First batch of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets sold out in

first_imgANKARA – Further tickets will be made available as of December 8, 2013, according to FIFA’s Marketing Director Thierry Weil.The 2014 FIFA World Cup second “Random Draw” period’s nearly 230,000 tickets were sold just seven hours after being available on Monday, International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) said.In the first “Random Draw” period, nearly 890,000 tickets were allocated, according to a statement released at FIFA’s website.“Tickets were made available to purchase by fans around the world via About 62 percent went to Brazilians and 38 percent to international fans. The top five ticket-purchasing nations were Brazil followed by the USA, Australia, England and Argentina”, FIFA said. “As expected, the level of interest was impressive, in fact four times greater than during the first sales window. The high number of applicants lead to some waiting time but overall the system worked well. It was great to see that both internationals and Brazilians were aiming to grab the remaining tickets from the first batch of tickets made available. This clearly shows the huge appeal of attending the FIFA World Cup live in Brazil,” explained FIFA’s Marketing Director Thierry Weil, who is responsible for ticketing. Fans looking to attend next year’s flagship football event will have further chances. “Further tickets for all 64 matches will be made available after the Final Draw as soon as the second sales phase kicks off on December 8, 2013, once the final match schedule for the group stage matches is known,” FIFA said.The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament, that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. The World Cup is among the world’s most widely viewed sporting events.last_img read more

Senior UN Lebanon envoy reports accord among key Security Council countries

“I had exceedingly good talks here in Beijing and I’m glad to say we see eye-to-eye on all the issues,” said Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of resolution 1559, which among other steps calls for an end to foreign influence in Lebanon.“Based on what I have heard here in Beijing, as well as before in Moscow, London, Paris and Washington, I think we have the unanimous support of the permanent five members of the Council,” he added.Mr. Roed-Larsen, who heads next to the Middle East, met today with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and other senior officials in Beijing.Resolution 1559 also calls for the disarming and disbanding of militias in Lebanon and the holding of free and fair presidential elections. Last year, Syria complied with the text’s provision calling for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon.Mr. Roed-Larsen is scheduled to hold talks with officials in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. read more

