Passenger tried to bring semi automatic on board flight from Winnipeg

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Airports Passenger tried to bring semi automatic on board flight from Winnipeg Source: The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — A man whose brother was beaten and killed earlier this month has been charged with trying to bring a semi-automatic handgun onboard a flight from Winnipeg to Toronto.Mohammad Peyawary, a 35-year-old from Toronto, faces several charges including unlawful transport of an unsecured restricted firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.Police said the gun was found inside a carry-on garment bag as a man passed through security on Monday at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel says the gun was not loaded, the passenger was not carrying any ammunition and there was no risk to the public.Seel said Peyawary is the brother of Mustafa Peyawary, a 29-year-old who was found dead inside a Winnipeg apartment Aug. 13.Mustafa Peyawary had been beaten over an extended period of time and suffered massive blunt force trauma, according to Winnipeg police _ two men were later charged with first-degree murder.Seel said any potential motive behind the airport incident was not immediately clear.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“The investigation is definitely ongoing and we have brought in our experts from the (RCMP) national weapons enforcement support team,” Seel said.Peyawary remains in police custody.The two men charged in his brother’s killing are Damir Kulic, 27, of Vancouver and Ahamed Althaaf Ismail, 29, of Edmonton. Thursday, August 24, 2017 last_img read more

Tauck introduces two new safaris with mountain gorilla treks in Rwanda

first_img Monday, July 9, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> WILTON, CT — Tauck is introducing two new itineraries next year that both culminate in a chance to view endangered mountain gorillas in their native Rwandan habitat.Although critically endangered, mountain gorillas have increased in numbers in recent years from an estimated 480 in 2010 to over 1,000 at present, according to the World Wildlife Fund.They are found in just two locations in Africa: the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda; and the Virunga Mountains that border Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.The two new Tauck itineraries are both small group journeys, with a maximum of just 24 guests per departure.Each begins with a multi-day safari experience in Tanzania’s Serengeti and concludes with a three-night stay in Rwanda highlighted by the mountain gorilla trek.The 16- and 13-day trips differ midway through their itineraries, when one journey includes a safari experience in Kenya, while the other explores the western Serengeti and Zanzibar. Both are part of Tauck’s Earth Journeys portfolio of trips offered in partnership with the nature documentary filmmakers at BBC Earth.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTauck’s ‘Mountain Gorilla Safari: Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda’ itinerary (16 days, from US$17,590 per person, plus international airfare) will operate next year on May 29, 2019 and Dec. 14, 2019. A third departure, set for August 14, 2019, is already sold out.The 13-day itinerary, ‘Mountain Gorilla Safari: Tanzania, Zanzibar & Rwanda’, is priced from $15,790 per person plus international airfare, and will have three departures in 2019, on July 29, Sept. 2 and Dec. 30. Included in the price of both itineraries are multiple on-tour flights (five and seven flights, respectively), including a flight to Kigali, Rwanda, where guests will begin their mountain gorilla adventure with an overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel.Tauck’s ‘Mountain Gorilla Safari: Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda’ itinerary and its ‘Mountain Gorilla Safari: Tanzania, Zanzibar & Rwanda’ journey both begin with an overnight in Arusha, Tanzania at the Arusha Serena Hotel, before visiting Lake Manyara National Park the following day while en route to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ngorongoro Crater.A multi-night stay along the crater’s rim at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is highlighted by multiple game drives and a visit to Oldupai Gorge, where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of homo sapiens’ ancestors estimated at 1.8 million years old.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaGuests on the Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda itinerary then travel to Kenya for a seven-night safari. Comprised of multi-night stays at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club and Fairmont Mara Safari Club, guests’ time in Kenya includes multiple game drives, an early morning balloon ride over the Masai Mara, a private barbecue dinner under the stars, and visits to two wildlife sanctuaries and a Maasai village.Guests on the Tanzania, Zanzibar and Rwanda itinerary, meanwhile, get a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti before travelling on to the Serengeti’s Western Corridor for a two-night safari featuring accommodations in a tented camp. A subsequent two-night seaside stay along the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar is highlighted by a spice-themed tour of Stone Town and a cruise aboard a traditional ‘dhow’ sailing vessel. Travelweek Group center_img Tauck introduces two new safaris with mountain gorilla treks in Rwanda Tags: Rwanda, Safari, Tauck Sharelast_img read more

Guatemala to aid growers battling coffee fungus

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala decreed an agricultural emergency because of a coffee fungus that is ravaging crops and could cost the sector up to $400 million this year.The disease triggered by the fungus is called leaf rust, or roya, and causes coffee trees to lose their leaves. The result is fewer and lower-quality beans. The blight is wreaking havoc in most of Central America.The first step taken under the decree will be the disbursement of $13.7 million in aid to small-scale growers to help them with supplies and logistics, Agriculture Minister Elmer López said.The government also will dispatch technicians to help growers fight the fungus.Nearly 70 percent of all of Guatemala’s coffee-growing land is now beset with leaf rust, the National Coffee Association said.The crisis could cost up to $400 million because of lost exports, and 72,000 jobs, out of a total of 500,000 generated during the harvest season. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Giuliani lends Guatemala crimefighting advice as murders climb

