Myrtle Beach bound clients get up to 55 off but only until

first_imgMyrtle Beach bound clients get up to 55% off, but only until April 30 Friday, March 31, 2017 Share Posted by MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Clients have one more month to take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s second annual CAN AM Days promotion. The deals, developed and available exclusively for Canadians with a valid Canadian passport, expire April 30.Most of the deals come with a seven night minimum stay. Offers include:Ocean Creek Resort – Up to 55% offCrown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark, Captain’s Quarters Resort and Hotel BLUE – Up to 50% offSea Watch Resort – Up to 50% discountCaravelle Resort and Landmark Resort – Up to 48% discountSun N Sand Resort – Special weekly rates for Canadian visitorsDoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront – 20% off best available rateDiscounts on events and attractions include:WonderWorks Myrtle Beach –30% off admission or Soar+Explore combo ticketPelicans Baseball – Fans can save up to US$4 per ticket on Myrtle Beach Pelicans ticketsThe Calvin Gilmore Theater –$15 tickets for The Time Warp Show with purchase of tickets to The Carolina OpryMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAdditional offers can be found on the Can-Am promotions page where more detailed information, as well as restrictions, are posted. See Travelweek Group Tags: Family Travel, Myrtle Beach, Promotions, Sun Destinations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air New Zealand confirms its commitment to Canada in new video series

first_imgTags: Air New Zealand Friday, January 26, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — It’s been a busy few months for Air New Zealand in the Canadian market. Prior to the news that the Kiwi airline expanded its Canadian trade sales team with three new members, it announced back in August that it will be expanding its Vancouver-Auckland service by nearly 20% from January-July 2018.According to regional general manager Americas Liz Fraser, the extra capacity is a direct result of increased demand for the south Pacific region, and the importance of Vancouver in the Air New Zealand networkDuring the first half of the January peak period, the airline will increase services from seven to eight flights per week. The route will grow by an extra 15,600 seats by increasing daily services beyond peak months of December and January into the shoulder season of February. It will increase to five services a week in March and April (up from four), and four weekly services during May to mid-June (up from three).More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTo help agents sell the destination, Air New Zealand has been featured as part of Travelweek’s latest video series that highlights the expanded routes, why the airline is the best option for flying to the South Pacific, and how airlines from the small nation stays innovative: Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by Air New Zealand confirms its commitment to Canada in new video serieslast_img read more

Teen helps blind deaf man on flight restoring everyones faith in humanity

first_imgTeen helps blind & deaf man on flight, restoring everyone’s faith in humanity PORTLAND — Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes, they’re just your average teenager with an extraordinary sense of compassion.Clara Daly, a 15-year-old girl who recently flew from Boston to Portland on Alaska Airlines, is being called a hero for coming to the aid of 64-year-old Tim Cook, a fellow passenger who is both blind and deaf.Cook, who resides at Brookdale Chestnut Lane Gresham, a Deaf & Deaf-Blind Senior Living facility in Gresham, OR, was flying on his own and unable to communicate with the flight crew. So a flight attendant put out an open call to passengers for anyone who knew sign language.That’s when Daly, who’s currently studying sign language, happily volunteered. On her reaction upon hearing the announcement, she told KGW News: “That doesn’t seem too hard, let’s do it!”She knelt next to Daly and signed in the palm of his hand, asking him basic questions like “How are you? Are you okay? Do you need anything?”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaAccording to CBS News, Cook was able to ask Daly for water and arrival time information, but mostly he just wanted to talk.“He, like, didn’t need anything. He was lonely and wanted to talk,” Daly said.So they talked – for over an hour – right up until the flight landed in Portland. When it came time to exit the plane, Daly hugged Cook goodbye.When asked by KGW News what he thought of Daly’s random act of kindness, Cook said: “I was very moved because you talked to me. Maybe it was meant to be, who knows?”Another passenger took a photo of the conversation between Daly and Cook and uploaded it to Facebook, where it’s been liked by over 1.3 million people, and shared over 700,000 times.Daly, who says she’s surprised by all the attention, had these wise-beyond-her-years words to share: “They call you extraordinary but it’s just something that you do. He took such joy in the conversation that we take for granted being able to have.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAs for Cook, he calls Daly an angel for showing him such kindness. “Deaf people thank her because we need help. When people help that can be better, so they’re angels.” Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Share Posted bycenter_img Tags: Alaska Airlines Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rohani victory may undermine support for attack on Iran

