Disney builds stone wall where alligator attack took place

first_img Monday, August 8, 2016 Share Disney builds stone wall where alligator attack took place Source: The Associated Presscenter_img ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers are building a stone wall around a Walt Disney World lake where an alligator killed a toddler earlier this summer.Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel for a story published Sunday that the barrier wall is part of the new security plan following the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves of Omaha, Nebraska. The boulder wall is going up along the beaches of the Seven Seas Lagoon where several resorts are located.Disney also put up warning signs and ropes after Graves was dragged by an alligator into the lake on June 14.The family decided not to file a lawsuit against Disney. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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UK airports to charge fee to jump long lineups

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by U.K. airports to charge fee to jump long lineups Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, September 15, 2016 TORONTO — It may seem that travellers are charged a fee for everything nowadays, from extra legroom and onboard snacks to luggage and now…jumping the line?According to The Guardian, travellers will be charged as much as £ 17.50 to get through passport checks more quickly at British airports, the Home Office has confirmed. Officials said they were working with some airport operators to introduce the new fee, but denied previous reports that it will be implemented in every U.K. airport with a charge of at least £ 5 per person.At Gatwick airport, passengers face having to pay £ 17.50 on top of the price of their airline ticket to use a fast lane through passport control. It was reported last month that Edinburgh airport was implementing the system, and Gatwick’s service was advertised last year.The Home Office said its Border Force was “working closely with several airport operators to introduce a fast track passport control service, which will provide passengers with another choice of a secure and convenient route through the U.K. border.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsMany critics have slammed the move, calling it “ridiculous” and warning of even longer lineups for those who don’t fork out the £ 5 as staff are diverted to the new section, reports The Sunday People.“This is a ridiculous idea the exposes just how understaffed our borders are,” said a Public and Commercial Services union spokesman. “What happens if everyone opts to pay £ 5? We’re back to square one.”last_img read more

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Globus adds port transfers for European bigship clients

first_imgGlobus adds port transfers for European big-ship clients TORONTO — Globus is making it extra easy for travel agents to plan and book itineraries for clients by providing port transfers for big-ship cruises in conjunction with a Monograms City Getaway or a Globus/Cosmos tour.“This is a great way to add incremental revenue while at the same time providing an exceptional way for your clients to explore more of Europe,” says Bishop, adding that the transfers are available in Amsterdam, Barcelona, London and Rome.The City Getaways offered in conjunction with the port transfers (like all of Monograms’ 19 City Getaways in Europe) include accommodation with breakfast in a hand-picked central hotel, one half-day of sightseeing and the invaluable services of a Local Host who is there to provide suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, dining – and to smooth out any wrinkles which may occur.Port transfers for cruises departing after a Globus, Cosmos or Monograms tour may now be booked via the Travel Agent portal in the transfer section; for transfers before a Globus family tour, call 800-221-0900. Tags: Britain & Europe, Cosmos, Globus Share Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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With 72m tourists last year Orlando achieves new record for US travel

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 11, 2018 Share With 72m tourists last year, Orlando achieves new record for U.S. travelcenter_img ORLANDO, FLA. — More than 70 million visitors came to the Orlando area last year, setting a record despite the closing of its theme parks and airports during Hurricane Irma.Tourism officials announced Thursday that the Orlando area had 72 million visitors in 2017, a 5% increase over the previous year.With those numbers, Orlando held onto its title as the most visited destination in the United States.Left to right: George Aguel, President and CEO, Visit Orlando; Orange County Major Teresa Jacobs; Don Enger; Chairman of the Board of Visit Orlando and Executive Vice President, Tishman Hotel CorporationVisit Orlando shared the news at a special gathering of more than 1,000 tourism and community leaders.“Our record-breaking year was achieved despite international headwinds and the statewide effects of Hurricane Irma,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “In 2017, our destination launched new consumer experiences on a significant scale and our marketing efforts leveraged increasing consumer confidence in the United States. We also continued our focus on communicating the unique emotional connection visitors have with Orlando.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksOrlando reached a host of new milestones in 2017 including:Record number of U.S. visitorsRecord convention attendance: The Orange County Convention Center welcomed an unprecedented 1.53 million attendees (+5.0%).Record airline arrivals: Orlando International Airport became the busiest airport in Florida, with 44.6 million passengers (+6.4%).Left to right: Jonathan Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts; Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association; and George Aguel, President and CEO, Visit OrlandoAlmost 66 million visitors last year were from the United States, and the remaining 6 million visitors were international travellers. International travel to the United States overall was weak last year.Orlando’s three major theme parks resorts, Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, closed during Hurricane Irma in September, as did the area’s airports.With file from The Associated Press Tags: Orlando Travelweek Group last_img read more

