Low fares keep global air travel strong despite negative influences IATA

first_img Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group center_img GENEVA — The global air passenger market showed resilience into the peak summer period, with lower fares helping to offset more negative influences on demand, according to the latest report from IATA.Annual growth in industry-wide traffic accelerated to 5.9% year-on-year in July – the fastest pace in five months. And while the industry-wide load factor edged down in July, it remains high at 83.7%, just 0.1 percentage point lower than the record July high reached last year.Meanwhile Q2 results point to another solid quarter for industry profitability and cash flow, “although CFOs report that they no longer expect further improvement in profitability over the next 12 months,” says IATA. Global airline share prices fell by 1.6% in August, and remain well down on where they started the year. North American airlines continue to outperform their counterparts in other regions of the world.IATA noted that premium airfares have held up better than their economy counterparts on many of the key premium routes so far this year, and the segment continues to offer a buffer for overall airline financial performance.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOil prices rallied during much of August, driven by expectations that major producers may act to freeze supply. But concerns about oversupply resurfaced towards the end of the month, and oil prices ended August back around US$47/bbl. Analysts said they expect oil prices to remain below US$55/bbl for the foreseeable future. Tags: IATA Low fares keep global air travel strong despite “negative influences”: IATAlast_img read more

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Puerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over travel warning remains

first_imgPuerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over, travel warning remains Share Tuesday, June 6, 2017 PUERTO RICO — Puerto Rico on Monday declared that the 2016 Zika epidemic is over, saying transmission of the virus that can cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed has fallen significantly.About 10 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in each four-week period since April 2017, down from more than 8,000 cases reported in a four-week period at the peak of the epidemic in August 2016, the Puerto Rico Health Department said in a statement.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, has not changed its travel advice, noting that pregnant women should not travel to Puerto Rico.The CDC said its travel notice for Puerto Rico remains in place and that it expects the virus will continue to “circulate indefinitely” in most regions where it has been introduced.The Department of Health and Human Services declaration of a public health emergency in Puerto Rico relating to pregnant women and children born to women with the virus remains in effect, the CDC said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedOn its website, the CDC cites public health reports saying that “mosquitoes in Puerto Rico are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.”CDC acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a statement that she is “pleased that the peak of the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico has come to a close.” However, she said, “We cannot let our guard down.”Schuchat said CDC will continue to focus on protecting pregnant women and work closely with the Puerto Rican health department to support Zika surveillance and prevention efforts on the island, which is a U.S. territory.A major outbreak of Zika began in Brazil in 2015 and spread rapidly to dozens of countries. There is no treatment for Zika, but private companies and governments are working on a vaccine.In addition to Puerto Rico, the CDC has warned of a risk of Zika infection for travelers going to Mexico, Cuba, most of the Caribbean and South America, as well as parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyLocally transmitted Zika cases have also been reported in Texas and Florida. By: Julie SteenhuysenSource: Reuters Tags: Puerto Rico, Zika << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Can you name all the celebrities in BAs new safety video

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Tags: British Airways, LOL, Video LONDON — British Airways’ new safety video plays like a who’s who of Britain’s most beloved celebrities, proving that dull instructional airline videos are a thing of the past.Filmed in collaboration with Comic Relief and Flying Start, the video stars Oscar-nominated star Chiwetel Ejiofor, actress Thandie Newton, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who is hilariously reminded by the director (played by comedian Asim Chaudhry) that he’s filling in for legendary actress Joanna Lumley. Other notable faces include Sir Ian McKellen, X-Files star Gillian Anderson and fictional character Mr. Bean, played by Rowan Atkinson.In addition to detailing critical safety procedures, the stars also encourage passengers to make donations to the airline’s Flying Start initiative, a global charity partnership with Comic Relief that aids children in need in the U.K. and in some of the poorest countries around the world. Flying Start’s goal is to raise $26 million by 2020.“It’s extremely important to us that customers engage with our safety video, and involving some of the nation’s most well-known personalities has given us the chance to create something fun that we hope people will watch from start to finish – and remember,” said Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, in an official statement. “We’ve worked with Comic Relief since 2010 and our customers have already helped us generate £16.5 million for great causes. We hope the new video will enable us to exceed our goal of raising £20 million by 2020.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe video will be shown on all BA flights starting Sept. 1. Travelweek Group Can you name all the celebrities in BA’s new safety video?last_img read more

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SeaWorld extends Canadian Resident offer until end of September

