Air France kicks off TIFF with contests new Dreamliner

first_img Friday, September 8, 2017 Posted by The second giveaway, ‘#ParisJetaime’ trip, includes Business class tickets to Paris with Air France, a five-night stay at the four-star Secret de Paris hotel with breakfast, dinner for two at the two-Michelin-star La Réserve Paris hotel’s Le Gabriel, two-day Paris Museum Passes courtesy of the Paris tourism office, and a visit to the famous Harcourt Studios in Paris.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaEntries will be accepted online at france-prestige.ca.Coppens also announced that effective Nov. 20, travellers on Air France’s daily service out of Toronto Pearson to Paris-Charles de Gaulle will fly aboard a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft comes equipped with 30 Business cabin seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 225 Economy seats.Air France’s Air Bistro Paris will remain on King Street until Sept. 10. The 42nd edition of TIFF will run until Sept. 17. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Cinema has been an essential part of Air France’s history, ever since it screened its first in-flight film in 1966. Furthermore, in partnering with the festival, the airline has shone the spotlight on France’s love affair with film; an average of 10 films are shot in Paris each day, and 100 international productions each year.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAtout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, was also in attendance to lend its support. “We are glad to be supporting Air France with the ‘Air Bistro Paris’, and we hope to see a lot of festival-goers there,” said Mélanie Paul-Hus, Director for Canada. “France is the cradle of the cinematic arts. Its capital, Paris, brims with cultural sites that both filmmakers and travellers draw inspiration from.”To help launch the festival, Air France announced a new contest that gives visitors the chance to win one of two upscale stays in France. The ‘Win a Trip to Cannes 2018’ includes two Business-class tickets from Toronto to Nice on Air France, one night at The Carlton Cannes hotel with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a seven-night stay at Club Med’s Opio Resort in Provence from May 5-12, 2018. The prize also includes attending a 2018 International Cannes Film Festival Gala.center_img Tags: Air France, Toronto Air France launched their Air Bistro Paris on King Street to run during the TIFF today. The bistro will be running until September 10thPosted by Travelweek on Thursday, September 7, 2017For more information go to airfrance.ca. Air France kicks off TIFF with contests, new Dreamliner TORONTO — As the official airline of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Air France wasn’t going to let a surprise downpour dampen spirits on opening day. Under the shelter of umbrellas and a four-metre Eiffel Tower replica, the airline kicked off film festivities yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at a pop-up Parisian bistro on King Street.This marks the first time Air France has been named a sponsor of TIFF, which Roland Coppens, Commercial Director Canada, says perfectly aligns with the vision of Air France.“Cinema is very dear to Air France,” he said. “Air France operates one of the largest movie theatres in the world on the 38,000 personal screens that equip our long-haul fleet, with up to 1,200 hours of video on demand. It’s a great feeling to be part of one of Toronto’s premier festivals.”last_img read more

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Book Paradise Helicopters new Volcanoes Waterfall Swim package

first_imgBook Paradise Helicopters’ new ‘Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim’ package Share HONOLULU — If your adventure clients are looking for a new way to explore Hawaii, tell them to look no further than Paradise Helicopters’ new ‘Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim’ tour.The package begins with an air adventure over Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Guests will then touch down in a 1,000-acre tropical fruit farm near Ka’imukanaka Falls where they’ll join Paradise Helicopter’s exclusive partner, Hawaii Forest & Trail, for a guided ground exploration of Hilo’s most beautiful waterfalls.While on this portion of the tour, guests will sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts at a private viewing deck overlooking Anuenue Falls before swimming, kayaking or paddling under the private 120-foot Kulaniapia Falls. A fresh made lunch is also included.Priced at US$444 per person, the package – which is ideal for adults, children and seniors – includes 50 minutes of flight time and 2.5 hours of ground activities, not to mention ground transportation back to Hilo International Airport. Signature Paradise add-ons are available.Paradise serves Oahu via Turtle Bay Resort and Kalaeloa Airport, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai via the Lanai Airport, and Hawaii Island via Kona and Hilo International Airports. To book a Paradise Helicopters tour, visit paradisecopters.com. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Hawaii Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Ethiopian Airlines takes YYZ service up a notch with new Dreamliner

first_img Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Ethiopian Airlines takes YYZ service up a notch with new Dreamliner Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: boeing, Ethiopian Airlines TORONTO — Ethiopian Airlines is putting new B787-900 XWB (Xtra Wide Body) aircraft, the largest of the Dreamliners series, on its Toronto route starting this December.The aircraft is configured with 30 seats in Ethiopian’s Cloud Nine business class and 296 seats in economy class.“This is exciting news for us as we continue to grow,” said Birhan Abate, Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager. “With the increase in flights we most recently announced our goal is to maintain youngest fleet in the industry. It’s part of our 15 years strategic road map, vision 2025.” The new aircraft also offers a bigger baggage and cargo capacity to uplift, says Abate.Ethiopian recently increased its frequency on its Toronto route, operating five times a week with nonstop flights to Addis Ababa on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting in December. Toronto is Ethiopian’s 67th international destination and second in the Americas.Ethiopian Airlines offers the only direct flight nonstop from Toronto to Africa, notes Abate. From Toronto passengers can connect to dozens of cities in Africa via Ethiopian’s hub at Addis Ababa, including Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Cape Town and Harare.last_img read more

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Sunwing slashes prices for vacation packages but only until Dec 8

first_img TORONTO — Sunwing is encouraging Canadians to add a vacation to their Christmas lists this year with a limited-time promotion that includes savings of up to $1,200 per couple.Available until Dec. 8, the tour operator is offering deep discounts on a wide range of top-rated luxury resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Plus, budgets go even further with added extras like unlimited à la carte dining, spa discounts, and Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, depending on the resort.One family-friendly option is the Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa, situated on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. Here, families can enjoy an on-site splash pad and lazy river, complimentary non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking, varied daily activity program and an on-site spa with hydrotherapy circuit.For couples, the adults-only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya is a prime choice, featuring spacious suites with swimout options, an on-site spa, fitness facility, tennis courts and complimentary water sports. Guests also enjoy unlimited à la carte dining across a wide range of specialty restaurants, at no extra charge.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAll Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines, which feature a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy onboard selection of light meals and snacks, including menu choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford. Monday, December 4, 2017 Posted by Share Tags: Promotions, Sunwingcenter_img Travelweek Group Sunwing slashes prices for vacation packages, but only until Dec. 8 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Vietnams most famous pet is a cat named Dog who sells fish

