Police find 49 kilos of cocaine in Escazú home of kidnapped man

first_imgNo related posts. Police found 49 kilos of cocaine inside the home of a Colombian man who was kidnapped on Tuesday.The Colombian man, whose last name is Solano, was abducted from his home in Guachipelín de Escazú, a southwestern San José suburb, by three subjects who were dressed as members of the National Police.At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, three subjects invaded the home in the residence Las Vistas and and took the victim away in a vehicle. The suspects fled to Santa Ana, abandoned their vehicle, and left in another car.Police are investigating the case and have not released any information about the alleged kidnappers. Judicial Investigation Police said Solano had been renting the Guachipelín home for six months. Facebook Commentslast_img

Lineup announced for Envision 2014

first_imgAre you ready for a funky-electric-earth-fairy-rainbow wonderland? It’s ready for you.Envision Festival, a multi-day, transformational art and music gathering will be back in 2014 for the fourth time on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. This week, organizers announced the lineup, which will include:Dave Tipper, Papadosio, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Random Rab, Phutureprimitive, Rising Appalachia Music, Andreilien (Heyoka), Sonámbulo Psicotropical, Kalya Scintilla, The Funk Hunters, Kaminanda, Santos&Zurdo, Pumpkin, Sugarpill, JPOD the beat chef, Stylust Beats, The Human Experience, Liberation Movement, Sasha Rose, DJ Dragonfly, Nominus, Merkaba, Goosebumpz, Soul Visions, Living Light, Plantrae, Cocofunka, Soulacybin, Pasiflora and more.Organizers have also announced some big changes for 2014. The festival is moving to a shaded rainforest enclave five minutes up the road from last year’s venue. This new spot allows for car camping and it is closer to the beach, which will be free to access, organizers say.A two-minute walk to the ocean and plenty of shade should be welcome news to those who attended in the sweltering heat of the 2013 festival. Optional car camping will also delight 2013 festivalgoers, who were treated to an unseasonal downpour that drenched the grounds, attendants and their gear.Despite piercing heat and show-stopping tropical thunderstorms, Envision 2013 was a success. Thousands flew from all over the world to witness the live music acts and live painting by more than 20 artists. There was also a variety of yoga, dance, movement and spoken word workshops, as well as a healing sanctuary, performance art, and a kids’ zone.Here’s a video recap of Envision 2013 from Zippy Lomax. Envision 2014 takes place Feb. 20–23 at Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica. Super Early Bird passes went on sale today at noon. You can purchase them here: http://www.2014.envisionfestival.com/index.php/buy-tickets. Super Early Bird Passes are available for $195 until they run out. After that, regular Early Bird tickets will be on sale for $225. If they do not sell out, tickets will be available the day of the show at the box office for $295. Early Bird price on the VIP Paradise Package is $599. There are additional options for early arrival, car camping, and RV camping. Like last year, a special discount is offered for Central American residents with valid IDs. To submit an application to participate, visit the new Envision website: http://www.2014.envisionfestival.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=12&Itemid=206See website for more info. Facebook Comments Related posts:28 photos from Costa Rica’s Envision Festival Overheard at Envision 2014 Retransformed: A sophomore experience at the Envision Festival Envision Festival beginslast_img read more

Costa Rica celebrates the Fourth of July

first_imgSpectators watch the fireworks display at Avenida Escazú’s Fourth of July event. Facebook Comments Related posts:VIDEO: Barbecuing with Lucas Withington PHOTOS: American Colony celebrates US Independence Day at annual picnic American Colony to host 54th annual Independence Day Picnic Chicago’s ProbCause and Cofresi set to rock Costa Rica’s Best Festlast_img

Beautiful House in the calm area of San Joaquín de Flores Heredia

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-04.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-02.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-03.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-07.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-01.jpg info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-09.jpg No related posts. Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-08.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-05.jpg Next Image Price: $270,000COD: 1108Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: HerediaCantón: FloresConstruction: 235m2Land: 300m2Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 3.5Parking: 4-7Beautiful Big Spacious House in the calm area of San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia.13 years old construction2 bedrooms + Maids room3.5 bañosParking for 4 – 7 carsLaundry RoomRanch in a Large GardenLiving room, dining roomPatioBig kitchenAlarm System1km from the Center of San Joaquin de Flores.See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1108-06.jpg Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US adds two macaws to endangered species list