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TreadRight Foundation celebrates 10 years supporting sustainability of people wildlife and the

first_img Share TreadRight Foundation celebrates 10 years supporting sustainability of people, wildlife and the planet TORONTO — The Travel Corporation’s brands are celebrating 10 years of The TreadRight Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that has invested $6 million supporting over 50 projects in 24 countries, and counting.The Foundation brings its vision of sustainability to life through the support of people, wildlife and how important it is to ‘tread light and tread right’, says Brett Tollman, TTC’s Chief Executive Office and Eco Warrior.“We are not simply united as a family of brands, we are also united by our shared drive to help make the world a better place. It’s a philosophy that we’ve worked hard to ensure is woven throughout all that we do,” says Tollman.“From supporting and empowering the local communities we visit, to raising awareness around some of the world’s most at risk wildlife populations, and contributing to the overall health of the planet, TreadRight has been instrumental in powering TTC’s continuing sustainability journey.”At the event celebration last night at the WE Global Learning Centre in Toronto, The TreadRight Foundation announced two new projects, the first partnering with ME to WE in Ecuador to support a water project in that country, and another to help provide handicraft training at a facility at the Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative.Other examples of projects supported by The TreadRight Foundation since its inception 10 years ago include:A partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society to help Big Cats, a program dedicated to help all seven species listed as threatened, near threatened or endangered on the IUNC Red List.Help for the Manitobah Mukluks’ Storyboot School project that aims to revive the traditional art by creating partnerships with elders who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way.TreadRight, The Travel Corporation & Adventure World’s partnership with Happy Hearts Fund.TreadRight’s signing of an Elephant-Friendly Tourism pledge with World Animal Protection.The Heritage Initiative launched with the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, supporting artisan projects in Peru, Italy and Greece.TreadRight’s partnership with Contiki & the Sea Turtle Conservancy on Contiki Storytellers – Costa Rica, and becoming a Founding Sponsor of National Geographic Travelers World Legacy Awards.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTollman says TTC has also integrated sustainability and conservation into normal business operations around the company. For example, moves have been made to halt tourism activities that could be harmful to animals, such as running with the bulls, shark diving and elephant rides.Closer to home, client documents can now be ordered in electronic format to save paper, while a drive against single-use plastic is aggressively underway.Many of TTC’s brands such as Contiki, Lion World Travel, Insight Vacations and Trafalgar have incorporated some of these sustainability initiatives into their tour offerings. Travellers can add ME to WE voluntourism trips into their itineraries in Kenya, Ecuador or India. And over 100 culturally immersive experiences are built right into the itineraries as excursions and activities.“We don’t believe in asking travellers or travel agents to donate – if they want to that’s of their own volition – it’s important for us to take a percentage of our profits and put it into helping sustain, protect and preserve people, the planet and wildlife through different projects,” says Tollman. “The more we can grow our business, the more we can donate back, so obviously you have to do well to do good.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTTC advises travel agents to educate themselves on ME to WE and everything TTC offers – read the websites, watch the video and look at the itineraries – so they can understand the experiences available to their clients.“It is recognized that TTC brands are some the most innovative and immersive experiences that are available today,” says Tollman. “We believe that we are one of the most trade-friendly companies out there. It’s what Trafalgar calls their ‘agent first approach’.”Tollman adds: “I’ve signed a personal letter of guarantee that we never have, or never will steal a client from an agency partner.”Meanwhile the TTC brands continue to invest in supporting agents by investing in their booking websites, online training programs, the consultative sales process, and their biggest sales team ever. Tags: The Travel Corporation, TreadRight Foundation Devin Kinasz center_img Posted by Thursday, October 18, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Book Collette tours at 10 off until Jan 14

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a New Year Savings Deal that includes 10% off your client’s next tour.Travellers can book their 2019-2020 travel between Jan. 2-14, 2019 to receive the discount. This offer applies to an extensive variety of tours and departures.“This amazing offer allows guests to travel to incredible destinations while also saving on our plethora of brands, including our new Explorations line,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “Our goal is for past and prospective guests to utilize this savings deal, giving them the opportunity to travel somewhere new.”To redeem the offer, use code NYSALE19. For more information visit gocollette.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, January 4, 2019 Tags: Collette, sale Book Collette tours at 10% off until Jan. 14last_img read more

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Londons Heathrow briefly halts flights due to drone report

first_img By: The Associated Press Share LONDON — London’s Heathrow Airport briefly halted departing flights on Tuesday after a reported drone sighting – a development that came just three weeks after multiple reports of drone sightings caused travel chaos at nearby Gatwick Airport.The suspension of takeoffs from Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, was announced shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, a move the airport said was made as a safety precaution.London’s Metropolitan Police said it received a report about a drone “in the vicinity of Heathrow airport” at about 5:05 p.m. Police and airport officials were investigating the reported sighting. Flights resumed roughly 90 minutes later.Police Commander Stuart Cundy said police officers were among those who had seen the drone.“A full criminal investigation has been launched,” he said. “We are carrying out extensive searches around the Heathrow area to identify any people who may be responsible for the operation of the drone.”He said “military assistance” has been added since the sighting to toughen the airport’s anti-drone stance and that extra police officers and equipment had been added at Heathrow.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe airport said that `”based on standard operating procedures, working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, we have resumed departures out of Heathrow following a short suspension.”The temporary departure shutdown at Heathrow follows the pre-Christmas shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport for parts of three consecutive days due to dozens of reported drone sightings. The Gatwick closure stranded or delayed more than 100,000 travellers _ the worst-ever drone-related disruption at an international airport.The person or persons responsible for the Gatwick drones have not been located and no group has claimed responsibility.British officials used sophisticated military gear to get Gatwick back in operation, and aviation authorities said that equipment could be deployed at other British airports to deter drone intrusions.A statement by British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling indicated that anti-drone equipment had not yet been put in place at Heathrow.“I have already spoken to both the Home Secretary and Defence Secretary and the military are preparing to deploy the equipment used at Gatwick at Heathrow quickly, should it prove necessary,” he said.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaHeathrow Airport is a crossroads for the world, serving 78 million passengers in 2017. It hosts 81 airlines that fly to 204 destinations in 85 countries, and its most popular destination is New York. << Previous PostNext Post >> London’s Heathrow briefly halts flights due to drone report Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Tags: Drones, Heathrow Airportlast_img read more

