Major medical tourism summit nears

first_imgFrom the print editionThe Costa Rican Tourism Board held a press conference Wednesday introducing this year’s Medical Travel International Business Summit, which will take place April 23-25 in the western San José suburb of Escazú. The annual medical tourism fair, one of the largest in Latin America, will include representatives from 13 countries and some 200 companies. Medical tourism brought in approximately $100 million to Costa Rica last year, according to the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine.Forums at the event will discuss insurance issues, attracting clients from the U.S. and medical safety. Doctors, medical tourism facilitators and travel agencies will be among the representatives at the summit. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to host annual medical tourism summit Medical tourism up in Costa Rica; Expomed set for this weekend Costa Rica selected to host international medical tourism conference Tourism and health sectors seek to boost medical tourism in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Taxi drivers end protests after government promises no new permits

first_imgTaxi drivers protesting in various parts of the country Monday reached an agreement with the government to end demonstrations that tied up traffic for hours.Taxis drivers asked government officials not to grant new special permits allowing minibuses, buses and porteadores, or informal chauffeurs, to legally operate, saying it would hurt the formal taxi sector.In a meeting that took more than an hour, government negotiators agreed not to issue new permits to the informal taxi sector and to review applications for permits already issued.Officials also agreed to expedite the process for issuing taxi license plates. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican taxi drivers, language-school workers arrested in fake English diploma scam Taxi fares to increase this month Rates going up for Costa Rica taxis Taxis drivers block capital roads to demand crackdown on ‘piratas’last_img read more

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Dry season coming soon to Costa Rica

first_imgThe National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported Thursday that the weather conditions of rainy season will begin to fade gradually this month.The transition is expected to bring sunny and warm afternoons, typical of the dry season, which is expected to start next week.IMN forecasts note that the beginning of the dry season will be different in each region of ​​the country. In the North Pacific, dry season is expected to start between Nov. 7-11, while in the Central Valley it is expected between Nov. 17-21, in the Valle de El General (Southern Zone valley) and the Central Pacific between Dec. 12-16, and in the South Pacific, a dry climate will arrive Dec. 22-26.The IMN also said the influence of the climatic phenomenon known as “El Niño” this year resulted in a lack of rainfall throughout the country.IMN recorded a 24 percent decrease in rainfall this season in the North Pacific, a 17 percent decrease in the central Pacific, 16 percent in the South Pacific, 19 percent in the Central Valley, 22 percent in the Northern Region, 19 percent in the North Caribbean and  15 percent in the Southern Caribbean.An increase in wind strength is also expected by the end of the year. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. Kudos to Carla Gómez for organizing Dancing to the Oldies at Rock River Lodge Saturday night, March 30. More than 40 people from around Lake Arenal rocked, rolled and twisted to tunes most young people have never heard. The evening was a great success as nostalgia coursed through the veins of all who agreed that we’d lived in the best of times.Local chiropractors were hard-pressed to accommodate the sudden demand for their services, but suggested the event should be enjoyed more frequently.    Recently, the Arenal Community Association hosted a marvelous evening of folk dancing, featuring the traditional dances of Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica. The dances ranged from the dramatic to the hilarious. The Volcano Dance of Ecuador, evoking the explosive power of an active volcano, was a gymnastic tour de force of body control, majestic movement and intensely reverential expression performed solo by a young man easily the equal of Nureyev.      The Mexican Dance of the Old Men had the audience convulsing with laughter as beautiful young women partnered with children dressed as men wearing masks of old men who carried canes to assist them in a perfect imitation of old men with high hopes, versus coy women of great youth and beauty. The choreography was delightfully humorous.      The creativity and costuming of the Peruvian dance troupe was especially colorful. The intricacies of their constantly moving and swirling dance patterns covered the gymnasium floor like a continuously changing kaleidoscope. Costa Rica presented the largest group of dancers, some of which came from schools in the Arenal area. Again, costuming played a role as the dancers appeared in traditional clothes of coffee pickers and sugar cane field workers. An amusingly modern dance had males dressed as American cowboys, while the girls wore denim skirts, western hats and boots. The boisterous crowd expressed its appreciation by clapping in time to the music and after each country’s dance numbers. Many spectators used their iPods and cell phones to record the whole evening and share it with friends. Thanks to the Arenal Community Association for inviting these dancers to share their cultural heritage with us.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Its respiratory virus season cautions National Childrens Hospital

first_imgDoctors at the National Children’s Hospital (HNN) in San José issued a call this week for parents and caregivers to take preventive action to help reduce the spread of respiratory diseases.The start of the rainy season, which in Costa Rica runs from May to November, usually coincides with an increase in these types of illneses in most of the country, and children aged 6 months to 2 years are the most vulnerable.Carlos Jiménez Herrera, HNN’s outpatient service director, said that cases of respiratory virus-related illness usually increase during the month of May, hitting a peak in August and October.Jiménez said that the respiratory syncytial virus was the cause of 90 percent of hospital occupancy in 2013 and produced some of the highest numbers of patients treated in the hospital’s history.Rainy season also increases cases of other respiratory viruses, such as influenza, parainfluenza, metapneumovirus, rhinovirus, and adenovirus. All have similar symptoms including high fever, headaches, sore throat, muscle and joints aches.Transmission of respiratory viruses occurs during an incubation period of 1-4 days. People showing any of these symptoms should stay home to prevent infecting others.The influenza virus was responsible for one percent of all school and work absences in 2013, the Social Security System reported earlier this year.“The only way to prevent transmission is to wash hands as frequently as possible. We are asking people to cover their mouths when sneezing and coughing, to properly wash silverware and dishes, to keep hydrated, and to not smoke inside their homes,” Jiménez added.Dengue virus also is a concern for health officials, as in 2013, some 50,000 people were infected with the mosquito-transmitted disease, according to the Health Ministry.The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the dengue virus, breeds in stagnant water. Health officials asked citizens to be weary of household items that collect stagnant water. Facebook Comments Related posts:Annual vaccination against influenza begins early Caja distributes influenza vaccine Caja to distribute flu vaccines next week Health Ministry confirms 10 deaths caused by influenza viruslast_img read more