first_imgRelated posts:To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Wildlife numbers halved over past four decades, says WWF Perplexing ‘platypus’ dinosaur discovered in Chile Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission MIAMI – Poaching and habitat loss have landed the military macaw (Ara militaris) and the great green macaw (Ara ambiguus), two birds typically found in Central and South America, on the U.S. endangered species list, officials said Thursday.“Both macaws are at risk of extinction throughout their ranges,” said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, adding that “existing regulatory mechanisms designed to protect these macaws are not adequate.”The ruling makes it illegal to kill, harass or injure the birds, import or export them from the United States, or carry them across state and national borders.The listing “ensures that U.S. citizens and individuals subject to the jurisdiction of the United States do not contribute to the further decline of these species,” said the FWS statement.The military macaw is found in tropical forests in Mexico and South America. While between 6,000 and 13,000 are believed to exist, their populations are isolated and spread out over wide areas.This fragmentation means each group contains anywhere from a handful of birds to 100 individuals.There are far fewer left among the great green macaws of Central America and parts of northern South America — with just 1,000 to 3,000 individuals remaining in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.Related: Saving the great green macawThe ruling will be published in the Federal Register on Friday and goes into effect a month later, on Nov. 2. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arts and culture at a glance the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica Nrmal Festival, Expo Tattoo, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica New Year’s kickoffs, Tennis Championship, and other happenings around Costa Rica Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra takes the reins of the National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theater, withperformances tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Featured composers will include Javier Alvarez, Edvard Grieg and Gustav Mahler (Friday, May 27, and Sunday, May 29).Plaza del Sol in Curridabat, east of San José, will be filled with sculpture this weekend as the VIVA EL ARTE festival, now in its 11th year, brings renowned artists Édgar Zúñiga, Beatriz Parra and Leda Astorga, along with their work and that of many other artists from around the country, to the shopping center. The festival will also feature free musical performances (Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29).Drop by the National Museum in downtown San José for an atmospheric exhibit: in the former military barracks’ dungeons, you can see photographs by José Alberto Hernández in “Capturas,” an exploration of crime and punishment (throughout the month). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

President Solís to discuss migration green energy with US Vice President Joe

first_imgRelated posts:Presidents Obama, Solís sign historic security donation for Costa Rica Costa Rica, Panama ask neighbors to help with stranded migrants President Luis Guillermo Solís to meet with U.S. Vice President Michael Pence Costa Rican women who made us cheer this year President Luis Guillermo Solís will meet next Monday with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Washington D.C. to talk about regional security, irregular migration and renewable energy.Solís said his visit to the White House will be brief and that the agenda was convened following an official invitation from the U.S. government.One of the key issues to be discussed at the meeting is the newly announced program to provide temporary shelter to Central American refugees while they are processed for asylum in the U.S.Under the program, Costa Rica will take up to 200 asylum-seekers at a time from Central America’s Northern Triangle: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.Solís and Biden will also discuss the formulation of a sustainable energy strategy for Central America.Casa Presidencial reported that Solís will take the opportunity to promote Christiana Figueres’ bid for the General Secretariat of the United Nations.The official entourage will include Foreign Minister Manuel González, Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro and director of the Department of Intelligence and Security Mariano Figueres. The group will be back in the country on Tuesday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Álvaro Conrado the young martyr of Nicaraguas protests