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ExPresident Figueres to cochair new panel for ocean governance

first_imgLONDON – Former Costa Rican President José María Figueres joined other senior politicians on Monday to launch an independent panel that will work towards better management of the world’s oceans, which are facing unprecedented overfishing, pollution and habitat loss.The Global Ocean Commission is spearheaded by Figueres along with former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and South African Cabinet Minister Trevor Manuel.The initiative is a collaboration between the U.S.-based Pew Environment Group, Oxford University’s Somerville College, the Dutch environmental awareness group Adessium Foundation, and Oceans 5, a collaboration of philanthropists concerned about the health of the seas.The goal is to place the spotlight on threats to oceans and seas that are outside national jurisdictions. These are regulated by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), a loosely woven treaty that is now 30 years old. Critics say the treaty has become ineffective due to globalized economies and technological advances.The commission will publish recommendations for overhauling ocean governance early next year, when the U.N. General Assembly launches talks on protecting marine biodiversity.“The world urgently needs to find better ways of managing the oceans, to stop abuse of its precious resources and ensure its protection for present and future generations,” Figueres said.“The global ocean is essential to the health and well being of each and every one of us. It provides about half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs about a quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. But we are failing to manage it in ways that reflect its true value,” he added. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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OAS Is the war on drugs a failure

first_imgAntonio Scorza/AFP No related posts. ANTIGUA, Guatemala – Four decades after Washington launched its international “war on drugs” in Latin America (the U.S. no longer uses that term), members of the Organization of American States’ General Assembly are questioning the logic behind what is increasingly viewed in the region as a failed policy.In a General Assembly meeting that started Tuesday in the colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala, OAS members will begin to explore alternatives to a strategy focused on military and law enforcement intervention to fight the trafficking of illegal drugs, mostly from South America and destined for users in the United States.The 45th session of the OAS General Assembly began Tuesday night, drawing foreign ministers and three presidents from 34 countries throughout the region, including the U.S., represented by Secretary of State John Kerry and top-tier drug policy officials.This month’s session, which lasts through Thursday, will focus on finding alternative strategies to the drug war, which has had a devastating impact particularly on Mexico and northern Central America, which have become the most violent region in the world.“This is a long-awaited debate … to look for solutions to a phenomenon that affects us all, although not equally,” OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said. “The most vulnerable are the ones who are paying the highest price in terms of violence.”Tens of thousands of Latin Americans have died in violence linked to drug trafficking in past decades. Yet as the U.S.-backed policy in the region focuses on law enforcement and cracking down on drug cartels, the cartels simply change strategies, adopt more sophisticated methods, alternate trafficking routes, open new markets and increase money laundering operations – despite large and frequent drug-seizure operations, captures and extraditions conducted by police agencies and governments.Toward legalization?Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, who called for legalization of some illicit drugs to help curb the mounting violence in his country, is hosting the summit. Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla and the Dominican Republic’s Danilo Medina also will attend.The debate is centered on an OAS report commissioned during the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, which called for an analysis of alternative strategies to the drug war. The study outlined four possible strategies to confront drug trafficking: strengthening institutions and public security, decriminalizing illicit drugs, promoting more community-based programs and terminating cooperation between consuming and transit countries.The proposal to legalize at illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine is gaining momentum in the region. Marijuana already is legal in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington. Other states have medical marijuana laws, in direct violation of U.S. federal law. And the South American country of Uruguay is close behind, as are Argentina and Brazil, which are considering decriminalizing personal use.center_img At least 14 Latin American countries support debating new anti-drug policies, including all of the countries of Central America, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera said.Washington, in response, sent its big guns to this week’s summit in Guatemala. On his first official visit to Latin America, Kerry stood behind current U.S. anti-drug policy in the region, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson.“No international entity is going to dictate legalization, and certainly not to the United States,” Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield said. Brownfield and Jacobson were joined in the U.S. delegation by anti-drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.But for Carrera, the taboo of drug policy already has been broken: “it was thought that everything was outlined and the only thing left to do was blindly apply a paradigm,” he said.Monster with seven headsThe OAS report approaches the issue from a public health perspective instead of a public security one by focusing on prevention and treatment programs.According to the OAS, 45 percent of cocaine users worldwide, half of heroin users and 25 percent of marijuana users live in the Americas, the second most violent region behind Africa, with 16 homicides per 100,000 residents. That’s double the world average.The United Nations calculates that the illicit drug market generates $85 billion annually in cocaine sales – $35 billion of that in the U.S. Those figures alter economies, corrupt institutions and result in widespread violence, the U.N. stated.“An illegal economy that reaches billions of dollars and is operated by multinational criminal networks inevitably expands into illegal weapons sales, contraband, piracy, human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and extortion,” Insulza said.Civil society groups urged the OAS to place human rights at the center of the debate.“The national policies for drug control that allot criminal penalties for personal drug consumption is a fundamental violation of human rights,” a Human Rights Watch press release stated. The group urged governments to adopt policies of decriminalization for personal consumption.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rican coffee to have its own theme park