Discovery of lost WW2 Mosquito plans will allow Wooden Wonder to fly

first_imgSpecial Equip. for PR. Mk V, 0685, UNBUILT Technical drawings reveal marks of aircraft that were never made and top secret drawings of nightfighter radar equipment.  Mk 1 Tropics Technical drawings reveal marks of aircraft that were never made and top secret drawings of nightfighter radar equipment A de Havilland Mosquito Under Construction. The drawings, on microfilm cards, have been donated to a charity hoping to restore and fly a crashed version of the versatile, twin-engined, de Havilland aircraft.The charity behind the project, The People’s Mosquito, said the documents provided invaluable technical details needed to rebuild their plane to strict aviation safety standards.John Lilley, chairman, said the drawings had been found earlier this year by an engineer just before the former de Havilland building in Broughton, near Chester, was to be demolished. ​​ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A de Havilland Mosquito being builtCredit:Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical 20,000 technical drawings were found, including this for ‘Mosquito Mk I, Tropics’Credit:The People’s Mosquito The technical drawings were stored on microfilm cardsCredit:The People’s Mosquito De Havilland Mosquito B.XVI of 571 Squadron RAF, 30 September 1944. Mr Lilley said: “No other aircraft has amassed such a remarkable combat record in so short a time, flying so many different types of mission and excelling in each one.“Even today, it remains one of the world’s most successful multirole combat aircraft, and it was all British, made by men and women who only a few months earlier had been building furniture and mending pianos.” The charity hopes to resurrect the remains of a Mosquito night fighter that crashed at RAF Coltishall, in February 1949, while serving with No 23 Sqn.Ross Sharp, engineering director for the project, said: “As you can imagine, restoring an aircraft that is 70 years old presents several challenges, one of which is a lack of information on the building techniques, materials, fittings and specifications.” The drawings were stored on microfilm cardsCredit:The People’s Mosquito The design was so versatile it served as a bomber, fighter, night fighter, U-boat hunter and reconnaissance plane.The discarded diagrams include details that were top secret during the war and even plans for variants that were never built.New discoveries include early planes to carry torpedoes, possibly to attack the Tirpitz, and a previously unknown photo-reconnaissance plane.There is also a blueprint for stowing desert equipment in the rear fuselage, in a drawing marked ‘Mosquito Mk I, Tropics’Only three Mosquitos are today in flying condition, one in Canada and two in America.The restoration will cost an estimated £6m, with only a fraction of the money raised so far. An RAF De Havilland Mosquito of 571 Squadron in September 1944.Credit:Royal Air Force Museum/ Hulton Archive More than 20,000 wartime technical drawings of the de Havilland Mosquito have been discovered discarded in an old factory  A newly-discovered hoard of secret Second World War aircraft technical drawings will be used by enthusiasts to rebuild and launch a Mosquito plane into the skies above Britain.More than 20,000 wartime Mosquito engineering drawings and diagrams have been found in the corner of a wartime factory just days before bulldozers were due to flatten it.The archive includes what are thought to be the world’s only complete set of engineering drawings for the plane, as well as details of variants that never made it off the drawing board. “These plans enable us to glean a new level of understanding and connection with the brilliant designers who developed the world’s first, true, multi-role combat aircraft.”The Mosquito was designed by Sir Geoffrey de Havilland and was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world when it entered service in 1941.To preserve scarce metal reserves and for speed of production, the plane was made from pieces of wood, pressed and glued together in moulds, earning it the nickname ‘The Wooden Wonder’. Exactly 7,781 were eventually built, the last one on November 15, 1950. 6,710 of them were delivered during WWII.Herman Goering, Germany’s wartime aviation minister, said the aircraft turned him “green and yellow with envy”.“In 1940 I could fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now!” he famously said. “It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy.”The British, who can afford aluminum better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building.”They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops.” He said: “He understood the tremendous historic value in these engineering drawings and how useful they could be. The building itself was soon to be demolished and the contents discarded.“It’s incredible to think that they might have been lost forever.”last_img read more

Geek deals Alienware 14 Haswell gaming laptop 63 off antivirus more

first_imgIt took a little while, but we have finally got our first discount on the Alienware 14 in the form of a 10% off coupon for any “14” model. For your hard-earned coin, you are getting yourself one of the fastest — and definitely the coolest — 14-inch Haswell laptop on the market today.Everyone we’ve asked loves the new “stealth bomber” inspired design, with its smooth surfaces and sharp angles. It’s complemented by the AlienFX fully-customizable LED lighting system, which now allows you to light up the touchpad too.Even the base model has high performance parts and a ridiculous level of standard features, starting with the quad-core Core i7-4700MQ Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750M 1GB graphics power up your fragging via the 14-inch HD screen. It also sports a slot-loading DVD burner, and has high performance Killer NIC brand wireless-n and gigabit ethernet connectivity.Of course it wouldn’t be an Alienware without extensive upgrade options, and the first box we could tick is the 1080p IPS display upgrade, followed by the GTX 765M 2GB graphics card to ensure smooth fragging on the high-res panel. All of these options are of course 10% off as well, so for those with a little more budget, don’t be shy to make the most of that 10%.Alienware 14 Haswell Core i7 gaming laptop for $1,079.10 plus free shipping (reg. $1,199) Our other top deals:Amazon Back-to-School Tech Sale: up to 35% offLenovo H520s compact Core i7 desktop w/ Blu-ray, 2TB for $799 plus free shipping (reg. $999 | use coupon IDEASCHOOLSAVINGS)Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 antivirus and security (5 users) for $29.99 [download] (reg. $79.99)last_img read more

Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near You

first_imgStay on target The smartphone camera megapixel war is far from over. Samsung’s newest sensor is all the proof you need.The just-announced Galaxy Note 10‘s f/2.2 ultrawide can shoot beautiful 16 MP images. Huawei’s very capable P10 features a 20MP Leica shooter. This new Samsung sensor beats that by more than five times and the company says it puts smartphone photos on par with those from a DSLR.It’s capable of capturing images at resolutions up to 12,032 x 9,024 pixels — or 108MP. Want to shoot a video? Knock yourself out. The sensor records 6K (6016 x 3384) video at 30 frames per second.Ridiculously high-resolution images and videos aren’t the only tricks this new sensor has up its sleeve, however.It also features Samsung’s Tetracell tech. Tetracell allows the sensor to bunch pixels of the same color together when it needs to — for example, when you’re shooting in darker environments. When Tetracell is working to its full potential, pictures are still snapped at 27MP.Even when pixels don’t need to be merged, the big, 1/1.33-inch sensor captures plenty of light.Samsung developed this new sensor with the help of the China-based Xiaomi. They call the result of their collaboration ISOCELL Bright HMX, and Samsung is on track to start mass-production at the end of this month.It shouldn’t be too long before we see it popping up in a smartphone, either. Earlier this summer, analysts at Credit Suisse predicted that we’d see 108MP sensors in phones as early as 2020.That seems all but guaranteed with the sensor headed to production lines soon. As far as when we’re start to see some devices, both CES and MWC 2020 seem like good opportunities for an unveiling. It’s a safe bet that both Samsung and Xiaomi will want to be quick out of the blocks with the first phones that could truly give DSLR cameras a run for their money.More on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone JackSamsung Breakthrough Will Lead to 100-Watt Fast Charging PhonesGeek Pick: Galaxy Buds Are Samsung’s Best Earphones Huge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone JackFixed Samsung Galaxy Fold Launches For Real This September last_img read more

Im the right man for the job says defiant Jokanovic

first_imgFulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic says he has what it takes to turn their poor start to the Premier League season around.Fulham have won just one game since promotion and are now in the relegation zone after four successive defeats, but Jokanovic feels he has proved himself during his three previous seasons at the club.“This kind of situation is part of football,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I am not here three days, I am here three years and the board must have some kind of opinion about my work.“From my side, I have the confidence and believe in my job. People around me are professional and we don’t try to make some crazy things.“We know it’s not an easy job ahead of us, we must be brave and encourage the team not to stop, never give up.“My experience in this club – this is my fourth season here – and always it was complicated and always we reached the target at the end of the season.”last_img read more

We dont make decisions now Piateks agent

first_imgThe Genoa Polish striker has been making a lot of news since he started playing in the Italian Lega Serie APolish forward Krzysztof Piatek has scored nine goals in 12 matches in the Italian Lega Serie A with Genoa.And since he started playing in Italy, starting this summer, he’s been making tons of news around the world.Now, many teams want him, but his agent says he’s focused on his current club.“Genoa had been interested for some time,” Szymon Pacanowski told Sky Sports as quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“They’d been following him in the Under-21 team and asked for information. Poles are slightly cheaper than Croatian or Belgian players, but very strong.”“His future? There’s nothing, he’s had an extraordinary impact in Serie A, he was incredible for the first few months,” he added.“He’s calm and we want him to be because we don’t need to make decisions now. He’s focused on Genoa and the national team.”“He’s still playing well, no striker scores in every match. He’s working for the team,” he concluded.last_img read more

Honigstein Pulisic signing could allow Chelseas profile to grow in the

first_imgJournalist Raphael Honigstein believes the arrival of USA star Christian Pulisic could open up opportunities for Chelsea in the North American marketThe Blues completed a €64m transfer for Pulisic on Wednesday morning and have loaned him back to Borussia Dortmund until the end of this season.The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the exciting prospects in European football following an impressive spell in the Bundesliga with Manchester United and Liverpool having also been linked with moves.But Honigstein believes Chelsea could gain much more than just another great player in Pulisic due to his marketing appeal in the United States.“He’s a real talent and especially if you consider the marketing value as the No 1 American football player of his generation – it’s not a deal that feels expensive,” Honigstein told Sky Sports.“This is a player that a lot of Premier League clubs were interested in, he brings tremendous value when it comes to gaining followers and attention in America, which is a key market for many Premier League clubs for obvious reasons.“He might make it easier for Chelsea to, I would not say sell the club, but maybe exploit different opportunities in America.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If Roman Abramovich deems that someone else should come in alongside him or maybe he wants to sell the club – all these things make it quite a smart business move, if you will.”The German football expert also believes Dortmund got a great deal for Pulisic considering he had decided to not renew his contract with them.“I think they (Dortmund) got the best out of the deal that was possible for them,” added Honigstein.“Once it became clear that he was not going to renew his contract which runs out in 2020 there was a real danger that he might run down his contract and they would lose him for nothing.“Effectively moving forward that move by a year and still achieving quite a high price should be considered a nice bit of business from Dortmund’s point of view.“But that does not mean the player is not worth it. Once Pulisic decided he would not stay at Dortmund beyond 2020 then really he became a free agent in all but name. Dortmund had to see if they could extract maximum value.“They didn’t have a good hand to deal with initially because the player was adamant he would not stay but as they often do, Dortmund managed to make the most out if it.”last_img read more

