Month: August 2019

Review says WestJet should update its workplace harassment policies

first_imgReview says WestJet should update its workplace harassment policies The Canadian Press Friday, August 19, 2016 CALGARY – A review has found some shortcomings in WestJet’s protocols for handling cases of workplace harassment.The Calgary-based airline hired the professional services firm Ernst & Young to do an independent review of the company’s policies and practices.The review follows legal action taken earlier this year by a former flight attendant who says the company did not take proper action when she reported that a pilot sexually assaulted her.The allegations have not been proven in court.The review says WestJet’s “Respect in the Workplace” policies are not well understood by some employees, leading to inefficiencies, contradictions, knowledge gaps and avoidable risks.Among other things, the review recommends an update to the policy and formal training for all employees.The former flight, Mandalena Lewis, attendant suing WestJet says a review into the airline’s workplace harassment policies validates her view that the company is failing to protect its employees. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Experience Turquoize at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun SuggestedSharing

first_img TORONTO — Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Turquoize is like a resort within a resort. It is the new adult-only, all beachfront tower with nearly 700 square feet of inspired design living area plus an oversized balcony with a private hot tub and seating section. Even the bath offers dazzling ocean views with its unique floor to ceiling glass corner shower.Exclusive private check-in and reception area, exclusive adult only dining, and rooftop infinity pool. Rooms have direct elevator access to the spa.Hyatt Ziva Cancun is currently offering up to 50% in savings plus $200 in resort coupons.Share the video with your clients to help drive bookings:Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Tags: Hyatt Sharecenter_img Experience Turquoize at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun #SuggestedSharing << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

400 dead dolphins wash ashore on Perus northern beaches

first_imgLIMA, Peru – The bodies of some 400 dolphins washed up on beaches in northern Peru last month, baffling authorities who are so far mystified as to the cause, officials said Tuesday.The mammals’ remains were found on beaches stretching across the northern departments of Piura and Lambayeque, said Peruvian Sea Institute official Jaime de la Cruz in Chiclayo.Lambayeque is in far northern Peru, almost at the Ecuadoran border.Samples of the animals’ remains were sent to Lima for autopsies to be done, De la Cruz said.The surge in deaths alarmed Carlos Yaipen, a marine veterinarian at the Sea Animal Conservation Scientific Group.“We could again be seeing what happened in 2012 when there were 836 dead dolphins on beaches in the north,” he warned.Some local media reports speculated that toxic algae could have led to the deaths.But Yaipen said if that were the case, then humans would have been affected as well when they ate sea animals from the area.Yaipen said he wondered if a tragic reaction to nearby acoustic “impact” could have killed the dolphins, with oil companies doing exploratory drilling in the area.His group took samples to have tests run abroad, he said. Facebook Comments Related posts:To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial US adds two macaws to endangered species list We’re risking a mass extinction of frogs – and they’re the ‘canary in the coal mine’last_img read more

Fix the immigration crisis at its root

first_imgThe plight of the terrified Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their homelands has launched a passionate and often bitter debate in Washington. However, most U.S. leaders are missing the real lesson of this crisis, at their own peril. The conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funds for the crisis criticize him for dealing only with the symptoms and not with the “root cause” of the problem. They are half right — but the half that’s wrong is very, very wrong. For them, the root cause is a lax immigration law, weak protections or insufficiently severe punishments. But no punishment, no wall and no army can solve this problem.I often say that poverty needs no passport to travel. If these children — some of whom are supported in their quest by their families, some of whom make the trip of their own accord — are willing to risk their lives atop the infamous train through Mexico known as La Bestia (“the beast”), face the rape and abuse that many children experience during the journey, sell their possessions and their bodies, and give their life savings to unscrupulous smugglers, what else could possibly deter them? What can the United States do to these children that would be worse than what they are already suffering? And why is such a great country even asking that question?The root cause of this crisis is not U.S. immigration law or the policies of one U.S. president. The root cause is the violence and poverty that make these children’s lives at home intolerable. The root cause dates to the parents and grandparents of the young people fleeing their countries today — our region’s “lost generation,” those who were children and teenagers in the 1980s. Back then, two superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — chose our region as a place to work out their disputes. They were eager to help Central America transform students into soldiers. They were eager to provide the weapons while we provided the dead.When Central America’s leaders found a way to end those conflicts, I thought that our achievement would be rewarded with aid and with support to help us make the transition from war to peace, to get our young people back in school, to retrain soldiers and to rebuild families. However, once the bullets stopped flying, the two superpowers lost interest.All of us — the United States and its neighbors to the south — are paying the price for this lost opportunity. In Central America’s Northern Triangle, soldiers and guerrillas have been replaced by gang members. Civil wars have been replaced by street wars. Mothers no longer cry because their children are marching off to battle. They cry because their children are falling victim to another kind of violence or because they have to send them in search of a better life. Central American immigrants board “La Bestia” (“The Beast”) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-U.S. border, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico on July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Ruíz/AFPThis cycle of violence will not end until all those with an interest in, and responsibility for, the crisis demonstrate a new commitment to addressing these problems before they begin. For the nations of Central America, this means asking the wealthy to do their part. It is unforgivable that countries so poor, with income inequality so drastic, have some of the lowest tax burdens in the world. We must ask more of our richest citizens.But the United States also has a role to play. If it continues to direct its minimal aid to Central America with the goal of merely putting out wildfires that spill into its own territory, the inferno of poverty and illiteracy will continue to burn across the border. The current discussion should make room for aid strategies that treat Central America as more than a pawn in the war on drugs and that seek to reduce poverty and improve education — the only real way to avoid another lost generation.One highly cost-effective strategy would be for the United States to bolster the region’s cash-transfer programs, which help families keep their kids in school. For only $62 million, a monthly scholarship program similar to the one I implemented in Costa Rica could be offered for a full year to all 52,000 young people apprehended at the border so far this year. With Obama asking for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address a tiny fraction of the symptoms of the disease, it is crazy not to consider much smaller investments that could help cure it at the root.This kind of sanity, however, is a tall order in a country where some voices are calling for all aid to Central America to be cut off. Such thinking is wrong on a moral, ethical and practical level. These children are Central Americans. They are also Americans, in the geographically accurate sense of that term: Their tragedies belong to all of us, including the paragon of wealth and opportunity to which they have turned in desperation.Most of all, they are children, which means that none of us can turn a blind eye. The world must not fail them as we failed their parents and grandparents. If we do, their hell will increasingly become our own.The writer was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Mexico has key role in confronting surge of Central American migrantslast_img read more