first_imgAccording to Phong, who spoke with ‘Bored Panda’, Dog loves to eat ice cream and travel. The well-dressed kitty also reportedly has “a lot of girlfriends” and has fathered “a lot of children in the country”.And as for why Phong named him Dog, he told BuzzFeed that on the day he adopted him the cat was “breathing like a dog” due to the heat. The name apparently stuck.Dog is loving his newfound fame; he even has his own Instagram account, @dog1501, with over 100,000 followers. And judging by the photos that he’s posting, he is living his best life! << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Animals, Vietnam HAI PHONG, VIETNAM — There’s a cat named ‘Dog’ and he works at a fish market in Vietnam.No, this is not the start of a riddle or the punchline to a joke. It’s the real life tale about Vietnam’s most famous pet, a three-year old cat named Chó who lives in Hai Phong where he’s catapulted to fame for being a fish vendor at the local market.We swear, we can’t make this stuff up.Not only is his name unique (Chó means ‘dog’ in Vietnamese), the lovable feline has become an Internet darling for his ridiculously cute outfits, which were given to him by his owner, 25-year-old Lê Quôc Phong.In photos that have since gone viral on Twitter, Dog is seen wearing the heck out of traditional Vietnamese garb, and also keeping the peace as a police cat in an outfit that comes complete with a gun holster and white gloves. In other photos, he’s sporting cool shades and an even cooler demeanour, while in others he’s perusing down the street, seemingly window shopping for wares.Meet The Cutest Fish Vendor In Vietnam Who Is Taking The Internet As Stormhttps://t.co/W6F19d1Ndh#cats #catsofinstagram #CatsOfTwitter #catstagram #cat pic.twitter.com/IGJQ0XMFdT— Top Makeup (@topmakeupstore) March 9, 2018 Share Vietnam’s most famous pet is a cat named ‘Dog’ who sells fish for a living Monday, July 23, 2018 last_img read more

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Loonies strength against the AUD brings good deals says Goway

first_img TORONTO — Bargains abound Downunder thanks to the strength of the Canadian dollar against its Australian counterpart, making this a great time to book a trip, says Goway.The loonie is at a two-and-a-half-year high against the Australian dollar. In January, the two currencies were close to parity. Now the Canadian dollar now buys AU$1.07.“While Australia and New Zealand have always been a high value destinations on many a must-see list, they aren’t among the cheapest, particularly in big cities, or in remote regions such as the Australian Outback or New Zealand’s Fjordlands,” says Goway. “The current strength of the Canadian dollar levels the playing field somewhat, putting a day on Bondi Beach or an evening watching the sunset light up Uluru within an Canadian visitor’s reach in 2019 – or even sooner. Airfares are also better than ever, with multiple airlines luring passengers across the Pacific on state of the art aircraft at highly competitive rates.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsGoway adds that the strength of the Canadian dollar has had a direct impact on the price of some of its most popular itineraries.These include the Sydney, Great Barrier Reef and Rock Escape, and for those who enjoy the luxury of rail travel, the Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular. The journey can extend across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, where the US dollar buys NZ$1.16.With the improved exchange rate in mind, it’s also a great time to consider ‘up-starring’ an Australia or New Zealand vacation, getting that 5-star touch that might previously have been just out of reach, says Goway. Case in point: Goway’s luxurious Ultimate New Zealand trip is an upgraded trip made more affordable by the shift in rates.For reservations and information, visit Goway.com, or call 1-800-387-8850. Posted by Loonie’s strength against the AUD$ brings good deals, says Goway Tags: Goway, Goway Travel Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Viva Café a welcome addition to San Josés growing specialty coffee scene

first_imgWhen I first started visiting Costa Rica eight years ago, my luggage was always packed with buy-four-get-one-free bags of Café Britt coffee I would bring back to the United States as gifts for friends and family. Since I moved here, however, I’ve started bringing coffee from the States back to Costa Rica.A friend of mine was dumbfounded by that idea as we stood in line together at my favorite coffee shop in St. Louis. “Isn’t the coffee supposed to be amazing there?” he asked as I shucked out $15 for a pound of Bolivian coffee.The fact is the coffee — the raw product, the green bean — is great in Costa Rica. The problem is that it’s hard to find the other two parts of the equation for great coffee: roasters who know how to treat the delicate floral, fruit and chocolate notes that make Central American coffee so coveted, and a barista who knows how to prepare it well.Despite its long history as a leader in growing specialty coffee, Costa Rica has little in the way of café culture. Thankfully, Viva Café is working to buck this trend of watery Americanos and over-extracted espresso, and serving some tasty treats along the way.Owner Leda Sánchez spent years working in marketing for household brands like Café Rey and Sánchez before she went out on her own to start Viva Café three months ago, a cozy coffee and lunch spot in the La California neighborhood of San José, opposite Cine Magaly.“I wanted to create a café where the coffee was the main attraction and not just an afterthought,” she said wearing a black apron with her hair pulled back into a pony tail. Alberto Font Viva Café’s food isn’t strictly speaking organic, but there is an effort to source high quality ingredients and sneak something healthy in there, too.“I’m not extreme in anything,” Sánchez said, “but I do try to add some healthy things into the food where I can, like quinoa and chia seeds.”The Viva la Vida Panini ($5.20) cut a nice balance between salty and sweet with prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese and figs, and the Gourmet Panini ($5) was a classic turkey and cheese on a multigrain baguette dressed up with raclette and cremini mushrooms.We agreed the bread was great, but both sandwiches were a little light on their ingredients. I was also a little baffled when they came out room temperature and not hot pressed.But when a place focuses on coffee, dessert is where its food should shine, right? The generous portion of carrot cake ($2.20) was light and moist, topped with a rich cream cheese icing. Keeping with her desire to offer healthy and good tasting fare, Sánchez’s banana chocolate cupcake ($2.30) was sweet and not too dense, dispelling any prejudices I had about vegan baking. The “lady’s kiss” (beso de dama) ($1.30) was made up of two airy almond-flour cookies sandwiching chocolate cream and begging to be dunked in coffee, but instead we ate it quickly.Viva Café is also the first restaurant in Costa Rica to participate in Café Pendiente, a pay-it-forward movement where customers can buy a cup of coffee (or lemonade, in this case) for someone else who doesn’t have the means to enjoy even that small a luxury.As I paid the bill, I noticed that Viva also sells the coffee they serve whole bean. After asking Sánchez for her recommendation, I bought a bag of catuai variety coffee from the Santa Rosa farm in Tarrazú ($6). With more places like Viva Café in San José, I don’t think I’ll need to bring any more coffee back from the U.S. Facebook Comments Viva Café opened three months ago in Barrio La California, across from Cine Magaly.   Alberto Fontcenter_img When I walked into the sleek café this week with some friends, my eyes went straight to the collection of Chemex coffeemakers behind the bar. The hourglass-shaped glass vessels have come into vogue as one of the best ways to prepare coffee by the cup. What sets coffee prepared with a Chemex apart from a café Americano is the barista’s ability to control the grounds’ exposure to the water, evenly extracting the coffee’s oils.“People like the ritual of it,” Sánchez said, referring to the careful act of weighing the beans and slowly blooming the coffee by pouring the hot water over the grounds in tight circles spiraling outward to the vessel’s edge, releasing the beans’ telltale aroma.After placing our order at the bar, we took a seat facing the windows to enjoy the afternoon sun and people-watch as our orders came up. The café, which could squeeze in around 12 people max, is a relaxed spot to catch up with an old friend or get into a good book. WiFi was available with a password.  My coffee arrived in an individual serving Chemex ($2.40). Sánchez said the coffee was a naturally processed caturra variety from the La Amada farm in Valle Occidental, Grecia, just under 4,000 feet above sea level. The cup was bright and clean, with a hint of dark chocolate, a good everyday cup of coffee.Cappuccinos, mochas, hot chocolate and smoothies are also available for those looking for something besides black coffee. The strawberry-pineapple-maracuya smoothie ($2.20) had a nice balance of sweet and tart, complete with some texture from the little black maracuya seeds. The foam was wet (my personal preference) on the mochaccino ($2.50) we ordered, complete with latte art, and the chocolate didn’t overpower the coffee flavor underneath. Café mocha, complete with latte art, at Viva Café.   No related posts.last_img read more

