Globus family launches 2017 Africa with EBB

first_img Share Travelweek Group Globus family launches 2017 Africa with EBB TORONTO — Globus and Monograms have launched their 2017 Africa programs with new itineraries and an early booking bonus offer for clients.Globus will offer four itineraries, each a Small Group Discovery with a maximum of 20 travellers. Tours include Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls; Kenya: A Timeless Safari Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond and Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience. Each tour includes Globus’ signature Local Favorites: culinary and cultural insights into the host destination.Monograms’ itineraries range from nine to 15 days, including two new itineraries: 11-day Jewels of Africa and 11-day East Africa Private Safari.For every Globus or Monograms booking to Africa, the companies will make a contribution to South Africa National Parks (SANParks) and its Honorary Ranger program to help SAVE THE RHINO.Clients can save 5% – up to $946 per couple – on 2017 Globus escorted Africa vacations when they book and deposit before May 2, 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor more information see www.agentlingo.ca and watch for brochures in distribution in August. Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Tags: Africa, Globus << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Cathay Pacific profits take a nosedive increases luggage allowance

first_img Posted by Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, August 17, 2016 HONG KONG – Cathay Pacific Airways has announced a tumble in profits in the first half of 2016, likely a result of economic weakness and cutthroat competition from rivals. Hong Kong’s biggest airline posted an interim net profit of 353 million Hong Kong dollars ($45.5 million), down 82% from the same period a year earlier.The airline said its earnings were hurt by “economic fragility and intense competition” in the January-June period, putting sustained pressure on revenue, which fell 9.2%.The company, which also operates regional carrier Cathay Dragon, said passenger numbers rose 2.7% but the money it earned from them fell 10%.Cathay said mainland China’s economic slowdown and weak conditions elsewhere cut into demand for lucrative business class seats from corporate customers.Fuel costs, the airline’s biggest expense, helped offset the poor performance somewhat. They fell by 20% to HK$3.4 billion after losses from hedging contracts were taken into account.“We expect the operating environment in the second half of the year to continue to be impacted by the same adverse factors as in the first half,” Chairman John Slosar said in a statement. “The overall business outlook therefore remains challenging.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthOn a more positive note, the airline also recently announced it will be increasing its checked luggage allowances. According to BoardingArea, passengers in all classes will get an extra 10kg in luggage allowance, effective Sept. 15, 2016. With file from The Associated Press Cathay Pacific profits take a nosedive; increases luggage allowancelast_img read more

 

BlackBerry diehards finally get a keyboard

first_imgNo related posts. SAN FRANCISCO, California – This is for the BlackBerry diehards. You know who you are.You’re the ones who scoffed at those new-fangled iPhones back in 2007, and still do. You turned your back when BlackBerry launched its touch-screen Z10 phone earlier this year. Your motto is “You’ll take away my physical keyboard when you pry it from my cold, dead thumbs.”For you, and only for you, there’s the new Q10. It’s a sometimes uneasy combination of the company’s modernized BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is designed for touch screens, and a traditional design modeled after the iconic (at least to its fans) BlackBerry Bold.Carriers in Britain, where the Q10 will arrive by the end of April, and Canada are now taking pre-orders. The company says it will be in the United States by the end of May, at $249 for a model with 16 gigabytes of storage on a two-year contract; Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will carry it.The new BlackBerry measures a compact 4.7 by 2.6 inches, and weighs just under five ounces. It’s well- and thoughtfully built, with a soft back that makes it easy to grip and three frets laid between the four rows of keys. The Q10 will run on LTE networks, the fastest cellular data connections, where available.The phone’s most unusual feature is its screen. Unlike just about every other smartphone, whose displays are taller than they are wide, the new BlackBerry’s is a 3.1-inch-diagonal square with a resolution of 720 by 720 pixels.That means, among other things, that it can show much less content per screen than other phones – for example, icons for 12 apps, as opposed to 24 on Apple’s iPhone 5 and 20 on the Samsung Galaxy. You can theoretically watch a movie on it, but I can’t imagine why you’d want to.BlackBerry enthusiasts, of course, don’t really care about that. What they want to know is: “What about the keyboard?”They’re likely to be more than satisfied. The keys are comfortably spaced and nicely sculpted, with a solid feel that will be familiar to the faithful. I haven’t been a regular BlackBerry user for several years, but once the old muscle memory kicked in, I was able to rattle along as I did when Bill Clinton was still president.Some features of the old BlackBerrys are missing. There’s no trackball or trackpad; that function has been taken over by the touch screen.A swipe up from the bottom unlocks the phone; a swipe down when it’s locked puts it to sleep, or, when it’s awake, pulls down a window shade reminiscent of the one in Google’s Android operating system, with various settings and notifications.Instead of using the touch screen, though, I often found myself using a new feature called Instant Action that’s really an old-school set of keyboard shortcuts.Type “bbm,” for instance, and the phone automatically goes to the secure and much-loved BlackBerry Messenger service _- which includes both voice chat and, with other BlackBerry 10 users, video and screen-sharing. Type “call,” “dial” or “phone” and the first few letters of a contact’s name, and the Q10 is ready to place the call. The same with “text” or “sms.”The Q10 has many of the Z10’s strengths, including its enterprise-friendly security features and BlackBerry Hub, a unified message in-box you can peek at from within other apps simply by swiping your finger.But it also has the Z10’s weaknesses, including the absence of many popular apps. There’s no Instagram, no Pinterest and no Netflix in the BlackBerry World store, and a substantial chunk of the 100,000 or so apps are actually tweaked versions originally written for Android.Nor does BlackBerry have much in the way of Cloud-based services for saving and accessing information, the way Apple and Google do.My guess is that the Q10’s target audience won’t really care. This isn’t a phone to attract a new breed of BlackBerry users. It’s one to keep the old breed happy. They will be.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

