Riviera River Cruises to debut new solo itineraries in 2020 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, May 30, 2019 FAIRFIELD, CT — Solo travellers have more options to choose from with Riviera River Cruises, which has just announced three new solo traveller itineraries for next year, plus 2020 departure dates for four existing solo itineraries.On these cruises dedicated entirely to solos, guests will enjoy Riviera’s five-star ships featuring spacious cabins and suites and expert-led excursions without paying a single supplement.“As interest in solo travel has grown in recent years, we’re proud to be the only European river cruise line offering departures exclusively for guests who are on their own – on these cruises, that means single occupancy in every cabin and suite across the ship, with no single supplement,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “Guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations and fine dining while on board, as well as fascinating excursions into classic cities and lesser-known towns, all at an exceptional value.”More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyRiviera debuted solo traveller itineraries on the Danube and Rhine Rivers in 2018 in response to growing demand for solo cruises. It has since added new itineraries and departure dates on a regular basis. In 2020, a total of seven solo traveller itineraries will be available.The new itineraries are:• The five-day ‘Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields’ starting at US$1,389 per person, departing March 30• The eight-day ‘Seine, Paris & Normandy’ starting at $2,959 per person, departing March 31• The eight-day ‘Medieval Germany’ starting at $2,999 per person, departing Oct. 24Other solo departures include:• The eight-day ‘Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,079 per person, with departures on March 30, April 3 and Nov. 2• The eight-day ‘Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,679 per person, departing April 2• The eight-day ‘Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,459 per person, departing Oct. 31• The eight-day ‘Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,729 per person, with departures on Nov. 8 and Nov. 13More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe single-supplement-free departures aren’t the only option solo travelers have with Riviera River Cruises. Additionally, a limited number of cabins is available single-supplement-free on every Riviera departure throughout the year.For more information go to https://www.rivierarivercruises.com/solo-traveler-cruises or call 1-888-838-8820. Share Tags: Riviera River Cruises
Monday, July 15, 2019 Share Posted by TORONTO — The new air passenger bill of rights, the first phase coming into effect today, relies on some level of common sense on the part of both passengers and airlines. Is that a pipe dream?Transport Minister Marc Garneau spoke this morning about the air passenger bill of rights, which many airlines are still fighting. With the first phase, starting today, travellers can receive up to $2,400 if bumped from a flight and up to $2,100 for lost or damaged luggage. For tarmac delays, planes must return to the gate after no more than three hours and 45 minutes.Says Garneau: “We believe we have made it very clear what is within the airline’s control, and what is not within the airline’s control. And that obviously people recognize that some things are not within the airline’s control.”Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include IATA with its 290 member airlines, have stated in a court filing with the Federal Court of Appeal that required payments under the new air passenger bill of rights violate international standards and should be rendered invalid.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNot surprisingly, just as airlines are arguing that the regulations go too far, air passenger rights groups say the regulations don’t go far enough.The new rules take effect in a two-phase rollout. Compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and other payments for cancelled flights will take effect in December.In matters of dispute, says Garneau, “in the majority of cases, we hope that the airlines will recognize that they have not lived up to their obligations when somebody has purchased a ticket.”With an overbooked flight, for example, under the new rules, Garneau said: “We hope that if an overbooking situation occurs, that the problem will be resolved in terms of a cheque being provided to the person who was denied boarding, within 48 hours, if not immediately. So that’s very quick compared to before.”He added: “In other cases, when passengers feel their rights have not been respected, they have up to a year to decide to write to the airline [to ask for compensation]. If the airline says ‘I don’t agree’, the passenger still has the option to go to the Canadian Transportation Agency [to submit their grievance].”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesGarneau said: “I believe the vast majority of non-respect passenger rights will be dealt with quickly by the airlines.” << Previous PostNext Post >> “We believe we have made it very clear what is within the airline’s control”: Garneau With file from The Canadian Press Tags: Bill of Rights, IATA Travelweek Group
From the print editionDue to the weather phenomenon El Niño, Costa Rica’s rainy season will be one of the driest in years, according to weather experts. The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) announced this week that the final six months of the year will be drier than average in most of the country. The most significant decrease in precipitation will occur in the Central Valley and the northern Pacific coast. Only the Caribbean coast will see an increase in wet conditions. The El Niño climate pattern has been expected to build in 2012. Meteorologists said in recent weeks that the pattern, which causes a heating of the Pacific Ocean’s surface, is going from a “neutral stage” to an active one. The result means less rain and hotter temperatures for the Pacific coast.“These conditions will be maintained for at least the next three months,” said IMN meteorologist Eladio Solano. Solano said he expects some slight variations in El Niño’s behavior, but overall the phenomenon will bring higher temperatures and little rain to the Pacific, Central Valley and Northern Zone until the rainy season ends in November. By contrast, the Caribbean may see a surplus of precipitation of 20 percent above average. El Niño also is associated with a decrease in hurricanes on the region’s Atlantic coast. So far, four tropical storms have formed at a frightening speed this year. Meteorologists predict that El Niño will slow the formation of hurricanes in upcoming months, during the peak of hurricane season. Experts predict 13 tropical storms or hurricanes in total for the 2012 season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.While hurricanes rarely cause major damage in Costa Rica, increased heat could harm farmers on the Pacific coast. The Central American Agricultural Council on Tuesday alerted regional authorities about El Niño in the area and its potential effects on agriculture and livestock. The northwestern province of Guanacaste is already the driest part of the country, and the IMN predicts 20 percent less rain for that region. Rainfall could drop by 15 percent in the Central Valley and 10 percent on the central Pacific coast. The Northern Zone and southern Pacific will see only slight drops in precipitation.According to Erick Quirós, an expert at the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, the change in weather conditions could cause economic problems for the sector, and ministry officials are developing a contingency plan to help mitigate damage.Reports said that the meteorological center at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside of San José recorded in the first half of the year the third-driest temperatures in the last three decades.In the first 10 days of July, Solano said, the Central Valley and Guanacaste experienced 50 percent less rainfall than normal.“These figures could be maintained throughout the month and even during the first days of August,” Solano added.Still, he said, El Niño will not make Costa Rica’s rainy season into an arid, desert-like atmosphere. When rain does fall, it will be more intense than average, and could lead to flooding, landslides and other problems related to downpours. These sporadic rains are brought on by trade winds known as the “Pacific breeze,” Solano said.The meteorologist said residents of the Caribbean region need to watch out for flooding and take cautions to remain safe during heavy rains. Facebook Comments No related posts.
