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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;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=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;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

Caravan RV and camping industry showcase best at Awards of Excellence

first_imgMore than 250 guests attended the annual Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner at The Sheraton on The Park in Sydney on 28 July 2010 to recognise caravan, RV and camping businesses for industry excellence across 24 categories.Barry Baillie, CEO of the CCIA said that the CCIA Awards of Excellence is a prestigious annual event for the industry which recognises caravan and holiday parks, manufactured home villages and estate, caravan and RV manufacturers and dealers as well as industry suppliers for business excellence.“The Awards of Excellence is the industry’s highlight event which recognises business excellence in the caravan and camping sector and is the highest accolade that a caravan, RV or camping business can achieve.”In addition to Awards of Excellence, 27 Gumnut Awards were presented to park and trade businesses who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. 2010 CCIA Awards of Excellence winners include: The CCIA Awards of Excellence was staged with a ‘Rum Rebellion’ flavour to mark the 200th anniversary of the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie as Governor of New South Wales. Brad Blaze an extremely talented speed painter entertained guests and Andrew Klein was the masters of ceremonies for the evening.The CCIA Awards of Excellence served as a grand finale to a two day conference (27-28 July) titled “Responding to the Market” at the Sheraton on the Park Grand Ballroom in Sydney. Source = Caravan and Campinglast_img read more

Intl visitors flock to Melbourne Airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Attracting visitors from around the globe, Melbourne Airport welcomed 11 percent more international travellers last year compared to the same period 2010.According to figures released, the airport saw its international passenger count escalate from 5.9 million in 2010 to 6.6 million last year.Taiwan’s passport holders increased the largest for the 12 months by 22.5 percent followed by travellers from China with 20.7 percent.Despite natural disasters halting travel into Japan, Japanese travellers visiting Melbourne increased 11.7 percent last year compared to 2010 while visitors from the USA jumped 13.7 percent. Attracting a domestic market proved to be a challenge, with local visits falling two percent from 21.7 million in 2010 to 21.3 million last year.Melbourne Airport chief executive Chris Woodruff described the domestic situation as “tough” and cited weather and airline events for the decline.Looking ahead, the airport plans to focus on improving a new domestic terminal, which will be located adjacent to the existing terminals.During 2011 the airport welcomed one percent more travellers than 2010, up from 27.7 million to 28 million. last_img read more

Travellers planning to spend more on the next holiday

first_imgTravellers are likely to loosen the reins on their wallets on their holiday, according to a new study.Visa’s Global Travel Intentions Study 2013 revealed an average of five percent of holidaymakers are planning to spend more on their next vacation, with some even hoping to double what they spent on their previous trip.Among the top spenders this year include; Saudi Arabian travellers, forking out an average of US$6,666 per trip followed by Australians with US$4,118 and Chinese travellers at US$3,824 per vacation.Meanwhile, travel budgets are especially high amongst Asian markets, with travellers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand predicted to increase their budget by at least 46 percent increase compared to their last trip.The barometer indicated that in addition to spending more, budgets are no longer among the top three reasons behind why travellers choose their next destination, but rather attractions, scenery and rich culture have emerged as stronger reasons for travel.Visa Singapore and Brunei country manager Ooi Huey Tyng said understanding changes in budgets and the way people travel will help facilitate “collaboration, encouraging informed engagement, and promoting growth across the travel industry”.Meanwhile, the United States remained the top choice destination for attractions, scenery and culture with 17 percent of the votes, followed by the UK and France with 12 percent and China, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong with ten percent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ Budgets no longer a top reason behind choosing a destination.last_img read more