first_img Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani landed in one of the world’s most violent cities with advice on how the government could fight crime that has helped fuel a surge in child migrants to the United States.Speaking in Guatemala City, Giuliani said stronger law enforcement should trump social programs when trying to get spiraling crime rates under control. With a population of 14 million, Guatemala had about 17 homicides per day last year, compared with less than one per day for New York, population 8.4 million, over the same period.“My top recommendation is to set up a system to measure the effectiveness of your police, your prosecutors and your prisons,” Giuliani, 70, said Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the not-for-profit Guatemalan Development Foundation. “That helps give you the right answers to questions like how many more police do you need. At what level should they be compensated so you can reduce the level of corruption.”Along with El Salvador and Honduras, Guatemala forms part of Central America’s “northern triangle,” where street gangs with ties to Mexican drug cartels extort businesses and kidnap people for ransom, fueling the highest homicide rates in the world, according to the United Nations. That has prompted thousands of unaccompanied children from the region to trek toward the U.S., often led by smugglers, in the hopes of finding refuge.Giuliani said he spent four months reviewing Guatemalan crime data and practices before visiting the country Wednesday. The country needs to strengthen prosecutors and boost its conviction rate for murders, which he said stood at 10 percent.“When you have a tremendous amount of crime in your society, you are not going to solve it with schools, libraries, nice neighborhoods and sports teams,” Giuliani said. “You have to emphasize law enforcement. As soon you get the crime down, the next thing you do is build up the social programs. That’s when you create more jobs, better neighborhoods, better schools.”As mayor from 1994-2001, Giuliani cut crime 63 percent and led the city through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped Giuliani’s first police commissioner, William Bratton, to lead the force after taking office in January.Giuliani’s speech marks the second time in a month he engaged with Central American politics. Last month, video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. hired Giuliani to defend itself from a lawsuit by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Noriega, in prison in Panama, objected to Activision’s use of his likeness in the game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Giuliani called the lawsuit “absurd” and the company says it should be dismissed.Recommended: Ellis Island in reverse: Where deportees go when they get home to Guatemala© 2014, Bloomberg News Related posts:Regional investment is key to Central American security, say foreign ministers Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States Guatemala’s former vice president charged in customs fraud ring, ordered held in prison Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisislast_img read more

Costa Rica competes fights poverty at Homeless World Cup

first_imgAt the inauguration of the 2014 Homeless World Cup, founder Mel Young delivered a rousing speech.“To the players, I would like to say you are standing proud, representing your country,” declared Young. “The world today for many, many people is not a good place. Too many people live frightened lives, trying to scratch out a living in the dark. We need to bring more light. We have to end homelessness and poverty, and we can do it – if everyone plays their part.”Such is the mission of the Homeless World Cup. Young created the organization in 2008 as a way to combat desperate poverty with the world’s most popular pastime: soccer. A native of Scotland, Young has long demonstrated his interest in social issues, both by creating The Big Issue, a weekly publication sold by homeless people, and later by establishing the International Network of Street Papers.This year’s Homeless World Cup is taking place in Santiago, Chile, a city of six million inhabitants that both struggles with extreme poverty and has attempted to help desperate neighborhoods in groundbreaking ways. The cup includes 42 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams from all over the world, representing such diverse nations as Peru, Sweden, Cambodia, and the Kyrgyz Republic.The event puts the homeless in a spotlight in an innovative way. All of the players have recently lived on the street or in shelters. The organization uses grassroots volunteers to attract homeless people, train them in soccer and cultivate their skills, then invite outstanding athletes to participate annual, international tournaments.While most of us will not be able to casually fly down to Chile to see the teams compete at the Plaza de la Ciudadenía, you can watch the games live: Related posts:Heartbreak in Chile as Brazil edges on following epic World Cup shootout Messi draws hundreds of fans to practice in Washington D.C. FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment CONCACAF to review refs after Gold Cup furor Costa Rica got off to a rocky start, losing to Germany 3-5 on Sunday, then to Lithuania 2-5 on Monday. But the team went on to trounce Finland 11-0 on Tuesday, then tied 4-4 against Ghana on Wednesday. The cup wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 26.For more information about the Costa Rican team, visit their profile page at the Homeless World Cup website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Want to open a business in Costa Rica Start with the basics