Canadian longtime expat goes missing in Costa Rica under strange circumstances

first_imgUpdate, Sat. Jan 24, 1:40 p.m.:Four days have passed since the “strange” disappearance of well-known Canadian expat and nationalized Costa Rican Ryan Piercy, 45, and police, family members and colleagues continue to maintain guarded silence over the case. In one of few public comments on the investigation, Judicial Investigation Police Director Francisco Segura told Channel 7’s Telenoticias on Thursday: We’ve got to wait to see what we get out of the interviews with relatives. … We don’t know if he disappeared alone, or if he was disappeared. … Those are questions that happen in reality. … The fact that the vehicle appeared abandoned could have been any of a number of things. However, the OIJ is investigating.The Tico Times will update this story as soon as any new developments emerge. If you have any information to share about Ryan or the case, please write to Tico Times editor David Boddiger at story continues here:Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Canadian Embassy in San José confirmed to The Tico Times that they are investigating the disappearance of a Canadian citizen who was last seen on Tuesday.Police discovered an abandoned car with its doors open on the side of the road along Route 32 Tuesday evening. The car is registered to the missing man, Ryan Piercy, 45, OIJ Director Francisco Segura said Wednesday morning. Piercy’s wife told police that her husband left for work in the morning but that she hadn’t been able to contact him since.Segura called the disappearance “extremely strange.” On Jan. 21, 2015, Costa Rican police search the area where Canadian expat Ryan Piercy’s abandoned car was discovered. The Tico TimesPiercy, a businessman, is a Canadian native and nationalized Costa Rican. He also is manager at the Association of Residents of Costa Rica, an organization that aids expats in the residency process here. He had no police record, the OIJ director added.Michael Martin, a representative of the Canadian Embassy in San José’s political and economic section, said that the embassy is in contact with Piercy’s family to offer consular assistance and act as a liaison with local authorities to help obtain information on the case. Martin would not supply additional details, citing the Canadian Privacy Act.This story is developing. Follow for updates. Facebook Comments Related posts:Missing US hiker Cody Dial’s parents submit DNA to investigators Man linked to Costa Rica murder case sentenced to 3 years for identity theft in US Police investigate disappearance of US expat in Costa Rica Family of US hiker disappeared in Costa Rica passes another dark anniversarylast_img read more

FIFA Womens World Cup Costa Rica ties 22 with South Korea makes

first_imgRelated posts:FIFA Women’s World Cup: Costa Rica hopes to fight its way to the knockout stage FIFA Women’s World Cup: Brazil’s only goal is enough to eliminate Costa Rica 6 top Costa Rica sports stories of 2014 WATCH: Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell scores for Arsenal in first Premier League start Recommended: World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong In one of the FIFA Women’s World Cup most gripping games, Costa Rica managed to draw 2-2 with South Korea and made it to second place in Group E behind Brazil, its next opponent.Both teams played a more balanced game in this match, held in Montreal, Canada, following their debuts in which South Korea lost 1-0 to Brazil and Las Ticas tied 1-1 with Spain.It was a wide open match with both teams trading offensive plays since the game’s early minutes.Ji So-Yun was the first to unleash the crowd’s excitement. The Chelsea Ladies star and England’s current Player of the Year placed Tica goalie Dinnia Díaz under pressure, making the defense line look uncoordinated several times.La Sele’s first commendable offensive came at 11’ when Raquel Rodríguez – who scored against Spain – sent a potent shot that went wide by just a few inches.Less than a minute later Kwon Hahnul responded with another shot that Díaz deflected over the goal.Both teams then alternated control of the game with Costa Rica’s offensive driven by fantastic plays by captain Shirley Cruz and long passes from midfielder Katherine Alvarado.One of those passes went to teenage forward Melissa Herrera who managed to send it over goalkeeper Kim Jung-Mi. The South Koreans scrambled to kick it away, but the buzzer went off and La Sele was in the lead on 15 minutes.Just two minutes later, Cristin Granados fouled Ji So-Yun inside the penalty area and the South Korean scored with a shot that Díaz was unable to catch.The draw allowed South Korea to regain control of the game and Díaz prevented them from taking the lead twice in a row.However, on 24 minutes Jeon Gaeul was finally able to score with a crossed shot after receiving a pass on the right.The first half ended with South Korea in the lead. The team entered the second half looking to rapidly increase the score, mostly by taking advantage of their speed and applying pressure on Costa Rica on its side of the court.This strategy allowed them to continually penetrate the Costa Rican side,​ however, Díaz showed what she’s made of and thwarted Gaeul’s and Yumi’s chances to score.La Sele looked lost during the first 15 minutes of the second half and the South Koreans’ speed kept the team defending its territory with all it had. The team’s offensive plays became more sporadic and less powerful as the minutes went by, but coach Amelia Valverde maintained her starting lineup through most of the game.Finally, at 72 minutes, Valverde sent Costa Rica’s all-time top scorer Karla Villalobos in and Las Ticas regained control. The team was then able to revert the situation and kept the Koreans defending their lead.The substitution paid off when Villalobos received a long pass — again from Alvarado – and beat Jung-Mi with a crossed touch at 89 minutes.Two minutes into the overtime Villalobos was close to scoring the winner, but the ball went slightly wide.In the end Las Ticas celebrated as they did all they could to avoid defeat.The result leaves Brazil atop of the group with six points and Costa Rica in second place with two. South Korea and Spain are tied with one point each.The best two teams in each group will qualify to the next round while the four best teams in third place will also advance to the knockout round.South Korea 2-2 Costa RicaGoals:0-1: Melissa Herrera (15′)1-1: Ji Soyun (19′)2-1: Jeon Gaeul (24′)2-2: Karla Villalobos (89′)Lineups:Korea Republic: Jungmi, Eunmi, Seoyeon, Boram, Gaeul, Sohyun, Soyun, Younga, Hahnul, Yumi and Hyer. Coach: Dukyeo Hoon.Costa Rica: Díaz, Acosta, Rodríguez, Sánchez, Sáenz, Alvarado, Cruz, Barrantes, Herrera, Rodríguez and Granados. Coach: Amelia Valverde.Player of the Match: Cristin Granados.Referees: Carina Vitulano (ITA), Michelle O’Neal (IRL), Tonja Paavola (FIN)Stadium: Montreal Olympic Stadium Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tamarindo hotel owner assaulted again months after breakin left husband dead