first_imgNo related posts. Watching the full process of growing, processing and marketing coffee will become part of Costa Rica’s many attractions at the country’s first coffee theme park, according to the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.The Parque Temático del Café will be built on a five-hectare coffee farm in the community of Frailes, Desamparados, south of San José. Frailes is one of Costa Rica’s main coffee-producing regions with 1,800 coffee producers.Zaira Marín Robles, general manager of the Desamparados Agricultural Center, said the project hopes to attract visitors interested in rural tourism and will help diversify income sources for coffee producers of that region. During a second stage of development, the center will offer lodging that allows tourists to extend trips and enjoy nearby attractions such as trout farms, Marín said.Construction is expected to last three years and will include a processing plant, restaurant, coffee shop, laboratories, coffee cupping rooms and a museum. It will be funded by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.Further details will be disclosed during the “X Coffee Fair – Frailes 2014,” to be held Jan. 17-19. That fair will offer several types of coffee for sampling and for sale, including organic coffee, traditional Tico food and drinks, concerts, exhibits, barista demonstrations, art and coffee-picking contests. Local artisans will sell crafts made from coffee bush wood.The southern region of Desamparados produces an average of 600,000 bushels of coffee per year, mainly for export to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, the United States and several European countries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Autism A human condition not an insult

first_imgI have spent 29 years of my life fighting to improve the quality of life of autistic people and their families. I’ve done this as a mother, as a writer of the only book written on the subject in Costa Rica, and as president of the Autismo Costa Rica association.That’s why I feel I have the authority and moral obligation to demand, on behalf of all people affected by autism, the respect and consideration they deserve.At Autismo Costa Rica we work hard every day to improve the quality of life of autistic people and their families through education and sensitivity training.We host workshops, training sessions, conversation forums, seminars, webinars, presentations and movie viewings. We involve the most qualified people available, both Costa Ricans and foreigners. We offer parents free orientation and guidance. We set up support groups. We work directly with departments of psychology, education, and dentistry at a variety of Costa Rican universities. Our objective is to help educate tomorrow’s professionals to not be merely technically excellent, but to be aware and sensitive to the syndrome of autism.We also run national campaigns to promote sensitivity to this issue on a countrywide scale, through various forms of mass media, sponsored walks, etc.We travel throughout the country hosting discussions on autism to address the multiple needs of parents and professionals.We do all this with our own resources. It is our life mission. We want to make sure that parents and professionals do not feel alone knowing that they can count on our support.But these baby steps we undertake, which clearly should be supported by the government, aren’t. Quite the opposite, we not only get no government support, some members of the government degrade our work, harming the results of all our work to date. They use the term “autism” as if it were an insult, a criticism, demonstrating their lack of understanding and education, which is completely unacceptable given their position as our governors.Recently, Patricia Mora, legislator for the Broad Font Party, stated in the Costa Rican daily La Naciόn – as a way of deflecting criticism – that lawmakers from her party “aren’t autistic.”She doesn’t understand that people with autism and their families have to fight each and every day to be included in our society. She doesn’t understand that autistic people are incredible human beings, who, unlike most other people, don’t even know what evil and hypocrisy are. Just because they aren’t able to communicate their desires, needs, pain and feelings in the way the rest of us do, they understand everything and feel everything the same way we all do. Statements like the one made by Mora simply strengthen old stereotypes and myths regarding autistic people that we have spent years trying to bury – as if autistic people live in some isolated world without feelings!Enough of trying to impress using hurtful language with no knowledge of the harm it does.I invite Legislator Mora to take our training on the “Specter of Autism” and instead of slinging mud on our work, help us obtain land to build the Integrated Center for Autism, which is such a critical need for Costa Rica. Help us make it possible for parents not to have to wait years for an autism diagnosis. Help us develop educational programs to help autistic people become active members of society. Help us build networks to take care of autistic children, so their mothers can work. Help us develop national sensitivity campaigns and programs to provide financial support to those with scant resources. Help us build homes to house and care for those with autism so that we parents can die with the knowledge that our children will be protected after we’re gone.For all of these reasons, hundreds of people who support this cause have made their solidarity with our movement known, and together we repudiate in no uncertain terms this nefarious statement from a person who supposedly represents all the people who voted for her as their representative in government. We demand a public apology and a commitment to respect not only those with autism, but also their families and everyone who suffers from any form of disability.Maribell Madrigal Cisneros is president of Autismo Costa Rica. She was recently featured in a Tico Times story titled, “Súper Mamá: A Costa Rican mother advocates for autism.” Read that story here. Facebook Comments Related posts:A necessary clarification New hope for Haiti In policy shift, Cuba welcomes back doctors who deserted Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to actlast_img read more

