New learning programs from Nexion Canada aim to train prospective travel agents

first_imgNew learning programs from Nexion Canada aim to train prospective travel agents Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Share Nexion Canada wants to take training for the next generation of travel agents to the next level with two new educational programs: a Virtual Campus and an Independent Learner program.Nexion said each program gives individuals who are new to the travel industry the chance to “thoroughly learn the business – in the way that works best for them”.“Starting a new career in the travel industry, including as a travel agent, is something that appeals to a wide cross-section of individuals, particularly those who have a passion for travel and those who are interested in owning their own businesses,” said Mike Foster, President of Nexion Canada.“With no previous non-degree offerings available, we recognized the opportunity to fill that gap with a program that offered flexibility for busy adults through two distinct options. With Nexion Canada’s experience as a host agency, we are uniquely well-positioned to educate the travel agent professional of tomorrow.”The Virtual Campus offers participants an online version of a traditional travel school, complete with instructors, classmates, study halls and projects. Each individual is placed into a cohort, and Virtual Campus students meet with their cohort for weekly online study groups throughout four learning modules.Instructors from Nexion Canada guide these with discussions, along with Q&A sessions on each module. In between study groups, Virtual Campus participants complete online lessons at their convenience and Nexion Canada also arranges guest faculty lectures from experts in all segments of the travel industry. An admissions interview is required for entry into the program.At the end of the Virtual Campus course, attendees present a business or career plan to the group.The Virtual Campus is designed not only to educate participants about the travel industry, but to prepare them to become independent professional travel agents, says Foster. “Business and career planning components provide each Nexion Canada Virtual Campus attendee the chance to focus on a specific niche or specialization they hope to sell, and identify prospective customers.”The Independent Learner program offers more flexibility and does not require an admissions interview. All of the eLearn lessons are included, as well as quizzes for the aspiring travel agents.Nexion Canada instructors are available via email for guidance, and one coaching session is included. Independent Learners move at their own pace, and the courses are available to them for six months. With no study cohort Independent Learners can learn when and where they want to.“Training the newest generation of travel agents is extremely important,” said Foster. “Nexion Canada’s goal is to provide the education and resources needed for anyone who is serious about seeking a career in travel. Different learning styles and different needs require different programs. We’re confident that participants in our Virtual Campus and Independent Learner programs will have the skills to serve their customers and become leading travel agents.”center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Nexion Canada, Sphere Posted bylast_img read more

Canadian overnights in Germany up 73 forecast remains strong

first_img Thursday, August 17, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: FIT, Germany, Trend Watch Canadian overnights in Germany up 7.3%, forecast remains strongcenter_img Posted by TORONTO — The German National Tourist Board (DZT) has reported strong tourism growth from Canada in the first half of 2017, with FIT travellers in particular leading the charge.From January to and including May 2017, overnight figures show an overall increase of 7.3% over the same period in 2016. March and May 2017 were especially strong, both months breaking the 11% mark (11.8% and 11.9%, respectively).According to Antje Splettstoesser, the German National Tourist Office’s Director for Canada, contributing to these positive results are Canadian FIT travellers, who seem to like Germany’s well-developed tourism infrastructure.“We have also noticed increasing interest in Germany’s culinary scene, which with close to 300 Michelin stars extends well beyond our luscious bratwursts and distinctive beers. After busy hours of touring castles, towns and cities, or pedalling along one of Germany’s many meandering rivers, there is just nothing like sitting in a quiet restaurant or leafy beer garden to look back on the day with a glass of local wine or a cool brew,” she said. “Also, value for money has always stood us in good stead in Canadian eyes. For the end of the year, we look forward to the continuing upward travel trend from Canada for Destination Germany.”Overall, preliminary results from the German Federal Statistical Office for January to and including June indicate 36.7 million international overnight stays in accommodations with 10 or more beds, 1.2 million more than for the same period the previous year, an increase of 3%.Global tourism is forecast to continue to develop positively for the rest of the year. At the beginning of 2017, UNWTO predicted a growth potential of 3% to 4% for international arrivals worldwide, and 2% to 3% for Europe. And according to Forward Keys, international flight bookings to Germany for the third quarter, up to the beginning of August, are 5.6% higher than in the previous year.“With a growth of 3% and more than one million additional overnights in the first half of the year, Destination Germany presents a very good half-year result among the international competition. It would appear that Germany as a travel destination is more popular than ever,” said Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the DZT. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Princess announces largestever deployment to Alaska in 2019