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Regulatory agency rejects increase in vehicle inspection rates

first_imgRelated posts:Mandatory vehicle inspection agency seeks up to 200 percent increase in prices Environment Ministry and Riteve team up to reduce vehicle emissions Riteve wants to hike the price of mandatory car inspections by 200 percent Riteve vehicle inspection rates not going up The cost of mandatory technical vehicle inspections in Costa Rica will remain unchanged for the next 12 months, as the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Tuesday evening rejected arates-hike request of up to 202 percent, depending on the type of vehicle.RITEVE SyC, the private company responsible for certifying the inspections, submitted the request last week, but ARESEP rejected it without even reviewing the documentation provided.ARESEP’s decision was not unexpected, as the agency has rejected all of RITEVE’s rate adjustment requests for the past 10 years arguing that “currently there is no approved methodology for calculating rates.”On Wednesday, RITEVE spokeswoman Gabriela Monge said she would not comment on ARESEP’s ruling.The contract, signed with the government in 2000, states that the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) is responsible for defining the rate-setting model. But MOPT has yet to do so, RITEVE spokeswoman Jennifer Hidalgo said last week.ARESEP spokeswoman Carolina Mora said that upon receiving the hike request, the agency checked if the rate adjustment methodology was published in the official newspaper La Gaceta. It hasn’t been, and the request was immediately rejected.Mora added that ARESEP has repeteadly asked MOPT for a calculation model in order to proceed with revised rates, but the agency has received no response.ARESEP approved the last rate adjustment for technical vehicle inspections in 2005. The list of current rates can be seen here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Voca People show Mothers Day festivities and other events around Costa Rica

first_imgMother’s Day MarketUp for some last-minute shopping for mom? Check out the artisans’ market “El Mercadito,” mamá edition, with delectable and beautiful gifts available in the heart of Escazú.“El Mercadito” takes place August 14 and 15 from 10:30 am-5 pm at Distrito Cuatro, Escazú. More info at the event’s Facebook page.Dance: “The Trap”The National Theater’s “Midday Theater” series presents the contemporary dance group Danza Unversitaria, a company of students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), which will perform a critique of conformity.“La Trampa” will be performed August 18 at the National Theater, downtown San José. ₡2,000 ($4). More info at the National Theater Website or at 2010-1110. Music: “Tangos & Boleros”This special show for moms offers live music, a wide dance floor, and lot of food. Special guest José Arturo Chacón creates the perfect romantic atmosphere for a great evening.“Tangos y Boleros” takes place August 14 – 15 at 8p.m. and August 16 at 6 p.m. at Gráfica Génesis Escénico, 13th Street, Ave. 12 – 14. ₡6,000 ($12). For more information call 2223-8263.Tour: Mother’s Day Carpe Craft BeerA tour through various San José neighborhoods guided by an expert from La Bodega de Chema teaches participants about craft beer production and the historical context of the areas visited. The tour includes four bars, four craft beers with side dish, and a memento glass.“Carpe Craft Beer Día de la Madre” takes place August 14. ₡15,000 ($30) per person or ₡20,000 ($40) both you and your mom. The meeting point is at Impar Restaurant (Los Yoses, 33 Street). For more information and tickets write info@carpechepe.com.Festival: Family Festival Children playing at last year’s festival Courtesy of Festival FamiliarThe Municipality of Nicoya and the canton’s Organizing Committee have prepared a Family Festival with activities such as runs, mountain biking, traditional games for children, skates, crossfit, Zumba, a concert with the Municipal Symphonic Band and band Soulinaje, and more. Prizes will be offered after each event.“Festival Familiar” takes place August 16 at Nicoya Park, Guanacaste, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Children ₡500 ($1) and adults ₡2,000 ($4). For more information call 8624-6661.Theater: “The Wizard of Oz”The classic story of Dorothy, her dog Toto, and their journey through an unknown and fantastic world in a quest to get back to Kansas.“El Mago de Oz” will be performed August 16 – September 9 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), School of Art. ₡4,000 – 5,000 ($8 – 10). More info at RedCultura Website.Barceló Hotel Celebrates MomsEvents take place at Barceló San José Palacio Hotel; for more information, call 2220-2034.Dance Night: El Bosque Bar will be featuring danceable bands La Solución and Los de la Kalle and a special mariachi for a serenade for moms. August 15 at 8:30p.m. ₡20,000 ($40). Price include a rose and a welcome cocktail. Special Barbecue: Special menu for moms on August 15 – 16. The barbecue includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and drink. At Rancho Grill, Barceló. 12:30m.d. – 3p.m. $22.Upcoming Concerts:Nonpalidece & Los Pericos: Two generations of reggae music come together for the first time in Costa Rica. August 19 at Club Pepper, Zapote. 7 p.m. ₡20,000. Get tickets at Quique, Roca Bruja, and Costarasta Stores. For more info call 6125-0068.Let Me Explain: Electronic music concert featuring special guest Nekes, from Germany. Different artists will be performing all night long. Among other guests will be David Berckley from Panama, Lui PhantomDeck from the Dominican Republic, Stefan Zickler from Costa Rica, and many more. August 15 at Club Vertigo, San José. 9 p.m. Women free before midnight (after midnight ₡4,000, or $8) and men ₡7,000 2×1 before midnight (after midnight ₡7,000, or $14). More info at Club Vertigo Facebook page or at 2257 8424. Infibeat + Eli Brueggemann: Funk fusion band Infibeat joins U.S. pianist, composer and producer Eli Brueggemann, the current musical producer for NBC in New York. August 14 at MundoLoco El Chante, San Pedro. 10:30p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). For more information call 2253-4143.Balerom: The artist will offer a serenade for moms at the balcony of the Lehman Bookstore on Avenida Central, followed by an autograph session for fans. August 14 at 11a.m. Free. For more information call 2522-4848 or the artist’s Facebook page.Elvis fans know that the anniversary of his death will be commemorated on August 19. Check out at these five great songs from the King: Related posts:Yoga Day, Father’s Day exhibit and other happenings around Costa Rica ‘Abominable Creatures,’ contemporary dance, and other happenings around Costa Rica Music for movie buffs, whale fest, and other happenings around Costa Rica Patriotic tunes, Children’s Day theater, and more events around Costa Rica Music: The Voca PeopleA group of aliens from planet Voca, somewhere behind the sun where people can only communicate through musical and vocal sounds, landed on Earth. Their spaceship is out of energy and only works with special musical energy. To get that energy ,the Voca people perform a capella, creating an incredible range of sounds.“The Voca People” will perform August 27 – 30 at the Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. ₡20,000 – 50,000 ($40 – 100). 8p.m. Tickets in Publitickets Website or call 2289-0909 center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Día de las CulturasColumbus Day a brief incomplete guide

