Follow the Code of Ethics when dealing with Mexico alcohol inquiries says

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, August 4, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — ACTA has issued an advisory to members in the wake of allegations of possibly tainted alcohol served to guests at a Mexico resort.“Resorts in Mexico have been under the microscope recently related to incidents involving alleged tainted alcohol being served to guests,” says ACTA President Wendy Paradis. “In dealing with this issue ACTA is encouraging their members to adhere to the Association’s Code of Ethics specifically where it states that when dealing with the public, it is the duty of ACTA members to:Make every effort to ensure that accurate information is provided to enable their clients to exercise an informed judgment in making their choice of travel services; andAdvise clients of known health requirements/risks and refer them to a travel medicine professional when appropriate to the trip being undertaken.”Milwaukee vacationer Abbey Conner, 20, on holiday with her family at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, was found dead in the hotel’s pool in January 2017. She and her brother had been drinking alcohol served by the hotel bar. The family is now suing Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. The hotel chain notes that toxicology results indicate Conner had a blood alcohol level of 0.25 when she was admitted to hospital and denies any wrongdoing.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The Mexico Tourism Board recently issued a statement and released a FAQ to support the industry.“The Mexico Tourism Board takes any incident involving visitors very seriously. We have been monitoring this situation and have been in contact with the local destination and hotels.“The sympathies of the Mexico Tourism Board, and the entire Mexican tourism industry, go out to those affected.“We can confirm the strictest guidelines and processes related to alcohol procurement, handling and serving of guests with the goal of ensuring quality and control are in place by the hotel and industry.”The U.S. Department of State recently updated its Mexico information to include a new warning under ‘Safety & Security’, indicating that there have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out.The Mexico Tourism Board says ensuring the safety of visitors is always a priority, and notes that the U.S. Department of State’s warning includes a reminder for travellers: “If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe Mexico Tourism Board also notes that “incidents such as these are extremely rare among the 35 million international tourists who visit Mexico each year, and the entire Mexican tourism industry will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and satisfaction of all visitors.”Paradis says ACTA recommends that members refer their clients to the advice and advisories on the government of Canada websites and“This information is the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific information to help your clients make informed decisions and to travel safely while abroad. It is recommended that you check these websites for your destination prior to planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave. Safety and security conditions may change between the date you book your travel and your departure date.” Follow the Code of Ethics when dealing with Mexico alcohol inquiries, says ACTA Tags: ACTA, Travel Alertlast_img read more

Review Rey Lear faithful to Shakespeare

first_imgNo related posts. Nothing says “English literature” like “King Lear.” Written (and rewritten) by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century, “Lear” is the story of a Dark Age king who decides to retire. He divides his kingdom into three parts for each of his daughters, and he offers the biggest chunk to whichever daughter loves him the most. While two daughters adore this idea, young Cordelia won’t play ball. Lear is furious, so he exiles her.What follows are two hours and 15 minutes of cruelty and despair – indeed, some of the most nihilistic moments in the Shakespearean canon occur in this single tragedy. Men die in battle. Women stab themselves. Poor Gloucester gets his eyes ripped out. Even the jester gets skewered. Meanwhile, Lear ends up homeless and crazy, and he wanders through driving rain in the middle of the empty moors. But lesson learned: When you’re done running the family business, just move to Florida.So how does the granddaddy of Elizabethan dramas translate into Spanish? Very well, it turns out. The National Theatre Company presents a remarkably faithful adaptation at the Teatro de la Aduana, and you don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to enjoy it. Given the long monologues, it doesn’t take a dramaturge to figure out what’s going on, and the un-credited translation sacrifices old-timey poetry for coherence. (For example, I don’t believe the original folio uses “puta” quite so liberally.) The lines are brisk and accessible, as is the story. With its long-lost sisters and amnesiac protagonists, “Lear” is essentially a Renaissance soap opera, so the less confusion, the better.Director Fabían Sales has crafted a darkly atmospheric production, complete with Rolando Trejos’ earthy medieval costumes and Fernando Castro’s minimalist set. Castro’s modular design takes its cues from Stonehenge; he uses a fog machine to make the stage as primeval as possible. The National Theatre Company boasts high production values and some of the finest actors in Costa Rica, which are worth far more than an $8 ticket. (Tickets for the Royal Shakespeare Company in New York cost at least $77).That said, “Rey Lear” has its weaknesses, starting with Lear himself. Óscar Castillo is big and bearded, which is a good start, but he’s also a teddy bear. Nothing about Castillo’s voice or body language screams “Celtic warlord,” and most of the time he bumbles around the stage like a rabbi with Alzheimer’s. This is a legitimate interpretation of Lear’s madness, but it’s much too silly to match Sales’ brooding backdrop. Last Sunday’s audience kept laughing at moments that should have been heart wrenching; they even chuckled at his death scene.Other choices flirt with melodrama, like Sales’ cinematic soundtrack, or artificial mist so thick that you can’t identify which character is wailing. The most unfortunate aspect of “Lear” can’t be helped – the play is crushingly slow, and even this peppy Spanish translation still feels tedious at times.What saves “Rey Lear” are some nuanced performances, notably the Fool (or “el bufón”). Lear’s existential fool is one of the greatest roles in theater, and Alex Molina’s mummer is unique. Instead of a hunched-over weirdo, Molina is a hip, physical, straight-talking clown. Rather than delivering his rhymes as cryptic oracles of doom, they sound more like jokes, and they actually make a Tico audience laugh. This is the advantage of rewriting a masterpiece in a new language: You can honor the original lines without getting stuck with the original words. Sometimes the Bard’s work is perfect and can’t be replicated. Other times, Shakespeare needs a puta.“Rey Lear” continues through Dec. 1. Teatro de la Aduana, Barrio Carmen. 4,000 ($8). Info & Tickets: 2257-8305. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The mysteries of the tinker bell wasp one of smallest bugs ever