first_img Posted by SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises, which has been sailing to Alaska for 50 years, has announced its largest deployment ever to ‘the Great Land’ in 2019, featuring the debut of Royal Princess and a special anniversary incentive.Seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to the region. In addition, 76% of all voyages will sail to Glacier Bay National Park, and to enhance the cruise experience even further, guests can also choose from more than 23 cruisetours while visiting Princess Wilderness Lodges and Denali National Park.The 2019 program also features the first full season of an exclusive treehouse experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s ‘Treehouse Masters’.2019 cruises and cruisetours go on sale on Dec. 14. All guests in North America can also take advantage of a 50% reduced deposit for any 2019 Alaska voyage in celebration of the cruise line’s 50th anniversary in the region.“Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHighlights of the 2019 May-September Alaska program include:CRUISES:Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess’ most popular sailings between Vancouver and Whittier feature two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, visits to Glacier Bay National Park, plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These seven-day cruises are offered aboard royal Princess and Golden Princess (departing Saturdays) and Coral Princess and Island Princess (departing Wednesdays).Inside Passage – Seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles will feature the Inside Passage.CRUISETOURS:In 2019, Princess offers more than 23 cruisetours in Alaska. Guests can combine a seven-day ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ cruise with three- to eight nights on land with stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges, exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, plus visits to Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. They can also purchase a pre-paid meal package for the land portion.There are four cruisetour categories:Denali Explorer – As Princess’ most popular and best value cruisetour, these itineraries feature multiple nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, with most offering Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between the ship in Whitter and the Denali area all in one day.On Your Own – This affordable option offers a flexible way to see Alaska, with tours following similar routes as Denali Explorer but without inclusions like pre-planned excursions.Off the Beaten Path – These itineraries go beyond Denali to remote regions of the state such as the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias national Park and Preserve.Connoisseur – The line’s highest level of service, these tours include a professional tour director, most meals and enhanced sightseeing. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Princess announces largest-ever deployment to Alaska in 2019center_img Share Tags: Alaska, Princess Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hurry up and book Collettes flash sale on Italy

first_img MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a new week-long flash sale on tours to Italy, with prices starting at $1,719 per person.Running until Feb. 12, the sale applies to the following tours: Italian vistas; Italy’s Bella Vita; Italy’s Treasures; Reflections of Italy; Rome & Amalfi Coast; Shrines of Italy; Southern Italy & Sicily; Spotlight on Rome; Spotlight on Tuscany; Tuscany & Umbrian Countryside; Venice Florence and Rome.Agents must mention code ITALYSAVE10 to receive 10% off land-only pricing. Valid for new bookings made from Feb. 2-12 for travel on any Italy tour departing in 2018. Offer is not available for groups or combinable with any other offers.“We’re offering some amazing deals in conjunction with our 100th year celebration for agents to pass along to their clients,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world!”For reservations call 1-800-468-5955. Offer not available online. Posted by Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Travelweek Group Hurry up and book Collette’s flash sale on Italycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Collette Sharelast_img read more

IATA says Boeing jet wont return before August

first_imgIATA says Boeing jet won’t return before August GENEVA — The Boeing 737 Max jet that was grounded after two deadly crashes will not fly before mid-August at the earliest, the global airline trade group said Wednesday.The spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, Anthony Concil, said the group estimates the planes will remain grounded for at least another 10-12 weeks, though regulators like the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will have final say.The plane was grounded in mid-March after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max. A Lion Air Max crashed in October off the Indonesian coast. In all, 346 people died.Concil said IATA’s estimate is based on comments from U.S. carriers that they wouldn’t be scheduling commercial flights of the planes through August, and that the FAA hasn’t yet provided a timeline on decisions that could allow the planes to resume service.Concil spoke from Seoul, where IATA is preparing its annual meeting. IATA has 290 members, representing 82% of world commercial cargo and passenger traffic.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyBoeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, meanwhile, declined on Wednesday to give a timetable.Speaking at an investor conference in New York, he said he hopes all regulators will clear the plane for flying when the FAA does, “but there may be some international authorities that operate on a different schedule.”Boeing is working on changes to flight-control software and additional pilot training but has not submitted a formal application yet to the FAA. By: The Associated Press Wednesday, May 29, 2019 center_img Tags: Boeing 737 MAX, IATA << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The adventures of Ricardo Chino Morales continue