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Swiss prosecutors probe 53 suspicious FIFA cases

first_imgRelated posts:Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA: The ‘World Cup of fraud’ FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resigns BERN, Switzerland – Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into FIFA’s handling of bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, officials said Wednesday.Attorney General Michael Lauber said the “suspicious” cases had been reported by banks and that a “huge and complex” inquiry into football’s world body could take months if not years.Officials said the 53 are individuals and companies and that each case could involve many more transactions.“We note positively that banks in Switzerland did fulfill their duties to file suspicious activity reports,” he said at a press conference.“Partly in addition to the 104 banking relations already known to the authorities, banks announced 53 suspicious banking relations via the Anti-Money-Laundering-Framework of Switzerland,” he added.Swiss authorities have set up a special task force to look into the World Cup bids — which went to Russia for 2018 and Qatar in 2022.It is one of two major fraud investigations that have rocked FIFA.Recommended: The reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp BlatterU.S. authorities last month charged 14 people – including the president of Costa Rica’s football federation, Eduardo Li – in a separate bribery investigation.Julius Baer, which the U.S. indictments listed among 26 banks through which the illegal transfers allegedly passed, said Wednesday that it had “launched an internal investigation.”In a statement sent to AFP, the bank said it was “cooperating with the authorities.”Lauber meanwhile said he “does not exclude” questioning FIFA boss Joseph Blatter or general secretary Jerome Valcke, although neither is currently under suspicion. A combination of file pictures made on May 27, 2015 shows FIFA officials, left to right starting in upper row, Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and José María Marín. The seven men are among several football officials charged for allegedly receiving bribes worth millions of dollars. AFPProbe will take time He said nine terrabytes of data had been seized, including at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters and the probe would take time.“The world of football needs to be patient. … By its nature, this investigation will take more than the legendary ’90 minutes’,” that a football match takes, said Lauber, who has just been re-elected for a four-year mandate.FIFA told AFP Wednesday that Quinn Emanuel, the world’s largest business litigation and arbitration law firm, was representing the football world body.Jenny Durkan, a top U.S. lawyer who has previously served as the state’s attorney for the western district of Washington, is part of the defense team, a FIFA spokesperson said.Lauber said he did not feel under pressure with the next World Cup in Russia just three years away.“I don’t care about the timetable of FIFA, I care about my timetable,” he said in response to a question.Senior FIFA official Domenico Scala has said there could be a revote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if there was evidence of wrongdoing in the bidding process.FIFA, never far from controversy, is facing its biggest crisis because of the two corruption inquiries. Four days after being elected to a fifth term on May 30, Blatter announced that he would resign.U.S. authorities have charged 14 people from North and South America accused of involvement in more than $150 million of bribes for football deals.Seven FIFA officials were detained at a luxury Zurich hotel as part the inquiry on May 27. They are now fighting extradition to the United States.The European parliament has called on Blatter to quit immediately and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in the organization.But FIFA has repeated that the 79-year-old Swiss will continue in office until a successor is designated, probably by the end of the year.The FIFA Executive Committee will meet in Zurich on July 20 to fix a date for the congress to elect Blatter’s successor.The vote will not be before December.The scandal-plagued body has lost several prestigious partnerships following the scandal, losing the support of key names such as Nobel Peace Centre and Interpol.The Interpol deal was a 10-year partnership with FIFA worth 20 million euros ($22 million) for its “Integrity in Sport programme.”High-profile sponsors including Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa, McDonald’s and Hyundai — have welcomed Blatter’s announcement that he would resign and called for FIFA to embark on serious reforms.Read all of our football coverage here Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hours