 

Mexican officials free 165 kidnapped Central American migrants

first_imgNo related posts. MEXICO CITY – The Mexican Army has freed 165 migrants, mostly from Central America, who said they were kidnapped and held for several weeks by a criminal gang in northeastern Mexico, authorities said Thursday.The freed migrants, including 20 minors and two pregnant women, were seized in Tamaulipas state as they were trying to cross into the United States, a government statement said.They were captured in the same state where 72 migrants were found massacred at a ranch apparently owned by the Los Zetas drug cartel in 2010.Acting on an anonymous tip, soldiers found the group being held at gunpoint in “precarious, unhealthy and overcrowded conditions” on a property in the town of Gustavo Díaz Ordaz on the U.S.-Mexican border.The migrants were said to have languished at the site for two to three weeks.A man guarding the migrants was arrested during the raid and others were being sought, Eduardo Sánchez, an Interior Ministry official, said in the statement.“They were held against their will while the criminal group contacted their relatives by telephone demanding ransom be paid to the captors,” Sánchez said.“Everything seems to indicate that the migrants were taken by smugglers commonly known as coyotes, and these offenders handed them over to criminal groups,” he said.Among those freed were 77 Salvadorans, 50 Guatemalans, 23 Hondurans and an Indian national, Sánchez said. Another 14 were Mexicans.Following the nationwide military crackdown on organized crime undertaken in December 2006, drug cartels have diversified their income sources by committing kidnapping, extortion, robbery and other crimes.Around 140,000 Central Americans illegally enter Mexico’s southern frontier each year in the hope of eventually reaching the United States, according to government figures.The Mesoamerican Migrant Movement says some 70,000 Central Americans disappeared in Mexico from 2006-2012, a period that coincides with the intensification of the drug war by former president Felipe Calderón.Calderón ordered a military crackdown on powerful drug cartels in 2006, which was followed by a massive spike in violence that claimed tens of thousands of lives.The National Human Rights Commission estimated in 2011 that about 20,000 migrants are kidnapped every year in Mexico, where they are held for ransoms of more than $2,000 paid by family members in the U.S.Every day, desperate migrants who enter Mexico by land from the Guatemala border jump on the freight train known as “The Beast” as it travels from southern Mexico to Mexico City.During their journey, they are often targets of assaults, sometimes at the point of machetes, as well as extortion and murder, civil society groups say. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

 

Cloudbridge a free and easy alternative to Chirripó

first_img Lindsay Fendt Papyrus grows in the exotic plant garden at the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve.  Costa Rica’s highest peak, the 12,533-foot Cerro Chirripó, presides over the Talamanca mountain range as its main tourist attraction. But for those without the time, money or advanced planning for the3-day Chirripó hike, there are other ways to see the Talamancas. According to Gode, many people hike Cloudbridge before the Chirripó hike, giving them a chance to acclimate to the high altitude. For guests staying a few days, Cloudbridge has cabins available for rent.But Cloudbridge’s biggest advantage is that, unlike the Chirripó hike, which includes entrance fees, lodging, porter costs and the price of a guide, Cloudbridge only asks for a voluntary donation.Going there: Cloudbridge is approximately four hours from San José via the Inter-American Highway. The last chunk of the road to Cloudbridge requires four-wheel drive. Accommodation prices vary based on season and availability. Inquiries can be sent to tom.gode@cloudbridge.org.  Facebook Comments Lindsay Fendt The reserve was founded in 2002 as a reforestation project for seven cattle farms in the area, uniting the 700 acres into an ecological research base. Volunteers and visiting researchers plant between 4,000 and 5,000 trees a year, and in its 11-year existence, Cloudbridge has gone from clear-cut pastureland to reforested mountain jungle.The reserve runs right up to the edge of Chirripó National Park linking untouched, primary forest to the recovering portions of the reserve. Only two small, treeless fields still belonging to stubborn farmers are visible within the reserve.Through successful reforestation, Gode says animals are beginning to come back. Pumas, jaguarundis, ocelots and even an oncilla, the country’s rarest cat, have all been caught on cameras on the mountain trails.Gode walked us through some of the six trails’ highlights, which include an exotic plant garden full of bright flowers and papyrus plants, and views of the reserve’s waterfall, Cloudbridge Falls. The hiking trails at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve wind through regrown cloud forest. center_img An exotic plant garden sits at the front of Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. The mountain trails at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve overlook the Talamanca Mountain Range. Lindsay Fendt Lindsay Fendt Though it may not provide the mountaineering challenge of Chirripó, the nearby Cloudbridge Reserve offers the same beautiful views. At its high elevation, the jungles of Cloudbridge are categorized as a cloud forest, which means visitors can expect to see mossy strangler figs, wild orchids and the occasional nesting quetzal.Furthermore, it’s free. And knowledgeable guides are available to lead hikes through the area. “This is some of the newest real estate in the world,” said Cloudbridge director Tom Gode, as he led The Tico Times through the reserve. “It only pushed out about a million years ago.” No related posts.last_img read more

 