first_img Rebecca Aguilar Oil painting “Ojo de agua.” Morales began painting when he was 17 years old at “Casa del Artista” (House of the Artist). He admired foreign painters he heard about on the news, but was most impressed by Max Jiménez, another Costa Rican artist. He went to Mexico to continue his education, broadening his artistic talent. In addition to painting, he does lithography, graphic design, and engraving. Throughout Morales’ career, his work has been featured in expos around Central America, the United States and Spain.In his career, Morales has learned valuable lessons. For one, he says, you cannot define paintings as pretty or ugly, better or worse. He has come to appreciate each piece and the dedication behind it. And though a white canvas can intimidate, Morales reminds himself to go one stroke at a time to begin “feeling the painting.” Inspired by the local environment, Morales’ paintings usually feature a lot of green. His prefers to use oil paints and work during the dry season, when he can “sudar” (sweat) while he works, and Morales’ photographic memory allows him to deliver his images to the canvas in his studio in San José.He doesn’t often paint portraits, but did recall a time when he was asked to paint a friend’s wife. Morales accepted and the friend brought a photo. Laughing, he explained, “era feísima” (she was very ugly), but his friend was in love. So Morales worked hard on it, and finally the day came to unveil the painting. Morales’ friend picked it up, studied it, and said, “Mi esposa es fea, pero la hiciste verse peor.” (My wife is ugly, but you made her look worse.) At the end of the story, Morales grinned; he was satisfied with his job.  Now in remission, Morales sometimes visits the gallery with his wife, with whom he has three children and seven grandchildren. He has no plans to put down the brush just yet. He hopes to continue working and take this exhibit to the States and Italy in the coming months, though details are still being worked out. Meanwhile, you can see his work displayed at the National Gallery (free admission) through Sunday, Jan. 20. To purchase Morales’ paintings you can contact his workshop at 2285-1918 or e-mail him at Facebook Comments Displayed at the National Gallery in San José’s Children’s museum, “El final de una Aventura,” or, “the end of an adventure” features 21 oil paintings by artist Ricardo “Chino” Morales. Around the time he painted them, Morales – a renowned Tico painter of more than 50 years – wondered if he might be near the end of his own.In a battle with cancer a few years back, Morales believed his painting days were done. But as he recovered, he decided to pick his brush back up, and he worked a little each day until he had placed the last splotch on the final work. Most paintings in the collection are studies of landscapes, because Morales finds them to be uplifting. Life, as he puts it, is “una aventura total” (a total adventure). The sceneries he paints convey his optimism for life. No related posts.last_img read more

Illinois lawmakers vote to allow samesex marriage

first_imgThe U.S. state of Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state legislature approved a measure legalizing gay weddings.Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, said in a statement Tuesday that he would sign the bill into law, although he did not specify a date. The House, which had adjourned in May without passing a Senate bill legalizing same-sex marriage, approved the measure Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 54.“Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history,” said Quinn, who campaigned for the measure, which is scheduled to take effect in June.An aide to Quinn said the governor will sign the bill by the end of the month.The vote capped a string of legislative and legal victories for same-sex marriage activists since they won ballot initiative fights in Maryland, Maine and Washington state in 2012. This year, they won legislative battles in Delaware, Rhode Island and Minnesota, where an attempt to ban same-sex marriage failed the previous year; a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June striking down California’s same-sex marriage ban; and a ruling last month by the New Jersey Supreme Court that the state had to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples because a challenge to the state’s ban was likely to win on appeal. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, subsequently said he would not challenge the ruling.“It’s been an absolutely historic year of powerful momentum, and I think it just shows the country is ready,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director for the group Freedom to Marry.Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement that it was “disappointing but not surprising that the House has voted to redefine marriage. The losers will be the people of Illinois who will see that redefining marriage will unleash a torrent of harassment toward those who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”Brown added that the law, which stipulates fraternal religious organizations such as the Knights of Columbus do not have to host same-sex wedding ceremonies, lacked sufficient religious liberty protections.“Once the law goes into effect in June of next year, we will see individuals, businesses and religious groups sued, fined, brought up on charges of discrimination and punished simply for holding true to the traditional view of marriage,” he said.U.S. President Barack Obama — who campaigned for the law this year — praised the Illinois legislature, where he once served.“As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law,” Obama said in a statement. “Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else. So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours — and for their friends and family who have long wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and equally under the law.”Hawaii is likely to be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage; the state Senate passed such a bill Oct. 30, and the state House is expected to vote on the measure in a matter of days. Hawaii, like Illinois, allows for civil unions of same-sex couples.The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question of same-sex marriage on Oct. 23 and is expected to rule on the matter in the coming months.The state’s constitution is silent on the issue, and six same-sex couples have sued for the right to marry.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Elections tribunal presents presidential credentials to Luis Guillermo Solís who turns 56

