrorism forces to monitor and hunt the remnants. U.S. and Afghan officials are working to craft talks on a bilateral security agreement that could include such an arrangement.Al-Qaida’s numbers, however, don’t tell the whole story.Allen has said al-Qaida has learned to leverage its presence in Afghanistan to give the impression of having withstood U.S. military might and to burnish its image as a global force. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Ukraine under fire in Russian activists abduction

first_imgUkraine’s Foreign Ministry and the national security agency have declined to comment on the matter. But Interior Ministry spokesman Volodymyr Polishchuk on Thursday allowed for the possibility that Russian security services could have been involved in Razvozzhayev’s abduction.“How did it happen? Did they ask him to (go) of his own free will? Or did they just force him? I don’t know,” Polishchuk told The Associated Press.Either way, Polishchuk said, what happened to Razvozzhayev did not constitute a crime because he is “alive and well” and the Interior Ministry will not press charges.“This is not the province of the police. The police deal with criminal actions,” he said.Yatsenyuk vowed that the opposition would press for a parliamentary probe into Razvozzhayev’s case.Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, has urged Ukraine to thoroughly investigate Razvozzhayev’s abduction.“For an asylum seeker to simply vanish while lodging his asylum claims and then reappear in the country he fled is profoundly shocking,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “There needs to be a serious investigation to determine whether any Ukrainian officials were involved and to hold accountable any who played a role.” “The special services of a foreign state are operating on Ukraine’s territory,” said Tymoshenko ally Arseniy Yatsenyuk.Yanukovych, who visited Moscow earlier this week, has been courting the Kremlin to seek a rebate on Russian natural gas supplies. A lower gas price is essential to keep the struggling Ukrainian economy afloat and would secure public support for Yanukovych and his party.Razvozzhayev, a 39-year-old Russian opposition activist, had come to Kiev last week to seek political asylum in Ukraine after Russian investigators accused him of being involved in plotting anti-government riots.Razvozzhayev told Russian human rights defenders who visited him in a Moscow jail that he was kidnapped on a Kiev street by masked men who smuggled him into Russia. He said they kept him in handcuffs and leg chains in a basement for three days, denying him food, water, sleep or use of a toilet. He also said they threatened to kill his children until he “confessed” to plotting riots.Russian authorities say Razvozzhayev turned himself in and confessed voluntarily.Razvozzhayev’s lawyer, Mark Feigin, said on Ekho Moskvy radio Thursday that his client has formally disavowed his confessions and filed a complaint over his abduction to Russia’s main investigative agency. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Comments   Share   Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine let Russian agents kidnap an anti-Kremlin activist seeking asylum in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and forcibly bring him back to Moscow, the main opposition party charged Thursday.The party led by jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko claims that President Viktor Yanukovych sanctioned the abduction of Leonid Razvozzhayev in order to secure the Kremlin’s backing for Sunday’s parliamentary election in Ukraine. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees also voiced concern about Razvozzhayev’s fate, emphasizing Thursday that he was protected by international refugee law as an asylum-seeker.The agency said it was seeking Russia’s clarification of Razvozzhayev’s condition and status and warned Ukraine that it must make sure that asylum seekers aren’t exposed to personal risks.The Russian Foreign Ministry responded angrily after the U.S. Embassy in Moscow voiced concern about Razvozzhayev’s case, rejecting the U.S. statement as “hasty” and “improper” and noting claims that the CIA had tortured some detainees.Razvozzhayev’s case was reminiscent of the disappearance last year of a Palestinian engineer from a Ukrainian train. He surfaced in an Israeli prison several days later to face terrorism charges. Kiev has still failed to explain how that happened..(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Airbus shares fall after military plane crash in Spain

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MADRID (AP) — Investors pushed Airbus shares down Monday on Paris’ stock exchange after a military turboprop troop transporter plane undergoing final flight testing in Spain crashed, killing four aboard and injuring two.Airbus shares were down 2 percent to 62.14 euros ($69.25) as authorities investigated what caused the A400M to crash into a farm field Saturday after taking off from the southern city of Seville, where the planes are assembled. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Also Monday, German officials said their military’s A400M has shown numerous “shortcomings” during testing following delivery last December but none to indicate it was not flightworthy.The company held a moment of silence at all of its installations around the world for the dead — the two pilots and two of the four flight test engineers aboard.The voice and flight data black boxes were recovered on Sunday and delivered to a Spanish judge in Seville investigating the case, Spain’s presidency said in a statement.The media office for the judge said Monday it could not immediately provide any information about analysis of the black boxes or the investigation.Spain’s Development Ministry and Defense Ministry are also conducting an investigation that Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria promised will be “rigorous and thorough,” while declining comment on possible causes.The plane had been due to be delivered to Turkey after test flights.German Defense Ministry spokesman Uwe Roth said the Bundeswehr’s first and only A400M, grounded in the wake of the accident, was in a test phase and had shown a “large number of shortcomings” so far — though nothing to make it be deemed unflightworthy.center_img Sponsored Stories The German military had logged 750 flight hours on the plane. When the test plane would go back into service depends upon what is revealed in the Spanish investigation, Roth said.A further five A400M aircraft were due to be delivered this year, but Roth said Airbus had notified the German government that there would be delays and that they would only know in the second half of the year how many could be expected and when. Germany has ordered 53 of the new planes.Malaysia on Monday confirmed that it was grounding its A400M plane pending results of the crash probe. Although Malaysia only has one of the aircraft, it is scheduled to receive three more.The country’s decision came after Britain, Germany and Turkey grounded theirs over the weekend and France said it would only use A400M aircraft in urgent operations.Airbus in January dismissed the head of its military program after governments including Germany, France and Turkey complained about delays in the 20-billion-euro A400M program.The program has also been plagued by cost overruns. France was the first country to take delivery of an A400M in 2013.The program was started so governments could replace their aging military Transall C-160s and C-130 Hercules transporter planes. Top Stories Twelve A400Ms have been delivered and the company has received 174 orders for the planes from eight countries.___Associated Press writers David Rising in Berlin, Ciaran Giles in Madrid and Jamey Keaten in Paris contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