first_imgRelated posts:Looking back: A microscopic wasp and other amazing Costa Rica wildlife stories Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated for ‘Shark Enemy of the Year’ award Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica! 20 new wasp species named after Costa Rican schoolchildren A pair of researchers from Canada and England discovered the third-smallest winged insect ever known, but there is still much to learn about this denizen of the forest floors of Costa Rica.The Tinkerbella nana – only three times as long as a human hair is wide – was named one of the top 10 new species of 2014 by the International Institute for Species Exploration. London-based researcher John Noyes found the wasp after tediously searching through the forest floor debris in various parts of Costa Rica, including Heredia, Alajuela, Guanacaste and Puntarenas. After hours of extracting the speck-sized bugs from the debris, Noyes, shipped his specimens to his Canadian colleague, John Huber.First discovered in April 2013, and yet to be observed while alive, the life of the tinker bell wasp remains an enigma. Due to its minute size, this wasp’s world would feel very alien to us. As insects shrink, their legs and wings must find a way to overcome physical forces, which humans may never think twice about, such as surface tension, viscosity and inertia. For the smallest of bugs, the air itself thickens.“They don’t fly like birds, but probably swim through the air like a fish,” Noyes said.Huber went even further, saying the air might feel like moving through molasses. Tinker bell, 0.25 mm in length, brought up the question of what minimum size is even possible for an insect. As limbs and wings shrink, eventually no room will remain for muscles capable of movement. A related wasp also in the fairy fly family, the Kikiki – found in Costa Rica, Trinidad and Hawaii – is currently the world’s smallest flying insect, at 0.15 mm.Aside from its size, tinker bell’s most striking feature is its hairy wings, the common feature of fairy flies. Due to its small size, the wasp needs to do everything it can to save energy. Huber had originally thought the fringes helped deal with turbulence, but he since believes they help artificially lengthen the wing, without the bug having to grow a larger, heavier wing membrane. Having only dead tinker bells, the researchers could only draw comparisons to other wasps. In another family of wasps with similar fringed wings they have observed an impressive 350 wing beats per second, according to Huber.“We really need to film these things in flight,” Huber said.Like many tropical wasps, tinker bell has a dark side. The parasitic wasp likely begins its life eating its way out of the egg of another insect. Noyes said that adult mothers probably home in on the eggs of another insect that lives in the leaf litter and detritus of the jungle floor. Their victims are likely another tiny insect that feeds off fungus in decaying plant matter. Tinker bell hatches from its own egg, consumes its host’s egg while a larva, and eventually pupating and bursting from its host in its adult form.Discovering the microscopic wasp was no small feat. Noyes is a veteran researcher in Costa Rica, first visiting in 1991. Noyes said he drags a net through the forest floor and bushes in places like La Selva Biological station in Sarapiquí and around remote parts near the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. The piles of dirt and rotting plant matter are soaked in alcohol and then travel to the laboratory, where Noyes sorts through them one three-milliliter teaspoon at a time.“It’s all very laborious,” Noyes said. “It just depends on how hard you want the specimens to start with.”Using forceps, Noyes separates the insects from debris under a microscope, going through each teaspoon multiple times.“You think of a meter cubed in the forest and there’s probably a lot going on in there,” Noyes said.This is especially true in biologically rich Costa Rica. Noyes said that there are about 2,000 species of known wasps just in Costa Rica, which is one and a half times as many as exist in all of Europe and Northern Asia.For Huber, the discovery of Tinkerbella as well as his previous discovery of Kikiki, reveal a vast and unknown world that still demands exploration.“We know very little and it’s only now that we’re developing the technology to find them and it’s generating new species and new genera of insects,” Huber said.Unfortunately, the clock is working against Huber and Noyes, as climate change and deforestation threaten the discovery of more micro-insects.“They’re going extinct before we even know it,” Huber said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mexico captures mostwanted drugcartel kingpin