first_imgRelated posts:Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Guatemalan rapper sued for racist Twitter post about country’s genocide Community managed forests protect against climate change, study finds HappyDía de las Culturas (Cultures Day), Columbus Day, Día de la Raza (Race Day, loosely translated), Indigenous Peoples Day, Day of Indigenous Resistance, Day of the Americas or whatever you may call Oct. 12.It is, perhaps, the most disputed holiday — by the largest number of nations and people — in the world.In Costa Rica, where Oct. 12 is officially Cultures Day, banks, government offices, schools and some private businesses will be closed. But few celebrations are planned.School children were supposed to dress up last Friday in the traditional garb of one of Costa Rica’s many cultures. Some did, some didn’t.Still, we have made progress from the days, at least in the U.S., where school kids dutifully colored cutouts of the Nina (actually la Niña), Pinta and Santa María and came away thinking that Columbus was an undisputed hero. Among the educational Columbus Day resources suggested by the National Education Association, the teachers labor union, are an essay by the American Indian Movement’s Russell Means and Glenn Morris on why Columbus Day should not be celebrated.The Associated Press noted that more and more U.S. cities this year are recognizing Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day, thanks to a concerted push by Native American activists.In Costa Rica, the legislature changed Oct. 12 from Día del Descubrimiento y de la Raza (Day of the Discovery [of the Americas] and Race) to Cultures Day in 1994. When the former was declared a national holiday, in 1968, the legislature said the holiday should commemorate “the spiritual community that links the nations of Latin America, the ties of a single religious faith [Catholic], the same historical and cultural traditions, common biological roots and identical aims of defending Christian civilization….” Ehem.The 1994 law, on the other hand, says the day should “extol the pluricultural, multiethnic character of the people of Costa Rica.” (The nation’s constitution was changed in August to recognize that pluricultural, multiethnic character.) The law also says the day will commemorate the historic arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus. It goes on:The indigenous, European, African and Asian values that make up the idiosyncrasy of Costa Rica will be exalted in the commemorative acts of Cultures Day. We will remember, on this day, the historical and cultural ties that bind the nations of Latin America. We will also stimulate the recovery of the aforementioned values.Seems like a good start.Suggested reading: Latino Rebels has published several interesting articles about Oct. 12 this year, including pro-Columbus Day and anti-Columbus Day op-eds, as well as an interview with Chilean hiphop star Ana Tijoux (along with clips of her excellent music).  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Malaysia court Give Iranian bomb suspect to Thais

first_img Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A Malaysian court ruled Monday that an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok must be extradited to Thailand.Masoud Sedaghatzadeh said he planned to appeal the decision. He is not expected to be immediately deported.Sedaghatzadeh was arrested at a Malaysian airport soon after an apparently accidental explosion rocked a Bangkok neighborhood Feb. 14.Bombs were found at the house were the explosion occurred, and Thai police say Sedaghatzadeh and two other Iranian men now in Thai custody had been seen leaving the house. 0 Comments   Share   Thai officials have said Israeli diplomats may have been the target of the alleged plot.A Kuala Lumpur district court on Monday ruled in favor of the Malaysian government’s bid to deport Sedaghatzadeh to the Thai capital.Sedaghatzadeh, 31, insists he visited Thailand for a vacation and came to Malaysia to buy automobile parts for his business in Tehran.“I do not belong to any terrorist organization either in Iran or outside Iran,” he said in court documents filed Monday by his Malaysian lawyer.Judge Komathy Suppiah ruled there was sufficient evidence that Sedaghatzadeh was a fugitive who could be handed over into Thai custody.Sedaghatzadeh has 15 days to file an appeal, said his lawyer, Nashir Hussin.Malaysian prosecutors have said the Iranian was wanted by Thailand on suspicion of “taking part in making and possessing an explosive device” as well as causing an explosion that led to human injuries and property damage. He faces life in prison if convicted in Thailand.Israel has blamed Iran for the explosions, which wounded five including one of the alleged bombers, as well as two incidents the day before: a bombing in India that wounded an Israeli diplomat’s wife and driver, and an attempted bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Iran has denied involvement. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Malaysia to repeal sedition law ahead of polls

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Malaysia’s leader has announced plans to repeal a colonial-era law curbing free speech in the latest political reform ahead of general elections, but critics warned Thursday that his reform efforts so far have not improved the country’s human rights record.Prime Minister Najib Razak said late Wednesday that the Sedition Act represented a “bygone era” and will be replaced with a new law to prevent incitement of religious or racial hatred. It will be the latest repressive law to be annulled as part of his pledge to protect civil liberties. Opposition leaders claim the reforms are a ploy to gain public support ahead of polls that must be called next year at the latest. “We mark another step forward in Malaysia’s development. The new National Harmony Act will balance the right of freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution, while at the same time ensuring that all races and religions are protected,” Najib said.The government earlier this year revoked a draconian security law allowing detention without trial and eased public assembly rules in a massive overhaul of strict security laws. Critics said the reforms were a sham as the laws were replaced with legislation that is just as repressive.“The replacement legislation has been as bad or worse from a rights perspective,” said Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director for Human Rights Watch. “The government should realize that change for change’s sake is not enough.”Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of opposition-ruled Penang state, said the sedition law has long been used as a convenient political tool to silence opposition voices. Lim himself was jailed for 18 months under the law in 1998 for allegedly making seditious remarks in his defense of a rape victim.Lim urged Najib to withdraw current sedition charges against opposition leaders to prove his move is genuine. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Najib’s coalition has led Malaysia since independence in 1957 but suffered its worst electoral performance ever in 2008. It now has slightly less than a two-thirds majority in Parliament and is working hard to claw back support.Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said he is confident his three-party alliance can win a comfortable majority in upcoming polls amid widespread public unhappiness over the government’s handling of corruption and racial discrimination.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