first_imgRelated posts:Free tickets for Luis Guillermo Solís’ presidential inauguration will be available on Saturday only Ruling party’s Johnny Araya restarts presidential campaign with Catholic leaders Following rival’s campaign exit, candidate Solís says voter abstention could delegitimate his presidency Johnny Araya to launch ‘gratitude tour’ next week In a brief 15-minute ceremony, Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) President Luis Antonio Sobrado on Friday morning officially presented Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera with credentials declaring him the 47th president of Costa Rica.At the event, held at the TSE’s main facilities in downtown San José, Solís delivered an emotional five-minute speech thanking his father, Freddy Solís, for attending.The president-elect also thanked TSE officials for their work during the two rounds of elections in which Solís resoundingly won as the Citizen Action Party (PAC) candidate, with 78 percent of the vote against ruling party candidate Johnny Araya.Vice presidents-elect Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría and Helio Fallas Venegas also received their credentials.Solís’ inauguration is scheduled for May 8 at the National Stadium in La Sabana Park, west of San José. This week he traveled to neighboring Central American countries – except Nicaragua – to invite the region’s presidents to the event.The PAC victory ended nearly half a century of ruling by Costa Rica’s two traditional parties, the National Liberation Party and the Social Christian Unity Party.At the end of the ceremony, attendees surrounded Solís to sing him “Happy Birthday,” as Costa Rica’s next president celebrates his 56th birthday today.Follow Tico Times coverage of Solís’ presidency at hashtag #The Solís Administration. Luis Guillermo Solís’ father, Freddy Solís, 89, holds his son’s credentials as Costa Rica’s next president on Friday, April 25, 2014. Luis Guillermo Solís turned 56 on Friday. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Tico Times on Radio Dos Summiting Chirripó

first_imgRelated posts:Coming in December: a special Tico Times Print Edition Headed your way: a second Special Print Edition Read our September print edition online The Tico Times on Radio Dos: Our Santa Teresa and Puerto Viejo deep dives Facebook Comments Hiking Chirripó: Journey to the top of the worldcenter_img Did you hear The Tico Times onRadio Dos this morning?The Tico Times has partnered with Radio Dos to give you 90 seconds of news every Wednesday during “Margie in the Morning.”This week, reporter Alejandro Zúñiga discussed his two-day hike to Costa Rica’s highest peak at Cerro Chirripó.In case you missed it, listen to this week’s installment below:Catch the segment every Wednesday morning on 99.5 FM to for a quick dose of news.last_img read more