first_imgRelated posts:Mexico to purge corrupt cops in violent state Honduran brothers charged in cocaine-trafficking case Costa Rica’s 3-pronged strategy scores high against drug trafficking, says Coast Guard chief Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia MEXICO CITY – Mexican soldiers have captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva, one of the country’s most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said Wednesday.He had taken over the Beltrán Leyva cartel in recent years after his brothers’ deaths or arrests, but was nabbed in the city of San Miguel de Allende, investigating prosecutors’ spokesman Tomás Zerón told reporters.Known as “H” (for Héctor), authorities snared Beltrán Leyva — for whom Mexico had offered a $2.2 million reward — without firing a shot, after an 11-month manhunt, Zerón said. Héctor Beltrán Leyva. Alfredo Estrella/AFPRecommended: Adiós, El ChapoHe called Beltrán Leyva one of Mexico’s top drug traffickers, who specialized in moving cocaine from South America and Central America to lucrative U.S. and European markets.In 2009, authorities killed his brother Arturo in Cuernavaca. Brothers Alfredo and Carlos were arrested later, leaving him in charge of the operation.The United States offered another $5 million reward for his capture. The U.S. State Department says he is 49 years old.It was not clear when he was arrested.An estimated 80,000 people have died in drug violence and 22,000 have gone missing since 2006 across Mexico.Since President Enrique Peña Nieto took over in December 2012, however, the government also has captured Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa cartel and at the time the world’s most-wanted drug trafficker.Recommended: How do ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s kids live? Follow them on Twitter Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dutch British suspend some aid to Rwanda

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The United States last week cut $200,000 in planned military aid. On Friday, the Netherlands said it was suspending 5 million euros ($6.1 million) promised to improve Rwanda’s judicial sector. And Britain, Rwanda’s biggest donor, said it was delaying a budget support payment scheduled this month.London’s Financial Times newspaper quoted a Swedish aid official Thursday saying Scandinavian countries on the board of the African Development Bank also forced the delay of a decision on the disbursal of $38.9 million in budget aid to Rwanda from last week until September.The pressure comes as a group of U.N. experts who made the allegations in a damning report was visiting Rwanda. Their report published last month accused Rwanda of helping create, arm and support the M23 rebel movement in east Congo in violation of U.N. sanctions.The uprising has brought the worst violence in years to that volatile country. It has forced more than 260,000 people from their homes in the past three months. And it is draining the resources of an already overstretched $1.5 billion a year U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo.Mushikiwabo maintained Rwanda’s vigorous denial of the charges despite overwhelming evidence, including from surrendered rebels who told U.N. officials that they were Rwandans who had been recruited and trained in Rwanda. The U.N. report also said some Rwandan soldiers were fighting alongside the rebels against Congo’s army. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Rwanda is coming under increasing pressure to halt alleged support for east Congo’s latest rebellion, with the Netherlands suspending some aid and Britain delaying a payment for budgetary support.Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo expressed regret Friday at “hasty decisions based on flimsy evidence” by unspecified donors suspending or deferring aid. Mushikiwabo said in a statement that she had just “comprehensively rebutted” all the allegations to the visiting U.N. experts.Dutch Development Ministry spokeswoman Saskia Gaster said the country is “reconsidering” its aid program while awaiting Rwanda’s response to the allegations.“Our position — in consultation with EU partners — will be based on both an assessment of Rwanda’s official reaction to the report and the developments in the field, including an immediate end to support to rebels in DRC from Rwandan territory,” she told The Associated Press.While the amounts involved are small, the actions are considered a major rebuke of Rwanda, a darling of Western donors dependent on aid for nearly half its budget.Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has avoided sanctions despite numerous past transgressions of standards supposedly required in exchange for Western aid. His government has consistently suppressed all opposition at home. It denies charges that it sends hit squads to assassinate opponents abroad, though Britain’s Scotland Yard has warned several Rwandans living in exile there that Rwanda’s government has been plotting to kill them. Western donors demanded no sanctions after the publication last year of a long-delayed U.N. report accusing Kagame’s army of a possible genocide of Congolese and Rwandan Hutu people after they invaded Congo in 1994. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Some of the West’s lenience toward Kagame is motivated by guilt over their failure to halt the 1994 genocide of some 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus, which was ended by Kagame’s rebel movement. Western nations also are reluctant to cut aid because Rwanda has proved a stellar example of how well-managed aid can improve people’s lives. British aid to Rwanda, set at 80 million pounds ($125.5 million) this year, is considered to have played a major role in helping the one million Rwandan who have lifted out of poverty in the past five years – the fastest ever rate of poverty reduction ever achieved in Africa.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   last_img read more