first_imgNo related posts. Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani’s vow to improve ties with the world carried him to a surprise first-round win. It may have also rewound the clock on a potential military strike against his country over its nuclear program.“Those advocating an attack on Iran have been dealt a setback,” said Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington. “The chances of an attack on Iran are even more remote than they have been in many years.”While Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, 73, retains the power over national security, especially the nuclear program, past presidents have been able to influence the tone of foreign policy. The departure of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose anti-Israel rhetoric and questioning of the Holocaust made Iran a pariah and helped prompt more sanctions, removes a lightning rod for global scorn.After Rohani captured 18.6 million votes, about 51 percent, Western countries signaled an interest in engaging with him. The British Foreign Office urged him to set a new course for Iran and the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she hoped his win will lead to a “swift diplomatic solution” to the standoff over the nuclear program.The White House said the U.S. “remains ready to engage the Iranian government directly in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.”Iranian officials say the nuclear program is for energy and medical research. Israel and the U.S. say they believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons capability. The Jewish state has threatened to attack Iran should other means fail to stop the Islamic republic from trying to obtain nuclear weapons.Rohani’s victory revealed an internal opposition to the policies that have ostracized Iran. It also makes it more difficult to explain military action to international public opinion, said Gerald Steinberg, professor of political science at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.“Ahmadinejad was a figure everyone loves to hate,” Steinberg said. “Rohani is more sophisticated and a softer face of the same Iranian leadership.”Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if attacked and as the U.S. and Europe intensified sanctions targeting its financial and energy industries. An average of 14 crude tankers sail each day through the strait, which is 21 miles wide at its narrowest, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, indicating a closure of the waterway would lead to a spike in oil prices.Most of the oil exported by Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer, as well as crude from Iraq, Kuwait, the U.A.E., Qatar and Iran itself passes through the waterway, making Hormuz the world’s most important energy chokepoint, with a daily flow of 17 million barrels a day in 2011, according to EIA data.All six Iranian candidates said they backed Iran’s right to nuclear energy. Still, Rohani, who was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator under former President Mohammad Khatami, said progress shouldn’t come at the expense of the economy and the well-being of the population.“It’s fine for centrifuges to spin if people are also getting by,” he said during a debate this month.His grace period with world powers may be short after talks over the past two years have failed to narrow differences.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged the world to maintain its pressure, saying Khamenei, not Rohani, holds the nuclear strings. Israel is not “deluding” itself over Rohani’s win and Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped no matter how, Netanyahu said.“I don’t think any policy would have the ability to really change the attitude of the U.S. and the European Union in trying to squeeze Iran over the nuclear issue,” said Edward Bell, an analyst at the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.Rohani, 64, promised in April that he would pursue “dialogue and interaction with the world.” He has spoken in favor of increased freedom for the press as well as non- governmental organizations and vowed to improve the economy, which is set to contract 1.3 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.President Barack Obama reached out at least twice to the supreme leader without success. Iranian officials have said the U.S. approach was never genuine, designed only to curtail Iran’s rights and influence in the region.Rohani’s election offers hope for a renewed diplomatic effort, said Geneive Abdo, a research fellow at the Washington- based Stimson Center.“If the rhetoric from Iran changes this gives Obama once again the opportunity to call for some type of engagement,” she said. “It will completely de-escalate the sense of urgency for the U.S. to take action on Iran.”Rohani’s careful grooming contrasts with Ahmadinejad’s, whose unkempt appearance and casual dress initially connected him to some voters. Rohani trained as a lawyer and serves on the Assembly of Experts, a religious body that nominates the supreme leader. He’s also head of the Center for Strategic Research at the Expediency Council, an advisory panel headed by former president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani. He holds master’s and doctorate law degrees from Glasgow Caledonian University.He may be measured against the standards set by Ahmadinejad’s predecessor Khatami, who eased social and media restrictions and promoted interaction with the West.At his campaign rallies, Rohani’s vowed to end Iran’s isolation and pursue a policy of reconciliation. He has little choice if he wants to revive an economy hurt by inflation at 30 percent and an economic crisis that left a quarter of Iranians age 15 to 29 unemployed in the year ended March 20.Sanctions punishing Iran for its nuclear program include curbs on financial transactions and crude oil exports, the country’s main source of revenue.“Sanctioning Ahmadinejad was very easy, it comes very naturally to the entire international community,” said Cliff Kupchan, director for the Middle East at the New York-based Eurasia Group. “Sanctioning a moderate, well-respected, judicious, articulate cleric is one heck of a lot harder.”Foroohar reported from New York, with assistance from Ladane Nasseri and Anthony DiPaola in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran, Iran.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tickets go on sale for Beatles legend Paul McCartney in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Hard day’s night! McCartney rocks Costa Rica’s National Stadium Spanish mega-star, haunted houses, and other happenings around Costa Rica ‘Elvis’ and ‘Sinatra’ descend on San José Paul McCartney to perform in Costa Rica on May 1 The wait is over: Tickets have started to go on sale for the May 1 Paul McCartney concert at San José’s National Stadium – perhaps the only building in Costa Rica that could hold even a fraction of his fans.After his exhaustive “Out There” tour in 2013, the beloved Beatle decided to extend his travels by at least two more stops: Santiago, Chile, on April 21 and San José, Costa Rica. His concert likely will feature many songs from his album “New,” released in October 2013, although Beatles fans can expect some classics as well.According to the daily La Nación and concert producers Ocesa Costa Rica, a limited number of tickets were made available on Monday through Sir Paul’s website, As of 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, tickets were still available via McCartney’s website, which redirects fans to That’s your best chance to get tickets now, before the limited number runs out.On Tuesday, also made tickets available to Credomatic American Express cardholders. On Thursday, March 20, tickets will be available for all Credomatic cardholders, and on Friday, March 21, tickets finally will be available to everyone who missed out on the pre-sale.At 71, McCartney seems as energetic (and eccentric) as ever. Ocesa filmed the following YouTube promo, which has already garnered nearly 20,000 views. Facebook Commentscenter_img While VIP tickets can be incredibly pricey, assume that the stadium will run out fast. After a half-century of making music, McCartney is one of the best-selling musicians of all time.Paul McCartney plays May 1 at the National Stadium in La Sabana Park, in western San José, at 7 p.m. Available tickets are priced as follows: General Admission (back main floor) ₡30,000 ($60),  Upper South seats ₡40,000 ($80), Lower South seats ₡55,000 ($110), Upper East and West seats ₡120,000 ($240), Lower East and West seats ₡170,000 ($340), Silver seating ₡240,000 ($480), Gold seating ₡285,000 ($570), Platinum Square (in front of stage) ₡345,000 ($700). Buy tickets online at: eTicket website.last_img read more