first_imgRelated posts:“Comandante Macha,” the young woman with cancer fighting from the barricades in Jinotepe Life after the brutal attack in Monimbó The Tico Times partners with La Prensa to bring more coverage from Nicaragua Threats against independent journalists in Nicaragua continue In the back of an unknown vehicle, Álvaro Conrado, 15, asked the people around him not to let him go to sleep, because if he did, he wouldn’t wake up. He’d been shot in the neck and it hurt to breathe. He was bleeding out.He was shot a few minutes earlier, near Metrocentro, a shopping center in Managua. He’d bought some bottled water at a gas station to take to protesting students who were collecting supplies at the Managua Cathedral. His parents had no idea what their son was up to. Thad day he wore blue jeans, sneakers, and a red jacket that his father said made him an easy target.Around 12:30 p.m., Álvaro showed up to the Cruz Azul hospital mortally wounded. His parents say he was turned away. The same stranger that took him there then brought him to the Bautista de Managua Hospital. At about 2 p.m. that Friday, April 20, 2019, Álvaro Conrado died in the operating room.Álvaro was a student at the Loyola Institute. He was training to win his fourth medal in track and field the week he died. He turned 15 just 12 days before he was murdered.He was a student, not a delinquent.When Álvaro Conrado had an idea in his head, it was hard to get it out. He defended what liked and couldn’t stand injustice. He’d been that way since he was a kid. He used to protect younger kids and always wanted to help, his mother said. Álvaro Photo courtesy of La Prensa“We’ve come to the conclusion that he had the desire to help people and he showed that until his last moment. When he was a kid he wanted to be a fireman,” his mother, Liseth Dávila said.Álvaro joined his school’s track and field team last year. He was supposed to compete the day after he died. He’d been training for days.He liked rock music and was listening to The Beatles and Queen a lot. He spoke English and learned to play the guitar when he was 5 years old. He liked Anime and while a lot of his friends made fun of him for that, he never let it get to him. He was the oldest of three brothers. He also wanted to be a lawyer.“He wanted to travel. He wanted to be someone. He’d tell his little sister: I’ll get ready, then I’ll get you ready,” Dávila said.The day everything changed Álvaro Conrado turned 15 just 12 days before he was killed. Photo courtesy of La PrensaOn Thursday, April 18, 2018, Álvaro Conrado went to train at his school in the morning. Since classes were cancelled, he spent the afternoon with his dad and asked him to explain what was going on. He wanted to know why the university students were protesting. After his dad explained, Álvaro asked his dad:“Why don’t we go check it out?”“It’s too dangerous,” his dad said. “Sometimes when you’re checking out a fight, that’s when you get hurt. Anyways, you’re still a kid. Let’s watch it on TV instead and see how it works out.”When they got home, they had dinner and Álvaro started studying with his sister. He kept asking questions and his mom told him to be careful if he saw anything on the street. The conversation continued until midnight and before Álvaro went to bed, he messaged a friend to say:“Our Pinolero (a colloquial term for Nicaraguan) land. The place we were born and grew up in. Our blue and white flag stained with our brothers’ blood. Where’s the respect to our country. [sic] It’s Nicaragua, not any old piece of garbage. We’re Nicaraguan. We’re one. They’ll never be able to defeat that.The next day Álvaro got up earlier than usual. He looked so restless that his grandmother huried to make his breakfast because she thought he was hungry. But his worry was that it was already 9 a.m. and his dad hadn’t gone to work.They had breakfast together. A drawing by Juan Tijerino, an artist known as Vagancio Nic, that went viral on social media in Nicaragua. Photo courtesy of La Prensa“He didn’t mention anything. I told him: I’m going to work, and since there’s no school, wait for your sister to wake up, then grab your books and study. He said: ‘Yes dad, don’t worry.’ We said goodbye and that’s the last time I saw him.“That was around 9 a.m. At 11:45 a.m. I got a call from and they tell me that the phone’s owner is going into the hospital and he was wounded badly in his neck. I get to the hospital at 2:10, but I couldn’t see him alive,” his dad, also namedÁlvaro Conrado, said.Álvaro Conrado didn’t know who their son went with to go help. They know he went to one of his friend’s house and asked him to join him to go join the students at UPOLI, but his friend said his parents wouldn’t let him and it was dangerous. So Álvaro went on his own. The day he was murdered he was with two others, but no one knows who they were.There’s a 16-second clip on social media where you can see the moment Álvaro was helped by students at the Cathedral of Managua. He doesn’t stop saying: “It hurts to breathe. It hurts to breathe,” while other students press a red handkerchief against his neck.Álvaro could have survived his wounds if he’d gotten help earlier, doctors at the Bautista Hospital told his parents. He lost too much blood in the time it took to take him from one hospital to another, and that’s why he didn’t make it. Álvaro Conrado’s parents had no idea he went to go help university students that day. Óscar Navarrete/ La Prensa“When we left, the doctor said we could file a complaint against the Cruz Azul Hospital because they have the obligation, as doctors, to help. That’s taking a side, not having a conscience, but there’s no law here. And why complain, just so they can file a countersuit against us and leave us with nothing,” his dad said.Álvaro was getting to the cathedral lot when he was shot. He wasn’t even able to hand in the bottled water he was carrying. The shot grazed his lower lip and they had to open his chest at the hospital to find out where it was lodged. His mom says that’s when they realized it was a lead bullet.Álvaro’s family fears there will be repercussionsfor complaining about their son’s death, but they’re convinced they can’t keep quiet about what happened.“With the talk we had the the day before [Álvaro was killed], I thought I’d controlled the situation. I never thought he was going to go. I controlled him. When I went out, he came with me. On his days off, I’d take him to work. The moment I left him alone, that’s when it happened,” his dad said. Álvaro Conrado was killed on April 20, 2018. One day before he was going to compete in track and field. He was hoping to win his fourth medal. Óscar Navarrete/ La PrensaÁlvaro Conrado was the youngest person to die during the protests at the time of his death. He died of a bullet on the second day of protests when he was trying to get to the Cathedral of Managua to drop off bottles of water that he bought himself.According to The Permanent Commission for Human Rights (CPDH). As of Friday April 27, 2018, there were 63 dead and at least 163 people injured by gunshot during the protests. Of those, nine lost an eye.One common denominator among the dead is that they were all shot in the upper part of their body. They have wounds in their chest, neck, and head. That’s why, since the death toll started rising, it’s been said that police have been told to shoot to kill. In between the dead are a journalist in Bluefields who was shot in the head, and two cops that died in Managua.Read the original story in Spanish at La Prensa, first published on April 29.This story was translated into English and republished in The Tico Times as part of a partnership with La Prensa to help bring their coverage of the Nicaraguan crisis to an English-speaking audience. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Year in Review Our mostread stories of 2018