first_imgSee also: San José hosts international short film festArtistry against the clock: that’s what 89 students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) put on display in the most recent Las 48 Horas (48 Hours) short film competition.Now in its third edition, the contest, which challenges students from the university’s Collective Communication Science Department to produce a short film in just two days, resulted in 10 films showcased Oct. 2 at the UCR Law School Auditorium.“This year we’ve strengthened the alliances with different organizations – Centro de Cine, Dele Foco, Caramba Films, and La Feria Producciones – that encourage audiovisual production, with the objective of creating a more competitive environment,” organizer David Mesén told The Tico Times.Each production team had to incorporate four distinct elements into their production: a character, a place, an object and an audiovisual reference.The screening began at 6:30 p.m. with the short film La Culpa, produced by Paradox Producciones, last year’s winners. This particular short film played with the concept of guilt. A little boy and girl appear playing in a forest on a beautiful mountain. Simultaneously, a young woman, whose name is never revealed, appears in a wooden house nearby. The contrast between the children and this woman is very evident; the children are depicted as naïve and innocent, while the woman is struggling with guilt, represented by a human figure wearing a black strand of cloth covering its face along with instrumental music used to create suspense.Right after this short film, the competition began. A few highlights:Amanecemos (“Let’s Go ‘Til Dawn”), produced by the Anacronía Salvaje crew, shows a young couple having fun around the city of San José, encouraging the viewer to stop time for a moment to enjoy life.Causalidad (“Causality”), by the Guacamole crew, is set in a boxing ring at the moment when 20 year-old Luis takes a fatal fall. Through comedy and drama, the short film explains how this incident can be tracked down to his past when he was a child.Pasteles para mí (“Cakes for me”), by La Voló Productions, a colorful, cupcake-filled film, is about Amanda, a young, lonely woman who always receives these delicious pastries on her doorstep at the same hour, and becomes obsessed with the idea of finding out who is mysteriously delivering these cakes.Complicidad (“Complicity”), by Apolo Productions, about a young man and woman who struggle to dispose of a body without getting caught. The audience joins these friends through their struggle with humor.Buenos Perdedores  (“Good Losers”), by the Esteban Crew, about a hopeless romantic who seeks a mystical cure online and ends up encountering Kumiko, a sarcastic rabbit.Le Temps Qu’Il Dure (“The Times that Last”), by Asco Rosado & Cereal Monchis Productions, journeys through the subconscious of Blanche as she seeks to revive the one true love of her life. The film has a je nais ce quoi that captivates your attention.Costa Rican directors Nicolás Pacheco, Alexandra Latishev Salazar, Cristobal Serrá, Marcela Esquivel, and Pietro Bulgarelli, and audiovisual producers Karina Avellán Troz and Gastón Sáenz, were the judges of the competition. Le Temps Qu’Il Dure won best edition, best sound direction, best art direction, best photography direction, best direction, and best short film; Buenos Perdedores won best incorporation of elements; Complicidad won best challenge incorporation, and Causalidad best script. The prizes included tickets for the shnit International Shortfilmfestival kicking off today in San José, workshops from La Feria Producciones, a professional casting at deleFOCO, a $500 equipment from Caramba Films rental and a cash prize. Facebook Comments Related posts:San José hosts international short film fest Highlights of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica BMX bikers, TEDx lectors, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Yahoos 17 million bet on NFL streaming gets tested Sunday

first_imgWhen the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills face off this Sunday, perhaps only their loyal fans will care about the score.The rest will be watching to see if Yahoo makes a compelling case that football can be just as good online as it is on TV. The company paid about $17 million for the rights to stream the game around the world from London at 9:30 a.m. EDT, according to a person familiar with the terms. By comparison, CBS paid about $37.5 million per game in its one-year deal to broadcast the National Football League on Thursday nights.Still, why pay so much for a stakes-free matchup between two lackluster teams at an odd hour? Yahoo will play the game big across its various Web properties with video that automatically starts when visitors land on one of its sites, according to two people who requested not to be named because the plans are private. Yahoo has something to prove, namely that it can successfully stream the U.S.’ most popular sport to a global audience without the delays and disruptions that have come to characterize so much of live online viewing.Last June, for instance, ESPN’s online stream of a World Cup match crashed, a problem the network attributed to excessive traffic. In April, an outage prevented subscribers to Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV, which offers nearly two-dozen channels via the Web for $20 a month, from watching college basketball’s Final Four.Yahoo is placing a bet squarely on the future. Media companies like Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., CBS Corp., Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN have locked up the rights to broadcast most NFL games at least through the end of the decade. But when those contracts expire, the NFL is likely to court partners who can deliver a football game to tablets and mobile phones along with TVs.“This is an early testing ground to understand the Internet’s capability to deliver something like this,” said Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research.That could pit Silicon Valley giants against TV behemoths. As of now, the networks are at an advantage, in part because most people still watch sports on traditional TV and in part because they offset what they pay for the games with millions of dollars in subscriber fees from pay-TV providers like Comcast or AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV, said Dan Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan who writes for the blog StreamingMedia.com.While Yahoo or Google have plenty of cash to experiment, they can’t rely on the same source of revenue as the broadcasters to sustain an online sports business. They would likely try to make their money back from advertising or charging fans a few bucks to watch the game, and it would probably be impossible for them to recoup their costs that way, Rayburn said.“Do the math,” Rayburn said. “There’s no business value to it.” Yahoo!, Inc. rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell on Aug. 26, 2015 in New York City. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images/AFPNonetheless, Yahoo wasn’t the only company interested in streaming the game. Its winning $17 million bid — $15 million for the rights, plus $2 million in marketing requirements — bested other tech giants. Twitter, Google and Amazon were among those vying for the game, according to another person familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.“We know our users will be very excited to see this game, and our advertisers have been, too,” Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said Tuesday during Yahoo’s quarterly earnings call.American Express, Nationwide, Kohl’s and Toyota are among the more than 30 brands that will advertise during the game, Yahoo said this week. Those companies will also have access to Yahoo’s viewership data to target fans after the game. Yahoo says it sold out all of its game-day advertisements.Broadcasting live events on the Internet is harder than streaming on demand because more can go wrong. Unlike with a traditional TV broadcast, a live stream relies on a third-party network of providers to deliver programming across the Internet, and those companies can have outages of their own.Yahoo isn’t making things easy on itself. The company’s goal is to stream the game at a higher quality than some competitors offer, said Adam Cahan, Yahoo’s senior vice president of video. CBS will be producing the game for Yahoo. “We want to have a broadcast-like experience at a global scale,” Cahan said.Live sports have a long history of legitimizing new TV platforms. The rise of ESPN boosted the popularity of cable TV in the 1980s and DirecTV’s “NFL Sunday Ticket” introduced many fans to satellite TV packages, Cahan said. “We think this industry is poised for a shift,” he said. “It’s coming our way.”With assistance from Christopher Palmeri in Los Angeles.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:NFL tax break foes face 4th and 20 with wind in their faces NFL: Packers turn the tables on the Seahawks Yahoo shuts users out of their email NFL: Coldplay honored by Super Bowl but puzzled by gamelast_img read more

