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first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Goodall also singled out spiraling population growth as another of the main culprits driving deforestation, which organizers of Thursday’s conference say results in the loss of 1 acre of forest every second.“It’s population growth, the sheer numbers of us. It’s having a devastating effect on the forests,” she said.Britain’s Prince Charles concurred.In a lengthy address beamed into the Rio meeting via video, the prince said that the burgeoning human population will inevitably lead to the clearing of more forest land for agriculture to feed people’s “insatiable and ultimately unsustainable appetite for meat.” He cautioned that innovative and region-specific solutions, such as integrating crops on forest floors, will prove necessary if any of the world’s forests are going to remain standing.He also made a compelling argument for just how important it is that they do remain standing: Deforestation itself is a major source of greenhouse gases, spewing out more pollutants annually than the global transportation. Plus, forests help stave off climate change by fixing carbon dioxide and play a crucial role in feeding streams and rivers. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Again and again, the meeting’s high-profile speakers emphasized how much previous U.N. environmental conferences had left undone _ and how time was running out for the world’s forests and the plants, animals and humans that depend on them.“For me and I’m sure many others, there’s a terrible sense of deja vu when I recall those expressions of urgency 20 years ago,” said Charles, referring to the Rio+20’s predecessor, the Eco 92 conference, which helped put climate change on the world agenda.The prince stressed that time is running out, a point he made in a previous address, he said Thursday.“I said that we have less than 100 months left to act to avoid catastrophic change. That was forty months ago,” said the prince. “We simply can’t wait for the international frameworks to be put into place. If the pace of the negotiations and the speed … is too slow to arrest the present rate of depletion, then it seems to me we have no option but to forge ahead by taking action now and then linking to the international frameworks when they finally emerge further down the line.”While neither the prince nor chimpanzee champion Goodall appeared to put much faith in the outcome of the Rio+20 conference, they said increasing public awareness of the scope of the problem was heartening.center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “I think that’s what chimpanzees would be saying if they could articulate it that way,” Goodall told participants at a meeting Thursday of the conservationist umbrella group Avoided Deforestation Partners. The event took place on the margins of the U.N.’s Rio+20 mega-conference on sustainable development, which has drawn an estimated 50,000 diplomats, environmentalists, policy makers and concerned citizens from across the globe to Rio de Janeiro.The world’s forests are among the crucial, life-sustaining environmental systems scientists say are teetering on the brink of a tipping point. The U.N.’s Environment Program warned earlier this month that the planet’s systems _ which also include air, land and oceans _ “are being pushed towards their biophysical limits,” after which sudden and catastrophic changes could ensue.Environmentalists had cast Rio+20 as the last, best chance to avert such a scenario, and the event attracted a host of high-profile personalities, including Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and media mogul Ted Turner, who urged policy makers to take action on their pet causes. But the three-day conference was beset by bickering between rich and poor countries, and environmental protection groups have lashed out in chorus against the event’s final document, which they say is grossly inadequate. “More and more of the public have begun to understand what’s going on out there,” she said, “and people are beginning to vote in the grocery store with what they buy.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Goodall, a Cambridge University-trained ethnologist who’s among the top advocates for the chimps she has studied for more than half a century, spoke movingly of the deforestation that has encroached on Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, where she began studying chimps. The chimpanzee population of equatorial Africa once numbered in the millions, but deforestation and other threats have slashed their numbers to an estimated 170,000-300,000, making the chimp an endangered species.Goodall said a recent flight over Gombe, a tiny 30-square-mile sliver of a park perched on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, brought the devastation of the surrounding landscape into sharp relief.“The trees were gone, the hills were bare,” she said. Outside the park, trees had been cut down by the impoverished locals for firewood and for plots of land on which to eke out a living.She said both the kind of “desperate poverty” that surrounds Gombe and, on the other end of the spectrum, the unquenchable appetites for consumer goods in wealthy countries, were to blame for deforestation.“The unsustainable lifestyles of those not living in poverty is leading to the actions … of the big mining companies, the big petroleum companies and the big logging companies” _ the enemies of forests worldwide, she said. Top Stories Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Even in the veritable tower of Babel that is the United Nations’ largest-ever conference, it’s safe to assume that Jane Goodall was the only one speaking chimpanzee.“Ooh, ooh, ooh, ah, ah,” the iconic British conservationist chanted into the microphone, delivering a series of melancholic bursts she said roughly translated as “please help.”last_img read more