Whos Eddie Vedder got Costa Rica or Italy

first_imgPJ fans, we’re airing the #ITA vs. #CRC World Cup Match on the big screens at @SanSiroOfficial before the concert tomorrow! #PJEuro2014— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) June 19, 2014 Even Pearl Jam will be matching Friday’s Costa Rica-Italy match.So what if the band is preparing to play in Milan? Pearl Jam — a group well-known for its environmental activism — better be rooting for the tropical underdogs, Costa Rica.After a 20-year-wait, the legendary Seattle, Washington band performed in Costa Rica in 2011. The Ticos are undefeated in World Cup matches since that show. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Music legend Rubén Blades writes Editus to praise Costa Rica’s World Cup achievements Keep the party going with the Sele song on a Steinway A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Rica Ms. Sloth Kong does the Gangnam Style (강남스타일)last_img read more

Violence looms large over Mexico elections

first_img‘El Bronco’ The election could make history in Nuevo León, where Jaime Rodríguez, aka “El Bronco,” has won fans as a foul-mouthed, cowboy boot-wearing independent vowing to battle corruption if he becomes governor.“He’s a symbol of the anger against the parties,” said José Antonio Crespo, political expert at the Economics Research and Teaching Center, though he noted that Rodríguez only ran as an independent after he failed to win the PRI’s nomination.Other colorful candidates are vying for seats.Hipolito Mora, a founder of Michoacán’s vigilante movement, is running for Congress while retired football legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco is eying the mayorship of the central city of Cuernavaca. Facebook Comments MEXICO CITY – Mexicans vote Sunday in midterm elections after one of the rockiest campaigns in recent years, with candidates murdered and rebel teachers burning ballots in efforts to block the polls.The radical CNTE teachers union has protested all week in impoverished southern states, ransacking buildings of the National Electoral Institute and regional offices of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s party in anger at his education reform.Despite the unrest, authorities say they are confident the elections to pick 500 members of the lower-chamber of Congress, around 900 mayors and nine governors, will go on.It is the first major electoral test for Peña Nieto, who has struggled to accomplish his 2012 election promise to bring “peace” back to Mexico after years of drug cartel violence.Opinion polls show that his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and its allies will retain their majority in Congress despite political scandals and discontent over security.Voters angry at the traditional parties could still give politicians a wakeup call by electing a blunt candidate nicknamed “El Bronco” as the first ever independent governor, in the industrial state of Nuevo León.But the specter of violence looms large on election day in the south.“This has been the most difficult and tumultuous campaign, with more murders of candidates and campaign staff members,” Javier Oliva, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told AFP. Teachers of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) burn documents and office furniture after breaking into the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) office in Oaxaca, Mexico, on June 4, 2015. Patricia Castellanos/AFPSouthern protests The biggest concerns are in Guerrero and Oaxaca, where teachers have torched tens of thousands of ballots.On Thursday, protesters took furniture and papers from PRI offices in Oaxaca’s capital and burned them outside. Others torched political pamphlets in front of PRI headquarters in Guerrero.The educators have continued their protests even though the government decided last week to suspend mandatory tests for teachers, a key plank of Peña Nieto’s education legislation.An elections observer from the Organization of American States voiced concern over how the protests could affect the vote.“The election is very vulnerable,” Oliva said. But, he added, the risks are limited to certain states, affecting some 5,000 out of 148,000 polling stations nationwide.In addition to protests, Guerrero has been plagued by drug-related violence, including last year’s presumed murder of 43 students by a gang in league with crooked police.Two mayoral hopefuls were murdered in recent months in Guerrero, while gunmen threatened a candidate for governor who was heading to the city of Chilapa.Elsewhere in Mexico, a former vigilante leader who had taken up arms against a drug cartel was killed during a campaign event in neighboring Michoacán in May.On Tuesday, a federal congressional candidate was gunned down in a Mexico City suburb.While some of the murders bear the hallmarks of organized crime, authorities say they do not expect drug cartels to disrupt the election.“The problems are the social protests,” National Security Commission Monte Alejandro Rubido told AFP, adding that only a “minimal number” of polling stations could be affected and that the elections would not be stopped. Related posts:Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Mexico’s Peña Nieto asks for investigation into his mansions How $500,000 check that sat uncashed adds to Mexico scandal Slaying of Mexican journalist, activist and 3 others a professional hit, says victim’s family lawyerlast_img read more

Vehicle restriction in San José suspended for holidays next week

first_imgRelated posts:San José vehicle restriction to be suspended during mid-year school vacations Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams San José vehicle restrictions suspended for Holy Thursday, Friday Happy Holidays: Transit authorities will suspend the one-day-a-week restriction of vehicles entering downtown San José starting next Monday, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) reported.All motorists will be able to enter the capital freely Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 regardless of the day they’re supposed to leave their car at home according to its license plate number. Traffic in San José substantially decreases during the holiday season.Traffic Police officers will be reassigned from monitoring motorists’ compliance with the vehicle restriction to special operations at mass events, including Costa Rica’s Cycling Tour, the National Horse Parade, Zapote Festival and concerts and other public celebrations, MOPT stated on its website.Starting Dec. 25, officers will also be manning roadway checkpoints along highways leading to the most popular tourist destinations outside the Central Valley.The vehicle restriction will be in force again from Jan. 4. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Ricans head to the polls in municipal elections