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Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday

first_imgRelated posts:Strong winds expected over most of Costa Rica this week Costa Rica’s southern Pacific hit by heavy rains, flooding Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s northern Pacific, Caribbean beaches National emergency declared; Costa Rican public agencies to close due to Hurricane Otto A newcold front expected to enter the country on Thursday will bring strong winds throughout most of Costa Rica, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported Monday.Costa Rica weather forecasts estimate the front will bring gusts ranging from 50 to 80 kilometers per hour.The IMN is also predicting rains for the northern and Caribbean regions, however they are expected to be milder than those that caused flooding in those regions last week.Strong winds last Wednesday and Thursday caused an increase in emergencies throughout the country. On Wednesday, gusts in Guanacaste province caused a tree to fall on top of a car, killing a 34-year-old man inside.The Firefighters’ Department reported that Wednesday was an historic day: all 73 stations were called to attend a total of 424 emergency calls — the highest number for a single day since the Firefighters’ Corps started operations in Costa Rica in 1865.About half of them were directly caused by strong winds — mostly fallen utility poles, trees, billboards and signs, broken power lines and blown-off roofs. They also received another 129 reports of wildfires.Power supply failures at pumping stations cut the water supply for some 60,000 residents of Alajuela province and about 25,000 residents of the western San José cantons of Mora and Puriscal.The National Power and Light Company (CNFL) reported receiving more than 300 failure reports on Thursday in the Greater Metropolitan Area, in San José, Heredia and Cartago provinces. Fallen utility poles and broken power lines affected about 15,000 people on Wednesday and 7,000 on Thursday, CNFL’s Energy Distribution Manager Erick Esquivel reported.Officials from the Firefighters’ Corp and CNFL are warning citizens not to attempt to manipulate fallen utility poles or broken power lines, urging them to instead submit a report to 911 or CNFL’s hotline number: 1026. Fallen trees on Feb. 10, 2016 affected houses and power lines in Heredia, Cartago and San José provinces. (Via CNFL) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Goodbye Fabricio

first_imgThis was compounded by other factors, difficult to recover from. One of them was the mistrust generated even within the evangelical population: those voters believed Fabricio to be too extreme. Another was the enormous gaps in Fabricio’s thinking, disguised by his communicator skills, but exposed in a raw way whenever anyone separated the wheat from the chaff. Yet another weakness, related with the previous one, were his contradictions, some incurred by him, and others by members of the team that surrounded him. Some of those team members had gotten to known him only a few days before and didn’t respect him as a leader.The colors and format of a traditional, pretty campaign was useless this time around, as were presentations in a hotel and a small plane that passed over a stadium in the middle of a soccer game. Costa Ricans aren’t moved by that anymore – at least, not enough. The support of famous soccer players isn’t enough, either, if that had been the case with Keylor Navas (who came close to being presented as a Fabricio supporter). Related posts:In Costa Rica, friends didn’t fight over politics; those days are gone Costa Rican elections combine close polls, vastly different positions PHOTOS: Final pre-election activities for Costa Rica’s candidates PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s political dogs on Election Day The factors that came into play in this campaign should be studied by professionals in political science, sociology and perhaps psychology as well, but let’s review a few highlights in the evolution of the PRN campaign. Fabricio’s “sin” was a failure to manage that rejection of traditional politics. In the weeks following the first round, he surrounded himself with the most traditional and least popular factions of the historical dominant parties, Social Christian Unity (PUSC) and National Liberation (PLN). Drawn by Fabricio’s “Christian values,” by the possibility of gaining influence over him, or by resentment against the Citizen Action Party (PAC), some leaders from the old parties approached Fabricio, and he thought that this was good. Christiane was a pro-Soviet woman who went into a coma in socialist France before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eight months later, when she woke up, her son Alexander wanted to avoid the additional trauma his mother would suffer upon seeing the arrival of capitalism and, so he set up a scheme to make her believe that life was the same.I won’t describe the whole plot of the film “Goodbye Lenin!” (Wolfgang Becker, 2003), because probably most of us have seen it, and others would like to watch it to understand why I’m comparing it to the outcome of Costa Rica’s presidential campaign. Basically, it’s because I think that if a Costa Rican had entered a coma in January and woken up in April, the resulting shock would have sent the patient back into a coma, or the Great Beyond.Former candidate Fabricio Alvarado (National Restoration, PRN) went from being the revelation of the campaign, to becoming a challenger of the traditional coexistence that we as Costa Ricans are willing to criticize, but not to lose. That coexistence includes our fame as a human rights defender (despite a sizeable to-do list in that regard), devoted to the Virgen de los Ángeles and enamored of our electoral process, no matter how “fed up” we say we are of politics. We’re a rare case: a country that lays flowers on the steps of its Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE).Apart from the virtues of the winner, Carlos Alvarado – which can be summarized as presenting himself as a man without charisma, but a well-balanced person – Fabricio Alvarado and his team committed the (political) sin of believing they were had the advantage on Feb. 4. It turns out that their triumph in the first round was a single snapshot of that moment in a crazy campaign. Voters had been dizzied by religious claims, but most of all, were rejecting the most traditional politics. Hey, by the way: remember this? Carlos Alvarado wins Costa Rica’s presidency in a landslide Álvaro Murillo is an experienced journalist who specializes in political coverage and has written for La Nación, Semanario Universidad and El País. In “No Sugar, Please,” his twice-monthly column, he explores politics in its broadest terms, from the halls of government to community life. Connect with him on Twitter.center_img How Juan Diego Castro is turning Costa Rica upside down Facebook Comments Fabricio Alvarado gives concession speech in Costa Rica The PRN campaign was crumbling with each passing day, while on the other side things looked more boring, less spectacular, but more balanced. That’s how we reached Holy Week, when, most likely, there were priests who called on congregants in subtle or not-so-subtle ways to defending the “values” (yes, but Catholic ones). We learned about secret meetings with Fabricio’s campaign leaders and the request to pastors to look for “blessings” (money) in spite of the great amount of money that PRN can now receive from state doffers. We also learned about some campaign expenses to the tune of millions of colones in favor of Fabricio and PRN chief Carlos Avendaño.Even so, the elections on Holy Sunday seemed even, with no new polls from University of Costa Rica (UCR) and without the last poll from the private pollster Opol (cancelled in the middle of questionings because a pollster was photographed with PRN flags in his car. Seriously). We kept on living a parallel life, just like Christiane in her fake Soviet room.At the end of Sunday’s vote when I received reports from various sources, all favorable to the PAC, I didn’t believe it. They seemed absurdly negative for Fabricio. However, just after 8 p.m., the TSE released a blow that made us stand up and see the “real reality.” With 90 percent of the reports, it was at 60.6 percent for the PAC, with only 40 percent for the PRN. We didn’t even have to put on our glasses to watch the TV. Fabricio was not what we thought, and neither were we.That’s how Costa Rica said: “Goodbye, Fabricio.” Maybe next time.Read more of Alvaro Murillo’s “No Sugar, Please” columns here. Costa Rica has earthly problems, but this election season ended over the rainbowlast_img read more