Peru business mission seeks deals with Costa Rican companies

first_imgA trade mission formed by 75 Peruvian business executives from the food, services and manufacturing sectors will visit Costa Rica next week to promote trade negotiations.The ExpoPerú Centroamérica conference will be held Aug. 12-13 at the Hotel Real InterContinental in Escazú, southwest of the capital.Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry is promoting the event, in which Peruvian business managers and owners will meet with 160 Costa Rican importers during the two-day event.A free trade agreement between Costa Rica and Peru entered into force on June 1. It eliminates up to 80 percent of tariffs on products and provides better access to the Peruvian market for Costa Rican products such as meat, palm, palm oil, tea, chocolates and cocoa.Peruvian asparagus, olives, oranges, tangerines, grapes, cocoa, textiles, jewelry and precious metals now enter the country with better trade conditions.According to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office, trade with Peru reached $64.4 million in 2012.Peruvian business owners also will hold a similar meeting in Panama, on Aug. 15-16. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

US man with postpolio syndrome protests inhumane conditions in Costa Rica prison

first_imgRelated posts:US real estate developer accused of $7 million fraud Suspected US serial child predator taught at American Nicaraguan School US man accused of sexually assaulting a minor in Escazú U.S. man accused of soliciting a minor for sex in Costa Rica says he is being extorted When Iranian-American Cyrus Sepehr was thrown into a preventive prison in Costa Rica under suspicion of fraud, he could still walk. But in just four months he’s been relegated to a wheel chair, and the left side of his body is now paralyzed, according to his attorney, José Brenes.The 52-year-old Sepehr, who was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome (PPS) in 2014, is seeking his release from the notoriously underfunded and overcrowded San Sebastián prison south of San José, due to his illness. He and his defense team successfully have argued to Costa Rica’s Supreme Court that he does not receive enough medical attention for his PPS, which affects polio survivors by bringing back the disease’s symptoms decades after the initial virus is eliminated.“The inhumane conditions that exist in the prisons are worsening his health – it’s [a case of] neglect of a human being,” Brenes said. “He needs constant medical attention including comprehensive physical therapy.”Sepehr’s friends and members of his family say they will hold demonstrations in several countries Tuesday morning to raise awareness of what they call a violation of human rights. Locally, a protest will take place in front of the U.S. Embassy in San José, joining others at consulates in the U.S. states of California and Florida, the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., and in Germany. Cyrus Sepehr, who has post-polio syndrome, says he lost about half his body weight since entering a Costa Rican prison in September 2015. (Courtesy of Kate Sepehr)In a phone call with The Tico Times last Friday, Sepehr said a former real estate partner is wrongfully accusing him of charging for properties that the ex-partner claims Sepehr never gave him. Sepehr said the transfer of two properties, both in Puntarenas province, was done clearly within the law and that 500,000 shares were transferred to the former partner.The man filed a fraud complaint at the Prosecutor’s Office in San José’s and Sepehr was arrested by Interpol in Costa Rica upon arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside the capital, on May 3, 2014. He was then released from preventive prison on $1 million bail, he said. After being ordered to stay in the country, Sepehr collapsed and was taken to CIMA Hospital in Escazú, a southwestern suburb of San José. He remained a patient at CIMA from May 2014 to April 2015, the daily La Nación reported.Costa Rica crime: A murky justice system?From this point the story becomes murky, and details vary depending on whom you ask. Authorities say Sepehr illegally fled the hospital, and prosecutors accused him of violating the terms of his conditional release on bail. Sepehr and his attorney, however, both said he left the hospital legally. Sepehr then traveled to Nicaragua, where he was arrested a few months later and extradited to Costa Rica under the initial fraud charge from the San José Prosecutor’s Office.Sepehr said that not only is he being jailed unjustly because of his deteriorating health, but also that the fraud charge against him is baseless.“I don’t understand why a prosecutor would take a case like that,” Sepehr said. “The only thing that really explains this is their ignorance or corruption.”According to a legal document obtained by The Tico Times, the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled in favor of an appeal filed by Sepehr’s defense team in December 2015, stating that the Justice Ministry must provide Sepehr with proper medical attention or transfer him to a hospital.“Conditions like overcrowding, lack of hygiene, and the absence of minimum treatment for dealing with diseases, added with the post-polio syndrome, make his stay more and more difficult,” the Supreme Court stated in its ruling on Dec. 7, 2015. Sepehr lacks the sufficient space needed for someone in his condition and even the basic medical rehabilitation necessary to combat PPS, the court added.Sepehr told The Tico Times that nothing has changed since the Supreme Court decision, and he depends on other inmates to feed him and help him go to the bathroom because his paralysis has become severe since last September.“The Supreme Court has already given the orders to remove him but they haven’t acted on those orders,” Brenes said. “What we’re hoping for is that they quickly resolve this situation, primarily by freeing him and putting him under house arrest while the investigation continues.”Due to the U.S. Privacy Act, a spokeswoman from the U.S. Embassy in San José said she could not comment on Sepehr’s case or the protests planned in front of the embassy on Tuesday at 10 a.m.Sepehr said he and his wife became Costa Rican residents in 1995, and they always considered the country to be their home.Said Sepehr: “This was home until I found out this paradise has a negative side, which is its justice department.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Texas Tech University to open Costa Rica campus