first_imgSeaWorld extends Canadian Resident offer until end of September ORLANDO — SeaWorld has extended its Canadian Resident offer until Sept. 30, giving Canadians more time to take advantage of savings at its Florida theme parks.With the offer, which is available for SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay, Canadian residents can enjoy the following perks:SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay single-day visit US$79.99 plus tax:Save up to US$30 when purchasing a SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Canadian Residence ticket offer for $79.99Ticket offer for purchase between May 1-Sept. 30, 2019Valid for a one-day visit to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa BayTicket valid for one year from date of purchase (parking not included); e-ticket must be purchased prior to arrival, payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredDining Offers:SeaWorld Orlando Canadian Resident 1-Day Visit with All Day Dining priced at US$104.99 plus taxBusch Gardens Tampa 1-Day Visit with All Day Dining priced at $104.99 plus taxMore news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoTwo-Park Offers: Valid for a total of two visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay at US$99.99 plus taxCanadian Resident Any 2-Parks with All Day Dining (2 visits at choice of SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica, Adventure Island) priced at $149.99 plus taxSecond visit must be redeemed within six months of first visit; $99.99 price does not include parking, taxes or service feesSavings based on the regular gate price of comparable admission ticketsTicket offer for purchase now through Sept. 30, 2019Ticket valid for 1 year from date of purchase (discount not available at the park);complimentary daily roundtrip transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa availableProof of Canadian residency is requiredAll prices quoted are in US dollars and do not include taxes, parking or service fees.SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando recently became certified autism centers. This year, SeaWorld Parks will open 11 new attractions across the U.S., including: Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando (opened March 28); Tigris at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (opened April 19); and KareKare Curl at Aquatica Orlando (opened April 12).More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTo book your client’s SeaWorld or Busch Gardens vacation exclusively through TravelBrands or through VAX visit www.seaworldparks.com/travelagents. Travelweek Group Tags: Savings, SeaWorld, SeaWorld Orlando Posted bycenter_img Share Tuesday, May 7, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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European Parliament wants Snowden NSA chief to testify on spying

first_imgRelated posts:Snowden wants asylum in Brazil: report Bolivia threatens U.S. Embassy closing after Snowden search Russians laud Venezuela’s asylum offer to Snowden Putin says Snowden in Moscow as Russia rejects U.S. demands LONDON — The European Parliament is gearing up to launch an investigation into the recently revealed NSA surveillance programs — and lawmakers are drawing up an interesting list of witnesses they want to interview about the snooping.In September, the parliament is set to begin a series of hearings as part of the inquiry, which was established following the exposure of sweeping spy efforts that extend across the world. Now, members of the parliament are putting forward names for individuals they want to call in to answer questions. Among those suggested so far are a series of high-profile figures at the center of the surveillance revelations, including Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower who leaked the secret documents on the spying; NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander; and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was passed the documents by Snowden and has published several scoops based on them in recent weeks.In the United States, the reaction to the surveillance leaks has primarily focused on the vast domestic phone records database, first revealed by the Guardian last month. But in Europe, the outrage has been over the PRISM Internet surveillance program, which reportedly enables the NSA to collect data on foreigners from major U.S. companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo. Politicians across Europe have also responded furiously to allegations that the U.S. government has been bugging European embassies and missions in apparent violation of a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations. And there has been a particularly strong outcry in Germany over reports that the NSA is collecting metadata on half a billion phone calls and emails across the country every month.Last week, at a meeting about the scope of its inquiry into the NSA’s surveillance, members of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee agreed that they would invite U.S. authorities, surveillance and privacy experts, data protection authorities, and representatives from parliaments in EU members states to participate in a series of at least 12 public hearings scheduled for before the end of the year. This week, German member of the European Parliament Jan Albrecht published a list of individuals he is requesting be invited. Aside from Snowden and Greenwald, it includes a host of top surveillance experts, plus NSA whistle-blowers Thomas Drake and William Binney, who have both in recent years spoken out publicly about the agency’s growing spying capabilities. Dutch Member of the European Parliament Sophie In ‘t Veld, vice chair of the civil liberties committee, confirmed in an email this week that she intends to invite Gen. Alexander. The inquiry’s conclusions will eventually be presented in a report to the parliament and could have implications for data-sharing agreements between Europe and the United States.Snowden, no doubt, would like the opportunity to appear at one of the hearings. But he remains effectively stranded at a Moscow airport while he seeks temporary asylum in Russia. He apparently hopes to then move on to one of the Latin American nations that have offered him a safe haven — Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua. Despite the anger in Europe over the spying Snowden has revealed, governments in the EU have not been rushing to welcome him with open arms. In a bizarre incident earlier this month, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal allegedly refused to allow Bolivian President Evo Morales’ jet to pass through their airspace after suspicions were raised that Snowden was on board. Bolivian officials blamed U.S. pressure for the debacle, describing it as a “hostile act” that had been orchestrated by the State Department.Gallagher is a London-based journalist who reports regularly on surveillance technology for Slate.© 2013, Slate Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Mayaninspired time capsule buried in Guatemala

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala’s Busito del Sabor: It’s a trip! Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala A city girl from the Netherlands packs up and moves to the Guatemalan jungle Guatemala high court orders arrest warrant for former leader Serrano reinstated GUATEMALA CITY – A time capsule inspired by the ancient Mayans has been installed by cultural officials in Guatemala City to show the country’s future generations what life was like in the Central American nation in 2013.Messages, cards, articles from the present day and predictions for tomorrow were deposited by members of society into the container, which will be opened in 2065. The idea was organized by Guatemala’s Sports and Culture Ministry as part of the 13 Baktun celebrations that took place across the country last year to mark the end of the Mayans’ Long Count calendar.“The opening of the capsule will coincide with the start of a new phase in the Mayan calendar, Chol Ab’ and Chol Q’ij, and the start of the phase of the natural wisdom of the Mayan man,” said Everardo Chuc, director of cultural development in Guatemala.“What we are doing now [with the time capsule] is the same thing that our ancestors used to do to ensure that future generations would know about their country and the people who lived in it,” Chuc said.The Mayan civilization thrived for more than 3,000 years in what are now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.The documents, including letters from Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and the country’s first Olympic medalist, Erick Barrondo, were placed in a hand-decorated cedar box and wrapped in a huipíl before being deposited in a green marble statue.Many of the children who witnessed the capsule being installed will be invited back to watch it being opened by the relevant authorities in 52 years.Officials hope the capsule will give those living half a century from now an idea of what Guatemala’s economic, social and political situation was like in 2013.The capsule was placed in a passageway in the north wing of the Palace of Culture in Guatemala City and will remain accessible to both foreigners and Guatemalans until it is opened in 2065. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica declares national emergency over drought in northwestern province of Guanacaste