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NZ company recalls meats after listeria kills 2

first_imgFour patients at Hawke’s Bay Hospital in the central North Island town of Hastings have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease since May 9, spokeswoman Anna Kirk said.She said listeria likely caused the death of one woman and was a contributing factor in the death of a second. One woman who died was in her 80s, the other in her 60s, and both had weakened immune systems, Kirk said. The other two people diagnosed have since recovered, she added.Kirk said the hospital at first wasn’t able to identify the source of the listeria but then found that some supplied meats tested positive.Simon Wills, Bay Cuisine’s joint managing director, said that the source of contamination at the hospital has yet to be determined.In a statement Thursday, he that the hospital outbreak is of “significant concern” and the company has employed an independent food safety expert to review its practices and procedures. He said the recalled products represent only a small fraction of what is produced at the company, which prides itself on its quality and safety.Listeria is a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous to pregnant women, newborn babies and those with compromised immune systems. It rarely causes serious illness in healthy people and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A New Zealand meat company has recalled several of its products after tests showed a possible link to a listeria outbreak that left two patients dead at a hospital in the island nation.Bay Cuisine, which supplies the hospital, voluntarily recalled certain salami, pepperoni and ham products on Wednesday. New Zealand supermarkets that sell the Napier-based company’s products have pulled them from the shelves. The company does not sell its products abroad. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Germany downplays negative outlook from Moodys

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The government said the risks cited by Moody’s weren’t new and were largely based on a short-term assessment.It said Germany “remains in a very solid economic and financial situation.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img BERLIN (AP) – The German government has downplayed the decision of ratings agency Moody’s to place Europe’s biggest economy on a negative outlook.The Finance Ministry noted in a statement late Monday that Moody’s Investors Service had kept Germany’s Aaa credit rating, the highest possible.But Moody’s had also lowered the outlook for Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, citing the mounting uncertainty over the debt crisis in Europe and the possibility that those stronger countries would have to provide aid to Spain or Italy. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Cubas aging population will test economic reform

first_img The vital role family plays in society “We must be perfectly clear that the aging of the populace no longer has a solution,” Castro’s economic czar, Marino Murillo, told lawmakers in an alarmed tone last month. “It is going to happen, and that cannot be changed in the short term. … Society must prepare itself.”The aging of Cuba’s population has its roots in some of the core achievements of Fidel Castro’s revolution, including a universal health care system that has increased life expectancy from 69 years during the 1960s to 78 today, comparable with the United States.Abortions are free and it is estimated that half of Cuban pregnancies are terminated. High university graduation rates, generally associated worldwide with low fertility numbers, have Cuban women averaging 1.5 children, below the rate of replacement.Cuba’s National Office of Statistics says about 2 million of the island’s 11 million inhabitants, or 17 percent, were over 60 years old last year. That’s already high compared to Latin America as a whole, where the rate is somewhere north of 9 percent, extrapolating from U.N. figures from 2000.That U.N. study shows Cuba’s population is aging even faster than that of China, which has forbidden couples to have more than one child. Cuba’s rate would be typical in a wealthy European nation. But Cuba lacks the wealth to cope with it. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Aging populations present difficulties for countries around the world, and attempts to spur birth rates have produced meager returns, Diaz-Briquets said.But he suggested that if Castro’s reforms can create more opportunities for private enterprise, Cuba might be able to woo immigrants from countries where extreme poverty is rampant and homicides are skyrocketing, places where the Communist-run island’s free health care and relative public safety might seem a good alternative.“The situation in Haiti and some Central American nations will continue to be even worse than in Cuba,” Diaz-Briquets said, adding that a post-U.S.-embargo Cuba could be even more attractive to potential migrants from those countries. “The way things are going, and assuming some more positive scenarios for Cuba, the idea doesn’t seem that outlandish.”___Andrea Rodriguez on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP Research shows emigrants are increasingly women of child-bearing age, which compounds the problem, according to Alberta Duran, who was among the first to examine the aging trend before retiring from her post at a Cuban sociological research institute.“The aging population has been turning into Cuba’s biggest demographic problem since the 1990s,” Duran said.By 2021, more Cubans will be leaving the workforce than entering, according to government projections.The contracting labor pool presents a challenge for Cuba’s goal of making the country more productive and efficient without abandoning its policy of providing for everyone’s basic needs. Officials aim to eliminate 1 million redundant government jobs and grow a non-state sector that, it is hoped, will account for 40 percent of economic activity compared with about 15 percent today.“Reform becomes more difficult due to emigration,” said Sergio Diaz-Briquets, a Washington-based expert on Cuban demographics. “Those who leave are the youngest, best-educated and most ambitious.”And with the ranks of seniors increasing, Diaz-Briquets said, resources that could be used to stimulate the economic project inevitably will have to be diverted to care for the elderly. Sponsored Stories Demographers agree that Cuba’s population has topped out around 11.2 million, and negative growth will be the rule for the forseeable future.Murillo, the economic czar, said authorities are studying measures for next year to try to stimulate fertility rates, but he did not give details.“We are going to have a serious problem with the availability of a labor force,” Murillo acknowledged.In recent years Cuba has implemented a number of measures for the aging, including an expanded denture distribution program and establishing “grandparents’ circles” of elderly citizens who get together for activities and help each other out when the relatives they live with are at work.Authorities recently asked seniors to keep active later in life by rolling the retirement age progressively back from 55 to 60 for women and from 60 to 65 for men. Raul Castro himself is already 16 years past his golden-watch moment, at 81.Cuba recently allowed retirees to return to work and still collect their pensions. They’re also being encouraged to join the class of small-business owners setting up shop under Castro’s reforms, though experts say that idea has limited potential. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories The trend is accelerating, with the number of seniors projected to nearly double to 3.6 million, or a third of the population, by 2035. During the same period, working-age Cubans are expected to decline from 65 percent to 52 percent.The future may look a lot like Emelia Moreno. Still vigorous at 75 years old, she lives alone in a small apartment in Central Havana and spends much of her time at a neighborhood senior center that provides 1,000 retirees with medical attention, meals and social activities such as singing and dance classes.“Cuba is fighting so that people of a certain age don’t feel too bad,” she said.But her only child left for the U.S. a decade ago, and she knows that one day she’ll be completely dependent on the government because she has no family to take care of her when she cannot.“I had heard people talk about how they felt empty when a family member left, but I had no idea,” Moreno said, caressing a photo of her daughter, Yeniset.The graying trend can be traced partly to the country’s weak economy, resulting in the loss of people such as Yeniset, an outflow of 35,000 per year as people seek opportunity in the United States and elsewhere. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – The scene at Havana’s Victor Hugo Park is unfortunately typical, with a handful of boys kicking a soccer ball through trees while dozens of gray-haired seniors bend and stretch to the urgings of a government-employed trainer.So few children, so many elderly. It’s a central dilemma for a nation whose population is the oldest in Latin America, and getting older.The labor force soon will be shrinking as health costs soar, just when President Raul Castro’s government is struggling to implement reforms that aim to resuscitate an economy long on life support. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Bishops anticipate message from pope on immigrant detention