Guaidó calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela Monday

first_imgVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for mass protests across the country against President Nicolás Maduro on Monday as he announced his return after a week touring Latin American allies.His reappearance in Venezuela would pose an immediate challenge to the embattled Maduro, who will have to decide whether to arrest him for defying a travel ban — thereby provoking strong international condemnation — or allow him to enter unmolested, which would undermine his authority, analyst say.“I’m announcing my return to the country. I am calling on the Venezuelan people to mobilize all over the country tomorrow at 11:00 am (1500 GMT),” Guaidó said in a Twitter message Sunday.Guaidó, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president, gave no details of when or how he would return, though speculation is rife that a flight from the Colombian capital Bogota to Caracas is the most likely route.However, its possible that he plans to slip across the border with Colombia in the same way he left Venezuela, claiming he had help on that occasion from Maduro’s military.In his message, Guaido asked supporters to pay close attention for messages of where the demonstrations would take place on Monday. “Let’s go Venezuela,” he said.He spent the weekend in Ecuador, but flew out of the city of Salinas around midday on Sunday. Authorities did not immediately clarify where he was headed.Guaidó held talks in the city on Saturday with President Lenin Moreno, and met with Venezuelan refugees.Defying a travel ban by Maduro, Guaidóz slipped across the border to Colombia last weekend to try to bring in international humanitarian aid and to meet with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence.The 35-year-old political newcomer continued on to Brazil, where he met the new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, and on Friday traveled to Paraguay and Argentina.Guaidó stunned the world on January 23, proclaiming himself Venezuela’s acting president after the National Assembly he leads declared Maduro a usurper and illegitimate over his May re-election which was widely criticized as fraudulent.Guaidó wants to oust Maduro and set up a transitional government ahead of new elections.Maduro — who retains the support of Venezuela’s powerful military — enjoys strong support from Russia, which accuses Washington of interventionism, and China, which is concerned over the fate of billions of dollars in loans to Maduro’s regime.The socialist president warned last week that Guaido should “respect the law” and would have to “face justice” if he returns to the country.Guaidó said last week he intended to return to Venezuela “despite threats” to arrest him. The US and other allies have expressed concern for his safety.“The challenge has gone very far,” political analyst Luis Salamanca told AFP. “If he comes in and they stop him, it will generate strong internal reaction as well as internationally. Maduro is at permanent risk.”EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini warned on Saturday that any measure that would put at risk Guaidó’s “freedom, safety or personal integrity would represent a major escalation of tensions and meet the firm condemnation of international community.”“Guaidó has grown so much politically that they haven’t been able to touch him, in the traditional ways of Chavism, which is to put him in prison or force him to flee the country, harass him,” said Salamanca.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday Guaidó-appointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica UN says Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions Guaido vows to oust Maduro as thousands of Venezuelans protestlast_img read more

Israel arrests 3 for attack on Holocaust memorial

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Many ultra-Orthodox Jews oppose the existence of Israel because they believe a Jewish state should not be established before the coming of the Messiah. A small number of extremists believe the myth that Israel’s founders conspired with Hitler to bring about the Jewish state.The suspects are to appear before a Jerusalem court on Tuesday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Jerusalem (AP) – Israeli police have arrested three ultra-Orthodox Jewish suspects in connection with hate graffiti sprayed at the national Holocaust memorial and two Israeli army memorials.Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the suspects admitted to vandalizing the sites.The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial complex was sprayed earlier this month in 12 different places with slogans such as “Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust.” One was signed “world ultra-Orthodox Jewry.” Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Gadhafis divisive policies still haunt Libya