first_imgLess than eight months after three masked men broke into her Playa Langosta hotel, beat her husband — who later died — and took off with their life savings, Suzye Lawson said she was beaten by another trio of men Saturday on her property, the Villa Alegre bed and breakfast near Tamarindo.Lawson told The Tico Times that the invaders, who she did not recognize and didn’t think were the same ones who committed the April break-in, assaulted her Saturday night around 6:45 p.m. while they “scoped out” the area in and around her beachside hotel. They found her in a back corner behind the hotel and attacked her, Lawson said.“My dog was going absolutely wild but it was a different kind of angry barking,” the 69-year-old hotel owner from California said. “I went over and thought I saw a shadow and turned around and that’s when the guys jumped me.”She said a man with dreadlocks held her down, yelled at her to keep quiet, and began to beat her badly enough so that she was bleeding from the face by the end of the ordeal.The men left the property without stealing anything, despite the fact that Lawson said one of the doors to a villa room was open and a guest’s laptop was in sight. Lawson said she saw her doctor on Tuesday and that she is more “emotionally wounded” than physically.“I have to sell the place because I’m just too tired to do this anymore,” Lawson said. “I need to move from this place. It’s going to haunt me now.” Barry Lawson built the Villa Alegre bed and breakfast on the coast of Playa Langosta 20 years ago. In April, three men assaulted Barry, leading to his death, and stole tens of thousands worth of cash and valuables from the Lawsons. Michael Krumholtz/The Tico TimesAn official from the U.S. Embassy happened to be staying at Villa Alegre when the latest invasion and assault took place and immediately called police. Lawson said four officers showed up within half an hour of the call being placed.On the night of the April break-in, none of the phone calls that Lawson and her husband, Barry, made to 911 after they were assaulted and robbed were answered. The couple lost nearly $40,000 of their savings, the majority of which was intended to fund a scholarship program for local schoolchildren in financial need.Barry Lawson died less than a week later from head injuries sustained during the attack, according to a death report from the U.S. State Department.Paradise marred: Who killed Barry Lawson?A chief inspector from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) branch in Santa Cruz confirmed Wednesday that investigators have received an official complaint about the latest assault at Villa Alegre.“This case is being treated separately,” OIJ inspector Rodolfo Vasquez told The Tico Times. “We have people working on this latest case but I’m not able to comment further because the investigation is still open.”Vasquez said OIJ has no suspects for the Saturday assault and added that there are still no suspects from the break-in in April that led to an uproar from Tamarindo residents worried about security in town and the apparent lack of police presence.The Tico Times placed multiple calls to the cell phone of Santa Cruz police chief Noé Guerrero on Wednesday afternoon but the calls were all dropped. Guerrero said he wasn’t getting good reception.Guerrero told The Tico Times in October that police don’t believe home invasions are happening at an alarming rate in the area.There were eight guests staying at the bed and breakfast on Saturday, according to Lawson. She said one guest was sitting by the pool when the attackers came but that the guest went into her room and locked the door when she heard Lawson screaming.Lawson said she does not know what could have motivated the latest group of men to come on to her property and assault her. She added that she does not have enough money to pay for a private security guard after most of her savings were stolen in April.“I want people to be protected in the town I live in,” she said. “It’s out of control.” Facebook Comments Related posts:U.S. beachgoer tries to burn down police station after his arrest in Tamarindo Costa Rica police analyze burned bones found on property of missing U.S. citizen US real estate developer accused of fraud in Jacó allegedly targeted Michigan investors Dutch couple, laborer found dead at Costa Rica farmlast_img read more