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first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The Navy said in a statement Tuesday that the missing helicopter had lost radio contact with controllers on Friday. It does not say what might have caused the craft to disappear.Mexican armed forces and prosecutors suffered at least 28 gunfire attacks on helicopters in the first five years of the government offensive against drug cartels.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican Navy says a helicopter carrying four crew members has gone missing over an area of western Mexico where drug cartels are active.The Navy crafts has been missing since it set out four days ago from the Pacific coast city of Manzanillo on a trip to the city of Morelia, the capital of Michoacan state.Civilian and military officials are searching for the Eurocopter Panther helicopter in an area around Michoacan. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories ErrorOK.. ErrorOK Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   Pagan says Sanchez is expected to be charged in the death of 25-year-old Jesus Rivera Algarin, who was stabbed in the torso. The lieutenant provided no information about what Sanchez may have posted on her Facebook account to upset Rivera.He says Sanchez didn’t have a criminal history but Rivera was charged with domestic violence in 2010.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Police in Puerto Rico say a 27-year-old woman is suspected of killing her boyfriend after he became upset about her activities on Facebook.Lt. Candido Pagan says there were two children in the house when the killing occurred Saturday morning: a nearly 2-month-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. Pagan says both belonged to suspect Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon, but it’s unclear if they witnessed the killing in the central mountain town of Comerio. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Existing sanctions include freezing assets of the Syrian president and military leaders and an embargo on oil and arms trade with Syria.The uprising last year has escalated to a civil war that activists say has killed 36,000 people.(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 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories TOKYO (AP) – Japan says it will host international working-level talks in late November on sanctions imposed against Syria.Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday that participants would be seeking ways to isolate Syrian President Bashar Assad through wider sanctions.A coalition of 60 countries, including the U.S., the European Union and Arab League, met in September seeking fresh ways to increase pressure on the Assad government. The group was established after the U.N. Security Council failed to agree on a resolution condemning the Syrian regime, due to opposition from Russia and China. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean read more

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first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Opponents say that lese majeste laws are often abused to punish political rivals. That has been especially true amid the political turmoil that has followed a 2006 military coup that unseated Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who among other things was accused of disrespect for the monarchy.Supporters say the monarchy is an essential part of the Thai identity and defending it is a matter of national security.Gordon, 55, is accused of posting links to a translation of the banned biography “The King Never Smiles” in 2007 while in Colorado.“As an American citizen, I didn’t do anything wrong,” Gordon said. “It’s my freedom of expression on American soil.”He acknowledges posting the links to the translated biography excerpts on his personal blog, but denies translating it. Either would be enough to face charges in Thailand, where authorities have warned that Facebook users around the world who “share” or “like” content that insults the Thai monarchy are committing a crime.In the book, author Paul Handley retraces the king’s life, alleging that he has been a major stumbling block to the progress of democracy in Thailand as he consolidated royal power over his long reign. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The punishment was a high-profile example of the severe sentences meted out here for defaming Thailand’s royal family, a crime known as “lese majeste.” The issue has drawn international attention and raised concern about freedom of speech in this Southeast Asian kingdom best known as the easygoing Land of Smiles, a tourist paradise that draws some 19 million visitors per year.Gordon’s case also raised questions about the applicability of Thai law to acts committed by foreigners outside Thailand, since he posted the link while residing in the U.S. state of Colorado.“Freedom of expression is not harassment, and Thai people don’t understand that,” Gordon told The Associated Press before his planned departure from the country Thursday. He said in Thailand the attitude is “if you don’t believe and you don’t follow us in the way we are doing things, it means you are insulting us.”Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, is revered in Thailand and is widely seen as a stabilizing force. But Thailand’s lese majeste laws are the harshest in the world. They mandate that people found guilty of defaming the monarchy _ including the king, the queen and the heir to the throne _ face three to 15 years behind bars. “When the doctor knows that your case is a lese majeste or you are a Red Shirt or you are a political prisoner, they will not treat you, they will not give you medicine,” he said.There have been allegations that other prisoners charged with lese majeste have not been able to get proper treatment, including a 62-year-old grandfather who died of cancer in prison.Prison official Sorasit Chongcharoen denied that lese majeste prisoners were abused.“Doctors and prison officials are giving fair treatment to every prisoner or detainee, regardless of their charges,” he said.Gordon said the lese majeste law should be scrapped because it is too strict and rather than protecting the royal institution causes it more harm.“If Thailand wants to move forward to catch up with globalization, they need to get rid of lese majeste and release all the political prisoners,” he said.He said the country’s attitude toward controversial speech was holding it back.“Thailand needs to learn to handle the truth. Have a thicker skin to move forward,” he said.He said his experience in Thailand has left him emotionally scarred and he had no plans to return. He said he plans to stay in Los Angeles initially on his return to the U.S. Gordon, who was born Lerpong Wichaikammart in Thailand, has lived in the U.S. for about 30 years, mostly in Colorado, and he became a naturalized citizen in Denver. He was arrested in Thailand in May 2011 after he returned to seek treatment for arthritis and high blood pressure.He said he was in his apartment in northeastern Thailand when it was stormed by about 20 plainclothes police officers who confiscated his computer and accused him of wanting to turn Thailand, a constitutional monarchy, into a republic. It’s a charge that hardcore opponents have also leveled at Thaksin.Gordon said an officer pointed to a poster of the Declaration of Independence _ a gift from a relative _ that he had hung on his wall. “He said `You want to change this country to be like this. You want a republican,’” Gordon recalled.After being repeatedly denied bail, he pleaded guilty in October last year in hopes of obtaining a lenient sentence. The judge said at the time that the punishment, initially set at five years, was reduced because of Gordon’s plea.“The only easy way to get out is to accept it,” Gordon said, explaining why he didn’t fight the charges.During his 14 months in prison, Gordon said his health problems grew worse because of conditions he described as inhumane. He said the situation was worse for those accused of political crimes, such as lese majeste prisoners or those associated with the Red Shirt political movement, which is aligned with Thaksin. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “I’m very aware now that Thailand is not really the land of smiles, and you have to be careful what you are doing in this country,” Gordon said. “It seems like on the surface a nice country, but if you dig deeper it is dangerous and can harm you.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – A Thai-born American who spent more than a year in prison on charges of insulting Thailand’s king says the country’s harsh laws outlawing criticism of the monarchy are holding back its democratic development. He has vowed never to return until his motherland stops being so “thin-skinned” and allows full freedom of expression.Joe Gordon, who was convicted last year of translating excerpts of an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej from English into Thai and posting them online, said those jailed under Thai laws protecting the royal family often suffer abuse from prison guards and are treated “like animals.” While he now denies committing any crime, Gordon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison before receiving a royal pardon in July. Top Stories last_img

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first_imgTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s national assembly has set a timetable to complete the nation’s political transition, with new elections to be held between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15.The state news agency said Friday the final dates will depend on an election commission that will be set up to supervise the elections.Tunisians overthrew their dictatorship two years ago and have since been undergoing a lengthy transition period. The assembly, elected October 2011, has to finish writing the new constitution before elections can be held and it set April 27 for the document to be completed.If it is not approved by two-thirds of the assembly in July or August, it will be submitted to a popular referendum before elections can be held.(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 Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