first_imgSome fear that transition to democracy in this oil-rich North African nation _ already suffering after the civil war that led to Gadhafi’s downfall in 2011 _ will be further derailed.That transition began July 7 with Libya’s first parliamentary elections in a half-century. The new legislature will appoint a government that faces a web of unsettled conflicts in a society left crippled and wounded by four decades of repression, simmering ethnic hatred and no real judicial system under Gadhafi.Many Libyans identify with their own tribe, their city or their regional affiliation. With a relatively small population of about 6 million people, residents can easily recognize each other by their dialect, the way they dress and sometimes even their facial features.Libya’s unresolved conflicts include:_ The third-largest city of Misrata and the rival Tawargha tribe. Militiamen in Misrata expelled about 40,000 tribesmen, accusing them of killing and raping civilians in Misrata as Gadhafi’s forces besieged the coastal town on the Mediterranean in the spring of 2011._ Misrata and the town of Bani Walid. The smaller town, a Gadhafi stronghold, was the last to fall to the rebels and is home to Libya’s largest tribe, the Warfala. Associated PressZINTAN, Libya (AP) – Rebels from the western town of Zintan were seen as heroes after playing a key role in toppling Moammar Gadhafi. Empowered and flush with weapons from Libya’s civil war, the militiamen now are fighting again _ settling scores with a rival tribe in clashes that have killed dozens of people.The bloodshed last month between the rebels and the Mashashia tribe reflects the simmering divisions left over from Gadhafi’s practice of consolidating his power by pitting communities against each other. _ The city of Zawiya, where militias have clashed with the Warshfana tribe._ The town of Zawara, populated by ethnic Berbers, which faced off with the Arab towns of Joumail and Ragdaleen._ The Arab Zwia tribe and the Tabu, a tribe of African origin, long suppressed under Gadhafi. They are fighting in southern Libya, near the border with Chad.While Gadhafi’s policies brought lots of unrest between tribes and communities, residents say the divisions ran deeper during the days of Ottoman rule and later under Italian colonizers in the 20th century.This month’s election suggests a possible victory of an alliance led by Mahmoud Jibril, a senior official under Gadhafi until he joined the rebels in the 2011 uprising and became prime minister of the provisional government. His critics warn that national reconciliation and transitional justice might become distorted because of Jibril’s ties to his Warfala tribe, which has allies in Zintan but is hated in Misrata.“There is a pileup of injustice. The whole nation fought against each other, and for 42 years faced injustice,” said longtime anti-Gadhafi opposition leader Mohammed al-Megarif, who is also head of the National Front party. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “This is what we got from Gadhafi _ a desire to take revenge, because after a long series of crimes against his people, he didn’t give people a chance to forgive.”El-Magarif said Gadhafi turned tribes against each other, and sometimes even encouraged divisions within the same tribe by giving jobs and wealth to low-ranking members while alienating the top leaders.“Bribery was the easiest thing to do,” he said.Origins of tribal conflict, in some instances, can date to before the Gadhafi era.Sheik Ali al-Zaytouni of the Mashashia tribe said that for hundreds of years, his people and residents of Zintan were shepherds who vied for grazing lands.“We inherited the antagonism,” al-Zaytouni said.When Gadhafi came to power, “he knew how to spark tension between us. He discriminated against us while he pampered Zintan,” he said, adding that no top state officials ever were drawn from the Mashashia tribe.Khaled al-Zintani, a spokesman of the Zintan council, said Gadhafi moved the Mashashia tribe to areas close to Zintan in 1970s to put pressure on the town.“He knew that Zintanis are people of resistance. … The tyrant needed to find a way to create tension in Zintan,” al-Zintani said. Misrata was one of the Libyan cities that suffered the most in the uprising. Gadhafi sent artillery and tanks to bombard the city and used snipers on rooftops to pick off those who fought back. Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured.Women were raped, and video showing the assaults was found on cell phones of detained Tawergha fighters.Accused of collaborating with the government troops, members of the Tawergha tribe fled their hometown about 20 miles south of the coastal city and took shelter in several places, including a military academy in Janzour, near Tripoli.Displaced Tawergha men and women now pack the small rooms that once housed students. They occasionally hear that a member of their tribe is abducted outside the compound and brought to Misrata to face retribution.Mabrouka Massid, a 46-year-old housewife, sat cross-legged in a small room with mattresses spread on the floor where her family of eight has been living since August 2011.“Bullets rained over our house, so we fled _ some in cars, others on foot. Some of us took days walking on foot trying to find a safe area,” Massid said.She acknowledged that some Tawergha men helped Gadhafi’s forces besiege Misrata. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Al-Zaytouni denied that his tribe helped Gadhafi’s forces attack Zintan and other western mountain towns in the uprising.“We were neutral. We didn’t have weapons, and we knew if we rise up, Gadhafi would wipe us from the map,” he added.However, al-Zintani accused the Mashashia of helping Gadhafi’s forces by offering their knowledge of the terrain.Zintan was a de facto training camp for anti-Gadhafi fighters from across Libya’s regions and tribes in the weeks before the rebels pushed into Tripoli in August 2011.Now, there are tanks parked in a wooded area of the town. A municipal building has been turned into a weapons warehouse, storing Katyusha rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and tons of ammunition. Houses have become prisons, including one that holds Libya’s most important inmate _ Gadhafi’s son and onetime heir apparent, Seif al-Islam _ as well as members of the dictator’s forces captured in the fighting.Fighting in June left about 100 people dead after the Mashashia refused to hand over 10 men wanted for questioning in the killing of a top Zintan commander, al-Zintani said.The siege of the city of Misrata by Gadhafi’s forces during the first months of the uprising has left another painful legacy of hatred. The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “Our youth were fooled,” she said. “Gadhafi told them Americans are coming to invade the city.”Another refugee, 28-year-old Sadina Ahmed, was more frank: “Our guilt is that we loved Moammar because he gave us a good life, and we lived well.”An elderly woman interrupted, saying the Tawergha tribe also suffered during the siege.“For months, we couldn’t tell night from day. The shelling was not only on Misrata but also on us,” she said. “What they say about killing their men and raping their women are sheer lies, fear God.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Iran rejects guilty plea in Saudi ambassador plot