first_img(Screengrab)First in a series of columns by Steven Ferris, a Costa Rican attorney with extensive, direct experience in the Costa Rican judicial system, now in private practice.Starting a business in Costa Rica probably requires establishing a company, just like anywhere else. This isn’t an especially onerous process, but you should understand some of the basic concepts of how the legal system works before you embark on your new venture.To begin, there are several types of corporate structures from which to choose. In U.S. terms, these are: 1) a general partnership, 2) a limited partnership, 3) a limited liability company, and 4) a limited company or corporation. The last, called a Sociedad Anόnima, is by far the most commonly used for business purposes. I’ll briefly define each, and then focus on the Sociedad Anόnima.Sociedad en Nombre Colectivo (General Partnership Enterprise)These entities are owned by partners who share the liabilities and responsibilities of the enterprise collectively, and their liability for that responsibility is not limited in any way. This renders it a relatively unpopular choice, because the individual owners aren’t shielded. These companies are typically named with the owners’ last names, followed by the word “Compañia.”Sociedad en Comandita (Limited Partnership Enterprise)This type of entity is run by a group responsible for the administration and direction of the enterprise, representing the interests of all shareholders. Their responsibilities are similar to those who run a General Partnership, except for the fact that their liability is limited to the original declared value of the enterprise.Sociedad de Resposibilidad Limitada (Limited Liability Company)In these companies, the owners’ liability is limited to their original investment, unless specifically defined otherwise by law. Their name must include the words “Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada,” or “Limitada,” or the initials “S.R.L.”Sociedad Anόnima (Limited Company or Corporation)As the name “Anonymous Society” implies, these companies are owned by various shareholders, not necessarily named. It is the most flexible and widely used business platform. Shareholders are liable only for their share of ownership. This is my focus below.What’s in a name?Costa Rican commercial law requires that sociedades anόnimas have a unique name that cannot be confused with any other company’s name, and it must be followed by the phrase “Sociedad Anόnima” or the initials “S.A.” The name can be in any language, as long as the translation of the same into Spanish is included in the firm’s charter. In fact, the meaning of the name has to be specified, or an explanation that the name is simply a flight of the owners’ fantasy.The company name is approved by, and registered with, the Registro de Marcas de Comercio, thus protecting it from use by others, and insuring its commercial value. Even names that appear slightly similar to those of existing companies will be denied. Uniqueness is a high priority in this process.Illegal use by third parties of a duly registered name, even if only similar, is punishable by law. Thus, the choice of name is critically important, to avoid misunderstandings, intentional or otherwise, in the future. In some cases, your lawyer may have some defunct companies “on his shelf,” meaning that you can avoid the hassle of starting from scratch by simply assuming ownership of a previously existing company.Next steps: legally establishing your new companyThe basic, minimum requirements to become official are:You must have a minimum of two owners, each owning at least one share in the new company.The value of the shares must be paid for either up front, or through a documented credit statement approved by the statutes of Costa Rican commercial law.The new company must be inscribed and duly certified by a notary public, and its formation must be listed in the official government newspaper La Gaceta, where all the basic tenets of the new company are described and become public knowledge.A common concern among non-Costa Ricans seeking to form a Costa Rican firm is whether there is any restriction regarding the nationality of the owners of the new firm. The answer is a resounding no. The only caveat is if the owners aren’t legal residents, in which case they must define a local “resident agent,” who must be a lawyer licensed in Costa Rica, whose address will become the company’s official place of business.In future columns, I’ll go into the requirements that new owners must provide to a notary public to establish a new corporation in more detail. As we move forward, I welcome your comments and suggestions on other topics you would consider helpful.Steven Ferris is a member of the board of directors of The Tico Times’ parent company. Facebook Comments Related posts:Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Let’s look at the details Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Getting it done Driving in Costa Rica: The rules of the road Insurance Institute begins collecting marchamo payments this weeklast_img read more

In the US people have more trouble paying off student debt than

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – People in the United States are struggling to make timely payments on student loans, according to new data from researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York — even as we dutifully shrink other types of balances.Student-loan delinquencies increased at the end of 2014: 11.3 percent were at least 90 days overdue in the last three months of 2014, up from 11.1 percent in the previous quarter.Meanwhile, on the bright, if counterintuitive, side: All other forms of debt have been showing lower delinquency rates, including credit card and mortgage loans. The New York Fed did note, however, that auto loan delinquencies have largely been dropping, but rose slightly last quarter.The U.S.’ total student loan debt is now nearly $1.2 trillion. One reason the burden is difficult to pay off, Fed researchers wrote: “Student debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy like other types of debt. … Delinquent or defaulted student loans can stagnate on borrowers’ credit reports.”It wasn’t always like this. Student loans were the smallest form of household debt until 2009, the Fed data show.The recession apparently scrambled our borrowing habits. U.S. residents shrank other debts during the economic downturn but kept taking money for college, long trumpeted as the ticket out of hard times.The surge is fueled by more people borrowing — and borrowing larger amounts. The number of borrowers rose 92 percent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Fed researchers. The average student loan balance grew 74 percent.Nearly 39 percent of borrowers owe less than $10,000. The median balance: $14,000. About 1.8 million people — 4 percent of borrowers — owe more than $100,000.Graduates with staggering balances face grim options, unless they’re particularly well off. Student loan refinancing, for example, can significantly drive down interest rates — but it’s available only to those with steady incomes and high credit scores.Another debt management route: Sacrifice. Economists find cash-strapped borrowers tend to delay buying homes.Recent history shows the devastating impact. Student loan debt was a significant wealth drain on Generation X, Pew researchers recently found. Millennials could ultimately be hit the hardest.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Inter-American Dialogue honors Guatemalan businessman, civic activist Salvador Paiz Costa Rica also tells Donald Trump: ‘You’re fired’ Foreign firms compete in historic Mexico oil auction Japan, Latin America boost economic ties as growth slows on both sides of Pacificlast_img read more