first_imgCosta Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste has faced the worst drought in 50 years, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) said. In response, President Luis Guillermo Solís on Tuesday declared a national emergency in the province and other cantons across the country.National Emergency Commission (CNE) President Iván Barrantes announced a national Yellow Alert, which allows the president to order resources to affected areas and coordinate government response. The CNE president said that no set budget has been allotted for the government’s emergency response, and the dimensions of the effort would be determined by conditions in coming months.Rainfall in Guanacaste was 60 percent below average in August, according to the IMN, the worst since 1950. The Agriculture and Livestock Ministry reported that the region’s cattle industry has been hit especially hard, with more than $16.8 million in estimated loses. The ministry estimated another $9.3 million in losses in agriculture in Guanacaste.IMN Director Juan Carlos Fallas said that despite September rains, the institute expects 20 percent less rainfall in Guanacaste in October.In addition to a lack of drinking water and damage to crops and livestock, officials said the drought portended forest fires in coming months as the dry season approaches in November. The National System of Conservation Areas has put a fire contingency plan into effect for Costa Rica’s protected areas. The lack of rainfall also is stressing the country’s hydroelectric dams, which account for 73 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity production, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.Costa Rican meteorologists have blamed an “El Niño” phenomenon for the drought, which has taken a toll on countries across Central America this rainy season. In Costa Rica, the phenomenon warms the waters of the Pacific Ocean, decreasing rainfall in the western and central parts of the country while causing torrential rains along the Caribbean coast. (Note: There seems to be some disagreement between Costa Rican meteorologists and their colleagues in the United States over when to officially declare an El Niño phenomenon. U.S. meteorologists have not yet declared El Niño to be in effect, and they put the chances that it will happen later this year between 60-65 percent. Read more here, here, here and here. )The emergency decree also covers the cantons of Orotina, San Mateo and Atenas in Alajuela, and Aguirre, Garabito, Montes de Oro, Esparza and the Central Canton of Puntarenas.“[El Niño has] a progressive effect on these regions, and according to the National Meteorological Institute it could extend through next May,” Barrantes said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center Light rains in many areas of Costa Rica prompt concerns for next year Low rainfall in Central Valley, northern regions; La Niña still a no-show Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for Maylast_img read more

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Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesses

first_imgSince June 5, Costa Rica has been under a sanitary alert due to higher-than-expected cases of respiratory illnesses.The Health Ministry issued the following bulletin on its website:Historically the time of greatest circulation of these viruses has been in the second half of the year, but in this 2019 we have seen an increase in the last weeks of May and the first week of June.It is necessary for the population to take preventive measures against these diseases:Wash your hands with soap and water.Clean surfaces.Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you are sick, stay at home and do not visit other people.Avoid sites of public congregation.Mothers should continue to breastfeed. Avoid smoking in front of children.Get vaccinated against influenza.At least two children have died of influenza in recent weeks, and the Health Ministry has launched a vaccination campaign against the type A and type B flu viruses. They hope to vaccinate 1.3 million people, targeting young children, adults and others at a higher risk of complications.“We recommend all people who fall into these groups to visit Caja de Seguro to get vaccinated,” the Health Ministry said.Despite its recommendation to avoid large gatherings of people, the Health Ministry says it has not considered suspending the annual romería, the annual pilgrimage to the Virgen de los Ángeles in Cartago. The romería was cancelled in 2009 due to the AH1N1 flu virus.“At no time as a Ministry have we affirmed that there are possibilities of suspending the romería, or any other massive event,” the Health Ministry said. “We constantly monitor the increase in the circulation of respiratory viruses, peaks that are experienced every year.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Health Ministry confirms 10 deaths caused by influenza virus Costa Rican begins influenza vaccination campaign Unregistered, illegal health products sold online, delivered to Costa Rica Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVFlast_img read more

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Ukrainians launch hosting project for Euro 2012

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Tired of seeing their country criticized as greedy and unfriendly, a group of Ukrainians on Monday announced a project to provide free accommodation, translation and other services to foreign football fans attending next month’s European Championship.The Friendly Ukraine initiative unites several Web sites and offers such things as rooms, airport pickups and guided tours to football fans free-of-charge. Organizers say accommodation may be modest, but it will come from the heart and will be free. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “Ukraine is a friendly country, Ukraine is a hospitable country,” said program coordinator Viktoria Svitlova. “We are changing the image of the Ukrainian people.”UEFA President Michel Platini has called on the government to stop “bandits and crooks” from ripping off fans with exorbitant accommodation prices. There aren’t enough hotel rooms and some fans will have to live in camps and Soviet-era student dormitories.Critics worry such publicity will damage Ukraine’s reputation even as officials hope the championships will attract tourists beyond the sports event.“Positive reviews of Ukraine are very scarce these days, we want to change that,” said Ihor Zavilinsky, whose volunteers will take fans on free city tours and provide translation services.Euro 2012, jointly held with Poland, begins June 8.—On the web: www.rooms4free.org.ua www.icanhelpu.com.ua Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories www.2012well.com.ualast_img read more