Jair Pérez of Jacó takes 1st place in World Surf League qualifier

first_imgThe Essential Costa Rica Pro Qualifying Series from the World Surf League kicked off Sunday when 64 men and 16 women from all over Central America participated in two days of trials. The first three men and one woman earned wildcard spots in the actual contest, which takes place in Playa Esterillos on Oct. 5 to 9.In waves of 3-5 feet at Playa Hermosa, Jacó’s Jair Pérez won 1st place and earned his place on the QS. He will begin in Round 64 of the contest, which will feature 192 competitors from all around the world. Those competitors on the QS are working to earn points, enough to get to the top 10 in the rankings. Those top 10 will then be eligible to compete on the World Championship Tour (WCT), against the likes of Kelly Slater of the United States, Gabriel Medina of Brazil and John John Florence of Hawaii — and more — for the chance to become a professional world champion, or simply for good money and international recognition.For most Costa Rican surfers, the QS is an unobtainable dream, as a lack of sponsors and money prevent them for traveling to other locations on that circuit. With a QS date in Costa Rica, the select few who won the trials will get a chance to compete in a professional contest, earn some points, and hopefully draw attention from sponsors. (Courtesy of Johan Pacheco)“There were a lot of surprises at the trials, because top names like Anthony Fillingim (current national champion from Malpaís), Gilbert Brown (four-time national champion from Puerto Viejo) and Luis Vindas (former national champion) were defeated in the quarterfinals of the men’s heats,” said Diego Naranjo of Orange Wave Productions, the organizer of the Essential Costa Rica Pro QS3000 WSL. “This was a big opportunity for the local surfers to get in the WSL QS3000 through the trials. Now they have the chance to surf against the best surfers from around the world here in their own country.”Joining Pérez will be Tamarindo’s Isaac Vega, who will start in Round 96, and Venezuela’s José Joaquín López, whose journey begins in Round 144.Jacó’s Jason Torres did not need to compete in the trials, as he was already awarded a wildcard spot to compete in the QS here after his championship win in the Costa Rica Pro Surfing Tour last year.The surprise winner at the trials this weekend was Camila Summers, a new face in Costa Rica competition. She will begin in Round 48 of the women’s competition of the Essential Costa Rica Pro QS3000 WSL. (Courtesy of Johan Pacheco)“Camila is only 14 years old and part of the new generation that are coming from Puerto Viejo,” said Naranjo. “She just surfed better than other girls, and surfed the best waves of the final heat.”Orange Wave awarded “phenomenal” 12-time Costa Rica national women’s champion Lisbeth Vindas of Jacó a wildcard, as well as one for Emily Gussoni of Jacó for being “a great promise of national surfing.”The more famous Costa Rican surfer names like Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos and Noe Mar McGonagle are already competing on the QS circuit and will, for sure, be here to do their part to raise their points on the rankings. Right now, Muñoz is No. 39 and McGonagle is No. 103 out of the 1,186 surfers on the QS. The Essential Costa Rica Pro Qualifying Series of the World Surf League got underway Sunday in Playa Hermosa. (Courtesy of Johan Pacheco)“We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time and it’s basically a dream come true,” McGonagle said. “It’s always good to compete in my home country and this brings a lot of opportunity to our surfers, especially to demonstrate their level of surfing and for the Latin American surfers in general to earn QS points. I’m not super familiar with the wave, living far from Esterillos, but I do know the waves are fun and consistent — it’s really exciting.”Alongside her brother Noe Mar, Leilani McGonagle will be one to watch in the Women’s QS3000 event as a local favorite. By the time she gets to Esterillos, she will have finished a full summer of competing in California. It is a chance the young Costa Rican relishes and will look to take full advantage of to earn valuable points.“It’s so amazing to have this opportunity and I can’t wait,” Leilani said. “It’ll be great to see more of the Ticos that don’t get to travel as much and will have a chance to showcase their talent. I love watching my brother compete and it’s always nice to have his support, so I will be looking forward to having him and my dad coach me. I love traveling, but it does get stressful so I’m so excited for this event and only having to drive a few hours from home is going to be awesome.”Currently, Leilani sits at No. 90 (out of 355) on the women’s QS rankings.Like the actual contest in October, the trials format ran four-person heats to start, then finished up with man-to-man heats. While this weekend had 64 men and 16 women from around Central America looking for a wildcard spot, the QS has 144 men (15 alternates) and 48 women (10 alternates) going for the cash prizes and points.“This type of competition for athletes, who for various reasons cannot participate in the WSL international tour, is very valuable. The power gained with points in this country’s QS will help them make important steps within the WSL. This is a great opportunity for all, even more so for new generations in this sport,” said Naranjo.“Now, with the commitment of the Costa Rica Tourism Board and private companies, we are able to show the audience a real surfing lifestyle with music, food court, and a beautiful beach. This beach is very contestable on all different tides and we can’t wait to show this paradise to the world.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Esterillos Este kicks off World Surf League event Team Costa Rica shines on first day of 2016 World Surfing Games Costa Rica’s national team departs for World Surfing Games in France Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Gameslast_img read more

Finally Public Works Ministry reopens La Platina bridge

first_imgAfter eight years of ongoing problems including daily traffic jams and road closures, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) on Wednesday reopened passage over the newly repaired Alfredo González Flores bridge, commonly known as “La Platina.”Minister Carlos Villalta conducted an inspection of the structure along with various ministers and reporters during the morning. He said that President Luis Guillermo Solís would officially reopen the bridge early Thursday, as he was in Ecuador at the inauguration of President Lenín Moreno.During the inspection, hundreds of motorists started gathering nearby, yelling and honking at the officials to demand they open the bridge. It has caused delays and traffic nightmares for nearly a decade, especially during the repairs that concluded this week.At around noon, Villalta called the president by phone and Solís gave the green light to open all six lanes of the bridge, located on the General Cañas Highway.Shortly thereafter, Solís posted a message on his Facebook profile in which he thanked all workers on the project for their contributions. He also thanked all citizens for their patience through all these years. “Finally!,” said the president at the end of his message.The president said he still plans to visit the bridge at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday. Facebook Comments Third time’s the charmProblems with a loose metal structure in 2009 gave the bridge its infamous nickname. Various failed attempts to repair it cost several government officials their posts during the administrations of presidents Oscar Arias and Laura Chinchilla, and the phrase “La Platina” became something of a catchphrase for government inefficiency.Current administration officials say they have finally solved the problem by replacing the Platina with a series of expansion joints.Over time, taxpayers have ponied up a total of ¢9.4 billion ($16.2 million) for repairs to the bridge that, according to MOPT, handles some 90,000 vehicles every day.The General Cañas Highway is the main road connecting the capital, San José, and the province of Alajuela. It is also the main road the Juan Santamaría International Airport and one of the routes that connects the Central Valley with the Pacific provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste.Solís, in his message on Wednesday, also disclosed details about other projects that, he said, would be ready before he leaves office next year.He said that the Chilamate-Kooper road in the Northern zone will be ready in a few weeks and that the National Convention Center would be ready by early 2018.See a video of the reopening of La Platina bridge:center_img Related posts:La Platina bridge will partially reopen next week Public Works Minister pledges to open La Platina bridge next week Solís pledges to fix La Platina bridge – the third president to make the promise Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltwaylast_img read more

