Showing posts from December, 2011

India and Japan Strengthen Ties

Japanese and Indian officials recently met to develop cooperative efforts and strengthen economic and security ties between the two countries. Indian officials said that Maritime Self-Defense Forces and the Indian Navy will conduct joint exercises in 2012 to improve security in the Indian Ocean and to protect sea lanes that Japan uses to import oil. On the economic-side, the leaders agreed that Japan will invest $4.5 billion over the next five years to promote the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Among other reasons, the two countries are seeking to support their mutual interests to offset China's growing military and economic power in the region.


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1. Dreams Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

2. Beaches Turks & Caicos
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
3. Excellence Playa Mujeres
Playa Mujeres, Mexico

4. Holiday Village Rhodes
Kolimbia, Greece 5. Riu Touareg
Boa Vista, Cape Verde

6. North Beach Plantation
North Myrtle Beach, US
7. Hotel Mountain Paradise
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

8. Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Montego Bay, Jamaica
9. Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Legian, Bali, Indonesia

10. Room Mate Grace
New York City, US

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Loaded Gun Found and Goes Off in Airport

Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officers located a loaded pistol in a passengers carry-on during screening procedures on Sunday (12/11) at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Atlanta police were called and as an officer was unloading the weapon, it accidentally discharged in the airport. No one was injured. The passenger said he did not realize the gun was in his bag. This is the 67th gun discovered by TSA agents this year at this airport.


Mosque Torched In "Price Tag" Attack

Police in Jerusalem clashed with Israeli right-wing extremists after a mosque was set on fire in that city. The mosque which has not been used in years, was also tagged with graffiti that read "A good Arab is a dead Arab." These events are being labeled "price tag" attacks.


Arrests Made In French Citizens Kidnapping

Three alleged kidnappers of two French citizens have been arrested in Mali. Phillipe Verdon and Serge Lazarevic were grabbed at gun-point on November 23 in Hombori, Mali. According to one official, the three men were "subcontractors" for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) and the hostages are now in their hands. There is no word yet as to the fate of their French captives.


Chinese Leader Wants Navy Prepared for War

Interesting insight from China's perspective on recent comments made by Chinese President Hu Jintao when he "urged the navy deputies to accelerate the transformation and modernization of the Navy, and make extended preparations for warfare in order to make greater contributions to safeguarding national security and world peace."

Belgium Grenade Attack Kills Four

A man threw grenades and opened fire on a crowd at a bus stop in Liege, Belgium this morning (12/13). At least four people have been reported killed with 64 wounded. At this time there are few details, but one report says the attacker was one of the the dead from self-inflicted wounds. Earlier reports said another had been captured by police, but now officials say Nordine Amrani acted alone.


Woman Beheaded for "Witchcraft and Sorcery"

Amnesty International has condemned Monday's (12/12) execution of a Saudi woman convicted of "witchcraft and sorcery." Amina bin Salem was beheaded in the northern province of al-Jawf. She was the second woman beheaded since October when another woman suffered the same fate after being convicted of killing her husband by setting his house on fire. Amnesty International says this marks the 73rd execution in Saudi Arabia this year.


73 Dead in Hospital Fire

An early morning fire at the Amri Hospital in Kolkata, India has left at least 73 dead and many dozens injured. Starting in the basement the fire quickly spread throughout the facility trapping many patients who died of suffocation. One expert said that many people died unnecessarily because the hospital is encased in a glass facade that trapped gases and carbon monoxide causing many to be asphyxiated. The state government has already brought criminal charges against the hospital authorities.


Airlines Fight UK Air Passenger Duty Charges

A group of four British and Irish passenger airlines have united to try and overturn current Air Passenger Duty charges in the UK.
Air Passenger Duty (APD) is levied on virtually every commercial flight that leaves a UK airport. It's applicable to the tickets brought by all travellers carried by aircraft with a minimum ten ton weight or a minimum of 20 passenger seats, although with an exemption made for connecting flights involving international destinations.

Air Passenger Duty Charges
Put into effect in 1994, UK APD was initially charged at somewhere between £5.00 and £40.00 but it's since been adjusted five times.  Now, UK Air Passenger Duty charges range from a minimum of £24.00 to a maximum of £170.00 - a price band influenced by several factors including flight length and ticket class.  That's a situation that British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and Easyjet all want changed and, backing their cause, they've highlighted what they consider its negative effect…

Airline passengers bound for the UK were stranded in India and asked for extra cash for fuel

Airlines have already begun charging for food, drinks, seat assignments and baggage. Now one is demanding that passengers cough up extra cash for fuel.
Hundreds of passengers traveling from India to Britain were stranded Thursday in Amritsar, India, by the charter airline Comtel, which was asking them to kick in money to cover the cost of fuel and fees.
Passengers will not be allowed to leave for Britain unless they pay 10,000 rupees (about $200) each, Bhupinder Kandra, the airline's majority shareholder, told the BB

Tour operator Thomas Cook in financial trouble

Industry analysts and anxious travelers expressed fears Tuesday for the survival of Britain's venerable tour operator Thomas Cook, after the company, which took more than 22 million people on holidays in the latest year, revealed its financial problems had worsened.

Shares in Europe's second-largest tour operator lost three-fourths of their already depressed value after the company said it was seeking new agreements with its main creditors, barely a month after announcing it had negotiated new funding arrangements to carry it through the slow winter months. The company insisted flights would leave as usual and that it was taking new bookings, but Britons who have bought holidays through the firm were worried.

Jamila Juma-Ware, 27, who has booked a holiday at Spain's Tenerife island in the next three weeks for herself and her mother, said she was "praying it's going to be all right ... but I'm not confident." Several small British travel firms have gone und…

Massive UK Strike Disrupts Services

A massive strike by more than 2 million public sector workers in the UK has caused schools to close and hospitals to virtually cease operation. Among those striking over cuts to public sector pensions are UK Border Agency staff, probation officers, radiographers, court staff, garbage collectors, customs officers, police civilian staff and a wide variety of other public services affecting nearly all aspects of everyday life. Rallies and protest marches are expected to happen across the country.