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Suu Kyi in Myanmar since 1988 starts world tour

first_imgThailand was not part of the original itinerary but Suu Kyi decided last week to attend the economic forum. She has a Friday speaking slot that is bound to be the event’s main attraction.Suu Kyi’s appearance at the conference had threatened to upstage that of Myanmar President Thein Sein, and he canceled over the weekend citing “urgent matters” at home, said Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi. He rescheduled his first official visit to Thailand for next week.Thein Sein took power last year from the military junta following elections that were deemed unfair by international observers. Since then he has surprised much of the world by engineering sweeping reforms, though military leaders still have great control over the country.Since Suu Kyi’s release, many international dignitaries have visited her in Myanmar, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in December and British Prime Minister David Cameron in April. Cameron suggested she visit her “beloved Oxford” in June.Suu Kyi replied at the time: “Two years ago I would have said `Thank you for the invitation, but sorry.’ But now I am able to say `Perhaps,’ and that’s great progress.” Suu Kyi is to spend several days in Thailand, meeting with poor migrant workers and war refugees from her homeland, as well as international movers and shakers at the World Economic Forum on East Asia.On arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, she was whisked to a car amid heavy security, bypassing a large crowd of waiting journalists.She’ll return to Myanmar briefly and head to Europe in mid-June, with stops including Geneva and Oslo _ to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize she won 21 years ago.In Dublin, she’ll share a stage with U2 frontman Bono, a staunch Suu Kyi supporter, at a concert in her honor, according to Irish media. In England, she has been given the rare honor of addressing both houses of Parliament. France’s Foreign Ministry says she also plans to stop in Paris.The tour marks Suu Kyi’s latest step in a stunning trajectory from housewife to political prisoner to opposition leader in Parliament, as Myanmar opens to the outside world and sheds a half century of military rule, with President Thein Sein getting her back for am ambitious program of reforms. Meetings with world leaders are planned along the way as dignitaries line up to shake Suu Kyi’s hand. Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – For 24 years, Aung San Suu Kyi was either under house arrest or too fearful that if she left Myanmar, the government would never let her return.Now, in a sign of how much life there has changed, the democracy activist and long-time political prisoner is resuming world travels, arriving Tuesday night in neighboring Thailand after an 85-minute flight from her homeland.With the installation of an elected government last year, and her party’s own entrance into parliament this year, she can claim at least partial success for her long fight and feel the freedom to explore the world. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Over the next two decades she became the world’s most famous political prisoner. During intermittent periods of freedom, she declined opportunities to go abroad for fear she would not be allowed to re-enter Myanmar.Suu Kyi’s commitment to the cause came at high personal cost. In 1999, she stayed in Myanmar even as her husband was dying of cancer in England. They last saw each other in 1995, after which the junta denied Aris a visa.After her release from house arrest in November 2010, Suu Kyi had an emotional reunion with her younger son, Kim Aris, when the junta gave him a visa after a decade-long separation.The English leg of Suu Kyi’s trip is bound to include some family time. She will celebrate her 67th birthday on June 19 while in England, where Kim lives.Suu Kyi’s aides have offered few details about her trip aside from the destinations, saying only that she will pack medicine for motion sickness.“She gets airsick and seasick very easily. She will have to take her pills to prevent airsickness,” said Win Htein, a senior official from her National League for Democracy party. He said she was typically stoic ahead of her travels: “She doesn’t look too excited about it.”center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Earlier Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with her in Yangon, saying her “life and her struggle, her determination has inspired millions of people all over the world” and inviting her to visit his country.The trip “signifies a strong vote of confidence on Suu Kyi’s part in the seriousness of the reforms underway in the country,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, the Asia Society’s vice president of Global Policy Programs. “She would not take the risk of the leaving Myanmar if she wasn’t absolutely certain she would be allowed to return.”The last time the 66-year-old Nobel laureate flew abroad was a year before the Berlin Wall came down, in April 1988, when she traveled from London to Myanmar to nurse her dying mother.Until then she had led an international lifestyle, growing up partly in India, where her mother was ambassador. She later attended Oxford, worked for the United Nations in New York and Bhutan and then married British academic Michael Aris and raised their two sons in England.Suu Kyi returned to Myanmar just as an uprising erupted against the military regime. As daughter of Gen. Aung San, the country’s independence hero, she was thrust into the forefront of demonstrations until the military brutally crushed the protests and locked her under house arrest in 1989. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   last_img
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Argentina would ID unknown soldiers in Falklands