Man jailed in France for veilrelated attack

first_img Top Stories Benouahab said he was angry, but acknowledged he was in the wrong.Prosecutor Fanny Huboux says the case was about the attack, not the head scarf law. She says, “we’re not here to judge religious convictions.”France banned wearing face-covering veils in public last year, sparking anger from Islamic groups.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PARIS (AP) – A Paris court has convicted a 23-year-old man of attacking and injuring a photographer who had taken photos of a group of women who were breaking a new French law by wearing face-covering veils.The court sentenced Ymad Bilel Benouahab on Monday to 18 months in prison, six of them suspended, for the September attack on a 65-year-old photographer in a largely Muslim neighborhood in eastern Paris, the Sipa news agency reported. The photographer’s nose and arm were broken. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Ethical reminder for Chinese businesses in Africa

first_img The vital role family plays in society Check your body, save your life Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Such rapid increases had created “growing pains in China-Africa economic and trade cooperation,” Zhai said.“Although volume increased rapidly, there is not much progress in quality improvement,” he said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   center_img “Making quick money and leaving is a myopic action, and `catching fish by draining the pond’ is unethical,” Zhai was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency. He said Chinese businesses in Africa need to compete fairly, respect local laws and customs, and improve worker welfare and environmental protection.Complaints over business practices have grown as Chinese firms pour into the continent in hopes of winning profits in areas and industries that competitors from the developed world have given up on.Chinese diplomats were particularly stung by an editorial published in the Financial Times last week by Nigerian Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi which criticized China for exploiting the continent’s mineral wealth while undermining its manufacturing industries.“We must see China for what it is: a competitor. We must not only produce locally goods in which we can build comparative advantage, but also actively fight off Chinese imports promoted by predatory policies,” Sanusi wrote.According to official Chinese figures, China’s trade with Africa has grown from $10 billion to in 2000 to nearly $200 billion last year, driven largely by China’s demand for oil and other African raw commodities. Africa is also a major investment destination for Chinese companies building infrastructure ranging from hydroelectric projects to telecommunications grids, with a total of more than $15.3 billion invested directly by the end of last year, Zhai was quoted as saying. BEIJING (AP) – Chinese businesses operating in Africa need to follow local laws and put long-term benefits ahead of short-term gains, a Beijing diplomat said Monday, acknowledging that rising trade had created “growing pains” in economic ties.Chinese companies should work to benefit their African host economies by investing in industries such as power generation, agriculture, textiles and communications that create jobs and generate tax revenues, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun told participants in an African business seminar in Beijing. Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img

Economy hurts Deutsche Post DHL freight business

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Mail, express delivery and freight company Deutsche Post DHL saw its profits dip in the first quarter as the weak global economy saw companies ship fewer goods by air and after a large one-time gain in the year-ago quarter.Deutsche Post DHL made a net profit of 498 million euros ($647 million) in the first three months of the year, 5.9 percent lower than the year-ago equivalent of 529 million euros. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Deutsche Post DHL, which has 473,000 employees in 220 countries and territories, emerged from the former government post office through privatization, and remains Germany’s domestic mail carrier. The German government owns a 24.9 percent stake through its KfW bank.The company maintained its full-year forecast for as much as 2.95 billion euros in earnings before interest and taxes.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   The year-earlier figure included a one-time gain of 186 million euros from the sale of a stake in Postbank to Deutsche Bank. If the Postbank gain were excluded, net profit would have risen 45 percent. Revenues rose 0.6 percent to 13.44 billion euros.The company’s shares rose 3.3 percent to 19.44 euros in midday trading in Europe.“Even though we have yet to feel any sort of economic tailwind, we were able to get off to a solid start in the new year,” CEO Frank Appel said in a statement. He said the results “demonstrated once again just how robust our business model is.”Deutsche Post DHL, which operates an air freight hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, said its freight business saw slower demand in “a strained macroeconomic environment” that includes a stagnant European economy.Air freight revenue fell 8.2 percent to 1.2 billion euros, with a particularly strong decline in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Still, operating earnings for the freight division showed a 1 percent increase due to strict cost management.Its express delivery division saw operating earnings rise almost 10 percent to 254 million euros.At the mail division, which is focused on its home base in Germany, revenues rose for its package delivery business. It cited “booming” e-commerce, in which people have goods delivered from online retailers. That helped offset fewer working days in the quarter due to the early Easter holiday weekend.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank coCEOs to step down John Cryan to take over