first_imgRelated posts:Why are Costa Ricans voting? Because they can Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administration Costa Rican veterans reflect 66 years after abolition of army Uber gets $200 million for international expansion Costa Ricans began voting Sunday morning to choose local mayors, council members and other municipal officials in 81 cantons in the country’s seven provinces.Just over 3 million people are eligible to vote to fill 6,069 municipal posts, although local elections in Costa Rica traditionally have been marked by high rates of voter abstention.That trend seemed to continue at least early Sunday morning, with many voting centers in schools mostly empty.One of the first to vote was President Luis Guillermo Solís, who cast his ballot in the Escuela República de México in the San José neighborhood of Aranjuez.Solís urged other citizens to follow his lead. “This is a day of fiesta for Costa Rica’s democracy,” Solís said. Voting “is a right that not everyone in the world has,” he added.But the fervor for voting that’s seen in presidential elections in Costa Rica hasn’t yet caught on for municipal elections, with abstention rates hovering above 70 percent on average.Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 6 p.m. The 5,000 polling centers across the country were operating smoothly, according to Héctor Fernández, general director of the Supreme Elections Tribunal.“Everything is calm and ready for voters to come to the polls tranquilly,” Fernández said.Urging voters to participate, TSE President Luis Antonio Sobrado said that “what’s at stake are the interests of each and every citizen.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Legislative Assembly approves budget cuts to infrastructure child welfare and public health

first_imgFor the second time this week a group of lawmakers broke the quorom at theLegislative Assembly session and automatically allowed the approval of the 2017 National Budget without a voting at around 9 p.m. Tuesday.The unusual aproval of the country’s expenditure plan followed a session where legislators again failed to agree on the figures allocated for public agencies and programs.The government’s approved budget of ₡8,9 trillion ($15.9 billion) is ₡22 billion ($39 million) lower than the original plan submitted by President Luis Guillermo Solís.The approved figure came after a series of cuts that mainly reduced the annual budgets of the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT), the Public Health Ministry, the Finance Ministry and several programs from the Public Education Ministry, among others.MOPT budget cuts will mainly reduce operation of asphalt plants, the purchase of materials for building and repairing public roads, and for the maintenance of other public infrastructure.Cuts also will prevent the purchase of communication equipment and other supplies for the Traffic Police, investments in infrastructure for the country’s customs and will reduce the number of surveillance operations of the Fiscal Control Police.One of the most polemic changes is the relocation of 46 percent from the budget of the Child Welfare Office (PANI) to public security programs.The reduction means that ₡47 billion ($85 million) requested by PANI will instead be allocated to the budgets of the Public Security Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Judicial Investigation Police and the Prosecutor’s Office.Cuts in public health budget represent a reduction in funds for programs to prevent and fight Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, among others.The National Meteorological Institute will also see its budget reduced by a third, director Juan Carlos Fallas confirmed during a press conference in Upala on Monday. Fallas has been in the northern Region since last week evaluating weather conditions during the passage in the country of Hurricane Otto.Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas said reductions in the approved budget will severely impact major infrastructure works such as periodic maintenance of the country’s roadway system.Fallas on Monday said that “these unfounded cuts will bring serious complications to provide public services.”President Solís also lamented the cuts and said during a press conference that lawmakers approved a budget “that will seriously affect the operation of several government programs.”The Finance Ministry said in a public statement that according to estimates of revenue from tax collection, transfers, contributions and other income sources the government in 2017 will collect ₡4.8 trillion.This means that the remaining ₡4.1 trillion to cover the budget should be financed by loans.Failed voteLegislative Assembly rules stipulate that the budget should be voted on a first round vote by Nov. 27 each year, and on a second round no later than Nov. 29.The budget passed its first round of debate last Sunday during a special legislative session.The first vote was scheduled for last Thursday but lawmakers suspended the session due to the national emergency alert issued for the arrival of Hurricane Otto.On Sunday, after various hours of failed negotiations, a group of lawmakers mostly from the National Liberation Party and the ruling Citizen Action Party broke the quorum and forced the end of the session.According to legislative procedures the budget will be automatically approved as submitted by the Legislative Committee on Financial Affairs in case lawmakers fail to vote by the deadline.ModificationsPresidency Minister Sergio Alfaro on Monday said in a press release that, if lawmakers approve the cuts, they will send a request to ammend the national budget in January.Those modifications will aim to allocate more funds to programs for addressing damage caused by Hurricane Otto.Alfaro also said that they will evaluate options to recover funds redirected from PANI and other public agencies’ budgets. Facebook Comments Related posts:Lawmakers mostly unsatisfied with work in their second year in office Opposition parties maintain control over Legislative Assembly Government presents 2017 budget proposal with 12 percent hike Lawmakers approve 2016 national budget at ₡8 trillionlast_img read more

Finance Ministry investigation finds 120 companies corporations linked to Panama Papers

first_imgFinance Ministry officials disclosed results of the first part of an investigation that found 120 Costa Rican companies and corporations linked to cases in the so-calledPanama Papers.Ministry and Tax Administration officials have found 79 companies and 41 corporations from the real estate, agricultural, commercial, legal and consultant sectors in the documents so far. Of these, the Ministry has fully identified a total of 69, and the remaining 51 are still under investigation.Finance Vice Minister Fernando Rodríguez said at a press conference that these companies created a total of 410 offshore companies in Panama.Officials have concluded that “behind the creation of these companies there is a clear intention to dodge tax responsibilities,” he added.The Panama Papers were published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists last year.The ministry’s research found various fraudulent strategies such as avoiding distribution of profits and dividends; reporting financial expenses above 50 percent of net income; and reporting expenses higher than 80 percent of the companies’ gross income.“Others filed income tax declarations of zero, or showed an irregular and unjustified increase in their assets,” the ministry reported.The Vice Minister said the institution will continue with the investigation, but noted that at this point he does not have an estimate of how long it will take to finish. Facebook Comments Related posts:Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandal Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Quiet tip unleashed Panama Paperslast_img read more