first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Montoya’s group wants the work done by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, an independent group of scientists who developed their expertise identifying victims of the 1976-1983 military junta and have since helped unravel human rights atrocities on four continents.The Red Cross has begun interviewing families of “unknown” soldiers to better understand their concerns. Some want their loved ones’ bodies back home. Others fear that once identified, they’ll be removed from the land they gave their lives to recover for Argentina. Still others worry that the process will be awful to see or even think about, causing them more grief and pain.The governments in Buenos Aires and Stanley will have to deal with each other if the effort goes any farther, bridging a political gulf as wide as the frigid Argentine Sea that separates the islands from the South American mainland. The Argentines consider the islands an illegal British colony, refusing to recognize the self-governing democracy islanders established after the war.Falkland Islands Government spokesman Darren Christie said the Red Cross has not formally approached officials there about identifying the buried soldiers. “They went there with a name and now they’re just so many unknowns. Why?” said Montoya, 69. “I want my son to have his name.”Montoya is part of a group of families who want desperately to send Argentine scientists to the islands to identify their war dead, even as other families resist the idea. Montoya’s group reached out to British musician Roger Waters, who delivered their appeal to President Cristina Fernandez in March between concerts in Buenos Aires. She quickly took on their cause, describing it as a matter of universal human rights, and asked for help from the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been studying whether to intervene.The trouble is, some relatives of the fallen are appalled at any plan to unearth the bodies for their DNA and seek matches among survivors.“I don’t agree with this appeal. I have already mourned,” said Delmira Hasenclever de Cao, president of a commission of families of dead soldiers. “The wound was closed 30 years ago.”“We want each and every family to be consulted to see what their opinion is,” de Cao added. “One family’s opinion cannot be imposed upon another’s. Everyone has the same right to decide what they will do.” “All the British were easily identified and were buried immediately, or in effect buried at sea, within their ships,” he added. “We were left with the awful problem of Argentine bodies spread all over, either a few inches under the ground, or in the snow, up in the rocks or crevasses where they died, literally just out in the elements.”In most cases, identifications were impossible.The Argentines had been ill-prepared for the war, and weren’t given durable identification tags. Captured Argentines who might have identified comrades months earlier had been quickly sent home. The British had no Argentine military records to compare the bodies to, let alone dental records or other forensic information.“Quite often we found communal graves and we had to very carefully get the bodies out one by one,” Cardozo said. “And every single body that was taken out was laid on a plastic sheet, undressed with great care in case they had grenades or ammunition that might explode on them, and sometimes there were grenades there. That was a constant concern.”Still, Cardozo said he did everything he could to keep them from being buried anonymously. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories “If I found a letter in a pocket which had a name on it, which I believed could very well have been addressed to them, because it was open, then maybe, I might have decided to say that must be the guy,” he said.“I had foremost in my mind their mothers, their sisters, their brothers or fathers. How can you put a guy away having not made the maximum effort?”Two more years passed before the Argentine military sent Montoya an official letter informing her that Horacio had been killed in the hours before British forces declared victory on June 14, 1982.Years after that, she was able to visit the cemetery.“I was hoping I would be able to find his name, but no,” she said, sobbing as she recalled how she finally settled on one of the unknown soldier’s graves, and tried to mourn there.Televised images of British soldiers being lowered into a temporary battlefield grave during the fighting were so upsetting to viewers back home that for the first time in British military history, most of the dead soldiers were brought back immediately after the war and reburied at home, Cardozo said. All the soldiers in the small British military cemetery in the islands were identified. “The official line is that if and when we receive some sort of formal contact, we will consider it very carefully,” Christie said.The war ended on June 14, 1982, but most Argentine bodies were left untouched on the battlefield or in temporary graves through the long southern winter. Britain tried for months to send them to Buenos Aires, but the military junta said they were already in their homeland. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher finally agreed to build an Argentine cemetery, and Geoffrey Cardozo, a young British Army captain, was ordered to recover and rebury the dead in January 1983.Cardozo assembled a team of British funeral directors that rappelled into minefields from helicopters and dug up mass graves to recover the Argentine corpses, carefully preparing each one for reburial in individual coffins. It was gruesome but important work, and Cardozo, who retired recently as a colonel, remains proud of it. In all, 649 Argentines and 255 British soldiers died in the war. All but 14 of the British war dead whose bodies could be recovered were taken home.“These poor Argentines were to be gathered together and given a proper burial in exactly the same way as we would give our people a proper burial,” Cardozo recalled. “I personally examined every single body. I was the ultimate authority in saying `this man is identified, or unidentified.’” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Nelida Montoya is tormented by the image of a faraway tomb on a lonely hillside in the South Atlantic, where instead of the name of her son, a gravestone reads “Argentine soldier known only to God.”Horacio Echave was only 19 when he died in the Falkland Islands on the last day of fighting against British forces, a war that ended the Argentines’ 74-day occupation of the archipelago they claim as their “Islas Malvinas.” His body is one of 123 that couldn’t be identified before they were reburied in the Argentine military cemetery near Darwin, a settlement hours from the capital of Stanley where many soldiers on both sides fell in close combat 30 years ago. Surviving Argentine soldiers also were horrified at having to hastily bury their dead in common graves before they were shipped home in defeat. Some veterans worry that the remains of their comrades are still jumbled together today, and that the neat rows of white crosses and dark gray tombstones in the Darwin cemetery are just there for show.That nightmarish fear is one reason why some Argentine families oppose the identification effort. Meticulous British records show that no one was left in a common grave, and Cardozo insists that he personally made sure every soldier was reburied with dignity.“There are so many myths. It’s horrific that someone thinks there’s nothing under the crosses. It’s horrendous. For me, who spent months looking after these soldiers, it hurts. And it must hurt these poor Argentine families even more.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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Myanmar frees deathrow prisoner with liver cancer