From January to October this year, a total of 14 women were murdered in Costa Rica, a 53 percent decrease over the same period last year, Costa Rica’s Women’s Issues Ministry reported Monday.In 2012, 26 women were murdered, down from 64 in 2011, showing a steady decrease in femicide cases. Of the 14 victims in 2013, all were killed by husbands or former lovers, the ministry said. The numbers were reported during a Monday ceremony in San José to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Officials from the National Women’s Institute said the decrease was “mostly achieved due to prevention policies” implemented by that agency.Women’s Issues Minister Isabel Chamorro said at the ceremony that “this should be a day to promote more effective and efficient actions to prevent, and especially end, impunity.”Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said ”the struggle for women’s rights is currently one of the most important operational objectives for the National Police.”Last Friday, hundreds of people attended Costa Rica’s second Slut Walk in downtown San José to speak out against violence against women and denounce recent statements on rape by Accessibility Without Exclusion Party presidential candidate and former lawmaker Óscar López.Costa Rica registers far fewer femicides than other countries in the region. El Salvador has the highest rate in the world, at 12 per 100,000 people, followed by Jamaica (10.9) and Guatemala (9.7), according to a 2012 report by the Small Arms Survey, an independent research project in Geneva, Switzerland.According to the report, more than half of the 25 countries with very high femicide rates are in Latin America. Citing the same report, U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang pointed out that in 2011, 647 women were murdered in El Salvador and 375 in Guatemala. Femicide is considered to be the second leading cause of death of women of reproductive age in Honduras. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Related posts:In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapse NOT GUILTY: 7 men acquitted of murder of Costa Rica sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora With COP21 underway, development banks urged to boost ‘green finance’ in Latin America To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Some of the world’s largest concentrations of blue whales, dolphins and sea turtles sit just off of Costa Rica’s shores. For years, this biological hot spot, known as the Central American Dome, has been an unregulated haven for fishermen. Now a group of ocean conservationists and National Geographic filmmakers hope to change that.“If you care about humankind and our future, then you should care about the ocean,” National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle said in a press conference at ocean conservation organization MarViva’s offices on Friday.The Central American Dome is particularly important because of its high concentration of phytoplankton. The dome’s explosive plant life feeds a host of small organisms that, in turn, feed larger ocean life. The result is a 1,570,470 square-kilometer area of ocean with one of the highest populations of sea creatures. Sylvia Earle Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesMission Blue, Earle’s ocean conservation alliance, has named the Central American Dome as one of its “Hope Spots.” The organization has demarcated 50 of these areas due to their important roles in ocean biodiversity and production.“Many of these spots are in deep ocean, a part of the unregulated global commons,” Earle told The Tico Times. “They belong to everyone and to no one, but if we can get people to agree to protect them then we can begin to repair our oceans.”The National Geographic team began filming a documentary about the dome Monday on Costa Rica’s Playa Grande, a Pacific beach. The film will follow leatherback sea turtles on their journey from the deep waters of the Central American Dome to shore to lay their eggs. The second phase, deep-ocean filming, is set to start in 2015.Along with spreading awareness, the documentary is supposed to inspire action.“Costa Rica already has a reputation globally for being leaders in conservation of the green,” Earle said. “Now we want them to compliment that by being leaders in the conservation of the blue.” Facebook Comments
President Laura Chinchilla and President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís wrangled this week with the political consequences of microchip giant Intel’sexit from Costa Rica, while observers search for the next big high-tech opportunity.Intel’s arrival in Costa Rica in 1998 helped jump-start the country’s high-tech manufacturing and value-added service industries that have set the country apart from many of its Central American neighbors. But the California-based company’s decision Tuesday to close its manufacturing facility here and lay off 1,500 workers, followed by Bank of America’s announcement that it also was laying off 1,400 employees, stunned Costa Rica and left many wondering if it was the rumbling of capital flight from the coffee-producing country. And it happened just as Solís, of the center-left Citizen Action Party (PAC), prepares to take office on May 8.“For every business, no matter how important, that leaves Costa Rica, I guarantee you several more will come,” Chinchilla told reporters in the central Pacific port town of Caldera on Thursday, rejecting the notion that the exit of Intel and Bank of America would have a snowball effect on other companies.Several administration and company sources have said Intel’s move was based on business, not local conditions. The microchip-maker said in a statement the company would keep 1,200 jobs and hire 200 workers in engineering and design at their facility in Belén, Heredia’s free trade zone north of the capital.Intel’s goods and services accounted for over 30 percent of Costa Rica’s exports in 1999, according to figures from the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), the private organization tasked with attracting foreign investment to Costa Rica. In 2013, that percentage dropped to 13.7 percent, signaling the Costa Rican economy has diversified beyond Intel alone.