5 questions for a Costa Rican jewelry designer – Nature is my

first_imgSee also: 5 questions for a Costa Rican comedian – ‘To hear them laugh is poetry’Ximena Esquivel, at only 25 years of age, has already turned her artistic passion into a business. Born in San José, the creator of Ximena Esquivel Jewelry holds a degree in Advertising Design from Veritas University, but has had a passion for jewelry since childhood and eventually transformed that interest into an entrepreneurial venture. Today, her creations, which mix semiprecious stones and silver, are sold at specialty shops nationwide.The Tico Times sat down and spoke with this creative entrepreneur. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose jewelry?I’ve always loved jewelry! Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by it. When I worked in advertising design I felt frustrated because I would imagine everything, but I would be stopped by the computer because it’s a barrier, especially in order to completely develop my ideas. With jewelry, on the other hand, you imagine something and everything is possible. You begin by envisioning an idea creatively, and then you create the physical version of it. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesWhich stones do you like to work with?I’ve got various weaknesses. First, I’m obsessed with all the semiprecious stones that have titanium wash. I simply love the colors; they’re so pleasing to the eye. I also have a strong affection for pearls, which look good on a daily basis. You can wear them at night or during the day, and they’re appropriate for every type of personality. Stones with iridescence are also some of my favorites, such as opals and labradorites. Druzies are another important part of my line. I love that their shape is natural, yet they’re not in their rawest state.What is the significance of silver within your work and which techniques do you use?It’s the main material. I’ve considered working with other materials and I’ve actually experimented with them, but none of them has fascinated me as much as the silver. Gold is a wonderful precious metal to work with; it’s super easy to polish and the finished products are beautiful, but it’s not the same as working with silver. With silver you can work with more freedom when it comes to design, and you can play with it much more. When you work with gold you have to be more conscious in order to avoid a very heavy and expensive jewel. Silver allows you to work much more freely and you can have a piece that weighs more and is more accessible, economically speaking.With silver I can create pieces with either an organic shape or smooth surfaces. To get these results I use two techniques: the construction technique and the wax technique. The wax technique achieves a result with organic shapes and textures, while the construction technique allows me to create more geometric shapes, but it takes more time, so you need to avoid mistakes. With the wax technique you don’t have that problem because it’s as if you were fabricating a small sculpture. If you’re sculpting the piece and you don’t like that one side of the jewel has more texture than the other, you can fix it and add more texture on the other side. It’s a technique that has a lot of freedom in it! Alberto Font/The Tico TimesHow did you design the branding image of Ximena Esquivel Jewelry?I have done everything from the logo design, to the corporate image, to the publicity. I like the design to be very clean. I chose the color black because it’s my favorite color and it represents everything I wanted to portray. The color white worked the same way and the silver was vital. Even the shelves must be worthy of what they’re displaying. It makes no sense that you work hard to create your pieces and display them on a worthless shelf. There must be congruence between your work and your display.What are your sources of inspiration?Nature is my inspiration, 100% . Nature itself is perfect. You can see that the different color shades of the sky are perfect. The colors within nature match perfectly, its shapes, and everything else is completely balanced. The color combinations are perfectly set. Everything in nature is flawless! I’ve done jewels that are replicas of nature’s beauty, but I try to create variations within the pieces.Read other “Weekend Arts Spotlight” interviews here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for a painter: ‘Art is the pursuit of the truth’ 5 questions for Costa Rican designer Oliver Skinner – ‘Just be yourself’ 5 questions for Costa Rican video game creator Claudio Pinto PHOTO GALLERY: A changing tide for Costa Rica’s artisanal fishing communitieslast_img read more

New law grants land concessions to Ostional Wildlife Refuge residents

first_imgPLAYA OSTIONAL, Guanacaste – December was an important month for people living in Costa Rica’s coastal communities. Legislators passed laws this month that create 25-year concessions for people living in the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Costa Rica and extend a prior moratorium on evictions from the country’s controversial Maritime Zone Law.The debate over coastal development and conservation in Costa Rica has been fraught with controversy for decades, but perhaps nowhere more so than the small Pacific beach town of Ostional, Guanacaste. Found down a bumpy dirt road between the tourist hot spots of Tamarindo and Nosara, Ostional is world-famous for its mass nesting of olive ridley sea turtles, but also a long-simmering land dispute between the Environment Ministry and locals. A new law passed this month aims to give peace of mind to the locals who have been living there since before it was declared a refuge in 1983. An Ostional resident gathers eggs following an arribada in December 2015. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThe community has depended on the sea turtles and their eggs since the mass nesting, or arribadas, started in 1959. But in 1983, locals woke up one morning to discover that lawmakers had declared the land where they lived a wildlife refuge in the name of preserving the sea turtle nesting grounds.“There was already a community living here when the government declared it a refuge without any prior consent,” said José Pablo Baltodono, a 42-year-old National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) official based in Ostional.“People didn’t even know the refuge had been declared. Someone had to come with a newspaper from Santa Cruz,” said Baltodono, who grew up in Ostional. “Obviously that brought consequences.”Sitting on a bench at the SINAC station overlooking the beach, where the night before 19,000 olive ridely turtles had come ashore, Baltodono said the community closely followed the new concessions law, which allows Ostional residents of at least 10 years the right to apply for a concession in the wildlife refuge for 25 years.Baltodono said that after years of fighting with the government over land use and environmental issues, the concession law has given locals a sense of security.Laura Garro, a Citizen Action Party (PAC) lawmaker from Puntarenas, told The Tico Times she supported the bill.“Many of these people do not have titles to their land. They live in a precarious position where they could be evicted at any time,” she said. “This law aims to achieve legal protections for residents, conserve the environment and a harmonious relationship between nature and man so the turtles can continue to arrive.”People who have lived in the area for at least 10 years can apply for the concession under the new law. Concession holders can also access housing benefits from the National Housing Mortgage Bank, BANHVI, to build simple but “dignified” homes on their concession. Garro estimated the benefit value at ₡6.3 million, or just under $12,000.The groups living in the Ostional Wildlife Refuge have never had titles to the land because they had been living within the Martime Zone, the first 200 meters inland from the high tide mark. According to the Maritime Zone Law, the 50 meters from a high tide mark is publicly zoned, meaning it belongs to municipalities. The remaining 150 meters is completely restricted, and any type of construction is prohibited. Uneven enforcement of the rule and a lack of zoning laws in many municipalities over the years allowed many to build informal and then more established homes and businesses within this prohibited area. Men carry sacks of turtle eggs across the beach at Playa Ostional. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesBesides the special concessions made available to Ostional residents this month, lawmakers approved a bill that extends a previous moratorium on evictions from protected areas on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts that expired in 2014. The two-year eviction moratorium only protects those who are already living on the land in question and do not damage the environment.Garro said one of the reasons she supported the legislation was to help build support for the stalled Coastal Community Land Bill, known by its Spanish acronym TECOCOS. The TECOCOS Bill would give these families living within this zone ownership rights if they have lived in the maritime zone for more than 10 years, and if municipalities and neighbors can confirm it.The Ostional “law gives people some calm,” Garro said. “As a lawmaker, that’s what we try to provide to people.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Debate over maritime zoning legislation heats up Toasting with turtle eggs: It’s legal in Ostional WATCH: Sea turtles come ashore to nest by the thousands at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach Victim testifies in Jairo Mora murder retriallast_img read more