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first_imgPolice kept the estimated 10,000 protesters well away from the downtown Taipei plaza where Ma delivered an address calling for Taiwan to improve its economic performance. He shared the podium and on occasion chatted comfortably with legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng, whom Ma has attempted to oust from both his job and from the ruling Nationalist Party over allegations that Wang pressured prosecutors not to appeal the acquittal on influence peddling charges of an opposition lawmaker.But the attempts have backfired amid charges that Ma colluded with high-level judicial officials to press his case against longstanding rival Wang, and allegations have surfaced that the initial evidence against Wang was gathered by an illegal wiretap conducted by an elite prosecutorial unit.At dawn Thursday, a handful of demonstrators scaled the legislative building to replace the Taiwan flag with a banner calling on Ma to step down from the presidency. Later, demonstrators were waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing Ma’s support for the construction of Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant and lambasting him for backing a financial agreement with China.Many Taiwanese say the agreement opening service industries including banks and other financial institutions to the other’s territory would fell hundreds of Taiwanese companies that couldn’t compete with larger mainland institutions. But Ma says it would make the Taiwanese economy much more competitive and lead to a higher standard of living. TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on the fringes of Taiwan’s carefully choreographed National Day celebrations Thursday, waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou.The large-scale protests against his increasingly unpopular government were the first to dog the normally staid National Day observance since Ma entered office in 2008. In his second four-year term, Ma has since seen his popularity plummet amid anemic economic growth, administrative bungles and criticism that his leadership style is remote. Recent polls have put his support at 10 to 20 percent, the lowest for a Taiwanese president.Taiwan’s National Day celebrations mark the anniversary of a 1911 uprising on the Chinese mainland that led to the collapse of the nation’s longstanding imperial system. The Republic of China _ Taiwan’s official name _ retreated to the island in 1949 when Mao Zedong’s Communists took power in Beijing.Beijing continues to claim that Taiwan is part of its territory and wants to establish its control over the island. It has threatened force if Taiwanese authorities move to make their de facto independence permanent or delay unification indefinitely.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_imgRoth’s report said “this was no mere ‘bump,’ but rather extended contact to shove the barrel out of the way.”The report said the pair also unwittingly drove within inches of the suspicious item as they made their way through the secured area.Roth said officers at the scene didn’t smell alcohol on either Ogilvie or Connolly, but three officers thought something was “not right” about the pair. A watch commander was later told by an officer that “they may be drunk.”No field sobriety tests were given that night and both men were allowed to drive their government vehicles home from the White House.Roth concluded that both agents “displayed poor judgment and a lack of institutional awareness” and “more likely than not both Connolly and Ogilvie’s judgment was impaired by alcohol.”Roth also found that “it would have been far preferable” for the watch commander on duty that night to question the men further about their sobriety or ordered a field sobriety test.___Follow Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acaldwellapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Secret Service agents were “more likely than not” impaired by alcohol when they drove a government vehicle through a secure area at the White House earlier this year, a government watchdog concluded in a report released late Wednesday.Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth found that Marc Connolly and George Ogilvie spent about five hours at a bar during and after a retirement party for a colleague and ran up a “significant” bar tab before driving to the White House on March 4. Their tab included eight glasses of scotch, two vodka drinks, three beers and a glass of wine. Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Connolly, the deputy special agent in charge of the Presidential Protection Division, announced his retirement in advance of the report’s release. Ogilvie, the assistant special agent in charge of the agency’s Washington field office, has been placed on administrative leave, the agency said Wednesday.Both men denied being drunk and told investigators they only had a few of the drinks over the course of the night. Ogilvie said some of the drinks on his tab, including five glasses of scotch, were given to other people at the bar, though he could not recall who received the drinks.Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said Wednesday he was “disappointed and disturbed at the apparent lack of judgment described in this report. Behavior of the type described in the report is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”Roth’s report said Ogilvie was driving and Connolly was his passenger when Ogilvie drove his government-owned vehicle into the secured zone where on-duty Secret Service officials were investigating a suspicious package that had been left in the White House complex by a fleeing driver.Ogilvie “had to do considerable maneuvering” as he drove slowly through the area and pushed a larger construction barrier about five feet with the bumper of his vehicle. Clancy, who was not told about the incident for several days, previously told lawmakers that the agents “nudged” the barrier as they drove into the White House complex. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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first_imgThose comments set the tone for a punchy lunchtime news conference.