first_imgAt Wednesday’s hearing in a New York court, Arbabsiar was asked whether he intended to kill the Saudi ambassador. He said he did. He also said Iranian military officials based in Iran were involved in the plot.Iran says it has no connection to Arbabsiar and that the U.S. accusations have no “legal logic.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran says a guilty plea by a Texas man allegedly hired by Iran to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States was the result of “psychological and moral pressure.”The official IRNA news agency Saturday quotes Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying Manssor Arbabsiar’s guilty plea Wednesday in a U.S. court is proof that the case is a “ridiculous plot” against Iran since Arbabsiar originally pleaded not guilty last year. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   last_img read more

Dutch government cuts gas drilling in quakehit region

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Kamp says, “the security of residents of Groningen is our priority.”Some seven million Dutch homes are reliant on gas from the Groningen gas field and the country also sells to Belgium, Germany and France.Kamp says the reduction will cost the government about 1.2 billion euros ($1.34 billion) in lost revenue.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is further cutting production of natural gas in the north of the country in an attempt to reduce the number of small earthquakes blamed on the drilling.Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp announced Tuesday that production in the Groningen region this year will be brought back to 30 billion cubic meters (39.24 billion cubic yards) of gas from the previously announced maximum of 39.4 billion cubic meters (51.53 billion cubic yards).center_img The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Strikes affect Air Canada return trips

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Passengers flying home with Air Canada may experience delays, as the carrier’s call centre and airport customer service agents walk off the job.While the strike which commenced yesterday will not affect travel into Vancouver from Sydney, the carrier has launched its contingency plans which includes the distribution of up to 1,800 non-unionised staff to ensure continued operations. The carrier has also advised its passenger flying out of Canada to check its website over the coming days prior to departing to the airport and “familiarize themselves with the special information about its services as well as the self-serve check-in and booking tools”. “Air Canada remains focused on reaching a settlement and in minimising inconvenience to its passengers’ travel plans,” the carrier said in a statement. For more information visit last_img read more

Etihad Airways major profit increase

first_imgEtihad Airways has posted a stellar 48 per cent profit increase, according to its 2013 financial results. The airline’s profit reached $US62 million in 2013. Revenue was also up by 27 per cent to $US 6.5 billion. The results herald the third year of net profitability for the airline. In addition, passenger numbers increased by 12 per cent to 11.5 million while revenue passenger kilometres (the measure of revenue raised from passenger journeys) was up 16 per cent to 55.5 billion. “This is another important step forward in our journey as a growing, commercially successful business, James Hogan president and chief executive officer said. A key reason for Etihad’s consistent profitability is its partnership strategy, which has allowed Etihad to carry more passengers on more routes and gain strategic equity stakes in smaller airlines.center_img In 2014, Etihad Airways plans to introduce 18 new aircraft, including its first 787-9 Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus 380 Super Jumbo.  “We have hit every financial target for each of the last seven years, bringing sustainable profitability to a business which has grown from just US$300 million in revenues in 2005 to more than US$6 billion today.” Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

World Aviation Systems to represent Virgin Atlantic Airways

first_imgWorld Aviation Systems (WAS) has announced that it will represent Virgin Atlantic Airways as the airline’s new general sales agent in Australasia and South East Asia, effective immediately.“Following a comprehensive tender process to identify a regional GSA in Australasia and South East Asia, we are delighted to appoint World Aviation Systems as our representative, which was a natural choice for us due to the company’s extensive experience and forward thinking, can-do culture,” Virgin Atlantic Airways head of Asia Pacific David Rose said.Virgin Atlantic Airways currently operates from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and beyond to the USA and the growth of travel in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow rapidly.“The growth of travel in our region makes this a particularly exciting time for us to work closely together and our industry leading representation model and expertise at World Aviation Systems will enable us to drive sales on behalf of Virgin Atlantic in the region,” World Aviation Systems group general manager James Vaile said.Gia Acitelli has been appointed by World Aviation Systems as regional general manager and brings with her 14 years of experience with Virgin Atlantic Airways as sales and marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand.“Gia is a well-known and respected figure in Australia and New Zealand in the airline and travel industry and she will play an integral role in our ongoing relationship with Virgin Atlantic Airways,” said Mr Vaile.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