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Swede in Cuba car crash worried about driver

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img “Nobody knows what’s happening to him there,” he said.In videotaped testimony, Carromero said he lost control of the car when it suddenly entered an unpaved road under construction and he slammed on the brakes, causing it to skid and hit a tree.A Cuban investigation found that Carromero was speeding and failed to heed traffic signs warning of construction.Paya, 60, was for many years one of Cuba’s most powerful voices of dissent against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro, though his influence has waned in recent years as younger activists gained prominence. He died along with another dissident, Harold Cepero Escalante. Both were riding in the back seat of the car and were not wearing seatbelts.Prior to leaving for Cuba, Carromero had been fined for speeding and Spanish authorities had been working since May to revoke his driver’s license. It was finally revoked on Thursday, Madrid regional authorities said in a statement.Paya’s family has said it has doubts about the official explanation by Cuban authorities.Kalle Back, a spokesman for Modig’s political group in Sweden, told The Associated Press that shortly after the crash police in Bayamo questioned Modig about the accident, but that he was then flown to the Cuban capital to be asked about his political activities. Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) – A Swedish politician who survived a car crash in Cuba says he is deeply worried about the fate of a Spanish colleague who was driving the vehicle and has been charged with manslaughter.The crash on July 22 killed two other passengers in the car: Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya and another opponent of Cuba’s government.Swedish politician Aron Modig said in an interview published Friday that he doesn’t remember what led to the crash and recalls only fragments of how the car suddenly swerved off the road and how he regained consciousness in an ambulance. He said he fears for Angel Carromero, who was driving the rental car when it crashed could face up to 10 years in a Cuban jail. Sponsored Stories Modig, the 27-year-old head of the youth party of Sweden’s conservative Christian Democrats, returned home July 31 after what he said were five days of high-pressure questioning in a windowless room in Havana by Cuban police.“The questions are always the same: `Why are you here? Who sent you?’ They switched between asking questions and scolding: `Don’t come to our country and interfere’,” Modig told the daily Dagens Nyheter in the interview. “In a dictatorship that’s no good. Of course I got worried.”No questions were posed about the accident during that time, he said.Cuban media have reported that Carromero and Modig entered the country July 19 on tourist visas and brought (EURO)4,000 ($4,900) for Paya’s organization to help organize dissident youth wings. Paya’s family denies that he received any money from the Europeans. The government considers the small opposition to be subversive and objects to foreign-based efforts to support them.“I went there with good intentions to contribute to a freer Cuba, but was jailed and questioned. Cubans are treated like that every day,” he said.The car crash happened while the four were on their way to Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second largest city. Soon after the accident, speculation spread that a second vehicle was pursuing the rented car and might even have run it off the road. Carromero, an activist with a conservative Spanish party, and Modig have both said no other car was involved, but Paya’s family has asked for an independent investigation.Modig’s party had initially scheduled a news conference upon his return to Sweden two weeks ago, but canceled it at the last minute, citing the ongoing legal case in Cuba. The interview in Dagens Nyheter is the first he has given since his return; he was not immediately available for more comment.___Associated Press writer Peter Orsi in Havana contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img
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Ivory Coast Fighters sneak in Ghana refugee camps

first_imgAmpain, the largest of the three refugee camps for Ivorians in Ghana, is a sprawling, unfenced facility now home to some 4,000 people.Ghanaian authorities refused to allow The Associated Press to visit the refugee camp and deleted photos taken by a reporter who interviewed Ivorians living there.Patricia Ange Oulai, a 29-year-old refugee in the camp, said the presence of the fighters had her worried for her safety. “I regret that they are here because with everything happening people think they are the ones that are going to do the coup” back in Ivory Coast, she said.Post-election violence erupted in Ivory Coast after Gbagbo refused to cede office despite losing the November 2010 runoff vote to Ouattara.Gbagbo was arrested in April 2011 and later transferred to the International Criminal Court at The Hague where he faces charges of crimes against humanity. High-level Gbagbo loyalists have sought asylum in Ghana and other West African countries.A report from a United Nations panel of experts presented to the Security Council last month alleges that these allies have worked to destabilize Ivory Coast from their base in Ghana.On Oct. 13, Ghanaian security forces conducted their first roundup of ex-combatants at Ampain. Padi, the program coordinator for the Ghana Refugee Board, said 43 suspected ex-combatants were detained in the early morning raid, though some were released after authorities concluded they were not fighters. Associated PressACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Fighters who backed former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo have infiltrated refugee camps in Ghana and are accused of attacking security bases back in Ivory Coast, according to Ivorian officials.Human rights groups say the presence of Gbagbo’s ex-fighters in the camps poses a threat to the security of refugees.Some fighters had been allowed to slip into the three refugee camps housing Ivorians, said Tetteh Padi, program coordinator of Ghana’s Refugee Board. In one example, Ghanaian authorities in May lost track of nearly 150 suspected fighters who were supposed to be transferred to a maximum security prison and now their whereabouts are unknown. Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories David Dalli, a 33-year-old former soldier in Gbagbo’s army who now lives at Ampain, said it was easy to pass as a civilian when he crossed into Ghana.“When I came here, I just said I was a civilian to hide who I was,” said Dalli, who took part in fighting in Abidjan.Paul Koffi Koffi, Ivory Coast’s deputy defense minister, said by phone from Abidjan that the Ouattara government was not happy that ex-combatants had found their way into the refugee camps.“The attackers at the different towns and the different army positions are coming from Ghana and are also coming from the refugee camps in Ghana,” he said. “Even if they are in some refugee camps, they have freedom of movement, so some are coming here and then going back to Ghana. And we don’t know what they are doing.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “We have known for a fact that some of them have infiltrated the camps,” said Padi. “Some of them have friends, relatives in the camps. So they have gone in there unofficially.”Ghana’s failure to monitor the ex-combatants is very worrying, said Matt Wells, West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.“Ghanaian authorities appear to have dropped the ball in losing track of many Ivorian ex-combatants, putting civilians in refugee camps at risk of sexual violence and child recruitment, among other protection concerns,” Wells said.Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s government alleges that Gbagbo fighters in the camps have taken part in recent attacks on military positions in Ivory Coast. Since early August, about 10 such attacks have been carried out throughout the country, with some allegedly perpetrated by fighters based in Liberia as well as Ghana.One attack on a town at the border between Ivory Coast and Ghana in September prompted Ivory Coast to close its land and sea frontiers with Ghana for more than two weeks.However, Padi said accusations that fighters in refugee camps had been involved in the attacks are baseless.“They’re totally false in our opinion because we know everything that goes on in the camps,” he said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too Padi said the raid was prompted in part by allegations from the Ivorian government that Ghana has been used as a staging ground for the recent attacks.“The idea is to make sure we know what they are up to so that we will not get accusations coming from Ivory Coast that we are harboring ex-combatants who are attacking Ivory Coast,” he said.The refugee camps should be completely cleared of ex-combatants so as to maintain their civilian character, said Andrea Lari, director of programs for Refugees International.“I think that it is urgent to address these allegations and delaying the intervention is only going to make matters worse,” Lari said.There are no good figures on the number of ex-combatants who fled into Ghana both during and after the post-election conflict, though most estimates run well into the hundreds. Veton Orana, protection officer for the U.N. refugee agency, said authorities began noticing an influx of potential fighters at the Elubo border crossing after the fall of Gbagbo in April 2011.Orana said some ex-combatants may have been able to conceal their status when they crossed at Elubo, and that others may have entered Ghana at other places. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Details of HamasIsrael ceasefire deal

