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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada, Canada, Flair Airlines KELOWNA – Flair Airlines has appointed a former Air Canada executive to be its new Executive Chairman.David M. Tait has joined the low-fare airline, bringing with him a wealth of airline experience to the role. He has held various positions over the years at Air Canada in Montreal, Virgin Atlantic Airways in New York, Laker Airways in Toronto and Miami, as well as Wardair Canada in Toronto.In 1984, Tait helped Richard Branson craft a business plan for what would become Virgin Atlantic Airways, after which he spent the next 18 years as Executive Vice President.In May 2001, he was awarded an OBE (Officer of The Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to British Aviation in North America”.After leaving Virgin, Tait then served as Senior Vice President, Customer Service for Air Canada. He also became a best-selling author and award-winning travel columnist.On his new appointment, he said: “Canadians have been denied the services of an independent, truly low-cost, low-fare carrier for way too long. With Flair, I am excited to join another airline that, like we did with Virgin, can shake up the status quo with innovative, quality, friendly air service at consistently low fares and, most importantly, get more people out of their couches and into the air.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksJim Scott, CEO, Flair Airlines, added: “We are thrilled to have David join our team. His expertise, deep industry knowledge and unique experience in successfully leveraging the advantages the little guy has in an industry dominated by relative Goliaths, will be invaluable. The only way to build the best airline in Canada is to have the best people, and David certainly falls into that category.”On June 15, Flair will more than double its present total of 90 flights per week with increased non-stop and direct connectivity throughout an expanded Canada network that stretches from Halifax to Victoria Industry vet Tait joins Flair as new Executive Chairman Friday, June 8, 2018 center_img Share Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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first_img Share Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Watch as a woman trips and falls into a shark tank at a Chinese mall Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Animals, China ZHEJIANG, CHINA — Malls nowadays have become tourist destinations in their own right, with everything from skating rinks to ski hills luring shoppers from around the world. But for one woman in Zhejiang, China, a trip to the local mall nearly turned into a deadly event.In a video clip taken on Oct. 12, the woman is seen rushing across a bridge at a mall in Jiaxing City, located east of China’s Zhejiang Province. She then trips over a missing glass panel in the floor and falls straight into a tank full of lemon sharks, which was previously installed as a tourist draw.Luckily, she didn’t become shark bait thanks to the quick thinking of passersby and two security guards who rushed over to help pull her to safety.According to Discovery, lemon sharks can grow up to 3.5 metres long. Although they’re not typically aggressive towards humans, they will attack if they feel threatened.So what happened? Why was there a hole in the bridge in the first place?More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTurns out, the mall’s maintenance workers had been feeding the sharks that morning and left the panel open without putting up a warning sign.A mall spokesperson told Beijing Time that a safety barrier is usually put in place to prevent shoppers from crossing the bridge.Talk about a major oversight.This is just the latest close call with mall sharks in China. In June, a six-year-old girl had her right hand bitten by a shark in an aquarium at a mall in Guiyang City. According to local newspaper Guiyang Evening News, Wang Xiaoli suffered nine bites the largest wound measuring 5 cm, along with extensive nerve and tendon damage. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgThe U.S. government has spent $1.6 billion to help Mexico end a war between drug cartels that has killed 63,000 people south of our border in the past six years.Yet many of our assumptions about this war are wrong.As part of a study tracking the behavior of Mexico’s organized-crime groups, a colleague and I created an algorithm that uses Google to explore blogs, newspapers and news-related Web content and extract detailed data about how Mexican drug cartels operate. Our tool reads everything published and indexed as part of Google News and collects all the information the Web contains about the activities of the cartels, including their routes of expansion, since the 1990s. Our discoveries shocked us and surprised the U.S. officials who reviewed our findings.The United States may be helping Mexico fight the wrong war because we do not know who the enemy is.At the heart of the Mexican government’s strategy, which the United States has supported, is the belief that Mexico’s drug violence is the result of antagonistic trafficking organizations battling to monopolize a territory. Thus, the thinking goes, trafficking organizations must be eliminated. Yet it is not true that drug violence necessarily increases when more than one cartel operates in one area. In fact, in many areas, organized-crime groups share territory peacefully.Our data show that multiple cartels operated simultaneously in at least 100 Mexican municipalities in 2010, yet those municipalities did not experience a single drug-related homicide. Of the 16,000 assassinations in Mexico’s drug war that year, 43 percent occurred in just eight cities. A single city, Juarez, accounted for 8 percent of the deaths.What we learned is simple and powerful: Traffickers pick their wars.Battling is a strategic choice for cartels — and they frequently choose peace.War is not the unavoidable outcome of a profitable illegal industry. Violent criminal groups in Mexico are no different from other illegal groups that manage to operate with low levels of violence. Consider: Bolivia and Peru produce marijuana in larger quantities than do many Latin American countries and still have murder rates among the region’s lowest. The Japanese mafia controls the most profitable market of methamphetamines in Asia without major episodes of violence. Endangered species are smuggled through Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia without significant confrontations with poachers. Bosnia’s sex trafficking industry has boomed without a parallel upsurge in homicides.Because trafficking is a business and fighting is a business strategy, drug cartels choose to fight whenever war brings more benefits than costs. And the cost that governments can more efficiently impose on a criminal entrepreneur is prison. Cartels have chosen to fight in certain areas of Mexico because it makes business sense. South of the U.S. border, only 6 percent of all homicides produce a trial and judgment. As such, killing trafficking enemies to take over their territory, and potentially increase illegal earnings, is profitable. In short, war pays in Mexico.So the right way to fight a drug war in Mexico is not to aim at eliminating criminal organizations, as many have assumed, but rather to create conditions in which war does not pay. This will not be achieved with the strategy Washington has embraced. Even if all criminal organizations were eliminated, new ones would emerge as long as profits could be made from cocaine. A war against drug organizations is an endless war.Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to hold a national forum Tuesday with academics, laypeople and others to discuss how the country can best achieve peace. Now is the time for Mexico to choose the right direction.Mexico must craft a system of incentives, using arrests, sentencing and imprisonment, so that criminal organizations cannot find it profitable to kill. Rather than help Mexico fight an unwinnable war against criminal organizations, the United States must help its neighbor battle impunity. Ours must be a war to make sure those who kill face consequences; a war to improve Mexico’s justice system, because only 31 percent of the population believes it would be punished after committing a crime; a war against the sort of outbreaks where, in one day, more than 130 prisoners escape a jail near the Texas border. The goal must be to make violent crime a risky endeavor, rather than a discretionary choice made by criminal businessmen. A war against impunity can be won. A war against drugs cannot.Viridiana Rios is a fellow in inequality and criminal justice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 2010 to 2012, she and Michele Coscia, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Development, studied how and where Mexican drug cartels operate. © The Washington Post, 2013 Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgIt felt like my skull was lined with spikes, pointy-side inward, and a little man living inside my head was slamming my brain against the spikes with a mallet every time my heart beat.That’s what my experience with dengue fever felt like, and if you spend long enough in a café or restaurant in the northwestern province of Guanacaste these days, you’ll hear others saying similar things. Interested to learn about other people’s experiences, I asksed around and posted an inquiry on Facebook, which produced some pretty apt descriptions.“The thing I remember most was the taste of it,” said Tamarindo photographer Sean Davis. “It tasted like metal – like licking an aluminum pole. My skin hurt on the surface, and taking a shower was like being rained on by BBs from a BB gun war. It was the first time I felt sick on a cellular level. Like I could feel every cell being sick in my body.”“It was a total mind [expletive],” agreed Central Valley resident and Tico Times collaborator Erin Morris. “I’ve had life-threatening fevers before, so that part didn’t surprise me. But the way it took over my mind and I couldn’t think was horrible. I’m still not sure how long it lasted.”“The worst part was being so completely hot and sweaty,” remembered Jodi Rund, a Guanacaste high school teacher and mother of two. “You’d turn on the AC, fall asleep and wake up to a freezing pool of sweat. This happened about every four to six hours consistently for the next three to five days. That was the worst.”“It was like being on the verge of death – all the while getting punched in the eyeballs repeatedly, from the inside,” said Playas del Coco resident Joel Goren.The blow-by-blow on dengueFor me, the whole thing began with a sudden, crippling headache. I crawled into bed and remained incapacitated for hours, unable to sleep. As my temperature climbed, I drenched the bed with sweat. My fevered nightmares mixed with hallucinations of being hit by a train and beaten with baseball bats.I had always half-joked that if I ever contracted this mosquito-borne illness, I would fly my mother – a nurse – to Costa Rica so she could care for me. What a pipe dream. Dengue came on so fast and so hard that I could barely stand up to use the bathroom, let alone operate a telephone.My entire body was as sore, as if I’d been in a car wreck. I had random shooting pains in my bones. I couldn’t eat for a week and lost about 10 pounds. Even swallowing a sip of water made my head feel like the man in my brain was throwing hand grenades. The doctor gave me a saline drip IV for hydration but I could only use it in his office, which wasn’t nearly as comfortable as my bed, so I declined.The worst symptoms lasted for about three to four days. Then my skin became red and itchy as my headache receded, and that marked the beginning of the end.The entire next week I was still exhausted, but could at least sort of focus on answering emails or watching Netflix. It took a solid three to four weeks in total until I could resume normal activities without being fatigued, without feeling winded after mounting a flight of stairs.Mine was a pretty classic case of the most common form of dengue (there are four types in total in Costa Rica, but this version is the most prevalent). I displayed most but not all of the common symptoms: high fever, intense headaches, muscle soreness and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, and a skin rash after 3-4 days.A visitor’s right to knowAs a resident of Tamarindo, I can’t help but notice that not a single hotel in the area has posted a sign to warn guests of the epidemic. For the most part, dengue’s prevalence is swept under the rug by hotels and tour operators in northwestern Costa Rica, and I can’t help but wonder what happens when an uninformed tourist goes home with the virus. What if that tourist’s doctor has no clue what it is? The consequences, it seems, could be life and death.It’s time for small businesses in Costa Rica to redirect the energy spent on hiding dengue’s existence from guests to managing the mosquito population more effectively.There is, of course, no need to cause a panic when dropping the “d-bomb” on guests. Hotel staff should simply explain that dengue is a painful but (usually) nonlife-threatening virus that is easily preventable by wearing bug spray or long pants.Contracting the virus is basically a numbers game, said Chris Watkins, a member of Tamarindo’s anti-dengue committee, who used the humorous comparison of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. As in, wear protection.  “If you have a one-night stand, you might have walked away with an STD, but the odds are on your side that you’re probably OK. If you have a hundred one-night stands, get yourself to the health clinic ASAP,” he said. “It’s the same with bites. If you get one bug bite, you might be infected – but only if you’re terribly unlucky. If you get a hundred bites, chances are one of them gave you dengue.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Dengue numbers finally drop in Costa Rica Dengue fever deaths climb to 12 in Nicaragua Dengue out of control in Costa Rica Dengue cases increased by 300 percent this yearlast_img read more

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first_imgNicaraguans are still laughing after news reports this week about the arrest of an unnamed man nabbed with several plastic baggies of compressed horse manure.According to TV news station Crónica TN8 – yes, we said Crónica – police in Matagalpa, a city 130 kilometers north of the capital, observed a man acting suspiciously and proceeded to detain and search him. The suspect was in the possession of several plastic bags of what appeared to be compressed marijuana, so cops took him to a local police station for processing. But when they got there, their suspect had some surprising news.“Supposedly that stuff was marijuana, but it’s not marijuana,” the unidentified man told TN8 in the video below. “It seems it is horseshit. Some maje on the street robbed my money.”The suspect said he bought the road apples because a dealer offered him a great price. He discovered the fraud after sampling the product, police said.“I’m not a dealer, I work on a coffee farm,” the man said.To dispel all doubt, police tested the substance, which according to TN8 reporter Simón Francisco Hernández showed “we are not in the presence of marijuana.”The defrauded young man seemed to take the news in stride, admitting through a charming gap-toothed smile that he’s a regular marijuana consumer.“I feel robbed. I was going to smoke a joint and get half-crazy on the bus, but instead what I got was a big horse turd,” he said.Solo en Nicaragua. Related posts:Police carry out 9 anti-drug raids in Limón, arrest 4 Beachcombing along the Caribbean drug trail in Nicaragua Protecting indigenous land rights could help deter drug trafficking in Central America, says new report Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgSplashes of water sprang up like waves from the soaked field as the group of white-shirted players slid to one corner in celebration. When La Sele’s players rushed over to embrace Bryan Ruíz after his 65th minute goal gave Costa Rica a 1-0 lead over rival Panama in the World Cup qualifying game, it seemed like all they would need to escape Panama City with a win.But then, after the splashes crashed back to the field — and the rain continued to pour — a strange chaos followed.Three minutes after Ruíz’s initial goal, striker Marco Ureña broke away from Panama’s defense and sent a strike into the back of the net to put a battered Costa Rica up 2-0 in the all-important race for first place in Group B of the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.A team missing more than half of its regular starters suddenly held a comfortable lead on the road. But the Ticos were given almost no time to plan their postgame celebration as Panama responded in the 71st minute with a goal of its own. Less than two minutes later, Panama marched right back to Costa Rica’s goal and shot a clear strike toward the middle of the posts, but veteran goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton dived to make the critical save for his national team.Upon the deflection, both teams scrambled to regain possession of the slippery ball that was nearly stuck back into the goal by Panama before Costa Rican defender Kendall Waston finally cleared it.The climactic six or seven minutes of the second half were a complete reversal of a first half in which both teams looked frustrated and unable to string together any long series of possessions. After all, it’s not the easiest thing to establish footing and make concise passes on a field that’s essentially a grassy Slip’N Slide.Panama kept Costa Rica’s defense on its heels until the final minutes, as Pemberton came out of the box on two more plays to deter a couple of near goals.The surprising win for La Sele, which is without some very key players like goalie Keylor Navas and midfielder Celso Borges, gives it the sole lead of group play with six points over Panama, Jamaica, and Haiti.