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Deutsche Bank AG said that Jain, 52, and Fitschen, 66, had decided “to step down early from their roles.”It said that Jain will step down June 30 but has been asked to remain with the company as a consultant until January. The bank’s supervisory board asked Fitschen to stay in his job until the next annual general meeting in May 2016 “to ensure a smooth transition.”Cryan, 54, will become co-CEO in July and take sole control when Fitschen leaves. He has sat on Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board, the German equivalent of a board of directors, since 2013.Cryan was president for Europe at the Singaporean investment company Temasek from 2012 until last year. He was previously chief financial officer of the Swiss bank UBS AG.Jain and Fitschen have sought to move the bank past lawsuits and legal issues that in some cases dated back years and stressed the need for the bank to change its culture. Still, those issues have continued to cast the bank in an unflattering light.In April, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $2.5 billion to authorities in the United States and Britain to settle allegations its traders rigged important market interest-rate benchmarks used to determine rates on a variety of debt. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Unrelatedly, Fitschen and two predecessors went on trial that month on charges of attempted fraud for allegedly colluding to deceive judges in a long-running legal battle with a now-deceased media mogul, Leo Kirch. Fitschen and the other defendants have denied any wrongdoing.Deutsche Bank also recently announced a reorganization that will involve spinning off its Postbank branches in Germany, closing offices in some countries and eliminating less-profitable business at its investment banking division.With that strategy in place, “which puts the bank’s future on a strong track, it is right for the bank and for me to have new leadership at this time,” Jain said in a statement.Jain has been with Deutsche Bank for 20 years and headed its investment banking unit before becoming co-CEO.Supervisory board chairman Paul Achleitner said “without his efforts, our bank today would not have achieved or sustained its global leadership.” He said the co-CEOs’ decision to depart early “demonstrates impressively their attitude of putting the bank’s interests ahead of their own.”Achleitner added that Cryan “knows the bank well, and we are convinced that he is the right person at the right time.” Comments   Share   center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories BERLIN (AP) — Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen will step down early as co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank, which has struggled with legal issues and disappointing profits.They will be replaced by John Cryan, a British member of the company’s supervisory board who has worked for Switzerland’s UBS in the past, the bank said Sunday.Jain and Fitschen became joint chief executives of Germany’s biggest bank in 2012, succeeding Josef Ackermann, and had contracts running through March 2017. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Prolific British actor Christopher Lee dies at age 93