Russian Polish churches appeal for forgiveness

first_img“We appeal to our believers to ask for the forgiveness of wrongs, injustice and every evil committed against each other,” the document said. “We are certain that this is the first and the most important step toward rebuilding mutual trust, which is a necessary element of a lasting community and full reconciliation between people.”The document was signed during a ceremony at Warsaw’s Royal Castle by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Jozef Michalik, the Polish church’s highest-ranking leader.Shortly after the ceremony, a Russian judge convicted three members of the punk band Pussy Riot of hooliganism driven by religious hatred and sentenced them to two-year prison terms for a performance in Moscow’s main cathedral that called for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia against Vladimir Putin.During the trial, the band members apologized to all Orthodox believers, saying that they did not mean to offend anyone and that their performance was aimed against Putin and Kirill, who had urged Russians to vote for Putin.But Kirill, who took Putin’s side in the case, has not commented on the Russian court case or the verdict since arriving in Warsaw on Thursday. The document that Michalik and Kirill signed mentions the “open enmity, even fighting between our nations” in the past and calls for a “brotherly dialogue” in all walks of life. Church leaders said it is not another political declaration, but a religion-motivated call to the hearts and minds of ordinary people in both nations.Kirill stressed that serving Christian religion obliged church leaders to promote the reconciliation.Some have compared the document to a historic 1965 letter by Poland’s bishops to the Catholic church leaders in Germany, offering and asking forgiveness for past wrongs between Poles and Germans, the most painful committed during World War II.Today, Poland and Germany are enjoying friendly relations and are cooperating within the European Union.The many sources of bitterness between Poles and Russians include Polish resentment over Moscow’s control of Poland during the communist era and Russia’s reaction to seeing Poland reject its influence and join Western institutions like NATO.Elderly Poles still talk bitterly about Moscow’s “stab in the back” _ the attack from the East by the Soviet Red Army on Sept. 17, 1939, which came less than three weeks after German troops invaded Poland from the West, starting World War II. They point to the murders of more than 20,000 of their officers by Soviet secret police in 1940 in the Katyn forest and other sites. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona More recently, conspiracy theories have smoldered since Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people were killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia. Some Poles have accused Russians of not fully cooperating in investigating the crash.Relations between the Orthodox church and the Catholic church also have been tense.The Orthodox Church prevented Polish-born Pope John Paul II from making a trip to Russia. The Orthodox also have accused the Vatican of seeking Catholic converts in traditionally Orthodox areas _ a charge Rome denies.Poland’s official in charge of discussing the sticking points with Russia, Adam Daniel Rotfeld, said the document signed Friday also laid foundations for an improvement in relations between the two churches in general.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – The leaders of Russia’s Orthodox church and Poland’s Catholic church signed a document Friday that urges their nations to forgive each other for past wrongs.The signing in Warsaw during the first visit to Poland by a Russia patriarch has been described by the churches as a historic act of reconciliation and the establishment of a bridge between the denominations. The two nations have feuded for centuries and their ties are still marked by distrust. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Japanese journalist killed covering Syria fighting

first_imgAssociated PressTOKYO (AP) – A veteran Japanese war correspondent was shot and killed while covering Syria’s civil war, her family and the government said Tuesday.Mika Yamamoto worked for The Japan Press, an independent TV news provider that specializes in conflict zone coverage.She was hit by gunfire Monday while she and a colleague were traveling with the Free Syrian Army in the northwestern city of Aleppo, said Masaru Sato, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. The rebel army is trying to topple the regime of President Bashar Assad. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project A YouTube video posted by an activist in Syria shows Yamamoto, 45, inside a van wrapped in blankets with only her face visible. An Associated Press reporter who had worked with Yamamoto and who viewed the video confirmed her identity.In another video, apparently taken at a field hospital, her Japanese colleague Kazutaka Sato wept as he looked into her blood-smeared face, then gently pressed his cheek against hers.“Why? You are wearing a flak jacket,” he said, speaking to her lifeless body. “That must hurt. Did you suffer? Were you shot in the head?” he asked, sobbing. Then he saw her arm with gunshot wounds, apparently suffered as she covered her head. “Oh, that hurt, didn’t it?”Yamamoto was shot in the neck, her father Koji Yamamoto cited Japanese government officials as saying.She had covered the war in Afghanistan after 2001 and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq from Baghdad as a special correspondent for NTV, according to Japan Press’ website.She was the fifth foreign journalist to be killed in Syria since the start of the war, the media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said. A sixth journalist died from a severe asthma attack during an undercover reporting trip. Sponsored Stories The group said about 30 Syrian journalists and citizen-journalists have also been killed.In the YouTube video, Capt. Ahmed Ghazali, a rebel fighter in the northern Syrian city of Azaz, says the Japanese journalist was killed by regime forces in Aleppo.“We welcome any journalist who wants to enter Syria,” Ghazali says. “We will secure their entry, but we are not responsible for the brutality of Assad’s forces against the media.”Activists say Syria’s conflict has killed more than 20,000 people since March 2011. Ghazali expressed frustration that the international community has not intervened in the war and said he hopes the journalist’s death will encourage international action.“I hope that these countries that have not been moved by Syrian blood will be moved by the blood of their people,” he says.Ghazali also said two other journalists were captured by Syrian government forces in Aleppo, including a reporter with Al-Hurra TV named Bashar.A statement from Springfield, Virginia-based Al-Hurra said the video referred to correspondent Bashar Fahmi and his cameraman Cuneyt Unal. The company has not been able to reach either man since they entered Syria on Monday morning. “We are currently working to gather more information about their status. The safety and wellbeing of our journalists is of utmost concern to us,” it said.Yamamoto’s body has been transferred to Turkey, where Japanese consular officials were providing assistance, the Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.In an interview with a Japanese TV network from his home in Yamanashi, just north of Tokyo, Yamamoto’s father said he respected her as a journalist who “always stood against those with power and thought of the weak.”He said he saw her as a journalist who cared about people, not as a war reporter.“Whenever she was out on a reporting trip, I prayed for her safety. That’s all I could do as a parent,” he said. He recently sent her an email with the subject line “Praying for your safety,” he said.Just a few days earlier, Yamamoto said she was in Kilis, a Turkish village near the border.“It’s a very peaceful Turkish village,” she wrote in her last message to her father.___Online (NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT): Press writers Ben Hubbard in Syria and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report. Comments   Share   last_img read more