Chile court orders Pablo Nerudas remains returned to his tomb

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile – A Chilean court on Wednesday ordered poet Pablo Neruda’s remains be returned to his tomb, three years afterthey were exhumed to determine whether the Nobel laureate was assassinated.Neruda died in 1973, just days after General Augusto Pinochet seized power.Doubts have surrounded the cause of Neruda’s death since his former driver claimed the poet was given a mysterious injection in his chest at the Santiago clinic where he was being treated for prostate cancer.Neruda, who despite his illness had been planning to leave for Mexico to lead the opposition to Pinochet’s regime, died hours after the injection. He was 69. Coroner’s office personnel cover the coffin with the remains of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra, some 120 km west of Santiago, on April 8 , 2013. The remains of the Nobel Prize winner were exhumed in 2013 to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned by the Pinochet dictatorship he strongly opposed. AFP/Poder JudicialThe cause of death was given as advanced prostate cancer, but in 2013 officials exhumed his body to determine whether he had been poisoned.Chile’s forensic medicine service ruled that “no relevant chemical agents” could be linked to his death.But last May forensic scientists at the University of Murcía in Spain identified a massive Staphylococcus aureus infection in Neruda’s remains, rekindling his family’s suspicions. The Chilean Interior Ministry said the strain of bacteria does not occur naturally and may have been grown in a lab. Further test results are due next month.With the three-year-old investigation ongoing, Judge Mario Carroza ruled it was time to return Neruda’s remains from the forensic medical service in Santiago to his tomb at his former home in Isla Negra, on the central coast. The remains will be returned on April 26. The judge ordered forensic analysts to keep bone samples on hand for further tests.Pinochet, who ousted Socialist president Salvador Allende in a coup, installed a brutal regime that killed some 3,200 opponents over 17 years.Read our 2014 special feature “Pinochet’s arrest remembered” Facebook Comments Related posts:Amid routine ‘disappearances,’ Mexico reels over 43 missing students After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s deathlast_img read more

President Solís takes credit for healthy economy Business leaders push back

first_imgWith two years to go, President Luis Guillermo Solís defended his accomplishments to an uncooperative legislature and the Costa Rican public in his secondState of the Nation address Monday afternoon.Solís highlighted his administration’s achievements in the economy and other areas. But he offered no hints as to how he might change tack to achieve other, elusive goals like fiscal reform, drawing critiques from economists and business leaders.Costa Rica’s economy has been improving. GDP grew 3.7 percent in 2015 and the Costa Rican Central Bank estimates it will grow another 4.2 percent in 2016.The country also saw a big improvement in the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business report, which measures the business climate in countries around the world. Costa Rica climbed 21 spots in 2015 to reach 58th.In October 2015, the Central Bank lowered interest rates 2 percent, which the government claims has been a relief to businesses and consumers and given the economy a boost.Despite the uptick, unemployment remains just under 10 percent and more than 20 percent of the population lives in poverty.Orlando Soto, general manager of Grupo Financiero Acobo, said in a statement following the speech that the improved economy has more to do with larger macroeconomic factors, including the low price of oil and other commodities, than with specific actions by the Solís administration. Soto added that Solís showed little vision for the country’s economy beyond asking for more taxes as part of his proposed fiscal reform.Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce President Yolanda Fernández Ochoa was not impressed with the president’s insistence on new taxes either. “It’s a very simplistic way to see the problems that confront Costa Rican society,” she said in a statement.Fernández said she wanted to see more control over public spending in the short term.Solís says his administration has been tightening the public sector’s belt, especially in collective bargaining agreements with public workers. He said the Labor Ministry had saved the government nearly ₡18 billion (roughly $32 million) when it renegotiated several union contracts over the last year. He said the ministry would go after 12 more “abusive” agreements.He said the ministry would go after 12 more “abusive” agreements.Still, the president maintained that new taxes were necessary to solve the deficit dilemma, which has been a concern for ratings agencies for several years.Lawmakers have not been receptive to new taxes and several told local media they were committed to fighting the executive branch on any new taxes. Solís warned that if the legislature doesn’t pass his fiscal reform bills, the fiscal deficit would exceed 8 percent by 2018, up from nearly 7 percent in 2015. Facebook Comments Related posts:Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border Dos Pinos acquires candy maker Gallito Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reforms Employment outlook among industrial sector shows no improvementlast_img read more

3 Indians kidnapped at sea are rescued in Nigeria

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories center_img LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – An official says Nigeria’s military has helped rescue three Indian nationals who were kidnapped from a cargo ship off Equatorial Guinea and held hostage in Nigeria.Marilyn Ogar, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s government, says no ransom was paid and five kidnappers were arrested during Thursday’s operation that freed the captives in Nigeria’s Rivers state.She provided few details about the operation. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The Indians were kidnapped Jan. 3 from the MV San Miguel, a ship belonging to Equatorial Guinea company Martinez Hermanos Limitada.After being freed, they were handed over to the Indian High Commission and the Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Nigeria. Ogar said the leader of the kidnappers remains at large.The International Maritime Bureau says piracy around the world fell in 2013, but increased in West Africa.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