Travelport Air India renew full content agreement

first_imgTravelport has announced the renewal of its full content agreement with Air India, with the latest Star Alliance member becoming the 50th airline and first carrier in India to sign up for Travelport’s leading industry merchandising technology.Effective immediately, the agreement renewal will enable Travelport connected agents worldwide access to all of Air India’s fares and inventory, including web and group fares, as well as selected ancillary offerings.Air India has also opted-in to a number of Travelport’s services, including Sponsored Flightsand Rapid Reprice, which will further promote the carrier’s offering to Travelport’s 76,000 agency customers globally.Moreover, Air India has become the 50th airline to sign up for Travelport Rich Content and Branding technology – a key component of the Travelport Merchandising Platform, which, once its launched later this year, will allow Air India to manage how its flights and ancillaries are visually presented and viewed on travel agency screens, enabling the carrier to tailor and differentiate its offering from competitors.“We very much look forward to this new chapter in our ongoing partnership with Travelport and we are excited about leveraging their innovative technology to help set us apart from other airlines in front of travel agents and consumers,” Air India general manager revenue management Meenakshi Mallik said.This new development in our long-standing relationship with Air India is a significant achievement and demonstrates the high level of interest and support we have received for our innovative technology,” Travelport vice president of global distribution sales and services Asia-Pacific Damian Hickey said.“Complementing on Air India’s recent membership in to the Star Alliance, we believe our merchandising platform will bring tremendous opportunities for them during an exciting time of growth and expansion.”Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

China Southern recruits Australian pilots

first_imgChina Southern Airlines has welcomed 10 new Australian pilots to its international ranks in recent months, joining eight compatriots in a growing contingent of international aircrew.The airline now has 14 serving Australian pilots and a further four in training, just some of about 90 China Southern pilots enlisted from outside China.Each has been recruited as part of a program to increase the diversity and international experience of the airline’s pilots, coming from countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada.China Southern regional general manager Australia and New Zealand Henry He said the introduction of Australian pilots highlighted the growing importance Australia played in the airline’s success.“Australian pilots are very highly regarded internationally and we consider Australia a key part of our international network, it’s important to us that Australian experience and expertise is represented in the crew we have aboard China Southern aircraft worldwide,” Mr He said.In addition to recruiting Australian pilots, China Southern Airlines has invested heavily in pilot training at the China Southern West Australian Flying College at Jandakot Airport in Perth.From its hub at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China Southern flies to almost 200 destinations in 35 countries including more than 150 Chinese cities on the world’s most extensive domestic network.China Southern is a proud member of the SkyTeam Alliance, which offers passengers a worldwide system of more than 19,000 daily flights spanning more than 1000 destinations in 187 countries.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Travel Counsellors agent gets a taste of South America

first_imgNew South Wales-based Travel Counsellors agent Elizabeth Bridges is now an expert on Chile and Argentina after recently experiencing two of South America’s hottest destinations on an action-packed famil trip with Eclipse Travel.Elizabeth swapped sleepy Diamond Beach, New South Wales for two weeks in sizzling South America where she experienced everything from the atmospheric tango clubs of Buenos Aires to the dramatic glacial beauty of Patagonia, the coastal charms of Valparaiso and the urban buzz of Santiago.As expected, the cuisine of the region was a major focus of the trip, with Elizabeth experiencing a range of food-related activities designed to showcase the top quality produce and famed culinary traditions of the region. From feasting on gourmet empanadas and succulent steaks in Buenos Aires to sipping on fine wine in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, South America’s food and wine scene was centre stage on the itinerary.Elizabeth counts visiting the Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia as a highlight of the journey. “I was blown away by the natural beauty of the Torres del Paine National Park – it’s easily one of the most beautiful places in the world,” comments Elizabeth.“Having said that, we visited so many incredible spots in Chile and Argentina, it’s hard to choose a favourite. The cities are full of energy, life and culture, while the national parks and rural regions offer stunning scenery and a more relaxed pace.“Because there’s such a diversity of experience on offer, I’ll be recommending Chile and Argentina to a wide variety of my clients, from retirees hoping to experience a trip of a lifetime to young couples looking for an adventure,” adds Elizabeth.David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia believes that South America’s star is on the rise. “Chile and Argentina are two inspiring destinations perfect for Australian travellers with a sense of adventure, and with direct flights from Australia to Santiago being available, South America has never been easier or more affordable to get to.“Famils like this really allow our agents to get under the skin of a place, so that they can sell the destination with enthusiasm and confidence, and I expect Elizabeth will be keen to share her positive experience of South America with both her clients and the rest of the Travel Counsellors network,” comments David. About Travel Counsellorslearn more here Join Travel Counsellorsjoin today here Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellorslast_img read more