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top holiday drink recipescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar has freed a death-row inmate with liver cancer who had been imprisoned for the deadly bombing of a festival in 2010.The wife of Phyo Wai Aung said he was released Friday by presidential pardon and transferred to a hospital. His lower body is paralyzed.Phyo Wai Aung had been convicted of murder for the April 15, 2010, bombing of a celebration in Yangon of the traditional New Year. Ten people were killed and 170 wounded. He denied the charge and said evidence against him had been obtained by torture. His wife Htay Htay attributed his freedom to efforts by U.N. human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana, who visited Phyo Wai Aung in Yangon’s Insein prison on Monday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Bangladesh probing background of NY terror suspect

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bangladeshi detectives have already visited Nafis’ village, where they found no evidence of ties with radical groups.Nafis, 21, was arrested in New York on Wednesday in an FBI sting operation. A criminal complaint says he made several attempts to blow up a fake 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) car bomb near the Federal Reserve.Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir has pledged that Bangladesh will assist the United States in investigating Nafis.Nafis’ family in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka denied he could have been involved in the plot and said he went to America only to study.U.S. federal investigators, often accused by defense attorneys of entrapping and leading would-be terrorists along, said Nafis made the first move over the summer, reaching out for accomplices and eventually contacting a government informant, who then went to federal authorities.They said he also selected his target, drove the van loaded with dummy explosives up to the door of the bank, and tried to set off the bomb from a hotel room using a cellphone he thought had been rigged as a detonator.During the investigation, he and the informant corresponded via Facebook and other social media, talked on the phone and met in hotel rooms, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Police in Bangladesh on Saturday interviewed former teachers and classmates of a Bangladeshi man charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York, investigating whether he had connections with radical groups at home.Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Monirul Islam said detectives on Saturday will visit North South University in Dhaka where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis studied before going to the United States. They were to interview teachers, classmates and school officials. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Nafis spoke of his admiration for Osama bin Laden, talked of writing an article about his plot for an al-Qaida-affiliated magazine, and said he would be willing to be a martyr but preferred to go home to his family after carrying out the attack, authorities said. And he also talked about wanting to kill President Barack Obama and bomb the New York Stock Exchange, a law enforcement official said.Investigators said in court papers that he came to the U.S. bent on jihad and worked out the specifics of a plot when he arrived. While Nafis believed he had the blessing of al-Qaida and was acting on behalf of the terrorist group, he has no known ties, according to federal officials.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Afghan police say man killed wife for wanting job

first_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A man in a western Afghan city has confessed to stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside the home, police said Monday.Mohammad Anwar, who was arrested in the provincial capital for the murder, said he killed his wife during an argument over whether she should work at private company in the city, Herat province police spokesman Noor Khan Nekzad said. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project ____Associated Press Writer Heidi Vogt contributed to this report in Kabul.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories There were conflicting accounts of what led to the fight between Mohammad Anwar and his wife Gulsom.Gulsom’s brother, Ghulam Sarwar, said his sister’s husband had just returned from Iran and was pressing her to hand over money that she had earned weaving carpets and which she needed to support their two children. Sarwar said the two got into an argument and she fled the house. He followed her to her parents’ house and then went after her with a knife.The couple’s two children _ an 11-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old boy _ have been taken in by Gulsom’s parents, Sarwar said.The victim’s mother was shown on Afghan television crying and accusing her son-in-law of trying to sell her daughter’s children for drug money. She witnessed the murder but said she had no way of stopping it.“My daughter was killed in front of my eyes,” said the sobbing Zahra, who family members said only went by one name.Women’s rights activists have already been up in arms in Herat after the Oct. 9 killing of a young woman named Mah Gul who was allegedly being forced into prostitution.Police arrested Mah Gul’s mother-in-law Pari Gul and her 18-year old cousin Najib, after the murder. Mabuba Jamshidi, head of the provincial women’s affairs department, said that Najib had confessed to beheading the victim after she refused to perform “immoral acts.” The woman’s relatives disputed the account, saying her husband was a drug addict who killed his wife because she refused to give him money.The killing comes less than two weeks after a woman was beheaded in the same city for refusing alleged demands by her in-laws to engage in prostitution.Human rights activists say they are worried such incidents will become more common as Western forces who helped women gain rights in the conservative country draw down. Under Taliban rule, women were banned from leaving the home unless they had a male relative as an escort and wore a burqa robe that covered their faces and bodies.Despite guaranteed rights and progressive new laws, the U.N. still ranks Afghanistan as one of the world’s worst countries when it comes to women’s rights.The Taliban’s treatment of women has been thrust back into the headlines this month with the shooting of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in neighboring Pakistan. The militants said they targeted the girl because she was an outspoken opponent of the group and promoted “Western thinking,” such as girls’ education.Girls’ schools have flourished in Afghanistan in particular in the years since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban, primarily funded by the U.S. and other Western donors. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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CAR presidents son jailed over unpaid hotel bill