21 are concerned about the performance of their workplace pension scheme

first_imgMore than a fifth (21%) of respondents are concerned about how their workplace pension scheme has performed over the past two years, according to research by employee benefits organisation Portus Consulting.Its survey of 1,043 UK employees also found that 27% of respondents would welcome guidance on retirement planning from their employer.The research also found:Around a quarter (26%) of respondents have access to guidance or advice on retirement planning at work.15% of respondents can access online retirement planning support through their employer.11% of respondents have one-to-one meetings with advisers on a regular basis.A third (33%) of respondents would be willing to source and pay for independent financial advice.Steve Watson, commercial director at Portus Consulting, said: “Action to tackle the UK’s problem with retirement saving, including workplace auto-enrolment, is definitely working with pension scheme membership at an all-time high.“But the missing link is that employees are being left to their own devices and significant numbers are disappointed with pension savings, while others are being deterred from even starting to save.“Employers can play a role in helping to provide guidance on long-term retirement planning but clearly need support in delivering it [because] the costs can deter employees as well as employers.”last_img read more

Map healthcare benefit trends in exclusive research for the chance to win

first_imgHow is the employer’s duty of care changing around employee wellbeing, and what are organisations encouraging staff to focus on in terms of individual health and wellness? What are the most popular strategies around reducing sickness absence, and what wellbeing benefits are businesses offering staff?Employee Benefits readers can now feed back on their approach by taking part in the exclusive Employee Benefits/Health Shield healthcare research 2019. The survey explores best practice around workplace healthcare, allowing HR, benefits and reward professionals to compare their existing health and wellbeing strategies as well as map their plans and projections for future benefits provision.The research will also ask readers about calculating return-on-investment, how to support employees’ mental health, what factors influence decision-making around healthcare benefits and what group risk or wellbeing benefits organisations offer employees.This is an opportunity for HR professionals and decision makers to share what they are doing around health and wellbeing, and to gain insight into how their approach compares to those of peers and competitors.By way of thanks for taking part, individuals who complete the survey will be given the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. To be in with a chance to win, respondents should fill in their details at the end of the questionnaire.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

10 SDF MLAs join BJP

first_imgNew Delhi : As many as 10 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the BJP on Tuesday, propelling the saffron party to the status of the main Opposition in a state where it had not won a single seat in the recent assembly polls. The MLAs met BJP working president J P Nadda and joined the party in the presence of its general secretary Ram Madhav, who is in charge of the party’s affairs in the north east. Madhav told reporters that the SDF had a strength of 13 MLAs and its legislature party decided to merge with the BJP. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The BJP is running government as the main party or in alliance with regional parties in all the northeastern states except Sikkim and this development has pushed the party closer to power there as well. Two-thirds or more numbers of the MLAs of a party can join another party without violating the anti-defection law. The SDF headed by Pawan Kumar Chamling ruled the state for over 25 years, making him the longest-serving chief minister of the country but he lost power in the recent elections. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The party won 15 seats while its rival Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17 in the 32-member assembly. Since two of the SDF MLAs had won from two seats, they resigned from one seat each, reducing the party’s strength to 13 in the assembly. The SDF was a saffron ally earlier but now SKM has replaced it as a member of the BJP-headed North East Democratic Alliance. Advertise With Us The MLAs who joined the BJP include Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, who served as a minister in the Chamling government for three times and is a five-term MLA, and three-term MLA Ugen Gyatso. Lepcha said they were impressed with the “look east” of the Narendra Modi government, as he highlighted that his state is bounded by China, Bhutam and Nepal. This is the first time that MLAs of a regional party in Sikkim has joined a national party “en bloc”, he said. “We want lotus to bloom in Sikkim,” he said, referring to the BJP’s election symbol. Madhav said the BJP will play the role of a constructive opposition in the state. The BJP’s immediate challenge in the state will be the byelections to three seats.last_img read more