first_img Top Stories Quick workouts for men (AP) – Key details of cease-fire agreement reached Wednesday between Israel and Hamas to end fighting:_ Israel agrees to stop hostilities in Gaza, including targeted killings._ Palestinians agree to stop rocket fire into Israel and attacks along the border with Gaza._ Ease the movement of people and goods through Gaza border crossings 24 hours after truce takes hold._ Egypt will act as sponsor of agreement. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Parents, stop beating yourself up Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Kin says workers were trapped as Philippine fire kills 58

first_img Top Stories MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police recovered 58 bodies and about a dozen more people are still missing Thursday from a Philippine factory fire that an angry relative said had trapped workers on the second floor of the building where iron grills on windows prevented their escape.The search for bodies resumed after it was suspended late Wednesday because of the heat and worries about the instability of the two-story building, a rubber slipper factory in the outskirts of the Philippine capital, Manila. Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city, where the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory burned for several hours Wednesday, said 13 people are still unaccounted for.Questions are being raised if the factory followed fire and building safety standards.Dionesio Candido, whose daughter, granddaughter, sister-in-law and niece were among the missing, said iron grills reinforced with fencing wire covered windows on the second floor that “could prevent even cats from escaping.”He said he was allowed by authorities to enter the gutted building, where he saw charred remains “piled on top of each other.”Gatchalian said the fire was apparently ignited by sparks from welding work being done at the factory’s main entrance door, triggering an explosion of the chemicals used to make the slippers.Workers fled to the second floor where they were trapped, he said. He was unsure if there were any fire escapes there.District Fire Marshal Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu said that the building had other exits but apparently the workers were overwhelmed by the thick black smoke from the burning rubber and chemicals, which are highly flammable and caused the blaze to spread quickly. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Local media reports quoted relatives as saying their kin sent text messages saying they were on the second floor, but contact was lost shortly after.___Associated Press writer Teresa Cerojano contributed to this story.Copyright © 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 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Coca town cracks down on alcohol to fight rapes

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   This June 6, 2015 photo shows a bird’s eye view of La Asunta, northeast of La Paz, Bolivia. Neighborhood leaders have imposed a sort of vigilante dry law in the coca-growing mountain town of La Asunta, hoping to end a series of rapes and other crimes. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona LA ASUNTA, Bolivia (AP) — The dance hall is closed. There’s no beer at the bar. And restaurant patrons have to cut their thirst with soda pop.Neighborhood leaders have imposed a sort of vigilante dry law in the coca-growing mountain town of La Asunta, hoping to end a series of rapes and other crimes.By night, groups of citizens patrol the town of 7,000 people, sometimes shooting off firecrackers to warn saloons and discotheques to shut down. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “This has gotten out of hand. The police can’t do anything so we’ve decided to take our own measures and we’ve called for complying with a 30-day dry law,” said Jorge Mendoza, a neighborhood leader in the town some 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of La Paz, the capital.Residents began the patrols after an 11-year-old girl was raped on May 30. While they haven’t caught a suspect in that case, they grabbed another man identified as a rapist by a 12-year-old girl.Neighbors went to his house, tied his hands and pushed the 22-year-old through the streets with a hand-scrawled sign saying “I’m a rapist.” Several people came out and beat him before he was handed over to local police.“It was about time that the people that people did something about all this,” said Flora Nati, who said she joined the patrols because of fears for the safety of her two sons.___Associated Press photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6joCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Austria stops processing asylum requests ahead of EU meeting

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The broadcaster quotes Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner as saying Austria has become the “No. 1 target country” for would-be asylum seekers. It says the move is meant to put pressure on other EU countries to take more would-be immigrants ahead of an interior ministers’ meeting next week.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img VIENNA (AP) — Austria has stopped processing new asylum requests while continuing to deport refugees.State-run broadcaster ORF cites an Interior Ministry document that it says was issued Friday to civil servants dealing with asylum requests telling them not to accept new cases.ORF says the document instructs relevant departments to continue deporting those whose asylum requests were rejected. It also says others are being returned to EU countries they first arrived to before coming to Austria. Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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Polish prosecutors US is obstructing CIA prison probe

first_img Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. is hampering Poland’s investigation into the secret CIA prison by snubbing repeated requests for vital documents, including the Senate report detailing CIA prison locations and practices, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday.Published in December, the summary of the report was redacted and did not mention Poland by name, but other facts in it pointed to the country and a secret CIA prison there from 2002-2003, where terror suspects were submitted to harsh treatment. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow, said Saturday that Poland immediately asked the U.S. justice authorities for a full version of the document, but has had no response. Previous requests for documents and questioning of the alleged victims — now held in Guantanamo — were ignored. At one point the U.S. authorities said that providing materials would be against the U.S. national interests, he said.“This is undoubtedly hampering the investigation,” Kosmaty told The Associated Press.One former Polish official has been charged in the investigation, underway since 2008.The European Court of Human Rights last year ordered Poland to pay compensation to two terror suspects who say they were tortured at a CIA secret prison in the country. Poland said it would abide by the ruling.The U.S. report prompted Polish leaders of the time, Aleksander Kwasniewski and Leszek Miller, to admit — after years of denials — that they authorized a prison, but not torture.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Supreme Court wont revive North Carolina abortion law