Costa Rica offers searchandrescue teams to Mexico after earthquake

first_imgAs the number of deaths caused by Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico rose above 100, the government of Costa Rica offered aid to the stricken nation.“The National Emergency Commission (CNE) has activated its national protocols for humanitarian assistance including the assignment of 70 specialists, in addition to logistical support, as soon as it is required by the government” of Mexico, CNE president Iván Brenes said in a statement.Search-and-rescue teams composed of members of the Firefighters’ Corps, Red Cross, Social Security System (Caja), National Police and CNE stand at the ready, the statement said.President Luis Guillermo Solís, who is in New York at the UN General Assembly, expressed his solidarity with the people of Mexico.The powerful earthquake rocked Mexico, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The toll from the authorities was preliminary and could rise, as rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City – home to 20 million people – clawed through the rubble of collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies. Related posts:UPDATED: Mexico reels in response to 7.1 earthquake At Mexico-US border, pope decries migrant ‘tragedy’ Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica 2018: A big year for Latin American elections Read more about this developing story here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Canadian team wins Costa Ricas first international ice hockey tourney

first_imgThe Calgary Citizens defeated the Los Angeles Ruination 7-5 to win Costa Rica’s first-ever ice hockey tournament on Sunday.The two-day tourney took place in Central America’s only ice skating rink, located at the Castillo Country Club in Heredia. Senior level teams from Calgary, Alberta, Los Angeles, California, the Falkland Islands and the Castillo Country Club competed in this unprecedented event.It even drew the attention of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sent a message of greeting to participating teams.“This tournament offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Castillo Knights Hockey Club and to reflect upon its success. I would like to commend the players taking part in this event for their hard work and enthusiasm for the sport,” Trudeau wrote.For more information about the Castillo Knights hockey program, visit the Club’s Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:UPDATED: Six cyclists struck by car during Guanacaste race UPDATED: Six cyclists struck by car during Guanacaste race Even Justin Trudeau is excited about Costa Rica’s first-ever international ice hockey tourney Mexico’s Tigres defeat Costa Rica’s Herediano to advance in Champions Leaguelast_img read more

History behind sobs in South African courtroom

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Top Stories In court Thursday, the debate, in measured lawyerly language, moved from race and class to what the court could do in the face of the wide dissemination of the painting on the internet. Claassen quoted a British ruling in another case that said trying to control what’s on the Internet would make the legal system appear “an ass.”Malindi responded that the law in South Africa, its 1996 constitution, had been earned at great cost. He said that while many of the rights the constitution enshrined _ to clean water, housing _ had yet to be realized by the majority of South Africans. But “the law is not an ass,” he said.Then, he sank into his seat in sobs that could be heard throughout the courtroom.In the 1980s, when he was accused of treason, Malindi was represented and befriended by George Bizos, Nelson Mandela’s lawyer. In his memoir, Bizos recalls another moment when Malindi was reduced to tears in court.On trial, Malindi was describing the impact of apartheid on black families. His father could not get permission to live and work in the city where his family lived in a shack, only allowed to visit his family for 72 hours at a time. Malindi, wiping away tears with his hand, recalled on the witness stand that when he was nine years old, he once tried to save his father from arrest by denying he knew who he was.center_img Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too The soft-spoken Malindi, who is black, told Claasen, who is white, that art experts who defended the painting were arguing from the perspective of South Africa’s white, educated elite. Malindi said that in a country divided by education and culture, the court should take into account not just the opinions of a “super class” of art experts, but also the views of the many black South Africans, denied education under apartheid, who are angered and humiliated by the painting’s message. His argument drew murmurs of approval in the packed courtroom from onlookers who included two of Zuma’s children and several high-ranking ANC leaders.Brett Murray, the artist, also raised race, in an affidavit presented to the court. Murray, who is white, said he produced anti-apartheid posters and other materials as an artist before white rule ended in 1994.“I am not a racist,” Murray said.Murray said the intention of his more recent work is to express a sense of betrayal that some post-apartheid leaders were greedy or corrupt. He also said that details of Zuma’s sex life had become part of the public debate in South Africa.Zuma, 70, has been married six times _ he currently has four wives, as his Zulu culture allows. He has 21 children, and acknowledged in 2010 that he fathered a child that year with a woman who was not among his wives. Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – A lifetime ago, a young black South African student was on trial with 21 other suspects accused by the white racist government of treason, terrorism and working for the African National Congress.This week Gcina Malindi, one of the suspects who is now a lawyer, is representing the ANC and its president in one of the most closely watched trials in the brief history of democracy in South Africa. During a nationally televised hearing Thursday, Malindi broke down in tears, later saying he had been overcome by memories of the apartheid era. It was a wrenching demonstration that the past and its racial divides are close to the surface in South Africa, even as its citizens struggle to build a future together.The case Malindi is arguing, recessed indefinitely after opening Thursday, might seem to have little to do with race. It pits two rights guaranteed by the constitution against each other. President Jacob Zuma is asking the High Court to issue an order that the display of a painting depicting his genitals violates his constitutional right to dignity. The gallery and the artist Zuma named in his suit counter that freedom of expression, also protected by the constitution, is at stake.Two men had walked into the Goodman Gallery Tuesday and defaced the portrait with paint, saying later they were acting to defend Zuma. The gallery then removed the painting and closed indefinitely. The case nonetheless continues, raising important constitutional issues as well as fueling debates about race, class and culture.During Thursday’s hearings, Neels Claassen, one of three presiding judges, challenged Malindi on the question of race. The judge asked why, in court papers, Malindi had argued that the artist’s depiction of Zuma was akin to a “colonial attack on the black culture of this country.” “I know him well,” Bizos said in an interview Friday. “He’s a friend. I am the godfather of his eldest daughter. He’s a sensitive man.“I wonder whether what happened to him in the witness stand came to mind” in court on Thursday, Bizos said.Malindi told reporters after he had regained his composure Thursday that he regretted breaking down, and did not want to speak about it in detail. He did say, though, that he had been affected by apartheid memories.Bizos said the judge showed little sympathy for Malindi during what became known as the Delmas Treason Trial. The legal proceedings dragged on from 1985 to 1989, Bizos recalled. It was a period of turmoil and violence in South Africa, and the trial drew international attention.Malindi was convicted, sentenced to five years and sent to Robben Island. A year later, the convictions were overturned on appeal and Malindi and the others convicted were released.Bizos said Malindi was encouraged to study law by his wife, then an attorney and now a judge, and other lawyers. Many people denied opportunity under apartheid went on to careers in law, medicine and other professions in post-apartheid South Africa, Bizos said. He said that showed how far apartheid’s architects “misjudged the indigenous people of the country.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Former IRA commander to meet Queen Elizabeth II