“I guarantee that the government has done everything possible and has greatly improved the policies for attracting foreign investment,” Chinchilla said.CINDE Board President José Rossi said that Solís is “pragmatic,” and likely will continue lobbying for more foreign investment to boost Costa Rica’s economy.Chinchilla said her administration has created more than 30,000 jobs by drawing more than $8.27 billion in foreign direct investment between 2010 and 2013.In the absence of Intel’s manufacturing facilities here, medical equipment is quickly becoming one of Costa Rica’s fastest growing exports, according to CINDE. Gabriela Llobet, CINDE president, said that medical equipment manufacturing has increased from 1.8 percent of exports in 1999 to 13.5 percent by 2013.Chinchilla said Thursday she hoped a recently passed law regulating biomedical research on humans would help retain and attract more medical research and related high-tech investment in Costa Rica.But Costa Rica struggles with a high cost of electricity and relatively high wages and social security taxes that make the country less attractive for international companies looking to cut costs.In a meeting with the foreign press on Wednesday, Rossi told The Tico Times that the Costa Rican economy still faces challenges when it comes to keeping large multinational companies here. He said legal uncertainty, the cost of electricity and the quality of Costa Rica’s infrastructure are among the top issues that could threaten a foreign company’s long-term investment.The day after Solís won the April 6 presidential runoff, he said reducing the cost of electricity would be one of his first priorities after taking office.CINDE President Llobet remained bullish on Costa Rica’s ability to continue attracting foreign direct investment, which has grown at an average rate of 15 percent a year since 2002, reaching $2.68 billion in 2013.“Costa Rica today is not the country it was when Intel arrived,” Rossi said on Wednesday. “The country is going to move forward, this is not an economy that revolves around Intel.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Bank of America, Intel announce thousands of layoffs in Costa Rica Intel to close Costa Rica chip assembly plant, lay off 1,500 workers President Solís seeks meeting with Intel reps during US trip South Korean company confirms opening of yarn spinning plant in Costa Rica
NEW YORK – Two police officers, a rabbi and a Boy Scout leader are among 70 men and one woman arrested on child pornography charges in the largest such bust in New York, officials said Wednesday.Over five weeks investigators seized nearly 600 computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and thumb drives containing tens of thousands of pornographic images and videos of children.Among the defendants are one with a previous child sex abuse conviction and a woman charged with producing and distributing pornography involving her own young child, U.S. officials said.They also include two nurses, a paramedic, an au pair, and a Boy Scouts den master who served as a little league baseball coach.Officers launched the operation after arresting the head of a police department in Valhalla, New York, in January and a rabbi, who home schooled children in Brooklyn, in March.James Hayes, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York described the number of suspects and their professional backgrounds as “troubling.”U.S. officials said Operation Caireen, which ran from April 4 to May 15, was the largest-ever operation in New York targeting sexual predators of children.Homeland Security, New York police detectives and other law enforcement infiltrated peer-to-peer file sharing networks to identify perpetrators across the New York City area.Investigators cracked down on nearly 150 IP addresses actively involved in trading child porn in the wider New York City area.New York police commissioner William Bratton said the indictment showed “that abuse against children is beyond reproach and violators will be vigorously sought and brought to justice.”“The law enforcement community is committed to eliminating the horrific market for child pornography, one defendant at a time,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, eastern district of New York.John Ryan, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, thanked law enforcement officials.“Their tireless work helps ensure that the most vulnerable in our society – our children – can be safer,” he said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Peru nabs Costa Rican ‘black widow’ wanted by FBI 2 dead, 3 critical in US school shooting Costa Rica among targets of US, Latin America child porn raids US State Department lists Costa Rica among major drug-transit countries
A major new study of the world’s oceans has reached a shocking conclusion: Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world.With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that’s nearly 700 pieces per person.The study, published in the journal PLOS One by Marcus Eriksen of the Five Gyres Institute in Los Angeles and a large group of colleagues, is based on data from 24 separate ocean expeditions, conducted between 2007 and 2013, to sample plastic pollution. Plastic was either observed from boats, or hauled up from the ocean by nets, in 1,571 locations. The data were then used to run an ocean model to simulate the amount and distribution of plastic debris.The result not only yielded the estimate of over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the global ocean — it also cast light on how plastic changes within the ocean (breaking down into smaller pieces) and circulates around the globe. Pieces between 1 millimeter and 4.75 millimeters in size were by far the most prevalent class of plastic in the ocean. However, by weight, really large pieces of plastic, greater than 200 millimeters in size, were the most significant.“What we are witnessing in the global ocean is a growing threat of toxin-laden microplastics cycling through the entire marine ecosystem,” commented lead study author Eriksen of the Five Gyers Institute.Worryingly, even though there are far fewer people living in the Southern Hemisphere, the research found that its oceans have about the same amount of plastic, suggesting that winds and ocean currents may transport our trash all around the world.The authors stress that they suspect their estimate is “highly conservative” — there could be a lot more plastic out there than that. For as they note, there is also a “potentially massive amount of plastic present on shorelines, on the seabed, suspended in the water column, and within organisms.”In particular, the authors cite a figure from the trade group Plastics Europe, which suggests that 288 million tons of plastic are produced annually. Compared to a figure like this, the 250,000 tons described in this study represent “only 0.1 percent of the world annual production” — again underscoring that the numbers reported in the study, large though they are, are probably a low end estimate.Plastic gets into the oceans because we use it and then throw it away (properly or otherwise). For that vast majority of us, that’s where our relationship with plastic ends — we don’t see what happens next. How does it end up in the oceans? Most simply, plastic bags might literally blow there. Some plastic gets deliberately dumped there. And then there’s runoff: Plastic on land can wind up in the water, or flow into the oceans from rivers emptying to them.Once in the oceans, plastic plastic breaks into smaller pieces and circulates — traveling into five major ocean gyres, which spiral in large circles, winding the trash inward. Most famously, some of it accumulates in great Pacific ocean “garbage patches,” which have particularly high plastic concentrations (however, this does not necessarily mean you will see a huge heap of trash floating on the ocean surface).The ecological consequences of ocean plastic pollution are severe — many marine animals may not only get entangled in plastic, but may ingest this long-lasting material, thinking it is food. That’s not only bad for fish, it could ultimately be bad for us. If we consume fish that have consumed plastic, then it is possible that we may ultimately end up eating plastic (or its chemical remnants) too.So after we throw our plastic objects away, maybe we’re not really done with them after all.So what should you do? “It is imperative that the use of plastics include a 100 percent recovery plan, or choose 100 percent environmental harmlessness in your choice of material,” says Eriksen. “The status quo,” he adds, “is no longer acceptable.”Related: Dutch teen targets Pacific Ocean ‘plastic soup’ menace© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Dutch teen targets Pacific Ocean ‘plastic soup’ menace In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapse Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund To help save Costa Rican rivers, head to a picnic