first_imgImmigrant activists and religious leaders have raised growing alarms about conditions at immigrant detention centers since the Southern border crisis last summer brought tens of thousands of unaccompanied youths and families to the U.S., primarily fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.Two large new family detention facilities were built in Texas to supplement one in Pennsylvania, and the number of beds exploded from 100 to an expected 3,700.At the facilities, moms and children, often young, are detained with little access to the outside world and scant opportunity to plead their case, the bishops’ report said. Children grow depressed and lose weight, and moms who fled violence in their home countries live in fear and despair.The bishops said these detention centers are being used as a form of deterrent, and said families should not be detained at all and instead the government should invest in alternatives to detention. But such a change would require a major shift in resources from a Republican-led Congress that has focused on enforcement and is unlikely to make such an investment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies More and more detention facilities are operated by for-profit corporations that perpetuate an immoral system to please shareholders at the expense of taxpayers, the bishops said.They detailed disturbing conditions that are especially traumatic for kids, including sexual abuse and lack of medical treatment and due process, and said the entire system should be dismantled and replaced with alternatives to detention.“From a moral standpoint this is unacceptable,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Migration. “The current practice of family detention must end. As a nation we must do better.”Elizondo and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn told reporters the issue of immigrants’ rights is of deep importance to Francis and he’s likely to speak to it during his upcoming visit to the U.S. and address to a joint meeting of Congress in September.“All of this is something that is close to his heart and I’m sure he will say something about it,” DiMarzio said.A spokeswoman for the Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to requests to comment on the bishops’ findings and recommendations. Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home WASHINGTON (AP) — Catholic bishops called Monday for the federal government’s immigrant detention system to be dismantled, and predicted Pope Francis would address the issue when he visits the U.S. this fall.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a sobering report that tens of thousands of immigrants are housed in prison-like conditions that cause psychological harm and are inhumane and ineffective. That includes a large number of moms and little kids, because of a growth in family detention after last summer’s spike in migration from Central America. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Top senator Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks.Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Wednesday that “it’s beyond belief how little data is a part of the program.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 0 Comments   Share   center_img House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that seeks to codify President Barack Obama’s proposal to end the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records, but it would allow the agency to request certain phone records under a court order.Senate leaders have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to continue collecting phone records.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 sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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In rural Colombia ban on anticoca herbicide is bittersweet