UN billboards counter Hungary govts antimigrant campaign

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — One features a tour guide from Afghanistan, another a Bangladeshi woman who runs a restaurant with her husband. The United Nations’ refugee agency is setting up billboards presenting successful refugees in Hungary, countering the government’s intense anti-migrant campaign that it calls a catalyst for xenophobia.While fringe groups are usually behind European anti-foreigner movements, Hungary is unusual in that it’s the government that is driving the backlash. On Wednesday, Hungary’s foreign minister announced that the government is considering a 4-meter-high (13-foot-high) fence along border with Serbia to stop the flow of migrants reaching the country. By painting over parts of the slogans, for example, one billboard’s message was transformed from “If you come to Hungary, you must respect our culture” to “Hungary needs culture.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img FOR STORY: HUNGARY BILLBOARD BATTLE – A woman is walking in front of a vandalized anti immigration billboard reading “If you come to Hungary, you have to respect our laws!” in Budapest, Hungary, on June 15, 2015. Hungary’s central-right government has launched a controversial billboard campaign against immigration while UNHCR introduced its counter campaign highlighting successful refugee stories. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky) Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has reacted to a huge number of asylum seekers entering the country from Serbia by sending out a questionnaire that links migrants with terrorism. Orban said last week that the government would consider “all options,” including building a physical barrier on the Serbian border, to stop the flow and has been advocating for the European Union to give member states more power over migration issues.Orban’s governing Fidesz party has also presented proposals in parliament that would give the government more leeway in rejecting people it considers to be illegal migrants, not refugees.So far this year, over 53,000 people have requested asylum in Hungary, up from under 43,000 in 2014 and just 2, 150 in 2012. Until earlier this year most of those crossing the border were from Kosovo. Now over 70 percent of asylum seekers in the past months have been from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. After filing their asylum request, most quickly move to European Union countries further west like Austria, Germany and Sweden.Habib Deldar, a 29-year-old who came to Hungary in 2004 from Afghanistan, said Hungary was considered a gateway by most migrants. 0 Comments   Share   “Most don’t want to live here, as we usually call this place ‘a little window of Europe’ from where they can move to the EU,” said Deldar, who runs a textile store and also works as a translator for Hungarian police and migration authorities.Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs rejected the UNHCR’s claim of xenophobia.“This is the usual, the most common and in many respects the cheapest argument against a political questionnaire,” Kovacs said.He emphasized the differences between the success of a few individual refugees and the large numbers of unskilled migrants arriving daily in Hungary, around 400 a day over the past week.“We are facing a different phenomenon here,” Kovacs said. “This year we have experienced over 50,000 people entering the Hungarian, therefore the European borders illegally. This is going to mean unprecedented pressure on Europe and on each member state. We need to handle this in a different manner.”The government billboards — which are in Hungarian — have also spurred a cottage industry among activists vying to deface or distort the original messages. Several activists have been detained by police over the past days for vandalizing the posters. Sponsored Stories The hardening line has alarmed U.N. officials monitoring refugee rights.“We want Hungarians to understand that refugees are people just like them caught in very extraordinary circumstances,” said Kitty McKinsey, spokeswoman for the UNHCR Regional Representation in Central Europe. “We’re not in a fight with the government. We’re here to support the government in taking care of refugees.”The billboards went up Tuesday evening at several Budapest subway stations, showcasing refugees who settled in Hungary and found success. “We want to live here, that’s why we opened up a restaurant,” reads the billboard featuring Bangladeshi restaurateur Begum Ali.By contrast, the government has set up billboards reading: “If you come to Hungary, you cannot take away Hungarians’ jobs” or “If you come to Hungary, you must respect out laws.”While many Hungarians are fired up by the government campaign, there’s also a strong groundswell of support for refugees on the streets of Budapest.“He’s cute,” student Krisztina Molnar said of a billboard of an Afghan tour guide called Dariush. “He doesn’t look threatening at all but I’ve never met any refugees. I think there is plenty of room in Hungary to take in refugees.” New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Obama praises Lynch as toughbutfair attorney general

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised Attorney General Loretta Lynch as tough but fair and committed to justice, traits that have prepared her to make her mark as the American people’s lawyer.During a second, ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Lynch a few blocks from the White House at the Warner Theatre Obama noted Lynch’s experience in fighting terrorism, financial fraud and cybercrime, and said she has put “laser focus” on carrying out the Justice Department’s anti-terrorism, financial fraud and civil rights priorities. 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 Top Stories Lynch captured national headlines early in her tenure, launching a federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after suffering fatal injuries while in police custody.That same month, she earned global recognition for United States government’s crackdown on FIFA, international soccer’s governing body.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The law is her map; justice, her compass,” Obama said. “She is tough, but she is fair. She is firm but kind. Her intelligence and her judgment, her grace under fire have earned the trust and admiration of those she works with and those she serves, and even those she goes up against.”Lynch is the 83rd U.S. attorney general and the first African American woman to hold the position. She was officially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on April 27, but attorneys general often have a second swearing-in ceremony that more people can attend.Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor performed the ceremony, using a Bible that once belonged to Frederick Douglass, an African-American human rights leader. Lynch, 56, was flanked by Obama, her parents and husband Stephen Hargrove as she took the oath of office.Lynch, who joined Twitter before the ceremony, said she was honored, as both Douglass and Sotomayor are inspirations to her.She thanked family, friends and colleagues during her speech and credited her father, the Rev. Lorenzo Lynch, with influencing her principles and dedication to public service.“I stand before you today having been blessed beyond compare,” Lynch said. “But to whom much has been given, much is required.” Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