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AP IMPACT Syria rebels divided at times violent

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressSARJEH, Syria (AP) – Rebel commander Ahmed Eissa al-Sheikh keeps a paper on his desk bearing the names of the dead from his brigade. The first 16 are neatly typed below a Quranic verse extolling martyrdom. The next 14 are handwritten and crammed into the margin, because the paper is full.Al-Sheikh, an Islamist with a long black beard and gray fatigues, runs the Falcons of Damascus group from the mayor’s office in his village, which his fighters have taken over. The list is a constant reminder of al-Sheikh’s personal score with the Syrian regime: 20 of the dead are his relatives, including three brothers and his 16-year-old son, all killed fighting Syrian forces in the last year. ___Al-Sheikh is one face of the rebel movement in Syria. There are many more.During two weeks in northern Syria, three Associated Press journalists counted more than 20 rebel groups, with anywhere from fewer than 100 to more than 1,000 fighters each. They go by names like the Idlib Martyrs Brigade and the Shield of the Revolution, and while all share a deep hatred of President Bashar Assad’s regime, their unity stops there.Simply put, no one is in charge.This comes at a time when efforts to end 15 months of strife in Syria are collapsing, and the rebel movement has taken the lead in the struggle against Assad. Some countries have talked of boosting the rebels’ capabilities against the regime, and U.S. officials have told the AP that U.S. operatives are sifting among the rebel groups to determine which should receive arms from other Arab nations.Rebel coordination rarely extends beyond neighboring towns and villages and never to the provincial or national level. Many rebels don’t even know the commanders in towns two hours away.While the regime has been brutal, so have some of the rebels _ another cause of concern for the West.Opposition activists filter most information about the rebels sent outside the country, making it hard to get an accurate picture. But several groups said they had sent captured soldiers “to Cyprus,” which the rebels use as a euphemism for execution usually by gunfire. Top Stories Comments   Share   “If I go to the beach, I don’t want an Alawite to call me a dog and I can’t respond,” said Ahmed Salim, 27, who left the police for the rebels in October. “I don’t want to be treated like an animal. I want to be treated like a human.”Most fighters said they did not target other sects, only those who had fought for the regime.There was little evidence of rebel attacks on civilians, but they were often merciless with regime troops. For most, the fight to topple Assad has become personal after they have been chased from their cities, their friends and relatives killed. Many frequently flip through “martyr” photos on their cellphones for inspiration.One night at al-Sheikh’s headquarters in Sarjeh, a group of fighters flipped through brigade photos on a laptop.“Martyr, martyr, martyr, martyr, martyr,” they said, pointing out those who had died fighting.Videos of the group’s attacks showed roadside bombs destroying tanks and flipping over army buses, as Islamic chanting played in the background. In one video, a booby-trapped van sped toward a checkpoint and blew up, splattering two soldiers into nearby trees. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early this month, when a military convoy arrived to quash the city’s opposition, rebel fighters blew up tanks and armored cars in a hail of gunfire and grenades and stormed the army position downtown.Weeks later, battle scars remain. Three destroyed tanks sit in the main boulevard, their tops blown off like bottle caps. The former army post is charred black, and walls of nearby buildings are pockmarked with bullet holes.Graffiti on one wall reads, in English, “The people wants SOS.” Elsewhere: “We bow only for God.”But the rebel victory was limited. Some stores have reopened and shoppers have returned to downtown, but a ring of army checkpoints restricts movement in and out, forcing many residents to sneak out on foot. Military helicopters and snipers still target the city, wounding more people every week.The city’s rebel commander, Jamal Akta, who ran a unisex barber shop before the uprising, said the battle had killed 10 civilians and no rebels. While proud of the fight, he said his men could do no more.“If we get more weapons, we can get rid of all the checkpoints,” he said. “But the ammunition we have now is enough to defend the city, no more than that.” One group said it had killed two brothers caught collaborating with the regime _ one during interrogation, the other by firing squad.Rebels have scored small victories against regime forces throughout Syria’s northern Idlib province. Armed with bought, looted or homemade weapons, they have destroyed government army posts and littered main highways with charred army vehicles.In the countryside, they roam freely in much more territory than was previously known, their bearded, camouflaged gunmen on motorcycles zipping through strings of towns and villages with no remaining police or security presence. Children often hail the fighters with V-for-victory signs and calls of “May God protect you!”But Syria’s army retains a chokehold on many large towns and cities with tanks, attack helicopters and heavy artillery, weapons that the rebels’ current arms can’t challenge.Indeed, more than two dozen rebel commanders, fighters and activists said that without better arms they can do no more than chip away at the regime _ a recipe for a long, deadly insurgency.“If we get military aid, the end will come quickly,” said Ahmed Abdel-Qader, a rebel coordinator in the village of Koreen. “If not, we have no idea how this will end. We are here. We’re not going back. God will decide the rest.” Even groups associated with the Free Syrian Army, which claims to represent the armed opposition, bemoan the failure of its Turkey-based leadership to deliver aid. While they wait, most rely on guerrilla tactics.One afternoon, 50 fighters in a vast olive grove crawled under barbed wire, leaped over oil drums and dove through flaming hoops in training for future attacks. Most were in their 20s and 30s and had fled the provincial capital of Idlib when the army seized it in March. Their rifles can’t match the tanks guarding the city, and they can’t afford better weapons.Commander Maan Dahnin said a Kalashnikov rifle now costs $1,500 and bullets are $4 each. That’s why when they lined up for target practice, most fighters fired only a few times.Some weapons come from neighboring Iraq, though many are duds, and some from Turkey, he said. The best come from corrupt officers in the Syrian army itself.“There are those who worry that the regime is going to fall, so they want to fill their pockets first,” Dahnin said.For now, his group’s 1,000 men never gather in one place, so that if they are shelled or come under fire, not everyone will die. Meanwhile, they focus on roadside bombs built with dynamite, sugar and fertilizer and detonated by remote control. One of northern Syria’s most powerful and best-armed commanders, Al-Sheikh boasts more than 1,000 fighters, and they don’t shy away from rougher tactics themselves. They have released prisoners in bomb-laden cars and then detonated them at army checkpoints _ turning the drivers into unwitting suicide bombers.Most of their weapons are booty, including at least two anti-aircraft guns, some anti-tank missiles and one tank, but they buy arms with donations from “honorable businessmen.” Although al-Sheikh, who ran a grocery store before the uprising, wouldn’t disclose the source or amount, he gets enough to pay some of his men monthly salaries of about $25, slightly more for those with wives and children. His fighters say the cash comes from Syrian expatriates and other Arabs. He was heard on the phone thanking a group in Bahrain.“God willing, Syria will not bow to anyone but Allah after the regime falls,” he said.___EDITOR’S NOTE: Journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, gathering firsthand information on the increasingly bloody rebellion against President Bashar Assad _ the longest and deadliest uprising of the Arab Spring.center_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The group was still high on a recent attack that had destroyed a military camp nearby. In the end, they photographed the dead bodies of 35 soldiers, drove off a tank they now park under a tree in the village graveyard and held trials for five captured soldiers. All were found guilty of killing other Syrians.“They traveled to Cyprus,” al-Sheikh said with a grin. “On a fast plane.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Like most rebel commanders, Dahnin said his group gets no outside support.“Here’s the biggest proof,” he said, pointing to a fighter wearing plastic flip-flops. “He’s only good for one thing: toothpaste advertisements,” he said, prying open the man’s mouth to reveal a row of rotten teeth.The conflict in Syria has already killed more than 14,000 people and appears headed for civil war. The Syrian government has ignored popular demands for reform, instead blaming the violence on armed gangs and foreign-backed terrorists. Others have warned against an influx of Islamists. The AP journalists saw no evidence of foreign fighters.The uprising reached Idlib in April 2011, about a month after Syrian protesters inspired by other Arab Spring revolts first took to the streets and faced violent security crackdowns.The protests started small in Ariha, a busy commercial center on the face of a round-topped mountain, but residents were shocked when regime forces shot and killed five protesters in one day, said Khalid Naif, a doctor. Many more people then joined in, armed first with hunting guns and later with attack rifles.A year ago, the army surrounded the city and took over a downtown building, paralyzing the city center, Naif said. He easily named many of the dozens of people he has treated for gunshot and shrapnel wounds since. Others died before reaching the clinic. Quick workouts for men A ring of checkpoints with a central army post full of snipers and armored vehicles also strangles Khan Sheikhoun, a dusty, sun-baked city further south, on the country’s main north-south highway. Local rebels can’t clear out the army, so they blast military vehicles on the highway with rocket-propelled grenades. Two destroyed armored vehicles, one still on its trailer, now lie in the road, and local fighters say the army has changed its route.“We can’t face the regime as an army face to face, so we have to fight like street gangs,” said Waddah Sirmani, head of one of the town’s half-dozen rebel brigades.Fighters have also surrounded the central base and fire on supply vehicles to keep the soldiers inside hungry and short of ammunition, he said.“You could say that those soldiers are imprisoned among us,” said activist Hisham Nijim.Almost all the rebels the AP journalists met were from Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority, and many consider the fight a religious cause. When asked what they are fighting for, most said they are fed up with corruption, harassment by security services and a system that gives preference to members of the ruling Baath party and the Alawite sect, to which Assad belongs. The word they used most often was dignity. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Cold French winter shores up EDFs H1 profit