first_img Top Stories In this Monday, May 11, 2015 photo, Joani Londono, 5, front center, sits between of her father Pio V Londono, right, and her mother, Edith Diaz at their home in Crucito, in Colombia’s northwestern state of Cordoba. Joani’s mother claims the girl was born premature with a club foot and a missing leg and she started to have pregnancy problems after she ate vegetables from a plot fumigated with chemicals from a plane. “A few days later my liquid broke and my baby was born at six months,” Diaz said. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) “This is an argument among the deaf,” said Myles Frechette, a U.S. ambassador to Colombia in the 1990s. “Those who argue it does damage will not be convinced by science.”On Thursday, Colombia’s National Narcotics Council, which sets drug policy, approved Santos’ call to phase out glyphosate by October in favor of slower-going manual eradication by army units in areas frequently dominated by rebels.Residents of Crucito consider it a bittersweet victory. They are afraid of the arrival of combat troops and say they don’t have any means of sustenance besides the roughly $1,000 they receive from drug traffickers for each kilogram of coca paste.Currently the most visible presence of the state in the town, besides the twice-a-year fumigation campaigns, is an army checkpoint that restricts the flow of gasoline, food and other supplies to guerrillas and drug traffickers lurking in the jungle-covered mountains beyond.“Our problems aren’t resolved by ending fumigation,” said Andres Herron, a community leader. “The government needs to give us an alternative to traditional crops that allows us to live. Growing yucca, plantains and yams doesn’t even leave enough money to put food on the table.” ErrorOK ErrorOK “I never went to a doctor because I know he’ll prescribe creams and pills that I can’t afford,” said Sanchez. Unable to till his farm, he now squeaks by selling candy along the dirt streets where a handful of families live in wood and zinc-roofed shacks.Tales of harmful health effects, everything from skin problems to miscarriages, abound in this hamlet on the edge of the remote Paramillo national park in northern Colombia. Tracing the health problems to glyphosate is impossible — too many years have passed with possible exposure to other pesticides, and most of the town’s residents, many of them coca growers, are either too poor or afraid to travel the three hours by boat and car to the nearest hospital and prosecutor’s office to investigate the causes.President Juan Manuel Santos last week decided to halt fumigation in the wake of a report by a research arm of the World Health Organization classifying glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. The move is lending strength to injury claims by dozens of farmers here who consider themselves victims of the U.S.-led drug war in South America. But it’s also raising concerns that cocaine production in Colombia could come roaring back after a bloody, decades-old war against the nation’s cartels. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Although Miranda has no evidence to back up his observation or eliminate other possible causes, it’s not hard to find examples of illness.Five-year-old Joani Londono was born with a club foot and a missing leg. Her mother, Adevis Diaz, attributes the malformations to having eaten vegetables from her garden just after a fumigation plane flew by.“A few days later my water broke and my baby was born at six months,” Diaz said, watching over her four children as they play on their home’s dirt floor. “If we continue in this land our lives will be at risk.”___Jacobo Garcia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacoboggCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Santos’ opponents warn that Colombia could soon be swimming in coca, though just as many observers argue that the spraying of 4 million acres since the 1990s has done little to reduce cultivation of the leaf.The latest survey by the U.S., released this month, shows that areas under coca cultivation in Colombia shot up 39 percent last year to 112,000 hectares (about 276,000 acres). The White House’s drug czar attributed the boom in part to an increase in off-limits areas like Paramillo, one of the country’s 59 national parks and conservation areas where spraying is banned.But supporters of Santos’ move say the health threat is too high a price for Colombians to pay to keep cocaine off the streets of the U.S. and Europe.Research published last year by Daniel Mejia, an expert adviser to Santos on drug policy, found higher rates of skin problems and miscarriages in districts targeted by herbicides. It was based on a study of medical records from 2003 to 2007.Omar Miranda, who in the absence of a doctor is the only resident in Crucito trained in first aid, said he counted 20 miscarriages last year in a town of roughly 75 families. He said there has also been an increase in birth defects. CRUCITO, Colombia (AP) — Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. The farmer says he was working in a rice paddy four years ago when a crop duster buzzed by, dumping large quantities of what everyone here refers to as “the poison.”From that moment Sanchez was exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide used by Colombia to wipe out cocaine-producing crops, he says his skin broke out in a yellow rash. Now white blotches have spread across his body and his eyesight is dimming. Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   St. Louis-based Monsanto, which discovered glyphosate, told The Associated Press that it no longer supplies the Colombian government with weed killer. It and other manufacturers have strongly rejected WHO’s March assessment, citing a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that glyphosate-based products are safe. They accuse critics of cherry-picking data and pushing an agenda.In October 2013, in response to an Associated Press article on glyphosate use in farming in Argentina, Monsanto described the herbicide as “even less toxic than the repellent you put on your children’s skin.” It said the chemical had been misused in Argentina.Colombia is the only country that destroys coca crops by air and the practice has long provoked hostility from political and environmental groups. Many observers see its suspension as Santos’ political gift to rebels he has been trying for two years to lure into signing a peace deal. The insurgents depend on the narcotics trade for much of their funding and liken the spraying, which is carried out by U.S. contractors, to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.U.S. officials deny any harm has been caused by the spraying and say there is more danger to people’s health and the environment from the chemicals used to manufacture cocaine in clandestine labs. 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Judge grants new trial in death of intern Chandra Levy

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Prosecutors and lawyers for Guandique are scheduled to return to court next week and are expected to set a new trial date then.Levy’s 2001 disappearance created a national sensation after the 24-year-old California native was romantically linked with then-U.S. Rep. Gary Condit. Condit, a California Democrat, was ultimately ruled out as a suspect.In late 2013, Guandique’s lawyers requested a new trial after prosecutors brought to the judge issues with one of their key witnesses, Guandique’s one-time cellmate, Armando Morales.Morales testified that Guandique had confided in him that he was responsible for Levy’s death, and because there was no physical evidence linking Guandique to Levy’s murder, Morales provided some of the trial’s most powerful testimony. But Morales also testified that he didn’t know how to come forward with information to law enforcement when, in fact, he had previously provided information.Guandique’s lawyers argued that prosecutors knew or should have known that Morales’ testimony was problematic and investigated further. Guandique’s lawyers said Thursday they plan to ask for sanctions against prosecutors but did not specify in court what those might be. They also said they intend to argue that Guandique should be released on bond. Sponsored Stories ___Follow Jessica Gresko at http://twitter.com/jessicagresko__This story has been corrected to show that the judge is not a federal judge.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday formally granted a retrial in the case of a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, a move that had been largely expected after prosecutors dropped their opposition to a retrial last month.D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher on Thursday granted a motion for a new trial in the case of Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted in 2010 of killing Levy.Guandique’s attorneys had been pushing for a new trial because they said a key witness in the case gave false or misleading testimony. Prosecutors last month told a judge they believe the jury’s verdict was correct but that they would no longer oppose the new-trial request. Prosecutors said at the time that the “passage of time and the unique circumstances of this case” had made opposing a new trial more difficult. Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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Flawed bailouts political missteps brought Greece to brink