first_imgTexas Tech University will soon be surrounded by paradise. That may sound strange to say about a college located in Lubbock, Texas, but the university announced Thursday that it plans to open up a campus in Costa Rica.The campus, which is to be located on Avenida Escazú in San José province, is expected to be open in time for the Spring 2018 semester and will be designed to offer students credits toward undergraduate and graduate degrees. It will also be the university’s first degree-awarding satellite in a foreign country, serving students primarily from the region.All classes will be taught in English, according to a Thursday news release from the university. “This collaboration with our partners in Costa Rica will increase access to a Texas Tech education for students in Costa Rica and Central America,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said in the news release. “This project also supports the internationalization efforts at Texas Tech and advances our reputation and competitive position by preparing our graduates to live and work in different cultures.Beyond the educational programs offered at Texas Tech University Costa Rica, there will be opportunities for our students and faculty to engage in international partnership and internships, research and study abroad.”Program studies on the new campus will include electrical and industrial engineering, computer science and mathematics. Texas Tech will also offer programs in the hospitality fields with restaurant, hotel and institutional management classes.The university news release said the decision to choose Costa Rica for its satellite campus was made because the country acts as a perfect gateway to the rest of Latin America from the United States. It also noted the country’s stability and the high number of multinational companies that operate here. Facebook Comments #TexasTech’s first international campus has officially been established! #TTUCostaRica pic.twitter.com/SuZw8eF6Ng— Texas Tech (@TexasTech) August 11, 2016center_img Related posts:China overtakes West in development funding to Latin America Costa Rica to host third International Sustainable Building Congress Construction begins for Texas Tech campus in Costa Rica Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandallast_img read more

The Tico Times on Radio Dos Our Santa Teresa and Puerto Viejo

first_imgRelated posts:The Tico Times on Radio Dos: Summiting Chirripó The Tico Times at 62: Finding new ways to serve and celebrate Costa Rica Read our September print edition online Listen and subscribe to The Tico Times Dispatch Did you hear The Tico Times on Radio Dos this morning?The Tico Times has teamed with Radio Dos to give you 90 seconds of news every Wednesday during “Margie in the Morning.”This week, assistant editor Alexander Villegas discussed The Tico Times’ reporting from Santa Teresa and Puerto Viejo.In case you missed it, listen to this week’s installment below: Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Dreamlike, diverse and grappling with change: Our Santa Teresa deep dive Catch the segment every Wednesday morning on 99.5 FM to for a quick dose of news.last_img read more

 

Costa Rica 101 Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO

first_imgJuan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is both the first and last destination for the majority of tourists to Costa Rica.Air travel can be stressful enough before adding the uncertainty of an unfamiliar airport in a foreign country. The Tico Times is here to make that easier.Arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)Prior to your flight, we recommend printing and carrying a copy of your itinerary that shows proof of your departure date from Costa Rica.Before landing, flight attendants will distribute immigration and customs forms. Each person needs to fill out his/her own immigration form, but only one customs form per family is required. [Update: As of July 2019, the paper forms are no longer necessary unless you need to declare items.]Both forms are straightforward and are written in both Spanish and English. Use a blue- or black-ink pen to complete them.The immigration form asks for your name, passport number and type, nationality, profession, birthday, sex, purpose for travel, foreseen address, flight number and departure country. (Your passport type is likely “ORD,” for “ordinary,” and your foreseen address is the city or hotel where you will be spending the majority of your time.)The customs form asks for much of the same information. It also includes standard questions about whether you’ve been in contact with livestock or are transporting animals, whether you’re carrying more than $10,000, and whether you’ve been out of the country for at least three days. You will likely answer “no” to all except the last question, and if you’re bringing more than $10,000, consider making a donation to The Tico Times.After deplaning, follow signs for immigration, and then get in the correct line. The line on the right is meant for tourists, while nationals and permanent residents can use the line on the left. While the wait can get long if several planes arrive within minutes of each other, the building is air-conditioned and there is free Wi-Fi available.At the immigration booth, show the agent your passport and immigration form, and have a copy of your itinerary handy. The agent may ask where you’re staying, how long you’re staying, or any number of similar questions — stay calm, and answer honestly.You’ll then pass through duty-free shops to the luggage carousels to reclaim any checked luggage. This area also has bathrooms, an ATM and a currency exchange store.With your luggage in-hand, you’ll proceed to the far end of the room to customs, where you’ll hand an agent the customs form and place all your luggage through an x-ray scanner. You may be stopped if you’re transporting fruit, drugs (obviously), or excessive quantities of things such as electronics that don’t appear to be for your own personal use. But typically, the customs step takes less than a minute, and you’ll collect your luggage on the other side of the x-ray without an issue.After walking past rental-car kiosks, you’ll step out into the San José* air, where a large group of people gathers to welcome family or offer transportation services. Keep your luggage secured and walk confidently, as it can get crowded. Immediately outside the door, you will find a line of orange taxis; those are the official airport taxies. Alternatively, head left and loop around the parking structure to the bus stops.Uber does offer service at Juan Santamaría International Airport, with a pickup location about 500 feet to the right of the exit door. However, don’t be surprised if your driver cancels or asks to meet elsewhere. Uber remains in a legal grey area, and drivers often won’t pick up at the airport if they think Traffic Police are watching.(*We know, we know. Technically, Juan Santamaría International Airport is in Alajuela, not San José.)Departing from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)After exiting the highway for the airport, you’ll take a roundabout. Look for the signs to the international departures terminal or parking on your right.Until recently, most airlines did not include Costa Rica’s exit tax in their ticket price, meaning travelers had to pay it at the airport prior to checking in for an international flight. However, the vast majority of airlines now include the departure tax, so you can proceed directly to check-in.As of February 2019, official signage at the airport says passengers on the following airlines must pay the $29-per-person tax:Cubana de AviaciónAlbatros AirlinesSANSAWestJetLufthansaLATAMHowever, to be 100-percent sure, double-check your fare breakdown for a line that reads “Departure Tax” or “Boarding Tax.” Or, at the airport, ticket agents for your airline will tell you whether it’s required.After checking in, follow signs for “all gates” to the security checkpoint. (Note that there is a separate line for families traveling with minors.) You’ll first show your passport and boarding pass to an immigration agent, who may ask about where you stayed and for how long. Then you’ll pass through a TSA-like security screening, where you’ll have to remove liquids and electronics from your bag and walk through a metal detector. Thankfully, you don’t have to take off your shoes unless specifically asked to do so.You’re through! Immediately after security, there is a collection of souvenir shops, including one where you can sample a plethora of Britt coffee and chocolates.The international terminal also has several restaurants, ample charging areas and Wi-Fi. Note that the free Wi-Fi network seems to block Netflix and other high-bandwidth platforms, so you may want to download shows for your flight elsewhere (or pay for the premium internet).Enjoy your flight!This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year Ecuador tourism stunt featuring Costa Rica sparks international row El Salvador to host event aimed at promoting Central American cruise-ship tourism Travel Alert: MOPT suspends daily closures on Route 32last_img read more