“It’s a unique aspect of our team that everybody is able to step up and fill in,” coach Óscar Ramírez said after the game. “But the work they’ve put in and their confidence has made it so they all feel like starters.”After Thursday’s slow-developing 1-0 win against Haiti in the opener of World Cup qualifying play, Ramírez said that football doesn’t always have to be pretty for a team to win. By escaping Panama with a 2-1 win, Ramírez’s team turned an ugly game on a canvas of rain and mud into its own beautiful masterpiece.“If the game was played on a dry field, it could have been a lot prettier and allowed us more room for strategy,” he said.Most of the game was an aggressive and chippy battle characterized by a rash of penalties, including seven yellow cards. In the first half, officials had to take the captains from both teams – Ruíz and Panama’s Felipe Baloy – and warn them to corral their teams before more penalties were doled out.Panama’s Blas Pérez levied an apparent cheap shot on Waston when he threw himself into the defender’s back in the second half. What could have been a red card was instead a yellow. In another notable sequence, 22-year-old defender Ronald Matarrita, who was again brilliant and proved he’s earned a consistent starting role on La Sele for years to come, dove for a tackle and was shoved by Panama’s Valentín Pimentel when he stood back up. When a swarm of Pimentel’s teammates surrounded Matarrita, Panama’s own coach, Hernán Gómez, had to shield Matarrita away from his players on the sideline.La Sele will not resume World Cup qualifying play until March, when it plays the third member of its bracket, Jamaica, at home in San José. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico Costa Rica’s football team limps into daunting test against Panama Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United Stateslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Broncos beat Panthers, 24-10, to win Super Bowl 50 Hey NFL, are you out of your #$@% minds? NFL’s Super Bowl Sunday is here, with Cam Newton and Peyton Manning set to battle FIFA memo asks would-be president to stick to the script SAN FRANCISCO, California – British rockers Coldplay said Thursday they were overjoyed to headline the prestigious Super Bowl halftime show but admitted they knew little about U.S. football.Frontman Chris Martin said the group — who will perform with Beyonce at Sunday’s championship game in San Francisco — had studied past Super Bowl performances and hoped to put on “a show as memorable as some of our favorites.”But while describing their selection for Super Bowl 50 as an honor, the band members admitted they were unlikely to understand the game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.“I think we’re firmly split down the middle between those of us who know absolutely nothing about football and those of us who know almost absolutely nothing about football,” guitarist Jonny Buckland told a news conference.Martin joked that the band was looking for a good game from Lebron James, who is one of the top U.S. athletes — but in basketball, not in the NFL.The Super Bowl is the biggest U.S. television event of the year, with last year’s halftime show drawing a record 118.5 million viewers.But with high viewership comes intense scrutiny, and last year’s show by Katy Perry was overshadowed by the “left shark” — a backup dancer in a shark outfit who appeared out of synch.Asked if Coldplay had contingency “shark” plans, Martin quipped that the band had invested time in training sharks and had “a reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem.”“Everything will shut down for two minutes while we replace whichever shark messed up,” Martin said, promising a delay on the broadcast “so no viewer at home will have any shark-based trauma.”Thinking further about the issue, Martin said: “It’s a difficult question to answer. You’re basically saying which part of our show will we fuck up terribly,” a remark that inadvertently was a faux pas in itself as the National Football League frowns on profanity.Coldplay will be the first non-American act to headline the halftime show since British rock legends The Who in 2010.Martin voiced excitement about appearing with Beyonce, calling the pop diva “one of our all-time favorites.”The halftime show will also feature Bruno Mars and the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra led by Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel, while Lady Gaga will open the game by singing the national anthem. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Spanish soccer statistician Alexis Martín-Tamayo, known as Mister Chip, the Costa Rican goalie has now saved eight of the 15 penalty kicks against him in his La Liga career, dating back to his time with Levante. That’s an absurd ratio of under 50 percent goals allowed, whereas penalty kicks are historically scored above a rate of 70 percent on soccer’s major levels. 3 – Keylor Navas has equaled the best record of penalties saved by Iker Casillas in a single La Liga season (3 in 08/09). Puma.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 20, 2016 As his incredible 2015-2016 season winds down, Keylor Navas proved again Sunday that he’s not out of tricks just yet. The goalie who has been dubbed “The European Wall”by Spanish soccer magazine Marca, added to his impressive list of accolades with Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over league rival Sevilla.When defender Raphaël Varane was called for pulling down an opposing player in the box, Sevilla was awarded a penalty kick in the 26th minute. The Spanish power had an easy chance to tie Real Madrid at 1-1 in the early going. That is, until Navas got in the way.The Costa Rican keeper now has three penalty kick saves on the season, giving him more than any other goalie in Europe’s major five leagues, according to sports statistic web site OptaJose. #OJOALDATO – De los 15 penaltis que le han lanzado a @NavasKeylor en La Liga, sólo siete (47%) acabaron en gol.— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) March 20, 2016center_img Navas plans to arrive at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport Monday afternoon to rejoin the national selection as they get set for their back-to-back games against Jamaica, beginning with Friday’s match in Kingston. Head coach Óscar Ramírez said at a news conference last week announcing the lineup that Navas will play in both games against the Jamaicans despite concerns Real Madrid would order him to sit out in preparation for El Clásico against Barcelona on April 2.Navas and Real Madrid will then return to Champions League play in the first of their two quarterfinal matches against Wolfsburg. If Navas can go 133 minutes, or one and a half games, without conceeding a goal to the German club, he will own the longest goalless streak in Champions League history. After eight career games in the tournament of Europe’s best club teams, Navas has yet to give up a single goal. Facebook Comments Related posts:Keylor Navas and Real Madrid advance to Champions League final Keylor Navas and Real Madrid tie 1-1 with rival Barcelona in dramatic Clásico Keylor Navas, Real Madrid clinch La Liga title in Spain VIDEO: Keylor Navas’ save is Best of the Season in Spainlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:OMG it’s Keylor Navas Belgium defeats Costa Rica 4-1 Costa Rica ties Switzerland 2-2, heads for World Cup exits Costa Rica parts company with head coach Oscar Ramírez Facebook Comments A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Ricacenter_img Our latest print edition is available now, with a special World Cup supplement that includes a guide to watching the tournament, features on Costa Rican football history, and brackets. You’ll also find opinion pieces on political developments in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, fishing news, arts and culture, a Costa Rican map, philanthropy news, classifieds and much more.Find it at these locations (distribution is under way so we advise calling your favorite pickup point before making a trip to ensure it’s arrived).Not seeing a distribution point in your neighborhood, or interested in offering The Tico Times at your business? Remember that our distributors can now give away the paper, charge the ₡500 cover price and keep the 100 percent of that amount, or charge the cover price and donate the proceeds to a nonprofit organization in exchange for free publicity on our site. New distributors need only fill out this online form.last_img read more