first_imgWe want them alive: Costa Rica’s reckoning On two coasts, communities mourn tourists deaths in Costa Rica Our chat with Epsy Campbell, Costa Rica’s vice president elect Cats march through streets, rats scared, milk supply runs low Costa Rica’s ongoing strike hits tourism industry hard Surfing in Costa Rica: Secrets from a local surfer Almost all of Costa Rica’s energy has come from renewable sources since 2014 Through adaptive surfing, disabled athletes conquer Costa Rica’s waves Fleeing violence, Nicaraguans seek safety in Costa Rica Meet Costa Rica’s 48th president, Carlos Alvarado Jaguars in danger: Building pathways for wild cats to protect a Costa Rican symbol Dreamlike, diverse and grappling with change: Our Santa Teresa deep dive Fleeing Nicaragua: The escape Almost all of Costa Rica’s energy has come from renewable sources since 2014 Heavy rains lead to mass floods in the Pacific How to love bees and save the world: Puerto Viejo couple teach the importance of bees Fleeing Nicaragua: The escape From elections to protests to immigration, 2018 was a newsworthy year in Costa Rica and the region.The Tico Times kept you informed throughout all of the year’s biggest news. Thank you for reading and supporting independent journalism in Costa Rica.Here are some of our most-read stories of the year:Carlos Alvarado: Novelist, musician and presidential candidate in Costa Rica Through adaptive surfing disabled athletes conquer Costa Rica’s wavescenter_img Former Costa Rican presidents and political figures come out in support of same-sex marriage Related posts:Introducing The Tico Times merchandise Taxi drivers to stage another demonstration against Uber Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July A thumb’s up for earthquake education and thrills in Cartago Surfing in Costa Rica: Secrets from a local surfer Costa Rica’s ongoing strike hits tourism industry hard Our chat with Epsy Campbell, Costa Rica’s vice president-elect Dreamlike, diverse and grappling with change, our Santa Teresa Deep Dive Off the eaten path: Pad Thai Jaguars in danger: Building pathways for wild cats to protect a Costa Rican symbol How to love bees and save the world: Puerto Viejo couple teach the importance of bees Former Costa Rican presidents and political figures come out in support of same sex marriage Off the eaten path: Pad Thai Cats march through streets, rats scared, milk supply runs low Heavy rains lead to mass floods in the Pacific Fleeing violence, Nicaraguans seek safety in Costa Rica On two coasts, communities mourn tourists’ deaths in Costa Rica Thank you for reading The Tico Times in 2018. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, and we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. Support the Tico Times  Facebook Comments We want them alive: Costa Rica’s reckoninglast_img read more

US envoy Myanmar reforms good example for NKorea

first_imgAssociated PressTOKYO (AP) – The U.S. envoy on North Korean human rights issues says that political and economic reforms unfolding in Myanmar are a great example for North Korea to follow.Robert King told reporters in Tokyo on Friday that if North Korea took similar steps as Myanmar, the international community would probably respond favorably, as it has with Myanmar.In the wake of President Thein Sein’s reforms there, Western nations have eased sanctions imposed during the previous military regime’s repressive rule, and investors and tourists have begun flocking to the country. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements “I would hope the North Koreans see what’s happened in Burma and recognize that as something that’s positive,” King said, using the country’s former name preferred by many activists. “I see Burma as a great example of where we’d like to see North Korea going.”If Pyongyang moved in “positive” directions that would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor the country’s nuclear program, “then I think there will be positive movement in other directions, as there has been in Burma.”North Korea has vowed to push ahead with its nuclear program, and there are widespread worries that it may follow a failed April 13 long-range rocket test with a third nuclear test.The launch came several weeks after Pyongyang had struck a deal with Washington to receive food aid in return for a freeze in nuclear activity and ballistic missile testing. The U.S. viewed the launch as a cover for a test of missile technology and a violation of the agreement.The rocket launch has made food aid “out of the range of possibilities right now,” King said. “Would we consider it in the future? Possibly. Are we considering it now? No.” King, who met with Japanese government officials and heads to Seoul on Saturday, said a major concern about food aid to North Korea is whether Pyongyang would allow the U.S. to monitor its distribution so that the food reaches those most in need.King said he had seen North Korean news reports about a drought in the country. But he said that he had also seen weather reports of heavy rain last week that may have eased the drought.He said the U.S. didn’t have an overall assessment of the food situation there, and that he didn’t think it was different this year from past years.Average food production in North Korea is about 20 percent below what the needs of the population are, and Pyongyang meets the shortfall with assistance from other countries or buying grain, he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Chinese city kills project after pollution protest

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The official Xinhua News Agency said thousands of residents took to the streets but dispersed after the government announcement. Later Saturday hundreds of police, some in riot gear, arrived in the coastal town just north of Shanghai and took up positions outside the government offices.The water discharge project was to be part of a paper-making factory proposed by the Japanese company Oji Paper Group in upstream Nantong city. The government did not say if the plans for the factory have also been permanently dropped.Oji said in a statement Friday that the waste water would only be discharged after treatment that meets national standards.“Environmental protection is a high priority for our company,” the statement said.Chinese have become more outspoken about environmentally risky projects in their backyards, with pollution a leading cause of unrest. Earlier this month, Shifang city in the southwestern province of Sichuan scrapped plans for a copper plant after thousands of protesters, including high school students, clashed with riot police.The grass-roots protests reflect the balancing act Chinese leaders are performing between maintaining public stability and pushing economic growth, and between local officials who want to attract industry and a public who do not want it in their neighborhoods. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Such protests are especially sensitive ahead of a once-a-decade change in top leaders planned for later this year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressQIDONG, China (AP) – Authorities in eastern China dropped plans for a waste water discharge project Saturday after thousands of protesters angry about pollution took to the streets. It was the latest of many such confrontations in a country where three decades of rapid economic expansion have come at an environmental price.Some of the protesters in Qidong in Jiangsu province clashed with police and turned a patrol car on its side. After the protest Saturday, the Qidong government announced on its website that plans to build the water discharge project had been scrapped. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Romney seeks more assertive US policy on China