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Ledger Plaza hotel opened in September and has had a problem with unpaid bills. The hotel has a new policy that all hotel guests must pay their bills before exiting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) – Police say that Central African Republic President Francois Bozize had his son arrested over an unpaid hotel bill.Captain Kevin Bozize has been held at Bangui jail of the Research and Investigations Section since Nov. 6 for not paying a bill of 8 million CFA ($15,000) at the Ledger Plaza Hotel.According to the lieutenant commanding the Research and Investigations Section, who refused to give his name, Kevin Bozize stayed several times at the new hotel but did not pay his bill. Hotel officials also confirmed that the president agreed that his son should be arrested over the debt. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 0 Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

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John McCain skeptical of Russias plan for Syria

first_imgMcCain said it is unlikely that Russia — who he accused of aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s attempts to stay in power — is ready to help the United States out of goodwill.“The Russians have never been of help to us and have continued to do incredible things for Syria,” he said.McCain said that was further proven when Assad was on the verge of losing power two years ago. He alleged that Russia and Iran poured arms into the country and urged 5,000 Hezbollah fighters into the war to fight for Assad. During that time, McCain said the United States sent over food.“That doesn’t do very well against tanks and artillery.”A lack of support from the United States could see the rebels turn to al-Qaeda for help. The U.S. has been hesitant to send support over concern it could be indirectly arming terrorists.“That’s one of the dangers of abandoning them,” McCain said, adding that the rebels are geographically divided from terrorist organizations.McCain also said that Obama should not have made a speech Tuesday on the Syrian situation, especially when it seems he hasn’t made up his mind and ignored the rebels. “He was kind of arguing two points,” McCain said. “One is that he needed to have the authority to act militarily and second arguing for pause while he examines or we consider the proposal of the Russians.”McCain said he hoped to hear support for the rebels in Obama’s speech.No matter what happens, McCain accepts that Syria is a mess and there is no right thing to do. However, the senator said getting rid of Assad is “least bad option.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PHOENIX — When it comes to the Russian proposal that would see Syria hand its chemical weapons over to international organizations, Sen. John McCain isn’t exactly convinced.“To rely on the people that have been supplying — planeloads every day of ammunition and arms come in to Syria in support of Bashar Assad — but somehow to think that these are the same people that are going to make sure all the chemical weapons are removed is a bit of a long reach,” the senator told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos on Wednesday. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Cuban Catholic bishops call for political reform

first_img Sponsored Stories “As has been happening with the economic aspect, we believe that in our Cuban reality, a renovation or updating of national legislation in the political order is essential,” reads the letter, titled “Hope Does Not Disappoint.”Jose Felix Perez, secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, said a copy was delivered to island officials and “it is hoped that the letter will be read with the same spirit with which it was written … constructively.”There was no immediate public reaction from the government, and authorities did not respond right away to a request for comment. Officials have repeatedly said that changing Cuba’s Communist political system is off the table.The Communist Party is the only one allowed in Cuba, though membership is not a requirement to hold political office. The government does not recognize any legal status of opposition groups, which it accuses of being financed from overseas and trying to undermine the revolution.It was the first pastoral letter from the Bishops’ Conference since 1993’s “Love Awaits All,” which stirred controversy at the time for its criticism of the government.The new document also applauded President Raul Castro’s reform program begun in 2010, which has included things such as increasing private small business activity, legalizing home and used car sales, decentralizing state businesses and ending a widely detested exit visa requirement that for decades made travel abroad difficult for many. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility But the bishops said much remains to be done.They highlighted as an example the low salaries of professional and government workers in key sectors such as health and education, something that Castro recently acknowledged is a problem that must be solved.The Church also called for dialogue between Cubans of differing opinions, and for Washington to end its 51-year-old economic and financial embargo on Cuba.“The geographic proximity and family ties between the two peoples are unavoidable realities that should be taken into account in order to encourage an inclusive policy, through respect for differences,” it said.Cuba has a relatively low percentage of practicing Catholics compared with elsewhere in Latin America _ less than 10 percent, next to 84 percent in Mexico. But the church has played an important role in recent years as one of the few independent institutional voices on the island and an interlocutor with Castro’s government.It was instrumental in negotiating a pact under which the last of 75 opposition activists jailed in a 2003 crackdown were freed from prison in 2010 and 2011.Last year, then-Pope Benedict XVI made a high-profile trip to the island and met with both Raul and Fidel Castro. Top Stories Comments   Share   HAVANA (AP) – Roman Catholic bishops in Cuba called for political reform in tandem with social and economic changes already under way, issuing their first joint pastoral letter in two decades that was presented to reporters Monday.The document from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba urged authorities to bring about a political opening that includes “the right to diversity with respect to thought, to creativity and to the search for truth.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober He was following in the footsteps of his predecessor, John Paul II, who visited in 1998 and famously urged Cuba to open itself to the world, and the world to open itself to Cuba.___Andrea Rodriguez on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Appeals court upholds verdict against Bahrain activist