first_imgHe railed against the typecasting, however, and ultimately the sheer number and range of his roles — including Sherlock Holmes and the founder of Pakistan — secured his place in film history.“I didn’t have dreams of being a romantic leading man,” Lee told The Associated Press in 2002. “But I dreamed of being a character actor, which I am.”The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London on Thursday issued a statement confirming that Lee died June 7. Lee’s agent said his family declined to comment or provide more details.Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in London on May 27, 1922. His father was a British army officer who had served in the Boer War and his mother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano. His parents separated when he was young, and his mother later remarried Harcourt Rose, the uncle of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.Lee attended Wellington College, an elite boarding school, and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II. Poor eyesight prevented him from becoming a pilot, and he served as an intelligence officer in North Africa and Italy.After the war, the 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Lee was signed to a contract with Britain’s Rank studio, and spent the next decade playing minor roles in a series of formulaic pictures. He also appeared briefly in Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” in 1948 along with his future Hammer co-star, Peter Cushing. Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility FILE- In this file photo dated Friday March 5, 2010, British actor Sir Christopher Lee is photographed before his interview with APTN, at the AP office in north London. Christopher Lee, the prolific, aristocratic British actor who brought dramatic gravitas to the low-budget thrills of Hammer Studios’ 1950s and 1960s horror films and to the more recent “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and two of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequels, has died at age 93, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London confirmed a death certificate was issued for Lee on June 8. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) In 2006, Lee told the BBC that his reaction to reading the script for the film was, “I’m not saying any of these lines. It’s impossible. They’re ridiculous.”“That’s why I don’t speak in the film,” he said.During this period, Lee played non-vampiric roles in Hammer’s “The Devil Rides Out,” ”The Mummy,” ”Rasputin, the Mad Monk” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and starred as mustachioed master criminal Fu Manchu in a series of low-budget thrillers. His last film for Hammer was “To the Devil a Daughter” in 1976.Starting in the 1970s, Lee tried to shake off the Hammer mantle. He played the villain in “The Man With the Golden Gun” and appeared in non-Hammer horror films. The most distinguished was 1973’s “The Wicker Man,” a cult classic in which Lee played the lord of a Scottish pagan community troubled by the appearance of an inquisitive police officer.Lee appeared in so many movies that he acknowledged he couldn’t remember them all.“And certainly some of them you want to forget,” he said in 2002.An energetic man who listed his hobbies in “Who’s Who” as “travel, opera, golf, cricket,” Lee never retired. His career flourished late in life, with roles in some of the best-loved of film franchises. He also branched out into music, and released a heavy metal album to mark his 92nd birthday just last year. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Lee married Birgit Kroencke in 1961. Their daughter, Christina, was born in 1963.___Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report___This story has been corrected to show that Lee was 1.93 meters, not 1.83 meters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He launched his horror career in 1957, starring as the monster in Hammer’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” In 1958, Lee made his first appearance as the famous vampire in “Dracula,” opposite Cushing’s Van Helsing.Film critic Matthew Sweet said Lee brought a sensuality to the role that fit with the newly permissive times. While Bela Lugosi, the definitive 1930s Dracula, “postures and glides, Lee is rough and muscular,” Sweet wrote in 2007.“Lee’s performance convinced a generation of scholars that Dracula was a book about sex, and not about vampires,” Sweet said.Lee went on to play the Transylvanian vampire in sequels including “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,” ”Dracula Has Risen From the Grave,” ”Taste the Blood of Dracula,” ”Scars of Dracula” and “Dracula A.D. 1972” — an ill-advised attempt to update the series to 1970s London.Lee was wary of being typecast, and later said the studio practically blackmailed him into continuing to appear.He held out for eight years after the first Dracula film before appearing in “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,” in which he stars but has no lines. LONDON (AP) — Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at age 93.Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga and the evil Count Dooku in two “Star Wars” prequels.But for many, he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of gory, gothic British “Hammer Horror” thrillers churned out in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular around the world. Comments   Share   Eva Juel Hammerich, a producer in Copenhagen, Denmark, who was expecting to film with Lee later this year, said she was shocked at the loss.“Honestly we don’t know what to do,” she said. “You can find another person to interpret a role but it will be done in a different way.”The actor became Sir Christopher Lee when he was knighted in October 2009, receiving the honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.Lee said at that time that “although I’ve played a lot of bad guys, there’s more scope than being the man in the white hat.”Lee also appeared in several films by Tim Burton, including “Sleepy Hollow” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and was proud of his turn as Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in “Jinnah.”Lee felt his gift for comedy was under-appreciated. He was proud to have hosted the popular U.S. sketch show “Saturday Night Live” in 1978 and told the BBC that his greatest regret was turning down the part that went to Leslie Nielsen in the slapstick comedy “Airplane.”“A lot of people, including the casting directors, have no idea that when I lived in America half of the films I did were comedies,” he said in 2006. “They have no idea that I hosted ‘Saturday Night Live.’ They don’t seem to be interested.” The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Southeast Asia to set up fund to help boat people

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Myanmar, who was represented by Deputy Home Affairs Minister Kyaw Kyaw Tun, pledged to work with neighboring countries to bust human trafficking syndicates, Zahid said.However, he said that the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar wasn’t discussed at the meeting.“We shouldn’t be involved in their domestic matters,” he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Since early May, more than 4,600 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have come ashore in Southeast Asian waters, after human smugglers abandoned their boats amid a regional crackdown.Some are Bangladeshis who left their impoverished homeland in hope of finding jobs abroad. But many are Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which has denied them basic rights, including citizenship, and confined more than 100,000 to camps. There are more than 1 million Rohingyas living in the country formerly known as Burma.The meeting in Kuala Lumpur was a follow-up to an emergency conference on the boat people in Bangkok in May that drew 17 regional countries. In a statement, Malaysia said the trust fund will be administered by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations secretariat based in Jakarta.The statement said the fund will be open to voluntary contributions from ASEAN states and members of the international community to “support the humanitarian and relief efforts involved in dealing with challenges” from the refugee crisis.Zahid said the regional countries alone should not carry the burden of the refugees. He said he had proposed that each Southeast Asian nation contribute $100,000 to the fund. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, a Malaysian minister said Thursday.Singapore has pledged $200,000 to the fund, Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Zahid Hamidi told a news conference after chairing a special regional meeting on the refugee crisis. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean From left to right, Malaysian Home Ministry Secretary General Alwi Haji Ibrahim, Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysian national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar and Home Affairs Principal Assistant Secretary International Division Abdul Munir Lutfi attend and an emergency ASEAN ministerial meeting on the migrant crisis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