AP Interview Canadian talks about her Somali kidnapper

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The two journalists were kept apart from each other, beaten and tortured during their ordeal. Lindhout also reported being raped but not by Ader, whom she knew as Adam while in captivity. She called him erratic and bullying and fully complicit in her suffering.“He never touched me or abused me but one day he did come into the room that I was being held in and he sat with me and he told me he had decided that he was going to make me his wife,” Lindhout said.“He proceeded to tell me what my life would look like as his wife, what it would be like to be a good Muslim woman and to raise his children. This was really terrifying to me. He spoke in great detail about this. He left that day and then he called my mother and told her. This was also terrifying for my mother.”She also said Ader expressed a desire to marry her mother. “He was really sick,” she said.She added it’s been a tough weekend for her mother who has now seen pictures of him for the first time. “She was the one who was on the phone with him all the time so she found seeing his face very difficult. Seeing his face on TV made him very real to her,” she said.Lindhout said she is very grateful to Canadian police and looks forward to testifying against Ader, who made a brief appearance in an Ottawa court last Thursday and is due back in court next Friday. TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian freelance journalist who was held by kidnappers for 15 months in Somalia seven years ago said Sunday that the Somali man arrested by Canadian police last week terrorized her mother by barraging her with threatening telephone calls with ransom demands.Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan were kidnapped by gunmen on Aug. 23, 2008. They were released in November 2009 after a $600,000 ransom was paid. Lindhout is no longer a journalist but has co-authored a book about her experience called “A House in the Sky” and has founded a nonprofit organization that supports development, aid and education in Somalia and Kenya.“It was absolutely a terrible experience, about as awful as a person can imagine or endure but I survived and I’m here,” she said.“I feel great. Something like this is upsetting because it brings back a lot of memories of the difficult things that happened to me, but it also feels really good because there is a real sense of justice.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Police said Ali Omar Ader, who was arrested on Thursday in Ottawa, was one of the main negotiators within the group that carried out the kidnapping. Lindhout called her kidnappers criminals seeking to collect a ransom payment.Police suggested that Ader was lured to Canada before being arrested but declined to reveal how he arrived in Canada.Lindhout released a statement on Sunday in which she said Ader “terrorized my mother, phoning her multiple times a day and at all hours.”She later elaborated on her statement in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. She said she crumpled to the floor, crying, as police investigators broke the news to her about the arrest of her alleged Somali kidnapper.Lindhout said she and her family feel a tremendous sense of relief.Ader “was a deranged man in many ways,” Lindhout told the AP from Canmore, Alberta.“There were two sides to him. He would call her and sometimes very sweetly refer to her as mommy and speak about and how he … dreamed about coming to Canada and maybe he would see her here. And then he would switch and he would threaten my life. I was threatened in captivity by him and by all the leaders that if the money wasn’t paid we would be beheaded.” In this photo taken on Feb. 21, 2010, Amanda Lindhout attends a reception held in her honor by the Alberta Somali-Canadian community in Calgary, Alberta. Canadian police have arrested a Somali man for his role in the kidnapping of Lindhout and another foreign journalist who were held in Somalia for more than 15 months before being freed nearly seven years ago. Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How do cataracts affect your vision? Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

UNbrokered Yemen peace talks end with no deal

first_imgHe says any agreement “will require further consultation” and did not specify a time for any future talks.More than 1,000 civilians have been in fighting between the rebels and their opponents and in coalition airstrikes since late March.Iran supports the rebels, known as Houthis, but denies arming them. The U.S. backs the Saudi-led coalition.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories GENEVA (AP) — U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed says peace talks in Geneva between the exiled Yemeni government and Shiite rebels who control the capital have concluded without reaching an agreement.He told reporters Friday that two sides broadly favor a cease-fire in which the rebels would withdraw from cities and towns while a Saudi-led coalition halts airstrikes in support of the government but were not able to clinch a deal. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more