“I have especially no concerns about my person,” he said about the investigation, which U.S. federal agencies claim is just starting.The seven football officials detained are resisting extradition and face 20 years in prison. Any questioning and plea bargaining could take American authorities deeper into the heart of FIFA.Those detained include FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, a Cayman Islands banker with homes in Georgia. Webb was a member of FIFA’s audit panel more than a decade ago when FIFA was in severe financial crisis.Still, FIFA member federations ignored the global furor Friday to vote Blatter a 133-73 victory against challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.Prince William, speaking in his position as president of the English Football Association, was the latest high-profile figure to call for reform of FIFA.“There seems to be a huge disconnect between the sense of fair play that guides those playing and supporting the game, and the allegations of corruption that have long lingered around the management of the sport internationally,” the prince said before Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “The events in Zurich this week represent FIFA’s Salt Lake City moment, when the International Olympic Committee went through a similar period of serious allegations. FIFA, like the IOC, must now show that it can represent the interests of fair play and put the sport first. Those backing FIFA, such as sponsors and the regional confederations, must do their bit to press these reforms.”Blatter said the storm of protest “hasn’t reached hurricane strength,” but acknowledged FIFA officials would make “personal visits” to World Cup sponsors unsettled by negative publicity.Emboldened by his win, Blatter suggested two American motives for attacking him: Being a political ally of the “Hashemite kingdom,” meaning the Jordanian prince’s home country, and as a bad loser in the 2022 World Cup hosting votes.A separate Swiss federal probe is also under way into possible financial corruption during the 2018-2022 bid contests, and evidence was seized at FIFA on Wednesday. Russian and Qatari bid officials have always denied wrongdoing.Blatter’s comments echo his close ally Putin. The Russian president said the U.S. was meddling in FIFA’s affairs to influence the election and provoke his country being stripped of its World Cup. Top holiday drink recipes FIFA president Sepp Blatter after his election as President at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP) Support for Blatter from Russia and Spain complicates a deep rift between FIFA and European body UEFA.UEFA President Michel Platini, who urged Blatter to resign, has called his member federations to discuss tactics in Berlin ahead of the Champions League final next Saturday.“There should be some kind of reaction,” said Dutch federation president Michael van Praag, who was a candidate against Blatter until switching support to Prince Ali.There was no immediate retribution toward Europe, though, as Blatter’s executive committee voted Saturday to retain the format for World Cup qualifying spots. That ensures there will still be 13 European countries, plus host Russia, at the 32-team tournament.The executive committee also cleared the way for European countries to bid for the 2026 World Cup, despite previous comments by Blatter that it would be too soon after Russia.The United States is a probable bidder for 2026 amid obvious conflicts with FIFA.“This will have no impact” on the chances of an American bid winning, Blatter insisted.___AP Sports Writer Rob Harris contributed to this reportCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ZURICH (AP) — Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood Saturday when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead.The 79-year-old FIFA president dismissed suggestions that a United States government investigation of corruption in football could lead to his door. Several senior FIFA officials have been arrested already, but Blatter shrugged off the notion that he could be next. How men can have a healthy 2019 Was he the “high-ranking FIFA official” mentioned in the Department of Justice indictment who wired $10 million to corrupt North American officials? The apparent bribes were paid from a FIFA account in exchange for voting for South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.“Definitely that is not me,” Blatter said. “I have no $10 million.”It was clear that, after winning a closer vote than he would have liked Friday, Blatter wanted to come out fighting — first criticizing Lynch in an interview with his local Swiss broadcaster.Lynch said Wednesday that FIFA and marketing officials — 14 indicted and four who made guilty pleas — had “corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.”“I was shocked by what she said,” Blatter told French-language broadcaster RTS. “As a president I would never make a statement about another organization without knowing.”Blatter suggested the U.S. Department of Justice went too far on FIFA’s turf.“Listen, with all the respect to the judicial system of the U.S. with a new minister of justice,” Blatter said, “the Americans, if they have a financial crime that regards American citizens then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a congress.” “Arrested for what? Next question,” Blatter said curtly when meeting international media for the first time since American and Swiss federal cases rocked FIFA’s home city on Wednesday.“I forgive but I don’t forget,” Blatter also said at FIFA headquarters, referring to a European-led attempt to oust him after 17 years in office.A busy first day of his new four-year presidential term saw the leader of the world’s most popular sport scold critics and take acclaim from allies.Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and received a congratulatory telegram from Vladimir Putin, president of 2018 World Cup host Russia.Gone was the tension which put a tremor in his voice after Swiss police raided FIFA’s favorite luxury hotel in Zurich early Wednesday.Blatter insisted he had nothing to fear from the U.S. federal case which alleged a $150 million bribe scheme linked to broadcast rights for tournaments in North and South America. 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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The motive for the attack was not known. It comes two days after a pro-Kurdish party made a strong showing in Turkey’s parliamentary election.Relations between the supporters of the two Kurdish groups — the Islamist Huda Par and the People’s Democratic Party — are tense.However, the People’s Democratic Party strongly condemned the attack, suggesting it was an act of provocation aiming to fuel further enmity between the groups.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Armed attackers in southeast Turkey killed the head of an aid organization linked to a Kurdish Islamist party on Tuesday, triggering rioting that led to the death of two other people, officials said.A policeman and two journalists covering the incident in the city of Diyarbakir were injured, according to the regional governor’s office. It didn’t provide any more information about those killed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “The front, physically, it’s like a wall. It’s too cloudy. It’s too rainy. It’s too bumpy,” he said. “What we need is to find a weak spot in this ‘wall’ so we can fly over.”Borschberg diverted to Nagoya due to weather worries while traveling from Nanjing in China to Hawaii, at 8,175 kilometers (5,079 miles) the longest leg of the round-the-world journey which began in Abu Dhabi.He said his plane, which was slightly damaged by a cover tousled by the wind while on the ground in Nagoya, is fully repaired and ready to go.The flight to Hawaii will take five or six days. The airplane carries no fuel, so project engineers use simulations to decide if it is safe to fly.Borschberg and the project’s leader, Bertrand Piccard, are taking turns flying the plane solo. Since the plane is meant to travel during the summer, there is a limit to how long they can wait to make the flight this year.“I hope we will find a time in the next two weeks,” Borschberg said. “What makes this flight very difficult is that we are at the very limit of what the weather forecasting can do today and we don’t want to take too much of a risk.” The plane, called the Solar Impulse 2, is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings that recharge its batteries, enabling it to fly.The goal of the project is less about solar-powered air travel — which would not be commercially practical given weather and weight constraints of the Solar Impulse, but about spreading a message about clean technologies.The Solar Impulse’s extra-wide wings, brightly lit as it flew into Nagoya, caused some Japanese to call authorities to report a UFO, or unidentified flying object.“The technologies that we use to illuminate the airplane that makes everyone think it’s a UFO … can be used anywhere on the ground,” Borschberg said. “What we try to say with this project is if we would use these technologies in homes, cars, appliances, we could drastically reduce energy consumption on the ground.”___Follow Elaine Kurtenbach on Twitter at twitter.com/ekurtenbachCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories TOKYO (AP) — The pilot of a solar-powered plane that made an unplanned stop in Japan says his aircraft is now ready to fly but must wait out unfavorable weather, perhaps for up to two months.Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg said Thursday that it could take weeks for a weather front stretching from Alaska to Taiwan to clear enough for him to leave Nagoya in central Japan.“Obviously, the goal is not to take risks but to get there safely,” Borschberg told reporters in Tokyo. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The team studied the kind of upper air patterns that “sort of amplifies the warming trend,” said study lead author Daniel Horton.The study doesn’t attempt to explain why these changes are happening. But in general they fit a theory that has gained momentum in climate science that says melting sea ice in the Arctic has sometimes altered the way the jet stream flows, contributing to extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy, outside experts said.In many cases, including the eastern U.S. and western Asia in summer, some of these changes have become even more noticeable since 1990, the same period in which Arctic sea ice has gone through a rapid decline, the study found.For example, the type of summer weather pattern with a northeastern North American high pressure system that keeps it hotter than normal in the eastern U.S. used to happen about 18 days a summer in the early 1980s. It now occurs about 26 days a summer, the study found.“There are more of them each summer and on average they are lasting longer and the longest are lasting longer,” Horton said.That pattern shift is even stronger in the summer in Europe and western Asia, Horton and co-author Noah Diffenbaugh found.