Russia security czar More than 1000 Russians fight with IS

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for men Patients with chronic pain give advice Patrushev said IS recruiters have been active in Russia and ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, particularly focusing on young people and members of ethnic minorities.In one recent case, a 19-year-old student of the elite Moscow State University was detained in a Turkish border town. She and 12 other Russians were believed to be en route to Syria to join IS.President Vladimir Putin said last week that despite the rift with the West over Ukraine, Russia considers it necessary to strengthen international cooperation in fighting IS, which he described as “absolute evil.”After two separatist wars in Chechnya, Russia is still facing an Islamic insurgency in several provinces of the North Caucasus where militants mount sporadic attacks on police and other officials.In a video posted Monday on YouTube, a man reads a statement on behalf of the Caucasus rebels, pledging allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The man says the rebels based in Chechnya and three other North Caucasus provinces, Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkariya, swear to obey al-Baghdadi’s orders to establish Islamic Shariah law “across the entire Earth.”The video didn’t provide any details, such as the number of fighters swearing the oath, or names of the leaders. Its veracity couldn’t be independently confirmed. MOSCOW (AP) — More than 1,000 Russian nationals have joined the Islamic State group and they could pose a major threat when they return, Russia’s Security Council chief said.Nikolai Patrushev told the business daily Kommersant in an interview published Monday that they form “sleeper cells” and could mount terror attacks in the future on orders from their bosses.“They can fully integrate into society, pretending to observe its norms and laws,” he said. “But when it’s needed, terrorist leaders could use such ‘law-abiding citizens’ for preparing or conducting terror attacks.”last_img read more

Planned Parenthood says video part of decadelong harassment

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Planned Parenthood told Congress Monday that a secretly recorded video released last week by an anti-abortion group is fraudulent and part of a years-long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion.In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Planned Parenthood said it fell victim to a fake company called Biomax Procurement Services that posed as a buyer of human tissues. It was actually created by David Daleiden, an official of the group that released the video, and was engaged in “a campaign of corporate espionage” targeting Planned Parenthood, the letter said. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Daleiden did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.But in a statement on its website, the center said Planned Parenthood’s initial decision against sending Nucatola to the House committee shows “contempt for the law against selling baby parts.” It said the center “follows all applicable laws” in its investigations and said it plans to release “more clear evidence” that Planned Parenthood profits from selling fetal organs.Planned Parenthood wrote that Daleiden launched Biomax three years ago, even setting up exhibits at Planned Parenthood conferences. The group wrote that it still doesn’t know “the full extent of Biomax’s illicit conduct.”Biomax’s activities included entering an area where fetal tissue is processed, where any recording would be “an extremely serious invasion of our patients’ privacy and dignity,” the letter said.In last week’s video, Nucatola discusses how the group sometimes provides tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research. That conversation, over wine and lunch, was with two actors posing as purchasers of fetal organs and was recorded last July, according to the center. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona A nine-minute excerpt the center posted online shows Nucatola saying her organization charges $30 to $100 for such procedures. But in the full version lasting more than two hours, she repeatedly says those prices only cover the procedures’ costs, are not for profit and are only performed with the patient’s consent.Anti-abortion groups, members of Congress and some Republican presidential hopefuls have used the recording to assail Planned Parenthood, including accusing it of possible illegal activity such as harvesting fetal organs for profit. Planned Parenthood says it has done nothing illegal.The Energy and Commerce Committee is one of three Republican-led congressional panels that has begun looking into the video. That panel has asked for a briefing this month by Nucatola.But Planned Parenthood’s letter says it would send a team headed by a different official. Citing GOP politicians’ allegations of possibly illegal activity, the group said it was consulting attorneys about letting Nucatola appear and is “still assessing this aspect of your request.”___This story has been corrected to show that Daleiden, not Biomax, was involved in secret recordings over past eight years, according to Planned Parenthood’s letter. “A group of extremists who have intimidated women and doctors for years — in their agenda to ban abortion completely — are not ‘documenting’ misdeeds; they are trying to create them, quite unsuccessfully,” Planned Parenthood wrote to lawmakers.In a show of defiance — at least for now — Planned Parenthood also told the House committee that it has not yet decided whether it will honor lawmakers’ request for a briefing by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who speaks at length in the video about obtaining fetal tissue for research. Nucatola is the organization’s senior director of medical services.Planned Parenthood’s letter represents its fullest response so far to that video, which was released last week by the Center for Medical Progress.Biomax activities included trying to induce Planned Parenthood centers to sell fetal organs for up to $1,600, the letter said, which would likely violate laws banning commercial fetal tissue sales. Those efforts were rejected, according to the letter.In addition, the letter says Daleiden was involved in secretly recording Planned Parenthood staff and patients at least 65 times over the last eight years. That could yield thousands of hours of recordings that Daleiden could heavily edit to make false charges, the letter said. Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Lebanons garbage crisis grows amid gridlock

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese cabinet has failed to agree on a solution for the country’s growing garbage crisis, postponing discussion until next week as trash piles up on the streets.The main company in charge of collecting trash stopped its work last week amid a dispute over the country’s largest trash dump. Mountains of trash have collected in the capital and suburbs meanwhile.Following a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk estimated the amount of trash currently on the streets to be at 22,000 tons. A car is seen between a pile of garbage covered with white pesticide in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Lebanese cabinet has failed to agree on a solution for the country’s growing garbage crisis, postponing discussion until next week as trash piles up on the streets. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies He said the government was looking for alternatives to the Naame landfill south of Beirut, which was closed down on July 17.The country’s notoriously gridlocked government then postponed further discussion until next Tuesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