Photos Fourth of July celebration at Avenida Escazú

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: The American Colony’s 56th annual Fourth of July picnic What to do on the 4th of July in Costa Rica What to do on the 4th of July in Costa Rica The United States celebrated its 243rd birthday Thursday in Washington D.C. and across the world.Avenida Escazú hosted one of the largest Independence Day parties in Costa Rica with live music, a vintage car parade and, of course, fireworks.Have some photos from your July 4 celebration in Costa Rica? Send them our way (alejandro@ticotimes.net) and we’ll add them to the post. Vintage cars at Avenida Escazú on July 4, 2019. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times Several live music performances highlighted July 4 festivities. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times Booths sold popcorn, hot dogs, pizza and beer. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

 

Sri Lankan judges boycott courts over attack

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) They held placards reading: “Stand up to protect the judiciary. Protect lives of judges. Arrest those who attacked a judge.”Tilakaratne, secretary of the Judicial Service Commission that handles appointments and transfer of judges, was attacked by four men on Sunday as he was in his car reading a newspaper after dropping off his son at school. He sustained injuries to his face and right hand. Police said an investigation is under way.Protesters said Tilakarartne had irked the government with a statement two weeks ago complaining of outside influences on the commission’s decisions.A protesting lawyer, J.C. Weliamuna, said the attack was “unprecedented” and blamed the government.Another lawyer, Gunaratne Wanninayake, demanded that police conduct an impartial inquiry.“This attack symbolizes the death of Sri Lanka’s independent judiciary. It’s not just an attack on one judge, it has dealt a severe blow to the whole judiciary,” he said.District judges stayed away from work Monday, while lawyers also boycotted courts across the country, said lawyer Nuwan Bopage.In July, lawyers accused a government minister of threatening a judge. The politician’s supporters were accused of stoning the court complex. Associated PressCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lankan judges and lawyers boycotted courts on Monday to protest an assault on an outspoken judge, and hundreds of lawyers staged a demonstration demanding a thorough investigation into the attack.About 500 lawyers and staff wearing black headbands marched in front of Colombo’s court complex. They carried a coffin, saying the weekend attack on Judge Manjula Tilakaratne represented the death of an independent judiciary. Later, they burned the coffin. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

 

UK teen hospitalized after swigging nitrogen drink

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Liquid nitrogen evaporates rapidly at room temperature, creating a cauldron effect as water condenses around the glass.It’s not clear how exactly Scanlon managed to ingest the liquid _ local police have said they’re investigating _ but public health officials say it’s time to take a second look at its use in bars.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LONDON (AP) – Authorities say a British teen has had her stomach removed after she ingested a cocktail prepared with liquid nitrogen, an exotic ingredient often used by bartenders to add a touch of drama to their drinks.British media say 18-year-old Gaby Scanlon was out with her friends Thursday night in the northern England city of Lancaster when she was hospitalized after having a drink prepared with liquid nitrogen, a super-cooled version of the harmless gas. Quick workouts for men Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories last_img read more

 

Thai police stop pickup truck find 16 tiger cubs

first_img The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories center_img The driver faces a possible four-year jail term and 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine on wildlife smuggling-related charges.The cubs were taken after their seizure Friday to be cared for by wildlife officials.In May last year, Thai police arrested a man suspected of being a key player in one of the country’s largest tiger trafficking rings. They believe the network bought tigers to sell mainly to buyers in China, sending them via land routes through neighboring Laos and Vietnam.(Copyright 2012 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 Day BANGKOK (AP) – Police in northeastern Thailand who chased a pickup truck trying to avoid a highway checkpoint found unexpected contraband in the back of the vehicle: 16 tiger cubs.Police Col. Supakorn Khamsingnok said Saturday the driver told police he was paid 15,000 baht ($500) to deliver the cubs from a Bangkok suburb to northeastern Udon Thani province on the border with Laos.Supakorn said police believe the tigers, packed in eight cages, were being sent outside Thailand. Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals and wildlife parts, often used for traditional East Asian medicines. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories last_img read more

 