first_imgMANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini appeals court on Thursday upheld a verdict against prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab for insulting government ministries on Twitter, his lawyer said.The decision confirms a January verdict against Rajab, who was sentenced to six months in prison for insulting the ministries of defense and interior in tweets alleging that Bahrain’s security institutions were incubators for extremist ideology. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Men’s health affects baby’s health too Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona “Bahrain today remains a country where exercising freedom of speech is treated as a crime,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Rajab had been allowed to remain free on bail pending appeal, but he was detained early last month on suspicion of separate charges related to different comments he made on Twitter. That case is still ongoing and he remains behind bars.Rajab will seek to have the charges in Thursday’s decision overturned by the court of cassation, the last court of appeal, lawyer Jalila al-Sayed told The Associated Press.Bahrain is an important Western ally in the Gulf, and hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.The tiny island nation has faced four years of unrest led by its majority Shiites calling for greater political rights from the Sunni leadership. With help from security forces from neighboring Gulf states, Bahrain put down widespread protests in 2011. But occasional demonstrations still occur, and anti-government activists frequently clash with riot police.Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and is active in other rights groups. He has been detained and prosecuted over Twitter comments in the past.Amnesty International criticized Thursday’s decision, saying it shows a “complete disregard for the right to freedom of expression.” It called for Rajab to be released immediately and said his incarceration is proof that government promises of reform are “empty gestures.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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Man arrested after transAtlantic flight diverted

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories center_img LONDON (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 42-year-old man for endangering the safety of a plane after a United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was forced to divert to Northern Ireland.Belfast International Airport Constabulary said in a statement Sunday that the man with dual Italian and American nationality is also set to be charged with disruptive behavior on board an aircraft and common assault. Airport officials did not elaborate on what the passenger is alleged to have done, nor did they offer any other personal details about him. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The flight, UA971, touched down on Saturday to “offload” the disruptive passenger. However, as the flight crew had exceeded the number of hours they were permitted to work, the 269 passengers and 14 crew members had to wait until Sunday to continue their journey.To make matters worse, there was not enough hotel space available. The Belfast airport called in additional staff, distributed water and blankets and opened two rooms at the airport for the passengers, many of whom spent the night sleeping on the floor.Airport officials described passengers as “remarkably calm and understanding.”“We understand the inconvenience this causes our customers and will refund their Rome to Chicago flight as well as offer the choice of a travel certificate or miles for our MileagePlus loyalty program,” United said in a statement. Airport officials said in a statement on Sunday that the man remains in custody and is set to appear in at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

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FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products

first_imgFILE – This Aug. 14, 2014 file photo shows the warning label on a child resistant bottle of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it is considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to produce an odorless vapor inhaled by users. Many brands also feature flavors, such as mint, cherry or coffee. Manufacturers have sometimes touted the products as a less dangerous alternative to smoking because they don’t contain the cancer-causing ingredients found in many traditional cigarettes.But public health officials have been highly skeptical of such claims, pointing out there are no definitive studies on their health effects.Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that nicotine is harmful to the developing brain. And e-cigarettes could be a new way of introducing kids to nicotine, they warn.The number of high school students who have tried e-cigarettes tripled last year — to more than 13 percent — while traditional teen smoking hit a new low, according to recent figures from the CDC.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Liquid nicotine is primarily used to refill e-cigarettes, a fast-growing market encompassing hundreds of products and an estimated $2.1 billion in sales. But the agency also has concerns about other novel tobacco products hitting the market, including dissolvable nicotine strips, lotions, gels and beverages.The agency will seek public comment on a number of questions surrounding the proposed warnings and safe guards, according to a government memo due to be published Wednesday.Under a 2009 law, the FDA gained authority to regulate some aspects of cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products. Among other things, the agency can restrict advertising to youth, require warning labels and evaluate new tobacco products for their health risks.But since e-cigarettes and other liquid-nicotine products do not actually contain tobacco, they are not covered by the original law.A year ago, the FDA released a proposal bringing e-cigarettes and other newer products under its authority. The agency was slated to finalize that regulation this month, but an FDA spokesman said Tuesday that the agency “hopes to finalize the rule this summer.”Anti-tobacco activists applauded the FDA proposal, but also said the FDA must complete its regulations for new products. “We’re pleased that the FDA is taking this step, but this is not a replacement for quickly issuing a final, strong deeming rule that regulates all tobacco products and addresses flavors and marketing,” said Susan Liss, executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a printed statement.An industry group pointed out that most liquid nicotine companies already use child-resistant packaging on their bottles and cartridges. And the group took issue with the FDA’s proposal for new warning labels.“Poorly designed warning labels have the capacity to mislead adult smokers on the relative risks of vaping versus tobacco smoking,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which represents e-cigarette and liquid nicotine manufacturers. “Any proposed warning must be thoroughly tested to ensure that it only imparts factual information.”The FDA will take comments from the public for 60 days on more than two dozen questions, including:— what language to use on any nicotine exposure warnings— whether to use graphic warnings about nicotine exposure— whether child-resistant packaging should be required for products besides liquid nicotine Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is responding to an uptick in nicotine poisonings reported by emergency rooms and poison centers nationwide, many involving infants and children. The agency said in an online posting it is considering whether “it would be appropriate for the protection of the public health to warn the public about the dangers or nicotine exposure” and “require that some tobacco products be sold in child-resistant packaging.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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