Atmospheric images dominate International travel photographer of the

first_imgThe winning images in the 2010 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards have been revealed. They cover a huge range of subjects from across the globe, from city, rural and monastic life to landscapes, portraits and festivals. Wildlife and sealife also feature strongly, including an amazing image by British photographer James Morgan of a boy swimming with his pet shark!Photographers in over 70 countries submitted thousands of images for this year’s contest. Entrants from 34 countries were shortlisted and photographers from 18 countries scooped individual category awards. Canadian humanitarian documentary photographer and optometrist Dr. Larry Louie took top honours – and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year – with stunning, highly atmospheric portfolios of black and white images of Mali and China, while a 17 year old British girl, Kat Waters, won Young Travel Photographer of the Year.WINNING IMAGES ONLINE AND ON DISPLAY IN LONDON TPOTY is also running Travel Photography Seminars at Adventure Travel Live, giving photo fans the chance to learn from the experts, such as renowned wildlife photographers Steve Bloom and Chris Weston, and talk photography with award-winning photographers, TPOTY judges and representatives from photo mags, image libraries and picture buyers. Tickets to see the TPOTY images at Adventure Travel Live and to attend one (or both!) of the seminars would make fantastic Christmas gifts for photography and travel lovers.GREAT PRIZES FOR GREAT IMAGESAs always, TPOTY offered a great selection of prizes from sponsors Adobe Systems, Inc., Genesis Imaging, Intrepid Travel, LEE Filters, Lexar, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich, Wacom and Young Photographers Alliance for the winners, runner-up, highly commended and commended entrants in each category. In addition to the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2010, Larry Louie wins a £1,000 TPOTY cash bursary, an Intrepid Travel trip to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, Adobe CS5 Design Premium software, a Lexar® Professional 400x 32GB CompactFlash® card and Lexar Professional Dual-Slot card reader, and a customised leather portfolio from Plastic Sandwich. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year award went to 17 year-old Kat Waters from Surrey, who was also one of the recipients of the inaugural TPOTY/Young Photographers Alliance Emerging Talent Awards. Norwegian photographer Ivar August Bull (age 18) also won a YPA Award, along with first prize in the Young TPOTY age 15-18 Big World Small World – People category.  14 year-old Chase Guttman (USA) took first prize in the Young TPOTY age 14 and under category, and 15 year-old Haoqing Cheng became the first Chinese entrant to feature amongst the prizewinners.The New Talent award was won by Eric Kruszewski (USA) and Sweden’s Maja Flink finished first in the Adventures category. In the portfolio categories, Richard Murai (USA) won World in Motion, Quintin Lake (UK) came out on top in Amazing Places and James Morgan from Dorset, won Encounters.Alex Masi (Italy) won Best Single Image in Encounters, Matjaz Krivic(Slovenia) Best Single Image in Amazing Places and Jordi Cohen Colldeforns(Spain) Best Single Image in World in Motion. The beginners’ category – First Shot – was won by Brian Powell (USA/Canada) and Stuart Beesley from Essex. Source = SourceWirelast_img read more

Misperceptions still a reality for Mexico tourism

first_imgMexico is much safer than most people think, says Alfonso Sumano (Image Mark Harada) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Putting to bed the myths about travel to Mexico remains high on the agenda for the country’s tourism authorities, says Mexico Tourism Board regional director of the Americas, Alfonso Sumano.    In an interview with e-Travel Blackboard, Mr Sumano spoke of the “gap between perception and reality” regarding safety in the country before stressing the importance of being “clear and transparent” with the dispensation of information to travelers.    Providing the public with “as much information as possible” would enable potential visitors to make a “very well informed decision” about security in the country, he said.   “There are certain issues going on in certain, very specific pockets of the country – but when you go to a resort areas or a colonial city in Central Mexico you are very far away from those problems.” “It’s like avoiding New York because there’s trouble in LA.“That is one of the issues we need to address.”The U.S State Department last month expanded its warning of non-essential travel to 14 states in northern and Central Mexico, but according to Mr Sumano, tourists are beginning to put into context the issues the country faces. “We have 2,500 municipalities in the country – 90 plus per cent of the issues going on as reported by the media, those are in just 85 of those, which means less than five per cent of the whole territory,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr Sumano has backed a plan by the Mexican Secretary ofTourism for the country to be ranked amongst the top five most visited nations in the world by 2018, labelling the task as “doable”. “It is an ambitious goal but this goal is doable,” he remarked. “Mexico has the power and the people to do it.”last_img read more

India relaxes visa gaps

first_imgIn a bid to increase tourism from selected destinations, India has lifted visa restrictions imposed on travellers making subsequent visits.Following the Mumbai attacks in 2009, the country introduced a 60-day gap rule on multiple-entry visas, First Post India reported. Recognising restrictions behind the law, India has agreed to relax the rule on foreign visitors, however, citizens of Pakistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sudan will continue to travel under the two-month gap rule.The imposition will also continue to apply for any traveller with any sort of Pakistan lineage, even if it is two generations back.Showcasing a more relaxed destination, earlier this year Indian tour operators increased their offerings to the gay and lesbian community as a means of becoming the ultimate ‘pink’ travel spot. India has agreed to relax the rule on foreign visitors. Image: indiavisa24.co.uk Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more