first_imgAssociated PressLONDON (AP) – The Irish Republican Army-linked Sinn Fein party says one of its leaders, Martin McGuinness, will meet Queen Elizabeth II next week _ a once-unthinkable symbol of progress toward peace in Northern Ireland.McGuinness, a former IRA commander, has been invited to attend an event with the queen in his role as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The meeting with McGuinness follows the queen’s historic visit to the Ireland in May 2011, the first by a British monarch since the republic gained its independence from Britain almost a century ago.During the trip she laid a wreath at a monument to Irish rebels who fought against British rule, spoke a few words in Irish during a speech, and expressed sympathy “to all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past.”McGuinness has since said he was struck by these gestures of reconciliation.Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland secretary in the British government, said the meeting is “of huge historic importance.”“It does not mean Sinn Fein have departed one inch from their commitment to an independent Ireland. Nor does it mean the queen will forget the assassination of her uncle, Lord Mountbatten,” Hain said.“But it does show in shining terms how everybody is turning their backs on the past of horror and violence and moving towards peace between previously bitter enemies,” he added.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Neither Sinn Fein nor Buckingham Palace revealed detailed plans for the meeting. Britain’s Press Association news agency said McGuiness and the queen would meet and shake hands in a private room at the beginning of the engagement. But even if it amounts to little more than a quick handshake, the meeting will have great symbolic value.The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will visit Northern Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of her United Kingdom-wide tour celebrating 60 years on the throne.Sinn Fein leaders declined to meet the queen last year during her first state visit to the neighboring Republic of Ireland, arguing it was still too soon after the end of decades of conflict and bloodshed.But party President Gerry Adams said Friday the party has decided McGuinness should meet the monarch, a decision that is sure to meet opposition from some Irish republicans, who want to end British rule in Northern Ireland.“We don’t have to do it. We’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do, despite the fact that it will cause difficulties for our own folk,” Adams said.“But it’s good for Ireland. It’s good for this process we’re trying to develop. It’s the right time and the right reason,” he added. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Buckingham Palace said it understood McGuinness had been invited to Wednesday’s event in Belfast for the Co-operation Ireland charity, which works to bring Catholic and Protestant communities together.It was a sign of progress toward peace that the royal visit was announced several weeks in advance.The queen has regularly visited Northern Ireland over the past four decades of bloodshed, but none of her previous visits had been announced even a minute ahead of time to minimize the risk of attack.Threats against the royal family have been real, as evidenced by the Provisional IRA’s 1979 assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s 79-year-old uncle. Several small IRA splinter groups still launch gun and bomb attacks in Northern Ireland.But the situation has been transformed since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 brought a virtual end to a conflict, known as “the Troubles,” that saw about 3,000 deaths over three decades.Political reconciliation has advanced rapidly since 2005, when the Provisional IRA renounced violence and disarmed, and 2007, when Sinn Fein entered a power-sharing government alongside Northern Ireland’s British Protestant majority. Their unlikely coalition has proved remarkably stable. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   last_img read more

South Africas DlaminiZuma first female AU chief

first_imgAssociated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – A female leader on Monday was inaugurated into the top leadership position at the African Union for the first time.South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took charge of the African Union commission where she will be in charge of peace and security functions and keeping track of the political and economic affairs of the continent. Dlamini-Zuma was most recently South Africa’s minister of home affairs and also served as the country’s minister of foreign affairs. Outgoing AU chair Jean Ping gave the gavel to Dlamini-Zuma during a ceremony at the union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ping had held the position since 2008.Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, who attended the ceremony, wished Dlamini-Zuma good success, but warned that her tasks will be arduous.In her inaugural address, Dlamini-Zuma pledged to work for “a prosperous, peaceful and integrated Africa.” After praising Africa’s ancient civilizations, Dlamini-Zuma spoke of Africa’s troubled centuries of slavery and colonialism, and then lauded post-colonial economic gains and peaceful transfers of power.“In spite of this laudable progress, we must also acknowledge that there have been some difficulties and setbacks with pockets of instability and conflict,” Dlamini-Zuma said. “It is therefore our responsibility as governments, as citizens, as regional bodies to ensure that the democratic process is irrevocable and to pledge ourselves to work for its success.”Dlamini-Zuma vowed `to spare no efforts’ to try and resolve the conflict in Mali and the Sahel region she said poses a threat to spread.“Drawing on the lessons learnt from recent conflicts on the continent, we will take appropriate measures to improve cooperation and coordination with the United Nations,” said Dlamini-Zuma. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How do cataracts affect your vision? (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img ErrorOK ErrorOK Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img