Lamar Odom says he slept with 6 women a week paid money

first_imgLamar Odom (Creativecommans/David Shankbone)Creativecommans/David ShankboneLamar Odom, the former NBA player and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, has reportedly opened up about his sex life in his new book titled, “Darkness to Light.” In his autobiographical book, he talked about sleeping with plenty of women and how he used to pay a lot of money for abortions.In his book, Lamar Odom said that he used to sleep with up to six women a week and “demons” troubled him in the earlier days and how he used to get women to just fill up the void. As per The Daily Mail, Odom stated that he needed women as an “outlet…an escape.””I would f*** five or six girls a week, but my demons tormented me on the one night I went home alone,” Lamar admitted.In addition to this, he talked about getting involved in unprotected sex and how his flings created problems for him.”But this does not come without problems … most of my sex has been unprotected, and I’ve paid for plenty of abortions over the years,” he recalled.The 39-year-old Lamar Odom further disclosed that after the passing of his mother when he was only 12 years old, he used sex as a way to fill up the void. Lamar and Khloe are to divorce after four years of marriage.ReutersLamar Odom married Khloé Kardashian after about a month of dating. Their wedding was featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Following the success of the reality show, Odom became a household name, which fetched him his own spinoff series, titled Khloé & Lamar which debuted on April 10, 2011.Things started to get sour between Lamar and Khloé when the former was arrested on charges of driving under the influence ov drugs. He was also hospitalized one time after he got several heart attacks and strokes. In 2016, Khloé filed for divorce which was finalized later the same year.Apart from talking about his sexual encounters, Lamar Odom also talked about the time when he reportedly made threats against Khloé when he was under the influence of cocaine. As per Lamar, he once grabbed his former wife forcefully by the shoulders and even stated that he will kill her.last_img read more

Josh Norman is a better cornerback than Odell Beckham is a wide

first_imgToday in The Herd, Colin lays out the case why Josh Norman is a better cornerback than Odell Beckham is a wide receiver. He thinks Beckham is overvalued because he produces what society values, GIF’able highlights.Carolina and the NFL are discussing the possibility of moving this weekend’s game out of Charlotte because of protests. Colin thinks unrest and protesting are part of the fabric of the history of the country and we always get through it.Consumption is truth serum. If you consume something and say you hate it, you’re still consuming it. Kaepernick is polarizing. Polarizing is relevant.Vegas respects Bill Belichick so much that they made the Patriots a 1-point underdog tonight, starting a third-string quarterback against a playoff team. Colin lays out his prediction for tonight’s Texans/Patriots matchup.Colin’s sources tell him that if USC gets drilled by Utah tomorrow night, heads could roll. He gives you the details.Also, Greg Cosell breaks down what the game film is telling him about the young quarterbacks and the struggles of Aaron Rodgers.Guests: Greg Cosell – Executive producer of NFL Matchup joins the show to tell the audience what the film says on all of the young quarterbacks, why Aaron Rodgers may be harder to fix than people think, and what he liked from Sam Bradford’s first start with the Vikings.Nick Wright – FS1 host joins the show to talk about fans claiming they won’t watch because of political protest, why the NBA could take the anthem protests to another level, why fans who claim they won’t watch football because of protests are lying, and his Patriots/Texans pick.Ray Lewis – 2-time Super Bowl champ is in-studio to on why offense is about giving and defense is about taking, why he’s for protesting, but wants to see solutions presented, and the time Colin distracted a mob of autograph seekers in Lewis’ direction so he could escape in a getaway vehicle.last_img read more