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy How China would respond may be swayed by its leadership transition. The new guard would not want to appear weak. But neither would China want the dispute to escalate as it relies on exports and faces its own economic slowdown. If that translates into major job losses at home it could affect social stability, which is Beijing’s biggest concern.Obama has consistently opted against designation of China as a currency manipulator. Like President George W. Bush before him, he has preferred to wait while economic forces encourage Beijing to allow its currency to strengthen _ which it has done, although most economists still believe it is undervalued.The Treasury is due to make its next six-month assessment on Monday, although it’s not yet clear if it will be announced on that date. China is likely to get a pass.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Those plans, though, could take years to implement. Addressing the currency issue on Day One would immediately affect relations.Romney says he would designate China as a manipulator unless it stops currency manipulation by his January inauguration. Romney trade policy adviser Oren Cass said this would set a new tone and show the U.S. is willing to take China to task over a range of trade violations, including intellectual property theft and restrictions on market access for U.S. companies in China.The designation itself would not mandate any sanctions, but would require that the U.S. hold consultations with China.Cass said that if Beijing doesn’t move toward changing its currency policies after consultations, the U.S. could impose so-called countervailing duties on Chinese products.But Matthew Goodman, former director of international economics in the National Security Council under Obama, said the U.S. discretion to unilaterally impose retaliatory tariffs ended when it joined the World Trade Organization in 1995, and in practice it is difficult to take a currency dispute to the WTO for settlement. Cass says that under domestic law, the U.S. could impose countervailing duties, and it’s an open legal question at the WTO whether member states can do so unilaterally to compensate for a currency subsidy. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories center_img How do cataracts affect your vision? China’s state media has weighed in with unusually direct criticism of a presidential candidate, suggesting that Beijing hopes Obama will win.News agency Xinhua has accused Romney of hypocrisy, saying much of his wealth was made doing business with Chinese companies and warning that his “mudslinging” policies could spark a trade war.Early in his presidency, Obama made warmer relations with China a priority, and ties have deepened. The two governments have navigated some rough patches _ such as the standoff over a blind activist, Chen Guangcheng, who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and was then allowed to come to the U.S. to study. The Obama administration said that reflected a maturing relationship.But diplomacy has failed to bridge fundamental differences on issues such as climate change, the civil war in Syria and China’s territorial disputes with its neighbors. And as the U.S. has wound down its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, its modest moves to deploy more forces around Asia have irritated Beijing.Romney is calling for an even stronger U.S. presence in the Pacific. Wong said that would encourage the peaceful resolution of the region’s many maritime territorial disputes, including one flaring between U.S. ally Japan and China over islands both claim. He said Romney would make clear it has a treaty alliance with Japan that covers the islands and has the naval power to back it up. The U.S. seeks Chinese cooperation on international hot spots, such as North Korea and Iran, and wants to narrow differences over how to handle maritime territorial disputes in East Asia.Given the potential repercussions, some foreign policy experts doubt Romney would carry out the currency threat. Other presidential candidates have made similar promises in order to appeal to voters who have seen manufacturing jobs migrate to China. But, once elected, they soften their approach.“There’s probably been wisdom in administrations in the past, Republican and Democrat, of not wanting to go there,” said Jon Huntsman, who served as President Barack Obama’s first ambassador to China before a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination.But the commitment to act on Inauguration Day doesn’t appear to leave much room to back down.Romney has also taken aim at Obama’s “pivot” to Asia _ a strategy of deploying more forces and shoring up U.S. alliances there, in part to counter China’s military buildup.In a speech this week, Romney said China’s recent assertiveness was “sending chills through the region.” He said the pivot is under-resourced and has alienated U.S. allies elsewhere. He outlined plans to expand U.S. naval power _ although it’s unclear how he’d pay for it since he also wants to slash government spending. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   “What we have seen from the Obama administration has been acquiescence to China, not just on trade issues and currency issues, but on issues of security and human rights,” said Romney foreign policy adviser Alex Wong. “To protect our interests and those of our small businesses and of our economy, we have to take measures to make sure China does play by the rules.”U.S.-Chinese relations are entering a critical juncture. Two days after the Nov. 6 vote, China will begin its own once-in-a-decade leadership transition. How the next U.S. administration gets on with the new guard in Beijing could determine whether the world’s pre-eminent military powers can cooperate in the Asia-Pacific region or head on a path to confrontation.Appreciation of those stakes tends to get lost in the fiercely fought election campaign.Both Romney and Obama have TV spots with China as a foil. Romney accuses Obama of being soft on China’s trade practices; Obama accuses Romney of outsourcing U.S. jobs to China when he ran the private equity firm Bain Capital.The tone of the debate, labeling China a “cheat,” has drawn withering criticism from the architect of U.S. re-engagement with Beijing 40 years ago, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has nonetheless endorsed Romney. Kissinger said that avoiding conflict between the powers is the most fundamental challenge for U.S. foreign policy. Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is promising to get tough on China to help American workers, but his plans could backfire.Romney is pledging, on his first day in office, to designate China a currency manipulator, a step no administration has taken against any country for 18 years.That could, eventually, lead to tariffs punishing China for policies that Americans believe unfairly keep Chinese products cheap, hurting U.S. manufacturers. Tariffs could trigger a trade war with a country that is the fastest-growing market for U.S. exports. Even if they don’t, the designation would instantly set back relations with Asia’s emerging superpower.last_img read more