first_img Top Stories A man passes a kiosk selling Greek flags in central Athens, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday’s referendum to accept their lenders’ bailout deal or reject it, the government’s hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) A “no” may lead to a chaotic departure from the shared euro currency. Even “yes” is no guarantee the creditors will agree to lend.Ahead of the vote, here are seven short explanations of how Greece got into today’s mess:THE CREDIT BINGEThere is no way around it: Greece engaged in a three-decades-long credit binge starting in the early 1980s, spending the money on plush government jobs for supporters of the country’s two major political parties — the center-left PASOK and center-right New Democracy. Taking turns in office, they paid their followers well — driving up private sector wages and making Greece a costly place to do business. They also looked the other way on widespread tax evasion. Independent professionals — including doctors and lawyers — often reported less income than factory workers.___THE EURO ARRIVESDespite its rickety finances, Greece shaped up a little for a few years and qualified to join the single currency in 2001. It was a time of euphoria and confidence in the euro, seen as a rival to the dollar as a global currency. New members were desired to boost the EU’s biggest hope for European integration. Greece was waved in, and promptly went back to its old ways. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse.How did it come to this? Why couldn’t all that money and all that sacrifice turn around a country that makes up less than two percent of the 19-country eurozone economy?On Sunday the country will hold a referendum on whether or not to accept the tough creditor conditions attached to loans needed to avoid default and a banking collapse.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLLThe arrival of the euro only fueled the debt binge. German and French banks found they could now buy Greek government bonds in euros, not drachmas that might devalue. Greece borrowed at what in retrospect were ridiculously low interest rates, just a bit more than those charged to rock-solid Germany.They were in the euro, the thinking went, what could go wrong?In October 2009, after the global financial crisis had made investors more wary of risk, Greece revealed its deficit was far higher than advertised, and its finances were out of control. Its borrowing costs shot up. It couldn’t pay.___BAILOUT AUSTERITYWhen the party ended, Greece got a 110 billion euro bailout in 2010 from the other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. The creditors attached tough conditions to cut spending and deficits, and to tackle the rampant bureaucracy and corruption. Yet the cuts quickly undermined growth, which fell below the optimistic estimates of the creditors who miscalculated how much they would weigh on the economy.There was a contradiction that couldn’t be resolved: cuts in public spending were needed to reduce Greece’s cost base because it couldn’t devalue. Yet the lower public spending pushed down GDP and simply made the debt burden bigger compared to the size of the economy. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Unemployment soared. Misery multiplied.___HANDCUFFED BY THE EUROWith its own currency, Greece could have defaulted on its debts and devalued, quickly erasing its international cost problem, and moved on within a few years. Cutting wages and prices is tougher, and takes longer. In that sense, the euro has prolonged the agony.___TAXPAYERS ON THE HOOKBy 2012, it was clear the first bailout wasn’t doing the trick. A second rescue included sticking Greece’s private creditors with losses on their bonds, along with yet more loans. Yet creditors continued to underestimate how much damage austerity would do to growth. The debt level, measured as a fraction of the economy, continued to increase. Even at the time of the deal, most economists and policy makers expected that further debt reduction or easier terms were inevitable.But the reshuffle of Greece’s debt meant that instead of owing bond investors, Greece’s creditors were now European taxpayers, the IMF and the ECB. With taxpayers on the hook, resistance to further debt relief stiffened in place like Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland.Still, for a while it looked like the second bailout might do the trick. The Greek government under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras narrowed deficits. Some reforms were implemented, while others were passed but didn’t really take effect. The economy bottomed out, after an agonizing fall of around 25 percent, and appeared ready to start growing. Greece did get some easier terms on interest and time to pay. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ___CLOSE, BUT NO CIGARIn September 2014, Greece had only weeks left before it successfully completed the second bailout and transitioned to milder forms of assistance. Approaching the finish line, Samaras stumbled.He announced that Greece would expel its hated creditor monitors and return to bond markets without outside help or advice. The idea fell flat. Interest yields rose sharply on its remaining debt. Instead of getting the last of the bailout money, in December the floundering Samaras had to call an early election held in January.Voters, who were fed up with years of agony, chose Syriza, a hard-left party that won support with its demands for debt reduction and no more austerity. Creditors balked.Uncertainty quickly tanked the fledgling recovery. The bailout was first extended and then allowed to expire Tuesday as Syriza and creditors talked past one another.The last bailout money, some 7.2 billion euros, had slipped out of Greece’s grasp. And with it, perhaps, its chance of remaining in the eurozone.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Macedonia faces migrant pressure from two sides

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches In this photo taken on Thursday, July 23, 2015 migrants wave from a window of a train departing to Serbia at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Macedonia is facing an increasing pressure of migrants flow on its southern and northern borders with Greece and Serbia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — They huddle on the Greek border, awaiting a chance to sneak into Macedonia. Other migrants who make it across this landlocked country into Serbia are being deported back.It means that Macedonia is being sandwiched by migrant pressure from Greece to the south and Serbia to the north — as these desperate people seek to reach Western Europe.Police say about 18,000 migrants have been registered passing through Macedonia in a last month. Syrians account for nearly 13,000, and most of the migrants are male. Among them were about 2,000 children. Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Macedonia has become a major transit route for Middle Eastern and African refugees. At least 25 have been killed by trains since January walking on railway tracks. Many are robbed by criminal gangs.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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