CLIA has a new President and CEO

first_img Thursday, November 29, 2018 Travelweek Group WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kelly Craighead has been named CLIA’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Craighead’s new role will involve directing CLIA’s global team to “unify, represent, advocate and promote the common interests of the organization’s members and the global cruise industry,” said CLIA.Craighead brings with her over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she advanced travel and tourism priorities within the Administration and with Congress. As the first Executive Director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, she led initiatives that generated over US$250 billion annually from international visitors to the U.S., while also representing the United States internationally.On what Craighead will bring to the organization, Arnold Donald, Global CLIA Chairman and President & CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC, said: “I am extremely pleased that Kelly will be joining CLIA to support the global cruise industry during this golden age of cruising. Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for results, are second to none. This is an exciting time for our industry, steeped in opportunity and I look forward to working with Kelly in the years to come.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongCraighead, who said demand for cruising is exhibiting strong growth, added: “I am excited to be joining such a strong and well-respected organization at an important time for the industry. I look forward to listening, learning, and better understanding the needs of our members and building on the strong foundation and success of the current team, in order to most effectively lead CLIA in the years ahead.”Craighead will take over duties from Cindy D’Aoust, who earlier this summer announced her intent to leave her position by year’s end. Posted by Sharecenter_img CLIA has a new President and CEO Tags: CLIA, New Hires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Men’s health affects baby’s health too 0 Comments   Share   In this May 18, 2015 photo, Zach Chaltiel, Benjamin Clack and Nima Noori pose for a photo outside the Hotel Nacional, in Havana. Chaltiel organized the trip after graduating from law school. He did research online, booking a villa through Airbnb and hiring a driver. The group is among an increased number of Americans visiting Havana since President Barack Obama announced a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) After their donations were delivered, Bernstein tucked some cash in a charity box. “We’re hoping to be a little bit helpful,” Gordon said.___SAILING FROM KEY WEST TO HAVANAOn May 16, five 16-foot Hobie Cat sailboats and over a dozen support vessels ran the first official boat race from Key West to Havana in more than 50 years. The race was originally scheduled for April 18 but was postponed because getting U.S. government permission took longer than expected. Two Hobies were wrecked in rough seas on the way over — though all crewmembers were accounted for — but organizer George Bellenger said the trip’s value outweighed the losses.“We kicked the doors open with our Hobie Cats,” he said over lunch at the Hemingway Marina in Havana, where the group stayed in a hotel awaiting a boat parade in Havana harbor and a friendly race with Cuban Olympic sailors. Describing centuries of connections between Key West and Havana, he added: “Our working mantra is ‘Bridging cultural divides through traditional maritime heritage.’”___CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO THINKA group of Washington State University journalism students spent 11 days in Cuba, meeting Cuban journalists at state-run newspapers and Radio Havana, along with ordinary Cubans, from a taxi driver to a hairdresser. The trip was authorized under U.S. rules as educational, and professors kept careful records of their itineraries, as required by regulations — even though they’ve never, from past trips, been asked for proof of their activities. ___CURIOUS ABOUT AN ISOLATED COUNTRYTwo Americans peered inside Hemingway’s house, Finca Vigia, marveling at the animal trophies, bookshelves and open liquor bottles that made it seem as if the writer was still there. Nearby, Cuban students lined up for a peek and tourists from around the world took photos.But the Americans didn’t want to reveal too much about themselves other than first names, Sabine and Anna. They’d come via the Bahamas because getting permission to travel from the U.S. seemed complicated, given their varied interests and lack of official itinerary. Mostly, said Sabine, “we’re interested in coming to a country that has been so isolated.”___DIAPERS, ASPIRIN AND RELIGIONThey traveled from Manhattan to a synagogue in Havana, bringing diapers, aspirin and questions. Nicole Gordon, Roger Bernstein and daughters Danielle and Lara obtained permission to travel to Cuba for religious activities with a letter signed by the New York Board of Rabbis. A Cuban government tour guide accompanied them to El Patronato synagogue in Old Havana and other sites like Jewish cemeteries.“We want to tell the people in America what we see here, the conditions,” Gordon said as the guide translated for members of El Patronato. The visitors saw tattered Spanish-Hebrew prayer books, broken stained glass windows and old photos. And they learned facts like this: There is no rabbi in Cuba, so couples marry under civil law, then wait for visiting rabbis to perform group weddings. But the 36 percent increase in American visitors here since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a thaw in relations includes many travelers who sidestep the rules. Some travel via third countries by flying to Cuba from Mexico or the Bahamas. Others fly on their own from the U.S., casually filling out paperwork for one of 12 categories of travel authorized by the U.S., without much worry that anyone will check on its accuracy.The fact is, “there’s been almost no active enforcement” of the tourism ban under the Obama administration, according to attorney Robert Muse, an expert on the legal aspects of Cuba travel.Here are five vignettes of Americans visiting Cuba on different types of trips.___‘IT’S SO EASY’New Yorker Zach Chaltiel, 28, traveled to Havana from the U.S. with some buddies after graduating from law school. He researched the trip online, booked a villa through Airbnb, hired a driver, and filled out a form saying the purpose of his trip was “support for the Cuban people,” one of the 12 authorized travel categories.“It’s so easy,” said Chaltiel as he shared drinks with friends at the Hotel Nacional, overlooking the sea as a peacock strutted by. “I just wanted to go before it becomes all Americanized.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories center_img HAVANA (AP) — “Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No.” That’s what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.Sure, some Americans follow the rules on sanctioned travel — bringing supplies to Cuban churches or synagogues, for example, on a religious activities license. Others come on approved group tours known as “people-to-people” trips with themed itineraries like the arts. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Especially eye-opening was a visit they made to the “The Park of Sorrow,” where Cubans seek permission from U.S. officials in Havana to travel to America. Most are denied, hence the sorrow.“Socialism, democracy — it’s not so black and white,” said student Jessica Shapiro. “I’m feeling very conflicted and enlightened.”“Our students should be challenged to develop their thinking,” said Benjamin Shors, one of the professors. “What better place to foster intellectual development than here?”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Virgin Australia seeks capacity renewal on Pacific routes