Dublin tourists lead icy St Patricks Day parade

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement It hasn’t all gone smoothly. The government deputy leader, Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, caused diplomatic waves in Atlanta, Georgia, by snubbing the second-biggest American parade in nearby Savannah _ because, Gilmore said, he didn’t want to attend a dinner hosted by an Irish-American group that bans women from attending.Most of Irish-America marked the holiday a day early, reflecting the view that such a notoriously boozy holiday shouldn’t happen on a Sunday. But the Irish diaspora in most of the rest of the world stuck to marking St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 as usual.Many of Sunday’s revelers suggested they were in Dublin specifically to soak up the pub atmosphere.“We came all the way from Kansas City to drink some Guinness!’ declared one banner on the parade route displayed by John Mullen, a 46-year-old lawyer, and his 17-year-old son Jack.The senior Mullen, whose roots lie in the western county of Mayo, said he and his boy actually were golfing their way through Ireland, not drinking. He said the key to enjoying Ireland was to soak up the locals’ exceptionally good conversation regardless of the foul weather.“Yesterday we got rained on, sleeted on, snowed on as we golfed. There was even some sun here and there. It was four seasons in one round,” Mullen said. “People back home say I’ve got the gift of the gab, but I’ve got no game here. The conversations here are magnificent. But you sometimes wonder how you’re ever going to get out of them!” Top Stories In the world’s first major St. Patrick’s party Sunday, about 30,000 spectators soaked up the sun as Sydney’s Irish-Australians paraded through the city. Australia always marks St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday. After the event, partiers rallying at the city’s Hyde Park saw 45 Irish men and women receive Australian citizenship. That’s increasingly common as tens of thousands of Irish job-seekers have made Australia a favored new home while Ireland’s own economy remains in the doldrums.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Unusually, 8,000 tourists in town for the festivities led this year’s procession in a “people’s parade.” Many donned leprechaun costumes or deployed banners and flags of their home nations or U.S. states, with the Texans making the biggest impression as they sported “Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Y’All!” T-shirts.One marcher, a 22-year-old engineer from Calgary, Canada, defiantly showed it wasn’t so nippy at all _ by doing the hour-long walk shirtless, with only a painted-on shamrock covering his chest.“It’s not cold!” Oliver Feniak declared as he, like many in the leisurely paced 2 1/2-hour parade, stopped to shake hands with onlookers standing five-deep on O’Connell Bridge spanning the River Liffey.Sunday’s decision to put tourists in the vanguard was connected to a year-long tourism promotion called The Gathering that is organizing hundreds of clan reunions nationwide in hopes of boosting the economy. That’s sorely needed in an Ireland struggling with 14 percent unemployment, heavy emigration and a household-debt crisis following the 2008 collapse of its Celtic Tiger boom.St. Patrick’s Day always marks the start of Ireland’s full-court press for tourists. Since 1997 Dublin has expanded the holiday into a multi-day festival featuring special children’s playgrounds, street amusement parks, concerts and walking tours. Irish President Michael D. Higgins is hosting a nationally televised TV show Monday night featuring many of Ireland’s top artists and musicians, including Bono and Nobel-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix DUBLIN (AP) – Never mind the fickle Irish weather. A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with artistic flair anyway Sunday as the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide.More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday parade, a 3-kilometer (2-mile) jaunt through the city’s heart involving performers from 46 countries. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “We cherish the creativity, community spirit and rich culture for which we, as a nation, are renowned,” Higgins said in a speech after the parade. “I have said on many occasions that while the experience of the so-called Celtic Tiger failed to live up to the best versions of Irishness, we have not been failed by our artists. In fact, our artists are a huge moral resource and great reputational asset for Ireland.”St. Patrick’s Day is being marked in skylines across the world as part of a global campaign to floodlight landmarks green at night. This year the pyramids of Giza, the leaning tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio are among dozens of iconic spots going green for the occasion.While tens or thousands of foreigners have made a beeline for Dublin, practically the entire Irish government has gone the other direction, sending 19 ministers to 21 countries to capitalize on a marketing opportunity unique among nations.Prime Minister Enda Kenny marched in Saturday’s biggest U.S. parade in New York and is scheduled to meet President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, when the U.S. political establishment marks the Irish holiday.last_img read more

 