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heatwaves that go beyond global warming, a new study finds.A team of climate scientists at Stanford University looked at weather patterns since 1979 and found changes in frequency and strength in parts of the world, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. These are the types of weather patterns with stationary high and low pressure systems that you see on weather forecasts, which is different than gradual warming from man-made climate change. The patterns Horton and Diffenbaugh studied are different from the one responsible for the current southeastern U.S. heatwave, Horton said. But the weather patterns were the type responsible for heatwaves that killed more than 50,000 people in western Russia in 2010 and more than 70,000 people Europe in 2003, the study said.In winter, weather pattern shifts have occurred that made extremely cold snaps in central Asia even worse, Horton said. But the study also found an increase in the weather patterns associated with weaker extreme cold snaps in western Asian winters.Diffenbaugh said the changes could be a result of random chance, or a side effect of climate change and melting sea ice as others have theorized.Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis, for example, hailed the work as thorough and “consistent with expected changes associated with a rapidly warming Arctic.”This shows that it’s getting harder to separate daily weather patterns from long-term changes from global warming, said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, who wasn’t part of the study.___Online:Nature: http://www.nature.com___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbears Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Ukraine has said it has found cheaper supplies from other European nations, which resell the gas they have gotten from Russia. Moscow has described these so-called reverse flows as illegal. Ukraine imported a third of its total gas from Russia in the first six months of this year, the national pipeline operator said Wednesday.Ukraine, which is struggling to balance its budget amid protracted fighting against Russia-backed separatists in the east, relies heavily on gas for its metals and machinery industries.The European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, who mediated the Russia-Ukraine gas talks, said gas supplies to the EU and Ukraine are “not in danger.”“(Today) we are much better prepared in Europe for any problems with energy supplies,” he said — due to the increased ability of European countries to move gas where it’s needed via “reverse flows.”Sefcovic said both Russia and Ukraine have asked the EU to come up with further proposals. He said technical experts would meet again in late August, followed by political talks in September.__John-Thor Dahlburg contributed to this report from Brussels.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories The latest energy dispute comes as Russian support to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has strained the relations between Russia and Ukraine. Still, the two nations have had years of disputes over Russian gas going to Ukraine and heading onto Europe through Ukrainian pipelines. These disputes have even left other European nations without heat in the dead of winter.This time, Ukraine has been buying less and less gas directly from Russia.Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers failed to reach an agreement Tuesday on future supplies at talks mediated by EU officials. Russia offered Ukraine a price of $247 per cubic meter, a $40 discount. Ukraine wanted a $100 discount.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak insisted the discount that Ukraine is asking for would put the cost of supplying Ukraine below the market rate.But Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn says the Russian discount isn’t enough and that Ukraine will buy gas from other nations starting July 1 until an agreement is reached with Russia. Gas consumption is low at this time of year, allowing Ukraine to bargain for better terms.“We are being offered, categorically, a price which is higher than that of the reserve supply from Europe,” Demchyshyn said in a statement Wednesday. “Russian gas at the eastern border should be cheaper because (the price) does not include the cost of transit.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said — but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Russia stopped deliveries at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn’t make an advance payment for July’s gas.“Gazprom is not going to send gas to Ukraine at any price without the advance payment,” Miller said in comments carried by Russian news agencies. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29b28/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L A Celebrity Cruise ship has returned to sea after the massive outbreak of a vomiting bug saw it undergo four full days of cleaning.Ship owner Royal Caribbean Cruises said that an outbreak of norovirus on the Celebrity Mercury had forced it to return early to Charleston after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a rare “no sail” recommendation. Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, affected passengers on three of the Celebrity Mercury’s voyages from February to March.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 411 of 1,830 passengers on the first voyage fell ill while 182 of 1,749 passengers on the second voyage fell ill.The last voyage saw 406 out of 1,829 passengers, or more than 22 percent, hit with the bug. Upon returning to the Port of Charleston, Celebrity Cruises said it had hired 50 extra workers to help disinfect the cruise ship from top to bottom for four days. USA Today reported that the Celebrity Mercury is now on its voyage to the Caribbean, delayed by two days and only around 60 percent full.last_img read more