Iran mourns slain senior military commander

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy ___Associated Press writers Barbara Surk in Beirut and Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Prominent Iranian politicians and clerics led mourners at a funeral Thursday for a senior commander of the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards who was killed this week while traveling from Syria to Lebanon, local media said.The semiofficial Fars news agency identified the slain commander as Gen. Hassan Shateri, and said he was in charge of reconstruction projects in southern Lebanon. He was killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut on Wednesday, it said. The exact details surrounding Shateri’s death _ such as where he was killed and who killed him _ were still murky two days later. Fars did not specify whether the slaying took place on the Lebanese or Syrian side of the border, although an Iranian official in Damascus said Shateri was killed inside Syria.Guards spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif was quoted by Fars as saying “mercenaries and supporters” of Israel were responsible. It was unclear whether that allegation meant to implicate the Jewish state itself or rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.The Israeli military had no comment.Syria and its supporters often refer to the rebels as “terrorists” and “mercenaries” backed by foreign powers, including Israel, although Israel is not known to have any links with Syria’s rebels.None of the dozens of rebel groups fighting in Syria claimed responsibility for the killing, though all are outspoken about their enmity for Iran because of its consistent support for Assad’s regime.Shateri’s death points to the support that Iran, the region’s Shiite power, provides to both Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Lebanese militant Shiite movement Hezbollah. Tehran lends political and military support to Damascus, a close ally, as well as Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in the region. The Syrian regime and Hezbollah are both critical to Iran’s Middle East strategy, and Tehran has pledged to continue its support for Assad as he tries to fend off a relentless and bloody rebellion aimed at toppling his family’s 40-year rule.Tehran counts on Syria as a bridge to Hezbollah _ a dominant political force in Lebanon _ and an important foothold for the Guard.In September, the Guard’s top commander, Jafari, made a rare public acknowledgment that the elite unit has had high-level advisers in Lebanon and Syria for a long time, but was not more specific. Those comments marked the clearest indication of Iran’s direct assistance to its main Arab allies.Thursday’s funeral for Shateri took place at a mosque in north Tehran, Fars and ISNA said.Several high-ranking Iranian figures attended the service, including Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Guard chief Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari and the head of the Guard’s Quds Force, Gen. Ghasem Soleimani. Senior clerics, such as Ayatollah Ali Saeedi, the representative of Iran’s supreme leader to the Guards, also took part.Footage of the service broadcast on state TV showed footage of mourners carrying aloft a coffin. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories It is unclear what Shateri was doing in Syria. The Iranian official in Damascus said Shateri was on a work visit and that three of his assistants were wounded in the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.Fars, which is close to the Guards, said Shateri was a veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, and served in Afghanistan before moving to Lebanon. He is to be buried Friday in his hometown of Semnan, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Tehran.Lebanese news reports provided a similar account of the killing but a different name.Al-Manar TV, which is owned by Hezbollah, identified the dead man as Houssam Khosh Nweis. It said he was the director of the Iranian Council for Reconstruction in Lebanon, and that he had lived in the country since the end of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.The difference in the name could not immediately be reconciled, but Iranian military officials in Lebanon often work under an assumed name because their presence in the country is not publicized by Hezbollah.Lebanese security officials told The Associated Press there was no indication that the Iranian official was killed on Lebanese soil. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   last_img read more

Gay pride revelers in Brazil pack Copacabana Beach

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach has been packed with tens of thousands of revelers taking part in the city’s gay pride parade.A hot tropical sun beamed down on Sunday’s flamboyant and loud procession.Participants in Carnavalesque outfits danced as trucks outfitted with enormous speakers blasted driving electronic music.Rio’s pride parade isn’t Brazil’s largest. That distinction belongs to the event held in Sao Paulo. But the gathering arguably the country’s wildest, taking place in a city that throws its arms open wide to any event offering a glitzy show. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Organizers say it’s not just a party, though. They want to raise awareness about violence committed against gays and to reinforce lessons about safe sex among those taking part in the parade.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Rise of Netflix met warily at Cannes Film Festival