On a recent sunny morning, cats, dogs and their owners met in a local laundry in Quebradas de Alajuela. This was a neighborhoodcampaña de castración, or ‘castration campaign,’ and the laundry facility made a perfect operating room: There was a sink, electricity, and windows for light and air. The tables where owner Rosa Alvarez sorts and folds her laundry were convenient for the operating tables, and an open space near the clothesline became a recovery room with ‘doggy blankets’ spread over newspaper. A low ledge nearby provided seats.Dogs came on leashes to keep them from running away while cats came in carriers, mesh bags and bird cages. There was a variety of sizes and colors, and many of the animals had been abandoned and rescued. Nervous ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ kept watch over their pets and traded talk. Being neighbors made it more comfortable to converse. Although the flyers said 8 a.m., most of the patients were there early. They wanted to get it over with and go home. Host Rosa Alvarez holds a dog to be spayed. Mitzi Stark/The Tico TimesDr. Blas Rivas, an Alajuela veterinarian and a leader in this type of spay-neuter campaign, arrived with two helpers. While he explained to the waiting crowd about the operation and how to care for the animals as they recovered, the two assistants began tranquilizing the dogs and cats. By 8:30 the first operation was underway. With the helpers preparing the patients, Dr. Rivas moved from one table to the other, operating and putting in the finishing touches.See also: Marine Corps wraps gifts for its first Toys for Tots programThis type of operation is simple, involving a small incision and using a type of hook to facilitate the ‘snipping.’ It is clean and safe, and the animals recover easily. Soon the recovery area began to fill up.Several of the animals were males. While spaying females has become more popular as castration campaigns reach outlying areas, people are still reluctant to neuter males. Kaiser’s owner brought him after he tore through a screen door trying to follow a female, and Scooby got neutered because he spent more time on the road than at home.Castration campaigns bring out a lot of animal stories. At a previous campaign, a man brought a huge cat named Rasputin. The man seemed proud of all the scratches on his arms and neck; he also brought along some toys to amuse Rasputin while waiting. Because the animals may not eat since the night before, one woman admitted that she couldn’t eat either if her dog couldn’t. Once, someone brought a dog that was such a mixed breed that everyone started guessing what kind of bloodlines it had. “It looks kind of like a rabbit,” said one. At another campaign a man asked about bringing a horse.Then there was the teenager who was shocked to hear about Siamese cats. She asked if they were stuck together.About two hours after arriving, the first animals were ready to go home. Still groggy when they began creeping along, they received a final check from the doctor and grateful parents scooped them up for the trip home. One big dog went home in a padded wheelbarrow.Castration campaigns have reached most of Costa Rica. They are announced by flyers on light posts and walls, in central markets and stores. They are held in community halls, in private homes, in veterinary clinics and other available places that have water and electricity and space. The cost is low, around ¢10,000 (approximately $20), and some campaigns require a certain number of animals, about twenty, but some attract as many as fifty or sixty.Although castration of pets is more common now, it still hasn’t reached everyone. Karin Haud, founder and director of Animales de Asís, a rescue and adoption center, laments that “too many dogs and cats, especially pregnant females, are abandoned. All the refuge centers are full, and still we find abandoned mothers with pups and kittens,” she says. “There are not enough veterinarians to do the campaigns and not enough funds to help all.” Haud and others who work with animal rescue advocate municipalities sponsoring free spaying.If you’d like to help the animal population and reduce the number of unwanted animals, call the number on the next flyer you see and ask if they need help transporting animals after the operation, providing ‘doggy blankets’ or with funds to help a low-income family’s pet.Read previous “Giving Back” stories here.“Giving Back” is an occasional series that seeks to draw attention to the work of nonprofits, community organizations and other donation-based initiatives around the country. Nominations for the series can be sent to us at email@example.com. Facebook Comments Related posts:’Tis the season to support animal welfare Tourists urged to help stop mistreatment of horses PHOTOS: More than 200 volunteers spread love to Costa Rica homeless This Thanksgiving, pass a plate to those in need
The number of domestic violence victims treated at public hospitals of the Social Security System, orCaja, has increased by one-third over the last three years, according to a report released this week.The number of cases rose from 9,823 in 2013 to 13,036 in 2015, or 33 percent.This means the rate of domestic violence rose from 20.8 cases per 10,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 27.3 last year, Caja reported.Caja epidemiologist Leandra Abarca said these figures show the need for greater efforts to address such violence. “We’re not detecting the problem in its early stages but rather when the victims come for help at our hospitals,” she said.The report categorized domestic violence into four types: physical, sexual, psychological and neglect.The highest percentage of domestic violence patients seen at Caja hospitals last year were victims of physical abuse — 25 percent.Overall, a small majority of domestic violence patients were women, accounting for 52 percent of all cases. Of these, most victims were adolescents and adults between ages 20 and 39.Of the male patients, most were children and adolescents under 19.The most common forms of violence among all adolescents, girls and boys, were sexual abuse and neglect.Geographically, the highest rates of domestic violence were seen in rural areas. The Puntarenas canton of Quepos topped the list with 101 domestic violence cases per 10,000 inhabitants. Turrubares in San José province was second with 98 cases per 10,000 inhabitants, followed by Los Chiles in Alajuela and the Cartago cantons of Jiménez and El Guarco.