Niger Floods kill 91 people says official

first_imgTwelve irrigation schemes in the Niger River valley, totaling 3,050 hectares (7,536 acres) were completely flooded after a major river surge recently.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement NIAMEY, Niger (AP) – A top official in Niger said the country’s recent floods have killed 91 people and caused significant damage.The director of the cabinet, Aghaly Abdoulkader, said all eight regions of the country are affected by the floods, including the large regions of Tillabery, Dosso and Niamey. The floods have damaged fields, rice paddies, water points, schools, health centers, roads, bridges and dams, he said. In addition large quantities of food have been destroyed and many cattle have washed away. Parents, stop beating yourself up Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Top Stories last_img read more

Prince Charles wife begin Australia visit

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Prince Charles was presented with a six-foot leather whip of his own, while the Duchess of Cornwall cuddled an orphaned baby kangaroo.They were cheered upon their arrival in Melbourne on Tuesday and visited a tapestry workshop.The pair is scheduled to visit several cities across Australia and New Zealand before returning to the UK on Nov. 16. Their Pacific tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II,(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   SYDNEY (AP) – Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are in Australia on a two-week tour of the Pacific.The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall landed in the Outback Queensland town of Longreach on Monday following a visit to Papua New Guinea.Dignitaries including Governor-General Quentin Bryce greeted the royal couple before they visited staff from the Royal Flying Doctor Service. They also watched a whip-cracking demonstration at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Report assails Pakistani officials over bin Laden

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) – Al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was able to live in Pakistan undetected for nine years because of a breathtaking scale of negligence and incompetence at practically all levels of the Pakistani government, according to an official government report published by a TV channel on Monday.The 336-page report was written by a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the covert U.S. raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011. The pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel published the report on its website after it was leaked to the station by unknown sources. Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help “The extent of incompetence, to put it mildly, was astounding, if not unbelievable,” the report said.It said the al-Qaida chief came close to capture in 2002 or 2003 when he was living in the northwest Swat Valley, said the wife of bin Laden’s courier, Maryam. A policeman pulled them over for speeding as they were on their way to a bazaar, but Maryam’s husband, Ibrahim al-Kuwaiti, quickly settled the matter before the officer recognized bin Laden, she said.The commission, composed of a Supreme Court judge, a retired army officer, a retired police officer and a career diplomat, took officials to task for failing to uncover the CIA network assumed to have helped the U.S. discover bin Laden.“This has been a case of nothing less than a collective and sustained dereliction of duty by the political, military and intelligence leadership of the country,” the report said.The commission found no evidence that Pakistani officials were informed beforehand about the U.S. raid. Cooperation between the CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency on the hunt for bin Laden ended in 2005, the report said. The U.S. was eventually able to find bin Laden by tracing his courier, al-Kuwaiti. Pakistan’s radars were unable to detect the American aircraft that flew more than 160 kilometers (100 miles) into Pakistani territory to carry out the raid on bin Laden because defense capabilities were in “peacetime” mode on the western border with Afghanistan, the report said.Even if Pakistan stepped up its surveillance and defense resources, it likely wouldn’t be able to stop the U.S. from conducting a similar raid in the future because of the military and technological asymmetry between the two countries, the report said.“The whole episode of the U.S. assassination mission of May 2, 2011, and the Pakistani government’s response before, during and after appears in large part to be a story of complacency, ignorance, negligence, incompetence, irresponsibility and possibly worse at various levels inside and outside the government,” the report concluded.____Associated Press writers Richard Lardner in Washington and Zarar Khan contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “To summarize, negligence and incompetence to a greater or lesser degree at almost all levels of government are clear,” said the report, which was based on testimony from more than 200 witnesses, official documents and site visits.The criticism of the army and intelligence services was noteworthy in a country where officials often steer clear of taking these powerful organizations to task. But it’s unclear if the report will cause any real repercussions. The commission recommended the government make the report public for fear it would be ignored or suppressed, but that never happened, even though it was completed months ago.The report was published on the same day that The Associated Press reported that the top U.S. special operations commander ordered military files about the raid on bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public.The report said it was shocking that nobody in the Pakistani government discovered bin Laden while he was living in Abbottabad for six years in a compound described as “hardly normal,” because it was somewhat isolated from homes around it, had very high walls and was protected by barbed wire. Bin Laden wore a cowboy hat when he moved around the compound to avoid detection from above. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top holiday drink recipes Pakistani officials did not respond to requests for comment on the report’s authenticity.The U.S. Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden in the northwest town of Abbottabad outraged Pakistani officials because they were not told about it beforehand. U.S. officials have said they kept Pakistan in the dark because they were worried the al-Qaida founder would be tipped off.The fact that the compound where bin Laden was hiding was located only about one kilometer (half a mile) from Pakistan’s equivalent of West Point led many in the U.S. to suspect Pakistani officials of aiding the al-Qaida chief, although Washington never found evidence to back that up.The report said it also found no evidence that current or former Pakistani officials helped bin Laden hide, although it couldn’t rule it out completely. It said very little is known about the network of support that bin Laden enjoyed in Pakistan, other than the group of family and backers that lived with him in Abbottabad.The report lambasted all levels of government, including the powerful army and intelligence services, for failing to detect the terror leader as he lived in six different places in Pakistan over nine years.last_img read more