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The North Carolina law would have required abortion providers to display and describe the ultrasound even if the woman refused to look and listen — a mandate that the court found particularly troublesome. The law did not include any exception for cases of rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies.“North Carolinians should take comfort in knowing that this intrusive and unconstitutional law, which placed the ideological agenda of politicians above a doctor’s ability to provide a patient with the specific care she needs, will never go into effect,” said Sarah Preston of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, one of several groups that opposed the law in court. “We’re very glad the courts have recognized that politicians have no business interfering in personal medical decisions that should be left to a woman and her doctor.”North Carolina is among 23 states, mostly in the South and the Midwest, which passed laws dealing with the administration of ultrasounds by abortion providers, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research institute that supports abortion-rights.Justice Antonin Scalia voted to hear the appeal.The court took no action in a separate abortion case from Mississippi. The state is appealing a lower court ruling that effectively allowed Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic to remain open and blocked a state law that would have required the clinic’s doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from North Carolina to revive a requirement that abortion providers show and describe an ultrasound to a pregnant woman before she has an abortion.The justices left in place an appeals court decision that said the 2011 North Carolina law was “ideological in intent” and violated doctors’ free-speech rights. The measure was championed by conservative Republicans in the state legislature, who overrode a veto from the then-Democratic governor to approve the law. Men’s health affects baby’s health too A second appeals court ruling involving a Texas law imposing restrictions on abortion providers also is expected to make its way to the Supreme Court soon. In Texas, the appeals court upheld the admitting privileges requirement and other provisions that could force 11 clinics to close by July 1, lawyers for the clinics said in court papers.The North Carolina case is Walker-McGill v. Stuart, 14-1172.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Drug and device firms paid 65B to care providers

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday.The latest update to the Open Payments database is part of an ongoing effort to highlight potential conflicts of interest in medicine. Unlike last year’s initial version of the database, this one is much easier to use for consumers interested in looking up their own doctors. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Of the total payments, $3.2 billion represented research funding, about $2.6 billion was for miscellaneous items and about $700 million represented investments and ownership stakes. Drug companies often recruit doctors to help with clinical trials and other research on particular medications.About 80 percent of the total dollars went to doctors, whose prescribing decisions affect the fortunes of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Nearly 610,000 doctors received payments, as well as some 1,100 teaching hospitals.Consumer groups say it’s a step toward transparency. Doctors, hospitals and industry worry that context will be lost. The Open Payments program was created under President Barack Obama’s health care law.___Online:Open Payments database: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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The Latest Juncker EU officials are prepared for Grexit