Solomon Airlines partners with Melanesian airlines

first_imgSolomon Airlines has hailed a decision by fellow Melanesian airlines Air Nuigini and Air Vanuatu to combine resources with the Solomon Islands national carrier to promote partnership in aviation services in the Pacific.The partnership will benefit the Melanesian region, as the three airlines signed an initial agreement in Honiara last week in principal agreeing to work in unison to assist and promote the region.A key outcome of this meeting will see the three airlines entering into a tri-partite code share arrangement on the Port Moresby/Honiara/Port Villa route.It is expected to commence in June 2015, and the code share agreement will see Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines utilising an Air Niugini Fokker 100 aircraft on the route.The code share will form the basis for further corporation and other similar arrangements promoting aviation collaboration among Melanesian Spearhead Group carriers.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Emirates gives Australians more time with Hold my Fare

first_imgEmirates gives Australians more time with ‘Hold my Fare’For many travelling Australian’s booking the perfect holiday takes time and now Emirates, a global connector of people, places and experiences, is making it easier for Australians to book and lock in fares while they finalise their travel plans with the introduction of ‘Hold My Fare’.‘Hold My Fare’ is a new feature on that offers customers the opportunity to hold their reservations and lock in competitive Emirates fares for up to 48 hours for a nominal fee, which is calculated based on the booked route or destination and applies to every passenger except infants. To lock in the best fare and preferred flight, customers are asked to authorize the reservation, which will then be held on their credit card. The fee is released back to customer’s credit card if tickets are paid for within 48 hours.Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates explains: “Emirates is committed to finding innovative ways to make the online booking experience even more convenient. With ‘Hold My Fare’, we are providing our customers added flexibility to firm up their travel plans at their own pace. Customers can finalize the details of their journey, organize accommodation with their travel companions or family with the peace of mind that their preferred flights won’t sell out and that they are guaranteed that their fares will not be affected.”Customers can choose the ‘Hold My Fare’ option on the payment page of Customers also receive a booking confirmation email after they have used ‘Hold My Fare’, with information on when the booking will be held until, as well as instructions and links to the ‘Manage a booking’ page on when they decide to pay for their flights. Once they choose ‘Pay Now’, more services like travel insurance, hotel stays and car rentals can be added to their journey. Learn MoreSource = Emirateslast_img read more

France and Spain rail service improvements announced

first_imgFrance and Spain rail service improvements announcedDuring a recent visit to Australia, representatives from France Rail Pass and France-Spain High Speed (Renfe SNCF) have shared that new developments and improvements are underway to further enhance the traveller’s experience when travelling around and between France and Spain.Sylvette Natiez, Head of Distribution at SNCF reinforced that the use of the France Rail Pass is the best and most efficient way to travel around the country. With 800 trains travelling to 230 destinations around the country, the rail service provider has transported 2 billion travellers since 1981. In terms of continued improvements, new lines with double tracks will open between Paris-Strasbourg in July 2016; and between Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Nantes & Rennes in July 2017. Stations are also being upgraded with improved customer service stations, waiting areas, shops and onboard catering service which features well-known French brands. Agents are reminded that the France Rail Pass allows traveller to connect with neighbouring countries including Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.Alejandra Vitoria, Head of France and International Markets for Renfe-SNCF (a strategic alliance that began the France-Spain High-Speed services from December 2013), reported that the services have proven popular over the last two years, with more than 1.7mil international travellers taking advantage of the high-speed services. Renfe – SNCF connects 21 international destinations, taking passengers from city centre to city centre in Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres in Spain, and Perpignan, Narbonne, Beziers, Agde, Sète, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, Valence, Lyon and Paris in France. Currently, five daily trains join the two countries year-round, a figure that will increase to six daily services in spring and seven by summer.According to Rail Europe Manager Australasia, Ingrid Kocijan, agents have been kept busy now that bookings to France have bounced back after the attacks of last year. With that, she reminds agents that any bookings made by 31 March 2016 on the range of France Rail Pass will not only enjoy a generous 20% discount, but also bonus discounts on city passes and other activities, Also, up to two children (aged 4-11) travel for free with each adult. Rail EuropeSource = Rail Europelast_img read more