Sirens sound as Myanmar revives Aung San tribute

first_img Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean State-owned radio stations used to broadcast sirens in Aung San’s honor but the custom was stopped for many years as part of the former military rulers’ efforts to stem the popularity of Suu Kyi, who was kept under house arrest for 15 years.The junta ceded power in 2011 to a nominally civilian government that has embarked on wide-ranging political and economic reforms.Last year, for the first time in decades state television broadcast a memorial to Aung San.This year, opposition lawmakers raised the issue in parliament of resuming the sirens’ wail nationwide but the government rejected the idea saying it could cause traffic accidents. In defiance, pro-democracy groups launched a campaign asking citizens in 30 towns and cities to sound their own sirens and honk car horns.With flags flying at half-staff, Vice President Sai Mauk Hkam joined Suu Kyi, now the opposition leader of Parliament, in placing three baskets of flowers at her father’s tomb, near the towering Shwedagon Pagoda.Aung San was 32 years old when he was gunned down along with six Cabinet ministers and two other officials. He is considered the architect of Myanmar’s independence from Britain, which it achieved several months after his death. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Horns honked and sirens wailed Friday as Myanmar revived a tribute that was silenced for decades to the country’s slain independence hero, the father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Adding a modern twist, many people played siren-like ring tones downloaded to their mobile phones to mark the moment at 10:37 a.m. when Gen. Aung San was assassinated by gunmen at a Cabinet meeting on July 19, 1947. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Iran state TV 14 sailors kidnapped by alShabab in Somalia

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Shabab militants kidnapped 14 crew members of an Iranian fishing boat Wednesday off the coast of Somalia, seizing them as their vessel washed ashore, Iranian state television and residents said.The extremists detained the fishermen after the vessel drifted into the militants’ stronghold, Yasin Maalin, a resident of the town of El-Dher in Somalia’s coastal region of Galgadud, told The Associated Press by telephone. Ali Hussein, another resident, corroborated his account. Al-Shabab, a militant group that is allied with al-Qaida and has carried out many deadly attacks across Somalia, did not immediately claim the kidnapping.On Wednesday night, the Iranian state television station’s scrolling news bar announced the kidnapping, saying the vessel owned by an Iranian fishing organization suffered a technical fault near the Somali coast. It did not elaborate.Despite losing some of its top leaders in U.S. airstrikes and being pushed by African Union forces out of the capital, Mogadishu, al-Shabab still has control over territory in south and central Somalia. The group carries out deadly bombings against government targets and public places seen as popular with foreigners.The extremists also have attacked neighboring Kenya, which has sent troops to Somalia to fight the insurgents.Piracy off the coast of Somalia once was a serious threat to the global shipping industry, but attacks have dropped dramatically the last several years after ships began carrying armed guards.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   last_img read more

Western Europe sweats and enjoys unusual heat wave

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy A mass of hot air moving north from Africa has sent temperatures spiking in Spain, Portugal, Britain and France in recent days.Britain’s Met Office, the weather forecasting service, said Wednesday was the hottest July day since records began in the 1800s based on the 36.7 C (98 F) recorded at London’s Heathrow airport.At Wimbledon, even an Australian like Bernard Tomic complained of dizzying heat: temperatures hovering near 34 degrees made it one of the hottest days on record at the tournament.Forecaster Meteo France said Paris reached 39.7 C, the highest temperature recorded in July since 1947, and the second-highest since record-keeping began in 1873.At Disneyland Paris, Mickey and Minnie and the gang got more frequent breaks. Cast members who don the costumes of the famed characters saw their on-stage rotations shrunk by a third to 5 minutes at a time, to spell them more often from the heat, a spokeswoman said.France’s national railway operator said the soaring heat had caused a disruption to some traffic in and out of Paris’ Saint-Lazare train station. The Energy Ministry reported some overnight electricity outages and fires as a result of swooning temperatures. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies At Paris’ Gare de Lyon train station, public announcements repeatedly reminded people to drink lots of water and not over-exert themselves. Medics were on call in case of emergencies.French officials said the heat wave was just beginning. On Tuesday, southwest France saw temperatures reaching 42 C (107 F) and Cordoba in southern Spain recorded nearly 44 C (111 F).“We have a lot of heat-wave days ahead of us,” Gourand said, noting that a wide swath of southern France from Toulouse to Lyon was facing heat of up to 41 C (105 F) until the middle of next week.Climate is on many French minds for another reason. Paris is hosting a major international climate conference in December that will aim to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.In Britain, many commuters outside the London subway weren’t bothered by the sweltering heat. Some responded with a classic British quip: “Mustn’t complain.”“I’m loving it. I can’t complain,” said Maggie Cloud, a university student who planned to relax in the park. “We pay so much money to go abroad to holidays, and now we have the weather here. It’s cheaper.”In Spain, tourists looking for sun and beach time didn’t mind the heat either. “Beautiful. We’re coping very well,” said Petroneo Zaldumbide, a 65-year-old Ecuadorean on holiday.Spanish authorities said the past week brought record June temperatures, with Madrid recording its highest temperature in 95 years as thermometers came close to 40 C (104 F).Portugal, which is bracing for a challenging forest fire season after an exceptionally dry winter and spring, had the hottest, driest June for 12 years.The Civil Protection Service said more than 9,700 firefighters, 2,000 vehicles and 45 aircraft would be on permanent standby this season. Some 230 fire lookout towers across the country will also be staffed by unemployed people.___Sylvia Hui in London, Jorge Sainz in Madrid and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Children play in the fountains at Andre Citroen square in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France the next in line for a scorching day. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) PARIS (AP) — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave.Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died during a 2003 heat wave, reached out to the elderly, families and other vulnerable people on Wednesday to warn of health risks. Paris officials opened special air-conditioned rooms for the public. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