first_imgRutte refused to say if a Grexit — a Greek exit from using the euro currency — was looming. But he said he was at the summit not only for Greece but also for the euro currency used by 19 of the European Union’s 28 nations.“I am at the table here today to ensure that the integrity, the cohesion, the underlying principles of the single currency are protected,” he said. “And it is really up to the Greek government to come up with far-reaching proposals. If they don’t do that, then I think it will be over quickly.”___5:20 p.m.The eurozone’s top official says Greece would make a proposal to tap Europe’s bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, as soon as Wednesday.Following the conclusion of the meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem confirmed that the new Greek finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, did not deliver any fresh written proposals for a bailout deal that would help the country avoid falling out of the euro.Dijsselbloem said he “broadly agreed” that Greece needs more than a short-term financial fix.“The ministers also broadly agreed that if there is to be another ESM program with support it would have to be a medium term program for reasons of credibility,” he said. Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall He said it is now time to “invest in a different vision of Europe, invest in a different idea of Europe, in a Europe focused on growth and not just austerity.”___11:10 p.m.European Union President Donald Tusk says the protracted negotiations to keep Greece from financial collapse and in the eurozone “is maybe the most critical moment in our history.”After calling for the emergency summit in the wake of Sunday’s Greek “no” vote to proposals from its eurozone partners, Tusk said the 19 leaders agreed to give Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras one final shot to keep his nation afloat with the aid of his allies sharing the euro currency.“I have to say it loud and clear the final deadline ends this week,” he said.On Sunday, the 28 leaders of the full European Union will meet to assess Greece’s final proposals.___10:35 p.m.Eurozone leaders have given Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras until Sunday to come up with a full proposal at a summit of the 28 European Union leaders, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says.Renzi said that Tsipras has all interest in coming up with a sensible proposal to stave off financial chaos in Greece and said that “I think that in the end we have an agreement.” ___9:35 p.m.Greece’s deputy finance minister said tax revenues have not suffered as much as expected during the bank closures, allowing the state to cover domestic costs this month.“It was a positive surprise … Taxes are doing well, not at the level we had expected before all this happened, but not far off,” Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas told state television.Many Greeks with the ability to pay have attempted to settle taxes, loan payments and other costs, such as school fees, over the past 10 days since they have worried the money could disappear from their accounts anyway if the government would be forced to raid deposits to prevent a banking collapse.Mardas said the government was “not currently considering” the measure and hoped to “gradually” restore bank operations and services, without giving further details.___7:10 p.m.A Greek official has conceded that the country’s banks are unlikely to reopen this week despite an earlier pledge to do so.George Katrougalos, a minister for administrative reform, told a radio station Tuesday in Athens that a decision must be made to reopen the banks, but “that’s probably is not technically possible this week.” The government announced bank closures and withdrawal restrictions June 28 and extended them through Wednesday.A cash shortage is looming, however, as Greeks and tourists drain as much cash as they can from ATMs. The European Central Bank refused Monday to increase the amount of credit that Greek banks can draw on.___6:50 p.m.The White House says President Barack Obama and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke by phone Tuesday morning.It’s the first known phone call between the two leaders since the weekend referendum in which Greece rejected creditor proposals that included more austerity measures.The White House has said it’s in Europe’s interest to reach a resolution that puts Greece on the path toward economic growth and stability.___5:55 p.m.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s message to the Greeks was blunt as he arrived at an emergency eurozone summit in Brussels: We can only help you if you want to be helped.Rutte, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, told reporters Tuesday he was “extremely somber about this summit. I’m also somber about the question of whether Greece really wants to come up with proposals, with a solution.” The eurozone, he added, would first have to assess the financial situation in Greece before deciding to start talks on a possible new aid program.__5:05 p.m.Fidel Castro is backing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as he tries to win concessions with creditors.Cuban state media are carrying the text of a letter he wrote to Tsipras.The retired Cuban leader compliments Tsipras on what he calls his “brilliant political victory” — an apparent reference to the overwhelming victory of the ‘no’ campaign in Sunday’s Greek referendum on creditor proposals.Castro praises Greece’s historical contributions to philosophy, art, science and politics, as well as its resistance to Axis military powers during World War II.“Your country, especially your courage in the current moment, awakens admiration among the Latin American and Caribbean peoples of this hemisphere upon seeing how Greece, facing external aggressions, defends its identity and culture,” Castro writes.The letter was dated July 5 and featured on the front page of official newspapers Tuesday.___5:00 p.m.Russia is pouring cold water on the prospect that the so-called BRICS nations could help Greece financially at their summit this week. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   With Greece’s banks shuttered and cash reserves run dry, time is running out for a bailout deal. Some investors hope the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis on Monday may well help smooth discussions.Still, few are optimistic and many analysts think that a Greek exit from the euro remains possible.“It seems untenable that Greece can slide out of the Eurozone with barely a whimper being heard in financial markets, but right now that’s what it looks like,” said Tony Cross, market analyst at Trustnet Direct.___8:19 a.m.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says his country will do everything possible to keep Greece in the eurozone, saying its exit would be a “risk for global economic growth.”In an interview with the RTL radio network Tuesday, Valls denied that Greece’s “no” vote was a rejection of Europe or its values but rather an expression of pride. He called on Greece’s prime minister to put forward a plan and said France would be open to rescheduling Greece’s debt.Valls says: “The eurozone must stay coherent, reliable. Europe is not just a currency. It is a conception of the world.”Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is headed Tuesday to Brussels to negotiate a rescue deal with European lenders. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. No further details were available.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to arrive at an emergency summit of eurozone leaders later as his country struggles to forge a bailout deal that would ease the pressure on the country’s shuttered banks and prevent a Greek exit from the euro.__ By Raf Casert in Brussels___2:30 p.m.Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan says Greece should do something relatively simple to turn things around. Take a look at his nation.Arriving at an emergency meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss the Greek crisis, Noonan said Ireland was also able to work with its debt load to make it more manageable, He suggested Greece could also come forward with debt proposals, even if they would be different from Ireland’s.“There is not a one size fits all that we are looking at,” he said.For many, Ireland is the poster child of the austerity prescription laid out by bailout creditors over the past few years.Ireland is forecast to post the strongest economic growth in the 28-nation EU this year.___2:10 p.m.Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb has summed up just what is on the line financially for his small country in the Greek negotiations — a whopping 10 percent of Finland’s annual budget. ___1:30 p.m.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says Berlin still opposes an actual debt cut for Greece as he arrived at a meeting with his counterparts in the 19-country eurozone.Schaeuble said he’s waiting with interest to hear the ideas of the Greek government but stressed that without an aid program, there is “no possibility to help Greece within the framework of the eurozone.”Germany is reluctant to consider a debt cut for Greece. The Greek government wants debt relief for the country to be near the top of bailout discussions. That doesn’t necessarily mean an actual reduction in the amount owed — it could take the form of extending the country’s repayment schedule.Schaeuble said actual debt cuts are banned under European rules.___1:05 p.m.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone’s top official, says the pressure is on Greece to come up with fresh economic proposals that meet the requirements of its partners in the single currency bloc.Arriving for talks with his peers in the 19-country eurozone, Dijsselbloem said the Greek government has “a major interest” in bringing forward “serious and credible” proposals that are needed if Greece is to get another bailout. Greece is running out of time to secure a deal that will help its banks reopen and avoid a disorderly euro exit.The eurogroup president also said the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s outspoken finance minister over the past few months of the protracted bailout discussions, would not necessarily make a difference. Varoufakis has been replaced by the more mild-mannered Euclid Tsakalotos.