first_imgPARIS (AP) – France’s state controlled nuclear power giant EDF says its net profit rose 3.5 percent in the first half as a result of a cold winter and high electricity prices.The company, which runs all France’s 58 nuclear power plants and has a stake in one of the U.S.’s biggest nuclear power companies, made 2.88 billion euros ($3.8 billion) during the period, up from 2.78 billion euros a year earlier. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Profits were driven mainly by its home market, though earnings were solid in Italy and Britain too. EDF owns British Energy, Britain’s largest electricity producer. In Italy it owns Edison, the country’s second largest electricity producer.EDF says operating profit should rise “at least” 3 percent this year on an organic basis, excluding Edison, down from 4.6 percent achieved last year.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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Syrias alQaida chief says no plans to attack the West

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The Nusra Front, one of Syria’s strongest insurgent groups, is leading the so-called Fatah Army that consists of seven Syria-based factions. The Fatah Army has rolled back Assad’s forces over the past two months, capturing wide areas of the northwestern province of Idlib, including the provincial capital that carries the same name.On Thursday, the Fatah Army coalition — which is supported by Turkey and Saudi Arabia — captured the town of Ariha in northern Syria, one of the last remaining government holdouts in Idlib province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Idlib-based activists said fighters seized the entire town after government forces withdrew.In the span of a month, Syrian insurgents have routed government forces across the province, flushing them out of strongholds in a string of embarrassing defeats for Assad. The first to go was the city of Idlib, which fell to opposition fighters at the end of March, followed by the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughur and the Qarmid military base in April.Government forces still control two Shiite-dominated villages and an air base in the province.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns of retaliation if U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target its fighters, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads the Nusra Front, said the aim of his group is to march to the Syrian capital Damascus and bring down President Bashar Assad’s government. Al-Golani denied that the so-called Khorasan group even exists. Since September, when the U.S.-led coalition launched an air campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria, U.S. airstrikes have struck targets associated with the so-called Khorasan group — which Washington says is a special cell within the Nusra Front that is plotting attacks against Western interests.Al-Golani said in an interview with the Al-Jazeera TV network aired Wednesday night that “there is nothing called Khorasan group. We heard this from the Americans only.”He added that if the coalition’s airstrikes continue, “then the alternatives are open and it is the right of any human being to defend himself.”Al-Golani said the directions his group has received from al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri are “not to use Syria for attacks against the West and Europe.”“The directions that we have received from Dr. Ayman, may God protect him, are that the Nusra Front’s aim is to bring down the regime and its allies, I mean Hezbollah,” al-Golani, whose face was not shown during the interview, said.He added that the “directions we have received until now are not to target the West and America.” He said al-Qaida might be doing so, but not the Nusra Front. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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What is trans fat A look at different kinds of fats