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), violence is among the leading causes of illness and death worldwide. Some 1.4 million people die each year from violence, according to the WHO, and violence also leaves many with physical, sexual, reproductive and mental consequences.Violence also contributes to cancer, heart disease, stroke and HIV/AIDS, as victims often try to cope with their traumatic experiences by adopting risky behaviors such as using tobacco, alcohol and drugs, as well as engaging in unsafe sex. “In this regard too, violence can be a driver of early death and lifelong ill health,” WHO noted in a 2014 report.The long-term effects of violence go beyond physical harm, causing depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders, the organization noted. Facebook Comments Related posts:Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians Costa Rica to use drones to deliver medicine to indigenous communities Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates
Facebook Comments Irish singer – song-writer Sinéad O’Connor, who rose to fame in the eighties, suffers from a bipolarity disorder and expresses her depression publicly.The Irish Grammy Award winner posted a video on Facebook that has already had over 1.2M views today. In the video, the artist affirmed through tears, that at this moment she is fighting for her life.In this 12-minute video, the singer explains that she is just one more among the millions of people suffering from mental diseases and disorders. At other times, the interpreter of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has performed this same type of publications.The 50-year-old artist has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and says she is alone “as a punishment for having a mental illness.”See for yourself Sinéad’s message in the video Related posts:Watch a video of the best Tico Times front pages from our old print edition Former Tico Times photojournalist, painter Julio Laínez dies at 76
Related posts:The Tico Times Dispatch: What’s in Costa Rica’s tax-reform bill? The Tico Times Dispatch: Figuring out and fighting street harassment in Costa Rica The Tico Times Dispatch: March news roundup Listen and subscribe to The Tico Times Dispatch Court rejects tax reform and asks legislators to eliminate four points Costa Rica’s Plenary Court rejected the proposed tax reform bill last week and asked that four sections of the initiative be corrected.If those issues are addressed, the court says it will give a go-ahead to the proposal, moving it one step closer to becoming law. Otherwise, legislators would need a two-thirds majority of 38 votes to overrule the court’s objections.The question of who and what should be taxed has sparked nationwide demonstrations, but economists almost universally agree Costa Rica needs to pass reforms in order to avoid a financial crisis.In an interview with The Tico Times last month, Costa Rican journalist and economist David Ching explained its necessity.“We are spending more than what we are getting from taxes,” he said.If the government defaults on loans, Ching says, it might have to eliminate vital social programs as a cost-cutting measure.“The institutions that are lending the government are not sure that the government will pay back,” Ching said. “Because it’s a problem that has been going on 12 years, it has come to a point where [fiscal reform must be passed] now or we might be in great trouble. Facebook Comments “We can be talking about government institutions being shut down. We can be talking about social programs being shut down. We can be talking about interest rates skyrocketing. These are the kinds of things that could happen.”Like many other nations, Costa Rica suffered from a debt crisis in the 1980s following the second oil shock. As the New York Times explained, the “import prices and interest rates on foreign debt rose sharply, while export earnings needed to cover foreign bills collapsed.”The ensuing restructuring included cuts to social-service expenditures and, as financial analyst Karen Hansen-Kuhn noted in 1993, increased economic polarization — increasing the gap between the rich and the poor.“We’re definitely going down the same road, and that’s worrisome,” Ching said. “Some economists will argue we are still suffering from the consequences of that. I cannot say that is not true.”Listen to Ching’s entire interview in The Tico Times Dispatch below. You can also listen and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play Music.
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories Earlier, T. P. Lahane, dean of the state-run J.J. Hospital in southern Mumbai, said 14 people were injured, and 10 of them were hospitalized. He also said one person was in critical condition.Television images showed some people being taken on stretchers as the blaze and the billowing smoke engulfed from the fourth floor upward. A strong sea breeze fanned the fire, which could be seen for kilometers (miles).Firefighters used hydraulic platforms to evacuate trapped people, and two navy helicopters hovered over the building to pick up people from the rooftop.Prithviraj Chavan, the state’s top elected official, said he had asked police to investigate the cause of the fire which devastated three floors of the building.Some witnesses complained that the firefighters took almost half an hour to reach the site.The New Delhi Television News channel said nearly 2,500 state employees and 2,000 visitors were in the building when the fire broke out.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressMUMBAI, India (AP) – Thousands of employees were evacuated Thursday from a seven-story government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled a major blaze that raged for several hours in India’s financial and entertainment capital.Rescuers pulled two bodies from the gutted sixth floor of the Maharashtra state government headquarters in southern Mumbai, a state government official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?
Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Iran’s oil and gas sector has been hit by an increasing number of attacks in recent months, prompting speculation that saboteurs may be at work. The facility produces oil derivatives including fuel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – A fire has broken out at Iran’s biggest petrochemical complex, killing one and injuring 16 others.Governor Manoochehr Hayati in the southwestern city of Mahshahr says a gas leak at a supply line of the Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Complex was the cause of the fire. Hayati says four of those injured are in critical condition.Hayati says the fire was extinguished and that there has been no disruption of the facility’s operations. His remarks were carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology How do cataracts affect your vision?