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first_imgMexican mobster Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was found guilty Tuesday by a New York jury of crimes spanning a quarter of a century as head of one of the world’s most powerful drugs gangs.The 61-year-old former head of the Sinaloa cartel — famed for his brazen escapes from Mexican prisons — faces a possible life sentence after being convicted of smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States.He was also found guilty of money laundering and illegal weapons possession charges.In a three-month trial that unfolded like a real-life telenovela, Guzmán’s former beauty queen wife and a parade of his lovers and henchmen took the witness stand under the gaze of the onetime drugs kingpin.In his closing arguments late last month, Guzmán’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman asked the jury not to convict on the basis of the “garbage” testimony of government witnesses.Lichtman contended that Guzmán was merely a “scapegoat,” and that the real culprit in the drug trafficking operations was Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, the co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel.“Mayo has been the largest narcotrafficker for decades in Mexico. He has never been arrested. He has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to stay free,” Lichtman said.The government, meanwhile, appealed to the jury not to let Guzmán escape — an allusion to his two spectacular jailbreaks in Mexico, the last one in 2015 through a tunnel from a shower area in his cell.“Do not let him escape responsibility. Hold him accountable for his crimes. Find him guilty on all counts,” U.S. assistant attorney Andrea Goldbarg said in her closing arguments.During the trial, the government presented 56 witnesses and troves of incriminating material, including intercepted calls between Guzmán and his associates, and conservations taped secretly by informants, over a period stretching almost three months.The defense called just one witness, an FBI agent put on the stand in an attempt to undermine the credibility of one of Guzmán’s cocaine suppliers who had testified against him.The defense’s strategy centered on attacking the credibility of the cooperating witnesses — former secretaries, pilots, cocaine suppliers, Guzmán’s top trafficker in the United States, a manager, an accountant, a former communications chief, and even a former lover.Most are serving prison sentences and hoped to have their penalties reduced in return for their cooperation with prosecutors.“Those witnesses not only admitted to lying every day of their lives, their miserable, selfish lives — they lied to you here in the courtroom,” Lichtman said.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Judge approves extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán El Chapo’s lawyer says drug lord wants quick extradition to US At least 52 dead in Mexico prison riot UPDATED: Mexico reels in response to 7.1 earthquakelast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaica’s two main political parties are investigating allegations a Jamaican fraudster gave them millions in 2007.A confiscation order by a Turks and Caicos court claims that convicted fraudster David Smith gave generously to both the Jamaica Labor Party and the People’s National Party.Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson is accused of accepting $1 million from Smith, who ran a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme through a phony investment group called Olint. Sponsored Stories Patterson of the PNP denies “soliciting or receiving any such gift.” The PNP says it has no record of receiving money from Smith.Labor says it is aware that Smith was a contributor. It says it is examining the claim that $5 million was donated.Smith got 30 years in Florida for wire fraud and money laundering.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Two Americans jailed in Haiti were charged with conspiracy for participating in a street march that pressed for the return of the country’s disbanded army, a Haitian government official said Sunday.Reginald Delva, Haiti’s Secretary of State for Public Security, said Jason William Petrie and Steven Parker Shaw were charged Saturday night because of their involvement in last week’s march. Petrie, 39, is from Barberton, Ohio; and Shaw, 57, is from Dighton, Massachusetts. But Haitian police closed two military bases Saturday and a third Sunday morning in the northern city of Cap-Haitien when 100 people inside fled, Delva said.Delva said authorities learned that the leaders of the group had tricked the younger recruits into thinking that they would be part of the military.“It was a big scheme, making them think that they were part of an army,” Delva said, noting that the leaders charged recruits up to $125.Police also found bottles to be used as Molotov cocktails and an expensive generator that raised questions about their source of funding. Some of the weapons they carried, including an M-60, turned out to be broken or fake, Delva said.There was speculation that the would-be soldiers received funding from the Martelly administration in part because they were able to take over the old military bases and other public facilities without opposition. The leaders of the group denied they received government support, and Delva on Sunday denied it as well.The men in the military uniforms had come to embarrass the U.N. peacekeeping mission and the Haitian government, which has focused on trying to lure foreign investors and tourists. The paramilitary-like presence of the hopeful troops worried many; they readily recalled a time when previous administrations used private militias to stay in power. 0 Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “They were providing logistical support,” Delva said by telephone.Authorities say Petrie and Shaw were drivers for a group of ex-soldiers and their young followers who marched in Haiti’s capital Friday for the army’s return. The demonstration drew hundreds of supporters who donned mismatching military uniforms, including Petrie who wore an army T-shirt and Shaw who wore camouflaged pants.Petrie, a sometime interpreter for foreigners because of his two-decade involvement in Haiti, told The Associated Press while he was in jail that he knew the leaders of the band of the wannabe soldiers and described them as friends. He was merely lending a hand, he said. Shaw said he was helping Petrie.“There wasn’t some American plotting against the government or causing instability. I think he got in a little over his head,” the brother of Petrie, Ben, said by telephone from his home in Ohio. “I don’t know what he was thinking but I can say unequivocally that there was no conspiracy.”Ben Petrie, 37, said his brother had only the best intentions for a country he fell in love with.“Some would say he has no business getting involved in Haiti’s business, and I would agree with that,” Ben Petrie said. “But he’s tired of the situation in Haiti and wants to see Haiti stand up on its own two feet.