Helicopter gunships used in Mexico resort battle

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Mexico’s federal police said late Thursday that two government Blackhawk helicopters fired on at least 10 vehicles as they tried to flee the complex with drug cartel operator Gonzalo Inzunza. The vehicles were hit by gunfire in the Wednesday battle and were “left useless, causing the assailants to disperse.” Five presumed cartel gunmen were killed in the battle.Police found 14 sniper or assault rifles at the scene, which one federal official confirmed were of heavy caliber. Two federal officers were wounded in the gunfight.The bullet-ridden, burned-out vehicles were left just outside the complex, which federal police did not identify. But Puerto Penasco city spokesman Cristobal Garcia confirmed Friday that the shootout actually began inside the Bella Sirena complex, where Inzunza was staying at a beachfront villa. The resort has units for both sale and rent, but it was unclear if the reputed capo owned or was renting the unit in which he was staying.Garcia insisted that “these are not people who live in Puerto Penasco … perhaps they were here on a holiday.”But federal police said Inzunza, 42, “has set up his center of operations in Puerto Penasco,” to run drug-trafficking networks that stretched through at least seven other states, from the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo in Mexico’s southeast to Baja California in the country’s northwest. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   MEXICO CITY (AP) – Two government helicopter gunships opened fire on 10 vehicles fleeing a luxury beach condo complex during this week’s gun battle at the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco, Mexican authorities said.New details emerged about the raging gun battle that ensued after federal forces tried to capture a reputed top lieutenant of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was staying at a beachfront villa.center_img The resort is located in Sonora state, which has been relatively free of the drug violence that has plagued other northern border states. The Sinaloa cartel may have chosen the Sonora-Arizona area as a base because other border areas are under the control of rival cartels or feeling the effects of government crackdowns, authorities said.“It appears that this guy (Inzunza) was opening a very important border (trafficking) corridor,” said Benitez. “Puerto Penasco is an area with a lot of movement, a lot of traffic, and it’s perfect for setting up a corridor to sell cocaine, heroin or marijuana and ship it into the United States,” Benitez said, noting the government “is shutting off the other big corridors in Texas and California.”“The Sonora corridor was the one left for the Sinaloa cartel, and the federal government is trying to prevent Sinaloa from setting down roots there,” Benitez said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility They said Inzunza “had a personal relationship with Ismael (“El Mayo”) Zambada,” long viewed as the No. 2 leader of the Sinaloa cartel, after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Inzunza’s body was not found at the scene, and federal officials said they believed the fleeing gunmen took his dead or wounded body with them, as cartel gunmen sometimes do with fallen gang members or leaders.Federal police said late Thursday that an analysis of blood stains found in the vehicles show that Inzunza was among those killed or wounded.Drug cartel shootouts at Mexico’s beach resorts generally have been rare, though some have been reported in the past in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. Prosecutors in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said Friday they had found seven bodies dumped on a beach just south of the seaside city of Veracruz. They did not provide identities or a cause of death.In the past, top drug traffickers have sometimes been caught, killed or almost caught at beach resorts, but they appear to have largely left resorts and their tourists alone. No foreigners, visitors or residents were harmed in the Puerto Penasco raid.Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said Inzunza, who had a 3-million-peso ($230,000 reward) on his head, may have chosen Puerto Penasco not for the sun and sand but because it is located about an hour from the U.S. border. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

 

Russia says Iran essential for finding Syria peace

first_img Check your body, save your life The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Syria sent a letter to the U.N. confirming its participation in the conference, U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday. He wouldn’t comment on the contents when asked about conditions reportedly included in the letter.___Edith Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MOSCOW (AP) – Iran will “inevitably” become part of attempts to end Syria’s civil war, Russia’s foreign minister said Thursday, as Moscow strongly urged the West to invite Tehran to participate in next week’s peace conference.Sergey Lavrov met with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, and they were later joined by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem. Lavrov will also have a separate meeting with al-Moallem on Friday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Iran “must be and inevitably will become part of complex efforts to settle the Syrian problem,” Lavrov said.He reaffirmed Moscow’s view that Tehran must be allowed to join the Syria conference, dubbed Geneva 2, which opens Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland.The U.S. has opposed the involvement of Iran, the strongest regional ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.Later in the day, Zarif met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who hailed the Iranian leadership for the success of last November’s agreement that commits Tehran to curbing its nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief. Putin also called for boosting Russian-Iranian trade.Asked Thursday about a report alleging that Iran is negotiating a deal to provide Russia with oil in exchange for Russian goods that caused the U.S. concern, Zarif told the Interfax news agency only that Russian-Iranian relations “don’t violate any international norms and aren’t directed against any other country.”Zarif said he wasn’t involved in such talks and was unaware if there are any such talks between Russian and Iranian companies, Interfax reported.Lavrov said Russia trusts U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who sends out invitations to the peace conference, as a “man who understands the realities of the region and is aware of his responsibility for the success of the Geneva 2” conference. Lavrov insisted the talks in Moscow between him and his counterparts from Iran and Syria “have no hidden agenda” and share the goals of settling the Syrian conflict set by the United Nations.“Russia, the Syrian people and Iran are interested in uprooting terrorism on Syrian territory,” he said at a news conference.Russia has been the key supporter of Assad’s regime throughout the nearly 3-year old war that has killed more than 120,000 people, shielding Syria from the U.N. sanctions and continuing to provide it with weapons. In September, President Vladimir Putin helped avert a U.S. military attack against Syria by helping broker a plan for Assad to surrender his chemical weapons.Lavrov said the launch of the Syrian peace conference should mark the beginning of a long negotiation process between the Syrian parties.Prospects for the talks, the first between the warring sides in Syria since the start of the conflict, are dim as each party shows no inclination for compromise.The opposition says the talks should lead to a transitional government that would see Assad step down. The government rejects the demand and has indicated Assad may run for re-election in June. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

 

Dont text beer in Korea Words that trigger teen alerts

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories center_img ___The app monitors about 800 words and phrases in messages including:Threat, kill, shut up, violence, destroy, handicap, crazy, prostitute, garbage, thief, porn, suicide, pregnancy, inn, obscene, sex, sexual crime, sexual relationship, prostitution, motel, beer, rape, adultery, run away from home, outcast.___It monitors about 300 words and phrases in online searches including:Girl I like, boy I like, dating, boyfriend, girlfriend, breakup, invisible person, don’t have friends, jealousy, lonely, stress, don’t want to live, loser, complaint, help, worry, breast, plastic surgery, appearance, fat, french kiss, porn, menstruation, adoption, divorce, rape, homosexual love, single parent, IS, terrorism, poison.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — “Smart Relief” is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea’s government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer says it can also give parents insight into the worries or preoccupations of their children.Such apps are criticized in South Korea as an invasion of privacy but their use is burgeoning, particularly after the country’s telecoms regulator ordered monitoring applications be installed on the smartphones of Koreans aged 18 and below. Smart Relief is not one of the 15 apps authorized for use in that program but shares similar features with them. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