House GOP moves on sanctuary issue after California tragedy

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled House panel has voted to block so-called sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal grants.The Appropriations Committee also wants to prevent the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from releasing from detention people with criminal records who are in the country illegally before deporting them to their home country.The legislation comes after the killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly at the hands of an immigrant who had been turned over to the city by ICE but was released instead of being handed back so the federal government could deport him. Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up It was added by the panel’s Republicans to a measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for the upcoming budget year.San Francisco is a sanctuary city that limits cooperation with the government on immigration matters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Flight Centre Expedia respond to JTGStella merger

first_imgBoth Flight Centre and Expedia have responded positively to the ACCC’s decision to not oppose the merger of Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) with Stella Travel Services.“The merger is good news for the Australian travel industry, and should further encourage healthy competition in the travel market,” Expedia Asia Pacific managing director Dan Lynn told e-Travel Blackboard.“It also augurs well for an end to the excessive booking fees being charged by certain players in the industry, and should encourage other travel companies to put the traveller first and deliver better value to Australians.”Flight Centre, who claimed not to have opposed the merger were “not surprised by the ACCC’s decision”, a Flight Centre spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard.“We wish them well as they embark on what will be a sizable and challenging integration.” The spokesperson added they did not anticipate any major impacts to their business as “franchisees have always competed vigorously at local level and I’m sure they will continue to do so”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Lifes Irie onboard Carnival 20

first_imgThe days of moving through the ranks from waiter to DJ are being phased out on Carnival with the new ‘Fun Ship 2.0′ initiative. In an exclusive interview with e-Travel Blackboard, Carnival’s new Official DJ, DJ Irie, spoke of his involvement with the cruise line to bring a revamped vibe to partying onboard their fleet.Selected for the prestigious role due to his popularity and experience as the official DJ of the Miami Heat basketball team, celebrities including Jamie Foxx and extensive nightclub gigs, Irie will select DJs to go through ‘Spiniversity’ onboard several Carnival ships before deciding if they have what it takes.”We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to be a part of the program,” Irie said from Miami last week.”Just because you are already working on the ship does not guarantee that you will be successful and get into the program. We’ve had people not make it already!”I’m looking for the best, if I’m going to put my name on something and certify it, it has to be what I feel is top notch.”Current DJs onboard will be given the opportunity to enroll in ‘Spiniversity’ and, if Irie deems them successful, they will be placed back in their role as DJ.A strong knowledge and background in all aspects and styles of music is a must for Carnival DJs with Irie acknowledging the multicultural aspect onboard.”One thing we pride ourselves on is being very inclusive. People that cruise come from all walks of life, all different backgrounds, all different colours and races. If you are on a cruise, at some point you should be hearing something you can really get into. From country to pop, rock to reggae.”He encouraged DJs thinking of applying for the program to research different styles of music and think of themselves as ambassadors of atmosphere onboard at all times, not just when they’re behind the decks.”The DJ is the star of the show. They are creating the mood, vibe and energy which is done with more than just music.”Although excited to be partnering with the cruise line, DJ Irie made his disagreement of the name of the initiative very clear.”The concept around the whole new launch is just fantastic. I love the program but I disagree with the name because this is like ‘Fun Ship 8.0′. 2.0 is such an understatement! Where can they go from here?”Whilst he may have DJ’d onboard Carnival Magic’s inaugural U.S. sailing from Galveston, Texas last month, his plan is to surprise passengers moving forward with no onboard gigs being confirmed officially. Irie does share that he will be performing on one of the Carnival Breeze voyages departing from Miami when she launches in 2012 and hints that he may appear onboard a Carnival ship in the Mediterranean next northern hemisphere summer.Click here to read about DJ Irie’s favourite places to travel when he’s not working. DJ Irie has a laugh with George Lopez at the Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 announcement in NYC DJ Irie and Guy Fieri at the Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 announcement in NYCcenter_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

Qantas woes continue

first_imgEarlier this month Qantas announced it will cut at least 1000 jobs over the next 12 months, while share prices sank when the airline reported underlying losses of up to AU$300 million for first-half FY2014. Emirates president Tim Clark said that the UAE carrier would watch the situation carefully but did not have the “bottomless pit of cash” that Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways possesses, The Australian reported. “So no, equity is not on the table,” Mr Clark said. “No government is going to fight harder for Qantas than Qantas will fight for itself,” Mr Abbott said. Qantas’ woes continue this week after alliance partner, Emirates, declared it wouldn’t be making an equity investment in the airline, while the Australian government has advised Qantas to “put its house in order”. In related news, Qantas will shelve a project to replace its dated IT system that supports almost 10 million frequent flyer members, in order to cut costs and retain a cash buffer to combat Virgin Australia’s domestic expansion.center_img “Access to foreign capital has become a major factor in this market and Qantas is denied the same access as its competitors… but ultimately, the Qantas Sale Act is a matter for parliament,” Mr Abbott said. The fate of Qantas is expected to be debated at a cabinet meeting this week, as the government considers whether short-term controls, such as debt guarantees, are a worthwhile strategies. While the Australian government has pledged a commitment to consider any formal proposals presented by Qantas, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Qantas needs to take charge of its situation. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Personal Travel Managers confident of more plain sailing following Cru