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The pro-army march on Friday began peacefully but turned violent in the afternoon when people began throwing rocks at United Nations peacekeepers and shots were later fired outside an old military base.Police locked up 48 other people on a range of charges that included possession of illegal weapons and not having paperwork for driving motorcycles. One of the leaders, a former sergeant named Aubin Larose, was charged with assault on a police officer.Two other Americans and a Canadian were held for questioning for 24 hours in a police station lobby because they tried to bring medicine to Petrie for his diabetes. They were released late Saturday.The detentions were part of a broader effort by the Haitian government to crack down on the groups of ex-soldiers and their young followers who were pressing President Michel Martelly to honor his campaign pledge of reinstating the armed forces, which was dissolved in 1995 because of its involvement in coups and other abuses.Haitian authorities repeatedly ordered the armed men and a few women to clear out of 10 bases they had taken over since February but they refused. The leaders, most of them dismissed sergeants, said they wouldn’t leave until Martelly appointed them to an interim military force. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Despite the heavy attention on Iran’s external struggles _ including the future of critical ally Bashar Assad in Syria _ the coming year could be a highly inward-looking one for Iran. Ahmadinejad will be hunting for some type of post-presidency political role. Meanwhile, the ruling system will be vetting candidates for the next presidential election _ with all expectations that only reliable and pliable figures will make the cut.The theocracy holds all the cards. It clears all candidates for the presidency and parliament. The message these days: Reformists, liberals and any others likely to challenge the ruling system are out.Front-runners at the moment include Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf and ex-Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei. All would likely strike a more milder tone on the world stage than Ahmadinejad.Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born political analyst based in Israel, said Khamenei feels particularly burned by Ahmadinejad after coddling him as the “son he always wanted.” And the Revolutionary Guard “will try their level best to convince Khamenei to choose a yes man,” said Javedanfar, co-author of the Ahmadinejad biography “The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran.” Top Stories “Ahmadinejad is a lame duck, and the ruling system wants to keep it that way,” said Mehrzad Boroujerdi, a Syracuse University professor who follows Iranian affairs. “They want to keep him on a short leash. He’ll yank back, though. It’s the classic case of a weak office occupied by a strong personality.”Iran’s presidency guides the mainstream economy and many day-to-day functions. But major decisions, from international affairs to military priorities, are controlled by the theocracy. This is where Ahmadinejad made his ill-fated gamble last year.Dozens of Ahmadinejad’s allies were arrested or purged from politics, and he was effectively stripped of his ability to groom a successor. An angry Khamenei even hinted that Iran could one day abandon the directly elected presidency system in favor of a prime minister.Elections in February reinforced the anti-Ahmadinejad ranks in parliament. In March, Ahmadinejad became the first Iranian president brought before lawmakers for grilling over his policies and confrontations with Khamenei _ whose hard-core followers believe is answerable only to God.It’s left Ahmadinejad politically battered, but still with a sizable base of supporters among Iran’s working classes and rural poor who see the ruling clerics as aloof and out of touch. The one-time favored son of Iran’s theocracy _ its flame-throwing populist in a common man’s wind breaker or bureaucrat’s off-the-rack suit _ is now limping into his last year in office sharply weakened and in the unexpected position as an outcast among hard-liners.“It may be hard to believe for those who just pay attention to the theatrics of Iranian politics, but Ahmadinejad has emerged _ somewhat by process of elimination _ as something of a moderate in relation to the archconservatives in the ruling system,” said Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar.“The reformers and opposition have been crushed or silenced,” he added. “That leaves Ahmadinejad and his big political ego.”`Ahmadinejad lost a power struggle last year with the ruling system, which had helped him rise from the relative obscurity of Tehran’s city hall seven years ago and stood by his side in 2009 amid the mass chaos from his disputed re-election.Yet he still has some political ammunition in reserve. How he uses it will set the tone for Iran’s internal policymaking as it struggles with big questions such as: how far to bend in the nuclear standoff with the West, how to counter deepening sanctions and what to do with the combative and ambitious Ahmadinejad after the June 2013 elections to pick his successor. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories A pivotal element, analysts say, is whether Ahmadinejad will revive his challenges to the alpha-omega powers of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his backers, led by the Revolutionary Guard. The feud began last year with Ahmadinejad’s drive to give the presidency more sway over key policies such as intelligence and foreign affairs _ which are firmly in the hands of the clerics.That fight is lost. He can still, however, battle for a political ally on the presidential ballot next year, which will be Ahmadinejad’s last in office because of term limits. He also can attempt to nudge Iran’s position in the nuclear talks with the U.S. and other world powers, which are scheduled to resume next week in Moscow.Ahmadinejad is seen as possibly more open to deals with Washington that would accommodate both sides: allowing Iran to continue some level of uranium enrichment for reactor fuel but giving more room for U.N. inspections. The negotiations, however, are completely overseen by the ruling system. And it’s even possible, some analysts say, that Khamenei wants to avoid any possible breakthroughs with the West until Ahmadinejad is out of office _ fearing he could use it to gain political mileage. Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran’s president hardly seemed like a fading political force at a security summit in Beijing last week. Leaders from China and Russia carved out time to hold private talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and gave him center stage to unleash his pet theories about the unraveling of Western power.But Ahmadinejad always seems to catch a second wind on the road. It’s at home where his political wounds are most visible and his expiration date is already factored into high-stakes calculations.center_img (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements In a speech in May, Ahmadinejad indirectly took a swipe at the theocracy by praising the 1,000-year-old epic poem “Shahnameh,” which recounts tales of Persia’s pre-Islamic Zoroastrian religion. “Wherever there is justice, freedom and monotheism, there is Iran,” he told the crowds.“We will witness more hue and cry by Ahmadinejad,” predicted independent Tehran-based political analyst Behrouz Shojaei.This is what worries the ruling clerics.It’s not certain whether they fully sanctioned Ahmadinejad’s most headline-grabbing statements over the years, including calling Israel a doomed state and questioning the extent of the Holocaust. But there is little doubt that Ahmadinejad’s bluster has complicated negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran insists is only for energy and medical research.“Ahmadinejad is not likely to leave a shining legacy,” said Ehsan Ahrari, a Virginia-based political analyst. “His rants about the so-called mythical nature of the Holocaust unnecessarily heightened tensions with Israel.”Gary Sick, an Iranian affairs expert at Columbia University, also believes all the bluster accounts for the world powers’ tough negotiating stance in the nuclear talks. “The image he has created is that Iran is treacherous and extremely ideological by his loose talk and swaggering around,” he said. “In many ways it’s a false image, but he has reinforced this in the minds of the West.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The political freeze-out of Ahmadinejad, however, could free him up for greater grandstanding. Some believe he could go further with his challenges to the ruling system as a way to cater to his remaining supporters.Still, Ahmadinejad is leaving people guessing. On his website last week, he wrote about how his concept of “justice” means not only facing enemies but also battling a “friend, comrade, party-mate and colleague.”It’s unclear whether this was a warning shot of a new battle with the ruling clerics or a lament about how former conservative allies have abandoned him.Of the five presidents since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, only two have moved onto prominent roles: Khamenei and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who also is a foe of Ahmadinejad dating back to the 2005 presidential election race. Ahmadinejad’s predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, has been neutralized along with his reformist allies.“Ahmadinejad does not want to fade away,” said Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University political science professor. “Considering his personality and character, it will be hard for him to leave the stage.”___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.last_img