first_imgNetflix hasn’t announced any purchases at Cannes yet, but it is shopping. The company has already had a large impact at other festivals, acquiring Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” at the Sundance Film Festival for a reported $12 million. At the Berlin Film Festival, it reportedly snagged Richie Smyth’s “Jadotville” for $17 million.Those acquisitions point to Netflix’s deep pockets — not a common quality in the largely tight-fisted independent film market. That, plus a reputation for allowing the creators to have creative control and the chance for a global audience, has made Netflix a very appealing option for filmmakers.Netflix, Sarandos said, will increase its push into original movies and continue in its attempt to revolutionize the movie industry.“Everything about how we consume entertainment has been changed by the Internet,” said Sarandos, “except windowing for movies.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Netflix has inked deals with the Weinstein Co. for a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel, a new Pee-wee Herman movie with Judd Apatow, and a series of comedies with Adam Sandler. Other plans include a movie with Ricky Gervais, a documentary deal with Leonardo DiCapiro and a four-picture deal with Mark and Jay Duplass.Two documentaries (“The Square” and “Virunga”) have earned Netflix Oscar nominations in the last two years. Its growing prominence in the movie industry is now seen everywhere from the Academy Awards to Cannes.On Friday, Sarandos insisted that Netflix wasn’t “anti-theaters,” but “pro-movies.”“If you don’t want to put on your shoes, nothing in the theaters can compete with Netflix,” said Sarandos.Theater owners, however, have pushed back. All the major North American chains have refused to play “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” on Aug. 28 when it’s to be released day-and-date, both online and in theaters.Sarandos said that movie budgets for Netflix range from below $10 million to more than $50 million, though TV shows still make up about 2/3 of its programming. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober A sign for the 68th international film festival inside the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The festival opens on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, May 24. (AP Photo/David Azia) CANNES, France (AP) — In Netflix’s first official visit to the Cannes Film Festival, the streaming service’s ambitions have been met warily at the Cote d’Azure cinema capital, a 68-year-old movie palace reverential to the theater-going experience.Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, appeared Friday as part of Cannes’ NEXT conference to tout Netflix’s global strategy and its desire to upend the traditional window release schedules of movies. Sarandos drew a packed theater in the Palais des Festivals, but not all in attendance were swayed by his prognostications. One French reporter shouted that Netflix will “destroy the film ecosystem in Europe.” Sarandos protested that Netflix would benefit European film. Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, a collaborator with Netflix who was sitting in the audience, also came to his defense, calling Netflix “a visionary company.”The confrontation illustrated the unease felt by some at the Cannes Film Festival about the encroachment of digital operators into an art form seen as hallowed in France, the birthplace of cinema.Cannes is a place where a trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Hateful Eight,” drew applause when it advertises itself as shot “in glorious 70mm.” On the first day of the festival, jury co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen were cheered for their disinterest in television.“How do we feel about people watching ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on their iPhone?” Joel Coen said, pointedly rephrasing a question about digital media. “There’s something special about sitting with a big crowd of people watching a movie on a big 80-foot screen.”But Netflix’s inroads into original movies has been celebrated by many viewers, has helped increase the streaming service’s 60 million-plus subscribers and has drawn a lineup of major names in Hollywood. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Afghan official 11 soldiers killed in Taliban ambush

first_imgThe western region has seen increased insurgent activity since the Taliban launched their warm-weather offensive in late April.Attacks across the country since then have forced Afghan security forces to spread ever thinner, leading to an increase in the number of casualties suffered by army and police, who also fight on the front lines.In Parwan province north of Kabul on Monday, U.S. forces destroyed munitions “that we believe could have been used to conduct attacks against Afghans and coalition forces,” said U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for NATO’s mission in Afghanistan said. Parwan police chief Gen. Mohammad Zaman said Afghan troops were part of the operation as well.The operation took place in Charikar, the provincial capital, where insurgents have long been active.Local residents held a demonstration in Charikar to protest the operation, which included ground and air forces, Zaman said. “They were complaining that if there was a weapons cache that needed destroying it should have been destroyed far away from the residential areas,” he said.President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah were expected to send a delegation to Charikar to investigate, said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Eleven Afghan soldiers were killed in an ambush by Taliban insurgents in a western province that borders Iran, an official said Monday. Meanwhile, U.S. and Afghan forces destroyed a munitions cache in a volatile region close to the capital Kabul.An Afghan army convoy in Herat province was traveling to neighboring Bagdhis province on Sunday when it came under attack by a large group of insurgents, said Hesanullah Hayat, spokesman for the Herat governor.last_img read more

German Auschwitz trial Justice system criticized by lawyers

first_img Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Groening has testified he guarded prisoners’ baggage after they arrived at Auschwitz, and collected money stolen from them. Prosecutors say that amounts to helping the death camp function.Nestler said Groening could have been prosecuted anytime over the past decades, and accused the justice system of being more interested in avoiding such cases than bringing them to trial.“Proceedings of this kind only materialize anymore where a willing, dedicated and fast-working prosecutor happens to encounter a willing court and where the accused is still able to stand trial,” he said.Prosecutors have asked for 3 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former SS officer Oskar Groening waits in a courtroom in Lueneburg, northern Germany, Wednesday July 8, 2015. German prosecutors sought a 3 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BERLIN (AP) — Attorneys representing dozens of Auschwitz survivors and their relatives criticized the German justice system Wednesday, saying it moved far too slowly in bringing to trial a former SS sergeant who served at the death camp.In closing arguments at Oskar Groening’s Lueneburg state court trial, attorney Cornelius Nestler questioned why it took 70 years after the end of World War II to try the 94-year-old on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