Imams priests play soccer match in Bosnia

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Nearly two decades ago, more than 100,000 people died in this country in a war that involved Muslim Bosniaks, Christian Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – A soccer match between Muslim imams and Catholic priests has helped raise funds for a new kindergarten in Bosnia.More than 4,000 people paid 1 euro ($1.30) to watch the game in the central town of Zenica on Wednesday night, cheering “Bosnia, Bosnia” and celebrating whoever scored.The Catholics won 5 -3.The match, organized by Bosnia’s Inter-religious Committee, was played by priests of the Bosnian Franciscan order and Muslim imams, said Priest Fra Zdravko Andjic. His good friend, Imam Jakub Salkica, said both sides got along well, but joked that shouldn’t raise suspicions about match fixing.center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

Monitors criticize Belgium on Zimbabwe diamonds

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – A world monitoring group on conflict diamonds said Wednesday it wants restrictions on the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds tightened after calls to relax them by diamond companies in Belgium.Belgium has argued the controls hurt revenue filtering down to ordinary Zimbabweans. But Global Witness insisted in a statement circulated Wednesday the European nation’s interests were “closer to home” in its diamond center of Antwerp that promotes diamond gifts around St. Valentine’s Day, marked Thursday. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The eastern Zimbabwe fields of Marange, where diamonds are mined, have long been mired in allegations of killings, human rights violations and corruption.The group warned against what it called “a love triangle” between Belgium, its diamond dealers and Zimbabwe.“European Union members seeking to promote democracy and stability in Zimbabwe should avoid a menage-a-trois with Belgium and its diamond dealers this Valentine’s Day,” it said.It said Belgium is pressing for a European Union embargo on the state Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, at the forefront of diamond sales, to be lifted immediately.Global Witness called for the corporation to remain strictly bound by European restrictions and said Anjin, a Chinese joint venture diamond mining company with links to senior Zimbabwean military officials, should be added to the European sanctions list, along with Sam Pa, a powerful Chinese mining magnate accused of involvement in illicit diamond trading.European Union foreign ministers are scheduled to meet Monday to review the bloc’s economic restrictions on Zimbabwe after years of human rights violations and political and economic turmoil. But union officials say any relaxation of the measures will depend on the holding of a credible referendum on a new constitution slated for March or April and parliamentary and presidential elections later in the year. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology A coalition between longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was brokered by regional mediators after violent and disputed elections in 2008.Last year, Global Witness said illicit diamond revenues had provided off-budget financing to security forces controlled by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party that had a history of violence and intimidation surrounding elections.The group said Wednesday any easing of curbs on Zimbabwe’s diamond industry would likely mean more cash for Mugabe’s loyalist police and military just months before 2013 elections.“The European Union should hold a steady course and restrict trade with diamond mining operations in Marange until free and fair elections have taken place,” Global Witness said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