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Katyn is one of the most painful pages of Polish history, and Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych was eager on Friday to show respect and support to Poland, Kiev’s biggest ally in its push to integrate closer with the European Union.“By jointly exposing and condemning the crimes of Stalinism and restoring historical justice, we not only fulfill our duty before the dead, but we also fulfill our duty before future generations,” Yanukovych said.Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski thanked the Ukrainian leader for helping organize a Polish section at the Bykivnia memorial. “Here in Bykivnia, as in no other place, we feel the unity of our Polish and Ukrainian fates,” Komorowski said.The killing of Polish officers and other prisoners of war was part of Stalin’s attempt to exterminate the Polish elite after he and Hitler divided up Poland at the start of World War II, in September 1939 .(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – The Presidents of Ukraine and Poland on Friday unveiled a memorial to the thousands of Ukrainians, Poles and others killed by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s secret police before and during World War II.The memorial is part of a remembrance complex in Bykivnia, outside the Ukrainian capital, where up to 120,000 people are buried.The victims include 3,500 Poles executed in the Kiev region by the Soviet secret police in early 1940. They were among some 22,000 Polish officers and civilians taken prisoner and killed on Stalin’s orders in western Russia and other parts of the Soviet Union in what became known as the Katyn massacre. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes
Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Top Stories The most recent was Ambassador Heather Hodges in 2011 in response to a diplomatic cable divulged by WikiLeaks in which Hodges accused a newly retired police chief of a long history of corruption and speculated that Correa was aware of it. She was later replaced.Shortly after assuming power, Correa purged Ecuador’s military officers deemed to have close relations with U.S. counterparts. He also ended an agreement with Washington that allowed U.S. drug interdiction flights to be based at the Ecuadorean airfield in Mantua.Correa is popular at home for his poverty-fighting programs but widely criticized for stifling civil liberties.___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) QUITO, Ecuador (AP) – President Rafael Correa said Wednesday that Washington has too many military officers assigned to its embassy in Ecuador and he plans to order some to leave.Correa, a U.S.-educated economist who calls himself a “modern leftist,” made the remarks during a meeting with international correspondents and did not offer any more details.“There are about 50,” he said. “What justifies that?” Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “Unfortunately, these people have been infiltrated in all sectors, which scandalously seemed normal. They flew in the helicopters of the air force, of the army. It was normal for foreign soldiers to be flying with our soldiers in frontier areas.”The U.S. Embassy’s press officer, Jeffrey Weinshenker, told The Associated Press that it had not received any notification from Ecuador’s government about the subject.“There are about 20 military and civilians accredited before the Ecuadorean government to participate in a range of activities,” Weinshenker said. “All our activities occur with the explicit approval of Ecuadorean authorities.”Relations between the U.S. and Ecuador have been rocky in recent years, and Correa’s government recently announced it was asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to leave, accusing it of backing the opposition.His government also renounced eligibility for U.S. trade preferences last year when Washington was trying to pressure it into rejecting asylum for Edward Snowden, the U.S. leaker living in exile in Russia.Correa has expelled at least three U.S. diplomats since first taking office in 2007. Comments Share Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 0 Comments Share YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online.Reporters in the capital, Naypyitaw, were told on Tuesday they would have to watch proceedings on TV from the corridor. The pictures of sleeping MPs was the main reason cited by Kyaw Soe, director general of the Union Parliament, which handles administrative duties. Other embarrassing pictures have circulated showing lawmakers using iPad devices while in session. Another appeared to show an army representative leaning over to press a voting button for a missing lawmaker.In a minor victory, the journalists were told they could occupy the upper floor of the chamber, but they were continuing to negotiate Thursday evening. While the new location could be sufficient for text reporters, it would give visual journalists only a distant, back view of the MPs. Officials offered to provide handout images instead, but independent media consider that unacceptable.“The restriction is totally unacceptable. Press freedom is not guaranteed in the country but only in the hands of those in power. They can revoke press freedom any time they like,” Zaw Thet Htway, a former political prisoner and editor in chief of Tomorrow weekly journal.Myanmar started moving from a half-century of military rule to democracy in 2011 and many of its political reforms, such as media freedom, have stalled. About 10 journalists have been jailed and nearly a dozen are facing trials.The constitution also allots a quarter of the seats in Parliament to the military, a number that gives it veto power over constitutional amendments. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
After Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis left, the 18 remaining ministers are to continue talks in an informal session to see what action to take to assure the continued stability of their shared currency.___5:25 p.m.The finance ministers of the eurozone have rejected a Greek request to extend the deadline of its bailout program until after a planned July 5 referendum.Two eurozone officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the decision was not yet officially announced, said the finance ministers would continue meeting in an informal session without Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.One official said there could not be an extension of the program now because there was no basis for cooperation. Many among the 19 eurozone ministers said that they were surprised and disappointed by the announcement of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to seek a referendum.___2:50 p.m.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says that by calling for a referendum on the creditors’ proposals to keep Greece solvent — and by advising Greeks to reject them — the country appears to have ended the negotiations on its bailout program.Schaeuble said as he arrived at a meeting with other eurozone finance ministers that “the negotiations apparently have been declared at an end” by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Schaeuble said that “if I understood correctly … we now have no basis for further negotiations.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Once that’s done, “it requires financial support” from the international partners.___2:10 p.m.The eurozone’s top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, says that Greece has closed the door on further talks to end the standoff with its creditors because it called for a referendum on the proposals of the creditors, with an advice to reject it.He said before entering a eurozone finance ministers’ meeting Saturday: “I am very disappointed. After our last meeting, the door on our side was still open, but that door has closed on the Greek side.”Greece has a debt repayment on Tuesday it cannot afford and its bailout program expires the same day. To be able to hold a referendum on July 5, as it has called for the Greek government would need an extension to the bailout program from its creditors. It would also need continued support for its banks from the European Central Bank.