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first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The next day, three Iranians accidentally blew up their house in the Thai capital.Israeli authorities have said the similarity between all of the explosives linked Iran to all three incidents. Iran has denied any involvement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – Two Indian investigators have gone to Tehran to question Iranian suspects who they believe were involved in a bomb attack that wounded an Israeli diplomat’s wife in New Delhi in February, police said Monday.The investigators left for the Iranian capital last week after authorities there agreed to the Indian request to pursue the case, a police officer familiar with the case said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Comments   Share   Top Stories New Delhi police have issued arrest warrants for three Iranians they believe planned or carried out the attack. They say the Iranians performed reconnaissance at the Israeli Embassy in May 2011 before returning to New Delhi early this year to plan the attack.Police say two of the men left India before the attack but were previously in contact with an Indian journalist accused of conspiracy in the plot. The third left India after the attack.One of the men, Housan Afshar, had also been in contact with Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, an Iranian who is accused of involvement in a blast in Bangkok a day after the New Delhi attack. Sedaghatzadeh was later arrested in Malaysia.Syed Mohammad Kazmi, a 50-year-old freelance Indian journalist who reportedly worked for some Iranian news organizations, is the only person arrested in the five-month investigation into the New Delhi blast. He faces charges relating to terrorist activities, attempted murder and other illegal activities. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. He has denied all charges against him.The Indian investigators are expected to return from Iran this week, the police officer said.Meanwhile, the Indian Express newspaper reported that Indian investigators were also likely to visit the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where a bomb was discovered on an Israeli diplomat’s car the same day as the New Delhi attack. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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first_imgHe prays his country will shake off years of corruption and dysfunction, that someday, people won’t be afraid to leave their gated communities at night, and that a boy will be able to test the limits of freedom without fear for his life.He prays he will not be killed for speaking out.“I’m not only reacting to the impotence that my son’s death made me feel,” he said. “I can’t allow for rights to be violated, and even less if it’s my family’s right to life.”____Associated Press writer Martha Mendoza in Santa Cruz, California contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean They went first to the Criminal Investigations Division, where they filed a missing person report. Next they went to the Juvenile Justice Division, then to the Children’s Hospital. Maybe Ebed had had a motorcycle accident or had stayed overnight at a girl’s house _ though he’d never done anything like that before. Maybe he would come home, apologizing sheepishly.He wasn’t in jail or at the hospital. Finally, the Yaneses went to the police homicide division. The officers knew nothing about his son, they told him, but they did find a motorcycle next to the body of an unidentified young man. There had been a party in the neighborhood, they said, and somebody from the party must have killed him.“We have the motorcycle here. Do you want to see it?”The family walked across a parking lot and from a distance Wilfredo recognized his red motorcycle. He knew what it meant.“Is it him?” asked his wife.“Yes, it’s him,” Wilfredo said. She fainted and he barely had time to catch her before she hit the ground.At the city morgue, Wilfredo told his wife and daughter to wait outside. Beyond the bare reception area the morgue was full, well past its 45-cadaver capacity, and nearly a dozen bodies lay on the floor, each in a white plastic bag. That’s where Wilfredo found his only son, with a broken jaw that hadn’t even seen its first shave, and an exit wound next to his mouth. As shock set in, they handed him a bag of Ebed’s belongings: his BlackBerry, a broken helmet, a set of house keys.That night, at the wake, Wilfredo stood before the family and friends who’d gathered to pray and made a promise for Ebed, and for his country too. Although deeply religious, he did not believe in leaving this horror in God’s hands. God rewarded you for what you did in this life, and he had to take action. “My son will not be just one more statistic,” he vowed.Wilfredo kept thinking about what the police had told him. His son was the victim of a street crime? He didn’t believe it. On his way to the funeral, he took a detour to the police station a block away from where his son had been found. Two policemen on duty told him they had heard shots late Saturday, but they hadn’t gone out to investigate. There were only the two of them, after all, and they were afraid.He didn’t blame the officers. Wilfredo didn’t care for politics or criticize the government. But he was a practical man who knew police were unlikely to investigate, and without a case the government would never deliver justice. If he wanted answers, he’d have to get them himself. He climbed back into his car and drove to the block where Ebed had died. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 There were three officers involved in the alleged cover-up, Enamorado told Wilfredo. One told the soldiers to lie, another switched the weapons and another claimed he had never been informed of the shooting.The lieutenant colonel who allegedly ordered the weapons exchanged, Reynel Funes, had been vetted by the U.S. government. In 2006, the U.S. paid for Funes to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in defense analysis. Earlier he had received training at the then-School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia.The military has denied any wrongdoing on the part of the officers.“All this about lies and switching the weapons is a novel,” said army spokesman Lt. Col. Jeremias Arevalo. “We have given the prosecutor everything he has requested from the first day.”“We are a responsible and serious armed force, and we are against impunity.”____Wilfredo doesn’t think so. After months of pushing, he persuaded the prosecutor two weeks ago to investigate the roles of the officers, and to figure out what happened with the guns used to shoot his son. He has petitioned the government to take the army off the streets through a constitutional amendment. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The more Wilfredo learned, the angrier he became.The army chief, Rene Osorio, told the press Ebed had failed to stop at an army checkpoint and deserved what he got.“Everyone who does not stop at a military checkpoint is involved in something,” Osorio said.On June 7, Enamorado called in the soldiers, opening an investigative file that would swell to some 700 pages. None of the soldiers remembered a man on a motorcycle, they said. Nothing happened that night.After the interview, though, one of the soldiers called his mother and told her a very different story, according to the investigative file. He had been ordered to lie about the shooting of the boy, he said. His mother called a lawyer, who advised them that it would be better to be a witness than a suspect. The soldier showed up at the prosecutor’s office the next day with three others.There had been 21 men at the military roadblock. Seven more in the Ford. The two bullets that killed Ebed came from the same weapon.The boy, he said, did not stop at the checkpoint, but raced through it. They followed him in the Ford pickup, chasing him through the dark alleys for at least five minutes. The boy turned into an alley too narrow for the truck, so the driver stopped. The lieutenant sitting in the front passenger seat ordered the unit to open fire as he jumped out of the truck and started shooting. Two other soldiers got out and fired from 30 meters away, with soldier Eleazar Abimael Rodriguez dropping to his knee in the firing position, said the soldier, who is now a protected witness. The motorcyclist was shot. The prosecutors, however, did not have a car. The state prosecutor’s office was a crowded cluster of desks and columns of stacked files. There were six prosecutors, a staff of investigators, and one car for the lot of them.Wilfredo offered to drive.The first stop was at army headquarters to collect the incident report for that night. After several failed attempts, an officer told them they had to file a request in writing. Two days later, they got it.The army’s report for the night of May 26 said a man on a motorcycle fired on the soldiers at the checkpoint, but got away when the soldiers pursued him. Wilfredo’s son was armed only with a cellphone.Next stop: ballistics. They asked for all the weapons from the unit that had been at the roadblock.And then came the chilling news. The soldiers were in a special forces unit of the army’s 1st Battalion. The Ford was part of a batch donated by the U.S. government. The unit itself, because it used U.S. aid, had been trained by the U.S. and vetted to ensure the soldiers and leadership were not corrupt and complied with human rights laws.In other words, these were Honduras’s finest soldiers. And it seemed to Wilfredo that they had murdered his son. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Ebed knew he lived in a perilous country. But there was this lovely girl, and he so wanted to meet her. It was just one night. It was spring. He was young.And by 1:30 a.m., he was dead, slumped over his father’s motorcycle with a bullet to the back of his head.____The Yanes family lives in a secure gated community on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa. Every Sunday, before going to church, Ebed’s job was to wash the car for his father, an organic food supplier.But that Sunday, Wilfredo Yanes, 57, noticed that his car was still dirty. Ebed was not in bed, nor anywhere to be found. The motorcycle was missing.Wilfredo’s boy was playful, fond of girls, easily distracted, but he did not get into trouble. He never left the house alone, had never taken public transportation and didn’t know his way about the city. Even when he went to Tae Kwon Do lessons, his older sister waited for him in the car for two hours, studying for her medical school classes.It was hard to imagine what could have happened to him.Wilfredo called the front gate of the complex. Yes, he was told, Ebed had left near midnight, on the motorcycle. No, he had not come back.“We need to stay calm,” Wilfredo told his wife, Berlin Caceres, 42, a university professor. They would look for him. After that, said the soldier, the unit alerted Col. Juan Giron and received instructions. “We were ordered to pick up the shell casings and we returned to the roadblock. He told us what we had to say… that we shouldn’t say what happened,” according to the investigative file.Officers took the weapons the soldiers had used that night and exchanged them, to cover up the shooting, the soldiers said.When Enamorado told Wilfredo what had happened, he was aghast.“They used my son as target practice,” he said.The soldiers had a choice, Enamorado said. It was right to chase Ebed, to try to stop him, even to shoot into the air. But not at a fleeing suspect.What happened next was a miracle of efficiency. Within 17 days of opening the case, three soldiers were arrested. The bullets were traced to Rodriguez, 22, who was charged with murder and imprisoned. The two others, including the officer who ordered the unit to shoot, were suspended from the army and released on bail awaiting trial, charged with covering up a crime and abuse of their office.It was a triumph, of sorts, for Wilfredo. But not enough. The man who killed his son had only been following orders. One neighbor, a woman, said she’d heard loud gunshots, three rounds from a large caliber gun, but had been too scared to look outside. A young man who rented an apartment nearby did look, and he told Wilfredo he had seen six to eight masked soldiers in dark uniforms approaching a body. They poked it with their rifles, then picked up the empty bullet casings and went back to their vehicle parked at the entrance of the alleyway. It was an unusually big pickup truck, a four-by-four, with a double cabin.After the sun came up, residents said, they went outside and gathered bullet casings that the soldiers had failed to find. They gave them to Wilfredo, who carried them to his son’s funeral, feeling the weight of their significance in his pocket and in his gut: Good God, he thought, his son wasn’t killed by party-goers. He likely was shot by the army.____After the funeral, Wilfredo drove to National University, where his wife worked, to see Julieta Castellanos, the president of the university. She had also lost a son, shot by police at a roadblock last year, and had become a fearless critic of police impunity. Her advice: gather evidence and then contact the prosecutor’s office. Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – In a capital so dangerous that only the “walking dead” are said to venture out after dark, nothing could draw an obedient son from the safety of his parents’ suburban home into the deserted night.Nothing, that is, but a girl.Ebed Yanes had friended her on Facebook. They had chatted and the studious 15-year-old was desperate to meet her. “My parents are still awake,” he wrote her that Saturday night in May. “I’ll shower while they go to bed and I’ll get the keys to the motorcycle.” What do homicide statistics mean to a high school freshman in the grip of a young crush? A murder rate of 91 per 100,000 residents may make Honduras the most violent country in the world, but to Ebed those odds weren’t grim enough to keep him home.He crept downstairs, climbed onto his father’s motorcycle and disappeared into the dark in search of the girl.He never found her. “I don’t know where you are,” he texted. “I’ve been looking for 45 minutes but now I better get back before the soldiers catch me.”Police are so chronically outgunned by the criminals that the government had declared a state of emergency, allowing the army to patrol the streets. At this late hour, soldiers would have set up a roadblock. Ebed wasn’t carrying the motorcycle registration, and he didn’t want to be stopped, caught sneaking out of the house despite everything his father had taught him.Honduras is a broken country. The political system is so weak that just three years ago the president was ousted in a coup carried out by the army and endorsed by the Supreme Court. Poverty is second only to Haiti’s in the Western Hemisphere. An estimated three quarters of the cocaine flown from South America to the United States passes through this Central American country, the epicenter of the U.S. government’s war on drug trafficking. The violence, according to the World Health Organization, is “epidemic.” 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Days later, Wilfredo and his wife took a drive through the hilly outskirts of the capital, past the sleazy love motels and run-down auto shops, looking for a vehicle that fit the description given by the witnesses. On their third trip, around midnight on Saturday, they stumbled upon an army checkpoint near the alley where their son was killed.The vehicle matched. It was a bulky Ford pickup. Four-door. A rare sight in Tegucigalpa.Wilfredo’s wife stopped the car, and he quickly snapped a photograph, not thinking about the flash. Soldiers walked over and told him to turn over his camera.Wilfredo was terrified, but thought fast. “It’s my hobby to collect photos of unusual vehicles,” he told them. They let him go with a warning.It had been a week since his son’s death on May 26, but Wilfredo already had witnesses, two bullet casings and a photo of the vehicle.He had a case.____On Monday morning, Wilfredo filed a complaint, sitting down in the office of the head prosecutor, German Enamorado, instead of waiting for a call. He wanted answers.Enamorado was impressed by Wilfredo, and if it was true that soldiers had shot and killed a high school student, well, that was abominable. Enamorado assigned two prosecutors to the case that same day. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ROME (AP) – Italy insisted on Tuesday that any military strike against Syria for its alleged chemical attack on civilians must be authorized by the U.N. Security Council.Briefing Parliament, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino called the chemical attack a “war crime” but said her government wouldn’t support military action without U.N. Security Council authorization.She said: “Italy would not actively take in any military action … beyond the context of the Security Council, which for us is and remains the only point of legal reference that cannot be ignored.” Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Italy offered both military bases on its territory and its own aircraft for the 2011 NATO campaign in Libya. Bonino didn’t specify how Italy might view base use during any intervention against Syria led by allies.Later in the day, Premier Enrico Letta laid out Italy’s position in a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Italian leader’s office said.Britain and Italy `’agree on the fact that the massive use of chemical weapons in Syria has gone past the point of no return,” Letta’s office said in a statement. Letta told Cameron that Italy considers the attack on Syrian civilians `’an unacceptable crime that cannot be tolerated by the international community.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img
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first_img MILAN (AP) — Michelle Obama took her campaign for healthy eating overseas on Wednesday, but let it slip that she still has work to do at home.The U.S. first lady prepared a lentil, barley and rice salad with middle school students at the James Beard American Restaurant in Milan, the second leg of a European tour that promotes some of her core initiatives, including eating well to fight obesity.Mrs. Obama emphasized to the 20 international students from the American School of Milan the importance of sitting down for a meal with the family as often as possible. She said that the president always takes time for dinner with the family, and that taking time to talk about the day’s events over dinner was one way to slow down and be conscious of eating. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The first lady said the delegation, which includes star chef Mario Batali, urban farmer Will Allen and seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, would be meeting with people from other countries at Expo to discuss ways to tackle issues of health and nutrition.At the James Beard restaurant, Mrs. Obama took a hands-on approach, slicing chicken and mixing vinaigrette for the mixed grain and pasta salad while chatting with a group of student helpers about their sports activities.“I’m multi-tasking here,” she said. “That is what you do when you cook.”Mrs. Obama said they could help fight obesity by helping to cook at home and knowing where the food on the table came from. She also had what may have been unwelcome, if familiar, news: “You gotta eat your vegetables,” she told them. “Yeah, sorry about that.”After sitting down to eat with the students, she signed each of their school aprons, which were specially made for the occasion.On Thursday, Mrs. Obama will visit the Italian and U.S. pavilions at Expo, meeting a group of Italian children and student ambassadors from the U.S.Her overseas trip continues Friday with a visit to U.S. troops stationed in Vicenza, northern Italy. Her final stop will be Venice, where she has more cultural outings, including a visit to the award-winning U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary art show. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation “And you probably eat less because you are not just shoveling. … We don’t shovel. Well, the president shovels sometimes,” the first lady said to laughter.Hundreds of people lined the streets of Milan to catch a glimpse of her motorcade as it traveled from the restaurant near the Duomo in the heart of the city to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. There, in keeping with the food theme, the first lady and her entourage viewed Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”Mrs. Obama’s teenage daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother, Marian Robinson, joined her for the cultural outing. They were greeted outside by Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, his wife Agnes and 9-year-old daughter Ester.Mrs. Obama leaned over to give the Renzis’ daughter a hug, and Malia Obama waved to her and said “Nice to meet you.”Ester Renzi laughed off a stumble as they walked toward the church to see the fresco, as the Obama daughters reached out to help her.Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation to the Expo 2015 world’s fair that tackles issues surrounding food and nutrition, dovetailing with her focus on fighting childhood obesity through her five-year-old “Let’s Move” program. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Friday’s data is provisional and Jaitley said the final data would be updated over the next few months.“This document will help us target groups for support in terms of policy planning,” he told reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy NEW DELHI (AP) — India released new data Friday showing that more than 70 percent of its people live in villages, with the majority extremely poor and dependent on manual labor.The data from India’s socio-economic and caste census was collected between 2011 and 2013. It’s the first time India has studied caste data since 1932.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the data would help the government to properly channel its welfare spending to benefit those who needed help the most. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall India conducts a national census every 10 years and that document delves into the wealth, living conditions and other personal details of the country’s 1.2 billion people. The previous government initiated a separate process of studying caste and analyzing socio-economic progress based on those divisions.Caste, the Hindu custom that for millennia has divided people in a strict social hierarchy based on their family’s traditional livelihood and ethnicity, is deeply sensitive in India. The practice was outlawed when India gained freedom from Britain in 1947, but is still pervasive. Studies show low-caste Indians and dalits face daily challenges for decent schools, medical care and jobs.While the data shows how low-caste Indians fare overall on various economic indicators, the government has said that the final data would not show specific caste details.The data released Friday revealed that of India’s nearly 244 million households, more than 179 million are rural. At least 56 percent of those rural households do not own any land and depend on manual labor. Among the lowest castes in rural India the number of landless was as high as 70 percent.Nearly 107 million rural households are what the government terms as “deprived,” meaning they either live in a single room made of mud and straw, have no earning adult male, or no literate adult member. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X British Airways and Iberia Thursday finally formalised their merger and are moving towards the final steps of integrating the two airlines together after some last kinks were ironed out.Creating one of the world’s largest airline companies, British Airways will hold a 55% stake of the new company, while Iberia will hold 45%.  Willie Walsh, current British Airways CEO, will become the head of the new merged entity.“The merged company will provide customers with a larger combined network,” said Mr Walsh in a statement.“It will also have greater potential for further growth by optimising the dual hubs of London and Madrid and providing continued investment in new products and services.”Thursday saw heads of both airlines signing a merger statement, which sees the integration of the two companies completed by late this year.  A new holding company called International Consolidated Airlines Group will be created.The new airline will fly with a 408 aircraft fleet to 200 destinations and carry more than 58 million passengers per year.Both airlines will continue to operate under their respect brands, in a deal similar to the other dual-brand airline giant Air France–KLM. last_img read more

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