first_imgCapacity renewal sought for Fijiand Solomon Islands routes. Virgin Australia has applied for renewed capacity on both the Fiji and Solomon Islands routes.The International Air Services Commission has received applications from Virgin Australia seeking a renewal of determinations allocating capacity on the Fiji route and the Solomon Islands route.Other applications relating to the capacity subject to renewal are invited this week.Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home Price Appreciation Housing Affordability 2016-08-11 Seth Welborn Appreciation Negated Lower Rates in Q2 August 11, 2016 550 Views center_img Home price appreciation in the second quarter largely negated a modest reduction in interest rates, driving housing affordability down, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.In Q2, 62 percent of new and existing homes sold were deemed affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $65,700. In Q1, that number was 65 percent. Also in Q2, the national median home price increased from $223,000 to $240,000, even as average mortgage rates dropped from 4.05 percent to 3.88 percent.For the third consecutive quarter, according to NAHB, the Ohio/Pennsylvania metro of Youngstown-Warren-Boardman was rated the nation’s most affordable major housing market, as 91percent of new and existing sales in Q2 were deemed affordable to families making the area’s median income of $53,900. Kokomo, Ind., where 98 percent of sales were deemed affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $60,900, was the most affordable small market in the country in Q2.On the other end of the spectrum, the Bay Area was the nation’s least affordable major housing market again. A mere 8.5 percent of homes sold in the second quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $104,700, and this position as the least affordable market has belonged to the bay area for nearly four full years. San Jose’s median housing price of $1 million, in fact, is the highest in the country, followed closely by an Francisco’s $885,600, according to the National Association of Realtors.California also had the five least affordable small housing markets in Q2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, where 14.7 percent of all new and existing homes sold were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $85,100, topped that section of the list.Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the NAR, said the lack of affordable houses in many markets has triggered battles for those houses that are affordable.“Many listings in a majority of markets, especially those in lower price ranges, had multiple offers and went under contract quickly because of severely inadequate supply,” Yun said. “This in turn dented affordability and without a doubt priced out a segment of buyers attempting to seek relief from fast-growing rents.” Sharelast_img read more

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