AP PHOTOS A look back at 10 years of war in Iraq

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   ___Follow photographer David Guttenfelder on Twitter: photographer Maya Alleruzzo on Twitter: photographer Jerome Delay on Twitter: photographer Evan Vucci on Twitter: AP photographers on Twitter: text for this gallery was written by AP foreign correspondent Robert H. Reid: THE IMAGESAs the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War approached, six AP photographers _ people now based in bureaus from Paris to Taipei _ reflected on iconic images they captured related to the conflict. Here’s what they had to say about the circumstances surrounding the photos _ how they got them, what it was like to be where they were and what was going through their minds at the time.___WALLY SANTANA, AP photographer, Taipei, Taiwan“I am going to witness an execution,” Santana thought amid the dust, extreme heat and smell of burning plastic as he photographed a U.S. soldier aiming his weapon at a man in Mosul, Iraq, who had just been shot in the neck by a soldier while attempting to flee on July 23, 2003. The Iraq war began on March 20, 2003, to rid Iraq of a dictator and eliminate his weapons of mass destruction. No WMD was ever found. The dictator Saddam Hussein was caught _ literally hiding in a hole _ tried and hanged.Yet the conflict dragged on in a grinding litany of bullets, bombs and barbarity. Dusty backwaters like Fallujah, Haditha and Ramadi became household words for Americans. The war was marked by the savagery of televised beheadings, Abu Ghraib prison and IEDs.By the time U.S. troops left in December 2011, nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis had lost their lives. Hundreds of billions of American taxpayer dollars were gone.For Americans, the war’s end in December 2011 brought relief and for the men and women who fought it, joy at reunions with loved ones.For Iraqis, the war is harder to forget. Its signs are all around, from shattered bodies of survivors, to ongoing spasms of violence, to the pock-marked buildings still unrepaired.Ten years after that first attack, Iraq languishes in a state between war and peace. And on the eve of the anniversary, a wave of bombings shook the Iraqi capital, killing at least 65 people and wounding more than 240. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “The challenge was to find the proper picture to tell the story and when you have in front of you a hole. The best thing is always to bring a human being, and in that case a soldier could provide a kind of scale. How big was the rat hole? Tiny!”___MUHAMMED MUHEISEN, AP chief photographer, IslamabadMuheisen shares his memories from April 26, 2004, when he shot a photo of an Iraqi man celebrating on top of a burning U.S. Army Humvee in the northern part of Baghdad:“At the site people were running and screaming, and in such an atmosphere you can never tell if you are welcome _ you could be simply beaten by the crowds. I remember from other occasions that Arabic words used to be said about photographers being spies _ being bad people _ which can get you beaten badly, so you are always afraid to put your feet in the wrong place.”“The other fear is to be in the middle if U.S. troops come by and start shooting to disperse the crowds. So it’s never been a safe or a comfortable situation, but the heat of the war and the excitement to be there covering the war takes away this fear.”“I remember the sounds of people screaming, shouting, chanting victory words and the smell of the burning Humvee and the man standing on top shouting `Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!’ (‘God is great! God is Great!’). I pointed my camera and took the frame. Suddenly the man noticed me and I could see the anger in his face. It was frightening. He decided to run after me so I had to flee the site running as fast as I could back to our vehicle to leave the place.” “I noticed the commanding officer take note of a suspicious person who arrived in a small cargo van behind the crowds. In a flash, the officer yelled to his men and darted on a 200-meter dash toward the man as he slipped back into the crowd. The eight or so soldiers in full battle gear ran flat out, parting the local crowd as they leaped over rows of their barbed wire, yelling for the man to stop.”“As the man jumped into his van and started to speed away down a back alley, the soldier next to me raised his rifle and fired two or three shots through the back window, puncturing the left side of his neck. The vehicle stopped, the man rolled out, with blood gushing, and he pleaded for his life in broken English as he was forced to the ground.”“After moments went by, a medic was called to tend to the wound and the man was taken away for interrogation.”___LAURENT REBOURS, AP chief of service for photos, ParisTwo days after Saddam was captured, Rebours photographed a U.S. soldier demonstrating access to the spider hole near Tikrit, Iraq, where Saddam had hidden. Rebours explains what struck him about the scene:“The silence, because it was in a farm in the middle of nowhere and because everyone _ U.S. soldiers and journalists _ had the feeling that we were at a stage of an important moment in history.” (AP) – The images remain fresh even as the memories fade _ the blinding flash of “shock and awe” bombing, the square-jawed confidence of an American president leading his people into war, the cowering prisoner trembling on the ground in the face of a small piece of American power.Fast forward and the images transform like the war itself: the pain of an Iraqi mother’s loss, grief-scarred faces of benumbed survivors, terrified soldiers under fire, mutilated bodies of slain Americans hanging from a bridge in a town few Americans had ever heard of. Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up This gallery was curated by news producer Caleb Jones in New York: ___MAYA ALLERUZZO, AP photo editor, CairoAlleruzzo describes her thought process as she decided how to capture an image of detainees kneeling in prayer at Camp Cropper in Baghdad on Nov. 10, 2008:“I knew that I would be subject to military review of all of my images that day. Post-Abu Ghraib, the U.S. military and the administration were terribly concerned about images of people in their custody. The challenge was to make photos that would not reveal the identities of the prisoners _ this, they said, would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions. I knew I could not screw it up.”“I decided to use shallow depth of field, and in other photos worked with light and shadow, rather than cropping or letting the military censors make decisions for me.”___JEROME DELAY, AP chief photographer for Africa, JohannesburgDelay reflects on his photo of a Saddam statue being toppled in Baghdad on April 9, 2003:“I almost missed the moment as I was with Alexandra Boulat (a photographer for National Geographic at the time) shooting pictures of looting at the other end of town. So we kind of stumbled upon this on the way back to the hotel!”___J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE, AP photographer, Washington Applewhite recalls his experience visiting the USS Abraham Lincoln and capturing a picture of President George W. Bush giving a thumbs-up on May 1, 2003, the day Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq _ a speech remembered by many for the “Mission Accomplished” banner than hung from the aircraft carrier:“I had arrived on the carrier shortly before Bush with the 10-man White House travel pool, that small group of reporters and photographers that go just about everywhere with the president. … As Bush arrived we were still a little pumped after `catching the wire,’ where our plane was jolted to a sudden halt on the pitching deck.”“Usually the pool is separate from the crowd and can move freely but there were so many Navy guys and additional press already on board for the event that I just remember thinking that I have to be in position, I can’t get shut out.“I recall locking arms with my lifelong friend (and competitor) Larry Downing from Reuters to keep everyone else from squeezing us out. It was far more aggressive and physical than normal. Larry and I have been around the world many times on presidential trips and we have a saying about this kind of scrum: Air Force One will get you the first 10,000 miles _ the last 10 yards are up to you. “ Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img

Chinese court hears case against exbank manager

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories The Harbin Intermediate People’s Court said on its website Sunday that there are seven defendants and that the hearing is expected to last until Monday.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories BEIJING (AP) – A court in northeast China has begun hearing a fraud and embezzlement case involving a bank branch manager who spent eight years in Canada before returning last year to face the charges against him.Gao Shan is charged with swindling more than 1 billion yuan ($163 million) between 2000 and 2004 with other suspects.Gao was the head of a Bank of China branch in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. He left for Canada in 2004 and returned to China last year. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more