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first_img1.    Thailand 6.   Vietnam 5.    Phuket10. Tokyo 2.    Indonesia7.   China Online travel company Wotif.com has revealed Bali as the most booked Asian destination on its website in 2010. The ever-popular Indonesian island pipped Asian metropolises Hong Kong and Singapore to the top spot, notwithstanding a little help from Hollywood. “With the region continuing to expand and improve its accommodation options it [Bali] has really shown its potential as a travel destination through our site this year,” Wotif.com Asia executive general manager Matthew Varley said. “Bali especially has managed to harness the positive hype around the major Hollywood movie Eat, Pray, Love, converting many into lovers of Bali.” Hong Kong beat Asian rival city and perennial winners Singapore to second place, although the south-east Asian republic is expected to bounce back in 2011. “Singapore in particular is expected to do very well with another major attraction launching in 2011 – the Gardens by the Bay,” Mr Varley added. The top 10 most visited regions remained largely unchanged, the exception being Indonesia, which moved up three positions to second place. Thailand proved its resilience by topping the list again in 2010. An online study conducted by the website has underlined Asia’s continuing appeal to travellers, with almost 40 per cent of those surveyed planning a trip to Southeast Asia in 2011. “With an incredible variety of landscapes, cultures and activities, Asia’s popularity with travellers world-wide continues to grow quickly,” Mr Varley said.Top Asian destinations (by bookings) in 2010 4.    Malaysia9.   Macau 4.    Bangkok9.   Shanghai 3.    Singapore8.   Koh Samui 1.    Bali 6.   Kuala Lumpurcenter_img 3.    Hong Kong8.   Japan Top Asian regions (by bookings) in 2010 2.    Hong Kong7.   Ho Chi Minh City Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H 5.    Singapore10. Philippines Bali outshone Hong Kong and Singaporelast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Actual footage shot by traveller’s experiences in Canada will be used to entice Aussies to visit as the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) launches its new campaign to the Australian market.Actual footage of travellers mingling with cowboys at the Calgary Stampede, white-water rafting rapids in kayaks and challenging vertigo on the CN Tower’s Edge Walk will feature in advertising clips throughout Australian cinemas.A showcase of the extraordinary Canadian experiences can also be found online at www.keepexploring.ca/ with the Signature Experiences Collection.  “These unique experiences are excellent examples of the kind of world-class offerings on which our tourism brand, “Canada. Keep Exploring”, is being built,” Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, the Honourable Maxime Bernier said. The Australian campaign is the first taste of CTC’s new global marketing platform and ensures Canada stands out in the fiercely competitive marketplace.  The authentic traveller-to-traveller experiences are a powerful tool in convincing travellers to visit the country and encourages advocacy.When speaking about the Australian campaign, CTC senior vice-president Marketing Strategy & Communications, Greg Klassen said “It is a bold example of how we intend to use the Signature Experiences Collection® to entice travellers to Canada from all our markets in 2012 and beyond, with a focus on the experiences they can enjoy in this country against a backdrop of some of the world’s most spectacular geography.” Partnering CTC for the campaign are Tourism British Columbia, Travel Yukon, Travel Alberta and the Calgary Stampede. Canada – Moraine Lake Banff National Parklast_img read more

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first_imgDiscussing the current state of the industry as well as looking towards future trends and expectations, the WTM Industry Report delves into the following key topics; Industry Optimism, Olympics, Aviation, Emerging Markets, Travel Resource and UK Trends. Participants were surveyed on a variety of controversial issues such as Air Passenger Duty and airport expansion as well as more light-hearted travel topics such as favourite celebrity passengers. “Now in its fourth year, the WTM Industry Report offers trade and consumers a comprehensive ‘state-of-the-nation’ view of how the travel market is coping with the challenges it faces and what the future might hold,” Reed Travel Exhibitions senior director for World Travel Market Simon Press said. Source = ETB News: L.B. Offering a unique perspective on the current environment of the travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Market 2013 Industry Report has revealed the opinions of 1,277 senior industry executives and 1,001 consumers.last_img read more

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first_imgCebu Pacific has announced that it no longer accepts carriage of shark fin and has brought in the ban across all of its operations.The ban also covers corporate events and meals hosted by the airline.CEB vice president for corporate affairs, Atty. Jorenz Tanada said that Cebu has worked closely with the WWF on the ban.“Cebu Pacific values biodiversity and marine life sustainability. We are banning shark fin carriage effective immediately as we learned that unsustainable shark fishing and our carriage of shark fin is not aligned with CEB’s position on sustainable development,” Mr Jorenz Tanada said.“We have been working closely with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in our efforts to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns including climate change and marine life preservation.”The WWF estimates that 73 million sharks are butchered every year for their fins and flesh and says that the ban will help boost the productivity of oceans because sharks are at the top of the food chain.Cebu’s websites also allows customers to offset their carbon emissions by offering a small donation.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more