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia TravelManagers’ personal travel managers celebrate a successful Cruise360 Conference (left to right back row) Debra Dean, Neil Saunders, Jane Fowler, Annalise Troost, Sue Kuti. (Left to right front row) Julianne Gazal-Rizk, Michelle Michael–Pecora, Andrea Friend, Diane Craig, Pamela Baas and Karin TunbridgePersonal Travel Managers confident of more plain sailing following Cruise360 ConferenceConfidence in the cruising industry remains high for personal travel managers following their attendance at CLIA Australia’s Cruise360 third conference in Sydney late last month.Fifteen TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) representing New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria participated in this annual event, which is the largest and only official cruise conference in Australasia and designed exclusively for travel professionals.Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers increasing cruise sales show the significant contribution home-based consultants make to the cruise sector says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.“The TravelManagers business model caters extremely well for all cruise clients whether they are leisure, small corporate accounts or SME business travellers. TravelManagers wholeheartedly supports personal travel manager participation in the Cruise360 event.”The opportunity to meet with key cruise line representatives all under one roof was appealing for PTM Diane Craig representative for North Balgowlah.“The thing I love most about Cruise360 is that its sole focus is cruise – everybody attending from suppliers to cruise agents are passionate about the cruise industry. The event also helps to build and develop industry contacts and relationships which is invaluable for my business.”For PTM Sue Kuti representative for Randwick it was the ability to hear from industry experts about future trends and developments from a global perspective that she found extremely valuable.“The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Navigating the Future’ and I really enjoyed the panel sessions and presentations from leading cruise experts. I was fascinated by the discussions around the future impact the cruise industry across Australasia and on a global perspective. It’s having access to this type of up-to-date knowledge and insights that gives me a competitive edge and allows me to show my expertise and knowledge to my clients.”The personal travel managers all agree they are positive heading into Plan a Cruise Month and the summer cruise season, confident in the knowledge that the cruise industry is in good hands and is looking towards a future of plain sailing. Join TravelManagers Australiabecome a PTM todayAbout TravelManagers Travel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.last_img read more

Etihad to Launch Seasonal Flights to Alexandria

first_imgEtihad to Launch Seasonal Flights to AlexandriaEtihad to Launch Seasonal Flights to Alexandria, EgyptEtihad Airways is preparing to launch seasonal summer flights from Abu Dhabi to the beautiful and historic Egyptian city of Alexandria, one of oldest continuously-inhabited locations in the world and home to the Great Library of Alexandria and one of the ancient world wonders, the Pharos Lighthouse.This famous coastal city is also a convenient gateway for many of the Egyptian expatriates living in the UAE and planning to return home during the summer holidays.Between 2 July and 31 August, the Airbus A320 flights will depart Abu Dhabi at 2.15pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Alexandria at 4:00 pm. Return flights will depart Alexandria at 4:50pm, arriving back in Abu Dhabi at 10:40.Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Alexandria is one of the most popular holiday destinations for UAE residents, and our new seasonal flights are timed to provide access for tourists during the peak summer period. They will also be a convenient option for many of the Egyptian nationals living in the UAE and planning to return home during the holiday season.”With the addition of these seasonal services, Etihad will operate a total of 32 flights per week to Egypt – 28 flights to Cairo and four to Alexandria. For more information, or to make a booking, visit Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

Rumy Degamwalla

first_imgThis was the first time Royal Gulf Tourism forayed into a platform where we got a chance to address the travel trade and delight them with our new offerings. Dubai has so much to offer plus there are many new products and attractions coming up in the near future and thus the training workshops at OTM by was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the same to the travel trade. We received a fantastic response through this workshop.last_img

Discover the force of Iguazu Falls

first_imgRanked as the world’s second largest, Iguazu Falls are located in South America, close to the point where Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina join borders. The Iguazu River forms a border between Argentina and Brazil. Translated from Guaraní as ‘Big Waters’ has 275 waterfalls that spills 30 million litres of water every second.Source: BBClast_img