NT tourism to struggle against dollar

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J While the strong Australian dollar increases affordability on international travel, an industry group in the Northern Territory is expecting the value of the dollar to slow tourism into the state.    With domestic tourism making up the majority of NT visitors, according to Tourism Top End general manager Tony Clementson while it is too soon to confirm, the dollar could “dramatically affect” visitor figures, ABC News reported.”We still are a destination of desire to a strong volume of people,” Mr Clementson told the source.”Our attraction is our nature and culture. “It’s here, it’s abundant and we need to maintain an optimistic approach to that and take up every opportunity to move forward.”last_img read more

Sydney in top 20 report

first_imgSingapore retained its number one ranking in all categories, protecting its status as the business events leader in the Asia-Pacific region, while Sydney ranked fourth in the region following strong results from both Tokyo and Seoul. Sydney has retained its status as Australia’s number one international meetings destination in the most recent report from the Union of International Association (UIA).The report, which tracks the number of international meetings held in business event destinations around the world, revealed Sydney has maintained its domestic dominance and climbed back into the top 20 in global rankings. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Melbourne was the only other Australian city to make the top 20 for international events hosting, ranking in at 20th place.center_img “We continuously work with both the industry and government to further Sydney’s success, particularly in the Asian meetings market, and these impressive rankings will aid us in future bids to secure high profile events here in the city,” Ms Lewis-Smith said. UIA ranks cities according to three separate categories and Sydney enjoyed upwards movement in all three.“In this financial year alone, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has already secured 67 business events, expected to generate AUD188 million for the economy and we still have an unprecedented number of events in the bid process,” BESydney chief operating officer Lyn Lewis-Smith said.last_img read more

Hurricane Sandy cruise update

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Frankenstorm hits New York City. Image: Daily NewsCruise lines have been forced to make yet more itinerary changes with the hurricane dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’ currently reported as moving quickly toward southern New Jersey and Delaware.  According to the National Hurricane Centre 5:00pm EDT advisory, Hurricane Sandy was located approximately 65 kilometres (40 miles) south of Atlantic City, New Jersey sustaining 150 kilometre per hour (90 mile per hour) maximum sustained winds. Landfall is expected this evening (EDT) accompanied by life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds. New cruise ships affected:Brilliance of the SeasCurrently berthed in St. Jon, New Brunswick, the ship will remain in port until 30 October.Caribbean PrincessThe ship’s arrival into New York City will be delayed due to sea conditions requiring the vessel to operate at significantly reduced speeds.Currently in Boston on day two of a four-day cruise (B237), the line expects the ship to arrive in port at least a day later than scheduled and no earlier than the morning of 1 November. Passengers are being given the option to disembark in Boston on 30 October with flights being rebooked for those who purchased directly through Princess.Complimentary phone and internet services have been provided for all passengers requiring changes to their independent travel plans. Future cruise credits will be supplied to all passengers as a gesture of goodwill by Princess Cruises.All passengers booked on voyage B238 have been advised of the late departure and will receive a per diem for any cruise days missed. Those guests who have booked Princess Air or transfers will be contacted regarding the changes to their specific travel plans. Carnival PrideDue to the cancellation of Carnival Pride’s cruise out of Baltimore this week, a two-night “Cruise to Nowhere” has been scheduled sailing return from Baltimore on 2 November with a 4:30pm departure. Crystal SymphonyArriving safely in the port of Boston to shelter through the hurricane, Crystal Symphony is scheduled to depart the port on the morning of 30 October at a time yet to be determined by the Captain. She will sail to New York City where disembarkation and embarkation for the next voyage will commence on 31 October and will remain there until 9:00pm instead of the original sailaway time of 5:00pm.Any passengers affected by flight cancellations or delays resulting in the inability to embark in New York on 31 October will have the option to embark in Charleston, South Caroline on 2 November.Enchantment of the SeasUnable to call into Kings Wharf, Bermuda, the ship is currently positioned at sea.Norwegian DawnCurrently overnighting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Norwegian Dawn will depart at 7am on 30 October and is scheduled to arrive in Boston on 31 October.Norwegian GemCaptain Roger Gustavsen has reported via Norwegian’s Facebook page that they continue to hold current position 400 nautical miles off the south-east coast of New York City to ride out the storm. The ship will remain there until the Port of New York is reopened and it is safe to sail in.“The latest forecast shows us being able to dock tomorrow evening (30 October) and until then we will keep everyone onboard safe, comfortable and entertained,” Captain Gustavsen said. Guests will be offered the option to disembark the ship on arrival into New York City or remain onboard overnight to make appropriate travel arrangements.The cruise line expects that embarkation for the next cruise aboard Norwegian Gem will commence at midday 31 October, with a scheduled departure at 4:00pm based on information currently available.Guests are encouraged to remain at home until the port is officially open and embarkation times are confirmed.Norwegian JewelCaptain Idor Hoydal reported via Norwegian’s Facebook page that they safely navigated out of New York City yesterday and are sailing south to Port Canaveral with a scheduled arrival on the morning of 30 October. “Everyone is safe and excited to enjoy the sunny skies, calm seas and warm weather awaiting us in Florida tomorrow,” Captain Hoydal said. Click here for additional cruise diversions. last_img read more