AP PHOTOS Italys cowboys show off their skill

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Some 1,200 people take part in team penning across Italy. Some are full-time farmers, others townies who take to the saddles in their spare time.“Age doesn’t really matter,” says Carla Conversi, secretary of the Italian association. Children compete from age 10, and 60-year-old penners are not uncommon, she says.Next month Italy is hoping to make its mark in the World Team Penning and Ranch Sorting Championship in Montarnaud, southern France.“There’s no doubt that the difference between us and other European teams is substantial,” said Piero Coviello, a food industry entrepreneur and head of the Italian federation. “We will certainly do very well.”Because of the lack of common regulations between countries, U.S. cowboys don’t take part in competitions abroad, but that doesn’t stop the Italians dreaming of taking them on. In 2010 a squad of 10 Italian penners traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, to take part in the U.S Team Penning Association world championship. They came home with a silver in the under-16 individual ranch sorting competition and a bronze in the under-16 team penning.“The dream of every one of us is to compete in the U.S. against the masters,” said Marco Sterbini, who’s on his horse when he isn’t making a living in the automobile industry. “And who knows, there might be some surprises at the next USTPA World’s in October.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Tonino Mastrostefano sorts cattle during the team penning Masseria Cup in Piane Vomano on the outskirts of Notaresco, central Italy, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Italy may be better-known for its soccer skills, but on ranches across the country, cowboys are honing their skills of horsemanship and cattle management, and dreaming of taking on the Americans at their own game. Team penning and ranch sorting is believed to have started as a competitive sport in California in the early 1940s. Since then it has spread to countries with long traditions in cattle breeding throughout South America and Europe. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) PIANE VOMANO, Italy (AP) — Italy may be better-known for its soccer skills, but on ranches across the country, cowboys are honing their skills of horsemanship and cattle management, and dreaming of taking on the Americans at their own game.Team penning and ranch sorting is believed to have started as a competitive sport in California in the early 1940s. Since then it has spread to countries with long traditions in cattle breeding throughout South America and Europe. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

Japan Airlines denies liquidation claims We arent bankr

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Japan Airlines (JAL) has slammed bankruptcy rumors, which have been circulating the industry since last week. A JAL spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that a number of other media organizations have published erroneous reports that JAL is bankrupt. “The facts are that the revitalization plans for JAL are presently being formulated by the ETIC (Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan) in cooperation with JAL. “A decision will be made mid to late January regarding what form of assistance will be offered to JAL.”JAL has experienced financial difficulties for quite some time and currently owes more than $US5.8 billion ($6.5 billion).JAL shares plunged to a record low in Tokyo trading last week, however the airline is still positive that it will experience a turnaround with the support of the Japanese government. “There have been no changes whatsoever in the full backing of the Japanese government of JAL.”A JAL spokesperson also denied reports that JAL was planning to cut all of its international routes to cut costs, claiming that the story was 100% false. “JAL will not be changed to a domestic carrier… We can assure you that it is business as usual for JAL.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/234bb/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Listen up Rudd Australians should be encouraged to holiday at

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/219e0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Shadow Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo has said that the Rudd Labor Government should encourage Australians to holiday at home.Recent figures reveal that an increasing number of Aussies are choosing to travel overseas instead of spending their much-needed holiday dollars at home. Official statistics show the number of Australians holidaying overseas increased by 20 per cent in November compared with November 2008.“Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson has presided over a complete turnaround in domestic tourism numbers, despite all his noises about boosting domestic tourism,” Mr Ciobo said.“International visitors in November 2008 exceeded departures by 39,800, so we’ve basically seen a negative turnaround of 75,200 visitors (for November) in just one year.“These figures are part of a general trend, are of great concern and are evidence Minister Ferguson continues to fail the industry.“Already we have seen around 30,000 jobs axed in the tourism sector on the watch of Minister Ferguson who is clearly too busy with his other portfolios to focus on tourism. “This industry cannot afford to lose any more jobs,” Mr Ciobo said.Mr Ciobo said the tourism figures were also proof the Rudd cash splash had not buoyed domestic tourism as the Labor Government had boasted. “Australians have clearly taken their $900 Rudd sugar-hits and spent them in the beach bars of Bali and the markets of Hanoi – that is money that could and should be flowing into the tills of Australian tourism operators,” Mr Ciobo said.Mr Ciobo said, “If the Rudd Government wants Australia to be a net importer of tourism, not an exporter, it must capitalise on the increased flight capacity and promote Australia to lure more visitors here.”last_img read more