“It is not about persons,” Dijsselbloem said. “It is about where we stand after the ‘no’ referendum.”___12:45 p.m.If new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has revised proposals for a fresh bailout of his debt-ridden nation to show his peers in the 19-country eurozone, he was keeping them close to his chest as he arrived for talks in Brussels.A day after being sworn in to replace Yanis Varoufakis, who quit after Sunday’s referendum ‘no’ vote, Tsakalotos hurried into the meeting venue without speaking to reporters.On Monday, he conceded: “I won’t hide from you that I am very nervous and very anxious.”And in something of an understatement, Tsakalotos said after being sworn in, “I am not taking over at the easiest moment in Greek history.” Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital, spelled out what’s at stake.“The Greek economy is in danger not just of imploding but of falling into a nightmarish dysfunctionality where what we consider as the normal economic functions of society collapse,” he said. “This is a recipe for anarchy and social disorder.”___11:10 a.m.While Europe’s leaders headed for Brussels for what could be a make-or-break summit for Greece’s future in the euro, Greeks continued to struggle with the strict controls on their bank withdrawals.Amid signs that the banks were fast running out of cash, there are growing concerns about what will happen to people’s savings. Banks have been shuttered for over a week and cash withdrawals have been limited to 60 euros a day.Giorgos Stathopoulos, a 46-year-old civil servant said many ATMs had run out of 20-euro notes, effectively reducing the daily limit to 50 euros.“The problem is for those of us who don’t have big deposits, what happens with our savings, that is the concern,” he said.And Giorgos Kafkaris, a 77-year-old pensioner, is hopeful about improvements. “I believe something better will happen,” he said. ___12:10 p.m.Dutch State Secretary for Finance Eric Wiebes says Greek representatives need to come up with a serious package at the meeting of eurozone finance ministers if fresh bailout talks are to make any progress.“I hope they bring a very serious proposal in their luggage,” Wiebes said as he arrived an hour early for the start of the meeting in Brussels. “Because it is only worth continuing to talk on the basis of a very serious proposal. I can’t imagine the proposal would be less serious than the proposal that was already on the table.”Wiebes, a junior Dutch minister, attends the eurogroup meetings because Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is the group’s chairman.The Greek government is expected to make fresh proposals at the meeting in order to secure a bailout deal so it avoids leaving the euro.__11:55 a.m.Rarely, if ever, has any leader gone to Brussels for a summit with as much as stake as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.With his country on its economic knees and facing the prospect of a disorderly exit from the euro, Tsipras knows that Greece’s future for years if not decades could hinge on how talks later pan out. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukaev told Russian media that the idea of providing any financial help to a non-BRICS member such as Greece is “premature and, it seems to me, not current.”The leaders of the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are due to meet in Russia this week.Ulyukaev was speaking after a meeting of economic and trade ministers from the BRICS countries.___4.45 p.m.The meeting of the 19 eurozone finance ministers has ended and the body’s top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, is due to issue a statement shortly about the discussions that centered on the Greek crisis. A number of finance ministers left the meeting without speaking to reporters.__3:50 p.m.Three people familiar with discussions currently taking place between Greece and its creditors in the 19-country eurozone say new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has not presented fresh written proposals over how to win support for a financial bailout.The three eurozone sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations, said Tsakalotos gave an oral update of the financial situation in Greece instead. He had been widely tipped to present reform proposals in written form. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, left, and new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos attend the swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Following Sunday’s referendum the Greece and its membership in Europe’s joint currency faced an uncertain future Monday, with the country under pressure to restart bailout talks with creditors as soon as possible after Greeks resoundingly rejected the notion of more austerity in exchange for aid. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) Top Stories Juncker did not elaborate on what exactly he meant by the term Grexit.He says the commission also has plans in case Greece needs humanitarian aid and, what Juncker called his favorite option, “a scenario how to deal with the problem now keeping Greece as a member of the euro area.”___11:55 p.m.French President Francois Hollande says Greece still needs to make “credible and serious proposals” that prove it wants to remain part of the 19-nation eurozone.The French leader spoke to reporters late Tuesday after an inconclusive summit meeting of nations using the euro.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier said his government had submitted proposals, but it was unclear whether it meant anything more than the general direction of staving off too tough austerity and insisting on debt restructuring.Respecting the rules, Hollande said, “is a condition of living together.”“What’s at stake is to know the place of Greece in the European Union and thus the eurozone,” Hollande said. “Today, there is no more time to waste.”___11:41 p.m.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his government has submitted a proposal for an agreement to the eurogroup and to the European Council. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___9:35 a.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has tempered expectations of a swift solution to the Greek crisis, saying “a solution is not going to appear overnight.”Juncker told lawmakers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg that any solution later at a meeting of the eurozone’s 19 leaders in Brussels would likely be “overly simplistic.”He said one of the purposes later is to “restore order to the situation.” He also displayed his anger at attacks on the European Union’s executive branch.“I think it is unacceptable for the European Commission to be deemed terrorists by the Greek government,” he added.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and new finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos are on their way to Brussels for meetings aimed at restarting bailout talks.“Quite clearly the ball lies in the court of the Greek government,” said Juncker.___9:10 a.m.European stock markets have opened solidly ahead of an emergency meeting of eurozone leaders in Brussels, where Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to reveal fresh proposals to the country’s creditors.Germany’s DAX index was up 0.4 percent while the Stoxx 50 index of leading European shares rose 0.2 percent. Tsipras said Tuesday the proposal was what had been formulated as a national strategy by a political leaders’ meeting in Athens, but didn’t specify if it was a written or verbal proposal.He said it contains “credible reforms that are socially just and include in reciprocity a commitment to cover the country’s financial needs in the medium term, a strong investment package to counter big problems such as unemployment, as well as the start of substantial talks and the restructuring of debt.”He said the discussion with other eurozone leaders Tuesday “took place in a positive climate” and said he expects the process to reach an agreement will be speedy.“It will begin in the next few hours with the aim of concluding until the end of the week at the latest,” he said.___11:20 p.m.Italy’s prime minister doesn’t just want to keep Greece in Europe. He has a far bigger target: Europe itself.Matteo Renzi said Tuesday that if it can save struggling Greece from plunging out of the euro single currency this week, the 28-nation European Union then needs to start investing in its own future.“We have not only the emergency in Greece, we have a very incredible problem about Europe,” Renzi said. Sponsored Stories BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Brussels local):___12:25 a.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says authorities are prepared for all eventualities in Brussels’ drawn-out negotiations with Greece about its financial crisis — including a scenario in which debt-laden Greece leaves the euro single currency or the European Union itself.“The commission is prepared for everything. We have a Grexit scenario, prepared in detail,” Juncker said after an emergency eurozone summit wrapped up with leaders giving Greece until Thursday to submit detailed reform proposals that could form the basis of a new bailout. On his way into a meeting with his peers in the 19-country eurozone, Stubb said Greece owes Finland 5 billion euros — a big dent in its budget of 50 billion.It’s also equivalent to 2.5 percent of Finland’s annual GDP, he said.“So a lot is obviously at stake,” he said.Stubb says the meeting is not aimed at kicking Greece out of the euro, but that it’s up to Greece’s leaders to come up with credible proposals to secure a bailout deal.“We need to see some political will, a change of attitude on the part of the Greek government in order for this to work,” Stubb says.___1:50 p.m.Lithuania only started using the euro currency this year and doesn’t want the 19-country single currency club to start losing members now.Lithuanian Finance Minister Rimantas Sadzius said a Greek exit “is not an option for us,” as arrived for the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels to discuss a possible new bailout deal for Athens.Sadzius said he believes common ground can be found. Greece’s new finance, Euclid Tsakalotos is set to unveil new proposals to his peers in the eurozone.“In politics, there is always room for compromise,” said Sadzius. “We believe that the eurozone should expand rather than contract.”last_img read more

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