 

Strong earthquake in Chile no known damage or injuries

first_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strong earthquake was registered off the coast of southern Chile late Friday, but the country’s National Emergency Office said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The Chilean Navy’s Hydrography and Oceanography Service said there were no signs of a possible tsunami in the temblor’s wake.The U.S. Geological Service said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4. It was reported at about 10:06 p.m. EDT and had a depth of about 6 miles (10 kilometers). The epicenter was about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northwest of Concepcion, and about 267 miles (430 kilometers) southwest of the capital of Santiago. ___This story has been corrected to show that Concepcion is considered part of southern Chile.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

Amid new IS offensive scores die in Syrian town

first_imgErrorOK ErrorOK Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Syria’s official SANA news agency said some 120 civilians were killed by IS fighters since Thursday in Kobani, describing the killings as a “massacre.” It gave no details, but Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bali told The Associated Press that as many as 142 were killed, mostly civilians shot dead in cold blood, and 183 were wounded. At least 40 IS militants were also killed, their bodies left unclaimed on the town’s streets, said Bali.IS militants remained fortified in buildings in several districts of this northern Syrian town on the Turkish-Syrian border, he added. They were holding hostages in three locations, he said. A fourth location, a restaurant, was stormed by Kurdish fighters who freed the hostages and killed several IS fighters earlier in the day, Bali said.Also Friday, a suicide car bombing targeted a security building in the northeastern town of Hassakeh, which also came under a surprise IS attack on Thursday. The Syrian news agency said there were casualties, without giving a figure, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 troops were killed and the building was badly damaged.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Hassakeh bombing, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice IS fighters are now holding hostages in a house near the Mashta Nour hospital, another near the town’s cultural center and a third one close to the Mahdathe school, said the officials.Bali said some IS snipers have also taken up positions on the roofs of buildings and were randomly firing at people on the streets below.After the clashes in Kobani broke out, the main Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, closed the primary border crossing point between Turkey and Tal Abyad for security reasons, said YPG spokesman Redur Khalil.Simultaneously with the attack on Kobani, IS on Thursday launched the push on Hassakeh, which is jointly controlled by Kurdish fighters and government troops, and captured parts of it.SANA said government warplanes attacked IS positions near Hassakeh, killing and wounding dozens of militants. And the director of the Syrian Observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, told the AP on Friday that the U.S.-led coalition has stepped up airstrikes targeting IS positions in and around the town.“Warplanes and helicopters have been attacking their (IS) hideouts since the early morning,” Hassakeh governor Mohammed Zaal al-Ali told state Syrian TV on Friday. He called on residents who fled the fighting to safer areas to return to their homes, saying that “the situation today is better than yesterday.” Comments   Share   Turkish soldiers stand as smoke billows from the Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani following the attacks by IS militants as seen from the Turkish side of the border in Suruc, Turkey, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Islamic State militants launched two major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday, storming government-held areas in the mostly Kurdish city of Hassakeh and pushing into Kobani — the Syrian Kurdish border town they were expelled from early this year — where they set off three cars bombs, killing and wounding dozens, activists and officials said.(AP Photo) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img The surprise twin attacks on Kobani and Hassakeh came after the Islamic State group suffered a series of setbacks over the past two weeks, including the loss of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad — one of the group’s main points for the transfer of foreign fighters and supplies.Kobani has become a symbol of Kurdish resistance after the town. Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, the town’s defenders endured a months-long siege by the Islamic State before they broke the siege and drove the IS forces out.Kurdish officials said IS militants wearing Syrian rebel uniforms and carrying the flags of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army sneaked into the town before dawn on Thursday as everyone slept. Just before sunrise, they set off three car bombs and quickly took up fortified positions inside buildings, they said.“Honestly, their plan was very smart,” said Bali. “We believe they came from the north and that they had been inside the city for at least two hours before the fighting began. ““It is evident that they are experienced fighters, but it is a suicide mission aimed at killing as many people as possible before they die,” he said. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories “There is relative quiet in Hassakeh tonight,” Kurdish defense official Nasser Haj Mansour told the AP. He said of the town’s 20 neighborhoods, IS fighters operated in just two.The simultaneous attacks on Kobani and Hassakeh underscores a well-known IS strategy — in June last year, the group launched a blitz, capturing large parts of both Syria and Iraq and subsequently declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory under its control. A major IS attack was widely expected during Ramadan, now in its second week.The attacks followed an audio message by IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who urged Sunni Muslims to use the holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and piety to wage jihad and seek martyrdom.“Blessed be the one who spends Ramadan conquering for God’s sake and lucky is the one who is selected and taken as a martyr by God during this month,” he said in the Tuesday audio message.“You Muslims, take the initiative and rush to jihad, rise up you mujahideen everywhere, push forward and make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers.”Meanwhile, the pan Arabic satellite TV station Al-Jazeera reported on Friday that its cameraman Mohammed al-Assfar was killed while covering fighting between Syrian troops and rebels in the southern city of Daraa, the birthplace of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March 2011. BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting raged into the night Friday between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, as reports mounted that at least 120 civilians, including women and children, have been killed by the extremist group since it launched a new offensive on the strategic town the previous day.The fighting came amid deadly terror attacks across continents — from shootings in a Tunisian beach resort, to an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France and a suicide bombing by an Islamic State affiliate at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait that killed at least 27 worshippers — all following the IS group’s call for violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more