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   SATURATED FAT: These fats are often derived from animals and generally take a more solid form. They raise “bad” cholesterol and can contribute to heart disease. Common sources include high-fat cheeses, high-fat cuts of meat, whole-fat milk and cream, butter, ice cream and palm and coconut oils. The government recommends that saturated fats make up less than 10 percent of daily calories.TRANS FAT: These are the worst fats, and the FDA is forcing food companies to phase them out. They are made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, usually to create a certain consistency or increase shelf life, and they are also called partially hydrogenated oils. Many of them have already been phased out, but foods that are more likely to contain trans fats are fried items, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, cakes, cookies, pie crusts, stick margarine, ready-to-use frosting and coffee creamers. There are also some naturally occurring trans fats from meat and dairy sources, but the artificial types make up most of what is in the food supply.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 WASHINGTON (AP) — The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease. There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.UNSATURATED FAT: These are the good fats, and doctors say they should be the majority of the fat that people eat. For cooking, they usually come in the form of liquid oils, not solid fats. Unsaturated fats are listed on food packages as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated include soybean oil, corn oil and some fish; monounsaturated fats include olive oil, avocado and many nuts.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Medics Saudiled strikes on Yemen convoy kill 31 civilians

first_imgSANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes hit a convoy of civilians fleeing fighting in southern Yemen early Wednesday, killing at least 31 people in an attack among the deadliest of the 3-month-old air campaign, medics said.The two airstrikes hit a convoy of civilian vehicles fleeing north from the southern city of Aden, which has seen intense fighting. Medics described a scene of carnage, with body parts scattered across the highway and smoke billowing from charred vehicles. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like In Taiz, Houthi shelling has killed more than 30 civilians in the past 48 hours, medical officials and witnesses said. The rebels control a third of the city.All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to journalists.In a country already suffering from shortages of fuel, water and medical supplies, the fighting endangers hospital as well. A report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch accused the Houthis and their rivals of turning a main hospital in Aden called al-Jumhouria into a warzone.In one incident April 19, the group said hundreds of southern fighters forced staffers to locate wounded Houthis receiving treatment there. Human Rights Watch says at least two of the wounded were shot dead outside the hospital.“The fighting in Yemen is terrible enough without both sides bringing the battle into hospitals,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Yemen’s conflict pits Shiite rebels known as Houthis — who seized the capital last year — and military units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against an array of forces, including southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi began carrying out airstrikes on March 26.U.N.-brokered talks between the rival factions are underway in Geneva, aimed at ending the violence and addressing the humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest nation. Mediators hope for a humanitarian truce during the holy month of Ramadan starting Thursday, but neither side has shown any desire to compromise.Despite nearly three months of airstrikes, anti-Houthi forces have made little progress. The violence has killed at least 1,412 civilians and wounded 3,423, according to the United Nations.Heavy fighting was underway Wednesday in the oil and gas-rich Marib province east of the capital, Sanaa, where Sunni tribes have fended off a number of Houthi advances on the city of al-Saheel, security officials said. Airstrikes targeted the Houthis in Marib as well as in Sanaa, Aden, the rebels’ northern heartland and the western city of Taiz, they said.last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Carlos pelts western Mexican coast

first_img Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Carlos brought rain and wind to the Pacific coast near the Mexican resort of Manzanillo on Wednesday, after losing its hurricane status overnight.On Wednesday, the center of the storm was about 10 miles (20 kilometers) south of Playa Perula in Jalisco state, and about 75 miles (125 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph). Patients with chronic pain give advice Forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to continue weakening Wednesday into Thursday and likely would dissipate Friday.A tropical storm warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. The hurricane center said the storm would cross over land somewhere in the warning area on Wednesday and then move over the western coast of Mexico.Rainfall of 1 inch to 3 inches is expected in some areas, with potential flash floods and slides. Forecasters also said swells would continue to affect the southwestern Mexican coast.Some coastal towns closed their schools and small boats were ordered off the sea near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. At least one cruise ship canceled a port call planned for Wednesday, port official Odilon Garcia Castillon said by phone from the Pacific Coast city.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Violence still disrupting Egypts tourism

first_imgEgypt is at risk of being removed from global touristic brochures if revolts in Tahrir Square continue long term.According to the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chambers head Elhami Zayat, violence is affecting the country’s tourism, witnessing a big drop in the number of reservations to Egypt from the US, Ahramonline reported.”I do not agree with Egypt’s minister of tourism who said that the country’s tourism is not affected by the Tahrir events,” Mr Zayat told the newspaper.”The Egyptian government did not support the tourism sector.”While Mr Zayat notices a decline in travel to the country, hoteliers in Cairo have told the source that although occupancy rates remain at a maximum of 15 percent the majority of their bookings are made by journalists looking for a story and not travellers.Disruptions in Egypt commenced late January/early February this year when locals revolted against then President, Hosni Mubarak Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Leading hotels launch new search engine

first_imgHoping to draw more direct bookings, six of the world’s leading hotel companies have combined their brain power with the launch a new property search channel, Room Key.Unveiled late yesterday the new hotel search engine was designed by Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotel to assist consumers purchase rooms through a “trustworthy site”.Listing properties from around the globe, a statement from the six hotel Group’s read that the site would eventually evolve to include independent reviews, the ability to compare as well as share information with interested parties.Selected to lead Room Key, chief executive John F Davis III said the search engine was designed to give consumers “confidence” during the booking process.“We believe Roomkey.com will provide consumers with an innovative resource that will give them unprecedented confidence in their booking decisions by fulfilling their hotel search needs with comprehensive and trusted content, and over time, through additional features such as the ability to connect and share their plans with family and friends – all provided through a simple and flexible site experience,” Mr Davis said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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