___1:25 p.m.The Netherlands cautions against granting any more time to Greece, which faces a debt deadline on Tuesday, when it has a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) repayment to make and its bailout program expires.Dutch state secretary Eric Wiebes said before the start of a eurozone finance ministers’ meeting: “I see no reason for delay. The positions are very clear. We have known the deadline for four months.” He was looking forward to hear what his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis would have to say about the latest developments. “We’ll see what he says. With Greece, apparently you must never rule out surprises,” Schaeuble said. “But to be honest, none of the colleagues I spoke to beforehand sees any possibility for what we can do now.”___2:35 p.m.Finland’s finance minister, Alexander Stubb, warns that Greece’s referendum announcement has forced eurozone nations to assess other options if the bailout talks fail.The referendum decision would require Greece’s creditors, which include eurozone states, to extend the country’s bailout program by a few days.He says that “there is pretty much a consensus inside the eurogroup that we cannot extend the program as it stands,” he said. “Consequently I would argue that Plan B becomes Plan A,” he said, without elaborating.(This item has been corrected to show that Stubb did not specify that the eurozone should discuss Greece’s exit from the euro.)___2:20 p.m.The EU’s economics and monetary affairs chief, Pierre Moscovici, says the differences between Greece and its creditors can be bridged, and he emphasizes the importance of Greece remaining in the 19-nation euro bloc. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Dijsselbloem said there are options left in the coming days, before Greece’s bailout program expires after June 30 Greece holds a referendum on the bailout proposal on July 5.“The process has not ended. It will never end, probably, and we will continue to work with Greece,” Dijsselbloem said.___7:50 p.m.Finance Minister Michel Sapin says France is ready to immediately become a go-between between Greece and its international creditors to avoid a further collapse of the bailout negotiations and find a belated agreement.The finance ministers of the eurozone on Saturday refused to grant Greece a one-month extension to its bailout program, bringing Greece closer to being unable to make debt payments due as soon as Tuesday. Greece rejected a proposal from international creditors on reforms needed to keep bailout funds coming.“France is available today, tomorrow, the day after, as from the start, to be a go-between to find an agreement that is solid,” Sapin said. “I say it with conviction: France is today ready to make sure that at any time the dialogue can resume.”___6:10 p.m.Greece’s finance minister says there is still a chance his country could reach a bailout deal with creditors, despite the latest breakdown in talks. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches He said displeasure increased when late Friday, “the Greek delegation left the table in the middle of negotiations when the prime minister decided on a referendum.”“Thirdly, and perhaps the most dramatic element, was the Greek announcement to advise its people to vote against the European package that was not even finalized.”Greece’s bailout program ends Tuesday. It had sought an extension to be able to have a referendum on July 5 on whether to accept the creditors’ bailout proposals, and recommended Greeks to vote against them.___9:15 p.m.The eurozone’s top official says the door remains open for more talks with Greece, even though the country’s government insisted that the international creditors had issued an ultimatum that forced it away from the negotiating table.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the president of the eurogroup meetings of finance ministers, said “it was not the institutions that walked away from the last talks last night. It was not us that said the talks have come to an end in a negative way, it was the Greek government.”He spoke after 18 of the 19 finance ministers from the eurozone met, excluding Greece. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Fuest says that “only with capital controls from Monday can Greece be given time until July 5 to hold a referendum on the rescue program.”___11:50 a.m.Germany’s vice chancellor says that a Greek referendum on the bailout talks could in principle make sense, but notes that it should be clear to voters what they will be deciding on.Sigmar Gabriel told Deutschlandfunk radio: “We would be well-advised not simply to push this proposal from Mr. Tsipras aside and say that it’s a trick. If the questions are clear — if it’s really clear that they are voting on a program that has been negotiated, it could make sense.”The agenda of the Greek Parliament showed the referendum would be on a proposal of reforms that creditors offered to Greece on Thursday. Should Greeks reject the proposal, it is unclear what Greece’s options would then be.Gabriel added: “There must be a clear program. And what he (Tsipras) would like — for Europe to send 20 or 30 billion in aid programs to Greece, but without any conditions — Europe cannot accept.”He said that “Europe is offering a great deal” and that “many of the tough measures that were being debated at the beginning are off the table.” Tsipras called for the ND lawmakers to return so the debate could be concluded and the vote held. It was unclear, however, whether they would return.___9:45 p.m.Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan says he is confident that the euro currency will stand strong despite the setback with Greece.He says the eurozone nations’ “assessment was that we are in a much better situation than we were following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, when Europe was ill-prepared.”He adds that “there’s no level of anxiety” among the euro partners.But Noonan was concerned about developments in Greece, where people are queuing at banks and fuel stations.“It’s not I think a question of waiting to see what might happen on Monday in terms of crisis — the crisis has commenced,” he told reporters as he left a eurozone meeting.___9:40 p.m.In the end, Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna said Greece gave the other eurozone ministers no choice but to vote against extending the bailout program for Greece, a move which sent Athens toward an uncertain financial future.Gramegna said that “the Greek decision to so suddenly announce a referendum without warning its partners has not only surprised everyone but also shocked confidence.” He spoke after two eurozone finance ministers’ meetings, one with Greece and one without it. Eurozone finance ministers on Saturday rejected Greece’s request for an extension to its bailout program so that it could put the creditors’ bailout proposals to a popular vote July 5. Greece’s bailout program expires on Tuesday and it is unclear whether it can support its banks after that date without a deal with creditors.Yanis Varoufakis says the eurozone finance ministers would continue their meeting without Greece on Saturday night to evaluate the consequences of the recent decisions.He told reporters, however, that there is still the “possibility of negotiating through the day and through the night and through the day ahead of us in the coming days to improve the agreement.”___5:40 p.m.The eurozone’s top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, says the bailout program for Greece will expire on Tuesday. The country had requested an extension so that it can hold a referendum July 5 on the reform program demanded by creditors.Without a bailout program, it is uncertain whether Greece will be able to continue to receive emergency support for its banks.Dijsselbloem said Saturday at the end of a eurozone finance ministers’ meeting that “however regretful, the program will expire on Tuesday night. That is the latest stage we could have reached an agreement, and it will expire on Tuesday night.” Top Stories Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Maximos Mansion after he announced the referendum in a televised address in central Athens, early Saturday, June 27, 2015. Greece’s fraught bailout talks with its creditors took a dramatic turn early Saturday, with the radical left government announcing a referendum in just over a week on the latest proposed deal – and urging voters to reject it. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news about the Greek bailout talks (all times local):2:53 a.m.Greece’s parliament has voted in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ motion to hold a referendum on the country’s creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans. Tsipras and his coalition government have urged people to vote against the deal, throwing into question the country’s financial future. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called for a referendum on the creditor’s bailout proposal on July 5, well after the country’s debt deadline. He even advised Greeks to not accept the proposal, leaving it unclear what the country’s prospects would be in such a case.Wiebes stressed that those involved in the talks must “consider a deadline as a deadline.”___1:15 p.m.The head of a major German economic think-tank says the only way Greece could stay in the eurozone if Greeks reject reform conditions in a popular vote next week would be for creditors to agree to debt relief and Greek banks to be rescued without outside help — largely by customers forfeiting part of their deposits.Clemens Fuest of the Center for European Economic Research says that “that is not practically workable.”As Greeks withdraw money from cash machines, the banks are under increasing financial strain. So far, the European Central Bank is supporting the Greek banks by allowing them to draw on emergency credit.Fuest says that, unless Greece puts limits on money withdrawals and transfers, the ECB will face the choice on Monday of accepting the collapse of Greek banks or further expanding the emergency credit. He pointed to EU efforts to invest in growth, softening the previous focus on austerity.___11:30 a.m.The Greek Parliament will open a debate at noon local time on whether or not to approve the government’s planned referendum on the creditors’ latest proposal for a bailout.The Parliament has posted Saturday’s agenda on its website, saying it will vote on the referendum at about 7 p.m.It says the July 5 referendum announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras late Friday will be on whether voters approve or reject the bailout proposal submitted by Greece’s creditors Thursday.The proposal, according to Parliament’s agenda, is made up of two documents: one called “Reforms for the completion of the Current Program and Beyond” and another called “Preliminary debt sustainability analysis.”Aside for the issue of making these documents accessible to all voters, the Parliament must also deal with a likely contingency of creditors withdrawing those proposals at the Eurogroup meeting later Saturday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision? ___0:46 a.m.Greece’s main opposition New Democracy party has returned to parliament and the session has resumed to discuss the prime minister’s call for a referendum on reform proposals suggested by the country’s international creditors.The Greek parliament is to vote on whether to accept Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ call for a referendum on June 5. The proposal is expected to pass as the coalition government of Tsipras’ radical left Syriza party and a small nationalist party holds 162 seats.___0:10 a.m.Greece’s main opposition New Democracy party has walked out of parliament during a tumultuous debate on the prime minister’s call for a referendum on creditors’ reform proposals, over a dispute with the parliament speaker.The country’s 300 lawmakers are to vote on whether to accept Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ call for a referendum on June 5. The proposal needs 151 votes and it is expected to pass as the coalition government of Tsipras’ radical left Syriza party and a small nationalist party holds 162 seats.New Democracy head Antonis Samaras walked out during the heated debate after a bitter dispute with parliament speaker Zoi Konstantopoulou, whom he accused of violating parliamentary procedures. Konstantopoulou is a Syriza lawmaker, and has frequently been criticized for not remaining impartial in debates as her role requires. He said before a eurozone finance ministers’ meeting Saturday that “proposals are on the table. These proposals are favorable to Greece, favorable to the Greek people.”The Greek government has called for a referendum to be held in a week on the creditors’ proposals for reforms in exchange for loans. It has urged the people to vote against the deal, leaving open what would happen to the country in such a case.Moscovici added: “I see that there are differences, but the differences are quite limited, and they are identified.”“The place of Greece is in the eurozone and we are working on that.”___2:15 p.m.The head of the International Monetary Fund says that Greece’s rescue creditors “will continue to work” for a deal to save the country — even though Athens called for a referendum and advised Greeks to reject the proposals of international creditors.Christine Lagarde says that the creditors “always showed flexibility to adjust to the new political and economic situation in Greece,” thus rejecting claims from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that his country was facing an ultimatum.But Lagarde insists Greece needs to do more. “It requires a balanced approach, on the one hand there has to be structural reforms, deep ones, to change the Greek economy, to make it more productive, more efficient so that it generates growth and jobs.” The vote is to be held next Sunday, June 5. It has raised the question of whether Greece can remain in Europe’s joint currency, the euro. Many Greeks alarmed by the announcement for the referendum early Saturday morning formed queues at ATM machines, putting a further strain on banking deposits.——01:49 a.m.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has once more urged Greeks to vote against creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans in a referendum he has called for next week.Parliament is now to vote on his motion for a referendum to be held. It is expected to pass, as his coalition government holds a majority of 162 seats in the 300-member parliament.Speaking in parliament, Tsipras said the reforms proposed by Greece’s creditor institutions — the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission, were an ultimatum and an insult.“We exhausted every limit of concessions so there could be an agreement,” Tsipras said. “Perhaps some saw that as a weakness.”He said the Greek people would vote against a deal on June 5.“This no will also be a big yes, a big yes to the decision of the Greek government to reject an ultimatum that insults the Greek people.”
Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Five new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the town of Nedowein, including the teen who died June 28. The four others with Ebola are among 149 identified contacts, WHO said.Blood tests are being done on all of them to see if “there are people who had the virus in their bodies without knowing it,” said Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for WHO.More than 4,800 Liberians died of Ebola before the country was declared free of transmissions in May.“There are a considerable number of survivors. And we also know that it persists in certain bodily fluids, and that it can subsist for at least six months,” Dr. Harris said, adding the transmission could have been sexual.The virus spreads through direct contact with an Ebola patient’s blood or other body fluids like urine, saliva, semen and sweat. Once patients recover, health officials say they aren’t contagious, except it could still be in semen.The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 11,200 people, mostly in West Africa. The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are asking for $3.2 billion to help their countries recover.___This story was corrected to show that the teen died nearly two weeks ago. Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Samples taken from the 17-year-old boy who died from Ebola in Liberia nearly two weeks ago show the virus is genetically similar to viruses that infected many people in the same area more than six months ago, the World Health Organization said Friday.That finding by genetic sequencing suggests it is unlikely the virus was caught from travel to infected areas of Guinea or Sierra Leone, the group said. “It also makes it unlikely that this has been caused by a new emergence from a natural reservoir, such as a bat or other animal,” it said. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation